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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

ONCE again we’re writ­ing about the haz­ardous school cross­ing on Port Dou­glas Road up by the Wildlife Habi­tat.

It seems in­cred­i­ble that the par­ents and friends com­mit­tee of Port Dou­glas State School and other lo­cal lead­ers have to im­plore our own state MP, the Mem­ber for Cook, Billy Gor­don, to be­gin to cham­pion the is­sue when it is pre­cisely an is­sue where he could help.

The news lately out of Cairns has re­ported a couple of times on the ac­tions of state mem­bers in those seats who are cam­paign­ing on be­half of their con­stituents over school trans­port and ac­cess is­sues, and achiev­ing some suc­cess.

It’s only by cre­at­ing noise and putting pres­sure on the rel­e­vant bu­reau­crats and their mas­ters that the case can be mounted for traf­fic con­trollers at this cross­ing point.

It’s not too late for Mr Gor­don to get in­volved, it is just the right time in fact. Let’s hope he does. Where Mr Gor­don does look likely to do some good for our lo­cal con­stituents is the up­com­ing vote on the Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party’s sugar mar­ket­ing bill which has to be voted on next week be­fore the state par­lia­ment goes into re­cess on Thurs­day.

Lo­cal cane grow­ers are very much in favour of this bill, which took on even more time­li­ness yes­ter­day with the an­nounce­ment that Wil­mar had signed up 80 grow­ers in the Bur­dekin to its break­away mar­ket­ing scheme, which grow­ers in our area are keen to re­sist.

Mr Gor­don didn’t im­press too much by vot­ing with the ALP over the loom­ing elec­toral re­dis­tri­bu­tion – a topic that is far from over, by the way.

At least he can do some­thing for the farm­ers.

The Palaszczuk gov­ern­ment is re­port­edly wor­ried about Mr Gor­don’s “er­ratic” vot­ing pat­tern, sens­ing now they can’t count on him. It gives him lever­age though, if he can use it well.

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