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Issue 32, Fortnight of 23 May 2016
Protecting Queensland's national parks
Recently, NPAQ was extremely pleased to congratulate the Palaszczuk government on their commitment in delivering an election promise – that of reinstating nature conservation as the primary goal of national park management.
Acknowledging the very positive direction that the recent amendments take, NPAQ urges that the dust is not allowed to settle on the reform process. Two areas in particular - special management areas and provisions for ecotourism facilities - remain of concern. Read more
Why national parks should be valued – as told through the lens of children
Researchers have been examining the different ways that contact with nature can contribute to the health and well-being of children. The role that nature plays in children acquiring an appreciation of the environment has been highlighted, and how it leads to developing the ability to feel and express concern for other species. Read more
In the News:
From whales to insects, the Fraser Island dingo diet is a dog’s breakfast
This article from The Conversation referenced a recent scientific report (March 2016) that found that dingoes on Fraser Island are not in poor physical condition or have restricted diets (ie are starving). Read more
Coal dust can kill coral, reduce growth of fish and seagrass
Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville have found that corals exposed to the highest concentrations of coal dust die within two weeks. The scientific study mimicked the exposure of marine species to coal dust by adding carefully controlled amounts of fine coal particles and measuring the responses over time. Read more
Vegetation Management Bill
The Parliamentary Committee overseeing the Inquiry into the Vegetation Management Bill has commenced publishing submissions. Read more
World Migratory Bird Day
For the second year running, World Migratory Bird Day coincided with the Australian Government adding more migratory shorebirds to the official threatened species list. This listing is a solemn reminder that despite our collective efforts, there is still much work to be done. Read more
Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow
This article from The Conversation discussed the highly contentious and polarizing issue of land clearing, the reforms being instigated in Queensland, and how Queensland's land clearing is again becoming a national issue. Read more
Farewell to Anna Tran

NPAQ sadly farewells Anna Tran, our Business Development Officer. Anna has been with NPAQ for over five years, starting out as the Membership Officer.

Anna’s love for national parks has been translated into NPAQ’s successful education, communication and engagement programs. Anna was part of the team that introduced our fortnightly ebulletins Neck of the Woods and bi-monthly magazine Protected, engaged members through the Friends of Park program, and encouraged people to go bush through NPAQ’s Great Queensland Bushwalk.
We wish Anna all the best for her future endeavours, and express our thanks for her passion for national parks and dedication to NPAQ.
Sunday 29 May 2016
Green Heart Fair
7th Brigade Park, Murphy Rd, Chermside
from 9am to 2pm
Come and visit the NPAQ stand and say hello! Read more
Sunday 5 June 2016
World Environment Day Festival
Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore
from 10am
Come and visit the NPAQ stand and say hello! Read more
Wednesday 15 June 2016
Brisbane Region June Social Evening
7:15pm at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
Topic: What is Nature
Speaker: Joachim Froese
Read more

Sunday 29 May
Day Walk on Mount Cordeaux track, Main Range National Park

Sunday 19 June

Birding at Dan Stiller Reserve, Larapinta
Wednesday 22 June
Social Walk – Morelia Section of D’Aguilar NP

Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
Community Conservation:
Saturday 18 June
Vegetation Management Project at Jolly's Lookout, D'Aguilar NP

The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
Saturday 9 July 2016 to Wednesday 13 July 2016
Queensland Ornithological Conference
This biennial conference is a series of talks related to birds and their conservation. Read more

Saturday 9 July 2016
8:45am -4:30pm
St Lucia, University of Queensland

Sunday 10 July 2016
Bird Walks

Sunday 10 -  Wednesday 13 July 2016
BirdLife National Campout
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