The following are groups or organisations focusing on conservation or related issues in the FNQ region.
(If your group is active in our region and not on the list please send us your details).
Australian Conservation Foundation -Cairns Office
Contact: Leah Talbot
Focus – Northern Australia/ Cape York Peninsula Suite 1, Level 1, 96-98 Lake St, Cairns
Phone: 4031 5760
Austrop – Cape Tribulation Research Station
Contact: Dr Hugh Spencer
Research into a range of issues related to tropical forest ecology, in particular flying foxes.
Flying Fox Rehabilitation Centre – Kuranda
Contact: Pam Tully
Phone: 4093 8858
Cairns Bicycle Users group (CBUG)
Tel: 4054 1756
Main contact person: Jill Willey Secretary tel: 4053 5493 (bh) Lenore Evans tel 4054 1756 (bh, ah)
Brief description: Cairns Bicycle User Group aims to promote and encourage bicycle transport, recreation, sport and touring. CBUG is a non-profit community group run by volunteers.
Activities: Processing Cyclists’ Road/Path Reports, meeting with authorities to view road plans, being a support and information group for cyclists, tricyclists and wheel chair users. CBUG represents all cycle users on the Cairns Bikeway Strategy Implementation Working Group.
Frog Decline Reversal Project, Inc. (Cairns Frog Hospital)
Contact: Deborah Pergolotti, President
The FDR Project is a frog conservation organisation that includes rescue and rehabilitation, disease surveillance and investigation, education, advocacy, and community awareness of problems affecting both frogs and cane toads.
P. O. Box 949, Edmonton, Q. 4869
Centre of Appropriate Technology (CAT)
Tel: 4031 0505
Fax: 4031 0431
Address: 1st Fl 146 Grafton St, Cairns
Brief description: Centre to provide assistance to Aboriginal communities in utilising appropriate technologies in their communities, particularly in remote regions, and with an emphaisis on self-reliance where possible.
Community for Cassowary and Coastal Conservation Inc. (C4)
Contact: C4 is a voluntary organisation which staffs a visitor centre seven days a week, offers Heritage tours to Mission Beach visitors and undertakes extensive tree planting projects.
Phone: 07) 4068-7197
Fax: (07) 4068-7298
Address: PO Box 165, Mission Beach 4852
Meetings: general meetings every two months, management meeting on the last Monday of the month, office meetings every Monday
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Tel: 4032 0844
Fax: 4032 0833
Postal Address: PO Box 954 Manunda QLD 4870
Brief description: not for profit organisation involving volunteers in practical conservation such as revegetation.
Newsletter regularity: bimonthly ‘Conservation Break’
Daintree Cassowary Care Group
Contact: Allen Sheather The group aims to increase the local profile of the cassowary through monitoring, public awareness and encouraging the government to adopt cassowary management strategies. Members are actively involved in rehabilitating degraded land and the group encourages landowners to plant native species through community education projects such as the annual Daintree Cassowary Care Week
Fax: (07) 4098-9171
Address: PO Box 871, Mossman 4873
Meetings: first Tuesday of each month
Daintree Rainforest Foundation Ltd
Contact: Chris Bennett The aim of the Foundation is to encourage sustainable management of the Daintree rainforest.
Phone: (07) 4098-9222
Mobile: 0416 076 081
Address: Post Office Box 871 Mossman QLD 4873
Daintree Rainforest Environment Centre
Tel: 4098 9171
Fax: 4098 9171
Web address: www.daintree-rec.com.au
Address: Tulip Oak Road, Cow Bay
Postal Address: 62 James Cook Drive, Kewarra Beach, Qld 4879
Main contact person: Ron Birkett
Brief description: 76ft high rainforest viewing tower, boardwalk and education display centre and cinema.
Environmental Defenders Office of North Queensland (EDONQ)
This community legal centre promotes environmental protections and conservation. Staff provide a legal service and representation in public interest environmental law matters and strategic test cases, prepare submissions on environmental law and policy reform proposals and contribute to community education on environmental law issues.
Phone: (07) 4031-4766
Fax: (07) 4041-4535
Meetings: Executive meets first Tuesday of each month
FNQ Wildlife Rescue Association, Inc.
