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$2 • PH: 1300 4895 00 • EDITORIAL: • Issue 540 • Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our newest Aussie champion By GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN’S Smokin’ Joe Pope battled a nasty chest infection as well as Chris Peru to win the World Kickboxing Federation’s under-47kg Australian title in Brisbane on Saturday, November 12. Joe took the title with a unanimous decision after five gruelling rounds. Although Joe’s fight was only the undercard to the Australia versus Thailand - seven Thais against seven of Australia’s best - in the “Rumble at the Metro”, Joe’s fight earned was judged by the crowd as ‘the fight of the night’. Joe’s Full Boar Thai Boxing Club mentor Vince Parkes said he had his own personal concerns about the fight’s outcome after his charge started showing signs of the infection in the week leading up to the event. “Joe had this nasty cough and was coughing up lots of thick phlegm, so yes, I was a bit worried it might affect his performance,” Parkes said. “Before that, he was primed and ready to go and would have beaten anyone, but that sort of thing can get you down.” Parkes said it was a testament to Joe’s personal strength and fitness the infection had little effect on him. “He told me it wasn’t causing him any problems with his energy levels, and he just kept training through the week to stay on top of things,” he said. But for Joe, whose new championship belt is almost as big as he is, the infection was never a problem. “I was really confident going into the fight, and I was really excited about winning the championship,” Joe said. It’s hard to imagine the Cooktown State School year-7 student’s fists throw twin-piston punches and his round-house kicks are as lightning fast and as lethal as a taipan strike. Quiet, polite and outwardly unassuming, Joe possesses an innate self-confidence and a sense of humour.

Cooktown’s Smokin’ Joe Pope with Full Boar Muay Thai Boxing Club trainer Vince Parkes at the gym after winning the World Kickboxing Federation’s under-47kg Australian title in Brisbane on Saturday night. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Joe Pope claims victory in Brisbane last weekend.

When asked by the Cooktown Local News if he’d stopped sleeping with his championship belt yet, he said, “Nope!” as his eyes flashed and he broke into a huge grin. A rightly-proud Parkes takes up the commentary of the battle. “In the first round both boys sussed each other out before attacking, with Joe gaining the upper hand,” Parkes said. “Round two was hard work for both fighters, with both unloading big shots on one another, and although Joe kept missing his target by a millimetre, he stayed ahead on points. “In round three Joe started to pick up the pace and I told him to walk forward more so


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he would land his punches and he did, landing more artillery with his fists. “Then in round four Joe really turned it up, unloading with his full potential and knocking Chris onto the ropes, keeping him there with an assault of well-timed punch and knee combinations for the entire round. “And in the fifth-and-final round both boys looked fatigued, with Chris the worse for wear with blood trickling from his snout.” Parkes said Joe finished the fight by putting Chris on the ropes again with a barrage of punch-knee-kick combos and then landing a big uppercut as blood oozed from the Brisbane fighter’s nose thicker than ever. “That fight has really put the little guy on


the Muay Thai map,” he said. “It’s been hard to get quality fights for him here in Far North Queensland, and with a record of nine victories from 11 starts it would be even harder, but after that stellar performance, he’s already been offered a rematch.” Parkes said that promoter Ian Bronson is in discussions with Fox Sport to include Joe’s fight in a program which will air on pay TV in a few week’s time. Joe’s Full Boar Muay Thai Boxing Club stablemates Jack McInnes and Bryce Kirk will finish the year off for the club with mixed martial arts fights at Cage Wars on the Gold Coast on December 10.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to au or phone Gary Hutchison on 1300 867 737.

NOVEMBER Mon 21. SheeSha Fusion Fusion Belly Dancers Class at Lions Hall from 5pm. Call 0437 691 664. Tue 22. Trivia Night at Restaurant 1770 from 6pm. A 2-course meal fundraiser. All profits from this event will be donated to “Friends of The Foundation” in support of Cooktown hospital. $20 in advance or $25 on the night. The theme of this quiz is “Australia” and all trivia questions will relate to this theme. For bookings contact Jan Howard on 4069 6019 or 0429 697 021. Wed 23. Comedian Sean Choolburra at Cooktown Events Centre, 6-9pm. Wed 23. ZUMBA Fitness Class at Events Centre from 5.30pm Call 0437 691 664. Wed 23. Cooktown SSAA shoot from 5.30pm. Wed 23. Australia’s finest Indigenous comic Sean Choolburra will perform at a free family fun night to be held at the Events Centre from 6pm to 9pm. Choolburra will headline an array of local acts.” Sat 26. Rossville Markets from 9am. More helpers needed and welcome. Call Jean on 4060 3968. Thu 24. Neighbourhood Watch meeting at Cook Shire Chambers from 6.30pm. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA annual presentation and Christmas barbecue will also include the John King Memorial Practical Shoot. Mon 28. SheeSha Fusion Fusion Belly Dancers Class at Lions Hall from 5pm. Call 0437 691 664. Wed 23 - Thur 24. Cape York NRM AGM. Cooktown Events Centre. Dinner be provided accompanied by local Bush Poet and Comedian Marty Pattie and country music. Contact Janet Greenwood to RSVP at or call 1300 132 262. Sat 26. Trivia Night - hosted by Cook Shire Council at the Events Centre from 6pm. “Disasters” theme. Further information and bookings, call Cook Shire Council 0n 4069 5444. Wed 30. ZUMBA Fitness Class at Events Centre from 5.30pm Call 0437 691 664. Wed 30. Cooktown SSAA general meeting from 5.30pm, followed by shoot.

DECEMBER Fri 2. Cape York Landholders Forum from noon at Laura Rodeo Grounds. Sat 3. Cape York Landholders Forum at Laura Rodeo Grounds. Sat 3. Country music heavyweight Bill Chambers will be playing at the Lion’s Den from 6pm. Fri 25. Cooktown State School P&C meeting at the Events Centre from 9.30am after school parade.

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 letters to the editor Not too late for change but someone has to give TWO groups of people with a dream are in dispute. Group one - the residents of Flaggy Road and Poison Creek are living the “Great Australian Dream” to build the lifestyle they have chosen for their families on their chosen land. They work hard and pay their rates and taxes as farmers, tradesmen, office workers and teachers in the Cooktown area, and support the local businesses, sporting clubs and charities while they build the lifestyle of their dreams. They don’t ask for much but require passable road access to work, school, hospitals and to transport for their produce to markets. They require a reliable water aquifer for household and crop use. Their lifestyle is not lavish, no one is wealthy. They fear the loss of this lifestyle. Extra use of this road by traffic to and from the Rehabilitation Centre particularly during the wet season will cause serious loss of income when produce cannot reach the market and the inability to reach work places will place enormous strain on families and even the failure of the family unit. The very same type of breakdown of the family unit the Rehabilitation Centre is aiming to prevent. Group two - The Congress Community Development and Education Unit (CCDEU), also have a dream to provide an environment where families from Cape York can receive family rehabilitation. No one doubts or disputes there is a need for this service. However, this group has purchased a piece of land that would be the poorest quality you could come across in this area - infertile, harsh, remote and wet enough to bog a duck

in for months on end in the wet season. They are to establish a community of around 50 residents comprising 10 short stay families and staff - a small township. They will require water from the aquifer for sewerage and daily use. Has the extent of ground water been determined in this area? If it fails through over-use or pollution, so do all the families who rely on it fail, and so does their dream. An on-site sewerage system will be necessary due to the wet, saturated nature of the land in the wet season. This will have to be pumped regularly and carted away by truck. However, if this can’t be done because of lack of road access a serious health hazard will result for the residents. The road access is impassable for days on end in the wet season and this will be compounded several times over with the extra traffic to and from the Rehabilitation centre. It is not a safe road at the best of times. Placing people’s lives at risk due to lack of access borders on negligence and is not acceptable. What plans are in place to ensure residents safety during the wet season when staff and services cannot access their site? The families that are being brought here from their remote Cape York communities will be isolated from their extended families to lands that are inhospitable for most of the year and will not provide a healthy, stress free environment that is necessary to promote healing. CCDEU has considerable experience educating Indigenous people and therefore should know that removing people from their home land is no longer considered culturally appropriate. Why is this unit not being established within their home lands?

Roadworks put smile on school bus driver’s face

The simplest pleasures are the best

CONGRATULATIONS to Cook Shire Council’s road gang who worked on Cameron Creek Road recently. I drive a school bus down Cameron Creek Road where there is a dip which has been a hassle to cross during the wet season. Water runs alongside the road for over a kilometer then floods onto the road at the dip before turning downstream, thus causing problems to traffic - sometimes to the degree that the bus has had to stop there at times and wait for parents to bring the students across in their four wheel drives. The road gang last week did such an awesome job of opening up the downstream side of the dip, that I don’t think that dip will cause stoppages in the future. Also, this work adds proof to the thought that, “Good drainage preserves roads.’ Well done Ivan, Phil and crew! Wayne Brennan School bus driver for Cooktown Tours

I HAVE been briefly sojourning on the south coast and so penned these verses while feasting on chicken and mushroom pie in a tiny country corner built around a hundred-year-old general store, and then later, at an unspoilt sandy beach complete with wild rocky headland, savouring the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean. The simplest pleasures are the best ones! “A New Place.” The world is wide, an inspiring space. Introduce your heart to a fresh scene. Let the mind’s cobwebs and spiders free And, each week, go visit a new place. There might be quaint history to learn; Buildings to delight and to inspire; Foreign foods, flora, fauna and folks. Return, blessed, to where the home fires burn.

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“The Sea.” It’s good to see the sea. Waves roll in with whispers and with roars. Tough twisted bushes cling, Like windswept lovers, to rocky shores. Pandanus plants wave arms That are grey-green, angled and free. On the silky white sands Yellow blooms grow by the Zuiderzee. Gulls screech and swoop and soar. The bleached driftwood anchors lazily Under a sky of blue. Sun smiles and it’s good to see the sea. For our column, email your scribblings on “simple pleasures” to: thekellers@bigpond. com or send to: P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895, or email direct to Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group

A CAIRNS man has been charged with numerous offences allegedly comitted at Lakeland during recent months. The charges follow from an investigation which has also seen the 19-year-old Mooroobal man charged with burglary, unlawful use of motor vehicles; stealing and

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Indigenous people have been subjected to removal for too long. Isn’t it time it was stopped? CCDEU as a Christian group need to look at their Christian principles if they are to have the support of their neighbours. Those who are frightened for their future and fighting for their dream have been served with legal papers to silence them. You cannot live successfully in a country area and be in dispute with your rural neighbours. In times of need, fires and cyclones etc, you will need your neighbours but you can’t expect them to be there to support you if you do not support and respect them. Council technical staff approved the proposition, however was the social impact considered? There is not much to stop the physical construction of the project but is it the correct thing to do? Is it in everyone’s best interest? The evidence says no. Councillors agonised over the decision and after much consultation with the people and due consideration of all evidence before them voted against the proposal. The majority have spoken and after a democratic vote, Mayor Peter Scott and his officers should support the people who voted him in and abide by his Councillors’ decision. He will be asking for our support in the not so distant elections. No matter what the minister decides, CCDEU still has the opportunity to choose a far better site that will be more suited to healing and to create a group supported fully by the community. Carol McKinna Cooktown

entering premises with intent. The charges relate to the alleged burglary of a Buchan Street residence and subsequent theft of a motorcycle last Thursday. He was also charged in relation to offences allegedly committed at Ingham. He is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court later this month.

