Take it easy in the rain

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

SOME heavy rain, and months of oil and gunk build up on the roads – our in­ter­est­ing roads with lots of bends and fas­ci­nat­ing views – it’s a recipe for dis­as­ter. Be care­ful out there. Watching RACQ ser­vice man Jeff Anderson from Moss­man tackle the up­side down, im­mersed car near Yule Point, as he as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion be­fore he be­gan to re­trieve the wreck, was a re­minder of how good so many of our lo­cals are when called upon.

He cheer­fully went about the busi­ness of sal­vaging the wreck, clam­ber­ing about it in the wa­ter and on the ve­hi­cle it­self, ex­pertly know­ing where and how to at­tach the tackle.

Within a few min­utes it was on the back of the truck and be­ing driven away.

He made it look rather easy.

MP BILLY GORDON was cleared of the al­le­ga­tions that he mis­led state par­lia­ment over his state­ments to do with his tax af­fairs. The trou­ble-prone par­lia­men­tar­ian would have been might­ily re­lieved, no doubt, and some in the gov­ern­ment too, as it was pretty much a hang­ing of­fence if the de­ci­sion not to re­fer him to the Ethics Com­mit­tee had gone the other way. Mis­lead­ing par­lia­ment is enough to get you kicked out if proven. It would have left the Premier with­out the num­bers to gov­ern.

Any­way, Mr Gordon let us know yes­ter­day that he been as good as his word to tackle the Depart­ment of nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines over the now dire sit­u­a­tion out at Yule Point, where a pro­posed site for Paws and Claws has been knocked back.

Good on him for show­ing up, and may it con­tinue.

The dead­line for coun­cil’s re­but­tal of the de­ci­sion is December 20, which seems too soon. But in any case there is quite a way to run in this whole saga.

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