HOW CRICK­ETERS COULD GAIN SUPPORT

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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

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