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.




7,046 signatures
  • Nathan Pring
    signed 2020-09-24 08:08:06 +1000
  • Stuart Bradley
    signed 2020-09-24 07:38:53 +1000
  • Katie Hassard
    signed 2020-09-24 07:35:15 +1000
    Wouldn’t the Daintree in pristine condition be of more economic value? Not to mention the ethics of leaving this ecosystem undisturbed for future generations to enjoy.
  • Denise Crew
    signed 2020-09-24 07:06:14 +1000
  • Narelle Jarvis
    signed 2020-09-24 06:49:21 +1000
  • Jake lossberg
    signed 2020-09-24 06:04:50 +1000
  • Sally Davis
    signed 2020-09-24 05:31:32 +1000
    Keep the number of tourists down to manageable numbers so this beautiful rainforest remains pristine!
  • Marie-Helene Lucas
    signed 2020-09-24 05:04:54 +1000
  • Margaret Roberts
    signed 2020-09-24 02:41:34 +1000
  • Mark Stephen
    signed 2020-09-24 02:16:02 +1000
  • John Wilson
    signed 2020-09-24 01:16:53 +1000
  • Stephen Galvin
    signed 2020-09-24 00:48:51 +1000
  • Fiona Neville
    signed 2020-09-24 00:30:47 +1000
  • Vanessa Blakeley
    signed 2020-09-23 23:01:07 +1000
  • Freddy Brignone
    signed 2020-09-23 22:41:00 +1000
  • Kate de Boer
    signed 2020-09-23 22:40:15 +1000
  • Harry Kunz
    signed 2020-09-23 22:31:19 +1000
  • Janice Wormworth
    signed 2020-09-23 21:52:16 +1000
  • Jeffrey Johnson
    signed 2020-09-23 21:34:35 +1000
  • Raymond Bove
    signed 2020-09-23 21:07:49 +1000
  • Elenka Parkin
    signed 2020-09-23 20:57:25 +1000
    Born and raised in FNQ the daintree ferry is a fantastic experience for all as well as it is protecting the environment.

    Allowing a bridge will destroy heritage area wildlife and the atmosphere. listen to the locals who care and protect this area have respect for something greater than human life ’The environment ’
  • Jamie Bartlett
    signed 2020-09-23 20:40:37 +1000
  • Holly Keys
    signed 2020-09-23 20:35:01 +1000
  • Jeff Ashfield
    signed 2020-09-23 20:23:21 +1000
  • Scott Dinnerville
    signed 2020-09-23 20:19:07 +1000
  • Elizabeth Hateley
    signed 2020-09-23 20:18:58 +1000
    The whole reason to visit the Daintree is it’s untouched beauty. Apart from the increased risks to the rare wildlife more vehicles would mean it’ll be like a million other tourist destinations, why visit? Lastly, I seriously doubt an increase in house prices would be beneficial for most locals. I wonder how many developers are behind this bridge.
  • Olga Istomina
    signed 2020-09-23 20:16:31 +1000
  • Simon msltby
    signed 2020-09-23 19:59:16 +1000
  • Siobhan Smyth
    signed 2020-09-23 19:37:37 +1000
  • Sylvia Giordani
    signed 2020-09-23 19:15:48 +1000
    The proposed bridge across the Daintree River would destroy the World Heritage rainforest and must be stopped.

    By having the bridge there, it will have a huge flow-on effect in the increase of the number of vehicles on roads, on the endangered species that would be killed, like cassowary and other endangered species. It would also destroy the highly sensitive ecosystems, which needs to be protected.

    This 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.

    All this must be protected and not exploited.