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?
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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.