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The Mareeba Bandits have narrowly beaten the Mulgrave Toads in the first game of the 2014 cricket season, with Rob Wallace (pictured) taking out Man of the Match. See Sport for details. Photo by Peter Roy

Council business unsettled By Ryan Groube

A fortnight has passed since the Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) split from the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) but the de-amalgamation process remains incomplete. Key financial data, including the split of cash, debt and reserves has yet to be finalised with both councils unsure about how much money they have in the bank. Accounting consultant Crowe Horwath submitted a second draft of balance sheets to the TRC and MSC early in the year with staff from both councils reviewing the figures. Once the figures have been reviewed, they will be forwarded to the TRC’s independent auditor, Pacifica, and an independent contractor for the MSC, Orion Consulting. The de-amalgamation transfer committee – acting MSC chief executive Rod Ferguson and TRC chief executive Ian Church – will then choose to accept, or reject, the report. “We would rather have had this finished before the first of January but I’d much rather be sure we get the right outcome,” Mr Ferguson said. Time has become a critical factor with the MSC needing to bring down a six-month budget before the end of January. Mayor Tom Gilmore said despite the looming deadline the council did want to make changes to the existing MSC budget which was brought down by the TRC last year.

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A new book about two of the Tableland’s most influential doctors has provided an eerily relevant warning about the challenges of maintaining a decentralised health system in rural and remote areas. Former Mareeba dentist Geoff Grundy has released a new book Two Enquiring Minds which brings together two edited biographies penned by Dr Jarvis Nye and Dr Patrick Flecker. Leslie John Jarvis Nye worked at the Atherton Hospital from July 1917 until August 1926; during that time he was appointed superintendant and established a private hospital for maternity cases in 1922. Patrick Flecker, known universally as Pat, started work at Mareeba Hospital in 1946 as a resident medical officer and was appointed superintendent in 1953 following a brief stint in Charters Towers. During his career, Dr Flecker was invited by the president of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland to deliver the 38th Jackson Memorial Lecture. Dr Flecker’s lecture, The Northern Paranoia, was subsequently published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1968 and shows remarkable foresight in the challenges that face rural hospitals today. “Mareeba can now be reached from Brisbane in little over three hours – two in a jet aircraft and one in a conventional motor car. The distance is short in time, moderate in distance and unbelievable in the standard of

medical practice,” he said. The title of the lecture The Northern Paranoia is based on what Dr Flecker also refers to as ‘the Brisbane syndrome’ where residents in rural areas, of all ages and professions, believe the prosperity of the region is undermined by authorities for the benefit of residents from the state’s capital. “The local doctor listens to this conversation, time and time again, patronisingly at first. After a few months of failing to get a reasonable standard of treatment for his patients, he himself becomes infected and often becomes the most paranoid of them all,” he said. “By process of rationalisation he will assume that all competent graduates are prevented from leaving the teaching hospitals in the capital city, and those who, because of inferior talents, are not wanted there, will be compelled to come to the county for jobs. “Can anything be done to treat this widespread ailment? I believe that much not only can, but should be done. “I am not suggesting that such facilities such as cardiac surgery or supervoltage radiotherapy be placed in every small town in the State, but merely that adequate diagnostic services should be within reasonable reach of them all.” Dr Nye moved to the Tableland from Brisbane in 1917 seeking a “restful” rural lifestyle. He was to find nothing of the sort, recounting 22 hour horse rides to Mareeba to assist with patients, ongoing

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battles between medicine and faith and the challenges associated with fulfilling his goal of making Atherton “one of the best country hospitals in Queensland”. Dr Nye said after 10 years his workload in Atherton had left him completely burned out and he had no choice but to return to Brisbane. “During my last year in Atherton, I did 428 operations requiring anaesthesia, and 213 confinements. Patients would often wait from early morning until late night to see me,” he said. “I was in fact hounded out of town because, while I was there, I could get no peace. “It wasn’t possible to delegate enough work to permit relaxation, so in 1926, I decided to move to Brisbane.” Author Geoff Grundy, who has now since retired and lives in the small town of Little Mountain near Caloundra, said he felt both men’s stories were worth telling. “I read both their biographies a long time ago and at the time I did nothing about it but only recently did I feel that their stories needed to be told,” he said. “I think people, particularly young people, need to know under what conditions they worked back then and how, as time went by, and the number of specialists grew the attraction for doctors to move to the country fell off.” Mr Grundy has done a print run of 400 copies of the book. The Express has donated its copy to the Mareeba Library. Those wanting to purchase the book can do so by contacting Mr Grundy at geoffgrnd@gmail.com

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Canegrower Jason Salvetti has attributed 2013’s record breaking crop to improved varieties and better farming practices

Record breaking cane harvest By Ryan Groube Well-performing new varieties, improved irrigation practices and ideal weather conditions have contributed to a record breaking cane harvest on the Tableland. MSF’s Tableland Mill at Arriga crushed 850, 479 tonnes of cane during the 29-week season smashing the 2012 record by more than 100,000 tonnes (745, 356). The quality of the cane was also strong with the average CCS (Commercial Cane Sugar) – a measure of the amount of recoverable sugar in the cane. CCS came in at 14.02, well above the mill average of 13.5 but short of the 2011 record of 14.5. Productivity also hit record highs with farmers, on average, bringing in 108 tonnes of cane per hectare (tph), up from 104tph in 2012 and 91tph in 2011.

Tableland Canegrowers manager Bronwyn Dwyer said the strong season had been tempered by the late finish and softening prices for sugar. “Getting a pretty good CCS and a record crop is the good news but the flipside is that the price [for sugar] is down due to a world market surplus,” she said. The oversupply of sugar has seen the price collapse from about 24 cents (US) a pound in mid-2012 to 16 cents a pound. Mrs Dwyer said the record 29-week crush, which began on June 5 and finished on December 22, would hinder farmers’ ability to grow cane on paddocks that was cut late in the season. “The late finish will impact them [our growers],” Mrs Dwyer said. “Any of that late-cut crop if it wasn’t a plough-out [paddock] before than it will just about be now.” The record crop, combined with about 650

hours of lost time – a combination of scheduled and unscheduled mill stops – has also seen about 17,000 tonnes of cane left uncut. All of the stranded cane belongs to miller MSF. Tableland Mill general manager Phil Miskin said MSF had prioritised getting local growers’ cane off before their own. “The weather beat us in the end but we went to great pains to ensure all our other growers’ cane was taken off,” he said. Despite the cane remaining, Mr Miskin said the 2013 season had exceeded MSF’s expectations and also marked a milestone with the Tableland Mill producing its own sugar from about midway through the crush. “To have 850, 000 tonnes come through the mill is well and truly a good result and one that we are really happy with,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone for their efforts, from the growers to the harvesters, for

getting this huge crop off.” Tableland cane farmer Jason Salvetti, who has about 300 hectares of cane across a farm at Arriga and at Dimbulah, attributed the success of new cane varieties and extensive irrigation to the bumper crop. I put it down to the new varieties Q208 and KQ228. Both are yielding well over 100 tonnes per hectare,” he said. Mr Salvetti said older varieties of cane that had been prevalent on the Tableland 10 years ago had steadily been falling out of favour due to lower yields. Varieties such as the Q200 “that everyone had about 10 years ago” yielded about 90 tonnes per hectare this year while the Q120 yielded 85tph and the Q172 variety 106tph. The new varieties recorded tph yields in the high 120s to low 130s. Mr Salvetti said despite the softening price of sugar the record yield ensured that 2013 would be remembered as an excellent year.

Awards deadline extended NORTHERN AUTO E LECTRICAL By Ryan Groube

The Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) has extended the deadline for Australia Day Awards in the hope a late surge of nominations will prevent the event from turning into a fizzer. Council is seeking nominations across 11 categories but at close of business on January 9 – the day before the original deadline – 13 nominations had been received. Despite the poor numbers, council is confident the extended deadline of January 16 will see the number of nominations “increase exponentially” this week. MSC Mayor Tom Gilmore has issued an urgent call for nominations, saying it would be a shame if the first major event of the new council was not well supported. Mr Gilmore said there were huge numbers of “extraordinary” people across the shire whose selfless service to the community deserved recognition.

“With a new year and a fresh start for the Mareeba Shire, now is the time to acknowledge the people within our community who make a significant contribution or achievement,” he said. “It is amazing to me that people are so slow to nominate people within our community who do amazing and extraordinary things. For people to sit on their hands and think nominating these people is too hard would be a great shame.” The Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has also extended the deadline for its Australia Day Awards nominations until January 15. “These annual awards are a way to recognise those whose contributions have been truly exceptional,” TRC Mayor Rosa Lee Long said. For nomination forms for the respective councils visit www.msc.qld.gov.au or http://www.trc.qld.gov.au and follow the links.

