Paluma res­i­dents want flush of rain

REV UP A BUD­DING BUSI­NESS Wa­ter threat still on boil

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

A CHEAP and cheer­ful car brand in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia in 1986 by a savvy Perth car dealer and colour­ful busi­ness­man, the late Alan Bond, has done the un­think­able.

Hyundai has shocked the in­dus­try by be­com­ing the topselling car last month.

It’s the first time the South Korean brand has been in the top spot since the plucky Hyundai Ex­cel knocked the Holden Com­modore off its perch in June 1998.

Driven by a spe­cial of­fer of $ 19,990 drive away with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and a rearview cam­era ( about $ 7000 off full price) the Hyundai i30 hatch­back out­sold the reign­ing cham­pi­ons the Toy­ota Corolla and Mazda3 in June, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures.

More than 5500 i30 hatch­backs were de­liv­ered last month, eclips­ing Corol­las ( 4150) and Maz­da3s ( 4130).

The re­sult is more re­mark­able once you take into ac­count the i30 tally is for hatch­backs alone, whereas the Toy­ota and Mazda to­tals in­clude both sedans and hatches.

The sedan ver­sion of the Hyundai i30 is sold with another badge, oth­er­wise the lead­ing mar­gin would have been even greater ( more than 680 Hyundai Elantra sedans were sold in June).

Ute sales were also strong in the rush to the end of the fi­nan­cial year, fill­ing three of the Top 10 places and Toy­ota HiLux tak­ing sec­ond out­right.

In another up­set, the Volk­swa­gen Golf, driven by sharp dis­count­ing, edged ahead of the Toy­ota Camry and just be­hind the Holden Com­modore. IT IS Townsville’s own Shark Tank, an op­por­tu­nity for young en­trepreneurs to help make their busi­ness ideas a re­al­ity.

And with ap­pli­ca­tions for the Philip Leong Bur­sary open­ing next month, lo­cal res­i­dents age be­tween 15 and 26 years are be­ing en­cour­aged to put for­ward their best ideas.

Brent Storey was awarded a $ 10,000 grant last year and has gone on to open his own busi­ness.

He al­ready owned a 50 per cent stake in the Sun City Har­ley- David­son deal­er­ship but wanted to use that ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­pand his busi­ness in­ter­ests. Sun City Yamaha opened about six months ago.

“I had ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­er­ships but wanted to start my own busi­ness,” Mr Storey, 22, said.

“I used the grant to at­tend some cour­ses in Mel­bourne ... it gave me a huge leg- up.”

The bur­sary is now in its 10th year. It was started in hon­our of Townsville busi­ness­man Philip Leong, who died in 1999. Since then, 17 young win­ners have shared in $ 125,000.

Philip Leong Ad­vi­sory Board chair­man An­gelo Coco said the pro­gram gave young peo­ple a chance to get a head start. But he said one of the proud­est achieve­ments was the men­tor­ing that had come from it.

“That men­tor­ship hap­pened on a vol­un­teer ba­sis where some of the win­ners have gone on to help oth­ers,” he said.

“It would be hard to pick just one suc­cess story ... there are many.”

Mr Coco said there were many young peo­ple within the Townsville com­mu­nity with big ideas and he hoped to one day find another Mark Zucker­berg.

He said that help­ing just one young per­son get a start in life in­evitably PALUMA res­i­dents are pray­ing for rain so they can stop boiling their drink­ing wa­ter.

The town­ship has had to do just that since the dis­cov­ery of par­a­sitic gi­a­r­dia in the creek­fed wa­ter sup­ply on June 10.

Rain in re­cent days means the time could come sooner than ex­pected, with a re­view com­ing at the end of the week.

Townsville Deputy Mayor Vern Veitch said the prob­lem was jointly caused by an­i­mals defe­cat­ing in the catch­ment and ground­wa­ter ris­ing over an old sep­tic sys­tem and then into the small weir.

“The only thing that change it is if we get a down­pour of rain,” he said. will big flowed pos­i­tively on to the com­mu­nity.

“It is pay­ing it for­ward,” he said. “We have many suc­cess­ful peo­ple in Townsville who em­ploy peo­ple, who are do­ing in­cred­i­bly well on a lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

“But you have to be in­no­va­tive in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate.”

He said the aim was to give a young per­son a “hand up, not a hand- out” and en­cour­age them to help oth­ers.

Mr Storey en­cour­aged young peo­ple to ap­ply for a grant.

“It goes back 50 or more years when sep­tic sys­tems were in­stalled in the catch­ment area of the small dam.

“Nor­mally it doesn’t mat­ter un­less a bit of ground­wa­ter seep­age gets in, which is what’s hap­pened in this case due to the lack of rain­fall.

“The per­cent­age of ground­wa­ter that comes to the sur­face is higher in the dry sea­son.

“Cer­tain lev­els of gi­a­r­dia in the catch­ment are ac­cept­able, but rou­tine checks found a higher level than nor­mal.”

The prob­lem does not af­fect Paluma Dam and has no im­pact on Townsville’s wa­ter.

Townsville Wa­ter oper­a­tions man­ager Mark Har­vey said the body had been mon­i­tor­ing wa­ter qual­ity closely and car­ry­ing out reg­u­lar tests.

“We have had one fur­ther pos­i­tive re­sult and three clear re­sults since the wa­ter alert was put in place,” he said. “The area has had a good flush of rain since, which will be ben­e­fi­cial, and we ex­pect to make a de­ci­sion on whether to lift the alert at the end of week when the latest test re­sults come back.”

Mr Har­vey said Paluma res­i­dents should con­tinue boiling drink­ing wa­ter as a pre­cau­tion un­til ad­vised oth­er­wise.

Paluma Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynn Hy­land said lo­cal res­i­dents were grow­ing tired of the cri­sis.

“Our an­nual bush dance was held on Satur­day night, with many visi­tors from out of town, and a lot of peo­ple asked if we could fill their wa­ter bot­tles, but we had to give them bot­tled wa­ter in­stead,” she said.

“I don’t know what tourists are do­ing that ar­rive and have no wa­ter with them. A lot of day- trip­pers don’t have wa­ter.”

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

GOLDEN OP­POR­TU­NITY: Past bur­sary win­ner Brent Storey with a XVS 950 Star Cruiser.

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