Free ferry a huge suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I WOULD like to thank the peo­ple in­volved in or­gan­is­ing a free ferry for the Dain­tree Coast this Easter.

To my fel­low direc­tors of the Dain­tree Mar­ket­ing Co-op­er­a­tive, thanks for vot­ing to ask Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil the ques­tion.

To Divi­sion 10 Ju­lia Leu and Mayor Val Schier, thanks for your sup­port for the idea, and for your help in mak­ing it come to fruition.

To the coun­cil staff, thanks for mak­ing it all hap­pen in such a timely fash­ion.

I am al­ways talk­ing about di­nosaur­like bu­reau­cracy but coun­cil showed things can hap­pen quickly.

Thanks to Vince O’Fla­herty who tire­lessly pro­moted the free ferry.

Thanks to the var­i­ous ra­dio an­nounc­ers who al­lowed the free ferry some very good air­time.

Lastly, thanks to the Nor­ris fam­ily - this wasn’t in your con­tract, thanks for al­low­ing it to hap­pen.

The free ferry, cou­pled with great weather made the Easter week­end a mas­sive suc­cess.

I heard one busi­ness say they had their big­gest day ever, we have not been able to book some tours be­cause they were fully booked, and my café and shop has had the best week­end since Easter 2009.

Camp­grounds have been packed, and the whole area has re­ceived a much­needed fi­nan­cial boost.

It is the first time in ages I have seen busi­ness own­ers smil­ing.

The re­sults high­light the fact that ferry charges do dis­cour­age visi­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly from lo­cals in our own coun­cil area.

Per­haps it is time to look at some ma­jor changes to the way the ferry is funded and run.

In the cur­rent fis­cal en­vi­ron­ment, most peo­ple choose on price, and this puts the Dain­tree at a ma­jor dis­ad­van­tage.

Great ini­tia­tive: the free ferry has led to a huge in­crease in vis­i­tors to the Dain­tree

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