Hundreds of lo­cals sign up for free Dain­tree pass

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than 500 lo­cals have signed up for a Smart Card to re­ceive a free ferry pass to ex­plore the Dain­tree since the trial was launched on Novem­ber 15.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil is con­duct­ing a two-month trial to de­ter­mine the ben­e­fits and fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions if the Dain­tree ferry is made free for all res­i­dents of the Cairns re­gion.

The re­sults in­di­cate the free ferry ini­tia­tive is a wel­come boost for Dain­tree busi­nesses.

“This is a fan­tas­tic re­sult and we are very pleased that peo­ple are tak­ing up the of­fer to get their Smart Card and ferry pass to go off and ex­plore and to sup­port their lo­cal busi­nesses in the Dain­tree,” coun­cil’s re­gional man­ager Liz Col­lyer said.

To sup­port the trial, more than 40 Dain­tree busi­nesses are of­fer­ing dis­counts and spe­cial deals to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to spend more time and money in the re­gion, with the re­sults bring­ing a smile to many op­er­a­tors.

Dain­tree Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive chair­per­son Sheena Wal­shaw said the im­pact of the Smart Card has been im­me­di­ate.

“Peo­ple who have used it have al­ready made book­ings with the busi­nesses up here to come and stay in the next few weeks,” she said.

As part of the pro­mo­tion to fur­ther lure the Cairns lo­cals into the Dain­tree, the Dain­tree Mar­ket­ing Co-op­er­a­tive will be man­ning a stall this Sun­day at the Smith­field Shop­ping Cen­tre to pro­mote the free ferry ini­tia­tive, and will be hand­ing out Smart Card ap­pli­ca­tion forms and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of all the great dis­counts and prizes.

Ev­ery per­son who ap­plies for a Smart Card and uses the card to travel free on the ferry be­fore Jan­uary 15 will go into the draw to win one of a num­ber of fab­u­lous hol­i­day pack­ages worth more than $1000 each.

To ap­ply for the Smart Card, res­i­dents need to go to Coun­cil of­fices at Spence St in Cairns or Front St in Moss­man.

The free ferry pass runs only un­til Jan­uary 15.

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