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 from 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 Craig Pocock

As the Managing Director of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and a proud Cairns local, Craig is recognised as an influential member of the local tourism industry. In a career spanning 22 years, Craig has developed a unique and extensive understanding of the tourism sector and the vitally important role that it plays in the region’s ongoing growth and development. Craig possesses a wealth of knowledge and diverse management experience across the key industry sectors of major attractions, marine operations, eco-tourism and boutique accommodation. His strategic approach to business sustainability has resulted in his ability to consistently achieve tangible results with proven and measurable success. Craig’s qualifications and industry affiliations include: Master of Business Administration (MBA), General Director - TTNQ, Chairman – Alliance of Sustainable Tourism, Committee Member – Wet Tropics Community Consulting Committee, Committee Member – Kuranda Infrastructure Advisory Committee, 1998 Inaugural winner, Australian Institute of Management - Tropical North Queensland Manager of the Year and 1998 Australian Institute of Management - Queensland Manager of the Year. Craig also has practical experience working within the Asian market and has actively advised on and contributed to: Feasibility studies and acquisitions for new eco- tourism projects and products, the establishment of indigenous tourism projects and significant company restructuring programs.

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.

Dr Susan Laurance 

Dr Susan Laurance is James Cook University’s Tropical Leader in Rainforest Ecology and an Associate Professor in the College of Science and Engineering. Susan was a NASA LBA Post-doctoral Fellow (2002-2005), an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2013-2017), Past-President for the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and is a current member of the Wet Tropics Management Authority Scientifc Advisory Committee. Susan has worked in tropical forests in Australia, Africa and in Central and South America. She has demonstrated a sustained record of world class research publishing more than 130 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited more than 20,000 times

Scott Buchanan

Scott is the current Executive Director for the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), a statutory body with the responsibility of managing the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Prior to this role, Scott worked for the Queensland State Government across various roles and agencies. At WTMA, Scott has signifcantly improved partnerships with Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples, the tourism industry, community and government organisations to deliver on-ground management and improvement to the World Heritage Area. This correlates with his interest in the integration of traditional ecological knowledge with western science.

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.