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
  • Luke Rieder
    signed 2021-09-20 19:22:06 +1000
  • Geoffrey Spanner
    signed 2021-09-20 19:20:25 +1000
  • Jodie Winnell
    signed 2021-09-20 08:00:12 +1000
  • Paola Torti
    signed 2021-09-20 07:13:19 +1000
  • Lucy Kelly
    signed 2021-09-20 02:26:10 +1000
    Please stop this terrible destruction of this wonderful rainforest, and undo the damage which has already been done! Save the Daintree!
  • Christine McDonnell
    signed 2021-09-19 20:35:51 +1000
  • Tanya Harrison
    signed 2021-09-18 21:59:25 +1000
  • Steve Arlaud
    signed 2021-09-18 21:14:23 +1000
  • Claudia Tessadri
    signed 2021-09-18 21:00:25 +1000
  • Soren Jocumsen
    signed 2021-09-18 20:37:02 +1000
  • Sandra Ball
    signed 2021-09-18 20:08:49 +1000
  • Fiona Webb
    signed 2021-09-18 15:30:38 +1000
  • Steven Vandertouw
    signed 2021-09-18 14:32:35 +1000
  • Ritamay Roberts
    signed 2021-09-18 12:21:17 +1000
  • Sussie Christensen
    signed 2021-09-18 12:11:25 +1000
  • Nadina Dargan
    signed 2021-09-18 12:06:00 +1000
  • Tracey Clarke
    signed 2021-09-18 12:00:25 +1000
    Don’t let the Daintree be another council area that another council doesn’t care about the land.
  • Rachel Brien
    signed 2021-09-18 09:18:37 +1000
  • Camila Sanhueza
    signed via 2021-09-14 21:17:15 +1000
  • Matt Prisk
    signed 2021-09-14 21:13:00 +1000
  • Brynn Mathews
    signed 2021-09-13 08:36:19 +1000
    The Daintree Rainforest is a remnant of forest dating back millions of years to Gondwanaland and worthy of the highest level of protection from humans, which, by comparison, are an ephemeral species with not much of a future unless we drastically change our relationship to nature. I call on Douglas Shire to do its utmost to protect and preserve this precious lowland rainforest.
  • Cheryl Forrest-Smith
    signed 2021-09-12 22:21:12 +1000
    Please, Douglas Shire Council, enforce your 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.
  • Geoff Holland
    signed 2021-09-12 22:10:47 +1000
    Protect the most biodiverse and unique ecosystem in Australia!
  • Nikita Jan
    signed 2021-09-12 01:32:39 +1000
  • Richard Flook
    signed 2021-09-11 18:57:02 +1000
    At a moment in time that the world desperately needs to work together to arrest climate change it is criminal to allow forest clearing. As the UN Secretary General said when addressing the United Nations General Assembly on 10th September 2021 “…we are at a pivotal moment.”
  • Noni Yiannacou
    signed 2021-09-10 22:46:15 +1000
  • john wooldridge
    signed 2021-09-09 18:26:18 +1000
  • Kay Hage
    signed 2021-09-09 13:40:34 +1000
    Please listen to the people of Australia you are in a position to protect and the care for the Daintree , so please don’t let’s us down please inforce the local laws and insure the continued existence of Daintree
  • Keith Twartz
    signed 2021-09-09 13:34:54 +1000
  • Birgit Holdinghausen
    signed 2021-09-09 13:23:38 +1000