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Media releases from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation.

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    May 2024

    24 May 2024

    CTSCo project not suitable to proceed

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation has determined the CTSCo Surat Basin Carbon Capture and Storage Project is not suitable to proceed due to potential impacts on groundwater resources in the Great Artesian Basin.

    23 May 2024

    $1.2 million upgrade for Bunyaville Conservation Park day-use area

    Works will soon begin on a major $1.2 million upgrade of the Bunyaville Conservation Park picnic area to improve all-ability access and provide a more enjoyable experience for visitors.

    20 May 2024

    Illegal dumping in Cherbourg Forest Reserve

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is seeking the public’s assistance in its investigation into the alleged illegal dumping of asbestos roofing material in the Cherbourg Forest Reserve.

    15 May 2024

    Mental health, bushfire safety and PFAS contamination among the focal points of this year's Industry Research Projects Program

    Advance Queensland and the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have officially unveiled the recipients of this year’s ‘Industry Research Projects Program’. The 10 projects awarded from across the state will assist Queensland during its journey towards becoming a leading and sustainable world-class innovation economy.

    14 May 2024

    Targeted crocodile captured in Cardwell Marina

    A large crocodile that was behaving aggressively around boats and reportedly lunged at the resident of a houseboat in the Cardwell Marina has been captured in a baited trap.

    14 May 2024

    They’re coming back – and they’re not alone

    It has been nicknamed the ‘humpback highway’ but there is more going on beneath the surface during the annual migration than the spectacular recovery of a threatened species.

    13 May 2024

    Cape York Peninsula feral cattle control program

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is planning on conducting feral cattle control programs on four national parks on the Cape York Peninsula later this year to prevent damage the animals cause to the natural and cultural values of Queensland’s national parks.

    13 May 2024

    Investigation into the death of a dingo on K’gari

    A man who allegedly used a speargun to cause the death of a dingo on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) is being investigated for offences under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

    13 May 2024

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) boosts Queensland’s research capability with more than $14M in funding announced for new innovative projects

    From next-gen renewable energy research to habitat loss mitigation; the Queensland Government has unveiled the recipients of this year’s Research Infrastructure Co-Investment Fund (RICF), which celebrates some of the state’s most forward-thinking and important projects in the areas of health, renewable energies, science, and technology.

    10 May 2024

    Cardwell Marina crocodile captured

    A three-metre crocodile that moved into the Cardwell Marina recently was captured in a baited trap on 9 May 2024.

    9 May 2024

    DESI launches Queensland’s largest collection of water quality data

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) has launched a comprehensive online portal granting easy access to millions of Queensland water quality data points dating back 38 years.

    9 May 2024

    Targeted crocodile captured in Coorooman Creek area

    A highly habituated crocodile that was showing no fear of people and approaching boats for food has been removed from the wild near Coorooman Creek in the Rockhampton region.

    9 May 2024

    $80K fine, prison sentence for illegal 10 tonne catch in Marine Park Zone

    A commercial fisher has been given a nine month prison sentence and ordered to pay $80,000 after he was caught illegally trawling in protected marine habitat off the coast of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

    Downloadable multimedia

    1 May 2024

    2024 Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship now open

    Applications for the 2024 Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship opened today (1 May).

    April 2024

    30 Apr 2024

    10yo boy bitten by wongari on K’gari

    Rangers on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) are reminding people to be vigilant following another incident that resulted in a child being bitten by a dingo (wongari).

    26 Apr 2024

    Interference with crocodile trap – Ingham

    A remote camera has captured the moment a man ignored Crocwise messaging and risked his life by interfering with a crocodile trap in Cattle Creek near Ingham.

    24 Apr 2024

    ‘Catastrophic’ system failure under investigation

    Gold Coast City Council is under investigation for a ‘catastrophic failure' of its systems following a significant sewage spill from a council pipe at Yatala.

    22 Apr 2024

    Update: Saibai Island crocodile incident

    Wildlife officers have euthanised a large crocodile that is believed to be responsible for a fatal attack on a 16-year-old teenage boy off Saibai Island last week.

