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.




6,288 signatures
  • Johannes Deutsch
    signed 2020-06-02 15:12:29 +1000
  • Evie Yates
    signed 2020-06-02 14:10:27 +1000
  • Hugh Jones
    signed 2020-06-02 13:59:31 +1000
  • Amelia Pawley
    signed 2020-06-02 12:47:48 +1000
  • Josh Pawley
    signed 2020-06-02 11:43:40 +1000
  • Trina Jensen
    signed 2020-06-02 11:35:14 +1000
  • Amanda Weir
    signed 2020-06-02 10:06:32 +1000
    Save the daintree
  • Norm van't Hoff
    signed 2020-06-02 10:00:47 +1000
    Australia has very little tropical rainforest left. Do not endanger the Daintree!
  • Neil Davies
    signed 2020-06-02 10:00:37 +1000
  • Rabab Al Lawati
    signed 2020-06-02 09:37:37 +1000
  • Cassie Rowe
    signed 2020-06-02 09:22:15 +1000
  • Dianne Zanchetta
    signed 2020-06-02 08:51:55 +1000
    Please stop this bridge and leave some wild untouched areas to nature, flora and fauna. I implore you.
  • Annie Edney
    signed 2020-06-02 08:46:53 +1000
  • Pip Tilbrook
    signed 2020-06-02 08:42:36 +1000
  • Geraldine McMahon
    signed 2020-06-02 08:30:30 +1000
  • Callie Manwaring
    signed 2020-06-02 08:20:40 +1000
  • Ian Johnston
    signed 2020-06-02 08:13:08 +1000
  • Kerry Johnstone
    signed 2020-06-02 08:08:12 +1000
  • Patricia Wilson
    signed 2020-06-02 08:05:53 +1000
  • Alexandre Demaria
    signed 2020-06-02 07:51:01 +1000
  • Ellen Wilmer
    signed 2020-06-02 07:32:25 +1000
  • Kerry Spokes
    signed 2020-06-02 05:23:43 +1000
  • Anita Bester
    signed 2020-06-02 04:59:31 +1000
  • David Cornish
    signed 2020-06-01 23:51:12 +1000
    Build a bridge. Ferries run on noisey polluting diesel engines, their cables dump on the river bed & crib downstream on every crossing, the loud speaker to tell users to stay in there 4wd vehicle, turn off the engine , present your ticket to the collecting officer. It’s, noise pollution, inefficient, out of date & far more damaging to the area than ferries have ever been. A bridge allows travel all year round for everyone, reduces the groups of travellers gunning it away from their ferry trip which they’ve had to wait 20mins for . Bring it on . Build a bridge !!
  • Penelope Mcculloch
    signed 2020-06-01 23:42:55 +1000
  • Leonie Parkes
    signed 2020-06-01 23:26:11 +1000
  • Janine Bliss
    signed 2020-06-01 23:19:46 +1000
  • Jasmine Watts
    signed 2020-06-01 22:35:38 +1000
    We need to have some places left that are pristine. this can’t go ahead.
  • Judith Buckrich
    signed 2020-06-01 21:50:45 +1000
  • Greg Usher
    signed 2020-06-01 21:43:45 +1000