LIAM PARSONS | The Cairns Post
After setting out on a solo voyage to Papua New Guinea in his trusty 4.5m boat four years ago, Crackers has turned the journey into a regular trip to donate much-needed equipment to a small tribe in the country's Western Province.
"My first trip, I left Cape York and ended up going to PNG and met a tribe there," Crackers said.
"I was the first tourist they had ever seen."
During his three visits with the Sibidiri tribe, the self-described jack-of-all-trades has brought with him everything from mosquito nets and fishing reels to building materials and reading glasses.
The founder of non-profit group Friends of PNG said he had happily shrugged off the lure of a big payday at the mines to continue his charity work.
"It just gives them a bit of hope," Crackers said.
"The coastal areas tend to get aid from Australia but some of the inland tribes get forgotten."
During his second trip Crackers also helped set up a VHF aerial, climbing a 130m tower to install the device.
The aerial helps provide vital emergency communications.
"It means that if there was a medical emergency they can let people know they were coming or that they needed help," he said.