Rain­for­est buy will close road in the Dain­tree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE last pri­vately owned block on a Dain­tree ser­vice road has been pur­chased by an Aus­tralian rain­for­est group.

The pur­chase, com­pleted yes­ter­day on Threat­ened Species Day (Septem­ber 7), will lead to the ser­vice road, off 442 Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd, even­tu­ally be­ing closed and reveg­e­tated.

Kelvin Davies, CEO Rain­for­est Trust-Aus­tralia, said it was fit­ting tim­ing for such an im­por­tant cor­ri­dor.

“We are thrilled to be tak­ing steps to­wards ac­tu­ally clos­ing roads in the Dain­tree,” Mr Davies said.

“The other blocks along this ser­vice road were pur­chased by the Queensland Gov­ern­ment in 2008.

“This is the last piece of the jigsaw and we can now make moves to per­ma­nently close the ser­vice road and re­plant it with habi­tat for cas­sowaries and other en­dan­gered species,” he said.

The prop­erty is in an area iden­ti­fied as a high pri­or­ity for ac­qui­si­tion and con­ser­va­tion and Rain­for­est Trust-Aus­tralia in­tends to have the land added to the na­tional park es­tate.

“The cas­sowary is listed as threat­ened by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture,” he said. “We are to­tally com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing cas­sowary habi­tat and help­ing to slow plum­met­ing pop­u­la­tion num­bers.”

“This prop­erty is one of 33 Rain­for­est Trust-Aus­tralia has pur­chased in the Dain­tree,” he said.

“We’re ne­go­ti­at­ing with the state gov­ern­ment to have six prop­er­ties we al­ready own ac- cepted for in­clu­sion in Dain­tree Na­tional Park.”

Cow Bay has been the fo­cus of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts for decades.

The Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil Plan­ning Scheme 2006 recog­nised the most en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant land in the Dain­tree and re­stricted fur­ther de­vel­op­ment to see it pro­tected for the fu­ture.

The Queensland Gov­ern­ment pur­chased 350 prop­er­ties in 2008, how­ever in the Cow Bay area, some un­de­vel­oped freehold prop­er­ties re­main.

“It is our vi­sion to re-wild parts of the Dain­tree im­pacted by the ru­ral res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment of the 1980s,” Kelvin said. “We are de­lighted to be mak­ing such a gen­uine con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ef­forts by con­sol­i­dat­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant cor­ri­dors in the Dain­tree Low­land Rain­for­est.”

Rain­for­est Trust-Aus­tralia is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to con­serve the Dain­tree Low­land Rain­for­est as part of a global rain­for­est con­ser­va­tion mis­sion.

Kelvin Davies at one of the prop­er­ties pur­chased by Rain­for­est Trust-Aus­tralia

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