Cassowary Awards trophies traverse the Wet Tropics

Two Cassowary Awards recipients who were unable to attend the ceremony recently took delivery of their trophies on different sides of the Wet Tropics.

Liz Gallie was named co-winner of the Community Champions Award, but flooding kept her from making the trip from Mission Beach to Cairns to attend the awards.

Liz was nominated in three other Cassowary Awards categories for her tireless advocacy and education activities, and work on several websites and social media platforms to encourage the protection of cassowaries and their habitat.

For the past 10 years Liz has volunteered her skills to lend a strong voice for conservation efforts in the Mission Beach area, including coordination of the inaugural Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival in 2017.

Dr Karen Coombes’ dedication to tree-kangaroo rehabilitation earned her the Thorsborne Award for Community Conservation and Rehabilitation as joint winner, but this dedication also kept her from attending the awards.

Liz Gallie Dr Karen Coombes

While the awards announcements were being made, Dr Coombes was busily caring for three tree-kangaroo joeys at the Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre near Malanda.

“I did have the three joeys on my lap, and they had just had their bottles,” Dr Coombes said.

“I always say I don't do this for any awards, I do it for the tree roos and I wish to make them famous, and winning this award has actually increased awareness of my work and this amazing species overnight.”

“Thank you so much to the Wet Tropics Management Authority and board for choosing me as the joint winner of this prestigious award,” she said.

2018 Cassowary Award winners

Cassowary Awards trophies traverse the Wet Tropics

Published: 10th Apr 2018

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