Call to ex­tend free Dain­tree ferry un­til Easter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DI­VI­SION 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu has called for the free Dain­tree ferry pass for all Cairns res­i­dents to be ex­tended un­til the Easter school hol­i­days.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil tri­alled the free ferry ser­vice for ev­ery­one within the coun­cil’s bound­aries for two months un­til Jan­uary 15.

Cr Leu is now calling for the free pass to be ex­tended un­til the Easter school hol­i­days but “we must act quickly be­fore the mo­men­tum is lost”.

Cr Leu said a meet­ing of tourism op­er­a­tors at Cow Bay this week were thrilled at the re­sponse of peo­ple us­ing the pass and mak­ing the trip across the river.

“The op­er­a­tors of the many di­verse busi­nesses said they saw con­crete re­sults of the ferry pass ini­tia­tive and want it ex­tended,” Cr Leu said.

“I put this to coun­cil yes­ter­day at its first gen­eral meet­ing of the year and they agreed to con­sider the pro­posal.

“The coun­cil unan­i­mously agreed, pend­ing a report by of­fi­cers that will go be­fore the Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion meet­ing of Coun­cil on Fe­bru­ary 15, to fully sup­port the trial of ex­tend­ing the free pass un­til the Easter hol­i­days,” Cr Leu said.

Dur­ing the free ferry pass pro­mo­tion, 1128 cards were is­sued with 581 cards ac­tu­ally used from which 806 trips were un­der­taken by res­i­dents.

Photo by PAUL BUT­LER

Costly trip: Dain­tree op­er­a­tors are calling for an ex­ten­tion of the free ferry

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