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Tropical Wetlands to host live music TABLELANDS residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of music surrounded by the unmatched serenity of the Tropical Wetlands Reserve as Forever Wild are hosting a live music event on Saturday, May 25. The free event will consist of performances from Cairns band The Southside Project and will feature Indigenous actor and didgeridoo player Warren Clements. A Director at Forever Wild Merrilee Frankish said the event is a great opportunity for people

to experience and learn more about the Tropical Wetlands Reserve. “This event is a culturally themed event, with the idea being to have some fantastic displays of art and culture on traditional land,” she said. “The event will be made all the more special as attendees will have the chance to witness the picturesque sunset over the Wetlands, something a lot of people attending wouldn’t have had the pleasure of seeing before.” Given that this event is a cul-

tural one in nature, Ms Frankish said its aim is to be an all-inclusive event that caters to people of all ages and backgrounds. “We want to encourage and involve groups from different backgrounds to come together for a great night of live music and storytelling that is relevant to this region,” she said. “It will also provide an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Indigenous land use and the role it plays here on the Tablelands.” Ms Frankish said it’s her pas-

sion and a passion of Forever Wild’s to promote local community events all while showing the beauty of the Tropical Wetlands Reserve and what is has to offer here. “People can come along and have a chat, enjoy the music and find out about the important work being done at Forever Wild,” she said. “In addition, the event is very family-friendly which is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike.” There will be food and soft

drinks available on the night for purchase – however there will be no alcohol available as it is an alcohol-free event. There will be limited seating so attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For those who do not have a vehicle, there will be a bus leaving from the Mareeba Community Church at 3pm. For those interested in attending, the venue for the event is located on Pickford Road and will run from 4pm-8pm.



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Time to decide RESIDENTS of the Kennedy electorate will have their say on whom they feel should represent the region as they head to the ballot box this Saturday for the Federal Election. This year has seen a long and hard-fought campaign

that has taken the six Kennedy candidates Bob Katter (KAP), Frank Beveridge (LNP), Brett McGuire (ALP), Sue Bertuch (UAP), Ian Hackwell (Fraser Anning’s National Party) and Lyle Burness (Greens) across the roughly 220,000 square


mile electorate in an attempt to appeal to voters on a variety of issues. While the electorate is vast and each region has their own unique queries and concerns, there have been a few main points of contention that have

dominated debate in recent months – most notably of which includes water security, jobs and roads. Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is a heavy favourite to once again win the Kennedy seat, however passion-


“The vision for Kennedy and in particular the Tablelands is jobs, and the jobs here will come from agriculture. I will sit down and have a clearly defined plan on what key projects we need to be constructing and I’ll start moving quickly and with transparency. In 20 years we haven’t had a major project in this region and it’s time to give people a vision of where we’re going and how to get there.”

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“My top priority in this election is making sure people in our region get better access to essential services. We need fully funded schools, free TAFE and university so everyone can get the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in life; investment in hospitals to improve our health system as well as dental and mental health into Medicare; and an affordable, accessible, publicly-owned NBN to enable us to participate on equal terms with people in the cities.”


My priorities for the Kennedy electorate have not changed from when I first lived in the Electorate in Mt Garnet. Roads, Highways and one way bridges still remain even though money has been funded for these projects. Small towns like Chillagoe are suffering due to the lack of visitors to their wonderful history filled Township. The Burke Development Road needs to be completed as promised for many consecutive elections. Water is still boiled in communities such as Paluma, Ravenshoe, Mt Garnet and this in unacceptable, thus infrastructure is an issue. Farmers are our lifeblood and they, along with our mining communities, need both water security and decent, wide roads to bring their produce and livestock to the Market place on safe, wide, weather reliable roads. Cost of living, small business costs and red tape are all issues

facing each and every resident in Kennedy and if elected I will lobby for a decrease in the cost of electricity, lobby for alternative source of electricity and lobby to make small business red tape and tax easier for all. I will not be a fly in, fly out Member, I will drive the region and meet the people.

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ber one priority for the Kennedy electorate if elected this Saturday, a question which garnered a variety of answers. At time of print responses were only received from the following three Kennedy candidates.



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THE MAREEBA State High School showed its support for their school wheelbarrow race team through a fundraiser event last Thursday. The Mareeba State High School Canteen Crusaders have entered themselves into this years Great Wheelbarrow Race with the goal of raising money for Canteen. The event showcased one student and two teachers shaving their heads with cut hair going to the Variety Kids Charity. The Canteen Crusaders have raised just over $2000 in support of cancer research and funding their team for the Great Wheelbarrow Race. Mareeba State High School

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the kids’ eagerness and involvement “It’s driven by the kids,” she said “If any team from the school wants to do the wheelbarrow race we will support them with staff, facilities and times to fundraise within the school. “The Great Wheelbarrow Race is a community event, many students and teachers are already participating independently from the school through other teams. For those interested in donating to the Canteen Crusaders Caffé Crema will be taking donations. ■ Turn to page 8 for more on the Great Wheelbarrow Race.


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student Kara Trimble said that this amount of money had most definitely exceeded their expectations. “We’ve fundraised through CrossFit, selling roses at Valentine’s Day and taking donations through the school,” she said “This is the first school Wheelbarrow Race team in a while. “Were just trying to raise awareness and show kids battling with cancer that Canteen can and will support them.” The Canteen Crusaders will be running in this year’s Great Wheelbarrow race trying to raise money for Canteen. Deputy Principal Lisa Pershouse voiced her approval at

Canteen Crusaders team members Brendon Alexander, Kara Trimble and Cherene Trimble all shaves their heads last week before they set off this Friday in the Great Wheelbarrow Race.

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Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud was in Mareeba last week to speak with farmers and local industry members on how to grow the Tablelands economically. Pictured: David Littleproud with LNP’s Kennedy candidate Frank Beveridge.

Littleproud’s vision for regional growth

MINISTER for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud was in Mareeba last Thursday to meet with local industry professionals and farmers to hear their concerns in the lead-up to the Federal Election this Saturday. The forum also provided Mr Littleproud the opportunity to show his support of Kennedy’s Liberal National Party candidate Frank Beveridge, who has run a strong and tireless campaign on the ground that has seen his core messages gain greater traction with voters seemingly every week. “I want to reinforce to industry professionals and farmers on the Tablelands and the Kennedy electorate that we are the ones who will make sure that their voice is heard in Canberra,” Mr Littleproud said. “That’s a huge priority of mine as they don’t have one at the moment, and I think that’s something a candidate like Frank (Beveridge) will provide this electorate. “Frank has been in both local government and small business, so he can relate to the people of

this electorate and knows what it takes for this part of the country to prosper. “The other thing is he’ll be inside the room, because if we win, he’ll be there making the case for you by cutting the cheques and making the decisions – which is something you’re not going to get with an independent or minor party.” Mr Littleproud said the most notable issues which were raised at the meeting on Thursday were roads, biosecurity and water infrastructure, and he spoke to what processes the LNP have put in place to ensure the Kennedy electorate are the beneficiaries of greater investment in those particular industry areas. “We’ve got $3.5 billion that we put in the Federal Budget for roads of strategic importance, $1.5 billion of which will be for North Queensland and we want that money spent,” he said. “As it relates to biosecurity, let me tell you, I have changed the rules now. “If someone comes in from another country and they disrespect our biosecurity or risk our 60 billion dollar agricultural

industry, we send them home straight away. “We have to take this threat very seriously, and we have done so by committing a further $313 million into biosecurity and that’s not only for boots on the ground, but also for the implementation of Indigenous rangers and up-to-date technology.” Ultimately however, Mr Littleproud noted that arguably the most pertinent issue facing regional Australia is ensuring its continual economic growth. “In order to grow regional Australia and allow it to reach its full potential, it’s essential to invest in agriculture,” he said. “We as the Federal Government have put $3.3 billion towards new water infrastructure. “It’s never been the responsibility of the Federal Government to build water infrastructure, it’s traditionally the responsibility of the State Government yet they won’t come to the table. “It’s vitally important that we back ourselves because for far too long in this country we’ve perpetrated our own misery by saying why we can’t do things rather than looking for reasons

why we can. “We’ve got to back ourselves with the smarts of the 21st century with infrastructure, science and technology - we can build dams, we can build water infrastructure and that will empower regional Australia to grow.” Mr Littleproud said the Liberal National Party is coming from behind in this Federal Election, however he believes in his party’s policies and the LNP’s ability to be transparent with their vision for the future, and he’s confident that will bode well come this Saturday. “You can’t have a party become the Federal Government who don’t tell the voters what the cost of their major policies are,” he said. “For example, they won’t tell us the cost of their climate change policy which is of great concern. “With the LNP on the other hand, we’ve got nothing to hide and you know what you’re going to get with us - so don’t wake up on May 19 in a cold sweat after voting Labor to find you’ve been hit in the hip pocket.”

SATURDAY May 25 will mark this year’s Dimbulah Lions Festival, a celebration of food and entertainment kicking off with a downtown street parade. The parade will start at 5pm followed by an energizing selection of entertainers building towards the crowning of the Festival Queen and finishing with a stupendous fireworks performance.

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BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION – A 7-YEAR ‘FIGHT LIKE TIGERS’ BATTLE Bob was the first politician to call for the Royal Commission back in May 2015. Bob introduced twice into the Parliament Banking Royal Commission legislation and secured the Member for Dawson to cross the floor and vote for it. This forced the Government’s hand and resulted in the Government agreeing to do a Banking Royal Commission. HOW DID WE GET HERE? • End 2012 – Rural Debt Summit – Bob pressures the then Treasurer after a question in Parliament to act on spiralling rural debt. • 7 May 2013 – Bob organises rural crisis meeting in Richmond. Bob forms Gulf Cattleman’s Association to steer the meeting and actions going forward. Focus of the crisis meeting is on debt, drought and live cattle exports. After the meeting is called, but prior to being held, on 27 April 2013, ALP Government announces $420m in concessional loans. • 30 June/1 July 2013 – Indonesian Ambassador tours the Gulf with Bob. The next day, the Indonesian Ambassador flies to Jakarta to brief the President ahead of Prime Minister Rudd's visit. Live cattle quota numbers are restored following Rudd's visit. • 28 Feb 2014 – Bob and Rural Debt Roundtable Working Group Chair meet with Australian Banking Association in Sydney regarding rural debt and Bob’s legislation for a Rural Reconstruction Board. • 5 December 2014 – Winton ‘Last Stand’ meeting called by KAP State MP Robbie Katter. Radio/TV commentator Alan Jones is a special guest. David Pascoe compiles a Facebook story about Charlie Phillott and ANZ Bank, which goes viral. Following this meeting, LNP Government gives another $100m in concessional loans and ANZ puts a moratorium on foreclosing on any new drought-affected farmers for a year. Bob says he will name and shame banks behaving badly in the media and in Parliament. • May 2015 – After battling ANZ and other bank cases, Bob calls for a Royal Commission into the banks. • 12 July 2015 – 60 Minutes airs story on Charlie Phillott and ANZ Bank. • 30 August 2015 – Mike Smith’s (CEO of ANZ) apology to Charlie Phillott airs on second 60 Minutes. • 19 October 2015 –KAP State MP Robbie Katter is appointed Chair of the Queensland Government’s Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. The final report, released in April 2016, made 14 recommendations including establishing a Rural and Industries Development Bank, a Farm Debt Reconstruction Authority, and a commercial Multi-Peril Insurance (income protection) product for all primary industries. • 26 May 2016 – Robbie Katter introduces the Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill. • 10 October 2016 – Bob introduces Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016. • 27 March 2017 – New bill introduced by Bob which has input from other MPs - People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017. Member for Dawson publicly says he will cross the floor to support Bob’s Bill. • November 2017 – Consequently, Prime Minister Turnbull announces a Royal Commission, after the big banks say it is ok. • 25 June 2018 – Bob introduces the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill – legislation for GlassSteagall separation of commercial banks from all other financial activities. • 27 June 2018 – Bob attends the Banking Royal Commission public hearings. ANZ Bank publicly apologises at the hearing to Charlie Phillott and states $40m be paid out to other landmark cases. Bob asks a question of the Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC. Mr Katter interrupts proceedings to ask whether the banks’ failures will be properly fixed. The Commissioner concedes that public hearings into agribusiness lending will have to be extended. • 4 October 2018 – Bob directly asks then Treasurer and now Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Parliament if he could assure the House that the Royal Commission would include the “carrion” (the receivers) and address the issue of a Reconstruction Bank. • 4 February 2019 – Royal Commission recommendations handed down. At the end of the Royal Commission, two bank Chairs and CEOs are removed.

