Daintree power push
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 firstname.lastname@example.org