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Firearms Seized in Mareeba By Boyd Robertson Mareeba police have seized a large quantity of firearms and explosives from two Mareeba properties as part of an ongoing investigation. On December 22, Police attended a rural property in the Mareeba area in relation to a disturbance. Police inquiries resulted in a searching  of the residence at the property and another rural dwelling. From the two addresses police allegedly recovered 15 rifles, 5 hand guns and a quantity of ammunition and gun powder. A 41-year-old Mareeba male was charged with unlawful possession of ten or more weapons, receiving tainted property, unlawful possession of explosives, storing ex-

plosives without authority and failing to store propellant powder in a secured area. He is scheduled to appear at the Mareeba Magistrates Court on January 20. An 18-year-old Mareeba woman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of explosives and receiving tainted property. She is scheduled to appear at the Mareeba Magistrates Court on February 3. Further details on the seizure are scarce but The Express understands that it forms part of an over-arching investigation and more police actions are to follow soon. Anyone with information that could help police with investigations is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 33 000.

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A huge colony of flying foxes roosting at Herberton has ticked off local residents but bat experts and the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) are saying everyone will have to tolerate the critters until they move on. The swarm of Little Red Flying Foxes, began to set up camp in trees along River Terrace in November 2013. It is now believed to contain hundreds of thousands of individual flying foxes. Resident Neville Johnson said the animals most likely relocated to the area after being moved on by the TRC from other parts of the Tableland in late 2013, and are damaging trees worse than Cyclone Yasi in addition to creating huge amounts of noise and foul smells. “The smell simply makes your eyes water and burns in your throat,” he said. “They’re breaking branches three or four inches thick - there was no damage like that when Yasi came through, not even close.” “When they all take off, the sky goes black – that’s how many of them there are.” Mr Neville said attempting to scare away the flying foxes, which has been the TRC’s response to complaints about the critters so far, would simply move the problem elsewhere. Instead he argues a large-scale cull would reduce the flying foxes’ population enough to solve the smell, noise

and vegetation damage problems. “In my experience shooting them simply means they die on the branch and begin to decompose, which doesn’t save anything,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out how to deal with them humanely. “One thing you could do would be string up big nets, catch large numbers of them, put them in a big tank and gas them, then burn the bodies afterward.” Director of the Tolga Bat Hospital Jenny McLean said complaints about the flying foxes were pointless considering the animals’ role in pollination. “There’s not a lot of smell from that colony and not even a lot of noise,” Ms McLean said. “If someone throws a stick at them they will fly around, of course, but mainly they will stay still and rest if not disturbed. “What those bats are doing is pollinating the flowering trees in the area, which is absolutely vital for these trees to reproduce.” TRC Mayor Rosa Lee Long said council wouldn’t be entertaining any ideas of moving on or culling the bats. “Dispersal activities are both expensive to ratepayers and time-consuming,” Cr Lee Long said. “Expert advice to council says that this species is highly nomadic and is expected to move on within the next few months. “State government regulations control how councils can respond to situations like this – local government powers do not extend to culling.”

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Hunt for Council CEO underway in Mareeba

Yungaburra dairy farmer Dennis Byrnes says he and the rest of the industry are facing harder and harder economic conditions thanks to cheap branded milk in the major supermarkets

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Decline of the dairy industry By Boyd Robertson The soon-approaching anniversary of the introduction of $1-per-litre milk by Coles has put the plight of Tableland dairy farmers back in the spotlight. Changing conditions – chiefly the deregulation of the milk industry in 2000 and the introduction of $1-per-litre milk in the price wars between the two major supermarkets – are slowly but surely draining the life from the southern Tableland’s biggest industry.  Dennis Byrnes’s family has raised dairy cows on the fertile hills of Yungaburra for 50 years, yet in the last decade he has seen the number of fellow dairy farmers on the Tableland drop from more than 200 to about 45.  He’s not sure that many will be left at all unless higher prices can be achieved for farmers’ milk.  “Before the year 2000 we were getting about 50 cents a litre for milk we produced here,” Mr Byrnes said.  “These days we’re getting about 47 cents a litre - that doesn’t sound like much but what you have to remember is that our input costs for things like feed, fertilizer, electricity and wages have pretty much doubled since then.” Before 2000, there was extensive regulation on the farmgate price and distribution of milk by the state governments, who also heavily assisted the industry. The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) lobbied the Howard Government for deregulation in 1999, resulting in the implementation of the Dairy Structural Adjustment Program (DSAP). The DSAP removed previous the previous production quotas and premiums, sending the farmgate price of table milk plummeting.

Within four years of deregulation, an estimated 2,500 dairy farmers had left the industry. When Coles Supermarkets began selling its own branded milk for $1 per litre on Australia Day 2012, it further damaged the already struggling Queensland dairy industry’s chances for recovery. “Dollar-a-litre milk will be the death of the dairy industry in Queensland, and probably in New South Wales too,” Mr Byrnes said. “We had 80 farmers leave the industry in 2013 and maybe five or six young farmers coming into the industry. “It’s got to the point where nobody can do any capital work, nobody can expand – everyone is just in survival mode.” Coles Merchandise Director John Durkan defended the selling of $1 per litre milk. “Our customers want fresh Australian milk for their families and they want to know that the price will remain affordable in the future,” he said. “Our job is to provide a quality product at a competitive price and at the same time ensure that the dairy industry supplying Coles is strong, innovative and customer focused. “Cole’s cooperative supply arrangement for Coles Brand milk offer dairy farmers greater price transparency.” Mr Byrnes said the only thing that will save the diary industry will be finding a viable export market in Asia or individual farmers trying to process and distribute their own milk. Mr Byrnes says it would be a great same to see the dairy industry pass from the southern Tableland. “We live in the perfect area for dairying up here – we’ve got the fertile soil and the rainfall, we’ve got everything needed, except the price for milk.”

The Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) has completed the interview process in the hunt for a full-time chief executive officer. Council received 43 applications for the position, whittling the candidates down to a short list of three. The three short-listed candidates were interviewed by a panel consisting of Mayor Tom Gilmore, acting chief executive Rod Ferguson and deputy mayor Jenny Jensen on January 8. All councillors were present during the interview process. “We interviewed three very high quality candidates and we hope to have a new CEO appointed in a timely manner,” MSC Mayor Tom Gilmore told The Express. Acting chief executive Rod Ferguson said council had been “very impressed

with the quality of the applicants”. Council is expected to make a formal offer for the position shortly but it

remains unclear when the new chief executive will begin work. The applications for the position came from across Australia.

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Cape York and Tablelands Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society celebrates its 40th birthday this year. The branch was formed in 1973 at a meeting of interested horsemen and women at King and Lorraine Ellis’s property at Emerald End, near Mareeba. The first classification of stock horses took place in July, 1974. The branch was originally know as the Far North Queensland branch but underwent a name change in 1989 to recognise its members from Cape York. Today the branch holds an annual youth camp, campdrafts and a stock horse challenge at Kerribee Park, Mareeba. A weekend of activities is planned from 1-4 May at Kerribee Park to celebrate the group’s milestone. Founding member Colleen Taylor is putting together a history of the branch and is looking to record memories from past and present members. “The branch has been immensely popular with horse men and women over the years who ride Australian Stock Horses in various disciplines including campdraft, hack, showjumping and pony club,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I’m interested in hearing from those who have been associated with the branch, as a stockhorse breeder, competitor or supporter. “I am looking for details of members and studs, histories on registered stock horses, achievements in various disciplines and also copies of any old photos or newspaper clippings.” Mrs Taylor hopes to launch the book during the weekend of celebrations which will include a meet and greet dinner dance, full campdraft program and a presentation parade of founding members. Further details about the celebrations will be made available closer to the date.

Agricultural hub proposed Queenslanders can have their say on the draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement of a proposed new agricultural hub in North Queensland. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney welcomed the release by the Coordinator General of the draft terms of reference, saying it was the first step in a rigorous environmental assessment process for the potential Etheridge Integrated Agricultural Project. “I encourage interested parties to comment during this process which will examine the potential environmental, economic and social impacts and opportunities of a proposed agricultural hub west of Georgetown,” Mr Seeney said. “The environmental impact state-

ment process should not be construed as the green light for the project to proceed – it is just the first step in what will be a lengthy and rigorous assessment of the proposed project. “The proposal includes 240,000 hectares of grazing land, 65,000 hectares of cropping land, 18,000 hectares for water storage, and 2,000 hectares of infrastructure. “It is proposed the enterprise will produce sugar and guar beans for Asian markets. Longer term plans include a potential sugar mill, meat processing plant, aquaculture operation and alternative energy facilities.” Mr Seeney said members of the community can comment on the environmental impact statement’s draft terms of reference until Monday 10 February 2014. The Coordinator General will then thoroughly review the terms of reference and release the final version for the proponent to address in its environmental impact statement. The proposed integrated agricultural project was declared a coordinated project on 23 December 2013. The Etheridge Integrated Agricultural Project’s environmental impact statement draft terms of reference can be viewed online at www.dsdip.qld. gov.au/etheridge-project The document is also available at the Georgetown Library, Forsayth Library and the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane. Submissions on the drat terms of reference should be emailed to etheridge-project@coordinatorgeneral. qld.gov.au or posted to the Coordinator General, c/ EIS project manager—