MISSION BEACH BREAKWATER (ROCK WALL) Problem: Mission Beach does not have safe boating harbour protection. 35 years ago, Mission Beach requested a breakwater to provide this safe harbouring of boats and a moderate economic development. Action: After years of fighting by the community and Bob Katter, and following Cyclone Yasi in 2011, Bob secured off the Federal Government $5.5m for the construction of a safe boating harbour facility and post-Yasi economic redevelopment. This led to the Queensland Government providing an additional $11m two weeks later. In complete defiance and total contempt of the community decision to have a multi boat user breakwater facility, the Queensland Government and the former Cassowary Coast Regional Council ignored the community’s breakwater proposal and imposed their own tiny, ecologically-disruptive, four-boat barrage at the end of the jetty, providing negligible harbour protection. Following three years of fighting and a new State Government, Bob requested KAP State Member Shane Knuth intervene. Shane was contacted and met with local boating leadership. He secured the Minister’s intervention and the infrastructure will now be built as originally proposed by the community – a multi boat user breakwater facility – off Clump Point. Outcome: Finally construction has started – the rock wall is being built. This greenlights $120m of tourist industry rebuilds. WATER SECURITY Problem: Bob has been fighting for water development in North Queensland. North Queensland is one of the wettest places in Australia, our rivers flood every year. All we ask is that a little bit of that water is held back to use in the dry season. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which was set up to provide $5bn in funding for projects in the north, has only funded $15.8m in North Queensland six years on. Action: After losing the Wentworth by-election, the LNP Government lost its majority in the Parliament. Bob seized this opportunity to get hard infrastructure for North Queensland. Outcome: The Prime Minister met with Bob in Townsville on 8 November 2018 and committed in a letter to provide $180m for the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and $54m for Hell’s Gates Dam final engineering works and Hell’s Gates Stage One – the construction of Big Rocks Weir – the start of the Bradfield Scheme. The money is in the Federal Budget and a special NQ Water Infrastructure Authority was established on 12 March 2019 to fasttrack the projects. In sharp contrast to NAIF, which in six years has not put concrete over a gutter, Bob delivered $234m in water funding three weeks after seizing the balance of power. QLD TAXI LICENCE OWNERS BEING SOLD OUT TO A FOREIGN MULTI-NATIONAL Problem: For decades, Queenslanders invested their superannuation and savings and mortgaged their houses to purchase a taxi licence, secure in the knowledge that there were laws preventing anyone without a licence giving paid rides. Ride-sharing started in Queensland in 2014 – operating illegally and owned by a foreign multinational. The Queensland Government kowtowed to the foreign multi-national and legalised ride-sharing instead of standing up for Queenslanders. Queensland taxi owners now find their licences worthless; even in regional areas where ride-sharing is unlikely to enter, licence values have dropped. Taxi owners’ costs of operating, as required by the Queensland Government, do not apply to ride-share operators. Every day, Queenslander taxi licence owners find themselves facing financial ruin, with banks calling in loans and superannuation annihilated overnight. Action: Bob and the Queensland KAP State Members are the only politicians who have stood up and fought for the rights of Queensland taxi owners. When KAP introduced the Queensland Transport Legislation (Taxi Services) Amendment Bill 2015, it was not supported by either the LNP or the ALP. Bob worked for years to organise numerous meetings to rally taxi licence owners to stand up and fight these unfair laws. Bob pulled together legal representation and licence owners for a closed action to fight the Queensland Government for fair compensation.

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Outcome: After Bob organised lawyers and licence owners to stand up and fight, more than 1,300 Queensland taxi licence owners have joined the closed legal action for compensation from the Queensland Government. A statement of claim has been filed in the Queensland courts with estimated damages around $1bn. The ALP and LNP continue to ignore these Queensland small business owners in favour of foreign multi-nationals.

BREAST CANCER DRUGS ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS SCHEME (PBS) Problem: The life-saving breast cancer drugs Ribociclib and Palbociclib were available in 52 countries but not Australia. The cost of these medicines was around $5,000 for a monthly dose. Many patients could not afford this and those who could, had to travel overseas for treatment. Action: In January 2018, the Breast Cancer Network Australia and people suffering breast cancer in the Kennedy electorate approached Bob and asked him to fight to get these drugs listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Bob fought a public campaign, ramping up the public pressure on the Government to list the drugs. Bob also met with the Health Minister and wrote follow-up letters. Outcome: In April 2018, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) recommended that the drugs be added to the PBS, with official listing soon after. Australians suffering breast cancer now have access to these life-saving medicines at an affordable price. TULLY MEALS ON WHEELS LANDLINE Problem: Volunteer group Tully Meals on Wheels was without a landline for nearly two months. Action: In March 2019, Bob met with Tully Meals on Wheels and, hearing of their two-month landline outage, contacted Telstra to demand immediate action. Bob fought the privatisation of Telstra and warned of service to rural areas dropping. When the LNP, under Howard, agreed to sell off Telstra, Prime Minister Howard said, “We are going to give you protection via our universal service obligation”, and Bob replied, “PM, that will not be worth two bob; you will never get Mary Smith from Ingham her right to a telephone enforced against the biggest corporation in Australia (Telstra) no matter which laws you passed”. Outcome: Within two working days of making the complaint, Tully Meals on Wheels’ landline was fixed. Very sadly, Bob was proven 100 per cent correct and continues to be proven correct to this day – when you sell off your assets, you’re selling out Australians! MAREEBA HOSPITAL Problem: In Mareeba, the major medical practitioners are turning away up to 23 people a day. Effectively, all of the public hospital outpatients are being closed. If you are sick or need medical care, you have to go to the local private medical practitioners who often also have long waiting periods. Action: On 2 May 2017, the Mareeba community turned out in force, 1,000-people strong, to attend a public meeting to fight for services at Mareeba Hospital. Fighting with the Mareeba community, Bob met and wrote to the Federal Health Minister seeking funding to secure outpatient services at Mareeba Hospital. Outcome: On 6 July 2017, Bob announced $2m in Federal funding for Mareeba Hospital – a big win for all the community fighters, especially given hospital funding is the responsibility of the State Government. 2019 NORTH-WEST FLOOD RECOVERY Problem: What was initially welcomed rain to North-West Queensland quickly turned to devastation. On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, Bob and KAP State Member Robbie Katter started to get calls from graziers on the ground that the situation in North-West Queensland was dire, with hundreds of thousands of cattle losses predicted. Action: On Wednesday, 6 February 2019, Bob called a press conference in Townsville to tell the Australian people what was happening on the ground in the North-West. Calls from the North-West were starting to come in quickly that the situation was incredibly dire and unprecedented. The community was telling Bob and Robbie they felt like Australia had forgotten them and media was not covering the issue. Due to the inaccessibility, limited footage was getting out showing how bad the situation actually was and media did not fully understand the extent of the crisis. Bob and Robbie spent two days convincing media to travel to the North-West with them to see and hear firsthand what was occurring. On Monday, 11 February, Bob flew out to Richmond and Julia Creek with ABC and Channel 7. Bob and Robbie organised for Channel 9 news and The Today Show to travel to Julia Creek and meet with the community there. On seeing the situation firsthand, Channel 7 stayed on in Julia Creek for the whole week without any luggage or change of clothes, such was the gravity of the devastation. Bob flew to Canberra the next day, Tuesday, 12 February, and met with the Prime Minister and Treasurer to tell them firsthand this was an unprecedented disaster. Bob personally asked the Prime Minister to visit the region and stated the visit could not wait. Three days later, on Friday, 15 February, the Prime Minister visited the region, toured properties and met with graziers and small businesses. Outcome: Following the Prime Minister’s visit at Bob’s insistence and national media attention organised by Bob and Robbie Katter, the following was announced: establishing the NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency; $1.7bn in low-interest loans; income tax exemption for grants made to those affected by NQ floods; $300m in grants for restocking; additional $3m in mental health services for North and Western Queensland; one-off payment of $1,000 to qualifying students in North-West flood areas; funding for schools in flood-affected areas; $5m in Federal funding to tackle prickly acacia and; $5m grant to the CWA to provide financial assistance. This was in addition to the disaster recovery payments made to local governments to fix roads and essential infrastructure. NO BANANA IMPORTS Problem: In 2001, the Federal Howard Government undertook an Import Risk Assessment (IRA) whose outcomes bind a country to allow imports. In spite of a dozen diseases, the IRA determined that the bananas should come in. The Federal Government Minister announced he would abide by international protocols, stating therefore that the bananas were coming in. About 95 per cent of Australia’s banana production is in Far North Queensland and the 2016 farmgate value was $600m. Bananas are Australia’s single biggest horticulture industry and Queensland’s largest horticulture industry, employing over 6,000 people and sustaining a backpacker and subsequent tourism trade. Action: Mass rallies were organised out of Bob Katter’s office. Giant ‘No Banana Import’ rallies were held in Cairns. Despite this and real industry fight and pressure, the Howard/Anderson Government was not moving from its resolve to allow banana imports into Australia. Under advice from a leading figure in the industry, Bob flew to Melbourne and met with the late Dick Pratt. Dick Pratt then threw his full weight behind the fight, demanded and secured a meeting with PM Howard and the farm leader. Outcome: Certain public statements were then made and no bananas have come to Australia. SOUTH JOHNSTONE MILL Problem: In 2001, the then grower-owned mill, worth $150m, was sold for an effective price of less than $5m by receivers. Action: Bob, with a group of cane growers who wanted to fight the decision, secured one of Australia’s best lawyers, John Maitland, from Melbourne to take on the case. This group of about 40 South Johnstone cane growers proceeded with legal action, claiming the mill receivers and National Australia Bank failed to take all reasonable care to ensure the mill was sold at a proper market value. Outcome: The civil action resulted in a significant multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement for those growers who were claimants to the legal action. Not content with a multi-million dollar out of court settlement for the cane growers, Bob is still continuing the fight for justice and criminal action to be taken against those responsible. This has included Bob meeting with lawyers, Questions with notice in the Parliament, lobbying Treasurers and Ministers, meetings with the Australian Federal Police, meetings with the Chair of ASIC Greg Medcraft and ASIC Insolvency Commissioner and continued media pressure.

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Hon Bob Katter – Federal Member for Kennedy PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES AND QUESTIONS - 45th PARLIAMENT Bob Katter, KAP Five electorates surrounding Kennedy (average)

Speaking on legislation 40

Questions Without Notice 32

Questions With Notice 21




BOB KATTER VOTING RECORD ON LEGISLATION – 45th PARLIAMENT Division on second reading of bills Voted with ALP Voted with LNP 48.3% 51.7%

Division on third reading of bills Voted with ALP Voted with LNP 46.2% 53.8%


Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2016 To keep under the ownership and control of the people of Australia assets that are vital for the functioning of the economy and the development of our productive resources, as well as those that are vital to our defensive capabilities. Prevents foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are either of “strategic economic importance” or “strategic defensive importance” to Australia. Includes leases and sales (e.g. the Port of Darwin sale). “The sale of Darwin Port: we will not have the port and we will not have the money. We are doing the double: we will have neither. It is now owned by a monopoly gatekeeper—a Checkpoint Charlie who can charge anything he likes.” Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016 To establish a Banking Commission of Inquiry with all of the same powers as a Royal Commission. “The (LNP) Government has said there is no need for a full and far-reaching inquiry. Each of the banks have come along and said 'mea culpa'. They admit to doing the wrong thing. But this LNP Government has decided that they are not going to do anything about it. They just gave the banks the opportunity to say, 'We're guilty, we're sorry and we won't do it again’, and we are going to trust them. There is no responsibility placed upon the bank to make a responsible loan. They get away scot-free and they have skinned the poor beggar who borrowed the money and they have skinned the public purse as well.” Renewable Fuel Bill 2017 To mandate renewable fuel (ethanol or other renewable) content in petrol at the bowser. Benefits include: reducing motor vehicle emissions and associated costs to health; diversifying the grain, wheat and sugar industries whilst creating thousands of extra jobs in regional Australia; increasing Australia’s self-sufficiency in fuel and food and; ultimately delivering cheaper petrol and electricity. “Every single country on earth has biofuels or ethanol legislation because they do not want to see their people dying of lung disease. We now have a situation in Australia where we have no oil, but are we doing anything about it? No way. Our Governments believe in free markets! Sending $25bn each year to the Middle East instead of sending this $25b into rural Australia.” Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017 Makes it illegal to sell fake, imported ‘Aboriginal style’ art, keeping jobs and an income stream open for First Australian peoples. It is estimated that 85% of what is sold in souvenir shops and as Indigenous art is fake and imported. The imitation and fake art deprives the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities one of the only remaining income streams for First Australians. “I am sick of buying my grandchildren woomeras that won’t throw a spear, boomerangs that won’t come back, and bullroarers that don’t roar. So, firstly, we would like to give our tourists, whether they are Australian tourists or overseas tourists, a bit of genuineness in the product that we sell. What this Bill will achieve is that no longer will those jobs go overseas, they will remain here in Australia and Indigenous art will remain the property of our First Australian people.” Commission of Inquiry (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2017 To establish a Commission of Inquiry with all of the same powers as a Royal Commission to investigate the impacts of fracking and unconventional gas on land, water and communities. “The ’Lock the Gate’ battle continues unabated. Great Australians, such as Alan Jones, are walking in the hot sun in demonstrations. People on very different sides of the political spectrum are coming together because they know that this is wrong. The greatest principle is that we have private property. The Magna Carta says that the King has no right to set upon a free man's property without due process or law. That is my land, not the government's land (the Crown). The ’Lock the Gate’ battle is continuing.“

Electoral Amendment (Banning Foreign Political Donations) Bill 2017 Bans political donations from foreign sources and requires the donor to provide a Statutory Declaration. “Who are the supine people in Cabinet that agreed to this? Who are the backbenchers that did not raise it in the party room the next week? Are we people on the crossbenches the only people that oppose the sell-off of our nation?”

