Meeting with Minister Miles
Paul Donatiu (NPAQ Principal Advocate) and Michelle Prior (NPAQ President) met with the Minister and his advisors last Thursday. This meeting covered:
- The status of the 12 National Reserve System properties (awaiting green light from Minister Hunt for mixed tenure approach to gazettal of these properties, i.e. Regional Park on areas covered by mining exploration permits, reverting to National Park when these permits expire)
- Expanding the national park estate in this term of government (ALP State Government have ruled out introduction of a Waste Levy in this term; waste levies operate in other States - in Queensland the original proposal was for a percentage of funds raised by this levy to go to national park acquisitions)
- Legislative change (reinstating the cardinal principle, removing commercial use from the objects of the Nature Conservation Act, reinstating tenures such as National Park Scientific)
- Grazing on-Park (see below)
- Current commercial proposals for Queensland NPs (information on 10 current proposals withheld under commercial-in-confidence provisions)
- And a review of the natural, cultural and presentation values of all protected areas in Queensland (as mentioned in correspondence to NPAQ member Don Marshall in May; NPAQ will receive a briefing on this review shortly).
Congratulations to the ALP State Government on progressing the gazettal of the three properties (189,000 ha) between Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks (click here to see map; outline of Currawinya is in pale green). These properties were purchased by the previous LNP Government after NPAQ lobbied hard for a national park acquisition fund for the 2012-2015 term of state government.
Grazing on National Parks
During the meeting with Minister Miles, the ongoing impact of grazing on national parks was highlighted by the situation at Salvator Rosa in Carnarvon National Park. Carnarvon National Park covers 298,000 hectares, provides habitat for 32 listed threatened species, and is a known wildlife refugia area. Currently, 20% of the Park is being grazed across 4 leases, with ALL OF THESE due to expire by March 2016. In an email to NPAQ, a very concerned bushwalker described what he witnessed at Salvator Rosa last month (click here to see the images):
"Attached are photos taken of cattle and cattle damage at Salvator Rosa in May 2015. Grazing isn't doing any favours to the park's fragile sandstone and riverine ecosystems. I have been bushwalking for 5+ decades and I have to say I haven't seen anything like this before".
Coastal High trail run planned for Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Members of the NPAQ Advocacy Committee had a frank and robust meeting with the organizers of this 50km event, which will see trail runners traverse the length of the Great Walk in early September. The plan is to see up to 350 runners, released at 2 minute intervals, start the run early in the day from the O'Reilly's car park, with few additional spectators likely. All runners will be given a pre-run briefing, and all trails in Lamington and Springbrook will remain open during the event. A permit is yet to be issued for this event.
Scenic Rim Biodiversity Strategy
The Scenic Rim is an international biodiversity hotspot containing World Heritage Areas, National Parks and nationally, regionally and locally significant biodiversity. However there are also pressures of population growth, urban sprawl, land degradation, habitat removal and changing climatic conditions. To manage these issues and protect biodiversity Council is developing a Biodiversity Strategy that will inform Council in its planning and operational activities, initiatives, targets and policies. Council is inviting public comment on the draft Scenic Rim Biodiversity Strategy which is a 10 year plan for the conservation of biodiversity in the region and articulates Councils vision for our region’s biodiversity. Feedback is invited during the consultation period concluding COB 30 June 2015. You can obtain a printed copy from customer service centres or view or download from http://www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/have-your-say
Submissions can be in writing Biodiversity Strategy Submission, c/- CEO, SRRC, PO Box 25, Beaudesert, QLD 4285. Submissions can be emailed Quoting Biodiversity Strategy to email@example.com or via the Have Your Say portal on Council’s website.
Contribute to Protected magazine
In the first Neck of the Woods for June, we invited you to contribute your 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. Thank you to those people who have responded; a few more stories of your experience of Queensland's wonderful parks would also be very helpful!
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Must read books recommended by NPAQ
Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean by Alanna Mitchell
The first book to examine the current state of the world’s oceans — the great unexamined ecological crisis of the planet — and the fact that we are altering everything about them; temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, volume, circulation, and, of course, the life within them.
Mitchell joins the crews of leading scientists in nine of the global ocean’s hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening around the world. Whether it’s the impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the oxygen-less dead zones such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, or the shocking implications of the changing PH balance of the sea, Mitchell explains the science behind the story to create an engaging, accessible yet authoritative account.
Swimming with Crocodiles by Will Chaffey
This book tells the story where Will and an enigmatic herpetologist and wanderer called Geoff formulated a plan to walk from the headwaters of the Prince Regent River to the falls of the King Cascade on the north-west coast of Western Australia - a hazardous journey never before attempted by white men. Trekking through a harsh and seductive landscape, their expedition turned into a life-and-death struggle when their supplies run low and the boat they expected to collect them at King Cascade never arrived.
Both a riveting adventure and a wise and funny meditation on the journey to adulthood. Beautifully written and full of insight, about of the author's curiosity and passion for living, and every page pulsates with the wonder of the natural world, and the joy of a young man discovering life as if for the first time.
Listen to an interview with Will