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
  • Angie Wentrup
    signed 2020-09-22 08:04:23 +1000
  • John Forlonge
    signed 2020-09-22 07:41:38 +1000
  • Phillip Parsons
    signed 2020-09-22 06:53:47 +1000
    Crazy and greedy.
  • Jack McNamee
    signed 2020-09-22 06:32:42 +1000
  • Bernard Longbottom
    signed 2020-09-22 05:44:44 +1000
  • Tony Clarke
    signed 2020-09-22 04:30:48 +1000
  • Greg Tasney
    signed 2020-09-21 22:24:53 +1000
  • Renee Engl
    signed 2020-09-21 21:54:19 +1000
    Please save the casssowary and the rainforest! NO BRIDGE!
  • scott cumberland
    signed 2020-09-21 21:51:44 +1000
    Too much traffic is already taking its toll on wildlife, increasing this will further damage this ecosystem as it has done everywhere else there is increased traffic.
  • Catherine Pritchard
    signed 2020-09-21 20:48:47 +1000
  • Mark Hooper
    signed 2020-09-21 20:38:10 +1000
  • Maureen Yeats
    signed 2020-09-21 20:01:23 +1000
  • Sally Mcintosh
    signed 2020-09-21 19:54:36 +1000
  • Paul Baeta
    signed 2020-09-21 19:53:50 +1000
  • Alex Foel
    signed 2020-09-21 19:53:22 +1000
  • Karen Hewitt
    signed 2020-09-21 19:49:58 +1000
    Please don’t help destroy the oldest rain forest on the planet… the ferry is all that is needed.
  • Jackie Newman
    signed 2020-09-21 19:31:58 +1000
  • Julian Nevin
    signed 2020-09-21 19:21:24 +1000
  • Ryan Winnell
    signed 2020-09-21 19:21:02 +1000
  • Steve Arlaud
    signed 2020-09-21 18:14:51 +1000
  • Nina Bowman
    signed 2020-09-21 17:13:52 +1000
    How many late night burn out will they get when the bridge is open.

    Heaps right like me and my street light. Miles from town but for a street light they don’t care how far it is.

    What stop them now. Well the ferry stops so no 24hr service stops them
  • Tallulah Dods
    signed 2020-09-21 13:46:48 +1000
  • Joanne Foster
    signed 2020-09-21 10:56:04 +1000
  • Sarah Brittenden
    signed 2020-09-20 23:03:59 +1000
  • Daryl Sly
    signed 2020-09-20 21:47:08 +1000
    The ferry is the one barrier that makes the Cape so unique and gives it the special place that it has in NQD. Please don’t wreck this World Heritage place. We need people to stop and ponder before entering this wonderful world.
  • Jack Beaman
    signed 2020-09-20 20:26:33 +1000
  • Linda Whitefeather
    signed 2020-09-20 18:59:14 +1000
    No bridge is the only way to preserve this precious resource for the planet’s sake.
  • Louise Reid
    signed 2020-09-20 16:19:27 +1000
  • Barbara Conje
    signed 2020-09-20 13:29:51 +1000
  • Judy Farrelly
    signed 2020-09-20 11:25:02 +1000