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Issue 26, Fortnight of 15 February 2016

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Wednesday 17 February
Brisbane Region Social Evening
7:30pm, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens


Sunday 21 February
Birding at Tinchi Tamba Wetland

Wednesday 24 February
Social Walk at 7th Brigade Park

Friday 25 March
2016 Easter Camp at Girraween

Saturday 30 April
Labour Day weekend camp - Sheep Station Creek

Saturday 27 August
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration

Community Conservation:

Saturday 20 February
Vegetation Management Project at Boombana, D'Aguilar NP

Calendar Dates of Interest:

Thursday 3 March
World Wildlife Day

Sunday 6 – Saturday 12 March
National Groundwater Awareness Week

Time to stop grazing in National Parks
The Agriculture and Environment Committee recently reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.  The primary objective of the Bill was to reverse a number of amendments made by the previous government.  Of note to NPAQ are changes to revert rolling term leases for agriculture, grazing or pastoral purposes within nature conservation areas and specified national parks back to term leases.  This enables the lands to be “protected for the purpose that they were intended”.
Read the full article.

Girraween National Park Celebrates its 50th Birthday
Girraween National Park turned a proud half a century on the 14th February 2016.  This distinctive Queensland national park, with its momentous geological formations, majestic trees and brilliant wildflowers, is not only recognised for its outstanding conservation values and landscapes, but also for the strong connection that many people, far and wide, hold dear.   
Read more about Girraween

Tribute to Bill Goebel
Sadly NPAQ life member William Goebel passed away on the 2nd December 2015 at age 93.

Bill has contributed enormously towards the conservation of the protected area that is now known as Girraween National Park. This area that now incorporates the Goebel property had been his backyard since the age of nine, when his family purchased land for farming in 1931. Bill’s intimate knowledge of the local flora and fauna, along with an ability to interpret and share that knowledge, has been instrumental in convincing many a visitor or surveyor that these areas should be protected.
Read more of the Tribute to Bill Goebel

Win one of 18 great prizes in the NPAQ Annual Raffle
Buy a raffle ticket to have your chance to win some great prizes in this year’s NPAQ Raffle.  Tickets are just $5 each, $10 for 3, or $30 for a book of 15.
See prizes and buy tickets.

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