daintree conspiracy
Daintree Conspiracy
Devoted to equal rights for the Daintree Community and lifting the electricity embargo and other unfair economic sanctions.

Prepare to be amazed! Read about discrimination, hypocrisy, pollution, misfeasance and conspiracy!

INTRODUCTION - THE LATEST POWER FIGHT - THE DAINTREE CONSPIRACY MUSEUM - EXCLUSION FROM THE GRID - BUILDING BAN - ACCESS RESTRICTIONS / THE DAINTREE FERRY - BLOOMFIELD TRACK - DAINTREE GATEWAY - GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE - DIVERSION TACTICS - BUYBACK - LOCAL COUNCIL - FNQ REGIONAL PLAN - FAIR GO - SERVICES - IMPORTANCE OF ELECTRICITY - RENEWABLE ENERGY - MONEY - DISCRIMINATION - HYPOCRISY - POLLUTION - SISTER REGION: NORTH AND SOUTH DOUGLAS

The ARENA Powering Daintree Report - The AUSTROP response - The response to the AUSTROP response

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Daintree Gateway

The Daintree Gateway is a concept that has been talked about for many many years and it has taken a long time for something to materialize there.

While Douglas Shire Council is extremely proud of the few things that have popped up, they are mainly things things like some basic public toilets, some landscaping, car parks and signage that is part of daily business as usual for other councils in Australia, these things normally just appear without even being mentioned in the normal world.
They are very proud of their "interpretetive centre", a small extension to the toilet block with some information signs on local history, flora and fauna.
Considering that the Daintree is on par in terms of visitor numbers and environmental significance with Kakadu and Uluru we had expected something different when the visitor centre was being talked about...

visitor centrevisitor centtre
Kakadu and Uluru, as Crocodile Dundee would have said; that's not a visitor centre, THIS is a visitor centre

 

During the years that lots of talk produced only a car park, basic landscaping, a toilet and a painting on the ferry.
Meanwhile down the road a huge $20 million visitor centre was built at Mossman Gorge, a multi million dollar art gallery / cafe at Wujal Wujal, and the first million spent on the Mossman Botanic Gardens..

 

daintree gateway opening

The "official opening" of the Daintree Gateway showed where council's priorities are, the ferry was stopped for half an hour with tourists keen to get to the Daintree kept waiting for a photo session, and how many business owners from north of the Daintree river do you see on the photo?

A sign was placed at the Highway turnoff which was black with cut out lettering, impossible to read and an accident waiting to happen, so it was replaced with a brown timber sign with white lettering.
While it was now possible to read it, it was still impossible to understand as it was in a language that no tourists understands.
Daintree business owners wanted to know why the sign could not say in English "Welcome to the Daintree" but council resisted and it took half a year and many letters for the Daintree community to get a little bit of recognition with the addition of a little English sign on top that acknowledged the Daintree as a tourism destination..

welcome to the daintree
Before and after...

 

Mid 2017 when the annual budget was published it showed that Douglas Shire Council had nominated for an award for this Daintree Gateway project, not much to anyone's surprise it did not win an award and was not even shortlisted...
Car parks, toilets, land scaping, and road side signage are standard day to day business for every council in Australia that does not even get mentioned in other parts of the country.

 

Amazingly enough on 22 August 2017 the Queensland government did this media release;


Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Mark Furner

Daintree Gateway Precinct upgrade complete


Work on the next stage of the Daintree Gateway on the Daintree River has now been completed.(the car park has been paved...)

The upgrade to the world class visitor experience will welcome tourists to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

It was made possible through $210,000 in funding from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government understands how investing in projects like this can be beneficial to the community.

“We appreciate the vital role Far North Queensland plays in Queensland’s economy,” Mr Furner said.

“During the recent Governing from the Regions week in Cairns, it was evident just how important the region – with its abundance of natural attractions – is to the rest of the state thanks to the all-important tourism dollars that flow on from there.”

“This project is one of thousands around the state that have contributed to the 94,500 new jobs the Palaszczuk Government has created since 2015.”

Mr Furner said the Daintree Gateway marks the crossing point into the world heritage area.

“The Daintree Gateway near the Daintree Ferry is the first true experience of this iconic landmark and offers visitors a greater understanding of the experiences and opportunities to come,” Mr Furner said.

“This funding from the Palaszczuk Government has enhanced these facilities and will give the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Cape even more reason to visit this world heritage area. (there is nothing special there, just car parks, toilets, some garden beds and a couple of info signs, why would this be reason to visit the Daintree?)

“The Daintree is one of the star attractions in Tropical North Queensland and an important part of the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people.”

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the Daintree is the only place in the world with two adjoining World Heritage-listed areas: the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree rainforest.

“The Daintree Gateway will encourage visitors to spend more time in the area and discover the magnificent beauty, spectacular natural landscape and rich cultural stories of the region,” Mayor Leu said. (why would some carparks and basic toilets be reason to spend more time in the area? The only way people are spending more time in that area is by sitting in the horrendous ferry queues for hours).

“Stage two of the Daintree Gateway Western Precinct upgrade provides car and coach parking for river cruises, separate access to the boat ramp and designated parking for cars with trailers.

“Landscaping will screen parking areas and provide additional shade and improve safety and amenity for those using the boat ramp.”

The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program supports local governments to deliver infrastructurewhich is designed to create jobs and contribute to building safe, caring and connected communities.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION - THE LATEST POWER FIGHT - THE DAINTREE CONSPIRACY MUSEUM - EXCLUSION FROM THE GRID - BUILDING BAN - ACCESS RESTRICTIONS / THE DAINTREE FERRY - BLOOMFIELD TRACK - DAINTREE GATEWAY - GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE - DIVERSION TACTICS - BUYBACK - LOCAL COUNCIL - FNQ REGIONAL PLAN - FAIR GO - SERVICES - IMPORTANCE OF ELECTRICITY - RENEWABLE ENERGY - MONEY - DISCRIMINATION - HYPOCRISY - POLLUTION - SISTER REGION: NORTH AND SOUTH DOUGLAS