Please throw safety switch
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.