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.




8,543 signatures
  • Wayne Shalders
    signed 2020-05-26 13:41:35 +1000
  • steven ford
    signed 2020-05-26 13:38:12 +1000
  • Jordan Innes
    signed 2020-05-26 13:35:42 +1000
  • Kayleen Courtney
    signed 2020-05-26 13:33:30 +1000
  • Tim Clarke
    signed 2020-05-26 13:26:16 +1000
  • Elle Townsend
    signed 2020-05-26 13:25:31 +1000
  • Helen Laird
    signed 2020-05-26 13:24:41 +1000
  • Karen Eagling
    signed 2020-05-26 13:16:44 +1000
  • Chris Taylor
    signed 2020-05-26 13:15:28 +1000
  • Craig Humfrey
    signed 2020-05-26 13:14:53 +1000
    If its not protected, within 5 years there will houses everywhere.
  • Larraine Wright
    signed 2020-05-26 13:12:41 +1000
    Will ruin the area.
  • Josh Hawken
    signed 2020-05-26 13:08:10 +1000
  • Sheila Masters
    signed 2020-05-26 13:00:20 +1000
  • Dee Kurt
    signed 2020-05-26 12:59:42 +1000
  • Philip Harrison
    signed 2020-05-26 12:58:55 +1000
  • Peter McKenna
    signed 2020-05-26 12:58:46 +1000
  • Scott Bramley
    signed 2020-05-26 12:58:31 +1000
  • Croydon Hall
    signed 2020-05-26 12:57:12 +1000
  • Andrew Seddon
    signed 2020-05-26 12:55:06 +1000
  • Meredith and Brian Corrigan
    signed 2020-05-26 12:54:54 +1000
  • Richard Burgess
    signed 2020-05-26 12:50:58 +1000
  • Tim Ackland
    signed 2020-05-26 12:50:28 +1000
  • Jules Darras
    signed 2020-05-26 12:48:47 +1000
    No bridge please!
  • Chris Ackland
    signed 2020-05-26 12:48:30 +1000
  • Jane Toner
    signed 2020-05-26 12:47:59 +1000

    We’re in a Biodiversity Emergency and must do everything we can to support the unique biodiversity that remains. The Daintree ecosystem is precious – it supports species that have been here on Earth since before the dinosaurs and we are the stewards of this life for future generations.

    The ferry ride across the river supports the notion of the Daintree being a special place. A road would make it just like anywhere.
  • robbie mallinson
    signed 2020-05-26 12:45:19 +1000
  • Jesse Maberry
    signed 2020-05-26 12:42:38 +1000
  • Mark Wildman
    signed 2020-05-26 12:42:03 +1000
  • Maike Forster
    signed 2020-05-26 12:42:03 +1000
  • Lorraine Jones
    signed 2020-05-26 12:41:59 +1000