Douglas Shire Council is delivering on a promise to construct accessible toilet facilities on the northern side of the Daintree Ferry.
The $170,000 joint project between Council and the State Government’s Works for Queensland program will see the construction of an elevated amenities block with a wheelchair accessible unisex toilet and a second unisex toilet.
Construction to replace the current two portaloos on the northern side of the Daintree Ferry will take place off-site with the facilities expected to be completed and functional by 30 November 2017.
The complex will have a water tank on-site that will feed the two toilets to be filled with rainwater during the wet season, with water to be trucked in during the dry season.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council was delighted to be able to build the new facilities to further enhance the experience of visiting the Daintree Rainforest.
“It may sound simple to build much-needed toilet facilities on the northern side of the Daintree Ferry but this has been an extremely difficult process to finalise due to the constrained site and the environmental requirements,” Mayor Leu said.
“I’m very grateful to the efforts of our staff and the support of the State Government to ensure we can build vital toilet facilities in this location for the benefit of locals and visitors.
“This project continues the transformation of the Daintree Gateway precinct since the new Douglas Shire Council was established in 2014 which includes a new interpretive signage, the carpark upgrade, enhanced gardens and new toilet facilities on the southern side of the Daintree Ferry as well as the amazing artwork on the ferry itself designed by local Yalanji artists.
“The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is the jewel in the crown of Australia’s tourism industry and I’m delighted Council continues to improve facilities north of the Daintree River.”
Media contact: Kerrie Hawkes – CEO Unit Executive Officer – 07-4099 9411