Veg­e­ta­tion clear­ing ‘okay’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

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

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