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.

 

 

 

8,538 signatures
  • Alaina Handran-Smith
    signed 2020-11-24 15:21:48 +1100
    Please don’t spoil the peaceful, untouched nature of the Daintree with a bridge. It’s really not needed and could potentially lead to more development in the future.
  • Sally Osborne
    signed 2020-11-24 14:29:13 +1100
  • Ron Waters
    signed 2020-11-24 14:08:34 +1100
  • Paul Baeta
    signed 2020-11-24 13:19:14 +1100
  • Patrick McCoy
    signed 2020-11-24 10:30:17 +1100
  • Olivia Sili
    signed 2020-11-24 10:10:16 +1100
  • Joelle Patten
    signed 2020-11-24 07:48:44 +1100
  • Elizabeth Barrett
    signed 2020-11-20 10:58:28 +1100
  • John Donovan
    signed via 2020-11-19 06:12:22 +1100
  • Angela Sturmar
    signed 2020-11-18 12:21:21 +1100
  • Stephen Hayes
    signed 2020-11-17 22:06:33 +1100
    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.


    Previous habitat destruction clearly indicates the initial cause of negative impact to wilderness regions, occurs when access by roads is instigated. Build a bridge across the Daintree River and a network of roads will follow. There will be a dramatic increase in vehicular volume, resulting in wildlife loss, via vehicle strike. With the rise in traffic flow and visitor numbers, there will also be increased pressure for development, which will likely be inconsistent with this fragile ecosystem and contrary to the ultimate and necessary protection of this unique habitat.


    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.


    I thank you in anticipation of your careful consideration of the points raised above.


    Sincerely

    Stephen Hayes.
  • Kiona Ramsey
    signed 2020-11-15 17:16:20 +1100
  • Dylan Kramer
    signed 2020-11-14 09:53:12 +1100
  • Andrea Cresswell
    signed 2020-11-14 08:04:04 +1100
    I don’t live in QLD but if humans don’t cease destroying this planet WE are doomed. Leave this area untouched and give animal species a chance. It’s NOT all about development and money. Care enough for future generations. Thank you
  • Celia Zastrow
    signed 2020-11-13 13:49:54 +1100
  • Luke Smith
    signed 2020-11-13 13:32:16 +1100
  • Jenny Beatson
    signed 2020-11-12 17:58:17 +1100
  • Sienna Thornton
    signed 2020-11-12 11:41:27 +1100
  • Graham Williams
    signed 2020-11-11 16:31:40 +1100
    Rainforest is of enormous benefit to mankind and preserving it is essential to our future. It should be locked off from development for ever.
  • Bernice Wuttke
    signed 2020-11-11 13:41:10 +1100
    It is important that the barge stays as the only way to access the Daintree area. If a bridge is built, all the yahoo’s/idiots& self entitlement people will arrive and wreck this pristine environment. DO NOT BUILD A BRIDGE!
  • Rochelle Abbey
    signed via 2020-11-08 13:35:50 +1100
  • Kathryn Loughton
    signed 2020-11-05 23:00:44 +1100
  • Alan Turnbull
    signed 2020-11-05 14:11:03 +1100
    We were recently there. Stunningly beautiful and wise not to overextend with a bridge. Let’s keep the numbers down and protect the Daintree.
  • Paul Toepfer
    signed 2020-11-03 14:03:31 +1100
  • Emma Hopkins
    signed 2020-11-02 08:22:50 +1100
  • Lolita Yasserie
    signed 2020-11-02 07:28:24 +1100
  • Claire French
    signed 2020-11-02 05:56:32 +1100
  • Ben Rothwell
    signed 2020-11-01 18:15:10 +1100
  • Jeffrey Hills
    signed 2020-11-01 13:36:50 +1100
  • Paris Saunders-Jones
    signed 2020-11-01 07:43:55 +1100