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.




8,538 signatures
  • Susan Latch
    signed 2020-10-26 07:12:35 +1100
  • Stephen Henry
    signed 2020-10-26 07:10:18 +1100
  • Janet Maloney
    signed 2020-10-26 07:09:19 +1100
  • Judy Ollis
    signed 2020-10-26 07:07:32 +1100
  • Debrap Annear
    signed 2020-10-26 07:06:55 +1100
  • Carolyn Dodds
    signed 2020-10-26 07:06:15 +1100
  • Michael Appleby
    signed 2020-10-26 07:04:51 +1100
  • Bree Logie
    signed 2020-10-26 07:04:37 +1100
    Let’s leave the Daintree alone. We can barely take care of nature as it is without ruining other natural habitats
  • Phil Cushing
    signed 2020-10-26 07:03:24 +1100
    For all the reasons listed above ,this is a bad idea .What the area needs is better planning not short sighted development .Fix the dirt roads allready in there ,they are erroding with each year causing siltation in delicate systems .The Daintree is a world Heritage maserpiece it deserves the best planning possible ,which is to leave it alone !!
  • Tony Chiarletti
    signed 2020-10-26 07:02:45 +1100
  • Bernard Silvey
    signed 2020-10-26 07:02:16 +1100
  • Greg Smith
    signed 2020-10-26 07:00:33 +1100
  • Judy Cinerari
    signed 2020-10-26 06:59:46 +1100
  • Ian Cowdell
    signed 2020-10-26 06:53:38 +1100
  • michael swanton
    signed 2020-10-26 06:46:57 +1100
  • Robert Maddern
    signed 2020-10-26 06:34:06 +1100
  • Gordon Reid
    signed 2020-10-26 06:32:46 +1100
  • Jonathan Grech
    signed 2020-10-26 06:29:55 +1100
  • Bjorn Hancox
    signed 2020-10-26 06:29:38 +1100
  • Graham Cassidy
    signed 2020-10-26 06:28:04 +1100
    Must be fully preserved!!!!
  • Trudi Gauld
    signed 2020-10-26 06:20:10 +1100
  • Oliver Morris
    signed 2020-10-26 06:14:00 +1100
    Not all development is progress – I think this proposal is a backwards step. It will make the Daintree less attractive and less valuable.
  • Richard Edwards
    signed 2020-10-26 01:54:08 +1100
  • wynn lawson
    signed 2020-10-25 19:54:31 +1100
  • Ronald McCready
    signed 2020-10-25 18:54:01 +1100
  • Cassidy Muggleton
    signed 2020-10-25 18:44:01 +1100
  • myra neumann
    signed 2020-10-25 17:59:35 +1100
    how can we mitigate a climate catastrophe and mass extintion in the next 10 years when small shires throughout the country, continue on their let’s develop the wilderness and make more money policy. corruption. the whole coastline has been bitumenised with roads and carparks and still their is not enough tarmac carparks for them. oil and gas….
  • Joyce Killip
    signed 2020-10-25 17:21:11 +1100
    Leave Daintree alone
  • Norma Keyte
    signed 2020-10-25 15:43:16 +1100
  • Fiona Mayfield
    signed 2020-10-25 15:25:11 +1100