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
  • Annji Rodgers
    signed 2021-09-02 20:17:22 +1000
  • Tala Salah
    signed 2021-09-02 20:03:40 +1000
  • Timothy Cobb
    signed 2021-09-02 18:59:46 +1000
  • Deborah Cargill
    signed 2021-09-02 17:54:17 +1000
  • Merrilyn Birt
    signed 2021-09-02 17:45:32 +1000
  • Neal Culkin
    signed 2021-09-02 17:42:58 +1000
  • bente jørgensen
    signed 2021-09-02 16:00:07 +1000
    Please protect your amazing wildlife and habitats!
  • Ian Locke
    signed 2021-09-02 15:57:41 +1000
    I was a tour guide only 30 years all and there should be put back by the government and protected for future generations
  • Larry Abel
    signed 2021-09-02 15:16:48 +1000
    This entire forest should be in the National Park. Legal clearing is bad enough; illegal clearing and development must be stopped.
  • Chelsea Clarke
    signed 2021-09-02 14:50:12 +1000
  • Robert Van Der Ley
    signed 2021-09-02 14:33:04 +1000
  • Gloria Webb
    signed 2021-09-02 13:29:22 +1000
  • Ivor Morgan
    signed 2021-09-02 13:15:53 +1000
    The marvellous diversity of the old rain forest should not be bulldozed away to make space for housing,should be left well alone
  • John Snell
    signed 2021-09-02 13:02:39 +1000
  • Renee Allpress
    signed 2021-09-02 12:58:34 +1000
  • Austin Frendo
    signed 2021-09-02 12:42:26 +1000
  • Christopher Coates
    signed 2021-09-02 12:40:20 +1000
    Unauthorised clearing should be stopped
  • Jackie daunt
    signed 2021-09-02 12:28:14 +1000
  • Camilla Stevens
    signed 2021-09-02 12:13:56 +1000
  • Andree Malpass
    signed 2021-09-02 12:13:20 +1000
  • Russell Wickson
    signed 2021-09-02 12:09:52 +1000
    Stop illegal cleaning know,
  • Tracie Armstrong
    signed 2021-09-02 11:53:58 +1000
  • Rynell Williams
    signed 2021-09-02 11:44:28 +1000
  • Gabrielle RIchardson
    signed 2021-09-02 11:44:09 +1000
  • Emma Branson
    signed 2021-09-02 11:34:02 +1000
  • Bryan Hunter
    signed 2021-09-02 11:29:34 +1000
  • Fiona Belotti
    signed 2021-08-30 12:31:10 +1000
    Please consider protection of our Rainforest before it is too late.
  • Angelique Pearce
    signed 2021-08-28 18:54:18 +1000
  • Emma Ratcliffe
    signed 2021-08-27 08:04:25 +1000
  • Carole Felmy
    signed 2021-08-25 13:37:18 +1000