If the waters are high . . .

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TWICE in the past five weeks I’ve been to Finlayvale to cover in­ci­dents in which peo­ple’s live were at risk due to flash flood­ing – once at Silky Oaks and then last Fri­day at Anich’s Bridge.

Heavy del­uges up on the Table­lands pump up the vol­ume on the Moss­man River in ex­traor­di­nary quick time, catch­ing peo­ple out. The emer­gency ser­vices peo­ple, who, if they must, put their lives on the line to save other peo­ple, re­it­er­ate the fa­mil­iar motto: if it’s flooded for­get it. Too of­ten what we for­get is that par­tic­u­lar say­ing.

MP BILLY Gor­don was a guest on Port FM last week. I didn’t catch what he said and the sta­tion didn’t man­age to record his ini­tial re­marks, but I am re­li­ably in­formed that he claimed the Gazette had got it wrong some­how in its re­port­ing of his ex­plo­sive re­marks re­gard­ing croc man­age­ment and how the Gold Coast is the place to go if you want a typ­i­cal beach­side hol­i­day where you can swim.

The story we ran was ab­so­lutely ac­cu­rate and fair. It nat­u­rally set off a furore and no won­der he wants to make some dis­tance.

Our story was writ­ten from a first­hand con­ver­sa­tion be­tween re­porter Scott Tib­balls and the MP. Scott recorded the con­ver­sa­tion and Mr Gor­don knew he was be­ing recorded. We still have that record­ing, of course.

THE coun­cil hit on a novel way to plug the shire this week – spruik our re­gion as a refuge from the Brexit and Trump era. Ap­par­ently we are so re­mote that the prob­lems of the world, po­lit­i­cally, can read­ily be for­got­ten here. Sort of like New Zealand, where the rich buy prop­erty around Queen­stown as a bolt hole in case ev­ery­thing goes very pear­shaped. So we are tout­ing for more peo­ple to move here. That’s fine. Per­haps some may want a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Port Dou­glas though.

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