Contractors hit back at woman's claim: ‘We’re no cowboys’

I WILL scratch your back because you scratched mine.

That's the sentiment three North Queensland contractors left their homes with when they were called to help clean up our cyclone-ravaged region.

Little did the "hard-working" blokes know they would have that sentiment "slapped across our faces".

They spoke to The Morning Bulletin yesterday, saying they had been victims of a misunderstanding while clearing tree branches at a house in The Range.

In yesterday's edition, Annette Waddell slammed the three contracted workers, saying they appeared to be "dodgy rogue workers".

They didn't hold back when they responded to Annette's "claims".

The three contracted workers are from Cardwell, not Cairns as stated in yesterday's report.

They did not want to have their names published.

One of the workers said they simply wanted a right to respond to the article.

"We are absolutely disgusted to have been called 'cowboys' in the paper... we were nothing but polite to that woman. We were only doing the job that our foreman tasked us to do," he said.

"We've just been through two cyclones where we come from, we got help from other people and we've come down to help you guys (here in Capricornia) and we get abused for it.

"We are just three hard-working blokes who are down here to do a job, with all the right credentials and accreditations, and yet we get rubbished for it."

Ms Waddell stood by her comments, saying three contractors were on her property without her knowledge.



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