Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation



Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation

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Formed in 1990 through a conference discussing the plight of the southern cassowary, C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation) was created from a consortium of local community groups, local councils, government departments and other agencies such as CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). Through five main working groups focusing on habitat, education, rural activities, a native nursery and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, C4 aims to protect Mission Beach's natural values to ensure a healthy environment, community and economy.

This is where we are. Located about a 2 hour drive south of Cairns, Queensland.

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and our donors, C4 has been very active this year not only in securing and enhancing cassowary corridors and habitat but also physically caring for orphaned and injured cassowaries.

We have started the revegetation of 7ha of former banana farm on Old Tully Road, Maadi, in a joint project with Queensland Trust for Nature. The cleared area is part of a 16ha property for which C4’s Land Gift Fund contributed money. The land has been identified as an important link in providing a wildlife connection at Smith’s Gap through the Walter Hill Range section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This forms part of Australia’s longest east-west tropical rainforest from Wongaling Beach to the Evelyn Tableland.

In another development, C4 has, in collaboration with Rainforest Reserves Australia, taken over the day-to-day operation of the Garners Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Facility. The operation, funded by RRA and Queensland Department ofEnvironment, Science and the Arts, has two long-term young cassowaries which have been growing well and are being prepared for release. A sub-adult which had been hit by a car also spent a few weeks under care before it was released back into the wild. C4 president Peter Rowles praised the volunteers who had made this valuable service possible. Working at both ends of conservation spectrum

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Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location

Mission Beach

Known address

P.O.Box 132 or 55A Porter Promenade,
Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia 4852

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