Save the Daintree

  • Pressure is growing to develop parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. In 2022 the Morrison Government committed $18.75 million to supply reticulated electricity to the Daintree. Pressure has also been mounting for a bridge to be built across the Daintree River. 
  • The exceptional biological and scientific values of the Daintree Coast mean the conservation and transmission of those values to future generations must take priority.
  • A thriving tourism economy is also founded on conservation and presentation.
  • The Daintree Lowland Rainforest in North Queensland is the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering plants. Let's not change that now.

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To the Douglas Shire Council, Queensland Government and Australian Government, 

Dismiss current proposals for further development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and work together and with other stakeholders to develop a conservation management plan for the area.


Close to 40 years ago, a group of activists put their bodies on the line to prevent a road being built through the Daintree Lowland Rainforest from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown. The Bloomfield Track was eventually built, however, resulting from the protests known collectively as the Daintree Blockade, the Wet Tropics rainforests of North Queensland were inscribed on the World Heritage list. Many people assumed Australia’s most biodiverse rainforest would be protected forever.

“Within the region, the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation coast has a special status. It is the last surviving, essentially intact, tropical lowland rainforest in Australia. It has one of the highest diversity of plant families anywhere in the world. Its rarity, fame and superlative beauty make it one of the foundations of the region’s economy. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet.” - IUCN

Unfortunately, plans have resurfaced for further development in an area most Australians thought was secure from development. Now, the threat is even more significant: renewed calls for a bridge over the Daintree River and an $18.75 million commitment from the federal government to supply reticulated electricity to the Daintree, at a time when it has no money for conservation.

This is one place where conservation should come before development, yet there is no shared vision for the Daintree’s future.

The Australian Government once protected the area by supporting its listing as a World Heritage Area, yet construction, at a cost of $18.75 million, has already commenced on a renewable energy microgrid, complete with a solar farm, battery and hydrogen plant, to connect the Daintree to reticulated electricity. While renewable energy is a much better option than the gas-fired power plant originally proposed, it doesn't address the biggest issue - that infrastructure like this will inevitably lead to increased pressure for urban development in the Daintree. There are also calls for a bridge or second ferry to increase vehicle access to the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

In the mid-1980s, a pro-development state government inappropriately rezoned leasehold and freehold in the Daintree Lowlands Rainforest, enabling a developer to subdivide it into 1,136 blocks. This has resulted in inappropriate road building, clearing and development of high conservation value rainforest. In the 1990s and 2000s, the Douglas Shire Council and the Queensland and Australian governments all contributed financially to the purchase or ‘buyback’ of freehold land aimed at preventing development and winding back the impacts of the subdivision. For 25 years, this has been complemented through acquisitions by local and national non-profit conservation organisations. These new proposed developments would give support for further rural residential development and must be stopped.


Cr. Michael Kerr, Douglas Shire Council Mayor. 

The Hon Meaghan Scanlon MP, Queensland Government Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Australian Government Minister for the Environment. 

We, the undersigned, call on the Douglas Shire Council, Queensland Government and Australian Government to dismiss current plans for further development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that include a bridge over the Daintree River and the establishment of reticulated mains electricity in the Douglas Shire Local Government Area.

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a place of extraordinary scientific, biological cultural values that are irreplaceable. It is a foundation of the regional economy and an icon that Australians thought was adequately protected. Yet it has no overall vision. The mix of world heritage, national parks, traditionally owned land and freehold title mean management responsibility is spread between agencies, local residents and traditional owners with poor co-ordination across key issues like clearing, weeds, pests, domestic animals, visitor facilities, presentation, community infrastructure, transport and access. It is therefore proposed the local, state and Australian governments design and fund a community-based Conservation Management Plan covering the entire ecosystem of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, regardless of tenure. Key interests are Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Daintree National Park (CYPAL), Native Title and freehold land.

We call on the Douglas Shire Council, Queensland Government and Australian Government to work together and with other stakeholders to develop a conservation management plan before any further investment in infrastructure is considered in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.  

