Sharks boss breaks silence on Morris sacking, reveals relocation fears


There is little doubt Morris’ departure could’ve been handled better.

“But tell me one in the history of this code that’s been done well,” asked Mezzatesta, who replaced Russell as chief executive in March last year. “When is it an easy decision, in any business? When you make these calls, you do so because you know what’s right for the long-term viability of the club.

“Was it poorly handled? You’re racing against a clock, then trying to calm down a situation that’s already getting out of control, then you get media carnage … as a leader, you have to accelerate the process, and we did.

“We had to accelerate the process because of the carnage that was happening publicly. That’s unfortunate, but that’s our game. The minute we speak to individuals, and more than two people in our game know something, you lose control of the narrative straight away.

“As hard as you try to do things respectfully, and in an orderly fashion, and the way normal business operates, we don’t have that luxury in rugby league. If someone can share with me what a better process is, let me know.”

It took everything but a crowbar to get Mezzatesta to break his silence on Morris’ departure, which is a naivety on his part. Few have ever fixed a public relations train crash by saying nothing.

Incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon will follow in the footsteps of his father Allan, who also coached the club.Credit:Getty Images, Fairfax Archives

And the Sharks do have a good story to tell. The way Mezzatesta and the board have been painted this week ignores just how far the club has come on their watch.

Once the game’s poorest cousins, the Sharks have $4 million in sponsorship with no space left to sell on their playing kit.

They’ve turned a $5.5 million loss into a small profit, which is remarkable considering the devastation of COVID-19 last year and the fact the club has been relocated to Kogarah as Sharkies Leagues Club undergoes a major development.

More than that, the fact the Sharks can land the most sought-after assistant in the business in Fitzgibbon – who knocked back arch-rivals St George Illawarra just a few months ago – explains just how far they’ve come.

The club wants a regular seat in the top four, pushing for a premiership, not just creep into the finals and then fail against the better sides.

Mezzatesta took on the job a week after COVID-19 struck. Before that, he was the chief financial officer at The Star.

If the pocket-sized Sicilian ever needed a reminder of the difference between the cold operation of a casino and the highly emotive business of professional sport, this week has delivered it.

Much of the discussion has been around Mezzatesta apparently telling Morris at a meeting on Monday that his job was secure, that he was the frontrunner in “pole position”, before being told to pack up his office on Tuesday afternoon.

Ex-Sharks coach John Morris running a session last year.

Ex-Sharks coach John Morris running a session last year.Credit:Getty Images

“That’s interesting,” Mezzatesta says. “It was a positive meeting because we didn’t go at each other’s throats. We had an adult conversation. But it certainly wasn’t me saying, ‘You’re in pole position’.

“That meeting was pre-arranged, between me and John’s manager, Chris Orr. John turned up because of the activities of Sunday when the media erupted over what was happening. That was fine by me. But for that to be presented that this was the first time that I have met with him [about extending his contract] is rubbish. We work together. All I said to John, ‘You’ve had the inside lane because you’re the incumbent. The board knows you’.”


Fitzgibbon has been linked to the job for months. He’s been linked to a lot of jobs. But claims that a deal had been sealed weeks ago appear wide of the mark.

Loyal to a fault, Fitzgibbon didn’t sign the contract until late on Tuesday when he informed Roosters chairman Nick Politis.

Should Morris have been given more time to prove himself?

He’d mopped up the mess left by Flanagan, which included a reduced salary cap top-heavy with overpaid players who were perennially injured or underperformed.

He’d blooded many young players, who had been in the system for years, mostly under his influence.

On his watch, in difficult circumstances, the Sharks finished seventh and then eighth.

Some argue that should have been enough for Morris to keep his job, even though the Sharks never progressed further than the first week.

Others realise the fact the Sharks reached the finals shows just how weak the NRL competition has become. The difference between the handful of genuine contenders and the rest is concerning.

The philosophy at the powerhouse clubs is that nobody is bigger than the club itself. Who truly believes Morris would be a premiership-winning coach of the future?


At Monday’s meeting with Mezzatesta, he presented a one-page document explaining why he should have his contract extended.

The board was left underwhelmed, leaving it with a clear decision: back or sack him?

It’s usually at this point where clubs struggle with the next move.

Remember Des Hasler at the Bulldogs? That board wrestled with that decision for months, then inexplicably re-signed him, then sacked him and was forced into paying him out.

