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.

Will you sign?


Rainforest being cleared at Diwan in the Daintree Rainforest. 

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, 1137 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.



249 signatures
  • Renee Allpress
    signed 2021-06-21 16:04:45 +1000
  • Mark Munro
    signed 2021-06-19 14:48:42 +1000
  • Alla Maksimovich
    signed 2021-06-13 12:45:14 +1000
  • Marzi Banilohi
    signed 2021-06-12 19:55:19 +1000
  • Valeria Vizzi
    signed 2021-06-11 19:48:40 +1000
  • Nathan Roussos
    signed via 2021-06-11 16:22:27 +1000
  • Christine McDonnell
    signed 2021-06-10 21:12:54 +1000
  • Slavka Gough
    signed 2021-06-10 15:14:24 +1000
  • John Dockrill
    signed 2021-06-10 10:57:02 +1000
  • Sally Goullet
    signed 2021-06-09 20:14:19 +1000
  • Michael Smith
    signed via 2021-06-09 17:53:04 +1000
  • Gloria Webb
    signed 2021-06-09 11:25:08 +1000
  • Ivor Morgan
    signed 2021-06-09 09:33:06 +1000
    lets keep the Daintree forested
  • Warwick Mauger
    signed 2021-06-09 09:01:48 +1000
    Strong regulatory environmental laws protect integrity of place
  • Peyote Phoenix
    signed 2021-06-09 08:08:18 +1000
  • Bryan Hunter
    signed 2021-06-09 07:30:35 +1000
  • Suzie Ahern
    signed 2021-06-09 07:12:44 +1000
  • Greta Martin
    signed 2021-06-09 02:14:22 +1000
  • Linda Redder
    signed 2021-06-09 01:09:55 +1000
  • Carolyn emms
    signed 2021-06-08 21:55:48 +1000
    Land clearing of old growth forests needs to stop now! There is enough cleared country m already! When will the plundering of our beloved country stop.
  • Lani Imhof
    signed 2021-06-08 21:37:51 +1000
  • Rebecca Edmund
    signed 2021-06-08 20:58:21 +1000
  • Nicole Austin
    signed 2021-06-08 16:56:09 +1000
  • Carol Knight
    signed 2021-06-08 16:25:29 +1000
  • Sussie Christensen
    signed 2021-06-08 14:45:16 +1000
  • Donna Forte
    signed 2021-06-08 08:59:25 +1000
  • Olga Istomina
    signed 2021-06-08 08:58:15 +1000
  • Isabel Jerome
    signed 2021-06-08 08:36:03 +1000
    It is vital to protect this rare and endangered rainforest and am appalled at the greed of those developers
  • Matthew Davies
    signed 2021-06-08 08:06:51 +1000
    Dear Mayor and Councillors, please stop the illegal destruction of the Daintree – it is precious and must be preserved.
  • Judy Fowler
    signed 2021-06-08 07:33:17 +1000
    Please stop illegal clearing and settlements in this area. It is a pristine rainforest area and should be protected. It’s one of very few left, let’s keep it that way.