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$2 • PH: 1300 4895 00 • EDITORIAL: • Issue 642 • Thursday, November 21, 2013

Feds scrap Kids’ Bonus By AARON SMITH EVERYDAY families will subsidise Australia’s wealthiest miners through the scrapping of the School

Kids’ Bonus as Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey introduced legislation to repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) on November 13.

Introduced by the Gillard

Tax to 29 per cent, provide

Government, the MRRT was

tax benefits for small busi-

set up to fund the increased

ness, and develop programs

superannuation to a minimum

like a $6 billion Regional In-

of 12 per cent, cut Company

frastructure Fund and the In-

come Support Bonus for welfare recipients. However, Shadow Minister for Families and Payments, Jenny Macklin said the government is using the repealing

of the MRRT as an excuse to scrap the School Kids’ Bonus (SKB), which costs the government $4.5 billion a year.  continued page 2

School's out forever!

Cooktown State School’s graduating class of 2013: (from left front) Courtney Vaega, Kelly O’Sullivan, Tijuana Gibson, Austin McClemensMorse, Curtis Cantarella, Richard King,


Rickie-Lee Short, Amy Oldaker and Kayla Kok, with (from left centre) Sian King, Jessie White, Jason Pokharel, Sam Hosking, David Curtis, Trey Pengelly, Jacob O’Doherty, Kelley Miller, Carley Kok, Jade Bowen and Lily Hale and (from left back) Sheena Gibson,

Zayne Rosendale, Roy Williams, Henry Pope, Chris Lusk, Benson Wiseman, Billy Dukes, Aaron Simpson, Dane Brejnak, Jahvarne Pearson and Samantha Midgley. • School’s out special feature – see pages 12, 13 and 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone Gary Hutchison on (07) 4069 5773.


Every Thursday. Bush Bingo, 9am at the Bowls Club. Every Friday. Monster Meat Raffles in the Caf Bar, @

The Sovereign, from 6pm. Every Friday. Members Draw, from 6.30pm; Raffles and Lucky Pokies Seat, 8-8.30pm, at the Bowls Club. Every Friday. Members Draw (7.30-8.30pm) @ the Cooktown RSL Memorial Club. Every Sunday. Social Bowls, from 1pm, Bowls Club. Every Sunday and Tuesday. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Sunday: from 1.30pm, Tuesday from 8pm. Call 4069 5626 for details. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 9am to 10pm. Every Wednesday. Social Bowls, from 8.30am, at the Bowls Club. Every Wednesday and Saturday. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics: Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Saturday 12 noon to 1pm.


Fri 22 - Fri 29. Opening of Art Soup Kitchen art exhibition at the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre from 5.30pm. Featuring work by the Cooktown State School's senior art students. Fri 22. Rough N Ready, live in the Caf Bar from 8pm @ The Sovereign. Sat 23. Jabalbina Yalanji Aborginal Corp RNTBC and Jabalbina Yalanji Land Trust AGM's, Mossman Shire Hall, phone 4051 1400. Mon 25. Disaster Preparedness Clean Up commences. Ph: Cook Shire Council 4069 5444. Wed 27. Photography Club meeting at the Bowls Club meeting room from 6pm. Wed 27. Endeavour Christian College Awards Night, 6pm, PCYC Cooktown Events Centre. Phone 4069 5812. Sat 30. Disaster Awareness Info Stand and FREE barbecue @ Bloomfield markets. Ph: Cook Shire Council 4069 5444.

Wealthy miners to benefit from scrapping of School Kids’ Bonus  from page 1 “The Schoolkids Bonus isn’t even linked to the MRRT legislation. It has nothing to do with the MRRT. This is nothing more than a sneaky, cynical attempt to rip money out of the pockets of struggling families,” Ms Macklin said. Currently, 1.3 million families across the country receive $410 for each child in primary school and $820 for each child in secondary school. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said to Cooktown Local News this week: “We have always been opposed to the School Kids’ Bonus program, which was putting money into the pockets of individuals.” However, Mr Entsch said the loss of the SKB will not affect most families in the region.

“All education costs for Indigenous children are free, and they get free travel to boarding schools; so I think the impact of losing this program will be minimal.”

Initially the MRRT was hoped to raise $3.7 billion in the first year, but it has only raised $400 million since it was introduced on July 1, 2012.

Ms Macklin said: “This is a savage cut from a government that clearly doesn’t care about Australian families or our kids’ education.

Mr Entsch said: “We are faced by challenges across a whole spectrum, all of which come from promises made by the previous government based on their MRRT.”

Repealing the MRRT will allow the Abbott government to meet its pre-election promise following pressure by the mining lobby.

“To date it has only raised about $400 million, but the outgoing Labor government, knowing they were going to lose the election, committed some $16.7 billion to $18.4 billion in funding,” Mr Entsch said.

It will essentially subsidise the nation’s wealthy multi-national mining companies and some of Australia’s richest corporate citizens.

“They never had any of this money, and what’s emerging here is that was just a strategy to make the current government look bad.

Giant mining multi-nationals, such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, and wealthy individuals, such as Clive Palmer and Gina Reinhardt, will be among the beneficiaries.

“In my electorate, tens of millions of dollars were promised, but not one cent of which was signed off on,” Mr Entsch said.

News PHOTO COMP Cooktown Local

Two weeks left in photo competition


Sun 1. Breakfast with Santa, from 7.00am @ Cooktown Pool (limited tickets). Ph: Cook Shire Council 4069 5444. Wed 4. Cooktown Community Housing Association Inc AGM, 5pm at the Cooktown Bowls Club new meeting room, followed by dinner and general meeting. Contact 4069 5513. Can club secretaries please send in a list of their events planned for the year to au so they can be included in the What's On section.

CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Cooktown Community Church (AOG/ACC): Gungarde Hall, 9.30am Sun; Home Group 7.30am Wed. Phone 4069 5070, 0427 756 793. Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary's, Cooktown. Phone 4069 5730. Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am. Phone 4069 6778, 0428 696 493. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.

To submit an entry send your photo as an email attachment to editor@ and please include your contact phone number. Photos need to be in full resolution, between 1mb and 10mb in size. Photos with date stamps impressed into them will not be considered.... Happy snapping!

 letters to the editor “VINNIES” would like to thank you for your generous donations through the year. Your generosity helps locals, and the money generated by your gifts continues on to help many

‘Vinnies’ say thank you others. To our volunteers, a heartfelt thanks. Without you there would be no Vinnies. You give your

Contacts & Deadlines Editor: (07) 4069 5773 Editor’s mobile: 0411 722 807 People wishing to meet in person with the editor can do so by calling him, and he will arrange a time to meet with you at a mutually convenient location. All advertising / accounts enquiries, please call: 1300 4895 00 or (07) 4098 2281 Mobile: 0419 828 639 Fax: 1300 787 248 Where we go: Approx 1400 copies distributed every Thursday throughout Cooktown, Hope Vale, Rossville, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield, Ayton, Marton, Port Douglas, Mossman, Cairns, Lakeland Downs/Laura, Mt Carbine/Mt Molloy, Mareeba and Coen, and subscribers across Australia and overseas.

Kirsten Fletcher has won yet another week’s section of our photo competition, with her caption of a Sydney Opera House night scene. Taken without a tripod, which is virtually essential for such images, Kirsten has done remarkably well under difficult conditions to submit quite a clear, almost perfect photo judged to be the best above the others submitted for this week. A regular contributor, Kirsten is another “snapper” who has proved that ‘persistence pays’, and she wins a $25 meat voucher to spend at Cornetts IGA. Contributors are reminded that the competition will conclude with the November 28 edition of the Cooktown Local News, after which, judging will take place to decide on the yearly winner. However, with this week in mind, photographers are reminded they now have until 5pm today, November 21, to submit their entries for this week’s stage of the competition.