With $3 million to spend on 14 spots in the top 30 next year, the Sharks had to make sure they backed the right coach.

“No one in the club has ever intended to bring malice or harm to John,” Mezzatesta said. “He’s a great, stand-up individual. Being the incumbent, he’s there, so we know him. But he needs to be matched up with the other candidates.”

Mawene Hiroti of the Sharks scores a try during the round four match against North Queensland.

Mawene Hiroti of the Sharks scores a try during the round four match against North Queensland.Credit:Getty Images

Much like Michael Maguire and Trent Robinson, Fitzgibbon has been considered the next big thing in coaching for several years. Not far behind is Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo, who may still join Fitzgibbon in the Shire.

Then there’s Craig Bellamy, who remains in discussions with the Sharks about joining them as a coaching director.

“I know people are saying we’re a million-to-one with Craig Bellamy,” Mezzatesta said. “But he’s indicated the whole time that he’s considering the Cronulla Sharks. I have no reason not to believe that. We want to emulate what the big clubs have achieved. If you’re looking to the future, it’s about getting the right people. Getting Craig Fitzgibbon is the first step towards that.”

Time will tell if Mezzatesta and his board are the right people in control of Cronulla – but they’ve already come a long way from that meeting in December 2018.

Greenberg confirmed the meeting took place but didn’t want to elaborate publicly on the details.

But what happened just a day later served as a reminder how nobody keeps secrets in this game; whether it’s about a club’s next coach, a potential player signing, or its very survival.

“We explained to them that we’d be OK because there would be $9 million coming in over the next three or four months,” Mezzatesta explained. “That number never existed. I made it up. But within 24 hours it was in the newspaper.”

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Coroner reveals TikTok and Vine star Adam Perkins, 24, died at an L.A. home on April 11 but cause of death remains a mystery while autopsy is underway

The L.A. County Coroner’s office has revealed TikTok and Vine star Adam Perkins died on Sunday April 11 at an L.A. ‘residence’ – but the cause of his death remains unknown. 

Adam made his name on Vine with comedy videos and he was best known for one where he appeared in a bathroom mirror, enthusiastically saying: ‘Hi, welcome to Chilli’s’. 

His death was announced by his twin brother Patrick on social media. Patrick said he did not want to disclose how his brother had died. 

The pair grew up in California. Their father Lars is a tech entrepreneur who sold photography sharpening software to Google in 2004. Their mother Susan is a British actress. 

The family have property on the west coast, in L.A., and in Maine. It’s unclear where his relatives have been living recently, or if he was living alone. understands that police were called to the property where Adam died and that the unit that responded was the LAPD’s West L.A. branch, but no more detail has been given. 

His family are now mourning his death in part with thoughtful tributes on social media.

Patrick has now released an album that his brother had been working on before his death.  Adam studied music at NYU and graduated in 2019. 

His loving parents described him and his brother online as the light and pride of their lives. 

Lars, his father, is on the NASA Advisory Committee. The family seem to split their time now between Maine and L.A.  

After announcing his brother had passed away aged 24, Patrick shared a series of tributes on Instagram and among heartfelt best wishes from fans, he shot down questions about how Adam had died.   

‘Think I need to take this opportunity to explain something to you: if the cause of death is not released, there is a reason…

‘There is intention in every part of this. Please respect both of us by not asking that question… not sure how it’s not obvious that I didn’t say for a reason. Everything in this is intentional. Please respect that,’ he said. 

Patrick’s messages to fans came before he shared a heartbreaking tribute to his sibling on Wednesday.

To the tune of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 hit Coyote, from his favourite album Hejira, the late online sensation was seen larking around while filming, having his haircut, driving, petting a dog and many more candid moments from their life. 

He added a caption on the heartbreaking video reading: ‘Adam Perkins 1997 – forever and ever. I love you my brother. Always.’

The Boston-born star’s twin confirmed the news on Instagram, as he revealed the star died on April 11 but did not disclose any cause of death.

Beneath the touching video, Adam’s fans penned: ‘My heart hurts. What a huge part of my youth your brothers vines were rest in peace… 

‘Sending my condolences to you and your family… Life just doesn’t feel real anymore lately, sorry for your loss… One last time as a tribute “Hi welcome to chilli’s!’

As well as having thousands of TikTok followers, Adam was also known for an iconic clip on the social media site Vine which saw him parody an advert for the American restaurant chain Chili’s. 

