Stop the bridge across the Daintree River  


A proposed bridge across the Daintree River will fuel further development of the World Heritage value rainforest along the Daintree coast and must be stopped.


  • Currently, the only way to reach the Daintree is by vehicular barge across the Daintree River. 
  • The local authority, Douglas Shire Council is exploring options for a bridge over the Daintree River.
  • A bridge will have an enormous flow-on effect. It will increase the number of vehicles and the hours of the day that they’re on roads. Vehicle strike is a killer of the Southern Cassowary and endangered species critical to the rainforest’s natural ability to regenerate.
  • An increase in traffic will lead to growth in property prices, increased demand for additional services such as energy supply, further fragmentation of highly sensitive ecosystems, and disturbance of terrestrial and aquatic environments.
  • The Daintree Lowland Rainforest in North Queensland is the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering plants. Let's not change that now.


People power has saved the Daintree time and time again and it will this time too. Sign the petition to demand the Douglas Shire Council to dismiss all proposals for a bridge over the Daintree River which will irreparably impact fragile ecosystems and the endangered animals that live within them.

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To Douglas Shire Council


Urgently put a stop to proposals for a bridge across the Daintree River and instead work to protect the region’s natural values.


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Building a bridge over the Daintree River will support further undesirable development. For decades, governments and NGOs have been investing in buying back blocks adjacent to the World Heritage Area to slow down development. And now the Douglas Shire Council has put a bridge back on the table.


A bridge over the Daintree has been floated on and off for decades and has been met with opposition from the local community and conservationists across the world.


A bridge poses a significant threat to the area’s biodiversity. There’s no doubt a bridge brings with it an increase in vehicular traffic to this internationally significant region. With a bridge will come the following impacts:


  • 24-hour access across the river means cars are crossing the river at all times of day and night, putting at risk already endangered wildlife.
  • The construction phase and inevitable road upgrade will disturb sensitive ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic.
  • The bridge is likely to increase the number and type of services available to residents and tourists of the Daintree, for example, deliveries and waste services
  • An increase in tourism development will increase road kills of native wildlife, including the endangered Southern Cassowary
  • Expansion to the road network will create an edge effect, opening up the rainforest canopy and further catalyzing the spread of pest plants and animals
  • Tourists currently visit the Daintree for its intact rainforest and genuine wildlife experiences. Additional infrastructure will undermine the region’s natural values


People power has saved the Daintree time and time again and it will this time too. We’re calling on the Douglas Shire Council to put a stop to development in the Daintree once and for all and to cease all proposals exploring a bridge across the Daintree River.




6,478 signatures
  • Robin Griffin
    signed 2020-08-11 11:52:26 +1000
    First visited in 1998 and was astounded at its beauty. It is indeed a jewel and the extra effort in reaching it adds to the mystique and tourism value.
  • Imogen Fischle-Stenner
    signed 2020-08-11 10:51:49 +1000
  • Mat Colefax
    signed 2020-07-31 15:57:31 +1000
    Family holidays there through the 70’s and 80’s and now with my own kids. It’s imperative to conserve this incredible asset through any means possible.
  • Mathew Colefax
    signed 2020-07-29 20:25:26 +1000
  • Els Dadswell
    signed 2020-07-28 21:48:26 +1000
  • Nigel Treloar
    signed 2020-07-26 11:36:32 +1000
    Restricting access to the area north of the Daintree river will help to keep the area alive. The current situation is enough. Too much of a good thing and you end up with less of a good thing. Quality here is more important than quantity. Thank you.
  • Victor Bugeja
    signed 2020-07-23 14:54:43 +1000
  • Vikki Powell
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:55 +1000
    A bridge would not only encourage excessive traffic and development, but would be a blight on the environment. Local governments and developers, hell bent on massive tourism for the sake of money, are not only blind to the inevitable environmental damage but ignore the fact that environmental tourism, rather than that involving more resorts and man made structures, is in demand.
  • Tracy Bradshaw
    signed 2020-07-22 14:03:00 +1000
  • Lee Klein
    signed 2020-07-22 13:57:04 +1000
  • Liam Knuj
    signed 2020-07-21 18:55:32 +1000
  • Alex Heal
    signed 2020-07-21 00:47:12 +1000
    A bridge too far! Totally unnecessary and will lead to the ruin of this jewel in Australia’s crown. Let’s keep it as it is, the ferry’s fine!
  • Bronwyn Rees
    signed 2020-07-20 16:27:27 +1000
  • Leif Lemke
    signed 2020-07-20 16:19:03 +1000
    No need for a bridge. We have accessed the area several times and love the barge.
  • Grace Farmilo
    signed 2020-07-20 11:01:37 +1000
  • Nina Weber
    signed 2020-07-20 06:42:14 +1000
  • Heather Goodman
    signed 2020-07-20 00:54:36 +1000
    When will people learn. The Daintree, is beautiful and building a bridge would help in wrecking it. A bridge is not improving the area.
  • Angela Soddu
    signed 2020-07-19 23:19:31 +1000
  • Jai royall
    signed 2020-07-19 22:56:12 +1000
  • Mark Halliday
    signed 2020-07-19 21:48:34 +1000
  • Caelan Woryk
    signed 2020-07-19 20:40:23 +1000
  • Rachael Cavanagh
    signed 2020-07-19 20:20:09 +1000
  • Josephine Hunter
    signed 2020-07-19 19:53:02 +1000
  • Julie Thomas
    signed 2020-07-19 19:51:46 +1000
  • Sarah Evans
    signed 2020-07-19 19:32:48 +1000
  • Sandra Grulli
    signed 2020-07-19 18:55:04 +1000
  • Benjamin Clayton
    signed 2020-07-19 17:26:48 +1000
  • Trevor Roether
    signed 2020-07-19 17:22:41 +1000
  • debra cook
    signed 2020-07-19 17:16:16 +1000
    don’t destroy the beautiful daintree please.
  • Takoda Hackney
    signed 2020-07-19 16:43:33 +1000