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Issue 36, Fortnight of 25 July 2016
Red Flag for Green Light
As the state government gives the green light for an eco-tourism development within Main Range National Park, NPAQ raises a red flag. This development is the first of several similar projects under consultation. 

While NPAQ supports appropriate and sustainable eco-tourism projects to connect and showcase Queensland visitors and residents with our unique landscapes and biodiversity, we do not support development and infrastructure within our national parks for exclusive use by commercial operators.

NPAQ acknowledges the proponents of this proposal have an exemplary conservation and sustainability record, dedicating land for nature refuges and have a true understanding of the values of the Main Range National Park. However, the primary purpose of national parks is the conservation of nature. Allowing ecotourism facilities, such as resorts on national parkland, erodes this purpose.

NPAQ supports the use of private land adjacent to national parks for development of eco-tourism resorts and infrastructure. Traditionally, many iconic parks have worked successfully with neighbouring resorts and properties to provide tourism gateways for visitor access. Read more...
 Image: JCU Professor Mark McCormick
Conservation vs Visitation
As the protected area estate in Queensland grows, so do the pressures and threats putting these unique areas at risk.
In the latest edition of Protected, we explore why national parks are protected...
For conservation or for visitors to enjoy?  Read more here
IN THE NEWS:
Solid advice from Minister Miles
Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has called on his newly-appointed Federal counterpart to implement science-based policies to help combat climate change and address water quality issues impacting the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Let's hope Mr Frydenberg is listening in his new role as Federal Environment Minister. Read more

(Image: Australian Marine Conservation Society)
Dose of Nature
Like you needed more reasons to get outdoors and explore Queensland's beautiful national parks...

Research from the University of Queensland has shown that people who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

The study led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) suggests people might need a minimum “dose of nature”. Read more
Interested in Serving as a NPAQ Councillor?

Are you interested in driving the strategic direction on behalf of the membership of NPAQ, and contributing to good governance to ensure the Association is well run?

Do you enjoy a challenge? Become a NPAQ Councillor and contribute to achieving the long-term sustainability of the Association and the achievement of its wortwhile mission.

Download a Councillor Nomination Form here.
Nomination forms should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary by close of business Monday 22 August 2016.
•             Email to secretary@npaq.org.au  or
•             Mail to Honorary Secretary, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
 
Once your completed nomination form is received you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours (or 72 hours if sent by post), please contact the NPAQ Office on 07 3367 0878.
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 admin@npaq.org.au, or post to NPAQ, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016

Time and Location to be confirmed closer to the date
Activities:  

Wednesday 10 August (Brisbane Show holiday)
Mt Warning Day Walk
 
Sunday 21 August
Bird Activity at Lake Manchester
 
Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
(please note this is fully booked)
 
Sunday 25 September
Bird Activity at Karawatha Forest
Community Conservation:
Saturday 6 August 
Friends of Tamborine National Park working bee


Ongoing
The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
16 to 31 July 2016
Peaks to Points Festival

 
Friday 29 July
Schools Tree Day
 
Sunday 31 July
National Tree Day
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