Take up day care, lo­cals urged

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 trop­i­cal­north@fd­caq.com.au.


Go­rilla ra­dio: Da­vide and Simon Den­neen of the game­boat Go­rilla present new ma­rine ra­dios to Port Dou­glas coast­guard com­man­der Jeff An­der­son

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