Vegetation clearing ‘okay’
THE Department of Transport and Main Roads has been criticised for not providing any information to the local community regarding recent vegetation clearing work carried out on the Mossman-Mount Molloy Rd. The work, which has been carried out over the past several weeks, involves cutting back trees which are classified as a hazard to road users, and clearing sight lines to improve road safety. An official involved in the project said the department should have issued a public notice to inform the community of the work, which is larger in scope than has been carried out in recent years. “It would have been great if they had at least put public notices in the local papers so people understood why this work was being carried out,” the official said. “There is a standing permit from the Wet Tropics Management Authority allowing this type of clearing which is done to remove dead or dying trees from the road reserve to maintain a safe level of functionality,” a spokesperson for the Tablelands Regional Council said. DAINTREE tourism operators are thrilled Cairns Regional Council has decided to provide free access to the Daintree ferry for several weeks.
Tour companies north of the river have been doing it even tougher than most in the region, with a dramatic drop in tourism over the past two years.
Despite originally telling operators that council would only consider a free trial to take effect from July, council last week announced the ferry will be free to all-comers from Saturday, April 16 until Monday, May 2.
“This is an opportunity for Cairns residents to get out and explore their own backyard,” Mayor Val Schier said.
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu, who lobbied council on behalf of the Daintree
Free ride: visitors to the Daintree can cross on the ferry for free