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Ending the year on a high Tableland junior rugby union players prepare to hurl their coach, and Highlanders president, Michael Barlow into Lake Tinaroo at the club’s end of season presentations on Saturday.

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Further extension for Kagara mine administrators By Ryan Groube

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he administrators of failed miner Kagara have been granted a further extension by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to meet financial reporting obligations. The extension means that about 400 creditors will have to wait until the end of January, 2014 to see how much money is in the bank and how much of the estimated $100 million they are owed can be recouped. Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is furious that disclosing this information has dragged, given that the company has been in administration since April 2012. Last week, Mr Katter had a phone hook-up with ASIC chair Greg Medcraft urging the “veil of secrecy” be lifted and financial information provided to creditors. “This essential information is vital for the 450 creditors and the

350 wage earners, most of whom have been financially destitute by the collapse of Kagara,” he said. “It may have been possible for the company to be pulled back into economic viability, but without this information the productive resource will be lost to Australia, wages will be lost or delayed indefinitely and of the approximately 400 creditors, most will be financially destroyed.” A spokesperson from ASIC refuted Mr Katter’s claims that ASIC was withholding information. “Members of the public can search ASIC’s databases for information about the administration as they could with any other matter,” the spokesperson said. “Creditors seeking information about Karaga’s administration should contact the administrator of Kagara, FTI. It is their role is to investigate and report to creditors on the company’s business, property, affairs and financial circumstances. “ASIC understands Kagara’s predicament is a serious matter which has had devastating consequences for creditors.”

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Mr Katter said his office had been inundated with complaints from creditors about the lack of progress and the lack of information. “Every day that goes by is a day that the administrators are getting paid which means there is less money for the creditors. As soon as this gets resolved those payments stop,” he said. “What we have is between 300 and 400 Tableland businesses that are dying a slow and agonising death and a company as administrators that won’t give anyone any information. “It is essential that ASIC provide surety that the timetable for administration won’t be unduly prolonged.” A strong Australian dollar, falling commodity prices and high labour costs resulted in Kagara reporting a $48.9 million loss for the first half of the 2012 financial year. On April 29, 2012, the Perthbased company appointed Taylor Woodings as voluntary administrators with 216 staff being made redundant – the majority from the company’s operations on the Tableland.

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Mareeba girl’s bright future

Mareeba’s Krystal Sweedman will graduate from NIDA early next year.

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A talented young Tableland playwright is set to graduate from one of the most elite theatre academies in the country. Krystal Sweedman, 26, has received a passing certificate at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, and will graduate early next year. NIDA is so exclusive that the course Krystal was enrolled in only accepts eight people a year, and the institute counts actors Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett among its graduates. Krystal grew up in Mareeba and qualified for NIDA’s ‘Writing for Performance’ course in 2012. Her plays focus on modern Australian life and identity, aiming to deconstruct contemporary issues. The play she wrote while at NIDA is titled ‘Spells for Adolescents’ and follows the friendship between two 13-year-old girls, one of whom begins to have hallucinatory seizures. “She enters a fantasy world called ‘Funnytime Municipal Extravaganza Shopping Mall’ and is guided around by the Egyptian sun-god Ra,” Krystal told The Express. “So yeah, it’s a bit weird at first sight but the themes of the play are really about connection and disconnection – in Australian culture today sometimes we struggle with the idea of being so comfortable in our lives that we don’t really question

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A spotless customer service record has seen a Mareeba cleaners take out a national award. James Homes Services franchisees Andy and Sheryl Smith have been presented with a customer service award by their parent organisation, while fellow husband-wife team Lorens and Tracy Fregona received an encouragement award for business achievement. The Smiths were recognized with the award after surveys by James Home Services of the couple’s previous clients showed they had consistently tried to provide the best customer service possible. Andy says he and Sheryl picked up the award because they were personally invested in the business.

“Because we own and run the business, we care about what we do,” he said. “It’s kind of funny, we try to treat everyone the same but also treat everyone differently – some people hire us for $800 jobs and some hire us for $30 jobs but we’ll be the same with both of them. If we notice while we’re cleaning that you’re into cars, for example, then we’ll talk to you about cards and maybe on your birthday Sheryl will do up a card for you with cars on it - it’s not just ‘we’re here to clean your house, give us your money so we can get out of here.” Andy, Sheryl, Tracy and Lorens have been running their businesses for 18 months. Andy reckons the two awards are a “feather in the cap for Mareeba” considering the hundreds of James Homes Services franchisees across the country.

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what’s going on around us. “The play’s about this character realizing she has a voice to speak out – what I’m asking people to do is question the world around them before they discover that power can be taken away from them.” Krystal got her start in the Mareeba Theatre Group under director Ida Portella. Ms Portella said she always knew Krystal was going to go far. “I was absolutely ecstatic when I heard about Krystal’s admittance to NIDA – it’s a very, very exclusive school and to get in you must have elite standards,” she said. “She’s someone who believes in herself and it’s great to see that she found her inspiration for theatre here with us in Mareeba. “I’m sure she will go onto great things and be very successful – hopefully one day I might even be able to direct one of her plays.” Unlike many other young up-and-comers in the performance business, Krystal doesn’t plan to move to the United States for a shot at fame and fortune as soon as possible. “I’d really want to see a play or two of mine on at the major theatre companies here in Australia,” she said. “I’d also love to do a play for Jute in Cairns. “I love Australia and I think we get enough stories from elsewhere, particularly the US and the UK, so I think we need a reflection on ourselves – I’m of more use here writing stories about our beautiful people.”

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Community leaders from Speewah and Kuranda, Councillor Jenny Jensen, Speewah District Residents Association chair Bob Madden and parent Marc Sleeman have labelled a proposed increase in the speed limit on a section of road linking the towns as “crazy” .

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Plan to up speed limit By Ryan Groube A winding section of the Kennedy Highway will be assessed for a speed limit increase, exposing a major State Government review as a farce. On December 4, Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson held a doorstop in Brisbane to announce the results of the first major review of speed limits in Queensland in almost two decades. The State Government collected about 3300 submissions from the public during a consultation period asking people to identify roads where the speed limit may be too high, too low or inconsistent. From those submissions, the State Government released a shortlist of 100 roads which will be assessed by safety engineers from next month. A report will be delivered to the State Government mid-way through 2014 before any changes are made. Only one Tableland road made the shortlist, a 6-kilometre stretch linking the towns of Kuranda and Speewah with a speed limit of 100 kilometres an hour. The majority of submissions received by the State Government called for the speed limit along that section to be increased, most likely to 110 kilometres an hour. From 2006 to 2010 there have been 40 crashes on this stretch with 28.2 per cent considered “serious” although only 7.70 per cent were directly attributed to excessive speed. Member for Barron River Michael Trout said the prospect of increasing the speed limit along that stretch was something that he would not support.

“It would be crazy along that particular stretch,” he said. “I won’t be supporting an increase in that area. “That must have been a selection chosen by a very select few because the majority of people I know, and have surveyed, don’t support an increase.” The State Government has trumpeted that it consulted with local councils to identify the shortlist of roads but The Express can reveal that was not the case. Tablelands Regional Councillor Jenny Jensen is the divisional councillor for Kuranda and Speewah and sits on council’s traffic advisory committee. She said the announcement had come as a complete surprise and that senior staff within council confirmed to her that they had not been consulted prior to the announcement. “I have great concerns that this road will be assessed and I have raised them with Michael Trout’s office and I will be raising it in general business today [at the TRC meeting],” she said. “Council was not consulted about this and it did not go through our traffic advisory committee. It is a waste of State resources even to be investigating this.” The leaders of residents groups at both Kuranda and Speewah also voiced their opposition to any possible speed increase. “It is ridiculous. Not in a million years would we support this,” Kuranda District Residents Group chair Garth Owen said. “In my mind it is a silly consideration,” Speewah District Residents Association chair Bob Madden said. Speewah resident Marc Sleeman said

his young daughter had just got her learners license and said he wouldn’t feel comfortable for her to be driving on the stretch if the speed limit was to be raised. A spokesperson from the RACQ conceded that it was unlikely that many of the shortlisted roads would see changes to the speed limit but that it supported the State Government’s review. “We are really pleased to see that the State Government has been so open to public input and is now acting on that,” the spokesperson said. “It will now be up to the safety engineers to do their assessment but I would be surprised if anywhere near those 100 roads will see any change. “This [review] is a positive first step and the first major speed limit review in 16 years so I don’t think we can be too critical.” Mr Emerson said each road will be reviewed in line with Queensland’s speed limit setting guidelines with consideration given to traffic, pedestrians and infrastructure. “The review aims to simplify the speed limit setting process and apply consistent speed limits across Queensland,” he said. “Roads were prioritised based on frequency of public nominations, crash data, local knowledge and recent maintenance and upgrades.” The speed limit reviews will be completed by mid 2014 and the results will be published on the Transport and Main Roads website when available. The review forms a part of the State Government’s $350 million Road Safety Action Plan. The full list of the 100 roads to be reviewed can be found at www.tmr.qld. gov.au/speedlimitreview

The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has reassured Tableland residents that they will still receive faster internet after the region was removed from rollout plans in November. NBN Co Community Account Manager Justin Jarvis met with members of the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) on Friday for a briefing on rollout progress in the far north. Mr Jarvis said although details of the rollout on the Tableland were not available, work was still continuing and construction of wireless broadband services should be completed in 2015. Wireless broadband is broadcast from towers in a similar fashion to mobile phone signals and is expected to achieve download speeds of about 25 megabytes per second. It is still unknown if Tableland towns will be hooked up to the faster fibre-optic broadband services designed for large cities, a story broken by The Express on November 6. “We will have that conversation about where we are on [fibre-optic broadband] when we can,” Mr Jarvis said. “What I can say to everybody now is that ‘you will be able to get a service - everyone has a right to service because the government has guaranteed faster internet to Australians’.”

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Dear Readers, The Christmas period has officially started here in Germany with the 1st Advent being celebrated widely throughout the region. Our second Christmas season here in Europe and what better way to get into the spirit than spending a few hours at one of the many Christmas markets. Today we boarded a boat and headed over to the Fraueninsel, a magical island on our big Lake Chiemsee. Hundreds of stalls were sprinkled over the island and with the magnificent Alps as a backdrop you certainly feel like you are in a postcard. The smells of freshly roasted sugar coated almonds and hot Gluehwein tantalise your tastebuds and you simply can’t refuse. Our Christmas tour will be kicking off soon and we will be visiting many such markets, with each village and location boasting to have the best markets in Europe. I will let you be the judge of that when you hopefully join us – maybe next year? We are working on the tour now, so register your interest by either emailing myself at uli@travel-fnq.com or visiting our award winning team in either Atherton or Mareeba. Frohe Weihnachten!

Play gets rave reviews By Boyd Robertson Mareeba Theatre Group’s latest production has wrapped up, showing to full houses for every night of its two-week run. The play, titled ‘Nick and Shaz’s Big Fat Greek Wedding’, follows the culture-clashing nuptials of the titular characters, played by Santino Rogato and Sarah Quinn. Every performance at the 120-seat venue at the Mareeba Soccer Club was booked to capacity, something director Ida Portella put down to the play’s appeal to the Mareeba community. “We deliberately identified it as being set in Mareeba, with references to the Apollo nightclub from the 80s,” Ms Portella said. “We’ve found that if people can relate to something they like it a lot more and the humour of the story is also something that audiences here really look for and enjoy.” Mr Rogato and Ms Quinn said starring in the play had been a very enjoyable experience, each bringing a part of themselves to their roles. “I come from an Italian background and that’s not too far removed from Greek,” Mr Rogato said. “When I play Nick I’m essentially playing an over-the-top version of myself. “My character’s a bit sleazy and confident but his brother George, who is played by James Howe, is even sleazier - James is a great bloke and really gets into that role easily and has a lot of fun.” The play is the first leading role opportunity for Ms Quinn, who described her character as a “bogan” and “wholly inappropriate”.

