Lot 7, Milky Pine Road, Kimberley
Lot 7 Milky Pine Road is a 1.1one hectare property that was purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue in May 2011. It was the second property to be incorporated into the Milky Pine Wildlife Refuge.
Lot 7 Milky Pine Road is located south of the Alexandra Range in an area known as Cape Kimberley. The property adjoins the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. Freehold land in the Kimberley area of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest can be developed for rural residential housing as it is not protected by the Cairns Regional Council conservation planning measures. The block is flat and could easily have been developed for housing and settlement.
The property is diagonally opposite Lot 9 Milky Pine Road and Lot 10 Milky Pine Road both owned by Rainforest Rescue. The property is also in close proximity to the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. This further expands upon a wildlife corridor for the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) and other vulnerable flora and fauna.
Lot 7 Milky Pine Road and the surrounding area have been classified as 'essential habitat' for the endangered southern cassowary under the Qld Vegetation Management Act of 1999.
Rainforest Rescue volunteer Allen Sheather undertook a survey of plant species found on the property and identified 100 plant species including several rare plants, which include Haplostychanthus (Cooper Creek) Normanbya normanbyi (a species of palm), Endiandra microneura (Noah’s walnut), and Cleistanthus myrianthus (tree / shrub to 12 metres, may be buttressed).
Strategically, the property is well placed for cassowary wellbeing. As well as providing access to the critical cassowary habitat to the south, the fruit of several species known to be cassowary food were also found growing on the property. They include Normanbya normanbyi, Endiandra microneura, Endiandra sankeyana and Antirhea tenuiflora. The property has a lot of Licuala ramsayi and Normanbya normanbyi; both are significant food plants for cassowary during the food scarce wet season. This was confirmed in our property surveys before we purchased the land, when we observed three fresh cassowary droppings and several older droppings with germinating seeds.
Many areas of this ecosystem are considered to be the last refuge for a number of plants found nowhere else in the world. In fact, the Regional Ecosystem classification scheme indicates Lot 7 is predominantly remnant vegetation which is classified as 'of concern' vegetation and of 'endangered' biodiversity status. According to this same classification, small areas on the very wet lowlands, such as Lot 7, harbour plants which are extremely restricted and uncommon.
The purchase of this property was made possible by generous donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters.