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The reborn Mareeba Shire Council begins operation. Alan Pedersen, deputy mayor Jenny Jensen, Mary Graham, acting chief executive Rod Ferguson, Mayor Tom Gilmore, Karen Ewin, Allan Holmes and Nipper Brown (picture Peter Roy). Full story, P3

$6.5m wasted

By Ryan Groube

Storage boxes and a skeleton crew are all that remain at a $6.5 million State Government building in Mareeba that will lie empty from next month. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) are in the process of relocating staff and office equipment from Block H to Block B at the Mareeba Agri-science Hub at Peters Street. In October 2013, The Express exclusively reported that DAFF would not renew its lease with the Department of Housing and Public Works

(DHPW) leaving the new multimillion dollar building vacant. DAFF had originally planned to be out of Block H by the end of 2013, but the DHPW’s failure to find a replacement tenant has allowed the department more time to complete the relocation. The DHPW unsuccessfully spent the latter half of 2013 trying to find a new tenant, either public or private, for Block H and are considering selling the building. “...the department is continuing to investigate options to backfill the vacant space within Block H,” a DHPW spokesperson said. “Department of Agriculture, Forestry and

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Fisheries still currently occupy a portion of the space in Block H and the remainder is vacant.” The decision was taken to consolidate the DAFF service at Block B with the department citing “efficiencies and cost effectiveness” as the reason for the relocation. “Once the relocation is complete, the new access arrangements to DAFF services in Block B via Peters Street will be promoted to the regional community,” a DAFF spokesperson said. “This is expected to be completed by early February.” In December 2011, Block H was opened with pomp and fanfare by the former Labor State Gov-

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ernment’s agriculture minister Tim Mulherin. An “agricultural research facility”, Block H was funded by the sale of the Kairi Research Station land, and was set to transform Mareeba as a leader in agricultural research and training. “The opening of the Mareeba Agriscience Hub will establish the Atherton Tablelands as a national leader in tropical agricultural science and training,” Mr Mulherin said at the opening in December 2011. The Australian Agricultural College Corporation originally leased office space at Block H but abandoned the building in July 2013 for a facility at Walkamin citing the need for additional space.

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The winners of The Express’s Shop Local Christmas competition are all smiles after each winning $500 in vouchers from local stores who were a part of the promotion. The competition, which is run by The Express every year, is designed to encourage Tableland residents to shop in local businesses for Christmas. The three winners, who were selected from a pool of thousands on December 19,

can spend their vouchers at the more than 30 stores that participated in the competition. The Express Managing Editor Carl Portella said the competition had been embraced by Tableland shoppers. “This competition has been popular from the beginning but it’s always great to see locals supporting locals – that’s what makes the Tableland a great community,” he said. “It’s very popular with both businesses and their customers because not only does it help keep money in this area

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Lifeline Mareeba was able to spread even more Christmas cheer during the festive season thanks to a helping hand from the local Coles. Coles customers donated items like sweets, toys, coffee and other treats to the charity drive while they shopped at the supermarket, contributing to nine hampers which were distributed to nine families selected by Lifeline. In total 35 people benefited from the gifts. Lifeline Mareeba manager

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Theresa Whiteing said the experience was ‘heartwarming’ and hoped to see it repeated in the future. “It felt amazing, really personally rewarding, to do this because Christmas can actually be a hard time of the year for a lot of families doing it tough – especially if they are unwilling to ask for help. Ms Whiteing thanked Coles Mareeba manager Todd Riches for his role in organising the campaign and the Mareeba community for their generosity.

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It took one hell of a fight, but on January 2, 2014 residents of the Mareeba Shire finally got their council back. On a cloudless Thursday morning, the Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) opened its doors for the first time since being forcibly amalgamated by the Beattie Labor Government in 2008. The phones rang, ratepayers streamed through the doors – the first complaint was a resident with drainage issues – and after a short delay the councillors of the Mareeba Shire were sworn in. About 30 members of the community crammed into the Rankin Street council chambers for the ceremony at the delayed time of 9.30am. The mood among the crowd and the prospective councillors was buoyant as former MSC transfer manager, now acting chief executive Rod Ferguson, called up elected representatives alphabetically following the swearing in of Mayor Tom Gilmore. Nipper Brown, in making the Declaration of Offices, copped a good heckle from an audience member urging him to “read the fine print” before signing. Mr Ferguson stuffed up the pronunciation of Karen Ewin by adding a ‘g’ sound which Ms Ewin, who then did the same thing, said light-heartedly “now you’ve got me saying it [wrong].” Mary Graham recited a short story about a colleague who could never quite properly forge her signature during her stint at the podium. Jenny Jensen – full name Jenifer Joy Jensen – copped one from Mr Ferguson, who was in fine form, declaring that the ABC had “named a radio station after you”.

Allan Holmes and Alan Pedersen got off reasonably lightly but Mr Pedersen had to do a couple of double takes to satisfy official photographer Peter Roy. Speaking to The Express after the ceremony, Mayor Tom Gilmore said he had no doubt the swearing in of the first council of the reborn MSC was a moment of “great historical significance”. Mayor Gilmore said his council understood that they had a once in a lifetime opportunity and that they were ready to “make the tough decisions”. By the end of January, the MSC will need to submit a budget, are expected to be at an advanced stage in finding a full time chief executive and will have key corporate structure decisions to make. Mr Gilmore said the challenges in creating a new council will be very different to those faced during the amalgamation of the four former shires under the TRC. “It is a reconstruction of a new entity and that is what it is going to be. It is not going to be business as usual as an old bush shire,” he said. “It will be a modern entity and that is the exciting part because you get these opportunities once in a lifetime to build something new and to grow it and to turn it into something of great value to the community for the future. “[I am] quite sure that the council I have are intelligent enough and capable enough to understand complex issues and most certainly dedicated enough and capable enough to make tough decisions. It is going to be a wonderful council I am quite sure.” After morning tea, council met for its first meeting with Cr Jensen defeating Cr Pedersen in the race for deputy Mayor. The MSC will meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

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Hottest summer on record By Boyd Robertson

Tableland residents are being warned to keep cool as the region sweats through one of the hottest summers on record. Temperatures in Mareeba reached a toasty 36.4 degrees on January 1 and 3, with only a minimal spattering of rain from a passing thunderstorm last Friday working to cool things down. Although the Bureau of Meteorology predicts temperatures to drop to 31 degrees by Friday,

only scattered showers and more summer storms are on the way, meaning the heat will continue sending Tableland residents flocking to pools and swimming holes. The Carusi family have been spending a lot of time in their 58,000 litre pool as the summer wears on, with dad Frank describing it as the best way to keep the kids cool. “We’ve got aircon in the house but only in one room so we’ve been in the pool with the kids nearly all holidays,” he said.

“I was out for a trail ride a while ago and started getting heat stress, with a spinning head and felt lethargic, and I came right back here and jumped in.” Medical experts are offering residents tips to avoiding a similar brush with heat stress, including drinking plenty of cool water (importantly, before becoming thirsty), staying indoors, or going for a swim like the Carusi family. Although Mareeba Hospital hasn’t experienced an increase in patients with heat-related

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Mareeba Animal Refuge operator Jennifer Walsh, pictured here with four-month old Siggy and three-monthold Shiralee, is again begging Tableland residents to desex their pets in order to curb the numbers of feral cats facing euthanasia at her centre.

