A proposal is currently before the Queensland Government regarding the redevelopment of the Lindeman Island derelict resort– closed since being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The proposal includes revocation of part of the national park on Lindeman Island.
Queensland’s leading conservation organisations have released a new report into the Queensland Government’s continuing failure to invest the resources needed to meet its own targets for new national parks and protected areas for wildlife.
Over 100 people attended the NPAQ-hosted event last night at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, which saw presentations on current issues affecting national parks and the State Government’s strategy for acquiring new protected areas.
Three properties between Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks in the state’s southwest have added another 189,000 hectares of land to the national park estate and provided valuable habitat for endangered species such as the Bilby.
Tamara was previously a Deputy DG in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, has worked for the Department of Environment and Resource Management in waste avoidance and resource efficiency, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Australian National University in politics and environmental geography.
A key link with the history of Queensland national parks has been broken with the death of H. Sydney Curtis at Killarney on 27 December 2015. While very few members would have come into contact with Syd, for 25 years he was most influential in the identification, declaration and management of our national parks.
On 5 February 2016 the Agriculture and Environment Committee reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. The primary objective of the Bill was to reverse a number of amendments made by the previous government.
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. This area that now incorporates the Goebel property had been his backyard since the age of nine when his family purchased land for farming in 1931.
On 17 March 2016, Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment, introduced the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 to the Queensland Parliament.
Over the Easter break, Professor Terry Hughes – from James Cook University and convener of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce – undertook a survey of coral bleaching across the Northern Reef by helicopter.Professor Hughes says he found the worst bleaching in the region he has ever seen.