Grants for Daintree
THE future of the Daintree is looking even greener with almost $50,000 in grants awarded to two conservation organisations working to control weeds and plant rainforest trees north of the Daintree River.
Rainforest Rescue has received $17,376 to control weeds, remove debris and plant endemic trees at a Cow Bay property, while the Australian Tropical Research Foundation was awarded $30,000 for its Weed control and Rehabilitation Daintree Lowlands Cape Tribulation project.
The Austrop Foundation’s CEO Dr Hugh Spencer said money will be spent on the continuation of the project, which has been going for around 12 years now.
‘‘We have been working on getting rid of weeds in the Daintree area, mostly north of the Alexandra Range, such as the Singapore Daisy and a lot of other weeds,’’ he said.
‘‘Because of all the clearing that occurred in the 70s and settlement, hippies, et cetera, all sorts of stuff were brought into the area which have started to take over quite large areas of the land.
‘‘The Singapore Daisy is munching its way north and we’ve had some quite bad infestations here for a long time and we are trying to get rid of those as they prevent the re-establishment of the rainforest.’’
Dr Spencer said some of the funding will go towards community education, to build awareness of what the invasive weeds look like and what people can do to eradicate it from their own backyards.
‘‘Hopefully we can use some of this money to distribute trial kits to people, give them enough herbicide to make 16L of spray and see how it goes and also run some weed workshops in Cape Tribulation,’’ he said.
‘‘Majority of people don’t recognise weeds even though Australia is one of the most weed infested places in the world, apart from Fuji.’’
For more information or to become an Australian Tropical Research Foundation volunteer, visit austrop.org.au