Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr has said Council has no plans for a bridge over the Daintree River.
“Douglas Shire Council invites registration to receive expressions of interest documents, from suitably qualified Respondents, for the future supply of a new vessel and the provision of ferry services for the passenger and vehicular transport across the Daintree River in Far North Queensland.”
Amongst davits on the Daintree ferry and the vote of no confidence in Mayor Kerr, all cards were on the deck at yesterdays’ Council meeting where “hypocritical rhetoric”, “propaganda” and “deep-seated hostility” were mentioned amongst calls for greater transparency and more considered community representation….
“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.”
After a Missing Notice was posted for the legendary crocodile, Scarface returned to his usual mangrove haunt on the Daintree yesterday afternoon.
FNQ environmental activist body, the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group (DSSG), has raised community concerns about a major development project currently underway on the Daintree Coast. The Daintree Coast is once again under threat: the threat of commercialisation and over-development resulting from the construction of a power grid.
A PROPOSED nursery will seek to grow 150,000 native plants per year in Cow Bay to help restore and regenerate the Daintree Rainforest.
This project is helping to reduce threats to rainforest species and ecological communities by improving priority areas through revegetation, weed management and habitat protection, and by finding solutions to cassowary deaths and injuries on roads. Terrain is working with community groups, traditional owners and government organisations on the project. This project is supported by Terrain NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
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.
Why are there still long queues with no date for a solution? Instead this incompetent Council spent $4.5 million to buy the old ferry. This fiasco has wasted 18 months of time and resources when the previous and very competent Council would have had two ferries operating, and have solved the problem of the long wait times.
“Be very clear this all started over a year ago, from a Mayoral Minute that contained no cost-benefit analysis, no risk management, no back-up plans and no thought process as to what could occur…”