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Horse shot dead - residents concerned for safety By GARY HUTCHISON A STUD Book Australian Stock Horse found dead in a Lakeland property dam is believed to have been shot intentionally according to police. “Louise”, a two-year-old filly owned by Lee Streeter, was valued at more than $20,000 and had been staying with Stacey Marriott at her mother Joy’s property where she was being broken in. Last seen on Friday, Louise was found floating in the Marriott dam on Saturday. Joy Marriott said she had heard three or four shots around midnight on Friday night and thought they might have been fired by feral pig hunters. “With the number of feral pigs on the properties around here, it’s quite common to have hunters, both legal and illegal, shooting,” Ms Marriott said. She said that with her property being only a couple of hundred metres from the neighbour’s fence line, bullets had whizzed past the house on previous occasions. “When Louise was found shot, I thought it must have been pig hunters, and that she had either been shot accidentally or intentionally,” she said. “My major concern is that with the close proximity of the house, how long is it before it’s a human who is shot?” Laura Police Station Officer in Charge Senior Constable Ben Tome said Louise had sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound in her right flank. “There were a number of small entry


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neighbours who told him that no one had authorised access to their property. Police have asked that anyone with any information about the incident call either Laura Station on 4060 3244 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 333.


Fears held for missing woman POLICE are searching for a 42-year-old woman last seen in Cairns late last month. Li Ping Cao (pictured) was last seen at her Brinsmead residence by her husband on Monday, October 31. Concerns are held for her welfare as she has not had any contact with her family or friends since that date. She is described as Asian in appearance, 160cm tall, slim build with black long hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Cairns CIB on 4030 7114 or Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. Li Ping Cao was last seen at her Brinsmead residence by her husband on Monday, October 31. Photo submitted.

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Gungarde Chairman Warren Kulka with Rehab Centre Project Team Leader John Pead, Project Officer Oriel Murray and CCDEU Chairman Rev Shane Blackman at a meeting held for supporters of the project last Thursday night. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. THE Cook Shire Council has been notified in writing by Mr Paul Lucas MP, the AttorneyGeneral, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State of his intention to call in the residential rehabilitation facility development at 349 Flaggy Road. The Minister has advised the development assessment process will now restart from the beginning of the decision stage and that he will re-assess and make his decision on the development application against the normal assessment and decision rules under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, rather than against the state interests in respect of which he called in the development application. At an ordinary meeting of the Council on August 16, Council voted to reject the development application based upon concerns regarding the proposed location of the facility and not complying with the desired environmental outcomes of Cook Shire Planning Scheme. The Minister will have regard to all material that was before Cook Shire Council when the matter was decided, including all properly made submissions made during the public notification period, and the Minister now has until November 29, 2011 to decide the matter unless he requests an extension to

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Simulated crash at Cooktown Airport

Cook Shire Council staff, on the stretchers, simulated the injured passengers. By COREY BOUSEN THE imaginary stench of death was in the air last Thursday morning at Cooktown Airport as the combined emergency services and first responders of the region undertook an exercise simulating an airplane crash with nine onboard. More than 30 people were involved in the simulated emergency response that included personnel

from police, ambulance and fire services along with the SES, medical staff from the hospital and Cook Shire Council representatives (and one very bothersome newspaper journalist). The exercise was an opportunity for all involved to gain practical experience as to the proper procedures to follow in such high stress situations that also require the prioritisation of many different tasks.

The scenario for the exercise involved the crash landing of an aircraft that was taking off from the airport. Of the nine people onboard the imaginary pilot and co-pilot were declared dead at the scene. The injured passengers, played with gusto by Cook Shire Council employees, were treated on the scene with two evacuated by (imaginary) helicopters for treatment in Cairns and Townsville.


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Local Cooktown police were quickly on the scene to take command of the situation.

Four to face court on December 6 FOUR locals will face drugs and drink-driving charges at the December 6 sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court as a result of police enforcement action between November 8 and November 14. The first, a 42-year-old Cooktown man was charged with unlawful possession of 1.5gms of amphetamine and five grams of cannabis on November 8, when it is alleged police found the items

in his possesion after being intercepted in relation to another matter. And on the same date, a 35-year-old Cooktown man was intercepted while driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .126 per cent. Then on November 12, a 21-year-old local man was charged with drink driving after being intercepted with a blood alcohol percentage of .104 per cent. Another local to be charged with a drink-driving offence was a 61-year-old man who was intercepted while driving with a blood alcohol percentage of .071 per cent.

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Den’s party season starts this weekend By GRANT BANKS

ATTENTION COOKTOWN THERE’S never a dull moment at the Lion’s Den Hotel especially with the long list of high quality entertainment that keeps finding its way to the historic Helenvale watering hole. Over the next month punters will be impressed with the visiting line up as country music heavyweight Bill Chambers heads to the Den for two nights. As well as hosting Bill Chambers in December the Lion’s Den will also showcase the modern blues styles of Mike Elrington on November 19. Elrington is currently on his Sand to Sea tour which started in Alice Springs. “This is a good time of the year to put music on,� Faith Nulley said. “It’s our end of the year warm up, the kids break up from school on December 1 so we want to start easing into the holidays with some great music.� The holiday entertainment will culminate with the Den’s New Year’s Eve party. There’s a lot more to Bill Chambers’ resume than being Kasey Chambers dad, in his own right he is a masterful guitarist with a growling Dylan-esq voice. Well before Kasey was a star he led the Chambers’ family band the Dead Ringer Band and over the years has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Bec Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, while still finding time to write most of the songs on his albums including the ARIA nominated ‘Sleeping With The Blues’, ‘Frozen Ground’ and his most recent, ‘Drifting South’. Bill Chambers will be playing along side Den regulars The Hillbilly Goats, Kirk Steel and The Road Trippers in what is shaping up to be two nights of music not to be missed. On Saturday December 3 Bill Chambers will be playing a swag-full of originals with accompaniment from The Hillbilly Goats followed by sets from The Hillbilly Goats, Kirk Steel and The Road Trippers. The following afternoon will be an acoustic jam session led by Chambers and the Hillbillys.

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Bill Chambers will be playing at the Lion’s Den over two nights on the first weekend in December.


“Some of the best moments here at the Den seem to come from these impromptu jam sessions,� Mrs Nulley said. “It will be great to see this legend unplugged and will really be something special to see.� “We’ve worked long and hard to get Bill this far north and it should be a massive weekend and a Sunday jam not to be missed,� she said. Mrs Nulley said she was expecting people to come from as far away as Cairns and Laura for the weekend, as well as a strong local contingent from Cooktown and surrounds. “Part of our aim is to share quality music with the people,� Mrs Nulley said.


Phone scammers at it again Parker warned this latest information related to a very common criminal activity known as the advance fee fraud scam, and urged residents to be extremely suspicious of ‘cold callers.’ “People need to be extremely wary whenever they receive a call from anyone claiming to be from any financial institution or organisation,� Snr Const. Parker said. “Bona fides can be easily established by firstly obtaining the caller’s name and company details, obtaining contact details from a telephone directory and then calling the company back to speak with the person.� Residents can access comprehensive and up to date information on all manner of scams by logging on at

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POLICE are reminding residents to maintain their guard against telephone scammers following a number of recent reports in Cairns. Several Cairns residents have advised police of telephone contacts received from people purporting to be from various government agencies. The callers are advising residents they have been overcharged with various fees imposed by their respective banking institutions and they are eligible for a refund. People are beingaasked to deposit funds as a processing fee in order for supposed legal action to be undertaken to recover the overcharged amounts which are quoted as being in the thousands of dollars. The callers sound very genuine and in some cases able to provide the targeted person’s correct name, address and date of birth. Cairns District Crime Prevention Coordinator, Senior Constable Russell

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One enchanting evening LEFT: Ping and Warren Rich with Bev Stone enjoying a snack and a chat. RIGHT: Helen Clarke and Helen Pope enjoy a drink during intermission at the piano concert at Nature’s PowerHouse on Saturday night. BELOW: Zoe King, Nick Zunker and Kate Eagles enjoying the cool night air at Nature’s PowerHouse during intermission at the piano concert.

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Community Plan 2011-2021 DRAFT PLAN OUT NOW! You are invited to review the Draft Cook Shire Community Plan 2011-2021. The plan is available online or you can get a copy from your local library or the Council administration building in Furneaux Street Cooktown.

NOVEMBER 21 Pre-Cyclone Clean Up commencing in Ayton, Coen, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura, Marton & Rossville. 22 Ordinary Council Meeting of the Shire of Cook, from 9am in Council Chambers 26 Serious Fun Event from 4pm to 8pm at the Cooktown Events Centre 30 Coen Community Christmas Party at the Wellbeing Centre

We would like to thank all those people who have contributed to this process so far. We currently have over 1600 comments recorded from across the Shire. The feedback has provided real insight into what we value and the issues which we confront.

DECEMBER 3 - 24 Christmas Markets every Saturday in Lions and Endeavour Parks 4 Breakfast with Santa from 7am at the Cooktown Pool for children aged 0 -8 years - Free tickets available from Cooktown Library and Council’s administration building. 5 Feedback closes on Cook Shire Community Plan 2011/2021 9 Feedback closes on Cooktown  Foreshore Master-plan

We invite you to review the Draft Plan and send your comments by email, online through the Council website or by mail, PO Box 3, Cooktown, Qld, 4895. The review period closes on 5th December 2011.

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Breakfast with Santa tickets are available from the Cooktown Library and Council’s administration building – every child attending must have a ticket. Ergon Energy Light Up Cook Shire competition entry forms are available at Council’s administration building or by emailing The Christmas Wishing Tree is located at the Cooktown IGA. Grab a card from the tree and donate a gift to someone special this Christmas. Christmas Markets will be held all through December until Christmas Eve. All food stalls must comply with the Food Business Regulations with annual and temporary food business licenses available.

For more information on Christmas in Cooktown activities or to enquire about a food market stall, please contact Council on 4069 5444.

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Pre-Cyclone Clean Up Residents are advised that a pre-cyclone clean up will take place in the townships of Ayton, Coen, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura, Marton & Rossville; week commencing:

* Monday 21st November 2011 * This service is provided to remove waste items from your property which may cause a hazard in the event of a cyclone. Please leave items (including palm fronds and other garden waste) on road reserves by the above date to ensure your waste is collected as there will only be one pick up for each household. Council would like to remind residents that NO general household waste, motor vehicles (or parts of), white goods or indoor furniture will be collected. For further information, please contact Cook Shire Council on 4069 5444 or email

Trivia is Serious Fun With just two weeks until the Serious Fun Event at the Cooktown Events Centre, now’s the time to round up some friends for your trivia team.

Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme If you are the holder of a Centrelink Concession Card or Department of Veteran Affairs Repatriation Health Card (Full Conditions), and are not currently receiving a concession on rates for your primary place of residence, you are encouraged to make application by 4th January 2012. To be eligible you must be: w The holder of a Centrelink Concession Card w The owner or life tenant of the property and be legally responsible for the payment of Council rates and charges levied on that property w The property for which you make application must be your principle place of residence. Forms are available on Council’s website Æ Council Æ Rates or by contacting Council on 4069 5444. Those pensioners currently receiving a concession on their rates do not need to reapply. However, it is a requirement that you notify Council if your circumstances have changed.

Council Meeting It’s free to enter and with such great prizes on offer, who wouldn’t want to have a go. The winning and runner up teams will receive a pack of goodies including 20L fuel container, radio, first aid kit and more! Questions will be disaster and emergency related from events that have occurred all around the world including some audio and visual. The Serious Fun Event will be held on Saturday 26th November from 4pm to 8pm at the Cooktown Events Centre with the Trivia Quiz to start at 6pm sharp. Grab five friends to make a team of six and book in with Ali Ward on 4069 5980 or email

An Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the Shire of Cook will be held on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 commencing at 9am at Council Chambers, 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown. This meeting is open to members of the public.

