Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - with John An­der­sen john. an­der­

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.


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.


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 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.


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.

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