In March 2017, Deborah Schiel Zaini started a group on Facebook looking for like-minded parents and teachers. Parents and teachers in Innisfail who wanted alternatives to the State and Catholic/Christian schools available in the area.
The Innisfail Forest School Incorporated association was created in May 2017 (IA56913) and was registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 30 658 029 240.
Julie Abbott, Mel Bowman-Finn, Elizabeth Cockroft and Despina Parakas joined our group soon after and helped to prepare our application to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board (NSSAB). In June 2017 Mel Bowman-Finn helped to secure a site for our school at Dundee Park, Mission Beach.
Our incorporated association was renamed ‘Cassowary Coast Community Campus Inc‘ in July 2017.
Beck Altaffer, Dianne Cole, as well as Melissa Thomson from Gooragan Steiner and Allan and Jenene from ISQ assisted us along the way and in March 2018 the NSSAB granted accreditation to The Rainforest School (formerly Cassowary Coast Community Campus) for primary education on the school site located at Dundee Park, Mission Beach. In January 2019 The Rainforest School officially opened its doors.
The Cassowary Coast Region stretches from Innisfail in the north to Cardwell in the south. It includes the townships of Tully and Mission Beach. The estimated resident population is 30,000.