Coun­cil to fund river study

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Janessa Ek­ert

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil will shoul­der the cost to study op­tions for traf­fic at the Dain­tree River Ferry cross­ing af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment re­jected a fund­ing bid.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the Dain­tree River Ferry Ca­pac­ity Anal­y­sis Pro­ject was crit­i­cally im­por­tant to plan­ning and de­ter­min­ing in­fra­struc­ture needed at the cross­ing.

In an ef­fort to progress the pro­ject, coun­cil re­solved to ab­sorb the costs in the 2018/19 An­nual Bud­get Re­view af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion for $100,000.

“This is about pin­point­ing data,” Cr Leu said.

“En­gi­neer­ing mod­el­ling will be used to test var­i­ous up­grades op­tions and other de­mand man­age­ment con­trols that could re­lieve con­ges­tion.

“This anal­y­sis will quan­tify the de­lays and will al­low coun­cil to re­view its cur­rent level of ser­vice at the Dain­tree River.”

Coun­cil con­firmed the anal­y­sis was ex­pected to be re­leased in the near fu­ture and would in­clude stud­ies on road car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity and peak hour de­mand.

The as­sess­ment also aims to de­tail cur­rent con­ges­tion is­sues and model high level so­lu­tions, such as a sec­ond ferry, bridge or other travel de­mand ini­tia­tives, which will then be de­vel­oped into a strate­gic trans­port plan.

Cr Leu said coun­cil would con­sult with the com­mu­nity north of the Dain­tree River about the find­ings.

“Coun­cil makes de­ci­sions on un­bi­ased and factual data so it is ab­so­lutely cru­cial we have ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics that re­flects the cur­rent state of play,” she said.

The anal­y­sis would form part of a com­pre­hen­sive pro­ject strat­egy for the re­newal of the Dain­tree River ferry con­tract.

Sub­mis­sions close on Septem­ber 30, be­fore the next round of con­sul­ta­tion be­gins.

Po­ten­tial ser­vice providers will be in­vited to sub­mit ten­ders no later than June 30 to al­low suf­fi­cient time and en­sure they are ready to start af­ter the cur­rent ferry con­tract ex­pires on June 30, 2021.

Pic­ture: MARC Mc­COR­MACK

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil will fund a study into op­tions for traf­fic at the Dain­tree River Ferry cross­ing.

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