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
  • Dave Appleton
    signed 2020-05-26 19:46:19 +1000
  • Jackie Jackson
    signed 2020-05-26 19:44:33 +1000
  • Kenneth Stothard
    signed 2020-05-26 19:44:18 +1000
  • Broady Robertson
    signed 2020-05-26 19:43:07 +1000
  • Dave Atkins
    signed 2020-05-26 19:40:35 +1000
    Leave this area as nature intended. By introducing a bridge you will introduce feral animals into a wilderness area.
  • Franciscus Kolsteeg
    signed 2020-05-26 19:39:44 +1000
  • Celeste Morison
    signed 2020-05-26 19:38:59 +1000
  • Michele Meijer
    signed 2020-05-26 19:37:58 +1000
  • Carol Liebeck
    signed 2020-05-26 19:37:43 +1000
  • SSteve Williscroft
    signed 2020-05-26 19:37:29 +1000
    I fully support a bridge across the Daintree River.
  • Paul Devereux
    signed 2020-05-26 19:37:06 +1000
    Our minuscule

    Amount of rainforest is precious

    To all of us & needs to remain

    Intact with little disturbance!

    Look what damage we have

    Already incurred!
  • Mark Buckley
    signed 2020-05-26 19:34:58 +1000
  • Lou Denel
    signed 2020-05-26 19:34:15 +1000
    Enough is enough, no bridge. Soon there won’t be any recognisable rainforest left for our kids or generations to follow.
  • Jeremy Gordon
    signed 2020-05-26 19:33:00 +1000
  • Desley Williams
    signed 2020-05-26 19:31:25 +1000
    Please keep the Daintree as a wilderness area because additional tourists will increase road traffic and threated local wildlife through collision, also more trash including plastics.
  • Malcolm Brown
    signed 2020-05-26 19:29:57 +1000
    The river is a physical barrier helping to keep feral species out. If more cars are needed use two barges or a bigger barge. The barge raises revenue and is a business a bridge is not. Also the barge is a good point to disseminate information educating people about the Daintree and its world heritage values. Keep the Daintree special. Keep the barge
  • anne jette Stovell
    signed 2020-05-26 19:29:54 +1000
  • Louise Brodie
    signed 2020-05-26 19:28:17 +1000
    So you want to ruin an area for tourists. What a bad idea !
  • Barbara Wilkinson
    signed 2020-05-26 19:23:43 +1000
  • Diana Gray
    signed 2020-05-26 19:22:22 +1000
  • Annette McKinley
    signed 2020-05-26 19:21:51 +1000
  • June Thorpe
    signed 2020-05-26 19:21:22 +1000
  • Abigail Hocking
    signed 2020-05-26 19:18:28 +1000
  • Tom Hoffie
    signed 2020-05-26 19:15:51 +1000
  • Ann-maree Anderson
    signed 2020-05-26 19:15:28 +1000
  • Mark Want
    signed 2020-05-26 19:14:29 +1000
  • Roslyn Capell
    signed 2020-05-26 19:13:03 +1000
  • Joanne Hughes
    signed 2020-05-26 19:13:00 +1000
  • Susan Skyvington
    signed 2020-05-26 19:12:48 +1000
    No bridge across a last pristine place!
  • Bev Job
    signed 2020-05-26 19:11:17 +1000