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“Shaz is a proper bridezilla – there’s always a problem for her, there’s always something for her to whinge about,” she said. “The play is essentially about trying to bring these two families together for enough time for the wedding to happen without them all killing each other. “If my wedding is anything like this one it’ll be seriously stressing.”

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Mr Rogato, who has been with the Theatre Group for eight years, said he was still nervous on taking the stage. “I still do get the nerves going up but as soon as the first line comes out of your mouth and it’s not a disaster it’s instantly all good,” he said. “We love to make the audience laugh – we’re here to entertain.” The final showing of the play was on December 7.

Award for Heritage Centre By Boyd Robertson Mareeba Heritage Centre and Museum has been recognised with a judge’s commendation from Tourism North Queensland (TNQ). The Centre picked up the Highly Commended for Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer Group award at TNQ’s awards night on November 29 thanks to the efforts of their 50-strong cadre of volunteer workers.  Centre manager Louise Mabbutt said she was overwhelmed with pride at the commendation. “I feel we’ve done really well,” she said. “There’s no way the centre would exist in the way it does without volunteers, we couldn’t function without them  - we have only the equivalent of two fulltime staff.  “Several of our volunteers have been

here for more than 15 years and many more have been here for more than 10 we have very little turnover because it’s almost like family, when I retire I‘ll probably end up volunteering here myself.” Long-time volunteer Cardy Peters has been at the Centre since it opened 18 years ago and said the role wasn’t getting old anytime soon. “You meet a lot of interesting and wonderful people with a lot of stories,” he said. “As to the customer service side of things the secret is really just to talk to people and find out what they’re interested in, instead of just shoving a bunch of brochures in their hand.” Five other Tableland businesses picked up awards from TNQ on the night, including Herberton Historic Village, Tropical Tablelands Tourism, Mt Quincan Crater Retreat, Skybury Coffee and the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre.

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Carinya set for expansion By Ryan Groube A $15 million redevelopment of Carinya Home for the Aged will increase the Atherton facility’s bed capacity to 127 while creating new jobs for between 25 and 30 people. Work on the redevelopment, project managed by Paynter Dixon, will begin in January 2014 with construction expected to take about 18 months. Chief executive Sue Nicholls said the expansion would help Carinya meet an identified need for more residential aged care beds in the Tablelands community. Stage one of the redevelopment will see the construction of a new two-storey building at the northern side of the home. The building will house 15 resident rooms on the ground floor and 30 resident rooms on the second floor. It will be called Enid Collins Lodge, in memory of Atherton accountant and long time Carinya treasurer, Enid Collins. Each floor will have a dining and lounge room. A large training room and staff area will also be incorporated on the ground floor. The kitchen, administration and maintenance facilities will also be upgraded. Stage two will involve the redevelopment of existing buildings being Jim Chapman Lodge (Hostel) and Wadley

Court (Nursing Home). Mrs Nicholls said Carinya had been planning for the expansion for several years. “The majority of the project costs will be sourced from our own funds which we have built up over many years in preparation for this day,” she said. “We are fortunate to have also received a $3.6 million loan from the Federal Government.” Tenders for work on the project will be released later this month with Mrs Nicholls promising to use local contractors. “We’ve made a commitment to use as many local contractors as possible as a way of giving back to the community that has supported us for so long,” Mrs Nicholls said. “This is one of the largest construction projects to be delivered on the Tablelands in recent years.” Once the project is complete Carinya will begin a “planned admission process” which will see beds filled gradually over a number of months – rather than all at once. There are currently about 45 people on the waiting list at Carinya but Mrs Nicholls said that number could be misleading because “it doesn’t mean that they are ready to come straight away”. Carinya will continue to operate during the redevelopment.

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Rebrand for Mareeba childcare centre By Boyd Robertson Mareeba Childcare and Kindergarten has rebranded as Mareeba Kids Campus, unveiling a new sign for its Constance Street Centre in a small ceremony on December 6. The rebrand also includes new uniforms for its staff and comes after the securing of a

neighbouring property on Constance Street for the centre to expand into in 2014. Mareeba Kids Campus president Candy MacLaughlin said the rebrand would better help the childcare organisation present a unified image to its customers. “This is about securing a place in the market,” she said. “We’ve been here for 30 years and we want

to be here for the next 30 years, so we’re presenting uniformed staff with a uniform business, so each parent knows that no matter which centre their child is in they will be getting the best possible care. We’ll be able to communicate with parents easier and we also now have online enrolment and marketing abilities after this rebrand.”

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Chillagoe residents have been promised a clear television picture by Christmas. Technicians from Ergon Energy will visit the Chillagoe retransmission site next Thursday to stabilize mains power spikes believed to be the cause of poor reception in the area.  A long investigation by the N-Com broadcast company found that fluctuations in the power supply interfered with the transmission equipment at the site, leading to fuzzy pictures, drop-outs and other problems with television reception. During a presentation to the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) on December 6, N-Com senior broadcast engineer Glen Thorley explained how the power spikes were affecting the retransmission tower. “Basically the power to the site is not compliant with the electrical requirements specified for the equipment there,” Mr Thorley told council. The equipment is basically a series of microprocessors and they are vulnerable to variations in the power. It is really only a power issue and when that issue is fixed this issue should be resolved.” Councillor Gaye Taylor, who represents Chillagoe, said the news was a long-awaited relief. “If it really is just about the electricity after all this time, that’s brilliant,” she said. “We’ve had people switching over to the VAST satellite network and paying large amounts to install their own dishes to make up for the bad reception in Chillagoe. [Fixing the reception] would be the best present we could give Chillagoe this year for Christmas - residents have spend $80,000 to get the TV signal and they should be getting their money’s worth.” Cr Taylor also asked Mr Thorley why the cause of problem had not been picked up until now. Mr Thorley said the problem had been missed in the months-long investigation of the issue because diagnostics of the site’s power systems had been conducted during the day, before nightfall when residents began to use more electrical devices like lights and cooking equipment. “N-Com’s expertise is in broadcast, not in power delivery,” he said. “The voltage is fine during the day but we clearly see massive changes in the power after hours. “Then you’ve got people switching on their lights and their electric stoves as well as their television sets all at the same time.” Mr Thorley also said that outdated TV equipment could also be exacerbating the signal problems and could continue to cause irritations even after the power was fixed. “One of the biggest problems with the TV reception is actually on the viewer end - a lot of old Australian TV sets aren’t actually compliant with the new digital signals,” he said.  “The antennas people are using to pick up the signal must be correctly polarised - basically that means they have to be mounted horizontally. ““Then there’s the issue of the cables, which in this climate dry out and break in a couple of years - the co-axial cable between the TV and the antenna must be under five years old or you can’t expect perfect signal.”

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By Ryan Groube A proposed multimillion dollar mine at Mt Carbine has cleared a major hurdle, paving the way for production to begin in early 2015. On December 3, Vital Metals announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that its flagship Watershed Tungsten Project at Mt Carbine had been granted mining leases by the State Government. Securing the leases marked the final regulatory hurdle for the mine, which is expected to be able to provide a quarter of Japanese demand for Tungsten for seven to 10 years. All that remains is for Vital Metals to complete a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) with partners Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and to secure financing for the mine – estimated at between $100 and $150 million. Managing Director of Vital Metals Mark Strizek said the completion of the approvals process was a major milestone. “With all the necessary approvals now in place, the Watershed Project is poised for development and will enjoy a significantly enhanced profile within the global tungsten industry,” he said. Talking to The Express Mr Strizek said only a small amount of technical detail remained outstanding from the DFS and was confident of securing a financial backer in collaboration with the Japanese Government-owned JOGMEC. - Extended story available online

Fight to finish Hann Hwy A community action group is still fighting for funds to finish sealing a regional Queensland highway after nearly a decade of campaigning. The Hann Highway – the name given to a 266-kilometre long section of the Kennedy Developmental Road between Hughenden and the Lynd Junction - acts a major alternate freight route from the Tablelands to the Northern Territory and population centres in the south. Built in 1942 by the US Army Corps of Engineers to act as possible evacuation route in the event of a Japanese invasion, the highway was never sealed and was covered with thick bulldust for much of its span.  The Hann Highway Action Group (HHAG) formed in 2004 to advocate for the sealing of the I highway G A Q L 7to7fully 1 5 realise _ 0 9 1its2 potential 1 3 M E Xas. apheavy df

region.  freight route.  A cost-benefit analysis conducted by Cum“Using The Hann Highway takes more than mings Economics found that sealing the highway 800 kilometres off the trip south compared to uswould save or earn $3.11 for every dollar invested ing the coastal route,” Mr Lethbridge said. in the project, based on benefits to the cattle, tour“You can get a truckload of bananas from ism, mining and freight sectors versus construc- Mareeba to Melbourne markets 36 hours faster.  tion costs. “Sealing the road means that trucks can pull HHAG, along with other organisations, lob- multiple trailers and not get stuck in bulldust, it bied the Federal Government for help and netted also means it’s easier for tourists to drive across the Flinders and Etheridge Shires $75 million for the interior to Uluru or back.” This time around, HHAG has partnered with sealing works on the highway since 2004. The most recent round of funding, a $20 mil- Advance Cairns to assist them in lobbying Canlion grant from Regional Safety Development to berra for the needed.  Advance Cairns CEO Mark seal 37 kilometres of the highway, is due to finish Matthews agreed the highway was vital to growth by the end of 2014.  for far north Queensland. A further 104 kilometres remains unsealed. “The highway sits within the Tropical North HHAG chairman Russel Lethbridge said an- Queensland Economic plan which runs to 2031, other $60 million was needed to finish the job, which we are the custodians of,” Mr Matthews Pwhich a g ewould 1 bring 6 / 1economic 2 / 1 3 benefits , 8 : to3 the 2 :entire 3 7 Asaid. M AEST

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Recognition for Ravenshoe stalwarts A pair of Ravenshoe stalwarts will be honoured at the Ravenshoe Chamber of Commerce’s Santafest on December 14. Between them, Linda Appleby and Millie Pegoraro have clocked up 87 years of service to the Ravenshoe community. Linda was the local clinic sister and Millie ran the local newsagent and was a former publican of the Club Hotel. Both have recently retired and have chosen to stay in Ravenshoe for their twilight years. A presentation will be held in recognition of their contribution to the community at 5.30pm at the Council Reserve in Grigg Street, Ravenshoe. The presentation will be held as part of Santafest which runs from 5pm to 8pm and includes markets, activities for the kids and Christmas Carols led by Darrin Leonard. Santa will be making an appearance at 7pm. The free event is sponsored by the Tablelands Regional Council and Ravenshoe Chamber of Commerce. QCWA lends a helping hand QCWA’s Atherton branch will be holding a Christmas Cent Sale as part of their continued fundraising efforts, after recently donating $5000 to the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund (PRCF). Branch president, Ann Kelly, said the $5000 would help provide grocery vouchers, store credit for essentials and emergency bill payments for families and individuals in crisis. “QCWA State President, Robyn McFarlane advised all QCWA Branches of the dire needs of families leading into Christmas and the depleted state of the QCWA Crisis Fund,” she said. “We are very grateful to our Atherton Table-

lands community who have been so supportive throughout the year that we wanted to hold our final fundraiser as a social Christmas Cent Sale. “Not only is it a great social opportunity but all the monies raised will help provide much needed crisis funds towards our QCWA PRCF.” The QCWA Atherton Branch Christmas Cent Sale will be held December 14 at 9.30am with doors opening at 8.15am. Mrs Kelly encouraged anyone with a couple of hours to spare on Saturday morning to come and enjoy morning tea and a hot cuppa, with the main aim of supporting the community.

