The boss does not take kindly to having to take time out to lift ol’ Rover up onto the back of the ute ( they call them “turners” at Forsayth because their sole role in life is to turn cattle).
IN another kick in the duodenum for our milk producers up on the Atherton Tableland, the state Health Department has cancelled its milk order from local producers and is now buying it from Parmalat and is bringing it up from Brisbane. So, now, the milk that was made up there at Malanda by Lion Dairy and was sent to hospitals all over the Far North has to be now sent to Brisbane at a cost of 25 cents a litre. The trucks carrying this milk south pass the Parmalat fleet ferrying the Brisbane milk north. Surely Health Minister Cameron Dick can sort out this silliness.
DEAF EARS ON DUST- UP
THERE’S a dust- up brewing out along Dingo pocket Road near Calcium. Local residents are fed up with dust being kicked up by heavy trucks that travel along the dirt road and want the Townsville City Council to do something about it. So far it’s a case of deaf ears on the part of the council.
ADANI ACTION PICKS UP
THE Adani project is getting up a head of steam. Vehicles are being bought and I understand tenders have been let for many more. More than 80 families have moved into the city and are renting in the city. We understand Quest Apartments are doing quite well – employees are being put up there by the company for two weeks while they search for a place to live.
AND AIRPORT TAKES OFF
AND my mate down at Bowen tells me Downers are due to start work on the $ 32 million airport that will service Adani’s Carmichael mine.
AND speaking of airports you can’t blame coal country identities like Mike “Moscow” Brunker and Mayor of the Isaac Shire Anne Baker for being angry about Bowen Basin traineeships advertised with recruitment agency Chandler Macleod. The ads stipulate that the applicants must live within 100km of the Brisbane airport. This smacks of geographic apartheid.
‘ SHOWIES’ HAVE TASTE
TULLY Show is done and dusted for 2017 and once again the wild caught Gulf of Carpentaria mackerel cooked to the local Rotary Club’s secret recipe has won the hearts and minds of the “showies”. Rotary stalwart and mackerel cook Ron Hunt told me the “showies” reckon it’s the best cooked fish at any show along the east coast of Australia. “It’s wild caught fish and it’s caught on lines, not nets,” Ron said.