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.




6,288 signatures
  • Marcia Giblin
    signed 2020-06-01 10:22:42 +1000
    No bridge required leave it as it is.
  • Takoda Hackeney
    signed 2020-06-01 10:21:07 +1000
  • Grace van Nes
    signed 2020-06-01 10:06:39 +1000
    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.
  • Bruce Stockwell
    signed 2020-06-01 10:05:25 +1000
    The ferry provides adequate access to the Daintree. Let’s keep it pure
  • Janine Collins
    signed 2020-06-01 10:02:47 +1000
  • Susan Prince
    signed 2020-06-01 09:50:26 +1000
  • Racheal Finlayson
    signed 2020-06-01 09:46:39 +1000
    Save the Daintree! We need to preserve, not invade, what’s left of our forests for the good of the planet, the air we breath and the human and animal populations.
  • Liam McQualter
    signed 2020-06-01 09:41:36 +1000
  • Quentin Czaplejewicz-Parr
    signed 2020-06-01 09:40:48 +1000
    Save all of nature! Humans must work around it not through it.
  • Mia Gourlay
    signed 2020-06-01 09:37:45 +1000
  • Gary Pyman
    signed 2020-06-01 09:34:00 +1000
    Please care for some of australis natural environment before its all destroyed
  • Jacob Mccausland
    signed 2020-06-01 09:31:33 +1000
  • Denise Black
    signed 2020-06-01 09:29:17 +1000
  • Damien Kent
    signed 2020-06-01 09:26:32 +1000
  • Alana Saint
    signed 2020-06-01 09:26:06 +1000
    Please respect our beautiful planet and all her creatures
  • Glenda Hosking
    signed 2020-06-01 09:21:34 +1000
  • Chikako Lindsay
    signed 2020-06-01 09:17:56 +1000
  • Richard Belford
    signed 2020-06-01 09:12:30 +1000
  • Jason Lewis
    signed 2020-06-01 09:01:02 +1000
  • Sophie Murphy
    signed 2020-06-01 09:00:02 +1000
  • Amy Young
    signed via 2020-06-01 08:58:20 +1000
  • Debra Day
    signed 2020-06-01 08:57:42 +1000
    Please Govs- do not destroy anything else in our unique land
  • Brooke Edenborough
    signed 2020-06-01 08:55:46 +1000
  • Math Vandenberghe
    signed 2020-06-01 08:51:40 +1000
  • Karin Linden
    signed 2020-06-01 08:51:25 +1000
    Protect this unique wilderness please
  • Jessica Fleitas
    signed 2020-06-01 08:50:55 +1000
  • Kathleen Burnett
    signed 2020-06-01 08:50:34 +1000
  • Elise Sheehan
    signed 2020-06-01 08:49:24 +1000
  • Suzanne Marks
    signed 2020-06-01 08:48:48 +1000
  • la wer
    signed 2020-06-01 08:47:02 +1000