Land Purchase to Save the Daintree Rainforest

Project Snapshot

Location: Lot 157 (Number 2223) Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, Queensland, Australia

Action: Purchase of Lot 157 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and protect it forever 
Area: 8.0937 hectares

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Bennetts Tree-kangaroo, Endiandra cooperana, Citrus inodora

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

Status update on the fundraising to buy Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan on the 29th of September 2020. 

Fundraising target to purchase and protect this property: $404,685 
Amount raised: $12,765
Remaining target: $391,920
Please make a donation now online.

Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan

We identified this freehold property in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest as one that should be protected from development and we negotiated directly with the owner to obtain a suitable price and terms and conditions. We now have a contract of sale and the challenge to raise $404,685 to purchase this property and protect it forever. As Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road is 8.0937 hectares in size this represents a price of $5.00 per sqm, however, a philanthropist is matching all gifts made to the purchase of this property so every $2.50 you donate will be matched and will help to purchase and protect one sqm of the Daintree Rainforest. This is an exceptional value for your investment in nature conservation as buying and protecting this property will protect habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and other Threatened species.

Please, will you help purchase and protect Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road in 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.

Conservation value of Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road  

Ecologist Kristopher Kupsch surveyed the plants on Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road in the Daintree Rainforest over two days in September 2020. He identified 270 native plants. This included twelve plant species found on Lot 157 are listed on the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 and one species is on both the State Nature Conservation Act (NCA) and the National Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC).

Much of the vegetation on Lot 157 is classified as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10a “Mesophyll vine forest. Moderately to poorly-drained alluvial plains, of moderate fertility. Lowlands of the very wet and wet zone."

Regional ecosystem 7.3.10a is listed as “Of Concern” under the Vegetation Management Act 1999. This vegetation type is categorized as Primary habitat for the Southern Cassowary by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM QLD).

The Queensland Government has described the special values of Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10a as: 

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 centres 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”.

The Queensland Government indicates a pre-clearing extent of 60,000 ha existed and today 14,000 ha remains of RE 7.3.10a.

Kristopher Kupsch surveying plants on Lot 157 in the Daintree Lowland 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.

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is also one of the wettest places in Australia and has remained undisturbed by fires for 120 million years. In January 2020 there was over 600 mm of rain.

In the 1980’s the Queensland government approved an 1,100-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 adding them to the Daintree National Park provides a fantastic outcome for wildlife conservation.

Please, make a donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road and add it to the Daintree National Park. Each $25 raised will purchase and protect ten sqm of the Lowland Daintree Rainforest.  

Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road is located in Diwan in the heart of 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 on Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as being the highest priority for conservation. It has some of the highest levels of biodiversity and the highest densities of Cassowaries in Australia. Please, will you make a tax-deductible donation now to save essential habitat for the endangered Cassowary.

I began buying land in the Daintree Rainforest for conservation in 1999. With the support of people like yourself, I’ve contributed to the purchase of 50 properties. We've raised funds to purchase seven properties since June 2019 so I know we can do this and all that’s needed is your support. 

Through our project Land Purchase to Save the Daintree, we are buying land and adding properties to the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area. With your help, we will safeguard Cassowaries in this critical habitat. Please take action today and help us Save the Cassowary through the purchase of Lot 157 Cape Tribulation 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 157 Cape Tribulation Road please email me at kelvin@Rainforest4.org or call me on 0437 423 119. 

Thank you to HalfCut

The nonprofit organisation HalfCut is getting behind the campaign to purchase Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road and add it to the Daintree National Park. 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 the 1980’s the Queensland government approved an 1,100-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. 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 157 Cape Tribulation 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 $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?

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