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.

Will you sign?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

8,356 signatures
  • Mikayla Burke
    signed 2020-10-25 13:43:58 +1100
  • Skye Mcbride
    signed 2020-10-25 13:31:32 +1100
  • Katharina Mueckeley
    signed 2020-10-25 13:03:14 +1100
  • Makenzie Falzon
    signed 2020-10-25 12:57:36 +1100
  • Marlee Harrison
    signed 2020-10-25 12:41:01 +1100
  • Karl Mayfield
    signed 2020-10-25 12:27:05 +1100
  • Matt Michael
    signed 2020-10-25 12:26:15 +1100
  • Cheryl Kaulfuss
    signed 2020-10-25 12:18:32 +1100
  • Nigel Treloar
    signed 2020-10-25 12:18:19 +1100
    Just been there last week. The ferry is enough access.
  • Zan Powell
    signed 2020-10-25 12:04:24 +1100
  • Adele Psaila
    signed 2020-10-25 11:58:14 +1100
  • Rachelle Thorpe
    signed 2020-10-25 11:56:32 +1100
    leave the Daintree be!!!!
  • Bethanie Durham
    signed 2020-10-25 11:39:44 +1100
  • Arliah Varnel
    signed 2020-10-25 11:37:44 +1100
  • Renae Thomas
    signed 2020-10-25 11:35:14 +1100
  • Delwyn Crinis
    signed 2020-10-25 11:19:38 +1100
    We need more wild spaces not less. Humans are at plague proportions, we need less bridges and more birth control.
  • Gabrielle Wilson
    signed 2020-10-25 11:16:32 +1100
  • Trevor Powell
    signed 2020-10-25 11:07:27 +1100
  • Elizabeth Reichstein
    signed 2020-10-25 11:05:14 +1100
  • James Peverelle
    signed 2020-10-25 10:58:21 +1100
  • Deborah-May Torrens
    signed 2020-10-25 10:48:47 +1100
    Two Worlds, One Divine Lore!


    Let me introduce myself,

    I am ‘DMT’ better known by God as his ‘Honeybee’,

    I gotta few messages that I need to be heard,

    if not by you, then by the whole damn world.


    Political corruption, ignorance and greed,

    these aint the kind of things what our people need, hence will no longer continue to feed.


    The parasitic energy thats steals the life force,

    of Gods divine children from the Holy Lands of the South of course,


    They entered our lands and said,

    “Ooh I like, what do they know,

    they’re only savages right?”


    But those ones forgot our Ancient divine Lores, not to judge by ’one’s’ appearances because God dwells in all.


    They killed God’s men, took Spoils of war,

    Our women and children they took them all.

    “We’ll make New World”, they did say,

    “and eliminate anyone who stands in our way”.


    Now I have a message for the Devil and his disciples,

    “You forgot about the divine cosmic intervention that brings balance through karmic cycles!”


    What have you reaped in these lands?

    how many peoples lives have you destroyed through your demonic plans?

    You forgot where you were sojourners and guests,

    And so instead, you only ever exhibited to the world, your true nature as a parasitic pest.


    Who are We? The watchman of the South,

    You would have known that if you had only girdled that Babylonian mouth!


    Love ‘Honeybee’, Peace Out!
  • Sinead Mcnee
    signed 2020-10-25 10:45:36 +1100
  • Deborah Mackenzie
    signed 2020-10-25 10:31:13 +1100
  • Chris Carroll
    signed 2020-10-25 10:22:02 +1100
  • Lydia Kaya
    signed 2020-10-25 10:19:31 +1100
  • Charles Lake
    signed 2020-10-25 10:13:03 +1100
  • Paul Robertson
    signed 2020-10-25 10:11:05 +1100
    I believe that a bridge is a horrible idea across the Daintree River the barge makes the journey into the Daintree memorible from the start that definitely signifies the start of an amazing adventure. Protect that beautiful area all you can.
  • Rhiannon Hendra
    signed 2020-10-25 10:10:29 +1100
  • Daphne Truesdale
    signed 2020-10-25 10:10:02 +1100
  • Dasher nil
    signed 2020-10-25 10:09:39 +1100

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