ImageMission Beach Rotary has spent many hours of hard labour to accomplish the re-opening of the Cutten Brothers Walking Track.

The track sustained a great deal of damage during Cyclone Yasi and many trailer loads of debris had to be cleared during many working bees. The re-opened track will shortly feature new seating and signage explaining the history of the track and a new picnic area has been established.
The total project is costing $30,000 and could not have been achieved without the fabulous financial support Mission Beach Rotary received from the Mission Beach Community Bank who obtained a $10,000 donation from the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation. Mission Beach Rotary is proud to be involved in this on-going project as it an asset to the community and tourists alike and keeps the history and stories of the track alive.

This is the media release of the events:

Rare Mission Beach area sign-posted

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 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.