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
  • Helen Eager
    signed 2020-09-23 12:41:58 +1000
  • Catherine Underhill
    signed 2020-09-23 07:11:50 +1000
    The Daintree is precious. Not everything has to be accessible instantly. Please protect it. The ferry is sufficient access and doesn’t take that long anyway
  • Murray Stanley
    signed 2020-09-23 07:04:11 +1000
  • Brenda May
    signed 2020-09-23 07:02:17 +1000
  • Nathalie Gaveau
    signed 2020-09-23 06:33:40 +1000
  • Geraldine Morey
    signed 2020-09-23 00:22:38 +1000
  • Rob Scott
    signed 2020-09-22 23:29:43 +1000
    Keep the Daintree free!
  • David Pidd
    signed 2020-09-22 22:48:00 +1000
  • Carolyn Hanna
    signed 2020-09-22 22:40:53 +1000
    A bridge would be the death toll for the Daintree.
  • Philip Martin
    signed 2020-09-22 21:50:15 +1000
  • Emma Moy
    signed 2020-09-22 20:57:47 +1000
    Building a bridge will destroy the Daintree Forest.
  • Martin Rees
    signed 2020-09-22 20:57:34 +1000
  • Gypsy Tucker
    signed 2020-09-22 20:16:50 +1000
    The ferry is the appropriate method of crossing the river. It’s achieving numerous objectives and should be preserved and the bridge option abandoned.
  • Michelle Bennett
    signed 2020-09-22 20:02:33 +1000
  • Ashleigh Harland
    signed 2020-09-22 20:01:25 +1000
  • Nicole Walsh
    signed 2020-09-22 19:50:06 +1000
    Construction of bridge across the Daintree River should not happen, this area is just too important and fragile. This lowland rainforest is the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering plants. A bridge will increase the number of vehicles crossing the river and the expand the hours of the day vehicles are on the road, including dawn and dusk. Vehicle strike is a killer of the Southern Cassowary, an endangered species critical to the rainforest’s natural ability to regenerate. A road bridge over the Daintree will lead to a growth in property prices, increased demand for additional services such as energy supply, further fragmentation of highly sensitive ecosystems. Do not approve construction of this bridge!
  • Leah Marshall
    signed 2020-09-22 19:24:26 +1000
    Daintree MUST be preserved. People already have access.
  • Geffrey Lapham
    signed 2020-09-22 18:50:11 +1000
    Do we have to destroy every part of this world for the sake of development and money? Leave it be !!!
  • Bradley Matthews
    signed 2020-09-22 18:46:29 +1000
  • Christopher Robbins
    signed 2020-09-22 17:09:20 +1000
  • Vlad Tudor
    signed 2020-09-22 15:54:57 +1000
  • Max Collett
    signed 2020-09-22 15:47:28 +1000
  • Jon Ide
    signed 2020-09-22 13:47:24 +1000
  • Kim Morton
    signed 2020-09-22 13:28:57 +1000
  • Alisa Nevin
    signed via 2020-09-22 13:03:52 +1000
  • Marion Oryl
    signed 2020-09-22 12:21:30 +1000
  • Louise Burgler
    signed 2020-09-22 11:41:35 +1000
  • Wade Howlett
    signed 2020-09-22 11:18:02 +1000
  • Andrew Hirst
    signed 2020-09-22 10:06:18 +1000
  • Helen Marsh
    signed 2020-09-22 09:30:54 +1000

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