Signs of pos­i­tiv­ity in­crease with time

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Edi­tor

IT’S go­ing to be a long time be­fore the words Cy­clone Deb­bie leave us.

That much is ev­i­denced by the num­ber of sto­ries that cross my desk on a daily ba­sis re­lated to the cat­e­gory 4 storm that struck us four months ago now.

But the tone of those sto­ries is chang­ing.

Just as the land­scape is look­ing far less bat­tle-scarred than it was in April or May, the na­ture of our news is gen­er­ally on a more “up­wards” tack.

This week we have been able to re­port on move­ment at Lindeman Is­land, where de­vel­op­ment had stalled long be­fore Deb­bie was even imag­ined.

We are also hope­ful of move­ment at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre, an­other piece of the re­gion’s in­fra­struc­ture that lo­cals are keen to see progress.

And there are many more sto­ries of re­silience and hope, from our front page on Ben Southall’s ‘Mis­sion Whitsundays’ to the won­der­ful an­nounce­ment of post-cy­clone fund­ing raised and dis­trib­uted to wor­thy com­mu­nity groups.

Now all we need is for our gov­ern­ments to stop fight­ing and give us the dis­as­ter fund­ing we de­serve.

Then we’d re­ally be on track to brighter days.

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