Cas­sowaries fine

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

WAYNE Bran­den should re­ally stop alarm­ing peo­ple about cas­sowaries be­com­ing ex­tinct (Gazette, July 22).

He should be aware that more than 95 per cent of all the cas­sowaries live in the World Her­itage-listed area.

The cri­te­ria for WH list­ing was that the area had to be large enough, and con­tain enough habi­tat, and have a suf­fi­cient bar­rier, to pre­serve all that is in it for all time.

There­fore, it is to­tally il­log­i­cal to say that any­thing which ex­ists mainly in the WH area is in dan­ger. To do so is an in­sult to the WTMA sci­en­tists - it im­plies that they are not do­ing their job.

Mr Bran­den should also read the CSIRO re­port on cas­sowaries north of the Dain­tree River.

This states that ev­i­dence showed that about 53 grown cas­sowaries ex­isted in the study area which was 16,000ha, and that two or three more might ex­ist be­cause the pri­vate land was not vis­ited. Any­body who has lived there for some time would know that this num­ber has in­creased enor­mously.

Mr Bran­den’s state­ment say­ing that the Dain­tree has not been saved is equally ridicu­lous.

I have a let­ter from Pro­fes­sor Tor Hund- sloe, when he was chair­man of WTMA, stat­ing that, of the 7000ha of pri­vate land in the area, there is about 1000ha of the best low­land rain­for­est (Type 1a).

He also stated that un­der the first buy­back plan, over 1000ha of Type 1a rain­for­est was pur­chased.

This means that ev­ery­thing worth pre­serv­ing in the area is now pre­served. This is con­firmed by the IUCN Red List of en­dan­gered species, which is the most re­spected list in the world (avail­able on the in­ter­net).

What Mr Bran­den should be wor­ried about, is the mas­sive amount of dam­age be­ing done to the sur­round­ing WH listed rain­for­est, by nox­ious fumes from the gen­er­a­tors in the area.

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