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
  • Aimee Hobson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:24:06 +1000
  • Chris Lowe
    signed 2020-05-27 20:22:52 +1000
  • Catherine Marsh
    signed 2020-05-27 20:20:09 +1000
    Save the Daintree River and Rainforest
  • David Busoli
    signed 2020-05-27 20:18:03 +1000
  • Christine Northeast
    signed 2020-05-27 20:18:02 +1000
  • jonathan huntley
    signed 2020-05-27 20:17:08 +1000
    some places need protection from development this is one, the mayoor is short term developer but the destruction would be permanent. NO!
  • Sue Baker
    signed 2020-05-27 20:15:10 +1000
    The river, the region must be protected from further development.
  • Penny Fenner
    signed 2020-05-27 20:15:00 +1000
  • Todd Farrow
    signed 2020-05-27 20:13:02 +1000
  • Elizabeth Barrett
    signed 2020-05-27 20:12:07 +1000
  • Christine Hodges
    signed 2020-05-27 20:11:46 +1000
  • Chris Benson
    signed 2020-05-27 20:11:45 +1000
  • julie Stoneman
    signed 2020-05-27 20:09:25 +1000
  • Solenne Birouste
    signed 2020-05-27 20:07:33 +1000
  • Wayne Thomas
    signed 2020-05-27 20:06:01 +1000
  • Rayleen Burns
    signed 2020-05-27 20:05:58 +1000
  • Trevor Harragon
    signed 2020-05-27 20:03:53 +1000
    Don’t the people understand that the wilderness is the attraction. Not everywhere needs to be accessible at 60 or 100 kph and increased access by a bridge will be the thin edge of the wedge for development of an area that should be left as natural as possible.
  • Jennefer Stembridge
    signed 2020-05-27 20:03:48 +1000
    Pure madness to ruin this area ! Not needed
  • Michael Eastwell
    signed 2020-05-27 20:03:43 +1000
  • Greg Alder
    signed 2020-05-27 20:03:20 +1000
  • Kurt Brodie
    signed 2020-05-27 20:02:55 +1000
  • Katharine Warne
    signed 2020-05-27 20:00:02 +1000
  • Bridget Barker
    signed 2020-05-27 19:59:17 +1000
  • Clare Morgan
    signed 2020-05-27 19:59:03 +1000
    I love the beauty of the Daintree and want it preserved for future generations . I don’t want it destroyed due to increased development fuelled by an unnecessary bridge.
  • Jenni Cubbage-kulich
    signed 2020-05-27 19:58:11 +1000
  • Pam Spence
    signed 2020-05-27 19:56:49 +1000
  • Juliana Venning
    signed 2020-05-27 19:54:30 +1000
  • Daniel Delaney
    signed 2020-05-27 19:51:36 +1000
    For some reason people always seem to think constant development is a good thing. IMO, it is not. Leave the area north of the Daintree as the treasure that it is.
  • Dan Harris
    signed 2020-05-27 19:51:08 +1000
  • Rachelle Sewell
    signed 2020-05-27 19:48:19 +1000