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    2020

    July

    9 Jul

    Yeppoon drums update

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has charged two people with serious environmental offences following the discovery of 13 drums last year at two sites in Farnborough, near Yeppoon.

    6 Jul

    Go slow for those below

    Boaties are being reminded to ‘go slow for those below’ after six turtles died last month due to boat strikes or propeller cuts in Moreton Bay.

    2 Jul

    Saltwater crocodile seized in Brisbane

    Wildlife officers have seized a young crocodile in suburban Brisbane.

    June

    22 Jun

    Trial of remote, real-time environmental monitoring rolled out

    A trial of remote, real-time monitoring of air, noise and water quality is being rolled out by Queensland’s environmental regulator.

    9 Jun

    Drone technology helps researchers count turtles on the Great Barrier Reef

    Researchers at Raine Island, the world’s largest green turtle rookery, have used a drone to conduct accurate population surveys, with stunning results.

    5 Jun

    Have your say on national park management plan for Minjerribah

    The Department of Environment and Science, in partnership with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), is inviting public comment on a draft management plan for the Naree Budjong Djara National Park on iconic Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

    3 Jun

    DES investigating alleged illegal waste storage

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, Environmental Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are continuing to conduct field based compliance activities to ensure Queensland’s environment is protected.

    1 Jun

    Preparations underway in lead-up to fire season on Magnetic Island

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has commenced preparations for the upcoming fire season with a series of planned burns due to be conducted between now and October.

    May

    26 May

    Smoke from planned burn – Daisy Hill Conservation Park

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct planned burn operations within the Daisy Hill Conservation Park near Priestdale on Wednesday 27 May 2020, weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction program for parks and forests.

    26 May

    Community announcement – Smoke from Eungella National Park

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P) will be conducting planned aerial burning within Eungella National Park in vicinity of Mackay Eungella Road and Netherdale on Wednesday 27 May through to Saturday 30 May weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.

    20 May

    Richmond Birdwing Butterfly program in full flight

    The magnificent Richmond birdwing butterfly is making a comeback in the wild, thanks to a successful captive breeding and release program led by the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

    7 May

    Rehabilitated cassowary released into the wild

    A young cassowary rescued by Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers from a property near Mission Beach in far north Queensland has been successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

    April

    20 Apr

    White-throated snapping turtle rescued and released

    An eagle-eyed wildlife officer from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) has rescued a critically endangered white-throated snapping turtle after spotting an advertisement on social media in the Wide Bay region.

    7 Apr

    Shark attack – North West Island

    The Department of Environment and Science can confirm the tragic death of a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) ranger following a shark attack off North West island yesterday evening.

    6 Apr

    More time to get ready for new Reef regulations

    The start date for regulating new or expanded cropping, horticulture and industrial activities in Reef catchments will be delayed to provide extra time for Queensland’s farmers and other industries to prepare, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    6 Apr

    More time to get ready for new Reef regulations

    The start date for regulating new or expanded cropping, horticulture and industrial activities in Reef catchments will be delayed to provide extra time for Queensland’s farmers and other industries to prepare, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    March

    21 Mar

    Mount Isa company fined for breaching Environmental Authority

    A Mount Isa company has been fined $45,000 after pleading guilty to two charges of contravening a condition of an environmental authority (EA), in contravention of section 430(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

    14 Mar

    Mon Repos closure

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is closing nightly tours at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

    9 Mar

    Deceased wongari (dingo) investigation

    The Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) together with the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation is seeking public assistance after an incident on K’gari (Fraser Island) resulted in a wongari (dingo) being killed on Friday night.

    7 Mar

    Wongari (dingo) killed on K’gari (Fraser Island)

    Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) officers, working with the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, are investigating an incident on K’gari (Fraser Island) which resulted in a wongari (dingo) being killed on Orchid Beach, on Friday evening (6.03.20) around 9pm.

    4 Mar

    Interact with dingoes and you’ll be fined

    The Department of Environment and Science is urging visitors to K’gari (Fraser Island) to stop taking dangerous risks after three people were fined in one week for interacting with dingoes.

    February

    28 Feb

    Warning to visitors as a third person fined for feeding dingoes

    Visitors to K’gari (Fraser Island) are again being strongly reminded not to interact with dingoes as a third person in recent months has been issued with a $2,135 fine for feeding a dingo.

    28 Feb

    Drones are a game-changer in crocodile management

    A research and innovation program led by the Department of Environment and Science (DES) that uses drones could significantly improve the management of problem crocodiles in Australia and overseas.

    19 Feb

    Rangers rescue Jarrah the juvenile platypus

    Queensland rangers are caring for a young platypus, otherwise affectionately known as a puggle, after it was found severely dehydrated and covered with ticks under a house just over the border of the Gold Coast’s hinterland.

    13 Feb

    Sewage release at Currimundi Creek

    Unitywater Pty Ltd advised DES of a release of sewage to Currimundi Creek earlier today (Thursday 13 February 2020).

    13 Feb

    Croc sighting in Gladstone Harbour

    Members of the Gladstone community are reminded to be Crocwise after a crocodile was reportedly seen swimming in the Gladstone Harbour on February 9, 2020.