Etheridge Integrated Agricultural Project, Coordinated Project Delivery, PO Box 15517, City East Qld 4002 Minister warns of phone scam Queenslanders are being warned about a new phone scam that’s surfaced in Brisbane. Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle said residents in the Aspley area had received calls from scammers claiming to be from the Queensland Government’s ‘renewable energy team’. The scammers lure people with the offer of a $2,000 solar rebate and request the homeowner’s bank details. “This is a scam. The Queensland Government makes no direct payments to residents under the solar rebate scheme,” Mr McArdle said. “The best way to beat the scammers is for people to not be drawn into a conversation and immediately hang up if they receive a phone call like this. “They should also report the call to the Office of Fair Trading on its hotline number – 13 74 68. “The old adage that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is, certainly applies in this case. “Payments would only be made to a consumer by an electricity retailer – not the Government – if electricity is generated above and beyond a household’s electricity use. “Never give your bank details to anyone you don´t know and trust.” Details on the Queensland Government’s Solar Bonus scheme are available at www.dews.qld.gov.au while tips to protect consumers against fraud are

available at www.fairtrading.qld.gov. au/protect-yourself-against-consumerfraud Scam reports can be made by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or visiting www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au Get sun smart this summer Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has urged all Queenslanders to commit to sun safety and skin protection in 2014 to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. “Tragically, skin cancer claims more than 365 lives each year in Queensland – one life every single day. Yet it is preventable,” Mr Springborg said. “Sun exposure is responsible for 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancer and 96 per cent of melanoma, yet the message still isn’t getting through. “The UV index is three or more every day of the year in our state and it is vitally important Queenslanders protect themselves in the sun. “The Newman Government has taken steps to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer by banning UV tanning beds, but only you can protect yourself from the sun. You can protect yourself from UV radiation by: 1. Seeking shade when possible 2. Wearing sun safe clothing 3. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat 4. Wearing sunglasses to protect eyes 5. Applying SPF 30+ or higher broad spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.

Christmas giveaway aids community groups

MAREEBA: Elizabeth Bolst was the lucky winner in Mareeba after shopping at the Graeme Shoe Store. Pictured with Mareeba branch Manager Stephen Gear and Angie Brignolo from the Graeme Shoe Store. The Mareeba Autism Group was the chosen charity to receive $500.00.

ATHERTON: Winner Patricia Pollock nominated the North Qld Riding for the Disabled and is pictured handing over the $500 cheque to club members Sheena Ferguson and Rhys Hollo-Russell. Inset, Patricia with Anne-Maree of Los Colores, where she lodged her winning entry form.

KURANDA: Kuranda branch Manager Leonie Durrant pictured above with Hope Pulis, owner of the Kuranda Fudge Bar, and Lance Starr who shopped at the Kuranda Fudge Bar and won. Kuranda Rotary was the chosen charity who will use the money for their immunisation program.

RAVENSHOE: Pictured is Nadine Brooks from Ravenshoe Meals on Wheels, the community group nominated to receive $500 by lucky winner Chad Hodgins. Chad receiving his $500 from Ravenshoe-Gulf Country Community Bank ® chair Christine Hill and Edgar Grigg from Ravenshoe Highland Bakery where Chad lodged his winning entry.

DIMBULAH: Sage Forrest-Smith was the lucky winner in Dimbulah and is pictured with community bank ® director Frank De Iacovo, Glenda DeLai, owner of G & G DeLai Pty Ltd, where the winning entry form was completed, and members of the Dimbulah Horse and Pony Club who were the chosen community group in Dimbulah to receive $500.00.

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MALANDA: Larissa Cruck was the lucky winner from Malanda and nominated the Majestic Theatre Youth Program to receive $500.00. Malanda branch staff member Lydia Purdy is pictured outside the theatre in Malanda.

Six community groups in Far North Queensland have received a $500 donation thanks to a special Bendigo Bank Christmas campaign. The campaign rewarded six lucky shoppers who each received a $500 bank account as well as being able to make a $500 donation to a community group of their choice. Bendigo Bank Regional Manager Tony Jensen said the aim of the competition was to show the connection between buying local and supporting the local community. “We wanted to encourage shoppers across six different communities – Ravenshoe, Malanda, Mareeba, Dimbulah, Kuranda and Atherton – to buy local this Christmas and watch how their community benefits,” Mr Jensen said. “Not only does buying local have an enormous economic flow on effect in their town, but by filling in a simple form while they shopped, shoppers were also eligible to go into the $500 prize draw.” More than 60 local businesses took part in the campaign and over 2500 entries were submitted over the four weeks of the campaign. The lucky winners for each district included: • Chad Hodgins, Ravenshoe: Nominated Meals on Wheels • Larissa Cruck, Malanda: Nominated Majestic Theatre Youth Program • Elizabeth Bulst, Mareeba: Nominated Mareeba Autism Support Group • Sage Forrest-Smith, Dimbulah: Nominated Dimbulah Horse & Pony Club • Lance Starr, Kuranda: Nominated Rotary Immunisation program • Patricia Pollock, Atherton: Nominated Nth Qld Riding for the Disabled Mr Jensen said buying local was something Bendigo Bank supported year round. “That’s why at your local Bendigo Bank, your day-to-day banking can help support your local community through grants and sponsorship. “We believe that successful businesses and successful communities are intertwined. “Shopping for goods and services locally helps keep money in your community and benefitting the local region.”

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Who should pay for $1.3m TRC office? By Ryan Groube Local Government Minister David Crisafulli has confirmed he has been asked to make a final ruling on who pays for the Tablelands Regional Council’s (TRC) new offices in Atherton. The de-amalgamation transfer committee – TRC chief executive Ian Church and acting Mareeba Shire Council chief executive Rod Ferguson – have been at loggerheads about who should foot the bill for the $1.3 million offices in Mabel Street. In November, 2013, the TRC finalised the purchase of office space at 51 Mabel Street citing a need for additional space for staff as a result of the de-amalgamation. The TRC are arguing that because the extra space was required as a result of the split of councils, Mareeba Shire ratepayers should be called upon to pay a share of the cost. Mr Ferguson has repeatedly said he doesn’t view the purchase as a de-

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amalgamation expense. The impasse has seen the matter elevated to the Minister who said he will make a decision on the matter shortly. “I want to assure people that a decision will be made soon that is fair and reasonable,” Mr Crisafulli said. Mr Crisafulli said throughout the deamalgamation process for the TRC, the purchase of the building had been the only matter he had been asked to rule on. “The fact that this is the only matter not able to be resolved during the entire transfer process is a testament to the respect and goodwill shown by both the Tablelands Regional Council and the Mareeba transfer team,” he said. Mr Crisafulli’s decision will be final and there will be no right to appeal. The Express understands that it is unlikely MSC ratepayers will be asked to pay the entire $1.3 million but may be asked to contribute a portion of the price. The Mabel Street offices are already been used by TRC staff.

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Celebrate grand opening with Marama’s new owners EVERYONE will recognise these two familiar faces when they walk into Marama Jewellery on Monday. Kim and Rahime have been a part of the Marama Jewellery team for many years and are now the new owners of the long established and reputable jewellery store in Mareeba. With a love of jewellery and a passion for helping you find the perfect piece of jewellery, Kim and Rahime are committed to quality and providing Mareeba and districts with the finest and most up to date jewellery available. Five exclusive and never before seen jewellery lines will be released on Monday and the store will be stocked with the very latest designs from Swarovski, Nomination, ICE Watches, Story, Pandora and heaps more. New and exquisite diamond rings, pink diamond rings and 18ct Italian gold jewellery will also be available. All repairs, engraving, warranties, battery replacements and consultations are also available. Kim and Rahime wish to thank their wonderful family for their continued support and look forward to welcoming all new and old customers to Marama Jewellery well into the future. Everyone is welcome to the grand opening day celebrations this Monday January 20, from 9am. Receive a free gift bag and voucher on arrival, plus a free gift valued at $50 when you spend $100 or more in store. Marama Jewellery, located inside the Post office centre, Byrnes Street, Mareeba. Phone 4092 2046.

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Community Celebrations

Natalia Esposito was the winner of the Mareeba Post Office Centre christmas colouring in competition for her age group. Natalia is pictured above receiving her prize from Annette Morrison at Vincenzos Coffee Lounge.

