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Issue 43, Fortnight of 31 October 2016
Image: NPAQ Image Library

Has the Queensland Government done a backflip?
NPAQ understands the pressure that Minister Miles may be under, however the need for a review of leasehold lots of Grongah National Park is questionable. An analysis of the state biodiversity significance of Grongah National Park leases shows a significance of 92%, with a significance rating of 96% and 100% on the two individual lots in question.

As a review has been instigated, it is imperative that any investigation of past assessment processes or a re-assessment of the conservation values of leasehold lots of Grongah National Park instituted by the Minister, be based on clear scientific criteria, that is publicly available.  Read more…
Image: via ABC Open contributor getoutandwalk

National Park Protection for Private Areas
The Queensland Government is planning to create a new category of environmental protection for private land, that would allow landowners the chance to have equal environmental protection to national parks.

Appropriate protection is a positive step for the private sector of landholders who have acquired and or dedicated their properties to recognising and protecting biodiversity. This will give confidence to charities, the community and the private sector that their efforts for conserving these properties will be supported with a high level of protection, to be known as "Special Wildlife Reserves". Read more....
Image: Hinchinbrook sunset, Ann Ingham

Hinchinbrook Island National Park Management Plan
Is Hinchinbrook Island National Park are a favourite park of yours?
The Hinchinbrook Island National Park Management Plan and Visitor Strategy are currently review.
For more information, visit https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/3400/view.html
IN THE NEWS:
John Young, Senior Field Ecologist AWC, and Night Parrot. Image John Young via AWC

The feathered value of National Parks
Despite debate in recent years about the role that national parks play in protecting threatened and endangered species, recently Australian Wildlife Conservancy scientists uncovered a new occurrence of one of Australia’s most endangered birds - the night parrot - in remote Diamantina National Park in Central West Queensland.

Read the Ministers statement…
Read the article from Australian Wildlife Conservancy…
Read the article from The Guardian…
Coral Sea. Image Daniela Ceccarelli, via The Conversation

How can we better protect the Coral Sea?
The federal government is currently considering cutbacks to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system.

The Abbott-era Review into the National Network of Marine Parks is proposing extensive cut backs to marine sanctuaries in key hotspots, including the globally important Coral Sea.


The Coral Sea is an area of almost entirely open ocean, reaching depths of more than 4,000m. Encompassing patches of coral and rock: cays and islets, 30 atoll systems with shallow-water and low-light coral reefs, and seamounts and pinnacles supporting deep-sea, cold-water ecosystems, the Coral Sea is a diverse marine wonderland.

In this article in The Conversation, Bob Pressey examined the science behind marine reserves and how to protect our oceans. Read more…
NPAQ has been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Rosalie this November!

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.

We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation!

Simply head to Grill’d Rosalie during November and pop your Local Matters token in the NPAQ jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

Grill’d Rosalie is located at 19 - 21 Nash St Corner of Elizabeth St, Rosalie.
Activities:  
Sunday 6 November
Day Walk Palm Grove Circuit
 
Sunday 20 November
Bird Watching Sandy Camp Road Reserve

Wednesday 23 November
Brisbane Botanical Gardens Gathering - Mt Coot-tha
Community Conservation:
NPAQ Vegetation Management Group
Saturday 19 November 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
Ongoing
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.
Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
Call for Volunteers for 2017
Dates of Interest:
National Recycling Week
7-13 November 2016
International GIS Day
16 November 2016
World Fisheries Day
21 November 2016
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