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CASSOWARIES CAUGHT COOLING OFF IN JUNGLE POND
Source Cairns Post 5 Dec 2018
A CASSOWARY dad and his brood of three chicks have been caught on camera beating the heat by taking the plunge in the refreshing waters of a Mission Beach pool.
The video was captured by award winning conservationist, Liz Gallie on her iPhone at the junction of two all year round creeks in the Bingil Bay reserve near Mission Beach.
The adult male known to Mission Beach Cassowaries as Joov and can be seen in the clip with three chicks, estimated to be about four months old.
"They absolutely love water. They make noises like you when taking a dip in cool water on a really hot day," she said.
"It's obviously a very pleasurable thing to do, especially on a hot day."
Not an uncommon sight, Ms Gallie explained proximity to bodies of water was critical to the survival of the species.
"Cassowaries have to be near water and access water to drink about 20 times a day, so they are never far from water and in this hot weather we don't see them moving around at all during the middle of the day," she said.
Ms Gallie said Joov has struggled in the past to raise a successful brood.
Starting about 10 years ago, successive governments have been making changes to legislation that has systematically reduced environmental protection. The changes are allowing development that will have unacceptable, consequential, combined and cumulative impacts on our natural and cultural values.
The Bligh government kicked it off by taking away the detailed coastal management plans, replacing them with the Qld Coastal Plan. Gone are Areas of State Significance (ASS) and its trigger 'no adverse impact' which protected places like Clump Point/Boat Bay from the type of development that has now been approved.
Along with the destruction of environmental laws came the restructuring of Federal and State development assessment processes. The Federal Government handed over EPBC Act assessment to the states and the state in turn has devolved ultimate decision making powers not just to local government, but to one person, the Mayor.
The crippling of environmental protection and the reluctance of the state to intervene in local council decisions is escalating development/conservation conflicts at an alarming rate.
three times in the document and the cassowary is only mentioned once in relation to being the namesake of the shire. Descriptions of some of our iconic wildlife ",..It’s not unusual to sight turtles and dugongs playing freely in the waterways ..." as if they are tourists on holiday, The public and important stakeholders have not been engaged for meaningful consultation.
Our serious concerns are highlighted in the presentation (see below) which was shown to the Cassowary Recovery Team in Cairns on Tuesday 13th Nov. It finishes with a question.
What are we going to do?
A recent tourism promotion released by Rockhampton council was quickly withdrawn after public outrage that it was "...obvious that there has been a real shortage or a dearth of inclusive material, anything that really represents what our community is really made of..."
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlights the trend is widespread. Perth council has dealt with years of protests from community groups over town planning scheme amendments. A newly recently drafted strategy caused so much unrest the council went back to the drawing board. Other councils are copping public revolt at "..being consulted at the end of the process, instead of at the outset..." "... in a process nicknamed ‘Design, Advise and Defend..."
Public consultation is the cornerstone of democracy.
The community can stand up against this erosion of their democratic rights and gain back meaningful consultation to start turning around this runaway train of environmental destruction.
Mission Beach celebrates new nature refuge
Terrain NRM Media release
October 25, 2018
The Mission Beach community will celebrate next week when a long-running campaign to save a critical patch of cassowary habitat culminates in a new nature refuge.
Community members are gathering on Tuesday (30 October) at Lot 66 – a section of remnant rainforest that grabbed national headlines 10 years ago when former Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett pre-empted state and local government decision-making processes to rule out plans for a sub-division.
Mission Beach Cassowaries’ Liz Gallie, a major player in the campaign to save the land, paid tribute to decades of community commitment and cassowary-focused partnerships. She said other important cassowary corridors at Mission Beach also needed protection.
Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley said Lot 66 was a critical link in the longest and widest east-west rainforest corridor in Australia, a stretch of land along Walter Hill Range from Mission Beach to Ravenshoe.
Terrain commissioned a report that identified cassowary corridors at Mission Beach and contributed to Mr Garrett protecting Lot 66 from residential subdivision, and helped with the partnership between Queensland Trust for Nature and C4.
“These groups have made an amazing contribution to the Cassowary Coast environmental landscape,’’ Mr O’Malley said. “We encourage governments to consider rates discounts for landowners with nature refuge agreements, as Douglas Shire does.”
Ms Pritchard called on landholders interested in conserving important habitats on their land to contact the Queensland Trust for Nature.
The Lot 66 celebration is on Tuesday 30 October at 4.30pm at the top of Mission Circle, off the Tully-Mission Beach Rd.
The Cassowary Recovery Team is encouraging people to visit a new website at www.worldcassowaryday.org and is asking social media users to like the World Cassowary Day Facebook page and to use the hashtag #LoveCassowaries with a special frame and filter.
They are also encouraging people to join or host an event.
World Cassowary Day 2018 is being supported by CAFNEC, C4, Kuranda Conservation, Mission Beach Cassowaries, Rainforest Reserves, Terrain NRM and the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley said World Cassowary Day was also a way to celebrate the conservation efforts of those working to protect the southern cassowary, their home and the other unique and threatened animals of the region.
“The Wet Tropics cassowary population is estimated at just 4000 and vehicle strikes are the major recorded cause of death,’’ Mr O’Malley said. “Cassowaries use the world heritage area plus surrounding areas including private land, so we are working together to help cassowary populations recover, including through improving and extending habitat and reducing roadkill.
“Check out the website to find out how you can help make the cassowary famous and get involved in local events.”
For further information, please contact:
Julie Lightfoot, Communications, Terrain NRM: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph.: 0427 039 117
Bess Murphy, Communications, CAFNEC: email@example.com Ph.: 0409 696 399
Liz Gallie, President Mission Beach Cassowaries: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 0414 402315
Local environment organisation Mission Beach Cassowaries (MBC) will be joining the celebrations with the launch of their 2019 calendar which presents the special features of Mission Beach in spectacular images promoting the 'Mission Beach - naturally' branding.
"Our aim is to present Mission Beach for the points of difference that make it a premier nature based 'slow tourism' destination based on protection of the natural environment and the cassowary". said Mission Beach Cassowaries president Liz Gallie.
"Slow tourism is an emerging tourism market for people looking to spend longer in a destination and to experience becoming 'part of a community'. It is also associated with a low carbon footprint so helps achieve a more ecologically sustainable future. It s about ‘doing things in the right speed’, ‘changing the attitude towards speed’ and ‘seeking quality over quantity’".
"We ask that drivers take special care when travelling through cassowary habitat" said Liz. "A cassowary could be on the road just around the next bend or over the next crest"
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The CCRC is inviting you to have input into the Mission Beach Master Plan the outcome of which will set the tone and direction of Mission Beach into the future. It will determine the character and identity of our town and how it is perceived by locals and visitors.
This survey is open and just as relevant for visitors as locals.
It is not about just making it look pretty.
It is imperative that protection of the natural environment is the priority consideration.
We have the opportunity to reinforce the community message that has been consistent and documented over decades of community consultation and involvement. Mission Beach - naturally!
You can complete a short survey online on the CCRC website, or
See below our comments based on the 'Mission Beach - naturally!' branding
Read MBC Submission here