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Issue 2, 9 March 2015

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Events this week:

14 to 21 March - Camel Trek in Northern Flinders Ranges
Please note this event is already booked out, but leaders are still taking expressions of interest to run another event in the future.

Upcoming Events:

Wed 18 March - Social and Topic of Interest Evening

Fri 27 to Sun 29 March - National Parks Day Weekend

Other Calendar Dates:

8 - 14 March - National Groundwater Awareness Week

9 -15 March - Parks Week events - various NSW National Parks

Mon 16 March - Plants of the Tweed Caldera with Glen Leiper

Sat 21 March - 100th Anniversary of Sherwood Arboretum

National Parks Day Weekend - 27 to 29 March
Join with NPAQ, and our hosts, the Green Mountains Natural History Association, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gazettal of Lamington National Park.
There will be buffet dinner on Friday and Saturday night, and several walks have been organised for Saturday 28 March. [read more]

Please note: registrations will close Wednesday 18th March

Environment Roundtable

Minister Dr Steven Miles recently met with conservation groups across the state at his first Environment Roundtable.  NPAQ congratulated the Government on retaining National Parks in the Minister's portfolio and flagged several major issues for the Minister's attention including gazettal of the 12 national reserve system properties, continuation of the national park acquisition strategy, a review of commercial activity planned for national parks, and the removal of cattle from Queensland national parks.

Great Barrier Reef
The Palaszczuk ALP Government is amending the Draft Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan to reflect its approach to protecting the Reef and address UNESCO’s concerns about the protection of the state’s single biggest natural asset.
NPAQ continues to argue that one of the most effective means of protecting the reef, and mitigating run-off, is to declare more protected areas in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

[read more].

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review 
The Abbott Government has suspended the new national network of marine sanctuaries, and begun a substantial review.  Conservation groups and leading scientists are concerned that the Coral Sea, Kimberley, Geographe Bay, Lord Howe Island, and the Great Australian Bight made be cut back or lost from the proposed reserves.  These sanctuaries protect marine life and give fish populations the chance to rebuild and thrive. [read more]

Byfield National Park
QPWS Cyclone Marcia update:
There has been extensive damage to roads and the recreation facilities in the area.  Many trees and a lot of shade has been lost at most sites.  The following sites are open as of Friday 6 March:
                Stockyard Point track
                Stockyard Headland lookout
                Five Rocks campsite
                Nine Mile Beach - Pandanus campsite only
                Waterpark Creek day use only
                Scouts campsite
 All other sites are closed due to damage and further clean up and repair works required.

Volunteer to help NPAQs events and programs
Contact NPAQ today if you would like to help.
No matter how big or small your contribution, it will be appreciated.  There are various events and programs at NPAQ you can help with.  For example:
  • Publications including NPAQs Protected magazine need journal article and photograph contributors, editors and designers (InDesign), as well as postage mail out helpers.
  • Social and topics of interest evenings require help with the organising special guest speakers, venue set up, and serving of supper.
  • There are also opportunities for higher level contribution on NPAQs Council and Committees, as well as Activity Leadership.
Surplus NPAQ items
Make an offer and they are yours [read more]
Celebrating 90 great years of Sherwood Arboretum
Sherwood Arboretum celebrates 90 great years!
One of Brisbane’s much-loved green spaces, the heritage-listed Sherwood Arboretum is celebrating its 90th birthday at 8.30am on Saturday 21 March [read more]

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