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Issue 25, Fortnight of 8 February 2016

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


Sunday 14 February
Coomera River Circuit

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

Sunday 21 February
Birding at Tinchi Tamba Wetland

Wednesday 24 February
Social Walk at 7th Brigade Park

Calendar Dates of Interest:

Tuesday 2 February
World Wetland Day

Have your say: Sand Mining on North Stradbroke
North Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand island in the world and has a rich diversity of habitats ranging from mangroves to freshwater lakes and rainforests.  Waters nearby the island are home to threatened species including the dugong and grey nurse shark.  North Stradbroke is also known as Minjerribah.  The Quandamooka people (people of the bay) are the traditional owners of the land and waters on and around the island.  Their relationship with the island dates back thousands of years.

Sand mining has occurred at North Stradbroke since 1949.  After a series of legislative changes, the Queensland Government is committed to phasing out sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019.  As part of this process, the Queensland Government is inviting submissions from all interested parties on the issue. 

Join NPAQ in supporting the Bill which restores the 2019 end date for mining on North Stradbroke Island.  You can find further information here

Submissions can be mailed to ‘The Finance and Administration Committee, Parliament House, George Street, Brisbane 4000’ or emailed to
Submissions close Monday 29 February 2016.

Have your say: Barrier Fences in Queensland
The management of wild dogs and rabbits in Queensland is a complex issue with economic and environmental repercussions.  ‘Wild dogs’ is a collective term referring to purebreds, dingoes, hybrids and domestic dogs.  There is ongoing research to understand the ecological role of wild dogs, including the importance of maintaining apex predators.  

Barrier fences have been a key strategy for managing invasive pests including wild dogs and rabbits since the 1880s.  Perhaps the most well-known is the Wild Dog Barrier Fence spanning 2,560 kilometres connecting with fences in New South Wales and South Australia.  This fence aims to protect sheep grazing areas of southern and south-west Queensland and is managed by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).   

Another barrier fence is The Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Fence.  This fence extends 555 kilometres from Lamington National Park to Goombi in the south-west of Queensland connecting to the Wild Dog Barrier Fence.

The Queensland Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committee is inviting submissions regarding the management of these barrier fences.  For further information, please refer to the background information paper here.   

A guide to making submissions can be found here 

Submissions close Monday 29 February 2016.

NPAQ Annual Raffle prizes not to be missed
There are 18 great prizes to be won in this year’s NPAQ Raffle, including a four day Scenic Rim Trail package (valued at $4,600), Yuraygir Coastal Walk experience (valued at $3,100), luxurious accommodation at Binna Burra Lodge and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, vouchers and magazine subscriptions just to name a few.

Tickets are just $5 each, $10 for 3, or $30 for a book of 15.  Winners will be drawn on 30th April 2016. 
Buy your tickets now!
See prizes and buy tickets.

Girraween National Park celebrates its 50th birthday
Join the celebrations at Girraween National Park, this Saturday 13th February.  Festivities include guided walks, history displays, family treasure hunt and lantern parade.  To RSVP and for further information, please phone (07) 4684 5157.
Read more about Girraween 50th Birthday celebrations 

NPAQ supports World Wetlands Day
The global theme for World Wetlands Day this year (2nd February) was ‘Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods’ to highlight the important role wetlands play in order to keep our landscapes healthy and productive. 
With good management, wetlands provide a range of services and benefits for our communities.  In Australia, wetlands support industries such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism by supplying water for crops, stock and people, maintaining water quality, providing habitat for commercial species and having cultural and recreational values.
Learn more about World Wetlands Day.

On Sunday 21 February NPAQ Activity Leader, Ian Peacock, will be leading a birding activity at Tinchi Tamba Wetland.
Register to attend.

Fraser Island – Call For Volunteers
Fraser Island Defenders Organisation is inviting NPAQ Members and Supporters to participate in the upcoming  working bee on Fraser Island:
  • 24th – 29th March (EASTER) - Maintenance of George Haddock Memorial Track
Click for further information and register to attend.

Must read book
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland by Mark Roberts and Gillian Duncan is an up to date book of shorter, easier, accessible bushwalks.  Every bushwalk is illustrated with a finely detailed topographical map.
Get a copy.

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