Building Rainforest Resilience

The endangered southern cassowary, Mabi forest and littoral rainforest will be better protected thanks to our 'Building Rainforest Resilience’ project.

This project will run from 2019 to 2023. It is supported by Terrain NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Terrain will be working in partnership with cassowary, Mabi forest and littoral rainforest recovery groups, traditional owners, priority landholders and the wider community to get the best possible multi-species outcomes from the project. A Rainforest Recovery Network will also be formed, to share knowledge about rainforest threatened species.

As part of the project, Terrain NRM will provide funding through grants and incentives for the following works in priority locations:

  • revegetation
  • weed management
  • habitat protection
  • cassowary vehicle strike solutions

About Southern Cassowaries

Southern Cassowaries are large flightless birds. They are listed as ‘endangered’. In Australia, cassowaries are only found in Far North Queensland and Cape York. The extent, condition and connectivity of their habitat has been significantly reduced by development, while vehicle strike is the leading recorded cause of mortality.

About Mabi Forest

Mabi forest is listed as a critically endangered rainforest ecological community. It is only found in North Queensland. Just four per cent of the original forest remains, with the largest areas in the Atherton Tablelands’ Curtain Figtree National Park and Wongabel State Forest. Mabi forest is highly fragmented, and 41 per cent is on freehold land.

About Littoral Rainforest

Littoral rainforest is also listed as a critically endangered ecological community. It is rainforest growing right on the coast. It faces pressure from both directions, with coastal development and coastal erosion and inundation.

Who can I contact about this project?

For more information, phone Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley on 0437 728 190 or send an email to

You can also visit the Australian Government's National Landcare Program’s 'Regional Landcare Partnerships' webpage.