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John Corbett reveals he is reprising Aidan for Sex and the City reboot

John Corbett reveals he is reprising Aidan for Sex and the City reboot

And just like that … Aidan is back.

Sex and the City star John Corbett revealed to Page Six that he will reprise his role of Carrie Bradshaw’s ex-fiance, Aidan Shaw, in the hotly anticipated show reboot.

“I’m going to do the show,” he told us in a new interview, adding that the news is “very exciting” for him.

As for how many episodes he’ll appear in, Corbett said, “I think I might be in quite a few.”

“I like all those people, they’ve been very nice to me,” he added.

HBO declined to comment.

On the long-running HBO show, Corbett, 59, played hapless furniture designer Aidan, whom Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie not only cheated on with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), but subsequently dumped when he wanted to get married.

The character of Aidan reappeared in the movie sequel, Sex and the City 2, running into his ex-love in Abu Dhabi, where the two shared a romantic meal and even a kiss (albeit, regrettable on Carrie’s part).

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The upcoming 10-episode revival, which will drop locally on Binge, is titled And Just Like That …. It will feature three-quarters of the leading ladies — Parker, Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte).

Kim Cattrall has repeatedly refused to join any kind of revival and has famously feuded with Parker in the past.

Corbett told us he never noticed any tension on set but did note, “I only worked with Sarah Jessica Parker. I think I had one scene with all the girls.”

“They were always cordial,” he continued. “Cordial with me. I got to know the other girls because when you show up for work, you’ve got to wait a few hours while they finish up a scene, but we always had nice chats and hugs. I never saw it or heard about it.”

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As for Mr. Big, Page Six reported in February that actor Chris Noth would not be part of the reboot, but he later hinted on social media that he could have a role.

The limited series doesn’t yet have a premiere date.

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Corbett can currently be seen in Rebel, a drama inspired by Erin Brockovich and starring Katey Sagal. In it, he plays Sagal’s third husband.

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NRL 2021: Australian Rugby League commission, 18th man, HIA rules, three concussions, Phil Rothfield reveals conditions

The Australian Rugby League commission is expected to sign off on a decision to allow teams to use an 18th man on Tuesday.

But the planned roll out of the new ruling is set to come with strings attached in an attempt to stop coaches rorting the system.

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Speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraph’s Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield revealed that the commission would meet and sign it off.

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Sister of Sharron Phillips reveals how her tragic disappearance more than 30 years ago still haunts the family

The disappearance of Sharron Phillips still haunts her family almost 35 years on, but they are holding onto hope that a second probe into one of the state’s oldest cold cases may finally bring them some closure.

Ms Phillips was 20 years old when she went missing from Wacol, south-west of Brisbane, after running out of petrol in May 1986.

In the following days, her car was found abandoned on the side of the road and her purse and shoes in a nearby drain — but her body was never located.

A two-day inquest was held in 1988, but only determined she had disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

More than three decades later, police revealed an alleged “deathbed confession” had identified Raymond Mulvihill as the man most likely responsible for Ms Phillips’ murder.

The breakthrough prompted the Attorney General at the time to order the inquest into her death to be re-opened.

That inquest, held over three days in Brisbane this week, examined new evidence from several witnesses including a retired homicide detective and a number of the prime suspect’s relatives.

This included Mr Mulvihill’s son — who he had allegedly professed his guilt to before he died — and who police testified may himself have played a role in Ms Phillips’ death. 

In a letter to the coroner Ms Phillips sister, Donna Anderson, thanked everyone involved in the inquest, and paid tribute to the “bright light” in their family that was her “sweet little sister”.

The full extract of Ms Anderson’s letter to the court reveals personal details of Ms Phillips childhood, the family dynamics and how her sister’s tragic disappearance led to an “all-consuming grief”.

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Respect in relationships top reason young people seek self-help online, new data reveals

The national counselling service Kids Helpline’s website page on “respect in relationships” for 19-25-year-olds received 11,552 hits last year, and its page “all about respect”, for 13 to 18-year-olds, recorded 218,368 page views, up from 136,523 in 2019, behind the page about “bullying” at 314,037.

The second and third-most clicked topics for young adults were pages on “family relationships” and “impacts of pornography”, with 4,784 and 4,570 hits respectively.

The service also recorded a 38 per cent increase in first-time mental health contacts throughout 2020, and an 80 per cent increase in children aged 5-9 years old seeking support last year compared with 2019, revealed today in its 2020 Insights report.

