In the 2016 census, the Daintree supported some 202 residents. The area steadily declines in population as various land buy-back schemes have been implemented and the aging hippie population dies off.
Cueball MacKenzie loves giving these freeloaders a "free kick" on his radio programme. And the captain of the freeloader brigade is Russell O'Doherty. Readers of HBW are well familiar with O'Doherty. . .
As word got around about O'Doherty's attempt to scam the public with this scheme, he went to ground. Only to resurface again today with his new complaint - waiting time at the ferry.
O'Doherty was on the Cueball show on Monday whinging about long traffic queues waiting for the Daintree River Ferry. In part his complaint was directed at the tourism transporters who apparently are allowed to "jump the queue". So Russell is attacking the tourism transport companies who are trying to give their customers the best-possible Daintree experience, then complains that HE has to wait in line.
Do-Nothing MP Warren Entsch jumps on every marginal bandwagon - he knows he'll get aurally fellated by the proponents while also knowing that bugger-all will be done. He takes positions both on the left and right, driven only by his quest for an extra vote. Cairns true bi-pollie Parliamentarian.
John MacKenzie laps up all the idiocy, calling the situation "shocking" and "deplorable". And knowing full well that NO GOVERNMENT is going to stump up $75 Million for a Daintree River bridge to service 78 residents, and a few tourists. Shit, we can't even get proper bridges on the Cook Highway in Smithfield and Yorkey's Knob!
If it wasn't for the tourists wanting to go up there, I'd say screw 'em. They shouldn't even have a ferry. You want to live in the jungle and boast "you're living off the land". Then do it and stop thinking it should be serviced like Double Bay.
MacKenzie also listened to whingers about the Trinity Inlet dredging - with a few proponents now figuring out that they've been outmaneuvered by the politicians and aren't EVER going to get enough dredging to dock the Queen Mary II. They continue to tell easily proven falsehoods - there are NO current or proposed Australian Navy Vessels that even NOW need any further dredging of our port!
But with an election in Queensland starting to warm up, MacKenzie is doing his usual best to "define the issues", irrespective of their legitimacy.