Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

How pa­thetic is our lo­cal me­dia, and the re­gional ABC, that they could not, or would not com­ment on un­fold­ing events, which in my case and many oth­ers here in Moss­man oc­curred on De­cem­ber 17 on or about 4:14 pm.

I was down­load­ing off the web, for an ar­ti­cle I was com­pos­ing at the time, which was my last down­load.

And so the in­ter­net dis­as­ter that crip­pled many in our FNQ tourism re­gion, lo­cal busi­nesses were los­ing thou­sands of dol­lars in lost trade. Many em­ploy­ees would most cer­tainly have been sent home or lost hours.

So how many peo­ple spent hours try­ing to re­con­nect, re­boot and fathom what the prob­lem was?

How many spent pre­cious dol­lars con­tact­ing Tel­stra’s net sup­port – hosted off shore?

Heaven help them if they used a dis­so­ci­ated or non-Tel­stra mo­bile to do so. I have been caught out be­fore do­ing that, but of course you can­not con­tact them other­wise can you when your Tel­stra based sys­tem is down.

I was up early on De­cem­ber 18 and lis­tened to our ABC re­gional news and un­less I am very mis­taken there was no re­port or ex­pla­na­tion as to what was hap­pen­ing.

So yes our Far North, Cairns, Port Dou­glas, Moss­man, the Dain­tree – the Gate­way to the reef, Queens­land’s ma­jor tourist des­ti­na­tion and all their sup­port­ing busi­nesses, so to­tally re­liant on the in­ter­net, were they of such in­signif­i­cance, not war­rant an ex­pla­na­tion of what was hap­pen­ing at the time, by our re­gional ABC?

We all know Aun­tie; they would break into a broad­cast if there was dead whale washed up on the GBR, or an­other school yard mas­sacre in the US, that is their warped pri­or­ity.

I did post a com­ment on the Courier Mail in their news link

Then I logged onto the Courier Mail the next morn­ing as I had on­line ac­cess. Not a men­tion of the Tel­stra out­age here up North.

But “Great Bar­rier Reef Reef sta­tus in doubt” . . . UNESCO has sum­moned Aus­tralian of­fi­cials to Paris for talks on a pos­si­ble “in dan­ger” list­ing of the Great Bar­rier Reef after an ini­tial re­port re­vealed short­falls on the Reef’s im­prove­ment.

So was it all a dream,

Gra­ham Dun­ton, Shan­non­vale

Gifts de­liv­ered to the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre: From L-R: staffers Ni­cole Carn­aby, Tr­ish Jones (vol­un­teer) and Megan Black­low. In­set: John Mor­ris and Bar­bara Wolveridge en­joy­ing the char­ity evening at Choo Choos Cafe.

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