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Bridges over the Bloomfield River (left) and Woobadda Creek (right)
While the Daintree community's access is choked from the south side with
Australia's most expensive ferry that frequently has long queues and no
back up in outages, to the north we have only an unsealed goat track,
with a deep creek crossing at Emmagen Creek that has no causeway or bridge
like the creeks further north.
Now that the road is sealed all the way to the Cape Tribulation Beach
House, the steepest sections have been concreted, and from Wujal Wujal
it is sealed further north, there is barely 30 km. of unsealed track left.
The road was created by Douglas Shire Council during 1983 and 1984 and
was the scene of lively and fierce protests by hundreds of hippies that
swarmed to the area, and made the Daintree famous with the news coverage.
A few books have been written about it, the latest by Bill Wilkie who
renamed it the Daintree Blockade, previously it was always known as the
Bloomfield Track Blockade. It is claimed by some that this blockade saved
the Daintree, but the Daintree National Park was already declared in 1981,
several years before this blockade.
After spending state money in 2016 making the track a decent road with
a phenomenal amount of road base DSC was concerned that too many people
would now go up there and dug out Emmagen Creek deeper, and several residents
used to just drivng straight through found themselves in deep water with
Cairns Post front page
The Mayors and residents of Wujul and Cook shires want a safe road for
residents to travel for work and shopping, and they see the benefits in
being able to have tourists drive a loop from Cairns along the coast and
back along the inland road.
They are joined by Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch,
Qld State Labor MP Cynthia Leu, Wet Tropics etc
Another one bites the dust on the Bloomfield Track
Mayors and residents north of the Daintree have their say in this video
You can see the Mayors of Wujal Shire, Cook Shire and numerous
residents making a case for a bridge over Emmagen Creek, which is currently
a major obstacle being too deep to cross on a regular basis, which can
be a major inconvenience if you have to spend six hours going back to
do the trip on the inland road, or risk your vehicle and your own life
crossing the deep water.
They also ask for the road to be made safer by sealing it, they told stories
of numerous accidents and showed damaged vehicles in which people had
been injured or killed.
When you look at the large two lane concrete bridges that
have been built along this track when Cairns Regional Council was in charge
then it is obvious that the long term plan was to make this a decent road,
but an alighment of shire boundaries will be needed first if Douglas Shire
Council remains as stubborn as they are now.
It is also odd that the ultra green Douglas Shire Council
hates run-off from farms that muddy the waters going out on to the Great
Barrier Reef, but they prefer to keep sending truck after truck of roadbase
to the Bloomfield Track to fix the road time and time again, and all this
roadbase of course washes away down the hill in to the rain forest and