Cook Shire Connect – E-News Council has a secure online database of nearly 500 business, community group, media and individual contacts that is used to distribute a monthly e-newsletter, media releases and community notices. To subscribe to this mailing list please send an email with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to


as the sun sets on 2011 By ELIZABETH MILNE SATURDAY’S Sunset Concert audience was swept away by Evgeny Ukhanov and Wojtek Wisniewski’s piano performances. What delightful young men and such fabulous musicians Herman Soenario brought to us? Each has been a finalist, representing Australia at the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition at which only 34 finalists are selected from 400 entrants from many countries. Ukranian born Evgeny, who became an Australian citizen in 2004, gave a recital here in April 2006 and he has been back several times since. Wojtek, who arrived in Sydney from Poland in 2004 and accompanied a violinist here in 2007, is currently a doctoral student at the Sydney Conservatorium. Both can look forward to great futures. The concert began with a Mozart sonata for four hands (1 piano) which, under their control, sounded far less difficult than it really is. Wojtek continued, playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata very beautifully and then, for a change of pace, two of Chopin’s ragingly powerful Etudes, Nos 1 and 12 (the Revolutionary) which evoke Poland’s tumultuous nineteenth century. After a lovely mini-feast with bubbles at interval, Evgeny played Rachmaninov’s very moving Prelude No. 4 in D Major and his better known C# Minor Prelude. Then, following some stunning solo Hungarian music by Liszt and duets by Brahms, these two brilliant young pianists entertained the crowd with their own arrangement of two gorgeous Tangos for 4 Hands by Astor Piazzolla, a twentieth century Argentine composer who knew all about tangos. Piazzolla composed these tangos for two pianos so some technical complexities resulted when scored for two players at one instrument. Never have we seen such a crowded piano stool or so many entangled arms and fingers competing at the keyboard! A night to remember. This was the final concert for this year but there are further treats in store for 2012 so, if you have not yet been to a Sunset Concert, watch for the next one.


Transport Solutions Body Truck Monday to Friday Departs Cooktown for Cairns approx 4pm daily

Chiller and Freezer Product accepted in Cairns Monday – Thursday by 3pm For delivery in Cooktown Tuesday – Friday Semi Trailer out of Cairns

) Dry goods to depot Monday to Friday by 3pm ) Van and Truck pick-ups to be phoned in by 2pm Monday to Friday

Cooktown Office and Yard – Phone: (07) 4069 5661 After Hours: Ken 0417 645 101 Endeavour Valley Road, Cooktown • Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Good friends Jo Wynter and Freda Glynn share a seat and some chat during intermission.

Cairns Yard – Phone: (07) 4035 3360 169 Little Spence Street, Monday to Friday Depot: 8am-3pm, Office: 8am-5pm

Mareeba Depot CLC Produce 5 Frew Street Mareeba

) Container and Oversize Transport also available – Phone enquiries on (07) 4035 3360

Liz Milne and Marge Scully at Nature’s PowerHouse.

Champers, nibblies and good company were the order of the night during intermission for Sarah Matthews and Prue Mulcahy.

Nature’s PowerHouse brought out the imp in Sydney’s Yvonne Blunt.

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COOK SHIRE Cyclone Season Information Cyclone Shelter The cyclone shelter provides short-term shelter from the immediate effects of the cyclone. The Events Centre is a cyclone shelter.


Evacuation Centre

Cyclone Information and Community Awareness

An evacuation centre opens after the cyclone and provides emergency accommodation, food and clothing.

Saturday 26th November 4pm - 8pm at the Events Centre

Recovery Centre

Information Stands Competitions and quizzes WIN A 2.5KVA HONDA GENERATOR

Recovery centres are involved with the longer term recovery of the community. Coordinated by the Department of Communities, recovery centres assist with housing, financial assistance, access to services such as Centrelink, insurers and counselling.

Serious Fun has been made possible through funding provided under the Community Development and Recovery Package, which is a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements


Cook Shire Council 10 Furneaux Street PO Box 3, Cooktown, 4895 T: 4069 5444 F: 4069 5423 E: W:

Design a pet cyclone shelter CLOSES TOMORROW, 18th Nov at 5pm

Ensure you have adequate water supplies to last at least 3 days Fill all available containers, baths, sinks and laundry tubs. Remember to allow enough water to flush your toilet.


What will happen to Cook Shire water supplies during a cyclone? COOKTOWN It will be necessary to turn off the main town water supply reservoir during a cyclone to preserve adequate drinking water supplies after the cyclone. During a cyclone Cooktown will be placed on level 4 water restrictions and water will be supplied by the smaller 4 mile water supply reservoir which has approximately 8 hours of supply. If a main break occurs in the smaller system during a cyclone the own will be out of water until it is fixed. Post cyclone the water mains will be assessed for integrity then the supply will be turned on progressively until the system is fully operational.

LAURA, LAKELAND, COEN There will be no town water supply to these communities during a cyclone. It will be necessary to turn off the town water supplies to these communities to preserve adequate drinking water supplies after the cyclone. If a main break occurs during a cyclone the community will be out of water until it is fixed. Post cyclone the water mains will be assessed for integrity then the supply will be turned on progressively until the system is fully operational.

It’s time to get

PREPARED AND READY When: Saturday 26th November, 5pm Where: Events Centre, Serious Fun event

Join a fun, interactive session about how to prepare and respond to emergencies in the community Children can learn how to become an Emergency Warrior and help each other get ready for bad weather or other emergencies Watch, listen and learn on the big screen An initiative supporting Cape and Torres residents prepare and respond to accidents and incidents in the area.

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No Cooktown visit

Are we lucky or what?

CAPTAIN Bligh turned up in Cooktown last week and promptly disappeared in Wujal Wujal. View In fact, she managed to disappear for from nearly three whole days. How strange the Hill is that? The Premier of Australia’s most dynamic state is suddenly off the radar for such a long time, and no-one notices? I was told at the CWA about her being here and looked forward to reading all about it in the Cooktown Local News, but unfortunately she missed the paper’s deadline. I checked the national papers, and even looked for her on Google (aren’t I clever?) but not a peep. Her visit never happened as far as the clever people down south are concerned. Let me think about that a little. Last week Captain Bligh, the week before Tony Abbot, both doing the right thing by visiting local Aboriginal communities and no-one down south cares enough to write about them in state and national newspapers? And notice that both visits were to interesting Aboriginal communities, not to boring old Cooktown. Someone should have found something exciting to say about them. I wonder - and please don’t take me too seriously here - I was wondering if anyone down south actually gives a stuff about the people who live up here. I mean, the media has as much interest in Cape York as it does in Baffin Island. Last time I checked, Cape York’s contribution to Australia’s news was two stabbings and a traffic accident. This is really serious. If the media are not going to follow polies up here, they will stop coming. Why would they bother if they don’t get photo ops and a few dramatic words? Look, we actually need these polies to visit. They have to come here so we can bend their ears a little and tell them to stop behaving as if the state stops at Hervey Bay. The trouble is, they won’t come unless a) they can enjoy themselves, and b) the news media can be persuaded to come and take pictures of them. It’s time the Shire formed a committee to provide the things polies and news-hounds like best of all. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

WHERE else in Australia is there a town with such a richly diverse, easily accessible Aboriginal history, a James Cook Expedition history, additional nationally significant maritime and land exploration history, gold and tin mining histories, an A-class historical museum, an A-class photographic exhibition illustrating our local history and a multi-million dollar Events Centre? Our other major cultural asset is the natural history centre - Nature’s PowerHouse - set in Cooktown’s stunning, 133-year-old Botanic Gardens, which reach to a coastline without parallel. How lucky are we? Cooktown is a much respected and admired, picturesque little town. It has benefitted from many contributions from people who have loved it. However, few could match the gifts of Vera Scarth-Johnson and Charles Tanner. Vera’s botanical illustrations of the flowering plants of the Endeavour Valley draw attention to the specimens collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770 and taken to Kew Gardens in London. Distinguished Herpetologist, Charles Tanner provided the money for a display to promote knowledge and interest in the wildlife of Cape York Peninsula. Both these eminent locals wanted to share with visitors and residents alike their passion for the natural history of our region. Such generosity and foresight are rare - especially in small and far from wealthy communities. “Nature’s PowerHouse” is the name Vera Scarth-Johnson chose for the centre. She made this suggestion to reflect the charge of excitement and enthusiasm she experienced when she first moved to Cooktown and began to discover its natural beauty and wonders. Opened in December 2000, Nature’s PowerHouse is the result of efforts of Cook Shire Councillors and staff who doggedly pursued grants from both the federal and state governments to fund the purpose-built centre. It was designed by

Melbourne’s Damian Moore and Sydney’s Frank Gomez, Karen Gilman and Stephanie Charles who are all in Cooktown on business, but found Saturday night’s piano concert at Nature’s PowerHouse the perfect interlude from work.

award-winning architect Bud Brannigan to display Vera’s botanical illustrations and the Charles Tanner’s Wildlife Exhibition which was developed by a team of experts from the Queensland Museum, Brisbane. From the beginning, Nature’s PowerHouse has played a major role in the social and creative life of Cooktown. The beautiful Verandah Caf‚ has been the location for many celebrations - parties, book launches, local and travelling exhibition openings, as well as being the venue for classical, jazz and popular music concerts, performances, talks and meetings. To them has been added Cooktown’s accredited Visitor Information and Booking Centre, open seven days a week. In the year to July, over 21,000 visitors came to Nature’s PowerHouse seeking information about Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula. Armed with possibilities, the new arrivals went out into our community and further afield, choosing from the places staff and volunteers told them about. In the peak season, more than 70 tour bookings are made each month. Visitors are blown away by all the wonderful things we have available to us in this very special town and often express regret they haven’t given themselves enough time

to enjoy it fully. Over the past year, Nature’s PowerHouse has hosted many exciting events such as Ian Wallace’s exhibition - “A Brush with Banksias”, the Cooktown State School Art Exhibition and Leah Stevens and family, who recently exhibited their art and crafts. An outstanding success was the match of some of Vera’s illustrations, the Endeavour Expedition’s Florilegium along with the actual plants from our Botanic Gardens. Nature’s PowerHouse gives locals an opportunity to expand their horizons as a volunteer - to learn more about our region so they can appreciate and share the special things about our place in paradise with visitors from around the world. It is remarkable for a town of Cooktown’s size to be able to offer such a broad range of activities and interests for visitors and locals to enjoy. It is crucial for the continuing vitality of the community that the variety be sustained even if some areas require rate payers money to run. While Nature’s PowerHouse is striving to minimise costs, there can be no doubt it provides our community exceptional value for money. Contributed by members of the Vera ScarthJohnson Gallery Association.

CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE SOVEREIGN RESORT HOTEL Menu Fresh Soup of the Day Oven Baked Bread Rolls A selection of Seafood, including Prawns, Scallops, Salmon, Barramundi and Oysters

$65 per head $30 Children under 12 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PH: 40430500

Roast Lamb Roast Beef Honey Roast Ham Whisky and brown sugar glazed Turkey Breast Steamed and roasted vegetables Garden Salad Potato salad Pasta salad A selection of gravies, mustards and sauces Birds Nest Pavlovas Tropical Fruit Salad Chocolate Cheesecake Christmas Pudding Tea and Coffee Cooktown Local News 17 - 23 November 2011 – 11



Amanda Hogbin with Kasia Gabrys, ‘rescued’ from Lakeland, at the Top Pub’s last disco for the year on Friday night.

