Gurrbum Reserve

Smith's Gap

Gurrbum Reserve Background

Gurrbum Reserve is located within the heart of Smith’s Gap, a major cassowary corridor in the Wet Tropics. Nestled in between Japoon National Park and Walter Hill Conservation Park, Gurrbum a missing link in reconnecting cassowary habitat.
QTFN, partners, traditional owners and the community celebrated the naming of Gurrbum Reserve and works to revegetate 6ha of cassowary habitat are in full force.

Gurrbum is on country shared by Gulnay and Djiru Traditional Owners. The name ‘Gurrbum’ is the indigenous word for Emerald Dove for both traditional owner groups (Chalcophaps indica), a culturally significant species to both the Gulnay and Djiru people.

Revegetation Strory

The story of Gurrbum Reserve is one of community and their commitment to restoring cassowary habitat.

The local Mission Beach, Tully and surrounding communities, with the support of our partners, have come together to restore the property, planting over 6420 trees to date and many more still to go in the ground. With the help of C4, Terrain, Brettacorp, Greenfleet and a grant from the Department of Environment and Science, the revegetation is able to be funded.

Once revegetated, Gurrbum will provide a crucial vegetation link between the surrounding National Parks and World Heritage Areas. It will then be protected under a Nature Refuge agreement and sold on the private market, as part of QTFN’s revolving fund.

Read how “Elvis the Cassowary lost all of his young post Covid-19” Article

Read the fears for “FNQ Wildlife as traffic returns to roads” Article

Check out this Documentary

Gurrbum was purchased by QTFN in 2019 in partnership with C4 Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation with the joint vision of securing habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii). With as few as 1500 estimated to remain in the wild, the World Heritage Wet Tropics is a stronghold for their conservation.

Watch the documentary, to see for yourself, the passion, commitment and strategy behind restoring Gurrbum to provide habitat for the cassowary and other endangered species for years to come.

Cassowary Connection Bridge

The Bruce Highway runs along the east of Gurrbum, preventing the movement of cassowaries and other wildlife to the Japoon National Park across the highway.

The dedicated Cassowary Recovery Team have been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to establish a vegetated land bridge across the Bruce Highway in Smith’s Gap. Works are set to begin July 2020.

Unfortunately, road accidents are a major threat to the endangered cassowary population. However, a vegetated land bridge will provide safe passage for the cassowary and other wildlife across the busy highway and reconnect habitat.

Read the “No Worries for Cassowaries” Article


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