Not Moss­man­ites

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

The Gazette of Jan­uary 30, on page 4 un­der the ti­tle ‘‘Charged af­ter fights’’ the ar­ti­cle stated the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved who were all charged with a va­ri­ety of of­fences were from the Moss­man Gorge Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­nity. This state­ment was in­cor­rect, as these in­di­vid­u­als in­volved were in fact from an­other com­mu­nity, but just so hap­pened that they had been vis­it­ing the Gorge Com­mu­nity when these of­fences were al­leged to have taken place. This state­ment was in­cor­rect, as these people who were in­volved were in fact from an­other indige­nous com­mu­nity, but so hap­pened to be vis­it­ing the com­mu­nity when these of­fences took place. The distinc­tion is im­por­tant, as Moss­man Gorge is a Cape York Wel­fare re­form com­mu­nity that is in­volved in a pro­gram to not only close the gap be­tween the indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and main­stream Aus­tralia but to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of these com­mu­ni­ties. While the com­mu­nity ac­knowl­edges there might be strug­gles along the way, that re­sult in po­lice ac­tion and me­dia pub­li­ca­tion where in­ci­dents are re­ported, it also wishes to amend such in­for­ma­tion when it doesn’t rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity.

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