Environmental Law Australia

Cassowary case

The Cassowary Case provides a case study of an appeal in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (Qld).

The appeal was made by a conservation group, the Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation Inc (C4). It involves a proposed rural residential subdivision at Mission Beach in North Queensland.

The appeal was heard in April 2006 by White DCJ in Cairns. Judge White DCJ dismissed the appeal and allowed the proposed development to proceed with passing reference to environmental impacts. Conditions on the approval include a fence to exclude cassowaries from the houses.

Key documents