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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
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.”