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Issue 38, Fortnight of 22 August 2016
The Thin Green Line
In the early 2000s, a Victorian national park ranger named Sean Willmore attended an International Rangers Congress where he was awed by the stories of the risks faced by rangers around the world. So he re-mortgaged his house and, in 2004, travelled across six continents and 19 countries, interviewing and filming the lives and stories of park rangers, in an attempt to explore the social and environmental pressures at the front line of conservation. He gives his story in his amazing documentary, ‘The Thin Green Line’, which was launched on 31 July, 2007. Read more…
They just keep falling! Legislation failed to pass
Latest figures showed that 296,000 hectares of woody vegetation was cleared in 2014-15. So disappointing that agreements could not be reached to pass the Native Vegetation Clearing Laws. This rate of clearing is not in the best interest of people, agriculture, farming, wildlife, or eco-systems supporting the rivers, bays and reefs of Queensland. Read more…
Shocking News for Threatened Species!
It is so disheartening to hear that almost two dozen of Queensland's native species have had an upgrade to their threatened status.
This is another key reason to support the recent push for tougher vegetation clearing laws in Queensland!
Alarming recommendations this week from the State Government committee charged with assessing flora and fauna included listing the Bramble Cay melomys as extinct. Read more…
Time is Running Out for our Threatened Species and for Action on Climate Change
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has announced a review into the risk tree-clearing poses to Queensland’s plant and animal species after 21 were assessed as facing an upgraded threat.
Dr Miles confirmed Queensland’s Species Technical Committee (STC) recommended 21 of the 29 species of flora and fauna it reviewed be re-listed to a more threatened protection status.
He said nine species assessed by the committee on Thursday had been upgraded to “endangered”. Read more…
Nominations Received for Positions Open for Election at the Annual General Meeting:

As per Issues 34 to 37 of Neck of the Woods and linked nomination form and June-July 2016 edition of Protected magazine, nomination from members for Council positions closed on Monday 22 August 2016. The following nominations have been received for the positions open for election at the AGM on 21 September 2016:
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Treasurer
Vice President
Vice President
Assistant Honorary Secretary
Councillor (2 year term)
Councillor (2 year term)
Councillor (2 year term)
Councillor (1 year term)
Michelle Prior
Debra Marwedel
Graham Riddell
Athol Lester
Tony O’Brien
Yvonne Parsons
Dennis McMullen
Alexsis Wilson
Daniel Kelly

Procedure at AGM:

In accordance with the NPAQ Rules (our constitution), as insufficient candidates have been nominated, at the AGM the nominated candidates shall be deemed to be elected and nominations for the remaining one position will be taken from the floor of the meeting.

(Councillors Julie Hainsworth and Richard Proudfoot continue for another year).

Click here to read the full Memorandum and a brief Curriculum Vitae for each nominee
Have Your Say:

Priority Issues for Queensland National Parks – NPAQ Survey

Our national parks and other protected areas are constantly under pressure from various issues that can affect their sustainable future, the biodiversity within them and our ability to enjoy them.

What do you think are the most important issues concerning national parks and other protected areas (on land or sea)?  Have your say here…

Please return completed surveys to the NPAQ Office by Wednesday 31st August. Email to, or post to NPAQ, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Presentation

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
The AGM will commence at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the Annual Awards evening including a presentation on the history of NPAQ, the Romeo Lahey Awards, and the dedication of the Ruth Read Historical Collection. Refreshments and a light supper will be provided.
Wednesday 7 September 2016
Threatened Species Day
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City
Come and say hello to NPAQ at Threatened Species Day
Sunday 11 September 2016
Green Heart Fair
Carindale Recreation Reserve
Come visit the NPAQ stall and say hello.
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Romeo Lahey Lecture
Guest speaker yet to be confirmed
Please note there will be a door charge to cover expenses and supper.
Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
(please note this is fully booked)
Sunday 25 September
Bird Activity at Karawatha Forest

Sunday 23 October
Bird Activity at Anstead Bushland Reserve
Sunday 23 October
Clif Bell Memorial Picnic at Anstead Bushland Reserve

Community Conservation:
28th November to 4th December 2016
Fraser Island BioBlitz
Beach to Boomanjin and Birrabeen
Organized by the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
This BioBlitz offers opportunities and a fun way to explore and learn more about such a special place and the many fascinating species that inhabit it.  The BioBlitz will be a comprehensive stocktake of the living natural resources of this a very representative part Fraser Island (K’Gari).
For further details visit the Fraser Island Defenders Website
Wildlife Spotter
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.

The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
22 to 28 August 2016
Keep Australia Beautiful Week
Sunday 28 August 2016
Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc.
Wonders of the Wallum - Wildflower Walk
1 September 2016
National Wattle Day
3 to 11 September 2016
Sea Week
5 to 11 September 2016
National Landcare Week
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