“Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, has assured Douglas News Network that work on the Daintree Coast electricity grid will commence in October or November 2023.”
“DSSG believes that upgrading existing stand-alone power systems is the only rational plan to improve power availability to the Daintree coast, – it would have little environmental impact, be a fraction of the cost, would face no regulatory hurdles and could begin immediately.”
Mr McDonald says that the conservation sector and local residents are so alarmed by the prospect of this grid power proposal, which would, if implemented, drive further development and its associated environmental impacts. This will necessitate a strong response by the environmental and scientific communities in the form of a renewed campaign to preserve the Daintree’s unique environment in the face of this renewed threat. “Daintree is well known and precious to all Australians, one of its icons, like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, and it is our view Australians, indeed the world, will want it conserved, not developed”, said McDonald.
The Federal Government has announced $19 million in this budget to build for the first part of the $70 million Daintree microgrid….
“We don’t know if this is a fossil-fuelled system, we don’t know how it will be distributed, we don’t know who will own the system, or pay for the power generated – will it connect to the national grid?”