Toys to avoid this Christmas Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has revealed the unsafe toys that made the naughty Christmas list this year. “Through this year’s Operation Safe Christmas, 42 unsafe toy lines have been removed from shelves across Queensland,” Mr Bleijie said. Mr Bleijie said children’s toy sales have skyrocketed in the lead up to Christmas and it is important parents are armed with the best information when shopping for presents. “By following the Five S’s of Toy Safety, size, shape, surface, strings and supervision, we can all enjoy a happy and safe time over the holidays,” he said. Mr Bleijie said Fair Trading officers conducted 291 compliance checks at retailers, pop up shops and importer warehouses in the search for unsafe toys, with more than 4000 product lines inspected. “Toys for children under three were found to have the most safety failures this year,” he said. “It doesn’t take long for a child to swallow part of a toy or become entangled in something which is why toys for young children must meet strict standards.

“Parents who’ve purchased an unsafe toy, including those on this year’s list, can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.” For a full list and photos of this year’s unsafe toys visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.

“Our Government is committed to revitalising front line services and I will be asking Cape York Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Bob McCarthy to develop a plan as to how to move forward with this merge,” Mr Springborg said. “As part of this process, extensive consultation will need to be undertaken and I feel Mr McCarthy is best placed to carry out the task.” Mr Springborg said due to their small size, individually, the two health services lack the critical mass for efficient, stand-alone administration. “Combining the two health services will result in a single, efficient administrative structure, reduce unnecessary duplication and allow the health service to put more focus on delivering quality health care,’ he said. “The combined entity will have one executive management team and a single board representing the whole region. “The new Board will have an equal spread of members from the Cape York and the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula communities.” Mr Springborg said the two health services were no strangers to working together and were a single entity as the Peninsula and Torres Strait Regional Health Authority in the 1990s. “They already cooperate with each other and with the Cairns and Hinterland HHS on a number of matters, including the delivery of specialist outreach clinical services,” he said. Under the current health reforms, the new combined health service will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and remote communities in Cape York to have a greater voice, a greater scale of operation and more control of their health services. Mr Springborg said the timeline for achieving a merge was flexible but he hoped the new structure could be in place by mid-2014. Member for Cook David Kempton said he welcomed the change.

Election overhaul proposed The State Government is calling for feedback on possible changes to how council elections should be held after concerns were raised following the last council polls. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said a discussion paper on the Local Government Electoral Act had been released. Mr Crisafulli said consultation with councils and the Local Government Association of Queensland would be the hallmark of this review, with issues to be resolved including: preferential voting for all mayoral candidates, providing CEOs with the option of being the returning officer, electronic voting for voters with a disability and a review of postal voting provisions. “Communities know best about what’s right for them, and the changes to the Local Government Electoral Act will reflect that,” Mr Crisafulli said. The discussion paper can be found at www. dlgcrr.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay. Submissions close on Friday, 17 January 2014. Health services merged The Cape York and Torres Strait–Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Services will merge to improve health service delivery for residents in the far north. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the Torres Strait had been without a health board for some time and this process would result in stronger governance, better representation and ultimately, improved patient services.

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Earthquake began north of Tinaroo By Boyd Robertson Geoscience Australia has revised the location of the epicentre of an earthquake that struck the Tableland to just north of Lake Tinaroo; while the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) says they are prepared to deal with seismic disasters. Previous reporting on the quake, which struck at about 8pm on December 1, placed the epicentre northeast of Mareeba, near Gilmore Road. Occurring about 20 kilometres deep and measuring 2.8 on the Richter Scale, the quake was felt in Atherton, Malanda, Gordonvale and Cairns but caused no damage. Despite the quake’s proximity to Mareeba a 500-strong crowd gathered for Carols by Candlelight at Arnold Park did not feel any effects. Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Stephen Tatam told The Express that errors in the instruments that first detected the quake meant the prediction of the epicentre was inaccurate. “The initial or preliminary location was done using degraded data,” Mr Tatam said. “As recently as [the morning of December 4] the missing data was retrieved and a new location of greater certainty was produced. “Because the earthquake was felt and deemed significant its analysis and approximate location was a priority – the location at Mareeba was the best that could be produced at the time.” Mr Tatham also said the fact the quake wasn’t widely felt in Mareeba as it was in other areas could be down to the nature of the earth beneath the town. “Mareeba is most likely a ‘hard rock’ site with thin soil close to bedrock,” he said. “Gordonvale is coastal and Malanda looks like plateau farmland - these sites are likely ‘soft’ with greater thickness of soil and alluvial deposits … these sites can amplify ground motion and make it even more noticeable to observers. “Earthquake energy is not equally radiated in all directions - the felt effects of any earthquake rarely display a concentric

circular pattern of felt effects.” TRC disaster management advisor Sarah Dean said council’s management plan included earthquake response. “The TRC Local Disaster Management Plan is based on an All-Hazards approach, meaning it has been designed to be flexible enough to handle any disaster event affecting the region - the LDMP does have a hazards section and earthquakes are noted for the region,” Ms Dean said. “Earthquakes are up here are fairly rare - however they do happen and our plan does detail some historical ones within the region. “Disaster events do warrant specific prevention, preparedness, response and recovery measures and there is some advice on earthquake preparedness on our website - this event has also acted as good reminder for maintaining situational awareness of the threat of earthquakes and their possible consequences.” The TRC recently developed a Disaster Resilient Communications Program (DRCP), which aims to ensure communication lines stay open during disaster events like cyclones. The program’s principles were taken on by the government of the South American nation of Chile, who hoped to apply to their disaster management program during the frequent earthquakes in that country. TOP: Some of the more major earthquakes that have occurred Ms Dean said the DRCP would definitely be of as- in the region since 1950. ABOVE: The December 1 earthquake sistance during a serious earthquake event on the Ta- measured on a seismograph at Mt Surprise. bleland. in the Earth’s crust underneath the Tableland could no longer be “It could definitely be of help,” she said. “In fact, it could help in any situation where there is a wide- resisted by a weakened section of rock, when broke and resulted spread communications failure in landlines and mobiles regard- in a ‘slip’. The Tableland is not close to any of the joins between tectonic less of whether it is a disaster or not.” Mr Tatham said the quake was most likely caused when stress plates, where major earthquakes occur.

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club news Monthly catch-up with the mareeba rotary club The Mareeba Rotary Club is once again hosting an International Exchange Student, Lempke Kemp from the Netherlands. Lemke is being hosted by a local rotary family and attends Mareeba State High School as a Year 10 student. Lemke will be in Mareeba until mid-2014. Sandy McEachan D9550 Rotary Youth Exchange Program Chairman recently spoke to club members about the program. Mareeba Rotary club has proudly supported over 55 exchange students since 1977. Twenty nine have visited and stayed in Mareeba and 27 Mareeba district youth have been hosted overseas by Rotary families. The international goodwill developed by these programs is enormous At the recent AGM, it was reported that Mareeba Rotary has donated over $42,000 in the last 12 months. The major recipients included: Mareeba Meals on Wheels, Mareeba Friends of the Hospital Foundation, The TRC Mayors Christmas Appeal , the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal and Polio Plus. The members of Rotary are ex-

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RISING SUN MOVIE NEWS... It's the season of fun, and there's a pile of family movies coming to The Rising Sun Cinema from this week until the end of the school holidays. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 starts the ball rolling this weekend – and what a wonderful family film it is - full of colour and good old fashioned fun for all ages. JACKASS: BAD GRANDPA and HUNGER GAMES – CATCHING FIRE also continue their run at the Mareeba venue . If you have not seen either of these , then this is your last week of opportunity. Starting on Thursday is the excellent, up lifting and humourous ONE CHANCE, from

tremely proud of the donations that the club has made. Our members volunteer the time to support a number of fundraising events during the year to ensure that sufficient funds are raised so that we can give back to the community. The Members of Mareeba Rotary have recently recognised the efforts of local identity Laurie Tracona. Laurie received Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest awards presented by Rotary. The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is the Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named after Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Laurie has been a major contributor to many organisations in Mareeba. A local educated at Biboohra State School and Mareeba State High School. He returned to Mareeba as a teacher where he worked with five princi-

pals before he retired. Laurie has applied his artistic skills helping Mareeba State High School, the Mareeba District Hospital and has on many occasion assisted our club. Congratulations to Laurie for deservedly being awarded the Paul Harris Fellow. Shortly the club will break for Christmas and New Year. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing time with family and friends in the coming weeks. The first meeting in 2014 will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2014. For information on Mareeba Rotary please visit our page on Facebook or contact our membership director Stephen Gear on 0407 154 380. Guests and new members are always welcome at our club. We meet at Mareeba Leagues Club each Wednesday at 6.15pm.

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Fat and bullied at school, the young Paul Potts (Ewan Austin) likes opera ... which he still sings as a teenager (Christopher Bull), to his dad's (Colm Meaney) chagrin. Once an adult (James Corden), the ever insecure Paul is too scared to meet the girl he has had a textual relationship for a year, and it takes his friend (Mackenzie Crook) to arrange a meeting. She turns out to be the delightful Julie-Ann Cooper (Alexandra Roach), a Cardiff check-out assistant with a heart as big as his. With her encouragement, Paul enters a local talent quest and uses his winnings to study at a famous opera school in Venice until a disastrous audition for Pavarotti sends him into a deep funk. Facing the prospect of having to join his father at the steelworks, Paul is once more urged by Julie-Ann to keep trying, and on the toss of a coin, enters Britain's Got Talent quest, his nerves forever jingling. (Based on a true story.) Review by Louise Keller: I remember watching Paul Potts on YouTube, when his singing of Nessun Dorma from Turandot on Britain's Got Talent went viral. It was a profoundly emotional experience and tears dripped onto my keyboard as I watched. The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel elicits exactly the same response in the re-enactment of the unlikely rags to riches story of the chubby working class boy from Wales who has always wanted to sing but lack of confidence (and other unforeseen issues) get in the way. The Port Talbot setting is not dissimilar to that of Sheffield in The Full Monty and screenwriter Justin Jackham (The Bucket List) weaves together a rich, complex tale akin to an opera that is filled with drama, humour and pathos. The film is wonderful: uplifting, funny, tense and moving all at once.

