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Authorities look into Fraser Island spill

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland authorities are investigating a possible oil spill on Fraser Island.

Oil "patties", ranging in size from a 10 cent piece to a five dollar note, are scattered along a 40km stretch of beach on the island, from Eurong Beach to Dilli Village.

Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Patrick Quirk says although the amount of oil appears to be small, they aren't taking any chances.

"We have activated an incident control centre at Gladstone to ensure we have all the resources we need, " Mr Quirk said in a statement.

"Queensland Parks and Wildlife Rangers are on standby to be involved in the clean-up as required."

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 $11.78 million under Queensland law, and $17 million under commonwealth law.

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