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time and effort, with little material reward but the satisfaction of knowing a job well done. To Tuxies, words can-

not express our appreciation. Bringing stock each Friday and returning cartons and unsuitable (for our needs) goods.

Rae and Irene Masterson, Cooktown.

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Lions’ serve of cash for worthy recipients fantastic evening last week, holding its annual District Governor and Zone Chairperson’s visit to Cooktown.

YOUR local Lions Club is pleased to announce its participation in another great, Cooktown State School P12 presentation night. We hope to continue our longstanding commitment to helping out in the future education of our school students. This year, after careful consideration, our Endeavour Lions Bert Mason award winner was Jason Pokharel. Jason was awarded a $3000 scholarship to put towards his upcoming university studies. We also took great pleasure in awarding our financial assistance award to Darcie Sieverding, a Year-10 P12 student who shows much promise in her future endeavours within the school program. Our senior citizens’ Christmas party invitations have now been mailed out, so please ensure all RSVPs are back to the club by next Thursday, December 28, so accurate numbers and planning can take place before the event, which is planned for the following Thursday, December 5. The Club also had a

A big thank you to Peter and Bruce from Shadows for putting on another great spread, to our local belly dance – fire twirling troop for putting on some great entertainment and our very own Martin Pattie had the room in stiches with his ever so famous bush poetry.

Yours in Lionism Michael Czarnecki Secretary.

Solicitors and Notary

Endeavour Lions Bert Mason award winner for 2013, Jason Pokharel (centre), after receiving his prize of $3000 from Endeavour Lions Club Secretary, Michael Czarnecki (left) and President Tony Lickiss (right) at the Cooktown State School’s Awards Night on Thursday, November 7.

The woman’s husband who was with her, witnessed the incident. A land search ensued in the hope the woman had emerged from the water, but when that proved fruitless, the divers were called in to assist, with their search commencing on Monday.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2pm, at Cooktown Paradise Realty Office, corner of Walker and Charlotte Sts

PROPERTY 1. “MORTGAGEE IN POSSESSION” Vacant Land Home Site. More than half an acre (2219m2) onto Racecourse Rd, Cooktown. Town water, power, broadband. Seasonal creek to rear. Mango tree. PROPERTY 2. “RESIDENCE ON 14 ACRES” NEDJust POSTPO Subdividable, elevated land,ON river, outlook. LYmountain OPERTY . 14 IS PR R BE M minsTH to town on Endeavour Valley Rd. 3 bedroom residence AY, DECE TURD L SA UNTI with town water, power, phone. Seller will meet the market! PROPERTY 3. “5 PICTURESQUE ACRES TO BUILD ON” Only a few scenic minutes drive to Cooktown or 2 boat ramps on the Endeavour River. A shady, 5 acre site, ready to build on, with power to the frontage and fully fenced. Motivated Seller.

Endeavour Christian College Principal Jannie Basson receives a $2000 donation for the school’s participation and fund-raising efforts in conjunction with the Just 4 Kids Charity drive. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

Police did remain at the scene until the divers arrival in the hope the woman’s body surfaced. Earlier, Senior Constable Russell Parker had told the ABC that the falls are very high, making conditions difficult for searchers. “The pool at the bottom understandably is quite deep and the water’s very, very turbulent,” he said. Formal identification procedures are presently underway. The victim’s name will not be released until these are completed and her relatives notified. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.


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It is believed to possibly be that of a 41-year-old Dutch national who lost her footing and fell into the Falls while taking photos at about 12.30pm on Sunday.

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Woman’s body found near Roaring Meg Falls POLICE divers have located the body of a woman near Roaring Meg Falls, near Wujal Wujal, shortly after 4.30pm on Tuesday.

Lucky See page 7

The Endeavour Lions Club was also very excited to finally be able to donate a much deserved $2000 to Endeavour Christian College Principal Jannie Basson for their participation and fund-raising efforts in conjunction with the Just 4 Kids Charity drive a few months ago. Mr Basson attended our Lions dinner to be presented the $2000 from Club Presidant Tony Lickiss. We hope the school will put it to work and ensure it helps them in their vision for 2014.

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The organisation’s District Governor, Garry Kenny and Zone Chairperson, Rachel Davey spent two days in town enjoying many of the local sites before attending our Lions dinner meeting at our hall on Amos Street.


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Two more needed to chase the big ones CHRISTMAS IN COOK SHIRE Events & Activities

NOW Christmas Wishing Tree @ Cornetts IGA Choose a tag from the tree, buy an appropriate present and hand both gift with tag attached to an IGA staff member. Present will be distributed to less fortunate children by the Cooktown District Community Centre. NOW Letters to Santa Write a letter to Santa and post into the special post box at your local Post Office but make sure you write early to ensure a reply. Special letter boxes available until: December 9 – Lakeland; December 10 – Laura; December 11 – Hope Vale; December 13 – Cooktown & Wujal Wujal. November 29 Tippanys Cash for Christmas Competition entries close Cook Shire Council is giving five $600 cash prizes to local organisations, through the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station’s buy back shop ‘Tippanys’. P | 4069 5444 W | November 30 Cooktown Kindy Coffee Shop & Mini Cent Sale Bring the kids in for a play from 9.00am, while you enjoy the fundraising efforts of your local kindergarten with morning tea and a mini cent sale. P | 4069 5182 December 1 Breakfast with Santa @ Cooktown Swimming Pool Children aged 0 – 8 will enjoy a FREE brekkie and swimming with their families from 7.00am, with Santa arriving at around 8.30am. P | 4069 5444 December 2 - 5 Playgroup Christmas Parties December 2, 10.00am to 12 noon @ Lakeland School (for both Laura and Lakeland playgroups) December 4, 10.00am to 12 noon @ Hope Vale Park December 5, 11.00am to 1.00pm @ Wujal Wujal Kindergarten December 5, 9.30am to 11.30am @ Cooktown (venue TBC) P | 4069 6098 December 5 Seniors Christmas Lunch @ Cooktown Bowls Club Local senior citizens will enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch thanks to the Endeavour Lions Club. December 7 Cooktown Christmas Markets and Photos with Santa Bring your wares down to the Cooktown markets today and look out for a special visitor arriving at about 9.30am! Walk with Santa up to the Bowls Club where he’ll be available for photos from 10.00am until 12 noon. P | 4069 5444 December 10 Christmas Activities @ Cooktown Library Come down to the library for fun activities and crafts from 10.00am to 12.30pm – light refreshments provided. P | 40695 009 December 13 PCYC Cooktown Christmas Party & Photos with Santa Celebrate Christmas with PCYC Cooktown! Enjoy live band ‘Frontear’, buffet dinner, licensed bar and photos with Santa in the lobby from 5.30pm. P | 4069 5890

December 21 Christmas Lights Self Drive Tour from 7.00pm All registered addresses with a Christmas light display will be published in the Cooktown Local News and via Council’s Facebook page ‘Cook Shire Connect’ today. Take the family for a drive tonight to enjoy all the twinkling lights on show. P | 4069 5444 December 22 Christmas Carols @ Lions and Endeavour Parks Bring a rug and your best singing voices to enjoy traditional Christmas carols from 6.00pm in the park presented by Cooktown Community Church. P | 4069 5070 Christmas events are supported by: Cooktown Bakery Cooktown Bowls Club Cooktown Community Church Cooktown District Community Centre Cornett’s IGA Cooktown Endeavour Lions Club PCYC Cooktown QLD Fire & Rescue Service

4 – Cooktown Local News – Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fishing mates Tracey Zahnleiter and Kylie Hocking are looking for two ladies to join them in a team to contest the upcoming Cairns tournament. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

By GARY HUTCHISON SELF-confessed fishing tragics, Kylie Hocking and Tracey Zahnleiter have entered the Cairns Ribbons Game Fishing Tournament to be held over the weekend of December 6 and 7 and they are looking for two more team mates to join them. And they need to know by Monday. Hang on! But, Kylie and Tracey are girls’ names! Is this some sort of “sick” role reversal? What about the husbands and the kids?

