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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 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 […]

Timeline: Highlights from national parks over NPAQ’S 90 years

1870-1929 (Pre-NPAQ) 1872 Yellowstone National Park – World’s first National Park 1879 The National Park declared under The Land Act 1897 (now Royal National Park), Australia’s first National Park 1900 Barron Falls earliest Queensland reserve (The Land Act 1897) 1906 The State Forest & National Parks Act 1906 (Qld) – first Australian legislation (and possibly […]

Let’s Talk Ecotourism – Part II

In October last year, NPAQ organised a seminar in Brisbane to discuss an important issue: the pros and cons of ecotourism in national parks. In the last edition we caught up with two of the speakers and now we present the views of the other two speakers to get their perspectives in more detail. David […]

Ranger Profile – Rob Miller

Rob Miller is Ranger-in-Charge based in Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland in North Queensland. Initially his goal was to become a Forest Ranger so he attended Gatton Agricultural College and obtained an Associate Diploma in Forestry. Rob worked in forest management for Queensland Forestry from 1994 until 2002. Then a restructure saw many of the […]

The Value of Volunteer Conservation Groups

We are fortunate in Australia to have some of the oldest and largest subtropical rainforest left on the planet. This has been achieved by the foresight of some of our pioneers who recognised the value of these special places that were, in some cases, being exploited for their timber, minerals and agricultural resources. The reservation […]

Wetland Rewind: Learning from the Past at Sanamere Lagoon, Cape York Peninsula

Studying past environments (palaeoenvironments) gives us a better understanding of how currently protected areas have (or haven’t) changed over thousands of years. Natural archives, such as lakes, capture this environmental information; sediments incorporating microfossils such as pollen, charcoal and other plant matter blown or washed into the water slowly build up and are preserved in […]

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