Bowen scribe saved
BUDDING Bowen philoso p h e r B i l l ‘ ‘ S t i n g e r ’ ’ Hornett’s popular sign board outside his Tollington Road home at Queens Beach is staying put.
Fears that the council was going to remove it after a resident complained it was a safety hazard have proved unfounded.
Mr Hornett and his wife Jan received an official letter from the Whitsunday Regional Council on Thursday telling them the sign could stay and that ‘‘ council would be taking no action’’.
The sign features Stinger’s daily musings on everyday subjects, as well as his homespun philosophies on the more abstract dilemmas facing mankind.
There is no abstract political puzzle, no major problem facing the universe, that Stinger can’t cut down to size wi t h a f e w wel l - c h o s e n words.
Ask Stinger about eternity and he’s likely to say ‘‘ it’s a never ending question’’.
Fears that his sign board might be whisked away by the safety police aroused hid- den passions in Bowen.
Residents bombarded the town’s Bowen Independent newspaper with protest letters and townsfolk phoned and called on Mr and Mrs Hornett to offer their support.
W h i t s u n d a y R e g i o n a l C o u n c i l May o r Mi c h a e l Brunker said a storm had erupted in a tea cup after a member of the public complained that the A-frame sign board was a safety hazard.
He said council had to observe its normal protocols when acting on any complaint made by a member of the public and that an inspection was made.
Cr Brunker said the sign was not considered a safety hazard.
He said the sign board was something that had become part and parcel of Bowen and that people always got a good laugh out of it.
‘‘ It’s a Bowen institution,’’ Cr Brunker said.
Mrs Hornett said that they had been ‘‘ blown away’’ by the support they had received.
Yesterday’s sign was ‘‘ To get maximum attention, it’s hard to beat a good mistake.’’
You can see why Bowen people don’t want their local philosopher shut down by the safety police.
THUMBS UP: Bill
‘ Stinger’ Hornett is happy his sign board is safe