Ve­gan ser­vice tops

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

SO OF­TEN we hear com­plaints re­gard­ing ser­vice stan­dards in Port Dou­glas, and I wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity to high­light three out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of above and be­yond cus­tomer ser­vice I have ex­pe­ri­enced in the past week.

As a ve­gan (al­lergy-based, not by choice) I have of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced panic and ex­as­per­a­tion by cater­ers and restau­rants.

I travel ex­ten­sively for work around the coun­try, and have of­ten starved at cor­po­rate func­tions due to a lack of car­ing by venues.

Last week, at a client din­ner at Ry­dges Sabaya, the head chef pre­pared two fan­tas­tic dishes which were cre­ative and fill­ing.

On Fri­day night, as a birth­day party guest at Billy’s, the or­gan­iser had ad­vised the kitchen of my di­etary re­quire­ments, and they pro­duced the most magnificent menu in­clud­ing ap­pe­tiser, soup and main course - I strug­gled to get through it.

Salsa fol­lowed up on Sun­day at the Crocs lunch with a two-course ve­gan meal - com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what I had eaten at the two pre­vi­ous restau­rants.

So a big thank you to those chefs and kitchens who went the ex­tra mile - it was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, and for the first time in a long time, I walked away with­out hav­ing to go home and whip some­thing up my­self.

I would also like to thank Guy at Lat­i­tude 16, Quick­sil­ver and SkyRail for their kind do­na­tions for our lo­cals lunch week­end raf­fles.

In con­junc­tion with ev­ery­body, we have col­lected a whole pal­let of pet food val­ued around $1500.

It will be go­ing to the RSPCA via Bidvest trans­port at Rock­hamp­ton whom des­per­ately need sup­port as it is all vol­un­teer based and they have no shel­ter.

Around $400 in cash was also raised and put to­wards the Capta Group re­lief fund.

Thank you all for your as­sis­tance, Queens­lan­ders do ap­pre­ci­ate it.. three lay­ers of gov­ern­ment.

Cairns should com­bine with the Table­lands and Cook, which are clearly linked to Cairns.

While we’re at it, let’s in­cor­po­rate the fan­tas­tic fish­ing zones in the Gulf and the min­ing in Cape York.

Then all we have to do is grab Townsville and the Cas­sowary Coast, and we don’t need the clowns in Bris­bane at all.

Think about it: “Capri­cor­nia - Aus­tralia’s new­est state, the world’s old­est land.”

You know it makes sense.

There were many more as­pects to the Bloomfield road de­bate than this, and I look for­ward to can­vass­ing these opin­ions through­out the com­ing year.

I am aware of an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween some pro­test­ers and Bama at the Bloomfield end of the block­ade, but to im­ply that gree­nies headed by Mike Ber­wick threat­ened Bama is it­self mis­lead­ing.

Through­out the cam­paign Ber­wick was com­mit­ted to a peace­ful protest.

I would be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in speak­ing with any Bama who were threat­ened by gree­nies.

I hope the com­mu­nity can keep an open mind (and have some pa­tience) while I work on the book.

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