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Issue 39, Fortnight of 5 September 2016
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

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
 
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
Events:  
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.
Sunday 11 September 2016
Green Heart Fair
Carindale Recreation Reserve
Come visit the NPAQ stall and say hello.
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Romeo Lahey Lecture
Guest speaker yet to be confirmed
Please note there will be a door charge to cover expenses and supper.
Activities:  
Sunday 25 September
Bird Activity at Karawatha Forest

Sunday 23 October
Bird Activity at Anstead Bushland Reserve
 
Sunday 23 October
Clif Bell Memorial Picnic at Anstead Bushland Reserve

 
Community Conservation:
24 September 2016
Vegetation Management Project at Jolly's Lookout, D'Aguilar NP




 
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
Ongoing
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.

Ongoing
The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Dates of Interest:
3 to 11 September 2016
Sea Week
5 to 11 September 2016
National Landcare Week
17 and 18 September 2016
Native Flower Show and Plants Market
Native Plants Qld
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
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