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.




8,484 signatures
  • Michele Grayndler
    signed 2020-05-26 01:01:03 +1000
  • Tim O’Shea
    signed 2020-05-26 00:51:40 +1000
  • Tom Agtoft
    signed 2020-05-26 00:27:28 +1000
  • Wesley Gardner
    signed 2020-05-26 00:21:34 +1000
  • Jessica Smith
    signed 2020-05-26 00:18:10 +1000
  • Jamie Pym
    signed 2020-05-26 00:02:11 +1000
  • Beth Marrocco
    signed 2020-05-25 23:38:28 +1000
  • Ann Lronard
    signed 2020-05-25 23:33:04 +1000
  • Debbie McGillivray
    signed 2020-05-25 23:29:41 +1000
    Please help us retain this amazing ecosystem – the oldest of its type on the planet. It is truly precious.
  • Toby Sacree
    signed 2020-05-25 23:24:09 +1000
  • Pamela Dinsmore
    signed 2020-05-25 23:20:06 +1000
    Protect the Daintree, protect the wildlife from becoming road kill
  • Rod Fraser
    signed 2020-05-25 22:59:54 +1000
  • Ian Thomas
    signed 2020-05-25 22:57:40 +1000
  • Una Nelson
    signed 2020-05-25 22:55:31 +1000
    Why ever do they need a bridge? The River Crossing works fine the way it is.
  • Janet Meadows
    signed 2020-05-25 22:55:19 +1000
  • Josie Doherty
    signed 2020-05-25 22:54:32 +1000
    The bridge would damage the environment & animals that depend on the environment.
  • Bogdan Nacu
    signed 2020-05-25 22:54:30 +1000
  • Jen Petinatos
    signed 2020-05-25 22:53:38 +1000
  • Liam Steohen
    signed 2020-05-25 22:49:44 +1000
  • Val Wheatley
    signed 2020-05-25 22:49:36 +1000
    The whole proposal is ecological madness
  • Simon Zipperlen
    signed 2020-05-25 22:34:34 +1000
  • Mandy Tennent
    signed 2020-05-25 22:33:49 +1000
  • David Smith
    signed 2020-05-25 22:30:05 +1000
  • Joanne Dilly
    signed 2020-05-25 22:29:46 +1000
  • Michael Patti
    signed 2020-05-25 22:21:52 +1000
  • Salome Argyropoulos
    signed 2020-05-25 22:21:07 +1000
  • Elaine Reynolds
    signed 2020-05-25 22:17:26 +1000
  • Penny Davidson
    signed 2020-05-25 22:16:25 +1000
  • Erin Brimson
    signed 2020-05-25 22:12:07 +1000
  • Julie Giguere
    signed 2020-05-25 22:10:31 +1000
    Some places are better left undeveloped. This is one of those. Focus development in Port Douglas or Mossman.