People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017 To establish a Commission of Inquiry with all of the same powers as a Royal Commission to inquire into unethical, unlawful and improper conduct in the banking, financial services and related sectors. “Let me concentrate on the injustice of the system. I will use one quick case from my own area, of a family that had been on the land for five generations. They had borrowed money for this place. The Government cut off the live cattle export market, which collapsed the price of cattle—cut it clean in half. They then had a series of dry seasons, the longest series of dry seasons—not the worst drought, but the longest series of dry seasons—in northern Australian history. And the banks hit them. Well, this was sold in six weeks; a $12.5m asset was sold in six weeks. And instead of getting $12.5m, they got $6m for the sale. The son committed suicide. The father lived in the shed; he would not go near the house where his son had committed suicide. The mother could not talk; for three months, she was unable to speak at all. He was asked to sign a document. He was told, 'Sign this document because we don't want to throw your wife and kids out into the street. Your poor little kids thrown out in the street—we don't want to do that. But you've got to sign this document or otherwise there's nothing we can do about it; we just foreclose on your house in Charters Towers and your wife and kids get thrown out on the street’.” Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2018 Commonly known as Glass-Steagall, this Bill separates retail commercial banking activities involving the holding of deposits from wholesale and investment banking involving risky activities. “The Great Depression was immediately addressed by the United States Congress with the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. The Depression hit right at the end of 1929 and within three years, they had drafted legislation to ensure that this would not occur again. Glass-Steagall came in and it overcame the vast bulk of those problems so that the American economy ran fairly effectively, making it three, four, five times the size of any other economy on Earth, until Mr Bill Clinton, 'Mr Free Markets' himself. In 1999, he abolished the Glass-Steagall Act. Within two years, the ‘’ collapse occurred, taking down trillions of dollars of savings, superannuation and retirement moneys of Americans and the rest of the world, and in 2008, as we're all familiar with, came the GFC. Clearly, that timeline indicates the necessity for Glass-Steagall legislation in this place. The situation in Australia is ugly and it is evil and this legislation is needed to overcome those problems.” Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) 2019 (ARDB) Rural Australia is struggling under an insurmountable debt burden, characterised by low farm income and lending practices of financial institutions in deregulated financial markets. In 1980, debt in gross value farm production was at 32 per cent and this has escalated to historically high levels of debt, reaching 135.4 per cent in 2012. Recent natural disasters such as floods and cyclones have exacerbated this situation. The laws are contingent on the commercial banks writing off up to half of existing debt, enabling the ARDB to buy the bad debt at the discounted value and offer farmers refinancing at government interest rates. “A reconstruction board is like a bank – it borrows money and it loans money. All the farmers have to do is apply to have their loans taken over. The banks then take a write-down of the at-risk debt and negotiate with the ARDB about what level of debt they will take on. Under this arrangement, the banks offload the bad debt and have a reduced loss. They don’t have to foreclose. It’s good for the farmer, who will only need to pay 2.5 per cent interest instead of 6.5-7.5 per cent and no repayments for three years. Meanwhile, the ARDB possesses the same asset at lower debt. For farmers, this means if they owe $1m to the banks, after the ARDB absorbs the debt, the farmer will only owe $750,000.” .

KENNEDY FUNDING 45TH PARLIAMENT – COAST and TABLELANDS (NOT INCLUDING WEST KENNEDY) $5B Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility $2M – one-off Federal payment, Mareeba Hospital Water $234M - Hell’s Gates and Hughenden Irrigation $11.6M - Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme Federal funding for mobile blackspots throughout electorate including Yarrabah South, Abergowrie, Butchers Creek, Dalbeg, Flying Fish Point, Goldsborough Valley, Julatten, Long Pocket, Watsonville 2018-19 BUDGET  $9.2M - Crazy ant eradication • $1M each Indigenous community – market gardens • $3.1M - Feral animals and weeds in world heritage • $4.7M - CopperString, T’ville to Mt Isa power line • $150,000 - Kennedy Environment Program • $3M - Tully Grandstand • $10K - Tully White Water Rafting Bruce Highway Federal funding:  $40M - Widening: Gordonvale to Edmonton, Sikh Temple Road, Victory Creek Innisfail  $2.5M - Aloomba overtaking lane  $10M - Ingham to Cardwell  $11M - Dallachy Road nth towards Tully High School  $57M - Townsville Northern Access Intersections  $95.1M - Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade  $40M - Improved flood immunity at Gairloch  $8M - Arnot Creek Bridge upgrade  $38.4M - Ingham to Cardwell range deviation  $8.8M - Dallachy flood immunity upgrade  $4.9M - Ash & Pine St, Innisfail intersection upgrade  $7.2M - Innisfail Bypass (plan and preserve corridor)  $3.2M - Babinda intersection upgrade  $384.8M - Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3 Bridges Renewal Programme funding:  $539,000 - Anzac Avenue Barron River Bridge  $304,563 - Cowley Creek Bridge replacement  $1.518M – Victory Creek Bridge replacement Road to Recovery:  $4,603,862 – Cassowary Coast Regional Council  $2,462,337 – Hinchinbrook Shire Council  $7,271,433 – Mareeba Shire Council  $6, 252,629 – Tablelands Regional Council  $273,271 – Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Beef Roads/Nth Australia/ RDs Strategic Importance  $5.97M - Burke Dev Rd – Chillagoe to Almaden  $4.764M - Ootann Rd Almaden to Kennedy Hwy  $50M – Cairns to Northern Territory Border  $200M – Tennant Creek to Tville  $13.6M - Flinders Highway: Tville – Torrens Creek  $2.66M - Kennedy Dev Rd –Mt Garnet and The Lynd.  $40M - Kennedy Dev Rd –The Lynd and Hughenden (Hann Hwy) Network rest area project – new rest areas:  $891,532 - 82km west of Tville on the Flinders Hwy

Phone: 07 4061 6066

National Network Heavy Vehicle Rest Area:  $305,000 - Johnson Rd, Tumoulin, truck stop  $375,000 - Channel Road, Walkamin  $265,000 - Springmount Road Mareeba Stronger Regions/Building Better Regions:  $90,200 - Rotary, Rocky Creek Igloo Tolga  $5M - Mareeba Airport Upgrade Stage 1  $3.490M - Mission Beach Aquatic Facility  $1M - Upgrade Water Supply Millstream  $ 65,000 - Youth Urban Art Gordonvale  $ 40,000 - Strategic plan, Tully River Cardstone  $359,872 - Atherton RSL –new club  $20,000 - Astronomy observatory Oak Valley  $5M - Mareeba Airport Upgrade Stage 2  $18,534 - Innisfail Tropical Art Deco and History  $75,000 - Ingham/ Cardwell Master Plan  $20,000 - Mt Isa, Innisfail, Lissner arts  $19,999 - Atherton - Youth Strategic Plan  $20,000 - Tablelands Smart Community Strategy  $50,000 - Babinda Youth Urban Art Project *$20,000 – Atherton Tablelands Tourism Strategy  $20,000 - Brettacorp Tully Festivals Australia funding  $105,000 - Yarrabah Band Festival  $30,415 - Feast of the Senses Innisfail  $45,000 - Yarrabah Band Festival Financial Assistance Grants for Local Government  $10,445,612 - Cassowary Coast Council  $5,897,117 - Hinchinbrook Shire Council  $21,070,536 - Mareeba Shire Council  $17,560,056 - Tablelands Shire Council  $2,844,510 - Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Stronger Communities Programme:  $20,000 - Gordonvale RSL Sub-Branch  $19,274 - Atherton Rugby League Upgrade PA  $ 9,880 - Malanda Horse and Pony Club  $ 7,849 - Ravenshoe RSL upgrade kitchen  $ 5,574 - Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club  $ 5,390 - Yarrabah Day Care Centre  $ 4,340 - Brothers Rugby Leagues Innisfail  $ 5,025 - Hinchinbrook Youth Drop-In Centre  $19,475 - Hinchinbrook Wetland Circuit  $20,000 - St Joseph’s P&F Atherton  $20,000 - Millaa Millaa exercise park project  $6,2000 - Innisfail Golf Club improvements  $19,127 - Refurbish Gordonvale RSL  $5,242 - Ravenshoe Community Centre National Shed Development Program  $8,400 - Yarrabah Men’s Shed  $6,000 - Edmonton Men’s Shed Inc.  $5,000 - Gordonvale Men’s Shed Inc.  $4,328 - Herbert River Men’s Shed  $2,395 - Julatten Men’s Shed Inc.  $2,166 - Gordonvale Men’s Shed Inc.  $1,983 - Atherton Men’s Shed Inc.  $ 9,800 - Cardwell Shed

 $ 7,000 - Herberton Men’s Shed  $6,500 - Mareeba Men’s Shed  $ 10,000 - Ravenshoe Men’s Shed Volunteer Grants  $5,000 - Atherton Performing Arts Inc.  $5,000 -Atherton Dressage and Equestrian  $2,692- Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway  $4,886 - Babinda State School P&C Association  $5,000 - Murrigal - Brettacorp Tully  $5,000 - Hawkins Creek- Camp Ingham  $5,000 - Mt Molloy, Australasian Theatre  $2,499 - Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club  $2,158 - Dimbulah District Museum Association  $5,000 - Gordonvale Dulabed Malanbarra & Yidinji Aboriginal  $2,096 - Innisfail Feast of the Senses  $2,865 - Forrest Beach Progress Association.  $2,085 - Innisfail Friends of The Con  $1,600 - Atherton Tableland Regional Gallery  $2,172 - Innisfail & District Tennis Assn.  $5,000 - Innisfail Combined Sporting Association  $5,000 - Innisfail Community FM  $5,000 - Irvinebank Community Arts Recreation  $3,500 - Kurrimine Beach Progress Recreation  $5,000 - Malanda Horse and Pony Club  $4,900 - Mareeba Basketball  $4,000- Mareeba United Football Club  $4,769 - Mission Beach Cricket Club  $4,997 - Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club  $1,000 - Mulgrave Shire Historical Society  $5,000 - Mareeba Muluridji Tribal Aboriginal  $5,000 - Petford Wellness Association  $5,000 - Ravenshoe Men’s Shed  $5,000 - Royals Care Australia Ltd  $3,053 - Edmonton Softball FNQ  $3,250 - South Johnstone State School  $5,000 - Southern Tableland Traditional Owners  $4,924 - Edmonton Southside Comets Football  $5,000 - Tableland Christian Radio Association  $3,216 - Tablelands Men's Shed  $4,839- The East Palmerston-Nerada Progress  $5,000 - The Johnstone Region Landcare Group  $4,900 - Tablelands Music Lovers Group  $4,439 - Trebonne Action Group  $5,000 - Atherton Tableland Kennel Club  $5,000 - Babinda and District Pony Club  $5,000 - Innisfail Combined Sporting Association  $5,000 - Mareeba Motor Racing Club  $5,000 - Tinaroo Barra Bash  $5,000 - Tully Horse Performance Centre  $4,984 - Ingham Football Club  $4,950 - Ewamian Aboriginal Corp. Mareeba  $4,890 - South Johnstone Primary P&C  $4,800 - Innisfail Creatives  $4,800 - The Tablelands Music Lovers

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$4,679 - Kurrimine Beach Progress $4,485 - St Vincent de Paul Mareeba $4,475 - Kairos Kennedy $4,341 - Lions Club of Mareeba $3,700 - Bartle Frere Primary P&C $3,666 - Our Lady of the Chain Mareeba $3,647 - Ingham Primary P&C Association $3,454 - Babinda Bowls Club $3,260 - St Vincent de Paul - Atherton $3,050 - Atherton Girl Guide Support Group $3,000 - Far North Queensland Bird Breeders $3,000 - Gordonvale Men's Shed. $2,793 - St Vincent de Paul - Vinnies Ingham $2,498 - Silkwood Primary P&C $2,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Innisfail $2,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Tully $2,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Ravenshoe $2,000 - Cardwell Meals on Wheels $1,350 - St Vincent de Paul - Ingham $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Babinda $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Edmonton $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul - Gordonvale $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul Society Innisfail $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul Society Mareeba $1,160 - St Vincent de Paul Society Tully Veterans and Defence memorial grants:  $9,804 - Avenue of Honour, Yungaburra  $9,404 - Cardwell, Battle of the Coral Sea  $4,000 - Tully RSL, restore the cenotaph  $4,000 - Edmonton cenotaph.  $3,637 - Atherton War Memorial  $2,403 - Chillagoe flagpole, honour board  $1,800 - Probus Ingham.  $12,224 - Edmonton RSL - Welfare Services  $4,127 - Herbert River RSL - Welfare  $20,364 - Tablelands Rds of Remembrance  $ 3,000 - Atherton RSL Centenary Wall Capital Grants non-Govt schools  $5.4M - St. Teresa’s College  $ 604,542 - St. Teresa’s, Abergowrie  $ 326,123 - Mt St. Bernard, Herberton Residential aged care places and grants  $3.925M - Tully and District Nursing Home  $4.755M - Mutkin Yarrabah  Edmonton Aged Care: 54 bed places  Warrina Innisfail: 40 bed places  Tully: 20 bed places  Carinya Hostel, Atherton: 4 bed places  Mutkin, Yarrabah: 1 bed place Local Sporting Community Grants  $107,750 - 194 GRANTS Indigenous  $22,495 - Yarrabah Art Centre  $627,092 - Yarrabah – case management youth-at-risk.