Well apparently, Kylie has revealed that her husband, Brett is actually responsible for encouraging her to enter the competition after seeing it advertised on TV, and he even volunteered to look after their daughter Imogen while she’s away.

drink (for Imogen)?

Now, before you members of the “Cooktown Fishing Brotherhood” go looking for his scalp for ‘endangering’ the male fishing status quo, consider this.

But – there is a catch - big game fishing comes at a cost.

Has Brett cunningly hatched a clandestine plan to have a daddy/daughter weekend packed with watching sport on TV, pizzas and beer (for him) and soft

Anyway, back to the girls and their big trip. They have already hired Steve Ahlers, Hellraiser 2 for the trip so they can go down to Cairns and show them where the “real” anglers are – Cooktown!

However, there is a “sweetener” to the deal, with a gala presentation night being held on that Sunday evening. So if you can cast a line and want to get amongst the big ones with Kylie and Tracey, just contact Kylie on 0403 047 907.

Three down – one to go THE Department of Environment and Heritage and Protection has confirmed its rangers in Cooktown removed another crocodile from the Endeavour River on Tuesday, November 12. The 3.7m reptile is the third to have been trapped and relocated to a crocodile farm so far this month. However, the biggest

of four regarded as “crocodiles of concern” in the Cooktown area – a 4m giant that has been cruising the Wharf area for some months – remains at large, with rangers continuing in their efforts to trap it. A department spokesperson said that because Cooktown is well-within known crocodile country, the public is urged to be “Crocwise”. In particular:

∙ Obey croc warning signs;

water, a camp site or boat ramp; and

∙ Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live;

∙ Always children.

∙ Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean; ∙ Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting; ∙ Never provoke, harass or feed crocs; ∙ Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the


Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives. Further information on crocodiles and being Crocwise is available on EHP’s website at www.

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From Sydney to the Outback and then Cooktown

RIGHT down at the beginning of Boundary Street, in a modern shed packed with equipment and supplies, Roscoe Beaufils has his small engine business, Cooktown Small Engine Repairs. It is a place that definitely knows its purpose in life. All around is shiny new equipment for cutting grass, and the spare parts and supplies to keep it going. Roscoe came to Cooktown ten years ago. He is originally from Bringelly in New South Wales, a very small place on the far western outskirts of Sydney. “Just rural, agricultural. Mainly wine, a bit of cattle, but a lot of Italian vegetable gardens. And greyhound dog racers. Camden is just up the road, where John MacArthur had his merino sheep. “My Dad is a panel beater, but he’s done other bits and pieces, like working on an experimental farm for a chemical company. I couldn’t wait to get out of school. I wasn’t brilliant and I wasn’t dumb; intermediate I suppose. I wanted to get a trade, but I’ve always had a thing I wanted to get up north. I used to watch Malcolm Douglas, and the Leyland brothers on television. Mike and Mal Leyland. Two brothers who travelled all over Australia. They did trips up here, to Cooktown, right up into Arnhem Land, the Kimberleys...I always wanted to do that. I always wanted to get up north.” For all his dreaming, Roscoe knew he needed qualifications if he was to move forward, and he started at TAFE. “After I finished that, I took an apprenticeship as an automotive mechanic with a Toyota dealership.” Once Roscoe had done his time, he could start adventuring. “I stayed with friends in Darwin for about six months. Then I was having a drink in the pub with a mechanic mate, and he said he was heading off to Gove to work at a Toyota dealership. I had no idea where that was, and he said, ‘It’s in Arnhem Land’. So I said, ‘They haven’t got another position, have they?’” It turned out they had, and so Roscoe headed off to Arnhem Land and stayed for nearly twelve years. He worked for the

was no one doing small engines. I started from there.” I expect I am like a lot of people when it comes to small motors. They stop, and I just do not know what to do. Can Roscoe tell us the secret? “They’re pretty basic really. If you have a firm understanding of how a two-stroke and a four-stroke work, then diagnoses of these things is not a problem. That’s the key to repairing small motors with a time frame that you can actually charge customers for what it is worth. If you can’t diagnose these small motors quickly, then you


can’t charge it out to the customer. There is a point where it over-values the machine. Small engines have a fine line between what is repairable and what is not, and you have to assess that. “It changes with the original purchase price. If it is a very large chainsaw, a Husqvarna or Stihl worth $2500, then a couple of hundred bucks to repair it is not really an issue. But if you have a $199 chainsaw and it costs a couple of hundred bucks to repair it, you’re just not going to go down that road, are you? That’s what you’ve got to evaluate constantly.”

Roscoe is always thinking about the place of small business in the community. “You’ve got to remember that behind every small business is a family. We should encourage more facilities for families. If you don’t have these things in place, it is hard to encourage families to live here. “They really need to do something about Adelaide Street and the mangroves. If you look at the pictures of Cooktown in 1875, it was spectacular, just beautiful. You could see the river. I don’t want us to be a Port Douglas, but look for things that benefit locals.”

Roscoe Beaufils in his small engine business with his assistant Ben Woods.

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Wednesday, December 25

Story and photo by ERIC GEORGE

dealership for half a year and changed to a bus and taxi company where he was both driving and repairing the vehicles. “Then I ended up getting a job with an Aboriginal association that covered all the eastern half of Arnhem Land. I worked as a mechanic for them.” Working for a very large Aboriginal association must be very different from working for a car dealership on the edge of Sydney. “It is. For one thing, you’ve got to work everything from a whipper-snipper up to a bulldozer. And two, it’s a cultural change to work with Indigenous people. I speak reasonably good language with them up there. I picked up the language after a while, and I can have a conversation in it. “You had to drive into very remote locations. You have to think about what you are doing because you can get stuck a lot. There was a lot of ground to cover - 22 outstations spread over a very big area. We flew, drove and boated into all those places. I had a good time and, of course, hunting and fishing are my passion and I was in the Mecca of hunting and fishing.” I asked Roscoe to tell me more about the cultural transition he had to make. “I found the Aboriginal people up there are really, really good. They welcomed me. I never ever felt that I wasn’t welcome. They always let me know whatever I wanted to know about their culture. Some things are a little bit taboo, but all in all, they would show me and teach me whatever I wanted to know. I enjoyed it.” Roscoe met his wife in Gove, where she was living on a yacht with her parents. After twelve years of working in Arnhem Land, Roscoe decided it was time to come out of the wilderness. Why did he choose Cooktown? “I came here with a couple of mates on a holiday in 1988, and I drove here with my wife and went up to the Tip. I didn’t really want to move into Darwin, because here in Cooktown, I could buy a property on the river. I could have red soil, I could have rainforest. It’s just a beautiful place. I loved it, and one thing that struck me more than anything, Cooktown people are very friendly. People just take you places, take you fishing, say ‘Come on, and I’ll show you something’. You don’t get that in many places.” Roscoe now has an established business of his own. Is that what he intended when he came to Cooktown? “No, but I asked around and there

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Rosendale guest at unveiling of Indigenous war memorial Story by ALF WILSON CHIEF Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, a member of one of Hope Vale’s three biggest families, was honoured to be amongst the guests at the unveiling of the nation’s first memorial to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women in Adelaide.

sion station NITV. “It was a real honour to be there for this historical

event,” CPO Rosendale said. The $1 million memo-

“I’m thrilled to bits that we are doing this for those who joined up for the love of country, even though their government didn’t recognise them,” Professor O’Donoghue said. She laid a wreath in the colours of the Aboriginal flag and described the occasion as deeply moving.

