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.




8,543 signatures
  • Karen Messer
    signed 2020-05-26 12:40:44 +1000
  • Liz Packer
    signed 2020-05-26 12:35:32 +1000
  • Robbie McLackland
    signed 2020-05-26 12:32:41 +1000
  • Scott Baines
    signed 2020-05-26 12:26:26 +1000
  • Jett Economidis
    signed 2020-05-26 12:24:42 +1000
  • Stephen Payne
    signed 2020-05-26 12:22:09 +1000
  • Greg Clancy
    signed 2020-05-26 12:19:25 +1000
  • Alice Hathorn
    signed 2020-05-26 12:19:03 +1000
  • Matthew Sproule
    signed 2020-05-26 12:16:37 +1000
  • Sharon Neale
    signed 2020-05-26 12:15:19 +1000
    This should never be allowed to happen
  • Gordon West
    signed 2020-05-26 12:01:54 +1000
  • Chris Adams
    signed 2020-05-26 11:49:13 +1000
  • Jan Zerek
    signed 2020-05-26 11:45:41 +1000
  • Kim Mercer
    signed 2020-05-26 11:44:58 +1000
    I travel this area. It needs to be protected so a second solar powered ferry is a intelligent outcome for the environment and future generations. Think amazing not destructive with a bridge. Enough people can travel and enjoy without the impact of high numbers that are negative to the wildlife & enviroment.
  • Dan Mooney
    signed 2020-05-26 11:37:04 +1000
  • ross mcivor
    signed 2020-05-26 11:36:38 +1000
  • Allen White
    signed 2020-05-26 11:30:47 +1000
  • Sally Tutt
    signed 2020-05-26 11:22:00 +1000
  • Marty Yates
    signed 2020-05-26 11:21:35 +1000
  • Daryl Morris
    signed 2020-05-26 11:20:24 +1000
    Sacred land
  • Rebecca Tuska
    signed 2020-05-26 11:13:59 +1000
  • Peter Schwarz
    signed 2020-05-26 11:13:06 +1000
    Now why would a councillor want more access to the northern side of the river? There is already a number of ways to get there. Hmmmmmmm.
  • Peter Baillie
    signed 2020-05-26 11:12:58 +1000
  • Stephen Frew
    signed 2020-05-26 11:08:00 +1000
  • Melissa Senatoa
    signed 2020-05-26 11:05:45 +1000
  • Darrell Gordon
    signed 2020-05-26 11:04:17 +1000
    Lets stop what is perceived as progress and stop destroying our natural heritage. Areas such as the Daintree sustain our air quality and protect Australia’s native flora and fauna.
  • Maurice Milliner
    signed 2020-05-26 11:02:33 +1000
    It is the isolation that attracts visitors to the Daintree. Making access easy will bring developers and soon the area will become just another beachside suburb.

    A big part of the visit is the ferry crossing experience. Leave it alone, please.
  • John Palmer
    signed 2020-05-26 10:56:14 +1000
  • Barbara Tiplady
    signed 2020-05-26 10:54:02 +1000
  • Susan Horsburgh
    signed 2020-05-26 10:47:49 +1000