Sir David Attenborough speaks more rarely these days, but when he does, we listen.
World-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
On Wednesday, he spoke of the urgent need to leave space for our natural environments.
“The huge problem is the way we have gobbled up space as though it belongs to us and nobody else,” said Attenborough.
“We need to persuade people that it’s quite a selfish thing to do.”
A global problem with a local solution
By buying back freehold land at risk of development in the Daintree - an area Attenborough himself once described as "the most extraordinary place on Earth", you can show your commitment to the preservation of our irreplaceable rainforest.
Please, donate now and help purchase Lot 204 Cedar Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help purchase and protect essential Cassowary habitat. Please donate now.
Lot 204 in the Daintree Rainforest.
Rainforests across the world continue to be deforested at a staggering pace. According to the World Resources Institute, tropical primary forest loss in 2022 totalled 4.1 million hectares, the equivalent of losing 11 football fields of forest per minute. In Australia we have an obligation to see that we don't contribute to those statistics in any way.
In the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the issue isn't clearing for agriculture or logging for timber. The problem is the ongoing process of clearing and fragmentation caused by rural residential development.
Many people believe the Daintree is fully protected, but that's not the case. In 1982, a developer created 1,136 freehold properties that were excluded from the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area when it was declared in 1988. Over time, these properties are being developed for housing. This development degrades the iconic Daintree Rainforest and damages the habitat of threatened species of plants and animals.
The Daintree is home to the endangered southern cassowary.
About Lot 204 Cedar Road
Set on close to a hectare of land at Cow Bay, the rainforest at Lot 204 Cedar Road provides habitat for unique and threatened rainforest species including the endangered southern cassowary, with several native fruit-bearing plants favoured by cassowaries found on the property.
The vegetation on Lot 204 is classed as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e, which is listed as ‘Of Concern’ under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999.
Parts of Lot 204 also require restoration work, as one of the previous owners created a clearing and set up a bush camp. Once we have purchased this land, the bush camp will be removed and the site revegetated.
The unapproved bush camp on Lot 204 will be removed
To purchase, protect and restore the property we need to raise a total of $199,900. So far, we've raised $24,880, which leaves us with a remaining target of $175,020.
This includes the cost of the land, restoring the vegetation, and removal of a driveway, a structure built for camping, and a garden shed.
Following this, our aim for Lot 204 Cedar Road is to ensure its inclusion in the Daintree National Park and that it is returned to the care of its Traditional Owners, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people who own and manage the national park.
Through Save the Daintree, we are working to enact the Uluru Statement from the Heart's call for Indigenous Australians to be able to take their rightful place in their own Traditional Lands.
Will you help us save Lot 204 Cedar Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest?