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Neighbouring land owner fights wind farm approval By Rebecca Wallis

Uncertainty surrounds the future of the Lakeland Wind Farm after a neighbouring property owner has uncovered discrepancies in the project’s approval report. Joy Marriott owns a 5000ha property at Lakeland that the wind farm will border. She received Cook Shire Council approval last September for a house to be built on her land and is due to begin construction shortly, despite the fact it will sit just 600m from the wind turbines. “There is a legal impediment to the project going ahead,” she said. “If they want to build the turbines within 1.5km from my house site, they

need to get a deed of release from me which they haven’t got.” The $200 million wind farm was given State Government approval in February. The project will include up to 30 wind turbines as well as electrical infrastructure and will produce around 100 megawatts of power for North Queensland, connected via the national electricity grid. Ms Marriott claims the map used for the approval pinpoints her house in the wrong location, placing it further away from the turbines than it is. “The map in the approval is wrong, so the assessment is wrong,” she said. “Within the next couple of weeks we’re going to be starting construction and they’re going to realise

how close my house is to the boundary and the turbines.” Ms Marriott sought legal advice and contacted both Windlab and the State and Federal government over the matter. She believes the approval of the project was politically motivated. “I don’t know what they’re doing, but this is a misrepresentation,” she said. “They made a media announcement saying they were dropping five (turbines) to incorporate my development but in their Federal application they still have 35 – so what’s going to happen if they get approval for 35?” Ms Marriott is due to open her caravan park for business in the next few

weeks. She is concerned that the wind farm will impact her business and her lifestyle and has been against the development from the outset. “It’s not that I’m against wind farms but this is right on top of me, why can’t they move them?” she said. “We’re out in the middle of nowhere.” Ms Marriott said she had been contacted multiple times by Achim Hoehne, the General Manager of Windlab Australia about signing a contract that ensured she would withdraw her property application in return for money. His most recent communication was on March 29, two months after the project received State Government approval. “I paid $20,000 for this

building approval and we had planned to build there for years,” said Ms Marriott. “It doesn’t matter what we say, they don’t care and we’re not going to stop them, but the legal impediment is a problem and they know it. I’m going to start building there and yet they’ve got all these towers they’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on and they’ve got to decommission them? It won’t make any money, so why build it there?” Mr Hoehne was unavailable to comment directly on Ms Marriott’s case, but a spokesperson did issue a statement from him claiming the wind farm is on track to begin construction before the end of the year. “We are pleased with the high level of commu-

nity support the project enjoys,” he said. “However we also understand there are some differing views and we remain open and active in communicating with interested parties.” The statement said Mr Hoehne worked closely with the department and the local community to optimise the project design to accommodate the property development plans of a project neighbour. “As a consequence the number of turbine locations was reduced to 30 from 35 whilst ensuring the project remained viable and competitive,” said the statement. “The department issued the Development Approval for the Lakeland Wind Farm confirming compliance with planning requirements.”

Survivors faces of the Relay for Life

Cancer survivors Chris and Sharyn Banville have been named as this year’s Faces of the Race for the Tablelands Relay for Life. The annual fundraiser was officially launched by volunteers on Saturday at Mareeba Markets where the Banville’s said they were ‘honoured’ to have been chosen to be front and centre in the fundraising drive this year. “We both had cancer,” said Sharyn. “I heard about the Cancer Council in Cairns and started the Mareeba branch. From there we did Relay for Life and launched the Tableland Relay 10 years ago.” Tablelands Relay for Life will be held on November 10 at Davies Park, Mareeba. To register visit relayforlife.org.au or call Chris and Sharyn Banville are this year’s Faces of the Race for Tablelands Relay for Life. Pictured at the launch of the race on Saturday with grandchildren Hayden, Isabel and Liam Gear. 1300 65 65 85.

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Look Mr Joyce, 300 sunny days a year! By Rebecca Wallis

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce is getting behind Mayor Tom Gilmore’s bid to entice Qantas to bring its pilot training academy to the Tablelands. Chamber president Joe Moro backed up the Mayor’s comments about Mareeba being the ideal spot for the $20million facility that is due to open next year. Mr Moro said the benefits for the region would be far reaching. “From an economic point of view it will create a lot of jobs and I think the council’s goal of further improving the airport overall will see lots more jobs generated from the aero side of the industry,” he said. “The benefit of that is more houses, more people living in the area, more pay packets which will be good for the economy, good for the region and help us argue and fight for lots of other services including health.” Mr Moro said he heard that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was ideally looking

for somewhere in regional Australia with a largely sunny climate. “We want to let Alan Joyce know that we have the 300 sunny days that he’s looking for,” he said. “He made a comment that his preferred site has to have 300 sunny days and Mareeba does. We have the signs to prove it.” Qantas announced in February that it was looking for a spot to set up a new training facility that would train up to 500 pilots a year. Mr Moro said the Chamber would be approaching Mr Joyce asking him to consider Mareeba for the academy. “We’re going to forward on this information directly to him, but we’re really here to support the Council and the Mayor’s drive to get that facility here and people like Warren Entsch who have worked very hard to get the current funding that we’ve got,” he said. “This is just highlighting the importance of this piece of infrastructure not just for Mareeba but for the Tablelands.”

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce executive committee members Joe Moro, Natasha Srhoj, Sally Tietzel, Serena Shakes and Sam Musumeci want Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to consider Mareeba as the base of their pilot training facility saying the town has the perfect climate.

FGF Developments win Mareeba airport tender MAREEBA Shire Council is soaring closer to completing the region’s most anticipated aviation facility, with the next two stages of the Mareeba Airport Upgrade Project set to take off. Council recently awarded a contract for the construction of airside infrastructure to local company FGF Developments Pty Ltd. Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore said the $14 million contract consists of the extension of the aviation commercial precinct (Stage 1) and airside works (Stage 2). “The award of this tender is without a doubt the most significant milestone to date in the reconstruction of this World War II airstrip. The project is anticipated to support the transformation of the Mareeba Airport into a major pilot

training and aircraft maintenance facility - probably the most important facility of its kind in northern Australia,” Cr Gilmore said. The Mareeba Airport Upgrade Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($5 million) and the Queensland Government ($13 million) and is being delivered by Mareeba Shire Council. “This redevelopment is a result of generous contributions from the Australian Government and Queensland Government without which the redevelopment would not and could not have ever proceeded,” Cr Gilmore said. “On behalf of the community, I offer my sincere thanks to both governments for their input and their cooperation as we move towards the award of this tender.” Northern-based Federal

Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the work is an important milestone. “This initiative will give the Mareeba Airport a new lease of life and ensure future pilots in North and Far North Queensland have access to new and improved training facilities.” The key project deliverables include a 52-lot aviation commercial precinct, resurfacing the existing runway, upgrade to airfield lighting, construction of new taxiways and upgrades to surrounding roads, drainage, lighting and airport fencing. Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the Queensland Government was proud to be working with Mareeba Shire Council on an important project set to deliver enduring regional benefits driving economic development, jobs growth and benefits for Far North

Queenslanders. “This project is building on the region’s existing strengths in aviation and will help position Mareeba as an important provider of aviation services, pilot training and maintenance in Far North Queensland,” she said. “Awarding this tender marks an important milestone in the delivery of this project and I look forward to seeing the economic benefits for Mareeba realised once it’s completed.” Cr Gilmore said Council is looking forward to working with FGF Developments. “The successful tenderer, which is of course a local firm and is well understood to be capable of the scope of works required to be undertaken. We are proud to partner with FGF and congratulate the company on the successful outcome,” he said.

