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Issue 42, Fortnight of 17 October 2016
Image: Yvonne Parsons
No Honours for Queensland's World Heritage Areas in this report card
This week, the Queensland Government released the State of Environment report for the 2012 to 2015 period. 
The report clearly sets out the pressure that our World Heritage Areas are under, from climate change, invasive species and tourism. Other vital concerns highlighted within the report are the additions to threatened, vulnerable or extinct species lists, and shows that Queensland is the largest source of emissions.

The report highlights that a concerted effort is required by all of us, to ensure Queensland’s unique natural heritage and biodiversity can endure the challenges ahead and put conservation to the forefront of management for these special areas.  Eco-tourism and recreational projects and proposals must be progressed with extreme caution so as not to add to the threats that places such as Fraser Island are enduring.    Read more...
Image: Reef Image - AMCS
Queensland’s Eco-Tourism Plan
In September, the Queensland Government released the Queensland Eco-Tourism Plan 2016-2020. At the launch, Dr Miles (Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, National Parks and The Great Barrier Reef) stated that balancing conservation with world-class experiences in the State’s National Parks and natural environment was “front and centre” of the ecotourism plan.

Five strategic directions of the plan are:
1. Driving innovation in ecotourism experiences
2. Showcasing the world renowned Great Barrier Reef
3. Stimulating investment in new and refurbished ecotourism opportunities
4. Expanding authentic Indigenous ecotourism experiences
5. Promoting Queensland’s world-class ecotourism experiences
Image: Cape York graceful tree frog - Jodi Rowley via ABC News

It ain’t easy being green, unless you’re a Cape York graceful tree frog
Who doesn't love a good frog story? Read more
Image: Koala at Dreamworld image Paul Broben Dreamworld via Australian Geographic

Great news for koalas in Queensland and beyond!
The genome bank project is a pilot project made possible by a $1.8 million investment and an alliance between the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Dreamworld. Read more
Social Evening: The History of NPAQ
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Romeo Lahey Lecture has been postponed until March 2017.
A Social Evening will be held on Wednesday 19 October. There will be an audio visual presentation on the history of NPAQ, produced and presented by long term member, Barry Ingham.
Sunday 23 October
Bird Activity at Anstead Bushland Reserve
Sunday 23 October
Clif Bell Memorial Picnic at Anstead Bushland Reserve

Thursday 27 October
Coomera River Circuit
Community Conservation:
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
17 to 23 October 2016
To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space, and some keen eyesight.
NPAQ Vegetation Management Group
Saturday 22 October 2016
Fraser Island BioBlitz
28th November to 4th December 2016
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

Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
Call for Volunteers for 2017
Dates of Interest:
National Water Week
16-22 October 2016
National Bird Week
17-23 October 2016
United Nations Day
24 October 2016
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