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  • DNA analysis indicates regional differences in Rosenberg’s Goannas

    Analysis of DNA samples from Rosenberg’s Goannas has revealed a promising preliminary result – an indication of notable genetic distance between those from the disjunct eastern occurrence in NSW and the ACT, and the main occurrence in WA, SA and western Vic....

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  • ‘Amazing’ response to mountain bike post

    An Australia Day post on our Facebook page about the installation of a barrier by Parks ACT to discourage mountain bikers using  a foot trail on the Mount Majura nature reserve has drawn an amazing response. The post had a reach of 1.5M and generated more...

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  • Major attempt underway to remove large feral animals from KNP

    NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) removed 3,530 horses from Kosciuzsko National Park between November 2021 and 31 December 2023, with 1923 of those removed in the six months to December 2023.  Since July, around 800 horses were removed from...

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  • Conservationists win victory in fight for Lawson grasslands

    In a victory for local conservation action, Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) request to almost halve its proposed development over the Lawson grasslands in north Canberra has been approved. DHA’s plan to develop 443 homes on 47 hectares at the former...

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  • Keeping safe in national parks

    With visitor numbers to national parks increasing, partly due to better access, how do we keep people safe? Writing in The Conversation, two researchers suggest that in light of recent accidents in national parks an urgent rethink is needed into how we...

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  • New koala plan for ACT

    A new plan to protect and revive koala (gula) populations in the ACT has been released by the ACT Government.  The Native Species Conservation Plan for the Gula (Koala) is a collaborative initiative between the Ngunnawal community and the government. The...

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  • Defining Namadgi's key values

    What are the key values of Namadgi National Park? NPA members will have an opportunity to help determine these as ACT Parks drafts a new reserve management plan for the park. Karen Ikin and Brian Prince, from ACT Parks, will talk about identifying...

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  • Tracking Rambo

    Rambo the Rosenberg’s Goanna received some high-level attention on Mount Ainslie on 22 November when he was released wearing a GPS pack to track his movements. On hand was ACT Environment Minister, Rebecca Vassarotti, who has taken a keen interest in...

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  • Walking the Larapinta Trail: A Visual Journey

    Monthly General Meeting Thursday, 16 November @ 7:30 pm The Northern Territory's 223 km Larapinta Trail is iconic for a reason. This 223 km walk is full of stunning desert landscapes, wildflowers, and dramatic views. Cynthia Burton led a small group on...

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  • Work party achievements unsung

      Work parties are one of the NPA’s key activities, and the impact they have in our parks cannot be understated. The importance of this work was recently emphasised at the ACT Environmental Volunteers conference, co-hosted by Landcare ACT and the ACT...

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  • NSW funds national park to protect healthy koalas from urban sprawl

    The NSW government has funded a national park south-west of Sydney to bolster protections for one of the state's last healthy koala colonies under threat from urban sprawl. Read the full story on the ABC...

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  • Have you seen a rat?

    There are many Black Rats (Rattus rattus) around this year (2022), and quite a few are being found outdoors and moribund. That is typically because they are dying from anti-coagulant rodenticides.  If you see a rat out in daytime, some action is...

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  • NSW becomes nation's hiking hub with multi-day walks

    A network of 13 magnificent Great Walks is being established in NSW national parks as part of a plan to transform our State into a bushwalking mecca, ready to rival other multi-day walks in Australia and beyond. Launching the NSW Great Walks Strategy,...

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  • Final Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management plan

    The review of the Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management plan was long past due in 2019 – 20 years after it was first developed. The Canberra Nature Park Reserve Management Plan is now final. It is located here:...

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  • MLAs see Namadgi damage

    A party of MLAs, ACT Government officials and NPA ACT members saw first-hand, during a trip to the national park on 22 April, the damage to the park’s roads and infrastructure from fire and extreme weather – roads that are near impassable in places...

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