Timeline: Highlights from national parks over NPAQ'S 90 years - National Parks Association of Queensland

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

Author: National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ)

Photography: NPAQ Archives

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 world) for legislation for declaration/management of national parks
  • 1908 First Queensland national park declared under The State Forests and National Parks Act 1906 (Qld) – Witches Falls NP (Tamborine Mountain)
  • 1915 Lamington NP declared (Romeo Lahey instrumental in park declaration and pioneering standards for walking track system)
  • 1920s (late) Rucksacks came into common use

1930s

  • 15 April 1930 NPAQ established; Qld Governor NPAQ patron
  • 1930 NPAQ proposed a NP to include Glasshouse Mountain Peaks
  • 1930 Qld NPs area just over 161,000 acres (~65,000ha)
  • 1932 Romeo Lahey and Arthur Groom established Binna Burra Lodge to connect people with nature
  • 1937 First financial allocation for NPs in government budget
  • June 1939 NPAQ members 295; NPAQ account balance £ 7/6/0

1940s

  • NPAQ recessed during WWII
  • Jan 1948 multi club protest meeting over hotel and road near Mt Wanungara
  • 1947 Mt Barney NP, Mt Lindesay NP gazetted
  • 1949 Noosa NP officially opened
  • Late 1940s Government formally decreed there would be no logging in Qld national parks

1950s

  • 1950 NPAQ membership 500
  • 1951 NPAQ Extended outing to North Qld
  • 1952 Mt Aberdeen NP
  • 1952 First NPA calendar
  • 1953 First NPA News
  • 1954 Magnetic Island NP, Glasshouse Mountains NP, Cunningham’s Gap Extension (now Main Range NP)
  • 1957 Mt Edwards (now Moogerah NP)
  • 1957 At age of 70, Romeo Lahey commenced campaign which resulted in the declaration of the Daintree NP
  • 1958 Queensland’s National Park Estate ~ 340,000 ha (0.2% of state)
  • 1959 Forestry Act 1959 (Qld) – included the cardinal principle

1960s

  • 1961 Hayman Island – unsuccessful campaign against revocation of entire island for airline (now defunct) and tourism company
  • 1962 Queensland’s National Park Estate ~375,000 ha
  • 1963 Wallaman Falls; Mossman Gorge
  • 1966 Simpson Desert NP (now Munga-Thirri) 1,248,000 acres (505,000 Ha)
  • NPAQ membership 838

1970s

  • 1971 First NPAQ overseas extended outing – 36 members, 3 weeks in New Zealand
  • 1972 NP Estate Area > 2.5 million acres (1 million ha)
  • 1974 NPAQ membership 1000
  • 1975 National Parks and Wildlife Act 1975 (Qld) proclaimed
  • 1975 National Parks Australia Council established (NPAQ a member)
  • 1975 Cooloola NP gazetted 23,030 ha, 16 years after NPAQ recommendation
  • 1975 NPAQ Special projects funds
  • 1975 QPWS established (then QNPWS); Queensland’s National Park Estate ~ 1,128,000 ha
  • 1977 Regular day walks began – 96 people to Mt Glorious
  • 1978 First Interpretive Centre in NP (suggested by NPAQ in 1972)
  • 1979 NPAQ began commenting on park management plans

1980s

  • 1980 50th Anniversary Celebration at Cunningham’s Gap
  • 1980 Supported large increase in NSW Bald Rock NP
  • 1981 NPAQ colour slide library established
  • 1981 NPAQ membership peaked at 1344
  • 1986 NPAQ incorporated
  • 1986 Lindeman Island National Park – successfully fought revocation but unsuccessful in preventing golf course lease
  • 1988 North Qld Wet Tropics rainforest listed as World Heritage area; Queensland’s National Park Estate ~3.5 million ha (~2% of state)

1990s

  • 1990 60th Anniversary Year launched by Hon Pat Comben at Jolly’s Lookout; Boombana Revegetation Project; NPAQ membership 1110; History of Lamington National Park by J Keith Jarrot published by NPAQ
  • 1991 Purchased office at Milton with bequest, donations and fundraising
  • 1992 Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) passed by parliament; Qld National Park Estate 5 million ha; Fraser Island (Great Sandy National Park) inscribed on World Heritage List
  • 1998 NPAQ Bird Group established

2000s

  • NPAQ membership 1058
  • Part time Executive Coordinator appointed
  • Increasing number of park management plans and discussion papers
  • 2007 Queensland’s Protected Area Estate ~ 8 million ha (4.6% of state)

2010s

  • 2013 grazing/tourism resorts in national parks – cardinal principle overridden by provision for recreational/tourism uses, removed mandatory management planning and downgraded consultation
  • 2013 NPAQ successful campaign preventing extension of stock grazing in NPs; NPAQ’s first female president
  • 2014 Tracking of wider NPAQ member and supporter base 2,061; Qld NP Estate 8.75 million ha (over 5% of the State)
  • 2016 Helped restore the cardinal principle, mandatory management planning and consultation
  • 2017 NPAQ member and supporter base 5,380
  • 2017-2018 Kids in National Parks booklets for SEQ and Tropical North Qld
  • 2018 NPAQ successful campaign against revocation of part of Lindeman NP; Protected Area Alliance – 23 eNGOs; Cuthbertson Grant established
  • 2019 Yabba Links National Park Proposal

2020s

  • Seeking recovery resourcing for post-fire weed and pest management
  • Seeking adequate funding for urgently needed Queensland Protected Area Strategy
  • Seeking declaration of Yabba Links National Park by 2021 ~20,000 ha
  • Seeking transition of native state forests – 2000 South East Queensland Forestry Agreement
  • Seeking national parks to be listed as a Matter of National Environmental Significance
  • April 2020 – NPAQ 90th Anniversary
  • 2020 NPAQ member and supporter reach over 8,000

 

Presidents of NPAQ

  • 1930 – 1961 Romeo Lahey
  • 1961 – 1967 Edgar Kemp
  • 1967 – 1970 Lionel Simpson
  • 1970 – 1977 Clif Bell
  • 1977 – 1980 G. Horwood Cossins
  • 1980 – 1983 Brian Egan
  • 1983 – 1986 George Haddock
  • 1986 – 1990 Brian Egan
  • 1990 – 1996 Norm Traves
  • 1996 – 2001 John de Horne
  • 2001 – 2005 Rob Hitchcock
  • 2005 – 2008 John Bristow
  • 2008 – 2013 Tony O’Brien
  • 2013 – 2017 Michelle Prior
  • 2017 – Graeme Bartrim

Major Bequests

  • 1992 Caroline Pender
  • 1993 Marianne Florence Murray
  • 2009 Frederic Kemp
  • 2009 James Cuthbertson
  • 2016 Susan Mary (Molly) Blake
  • 2018 Norman Traves

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