Un­sched­uled pit stop for Mr Croc

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

small band of vol­un­teers main­tains and runs the ma­chin­ery on board the ves­sel on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. This is to en­sure that ev­ery­thing is well, ship-shape. This vi­tal main­te­nance t hough has come to a stand­still due to a lack of fuel. The HMAS Townsville is out of juice and the vol­un­teers need 15,000 litres of diesel fuel to fill its tanks and to keep it hum­ming. Any do­na­tions would be kindly re­ceived.

The naked truth

A NUD­IST colony just off the high­way north of Card­well was al­ways af­forded protec- What this Bruce High­way sign at Eu­ramo south of Tully re­ally says is that Mis­sion Beach’s iden­tity cri­sis has got a whole lot worse. As far as

mar­ket­ing ef­forts go it’s pretty low rent and I doubt we’ll see it awarded any

in­dus­try gongs. tion from pass­ing traf­fic by a screen of rain­for­est be­tween it and the high­way. IT’S the wet sea­son and Mr and Mrs Croc­o­dile are apt to want to go walk­a­bout. They may want to check out the new hous­ing es­tate cre­ated by the rain a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres away from the muddy creek they nor­mally call home. Up­wardly mo­bile Mrs Croc might be sick of the old wa­ter­hole and might have been nag­ging poor old Mr Croc to get off his shift­less rear-end and do some­thing about up­grad­ing into a more up­mar­ket abode with ter­ra­cotta tiles and mul­ti­ple am­bush points. So off they set across hill and dale to check out the new es­tate over by the pa­per­bark swamp that all the neigh­bours have been blab­bing about. It’s got views to die for and there’s talk of a Pet-O-Tel open­ing Cy­clone Yasi de­stroyed the rain­for­est, leav­ing the colony ex­posed to the world. Lo­cals reckon it could be­come a high­way haz­ard.

Cane ca­su­alty

LAST year was a shocker for most of the north’s cane farm­ers, many of whom were forced to leave more than half their crop in the pad­dock be­cause of the wet con­di­tions dur­ing the har­vest­ing sea­son. The ground was too wet for har­vest­ing ma­chin­ery to work. There has hardly been any let up in the rain since mid last year and now a lot of this cane – next door some­time soon. So they set off to check it all out. But, in do­ing so they may oc­ca­sion­ally have to ne­go­ti­ate a few lit­tle ob­sta­cles such as pits in sugar mills. And lo and be­hold could this be Mr Croc him­self down there in the pit at Su­cro­gen’s Vic­to­ria mill out­side Ing­ham? The up­shot was that he never got to check out the new es­tate and in­stead suf­fered the ig­nominy of be­ing res­cued by a ranger on Satur­day. The the­ory be­hind how the hap­less croc ended up in the pit last week is that it must have gone walk­a­bout from Palm Creek which is only about 30 me­tres from the pit. This is en­tirely likely. Palm Creek is to croc­o­diles what a road kill kan­ga­roo is to blowflies.

Spoilt by spag

J U L I A W i l s o n a t t h e Kennedy store cooked a spag bol big enough to feed an

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