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Thinking of joining a service club. Give Lions two hands and become part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. Phone the membership director Gilbert today. Although membership of Lions is by invitation you are invited to enquire about joining this great international humanitarian organisation. It is not hard to become a Lion. Winners are grinners. The lucky winners of the 2013 Christmas raffle have been announced and published. Thank you to all the donors who make the raffle such a local institution, and thank you to all who support it every year by buying the tickets. John, Delsi and Gary DeLai and the Mareeba Lioness also receive a great big vote of thanks for the ongoing commitment to selling the raffle tickets. Thank you one and all, and we will see you again when the raffle comes around again this year. Another Lions Club has been added to the 46,000 already in existence around the world. The Bulwai Cultural Heritage Lions Club of Kuranda was officially presented with its Charter on 7th December. This Club has some exciting ideas for teaching and pre-

serving cultural heritage in the Kuranda area. Welcome aboard President Willie Brim and all charter members. Mareeba Lions and Lioness Clubs recently hosted a free Seniors Silver screen movie and lunch. From all accounts the 75 seniors who attended enjoyed the movie and the lunch provided. Watch this space as hopefully we will do it all again next year. Lions are truly everywhere, and do everything when it comes to service. In Ethiopia with our partners, we are making a real difference in areas that need vaccinations most. That is why we have committed to raising US$30 million for measles by 2017. Those funds will help save millions of lives. Everything our Foundation does, it does for people in need. From measles vaccinations to disaster relief and everything in between Lions are committed to improving health. With 347 million people in the world who are diabetic, Lions' work to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes as a public health concern is more important than ever. Diabetes is a chronic health disease. If undetected or untreated, diabetes can cause

kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and nerve damage, including diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes that can lead to blindness. It can even cause death. Through the LCIF Core 4 Diabetes program, multi-year grants are awarded to largescale Lions' efforts to support diabetes education, prevention and treatment programs. LCIF has supported Lions' diabetes initiatives in Turkey, France, Benin, Korea, the United States and many other countries. You can learn more about diabetes from the World Health Organization. Fellowship, Good times, Meeting people, Building lasting friendships, Service to the community, Learning new skills, Leadership and personal development - these are some of the reasons we are the Lions. If you want to be part of this great humanitarian organisation contact membership chairman Gilbert Teitzel on 4092 8066. Lions meet in Mareeba at the Mareeba RSL at 6.30 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Check us out at http:// mareeba.qld.lions.org.au

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RISING SUN MOVIE NEWS

With three new flicks coming to the Rising Sun this week, there is sure to be something for everyone . Action lovers will be exhilarated by the effects and action in Keanu Reeves new film 47 RONIN, while there is laughter galore in ANCHORMAN 2 - THE LEGEND CONTINUES. Ben Stiller stars in the lovely family film THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, which is PG rated and top entertainment for the whole family. The delightful animation FREEBIRDS is into its second great week, and is real ‘feel good’ family entertainment for young and old. If you haven't seen FROZEN or THE HOBBIT 2, today is your last opportunity to see either of these huge blockbusters. Finally a reminder about a great SHREK theme night for the whole family on Saturday, January 18. It'll be a superb family night out with a barbecue starting at 5pm and the movie at 7.15pm, plus dancing and music afterwards. All this at a really budget friendly family price. As there is limited seating, make your bookings at the RSL Club as soon as possible so that you don't miss out on all the fun.

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ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk, as are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - none of whom will make it easy to stay classy... while taking the nation's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Review by Louise Keller: For the many who get excited by the Will Ferrell brand of absurdist, satirical humour, this Anchorman sequel gift wraps plenty of crazy ideas, slapstick and occasional hilarity. It soars when it's hot and bums out when it's not; its celebrity cast adding salt and pepper to the action and pricking our interest when we think things are becoming a little forced. Like the 2004

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original, former Saturday Night Live writer Adam McKay is back in the director's chair and the script (by McKay and Ferrell) is a roller coaster ride of highlights and troughs as it spits out political incorrectness and mercilessly targets the 24/7 news cycle, which back in the 80s was nothing but a wild idea. The sheer novelty of all the star cameos brings its own dynamic - the climactic sequence in which the stars pour out (Jim Carey, Marion Cotillard, Vince Vaughn, Tina Fey, Will Smith, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson and more) is a tour de force of sheer madness. The audience at the preview laughed loudly and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the action.

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. Starring Keanu Reeves in an absolute stunner of an action movie, with spectacular effects.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

The day-dreaming Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) escapes his dull, anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job is at risk, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have imagined.

HOLIDAY MOVIES THE HOBBIT DOS (M): WED 15th JAN - 10.00am, 7pm FROZEN (PG): WED 15th JAN - 3pm 47 RONIN (M) SUN 19th: 6.15pm THURS 16th: MON 20th: 12.30pm, 9.30pm 12.30pm, 9.15pm FRI 17th: 2.45pm TUES 21st: SAT 18th: 10.30am 10.30am, 9.15pm THE SECRET FRI 17th: 7pm LIFE OF SAT 18th: 2.45pm WALTER SUN 19th: 11.45am MITTY (PG) MON 20th: 2.45pm THURS 16th: 5pm TUES 21st: 2.45pm, FRI 17th: 10.30am TUES 21st: 7pm SHREK THEME NIGHT (PG) SAT 18th at 5pm ANCHORMAN 2 (M) SAT 18th: 5pm THURS 16th: 7.15pm SUN 19th: 4pm FRI 17th: 9.15pm MON 20th: 7pm SAT 18th: 12.45pm FREEBIRDS (G) SUN 19th: 2pm WED 15th: 1pm, 5pm THURS 16th: 10.30am, 2.45pm MON 20th 10.30am, 5pm FRI 17th: 12.45pm, 5pm TUES 21st: 12.45pm, 5pm

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

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Beware of fires caused by lightning Keith Howe witnessed the start of a lightning-struck fire on a neighbour’s property during a thunderstorm on January 4 and snapped the blaze on his phone camera (inset) Mareeba firefighters are warning residents to be mindful of fires started by lightning strikes after extinguishing two blazes sparked during a recent thunderstorm. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) were called out from the Mareeba station to a fire in bushland near Carmen Road and then to a blaze on a rural property on Ray Road on the afternoon of January 4. The Carmen Road fire destroyed about 20 acres of bushland but was contained with backburning and petered out, while the Ray Road fire was extinguished using

water supplies in the QFES attack vehicles. Both fires were started by lightning strike. The beginning of the Ray Road fire was witnessed by neighbouring property owner Keith Howe, who heard the lightning strike and saw the initial blaze begin about 200 metres from the properties’ diving fence line. “We were sitting on the back porch watching the storm and heard a very close strike – it was incredibly loud,” Mr Howe said. “Then we looked over and saw the flames starting up - we were worried it might reach some trees that lead to our

property but the firies got there pretty quickly and dealt with it. “We were lucky but it was still a good bit of excitement for a few minutes.” Acting Station Officer Darryl Chaplain led the response to both fires and said it was important for landowners to be wary of lightning fires. “There was actually little rain during the thunderstorm and the lightning strikes were coming down off the edge of its front,” he said. “The high heat and the low humidity combined with the fuel available to the fire on the ground meant it got

underway immediately once the strike happened. “It’s landowner responsibility to maintain firebreaks and have adequate firefighting equipment on a farm or property like a water tank and pump – if this weather continues there is every possibility that we will see more fires of this type.” The continued hot dry weather means QFES’s Operation Xavier, which designates a period of high fire risk, has been extended to the end of January after its end-date was already pushed from the end of November to the end of December 2013.

Need a good plumber? Call Brenton Langley today When is comes to all things plumbing – Brenton Langley Plumbing is the name to remember. A fully qualified plumber with more than nine years in the industry, Brenton offers all plumbing services for industrial, commercial and domestic needs and services the Mareeba, Tablelands and western areas. Services include all your general plumbing requirements plus hot water systems, solar hot water, heat pumps, roofing repairs, kitchen alterations, environment savers, storm water and sewerage, pumps and irrigation and more. From renovations and repairs to a new home or building, Brenton Langley Plumbing is the name to trust. Brenton also operates an emergency 24/7 plumbing service – so if disaster strikes you can be assured the plumber is just a phone call away. Brenton is up to date with all the latest industry trends – quality workmanship and prompt service is guaranteed. everyone needs a good plumber – so day or night, the name to remember for all your plumbing services is Brenton Langley Plumbing. Phone 0437 724 764 or email bj_langley@hotmail.com

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It’s time for new school uniforms WITH less than two weeks to go until the start of the new school year – now is the time to spruce the kids up with their new 2014 school uniforms and accessories. Whether it’s your child’s very first school uniform, or just time for some new ones, Color Studio in Mareeba has all your school uniform needs covered and they have the expertise and knowledge to match. Color Studio stocks all the latest school uniforms for Mareeba State High, St Thomas's and St Stephens schools in one great location at their Ray Road premises. From shorts and skirts, to polo's and hats, Color Studio has it all in every size. Noela Matthews has been fitting school children with comfortable and affordable school uniforms for more than 11 years and knows how to fit your child correctly, as well as allowing room for growth. Color Studio are also you local stockist of promotional items, corporate uniforms, work wear, screen printing and embroidery services. Color Studio now also stocks HI-Vis work wear for kids and toddlers – so they can now look just like Dad. Don't leave it to the last minute - get the kids ready for school today. Color Studio is located at 151 Ray Road, Mareeba. Open 5 days a week, phone Noela on 4092 6777.

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The new school year for 2014 is just about to start, so now is the time to make sure you and the kids are ready. With more than 100 years of combined experience in office products, stationary and printing, what the team at O’Donnells Office Power doesn’t know about back-to-school products and students requirements, just isn’t worth knowing.

The experienced staff, headed by Joy Malone who has been with the business for more than 40 years, are here to help with all your back-to-school needs for the coming school year. There are lots of no name, cheap generic brands flooding the market from some of the larger national retailers. Markers with greatly reduced ink capacity, display books with inferior plastic sleeves that can progressively lift the text of a page etc, etc, etc. At O’Donnells Office Power we only stock and supply proven branded products, generally specified by the schools, which we know from experience will last the distance and do the job required. Competitive prices, large range, brand name products, experienced staff, local knowledge, a chance to win a student desk worth $395.00 and a rebate back to your schools P&C – Seven great reasons to get your 2014 back-to-school needs from O’Donnells Office Power. Drop in, fax or email your list to us, or help yourself to our large range and experienced advice.

