Entsch vows to fight on for Dain­tree elec­tric­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

MEM­BER for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch is step­ping up the cam­paign to get power to the Dain­tree af­ter he vowed this week to take the story “na­tional”.

“We’re go­ing big on this, we will talk to any­one who lis­tens,” said Mr Entsch.

“Na­tional pa­pers, A Cur­rent Af­fair, all the big me­dia out­lets.

“State Gov­ern­ment has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to dis­trib­ute power.

“It is a hu­man right. The State Gov­ern­ment should hang their head in shame.

“I’ve seen the im­pact on peo­ples lives and liveli­hoods.”

His frus­tra­tion comes af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment re­fused to sign a Non Dis­clo­sure Agree­ment to view a new hy­brid gen­er­a­tor.

They claimed it was not in their in­ter­est to sign a com­mer­cial con­tract.

Mr Entsch has been in talks with Dain­tree res­i­dents Rus­sell O’Do­herty and Rob La­paer who have been bat­tling the is­sue for the bet­ter part of 20 years.

In a let­ter to the Gazette Mr La­paer wrote of the bro­ken prom­ises and in­equity res­i­dents of the Dain­tree have been sub­ject to (see the full let­ter on page 12).

At the mo­ment busi­ness own­ers rely on gen­er­a­tors to power their busi­ness, a huge ex­pense that sees al­most 3 mil­lion litres of fuel used an­nu­ally.

It’s an ex­pense Mr Entsch claims has been the down­fall of many lo­cal busi­nesses.

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