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Contact the media
You are invited to contact the media to attract some attention
to our situation.
This link will send your letter to the editor of most Australian newspapers.
You are also strongly encouraged to contact or visit politicians
to urge them to do something about this unacceptable situation.
Progress had been made, Warren Entsch is on our side, but the Energy Minister
Mark Bailey has never been to the Daintree, and has never given a proper
response to any of our letters. Our local member Billy Gordon has been
to the Daintree once mid 2015 and after that has never replied to one
phone call or email.
A few years ago while Energy Minister at the time Mark McArdle
was meeting residents face to face he expressed deep sympathy for their
plight and gave them the feeling something would be done rather sooner
than later, but as soon as he was back in Brisbane he put out a media
release that "if people want power, they can pay for their own grid".
An absolutely outrageous thing to say, considering that
the Queensland Government has built 33 remote power stations in remote,
mostly indigenous, communities, for which they found money to build, and
every year they subsidize them to the tune of $80 million so people out
there can pay the same per kWh as in the city.
You can read on Ergon's website that they make $434 million per year after
tax so only a very small percentage of that would go a long way to fixing
WHY IS THERE MONEY FOR ALL THAT BUT NOT FOR PEOPLE IN THE
Right now the next step we need is amending the distribution
area of Ergon.
In 2000 this area was amended to exclude the Daintree.
Now it would only require a stroke of the pen to re-include the Daintree.
This is what it says on the Energy Minister's website:
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EMAIL THE ENERGY MINISTER TO ASK HIM WHY AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY
IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERY QUEENSLANDER BUT NOT FOR EVERY DAINTREE RESIDENT
Annastacia became our Premier after the 2015 election.
She has been briefed on the Daintree electricity crisis, and the
commitments made last year, but has come up with the excuse that
they were LNP election promises.
They were not, these were solid commitments long before elections
She has never shown an interest in the Daintree and our letters
to her have only resulted in meaningless replies from staffers a
long time later.
Write or phone her that the situation needs to be sorted out!
PO Box 15185
Phone: (07) 3719 7000
Fax: (07) 3220 6222
Email the Premier
Billy Gordon won the seat of Cook in the January 2015 election.
We have met with him to discuss the electricity situation and he
understood that something needs to be done here, but has since never
spoken to us again or answered any letter or phone call.
Electorate Office Address
Shop 11 Post Office Centre
94 Byrnes Street
Phone: (07) 4223 1100
Fax: (07) 4223 1109
The Federal Member for Leichhardt. Long time ago when the idea
of LNP running Queensland still sounded like a bit of a joke, he
already promised the LNP will rescind the law banning grids within
100 days of being elected. It took a little longer but better late
We are happy to have him on our side as he has stated to be strongly
in favour of grid connection for the Daintree.
200 Mulgrave Road
Cairns Queensland 4870
PO Box 14
Bungalow Qld 4870
Tel: (07) 4051 2220
Fax: (07) 4031 1592
Email Warren Entsch
Malcolm Turnbull is our Prime Minister and in charge of budgets
so huge he spends the money needed for the Daintree grid before
breakfast every day.
Malcolm and his government have the ability to make the Daintree
grid a reality with funding to match the Queensland government's
funding, and end the international embarrassment of having a World
Heritage Area full of generators with a population living in Third
World living conditions.
During the G20 his predecessor Tony Abbott asked the question how
people without access to electricity can lead a decent life.
Good question Tony! But of course you never did anything about it.
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PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
(02) 6277 7700
(02) 6273 4100
Mark Bailey became the Queensland Energy Minister after the 2015
According to his website he is focused on delivering safe, efficient
and affordable electricity and water supplies to Queensland households
Great that he is doing that for Queensland, but is he also doing
that for the Daintree?
Apparently not, a letter we sent him with a renwable energy proposal
only resulted in the usual meaningless reply from a staffer several
GPO Box 2644
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: (07) 3719 7300
Back in 2000 when Jeff Seeney was Shadow Minister for Mines and
Energy he promised the Daintree community that the Coalition would
commit to extending the electricity supply north of the Daintree
river. Read his
2000 statements here.
Recently he was Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and
was in the perfect job to provide the infrastructure needed in the
Daintree, but nothing happened.
On his website it says: Through the Royalties for Regions program
he was able to fund numerous infrastructure projects throughout
regional and rural Queensland that would drive economic growth and
deliver vibrant communities.
Well, the Daintree is still not vibrant, seen no economic growth
and still runs on generators.
Email Jeff Seeney
64 Callide Street
BILOELA QLD 4715
Phone: 07 4845 1100 or FreeCall 1800 812 119
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