Company Director Blue Williams said FGF was excited to be part of such an important project. “We are looking forward to working with the Mareeba Shire Council on this multi-million-dollar upgrade which will see further job creation and investment opportunities in regional areas such as Mareeba,” Mr Williams said. Cr Gilmore said the project had been a long-term dream of Council to have this relic of the war turned into a nursery for job creation for the community. “It is fair to say that we are unlikely to see a development of this magnitude again in Far North Queensland,” he said. “The process leading to the awarding of this tender has been long and complex, and I thank the Mareeba Shire Council staff and those departmental staff.

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Fighting tree clearing laws By Rebecca Wallis

State member for Hill Shane Knuth said land clearing laws that were the subject of a public hearing last Friday in Cairns, were “draconian” and likely to have a “battering economic effect” on the Tablelands. Mr Knuth sat on the committee hearing that the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industries Development Committee conducted into the Vegetation Management Amendment Bill. He said he had been fighting these laws since 2000 and would not stop. “I am very gutted by the fact that this is all about politics and votes and have no compassion or sympathy for the operation or livelihood of farmers and indigenous communities,” he said. “The general feeling is re-growth continually grows back and to have a successful operation you’ve got to clear that so you can farm productively. “We’re hoping that members of the Labor party acknowledge that this is draconian and it is an attack on rural communities and I’ll be continuing to

fight the issue and hopefully we can knock it on the head.” The proposed reforms were an election promise of the Palaszczuk Government and were introduced to parliament last month by Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham. Some aspects of the laws are already in effect. Among the proposed changes are broad-scale bans on clearing remnant vegetation for agriculture, requirements for farmers to obtain approval to thin vegetation and expansion of high value regrowth areas. Alongside the hearing, a protest rally was held by AgForce outside Cairns MP Craig Crawford’s office. President of the Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Joe Moro spoke at the hearing and said Tableland growers were very concerned. “A lot of growers feel very strongly about it,” he said. “It depends on the grower how impacted they are but from our point of view, the development that has occurred up here is a success story from when we were a tobacco grow-

A protest rally was held outside Member for Barron River Craig Crawford’s office in Cairns on Friday while a public hearing into an amended Vegetation Law bill was taking place. PHOTO: AGFORCE NORTH.

ing area to a very broad horticultural growing area. There’s been a lot of growth and we’d like to see that continue. “If these land clearing laws come in, they will really put a halt to a lot of options for economic development from an agricultural point of view.” Mr Moro said the new

laws would also mean that future plans to expand irrigation options for Tableland growers may suffer. “If we’re going to see further development with water infrastructure there has to be some land clearing on properties to allow that to happen,” he said. “Especially if we’re talking about Nullinga

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which is a western expansions dam.” Mr Moro went on to say that he thinks some farmers should be compensated if the law is passed. “The land issues thinning requirements that graziers have had has an impact on our economy as well,” he said. “Cattle that comes

from a lot of those properties come through our sale yards, they spend a lot of their money locally, so this is really going to be a shutting up of a lot of land and we’re asking if we’re going to be forced to go down that road – those farmers that are going to be land locked up should be compensated.”

Cairns was one of five regional centres to hold a hearing into the bill along with Townsville, Cloncurry, Rockhampton, Longreach and Charleville. Labor says the policy will reduce land degradation, protect water quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustain biodiversity.

TRC consults community over future of Ravenshoe Do you have ideas about what would make the Ravenshoe town centre great? Tablelands Regional Council is holding three sessions for the community to share their ideas and suggestions on a masterplan for the Ravenshoe town centre. “The masterplan will consider urban design, streetscape and traffic management, and how the town centre connects with other areas around Ravenshoe,”

said Mayor Joe Paronella. “By revitalising the town centre we can further cement Ravenshoe’s role as a thriving service centre on the southern Tablelands. It will also contribute to the town’s economic development and identify ways to improve the quality of life for residents.” The plan comes on the heels of the development of Council’s Economic Development Strategy 2018–2020.

“A strong economy is vital to the overall health, wellbeing and long-term sustainability of the Tablelands region and its community,” said Mayor Paronella. “Come along to one of the sessions on Tuesday 17 April and have a say about the town centre’s future.” Held at 62 Grigg Street, Ravenshoe from 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm and at the Ravenshoe Hotel from 7pm to 9pm.

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A pilot program is giving 21-year-old Emilia Moreira Moniz a taste of life on the Tablelands and skills and experiences that she will take home with her to East Timor next month. The marketing and tourism officer is spending eight weeks in the region as part of a Rotary scheme called the New Generations Service Exchange. Rotary District 9550 is one of the largest Rotary districts in Australia, covering an area of 1.2 million square kilometres across most of the Northern Territory, northern Queensland and Timor-Leste. Rotary clubs in Cairns, Mareeba and Townsville

are hosting young professionals from the country as part of a unique cross-cultural professional development program launched in the region for the first time. Emilia is one of four Timorese who are sampling life in the Far North and living with local families. She is also working with Ida Portella in her travel and tourism business based in Mareeba. “Australia is a developed country and we are a very new country and there are a lot of things we need to learn to apply in our country,” she said. “It’s great for Timorese youth to learn some skills to apply to contribute to the development of Timor.” East Timor, or TimorLeste is the youngest coun-

try in the world after gaining independence in 2002. It still does not have a currency and poverty is rife. “I’ve learnt so much from Emilia as well from a cultural perspective and sharing her experiences,” said Ms Portella. “For me it’s a feel good thing, I feel good knowing that we’ve assisted in helping a young professional giving them an opportunity. “I am so happy and feel so lucky to have this opportunity.” A social worker and two mechanics make up the cohort visiting the region. Ms Portella said the opportunity for the young Timorese to experience life here could be potentially life-changing. “I’d love to meet Emilia

in five years and see how this has changed her, because a lot of the Rotary exchange students in Dili are now ministers for the government,” she said. “It is a very successful program and has been lifechanging for them.” For Emilia, it has also been an opportunity to promote the beauty of her country. “We have a wonderful place to visit,” she said. “We have incredible beaches. We have mountains and we have a lot of historical places. Hiking is popular and it is one of the best spots for diving.” New Generations Service Exchange Program chair Sue Wilson said the new generation pilot program was designed to have

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a specific focus on TimorLeste, however, it was hoped future exchanges could be established with other countries. “During their stay, the participants will make connections with serviceminded community business leaders, improve their English, build their professional skills, experience our region and explore a new culture while giving back through service,” Mrs Wilson said. “The most important thing is what happens when they return to their communities and impart their newfound knowledge. They will return to this young, developing nation to teach new colleagues new processes and ideas.”