Authorised by Bob Katter, Katter’s Australian Party, 2/321 Sturt Street Townsville City QLD 4810

 $356,832 - Mamu Health Innisfail  $7.3M - Catholic Education from Ingham to Charters Towers Heritage and Icons Grant  $11,000 - The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group Malanda Community Heritage Grants  $5,970 – Mareeba Heritage Centre The 20 Million Trees Program  $110,000 - Topaz Cassowary Corridor and Enrichment Project  $100,000- Brettacorp Tully Cassowary & Mahogany Glider  $94,490 - Ngyangabarra Ravenshoe, 20,000 trees Recreational Fishing Community Grants  $40,750 -Yarrabah upgrade of boat ramp Regional Jobs and Investment Package  $20M (share of) Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Reef Grants  $1.4M - Wet Tropics NRM, Innisfail to 14 cane farmers  $5.4M - Gully erosion control in priority grazing landscapes  $10.8M - Wet Tropics NRM, Innisfail cane, bananas, dairy and multi-crop  $11.8M - Wet Tropics NRM, Innisfail Wet and Dry Natural Disaster Resilience Program  $150,000 - Tablelands Council – flood mitigation study  $90,000 - Cassowary Coast River Improvement – Tully River  $90,000 - Herbert River improvement – Halifax Washaway  $72,000 – Cassowary Coast River improvement – Liverpool Creek and Moresby River  $275,000 Hinchinbrook Shire Council – Palm Creek Smart Cities and Suburbs Program  $827,894 - Reducing urban impacts on the Reef  $50,000 - Malanda Pony and Horse Club upgrade  $99,817 - Edmonton Storm Seniors Rugby League Club Cooperative Research Centre Projects  $1,003,155 Terragen Biotech Improving banana crop 2019 Flood Recovery Funding  NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency –$1.7Billion low-interest loans  Income tax exemption for qualifying grants made to producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by NQ floods  Funding for schools in flood-affected areas  Additional $3M mental health services for floodaffected people in North and Western Queensland  One-off payment $1,000 to qualifying students affected  $300M for restocking  $5M to CWA to provide financial assistance

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2019 McDonald’s Great Wheelbarrow Race SOLOS:

- Herberton Giants - IndieStructables - Jubilee Joggers - The Lone Buck - TORA Inclusive Sport - Mareeba Rotary and Rec (Hand-cycle - Mareeba State High School CanTeen competitor) Crusaders Miles to Martini’s DUOS: MILF for Muscles - Studio A One Wheel Mount St Bernard and Two Chicks Mountain Goats in Teal - MSC Local Legends - Rosies - Nate’s Mate’s - Not Fast Just Furious TRIOS: - Running on MT - Sole Sisters - Saints - Extreme Attitude - St Joseph’s - Hohns Heroes Nudgee College Studio A Health and TEAMS: Fitness - 72ers - Teal Sisters - Achin n Chasin - The Princess and - Amaroo Medical the Frogs - Broken Mind Crew The Rack Pack - Buns of Steel - The Rejected Angels - Chafing the Dream - The SES - Costa Coyotes Psycho Ducks - Dad’s Army The Wish Makers - Duesburys Tax Tigers - Easier Said Than Run - Trinity Bay Titans - Wheellie Mad Enough - FCC Roadrunners - Wheellie Mad Runners - Foot Falcons - HDH (Henry Dixon Howe)

- Melanoma Mission - Philip Smith


Nudgee College is returning again to compete in the 2019 Great Wheelbarrow Race which kicks off this Friday in Mareeba.

May 17, 18, 19

Ready to race THE start of the 16th annual Great Wheelbarrow Race will make its way out onto the streets of Mareeba this Friday. May 17, 18 and 19 will be celebrated this weekend with the running of the iconic Great Wheelbarrow Race. The 2019 Race will be reversing last year’s run with the original Mareeba to Chillagoe format returning, with Mareeba playing host to the start of the race this year, plus the popular downtown parade which will return to Byrnes Street from 9am. After the parade, competitors will depart from Vaughan Street from 9:30am, while the solos, duos and trios will leave from 6am. Mareeba will be the starting line for the race with Dimbulah being the target for day one, competitors will then move from Dimbulah to Almaden on the Saturday where they will begin the last leg of the race the following morning finishing at Chillagoe at around lunch time Sunday. Mareeba, Dimbulah and Al-

maden will be hosting the teams after each respective day with a host of entertainment, including a video of each day’s highlights. The talent quest is set to return to Dimbulah and re-join the Dimby Dinner Do, giving competitors a chance to unwind and relax, while Alamden will come alive with a night fun at the pub. Presentations for the Great Wheelbarrow race will begin at around 12 noon at the Chillagoe Town Hall before participants prepare for the quicker journey home. The participants of the Great Wheelbarrow Race will be following the ‘Wheelbarrow’ way,. The road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named in 2004 to honour the amazing trail-blazing feats of early 1800’s pioneers. Come out and support the 48 teams in this year’s race at the downtown parade. Led by the ‘Face of the Race’ Sandy Butler, the parade will commence at Beaurepairs and travel through the main street.

McDonald’s Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019


Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 May

Mareeba to Chillagoe

Byrnes Street downtown parade this Friday from 9am!

140 kMs

Best of luck to all competitors!


baba Curry

Nipper BrowN

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Mareeba Theatre group Mareeba Mowing & SlaShing


Rotary FNQ Field Days Jeanette Sturiale and Natasha Srhoj are excited about the release of the 2019 Official Guide ahead of the May 29-31 event to be held at the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds.

Field Days guide hits the streets AS the Rotary FNQ Field Days put the call out for nominations of photographs depicting ‘agricultural and rural living’ to be on the front cover of this year’s guide, we were spoilt for choice as there were so many worthy entries. Despite the number of fantastic entries, there was one which stood out from the rest. This year’s winner and front cover of the official Rotary FNQ Field Days shows Tolga youngster Jack McLaren riding a tractor – which was taken at 2017’s Field Days event. The photograph was taken courtesy of Jack’s grandmother Linda Joseph, who stated that her motivation to enter the competition was one borne out of giving back to Rotary. “They do so much for the community, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show my support for such a wonderful event,” she said. “Jack is my youngest of three grandchildren and 2017 was his first Field Days which is where I took the photo – he absolutely loved it and didn’t stop the whole time he was there.” When asked what she felt stood out the most about the

photo as it relates to agricultural and rural living specifically, Ms Joseph alluded to the tractor Jack was riding which has established itself as one of the most iconic brands in the agricultural industry. “Definitely the John Deere tractor, to me John Deere is agriculture and the beautiful green and gold logo just made the photo stand out even more,” she said. Readers will be able to see the winning photo in outlets across the region as 15,000 copies of the 48 page Guide have beem distributed across Far North Queensland, North Queensland, the Gulf Regions and as far south as Rockhampton. The Rotary FNQ Field Days Official Guide has proven to be a focal point of the event for both the visitors and exhibitors as it acts as a great marketing tool in promoting all aspects of your rural, agricultural and related products. The Official Guide has become such an important aspect of the biennial event in large part thanks to the FNQ Rotary Field Days committee, who have done an exceptional job at designing and producing the Guide for the

last four Field Days. Official Guide Coordinator Natasha Srhoj said the Guide is a great way to provide visitors and exhibitors alike a comprehensive rundown of the event and everything it has to offer. “Every great event needs a guide,” she said. “And as the largest Field Days in northern Australia, we are proud to produce our own each for all to enjoy. “We started doing it ourselves a while ago and because the Field Days has become so integral to the region, we enjoy having ownership of how we promote the event. “The Guide is a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to promote themselves to the thousands of visitors at the Field Days as well as those who cannot make it.” In addition, Ms Srhoj said the Guide is a great promotion of the region and is one filled with pertinent agricultural information that extends beyond the Field Days event. “It’s an informative guide that can stay on your coffee table for years and always be referred back to,” she said.

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Mount Molloy erect new sign

Members of the Julatten Men’s Shed and JAMARR with Mareeba Shire Councillor Lenore Wyatt at the new cemetery honour roll sign.

THE Mount Molloy Cemetery is home to a new cemetery honour roll sign thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Julatten Men’s Shed, the Julatten and Molloy Association of Ratepayers (JAMARR), the Friends of the Mount Molloy Cemetery group and the Mareeba Shire Council. JAMARR in conjunction with the Mareeba Shire Council

made the decision to erect the new sign after the previous one courtesy of Tablelands historian Elwyn Troughton had become run down over time. Mareeba Shire Councillor Lenore Wyatt said the concept of the new sign is to look after something that means a lot to the Mount Molloy community. “Because of rain and wear and tear, the old sign had be-

come dilapidated, so we wanted to spruce the cemetery back up,” she said. “The best part about this project is that it is community led, we at the Mareeba Shire Council have sat back somewhat and let the community groups and organisations take over and drive it home.” Cr Wyatt said she would like to thank JAMARR, the Julatten

Men’s Shed and the Friends of the Mount Molloy Cemetery group for their tireless efforts in ensuring the construction of the sign was a resounding success. Cr Wyatt also wanted to specifically thank certain members of the community who played an integral role throughout this project since it began. “I want to recognise the Secretary of JAMARR John

Brisbin and his daughter Varsha Rose Liber Brisbin who took this on as a geospatial mapping project,” she said. “I also have to acknowledge the work of Noel Prowse who is the President of the Julatten Men’s Shed, he and his team have done such a wonderful job with this sign. “And lastly Doug Stevens, he is out here at the cemetery


almost every other day maintaining the grounds and facilities and we are so thankful for his help.” Noel Prowse and Doug Stevens noted that they would like to give a special thanks to the women of the local Country Women’s Association (CWA), of whom donated $200 for wiring of the new fence at the cemetery.



2019 Local Food & Music Live Entertainment Aurelle Brunjes & Becci Nethery Pyrotechnique Fire Dancers Downtown Parade & Fireworks Carnival Rides Arts & Crafts & Wood Chopping Crowning of the Festival Queen Bar & so much more!

Festival celebrations start at 5pm with the Downtown Parade! PAGE 10 The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

141 Byrnes Street, Mareeba


Everything storewide MUST GO at cost and below! SALE ON: MONDAY 20TH - SATURDAY 25TH MAY We’re relocating to Outback Solar 284 Byrnes Street, Mareeba • Remote Controlled Cars • Prospecting Equipment • Drones + Accessories • Mobile Phones and Accessories and Spare Parts • Computers • Televisions + Much More!

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Residents urged to get flu vaccination WITH more than 25,000 flu cases across the country reported in the first four months of 2019, fears for the severity of winter’s flu season are growing, with reports showing the number of flu victims in 2019 is already equivalent to the half of total cases in 2018. Health authorities across the country have seen an influx of patients suffering from influenza and are encouraging Australians to arm themselves against the illness. Ahead of what experts are warning may be one of the worst flu seasons on record, the Kuranda and Mareeba Discount Drug Stores are urging Australians to take care of their health and come in store for their flu vaccination. Discount Drug Stores is offering affordable and updated

influenza vaccines in store, to ensure all Australians have the best line of defence as the colder months approach. Discount Drug Stores’ vaccination clinics will be running in May, with qualified pharmacists or nurse practitioners conducting in-store flu clinics. Special patient groups are also eligible to receive the influenza vaccination subsidised under the Government-funded National Immunisation Program. The Kuranda Discount Drug Store is located at 16 Thongon Street, Kuranda, while the Mareeba Discount Drug Store is located at Mareeba Square, Shop 9/12 Byrnes Street. For more information about Discount Drug Stores or the clinics, please visit

CLUB NEWS With Mareeba Lionesses

Mareeba Lionesses welcomed two new members, Morgan Manypeney and Pauline Gugala into our club at our February meeting. After our Christmas break we enjoyed the return of pensioners to our morning tea and bingo. We welcome new pensioners to come along and join the fun and prizes held in the CWA Hall every second Tuesday of the month from 9am to 11.30am. At Easter we treated the pensioners to hot cross buns and an easter egg in a lovely basket. The Lionesses held a very successful cake stall to raise money for Ovarian cancer and thanks to the public for supporting this very worthy cause, we were able to donate $1500 to research on this disease. As Townsville was the host club for this year’s Breakaway, eight Lionesses drove down in a chartered bus where they had a wonderful time catching up with old friends from other Breakaways. Next year Mareeba will be holding Breakaway so we have 12 months to organise things. As football season has begun, our Lionesses volunteer along with the CWA Outreach club members, to man the kiosk at every Ma-

reeba Gladiator’s games. We also volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Hospital Foundation, Rotary Field Days and many others when we are needed. We had our annual Anzac Day stall selling anzac biscuits and water. Each year a book is donated to the Mareeba Library on Anzac Day to commemorate this very important day. Socially, we like to meet once a month for member’s birthdays for coffee at different venues thus supporting local businesses. On 16th June Mareeba Lions Metrogaine will be held at Arnold Park and we will be there to assist, so form a team and come along as the money raised helps Childhood Cancer Research. Please Save the Date, August 17, 2019 for our annual Pink Ribbon Party held at Mareeba Turf Club. Come along and have some fun with lots of prizes to be won. Mareeba Lioness Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at Savannah Resort. If you are interested please come along. You will be very welcome. If you would like further information please phone Carol Gear on 4092 1584.

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Local women got the chance to connect as Mareeba Community Housing, Forever Wild and the Mulungu Aboriginal Health Service held a ‘Strong Women, Strong Families’ event recently.

Strong Women, Strong Families at Mareeba’s Tropical Wetlands ON Thursday May 2 three organisations got together to hold an incredible day at the Mareeba Tropical Wetlands Reserve. Mareeba Community Housing Company, Forever Wild and Mulungu Aboriginal Health Service jointly created an event called ‘Strong Women, Strong Families’. The day focused on giving local Indigenous Women a day to connect with each other and themselves. Held beside a lake at Forever Wild’s Tropical Wetlands reserve, it was a chance for women

of all generations to come together in a remarkable natural setting. The day and the concept were celebrated by a young local artist Danae Hastie, who created beautiful artwork representing the artist’s strong family beliefs and the connections between the generations. The colours chosen represent the Indigenous culture and the strength of women within the family unit. Both the tree and the hands represent significant ideals and beliefs to the artist, her in-

clusion of the two different sized hands was to symbolise mother and child and tree with its falling leaves represents the passing down of family traditions and coming together as one. The artwork was screen printed on the back of t-shirts and given to all who attended. Forever Wild’s reserves are known as Shared Earth Reserves, and specifically set out to protect the natural and social values of wild places. Fiachra Kearney, CEO of Forever Wild, said “our reserves are for biodiversity and

for all people, and events such as these show the diverse ways that people identify with these landscapes. “We are working the traditional owners and the broader community on innovative partnerships and ideas, with plenty in the pipeline. The Mareeba Tropical Wetlands has been an important contributor to the region for quarter of a century, and building on this is an incredibly exciting time for Forever Wild.”

