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.




8,443 signatures
  • Anna Vigliocco
    signed 2020-05-26 20:25:33 +1000
  • Erik Doerr
    signed 2020-05-26 20:24:52 +1000
  • Susan Besant
    signed 2020-05-26 20:24:41 +1000
  • Anja Dickel
    signed 2020-05-26 20:22:29 +1000
    This wilderness is so unique, it needs extra protection and roads and bridges mean more traffic and will ruin this special part of the country.
  • Richard Fowler
    signed 2020-05-26 20:22:18 +1000
  • Maryanne Smith
    signed 2020-05-26 20:21:37 +1000
  • Kristal Morgan
    signed 2020-05-26 20:19:02 +1000
  • Melissa Taylor
    signed 2020-05-26 20:17:50 +1000
    The daintree must be protected. Please do not build a bridge.
  • Annie Grant
    signed 2020-05-26 20:15:06 +1000
  • Terry Daly
    signed 2020-05-26 20:14:41 +1000
    The reef is doomed, let’s protect what we have left. Save the Daintree.
  • Simon Hallett
    signed 2020-05-26 20:14:30 +1000
  • Ben Folbigg
    signed 2020-05-26 20:13:16 +1000
  • Jillian Gideona
    signed 2020-05-26 20:12:05 +1000
  • christian langmann
    signed 2020-05-26 20:11:59 +1000
  • Phil Swanson
    signed 2020-05-26 20:11:00 +1000
  • Elizabeth Barnes
    signed 2020-05-26 20:10:53 +1000
    I have visited this place leave it for people to enjoy as it was when I was there it was beautiful I ideas don’t make it better that just spoil i
  • Sara Hodson
    signed 2020-05-26 20:05:36 +1000
  • Sun Sax
    signed 2020-05-26 20:05:30 +1000
  • John McKenzie
    signed 2020-05-26 20:04:59 +1000
  • Tony Boyd
    signed 2020-05-26 20:00:52 +1000
    We should have heritage orders to protect the current beauty and isolation, even if that means a heritage order banning a bridge
  • Yaraan Bundle
    signed 2020-05-26 19:59:30 +1000
  • David Oviedo
    signed 2020-05-26 19:55:34 +1000
  • Vicky Patterson
    signed 2020-05-26 19:54:11 +1000
  • Jane Gordon
    signed 2020-05-26 19:52:55 +1000
  • Trent Doyle
    signed 2020-05-26 19:52:26 +1000
  • Ashleigh Grammer
    signed 2020-05-26 19:51:46 +1000
  • Cheryl Sullivan
    signed 2020-05-26 19:50:43 +1000
  • Sam Hines
    signed 2020-05-26 19:48:36 +1000
    I’ve been to this area many years and believe the area needs protection
  • Michael O'Brien
    signed 2020-05-26 19:48:14 +1000
  • L. S.
    signed 2020-05-26 19:47:27 +1000