Sunday, May 23, 2010

Palm Island - Tropical ghetto

Sunday May 23rd.

We collected George's Mum, Joan, from Townsville airport and motored and sailed back to Horseshoe Bay on Maggie Island.

Joan settled in quickly. We went for a beach walk past a wedding.

Some small boys in 'stinger suits' were playing on the stinger net. Stingers are seriously dangerous jellyfish, to keep you on your toes when you are not thinking about sharks or salt-water crocodiles.

And today, a gentle kite-only sail about 30 miles north to the Palm Island group. The largest of these is infamous for containing a settlement of aborigines with plenty of social problems. Palm Island got in the Guinness Book of Records for being the most violent place in the world outside a war zone.

Estimated Violence Rates Per 100 000 people 1976/77 to 1981/82

Queensland Palm Island
Homicide 39.6 6.15 94.3
Serious Assault 226.1 45.9 929.9

Quite incongruous to have such problems in such a beautiful place. Read more here.

1 comment:

  1. Looking good Joan! But where is John!

    and how come Richard and I are the only ones commenting?