The World’s oldest rainforest is still for sale and the rate of development is increasing.
In response, we are stepping up our Daintree land buyback program and I've set our most ambitious goal to date - the purchase and protection of three Daintree Rainforest properties.
One negative impact of COVID-19 is the number of people seeking refuge in rural Australia. This is resulting in significant interest from people wanting to develop the Daintree Lowland Rainforest for housing.
I was in the Daintree two weeks ago and to see more rainforest cleared for housing was just devastating. There are now six houses under construction in Cow Bay alone.
Purchasing one property at a time has not stopped others from buying land, clearing the rainforest, and building houses. We’ve got to do more to save the Daintree. So now I’ve identified not one, not two but three Daintree properties to purchase and protect at Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road, Lot 11 Buchannan Creek Road, and Lot 242 White Beech Road, all in Cow Bay.
To purchase these three properties, I need to raise $349,150 and achieve that by the 24th of December.
I know we can stop and even wind back development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. There is a very simple and direct process that works. In just over two years we have purchased seventeen Daintree Rainforest properties, however, that’s not been enough to stop development in the world's oldest rainforest.
When properties come on the open market, we’ve got to compete with those that would develop the Daintree for housing. That’s why I acted quickly to get these three properties under contract.
Now I’m aiming to buy these three Daintree properties before Christmas, that’s just eight weeks away.
We’ve never done this before, raising the funds to buy three properties in just eight weeks is very ambitious but we have to do it to save the Daintree Rainforest.
To purchase and protect these three Daintree Rainforest properties I need to raise $349,150. I’ve set the goal of achieving that by the 24th of December.
Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road is essential habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary and there are many beautiful Fan Palms (Licuala ramsayi) and Zamia Ferns (Bowenia spectabilis).
Lot 11 Buchannan Creek Road provides habitat for three species of rainforest plants - Noah's Walnut (endiandra microneura), China Camp Laurel (Beilschmiedia castrisinensis), and Gray’s Walnut (Endiandra grayi) - listed as Threatened in the Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992).
Lot 242 White Beech Road shares a boundary with the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area and is also essential habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary.
With almost 200 undeveloped properties remaining in private ownership, the future of the Daintree is yet to be determined. Will it be increased development and urbanisation, or will it be the winding back of the disastrous subdivision to save the Daintree.
Preventing development saves the rainforest from clearing. That prevents fragmentation of the rainforest and settlement that brings more traffic on local roads, the introduction of domestic pets that prey on wildlife, and exotic plants that become weeds.
Winding back the disastrous subdivision creates the potential for rewilding the most biodiverse ecosystem in Australia.
Stopping development will help save the Cassowary
My vision for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest requires the buyback of all undeveloped freehold properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and their management for nature conservation. Not only do we want to see no further development, but we also want the negative impacts of the rural residential subdivision to be reversed.
When you decide to save the Daintree Rainforest you are joining thousands of others and together we are making great progress in preventing development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.
It all starts with the power of one.
Thank you for everything you do to save the Daintree Rainforest.
Rainforest 4 Foundation
Phone: 0437 423 119
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P.S.S. If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of land in the Daintree Rainforest please email me at [email protected] or call me during business hours at 0437 423 119.