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Issue 17, 1 September to 13 September 2015

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Events This Fortnight:

Sun 6 September
Daves Creek Wildflower Walk

Wed 16 September
Annual General Meeting 2015

Wed 16 September
Annual Awards Dinner 2015

Upcoming Events:

Sat 19 September
Vegetation Management

Sun 20 September
Oxley Common Bird Watching
Wed 23 September
Social Walk to White Rock

Other Calendar Dates:

National Biodiversity Month

1 September
National Wattle Day

7 September
Threatened Species Day

13 September
National Bilby Day

19 September
World Parks Day

Annual General Meeting
The National Parks Association of Queensland Inc. will host its Annual General Meeting at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Auditorium on Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 5:30pm. 

NPAQ President, Michelle Prior, invites all members to attend the AGM.  A report of the past financial year’s activities will be presented, and the Council elected for the coming year.
See the list of Council Nominations here
See the Agenda


Annual Awards Dinner
Celebrate the achievements of your Association, whilst enjoying the NPAQ Annual Awards Dinner, directly following the AGM at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. 

This year, our guest speaker NPAQ life member Tony Groom will present on ‘National Parks around the World and Into the Future’.  Romeo Lahey Awards will be presented to members who have reached the magical mark of 50 years of NPAQ membership.

     Date: Wednesday 16 September
     Cost: $30 per person
     RSVP by Wednesday 9th September via the website, post, phone or email.

Mining to end on North Stradbroke Island in 2019
The Friendly Bay Island recently published a Q and A article where Premier Palaszczuk answered questions in relation to the ending of sand mining in Northern Stradbroke Island in 2019.

"The Labor party has had a long-standing commitment to transition North Stradbroke island away from sand mining, with an end to mining operations by 2019.  We held this commitment in Government, the commitment never wavered in Opposition, and we will deliver on our commitment now that we are back in Government........In our view, North Straddie is not just a workplace, it's an environmental wonder.  We must make the tough decisions now in order to protect the island for generations to come.  We are willing to make these tough decisions because we need to confront the stark reality that the longer sand mining continues on North Straddie the more damage it will do to the environment over the long term"
Read the article
Tackling feral cats and wild dogs
The Queensland Government is calling for expressions of interest on wild dog and feral cat management.  $4 million will be available over the next three years to support projects in drought-affected areas to trap and bait wild dogs.  In addition, $1 million will be available for feral cat research that will support future programs in national parks and key private conservation reserves.  Priority will be given to projects proposed for the Paroo, Murweh, Quilpie, Barcaldine, Longreach, Blackall-Tambo, Barcoo, Winton, Flinders, Bulloo, Maranoa, Balonne, Southern Downs, Western Downs and Goondiwindi Shires.

For further information about feral cats and wild dogs and how to apply for funding contact 13 25 23 or visit

Recent presentations made by NPAQ
NPAQ has recently made presentations at two biodiversity and protected area forums.  One was the Nature Refuges: A way forward at the Private Land Conservation conference hosted by the Queensland Trust for Nature.  The other was Biodiversity in national parks - value, preservation and uniqueness at the North Stradbroke Island Biodiversity Forum.
Must read books recommended by NPAQ
Where Song Began by Tim Low
Australia has many avian oddities.  The fact that most ornithologists live north of the equator led to a ‘northern origins’ bias in studies of bird evolution.  Tim Low corrects this by revealing Australia as a birthplace of many groups.  Some birds have been here for 20 million years before the rest of the world!
Find out more

Small Wonders: A Close Look at Nature’s Miniatures by Stanley and Kaisa Breeden
Award winning photographers, Stanley and Kaisa bring Australia’s tiny creatures to life.  The couple are based in far north Queensland and have captured the minute details, textures, and colours of what would otherwise be missed by the human eye.
Take a peek

The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
Former speechwriter and award winning author, Don Watson, now tells tales of the landscapes and histories that have shaped Australia.  He also touches on why, as a largely coast-living nation, we so often think and talk of the bush.
Read more
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