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.




8,488 signatures
  • Michele Moore
    signed 2020-05-26 08:45:34 +1000
  • Jeffrey Gardner
    signed 2020-05-26 08:41:21 +1000
    Seriously didn’t need a bridge before so is obviously clear don’t need one now
  • Claire Freney-Mills
    signed 2020-05-26 08:40:02 +1000
  • Carole Lush
    signed 2020-05-26 08:37:40 +1000
  • Susan Lloyd
    signed 2020-05-26 08:31:47 +1000
  • Susan Douglas
    signed 2020-05-26 08:30:35 +1000
  • Muffy Hand
    signed 2020-05-26 08:26:15 +1000
    Please no bridge. The value of this amazing unique place is its lack of human induced development. XOX
  • Carolyn Cooper
    signed 2020-05-26 08:23:43 +1000
  • Kay Clarke
    signed 2020-05-26 08:15:04 +1000
    We must preserve our wilderness for future generations.
  • Traci Orr
    signed 2020-05-26 08:11:02 +1000
  • Lynne Muirhead
    signed 2020-05-26 08:01:33 +1000
  • Shirley Biggs
    signed 2020-05-26 07:59:31 +1000
  • Charlene Lachman
    signed 2020-05-26 07:53:55 +1000
  • Ezra Haldezos
    signed 2020-05-26 07:28:36 +1000
  • Stephanie Meggitt
    signed 2020-05-26 07:27:29 +1000
  • Nathan Moore
    signed 2020-05-26 07:07:18 +1000
    I agree entirely with the objections of this petition.

    While traffic flow can be frustrating the daintree is already suffering enormous pressures from residential and tourism sectors. When will people realise that the very thing they wish to make money out of requires you to leave it how it is?

    While I have spent many a time day and night waiting for the ferry and understand the traffic flow issues in high traffic situations it is what it is and that ferry is actually preventing uncontrollable access and the irrevocable damage that will come with it. The daitree rainforest and river are stunning natural exosystems and as well as the enormous environmental and social economic impacts that would flow on from the creation of a bridge the aesthetics of the river will be forever ruined.

    It is a stunning world heritage area that needs to be preserved as it is. Port douglas shire council I ask you to realise the value of what you have, that the value of this region and resource is in its isolation and protection and this must be maintained at all cost. Do not sell yourselves out to developers and tourism operators who will only destroy the very thing they wish to sell.
  • Janet Penrose
    signed 2020-05-26 07:02:00 +1000
    Leave our beautiful country alone as there is not much left that you haven’t destroyed
  • Julie Grace
    signed 2020-05-26 06:55:11 +1000
  • Tracy Walker
    signed 2020-05-26 06:45:14 +1000
  • Vicki Crowther
    signed 2020-05-26 06:14:12 +1000
  • Ben Lumsdaine
    signed 2020-05-26 06:10:57 +1000
  • Evelyn Storey
    signed 2020-05-26 05:52:10 +1000
  • Alanna Somers
    signed 2020-05-26 05:52:04 +1000
  • Alison Scott
    signed 2020-05-26 05:33:00 +1000
    Leave the Rainforest alone .
  • Tracy Kelly
    signed 2020-05-26 04:28:40 +1000
  • Jamie Colquhoun
    signed 2020-05-26 03:26:35 +1000
  • Richard Braham
    signed 2020-05-26 03:18:02 +1000
    This is outrageous and an unacceptable development which will severely impact the environment.
  • Rose Riddington
    signed 2020-05-26 02:24:39 +1000
  • gemma wilby
    signed 2020-05-26 01:56:37 +1000
  • kathy mcdonald
    signed 2020-05-26 01:52:57 +1000