The current Daintree ferry contract is due to expire 30 June 2021.
Douglas Shire Council is planning to issue tenders for a new contract no later than 30 June 2019 with the aim of awarding a contract by 31 December 2019.
This would allow 18 months for the successful tenderer to build a new vessel should this form part of their offer.
Before preparing tender documents, Douglas Shire Council is seeking input from all stakeholders with regard to any enhancements to the ferry service they would like Council to consider.
Written submissions closed on September 30, but consultation is ongoing.
Summary of Comments will be published
All suggestions received will be considered and where practical and feasible, they will be incorporated into the tender specifications for the new ferry contract.
It is unlikely all that requests can be granted.
A summary of all comments will be published at the conclusion of the consultation process.
[Updated November 9, 2018]
Documents made available at the Daintree Ferry Forums held in Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation may be found here:
How to Submit Comments
There are several ways comments may be lodged:
Provide comments directly to Council
• Email your suggestions on how the ferry service could be enhanced to email@example.com with Daintree Ferry Contract in the Subject Line or;
• Write down your suggestions and drop them into the Council Chambers.
• Mail written comments to PO Box 723, Mossman, QLD 4873
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Gaye Scott via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 4099 9414.
Daintree Ferry Fast Facts
Operating Days and Hours
The Daintree Ferry operates continually across the river from 6am through to midnight every day except Christmas Day when hours are restricted to 7.30am to 10.00am and 2.30pm to 5pm although this can vary slightly from year to year.
The current capacity of the ferry is 27 standard vehicles.
It is 43 metres long and can carry up to 450 tonnes.
There is a priority lane for locals on the southern side of the river and this operates between 9am and 4.30pm from the first Sunday in June through to early November each year.
Council sets the start and finish dates of the priority lane.
Disruption to normal ferry services
The current contract allows for the ferry to be out of service for up to six days each year for repairs and maintenance.
The contractor must provide reasonable notice to Council of any pending closure.
During the closure, the operator must provide a passenger vessel service capable of taking at least 30 passengers.
Douglas Shire Council pays the contractor to deliver the ferry service. All aspects of operating the ferry are the responsibility of the contractor.
This includes the ferry driver, traffic controllers to load and unload vehicles, and staffing of the ticket booths.
The fees charged to cross the river are set by Douglas Shire Council and all revenue collected goes to Council.
EFTPOS is available at the ferry at all times with machines at the booth and on the ferry. Payment arrangements are managed by DSC.
Douglas Shire Council is responsible maintaining the channel across the Daintree River to accommodate the ferry.