The Wet Tropics Management Authority has long recognised that effective and successful caring of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is no easy or short-term task.
Responsibility for its protection, understanding and appreciation is something that we all must share if we are to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and experience the wonder of this ancient landscape and the rich biodiversity it contains.
As a way of celebrating and supporting the outstanding contributions made towards the conservation and preservation of our World Heritage Area, Wet Tropics created the Cassowary Awards in 1999.
Over the years, the Cassowary Awards have grown to become a widely respected recognition of exceptional conservation effort from a diverse range of individuals, groups and organisations including farmers, conservationists, students and educational bodies as well as scientists, artists and tourism operators. All of these share the same commitment—a passion for this special place and a desire to ensure its continued protection. For many, it’s a passion they have dedicated their lives to.
With the inclusion of a Young Cassowary Award in 2005, to honour excellence in Wet Tropics Area management by primary and secondary students, the Cassowary Awards is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the cutting edge of World Heritage protection and say thank you to those on its front lines.
Winners of the Cassowary Awards are announced at a special ceremony, receiving an award and certificate of appreciation and the opportunity to share their experiences in the fields of their expertise. It is hoped that public awareness and appreciation of the work of recipients and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area inspires others to build on a growing legacy of generosity and commitment in the Wet Tropics region.
Take a look at our Cassowary Award winners page which recognises past award recipients who have made an exceptional effort towards the protection and management of the World Heritage Area.