By Ryan Groube The Mareeba Chamber of Commerce’s new president says something must be done to reinvigorate the retail sector after a hit and miss Christmas trading period across the Tableland. Newly-elected Mareeba chamber president Joe Moro said the majority of retailers had been reporting “very ordinary” returns. Atherton Tableland Chamber of Commerce president Connie Duncan said on the southern Tableland results had “varied from business to business”. The Express conducted a straw poll of businesses in Mareeba, Atherton and Kuranda with some recording slightly stronger sales than the previous year while others called the period “disappointing”. Mr Moro said the feedback the chamber had received showed a pressing need to outline a retail plan for Mareeba. “Feedback received from local businesses is trading of the Christmas period was very ordinary. They believe this is a reflection of the current financial hardship families are facing rather than people shopping out of town,” he said. “The chamber needs to focus on a retail shopping strategy in 2014.” Hastie Centre Furnishings manager Robyn Vogler said this year’s Christmas period had been one of the quietest in many years. Fine Treasures owner Grace O’Brien said she had been “taken by surprise” by how busy her retail business had been saying sales had been “much better than last year”. McMahon’s Betta Home Living owner Patsy McMahon said “after a horror five years” the business had had a “very good” trading period driving by washing

Plea to desex cats By Boyd Robertson The operator of the Tableland’s only animal shelter is warning that more and more cats will need to be put down unless owners desex their pets. Jennifer Walsh at the Mareeba Animal Refuge is facing the grim task of euthanizing cats and kittens because her facility is jammed to capacity with runaway felines. Ms Walsh blames an extended breeding season and owners unwilling to pay the cost of desexing their pets for the surge in feral and lost cat numbers. “Our cat and kitten situation here is just out of control right now – I’m not confident at all of finding homes for a lot of these animals and I will have to be putting 10 of them down soon,” she said. “Pretty much it’s just people that don’t want to pay to have the desexing done - what will happen is their cat will become pregnant and if they can’t offload the kittens they will simply dump them in the bush.” For the unenviable job of selecting which animals are to be put down, Ms Walsh has to take the popularity of different cat breeds into account.

“Normally we will start with the animals that less healthy, less likely to survive and less socialised,” she said. “After that we pretty much have to do it by colour – the rarer breeds like blues and greys are more likely to be sold so we start with the common colours like white, black or patchy ones. “It’s an awful job and that’s why it’s so important to us to get the message out there – please, please desex your cats or this is just going to keep happening.” Last year 219 cats were captured by the Tablelands Regional Council, only 28 of which were sold or recovered by their owners. The rest were destroyed. YAPS Animal Refuge Centre in Cairns is also suffering from a deluge of lost and feral cats. Since that centre does not euthanize, they are forced to turn away people approaching them with found animals. Ms Walsh said although the price of desexing – often between $170 and $200 – deterred some owners, it was actually cheaper to pick up a new cat from Mareeba Animal Shelter, which desexes, microchips and vaccinates animals as part of their $150 price.

machine sales. “It was a very good year for us and I want to thank all the locals for being so loyal in deciding to shop locally,” she said. “Can you believe everyone went out and bought washing machines? If my husband got me a washing machine for Christmas I’d wrap it around his ears.” In Kuranda, Just Gorgeous owner Jill Melody said trading had been on par with previous years and that more needed to be done to promote the town as a Christmas shopping destination. “I think people want to get away from the shopping centre scene which is just insane at this time of year which is why it has always surprised me that more people don’t come to Kuranda to do their Christmas shopping,” she said. “We had been pretty quiet but the weekend before Christmas all our regular locals came in and really helped pull us through.”

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Timber mill closure memories stirred By Boyd Robertson

Police up man power on roads for holidays By Ryan Groube Tableland roads remained fatality free during the festive season as the annual Christmas Road Safety Campaign nears the halfway stage. Police say an increased presence on the roads has led to a decrease in traffic offences, particularly speeding offences, with commuters unwilling to risk a fine. Acting officer in charge of the Mareeba Road Policing Unit Sergeant John Ridgway said on the whole police had been impressed with commuter’s behaviour during the Christmas operation. “We have also seen a reduction in the number of injury crashes. This year we have had six which is a reduction on last year where we had nine,” Sergeant Ridgway said. “I think a lot of the reason for this decrease [in tick-

ets and crashes] has to do with the patrols we are doing. People know that at this time of year there could be a police car around every corner or over every hill.” Since the campaign began on December 13, the Mareeba Road Policing Unit has issued 150 speeding tickets – down 10 at the same time last year. Drink driving numbers rose slightly this year with 39 motorists blowing above the legal limit, up from 36 at the same stage last year. Of the 39 drink drivers, six registered readings of more than three times above the limit with the two highest readings recorded in the Mareeba CBD in the week prior to Christmas. A complaint from the public led to police intercepting a driver who blew .186 – the highest reading of the campaign in Mareeba’s CBD.

The release of federal cabinet papers from 25 years ago detailing conflict between the Hawke and Bjelke-Peterson governments over conservation of the Wet Tropics region has stirred local memories. The inscribing of the Wet Tropics Region in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1989 had a devastating effect on the timber-based economy of the southern Tableland, particularly the mountain town of Ravenshoe. Sawmills processing huge rainforest trees felled during selective logging and land-clearing were either shut down or reduced to milling plantation logs at reduced capacity. The timber workforce, numbering around 2000, including related professions, was left largely without means and either moved elsewhere or subsisted on compensation and welfare for many years. Federal Cabinet papers from the Hawke Government released on January 1 revealed strong opposition to the proposed listing, mainly from the timber industry and thenQueensland premier Sir Joh BjelkePeterson. “Since our announcement on June 5 of our intention to proceed immediately towards nomination for the Wet Tropics of northeast Queensland for inclusion on the World Heritage List, the Queensland Government’s attitude has been one of vociferous

opposition,” the papers state. Bjelke-Peterson led a sustained lobbying campaign against the nomination, including pressuring local councils, businesses and Aboriginal organisations to oppose the entry, but was forced to resign under a storm of controversy before the decision was made. Then-Federal Environment Minister Graham Richardson led the nomination for the listing over a three-year period, reportedly remarking “2000 jobs in Far North Queensland is nothing compared to two million votes in the cities.” Richardson visited Ravenshoe in September 1987 and was met with a crowd of angry mill workers hurling abuse, and had to be whisked away by minders. One of the men yelling at him was Reg Lockeyer, who at the time worked as the manager of the Associated Plywood Sales Mill in Ravenshoe. Mr Lockyer played a key role in lobbying against the listing and organising investors to buy back mills placed into receivership after the decision. “At the time, 35 per cent of the parents of Ravenshoe school students were already on social security, so it was pretty serious from our point of view,” Mr Lockyer said. “[When Richardson visited] I was yelling at him myself even though I’m normally pretty quiet – he was saying such outrageous things so he

had us stirred up. “[After the decision] there were a lot of unemployed people living on the pension and once you’ve put fuel in the car and food on the table there isn’t much left – myself, all of a sudden I had no real job and all my experience was in timber, it was hard to find work at my age, and we also had ten children.” Tablelands Regional Councillor Geoff Stocker was, at the time, the freshly-arrived head of the Atherton CSIRO office, and argued against the listing. Cr Stocker had spent 15 years studying the dynamics and resilience of the North Queensland rainforests and believed they could easily survive selective logging operations, in which only a low number of suitable trees are felled per hectare. “My approach at the time was that of a rather naive scientist – I believed that the decision would be made on the best arguments based on the available facts,” he said. Cr Stocker said Ravenshoe was left as a “dole town” for many years afterwards and the entire ordeal changed his perception of science and politics. I’ve had a number of problems when underpinning scientific issues are chucked aside in favour of the politics at the time,” he said. “I went from a naive scientist to someone that was a lot more cynical about the political process.”

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Rosa and her team look ahead By Boyd Robertson In the aftermath of a trying de-amalgamation process, the much-reduced Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) will now shift its attention to the future, including finishing the job of amalgamation begun by the state government in 2008. With the re-establishment of Mareeba Shire, the TRC has now shrunk to (17.5 per cent of its original land area) and about 18,000 ratepayers. It has also lost the divisions of northern councillors Gaye Taylor, Evan McGrath and Jenny Jensen, with Cr Jensen gaining a seat in the new Mareeba Shire Council (MSC). TRC Mayor Rosa Lee Long said the TRC would now look to the future and focus on fine-tuning its new planning scheme to finally complete the original amalgamation of the three remaining shires. “This will be a big step forward in completing amalgamation,” she said. “Right now we’ve still got the three separate town-planning schemes from the previous three shires – it’s a little easier now that our town planners don’t have to know and understand four townplanning schemes but it is still a big job.” Mayor Lee Long defeated then-TRC Mayor Tom Gilmore for her current position in 2012, and will now be political neighbours with her former adversary, who was elected Mayor of the new MSC in November 2013. Despite this, Mayor Lee Long said there would be few opportunities for awkwardness. “Although Mayors do meet up at conferences and events like that, we won’t actually have that much to do with each other,” she says Both Mayor Lee Long and Councillor Shaaron Linwood described the amalgamation as a bad idea. “I think we were handed a poisoned chalice, although we did the best we could with what we had available to us after it happened,” Cr Linwood said.

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Old batteries power fundraiser QCWA Atherton Tablelands Division are collecting old car, tractor, motorbike and truck batteries as a recycling fundraiser. QCWA Atherton Tableland Division President, Mrs Lesley Mackney, was calling on anyone who had these old spent batteries hidden in the shed or stored away, to recycle them free of charge. “We’re asking that when you clean out your shed, that you recycle your big old batteries for a good cause, at no cost to the consumer,” she said. “We’ve mobilized our ladies and they’re ready to collect hundreds of batteries as part of our fundraising.” Mrs Mackney said the QCWA was raising money for the Atherton Tableland Division and their Northern Region Meeting in May 2014. “The Atherton Region Meeting is a training and learning experience for the ladies who will be travelling from as far as Cooktown in the north to Sarina in the south and west to Mt Isa. “Our achievements vary at each region meeting, but as well as learning new skills and new initiatives, we also put up resolutions that will go forward to our state conference and then onto governments,” she said. The recycling drive finishes on March 26. Batteries can be dropped off at 117 Peeramon Road, Malanda or to any of the QCWA branches on the Tableland.

Assessment for ag hub The Coordinator General has declared an integrated agricultural project proposed for North Queensland a ‘coordinated project’. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Etheridge Integrated Agricultural Project is proposed for 326,000 ha of land west of Georgetown in the Etheridge Shire Council area. “Integrated Food and Energy Developments Pty Ltd propose to create an extensive agricultural hub producing sugar and guar beans for Asian markets,” Mr Seeney said. “The proponents also have longer term plans to include a sugar mill, meat processing plant, aquaculture operation and alternative energy facilities in their project. “Should it proceed, this project would provide a boost to the North Queensland economy that has been hit hard in recent times by the live cattle export ban and drought. “The State Government welcomes privately funded projects that have the potential to create jobs and positive economic outcomes, and this proposal supports our vision to grow the agricultural pillar of the economy.” Mr Seeney said the Coordinator General’s declaration signals the start of a rigorous environmental impact statement (EIS) process and should not be construed as the green light for

this project to proceed. “This ambitious proposal will now be thoroughly assessed by the Coordinator General with draft terms of reference for an Environmental Impact Statement to be released for public comment from January 11,” he said. The proposal includes a 240,000ha beef cattle operation, 65,000ha of cropping land, 18,000ha designated for water storage, and 2,000ha of infrastructure. It features a constructed lake, overland gravity channels to support trickle tape irrigation, accommodation, including temporary construction camps, seasonal village and permanent residential developments, and the installation and operation of a temporary on-site pipe manufacturing facility during the construction phase. For full project details visit www. dsdip.qld.gov.au/etheridge-project Strong start for tourism Port Douglas has capped a strong year of growth in tourist numbers with forward bookings for 2014 looking to continue that trend. Doug Ryan, executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, said the town had a bumper Christmas period, with enquiries at an all time high for accommodation in Port Douglas. “The region is beginning to fill up and we should see the traditional

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steady influx of visitors from Boxing Day onwards,” he said. Shane Branch, director of Hibiscus Resort and Spa, said accommodation at the boutique resort was sitting at 90 per cent in January, which was a strong start to the year. “We are holding over 2000 bookings already and Europe and North America are surging back into the market,” he said. Mr Branch said he has had more than a dozen site inspections from wholesales that sell Australia, which was also a strong sign of confidence in the market. He said the Northern Hemisphere made up around 38% of Hibiscus Resort and Spa’s occupancy pre-Global Financial Crisis. “We haven’t seen wholesales in Port for five years,” he said. “Domestic visitors are up, but it is the return of our international markets that is key.” Mr Ryan said this was a trend showing across Port Douglas, which was further backed up by research undertaken by the International Visitors Survey. The survey, released by Tourism Research Australia in September, found domestic nights increased by 15% from 1,493,000 in 2012 to 1,723,000 in 2013, while international visitors nights rose by 49% from 396,000 in 2012 to 590,000 in 2013. Sheryn Blundstone, owner of Peninsula Boutique Hotel, said she also had strong forward bookings for 2014. “The accommodation bookings from Christmas eve leading up to new year is a lot stronger this year than previous years,” she said. “Traditionally we would have had more bookings arriving from December 28 to 29, but it does appear this year that there is a lot more demand for the week prior to Christmas. “The bookings are remaining very strong to the middle of January, but there also seems to be an increase in demand for the end of January, which is reflective of the people coming away for the Australia Day weekend.” Ms Blundstone said February and March will also be better than 2013, with an increase in international bookings. “Typically the international market takes over from the domestic market as we move into the low season, and we are definitely seeing an increase in enquiry for this period,” she said. Mr Ryan said there was still accommodation available for those looking to holiday in Port Douglas and said last minute deals could be snapped up online. Play it safe at dams As the temperature soars, the State Government has urged holiday makers and locals to play it safe at dams this Summer. Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said in previous years, swimmers had sustained injuries at dams and waterways that could have been avoided with common sense. Mr McArdle said people taking advantage of our dams and waterways should always think about other people’s safety, as well as their own to make it a happy, refreshing, affordable and injury-free way to escape summer’s heat. “Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers, only tow skiers where it is permitted in deeper areas of lakes that allow skiing, and never venture

too close to dam and weir walls,” Mr McArdle said. “Visitors should observe all safety signage, never swim in fast moving water and keep away from areas that contain debris. “Campers, boaties and holiday makers are also advised to check the SunWater website before setting off, to ensure their preferred regional dam’s recreational area meets their holiday needs.” SunWater General Manager Tom Vanderbyl said every holiday season visitors flock to dams and waterways for boating, fishing and camping. “Our dams are popular places for friends and families to visit during the holiday period, however, we ask everyone to use caution, be aware of the risks and take care of each other,” Mr Vanderbyl said. SunWater’s dam safety tips: • Observe all signage – they contain important information about the water, potential hazards and BGA (Blue-Green Algae) levels • Do not boat, swim or ski while under the influence of alcohol or drugs – look out for your mates • Boaties, swimmers and skiers should remain a safe distance from dam and weir walls and outlet structures • Dams and waterways often have hidden dangers, such as submerged stumps and rocks that can injure water skiers, boaties and swimmers • Boaties should stay clear of swimmers and skiers and stay in designated recreational areas. For more information on dam facilities and conditions, visit SunWater’s website or call 13 15 89. New councils open doors Acting Local Government Minister says January 2, 2014 marked a new chapter in Queensland’s local government history with the start of four new councils in Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba. Mr Bleijie said the Newman Government had delivered on its election promise to right the wrongs of Labor’s forced amalgamations in 2008. “This is an historic day for democracy for the residents in these areas who fought long and hard to have their voices heard over the appalling miscarriage of justice dealt them by Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh,” Mr Bleijie said. “In stark contrast to Labor, the Newman Government believes local councils are best placed to make the right decisions for their communities. “We promised to give communities a vote if there was a chance of re-establishing a viable, independent council and we kept our word. “It’s now up to the new Mayors and Councillors to work together with each other and their neighbouring councils to get the best results for their communities. “We look forward to working with them.” Mr Bleijie said the first order of business for the new councils would be to consider the interim budget prepared by the transfer managers. “While there’s no doubt the new councils have some big decisions to make in the coming months, I’m confident we have the right mix of fresh ideas and experience to set the new councils on the right course,” he said. “I wish the Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba councils every success as they set about delivering for their communities.”

