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The Rotary Club of Mission Beach officially opened the newly signed and restored Cutten Walking Track at Clump Point lon Tuesday August 26th, 2014
Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon cut the ribbon at the head of the trail, assisted by Rotary District 9550 Governor Moorthy Karuna.
The Rotary Club of Mission Beach headed a community collaboration to repair the track, following damage caused by Cyclone Yasi.
With assistance from Mission Beach Community Bank and non-financial support from Mission Beach Business and Tourism, the track was fitted with new signage detailing the history and ecology of the Mission Beach area.
Much of the information in the signs was provided by local historian Peter Kellett, whose extensive research into the subject will culminate in a book to be released later this year.
The signs tell of the Cutten family’s work in establishing a farm at Bingil Bay and depict the area as it has appeared over the years since European settlement.
Previously known as the Cutten Brothers Track, the Rotary Club felt it was important to acknowledge the work of the entire Cutten family in their pioneering contribution to the Mission Beach area and will now refer to the trail as the Cutten Walking Track.
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council helped to clear parts of the track where vegetation had collapsed and installed new seats along the walk, which runs through rare coastal rainforest from Clump Point to the Perry Harvey Jetty at Narragon Beach.
Rotary Club President Tom Brown acknowledged former Club President Chris May for his efforts in orchestrating the improvement of the trail.
Mr May said he was pleased several community groups were able to work together on the project.
“After Yasi there was a deal of damage done to the track and we could see that things needed to be done to restore it, and we saw this as an opportunity to make the experience better and more informative for everyone,” Mr May said.
Story courtesy of The Tully Times and written by Charlie Peel.