Swim for a dollar in support of Nate’s Mates

THE Mareeba Pool will be hosting a dollar swim day in support of Nate’s Mates this Saturday, May 18. Nate’s Mates is a local fundraiser that is helping donate to young Mareeba boy Nate Moule and support him in his fight with a brain tumour. Mareeba Memorial Pool owner June Cotter has encouraged people to come along and “have a good day at the pool”. “Bring your blow up toys and your music and just have a good day,” she said.

“We’re hoping to bring people in and pay a dollar just to support Nate.” The entry fee for the Mareeba Memorial pool this Saturday will be a dollar, with all donations going towards Nate’s Mates and the Charlie Teo Foundation. There will also be a sausage sizzle available on the day from 11am-2pm. For those interested in attending, the Mareeba Pool opens at 9am.

The kids from Mareeba Community Kindergarten enjoyed making flower pots last week for their mums.

Mareeba Kindy Kids keep touch with Mothers

MAREEBA Kindy kids last Tuesday were given a chance to show their appreciation to their mothers with a personal touch. The kids were taken to the Mareeba Garden Centre with flower pots that they decorated

and, assisted by the staff, planted a flower to present to their mothers on Mother’s Day. Co-teacher and director of Mareeba Community Kindergarten Dianna Pirovich expressed her gratitude towards the staff of

the Mareeba Garden Centre. “I’d like to thank the wonderful staff at the Mareeba Garden Centre for helping the kids plant their flowers,” she said. “We’ve been doing this excursion every year for the past 10

years. “The kids bring their self-decorated pots and once filled with a flower they give it to their mothers on Mother’s Day.” Mothers Day was celebrated on Sunday May 11.


Authorised by: J. Campbell, Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland), 16 Peel St, Sth Brisbane QLD 4101.

Free Health and Wellbeing Expo

WHILE you’re out and about on election day, why not pop into Merriland Hall at the Atherton Showgrounds to take advantage of the expert advice on offer at the free Health and Wellbeing Expo. Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Joe Paronella said nearly 40 exhibitors will showcase all things health, wellbeing, sport and recreation. “The expo is a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to learn from a wide range

of expert presenters, attend workshops, connect with local community groups and service providers and participate in active demonstrations,” said Mayor Paronella. “From Zumba and Thermomix to Rotary Clubs and Bowen Therapy, there is something for everyone at this year’s event. “Don’t miss the great line up of keynote speakers including Allan Bolton – internationally recognised as an expert in health, lifestyle, motivation and human

performance; Sam Bailey — farmer, pilot, husband and bestselling author; and Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith – founder and CEO of The Inclusive Foundation. “We are lucky to have these guest speakers and dedicated sport and recreation clubs, community organisations and local businesses involved in health and wellbeing in our region,” said Mayor Paronella. The expo will be held from 9am to 3pm this Saturday May 18.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Express reserves the right to edit letters


Disappointment over regional medical services

On March 29, I was advised by a Cairns based surgeon that I had a cancerous tumour growing on the lining of my oesophagus. Having previously travelled this road with aggressive prostate cancer, I realized my best treatment/survival option lay with the services available at St. Vincent’s Private Clinic. I made arrangements and boarded a plane for Sydney. All required pre-op testing was completed “in house” and by lunch time on April 11th, the tumour had been successfully removed by one of the country’s leading gastroenterologists. I was allowed to return home to Mareeba to heal and recuperate in preparation for the next round of surgery. Two weeks ago, I experienced a complication and needed to see a GP at short notice. I contacted both private clinics in Mareeba, two in Atherton, one in Malanda and one in Yungaburra and none could offer an appointment prior to my scheduled return to Sydney. I contacted the Mareeba Hospital and received the same response. Fortunately, GP appointments were available at several Cairns based clinics. Oesophageal cancer is one of the “bad guys” in the cancer realm. This incident simply highlights why the outcomes of chronic disease management

are so poor in the bush when compared to statistics from the major cities. I am in no way having a “cheap shot” at our local medical service providers who do an outstanding job given their work load. I’m blessed in that I have the financial resources and determination to seek out the providers who will give me the best chance of beating this insidious illness. I wasted three days last week trying in vain to see a GP here on the Tablelands. By last Thursday night, I was feeling very unwell and contacted Professor Reginald Lord at St. Vincents. An appointment with a Cairns based doctor who had trained at St. Vincents was immediately arranged for Friday morning. In all honesty, I should not have been driving a car, but I saw this doctor who quickly confirmed that I had a bacterial infection which by that stage had taken a firm hold on my respiratory system. A simple 5 day course of antibiotics administered earlier in the week could have stopped this in its tracks but I now have to take a 10 day course. Bottom line is that my next round of surgery with Professor Michael Bourke at Westmead has been postponed until the infection is cleared up. My robotic prostate cancer treatment was a walk in the park compared to this. Very few survive an oesophageal cancer di-

agnosis – Every day I lose in the treatment process is one day closer to a death sentence. To say I’m disappointed with the service I’ve received here on the Tablelands would be an understatement especially as one of these Mareeba practices has detailed test results on hand and they know exactly what is at stake here. Allan (John) Harris MAREEBA

Know your options on election day

I have heard the same lines spruiked by the major parties that independents or minor parties can’t get anything done. This is simply not true. Do you want to know your options on Election Day? Here are the three most probable scenarios for Kennedy: The LNP Candidate is elected and we have a representative who is in opposition (the LNP is a sinking ship federally) – this would be a diabolical disaster for Kennedy. He will have no power or influence over the ALP Government whatsoever. The LNP will use all their negotiation power to lobby the ALP Government to influence electorates on projects they consider to be far more important to their shareholders (the donors). The ALP Candidate is elected (who I might remind you called the electorate the ‘Katter electorate’ a couple of times in his debates) – and we have

a backbench representative so out of touch with Kennedy that they might as well be representing Mars. He will have no voice to argue our case. He will be told what questions to ask in the Parliament and he will be muzzled like every other major party politician. Don’t believe me, look what happened to Peter Garrett. Thought he could change the world and learned very quickly that he had no voice despite his Midnight Oil prominence. Finally, our incumbent is reelected. Now we’ve seen what Bob Katter is capable of when he had three weeks of power – he secured three dams and an engineering study, as well as reopened the market gardens in the Cape and delivered farm finance for the agriculture sector in turmoil. He has solid, working relationships with both sides of government and if we focus only on what can be delivered for the electorate of Kennedy then Bob is the only force capable of delivering no matter which way the polls go. It’s is far better to be outside the tent and the one with the flamethrower than to be inside the tent protecting the owners. I think the owners of the tent will be more inclined to listen of the one holding the flame thrower. It’s not rocket science who to vote for on May 18. Anthony Lagana INNISFAIL

Volunteer at the Atherton Show

Here at the Atherton Show, we are all about the community. We are always grateful for all the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, young and old. For those who do not know this, the show is event that takes months of preparation time and we are fortunate to have Volunteers like Matthew Barnard (pictured) come in on a weekly basis to lend a hand. Not only is Matthew learning new skills whilst here, he is also bringing lots of laughter to the office. If you would like to volunteer and help bring the show to town, pop into the office Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, call Kylie on 40914260 or email All ages and abilities are welcome.

r u o r y e p b a a r p s G w e n l a c : o l s n e o i u t tr a c o l g n i w o l l o f e at th MAREEBA: Mareeba News, Piagno’s News, Mareeba Discount Drug Store, Shell Mareeba Service Station, BP Mareeba, Mareeba IGA, Curcio’s Bakery, Mobil Service Station Mareeba, Termite, Portsmith Fuels, Biboohra Cash Store, Post Office Centre Mareeba, Mareeba Leagues Club and all good business outlets. ATHERTON: Summers News, Phillips News, Mobile Atherton, Fresh St. Market IGA, Puma Service Station Atherton, Atherton International Club, Atherton Bakehouse and Café on Louise. SOUTHERN TABLELANDS: Tolga News, Mobil Service Station Tolga, Cash Store Walkamin, Malanda Spar, Caltex Malanda, Marano’s Malanda, Tobin’s Millaa Millaa, Yungaburra Foodworks, Yungaburra Pit Stop, Kairi Store, Herberton News, Herberton 5 Star, Wondecla Roadhouse, Ravenshoe News, Ravenshoe Hiland Bakery, Foodworks Ravenshoe, Ravenshoe Information Centre, Marano’s Ravenshoe, Tall Timbers Roadhouse and Mt Garnet Post Office. KURANDA: Kuranda News, Kuranda Foodmart, Koah Service Station, Speewah Store, Kowrowa Cash Store and Kuranda BP Roadhouse.

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DIMBULAH: TGT Home Hardware, Dimbulah Post Office, Bendigo Bank, Dimbulah One Stop and De Lai Fuel Distribution. CHILLAGOE: Almaden Hotel, Chillagoe Post Office, Chillagoe General Store, Chillagoe Hotel and Post Office Hotel. COOKTOWN: Cooktown IGA, Cooktown News, Sovereign Hotel, Caltex Cooktown, Palmer River Roadhouse, Cooktown Hotel, Lakeland Downs Hotel, Lakeland Roadhouse and Lakeland Coffee House. MT MOLLOY: Mt Molloy Post Office and Mt Molloy Store. KARUMBA: Post Office Karumba, Karumba Pharmacy and Carpentaria Fuels. GEORGETOWN: Ampol Roadhouse, Midway Caravan Park and Georgetown Hospital. NORMANTON: One Stop Shop, Normanton Trader and Garden Café. MT SURPRISE: Post Office and Mt Surprise Service Station. CROYDON: Gulf Gate Roadhouse and Croydon General Store. EINASLEIGH: Post Office and Einasleigh Council. FORSAYTH: Store and Post Office and Goldfield Tavern. MOSSMAN: Port Douglas IGA and Mossman News. CAIRNS: Smithfield News (Shopping Centre) and Cairns Central Nextra News.

Mareeba bypass is a must says Katter KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said the construction of the Mareeba heavy vehicle bypass is a must warning that the traffic congestion in the main street of Mareeba and the wider Atherton Tablelands can no longer be ignored. He urged local and state government representatives to pull their finger out and act on the issue to which they are responsible for. “The main street of Mareeba is an accident waiting to happen. The bridges north of Mareeba at Mt Molloy and McLeod River are death traps – I just can’t describe them as anything more. It astounds me that in 2019 we still have not got a sealed road to Chillagoe despite it being a

budgeted item – for the next year and half they say it is going to be done. “I can’t really complain about the road money I have got so far for Kennedy – If you add it all together over the ten years, I’d say I have got more for roads than two or three other Members put together, but whilst we have got to get local roads sorted, the heavy vehicle bypass has got to be seriously considered at this stage. “Our need is far greater than anywhere else in Australia.” Mr Katter said the responsibility for northern road funding lies with the Cairns-based Main Roads Department which had been uncooperative and evasive

in the past, refusing a number of requested meetings with Mr Katter but was recently c overhauled with a new administration. “We have scheduled meetings with the new main roads administration in Cairns and this is where the decisions are made, not in Canberra and not in Brisbane. The priorities are made the job of all three levels. “However, Main Roads have informed me that they are yet to be contacted by the local government or the State Member responsible for this matter. “I’m doing my job, but unless I get back up from the local Mayor and his administration and the State Member, nothing can be done. It needs a lot more than

some letter written to a Minster.” “Since the local Mayor doesn’t talk to me, it’s pretty hard to move forward. There are some Mayors who dislike me but we work together for the area. But this bloke repeatedly refuses to meet with me.” Mr Katter said he would be straight “back into attack mode” if re-elected and had already put the request in to meet with Main Roads post the election. “If they (the State Government) can find $5b for yet another tunnel in Brisbane which gets people home another 3.5 mins faster to watch the television – then they can find the money for the Mareeba bypass.”

