CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 23/02/11
Here’s a brief update on the Cassowary Feeding Programme (as of 21 February):
- 53 feeding stations have been established from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point
- 1500 kg of fruit distributed through feeding stations or dropped by helicopter
- Observations from the community have been very helpful in locating appropriate places for feeding stations
- QPWS’s Cassowary Response Team is still assessing the damage to cassowary habitat with more feeding stations and heli-drops to come
- Any volunteers willing to help with cutting up fruit at Garner’s Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays should register with Jodie Eden:
Ms Jodie Eden, Community Education Ranger
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 18/02/11
A community meeting held in Mission Beach at C4 Environmental Centre on Friday 18 February, attended by approximately 50 people from the Cassowary Coast, The Tablelands and Cairns. Continue reading
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 17/02/11
As of Wednesday 16th February:
- 21 feed stations have been established in the Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell, Tully Heads, Etty Bay and Mt Mackay areas.
- 1200kg of fruit has been distributed to feed stations and as part of aerial food drops. There has been a great response from suppliers – donations from supermarkets are coming in thick and fast. Continue reading
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 08/02/11
QPWS staff have undertaken on-ground and “fly-over” assessments of some of the affected areas and the results are informing preparation of the cassowary response plan. The ranges behind Cardwell and Ingham (important mahogany glider habitat) are likely to have been affected, but have not yet been assessed. A further fly-over assessment of affected areas will occur tomorrow with Dr David Westcott CSIRO scientist and member of the Cassowary Recovery Team.
CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 04/02/11
Our thoughts are with the people and communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasi, and their safety and well-being comes before everything else.
However, dealing with the impact of the cyclone on cassowaries will be a key priority for DERM (QPWS) and WTMA staff over the coming months. A Cassowary Response Program has already been instigated.