In and out of luck
IT’S a great pleasure to showcase Mossman State School on our cover this week.
The school is achieving startling results and the evidence is not simply in the statistics but as you walk around the school itself. There is energy and positivity that might so easily not be the case.
As in just about any school there are children who face extra challenges in life than some others do, through no fault of theirs. But you can be lucky in life too, as for many of these Mossman kids they have gotten lucky to have Randal Smith as principal and his dedicated, skilled and tenacious hand-picked complement of teachers.
Not content to hit the ball out of the park when it comes to the achievement scores, this school has its eyes on constant improvement. That’s hard and radical – it’s natural for anyone or any organisation to settle into a comfort zone once things are running OK.
Good on them.
NOT so lucky is the committee up in the Daintree pushing for a power grid so they can off diesel generators.
With state MP Mark Bailey suddenly out of commission as a minister they lost what was looming as a milestone moment when they could personally press their case for a decent solution to their energy problems up there. The state government remains the key obstacle, according to the committee, so here was a chance to change that.
And also the hapless Matt Canavan, the federal minister whose responsibilities include the Northern Australia portfolio. He’s had to stand down because of a newfound Italian citizenship problem. We are all out of luck on that one. We need someone like Warren Entsch to pick up this portfolio ASAP so the pursuit of progress in the Far North is prosecuted to the fullest.