Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

The Com­bined Mu­sic Teach­ers of Moss­man Port Dou­glas are fundrais­ing to buy a new pi­ano for the area.

We will be tak­ing do­na­tions and sell­ing tick­ets in a raf­fle with a prize value of over $500 at the Com­mu­nity Carols at the Moss­man Show Grounds on the 10th of De­cem­ber and would love to talk to any­one who would like more in­for­ma­tion about our ef­forts to ac­quire a won­der­ful in­stru­ment for our mu­si­cians.

Hav­ing a per­for­mance qual­ity pi­ano in a pub­lic space in the Port Dou­glas Shire will be a huge as­set to all in­stru­men­tal­ists in the area not just the 200+ pi­ano stu­dents.

It will give all stu­dents/mu­si­cians ac­cess to an in­stru­ment that is taken for granted in less re­mote towns and cities. It will also en­cour­age pro­fes­sional in­stru­men­tal mu­si­cians to the area to per­form and give mas­ter­classes so our bud­ding mu­si­cians can be ex­posed to pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. At the mo­ment Moss­man and Port Dou­glas are ex­cluded from tour­ing pro­fes­sional groups/soloists that in­clude a pi­anist be­cause of the lack of a suit­able in­stru­ment.

We are mak­ing grant ap­pli­ca­tions as well as fundrais­ing and all the money raised will go to­wards buy­ing a new C5 size grand pi­ano. The pi­ano will be gifted to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and will be housed in the Moss­man Shire Hall. The Coun­cil has agreed to pay all in­sur­ance and up­keep costs.

Let­ters of sup­port would be much ap­pre­ci­ated for the grant ap­pli­ca­tions, these, of­fers of sup­port and ques­tions can be emailed to the Pres­i­dent of the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee Lynda Irvine at:mu­sic_4all@big­pond.com Do­na­tion Op­tions: Go­fundme Link: https:// www.go­fundme.com/pi­ano-for-port­dou­glas-shire (Mastercard etc only)

Nab: Grand Pi­ano BSB: 084830 Acc: 448362819

Cheques can be mailed to Lynda Irvine, 1 Mill Lane, Moss­man. Please in­clude a re­turn ad­dress so a re­ceipt can be mailed to you.

We can­not of­fer any in­cen­tive or re­ward for con­tribut­ing to buy­ing this pi­ano, only our heart­felt thanks for help­ing pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for all mu­si­cians in the area to have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as their peers in less re­mote/larger com­mu­ni­ties.

Look­ing for­ward to the com­mu­ni­ties on­go­ing sup­port

Com­bined Mu­sic Teach­ers of Moss­man Port Dou­glas: Lynda Irvine, Joanne Trewick, Jodie Heise, Al­teouise DeVaughn, Jenny Guy­att, Rosina San­tarossa, Rose­marie San­tarossa

Lynda Irvine, Moss­man

fore­gone con­clu­sion, Noth­ing will hap­pen.

Per­haps just per­haps if another three or four per­sons are sav­aged to death in the next year, and these could be your brother, sis­ter or your mum or dad or your best friend, we might get some ac­tion but don’t bank on it.

Oh, there may be some use­less sug­ges­tions like shoot­ing them with rub­ber bul­lets or trap­ping them and mov­ing them away, but God for­bid putting a bounty on these mur­der­ous crea­tures and es­tab­lish­ing a culling sea­son, af­ter all their skins and flesh are highly sought af­ter.

But no, some­one might get blood on their hands and yuk It’s all too hor­ri­ble to think about.

I’ll tell you what’s more hor­ri­ble to think about: no tourists com­ing to swim in our beau­ti­ful beaches, they will go south where there are no crocs, well at least for the short time, our en­ter­prises such as ac­com­mo­da­tion houses, res­tau­rants, re­tail shops all start to lose trade, prop­erty val­ues drop, no one can pay our enor­mously high rates, those of us that have in­vested in the well be­ing of the shire loose ev­ery­thing we have strived for,that is what can hap­pen if coun­cil­lors sit around navel gaz­ing and hop­ing the prob­lem will go away, so yes kid­dies as hor­ri­ble as it sounds we have to have a culling sea­son at least from Cooktown to Innisfail.

It’s time for real men and women to stand up and take this talk-fest to a prac­ti­cal con­clu­sion, you know, the type of per­sons that pro­tect our bor­ders and man our es­sen­tial ser­vices so that we can all sleep se­curely at night,not, ide­al­is­tic dream­ers and their ilk.

You can ig­nore me at your own peril but I be­lieve we have to cull and we have to start NOW.

Mal Phillips, Port Dou­glas

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