Princely visit pro­vides a wel­come dis­trac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

TULLY res­i­dent Steph -anie Grimaz doesn’t be - lieve what she reads in mag­a­zines.

She wants to make up her own mind about the fu­ture king. Ms Grimaz, who’s been help­ing North Queens­land res­i­dents re­cover from Cy­clone Yasi, is among those ea­ger to steal a mo­ment with Prince Wil­liam when he tours disas­ter-hit com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Tully.

‘‘ I think it will boost a lot of peo­ple’s spir­its, which is the whole idea of him com­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘. . . I think, oh my God, he’s a prince, who wouldn’t want to see him?’’

In Gran­tham, which was dev­as­tated by an i nland tsunami in Jan­uary’s floods, ru­ral fire brigade first of­fi­cer Vi­vian Jamieson is also look­ing for­ward to the prince’s feel-good ef­fect.

‘‘ Who­ever he stops to talk to, it’ll be a mem­ory they’ll have for the rest of their lives,’’ she said.

But not ev­ery­one is gush­ing about the royal visit. Gran­tham’s Danny Maguire said he has other, more press­ing things on his mind.

‘‘ I’ve or­gan­ised for a ’ dozer to come in on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing to knock my house down and I’m plan­ning to trans­port an­other one straight in,’’ he said.

Prince Wil­liam will fly into Townsville on Satur­day, ar­riv­ing at the RAAF Base at 11am, be­fore head­ing north to meet res­i­dents and vol­un­teers in Card­well at 11.55am, and fur­ther north to Tully.

In Cairns, he will do a sim­i­lar meet and greet with peo­ple in­volved in the disas­ter re­cov­ery ef­fort.

On Sun­day, the prince will head to the south­east cor­ner, meet­ing flood vic­tims and vol­un­teers in Ip­swich.

He will then at­tend the Spirit of Coun­try con­cert in Toowoomba to help lift the spir­its of flood-hit com­mu­ni­ties and thank SES and emer­gency crew work­ers.

On Sun­day night, Wil­liam will at­tend a $ 500-a-head cock­tail func­tion in Bris­bane to raise money for the premier’s disas­ter re­lief fund.

Af­ter that he’s off to Vic­to­ria, to tour flood-hit com­mu­ni­ties be­fore at­tend­ing a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue at Murra­bit.

Prince Wil­liam

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