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.




6,288 signatures
  • Kyle Levier
    signed 2020-06-15 18:58:14 +1000
    Please reconsider. Preservation is the only way forward.
  • Nancy Duncan
    signed 2020-06-15 18:26:44 +1000
    This is one of the last stands rainforest in near pristine condition in Australia. We need to protect it for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

    A bridge will not only disturb the river and surrounding environment but bring far too many visitors too quickly to this sensitive area. So if both scientific logic and pure heart prevail:

    Its NO to a Bridge Across The Daintree.

    Nancy Duncan Age 65. A Grandmother who wants to show the Daintree to her grandchildren as it is now.
  • Phillip Congdon
    signed 2020-06-14 17:31:41 +1000
  • Nina Schonborn
    signed 2020-06-14 14:00:48 +1000
    Whatever keeps the nature most pristine is the wisest choice for the area… even for potential minimal tourism in the future… the biggest worth we have1
  • Liam Lawler
    signed 2020-06-14 11:56:48 +1000
  • John Linklater
    signed 2020-06-13 09:04:13 +1000
  • Robert Jackman
    signed 2020-06-13 07:51:06 +1000
  • Deborah Niese
    signed 2020-06-12 20:15:43 +1000
  • Mykayla Bennett
    signed 2020-06-12 09:56:05 +1000
  • Caitlin Schep
    signed 2020-06-12 09:52:43 +1000
  • Therese Tolomeo
    signed 2020-06-12 07:32:59 +1000
  • Liliane Grobet
    signed 2020-06-11 22:05:11 +1000
  • Redmund Godfrey
    signed 2020-06-11 15:21:43 +1000
  • Irene Coventry
    signed 2020-06-11 11:05:20 +1000
    Why would you, the Douglas Shire Council even consider destroying such a pristine area by putting a bridge across it.

    Part of the beauty of the area and the attraction for tourists is because of its remoteness and the fact that it is so natural and untouched without much traffic or human interference. Opening the area up with a bridge will not make the area more attractive and will only serve to destroy what remains as one of the few pristine areas in the country for the wild life, the flora and for us all. At the end of the day, money is not everything.
  • Tresa Briscoe-hough
    signed 2020-06-10 20:16:56 +1000
    we must protect this precious land
  • Marianna Peto
    signed 2020-06-10 19:49:37 +1000
  • Lauren Granger-Brown
    signed 2020-06-10 17:50:06 +1000
  • Glenn Warwick
    signed 2020-06-10 15:52:31 +1000
  • Jonathan Peter
    signed 2020-06-10 15:44:44 +1000
  • Amy Lushmore
    signed 2020-06-10 08:16:04 +1000
  • Rossana Nardone
    signed 2020-06-09 22:40:40 +1000
  • Lenore Keough
    signed 2020-06-09 17:42:01 +1000
  • Edward Spinks
    signed 2020-06-09 10:15:28 +1000
  • irene wickham
    signed 2020-06-08 14:30:30 +1000
  • Karina Dunstan
    signed 2020-06-08 11:33:49 +1000
  • Mae cotton
    signed 2020-06-07 20:07:09 +1000
  • Pange Niemoeller
    signed 2020-06-07 15:52:07 +1000
  • Heather McCudden
    signed 2020-06-06 12:30:27 +1000
  • Eddy Gordon
    signed 2020-06-06 03:25:26 +1000
  • Vicki Sherlock
    signed 2020-06-05 23:10:16 +1000