A SHORT (HORROR) STORY
Life and death in paradise can be sudden and dramatic.
A golden morning is unfolding on Port Douglas’ famous Four Mile Beach, a young couple from Sydney set up camp for the day while their 4 year old son fossicks for shells on the waters edge. It is a tranquil Far North Queensland scene of peace and harmony, then all hell breaks looks.
The water erupts as a prehistoric monster rears from the depths, seizes the child’s head in massive jaws, and
drags it screaming and thrashing to a watery grave. Unthinkable? Not at all, this scene is inevitable if the DERM and the Qld Government fail to act.
Crocodiles aren’t aggressive, they’re hungry.
The only way for humans and crocodiles to co-exist is if humans surrender the waterways and beaches. The message to locals and tourists alike: Swim at your peril!
Carlos Robertson, Newell Beach
education bureaucrat, Jim Watterston, on ABC radio casting doubt on the integrity of the respected institution Good to Great Schools Australia (GGSSA) and its Co-Chair, Noel Pearson.
Mr Watterston is the head of the Education Department, tasked with objectively and without agenda delivering education services for the children of this State.
The schooling of Indigenous children is a challenging and complex endeavour. Mr Pearson has been brave in his attempts, since 2009, to deliver an innovative education model for Cape York Indigenous children.
It is Mr Watterston’s role to resolve issues in the best interests of the children who are supposed to be served by Education Queensland.
I urge Education Minister, Hon. Kate Jones, to investigate the issues that led to this week’s withdrawal of Good to Great Schools Australia from the Aurukun school.
The Minister also deserves an explanation from her most senior bureaucrat why he thought it necessary to make comments on air about GGSA, with whom his Department has long partnered to deliver education services.
Billy Gordon, MP for Cook