CPO Rosendale is a Navy Strategic Adviser on Indigenous Cultural Affairs based in Cairns, and travelled to the South Australian capital for the unveiling on November 9.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce officially unveiled the memorial. The Bowen, Gibson and Rosendale families have many members in the Hope Vale community.

Aboriginal leader and former Australian of the Year, Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue and Governor General Quentin Bryce were the VIP guests. CPO Rosendale had his picture taken with Governor General Bryce and also appeared on news coverage by National Indigenous televi-

rial features two bronze figures representing male and female Indigenous veterans and is situated in the northwest corner of the Torrens Parade Ground.

(from lef) Warrant Officer Col Watego, CPO Ray Rosendale, Governor General Quentin Bryce and Group Captain Lisa Jackson-Pulver in Adelaide. Photo submitted.

CPO Rosendale recommends a Defence Force career to youngsters and tries to get back to Hope Vale and Cooktown whenever he can. “Most of my people are from Hope Vale,” he said.

Are we ready for a cyclone? View from the Hill HAVE you been watching on television those poor people in the Philippines? It’s hard to imagine...but it could happen here as well. It has done it before. We were hit by tough cyclones in 1907 and 1949, and that last one killed five people and left three-quarters of the town homeless.

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That’s two major cyclones in the twentieth century and we are probably due for another. I guess that will be when we find out if modern houses are better, and if all those architects, engineers and Shire building inspectors are worth all the money we have been paying them. By the time the storm arrives, I suppose there is not much we can do. We could go to the Events Centre, but I’m not sure about that. Although it was built as a cyclone shelter, from what I understand it’s not actually meant for sheltering people. Well, not proper people anyway. I expect

“Important People” will be allowed into the dry, but the rest of us will be able to queue outside afterward for bottled water and packets of biscuits. If we’re still alive, of course. I don’t know if my old house will stand up to a good blow. It survived the last one, but it was younger then. I wonder if the cat and I should go and hide under a boulder at Black Mountain. That would be better than the Events Centre. I expect there will be all sorts of people hiding up there, along with their pets. It might be fun, visiting your neighbours in their caves, passing the wine

and playing cards by candle-light. I’ve got one of those little gas cookers so we can have a brew. More fun than joining the “Important People”. They are not allowed pets (apart from their kids, I suppose). They will not be allowed any wine either, so I don’t know what they will do with themselves. I expect some “do-gooder” will take charge and organise community singing. As if having to sit through a cyclone is not bad enough... An irreverent, satirical (and totally fictional) comment upon the issues of life, by our faceless correspondent.


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From golden ale to gold nuggets The last installment of our series on Cooktown’s ill-fated breweries.

egar factory owner and Alfred John Peter Pond its final brewer. Like Oddy and Lakeland, I have accumulated much inside material on Pond’s interesting life. He was London-born dying at Spring Hill, Brisbane on May 24, 1904 aged fiftyfour years. As to Oddy and Lakeland, likewise I have had interesting, beneficial and harmonious interaction with their descendents.

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GET READY FOR CYCLONE SEASON FREE Clean Up – Nov 25 Residents are advised that a free disaster preparedness clean up will take place week commencing, Monday, November 25, in the communities of Ayton, Bloomfield, Coen, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura, Marton and Rossville. This service is provided by Cook Shire Council to remove waste items from your property which may cause a hazard in the event of a cyclone or other disaster.  Leave items (including palm fronds, sheet metal, timber and loose debris) on road reserves by the above date to ensure your waste is collected. There will only be one pick up for each household. Green waste MUST be kept separate from other waste items.  Residents are reminded that NO general household waste, motor vehicles (or parts of), white goods or indoor furniture will be collected. Cook Shire Council and the Queensland Government are urging people to Get Ready and be prepared for disasters this season. For more information on local disaster management, contact Cook Shire Council on 4069 5444 or email

THE death of Joe Oddy put the spanner in the works of Cooktown’s brewery. A new brewer seemingly failed to come on the scene and on June 29, 1889 the brewery was sold at auction to local businessman Ambrose John Madden, a director of the limited company and a director of the agency firm of David P Thomas and A J Madden for a sum of 3200 pounds of which 2000 was paid up front. It has been written that Mr Madden tried his hand at brewing without the required skills, but his product was unpalatable. Indeed, the post office directories named Madden as a brewer for the years 1890-1893. The partnership of W Quick and Matchett

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The late, mentioned, Stan Boyd informed me that the above pair had been named Billy Quick and Dick Matchett. They operated as brewers in the time frame above, but it is not known by me whether their activities were conducted at the Mount Cook Brewery, and were employed by the limited company, or whether they operated elsewhere. I was further told at the time (1965), that they had their brewery in the vicinity of John Street, but of course this was hearsay that requires further research. What is positive is that the partnership was soon dissolved leaving Mr W Quick at the helm, but for what duration? I could find no record. I have not been able to locate anything much on this pair. A Mr Richard John Matchett was a resident at Mount Amos (near Cooktown) as of October 8, 1890, and I expect he was Stan Boyd’s “Dick” Matchett. Mr W Quick remains a mystery to me. William Lakeland another time around, this time in tandem with brewer Alf Pond By mid 1891, Billy Lakeland had married and had a family. “Perhaps it’s time to give the life of a roving bushmanprospector away and settle down to town life again?” Billy considered, perhaps prompted by Esther Margaret Lakeland,

The press has a say

William Lakeland and wife Esther Margaret. Photo submitted. to cut a long story short set himself up as “William Lakeland Cooktown Brewery” at the premises that had lately been the “Cooktown Brewing Company”. He was astute enough not to attempt self-brewing, so in Sydney, he procured the services of a well-practised brewer, Mr Alfred John Peter Pond, late proprietor of the Carrington Brewery, Marrickville. Extensive alterations and improvements to the former establishment were undertaken with the obvious intention of early production and on November 2, 1891 the brewery was formally opened. Some fifty guests, including a number of prominent townspeople, were in attendance. Toasts to Billy Lakeland and his brewer were suitably responded to. Once again Cooktown had its own brew, some loudly singing its praises. It held sway in a number of its some fifty hotels, but it was not to last. Once again the heavy axe of fate, a blade that had been hanging over Billy for some months forcefully fell. William “Billy” Lakeland, after outlaying all he possessed, continued to buy and hire on credit. I fully expect that he considered that the brewery would quickly put him in the black and perhaps, with a bit more luck and time on his side, it would have done so. He held a meeting with his creditors in January 1892, owing individual debts ranging from seventeen shillings

to as high as fifty-five pounds five shillings and seven pence. Unfortunately for William, his creditors wished reimbursement, not down the track, but at once. He was declared insolvent on March 31, 1892, his outstanding debts being fourteen in all, including one to Charles Henry Shields for wages. It was twenty-six pounds and three shillings. Regarding this debt, the bench ordered him to pay Mr Shields forthwith or be taken as a prisoner to Townsville where he was to remain for two months unless the debt was paid before that time. Billy stated that he had nothing and as such he could not pay. I do not know if William Lakeland served time or otherwise. Perhaps, in the grand spirit of mateship, some of his old mining mates passed the hat around. Also, Charlie, knowing that Billy just could not pay, dropped the charge. Long and thin, deaf as the oft-said post, Charlie Shields was known as a most kind fellow, generous to the core. In time to come, little Billy Lakeland was again serviced by that craftsman’s skill in building him a waterwheel at the Rocky River Goldfield. The brewery closed. By 1894, the municipal council had the site marked as a vacant brewery, and by 1897 as a vacant block. A certificate of discharge was issued at Townsville in 1896 in the name of William Lakeland. Billy Lakeland was Cooktown’s last beer and vin-

The Cooktown Independent was certainly not backward in coming forward regarding the closing of the brewery. Amongst many things, they complained of the “everyone for their own attitude” that held sway in Cooktown, and bemoaned that the beer which could be produced in Cooktown was imported from the south, the fruit and potatoes which could be grown on the Endeavour are imported from Sydney, and all the butter which was got from Melbourne, could be produced in the district, if the consumers and the merchants agreed to give a little more for the home produced article. William Lakeland: a last word This son of the endless grey bush and rugged ranges, a lonely wild terrain in which he would see his last hours, was not daunted by his failure: at least it does not read that way. Capital came from somewhere, perhaps a grubstake, and together with two mates, Evans and Nichols, and a string of laden packhorses they went bush with tucker and tools. In September 1893, nine months after they had departed, and only eighteen months after Billy had been declared insolvent, the trio brought back to Cooktown the news that they had made a good strike. The Rocky River Goldfield was born and a new chapter in the colourful life of the Cape York Peninsula came to be written. That, readers, is yet another story. NB: I have purposely not given a lot of references due to word restrictions. Anyone who desires any documentation can gain the same directly from me. I can assure that I can fully reference all I have put to word.


