Some 100 Members and Visitors joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 1 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. 

We were again blessed with good weather and, although the long dry period had had an impact on some of the species, there were still many beautiful flowers to be seen. 

We would like to thank Allan Carr of Native Plants Queensland who, as every year, shared his knowledge with the group and had prepared the tags to identify the different plants. 

Thanks also to our photographers and to everyone who contributed to the success of this event, which again attracted enthusiasts not only from the local area but from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and elsewhere.

We look forward to welcoming you all again next year!


An update from the National Parks Association Qld.
Coming together for national parks.
Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of Protected.

As 2018 ends it is worthwhile to consider our work in 2018 and how we might be more effective in the coming year.

This year NPAQ and over 20 other conservation groups came together to call for national park expansion and better management. We are hopeful that government funding and resources will be focused on enhancing our protected area estate. In the meantime, we seek a moratorium on eco-tourism developments.

We are campaigning and petitioning to make this happen.

Visit to sign the parliamentary petition against development in national parks and support our campaign.

Finally, I would like to thank our collegiate and dedicated Council, staff who are often doing a lot with very little and volunteers who make a great contribution.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas!

Graeme Bartrim – NPAQ President

In this edition of Protected
Images and headlines link to articles.
Full magazine download available here.
Coming together for protected areas
Our state’s biodiversity has borne the brunt of much of our activity.
Our living outback
A place of beauty and diversity, the Australian outback is one of the last great regions of nature left on Earth. Outback Queensland boasts landscapes, rich in natural and cultural heritage, covering nearly two-thirds of our state.
Wetlands: under threat
The Ramsar convention encourages the designation of sites containing representative, rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important for conserving biological diversity.
Conservation on neighbouring lands
Nestled along the border with New South Wales, Queensland’s Sundown National Park is a rocky gem about 300 kilometres southwest of Brisbane. Noted for its ridges and steep gorges, Sundown National Park can be reached by walking track and off-road vehicle.
Dingo dinners
The dingo is Australia’s largest land-based predator, occurring across most of the mainland and on many nearshore islands. New research, published in the journal Mammal Review, reveals the breadth and diversity of dingo diets across the continent.
Park experience
It’s a tiny pocket of woodland squeezed to the west by the Bruce Highway, to the south by Deception Bay Rd, and on its other flanks by residential developments.
Ranger of the month
A Park Ranger in Great Sandy National Park. A Butchulla man (the Butchulla people are the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of K’gari aka Fraser Island). Holding an identified Indigenous Ranger position and a passion for culture. Find out more about the ranger of the month.
Activities & events

New year twilight celebration
Sunday, 6 January

Toorbul Birdwatching
Sunday, 20 January

February members meeting
Wednesday, 20 February

May members meeting
Wednesday, 15 May

NPAQ Events


Sign our petition to demand the Queensland Government say no to the privatisation and destruction of our National Parks.  (Sign Here)

Hinchinbrook Island, Whitsunday Island and Cooloola have been declared national parks because of their exceptional scientific, ecological, heritage and recreational values. Any changes to the land tenure of those national parks will lessen the protection of those exceptional values.
Public opinion, actively demonstrated over decades, indicates that citizens believe that areas declared as National Parks form a vital part of the state’s heritage for all to enjoy.
We call upon Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, to ensure that:
  • The whole of Hinchinbrook Island, Whitsunday Island and Cooloola National Parks are retained as national park with no private development within them;
  • The three national parks are properly managed so as to protect their exceptional values; and
  • No private development is permitted within any of Queensland’s national parks.


Tell all your friends, they should join you!

NPAQ has recently launched a free guide booklet called Getting Kids into National Parks to help us get our youth connected to the natural world and inspire stewardship of the environment for the future.
The booklet can be downloaded at
NPAQ wonders if your group would be interested in helping us to spread the word about this free downloadable publication by sharing with your friends, providing a link on your website, social media, newsletters etc.

We also have a very small print run of these booklets, so if you would like some physical copies to distribute, please contact our office and speak to Anna Tran or alternatively you can email her at

Your support would be much appreciated.

Yvonne Parsons
Assistant Secretary

On the weekend commencing 22nd March, 2013, BIEPA hosted the National Parks Association of Qld’s annual celebration of the creation of the state’s first National Park. The weekend was a huge success and culminated with over 60 peple attending the Seminar on Sunday.