On September 22 Terrain NRM held a Cassowary Vehicle Strike Solutions Workshop with key stakeholders to identify effective solutions for reducing cassowary vehicle strikes. It was attended by Transport & Main Roads, police, local government, scientists and community groups. Read Terrain media release here
Mission Beach Cassowaries attended the workshop with a presentation about Vehicle Activated signs as a solution to address traffic speed through key cassowary road crossing hot spots.
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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The local community has become increasingly concerned and disheartened at the lack of cassowary protection in the Cassowary Coast region. 2015 is proving to be one of the worst years on record with the number of cassowary deaths in 7 months well exceeding the yearly average.
Adding to the toll, another cassowary was killed on the Tully Gorge Road yesterday 26th July. The driver of the vehicle did not stop.
Photos of the dead adult male left on the side of the road were posted on a facebook page by a local tourism operator who discovered the disturbing scene.
The latest death reinforces strong criticism about cassowary management, by local Tully Vet and cassowary expert Graham Lauridsen, in the media earlier this month. (following article Tully Times 9 July 15)
Dr Graham Lauridsen met with the director of EHP Threatened Species and the director Director EHP Wildlife Unit at Garners Beach cassowary rehabilitation centre on Friday 24th July. Grahams summary of the lengthy meeting is as follows;
Crazy about Cassowaries, a partnership of organisations working in Mission Beach natural areas, has revegetated an important cassowary corridor at Muff Creek by planting 300 new trees.
The group, with representatives from Cassowary Coast Regional Council, National Parks, C4 and Terrain NRM, decided to take positive action after hearing that the area had been damaged by unlawful fire and subsequent weed growth.
The Muff Creek site is a Council reserve that helps link Garners Beach habitat to Double Mountain and then Clump Mountain National Park.