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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
NPAQ welcomes the Finance & Administrationa Committee's recommendation to cease sandmining on the island by 2019.
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
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.
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.
Potential to restore vegetation management controls and limit habitat destruction in Queensland.
National Parks in Queensland now cover more than 5% of the State.