A Rainforest Aboriginal person, Deputy Principal, Queensland Public Servant and Volunteer Coordinator each received the prestigious Cassowary Award amongst a list of outstanding individuals from around the region.
Speaking at the awards in Cairns (Cruise Liner Terminal, Saturday 3 November), Wet Tropics Management Authority Board Chair Assoc Prof Peter Valentine said the Cassowary Awards continue to shine a light on those individuals and groups who make a real difference – our local Cassowary heroes.
“The Cassowary Awards are an opportunity for the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Wet Tropics community to acknowledge and thank the quiet achievers who are dedicated to securing the living and vibrant legacy of our World Heritage Area for future generations.”
“We are delighted to see the very high numbers of award nominations from a diverse range of individuals, groups and organisations including farmers, conservationists, students and educational bodies as well as scientists, artists and tourism operators. With the urgent need for higher investment for the future health of our environment, it is vital that we have a community that values, respects and cares for our World Heritage Area.
“With 2013 being the 25th anniversary of the listing of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, community commitment to protection of its values remains steadfast. Biosecurity challenges, climate change and natural disasters are emerging threats being tackled by individuals and groups around the region. Such single minded efforts create tremendous social capital that supports management of the World Heritage Area and spreads the word about the outstanding value of this region” he added.
Four members of the Wet Tropics communities were recipients of this year’s Cassowary Awards and eight others were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements as Cassowary Heroes.