Coun­cil sur­vey aims to shape aid strate­gies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

DOU­GLAS Shire coun­cil is step­ping up ef­forts to tackle cas­sowary sur­vival is­sues in the Dain­tree. It has launched an on­line sur­vey for res­i­dents to fill out, to find out more about dif­fer­ent as­pects of the prob­lem by ask­ing lo­cals what they’ve seen and heard.

It also can­vasses ways that the DSC may able to in­ter­act with them to find a so­lu­tion to parts of the prob­lem.

“All lev­els of govern­ment and the com­mu­nity need to work to­gether to en­sure that cas­sowaries are pro­tected for fu­ture gen­er­a­tion,” said Dou­glas Shire mayor Ju­lia Leu.

“Coun­cil ac­tively pro­motes and recog­nises the Dain­tree Rain­for­est’s role in pre­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing cas­sowary habi­tats. The main threats to cas­sowaries are the de­struc­tion of their habi­tat, ve­hi­cle strikes and dog at­tacks.

“Coun­cil has launched a sur­vey, so the com­mu­nity can also help shape a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gies to pre­serve cas­sowaries and their habi­tats.

“All can do the sur­vey on­line, and Coun­cil will be sur­vey­ing at­ten­dees at Cas­sowary Day, as well as door knock­ing every house­hold from Dain­tree River to Cape Tribu­la­tion to raise aware­ness and gain com­mu­nity view­points.”

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