No truck with it
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.