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Cape York Weekly Bucking brilliant FREE – #048 | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Editor: Matt Nicholls 0477 450 558 | editor@capeyorkweekly.com.au

Best Weipa Bullride ever? That was the verdict of many long-term Cape York residents who described the 2021 version as “simply awesome”. Held at the new-look Weipa showgrounds facility for the first time, the action was jam-packed on both Friday and Saturday nights. The bull riders provided the bulk of the entertainment as they scrambled to stay on their bucking beasts for eight seconds.  Event coverage – Pages 9, 10, 11 & 12

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Cape’s small businesses urged to apply for grants SMALL businesses in Cape York will this week be able to see the guidelines for the state government’s regional round of the Business Basics grants program. Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the $5000 grants were part of the government’s $14.2 billion COVID-19 economic recovery plan. “The hugely popular Business Basics grant was launched on May 31, and as we had acted on the feedback from my Small Business Roadshow and shared details and an example application form in advance, we received thousands of applications very quickly,” she said. “While it was fantastic that there were so many people ready to go with strong applications, the last round was oversubscribed so it’s running again exclusively in regional Queensland.”

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui encouraged Far North Queensland businesses to get ready to apply. “We know that the first round of grants went really quickly, so it’s important to get your application ready to go,” she said. “The guidelines will be up on August 25, and you’ll have two weeks to prepare before the grants open for applications on Wednesday, September 8. “The Business Basics grants, aimed at sole traders and small businesses with a turnover of up to $300,000, are designed to help businesses in Far North Queensland increase their core capabilities and ability to adopt current best practice. “They can be used for activities such as training and coaching, website development and upgrades, and strategic marketing.” Heartland Helicopters, based in Weipa, was one of the busi-

nesses to receive money in the first round of Business Basics that opened earlier this year. Owner and pilot Bevan Duke says the $5000 grant will allow the young business to develop its first website to reach a wider market and attract more customers to its range of services. “I started the business late last year and bought the helicopter six months ago and the business has grown through word of mouth and phone contacts so with the website we are expecting the business to really take off,” Mr Duke said. “The grant will help promote the full range of services from customised scenic tours and heli-fishing for barramundi, to mustering and aerial culling and search and rescue and wet season transfers.” Business Basics were the first of three Big Plans for Small Business Grants programs to be awarded.

“The recipients of the new Business Boost and Business Growth Fund grants will be announced in coming months,” Ms Lui said. “The different grant programs target specific groups within the sector and continue to deliver on the government’s commitments under the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy. “The Business Boost grants of up to $15,000 will help small businesses to improve their efficiency and productivity through organisational development, while the $50,000 Business Growth Fund grants will allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities. “The type of grants, business requirements and the application process are a direct result of feedback from the Small Business Roadshow.” Visit www.business.qld.gov. au for more information.

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SIX additional police officers teamed up with members of the Weipa police to conduct a threeday blitz across the weekend. A massive 68 infringement notices were handed out for a number of traffic offences, including speeding and failure to wear seatbelts. Officer in charge of the Weipa station, Senior Sergeant Warren

Flegg, said while most people were well behaved over the Weipa Bullride weekend, some were caught doing the wrong thing. “Police conducted six drug tests and two motorists returned alleged positive readings. They will now face court,” he said. “Police also conducted 160 random breath tests from Friday to Sunday and two blew above

the limit. While two out of 160 doesn’t seem like a lot, it is still two too many.” One reveller copped the wrath of a police officer’s OC spray after he refused to cooperate and was charged with assaulting police and being a public nuisance. “We had good support from the road policing unit and the tactical crime squad for this

weekend and locals should expect a similar presence for the upcoming Weipa Fishing Classic weekend,” Senior Sergeant Flegg said. “We’ll also have water police patrolling the event to make sure people are doing the right thing. “Just because you’re in Weipa it doesn’t mean the rules don’t apply to you.”

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Hall of famer to fly in for centre’s official opening TENNIS legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley will fly to Weipa next month for the official opening of the new sports centre. The $12 million facility, funded by Rio Tinto and to be managed by the Weipa Town Authority, will be officially opened on September 11. Tennis Queensland and Medibank have teamed up with Rio Tinto and the WTA to organise activities on the new tennis courts, as well as inside on the multipurpose sports court. The new sports centre also features a gym, squash courts and a creche for parents. The presence of Goolagong will be a drawcard for the opening. The Aboriginal tennis star was 19 when she won the French Open singles and the Australian Open doubles championships.

In 1980, she became the first mother to win Wimbledon in 66 years. Goolagong went on to win 14 Grand Slam tournament titles: seven in singles (four at the Australian Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the French Open), six in women’s doubles, and one in mixed doubles. Current Australian champion Ash Barty paid tribute to her idol and friend Goolagong after this year’s Wimbledon victory. “Evonne is a very special person in my life. I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young Indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dreams,” she said. “I think being able to have a relationship with her and talk with her through my experience, knowing she’s only ever a phone call away, is really, really cool.”

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Pormpuraaw smashes opposition By MATT NICHOLLS

IF getting the COVID-19 vaccine was like this year’s NRL competition, Pormpuraaw would be like the Melbourne Storm. A massive 88 per cent of the Cape community’s eligible population rolled up its sleeve last week to get their first dose of the vaccine. It’s fair to say that Pormpuraaw is the leading contender in the race to get vaccinated, just ahead of Lockhart River, who had about a 73 per cent turnout earlier this month. Aurukun, however, was a bit like the Brisbane Broncos, with just 31 per cent of the eligible population turning up for their jab last week. Weipa also needs to lift if it wants to make finals. Last week, 952 people were given their jab at the Weipa Storm Surge Shelter, bringing the number to about 34 per cent of the eligible population. The good news is that Weipa residents still have this week and next week to make a booking. “The turnout at Pormpuraaw was truly amazing and I would like to thank the entire community and the community leaders for getting behind the vaccination program in such numbers,” Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service chief executive Bev Hamerton said. “Pormpuraaw this week with 88 per cent and Lockhart River last

Pormpuraaw councillor Tim Koo-aga, director of nursing Mel Durden, nurse Lisa Smith and mayor Richard Tarpencha at the Pormpuraaw vaccination clinic last week.

week with a 73 per cent turnout are really showing the way to all communities in the Torres and Cape region. “But we would really like to encourage many more Weipa residents to turn up for their vaccinations over the next two weeks as our forward bookings have dropped off. “As with all our Cape York and Northern Peninsula Area vaccination clinics, including catch-up clinics, you can book in for your vaccination by phoning (07) 3497 3442 – but please also feel free to just walk in. “Don’t feel you must miss out if you haven’t booked. We are keen to immunise you, booked in or not. “We are also starting to see

numbers of young people aged 1215 years being brought in for vaccination. “We started offering vaccinations to this youth cohort last week, in line with new national guidelines for the Pfizer vaccination which we are now delivering across the health service.” Ms Hamerton said the health service was aiming for at least an 80 per cent vaccination rate right across the Torres and Cape region. “But to achieve this rate, we need people to keep turning up to our vaccination clinics in large numbers for both first and second doses of vaccine,” she said. “You really must have two doses of vaccine for maximal protection. “No vaccine is 100 per cent ef-

