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
  • Gage McNally
    signed 2020-09-20 10:40:47 +1000
    Conserve, restore and protect all biodiversity before its to late, for our children and futures.
  • Pam Schultz
    signed 2020-09-20 08:03:24 +1000
    We should not be living in the rainforest. It is too precious and there is not enough of it, especially in Australia.
  • Catherine King
    signed 2020-09-19 22:03:02 +1000
    This is a ridiculous proposal that is threatening the rainforest already saturated with tourists as far as Bloomfield. I mourn the Daintree as I discovered it in 1992. That was true wilderness. Let’s not trash it even more.
  • Joan Preston
    signed via 2020-09-19 19:45:14 +1000
  • Ramon Lewis
    signed 2020-09-19 19:28:41 +1000
  • Denise de Vries
    signed 2020-09-19 18:53:42 +1000
  • Britt Watters
    signed 2020-09-19 17:55:48 +1000
  • Veronica Hedger
    signed 2020-09-19 16:42:54 +1000
  • Samantha Santarossa
    signed 2020-09-19 16:13:49 +1000
    Everything needs to be done to preserve this unique environment for future generations to experience.
  • Mark Matthews
    signed 2020-09-19 16:04:49 +1000
  • Vanessa Girling
    signed 2020-09-19 14:36:59 +1000
  • Veda Turner
    signed 2020-09-19 12:52:20 +1000
    Keep Daintree as pristine as possible, it becomes more valuable each day to everyone and everything! The Solar Ferry is a great example of sustainability
  • Fabienne Drinkwater
    signed 2020-09-19 12:39:03 +1000
  • Sarah Brennan
    signed 2020-09-19 10:37:42 +1000
  • Kate Redford
    signed 2020-09-19 09:08:15 +1000
  • Shane Lawrence
    signed 2020-09-19 08:36:48 +1000
  • Alison Taylor
    signed 2020-09-19 07:30:24 +1000
  • Olivia arnold
    signed 2020-09-18 23:47:31 +1000
  • Fred Tromp
    signed 2020-09-18 20:22:07 +1000
  • Neil Bryce
    signed 2020-09-18 18:09:08 +1000
  • Terence Price
    signed 2020-09-18 17:32:23 +1000
    There is no need for a bridge. The barge does nicely thank you.
  • Ellanora Williams
    signed 2020-09-18 16:58:37 +1000
  • Violet Hari
    signed 2020-09-18 15:53:14 +1000
  • Greg Sheppard
    signed 2020-09-18 13:48:32 +1000
  • Joseph Musmarra
    signed via 2020-09-18 13:21:09 +1000
  • Ralph Stern
    signed 2020-09-18 13:19:47 +1000
    Think of what your grandchildren will think when they find out you supported this.
  • Susan Felix
    signed 2020-09-18 12:27:19 +1000
    The barge system works fine. It limits numbers and times of traffic which is exactly what is required to keep the Daintree and it’s wild life and flora safe and thriving.
  • Margaret Murray
    signed 2020-09-18 11:23:55 +1000
  • Kate Taylor
    signed 2020-09-18 10:53:15 +1000
  • Vito Napoli
    signed via 2020-09-18 10:32:43 +1000