The Wet Tropics Management Authority has received a strong pool of 50 nominations for the 2019 Cassowary Awards.
The Authority’s Executive Director, Scott Buchanan, said nominees come from throughout the Wet Tropics and work and volunteer in a variety of different projects.
‘We are pleased to see a range of individuals, groups and organisations represented in this year’s Awards, from Daintree to Mission Beach and throughout the Tablelands,’ he said.
‘Nominees include associate professors at the forefront of research trends, Rainforest Aboriginal People leading innovative projects and dedicated volunteers working on the ground every weekend.’
He said the Wet Tropics Management Authority appreciates those who took the time to make a Cassowary Awards nomination.
‘Once again the impressive pool of nominees reminds us not only of the excellent work being done in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, but of the collaborative and collegial atmosphere we are so lucky to work within,’ he said.
‘Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a Cassowary Awards nomination. Your input is valued and ensures that the ultimate awards recipients, as well as nominees, receive that all-important peer recognition for their efforts.’
He said nominees will be announced in the lead-up to the 15 June Cassowary Awards gala event, to be held at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
‘We are proud to hold the Cassowary Awards for a second straight year at Tjapukai, providing an opportunity for the Wet Tropics community to celebrate Rainforest Aboriginal culture. We thank our gold sponsors Tjapukai and Shonart Graphic Design for their valued support.’
Cassowary Award Gold Sponsor Shona Smith, of Shonart Graphic Design, said the Cassowary Awards is a key community event in the Wet Tropics.
‘I am pleased to be able to sponsor the highlight of the Wet Tropics community calendar, and work with the Wet Tropics Management Authority in recognising the dedicated work of community members. Congratulations to everyone nominated,’ she said.