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.




6,478 signatures
  • Steve Smith
    signed 2020-05-23 20:16:17 +1000
  • Lee Raper
    signed 2020-05-23 18:49:42 +1000
    Have visited many times…leave it alone!!
  • Angelika Weber
    signed 2020-05-23 17:06:04 +1000
  • David Hufton
    signed 2020-05-23 16:50:57 +1000
  • Ruth Garland
    signed 2020-05-23 16:33:27 +1000
    Too much road kill already! Protect this irreplaceable forest, river and fauna
  • David Honey
    signed 2020-05-23 14:05:06 +1000
  • Sandra Shergill
    signed 2020-05-23 12:39:11 +1000
    I support not building a bridge. This is such an interesting low impact way to cross the river, please leave it as is, its not an “improvement” to develop all things, it just is soul destroying
  • John Benfer
    signed 2020-05-23 11:39:42 +1000
  • clinton borchers
    signed 2020-05-23 11:15:41 +1000
  • Sid Maharaj
    signed 2020-05-23 10:54:42 +1000
  • Laurie Maher
    signed 2020-05-23 10:52:43 +1000
  • Ben Ramcharan
    signed 2020-05-23 09:26:23 +1000
  • Clancy Hall
    signed 2020-05-23 09:12:28 +1000
  • Adriana Vallos
    signed 2020-05-23 09:05:05 +1000
    This bridge will be a danger to the Cassiwaries and ecosystem of the Daintree.
  • Elle Tsan
    signed 2020-05-23 07:34:38 +1000
  • Naomi Lawrence
    signed 2020-05-23 07:13:30 +1000
  • deborah law
    signed 2020-05-23 06:10:55 +1000
  • Colin Morley
    signed 2020-05-23 05:43:08 +1000
  • Rob Clifton
    signed 2020-05-23 01:05:52 +1000
  • Julie Bradley
    signed 2020-05-23 00:47:09 +1000
  • Alex Grimes
    signed 2020-05-22 21:49:24 +1000
  • Leisa Burrell
    signed 2020-05-22 21:35:15 +1000
  • Scott Nichols
    signed 2020-05-22 21:24:51 +1000
  • Jayne Lowth
    signed 2020-05-22 21:00:01 +1000
  • Jennifer Worland
    signed 2020-05-22 19:29:04 +1000
  • David Bradley
    signed 2020-05-22 17:37:43 +1000
  • Paul Schaefer
    signed 2020-05-22 17:33:51 +1000
  • Vicki Lennon
    signed 2020-05-22 16:32:07 +1000
  • Linda Clay
    signed 2020-05-22 15:56:49 +1000
  • David Baggs
    signed 2020-05-22 12:11:32 +1000