Ripper yarns from Yasi

Townsville Bulletin - - Talk of the North -

WE keep hear­ing sto­ries about wars in the wake of Yasi.

They tell a ripper yarn about a con­fronta­tion in Card­well a day or two af­ter the cy­clone be­tween a lo­cal and a coun­cil of­fi­cial.

The coun­cil bloke got up­set when a lo­cal in a Bob­cat started clean­ing de­bris from a kid’s play­ground. Ap­par­ently this was a coun­cil task. In the end a Road­Tek of­fi­cial got in­volved and, well, af­ter some ro­bust ne­go­ti­a­tions, the Bob­cat op­er­a­tor got back to clear­ing the play­ground.

And as for the story do­ing the rounds that the Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil re­quested that the army leave Card­well be­cause they were no longer needed?

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It’s not true. I spoke to Cas­sowary Coast Mayor Bill Shan­non about this yes­ter­day and he said the army came and that they did their job.

He said he ac­tu­ally re­quested that t hey stay l onger t han orig­i­nally planned, and they did. In fact he said he would have liked them to have stayed even longer.

‘‘ A lot of them had to get ready to go to Afghanistan,’’ he said. And as for that heart warm­ing story do­ing the rounds about some sol­diers tak­ing leave when they got back to Townsville af­ter their stint in the cy­clone belt, and then re­turn­ing to places like Card­well and Tully as civil­ian vol­un­teers?

Cr Shan­non said that as far as he knows it’s true.

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