Meetings with Daintree residents and the Cook Shire council today will form part of the first day of a 7 day trip to Cape York by a Queensland Senator.
Speaking in Cairns this morning northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, who is travelling by road from Cairns to Bamaga and Sesia over the next seven days, said he was looking forward to meeting with constituents and stakeholders in Australia’s remote far-north.
“One of the things I want to do on this trip is to highlight some of the outstanding scenery that southern tourists could experience by coming to Cape York” he said.
“The World Heritage Daintree Rainforest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and there are just so many wonderful restaurants and accommodation houses nestled in the wet tropics on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.”
“This drive from Mossman through the Daintree and Cape Tribulation and Wujal Wujal to Cooktown is a must do activity for tourists who have been everywhere.”
Senator Macdonald said he was concerned that businesses in the Daintree were being strangled by of the cost of power which is astronomical due to the absence of mains power.
“Residents and businesses in the Daintree have to pay up to ten times more for diesel-generated power than most other Queenslanders. This has been the cause of many business closures” he said.
In Cooktown Senator Macdonald will meet with Cook Shire Mayor CFr Peter Scott to discuss upgrading the Peninsula Development Road, and to work out ways that tourist traffic can provide more job opportunities to the residents of Cook Shire.
Anyone who would like to meet the Senator on his travels or simply follow his progress can access updates on his website atwww.senatormacdonald.org and once there log in to the senator’s facebook page for further updates