Thank you

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

DEAR edi­tor, I would like to ex­press my grat­i­tude for your in­ter­est in my son Ethan Davis.

The ex­po­sure you have given us has shown me what a dif­fer­ence a com­mu­nity can make when in­formed, and that we have many car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate mem­bers. I would like to say thank you to ev­ery­one who has been in­volved, not just those who at­tended the Sun­downer Cruise on April 19 or the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, but the much larger group who has come to­gether whether they have do­nated funds, their time or ser­vices.

A spe­cial thankyou to Tropix Photography, Air­lie Beach Scis­sor Sis­ters, The Baby Boomers, The Mag­i­cal Bears Com­mu­nity, Ray White Whit­sun­days, Coop­ers Crazy Cakes, Shan­non Lee Cater­ing, Fish D’vine, Pro­tect & San­i­tize Whit­sun­days and lastly Pep­pin Re­movals.

Be­cause of the over­whelm­ing amount of sup­port, we were able to fundraise enough money for my fam­ily and I to re­lo­cate to Mackay and ac­cess the med­i­cal ser­vices Ethan des­per­ately needs.

I would like to say that things have been go­ing well since the move how­ever Ethan con­tin­ues to strug­gle. Ethan will be ad- mit­ted to the Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal on May 26 to un­dergo surgery. Af­ter a long wait this pro­ce­dure will make a huge dif­fer­ence to our lives.

Funds are still needed for spe­cialised med­i­cal equip­ment pre­scribed by spe­cial­ists, crit­i­cal ther­apy ses­sions that re­quire pae­di­atric train­ing, ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with the surgery, vi­tal feed­ing ma­chine equip­ment, pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions and pro­ce­dures not cov­ered by Medi­care or PBS.

To learn more you can like us on Face­book, ‘A look in­side Ethans Battle’.

I wish I could thank ev­ery­one per­son­ally and although the road ahead is still scary, the com­mu­nity has shown me where home is and that we don’t have to face it alone.

A mas­sive list of port­fo­lios and yet Costi­gan ex­pects her to come run­ning up to ev­ery tax payer in the Whit­sun­days.

I worked with Kate when we both worked for Robert Schwarten and I know her to be a hard work­ing ded­i­cated pro­fes­sional.

The peo­ple of Whit­sun­day had Jan Jar­ratt, the Min­is­ter for Tourism as their lo­cal mem­ber and she was re­jected in the bal­lot box in favour of Costi­gan who presided over an LNP Gov­ern­ment that slashed mil­lions of dol­lars from the tourism bud­get.

They re­peated that mis­take at the next elec­tion.

Shame on the Whit­sun­day Times for mak­ing a head­line over such trivia. as­tounded that, to my knowl­edge, the LNP has never ac­knowl­edged that there are prob­lems with this in­dus­try.

Th­ese peo­ple were do­ing what Aus­tralians have al­ways done i.e. mak­ing a com­mu­nity in the bush.

What is the point when preda­tory multi­na­tional min­ing com­pa­nies are able to in­vade your prop­erty, poi­son your wa­ter, sicken your chil­dren and give a few hun­dred dol­lars in com­pen­sa­tion.

You end up with a poi­soned prop­erty that no­body wants.

The LNP are now telling us that, thanks to them, it’s time to get out there and “have a go”. Is that a vari­a­tion on “Have a go ya mug!”? Well “Hello” Joe. We’ve been do­ing that for some time. I guess the Tara/Chin­chilla peo­ple are the mugs.

But when you have a look at the area of our coun­try that is des­tined for coal seam gas min­ing, there are go­ing to be a lot more mugs around.

The multi­na­tional min­ers have the money and power to af­fect us all. Wit­ness the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with the iron in­dus­try. Ob­vi­ously, some­thing is go­ing on with the pric­ing. Yet when we try to open it up to scru­tiny, we get threat­ened by them. When will Australia wake up?

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