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Showcase of indigenous music By Ryan Groube A two-year project aimed at teaching Indigenous youth music, dance and film will come to a head on Saturday evening with a concert at Davies Park. Australian Independent Music Award winners Native Ryme will headline MBA Jam supported by local music and dance acts from across the far north on September 14 from 6pm. MBA Jam ‘Twas tha jam before X-mas’ marks

the fourth, and final, concert to be hosted by Mareeba Young and Awesome. In April 2012, Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation was successful in securing a $280,908 grant from The Australian National Preventative Health Agency to fund the Mareeba Young and Awesome program. The funding was provided to encourage Indigenous youth to participate in activities in an alcohol and drug-free environment. The money was used to purchase music and

recording equipment, such as Fender guitars, a Pearl drum kit, a small PA system and a 16 channel mixer, as well as a Macintosh computer and digital camera. Mentors would host regular music, dance, computer and fashion workshops with participants who would then take it upon themselves to organise community events to showcase the skills that they had developed. Participants in the program will perform at the concert, will record and compile footage from the concert and have used Photoshop and other design programs to creMareeba’s Delvin Courtney will perate flyers promoting the event. form with reggae-rock group Project coordinator Anne Ewamian Band at MBA Jam at Stapledon said members of the Davies Park on Saturday night Indigenous community, particularly those aged between 17 and 24, could come in and access the equipment. “We have a mighty lot of music and dance talent in Mareeba but there isn’t a lot of confidence in the community for them to show that talent,” she said. “In Mareeba we often see

binge drinking on a house to house basis because there is nothing else to do. What we wanted to do [with the program] was to have them organise events throughout the year that weren’t based around drinking. “The main point for these concerts is to showcase the talents of our youth and give them confidence but my hope is that the skills that they have learned and the gear that we have purchased will continue to benefit this community long after the program has finished.” Funding for the program wraps up in April 2013 with footage and recordings produced during the course of the project anticipated to be uploaded to a YouTube channel. Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation is also in the process of finding ways to make the equipment available to the community once the funding runs out. Prior to the MBA Jam, Deadly Day Out will be held at Davies Park, with a Mareeba’s Got Talent competition and a workshop from Native Ryme. The concert begins at 6pm and is expected to wrap at 9.30pm. Tickets are available from Mulungu Clinic and the Tablelands Regional Council’s Mareeba office and are $10 for adults, $5 for Under 15s while Under 8s are free.

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Christmas Gift Ideas “KEEP YOUR MONEY ON THE TABLELANDS THIS CHRISTMAS!”

SALE ENDS SUNDAY DECEMBER 15TH JUKEBOX

1M TALL, USB, SD CARD, AUX IN, AM/FM RADIO!

LENNOX REMOTE CONTROLLED HELICOPTER! HC81 (PRODUCT MAY DIFFER IN COLOUR AND APPEARANCE FROM IMAGE)

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$599 YONANA’S FROZEN DESSERT MAKER! AU956CIB

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RUSSELL HOBBS ROBOTIC VACUUM! RHRV100

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SUNBEAM SLOW JUICER TOP SELLER!!

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PANASONIC AM/FM RADIO! RF2400

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PANASONIC MINI SYSTEM GREAT SOUND!

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BUSH TRADITIONAL RADIO! TR82DAB

SONY DVD PLAYER! DVPSR320

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Harvey Norman SHOP �i�� CONFIDENCE on Quality, Value and Service

HAIER 115 LITRE BAR FRIDGE! HRZ113

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PHONE 4091 0900 57 Tolga Road, Atherton harveynorman.com.au

The products in this advertisement may not be on display or available at all Harvey Norman complexes. If you wish to view these products in person, you should ring 1300 GO HARVEY (1300 46 4278) before attending any complex to check to see if a franchisee at that complex has these products in store.

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$1,550 CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS GIVEAWAY! SHOP & ENTER TODAY at these participating stores for your chance to win one of 3 GIFT VOUCHER PACKS valued at $500 EACH!

We appreciate the continued support of our valued customers during 2013, and look forward to baking for you in the New Year. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with a New Year of health and happiness.

Huge range of ChriStMAS GiftS for everyone!

TWO GREAT LOCATIONS Mabel Street, Atherton Silo Central Shopping Centre PHONE: 4091 4655 PHONE: 4091 5005

Claude Cater MENSLAND

199 Byrnes St, Mareeba Phone 4092 1133

Start shopping today!

RSLclub MAREEBA

O’Donnells

From the indoors to the Office Supplies and Commercial Printing GIFTS outdoors - you are sure to Stationery • Computer Supplies GALORE @ find it at Mareeba Mitre 10! Office Furniture • Printers & Faxes • Printing MITRE 10 NEW STOCK NOW IN! Phone 4092 2303 224 Byrnes Street, Mareeba PHONE 4092 2999 OPEN sales@odonnellsonline.com.au www.odonnellsonline.com.au Byrnes Street, Mareeba 7 DAYS

Season’s Greetings from Management and Staff. XMAS - NEW YEAR TRADING HOURS: Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays OPEN ALL OTHER DAYS!

Saturday 11th December Clint & Nic ky Tilse wis h all their va l ued customers a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year! 68 Byrnes St, Mareeba PHONE: 4092 1337

Jeff & Kate Stoter PROPRIETORS

PHONE: 4091 5500

ORDER YOUR LOCALLY MADE HAM USING FRESH LOCAL PORK AT TABLELAND TOP MEATS

SHOP 15, TABLELAND VILLAGE, ATHERTON MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

M o re than a t rop h y s hop !

Come & see Elaine and Warren who have

Something for everyone available in their Store!

Personalise your gift this Christmas!

Ph/Fax: 4091 3260 • Shop 6B Robert St, Atherton

Santa Photos Every Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am-11.30am $15 Starts this Saturday!

Join us for New Year’s Eve !

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TIVE Specia lists

33 Gillies Hwy, Yungaburra Next to Nick’s Restaurant

Ph: 4095 3577

Ph: 4095 3330

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a pack! Includes a 5x7, 5 x 3.5 & 2 x 2x3 photos CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES 171 Byrnes St, MBA P: 4092 1398

Fine Treasures

CLEALL’S BUTCHERY

Seasons Greetings from Grace O’Brien.

SMOKEHOUSE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS NOW AVAILABLE

LAY-BY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS!

CAPITOL ARCADE, 166 BYRNES ST, MAREEBA - PHONE 4092 2585

CORNETTS

Proud to be a Queenslander Seasons Greetings from Management and Staff

75 BYRNES STREET, MAREEBA PHONE: 4092 1006 ~ FAX: 4092 3353

SPOILT BY ME

something for everyone

SuMS uP ThE ExTEnSIvE ArrAY Of gIfT LInES AvAILABLE!

From OLLA OH Fashion Label range of clothes to exquisite jewellery and fashion bags, Toni can help you with the perfect Christmas Gift for that special someone!

Byrnes Street - 4092 2344

Xmas layby available

4 Jack St, Atherton  0403 397 642

3 Herberton Road, Atherton Telephone: 4091 2055 Fax: 4091 3108 Mob: 0419 265 864 Email: atherton.mgr@mmem.com.au

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Byrnes Street, Mareeba • P: 4092 1396 Like us on Facebook E: functions@mareebarslclub.com.au www.mareebarsl.com.au

MAREEBA Quality foods costs less at coles

Season’s Greetings from the Team! Byrnes Street, Mareeba

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

Producers of Mango Wines, Sparkling, Port, Mango & Citrus Liqueur Wines INCLUDING THE NEW DRAGON CELLO MULTIPLE BUY DISCOUNTS & SHIPPING AUSTRALIA WIDE CHRISTMAS ORDERS WELCOME - PHONE: 4093 2750 OPEN: 9AM-5.30PM DAILY (Closed Xmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day) FOLLOW THE SIGNS NORTH FROM MAREEBA TO 227 BILWON ROAD BIBOOHRA

Happy Holidays!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Christmas greetings from management and staff!

WALKAMIN SERVICE STATION Drop in and see Des & Di who have a wonderful array of... UNIQUE GIFT LINES AVAILABLE as well as: POsT OFFICe, FUel, GROCeRIes, ICe & lP Gas

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON 1 BANKSIA ST, WALKAMIN • 4093 3729

“Create a Teddy”

ACCESSORIES GREAT CLOTHING, AND SO MUCH MORE... CHRISTMAS INFANTS TO TEENAGERS GIFT IDEAS!

NQ OFF ROAD SPECIALISTS

ELECTRICAL AND DATA SUPPLIERS

Merry ChristMas and happy new year

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It’s all about your 4WD! Bob and Cameron Apps

• Ironman SuSpenSIonS and Ironman recovery gear • 4Wd parTS and acceSSorIeS • dp cHIp For dIeSeL poWer • FILTerS • paneLS and LenSeS • BaTTerIeS • FIBregLaSS repLacemenT paneLS • approved InSpecTIon STaTIon For carS, TrucKS & TraILerS

Servicing all makes and models specialising in 4WD

Phone: 4092 1020

Kennedy Street, Mareeba (Behind Bruno’s Batteries)

YOU’VE GOT THE PLACE? WE’VE GOT THE PARTY!

We wish all our valued customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! OPEN: 30th and 31st December for all your New Year Celebration needs. ClOsEd: 25th - 29th December. Tolga Road, aTheRTon • Phone 4091 3722 • Fax 4091 1453

Happy Holidays from your Travel Team! MAREEBA 4092 4222

ATHERTON 4091 3411

McMahon’s Electrical Mareeba News Season’s Greetings from all three stores!! Byrnes St, Mareeba - 4092 4900 H Mabel St, Atherton - 4091 1788 H Salvado Dr, Smithfield - 4038 1900 Lay-by now for Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Mary and the Staff. “Your one stop shop for all your Christmas gift ideas!”

125 Byrnes Street, Mareeba Phone: 4092 1030 • Fax: 4092 1035 Email: mareebanews@bigpond.com Website: www.officesmart.com.au

Find us on Facebook

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Atherton Tablelands Carols by Candlelight Atherton Showgrounds, December 7

Santa rocks out to his favourite carol, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, along with the Toshach family

Nate Rockley with Troy and Kale Taylor

Victoria and Willow O’Farrell

Eddie Ericson was pretty chuffed with his moving and singing Santa hat

Nickita and Raymond Pollard

Performers from In 2 Dance who put on the pre-carols entertainment

Queensland Conservatorium student Yasmin Lancini performs While Shepherds Watched with the support of the Carols band

Mareeba Theatre Group’s ‘Shaz and Nick’s Wedding’ Mareeba United Football Club, December 7

Yolanda, Pasqualina, Shaz, Serena and Nick celebrate

The bridesmaids and father of the groom Guiseppe

Guests from Cairns with Uncle Peppino, bar boy Kevin and Yolanda

The bridesmaids with wedding guests

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The bar boys with guests at the wedding

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The LAND Natural resources projects get funding The State Government has announced $2.3 million in funding for far northern projects aimed at sustainable agriculture, eradicating weeds and feral animals and improving water quality. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps said the Terrain NRM Ltd would manage three projects to address priority natural resources management challenges. “We are investing $31 million over three years into projects right across Queensland to manage our natural resources, as part of the $80 million Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program 201318 announced in the Queensland budget,” Mr Cripps said. “Many of the projects being considered by Terrain NRM will tackle issues such as pest weeds and congested watercourses.” The three Wet Tropics projects include: Pests and weeds: FNQ Weeds –

Local Action on Big Issues ($1,285,000), Water Quality: working on waterways – enabling Wet Tropics Traditional Owner stewardship ($540,000) and Sustainable Agriculture: whole farm management - partnerships for resilient and profitable farming in Far North Queensland ($495,000). Chief Executive Officer of Terrain NRM Carole Sweatman said the projects would contribute to other significant work to protect the region’s unique ecosystems that cover nine diverse catchments including the Daintree, Barron, Mulgrave, Russell, Johnstone, Tully, Murray and Herbert catchments, as well as Trinity Inlet in Cairns.  “I am delighted with the success of this project funding from the Queensland Government,” Ms Sweatman said. “It complements significant work and long established partnerships in this region to focus on issues directly affecting our communities, livelihoods, the land and water of the Wet Tropics.”

