Current Issues – National Parks Association of Queensland

Cooloola Great Walk Ecotourism Proposal

Notification of REFERRAL DECISION The Cooloola Great Walk, Great Sandy National Park is an existing 102 kilometer walking and camping experience that links Noosa North Shore with Rainbow Beach. The Cooloola Great Walk ecotourism project is being delivered through a collaborative model with the Queensland Government, a private proponent, CABN, the local Traditional Owners, the […]

New disappointing EPBC amendments proposed

*Following on from the Independent review of Federal Environmental Laws released – EPBC Act article. In late February, the Federal Government introduced the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021, to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. The Amendment Bill proposes the creation and implementation of the National Environmental Standards […]

Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program expands

Fifty new Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers will be employed this year to help protect Queensland’s natural and cultural landscapes. The Palaszczuk Government is providing the first instalment for a total of 100 new Indigenous ranger jobs, to be funded over the next three years, which will double the number of Land and Sea Rangers […]

Wangetti Trail Proposal

The Wangetti Trail Proposal plans to introduce mountain biking and private accommodation (new activities/impacts) into Macalister Range National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. NPAQ does not support access for activities that are incompatible with the purpose of national parks, which is the conservation of nature as enshrined in the Nature Conservation Act 1999 (Qld).

Lost Opportunities for new national parks in Queensland

Queensland is missing out on new national parks due to chronic underfunding. Five Queensland conservation groups have identified 175 properties with very high biodiversity value that could have been bought and protected since 2015, but were not, because the Queensland government has not budgeted for new national park acquisitions to service it’s 2015 promise to greatly expand parks and other protected areas.

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