DOUGLAS SHIRE SUSTAINABILITY GROUP
Douglas Shire Sustainability Group (DSSG) welcomes the results of a survey conducted by Douglas Shire Council into the appetite for a bridge crossing the Daintree River.The survey results confirm the views of DSSG members that a bridge is neither required nor desired and that this community prefers conservation over development. Two thirds of those surveyed said they preferred a two ferry system.
Council, together with the state and federal governments, needs now to invest in the conservationand presentation of the Daintree Coast, not its development and consequent degradation ofenvironmental values.
Council must revisit some of its recent decisions such as abandoning the project to develop a 30 year plan for Daintree management and removing the Daintree Landholders Kit from its website.
The survey shows that residents across the River hold the same views as the rest of us – this is no place for a bridge. Attempts to divide the people who love and live in Douglas Shire have failed.
DSSG campaigned in support of the two ferry option, believing that once people have all the relevant information they will make an informed decision.
Mr McDonald said members are angry that Douglas Shire Council has wasted time and money on this survey.
Council needs to engage in clear conversation with the Federal Government about a Conservation Management Plan for the Daintree area that includes social, cultural and economic factors and can guide government investment on both conservation and infrastructure development.