Warning to public over Safer Building Audit

THE Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has issued a warning to the public by urging owners to obtain competitive quotes for Safer Buildings Audit. The QBCC has recently become aware of what appears to be excessively high prices charged by businesses offering professional advice to building owners and voluntary committees of management seeking to comply

with the Queensland Safer Buildings Audit (combustible cladding checklist). The QBCC has been contacted by multiple building owners and representatives of voluntary committees of management who have expressed dismay at paying substantial fees to building industry professionals to complete Part 1 of this Audit. Part one of the Audit has been designed to be straight forward so that owners had the choice

to complete the first part of the Audit without incurring any expense. The QBCC has heard from concerned building owners and voluntary committees of management who are now participating in Part 2 of the Audit and are receiving excessively high quotes to complete this stage. The QBCC is aware that some owners are receiving quotes from building industry professionals for the completion of Part two of

the Audit which are remarkably divergent. For example, some quotes are more than 160 per cent of other quotes for the same service. The QBCC is urging building owners and voluntary committees of management to seek multiple quotes to find the best possible adviser to complete Part 2 of the Audit. If you are in doubt about your obligations in relation to the Safer Buildings Audit please see

Where to vote

On Election Day this Saturday residents of the Tablelands will have many locations to cast their vote. Locations are as follows: MAREEBA Mareeba RSL, 88 Byrnes St Mareeba State High School, 17-37 Jasper St Mareeba State School Hall, 3/37 Constance St ATHERTON Atherton State High School, 30-90 Maunds Rd St Marys Anglican Church, 36-38 Alice St BIBOORAH Biboohra State School, 2 Petersen St CHILLAGOE Chillagoe State School, 9 Cathedral St DIMBULAH Dimbulah State School, 48-50 Kennedy St GEORGETOWN Georgetown State School, 20 High St HERBERTON Herberton Shire Hall, 8 William St JULATTEN Julatten State School, 1141 Euluma Creek Rd KAIRI Kairi State School, 2 McGeehan Rd MALANDA Malanda State School, 24 Mary St MILLA MILLA Millaa Millaa State School, 1 Beech St Mt Garnet Mount Garnet CWA Hall, 16 Garnet St MUTCHILBA Mutchilba State School, 33 Masterson St Ravenshoe Ravenshoe State School, Moore St TOLGA Tolga State School, 35-55 Main St WALKAMIN Walkamin State School, 40 Wattle St YUNGABURRA Yungaburra State School, 4 Maple St

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House and land package in Mareeba

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LOOKING to build your dream home in Mareeba without the stress of doing it yourself? This land and new home package is available in one of Mareeba's best Estates - Amaroo. Construction has commenced on the modern four bedroom, two bathroom and two garage home. With all the sophistication and style you would expect from a

new build. The home is light, spacious and comes with high quality finishes throughout. This walk-in ready home is eligible for the First Home Owner's Grant (up to $15,000) and sits on a large 921 sq m block. Room for a shed or a lap pool later down the track. • Concrete masonry block, steel frame construction with Colorbond roof

• Quality finishes throughout, stone benchtops, security screens, ceiling fans • Spacious four bedrooms all have built-ins, master with ensuite and walk-in robe • Family bathroom has separate bath and shower, toilet is separate • Tiled throughout living spaces, carpet in all bedrooms • Reverse cycle air con-

ditioning to living area and main bedroom • Internal laundry with large built-in linen cupboard • Tiled rear entertainment area and porch • Landscaping and turf to front and rear yards, driveway and letterbox • Electric hot water service • Double garage with roller door • No direct rear neigh-

bours. For an exclusive inspection of the land and to discuss

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21 Jannali Court, MAREEBA $415,000 EXCLUSIVE to Vince Costas Central Realty Mareeba 0419 926 691 or 4092 2232

Acreage with beautiful permanent creek LOCATED on the Cairns side on Mareeba minutes from town, this fantastic 'well priced' 5 acre property is on the market. The property features a quality built masonry block home with wrap around verandas, three large bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge. In addition there is a large shed which has partially been converted into an delightful fully self-contained two bedroom accommodation, ideal for the extended family, guests, airBnB, etc. The balance of the shed still has ample space for machinery storage or parking for any extra vehicles. But best of all is the easy access to the permanent creek which winds and wraps along the entire back boundary, just

a wonderful setting for the entire family to enjoy during those hot summer days. If all this was not enough, below is some of many outstanding features this great property offers: • Beautiful Oak Kitchen with Stainless appliances • French doors that lead out onto the wrap around verandas • Built-in-cupboards and air-conditioning in all bedrooms • High ceilings and security screens throughout • 2nd toilet in laundry perfect for when your coming in Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

from the garden • Double carport that can accommodate larger vehicles • 3.2kW grid connected Solar panel system • 2 x 22,000lts (approx) concrete water tanks • 3 x 4m cold room • Variety of fruit trees • 2 meg water allocation from Levision Creek

Don't wait till its too late. Call John Goncalves at Ray White Mareeba today to book in an inspection on 0407 690 961. MAREEBA $520,000 NEG John Goncalves Ray White Mareeba 0407 690 961

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Tropical hideaway – Barron River frontage

HERE is a wonderful opportunity to purchase your very own tropical hideaway with

140 metres of private Barron River frontage. Unique in design and

year after year. At your doorstep, enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming or just relax, watch the wildlife and bask in this private tropical setting. "In-situ' is a self-contained 1 bedroom caravan with its own private ensuite which is currently used to house guests. There is plenty of room to store all the goodies with a large 12m x 6m lockable shed with roller door plus PA door as well as a double garden shed with power and enough vehicle awning space for a further 3 vehicles. Features include: • Loft style home with high raked ceilings and exposed beams • Large country style kitchen • Sunken lounge and din-

brimming with character, this loft style home with concrete block exterior is situated on

10 acres and has been built with open plan living in mind. The high ceilings and the large casement windows allow plenty of natural light to enter the home and with the lush surrounds, there is no shortage of cool breezes. Inside, a large country style kitchen adjoins the dining and sunken living area. There are polished timber floors throughout. Climb up the timber staircase to the spacious master bedroom (originally designed to be two rooms) which opens up to glorious elevated views of the surrounds. Enjoy settling down each evening with the calming sound of the running river and waking each morning to picture perfect serenity out of each window. Outside, a large wrap around veranda covers the northern and western sides of the home. During the wet season exclusively experience the mighty Barron River as it comes to life, a special experience that can be seen

POSITIONED in a quiet cul de sac, surrounded by well established residences, this modern four bedroom home is ideal for family living and suitable for the astute investor or owner occupier. Family focused, the floor plan offers a combined living, dining and kitchen area which opens onto the large outdoor undercover entertaining space as well as a second living area as you enter into the home which is ideal for guests or just a separate TV room.

Features include: • Modern kitchen with space for a dishwasher, electric cooktop and oven, good storage space including a pantry • Master bedroom with walk in wardrobe and ensuite • Three further good sized bedrooms. two with built in wardrobes • Main bathroom (also direct access from two bedrooms) has combined shower/bath and separate toilet • Tiled throughout and neutral colour scheme

• Air conditioned living and main bedroom • Fans, security screens and large tinted windows • Grid connected solar panel system • Double remote lock up garage

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ing area • Separate bathroom and toilet • Large casement windows allowing loads of natural light • Wrap around verandas • 140 metres of exclusive Barron River frontage • Caravan 'in-situ" with 1 bedroom and private ensuite • 12m x 6m lockable shed with power Escape a busy town and work life here in this cool and airy sanctuary which is perfectly suited to a relaxed lifestyle. Secure your own piece of paradise today. Contact Mareeba Property Office to arrange an inspection of this tropical hideaway. Phone 4092 1355. Bilwon Road, BIBOOHRA $425,000 NEG Mareeba Property Office 4092 1355

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Bordering the Barron River Esplanade, you could nearly be forgiven in believing that you were somewhere, without neighbours, in our great Australian bush. • Highset home, lifted to legal height with timber construction • Refurbished kitchen featuring large pantry cupboards • Living area flows onto a magnificent deck • Rustic log cabin/shed, separate timber workshop/garage • On 2100m2 (approx) with established fruit trees and gardens Price: $319,000 Exclusive Agent John Goncalves 0407 690 961 PAGE 18 The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019





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A LOWSET timber cottage with a single lock up garage with a workshop at the rear and just a few house blocks from the golf club. There’s an outdoor undercover BBQ area where you can sit and relax while the sausages are grilling and a garden shed for the garden minded. The bones of a once lovely garden are still in existence and with some TLC could be resurrected. The property is fully fenced and in a tidy condition and features two bedrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen, laundry and bathroom with a separate toilet. Also enclosed with a tile floor is a second area that could be a family room or casual lounge with a storeAddress: Price: Agent: Contact:


room attached. An important feature is the block size 1108m2, room to extend the garage cum workshop or plant more fruit trees. Located on the corner of Moody and Vaughan (Mareeba to Dimbulah Road) its handy to town and a very short walk to the golf club. A handy location if you play golf. There are a number of open spaces close by if you want to walk the dog or get your daily exercise. To be auctioned on May 25 at 11am. For further details contact Karen at Area Real Estate on 0458 408 540. Open for inspection at 10am on Saturdays prior to Auction. 2 Vaughan St, MAREEBA AUCTION Karen Ranie Area Real Estate 0458 408 540

Beautifully renovated unit in central location THIS newly renovated solid masonry block two bedroom unit is perfectly positioned at the rear of a lovely well maintained complex of 6 units only a short walk from the Coles shopping centre. Perfect for an elderly person wanting to be close to town amenities, a young couple just starting out or investors with a potential rental return of $290 per week. The unit has been tastefully renovated inside with all the modern features leaving nothing for a new owner to do but move in.

• Solid masonry block construction • Two good size bedrooms with built-in robes and ceiling fans • Spacious new kitchen with loads of bench and storage space, breakfast bar and stainless steel electric stove • Open plan living and dining area • New vinyl floor planking plus freshly repainted internally • Brand new bathroom with huge tiled walk-in shower (no glass to clean and suitable for an elderly person


with a shower chair) • Security screens • Large separate laundry • Lock up garage with internal access into the unit and new remote roller door • Large private rear tiled patio and your own individual privacy fenced backyard Address: Price: Agent: Contact:


• Lovely established unit complex For further information or to arrange a private inspection, please contact sole agent Sophie Bozzo at Joe Torrisi Real Estate. Phone 0428 128 154. Walsh St, MAREEBA $248,000 NEG EXCLUSIVE Sophie Bozzo Joe Torrisi Real Estate 0428 128 154


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OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY: 10AM - 11AM, 2 VAUGHAN STREET, MAREEBA Just down from the golf course and handy to town is a timber cottage on 1108m2. A lock up garage with workshop attached, an outdoor entertaining area with BBQ, garden shed and fencing all round. The home has 2 bedrooms, lounge, dining and kitchen and internal laundry with bathroom and separate toilet. A tiled family room and storeroom are a bonus. Although the home is in good tidy condition, it lends itself to renovation. It would suit a single person or a couple.


See you at the open house or call Karen on 0458 408 540









PHONE: 4092 1556 7 Hort Street, Mareeba The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 PAGE 19

PROPERTY Family friendly – red hot buying Flawless presentation and easy to day to day living is offered by this versatile family home. This home is loaded with features and benefits that you will simply not find in any other home in this price range- this is an absolute golden opportunity to own a premium home in one of our most sought after estates. More features include – • Carpeted bedrooms with tile living areas • Master has en-suite with its own private patio • Tinted and security screened windows and fans throughout • Air-conditioned open plan living/dining/kitchen • Breaky bench, electric cooking and stainless appliances in kitchen • Central study nook with inbuilt USB charging port Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

• Separate carpeted family room/library/4th bedroom • Very low maintenance yard with garden locker • Fully fenced with double carport at front • 835m2 block This property is a must to inspect to appreciate the simplicity and practicality of the many features. Situated in a family friendly quiet neighbourhood, minutes from CBD. Call selling agent Aurelia Rogato on 0418 183 555 for more information or drop into The Pink Building – Rogato Real Estate office on Byrnes St, Mareeba. Keep up to date with the market trends on our Fb page or our blog www. Damien St, MAREEBA $365,000 Aurelia Rogato Rogato Real Estate 0418 183 555

Home for rent THREE bedroom cladded home featuring a modern kitchen with plenty of cupboard space, open plan living area, vinyl floor covering in kitchen and dining area with carpet in lounge and bedrooms. The home has a shower over tub, one toilet, enclosed laundry and spacious carport, all on a 1012m2 allotment that is fully fenced and in a near central position. For rent at $280 per week Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

For more information, contact Mareeba Real Estate Agencies. Phone 4092 1556, Lyn on 0427 153 868 or Mark on 0428 121 520.

MAREEBA For Rent $280 P/W Mareeba Real Estate Agencies 4092 1556



Riverlands Park

 95% SOLD OUT!

WAS $129,500 NOW REDUCED to $119,500 Spacious 3000sqm Rural Home Sites

Just 3 BLOCKS remain at Riverlands Park, a premium rural residential community offering near acreage blocks in a peaceful natural setting, just 5 minutes from Mareeba and 40 minutes from Cairns.


Purchase a block of land in April, May & June and receive an additional $10,000 Bonus Package towards the construction of your new home! Builder of your choice and $10,000 bonus applies to developer blocks only. *Conditions apply.

For full plans and dimensions of the last 3 blocks remaining contact Steve Cordenos today P: 0418 774 994 l E: TENDERS CLOSE: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5pm

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Your Weekly Horoscopes March 21 to Apr 20 Aries

Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile cause or cultural event. Your intellectual charm will entice new love interests. Changes in your residence may be financially favorable.


Wednesday 15th

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Monday 20th

Tide Times 0020 0.92 0643 2.96 1252 0.63 1920 2.70

Tide Times 0106 0.86 0723 2.93 1329 0.52 2003 2.86

Tide Times 0149 0.87 0758 2.83 1405 0.46 2043 2.95

Tide Times 0231 0.94 0830 2.68 1441 0.47 2121 2.97

Tide Times 0314 1.07 0903 2.49 1517 0.55 2201 2.91

Tide Times 0358 1.24 0938 2.27 1553 0.69 2242 2.80

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SUDOKU Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.





Opportunities for love will develop while traveling or while attending religious functions. Don’t lend or borrow money or belongings. Those you live with may be experiencing problems.


Aug 23 - Sept 23

Don’t start a dispute unless you’re prepared to accept irreversible results. You have done all you can to sort things out a personal level. Someone you live with will be quite unreasonable today.


Sept 24 to Oct 23


There will be hidden matters that you may find disturbing. You will easily charm members of the opposite sex. Someone may be trying to damage your reputation.


Oct 24 to Nov 22

You could easily lose your temper at work. Don’t push your opinions or ideas on others. You may want to take a look at courses offered at a local institute. Children may be on your mind.


Nov 23 to Dec 21

You should be able to make major career gains if you plan your intentions carefully. You can expect changes in your financial situation as well as in your status. However, be careful with luggage; it may be rerouted.


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Puzzle solutions

Escapist tendencies will result in a poor reputation and a lack of confidence. Any intimate relationships with colleagues will lead to gossip that could easily affect your position. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back.


Jan 21 to Feb 19

You might not accomplish all that you want to at home today. Having your own business is a good idea. You will be viewed as a sensitive, compassionate individual and others will ask you for advice.


Tide Times 0448 1.42 1016 2.03 1630 0.88 2329 2.64

1. In a mixer, add the icing sugar and the softened butter and cream together on low speed until the icing sugar and butter are completely combined. 2. Continue to beat on medium speed until the frosting is creamy. 3. Add the lemon zest and the lemon juice. 4. Continue to mix. Note: If the frosting is too runny, add ½ cup additional powdered sugar. Keep adding powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until you have the frosting at the desired consistency. 5. Add 1 small drop of yellow food coloring (if desired).