    22 Apr 2024

    Cairns crocodile sightings

    Gold Coast City Council is under investigation for a ‘catastrophic failure' of its systems following a significant sewage spill from a council pipe at Yatala.

    19 Apr 2024

    Saibai Island crocodile incident

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) extends its condolences to the family and friends of a teenager who died in waters off Saibai Island early yesterday morning.

    17 Apr 2024

    Child bitten by wongari on K’gari

    Rangers on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) are attempting to identify a collared dingo (wongari) that bit a child and caused minor injuries on 17 April 2024.

    15 Apr 2024

    Update: Long-term arrangements for voluntarily surrendered magpie 'Molly'

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) has approved a specialised licence and today (15 April 2024) returned ‘Molly’ the magpie to a couple who took it in as a nestling in 2020.

    11 Apr 2024

    Long-term arrangements for voluntarily surrendered magpie 'Molly'

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) is preparing the return of Molly the magpie, who was voluntarily surrendered on 1 March, to the family who took it in as a nestling in 2020.

    5 Apr 2024

    No excuse for illegally burning waste in reserve

    Two men have been fined more than $4,000 for unlawfully disposing of waste and then setting it on fire in the Pinnacles Reserve near Townsville.

    4 Apr 2024

    No further positive results in asbestos inspection program

    Queensland’s environmental regulator, the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI), has finalised its proactive asbestos sampling and inspection program, with only two of 36 sites sampled having positive detections in end products.

    3 Apr 2024

    Child bitten by dingo, Yidney Beachfront, K’gari

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating an incident on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) after a girl was bitten on the leg by a dingo at Yidney beachfront this afternoon (3 April 2024).

    March 2024

    28 Mar 2024

    Fish frames a dangerous boat ramp feed

    Fishers who discard fish frames and bait at boat ramps in Croc Country are attracting crocodiles and putting themselves and the lives of other people at risk.

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    27 Mar 2024

    Go slow for those below and let our coral recover this Easter

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is asking boaties to take extra care these Easter holidays to protect wildlife and help marine parks recover from recent bleaching events.

    26 Mar 2024

    Whale watching opportunity in Great Sandy Marine Park

    A rare and exciting business opportunity to undertake whale watching in the Great Sandy Marine Park is on offer for a limited number of operators.

    26 Mar 2024

    Crocodiles captured in the Townsville region

    Two large crocodiles have been removed from the wild in North Queensland, with one evading capture for almost a month.

    Downloadable multimedia

    26 Mar 2024

    Crocodile snaps pomarine on Pelican

    Rangers conducting bird surveys on the aptly named Pelican Island have captured the brutality of nature as an estuarine crocodile emerged from the ocean to grab a pomarine jaeger.

    Downloadable multimedia

    22 Mar 2024

    A freshwater crocodile walks into a service station…

    A freshwater crocodile walking into a service station is not the beginning of a joke, but a very real situation for members of the public and the Queensland Police Service in Townsville.

    Downloadable multimedia

    20 Mar 2024

    Flames forge future for Mount Ballow Mountain Frog

    Did you know that fire can be used to protect rainforest frogs? Something to think about this World Frog Day.

    20 Mar 2024

    Outcome of interim civil proceeding against Swanbank company

    The department will continue to pursue regulatory options to prevent odour impacts on the community from waste operators after the Planning and Environment Court today declined to make interim orders against a composter in Swanbank.

    15 Mar 2024

    Tourist bitten by wongari on K’gari

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is attempting to identify a dingo (wongari) on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) that bit a German tourist on 13 March 2024.

    15 Mar 2024

    Crocodile genetics study to inform management

    The results of a long-range genetic study of Queensland’s estuarine crocodiles have shown they can be described broadly as six populations living within 12 distinct bioregions.

    15 Mar 2024

    Compliance blitz, court case result in almost $500K in fines for illegal waste stockpiling

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, as Queensland’s environmental regulator, is putting Queensland waste operators on notice after a prosecution of an unlicensed operator, and a compliance blitz on metal recyclers resulted in more than $400,000 worth of fines for carrying out unlawful activities that risk the safety of the community and the environment.

