Wills to get true taste of the North with sausage siz­zle

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

NORTH Queens­land’s big wet is rolling on but disas­ter-rav­aged com­mu­ni­ties say they won’t let it rain on their royal pa­rade when Prince Wil­liam, pic­tured, vis­its on the week­end.

Rain was due to set in again across the Cas­sowary Coast late yes­ter­day af­ter a mo­ment of sun­shine dur­ing the day. The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy ( BoM) said a low pres­sure trough would move into the area and pro­duce falls un­til to­mor­row.

‘‘ There will still be show­ers and storms around but not to the de- gree in which they’ve seen in re­cent t i mes,’’ se­nior f ore­caster Gor­don Banks said.

Last week, the towns of Mis­sion Beach and Tully recorded more than 700mm of rain, caus­ing wide­spread flood­ing. The re­gion was hit by Cy­clone Yasi just over a month ago and many peo­ple are still liv­ing un­der tar­pau­lins.

Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil Bill Shan­non said the wa­ter was start­ing to re­cede but fore­cast show­ers could see lev­els rise again.

‘‘ We’ve got prob­a­bly a me­tre to go for many roads to clear, the wa­ter is still very, very high,’’ Mr Shan­non said. He said some prop­er­ties were still sur­rounded by flood waters, but ev­ery­one was hop­ing for clearer skies by the end of the week when the prince drops in.

Queens­land Premier Anna Bligh an­nounced yes­ter­day Prince Wil­liam would tour the cy­clone-rav­aged ar­eas of Tully, In­n­is­fail and Card­well on the week­end and en­joy a sausage siz­zle on Satur­day.

The Prince also wants to meet flood vic­tims in the Lock­yer Val­ley, west of Bris­bane and will head to New Zealand’s earth­quake zone.

Card­well res­i­dent Kristy Jones,

29, fol­lowed the Prince in the glossy mag­a­zines as a girl and said she wouldn’t miss her chance to meet him, rain, hail or shine. ‘‘ Bring it on,’’ she said. But not all lo­cals agree. Tully res­i­dent Rod­ney Black has lived in a car­a­van since Cy­clone Yasi de­stroyed his home more than a month ago.

Al­though he con­fessed to be­ing ‘‘ the big­gest roy­al­ist ever’’ he doesn’t want the prince in town.

‘‘ Any tax­pay­ers’ money used on the visit should be used to get­ting these com­mu­ni­ties back on their feet,’’ he said.

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