June 22 to July 22

July 23 to Aug 22

Tuesday 21st

Max 24o Min 20o


May 22 to June 21

Advancement can be yours if you are assertive in your approach. Unexpected bills will be impossible for you to pay. Visit friends or relatives you rarely see.

Max 24o Min 16o

1 cup butter - softened 5 cups icing sugar 1 tablespoon of lemon zest ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice Yellow Food Coloring

April 21 to May 21

Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other people if you insist on being stubborn. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with friends who like to talk as much as you do.


Max 25o Min 21o


Work quietly on your own. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities that exist. Children will be of major concern if you haven’t kept the lines of communication open.


ak e r b a e k a T and relax!



7. A person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. 8. A call made to rally soldiers for battle. 9. Unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance. 10. Reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree. 11. Departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour. 13. A dome-shaped Eskimo house. 15. Make a speech, especially pompously or at length. 16. Make (something) seem worthy and impressive. 18. Made, consisting of, or resembling wood; woody. 19. Past and past participle of tell. 21. A landlocked country in East Africa. 22. Causing horror.

1. A foolish or stupid person (often as a general term of abuse). 2. Popular music that is tuneful and undemanding. 3. An item or piece of something, typically one left over from a larger piece or set. 4. A contemptible or unpleasant person. 5. The state of being the firstborn child. 6. A rejection or dismissal of someone by treating them as unimportant. 12. Money obtained in return for labour or services. 14. A low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. 17. Having electrical or magnetic polarity. 20. Past and past participle of lay.


Feb 20 to March 20

Social activity should be on your agenda today. An older member of the family may need assistance. You mustn’t give too much to your children.


4092 3464 The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 PAGE 21


business A Air Conditioning & Refrigeration B Blinds C


Cleaning Childcare Curtains, Blinds & Fabrics D Dental


E Earthmoving Electrical Entertainment F Floor Coverings

G General Engineering Graphic Design H Handyman


Shop 4, 276 Byrnes St, Mareeba • PO Box 1034 Mareeba 4880

P: 4092 3019

M: 0409 648 403 • F: 4092 1629

3 Locations in Mareeba: Constance, Dunlop & Hastie Streets

ABN 80 179 825 363 • QBSA 59712 • ARC License AU24014

Early Learning • Kindergarten • Outside School & Vacation Care



• Airconditioning Installations • Cold Rooms • Fridge Seals • Gasing • Servicing & Maintenance • Authorised Artic Licence


Call Ross Malfitana Mobile: 0429 898 657


Cleaning Services

ABN: 61 788 170 092 LIC. NO: L012565 ArtIC LIC: AU21630 QBSA: 1220582


CLEANING & INSTALLATION  All Brands  Prompt Service 

Lic. No. LO21176


COOL AIR Servicing the Tablelands, Cooktown, Mossman, Dimbulah and everywhere in-between.

For all your interior & exterior cleaning!

• Bond Cleans • Mould & Mildew Treatments • Pressure Cleaning, Roofs & Exteriors • Carpet Cleaning • Floor Stripping & Polishing • Contract Cleaning FULLY INSURED ~ LOCAL FAMILY BUSINESS

Phone: David or Julie 4092 3982 or 0428 993 205 Email:


Phone DAVID AVOLIO on 0409 924 006




Tracks > Rods Competitive Curtains & Furnishings


159 Walsh St, Mareeba P: 4092 5466 M: 0419 736 229

The Express Directory has an affordable option to suit every business. Call Natasha today on 4092 3464. ELECTRICAL

Plus we sell...

LIC:84466 - ARC. L099742

Laser Electrical Mareeba Phone: (07) 4092 4146

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY >Phone: & Accessories 0429 869 023

99 Vaughan Street, Mareeba

Open 7 Days FOr Lunch anD Dinner

phOne 4092 2922


Carpet • Vinyl • CeramiCs Floating Floors • Blinds

Mareeba 4092 2800 Atherton 4091 3300


Trust the FLOOR Covering Man! Carpet & Vinyl > Carpet & Vinyl Tiles > Floating Floors

MAREEBA FLOOR COVERING CENTRE 159 Walsh St, Mareeba P: 4092 5466 M: 0419 736 229

Supply & Lay FREE Measure & Quote

The ExprEss NEwspapEr delivers to:

Mareeba, Dimbulah, Kuranda, Walkamin, Tolga, Atherton, Kairi, Malanda, Yungaburra, Ravenshoe, Herberton, Koah, Speewah, Mutchilba, Almaden, Chillagoe, Biboohra, Mt Molloy, Julatten, Mt Carbine, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura, Normonton, Mt Surprise, Mt Garnet, Croydon, Forsayth, Einsleigh, Karumba, Georgetown, Cairns, Mossman, Port Douglas and many more in between!

For more info phone 4092 3464

96 James Street, Mareeba

For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619



Paul Johnstone

DENTAL TECHNICIAN DENTAL PROSTHETIST • Full and Partial Dentures • Relines and Repairs • Mouthguards Private Health Fund Rebates Apply Veteran Affairs Provider

FOR $35 PER WEEK this spot could be yours!

PH/FAX: 4092 2464 • MOB: 0402 809 556 Email: 4 Warren Street, Mareeba Q 4880

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Registration No. 931417

Phone the Express today 4092 3464


LIC. 55472 | ARC. AU31673

For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619

TO IN Blinds and Curtains P 4095 5669 F 4095 5797 M 0408 887 701


0488 078 207

Phone: 0429 869 023

Supply & Fit

T Transport Tree Lopping V Venue Hire

Domestic, Commercial, Industrial Fisher & Paykel + Haier Service Agents Electrical & Air Conditioning Installations


Vertical & Venetian Blinds Panel Glides > Timber Blinds


TOM SMITH P: 0407 161 783 F: 4092 7851 E:

Tracks > Rods > Accessories

96 James Street,Curtains Mareeba Competitive & Furnishings

Trust the BLIND specialists!



FREE FREE Measure Measure and and Quote Quote Plus we sell...

Desiree Siemon

Sandblasting/ Painting

Custom Made


31 Kennedy Hwy, Tolga ABN: 60 907 697 564

Pest Management Plumbing Pool Maintenance S

Do it right the first time!

Authorised Fujitsu Service Agent

n cool air Breath clea comes first! ne ie yg where h

I Irrigation I.T M Mowing Services P

FOR $35 PER WEEK this spot could be yours!

Phone the Express today 4092 3464

All types of welding, lathe work and milling.


124 Mason Street, Mareeba  (07) 4092 2433 • Fax (07) 4092 3126





Sandblasting & Painting AP

Creating high quality artwork with a difference for your business!






• Business Cards • Logo Design • Brochures • Posters • Flyers

Phone: 0458 965 784 or 4096 5784 Email:



0433 138 590

PETER ARENA Painter/Handyman ABN 72 409 773 025

Peter’s “All-in-One” Home Maintenance • Mareeba & Surrounds • No Jobs Over $3300

Farm Machinery, Ute Trays, Trailers, Structural Steel, Rims and more.

ABN 40955770791


Servicing Atherton Tablelands • Fully Insured

Mowing Hedging


IrrIgatIon DesIgn & supply

• Pumps Sales & Repairs • Filtration • Water Tanks & Troughs • Water Treatment • Pool Treatments • Solar Pumping Systems • Reinke Centre Pivot & Lateral Move Irrigators 50 Byrnes Street, Mareeba Phone 4092 7788

71 Vaughan Street, Mareeba

Excellence Through Perseverance and Diligence Wally Amory - Mareeba Depot Manager Phone: 0421 839 353


TREE LOPPING • Patrols • Cash in Transit • Alarm Response & Installation • Alarm Monitoring • CCTV Installation & Service For all security needs call... DRU THURSTON 0408 913 063 W: - E:

Certain work defined as “building work” in the QBCC legislation may only be undertaken by licensed contractors, or if undertaken by unlicensed contractors, only to the value of $3,300. However, work falling outside that definition may be performed by unlicensed contractors and is not subject to any value limit. To check whether a contractor holds a QBCC licence visit: or call the QBCC on 1300 272 272.


• Treelopping • Bobcat Hire • Wood Chipping • Free Quotes • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured PENSIONER DISCOUNTS

Call Jon Lambert

P: 4091 5008 M: 0407 575 916


 Freight Distribution  Warehouse Storage


• Laptops, Tablets, and Towers • Custom Systems • Phone and Tablet Repairs and Accessories • Networking Solutions

Shop 3, 203-215 Byrnes Street Mareeba


P & M Carriers  Taxi Trucks - Tail-Lifters  Express Couriers




TELEPHONE: 4092 7680



PH: (07) 4092 7038






David Lep 0438 541 300 YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE


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124 Mason Street, Mareeba  (07) 4092 2433 • Fax (07) 4092 3126

Locally Owned and Operated

YARRABAH SERVICE TWICE WEEKLY Email: 247 Hartley Street, Portsmith

4035 2034

P: 4095 4595





Having a Party or Function?

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SPECIALISING IN: • Parcels • Pallets • White Goods • Furniture • Tail Gate Lifts DELIVERIES TO: • Cairns • Kuranda • Mareeba • Mt Molloy • Julatten • Yungaburra • Tolga • Lake Tinaroo • Kairi • Atherton • Malanda • Millaa Millaa • Ravenshoe • Mt Garnet

PHONE: 4045 1767


we have the perfect venue!

MAREEBA TURF CLUB Spacious open venue, beautiful gardens and all facilities – the perfect setting for all occasions! Race Day Parties, Weddings, Birthdays, Engagements, Business Functions, Christenings, Christmas Parties & more!

Bookings & Info Phone (07) 4092 1167


Call Natasha Burton today on 4092 3464 or email: to find out more!


The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 PAGE 23

CLASSIFIEDS phone us: 4092 3464

email us:

Church Notices Presbyterians continue to meet in Mareeba for worship each Sunday 10am, QCWA Hall, Wilkes Street (behind Meals on Wheels) ~ All Welcome!


Leone Stanford Lucas

Would like to thank everyone who called and sent flowers. A special thank you to all the nurses, doctors and staff at the Mareeba and Cairns Hospitals. Please accept this as our sincere thank you.

God knew there would be an apostasy. Through an

Old Testament prophet, He said: “Behold, the days come… that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: “And [people] shall wander from sea to sea, and from north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” AMOS 8:11-12


That the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled off was that he convinced the people that he is God. Read the secret book of John and John 8:42-47 and Ex 15.3 and would a loving God do this in Joshua chapter 10-11.





Funeral Celebrant Final farewells with respect. Phone 0410 328 357

Nice place, free food and rent, plus extras. Suit retired older lady.

In Memoriam Viliana Giagnori


Public Notice

HUGE Combined Sale – Sat 18th & Sun 19th at 7am. Something for everyone. 7 Yarrabee Cl, Mareeba.

BILL Black Mobile Butcher. Hang up to 7 days. 0408 922 812.


MORE stuff found. All good – no junk. Myrteza Ave, Mareeba. Saturday, 7am – noon.

For Rent

For Sale

MAREEBA 3 bedroom furnished house. No Pets. $300/week. Ph 4092 5225 or 0407 925 225.

MULCHER for sale. 2.5m with side shift. Ph Robert 0435 065 892.

CALL The Express Newspaper on 4092 3464 by 4pm every Friday to place for your Classified advertisement.

Forever in our hearts.

Position Vacant

Rita, Tina and families.



TEL: 0404 545 848

Freight Carrier

In Home Assistance


Mareeba Respite & Care Service

SELL your unwanted goods in The Express.

Call Nicole 0432 250 315

Going to Brisbane / Melbourne markets. Chiller B-Double. Fruit/vegies, general freight, excellent rates. Contact 0428 730 766


Tony Riordan

16.04.24 ~ 15.05.18 God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you, And whispered “come with me”. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Always in our Hearts, Carmel, Joe, Erin & Families.

Tableland Abattoir requires experienced and inexperienced locals to join our team. Drivers License required. Please email Resume and a minimum of two (2) employer references to:



Saffron is about 5 years old. She is the most affectionate and loving cat imaginable. She has had rotten luck. This must turn around. Visit her and her many feline friends at the refuge or phone 4092 3060.

Contact the refuge on 4092 3060 Hickling Avenue, Mareeba



The Annual AGM will be held at 10.30am, Saturday 25th May at 88 Byrnes Street, Mareeba. Nomination forms are available from the Sub Branch Office.

Mareeba RSL Sub Branch

Still possesses a quantity of museum memorabilia that has to be collected by members of the public. Those wishing to collect any donated items from the RSL Sub Branch are invited to do so by presenting themselves with some evidence of ownership to the Sub Branch office between 10am – noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Plaques on the Memorial Wall may be collected from the Sub Branch on request. Any enquires may be made to: President Lloyd Harvey 0499 578 798 Secretary Alan Webb 0414 893 460


Jeweller BRETT Thompson Jeweller. Watch batteries and jewellery repairs. Ph 0437 800 892.


What’s Coming Up?

25th Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea - Mareeba Rodeo Grounds. 9am $5 admission includes morning tea. Cent Sales, Raffles and much more.


Make your ad stand out froM the rest...

add CoLour!!

GOT a position you would like filled? Take out an advert today by calling The Express on4092 3464.

06/05/34 ~ 18/05/12

“You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, You’re always at our side.”

