HOW CRICKETERS COULD GAIN SUPPORT
The ball tampering issue is only part of the problem. Other issues should be addressed as well. A major problem recently has been a hate of the opposition by some Australian cricketers where players like David Warner even said that the Australian team will be motivated by a “hatred” of England. Steve Smith featured in an advertisement saying that the England players are not our friends on the cricket field.
If this could be stopped, then other problems like ball tampering and sledging are less likely to occur. The opposition should be loved and respected. Players should not be selected if they do not uphold these values. That would also encourage players like David Warner and Steve Smith to improve in these ways in order to be selected and motivate up and coming players to do so.
Another issue that is damaging the reputation of elite players and the game is their greed for money and higher salaries when they are already being paid much more than the average hard working person.
The disgraced players could regain support again if they practiced and publicly campaigned for what I suggest. If they did this, they would also encourage young people how to behave well in sport and life. In the last couple of years, the elite players were setting a bad example.
It would be good to be able to find the contact details of the players, commentators and selectors to inform them of this. RICHARD HOLE, Tolga
JULATTEN DEMANDS ACTION ON ROAD CLOSURES
We Julatten locals are an independent lot, we provide our own water, have no mobile phone coverage, are on a single feeder line powerwise which we share with Mt Molloy and Maryfarms so have to provide our own when that feeder fails.
We are in an area each side of the Rex Highway from the Rex Range through to almost the Cooktown turn off close to Mt Molloy. With the onset of a reasonable wet this highway which is officially a Main Road, one of the four access roads to the Tablelands, servicing all traffic from Port Douglas, Mossman, Cooya, Newell,and Wonga Beaches and Daintree plus Capt. Cook Highway stuff for Cooktown and mining operations and multiple B double trucks in the cane season, has been closed at least twice in march, the last being for at least six days, If we get the fallout from Iris as forecast it will be closed again, this is giving local people much angst and financial loss, residents here can get to nowhere else in their Shire. We believe
1. That major drainage work at the very least should be done on the causeway which is a jigsaw of cracks laced up with bitumen, two days rain and a major lake has formed which now takes much longer to clear than previous years, hence first major highway to close, last to open ie Easter Friday afternoon on the last closure. this leads me to a second point that I raised with the Mt Molloy police officer on a Main Roads social media group, he was supervising the closure, but he said that my question was in the wrong forum for a discussion, I am wondering what is the right forum! My question was as follows.
2 The Molloy officer said that the legal height for opening and closing flooded roads is 150mm [6ins] the Bushy Causeway crossing was opened by him a 170mm and falling, still water, because I had heard on ABC radio of some roads being open to 4WD vehicles only I asked could this be applied to Bushy as it had been a total closure for the week, I believe this rule is a total overkill, my 4WD is 480mm ground to chassis, who made this law? The officer was only doing his job, but people are encouraged to break such an unworkable law and of course people were, one cannot really blame them. Does anyone know where I go with this query? What were highclearance vehicles built for?
Let it suffice to say that the Rex Highway from Julatten School to Mt Molloy is a disgrace maintenance-wise for a major conduit, one of four access main highways to the Tablelands because of not only Bushy Causeway but a single lane bridge at Mt Molloy and a couple of gutters in between. JENNY LOTT, Julatten
FLYING-FOXES IN TOLGA
There are not three colonies of flying foxes in the Tolga Scrub – there are two species of flying-foxes camping about 100 metres apart. One of them is there all year round (Spectacled flying-foxes), the other come only when there is a lot of nectar in the area (Little Red flyingfoxes). Both species move around within the scrub.
The Little Reds often arrive in large numbers and sure they can do some short-term damage to their roosting trees, but this will self-repair over the next 6 months or so. Remember the trees in Herberton anyone? There have been eight species of eucalypt in flower recently. The Little Reds are the only animal capable of arriving in numbers large enough to pollinate such large areas of forest. This service is critical to the survival of these forests and many species of eucalypt can only be pollinated at night. Any short-term damage done to the acre of forest where they camp in the day is a very small price to pay. They are ‘Little’ and so vulnerable to attack from birds of prey. This is the reason they roost close together, their combined weight often too great for the branches.
The only reason the flying-foxes left Lakeside was that a large section of the forest was destroyed illegally by bulldozers, rendering it unsuitable as a camp. Yes we do only have a little bit of Tolga scrub left – and who destroyed 98 per cent of this forest? Humans! You ask what tourists think? The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre is #1 on Trip Advisor for attractions in this area – tourists have the sense to ask us to get real facts. JENNEFER MCLEAN, Tolga Bat Rescue and Research director
SAFE DRIVING AND CYCLING
This Easter holidays let’s keep all Queenslanders safe on our roads.
Travel at a safe speed, don’t get distracted, and stay off the road if you’re tired or tipsy. Whether you’re driving a car, riding a bike, or scooting around with your children, please slow down and share the road or path.
With showers forecast across Queensland, take extra care in wet and foggy conditions – look out for other road users who may not be as easily visible.
If you’re planning a bike ride, prepare in advance for busier roads and less predictable conditions. ANNE SAVAGE, Bicycle Queensland CEO