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.

 

 

 

8,543 signatures
  • Romano Lovric
    signed 2022-09-26 09:23:20 +1000
    Let the world be free. At least for the happiness of others you find your own happiness
  • Bar Thomson
    signed 2022-09-19 09:28:44 +1000
    Any scheme that puts economic growth before sustainability and material development before natural environment is building a road to permanent destruction. Douglas Shire Council, have courage – do something amazing, become a global beacon and role model, champion your unique, vital, beautiful heritage and build no bridge.
  • Adriana Chaparro
    signed 2022-09-18 22:34:03 +1000
  • Kellie Gee
    signed 2022-09-06 20:32:16 +1000
  • Jasmine Owen
    signed 2022-08-21 16:39:39 +1000
  • Emma Brook
    signed 2022-08-19 10:51:53 +1000
    I may be young but after doing an assignment on this controversial issue, I am disgusted on how some people just want the bridge to increase tourism. I understand how locals are upset in traffic, but a second, larger and more cost effective ferry would we the better option. Tourism to big in the country and the Daintree too fragile to have to care for us so why aren’t we caring for it? The idea of a bridge is just awful.
  • Sue Strodl
    signed 2022-08-19 07:36:31 +1000
  • Ann Maree OBrien
    signed 2022-08-14 16:17:25 +1000
    Recently Visiting the Daintree, it is obvious that the saving grace to its survival so far, are many contributing factors BUT a major factor is that there is no easy way through and that the traffic is only limited to daytime and restricted hours- essential for the survival of wildlife species such as the cassowary, and physical barriers for feral animals.

    Do NOT Build a Bridge in order to PROTECT this National Park.
  • e e
    signed 2022-08-08 12:10:05 +1000
  • Sheridan Adams
    signed 2022-07-30 13:56:16 +1000
    120 million years … The oldest rainforest on the planet !!! Do NOT be the one to destroy this.
  • Judith Dangerfield
    signed 2022-06-29 20:13:51 +1000
    Please leave this pristine part of our planet to be untouched by human interference. Roads are deadly to such environments.
  • Paul Suares
    signed 2022-06-28 09:07:58 +1000
  • Katherine Divita
    signed 2022-06-12 21:27:51 +1000
  • Julie Tawse
    signed 2022-06-12 13:02:55 +1000
    Daintree and its resident species must remain protected. Those who desire to visit wilderness need to acknowledge that their “environmental footprint” needs to be minimal. The barge already exists for access and provides an extra element of experience for committed visitors.


    A bridge would be an abomination: a source of further wildlife loss, a conduit for invasive species and less responsible human behaviour and an eyesore. Its construction would involve considerable environmental disruption and probable introduction of invasive species via machinery and boots etc.


    No bridge for Daintree!
  • Joseph Scadden
    signed 2022-06-02 20:15:36 +1000
  • sucan madik
    signed 2022-05-23 09:32:26 +1000
    its been a year daddy😪
  • juan piñero
    signed 2022-05-05 10:55:55 +1000
  • Kristen Sinclair
    signed 2022-03-19 22:04:34 +1100
    With all the development happening in the world, please protect this unique environment.
  • Linda and Hal Herron
    signed 2022-02-26 11:16:13 +1100
  • jo mo
    signed 2022-02-24 15:13:21 +1100
    i dont like bridges
  • your mother heheheheha
    signed 2022-02-24 13:38:50 +1100
  • Moe Lester
    signed 2022-02-22 11:40:06 +1100
    Stop reading this do your research
  • Jennifer Taylor
    signed 2022-02-12 13:10:59 +1100
    No more development. Enough is enough
  • Sheree Smith
    signed 2022-02-09 09:20:41 +1100
  • Monica Gill
    signed 2022-02-05 14:57:08 +1100
  • Louise Stedman
    signed 2022-02-01 15:15:37 +1100
  • Domenic Lentini
    signed 2022-02-01 08:08:03 +1100
  • Marcus Alwan
    signed 2022-01-25 22:14:31 +1100
  • Anne Picard
    signed 2022-01-21 01:58:30 +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!
  • izzy Wheler
    signed 2022-01-15 06:02:11 +1100