Jim’s View: On a northern takeover

WORD that the Queensland Premier with the unpronounceable name wants towns north of Evans Head to be part of her state, created an expected reaction. Who'd want to be a cane toad, one true blue NSW-er said.

Bowlers, though, were less opposed to such an annexation.

In the past, there have been claims that NSW stands for Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and that bowls administrators in the Big Smoke treat the state's northern parts as a distant outpost of their empire, too far away to worry much about.

Over the years a suggestion occasionally crops up for a breakaway from the state controllers to start something closer to home. The proposal, because of lack of organisational support, has never got off the ground.

Tweed Heads, probably Queensland's most powerful bowls club, has always been part of the northern state. And unless they've shifted the place, Tweed Head is in NSW.

Ponder this: From Lismore to Brisbane it's 197km. From Lismore to Sydney it's 735km. Closer to home, closer to the heart.



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