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    2021

    October

    20 Oct 2021

    Carnarvon National Park bushfire

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will be closing the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park at 3pm tomorrow as a safety precaution due to a bushfire.

    18 Oct 2021

    Problem crocodile removed at Redbank Boat Ramp

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is reminding fishers to properly dispose of fish frames and bait after a 2.2m crocodile was removed from the wild at Redbank Boat Ramp, south of Cairns.

    14 Oct 2021

    Investigation into sick birds inconclusive

    A detailed investigation by the Department of Environment and Science has been unable to definitively determine what caused a large number of black noddies to become unwell and die in the Mackay area recently.

    September

    30 Sep 2021

    Follow the rules – compliance blitz unearths Teewah tools

    Twenty penalty infringement notices (PINs) were handed out to campers at Teewah during a weekend compliance blitz by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).

    29 Sep 2021

    Koala released following fighting injury

    The Department of Environment and Science has released a male koala into bushland at the Gold Coast after he was injured near David Fleays Wildlife Park.

    22 Sep 2021

    Campfires are prohibited at Teewah

    The Department of Environment and Science is urging visitors to Teewah to stop lighting campfires after a fire reignited yesterday and almost spread into the dunes.

    22 Sep 2021

    Portable toilets to be mandatory for Teewah Beach camping

    A new portable waste facility has been installed and portable toilets will be mandatory at Teewah Beach from 12 October 2021 with human waste being inappropriately disposed in the area’s natural environment.

    21 Sep 2021

    Mount Bartle Frere landslip fixed

    When a part of the tallest mountain in Queensland slipped down the cliff during a downpour, rangers from the Department of Environment and Science quickly stepped in to get the trail back on track.

    17 Sep 2021

    Normal life after collar for wongari on K'gari

    She was a collared wongari (dingo) in the public spotlight after a series of negative interactions on K'gari (Fraser Island), but she has proved that there is a normal life after a collar.

    14 Sep 2021

    Turtles released into the wild following rehab

    The Department of Environment and Science and Sea World have released four lucky turtles back into the wild after the animals were treated for a number of issues at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

    10 Sep 2021

    Saunders Beach crocodile removed from the wild

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is reminding fishers to properly dispose of fish frames and bait after a 3.8m crocodile had to be removed from the wild near Saunders Beach, north of Townsville.

    7 Sep 2021

    30 years research + 50 years protection = 300+ wombats

    Threatened Species Day 2021 is a momentous occasion, highlighted by significant milestones and the major achievement of saving the northern hairy-nosed wombat from the brink of extinction.

    3 Sep 2021

    DES investigation into Mackay sick birds - update

    The Department of Environment and Science’s (DES) investigation into what caused a large number of black noddies to become unwell has now shifted its focus away from the Mackay marina.

    2 Sep 2021

    DES investigating sick birds in Mackay marina

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating after a large number of unwell and deceased seabirds were found in the Mackay marina on Tuesday (31 August 2021).

    August

    30 Aug 2021

    Plastic’s had its day, and Hoi Polloi leads the way

    One of Townsville’s most popular espresso bars is leading the way in its move to limit the use of single-use plastics, ahead of the ban on many single-use plastic items that comes into effect on 01 September.

    23 Aug 2021

    Motorbike riders fined – when you ride you can’t hide

    The Department of Environment and Science has fined two trailbike riders for a number of offences after intercepting them in the Wickham Timber Reserve at Yarrabilba.

    20 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to landscape science

    Queensland is celebrating the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    20 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to climate modelling and analysis

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    19 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to aquatic ecology

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    19 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to environmental science

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    18 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to vegetation ecology

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    17 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to remote sensing technologies

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    16 Aug 2021

    Pastoral company fined for land clearing in state forest

    A pastoral company has been fined $18,000 in the Dalby Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to illegally clearing land in the Kumbarilla State Forest, southwest of Dalby. The company was also ordered to pay $1,500 in legal costs.

    16 Aug 2021

    Science Week looks beyond the microscope to wildlife science

    Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

    13 Aug 2021

    Do the right thing at Cooloola!

