Daintree Sydney is a bar with a purpose. We aim to rewild and restore the Daintree rainforest to it's original state and give these lands back to the Kuku Yalanji people as custodians of the land as should have been for past, present and future of the indigenous community in Australia.
We have recently open Canopy Cafe as well on Circular Quay West so that whether it's day or night you can contribute to the cause.
To ensure that we can actually make a difference Daintree Sydney is donating half of all profits directly towards a 'save and seed' program within the rainforest. This means the funds will purchase the land back, reseed destroyed rainforest areas, and give custodianship back to the indigenous people of the region.
The Daintree is the world's oldest rainforest. It is unique and beyond comparison. Surely we all agree that the remaining rainforests in this world should be protected. As should the native ingredients and animals that inhabit these lands. Protecting what we have now and reforesting what we have already destroyed is something we believe is a moral imperative for the future of Australia and the next generation.
Many don't realise that over the last ten years that portions of the Daintree rainforest have been subdivided and sold off. Over 200 Lots of our rainforest have been made up for grabs and even more could go to the chopping block if no one speaks up.
What's worse is that even if the Kuku Yalangi people wanted their own land back they would have to compete with the private interests of land developers and foriegn investors for that basic right.
This land could be returned to the traditional owners and repaired back to it's original condition. We would act ensure that incremental land development is stopped and work to repair the damage from settlement and over-farming on these lands.
Additionally, further reforestation would better protect native creatures, give land for indigenous communities and even add more pure water to local streams for all of us.
Our current focus is on the a particluar 32ha parcel of land called the Wawu Dimbi. The name Wawu Dimbi means ‘spirit in the background’ referring to the significant cultural site of Thornton Peak, which is a major Kuku Yalanji story place. Traditionally the property formed part of a major indigenous walking track leading to the Kiley's Creek Upper Daintree area for traditional owners.
This land was used as cattle grazing land by settlers and the lands is now void of it's original forestation. The Wawu Dimbi is directly adjacent to the Daintree River and revegetation will also reduce sediment flowing to the Great Barrier Reef Catchment. By restoring this rainforest we will be protecting both the coral diversity as well as adding further lands for the Southern Cassowary, an endangered species, within this area.
Wawu Dimbi supports Eastern Kuku Yalanji as a place for Bama to connect to Bubu. There is now an indigenous learning facility on this site and this program will contribute to the training and employment of the Kuku Yalanji Bama in a traineeship program.
This includes plants traditionally used for food, tools, shelters, and medicines. This will establish an accessible resource for Bama in the use of these plants. The Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation will will also increase the participation of women, ensuring that 50% of trainees identify as female. These people will be trained in conservation and land management including seed collection, plant identification, plant propagation and horticulture.
To make sure the money goes to the right places we have partnered with HalfCut. This NFP ensures that any funds raised by Daintree Sydney goes to where it is needed the most.
We donate half of all profits to this cause and invite all guests to directly donate at the table to further support the HalfCut cause.
All funds are independently managed with a live tally to demonstrate complete transparency of our efforts. HalfCut has minimal direct administrative costs and ensures that donations get to the right places