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.




8,439 signatures
  • Juanita Cucinotta
    signed 2020-10-24 00:32:53 +1100
  • Suz Morton
    signed 2020-10-24 00:32:52 +1100
  • Jeffery Gould
    signed 2020-10-24 00:30:33 +1100
  • Kate Peck
    signed 2020-10-24 00:27:11 +1100
    Save the ferry.

    No to a road.
  • Vivienne Bysterveld
    signed 2020-10-24 00:23:56 +1100
  • linda clay
    signed 2020-10-24 00:22:38 +1100
  • Kelli Kennedy
    signed 2020-10-24 00:21:58 +1100
  • Jye hayes
    signed 2020-10-23 21:49:32 +1100
  • Georgina Binns
    signed 2020-10-23 16:26:49 +1100
  • Jean Budden
    signed 2020-10-23 14:33:18 +1100
    Please don’t spoil this beautiful natural rainforest with a bridge as it will spoil this area.
  • Katie-Anna Starkey
    signed 2020-10-23 13:49:53 +1100
  • Nick Volpe
    signed 2020-10-23 13:22:20 +1100
  • Riley Munro
    signed 2020-10-23 12:44:41 +1100
  • Mick Scott
    signed 2020-10-23 11:12:57 +1100
  • Gregory Olive
    signed 2020-10-23 11:00:19 +1100
    Using the ferry to access the Daintree is part of the experience as it ferry journey gives you time to appreciate what is north of the river is a very different environment to that what you are leaving where a bridge destroys that emotional state

    A bridge would mean fast access and the Daintree is not a fast access place
  • Pam Roberts
    signed 2020-10-23 09:52:32 +1100
  • Craig Milligan
    signed 2020-10-23 09:29:21 +1100
  • Sybille Loch
    signed 2020-10-23 09:25:59 +1100
    Keep wilderness wild.
  • Kathleen Green
    signed 2020-10-23 09:19:15 +1100
  • Julie-Anne Goodwin
    signed 2020-10-23 08:35:06 +1100
  • Julia Pickwick
    signed 2020-10-23 08:31:03 +1100
  • Deb Gillam
    signed 2020-10-23 08:31:01 +1100
    Leave the Daintree free as it is No Bridge . Leave it echo friendly as nature intended. 🐝🐞🦋🦋
  • Tony Vlachos
    signed 2020-10-23 08:28:39 +1100
  • Paul Mckie
    signed 2020-10-23 08:24:56 +1100
  • Kate Roth
    signed 2020-10-23 08:20:59 +1100
    can’t we please leave something in it’s natural state.
  • Kathleen Andrews
    signed 2020-10-23 08:19:01 +1100
    No bridge ! Preserve the magic of Daintree
  • sandra newbold
    signed 2020-10-23 08:11:37 +1100
  • Joanne Daniels
    signed 2020-10-23 08:10:50 +1100
  • Julie Hoffmann
    signed 2020-10-23 08:07:15 +1100
  • Jasmine Carter
    signed 2020-10-23 08:06:08 +1100