The Cassowary Awards feature eight categories.
Recognising outstanding contributions to the improvement of Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s natural values, including the protection and rehabilitation of flora, fauna and other natural landscape elements in the Area.
Sponsored by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
CATEGORY 2: Tourism & Presentation
Recognising contributions to tourism and the presentation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Nominee contributions include dedication to promoting the Area’s values within and outside of the industry and providing information or interpretive products that benefit the industry.
Sponsored by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
CATEGORY 3: Innovation.
Recognising original, inventive and investigative contributions and achievements that have improved or advanced understanding and management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Nominees include those who have carried out innovative research, developed applications or applied GIS or other programmes in new ways to present or manage World Heritage values.
Sponsored by Stanwell Corporation
CATEGORY 4: Education
Recognising individuals or groups who go above and beyond their roles to facilitate active learning by imparting exceptional understanding and appreciate of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Their work may include developing school programmes, facilitating and supporting research projects or teaching the skills required to contribute to, advocate for and promote awareness for the Area.
CATEGORY 5: People Country Culture
Recognising initiatives of Rainforest Aboriginal people throughout the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, including enterprise development and innovation, commitment to looking after their country, and interpretation and presentation of the cultural and natural values of the Area.
Sponsored by North Queensland Land Council
CATEGORY 6: Community Champions
Recognising those who inspire others through their commitment and hard work in advocating for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, including championing solutions and raising the profile of issues affecting the Area’s well-being.
Sponsored by Queensland Department of Environment and Science
CATEGORY 7: Local Government and Industry Initiatives
Recognising the contributions of local governments, infrastructure service providers and industry in the Wet Tropics region. Nominees’ achievements include significant contributions to sustainable land use planning and practices, natural resource management, infrastructure provision and public campaigns in and around the World Heritage Area.
Sponsored by Powerlink
CATEGORY 8: Young Cassowary Award
This category is specifically for young people of school age (individuals, groups or classes) to recognise the outstanding environmental work they do, whether that be at school or within clubs and communities. Examples of projects the nominees may be recognised for include: rainforest tree planting, science experiment/research project, weed control, rubbish collection, multimedia/arts, endangered species awareness, and profiles on Wet Tropics plants or animals.
Sponsored by Daintree Discovery Centre