A local rum maker tries to save the rarest cockatoo

A Woombye rum maker hopes to make a difference by protecting one of Australia’s rarest cockatoos, the Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Diablo Co, which produces the award-winning Black Cockatoo Coconut Rum, has partnered with the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation to raise funds to support research and action on the ground.

They want to better understand glossia behavior and find critical habitat in the Noosa region.

Earlier this year, a known main feeding area was cleared to make way for a retirement home.

Diablo Co chief executive Charlene Dellaway said the company would donate $1 from every sale of rum to preserve the smallest and rarest black cockatoo, listed as vulnerable in Queensland.

“An image of the black cockatoo designed by local artist Tim Gramms adorns the label of our locally produced rum,” she said.

“We have not set a closing date for this campaign because we want people to know that every time they buy our rum they will be supporting this great cause.

“An important part of the campaign is building birdhouses in UNESCO’s Noosa Biosphere Reserve. Each birdhouse costs $500, so we want to raise as much money as possible to protect this amazing bird.

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Charlene Dellaway and Ian Dellaway (Diablo Co), Sharon Wright and Rowan Rafferty (Noosa Biosphere Foundation), and Marina Stal (Diablo Co) team up to save the shinies.

Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation Chairman Rowan Rafferty said the organization was working on a range of solutions to protect the bright people of Noosa Shire.

Data and science will inform the decisions and policies that will ultimately determine the future of our Glossies and this is where we are working to make a difference.

“We have also developed a Glossy Black Cockatoo Resilience Action Plan with stakeholders to inform future management plans and habitat conservation and there is a campaign page on our website to accept donations to continue this conservation effort.

“As a charitable non-profit organization, we rely on the support of the local community, including companies like Diablo Co, so that we can continue to support activities that align with the global goals of the Program on Man and the Biosphere of UNESCO,” said Rowan.

Diablo Co’s Black Cockatoo Coconut Rum can be purchased at a wide range of bottle shops across the region or online at www.diabloco.com.au