RV dump on Cape up­sets res­i­dents

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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

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