Cyclone Yasi Response 21/03/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 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.

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Cyclone Yasi Response 08/03/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 08/03/11

A downloadable map showing the approximate location of feeding stations is now available via the DERM website.

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 can be organised at Garner’s Beach. Continue reading

Cyclone Yasi Response 04/03/11

CYCLONE YASI RESPONSE UPDATE FROM WTMA & DERM 04/03/11

As of today:

  • DERM have established 86 feed stations from theCardwellRangenorth to Flying Fish Point
  • 2400 kg of fruit had been dropped by helicopter and placed at feeding stations
  • Ten cameras are monitoring feed stations and are showing cassowaries using those sites
  • Volunteers are still need at Garner’s Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (and for another week or so also at Innisfail) to help cut-up fruit. Please contact:

Ms Jodie Eden, Community Education Ranger
Email jodie.eden@derm.qld.gov.au
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Cyclone Yasi Response 23/02/11

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
Email jodie.eden@derm.qld.gov.au
Telephone (07) 4091 8102 Mobile 0427-117854

Cyclone Yasi Response 18/02/11

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 17/02/11

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 08/02/11

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.

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