Action: Purchase and protection of Lot 505 Cedar Road (Lot 505 RP 738173)
Area: 1.00 hectare
Location: Cow Bay, Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland
Vegetation type: Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e listed as “Of Concern” under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.
Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary
Fundraising update on the 24th of July 2021.
Fundraising target to purchase and protect this property: $120,000
Amount raised: $41,750
Remaining target: $78,250
Kelvin Davies at Lot 505 Cedar Road, Cow Bay
The rainforest on privately owned freehold properties at Cow Bay is at a very high risk of clearing for rural residential development.
That’s why, with your help, we will buy Lot 505 Cedar Road and protect it forever.
Lot 505 Cedar Road is a freehold property of 1.00 hectare 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 505 Cedar Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest
Before we make a commitment to purchase a Daintree Rainforest property, we thoroughly assess its value to conservation.
A vegetation survey was undertaken of Lot 505 Cedar Road, Cow Bay on the 18th June 2021 by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch. The vegetation on Lot 505 Cedar Road is remnant and all sections of Lot 505 have vegetation that has never experienced clear felling since European colonisation. The survey identified 117 native plant species. Please see the results of the survey here.
A feature of the property is the local endemic Daintree Foambark tree (Jagera madida) which is prevalent throughout Lot 505. This species only occurs in the lowland rainforests between Julatten – Bloomfield. It is noticeable by the pinkish ferny new growth and often single straight stem seldom branching. Its trunk is often completely covered in lichen of various shades of grey.
Lot 505 has Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e which is listed as “Of Concern” under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. The vegetation on Lot 505 also provides habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
Lot 505 Cedar Road has many native plants that produce fruits for Cassowaries and other species of rainforest birds. 12 species of native Laurel are found on Lot 505. These trees produce fleshy fruits favoured by Cassowaries.
Cassowary and chick in the Daintree Rainforest
A subdivision was carved into the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in 1982. This created Cedar Road and hundreds of rural residential lots in Cow Bay residential area. Many houses have been built which fragments the rainforest and occupation brings domestic dogs and exotic plants. This has damaged one of the most significant area of tropical rainforests in Australia.
Together, we can ensure this development won’t go any further. All we need to do is buy this freehold property and add protect it in the Daintree National Park estate.
The current owners have given us an option to purchase this land so we can protect it in the Daintree National Park estate. now I need to raise $120,000 by the deadline of 16th of August. If the funds are not raised by that date the option will lapse and may be sold to someone intent on developing the property for housing.
Land clearing for housing development in the Daintree Rainforest in June 2021
A Daintree Rainforest property was cleared for housing development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in June 2021. The property in Cow Bay is only 500 m from Lot 505 Cedar Road.
We have purchased ten Daintree Rainforest properties in the past twenty months, obviously, we cannot stop there. We are purchasing one property on average every 60 days but if we do not keep up the pace many more will be lost to development.
Large Fruited Red Mahogany (Eucalyptus pellita) on Lot 505 Cedar Road.
In 1988 the Daintree National Park was expanded and was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This should have seen the land at Lot 550 Cedar Road protected forever. However, two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the land between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation had been carved up for a rural residential subdivision in 1982 and was excluded from World Heritage listing.
Lot 505 Cedar 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. We are focusing our efforts at Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as providing an “Essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary”.
Buying and protecting Lot 505 Cedar Road at Cow Bay will be a fantastic outcome for conservation as it will prevent another house from being built in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.
With the help of thousands of people, in Australia and around the world we've raised the funds needed to purchase eleven properties since June 2019. Now we are ready to save Lot 505 from the threat of development and all that is needed is your support.
For the Daintree Rainforest,
Rainforest 4 Foundation
Phone: 0437 423 119
P.S. You can donate now online or if you want to donate with a cheque/money order or through a direct deposit please see our Ways to Donate page.
P.P.S. If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of Lot 505 Cedar Road 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.
THANK YOU TO HALFCUT
Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters for their important contribution to the purchase and protection of Lot 505 Cedar Road.
CONSERVATION OF THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST.
The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth having survived undisturbed for over 120 million years. It holds exceptionally high biodiversity and conservation value and is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia.
Rainforests once covered much of eastern Australia, however, as conditions became drier the rainforest contracted and today the Daintree provides a refuge for many unique species. The Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, Musky Rat-kangaroo, and the Southern Cassowary can be found here, as well a number of endemic plant species that have retained the same primitive characteristics of their ancestors. The flora of the Daintree contains an almost complete record of the evolution of plant life on Earth, including extremely ancient flowering plant families found nowhere else.
In the 1980’s the Queensland government approved an 1,137-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. The development that followed has resulted in fragmentation of the rainforest with the construction of roads and the building of hundreds of houses. Settlement has introduced exotic plants that have become weeds and domestic dogs and traffic that are a threat to wildlife. Because the land in question is in private ownership, the only option to resolve the issue has been the purchase and protection of additional lands to expand Daintree National Park.
Our vision for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is to buy back land to remove the threat of further development and to address the impact of past development while supporting the Traditional Owners, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in caring for country.
While we purchase land at risk of development for housing we also purchase other freehold properties without development approvals to reverse the impacts of the disastrous subdivision by closing and revegetating obsolete roads.
Since 1992 non-profit organisations have purchased seventy-five properties for conservation.
Threat to Wildlife, Climate People and Planet
Daintree Rainforest is regarded as an iconic national treasure for its unique evolutionary history and tremendous conservation value. A number of rare and endangered species are found within Daintree National Park, including the Southern Cassowary, large flightless birds that in Australia are found only in the wet tropical rainforests of Queensland. Southern Cassowaries consume over 150 different fruits and play a vital role as seed dispersers in the rainforest. Due to the destruction and fragmentation of their rainforest habitats, these large charismatic birds are classified as Vulnerable to extinction.
More than 430 other bird species have also been recorded in Daintree National Park, including rare or range-restricted species like the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and the Lesser Sooty Owl, making the Daintree a Globally Important Bird Area. Many unique marsupials, reptiles and amphibians are also found in the Daintree Rainforest including the Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, Musky Rat-kangaroo, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Boyd’s Forest Dragon.
Land Clearing in the Daintree Rainforest for housing development
A risk to the Daintree comes from development for housing and fragmentation of the rainforest, which jeopardises the integrity of the ecosystem with increased human traffic and the introduction of exotic species. Expanding settlement results in the spread of exotic plants that become weeds and stress to wildlife from human traffic and introduced dogs. Further buyback of land for conservation is required urgently as there are calls for an upgrade to Cape Tribulation Road, to build a bridge over the Daintree River and to provide a reticulated electricity supply that would all lead to further development.
The purchase of additional properties will prevent further development to these sensitive areas while protecting and restoring critical habitat for wildlife. It will also allow for winding back past development through the closing of roads and the revegetation of land as habitat for Threatened species.
We have identified this property at Lot 505 Cedar Road, Cow Bay as a priority acquisition. We are working to purchase and transfer ownership of land to the Daintree National Park estate. This will strengthen protection for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, help reverse the negative impacts of rural residential development, and offer the best path forward for ensuring the world’s most ancient rainforest continues to thrive for generations to come.
Buying land in the Daintree helps us to reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision. All donations are tax-deductible, and receipts will be issued.