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Issue 29, Fortnight of 4 April 2016

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WHAT'S ON:
 
Events:

Wednesday 20 April 2016
Special Evening with QPWS

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium at 7:30pm
Activities:

Saturday 9 April
Baxter Falls Walk

Sunday 17 April
Birding – Raven Street Reserve


Saturday 30 April - Monday 2 May
Labour Day weekend camp - Sheep Station Creek

Sunday 22 May
Birding - at Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve, Wolston Rd, Wacol

Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration

Community Conservation:

Saturday 23 April
Vegetation Management Project at Boombana, D'Aguilar NP

Calendar Dates of Interest:

15 April 2016
NPAQ’s  86th Birthday
 
16-24 April 2016    
Australian Heritage Week
 
18 April 2016
International Day on Monuments and Sites

22 April 2016
Earth Day  and
International Mother Earth Day

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Minister's Environment Roundtable
NPAQ attended the recent Minister’s Environment Roundtable (22-23 March). The two-day program afforded an opportunity to engage with Minister Miles and senior representatives from EHP and QPWS. Protected areas were discussed at length, including expansion of the estate, understanding conservation values and managing visitation. Experts from EHP provided an update on State of the Environment reporting and gave an insight into the new digital platform. 

The State Government remains committed to recognising and highlighting the benefits protected areas provide to the community and the economy. This includes investment in ‘Gateway Centres’ and utilising various communication mediums (websites, print, etc) to keep Queenslanders informed about protected area issues.

Resource constraints were also discussed at the Roundtable. A number of solutions have been proposed including investigating alternative funding sources. In the interim, QPWS will continue to manage and resource parks according to values and visitation. 

Whilst National Parks remain the core of the protected area estate, protection of outstanding private protected areas is also garnering attention. On a related note, there was discussion regarding incentives and support to protect these private areas (from incompatible land use).

Finally, senior staff and Minister Miles thanked the organisations present (including NPAQ) for their ongoing support and advocacy efforts.



Great short walks to try these school holidays
 

As school holidays come to an end, it is easy to run out of ideas! Get the kids out of the house and into the great outdoors. Take on one of the amazing short walks on offer in Queensland’s National Parks.

Here are two tracks to think about…

Purlingbrook Falls (Springbrook National Park)
Take in the sights and sounds of the forest while you visit one of the most majestic waterfalls in South East Queensland. The 4km track takes approximately 2-3 hours and winds its way down through the gorge to the waterfalls below.

Cedar Creek Falls (Tamborine National Park)
Visit the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls area and enjoy the gorge, waterfalls and rock pools.  The walk to the lookout is approximately 500m whilst the pools are approximately 900m away.  The lookout is also accessible with a stroller, so a good one if you have a bub in tow!

These are just two ideas. There are many more great short walks to enjoy in Queensland’s beautiful National Parks. Head to NPAQ’s website to download your own copy of Getting Kids into National Parks: South East Queensland Region and get ready to explore.

Outside of South East Queensland?  We want to hear from you!  NPAQ is currently developing Great Short Walks for other regions in Queensland.  We would love to hear any suggestions for walks and activities to include.
 


Visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park? Make sure you understand no-take green zones
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) compliance officers have issued a warning that they will be boosting patrols for illegal recreational fishing and illegal camping these holidays. The GBRMPA has flagged the importance of green zones, explaining:

“Green zones are critical for protecting and conserving the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. They help protect important fish breeding and nursery habitats such as seagrasses, mangroves, and shoals.”

Compliance officers have suggested visitors utilize GPS technology to ensure they know where they are at all times-“The best way to do this is to use a GPS to keep an eye on where you are, cross check your location with a zoning map and if you have a GPS chart plotter, know how zones are displayed on your unit.”

Free zoning maps are available at bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices. Alternatively, free zoning maps are available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by calling 1800 990 177 or downloaded from www.gbrmpa.gov.au.

You can also find further information and book your camping permit online at www.npsr.qld.gov.au
 


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1st Prize is a Scenic Rim Trail package for two valued at $4,600. The Scenic Rim Trail is already praised as one of the great walks of Australia. Enjoy a spectacular four day, all-inclusive, guided walk experience exploring stunning mountains, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus of one of Australia’s most remarkable regions. From panoramic views to gourmet food, luxury tent suites to stories by the camp fire, it's a nature by day, luxury by night experience you will cherish forever. Departs from Brisbane. Find out more at www.scenicrimtrail.com/

Other prizes include luxurious accommodation, magazine subscriptions, a book voucher, tickets to the zoo, camping and outdoor equipment.  There’s over $9,000 worth of prizes to be won and tickets are $5 each, $10 for 3, or $30 for a book of 15.  NPAQ thanks all sponsors of the Annual Raffle.
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