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PLANES, TRAINS AND AU­TO­MO­BILES ARE DOM­I­NAT­ING THE NEWS FOR ALL THE WRONG REA­SONS BUT NEVER USED TO WORRY US IN SIM­PLER TIMES

Life & Style Weekend - - TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBIN­SON

Planes trains and au­to­mo­biles are all I seem to read­ing about lately around the Sun­shine Coast. And just like the movie star­ring John Candy and Steve Martin, there are laugh­able bits and some sober­ing thought-pro­vok­ing parts as well.

The lat­est episode in the plane de­bate over run­ways is that an ac­tive lit­tle group at Bud­dina is now con­cerned about flight paths. Are you kid­ding me?

Bud­dina is wor­ried about plane noise? What about all those souls who live in mil­lion-dol­lar apart­ments on Ma­roochy River?

Are their plates of caviar falling off the ta­ble as the planes take their cur­rent flight path di­rectly over their heads?

Do they have to turn up their sound in their me­dia rooms or home cin­e­mas when those pesky planes bring in the vis­i­tors to our shores?

I don’t think so.

So why is Bud­dina wor­ried?

I live just down the road and I am not wor­ried at all.

If they fly over our way, I reckon I will still hear the scream­ing from the lo­cal skydivers way more than jets tak­ing off and land­ing.

Trains and the rail du­pli­ca­tion, lack of driv­ers and ris­ing over­time is fun­nier than a fart in a space suit un­less you are ac­tu­ally in that suit or try­ing to catch a train to Bris­bane ... then it’s not funny at all.

I take my hat off to rail ad­vo­cate Jeff Ad­di­son who con­tin­ues to fight the fight but must get more frus­trated than Aus­tralian rugby fans try­ing to get their hands on the Bledis­loe Cup: nearly im­pos­si­ble.

Au­to­mo­biles form the sad­dest part of this story as I see cane farm­ers – or what’s left of their num­bers – have had an­other hur­dle put in front of them with re­stric­tions on trucking

trans­port which may be the fi­nal blow.

Now, that makes me re­ally sad be­cause as a kid grow­ing up on the Coast, the cane in­dus­try did cause some in­con­ve­niences but, hey, at the time, it was for the greater good.

Cane trains through the mid­dle of Nam­bour or Bli Bli bridge stopped traf­fic but it was an in­dus­try.

Soot from the mill on mum’s wash­ing was an­noy­ing but what day and time the clothes were washed changed de­pend­ing on the way the wind was blow­ing.

Soot on the new Holden Kingswood was an­other in­con­ve­nience but dad worked at the mill so if it wasn’t for the mill, the Kingswood wouldn’t be there.

Trucks and trains all over the Coast driven by peo­ple gain­fully em­ployed be­cause of the cane in­dus­try did cause some haz­ards and traf­fic is­sues but it was about the econ­omy.

Cane farm­ers, their em­ploy­ees, trans­port com­pa­nies and More­ton Mill em­ploy­ees all added to the com­mu­nity and its econ­omy.

Planes, Trains and Au­to­mo­biles was a funny movie star­ring tal­ented peo­ple but from what I am read­ing in our lo­cal news, if it wasn’t funny, it would be re­ally sad. We are that pre­cious about our own lit­tle world, our govern­ment tells so many fur­phies about what it is go­ing to do for our re­gion and doesn’t; and a ma­jor­ity of our pop­u­la­tion could not care less about any­thing but them­selves.

Maybe there is an ap­petite for a re­make of that movie as well as The Cas­tle.

No, tell ’em they’re dream­ing.

“IF THEY FLY OVER OUR WAY, I RECKON I WILL STILL HEAR THE SCREAM­ING FROM THE LO­CAL SKYDIVERS WAY MORE THAN JETS TAK­ING OFF AND LAND­ING.”

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