Doris Poonkamelya receives her first dose in Aurukun.

fective, but current evidence shows that people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine have a much lower chance of developing more serious symptoms from the virus, compared to those who did not get the vaccine. “We also know the Delta strain of the virus can spread like wildfire once it takes hold and if the virus moves into our vulnerable First Nations communities it will be devastating. “So, our message for every Torres and Cape resident that can be vaccinated is simple – make the choice and get vaccinated so we can work towards a pathway out of the pandemic.” This week, vaccinations will continue at Weipa and second dose

Pfizer vaccinations will be delivered to Northern Peninsula Area communities and to Mabuiag Island. From August 30, teams will continue vaccinating at Weipa, as well as Napranum and Mapoon and will start delivering second dose Pfizer at Bamaga. From September 6, second dose Pfizer vaccines will start being delivered at Weipa, Coen, Lockhart River and Kowanyama. From mid-September to midOctober, first and second doses of vaccine will be delivered to communities on the eastern Cape, including Hope Vale, Laura, Lakeland, Wujal Wujal and Cooktown. Milestone reached – Strait Talkin’ Vaccine Brag Board – Page 21

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Book now at your local healthcare facility or call 3497 3442. Walk-ins also welcome. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Cape York Weekly – Page 5


Members of the Pormpuraaw Arts Centre Dance Group greet the Australian Army contingent during the AACAP 2021 opening ceremony.

Australian Army soldier Private Tori Wallace made a new friend during his stint in Pormpuraaw.

Army popular in Cape community A NEW subdivision, an Elders residence and a men’s shed will be the legacy projects left behind in Pormpuraaw by the Australian Army, but friendships and positive influences will leave a far greater impact. The Cape community has been a recipient of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) this year, with the 6th Brigade members from the 19th Chief Engineer Works and the 6th Engineer Support Regiment spending months in Pormpuraaw. The aim of the program is to improve infrastructure, health, living and economic conditions within remote Indigenous communities. Pormpuraaw is the 46th remote indigenous community to host AACAP. As part of this year’s AACAP there are several pledged construction works that will bring a welcome boost to the community. These works include an independent living facility for Elders of the community, as well as a men’s shed and two lots of subdivided land for future building works. The Army is also taking the opportunity to undertake other smaller tasks in the community includ-

ing upgrading the football field and splash park. But, it’s not just the Elders of Pormpuraaw that will reap the benefits of AACAP, with soldiers participating in weekly activities with students at Pormpuraaw State School. These activities are designed to improve attendance as well as numeracy and literacy skills of the students. The children couldn’t be more thrilled to have the Army along. As part of the welcome ceremony school students presented soldiers with welcome care-packages, complete with hand-drawn cards expressing their appreciation and excitement. The AACAP contingent also received a hearty introduction to life in Pormpuraaw during the local NAIDOC Week celebrations. The team joined the community celebrations, participating in the week-long youth summit during the school holidays, engaging in sporting and cultural activities with community members, and finishing the week with a Kup-murri. This year’s program was long awaited, following the postponement of the 2020 AACAP due to the pandemic.

Australian Forces Command Commander Major General Matthew Pearse recently inspected the new facilities.

Army dentist Timothy Hiddins with Zendaya Barney and her mother Carolyn Holroyd-Brian.

Pormpuraaw students created care packages for their Army visitors.

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Urgent funds for museum repairs THE federal government will invest $155,000 to ensure priceless artefacts in the James Cook Museum in Cooktown are preserved for generations to come. The museum’s roof has fallen into a state of disrepair and needs urgent repairs. The former convent, now owned and operated by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), is one of Cooktown’s major attractions. The museum houses an extensive collection of local Guugu Yimithiir artefacts, along with an original anchor and canon from HMB Endeavour and a model of the ship that dates to the early

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.

twentieth century. The museum also celebrates the history of the convent and the nuns and children

who lived there until the 1940s and displays telling the stories of the Chinese immigrants and the Gold Rush era in the Far North. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the funding would be used to repair the leaking roof ensuring historical artefacts in the museum could be appreciated for generations to come. “The James Cook Museum is one of Cooktown’s major attractions and it was important to ensure the historical artefacts contained inside were preserved,” he said. “Once the urgent repairs works are completed, it will ensure the museum can continue to be appre-

ciated by the thousands of people who visit each year.” National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Acting CEO Jayme Cuttriss thanked the federal government for the funding to support desperately needed repair works. “This museum is important to the community, to the visitors to Cooktown and to Australia as it houses the fascinating stories of Cooktown including the first recorded Act of Reconciliation between Cook and the Guugu Yimithirr,” Ms Cuttriss said. “Cooktown is a very special place and I am so pleased that we will be able to receive this much

needed funding to secure the convent building and improve the visitor experience. “It is very important that we conserve the socially significant collection of artefacts that are displayed here. “We thank Warren Entsch for listening to our request for help over this very difficult time for the National Trust in Queensland. “Without him this project would have remained stalled and the building would be at risk of further deterioration. We express our sincere gratitude to Mr Entsch and to the community that have supported the museum fondly.”

NEWS IN BRIEF COVID ship departs ELEVEN of the 12 passengers who were taken off a bulk carrier near Weipa to be treated for COVID-19 have been returned to the ship, which has now left the Gulf of Carpentaria. A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the Panamaflagged Sanyu vessel departed Weipa on Thursday and its next destination was Cape Flattery. “AMSA understands 11 crew members have re-joined the bulk carrier,” the spokeperson said. “Any enquiries involving the previous COVID situation onboard the vessel – and the crew – should be directed to Queensland Health and Maritime Safety Queensland.” All 21 crew members aboard Sanyu were diagnosed with COVID-19, with nine staying on board to keep the vessel operational. Two crew members who originally tested negative to the coronavirus were flown off, but later tested positive in a south-east Queensland hospital. It is unknown why one crew member did not rejoin the vessel.

Sunday trading in Weipa WOOLWORTHS Weipa has been given permission to trade on an upcoming Sunday, as well as a local public holiday, as part of the Weipa Fishing Classic weekend. Local store manager Katie Farrell said the supermarket had won approval to trade on Friday, September 3 and Sunday, September 5 “The Fishing Classic is only two weeks away and we have been approved by the (state) government to trade outside our registered trading laws for the long weekend,” she said. Woolworths Weipa will open from 9am until 3pm on the Friday and 10am until 4pm on Sunday. Saturday’s hours of 8am to 5pm remain unchanged.

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Fishing Classic tickets MAKE sure you don’t wait until the last minute to buy your Weipa Fishing Classic key rings this year. Interest has been red hot, with 1300 of the 2200 key rings already sold. The committee will be in the Woolworths car park on Saturday morning selling the key rings, with first prize a brand new boat. There’s also a chance they could be inside the Heritage Shopping Centre on Thursday, so keep an eye on the Weipa Fishing Classic Facebook page for more details. This year’s event kicks off on Thursday, September 2 and finishes on September 4.

