Stop illegal clearing and settlement in the Daintree Rainforest

Unapproved clearing and settlement of rainforest blocks is destroying rainforest habitat in the Daintree. 

That's why we're calling on Douglas Shire Council to enforce its own local laws and planning scheme requirements to regulate and restrict clearing.

Will you sign?

Petition letter 

To Mayor and Councillors, Douglas Shire Council,

We, the undersigned, call on Douglas Shire Council to enforce its local laws and planning scheme requirements to regulate and restrict clearing to ensure the conservation values of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest are not destroyed by illegal clearing and settlement.

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is the oldest continually existing rainforest on the planet: a living museum with relic flora and fauna representing more than 120 million years of uninterrupted evolutionary processes.

Despite its incredible biodiversity values, 1136 residential blocks were subdivided into the rainforest in the early 1980s. Some of these blocks have since been bought back for conservation purposes. Some have been compensated for having development rights removed. And others have been developed for housing – for rural-residential development.

Those properties that do remain in private ownership are required to comply with Douglas Shire Council’s planning scheme.

However, on-ground investigations in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest have witnessed instances of clearing that obviously contravenes the Douglas Shire Council By-laws that already exist and that Council has an obligation to enforce.

We have observed instances of:

  • Clearing of vegetation in excess of approved development applications;
  • Clearing without an approved development application; and
  • Settlement without an approved development application or occupation certificate.

Clearing has an enormous impact on this ancient and internationally significant rainforest, which is home to the endangered Southern Cassowary and numerous other species listed as threatened under both the Queensland Nature Conservation Act and the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The solution though is straightforward. There are already Douglas Shire Council by-laws in place to manage clearing and settlement in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. We are calling on Douglas Shire Council to enforce its own by-laws enacted to protect the conservation values of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

You can read more about illegal land clearing in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in this summary of our concerns.

803 signatures
  • Cheyenne Geary
    signed 2024-06-09 16:34:07 +1000
  • Sharon N
    signed 2024-06-04 00:34:37 +1000
  • Estelle Siddons
    signed 2024-03-15 16:10:29 +1100
    Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

    Be one to cherish and protect the pristine natural beauty and ecosystems that have been in the making for hundreds and thousands of years.
  • Stefania Martinico
    signed 2024-03-04 03:45:23 +1100
  • Russell Wicked
    signed 2024-01-30 16:49:38 +1100
    Stop illegal cleaning know,
  • Lucie Verhelst
    signed 2024-01-16 08:03:39 +1100
    To the Douglas Shire Council,


    With the damage caused by cyclone Jasper we need to care for the Daintree Rainforest more than ever before.

    We desperately need your help to protect this area.

    Thank you for your attention.


    Kind regards,

    Lucie
  • Suzy Bestwick
    signed 2024-01-13 20:00:13 +1100
    Rather than selling off and clearing our incredible world heritage asset for short term gains, more action needs to be taken to discourage residences, buy back previously sold land and it is our responsibility to protect, repair and preserve this asset for our own future and that of the planet
  • Bassam Imam
    signed 2024-01-06 16:50:51 +1100
    GOD-willing, our beloved planet and all the creatures therein will be saved from the extremely harmful effects of over-pollution and the lack of respect for our planet`s health.
  • Ari Daniels
    signed 2023-12-20 07:32:12 +1100
  • Tabitha Orlando
    signed 2023-12-01 19:12:59 +1100
  • Julie Gordon
    signed 2023-11-23 08:11:11 +1100
  • Jenna Sutton
    signed 2023-11-21 12:00:25 +1100
  • Carole Felmy
    signed 2023-11-13 22:42:50 +1100
  • Rowena Pettigrew
    signed 2023-10-26 23:22:46 +1100
    land clearing is the biggest threat to biodiversity there is. Protect the wild places andthe animals that inhabit them.
  • M D
    signed 2023-10-22 20:38:22 +1100
    WE CAN DO BETTER!
  • Sue Strodl
    signed 2023-09-23 18:54:41 +1000
  • Clair Morton
    signed 2023-09-04 10:21:00 +1000
  • Callum Blacklaw
    signed 2023-08-21 18:13:43 +1000
  • Jackson Stutsel
    signed 2023-08-04 01:21:48 +1000
  • ricky lou
    signed 2023-07-10 23:52:43 +1000
  • Juliet Rooney
    signed 2023-07-08 13:33:23 +1000
    Absolutely disgraceful that the Daintree was allowed to be subdivided & developed 😪
  • Kathleen Ager
    signed 2023-06-26 19:07:27 +1000
  • Angela Aris
    signed 2023-06-24 16:49:46 +1000
  • Jess Radevski
    signed 2023-06-18 08:43:30 +1000
  • Tony Prout
    signed 2023-06-14 13:36:33 +1000
  • Francis Johnson
    signed 2023-06-13 18:19:05 +1000
  • Ajayip Janes
    signed 2023-06-13 15:58:03 +1000
  • Jaye Hartwell
    signed 2023-06-11 21:09:01 +1000
  • Lucy Mann
    signed 2023-06-08 13:26:12 +1000
  • Grant Nicholson
    signed 2023-05-30 09:32:59 +1000