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St Stephen’s Catholic College

Starting Dates for 2014 Tuesday 28 January (Years 8 and 12) Wednesday 29 January (All year levels)

Enrolments for Years 7 and 8 in 2015 Enrolments for years 7 and 8 in 2015 close on 31 March 2014. Contact the college on 4068 2500 before this deadline to arrange an interview appointment.

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Perfectly fitted shoes for school

THE Graeme Shoe Store is Mareeba’s trusted shoe shop. The long established and reputable store has been fitting generations of families for more than 22 years and is home to top-quality shoes. You can be guaranteed the right fit every time. Putting your child in the right shoes during their school years is as vital as their education. Correctly fitted shoes allow for healthy foot development for your child in their 12 years at school. Incorrectly fitted shoes can have a serious impact on their feet for years. You don’t just want to settle for any school shoe, you want a long lasting quality product that will give your child’s feet support and comfort. Victor and Angie (pictured) at the Grae-

me Shoe Store know that every child’s feet grow throughout the year and so it is important to choose a shoe that will allow for growth. A shoe that is too tight will not last the school term or year. When purchasing a pair of shoes at the Graeme Shoe Store your child’s feet will be measured to find the correct size and shoe type. This allows for every parent to purchase a pair of shoes that suit the budget and are the best possible quality and fit. If shoes are what you are in need of, come and visit the Graeme Shoe Store today and get your child off to school in

the best pair of shoes possible. While you are there you can also check out the large range of school bags in store. There is a large variety of school bags for all ages and requirements from large to small and for boys and girls. For shoes, bags, socks and more come to the Graeme Shoe Store for expert advice and the right fit. The Graeme Shoe Store is located at 127-129 Byrnes Street, Mareeba. Phone 4092 1551 or drop by Monday to Saturday.

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ENROLMENTS BEING TAKEN FOR 2014 COME AND TRY YOUR FIRST LESSON FOR FREE!! Classes commence Monday 3rd February, 2014

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Welcome to C&K Mareeba Community Kindergarten, where prioritising your precious children is at the heart of what we do. We are proud to have been at the forefront of early childhood education and care in Mareeba since 1969. With two great centres, we now taking enrolments for 2014 & beyond.

KINDERGARTEN 4-5 year olds

PRE-KINDY 3-4 year olds

 Qualified Early Childhood trained Teachers  Qualified Assistants  Nationally recognised curriculum - C&K Building Waterfalls  Small group sizes  QKFS and Health Care Card Rebates Available  Excellant State of the Art Facilities

Starting Term 2, 2014  Qualified Early Childhood trained Teachers  Qualified Assistants  Nationally recognised curriculum - C&K Building Waterfalls  Small group sizes  Brand new facility

PLAYGROUP 1-3 year olds  Qualified Teacher  Group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays  Gold coin donation only  Brand new facility  Fun while learning for all children

WHERE CHILDREN COME FIRST For enrolments & more information contact: C&K Mareeba Community Kindergarten Stewart Street, Mareeba Sutherland Street, Mareeba Phone: 4092 2559 www.theexpressnewspaper.com.au

ENROL

TODAY!

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Expresso 

Your Weekly Horoscopes

Aries

Wednesday 15th

March 21 to Apr 20

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

Taurus

Max 30o Min 21o Tide Times 0233 0.67 0916 2.82 1511 1.27 2043 2.16

Thursday 16th

Friday 17th

Max 32o Min 21o

Max 29o Min 22o

Tide Times 0258 0.71 0940 2.79 1536 1.30 2104 2.14

sudoku

Tide Times 0321 0.78 1001 2.73 1601 1.34 2126 2.11

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 18th

Sunday 19th

Monday 20th

Tide Times 0345 0.87 1023 2.66 1628 1.37 2154 2.06

Tide Times 0411 0.99 1049 2.58 1658 1.41 2227 1.99

Tide Times 0441 1.15 1117 2.46 1735 1.45 2306 1.89

Max 28o Min 22o

Tuesday 21st

Max 28o Min 22o

Max 29o Min 24o Tide Times 0515 1.32 1151 2.33 1819 1.48

Mexican Chicken Ingredients 1 large onion 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/4 cups chicken broth 1 cup salsa 1 cup uncooked long grain rice 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 4 chicken breast 1 cup shredded cheese

April 21 to May 21

Method 1. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until golden and tender. 2. Add chicken and brown lightly on both sides. 3. Remove the chicken and cover with aluminium foil to keep warm. 4. Add chicken broth and salsa to the skillet. 5. Bring to boil. 6. Carefully stir in rice and garlic powder. 7.Place browned chicken on top of the rice mixture. 8. Cover and simmer for 10 minutess. 9. Turn the chicken over and then simmer for 10 minutes longer. 10. Remove from heat. 11. Sprinkle with cheese and cover. 12. Let stand for approximately 5 minutes.

May 22 to June 21

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

Cancer

Max 30o Min 23o

Boyd’s comic relief

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

Gemini

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

June 22 to July 22

WORD SEARCH Tennis

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

like us on Facebook AND join the 2,986 that already have!! As of this week, The Express Newspaper will be printing the current edition’s puzzle solutions upside down.

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

Virgo

Aug 23 - Sept 23

Libra

Sept 24 to Oct 23

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

C R O S S

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

Scorpio

Oct 24 to Nov 22

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

Sagittarius

Nov 23 to Dec 21

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

Capricorn

Ace

Deuce

Hard Court Net

Advantage

Doubles

In

Set

Ball Boy

Fault

Let

Smash

Break

Forehand

Love

Tennis

Clay

Grass

Match

Wimbledon

Dec 22 to Jan 20

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

Aquarius

Jan 21 to Feb 19

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

Pisces

WORD

Puzzle solutions 8th January 2014

Feb 20 to March 20

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

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ACROSS 7. Cause severe and extensive damage to. 8. The provincial capital of Veneto. 9. Absence of difficulty or effort 10. An end of a road or passage from which no exit is possible. 11. A person who is continually moving from place to place, without any fixed home or job. 13. A strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, used to fasten, secure, or carry something. 15. The dead body of a human being preserved by the ancient Egyptian process. 16. To cut a solid material so as to form something. 18. Extremely irritable or easily angered. 19. To utter a loud, deep cry or howl. 21. A student who stays away from school without permission.

22. The digit 0. DOWN 1. One’s father. 2. The male head of a family or household. 3. A set of headphones, typically with a microphone attached. 4. Of or pertaining to birds. 5. Adapted to feeding on insects. 6. Rainfall made so acidic by atmospheric pollution that it causes environmental harm 12. Dry something roughly or imperfectly. 14. Beginning to exist or develop. 17. Make a speech, especially pompously or at length. 20. A continuous or prolonged dull pain in a part of one’s body.

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

Renovated Air-conditioning Floorboards Fully fenced Shed

Great starter for your to live in, or invest in future gain THIS affordable renovated timber fi- Contact Mareeba Real Estate bro home has three bedrooms with Agencies at 7 Hort Street, Mareewardrobes, a modern kitchen, pol- ba. Phone 4092 1556 or 0427 ished timber floors, air-conditioning/ 153 868/0428 121 520. Email: fans, one bathroom and one toilet, mrea4880@qld.chariot.net.au a covered large entertainment/bar area and Address: Mareeba parking, all on a fenced Price: $240,000 NEG 2 792m corner allotment Inspect: By Appointment in Mareeba. Agent: Mareeba Real Priced at Estate Agencies $240,000.00 negotiable Contact: 4092 1556 (see website H251)

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PROPERTY If you are a first home buyer, or searching for an investment property, then take a closer look at this! Located close to Mareeba's CBD, schools and sporting facilities, this home is surprisingly large, with four bedrooms, or three plus an office on fully fenced 756m2 allotment. Beautiful polished timber floors are throughout this home, which has an open plan design and plenty of natural light. The kitchen is huge, with plenty of cupboard and bench space, cork flooring, double s/steel sink, tiled splashback, pantry and an electric stove/oven/grill combo with a rangehood. The dining room opens onto the massive lounge room and adjoining kitchen, all of which display raked ceilings. Two of the three main bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the master bedroom also has airconditioning. The bathroom is fully tiled, with a separate shower and tub. A double garage/carport is also used as an entertaining area, with a roller door and lattice for privacy. This property also has a small garden shed at the back. Features are... • Close to town, schools and sporting facilities • 3 bedrooms (2 with built-ins) plus office • Large master bedroom with air-conditioning

• Polished timber floors, fans & raked ceilings to the whole house • Huge kitchen with plenty of cupboard & bench space, cork flooring, pantry, double sink & tiled splashback • Fully tiled bathroom with shower & separate tub • Good size dining room, open to massive lounge room • Double garage/carport with roller door (used for entertaining) • Fully fenced 756m2 allotment • Small garden shed

Just some TLC required

To arrange a private inspection, please contact EXCLUSIVE AGENT Remo Esposito of Sibi Girgenti Real Estate today. Phone 4092 5566 0401 969 473. www.girgentigroup.com Address: Price: Agent: Contact:

