We had a late night last night packing our bags, and a very early early start (5:15am!) Yesterday we organised the hostel mini van to come and pick us up at 6:45 so we could get to the bus terminal in time for our connection to Townsville. 897 more words
We got up early, had some coco pops and left Mission Beach.
Our plan was to head to Townsville, stopping off in Cardwell as I had read about a forest drive that had a few swimming points on it. 259 more words
Yesterday afternoon I spoke with Elly Bradfield on ABC Radio’s Statewide Drive program about Queensland Nickel entering administration and the likely economic fallout. I reiterated the points I made in this blog yesterday that this could be a big economic shock for Townsville, particularly if administration takes the natural course to liquidation, and that the Government’s efforts to stimulate the region, via accelerated infrastructure works, will provide some short-term temporary jobs but will not address the long-term lack of economic opportunities. 273 more words
With the nickel refinery at Yabulu outside Townsville now in administration, following the sacking of hundreds of workers last week, Townsville residents are right to be very concerned about the economic impact of a possible refinery shutdown, and the loss of another 550 jobs, which would be a significant economic shock to the region. 251 more words