Contact: P. O. Box 7546, Cairns, FNQ 4870 Wildlife Rescue cares for and rehabilitates for release injured native animals including birds, bats, macropods and reptiles. Injured animals can be dropped into the Rescue Centre during business hours or phone to arrange rescue or learn where after hours drop-offs can be made. The group also provides information and conducts training programs for new volunteers who would like to learn caring skills. Volunteers can involve themselves in a variety of activities – not just caring for injured wildlife – by working in the rescue centre, doing fundraising and publicity, school talks and manning displays at shopping centres and events, or by just being a financial supporter.
Rescue Centre: Unit 4/114 Hoare St.
Phone: (07) 4053-4467 (24 hours)
Contact: Cathy Retter or Margaret Zehntner
Kuranda EnviroCare is the amalgamation of Kuranda’s Environment Association and Landcare Group. It has a membership of over 200.
Current issues include town planning, environmental education, wildlife corridor rehabilitation, wildlife management (especially cassowaries), and domestic animal and feral pig control.
Phone: 07 4093 9926 or 07 4093 8393
PO Box 494, Kuranda 4881
Meetings: first Wednesday of every month
North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC)
NQCC operates an education program provides its members with a regular newsletter and campaigns on environmental issues.
Phone: (07) 4771-6226
Fax: (07) 4721-1713
Address: PO Box 364, Townsville 4810
Meetings: Executive meets twice monthly general meetings held six times a year
Tablelands Frog Club Inc.
Contact: Beryl Davidson These enthusiastic frog fanciers promote conservation and public awareness by producing an informative newsletter, holding a yearly Frog Festival, arranging specialist talks at meetings and promoting the building of frog ponds and frog friendly gardens.
Phone: (07) 4096-6556
Address: Mailbag 71, Yungaburra 4872
Meetings: every second month
Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group
Contact: John Winter or Tanya Murphy The group was formed in 1997 in response to the heightened awareness of the destruction of tree kangaroo habitat and the apparent lack of knowledge about Australia’s largest arboreal mammal. The group is also interested in other FNQ mammals under pressure including the Yellow-bellied Glider, Tropical Bettong, Spotted-tail Quoll and Musky Rat-kangaroo and the impact of introduced animals. The group is currently working on three Natural Heritage Trust funded projects concerning tree-kangaroos and rainforest remnants, Yellow-bellied Gliders and their wet sclerophyll habitat, and Spotted-tailed Quolls.
Phone: (07) 4097-6503 (John – wk/hm)
(07) 4097-6503 (John – wk/hm)
Address: PO Box 1409, Atherton Qld 4883
Meetings: first Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, Malanda Hotel Visitors welcome.
Coordinator – Lisa O’Mara
Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Inc. (TREAT)
Contact: John Hall (secretary) TREAT is a community-based tree planting group, currently with in excess of 500 family members, originally established in 1982. TREAT produces a quarterly newsletter for members, manages several projects supported by grants from several sources including the Natural Heritage Trust, works with government agencies, schools and landowners and holds monthly field days and regular tree planting sessions.
Phone: (07) 4095-8706
Address: PO Box 1119, Atherton 4883
Meetings: working bee every Friday from 8 am to noon at the t Centre for Tropical Restoration at Lake Eacham
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (FNQ branch)
Contact: Peter Smith Formed originally in 1972, this branch was the first FNQ wildlife group established in the Cairns area. The group expects its early focus to be on habitat preservation, crocodiles, flying-fox counts, cassowaries and other endangered species, marine species and other issues on the Atherton Tablelands and coastal areas from Cairns northwards. New volunteers and members are welcomed.
Phone: 0428 761 286
Address: 18 Mahogony Street Ingham QLD 4850
Meetings: third Thursday of each month
Tel: 4031 7794
Fax: 4031 7794
Web address: www.reefteach.com.au
Address: Shop 9, Boland Centre, 14 Spence St, Cairns
Postal address: 300 Draper St, Cairns, Qld 4870
Main contact person: Paddy Colwell
Brief description: Multimedia presentation which teaches people about the Great Barrier Reef – how the reef was formed, how the reef ecosystems function, identifying types of coral, fish and other reef organisms, how to interact with the reef safely, as well as threats to the reef such as siltation and global warming. The presentation is given by a qualified marine biologist. Participants are provided with information to take home. Sessions are 6.15pm-8.30pm Mon-Sat
Wilderness Society, Cairns
Tel: 4041 6666
Fax: 4041 6677
Web address: www.wilderness.org.au
Address: Upstairs, 125 Abbott Street , Cairns, QLD 4870
Main contact person: Kerryn O’Conner
Brief description: The Cairns office is focused on Cape York and the Gulf campaigns, volunteers