PURCHASE OF LOT 197 QUANDONG ROAD IN THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST
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)
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.
The vegetation survey of Lot 197 Quandong Road, Cow Bay was undertaken on the 27th of July 2019 by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch. 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.
Fan Palms on Lot 197 Quandong Road in the Daintree Rainforest
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.
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.
Cassowary in the Daintree Lowland 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 1980s 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 could have been developed for housing just as nearby properties have been in the past.
We have purchased two nearby properties, Lot 125 (2020) and Lot 176 Quandong Road (2021). Adding lot 197 increases the area of protected land in Cow Bay.
Lot 197 Quandong Road at Cow Bay
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.