Yourtown chief executive Tracy Adams said there had been a significant increase in the volume of children and young people seeking help in 2020, up by 20 per cent from 2019.

“Young people in the 5 — 12 age group tell us they experience issues ranging from anxiety, problems sleeping, online addiction, anger issues or mood swings through to self-harm, eating disorders, depression and thoughts of suicide,” Ms Adams said.

Kids Helpline counsellors last year triggered 2,783 duty of care interventions, where emergency services or other agencies are contacted when a young person is experiencing or is at imminent risk of harm.

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Internal leak reveals ramping crisis at Qld hospitals

Ambulances spent up to 185 hours ramped in one day as leaked internal reports further reveal the ramping crisis gripping emergency departments across the state.

The Courier-Mail can reveal paramedics spent 185 hours waiting to offload patients and prepare for their next callout at Ipswich, Sunshine Coast University, Cairns and Gold Coast University hospitals on Sunday.

As the government announced yesterday it was convening talks with stakeholders, 15 ambulances sat ramped at Gold Coast University Hospital and patients brought to the Cairns Hospital via ambulance faced a three-hour wait.


Ambulances lined up at the Gold Coast University Hospital.


The leaks came as Health Minister Yvette D’Ath defended the under-pressure system, calling on the Commonwealth to find room for almost 600 people who are using public hospitals while waiting to be moved to aged-care and disability facilities.

She said 60 beds were being used by COVID-19 patients while attributing some of the constraint to clearing elective surgery lists that had backed up during the pandemic.

“Emergency departments across the state are seeing significant, sustained and unprecedented demand pressures,” she said.

The 185 hours – referred to as lost QAS “availability” – are calculated from when an ambulance arrives at a hospital with a patient to when it indicates it’s ready to respond to another job.

The government was peppered with ramping questions by the opposition in parliament yesterday, where leader David Crisafulli claimed Labor was losing control of the health system.

Manager of opposition business Jarrod Bleijie demanded to know where the Health Minister’s “plan to eliminate ambulance ramping” was.

It comes as the opposition received more than 1200 emails after asking Queenslanders to share their experiences with the state’s health system on Monday night.


Health Minister Yvette D’Ath defended the under-pressure system. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath defended the under-pressure system. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT


Ms D’Ath said Queensland’s paramedics and frontline health workers were doing an outstanding job in the face of ever-growing demand.

“We’re looking forward to receiving input later this week from hospital staff, health consumers and unions on how we can tackle the unprecedented demand we’re now seeing,” she said.

Meanwhile, a Queensland Health spokesman said several hospitals had been under “severe pressure” due to a number of factors but was notified of just one capacity-related “Code Yellow” between March 15 and 22.

Redcliffe Hospital declared a Code Yellow on March 17.

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NRL reveals bombshell expansion plans, potential conference system

The NRL’s ambitious plans to take over the Australian sporting landscape knows no bounds, with league CEO Andrew Abdo flagging an 18-club competition that could be divided into conferences.

As league officials move quickly toward the introduction of a second Brisbane team in 2023 — an addition the Courier Mail has revealed will be worth $50 million to rugby league — Abdo has indicated it’s just a starting point.

Like the AFL did by quickly following the 2011 debut of its 17th club, the Gold Coast Suns, with the entrance of its 18th franchise the GWS Giants a year later, Abdo is already earmarking a destination to follow Brisbane.

He believes the New Zealand market is ripe for a second NRL club and that quickly returning the number of clubs to an even number will make for a dynamic fixture and the potential introduction of a conference system.

“If we can make the numbers stack up, it (a second Brisbane team) is pretty exciting and then that leads to us having an 18th team in another key market for us over time,” Abdo told the Courier Mail.

“If we were to have an 18th team, we would have to have a good hard look at a second New Zealand team.

“Eighteen teams is a lot more dynamic in terms of how you can configure the draw. It means another rivalry in another key market for us, wherever that might be. It means new fans. It means we could have conferences and pools. These are all good options to explore.”

Abdo and ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys are expected to begin meeting with Brisbane consortia in the coming weeks with the aim of providing clarity on expansion by the middle of the year.

The leading contenders to become the NRL’s 17th team are the Redcliffe Dolphins, who have lodged a Brisbane Dolphins trademark, the Brisbane Jets — a coalition of the Brisbane Bombers and Ipswich Jets — and the Easts Tigers-backed Brisbane Firehawks.

Queensland Origin hero Cameron Munster has already been flagged as a potential signing to be the face of the franchise.