    13 Mar 2024

    Asbestos detected at Emu Park transfer station and NuGrow Rockhampton

    Laboratory results have confirmed asbestos has been detected in a mulch stockpile at Livingstone Shire Council’s Emu Park transfer station.

    13 Mar 2024

    Collar to track wongari entering fenced area

    Rangers have fitted a GPS tracking collar to a dingo (wongari) displaying heightened risk activity and entering a fenced area on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island).

    7 Mar 2024

    Coorooman Creek crocodile complacency continues

    Wildlife officers are warning that complacency in central Queensland croc country is very unsafe after witnessing disturbing behaviour from users of the Coorooman Creek boat ramp in Zilzie.

    7 Mar 2024

    Joint asbestos investigation update – 6 March 2024

    No further evidence of asbestos contamination has been found at NuGrow’s Swanbank facility after further testing as part of the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation’s (DESI) ongoing investigation.

    7 Mar 2024

    $145,000 penalty for destroying thousands of protected mangroves near Townsville

    A Townsville man has been ordered to pay close to $145,000 in relation to illegally clearing almost three football stadiums-worth of internationally-recognised wetlands in the Cape Cleveland section of Bowling Green Bay National Park.

    6 Mar 2024

    Crocodiles observed downstream in Rollingstone Creek

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have confirmed the presence of three large crocodiles in Rollingstone Creek, north of Townsville which are well downstream of the swimming hole.

    6 Mar 2024

    Hop to it! Secure your camping permit for Easter to avoid a fine

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is reminding Queenslanders to obtain their permits ahead of camping these April school holidays and Easter long weekend.

    4 Mar 2024

    Smithsonian Fellowships now open

    The Queensland Government’s 2024 Smithsonian Fellowship Program is now open.

    4 Mar 2024

    Rollingstone Creek crocodile confirmed

    Wildlife officers have used photos and videos to confirm the presence of an estimated three-metre crocodile in the Rollingstone Creek swimming hole, north of Townsville.

    2 Mar 2024

    Planned burn in partnership protects key environmental, power assets

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has partnered with Powerlink, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and neighbouring landholders to protect crucial habitat in D’Aguilar National Park through a broad-scale planned burn operation.

    1 Mar 2024

    Joint asbestos investigation update

    No further evidence of asbestos contamination has been found at the first 23 waste sites tested as part of the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation’s (DESI) ongoing investigation.

    February 2024

    27 Feb 2024

    Asbestos detected in compost at NuGrow Ipswich

    A small amount of asbestos has been detected in a compost stockpile at NuGrow Ipswich Pty Ltd’s site during a joint targeted inspection by the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) and the Asbestos Safety Unit of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).

    26 Feb 2024

    Do not feed or interact with crocodiles

    Wildlife officers have issued a serious warning to the public that feeding crocodiles puts lives at risk, after alarming social media videos surfaced in the Rockhampton region.

    21 Feb 2024

    Tourists lost in remote area after Google Maps mishap

    Two German tourists are lucky to be alive after Google Maps directed them to enter Oyala Thumotang National Park (CYPAL) while they were attempting to travel from Cairns to Bamaga.

    Downloadable multimedia

    18 Feb 2024

    Tourists bitten by wongari on K’gari

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating two separate incidents on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) where two people on separate tours were injured by wongari (dingoes).

    14 Feb 2024

    Crocodile captured in the Mulgrave River

    A 2.3m crocodile has been captured in a trap in the Mulgrave River near the Ross and Locke recreation area, upstream of Gordonvale on 11 February 2024.

    9 Feb 2024

    QPWS team studies turtles, remove over 100kg of rubbish from crucial turtle nesting habitat

    Threatened Species officers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have removed rubbish and large debri from foreshore on one of the world’s most important hawksbill turtle rookeries.

    8 Feb 2024

    Croc removed from property near Cardwell

    Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have removed a 2.5 metre crocodile from a private property near Cardwell in north Queensland.

