NPAQ Admin, Author at National Parks Association of Queensland

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From our Patron

Message from the Governor of Queensland Ninety years ago, Queensland’s fourteenth Governor, Sir John Goodwin, accepted the invitation from the National Parks Association of Queensland to become its inaugural Patron. As the current Governor, I have been very pleased to continue the tradition of vice-regal patronage of this great Queensland organisation. Sir John’s support was […]

Shutdown: A Break for Nature

Queenslanders have long enjoyed exploring our many and varied national parks and state forests. Australians from other states typically migrate to Queensland during the winter months and popularity has surged in the last decade. However, many have had their trips cut short or cancelled from March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of […]

Fire Management a Top Priority for QPWS Rangers

A QPWS ranger applying fire for a planned burn in Crows Nest National Park. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages more than 13 million hectares of parks and forests (around 7.5% of Queensland), making it the largest land manager in the state. Maintaining the diverse natural, cultural, social and economic values of parks […]

Ranger Profile – Don Rowland

Don Rowlands, a Ranger In Charge and descendent of the Watti Watti family and the Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder in Central West Queensland Region, is based in Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert. After some time working in the cattle industry, it was time for a change. Don has a passion for looking […]

Queensland’s Rangeland National Parks

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Photo: James Fitzgerald. On NPAQ’s 90th birthday, we celebrate its many successes in securing Queensland’s magnificent national parks. However, the development of a representative national park estate across all bioregions has stalled in recent years. Disturbingly, this is at a time of unprecedented pressure on our […]

From the President – Winter 2020

Wishing you good health and safety as our community continues to grapple with the pandemic and its consequences. Although Australia and Queensland have managed the pandemic very well there remains much uncertainty about our medium-term future. Extreme and conflicting views abound, including: the economy is predicted to return to original strength in a matter of […]

Words from our Members, on NPAQ’s 90th Anniversary

Peter Stanton on his honeymoon in 1967 at Binna Burra Lodge National Parks and the Pursuit of a Dream, Peter Stanton, NPAQ member since 1964 My childhood was full with the freedom and delights of the wild and beautiful places of south-east Queensland. Approaching 80 years later those memories can still fill my heart with […]

National Park Experience – Winter 2020

A deep breath, a calming moment of peace, the crisp fresh feeling of clean air – This is the experience that makes me fall in love with parks every time – the connection with peace, the lack of noise and the disappearance of anxiety or stress. I met with Deb, Yvonne and Graeme in early […]

Legacy: National Parks Association of Queensland’s 90th Anniversary

The National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) has been active in increasing Queensland’s National Park Estate and seeking management of threats for 90 years. Romeo Lahey looms large in the establishment and early years of the Association. Lahey recognised that “no body of public opinion was organised to combat the influences which were operating against […]

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