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An online archive of historical facts and figures, documents, media articles, letters and stories
documenting the conspiracy against the Daintree Community, and events in the Douglas Shire..
Prepare to be amazed! Read about discrimination, hypocrisy, pollution, misfeasance and conspiracy!

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


How important is electricity?

Electricity was denied to the Daintree community for no other purpose than to make life harder for residents, and trading less profitable for businesses, there is no environmental logic in running diesel generators to save the environment.

It is recognized everywhere that affordable and reliable electricity is crucial to economic activity and wellbeing of population.
The cost of electricity is directly related to the viability of businesses.

UNESCO: Energy is critical to economic development and poverty reduction.

The Queensland Productivity Commssion: Queensland’s electricity costs represent a major area where we can either stimulate or suppress ongoing economic growth.
Accordingly it comes as little surprise that when CCIQ recently surveyed more than 1100 small businesses ahead of the Queensland state election to determine key issues electricity was at the top of the list. Of those businesses surveyed it was identified that increasing electricity prices is currently the most significant business issue with 65% of Queensland businesses surveyed indicating a major or critical concern with the cost of energy.

The World Bank: did a study in 2012 which concluded that electricity costs have a direct link to business productivity. It said:
"Studies have shown that poor electricity supply adversely affects the productivity of firms and the investments they make in their productive capacity,'' it says.
"It is therefore essential for businesses to have reliable, good-quality electricity supply.''

world bank

Ergon: they know how important electricity is, they keeps crew on standby before storms and even over Xmas where workers sacrifice valuable family time, and the Queensland government sends out statements such as Queensland’s electricity network ready for summer season , did you know that in Cooktown standby generators sit around unused (99% of the time) in case the lines ever go down, generators big enough to run the Daintree that sit there doing nothing? Different priorities for the Daintree and Queensland.
And in 2016 Ergon Energy joined other Australian energy networks in sending a fleet of donated heavy machinery and vehicles which will help accelerate the safe restoration of Fiji’s electricity network devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

When Mark Bailey was Energy Minister of Queensland he stated on his website that he was focussed on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity to Queenland households and businesses. Of course the Daintree has no efficient or afforable electricity, and safe?

bailey statement

The Queensland Department of Energy and Water:

dews statement

And our Australian Prime Minister acknowledged it too;

PM Australia

The Daintree Disovery Centre had also done their sums;

expensive power
Daintree Discovery Centre spending 80% or $80,000.- per year more on their power than on a grid

Even Rainforest Rescue (who is normally happy with the electricity boycott as it helps in buying back land for peanuts) came to realize that regrowing rain forest without electricity is hard work and are asking for donations to put electricity supply in to their property!
They said that "With no power, the simplest of tasks are made more difficult." and "The nursery infrastructure is basic and there is no electricity on site. This compromises our capacity across to germinate seeds, or use a computer."


Failed businesses

The massive cost of running diesel generators around the clock has seen many Daintree business fail over the decades, the Cow Bay Hotel went in to receivership several times and was sold for a lousy $350k, the building across the road has seen many restaurants open and fail over the years and now the only stable tenant for many years is Centrelink who is renting it to keep the many unemployed off the street with some activities.
Aand the entire town of Cape Tribulation nearly died in 2012 when first Coconut Beach Resort closed in 2011 after their generator blew up and the following year Ferntree went bust too, and at the same time the pharmacy closed and National Parks was trying to pull out Dubuji Boardwalk instead of repairing it. Several other businesses only just scraped through until it got busier again the following years.

abandoned resort
Some before and after shots of the once beautiful 5 star Coconut Beach Resort that closed after the generator blew up
and then started getting reclaimed by Mother Nature..



Some of the ultragreens have set up a website to tell Daintree residents how to live, or more likely to discourage them from even trying to settle in the Daintree, and they admit that being on a renewable energy system is certainly no free power from the sun as some try to make you believe, but costing a multiple of just being on a normal grid.

expensive electricity

And renewable energy is certainly not free, in the 1990's when FNQEB still did standalone systems they quoted a cost of $2.97 per kwh which of course was a prohibitive cost whent the rest of the state paid only about 15 cents. (Click here to see their quote)
And even a few years ago ERGON did a study done that compares being on a grid to being standalone renewable and it was still SIX times more expensive. And that would be in a normal place, in the Daintree with an average 4.2 metres of rain fall per year it is probably more like TWELVE times more expensive.

ergon study
Click here to see the study on ERGON's website



closing resorts



Safety of Daintree electricity supply

generator safety
Ergon warning

facebook post
This is what a local Facebook chat page looks like....

On this website you can read:

Diesel Engines and Public Health

With mounting evidence that diesel exhaust poses major health hazards, reducing diesel pollution has become a public priority.
Health Impacts of Diesel Pollution

Diesel-powered vehicles and equipment account for nearly half of all nitrogen oxides (NOx) and more than two-thirds of all particulate matter (PM) emissions from US transportation sources.

Particulate matter or soot is created during the incomplete combustion of diesel fuel. Its composition often includes hundreds of chemical elements, including sulfates, ammonium, nitrates, elemental carbon, condensed organic compounds, and even carcinogenic compounds and heavy metals such as arsenic, selenium, cadmium and zinc.¹ Though just a fraction of the width of a human hair, particulate matter varies in size from coarse particulates (less than 10 microns in diameter) to fine particulates (less than 2.5 microns) to ultrafine particulates (less than 0.1 microns). Ultrafine particulates, which are small enough to penetrate the cells of the lungs, make up 80-95% of diesel soot pollution.

