Hundreds of locals sign up for free Daintree pass
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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