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is reviewing visitor capacities for the Cooloola Recreation Area following ongoing poor behaviour and unsafe activities by some visitors to Teewah Beach.

    13 Aug 2021

    Experience a month in the life of a K’gari wongari

    How does a wongari spend his time on K’gari? According to amazing footage captured by a camera collar, he eats midgym berries, goes for long walks in the bush and on the beach, visits a township and spends plenty of time with his mate.

    10 Aug 2021

    Update: Crocodile located, Lockhart River

    Department of Environment and Environment (DES) wildlife officers have located and humanely euthanised the crocodile involved in the non-fatal attack on two men at Portland Roads, near Lockhart River.

    6 Aug 2021

    Suspected crocodile incident

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating a suspected crocodile attack on two men on August 6, 2021 in the Lockhart River area of Cape York Peninsula.

    2 Aug 2021

    Changes to South East Queensland National Parks, state forests and visitor centres during COVID lockdown

    Anyone planning on visiting National Parks, state forests, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) visitor centres in south east Queensland should monitor our Park Alerts page following the latest COVID lockdown directive.

    2 Aug 2021

    Resource company fined $60,000

    A coal seam gas company has been fined $60,000 in the Dalby Magistrates Court for the unauthorised release of coal seam gas water from a pump station.

    July

    23 Jul 2021

    Appeal for assistance with dumping investigation

    The department is appealing for public assistance following the discovery of dumped waste in the Townsville Port Access Reserve.

    20 Jul 2021

    Boot-washing stations installed to protect ancient bunya pines

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has installed boot-washing stations at walking track entrances in Bunya Mountains National Park to help protect bunya pines for future times from a potentially devastating soil-based disease.

    16 Jul 2021

    Cause for shell-abration

    A massive community effort to rehabilitate three sick juvenile green turtles suffering from floating syndrome has seen the trio successfully released back into the wild – a cause for shell-abration.

    15 Jul 2021

    Crested terns killed on K’gari (Fraser Island)

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is appealing for public help after a person in a four-wheel-drive ran into a flock of shorebirds on K’gari (Fraser Island) on July 12.

    8 Jul 2021

    Stay off the dunes at Byfield National Park

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is asking visitors at Byfield National Park to respect important cultural and ecological sites after recent damage caused by four-wheel drivers.

    7 Jul 2021

    Archerfield car wreckers clean-up site following fine

    An Archerfield car wrecking business that was operating unlawfully has cleaned up an industrial site and moved to another location after being fined and issued with a direction notice.

    6 Jul 2021

    K’gari ground parrot program has ears on the ground

    The Department of Environment and Science has set seven acoustic recorders in fire affected areas on K’gari (Fraser Island) to monitor populations of the threatened ground parrot.

    5 Jul 2021

    Chemical spill at Narangba facility

    Investigations are continuing following a chemical spill incident at a storage facility in Narangba yesterday.

    2 Jul 2021

    Nominations called for appointments to the Queensland Heritage Council

    The Queensland Government is calling for nominations for membership of the Queensland Heritage Council.

    June

    30 Jun 2021

    Mount Rascal concrete waste cleaned up

    A Mount Rascal resident has removed more than 100 tonnes of illegally dumped concrete waste and received a fine following a visit by the Department of Environment and Science (the department).

    29 Jun 2021

    Changes to National Parks during three-day lockdown

    Anyone planning on visiting National Parks and state forests in the south east Queensland and Townsville regions should monitor our Park Alerts page following the latest COVID three-day lockdown directive.

    28 Jun 2021

    Hastings River Mouse

    The Department of Environment and Science is thrilled with the capture and release of 27 endangered Hastings River mice during a recent survey of a site in Main Range National Park as part of the Gondwana World Heritage Area Bushfire Recovery Project.

    22 Jun 2021

    Report spotlights jobs of the future and economic areas of growth

    The emerging jobs of the future and opportunities for Queensland’s science-driven industries to expand and grow are identified in a new report commissioned by the Department of Environment and Science.

    18 Jun 2021

    Rare footage of endangered kowari

    Rare footage has been captured of the vulnerable kowari, a carnivorous desert marsupial endemic to the arid regions of Queensland and South Australia.

