If the waters are high . . .
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.