Stop illegal clearing and settlement in the Daintree Rainforest.

To Mayor and Councillors, Douglas Shire Council,

We, the undersigned, call on Douglas Shire Council to enforce its local laws and planning scheme requirements to regulate and restrict clearing to ensure the conservation values of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest are not destroyed by illegal clearing and settlement.

Will you sign?

 

Rainforest being cleared at Diwan in the Daintree Rainforest. 

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is the oldest continually existing rainforest on the planet: a living museum with relic flora and fauna representing more than 120 million years of uninterrupted evolutionary processes.

Despite its incredible biodiversity values, 1137 residential blocks were subdivided into the rainforest in the early 1980s. Some of these blocks have since been bought back for conservation purposes. Some have been compensated for having development rights removed. And others have been developed for housing – for rural-residential development.

Those properties that do remain in private ownership are required to comply with Douglas Shire Council’s planning scheme.

However, on-ground investigations in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest have witnessed instances of clearing that obviously contravenes the Douglas Shire Council By-laws that already exist and that Council has an obligation to enforce.

We have observed instances of:

  • Clearing of vegetation in excess of approved development applications;
  • Clearing without an approved development application; and
  • Settlement without an approved development application or occupation certificate.

Clearing has an enormous impact on this ancient and internationally significant rainforest, which is home to the endangered Southern Cassowary and numerous other species listed as threatened under both the Queensland Nature Conservation Act and the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The solution though is straightforward. There are already Douglas Shire Council By-laws in place to manage clearing and settlement in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. We are calling on Douglas Shire Council to enforce its own By-laws enacted to protect the conservation values of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

You can read more about illegal land clearing in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in this summary of our concerns.

 

 

730 signatures
  • Ariane Taubman
    signed 2022-05-06 08:37:22 +1000
  • Kate Mitchell
    signed 2022-05-04 11:27:30 +1000
  • Sheridan Adams
    signed 2022-05-04 11:24:14 +1000
  • Michael Tee
    signed 2022-05-04 11:16:03 +1000
  • James Scalzi
    signed 2022-04-30 14:00:11 +1000
  • Stephen Laan
    signed 2022-04-13 16:46:11 +1000
  • Pam Atkins
    signed 2022-03-31 18:53:02 +1100
  • Carly Vlok
    signed 2022-03-20 14:38:47 +1100
  • Michael Aubrey King
    signed 2022-03-07 21:44:52 +1100
    YOU SAVED THE FRANKLIN RIVER IN TASMANIA SAVE THE DAINTREE
  • Jennifer Taylor
    signed 2022-02-12 13:10:22 +1100
    once it’s gone, it’s gone. We’re seeing the results of land clearing, it needs to stop
  • Jodi Austin
    signed 2022-02-12 08:36:25 +1100
  • Sheree Smith
    signed 2022-02-09 09:19:59 +1100
  • Amy & Jack Stone
    signed 2022-02-03 21:26:29 +1100
  • Louise Stedman
    signed 2022-02-01 15:14:53 +1100
  • Judy Betteley
    signed 2022-01-25 12:28:53 +1100
    Save OUR Daintree
  • lorna jakszewicz
    signed 2022-01-23 10:52:56 +1100
  • Phoebe Robb
    signed 2022-01-15 12:55:04 +1100
  • Sarah Garvey
    signed 2021-12-24 10:25:25 +1100
  • Nicholas Jario
    signed 2021-12-11 09:23:02 +1100
  • Laura Surfield
    signed 2021-12-09 17:14:17 +1100
    Enough is enough
  • josie doolan
    signed 2021-12-01 14:42:07 +1100
    Dedicated vigilance and a true understanding of the reasons why the Daintree must be protected must be practised by any governing bodies to ensure the total and ongoing conservation of this absolute global and local treasure…
  • Erin Olsen
    signed 2021-11-29 09:38:18 +1100
  • Ewa Walczuk
    signed 2021-11-27 11:40:45 +1100
  • Marion van Gameren
    signed 2021-11-26 15:17:20 +1100
  • Holly Brown
    signed 2021-11-08 17:08:55 +1100
  • Meg Roberts
    signed 2021-11-07 05:49:12 +1100
  • Nancy Hatch
    signed 2021-11-06 20:16:34 +1100
  • Paddy Carracher
    signed 2021-10-24 19:43:02 +1100
  • Andre Loizou
    signed 2021-10-24 10:46:00 +1100
  • Oliver Weston
    signed 2021-10-24 10:26:04 +1100