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    2019

    August

    6 Aug

    Magnetic Island rangers prepare for fire season

    Magnetic Island rangers are preparing for the upcoming fire season and will undertake a series of planned burns over the coming months.

    July

    5 Jul

    High tides and high waves mean high risk for beach drivers

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) are reminding visitors to keep safe when driving on popular beaches along the Queensland coastline this weekend and remember if you drive on the dunes you risk an on-the-spot fine of more than $200.

    June

    13 Jun

    GDEMP approved

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved Adani's Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP) today (13 June 2019).

    May

    31 May

    Black-Throated Finch Management Plan approved

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved Adani's Black-Throated Finch Management Plan (BTFMP) today (31 May).

    30 May

    Planned burns continue in central and western Queensland national parks

    As temperatures drop, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is rising to the challenge of leading planned burns across central and western Queensland.

    29 May

    Planned burns in northern national parks

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has commenced its early dry season burning program across parks and reserves from Townsville to Cape York and west to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    April

    16 Apr

    Don't let Easter high tides become high water trouble

    High tides associated with a full moon are well-known features of the Easter period and they are also well-known for putting people in danger and submerging their vehicles.

    5 Apr

    Girraween National Park is re-opening most walking tracks and camping areas for Easter

    Most walking tracks and camping areas at Girraween National Park south of Stanthorpe will re-open before Easter, following the recent wildfire and water shortage issues.

    March

    15 Mar

    Cardwell crocodile death update

    The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating the suspicious death of an icon crocodile at Cardwell, in far north Queensland.

    3 Mar

    Fraser Island dingo update

    QPWS rangers on K'gari (Fraser Island) have captured the second dingo identified in the attack on Thursday evening (28 February) near Eurong Beach.

    1 Mar

    Fraser Island dingo incident update

    QPWS rangers on K'gari (Fraser Island) have identified two dingoes who attacked three people on Thursday evening (28 February) near Eurong Beach.

    1 Mar

    Fraser Island dingo incident

    Visitors to K'gari (Fraser Island) are reminded to be dingo safe after two people, a woman and boy, were bitten on Thursday evening (28 February) near Eurong Beach.

    February

    18 Feb

    Report all freshwater crocodile sightings - Townsville

    The Department of Environment and Science is asking Townsville residents to report all sightings of freshwater crocodiles that were displaced by the flood event.

    18 Feb

    Adani BTFMP review report finalised

    The independent scientific review of Adani's Black-throated Finch Management Plan (BTFMP) has been finalised.

    15 Feb

    BTFMP review will ensure best science for Black-throated finch conservation

    The review of Adani's Black-throated finch management plan (BTFMP) by independent experts will ensure the plan is based on the best available science.

    13 Feb

    Abbot Point water sampling results received

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) today (13 February) received results from water testing the department undertook at the Abbot Point coal terminal on 8 February.

    8 Feb

    Abbot Point Coal Terminal release into Caley Valley

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has been advised by Abbot Point Coal Terminal of a release of stormwater from an authorised release point into the Caley Valley Wetland.

    7 Feb

    Safety for Queensland park and forest visitors during the Wet

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers are urging people to stay out of flooded streams in national parks and State forests and be aware of changed conditions.

    January

    25 Jan

    Drivers warned to stay off the dunes at Cooloola

    Beach drivers at Cooloola north of Noosa are being warned to stay off the dunes as high tides threaten to make Teewah Beach impassable at times during the Australia Day long weekend.

    24 Jan

    'Icon' crocodile had to be removed from the wild at Proserpine

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) Wildlife Officers have urged people not to feed crocodiles after removing a 4.5m crocodile from the Proserpine River.

    21 Jan

    Dingo incident, Fraser Island

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Rangers are continuing to monitor a pack of dingoes on K'gari (Fraser Island) after a six-year old boy was bitten.

    21 Jan

    Share the love, not your rubbish, on Australia Day

    Experiencing what the unique Atherton Tableland parks and forests have to offer is a great way to spend the Australia Day long weekend.

    21 Jan

    Expert review of the Black-Throated Finch Management Plan and Adani

    The location of Adani's proposed Carmichael Coal Mine hosts the largest and most significant known population of the Black-Throated Finch in Australia.

    18 Jan

    Wildlife officers observe crocs in Fitzroy River

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have set traps for a 3-metre crocodile they observed in the Fitzroy River, near Rockhampton.

