Down by the river side
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.
One of the crocodiles in Ferndale Lake, Port Douglas, yesterday