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    NPAQ acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Queensland National Park Estate and strongly supports co-stewardship with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Queensland’s First Special Wildlife Reserve Declared

In 2014 I had the privilege of sitting on a rocky “jump-up” (or mesa) at the end of a long and hot day on what is now Pullen Pullen Reserve. It’s a remote and vast landscape in the Channel Country of central-west Queensland dominated by long unburnt spinifex, Mitchell grass downs and stony gibber plains. […]

Queensland’s National Parks: An Economically Important Tourism Resource

National parks are important environmental resources, giving protection to the flora, fauna and ecosystems that underpin a healthy environment for us all to live in and pass on to future generations. National parks not only play a vital role in the environment but also contribute social, cultural and economic value to our society. The University […]

St Helena Island National Park

History First Nations people visited St Helena Island thousands of years prior to European habitation. They were attracted to the Island each year during the warmer months, when large colonies of fruit bats congregated. During the winter they hunted dugong in the surrounding waters. Huge middens of bone and shell, one being the oldest man-made […]

Ranger Profile – Cathy Gatley

Cathy Gatley is Ranger-in-Charge of Mon Repos Conservation Park, just east of Bundaberg. Working with plants and animals is in her DNA… Why did you decide to become a ranger? My dad was a veterinarian who treated lots of native animals, so I was fortunate to grow up with koalas, gliders and birds around the […]

From the President – Summer 2020-21

Welcome to the Summer edition of Protected, and my first as President. Let me introduce myself: I have been an NPAQ Councillor for the past three years, and an active member of the Advocacy Committee during that time. My professional experience has been with natural resources and environmental planning at the site and regional scale, […]

National Park Experience – Summer 2020-21

Weekend trips to a local National park such as Lamington National Park have always been a great way to get away locally to recharge from long busy periods at work. Being able to be completely disconnect from emails, take in the fresh air and enjoy the simplicity yet complexity of the sights and sounds on […]

Queensland’s National Parks and the October Election

It is said that opportunity presents itself not often, and opportunity did indeed seem to present itself for Queensland’s protected areas at the 2017 state election. During the February 2017 election campaign, then Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said: “A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will release and implement a Queensland Protected Area Strategy that will establish a […]

A Nature-based Recovery for Queensland?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a huge impact on Queensland, Australia and the rest of the world. How we emerge from the devastating impacts on our economy, environment, social cohesion and personal health will set the direction in Queensland for decades. The Global Scene A recent article in the IUCN Parks journal1 examines the impact […]

QPWS Bushfire Recovery Program for Threatened Species

Silver headed Antechinus Antechinus argentus at Bulburin National Park; Photo: Harry Hines. An unexpected change of scenery The Australian bushfire season of 2019/20 was unprecedented in terms of its scale and intensity. In Queensland, over 7 million hectares was burnt, including important habitats for more than 600 threatened plant and animal species. According to the […]

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