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Issue 8, 20 April 2015




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Events This Week:

Wed 22 April
Social and Topics of Interest Evening: 
QPWS and DEHP on national park acquisitions and management

Sat 25 April
ANZAC Park Social Walk

Sun 26 April
Bird Watching Dowse Lagoon

Upcoming Events:

Wed 29 April
Glasshouse Mountains Tag Along

Sat 2 May
Baxter Falls Day Walk

Sun 3 May
Tamborine Mountain Descent

Other Calendar Dates:

22 April
Queensland Environmental Education expo  


22 April
International Mother Earth Day & Earth Day

26 April
Glossy Black Cocktatoo ID training

30 April - 2 May
Environment Week at Binna Burra Lodge

2 May
Exploring Apparent Conflicts in Wildlife Management forum

9 May
International Migratory Bird Day

9 May
Bat Festival at Chapel Hill, Brisbane

The Minister will also be attending NPAQs 22nd April event at Mt-Coot-tha
NPAQ has just confirmed that the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, Hon Dr Steven Miles, will be attending this Wednesday’s Social and Topics of Interest Evening with QPWS and DEHP.  Come along and hear about what the current State Government is doing in the area of national park acquisitions and management.  Many issues, such as grazing on-park, remain to be resolved before we can truly call our national parks protected.  Visit http://www.npaq.org.au/events to find out more.



2014 Christmas Appeal Update
NPAQ will be conducting a survey for Gouldian and Black-throated Finches and other endangered species on The Canyon property in northern Queensland in May.  The survey is being coordinated with help from QPWS staff and local naturalist Keith MacDonald.  Many thanks again to all NPAQ members and supporters who gave so generously to this appeal.



Feral Cats
There are now an estimated 20 million feral cats in Australia, consuming between three and 20 native species a day.  Feral cats remain a priority issue for QPWS, who continue to undertake control programs in most national parks.
See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/feral-cat-control-needs-a-national-approach/6388324


Recognising the Legacy of James Cuthbertson
James Cuthbertson was a longstanding and active member of NPAQ when he passed away in September 1993. James was an active bushwalker and participant in NPAQ Outdoor Activities. He was also a keen supporter of the aims and objectives of our association, and an active volunteer in national parks.
 
In his will, Mr Cuthbertson bequeathed virtually the whole of his estate to NPAQ. Following the terms of his will, the bequest was invested by NPAQ for a period of 20 years, as the James Cuthbertson Memorial Fund. When the JCM Fund matured last year, NPAQ re-invested these funds according to the terms of the will - the corpus to be preserved in perpetuity, with the income used for the purpose of the aims and objects of NPAQ.
 
James made a substantial contribution to conservation by running an honorary rangers organisation in Queensland national parks. In 2001, he was recognised by the State of Queensland  through the naming of two prominent landforms in the Main Range National Park, as the Cuthbertson Peaks.
 
Council would like to invite members to nominate suggestions of how NPAQ can best recognise and honour James Cuthbertson. For example, a James Cuthbertson Award or Bursary to a person who is actively involved in volunteering in national parks.
 
Please forward your suggestions to the office: (07) 3367 0878, admin@npaq.org.au.































 
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