ED­I­TOR’S COM­MENT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SIM­MER­ING away are two mat­ters that seem set to run for a while yet and more heat­edly than now – the cane haulage down the Rex Range road and the head­count is­sue for the new shire coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion.

For some peo­ple the cane truck is­sue is not re­ally lo­cal be­cause from the rail heads in Cas­sowary the cane will be taken off trucks and brought to the mill by rail. End of mat­ter and too bad for all the folks higher up the hill putting up with the ex­tra traf­fic.

But the peo­ple of Ju­lat­ten and fur­ther up the range are in a fight­ing mood over an is­sue that goes to the heart of the amenity of the area.

As for the coun­cil staffing is­sue, there is gen­uine as­ton­ish­ment and anger in the com­mu­nity at the per­ceived un­fair­ness of the sit­u­a­tion in which Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil de­cides which staff and how many are trans­ferred to the fledg­ling shire.

We can ex­pect some se­ri­ous push­back against this sce­nario soon.

The fight­ing out­side the Full Moon Party and the jail­ing of a lo­cal for glass­ing in a pub stoush are un­set­tling mat­ters and may point to other se­ri­ous is­sues we need to con­front, sooner or later.

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