Community Action

The Douglas Local Landscape, located between Cairns and the Daintree, is well known for its productive farmlands, diverse terrestrial habitats, wildlife, waterways and off-shore reef systems.  The diversity of active community groups reflects the range of land uses and management, with interests and projects as varied as conservation of threatened species, reef health, habitat protection and sustainable farming.

Community Groups


Nightwings Rainforest Centre

Nightwings ambitious approach of combining an eco-tourism venture with a significant ecological restoration project will bring multiple benefits to both the local community and environment.  With the aim of revegetating a large area of lowland rainforest, the final result will improve habitat and connectivity between isolated forest patches, helping the long term sustainability of the local environment and all its inhabitants.  The project also aims to support an ecotourist venture, which will include a visitor centre, gift shop, café, bat hospital and rainforest walks.

Nightwings Rainforest Centre – Rainforest Regeneration – Stage 1

Whyanbeel Community Group

In conjunction with the Douglas Shire Community Nursery, the Whyanbeel Community Group has been successful in the latest round of Community Action Grants to conduct remediation work along Whyanbeel Creek.

Whyanbeel Creek Remediation

Douglas Shire Sustainability Group

Founded in 2005, the DSSG provides a united voice for the local community on environmental and sustainability issues.  With a strong focus on promoting education and environmental awareness, the group strives for more informed community decision making on a range of environmental issues. Well-established relationships and networks with other relevant organisations have been developed over the years, to support and promote the protection of the unique landscapes in the area.

Low Isles Preservation Society

Located off the coast from Port Douglas, the Low Isles form part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is a popular tourist destination.  In the early 1990s, with changes to the management of Low Isles and uncertainty about its future, a groundswell of local community support saw the formation of the Low Isles Preservation Society (LIPS).  The group provides essential community input into the development of programs and strategies to ensure the ongoing protection of the Low Isles.  A key component of these strategies is the participation and involvement of the community.