Yours faithfully,

1,985 signatures
  • Emilia Jesse-Weaver
    signed 2021-07-15 19:08:31 +1000
  • Stephanie Murray
    signed 2021-07-14 14:23:06 +1000
  • Timo Gruber
    signed 2021-07-14 05:56:19 +1000
  • Rebecca Ryan
    signed 2021-07-10 09:37:37 +1000
  • Phill Johnson
    signed 2021-07-04 08:53:32 +1000
  • Georgia Watts
    signed 2021-07-02 08:07:59 +1000
    No gas fired power station, no bridge across the Daintree river (the ferry is one of the joys of visiting the area) and no widening or straightening roads as the winding roads are fully part of its charm.

    Turning this area into effectively a commercial enterprise will not only destroy important and irreplaceable nature, but will also lessen its renowned and sought-after appeal to both locals and visitors alike.

    There are plenty of places in Australia that have been compromised and disrespected already; perpetrators, go there if you want those things and leave this stunning area as is!

    Conservation, care and appreciation all the way.
  • isabel gildenhuys
    signed 2021-06-30 23:46:49 +1000
  • Selwyn McFaul
    signed 2021-06-30 22:53:57 +1000
  • Kim Gregory
    signed 2021-06-30 19:45:41 +1000
    It is so critical that we do not lose more of this irreplaceable, critically important rainforest through further unnecessary development.
  • Matteo Volonte
    signed 2021-06-30 19:01:20 +1000
  • Susan Lane
    signed 2021-06-27 21:50:30 +1000
    We should be protecting our rainforest NOT destroying it
  • Masha Marjanovich
    signed 2021-06-27 11:51:14 +1000
    As a citizen of this country I respectfully request that the government ban all development and cutting in the The Daintree Lowland Rainforest in North Queensland.

    This is the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering plants. It’s unique biodiversity must be protected and saved for the health of our ecosystem, which is what sustains human life. Any development, any cutting of this forest should be a crime punishable with imprisonment, not just fines. This is a precious resource, like the Great Barrier Reef, and we, the Australian people, are responsible for preserving it. You, our government, must help us preserve it with appropriate legislation.
  • Marie Cameron
    signed 2021-06-25 19:36:39 +1000
  • Ruth Haig
    signed 2021-06-25 10:30:46 +1000
  • Michaela Kelly
    signed 2021-06-22 21:57:31 +1000
  • Alison Felton
    signed 2021-06-22 17:36:21 +1000
  • Vicki Holmes
    signed 2021-06-21 17:48:45 +1000
  • Erica Churchill
    signed 2021-06-20 13:08:44 +1000
    The Daintree is way to important for Australia’s wildlife and for climate change mitigation to allow it to be destroyed for profit. The Cape Trib Road is currently a delightful drive. Upgrading it will make it just like any other road as well as destroying heaps of vegetation both with road building and the influx of tourists just going for a drive, rather than those that currently appreciate and love the area.
  • Georgina Nunn
    signed 2021-06-19 09:45:01 +1000
  • Sarah Cole
    signed 2021-06-18 17:05:14 +1000
  • Tracy Colhoun
    signed 2021-06-15 23:07:08 +1000
  • Frances Lu
    signed 2021-06-15 21:45:07 +1000
  • Shane Harding
    signed 2021-06-11 20:21:41 +1000
  • Julie Hepburn
    signed 2021-06-08 20:42:31 +1000
  • Jenny Dewhurst
    signed 2021-06-05 12:30:44 +1000
    The Daintree must be saved. Please donate.
  • Viola Hemm,
    signed 2021-06-02 21:47:28 +1000
  • Luca Bellesi
    signed 2021-06-01 12:33:45 +1000
  • Diane de Zylva
    signed 2021-05-30 08:17:57 +1000
  • Juliette Precians
    signed 2021-05-25 15:30:51 +1000
  • April Bravington
    signed 2021-05-24 15:52:53 +1000