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Your Weekly Horoscopes

Aries

Wednesday 8th

March 21 to Apr 20

Hard work will not go unnoticed. Do something constructive outside. Try to do your job and then leave. Opportunities to get together with friends will be enlightening and entertaining.

Taurus

Max 33o Min 19o Tide Times 0409 2.08 0943 1.51 1603 2.27 2248 0.99

Thursday 9th

Friday 10th

Max 32o Min 21o

Max 29o Min 20o

Tide Times 0539 2.30 1117 1.49 1717 2.23 2339 0.86

sudoku

Tide Times 0631 2.51 1220 1.41 1811 2.22

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.

Saturday 11th

Sunday 12th

Tide Times 0021 0.76 0712 2.67 1305 1.33 1853 2.21

Tide Times 0059 0.69 0749 2.77 1342 1.28 1928 2.20

Max 31o Min 20o

For the Kettle Chip Crust

1 “Sharing Size” bag Kettle Chips, Sea Salt flavor 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup plain flour

Method

Gemini

Chocolate Filling

For the Chocolate Filling

1/4 cups heavy cream

Max 28o Min 21o Tide Times 0132 0.66 0820 2.82 1414 1.26 1956 2.19

10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Ganache topping

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Combine the cream and chocolate chips in a medium pot over medium heat and warm the cream until the chocolate starts to melt. Whisk these 2 ingredients together until completely smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour the Chocolate Filling mixture into the cooled tart shell and place it back into the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

Heat the cream in a small saucepan and add the chocolate. Whisk together over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and all the chocolate has melted. Pour this mixture over the middle of the chocolate tart and use an offset spatula to spread it around evenly. Let the entire tart chill overnight in the refrigerator.

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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.

You can make new friends who could turn into intimate connections if you join clubs or take creative courses. Emotional partnerships may develop through projects you initiate. Aug 23 - Sept 23

Libra

Sept 24 to Oct 23

C R O S S

Remain calm and you’ll shine. Passion should be your goal. Stick to your own projects and by the end of the day you’ll shine. Concentrate on work or make changes to yourself. Oct 24 to Nov 22

You can make some favorable changes to your looks. Loss is evident if you don’t consider all the angles. Job changes are in order. Go for interviews or send out resumes.

Sagittarius

Nov 23 to Dec 21

Feeling under the weather may be a result of overindulgence. Someone you like may be receptive and actively seeking your company. Get involved in creative groups. Risks will not be profitable.

Capricorn

Air Canoe Conditioner Fan Bathing Suit Flowers Beach Hat Bikini Heat Boat Hot

Humidity

Sandals

Ice Cream

Shorts

Muggy

Sun

Ocean

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Outdoors

Tan

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Dec 22 to Jan 20

Jan 21 to Feb 19

Unexpected bills will leave you a little short. Sign up for seminars that will expand your business awareness. Minor accidents could occur if you don’t take precautions. Your health may have suffered due to neglect or abuse.

Pisces

WORD

Puzzle solutions 18th December

You may find that you’re being used. A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. Take a look at investment opportunities. Social events will lead to a strong and stable relationship.

Aquarius

“Remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” -Abraham Lincoln

Deal with the needs of children. Watch for empty promises that may give you false hope. Opportunities will unfold; however, you must be willing to pay the price.

Scorpio

Tide Times 0204 0.65 0849 2.83 1443 1.26 2021 2.18

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse the potato chips until they are finely ground. Add the melted butter and flour and pulse for 30 seconds to combine. Press the potato chip crust into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Transfer to the pre-heated oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Emotional deception is evident. Emotionally, things may not run so smoothly. Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. Take time to catch up on overdue correspondence.

Virgo

Tuesday 14th

Max 29o Min 21o

Kettle Chip Crust

May 22 to June 21

June 22 to July 22

Monday 13th

Salted Chocolate Tart with Kettle Chip Crust

April 21 to May 21

This day was meant for love. Make creative changes to your residence. Be creative in your pursuits. You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in your family. July 23 to Aug 22 Leo

Max 32o Min 20o

Ingredients

Your changing philosophies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique outlook on life. Ease the anguish by offering assistance. A little volleyball or other outdoor sports should be on your agenda.

Cancer

k a e r b a e k Ta relax! and

Feb 20 to March 20

You are best to work behind the scenes on projects that require detail or precision. Be prepared to meet new lovers through colleagues. Exhaustion combined with overindulgence could result in minor health problems.

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ACROSS 7. A nutlike kernel of the fruit of either of two trees 8. The state of being taken. 9. Of very great area or extent. 10. A member of a municipal legislative body. 11. With an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval. 13. Go to see and spend time with someone socially. 15. The part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building. 16. A native South American wild cat with large eyes and a yellowish coat with black spots and stripes. 18. A case that sets a precedent for other cases involving the same question of law. 19. An event regarded as a portent of good or evil. 21. Refuse to take notice of or acknowledge

22. An animal of a breed of light brown dairy cattle. DOWN 1. A small wingless jumping insect which feeds on the blood of mammals. 2. The deliberate use of artificial methods to prevent pregnancy. 3. Move forwards in a purposeful way. 4. A detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation. 5. A baseboard is a board covering the lowest part of an interior wall. 6. The state of being seriously mentally ill. 12. The era starting when the exploration of space became possible. 14. A smallish hunting dog of a central African breed, which growls and yelps but does not bark. 17. A person employed to clean or park cars. 20. Equal in number, amount, or value.

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Community Celebrations < Cassie and Alyssa Bale were the lucky winners of the Mareeba Post Office Centre colouring in competition for their age groups. The colouring in competition was part of the Christmas Night Markets that were held at the centre in December with great prizes for various age groups. Cassie and Alyssa are pictured left with Fred Miethke from Marama Jewellery and Annette Morrison from Vincenzos Coffee Lounge. > Hannah Watts of Mareeba was the winner of The Express ‘Best Christmas Tree’ competition. Hannah efforts (pictured right) won her a $100 Coles voucher which was donated by Coles Mareeba.

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Starting at Mareeba's Rising Sun Cinema this Thursday is one of the most colourful films of the year. FREE BIRDS is animation at its best and has a delightful story-line as well. This clever movie, rated G, will appeal to all ages from 3 to 103! Continuing this week is the spectacular Disney animation, FROZEN. Everyone who has seen it has been inspired by its terrific story, colour and music. It's real family movie. THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG also screens for a third fabulous week. It took over $19million in its first week, which will make it by far the biggest film of the year. It's a big movie in every way, with mind boggling effects, great acting and a great story to complete the package. If you have not seen ENDERS GAME with Harrison Ford, there is one last chance to see this exciting fantasy tonight.

FREE BIRDS

After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same.

to find Anna's sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Review by Louise Keller: Destined to be the family hit of the Christmas season, Frozen has all the elements to make it an outright winner. Visually gorgeous with its winter wonderland setting, ice palaces and trees dripping with crystal icicles, this is a smoothie of a film with characters you can root for, hummable songs and a heart that is as warm as its theme is cold. Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's story The Snow Queen, there is enough humour to counter any notion of schmaltz with its princesses theme and you'll fall head over heels with Sven, the scene stealing reindeer who gesticulates with his eyes. There is also a buck-toothed snowman called Olaf who dreams of summer and whose carrot nose Sven wants to eat - plus magic trolls disguised as moss-covered stones, who are love experts.

