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Issue 50, Fortnight of 6 March 2017

Annual Raffle
The National Parks Association of Queensland’s Annual Fundraising Raffle is now open to purchase tickets!

Tickets are $5 each, $10 for 3 or $30 for a book of 15.

Check out our great prizes and purchase tickets online http://www.npaq.org.au/annualraffle2017

Thank you to our amazing sponsors! Yuraygir Walking Experiences,Binna Burra LodgeAllure Stradbroke ResortLone Pine Koala SanctuaryMirimar CruisesAustralia ZooGreat Walks magazineWild MagazineBunnings WarehouseColes

The Raffle will be drawn on 4th June 2017. Early bird prizes drawn 15 May 2017.

Winners will be notified by phone or email.  


Queensland’s Draft Protected Area Strategy

The Draft Queensland Protected Area Strategy discussion paper CLOSED for public comment on Friday 24th February. Thank you to our members and supporters who provided feedback.

The NPAQ Advocacy committee has provided a submission on the strategy, and we will keep you updated on the outcome.
Image: Central Australians learning about buffel grass, via Arid Lands Environment Centre.

Central Australian farmers manage Buffel grass without the need for cattle
Recent rainfall in Central Australia has transformed the desert into a sea of green, but the new scenery has not been welcomed by everyone.

The increased amount of buffel grass has concerned the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) in Alice Springs.

Even though the introduced species is not considered a weed in the Northern Territory and is commonly grown on pastoral properties, ALEC argues buffel grass is an incredible carrier of fire in the arid zone and competes with native grasses.

The group recently convened a buffel-busting tour in and around Alice Springs to educate people about the potential for controlling the grass.

Long-term local Bruce Simmons has been managing buffel for many years on his own land, but said he still learnt something new.

Mr Simmons said the buffel was flourishing, but he was able to demonstrate on his block how native grasses and legumes came back once the buffel was gone. "You can beat buffel, if you're persistent and develop a technique which works for you. I like digging it out myself," he said.
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Image: Dubuji boardwalk, Cape Tribulation, by Campbell Clarke via Wet Tropics Management Authority website

Queensland Government rebuilds Dubuji boardwalk at Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation’s Dubuji boardwalk in far north Queensland is being rebuilt from recycled materials at a cost of $1.643 million, to retain the well-known tourist attraction and improve safety.

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Queensland Government had worked with Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation (representing the Traditional Owners), Douglas Shire Council, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the local community to find ways to replace and upgrade the entire boardwalk.
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Image: Kokoda Track by A Colvill, Qld Govt 2015

Queensland and PNG rangers work together on historic Kokoda track under Palaszczuk Government agreement
Rangers from Queensland and Papua New Guinea will work together to repair the Kokoda Track, in the 75th Anniversary year of the WWII Kokoda Campaign.

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Palaszczuk Government had today (Wednesday) signed a memorandum of understanding with the PNG Government and an agreement with the Australian Government. The Australian Government is helping to fund the project as part of a five-year, $25 million commitment to the protection of the Kokoda Track and surrounding region.

Dr Miles said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is sending nine rangers to Papua New Guinea to work with the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) on track repairs and the recording of natural values along some key sections of the track.
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Image: Lakefield National Park, Peter Lik, courtesy of Tourism Queensland
 
Cairns meeting sets up committee and terms for future management of Cape York parks
Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land Trusts and Aboriginal corporations have nominated members for a committee to provide advice to the Palaszczuk Government on managing national parks and other protected areas on Cape York.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles welcomed the nominations for the Cape York Peninsula Regional Protected Area Management Committee in Cairns on Thursday 23 February.

Cape York Peninsula has outstanding values, and I’m looking for guidance from Aboriginal landowners on how the Government can work best with them to manage this special region, to take good care of its exceptional natural and cultural heritage,” Dr Miles said in Cairns.

This meeting is not a Government forum, but a gathering of approximately 30 Traditional Owners of national parks, to elect a chair and a committee that will report regularly to the Government with advice on managing the protected areas on Cape York Peninsula".
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Image: Northern Bettong, via Qld Government

Northern Bettong Spotted on Camera
The Northern Bettong has been spotted on Camera, by QPWS Rangers for the first time in 10 years, at Mt Lewis National Park!
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Image: Natura Pacific

GroNATIVE App
The GroNATIVE App has been developed by Natura Pacific and Griffith University, to help people in south-east Queensland select local native plants and help support the local biodiversity.

