Princely visit provides a welcome distraction
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.