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THIS week we welcome a new contributor, Lucy Marchant, to our column. In her poem, Lucy has captured the ancient essence of the “gold rush”;

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The Ghosts Of Yesteryear

The Palmer sleeps beneath a sky of peerless hue, Bathed in the moon’s golden light. Fingers entwining all Don’t forget your orig- In the still and starry night, inal Christmas offerings The ghosts of yesteryear fly free, for our column. Email Darting here and there through tall them to either: editor@ gum trees. cooktownlocalnews. They whisper tales of glistening or thekellers@ gold, or post Hidden still beneath earth’s rocky them to: PO Box 645, folds. Cooktown, Qld, 4895. They tell of hopes and dreams so Dianne Keller grand , Cooktown Writers’ Group. That led them to this untamed land;

Of the pain of hardships, heat and rain; Of loved ones left behind, never to see again. Their mighty Palmer still flows on ‘round rocky outcrops, craggy cliffs, majestic gums. A glint of treasure they expose and, with it, A digger’s legacy to cherish and to hold But Ray and Lucy sleep on, dreaming gold. In the dawn of day, a new tale will be told. By LUCY MARCHANT.

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he used a minimalist approach, kind of frying a bunch of eggs together to create a deconstructed omelette on his way to winning the Bronze Whisk award in last week’s Tropical Omelette Cook Off. The point of the event was to encourage small business and community organisations to join the “Dive into Digital Program” for free information and mentoring around how to better use online opportunities. Cr Scott said he supported the concept and hopes Cook Shire Businesses take advantage of the program. Photo submitted.

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From the Pulpit Psalm 107:9 For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Every individual is a beautiful and unique creation, complete with needs and desires that are specific to his or her own life. There are, however, a few necessities we call universal. They are things all people need in their lives: 1. Sense of belonging - Everyone yearns to “fit in” somewhere. The joy you feel when surrounded by intimate friends and family stands as a powerful testament to this truth. The discomfort associated with moving to a job or home where no one knows you also reveals how powerful this need is in our lives; 2. Sense of worth - It is critical for all of us to be able to say, “I matter.” Yet, many people are not

convinced this is true. They are overcome by a horribly disfigured selfimage that is stealing the joy of the Lord from their lives; and 3. Sense of competence - We need to know for certain that we can accomplish the tasks God puts before us. A lack of confidence in His power and provision in our lives can be devastating. God responded to every one of these needs at the cross. We belong because our heavenly Father called us into His holy family. We have worth because Jesus paid such a great price for our salvation. We are competent because God has sent His Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us. A breakdown in even one of these areas will have a negative impact on your spiritual growth. Are you struggling with regard to any of them? Lay your needs before the Lord today, and trust Him to make you the complete person He designed you to be. Have an awesome week! Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church.

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and usually takes a decade or more to develop. Lung cancer Exposure to asbestos fibres greatly increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer, particularly if they are also a smoker. Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a cancer arising from the cells lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities. It typically grows quickly and spreads widely before symptoms appear, making an early diagnosis and effective treatment very difficult. The average survival time after diagnosis is only six to 18 months. A very small exposure to asbestos can be enough to trigger the cancer, however only a small percentage of people exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma. There may be a lag of 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure before mesothelioma results. Disposing of asbestos

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Finding a job is more difficult I N T E R N AT I O N A L job-finding agency, “The Job Factory” has said that finding a job in Australia has become more difficult since the election of the Coalition Government. Company CEO Craig Binnie said businesses have lost confidence since the election, which is the opposite of what was expected. “Tony Abbott is embarking on a campaign of taking from the poor and middle class and giving to the wealthy,” Mr Binnie said. “This has ripped the confidence out of small businesses who now fear things are about to get worse. This fear means businesses are reluctant to spend, invest or hire. “Making the rich richer does not help small businesses. “A millionaire with an extra $10,000 in his pocket is not going to suddenly start ordering more takeaway or upgrade to a bigger TV.

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“But if you spread that money around the battlers, they will all be out there spending it as fast as they get it.” Before the election, it took The Job Factory an average of four days to get work for clients. This has now blown out 50 per cent to six days, making it the most difficult of 10 countries in which The Job Factory operates. “Australia is now on a par with Vietnam and behind all the other countries in which we operate,” he said. “It’s all very well for the Government to start repaying its big business mates who helped it get elected with special favours, but it should not be done at the expense of everyone else. “The property and stock markets are close to record highs, so business should be overflowing with confidence. Instead we are being hit by Government policies that are going to shock the economy into a downward spiral.”

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Henry Pope joined his old classmates, Roy Williams and David Curtis for their big occasion. Nick Hook joined his graduating mate Zayne Rosendale on the night.

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Cooktown State School Awards Night

Students’ efforts are rewarded THURSDAY, November 7 saw hopeful Cooktown State School students, their parents, relatives, friends and teachers packed into the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre for the school’s annual presentation night. A plethora of awards and certificates were presented on the night, with the major awards going to the following students: Male and Female Dux were Jason Pokharel and Trinity Clarke respectively – jointly sponsored by the Cooktown Local News and Cooktown Newsagency, presented by Carol McKinna; Leadership Awards, jointly sponsored by the school and Member for Cook, David Kempton, presented by the Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch were Courtney Vaega and Brandon Buhmann; Endeavour Lions Club, Bert Mason Scholarship won by Jason Pokharel and presented by Michael Czarnecki and Tony Lickiss; Cook Shire Council Outstanding Endeavour Awards, presented by Mayor Peter Scott went to Daniel Hartwig and Katelyn Greaves (high school) and Peta Buhmann and Mikel Whipper (primary school) and Principal’s Encouragement Awards went to Dylan Gilmore (Year 7) and Darcie Sieverding (Year 10). Amongst the other awards were: Sports Awards: Junior Male Sports Champion - Gauai Wallace; Junior Female Sports Champion - Kasey Meldrum; Senior Male Sports Champion - Zane Stallan and Senior Female Sports Champion - Kayla Kok. JCU Academic Encouragement Awards: Year 7 - Trinity Clarke, Meghan Elliot and Dylan Mitchell; Year 10 - Connor Meldrum-Avard and Simone Riley-Wason and Year 12 - Christopher Lusk and Richard King. Citizenship Awards ( Masonic Lodge): Dan-