ENDERS GAME

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.

b u l c RSL

THE HOBBIT – THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest-without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

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INDEX

business A

Air Conditioning Auto Electrician

B

Blinds Brick laying Butcher

C

DIRECTORY

Childcare/ Kindergarten Cleaning Services Concerting Construction Curtains & Blinds

G

Farming Sector Fertilizer Floor Coverings Fuel Furniture

Handy Men House Removals

Earthmoving

Machinery - Truck Hire Motor Mechanic

Glazier

F

E

AIR CONDITIONING

Electrical Embroidery

H I

Irrigation

M

N

Nurseries

P

Pasture Seeds Photography

Plumbing Pool Maintenance Promotion/Marketing

Transport Travel Tree Lopping

Security Skip Bins Steel Fabrication

Venue Hire

S

T

CONSTRUCTION

BRICK LAYING

V

ELECTRICAL

MAREEBA BLOCK & BRICK LAYING

Authorised Fujitsu Service Agent

CONTACT ROD: 0419 550 767 or 4092 4449

Daniel Battistin

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

• Competitive Rates • Free Quotes • Quality Job Assured QSBA: 1139 505

www.girgentigroup.com ~ 4092 5566

M: 0409 648 403 • F: 4092 1629

Butcher

CURTAINS & BLINDS

P: 4092 3019

www.donhall.com.au ABN 80 179 825 363 • QBSA 59712 • ARC License AU24014

R & C AIRCONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION

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

TOLGA BUTCHERY MAIN STREET, TOLGA PH: (07) 4095 4207 MOB: 0438 954 206

CHILDCARE & KINDERGARTEN

BSA no. 1218243

Mobile 0448 856 187 Phone: 4092 6203 • Fax: 4092 5723 email: dobattistin@msn.com

SONCIN ELECTRICAL PT

145 Hastie Road, Mareeba Qld/ 4880

Custom Made

Licence No: 71735 - ACA: F0514381 - LO: 56130

CURTAINS & BLINDS

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

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Tracks > Rods > Accessories

Tracks > Rods Competitive Curtains & Furnishings BY APPOINTMENT ONLY >Phone: & Accessories 0429 869 023 96 James Street,Curtains Mareeba Competitive & Furnishings

Call Ross Malfitana Mobile: 0429 898 657

Residential • Commercial • Phones/Data Repairs/Maintenance • Airconditioners

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Licence No. 51413 CEC No. A5891084

electrical

For all your Electrical, Airconditioning & Solar needs!

 Domestic Commercial  Industrial Solar  Repairs & Maintenance  Telephone & Networking Cabling Airconditioning Installation & Electrical Wiring

Call Sandro for your FREE QUOTE 0417 843 015 or Ph/Fax: 4092 7536 info@soncinelectrical.com.au

Phone: 0429 869 023 For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619

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

96 James Street, Mareeba

For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619

AIRCONDITIONER CLEANING Are your airconditioners smelling of mildew? We can clean them!!!

Contact: Barry & Jill HENDERSON Phone / Fax: 4092 2756 AUTO ELECTRICIAN

info@mareebakidscampus.com.au www.mareebakidscampus.com.au 3 Locations in Mareeba: Constance, Dunlop & Hastie Streets

CLEANING SERVICES

“ACE IT EVERYTIME” SPECIALISTS IN:

Starter Motors & • CARS TRUCKS • GME & Uniden • CARAVANS Alternators, TRACTORS • 2 Way Radios, Spotlights • BIKES BUSES • & Accessories, Batteries & Accessories, Car Audio MOTORHOMES • • BOATS ALL YOUR AUTO ELECTRICAL NEEDS

JAMIE & ANTONELLA RYAN PH: 4091 2102 • FAX: 4091 5655

65 Tolga Rd, Atherton • athcarelectrics@bigpond.com

ALL CLEANING & PEST SOLUTIONS Residential & Commercial Cleaning Solutions For: • Carpets • Tile & Grout • Vinyl • Upholstery • Rugs • Fabrics • Spot & Stain Removal • Mattresses • Pest Control • Driveways & Footpaths • 24 Hour Water Restoration • Home & Business Cleans • NEW Premier Shampoo & Steam Clean Service!

Let the professionals take care of it! T: 4092 2160 - M: 0417 758 302 E: abelservices@bigpond.com W: www.abelservices.com.au

Servicing

ALL Areas!

CONCRETING

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Mobile: 0419 709 522

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL

Do it right the first time!

Early Learning • Kindergarten • Outside School & Vacation Care

ATHERTON CAR ELECTRICS

EARTHMOVING

SpecialiSing in: • Polishing & Sealing New Concrete • Re-Juvenating & Sealing Existing Concrete • Re-Sealing Existing Stampcrete, Covercrete & Pebbletex Surfaces

• DOZERS D7R & D7G • SCRAPER • WATER TRUCKS • BODY TRUCK • MINING • FARM CLEARING • ROAD WORKS

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

DeeB’s Grader Hire All Earthworks

Call Rob

0418 456 307

your local business guide

For $26 per week

Trust the BLIND specialists!

this spot could be yours!

Vertical & Venetian Blinds Panel Glides > Timber Blinds

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

Supply & Fit

Phone the Express today 4092 3464

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Jane Peters Phone: 0427 932 776

Email: pickfordpark1@bigpond.com PO Box 1923, Mareeba Q.4880 ABN: 98 735 499 133

Fertilizer

TABLELAND FERTILIZERS 40 ECLIPSE DRIVE, ATHERTON QLD. 4883 P: 4091 3100 F: 4091 3177

26 REYNOLDS ST, MAREEBA QLD. 4880 P: 4092 1174 F: 4092 3084

There’s always better value at CRT.

GRAHAME McKENZIE MOBILE 0407 226 022

FLOOR COVERINGS

ELECTRICAL 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

FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • IN HOUSE CONSULTATION Desiree & Mark Siemon - Phone: 4095 5669 - Mobile: 0408 887 701 Email: marydesinto@bigpond.com - 31 Kennedy Highway, Tolga

BLINDS

EMBROIDERY

Laser Electrical Mareeba Phone: (07) 4092 4146 99 Vaughan Street, Mareeba mareeba@laserelectrical.com.au www.mareeba.laserelectrical.com.au LIC. 55472 | ARC. AU31673

Carpet • Vinyl • CeramiCs Floating Floors • Blinds

Mareeba 4092 2800 Atherton 4091 3300 www.theexpressnewspaper.com.au


business FLOOR COVERINGS

DIRECTORY

FLOORS

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

FARMING SECTOR For all your labour requirements in the farming sector, please contact us for further information. Being involved in the farming sector for over 15 years, we are sure that we can be of help to you in any aspect of your labour requirements. “Many hands make light work”

accounts@harvestpersonnel.com.au or Phone 0498 991 189

FUEL receive 4¢ per litre discount by presenting this ad

Service Station open to the public 24 hour Fuel Service to approved customers

Glazing

MOTOR MECHANIC

PLUMBING

D R S GLASS

MAREEBA MOTORS

PLUMBING, PUMPS & GAS

• GLASS REPLACEMENTS • SHOWER SCREENS • WARDROBES • MIRRORS • WINDOW & DOOR REPAIRS • SECuRITy & FLy SCREENS MAREEBA & THE TABLELANDS

DANIEL SCHuLZ

ALL WORK UNDER $3300

 0487 792 539 ABN 80 672 905 686

45 Chewko Rd, P.O. Box 131, MAREEBA

Phone/Fax: 4092 3563

• Mechanical Repairs for Cars & Light Commercials • Roadworthy Certificates • EFI Diagnostics • Carbon Clean for Diesels and EFI Vehicles

HOUSE REMOVALS

• Modern Equipment • Restumped & Raised • Houses Bought & Sold • Insurance Cover

4 Services and All Mechanical Repairs 4 Roadworthy Inspection Station 74 Byrnes Street, P.O. Box 169, Mareeba Q.4880

PHONE: 0413 913 989 BSA LICENCE NO. 30191

Phone 4092 2644 Fax 4092 4220

IRRIGATION

p: 4092 7333 m: 0402 031 813 plumbingpumpsandgas@bigpond.com

POOL MAINTENANCE

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

IrrIgatIon DesIgn & supply

• Tracks & Rods • Furniture • Sheets & Towels • Floor Coverings

24 Hour Service Covering all areas

Nursery

ABN 26 111 244 823

For Bulk Fuel & Oil Contact Head Office at Miallo (07) 4098 8222

Budget Blinds, Curtains and Materials

Ben Malcolm

your local business guide

7 BOWER ST, MAREEBA INDUSTRIAL PARK P: (07) 4092 2472 • F: (07) 4092 2668

FURNITURE

Gas & Gas Applianes, Water Filtration & Purification, Maintenance Plumbing, Pumps, Sewer & Storm Water Solutions

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A.J. MYLES & CO. HOUSE RELOCATORS Complete House Relocation Services

BSA 116 4856

Installation, Servicing & Repairs

P: 4092 1443 or 0413 013 297

• 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

LICENSED POOL SAFET Y INSPECTOR

PROMOTION/MARKETING

FREE MEASURE & QUOTE!

