The Daintree is gearing up for a great day this Saturday Sept 24th to celebrate World Cassowary Day (WCD).
In 2015 WCD was held at Mission Beach with the highly successful event attracting over 3000 people including celebrity guests the Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews and Wildlife campaigner Bob Irwin.
Last year the Mission Beach WCD steering committee put together a wish list to help protect the cassowary.
Since then a lot has been achieved. (see below)
Today MBC (Mission Beach Cassowaries Inc) attended a meeting held by Transport and Main Roads (TMR), which included representatives from Environment Heritage Protection (EHP), Terrain NRM, Mission Beach Police, Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC), Mission Beach Community Association (MBCA), C4, the Tully Vet and other community interest groups and individuals to give local feedback on the design of planned signage and line marking to be placed at Carmoo.
The on site meeting was held at the notorious cassowary road death hotspot on the Carmoo turnoff corner where the deaths of over 20 cassowaries have been recorded as they attempted to cross the road to access their essential habitat.
Apart from some minor adjustments, all those present were pleased with the design and congratulated TMR for responding to a community call to address the unacceptable number of cassowaries being killed on Mission Beach roads.
The trial will include;
Regular commuters can become complacent while driving and the VAS's have been proven to help alert drivers of the speed limit.
The signage is expected to be installed by the end of August.
Thank you to TMR and to Terrain who initiated the workshop in September 2015 which culminated in the community working closely with the state government resulting in this positive action to help cassowaries cross our roads safely.
Bob Irwin just can't stay away from Mission Beach. He is here again to meet the "Cassowary Community - a community that cares".
So the council want to bulldoze one of our last remaining natural areas at the beach just because there is no legislation to say we cant and because that is what they want to do. They have ignored the advice of people who understand natural resource management and despite a lot of community interest in this project have forged ahead with a predetermined plan while giving an expectation there would be public consultation.
'The bobcat has already started developing the approach to the bridge crossing at one of the last remaining tranquil nature reserves along Mission Beach.
All we were asking was consideration of an alternative route. If you care about how decisions are made that impact on our natural environment.
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