“If another Brisbane team comes in, I won’t say no to going back home,” Munster told News Corp recently.

“I do see myself moving to Queensland after football and if a second Brisbane team comes in, I could go back earlier than expected.

“I wouldn’t say no to that (joining a second Brisbane team) … for sure.”

V’landys said the NRL would not expand to Brisbane if it thought the market would be crowded and existing Queensland teams the Broncos and Gold Coast Titans would be hurt by the move. But the most powerful man in rugby league is confident a new team will only be a positive addition.

“It’s very realistic to say that we’ll have a second team in Brisbane in 2023,” ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys told the Sydney Morning Herald last month. “From what I’ve seen and the presentations that have been given to me, they are well advanced.

“The one thing that I am impressed with is how advanced these bids are. They are not mucking around. They are serious. If we came to a decision in June this year, that would give them a year-and-a-half. It’s plenty of time. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen mid-this year.

“I’m not going to do it if it’s going to hurt the game. It’s got to benefit the game.”

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Carp occupies 97 per cent Australia’s large east coast rivers, study reveals

As many as 360 million carp clog Australian waterways in a “wet” year, researchers estimate.

That estimate drops to 200 million in an “average year”, according to scientists advising the National Carp Control Plan.

They have identified the destructive pest species’ biomass and density in an Australian-first study published in the Biological Conservation journal.

The research team collated data from 4,831 sites across a range of habitat types including rivers, lakes, wetlands and billabongs and used a model-based approach to estimate how many carp were in the waterways.

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research principal scientist Jarod Lyon said 96 per cent of the carp identified were found on the east coast, where they occupied 54 per cent of wetlands and 97 per cent of large rivers.

To measure the density impact threshold — the number of fish in the water per unit area — the study used “a rule of 100kg per hectare”, Dr Lyon said.

“In some wetlands, we found levels of up to 1,000kg per hectare — way above what we know causes impacts on our environment.

“Luckily, at the moment, it’s the exception rather than the rule.”

Jarod Lyon from the Arthur Rylah Institute says carp pose a severe risk to aquatic vegetation and biodiversity loss.(

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Dr Lyon said some of the sites were wetlands in central Victoria, floodplain wetlands in South Australia’s Lower Murray-Darling Basin and the Lachlan River catchment.

Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is known for sucking up mud and having a negative impact on water quality.

Dr Lyon said the fish posed a real threat to Australia’s biodiversity.

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Common carp turn river waters muddy.(

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Controlling populations

The federal government first announced $15-million funding for a National Carp Control Plan and the research into the potential release of a controversial carp herpes virus (Cyprinid herpesvirus-3) as a biological control agent for the pest in May 2016.

The plan has been delayed multiple times and remains incomplete.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment said it was working with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to complete ongoing research that was expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.

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Carp cages are another method used at local sites to reduce their population.(

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The department said other than integrating the remaining scientific research, the plan was close to completion and would be considered by all Australian governments and released publicly once it was finalised.

But many commercial fishers, like Garry Warrick from Barmera, in South Australia’s Riverland, are sceptical of the carp herpes virus and the impact dead carp could have on other native species.

“You are never going to get all the carp out, even with the virus,” Mr Warrick said.

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Fisherman Garry Warrick is catching carp for the fertiliser market and human consumption.(

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He said he had been involved in some of the experiments for the National Carp Control Plan conducted in backwaters in the Riverland and was fearful of its results.

“They put six tonnes of dead carp into a backwater to see the effect it would have on backwaters and it actually killed all the live carp in the creek because they just ran out of oxygen and the water turned black,” Mr Warrick said.

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Many Australian river systems have large density of common carp.(

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Community role has ‘positive impact’

A female carp can produce 300,000 eggs in a single spawning event and has the potential to produce 1 million eggs over the breeding season.

While it is still unclear if the carp herpes virus release will go ahead, Dr Lyon says the research could also be used for site-specific control techniques including cages and manual removal.

“But it can have a really strong and positive impact on a site level where communities get involved in carp removal and reduction programs.”

Mr Warrick is trying to do his bit by catching carp at Lake Bonney and in local creeks.

He said he had seen a lot of change in the water habitat over the past 35 years of fishing and believed one of the biggest problems was a lack of high rivers.

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Some carp are used to produce garden fertilisers.(

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“Carp breed up because the rivers don’t flow as much,” he said.