Swan Street, Mareeba $240,000 NEG EXCLUSIVE Remo Esposito Sibi Girgenti Real Estate 0401 969 473 or 4092 5566

One acre corner block in great area MAREEBA REAL ESTATE AGENCIES WELL BUILT HOME IN ATHERTON

• MODERN 3 BEDROOM CLAY BRICK & STEEL FRAME HOME • BUILT-INS • DOUBLE CARPORT • OPEN PLAN LIVING AREA • VINYL FLOOR COVER & CARPETS • GARDEN SHED & GREEN HOUSE • 995M2 ALLOTMENT

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

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REALTY MAREEBA 4092 4100

Beautiful Rural Setting Close to Town & Schools Bore on each block Town Water Good Drainage Great Soil

LAND STARTS AT $140,000

ALTITUDE

REALTY MAREEBA

Create your dream home on this it as a chook pen and have your own one acre corner block which is ¾ fresh eggs everyday. fenced and situated only minutes This property is just waiting for away from all the town amenities. you to put your stamp on it with esAll the hard work has been done tablished trees the only thing left to do with an established 7m x 16 m shed is build the dream home you have so - (7m x 10m lock up and 7m x 6 m long wanted. open) along with an additional 3m x 3m shed. Contact Norma Moloney today on Power and water have been con- 0417 541 126 for an inspection. nected to the main shed Address: MAREEBA also there is a laundry Price: $195,000 NEG tub and 50 litre hot waAgent: Norma Moloney ter system fitted inside. Ray White Rural Mareeba There is also an Contact: 0417 541 126 added bonus of a dog enclosure or maybe use

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107-111 BYRNES ST

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Shed and land Here we have a half-acre parcel of block. Added to the sale there could land in the Mareeba Industrial Park be 30 cubic meters of Furniture Grade with a shed already built. timber. It can accommodate all types of activities. Centrally located with an all Contact Elizabeth Bors on 40 924 weather road access. It is relatively 100 or 0437 921 648. Visit www.alticlose to both rail and transport depots. tuderealtymareeba.com.au Current owner would consider renting back for a few months while Address: Mareeba Industrial Park relocating. Price: $450,000 He will also Inspect: By appointment look at taking a Agent: Elizabeth Bors @ Altitude Realty Mareeba trade in a form Contact: 0437 921 648 or 4092 4100 of a vacant

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PROPERTY

Yarrabee... the countdown begins Works on Yarrabee are under way! Lots will be ready to build on soon. Stunning unique residential opportunity – Yarrabee consists of 27 lots, ranging in size from 839m2 up to 1891m2, with 14 of the lots featuring a beautiful bush backdrop. Already in demand, five lots have been sold, two are on hold, with the remaining lots available for sale ‘off the plan’. Don’t miss this opportunity, these blocks are unique and will not last for long. Secure your lifestyle up-grade today and choose the block you most desire. Lots seven to 20 have the enviable asset of natural bush land and gully behind, with no close back neighbours. Imagine relaxing on your back patio, with a coffee in hand, with the company of the birds and the feeling of being far away from town, yet only minutes away. Add to the equation constant north easterly

Resort style living

breezes, and lovely views of the surrounding mountainside and a charming cul-de-sac with no through traffic. To inspect, request a detailed plan, copy of the covenants or more information drop into our display home/sales office at 31 Amaroo Drive, Amaroo. 10am-3pm Wednesday to Sunday, or any time by appointment. Contact Debbie on 0409 321 920 or visit us on the web at www.amarooparkestate.com.au

$349,000 NEG

$349,500 NEG

DOWN BY THE RIVER!

IMMACULATE 3 YEAR OLD HOME!

1 River Drive, MBA

15 Leinster Drive, MBA

 4 BRM concrete block home  Master bedroom with walk-through robe & ensuite  Air-conditioning  Tiled, open plan living  Modern, large kitchen  Large outdoor entertaining area with servery  884m2 fenced allotment  Backing onto the Barron River

 Built by Cougar Homes  3yrs old  3 BRMS, built-in robes, ensuite  Fully tiled, security screens  Air-conditioning  Open plan living  Great private rear patio  Landscaped & irrigated  981m2 allotment  Quiet neighbourhood

Vince Costas 0419 926 691

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You will feel like you are living at a deck and the main bathroom located resort all the time when you move within the second wing. The home is fully air-conditioned into this executive style four bedroom residence in a new subdivision on the throughout and features a neutral colour scheme, hardwood flooring, qualiAtherton side of Mareeba. Only two years old the home has ty stainless steel fittings and crim-safe been carefully designed to accom- security screening. There is also solar modate the needs of the growing fam- power and hot water to help keep your ily and the tropical tablelands climate power bill down. with a seamless blend of indoor outAll this and more is set upon half door living. The home is divided into an acre (2010m2) which is fully privatwo wings which are separated by a cy fenced and has a rainwater tank for large breezeway/entertainment deck. irrigating the lawns and gardens and The main wing features a kitchen fit a new 6m x 4m Colourbond powered for a master chef with loads of bench shed. and cupboard space, freestanding gas oven, range hood, dishwasher, For further information or to arstone bench tops and breakfast bar. range an inspection, please conThe master bedroom flows of the tact EXCLUSIVE AGENT Sophie open plan living area and has access Bozzo on 0428 128 154 or Mareeba onto the deck, a WIR and tastefully Property Office on 4092 1355. decorated ensuite with double shower heads and vanities and floor to ceiling tiles. Address: MAREEBA There are three bedPrice: $430,000 NEG rooms, all which have Agent: Sophie Bozzo built-in robes and two Mareeba Property Office with access onto the Contact: 0428 128 154 or 4092 1355

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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

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

Glazier

F

H I

Irrigation

M

Machinery - Truck Hire Massage Therapy Motor Mechanic

N

Nurseries

P

Pasture Seeds

Photography Plumbing Pool Maintenance Promotion/Marketing

T

Security Skip Bins Steel Fabrication

Venue Hire

S

CONSTRUCTION

BRICK LAYING

Transport Travel Tree Lopping

V

ELECTRICAL

MAREEBA BLOCK & BRICK LAYING

Authorised Fujitsu Service Agent

CONTACT ROD: 0419 550 767 Shop 4, 276 Byrnes St, Mareeba • PO Box 1034 Mareeba 4880

P: 4092 3019

M: 0409 648 403 • F: 4092 1629

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

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

Butcher

Daniel Battistin

www.girgentigroup.com ~ 4092 5566 BSA no. 1218243

CURTAINS & BLINDS

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

CHILDCARE & KINDERGARTEN

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

Mobile 0448 856 187 Phone: 4092 6203 • Fax: 4092 5723 email: dobattistin@msn.com 145 Hastie Road, Mareeba Qld/ 4880

Custom Made

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

CURTAINS & BLINDS

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

Plus we sell...

Tracks > Rods > Accessories

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

96 James Street,Curtains Mareeba Competitive & Furnishings

Call Ross Malfitana Mobile: 0429 898 657

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

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

96 James Street, Mareeba

For Alterations to Clothing & Curtains Phone Liz 4092 6619

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

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

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

ATHERTON CAR ELECTRICS

“ACE IT EVERYTIME” SPECIALISTS IN:

Do it right the first time!

Early Learning • Kindergarten • Outside School & Vacation Care

CLEANING SERVICES

AUTO ELECTRICIAN

EARTHMOVING

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

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

65 Tolga Rd, Atherton • athcarelectrics@bigpond.com

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

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

Servicing

ALL Areas!

CONCRETING

Mobile: 0419 709 522

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL

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

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

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

DeeB’s Grader Hire All Earthworks

Call Rob

0418 456 307

your local business guide

For $26 per week

Trust the BLIND specialists!

this spot could be yours!

Vertical & Venetian Blinds Panel Glides > Timber Blinds

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

Supply & Fit

Phone the Express today 4092 3464

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Jane Peters Phone: 0427 932 776

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

Fertilizer

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

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

There’s always better value at CRT.

GRAHAME McKENZIE MOBILE 0407 226 022

FLOOR COVERINGS

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

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

BLINDS

EMBROIDERY

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

Carpet • Vinyl • CeramiCs Floating Floors • Blinds

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DIRECTORY Glazing

FLOOR COVERINGS

MASSAGE THERAPY

e g a s s a M

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

• Qualified professional • Relieve stress • Lower blood pressure • Increase circulation • Improve sleep

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

Call Noelene Jenkins 0408 911 562

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

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

JIM HATCHMAN 0488 562 921 PLUMBING

PLUMBING, PUMPS & GAS BSA 116 4856

MAREEBA MOTORS

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

Phone/Fax: 4092 3563

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

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

Ben Malcolm

24 Hour Service Covering all areas

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

POOL MAINTENANCE

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Bulls are back By MUFC president Alex Srhoj The Mareeba Bulls will be kicking of preparations for 2014 next week with the club confidant the Bulls can go one better with bring home some silverware. In 2013 the Bulls were dubbed as bridemaids for the season, finishing second in the Mazda Cup, second in the cup and second in the premiership, always part of the big show but never the bride, but with majority of last season’s squad returning plus a couple of new recruits

the orange and black a poised for another strong showing for the 2014 season. Premier coach Alex Srhoj has returned for his second season in charge and Marcello Savaglio has returned as head of the Bulls reserve grade squad, the Bulls coaching ranks have also been bolstered by the arrival of John Salogni who has moved from Emerald to Mareeba and brings with him a strong development background. The Bulls will be looking to kick of training next Tuesday, January 21, with new and old players welcome from 7pm, at Borzi Park.

