Sewage Spill at end of Miles Street
We have had a few very agonising and smelly days and nights after that horrible sewage spill at the Pump Station near 'Townies" and there is still some smell around.
I must say because of the fast actions of the Council to clean up the mess and aerating the creek from both ends they avoided a disaster that could have killed many thousands of fish.
So bad in one way but well done for the quick action
Coal doesn't seem to be the future of energy
ABC's Insiders this morning interviewed the Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor (Nat, NSW).
In the whole interview, the word "coal" was used only once, and that was in a question from the interviewer about the closure of the coal-fired Liddell Power Station.
The Energy Minister was instead very, very happy to talk about the expansion in gas exports, and gas usage in Australia too. Plus the upsurge in wind power.
Like so many Nats, he finally seems to have learnt from the farmers around Lake George, near Canberra, that there's money to be made from leasing out land for wind turbines to be built on.
The Energy Minister also burbled contentedly about how Australia is going to meet its emission reduction targets well ahead of time -- thanks to the Coalition government of course.
He never said a single word about coal having any importance now or in the future.
Instead, he ended the interview by saying that farmers need representation, and that he would represent them any day of the week.
So there you are, coal miners.
That's what you voted for, and after a mere four months, you're getting it.
On the government responding soon to the airline Senate Inquiry
Gary Osman Well you dont need inquiries and reviews. Simply the transport minister in Queensland or the premier can regulate simply by ministerial authority and sign a declaration enforcing regulation to all regional air fares. No parliament approval. Most ministers do not realise they have this authority. It's in constitution and has been used for over 50 years that I know of. But they don't have courage of course. Lets stop the waste money on these highly costly committees.
Roz Saundercock having family who serve in the far north west qld I find it ridiculous that we expect people to serve in rural and remote areas but do not allow airfares that contribute to their mental health and wellbeing to fly home to south east qld to see family.... have heard its cheaper to fly to America return than far north west qld return
Kim-Maree Burton SOON ... in this instance can be seen as subjective and not objective ... the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee's first and foremost recommendation is for ... ANOTHER INQUIRY ON REGIONAL AIR FARES and whether or not additional routes should be subject to regulation ... this is yet ANOTHER DELAYING TACTIC by the said Committee NOT TO MAKE THE HARD DECISIONS ... rather to pass the buck across the line ... thereby leaving our region 'up in the air' for yet another indeterminate time. NWQ continues to lose out in every which way with flights and fares despite valiant efforts of Hamish Griffin in his submissions to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.
May I suggest the Deputy PM and the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, together with the Productivity Commission to NOT JUST HEAR from Hamish Griffin but LISTEN to his well-founded arguments for FAIRER AIR-FARE STRUCTURES for North West Queensland ... SOON!