Whilst the properties are outside the world heritage area, they share many of the same natural attributes. The need to cap development in order to preserve this extraordinary area was recognised by local, state and federal agencies.
The State Government committed the necessary $15 million for the Daintree buyback. This money was used to purchase properties suitable for inclusion as national park or other conservation tenures. Some remaining blocks have been purchased by conservation organisations. Some private landholders have had their land declared a Nature Refuge.
For those who continue to live in the area, the new planning scheme provides the opportunity to be part of the largest self-sustaining community in Australia; to be immersed in a highly sensitive eco-system, one of the world’s oldest rainforests.