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Issue 21, 2 November to 15 November 2015


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Upcoming Events:

Sunday 8 November
Araucaria Lookout Day Walk - Binna Burra

Wednesday 18 November
Quarterly Members Meeting

Saturday 21 November
Vegetation Management Group

Sunday 22 November
Birding at Nudgee Waterhole Reserve and Nudgee Beach

Wednesday 25 November
North Shore Riverside Park - Social Activity

Other Events:

7-22 November
Koala Count 2015 - help build a comprehensive picture of koala numbers and locations around Australia.

Other Calendar Dates:

Tuesday 3 November
Talking Saltmarsh Regional Forum

Wednesday 11 – Thursday 12 November
QWater’15

Friday 14 November
Rock the Reef

Monday 16 November
This Changes Everything Movie Screening

Friday 27 November
Fauna Spotting and Handling

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 November
People’s Climate March

Nature Conservation Act reforms begin
Minister Miles introduced the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 in Parliament on the 27th October. The Bill proposes the following changes to the Nature Conservation Act (NCA):
  1. Reinstate the conservation of nature as the sole goal of the NCA and removal of the word ‘commercial’ from the Act's objects.
  2. Reinstate National Park (Scientific) plus management principles associated with this class, and reinstate the Conservation Park category.
  3. Removal of s.173S which allows the granting of stock grazing permits over national park under hardship provisions.
  4. Reinstate public consultation in the development of management plans for protected areas.
  5. Amend the Land Act to remove Rolling Leases.
Read more.

Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015-2020
The revised Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2015-2020 draft has been released for consultation.  The plan is underpinned by a guiding principle to protect and conserve our special natural and cultural assets for future generations, with the aim of striking a balance between encouraging a thriving ecotourism industry and conserving the environment.
Read and comment on the plan.

Three more grazing leases expired
Grazing leases on Bania, Beninbi, and Carnarvon National Parks were allowed to expire late October.  Congratulations again to Minister Miles and QPWS for continuing to protect our national parks!

Farewell to Paul Donatiu
NPAQ sadly farewells Paul Donatiu, our Principal Advocate. During 7 ½ years with the Association, Paul has successfully lead our advocacy programs, built effective relationships with the State Government and other environmental organisations.  Paul’s achievements with NPAQ include successfully negotiating for positive national park outcomes in Queensland, budget allocations for protected areas, national park acquisitions, and the Friends of Park program.
 
Whether campaigning on issues such as cattle grazing in national parks, sharing his love of native plants, or educating people on national park issues, Paul has been a consistent and persuasive voice for the conservation of nature and protection of our protected area estate. 
 
Paul’s passion for nature conservation has been conveyed not only into a love of national parks, but to dedication to NPAQ.  The association has benefited greatly from his innovative thinking and enthusiasm, and his interest in ensuring a strong future for NPAQ.
 
Paul is taking up a position with SEQ Catchments.  We wish him all the best for his future career.  His knowledge, experience, passion and dedication will be sorely missed.
 
Welcome to NPAC’s new Policy Officer
NPAQ welcomes Dr Sarah May as the new Policy Officer for the National Parks Australia Council (NPAC).  NPAC is the national federation of state/territory-based organisations which have a specific interest in national parks.  Sarah will be assisting NPAC to campaign for national parks and nature conservation; with policy development; and communication with decision and policy makers.
Visit NPACs website.

Are you interested in being an Activities Leader?
If you are an avid bushwalker who is looking to hone your skills and share your knowledge with others, you may want to consider becoming an NPAQ Activity Leader.  As a leader, you can share your love of outdoor activities across a range of leadership opportunities: day walks, hiking, birdwatching, camping, kayaking, cycling, touring, photography and social walks. The Activities Committee provides training, mentoring, and ongoing support. 
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