The App is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Get it on your phone and/or tablet now!
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Image: Tackle Bin via Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast

Tackle Bins for the Gold Coast
Wild Bird Rescues GOLD COAST with the support of Gold Coast Waterways Authority, have developed new Tackle Bins; a project more than a year in the making and driven from the outset by Kellie Lindsay (pictured). 

The bins are the first of this type in QLD, and the first in Australia to feature the names and phone numbers of wildlife rescue organizations that assist hooked and entangled birds.

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Image: The Flinders Ranges were once a refuge from a changing climate, The Conversation via Shutterstock

How the warming world could turn many plants and animals into climate refugees
As the climate changes, many plants and animals are likely to find their favoured home much less hospitable. To survive, species may need to migrate to more suitable habitats known as “refugia” ,to escape the harsh environments.

However  the rapid rate of global temperature increases, combined with recent human activity, may make this much harder.
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NPAQ’s Annual Easter Camp will be at a private campground known as Yandilla, in Mt Kilcoy, adjacent to Conondale National Park. The campground has flushing toilets and hot showers available.

The property provides opportunities for walkers, photographers and bird watchers alike, with several waterfalls on the property, interesting flora and fauna, and a bird list of 160 species, not to mention the features of the nearby Conondale National Park.
 
Cost: $92.50 per person camping fees + $8 NPAQ Extended Activity fee. 
Kids under 14 years are free.

Sites are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Payment is required at time of booking.
For more info or to Register

Image: Stewart on crossing no3 at Carnarvon Gorge

Sad News
NPAQ were sad to hear of the passing of member Stewart Parker, on Sunday 5th March. Stewart and wife Jennifer have volunteered for our association for many years, and attended many extended activities. He was also an avid photographer.

We wish to extend our condolences to Stewart's family and friends.

A funeral for Stewart will be held this Friday 10th March, from 10am at Chapel Hill Uniting Church, 9 Chapel Hill Road, Chapel Hill. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend.

Sunday 19 March
Bird Watching Kholo Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 22 March
Social Walk to King Island, Wellington Point
Call for Volunteers
Dear Brisbane Region Members,
National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) will be attending a series of local markets in the upcoming months (March-June 2017). The goal will be to inform the public about the value of and issues surrounding national parks, what NPAQ does, attract new members and subscribers, and sell our annual fundraising raffle tickets.

We are calling for volunteers that can assist at the NPAQ stall during these events.

If you are interested in helping for a few hours, please contact the office on (07) 3367 0878, or email admin@npaq.org.au. and we will send you a list of dates and times for the markets we are attending.
We are very grateful for your support!
Saturday 18th March 2017
Vegetation Management Project
at Jolly’s Lookout, D’Aguilar National Park
Leader: Angus McElnea
0429 854 446 or gus_mcelnea@hotmail.com

 
Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
Call for Volunteers for 2017
Feather Map
Ongoing
Become a citizen scientist today by collecting wetland bird feathers you find on the ground or in the water and help our researchers create the first ever Feather Map of Australia.
Wildlife Spotter
Ongoing
Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia. Anyone can join in and you can do it all online.

 
US fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett will join the Invasive Species Council ‘s Fire Ants Down Under tour this month, visiting five capital Australian cities in just one week. 

The key task of our whirlwind tour is to warn as many Australians as possible of the dangers to our nation if we fail to eradicate Queensland’s current fire ant infestations - they need to know we can’t afford to let this genie out of the bottle.

Now we need your help. Can you come to one of our national fire ant forums, and bring your friends and family?

We're holding forums in Brisbane on March 20, Canberra on March 21, Sydney on March 22, Melbourne on March 23 and finishing in Perth on March 24. 

Book your free tickets online >>

We also need help advertising the tour, can you share our posts on Facebook and Twitter, and put up our poster in your workplace or anywhere else you think it might get attention?

You can also support the campaign to eradicate fire ants by signing our petition and donating to support the national emergency tour.
Parks Week
4 to 12 March 2017

Saturday was the start of Parks Week www.parks-week.org (4th to 12th March), to raise awareness of the value of our parks and open spaces and to encourage people to get out and about.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy what our beautiful National Parks have to offer!

Green Cities Conference
6 to 8 March 2017
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