    17 Jun 2021

    Download the QWildlife app on World Crocodile Day

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is acknowledging World Crocodile Day by thanking everyone who has downloaded the department’s QWildlife CrocWatch app.

    17 Jun 2021

    K’gari camping areas reopened in time for holidays

    The Department of Environment and Science has reopened two camping areas and two beach camping zones on K’gari (Fraser Island), just in time for the upcoming school holidays.

    16 Jun 2021

    Turtle atlas is cause for global shellebration

    World Sea Turtle Day, 16 June, is the chance to check out a new Queensland-made interactive atlas that shows nesting, courtship, feeding and migration routes of our marine turtles, bringing together decades of Australian and global data.

    15 Jun 2021

    Give whales a wide berth during migration season

    Humpback whales have been spotted in Queensland waters as they make their way north serving as a timely reminder to boaties to give them a wide berth during migration season.

    9 Jun 2021

    Queensland farming business doing its bit to help the Reef

    Sweet Cane is in the process of selling Reef Credits making it the second farming business in Queensland to do so, securing an additional source of income with the added benefit of protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

    7 Jun 2021

    Camera collar trial to keep K’gari wongari safe

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is using new high-tech camera collars to monitor the behaviour of wongari (dingoes) near the Orchid Beach township on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    7 Jun 2021

    Recovered cassowary chick ready to progress

    A cassowary chick that was rescued by wildlife officers has reached an important milestone in its rehabilitation and is one step closer to being released into the wild.

    4 Jun 2021

    Juvenile crocodile captured at Emu Park

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is advising people in the Rockhampton region to be crocwise and download the Qwildlife app after a crocodile was removed from the wild at Emu Park.

    3 Jun 2021

    Unlicenced tour operator fined for Daintree tours

    An unlicenced tour operator has been fined $6,000 in the Cairns Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty to conducting commercial tours in the Daintree National Park without a permit.

    2 Jun 2021

    Tully farmer finds funding a-peeling to help the Reef

    Banana grower Patrick Leahy has developed a wetland on his 230-hectare farm to reduce nutrients, sediment and pesticides flowing into waterways and then into the Great Barrier Reef.

    2 Jun 2021

    Man fined for feeding tagged dingo on K’gari

    Two Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) have been issued to a man who allegedly fed a dingo and for not having a vehicle access permit (VAP) while visiting K’gari (Fraser Island) at the weekend.

    1 Jun 2021

    Stolen freshwater croc finds a home at Walkabout Creek

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is appealing for public information after a freshwater crocodile hatchling, found thousands of kilometres from home, was surrendered to wildlife officers.

    1 Jun 2021

    Maryborough fridge cemetery cleaned up after fine and Direction Notice

    A Maryborough waste operator has cleaned up thousands of illegally stored fridges following a series of compliance actions by the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

    May

    27 May 2021

    Mt Isa waste operator fined for storing waste

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has issued a $13,345 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) to a Mount Isa waste operator who was inappropriately storing liquid wastes.

    27 May 2021

    4.5m icon croc caught at Newell Beach

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have captured a 4.5-metre crocodile from Newell Beach, north of Port Douglas.

    27 May 2021

    Wildlife items surrendered to wildlife officers

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is encouraging the community to contact wildlife officers for advice before taking possession of live native animals or deceased animal parts.

    26 May 2021

    The Reef goes bananas for Innisfail farmer

    Award-winning banana grower Gavin Devaney has developed drains within a wetland on his 250-acre farm to reduce nutrients, sediment and pesticides flowing into waterways and then into the Great Barrier Reef.

    20 May 2021

    Oceanview Track reopening

    The Oceanview walking track in Burleigh Head National Park is scheduled to be reopened on 21 May, 2021 after it was closed due to landslips following heavy rain in March.

    18 May 2021

    Cassowary close encounter

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is urging people not to feed cassowaries following a close encounter between bushwalkers and a large bird on the Atherton Tablelands.

