Date published: 3rd March 2017
Wet Tropics Management Authority has worked with several organisations to assist in the upgrade of an important boardwalk within the World Heritage Area.
Cape Tribulation’s Dubuji boardwalk will be rebuilt from recycled materials at a cost of $1.6 million.
The Authority collaborated with the Queensland Government, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Douglas Shire Council and the local community to replace and upgrade the entire boardwalk.
National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles says the works will retain the well-known tourist attraction and improve its overall safety.
“The Daintree region is an integral part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and it deserves special attention for its outstanding values,” Dr Miles says.
“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.
“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.”
Work has already started with about 730 metres of the boardwalk already replace.
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 says she welcomes the upgrade.
“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,” Cr Leu says.
The project is expected to be completed in the 2018–19 financial year.