Land Purchase to Save the Daintree Rainforest

Project Snapshot

Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Action: Purchase of two properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and their protection in the Daintree National Park.   

Lot 85 Cape Tribulation Road at Diwan (RP 738676)

                Area: 7.99 hectares

                Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary

                Habitat: Lowland tropical rainforest classified as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10a “Mesophyll vine forest".

Lot 167 Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay (RP 737400)

               Area: 1.0022 hectares

               Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary

               Habitat: Lowland tropical rainforest classified as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20a "Open forest (or vine forest with these emergents) on alluvial fans at the base of ranges".

Fundraising update on the 10th of April 2021. 

Fundraising target to purchase and protect this property: $224,805 

Amount raised: $85,445

Remaining target: $139,360

Please make a donation now online.

Help double the conservation impact with the purchase of these two exceptional Daintree properties.

We are doubling our efforts to save the Daintree Rainforest. To make this happen we need to double the level of support to buy back land to prevent development.

Daintree Rainforest land sales have rapidly escalated due to Covid-19. We urgently need to increase our buyback of land and directly compete with those that would develop the world's oldest rainforest. As we are witnessing an increase in clearing for housing development we must act now.

We are doubling our efforts and with your help will purchase two special properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by the 2nd of May 2021.

We have identified Lot 85 Cape Tribulation Road at Diwan and Lot 167 Buchanan Creek Road at Cow Bay as the next properties to be purchased and protected.

 Lot 85 Cape Tribulation Road at Diwan in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest       

Lot 167 Buchanan Creek Road at Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.50 you donate will help save one square metre of the Daintree. If you donate $25 you will help save ten square meters of essential Cassowary habitat! A donation of $50 will help save 20 square meters and $100 will help save forty square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

In early March we negotiated with the owners of these properties to obtain suitable prices and favourable terms and conditions. Now we have the challenge to raise the $224,805 needed for their purchase and protection.

Lot 167 Cape Tribulation Road is a 1.0022 hectare property and Lot 85 Cape Tribulation Road is 7.99 hectares. As the total area of these properties is 8.9922 hectares or 89,922 sqm this represents a price of $2.50 per sqm. This is an exceptional value for your investment in nature conservation.

Buying and protecting these two properties will protect habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and other Threatened species.

An ecologist has surveyed the properties and identified a number of rare, threatened and endemic plants on these two properties. 

Lot 85 Cape Tribulation Road has a total of 237 species of rainforest plants and five species of plant species listed in the Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992). There are also four species of plants that are endemic to the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Lot 167 Buchanan Creek Road has 143 species of rainforest plants and one plant species listed in the Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992). 

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.50 you donate will help save one square metre of the Daintree. If you donate $25 you will help save ten square meters of essential Cassowary habitat! A donation of $50 will help save 20 square meters and $100 will help save forty square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

These properties provide “essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary”.

Please, make a donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 85 and Lot 167 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Each $25 raised will help purchase and protect ten sqm of the Lowland Daintree Rainforest.  

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.

In 1982 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 purchase of these properties and their protection in the Daintree National Park provides a fantastic outcome for wildlife conservation. We’ve provided answers to frequently asked questions here

Since June 2019 we've raised funds to purchase eight properties so I know we can do this and all that’s needed is your support. I began creating programs to buy land in the Daintree Rainforest for conservation in 1999 and with the support of people like yourself, 52 properties have been purchased.

We are focusing our efforts on the Daintree Lowland Rainforest as it has the highest levels of biodiversity and the highest densities of Cassowaries in Australia. 

Through our project Land Purchase to Save the Daintree, we are buying and protecting land in the Daintree National Park.

Every property we purchase for conservation in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest will help reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision.

Please, make a donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 85 and Lot 167 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Each $25 raised will help purchase and protect ten sqm of the Lowland Daintree Rainforest.  

For the Daintree Rainforest,

Kelvin Davies

Founder

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 85 and Lot 167 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest please email me at [email protected] or call me on 0437 423 119. 

Thank you to HalfCut

The nonprofit organisation HalfCut is getting behind the campaign to purchase Lot 85 and Lot 167 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters for their help. 

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.

Please make a donation now online.

In 1982 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 all undeveloped freehold land for conservation while supporting the Traditional Owners, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji 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. To continue this important work, we are working to purchase freehold land in Cow Bay that will then be incorporated into the Daintree National Park. We are focusing our efforts on Cow Bay as it has some of the highest levels of biodiversity and the highest densities of Cassowaries in Australia.

Please make a donation now online.

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.

Please make a donation now online.

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.

Please make a donation now online.

Solution

We have identified this property at Lot 85 and Lot 167 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest priority acquisitions. 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. 

Please donate now. A donation of $25 will purchase and protect ten sqm of the Daintree Rainforest. 

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  • Scott Berry
    commented 2020-06-11 11:09:16 +1000
    I’d like the future to still have rainforests, take my money!
  • Barbara Conje
    commented 2020-05-20 22:06:33 +1000
    Getting close to the asking price but we’re almost out of time to buy Lot 330.
  • Cheryl Haupt
    followed this page 2020-02-22 13:00:54 +1100
  • Beatrice Lucas
    followed this page 2020-02-02 07:07:19 +1100
  • John Wenitong
    commented 2019-11-20 07:22:27 +1100
    Let’s just hope that oil, gas or coal isn’t discovered there next! :(
  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in Projects 2019-06-15 11:58:47 +1000
  • Gregory Cromwell
    commented 2019-01-20 10:39:31 +1100
    Will you be doing Save the Daintree Gift Cards again?