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Ecotourism in National Parks: Working Side by Side for People and Parks

The recently released Queensland Government’s Towards Tourism 2032 plan aims to double the state’s tourism overnight expenditure to more than $44 billion annually by the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “So where are all these extra tourists going to go” asks NPAQ CEO Chris Thomas. The answer, of course, lies in careful consideration of new […]

Be Part of ‘Generation Restoration’ on World Environment Day

This year’s theme for World Environment Day, 5 June 2024, is Land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, with the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.” Outside of icy Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent on earth – 70% of Australia’s land mass is either arid or semi-arid land. Such parched aridity makes Australia […]

Queensland’s Second Special Wildlife Reserve is Announced

On Saturday 1 June, the Miles Government announced that Bush Heritage Australia’s 8000-ha Edgbaston Reserve, in the Lake Eyre Basin near Longreach, will soon be declared the state’s second special wildlife reserve, after the safeguarding of Pullen Pullen Reserve as a special wildlife reserve in 2020. Like national parks, special wildlife reserves receive legal protection […]

Too long for Eurong: NPAQ praises $14.65m investment for information centre reopening

For decades, NPAQ has been a staunch advocate for increased funding for environmental interpretation and ranger recruitment and retention to better manage Queensland’s protected areas. Yesterday, those efforts paid off when the Miles Government announced an additional $14.65 million investment over the next three years to reopen the Eurong Information Centre on World-Heritage-listed K’gari, formerly […]

Striking a Balance: Nature Based Mental Health Interventions

The following was written based on an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Tourism as a Tool in Nature-Based Mental Health: Progress and Prospects Post-Pandemic), published in 2022 and written by Buckley, Ralf C, Cooper and Mary-Ann.  The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the global need for mental health care. Amidst […]

Transitioning Native State Forests Into Protected Areas

In 1999, the South East Queensland Forest Agreement was signed by the Beattie Government, various conservation groups and the then Queensland Timber Board. Under this historic agreement, it was agreed that remaining areas of native state forests between Gladstone in the north to the New South Wales border in the south would only be logged […]

Exploring Visitor Off-Trail Behaviours

The following article is grounded in the research conducted by Edmund Goh, as outlined in his paper titled “Walking Off-Trail in National Parks: Monkey See Monkey Do. National parks hold a special place in the hearts of outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers worldwide. These protected areas offer sanctuary to diverse ecosystems, serving as havens […]

NPAQ Activities Committee Update

National Parks Association of Queensland’s Activities Committee is almost as old as the organisation itself. The objective of this group, as reported in The Activities Guidelines is “to offer a wide variety of interesting and stimulating experiences to showcase the wonderful diversity and heritage that we have in our National Parks in Queensland and beyond. […]

Support for National Parks Queensland

The following is a summary of a report submitted to Bond University by the authors as part of a collaborative research project between Bond University and NPAQ. The below article delves into public perceptions and behaviours toward Queensland’s national parks. Through a combination of qualitative interviews, observational data, and quantitative surveys, we uncovered a nuanced […]

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