Numbers grow at cattle sales Mareeba Combined Agents penned a total of 587 head of Prime and Store cattle for this week’s market. Numbers grew by 200 head, values for the better finished heavy Bullocks and cows dropped as did rates for heavy Slaughter Bulls. Bullocks and Steers suitable for the Local Trade sold to values -6 c/ kg lower than last week and Bullocks suitable for the Export Slaughter trade dropped by -8 c/ kg for the best on offer. Cows suitable for the Local Wholesale

market sold to rates -11 c/ kg below the previous week. Cows suitable for the Export Slaughter trade gained 5 c/ kg in value with some very heavy Heifers selling to 157.2 c/ kg for the best. There has been little change in rates being offered for Heavy Slaughter Bulls. Over 200 head of various quality and condition Store cattle came into the Market place this week with some strong rates being achieved for both Steers and Heifers particularly crossbred types.

MAREEBA LIVEWEIGHT CATTLE

MARKET REPORT Prime Quotes (c/kg) toP LoW InsuffIcIent to Quote Butcher’s steers 165.0 130.0 Butcher’s heIfers (10 heaD) wholesale cows (25 heaD) 143.0 110.0 178.0 130.0 Bullocks export slaughter market (60 heaD) 157.0 90.0 cows export slaughter market (64 heaD) 134.0 70.0 Bulls export slaughter market (27 heaD) store Quotes (c/kg) store steers Brahman cross store heIfers Droughtmaster cross cows & calves unIt Droughtmaster

toP 183.0 157.0 $480

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all venDors please note: to achIeve full competItIon on Your cattle, make sure You are fullY accreDIteD wIth the mla anD have a current natIonal venDor DeclaratIon

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR PREFERRED AGENT at least BEFORE 8AM MONDAY WHEN CONSIDERING YOUR CATTLE

• ELDERS 4092 3722 • • LANDMARK 4092 3711 • • QUEENSLAND RURAL 4092 3522 • NQ SALEYARDS COMPANY PTY LTD - PHONE 4092 1228 MARKET SALE EVERY TUESDAY 9AM @ MAREEBA SALEYARD PAGE 16 Mareeba Express, Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mareeba Dimbulah Interim Board chair Joe Moro has welcomed an extension to submit a business case for the feasibility of managing the Mareeba-Dimbulah Channel Scheme locally.

Extension granted for Channel scheme By Ryan Groube A local project team preparing a business proposal regarding the feasibility of local management of the Mareeba-Dimbulah Channel Scheme has been granted a predictable extension. Mareeba Dimbulah Interim Board chair Joe Moro sent a letter to SunWater customers on November 26, informing them of a three-month extension to March 2014 to submit the proposal to the State Government. Initially, the proposals were due to be submitted by the end of November but key technical data is still in the process of being collated. “This additional time will allow proper consideration of the impact of engineering due diligence reports on the future cost of running the scheme and complete the financial modelling necessary to determine if our local management proposal is viable into the long term,” Mr Moro wrote. “To date, our interim board has started the engineering and legal due dili-

gences, which will feed into the Financial Model for the scheme and Draft Business Proposal.” Mr Moro told The Express that until all the information had been collated a “separation payment” couldn’t be finalised. Mr Moro refused to speculate on what that payment will be but said it would include the cost of maintaining the scheme as well as addressing any outstanding infrastructure deficiencies. The Mareeba-Dimbulah interim board will work through Christmas in a bid to finalise the draft by late February. “The choice between local management and SunWater is one that requires careful consideration. The decision will have long-term implications for individual businesses, families and communities,” Mr Moro said. Leith Boully, the independent chair of Local Management Arrangements, which is being considered in eight schemes across Queensland, said she had asked the State Government for the ex-

tension. Ms Boully said meeting deadlines was less important than making sure each of the teams made the best decision for the customers of the schemes. “The whole project has been extended because there is recognition that this is a complex exercise that needs to be done properly,” she said. “For me it is more important that we make this a success not necessarily meet timelines.” Ms Boully said each of the schemes were at a “reasonable stage” of the process but refused to rule out seeking a further extension for submitting the business proposals. Once the draft business proposal for the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Scheme is finalised the interim board will consult with customers about whether they want to go it alone and break away from SunWater. Queensland Water and Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the Government will only proceed with local management if it was “in the interests of the irrigators, taxpayers and the State”.

For Week 26 - ending 1st december, 2013

TABLELAND MILL

SUGAR VARIETY REPORT BROUGHT TO YOU BY

James GOwan mOB: 0408 105 206

Q172 Q120 Q138 Q231 Q191 Q186 Q96 Q200 Q135 Q208 Q183 k 228 Q124 Q151 Q167 Q173 Q174 Q192 Q199 Q217 Q220 Q230 Q237 Q250 Q251

For tHe Week tonnes ccs 254 9.62 253 10.39 1216 11.41 1393 11.57 254 11.99 462 12.13 123 12.67 5057 12.95 896 14.02 2373 14.06 4645 14.33 16925 13.19

seAson to dAte tonnes ccs 10487 13.69 2028 13.64 6128 12.61 99612 14.27 5268 13.81 854 12.26 1493 14.45 114975 14.03 17688 14.38 296786 14.09 76878 14.17 72284 15.08 961 14.56 10721 14.57 752 13.41 207 14.46 896 12.63 268 15.23 150 14.18 66 13.53 14146 13.78 364 13.71 5990 14.56 924 14.51 1175 12.94 754740 14.19

tc/HA 119 84 102 108 88 94 101 93 97 122 118 122 64 87 54 99 69 73 31 22 114 102 105 225 128 111

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PROPERTY LAND > UNITS > INVESTMENTS > ACREAGE > FARMS > HOUSES > RENTALS

OPEN HOME THIS SUNDAY

Comfort zone This house gives you the instant homely feeling. Beautiful polished timber floors, huge master bedroom with enough space to accommodate an en-suite and a walk in robe if you wanted to. There are three other bedrooms making it quite a large home. Heaps of room in the kitchen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; can be sold with the fridge, appliances and all other furniture that you can see in the photos. Fully fenced and nicely manicured gardens. Two access lanes from side and back so you only really have one direct neighbour. Easy to find, facing the main track and a railway reserve on the other side. Short stroll to shops, bank, pub, library and school.

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This property can be viewed at any time so give us a call now or come and see me at an OPEN HOME this Sunday between 10am and 12noon. Contact Elizabeth Bors at Altitude Realty Mareeba on 4092 4100 or 0437 921 648. Visit www.altituderealtymareeba.com.au Address: Price: Inspect: This Sunday Contact:

15 Raleigh Street, Dimbulah $250,000 Agent: Elizabeth Bors Altitude Realty Mareeba 0437 921 648 or 4092 4100

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PROPERTY Relax by the river

LOWSET MASONRY 2 1 1 BLOCK UNIT 2/24 WHITING ST, ATHERTON • 300 metres to shops, schools and medical centres • Ceiling fans and security screens throughout • Low Body Corp fees • Verandah, private fenced lawn and garden

PRICED TO SELL AT $235,000 Contact LJ Hooker today on 4091 3144 Or visit: atherton.ljhooker.com.au ljhooker.com.au Residential Commercial Rural Finance

ALTITUDE REALTY MAREEBA 4092 4100 OPEN HOME

This SUNDAY 11th December 10am - 12noon • 15 Raleigh St • Polished Floors • Dimbulah • Fenced • 4 Bedrooms • Main Road

Located on the banks of the Barron River, just a few minutes from the centre of town, this concrete block home is neat and tidy, ready for your family to move in. Boasting four sizeable bedrooms, this home has an open plan design and a neutral colour scheme. The kitchen is practical, with plenty of bench space, a breakfast bar, ample cupboards for storage and an abundance of natural light. The adjoining lounge and dining area is also spacious, with air-conditioning and quality tiles throughout. All four bedrooms have carpet, two bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the master has a walk-through robe and ensuite. A full length patio is to the rear, overlooking the backyard and garden shed.

Bazant 302 0n 206: House and land package, Tropic Coast Homes and The Rise Country Estate

LISTING ENQUIRIES From the area are welcome during this time!

www.altituderealtymareeba.com.au altitudemareeba@aapt.net.au

107-111 BYRNES ST

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This property backs onto the Barron River, ment providing private access to the bank. As • Backing onto the Barron River this is home is on a corner allotment, there • Garden shed, native bushland to rear is only one neighbour. • Two bay carport, concrete driveway. FEATURES INCLUDE: • Four bedroom concrete block home For more information, please contact • Master bedroom with walk-through robe your EXCLUSIVE sales consultant, and ensuite Vince Costas of Sibi Girgenti Real Es• Air-conditioning to three rooms tate. Phone 4092 5566 or 0419 926 691. • Open plan living, tiled living areas www.girgentigroup.com • Modern, practical & large kitchen • Large outdoor entertaining area with servery Address: River Drive, Mareeba • Five minutes from Mareeba's Price: $349,000 NEG CBD Agent: EXCLUSIVE Vince Costas • Corner allotment, only one Sibi Girgenti Real Estate neighbour Contact: 0419 926 691 or 4092 5566 • Residential 884m2 fenced allot-

Wrapped in prestigious surroundings featuring magnificent homes and elite neighbourhood. This is a home that has “family “ written all over it. Designed, built and presented to take full advantage of our Queensland summers, a place where youngsters can explore in complete safety and a covered entertainment area that will see many large gatherings of family and friends. Boasting a spacious 3914m2 allotment

this presents as an enviable location that embraces all the wonderful elements of living in the country , yet minutes from Mareeba, and 55 Minutes to Cairns. This House and land package has been specifically designed for Lot 206 Catherine Atherton Drive at the Rise Country Estate. Stunning views, over an acre on offer, constant north easterly breezes, town water & underground power. The Bazant is a well thought out floor plan that will allow each family member their own space. Five spacious bedrooms, plus two bathrooms. The living areas are divine in their Open plan design, including a Family room, Living room and a separate

media room - all interacting perfectly. This all opens to a lovely big covered area where children can play table tennis and pool, make lunch, have a BBQ, no matter what the weather is doing.

 Love to cook? You will love the designer galley style kitchen, featuring a massive walk in pantry & your choice of cook tops and accessories. Possibly the 'jewel in the crown' is the prestigious, yet affordable location. Somewhere to be ' experienced', not just seen. Proposed packages are sold on separate contracts. House $345,000, land $133,000- Total package deal $ $478,000. Come and explore the possibilities of building your dream home at The Rise Country Estate with Aaron from Tropic Coast Homes (BSA 1089966). For all enquiries please contact Debbie Sweedman 0409 321 920, or visit www. therise.net.au

Chic, spacious and modern

BOXES! 1 Acre Blocks Beautiful Rural Setting

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Live just minutes from town on this home would meet your criteria to a 'T'. spacious 1011m2 fully fenced block, complete with a four bedroom home For more information or to arand a double bay lockable shed. range a private inspection please The house is only one and a half call Marketing Agent Toni Little years old and is in immaculate condi- 0429 490 601. Rogatobros.com. tion and includes all of the little things au/2531922 that you could want. Relax on the massive veranda of an afternoon and enjoy the peaceful surrounds Address: Mareeba of this great part of town. Inspect: By Appointment If you are looking Price: $329,000 NEG for something to get Agent: Toni Little you out of town, withRogato Bros Real Estate out being completely Contact: 0429 490 601 removed, then this chic

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Looking for peace and privacy?

