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.

 

 

 

8,538 signatures
  • Jessica-Rose Turner
    signed 2021-04-12 00:13:12 +1000
  • Jane Barry
    signed 2021-04-05 14:46:48 +1000
  • Jennifer Harkness
    signed 2021-04-01 14:30:55 +1100
  • Henk Van Eek
    signed 2021-03-26 17:31:42 +1100
  • Hamish Burnside
    signed 2021-03-25 13:09:04 +1100
  • Tix Flin
    signed 2021-03-17 22:42:49 +1100
    STUPID BASTARDSDONT PUT A BRIDGE OVER THE DAINTREE RIVER
  • Sara Dear
    signed via 2021-03-01 22:39:25 +1100
    Please protect our last prestine places and the beauty of nature
  • Tilai Clifford
    signed 2021-03-01 14:36:10 +1100
  • Nancy Devlin
    signed via 2021-03-01 07:57:10 +1100
    Please save the Daintree for our children, grandchildren and all others (fauna and flora)
  • Bell Bell
    signed 2021-03-01 04:18:44 +1100
  • Annette Picard
    signed 2021-03-01 03:19:52 +1100
    A bridge would be the end of the top end – keep some mystery and charm to it – don’t ruin it by making the invasion of cars and boats too easy… No jet skis, no noisy and dangerous engines !

    Don’t you love your beautiful country as much as I love it although not Australian!
  • dAnie Jin
    signed 2021-02-25 15:37:08 +1100
  • Nichole Lawson
    signed 2021-02-25 09:12:31 +1100
  • Lili Marcovich
    signed 2021-02-18 16:34:09 +1100
  • Franz Hesse
    signed 2021-02-16 17:21:57 +1100
  • Amara Grace
    signed 2021-02-15 14:21:41 +1100
    I am living in Tasmania and we are working hard to preserve our land and the main struggle is the C2 emissions due to high petrol consumption by cars. Its hard to breathe in Hobart and I hope this doesn’t happen at Daintree River
  • Steven Mullie
    signed 2021-02-15 14:12:52 +1100
    Fully agree – a bridge will only lead to more pressure on this fragile environment. Don’t build it.
  • Clare O'Meara
    signed 2021-02-11 21:38:06 +1100
    My partner and I are from Melbourne, and are currently having the most amazing holiday of our lives in the Daintree. We are staying in Diwan and it’s so beautiful. No bridge is necessary. Local Council would be better off investing in a bus service, which would be a more environmentally friendly and accessible way for people to access the rainforest.
  • Alexandra Grove
    signed 2021-01-28 18:00:20 +1100
    We are paying too little attention to the long term implications of habitat and species loss. Where will future generations access wilderness areas if development continues as it is. Protect the future of the Daintree.
  • Jennifer Living
    signed 2021-01-26 10:47:54 +1100
  • Ben Ison
    signed 2021-01-22 10:34:30 +1100
  • Stephanie Beehag
    signed 2021-01-06 20:29:13 +1100
  • Tom Cotter
    signed 2020-12-30 21:47:18 +1100
  • Chris Thorpe
    signed 2020-12-28 21:30:55 +1100
    No need for a bridge. There is a barge, and that gives people jobs.
  • Sarah Boody
    signed 2020-12-28 13:59:17 +1100
  • Adrian Di Ubaldo
    signed 2020-12-18 12:52:52 +1100
    The making of this bridge will inevitably fuel development – this is the last thing we need in the daintree
  • Kirra Williams
    signed 2020-12-13 21:24:48 +1100
  • Naomi Meyer
    signed 2020-12-12 10:24:31 +1100
  • Cherone Mcenteer
    signed 2020-12-06 18:47:47 +1100
  • Erica Li
    signed 2020-12-05 18:28:51 +1100
    A NO GO LOCK IT UP ZONE. LEAVE IT ALL ALONE…..from..poet