7000 trees for key cassowary corridors

May 9, 2018

Seven thousand trees will be planted in the Innisfail, Feluga, Kurrimine and Mission Beach areas to expand three key cassowary corridors.

Cassowary Recovery Team members are calling for volunteers to help with community tree-planting mornings at Eubenangee, Smith’s Gap and Muff Creek thanks to funding from the Australian Government through its National Landcare Program.

Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley said the events would also be a celebration of three locals whose artworks feature on signs to be unveiled at the tree-plantings.

The cassowary corridor project begins at Eubenangee near Innisfail on Friday 18 May with a community tree-planting day in the morning and an event for Miriwinni State School students in the afternoon.

The next community tree-planting day is at Muff Creek near Bingil Bay on Friday 25 May and the final event is at Smiths Gap near Feluga on Friday 1 June.

“These sites are the Cassowary Recovery Team’s priority corridors for revegetation work in the Wet Tropics lowlands,’’ Mr O'Malley said.  “They help cassowaries to move between large habitat blocks.

“The Muff Creek area is to connect Kurrimine Beach with Bingil Bay, and the Eubenangee site links the coast with the Tablelands.  The Smiths Gap corridor is to connect the largest block of lowland rainforest south of the Daintree with core world-heritage Wet Tropics areas.”

Terrain NRM has funded the cassowary corridor restoration project through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and Cassowary Coast Regional Council is leading the initiative.

The Cassowary Recovery Team is a group of organisations working together to help conserve cassowaries and their habitat. Members range from federal, state and local government representatives to conservation, indigenous, veterinary, zoological, research and natural resource management representatives.

Cassowary Coast Regional Councillor Jeff Baines said it is great to see all partners working together to achieve positive outcomes for the endangered cassowary.

“Council is extremely pleased to see funding directed to improve the local landscape,” Cr Baines said.

C4 president Peter Rowles encouraged community members to be part of the project.

"Come along and be involved in re-establishing the corridors for wildlife, especially cassowaries,'' he said.

"It's the environment we value and in which we live."