A portion of significant Daintree lowland rainforest has been preserved after the landholders signed a covenant with the Wet Tropics Management Authority. Recognising the significance of the rare rainforest on their property, Peter and Sigrid Heise-Pavlov approached the Wet Tropics Management Authority to investigate ways to protect their block into the future.
They entered a partnership with the Authority and signed a Covenant under the Land Titles Act 1994 that provides ‘management responsibilities’ to the owner of the property requiring them to preserve the standing native vegetation. The Covenant operates in perpetuity and is intended to be binding upon future owners of the Land and the Covenantor’s successors in title.
The one hectare property is located near Cooper Creek at Diwan; between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and approximately 100 kms north of Cairns.
Primarily freehold land, the property is surrounded by protected areas which include parts of the World Heritage Area and the Daintree National Park.
This property is part of an area commonly referred to as Daintree lowland rainforest and is highly significant in terms of biodiversity and ecological history. This rainforest is the last one of its type in Australia.
The Cooper Creek area contains significant stands of threatened and poorly represented lowland communities, and rare, threatened and endemic species.
The significance of the Pavlov’s block is also emphasised by its proximity to Cape Tribulation. The Cape Tribulation region has one of the greatest concentrations of relict families of primitive angiosperms in the world, several of which have very restricted distributions.
Some of these species are descendants of the original Gondwanan flora, present in Australia since before the split up of Gondwana about 120 million years ago.