2017 Cassowary Awards

The Wet Tropics Management Authority‚Äôs Cassowary Awards has been recognising the exceptional contributions to World Heritage Area management within our communities since 1999. Selected individuals and groups are recognised in a gala ceremony each year. 

The Wet Tropics Management Authority Board seeks nominations for the Awards from its partners, stakeholders and the public.  Cassowary Awards are given to individuals and/or groups, organisations and schools and include both adults and young people (the Young Cassowary Award).


There are eight Award categories including the Young Cassowary Award. Guidance on the type of contributions recognised in each category is provided here to assist nominators in their submissions. Nominees can be nominated for more than one category. 

Only one Award is given for each category. 

Find out more about the Award categories here


Criteria for Young Cassowary Award

In relation to the conservation of the local environment:

  • What has the nominee/s achieved?
  • How has the nominee/s demonstrated creativity, innovation and leadership?
  • How has the nominee/s contributed to the local and broader community?
  • What were the challenges faced by the nominee/s in reaching their achievements, and if any, how did the nominee overcome these?  

Note: Additional information presented in a video, powerpoint presentation or a written report with photos can be provided to support the nomination and explain the project.

Criteria for all other categories

In relation to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and its values:

  • How does the nominee demonstrate excellence in their field?
  • How long has the nominee been working in their field of interest?
  • How does the nominee demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership?
  • What were the challenges faced by the nominee in reaching their achievements, and, if any, how did the nominee overcome these? 


Previous nominees, including previous award recipients, can be renominated. You can find the list of previous recipients here

Where a previous recipient of a Cassowary Award is nominated, contributions and achievements will be considered if:

 - they are of a different nature to those recognised by the previous Award. In this case, such contributions and achievements could have occurred prior to receiving the previous Award and may or may not have continued up to date.

- they are a continuation of contributions and achievements previously recognised by the previous Award. However, only the contributions and achievements made since receiving the previous Award will be considered. 

The Wet Tropics Management Board makes the final selection of nominations that receive the Awards


As the Cassowary Awards is about recognising the contributions of the community, staff of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and politicians will be ineligible to receive an Award.

Download the Cassowary Award Information Sheet here.


Nominate online or download a nomination form by going here.

Submit by:

Email:        wettropics@wtma.qld.gov.au

Post:          PO Box 2050, Cairns Qld 4870

In person: Ground floor, Building, Cnr Grafton and Hartley Streets, Cairns Qld

CLOSING DATE:  8 September 2017

Nominations submitted after this date will not be accepted.

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