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Issue 23, 9 December 2015 to 4 January 2016


 
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WHAT'S ON:
 
Events:

Wednesday 20 January
Quarterly Members Meeting

Activities:

Saturday 12 December
West Canungra Creek Circuit

Wednesday 30 December
Walk the BNT Trail, Section 6
 
Sunday 10 January
Champagne Twilight Walk

Calendar Dates of Interest:

Thursday 10 December
The Great Barrier Reef – are we doing enough?

Friday 11 December
International Mountain Day

Bill introduced into Parliament to cease sandmining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019
Last week Minister Miles introduced a Bill to cease sandmining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019. The Bill has been referred to the Finance and Administration Committee. In conjunction, the Palaszczuk Government has announced a $28 million economic and worker transition package.

The Committee has invited submissions on the Bill, which closes on 29th February 2016.

Have your say on the proposed on the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy via the online survey before 5th February 2016.
 
Nature Play Qld helps to promote Kids in National Parks
After the recent release of our new Kids in National Parks guides, Nature Play Qld has jumped on board and partnered with NPAQ to create a series of bushwalking lists to also encourage taking your children out into nature.
Atherton hiking and biking trails win achievement award
Congratulations to Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park and Mt Baldy walking trails for recently wining the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Foundation (QORF) Government Achievement Award for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
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More whale watching opportunities for Moreton Bay
The Queensland Government has renewed its commitment to the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) for a whale watching authority around North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) as part of the economic transition strategy for the island after sand mining is phased out.
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Rare Mossman tree snail and tonsil orchid found
A rare species of orchid and snail have been discovered by biosecurity officers whilst hunting for the exotic weed miconia in the Daintree Rainforest near Cairns.
Read more.

Girraween website plant sections updated
With the recent release by the Queensland Herbarium of the Census of the Queensland Flora 2015, the Plants section of the Girraween website have also been updated. 
See the updates.

Give the gift of nature at Christmas
Do something different and give the gift of NPAQ membership this Christmas.  It makes the perfect present for nature-loving friends and family.  Every membership supports NPAQ’s work as an advocate for the protection and expansion of national parks in Queensland.
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