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Australia without the platypus – what a damning thought!© Slowmotiongli from Getty Images

Australia without the platypus – what a damning thought!

Wildlife Queensland has launched its annual Christmas appeal focused on a species that is arguably among the most bizarre in the world – the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Considered a hoax when a specimen first came to the attention of English museum curator George Shaw in 1799, the platypus is the only living species in its genus.

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Containers for change looks to expand© Canva NFP

Containers for change looks to expand

Queensland’s popular containers for change program could soon be expanded to include glass wine and spirit bottles to ramp up recycling, put money back into the pockets of Queenslanders and charities, and protect the state’s environment and great lifestyle.

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Supporting waterway health this National Water Week© Canva NFP

Supporting waterway health this National Water Week

This National Water Week, we’re highlighting the importance of healthy waterways by reporting on a current and future threat to the health of the Dawson River in Central Queensland and the many species that inhabit it, including our iconic platypus.

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Claude’s Block: Every reason to celebrate!© Liz Downes

Claude’s Block: Every reason to celebrate!

Last week Wildlife Queensland Townsville Branch member Liz Downes headed to Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) to celebrate the Magnetic Island Nature Care Association’s successful campaign to purchase Claude’s Block — an important lowland area that will be placed under permanent protection and will give the island’s resident koalas safe access to their preferred eucalypts growing in the richest, deepest soils on the island. 

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Fighting fire ants in Ipswich with free bait© stevenw12339 / Flickr

Fighting fire ants in Ipswich with free bait

The Ipswich community is being urged to help stop fire ants from spreading any further in South East Queensland by registering online to receive free fire ant bait to treat their yards.

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Dawson Valley Butterfly Weekend a flying success!© Cliff Meyer

Dawson Valley Butterfly Weekend a flying success!

More than 30 enthusiastic participants helped Upper Dawson branch celebrate Wildlife Queensland’s 60th anniversary and learnt about Central Queensland’s many butterfly species at the Dawson Valley Butterfly Weekend events on 15 October in Taroom and 16 October in Theodore.

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