The cassowary (left) photographed in January this year fits the description of the dead bird which had been observed recently in the area.
I am waiting for QPWS to confirm if this is the bird.
There has been a very high number of recorded cassowary deaths along the South Mission Beach Road which is well sign posted as a cassowary conservation area with a speed limit of 80 kph.
There is still cyclone debris on the embankment of the cutting where the bird entered down onto the road into the path of a car at 6.30 in the morning.
The Mission Beach community are asking why nothing is being done to stop the high number of deaths due to the known major threat to a state and nationally listed endangered species. The increased threat has been stressed over and over to the responsible committees and authorities on all levels of government. More road deaths were anticipated with the extra traffic associated with reconstruction in our area. Why isn't anybody listening?
While the current development approach encourages traffic to go faster, how will we stop this beautiful, decades old, female cassowary (above), from being another fatality on our roads?
This year the organisers of the Evolve Music Festival are aware of the extra traffic their event will draw to our area. Colourful signs designed at a workshop held at the Mission Arts Centre will remind drivers to be alert, drive a little slower and watch out for cassowaries and other wildlife while in the area for the festival on the weekend of 7 - 9 October.
More action was taken when the Bingil Bay community recently placed signs within their village asking drivers to slow down for the kids and cassowaries. There is some great new technology being used in road signage. Solar powered vehicle activated road signs can be set in a number of ways to light up when approached when speeding, record number plates, be managed remotely etc. At $35,000 each it would seem a small price to pay to help protect our community, lifestyle and wildlife especially when each cassowary has been valued at $1million to the tourism economy.
I hope the Council can reinstate the sign as soon as possible as a gesture in acknowledgment of the native tiltle determination over land at Mission Beach.
On 1 September 2011, The Djiru People were recognised as native title holders of 9,440 hectares of land and waters in Mission Beach and surrounding areas including areas of national parks, reserves, unallocated State land and other leases.
The Djiru People hold exclusive native title rights in relation to about 540 hectares of land. The Federal Court also recognised the Djiru People’s non-exclusive native title rights over about 8900 hectares of land and waters.
The non-exclusive rights recognised include the right to access and be present on the area, to hunt, fish and gather on the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic, and non-commercial communal purposes, and to maintain places of importance and areas of significance to the native title holders under their traditional laws and customs.
“The resolution of these applications results in the formal recognition of the Djiru People’s ancient and ongoing ties to these lands and waters".
Edited from Senior Australian News and research site read more . Details of the native title determination and mapped areas can be seen here
Photos top; sign blown down by cyclone Yasi
middle; re errected sign after first one was stolen.
bottom; Rae Kelly and Dawn Hart unveil the original sign welcoming visitors to Djiru Country.
A good tourism strategy starts with growing the local community.
To quote the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) who introduced a 'Code for Environmentally Responsible Tourism' in the 90's....
"The key phrase to planning should be residents first, tourists second. It sounds contradictory but it is the best kind of tourist developement. It's the best, most secure, the longest lasting, and the most profitable" (in other words - sustainable) "The best visitor experience is to share for a moment a unique countryside and an enviable lifestyle"
Our high biodiversity area is a natural for birdwatchers, a tourism market that was shown to be consistent when all other markets dropped dramatically during the global financial crisis.
The outstanding natural beauty of the rainforest growing to the sea, kilometres of uncrowded beaches, offshore islands and world heritage values including the magnificent cassowary attract those who want a laid back, relaxing holiday and to be part of the community. That's the easy part - eeting locals at the many boutique bars and cafes and shops in the villages of Mission Beach.
Our town is not dying as some are claiming, it is in fact growing - into exactly what it is, and has been recognised for, by the discerning holidayer for decades.
Why do we allow governments to continue bailouts for failed developments when the end result was anticipated and forewarned during the approval process. Governments have a responsibility to consider the benefits for the community, economy and environment when deciding what is best for the future. Unfortunately the economy is the dominant factor, commu8nity a poor second and the environment to date, the ultimate loser. Port Hinchinbrook is a prime example.
Our economic future can be assured by taking a step back, relaxing a little and being realistic about what can be achieved given the extreme and dynamic nature of the Wet Tropics. Not to do that, is as they say, swimming against the tide or in a more Aussie venacular p..sing against the wind.
The nightclub, fast paced, entertainment and adrenalin market is well catered for in other places such as the Gold Coast, Airlie Beach.......etc.
The community was not listened to in regard to the amenity of the village green. Now the shade has gone we are left with the impractical and unattractive metal blue and white tables and seats that are too hot to sit on when exposed to the sun.
Perhaps a little more money could have been spent on some mature shady trees where they were lost in the green and on nature strips around the village such as the beautiful fig tree opposite the Homestead Shopping Centre.
The Cassowary Courier reported businesses have rallied as can be seen with the 'new spirit' in the village green. Most of the small business operators I speak to share a vision for the future of Mission Beach based on protection of our special values, and relaxed village atmosphere and lifestyle.
Coming soon will be a new addition on this website to feature and promote businesses that share a vision of a Mission Beach and region that grows naturally and who aspire to sustainable boutique development within our World Heritage Area and who have an understanding of the local seasonal market.
Endless growth is an approach that has shown to destroy and move on, only to destroy again somewhere else.