Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dive Sites for Mackay

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dive Sites for Mackay

Article excerpt

I READ with interest where the Gold Coast has secured funding of $71,000 for a feasibility study for creating new dive sites around their coastline.

I also noted that such sites would generate millions of dollars in tourist revenue for the region.

Excuse me for my ignorance, but didn't the government sink the HMAS Brisbane around there or nearby?

I was of the opinion that the Mackay Tourism group has also been chasing support and funds for the creation of dive sites in and around Mackay and Whitsunday areas.

This was apparently the case when the HMAS Brisbane was decommissioned and the decision was made to sink her down south, not here.

Logic dictates that the Mackay/Whitsunday regions should be given an equal opportunity to create safe dive sites around here to enhance our tourist capabilities.

The time has come for our Federal and State members to pursue this issue with some zeal to ensure that our region is not robbed of another opportunity to promote our beautiful coast with local and international tourists.

BOB JOY, Blacks Beach

Prepare safety plan in case of violence

YOUR front page article entitled Summer of Abuse (DM 07/01/10) contains several timely and valuable reminders.

The DV unit at QPS, Mike Fry at Relationships Australia, and many other agencies provide vital services to keep women and their children safe and to give perpetrators an opportunity to change their behaviour and attitudes.

We at the Domestic Violence Resource Service (DVRS) have noted a spike in faxbacks and court matters over the holiday period, and have noted that alcohol is a trigger in far too many of the more than fifty new referrals we have dealt with.

I agree with Sgt Lacey when she says that increased awareness of the problem leads to more women reporting incidents and asking for help.

We at DVRS work with the police and other agencies such as Relationships Australia to provide appropriate support at DV court, with advice, information and support, and ongoing counselling.

We also work to create better community awareness and to educate the public that it is never okay to hit, harass or abuse your family member. …

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