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
  • Hope Ohman
    signed 2021-09-08 23:16:17 +1000
    This is very remote with no power, sewage, and water. Let’s leave it that way for environmental and generational sake.
  • Barry Foyle
    signed 2021-09-08 23:00:04 +1000
  • Margaret Henderson
    signed 2021-09-08 22:56:56 +1000
  • Pamela Baxter
    signed 2021-09-08 22:54:55 +1000
  • Oliver Lynch
    signed 2021-09-08 22:51:06 +1000
  • Gayle Clarke-Wood
    signed 2021-09-08 22:33:21 +1000
  • Lee Whitchurch
    signed 2021-09-08 22:32:42 +1000
  • Anthony Moyes
    signed 2021-09-08 16:58:53 +1000
    Every tree removed lowers the tourist value of far North Queensland. That’s apart from destroying habitat for wildlife.
  • Jared Lowndes
    signed 2021-09-08 16:34:40 +1000
  • Jon Pike
    signed 2021-09-08 16:06:32 +1000
  • lance bastin
    signed 2021-09-08 15:31:59 +1000
  • Graeme. Dwyer
    signed 2021-09-08 15:19:02 +1000
  • Judith Smith
    signed 2021-09-08 14:55:36 +1000
  • Tony Sgroi
    signed 2021-09-08 14:52:42 +1000
  • Ann Peters
    signed 2021-09-08 14:28:53 +1000
  • John Maunsell
    signed 2021-09-08 13:46:38 +1000
  • Peter Collie
    signed 2021-09-08 13:43:57 +1000
    I can understand people wanting to live there, but not to the detriment of one of our last and significant rain forests, it needs to be preserved for everybody’s enjoyment
  • Angela Henschke
    signed 2021-09-08 13:41:14 +1000
  • Mark Turner
    signed 2021-09-08 13:36:24 +1000
  • Nerida McKee
    signed 2021-09-08 13:34:27 +1000
  • Palika Pabian
    signed 2021-09-08 11:59:09 +1000
  • Julie Tawse
    signed 2021-09-07 19:54:09 +1000
    I’m a Victorian who has wonderful memories of the Daintree and would love to visit again sometime. I’d especially like all the children and grandchildren in our nation to have that opportunity to see pristine rainforest lands at some point in their lives. Rainforests are crucial for helping keep the greater environment , the water and the air healthy.

    It should be about caring for Country and about citizens commonwealth… not allowing selfish individuals to trash things.
  • Sue Strodl
    signed 2021-09-07 18:05:47 +1000
  • David MacDermott
    signed 2021-09-07 08:19:29 +1000
  • Lynn Brodie
    signed 2021-09-07 01:54:40 +1000
  • Betsy Dunne
    signed 2021-09-06 21:54:47 +1000
    The Daintree is one of my favourite parts of Australia. It is unique and needs protection. Please protect it
  • Carol Knight
    signed 2021-09-06 19:14:47 +1000
  • Duncan Kydd
    signed 2021-09-06 18:13:01 +1000
  • Deirdre Kerr
    signed 2021-09-06 17:31:26 +1000
  • Ian Christian
    signed 2021-09-06 17:31:10 +1000