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Please read below what you can do to help yourself and your community.
Not all residents of the Daintree are unhappy with the current situation
of living without the essential services such as electricity, there are
some small households that are happy to live on minimal resources at great
expense and ignore the fact that down the road there are millions of litres
of fuel going up in smoke and batteries being dumped.
But most residents are tired of paying for their generator, and their solar panels going mouldy in a rainforest, their battery banks having to be replaced, and I am yet to meet a business owner that is happy with the current situation. The lack of affordable electricity is choking economic activity and a happy prosperous community.
If you live in the Daintree then you should support this cause which aims to get an electricity grid installed, no matter if you are a property owner, tenant, seasonal worker, or visitor, as it is vital to the viability of the community that you live in.
Many people have grown tired of the subject and fatigue has set in and people think we've gone through meetings and protests before without success, and that a grid is just not going to happen, but consider this;
1. The first hurdle of legislation is gone, the law banning grids has
been dumped, the LNP has rescinded the Daintree Energy Policy on 6 December
Even our Prime Minister now understands how important access to electricity is!
on the PM's website, last paragraph down the bottom.
3. Energy Minister Mark McArdle has been up to the Daintree twice in 2013, he has met residents and business owners face to face to hear their stories of energy poverty and he was very aware that something needed to be done, but was reluctant to help or spend money.
4. Talks have been held with ERGON in 2013, and they wanted to find out
how many properties want to connect and how much electricity they could
sell, to calculate the viability of a grid.
5. Late 2014 it came to light that there is no legal barrier to Ergon providing electricity through standalone systems in the Daintree, same as they do for 34 remote indigenous communities around the state, and Daintree residents have been filling out and posting their connection application forms.
6. Late November 2014 during a community cabinet in Mareeba Premier Campbell
Newman committed $150k from the Premier's Discretionary Fund to let two
companies do a costing on the project, he said the state would pay half
of the construction costs and the feds to match the other half.
If you are a Daintree resident, property or business owner and you do NOT want to see a grid in the Daintree, or you are not sure, you should consider this;
A grid electricity supply will mean:
of the precious environment in which you live will be greatly reduced.
Millions of litres of fuel go up in smoke every year, old lead acid batteries
are being discarded, sumpoil is being dumped, and a huge amount of embodied
energy goes into the manufacture of all this equipment such as generators,
batteries, solar panels.
will be more viable, and less likely to go bankrupt, creating a more prosperous
and happy community for everyone to enjoy.
will have an increased quality of life, not be kept poor by expenses for
fuel and replacement of generators and batteries, there will be more money
for the fun things in life, no more stress caused by financial worries
over equipment breakdowns and repairs.
are more willing to lend mortgages if houses are connected to the grid,
most lending institutions have north of the Daintree river on the blacklist.
Sick and elderly people will no longer have to deal with carting fuel, starting generators, or running out of electricity for medical equipment which can be both uncomfortable or life-threatening.
can have some of the basic appliances everyone else takes for granted
without having to stress about every bit of power used and the batteries
If you are not sure now you should say YES, this is the one and only chance
we have, if this expression of interest is not succesful then the issue
may be permanently shelved. Even if you do not want to connect at this
point in time you should support this cause. The next time your generator
or battery bank needs replacing, what would you rather spend; $5000 on
new equipment or connect to the grid?
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