NPAQ is one of the oldest and most enduring environmental organisations in Queensland, having formed in 1930.

70% of Queensland’s National Parks

Since our foundation, at least 70% of all national parks in Queensland were either gazetted or extended following recommendations made to the State Government by NPAQ. The list includes iconic parks such as Girraween and Springbrook, and World Heritage Areas such as the Upper sections of the Daintree. Many national parks in existence today, which are enjoyed by Queenslanders and visitors to the state, are a result of the persistence and tenacity of NPAQ and its members.

NPAQ is proud to have initiated the original concept of Marine National Parks.

Queensland Island National Parks

During the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, the Association promoted to the Government of the day, that the islands off the Queensland coast should be preserved for posterity by declaring them National Park.Many years of effort with various departments, finally resulted in the declaration of some 139 island National Parks in 1939.

John Herbert Award

In 1995, the National Parks Association was awarded the John Herbert Award by the National Trust for Excellence in Heritage Conservation Works or Action.

This award was for the Boombana Lantana Project which is an ongoing project in the Boombana section of D’Aguilar National Park. The objective of this community-based work is to remove a prolific growth of lantana and other weeds from previously logged parts of the former forest and to assist in regeneration of native vegetation to a near natural condition. The initial impetus was conceived by an Honorary Protector Les Weller in 1986, who first obtained approval and active support from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. This work progressed monthly with the aid of two more Honorary Protectors and volunteers from various sources. When Les Weller died in 1989, the National Parks Association adopted the project as part of marking the 60th anniversary of its foundation and continues the work to this day. Members are gratefully assisted by other volunteers and QPWS staff.

The work has been of such success over this time, that it has become impossible to determine that areas are not original thick native forest. An ongoing photographic monitoring program illustrates the success of the regeneration work over these years. As this area has now moved into a monitoring phase for occasional remedial work, the project has moved to Jolly’s Lookout area and is proceeding on the usual monthly basis. Volunteers are always welcome.

Volunteers hard at work clearing weeds at Boombana Jollys Lookout. Photos: Ruth Read and Angus McElnea, 2010.