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Lot 9 Forest Creek Road, Forest Creek

Lot 9 Forest Creek Road (RP 739106) is a 1.one hectare property that was purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue in January 2013. It was the fourth property to form the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge.

Location

The property is located adjacent to two other properties protected by Rainforest Rescue, Lot 7 & Lot 8 Forest Creek Road and is in close proximity to other Rainforest Rescue properties, which together form the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge. This refuge provides a valuable wildlife corridor linking two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area.

Lot 9 Forest Creek Road 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, protecting critical habitat for over 122 rare, threatened and endangered species including the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) and the rare Bennett’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus).

Conservation values

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 vegetation assessment undertaken by Rainforest Rescue volunteers Allen Sheather and Barbara Maslen identifies 120 plant species. Under the Qld Government's Regional Ecosystem Mapping Scheme areas of vegetation on the property are classified as 'endangered' and 'of concern'.

The purchase of this property was made possible by generous donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters. In particular Rainforest Rescue wishes to acknowledge the contribution from The E Robert Hayles & Alison L Hayles Charitable Trust, managed by Perpetual.


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