What made streets wet?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS LOOKING BACK -

IS IT just un­for­tu­nate tim­ing that coun­cil de­cided to bung on a spe­cial meet­ing to grant it­self the power for two more re­stric­tive wa­ter lev­els just when we’ve had very de­cent amounts of rain?

Of course a week of good rain doesn’t break a drought and one must as­sume the good peo­ple at the coun­cil ad­min know what they’re do­ing . . .

Trans­fer man­ager Jeff Tate was wor­ried about wa­ter se­cu­rity in his time here and made it part of the new coun­cil’s most ur­gent items on the to-do list.

And DSC has been get­ting on with it, up­grad­ing the wa­ter sys­tem in mul­ti­ple ways, and most im­por­tantly, build­ing the new reser­voir for wa­ter-greedy Port Dou­glas.

One can only as­sume the new reser­voir won’t guar­an­tee ad­e­quate sup­ply then, if one day we’re star­ing at a pro­longed drought and the labour­in­ten­sive wa­ter­ing can and bucket reg­i­men tucked away in Level 4!

Say it ain’t so.

THE NO­TION of a sep­a­rate state for north Queens­land is not so far fetched. Yes, it would take a heck of a lot to get it up, but it does have a worth­while logic.

Queens­land is the only state in the fed­er­a­tion in which an equal num­ber of peo­ple live out­side the cap­i­tal as in it. There’s a lot of peo­ple up here!

Given the size of this state, it’s ap­par­ent that a mind­set that pre­vails in cer­tain seats in Bris­bane and there­fore in state cab­i­net is deeply out of whack with the needs and sen­ti­ments of the far north.

Outvoted, we just have to suck it up when they spend bil­lions on tun­nels un­der the Bris­bane River.

But it’s not sim­ply eco­nomic dif­fer­ences, ei­ther.

There seems a deep­en­ing di­vide be­tween city and coun­try, based on de­mo­graph­ics and things like per­sonal val­ues.

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