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Kym Manning has invented a carp fishing competition to reduce carp numbers at Lake Bonney.(

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Fishing comp pulls 16,600 carp

Fellow Riverland local Kym Manning started a community initiative to reduce carp numbers nine years ago.

He invented SA’s largest carp fishing competition, the SA Carp Frenzy,  at Lake Bonney.

“The idea was to get rid of some of the carp to give our native fish a bit more space,” Mr Manning said.

He said the competition started with 350 competitors in 2012 and now attracted about 700 keen fishers every year.

But Mr Manning said it was shocking how quickly carp numbers could rise.

“After the flood in 2015, when they spawned in 2016, on the competition day we caught 16,600 carp in nine hours between 400 fishermen,” he said.

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Enthusiastic competitors fishing in the early morning hour of the SA carp frenzy competition at Lake Bonney.(

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Mr Manning said he had witnessed many changes over his lifetime.

“When I was young there was never any carp — my first recollection of carp was in the ’70s,” he said.

“I remember, when the yabby season would kick-off in the [’70s and ’80s], your opera house net would be full of little carp in the backwaters.

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Queensland’s Jeannette Young reveals there is no rule book in dealing with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic

The moment Jeannette Young knew Australia was facing a pandemic she broke down.

“I just burst into tears,” Dr Young said.

It was January 2020 and the virus was on its way to Australia.

“I just thought, ‘I don’t want this, I don’t want this for the world, I don’t want this for Australia’,” she said.

Dr Young had been to China in late 2019 and had seen their world-class health facilities.

She knew if China couldn’t stop the pandemic, the rest of world had little hope.

Dr Young had lived through the swine flu pandemic and dreaded the stress of another.

“I rang my husband who was away … and said ‘please could you come home, I actually do need you, I can’t do this’.'” Dr Young said.

Together they devised a plan — he would take leave and be at home to cook meals and provide support.

“Boy he’s a good cook – so I’ve been really lucky!” she said.

In a frank behind-the-scenes insight into the past 14 months of navigating the pandemic, Dr Young revealed what went through her mind.

Speaking at a netball leadership conference in Brisbane this weekend, she said support from her family, the Premier and her health department team helped her through it.

“They knew me very, very well and knew how I wanted to do things and knew how to challenge me,” she said.

“A team of netballers who are all great shooters would be a total waste of time.

“It’s the same at work. You don’t need yourself replicated five or 10 times; you need 10 different people with different skill sets, different views.”

Dr Young pointed out there was no rule book for dealing with a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you have to have a course of action,” she told the conference.

“You’ve got to have a plan.” 

But she admitted, she didn’t hold an unwavering belief in her own decisions.

“Things like that last lockdown of Brisbane, which was three days — I didn’t know we’d get it sorted in three days,” she said.

She admitted using up a lot of favours that she accrued over her 15 years in the job.

“I think you’ve got to gain that trust in times of peace, so you can really go and use it in times of war,” she said.

The Chief Health Officer had the audience of leaders hanging on her every word, which at times burst into laughter.

Especially when she admitted to needing exercise.

“I’m not one for exercising,” she sheepishly revealed to the audience’s delight.

“So I thought, well, maybe I might take my own advice.

“Here I was, the Chief Health Officer out there every day telling people to do 30 minutes of physical exercise everyday.

“I thought maybe I could try it and see if it makes a difference.

“And guess what? It did!”

Dr Young said she believed that Queensland was through the worst of the pandemic.

“The most exciting part has been getting the vaccine,” she said.

She doubted if there ever would be one.

“The world had never had a coronavirus vaccine [before],” she said.

“In fact, the one vaccine that had been developed, caused the people who got the vaccine to be sicker than the people who didn’t get the vaccine when they got infected.”

But she said the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were the “light at the end of the tunnel”.

“I should have absolutely, totally had faith in the scientists of the world. They have done the most amazing job, they really and truly have, and we now in Australia have two brilliant vaccines,” Dr Young said.

Her final message for the crowd was to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but to expect side effects.

“Don’t be worried. Getting a response to a vaccine means you’ve got a really good immune response to it,” she said.

Two years ago most people wouldn’t have known who Dr Young was.

Now she can’t leave a keynote speech without people asking for photos and selfies with her.

“It’s nice,” she said as a self-professed ‘fan-girl’ asked for a photo with the Chief Health Officer.

Despite her undeniable triumph over the pandemic so far, Dr Young says she hopes to never have a repeat of the past year.

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