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TWO of Australia’s most remote Indigenous communities are a step closer to finding long-term sustainable energy solutions. Napranum and Prince of Wales Island (Muralug) in the Torres Strait will be the focus of studies investigating and demonstrating how microgrids can supply reliable electricity, improve quality of life, boost resilience and allow the communities to respond locally to climate change. Microgrids are small, localised power grids that operate independently to provide an environmentally friendly, reliable power supply. They can be made up of power sources including solar, wind, wave and waste to energy systems, and usually incorporate battery energy storage. EnergyConnect has been awarded $1.7 million of federal funding to undertake a two-year feasibility project. “We are greatly looking forward to working closely with the communities of Napranum and Muralug, just as we are currently working with the Yarrabah township,” said EnergyConnect spokesperson Nikki Huddy. “We will be investigating community build, own and oper-

ate microgrid solutions for both communities, neither of which is connected to the national grid.” Torres Shire Council mayor, Vonda Malone said Muralug was home to fewer than 100 residents who currently rely on household scale generators, solar panels, battery systems and LPG for their energy needs, largely at their own cost. “This study will explore local solutions to ensure Muralug residents have equitable access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy in line with other nearby communities,” she said. Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Janelle Menzies

said the community, near Weipa, relied on Rio Tinto for its energy supply and was facing an uncertain future, with mining operations near the township expected to cease within 10 years. “This project will pave the way for Napranum to decouple from the Weipa power system, securing the community’s future through independent electricity generation that will hopefully lead to local employment and a reduced impact on the environment,” she said. The project will entail community engagement to identify energy options, assessment of energy demand and new energy

supply options, identifying sustainable employment and funding options, and in the case of Napranum, consideration about the future of electric vehicles. “At the end of this study, these communities will have baseline energy use data and will be empowered to make decisions about which options are most suited for a sustainable energy future,” Ms Huddy said. The project is one of 20 microgrid feasibility studies worth more than $25.6 million funded through round two of the federal government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund.

Indigenous values can shape Australia NOONUKUL Quandamooka woman Sam Cooms started on her career path determined to help her Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) community. Becoming a mum to children with disabilities upended her world and shifted her focus – but the determined CQUniversity psychology alumnus and PhD student is still working to advocate for Indigenous communities, and for holistic care for all people with disabilities. “That’s the way we’re raised – Aboriginal culture is about caring, not just about caring for

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the environment, but also caring for each other, as custodians, so if one of us do well then all of us do well, and if one of

us is suffering, all of us suffer,” Ms Cooms explained. Researching how Indigenous knowledge can inform the disability sector, Ms Cooms is keen to share her journey. “Indigenous values inform both my carer role and my vision for a more inclusive society for people with disabilities – in Minjerribah, and nationally. “Our Indigenous communities managed and included and were accessible for all people disabilities, old age, it doesn’t matter, it was inclusive and accessible for all,” she said.

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“There’s a big push now to learn about Indigenous land management practices…but to be sustainable in the future, it’s not just about taking bits and pieces from our culture, it’s about creating a whole sustainable system, and part of that system is how we care and provide care. “We need to make Australian society accessible and inclusive.” Sam is part of CQUniversity’s First Nations Research Higher Degree Academy, the first of its kind in Australia.

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Weipa Bullride 2021

Teeny Bensted sings the national anthem with gusto.

Bullride president Russell Scikluna in the arena.

The committee moved the grandstands back three metres after Friday night to allow more people in to watch the action at the new-look grounds.

Massive crowds flock to Bullride By MATT NICHOLLS

AROUND 5000 people packed into Weipa’s new showgrounds facility for the 2021 Weipa Bullride on Friday and Saturday night. Numbers soared in the arena, too, with massive entries across most of the events. Organisers estimated around 2000 piled in on Friday night and close to 3000 attended on Saturday, which featured the open bull ride heats. “It’s just amazing. We thought the crowd was unbelievable,” said Weipa Bullride president Russell Scikluna late on Saturday night. “We saw the big crowd on the first night and we had to move the grandstands back a few metres on Saturday so we could fit more people in. It’s been a huge success.” The quality of the riding backed up the enthusiasm from the crowd. In the open bull ride, Tully product Luke Smith had the last ride of the night and pulled out all stops to produce a winning performance. Needing a score better than 86 to pick up the winner’s cheque, the now Mareeba resident held his nerve aboard bucking beast “Poncho” to survive the eight seconds and score a massive 89. Smith, enjoying his first Weipa Bullride, was thrilled with the win. “This is my first time here and it was awesome,” the 22-year-old said with a huge grin. “It was also my first ever open bull ride win, so I am stoked.” Runner-up was Townsville star Braydon Wellby, who was actually the first rider on the card.

WEIPA BULLRIDE RESULTS Open Bull Ride 1st Luke Smith 2nd Braydon Wellby 3rd Jackson Stockman Novice Bull Ride 1st Jackson Stockman 2nd Patrick Hart 3rd Alan Gilbo Open Bullock Ride 1st Tennison Paul 2nd Trevor Callope 3rd Alfred Bond Junior Bullock Ride 1st Tennison Paul 2nd Shaquille Ford 3rd Corey Clarke Junior Steer Ride 1st Sunny Gordon 2nd Ryley Wellby 3rd Robert Bowen Men’s Steer Wrestling 1st Leighton Taske Women’s Steer Wrestling 1st Cass Taske * No competitors rode time in the Bushman’s Buckjump and Women’s Bullock Ride.

But Wellby was at somewhat of a disadvantage, having spent the whole weekend in the arena as a rodeo clown, or “protection athlete” as they are known in 2021. It was also Wellby’s first trip to Weipa and he said he would be back again next year. “If I knew it was like this I would have been here a few times before. The atmosphere was unreal,” the 24-year-old said. The prizemoney for the Bushman’s Buckjump on broncs went unclaimed, with no rider able to

last the eight seconds on horseback. It was the same story for the women’s bullock ride, which has gone unclaimed for many years. “I’ve got the belt buckle from four years ago and we changed the time from eight seconds to six seconds to find a winner,” said long-serving committee member Tammy Tierney. “We might have to change it to four seconds next year,” she said with a smile. The future of the event appears to be in good hands with a number of up-and-comers showing their skill in the arena. The aptly-named Jackson Stockman took honours in the Novice Bull Ride, beating Patrick Hart and Alan Gilbo for the honour. Stockman, an Atherton farmer, also finished third in the Open Bull Ride event. One of the most popular riders on the weekend was Kowanyama young gun Tennison Paul, who won both the Open Bullock Ride and the Junior Bullock Ride. His enthusiasm and style should make him a top bullrider on the circuit for years to come. The Gordon legacy also lived on, with Sunny Gordon taking out the Junior Steer Ride. In the steer wrestling, husband and wife duo Leighton and Cass Taske each won their respective men’s and women’s divisions. The stockman’s challenge novelty event was also a highlight. Although the date has yet to be officially announced, it is almost certain the 2022 event will be held on August 19 and 20 next year.

Open bull ride winner Luke Smith in action.

No rider could last eight seconds in the Bushman’s Buckjump.

The quality of stock was once again superb at the Weipa Bullride.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Cape York Weekly – Page 9


Weipa Bullride 2021 

Pictures: NEIL HUMMERSTON & MATT NICHOLLS

The Weipa Rodeo Association committee has many faces, all with different roles to play. All of them are volunteers and worked for two years to make the 2021 Weipa Bullride a massive success.