    Downloadable multimedia

    7 Feb 2024

    Winchester South coal mine approved

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation has approved the environmental authority (EA) application for Whitehaven WS Pty Ltd’s Winchester South coal mine.

    6 Feb 2024

    Croc removed from Palm Creek - Ingham

    Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have removed a small crocodile from Palm Creek at Garbutt Park in Ingham.

    Downloadable multimedia

    2 Feb 2024

    Decision reserved in NuGrow court action

    In December 2023, the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation filed a restraint order application in the Planning and Environment Court, seeking to halt odour-producing aspects of a Swanbank waste operator's activities to bring relief to the local community.

    2 Feb 2024

    28 protected birds released after being held at a Gympie residence

    Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have rescued and released dozens of protected birds which were being kept illegally by a Gympie resident.

    1 Feb 2024

    Rangers join Wujal Wujal flood clean-up

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers have taken their specialist skills and equipment off-park to support the ongoing clean-up of Wujal Wujal following severe flooding from ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

    January 2024

    24 Jan 2024

    Park closures ahead of Tropical Cyclone Kirrily

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has today temporarily closed mainland and island national parks and protected areas between Cardwell and Airlie Beach ahead of the expected impact of Tropical Cyclone Kirrily and associated weather conditions.

    23 Jan 2024

    Waste fire, Swanbank

    Compliance officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) are investigating the cause of a fire at the Nugrow composting facility in the early hours of yesterday morning (22 January 2024).

    23 Jan 2024

    Fined for Moreton Bay Marine Park fishing offences

    A commercial fisher was fined $8000 plus $250 costs on fishing-related charges in the Cleveland Magistrates Court last week.

    19 Jan 2024

    The great interstate platypus exchange

    The Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) and the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) have exchanged platypuses to bolster the population and enhance public education for the species.

    16 Jan 2024

    Dingo euthanised on K’gari following dangerous incidents

    A dingo responsible for several serious incidents on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) has been humanely euthanised this afternoon (16 January 2024).

    15 Jan 2024

    Rangers respond to dingo bite at Hook Point, K’gari

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating an incident on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) after a man was bitten on the leg by a dingo at Hook Point earlier today (15 January 2024).

    13 Jan 2024

    Update – Serious dingo incident, Hook Point

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has identified the dingo that bit a young girl at Hook Point on K’gari yesterday (12 January 2024).

    12 Jan 2024

    Rangers responding after young girl bitten on K’gari

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating an incident on at Hook Point on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) today (12 January) during which a young girl was bitten multiple times by a dingo.

    12 Jan 2024

    Environmental Protection Order – Wood Mulching Industries

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) has ordered a Swanbank waste operator to take immediate action to better manage their green waste and compost stockpiles on their site, following a fire late last month.

    11 Jan 2024

    Waste levies waived for Scenic Rim Regional Council and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

    The Queensland Government has waived waste levies for the Scenic Rim Regional Council in south-east Queensland and the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council in far north Queensland to support these communities as they recover from significant recent weather events.

    10 Jan 2024

    $30K in fines for green waste fire, Swanbank

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) has fined an Ipswich-based waste operator more than $30,000 for stockpiling green waste that led to a fire late last month.

    9 Jan 2024

    Croc removed from chook pen, Cape Hillsborough

    Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have removed a one metre crocodile from a chicken coop at a home north of Mackay.

    8 Jan 2024

    Jane Creek crocodile investigation

    Wildlife Officers have conducted a thorough investigation following a report of a large crocodile leaping from the water and into a fisher’s tinnie in Jane Creek near Mackay on 31 December 2023.

    4 Jan 2024

    Rangers investigating after girl bitten on K’gari

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating a Code E incident on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) that left a seven-year-old girl with puncture wounds to her thigh.

    2 Jan 2024

    Mackay crocodile investigation

    The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) is investigating after a large crocodile reportedly leapt from the water and into a tinnie while a person was fishing at Jane Creek near St Helen’s Beach, north of Mackay.

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