As we all know, the environment of the Cassowary Coast is very special but it is also very fragile. It is a cyclone adapted environment, but development, tourism and two severe cyclones in only 5 years have taken their toll and participating in the plant outs has shown me how fragile such an environment is.
A healthy foreshore vegetation is key to stable sand dunes, the most effective barrier against erosion.
Congratulations to all who have been involved in the many plant outs along the foreshores of our beaches. It is an acknowledgement of how intrinsic the value of the natural environment is to our community, lifestyle and well being at Mission Beach.
Hundreds of volunteers have spent countless hours over many months planting thousands of native trees and shrubs to help repair the damage to our dunal system as a result of cyclone Yasi.
The Cassowary Coast community as a whole deserves acknowledgement for the exceptional effort that is being made.