KIND thanks to you all
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.