Cyclone Yasi Response 21/03/11


  • DERM has established 98 feed stations from the Cardwell Range north to Flying Fish Point, and
  • 7000 kg of fruit has been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations.
  • Despite the wet weather, crews have been able to access most feed stations from their work bases at Innisfail, Cardwell and Garner’s Beach.
  • Regrettably, one cassowary was hit by a vehicle and killed on the Mission Beach–Tully Road. This is a timely reminder to drive with care in cassowary habitat.
  • Over two hundred hours of volunteer time has been committed to the program and over 30 landholders are supporting feed stations.

Volunteers are still needed at Garner’s Beach and Innisfail QPWS to help cut-up fruit. Work at Innisfail is occurring on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. So far, work has only been on weekdays, but, if enough volunteers are interested, weekend sessions may be able to be organised at Garner’s Beach. Please register your interest with:

Ms Jodie Eden, Community Education Ranger
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854

WTMA’s website now has a link on the front page (under threats) to the cyclone page which in turn links to DERM, Terrain and WPSQ (mahogany glider) websites, and includes two downloadable documents with useful advice, websites, phone numbers, etc. which you can share with others, put up on community noticeboards, etc:

  • Being cass-owary
  • How to help wildlife post cyclone