More safe­tyTHURSDAY mea­sures for the ferry

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

SEV­ERAL safety mea­sures at the Dain­tree Ferry are to be in­tro­duced fol­low­ing the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s adop­tion of rec­om­men­da­tions of an in­de­pen­dent risk as­sess­ment re­port.

The re­port was com­mis­sioned by Coun­cil fol­low­ing a coro­nial In­quest into the death of Ju­lian Wlo­dar­czyk in April 2013.

The Coroner ex­am­ined the de­sign, com­mis­sion­ing and op­er­a­tion of the ferry.

Among the rec­om­men­da­tions passed by Coun­cil is the in­stal­la­tion of au­to­mated boom gates that can be con­trolled by the ferry op­er­a­tor.

These boom gates would be low­ered af­ter the ferry has been loaded for each trip and be­fore it em­barks from the land ap­proach.

Also high­lighted was the pro­tec­tion of pedes­tri­ans and more se­cure fenc­ing is rec­om­mended sep­a­rat­ing the pub­lic from the ca­bles.

The re­port also says the queu­ing fa­cil­ity on the north side of the ferry is ‘non-ex­is­tent’ and needs to be sim­i­lar to the fa­cil­ity on the south­ern side, be­ing a 300m queu­ing lane.

Cr Noli, speak­ing on the mat­ter, said that as the risk man­age­ment re­port was an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment, it was pru­dent that Coun­cil fol­low the rec­om­men­da­tions.

Cr Carey asked about the site im­prove­ments re­quired around the ca­bles.

It was noted that, apart from the au­to­mated boom gates, all works will be in­cluded in Coun­cil’s gen­eral main­te­nance pro­gram.

Coun­cil’s re­port said that “there are fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions in im­ple­ment­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the re­port and this ex­pen­di­ture will be in­cluded in fu­ture bud­gets for Coun­cil’s con­sid­er­a­tion”.

Pic: MARC MCCORMACK

The ap­proach to the cross­ing at the Dain­tree

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