The price of progress

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To change or not to change? Ah, the eter­nal dilemma we con­stantly face In life. Should I give up golf af­ter more than three decades with a club in hand and start play­ing tennis? I would have more chance of hit­ting an ace on the court than one on a par three. Hmm, prob­a­bly should. But I know I won’t. Should I give up subur­ban life, walk away from the news, daily dead­lines and live on a moun­tain­top singing Kum Ba Yah? Tempt­ing for all of about five sec­onds, so prob­a­bly not. Change. It can spark the fear of Clive Palmer back in pol­i­tics in you. But it can be healthy, even when your arm is twisted be­hind your back and change is forced down your throat. How to change for the bet­ter though is the big­ger ques­tion. Cairns is like any other re­gion (ex­cept it’s the best) in that it has a few sa­cred sub-

jects that when­ever they are talked about you can see the Earth shake vi­o­lently and split apart as if Moses him­self had drawn the line in the soil.

Right now our re­gion faces some forks in the road. To build a bridge over the Dain­tree

River, or not? Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil this week made the ferry free for the next four months for lo­cals to en­cour­age num­bers north of the croc river. What a ter­rific ini­tia­tive. I love the place and Far North­ern­ers should go ev­ery chance they get. The move high­lights that for four months of the year num­bers drop off.

Should we build a bridge at great ex­pense for eight months of the year?

Thoughts go to those who live there but a big part of the ap­peal of go­ing to this pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment and ap­peal of the tourism spots there is the ferry.

It’s like step­ping into an­other world. To bi­tu­men the road all the way to

the Tip, or not? The woman stand­ing next to her bro­ken down Toy­ota Corolla by the side of the vi­ciously cor­ru­gated

stretch of the Ba­m­aga Road just south of Bramwell Sta­tion would say make it a black top NOW. But this is an­other de­bate that pits sen­si­ble, although eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged, against sen­ti­men­tal. The route and the Tip is a off-roader’s Mecca. For res­i­dents it’s a red dust moat.

Pri­or­ity should be to seal it all the way to Weipa. To close the Es­planade to ve­hicu

lar traf­fic, or not? To give you an idea of how di­vi­sive our com­mu­nity is on this one you only have to check out the an­swer in our Cairns Post reader sur­vey. It came down to 52% sup­port, 48% against. This week new­com­ers and eco­nomic heavy-hit­ters Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tion re­vealed con­cepts ex­clu­sively to the

Cairns Post of what it might look like. The im­ages were stun­ning. It’s a great idea but se­ri­ous thought will have to be given to times, al­ter­na­tive park­ing, events and out­door din­ing op­tions.

We are not Barcelona so the plan for how we use our mod­est “Las Ram­bla” will be crit­i­cal in how this ends.

IT CAN BE HEALTHY, EVEN WHEN YOUR ARM IS TWISTED BE­HIND YOUR BACK AND CHANGE IS FORCED DOWN YOUR THROAT. HOW TO CHANGE FOR THE BET­TER THOUGH IS THE BIG­GER QUES­TION.

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