Cable cock-up left up to lo­cals for tem­po­rary fix

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A TEL­STRA tele­phone cable at High Falls Farm was res­cued from a rag­ing tor­rent in the Whyan­beel Creek af­ter re­cent floods up­rooted the cable’s sup­port posts.

What fol­lowed be­tween Tel­stra and the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil can only be de­scribed as “far­cial”, ac­cord­ing to one of the res­i­dents John Gray.

“When it floods here the creek be­comes a rag­ing tor­rent and it just rips through here and this time it up­rooted the poles sup­port­ing the phone cable and dumped it in the creek with all sorts of de­bris col­lect­ing around the cable and we thought it would tear the cable apart and so cut off our only means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to town,” Mr Gray said.

“I called the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s Moss­man of­fice and told them about the prob­lem and they told me that be­cause it was a Tel­stra cable the coun­cil could not do any­thing about clear­ing the creek un­til the cable was re­moved be­cause it was a safety is­sue.

“I told them there was no power in the cable be­cause it was only a phone cable but they said ow­ing to OH&S is­sues work­ers would not re­move any de­bris un­til the cable was re­moved first.

“So, I called Tel­stra and they told me that their work­ers would not re­move the fallen cable un­til coun­cil work­ers first re­moved the de­bris cov­er­ing the cable.”

In the end, Mr Gray had no choice but to knock on the doors of the res­i­dents and ask them to grab their chain­saws and to help him cut up and re­move the logs and other rub­bish from the cable.

“Af­ter we cleared away the rub­bish we man­aged to get the cable out of the creek and back up on to make-shift poles and tied up with pieces of ny­lon rope,” Mr Gray said.

“But you have to re­mem­ber this is very dif­fi­cult ter­rain to work in and none of us have the me­chan­i­cal equip­ment like the coun­cil or Tel­stra do to do the job prop­erly which they should have done in the first place and not leave it up to us.

“Shame on the coun­cil and shame on Tel­stra.”

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