nielle Matthews and Steven Muggleton; Caltex Allrounder (Caltex): Austin McClemens-Morse; School-Based Trainee (Skill360): Richard King; Vocational Education Student of the Year (Alive Pharmacy): Amy Oldaker; Year 11 Lions Encouragement Award: Darcie Sieverding. Distinctions for achieving 4 As: Year 4- Isabella Sabatino; Year 5 - Kiah Batemberski, Jake Farnan, Amber Farnan, Brandon Buhman, Hudson Dagge and Ella Hartwig; Year 6 - Emma Beaufils, Brianna Lemon, Tahlani Whitford and Jack Whitman; Year 7 - Trinity Clark, Roxanne Wende and Meghan Elliot; Year 8 - Holly Farnan, Peter Hang, Shaun Harrison, Daniel Hartwig, Isobel Johnson, Rebeccah Keegan, Rachael Miller, Jaymie Vela, Kayla Wetzler and Carly Johnson; Year 10 - Brianna Vela and Darcie Sieverding. Distinctions for achieving 4 Bs: Year 4 - Saxon Dewaal, Aleshia Lyons, Anton Moessner and Mia Serginson; Year 5 - Jessi Darvell, Joanne Taylor Kaigey, Ashlee Madden and Harrison Roberts; Year 6 – Tamika Merrick; Year 7 - Peta Buhman, Beatice kluck, Sarah Frew and Kasey Meldrum; Year 8 - Katelyn Greaves, Joseph Hook, Ramneek Kaur, Daniel O’Neill, Zane Stallan and Spencer Wende; Year 9 – Jessica Gilmore, Beckett Kluck, Joseph Pope and Jakeb Whitman; Year 10 – Bo Skipworth; Year 11 – Nicholas Hook and Danielle Matthews; and Year 12 – Richard King, Christopher Lusk and Jason Pokharel.

The Cook Shire Council-sponsored, “Outstanding Endeavour Award” winners (from left front) Peta Buhmann, Katelyn Greaves and Daniel Hartwig with (at back) Cook Shire Mayor, Peter Scott.

The school’s Leadership Award was jointly sponsored by the school and Member for Cook, David Kempton. Seen here are the winners, (from left front) Courtney Vaega and Brandon Buhmann with Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch who presented the awards.

Representing the James Cook Uniiversity in presenting the Year 12 Academic Encouragement Awards for 2013 was Rachel Barbaer, seen here with the winners, Richard King and Chris Lusk.

Winners of the jointly-sponsored Cooktown Local News and Cooktown Newsagency Dux awards in 2013 were Jason Pokharel and Trinity Clarke, seen here with newsagency proprietor Carol McKinna who presented the awards. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

Peace Lutheran College Graduation Family join Hope Vale graduates at Cairns formal WHILE students from Cooktown State School’s Graduating Class of 2013 were strutting their stuff at the Sovereign Resort Hotel last Friday night, three former Hope Vale students had already attended their formal in Cairns on November 9. Jemeka Morris, Warwick Bowen and Coleridge Scotford-Bowen graduated from Peace Lutheran College in Cairns, with their graduation formal being held at the Pullmans. Family members who made the trip to Cairns to share the trio’s big night included: NanceeRae Bowen, Jemily Kerr,

Madge Bowen, Selina Bowen, Mary Kerr, Col-

eridge Bowen Snr and Ronald Bowen.

Former Hope Vale Students Warwick Bowen, Jemeka Morris and Coleridge Scotford-Bowen - graduating students of Peace Lutheran College at their formal on November 9. Photos submitted.

November 9 saw some former Hope Vale students attend their Peace Lutheran College graduation formal in the company of family members. Seen here are: (front row) NanceeRae Bowen, (second row from left) Jemily Kerr, Madge Bowen, Selina Bowen, Mary Kerr and Coleridge Bowen Snr with (third row from left) Warwick Bowen, Ronald Bowen and Coleridge Scotford-Bowen.

Cooktown Local News – Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 15


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Foreign Correspondent 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:00 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Surf And Turf 6:25 Auction Room: Motorclassica 6:55 What’s Your Story? 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 QI: Intelligence - Stephen Fry asks some intelligent questions, with Jo Brand, David Mitchell, Phill Jupitus and Alan Davies. 8:30 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: The gothic world of a halfway house for pregnant and wayward girls sets the scene for the death of a teenager. Phryne and Jack realise the threads of the crime lead closer to home than they suspected. 9:25 Serangoon Road 10:20 Lateline 11:00 Whites 11:25 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 5:00 National News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Apology Insufficiency 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The 21-Second Excitation 7:30 Movie: “Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows - Part 1” (M v,s) - Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever…but Dark Forces in their midst threaten to tear them apart. 11:20 Movie: “The Wrong Man” (AV v,s,l) 1:30 Observe And Report 3:05 Impractical Jokers 3:30 Extra 4:00 Brand Developers / 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Miracle In The Woods” (M a) 2:00 Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 10:45 Movie: “Fright Night” (AV v,h) - Jerry Dandrige is new in town, he’s dangerously charming and utterly lethal... that’s because he just happens to be a vampire. When his next door neighbour, high school senior Charley Brewster makes the connection between Jerry’s suspicious activity and a steadily rising body count, he vows to end the reign of terror next door. But he can’t do it alone. 1:00 Off The Map 2:00 Special: Blue Mountains Magic 3:00 Home Shopping / 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 World News 1:00 The Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:35 Rex In Rome 2:30 Living Black 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 Portrait Of A City 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Secrets Of The Irih Landscape 8:30 The Bible: A History 9:30 JFK: One Pm Central Standard Time 10:30 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Trivial Matters” (M s,d,l,n) - In Cantonese, Mandarin and English. A collection of seven fun and quirky vignettes that reveals society’s tendency to place importance on the trivial matters in life. The vignettes are largely about love or life in Hong Kong, many revolving around hapless men and their continual failures in understanding their women. Some are sad, others sarcastic, all are completely trivial. 12:50 Movie: “Never On A Sunday” (M a,d,s,l) - In Spanish, English Subtitles. 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage Guest Programmer 11:30 Exhumed 12:00 Australian Story 12:30 7.30 QLD 1:00 At The Movies 1:30 Inland Heart: The Photography Of Jeff Carter 2:00 Mastercrafts: Green Woodcraft 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Round 8 - Logan Vs Canberra 5:05 The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart: Fire 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks 8:30 Call The Midwife 9:30 Kingdom: Simon wants to rejoin Peter in the family firm but the Law Society prevents it, and one of Peter’s cricket pals is in trouble with the owner of a sex shop. 10:20 Upstairs Downstairs: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing - In series two of Upstairs Downstairs the glamorous world of 165 Eaton Place is shaken to its core as threats of war, heartbreak and intrigue sweep through the lives of the inhabitants of both up and downstairs. 11:20 Woodley: The Funeral 11:50 Rage Guest Programmer / 5:00 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 The Ashes: First Test Australia Vs England 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 Alive And Cooking - James Reeson takes us to some of the country’s top food and wine regions and prepares a feast of delicious dishes with the foods developed by each region. 6:00 National News Saturday 7:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 8:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Frozen River” (MA a,l) - Struggling to support her two sons, a young woman gets caught up in the world of illegal drug smuggling, seeing it as her only way out. 2:00 Movie: “First Sunday” (PG d,s,l) - Durall and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighbourhood church. 4:00 Brand Developers 5:00 Life Today With James Robinson

