YOU can help us on our mission to reduce pollution in the Daintree, and lift its people out of energy poverty
pollution and energy poverty in the daintree

Contact Daintree Hour

If you support this cause email us your details to go in the lefthand bar.

All your comments, feedback, contributions, etc. to this website you can email to:

contact@daintreehour.com

Or join the Daintree Hour Facebook Group

Vicki Bidwell vicki@heritagelodge.net.au 40989321
Rob Lapaer rob@rainforesthideaway.com 40980108

Committee Chairman: (Diwan): Russell O'doherty terrus38@gmail.com 40989216

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.

send a letter to the editor

 

Contact politicians

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 the crisis.

WHY IS THERE MONEY FOR ALL THAT BUT NOT FOR PEOPLE IN THE DAINTREE???

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:

hypocrisy

hypocrisy

Click statement above to read larger version

EMAIL THE ENERGY MINISTER TO ASK HIM WHY AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERY QUEENSLANDER BUT NOT FOR EVERY DAINTREE RESIDENT

 

premier
Annastacia Palaszczuk

billy gordon

Billy Gordon

entsch
Warren Entsch

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 were called.
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
City East
Queensland 4002

Phone: (07) 3719 7000
Fax: (07) 3220 6222

Email the Premier

the.premier
@premiers.qld.gov.au

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
Mareeba Qld
 
Phone: (07) 4223 1100
Fax: (07) 4223 1109
Email: Cook@
parliament.qld.gov.au

 

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 than never.
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

Postal Address:
PO Box 14
Bungalow Qld 4870

Tel: (07) 4051 2220
Fax: (07) 4031 1592

Email Warren Entsch

malcolm turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull

queensland energy minister
Mark Bailey

jeff seeney
Jefff Seeney

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.

G20 speech
Click photo to enlarge

Email Malcolm Turnbull

Parliament Office
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 7700
Fax:
(02) 6273 4100

Mark Bailey became the Queensland Energy Minister after the 2015 election.

According to his website he is focused on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity and water supplies to Queensland households and businesses.

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 months later.

Email Mark Bailey

GPO Box 2644
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: (07) 3719 7300
Email:
energyandwatersupply
@ministerial.qld.gov.au

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