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Issue 35, Fortnight of 11 July 2016
Conservation back on the agenda in Queensland
Further areas have been added to national and regional parks in Queensland recently – with the total protected area estate now at 13,704,240 ha (7.9% of the state).
NPAQ congratulates the state government for protecting our natural heritage and its commitment to working towards the target of 17% of protected area in Queensland. National parks afford the highest level of protection for our unique wildlife and landscapes, and are the foundation of biodiversity conservation. Read more…
 
 Image: JCU Professor Mark McCormick
Queensland Government buys cattle station to protect water quality
Very impressive action by the QLD state government - the purchase of a massive fully operational cattle station to protect the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef.  Read more…
(Image: JCU Professor Mark McCormick)
 
 Image: JCU Professor Mark McCormick
Traveller’s tale of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks
NPAQ Councillor, Richard Proudfoot has just returned from the USA, having visited Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. 
People may remember the huge fires in Yellowstone some 20 years ago. Infrequent forest fire is a normal part of the coniferous forest ecosystem and whilst the forest is recovering well, scientists are concerned that the frequency of hot fires has increased. So, while Yellowstone has so far escaped the worst effects of climate change due to its higher latitude, Yosemite, further south, has not been so fortunate.  There are two very noticeable changes that have occurred in Yosemite.  The first is that a catastrophically hot rim fire has destroyed (some scientists say permanently) the forests that once populated the higher surrounds of the Park, particularly on the western side.  The second is that the coniferous forest in the Park proper is experiencing a die back of up to 20% of all trees.  Rangers stated that the severe drought has weakened the forest so much that many trees have been attacked by insect pests (beetles) and are not likely to survive. 
This is a tragedy.  So far the giant 5,000 year old redwoods have survived, but as neighbouring trees succumb, the survival of the redwoods is threatened.
IN THE NEWS:
 Image: Justin Marshall coralwatch.org
Call for immediate action to protect the Great Barrier Reef
It's encouraging to hear that more than 2500 coral scientists, policy planners and managers have signed a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for immediate action to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Read more…
(Image: Justin Marshall coralwatch.org)
Preventing sediment run-off
In a positive move for the reef, the Palaszczuk Government is calling on innovators and researchers to turn their expertise to preventing sediment run-off.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles said a total funding pool of $700,000 was available.
Whilst the priority regions are Queensland’s Dry Tropics and the Fitzroy Basin, proposals in Cape York Peninsula and the Burnett Mary region may also be considered. Read more…
Scientists’ declaration: accelerating forest, woodland and grassland destruction in Australia
Scientists from across the world, in conjunction with scientific societies and the delegates of the Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) Conference, call upon Australian governments and parliaments, especially those of Queensland and New South Wales, to take action.
They call for the prevention of a return to the damaging past of high rates of woodland and forest destruction, in order to protect the unique biodiversity and marine environments of which Australia is sole custodian. Read more…
Dugong image: SEQ Catchments
Great work by our friends at Gecko in revitalising climate change action!
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles told delegates at the “Climate Change for Good” conference (Griffith University), Queensland was getting ‘back on track’ when it came to taking action on climate change.
Queensland was once a national leader when it came to taking action on climate change. It is a shame we went three years without a plan because of a politically motived campaign by the LNP to ban any mention of it.Read more…
 
Dugong image: SEQ Catchments
Carnarvon National Park – Info Centre Upgrade
Great to see the state investing in the visitor experience and interpretation for some of Queensland's iconic national parks.
When people are able to access and understand information about the environment they are in, it enhances the feeling of connection for the visitor and in turn, fosters a desire to protect and respect these areas.
There are a number of QPWS centres that have undergone upgrades under Minister Miles over the last twelve months or so, demonstrating an understanding of the value of Queensland's National Parks and the need to convey those values to the public.
(Image: Carnarvon Info Centre, QPWS)
Councillor Retirement

On behalf of NPAQ’s member and supporters, President Michelle Prior would like to thank retiring Councillors Geoff Lowes and Mike Wilke.

Geoff retired from Council earlier this year to concentrate on being an Activities Leader. Geoff bought professional legal skills to Council and an interest in connecting with members and supporters through our bushwalking program. Geoff joined Council in 2014.

Mike recently retired from Council due to ongoing health issues. Mike bought governance and strategic skills to Council, and an interest in enhancing NPAQ’s advocacy ability to achieve worthwhile outcomes. Mike was the Convener of the Advocacy Committee, a member of the Governance Working Group and lead the strategic planning exercises. Mike will be continuing on in the Governance Working Croup. Mike joined Council in 2013.

 
Thanks Geoff and Mike for your professional skills, enthusiasm and dedication to NPAQ. Both gentlemen are fairly recent members, Geoff joining in 2011 and Mike in 2012. It is great to see newer members stepping up into the role of Council, bringing a fresh perspective.
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 and Location to be confirmed closer to the date
Events:  
Celebrate with the Quandamooka People!
Yura Yalingbila - Welcome of the Whales
Saturday 23rd July - 11am to 3pm

With the recent decision to end sand mining and allowing Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) to transition to an economic and sustainable future with eco and cultural tourism as well as joint management of the islands protected areas, the Quandamooka people have even more to celebrate during their festival this year.

There is a comprehensive itinerary of ceremonial events, markets, exhibitions and performances that will be running over the next three months all around the Redlands region.

For a full list of festival events visit  http://quandamookafestival.com.au/events-and-activities/
Activities:  
Sunday 24 July
Bird Activity - Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook

Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
Community Conservation:
Saturday 23 July
Vegetation Management Project at Jolly's Lookout, D'Aguilar NP

Ongoing
The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
16 to 31 July 2016
Peaks to Points Festival

 
Friday 29 July
Schools Tree Day
 
Sunday 31 July
National Tree Day
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