LETTER: Reg Lawler sets the record straight on Inskip
THE headline (in yesterday's Sunshine Coast Daily) is the complete opposite of what I told (their) reporter. The first para on the front page and the first para on Page 5 were not what I said and this fact is clear in the rest of the text.
For your information, I have attached my best recollection of what I said. To further assist you I have also attached a letter that I had in front of me when I talked to Scott.
Since the publication people have told me that I should have more sense and not inflame the issue.
They have also questioned my credibility in saying that we need "a 24-hour 'sinkwatch'" or "around the clock 'sink patrol'".
Of course, I never said that or anything that could be interpreted as that.
This has caused great damage to my reputation.
I have been fighting to keep camping on Inskip for 30 years and I have had some influence because I don't talk rubbish and people, up until now, have recognised that.
I also take great exception to the tone and tenor of the article.
My reason in talking to that paper was that the whole event had been over-hyped.
There was not much of a problem and if it was considered that we should cater for the very remote possibility of something like this happening again in the middle of the night, the solution was easy and not very expensive.
The article in the headlines and the first paras on each page show me doing the opposite.
The headline, 'Eagle-eyed rangers key to Inskip safety?' on Page 5 adds to this.
I am not sure how 'eagle-eyed' the rangers might have to be if they drove along a beach to see an event.
It is not small and commenced with a large chunk of the beach being eroded away before it even gets close to vegetation.
Now I want my reputation for sense and reliability restored as far as possible.
You may wish to help your readers with a factual account of what I said.
What I suggest is that you publish corrections of what is necessary on Page 1 and 5 with similar prominence to the original rubbish, eg Reg Lawler not wanting 24-hour sink watch - completely un-necessary etc and then say what I did say.
I will phone you to discuss the matter. I hope that I do not have to spend 30 years trying to get you to do the right thing.
Editor's Note: The Gympie Times also ran this article from our sister publication The Sunshine Coast Daily. We apologise to Mr Lawler for any embarrassment it has caused.