Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cynics, Want to Take a Dip? the Lighter Side of Life with Lisa Maynard

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cynics, Want to Take a Dip? the Lighter Side of Life with Lisa Maynard

Article excerpt

"DON'T be silly, there's nothing there."

My father would come to regret telling my older sister to be quiet, and not least because she has never let him forget the a[approximately]crocodile incident', even though it's been over a decade.

Our family was out for a boat trip and my dad had beached the tinny on the gravel bank just downstream of the Benaraby Road Bridge when my sister spotted the creature.

Scrambling into the tiny vessel meant a wallet was lost along the way, but apart from that we were away from the area as quick as the motor could handle.

We were quite lucky considering there were a number of croc sightings that followed soon after.

I remember with clarity being given advice at a primary school parade on what to do if you came across a croc, after a monster had been seen having a sunbake on a public path.

As a short child with no great tree climbing ability I had held onto the advice to run zigzag with zeal for a considerable amount of time. …

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