Yarrabah boys, Reggie Murgha, Harry Ambrym and Bernie Bulmer making most of their time in Cooktown on Friday night before playing in the weekend’s rugby league carnival.

Kelly Whittle with her ‘Clayton’s’ dad, Lindsay Cronin from the Hann River.

Andy Davis, Amanda Trinh, Ramona McIvor and Thomas Lakefield made for a happy foursome at the Top Pub’s disco.

Singer Andrea Mullens found herself in the good hands of locals Donna Lee and Madeline Kilshaw-Browne between sets at the Top Pub’s disco on Friday night.

John and Tina Johnson preferred the bar to the disco on Friday night.

Isaac Barlow was another Yarrabah lad having a good time at the Toppy.

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Likely lads at the Toppy’s disco on Friday night were ‘Duck’ and Trevor Bradford.

Rachael and Dave Webber were all smiles at the thought of a big night at the Toppy.

SCHOOL DRESS-UP @ The Cooktown State School

Is that really “Bob the Builder” or Harrison Clarke from Prep K?

Understanding temptation

Witches Beatrice Kluck, Peta Buhman and Brianna Lemon giving the “evile eye”.

Peta Buhmann from Year 4/5D with her award.

Coralee Sommer (Year 8), Maggie Ramsey-Guzsely (Year 7), Tysharna McLean (Year 7) and Mollie McGregor (Year 8) made a great foursome of angels and cowgirls. RIGHT: Cameron Johnson and Josiphine Tremlett from Year 4/5D both had imaginative outfits.

Photos by Gary Hutchison

LEFT: Kynan Hale from Prep J was a great pirate.

James 1:1216. TO build a defence against temptation, we must understand From the Pulpit how it works. Every sin originates as a thought, often the result of a flaming arrow the Evil One shoots our way (Eph. 6:16). If a believer holds on to the thought, it becomes a fantasy - the chance to imagine what it would be like to pursue that notion without actually doing so. The problem with fantasies is that they can easily become entangled with a person’s emotions. This creates a desire, which brings the believer to the point where a choice must be made: he or she must either consent to the sin or refuse. This process is quite dangerous as the progression from thought to choice can be almost instantaneous. Wise believers determine ahead of time to resist temptation - before it enters their consciousness. There are two cornerstones to a good defence: the commitment to obey God, and the recognition that He is in control and has limited what Satan can do (1 Cor. 10:13). We can further fortify our defense when temptation actually comes. Satan has a way of spotlighting the pleasure of sin until that’s all we see. But with conscious effort, we can retrain our focus to take in the bigger picture: Is this choice a violation of God’s Word? What are the consequences? Am I prepared to pay that price? No defence against temptation is complete without Scripture and prayer. Every moment spent meditating on the Word and communicating with God builds our faith. As the bulwark around our mind and heart strengthens, we are ever more prepared to douse Satan’s flaming arrows. Used with permission - “Intouch Magazine”. Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church.

China Camp through the eyes of others A DESCTIPTION of China Camp by Cecil Saint-Smith, Assistant Government Geologist in 1916, and by Mrs Beatrice Parsons from an interview conducted by Duncan Jackson in 1984 when Beatrice was 92 years of age. CHINA Camp is the name given locally to that portion of the Cooktown District Tinfields situated near the Roaring Meg River, about 70 miles by road and 40 miles in a nearly direct line south from Cooktown township. The tidal portion of the Roaring Meg river is called the Bloomfield River, the first mentioned name being assumed by the stream immediately above the Bloomfield Falls. Above these falls the river consists in large part of a series of cataracts and water-falls, the most important of these being the Roaring Meg Falls. The falls referred to consist of extremely steep cascades, having a height of at least 200ft, the escarpment over which the river pours consisting of a ridge of hard granite crossing the river at right angles. This portion of the field is reached from


Cooktown by a rough dray track (23 miles) as far as the Rossville turnoff at Nunn’s Forks, about two miles past Helenvale and near the Junction of the Annan River and Wallaby Creek. After leaving the Rossville road turn-off, the track is of the usual unformed character, but is negotiable as far as Grasstree (37 miles from Cooktown) where an elevation of 1100ft is attained. From Grasstree the track is quite impassable for vehicles as far as the foot of the range, being dense lawyer vine etc, scrub to the top of Stuckey’s Gap (distance 41 « miles from Cooktown, altitude 1250 ft). Mrs Beatrice Parsons, in an interview conducted by Duncan Jackson in 1984, describes how she got to China Camp. by horse, sidesaddle in those days. “We went from Rossville over to Shiptons Flat and through Grass Tree. We had to go down Stuckey’s Gap, which was an awful thing as we couldn’t ride down it, we had to let the horses go on ahead and we would follow.” From the foot of the range to the little settlement of Ayton on the Bloomfield River (51 miles), the track is across practically level

country through the area known as the Plantation. Then a bridle track, some four miles in length, led through scrub country to the Crossing. Mrs Parsons explains, “We rode to Bloomfield where some people named Collins who lived on the other side of the river, had a rowing boat. They used to come over and collect anybody who wanted to go over. They would swim the horses behind the boat and you would hold the bridle. From the landing place on the right bank of the stream the track ascends to the top of the ZigZag and then traverses ridges to the Roaring Meg River Crossing. This crossing is over rounded boulders and usually fairly deep, a distance of four miles from the river brings one to China Camp, at an elevation of 750 ft, at the Lode Hill Workings. Mrs Parsons states there were five women at China Camp in her time there and to get furniture and goods there, “You had to board a boat in Cooktown and sail to Bloomfield and then journey three miles up river to a place called the Landing. People named Pearce were the packers and after it was off-loaded at the landing, it was loaded onto horses to go up to China Camp. We

would get half a side of bacon, « cwt potatoes and a 70 lb bag of sugar at a time. Sometimes it would be sitting down at the Landing for three weeks because the Roaring Meg was up and you couldn’t get across. Sometimes the potatoes would all be rotting in the bag by the time we got them.” Who would like to return to the good old days? Cooktown History Centre

Parsons’ house at China Camp. Photo submitted.

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Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott about to lay a wreath during Remembrance Day ceremonies last Friday.

ABOUT 80 men, women and children attended a once-ina-lifetime Remembrance Day commemoration in Cooktown’s Anzac Park last Friday. The traditional “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” was made even more significant by the once-ina-century 11th year time frame. Current serving defence force personnel from the Far North Queensland 51st Battalion were joined by veterans, their families, the families of former servicemen and women since past, local dignitaries, representatives of organisations and clubs and school captains in honouring those who have served or are still serving their country in the different branches of the Australian Defence Force. Cooktown RSL Sub Branch Secretary/Treasurer Jim Fay said he believed the number of those in attendance was an increase on last year’s. “I reckon we were up on last year, I didn’t count them all, but it looked that way to me,” Mr Fay said. “We were very happy with the turn-out and pleased with the commitment of the Cooktown State School by having its school captains there,” he said. After ceremonies in the park had concluded, old memories were relived over cold drinks at the Cooktown RSL Memorial Club.


FNQ 51st Battalion Corporal Dean Cannon salutes the fallen at the Remembrance Day commemoration service.

Viet Nam veterans Peter Shields and Peter Gibbons after the Remembrance Day commemoration service.

From the Austrian Alps with love IT’S FUNNY sometimes how humans have adapted to tolerate and even enjoy starkly different conditions. Three members of the Schmid family, owners of two “Romance Hotels” in the Austrian alps are spending a few weeks travelling around Australia - Perth, Cairns and eventually Sydney. They took a side trip to the Daintree Coast because it was so different and “specialsounding”. To understand how they view us, Steffi Schmid explained, “Austria is landlocked, with just eight million people. Our maximum summer temperature is 27 degrees, but for maybe four months of the year, the minimum is below zero. We have mountains, snow, skiing, fir trees and in summer the melting snow makes strongly running but cloudy streams.” “We’re famous for Red Bull, Innsbruck (the thrice Winter Olympic site), Mozart, Schubert, the Strauss family, pianos and lederhosen. Also, of course the Sound of Music and the Von Trapp family, but Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer were definitely imported. “So, we have been amazed to see your wonderful waterfalls, especially Wujal Wujal. It was great to see such a well-organised village and hear from Gloria Walker about the foods, the customs and the plants was so special. The crystal clear running water with jungle perch, the shrimps and turtles is, to us, really interesting. “Your white beaches - without hundreds of people - with their crabs and crab art, plus the migrating pigeons, and the noisy, nesting starlings are something that we would never see at home.”


Chris Schmid was the wildlife spotter, with an uncanny ability to pick out tiny frogs, shrimps and eels. Sven, as a qualified chef, was fascinated to hear about native and exotic foods and fruit. He found it difficult to believe that so many delicious mangos were growing wild around Wujal Wujal, and were there for the picking. In a couple of weeks, the travelling Schmid family will be back home on a busy program to cater for their winter skiing season. But now, they have experienced a special and unforgettable holiday in the rainforest. Sven and Chris did not bring any lederhosen with them on the trip, so the Track has thus far been spared the sight of virile male hikers wearing leather shorts. Maybe because of that, the Bloomfield Track conditions have been good, especially as there is so little traffic at this time of the year. Overnight light showers have been settling the dust, and Chris and Steffi Schmid and Sven Schaedlich from Austria enjoy Emmagen Creek. freshening the creeks. A little road work has been undertaken to Photos: MIKE D’ARCY. iron out some of the corrugations on the steeper hills both north and south of the Bloomfield River. Daytime tides on the Bloomfield are okay for the next week or so, but will build up very inconveniently for a week from around November 22 onwards. Be very careful. Watch the tide charts and remember that heavy rains will worsen the water flow. Happy travelling Mike D’Arcy. D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Nutmeg Pigeons among the poincianas. Ghost crab among the bubbler crab artwork. Ph: +61 7 4098 9180

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Mistletoe somewhat misunderstood WELCOME plant lovers. This week I would like to talk about a stunning red flowering plant that can be seen all around the place, just before the wet season. Looks rather like a Eucalyptus, or wait, maybe a Melaleuca (paper bark) or maybe an Acacia (wattle). This is because this plant is a hemi-parasite or aerial parasite on these plants, attaching to the host plant using a specialized connection called a haustorium. They undertake photosynthesis to produce organic matter, but derive water and mineral nutrients from their host. It can mimic the host, and sometimes the mimicry is so close, they are almost impossible to detect, except of course when the bright red flowers appear just before the wet season, like Amyema sanguinea, the Christmas Mistletoe or Blood Red Mistletoe. This one has thick fleshy leaves with three prominent veins, and red to pink and orange tubular flowers, which appear anytime but mainly from October to December, and also has a funnel shaped fruit. There are 85-90 species of Australian mistletoe, of which 71 are endemic to Australia i.e. only found in Australia, and mainly in the Loranthaceae family. Mistletoe was often considered a pest that kills trees and devalues natural habitats, but was recently recognized as an ecological keystone species, an organism that has a disproportionately pervasive influence over its community. Plants grow on a wide range of host trees, and commonly reduce their growth but can kill them with heavy infestation. The debate as to whether they are a problem goes on. There is some evidence that unhealthy trees are more prone to mistletoe infection than healthy trees and that the mistletoes are a very nutritious food source for many birds and mammals especially during droughts and seasonal scarcity, and also a host of the Satin Azure and Northern Purple Azure butterflies. They extend the flowering and fruiting season so there is always fruit and nectar available. Mistletoes are mainly spread by the tiny Mistletoe bird. The fruits are edible when ripe, having a sticky, gelatinous glucose-rich pulp around a single seed. Birds derive sustenance and agility through eating the fruits and nuts (drupes). The seeds are excreted in their droppings and stick to twigs, or more commonly the bird grips the fruit in its bill, squeezes the sticky coated seed out to the side, and then wipes its bill clean on a suitable branch. The sticky material called viscin

Passion for Plants

An example of the Amyema sanguinea, the Christmas Mistletoe or Blood Red Mistletoe on a gum tree in Boundary Street, Cooktown. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. hardens and attaches the seed firmly to its future host. Check out the plant in the tree in Boundary street near the hospital, you can see it from Hope Street, but it is all over the place and of course in the Botanic Gardens. At other times of the year there is a yellow one and an orange one or two different species. The plant kingdom never ceases to amaze me with the number of strategies for survival that plants do, changing their growth, their form, their colour, all so they can make it in the world. We human beings should take a leaf and become more adaptable. Sandy Lloyd

Trivial pursuits worth your support TWO different trivia quiz nights are scheduled for Cooktown towards the end of November. The first will be held at 6pm on Tuesday November 22 at Restaurant 1770. It includes a two-course meal, and is a fundraiser. All profits from this event will be donated to “Friends of The Foundation” which supports our local Cooktown hospital. People attending this event need to book in advance, and pay $20 or $25 on

the night. The theme of this quiz is “Australia” and all trivia questions will relate to this theme. For bookings contact Jan Howard on 4069 6019 or 0429 697 021. The second trivia quiz is a free event run by Cook Shire Council that will be held at the Events Centre on Saturday November 26, also starting at 6pm. It forms part of an information day, Serious Fun, about preparing for cyclones, and will have the theme “Disasters”.

