On the 24th of November, we set out to raise the funds to buy Lot 390 Maple Road in Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people in Australia and around the world today we reached our goal of raising $25,000!
Sold! Kelvin Davies at Lot 390 Maple Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest
Thank you to everyone who made a donation towards this great outcome. Settlement on the purchase of Lot 390 Maple Road will occur on Thursday the 23rd of January 2020.
Lot 390 Maple Road, Cow Bay is 1 ha in size and is covered by tropical rainforest. Buying and protecting this property is a fantastic outcome for conservation as it connects to the Daintree National Park. A survey by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch found it to be an ideal habitat for Cassowaries with 207 species of plants.
Lot 390 Maple Road is located in Cow Bay. 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.
Lot 390 Maple Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest
We will immediately begin the process of transferring the property to the Queensland Government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park. The Rainforest 4 Foundation and the Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation are working together to achieve this outcome which may take. This process may take six to twelve months to complete. If we retained ownership of the property, we’d have to pay local government rates of $1,000 per year forever. We’d prefer your donation to go towards buying more land.
Today it’s estimated that 170 properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest are at risk of development. Population growth, changes to the economy, the pressure to provide mains electricity, a bridge rather than the ferry and improved telecommunications could see the risk of development in the Daintree increase. For that reason, we'll look forward to working with you to purchase and protect another Daintree Rainforest property soon.
For the rainforests,
Rainforest 4 Foundation
P.S. we’ve exchanged a contract for the purchase of Lot 124 Quandong Road in Cow Bay and will begin fundraising for that soon, however, if you'd like to help us raise the deposit please donate now.