    10 Feb

    Don’t risk being hounded at Noosa National Park

    While Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers don’t wish to hound anyone, they will issue $133 on-the-spot fines to people illegally walking their dogs in Noosa National Park.

    1 Feb

    Fitzroy River crocodile successfully trapped and removed

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have successfully trapped and removed a large crocodile from the Fitzroy River in North Rockhampton.

    January

    31 Jan

    Innovative techniques assist turtles as hatching season begins in Queensland

    The Department of Environment and Science is trialling a number of innovative techniques to minimise the effects a changing climate is having on marine turtles’ species.

    23 Jan

    Check tide times for Cooloola this long weekend

    Heading to a beach campsite or a surf spot at Cooloola this long weekend? Check tide times and plan your Teewah Beach drive within two hours of low tide so you and your vehicle don’t end up in strife.

    21 Jan

    Yeppoon barrel investigation update

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating the discovery of four 44-gallon drums in bushland off Iwasaki Road at Yeppoon.

    20 Jan

    Crocodile injured by arrow euthanised

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is seeking public information after a large estuarine crocodile had to be euthanised after being found with a metal arrow lodged in its back and other injuries to its head and neck.

    20 Jan

    Lifting of state-wide fire ban in parks and forests

    The Deputy Director-General of the Department of Environment and Science (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships Division) has announced the lifting of the state-wide fire ban for all of Queensland’s national parks and forests, effective today.

    16 Jan

    Fitzroy River crocodile targeted for removal

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will set a trap to capture a large crocodile that was recently seen taking a discarded shark carcass from the North Rockhampton Boat Ramp.

    13 Jan

    Crocodile spotted in Lake Placid

    A two-metre crocodile has been targeted for removal from Lake Placid, near Cairns.

    13 Jan

    Boaties reminded to go slow for those below

    Boaties and fishers are reminded to slow down for marine wildlife after a man was fined for going too fast in a “go slow” zone in the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

    13 Jan

    Strand crocodile targeted for removal

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have set a trap to capture an estimated 3 metre crocodile believed to be the same animal observed near the Strand on Saturday 11 January.

    9 Jan

    Great Barrier Reef visitors urged to Be Reef Smart

    With thousands of people enjoying the Great Barrier Reef during the summer holidays, visitors are reminded to follow responsible Reef practices when out on the water or visiting islands.

    2019

    December

    24 Dec

    Ten ways to reduce your waste these holidays

    Queenslanders are being encouraged to think about things they can do to reduce their impact on the environment this festive season.

    24 Dec

    Yeppoon pollution event - update

    Test results by the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have revealed no further evidence of contamination in a wetland at Sandy Point Road at Yeppoon.

    24 Dec

    Boaties reminded to go slow for those below

    Boaties are being urged to slow down for marine wildlife this summer as if they keep a good lookout and “go slow for those below” they can help protect turtles and dugong.

    24 Dec

    Play it safe in parks and forests this summer

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are ready to welcome campers over the Christmas-New Year break and encourage visitors to check park alerts while planning their trips.

    24 Dec

    Cassowaries – ancient, wonderful and dangerous

    As the Christmas holidays approach, it is important not to be lulled into a false sense of security by the majestic beauty of our wet tropical rainforests.

    16 Dec

    Freshwater campground closed due to fire

    The Freshwater campground in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park is closed due to an active wildfire.

    13 Dec

    Sunshine Coast camping spaces reduced due to drought

    National park and State forest camping areas in the Sunshine Coast hinterland will be operating at reduced capacity over the Christmas period, because of a water supply shortage.

    13 Dec

    Motorist urged to stay on track when visiting Minjerribah

    Rangers on Minjerribah will be undertaking regular patrols during the school holidays with a strong focus on illegal motor bike use and unsafe use of motor vehicles.

    11 Dec

    K'gari dingo humanely euthanised

    The dingo responsible for biting an eight year old boy on K’gari (Fraser Island) on December 7 has been humanely euthanised.

    9 Dec

    Yeppoon barrel investigation update

    Test results have shown the levels of hydrocarbon contaminants in a wetland at Sandy Point Road at Yeppoon have decreased.

    2 Dec

    Twelve turtles returned to Reef thanks to partnership

    12 additional green turtles now call the Great Barrier Reef home thanks to a partnership between the Department of Environment and Science (DES), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Marine Park Authority) and James Cook University (JCU).

    November

    22 Nov

    Sections of Moreton Island reopens to campers

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has today confirmed the reopening of some sections of Moreton Island to visitors and campers following the recent wildfire event.

    13 Nov

    Crocodile euthanised at Captain Billy’s Landing

    Wildlife officers have located and humanely euthanised a crocodile that attacked an off-duty Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) ranger on November 10 just north of Captain Billy’s Landing.

    11 Nov

    Off-duty ranger attacked by crocodile

    Yesterday afternoon an off-duty ranger from Heathlands in far north Queensland was attacked by a crocodile.

    October

    17 Oct

    GDEMP approved

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

    September

    25 Sep

    Teewah camping partial reopening

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will partially open the Teewah Beach Camping Area from the morning of Friday 27 September 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.

    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

    Adani BTFMP review report finalised

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.