CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 17/02/11
- 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.
- Ground assessment of sites continues, and is moving into southern areas (Tully to Cardwell). QPWS is reviewing information about cassowaries from the community as it comes to hand, and field crews are monitoring key sites and bird behaviour to guide response actions such as new feed stations, signage and advice to neighbours.
- QPWS support crews arrived in Cardwell on Monday and are assisting with feed station access (heavy timber cutting is needed).
- A preliminary meeting was held with key community members from Mission Beach area on Friday 11th.
- A public meeting will be held in Mission Beach at 5:30pm on Friday 18th February at C4 Environmental Centre, Porter Promenade, Mission Beach to talk about the programme and how local people can get involved. Everyone welcome.
- Terrain is working with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council to address the threat from dogs and motor vehicles, including signage and speed controls.
- There continues to be an amazing level of support for cassowary conservation post-cyclone from a range of conservation NGOs and fruit suppliers (including Coles, Woolworths and Bi-Lo).
- Much cutting-up of fruit is occurring!
- Cassowary sightings can now be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org (sick, injured or hungry birds should continue to be reported to the QPWS 24hr hotline: 1300-130372).
- Thursday 17th February – Ministerial Media Statement
- Friday 11th February – Ministerial Media Statement