Take up day care, locals urged
IT isn’t often someone comes to the rescue of Port Douglas Coastguard commander Jeff Anderson.
This week, however, he gratefully accepted four new marine radios from Simon and David Denneen.
The Denneens and their gameboat Gorilla have been regular visitors to Port for the past four years.
Lining up for the start of the inaugural Port Douglas Marlin Challenge, Simon Denneen said he and his father wanted to give something back to the community that had welcomed them since 2007.
Simon is no stranger to marine rescues, having volunteered for the past ten years. LOCAL residents are being encouraged to take up family day care as a career option in a campaign instigated by Tropical North Family Day Care.
Acting manager Heather Taylor said Mossman and surrounds is in urgent need of more child care educators due to an increase in enrolments for family day care.
Family day care is a professional and regulated home-based child care service offering care for children from birth to 12 years and beyond.
Family Day care has been a vital service in the Mossman area for since 1988.
As a demand for child care continues
He was instrumental in the formation of Marine Rescue NSW, which brings together the three volunteer groups in that state.
“I know first-hand how challenging it can be to raise funds just to operate,” he said.
“I am really glad we can help out the volunteers at Coast Guard Port Douglas, who do a wonderful job.
“Gorilla Game Fishing’s donation not only helps the volunteers but will allow boat operators like ourselves to have greater peace of mind that they will be heard when they need help.”
The brand new radios, including an Icom M651 Class A Digital Selective Calling VHF radio, will vastly improve the Coastguard’s capability. to rise, the recruitment of new educators is crucial for this service to grow and continue to provide essential high quality child care options for local families.
Heather said there are currently 13 family day care educators operating in the former Douglas Shire area with 103 children enrolled in their service.
However, numbers on the waiting list have increased considerably over the past three months.
Educators wanting to become licensed and join the scheme are likely to fill vacancies quickly, Heather said.
Heather encouraged community members who enjoyed working with children
“I don’t think too many of the marlin boats will be needing our services in the next week,” Cmdr Anderson said. “They’re pretty well set up as it is. “Once these radios are installed, our base will be one of the first in far north Queensland with a VHF DSC capacity.”
Conditions for the newest game fishing tournament in Australia are looking pretty good, with a light breeze and clear skies forecast for the shotgun start on Friday.
“We’ve been working pretty hard on getting the weather right,” tournament director Terry Murphy said.
“Now we just have to catch and release some big fish.” and wanted a rewarding professional business of their own to consider family day care as an attractive career option.
Educators are trained and supported by the coordination staff, with regular home visits, workshops and the supply of appropriate resources.
Educators are required to adhere to state legislations and national standards of quality child care.
For further information contact Tropical North Family Day Care Acting Manager Heather Taylor on 40981831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gorilla radio: Davide and Simon Denneen of the gameboat Gorilla present new marine radios to Port Douglas coastguard commander Jeff Anderson