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 King
    signed 2021-08-24 15:49:12 +1000
  • Jim Allen
    signed 2021-08-24 10:31:47 +1000
  • Oskar Sutherland
    signed 2021-08-21 17:40:24 +1000
  • Judy Betteley
    signed 2021-08-19 12:40:33 +1000
    Save OUR Daintree
  • Mustafa Jahangir
    signed 2021-08-17 16:43:15 +1000
    The Rainforests must be saved
  • Sarada Seetharaman
    signed 2021-08-11 15:13:04 +1000
  • Joel Courtidis
    signed 2021-08-11 12:17:08 +1000
  • Tamara Mills
    signed 2021-08-08 20:20:37 +1000
  • David Lee
    signed via 2021-08-07 18:38:40 +1000
  • Roland Walker
    signed 2021-08-07 16:29:50 +1000
  • Robyn Ramsay
    signed 2021-08-07 15:39:31 +1000
    Dear Councillors,

    Please take urgent and active measures to protect the rainforest in Douglas Shire. I live on the Sunshine Coast and our rainforest pockets have been largely depleted by development. Our conservation groups in the region are desperately trying to buy back and reforest these areas. Please do not go through this loop of selling off then regretfully trying to buy back old rainforest that should never have been destroyed.
  • Francis Gilfedder
    signed 2021-08-06 14:55:06 +1000
    We want law abiding citizens in this country, and that means environmental law
  • Mary Hawkes
    signed 2021-08-06 14:44:54 +1000
  • Margaret H Notaras
    signed 2021-08-06 14:31:39 +1000
  • Karen Farnham
    signed 2021-08-06 10:30:24 +1000
    How even dare they do this so sick of landowners clear land for their own desires or profit either way it’s unsustainable
  • Alana Hickey
    signed 2021-08-06 08:18:06 +1000
    Stop this
  • Margaret Dudley
    signed 2021-08-06 08:03:43 +1000
  • joselito degrazia
    signed 2021-08-06 00:02:11 +1000
  • Kelly Mantle
    signed 2021-08-05 19:45:43 +1000
  • Daniel Grannery
    signed 2021-08-05 19:37:12 +1000
  • Natalie Atherden
    signed 2021-08-05 11:19:20 +1000
    I holiday in Cairns and the Daintree regularly and I come to the area specifically for the environmental values of the Lowland Rainforest. Lose that and you’ve lost me and the family I organise to bring with me each time. But you’ve also lost a whole lot more that makes your region special.
  • Graeme Heatherill
    signed 2021-08-05 08:24:09 +1000
    Be human not a wild animal
  • Jack Holbrook
    signed 2021-08-04 16:26:47 +1000
  • Keir Jarvis
    signed 2021-08-04 15:51:06 +1000
  • Mary Godden
    signed 2021-08-04 10:37:57 +1000
  • Sara Newnham
    signed 2021-08-04 09:35:07 +1000
  • Catherine Sharpe
    signed 2021-08-04 07:57:02 +1000
  • Simon Hollevoet
    signed 2021-08-04 00:31:04 +1000
  • Viola Hemm
    signed 2021-08-03 23:29:11 +1000
    Stop this unbelievable destruction!
  • F Jarrett
    signed 2021-08-03 21:47:39 +1000
    This is criminal..protect nature