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Issue 37, Fortnight of 8 August 2016
Miles Between Red Flag and Green Light Shortened

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles recently showed his dedication to the cause of his National Parks portfolio by consulting with relevant stakeholders during a visit to meet with NPAQ councillors.  Dr Steven Miles decided to take the time to personally engage with NPAQ along with his staff during a planned meeting to brief councilors on the current Scenic Rim Trail eco-tourism proposal for Main Range National Park. Read more...
IN THE NEWS:
Land clearing legislation amendments
NPAQ supports the Palaszczuk Government’s amendments to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, that will and protect the environment whilst enabling agriculture to thrive. Read more…
(Image: The Conversation)
What happens to the landscape and the environment after the mining boom?
Whilst it’s a moment of significant challenge is it also an opportunity to reflect on the environmental impact of the industry at the heart of Australia’s recent economic growth?
Pascal Scherrer (Southern Cross Uni) and his colleagues contemplate how we can change our relationship with the land for the better.  Read more…

(Image: The Conversation)
Bring it on Park-emon!
The National Parks Association of Queensland, has recently embraced and adopted the motto Connect and Protect to sum up who are and what we do in a short and concise statement. However, I think we had envisioned a traditional, natural and organic connection with nature, rather than CONNECT with your smartphone in order to inspire protection of nature. But hey, if it works then...
Bring it on, Park-emon. Read more…

(Image: The Conversation)
Brumbies rediscovered on Fraser Island after being caught on ranger cameras
Through the use of motion sensing cameras, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have confirmed that brumbies are still roaming on Fraser Island, nearly ten years after they were thought to have been removed from the island. Read more...
(Image: Queensland Government)
Interested in Serving as a NPAQ Councillor?

Are you interested in driving the strategic direction on behalf of the membership of NPAQ, and contributing to good governance to ensure the Association is well run?

Do you enjoy a challenge? Become a NPAQ Councillor and contribute to achieving the long-term sustainability of the Association and the achievement of its wortwhile mission.

Download a Councillor Nomination Form here.
Nomination forms should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary by close of business Monday 22 August 2016.
•             Email to secretary@npaq.org.au  or
•             Mail to Honorary Secretary, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
 
Once your completed nomination form is received you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours (or 72 hours if sent by post), please contact the NPAQ Office on 07 3367 0878.
Have Your Say:

Priority Issues for Queensland National Parks – NPAQ Survey

Our national parks and other protected areas are constantly under pressure from various issues that can affect their sustainable future, the biodiversity within them and our ability to enjoy them.

What do you think are the most important issues concerning national parks and other protected areas (on land or sea)?  Have your say here…

Please return completed surveys to the NPAQ Office by Wednesday 31st August. Email to admin@npaq.org.au, or post to NPAQ, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
 
The AGM will commence at 7.30pm followed a presentation on the history of NPAQ, Annual Awards will be presented, and the Ruth Read historical collection dedication. Platters and refreshments will be provided .
Events:  
Wednesday 17 August 2016
Social Evening
7:15pm for a 7:30pm start
Presentation by Barry Ingham (subject to be confirmed)
Wednesday 7 September 2016
Threatened Species Day
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City
Come and say hello to NPAQ at Threatened Species Day
Sunday 11 September 2016
Green Heart Fair
Carindale Recreation Reserve
Come visit the NPAQ stall and say hello.
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Romeo Lahey Lecture
Guest speaker yet to be confirmed
There will be a door charge for platters and refreshments.
Activities:  
Sunday 21 August
Bird Activity at Lake Manchester

(Image: Lake Manchester, J Rice)
 
Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
(please note this is fully booked)
 
Sunday 25 September
Bird Activity at Karawatha Forest
Community Conservation:
Saturday 20 August
Vegetation Management Group, Jolly’s Lookout

Ongoing
Wildlife Spotter
Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia. Anyone can join in and you can do it all online.

Ongoing
The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
Tuesday 9 August 2016
International Day for World Indigenous Peoples

 
13 to 21 August 2016
National Science Week
22 to 28 August 2016
Keep Australia Beautiful Week
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