Entsch vows to fight on for Daintree electricity
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.