James Cuthbertson National Park Volunteer Project Grant
To honour the legacy of James Cuthbertson, NPAQ will be initiating the James Cuthbertson National Park Volunteer Project Grant in 2015. A grant of $2,000 over two years will be awarded to a volunteer project that benefits national parks or other protected areas in Queensland. After the initial grant period, other projects may be considered, such as research projects. Criteria and details forthcoming. Thank you to Don Marshall for this suggestion, and to everyone who offered suggestions.
Canyon Survey completed
Results of the recent Canyon survey will be reported on in the June/July edition of Protected. Many thanks to the 9 people that participated in the survey and gave their time so generously!
Are targets useful for growing our National Park estate
The ALP State Government has indicated that it is supportive of the Convention on Biological Diversity target of 17% of the world’s landmass being managed as protected areas by 2020. At the moment, all protected area tenures in Queensland cover approximately 8% of the State. At a national level, recent additions of several large Indigenous Protected Areas have resulted in Australia being on track to meet this target, however these sites would only be classified as IUCN VI (national parks are IUCN II, where IUCN refers to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature).
Future of 12 Nature Reserve System properties should be known soon
Currently, the ALP State Government is waiting for Minister Hunt's approval to proceed with dual tenure gazettals of 10 of these 12 properties - i.e. national park tenure on unencumbered components, and regional park on areas affected by mining exploration permits. Though not an NRS purchase, it is unlikely that gazettal of the three properties (189,000 ha) purchased by LNP State Government between Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks will proceed until this approval comes through, because of procedural links.
Birds onto critically endangered list
Last week, two Australian shorebirds were added to the critically endangered list - the Sickle-billed Eastern Curlew, and the Curlew Sandpiper. Of Australia's 828 bird species, 11 are now listed as critically endangered. Recorded sightings for the Curlew Sandpiper occur along parts of the Queensland coast, highlighting the role of protected areas such as the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
The Walk in Cunningham’s Footsteps event is on this weekend
On the Sunday 7th June, you can retrace the footsteps of one of South East Queensland's earliest European explorers, Allan Cunningham, in his historic journey to find the gap which now bears his name!
Afternoon tea at Spicers Lodge is included. Camping options are available. Register now
Contribute to Protected magazine!
You may have noticed a great little piece in our new magazine - The National Park Experience (pg13). This section is designed to highlight the role and value of national parks, as told through the lens of personal contact with our parks. Are you interested in sharing your experience of Queensland's wonderful parks? Contact Paul on firstname.lastname@example.org
New NPAQ Staff Roles
To support delivery of its Strategy 2014-19, NPAQ has changed its organisational structure to a flexible team base that is more fiscally sound. The new roles for existing staff will commence on 1st July. The roles and associated key outcomes include:
Principal Advocate (3 days/week)
Business Development Officer (3 days/week)
- Expansion of the protected area estate and development of funding options for maintenance of national parks and protected areas
- Develop policies that maximise protection of national parks for conservation purposes
- Build partnerships and use media to deliver strategic advocacy outcomes
- Develop successful grants applications for projects that support the purpose and work of NPAQ
- Responsibility for the magazine
Project and Office Administrator (4 days/week)
- Retain and grow members, supporters and subscribers, the NPAQ community
- Raise revenue through successful, cost-effective fundraising
- Develop relationships which result in sponsorships and expand the profile of NPAQ
- Responsibility for the e-bulletin, Facebook and website content
- Provide office-based administrative services
- Manage NPAQ's database
- Connect people to conservation volunteering and Citizen Science projects
- Oversee the delivery of projects that achieve the preservation of nature in protected areas
Must read books recommended by NPAQ:
Wildlife of Greater Brisbane by the Queensland Museum
Brisbane residents are privileged to live in one of the richest natural environments in Australia. From high mountain rainforests to the barest cityscape, the region is home to an astonishing variety of wild creatures, large and small, seen and unseen. Worms, snails, spiders, insects, fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, birds and mammals, many of them rare or endangered, survive alongside the region’s human inhabitants, sharing our homes, backyards, parks and bushlands.
Rocks and Landscapes of the National Parks of Southern Queensland by Warwick Willmott
This book groups parks with a similar geological history, describes their common origins and gives details on each. It tells of the places one can see rocks and landscapes along access roads and walking tracks.
“Reading these geology books gave me a huge insight into the rock formations but also why the particular plants grew in certain areas and therefore making them easier to identify. It was like having a treasure map to follow, going from Isla Gorge and Mt Scoria Conservation Park to Cania.” – Barbara O’Connor, NPAQ member