Two decades after a child was killed by a dingo on Fraser Island attacks are still occurring


Today marks 20 years since a 9-year-old boy was mauled and killed by dingoes on Fraser Island.

It was the first dingo attack causing death since 1980, after the disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru.

But dingo attacks have not dropped off since, with nine people attacked on the Island in the last three years.

The latest victim, a 2-year-old boy, who was mauled earlier this month, after he wandered away from his holiday house where his family was staying at Orchid Beach.

While fencing has been put up around camping areas since the fatal attack in 2001, a recent spike in aggressive behaviour by dingoes has put the issue back in the spotlight. 

Cheryl Bryant from a group that stands to protect the animals says visitors just need to do the right thing.

“Don't feed the dingoes, don't try to approach them, just observe them from a distance and there shouldn't really be any issue," Ms Bryant says.

"The rules and regulations are there for a reason.” 

She believes a number of pups have become orphaned in the recent bushfires and don’t know how to behave around people. 

"Children [dingoes] do the wrong thing, they get into campfires, they pull things around, they approach people, they don't understand to keep away from people," she says.

Last month the Department of Environment and Science launched a new safety plan for holidaymakers which aims to educate people about dingo safety on the Island. 

Anyone who disturbs or feeds a dingo is at risk of fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,676.