HASTIE CENTRE FURNISHINGS

Pasture Seeds

209 Byrnes St, Mareeba • P: 4092 1017 E: hastiecf@tpg.com.au

HANDY MEN

BRIAN LOCCISANO MANAGER - NORTH QUEENSLAND

John, Ron & Pete We do just about everything!

Seven Building TradeS Seven elecTronic TradeS •GeneralCarpentry,Cupboards ElectronicRepairsandAdvice• •Painting,Plastering,Doors&Locks AntennaSystems&Outlets• •Tiling,Paving,SmallConcreting SatelliteFree-to-air,Data&Comms• •Kitchens,Bathrooms,Fencing TheatreSystems,PVRs,DVDs• and did i mention We do laWns & gardens!

John

0409 802 778

&

Pete

0447 317 797

Pensioner Discounts available & Free quotes! (will accept jobs under $3300 only)

Glazing ExclusivE Nth Qld AmplimEsh AgENts

• Sliding Glass Doors & Windows • Residential & Commercial Glazing • Shower Screens & Robes • Glass Replacement • Security Doors • Security Screens • Fly Screens • Louvres • Mirrors

30 James Street, Mareeba

PHONE: 4092 2314 • FAX: 4092 4113 LICENSED MANUFACTURER OF

sales@tpprural.com

Machinery - Truck Hire

M&P Goldfinch Enterprises P/L NEW Mini Concrete Truck Caters for small loads up to 2.6m across the Tablelands!! PLUS Tipper & Bobcat Available

All enquires call Mick on 0417 720 959 or 4092 3849 - Email: mpgoldfinch@bigpond.com

PHONE 4095 8222

1800WINDOWS BSA 1068200

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Owner/Operator Wade Venturato Phone: 0429 901 447 7 Days a Week WORK wadevent@hotmail.com ABN: 74 629 292 635

GUARANTEED!

RAD SKIPS (a subsidiary of skarott’s transport)

Skip BinS from 2m – 6m 14 DAY BIN HIRE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE SAME PRICE AS 7 DAYS!

Photography WEDDINGS • CELEBRATIONS • ALL OCCASIONS •

JIM HATCHMAN 0488 562 921

Peter Roy HIRE Photographer

BACKHOE WATER TRUCK TIPPER & FLOAT HIRE

SKIP BINS

PHOTOGRAPHY

TRUCK & BACKHOE ATTACHMENTS: Auger, Rock Breaker, Forks, Vibrating Plate, Road Profiler + a full range of buckets and tilting buckets

ON THE TABLELANDS

PHONE 4093 3776 6475 KENNEDY HIGHWAY WALKAMIN QLD 4872 apseeds@activ8.net.au www.apseeds.com.au

JBH

the handy, handymen

Weddings Birthdays Sport Portraits Real Estate Special Events

LIMITED TIME ONLY

Call Dennis or Rachel on 4095 4777

P: 4092 2475

• 2, 3, 4 & 6m Skip Bins • 10T Tilt Truck with Crane • S160 Bobcat for Clean Ups • 68 Inch Zero Turn Mower • 100mm Wood Chipper • 100HP Tractor & TILT TRUCK • 2m Heavy Duty Slasher • 2.4m Mulcher • 3m No Till Seeder www.peeramonskips.com.au • 3m Rotary Hoe

M: 0417 746 140

Yard Clean Ups: Large or Small

A: 2 9 Iluka Street, Mareeba

W: peterroyphotographer.com.au

PEERAMON SKIPS, BAGS

0447 007 685

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business

DIRECTORY

SECURITY • Patrols • Cash in Transit • Alarm Response & Installation • Alarm Monitoring • CCTV Installation & Service

TRANSPORT

TREE LOPPING

Leavis TransporT services

Are your trees becoming too big for your yard?

For all security needs call...

• Transport of fruit and vegetables to Cairns Wholesalers - No refrigeration

Visit our website: www.fnss.com.au

• Australia-wide deliveries of parcelled freight - Max 20 kilos

Dru ThursTon 0408 913 063 STEEL FABRICATION • STRUCTURAL METAL FABRICATION • 400 AMPS MOBILE MIG/ STICK WELDER • ALL AGRICULTURAL, MINING, EARTHMOVING EQUIPMENT 17 STEPHEN STREET, DIMBULAH PHONE / FAX: 4093 5180 • MOBILE: 0427 007 896 EMAIL: dbengineering1@bigpond.com MANAGER: DENIS BEGHIN • QBSA LIC. NO. 1122823

TRANSPORT

MRT

MALIN REFRIGERATED TRANSPORT

CARRIERS OF REFRIGERATED AND DRY FREIGHT TO NORTH QUEENSLAND MAREEBA DEPOT: WALLY AMORY PHONE 0421 839 353 ABN 87 010 461 257

TRAVEL

BRANCHING OUT

Tree Specialist

SCAN CODE FOR MORE INFO

• Palletised dry freight up to 1000 kilos to all cities and major centres - From Atherton

For More Information Phone 4091 1589 or Email: leavis@bigpond.com

Prune and remove your trees or palms quickly and efficiently! • Stump Grinding Available • Fully Insured • Free Quotes Paul and Ishta Richmond branching.out@bigpond.com

ALL AREAS 0400 326 670

Without a travel agent you’re on your own!

MAREEBA 4092 4222 ATHERTON 4091 3411 www.travelexperience.com.au

VENUE HIRE

P & M Carriers  Taxi Trucks - Tail-Lifters  Express Couriers  Freight Distribution  Warehouse Storage

CAIRNS • MOSSMAN • TABLELANDS DAILY

YARRABAH SERVICE TWICE WEEKLY Email: admin@pmcarriers.com 247 Hartley Street, Portsmith CASH OR ACCOUNT CUSTOMERS WELCOME

4035 2034

AA TAYLORS TREELOPPING  FULLY INSURED  QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED CLIMBERS  OBLIGATION FREE WRITTEN QUOTE  WOOD CHIPPER, STUMP GRINDER, CHERRY PICKER, TRUCK & BOBCAT  TRAVEL ALL TABLELANDS AND BEYOND  PROFESSIONAL, EFFICIENT, SAFE & FRIENDLY  NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

Ph: 4095 4595 - Fax: 4095 5393 Mobile 0400 954 595

HAVING A PARTY OR FUNCTION? 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 0427 114 217

CLASSIfieds phone us: 4092 3464

email us: admin@theexpressnewspaper.com.au

Pets

Birthday

Adopt-A-Pet

To our LiTTLe Show STopper!!

Lawn Mowing Lawn mowing, Mareeba. Phone Dave 0438 541 300.

Wedding getting Married? John Keal Marriage Celebrant. Ph 4092 4507

Congratulations Congratulations Annalyce Cuda Bachelor of Laws (Hons) & Bachelor of Arts, UQ Proud Nonno & Nanna (Tony & Carmela Cuda), Idramore, Marie and Nicholas.

Lino & Gina Raso

Happy 21st Birthday 10 January, 2014 Love Mum & Dad, Elias, Dean & Family, Melinda & Family, Gino, James & Nonna Annina.

