The Daintree Rainforest, of which Cape Tribulation is a part of, is not just the oldest Rainforest in the world. It is not just a place of majestic beauty containing lush rainforests and pristine beaches.
It also home to what many residents believe to be a conspiracy against those that live here.
The writer is not at all verifying this nor advocating this in one way of another. However, at the Cape Tribulation Beach House we love sharing not only the natural highlights of this area, but also the many quirks and issues that make this place our home.
The Daintree Rainforest conspiracy is basically a belief by many residents that there is a coordinated national, state and local effort to force local land owners out of this rainforest through economic means on the basis that these nefarious groups do not believe people should live here. Rather, the Daintree Rainforest should be free of land owners and be simply left to its own natural devices.
Now on first instance you may be inclined to sympathise with this. There is no doubt many people who do not live here may well argue why do people live here. Well, first settlement of this region occurred in the late 1800’s. Thereafter, local communities formed and the building blocks of a vibrant local community developed. Plans were put in place to connect this area to a reliable electricity grid and land owners were sold blocks of land here on the basis that this would occur.
Then in 1988 the Daintree Rainforest was given World Heritage status and changes in government thereafter stopped all further development of items you may take for granted. Like electricity, reliable refuse collection and a sustainable blue print for certain inalienable human rights afforded to every other citizen of this country.
The residents and businesses were then left with little choice than to run huge diesel generators to power their homes and businesses. Further, given the topography, high annual rainfall and canopy of the Daintree Rainforest, renewable energy is in most instances, especially for businesses not viable. The conspiracy alleges that this was done deliberately, to drive people out of their homes and force them back “south of the river”.
Now the premise is clear. The residents of the Daintree Rainforest pay taxes, and are citizens and should be afforded the same rights. Therefore, us as residents are entitled to ask the question – why is the Daintree Rainforest the only place on mainland Australia that is denied electricity supply by an actual piece of legislation? The conspiracy alleges that this has been done as an economic sanction to push people out.
Yet this denial of a basic service has resulted in over 70 businesses in the last 20 years alone going bankrupt. Many also argue that it has caused crime, poverty and the death of some by suicide by the consequences this denial represents. Selling a home for example is not easy without electricity as banks have a dim view of properties of this nature and many banks have the Daintree area on the blacklist.
The area is also denied proper medical facilities and the only access is by an old fashioned cable ferry. And twice were property values crashed without compensation; in 2000 when the area was excluded from the electricity distribution area, and again when a building moratorium was introduced for two years and then development rights were stripped off properties.
Electricity is only one element of this conspiracy. The Daintree Rainforest is subject to many other restrictions and strange rules that no other community is subjected to. However, I hope the above sheds some light on the many things that make this place our home. Readers should also note that an actual Daintree Rainforest Conspiracy Museum is under construction at the delightful B&B, Rainforest Hideaway located on Camelot Close.