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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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.



710 signatures
  • josie doolan
    signed 2021-12-01 14:42:07 +1100
    Dedicated vigilance and a true understanding of the reasons why the Daintree must be protected must be practised by any governing bodies to ensure the total and ongoing conservation of this absolute global and local treasure…
  • Sheridan Adams
    signed 2021-11-30 16:56:04 +1100
    Sounds like the wild west up there! Douglas Shire Council needs to step up and ensure the local laws and planning are adhered to.
  • Erin Olsen
    signed 2021-11-29 09:38:18 +1100
  • Ewa Walczuk
    signed 2021-11-27 11:40:45 +1100
  • Marion van Gameren
    signed 2021-11-26 15:17:20 +1100
  • Holly Brown
    signed 2021-11-08 17:08:55 +1100
  • Meg Roberts
    signed 2021-11-07 05:49:12 +1100
  • Nancy Hatch
    signed 2021-11-06 20:16:34 +1100
  • Paddy Carracher
    signed 2021-10-24 19:43:02 +1100
  • Andre Loizou
    signed 2021-10-24 10:46:00 +1100
  • Oliver Weston
    signed 2021-10-24 10:26:04 +1100
  • Dela Amiri
    signed 2021-10-18 23:13:52 +1100
  • Michelle Hoile
    signed 2021-10-13 06:42:59 +1100
  • Megan Hunter
    signed 2021-10-08 22:42:23 +1100
  • Marie-Claire Solomon
    signed 2021-10-03 20:30:49 +1100
  • Ben C
    signed 2021-10-01 10:41:02 +1000
  • Jason Christiansen
    signed 2021-09-30 07:22:35 +1000
    Im lucky enough to work on communications towers between Mackay, Mt Misery and beyond. Ive had the opportunity to see the landscapes from such vantage points. Heck, Ive been over Daintree by chopper and Ive camped in this Rainforest countless times for work. To see vacant blocks for potential development around the lower Daintree area is appalling. Its the last stop up the East coast where these natural habits excist on low lying areas and not to mention a beautiful river system running through. Look at google maps of the East coast and tablelands area to recognise how much has already been logged.
  • Barbara Bell
    signed 2021-09-25 03:19:01 +1000
  • Janet Hutchison
    signed 2021-09-24 14:47:05 +1000
  • Gillian Taylor
    signed via 2021-09-24 14:33:44 +1000
  • Quentin Reilly
    signed 2021-09-23 20:32:43 +1000
  • Tennille G
    signed 2021-09-23 13:59:53 +1000
  • Patricia Clifford
    signed 2021-09-22 18:01:53 +1000
  • Alex Foel
    signed 2021-09-22 12:42:58 +1000
  • renee napier
    signed 2021-09-22 07:45:46 +1000
  • Beryl Flower
    signed 2021-09-21 14:40:01 +1000
  • Patricia Thomson
    signed 2021-09-21 11:18:45 +1000
    The Daintree is a beautiful and different part of our country and must be protected
  • Karen Smith
    signed 2021-09-21 08:17:41 +1000
  • Lynda Grosvenor
    signed 2021-09-21 08:01:07 +1000
  • Gail Erickson
    signed 2021-09-21 06:54:34 +1000