Land Purchase to Save the Daintree Rainforest

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Action: Purchase and protection of Lot 110 Fan Palm Road (Lot 110 RP 738992) 

Area: 8.098 hectares 

Location: Diwan, Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland

Vegetation type: Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest classified as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.4. 

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Bennett’s Tree-Kangaroo, and seven species of plants

Fundraising update on the 21st of June 2021. 

Fundraising target to purchase and protect this property: $161,960

Amount raised: $38,073

Remaining target: $123,887

The Fan Palms in the Daintree Rainforest are exceptionally beautiful. In places where they dominate, the rainforest is stunning. I am sure you will agree, this is one of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and that they must be protected. 

That’s why, with your help, we will buy Lot 110 Palm Road and protect it forever. 

Zia with Fan Palms on Lot 110 Palm Road

It’s hard to believe the most beautiful rainforest in Australia, is not protected from the threat of development. Lot 110 Palm Road is a freehold property of 8.09 hectares 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 these beautiful Fan Palms.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

Lot 110 Palm Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

A subdivision was carved into the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in 1982. This created Palm Road and dozens of freehold properties. Then houses were built and occupied bringing domestic dogs and exotic plants. This has damaged one of the most significant remnants of Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest.

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. I have exchanged a contract of sale and now I need to raise $161,960 by the 30th of June as settlement of the purchase of this property is scheduled for July.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

Fan Palm dominated rainforest on Lot 110 Palm Road

The current owners purchased the property in 1986. We are grateful that they have given us an option to purchase this land so we can protect it in the Daintree National Park estate. They didn’t place the property on the open market, and we were able to negotiate with them to achieve an agreeable price and terms and conditions. This helped us to achieve an excellent price.

The property is 8.098 hectares or 80,900 sqm. The price of $161,960 represents a cost of just $2.00 per sqm. This is exceptional value for your investment in nature conservation.

Buying and protecting Lot 110 Palm Road at Diwan will be a fantastic outcome for conservation. We have purchased three other properties at Diwan for conservation in the last year so we know we can do it, all we need is your help.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

In 1988 the Daintree National Park was expanded and was included in the Wet Tropics Work Heritage Area. This should have seen Lot 110 Palm 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. 

The Daintree Rainforest is an Australian conservation icon for one reason, its exceptional beauty, and the highlight for many visitors is to see a gallery of Fan Palms. Visiting the tropical rainforest is the second most common reason given by tourists for visiting far North Queensland, after the Great Barrier Reef. For this reason, the Daintree Rainforest is also important to the tourism industry and our economy. 

Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest should be protected forever.

They exemplify the World Heritage criteria for listing which states, natural areas must

“contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance”.

Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest is classified as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.4. The Queensland government indicates “very little of this habitat (RE 7.3.4) remains” with an estimated 3,000 hectares prior to clearing and 1,000 hectares remaining in 2019. This Fan Palm dominated vegetation type solely occurs between Cardwell and Cape Tribulation and what remains, less than half is within reserves.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

Fan Palm dominated vegetation, only 1,000 hectares survive, and less than half of what remains is in reserves

Fan Palm dominated rainforests provides habitat for a number of rare and threatened flora and fauna, including the Southern Cassowary and Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo.

Cassowaries are frugivores and the fruits of tropical rainforest plants represent 98% of their diet (they also eat invertebrates and fungi). As Fan Palms produce fruits their fruits between January and March they are particularly import to Cassowaries as many other plants are not fruiting at that time. me.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

A vegetation survey has confirmed Lot 110 Palm Road as one of the most important locations for the conservation of Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest. The importance of the property has also confirmed by the presence seven plants that are listed as Threatened species under conservation legislation and the existence of a number of regionally endemic species.

Of particular importance was the occurrence one of Australia’s rarest plants, Isachne sharpii (no common name), which is a highly localised and Endangered. It was first identified in 2001 from specimens found less than 1km from Lot 110 and was only confirmed as a new species in 2010. Read more about the vegetation on Lot 110 Palm Road here, including information on the threatened and endemic species.

Fan Palm dominate rainforest with emergent Kuranda Quandong

The Fan Palm vegetation on Lot 110 Palm Road has rainforest tree species interspersed and often emerging above the Palms. The occasional tree species include, Northern Silky Oak (Cardwellia sublimis), Kuranda Quandong (Elaeocarpus bancroftii), Cassowary Plum (Cerbera floribunda), Golden Bouquet tree (Deplanchea tetraphylla). There are five species within the Pandanaceae (Pandanus family) within 3 genera and 8 species of Palms. The property has 199 species of native plant and this very high diversity of species and the presence of 7 plant species listed under conservation legislation highlights the importance of preserving Lot 110 Palm Road.

Please, will you help purchase and protect the Daintree Rainforest. Every $2.00 you donate will help save one square meter of the Daintree. If you donate $50 you will help save twenty-five square meters of the Daintree Rainforest. A donation of $100 will help save 50 square meters and $200 will help save one hundred square meters of the World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.

Lot 110 Palm Road is located in Diwan in the heart of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. The property has a boundary on three sides with the Daintree National Park. 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 Diwan as scientists have identified this area as being the highest priority for conservation.

Buying and protecting Lot 110 Palm Road at Diwan will be a fantastic outcome for conservation. Fan Palms are exceptionally beautiful and there is no question they should be protected. We have purchased three other properties at Diwan for conservation in the last year. 

With the help of thousands of people, in Australia and around the world we've raised the funds needed to purchase ten properties since June 2019. Lot 110 Palm Road will be one of the most important properties we have purchased all that is needed is your support. 

Please, join me and make a donation to purchase and protect Lot 110 Palm Road.

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 110 Palm 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. 

Conservation values of Lot 110 Palm Road 

Before we make a commitment to purchase a Daintree Rainforest property, we thoroughly assess its value to conservation. Consideration is given to biodiversity status (whether there is presence of endangered, threatened, or of concern vegetation), proximity to settled lots, canopy coverage, proximity to existing protected areas, and risk of future development. This assessment is undertaken by our conservation staff. As needed we also engage specialist ecologists.

A vegetation survey by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch was undertaken of Lot 110 (RP 738992) Fan Palm Road, Diwan, on the 30th of April 2021. His report follows.

Small areas on the very wet lowlands, especially between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, harbour plant species which are extremely restricted and uncommon. Many areas of this ecosystem are considered refugial in nature and are local centers of endemism. Many representatives of primitive families of flowering plants are present, including the monotypic family Idiospermaceae. The ecosystem is the habitat for many threatened plant species”.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

Thank you to HalfCut

We partner with HalfCut. Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters for helping to purchase and protect Lot 110 Palm 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 donate now. A donation of $50 will purchase and protect twenty-five 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?