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.




7,046 signatures
  • Kim Clinton
    signed 2020-09-27 20:18:27 +1000
    It’s a unique area don’t make the mistake of ruining that the ferry is also part of the experience.
  • Natasha Sljivic
    signed 2020-09-27 19:21:47 +1000
  • Rick Mount
    signed 2020-09-27 19:00:29 +1000
  • Lynne Roper
    signed 2020-09-27 18:38:45 +1000
  • Jessie Mount
    signed 2020-09-27 18:25:07 +1000
  • Hayley Maher
    signed 2020-09-27 18:01:12 +1000
  • Suzie Ahern
    signed 2020-09-27 17:58:42 +1000
    We have developed enough area in Australia for people to live. Leave our precious rainforest as it is! Stop greedy developers. Our future generations deserve their rainforest!
  • Hildegunn Johannesen
    signed 2020-09-27 17:57:02 +1000
  • terry grant
    signed 2020-09-27 17:34:46 +1000
  • Sally Osborne
    signed 2020-09-27 15:51:51 +1000
  • Bron Smeal
    signed 2020-09-27 15:34:26 +1000
  • Denis Jones
    signed 2020-09-27 15:16:14 +1000
    We need to look after the natural environment.
  • Carolyn Little
    signed 2020-09-27 14:51:28 +1000
  • Mark Munro
    signed 2020-09-27 14:18:11 +1000
    Add the 2nd ferry, a long term job is a better job for the locals
  • Kellie Mashford
    signed 2020-09-27 14:08:01 +1000
  • Amy Bell
    signed 2020-09-27 13:53:23 +1000
  • Jake Archbold
    signed 2020-09-27 13:23:11 +1000
  • Ashley Holcomb
    signed 2020-09-27 12:46:50 +1000
  • Les Caflisch
    signed 2020-09-27 12:34:38 +1000
  • Carol Galbraith
    signed 2020-09-27 12:33:41 +1000
  • Ania Holmes
    signed 2020-09-27 12:08:50 +1000
  • Matt Potter
    signed 2020-09-27 12:02:26 +1000
    Please do not “Bridge” the river.
  • Katherine Parzis
    signed 2020-09-27 11:39:03 +1000
    We must protect wildlife and fauna at all costs at present time.
  • Fadlullah Wilmot
    signed 2020-09-27 11:36:31 +1000
  • peter martin
    signed 2020-09-27 11:34:26 +1000
  • Eric Hibble
    signed 2020-09-27 10:53:04 +1000
  • Elizabeth Finck
    signed 2020-09-27 10:52:44 +1000
  • Jessica Hudson
    signed 2020-09-27 10:45:41 +1000
  • Pauline Wallace
    signed 2020-09-27 10:40:40 +1000
    The ferry is an important part of the whole Daintree experience as well as slowing the traffic through this incredible area
  • Roxanne Williams
    signed 2020-09-27 10:27:23 +1000
    No bridge ever please. Ferry service is sufficient.