There are various machinery sheds, a greenhouse and even a chook run. Private and Peaceful country lifestyle, it doesn’t get any better than this. Contact John Goncalves on 0407 690 961. Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

Whether you want to watch the children play in the park, walk the dog or pop over to the markets this four bedroom red brick family home is situated in the perfect position, being straight across the road from the Mareeba Centenary Park. Plenty of room for all the family with four bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and separate lounge and dining areas. Two of the four bedrooms have built-ins with the fourth having its own private toilet & hand basin. The beautiful polished timber floors feature throughout and all the window are screens for insects, what more could you want. Well there is more with an outdoor entertainment area, front patio, not one but two sheds, a greenhouse and the added bonus of rainwater tanks. Situated on a fully fenced 809M2 block and priced realistically at $315,000, this house would be perfect for family living or to add to your investment portfolio. Contact John Goncalves on 0407 690 961. Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

MAREEBA $315,000 John Goncalves Ray White Rural Mareeba 0407 690 961

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Enjoy the serenity this 2.5 acre property has to offer, located in a lovely rural setting, with no immediate neighbours in sight, it is the perfect place if you’re looking for peace and privacy. Property features include a 3 bedroom red brick home with lovely open plan living, a spacious country kitchen, 3 comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom with separate bath and shower. Outside the back patio is the ideal place to have the BBQ tongs in one hand a coldie in the other, looking out over the well maintained lawns, gardens and various fruit trees including a gorgeous lychee orchard. An added bonus is 8 megalitres of gravity fed water from the Tinaroo channel system, so no pumping required.

QUIET LIFE MINUTES FROM TOWN

3 DWELLINGS + 20 ACRES

• Situated on a 3338m2 allotment in a quite cul-de-sac • Modern 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home • Ensuite in master with “his and hers” built-in robes • 2 separate living areas • Tiled patio with timber feature for privacy • Modern kitchen features breakfast bar / server • Fully fenced yard with established gardens • 6m x 7m Colorbond shed with 3.6m x 6m lean-to If you’re looking for an immaculate family home with room to move, then don’t go past this property without an inspection. Price: $445,000 Neg Contact: Exclusive Agent John Goncalves on 0407 690 961

Want an acreage that offers both lifestyle and income, then this is the property for you! • Conveniently located on the Cairns side • Approximately 20 acres • 3 dwellings • Combination of mature fruit trees including mangoes, citrus & exotic fruits • 3 bay lockable shed + machinery shed • Bore + dam • Amenities block Vendors are motivated and priced this property to meet the market! Price: $609,000 Neg Contact: Exclusive Agent Norma Moloney on 0417 541 126 or John Goncalves on 0407 690 961

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SOMETHING SPECIAL! Imagine Christmas drinks on your back deck overlooking a private garden with permanent creek. It’s possible!

PRIVATE AND PEACEFUL COUNTRY LIFESTYLE....

Price: $365,000 Neg Contact: John Goncalves on 0407 690 961

• 2.5 acres of serenity • No immediate neighbours in sight • 3 bedroom brick house • Back patio ideal place for BBQs • Well maintained lawns and gardens • Various fruit trees including lychee orchard • 8 Megs of gravity fed water • Various machinery sheds • Greenhouse plus chook run ....it doesn’t get any better than this! Price: $449,000 Neg Contact: John Goncalves on 0407 690 961

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• Beautifully built 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home • Gorgeous rear timber deck with servery • Double carport leads to front slate patio • Landscaped 3038m2 allotment with water features • 9m x 4.5m shed (built to house caravan with additional enclosed workshop) • Zoned “Light Industrial”

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PROPERTY AUCTION: FrIdAy deCember 20, 2013 Vacant Residential lots by dnR

2, 4, 6 & 10 Harrigan st, cooktown

First home buyers... now is your big chance to secure a block of land at today’s market price. Get $15,000 towards building your first home! Or builders... take this opportunity to buy and build a spec house.

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$540,000 NEG RESORT STYLE LIVING 14 Eli Close

$410,000 NEG LOVE YOUR LIFESTYLE 15-17 Langton Ave

 Deluxe 4 bedroom home  Office & media room  Designer kitchen  Formal lounge  Resort style inground pool  Timber decking, bi-fold doors  5kW Solar power system  Fully airconditioned, tiled roof  1032m2 fenced allotment

 1768m2 allotment  Barron River frontage  Raked ceilings, airconditioning  3 comfortable bedrooms  Separate 1 brm apartment  Saltwater inground pool & spa  Paved entertaining area with built-in BBQ, sink and bar  Walk to Mareeba’s CBD

Vince Costas 0419 926 691

This 165 acre (67.18 ha) rural lifestyle block is situated approximately 20 minutes drive from Mareeba and 5 minutes to the township of Mutchilba. The majority of the property has been cleared in the past and is fully fenced and set up for cattle grazing. There are currently 8 head of cattle on the property. A permanent water supply via a 2 megalitre domestic licence and a 25 megalitre allocation services the property. Other improvements include a masonry block home with established and well maintained gardens situated to capture views of the picturesque rolling mountain sides. Inside the home there are 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tiled open plan living area, airconditioning and an outdoor patio which is covered and it extends to a tandem carport which could also be used as an entertainment area. The home includes security screens, a timber floating floor in the lounge, tiles through the living areas and carpets in the bedrooms. There are two living areas plus a games room equipped with a bar - great facilities for entertaining.

There is also a lockable shed/workshop with an adjoining undercover carport which was once used as a goat shelter accommodating specially fenced goat paddocks. The water supply is pumped from the channel to an elevated water storage tank which then is gravity fed back to the house. In addition to this there is a large 6 bay machinery shed and a 3m x 3m garden shed, a pig pen and a chook pen. All this on a large rural block ads up to lifestyle with space, privacy and seclusion with the option to farm. For further information or to arrange an inspection, please contact John Falvo at Mareeba Property Office. Phone 0408 456 344. Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

ARRIGA $550,000 NEG John Falvo Mareeba Property Office 0408 456 344 or 4092 1355

Great family abode

Remo Esposito 0401 969 473

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Expresso 

Your Weekly Horoscopes

Aries

Wednesday 11th

March 21 to Apr 20

Your obviously unique way of doing things has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. Be careful when dealing with loved ones. Toning, fitness, pampering should all be scheduled. It will be important that you have your priorities straight.

Taurus

Max 32o Min 21o Tide Times 0539 2.28 1117 1.25 1733 2.44 2353 0.67

Thursday 12th

Friday 13th

Max 32o Min 22o

Max 30o Min 22o

Tide Times 0033 0.59 0716 2.64 1301 1.19 1902 2.32

Tide Times 0632 2.48 1214 1.22 1821 2.39

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.

Saturday 14th

Sunday 15th

Monday 16th

Tide Times 0109 0.54 0756 2.73 1342 1.19 1935 2.25

Tide Times 0142 0.53 0830 2.78 1419 1.20 2002 2.17

Tide Times 0213 0.55 0901 2.77 1454 1.23 2027 2.10

Max 29o Min 21o

Max 30o Min 21o

Kahlua Chocolate Fudge

1. Line a square baking pan with tin foil, lightly grease it. 2. In a medium sauce pan, on low heat, combine all of the ingredients except pistachios. 3. Stir constantly until chocolate has almost melted. 4. Turn off heat and continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted. 5.Add pistachios and pour evenly into prepared pan. Let cool until set, remove foil and cut into small squares.

HANDY CHRISTMAS HINT

Only 28 Days until CHRISTMAS!!

Put an empty envelope in your purse for Christmas receipts, you’ll have them all in one place, incase you need to return a gift.

June 22 to July 22

Refuse to let others make unrealistic demands of you. Your professional attitude will not go unnoticed. Don’t overspend to impress others. July 23 to Aug 22 Leo

WORD SEARCH

C R O S S

‘Tis the season to be Jolly!

Some situations may be blown out of proportion. You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal mistakes. Expect problems with settlements that you are trying to resolve.

Libra

Sept 24 to Oct 23

Don’t reveal anything about your personal life that could be used adversely. Refrain from overspending on entertainment or luxury items. You can increase the value of your dwelling. Don’t let others know about your private affairs. Broaden your horizons and look into programs that will teach you awareness and relaxation. Caustic language may cause you to want to get out of the house.

Scorpio

Oct 24 to Nov 22

Social activities that involve the whole family will be enjoyable. Be discreet about any information you uncover. Try to do things with children that will enable you to bond closer to them.

Sagittarius

Nov 23 to Dec 21

Be careful not to show your temper when dealing with the boss. Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have neglected your duties or your mate. Don’t let your personal dilemmas interfere with your goals.

Capricorn

Dec 22 to Jan 20

A day at the beach may satisfy the whole family. You are best not to confront situations that deal with in-laws or relatives. Try to deal with it quickly; don’t dwell on past regrets.

Aquarius

Jan 21 to Feb 19

Uncertainty regarding your direction is likely. Enjoy the company of relatives this week. Get into some activities that will help you in making new friends. Look out for yourself this week.

Pisces

Tide Times 0243 0.61 0931 2.74 1527 1.29 2050 2.03

Method

May 22 to June 21

Aug 23 - Sept 23

Max 30o Min 21o

1kg dark chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup Kahlua liquor 1/3 cup raw pistachios

April 21 to May 21

Virgo

Tuesday 17th

Ingredients

You are best to get out of the house this week. Do a little investigating if there is someone at work you don’t trust. A friendship might suffer if money becomes an issue.

Cancer

Max 30o Min 23o

Boyd’s Comic Relief

You may find yourself in an opportune position if you are willing to take a bit of a risk. Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the lime light.

Gemini

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

Alleluia

Dancer

Prancer

Tinsel

Blitzer

Dasher

Roast

Toys

Card

Gift

Rudolph

Turkey

Chimney

Ham

Santa

Vacation

Comet

Merry

Sleigh

Vixen

Cupid

Nativity

Stocking

Wreath

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“ he most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

- Alice Walker

Puzzle solutions 4th December

ACROSS 7. A situation characterized by lack of progress or activity. 8. The act of obtaining information from various sources, often with difficulty. 9. Leave out or exclude someone or something, either intentionally or forgetfully. 10. Lack of relative pitch, or the inability to distinguish between musical notes. 11. A rod or pin serving as an axis that revolves or on which something revolves. 13. The regularly repeated elliptical course of a celestial object or spacecraft about a star or planet. 15. To result in or entail the loss of. 16. The act, process, or fact of moving from a higher to a lower position 18. A common North American songbird, 19. To expel or remove from a place or position occupied, espcially in Politics. 21. To keep from proceeding; keep

WORD

waiting; delay. 22. To surge or foam as if boiling. DOWN 1. A crystalline solid, aluminum potassium sulfate, used in medicine as an astringent. 2. A large corporation with operations and subsidiaries in several countries. 3. to cut, trim, or shape by carving off bits with a knife. 4. Extreme and generally prolonged pain. 5. A book or table listing standard numerical calculations or other kinds of information presented formulaically. 6. An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force. 12. A person or company that finances or organizes a sporting event, concert, or theatrical production. 14. Somewhat hungry. 17. A small boat with an aluminium hull. 20. relating to a market for cheap consumer electronics used by individuals and small companies.

