2018 media releases

    December 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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.