Will premier lis­ten to us?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE sub­ject of a refuge in Dou­glas Shire for peo­ple flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is an ur­gent one. Now that the state min­is­ter ap­pears to have dis­missed the Shire’s case, one can only hope Mayor Leu suc­ceeds in gain­ing the Premier’s ear on this when the gov­ern­ment runs its com­mu­nity cabi­net in Cairns in July.

“HOW good is footy?” said a head­line in The Aus­tralian on Mon­day, cel­e­brat­ing a won­der­ful sea­son so far in which it’s any­one’s guess who the even­tual pre­miers will be.

That as­tound­ing win by the Ma­roons in Ori­gin II is an­other ex­am­ple of a well matched con­test.

But now the AFL Cairns reaches the sea­son’s half way with a slew of ig­no­min­ious re­sults, in which a cou­ple of top teams, not least our own Crocs, in­flict reg­u­lar and pre­dictable mas­sive de­feats on un­der-strength oth­ers in the comp.

It’s not un­usual – even na­tional leagues can suf­fer from it as cer­tain teams go through hard times.

But it must be — or should be — ex­er­cis­ing the minds of the CAFL lead­er­ship to fig­ure if there’s much they can do to im­prove things for next sea­son. Footy’s the loser when there is a bunch of non-games.

OF COURSE a prom­i­nent sub­ject in the shire this week has been the sad clo­sure of Ra­dio Port Dou­glas. I add my con­do­lences to the many sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments that have been ex­pressed. It’s not a good thing when a com­mu­nity loses one of its voices, and this was one of a kind.

MT ISA is get­ting a an­other, big­ger he­li­copter to ser­vice its huge district. Of course that’s great. It adds to the case for an­other res­cue chopper for Far North Qld, where the need re­mains ur­gent. We for­get this, un­til an­other spate of emer­gen­cies come along . . .

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