Farmers gear up for forum Answers to the biggest challenges facing farmers will be available free of charge at the Efficient Farming Forum being held in Mareeba next week. An initiative of the Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MDFVGA) and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, the event is happening on Friday 27 April. The keynote speaker line-up is impressive and, as MDFVGA president Joe Moro explains, aims to tackle the crucial issues facing the modern-day farmer. “Energy efficiency would be, without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges we face on the land,” Mr Moro said. “Soaring elec-

tricity prices have placed enormous pressure on our ability to run our businesses and anything we can do to reduce this impact, is welcomed by farmers. “We have secured Andrew Chamberlin, who is currently managing an energy savers program for the Queensland Farmers Federation, on renewable energy, to give an insight into measures that farmers can take.” Robotics visionary Andrew Bate, founding and managing director of Queensland company, SwarmFarm Robotics, will talk about the role robotic technology plays in agriculture. Andrew believes that robots hold the key to the next wave of productivity

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gains for horticulture and cropping industries. Mr Moro said while the forum would deliver on the issues and challenges facing today’s farmer, it too would provide a “big picture” view of agriculture. “We are fortunate to have trends expert, Michael McQueen, to speak about the future of agriculture,” Mr Moro said. “Michael is widely recognised for having his finger on the pulse of business and culture, and has helped some of the world’s bestknown brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.” Breakout sessions in the afternoon will feature the following: • Driving export opportunities in North Queens-

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ANZAC Day services across the region

New coordinator Rod Marti and Paul Novelly a member of Barron Catchment Care’s Upper Zone, inspecting Tolga’s Zuni Bowl after the recent heavy rains.

New coordinator at Barron Catchment Care Rod understands very well the challenges faced by farmers as both custodians of the land and as business managers focussed on maintaining viable farming enterprises. BCC works closely with farmers to assist them in preserving soil so that farms remain viable for the long term. Currently there are five projects underway dealing with stormwater mitigation, contour banks and drainage on farms, weed management. Mr Down reflected on the fact that so much work needed to be done in the Barron catchment given

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Honour dawn service. 7.45am Cenotaph service (assemble at Maude Kehoe Park for march). Herberton – 4.50am Cenotaph dawn service; 9am Padre White grave site, Herberton Cemetery service; 9.50am Cenotaph service (assemble at Royal Hotel for march). Dimbulah – Dawn Service assemble 5.45am adjacent Foodworks; Service 6.00am at Memorial Hall. Chillagoe – Dawn Service 4.28am at Town Hall; March assemble 9.15am at 10 Acre Park, Service 9.30am at Town Hall followed by morning tea. Malanda – Sawn Service 4am Eacham Memorial Gates (assemble at Malanda Hotel for march); 9.10am Eacham Memorial Gates service (assemble behind Malanda Bulk Fuel for march). Ravenshoe – 4.15am Cenotaph dawn service (assemble at the Ravenshoe Hotel for march); Breakfast afterwards at RSL Hall; 9.30am Cenotaph service (assemble at the Highland Bakery for march). Brunch afterwards at RSL Hall. Mt Molloy – Dawn Service assemble 6.30am at Cenotaph; March assemble

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Vains Park 11.00am, Service 11.30am at Cenotaph. Millaa Millaa – 4.15am RSL Hall dawn service (assemble outside QCWA Hall for march); 10.15am RSL Hall service (assemble at primary school for march). Mount Garnet – 5.30am Cenotaph dawn service (assemble at Mount Garnet Hotel for march). Gunfire breakfast afterwards at Town Hall; 9.30am Cenotaph service (assemble at Mount Garnet Hotel for march). Morning tea and

entertainment afterwards at Town Hall. Bring a plate to share. Evelyn – 6.20am War Memorial service (assemble along Jonsson Road). Free bus from Ravenshoe RSL Hall at 6.00am. Innot Hot Springs –10am Progress Hall service. Irvinebank – Service: Assemble 10.00am at School of Arts Hall. Watsonville – Service: Assemble 3pm at Western Progress Association Hall.

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the pressures of a growing region, the associated impact of development and especially urbanisation, and that funds were increasingly hard to secure. “BCC is proud of what it’s achieved over more than 20 years in works that stretch from the Tablelands Regional Council, the Mareeba Shire Council and the Cairns Regional Council,” said Mr Down. “It also works closely with landholders, government departments and agencies as well as organisations like TREAT and Terrain NRM.”

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Anzac Day next Wednesday, April 25 will give locals the opportunity to remember the Aussies and Kiwis that served and died at war. Services are held annually throughout the region to give locals an opportunity to commemorate the contribution and suffering of all those that served. Dawn service times vary across venues, followed by a march which means certain roads will be closed for the majority of the morning. See council websites for more information. Atherton – 4.10am Cenotaph dawn service; 9.30am War Cemetery observance; 10.45am Atherton Remembrance Park service (assemble at old RSL Building for march). Mareeba – Cenotaph dawn service 4.28am; March adjacent RSL 9.45am, Service 10.00am at Cenotaph. Kuranda – Dawn Service 5.30am at Railway Station; followed by breakfast. March 10.15am adjacent Foodworks, Service 10.30am at Centenary Park. Yungaburra – 5.30am Afghanistan Avenue of

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3.30 – 4.00 4.00 – 4.45 4.45 – 5.00

LUNCH - SPONSOR: Qld Rural & Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Breakout Session 1: (6 topics to choose from - Attendees can choose which topics they wish to listen to) Presentation 1: Driving Food Export Opportunities in North Queensland - Dept Agriculture & Fisheries Presentation 2: Weather Forecasting Chris Nitsopoulos (Oz Cyclone Chasers) Presentation 3: Soil and Water Efficiency Pat Daley (Daley Water Services) Presentation 4: Fair Farms Initiative Donna Mogg & Rebecca Myers (Growcom) Presentation 5: Precision Land Management Damian Wirth (New Holland) Presentation 6: TNQ Regional Food Network Margo Watkins (Vice Chair) Bell will ring for attendees to move to another session Breakout Session 2: ((6 topics to choose from - Attendees can choose which topics they wish to listen to) Presentation 1: Driving Food Export Opportunities in North Queensland – Dept Agriculture & Fisheries Presentation 2: Weather Forecasting Chris Nitsopoulos (Oz Cyclone Chasers) Presentation 3: Soil and Water Efficiency Pat Daley (Daley’s Water Services) Presentation 4: Fair Farms Initiative Donna Mogg and Rebecca Myers (Growcom) Presentation 5: Precision Land Management Damian Wirth (New Holland) Presentation 6: TNQ Regional Food Network Margo Watkins (Vice Chair) AFTERNOON TEA Plenary Session – (Keynote and Breakout Presenters back to main stage for Plenary Session - questions from the floor). CLOSING

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Countdown is on for Wheelbarrow Race The CrossFit HBZ 4880 Hillbillies Great Wheelbarrow Race team fronted by Head Coach Red will be tackling the gruelling three day event next month.

