The petition is now CLOSED. 

Thank you to our supporters and petitioners. 

There were 2017 E-petitions and 4099 conforming written petitions totalling 6116 petitions. It was accepted by the Clerk of the Parliament on Tuesday morning the 15th September 2015 and submitted to the Queensland Parliament Legislative Assembly that day. The Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 was relegated to last position on the Agenda and over the 3 day sitting and was not heard. It has been deferred to the next sitting of Parliament on the 13th October 2015.

Citizens of Queensland only, Please sign the Petition.


  • No capital dredging = No new larger passenger, naval and cargo ships.
  • Estimated earnings foregone = more than $5BN over the next 25 years.
  • Science and best practice dredging technology = best protection for the reef.

Please ask your friends and family to sign.

Online E-Petition link here

You can sign written copies at:

Cairns City Inner
Van Dorssens Tobacconist & Gifts Shop, Cnr Abbott & Spence St, Cairns
Al Porto Cafe, Reef Terminal 1, Spence Street, Cairns
Cummings Economics, 38 Grafton St, Cairns, through Chapman Court
Sheridan Street News, 126 Sheridan Street.
Cock n Bull Tavern, 6 Grove Street
Cairns Penny Bank, 22/24 Grafton Street

Cairns City Outer
Vallely Butchers, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
CNW Electrical, 73 Anderson St, Manunda
Edge Hill Accountancy, 53 Anderson St, Manunda
At Ease Remedial Shop, 3/53 Anderson St, Manunda
Snap Printing, 185 Mulgrave Road, Cairns
Ibessa Financial Planners, 6/24 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt
The Hon. Warren Entch MP Member for Leichardt, 200 Mulgrave Road, Cairns
Argyle Gardens, 5/15 McGregor Street, Mooroobool
J & R Refrigeration, 26 Donaldson Street, Manunda
TSG Tobacconist, Raintrees Shopping Centre
Tolly's Signs, 23 Svendsen Street, Westcourt
Beacons Lighting, 329-331 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
Linda's Loot, 327 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
Goldies on McManus Street, Whitfield
Cairns Cricket Association, contact Kevin Maher

Cairns Bungalow Portsmith
Allaro Homes, 189 Aumuller Street, Cairns
Heat Craft, 88 Buchan St, Cairns
Capricorn Radiator, 11 Wellington St, Bungalow
Cairns Hardware, 154 Scott St, Cairns
Cairns Hardware, 34-35 Lunch St, Bungalow
Actrol Parts, 248 Hartley St, Bungalow
Perrott Engineering, 120 Kenny St, Portsmith
Tonkin Steel, 74 Cook Street, Portsmith
Tropical Reef Shipyard, Trawler Base Road, Portsmith
Blackwoods, cnr Cook & Tingara Street, Portsmith
B & K Auto Electrical, 98 Buchan Street, Portsmith

Stratford Freshwater Redlynch
Stratford Service Station, Rinks Close, Stratford
Kingfisher Convienience Store, 1 Gamburra Drive, Redlynch
Stratford General Store, 3-5 Kamerunga Road
Jonsson's Farm Market, 31 Johnston Street

Northern Beaches
NQ Pools, 9 Maisel Close, Smithfield (nr JCU)
Mitre 10, Mt Milman Drive, Smithfield
Yorkeys Knob Post Office
Friendly Grocer, Poolwood Road, Kewarra Beach
Cairns Tropical Zoo, Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove
Deborah Fraser 40578652 or 0414 493210 Trinity Beach

Cairns South
Cairns Hardware, 6-8 Robert Road, Bentley Park
Jackson and Jackson Refrigeration, 8 Spoto Close, Woree

Ye Ole Gvale Hotel, Cnr Gordon & Cannon ST, Gordonvale
Town & Country, 22-24 Canon St, Gordonvale
CMK Hair Studio, 96 Gordon St, Gordonvale
Gordanvale Pool & Outdoor, 18 Norman St, Gordanvale
Mulgrave Mill, 47 Gordon St, Gordanvale
Popular Newsagency, 50 Norman St, Gordonvale
Cane Growers Office. 29 Norman St, Gordanvale
Barcou Electrics, 82 Gordon St, Gordonvale

Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation
Cairns Hardware, Mossman
Cowbay Hotel, Daintree
Masons Store, Cape Tribulation

Atherton Tablelands
Tableland Hardware, 79-85 Grove St, Atherton
Jackson and Jackson Refrigeration, 13A Comet Av, Atherton
Cater Claude Menswear, 199 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
L J Hooker, 20 Main St, Atherton
Beverley Prescott, Atherton mail to

Cassowary Coast
Innisfail Plumbing Hardware, 91-93 Ernest St, Innisfail
CNW Electrical, Innisfail
Jackson and Jackson Refrigeration, 180 Edith Street, Innisfail
Taylors Holden, 117 Edith Street, Innisfail
Larsen's Newsagency, 60 Rankin Street, Innisfail

Cooktown Hardware & Camping, 94 Charlotte St, Cooktown
Cooktown Bowls Club, 129 Charlotte Street
Fishermans Wharf, 7 Webber Esplanade
Cooktown Newsagency, 98 Charlotte Street

More locations will be announced shortly.

TO: The Honourable Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 does not include the ports of Cairns and Mourilyan as priority ports. If capital dredging is discontinued, new larger passenger, naval and cargo ships will not be able to enter the ports. The estimated earnings foregone may be more than $5BN over the next 25 years, compounding the record high youth unemployment rates.

Your petitioners request the House to amend the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 to include the ports of Cairns and Mourilyan as 'priority ports' allowing the ports to carry out vital capital works dredging NOW and always. We also request that an independent project be commissioned to assess and recommend the lowest cost environmentally acceptable dredging solution.  Revitalize our economy, restore confidence and save many businesses from the brink of bankruptcy.

Principal Petitioner: Ronald Allan Crew on behalf of the Friends of the Port of Cairns, 51 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, QLD 4870.

Petition closes: 11th September 2015


Download WRITTEN PETITION here                       Download FLYER here                        Download POSTER here   


HOST a petition at your business: Contact Emma Thirkell 40531274 or email



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