Record buys

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

RAIN­FOR­EST Res­cue has bought a record five prop­er­ties so far this year but is aim­ing to dou­ble this num­ber to achieve its aim of buy­ing back all avail­able pri­vately owned free­hold blocks in the Dain­tree by 2030.

CEO and founder Kelvin Davies said the bold mis­sion to buy back 180 blocks in the Dain­tree still zoned for de­vel­op­ment for con­ser­va­tion has re­sulted in the pur­chase of 19 prop­er­ties so far

“At any time any of these sites not yet pur­chased can be de­vel­oped, which is dam­ag­ing to the lo­cal ecosys­tem and po­ten­tially tourism,” he said.

Un­der Rain­for­est Res­cue’s “Dain­tree 2030 vi­sion”, Mr Davies is con­fi­dent the do­na­tion­funded or­gan­i­sa­tion can se­cure the re­main­ing plots of land, in their bid to pro­tect the Dain­tree Rain­for­est for­ever.

“With our tar­get in mind, it would mean that we have to buy 10 prop­er­ties a year, which is am­bi­tious, but we can do it,” he said.

The Dain­tree Buy Back and Pro­tect For­ever project iden­ti­fies and pur­chases pre­cious rain­for­est at risk of de­vel­op­ment and es­tab­lishes na­ture refuge sta­tus which pro­tects it for­ever un­der covenants rat­i­fied by the Queens­land Par­lia­ment in Aus­tralia.

“The Dain­tree is largely un­de­vel­oped, which has a large part to play in the great health of the ad­ja­cent reef,” Mr Davies said.

“It is so im­por­tant to pro­tect our wa­ter­ways, and the beau­ti­ful pris­tine creeks in the Dain­tree should stay that way,” Kelvin said.

“Around 75 per cent of Aus­tralian rain­forests have al­ready been cleared.

“The Dain­tree is iconic and has world­wide sig­nif­i­cance.

“It is home to many species of an­i­mals and plants, some of which are ex­tremely en­dan­gered - we should aim to pro­tect this spe­cial place.”

Founded in 1998, Rain­for­est Res­cue re­lies solely on do­na­tions. If you would like to help the foun­da­tion then visit www.rain­fore­stres­

TO THE RES­CUE: Rain­for­est Res­cue founder Kelvin Davies

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