Lot 15 Forest Creek Road, Forest Creek
Lot 15 Forest Creek Road (RP 738429) is a one hectare property that was purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue in September 2012. It was the third property to form the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge.
Lot 15 Forest Creek Road is situated on the corner of Forest Creek Road and Forest Close and is located opposite the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area.
The property is located in the Forest Creek Precinct, which is situated in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest south of the Alexandra Range and just north of the Daintree River. The area is a prime location for rural residential development given its proximity to the Daintree river ferry.
Freehold land in the Forest Creek precinct can be developed for rural residential housing as it is not protected by the Cairns Regional Council conservation planning measures.
The purchase and protection of this property by Rainforest Rescue ensures that this property cannot be developed, thereby protecting critical habitat for over 122 rare, threatened and endangered species including the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johsonii) and the rare Bennett’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus).
Located in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the Forest Creek precinct is recognised as an area of high biodiversity significance. It is known to contain one endangered, three vulnerable and 11 rare plants, including species endemic to the area.
Vegetation on the property is classified as 'essential habitat' for the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), endangered spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculates gracilis) and rare Bennett’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus) under the Qld Vegetation Management Act 1999.
A total of 118 plant species in over 50 different families have been identified as occurring on the property. The understory is dominated by a mix of upland species, including Crispiloba disperma and Austromatthaea elegans, and a significant number of young Hope’s cycads (Lepidozamia hopiei). Seven different species of silky oaks occur on the property as do several plants of limited distribution. Of particular note is Acronychia acuminate, Haplostichanthus sp. “Cooper Creek”, Hernandia albiflora and Rhodomyrtus effuse.
The riparian vegetation along the creek is dominated by mature fan palms (Licuala ramsayi) which provide a food source for cassowaries during the lean fruiting period of the wet season.
The purchase and protection of this property was made possible by generous donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters.