I missed “Endangered Cassowaries Under Threat” on the ABC’s 7.30 report but fortunately the internet came to the rescue and I was impressed by the ABC’s story.
Before I continue I would like to state that I have a great respect for the Australian Broadcasting Commission as they present stories without prejudice and do not bow to direct or indirect pressure from advertisers like many commercial media sources appear to in my opinion.
The ABC was the first media organisation to find and follow up on my Turtle Surveys around Bramston Beach and Ella Bay.
The interview I was given by ABC journalist Marian Nguyen meant a lot to me as it raised awareness of the conservation value of these two areas significantly. By the way if you want to hear that interview and check out the neat images click here.
Ok I’m starting to wander here so let’s get back to the story!
Mission beach is facing some massive Cassowary Habitat problems and places like Ella Bay have the potential to travel in precisely the same direction.
I’m pleased to see that conservation group C4 is working hard to identify and correct the many threats to Mission Beach cassowaries.
Mr Bob Irwin (father of the late Steve Irwin) has proudly stood up as an ambassador for the endangered southern cassowary and you will see him on the video.
Words cannot express my gratitude to Mr Bob Irwin who is proudly fighting for a species that needs all the help it can get when many men his age are looking at winding down and taking it easy. More power to you Bob.
If you would like to know a little more about Bob’s work with cassowaries click here.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the journalists and crew from the ABC who did a damn fine job of presenting a concise and interesting story…Well done!
There is some interesting dialogue at the beginning of the story which begins with Tony O’Malley (Mission Beach local planning officer with Terrain Natural Resource Management)on his mobile phone calling for rangers to assist a cassowary which has been trapped and confused by a fence.
TONY O'MALLEY: Hi Audrey, it's Tony, I'm down at Oasis and there's a cassowary trapped on the outside of the fence.
PETER MCCUTCHEON, REPORTER: An ancient giant of North Queensland's tropical rainforest has stumbled across modern suburbia.
It's an adult and it's walking up and down the fence and I think it's probably been here since at least 4:30 it's now after 5pm...
PETER MCCUTCHEON: Mission Beach environmentalist Tony O'Malley is asking wildlife rangers to come to the rescue. Why is it walking up and down the fence?
TONY O'MALLEY: Fences don't exist in the natural world. To them that's like vines that they can walk through and, you know, they're not massively intelligent.
Exactly Tony and when I see developer like Ella Bay Pty Ltd presenting fences as the solution to cassowary management I think exactly the same thing.
Even worse when I see tame zoo cassowaries trained to use a gate by property developers who then advertise it in the media as a solution to wild cassowary management! Then my research uncovers the fact that this gate isn’t even a decent deer gate, the purpose for which it was designed!! Look here if you would like to know more!
Ok I have talked plenty!
To see the 7.30 report story “Endangered Cassowaries Under Threat” click here
You can find more information including a transcript here.
Mr Bob Irwin summed the issue up quite concisely when he said…
“If we don’t do anything then the Cassowaries are gone”
Also….If you would like to check out some of the 20 other cassowary stories on the blog click here.