Around the North...
Suspended Johnstone Shire councillor Tom Mauloni has branded his colleagues ‘executioners’ after they voted to banish him for two months. A three-person independent review panel, which cost close to $10,000 to convene, upheld a harassment complaint made by a council engineer.
Police used capsicum spray to control a man about 1am on Thursday. They had been called to a Church St residence to investigate alleged damage to the property. When police tried to talk to the 19-year-old man he allegedly repeatedly lunged at police and the capsicum spray was used.
Kindergarten places are in hot demand after All Souls St Gabriels School and Blackheath and Thornburgh College stopped their kindergarten programs to phase in the new Prep year. Children who turn five between January 1 and June 30 next year are eligible for Prep year, which starts in schools across Queensland next year.
All Bowen and Collinsville hospital dental patients tested for HIV after potential exposure earlier this year have been given the all clear. A total of 549 people were identified as having been treated by a dentist confirmed with HIV. Only 46 could not be contacted and 78 declined testing.
Innisfail meatworkers could be left out in the cold, with no guarantee the town’s abattoir will reopen in 2007. Meatworks owner Bradley Teys says a decision on the future of the Innisfail works will be made in February. The works closed in September, three months short of its usual season end. The 12 American servicemen killed in the infamous Texas Terror plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island 64 years ago were remembered on Monday. On December 18, 1942, the American B24 Liberator bomber hit bad weather and slammed into Mount Straloch, killing all those on board.
‘‘We’ve been in trouble worse than this and we’ve managed to get out of it,’’ grower Lex Exelby said after the Herbert’s second case of sugarcane smut disease was confirmed at his Upper Stone property on Tuesday. Mr Exelby’s farm is about 20km from the district’s first incursion at Lannercost Extension, confirmed on Friday last week.
One student from each of the three Burdekin high schools received the top tertiary entrance score, an OP1. Sally Duncan (Ayr State High), Heath Armstrong (Burdekin Catholic High) and Sarah Pont (Home Hill State High) got OP1s, placing them in the top 2 per cent of Queensland Year 12 students.
Police have charged 16 people with drugs, weapons and property offences after a series of weekend raids. The Operation Sandalwood raids were on 19 houses in Ayr and Home Hill. Ayr CIB was assisted by officers from the State Flying Squad and the Townsvillle Tactical Squad.