Food will be available at the Events Centre from night market stalls attending. For further information and bookings, call Cook Shire Council 0n 4069 5444. Both trivia quiz nights are in aid of important local causes, and will provide excellent entertainment as well as some great prizes. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to attend. Let’s show the world that when it comes to trivial matters, nowhere beats Cooktown!

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6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 1:00 V8 Supercars 2011 4:30 High Road, Low Road 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Movie: “The Nutty Professor” (PG) 8:30 Movie: “Enemy Of The State” (M s,l) 11:15 That ‘70s Show: “Rip This Joint / Mother’s Little Helper” When the gang reminisce, Eric realises that he wasn’t there and feels like he missed an important life moment. Fez’s client at the salon is so taken with his understanding of women that she decides to date him. 12:05 Grey’s Anatomy: “My Favorite Mistake” George meets his new father-in-law. Alex helps Jane Doe figure out her place in the world. 1:05 Movie: “Dangerous Attraction (1999)” - A career woman finds herself in a dangerous power struggle when she begins to uncover the true identity of the two men she is dating. 3:15 Room For Improvement: A loveable landlady joins forces with RFI, transforming an old warehouse flat into a cutting-edge high tech home. 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Black Music: An American (R)evolution: Free At Last 1:55 Wayne McGregor: Across the Threshold 2:50 Chopin: The Women Behind The Music 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Ita Buttrose 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Dam 8:30 Mythbusters - Swimming In Syrup - Adam and Jamie check whether it is possible to swim as fast through syrup as it is through water. Meanwhile Kari, Grant and Tory find out if one can blow open a lock by packing it with the gunpowder from six revolver cartridges, and hitting it with the butt of a gun, as MacGyver did in his television show. 9:30 RocKwiz: Leah Flanagan & David Bridie 10:20 Movie: “Van Diemen’s Land” - The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Sarah Island penal settlement, a place of brutal treatment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving - the Tasmanian wilderness. Winner of the New Visions Award at the Catalonian International Film Festival, 2009. Directed by Jonathan auf der Heide and stars Oscar Redding, Arthur Angel and Paul Ashcroft. 12:10 SOS: “Glenn Owen Dodds” 1:10 South Park / 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Beverley Minster 12:00 Landline 1:00 7.30 1:30 Message Stick: Bringing Uncle Home 2:00 The Mikado 4:20 The NOW Now 5:00 Art Nation 5:30 Dance Academy 6:00 Life: Plants 6:50 Minuscule: City Caterpillar Butterfly Of The Fields 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home: Stoke Hall 8:30 The Night Watch 10:05 Compass: Life’s Big Questions: Margaret Fulton 10:30 Pride And Prejudice 11:25 Ladies Of Letters: Vera and Irene are making a big impact on board Her Majesty’s prison ship Pride Of Cleveland; and Vera struggles to come to terms with her son’s admission that he’s gay. 11:50 Restoration Home: Stoke Hall 12:50 The Night Watch: Set against the turbulent backdrop of 40s London come the stories of four young people inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. 2:20 Hungry Beast 3:00 Lilies: The Release - Ruby makes radical new upper class friends and is arrested; May attempts to abort her baby at home and becomes dangerously ill.

6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 The Presidents Cup 2011 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 Getaway 5:30 MX TV 6:00 National News 6:30 Frozen Planet 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9:30 Person Of Interest 10:30 Prime Suspect - A man’s death in a hotel is investigated by Jane and Duffy; Duffy ruffles Jane’s feathers by making comments about her relationship with Costello. 11:30 Flashpoint: Eagle Two - The SRU works security for a visiting billionaire and his wife, however, the wife is kidnapped by a man posing as a journalist. The kidnappers don’t want a cash ransom. They want her husband to admit to criminal activity in his business dealings in South America. 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 10:30 Under The Hammer 11:00 Children’s Programs 1:00 V8 Supercars 2011 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 TBA 9:30 Castle: “The Late Shift” When Castle appears on a late-night talk show to promote his book, Heat Wave, legendary host Bobby Mann confides in him that people want him dead. When tragedy strikes later that night, Castle has to convince Beckett that there was foul play. 10:30 Royal Pains 11:30 Forensic Investigators: Australia’s True Crimes - “Till Death Do Us Part” A hysterical man arrives home to find his wife lying dead in a pool of blood. Is he just a victim or the one responsible? 12:30 Grey’s Anatomy 1:30 The Real Seachange 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 A Fork In Asia: Guilin 3:30 Indigenous Football Festival 2011 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Globalisation In The Amazon 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Bible: A History: Moses and the Law 8:30 Kissinger: Voyage 10:20 Movie: “Barefoot” (M a) - In German. Nick Keller comes from a wealthy family, but has become something of a drop-out. He needs a job very badly and finds one as a cleaner in a mental asylum. On his first day, he saves the life of a patient, a young girl, who is about to commit suicide. When he is sacked shortly after, she follows him home. 12:20 Movie: “The Vanishing Point” (M l) - Art history student Lucie sets out to prove her theory that a woman who keeps appearing from behind in 18th century artist Antoine Watteau’s paintings was Camille Desmares, an actress from the Comédie Française whom Watteau, according to Lucie, was in love with. However, the further she proceeds the more her research supervisor, professor Dussart, tries to discourage her. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Art Nation 5:30 At The Movies 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:25 A Poet’s Guide To Britain 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs: Newport 6:50 Minuscule: The Quest For The Pink Lollypop 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?: Ashcombe 8:30 The Hour 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:35 Darling Buds Of May: Oh To Be In England: Part 1 (PG) Mariette gives birth to a baby boy and Pop discovers Captain Broadbent is cheating his old aunt and sets out to teach him a lesson. 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:25 The Hour: A lavish thriller set in the world of television journalism in 1950s Britain. 3:30 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011: Men’s Triples (2nd Test) Coverage of all the action when Australia take on South Africa at the Moonta Bowls Club on South Australia’s copper coast.

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Celebrity Apprentice 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Backfire” (M) A victim’s spirit won’t leave Calleigh alone until she finds justice for his murder. 11:30 Undercovers: Xerxes - The Blooms try to recover a painting that’s hiding a formula for a biological weapon. During the mission, Samantha must adopt her old cover and work with Steven’s enemy, putting a strain on the couple’s relationship. 12:30 The Avengers: Living Dead - Steed and Emma take a trip into the country to investigate rumours that a ghost has been seen in the private chapel of the Duke of Benedict. 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Summit” (M v,a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Miles finds out Elijah is in love with Leah. Heath won’t give up his his bad boy ways. Romeo tries to earn some more money to hide from Indi that he lent Mink $2000. Sid and Roo have a romantic dinner. 7:30 The X Factor 9:30 TBA 11:00 Dual Suspects: “Ties That Bind” On a lonely stretch of Illinois highway just outside Decatur, an abandoned car ignites the search for a vivacious and popular young mother. 12:00 Special: Secrets of The Rainforest 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Age Of Terror: Ten Days Of Terror 2:00 India Reborn: Myth And Might 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Living Black 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Bubble Trouble 8:30 Kill Arman: Japan/ Kendo 9:00 South Park: Ass Burgers 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Housos: Thailand (Part 1) 10:30 Skins: Nick 11:30 The World Game: Thee World Game panel offers expert analysis and local perspective on all things football, plus all the latest news and match results. 12:30 Living Black 1:00 Movie: “The Kaifeck Murders” (M v,h) - In German. A photographer and his son uncover a gruesome murder story in a Bavarian village. Based loosely on the story of an unsolved multiple murder on a farmstead in 1922. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Churchill’s Darkest Decision 1:20 TBA 1:35 Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Pirvate Life Of: Pigs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 The Grumy Guide to Food 9:35 United States of Tara: Train Wreck - A heavily-medicated Tara rids the house of all Bryce-ness in preparation for the return of Max and Marshall; and Neil tries to persuade Charmaine that Houston would be a great place to raise their child. 10:00 Artscape: We’re Livin’ On Dog Food 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:30 TBA 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:30 Monarch Of The Glen 2:30 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Hoaxes 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Band Theory: “The Einstein Approximation” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Large Hadron Collision” (PG s) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Excelsior Acquisition” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “A Fishbowl Full Of Glass Eyes” (M) 9:00 Mike & Molly: “Peggy Shaves Her Legs” - Peggy invites Molly to lunch, and Mike is afraid that his mum will share embarrassing childhood stories. 9:30 Survivor: South Pacific 10:30 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition 11:30 Hot In Cleveland 12:00 20/20 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Summit Part 2” (M a,v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Romeo reveals to Indi that he lent Mink money, Liam surprises Bianca when he asks her to marry him, and Miles makes the decision to move away from Summer Bay. 7:30 The X Factor 9:30 TBA 10:30 Dinner Date: “Mike Black” (PG) 11:30 Parks And Recreation: “The Fight” The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. 12:20 House Calls To The Rescue 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Ethnic Business Awards 2011 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Puerto Rico 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 David Attenborough: Death Of The Oceans? 8:30 Immigration Nation: The Secret History Of Us 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Hot Docs: The Pipe - Four years in the making, this program tells the story of the small Irish coastal village of Rossport which has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State. In 1996, a gas field was discovered right off the coast of Rossport, and Shell wants to lay a pipeline directly through the village. The residents are up in arms, but the Irish government is offering Shell a carte blanche. 11:40 Movie: “Welcome Home” (MAV v,a) - 28-year-old Julien returns to his home town. He’s spent the last thirteen years in jail for the murder of his parents when he was 16 years old. Out on probation, he’s looking for his sister - the sister he also tried to murder at the time. She survived, but now he wants to reconnect with her. 1:40 A Well-Founded Fear 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Strictly Speaking 5:30 Spicks And Specks 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Bush Slam 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue: Whitbourne Hall 6:50 Minuscule: Dragonflies 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Outnumbered 8:30 Spicks and Specks: The Finale 9:30 The Hamster Wheel 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:35 South Pacific: Fragile Paradise - The South Pacific might be the greatest ocean on Earth, but it’s also a fragile paradise with little or no protection. Discover what is being done to preserve this ocean and its wildlife. 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:25 Country House Rescue: Whitbourne Hall - Ruth is at Whitbourne Hall, a mansion nestled in the Worcestershire countryside. This magnificent house was built in 1860 by the wealthy Bickerton Evans family, but over the years they struggled to keep the estate going. 2:20 Hungry Beast / 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “In The Line Of Duty: Blaze Of Glory” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Dex helps Dallas find a new place to live and Miles says good bye to Summer Bay. 7:30 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 8:30 Criminal Minds: “Our Darkest Hour/ The Longest Night” 10:30 Great Escapes 11:30 Gangs Of Oz: “Young Guns... Loose Cannons” (M v,l,n,d) Organised, efficient, discrete - this used to be Middle Eastern gangs in Australia. Today they are ruthless and violent. Becoming more and more brazen as they pull out their guns first and ask questions later, tonight we take an exclusive look inside the nastiest gang of them all. 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

