Cassowary Awards—an event to remember

It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all at the 2019 Cassowary Awards. Sponsors, nominees and community members all came together to celebrate the exceptional efforts showcased by the nominees in the conservation and presentation throughout the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

On 15 June, around 250 guests celebrated the 10 award recipients at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.  Congratulations to the 2019 recipients:

  • Bonadio Partnership: Thorsborne Award for Community Conservation & Rehabilitation sponsored by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Science

  • Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours: Tourism and Presentation Award sponsored by Skyrail Rainforest Tours

  • Dr David Westcott: Innovation Award sponsored by Stanwell Corporation

  • Children for Change: Education Award sponsored by Terrain NRM

  • Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cashmere: People Country Culture Award sponsored by North Queensland Land Council

  • Phil Staley: Community Champions Award sponsored by Queensland Water and Land Carers

  • Gillies Range Road Litter and Illegal Dumping Prevention Project Collaboration Team: Local Government & Industry Initiatives Award sponsored by Powerlink

  • Jaragun Natural Resource Management: Climate Change Leadership Award sponsored by CQUniversity Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities

  • Malanda Primary School: Young Cassowary Award sponsored by Daintree Discovery Centre

  • Allison Halliday: Chair’s Award.

The event wouldn’t be possible without our gold sponsors, Tjapukai Aboriginal Park and Shonart, our silver sponsors, Cairns Regional Council and the Tourism Development Projects Division of Queensland Government’s Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, and our category sponsors as listed above.

Thank you to everyone with a passion for ensuring the continued protection of this exceptional World Heritage Area—sponsors, nominators and nominees.

The next Cassowary Awards will be in 2020.

More information on the Cassowary Awards is available at

Cassowary Awards—an event to remember

Published: 13th Aug 2019

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