Ripper yarns from Yasi
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?
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.