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Issue 28, Fortnight of 21 March 2016

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Friday 25 March
2016 Easter Camp at Girraween

Saturday 9 April
Baxter Falls Walk

Sunday 17 April
Birding – Raven Street Reserve

Saturday 30 April
Labour Day weekend camp - Sheep Station Creek

Saturday 27 August
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration

Community Conservation:

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

Calendar Dates of Interest:

21 March 2016
Harmony Day
International Day of Forests

22 March 2016
World Water Day

Go exploring these school holidays!
With school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to think about fun activities.
Here is one idea for your next adventure from NPAQ’s fantastic Getting Kids into National Parks guide: 
“Splash, sink, soak”
If your adventure leads you to water, stop to throw a small object in, listen to it ‘plop and watch the circular ripples. You can experiment to see who can make the smallest splash or if the water is flowing, hold a ‘leaf boat’ race.’ (pg 6, Getting Kids into National Parks)

That is just one idea, there is plenty more to inspire your next adventure in one of Queensland’s beautiful National Parks. Head to NPAQ’s website to download your own copy and get ready to explore.
Getting Kids into National Parks guide
Have your say: call for submissions re Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
The Agriculture and Environment Committee is inviting submissions for the inquiry into the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.

The Bill proposes to amend the Vegetation Amendment Act 1989, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, the Water Act 2000, the Environmental Offsets Act 2014 to:
  • tighten the vegetation management framework for controlling land clearing in Queensland;
  • limit the clearing of riparian vegetation, especially in the Great Barrier Reef catchments;
  • reinstate the application of the riverine protection permit framework to the destruction of vegetation in a watercourse, lake or spring; and
  • reinstate certain environmental offset requirements.
Links to the Bill, Explanatory Notes and introductory speech will be available shortly from the inquiry page on the State Government’s website:  The inquiry page will be updated shortly with key dates (including the closing date for lodging written submissions).

Cessation of Mining on North Stradbroke Island – Extension of inquiry scope and reporting date; New call for submissions
On the 17th March, the Legislative Assembly agreed to extend the Finance and Administration Committee’s scope of inquiry into the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015, and the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability (Renewal of Mining Leases) Amendment Bill 2015 - to include consideration of the North Stradbroke Island draft Economic Transition Strategy and Economic Transition Plans and amend the reporting timeframe to 3rd May 2016.

The Committee is now seeking written submissions on the draft Economic Transition Strategy and Economic Transition Plans.  Submissions close on 4pm, Thursday 7th April 2016.

Further information, including published documents regarding the inquiry and the public submissions are available on the Committee’s inquiry website

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Tickets are $5 each, $10 for 3, and $30 for a book of 15.  NPAQ thanks all sponsors of the Annual Raffle.
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NPAQ brings together people who share an appreciation for protected areas and the vital role they play in conserving our unique and splendid natural environment. 

Become a member of NPAQ and contribute to the ultimate protection of nature – national parks. Learn about and visit our irreplaceable places in Queensland – our unique natural heritage.

Member benefits include:
  • Half price Activities (bushwalks and other activities under the guidance of experienced leaders).
  • Member-only camps and excursions.
  • The option to receive Protected magazine by post.
  • Access to the NPAQ library.
  • First preference to fill volunteer opportunities is given to NPAQ members.
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