Six-a-side finals kick off The Mareeba united football club’s 2013 summer six a side competition has reached its climax, with the semi finals being held tonight, Wednesday January 15, and the grand finals taking place on Friday night, January 17, at Borzi Park. Four grades, eight teams and up to 70 players will fight it out for honours, with some quality fast paced football on show across the mens A and B Grade and ladies A and B Grade. In the mens A-Grade, Los Torros lead by Madrid trio Victor, Julian and Adrian will face off against Friggers which include premiers players Ben Fresta and Robert Pendenza along with the two English imports Elliot Gardner and Dominic Patterson, in the other semi final

the experienced Road Runners outfit will take on the Chewko Warriors which include Heat premier player Josh Pin, plus Bulls players John Ghensi and Adam Armanti, both matches should not disappoint with quality all over the pitch. In the ladies division Common Reds finished on top lead by Bulls star Jamica Papa and Daniella Falcomer, but will be tested by the fourth placed Ghensi team, in the ladies second semi, it is a reply of last years final, as Snatch host the Intimidators, Snatch should have the edge with Bulls players Samantha Cater, Stephenie Vedelago and Amanda Torrissi, but Intimidators have the experience having been in the finals now for three years running.

sPORT RESULTS & DRAWS MUFC Semi Final Six-a-side draw - Wednesday night January 15 LADIES 6.30pm Common Reds v Ghensi, ref Intimidators LADIES 6.30pm Travel Bugs v Ballistica, ref Cougars AG MENS 7.15pm Los Torros v Friggers, ref Chewko Warriors LADIES 7.15pm Snatch v Intimidators, ref Ghensi BG MENS 7.15pm The Bandits v WILDMAN, ref Travesty CG MENS 7.15pm Guards v Question Mark, ref Prick Relations AG MENS 8.00pm Road Runners v Chewko Warriors, ref Friggers LADIES 8.00pm Cougars v Chickidees, ref Ballistica BG MENS 8.00pm Rambo’s Warriors v Travesty, ref Wildman CG MENS 8.00pm Flamin Turtles v Prick Relations, ref Question Mark MAREEBA GOLF CLUB 09-01-14 Thursday 9 Hole Sporters: Winner Brett Stallan 24, R/up Curtis Wallbridge 21 on countback, NTP 8 .... 13..... Raffle Brian Callow.. 11-01-14 Saturday Stroke 18 Holes: Winner Tim Lambert 65 (count back) R/up Henry Guy 65 NTP 4 Anthony Mete 8 Tony Brady 11 Les Elliot 11 2nd Christine Benjamin 13 Anthony Mete Count down Kevin Collins 67, Bruce Gilmore, Anthony Mete 68, Melody Lucas 68. 12-01-14 Sunday Stableford Steggles Sponsor 18 Holes: Winner Chris Dunn 42 (Cairns GC) R/up Curtis Wallbridge 39 ( Countback) NTP 4 Gregg Perrott (PPGC) 8 Richard Staines (CGC) 11 Chris Moore 11 2nd Christine Benjamin 13 Bill Svendsen (PPGC) Countdown Tony Brady 39 Chris Moore 38. On a sad note John Parker life member died on Friday (10th January) night, will be greatly missed around the Golf Club. Funeral is on Wednesday 15th January, 1.00pm at St Thomas Church. MAREEBA & MEMORIAL BOWLS CLUB

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Welcome to all bowlers for the start of the 2014 season. Tuesday 7/1/14 Warehouse Bowls: Touchers: Lead – Ray Bishop, Skip – Peter Soda. Wednesday: Winners - Courtney Cobb, Luigi Bruno, Sue Brady R/U Thelma Moss, Sheila Hewish, Col Wiltshire. Thursday: Men’s Jackpot Pairs – Winners – Peter Stevens, Brian Fitzpatrick, R/U Tony Capella, Elio Crema. Sunday – 2014 Opening Day: Winners – Trevor Gray, Bev Hill, Elise Eaton R/U Ethel Thompson, Katharine Wiltshire, Peter Stevens, Carmen Cobb. Thank you to the Special person for sponsoring this game. COMING EVENTS: Tuesday Warehouse bowls 7pm start. Wednesday: Ladies Mixed Social: 1.30pm start. Optional Dress. Sponsored by Lorraine Cummings. Thursday: Men’s self-selected jackpot pairs 1.30pm start, casual dress. Sunday: Mixed Social Bowls sponsored by John Barnes & Co. 1.30pm start. All bowlers are very welcome to come and support these sponsored days. COMPETITION: Ladies Championship Pairs – to be played on or before Saturday 25th January at 2pm. Betty Dalgety, Liz Plowman V. Katharine Wiltshire, Joy Dennis. Final to be played Saturday 1st Feb. at 2pm. T.F.N.Q.B.A. Championship games close Saturday 18th January. All men are encouraged to support these District games. Fours will be played at Marlin Coast, Pairs at Gordonvale & EdgeHill, Singles at Atherton & Mossman. Draw will be held at Mareeba on Sunday 19th for these games. A reminder also Men’s District Side Selection closes February 22nd. Selectors Rosters: Wednesday 15th Eileen, Sunday 19th Jamahl. DATE CLAIMER: 26TH January 2014 – THE GRAHAM HOTEL SPONSORED OPEN FOURS. All Clubs very welcome. MAREEBA TENNIS Tues 7pm social tennis Winners: Brett & Kym Carlsson, Thurs 8am social: Winner: Pauline 19/12/13 & 9/1/2014 Grading night Wed. 15th 7pm ThursDAY if rain. FREE SOCIAL TENNIS Sat 18th 4pm, all welcome, Sausage sizzle after.

YUNGABURRA BOWLS CLUB Results: Sat 11 Jan - Ham Day - Sponsored by Kay Anderson, Trevor Laurence and The Bendigo Bank. Many thanks to our sponsors for all 4 Ham Days. Winners: Barry Lord, Wally Coutts and Barbara Mahar. Runner’s Up: Dennis Skinner, Ken Kitson and Corey Johnson. Ham Raffle Winner: Corey Johnson. Sun 12 Jan - Men’s Competition - A Grade Championship Singles - Russell Hubbard def Peter Larsen 25-15. Doug Sweedman def Jeremy Cooper 25-7. Dennis Skinner def Gary Pritchard 25-21. Lyle Thompson def Geoff Prior 25-20. Danny Gibson def Greg Johnson 2512. Upcoming Events: Sat 18th Jan - Turkey 3’s - 1:30pm start - Self selected Triples - Uniform preferred - Names in Turkey 3’s Book - Reserves - Name and phone number at the bottom of the page - Visiting teams very welcome - 40953596 - Kitchen duty - Pam Fox - Please ring Pam is you can volunteer to work in the kitchen as there is no roster as yet. Sun 19th Jan - Men’s Competition - 9:30am start - A Grade Championship Singles - Fred Morris V Bob Pritchard. Richie Cahill V Tony Whykes. Ashley Jones V Lyle Thompson. Peter Mahar V Paul Stein. Pairs: Dennis Skinner and Russell Hubbard V Barry Lord and Terry McCarthy. Sun 26th Jan (Australia Day) - Men’s Competition - 9:30am start - A Grade Championship Singles - Winner of Mal Gordon V Gavin Johnson V Davey Jones. John Phillips V Jack Lanham. Mixed Pairs: Alec and Robyn Williams V Doug Sweedman and Jan Cupitt. Pairs: Neil Stubbin and John Beu V Peter Larsen and Steve Rixon. Ashley Jones and Herbie Lewis V Tony Whykes and Ross Milevskiy. LADIES; PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF A.G.M and the ORDINARY MEETING. THESE WILL NOW BE HELD AT 9:00AM (AGM) and approx. 9:30AM for the ORDINARY MEETING on MONDAY 20th JANUARY; NOT THE 13TH JANUARY. Membership Fees for 2014 are now overdue. To play in 2014 competitions, you need to be financial. Nominate in 2014 Book for all upcoming ATDBA Competitions. Any players wishing to nominate for 2014 District Side, nomination form are on the board. Nominations to be

