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
  • Glenda Charles
    signed 2020-05-26 15:43:42 +1000
  • Craig Sinclair
    signed 2020-05-26 15:42:57 +1000
  • Samantha Rannard
    signed 2020-05-26 15:36:13 +1000
    Already has too much human interference for a world heritage area. A bridge would just increase pollution and damage.
  • Marc Sealey
    signed 2020-05-26 15:33:32 +1000
  • Lorna Morgan
    signed 2020-05-26 15:30:48 +1000
  • Daz Allen
    signed 2020-05-26 15:30:40 +1000
  • steve gower
    signed 2020-05-26 15:30:27 +1000
  • Tim Williams
    signed 2020-05-26 15:29:39 +1000
  • Grahame Drysdale
    signed 2020-05-26 15:29:06 +1000
  • Andrew Ross
    signed 2020-05-26 15:28:03 +1000
  • Rolf Mehrens
    signed 2020-05-26 15:27:01 +1000
  • Paul Fuller
    signed 2020-05-26 15:21:56 +1000
    PLEASE no bridge. The ferry is quite adequate and much cheaper. A bridge would just encourage more tourists which the pristine rain forest DOES NOT need.

    Let’s not destroy thousands of years of Ancient forest for the sake of a bridge, which would result in more tourists , then more development , then more Forest clearing for residential development, and the destruction of the pristine environment.

  • Colleen Finn
    signed 2020-05-26 15:20:06 +1000
  • John Sholl
    signed 2020-05-26 15:15:12 +1000
  • Damian Frost
    signed 2020-05-26 15:09:57 +1000
  • David Cooper
    signed 2020-05-26 15:09:38 +1000
  • Sharon Costello
    signed 2020-05-26 15:08:55 +1000
    Save our precious Daintree and its precious ecosystem
  • Kris Counsell
    signed 2020-05-26 15:07:13 +1000
    Save the daintree, please
  • Alex King
    signed 2020-05-26 15:06:42 +1000
    This is a disgrace and why we should not have people linked to the development and construction industry in any level of government position from Council to Federal parliament
  • Larraine Young
    signed 2020-05-26 15:06:27 +1000
    No one needs a bridge over this, it would mean more trees getting cut down, No No,No
  • Jackie Simmonds
    signed 2020-05-26 14:59:39 +1000
  • Susan Barnes
    signed 2020-05-26 14:58:25 +1000
  • Cameron Walton
    signed 2020-05-26 14:57:17 +1000
  • Margaret Hogg
    signed 2020-05-26 14:48:49 +1000


  • Alan Millard
    signed 2020-05-26 14:46:25 +1000
  • Richard peter Variakojis
    signed 2020-05-26 14:40:04 +1000
    A bridge across the Daintree River would irriversably damage a fragile ecosystem. Furthermore there is more environmentally friendly services in place.
  • Lesley Smith
    signed 2020-05-26 14:39:30 +1000
    This is a beautiful part of Australia.Keep it like it is.
  • Norma Swift
    signed 2020-05-26 14:39:13 +1000
  • Peter Hart
    signed 2020-05-26 14:36:16 +1000
  • Brody Turner
    signed 2020-05-26 14:32:57 +1000