Re­search ‘risky’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE pro­posed James Cook Uni­ver­sity Rain­for­est Re­search and Tourist Cen­tre at Cape Tribulation does noth­ing to save the Dain­tree.

In fact, it may un­der­mine ef­forts to save the Dain­tree, by in­creas­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion, road traf­fic and by flout­ing the ho­tel bed limit.

What is needed is a $30 mil­lion buy­back pro­gram to per­manantly pro­tect habi­tat for the cas­sowary and nu­mer­ous other rare species. While that might seem a lot, the Dain­tree is a na­tional icon that has pre­vi­ously gen­er­ated $270 mil­lion a year in na­ture tourism, reap­ing the Fed­eral Govern­ment $27 mil­lion in GST.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment has dis­mally failed to ad­dress the real is­sue.

It is dis­ap­point­ing that JCU has also be­come part of the prob­lem rather than part of the so­lu­tion.

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