NCC: Protecting Cassowaries

Implement a whole of landscape, holistic approach to improve cassowary protection, using local-level planning to identify specific actions for local areas.

Why it is Important?

Cassowaries are one of the most iconic species in our local landscape, but they face a range of threats. A holistic approach is needed that considers all the factors affecting cassowaries – planning considerations for habitat protection, better mapping of habitat and corridors, replanting habitat, managing dogs and pigs, reducing road deaths, recognising cross-cultural values, etc.

Examples of Local Action

  • Reduction of speed limits on state and local roads, especially critical habitat areas.
  • Update road signs in cassowary habitat areas.
  • Work with the Department of Main Roads to investigate other options to reduce cassowary deaths on roads eg. painting signs on the bitumen.

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