New operators for Garners Beach Cassowary Recovery Facility

Geoff Onus and Carolyn Emms from Rainforest Reserves Australia celebrate the agreement with a local cassowary

Geoff Onus and Carolyn Emms from Rainforest Reserves Australia celebrate the agreement with a local cassowary. Photo: Liz Gallie.

On 31 March 2016 Mission Beach residents helped to celebrate a new agreement to operate the local cassowary rehabilitation centre at Garners Beach.

Rainforest Reserves Australia has agreed to manage the day-to-day operations of the cassowary rehabilitation centre at Garners Beach for the next three years. Rainforest Reserves Australia is a not-for-profit organisation based in Far North Queensland. CEO Carolyn Emms said that ‘we live up here and we have an interest in the conservation of cassowaries.’

Since July 2105 EHP has allocated $80,000 to upgrade facilities at the rehabilitation centre and to allow the centre to continue operating. The centre can now accept adult cassowaries as well as chicks.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said that the Department of Environment and Heritage would continue to be the initial contact point for members of the public reporting cassowaries in need. EHP has specially trained wildlife officers who are ready to provide first responses to reports of cassowary incidents.

As part of the agreement Rainforest Reserves Australia will also work to establish a second cassowary rehabilitation facility at Lake Barrine on the Atherton Tableland.

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Lindsay Delzoppo, Director of the Wildlife Management Unit (EHP), gets to know a local cassowary. Photo: Liz Gallie.