    18 May 2021

    Mobbing and moo-ving cattle is key - Charters Towers graziers improving their land and the Reef

    Graziers Emma Robinson and Michael Duckett (see picture) are improving the quality of their land and the productivity of their cattle, while also helping to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

    14 May 2021

    Crested terns killed – appeal for information

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating the discovery of a group of dead and injured shorebirds found on the beach at Bribie Island.

    14 May 2021

    Charters Towers grazier improoo-ving her land and the Reef

    Grazier Kylie Stretton is in the process of converting 1600 hectares of unproductive land into land suitable for her cattle, and she’s achieving this while also helping to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

    11 May 2021

    Park Ridge fire update – Operator fined

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has fined the operator of a Park Ridge industrial warehouse destroyed by fire earlier this year.

    4 May 2021

    Boy bitten by dingo on K’gari (Fraser Island)

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is reminding visitors and residents on K’gari (Fraser Island) to keep children under constant supervision, after an interaction between a child and a dingo on Saturday.

    4 May 2021

    Population milestone for northern hairy nosed wombat as its status is changed in line with international standards

    The northern hairy-nosed wombat, Queensland’s most endangered mammal, has reached a population milestone, now exceeding more than 300, giving conservationists cause for cautious celebrations.

    April

    28 Apr 2021

    Queensland Central Coal Project

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) today published an Assessment Report that recommends that the Central Queensland Coal Project poses a number of unacceptable risks and is not suitable to proceed.

    19 Apr 2021

    First responder contacts QPWS about dingo attack

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has been contacted by the person who witnessed and responded to a recent dingo attack on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    18 Apr 2021

    QPWS rangers call for witnesses to step forward

    QPWS rangers are investigating yesterday’s dingo attack at Orchid Beach on K’gari (Fraser Island) and are calling for any further witnesses to come forward.

    17 Apr 2021

    QPWS rangers investigate dingo attack

    QPWS rangers are investigating a dingo (also known as wongari) attack on a young child on K’gari (Fraser Island) this morning.

    15 Apr 2021

    Fines and vandalism at Wickham Timber Reserve

    A Yarrabilba man has been issued a total of $932 in fines for three alleged vehicle-related offences on Wickham Timber Reserve in Logan Village.

    14 Apr 2021

    Man fined for landing chopper on K’gari beach

    A man has been issued with a penalty infringement notice by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) for landing a helicopter on K’gari (Fraser Island) without authorisation.

    13 Apr 2021

    Gladstone croc investigation

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating a reported crocodile sighting at Ibis Park boat ramp in Gladstone on 12 April 2021.

    7 Apr 2021

    Charters Towers flying fox roost dispersal

    An innovative new approach will be used when flying foxes currently roosting at Lissner Park in Charters Towers are targeted for dispersal and relocation next week.

    March

    30 Mar 2021

    Be Cass-o-Wary and stop feeding cassowaries

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is reminding people in cassowary country to be Cass-O-Wary and stop deliberately feeding the endangered birds.

    29 Mar 2021

    Changes to National Parks during three-day lockdown

    Anyone planning on visiting National Parks and state forests in the greater Brisbane region should monitor Park Alerts following the latest COVID three-day lockdown directive.

    23 Mar 2021

    Dingo safety plan for K’gari holidaymakers

    New dingo deterrent fences, patrols and a community education push are all part of a safety blitz by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    23 Mar 2021

    Turtle team hailed for saving ‘doomed’ hatchlings

    As the turtle breeding season draws to a close, the work of volunteers, QPWS rangers and research staff has been lauded, particularly for successes in saving doomed hatchlings.

    19 Mar 2021

    Park Ridge fire

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating the owners of a Park Ridge industrial shed for environmental offences following a fire that broke out early this morning.

    19 Mar 2021

    Man fined for feeding dingo on K’gari

    A Sunshine Coast man has received a fine totalling more than $2000 for feeding a dingo while visiting K’gari (Fraser Island) this month.

    19 Mar 2021

    DES fines Ipswich company after odour complaints

    The Department of Environment and Science has fined Wood Mulching Industries (WMI) $13,345 for odour issues affecting residents in Redbank Plains.

    18 Mar 2021

    Habana community creates income stream from recycling

    The Habana & Districts Progress Association wanted to make improvements to their community hall and knew that if they could create a sustainable income stream and collect as many containers as possible to exchange for refunds, they could fund future activities, including installing an indoor toilet in the hall.