Garage Sale

P: 0438 608 450

4092 7761

fax us: 4092 6346


TGT is a retail business specialising in the supply of general hardware, agricultural chemicals, fertiliser, rural merchandise, and engineering services to the agricultural and building industries in North Queensland. We are seeking a suitably qualified Trade Sales Assistant within our TGT Dimbulah - Home, Timber and Hardware branch. Responsible for providing customers with a high standard of quality service and product advice on our wide range of hardware, building, plumbing rural and agricultural products, you will also possess: • Previous experience in a similar customer service role • Previous experience with rural hardware, building and plumbing products (a trade background would be advantageous) • Good interpersonal skills and attention to detail • Experience in computerised point of sale (would be advantageous) • A forklift and truck licence are desirable. Please submit your cover letter and resume to: The HR Manager, PO Box 171, Mareeba Q.4880 or email to: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and shortlisting will commence immediately. TGT does not accept unsolicited agency referrals.

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> Q.C.W.A Mareeba Bingo every Thursday from 9am at the Q.C.W.A Hall, Wilkes St, Mareeba. > Q.C.W.A Aerial Outpost Branch Craft Day. 4th Wednesday of the month 9am. 15 Wilson St, Mareeba. > Mareeba Lioness Club Monthly Seniors Bingo and free morning tea is held 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Mareeba CWA Hall starting at 9am. > Q.C.W.A Mareeba self help craft, cards and social morning every Wednesday of the month. 9am at the Q.C.W.A Hall, Wilkes St, Mareeba. > PCYC Seniors Social Club meets for morning tea, outings, trivia and games every Tuesday from 9.30am at the PCYC Hall, 136 Walsh St Mareeba. > Uniting Church Markets every Friday (hall near Target) 8.30am to 12noon and Saturday 4th August cheap book sale 8am-4pm. > St George’s Church Indoor Bowls Tuesday’s at 1pm at St George’s Hall at 53 Constance St, Mareeba. > Al-Anon Family Groups - Atherton and Yungaburra. Ph 1300 252 666. > Mareeba & District Orchid & Pot Plant Society - Monthly meeting held on second Saturday of each month, (except December), at Mareeba CWA Hall, Dempster Street, Mareeba. Meetings start at 2 p.m. All welcome. > Mareeba Junior Rugby League - Bingo at Mareeba Leagues Club - Doyle St, Mareeba, Friday mornings from 8.30am.

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EXPRESS SPORT PORT Eight Gladiator juniors chosen to represent Cairns

TALENT: (Back) Elishah Mathieson, Leon Wood, Cain Hastie and Reece Dally and (front) Sawyer Nehow, Jett McDowell, Kyan Sheppard and Bryce Fincham have been elected to represent Cairns in the North Queensland Championships to be held in Townsville in June.

THE Mareeba Gladiators Junior Rugby League club certainly isn’t short of talent, and that is evidenced after eight of its players were selected to represent Cairns in the North Queensland Championships held in Townsville in June. Bryce Fincham and Sawyer Nehow were selected in the U13s side, while the U14s side saw four Mareeba players selected as Cain Hastie, Jett McDowall, Kyan Sheppard and Leon Wood are set to don Cairns’ green and gold colours next month.

U15s and U16s both had one Mareeba player chosen, with Reece Dally (U15s) and Elishah Mathieson (U16s) selected for their respective age-groups. Mareeba Junior Rugby League President Darin Hastie said it’s great to see a good number of players from a small town like Mareeba be selected to compete at such a respected junior rugby league tournament. “It’s a great achievement for these young blokes and it’s good to see from the club’s perspective that we have another strong crop

of players making their mark on the Cairns competition,” he said. “We also had a few other players who were really close to gaining selection, so if they keep their head down and continue to play well they may be next in line if there’s an injury or if a player from their age-group pulls out.” Hastie said given the abundance of rugby league talent throughout North Queensland, the Gladiators players representing Cairns will need to be on their game for the entirety of their three game schedules.

“They need to know that they’re playing at a higher level now, so if they can remain focused I’m confident they’ll all play well,” he said. “It will also be great for the Gladiators when they return to club football, as they will have gained enormous experience playing with and against so many good players which should show in their performances for the rest of the season.” The North Queensland Championships will be held from June 7-9.

Gladiators looking for U15 players INTERESTED rugby league players who have turned or are turning 15 years of age this year are encouraged to head down to the Mareeba Gladiators Junior Rugby League Club to be part of the U15s Cairns District Rugby League season. U15s is the only age-group the Mareeba Gladiators have

been unable to consistently field a side in, with players from the U14s team often required to play up in order to make up the numbers. For those interested in playing, training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-6pm at Davies Park.

Mareeba Pool calls for change THE Mareeba Swimming Pool will be closing at the end of March and through the winter months. Pool Owner June Cotter has expressed interest for a 25m enclosed pool area similar to Atherton, Ravenshoe and Smithfield to be built for the Mareeba Pool. This upgrade would allow the Mareeba Pool to stay open during the winter months without risking medical issues.

“We tried to stay open during the off season before but due to multiple health issues I was forced to close down during winter,” she said “I’m looking for 8 or so locals to form a committee. “We need the committee in order to get a grant for the pool upgrade.” For those interested in joining the committee contact the Mareeba Memorial Pool for further information.

June Cotter is calling on community members to form a committee to help apply for a grant to keep the pool open in winter.

The Express, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 PAGE 25

EXPRESS SPORT PORT Chillagoe Rodeo action Saturday May 11, 2019.

Roosters big win over Suburbs

Sarah Bensted pushes her mount to the extreme in the Chillagoe open barrel race.

Clint Tilse makes team roping look easy. Roosters under 18 centre Darcy Gillespie looks to beat the Suburbs defence on Saturday.

Tate Vanwell tackles a steer at a gallop in the steer wrestling event.

DESPITE an improved showing from Suburbs, the Atherton Roosters were able to shake them off to record a 22-16 win in Saturday night’s Cairns District Rugby League first grade premiership match at the Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium. The match was played at a high intensity with both sides full of energy and keen to run the ball. Things started well for the visitors with two early tries to lead the contest 10-0 after 15

minutes of play. The Roosters replied with two quick tries and this locked the score at 10 all for the break. Suburbs scored first in the second session to push ahead 1610. However, that was to be the visitors last points as the Roosters powered home with another two tries to secure the victory. Hooker Ned Blackman collected another two tries for the Roosters while forwards Graham Clark Jnr and Luke La Rosa

worked hard in both attack and defence. The points table after five rounds – Atherton 8, Brothers 8, Kangaroos 7, Innisfail 5, Ivanhoes 5, Mossman 4, Yarrabah 4, Edmonton 4, Suburbs 3, Mareeba 2, Tully 0. In reserve grade, the Roosters won 34-6 over Suburbs to claim their third straight win. Centre Darcy Taylor scored a double in the seven tries to one victory for the Roosters. The Roosters under 18 side

claimed a 40-8 win over Suburbs with centre Keifha Rosas crossing for a treble in the try scoring. Kaydee Chatfield, Sharee Andrews and Catherine Clark all crossed for tries in the Roosters Ladies 3-0 win over Suburbs. The Atherton Roosters have the bye in this weekend’s competition and return for their next match on Sunday, May 26 against Kangaroos at Vico Oval.

Mareeba swimmers smash goals

Nicole Theakston, June Cotter, David Eade and Daniel Pyke.

THREE local Mareeba swimmers have recently returned after competing interstate in multiple swimming events. David Eade and Daniel Pyke

have both recently competed at the Arafura Games in the Northern Territory. Both David and Daniel said they trained heavily in prepara-

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tion for the event. “It was a very high standard “David and I came in every of swimming and there were a lot morning and afternoon for six of international swimmers which months, and trained about 8-10 brought the competition up.” sessions a week,” Daniel said. Their performances did not

go unnoticed with them both getting more than half of their Personal Bests. “I got 5 PB’s out of 7,” Daniel said. David was a standout as he beat 10 of his 13 PB’s and came home with two medals, of which included a silver for the 400 metre freestyle and a bronze for the 200 metre freestyle.” “We’d like to thank our couch June for hounding us every morning to get to the pool as well as and our friends and family who were very supportive,” they said. Both David and Daniel impressed with David getting into 7 finals and Daniel tying his commonwealth medal time from 2008 after not swimming for 11 years. While David and Daniel were focused on doing their best they made sure they took time to fully experience the event. “It was a lot more fun than serious, David had a smile on his face the whole time,” Daniel said. With the Arafura Games crossed off the list both boys have now set their sights on the Great Barrier Reef Games held in the Masters next week. While the boys from the Mareeba swimming club showed their skill in the north of the country, Nicole Theakston trav-

elled to Adelaide to compete in Nationals. Despite getting one PB in the 100 metre freestyle and equalling her 200 metre freestyle PB, Nicole felt unsatisfied. “I feel like I could’ve done better,” she said. This wasn’t only Nicole’s first experience at nationals but also the Mareeba pools first since 2000. “Nicole is our first National Pool swimmer,” Coach June Cotter said. “We’ve had three multi-class national swimmers, it’s been approximately 16-17 years since we’ve had a national swimmer.” Nicole said the level of swimming at Nationals was better than what she expected. “They were way faster than what I’m used to.” she said. She credited her chance at nationals to her coach and parents. “I’d like to thank my coach June and my mum and dad for driving me places.” Nicole is now looking to return to the national’s blocks after the winter break. With their first national swimmer in 19 years looking ahead to redemption at Adelaide and David and Daniel striving forward towards the Great Barrier Reef Games, the lane seems clear for Mareeba swimmers.

EXPRESS SPORT PORT Gladiators fall to Yarrabah at home

Bulls players Damien Wildman and Jamie Carroll celbrate after a goal on Saturday night.

Bulls 2, Leichhardt nil

THERE was a warm fuzzy feeling when the full time whistle blew at Lindsay Australia Stadium on Saturday night when the Bulls took on the Leichhardt Lions. Languishing in the bottom half of the table, supporters were waiting for the team to finally click into gear and play the full ninety minutes. There was a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction because, for the first time since the start of the season, the bulls played the way their coach knew they could. They played with heart and battled against a team which, on paper, was a superior outfit. Spurred on by a very vocal crowd, the Mareeba players responded and put in a grand defensive and attacking performance to win 2- 0 on the night. The Lions completely dominated the first 20 minutes, but the bulls held firm in defence and took the opportunity to break at pace and were rewarded with a penalty which was confidently slotted in by Jamie Carroll.

The Bulls went in the half time break 1-0 up and were well prepared for the onslaught of the second half, but again the bulls showed “Ticker” and supported each other causing some frustration amongst the Leichhardt players. In his first start for the premiers, Damien “Stretch” Wildman proved a hand full for the Lions defence with his pace and sheer presence enough to intimidate the opposition. He showed just how much it meant for him to score when he celebrated after he broke down the middle and struck a sublime shot passed the helpless keeper. Coach Perry said, everything went right tonight, it was well deserved, luck was on our side. “We are putting the hard yards in at training; if you play the way you train things will start to happen,” “A great defensive effort from the boys and Stretch, well what can I say, he manages to deliver for whichever team he plays for, he adds another dimension to our play, and he had a brilliant game

tonight as they all did.” The only down side to the match was an injury to star man Bronson Koppen which will be assessed during the coming days but the three week break should see all players return for the match against the Comets on June 1. In other matches the men’s reserves played out a mouthwatering 3-3 draw against Leichhardt keeping them close to the top of the table. The Ladies premiers also played out a 3-3 draw showing they can mix it with the best and are getting better as the season rolls on. Luch Avolio’s youth team had a comfortable and dominating 2-0 win which keeps them in touch with the leaders. “The Boys are starting to gel and find their feet in front of goal” said Coach Avolio. On Friday night the Bulls men’s second division went down 3-1 at Port Douglas and the Fillies had a 3-2 loss to Marlin Coast Rangers.

THE Mareeba Gladiators were yet again on the end of a lobsided scoreline after they went down 38-14 to a willing Yarrabah Seahawks side at Davies Park on Saturday night. The home side’s notoriously slow starts for the season continued as Yarrabah quickly jumped out to a 12-0 lead inside ten minutes off the back of some brilliant play from their halfback. From there it was to and fro for the remainder of the first half, as both sides managed to score two tries to set up a 22-10 scoreline at the main break. The Gladiators’ two tries in the first stanza went to winger Josh Adu-Dwanna and veteran hooker Tom Hughes, the latter of which was a fantastic solo effort that saw Hughes probe out of dummy-half and recover his own grubber for a crucial fourpointer. Despite showing promise in the first half, the Gladiators’ second half resembled much of their performance against Mossman a fortnight prior, where their defensive lapses proved costly and they leaked plenty of points when fatigue set in. Tom Hughes was the standin captain for the night as Trent Barnard was out with injury, and while he was disappointed with the loss, he spoke with relative optimism about his side’s performance. “Tonight was definitely an improvement from Mossman,

Mareeba Gladiators front-rower Luke Badge gains metres against the Yarrabah defence.

we put in for a lot of minutes tonight,” he said. “I thought our go-forward was good, however we had a few defensive lapses and if you give a team like Yarrabah a sniff they’ll take it and make you pay. “There’s obviously still a few areas we need to work on, particularly defensively, however as I said I think tonight’s performance was better and I feel we’re heading in the right direction.” The Gladiators were missing a few key players on the night, and Hughes praised those who stepped up in their absence. “We had a few Reserve Grade

boys who filled in and they went really well,” he said. “They gave it their all and that’s what the green and gold is about, so I’m impressed and really happy from that perspective. “Ultimately now it’s just about getting back to training, moving forward and hopefully we will see further improvement over the next few weeks.” In the other senior fixtures on Saturday night, Reserve Grade and the U18s went down while the Ladies secured a win. The Gladiators’ next fixture is this Sunday against Kangaroos at Vico Oval, Cairns.


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