4:00 Rage (G) 4:55 National Press Club Address 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Hope Springs 1:30 Mother And Son 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage Spring 6:50 Minuscule: Chewing Gum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: History 8:30 The Slap 9:30 Crownies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:35 Live From Abbey Road: Yusuf/ The Fray/ White Lies 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The House of Representatives 1:00 Lilies: The Serpent - Dadda falls in love with a sweet young teacher to his daughters’ horror; Iris wants to become a nun; Ruby walks out with the socialist German butcher; and Dadda finds out that May is pregnant. 3:10 To The Manor Bowen: Lairy Christmas - The LlewelynBowens get into the Christmas spirit. They have succeeded in transforming their run-down manor house into a very special family home and reflect on their whirlwind existence since moving to the countryside.

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Precious Fragmentation” - When the guys find a rare movie prop ring from The Lord of the Rings at a garage sale, it threatens to tear them apart - forcing them to choose the ring or their friendship. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 Prime Suspect 10:30 TBA 11:30 Hot In Cleveland 12:00 Eclipse Music TV 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Pants Alternative” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wheaton Recurrence” (PG s) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Spaghetti Catalysis” (PG s) 8:30 Unforgettable 9:30 The Mentalist: “Red Moon” - Jane willingly accepts the help of an astrologer on a triple-homicide case involving two police officers and an EMT worker. 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Meltdown” - A seemingly perfect jewellery heist ends in murder and when crime scene evidence is stolen from the lab, Delko returns to find the culprit. 11:30 Rubicon: Caught In The Suck - The CIA asks Miles and Tanya to oversee an interrogation. 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 8:00 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Puerto Rico 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Toughest Place To Be A... Paramedic 8:30 One Born Every Minute: A groundbreaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit. This episode features the uplifting stories of two courageous mums, both overcoming their worst fears. Sophia is having twins, but a scan has shown up a problem with one of them meaning it will have to go to Special Care as soon as it’s born. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Jameson Inside Film Awards Sydney 2011 - The Jameson Inside Film Awards Sydney are the only people’s choice awards for Australian film. This year it looks to be a fight to the finish between two films that are based on true occurrences - family fun film Red Dog with nine nominations, and the dramatic story of the forced migration of children from the UK to Australia in Oranges and Sunshine follows closely with eight. The 2011 IF Awards, hosted by the multi-talented Eddie Perfect, will be held at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park. 12:00 112 Emergency / 1:30 Weatherwatch Overnight 5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 8:00 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: BanuylsSur-Mer to Petite Camargue 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 8:30 The Family: Married With Children - This eight-part observational documentary series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey into the life of one ordinary Australian family - The Cardamone’s. Tonight, after 25 years of marriage Angelo and Josephine have learnt to negotiate most things. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Big Love: The Noose Tightens 11:05 UEFA Champions League Hour 12:05 Movie: “Remember Me” (M l,s,d) - In Italian. Failed novelist Carlos Ristuccia works at a finance company while his wife Giulia, a wannabe actress, toils away as a teacher. With their ambitions jettisoned, the couple has instilled little self-esteem in their teenaged son and daughter, who struggle to find meaning in life. 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest 6:00 Weekend Today 8:00 The Presidents Cup 2011 4:30 Antiques Programmer: The Jezabels 11:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Christmas Roadshow 5:00 Getaway 5:30 4WD TV Comes Early 11:20 Minuscule: The Last Supper 11:30 The Good Cook 6:00 National News Saturday 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story: The Girl from 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Boryslaw 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Dandenong Vs Townsville 3:00 7:30 Movie: “Kung Fu Panda” (PG v) - When the Valley of Peace Football: W-League: Canberra United Vs Newcastle Jets 5:00 Bowls: is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as Australia Vs RSA 2011 6:00 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: Rome the “chosen one” and trains to become a kung fu hero, but 7:00 ABC News transforming the slacker into a brave warrior won’t be easy. 7:30 Doc Martin - Louisa and Martin are arguing about everything, 9:25 Movie: “Angels & Demons” from the schooling for their son to what they will eat for sup- 12:15 The End Of The Affair: A passionate woman trapped in a per. Then Martin books a christening without telling Louisa - is sterile marriage, Sarah Miles is immediately and irresistibly atthis the final straw? tracted to brooding novelist Maurice Bendrix when they meet 8:20 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Mirror Crack’d From Side To at a party given by Sarah’s worthy but unexciting civil servant Side - Miss Marple investigates the murder of Heather Badhusband, Henry. They begin a passionate, illicit and sexually cock, who consumed a poisoned cocktail apparently meant for liberating love affair. But during the Blitz in London, Bendrix’s American film actress Marina Gregg. house is hit by a bomb while the couple are in bed, and he is 9:50 The Graham Norton Show nearly killed. Inexplicably and without warning, Sarah breaks 10:35 Penn And Teller: Fool Us - Magicians in this episode include off the relationship. Shawn Farquhur - Canadian Close Up Magician; Manuel 1:30 Alive And Cooking Martinez - Cuban Illusionist; Etienne Pradier - French Card 2:00 Danoz Direct Magician; and Chris Dugdale - British Illusionist. 3:30 Nine Presents / 3:45 Four Nations Rugby League 2011 11:25 Rage Guest Programmer: The Jezabels


SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Crocodile Dreaming 2:00 Living Safely: Preventing Accidents and Injury in Indigenous Communities 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Saint-Christoly-Medoc to Hendaye 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Town With Nicholas Crane: Scarborough 8:30 As It Happened: Hitler’s Heroes: Otto Skorzeny - This two-part documentary series examines two of Hitler’s most devoted followers. Otto Skorzeny was Hitler’s most elusive ‘craftsmen of war’. Broad duelling scars across his cheeks earned him his nickname ‘Scarface’. 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Thinking XXX 11:00 Movie: “Cold Showers” (MA s,a,n) - In French. The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich, one poor. Teenager Mickael’s life consists of captaining the Judo squad and his girlfriend Vanessa. But when he has an ill-advised ménage-a-trois with Vanessa and team mate Clement, he ends up losing the two things he cares for most. 12:45 South Park / 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Bird On A Wire” (M v,l) 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Dex sees a different side to Dallas. Sid gets carried away and becomes too rough when he warns Stu to stay away from Sasha. Miles realises Elijah is still in love with Leah. 7:30 Better Homes & Gardens 9:00 Movie: “New In Town” (PG s,l) 11:00 Movie: “Derailed” (PG n) - Charles Schine and Lucinda Harris have noticed each other on the commuter train before. One morning, their conversation leads to a flirtation which turns into an evening drink and then, before either one can stop it, a passionate one-night stand erupts. Then, suddenly a stranger explodes into their lives, threatening to expose their secret and lures them into a terrifying game. 1:10 October Road 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Hi-5 10:30 The Presidents Cup 2011 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Alive and Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affiar 7:00 The Celebrity Apprentice 7:30 Two And A Half Men: “Good Morning Mrs. Butterworth” (PG s,l) - Charlie seeks to take advantage of Alan and Chelsea’s budding friendship. 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “Baseball Was Better With Steroids” (PG s,l) - Mia’s return finds Charlie questioning how devoted he is to Chelsea. Also the boys rush a labouring Judith to the hospital. 8:30 Movie: “The Da Vinci Code” (M v,a) While in Paris on business, a Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, receives an urgent late-night phone call; the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. 11:30 Mr T And The Women 12:30 A Love Song For Bobby Long: After her mother’s death, Purslane Will returns to New Orleans to reclaim her childhood home. However, she’s shocked to discover that two of her mother’s friends have been squatting there for years. 3:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America


ABC 4:00 Rage (PG) 5:00 Can We Help? 5:30 New Inventors 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Chopper Rescue 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple 2:10 The Genius Of Design 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Christmas Comes Early 6:25 The Good Cook 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 My Family: Harper Vs Harper - Ben and Susan are on the verge of splitting up, but life apart isn’t really as appealing as it first seems; especially when it involves living with Roger. 8:30 Midsomer Murders: Left For Dead: Near the construction site of a bypass an elderly couple are found dead in their home. Then later, the manager of the company building the bypass is found murdered. 10:05 The Old Guys: Quiz 10:35 Lateline 11:20 Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union - Tracey Ullman continues her tour across America showcasing her vast array of original characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits, that range from sardonic parody to social satire. 11:45 Rage

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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Wicker Park” (M l,s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Casey is home from juvenile detention, Dex finds out about April’s plan for the formal, and Sid takes justice into his own hands, getting him into big trouble. 7:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia 9:00 TBA 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 Outsourced 11:30 30 Rock: “Anna Howard Shaw Day” (PG) 12:00 Trauma: “Targets” Nancy and Glenn get caught in the crossfire as a sniper takes San Francisco hostage. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News



Your Lucky ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A difficult aspect to Mars later in the week could make you tense. You will have a lot of excess energy, and must do your best to find a suitable outlet. Romance. A recent change in your emotions could have something to do with a new person in your life! You will start to grow much closer over the upcoming period.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Advice from friends who are negative won’t help you. You don’t want your positive energy to be suffocated by people who have much less initiative themselves. Romance. A meeting with a person whom you have seen several times before may end up becoming more intimate than you expect. Don’t hold back, even though you are very uncertain what it is that you want from this relationship.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


1.....Weather zone (7) 6.....Wild cat (7) 9.....Following (5) 10...Yellow tint seen in old photos (5) 11 ...Torres Strait island (3) 13...Lottery (6) 14...Source, beginning (6) 15...Non-commissioned officer (abbrev.) (3) 17...Desert animal (5) 19...Measurement (5) 20...Small child (7) 21...Bird like emu (7)

A difficult aspect to Saturn could make things a little heavy-going at times. However your determination will be enough to see you through: you are not someone who gives up easily! Romance. You will both be feeling a lot more relaxed this week. Your relationship will benefit from time spent together. Don’t be too demanding early in the week.



2.....Passenger ship (5) 3.....Black and white bird (6) 4.....Saying: there’ll be ----before bedtime (5) 5.....Cheer for team (7) 6.....Brochure (7) 7.....Bring (7) 8.....Artist (7) 11 ...Aussie band: --- at Work (3) 12...Kangaroo (abbrev.) (3) 16...Old fogey (6) 18...Lots, heaps (5) 19...Health worker (5)

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) An off-the-cuff comment from a colleague will give you an important insight into the way this person really feels about you. He may not be quite as negative as you have been thinking! Romance. Be careful not to criticise your partner as they could be in a slightly difficult mood at the moment and will respond better to praise. This is not a good week to deal with a longstanding issue.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the confidence you need to push on, despite criticism from people around you. You believe in yourself and will soon be proven right. Romance. You will be very over-sensitive to criticism at the moment. A personal remark which is a little too close to the truth could upset you. Rather than getting annoyed you should use this as an excuse to make some positive changes.


VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Be careful that other people don’t take advantage of your good nature. Sometimes you are too kind for your own good, and need to be careful. Romance. Don’t take any risks with your relationship as an offer which seems too good to be true will come up and could create tension.


LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A friend who accidentally says the wrong thing could upset you. Don’t be too quick to forgive this person: their comment may reveal a side to their nature which you need to know about. Romance. You may be feeling a little fragile at the moment. So long as your partner is even more sympathetic than usual everything will go well.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

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This will be a good time for work requiring a lot of concentration. You will be very on-the-ball mentally at the moment, and should make sure that you get the most out of this period. Romance. A surprise visit will help to improve your social life. Don’t be afraid to take up an offer from this person, even if you are not quite sure where it will lead.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You need a break, and should spend a while doing something unproductive. Don’t feel guilty about taking it easy for a while: you deserve the chance to relax. Romance. You will be able to get a great deal done today, so long as you steer clear of arguments. A petty dispute may slow you down.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You may be feeling a little insecure at the moment. Don’t let an unfriendly comment affect your self-confidence too much. Romance. Your partner may need rather more attention than normal this week. Try to give as much as you can.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

QUOTE OF THE DAY There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. – William Butler Yeats


Time spent talking with a close friend will give you a chance to understand a recent issue which has troubled you. This person’s insight into your needs may surprise you. Romance. You may need a little extra space this week. Time spent alone will help you to understand your emotional needs a little more clearly.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Your mood will be quite changeable this week. You will react especially badly to a comment which you believe is unfair and inaccurate. Listen to what the other person has to say, however. Romance. A surprise meeting with an old admirer will help to cheer you up. This could be the start of an important new development in your relationship.

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BEER & PRAWNS Guided Tours this Saturday 19th (12-4pm) followed by Beer & Prawns. Lots 29,30 & 31 Sir Ken Morris Drive,off Old Dairy Road,Endeavour Valley. 63Ac,145Ac & 74Ac respectively.Red Volcanic Soil,Creeks,Views,Views,Views! 15 mins from town. Come out for a gander & a prawn on the barbie. Choice blocks,well worth a look,present all offers. Ph 0457 958 807

CIVIL celebrant Beverley J Stone for weddings, namings and funeral ceremonies. Ph 0419 376 133 or 4069 5162.

COOKTOWN Skip Bins. Commercial and domestic rubbish removal and disposal. Ph 4069 5851 or 0417 962 581.



3RD DEC 2011. On site. 1/2 Acre House Block. Brick Home, 3-4 Bedrooms, Large Shed, 52 Hope ST. Contact Paradise Realty for details. Ph:4069 5922.

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FREE BEER & PRAWNS PROPERTY. Guided Tours this Saturday 19th (12-4pm) followed by Beer & Prawns.Lots 29,30 & 31 Sir Ken Morris Drive,off Old Dairy Road,Endeavour Valley. 63Ac,145Ac & 74Ac respectively.Red Volcanic Soil,Creeks,Views,Views,Views! 15 mins from town. Come out for a gander & a prawn on the barbie. Choice blocks,well worth a look,present all offers. Ph 0457 958 807

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FOR SALE 200L plastic drums in Cooktown. $45 ono. Ph 0428 101 190 or 4069 5505.

The reliable, efficient, hard working ladies and gentlemen who operate the Bar. The people who are always willing to perform as volunteers each Race Day and those who assist and prepare to make ready for the Race Meeting. The men, and lady, working on the track and at the barriers to ensure horses line up for starting as easily as possible. Those who provide various items necessary for use on the day. Also our great community who attend and enjoy a family, social event on Raceday each year. Plus - a special word of appreciation to Cooktown R.S.L. Memorial Club Inc. who have continued to provide great assistance in many ways.

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MUSSO 2000 model, seven seater, 4WD, power steering, top condition. $6990. Ph: 0407 753 570

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860 Square metre block of land with a 7 metre by 7 metre rendered block double garage with electric door, paved driveway, fenced on three sides, no rear neighbours, landscaped, with established trees, flat block ready for building. $250,000 Please call Paul on 0415 830 500 for details and inspection. For photos or more info, email

A criminal history check may be conducted on the recommended person for the job. A non-smoking policy applies to Queensland Government buildings, ofďŹ ces and motor vehicles.

The majority of Businesses who continually support us so well.

THIS SUNDAY 20th. Huge variety of palms, plants and broms all $10. 1774 Endeavour Valley Road. Ph: 4069 5206

FOR SALE CAMRY Vienta sedan, automatic, air conditioning, power steering, electric windows, all luxuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Top of the range. $3490. Ph 0407 753 570

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FOR SALE AAA Wrecking, 1995 Commodore sedan, running 1992 Camry, 1995 Camry sedan, manual, 1994 Falcon sedan, 1986 Jackaroo wagon 4WD, 1994 Commodore Sedan, 4WD, Mitsubishi 1997 4WD duel cab ute, all with motors, gearboxes diffs + all other parts. Ph: 0407 753 570

FOR SALE CONTAINERS for sale or hire. Ph Cooktown Towing & Mechanical 4069 5545.


FOR SALE MAGNA 1998 sedan, auto, air conditioning, power steering, very good condition. Beautiful on the road $3990. Any test. Cooktown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 month or 1000km statutory warranty. Ph: 0407 753 570.

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Cooktown RSL Memorial Club Inc.

Annual General Meeting Sunday, December 11, 10am Nominations forms for Committee are available from the Club Secretary between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday and Friday. Nominations must be handed to the Secretary by 5pm, Friday, November 25, 2011. Proxy vote forms must be obtained from the OďŹ&#x192;ce, they must be stamped and veriďŹ ed on the back or will not be accepted. All proxy votes must be in to the Secretary one hour prior to the meeting. Late proxy forms will not be accepted. Current Membership cards must be presented at the door. Further information required please contact the Secretary. Sue McKewen, Secretary/Manager


Venue: Gungarde Hall (92 Charlotte St, Cooktown) When: 10am Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Agenda â&#x20AC;˘ Acceptance of previous minutes; 11th August 2011 â&#x20AC;˘ Change rule 8.2 (2) to â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of the directors of the Corporation must be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with family connections within Cooktown areaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Change rule 5 (5.1) add â&#x20AC;&#x153;must be a resident of the area for 12 Months or moreâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Change rule 5.2 (1-B) change from 3.1 to 5.1 â&#x20AC;˘ Payment of membership $5.00 (non financial members cannot vote).

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Venue: Gungarde Hall (92 Charlotte St, Cooktown) When: 11am Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Agenda â&#x20AC;˘ Annual report â&#x20AC;˘ Auditor report â&#x20AC;˘ Choosing an Auditor â&#x20AC;˘ Elections. Nominations for positions on the Gungarde Board of Directors will close on 25/11/2011 - no late nominations will be accepted. Collect Nomination forms and pay the Nomination fee ($20) at the Gungarde Office.

Food and refreshments will be served Warren Kulka, Chairperson


New sport a chance in Cooktown COOKTOWN Wanderers’ Football Club may enjoy a year-round, all-weather alternative to soccer soon, with members being given an introduction to the indoor version of the sport, Futsal at the Events Centre last Saturday. Prior to the Futsal sessions, the club held its Annual General Meeting at which David Barker was elected President, Tonya Lickiss elected as Secretary and Tyson Hang the Treasurer. Futsal is played to modified soccer rules with a smaller, less-inflated ball. FNQ Soccer Zone Development Officer Chris Collins took an enthusiastic group of boys and girls through some skills drills which were then followed by some structured games. Later in the afternoon, it was the adults’ turn. “Everyone had a great time and with the facility here at the Events Centre, we might just have an all-weather game that everyone can enjoy,” Wanderers’ Football Club President David Barker said. “We’ll have to gauge the availability of the Events Centre once the new PCYC management settles in, but we’re certainly keen to give it a go.” Mr Barker said the club would advise the community of the progress of a possible Futsal competition in the near future.

Jack Scott and Jordan Lickiss support Tom Privett in this attacking surge with Amber Farnan in hot pursuit during Futsal training at the Events Centre last Saturday. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Cooktown State School swimming champions

Cooktown State School Swimming award winners - Jeneen Clark 10 years, Tysharna McLean 12 years, Holly Farnan - Record breaker, True Oldaker - 12 years, Jessica Oldaker - 13 years, Kellie-Rose O’Sullivan - 15 years and Brianna Lemon - 9 years. Photos submitted. LEFT: Cooktown State School Junior Swimming Champions, 2011 - Russell Clark and Holly Farnan. RIGHT: Champions, 2011 - (back row) Thuy Loughlin (female 17 years and open), Corey Burton 17years and open, Adam Nairn 15 years and Sam Hosking 16 years. (Front Row) James Furlong 13 years, Russell Clark 12years Kerie McLean 10 years, Daymarra Deeral 14 years, Thomas Logan 9 years and Khya Witheridge 13 years.

Cricket final this weekend to be a 50 over match By STEVE WILTON THIS weekend sees the end of the 2011 cricket season when Marton will face up against the Black Mountain Panthers in the final of the longer version of the game. During the season, this competition has been played as a 40-over fixture, however for the final the game will be played as a 50-over game. The extra overs allocated for the final will see the game start at 9.30am to ensure

both teams have sufficient time to bat out 50 overs. The final should be a closely fought encounter with the BMP boys hoping to maintain the good form they have shown all year in the 40-over games, while Marton have come strong at the right end of the season and are hoping to carry this form into the final. Unfortunately the Twenty20 season had a disappointing end with the final decided by a forfeit when the Hope Vale team could not field the numbers for a game due to the players commitments with the Johny Bowen

Memorial Trophy carnival on the same week-end. Congratulations to Marton who were awarded the final on the forfeit. A big thanks to everyone who supported the cricket this year and we hope you are able to come along this Sunday to see the culmination of what has been a very good year with some great cricket played.

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Huge weekend ahead for golfers with Wren Ambrose competition JUST a reminder that this Saturday, November 19 is the Wren Timbers Builders (and Tradies) 3-Person Ambrose competition, which is bound to be a huge weekend. Wren Timbers put on some fantastic prizes and it is always a joyful weekend with players from all over Queensland (mainly from Brisbane and Cairns) converging on the Cooktown Golf Links course. Get a team together and come out for a hit and giggle and bring your non-golfing friends as no handicap is necessary for this competition. It’s good to see the weekly competition maintaining numbers, with this week’s winner of the Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition, Dave Collie who had 38 points. Laurie Downs was next in line for the runner-up position on 36. Humid conditions greeted the members who played in the Rainforest Real Estate Par competition held last Saturday and some good scores were turned in. Kim Copland was aiming for another course record, but unfortunately just missed out but won the day’s competition with a score of +8 (66 off the stick - nett 56). Otto Hirsch was another member who had a great game and was runner-up with a score of +7 (gross 81 - nett 57). All the nearest the pins were landed with Steve Weise managing to hold on to 2/11 (although Wayne King did land here as well but it was determined a dead heat so he left the honours with Steve). Otto Hirsch landed 14 and Kim Copland for 9/18. A fair size field competed in the Cooktown Hardware Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition, although not everyone put their score up on the board, and the clear winner for the day was Brian Lemon who had a nett score of 26. With the scores that were written up on the board it looked like a count-back was required for the runner-up position between Steve Butler and Steve Weise, but unfortunately, Steve Weise had worked out his half handicap incorrectly so the runner-up for the day was Steve Butler who had a nett score 30. It has been explained to me that handicaps for the 9-Hole competition need to be calculated using the Index to ascertain how many shots a person gets for the back and the front 9. I will get one of more experienced members to do a written explanation for me so it can be explained to everyone on how to work out the handicap correctly. The “Dedicated Hole For The Week” will be 2nd/11th. A few members have been assisting the grounds staff in doing their ‘little bit’ which is great to see. Keep up the good work everyone. Happy golfing everyone. In the Kelly Barnett Cooktown Golf Club Manager


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Hot bite still on at the Cooktown Wharf

Tim Shailer with a pair of solid Reef Jacks from a recent spearfishing trip. Photos submitted.

