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Issue 24, Fortnight of 18 January 2016

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Wednesday 20 January
Quarterly Members Meeting



Tuesday 26 January
Beach Walk – Fingal Head to Kingscliff and return

Sunday 31 January
Birding at Toorbul Esplanade

Saturday 6 February
Black Canyon Day Walk

Calendar Dates of Interest:

Tuesday 2 February
World Wetland Day

Welcome to 2016 at NPAQ
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
As part of NPAQ’s strategic plan, last year saw considerable focus directed towards organisational growth and expanding our communication reach. To this end, in one year we have now nearly tripled our member and supporter network, seen an increase of over 800% in the circulation reach of our publications, grown our Facebook engagement, and increased the number of individuals who visit our website by 75%. Thanks NPAQ team!
At the beginning of February, keep an eye out for our Annual Raffle and the chance to win one of 18 fantastic prizes, thanks to our generous sponsors.
Welcome to our new Conservation Principal 
I would like to introduce our new Conservation Principal – Kirsty Leckie. Kirsty brings extensive experience, and excellent qualifications and skills. Kirsty holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Environmental Management (NRM) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Systems & Wildlife Management). Previous employers include Rio Tinto, Dairy Farmers, Beverage Industry Environment Council, Australian Wool Innovation, Australian Water Technologies, Santos, Gold Coast City Council and the Department of Primary Industries / Department of Natural Resources.   
On behalf of all members and supporters, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Kirsty. 

Kids in National Parks
NPAQ’s Getting Kids into National Parks guide booklets have been distributed around the state over the summer holidays, and have met with considerable acclamation. 
The guide provides hints and tips on how to share the wonderful experience that national parks have to offer with the next generation.
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Coastal High 50 Update 
Due to impact studies, both social and environmental, in addition to feedback from stakeholders and public prior to, and following the inaugural Coastal High 50 running event, it has now been agreed by the organisers and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service that the event this year will not be traversing the Border Track. 
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The starfish that ate the reef - Coral-eating starfish outbreak in the Great Barrier Reef set to be the worst on record
A new publication commissioned by WWF-Australia found that if the current outbreak of crown of thorns Starfish follows previous patterns it will possibly be the worst on record.

It’s estimated there are already between four and 12 million starfish on the Reef now. In The Starfish That Eat The Reef report, Dr Glen Holmes calculates those numbers could reach 60 million over the next five years.
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Conservation research on migratory birds
Well-known NPAQ member, Dr Claire Runge, is now at the forefront of conservation research on migratory birds.  Her work shows the need for collaborative effort on a global scale for conservation efforts to be effective.  More than half of all migratory bird species travelling the world’s main flyways having suffered serious population declines in the past 30 years.
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The first turtles of the season
The first turtles of the season have hatched at Mon Repos Beach! This wonderful phenomenon includes the turtles using their first trip across the sand to the ocean as a way to imprint the orientation of the earth’s magnetic field, so that they can return again in 30 years’ time to the same site to breed their own hatchlings.

Vale – Sydney Curtis
A key link with the history of Queensland national parks has been broken with the death of H. Sydney Curtis at Killarney on 27 December 2015.
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