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.

 

 

 

8,439 signatures
  • Fernando Escondrillas
    signed 2020-10-23 08:03:22 +1100
  • Allan Glenn
    signed 2020-10-23 08:02:55 +1100
  • Teri Merlyn
    signed 2020-10-23 07:59:15 +1100
    This bridge is disastrous
  • Lissa Evans
    signed 2020-10-23 07:57:19 +1100
  • Carol Jefferies
    signed 2020-10-23 07:57:16 +1100
  • A Hrymakowski
    signed 2020-10-23 07:56:40 +1100
  • Jaimie Laffey
    signed 2020-10-23 07:56:20 +1100
  • David Hearn
    signed 2020-10-23 07:48:42 +1100
  • Katherine Flick
    signed 2020-10-23 07:47:45 +1100
  • Janina Rozycki
    signed 2020-10-23 07:45:47 +1100
  • Professor Nikolas Haass
    signed 2020-10-23 07:45:21 +1100
    We need to conserve what’s left of our unique environment. Australia needs to do a better job!
  • Sandra Miles
    signed 2020-10-23 07:40:53 +1100
  • Debbie Pointing
    signed 2020-10-23 07:37:53 +1100
  • Sophie Warren
    signed 2020-10-23 07:34:05 +1100
  • Merilyn Grey
    signed 2020-10-23 07:31:46 +1100
  • Ilona Whiley
    signed 2020-10-23 07:31:27 +1100
  • Christine Wattie
    signed 2020-10-23 07:28:49 +1100
    Have visited several times and this area needs protection
  • Asanki Fernando
    signed 2020-10-23 07:28:07 +1100
  • Daniela Navarro
    signed 2020-10-23 07:26:14 +1100
  • Ann Webb
    signed 2020-10-23 07:24:55 +1100
  • Emma Walker
    signed 2020-10-23 07:24:32 +1100
  • Rob Michael
    signed 2020-10-23 07:23:50 +1100
  • Jacqui van der Helm
    signed 2020-10-23 07:21:52 +1100
  • Tim Rutty
    signed 2020-10-23 07:21:12 +1100
  • Anne Orman
    signed 2020-10-23 07:21:12 +1100
  • Brian MacKenzie
    signed 2020-10-23 07:16:02 +1100
  • Ann-Marie Tripodi
    signed 2020-10-23 07:13:56 +1100
  • Lynn Smith
    signed 2020-10-23 07:12:43 +1100
  • Gordon Lycett
    signed 2020-10-23 07:09:39 +1100
  • Ross Watts
    signed 2020-10-23 07:08:51 +1100

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