Tourism body supports plans to power up the Daintree
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD), the local tourism organisation for the Douglas Shire, has thrown its support behind the proposed renewable energy micro grid for the Daintree.
This follows the Federal Government identifying the region as a site for a stand-alone, environmentally-friendly power system, bringing it a step closer to powering the Daintree via a renewable-energy micro grid.
A $50.4 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, to be announced in today’s Federal budget, has been set up to identify and fund feasibility studies for micro grids across the nation.
TPDD, which is responsible for destination marketing and development for the Port Douglas Daintree region encompassing the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest, said in a letter to Russell O’Doherty, President, Daintree Renewable Energy Inc., that they are pleased to provide this letter of support for the proposed renewable energy micro grid for the Daintree.
“We believe this would, not only, provide infinite environmental benefits, but also provide the opportunity for the Douglas region to become a leader in sustainable communities,” said Tara Bennett, TPDD’s Executive Officer, in the letter.
“Tourism contributes to over 80 per cent of the region’s economy, the opportunity to deliver sustainable tourism experiences through renewable energy will provide long term benefits to tourism operators and positive messaging to potential visitors,” she wrote.
Mr O’Doherty said he was buoyed by this support from TPDD.
“I am grateful for this kind of backing. We really appreciate it and is a huge boost for us north of the Daintree, especially involving a significant issue,” he said.
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