‘CLOSURE OF THE FERRY WILL CAUSE CHAOS’
This is going to be chaos and lots of people and businesses will be losing a lot of money with this.
Of course this would never have happened if council could just do a proper job and follow up on the recommendations from its own studies. In 2004 a study into the Daintree crossing recommended a second ferry which would reduce the massive queues experienced there for a good part of the year.
This ferry would then also be the back up option should a disaster ever happen with the main ferry, because what good is $4 million in a ferry reserve if you can’t just go to a hire place and rent another car cable ferry? These are not common items.
Now we are faced with an inadequate service for five days which is going to cost us all money in the Daintree.
Cape Trib is completely screwed as the shuttle bus will only go to Cow Bay. No idea how our daughter is gonna go from Cape Trib to Mossman High School that week, and accommodation guests that have already booked with us will now probably cancel – who would spend money on a rental car in Cairns to have it sitting unused at the Daintree River, take a shuttle bus to Cow Bay and then hitch hike or walk the rest of the way?
Rob Lapaer, Daintree
Daintree reminded me why I am relieved not to be on Council despite the chair saying the meeting was about solutions, not recriminations, the whole meeting was long whinge session about Council, which did not cause the problem, with little attention to how this unfortunate episode is best handled.
The meeting demanded an alternative ferry for the outage period and there is no question that would be the best solution. However, finding a cable driven ferry at short notice is clearly unlikely and a propeller driven landing barge could only be used for limited times because the water is too shallow but may help those who really need it.
A few, like fruit growers with transport and market schedules have a serious problem that deserves a solution but most people over the river will accommodate the outage because we accept that living in a remote and beautiful place comes with some inconvenience.
No problem people venting their spleen but to spend the entire meeting doing that, treating the councillors who attended with contempt and failing to explore workable solutions for those that really need it, meant the meeting achieved little.
What a shame we don’t apply similar energy to better presentation, improving conservation and finding ways to ensure North of the Daintree gets more benefit from tourism, of which it currently gets very little.
This place is one of Australia’s conservation and tourism icons – making it function like a city suburb eg a bridge over the Daintree, a wide fast road, reticulated power, shops, urban services….all of which have been demanded to avoid inconveniences like the ferry, would undermine one of Australia’s most treasured natural assets.
Mike Berwick, Daintree