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
  • Keely Smith
    signed 2021-08-03 20:16:35 +1000
  • Nicole Johansen
    signed 2021-08-03 15:14:20 +1000
    How are you allowing this on top of normal allowed destruction. End idiocracy.
  • Emma Menzies
    signed 2021-08-03 15:00:53 +1000
  • Alyce Nicholls
    signed 2021-08-03 14:39:15 +1000
  • Norman van't Hoff
    signed 2021-08-03 11:39:36 +1000
    There is so little rainforest left. For God’s sake think of the future.
  • Robert Morison
    signed 2021-08-03 11:19:00 +1000
  • Michael Bremer
    signed 2021-08-03 10:50:38 +1000
    Insanity. Do they know the difference between finite and infinite???
  • Dawn Dunstan
    signed 2021-08-03 10:28:43 +1000
  • Gael Trotman
    signed 2021-08-03 10:03:23 +1000
  • Ani Hart
    signed 2021-08-03 08:29:43 +1000
    This illegal clearing needs to be stopped – along with any illegal buildings.
  • Debra Lahrs
    signed 2021-08-03 08:15:53 +1000
    Another useless council. Lucky this area isn’t in the Cassowary Coast Regional Councils jurisdiction-they’d be waiving fees to get the developments happening.
  • Grant Howard
    signed 2021-08-03 05:38:14 +1000
  • Natasha Watson
    signed 2021-08-03 00:27:26 +1000
  • Jan van Dalfsen
    signed 2021-08-02 23:29:36 +1000
    Please enforce protection measures for this precious nature. Stop the loss of habitat. Reduce the pressures on natives that lead to their extinction.
  • Dianne Thomson
    signed 2021-08-02 23:02:28 +1000
  • Emily Coats
    signed 2021-08-02 22:38:33 +1000
    Heartbreaking and gut wrenching
  • Cameron Wright
    signed 2021-08-02 22:34:49 +1000
  • scott cumberland
    signed 2021-08-02 22:23:01 +1000
    It seems like someone is looking the other way while this unique global icon is being degraded which can only end up being another negative and ongoing pressure on the Great Barrier Reef also.
  • Rhian Cope
    signed 2021-08-02 21:13:00 +1000
  • Damien Cook
    signed 2021-08-02 20:22:16 +1000
  • Ian Tanner
    signed 2021-08-02 20:10:47 +1000
  • Natalie Feil
    signed 2021-08-02 20:04:29 +1000
  • David Alan Bott
    signed 2021-08-02 19:34:12 +1000
    we must combine all our resources to save our forests….
  • William Luscombe
    signed 2021-08-02 19:17:31 +1000
    Please stop logging of rainforests

    Thank you 🙏
  • Colin Truslove
    signed 2021-08-02 19:06:41 +1000
  • Robert Dostal
    signed 2021-08-02 18:50:42 +1000
  • Janette Eade
    signed 2021-08-02 18:22:27 +1000
  • Bill Hadfield
    signed 2021-08-02 18:14:54 +1000
  • Mark McEwen
    signed 2021-08-02 18:09:33 +1000
  • Maryan Lovric
    signed 2021-08-02 18:08:16 +1000