MYTHS AND LEGENDS
LIEUTENANT James Cook, arguably the greatest mariner the world has known, went to school for only three years, his father’s manager recognised Cook’s brilliance and paid Cook’s school fees.
I doubt the curriculum stretched to French Philosophy (Peter Campion, Advertiser October 27).
Knowing fact from fiction can be problematic and nearly 250 years after Cook was here Campion questions Cook’s assessment of the life of the Guugu Yimithirr who lived in what became Cooktown with whom they socialised for seven weeks.
Campion doesn’t understand that James Cook was a Yorkshireman and these people call a spade a spade.
They don’t deal in myths. Cook said the Aborigines lived a wholesome life with good supplies of food in a good climate and wholesome air. This is the truth as Cook saw it. Compared to life in Europe and America then, he was right. Many of those on board the HMB Endeavour kept journals. So much for one opinion.
Those that cannot agree with Cook who were not there at that time try to denigrate Cook to obscure his message. I doubt the whole crew and passengers and 95 journals would suffice for Peter Campion. Campion deals in myths and the ‘noble savage’ myth would not have been known to Cook who had such little schooling, never went to college or university and spent his life at sea.
I have not read Windschuttle and have no intention to, because his reputation went before him. Many modern Aboriginal rangers are now going back to Fire Stick Farming in an attempt to halt the devastating fires that plague Australia and that can be seen in core samples after 1788, before then these huge fires didn’t exist. Common sense at last. Aborigines being allowed to return to their 18th century lifestyles. IRENE SHANKS, Mareeba
THE recent letter from Bill Sokolich (October 27) hits the nail on the head regarding the propaganda adverts from Kur-World.
To get things straight, Kur-World is ultimately about re-zoning cheap rural land into what is essentially a housing estate consisting of over 300 house blocks, golf course and units complete with its own shopping centre.
Early this century the antiquated Myola Plan briefly made mention of turning Myola into a satellite city on the provison that the Kuranda Range Road was re-aligned. It wasn’t.
Now the FNQ 2031 Regional Plan takes precedence and Myola can remain a vital green lung for the endangered species that live there.
Kur-Alert Inc. has had many public meetings thus far and even a public rally that attracted hundreds of people marching the streets. Our next public meeting is on November 15 at the CWA Hall in Kuranda. This is our only way of counter balancing the ‘green-wash’ from the proponent’s highly paid PR people. We would expect Mareeba Shire Council and the Coordinator General to engage with the community and explain what this mega project entails because the KurWorld developers published spin explains nothing. STEVEN NOWAKOWSKI, President Kur-Alert Inc, Kuranda
GET ‘ECOLOGISM’ OUT OF GOVERNMENT
REGARDLESS of which party forms government after this election all Tablelanders will be on the losing side.
We’ll continue to work hard in the primary production sectors that supports the whole economy while the government continues churning out rules and regulations to enslave and impoverish us. Electricity prices will continue skyrocketing because all our politicians bow to the West’s new religion, ‘ecologism’, which is “saving the world through higher energy prices”.
The wind and solar energy factory blight will continue spreading across our landscape, destabilising and disrupting our grid and murdering and displacing our wildlife. No candidates propose reducing the size or spread of government because the disciples of ecologism see complete government control over everyone as the answer to everything. No candidates, so far, have proposed eliminating ecologism or any of its self-flagellating idiocies from government agendas. If such a candidate emerges they may be worth voting for. PETER CAMPION, Tolga
WE must hope that Peter Campion is correct in his belief that “for every hectare of land cleared 1.47 hectares grows back elsewhere.” (Letters, October 27). Elsewhere?
Now where could that be? Perhaps in the land of perpetual motion, tooth fairies, flying pigs, magic puddings, declining world population, and less avaricious, aspirational middle classes. RUPERT RUSSELL, Mt Molloy
I FIND it insulting to myself, my fellow members of the `Save Mareeba Hospital Group` and my fellow residents that after presenting Health Minister Cameron Dick on the 10th of July with a signed petition of some 5000 signatures collected from residents of Mareeba, Dimbulah and the Cape with regards to retaining a bulk billing GP service operated from the Mareeba Hospital and to increase services such as Renal Dialysis that it is returned on October 26. After having the petition for not quite four full months no action was taken by the now caretaker Labor Government. Bloody disgraceful. The hospital building was built in the eighties and is in good condition with spare room for increasing services. Let`s concentrate on making the Mareeba Hospital just that, a hospital that services the Mareeba and surrounds and the wider Cape, a hospital that is highly functional, and integral to our community.
I call on the civic organisations of the community namely the Mareeba Shire Council and the Mareeba Chamber of Commerce to join us in the fight to save the Mareeba Hospital, both organisations have been quiet for too long. Please let’s all go forward in one direction with one objective. Lastly and most importantly when the public rally is called shortly before election day, come and show your support and stand shoulder to shoulder with myself, Dennis McKinley, Ross Cardillo and members of `Save The Hospital Group’. One thing I will promise, we will have a strong hospital into the future. GORDON RASMUSSEN, KAP candidate for Cook