KIND thanks to you all

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

KIDS In Need Do­na­tions would like to ac­knowl­edge the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions we have re­ceived in the past few months from a va­ri­ety of sources in the com­mu­nity.

Once again the sup­port of this re­gion shines through - when there has been doom and gloom all around, it is heart-warm­ing to know peo­ple out there still care enough to of­fer their sup­port to lo­cal chil­dren.

We held a char­ity golf day at Moss­man Golf Course at the end of Oc­to­ber, rais­ing an in­cred­i­ble $4900 from the day, through spon­sor­ship by lo­cal busi­nesses and the play­ers them­selves.

Thanks to Moss­man Golf Club for your sup­port with this an­nual event.

The Fundy 5000 has ear­marked a do­na­tion of $1000 for KIND - an amaz­ing ef­fort from a fledg­ling event which not only show­cases the re­gion to the rest of the world but also in­volves lo­cals in a fun way - thanks to the guys at Port Dou­glas Event Man­age­ment for this one.

We re­ceived a do­na­tion from Farstad Ship­ping, Lady Cyn­thia as a staff in­cen­tive for achiev­ing six months of an in­jury-free work­place, we were sur­prised by a do­na­tion of $120 from Glen­garry Car­a­van Park for their national pro­gram Camp & Care with Big4 and Aus­tart Homes have given a gen­er­ous $500 do­na­tion for ev­ery home built in the area.

Bendigo Bank con­tin­ues to sup­port us through its Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise, and in all mat­ters to do with the funds we man­age.

In­di­vid­ual bene­fac­tors have made some sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions, and for this we thank you all.

Our mon­ey­boxes are around the place - small change all adds up so don’t let those coins weigh your pocket down.

If you want a do­na­tion box on your front counter, let us know.

We are cur­rently run­ning a Christ­mas raf­fle with some won­der­ful prizes - again many do­nated by lo­cal busi­ness and in­di­vid­u­als.

If you see us around, please buy a ticket - we will be at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party on Satur­day and hope to be at the Port Dou­glas Mar­kets on Sun­day.

We are al­ways on the look­out for vol­un­teers - kids and adults to help us with var­i­ous fundrais­ing ven­tures, or if you have a fundrais­ing idea for school or work let us know and we will be happy to as­sist. in­di­cates a pro­duc­tive and healthy fish­ery.

Sadly this in­di­cates a poor un­der­stand­ing of what is nec­es­sary for man­age­ment of a sus­tain­able fish­ery.

Nei­ther the SFIA nor Queens­land Fish­eries au­thor­i­ties have any knowl­edge of the numbers of fish be­ing pro­duced an­nu­ally.

There­fore they can­not say if that catch is sus­tain­able.

We must re­spond to the ob­served huge de­cline in in­shore fish numbers along our beaches be­fore it is too late.

The pro­posed clo­sure of breed­ing grounds around Cairns to gill­net fish­ing is a good start.

This will re­duce con­flict be­tween fish­ing sec­tors and al­low fish to spawn in peace, greatly as­sist­ing the re­cov­ery of lo­cal in­shore fish numbers.

Claims that fresh fish sup­plies will dry up if a few gill net­ters are com­pen­sated for not net­ting Cairns beaches and es­tu­ar­ies is sim­ple scare­mon­ger­ing.

Most fish sold in Cairns is top qual­ity frozen prod­uct from far­ther afield, widely avail­able and per­fectly suited to the restau­rant trade.

Fresh, sus­tain­able reef fish and Span­ish mack­erel sup­plies will not be af­fected. Guinea, I have seen far bet­ter else­where.

Aus­tralia is an ex­pen­sive tourist desti­na­tion. We need to pro­vide value for money and high qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences.

The NT Govern­ment banned com­mer­cial fish­ing from Dar­win Har­bour years ago, be­cause it was smart enough to re­alise that the fish were worth more to the lo­cal econ­omy as a tourism and re­cre­ation re­source.

With tourism such an im­por­tant in­dus­try here, con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to ban­ning all com­mer­cial fish­ing, ex­cept char­ter boats, from fish­ing within 100km of Cairns and Port Dou­glas.

If not, the tourists might just go else­where.

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