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.




8,566 signatures
  • Suzie Don Leonard
    signed 2020-10-26 07:55:48 +1100
    One of Australia’s last pristine forests. Please regulate & protect it. Do not make it easy for open access to many who will not value & care for it
  • Nerida Wardrope
    signed 2020-10-26 07:54:39 +1100
  • Marion Ferguson
    signed 2020-10-26 07:48:38 +1100
    We need to protect our flora and fauna.
  • Jane Robson
    signed 2020-10-26 07:43:55 +1100
  • Raymond Hunter
    signed 2020-10-26 07:41:49 +1100
    Let’s let screw everything for convenience!
  • Pauline Trevor
    signed 2020-10-26 07:40:49 +1100
  • Ginger Obrien
    signed 2020-10-26 07:40:25 +1100
  • Jon Bryant
    signed 2020-10-26 07:39:15 +1100
  • Julie Marich
    signed 2020-10-26 07:36:58 +1100
  • Stephen Reid
    signed 2020-10-26 07:36:53 +1100
  • Dan Sullivan
    signed 2020-10-26 07:31:05 +1100
    Don’t spoil the adventure, the magic,not for money,not for anything
  • Paul White
    signed 2020-10-26 07:30:02 +1100
    Let’s start respecting nature
  • Noelene Carr
    signed 2020-10-26 07:29:34 +1100
  • Andrew Paterson
    signed 2020-10-26 07:27:50 +1100
    please protect the valuable Daintree for all Australians, by limiting access to it by just the ferries…I don’t care if I never get to see it, I just want it protected for our future generations.
  • Jo Kent
    signed 2020-10-26 07:25:59 +1100
  • Tyler
    signed 2020-10-26 07:24:11 +1100
    I grew up in the Daintree. I hope the future generations that live in or visit the Daintree can form memories as I have, memories of an untainted environment free from the pollution of mass development which would ruin the very fabric of this critically important ecological zone.
  • Marie Cameron
    signed 2020-10-26 07:24:05 +1100
  • Pippy Wardell
    signed 2020-10-26 07:23:44 +1100
  • Gillian Bathe
    signed 2020-10-26 07:22:15 +1100
  • Diane Davies
    signed 2020-10-26 07:21:51 +1100
  • Kieran Audley
    signed 2020-10-26 07:17:46 +1100
  • Douglas Brown
    signed 2020-10-26 07:17:20 +1100
  • Jef Caruss
    signed 2020-10-26 07:16:50 +1100
  • 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