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Issue 5, 30 March 2015




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Events this week:

Fri 3 - Mon 6 April
Easter Camp at Girraween
 

Upcoming Events:

Wed 22 April
Social and Topics of Interest Evening with QPWS and DEHP "The Future of Queensland's National Parks"

National Parks Day Weekend Thank you
A very big thank you to all those who attended the National Parks Day weekend.
NPAQ would particularly like to thank Green Mountains Natural History Association for co-hosting the event.


Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review
Last chance to be part of this process, with comment due tomorrow:
http://www.environment.gov.au/marinereservesreview/about

Conservation groups are arguing that the existing zoning in all Commonwealth Marine Reserves should be retained, that the marine national park zones should be improved and expanded, and that the marine reserves should be implemented immediately.
 
Carnarvon National Park
As you know, NPAQ is committed to highlighting the plight of national parks still impacted by grazing. 

After more title searches, NPAQ has found four current grazing leases covering 58,000 hectares (almost 20%) of Carnarvon National Park, which is home to 32 listed threatened species.  Three of these leases were renewed in 2012, and all four are due to expire by March 2016. 

More information on grazing in national parks can be found in the forthcoming April/May edition of NPAQ's magazine Protected.


Bushwalkers of Southern Qld - 50 year Reunion
Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland (BOSQ), is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and will be holding a reunion on 23 May at Brookfield. Contact the club at bushwalksq@gmail.com or on 3875 1090 (a message can be left) to register your interest in attending the reunion.
 

Volunteer to help NPAQs events and programs
We are currently looking for:

  • Journalists and Writers: with the support of NPAQ staff, you will need to research, write, and contribute an article/s to an upcoming edition of Protected. 
  • Photographers: to contribute photos to our new magazine, Protected.  This is a great way to promote your work if you are a budding photographer.  Images must be 300dpi minimum.
  • Special Guest Speakers: to make a 45min presentation at the NPAQ social and topics of interest evening on 21 October about a recent adventure.  Ideally, you are a member or support of NPAQ with stories about experiences in national parks or have many beautiful travel photos to share!
  • Supper Helpers: to serve supper at the Social and Topic of Interest Evenings as well as Members Meetings on 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, and 18 November. 
  • Data Entry Helpers: to help enter information into NPAQs database.  This is a task for you if you enjoy typing, have great attention to detail, and can help one day per week
  • Activity Leaders: with the support of the Activities Committee, you will undergo specific training to become an NPAQ Activities Leader who is proficient in organising and conducting activities, including day walks, accommodated weekends or extended activities, as well as social, educational, and cultural activities.
    Contact NPAQ today if you would like to help.
Surplus NPAQ items
Make an offer and they are yours [read more].
After 31st March 2015, any unsold items will be placed for sale on Gumtree.
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