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Media releases from the Department of Environment and Science.

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    May 2022

    23 May 2022

    World Turtle Day – check the permits are fine or pay a fine

    Owners of freshwater turtles often say they make great pets because they don’t need a backyard, they don’t bark at the postie and they don’t need a lot of food.

    23 May 2022

    Cat on K’gari means trouble for owner

    Social media users who follow various pages dedicated to K’gari (Fraser Island) have alerted the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) about posts featuring an orange and white domestic cat with a fluffy tail on the island.

    3 May 2022

    Major recovery works begin in Burleigh Head National Park

    Major scaling works have begun in Burleigh Head National Park, as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and contractors begin the complex task of the safe removal of almost 30 boulders and other debris from the slope above the popular Oceanview Walking Track.

    April 2022

    30 Apr 2022

    New mountainfrog species identified in Southeast Queensland

    Ecologists from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and researchers from the University of Newcastle, Southern Cross University, CSIRO and the South Australian Museum have uncovered a new species of mountainfrog; Philoria knowlesi, in Queensland’s south-east, and are now working to protect its habitat.

    22 Apr 2022

    Feisty two-metre crocodile removed from Kurrimine

    A two-metre crocodile that was hanging around a caravan park and boat ramp at Kurrimine Beach in far north Queensland has been removed from the wild.

    22 Apr 2022

    Stay clear of recovery works, Burleigh Head National Park

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is reminding visitors to obey all temporary closures for their own safety, as rangers ramp up recovery efforts in Burleigh Head National Park following the severe rainfall and floods in February.

    22 Apr 2022

    Beach driving – there’s no fun in a fatality

    Rangers patrolling beaches in the Great Sandy Strait are warning drivers there will be a serious injury or fatality after eleven beach rollovers during the Easter long weekend.

    22 Apr 2022

    Rangers asking for improved parks behaviour

    Poor behaviour in national parks and State forests is putting lives at risk, with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) issuing 21 fines over the Easter weekend in the Lockyer Valley and at Main Range.

    14 Apr 2022

    Don’t go bush for firewood

    As Queensland shifts from summer to autumn, people who dust off their potbelly or fire pit are reminded that timber from State forests and national parks cannot be collected and used as firewood.

    13 Apr 2022

    Illegal dumping in the Great Sandy National Park

    During a routine patrol of the Great Sandy National Park, rangers were dismayed to find a pile of domestic construction waste had been dumped along a firebreak.

    8 Apr 2022

    Clean-up continues at Ipswich facility

    The latest air quality monitoring samples analysed at Cleanaway New Chum landfill site have not identified the presence of air pollutants that could impact on human health.

    5 Apr 2022

    Go slow for those below in flood-affected waters

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is urging boaties to ‘go slow for those below’ these Easter holidays, as marine animals may be harder to see in flood-affected waters.

    1 Apr 2022

    North West Island special activity area

    With the camping area on North West Island about to reopen for the Easter holidays, visitors are reminded to be SharkSmart to reduce the risk of shark bites.

    1 Apr 2022

    Odour at Ipswich

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has increased inspections of waste operators in the Swanbank area following the recent floods to deal with excess water and odour issues.

    1 Apr 2022

    Wongari on the move looking for mates

    Residents and visitors to K’gari (Fraser Island) are reminded to be dingo-safe during the school holidays as the island’s wongari (dingo) wander about looking for a mate.

    March 2022

    31 Mar 2022

    Man fined for felling 113 trees in national park

    A man has been fined $15,000 by the Cooktown Magistrates Court over the felling of 113 old-growth trees in the Rinyirru National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) in far north Queensland.

    31 Mar 2022

    Speargun survivor turtle released back to Boonooroo beach

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers and volunteers from Turtles in Trouble Fraser Coast have released a green turtle back to its natural habitat on the Fraser Coast following its recovery from a speargun injury.

    30 Mar 2022

    Covert investigation leads to hefty fine for illegal crabbers

    Two fishers have received a total of $20,131 in fines and costs for illegally crabbing in a Moreton Bay Marine Park ‘green zone’ as a result of a joint operation between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP).

