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Category Archives: Private Reserves

Two New Nature Refuges Added to Protected Area Estate

Boomerang Lagoon on Abingdon Downs.

Two additions to Queensland’s Protected Area Estate have been announced, increasing protected areas to 8.6% of the State’s area.   The Albanese Government is providing $3 million to the Queensland Miles Labor Government through the Protecting Important Biodiversity Areas Program to support two nature refuges and future additions to Queensland’s private protected areas. The project […]

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 […]

Queensland’s new Protected Area Strategy

After much lobbying by the National Parks Association of Queensland and others, the Queensland Protected Area Strategy was finally released by the Government a few days before caretaker mode came into effect prior to the recent State election. The release of the Strategy has been one of the major requests of NPAQ as it will […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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