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The Federal Budget: what’s in it for the environment?

15-May-2017

Last week’s Federal Budget has sadly only paid lip service to environmental protection, falling short on measures to address climate change and ignoring the need to preserve and expand protected areas.

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Cane toad’s own toxins being used to fight back against pest

03-May-2017

University of Queensland researchers are trialing bait traps that utilise poison taken from adult cane toads to kill toad tadpoles

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Reef suffering badly and short-term thinking threatens worse to come

17-Apr-2017

Long-term thinking is required to save the Great Barrier Reef

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Vigilance required to prevent protection being lost at the stroke of a pen

03-Apr-2017

Events in America highlight need for vigilance in ongoing protection of national parks

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Queensland's Protected Area Estate Expanded

01-Dec-2016

Queensland's protected area estate gets a 366,000 ha boost.

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Hinchinbrook Island Gets a Community Voice

06-Nov-2016

Have your say on the future protection of Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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National Park Protection for Private Areas

06-Nov-2016

Queensland could offer national park protections to private landowners

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Protecting NSI's remarkable natural and cultural heritage

26-May-2016

Early this morning, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation to phase out sand mining on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island by 2019. This decision is the best outcome for the Quandamooka people, the environment and the future sustainability of the island. Mined since 1949, it is now time to say enough is enough. The remaining wonderful natural heritage of the second largest sand island in the world can be protected and a sustainable future developed.

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Protecting Queensland's national parks

23-May-2016

Recently, NPAQ was extremely pleased to congratulate the Palaszczuk government on their commitment in delivering an election promise – that of reinstating nature conservation as the primary goal of national park management. Acknowledging the very positive direction that the recent amendments take, NPAQ urges that the dust is not allowed to settle on the reform process. Two areas in particular - special management areas and provisions for ecotourism facilities - remain of concern.

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Why National Parks Should be Valued - As Told Through the Lens of Children

19-May-2016

Researchers have been examining the different ways that contact with nature can contribute to the health and well-being of children. The role that nature plays in children acquiring an appreciation of the environment has been highlighted, and how it leads to developing the ability to feel and express concern for other species. This concept is explored further by interviewing two children, aged 9 and 6 years of age, to gain a child’s perspective on the National Park Experience.

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From whales to insects, the Fraser Island dingo diet is a dog’s breakfast

14-May-2016

This article from The Conversation references a recent scientific report (March 2016) that found that dingoes on Fraser Island are not in poor physical condition or have restricted diets (ie are starving).

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Coal dust can kill coral, reduce growth of fish and seagrass

13-May-2016

Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville have found that corals exposed to the highest concentrations of coal dust die within two weeks. The scientific study mimicked the exposure of marine species to coal dust by adding carefully controlled amounts of fine coal particles and measuring the responses over time.

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Vegetation Management Bill

12-May-2016

The Parliamentary Committee overseeing the Inquiry into the Vegetation Management Bill has commenced publishing submissions.

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BREAKING NEWS: The dawning of a new day - Integrity of Queensland's national parks reinstated

11-May-2016

The integrity of Queensland's national park system is protected by new legislation. In the early hours of this morning, the Palaszczuk government reinstated nature conservation as the primary goal of national park management.

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Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

10-May-2016

This article from The Conversation discusses the highly contentious and polarising issue of land clearing, the reforms being instigated in Queensland, and how Queensland's land clearing is again becoming a national issue.

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World Migatory Bird Day

10-May-2016

For the second year running, World Migratory Bird Day coincides with the Australian Government adding more migratory shorebirds to the official threatened species list. This listing is a solemn reminder that despite our collective efforts, there is still much work to be done.

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Committee recommends sandmining on North Stradbroke Island to cease by 2019

09-May-2016

NPAQ welcomes the Finance & Administrationa Committee's recommendation to cease sandmining on the island by 2019.

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Money trumpeted in budget for Great Barrier Reef previously announced

05-May-2016

The Guardian has discovered that all the $171m in funding announced in the budget for the Great Barrier Reef has come from other environmental programs, which already had significant amounts directed at conserving the reef

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Toxic tide: the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia

20-Apr-2016

The Senate Inquiry Report on Marine Plastic Pollution in Australia sets out the dangers of plastics in the marine environment, the lack of proper data and research and explicitly supports a cash for container scheme, plastic bag bans and micro-plastics phase out.

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Nature is neglected in this election campaign - at its and our own peril

19-Apr-2016

An article in The Conservation states that our natural heritage – the plants, animals and other organisms that help define Australia’s identity – are in dire straits. Yet this biodiversity crisis is barely mentioned in political discourse, nor is it foremost in the public consciousness.

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New migratory shorebirds plan launched

18-Apr-2016

Access the Federal Government's Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds

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Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

01-Apr-2016

95% of the reef’s in the pristine northern area are severely bleached.

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Reinstatement of vegetation management controls in Queensland

17-Mar-2016

Potential to restore vegetation management controls and limit habitat destruction in Queensland.

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Time to stop grazing in National Parks

15-Feb-2016

NPAQ strongly supports the move from rolling to fixed term leases under the proposed amendments to the Nature Conservation Act.

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Tribute to Bill Goebel

21-Feb-2016

Sadly NPAQ life member William Goebel, passed away on the 2nd December 2015 at age 93. Bill has contributed enormously towards the conservation of the protected area that is now known as Girraween National Park.

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Tribute to Syd Curtis

18-Jan-2016

Syd was most influential in the identification, declaration and management of our national parks.

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New National Parks Director General

17-Jul-2015

NPAQ welcomes Tamara O'Shea as the new Director General of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

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2015-16 State budget supports protected areas

14-Jul-2015

The State budget announced today will assist in both the expansion and management of protected areas in Queensland.

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NPAQ welcomes State Government gazettal of new national park land

19-Jun-2015

National Parks in Queensland now cover more than 5% of the State.

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Minister gives hope to national parks

23-Apr-2015

Minister Miles has assured conservationists that national parks will be managed according to the cardinal principle - nature first.

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