Bloom­field clo­sure draws ire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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