Pol­lies, don’t leave us stuck with all your posters

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION - with Steve Price steve. price@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

FOR­GET about wa­ter, power and all that – there’s an­other prob­lem for our pol­lies. What’s to be done with the elec­tion posters on the 26th?

This is a big deal as there are fines for leav­ing them up for more than two days. Not re­ally, but maybe there should be. For char­ity and fun, of course.

But we need to look at this prob­lem, there are many posters decorating our homes, streets, va­cant blocks, cars, push­bikes, dogs and on oc­ca­sions, beau­ti­ful gumtrees. So, what to do with them when all is over and we know who will be in Palia- money House.

Af­ter the elec­tion when the prom­ises made now are looked at more closely, say from Vladi­vos­tok, posters may be used to build the sta­dium, a Ro­man aque­duct to the Bur­dekin Dam or a bridge to our is­land. With the amount of posters, they could build that bridge to New Zealand ... with a roof.

Though it is great for lo­cal busi­ness, for the pho­tog­ra­phers, writ­ers, and of course they’re printed lo­cally, eh!

I know I’m be­ing silly, but in all se­ri­ous­ness let’s re­mem­ber that our demo­cratic right to vote is a bless­ing.

And lis­ten­ing to Bri­gadier Chris Field’s ad­dress on Ar­mistice Day, you re­alise it was for that very right that my Grandad, my Dad and all their mates, fought for in the very first place.

So to all who are run­ning, skip­ping, trip­ping for pub­lic of­fice, good on you.

Don’t for­get the most im­por­tant thing of all, it’s us. And our gen­er­a­tions to come, not just four years.

Tonight at 7.26, look­ing south­west, the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion will pass over. We’ve been told Townsville will have the best view. And we’ll see it for a few more days as well. NASA had a call from an as­tro­naut on board the space sta­tion ap­par­ently, af­ter last week­end’s day­light passover, say­ing “Wow, man, those folk in Townsville have a hel­luva lot of elec­tion posters up”.

A short per­sonal mes­sage. I wanted to tell you I lost one of my best mates.

A coun­try mu­sic pro­moter who brought Tim McGraw and Alan Jack­son to our city, cre­ated the CMC Coun­try Fest, pro­moted coun­try acts all over the world and was manag­ing the cur­rent star, Mor­gan Evans.

Rob Potts was a close mate, and I’ll miss him ter­ri­bly.

He died af­ter a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent that hap­pened on his birth­day, and typ­i­cal of my mate, it turns out he will be farewelled, on my birth­day. What a co­in­ci­dence, what a cel­e­bra­tion of life, and yet, what sad­ness.

We spent a week with Rob in Nashville, see­ing and meet­ing some of the best per­form­ers in the world, he was in­cred­i­bly kind to us. So we’re off to say ooroo to this great man, who truly en­joyed life to its fullest.

Vale Rob Potts.

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