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Issue 9, 4 May 2015




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Events This Fortnight:

Sat 9 May
Benarkin State Forest Bike Ride

Sat 16 May
Project Wild Thing Social Evening/Movie Screening

Upcoming Events:

Wed 20 May
NPAQ Quarterly Member Meeting May 2015

Sat 23 May
Mt Tibberoowuccum and Mt Tibrogargan followed by a swim at Caloundra

Sun 24 May
Dan Stiller Reserve Bird Activity

Wed 27 May
Boombana to Jollys Lookout Walk

Other Calendar Dates:

9 May
International Migratory Bird Day

Full house at recent event with the Minister and representatives from QPWS and DEHP. 
Thank you to the 120 people who attended the recent event where the Minister and representatives from QPWS and DEHP spoke about national parks in Queensland.  NPAQ received numerous requests from those who could not attend to share information from the event.  NPAQ will make this available to everybody as soon as possible.
Get copies of the presentations.


Advocacy Update - 2014 Christmas Appeal Update
The NPAQ-hosted rare species survey will take place in the week of May 18th and the results will be reported on in the June/July edition of Protected.  Again, many thanks to all NPAQ members and supporters who gave so generously to this appeal!

Rare plants could disappear after failure to update protected species list
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-03/conservationist-fear-rare-plants-will-disappear-in-queensland/6439646?section=qld


National Park News - Climate Change
Notwithstanding our growing protected area estate, a recent article in the Science journal estimates that that we will lose approximately one in six species on Earth by 2100 (with Australia predicted to lose 14% of its species).
Go to:
http://theconversation.com/one-in-six-species-faces-extinction-as-a-result-of-climate-change-41018

See also: 

An article on Queensland's Climate Change Refuge:
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queenslands-climate-change-refuge-20150502-1mx5b2.html


National Park News - Grazing
As noted in the April-May edition of Protected, NPAQ is still waiting to hear from Minister Miles whether a lease on Peak Range National Park, that was due to expire on 30th April, has indeed been retired.  Recent comments from the Minister on this issue can be found here [click here to read more]


Law Jam 10: Information on the 'Eco-Charity' Tax
Monday 11 May 2015, 6pm, Griffith University Ecocentre
Qld Environmental Defenders Office warmly invite you to attend their next Law Jam, a public meeting on the Federal Government's proposed new 'eco-charity tax' on donations to non-profit environmental organisations.  Hear what lawyers, conservationists and economists have to say about the proposed new tax.  Submissions are due shortly afterwards (21 May 2015).  This seminar is free, but seats are limited.  Free parking will be available onsite.  RSVP here.


Thank You
A big thank you to those individuals (such as Rob Ashdown - http://www.robertashdown.com/blog/) who have freely provided their photographs for publication in Protected - we are very grateful for your support!
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