Rainforest buy will close road in the Daintree
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