    18 Mar 2021

    Recycling grants help smaller schools with funding

    The tiny school of Mount Morgan Central often misses out on funding applications due to the small student population of fewer than 200 kids.

    18 Mar 2021

    Grant helps community group clean up oceans and waterways

    Thousands of containers destined for landfill or the waterways around Manly have been diverted to five new donation points created by Ocean Crusaders with a grant of almost $10,000 from the Department of Environment.

    11 Mar 2021

    Illegal dumping in Beerburrum state forest

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is asking for public help to identify the person or persons responsible for illegally dumping construction waste in the Beerburrum State Forest.

    10 Mar 2021

    $4400 fine for unlawfully taking native frogs

    A Gold Coast man has been fined $4401 following an investigation into the illegal take and sale of native frogs online.

    5 Mar 2021

    Turtle hatchlings emerge on Cooloola Coast beaches

    Visitors to Cooloola Coast beaches are being urged to watch out for turtle hatchlings after local residents were forced to flag down 4WDs to stop them running down hatchlings emerging from nests this week.

    February

    19 Feb 2021

    Endangered turtle released to the wild

    The Department of Environment and Science has released a critically endangered turtle into the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton after it was surrendered to wildlife officers.

    17 Feb 2021

    Unusual post-hatchling turtle stranding event

    The Department of Environment and Science is asking residents and visitors to the Capricorn Coast region to turn out their lights at night if they are residing near the shoreline after a large number of post-hatchling flatback turtles have stranded.

    15 Feb 2021

    Update 2: Second crocodile captured, Hinchinbrook Island

    Wildlife officers captured and humanely euthanised a 2.7-3m crocodile overnight after a man disappeared off Hinchinbrook Island.

    13 Feb 2021

    Update: Crocodile located, Hinchinbrook Island

    Wildlife officers have located a crocodile that may have been involved in the disappearance of a man missing off Hinchinbrook Island.

    12 Feb 2021

    Search off Hinchinbrook Island

    Wildlife officers are working with police to investigate the disappearance of a man who failed to return from a fishing trip in the Hinchinbrook Island area.

    10 Feb 2021

    Cardwell crocodile sightings

    Several sightings of the Cardwell crocodile have been reported to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) wildlife hotline following the release of footage of the animal eating two small sharks.

    9 Feb 2021

    Dingo incident on K’gari (Fraser Island)

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are investigating an incident whereby a junvenile dingo nipped a resident on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    9 Feb 2021

    Quarry company fined for EA offences

    A quarry company has been fined $60,000 in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two offences of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

    8 Feb 2021

    Weipa crocodile removed from the wild

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have humanely euthanised a 3.6 metre crocodile that attacked a man at Vyce’s Crossing in Weipa.

    5 Feb 2021

    Further campground closures on K’gari

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has closed two campgrounds on K’gari (Fraser Island) following recent incidents between wongari (dingo) and people.

    4 Feb 2021

    Dingo incident K’gari

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating reports of an attack by a wongari (dingo) on a nine-year old boy near the Orchid Beach township on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    3 Feb 2021

    Seized echidna recovers and is released back into the wild

    A rehabilitated adult female echidna has been released back into the wild by Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers.

    2 Feb 2021

    Weipa crocodile incident

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating after a man was bitten on the hand and back by a crocodile at Vyce’s Crossing, north of Weipa, about 5:30pm on Sunday 31 January 2020.

    January

    30 Jan 2021

    K’gari wongari lured and let off the hook

    Visitors and residents on K’gari (Fraser Island) are reminded to keep their fishing tackle boxes closed and be careful while fishing from the island after a wongari (dingo) was snagged by a fishing lure.

    28 Jan 2021

    Lake Placid crocodile incident

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating after a man was bitten by a crocodile at Lake Placid in the Cairns region.

    22 Jan 2021

    K’gari campground closure extended to June

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is extending the temporary closure of four campgrounds on K’gari (Fraser Island) until June due to ongoing human interference with wongari (dingoes).

