YOU can’t help wonder if all the issues of the Daintree Coast aren’t building up to some sort of pressure point.
It all goes with the special nature of this World Heritage area. Restrictions on being resident there do not make life easy.
The myriad of issues are not new, and what a list it is – battles over garbage, wild dogs, crocodiles, public toilets, lack of reliable internet and mobile phone services, ELECTRICITY!, health facilities, and the good old Daintree Ferry. People will write to me tomorrow to tell me all the ones I missed.
Some locals have been vocal about these matters for a years, of course, but the volume is rising lately.
Easy solutions are hard to see. I think I’m correct in saying the great majority living there and outside the area want it to remain the natural wonder that it is.
But it seems to me a “set and forget” policy regarding the Daintree will not do.
HATS OFF to the Mossman Sharks for their initiative in working with the bullride organisation to put on a terrific show in Mossman the other night.
The club, like most clubs, is always looking for ways to support itself, and lately the Sharks have been going through a particularly tough time. They have loyal and strong sponsors but as any similar club knows, you can’t just keep going to the same well forever.
It was good to see a novel event brought to the shire and its evident popularity would augur well if the club decides to run it again next year and make it an annual fixture.
But the overheads were high. It would be proper for the shire council to lend the utmost support wherever and however it can. The Sharks are a vital part of the shire, not just as a sporting organisation, but as a part of the social “glue”. The club needs to thrive.