WITH only one month to go, competitors have been training hard for this year’s Great Wheelbarrow Race. Combining their love of fitness with funding, the team at CrossFit HBZ 4880 Mareeba are looking forward to the event. Head Coach Simon ‘Red’ Cockrem said it’s

the first time the group has entered the race and are excited to be part of such a unique event. “We are keen to get involved in the community and it’s such a great event to be part of,” Simon said. The three-day endurance event will see over 500 competitors push a wheelbarrow

140km from Chillagoe to Mareeba, all in the name of fun and fundraising. CrossFit Team member Nadine Mitchell said the group has been fundraising for a local family who sadly lost their wife and mother to ovarian cancer earlier this year. “We are really passionate about raising money

for a local lady who sadly passed away, Charlene Ericson,” Nadine said. “The community has really rallied behind us and it has been truly amazing. All the money raised will go to her family,” she said. The annual charity event will begin on May 18 in Chillagoe and finish on the

Sunday at the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds. Race Chair Councillor Nipper Brown said locals are encouraged come and welcome home the competitors as they run into Mareeba Rodeo grounds on the Sunday. “Teams will start arriving mid-morning and it

would be fantastic to see as many people there as possible cheering teams on as they cross the finish line after a gruelling three days,” Cr Nipper Brown said. There will be food and drinks available with presentations starting around 1pm. Register today at greatwheelbarrowrace.com

HARPS concerns raised at workshop By Rebecca Wallis

Food producers from across the Tablelands took part in a workshop in Mareeba last week to try and gain some clarity over the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS). Local growers have been sceptical about the scheme which will allow direct suppliers to the five Australian chain retailers to use one of the recognised global food safety standards plus harmonised additional requirements to supply all retailers. The aim is to eliminate multiple audits for multiple customers. The aim of the workshop held on Wednesday at the Mareeba Leagues Club was to listen to growers’ feedback. But after the recent listeria outbreak at a rockmelon property down south, Tableland growers are concerned that the scheme will be a waste of time considering that property was already running

under HARPS. “It’s not giving us a lot of confidence,” said one participant. HARPS consultant Tristan Kitchener said the outbreak was a timely reminder to have a more uniformed approach to regulation. “A sixth person has now died eating rockmelon with listeria,” he said. “That business has been devastated by this issue and it’s had a massive impact on everybody. I’d like to think HARPS is going to address the possible impact of a recall. We can’t keep on having the same level of risk. This is the retailer saying, what can we do to bring about change.” The scheme covers legal and trade compliance, as well as food safety, but the biggest concern is the cost and time that would be spent adhering to new regulations. “There has been very little industry consultation,” said one participant.“Six years you’ve been working

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on this and you’re not there yet but we have deadlines and real costs that we’re going to continue enduring while you’re working it out.” The aim of HARPS is to eliminate multiple audits and further develop food safety auditor competency. Previously each retailer had their own requirements which meant multiple requirements and audits for all growers. “It’s not a magic wand to think that all your issues are going away with this,” said HARPS consultant Belinda Millard. “It is a mechanism. We’ve got all these retailers wanting different things and this will cut down the duplication. There are many things we need to get right but we have seen some progress. The benefits will be for everyone at the end of the day.” The scheme was launched last year and farmers are required to implement it by January 1, 2019.

Tablelands Regional Council (TRC), in partnership with TRC Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee will be hosting two free Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) screenings starting this weekend. “This is the first time our region has hosted this film festival,” said Mayor Joe Paronella. “The international program of award-winning short films has a range of features including open captions, relaxed screening and is flashing light free.” Malanda Majestic Theatre is accessible to people with mobility disability and has a chill out room. The children’s program will screen at 3.45pm on 20 April and feature ten exceptional films from around the world including animation, documentary and live action. The main program, at 10.30am on 28 April, has seven exceptional films that will take audiences on a journey of suspense, intrigue, romance, comedy, heart-warming moments and new perspectives. Many of the films share the stories of people living with a disability. “This is a great opportunity for people of all abilities to come together for a positive, shared experience,” said Cr Paronella. The AAAFF program is in its tenth year and is screening across six states and territories. The 2017/18 program is anticipated to reach an audience of 35,000 people.

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EXPRESS yourself

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Did CEO deserve such high praise?

Hurryiet Babacan, CEO at Tablelands Regional Council was given a glowing endorsement by another Tableland paper.

The editorial in another Tablelands paper on Tuesday March 27, 2018 left as many unanswered questions that it laid to rest concerning the soon-to-depart CEO of the Tablelands Regional Council. ‘A Legacy which will endure’ is a rehash of the past positions and performance of Ms Babacan. It is written in a style which seems to be a past tense

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version of what would have announced the CEO’s arrival and what she had hoped to achieve – then fast forward 16 months, change the tense to past and publish it as the departure gift. It doesn’t say anything analytical. The various articles and opinions contained in the paper paint a glowing picture of the work of the CEO in the 16 months she held the position and conveys the strong impression that the TRC is on the cusp of

a great leap forward to the future with the strategic directions charted by the CEO. The ‘signature strategies’ were necessary as the result of ‘the many organisational legacy issues due to the amalgamation/ demalgamation’. This required ‘fundamental foundational work’. Let’s think hard about that and the CEO’s outgoing statements and apply the well known and respected ‘pub test’ to what we, the community, think

about the TRC and the last 16 months. Firstly, the CEO and Council conducted a ‘clean out’ of almost all the Senior positions of TRC under the guise of a re-organization. In recent times the position of Chief Financial Officer was cleared out with the inference that the recent rates fiasco was that officer’s fault. It follows that these people must have been the problem; they were the staff who somehow messed up the future of the

TRC and thus they had to go. Probably at a cost to the community of about $1,000,000 in redundancies and recruitment. The community know or knew those people, the past senior staff, and the pub test is whether they were as bad as portrayed or whether they were scapegoats. It certainly cost a significant sum of money to get rid of this ‘organisational legacy’; equally the Council lost experienced people so there has been an extended learning curve for the new staff which has adversely reflected on efficiency and outcomes. Secondly, after all the bloodletting was finished the total staff at TRC actually increased and remains higher and more expensive than both before the CEO arrived and higher than Mareeba which has a greater area to service, more roads and a greater population. What does the ‘pub’ test suggest here? Thirdly, the 2017 budget and the only one prepared under the Ms Babacan was, to many ratepayers, a disaster and had certain elements of it reversed or altered after significant objection by angry community members. To make the situation worse the Chief Financial Officer of TRC ‘resigned’ with the clear inference that person was the culprit for the budget errors. No leaders copping the blame here! What does the ‘pub’ test suggest to readers? If I were the Editor of a local-based newspaper like the one in Atherton, I’d feel a significant responsibility to provide proper analyses to my readers. ‘Under her leadership, we achieved many great outcomes in a short period of time’. Well Mr Mayor give us the details of these ‘great outcomes’ so that we may attempt to give the last 16 months of the TRC some degree of balance. Only the test of time will provide confirmation to the

statement that Ms Babacan has left ‘A Legacy which will endure’. Most of us believe that it’s just spin. Finally it’s time certain newspapers provided a balanced analytical view about the performance of the TRC. David Clifton Yungaburra

