RV dump on Cape upsets residents
A Daintree operator has slammed the council over infrastructure north of the river, demanding action on Recreational Vehicles dumping waste.
Manager of the Cape Tribulation Beach House Matthew Isabella told the he recently witnessed an RV driver discharging waste on the Cape Tribulation Rd near his resort – an issue he said had been going on for years in the Daintree – not just near the Beach House.
“The council are encouraging recreational vehicles to cross the river, but they’re not providing any services or infrastructure for them to pump their sewerage out,” said Mr Isabella.
“So what’s happening is all these recreational motorhomes are discharging their waste on the side of the road.”
Mr Isabella said he had choice words for the RV driver he caught in the act – something he admitted was not “good practice” for a tourism operator.
The anger he unleashed on the culprit he later turned on the DSC, demanding to know if the council would consider banning RVs from the ferry.
The DSC is unlikely to do that, with infrastructure manager Michael Kriedemann telling the the council encouraged all visitors to explore the shire.
Mr Kridemann confirmed the dumping of waste was illegal, and said there are plans to consider RV infrastructure as part of an RV strategy now in development following a discussion paper.
“Identified in the paper is the investigation of suitable locations and infrastructure throughout the region for dumping points. Future toilet infrastructure identified for North of the river will also be considered for Dump Point locations,” said Mr Kriedemann. Mr Isabella also told the
that infrastructure was lacking in general north of the river – highlighting the portable toilets on the north side of the Daintree River next to the ferry as an eyesore.
“You’ve got all these guests coming across the ferry to one of the world’s oldest rainforests – our key signature tourism destination – and the first thing they see are those two portaloos.”
According to Mr Kriedemann, there are plans that will be considered in the 2017/18 council budget to replace the toilets with a temporary structure, replacing the two hired portable toilets which have stood there for ten years at $1650 a year. He said that due to that being an erosion zone, no permanent structures were possible.
The new manager of the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, Mal "Mac" McCullough
Two portable toilets north of the Daintree River that have been there for 10 years