Sick of grubs at the Hill

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

GRUB of the week award goes to the per­son who left a large pile of dog vomit on the pub­lic walk­ing area near the plinth at the look­out on top of Cas­tle Hill on Sun­day morn­ing. It’s not enough that we have to dodge fresh dog turds at ev­ery step on the hill. Now it’s vomit as well. Mums and dads on out­ings with lit­tle chil­dren in tow were rightly dis­gusted. A word of warn­ing to peo­ple who walk up the hill in the early morn­ing with­out torches: step care­fully. Pub has a fresh look A FEW weeks ago I wrote about the de­lights of vis­it­ing and camp­ing at Mount Coolon ( pop­u­la­tion about 11) 320km south­west of Townsville via Ravenswood and the Bur­dekin Dam. The photo I used of the pub was one I took sev­eral years ago. Mur­phy’s Law struck. It just so hap­pens the pub has had a re­furb. The own­ers sent in a photo. Looks smart, doesn’t it? It is the week for grov­el­ling apolo­gies to pub­li­cans. Last week the grem­lins got into the sys­tem when I wrote about the Mid­dle­ton Pub and also the Mid­dle­ton “Hil­ton”. The lat­ter is a bush­built bough shed I was writ­ing about in my Fri­day camp­ing column and yes, the Mid­dle­ton Ho­tel went in as the photo in­stead of the open sided, slap­dash “Hil­ton”. Lester and Va­lerie out there at the Mid­dle­ton pub be­tween Win­ton and Bou­lia aren’t what you’d call fusspots, but, still, we just want to let peo­ple know that their fab­u­lous pub comes with floor­boards, walls and a roof. The rough and ready “Hil­ton” across the road comes with lit­tle more than fresh air and dust. Help­ing out Win­ton TOWNSVILLE is play­ing a big role in ef­forts to help the Win­ton Shire Coun­cil and the town’s his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety re­store and re­place items lost in the fire that swept through the town’s Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre early in the morn­ing of June 18. Steve Sergeant, the RSL’s North Queens­land District Branch pres­i­dent, is help­ing re­place the hon­our board lost in the fire. Win­ton, per capita, had more peo­ple en­list in WW1 than any other cen­tre in Aus­tralia. Out of a pop­u­la­tion at the time of 2500, 600 men and women en­listed. Mr Sergeant is keen to get the RSL in­volved with help­ing in any way it can. Townsville mu­seum staff Ewen McPhee and Sue Valis will join three of their statewide col­leagues at Win­ton as part of a team ad­vis­ing on the sal­vage and restora­tion of items dam­aged in the fire. Bruce and He­len Collins and their fel­low mem­bers of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety are look­ing for­ward to their visit. A web­site ad­dress is be­ing set up for on­line do­na­tions for the Waltz­ing Matilda Re­cov­ery Fund. Do­nate to the coun­cil at PO Box 288, Win­ton, 4735. Con­tents lost WIN­TON knows and ap­pre­ci­ates it now has an op­por­tu­nity to re­build an aes­thet­i­cally ex­cit­ing Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre. The loss of the build­ing was not such a ter­ri­ble loss in the fire as it wasn’t much more than a ce­ment block bomb shel­ter. What is caus­ing the heartache is all of the ma­te­rial and trea­sured fam­ily pos­ses­sions lost in the blaze. From the ashes, ex­pect an Opera House of the Out­back to arise. Coun­cil chips in ONE coun­cil that has been very gen­er­ous is the More­ton Bay Re­gional Coun­cil. The coun­cil puts up $ 15,000 to sup­port the an­nual Vi­sion Splen­did Out­back Film Fes­ti­val in Win­ton and is now help­ing out fi­nan­cially with the re­build­ing of the Waltz­ing Matilda Cen- tre. More­ton Bay Mayor Al­lan Sutherland and his wife Gayle trav­elled to Win­ton last week to show their sup­port. Al­lan and Gayle were spot­ted with Win­ton Mayor Butch Len­ton and wife Roz tuck­ing into some prime Dia­mantina beef at the Tat­ter­sall’s Ho­tel. The two coun­cils, by the way, have a sis­ter city re­la­tion­ship. Sealed link push WIN­TON’S mo­tor­bike- rid­ing Mayor Butch Len­ton is push­ing hard for the con­struc­tion of a sealed Out­back High­way that would link Townsville to Perth by bi­tu­men road. It is the 2800km be­tween Win­ton and Laver­ton in Western Aus­tralia which needs the bulk of the work. Presently 1700km of it is dirt. Butch, along with other may­ors along the route and Townsville’s Sen­a­tor Ian Macdonald, have been push­ing for this road to be sealed for 15 years. Butch and his com­mit­tee reckon it will be a case of “job done” by 2025. Sen­a­tor Macdonald, who has trav­elled much of the pro­posed In­land High­way, thinks that 2025 is pretty good ball­park fig­ure for com­ple­tion. The Out­back High­way De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil is hav­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Win­ton in Septem­ber. The Mayor of Laver­ton Pa­trick Hill will be there. Let’s hope our own Mayor Jenny Hill can make it. Cr Jenny Hill, an en­thu­si­as­tic ob­server of the cul­tural com­ings and go­ings at South Townsville’s Belle­vue Ho­tel, would feel right at home at the Tatts in Win­ton. Left flat over road MAYOR Butch Len­ton, who loves noth­ing more than head­ing out into the Simp­son Desert on his dirt bike, told me the story last week of Win­ton live­stock hauler Al­lan Grant, who had 34 flat tyres in one trip when cart­ing cat­tle be­tween Win­ton and Alice Springs in May. Chi­nese whis­pers THE Char­ters Tow­ers sa­le­yards have not been sold to the Chi­nese and are not about to be sold, pe­riod. That’s the word from the Char­ters Tow­ers Re­gional Coun­cil’s Ray­mond Jayo, who phoned to say that peo­ple were read­ing things into the Chan­nel 7s Sun­day Night pro­gram that sim­ply were un­true. Chi­nese in­vestors have been sniff­ing around the Tow­ers and around Hugh­en­den and Ju­lia Creek as well. A lot of it is to do with spec­u­la­tion about a new meat­works in the north­ern in­land. The Char­ters Tow­ers Re­gional Coun­cil met with gra­ziers on June 2 where the con­cept of for­ward- sell­ing cat­tle to the Chi­nese was raised. “In­stead of sell­ing off the farm and the cat­tle to over­seas buy­ers we can pro­vide them with con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply by for­ward- sell­ing them beef,” Mr Jayo said.

FRESH LOOK: The re­vamped, very trendy look­ing Mount Coolon Ho­tel.

TRUTH: The Mid­dle­ton Ho­tel does at least have walls.

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