We have now sent the Environment Minister approximately 7500 signed postcard submissions and 1213 online submissions. We have received two written responses from the Minister’s office and we have responded accordingly, however, we still await the opportunity to meet with him directly.
In January 2011, we met with representatives from the Queensland State Environment Department along with a representative from Terrain NRM to discuss how the Queensland State Government can contribute towards protecting the Cassowary in the Wet Tropics. Discussions have begun about setting up a State based taskforce that will take on the role of drafting a Cassowary Conservation Plan for the entire Wet Tropics. This is a fantastic step in the right direction for protecting the Cassowary, not only in the Daintree and Mission Beach but for populations across the entire Wet Tropics.
We have been working closely with Terrain NRM and Cairns Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) on aligning our messages and urging the State Government to take immediate action on a state level to encourage the Federal Government to take action as well.
Over the last few months, we have contributed to the submission processes for the development proposal for Lot 66, or ‘Garrett’s Corridor’ in Mission Beach; and for the Queensland Draft Biodiversity Strategy. We hope to see positive outcomes from both those processes and will keep supporters informed on the outcomes.