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.

 

 

 

6,478 signatures
  • Kylie Russell
    signed 2020-05-25 21:21:55 +1000
  • Sally Rowe
    signed 2020-05-25 21:21:51 +1000
  • trish mc nulty
    signed 2020-05-25 21:18:16 +1000
  • Jan Cooper
    signed 2020-05-25 21:14:08 +1000
  • Annika Jende
    signed 2020-05-25 21:12:41 +1000
  • Frances O'Brien
    signed 2020-05-25 21:08:31 +1000
  • Steven Passey
    signed 2020-05-25 21:08:16 +1000
  • Helen Ryan
    signed 2020-05-25 20:59:01 +1000
  • Mathilde De Koning
    signed 2020-05-25 20:56:54 +1000
    It is truly unbelievable that they even consider this, totally unbelievable, STOP IT – NOW.
  • William MacDonald
    signed 2020-05-25 20:55:52 +1000
  • Lesley Littler
    signed 2020-05-25 20:55:22 +1000
    No Bridge!!!
  • Georgina Gill
    signed 2020-05-25 20:48:31 +1000
  • Dominique Joly
    signed 2020-05-25 20:46:10 +1000
  • Samuel Brown
    signed 2020-05-25 20:39:56 +1000
    There is no need for this.
  • Daniel Mclean
    signed 2020-05-25 20:34:52 +1000
  • Deborah Kelly
    signed 2020-05-25 20:31:12 +1000
  • Ben Churcher
    signed 2020-05-25 20:30:54 +1000
  • Dugald Jayes
    signed 2020-05-25 20:30:25 +1000
  • Martyn Smith
    signed 2020-05-25 20:30:21 +1000
  • Selwyn McFaul
    signed 2020-05-25 20:29:32 +1000
  • Mark Willshire
    signed 2020-05-25 20:23:54 +1000
  • Kevin Nash
    signed 2020-05-25 20:19:43 +1000
  • Jane Flanders
    signed 2020-05-25 20:18:40 +1000
  • Annette Shields
    signed 2020-05-25 20:18:09 +1000
  • Suzanne Gray
    signed 2020-05-25 20:17:48 +1000
  • Henry Storey
    signed 2020-05-25 20:08:00 +1000
  • Eleanor Harrison
    signed 2020-05-25 20:05:01 +1000
    A bridge would be a disaster for the Daintree. Part of the character and romance of the rainforest is going over on the car ferry. You know you are entering a special place from the moment you drive onto it. Stop rampant development, stop the bridge.
  • Matthew Rhoden
    signed 2020-05-25 20:03:35 +1000
  • Amber Jane Webb
    signed 2020-05-25 20:03:11 +1000
  • Nicholas Bignell
    signed 2020-05-25 20:02:25 +1000

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