Early ferry across river
HOLIDAY-MAKERS in a hurry to get across the Daintree River in the New Year have struck gold, with the Daintree Ferry operating an hour earlier from January 2.
The new 5am start time is a direct result of public discussions held by the Douglas Shire Council and Daintree residents in Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation last month.
Mayor Julia Leu said the operational improvement was a key suggestion at the meetings.
“Council has listened to the community and wants to see how important an earlier start is to businesses and residents in the area,” she said.
“…We have many Douglas tradies who want to cross the river early to get to the work site and market stall holders who would like to get to Mossman or Port Douglas earlier on weekends.
“Council will review the trial towards the end to determine whether there is justification to formally change the hours of operation on a permanent basis.”
Some businesses also be- lieved an earlier start time would provide tourists with more flexibility when travelling north of the Daintree River.
It comes as council announced a four hour extension to Christmas Day operating hours for the ferry.
It will run from 7.30am to 5pm.
The Daintree Ferry has traditionally operated from 6am to midnight with the trial to run until June 30, 2019.
“Council staff are still collating and analysing feedback received through our community consultation for the contract renewal and will be making these public soon,” Cr Leu said.
“We will continue to look at ways to improve the current level of service until the new contract is awarded.
“I would like to particularly thank the ferry contractors for their excellent work and high level of service they continue to provide the community.”