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.




8,488 signatures
  • Steven Mullie
    signed 2021-02-15 14:12:52 +1100
    Fully agree – a bridge will only lead to more pressure on this fragile environment. Don’t build it.
  • Clare O'Meara
    signed 2021-02-11 21:38:06 +1100
    My partner and I are from Melbourne, and are currently having the most amazing holiday of our lives in the Daintree. We are staying in Diwan and it’s so beautiful. No bridge is necessary. Local Council would be better off investing in a bus service, which would be a more environmentally friendly and accessible way for people to access the rainforest.
  • Alexandra Grove
    signed 2021-01-28 18:00:20 +1100
    We are paying too little attention to the long term implications of habitat and species loss. Where will future generations access wilderness areas if development continues as it is. Protect the future of the Daintree.
  • Jennifer Living
    signed 2021-01-26 10:47:54 +1100
  • Ben Ison
    signed 2021-01-22 10:34:30 +1100
  • Stephanie Beehag
    signed 2021-01-06 20:29:13 +1100
  • Tom Cotter
    signed 2020-12-30 21:47:18 +1100
  • Chris Thorpe
    signed 2020-12-28 21:30:55 +1100
    No need for a bridge. There is a barge, and that gives people jobs.
  • Sarah Boody
    signed 2020-12-28 13:59:17 +1100
  • Adrian Di Ubaldo
    signed 2020-12-18 12:52:52 +1100
    The making of this bridge will inevitably fuel development – this is the last thing we need in the daintree
  • Kirra Williams
    signed 2020-12-13 21:24:48 +1100
  • Naomi Meyer
    signed 2020-12-12 10:24:31 +1100
  • Cherone Mcenteer
    signed 2020-12-06 18:47:47 +1100
  • Erica Li
    signed 2020-12-05 18:28:51 +1100
  • Allana Stevens
    signed 2020-12-01 12:50:12 +1100
  • Linda Sorg
    signed via 2020-11-30 21:44:20 +1100
    Protect the rainforest, don’t exploit it.
  • Tori Grayden
    signed 2020-11-28 22:28:22 +1100
  • Leanne Wilson
    signed 2020-11-27 21:51:44 +1100
    There is already a safe way to cross the river using Ferry. Why destroy more of the natural habitat building a bridge that will detract from the natural beauty of the area and a reason many visit for.
  • Ian Shepherd
    signed via 2020-11-27 19:28:52 +1100
    It wasn’t right when Jo put the road thru, it wasn’t right when Quade Real Estate sold blocks et al. It is totally not right to further compromise this wilderness Stop.
  • Faye Shepherd
    signed via 2020-11-27 15:22:43 +1100
    It’s time to arrest inappropriate expansion to the far north.

    Where it’s not so easy to drive is a deterrent to further destruction of the rainforest and hinterland. Learn from other countries and bake the tourist dollar your expanded Qld income to this unique part of our country
  • Peter Kukielczynski
    signed 2020-11-26 08:53:40 +1100
    No to a Bridge
  • Damian Moran
    signed 2020-11-26 07:58:06 +1100
    No to a Bridge, no to 2 ferry option. Improve existing service for local residents.
  • Gai Anderson
    signed 2020-11-26 04:37:58 +1100
    Good grief…is there no end to the number of mad and totally unsuitable things we must fight NO BRIDGE. Pleeeese
  • Aaron Goyen
    signed 2020-11-26 01:41:35 +1100
  • Nigel McIntyre
    signed 2020-11-25 19:57:08 +1100
  • Gail Podberscek
    signed 2020-11-25 19:26:23 +1100
    I watched the first development happen here in the ’80’s. Cutting a couple acres out of the rainforest and building a McMansion on it. Madness. The forest will take back what it wants in time. This is not a place for many people who want an urban lifestyle. Those who think they can live a magical life here will destroy what they love through their selfishness. There MUST NOT be development of the Daintree… A bridge will facilitate destruction of an ecosystem we only hold temporary custodianship for – whatever is on a title deed. The proposal must be refused.
  • Christine Oppermann
    signed 2020-11-25 18:53:27 +1100
  • Carolyn Waters
    signed via 2020-11-25 16:41:52 +1100
  • Janet Boddy
    signed via 2020-11-25 15:07:51 +1100
    Most important to stop tourist development
  • Alan Crabtree
    signed 2020-11-25 14:30:05 +1100