Unscheduled pit stop for Mr Croc
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.
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