Excellent response to Daintree Ferry call for interest
DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL
More than 20 organisations have shown interest in operating the Daintree Ferry since Council put out a call for expressions of interest last month.
The current Daintree River Ferry Services contract started in 2006 and is due to expire on 30 June 2021.
Expressions of Interests for the high-profile contract are due to close in two weeks and Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said Council is thrilled by the response.
“The sheer variety of companies that have shown interest in the ferry contract is a really positive sign for the upcoming tender,” she said.
“We want to be in a position where we have the luxury of choosing from a range of strong tender applications.
“Council has already promoted the upcoming tender Australia-wide to spark interest from the best of the best and from all accounts, it looks like we are going to get a bucket load of tenderers.”
Council is planning to be in a position to invite tenders by no later than 30 June 2019 and to award the contract by no later than 31 December 2019.
Cr Leu said Council is hoping to gain new ideas as well as a new operator for the ferry.
“We want the market to help us solve some of the challenges we face with the current ferry service and come up with cutting-edge ideas for this iconic piece of Australian tourism infrastructure.”
Council is again inviting individuals and businesses to register their expressions of Interest before March 27. Find out more on the Douglas Shire Council website.
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