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.