Land Purchase to Save the Daintree Rainforest

PURCHASE OF LOT 197 QUANDONG ROAD IN THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Action: Purchase Lot 197 Quandong Road (197 RP738167)

Area: 1.015 hectares

Location: Cow Bay, Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland. 

Vegetation type: Regional Ecosystem 7.11.44 “Eucalyptus tereticornis open forest to woodland on coastal metamorphic foothills”. 

Endangered Ecological Community: Lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community is listed in the Endangered Category under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), Gray’s Walnut (Endiandra grayi), Noahs Walnut (Endiandra microneura), Daintree Gardenia (Randia audasii)

Fundraising update for the 24th of June 2022. 

Target to purchase and protect this property: $150,000.  

Amount raised: $85,241

Remaining target: $64,759

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Lot 197 Quandong Road at Cow Bay

Lot 197 Quandong Road at Cow Bay is a freehold property in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that provides habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary and three plants listed as Threatened species. It can be developed for housing just as nearby properties have been in the past. We must act now to purchase and protect this property and save the important habitat from the threat of development.

In the recent past rainforest on nearby properties in Forest Creek have been cleared for rural residential development. That’s why, with your help, we will buy Lot 6 Thornton Peak Drive and protect it forever.

We need to raise $150,000 to purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Lot 197 Thornton Peak Drive at Forest Creek

The vegetation survey of Lot 197 Quandong Road, Cow Bay was undertaken on the 27th of July 2019 by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch. We were not able to purchase the property at that time however it came back on the market and we now have the property under contract. This guarantees we can purchase the property as long as we can raise the funds.  

The most important habitat feature on lot 197 is the presence of very tall (35m high) Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) as they possess large hollow-bearing limbs which are important habitats for Gliders, Possums, Snakes, Birds, and other tree-dwelling animals.

One likely inhabitant of these hollows is the Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata). This shy, solitary animal, ventures out at night to munch on flowers, fruits, beetle larvae, and pollen. During the day, it rests on a bed of leaves inside a tree hollow or sometimes in a clump of ferns. 

Striped Possum in the Daintree Rainforest - Photo by David White

Lot 197 Quandong road is entirely vegetated. 170 plant species of native plants were identified during the survey of the 1-hectare property. Three are listed on the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Lot 197 has a high diversity of native Laurel species (Lauraceae) with 13 species identified, also the Mahogany family (Meliaceae) is well represented with 7 species of Dysoxylum, plus 8 species of Palms (Arecaeae) and 11 species of Myrtles (Myrtaceae). These species produce fruits for the endangered Southern Cassowary. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Fan Palms on Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Rainforest

Lot 197 Quandong Road is located at Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Buying land in this location helps us to reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision and prevents another house from being built in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Lot 197 Quandong Road is a freehold property and subject to approval by Douglas Shire Council it can be developed for housing just as nearby properties have been in the past. We must act now to purchase and protect this property and save this important rainforest from the threat of development. 

Lot 197 Quandong Road provides habitat for the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) which is listed as Endangered in the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. This property shares a boundary with the Daintree National Park / World Heritage Area. Evidence of the Southern Cassowary using the property was confirmed by dung. Cassowaries are regularly sighted in the adjoining Daintree National Park and on nearby properties.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Cassowary in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

We have purchased two nearby properties, Lot 125 (2020) and Lot 176 Quandong Road (2021). Adding lot 197 will increase the area of protected land in Cow Bay. These three properties provide essential habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary.  

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

 

Lot 197 Quandong Road at Cow Bay

We are now prioritising the purchase of Lot 197 Quandong Road as we have exchanged a contract of sale for the property and must now raise the funds to purchase and protect it.  Please join me and make a tax-deductible donation today

If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest please see our answers to frequently asked questions or email me at [email protected]. You can also call me during business hours at 0437 423 119.

Kelvin Davies

Founder, Rainforest 4 Foundation

BACKGROUND 

In 1982 the Queensland government approved a 1,136-lot rural residential subdivision in the Daintree. This resulted in two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest being excluded from protection in the Daintree National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that was declared in 1988. Lot 197 Quandong Road is one of these properties.

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth and provides a refuge for wildlife and ancient flowering plants. It holds exceptionally high biodiversity and conservation value and is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. With almost 200 undeveloped properties remaining in private ownership, the future of the Daintree is yet to be determined. Will it be increased development and urbanisation, or will it be the winding back of the disastrous subdivision to save the Daintree. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Endangered Ecological Community

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest itself has now been identified as part of an Endangered Ecological Community. In November 2021 the Australian Government listed the lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community, in the Endangered Category under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The listing is effective as of Friday 26 November 2021 and includes the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, from near Ingham (just south of the Cardwell Range) in the south to north around Cape Tribulation. While now listed as Endangered the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is still not fully protected. The freehold properties in the Daintree lowland remain at risk from rural residential development.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

STRONGER TOGETHER

The project to purchase and protect land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a partnership involving the Rainforest 4 Foundation, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, and fellow non-profit HalfCut. We recognise that we are Stronger Together and raise funds for the buyback of properties in the Daintree Rainforest and their management for conservation.  

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  • Tractors Pk
    commented 2022-06-13 16:53:39 +1000
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  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in Projects 2022-06-01 11:04:47 +1000