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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The Fight For Daintree Power

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In April 2017 Federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg joined Warren Entsch for a trip to the Daintree, met with locals, saw the diesel generators running and smoking, and decided this Third World pollution scenario was not acceptable in the 21st century.
He instructed ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) to do something about this, a study was commissioned and the report delivered early 2018 (see link at top of page).
Not much later even the Queensland State Government committed to working together with ARENA and while normally government and opposition disagree on everything, the opposition was in support of this commitment, as Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart has been to the Daintree several times about this issue.

So everyone agreed that it was a great idea to finally make the Daintree a genuine eco-tourism destination by changing from hundreds of diesel generators to a cleaner greener grid, but then the protests started.....

The Douglas Shire Sustainability Group, boasting 70 members out of a 12000 shire population, decided to start protesting against ARENA's grid proposal, because they say it will lead to over-development of the Daintree. They want to keep all Daintree homes and businesses to remain on standalone renewable energy systems, which means in a rainforest with shading trees and 4.2 metre annual rainfall, that little will change and the generators will keep on roaring.
DSSG works together with Low Isles Preservation Society (LIPS), Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), The Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO), Queensland Conservation Council (QCC), Rainforest Rescue, The Wilderness Society (TWS), the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Greenpeace and Getup.

This "sustainability" group includes:


- ex-DSC mayor Mike Berwick who has fought against grid power in the Daintree ever since he lived in his grid connected house on Forest Creek road in the 1990s. Ironically it is his 2006 town plan that he even won an award for that is now protecting the Daintree, and he is worried that a grid will bring overdevelopment..
- current DSC mayor Julia Leu and councillor David Carey who have obligations under the Local Government Act to act in the public interest of the community, not the environment as first priority, or pursuing personal agendas. Being members of a group against a Daintree grid is NOT in the public interest of the Daintree community and creates a serious conflict of interest.
- Hugh Spencer who is locally infamous for illegally poisoning coconut trees, claims that standalone solar power works fine, even in the rain. He has registered himself as the officious name AUSTROP in an attempt to give more credibility to his opinions, and he disputes the best option provided by ARENA and Sunverge who have succesfully completed billions of dollars of renewable energy projects, while he himself has only put some solar panels on his own place, while he had an extension lead to his neighbour's diesel generator for many years.

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Article in the local Gazette

WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE A FIGHT? Who could possibly object to the Daintree getting a cleaner power supply?
Due to an amendment in the Electricity Act in 2000, Daintree businesses and residents have so far been denied grid power, and in a rainforest where solar power is not very viable, hydro power would need dams, and windpower is banned by the state (on request by DSC) , they have had to rely on generators for decades.
Studies have established that the Daintree community of 800 people burn between three and four million litres of fuel per year in hundreds of generators, contributing an estimated annual 10,000 tonnes of CO2 to the climate change that affects our planet, not to mention all the sumpoil, worn out lead acid batteries and other equipment.
Last year Josh Frydenberg came to the Daintree, decided that this third world pollution scenario was not acceptable, and instructed ARENA to act on this.
Recently their report was released and the federal and state government committed to cooperate.
It is totally bizarre that now local green group Douglas Shire Sustainability Group objects to this proposal to clean up the Daintree with a 21st century power supply. They want to keep every property on standalone power, which will mean the generators will keep on going for ever. They published ideas to go to music festivals to recruit hippies for Save The Daintree protests.

energy experts
The energy experts of DSSG, disputing the the best practise recommendations of ARENA and Sunverge,
who have succesfully completed hundreds of millions of dollars of renewable energy projects.

