Yasi de­struc­tion con­tin­ues

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

Crossed lines

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.

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