Down by the river side

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

AP­PAR­ENTLY El Nino has of­fi­cially ended as of this week.

Too late though, as its ef­fects have been pretty rot­ten, what with the un­sea­son­ably warm weather drag­ging on and adding to the bleach­ing of the reef, and this past week a mas­sive rain event just in time for Car­ni­vale and the start of the sugar crush.

Nev­er­the­less, it’s clear that Car­ni­vale was a suc­cess that even a bit of damp couldn’t de­rail com­pletely. The more con­den­sced for­mat, keep­ing the best of the past fix­tures, has been wel­comed very broadly and clearly is the way to go.

It proves that there’s noth­ing like a change when one for­mula has run its course. The new man­agers have in­jected a fresh­ness and cre­ativ­ity that’s proved its worth.

A few tweaks, a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence of run­ning the event in the trop­ics (in­clud­ing al­lowances for heavy rain!), and the new-look Car­ni­vale will show its full po­ten­tial.

Well done Knock­out Events and ev­ery­one who helped put on a great show.

Less hap­pily, the sub­ject of the slip­way in Port Dou­glas is bring­ing new mean­ing to the term “vexed”.

The things you hear about this de­te­ri­o­rat­ing state of af­fairs are dis­turb­ing.

The main play­ers have all sought to go off to the um­pires for a win­ning ad­van­tage, while the game plays out in Port Dou­glas.

Per­haps an­other en­tity who can in­ter­cede in this mat­ter might make the dif­fer­ence, given the Ma­rina man­age­ment and the Shire seem to be to­tally at log­ger­heads over the slip­way is­sue and are backed into their corners.

One hears dire pre­dic­tions about fur­ther cour­ses of ac­tion if ei­ther party doesn’t get their way. Mean­while busi­nesses con­nected with the slip­way’s op­er­a­tions are re­ally suf­fer­ing.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

One of the croc­o­diles in Fern­dale Lake, Port Dou­glas, yes­ter­day

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