WILDWATCH by LAWRIE MARTIN.
“We knew very little about the mahogany glider and finding one in a fallen tree on our club grounds brought home the reality of the plight facing this little Queenslander,” John Guyatt said.
Mr Guyatt, involved in the Cardwell Reconstruction programme, was speaking at the Cardwell Country Club last week when a group of concerned citizens gathered to discuss the allocation of Federal Government funding under the Caring for Country programme to improve habitat for mahogany gliders (Petaurus gracilis).
The approval of an eight residential lot development within prime cassowary habitat has resuslted in the destruction of an important cassowary corridor at Mission Beach. It was approved on all levels of government, the outcome being totally contrary to the promises in the application referred to the federal government environment department. It highlights the lack of planning that allows this shocking, unacceptable practice to continue.