Opinion

EDITORIAL: Courage of Zahra Chamberlain in spotlight

Zahra Chamberlain, the daughter of Michael and Ingrid Chamberlain, with Simon Stretton from Durong Dingo and Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill.
Zahra Chamberlain, the daughter of Michael and Ingrid Chamberlain, with Simon Stretton from Durong Dingo and Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill. Robyne Cuerel

EDITORIAL: Zahra Chamberlain is a courageous young woman to train as a dingo handler - not because the dangers of the job, but because of the reaction her decision is sure to create.

It must have been a difficult decision indeed to tell her father, who had not only lost his precious baby to a dingo, but also faced lengthy court battles and the prospect of prison.

He and his then-wife Lindy suffered decades of public scrutiny as the public read about, discussed and obsessed over the guilt or - as it turned out - innocence.

I hope, as she suggests, that it does help her family heal. Her father Michael's acceptance of her career is a sign of a remarkable resilience and understanding.

Zahra knows only too well that by choosing her career path, the spotlight of that scrutiny will turn on her.

But despite her young age, she is calm and steadfast in her decision to do what she knows to be right.

Having such a high-profile family history means people will listen to Zahra when she speaks about the wildlife she loves. There can be no better advocate for the dingo than someone who is keenly aware of the animal's dangerous side, the animal that tore her family apart, but who chooses to care for it anyway.

Topics:  clementine norton, dingo, editorial, fraser coast wildlife sanctuary




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