Technology is the key for cars Once again our news headlines are dominated by the ever-increasing incidents of car theft, most often now from the owner’s home or garage. I have been led to believe that the engines of all recently manufactured cars are controlled by a small computer under the bonnet. Chips in this computer control most aspects of the car’s operation. Including the ignition. Why doesn’t the government mandate that all new cars entering this country must be equipped with a chip that responds to an individual, unique password that allows the owner to disable the car’s ignition by simply sending a signal to it by mobile phone? This simple system would work as well as what we used to do in the old days – take the rotor button out of the distributor. Peter Beatts MAREEBA

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A night of song and stories with Fanny Lumsden in Dimbulah

Join in for a night of song and stories in Dimbulah from Golden Guitar and CMC award winning Artist Fanny

Lumsden. Fanny and her husband Dan are touring QLD playing intimate, up close and personal

shows sharing tales from the road and their songs with us. The Dimbulah night will also feature perfor-

mances from local Becci Nethery and the Dimbulah SS Orchestra. There will also be a Sausage Sizzle, hot

chips and a licensed bar on site. Music starts from 5:30pm on Saturday April 28 at the Dimbulah

Public School and everyone is invited to come along. Tickets are available from the Dimbu-

lah Community Centre or online at www.fannylumsden.net/shows/ underourhillshoistdimbulah.

NEVER FORGOTTEN ALWAYS REMEMBERED ANZAC DAY WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL, 2018 BLOCKERS: When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Exciting line up of new release movies

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The new hilarious comedy BLOCKERS with Leslie Mann and John Cena is showing on the Rising Sun big screen and will keep you entertained throughout. The action packed adventure TOMB RAIDER, the colourful animation adventure comedy PETER RABBIT and the family adventure fantasy from Disney A WRINKLE IN TIME also continue this week. The action packed adventure sci-fi READY PLAYER ONE shows on Wednesday evening and the colourful animation adventure SHERLOCK GNOMES, shows Saturday afternoon.

TOMB RAIDER

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of

trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. Advised to

face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known des-

tination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.

A WRINKLE IN TIME

Following the discovery

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of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.

WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 10:30am: A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 12:45pm: Tomb Raider (M) 7:30pm: Ready Player One (M) THURSDAY 19TH APRIL 10.30am: Blockers (MA) 5:30pm: A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 7:45pm: Blockers (MA) FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 5:30pm: A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 7:45pm: Blockers (MA)

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PHOTO of the week The members choice winner of the Tablelands and Surrounds Photography Group this week is – Megan Taylor – The challenge was “After the Rain” and the winning photo was taken by Megan on her Apple iPhone 7, IOS 20, 3.99mm, f/1.8 and a play with contrast. This image was taken after a night of rain and a morning of mayhem in the mud. Megan’s little handsome boy Eddy is such a poser and loves all the attention. Keen photographers can join the Facebook group and enter their photos – Tablelands and Surrounding Photography Group.

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Expresso 

Your Weekly Horoscopes March 21 to Apr 20 Aries

Don’t be too shy to promote your own interests. Children might be on your mind. Don’t hesitate to make special plans just for two. Be honest with yourself before getting involved with someone who is likely to lead you on.

Taurus

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

Wednesday 18th

Thursday 19th

Friday 20th

Saturday 21st

Sunday 22nd

Monday 23rd

Tuesday 24th

Tide Times 0414 1.11 1001 2.53 1628 0.77 2258 2.77

Tide Times 0502 1.32 1039 2.28 1710 0.92 2359 2.64

Tide Times 0605 1.54 1130 2.01 1801 1.12

Tide Times 0134 2.54 0908 1.58 1338 1.79 1938 1.29

Tide Times 0328 2.62 1031 1.39 1557 1.88 2141 1.25

Tide Times 0439 2.77 1122 1.19 1706 2.08 2253 1.11

Tide Times 0536 2.91 1159 1.00 1801 2.30 2348 0.96

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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.

Ingredients

500g cream cheese, softened

April 21 to May 21

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

Method 1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips at 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and add the melted chocolate chips, raspberry jam, and Chambord, beating until blended. Add the vanilla wafer crumbs, mixing well.

May 22 to June 21

3. Using a teaspoon, scoop the truffle filling onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. You won’t be able to roll them into balls, so just scoop them. 4. Freeze the truffle balls for at least 2-3 hours, or until basically frozen solid. When they are firm enough to handle, gently roll the truffles until they are smooth - return them to the freezer.

June 22 to July 22

You will have a tendency to exaggerate, which will lead to major confrontations with loved ones. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will only make you look bad.

Leo

C R O S S

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July 23 to Aug 22

A quiet restful day just staying in bed or catching up on reading will be your best bet. You will be able to dazzle others with your obvious charm and your outgoing nature.

Virgo

Aug 23 - Sept 23

There might be one who is quite willing to take the credit for your work. Remember; talk to them, not at them. Home improvement projects will run smoothly.

Libra

WORD

Sept 24 to Oct 23

You have more than enough on your plate already. Be careful what you consume this week. Don’t let children hold you back from doing things you enjoy. Attend to things that you should have done yesterday.

Scorpio

Oct 24 to Nov 22

Your high energy will help you through this rather hectic day. You may have a hidden adversary who would love to prove you wrong. You’ll be tempted to spend extravagantly this week. Your intellectual charm will entice new love interests.

Sagittarius

Nov 23 to Dec 21

Travel will result in new romantic attractions. Moves or the possibility of having someone different living with you may be difficult at first. You’ll find it easy to deal with government agencies or large institutions.

Capricorn

Dec 22 to Jan 20

Aquarius

Jan 21 to Feb 19

Anniversary

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Puzzle solutions

You may be uncertain about some of your coworkers and your boss. You will find it easy to learn and excel. Be inquisitive about unfamiliar circumstances. Love can be heightened if you sit down and discuss your future. Investments may not be as lucrative as you thought. Go after your goals and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Your fight for those less fortunate is not likely to end in sweet victory.

Pisces

Max 26o Min 19o

2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

You should be able to get a lot done. Don’t trust a deal that looks too good, or a lover who appears to have it all. Investments may not be as lucrative as you thought.

Cancer

Max 29o Min 20o

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Don’t neglect these problems; deal with them once and for all, then move on to more pleasurable tasks. Your attitudes at work will open new avenues for you.

Gemini

Max 28o Min 19o

ACROSS 7. A small wave or series of waves on the surface of water. 8. A magical or medicinal potion. 9. Another term for pent-up. 10. Seriously affected by an undesirable condition or unpleasant feeling. 11. A physical attack. 13. A short piece of writing on a particular subject. 15. Characterized by pleasantly warm weather. 16. A rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, and fruit. 18. An edible mollusc of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl 19. An uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch. 21. Small in degree; inconsiderable. 22. A short-sleeved casual top, generally made of cotton, having

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the shape of a T when spread out flat. DOWN 1. A religious or other solemn ceremony or act. 2. The branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. 3. To an extreme and unpleasant degree. 4. A vagrant, especially one who is dependent on alcohol. 5. A Spanish dollar, equivalent to 8 reals. 6. Well-educated people who are interested in literature. 12. A belt used to secure someone in the seat of a motor vehicle or aircraft. 14. University. 17. The state of being united or joined as a whole. 20. A bottle stopper made of cork or a similar material.

