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.



701 signatures
  • Chris Waldron
    signed 2021-05-07 18:01:51 +1000
  • Peter Tame
    signed 2021-05-07 16:34:16 +1000
  • Leone Edwards
    signed 2021-05-07 16:12:41 +1000
  • Victoria Lundberg
    signed 2021-05-07 15:03:25 +1000
  • Anthony Binsiar
    signed 2021-05-07 14:46:12 +1000
  • Caro Jones
    signed 2021-05-07 14:45:25 +1000
  • Angela Schofield
    signed 2021-05-07 07:41:23 +1000
    Increase density, its more environmentally sustainable and builds better communities. No more spread.
  • Will Hancock
    signed 2021-05-06 21:22:56 +1000
  • Lesley Cook
    signed 2021-05-06 17:25:21 +1000
    You are on the wrong side of history if unnecessary land clearing continues.
  • Lou Conlon
    signed 2021-05-06 16:57:40 +1000
  • Lisa Stow
    signed 2021-05-06 15:45:54 +1000
  • Felicia Jaremus
    signed 2021-05-06 12:38:59 +1000
  • Donna Davies
    signed 2021-05-06 12:10:35 +1000
  • Sarah Officer
    signed 2021-05-06 12:07:43 +1000
  • Regina Hoeppner
    signed 2021-05-06 11:45:38 +1000
  • Karina Todorashko
    signed 2021-05-06 11:04:51 +1000
  • Phil Blight
    signed 2021-05-06 10:57:12 +1000
  • Steve Wilson
    signed 2021-05-06 09:33:19 +1000
    Its supposed to be a national park but it no longer feels like it sadly.
  • Shannon Locke
    signed 2021-05-06 09:09:19 +1000
  • Angelika Weber
    signed 2021-05-06 08:30:08 +1000
    Please don’t clear any more land!
  • Terence Moran
    signed 2021-05-06 06:59:09 +1000
  • Sally Mcintosh
    signed 2021-05-06 06:35:02 +1000
  • Shellie Boyd
    signed 2021-05-06 06:06:37 +1000
  • Karen ayliffe
    signed 2021-05-06 01:57:15 +1000
  • Brian Marthick
    signed 2021-05-06 00:49:43 +1000
  • Katia Falco
    signed 2021-05-05 23:37:13 +1000
  • Sally Inch
    signed 2021-05-05 23:28:36 +1000
  • Philip Moult
    signed 2021-05-05 22:30:38 +1000
  • Erica Bleakley
    signed 2021-05-05 22:18:29 +1000
  • Alex Stephens
    signed 2021-05-05 22:04:33 +1000
    Is the Douglas shire council encouraging illegal landclearing . This is a very serious offence in Australias highest conservation value rainforest . The vast clearing that is fragmenting the forest is also exacerbating the proliferation of exotic invasive plant and animal species that have and still been introduced . If Douglas Shire council is serious about enforcing the restrictions you have placed on property buyers they could at least have drone survailance to monitor for and discourage illegal clearing .