    8 Jan 2021

    Changes to National Parks this weekend

    Anyone planning on camping in or visiting National Parks in the greater Brisbane region this weekend should stay home following the latest COVID lockdown directive.

    5 Jan 2021

    Check Park Alerts before visiting tropical national parks

    With heavy rain falling across parts of north and far north Queensland following Tropical Cyclone Imogen, national park visitors are reminded to always check “Park Alerts” before heading out.

    2020

    December

    21 Dec 2020

    Go slow for those below

    With summer in full swing and plenty of boaties taking advantage of our waterways, it’s a timely reminder to ‘go slow for those below’.

    18 Dec 2020

    QAL Found Guilty of Environmental Offences

    Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) has been fined $500,000, one of the largest penalties for an environmental breach in Queensland, after pleading guilty to one offence of unlawfully causing serious environmental harm, and one offence of contravening a condition of an Environmental Authority (EA).

    17 Dec 2020

    Check park alerts if planning Gold Coast hinterland visits

    While it’s tempting to seek out waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland after the recent rain event, visitors should check park alerts and road conditions before heading to the mountains for a bushwalk or picnic.

    16 Dec 2020

    Third Gulf property now part of Flyway Site Network

    One of Queensland’s most important migratory shorebird areas, the South-East Gulf of Carpentaria, has been recognised as an important migratory shorebird stop on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

    14 Dec 2020

    Tourists to return to K'gari following bushfire

    Tourist accommodation providers on K’gari-Fraser Island have been given the green light to welcome guests for Christmas following the recent bushfire, with access restrictions to be lifted from tomorrow.

    14 Dec 2020

    Bribie Island erosion

    The northern section of Bribie Island has eroded due to unusually high tides and large waves associated with the weather system currently affecting Queensland east coast.

    11 Dec 2020

    National Park visitors asked to consider severe weather

    Plans to visit National Parks in south-east Queensland should be reconsidered due to severe weather developing over the weekend.

    9 Dec 2020

    Dolphin freed after days trapped in rock pool

    A 2m in-shore bottlenose dolphin was freed from a small rock pool/lagoon at Flat Rock off Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) yesterday in a collaborative rescue mission spanning three days and involving three agencies.

    2 Dec 2020

    Temporary closure of Inskip camping areas

    Queensland Health has advised the Department of Environment and Science (DES) to temporarily close the MV Sarawak and MV Sarawak West camping areas at Inskip Point following concerns over a gastrointestinal illness.

    1 Dec 2020

    K’gari fire

    QPWS has conducted significant fire mitigation on K’gari (Fraser Island), with planned burns averaging approximately 13,000 hectares per year over the last five years.

    November

    30 Nov 2020

    National Park visitors asked to consider heatwave

    Visitors to National Parks in parts of southern Queensland should consider whether it is appropriate to undertake high intensity physical activity during expected heatwave conditions over the next few days.

    27 Nov 2020

    No new visitors to K'gari (Fraser Island)

    Access to K’gari (Fraser Island) has been restricted to further visitors in the interests of public safety due to a bushfire which continues to burn across 72,000 hectares (42 per cent) of the island.

    25 Nov 2020

    Update on Fraser Island bushfire

    The changed wind conditions from the north to the south east have this morning brought some welcome relief to the firefighting efforts on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    20 Nov 2020

    Schoolies Week 2020 – Cooloola Coast

    Visitors to the Cooloola Coast can expect an increased police and ranger presence around camp sites and beaches over the next week with the region expected to be a popular destination for school leavers during Schoolies Week 2020.

    15 Nov 2020

    K’gari fire update (Sunday)

    A fire that started on 14 October 2020 on K’gari (Fraser Island) is continuing to burn in bushland.

    13 Nov 2020

    Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

    Wildlife officers have today conducted a site inspection of a rehabilitation centre on Quoin Island near Gladstone to assess the health of 11 turtles amid concerns around the centre’s operation.

    12 Nov 2020

    Be safe in Queensland’s National Parks during Schoolies

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is reminding visitors and campers to Queensland’s national parks and state forests during Schoolies Week to behave responsibly and respect your fellow campers.