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Boasts a HUGE open plan living and dining area, fit for the biggest of family gatherings. Not to mention the fully security-screened outdoor area, great for all weather parties and BBQs, or just let the kids loose in there. There is a large kitchen with modern appliances, four good sized bedrooms, and all the creature comforts like security screens

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throughout, split system AC to all bedrooms and living area, floor to ceiling built-ins, and ceiling fans in bedrooms, the list is endless. Set on 1,282 m2, the allotment has plenty of room for whatever you and the kids want to do, either in the front or back yard. Add to that the two large sheds, 6m x 9m (approx.) and 6m x 12m (approx.) great for stor-

ing all of those toys, perfect for the handyman, or great man-caves. • Huge open plan living, dining and kitchen area • Large fully screened all weather patio • New stove and stainless steel oven to kitchen • All masonry block construction, recently re-painted • Security screens throughout

• Split system AC to all bedrooms and living area • Floor to ceiling builtins, and ceiling fans in bedrooms • Large bathroom with built in linen cupboard • Second toilet off laundry room, just inside the back door • Double Garage with drive through access on one side • Two large sheds, 6m x 9m (approx.) and

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For more information or to arrange an inspection please contact the exclusive agent Remo Esposito at Central Realty Mareeba. Phone 0401 969 473.

MAREEBA $370,000 NEG EXCLUSIVE to Remo Esposito Central Realty Mareeba 0401 969 473 or 4092 2232

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PROPERTY

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Presenting an outstanding acreage lifestyle opportunity, here is a fantastic family home set on a fully fenced 2.5 acres with mountain views. Located just 10 minutes from town on the Cairns side, privacy and plenty of space for everyone is assured here. This home is well

presented and is rock solid masonry block construction inside and out. It is fully air-conditioned and features four bedrooms (all with built-in robes), a large family bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles, open plan living and outdoor entertainment area. A sunken lounge

area, the dining room and a spacious new kitchen with breakfast bar make up the open plan living area. There is plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances including dishwasher and free standing gas cook top and oven. You can take in the lovely mountain views from the kitchen

window or from the vantage point of the large tiled rear patio and gazebo style BBQ area. Multiple powered sheds on the property ensure plenty of storage space and extra high roller doors provide access for larger vehicles/boats/caravans. A 2 megalitre water licence gravity

fed from the channel and a fully equipped bore provides plentiful water all year round plus an automated irrigation system services the property. A pressure fed and filtered rainwater tank connects directly to the house. Outside the home is complemented by well-maintained

lawns and landscaped gardens. • Fully fenced 2.5 acres, Cairns side • Solid concrete block construction • Rendered internal walls, vinyl flooring • Fully air-conditioned • Rear patio - full length of house + BBQ Gazebo • One x powered two bay shed (9m x 6m) (3-phase power) • One x powered two bay shed (10m x 8m), plus garden shed Address: Price: Agent:

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Two units – walking distance to CBD TWO modern units located near the CBD of Mareeba, schools, churches and the PCYC, plus medical clinic and hospital, just to name a few. The two bedroom unit features the main bedroom with a walk through robe and sec-

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INDEX

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DIRECTORY

A

C

Air Conditioning &

Childcare

Refrigeration

Curtains, Blinds &

Electrical Embroidery Entertainment

Fabrics

Blinds

E

F

Bulldozer Hire

Earthmoving

Fuel

B

AIR CONDITIONING

Floor Coverings

G

Mowing Services

Quarry

Transport

S

Graphic Design

P

Pest Management

Sandblasting/

Irrigation

Plumbing

Painting

V

Pool Maintenance

Security

Venue Hire

I

I.T

M

BULLDOZER HIRE

Q

T

EARTHMOVING

Tree Lopping Truck/ Crane hire

ELECTRICAL

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Authorised Fujitsu Service Agent

Daniel Battistin

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

P: 4092 3019

M: 0409 648 403 • F: 4092 1629

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R & C AIRCONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION

Business Directory

DEADLINE

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TOM SMITH P: 0407 161 783 F: 4092 7851 E: stj.enterprises@bigpond.com.au

Open 7 Days FOr Lunch anD Dinner

BLINDS

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FLOOR COVERINGS

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BLINDS

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CHILDCARE

Call Ross Malfitana Mobile: 0429 898 657

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

Mobile 0448 856 187

ENTERTAINMENT

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

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P 4095 5669 F 4095 5797 M 0408 887 701

CURTAINS,BLINDS & FABRIC

SPECIALISING IN THE INSTALLATION OF: • CORK TILES • VINYLS • VINYL TILES • PARQUETRY • FLOOR SANDING • CARPET GOLD AllAn & DAni: MOBilE 0409 007 247 CARD P: 4091 3936 23 Louise St, Atherton Q.4883 707796

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BY APPOINTMENT ONLY >Phone: & Accessories 0429 869 023

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FUEL

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SANDBLASTING/ PAINTING

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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

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TRUCK/ CRANE HIRE

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TABLELANDS TREELOPPING

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MOWING SERVICES

CASH OR ACCOUNT CUSTOMERS WELCOME

POOL MAINTENANCE & POOL SHOP 71 BYRNES STREET, MAREEBA “WE OFFER A COMPLETE ON SITE POOL SERVICE” ALL POOL SUPPLIES INCLUDING FREE WATER TESTING AND EXPERT ADVICE

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

Wedding

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~~ 20th April, 2018 ~~ Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. LOTS OF LOVE

Nonna, Dad, Melissa & Adrian, Uncle Amedeo, Aunty Frances and family, Uncle Ian, Aunty Sonia and family.

Funeral Notice Giuseppe (Joe) TORRISI Late of Mareeba. Passed away suddenly at home on the 8th of April 2018. Aged 78 years. Much loved husband of Carolynne. Dearly loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin of Sam and Judy, Alfio and Nilda and their Families. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend a Requiem Mass for Joe to be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Mareeba on Wednesday the 18th April 2018, commencing at 11:00am. At the conclusion of the service the cortege will then proceed to the Mareeba Cemetery.

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Love from Loris, 13th Emily and Ric, April 2018 Patricia, Russell, Shannon, Dennis and Josh, Glenis and Alan.

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Late of Mareeba. Passed away unexpectedly at home on the 13th of April, 2018. Aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband of Doris (dec). Cherished father, father-in-law of Cath & Grant, Tricia & Darryl, Lynn (Bully) & Desley, Leith & Dave. Special grandad to 8 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Loved brother of Ailsa and Yvonne and all their families. Special friend of Del and John Brady. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend a Funeral Service for Lynn to be held at Royals Church, 9 Park Avenue, Mareeba on Friday 20th April, 2018 commencing at 10:30am. At the conclusion of the service and following Lynn’s wishes, a private cremation will follow.