    2 Jan

    Adani BTFMP and GDEMP

    Two plans are yet to be approved before any significant disturbance can commence at the Carmichael Coal Mine.

    2018

    December

    19 Dec

    Check tides and beach conditions at Cooloola

    Big tides are likely to make Teewah Beach north of Noosa impassable at times during the Christmas / New Year break, and drivers are being reminded the dunes are not an alternative route.

    12 Dec

    Watch out for crocodiles and snakes in floodwaters

    Heavy rain in parts of far north Queensland means crocodiles and snakes could turn up unexpectedly in flooded areas.

    4 Dec

    Park damage and recovery after fires

    Queensland has experienced significant environmental damage following unprecedented bushfires.

    3 Dec

    Eungella National Park and greater area closed due to wildfires

    Eungella National Park, Mackay Highlands Great Walk, Crediton, Cathu and Mia Mia State Forests have been temporarily closed due to wildfires.

    3 Dec

    Deepwater and Eurimbula national parks remains closed

    All national parks and State forests in the Agnes Water area remain closed including Deepwater and Eurimbula national parks.

    November

    8 Nov

    Environmental vandalism – damage to rock surface, Mount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains National Park

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) takes the vandalism of Queensland's protected areas very seriously, and strong penalties do apply.

    October

    25 Oct

    US commercialisation expert wins QLD life sciences competition

    A Californian commercialisation specialist will share his expertise with Australia's life sciences industry after winning his way to the upcoming AusBiotech National Conference, in Brisbane from 31 October to 2 November.

    September

    25 Sep

    Update: Inskip nearshore landslip

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers have inspected the nearshore landslip site again this morning (25 September 2018) and will continue to monitor the area.

    24 Sep

    Inskip Point nearshore landslip

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are monitoring erosion which has occurred overnight (Sunday 23 to Monday 24 September 2018) at Inskip Point.

    19 Sep

    Crocodile management zone changed in Cairns Regional Council area

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) will amend the Crocodile Management Plan's zoning area near Babinda.

    5 Sep

    Abbot Point Bulkcoal charged over Abbot Point sediment water discharge

    The environmental regulator has taken further action against Abbot Point Bulkcoal Pty Ltd (APBC) over an unauthorised discharge of sediment water from the Abbot Point coal terminal during Cyclone Debbie.

    August

    29 Aug

    Upgrade for Mount Coolum summit trail

    The summit viewing area and top section of the Mount Coolum National Park walking track will be closed to the public between 7am and 5pm weekdays from Wednesday 29 August to Friday 16 November 2018, due to upgrade works.

    3 Aug

    Freshwater crocodile spotted in Bowen lagoon

    Wildlife officers are urging people in Bowen to be vigilant but not alarmed if they see a small crocodile in Mullers Lagoon.

    July

    19 Jul

    Beekeeping in State forests and national parks

    Thousands of apiary sites are permitted on Queensland's State forests. The Queensland Government has no plans to discontinue beekeepers' access to these sites. Beekeeping on State forests is enshrined in Queensland legislation.

    17 Jul

    Drought forces temporary closure at Girraween

    Camping areas in Girraween National Park south of Stanthorpe are closed temporarily, until further notice, due to shortage of water supply to the campgrounds.

    9 Jul

    Dingo incidents in Eurong area lead to euthanasia

    On 2 July 2018, a dingo was euthanised on K'gari (Fraser Island) after a series of aggressive incidents occurred on the beach. The incidents included biting a woman near Lake Wabby on 30 June, biting a child at Eurong on 1 July 2018 and aggressive behaviour towards a female backpacker at Eurong on 2 July 2018.

    June

    26 Jun

    Have your say on the keeping and trading of protected animals in Queensland

    Queenslanders are invited to have their say on a review of how the state's protected birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and amphibians are managed through the wildlife licensing system, with submissions closing at 5pm on 29 June 2018.

    22 Jun

    Frankland and North Barnard islands reopen after control work

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has completed its work to control black rats in the Frankland and North Barnard Islands Groups National Parks south-east of Cairns, with no interruption to diving and snorkelling tours during the work.

    May

    31 May

    Frankland and North Barnard Island Group National Parks Pest Management Program

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will carry out a Pest Management Program in the Frankland and North Barnard Island Group National Parks for the control of black rats (Rattus rattus) between Monday 28 May 2018 and Friday 15 June 2018, weather permitting.