No truck with it

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Mr Entsch, I first met you dur­ing a meet­ing in Port Dou­glas re­gard­ing rises in insurance and body cor­po­rate rates and I had a very high im­pres­sion of you for your com­mit­ment in help­ing peo­ple. Af­ter read­ing your let­ter in the Gazette headed ‘‘Nei­ther silent nor AWOL’’ I’m now not so sure. The in­crease in cane truck ac­tiv­ity may not have any im­pact on you as you don’t live on the Mt Mol­loy Road, but be­fore mak­ing ridicu­lous state­ments take time to think of all the peo­ple it will have im­pact on and whose life will be ru­ined. Ask your­self how you would feel with a cane truck pass­ing your prop­erty ev­ery six min­utes, seven days a week non-stop for seven months and then tell me if you would pass this mo­tion. What per­son should have to live like this? Who gives the right to OK that trucks op­er­ate all through the night ev­ery night for seven months? It should never be al­lowed and would never be al­lowed in any other state. I moved to the Far North to set up Mai Tai Re­sort and have been op­er­at­ing suc­cess­fully for 10 years. Mai Tai is mar­keted as a quiet, peace­ful re­treat and is voted num­ber 1 on TripAd­vi­sor for the Port Dou­glas Re­gion. We have worked damn hard over the years to reach this sta­tus and spent a lot of time and money in pro­mot­ing Port Dou­glas and the re­gion. Ev­ery year is a con­stant bat­tle for us when cane sea­son starts. Rules were put in place that trucks couldn’t op­er­ate on week­ends, which gave us some relief, but th­ese rules have now ob­vi­ously been thrown out the door. It is us who have to live with this day in and day out. It is us who con­stantly lis­ten to the trucks speed­ing up and down the road and who con­stantly put our lives at risk ev­ery time we try to exit our prop­erty with trucks fly­ing around the cor­ner on the wrong side of the road. It is us who have to scrap poor wildlife of the road that has been slaugh­tered. With the in­crease in trucks and the con­stant noise of air brakes and horns blow­ing as truck pass each other our busi­ness will not only be ru­ined, but also dra­mat­i­cally de­crease the value of our prop­erty. We will ef­fec­tively be los­ing about $100,000 a year be­cause of this and mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to run our busi­ness dur­ing our peak sea­son. I’d like to know are you or the gov­ern­ment go­ing to com­pen­sate us for this or maybe the Mill would like me to in­voice them for loss of busi­ness. You state ‘‘it’s likely to cause an in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents’’ – um, re­al­ity check, you’re damn right it will. I wel­come you to spend one night here while the trucks are run­ning up and down the moun­tain and see if you can sleep. Mul­ti­ply that one night to seven months and see if you don’t go crazy. This dis­pute is be­tween two Mills try­ing to out­bid each other. For you to state that it will in­crease em­ploy­ment and job se­cu­rity is in­sane. What ef­fect do you think the Table­lands will suf­fer when they are forced to close their Mill? I re­ally see no ben­e­fit at all.

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