Dain­tree power push

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 80 res­i­dents north of the Dain­tree River gath­ered to ex­press their in­ter­est in light­ing up the Dain­tree.

The Dain­tree Elec­tric­ity Com­mit­tee has called for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the Dain­tree who want to see Er­gon En­ergy ex­tend the power grid, putting an end to gen­er­a­tors.

Chair Rus­sell O’Do­herty said re­search they con­ducted sev­eral years ago showed that on aver­age 3.3 mil­lion litres of fuel is used ev­ery year to pro­duce power from the 700 gen­er­a­tors found in the Dain­tree.

‘‘Over 10 years 33 mil­lion litres of diesel is burnt and that pro­duces 66 mil­lion kg of car­bon diox­ide pumped into the rain­for­est, that’s a mas­sive amount of pol­lu­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘We are up here try­ing to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and are forced to pump fuel into the en­vi­ron­ment - it’s not good enough.

‘‘If peo­ple are wa­ver­ing whether they want power or not, I would ask they put their self­in­ter­est aside and look at the mas­sive ben­e­fit to the en­vi­ron­ment and to re­alise there won’t be an ex­plo­sion of de­vel­op­ment. Buy-back took care of that.’’

Al­though only 80 peo­ple at­tended the meet­ing, the com­mit­tee has re­ceived feed­back from other res­i­dents with over 150 pri­vate prop­erty own­ers want­ing power sup­ply and three who do not.

‘‘We had 60 busi­nesses that want power and two smaller ones that don’t, it’s a pretty good sam­ple of their sup­port for power for north of the river,’’ Mr O’Do­herty said.

‘‘Peo­ple are re­ally pas­sion­ate about it and con­tact­ing ab­sen­tee landown­ers who might be neigh­bours and the more peo­ple we get it makes our job eas­ier.

‘‘We are giv­ing peo­ple two more weeks to con­tact us with ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est and once we cor­re­late the re­sponses we are send­ing it to the govern­ment and Er­gon, and given the sup­port we ex­pect them to start look­ing at de­liv­er­ing power to us.‘‘

Landown­ers north of the Dain­tree River are urged to con­tact Rus­sell O’Do­herty on 07 4098 9216 or email ter­rus@gmail.com

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