Recycled Cape Tribulation boardwalk to cost over $1.6 million


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The popular Dubuji Boardwalk in Cape Tribulation will undergo a $1.643 million rebuild using recycled materials. IMAGE: Supplied.

CAPE Tribulation’s Dubuji boardwalk will be rebuilt from recycled materials at a cost of $1.643 million.

The Queensland Government has collaborated with with Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Douglas Shire Council, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the local community to find an appropriate way to replace and upgrade the entire boardwalk.

The massive works will retain the well-known tourist attraction and improve its overall safey, according to National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles.

“The Daintree region is an integral part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and it deserves special attention for its outstanding values,” Miles said.

“Replacing aged assets in the Daintree National Park is a challenging and potentially costly issue, but one that needs to be sensitive to community aspirations.

“There had been community concern over whether the aged Dubuji boardwalk, which had deteriorated in the tropical conditions, would be rebuilt or partially removed,” Miles said.

“I’m happy to say the boardwalk is being totally rebuilt using recycled plastic and fibre composite materials that won’t rot in the damp rainforest environment. The new boardwalk will last long into the future and require less maintenance.”

Miles said Replacement work started at the section leading from the day use area, with about 730 metres already completed. This includes replacement of the boardwalk from the carpark and the section leading to Myall Beach.

A new linking section has also been constructed, allowing visitors to opt for a shorter 550 metre loop walk if they do not have time to do the entire boardwalk.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu welcomed the outcome for the community.

“I congratulate the Queensland Government which has listened to Council and the community, and agreed to replace this vital and much-loved tourism asset which has become an important element of the traditional World Heritage Daintree experience,” Mayor Leu said.

“Council appreciates working with the Queensland Government and other key stakeholders including the people who live and work in the Daintree to continue the revitalisation of tourism assets in our magnificent Daintree Rainforest,” she said.

The project is expected to be completed in the 2018–19 financial year.

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