Mareeba Community Housing Company is seeking an Individual Placement Support officer (IPS) to work with job seekers who are homeless/risk of homelessness. This exciting new role is client centred, highly individualised with a focus on building self-resilience and skills to gain long term employment. The IPS officer will require a high level of skills/experience in the following: • Employment/business industry • Knowledge of multiple barriers facing persons who are homeless/risk of homelessness and chronic unemployed • Motivation and possess excellent communication skills The position is full time - 38 hour week for an immediate start in Mareeba. A current class C driver’s licence is essential. Application packages available on 4092 6899 Email: admin@mchc.org.au • Website: mchc.org.au Applications close on 27th April 2018.

LABOURER/ OPERATOR LINES ASSISTANT

Wanted Wanted - Kind person to help pensioner lady – on town block, acreage or farm – space for tiny caravan to park, when not in use. POA - Kit 0421 594 134.

Jeweller Brett Thompson Jeweller. Watch batteries and jewellery repairs now in Cairns. Ph 0437 800 892.

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ANZAC DAY WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL, 2018 TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES Notice is hereby given, under Section 69 of the Local Government Act 2009 that for the purpose of Anzac Day: (A) Chillagoe: Burke Development Road between Cathedral and Frew Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 9.15am and 10.15am. An alternative route for through traffic is available via Cathedral, King and Frew Streets. (B) Dimbulah: Glenn Street between Raleigh and Brickely Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and side access from Stephen’s Street to Glenn Street between 4.00am and 9.00am. (C) Kuranda: Thongon Street, at its intersections with Thooree and Coondoo Streets, Coondoo Street at its intersections with Thongon and Therwine Streets and Therwine Street at its intersection with Thooree Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10.00am and 10.45am. (D) Mareeba: Byrnes Street between Middlemiss and Hort Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic between 4.00am and 1.00pm. An alternate route for through traffic is available via Rankin, Walsh and Lloyd Streets. (E) Mt Molloy: Main Street, traffic disruptions between Clacherty Street and Crothers Street, managed by traffic control between 11.00am and 11.30am. Peter Franks Chief Executive Officer PO Box 154, MAREEBA, QLD. 4880

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Local employer seeking Labourer/Operator Lines Assistant for work in the Tablelands area. Duties will include cabling, operating vacuum unit as well as operating excavator machine as well as other general labouring duties as required. Successful applications MUST have MR Licence, excavator experience referred. Applicants should be energetic, honest, reliable, hard working, work well in a team and have very good communication skills. P: 0428 775 655 • E: onlineco@bigpond.net.au

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SAVE THE DATE! Variety Concert Saturday 2nd June At Mareeba Memorial Chapel, 45 Constance Street, Mareeba Tickets at the door 0418 413 727 Advertising works. Call us on 4092 3464.

T-MSC2018-12 MAREEBA CBD WATER MAIN UPGRADE Mareeba Shire Council hereby invites written tenders for supply and delivery of the Mareeba CBD Water Main Upgrade. Obtaining Documentation: Tender documents are lodged on Council’s online e-procurement system for release Saturday 14 April 2018, Tenderlink www.tenderlink.com/msc. Please register as a potential supplier on Tenderlink to download the documents. There is no charge to register or to download the documents. Enquiries: Tender enquiries, questions or clarifications should be directed via the online forum. Mareeba Shire Council officers are unable to respond to verbal enquiries in relation to the tender. The forum will close five days prior to the tender closing time and date. Please ensure that all questions, information requests and clarifications are posted prior to this time. Lodgement of Tenders: Completed responses must be lodged by uploading the submission to Tenderlink, using the response forms within the tender documentation. We strongly recommend that you begin uploading your tender submission files at least two (2) hours BEFORE tender closing. Closing Time: The closing time for lodgement of tenders is 11.00am Tuesday 15 May 2018. Submissions must be fully received by this time. Late, verbal or emailed tenders will not be accepted. For technical issues or general assistance to register, download documents or upload your tender submission on this website, please contact Tenderlink Support Help Desk on 1800 233 533 or email support@tenderlink.com. Tender will not be opened publicly. The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Peter Franks Chief Executive Officer PO Box 154, MAREEBA, QLD. 4880

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EXPRESS SPORT PORT Mareeba Cricket Club end of season presentation night

Atherton Cricket Player of the Year Gerard Fox.

Club award winners Angus Campman and Jarrod France with senior award winners Trevor Roy (Frosty Firth Memorial Shield for his tireless commitment to the club), Darcy Houlihan (Senior Club Champion Player of the year) and Rowan Foxwell (Gordon Pashen Memorial Shield for the most runs scored in the season). PHOTOS BY PETER ROY.

Atherton celebrates a stellar year of cricket

Presentations for the Atherton Senior Cricket Club were held on Sunday night at the Barron Valley Hotel which capped off the club’s most successful season in their thirty year history. The newly crowned premiers won all three titles on offer in the Cricket Far North first grade competition, winning the T20, one day and two day championships. Opening batsman and Queensland Country representative Gerard Fox was named Atherton’s Player of the Year while the Colt of the Year award went to Paul Nasser. The most wickets bowling trophy was presented to Seppe Barletta and Gerard Fox also won the most runs batting award. Owen Daley

Angus Campman, pictured with coach Neville Perkes, was named the Junior Club Champion of year. Angus also ended the season on top on the Cricket Far North ladder for Mareeba Cricket Club.

Atherton and Cricket Far North Colt of the Year Paul Nasser.

was named second grade Player of the Year. Paul Nasser was also

Owen Jonsson – top driver at Tepon on Sunday.

named Colt of the Year at the Cricket Far North presentation dinner on Saturday

night where team mate Michael Salerno won the best bowling average award.

Janelle Smithwick, pictured with Trisha Spry, scored the highest number of runs in the ladies T20.

Jarrod France was awarded Mareeba Cricket club’s representative player of the year. Pictured with Mareeba Lions Club president Denis McKinley who supported the club’s junior representative players.

Young Jake Bombardieri, pictured with Dad Jim Bombardieri, was awarded the ‘Up and Coming Encouragement’ award. Jake is the youngest cricketer for the club who plays up in grades and has been selected for representative sides.

Racing action at Tepon The Tableland Competition Car Club hosted round two of the 2018 series at the Tepon Raceway on Sunday. Top points in the A grade went to Owen Jonsson on 54 followed by Kirk Poole 47 and David Shade 38. Cameron O’Flynn was first in B grade on 52 points followed by Darryl Cooper 40 and Dale McFarlane 26. Nathan Hewitt won C grade with 49 points ahead of Mitchel White 48 and Shae Jonsson 46. Next race meeting at Tepon is set down for Sunday, May 20.

