The Far North Wilderness Bike Tour was created to support the effort of the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) CAFNEC is a not-for-profit incorporated association which acts as conservation council for the region including the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas. CAFNEC was formed in 1981 by members of local conservation groups who felt that group coordination and a higher profile for regional environment issues was needed with a single, accessible contact point.
CAFNEC’s mission is to protect the unique natural environment of Far North Queensland (FNQ!) for future generations.
CAFNEC also plays an important role within the broader environmental movement, collaborating with other environment organisations focusing on issues of state and national importance. CAFNEC is currently represented on more than 20 different government and non-government panels and committees.
CAFNEC’s key functions include…
- Campaigning for the FNQ environment – everything from grass roots activism, awareness raising and education, to lobbying decision makers at a local, State and Federal level.
- Representing environmental interests in the Far North region to other sectors of the community including tourism, agriculture and industry.
- Undertaking projects and research on matters relating to the region’s unique and World Heritage Listed natural environment.
- Maintaining an easily accessible community library and resource centre with materials relating to environmental issues.
- Aiding the establishment of, and providing support to, like-minded local organisations.
- Raising awareness and understanding of environmental issues to members and the wider community.
- Publication of ‘Ecotone’, CAFNEC’s quarterly magazine, over nearly two decades.