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.




8,497 signatures
  • Harrison Bass
    signed 2020-05-26 17:40:16 +1000
  • David Boothey
    signed 2020-05-26 17:30:49 +1000
  • Gail Shaw
    signed 2020-05-26 17:26:50 +1000
    A bridge would destroy not only this fragile world heritage environment but would mean carnage for the precious number of cassowaries who walk along the road with their offspring, Hooning is practised as an art form up here.
  • Aidan Page-Dhu
    signed 2020-05-26 17:25:43 +1000
  • Patrick Innes
    signed 2020-05-26 17:23:40 +1000
  • Melissa Mass
    signed 2020-05-26 17:23:06 +1000
    I was shocked how much development and disturbance has already occurred in the Daintree when I visited for the first time last year. I would hate to see more traffic, more development and more pressure put on the sensitive environment of tropical north east Australia. Less is better. Please don’t build the bridge.
  • Philip Wilson
    signed 2020-05-26 17:21:15 +1000
  • Rebecca Sweeney
    signed 2020-05-26 17:17:28 +1000
    The ferry works to regulate traffic into pristine area
  • Boyd Robinson
    signed 2020-05-26 17:17:15 +1000
  • Christina Roseneder
    signed 2020-05-26 17:15:19 +1000
  • Adam Dear
    signed 2020-05-26 17:12:41 +1000
  • Jaap Barendrecht
    signed 2020-05-26 17:12:12 +1000
  • Travis O’Donnell
    signed 2020-05-26 17:11:38 +1000
    Lived up there and want to go back how it was not developed
  • Harry Milligan
    signed 2020-05-26 17:11:02 +1000
  • Jodie Patterson
    signed 2020-05-26 17:10:12 +1000
  • Lani Imhof
    signed 2020-05-26 17:03:13 +1000
  • Alison McDougall
    signed 2020-05-26 17:03:00 +1000
  • Harrison Eyck
    signed 2020-05-26 17:02:31 +1000
  • Rod Sayers
    signed 2020-05-26 16:58:54 +1000
    Let’s stop destroying and start conserving!
  • sally higgs
    signed 2020-05-26 16:57:50 +1000
  • Linn Gould
    signed 2020-05-26 16:55:20 +1000
  • David Mccosker
    signed 2020-05-26 16:53:41 +1000
  • maria kowalski
    signed 2020-05-26 16:52:16 +1000
  • Sue Henderson
    signed 2020-05-26 16:51:23 +1000
  • Daniel Grimmond
    signed 2020-05-26 16:49:36 +1000


    Are you for REAL
  • Jackson Williams
    signed 2020-05-26 16:48:05 +1000
    Save the beauty
  • Graham Frame
    signed 2020-05-26 16:46:43 +1000
  • Jack Disher
    signed 2020-05-26 16:46:27 +1000
  • Tully Cooper
    signed 2020-05-26 16:43:42 +1000
  • Paul Roodenrys
    signed 2020-05-26 16:43:25 +1000