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Townsville Bulletin - - News - by John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.


‘ Stinger’ Hor­nett is happy his sign board is safe

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