• A member of the Butchulla People attends a ceremony in the forests of K'gari on Fraser Island. (AAP)Source: AAP
The Butchulla people say a program to educate tourists about dangerous wildlife is not working.
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NITV Staff Writer

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NITV News
22 Apr 2019 - 12:50 PM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2019 - 12:50 PM

Traditional Owners say the latest dingo attack on Fraser Island could have been been avoided.

A 14-month-old boy's family were camping on the Queensland island on Thursday night when two dingoes entered their camper trailer and dragged him by his head into the bush.

He was saved by his father and flown to Brisbane's Children Hospital where he remains in a stable condition after surgery for multiple puncture wounds to his neck and skull.

Queensland's Environment Department brought in extra rangers to investigate the attack and patrol the island.

In a statement, the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation claimed it was being kept at “arm’s length” from the island’s dingo management strategy by authorities.

“We would like to remind people that our traditional homeland is a pristine wilderness, which has dangerous animals that could harm your loved ones,” the Aboriginal corporation said.

“Unfortunately, there has already been three incidents this year, which potentially could have been avoided.

“It is time that people are more accountable for the ­actions – Wongaris (dingoes) should not be sacrificed for human error or inciting interaction.”

Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said that a review would explore ways to improve public safety and the state government's partnership with Traditional Owners.

"Management of dingoes on K'gari (Fraser Island) is complex, and the government is committed to supporting a sustainable and healthy dingo population, while minimising the risks to human safety and dingo welfare," Ms Enoch said.

Meanwhile, the island’s principal ranger Daniel Clifton said although dingo attacks were uncommon, people should remain aware.

"Don't approach dingoes, don't feed dingoes, keep your children really close, especially if you're not in a fenced area," he said.