WELL, the “hot bite” has still been on at the Wharf with some solid fish keeping anglers on their toes. Spanish Mackerel have been taken on both fly and live bait, while Queenfish have been coming in to steal the “”lives” set for the Mackerel. Needless to say, they’ve found their way into the creels too. Mangrove Jack have been caught throughout the Endeavour River on both live bait and lures, while the Wharf has been useful for the odd Fingermark as well as Squid at night. Crabs have been a bit slow but what have been caught have made the effort well-and-truly worthwhile. Quality Spanish Mackerel, Red Emperor and Large Mouth have been reported as well as Trout in other areas. The weather is still playing hard ball with the forecast still around 15 knots for the weekend, but some will still venture out as the word is the Trout are having a good chew. With the next reef closure starting on Tuesday, the fishing should be red hot if the wind drops enough to get out for a play. Tight Lines. Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

David Cass with a Spanish Mackerel caught on a Fly.

Useful lessons learned during downtime WITH low numbers on Wednesday, our sunset shoot was used for practice and sighting in. Nights like these are helpful for shooters to refine their skills and learn tips and tricks from others. Thanks to Rod for conducting the shoot. We have an open invitation for anyone to come out and have a try at pistol shooting. Please wear closed shoes and bring along photo ID. Dates to remember this month: Sunset shoots - Wednesday 23 and 30 at 5.30pm, alternating between Combined Service Core and Sports Pistol/Centrefire; Practical shoot - Sunday, 27 from 9am, will also include the John King Memorial Shoot, with a barbecue to follow; and General meeting - Wednesday, 30 at 5.30pm. Chris Stewart SSAA Cooktown

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EVERY year at about this time, the Hash steals a march on the rest of Cooktown by celebrating Christmas at a special camp. That’s a good idea if you think about it. We catch Father Christmas when he is fresh and cheerful and, of course, ALL the hashers have been very, very good this year. Whizz and Granddad chose the spot for the camp - in the old tin mining area beyond Shiptons Flat, beside a babbling brook stuffed with yabbies. An idyllic place, a veritable Arcadia, although it must have been as busy as a termite mound in the old days. The Saturday run led off into the bush, away from the mine workings and into a logging area. We explored the old sawmill site, and continued up to a very pretty waterfall. Four of us decided not to get their feet wet, and started for home early. Some time later, Moses found all four wandering in circles and bleating, completely lost. The bash was notable for a large amount of Christmas spirit, and a naming - Miss Lain who manages to forget or mislay everything. And there were Christmas presents. Everyone got something, and in some cases it was useful. Then there was a huge roast dinner, so varied and generous that half of it was left for Monday. The recovery run next morning took a diminished pack around the mine workings and we had a chance to wonder at just how much soil and rock the old timers had moved, and all by hand. On Monday, Thermo and F&*t set up a quick, short and easy run. At least, that was the idea, but F&*t got lost in the very rough ground behind the Botanic Garden and made everyone suffer as a result. Never mind, the leftovers were waiting at the bash and we made a good attempt at finishing them. There will certainly be

Here we have some hashers at Hash Camp on the weekend peeling the raw prawns while discussing the challenges of left-handed Japanese braille. Photo: Miss Layne none left for the next hash, which meets at the beginning of Brown Street (opposite Keatings Lagoon) on Monday, November 21 at 5.30pm. Just turn up to join in the fun. Call Moses for details on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032. On-on! Lye Bak

Toby a bolter for Sergeant Schultz award OUR AGM was well attended, with both the AGM and monthly meeting completed in good time. The only change to the committee was the position of Vice President, who is now Bill McCann. Thanks to outgoing VP Steve Law and the generous donation of his time and assistance when called on. Jim Williams in his President’s Report congratulated and thanked all the club members who have participated in the club shoots and also given their time and effort to improving the club’s facilities. Also thank you to those non-members who continue to support the club’s endeavours. The club is steadily improving the ranges

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and facilities. An enjoyable day was had by all who attended the Combined Services shoot last Sunday. Toby had an early “win” when he picked up the Sergeant Schultz award for having to make an embarrassingly unplanned trip back home to get the correct bolt for his rifle. From a possible score of 150.30 points, results were as follows: Accurised class - First was Andy Gardner with 136.6, Toby Graves second with 135.8 and in third was Mal Foxlee with 131.7. Standard class - First was Andy Gardner with 131.5, second was Greg Payne with 126.7 and third was Toby Graves with 126.3.

Single shot - Gopher Maudsley was first with 79.3. Highest score of the day came from Andy Gardner with his .303 (136.6) and he also won the 300m gong event with three hits from five shots. There will be a working bee at the SSAA Cameron Creek Range this Saturday, November 19. As usual there is a bit of a job list including the layout of the donated shed which has been in storage to see if it is worthwhile to be re-built. All helpers are welcome. Anne Williams Secretary


Golden point win for Hope Vale Brothers FATE played a major role in Hope Vale Brothers’ thrilling 29-28 golden point victory over the Cairns Panthers in extra time of Sunday’s John Bowen Memorial Trophy grand final. Trailing the Panthers for most of the match, the Hope Vale unit could not “buy a conversion”. So when they crossed for a try only centimetres in from the sideline with the conversion required to draw the game, and only five minutes left on the clock, their supporters were left praying for a miracle. And it was a miracle they got as the ball sailed between the posts to equalise the score at 28-all. Each side had already played a 40 minute match to qualify for the final, and after 55 gruelling minutes of the grand final, spectators around the John Street Oval expected one of the combatant teams to crack. But that was the farthest thing from the minds of the 40 players in the two squads as they lifted their intensities and tore into each other for the last five minutes of regular time. Before that, the crowd had been treated to an almost Origin-like battle, with forwards fearlessly charging into brutal defences and sweeping backline movements played at a pace rarely seen in country football. And when full-time was called with the score still deadlocked, the The victorious Hope Vale Brothers team celebrate their victory in the John Bowen Memorial Trophy. breathless crowd was left wondering how the drama would unfold as players cajoled and encouraged each other into loftier efforts in the hunt for the holy grail - the John Bowen Memorial Trophy. Games that go into extra time are usually decided on the result of an error - a missed tackle, a knock-on or a penalty given conceded by an exhausted gladiator - and errors dominated the first four minutes into golden point. Brothers were then gifted possession by the Panthers and rucked the ball to within 40 metres of the goal posts from where the neatest of field goals was snapped to steal victory and secure the $7000 purse. Teams from Cooktown Crocs, Hope Vale United, Wujal Wujal Yindili, Yarrabah Sea Hawks, Coen Cape Colts, Mossman Rainforest Tenacious Hope Vale forward Preston Deemal did not care how big the Panthers’ pack was. Dragons, Kunghi Warriors and Lama Lama Rangers joined the grand finalists in comprising the 10 teams that contested the two-day event. Originally organised three years as a one-off event to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of John Bowen’s passing, the tumultuous success of the first year encouraged organisers to make it an annual event. “Each year we’ve added extra teams and we had interest from others this year too,” Ground Announcer Paul Gibson said. “We’re hoping for more teams next year, when we hope to play the carnival in Hope Vale.” Gibson said he estimated that more than 2000 people had attended the event over the two days. “It’s been a great carnival, with all games being tough, hard and fast and played in the true spirit of the game,” he said. “And this grand final here today is the best I’ve ever seen played on Hope Vale’s Landon Kynum shows the ball in this incisive run. the John Street Oval.”

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Shooting star brings home gold medal

Toby Graves on his way to winning a gold medal for the 3P Core event at the National titles held in Murray Bridge, South Australia. Photo submitted.

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Coral reef fin fish off limits


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ANGLERS are reminded the Coral reef fin fish will be off limits once again from November 22 to November 26 to reduce fishing pressure during the spawning season. Fisheries Queensland manager Dr Brigid Kerrigan said closures protected fish at an important time in their lifecycle. “Two five-day closures each year for five years were announced in October 2009,” she said. “The closures coincide with the new moon when key commercially fished coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn.

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“October and November have been found to be months of high effectiveness for closures to protect coral reef fin fish particularly the key target species. “Coral trout and other coral reef fin fish may be more susceptible to concentrated fishing when spawning and these closures are to help ensure the sustainability of the fishery.” Dr Kerrigan said the dates for the closures changed each year depending on the new moon phases. “The closures only apply to those who are fishing for coral reef fin fish, which includes coral


Datum is Lowest Astronomical Tide. Tide times are provided by courtesy of Maritime Safety Queensland, © The State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads) 2010.

Fri 18 Time 03:45 08:34 15:44 22:46

Sat 19 Ht 1.41 1.15 2.2 0.97

Time 04:43 10:03 16:31 23:16


Ht 1.64 1.09 2.3 0.77 NEW MOON

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Time 06:06 11:58 17:54

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FULL MOON Sun. Dec 11. Time: 00.36

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LAST QUARTER Sat, Nov 19. Time: 01.09

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FREEZING cold temperatures and bitterly cold winds failed to affect Cooktown shooter, Toby Graves’ hunt for medals at the recent National Combined Services Shoot held in Murray Bridge, South Australia. Graves grabbed a gold for the 3P Core, which was a B-grade event, and landed a silver in the 300m Deliberate for Accurised Rifle and a bronze in the 300m Deliberate for Standard Rifle which were Open-class events. A modest Graves said he did not expect to win anything at what was his first start in a national competition. “I just went down there to have a go, and they’re the results I came up with,” Toby said. “Not everyone’s a crack shot, and I guess there were some ordinary shooters among the good shooters too.” A total of 73 competitors braved the Arctic-like conditions, which were worsened by intermittent showers during shooting. The SSAA Cooktown shooter entered the sport in 2002, and he now shoots with a 6.5 x 55 calibre Swedish Mauser and a .308 calibre Israeli Mauser which are both military rifles. “I compete here about once a month, and go out at other times for siting in,” he said. Toby was accompanied on his South Australian trip by wife Lina whom Toby said has been inspired to try her eye at the sport. “Up until now, she hasn’t been interested, but she might just have a go no that she’s seen how it all works,” he said. Next year’s National titles will be held in the Central Queensland town of Middlemount, which should provide weather closer to what the Cooktowner is used to.

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Time 01:37 08:12 14:25 20:00

Time 02:17 08:57 15:16 20:45

Ht 0.21 2.65 0.77 2.35

Ht 0.1 2.81 0.77 2.25

Ht 0.06 2.88 0.81 2.11

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trout, cods, emperors, parrotfish, sweetlips, tropical snappers and sea perches,” she said. “Fishers need to remember that they should not take and possess coral reef fin fish species during the closure period.” The closures are in place from the tip of Cape York in the north, to Bundaberg in the south (the southern boundary is at latitude 24o50ïS). The eastern boundary of the closure is the same as the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A map can be found at www.fisheries.qld.

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