Clean-up begins after unsightly oil blobs mar beautiful world heritage-listed Queensland beach




A major clean-up is about to begin on Queensland's Fraser Island following an oil spill.

Dozens of people will begin removing oil "patties" scattered along a 40km stretch of beach on the island, from Eurong Beach to Dilli Village, today.

Although the patties are small, ranging in size from a 10 cent piece to a five dollar note, Maritime Safety Queensland is not taking any chances.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said no wildlife appeared to be affected by the spill and the clean-up should minimise any environmental impacts.

A list of ships known to have been in the area recently is being compiled.

The incident follows an oil spill on the island in July 2015, when 10-15 tonnes of oil was spilled off Cape Upstart.

Maximum fines for a discharge offence can include up to $NZ12.5 million under Queensland law, and $18 million under commonwealth law.

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