Committee can manage aged care facility
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.