Lot 505 Cedar Road at Cow Bay is a freehold property and 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 this important rainforest from the threat of development.
Lot 505 Cedar Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest
Lot 505 Cedar Road was recently listed for sale and I immediately secured an option to purchase this property so we can protect it in the Daintree National Park estate.
I now need to raise $120,000 with help from our partners HalfCut, to purchase and protect this special property. If the funds are not raised, this property may be sold to someone intent on developing the property for housing.
The rainforest on privately owned freehold properties at Cow Bay is at a very high risk of clearing for rural residential development. That’s why, with your help, we will buy Lot 505 Cedar Road and protect it forever.
Lot 505 Cedar Road is a freehold property of 1.00 hectare 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 this important rainforest from the threat of development.
Lot 505 Cedar Road is located at Cow Bay
Before we make a commitment to purchase a Daintree Rainforest property, we thoroughly assess its value to conservation.
A vegetation survey was undertaken of Lot 505 Cedar Road , Cow Bay on the 18th June 2021 by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch. The vegetation on Lot 505 Cedar Road is remnant and all sections of Lot 505 have vegetation that has never experienced clear felling since European colonisation. The survey identified 117 native plant species. Please see the results of the survey here.
A feature of the property is the local endemic Daintree Foambark tree (Jagera madida) which is prevalent throughout Lot 505. This species only occurs in the lowland rainforests between Julatten – Bloomfield. It is noticeable by the pinkish ferny new growth and often single straight stem seldom branching. Its trunk is often completely covered in lichen of various shades of grey.
Daintree Foambark (Jagera madida)
Lot 505 has Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e which is listed as “Of Concern” under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. The vegetation on Lot 505 also provides habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
Lot 505 Cedar Road has many native plants that produce fruits for Cassowaries and other species of rainforest birds. 12 species of native Laurel are found on Lot 505. These trees produce fleshy fruits favoured by Cassowaries.
Cassowary and chick in the Daintree Rainforest
A subdivision was carved into the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in 1982. This created Cedar Road and hundreds of rural residential lots in Cow Bay residential area. Many houses have been built which fragments the rainforest and occupation brings domestic dogs and exotic plants. This has damaged one of the most significant area 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.
The current owners have given us an option to purchase this land so we can protect it in the Daintree National Park estate. Now I need to raise $120,000. If the funds are not raised this property may be sold to someone intent on developing the property for housing.
Land clearing in the Daintree Rainforest in June 2021.
A Daintree Rainforest property was cleared for housing development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in June 2021. The property in Cow Bay is only 500 metres from Lot 505 Cedar Road
We have purchased ten Daintree Rainforest properties in the past twenty months, we cannot stop there. We are purchasing one property on average every 60 days, but if we do not keep up the pace, many more will be lost to development.
Large Fruited Red Mahogany (Eucalyptus pellita) on Lot 505 Cedar Road.
In 1988 the Daintree National Park was expanded and was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This should have seen the land at Lot 550 Cedar 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.
Lot 505 Cedar Road is located at Cow Bay in 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 at Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as providing an “Essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary”.
Buying and protecting Lot 505 Cedar Road at Cow Bay will be a fantastic outcome for conservation as it will prevent another house from being built in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.
With the help of thousands of people, in Australia and around the world we've raised the funds needed to purchase 11 properties since June 2019. Now we are ready to save Lot 505 Cedar Road from the threat of development and all that is needed is your support.
For the Daintree Rainforest,
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 505 Cedar 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.
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