    12 Nov 2020

    Bilby populations booming at Currawinya

    Recent heavy rains and favourable weather conditions have resulted in a booming bilby population at the 2500-hectare enclosure at Currawinya National Park, with numbers estimated to be 3-4 times the initial release group.

    10 Nov 2020

    Babinda icon croc euthanised

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and local vets closely monitored the health and condition of a 5 metre ‘icon’ crocodile following its capture at Babinda in September 2020.

    4 Nov 2020

    K’gari fire update

    A fire is continuing to burn in bushland on the northern part of K’gari (Fraser Island).

    4 Nov 2020

    Bells toll to welcome the first nesting turtles

    The sound of bells tolling has echoed across Bundaberg today to shell-abrate the arrival of the first nesting turtle of the season at Mon Repos.

    3 Nov 2020

    Book your camping spot now for Christmas

    The popularity of Queensland national parks is at record levels, and anyone considering camping during the upcoming Christmas school holidays is advised to book early to be assured of a spot to pitch their tent.

    October

    30 Oct 2020

    Queensland’s spookiest animals prepare for Halloween

    It’s not just Queensland kids getting ready for Halloween – some of our spookiest animals are also preparing for the most frightful night of the year.

    30 Oct 2020

    DES investigates crocodile with mouth taped shut

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is appealing for public information following a recent report of a freshwater crocodile swimming with its mouth taped shut in the Mitchell River at Mt Carbine.

    28 Oct 2020

    Dismembered dugong investigation

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating the discovery of a deceased dugong in the Cape Pallerenda Conservation Park.

    28 Oct 2020

    Whale strike, Peel Island

    Two Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) vessels are out on Moreton Bay this morning searching for a whale that is reported to have been unintentionally struck by a vessel yesterday.

    22 Oct 2020

    Concern for critically endangered plant after illegal clearing

    The Department of Environment and Science is responding to reports of unlawful clearing of critically endangered black grevillea plants near Stanthorpe.

    20 Oct 2020

    Croc captured in Peter Faust Dam

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating after a fisherman captured a 1.7m estuarine crocodile from Peter Faust Dam at Proserpine and took it home.

    16 Oct 2020

    Rangers appeal for safe behaviour at Crows Nest National Park

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is urging visitors to Crows Nest National Park, north of Toowoomba, to stay safe this summer by steering clear of the waterhole below the falls.

    15 Oct 2020

    K’gari wildfire

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers are closely monitoring a fire burning on the northern end of K’gari (Fraser Island).

    14 Oct 2020

    Public advised to call in an animal stranding

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has received more than 450 reports of marine animals being either sick, injured, stranded or deceased in Queensland this year prompting DES to remind the public to call the DES Hotline 1300 130 372.

    12 Oct 2020

    Tickets selling fast as Mon Repos opens doors for turtle tours

    World-leading turtle-education and conservation centre, Mon Repos, will open its doors once again this summer and invite visitors to dive into a turtle-y amazing experience.

    September

    28 Sep 2020

    The facts about the Palm Cover crocodile sightings

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers received a report of a possible crocodile attack on a dog at Palm Cove Beach on Wednesday 23 September, and a further sighting report today (28 September).

    27 Sep 2020

    Crocodile euthanised at Lizard Island

    This morning, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) wildlife officers humanely euthanised a small estuarine crocodile just off the headland near Anchor Bay, Lizard Island.

    26 Sep 2020

    Research to help celebrate World Cassowary Day

    To help celebrate World Cassowary Day, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is building a new cassowary rehabilitation enclosure and researching new methods to reduce the number of cassowaries struck by vehicles.

    25 Sep 2020

    Two people fined in court for dingo offences

    A man and a woman from New South Wales have been fined in the Maryborough Magistrates Court for a number of offences, including feeding and disturbing dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island).

    24 Sep 2020

    Crocodile attack – Lizard Island

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating a report of an estuarine crocodile attack on a man, on 23 September 2020 in Anchor Bay – offshore from the Lizard Island resort.

