Mission Beach Cassowary Coast Community Projects
There are several projects currently being undertaken in the Mission Beach Cassowary Coast region. Mission Wellness is a group of interested individuals, business owners and wellness practitioners within the Mission Beach area whose common purpose is to promote Mission Beach as a wellness destination and promote the concept of wellness to the community. The Liveable Cassowary Coast Whole of Community Plan 2020 was created in partnership with Queensland Health’s Healthier Great Green Way. It includes the Council’s response to the aspirations of the people in the Cassowary Coast region, and reflects the community’s needs and priorities. The Mission Aquatic Centre project is working towards the funding for a pool in Mission Beach. An upgrade of the historic Cutten Brothers Walking Track, which runs along the shoreline from Clump Point Jetty to Eco-Village turn-off, has taken place at Mission Beach. The Track’s name honours the earliest pioneers of Mission Beach.
There are several projects currently being undertaken in the Mission Beach Cassowary Coast region.
Turning the Tide
The Cassowary Coast and surrounding regions have suffered the effects of 2 major cyclones within 6 years, severely impacting the local communities and particularly the tourism industry. Mission Beach Tourism is re-developing the tourism product through the Turning of the Tide project, utilising the Wet Tropics Visitor Centre as a regional hub to showcase the location’s significance as the birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the role of tropical foods in communities in the Far North Queensland. A significant part of the project is to research and create a comprehensive repository for local historical documents, images, and stories which are fundamental in sustaining the region’s strong conservation, cultural and economic values.
Mission Wellness is a group of interested individuals, business owners and wellness practitioners within the Mission Beach area. Their common purpose is to promote Mission Beach as a wellness destination and promote the concept of wellness to the community.
Mission Wellness objectives:
- Develop a shared definition of community wellness.
- Raise awareness of community and individual wellness in the Mission Beach area.
- Increase community and individual wellness in the Mission Beach area.
- Create and maintain a Mission Beach Wellness Directory.
- Create/increase the training and employment opportunities in the wellness industry in Mission Beach
This project is being proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building Rural Communities Fund through Blueprint for the Bush.
Liveable Cassowary Coast Project
The Livable Cassowary Coast Whole of Community Plan 2020 was created in partnership with Queensland Health’s Healthier Great Green Way. The first draft of the 10-year plan was officially launched in October 2010 after extensive community consultation.
The plan has received state-wide recognition and was a major factor in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council winning the Premier’s $750,000 Healthy Queensland Award.
It includes Council’s response to the aspirations of the people in the Cassowary Coast region, and it reflects the community’s needs and priorities.
What’s in the Plan?
The community plan identifies and sets out short, medium, and long-term objectives and strategies.
Major community priorities have been grouped under four key focus areas for action:
- Strong Economic Development
- Green and Sustainable Environment
- Social and Cultural Wellbeing
- Community Leadership
For further information about the Liveable Cassowary Coast Whole of Community Plan, please contact Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Community Planner, on 07 4030 2251.
Mission Beach Aquatic Centre – A Rainforest Billabong
Mission Beach is a fabulous destination. Visitors peak in our wonderful ‘winter’ (June to August) yet many today want to experience the real ‘wet tropics’ in our monsoon months but they cannot swim in the sea then.
There are many fine resort pools here but one third of visitors say they would stay longer and come more often in the monsoon season if only we had a modern aquatic centre that fitted the area.
The project is near ready: building has commenced and we hope to make use of the new swimming facility mid 2018.
Tourists and residents alike have something unique in mind: a ‘Rainforest Billabong’ that looks and feels very natural. There are many beachside lagoons in Queensland but no town has an aquatic centre that has the ambience of a forest ‘billabong’ as we sometimes call them in Australia.
Our billabong will not look quite that sensational as it needs buildings, a small lap pool and a hydrotherapy pool. However, the aim is to create something unique and akin to this for the lagoon component of our aquatic centre.
Cutten Walking Track Upgrade
Upgrade of the historic Cutten Walking Track, which runs along the shoreline from Clump Point Jetty to Eco-Village turn-off, continues at Mission Beach. The Track’s name honours the earliest pioneers of the Mission Beach area, and this key visitor and recreation location has, since Yasi, had dangerous overhead vegetation removed and the track surface re-established. Trailer loads of rubbish were removed by Australia Better Earth volunteers and The Green Army cleared and filled eroded areas of the track, while local Rotary members also contributed significant volunteer hours and organisation funds to the project.
Now, interpretative signage is to be placed along the Track to highlight the area’s history and its substantial environmental values and geology, for those wishing an up-close and leisurely stroll through one of the rarest geological, and flora and fauna areas of the world.
The 1.6 km Cutten Walking Track was initially constructed by Rotary as a Bi-Centennial project in 1988, and present members are working with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in the development and installation of the signs. Mission Beach Community Bank? Branch obtained $10,000 from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation™ to assist Rotary with the reinstatement of the track, with the total project expected to cost $30,000.
Seven signs positioned along the relaxed walk will tell the impressive story of the Cutten family and their progress from 1884; the traditional owners, the Djiru; the offshore Barnard Islands; the beauty of Clump Mountain and its own walking track; Rotary’s involvement since 1988; the plants; the birds, the bay’s aquatic dwellers; the volcanic activity resulting in the rare basalt rock formations; the rare plants that resulted; and the Johnstone Camp.
Local historian, Peter Kellett’s (dec) account of the Walk’s importance as an early pathway for travellers and produce, confirms the importance of the area in its development and recreational uses. Explanation of the area’s uniqueness adds much to the appreciation of the natural beauty that is inter-mingled between the rainforest, mangrove and grasslands of Clump Point.
It is hoped this project will be completed mid-year when internet QR codes on the signs will lead visitors to further detailed information.
Mission Beach Rotary – Ru Carslake (07) 4068 7781