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
  • Janine Pierre
    signed 2020-05-27 20:59:23 +1000
  • Lorrain Ali
    signed 2020-05-27 20:57:18 +1000
    Have we learned nothing?
  • Susan McMichael
    signed 2020-05-27 20:55:42 +1000
  • Joanne Williams
    signed 2020-05-27 20:54:29 +1000
  • Rachael Dale
    signed 2020-05-27 20:54:29 +1000
  • Shallen Sienkiewicz
    signed 2020-05-27 20:53:27 +1000
  • Kerrin Paterson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:52:14 +1000
    I protested to save the Daintree as a biological sciences student at JCU in the 1980s. It is utterly disgraceful that we still have to convince people that protecting fragile tropical ecosystems is crucial for so many reasons and now more than ever. We are not a third world country so destroying our natural environment, what little remains, is inexcusable and totally unacceptable.
  • Kate Purdey
    signed 2020-05-27 20:50:04 +1000
  • Melissa Pinner
    signed 2020-05-27 20:49:39 +1000
  • fran ban
    signed 2020-05-27 20:49:30 +1000
  • McKelvey
    signed 2020-05-27 20:48:45 +1000
  • Robert McDonough
    signed 2020-05-27 20:48:09 +1000
  • Neil Watterson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:47:06 +1000
  • Claire Adams
    signed 2020-05-27 20:45:24 +1000
  • Vladimir Pacheco
    signed 2020-05-27 20:45:21 +1000
  • Udaya Thapa
    signed 2020-05-27 20:40:59 +1000
  • Veronica Miller
    signed 2020-05-27 20:40:55 +1000
  • Margaret Hart
    signed 2020-05-27 20:40:14 +1000
  • Janice Freeman
    signed 2020-05-27 20:39:28 +1000
  • P Preston
    signed 2020-05-27 20:35:04 +1000
    Not too many places left in Aus that Don’t have an made influences. Save this one
  • Lisa Cory
    signed 2020-05-27 20:32:56 +1000
  • Amy Greene
    signed 2020-05-27 20:31:21 +1000
    Stop wrecking our planet!
  • Jennifer Simpson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:30:05 +1000
  • Pollyanna Darling
    signed 2020-05-27 20:30:02 +1000
  • Alicia Palmer
    signed 2020-05-27 20:29:29 +1000
  • John Cooksey
    signed 2020-05-27 20:28:54 +1000
  • Khristine Ryan
    signed 2020-05-27 20:26:54 +1000
  • Gabrielle Ramsay
    signed 2020-05-27 20:26:09 +1000
    please leave this amazing area alone, so beautiful to see the river as it is, please leave us some un spoilt natural country. A bridge will wreck the whole nature of the river.
  • Marion Page
    signed 2020-05-27 20:25:44 +1000
  • L Dyson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:25:21 +1000