Feb 20 to March 20

Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spending time with. Investments that deal with property will pay off but could cause conflict with some family members. Family outings will make you feel secure and happy.

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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

E

Earthmoving

AIR CONDITIONING

Electrical Embroidery

G

Farming Sector Fertilizer Floor Coverings Fuel Furniture

Handy Men House Removals

Machinery - Truck Hire Motor Mechanic

Glazier

F

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

ELECTRICAL

MAREEBA BLOCK & BRICK LAYING

Authorised Fujitsu Service Agent

CONTACT ROD: 0419 550 767 or 4092 4449

Daniel Battistin

Tinaroo Creek Road, 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 6717

Butcher

CURTAINS & BLINDS

P: 4092 6271

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

Call Ross Malfitana Mobile: 0429 898 657

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

• CARS • CARAVANS • BIKES • BOATS ALL YOUR AUTO ELECTRICAL NEEDS

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

65 Tolga Rd, Atherton • athcarelectrics@bigpond.com

info@mareebakidscampus.com.au www.mareebakidscampus.com.au

Custom Made

CURTAINS & BLINDS

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

Plus we sell...

Tracks > Rods > Accessories

Tracks > Rods Competitive Curtains & Furnishings BY APPOINTMENT ONLY >Phone: & Accessories 0429 869 023

3 Locations in Mareeba: Constance, Dunlop & Hastie Streets

Do it right the first time!

CLEANING SERVICES

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!

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

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 the Express today 4092 3464

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EMBROIDERY

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

Licence No. 51413 CEC No. A5891084

EARTHMOVING

Early Learning • Kindergarten • Outside School & Vacation Care

Mobile: 0419 709 522

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL

SONCIN ELECTRICAL PT

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

For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619

CONCRETING

BLINDS

Phone: 4092 6203 • Fax: 4092 5723 email: dobattistin@msn.com

96 James Street, Mareeba

“ACE IT EVERYTIME”

Starter Motors & TRUCKS • Alternators, GME & Uniden TRACTORS • 2 Way Radios, Spotlights BUSES • & Accessories, Batteries & Accessories, Car Audio MOTORHOMES •

Mobile 0448 856 187 145 Hastie Road, Mareeba Qld/ 4880

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

ATHERTON CAR ELECTRICS SPECIALISTS IN:

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

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

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

BSA no. 1218243

96 James Street,Curtains Mareeba Competitive & Furnishings

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

V

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

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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

Phone/Fax: 4092 3563

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

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

plumbingpumpsandgas@bigpond.com

Domestic, Commercial, Industrial and Maintenance Plumbing

Frank

HOME: 4092 1694 MOBILE: 0417 796 909

POOL MAINTENANCE

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

p: 4092 7333 m: 0402 031 813

POOL MAINTENANCE & POOL SHOP

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

Budget Blinds, Curtains and Materials

24 Hour Service Covering all areas

Nursery

ABN 26 111 244 823

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

FURNITURE

Ben Malcolm

FRANK DE ROSA LICENSED PLUMBER AND DRAINER

A.J. MYLES & CO.

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

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

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

HOUSE REMOVALS

HOUSE RELOCATORS Complete House Relocation Services

BSA 116 4856

Installation, Servicing & Repairs

QBSA 50670 - LICENCE NO. 10516

business

PHONE: 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

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EXPRESS sPORT RESULTS & DRAWS MUFC SIX-A-SIDE WED 11th DECEMBER DRAW LADIES 6.30pm Snatch v Ghensi REF Hype. LADIES 6.30pm Chickdees v Courgars REF Ballistics. AG MENS 7.15pm Chewko Warriors v Los Torro REF Road Runners. AG MENS 7.15pm Mareeba Mazda v Friggers (A) REF Jumbi’s. BG MENS 7.15pm THE BANDITS v WILDMAN REF GUARDS. BG MENS 7.15pm 4 Intimidators v The Ausomes REF Snatch. CG MENS 7.15pm Common Reds v HYPE REF Intimidators. AG MENS 8.00pm Road Runners v Jumbi’s REF Chewko Warriors. CG MENS 8.00pm QUESTION MURK v FLAMIN TURTLES REF WILDMAN BG MENS 8.00pm TRAVESTY v GUARDS REF THE BANDITS. CG MENS 8.00pm PRICK RELATIONS v RAMBOS REF WILDMAN. LADIES 8.00pm Ballistics v Travel Bugs REF Cougars

Ockert Fourie and Ryan Phipps at the Mareeba Karting Club finals Photo: Peter Roy

Mareeba Karting Club Auto One Championships 2013 Cadets: 1 - Brodie Davis, 2 - Caelum Kipper-Ikime, 3 Aidan Beach Junior Lights: 1 - Liam Hepburn, 2 - Luke Banks, 3 Shontel Sitera Clubman Light: 1 - Leigh Naylor, 2 - Matthew Want, 3 - Tessa Underwood Tag 125 light: 1- Mitchell Naylor, 2 - Robert Fewtrell, 3 - Michael Curcio Tag 125 heavy: 1 - Graham Beach, 2 - Tony Fewtrell Most fair and consistent Robert Fewtrell Rising star - Laim AlbarelHepburn

Most improved and consistent - Jordan Wickerson Dash for cash winners: Cadets: 1 - Brodie Davis, 2 - Sam King, 3 - Aiden Beach J Class: 1- Brodie Davis, 2 - Mathew Foyle, 3 - Shontel Sitera Tag 125 light: 1- Mitchell Naylor, 2 - Robert Fewtrell, 3 - Michael Curcio Tag 125 heavy: 1 - Graham Beach Tag 100 1- Cameron King, 2Andrew Hodges Clubman Light: 1 -Lydon Dodge, 2 - Leigh Naylor, 3 Mitchell Naylor Clubman Heavy: 1- Michael Peake, 2 - John Petersen, 3 - Dave Coulson

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TABLELAND FUTSAL CLUB Results 2-4 November U.10 Quincan United 10 def. Young Guns 2. Scorpions 9 def. Kiari Kats 0 Bandicoots 10 def. T-Birds 0 U.12 Mareeba Mazda Roar 9 def. Lightning Strikers 4. The Jedi 7 def. Nitros 2. Red Claws 7 def. Tinaroo Taipans 1 U.15 Dogz 8 def. Red Devils 6. Rebels 12 def. Bright Sparks 5. Mixed Baticia Bomb 10 def. Multiple Scoregasm 7. Six Offenders 14 def. Aftershock 7. Salty Old Sea Dogs 18 def. Sweet Chillies 3. Norwaussians 4 def. San Siro 0 (Forfeit). Magenta Magic 23 def. Oh’Deere 3. . Mens YOU 12 def. Fossils FC 5. Muffin Stuffers 4 def. Ramrods 0 (Forfeit). Plumbtec Allstars 9 def. Spare Parts 6. Roma 13 def. Phteven 3 www.Tablelandfutsal.com.au Mareeba and Memorial Bowls Club Tuesday 3/12/13 Warehouse Bowls: Touchers: Lead – Luka Barbir, Third – Annette Allen, Skip – Kris Simpson. Wednesday: After missing two Wednesday due to rain it was nice to have bowlers on the green again. Winners – Alan Hardcastle, Amando Rogato, Joan Ciobo, Liz Plowman R/U Chook Eaton, Betty Dalgety, Col Wiltshire, Elise Eaton. Thursday: Men’s Jackpot Pairs – Winners – Ray Dennis, Peter Soda R/U Ed Hill, Barry Lynne. Sunday: 2013 Presentation Day was held and it was great to see so many bowlers come in Christmas dress to add a festive spirit to the day. Thank you Carmen Cobb and daughter Courtney for their lovely decorations on the ta-

bles also to all the ladies who provided the delicious salads and desserts and not to be forgotten the men who cooked our BBQ. Winners for the day – Rose Parry, Sheila Hewson, Col Wiltshire R/U Anna Rosset, Bruno Rosset, Tony Capella, Eileen Stevens. 2013 Champions are : Ladies – Singles: Carmel DeZen R/U Eileen Stevens. Pairs: Katharine Wiltshire, Joy Dennis R/U Norma Gray, Lorraine Cummings. Fours: Carmen Cobb, Elise Eaton, Eileen Stevens, Sue Brady R/U Betty Dalgety, Joan Ciobo, Lorraine Cummings, Carmel DeZen. Men – Singles: Graeme Drabsch R/U Barry Lynne. Pairs: Peter Soda, Barry Lynne R/U Mario Battistin, Cameron Thompson, Fours: Warren Tilse, Graeme Drabsch, Mario Battistin, Cameron Thompson R/U Jamahl Byrne, Renato Arancio, Vic Tiraboschi, Joe Mugica. COMING EVENTS: Tuesday 10/12/13: Warehouse bowls 7pm start. Wednesday: Ladies Mixed Social: 1.30pm start. Optional Dress. Thursday: Men’s self-selected jackpot pairs 1.30pm start, casual dress. Sunday: Trophies donated by Management Committee. We will be having a visit from the Dimbulah Club so please come and support this day. 1.30pm start. Club Selected. Casual Dress. COMPETITION: Men’s 2014 Championship Pairs: Mario Parise, Elio Crema def. Ray Dennis, Bruno Ciobo. 2014 Championship Fours: (Skips only) A. DeZen def. J. Mugica. B. Lynne def. B. Ciobo, C. Thompson def. T. Siminato. Ladies 2014 Championship Pairs: Eileen Stevens, Sue Brady Def. Norma Gray, Lorraine Cummings. The final which was to have been played on Sat. 14th has now been postponed until the new year. 2014 Management A.G.M. was held on Monday 2nd Dec. Postions are Chairman: Peter Soda, V. Chairman: John Turner. Secretary/Treasurer: Joy Dennis. This was followed by Bowls Committee A.G.M: Patron: Aldo DeZen, President: Cameron Thompson, V. Pres. Sue Brady, Secretary: Carmen Cobb, Games Directors: Eileen Stevens, Barry Lynne. We wish all 2014 Executives all the very best. A reminder of our Christmas Goose Club. Donations of prizes will be very much appreciated. The drawing of prizes to be held on Friday Dec. 20th with a $12.50 Buffet meal, Members and Guests please book early to help with catering. This will coincide with Chef Denise’s last night in the Bistro. The Mareeba & Memorial F.G.F Bitumen Super Challenge Team played West Cairns at Mareeba on Sunday and were winners by 3 games to 2. Congratulations to all men. Selectors Rosters: Wednesday 11th Eileen, Thursday 12th Bob & Barry. Sunday 15th John & Ed.

