Cas­sowaries who go fish­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

SOME­WHERE in a tall tower down in Bris­bane.

There’s a knock on the premier’s door. “Come in. Oh, g’day Ken.” “G’day Premier.” “Just got you in to go over that lit­tle thing up near Port Dou­glas, that spot their mayor was talk­ing to us about last week, for the an­i­mal shel­ter. I’ve just had that mayor on the phone again – it wasn’t pretty.”

“Yes, Premier. Jeez the mayor is hopping mad isn’t she! Just can’t take a joke. I felt a bit like Manny in round five af­ter we told her ‘no’ again.

“Or the Blues af­ter Cooper Cronk’s kick across field to Holmes!”

“Ha yes, Premier, what a match. Any­way, I still think we made the right call about the en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of that pad­dock. I mean, if I was a cas­sowary, and I’m not say­ing I am, but if I was, I would def­i­nitely want to in­habit a spot like that. It’s nice and open, not too many trees ob­scur­ing the view of the high­way or any­thing, and quite close to town. All the buses and ev­ery­thing go right past it, so it’s handy to all the trans­port. And there’s plenty of feral pigs for com­pany.”

“Yes, and there’s a lovely beach across the road, es­pe­cially at low tide, and fan­tas­tic views. Fab­u­lous for cas­sowaries who go fish­ing.”

“That’s right Premier. A fan­tas­tic spot and any cas­sowary would be bark­ing mad not to want to live there. I reckon they’re there al­right, even if the lo­cals never see them. They prob­a­bly get about at night so they can en­joy the lights of Port Dou­glas.”

“Yep, it’s ob­vi­ous Ken. I’m glad we had an­other look at it so we didn’t make a silly mis­take.” “Yippy ky-ay, Premier.” “Yippy ky-ay, Ken.”

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