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.




7,046 signatures
  • Richard Edwards
    signed 2020-09-29 08:11:00 +1000
  • Rhydian Lewis
    signed 2020-09-29 07:28:50 +1000
  • Diane Crosse
    signed 2020-09-29 05:56:21 +1000
  • Christie Karcher
    signed 2020-09-29 01:45:12 +1000
  • Malissa Fiorentino
    signed 2020-09-28 21:41:15 +1000
    Saving the natural world
  • Joel Courtidis
    signed 2020-09-28 19:04:01 +1000
    I love you guys 💚

    You do some amazing work!

    The Daintree is a beautiful forest/eco-system, she deserves care and respect! 🌴🌳

    And to be appreciated for what she is…

    The very thing that provides us with life.

    The Daintree is like one of earths lungs, we must protect her, leave her untouched.

    We have already destroyed enough ancient forests on this Earth!

    Now let’s Love the Earth! 💚🌱🌏
  • Jake Matsell
    signed 2020-09-28 17:35:33 +1000
  • Christina Bodilly
    signed 2020-09-28 14:43:45 +1000
  • Belinda Warfield
    signed 2020-09-28 14:37:02 +1000
  • Maddke Glacken
    signed 2020-09-28 14:19:04 +1000
  • Jennifer Williamson
    signed 2020-09-28 13:33:16 +1000
    Definitely should be left natural with no further development!
  • Gary Forsey
    signed via 2020-09-28 11:35:55 +1000
  • Aidan Fiorentino
    signed 2020-09-28 11:28:30 +1000
  • Helen Scalora
    signed 2020-09-28 09:40:42 +1000
    I have visited this area and was struck by it’s natural beauty. We must persevere all our remaining Australian forests including the Daintree. It is a delicate ecosystem and needs careful management. Building a bridge, would definitely increase traffic and people to the area, creating greater pressure and impact on the environment. Continue to manage the area as it has been – do not build a bridge! Conserve the Daintree for future generations and for the sake of it’s flora and fauna.
  • jill fletcher
    signed 2020-09-28 09:12:41 +1000
    Who wouldn’t do anything possible to save our planet and ultimately our children’s lives?
  • Sharon Power
    signed 2020-09-28 07:55:46 +1000
    The damage caused by a bridge would be catastrophic. The existing ferry also adds to the experience of visiting the Daintree.
  • Cody Tonkin
    signed 2020-09-28 07:47:49 +1000
  • Susan Maeve Keller
    signed 2020-09-28 07:28:45 +1000
  • Lynda Osborne
    signed 2020-09-28 07:04:58 +1000
  • Lezette Reid
    signed 2020-09-28 06:45:41 +1000
  • Bruce Lyons
    signed 2020-09-28 06:36:53 +1000
  • Michelle Eals
    signed 2020-09-28 01:25:16 +1000
  • Tracy schmidt
    signed 2020-09-28 00:22:49 +1000
    If a bridge is built, the amazing forest will be lost forever. Leave one of the most beautiful areas alone..
  • Karli Gray
    signed 2020-09-27 23:23:37 +1000
  • Steven Gill
    signed 2020-09-27 22:03:39 +1000
  • Heather Badger
    signed 2020-09-27 22:01:36 +1000
  • Andrew Hookham
    signed 2020-09-27 21:58:58 +1000
  • Lauren Trevan
    signed 2020-09-27 21:28:23 +1000
  • Chris Watson
    signed 2020-09-27 20:50:26 +1000
  • Geoffrey Edwards
    signed 2020-09-27 20:48:29 +1000