It is hard to fathom that in such a country as Australia, it is hard to get a decent, reliable, speedy internet connection.
Queensland's Premier, Anna Bligh, wants to turn Townsville, where I live, into the state's "Second Capital". That's all fine and good, but how about they get the basics right first? Then again, our part of the country has pretty poor infrastructure when it comes to roads etc anyway. The government is more interested in spending money on sports stadiums, toll roads, foot bridges and the like in Brisbane than doing anything up here.
Bowen has water that looks like weak coffee; Townsville has woefully indadequate roads and public transport and our 'new' Townsville hospital has less beds than the 'old' one and we cater for a population that is spread over a distance similar to the whole size of Victoria! It's funny that politicians are declaring Queensland to be the state to 'make or break' our next Federal Government. It has got nothing to do with the ousting of Kevin Rudd, and more to do with the fact that this part of the world continually gets shafted when it comes to spending that is real and beneficial.
Many of our roads, suburban roads even, get flooded for days or weeks on end every wet season. Yet I laugh whenever I see a Federal Government "Roads to Recovery" sign dotted along our highway or arterial roads. I can't even recall when some of them were put up as it's been so long!
As for Telstra, what a laugh! We've been in our new house since March and a Telstra technician came out shortly after to the section near our front fence to do some work because people in the street complained about their phone and internet connection always dropping out. Well, the wires/cables are still sticking up out of the ground, surrounded by the lovely bright yellow fence they surround everything in. We have about 28 houses in our street and at least four of these have Telstra fences in front of them with the cables sticking out. Every time it rains we seem to have phone or internet problems.
I've been at the library for over half an hour trying to upload a heap of photos because our connection at home is too slow to cope with it. So far, I've not been able to upload anything because - I don't know why. Pages are taking way too long to even load. And these photos have been taken in 'email' sized format so it shouldn't take long at all.
Anyway, I had lots of pics to show you from around home but I can't.
Maybe another time.