DOUGLAS CARD ALLOWS FREE ACCESS FOR DAINTREE FERRY
Residents from the Douglas Shire, Mareeba Shire, the Tablelands, Cairns, the Cassowary Coast and Cook Shire are eligible to obtain a Douglas Card for free access on the Daintree ferry for four months from November 1. Previously known as the Smart Card, the Douglas Shire Council has released the Douglas Card in conjunction with a promotion by TPDD featuring a brochure of offers from participating Daintree businesses. The council driven initiative aims to stimulate regional visitation to the Daintree region over the summer months. Regional visitation, defined as anyone under a day’s drive, is an important market during the summer period when the traditional markets of Victoria and New South Wales tend to holiday closer to home. Daintree operators have provided a great range of offers that can be used when the card is shown, from accommodation deals to touring bonuses, now is a great time to explore your own back yard. Use of the Douglas Card will be restricted to fare categories Motor Car and Utilities (private use), Pedestrians and Bicycles and Motor Bikes. To obtain a free Douglas Card, applicants need to provide photographic identification and additional proof of residency with their application to confirm local status. Application forms are available from the Douglas Shire Council website, or visiting Council’s Mossman Administration Building, the Mossman Library or the Port Douglas library kiosk.