Wills to get true taste of the North with sausage sizzle
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.