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A healthy debate about natural resources at Mission Beach is currently underway, thanks to Terrain’s draft Habitat Network Action Plan. Since the draft plan was launched on 8th August, diverse views have been expressed about future conservation, especially regarding cassowaries. Some long-term residents don’t believe the cassowary is endangered whereas others believe there needs to be much bigger incentives offered to farmers and large landowners to protect habitat. Most agree that ecotourism has a big future at Mission Beach.

Over the past two years the Mission Beach community has been actively involved in the drafting of the Habitat Plan. The plan is currently open for community consultation to ensure everyone has a say and that the plan is fair, workable and effective, Mission Beach has the largest block of lowland rainforest south of the Daintree and probably the highest density of cassowaries in Australia. The vegetation of the area forms part of a continuous rainforest corridor all the way to the southern Atherton Tablelands.

In general the plan is being recognised for its constructive approach with all stakeholders involved, to help retain the habitat, farmland and special lifestyle at Mission Beach.

You can view the Plan and fill in the feedback form on: Or pick up a copy of the brochure and postage paid feedback form at various locations around Mission Beach such as the library or ph 4043 8000.

The community consultation for the Habitat Plan closes on Friday 9th October.

“We’ve received lots of responses already. Your feedback will improve the plan and make it work. The Mission Beach environment is an unbeatable asset. By working together, we can have a healthy environment, economy and community.” said Dr Allan Dale CEO of Terrain NRM.

For further information please contact: Tony O’Malley Mobile 0437 728 190

Evelyne Lewiston Tel: 4043 8034 Corporate Communications Terrain NRM

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