The Wet Tropics Management Authority acknowledges and thanks all sponsors of 2019 Cassowary Awards.

Your support demonstrates your commitment to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and appreciation of the outstanding contribution and presentation of the Area made by so many in the community.

Gold sponsors

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, 15 minutes from Cairns. See Aboriginal performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

Visit by day, and learn about bush foods, the didgeridoo, hunting methods and how to throw a boomerang and spear. Activities include face painting, Creation story, Aboriginal dance performances, bush foods and medicines presentation, weapons and hunting presentation, didgeridoo demonstration, and boomerang and spear throwing.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Photographer: Tjapukai

Visit at night and participate in a fire ceremony followed by a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, and join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before the ceremonial fire is lit. Dinner is a selection of Australian meat and seafood dishes, and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalising Indigenous flavours. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat.

Shonart Graphic Design

Shonart is a boutique graphic design business founded in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, in 1998.Wet Tropics Management Authority

Since then, owner and designer Shona Smith has forged a strong reputation for providing dynamic, innovative and eye-catching graphic design services for diverse clients throughout Cairns and further afield - from private individuals and small businesses to major corporations, government and semi-government organizations.

No matter what size your business or what industry, Shonart will work with you to create artwork that is uniquely yours and that will ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Shonart provides the full range of professional graphic design services from advertising to logo development, branding and corporate identity, brochures, flyers, business cards, website design, signage, stationery and so much more. Shonart specialises in design & advertising however I am able to co-ordinate other areas such as copywriting, printing, and photography.

The end result for you is a comprehensive advertising and graphic design service, from start to finish.

Silver sponsor

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Cairns Regional Council

The Cairns Regional Council area encompasses more than 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Diving Range and the Coral Sea. It extends from the Eubenangee Swamp in the south to the Macalister Range near Ellis Beach in the north. More than 158,000 people reside in Cairns and it is one of Australia’s most multicultural cities.

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Tourism Development Projects Division
Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

Tourism Development Projects Division (TDPD) is a specialised work unit that achieves economic development outcomes through the delivery of Adventure and Nature Based Tourism, Integrated Resort Developments, Global Tourism Hubs (GTH) and other initiatives supported by Government.In Tropical North Queensland, TDPD oversees the Wangetti Trail, Thorsborne Trail, Whitsunday Island Trail and Tropical North GTH.

Award category sponsors

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Photographer: Skyrail

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Immersing guests in the sights, sounds and tranquility in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth, Skyrail is a must do.  Leading the way in Australia and the world with their focus on sustainable tourism, Skyrail has an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of sustainable environmental performance. 

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation was created to help protect tropical rainforests through research and education and further demonstrates their commitment to the Wet Tropics Area.

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Terrain NRM

Terrain Natural Resource Management (Terrain NRM) partners with over 50 organisations and hundreds of individuals across the Wet Tropics to care for our soil, water, landscapes and wildlife. By working together in balance with nature we can secure a healthy and prosperous future for our region.  

Stanwell Corporation

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Stanwell’s Barron Gorge Hydro is a proud generator of environmentally responsible energy.

Located in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Barron Gorge Hydro sources its water from the Barron River to produce clean, green electricity before releasing the water back into the river in the same pristine condition in which it entered the power station. 

We would like to commend all nominees for their outstanding contributions to the protection of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

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Queensland Water and Land Carers

Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC) is the peak body for natural resource management (NRM) volunteers. QWaLC’s roles include representation, advocacy, promotion, networking and insurance administration. QWaLC’s board includes representatives from each of Queensland’s regions. Our membership consists of 380 groups and 30,000 individuals.

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Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships, Department of Environment and Science

Our role is to protect and manage our parks, forests and the Great Barrier Reef for current and future generations. We are part of the Department of Environment and Science—a department that recognises the enormous value a clean environment, innovative society and economy and vibrant culture makes to our lives. 

As a diverse organisation, the department brings together key areas of work to achieve our objectives for a better Queensland. 


North Queensland Land Council
Photographer: NQLC

North Queensland Land Council

The North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) is the recognised Native Title Representative Body for its region, representing approximately 38,000 Aboriginal traditional owners and residents. NQLC’s region covers approximately 943,300 km2 of lands and waters, with approximately 411,164 km2 of this being land.


Daintree Discovery Centre
Photographer: Daintree Discovery Centre

Daintree Discovery Centre

A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. 

The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.



Powerlink logo
Photographer: Powerlink

Powerlink Queensland is a Government Owned Corporation that owns, develops, operates and maintains the electricity transmission network in Queensland. Our transmission network runs approximately 1,700km from Cairns down to New South Wales.

Our role in the electricity supply chain is to transport high voltage electricity, generated at major power stations, through the transmission grid to the distribution networks owned by Energex, Ergon Energy and Essential Energy (in northern New South Wales) to supply customers.

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