WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY FOR COASTAL AND CASSOWARY CONSERVATION
Residents of Mission Beach gathered today (15 January) at Miter Street to listen to speakers and voice their concerns over the proposed aviation facility on Tully Mission Beach road.
For more information go to: https://aviation-facility.weebly.com/
or Mission Beach Cassowaries FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/missionbeachcassowaries
The fruit eating cassowary, whose numbers have plummeted since clearing for agriculture and housing began, is critical to the survival of many rainforest tree species with big seeds dispersed only by cassowaries which stand two metres tall.
As well as being a keystone ecological species, the southern cassowary is an important attraction for visitors to the region. Its impressive size, combined with its black plumage, blue and red neck and wattles and a distinctive ‘horn’ (casque) on its head make the cassowary a memorable sight.
The southern cassowary’s range in Australia is limited to the rainforests between Townsville and the Daintree, with Mission Beach being one of the most likely places for people to see a cassowary in the wild.
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The C4 Display Centre has plenty to offer for visitors to Mission Beach. You can learn about C4, check out the many different nature and childrens books on offer and browse through the nursery if you are looking to do some gardening.
OBJECTS OF THE ASSOCIATION
- Implement the Cassowary Management Plan, Mission Beach environs;
- Promote and support World Heritage Values
- Identify and ensure the retention of environmentally significant areas;
- Liaise with all levels of government and have input into the social, economic and environmental well-being of Mission Beach;
- Maintain a heightened community awareness of environmental issues through education and information;
- Maintain a Land-Gift Fund to protect and secure essential cassowary habitat.