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Issue 13, 6 July to 19 July 2015

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Events This Week:

Wed 15 July
Social and Topics of Interest Evening with Stewart Parker on Kaputar and the Warrumbungles

Upcoming Events:

Sat 18 July
Vegetation Management Group at Boombana and Jollys Lookout
Sun 19 July
Birding at Tingalpa Reservoir

Sat 22 August
Vegetation Management Group at Boombana and Jollys Lookout
Mon 31 August
Capricorn Coast 2015 Extended Bird Activity

Sun 6 September
Daves Creek Wildflower Walk

Other Calendar Dates:

24 July
Schools Tree Day
26 July
National Tree Day
31 July
Lamington National Park’s centenary

NPAQ has met with the head of QPWS
Paul Donatiu, Principal Advocate of NPAQ, recently met with Ben Klaassen, Deputy Director-General and head of QPWS to discuss:
  • Management of wild dogs (a policy position from QPWS is forthcoming) - QPWS has indicated the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has $5m available for wild dog control, particularly in known hotspot areas.
  • Bee keeping in national parks - This currently occurs mainly on National Parks that were previously State Forest, with leases due to expire in 2024.  This issue will be the subject of a major article in NPAQs Protected magazine in the future.
  • Grazing on-Park - NPAQ has formally requested details of the grazing leases on 9 of the 29 national parks currently being grazed to complete the picture of grazing on-Park (NPAQ has details of leases on the other 20).
  • Commercial proposals for Queensland national parks, notably the Coastal High 50 event - QPWS assessing officers are looking into whether a maximum of 350 participants is appropriate should a permit be approved for CH50.  Note that the Lamington Classic permit allows 100 participants plus up to 15 volunteers/staff.
Changes to national parks
In addition to the gazettal of the three properties (189,000 ha) between Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks, DEHP have also:
  • Transferred 14,853 ha of Blackbraes Regional Park to Blackbraes National Park, which NPAQ previously lobbied for.
  • Dedicated Mount Blandy Regional Park (358 ha; 95km west of Maryborough).
  • Transferred several Forest Reserves to State Forest, (click here to see the full list..)
  • Note that Forest Reserves were created as part of the SEQ Forest Agreement process to facilitate the transfer of State forests to national park (or another category of protected area).  Forest Reserves were created as holding areas for State forests that contained so many encumbrances they could not realistically be transferred until those encumbrances (primarily grazing leases, but also exploration authorities) had been either removed or negotiated so that there was a clearly established termination date.
Our recent Walk in Cunningham’s Footsteps event was well supported
A magnificent day immersed in history and a good walking challenge was had by 28 people tracing the route followed by Allan Cunningham on his expedition when he visited this area on 11th June 1827.  NPAQ was privileged to be hosted by Spicers Lodge, the owners of the property which borders Main Range National Park and includes most of the area used including the camping spot. 
NPAQ is also very grateful for the generous donations made by participants and supporters of this special event.
See some photos and read more
Must read book recommended by NPAQ
The Ways of the Bushwalker: On Foot in Australia by Melissa Harper
This book traces the history of bushwalking in Australia and shows how it has become the most popular way that we engage with the bush.  For many of us, walking has become a means of developing an attachment to the land and environment.  The book features many primary materials including diary entries, newsletters and photos that bring to life the origins and developments of walking as a significant Australian pastime.  It also offers beautiful pen portraits of those who pioneered bushwalking in this country, and those who followed in their footsteps.  Harper captures the reader’s attention with sections on how bushwalkers took simple recreation a step further and became conservationists, map makers, and lobbied for national parks to be created.
Get involved and volunteer at NPAQ
Last year, more than 5,600 voluntary hours were contributed by over 100 volunteers to a range of tasks including monthly revegetation work, mail outs, assisting at events such as members meetings and organising or leading bushwalking activities. 
Volunteers are a vital part of the NPAQ team.  We are currently looking for volunteer writers and photographers to contribute to Protected magazine, bushwalking adventure presenters for Social and Topics of Interest Evenings, helpers for events such as the Annual General Meeting Dinner, detailed workers for Data Entry, and leaders for our bushwalking Activities.  Contact NPAQ today if you want to be more involved and help NPAQ.
Find out more at Get Involved: Volunteer
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