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Daintree Rainforest Foundation 

In October 2009 The Daintree Rainforest Foundation officially merged with Rainforest Rescue after many years of working together to protect the Daintree. Based in the Lowland Daintree Rainforest the Daintree Rainforest Foundation was wholly managed by volunteers.

 

Rainforest Rescue commenced working with the Daintree Rainforest Foundation in 2000 and maintained a close association resulting in developing a partnership to support the Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project. The Daintree Rainforest Foundation commenced fundraising for property purchase in 2000, both to achieve practical outcomes and to highlight the need for further buy-back of land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Initially Rainforest Rescue provided the funds it had raised and the Foundation purchased the properties. More recently Rainforest Rescue has been purchasing the properties directly.

As the energy of the volunteers of the Daintree Rainforest Foundation decreased in 2007 we commenced exploring the benefits of merging the two organisations. This led to a decision to wind up the Daintree Rainforest Foundation and for all assets to be transferred to Rainforest Rescue. The Daintree Rainforest Foundation was officially wound up in October 2009 with the combined resources of the two organisations being concentrated on the ongoing commitment to save the Daintree rainforest from the impact of rural residential development.

 

Timeline and Achievements of Daintree Rainforest Foundation

1994 

Incorporated in Queensland, listed on the Commonwealth Register of Environmental Organisations and granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status by the Australian Taxation Office

1993 – 1995

Prepared and published of a series of Research and Educational Publications related to the flora and fauna of the Daintree Lowland Rainforests     

Provided input to the Daintree Planning Package (Brannock Humphries)

1995 – 1998

Provided financial incentive (rates subsidy) for landowners willing to enter into voluntary conservation agreements.
Appointed as Conservation representative to the Daintree Planning and Co-ordination Group overseeing the implementation of the Daintree Rescue Package

1998 – 1999

Made several deputations to Douglas Shire Council regarding Vegetation Protection and Management, ultimately resulting in the introduction of a Local Law for Vegetation Management.     

Provided input to the FNQEB Proposed Daintree Powerline Environmental Impact Assessment Study.     

Initiated a Membership drive, ultimately resulting in some 220 Members
   
2000

Appointed Conservation representative on the Daintree Futures Study Steering Committee

Commenced fundraising for the Daintree Land Acquisition Program

2001

Acquired Lot 90 RP738146 (Cow Bay) and entered into a Conservation Agreement with the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare the property a Nature Refuge – Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge

Formed a Conservation Partnership with Parrotfish Lodge, a backpacker resort in Port Douglas

2002

Acquired Lot 103 RP737399 (Cow Bay) and incorporated the property in the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge

2003

Acquired Lot 75 RP737399 (Cow Bay) and incorporated the property in the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge

Provided financial support to Douglas Shire Council to acquire a property containing a fern previously classified as ‘extinct in the wild’ 

Provided extensive input to the Douglas Shire Draft Planning Scheme

Acquired Lot 117 RP738161 (Cow Bay) and incorporated the property in the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge

2004

Lot 97 RP738146 (Cow Bay) was donated to the Daintree Rainforest Foundation by Zainab Tawdrous, owner of Parrotfish Lodge, and the property was incorporated in the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge

2005

Acquired Lot 7 RP738430 (Forest Creek) and entered into a Conservation Agreement with EPA to declare the property Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge

2006

Acquired Lot 8 RP738430 (Forest Creek) and incorporated the property in the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge

Strongly supported the Douglas Shire Draft Planning Scheme for the Areas North of the Daintree River and the introduction of a Temporary Local Planning Instrument to place a moratorium on any further development north of the Alexandra Range

Awarded a Wet Tropics Management Authority Cassowary Award for Community Conservation

2007

Acquired Lot 22 RP733182 (Cape Tribulation) and commenced negotiations with EPA to declare the property kulki anga Nature Refuge

2008

The Daintree Rainforest Foundation members elected to enter into voluntary liquidation and transfer all assets to Rainforest Rescue

2009

The Daintree Rainforest Foundation was officially wound up in October 2009

 

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