WHERE’S WALLY TOO RISKY FOR ISLAND TO CITY EVENT
Croc fear puts end to swim
GOVERNMENT representatives and community leaders will meet in Townsville today to discuss ways to help tackle domestic and family violence against people with disabilities.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke will host the session, one of several across the state designed to discuss local responses to the issue.
“Sadly, domestic and family violence can reach all corners of the community, and people with disability are some of our most vulnerable Queenslanders,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“There are particular issues for people with a disability in relation to domestic and family violence and we need to make sure that we have the support in place to … protect those who have experienced it.
“This roundtable gives us the chance to bring together community leaders from the disability sector to discuss how we can work together on local solutions to eliminate this problem.
“Community support is vital, because only through action from the whole community can we hope to eliminate this terrible problem.”
Mrs O’Rourke said the session followed an announcement this week that the State Government would spend $ 31.3 million on initiatives to tackle domestic and family violence.
Open Water Swim organising committee president John Barrett said registered competitors were told yesterday morning via email the event was cancelled.
“We think that under the circumstances we must put the safety of swimmers, paddlers and support crew first,” Mr Barrett said.
“We thought that there were not sufficient safety measures available to mitigate the risk of a ‘ negative interaction’ with a crocodile.
“We also thought that organising an alternative event was not feasible.”
Mr Barrett said he wanted to give competitors, particularly those travelling from interstate, as much notice as possible to cancel flights and accommodation. He said some fees would be refunded or rolled over to next year.
A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said wildlife officers were not aware of a reported sighting. The last recognised sighting was at the Townsville marina on June 7.
DISAPPOINTMENT: Claire Dowling, 13, was going to do the swim as part of a duo.