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
  • Jan Anderson
    signed 2021-09-09 09:32:43 +1000
    Will we Ever stop this predation of our flora fauna & land??
  • Christine Evans
    signed 2021-09-09 09:29:02 +1000
  • Dale Wilson
    signed 2021-09-09 08:53:15 +1000
  • Rosalie Kiing. /(((7(
    signed 2021-09-09 08:40:28 +1000
  • Victoria Rhoades
    signed 2021-09-09 08:39:53 +1000
  • Bradden Spillane
    signed 2021-09-09 08:38:51 +1000
  • Paul Swaffield
    signed 2021-09-09 08:34:07 +1000
  • Michael Green
    signed 2021-09-09 08:31:46 +1000
  • patrick dorrian
    signed 2021-09-09 08:27:18 +1000
  • Judith Raabe
    signed 2021-09-09 08:14:37 +1000
    Continued cuttinng down of trees will change the climate and result in mass losses of fauna and flora, not to mention the tourist trade being impacted. Just look at other parts of the eastern coast of Australia. There is such a thing as loving a place to death. Get your act together Council!
  • Jo Hobson
    signed 2021-09-09 08:13:54 +1000
  • Ross McKinney
    signed 2021-09-09 07:33:09 +1000
    The Daintree is sacred. It must be there for our grandchildren & their grandchildren & their grandchildren.
  • Stephen McGrath
    signed 2021-09-09 07:14:08 +1000
  • Salome Bertelt
    signed 2021-09-09 07:12:26 +1000
  • Ryan Malady
    signed 2021-09-09 07:04:57 +1000
    Don’t call me asking for donations
  • David Sams
    signed 2021-09-09 06:54:47 +1000
    We need these eco system we can’t replace
  • Ashley Cooke
    signed 2021-09-09 05:09:29 +1000
  • Robert Fitzpatrick
    signed 2021-09-09 04:40:17 +1000
  • Gerard Lane
    signed 2021-09-09 04:27:23 +1000
    Bastard Act Leave the bush alone. Leave something for a generation to come
  • Helen Haddow
    signed 2021-09-09 04:24:39 +1000
  • Helen Turner
    signed 2021-09-09 01:16:56 +1000
  • Arianna Guerero
    signed 2021-09-09 01:09:34 +1000
  • Eunice North
    signed 2021-09-09 00:33:46 +1000
  • Patrick Beale
    signed 2021-09-09 00:29:00 +1000
  • Susan Lilley
    signed 2021-09-08 23:59:35 +1000
  • Kim Jelfs
    signed 2021-09-08 23:44:31 +1000
  • Rick Beeby
    signed 2021-09-08 23:31:28 +1000
  • Kathy Robertson
    signed 2021-09-08 23:23:37 +1000
  • Sue Mahon
    signed 2021-09-08 23:21:03 +1000
  • T D
    signed 2021-09-08 23:19:32 +1000