Daintree grid shock
PROPONENTS of a reticulated power system north of the Daintree River were surprised and pleased to see the state government backflip on the issue, in a note buried in the state budget documents.
An item in the budget said the government would seek to work with the federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency on a power solution for the Daintree. Russell O’Doherty, one the key figures in the Daintree Power Committee, which is in favour of a power grid over the river, hailed the budget mention as “out of the blue”.
“It’s quite groundbreaking for us,” Mr O’Doherty said. “To have it in the budget, that’s pretty big.”
He said the issue was at last making progress and “I’m pretty sure in the not too distant future we’ll be able to say something is definitely going to happen”.
The power committee had been working with ARENA, the federal Dept for Energy and Water and Sunverge since the Daintree energy summit in February last year and “we’ve been putting a lot of ideas forward to try to get some support from the state government.”
Douglas Shire Council has brought down a 3.9 per cent rate rise in its budget released this week, a rise in keeping with previous years since de-amalagamation. One person definitely happy with the budget was Colby Taylor of Cooya (pictured with Mayor Julia Leu), who last year petitioned council for an extension of his favourite place – the Mossman Skate Park. That’s in the budget too. BUDGET ROUND UP, PAGES 4-5