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