The 2016 Cassowary Awards event was held at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures on Saturday 3 December. The impressive lineup of contenders for the eight award categories are listed below, inlcuding the award winners.
Kuranda Envirocare is a highly active community organisation that protects biodiversity, enhances and monitors habitat and raises community awareness on critical environmental issues and values. They mobilise resources and volunteers to revegetate and enhance wildlife corridors along rivers and creeks. They also monitor birds in these areas and the critically endangered Litoria myola and other endangered frogs in the Kuranda region. With support from community volunteers, they have played an outstanding role in monitoring yellow crazy ant infestations, and supporting its eradication at Russett Park, near Kuranda.
With the original visitor centre that was built by volunteers in 1996 destroyed by a catastrophic fire in 2010, an extensive consultation process saw a new collaboratively designed centre rise from its ashes in 2013. The centre uses a variety of mediums to creatively interpret and celebrate the unique natural and cultural history of the Atherton Tableland and the Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforests. Run by only two part-time staff members, and 28 passionate and enthusiastic volunteers, the centre is now a beehive of activity which attracts thousands of visitors a year.
The Australian Quoll Conservancy is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of all four of Australia’s quoll species, particularly North Queensland’s spotted-tailed quoll. Through research and film, the Conservancy’s aim is to save quolls from extinction by creating awareness about dwindling quoll populations. Their documentary Quolls: Fast and Furious and extensive knowledge and understanding of quolls, reflects the many hours the Conservancy’s founders, Luke Jackson and Alberto Vale, spend in the field researching, locating and filming these elusive wildlife.