Our little event is one of state’s best kept secrets EDITORIAL: For a small town in Cape York, Weipa has once again produced another amazing event. The Weipa Bullride committee must be congratulated for its vision, dedication and resilience to put on a show during the pandemic, despite all the roadblocks in front of them. And the event was funded purely by locals – small and large

businesses in the Cape, plus the thousands who parted with their cash at the gate on Friday and Saturday night. And for $30 an adult for two nights of entertainment, the value is about as good as it gets. This newspaper editor has been to events all across Queensland, including the Mount Isa Rodeo, the Birdsville Races, Cairns Amateurs, Julia Creek Dirt and Dust

Poddy riders receive their trophies.

A future bull riding star?

Lincoln Scikluna in the junior steer ride.

The event is family-friendly.

Festival, Boulia Camel Races (and many more). There is no doubt the Weipa Bullride belongs in the same company. You could say the same thing about the Weipa Fishing Classic, which is just around the corner. In 2021, there is growing pressure on rodeos and animal-based events to shut down or have more restrictions placed on them. Some of those calls are fair.

What makes the Weipa Bullride stand out is its commitment to safety, both to the participants and the livestock. It was pleasing to see all riders and beasts get up and walk out of the arena of their own accord. Credit must go to the Cape York cattle stations, Watson River and Wolverton, for providing much of the stock for the events. There are too many people to

The steers might be smaller, but they still buck hard.

mention when it comes to putting on a show as great as the Weipa Bullride, but the hard-working members of the committee deserve the praise. The new arena was spectacular and we can’t wait for the 2022 edition. There is a rumour going around that we could be in for a re-brand? Watch this space. – Matt Nicholls, Editor

Eight seconds can feel like a lifetime.

The future generation of the Weipa Bullride.

These youngsters enjoyed watching their mates in the junior steer ride.

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The poddy riders were well protected with safety equipment.


Weipa Bullride 2021

Being balanced and composed is the key to success.

Noah Snell had the time of his life in the poddy ride.

The protection athletes were at the top of their game.

This one definitely hurt!

Sure, the photo is great, but this Bushman’s Buckjump rider is probably still sore after this one.

Jyren Kyle gives it his all.

Dads had to provide some support.

Some were happier to watch from the grandstands.

Cass Taske won the women’s steer wrestling.

It’s a long way down when you get bucked off a perturbed bull. All riders walked away over the two nights, though.

The smile says it all, doesn’t it?

Grandmother Raechel Gordon gave it her best shot.

It looks easy when it’s a still frame, but riding a bull takes a lot of courage. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Cape York Weekly – Page 11


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If you don’t start well it’s hard to recover.

The steer riding is one of the most entertaining events on the program.

Reuben Slingo helps Summer van Pelt into the chute.

Denson Drum rides with a big smile on his face. Page 12 – Cape York Weekly – Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The protection athletes earned their money over the two days.

I did it, mum!! Summer van Pelt was rapt with her poddy ride.

Jemima Knight impressed the crowd with her whip cracking skills.

The poddy ride class of 2021 had plenty of talent.

Trevor Callope helps return a boot.

This year’s bulls proved a handful for riders.

Clancy Gordon, Sunny Gordon and Rylie Wellby discuss their techniques behind the chutes.

Saturday night’s bull riding was a hit with the crowd.

Poddy riders were well looked after.

The judges had some tough calls.


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North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation PUBLIC NOTICE EASTERN KUKU YALANJI PEOPLE NATIVE TITLE CLAIM INFORMATION DAY AND AUTHORISATION MEETING TWO MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FOR ALL EASTERN KUKU YALANJI PEOPLE WHO ASSERT NATIVE TITLE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS IN THE AREA HIGHLIGHTED IN THE MAP BELOW 1. THE PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION SESSION IS TO: Provide informal information to discuss the proposed new native title claim and meet with expert anthropologist Dr Anna Kenny. There is no set format, simply the ability to ask questions about the proposed native title claim Date:

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Position Vacant Job Title: Case Manager – AODS Youth Support (Alcohol and Other Drugs Service) Employment Type: 12 month term contract Other Benefit: Salary Sacrifice Scheme Applications close: 1st September 2021 Paid Holiday: 4 Weeks Weipa Community Care Association Inc. is seeking a caring, passionate and self-motivated full-time Support Worker, with excellent communication skills, to join our team. The right candidate will be flexible and hands on, providing support and assistance to vulnerable clients. We are looking for a friendly, welcoming and compassionate individual, that has the ability to work co-operatively, constructively and without judgement in the interest of the community, children and families. AODS deliver clinical alcohol and other drug treatment to vulnerable young people 12 – 25 years old in the Weipa, Napranum and Mapoon areas. The successful applicant will have highly developed engagement skills to join our team. This is a dynamic role that calls on strong skills working in culturally sensitive ways addressing youth alcohol and substance abuse. The successful applicant needs to be able to use family inclusive practice skills and generalist youth work skills. Due to legislative requirements the position prefers male applicants. The role entails the following responsibilities: • Provision of support to vulnerable young people to reduce, cease or become safer with their drug and alcohol use, via a therapeutic case management approach to AOD treatment and supported by effective AOD treatment tools and interventions • Participation in a multi-disciplinary team approach to the work and assist other team members in their roles as and when required • Effective liaison with other agencies and professionals to achieve case plan goals The successful applicant will have: • Positive Notice Blue Card • Current First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis (supplied by Weipa Community Care Association Inc. on commencement of employment) • Current open drivers’ licence • Experience working in a Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health or Community Services environment • Relevant industry qualifications • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a close team. • Well-developed oral and written communication, numeracy and literacy skills. • Ability to connect with a diverse range of people. • A welcoming, friendly, patient and compassionate nature towards clients. • Have the ability to address issues and problems quickly and cope with demanding situations; and • The ability to adhere to strict client confidentiality guidelines and procedures. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply and contribute to the diversity of the team. Please email ceo@weipacommunitycare.com to submit your application. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and two-page resume (including two recent professional referees). For more information, please call Josephine Tait on (07) 4069 9272 or email ceo@weipacommunitycare.com


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SPORT IN BRIEF Sands simply superb DAVE Sands beat a field of 17 golfers on Sunday morning to claim victory in the Dawn Busters at Weipa. Dylan Wonfor was runner-up, while Clint Wonfor ran last to win the Hoffman’s. Dave Slade picked up the nearest to pin prize, while Dave Sands had the longest drive on the first, catapulting him to victory.

Gee whiz, she’s good! HITTING the ball straight might sound simple, but it’s not always that easy on the golf course. Being straight and steady proved the key to success for Giembra “Gee” Busmer at last week’s Wednesday Wackers. She beat a field of 22 with her gross 54, nett 30. Partner in crime Stretch Noonan finished last meaning the couple bookended the field. Runner-up was Jim Hunter with a nett 32. Nearest the pins went to Les Sariman on the 7th and Matt Keillor on the 9th.

