Stop illegal clearing and settlement in the Daintree Rainforest.

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.

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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.



755 signatures
  • Sharnee Rawson
    signed 2023-01-28 09:55:46 +1100
  • Jessie Watson
    signed 2023-01-19 19:46:25 +1100
  • Kerry Clifford
    signed 2023-01-18 11:06:15 +1100
  • Michelle Lowe
    signed 2022-12-26 14:15:17 +1100
  • Steven Popplewell
    signed 2022-12-24 22:32:18 +1100
  • Kathryn Anderson
    signed 2022-12-21 12:25:40 +1100
  • Julie Krassay
    signed 2022-12-06 22:47:12 +1100
    Please help preserve our precious rainforest
  • Kathleen McCaughtrie
    signed 2022-11-21 14:10:46 +1100
    Humanity is killing the planet through deforestation. Stop.
  • Diane Williams
    signed 2022-09-18 14:34:16 +1000
    If the planning rules are not enforced to protect from overclearing then they are useless and indeed show a lack of will by the council.
  • Kellie Gee
    signed 2022-09-06 20:34:53 +1000
  • Evelyn Lamers
    signed 2022-08-31 10:39:00 +1000
  • Russell Wickson
    signed 2022-08-27 08:32:06 +1000
    Stop illegal cleaning know,
  • Sue Strodl
    signed 2022-08-19 07:35:53 +1000
  • Bex Brownlow
    signed 2022-08-17 10:17:00 +1000
  • Glenda Mitchell
    signed 2022-08-16 09:08:34 +1000
    Clearing of our forests must stop!
  • Jessica McGregor
    signed 2022-08-14 18:29:39 +1000
  • Helen Dawson
    signed 2022-07-12 07:40:31 +1000
  • Tiarn Wray
    signed 2022-06-28 20:56:36 +1000
  • Paul Suares
    signed 2022-06-28 09:09:05 +1000
  • David Campbell
    signed 2022-06-26 11:23:49 +1000
  • heath wallace
    signed 2022-06-15 17:13:16 +1000
  • Angie Creed
    signed 2022-06-13 09:23:14 +1000
  • Grace Abell
    signed 2022-06-10 15:42:22 +1000
  • Dorothy Douglas
    signed 2022-06-06 21:27:58 +1000
    I am currently camping at Cape Tribulation as was disgusted to a local Real Estate Agent advertising a block of Rainforest for residential purposes which means it would have to be cleared for development. I didn’t think this would be permitted.
  • Michael King
    signed 2022-06-01 21:28:39 +1000
    we saved the Franklin River in Tasmainia in the 1980s now its time to save the daintree
  • Ariane Taubman
    signed 2022-05-06 08:37:22 +1000
  • Kate Mitchell
    signed 2022-05-04 11:27:30 +1000
  • Sheridan Adams
    signed 2022-05-04 11:24:14 +1000
  • Michael Tee
    signed 2022-05-04 11:16:03 +1000
  • James Scalzi
    signed 2022-04-30 14:00:11 +1000