Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - with John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ news. com. au

You can’t swing a cat in here, let alone a cou­ple of sec­ond row­ers. You could fit two wingers in­side and maybe a cou­ple of cen­tres, but for­get about prop for­wards. They’ll have to go in one at a time.

QUITE a few years ago we wrote a story about Croy­don called The Town With No Togs. The coun­cil had just built a dam on Bel­more Creek. This is a dry part of Queens­land and for the first time the towns­peo­ple had a wa­ter­hole deep enough to swim in ( wa­ter­hole is un­der­state­ment, I might add. This is a good sized wa­ter- sup­ply dam). We took a photo of the peo­ple swim­ming in the dam and they were all wear­ing Le­vis and Wran­gler jeans as swim­ming togs and check work shirts with pearl stud but­tons. Some even wore their hats. Why aren’t you wear­ing togs? We asked.

“Be­cause we can’t buy them in town,” they replied. That was cor­rect. Mrs Wil­son who was in the store at that time didn’t stock beach wear.

“There’s no de­mand for swim­ming cos­tumes in Croy­don, dear,” she said at the time. We wrote a story about the town with no togs.

Swimwear de­signer Lisa Curry re­sponded, of­fer­ing to send togs to Croy­don. It was like hav­ing to send aid pack­ages to Nige­ri­ans.

I couldn’t help but ask the store’s new owner Bar­bara Brock if she stocked swim­ming togs.

The an­swer was no and that no one in Croy­don sells clothes. So, are Le­vis and Wran­glers still serv­ing as de facto Speedos and “board­ies” in Croy­don? We’ll have to check that out next visit. The store hasn’t changed much since it was built in the late 19th cen­tury.

The mer­chan­dise is a lot dif­fer­ent of course and you can get a cof­fee. It costs $ 6 for a long black, but it’s good cof­fee. Just don’t ask for a pair of



THERE is a lot of sup­port out there for the Tul­lyMill­stream, hy­dro project. The Tul­lyMill­stream was never of­fi­cially ‘ killed off’ by La­bor’s Wayne Goss govern­ment back in the late 1990s. Of­fi­cially, Tul­lyMill­stream is still ‘ live’ and the struc­tures are still there to make it hap­pen. Still, op­po­nents who want to see North Queens­land re­main a tourism mu­seum op­pose a ‘ green’ project that would gen­er­ate enough hy­dro power to light up hun­dreds of thou­sands of homes. Tully raft­ing com­pa­nies op­posed the scheme in the 1990s be­cause they thought it would ramp up their wa­ter costs. The raft­ing com­pa­nies have to pay for wa­ter to be re­leased when the river is low. And now there are rum­blings again that the raft­ing com­pa­nies will chal­lenge the right of the hy­dro scheme to go ahead. Who is run­ning the North: coun­cils and the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments or raft­ing com­pa­nies?


IT will be in­ter­est­ing to see where Shane Knuth stands on the matter of Tully- Mill­stream. Mr Knuth is con­test­ing the new seat of Hill which takes in both the Table­lands and the Tully area. Both ar­eas will ben­e­fit from cheaper power costs and jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

So far Mr Knuth would have to be ‘ favourite’ to win Hill. The LNP is siz­ing up the Tully- Mill­stream.

If they go for it and get a whiff that Mr Knuth has gone AWOL on the hy­dro project the LNP will let the dogs off the chain.


SWIMWEAR- FREE: Bar­bara Brock owns the Croy­don Gen­eral Store, which is part shop and part mu­seum. It’s said to be the old­est store in Aus­tralia, hav­ing started trad­ing in 1894.

WILD NORTH- WEST: The Croy­don pub has a charm all of its own. It’s a charm you can’t mis­take, es­pe­cially when the su­per- sized ash­trays are dog bowls and there’s a sign on the wall say­ing you can only buy two casks of wine a day.

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