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Issue 34, Fortnight of 20 June 2016
NPAQ welcomes funding for the expansion and management of Queensland’s protected area estate
The National Parks Association of Queensland welcomes the release of the Queensland Budget and the investment in Queensland’s natural heritage.
Key areas receiving support include protecting koalas, addressing the impacts of climate change, protecting the Great Barrier Reef and expanding national parks. Read more…
IN THE NEWS:
Dugong image: SEQ Catchments
(Dugong Image: SEQ Catchments)

Moreton Bay’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and other threats.
The Great Barrier Reef is not Queensland's only Marine Park under threat.

The Moreton Bay Marine Park was established in 1992 to protect important ecological habitats. These include lakes, wetlands, mangrove forests, swamps, marshes, tidal mudflats, sandflats and seagrass beds. Habitats important to migrating shorebirds, dugongs, whales, dolphins, turtles and grey nurse sharks and wobbegongs and manta rays.

A recent UQ research study shows that areas of mud in the Bay are now double that since the last major study in 1970 which has a major impact on the seagrass beds critical for dugongs. Two major floods, increased industrialisation, port expansions, land clearing and developments around the bay have all played their part in the demise of the health of the bay.

Brisbane residents are lucky to have such marine diversity in their backyard. But how many more backyards will it take to kill it? It seems incomprehensible that in line with these statistics there is a proposal underway for a coastal harbour development (Toondah Harbour) that will not only revoke a section of the Moreton Bay Marine Park to allow for work and dredging to occur, but will further impact the seagrass beds with suffocating sediments. In the words of the song Big Yellow Taxi "we sold paradise to put up a parking lot." Marine and terrestrial protected areas are established when there is recognised need to conserve and protect species and biodiversity within them.

To revoke these areas for commercial interests is a backward step in advancing Queensland's protected area estate which is currently only 7.9%, along with our environmental credibility on the global scene, already under scrutiny with the Great Barrier Reef issues.  Read more….
Interested in Serving as a NPAQ Councillor?

Are you interested in driving the strategic direction on behalf of the membership of NPAQ, and contributing to good governance to ensure the Association is well run?

Do you enjoy a challenge? Become a NPAQ Councillor and contribute to achieving the long-term sustainability of the Association and the achievement of its wortwhile mission.

Download a Councillor Nomination Form here.
Nomination forms should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary by close of business Monday 22 August 2016.
•             Email to secretary@npaq.org.au  or
•             Mail to Honorary Secretary, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
 
Once your completed nomination form is received you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours (or 72 hours if sent by post), please contact the NPAQ Office on 07 3367 0878.
Have Your Say:

Priority Issues for Queensland National Parks – NPAQ Survey

Our national parks and other protected areas are constantly under pressure from various issues that can affect their sustainable future, the biodiversity within them and our ability to enjoy them.

What do you think are the most important issues concerning national parks and other protected areas (on land or sea)?  Have your say here…

Please return completed surveys to the NPAQ Office by Thursday 28 July 2016. Email to admin@npaq.org.au, or post to NPAQ, PO Box 1040, MILTON QLD 4064
Notice of NPAQ Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner

Date:  Wednesday 21st September 2016

Time and Location to be confirmed closer to the date
Position Vacant:                                          

Business Development Officer
National Parks Association Queensland Inc, Milton, Brisbane QLD    
Flexible hours up to 30.4 hours per week, TBC upon discussion with right candidate
Permanent (6 months' probation)

NPAQ is seeking a Business Development Officer to drive the strategic goals of marketing, fundraising and engagement to ensure organisational growth and sustainability. The role is pivotal to building a viable future and strengthening NPAQ's public profile.

You will bring enthusiasm and past success to drive member and supporter growth, and experience to undertake successful fundraising activities.  You will have the opportunity to build upon existing programs and develop creative new initiatives.

Email president@npaq.org.au for a copy of the Position Description and selection criteria.

Applications close COB 24th June 2016.

Activities:  
Wednesday 22 June
Social Walk – Morelia Section of D’Aguilar NP

Sunday 24 July
Bird Activity - Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook

Saturday 27 August - Sunday 4 September
NPAQ Outback Parks Exploration
Community Conservation:
Saturday 23 July
Vegetation Management Project at Jolly's Lookout, D'Aguilar NP

Saturday 2 July
Friends of Tamborine National Park working bee

Ongoing
The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Fire ants found on Brisbane's north side   

A new incursion of fire ants has been detected near the Brisbane airport.

This is a new arrival of fire ants to Australia and genetic testing indicates that the ants originated from the Southern United States and are not related to current or previous fire ants populations in Queensland.

It’s likely the new fire ants arrived in freight sometime in the last two years, and thanks to a vigilant person who reported them to Biosecurity Queensland in September last year, we don’t think they’ve had time to spread far.

We have seen through the success of the Fire Ant Program in Gladstone and the Port of Brisbane that this terrible invasive pest can be eradicated, and the key is to act quickly.

The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program could not have achieved its success to date without the ongoing awareness and vigilance from local communities. Seventy per cent of fire ant sightings in South East Queensland are reported by the general public.

We urge you to check your yard, local parks and recreational areas for fire ants.

Although small, fire ants are one of the worst invasive species to hit Australia’s shores. Fire ants can ruin our lifestyle, and have serious environmental and agricultural impacts. They inflict a terribly painful sting and can restrict everyday activities, such as barbeques, picnics and sporting events.

Join the ant hunt and check the top five spots for fire ants. On residential properties: lawns, footpaths, garden beds, outside taps and sprinklers and electricity and water meter pits. On rural properties: dams and irrigation lines, edges of cultivated land, cropland post-harvest, fence lines and piles of organic matter.

A typical fire ant nest looks like a mound of loose dirt, with no visible entry or exit holes. Nests can also be found under logs, rocks or gardening materials.

Fire ants are small, varying in size between 2-6mm and are coppery-brown with a dark abdomen. They are aggressive and inflict a painful sting which can be life threatening.

Take a look around your property and if you see a mound of dirt that could be a fire ants nest, stand well back and poke the nest with a long stick. Never use your hand. If it’s a fire ant nest you’ll notice ants of varying sizes swarming out to attack.

It’s important that you don’t attempt to disturb or destroy the ant nest yourself because if it’s not done correctly the worker ants will simply evacuate their queen to a safe new location and start a new nest.

If you think you’ve spotted fire ants, take a photo if possible and upload it to the website https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/plants/weeds-pest-animals-ants/invasive-ants, or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Qualified Biosecurity Queensland technical officers will come and treat the ants using a combination of bait treatment and direct nest injection. The bait comprises corn grit that is soaked in soybean oil and insect growth regulator that sterilises the queen ant. The worker ants then can’t reproduce and they die out. The insecticide has low toxicity and poses no negative health effects for humans or animals.

The new biosecurity laws start on 1 July 2016. Everyone will have responsibility for biosecurity risks under their control. Connect with us - Learn what the new laws will mean for you by subscribing to the quarterly eNewsletter. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/services/enewsletters

For more information about the National Red Imported Fire Ant eradication program, visit  www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants.
 
Dates of Interest:
Saturday 9 July 2016 to Wednesday 13 July 2016
Queensland Ornithological Conference
This biennial conference is a series of talks related to birds and their conservation. Read more

Saturday 9 July 2016
Conference
8:45am -4:30pm
St Lucia, University of Queensland

Sunday 10 July 2016
Bird Walks

Sunday 10 -  Wednesday 13 July 2016
BirdLife National Campout
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