Far North product eyes fullback position HAMISO Tabuai-Fidow can stake his claim to being North Queensland’s long-term fullback after impressing in his return from injury against the Eels on Saturday night. While Valentine Holmes has assumed the role for the majority of the season, he shifted to the wing in a 32-16 loss to Parramatta to accommodate Tabuai-Fidow’s comeback from appendicitis. Holmes is a proven performer in both positions, though some pundits feel he is better suited

on the flank where the 26-yearold has previously excelled for Queensland and Australia. Tabuai-Fidow, meanwhile, has improved rapidly as a centre this year – debuting there for the Maroons in State of Origin III – but has made the most of his opportunities in the custodian’s position. And with only two rounds to go, Payten said he is keen to watch more of the prodigiously talented 19-year-old in the No.1 jersey. “We’re going to see how

Hammer goes in the next couple of weeks, (then) we’ve got a pre-season to fight it out,” Payten said. “We’ll just let them see what they’ve got for us.” Warriors halfback Chad Townsend was recruited to play alongside Tom Dearden in 2022, but five-eighth Scott Drinkwater has been one of North Queensland’s more dangerous players. Drinkwater started his career as a fullback, having learned off Billy Slater, and could also challenge for the position.

“At the moment, we haven’t got many fit bodies, but preseason, round one next year, it’s about accountability and you earn your spot and you keep it,” Payten said of the competition. Tabuai-Fidow tallied 105 metres in a busy effort in which he had a try overturned by the bunker for a knock-on as well as spilling a bomb that led to Parramatta’s final four-pointer. “Apart from that last error for the try, I thought he was really good ... he was working really hard for the guys around him.”

Alan Wyness, Grant Jamieson, Dale ‘Dasha’ Homquest and Garry Breirkreutz on Sunday.

Kiwi destroys field GRANT Jamieson had a day to remember on Sunday, winning the Carpentaria Golf Club’s weekend 18-hole competition with a brilliant round of golf. The much-loved New Zealander had 43 points in the single stableford event sponsored by Weipa Gourmet Meats. Alan Wyness finished runner-up on a countback with 38 points. Rob McVean was the nearest to pin winner on the 7th, while Garry Breirkreutz was awarded the shot of the day for his efforts on the 9th.

Demons, Lions in Adelaide WEEK one of the AFL finals series has been locked in with four clashes to take place in South Australia and Tasmania. It kicks off on Friday night when Port Adelaide hosts Geelong at Adelaide Oval in a repeat of last year’s qualifying final. Melbourne’s reward for winning the minor premiership is a Saturday night clash against Brisbane at Adelaide Oval. Sydney and Greater Western Sydney will face at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Saturday afternoon. Essendon and the Western Bulldogs play at the same venue on Sunday afternoon.

Acting Detective Sergeant Aaron Thomas with Northern Pride football operations manager Cameron Miller at Weipa’s Andoom Oval last week.

Pride chasing long-term relationship with Weipa CAPE York has already provided a handful of players to the Northern Pride over the years, but the rugby league club is hoping to create a stronger bond with the region, particularly on the Western Cape. The Pride have been regular visitors to Weipa this year and were in town again last week to run sessions in both Weipa and Mapoon. Football operations manager Cameron Miller said building a long-term relationship with the Cape was crucial.

“The Northern Pride has a healthy partnership with Rio Tinto, which provides us the opportunity to do some work with some of Rio Tinto’s communities, including Weipa, Aurukun, Napranum, Mapoon and the NPA,” he said last week. “It’s important to us to build that relationship and foster a pathway for young people. “Not everyone will be a star rugby league player but we want to see as much participation as possible.” Miller said building sustain-

able rugby league opportunities in the communities was the key to success. “Some of the focus areas for us have been community engagement and running coaching courses, referee courses and league-safe courses so that people from the communities can go back to their teams and be sustainable,” he said. “The turnouts have been pretty good in all communities.” While in Weipa, the Pride also ran an engagement session with the Napranum Bulldogs,

who are preparing for a number of rugby league carnivals. “Margie and Jason are doing a great job and we are excited for them,” Miller said. In Mapoon, the Pride joined up with Cairns-based Detective Aaron Thomas to deliver a message to local kids about respectful behaviours. Acting Sergeant Thomas works with the Child Protection Unit and said the Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard program was having a meaningful impact in the communities.

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News from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area FREE – #011 | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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MILESTONE FOR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

Open for business IN a major milestone for Torres Strait Islanders, Queensland has progressed legal recognition of Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practice with the opening of the Office of the Commissioner (Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa) in Cairns. A Torres Strait Islander blessing signalled the official opening of the office last week. In the coming months, applications for cultural recognition orders will open, along with an additional office in the Torres Strait. Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa Commissioner C’Zarke Maza said the office would support life-long aspirations among many Torres Strait Islanders by improving access to support, services and opportunities. “This is a history-making moment and my office is proud to play a part by helping Torres Strait Islander families connect cultural identity and legal identity to access more opportunities,” he said. “Something as seemingly simple as a birth certificate can make a world of difference in enrolling for school, obtaining a driver’s licence, securing employment and accessing government support. “Our door is open and I warmly invite families to reach out to us with any questions, so we can help you understand the process.” Continued – Page 2

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History made with office opening From – Page 1 Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the office opening was a landmark moment. “It means we are another step closer towards allowing people to apply for legal recognition of the traditional child rearing practice, which if granted, means they can get a birth certificate that reflects their lived identity, and opens easy access to government services such as financial support and school enrolment,” Ms Lui said. “Legally recognising Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practice and acknowledging the strength of this enduring culture is an important step in the Palaszczuk government’s journey to reframe its relationship with First Nations peoples.” Acting Minister for Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Leeanne Enoch said the opening represented a reconciliation milestone for both the state and nation. “Queensland is honouring the spirit, diversity, resilience and culture of Torres Strait Islander peoples by progressing legal recognition of Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practice” MsEnoch said. “Today, we take another step

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui, Commissioner C’Zarke Maza and Cairns MP Michael Healy with office staff at last week’s opening.

forward in our state’s reconciliation journey by opening this office, which will support and guide Torres Strait Islander families through the process of applying for cultural recognition orders. “This community-led achievement, supported by the Government, builds upon decades of advocacy led by the Kupai Omasker

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Working Party to nurture strong futures for generations of Torres Strait Islander children and families. “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by working together to transform community aspirations into reality.

“Reconciliation actions recognising the cultures, traditions and enduring strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will continue to guide our state’s Path to Treaty towards a more just and inclusive future where all Queenslanders can thrive,” Ms Enoch said. Member for Cairns Michael

Healy welcomed the new office in his electorate. The Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa Program Support Office in Cairns is located at Level 3 CitiCentral Building, 46-48 Sheridan Street. For more information, free call 1800 571 102 or visit www.qld. gov.au/torreschildrearing


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Major milestone for our health service

Gayleen Majid from Thursday Island’s IBIS Supermarket with the Eco by Deeko range, made from natural materials.

