Yasi’s clouds show their sil­ver lin­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

NORTH Queens­lan­ders are get­ting two pieces of wel­come news to­day. Firstly, as our front page de­clares, the North is un­der­go­ing an eco­nomic resur­gence. This is very wel­come news af­ter a few lean years brought about by the global down­turn and its af­ter ef­fects, fol­lowed by an ex­tended run of tough weather con­di­tions. That bad weather has af­fected ev­ery­one in North Queens­land from pri­mary pro­duc­ers who have had their liveli­hoods se­verely im­pacted upon to peo­ple who had their homes and busi­nesses de­stroyed by Cy­clone Yasi. It is good to hear there are signs of an eco­nomic turn­around with Townsville En­ter­prise re­port­ing nearly $ 30 bil­lion worth of projects are ei­ther planned or un­der way in North Queens­land. The fig­ures re­vealed in the lat­est De­vel­op­ment Sta­tus Re­port re­veal a $ 10 bil­lion in­crease on last year. The strength of the Townsville re­gion’s econ­omy is its di­ver­sity. It does bet­ter than most re­gions in tough times be­cause it does not rely on one ma­jor in­dus­try. This is re­flected in the va­ri­ety of projects in­cluded in the re­port with the 63 projects rang­ing across prop­erty and con­struc­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and min­ing. The re­port also pointed out that the clouds which ac­com­pa­nied Cy­clone Yasi have a sil­ver lin­ing of sorts. The in­cred­i­ble dam­age the cat­e­gory five storm in­flicted on the North, par­tic­u­larly the Cas­sowary Coast re­gion, means a lot of money will be spent on re­build­ing in the next few years. Townsville’s Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy de­liv­ered an­other dose of bright news yes­ter­day, pre­dict­ing we have seen the last of the cy­clone sea­son for 2010/ 11. How­ever, the La Nina sys­tem which de­liv­ered a more in­tense cy­clone sea­son has not fin­ished with us yet. More rain is fore­cast for the com­ing days with the bu­reau is­su­ing warn­ings of flash flood­ing for the re­gion. Ar­eas to Townsville’s south have copped the brunt of the rain­fall in re­cent days and it looks like we will con­tinue to feel the ef­fects of the ex­tended wet sea­son in com­ing days with our rain­fall record for March likely to tum­ble. North Queens­lan­ders are fed up with the rain but un­for­tu­nately win­ter’s cloud­less skies still look some time away.

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