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Issue 16, 17 August to 6 September 2015

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Events This Fortnight:

Wed 19 August
Social and Topics of Interest Evening on 12 days in Antarctica

Sat 22 August
Vegetation Management Group at Boombana and Jollys Lookout

Upcoming Events:

Sat 29 August
Mt Maroon Day Walk

Mon 31 August
Capricorn Coast 2015 Extended Bird Activity

Sun 6 September
Daves Creek Wildflower Walk

Wed 23 September
Social Walk to White Rock

Other Calendar Dates:

24-30 August
Keep Australia Beautiful Week

30 August
Tamrookum Church Centenary
NPAQ will join the centenary celebrations of the church, built as a memorial to Robert Martin Collins.

30 August
Bridge to Brisbane

National Biodiversity Month

1 September
National Wattle Day

7 September
Threatened Species Day

13 September
National Bilby Day

Zip-line in the media
The proposed zip-line for Kondalilla National Park continues to attract media interest and commentary.  A recent article in the Hinterland Times quoted Sunshine Coast Environment Council’s Narelle McCarthy, “With just 5% of Queensland in national park estate, these special places must also be respected for the important role they play in conserving the region’s declining biodiversity and as refuges for threatened species.
Read the Hinterland Times article

The ABC also published an article stating that the State Government was yet to clarify what type of ecotourism is acceptable in Queensland national parks.
Read the ABC article

The Sunshine Valley Gazette also published an article concerning the private benefit from publicly owned land.
Read the Sunshine Valley Gazette article

A great 100th anniversary of Lamington National Park
NPAQ members were prominent among attendees of the recent Lamington National Park 100th birthday. 

Romeo Lahey's daughter, Anne Neale, spoke extensively of her father's involvement of more than 50 years at O'Reillys Green Mountains.  She reminded everyone that NPAQ was continuing to educate the public about the benefits of national parks, to be their watchdog, and to encourage visiting but decried large running events.
NPAQ Councillor, Peter Ogilvie, gave an hour-long presentation of the early history of Lamington and the lead role it played in the management of Queensland national parks for decades.  NPAQ members also had a promotional marquee there to encourage people to learn about national parks and the work of NPAQ.
Many NPAQ members also wore their Natural History Association hats to attend a Ranger and QPWS staff reunion dinner on the Saturday night.  Fortunately, many had joined Ranger-led walks at both locations following helpings of celebratory cakes, and yes, a few Lamingtons! 

Everyone really appreciated a reproduction of a 64-page booklet about the national park featuring many pictures and a centre-spread panorama, published by the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau from about 1920.
See the photos from the Lamington Centenary

New speaker for Social Evening on 12 days in Antarctica
Unfortunately, this Wednesday night’s Social Evening guest speaker from the Australian Antarctic Division is unavailable.  But our replacement will be well-known NPAQ member and well-seasoned photographer, Stewart Parker, to talk speak about his 2010 trip to Antarctica.
See details

Support NPAQ at Bridge to Brisbane on 30th August
It’s not too late to register for Bridge to Brisbane and support NPAQ at the same time!  The 5/10km walk or run is on Saturday 30th. 
Just register online for the event, and follow the prompts to nominate NPAQ in order to raise funds.   
Register for Bridge to Brisbane now

Must read books recommended by NPAQ
Australasian Journal of Environmental Management by the EIANZ
This new publication contains several fascinating papers outlining aspects of the ecology and evolutionary history of Fraser Island.
Get your copy

Secrets of the Scenic Rim by Robert Rankin
Rankin is an Australian with a passion for walking and climbing.  Having walked for many years throughout Australia he could see there was a need for a more detailed guide of the Scenic Rim area.  This book provides accessibility to pockets to South East Queensland that maps for are hard to get.  There is weather advice, travel information, and the right websites to help you find more detail.  The maps and photos (mostly taken by Rankin) are a stunning way to give you some idea of the views you will experience. 
Get your copy now

The Living Rock: The Invention of Climbing in Eastern Australia by Michael Meadows.
This book is the first comprehensive account of the origins of rock climbing in Australia. It focuses on the activities of early European explorers, post-war climbing in Queensland, and the adventures of a small and enthusiastic core of climbers – some of whom were key and founding members of NPAQ – who created modern Australian rock climbing culture.  Meadows has gifted NPAQ with a copy of The Living Rock and NPAQ members are welcome to borrow it from our office library.
Find out more and get your copy  

One Mountain after Another by Arthur Groom
This book gives a very readable account of the exploration of the Macpherson Range and associated mountains and the development of the National Parks of the area and of Binna Burra as well as development of NPAQ.” – Michael Hines, NPAQ member.

Get involved and volunteer at NPAQ
Last year, more than 5,600 voluntary hours were contributed by over 100 volunteers to a range of tasks including monthly revegetation work, mail outs, assisting at events such as members meetings and organising or leading bushwalking activities. 
Volunteers are a vital part of the NPAQ team.  We are currently looking for volunteer writers and photographers to contribute to Protected magazine, bushwalking adventure presenters for Social and Topics of Interest Evenings, helpers for events such as the Annual Dinner, detailed workers for Data Entry, and leaders for our bushwalking Activities.  Contact NPAQ today if you want to be more involved and help NPAQ.
Find out more about volunteering with us

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Protected is the official magazine of NPAQ.  Each full colour, A4 sized issue contains in depth news on national parks; and featured national park, walk and species articles. 

Distributed bimonthly to 2,000+ readers and available for download on the NPAQ website, the magazine is an effective way to advertise your organisation or business to our readers.
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