    18 Sep 2020

    Ipswich operator fined

    The Department of Environment and Science has welcomed a $300,000 fine to a recycling company in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

    18 Sep 2020

    Be prepared to camp over the September holidays

    Queenslanders are being encouraged to be prepared and make sure they have the necessary gear, booking and permits before pitching their tents this September school holidays.

    18 Sep 2020

    Landmark national park management plan for Minjerribah

    A landmark plan to conserve Minjerribah’s (North Stradbroke Island) protected areas has been approved by the Queensland Government and the island’s Traditional Owners – the state’s first jointly developed national park management plan.

    16 Sep 2020

    5m 'icon' croc caught in Babinda and moved to Cairns

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have captured and removed a 5-metre crocodile from a cane drain about 1km from a popular swimming area near Babinda, and about 2km upstream from where the drain joins the Russell River.

    14 Sep 2020

    Compliance and permit reminder in the Cooloola region

    Queenslanders are being urged to research and plan ahead by obtaining the correct permits and to behave responsibly in the Cooloola region after 32 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) were issued over the past seven days.

    11 Sep 2020

    Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary inspection

    The department’s wildlife vet along with an independent vet specialist from the RSPCA has assessed the health and wellbeing of the seven animals recently seized from the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. The department seized the animals as the sanctuary did not have a permit to rehabilitate them.

    8 Sep 2020

    Queensland first trial to save critically endangered reptile

    In a Queensland first, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is trialling a captive breeding program to help bring a critically endangered reptile back from the brink of extinction.

    4 Sep 2020

    The cat, the dog and the fines

    Cats and dogs may be our best friends, but they don’t belong in our national parks or recreation areas, and two people recently received fines for taking domestic pets into prohibited park areas.

    1 Sep 2020

    Planned burn in Tewantin National Park

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers conducted a planned burn in Tewantin National Park yesterday beside Eumundi-Noosa Road in ideal weather conditions.

    August

    20 Aug 2020

    Rare fish, near extinction, returned to wild

    An urgent rescue mission led by the Queensland Government has saved a rare and ancient native fish from potentially becoming the first freshwater species to be lost from Queensland due to climate change.

    13 Aug 2020

    Beach Holm crocodile removed

    Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have humanely euthanised a small crocodile in Black River, Beach Holm, north of Townsville, after it began displaying aggressive behaviour and was believed to have attacked a number of dogs.

    11 Aug 2020

    Man fined for illegally dumping tyres

    A man has been fined $30,000 in the Ipswich Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to unlawfully transporting and dumping tyres at various locations in south east Queensland.

    July

    28 Jul 2020

    QPWS blitz nets $2900 in fines

    Almost $3000 in fines were issued when QPWS officers conducted a one-day blitz on illegal activities in the Lockyer Valley national parks and state forests earlier this month.

    27 Jul 2020

    Women gather for special cultural burn on Minjerribah

    The Quandamooka culture was celebrated and honoured at the state’s first all-women cultural planned burn on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

    24 Jul 2020

    Stop our native wildlife leaving the country – intercept prevents illegal international reptile trade

    One man has been deported and others face serious charges after Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) officers intercepted an illegal shipment of Australian lizards packed in rice cookers.

    22 Jul 2020

    Action taken over Cleanaway fire

    Queensland’s environmental regulator has taken action following Sunday’s fire at the Cleanaway recycling facility at New Chum.

    9 Jul 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    Saltwater crocodile seized in Brisbane

    Wildlife officers have seized a young crocodile in suburban Brisbane.

    June

    22 Jun 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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.

    26 May 2020

    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.

    20 May 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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.

    28 Feb 2020

    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.

    19 Feb 2020

    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 2020

    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.

    13 Feb 2020

    Sewage release at Currimundi Creek

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

    10 Feb 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    Crocodile spotted in Lake Placid

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

    13 Jan 2020

    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 2020

    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 2020

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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.

    13 Dec 2019

    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.

    11 Dec 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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.

    1 Mar 2019

    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.

    February

    18 Feb 2019

    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 2019

    Adani BTFMP review report finalised

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

    15 Feb 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    '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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2019

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    Park damage and recovery after fires

    Queensland has experienced significant environmental damage following unprecedented bushfires.

    3 Dec 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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.