2018 ANNUAL REPORT
The major news for this year, is the publication of A Stray Liana by DAINTREE RAINFOREST FOUNDATION LTD Chairperson, Neil Hewett. Published by Daintree Rainforest P/L in May 2019, this high-quality coffee-table publication chronicles an odyssey spanning more than thirty-years, through some of Australia’s most remote and traditional Indigenous homelands and into the heart of the world’s oldest rainforest, detailing the fascinating inner-workings of the second-most irreplaceable World Heritage property on the planet.
Daintree Rainforest Foundation Ltd features prominently within the book, with its corporate logo on the title page and formal declaration of registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to further protect, conserve, present, rehabilitate and transmit to future generations, the Wet Tropics World Heritage values of the Land, within the meaning of the World Heritage Convention. The purpose of the Foundation is to establish and maintain the Daintree Rainforest Fund to support the environmental objects of the Foundation as they apply to the Land. Donations made to the public fund are eligible for a tax-deduction and can be made through www.daintreerainforestfoundation.org
Within the body of the text, this explanation is inscribed:
After many years of happy customers urging us to provide a facility to contribute beyond what their ecotourism payments had already generously provided, we established the Daintree Rainforest Foundation Ltd., to maintain the Daintree Rainforest Fund for the specific purpose of assisting in the achievement of Australia’s international duty within the meaning of the World Heritage Convention. The objects of the Foundation also seek to consolidate the ecological bond between the inhabitant people of the land and their communities, as constituent parts of the natural environment, by supporting their knowledge and traditional practices and their vital roles in environmental management and development, to ensure that the natural heritage of the land has a cultural function in the life of this community.
Copies of A Stray Liana were supplied to each director, as well as prominent public officials including Commonwealth Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP. Our Federal Member for Leichhardt, the Hon. Warren Entsch MP, graciously purchased six copies and hand-delivered them to the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP; Treasurer Josh Frydenburg MP; Minister for Health & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet, the Hon Greg Hunt MP; Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP & Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.
Daintree Rainforest P/L has resolved that 20% of book proceeds will be donated to the Daintree Rainforest Fund. If you would like to place an order for A Stray Liana you may do so via this link. For international deliveries please get in contact with us so we can send you a shipping/handling quote for your country.
In conjunction with DAINTREE RAINFOREST FOUNDATION LTD, Daintree Rainforest P/L has also committed to a long-term data collection process through the installation of a dozen camera traps placed strategically throughout the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest. The first month captured 29 cassowaries, 17 dingoes and 67 feral-pigs. The second month caught 26 cassowaries, 26-dingoes and 141 feral-pigs. Rationalising data-collection into alignment with the months of the year, the month of January 2020 recorded 118-cassowaries, 8 dingoes and 166 feral pigs.
Indigenous Sacred Site EN:C53
The Management Committee has maintained its lobbying efforts for the protection of the Blue Pools Aboriginal Sacred Site EN:C53, upon Cooper Creek and within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Compelling argument has been maintained for urgent intervention, into a process wrought with inadequacy, but the damage continues, unabated.
Annual & Financial Reports
The annual report and a concise summary of the financial statements are presented above, however, any Member may request a hard copy of the full report.
On behalf of the Foundation, I hereby thank the generous contributors to the Daintree Rainforest Fund and also the directors, Mr. Ron Shoppee, Mr. Paul Chantrill, Mr. Cliff Wise, Mr. Emrys Nekvapil, Ms. Prue Hewett and Mrs. Angie Hewett for their enthusiasm, dedication and all the various contributions that have brought the Daintree Rainforest Foundation Ltd., successfully to its fourth Annual General Meeting.