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 TBA 12:30 V8 Xtra 1:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 4:30 TBA 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender: Dean Miller and his team cover the length and breadth of Queensland with great suggestions for weekends, short breaks and holidays. 6:00 Seven News 7:00 TBA 11:25 World’s Wildest Police Videos: Tonight, a car bomb explodes in an officer’s face, a suicidal suspect in a high-speed pursuit lights himself on fire, and a father and son at a traffic stop launch a deadly shootout with police! 12:25 Off The Map 1:25 Movie: “The Operator” (M s,v) - An aggressive criminal attorney meets his match when a mysterious woman wreaks her revenge, slowly unravelling his life. 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 1:00 The Turn Of The Screw 2:55 Tadao Ando: From Emptiness To Infinity 3:55 James Rhodes 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Finding Your Roots 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Destination Flavour Japan Bitesize 7:35 Nordic Wild 8:35 Shackleton: Death Or Glory 9:30 Movie: “Beginners” (M s,l) - When it comes to relationships, we’re all beginners. This comedy/drama imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal Fields has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. 11:25 Movie: “The Notorious Bettie Page” (MA a) 1:00 Shameless 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 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 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 The Book Club: November 2:00 The Private Life Of A Christmas Masterpiece: Mystic Nativity 3:00 Football: Women’s International AUS Vs CHN 5:00 Midsomer Murders 6:30 Compass 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Dr Who: The Day Of The Doctor - Celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who with this highly anticipated special titled The Day of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. 8:45 An Adventure In Space And Time: As part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, this one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved ‘Doctor Who’ was first brought to the screen. 10:20 Surviving Mumbai 2:30 Movie: “That Kind Of Woman” (G) 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 The Bionic Vet / 5:00 Order In The House

6:00 Weekend Today 8:30 Financial Review Sunday 9:00 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 5:00 Reel Action 5:30 Musomagic Outback Tracks 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 David Attenborough’s Secrets Of Wild India - The jungles of India are battlefields ruled by tooth and claw, where species fight for space, food and water. Dominated by the Bengal Tiger and Indian Wild Dog, this world knows nothing of compassion. 8:00 60 Minutes 8:30 TBA 12:30 Deep Water - Set against the spectacular backdrop of Kalbarri Gorge, the IronMen will race against the clock, ending in disastrous circumstances for one of the boys. 1:00 Financial Review Sunday 1:30 Would You Fall For That? 2:30 Brand Developers 4:00 Good Morning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sofia The First 6:30 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 11:30 Special: Merry Madagascar 12:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 4:30 TBA 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 TBA 8:30 Bones: The Woman in White - The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Nancy Handelman, whose body was discovered at the time of Brennan and Booth’s wedding rehearsal. 9:30 Castle: Get A Clue / Dens Of Thieves 11:30 Family Tools 12:00 Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum 1:15 Harry’s Practice 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 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 ADbc 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 Football Asia 4:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5:00 Living Black Conversations 5:30 Mythbusters 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: The Hunt For The Book Of Spells 8:30 Meet The Romans 9:35 King Of Hollywood: Inventing David Geffen - Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. 11:40 Movie: “Teza” (M l,v,a) - In Amharic and German, English Subtitles. As students in Germany in the 1970s, Anberber and his friends are Ethiopian intellectuals in exile. Motivated by a profound sense of idealism, they return to Ethiopia after Haile Selassie is deposed. But they quickly find that they are out of place in their own country and at odds with the political mood of the day. When Anberber returns to Germany, he finds that he is not accepted there either. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 As Time Goes By 1:00 An Adventure In Space And Time 2:35 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Spicy And Cool 6:25 Antiques Master 6:55 Audrey’s Kitchen 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Dalziel And Pascoe: Home Truths 1:05 My Family: Ben Behaving Badly 1:35 Movie: “Rio Grande” (PG) 3:20 Movie: “Sherlock Holmes In Terror By Night” (G) 4:25 Movie: “Mexican Spitfire’s Blessed Event” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 The Ashes: First Test - Australia Vs England 5:00 National News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Boyfriend Complexity 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Proton Displacement 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Tenure Turbulence 8:30 2 Broke Girls: And The Girlfriend Experience 9:00 Two And A Half Men: Some Kind Of Lesbian Zombie - Walden and Alan find themselves on dates with two ideal women until Lyndsey’s jealousy throws a wrench in their evening. 9:30 TBA 11:35 Nikita: High Value Target - Nikita, Michael, Alex and arms dealer/reformed rogue agent Cyrus stage a daring operation at the tightly secured G20 economic summit. 12:30 Extra 1:00 The Avengers 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning 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: “In The Mix” (M v,s,l) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 Highway Patrol 8:00 Air Rescue 8:30 The Blacklist 9:30 Scandal 11:30 Mistresses: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? - When Savi and Joss’s free-spirited, open-minded and often absent mother, Janet, comes for an unexpected visit, she brings big news but also stirs up some long-simmering family tensions. 12:30 30 Rock 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Explore - Manila To Mindanao 2:00 The Destiny Of Rome 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves 5:30 Global Village 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Engineering Giants: Jumbo Jet Strip-Down 8:30 Guts 9:30 Legally Brown 10:00 Swift And Shift Couriers 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Hellfjord: When Salmander discovers a dead body on the island, he becomes convinced that there is talk of a murder. With several suspicious people in the community, he tries to investigate, but as an outsider and southerner, the locals are reluctant to help him. 12:05 Shorts On Screen 12:40 Freddie Flintoff Versus The World 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Soft And Crisp 6:30 Antiques Master 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Keating 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Making Dust 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Outcasts 1:35 My Family: Harper Vs Harper 2:05 Movie: “If I Had A Million” (PG) 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Round 8 - Logan Vs Canberra 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Her Alibi” (PG v,l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Alien Parasite Hypothesis 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Justice League Reombination 8:00 Super Fun Night: The Set Up - Kendall sets Kimmie up with one of Richard’s dorky old school friends, James. But as Kimmie slowly warms to James on a double date, Richard has a surprising reaction. 8:30 Revolution 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 Weeds: Only Judy Can Judge 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning 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: “Ice” (M v) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 Dancing With The Stars 9:30 Body Of Proof: Daddy Issues - Tommy goes along with Megan to her father’s exhumation, which only yields more mysteries to what she has always been told was his suicide. 11:00 Special: I’m A Teenage Grandmother - With her teeth falling out and a face full of wrinkles, 15-year-old Zara looks like an old woman. Her rare condition, called Lipodystrophy, is literally robbing her of her childhood and her happiness. 12:00 It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 12:30 30 Rock 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Andre Rieu: Magic Of The Movies 2:30 A Hat Trick Of Haydn 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 JFK - Looking ahead to the next election, Kennedy knows he must win Texas to have a second term. So he takes a fateful trip to Dallas, with Jackie accompanying him on her first domestic trip. It is there that an assassin’s bullet ends his life, forever enshrining him in myth. 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Masters Of Sex 12:00 Prisoners Of War - The mystery of the picture of the man on the shore with his two children, which hangs both in the villa at Jabaliya and at the home in Al Ajar village, continues to trouble Uri, who is ordered by Haim Cohen to investigate the matter with Iris. 1:05 Raw Opium / 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 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 At The Movies 2:00 The Jonathan Ross Show 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Sugar And Spice 6:25 Antiques Master 6:55 Lessons From The Grave 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Would I Lie To You? 8:30 QI: Hypothetical 9:00 Ja’mie: Private School Girl 9:30 Shock Horror Aunty 10:00 A Moody Christmas: Decapod Crustaceans 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Young James Herriot 12:30 The Last Confession Of Alexander Pearce 1:30 My Family: Janey’s Choice 2:00 Movie: “My Favourite Wife” 3:30 Football: Women’s International AUS Vs CHN 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Hostages 2:00 Prime Suspect 3:00 National News Now 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Bus Pants Utilization 7:30 RBT 8:30 Hostages 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Under A Cloud 10:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Fallen Angels - A reverend is killed at the grave site of former CSI Warrick Brown. 11:30 Dallas 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning 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: “Nowhere To Run” (M v,l) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 8:30 Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D 9:30 Surveillance Oz 10:00 Motorway Patrol 10:30 Air Crash Investigations: Pushed To The Limit - En route from Jakarta, Indonesia, to the airline’s home base in Singapore, SilkAir Flight 185 is 35,000 feet above the jungles of Sumatra when the plane banks sharply to the right, takes a nosedive, and crashes into a remote jungle river. 11:30 That ‘70s Show 12:00 The Cult 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 2013/2014 8:00 Weatherwatch 8:05 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero 8:35 24 Hours In Emergency: Live And Let Live 9:30 Borgen 10:35 World News Australia 11:05 Prisoners Of War: Mika’s Boyfriend - A flash back to the night of the kidnapping, reveals the events from Jamal’s point of view. 12:00 Movie: “No Return” (M v,a,l) - In Spanish. When a young boy on a bike is killed in a hit and run, his devastated father will do anything to bring the driver to justice. While the real killer is convinced by his family and lawyers to keep quiet, a series of unfortunate events lead an innocent man to be accused. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Wild China 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 My Family 1:00 Dragons Den 2:00 Lizard Kings 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Nigella Slater’s Simple Cooking: Born And Bred 6:30 Antiques Master 6:55 Clarke And Dawe 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Exhumed 8:30 Redfern Now: Pokies 9:25 The Hour 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 My Family’s Crazy Gap Year: The Tregembos 12:20 Movie: “The Wild One” (PG) 1:35 Movie: “Forever And A Day” (PG) 3:25 Movie: “Along The Rio Grande” (PG) 4:30 Carols From St Patrick’s / 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Man About Town” (M s,v,l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Love Car Displacement - Tension runs high when everyone is staying at the same hotel for a science event and Bernadette runs into her ex-boyfriend. 7:30 TBA 11:30 Sullivan & Son: The Punch - An accused panty thief threatens Steve and Melanie’s relationship; Owen and Ahmed enter an offbeat business; Carol and Hank share ways to go on dates. 12:00 Extra 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:00 Sport Special: Emirates Australian Open Golf 2013 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 7:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia 9:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Map Of You - Derek and Callie work on a brain mapping project, Richard encourages the interns to use his physical condition as a learning tool and after a discussion with Callie, Meredith considers continuing her mother’s research. Meanwhile, Shane continues to feel guilty about Heather’s death. 10:30 The Amazing Race 11:30 Grimm 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 2013/2014 8:00 Weatherwatch 8:05 World News 1:00 Barbados At The Races 1:30 Meet My Wild Friends 2:30 Law Of The Dragon 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Italian Food Safari 8:00 Gourmet Farmer: The Business Of Pig Farming 8:30 Two Greedy Italians: Poor Man’s Food - The duo visit Gennaro’s home town Minori to get a lesson in pasta-making from his great aunt, then head to Naples, where they discover the humble beginnings of pizza, and conclude their journey on the Amalfi Coast, an area that gave birth to a new style of food. 9:30 Masters Of Sex 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Highlights 11:30 Thursday FC 12:30 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