Particulate matter irritates the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, contributing to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and even premature death. Although everyone is susceptible to diesel soot pollution, children, the elderly, and individuals with preexisting respiratory conditions are the most vulnerable. Researchers estimate that, nationwide, tens of thousands of people die prematurely each year as a result of particulate pollution. Diesel engines contribute to the problem by releasing particulates directly into the air and by emitting nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides, which transform into "secondary" particulates in the atmosphere.

Diesel emissions of nitrogen oxides contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, which irritates the respiratory system, causing coughing, choking, and reduced lung capacity. Ground level ozone pollution, formed when nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbon emissions combine in the presence of sunlight, presents a hazard for both healthy adults and individuals suffering from respiratory problems. Urban ozone pollution has been linked to increased hospital admissions for respiratory problems such as asthma, even at levels below the federal standards for ozone.

Diesel exhaust has been classified a potential human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Exposure to high levels of diesel exhaust has been shown to cause lung tumors in rats, and studies of humans routinely exposed to diesel fumes indicate a greater risk of lung cancer. For example, occupational health studies of railroad, dock, trucking, and bus garage workers exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust over many years consistently demonstrate a 20 to 50 percent increase in the risk of lung cancer or mortality.²

Diesel Pollution and Public Health Solutions

The public-health problems associated with diesel emissions have intensified efforts to develop viable solutions for reducing these emissions. Both federal and state governments have taken steps to reduce diesel emissions, but more work needs to be done.

Cleaner Fuels – The EPA has adopted more stringent fuel standards to reduce the amount of sulfur allowed in diesel fuel. These requirements went into effect in late 2006 for on-road diesel vehicles, while off-road diesel fuel used in construction equipment and trains will take effect over the next five years. Lower sulfur diesel fuel allows the use of advanced emission control technologies, which when combined, can reduce emissions more than 85 percent. The fuel used in ships visiting our port cities, however, is not subject to EPA's regulation and remains a significant source of diesel pollution.

New Engine Standards – New engine standards for diesel cars, trucks and heavy equipment have traditionally lagged far behind those for gasoline powered vehicles. For example, diesel construction equipment faced no emissions standards as late as 1996. With mounting pressure to clean-up diesel engines, the EPA has adopted standards for both heavy-duty trucks and off-road construction equipment and more recently for marine vessels and trains, which will phase in over the coming decade. Under current regulations, passenger cars and trucks are subject to the same emission standards regardless of the fuel they use.

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The following reflect data from the Center for Disease Control, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Synovate, Inc., Multi-Client Research Group:
Current ICE Generator emissions kill approximately 500 people annually from carbon monoxide.
This number tripled between 2000 and 2005. Survivors could be affected with severe disabilities such as blindness, paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, temporary emotional instability, memory loss, psychosis, dementia, incontinence, or peripheral neuropathy.
As late as 2005, 65% of people polled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mistakenly believe that it is safe to run a generator in a basement.
Small engines are environmentally unsound: Home generators emit as much carbon dioxide (CO) as 100 idling automobiles.
30% of the world’s CO problems are caused by small engines.
It is estimated that 40,000 people per year seek hospital room/ER treatment nationwide for CO poisoning. CO may manifest itself as flu-like symptoms.

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The ingredients of air pollution

Cars and trucks produce air pollution throughout their life, including pollution emitted during vehicle operation, refueling, manufacturing, and disposal. Additional emissions are associated with the refining and distribution of vehicle fuel.

Air pollution from cars and trucks is split into primary and secondary pollution. Primary pollution is emitted directly into the atmosphere; secondary pollution results from chemical reactions between pollutants in the atmosphere. The following are the major pollutants from motor vehicles:

Particulate matter (PM). These particles of soot and metals give smog its murky color. Fine particles — less than one-tenth the diameter of a human hair — pose the most serious threat to human health, as they can penetrate deep into lungs. PM is a direct (primary) pollution and a secondary pollution from hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and sulfer dioxides. Diesel exhaust is a major contributor to PM pollution.

Hydrocarbons (HC). These pollutants react with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground level ozone, a primary ingredient in smog. Though beneficial in the upper atmosphere, at the ground level this gas irritates the respiratory system, causing coughing, choking, and reduced lung capacity.

Nitrogen oxides (NOx). These pollutants cause lung irritation and weaken the body's defenses against respiratory infections such as pneumonia and influenza. In addition, they assist in the formation of ground level ozone and particulate matter.

Carbon monoxide (CO). This odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas is formed by the combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline and is emitted primarily from cars and trucks. When inhaled, CO blocks oxygen from the brain, heart, and other vital organs. Fetuses, newborn children, and people with chronic illnesses are especially susceptible to the effects of CO.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2). Power plants and motor vehicles create this pollutant by burning sulfur-containing fuels, especially diesel. Sulfur dioxide can react in the atmosphere to form fine particles and poses the largest health risk to young children and asthmatics.

Hazardous air pollutants (toxics). These chemical compounds have been linked to birth defects, cancer, and other serious illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air toxics emitted from cars and trucks — which include Benzene, acetaldehyde, and 1,3-butadiene — account for half of all cancers caused by air pollution.

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