About Us

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation was launched on 29th September 2005 with the primary objective of raising funds to support tropical rainforest research and education.

Monies raised by the Foundation are paid into the Skyrail Rainforest Research Fund, which is administered by a Public Fund Management Committee, consisting of representatives with environmental management, research, education and business experience.

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Limited (ABN 95 109 592 814) and its public fund, Skyrail Rainforest Research Fund, was entered into the Register of Environmental Organisations on 26th August 2005. It is entitled under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 item 6.1.1 of subsection 30-55(1) to receive tax deductible donations.

Ongoing fundraising activities to support the Foundation's objectives include:

  • Proceeds from membership fees
  • Donations from the public and visitors to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Donation by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway of a percentage of souvenir sales in Skyrail's Gift Shops
  • The development and sale of Skyrail Rainforest Foundation branded items through Skyrail's Gift Shops

Downloadable versions of the Foundation's Annual Reports are available below:


Public Fund Management Committee

The Public Fund Management Committee oversees the dispersal of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation's resources to projects satisfying its core objectives; namely those which support tropical rainforest research and education.

The Committee consists of members from various education, environmental, scientific, government and private companies, including:

Dr Ken Chapman

Ken is passionate about tropical rainforests, their protection, preservation and value to the international community as a scientific, recreational and educational resource. He is CEO of Skyrail-ITM and a director of the Chapman Group. He is also Chairman of the FNQ Hospital Foundation, a director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd and Aqis Entertainment Ltd and was previously a director of the Co-operative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management for many years.

Mr Clive Cook

Clive has a long association with Australia's tropical rain forests and is both personally and professionally passionate about preserving managing and sharing knowledge about these special places. Clive is the Executive Director Office of the Director General Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing and has state wide oversight across the Department, in both its policy and operational service areas.  As a member of the Foundation, Clive is enthusiastic in working with the committee and believes that brokerage and support for the best research and encouraging students and research faculties to inform management of these extraordinary places remains one of the most positive influences the committee can contribute to.

Professor Chris Margules AM

Chris is internationally recognised for his work in conservation biology and conservation planning. He is an adjunct professor at James Cook University, a research associate at the University of Indonesia and is a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contributions to science.

 

Mr Max Shepherd

Max recognises the value of Australia's Tropical Rainforests and is pleased to be able to support research and education projects contributing to its protection, through his involvement with the Foundation. Max is the former Managing Director of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Chairman of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, a founding member of the Alliance for Sustainable Tourism and a past member of the Wet Tropics Community Consultative Committee.

Professor Steve Turton

Dr Steve Turton is now retired but holds an Adjunct Professorship in Environmental Geography at CQUniversity in Cairns. From 2005-2016, he held a number of senior roles as director and professor at James Cook University in Cairns. From 2003-2005, he was an Associate Professor in Geography and Director of Research for the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre. Steve is a former Councillor of the Institute of Australian Geographers (2004-2007 and 2011-2012) and former member of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Scientific Advisory Committee (2004-2011). He was also honorary Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Asia-Pacific Chapter (2010-15). In 2009, he was appointed to the ATBC Council for a 2-year term. In 2010 he was a member of the Engineering & Environmental Sciences Panel for the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia initiative. Steve is a Past President of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, Past-President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and an observer on the National Committee for Geographical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science. Steve was also an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group 2 (Impacts and Adaptation). Steve is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers, recognised for his distinguished service to Australian geography.


The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Logo

The Medinilla (Medinilla balls-headleyi) is a rare rainforest plant which can only be found in wet lowland rainforests from Tully to northern Cape York Peninsula. Although rare, the Medinilla flourishes at Skyrail's Red Peak Station and its fruits were chosen as the inspiration for the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation logo.  Please click here for more information about The Medinilla and other tropical rainforest fruits.