More safetyTHURSDAY measures for the ferry
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”.
The approach to the crossing at the Daintree