mission possible: saving cassowaries

11-feb-2011DSC08402-200x300When Category Five Cyclone Yasi crossed the North Queensland coast at Mission Beach in February last year, the impact was devastating. “This was a nightmare scenario for the already struggling Cassowary population,” reflects Rainforest Rescue CEO Kelvin Davies. “Last reports are that 25 Cassowaries have died since the cyclone; 13 from car strikes..”

Efforts to restore and expand rainforest habitat have kicked off at ‘Cottonwood’; a rural Mission Beach property with 1,400 trees planted and a further 2,550 trees to be established through facilitated natural regeneration.

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Meet Our ‘Koala Woman’

Interesting Stories from SaveTheKoala.Com:

Deborah will be signing copies of Wildlife Heroes on Thursday 13th September at the Save the Koala Retail Shop, located in Anzac Square on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Street, Brisbane. Why not drop in for a rare opportunity to meet the ‘Koala Woman’ and learn more about what you can do to help ensure a future for our tree-dwelling national icon.

Wildlife heroes
 As quoted by Deborah in Wildlife Heroes “If you cannot save the koala, who does not destroy crops, does not destroy livestock, does not attack – just sits beautifully in a gum tree – then it will be impossible to save any of our nature”.


Save the Koala gift shop or your local Newsagent. See you at the book signing!


Hunter Vally wine awards toast legends

Amy Looker from The Shout:

Almost 200 guests gathered at Cypress Lakes Resort to celebrate the people behind Australia’s oldest wine region, with the awards spanning seven categories, including the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Living Legend and the newly introduced Hunter Valley Wine Industry Award for Excellence, which will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances.


Read her full story here…



Small nursery, big results

RainForestRescue.org.au: Reichl and Edie Beitzel oversee our activities in the Daintree…


“We have 10 volunteers on the books doing various tasks, and about four come along regularly each week. They come for an enjoyable afternoon. They like to see the progress, from the seed stage, through to when they are planted in the ground.

On a typical day, I prepare the volunteers essential afternoon tea, move stock out to make space for new propagations, update the database, it’s pretty varied and planting.

A dedicated team of volunteers, read their story…


Kirrihill’s Stephens returns to Mildura

A Post by James Atkinson from The Shout:

cappa-120Former Kirrihill winemaker Donna Stephens has left the Clare Valley for her hometown of Mildura, where she’s taken on the role of head winemaker for Cappa Stone Wines.  

Since joining Cappa Stone, Stephens has overseen the construction of a new winery complete with old basket presses and open fermenters, as well as completing vintage 2013.

The Cappa Stone range includes Moscato made from white frontignac in Mildura; Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay; Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Clare Valley Shiraz (pictured).

Read his full article at theshout.com.au

Campari appoints new Asia Pacific boss

News from the Shout: Gruppo Campari has announced the appointment of Franco Peroni as managing director

Outgoing managing director Enzo Casati has held a number of positions over the past 19 years with Gruppo Campari including managing director of the company’s international business unit prior to his recent position as managing director, Asia Pacific. 

Full story here…

No-Fail Job Ads: How to Get the Phone Ringing with Good Applicants

According to Our Friends at  Profitable Hospitality:

1618c“Most job ads don’t get the desired response, and leave managers feeling frustrated”

When you’re recruiting, it’s essential to have a ‘marketing mindset’: create an attractive employment offer and sell it. ‘Job packages’ aren’t just for highly paid executives – it’s anything you put together that’s more than just the money.

Read more from profitablehospitality.com

AKF Releases New Research – Trees that will save the Koala


Research has shown that Koalas change their preferences seasonally throughout the year. It is therefore important that Koalas have a range of tree species to choose from that reflect seasonal changes and prevent them from having to travel to find species elsewhere and exposing them to other dangers (such as roads, dogs etc). With climate change continuing to be a threat to the survival of the koala, non-endemic species from slightly warmer climates could also be considered as a longer-term option for planting.

It is crucial to plant trees in suitable soils with the right amount of drainage. If a tree is growing in a less than ideal location it will suffer moisture and nutrient stress, and produce chemicals (terpenes, phenols) that discourage koalas from eating them. For example, koalas favour E. tereticornis when it grows on flats with heavier alluvial soils and good moisture availability, but won’t enjoy it in on slopes where nutrients aren’t as readily available.

A list of primary species identified in the AKF’s list are found in this page…


Great Grandchild returns to Koala Beach

Refreshing memories from Save The Koala News

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Koala Beach Estate, just north of Pottsville was developed as a Koala-friendly community, where the people make conscious compromises to their lifestyle so that they can co-exist with wild Koalas. Measures such as no dogs, keeping all the Koalas’ food trees and home range trees, educating the residents to understand and respect the Koala needs, and restricting vehicle speeds were put in place to reserve the Koala numbers in that specific area.

The Koala Beach Estate should be seen as a role model for all communities…