Bloomfield closure draws ire
ANOTHER Cape Tribulation operator has lined up to question the Douglas Shire Council’s recent practice of closing the Bloomfield Track.
Mike D’Arcy, who runs four-wheel-drive tours to Wujal Wujal, said that the recent 12-day closure was excessive.
‘The principle that the council should be looking towards … is keeping the track open as much as possible and keeping it closed as little as possible,” he said.
“And I believe that the evidence suggests that was not done, especially considering there were no major works done on the track.”
Mr D’Arcy said the trees that blocked the track were cleared quickly but the road remained closed for 12 days before reopening without roadworks done.
“If they want to get up and claim otherwise let them prove it. But they basically pushed the trees off the road and tidied the gutters up,” he said.
“What the closure did affect were several operators including me and it also prevented day workers from travelling between Wujal and Cape Trib. It also prevented people from Wujal visiting Mossman for cultural purposes.”
The council said only engineers could determine if the road was fit for use, something Mr D’Arcy said was akin to a “cloak of secrecy.”
“They’ve got to start to rebuild some trust with the community. There’s a lot of disbelief ... that only engineers are qualified to comment on the track.”