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About Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Our Council

Our Council

Cassowary Coast Regional Council was formed on 15 March 2008 with the amalgamation of Cardwell and Johnstone shires.

The Cassowary Coast region has:

  • an area of 4,702 square km
  • a population that sits at about 30,000
  • a mix of town, rural and coastal communities

Council is led by a mayor and six councillors. The last election was in March 2016. 

Council's Vision

To retain our unique tropical lifestyle while valuing our exceptional natural environment and creating a balanced, sustainable economy.

Council's Mission

By building the foundations of a new regional council and providing integrity and strong leadership combined with excellence in service to our customers, we aim to become a council in which the community has confidence.

Council's Values

Council believes in strong leadership. This is achieved by:

  • Working as a team
  • Being responsible, proactive and positive
  • Valuing our integrity
  • Being accountable for our decisions
  • Valuing the people of our communities
  • Respecting others' points of view

Cassowary Coast Region

Cassowary Coast Region

The Cassowary Coast region features world-heritage rainforests, secluded beaches, tropical islands, rugged coastal ranges and fertile flood plains.

The region is equally well known as Australia's banana-growing hub, as an art deco district and as the home of both the endangered southern cassowary and the giant golden gumboot.

The Cassowary Coast covers 4701 square kilometres from Garradunga in the north to Cardwell in the south and East Palmerston in the west.Its major population centres are Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and Mission Beach.

There are two seasons on the Cassowary Coast - wet and dry.  The mean daily maximum temperature ranges from 29.6°C (85°F) to 27°C (80°F) while the average daily minimum is between 20.9°C (69°F) and 16.8°C (62°F).

The mean annual rainfall is 3,134mm (123 inches), almost all of which falls between January and mid-April.

Our high rainfall and resulting humidity mean lush tropical forests and many streams.  The area abounds in natural beauty and is home to 2 world heritage areas, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Cassowary Coast's rainforests, tropical beaches and islands and its closeness to the Great Barrier Reef make it a must-see tourist destination.

The tourism industry is ever-increasing.  Visitors can try adventure sports ranging from white-water rafting and sea-kayaking to skydiving and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

They can find their secluded beach, explore some of the rainforest walking and mountain biking trails or relax at resorts.  There are also well-established tourist attractions such as Paronella Park and the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway.

New opportunities include food trails, indigenous culture tours and art deco tourism.


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