Image: Springvale Station gully erosion - Kerry Trapnell, via ABC News online Approval of Mine on Conservation Land In an unprecedented conservation effort, the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) recently spent $7 million to purchase Springvale cattle station, to mitigate effects on the Great Barrier Reef caused by sediment run off from the badly eroded and overgrazed property.
However, last week the Department approved a draft environmental authority for alluvial gold and tin mining from the river bed on the same property. Read more
IN THE NEWS:
Image: NPAQ Grass should always be greener on the park side of the fence Not all cattle are black and white, nor are the sensationalist headlines and statements contained within news reports that stray cattle found on Cape York protected areas will be seized and shot by QPWS staff if found on the wrong side of the fence.
Sadly, once again media misinformation stirs cattle station owners into yet another showdown with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please read the facts
Efforts by QPWS rangers in conjunction with traditional owners, to help permanently preserve the natural condition of protected areas on Cape York Peninsula by phasing out cattle grazing and permits has been underway for some time now. Neighbouring cattle properties have had twelve months to round up and remove any remaining stock. Read more
Image: Orange Eyed tree frog, Matthew McIntosh, via Australian Geographic Moments like this! Awesome shot. Congratulations Matthew. Images like this remind us why we need to keep fighting for protected areas and habitat for Queensland's special critters. See more
National Threatened Species Day
On the night of 7 September 1936, the last Tasmanian tiger died in Hobart Zoo. With the death of this animal the Thylacine species became extinct. In 1996, on the sixtieth anniversary of the last Tasmanian tiger’s death, the 7th September was declared ‘National Threatened Species Day'.
Australia is in the top five for extinction of animals and plant species, and the top 10 for endangered and threatened species. But it's not all doom and gloom. Many organisations are taking positive action and sharing success stories of their efforts to help species recover from the brink of extinction.
National parks and protected areas are an integral part of the solution. Without protected and appropriately managed habitat many more species will become extinct from the natural environment. This years theme is "small actions have BIG effects".
Welcome to our new Business Development Officer
On behalf of all members and supporters, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Marika Strand.
Marika brings excellent experience, qualifications and skills. Marika holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts. Previous employers include Scott Street Community Kindergarten Association, QUT Graduate School of Business, Incognito Software, Infor, and Museum of Anthropology (British Columbia).
Welcome to our UQ Industry Placement Student
On behalf of all members and supporters, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Emma Fitzsimmons, NPAQ’s UQ Industry Placement Student.
Emma is with NPAQ for five months, and is undertaking national park research, engaging the public at events and through social media.
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Presentation
The AGM will commence at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the Annual Awards evening including a presentation on the history of NPAQ, the Romeo Lahey Awards, and the dedication of the Ruth Read Historical Collection. Refreshments and a light supper will be provided. Read more
Phone calls requesting donations for protecting national parks
We are aware that members of the public have been receiving phone calls requesting donations towards protecting national parks. We believe this to be an initiative of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
We are not currently fundraising by telephone at National Parks Association Queensland.
If you have any concerns please contact the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife on (02) 9221 1949
Wednesday 7 September 2016 Threatened Species Day
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City - 9am to 2pm
Join us in the Queen Street Mall this Wednesday 7th September from 9am till 2pm for wildlife displays.
There will also be an address from the Minister and plenty of ideas on how you can help.
28th November to 4th December 2016 Fraser Island BioBlitz
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
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.