Yasi destruction continues
IF you want to do something to help someone impacted by Cyclone Yasi you could do a lot worse than buy something from Mick and Lynda Edwards’ Port of Call Fishing and Boating Supplies store at Port Hinchinbrook. The couple has run a bait and tackle shop as well as a fishing charter operation there for more than 10 years and now, well, things don’t look all that flash. With an expectation that there is no accommodation left in town as a result of armies of workers moving in to clean up and rebuild, they fear that their client base will disappear into thin air. They don’t want to, but Mick and Lynda are worried that they might have to close the business. Accommodation is available, including multiple bedroom units at Port Hinchinbrook itself. If you want to give Cardwell a leg-up, go up for a weekend and wet a line. You can ring the Rainforest and Reef Visitor I nformation Centre on 4066 8601 to find out about accommodation and Lynda and Mick at the tackle shop on 4066 8092 to find out where the fish are biting.
Back on the water
BLUE and Dallas at Cardwell Houseboats ( 4066 8007) are back up and running. They had one boat totalled in Yasi and a couple more damaged, but they are ready and raring to go. Blue, the owner, was out checking the crab pots when I rang yesterday, but Dallas said they have their first post-cyclone booking heading out on Wednesday. It’s been a rough time for them as well. With road closures and rain since before Christmas, they have had nothing but cancellation after cancellation. Inciden-
WORRY: Lynda Edwards fears Cyclone Yasi could force the closure of her business tally, if you have never had a houseboat out in the Hinchinbrook Passage, you have missed some of life’s most majestic moments.
ATO’s good side
MENTION t he Australian Tax Office to some people and the blood drains from their face as they furtively look to make sure no-one is listening. Yes, the ATO, just like a Hannibal Lecter dinner party or a Bronwyn Bishop death stare, can make even the most hardened combat veteran quiver. But unlike Hannibal and Bron, the ATO does have a good side and it is currently on display in the cyclone zone. I b u mped i n t o T o wnsv i l l e ATO specialist Nikki Phillips and one of her colleagues at the Cardwell pie van last week. They were checking on people and seeing if there was anything the ATO might be able to do to help.
Some fast talking
SOLDIER and PT instructor Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon O’Regan is no slouch in the running stakes and has a reputation among local runners as being pretty much a hard-core competitor. Well into the 5km Townsville Road Runners’ Butcher on Bundock Dash for Cash on Sunday, the army’s hard man became fed up with a small group of runners who had been sitting behind him, letting him set the pace. It was at about the 3km mark when he came to an abrupt stop, turned to the cluster of competitors behind him, and in colourful language explained how he thought participants in the event should conduct themselves. What ever he said seemed to sort things out. WO2 O’Regan came in second, three seconds behind race winner Sam Stedman.
A tough job ahead
WE should all spare a thought for the council workers who have to clean up The Perfumed Garden on the corner of Sturt and Stokes streets. The detritus, including faeces, left behind by the human occupants and visitors to the park is beyond the pale.
IN Saturday’s Townsville Bully, Anne Mealing from the Cardwell and District Historical Society stated that the National Trust of Queensland, despite being asked, had refused to be involved in the r est oration or maintenance of Hubinger’s Hut located at Sunbeam Creek just north of Cardwell. Ms Mealing said the trust refused to take any interest in the building because it had been moved from its original site. Townsville’s Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde, local branch secretary of the trust and its state vicepresident, phoned yesterday to say there was no evidence to suggest that anyone from Cardwell had ever contacted the Townsville branch. Dr Gibson-Wilde said it was possible the Cardwell society had made contact with the Brisbane office. She said Brisbane might have knocked back any request for assistance on the grounds the hut had been moved from its original site ( which is what Ms Mealing stated on Saturday). Dr Gibson-Wilde said there was no evidence to suggest the hut was of historical value and there was no evidence to suggest that the hut was not originally owned by a pioneer named Dallachy. I think we can expect to hear more on the matter.