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.

 

 

701 signatures
  • Teresa Iorfino Cumsmano
    signed 2021-09-09 13:19:08 +1000
  • Dorothy Wasson
    signed 2021-09-09 13:02:26 +1000
  • Lily Bernhardt
    signed 2021-09-09 13:02:09 +1000
  • Jan McFadgen
    signed 2021-09-09 13:00:49 +1000
  • Judith Lawson
    signed 2021-09-09 12:57:37 +1000
  • David Love
    signed 2021-09-09 12:31:03 +1000
  • Jean Zweck
    signed 2021-09-09 12:19:08 +1000
  • Gayle Playford
    signed 2021-09-09 12:16:48 +1000
    Unbelievable
  • kevin brennan
    signed 2021-09-09 12:09:54 +1000
  • Julie Rosiere
    signed 2021-09-09 12:07:35 +1000
  • Sue Gates
    signed 2021-09-09 12:02:01 +1000
  • Stuart Prince
    signed 2021-09-09 11:51:59 +1000
    We are not going to make it as a civilisation We might stop Earth becoming Venus, if we cease further destruction.
  • Isobella Bowes
    signed 2021-09-09 11:45:46 +1000
  • Stephen Laan
    signed 2021-09-09 11:45:16 +1000
  • Karen Waaka
    signed 2021-09-09 11:25:02 +1000
    This should never be happening in the 1st place. Wake up AUSTRALIA
  • Stephen Dewar
    signed 2021-09-09 11:23:03 +1000
  • Carmen Morris
    signed 2021-09-09 11:22:32 +1000
  • Denise Hutch
    signed 2021-09-09 11:11:58 +1000
  • Chris Clarke
    signed 2021-09-09 10:49:00 +1000
  • Annette Percy
    signed 2021-09-09 10:47:03 +1000
  • Dr Rosemary Faire
    signed 2021-09-09 10:32:34 +1000
  • David Bowles
    signed 2021-09-09 10:32:29 +1000
  • Alessia Stewart
    signed 2021-09-09 10:16:36 +1000
  • Susan Stewart
    signed 2021-09-09 10:04:50 +1000
  • Jeffrey Crofts
    signed 2021-09-09 10:01:06 +1000
    Why on earth destroy heritage such as this?
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
    signed 2021-09-09 09:57:55 +1000
  • Katy Kreutzer
    signed 2021-09-09 09:57:05 +1000
  • Michael Golding
    signed 2021-09-09 09:45:32 +1000
  • John Raykos
    signed 2021-09-09 09:44:33 +1000
  • Bronwyn Murphy
    signed 2021-09-09 09:34:56 +1000