Single-use plastics about to be banned COMMUNITY Enterprise Queensland is ready for the ban of single-use plastics when it comes into force on September 1. CEQ provides goods and essential services to the Torres Strait and Cape York through its 28 stores, as well as other stores including Col Jones and Mitre 10 on Thursday Island. The September 1 ban includes single-use plastic items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and unenclosed bowls, as well as expanded polystyrene cups and takeaway containers. CEQ general manager of merchandise Casey Kelly said the CEQ stores were well prepared for the upcoming changes. “Once the ban was announced by the Queensland government, our teams immediately began working with suppliers to source appropriate range alternatives,” she said. “We already have ranges like Eco by Deeko out in our stores, which are made from materials like sugar cane, and we’ve

also started to move to provide eco-friendly packaging with our takeaway food. “We’ve now almost completely cleared out our non-compliant ranges, and are well positioned for a smooth transition once the laws come into effect.” Ms Kelly said that in-store posters and digital noticeboard announcements had also been running in CEQ’s remote stores to ensure customers were fully aware of the ban on single-use plastics. Current government data shows that half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once, ending up in landfill and harming the environment. Surveys have shown a 70 per cent reduction in all plastic bag litter since lightweight single-use plastic shopping bags were banned in 2018. For more information about Queensland’s ban on single-use plastics, visit www.qldplasticsban.com.au

TORRES Strait Island senior health worker George Morseau administered the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service’s 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccination last week in Weipa. In addition to cracking the 10,000 mark, last Tuesday was a record day for the rollout, with 424 doses administered across the three vaccination clinics in Weipa, Aurukun and Pormpuraaw. It took some intricate data analysis before the team could pinpoint exactly who had administered the 10,000th dose, and George said he was surprised and excited to have landed the honour. “I was in a bit of a shock when I was told really. I’m excited to have been the one that gave the 10,000th dose, and just proud to be able to vaccinate my people and help make the community safe,” George said. “Being a part of the team that has achieved something so big, and to deliver that dose and realise how many doses we’ve been through so far is a major achievement to me.” Milestones aside, George says he has relished playing a role in the Torres and Cape COVID-19 vaccination rollout. “The COVID vaccination team

Health worker George Morseau.

I work with are all great practitioners, great team workers, with excellent team leaders. “Being part of this vaccination team is a dream for me. I have worked in the Torres and Cape now for 25 years, and moving into a health practitioner team in my community means I can be a role model for our kids. “My focus now is on clinical roles to look after my own people and be part of our future.” The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service vaccination teams will return to the Torres Strait in November to vaccinate community members who missed out the first time. Local residents are encouraged to contact their health clinic to register their interest.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region. The TSRA Governance & Leadership Programme is seeking suitably qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and motivated persons to fill the following Affirmative Measures, Ongoing / Non-ongoing opportunity: Parliamentary and Ministerial Support Officer APS5 (P/N T01957 & 701958) *SALARY RANGE $73,420.81 - $77,855.11 P/A TSRA accommodation is not available for this position. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the Torres Strait housing market prior to applying for this position. Working under the direction of the Project Manager, Governance and Leadership Programme, a Parliamentary and Ministerial Support Officer requires strong organisational and workload management skills, ability to confidently coordinate and draft briefings, committee papers, correspondence, and corporate documents for the TSRA. Working to the Project Manager, Board Support, the role provides secretariat support for all the TSRA Board related Board meetings and the Project Steering Committee (PSC). The Support Officer collates and coordinates papers from across the Agency and maintains the audit and risk registers. In relation to Ministerial support, they undertake research, coordinate and draft briefings, committee papers, parliamentary Questions on Notice and other correspondence and corporate documents for the TSRA as required. This role also operates collaboratively with other members of the Governance and Leadership team. The position offers diverse and challenging work in a supportive and friendly environment. *Generous allowances are paid on top of the salary listed above. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4%. The filling of these vacancies is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975’. These vacancies are only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. A merit list may be created. How to apply: • Visit our website at www.tsra.gov.au and click on the Opportunities to apply through the online application system or, • If you do not have access to the internet please contact the HR Team on (07) 4069 0700 ***APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO APPLY ONLINE*** Closing date for applications is 11:30pm AEST, Sunday 5 September 2021 For further information relating to this position please contact Ingrid Nielsen on Tel: 07 40690 700 Note: All positions with the TSRA are subject to satisfactory character checks, criminal history checks, health clearance, Australian citizenship requirements, and, if applicable, formal qualifications, a working with children check. TSRA is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ and in support of Government policy encourages applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australians. TSRA embraces Workplace Diversity. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Cape York Weekly | Strait Talkin’ – Page 3


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Two families become one at beach wedding THURSDAY Island’s Bach Beach came to life earlier this month with the wedding of local couple Iwao Takai and Toni Fell. The couple exchanged vows in front of around 100 people on a sunny Saturday on August 7. Guests and the wedding party celebrated into the night at the reception of the Thursday Island Bowls Club. Proud parents of the bride, Elton and Darlene Fell, were beaming to see their daughter tie the knot. The groom’s parents, Xavier Bowe and Misako Takai, were also thrilled on the wedding day.

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We are the elected TSRA members from all communities, coming together with one voice Introducing your TSRA Board Members 2020-2024

The TSRA Vision Ngalpun Yangu Kaaba Woeydhay, A Ngalpun Muruygaw Danalagan Mabaygal Kunakan Palayk, Bathayngaka (KALA LAGAU YA) Buaigiz Kelar Obaiswerare, Merbi Mir Apuge Mena Obakedi, Muige Merbi Areribi Tonarge, Ko Merbi Keub Kerkerem (MERIAM MER) Ngalpan Moebaygal Thoepoeriwoeyamoeyn, Ngalpan Ya Kuduthoetaynu, Ngalpan Igililmaypa, Sepa Setha Wara Goeygil Sey Boey Wagel (KALA KAWAU YA) Empowering our people, in our decision, in our culture, for our future

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Meet your elected TSRA Members Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM

Chairperson, Portfolio Member for Governance and Leadership Member for Port Kennedy

Mr Cygnet Repu

Portfolio Member for Culture, Art and Heritage Member for Mabuiag

Mr Yen Loban

Portfolio Member for Fisheries Member for Ngurupai and Muralag

Mr Dimas Toby

Assistant Portfolio Member for Environmental Management Member for Boigu

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Mr Horace Baira

Deputy Chairperson, Portfolio Member for Native Title Member for Badu

Mr John Paiwan

Alternate Deputy Chairperson, Portfolio Member for Regional Infrastructure Member for St Pauls

Ms Tailisa Yusia

Ms Hilda Mosby

Portfolio Member for Economic Development Member for Bamaga

Portfolio Member for Environmental Management Member for Masig

Mrs Karyn Sam

Mrs Iris Billy

Portfolio Member for Healthy Communities Member for Seisia

Portfolio Member for Safe Communities Assistant Portfolio Member for Governance and Leadership Member for Warraber

Mr Patrick Mooka

Assistant Portfolio Member for Regional Infrastructure Member for Dauan

Mr Jimmy Gela

Member for Erub


The TSRA Board carries out the function of the TSRA in accordance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 that contribute to the development, monitoring and evaluation of the policies, programmes, strategies and budget parameters.

