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.




8,543 signatures
  • Stephen Laan
    signed 2022-01-09 11:44:45 +1100
  • Sarah Garvey
    signed 2021-12-24 10:26:35 +1100
  • Samantha Hardy
    signed 2021-12-23 01:18:16 +1100
  • John Rimmer
    signed 2021-12-19 15:52:24 +1100
  • Nicholas Jario
    signed 2021-12-11 09:23:48 +1100
  • Zdena Simpfendorfer
    signed 2021-12-01 11:21:37 +1100
  • Holly Brown
    signed 2021-11-08 17:08:24 +1100
  • Nancy Hatch
    signed 2021-11-06 20:17:28 +1100
  • Ruth Rogers
    signed 2021-10-18 06:19:08 +1100
  • Helena Smetana
    signed 2021-10-12 09:06:59 +1100
  • Anthony Lopez
    signed 2021-10-03 11:09:58 +1100
  • Jason Christiansen
    signed 2021-09-28 21:06:56 +1000
    Putting a bridge in is barrack and I fully support this.
  • Judy Betteley
    signed via 2021-09-27 12:04:01 +1000
  • Patricia Thomson
    signed 2021-09-21 11:16:27 +1000
  • Rachel Brien
    signed 2021-09-18 09:19:24 +1000
  • Barbara Conje
    signed 2021-09-11 07:59:07 +1000
  • Breanna Pitt
    signed 2021-09-09 08:49:01 +1000
  • Carole Felmy
    signed 2021-08-25 13:38:09 +1000
  • Lucy Kelly
    signed 2021-08-25 04:50:49 +1000
    Please do not build a bridge over the Daintree river. A bridge would cause enormous increased development, which would greatly harm the Daibtree rainforest! The increase in traffic would wipe out the cassowary bird. It is already heavily impacted by vehicle strikes. It may go extinct because of them, as things are! We must protect this bird, for it to survive, not increase the number of vehicles around it! This bridge would be a great contributor to its extinction, if it were built. Please do not build it!
  • Tamsin Whaley
    signed 2021-08-21 21:09:11 +1000
  • Sarada Seetharaman
    signed 2021-08-11 15:12:44 +1000
  • Simon Hollevoet
    signed 2021-08-04 00:32:12 +1000
  • Brooke Shelton
    signed 2021-07-16 19:43:33 +1000
  • Stephanie Murray
    signed 2021-07-14 14:22:48 +1000
  • Georgia Watts
    signed 2021-07-02 08:27:51 +1000
    The ferry is absolutely part of the charm of arriving in the Daintree and I personally look forward to it every time.

    Who wants to start their natural world and eco adventure by crossing a big, commercial bridge? Yuck.
  • isabel gildenhuys
    signed 2021-06-30 23:48:06 +1000
  • Alison Felton
    signed 2021-06-22 17:36:14 +1000
  • Russell Wickson
    signed 2021-06-09 19:31:27 +1000
  • Damian de Alwis
    signed 2021-05-29 19:01:46 +1000
    Horrible that we people need to say this…but NO!
  • Susan Cox
    signed 2021-05-12 13:36:42 +1000