A word in your ear

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS @SCHOOL -

THERE’S a cer­tain irony, and sym­me­try too, in the fact that our mayor was able to get into the Premier’s ear at a din­ner for lead­ers in Cairns at the week­end.

The oc­ca­sion was the wel­come din­ner for around 70 am­bas­sadors that our For­eign Min­is­ter, and the state premier, had squired up to Cairns to show them the de­lights of FNQ and to let them see such things first hand, not least the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The mis­sion was about get­ting in their ears -- and through their eyes -about the state of the reef, both good and bad, so they will know first­hand.

You have to get peo­ple on site to get the mes­sage through.

Same thing then for Ms Leu and the Premier. It was only by be­ing at the same event that our mayor was able to get the mes­sage through.

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if hav­ing a quick nat­ter with the Premier about the Paws and Claws sit­u­a­tion wasn’t a fairly straight for­ward thing. It’s not rocket science, which in a way is one of the frus­trat­ing things about the whole Yule Point sit­u­a­tion.

It’s just that it took this din­ner and the for­tu­itous fact that our mayor was among the lo­cal dig­ni­taries in­vited, for the op­por­tu­nity to arise.

Un­til then Ms Leu had com­plained of a wall of iron, for heaven’s sake, be­tween her and a per­sonal meet­ing with the rel­e­vant, Dr Lyn­ham.

She has spo­ken be­fore of the frus­tra­tion at be­ing sat in the Min­is­ter’s of­fice and still not able to get an au­di­ence with him.

(Ac­tu­ally I liked the way she rat­ted him out to the Premier in her let­ter to Ms Palaszczuk fol­low­ing the Cairns en­counter, telling his boss how frus­trat­ing it was not to be given a chance to per­son­ally put the case over the Yule Point pro­posal.)

An­gry na­tives up north, Premier. Good thing to visit, and to be open to a bit of a nat­ter.

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