New petition calls for Daintree conservation plan

Rainforest 4 is calling on all three levels of government to work together on a conservation management plan for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.


Daintree River ferry

The Daintree River Ferry provides access to to the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

The call comes on the back of news that there is renewed agitation to seal the Bloomfield Track as well as widen and straighten the Cape Tribulation Road. Campaigners are fearful of talk of a bridge over the Daintree River as well as discussions about the construction of a gas-fired power plant.

“The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is one of the world’s most precious ecosystems,” says Rainforest 4’s founder, Kelvin Davies. “Yet it has no conservation management plan.”

In the mid-1980's two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest was carved up into a rural residential subdivision of 1,100 privately owned lots and this land was excluded from World Heritage listing. 

“There is literally no documented vision for the Daintree’s future.”

It’s been 30 years since the wet tropical forests of far north Queensland were inscribed onto the World Heritage List and local campaigner Mike Berwick was one of the activists heavily involved in the blockade which catalysed action. Since then, Mike’s worked as a journalist, been the Douglas Shire Mayor for five terms and worked with a range of non-government organisations focussed on regional development and natural resource management. He’s now a member of the Douglass Shire Sustainability Group, and they are leading the charge, alongside Rainforest 4 for a Conservation Management Plan for the region.

“Now the government that once protected the area by listing it as World Heritage wants to build a main road through it to Cooktown,” Mike said. “That will need extensive earthworks, will lead to a huge increase in traffic and a bridge over the Daintree River. The same government wants to build a gas-fired power plant on the Daintree Coast and reticulate mains power through the area.”

You can add your voice to the campaign to save the Daintree from the threat of further development by signing the petition on the Rainforest 4 website

Daintree Blockage protesters

Image from the 1983/84 protest to stop road construction known as the Daintree Blockade

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  • Russell O'doherty
    commented 2019-02-07 12:20:15 +1100
    Every one needs to do themselves a favour contact the Douglas shire council and find out what can and can’t happen in the Daintree,there is a lot of miss information on this petition. First of all a few years ago the Douglas shire council developed the DCP3 point plan that plan made it extremely restrictive on what residents could and couldn’t do on their freehold land it also at the same time protected the environment the third part of the plan was to support the Daintree community in getting a more reliable cost effective form of power, all this was done under the stewardship of Mike Berwick the then Mayor. The Daintree can never
    be over developed 430 blocks of
    land had their development rights removed, all resort development rights have been recinded and there are only 3 properties that have light commercial rights. The Cape tribulation road doesn’t need widening at all it is sealed from the ferry to Cape tribulation under Mike berwicks watch , sealing the Bloomfield track would further protect the environment and would not be turned into a 2 lane highway,at present the Alexandra range has suffered significant damage from heavy rain there have been land slips and a section of the road has collapsed and many cracks are appearing on the outside lane there needs to be a full safety audit done because it is now becoming very dangerous. As for the power issue we are looking at having a state of the art micro grid built which will be reticulated underground it is now in the planning stage it will not be an LNG or lPG fuelled generator it will comprise of almost all cutting edge renewable energy technology replacing several hundred polluting generator’s will go a massive way to cleaning up and protecting our environment, the first statement that the then Federal Environment and energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said when he visited the Daintree was that we need to get these noisey polluting generator’s out of the Daintree we have to protect this environment, and that is exactly what we intend on doing. Building a bridge will never happen it is nothing but a beat up . I hope my comments help people make an informed decision if you sign this petition.