Hi Everyone, My name is Peter and I am a blue heeler about 2 or 3 years old. I was found wandering with my brother and no-one came looking very strange as we are both quality dogs! So if anyone wants to give me a new start in 2014,

We love you both very much. From Anthony & Erin, Giovanni, Gina, Natalia & Giuseppe, Aaron, Linda & Luke.

Memoriam Angelo Ambrosio

02/01/1936 – 06/01/1996 Treasured memories of my husband, our papa and Nonno. The wonderful years we were ALL together we will treasure in our hearts forever. Your loving family, Angela, Franco, Andrea, Lisa, Sandro, and your wonderful grandchildren Danae, Brontie and Eric.

Thank-You The family of DOMENICA SANTUCCI (MIMINA) wish to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to relatives and friends for their love, support, kindness, phone calls, cards, visits and words of comfort in our recent sad loss. A special thanks to Dr Margaret Purcell and Dr Janet Webster, the staff at Bluecare, the staff at Community Health and Chronic Disease at Mareeba Hospital, Fred and Teen and Sandra and staff at Tableland Community Funerals. Please accept this as our personal thanks. Gennaro Santucci, Maddalena, Rosa, Claude and their families.

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Public Notice

Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to our wonderful parents...

DANIELLE DELLA BOSCA

Contact the refuge on 4092 3060 Hickling Avenue, Mareeba

www.mareebaanimalrefuge.com.au

Anniversary

fax us: 4092 6346

Church Notices Presbyterians continue to meet in Mareeba for worship each Sunday 10am, QCWA Hall, Wilkes Street (behind Meals on Wheels) ~ All Welcome! Living Waters An Encouraging WORSHIP SERVICE Sunday 10am & 6pm Experience Supernatural Healing of the Body, Soul & Spirit. Phone 4092 6888 9 Park Avenue, Mareeba

Thought:

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

Public Notice MAREEBA LIONS CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WINNERS: PRIZE 1: B. Wallace - PRIZE 2: C. Philip PRIZE 3: M. Bogatek - PRIZE 4: N. Cabassi PRIZE 5: S. Shakes - PRIZE 6: E. Eaton

The Mareeba Lions Club thanks all of the donors who supported this year’s Christmas fundraising raffle. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated and enables your Mareeba Lions Clubs to support worthwhile humanitarian causes locally and internationally. We also thank all of our loyal supporters who purchased tickets again this year. We look forward to working for you and the community in 2014. Lions Australia “We Serve”

Invitation to Comment on Proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure requiring a Development Application 94 Vicary Road, Mareeba QLD 4880 (Lot 2 on RP718754 & Lot 2 on RP741791) NBN Co propose to install a new fixed wireless broadband facility, comprising a 40 m monopole with a circular headframe, accommodating three (3) panel antennas (1.18m long) at a centreline elevation of 40 m and one (1) parabolic dish antenna (0.9m long) at a centreline elevation of 37m. Three (3) remote radio units (0.5m long) will be positioned behind the panel antennas. Associated equipment will be housed in two (2) new outdoor cabinets (base areas less than 7.5m²) located at the base of the facility. NBN Co regards the proposed installation as Code Assessable Development under the relevant Planning Scheme. It is noted that all telecommunication facilities must comply with strict safety rules regulated by the Australian Communications Authority. For further information or to make a written comment by Thursday 30th January 2014, please contact: Claire Harris Aurecon Pty Ltd Locked Bag 331 Brisbane QLD 4001 Phone: (07) 3173 8738 Email: claire.harris@aurecongroup.com

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Husqvarna 236 Chainsaw

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2008 Hilux diesel tray back. Loads of extras. Excellent condition. $26000 Call 0428 314 567.

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Post hole digger 12 inch auger. $1500 Call 0428 314 567.

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Applications and resume to be forwarded to: fishybus@tpg.com.au or Shop 3/ 210 Byrnes Street, Mareeba

Meetings

I ndependent Harvesting Contractor seeking can consigned to Mackay Sugar Mossman Mill for harvesting during the 2014 season and beyond. Ph: 0458495416. Call Natasha today to discuss afforable advertising options. Phone 4092 3464.

Lost Gold wedding band

Mareeba Mazda and Mitsubishi is a locally owned, multi-award winning motor vehicle dealership. We are currently recruiting for the position of Service Advisor / Warranty Clerk for our busy service department. The role is an important part of the business operation. TASKS AND DUTIES: • Managing daily workloads and taking service bookings • Submitting warranty claims • Providing excellent customer service • Raising and costing job cards • General administration duties THE APPLICANT MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING: • Understanding & knowledge of modern automotive systems • Excellent customer service, sales and communication skills • Computer experience (Microsoft office etc.) • Current manual driver’s licence WHAT WE OFFER: • Ongoing development and mentoring • A dedicated and fun working environment • Above award wages relevant to experience • Modern and well-appointed workplace If you have a strong work ethic, positive attitude and would like to join a progressive company then we would like to hear from you.

Please email your resume to: david@mareebamm.com.au or Phone (07) 4092 5100

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EXPRESS sPORT RESULTS & DRAWS MUFC SIX-A-SIDE DRAW - WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY LADIES: 6.30pm The Ausomes v Ghensi REF Common reds. LADIES: 6.30pm Chickdees v Courgars REF Ballistics. AG MENS: 7.15pm Los Torros v Jumbi's REF Road Runners AG MENS: 7.15pm Chewko Warriors v Mareeba Mazda REF Friggers. BG MENS: 7.15pm TRAVESTY v WILDMAN REF QUESTION MURK. LADIES: 7.15pm Snatch v HYPE REF The Ausomes. LADIES: 7.15pm Intimidators v Common Reds REF Snatch. AG MENS: 8.00pm Road Runners v Friggers (A) REF Los Torros. CG MENS 8.00pm QUESTION MURK v RAMBOS REF TREVESTY. BG MENS 8.00pm PRICK RELATIONS v FLAMIN TURTLES REF TREVESTY. CG MENS: 8.00pm THE BANDITS v GUARDS REF WILDMAN. LADIES: 8.00pm Ballistics v Travel Bugs REF Cougars. MAREEBA GOLF CLUB 28-11-13 Thursday 9 Hole Sporters Competition Winner Hugh Henry 21 R/up Brett Stallan 20 on count back NTP 8 Brett Stallan 13 Peter Marriott Raffle Hugh Henry 30-11-13 Saturday Green Keepers Revenge Single Stroke Sponsors John Bishop & Jon Shearer Winner Men Tony Brady 71 R/up Alan Houchin 73 on count back from three fellow golfers Winner Ladies Melody Lucas 76 R/up Jacqui Lambert 79 NTP 4 Tim Lambert 8 Shane Badge 11 Bruce Gilmore 11 2nd Chris Benjamin 13 Melody Lucas. Well done Jacqui Lambert on winning Eagle Nest Today had NAGA Prize for last place golfers Men Wally Alston Ladies Raylene Bradley 01-12-13 Sunday Single Stableford Sponsor Steggles Winner Tony Brady R/up Wes Hodi NTP 4 Charlie Bewick 8 Wes Hodi. Next week events Saturday 07-12-13 Single Stroke: Sunday 08-12-13 Steggles Single Stableford 05-12-13 Thursday Sporters 9 Hole Competition. Winner Peter Marriott 22 R/up Mike McGoldrick 20 (count back) NTP 8