Mr Seriako Dorante

Member for Hammond

Ms Danie Savage

Assitant Portfolio Member for Native Title Member for Kubin

Mr Nicholas Pearson

Assistant Portfolio Member for Fisheries Member for Poruma

Mr Sereako Stephen

Mr Charles David

Assistant Portfolio Member for Governance and Leadership Member for Iama

Mr Bob Kaigey

Assistant Portfolio Member for Culture, Art and Heritage Member for Mer

Mr Marcus Warusam

Assistant Portfolio Member for Safe Communities Member for Saibai

Mr Rocky Stephen

The TSRA Board Members provide a critical link between Torres Strait communities and the TSRA administration. As an elected, representative body, the Board sets out the TSRA’s vision for the future and strategic objectives. The TSRA Board consists of 20 community representatives from 18 Torres Strait Island communities and 2 Northern Peninsula Area communities, Bamaga and Seisia. 9 Board Members have portfolio responsibilities for priority topics important to the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area residents. Portfolios include Governance and Leadership; Culture, Art and Heritage; Environmental Management; Economic Development; Fisheries; Healthy Communities; Native Title; Regional Infrastructure and Safe Communities. The Board plays an important role approving TSRA’s programme initiatives, ensuring resources are allocated where they are most needed. Through this brouchure, I invite you to meet our board members and gain an understanding of their roles in ensuring the TSRA is making a difference by empowering our poeple, in our decisions, in our culture, for our future.

Au Esoau, Koeyma Eso, Napau Pedro Stephen AM Member for TRAWQ

Assistant Portfolio Member for Economic Development Member for Ugar

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Duties of Board Members

As members of the peak decision-making body in the Torres Strait, Board Members share ultimate responsibility for the TSRA’s overall performance. Therefore, they have an individual responsibility to ensure the board is undertaking its responsibilities as set out in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. Duties under the ATSI Act

Duties under the PGPA Act

The key duties of TSRA Board Members under the ATSI Act are to:

The key duties of TSRA Board Members under the PGPA Act are to:

constitute the accountable authority (governing body) of the TSRA;

establish and maintain systems relating to risk and control;

encourage cooperation with others;

take risks and effects on others into account when imposing requirements on others relating to use or management of public resources;

keep the Minister for Indigenous Australians and the Minister for Finance informed;

exercise a duty of care and diligence;

act honestly, in good faith and for a proper purpose; not improperly use their position to gain an advantage for themselves or another person, or cause detriment to the TSRA, the Commonwealth or any other person;

not improperly use information obtained by virtue of their position to gain advantage for themselves or for any other person or cause detriment to the TSRA, the Commonwealth or any other person; and

disclose details of all pecuniary and other material interests relating to the affairs of the TSRA.

attend TSRA Board meetings held at least four times each year as well as additional meetings called by the Chairperson; contribute to the decision-making process to set strategic policies and direction for the TSRA;

contribute towards the advancement of the social, economic and cultural development of the region;

represent the TSRA in consultations, meetings, conferences and forums with Indigenous communities, organisations and individuals as well as with government agencies at national, state, territory, regional and local levels - this can require extensive travel from the region;

represent the interests of Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait, to all levels of government, through the TSRA meetings;

seek the views of their community on matters for consideration by the Board;

inform their community of the decisions of the board and explain how they will be affected by the decisions;

contribute to the Torres Strait Development Plan;

uphold the values of the TSRA Charter of Representation, Performance and Accountability;

uphold the values of the TSRA Board Members’ Code of Conduct; and

declare personal, financial and pecuniary interests when they first join the board and when there are changes in their circumstances.

The PGPA Act also provides for rules to be made under the Act to prescribe matters relating to discharging the duties listed above.

TSRA Programmes Governance and Leadership, Economic Development, Fisheries, Culture, Art and Heritage, Native Title, Environmental Managment, Safe Communities, Healthy Communities, Regional Infrastructure. Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261, Thursday Island, Queensland 4875

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Patients love Taylah’s dedication THE Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service’s ground-breaking Healthcare in the Home service is proving a hit with clients thanks to the hard work of support staff like Taylah Mapes. Ms Mapes is one of six new Allied Health Assistants appointed this year to support the service which started in late December last year and covers Weipa, Thursday Island, Bamaga, Cooktown, and nearby communities. Torres and Cape HHS executive director of allied health Vivienne Sandler said the Healthcare in the Home (HiTH) program aimed to provide care to patients closer to home, instead of in a hospital bed or clinic. “This involves a nurse, an allied health clinician – such as a physiotherapist, or speech therapist or dietitian or occupational therapist or Allied Health Assistant – or a health worker travelling to your home to provide health care,” she said. “HiTH is designed to service people needing rehabilitation or help with managing at home when they have an illness. “It also provides for those with an acute illness who can be treated safely at home rather than having to be hospitalised. “The service aims to reduce

Bamaga product Taylah Mapes with client Terry Ryder.

inpatient hospital admissions and length of stay, address hospital avoidance strategies and improve access to healthcare by reducing the need for patient travel.” Ms Mapes, who was raised in Bamaga before moving to Cooktown, previously worked in childcare before joining the Torres and Cape HHS in 2019. “When I was offered the opportunity to apply for one of the new Allied Health Assistant positions, I jumped at it,” she said. “I always had a passion to work in health.

“I had childhood cancer when I was young and spent a lot of time in hospital in Cairns. “I gained a lot of respect for the clinical staff who looked after me and they inspired me to think about a career in health. “My partner also had a major health scare some time ago and spent a lot of time in intensive care and I was so impressed by the staff who looked after him.” Ms Mapes said she loved her work as an Allied Health Assistant and had been delegated to help look after elderly clients in Cook-

town as part of the HiTH program. She also looks after clients on the hospital ward. “When I visit clients at home, we have a bit of a chat, see how they are going, if they have any issues and then I work with them on a special exercise program that is tailored to their needs,” Ms Mapes said, “These programs generally last about six weeks and then, as part of the Allied Health team at Cooktown, we review their progress and see if any ongoing support or further interventions are required. “The clients love being part of the Healthcare in the Home program. “They feel so much more comfortable being looked after at home and this makes them much more motivated.’’ Ms Mapes said she was currently studying for her Certificate IV in Allied Health, which she expected to finish in late 2022. “I’ve also thought about becoming a nurse in the more distant future but, for the moment, I’m happy to see where my work as an Allied Health Assistant takes me,” she said. Ms Sandler said Healthcare in the Home had expanded to service 40 registered clients currently from just five when the program

got under way just before Christmas last year. “The HiTH program has proved so successful that we have been funded to permanently appoint an additional six Allied Health Assistants to support it,’’ she said. “We now have 12 Allied Health Assistants across the region, based at our hub hospitals of Cooktown, Bamaga, Weipa and Thursday Island. They include six staff, like Taylah, who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and are playing a vital role in helping us achieve our goals of providing culturally appropriate care, building strong relationships with community and empowering people to better manage their own healthcare.” Ms Sandler said the health service’s Allied Health Assistants were an integral part of the Allied Health team at each hub hospital site. “The provide services for which they have been credentialled, including individual therapy in patients’ homes or at the clinic, and group exercise classes,” she said. Ms Sandler said the health service provided training for the Allied Health Assistants to gain their Certificate IV, as well as Aquatic Response training to help deliver hydrotherapy classes.

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Torres Strait Islander kidney transplant recipient Seriako Stephen (right) with Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Dr David Mudge and liaison officer Brett Mooney.

