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.




6,288 signatures
  • Paul Daniel
    signed 2020-06-30 15:16:33 +1000
  • Maria Miller
    signed via 2020-06-30 06:52:34 +1000
  • Geoffrey Klem
    signed via 2020-06-29 10:17:36 +1000
    We really enjoy the barge ride. This is a traditional experience that is not offered in many other places. The barge ride gets people in the mood to experience wonderful untouched rainforest.
  • Sonia Hyland
    signed 2020-06-29 09:31:50 +1000
    We have enough development land, we need to stop developing this area.
  • Gerri Simons
    signed via 2020-06-28 15:29:20 +1000
    This is a travesty!
  • Helen Marsh
    signed 2020-06-28 00:44:43 +1000
    Please don’t destroy the Daintree with over development
  • Peter McCarthy
    signed 2020-06-27 17:29:58 +1000
  • Maria-Ellen Klem
    signed 2020-06-27 16:04:27 +1000
  • Geri Johnson
    signed 2020-06-27 11:21:02 +1000
  • Raychel Alback
    signed 2020-06-26 22:50:10 +1000
  • Linda Anderson
    signed 2020-06-26 18:36:31 +1000
    Don’t mess the Daintree
  • Kate O'Rourke
    signed 2020-06-26 15:06:43 +1000
  • Bronwyn Davey
    signed 2020-06-26 14:32:37 +1000
  • Paul Simon
    signed 2020-06-26 11:38:39 +1000
  • Marie-Laurence Paquette
    signed 2020-06-26 06:36:58 +1000
    The Daintree should remain difficult to access to stop development.
  • Greg Howell
    signed 2020-06-25 20:00:02 +1000
    To grow Australia’s economy we need to be smarter not increase the population and “develop” the land. Australia is not just people
  • Stephanie Petersen
    signed 2020-06-25 19:47:59 +1000
  • David Dingle
    signed 2020-06-25 14:00:03 +1000
  • Tashi Maizey
    signed 2020-06-25 05:28:55 +1000
    I have peronaly planted hundreds of tree in the Daintree rainforest and the company I work for has

    planted thousands to repair the damage WE humans have already caused. Building a bridge will

    destroy not only the hard work we have done but cause so much more damage to the most beautiful place we have left in Australia
  • Mark McEwen
    signed 2020-06-25 00:05:57 +1000
  • Wendy Rolls
    signed 2020-06-24 20:25:24 +1000
  • Avtar Kaur
    signed 2020-06-24 18:47:00 +1000
  • Helena Mills
    signed 2020-06-24 18:06:50 +1000
  • Evan Hadkins
    signed 2020-06-24 17:16:38 +1000
  • ian tanner
    signed 2020-06-24 16:41:27 +1000
  • Justin Ellis
    signed 2020-06-23 20:21:26 +1000
    We need to protect native habitats.
  • Clifford Hutchinson
    signed 2020-06-20 21:14:12 +1000
  • Olivia Bradstock
    signed 2020-06-18 14:16:52 +1000
    I support environmental activism for all species and natural areas. We must save them for the next benefit of everyone
  • Alistair Holmes
    signed 2020-06-18 08:47:46 +1000
  • Paul McAuley
    signed 2020-06-16 09:43:32 +1000