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Ken Flood 13 Ron Blake Raffle Winner Col McDowall 07-12-13 Saturday Club Day Single Stabbleford Winner Tony Brady 61 (Three wins in a row, lookout for the handicapper R/up Greg Broesder 66 countdown Anthony Mete 67 Peter Mullins 67 NTP 4 Shane Ritchie 8 Anthony Mete 11 Terry Payne 11 2nd Melody Lucas (5cm away) 13 Col Back 08-12-13 Sunday Steggles Sponsor Single Stableford Winner Raylene Bradley 40 R/up John Bishop 39 (count back) countdown Col Back 39 Saran Deling 39 Peter Marriot 38 NTP 4 John Collins 8 Charlie Bewick 11 Peter Marriott 11 2nd Jacqui Lambert 13 Saran Deling 01-01-14 Club Stableford 18 Holes: Winner Liam Bradley 40 R/up Rod Cade 38 NTP 4 Tony Brady 8 Rod Cade 11 Liam Bradley 11 2nd ----- 13 Liam Bradley 02-01-14 Sporters Nine Hole Competition: Winner Brian Callow 25 R/ up Noel Briggs NTP 8 Kay Mullins ( closer than husband Peter) 13 Brian Callow Raffle Wes Hodi 04-01-14 Saturday Club Stroke 18 Holes: Winner Liam Bradley 69 R/ up Mike Vancuylenburg 70 NTP 4 Brian Brown 8 Henry Guy (only one all day on green) 11 Tony Brady 11 2nd Jacqui Lambert 13 Danny Bradley Thanks to all players coming out in HOT conditions. 05-01-14 Sunday Sponsor Steggles Stableford 18 Holes. Winner Chris Moore 42 R/up Rod Cade 41 NTP 4 Danny Bradley 8 Danny Bradley 11 --- 11 2nd Raylene Bradley 13 ATHERTON GOLF CLUB A Happy New Year to all our Members and Visitors, The first 2014 results starts with the Friday Chook run(6 holes )which was won by Noel Rawlins with a great 16 pts Saturday 4th the club hosted the Atherton Car Electrics sponsored Turner Shield Stableford with 35 players where the clubs perennial C-Grade legend Noel Rawlins stormed home with a career best gross 77( including a snake 3 putt on the 18th) for 48 pts to win from Bruce Magill who himself had a magic 47 pts, a distant 3rd and 4th on 42 pts was Ken McClarty

and Scully Pease. NTPS 3 Dave Bilney, 11 Swifty, 13 Andy Ribar, 18 Rob.Tomo Sundays Tolga Butchery Stableford was won by Irish on 40 pts on a countback from Ray Faulkner with Rob Tomo 3rd on 38 pts, Ntp 18 Stevo. This week Wed 8th the Sporters begin the 2014 season with a stroke event, Thursday 9th the Ladies have their Opening Day with a Stableford sponsored by Shelly Broadley Sat 11th the club has its Opening day with a Adrian Kipps Electrical Stableford event, Sunday is the Tolga Butchery Stableford A reminder to all members that your Membership Fees are due by Jan.31st the Members Draw this Friday evening is worth $360 so drop in for a drink between 6-7 pm with a chance to win. Yungaburra Bowls Club Results: Sat 4th Jan - Turkey 3’s - Cancelled due to lack of support and very hot conditions. Sun 5th Jan - Men’s A Grade Singles - Ashley Jones def Milton Douglas 25-13. Paul Stein def Arthur Zanatta 25-16. Peter Mahar def John Beu 25-22. Richie Cahill def Barry Lord 25-19. Peter Larsen def Terry McCarthy 25-14. Davey Jones def Herbie Lewis 25-19. Mal Brown def Fred Sloan 25-20. Rod Bidewell def John Dudley 25-15. Neil Stubbin def Ross 25-22. Many thanks to all Markers. Upcoming Events: Sat 11th Jan - Ham Day - 1:30pm start - Club selected - Uniform preferred - Names on sheet provided outside clubhouse - Kitchen duty - Please contact our Kitchen Manager, Pam Fox if you can help out in the kitchen as a roster hasn’t been drawn up as yet. Sun 12th Jan - Men’s A Grade Singles - 9:30am start - Lyle Thompson V Geoff Prior. Jack Lanham V John Phillips. Jeremy Cooper V Doug Sweedman. Russell Hubbard V Peter Larsen. Greg Johnson V Danny Gibson. Gary Pritchard V Dennis Skinner. Please arrange own Markers. Sun 19th Jan - Men’s A Grade Singles 9:30am start - Mal Gordon V Gavin Johnson. Fred Morris V Bob Pritchard. Richie Cahill V Tony Whykes. Please arrange own Markers. The Men’s Events Book is open for nominations for ATDBA Club Festivals, upcoming Inter Club Matches, Pennants, Morris Shield and the Pritchard Cup.

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Bandits look to sure-up finals berth By Ryan Groube The Mareeba Bandits will be out to sure up their position at the top of the Cricket Far North third division table when they host Mulgrave Toads at Kerribee Park on Sunday. With eight games remaining before finals, senior Bandit Danny Shaw (pictured right, photo Peter Roy) said the club couldn’t afford to drop off in 2014. “We only have one two day game left and the rest are one dayers. Because most of our games in the first half of the season were played up here we will spend most of 2014 travelling away,” he said. “In one dayers you either get points or you don’t so we can’t afford to drop four or five games because that would change everything.” Shaw said that in late-January senior players head off for the Goldfield Ashes, an annual cricket carnival, and would need to bring in Under 16s players to field a team that week. After a last gasp win over the second placed Rovers in their final fixture of 2013, the Bandits have opened up a seven point lead at the top of the table. Rovers are in second while Port Douglas, the only team to have beaten the Bandits this season, loom dangerously in third. Shaw said he has no doubt that two of those three teams will battle it out for the title in 2014. The Bandits strong start to the season has also been recognised in the ‘champion player’ tally - an ongoing point system awarded by umpires. Adam Roy is second on the list, Shaw in third while batsman Robert Taylor sits fifth in the standings.

The first full Dimbulah Dolphins swimming squad in years, pictured here after competing in the Borzi Shield in Atherton in November

Dolphins make a splash at carnival By Boyd Robertson

Windfall for far north’s golf clubs Four far northern golf club’s have each recieved $10,000 in funding to attract more young players to the sport. The FNQ Golfing Association (FNQGA) has secured the funds for the Mareeba, Ravenshoe Millstream, El Arish and Carpentaria clubs. The funding will allow the clubs to purchase modified equipment for juniors and to send golfing professionals

out to schools to run clinics in 2014. Sean Metcalf from FNQGA said: “this funding will be used to target juniors which are sadly lacking [in numbers] up this way.” “This money will help us get into the schools and show these kids that there are other sports to play than just football or rugby league.” The clinics will target children in their early teens.

Dimbulah Dolphins Swimming Club has mustered a full squad to attend meets for the first time in years, sparking hopes of a revival for the club. The club sent 22 swimmers between the age of six and 16 to the Borzi Shield meet in Atherton in November 2013, something had hasn’t happened as long as anyone at the club can remember. Although the squad didn’t come back with any major wins it still marks a dramatic change from previous years, in which it was forced to borrow swimmers from other clubs in order to qualify for events. Dimbulah can now take the full squad to events on the Tableland and in Cairns and compete with pride, said club secretary Maxine Smith. “What it shows is that as a club we’re starting with new members and we have a promising future,” Smith said. “We’ve had no full squad for years and years, usually only having anywhere between two and 14 kids, so we’d have to pinch swimmers off other clubs. “Now we’ve been going to competitions down in

Cairns as well as the Borzi Shield in Atherton back in November and we are looking forward to our own Dimbulah Championships in March.” Smith said the club had gone through a long period of hard times and had only survived thanks to strong community support, but the boost in squad numbers meant that things were looking up. “As a club we’ve been struggling but we’ve managed to keep going mainly because we have incredible volunteers – parents and members of the community that come in and donate their time so the pool can operate and the kids can swim,” she said. “I think what’s provided this boost is a couple of things – we have a wonderful local mum called Megan Miller who’s organised a grant for a whole heap of new equipment and we also had Lisa Curry visit the pool which was amazing for spreading awareness and showing the kids that swimming is great fun. “Lisa was truly inspirational, 50 kids turned up and were really excited.” Smith wished to extend her thanks to the club’s volunteers, its sponsors and former Tablelands Regional Shire Councillor Gaye Taylor for helping redevelop the squad.

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