Diwan Native Nursery
Diwan Native Nursery
The Diwan Native Nursery is located in the Daintree National Park on land owned by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. In November 2023, Rainforest Rescue gifted this nursery to Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC).
Over 12,000 plants a year will be grown at the Diwan nursery, with JYAC’s forest rangers team using the native flora to restore lowland rainforest at Wawu Dimbi. This is an important conservation property near Forest Creek, on the edge of the Daintree River, forming a connection between World Heritage protected habitat and wetlands of ecological significance. Hundreds of rainforest plants have already been planted at Wawu Dimbi during a recent community tree planting.
History of the Diwan Nursery
Prior to early 2010, the Nursery was owned and managed for many years by the Daintree Cassowary Care Group (DCCG)– a volunteer-managed community organisation focused on public education about the plight of the Cassowary.
In March 2010 DCCG offered the nursery infrastructure to Rainforest Rescue to augment the continuing revegetation on blocks of land that have been purchased through our Protect a Rainforest project.
In May 2011 a decision was made to change the name of DCCG to Daintree Region Cassowary Group Inc. (DRCG Inc.) in order to encompass the Greater Daintree National Park stretching from south of Mossman to the Bloomfield River.
However, early in 2013 DRCG Inc. wound up, gifting approximately $20,000 to Rainforest Rescue. Part of this gift included 6 motion sensor cameras to allow monitoring of wildlife on Rainforest Rescue properties and the remaining funds towards property acquisition to further conserve cassowary habitat.
We appreciate DRCG Inc.’s trust in Rainforest Rescue to continue their good work and we are forever grateful for all of the nursery infrastructure and materials they bequeathed our organisation.
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