Kidney recipient thanks hospital’s transplant team THE thought of needing an organ transplant would be daunting for many of us. However, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, the unknowns can become a huge barrier in receiving this gift of life. Thanks to a kidney support initiative at Queensland’s Kidney Transplant Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), the number of Indigenous patients receiving a kidney transplant in Queensland in the past five years has doubled. The hospital is committed to closing the gap for this population and making transplantation more accessible to people living in remote communities with the help of Indigenous Liaison Officer, Brett Mooney. Thursday Island Elder, and PAHs most recent Indigenous kidney transplant recipient, Seriako Stephen, is grateful for the guiding hand that gave him confidence to take the path to a kidney transplant after four years on dialysis.

“Compared to the people I have met here who have been on dialysis for many years, my journey was a short one, but it was challenging,” he said. “I was very afraid of having a transplant, I didn’t know what to expect; but what I have experienced with the nurses, the doctors and the support staff has built my resilience, my courage and my strength.” A donor match was found for Seriako in July and he flew from Cairns to PAH immediately to have his transplant the next day. “I’m grateful I was able to get a match that will give me that longevity of life to spend with my wife Joan and my young family. “It will enable me to go back to my normal life and run my fishing business. The business creates employment for the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Torres Strait and gives people in incarceration an opportunity,” he said. Seriako is the sixth Indigenous patient to receive a kidney trans-

plant this year and nephrologist, Dr David Mudge said this was a testament to the support program which is now actively working with communities, particularly in the west and Far North Queensland. “We know there is more work to be done in this space, but we are proud of the commitment of our team in making kidney health a priority for our Indigenous population,” Dr Mudge said. “Our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Brett, is just one of the successful supports for this cohort of patients through their journey with us from diagnosis, through dialysis and, where possible – the gift of life with a kidney transplant. “He supports the patient to understand the process, providing information about upcoming procedures in their native dialect and ensuring they have culturally appropriate support during their entire stay.” Community sessions held in rural communities also help to educate potential transplant recipi-

ents about the process. As does the advocacy of successful transplant recipients. “Educating our Indigenous communities about their own health is so important so they can take real action in preventing chronic disease,” Seriako said. “Torres Strait has a higher rate of diabetes in this country than our First Nations brothers and sisters, the Aboriginal community. “We inherit pre-existing medical complications from generations before us and we need to be on top of that,” he said. “I encourage other Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginals living with kidney disease in the region, that when the opportunity comes for a transplant, you prepare yourself and take it with open arms and humbleness. “I guarantee you will be in the best professional hands of the medical, nursing, Indigenous liaison officers and allied health staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.”

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Defence continues to link up with PNG AUSTRALIA and Papua New Guinea have a strong and enduring security partnership, based on a shared vision for a secure and prosperous region. Amid COVID-19, this partnership continues to reach important milestones, such as the Lombrum Joint Initiative Project. The project was announced in 2018 It involves members of the ADF and PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) working together to redevelop the Lombrum Naval Base in Manus Province and build PNG’s capability to protect its borders and maritime resources. Lombrum Naval Base was one of the largest US bases in the Pacific during WWII and a critical staging point for Allied attacks to liberate the Philippines. In 1950 the base was commissioned as HMAS Tarangau until 1974, at which time it was handed over to the PNGDF. Captain Peter Walsh, from 19 Chief Engineer Works, is currently on Lombrum Naval Base as a project engineer for the project and said a key element was the involvement of the local construction industry and community. “By using key contractors and subcontractors, the project is providing additional skills and mentoring so that future works can be conducted by local industry, and we help build infrastructure resilience,” he said. Having worked on numerous projects in PNG over the past few years, Captain Walsh said the local people were what made it so enjoyable. “Walking around Manus Island, the locals are friendly and have a smile on their faces,” he said. 19 Chief Engineer Works is a small but niche element of the

Fitness fanatics Lea-ann Mears, Leandra Newman and Tanu Poipoi. The Australian and PNG defence forces have a strong working relationship.

Army that provides the only deployable infrastructure project management capability in Defence. The initial phase of the project, known as early works, began at Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island mid last year and is nearing completion. It comprised a new medical facility, refurbishment of a community chapel, and a security fence on the Naval Base. As a works supervisor, WO2 Adam Moore was responsible for the administration of on-site quality assurance and ensuring contract compliance. “I supervised contractors to deliver the works and make sure quality standards were met,” he said. With a forecast workforce of 56 per cent local Manusians dur-

ing construction for the project, a number of the individuals have participated in an on-the-job traineeship program comprising classroom and on-the job training. “The individuals completed an introduction to building and construction at the local trade school and were on site as part of the program,” WO2 Moore said. “They’re developing recognised and transferrable skills, which will benefit the local community for years to come”. A multi-discipline team from Army and the PNG local industry recently completed a high frequency and very high frequency communications upgrade to the base. The communication upgrades will enable the conduct of PNGDF maritime operations for the Pacific and Guardian-class patrol boats based at Lombrum.

CrossFit expertise coming to the NPA NORTHERN Peninsula Area gym manager Tanu Poipoi will soon be a qualified CrossFit trainer after receiving a $1000 sponsorship from Bamaga Enterprises Ltd. Passionate about exercise, Mr Poipoi decided to undertake his CrossFit Level I Certificate course so he could help train others in the community to live a fit and healthy life. CrossFit is a form of highintensity interval training that involves a wide range of strength and conditioning exercises to improve fitness, power and strength.

“We incorporate all sorts of exercises, which can include carrying water bottles, throwing heavy boulders over our shoulders, climbing over walls or simply just running,” Mr Poipoi said. Mr Poipoi said he would complete the online course in September. It involves 22 different modules such as practical video coaching, planning and instructing his own class. “I would like to say a big thank you to BEL for their support, which allowed me to undertake the course.”

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THURSDAY ISLAND TIDE TIMES

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY AUG 25 AUG 26 Time m Time m 0202 2.78 0208 2.47 0958 1.21 1100 1.41 1412 1.66 1443 1.59 1637 1.37 1649 1.44

FRIDAY AUG 27 Time m 0013 2.21 1328 1.47 2152 2.32

SATURDAY AUG 28 Time m 0534 1.45 0940 1.96 1446 1.45 2154 2.53

SUNDAY AUG 29 Time m 0532 1.17 1033 2.07 1526 1.44 2202 2.69

MONDAY AUG 30 Time m 0529 0.91 1110 2.13 1552 1.46 2211 2.82

TUESDAY AUG 31 Time m 0534 0.71 1142 2.14 1611 1.50 2222 2.91

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HAMMOND ROCK TIDE SPEED WEDNESDAY AUG 25 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0215 -3.46 0521 0813 3.55 1108 1428 -3.99 1755 2054 3.85 2349

THURSDAY AUG 26 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0245 -3.39 0559 0849 3.23 1144 1505 -3.69 1835 2123 3.09

FRIDAY AUG 27 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0014 0317 -3.18 0640 0926 2.60 1215 1543 -3.27 1916 2151 2.25

SATURDAY AUG 28 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0030 0351 -2.89 0730 1005 1.76 1244 1623 -2.70 2001 2218 1.41

SUNDAY AUG 29 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0037 0427 -2.59 0844 1055 0.89 1314 1713 -2.07 2100 2245 0.62

MONDAY AUG 30 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0029 0511 -2.36 1100 1240 0.27 1423 1826 -1.48 2317 -0.05

TUESDAY AUG 31 Slack Maximum Time Time Rate 0626 -2.27 1252 1457 0.63 1656 2010 -1.27

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