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.




8,497 signatures
  • Terry Ritchings
    signed 2020-05-26 16:41:00 +1000
  • David Gamble
    signed 2020-05-26 16:34:10 +1000
    But maybe acknowledge the contribution that tourists make to the area and stop ripping them off by charging them so much more than locals for using the ferry. Poor behaviour
  • Christine Jones
    signed 2020-05-26 16:34:03 +1000
  • Craig Martin
    signed 2020-05-26 16:31:31 +1000
  • Jonathan Doig
    signed 2020-05-26 16:30:09 +1000
  • Gordon Scamp
    signed 2020-05-26 16:27:54 +1000
  • Richard Bush
    signed 2020-05-26 16:27:01 +1000
    I lived in Mossman for 2 years. This area must be preserved
  • John Philip Cadwallader
    signed 2020-05-26 16:26:51 +1000
    Pristine means Pristine! Period.
  • Jeanette Wilkins
    signed 2020-05-26 16:25:09 +1000
  • John Townsin
    signed 2020-05-26 16:25:07 +1000
  • Angela Acquado
    signed 2020-05-26 16:24:37 +1000
  • Peter Reynolds
    signed 2020-05-26 16:23:28 +1000
    They were trying that 10 yrs ago still trying no way
  • Katharine Symonds
    signed 2020-05-26 16:23:26 +1000
  • Andrew Clissold
    signed 2020-05-26 16:19:42 +1000
  • Percy Popovich
    signed 2020-05-26 16:16:54 +1000
  • Hugo Ford
    signed 2020-05-26 16:14:59 +1000
  • Annette Kelly
    signed 2020-05-26 16:11:57 +1000
    Leave the Daintree alone. Bridging the Daintree will expose the fragility of the Daintree to irreversible damage.

    Next so one will suggest a MacDonalds across the bridge.
  • Chris Evans
    signed 2020-05-26 16:08:30 +1000
  • Anne Skinner
    signed 2020-05-26 16:07:39 +1000
  • Josie Calamel
    signed 2020-05-26 16:06:10 +1000
    Love the Daintree .please keep it nice and safe .
  • Cheryl Duffin
    signed 2020-05-26 16:05:31 +1000
  • Kim Wirth
    signed 2020-05-26 16:04:06 +1000
  • Angus Mecoles
    signed 2020-05-26 16:02:29 +1000
  • Patti Flynn
    signed 2020-05-26 15:58:13 +1000
  • Anthonia Stanley
    signed 2020-05-26 15:54:22 +1000
  • Leigh-Anne Lawrence
    signed 2020-05-26 15:51:51 +1000
  • Jackie Nowell
    signed 2020-05-26 15:51:06 +1000
    Earth keeps telling us time and time again to just stop. Theres no way development here would actually benefit the rainforest.
  • Leanne Prosser
    signed 2020-05-26 15:50:13 +1000
  • Terri Brown
    signed 2020-05-26 15:48:01 +1000
  • Linda Lawrence
    signed 2020-05-26 15:47:07 +1000