Land purchase to Save the Daintree

PURCHASE OF LOT 18 DALEY CLOSE, KIMBERLEY IN THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Action: Purchase and protection of Lot 18 Daley Close (Lot 18 RP 740684)

Area: 0.9588 hectares

Location: Kimberley, Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland

Vegetation type: Lowland Tropical Rainforest

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary

Here is a fundraising update for the 24thd of September 2021.

Target to purchase and protect this property: $143,820

Amount raised: $6,965

Remaining target: $136,855

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Saving Daintree’s Lot 18 from development.

On learning that Lot 18 Daley Close at Kimberley was for sale, we acted quickly and started negotiations to purchase this property and protect it from development. One week later we had a contract of sale and had paid a deposit. Now we must raise the funds to purchase this important rainforest property as the settlement on the purchase is scheduled for the 15th of November.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Lot 18 Daley Close at Kimberly shares a boundary with the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area. Undeveloped freehold properties in the Daintree should not be left in the ownership of people who would destroy the rainforest. Development for housing fragments the rainforest and has negative on impacts the surrounding rainforest.

The rainforest on this freehold property is of equal value to the adjoining Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area and must be protected

Lot 18 Daley Close at Kimberly in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a freehold property in private ownership and can be developed for housing subject to approval from the Douglas Shire Council.

The development of other properties at Kimberley has caused significant damage. Clearing of vegetation and the creation of roads to the top of the ridges obtain views causes enormous damage.  

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

View from Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Rainforest

The vegetation on Lot 18 Daley Close is intact with no evidence of past clearing This property provides habitat suitable for the endangered Southern Cassowary and the rare Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo has been seen nearby. See the photos of the rainforest on Lot 18 Daley Close here

Fifteen years ago, the Douglas Shire Council created a new town plan that included measures to conserve the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, however, they excluded the subdivision at Kimberley and the freehold properties at this location remain at risk of being developed for housing.

Please, help us to remove the threat of development hanging over Lot 18 Daley Close. We’ve acted quickly to pay a deposit on Lot 18 and now we need your help.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Rainforest on Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

Due to COVID-19 development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is escalating. The tropical rainforest is being cleared for housing development. In response, we have purchased sixteen properties for conservation in the last two years. 

A subdivision was carved into the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in 1982. This created Lot 18 Daley Road and dozens of rural residential lots in Kimberley. The houses that have been built here fragment the rainforest and occupation brings domestic dogs and exotic plants. This has damaged one of the most significant areas 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.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Clearing in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest 

We have exchanged a contract to buy this property so the land can be protected in the Daintree National Park estate. However, we only have until the 15th of November so I absolutely must raise the funds by that date. We have purchased sixteen Daintree Rainforest properties in the past two years, we cannot stop now. If we don't keep up the pace, many more properties will be lost to development. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

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.

If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of Lot 18 Daley Close, please email me at [email protected] or call Kelvin Davies during business hours at 0437 423 119.

THANK YOU TO HALFCUT

This project to purchase and protect land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a partnership involving the Rainforest 4 Foundation, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporationand fellow non-profit HalfCut.

Thanks to HalfCut and their wonderful supporters. The fundraising success of HalfCut 2021 has enabled us to purchase multiple properties and to pay a deposit on Lot 18 Daley Road at Kimberley in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Jimmy HalfCut 

Background information on 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 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 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.

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.

Solution

We have identified this property at Lot 110 Palm Road, Diwan as a priority acquisition. We are working to purchase and transfer ownership of land to the Daintree National Park. 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.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 18 Daley Close in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.