Stop KUR-World

KUR-World development is proposed for the Historically Zoned 12 Rural Titles 626ha (1545 acres) Barnwell Road in Kuranda. 


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The KUR-World proposed project area is located centrally in the Kuranda township in the Myola Valley.  The project area straddles sensitive habitat for endangered Wet Tropics species and development will severely impact on the Kuranda Envirolink Corridor – the narrow neck or “pinch point” – the forest bridge that joins the North and South Word Heritage Wet Tropics forests.  The land clearing done in preparation for the proposed development has already damaged the Kuranda Envirolink Corridor.  The illegal dam cut in December 2015 has already destroyed one seasonal breeding habitat for endangered species Kuranda Tree Frog.

The common misconceptions are:

  1. “Done deal” – it’s already too late.
  2. “Pie in the sky” – it’s never going to happen.
  3. Neither is true.  The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now in progress.

Our community doesn’t have much time to act.

We are a small tight-knit community of people 2000+ – with a wider supportive regional community – including Koah and Speewah.

Information is key.  Stay alert Kuranda and watch this space… 



Media Release.. Friends of the Earth FNQ 8th August 2016

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FoE demands developer stops clearing native bush and immediately remediates damage to habitat of the critically endangered Kuranda Tree Frog!


Yet more habitat of a frog species unique to the Kuranda area has been polluted by site-work on the Barnwell Estate in the Myola area - the site proposed by developer Ken Lee for his "Kur-World" mega-development.

Creeks flowing from the site down to the Barron River, in particular Owen Creek, have been polluted by recent site-works carried out by Mr Lee. Owen Creek is one of a handful of watercourses where populations of the extremely rare Kuranda Tree Frog have been located.

"This pollution is damaging the habitat of a species recognised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as critically endangered" said Sarah Isaacs of Friends of the Earth Far North Queensland.

We call on the developer to stop bulldozing and to carry out remedial work urgently, before heavy rains wash yet more sediment into these crucially important creeks” she added.

Muddy water in Owen Creek became apparent in late 2015, caused by construction of a large dam on the land, which the developer bulldozed without prior approval. He was forced to stop work on the dam until he obtained a permit, granted retrospectively by Mareeba Shire Council in July 2016.

Yet an even larger area on the site has been denuded of vegetarian in recent months. This additional work (see photo below) again appears to have been carried out without regard to the downstream consequences. Turbidity in other nearby creeks such as Warril Creek has also been documented since these additional site-works began.

"The Kur-World proposal is supposedly for an 'ecotourist resort'" said Syd Walker of FoE Far North Queensland.

“Yet the developer has already cleared significant areas of native vegetation and polluted critical wildlife habitat. That's before he even begins preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for his major development proposal." said Syd Walker of Friends of the Earth Far North Queensland.

"Friends of the Earth FNQ believes this biodiverse, largely forested corridor site is inherently unsuitable for large-scale intensive development as proposed.”

“We call for an immediate stop to new works on the site. State and Federal Governments should require the developer to urgently remediate the significant ecological damage he's already caused” he concluded.

For more information contact: Syd Walker 4093 8384 / 0400 746 932 or Sarah Isaacs 4085 0054