Com­mit­tee can man­age aged care fa­cil­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

Yes­ter­day I was asked if we will get an aged care fa­cil­ity in Moss­man and my an­swer is yes, yes and yes.

Right now the Moss­man District Nurs­ing Home Inc com­mit­tee is await­ing Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion on what to do about the land on John­son Rd zoned for aged care.

That dis­cus­sion and de­ci­sion will come be­fore the coun­cil meet­ing next Wed­nes­day.

As a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion we know that we could, with the right mix of peo­ple and ex­per­tise, build the aged care fa­cil­ity should they de­cide to grant the com­mit­tee land own­er­ship.

Un­til that de­ci­sion is made our hands are tied and we must wait to see what direc­tion the coun­cil will take.

There is no doubt we have ap­prox­i­mately 2000 se­niors over the age of 60 here in the area.

Al­ready we have many 90-year-olds and the ma­jor­ity of se­niors are al­ready on health ser­vices of some kind.

The ur­gent need for an aged care fa­cil­ity ac­com­pa­nied by as­sisted and in­de­pen­dent hous­ing is be­com­ing more crit­i­cal as each day passes.

We know the lo­ca­tion is per­fect, we just have to find some­one will­ing to in­vest their money in this pro­ject if the coun­cil de­cides to call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.

Surely there must be a busi­ness­man in our midst who we can en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion.

Age just doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate and creep up on us any­more.

It gal­lops upon us and we all want a safe se­cure and com­fort­able fa­cil­ity to age in, so we need to move now. spear, when you watch the dugong fight for its life and the two men fight for theirs, when you watch these men in their tiny ca­noe pad­dle for hours back to shore with their catch float­ing be­side them all the while fight­ing off huge sharks to keep their hard won bounty, only one word comes to mind - re­spect.

You have just been wit­ness to a time hon­oured tra­di­tion of man ver­sus beast, and you can­not be any­thing but proud for the young men and their skill in hunt­ing a crea­ture five times larger than them­selves with noth­ing more than a ca­noe and a spear.

It is an awe-in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that any­one en­ter­ing into this de­bate should have to wit­ness to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion com­pletely.

Al­though my heart breaks when I see the sense­less slaugh­ter we cur­rently see lo­cally to­day.

This type of hunt­ing is not tra­di­tional, by no stretch of the imag­i­na­tion.

These peo­ple can no longer hide be­hind this cloak of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity, tra­di­tional abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture teaches equi­lib­rium, “one with the land” and “take only what you need”.

These ig­no­rant men have long since lost their con­nec­tion to their land and there­fore should be pun­ished just like any other il­le­gal fish­er­man.

It is time for our gov­ern­ment to step up to the plate, to put aside its crip­pling cul­tural sen­si­tiv­i­ties, and re­alise this “tra­di­tional hunt­ing” needs to be man­aged prop­erly.

We all share this amaz­ing coun­try to­gether and it’s all of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep it healthy and full of life - so our chil­dren can ex­pe­ri­ence the same walk­a­bout we were lucky enough to have in our youth.

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