In and out of luck

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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