Mareeba Rifle Club inc. The Mareeba Rifle Club shot a double 600yd, 15 shot comp. on Sunday the 8th December 2013. The day was fairly warm; however there was enough down range breeze to prevent any overheating. Scores were pretty ordinary. F Open: J. Baxter (Mareeba): 85.4; 81.2 – 166.6. B. Ellis (Mareeba): 77.3; 85.4 – 162.7. F STD: A. Simpson (Mareeba): 78.0, 77.0 – 155.0. TR: J. Cox (Cairns): 64.2; 65.1 – 129.3 L. Ross (Cairns): 69.5; 69.0 – 138.5 D. Ford (Mareeba): 75.7; 72.6 – 147.13 Next week 15th of December the Club will be holding it’s Christmas shoot, in conjunction with either a double 900 or 700yds 10 + 11matches, this is yet to be determined ATHERTON GOLF CLUB The Wednesday sporters played a stableford with Jerry Jeresak winning with 29pts from Lloyd Sawtell 27pts and Peter Graham 26pts. NTPs 3 Darryll King, 13 Jacko, 18 Mike Hopkins. The Thursday Ladies also played a Stableford sponsored by Travel Experience where Gail Gard carded a great 37 pts to win from Heather Beavan 35pts NTPs 3 Dawn Faulkner, 11 Maidie Hickox, 13 Gail G, 18 Lorraine Doolan Fridays 6 hole Chook run was won by Graham Purdy on 16pts. On Saturday we held the Central Tyre Service sponsored Monthly Medal. The Ladies winner was Heather Beavan 70 nett from Annette Seawright 73 nett. NTPs 3 Shelly B, 11 Heather, 13 Annette, 18 Lorraine Doolan. The Mens winner and also C-grade winner was Ross Milvesky with a great 67 nett, the A-Grade winner was George Clemments 69 nett with the BGrade going to Keith Sanderson 68 nett. NTPs 3 Robert Tomo, 11 President Les, 13 and 18 young Weipa visitor Steven Wust. The Juniors had another good roll up for their xmas party, the winner of the morning comp was Abbey Toshack with Tom Flynn runner-up the least puts went to Andrew Gallo. the kids thanked Paul Bannister for his coaching during the year. The Sunday Tolga Butchery Stableford comp was won by Greg Coffey on 40 pts from Geoff McGrath 39 pts. This week the Sporters play a Stableford, the Thursday Ladies are playing a 9 hole comp , please be at club by 9 for a 9.30 am tee-off this will be followed by a provided lunch (please bring a xmas present value $5-$10). On Saturday we are having our Closing Day combined with the Barry Clough Autos sponsored Turner Shield Stableford event. Sunday we play the Tolga Butchery Stableford.

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Ending the season on a High(lander) By Ryan Groube Despite competing with more established sports, the Tableland Junior Rugby Union Club have had plenty to celebrate in 2013. With about 60 players on the books, the Highlanders field two junior teams in the FNQ Rugby competition, fielding Under 12s and Under 14s. On December 6, the Under 14s upset the combined TAS/JCU team 26-17 in the third place playoff. The Under 12s are still finding their feet in the game, registering just one win in the rapid fire competition that runs during the final school term. Talking to The Express on the shores of Lake Tinaroo for the club’s presentation afternoon, Highlanders president Michael Barlow said both teams had come a long way in 2013. As soon as the words came out of his mouth, a group of juniors pounced on him and after a quick wrestle began marching him to the lake. In hindsight, the youngsters realised they probably

started carrying their president, and former union star, a little bit too far away from the shore. As they half carried, half dragged Barlow to the world’s largest water cooler they belted out the Highlanders team song. With about 50 metres to go, Barlow began putting up more of a fight but it didn’t prevent him from getting hurled into the drink - prompting an all in water fight. “As you can see, they learned some good team work this year,” Barlow laughed afterwards. Barlow said rugby union would never be able to compete with rugby league and soccer but that the short season at the end of the year was an excellent chance for players from both codes to keep up their skills and fitness. The best and fairest awards at the presentation day went to Under 14s captain and fly-half Corey Barlow with hooker and co-captain of the Under 12s Rachael Brcko nabbing the best and fairest for her age group. Barlow said while the local competition was over, rugby union’s representative season begins early in the new year with a number of Highlanders in action.

Highlanders president Michael Barlow with team captains, Corey Barlow, James Stevenson, Jett Fittock and Iotea Lyons

Mareeba’s junior basketball champions Mareeba Basketball Association’s junior grand finals on November 27 provided supporters with entertaining basketball. The Bullets Under 16s and Kangaroos Under 14s combinations both recorded comfortable victories, whilst the young Tigers Under 12s side registered a surprisingly good upset win over Taipans in the opening final. The Under 10s juniors started proceedings in the afternoon with an exhibition, showing their skills and the majority of these young players can now look towards playing in the teams competition in Under 12 fixtures next year. Bullets were never troubled in their clash with Panthers, clinching the championship title by 39 to 26. Daniel Ruggeri was outstanding for the winners and his 18 points proved a major factor in Bullets success. However Ayden Smith and Leighton Williamson also showed out well. Best for Panthers were Lochlan Anthony, Brooke Mahmut and Jacob Bishop. Kangaroos held off a late challenge from None-Ya to claim the Under-14 title by 31 to 21. Bradly Newlands and Tristan Cater played strongly for Kangaroos. Sarrah Myrteza was best for None-Ya, who were also disadvantaged by a first half injury to their top points scorer Dale Moss. The much improved Tigers youngsters provided a fine team effort to defeat Taipans by 22 to 13. Zayd Myrteza was Tigers best and his 11 points proved vital in their victory. Taipans, who were the seasons top team going into the Grand Final, failed to convert a number of scoring opportunities which cost them dearly. Zac Myrteza was their leading scorer with 11 points. With the summer season now complete, junior players can now look forward to the next season commencing in February 2014.

We are the champions: clockwise from top left, the Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s

State school claims Chris Sheppard Shield By Boyd Robertson

Action from the game

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Mareeba State School’s Year 7 Girls and Boys rugby teams have pipped their St Thomas’s counterparts to win the Chris Sheppard Shield on December 5.  The Shield is named in honour of Mareeba product Sheppard, who played for the Northern Pride and St George Illawarra, and has pitted the two schools against each other since 2002. Consistent high-tempo play, even in the brutal summer heat, delivered Mareeba the two victories. St Thomas’s Girls team captain Dayna Sclipper, 12, said she was satisfied with her team’s performance.  ‘This is one of the best girls teams we’ve had at the school,” she said.  “It was a very competitive game.

“The sun was very hot but we kept it up.” NRL game development officer Alby Anderson was on hand to watch the game and said it was always a positive sign to see kids getting into the game, particularly the girls sides. “We saw a very good standard of play here today - it was a safe and courteous environment even with the heat,” he said. “Games like this help develop a strong foundation for girls interested in rugby - they already draw inspiration from the Jillarooos, but they are limited in what teams they can play in past the age of 12, so that is something we are working on. “There’s also great work being done by sport teachers up here training the kids up and we are always trying to assist them with teaching them training techniques.”

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EXPRESS sPORT Left,Group One Cassie’s Crickets - Ryan Groube, Cassie Burness (captain), Libor Konicek and Tua Aue Right, Group Two Matthew’s Meat Ants - Brett Thompson, Matthew Palmer (c), Joe Grillo and Brian Herbohn

Left, Group Three Dan’s Dengue Mosquitos - Mandy Shaw, Freda Adil, Dan Hogarth (c) and Kathy Grice

Right, Group Four Belle’s Bulldog Ant’s Roxy Voyce, Belle King (c), Stacey Vohland and Lyndel Lacey

Favourites hold sway at tennis finals By Ryan Groube For the first time in a long time, the finals of Mareeba Tennis Club’s night fixtures went to script. In each of the four groups, the higher ranked team at the conclusion of the regular season won. Group One saw top-ranked Cassie’s Crickets face off against Cameron’s Crusader Bugs, who had won through to the grand final in a tie break the week prior. The Crusader Bugs started the stronger, taking the opening singles and doubles rubber by two games to establish a four game break. In a closely fought decider, both remaining doubles fixtures were drawn six games all, but consecutive six

games to two wins in singles saw the Crickets get home 32 games to 28. Crickets captain Cassie Burness, who rested herself, said the final had been a good spectacle. She said it had been a tough season and that “every team has been extremely close all year”. Jason Rosendahl was named the best and fairest player in Group One. Matthew’s Meat Ants secured direct passage to the Group Two final - by finishing as minor premiers - and they ambushed Kim’s Katydid’s. In the opening doubles Brett Thompson and captain Matthew Palmer put Kim Peckham and Lindsay Gillman to the sword 11 games to one. After the first three matches, the Meat Ants held a 23 games to nine

lead. Kim’s side rallied toward the back end of the final winning 15 of the remaining 24 games but the damage had been done. The Meat Ants claimed the final 32 games to 24. Palmer said the fast start had been the difference between the teams. “It took them two sets to work out how to beat us but by then it was too late,” he said. “It helped us going straight through [to the final] - not having to do it the hard way. “It was a great effort from all of the guys we had a great team this year.” Brett Thompson was named the Group Two’s best and fairest. Injury intervened in the Group Three final with Shona Whitely having to withdraw early in the first match

with a leg injury. The injury saw Alice’s Aphids forfeit 16 games to Dan’s Dengue Mosquitos as they went down 35-21. Dengue Mosquitos captain Dan Hogarth said: “It was a little bit of a let down not to play it out.” “It would have been a tough game, we had won and lost to them during the season.” Pauline Brown, who had piloted her team to the minor premiership, was Group Three’s best and fairest. The Group Four final played out just as fiercely in the fashion stakes as it did on the tennis court. Both Belle’s Bulldog Ant’s and Tanya’s Tiger Moth’s decided to dress up for the finals with both sides “wanting to outdo” the other.

In the end the pink tutus of the Bulldog Ants were the victors - running out 32 to 24 winners. “We just come to have fun and to win was just a bonus,” Bulldog Ants captain Belle King said. Lyndel Lacey was the Group Four best and fairest and was also awarded the Graham Dunham Memorial Trophy. The end of season finals also marked the end of Barb Henning’s five-year stint as night fixtures coordinator. The club has called for someone to step up to the role at the club’s annual general meeting on December 15. Mareeba Tennis Club president Gary Minnis said it had been a fantastic season and looked forward to doing it all again next year.

Top of the table clash evenly poised By Ryan Groube The top-of-the-table clash between the Mareeba Bandits and Cairns Rovers is evenly poised after day one. A late fight back from the Rovers has Mareeba teetering at two for six in their first dig after the Bandits bowled the home side out for a subpar 162. The winner of the clash at Griffiths Park will likely head to the Christmas break in first place on the Far North Queensland Cricket, third division ladder. Winning the toss, the Rovers elected to bat but struggled against disciplined Mareeba bowling. Adam Roy and Robert Wallace opened the bowling for the Bandits and no one could get the ball out of their hands. Wallace bowled 14 straight over’s at the outset and ended with figures of four wickets for 29 runs. Roy bowled 16 overs and although he didn’t

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get the rewards of his bowling partner his one wicket for 19 runs, conceding just over a run an over, built pressure for the Bandits other bowlers. Jacob Eaton, back home for the university holidays, also chipped in claiming three valuable wickets with his medium pacers. “For them to bat as long as they did and only get 162 shows how well our bowlers did to contain them,” Senior Bandit Danny Shaw said. “It was a good pitch but there wasn’t a lot of bounce. It was pretty hard work.” The Bandits bowled Rovers out with four overs remaining in the days play, leaving themselves a tricky four-over period to navigate before stumps. Rovers’ bowlers struck not once but twice – the second on the final ball of the day – to leave the Bandits needing a further 156 runs with eight wickets in hand. “Our batters just need to step up now,” Shaw said. The second and final day of the match resumes on Sunday.

Robert Wallace starred for the Bandits with the ball against Rovers

Picture: Peter Roy

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