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.




8,495 signatures
  • 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.
  • Jenny Zeinstra
    signed 2020-05-25 22:04:50 +1000
  • Liz Ahern
    signed 2020-05-25 21:57:58 +1000
  • Sue Dawson
    signed 2020-05-25 21:57:03 +1000
  • Coral Rigby
    signed 2020-05-25 21:56:51 +1000
  • Arimbi Winoto
    signed 2020-05-25 21:55:50 +1000
    Here we go again. No bridge across this river. Keep the Daintree pristine.
  • Rafael Fabris
    signed 2020-05-25 21:53:44 +1000
  • Kim Cook
    signed 2020-05-25 21:49:48 +1000
  • Nancy Tigwell
    signed 2020-05-25 21:48:03 +1000
  • Julie Ward
    signed 2020-05-25 21:47:05 +1000
  • Anni Mill
    signed 2020-05-25 21:46:47 +1000
  • Leisa Gunton
    signed 2020-05-25 21:46:10 +1000
    A bridge would destroy the area quicker than is already happening. Leave it alone
  • Mitzi O'keeffe
    signed 2020-05-25 21:44:15 +1000
  • Eleanor Carter
    signed 2020-05-25 21:41:49 +1000
  • Patricia Packham
    signed 2020-05-25 21:40:15 +1000
    Been there and seen the beauty of the forest. Need to keep it that way as far too much development already since we went through there in the 90’s!
  • Karen Gloury
    signed 2020-05-25 21:31:03 +1000
  • Pamela Gurner-Hall
    signed 2020-05-25 21:28:02 +1000
  • Clare Thomson
    signed 2020-05-25 21:26:38 +1000
  • Sam Cox
    signed 2020-05-25 21:23:11 +1000
    Part of the amazing adventure visiting the Daintree is the journey there. It makes you feel excited and grateful when you arrive. It does not need to be faster, or easier. No bridge, equals better protection and preservation of the flora, fauna and the beautiful remoteness of the area.
  • Kylie Russell
    signed 2020-05-25 21:21:55 +1000
  • Sally Rowe
    signed 2020-05-25 21:21:51 +1000