Cassowary Awards Categories

The Cassowary Awards feature eight categories.


CATEGORY 1:  Thorsborne Award for Community Conservation and Rehabilitation

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


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Photographer: SkyrailCATEGORY 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.

Stanwell logoRecognising 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


CQUniversity logoCATEGORY 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.

Sponsored by CQUniversity Australia.


North Queensland Land Council
Photographer: NQLCCATEGORY 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

Photographer: PowerlinkRecognising 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


Daintree Discovery Centre logo
Photographer: Daintree Discovery CentreCATEGORY 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.

With thanks to our valuable sponsors: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Stanwell Corporation, North Queensland Land Council, National Parks Queensland, Department of Environment and Science, Skyrail, Daintree Discovery Centre, CQUniversity, Powerlink.
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