Look at some of the people in this group;
Mike Berwick, who has fought against power in the Daintree since the 1990’s, while he actually lived in a grid power house in the Daintree at the time, he was mayor of the shire when he negotiated the Thee Point Plan (1. buyback 2. restrictive townplan 3. power) and it is his 2006 townplan for which he won an award that now protects the Daintree from overdevelopment, but today he still claims reticulated power will cause overdevelopment.
Hugh Spencer, a one man band hiding behind the officious AUSTROP name, whose only achievement is some solar panels on his own place, but he disputes the reports of ARENA and Sunverge, organisations who have successfully completed billions of dollars of renewable energy projects.
DSC councillors Julia Leu and David Carey, who have obligations under the Local Government Act to act in the public interest, and even though power supply is a state responsibility, how much advocacy have they done for Daintree power compared to their efforts for dog shelters, school crossings, boat wreck cleanups etc?
Acting in the public interest (of the Daintree community) means advocating for a clean affordable power supply that will support viable businesses and ease the burden on household budgets to keep the lights on in the family home. Not writing to state government to ban windpower near world heritage, or being part of DSSG that fights against a normal clean power supply, or putting a solar farm in South Douglas instead of North Douglas.
DSSG screams the current proposal includes a fossil fuel generator, but isn’t one central gas generator much better for the environment than hundreds of old diesel and petrol generators? And when the grid is in, then households with excess solar and hydro can share this with others, and renewable sources such as a solar farm can be added to the supply, as is being done in remote indigenous communities.
And are the seventy DSSG members living in off-grid houses? Or are they living in houses connected to a grid, powered by mostly coal, at best with some symbolical solar panels on their roofs?
It is crystal clear that their agenda is economic sabotage, making business economically unviable, making life as hard as possible for the Daintree community, to discourage settlement, and in the hope that one day they will all go away, and the buyback organisations can keep buying land for peanuts, there is no genuine environmental logic behind fighting a change from diesel generators to a normal grid.

How can this DSSG claim a grid will cause over development when their member Mike Berwick got an award for their 2006 Planning Scheme that protects the Daintree? Even on the DSC website you can find that they acknowledge the risk of overdevelopment has been mitigated thanks to the buyback and planning scheme.

planningscheme

daintree safe
The controversial 2006 Planning Scheme
voted in to law, protecting the Daintree

 

 

And look at this March 2013 letter from Mike Berwick in the local Gazette, he certainly likes to change his mind...

letter to editor
Letter in the Gazette March 2013

Let's compare what the two different options would mean;

ARENA GRID
(Option 1)

DSSG STANDALONE RAPS
(Option 5)

Underground boring for cables,
no trees harmed

Every household needs to destroy one hectare of rain forest for sufficient sun on solar panels

Sharing of excess renewable energy

Energy wasted when batteries are full

No more generators!

Every property still needs a generator, backup for the households and permanent for large businesses

One efficient central power supply,
to which can add more renewables

Hundreds of "backup" generators, still burning
millions of litres of fuel per year

Affordable electricity at the same rate as the rest of the state pays

Electricity costing a multiple of what the rest of the state pays

Reliable electricity for vital telecommunications

Continued failing of telecommunications due to standalone power system failures

The Daintree would be an eco-tourism destination to be proud of

The Daintree continues to be an embarrassing
pretend eco-tourism destination

A permanent solution

A temporary band aid, RAPS systems components will need to be replaced when they start to wear after a few years

End of energy poverty for the Daintree community

Continuation of energy poverty for the Daintree community

End of Third World style pollution contributing to climate change

Continuation of Third World Style pollution contributing to climate change

 

 

Most of the residential properties in the Daintree are only one or two hectares, when you keep the trees 50 metres away from your house to get enough sun on your solar panels this means 100 by 100 metres, which is one hectare. This means clearing your entire block if you live on one hectar,e or clearing half you block if you live on two hectares. Why does a "sustainability" group think this is better than an underground cable?

The real reason they prefer to keep the polluting standalone systems going and they are against a grid is that they are concerned it may affect the land prices in the Daintree, which would be inconvenient for the never ending buyback.

landprice concern

It is no wonder that people in the Daintree feel like they are not wanted and there is a conspiracy to drive them out, when their councillors are closely connected to the people who obstruct their basic infrastructure are doing this for the purpose of being able to buy up land for peanuts and talking of closing roads....

closing Daintree roads

closing Daintree roads

closing road in the Daintree

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