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.

 

 

 

8,516 signatures
  • Jill Ogle-Skan
    signed 2020-11-24 21:25:42 +1100
    Once it’s gone it’s gone. Queensland in the 60s and 70s destroyed so many ‘old’ irreplaceable urban and rural sites and should have learned by now that you can’t bring them back. Please don’t destroy Daintree, a wonderful site.
  • Harley Bird
    signed 2020-11-24 20:27:45 +1100
    The Daintree is an incredible natural jewel and is steeped with history, both natural and indigenous. It needs to be protected at all costs and drastically increasing the area’s visitors will see the rainforest loved to death. It’s the only one of its kind in the world and once it is gone, we will never be able to get it back. Please, Douglas Shire, if you’re reading this, protect the forest and all that is special about it.
  • Su Mijic
    signed 2020-11-24 20:21:01 +1100
    Disaster for the Daintree if this goes ahead. The ferry allows regulation of numbers.
  • robert wild
    signed 2020-11-24 19:59:19 +1100
    I continue to spend a lot of time in FNQ and to me the area North of the Daintree River is precious. The Diantree River is a bulwark against growth. Growth, development, traffic and people need to be restricted if we are to protect this area.
  • Emma Lawrie
    signed 2020-11-24 18:29:07 +1100
  • Eli Hall
    signed 2020-11-24 18:04:13 +1100
  • Daniel Walsh
    signed 2020-11-24 17:46:42 +1100
  • Samantha Rixon
    signed 2020-11-24 17:12:53 +1100
  • Asanki Fernando
    signed 2020-11-24 17:12:08 +1100
  • Maureen Yeats
    signed 2020-11-24 16:30:04 +1100
  • Marika Ilic
    signed 2020-11-24 16:12:10 +1100
    Preserve, don’t destroy.
  • Alaina Handran-Smith
    signed 2020-11-24 15:21:48 +1100
    Please don’t spoil the peaceful, untouched nature of the Daintree with a bridge. It’s really not needed and could potentially lead to more development in the future.
  • Sally Osborne
    signed 2020-11-24 14:29:13 +1100
  • Ron Waters
    signed 2020-11-24 14:08:34 +1100
  • Paul Baeta
    signed 2020-11-24 13:19:14 +1100
  • Patrick McCoy
    signed 2020-11-24 10:30:17 +1100
  • Olivia Sili
    signed 2020-11-24 10:10:16 +1100
  • Joelle Patten
    signed 2020-11-24 07:48:44 +1100
  • Elizabeth Barrett
    signed 2020-11-20 10:58:28 +1100
  • John Donovan
    signed via 2020-11-19 06:12:22 +1100
  • Angela Sturmar
    signed 2020-11-18 12:21:21 +1100
  • Stephen Hayes
    signed 2020-11-17 22:06:33 +1100
    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.


    Previous habitat destruction clearly indicates the initial cause of negative impact to wilderness regions, occurs when access by roads is instigated. Build a bridge across the Daintree River and a network of roads will follow. There will be a dramatic increase in vehicular volume, resulting in wildlife loss, via vehicle strike. With the rise in traffic flow and visitor numbers, there will also be increased pressure for development, which will likely be inconsistent with this fragile ecosystem and contrary to the ultimate and necessary protection of this unique habitat.


    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.


    I thank you in anticipation of your careful consideration of the points raised above.


    Sincerely

    Stephen Hayes.
  • Kiona Ramsey
    signed 2020-11-15 17:16:20 +1100
  • Dylan Kramer
    signed 2020-11-14 09:53:12 +1100
  • Andrea Cresswell
    signed 2020-11-14 08:04:04 +1100
    I don’t live in QLD but if humans don’t cease destroying this planet WE are doomed. Leave this area untouched and give animal species a chance. It’s NOT all about development and money. Care enough for future generations. Thank you
  • Celia Zastrow
    signed 2020-11-13 13:49:54 +1100
  • Luke Smith
    signed 2020-11-13 13:32:16 +1100
  • Jenny Beatson
    signed 2020-11-12 17:58:17 +1100
  • Sienna Thornton
    signed 2020-11-12 11:41:27 +1100
  • Graham Williams
    signed 2020-11-11 16:31:40 +1100
    Rainforest is of enormous benefit to mankind and preserving it is essential to our future. It should be locked off from development for ever.