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Issue 18, 21 September to 4 October 2015


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Events This Fortnight:

Wed 23 September
Social Walk to White Rock

Upcoming Events:

Wed 21 October
Social Evening with the Lowrys on Kangaroo Island and the Murray River

Other Calendar Dates:

September
National Biodiversity Month

18-24 October
National Water Week

Two Grazing Leases Expired
QPWS have recently effected the expiry of two grazing leases in Bania National Park (33,000ha approx 100km west of Bundaberg that protects two endangered and seven of concern regional ecosystems, and six threatened species including the koala and a cycad). 

NPAQ wishes to congratulate Minister Miles, Ben Klaassen (QPWS Deputy DG) and their team for progressing the expiry of these grazing leases on-Park.

Read more about Bania and grazing in national parks on page 6 of Protected: Issue 2
 

Coastal High Trail Run Went Ahead
This Ultra Trail Run attracted 220+ people to Lamington and Springbrook on Saturday 5 September. 

The Run covered the full length of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk and by all reports the event was well managed and there were few walker-runner interactions. 

Four Rangers were on duty during the event – two at Lamington during the morning (race started at Green Mountains) and the other two at Springbrook during the afternoon (where the race concluded).


Donations in memory of David Pollack
NPAQ wishes to thank the several family and friends who gave a donation in memory of recently deceased member, David Pollack.

David became a member of NPAQ in 2011 and quickly became involved in volunteer work such as tree planting and wombat monitoring at Girraween National Park.  He had a deep appreciation for nature and believed in conserving it for future generations.



Annual Awards Dinner 2015
This year's Annual Awards Dinner at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium was a success hosting 42 members and supporters.  


This included a very special member, Jeanette Porter, who this year celebrates 55 years of membership with NPAQ!
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Must read book
Southern Cross Safari, Around Australia by Bus and Rail by Bruce Gall

This book is a wonderful account of a journey round Australia with a focus  on visiting national parks and reserves, staying in hostels or pubs and using public transport!  There are many threads to the book, one of which is how parks are managed, especially in regards to track maintenance and interpretation.  Gall has worked in Kosciuszko and Sturt, managed Kakadu, and headed Park services in the ACT and Queensland.  He is also a current Conservation Partner member of NPAQ. 

Bruce has gifted NPAQ with a copy of this book.  Members are welcome to borrow it from our library. 
Find out more and get your copy

 

Get involved and volunteer at NPAQ
Last year, more than 8,000 voluntary hours were contributed by 115 volunteers to a range of tasks including monthly revegetation work, mail outs, assisting at events such as festivals and fairs, and organising or leading bushwalking activities. 

Volunteers are a vital part of the NPAQ team.  We are currently looking for volunteer writers and photographers to contribute to Protected magazine and leaders for our bushwalking Activities. 
Contact NPAQ today if you want to be more involved and help NPAQ.
Find out more at Get Involved: Volunteer
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