in to TFNQDBA Secretary by 22nd February. Wed Bowls will commence on the 22nd January at 1:30pm. Fri Jackpot Pairs will commence on the 24th January at 1:00pm. Robyn Williams, Publicity Officer, YBC. ATHERTON GOLF CLUB Wed. Sporters 11 hole comp started the year with a Stroke round with Kevin Reddicliffe winning on a countback from John McMahon both 38 nett, 3rd Greg Coffey NTPs 3 Ray Faulkner .13 ,R McMahon. 18 ,Ray Faulkner. Least putts Irish with 13. Thurs.9th the Ladies had their opening day with Kerry Williamson winning on 42 pts from Sasha Snow 41 pts. NTPs 3 Patsy McM, 11 Annette S, 13 J.Bottrill, 18 Marsha Hopkins . Fridays 6 hole Chook Run was won by Mark Broadley 12 pts. Sat 11th saw the Adrian Kipps Electrical sponsored Opening Day Stableford with 45 players where Roy (Scully ) Pease stormed home with 44 pts to narrowly win from Keith Sanderson 43 pts, 3rd and 4th was Dan Shaw and Jeff Bochow 41 pts. NTPs 3 and 13 Andy Ribar (also the Eagles Nest (2 doz. balls ) well done Andy ) 11 Grant Scott, 18Gary Thompson. The Ladies had 14 players where the winner was Lorraine Doolan 34 pts from Annette Seawright also 34 pts. NTPs 3 Shelly B, 11 Dawn F. 13Michelle Pearsall, 18 Annette S. Sundays Tolga Butchery Stableford was played in wet conditions with 15 players and was won by B-Grades Mark Redding with 39 pts from Greg Coffey 37 pts and Peter Fraser 36 pts no NTP on 18 where the new Tee was used this weekend. This week ,Wed 15th the Sporters play a Stableford, the Thursday Ladies also play a Stableford. Saturday we play the All Custom Fabrication sponsored Monthly Medal ,(if players could please use the timesheet available it would be great as we are having a traffic jam of players turning up at 12.40 am, remember 1.04 is the last tee time ) Sunday we have the Tolga Butchery Stableford. The 2014 Junior Golf season tees off on Sat .1st Feb

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A lifetime of experience in one month By Ryan Groube In one month, 12-year-old Chris Adams has learned more about cricket than the rest of his years combined. At the weekend, Adams returned to Mareeba for the first time since December 13 when he embarked on representative cricket duties. First up was the Cricket Far North four-day Under 13s club championships, followed by a week long training camp in Brisbane for the national schoolboys championships in Melbourne held in early 2014. Adams stayed in Brisbane over Christmas for the camp, where he trained with his Queensland team mates, before travelling to Melbourne for the championships in Bendigo. The round robin competition pits the best Under 12s players from each state and territory of Australia against each other over seven days of competition. Promoted to the unfamiliar position of opener, Adams struggled early before finding form towards the back end of the tournament when he shifted to his preferred first drop position.

“It has been a long and hard time but it has also been a lot of fun and I have met a lot of new people and I have learned a lot – especially at the Queensland training camp,” he said. “I didn’t start real good but I was happy with the end of my tournament. “The other bowlers are so big and so fast. Some of them had moustaches – they were like men. I was thinking ‘there is no way that he is 12 he has to be 17’.” Adams father Bomber said he couldn’t have been prouder of his young fella – the only far northerner to make the Queensland team. Bomber also said the Queensland team played well and only a couple of nail-biting losses prevented them from finishing higher than fourth. “We got very close against the Vics [Victoria] who only got past our score in the last over and Chris played well for 27,” Bomber said. “The New South Wales game was also really close. We needed three runs off the last ball to win and we could only manage a single. “It was a very good tournament and with a little bit of luck the Queensland team could have finished higher but that’s cricket.” Bomber said he had no doubt that his son would come out of the tournament a better player as a result of the experience.

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Thanks for the successful third basketball season By Silviano Ruggeri

The return of a competitive and organised basketball competition in Mareeba is completed with the third season of Mareeba Basketball wrapping up late last year. Following strong push from the Mareeba community to renew this Olympic sport, a small but dedicated band of local volunteers has resurrected the sport over the past couple of years. With the support of Mareeba State High School, three nights a week during most of the year, many youngsters, and those not so young, have enjoyed spirited competition.  With a strong following from Under 10s up to Under 18s, mixed competitions have been played with all participants learning new skills and enjoying the camaraderie of a team sport. Separate senior men’s and women’s competitions have seen old players renewing their skills, and the

younger generation of adults have learnt new skills. But Mareeba Basketball has also run a number of workshops which we held at St Stephen’s Catholic College and St Thomas’s Primary School during 2013, assisting players and supporters in relation to coaching skills and refereeing skills.  A big thanks to the schools for the use of the schools courts. A program of training and utilising junior referees has increased skill levels and will lead to the continued growth of basketball in Mareeba.   Current discussions are being held to renew old sporting rivalries on the basketball court with various Far North Queensland Associations, and a regular series of inter-town games is on the cards for 2014 and beyond. Of course, Mareeba Basketball could not have grown without the support and assistance of many persons and organisations.  Our Club would like to thank all our junior uniform sponsors.

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Close win to start off season for Bandits From Page 1

By Boyd Robertson The Mareeba Bandits have started the 2014 season with a narrow victory against the Mulgrave Toads at Kerribee Park on Sunday, topping their opponents by five runs at the end of the one-day game. Losing the toss, the Bandits were sent in to bat first, achieving 135 runs for seven wickets despite being rained out of their final over. When the Toads took to the bat the Bandits only just managed to bowl them out at 130 runs with one over left. Bandits player Robert Wallace distinguished himself at both bat and bowl, scoring 26 runs and taking two wickets for 19 off six overs. Other standouts included Rob Taylor who bowled three wickets for 17 runs off six overs and Brett ‘Stretch’ Brewer, who was the top batsman on 38 runs. Bandits member Danny Shaw said the game had been ‘awesome’ and a very satisfying start to the season. “It’s always great to have a good close game like that, we all love it,” he said. “It was a very exciting game and challenging – everyone dug in and put in a great effort so they’ve done well. “ The Bandits will travel to Trinity Beach this weekend to play off against Barron River for another one-day game.

Bandits player Rob Wallace earned Man of the Match for his efforts as both bowler and batsman. Photo by Peter Roy

New lights for tennis club By Boyd Robertson How many tennis club presidents does it take to change a lightbulb? What about a really, really big light bulb? Just one, as it turns out, as long as he’s got a sparky to help him out. Mareeba Tennis Club president Garry Minnis spent a fair deal of time in the last few weeks atop a cherry picker alongside electrician Bradley Owens installing 44 new multi-vapor discharge lamps in a bid to brighten up the club’s ten tennis courts for night games. The result of a $10,774 grant from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund (RHCCBF), the lights, each of with also comes with a new capacitator, replace old lamps quickly approaching the end of their service lives. The RHCCBF is administered by the state government and diverts a portion of the tax paid by the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns into community projects from Cape York to Cardwell. The lights were switched on for the first time on January 7 and certainly dazzled players, according to Minnis. “Everyone was quite impressed when we turned them on for the first time,” he said. “It’s noticeably brighter at night and people can definitely track the ball easier.” The funds were secured by former RHCCBF representative Allison Geisel, who said the club was a worthy recipient of a little extra

night-time illumination. “This facility has a lot of people using it – more than 220 – that’s a lot for a club, especially a country tennis club,” Geisel said. “The RHCCBF has supported plenty of clubs like this one over the years, for example every digital scoreboard for the local footy clubs in the area was paid for by RHCCBF grants. “It’s provided grants to the Mareeba Bandits, the golf club, Eacham Historical Society, Eacham Show Society and plenty of others.”

The first season of tennis night fixtures will begin on February 5, with the club to hold grading nights this month. Grading nights will be held on January 15 and January 22, weather permitting. All new players are urged to come along on one or both night to ensure players and put into an appropriate division. The grading nights are free and regular players are invited to come along for a hit.

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Learn the art of self defence – Join today Have you ever wanted to learn how to defend yourself if the situation arose, or want to keep fit through intense focus and discipline? Then taekwondo may be the right sport for you or your child. Jeff Dieben, regional instructor of Queensland Self Defence and Taekwondo Academy in the Far North Queensland area has been involved in taekwondo with his wife Marcelle, who is also an instructor, since 1981. The duo have a wealth of experience and knowledge, and enjoy seeing the progress in students over the long term. “We do it because we enjoy seeing the subtle changes in the students and parents see it too, they come to us and say ‘My child’s grades have improved, they are much more focused on their school work, they have made more friends’. It is because of the class structure, the discipline and focus that taekwondo brings, that makes children successful in other areas of their life,” Mr Dieben said. But even though children can start attending classes at seven years of age there is no holding

From left back: Jeff Dieben, Uwe Skrandies, Ben Gilmore, Eddie Sapphire and front Marcelle Dieben, Michael Bryce, Rita Bailey and Kyle Sapphire at Mareeba QSDTA

back the adults either. “We have students aged seven and older start training each year, but the adults really enjoy Taekwondo too. The fitness aspects of it along with the technical and the self defence training are excellent for improving confidence,” Mr Dieben said. Overall, taekwondo improves fitness and flexibility, teaches self defence for real life scenarios, and improves self confidence throughout everyday life. If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, simply come to a class for a free introductory lesson with Branch Instructor Ben Gilmore and Michael Bryce. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at the PCYC Sports Hall, next to the skate park, Walsh Street, Mareeba from 6pm till 7.30pm. Special offer for the start of the year is... FREE classes for the month of January, on now and beginners are welcome. For more information: Phone Jeff or Marcelle on 0437 438 196 or visit www.queensland-selfdefence.com.au

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