V8 im­pact re­ver­ber­ates year round

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THERE’S a heavy dose of ex­cite­ment in the air around Townsville at the mo­ment.

The prepa­ra­tions for the Townsville 400 are al­ready well un­der way, with road clo­sures and re­stric­tions be­ing es­tab­lished around the city as or­gan­is­ers set up the race­track.

Just a week out from the V8 event, rac­ing teams are also bring­ing their mus­cled ve­hi­cles to town and mak­ing any last- minute tweaks and ad­just­ments to get the most out of the per­for­mance.

It’s great to see Townsville young­sters and vol­un­teers be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved and hone their me­chan­i­cal skills while help­ing get the cars and utes ready.

Be­ing part of the rac­ing teams will no doubt be a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

That last­ing im­pact is just one of the many ways the Townsville 400 has a pos­i­tive im­pact on North Queens­land, not just over the race week­end but through­out the year.

Eco­nom­i­cally the thou­sands of visi­tors give the city a mas­sive boost.

And with TV screens show­cas­ing the very best Townsville has to of­fer to hun­dreds of thou­sands of view­ers through­out Aus­tralia, that im­pact is sure to re­ver­ber­ate through­out the next year.

The ex­cite­ment and pos­i­tive morale the race gen­er­ates is also some­thing that can’t be over­looked.

All across the North right now, race fans and party lovers are gear­ing up for a great week­end.

Vic­tims must speak up

IT’S sad to see the phys­i­cal form of Townsville’s dog con­trol prob­lem etched into the fresh scars on young Jay­den Collins’ face.

Shock­ing sta­tis­tics show there were 472 re­ports to coun­cil of dog at­tacks in Townsville, with 148 of those on peo­ple.

In 187 cases, vic­tims were not will­ing to as­sist coun­cil with a pros­e­cu­tion.

Per­haps, to over­come the prob­lem and have own­ers take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pets, those 187 need to be en­cour­aged to speak up.

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