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EXPRESS SPORT PORT

Gladiators defeated by Sharks By Rebecca Wallis

Mareeba Gladiators didn’t win against at the Mossman Sharks on the weekend but coach Matt Wakefield was pleased with their performance. “We played a lot better at the weekend than we had previously,” he said. “We just dropped the ball one too many times. Our structure was a lot better, just a couple lapses let us down.” Despite losing 34-22 Wakefield said there was a lot of positives to be taken from the game. “We had a game plan going in,” he said. “We tried to play our edges better and we did that, there were just a few too many mistakes made.” Wakefield is himself battling an injury that kept him off the field on Saturday and is struggling with a young, new team after losing ten players at the end of last year’s season. Spirits were lifted, however, with the signing

of Luke Badge early last week – a Mareeba boy and ex-Gladiators player who has returned to his home town just in time for the start of the footy season. “We signed him from Brothers and he’s a great player,” said Wakefield. “He played really well on Saturday night considering he hasn’t trained all season. He’s a massive asset for us.” Other stand out players from the night were Ben Cocciolone and Dan Moevao. This weekend the Gators are back on home ground at Davies Park against Tully which coach Wakefield says will be a challenge but he’s quietly confident. “It will be a tough challenge because they’re a strong team, but I’m confident in the boys we’ve got,” he said. “We’ve just got to hold the ball. Our completion rate’s got to be higher.” The Gladiators will play the Tully Tigers Saturday night in Mareeba.

Malanda Bowls results Sunday April 15 saw a beautiful afternoon with a game of triples played with the winners after a countback being the team of Maddy Balas, Lois O’Brien and Craig Riddell. Coming Events include

– Sunday April 22, Patron’s Day at the Mareeba Bowls Club, 9am start with a team comprising of Keg Turnbull, Craig Riddell, Keith McCann and Hardy Wallace and Sunday April 29, Social Bowls, 1.30pm start.

Tableland Roller Derby League (TRDL) & Co. took on the Swich Hitters from Guild of Roller Derby (GORD) from Ipswich on Saturday night at Atherton State High School’s sports hall.

Roller skaters unite for Atherton derby

By Rebecca Wallis

Roller Derby has made a huge come-back internationally and locally in the last five years and on Saturday the Tableland Roller Derby League (TDRL) joined forces with friends from Ipswich to host a fast and furious night of competition. The event was a friendly reunion between the two teams that have formed a bond over a struggling lack of players. “Regional roller derby

has always been a bit of a struggle because the population is so transient, so people come and then they move,” said TDRL secretary Ashleigh Grigg. “We entered a couple of tournaments where we didn’t have enough players so we subbed in for them and then they subbed in for us. We’re sort of one big team.” Ashleigh Grigg from TDRL said everyone is accepted in roller derby and said the league would love to introduce new members.

“It’s not a male dominated sport,” she said. “Everyone is accepted. Roller derby is one of the only sports I can think of where it doesn’t matter what gender you are, it doesn’t matter how fit you are, what size you are, what age you are.” Saturday’s competition was the first held locally in two and half years. The league would love to get more competitive in the future. “It’s amazing, it’s fun, it’s fitness,” said Ashleigh.

“Roller derby generally doesn’t take itself too seriously. People up here tonight aren’t here for gold medals, we’re here to have fun.” Roller derby is all about speed and point scoring. “From each team there will be five skaters on the track at a time,” said Ashleigh. “Four of them are called blockers and one is called a jammer. The jammer is the points scorer. The first lap is a test to see who gets there the fastest then they

get awarded lead jammer status which gives them more power in the whole scheme of things. Then the jammer gets a point for every member of the opposite team that they pass.” The league trains twice a week – in Atherton at the state high school’s sports hall on Sundays at 3pm and in Mareeba on Wednesdays at the Mareeba State School’s hall at 6.30pm. For more information head to the Tableland Roller Derby League’s Facebook page.

Tae Kwon Do action night

Seven-year-old tudent Addisyn Durighello shows amazing flexibility doing the splits at Dimbulah Centre.

PAGE 18 The Express, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Students at Rhee TaeKwon Do Dimbulah Centre attended an Action Night on Wednesday, April 4 in Dimbulah – one of four Action Nights held annually. “Congratulations to all students who attended Action Night and those students who were graded up to the next level.” said 3rd Dan Regional Instructor and Branch Instructor Phil Quayle. “Training in the Martial Art of Rhee Tae Kwon Do offers opportunity to its members to not only earn self defence but to step up

and take on challenges that seem insurmountable, “Through regular training with students focusing and giving 100 per cent a Black Belt can be achieved. “It’s rewarding from an Instructor’s viewpoint to watch students grow in confidence as they fine tune new skills.” he said. Rhee Tae Kwon Do is the first and biggest Martial Arts school in Australia, established in 1970, and is celebrating its 48th year of operation. Founder and Father of the Art 8th Dan World Master Instructor Chong

Chul Rhee visits Far North Qld four times each year and its always a great honour to spend time with such a great leader and unique Australian.” says Dimbulah Branch Instructor and Secretary for Tablelands Gaye Taylor. “ Black Belt Instructors from the Tablelands, Cairns and Weipa attended a dinner with Master Rhee in Cairns on Saturday Aoril 7.” For any enquires about joining RTKD Dimbulah Centre phone Instructors Phil and Gaye on 0428 935 357.

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Controversial sin bins in Roosters loss

The loss of two players to the sin bin in the shadows of half time has proven costly for the Atherton Roosters in their Cairns District Rugby League premiership match with Brothers at Williams Park on Sunday.

In the end Brothers took the match 38-14 over the Roosters who obviously struggled with the controversial sin binnings. With the Roosters down to eleven troops, Brothers took full advantage and quickly posted two tries

to head the contest 20-4 at the 45th minute. To their credit, the Roosters did come up with a further two tries through James Coyle and Willem Foster but this wasn’t enough to save the points from the earlier damage.

On a brighter note, the Roosters colts side have made it two from two after winning 24-22 over Brothers on Sunday. Young winger Thomas Nelson crossed for two tries while Connor Griffin, Norman Butler and Connor Hamil-

ton scored one each. Brothers won the reserve grade 38-18 over the Roosters who had led midway through the second stanza. This Sunday the Atherton Roosters play the Seahawks at Yarrabah.

Tennis Club open day with new coach By Rebecca Wallis

Herold Prins with some of the kids he was coaching at a fun Open Day at Mareeba Tennis Club on Saturday afternoon.

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Mareeba Tennis Club is home to a brand new coach who was unveiled to members and new comers on the weekend at an open day. Herold Prins from Mossman has been a coach for 25 years. Well know and highly recommended, Mr Prins will be in town teaching at the club on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be bringing with him a bag of tricks to engage both the young and old. “We’ll be doing cardio tennis which is more fitness to music, warming up,” he said. “It has a drill-based and a game-based part.” Mr Prins, originally from the Netherlands, says tennis is a great sport for the whole family. “The good thing about tennis is that you don’t need a whole team, you can actually play just one person against a wall,” he said. “If you’re 70 or 80

years old you can still play tennis. Anyone can play. Tennis is also not physically demanding on the body.” With over two decades of experience as a coach and more as a professional player, Mr Prins said there is also a surprising benefit to playing the game. “A lot of tennis players are leaders because they make short decisions in a short time – quick decisions on the spot,” he said. Mr Prins, who doubles as a marine biologist, gets young kids involved in the game by incorporating stories. “I do a special thing with pre-school kids,” he said. “We get them into a fantasy world. We pick a story, it could be a pirate ship and together they go to play their game and defend other pirates trying to their ship. We incorporate the tennis and they love it.” Book a lesson with Herold or enquire about social games by calling Mareeba Tennis Club on (07) 4092 4685.

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