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.




8,514 signatures
  • Jennifer Marshallsea
    signed 2020-10-25 09:31:24 +1100
  • Tracy Jones
    signed 2020-10-25 09:30:29 +1100
    No bridge over the Daintree river let’s keep this area pristine as it is #leave Daintree alone
  • David Kay
    signed 2020-10-25 09:29:26 +1100
  • Ian Savage
    signed 2020-10-25 09:29:25 +1100
    Don’t need a bridge ! It’s needs to stay pristine for future generations to enjoy ..
  • Niki Tsembas
    signed 2020-10-25 09:28:55 +1100
  • Ella Archer
    signed 2020-10-25 07:41:04 +1100
  • Aaren Myatt
    signed 2020-10-25 07:21:06 +1100
  • Daryl Dickson
    signed 2020-10-25 01:08:00 +1100
    No bridge required if we are to protect this area..let it be one of those magic journeys where you leave the populated world and enter a place of magic ancient wilderness….
  • Selina Palmer
    signed 2020-10-24 22:42:43 +1100
  • Jackie Kelly
    signed 2020-10-24 22:21:59 +1100
  • Robert McCann
    signed 2020-10-24 22:02:19 +1100
  • Danielle Whitmore
    signed 2020-10-24 20:29:37 +1100
  • Stassja Frei
    signed 2020-10-24 18:55:39 +1100
    Unnecessary. Leave it as is, it’s part of the experience
  • Gunter Glaser
    signed 2020-10-24 18:24:54 +1100
    Don’t interfere with rain forests.
  • Su Morley
    signed 2020-10-24 18:10:01 +1100
  • Emily Connors
    signed 2020-10-24 17:37:09 +1100
  • Tony Lott
    signed 2020-10-24 17:32:20 +1100
  • Lisbeth Dempsey
    signed 2020-10-24 16:50:49 +1100
  • David Flemons
    signed 2020-10-24 16:48:00 +1100
  • imkrutarth
    signed 2020-10-24 16:29:09 +1100
  • Jackson Forman
    signed 2020-10-24 16:24:15 +1100
  • Rosie Scally
    signed 2020-10-24 15:46:04 +1100
  • Marilyn Morris
    signed 2020-10-24 15:27:40 +1100
    No bridge needed… however, I agree with one lane each way bitumen through the last 30km’s of dirt. This will help the runoff to the reef and also help keep the dust down thru the rainforest. And better for weed control.
  • Adair Macgregor
    signed 2020-10-24 15:17:00 +1100
  • Nina Rachel
    signed 2020-10-24 14:52:41 +1100
  • Robbie and Cenwynn Pearce
    signed 2020-10-24 14:51:14 +1100
    As long as the maintenance to the barge is kept up with appropriate inspections, we agree that there should not be a bridge over the Daintree River.
  • Carl Anderson
    signed 2020-10-24 14:09:34 +1100
  • Michael Tokley
    signed 2020-10-24 14:03:14 +1100
    Please do not spoil this pristine area and the way in which visitors can access the Daintree. We must care fir this beautiful place and maintain it for generations to come. We are here to look after it, not spoilt it for future generations.
  • Dave Pyne
    signed 2020-10-24 14:03:10 +1100
    Keep the ferry for the above mentioned reasons, it’s very important !
  • Jade Zimmerlie
    signed 2020-10-24 14:01:45 +1100