Rainforest named after Daintree conservationist, Chris Bennett
A rescued block of Daintree rainforest is being named
after local conservationist Chris Bennett. The rainforest property is a vital
piece in the jigsaw connecting National Park and Nature Refuge to create a
protected wildlife corridor in the Cape Kimberley area.
Lot 38, Cape Tribulation Road, was recently purchased
following a fundraising campaign by Rainforest Rescue and The Douglas Shire
Sustainability Group. Now named the Chris
Bennett Reserve it is the 26th rainforest property saved and protected
forever by Rainforest Rescue in the Daintree.
“Chris Bennett played a
pivotal role in the protection and on-going conservation of the Daintree
Rainforest and without his dedication and tireless efforts this “jewel in the
crown” of Far North Queensland’s eco-tourism industry would not be afforded the
protection it has today."
Roisin Allen, Douglas
Shire Sustainability Group
The economic value of the Daintree to regional tourism
is estimated to be over $300 million per annum. However, despite current
planning restrictions in the Daintree there are over 150 freehold properties
within the lowland rainforest. This unprotected land contains internationally
important and unique habitat with high conservation value.
Chris moved to the Daintree from Sydney in 1996. He
helped to establish the Daintree Rainforest Foundation and led a major
fundraising drive to buy more than six hectares of land linking Alexandra Range
to the Bailey’s Creek catchment. This rainforest was protected forever by
creating the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge. A covenant keeps the land
from being developed and helps conserve habitat which supports endangered
wildlife, including cassowaries and tree kangaroos. Chris
and many others campaigned tirelessly to further protect the Daintree
“It’s a fitting memorial
to Chis Bennett’s memory and an honour for Rainforest Rescue to have an
important piece of rainforest named in his memory. The Daintree is a vulnerable
and special place. It hosts a diverse ecosystem, one that is found nowhere else
in the world. Guardians like Chris have made it possible that future
generations will be able to enjoy this special place."
Julian Gray, Rainforest Rescue CEO
The Chris Bennett Reserve is one of two top priority rainforest properties recently rescued with your support.
Campaign material explaining why Lot 32 and 38 were priorities to rescue.