    23 Mar 2022

    Newry Islands National Park amenities upgrade protects Reef

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has invested $180,000 in upgrades to amenities in Newry Islands National Park off the coast of Mackay, protecting the Great Barrier Reef and culturally significant areas while ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for visitors.

    15 Mar 2022

    Keep calm and carry on to Fort Lytton this Easter

    School-aged children visiting Fort Lytton National Park this Easter will be transported back to war-time Brisbane as part of a fun, new hands-on school holiday activity that uses drama to portray the critical role women played in the Australian army.

    4 Mar 2022

    Fine for illegally keeping crocodile - Townsville

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) welcomes the $3,000 fine handed down today in the Townsville Magistrates Court to a man who pleaded guilty to keeping a crocodile suspected of being illegally taken from the wild.

    2 Mar 2022

    DES monitors Petrie pond wall

    The Department of Environment (DES) is monitoring a pond wall holding contaminated water and sludge on the banks of the North Pine River.

    1 Mar 2022

    Watch out for wildlife in flood-affected areas

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is urging residents in flood-affected areas to watch out for wildlife while cleaning up after the recent South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding event.

    February 2022

    25 Feb 2022

    Wildlife officers hone their skills to catch a croc

    When it comes to managing crocodiles, wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) need to be on top of their game.

    21 Feb 2022

    Jordan looking for some koala-ity time

    A gentle-natured rescue koala by the name of Jordan is on loan to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for the next 12 months to help boost his socialisation skills and fulfill his natural breeding behaviour.

    15 Feb 2022

    Problem crocodile removed from wild, Cordelia (Ingham area)

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have captured and removed a 3.8 metre estuarine crocodile from the Herbert River at Cordelia, near Ingham, North Queensland.

    15 Feb 2022

    DES investigates large crocodile, Zilzie (Rockhampton area)

    Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are reminding residents to be Crocwise while in Croc Country following reports of a large estuarine crocodile sighted near swimmers at Zilzie, east of Rockhampton.

    10 Feb 2022

    Last chance to get your tickets to turtle-y amazing show

    Tickets to the hottest show in town are still available but visitors to the Bundaberg region are urged to get in quick to avoid missing out on the most turtle-y amazing experience.

    10 Feb 2022

    Fines to be handed down after state forest safety blitz

    Dozens of vehicle owners who illegally entered Danbulla State Forest recently can expect to receive fines following a safety blitz by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).

    9 Feb 2022

    Iconic croc removed from the wild, Cooktown

    Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have captured and removed a 4.3 metre estuarine crocodile from the Endeavour River at Cooktown.

    8 Feb 2022

    Double Island Point campfire seconds away from escalating

    Another unlawful campfire at Double Island Point by campers without a permit, and another bushfire narrowly avoided.

    2 Feb 2022

    Fines issued for feeding crocodiles

    Members of the public are reminded that deliberately feeding crocodiles can put lives at risk, with seven people fined for this foolish behaviour in a single incident last year.

    1 Feb 2022

    F-ery important croc safety news for barra season

    Boaties are being reminded to heed the very important ‘croc wise’ safety messaging as barramundi season kicks off today around the state.

    January 2022

    31 Jan 2022

    Unlawful campfire and alleged arson on K’gari

    Swift action by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has prevented a potentially devastating bushfire near the Marloo camping area in the northern end of K’gari (Fraser Island).

    31 Jan 2022

    Ongoing works, Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

    A section of the Noosa National Park Coastal Walk will be temporarily closed as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) undertakes work to upgrade the track and reduce the impact of visitors to the park.

    25 Jan 2022

    Increase in native hawkmoths, Heron Island

    Visitors and staff at Heron Island may notice an increase in numbers of the Australian native hawkmoths and hawkmoth caterpillars on the island over the next few weeks.

    21 Jan 2022

    Deceased native birds, multiple locations - investigation

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is appealing for public assistance following several reports of deceased native birds from locations in the Central Queensland and Brisbane areas over the past month.

    18 Jan 2022

    Have your say on the draft Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park management plan

    Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the future management of one of the state’s most scenic and remote national parks – Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

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