Although there is hardly ever any money available FOR the Daintree community,
money can be found AGAINST the Daintree community.
Various projects have been funded for millions of dollars over the years
to try and divert tourists away from the Daintree to see rain forest elsewhere.
The Mamu Skywalk was built near Innisfail at a cost of $12 million,
in the hope of a proportion of tourists going south of Cairns to
see rain forest instead of north to the Daintree. Wet Tropics at
the times spoke of hoping to divert tourists that wanted to see
rainforest to the south instead of the north, but because this all
happened before the internet became so popular not much evidence
of that can be Googled now.
But tourists wanted to see the Daintree, so the whole Mamu project
failed miserably, ran at a loss for years, and finally new owners
took over in 2014.
Mossman Botanic Gardens
In July 2015 a group of enthusiastic gardeners in Mossman were given
the first $1.2 million of many more to come to buy some land on the northside
of Mossman to establish the Mossman Botanic Gardens, which is to showcase
the best of the Wet Tropics, in essence a mini-Daintree.
They had chosen this site as it is close to major accommodation centres
and half a million people pass through here on their way to the Daintree
Therefore they concluded that it would be a good idea to capture
some of that flow and make money out of people in a hurry who want
to see rain forest closer to their accommodation without the inconvenience
of a longer drive, waiting for the Daintree ferry and paying $28
to get across.
And in ten years time when the Botanic Gardens are established the
ferry will cost $38 if it keeps going up every year as it has done
so far, so we can expect a fair few tourists and short day tours
to take the cheap and easy option to see a copy of the Daintree
In November 2016 Terrain announced they had provided a grant for a brochure
and a website
to promote tourism in Mission Beach.
This is a little odd considering Mission Beach already has a major
problem with cassowaries being killed on the roads.
Terrain chairman Mike Berwick thinks Mission Beach is the pits,
which can be seen below in a newspaper article where twice he makes
negative comments about it, whinges about supermarkets, wide roads
and dead cassowaries everywhere.
Of concern is too that the Mayor of Douglas Shire Julia Leu, who
should be supporting and promoting her own shire, was on the Terrain
board at this time when they diverted tourists away to a competing
Why would Mike and Julia send more cars with tourists in to Mission
The only logical explanation can be to divert tourists away from
the Daintree, and reduce the number of tourists supporting the struggling
The more they can sabotage the Daintree economy, the cheaper the
real estate will remain, and the more blocks Rainforest Trust can
buy up for peanuts, and soon they can celebrate the closure of another
Screenshot of Terrain Facebook page
Image from Terrain website
The Terrain Board celebrating another success,
tourists diverted from the Daintree to Mission Beach
Mossman Gazette, click to see full article
Mike Berwick's opinion about Mission Beach,
it's the pits but he spends money on sending them more tourists