16 – Cooktown Local News – Thursday, November 21, 2013


SUDOKU No. 175

Your  Lucky 



Stars  

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

You may be feeling on edge because the people around you are not as “hyped” as you are at the moment. It will be up to you to motivate them. Romance. Your restlessness may affect your partner. They might feel comfortable with your current situation. Don’t force change!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

A much younger person may want to get to know you. This person has some good qualities, but the age difference could be a problem. Romance. Try to get your partner to share the household chores. You may even enjoy doing them together! Make a calendar to follow.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

You will be able to achieve much more than you do normally. A lucky turn of fate will enable you to get one step ahead of your rivals this month. Romance. You and your mate are in sync at the moment. You may be a little surprised at how easily you can influence your partner.


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

A new friend’s actions seem suspicious. They may not be as cunning as you think. They may just be bad at keeping surprises from you. Romance. A long discussion with your partner will bring up uncharted territory. There is more to them than you had initially thought.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

This will be a good day for getting rid of rubbish. Try to clear out as much stuff as possible - not just to make more room, but also to freshen up your life. Romance. Your partner may be in a foul mood. Try to lighten them up with a night at a comedy club or a fun movie at home.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

You may be feeling exhausted in the mornings. Be sure to plan ahead so that you can wake up and go out the door. Romance. Be careful not to be too extravagant! You are not normally a greedy person. Your partner is with you because you are kind and giving.


TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

Don’t allow your knowledge to go to waste. You may want to brush up on previously studied subjects. They can be put to use at a later date. Romance. If you are in the mood for a night out, this would be a week to go. Bring your partner and friends and have a great time together!

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This will be a very successful week, so long as you avoid people who try to waste your time. You need to delegate your time wisely and work diligently. Romance. Don’t think twice about buying your mate something they dearly need. They will be grateful that you thought of them!

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

Something which you value highly may be slightly damaged this week. While you may be upset about this, it is important to keep things in perspective. Romance. Working with your partner on a joint project will give you both the chance to understand each other better.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

You will be full of energy and rearing to go. The problem is that the people around you might not be so enthusiastic. Romance. A game night at home with your mate could bring some friendly competition and flirting. Find some favourite ones to amplify the entertainment factor!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

–Napolean Hill


Your ability to understand what a close friend of yours is thinking will help to bring you closer together. Try not to sway them one way or another though. Romance. A conflict of interest between you and your partner will have to be resolved before it becomes more serious.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

Don’t get involved in something you won’t fully invest yourself in. It’s senseless to start something you won’t care to finish. Romance. Your mate will be impressed by your carefree mood. This will be an excellent time to concentrate on yourself and any long lost interests.

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Caretakers available: previous residents of Cooktown, rural couple, available for 2014, preferably in mobile coverage. Mobile doesn’t work where we are at present. Email:

STANDBY Response Service. Support and information for people bereaved by suicide. Ph 0439 722 266. 24 hours – 7 days per week.

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CIVIL celebrant Kathleen Roberts. Naming Ceremonies, Marriages, Funeral Co-ordination. 4069 5004 or 0427 695 004

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COOKTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM - Thursday, December 5, 6.30pm at the History Centre, followed by drinks and nibbles. Everyone welcome.

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AnnuAl GenerAl MeetinG Sunday, December 8, 10am Nomination forms for the Committee are availuable from the Club Secretary, between the hours of 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Nominations close on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 5pm. Current membership cards must be produced at the door, otherwise no admittance. Further information required, please contact the Secretary.

John Gearn, Secretary/Manager

Cooktown Taxis Operating Times to cover staff shortage – November 21 to December 3, 2013, inclusive [extended]

Attention: Trades & Services Advertisers To ensure that consumers locating contractors through advertisements published are protected, and that licensed contractors are not being disadvantaged, the Building Services Authority requires that all advertisers • state their name and BSA licence number on their advertisement or • state words to the effect “cannot perform building work valued at more than $3,300”. Non-compliance with these requirements may result in the advertiser receiving a warning or a fine from the BSA. If you do not meet the above requirements in your present advertisement, please contact the Cooktown Local News as soon as possible with your details.

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Consideration will be given to operate outside these hours if the need arises and enough notice is given. Then normal operating hours of 6.00am - 10.00pm every day except Sundays and Mondays of 6.00am - 6.00pm will resume on Wednesday, December 4. Cooktown Taxis apologises for all inconveniences caused by the reduced operating hours during this period of November 21 to December 4, 2013.

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PUBLIC AUCTION ABANdONed VehICLeS Notice is hereby given under section 100 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, that the vehicles indicated below have been considered by Cook Shire Council as being abandoned and will be sold at public auction Saturday, November 23 at the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station, commencing at 10.00am. Bidding will start at $200.00 for each vehicle. VEHICLE COLOUR REGO

holden Commodore White 771 FeJ

Ford Falcon Station Wagon White 312 SJL

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Vehicles will be available for inspection at the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station, Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday between 9.00am and 12 noon. If you are unable to attend the auction on the day, proxy bidding forms are available at Council’s administration building, 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown. For further information, contact Cook Shire Council’s Waste Management Coordinator on (07) 4069 5444 or email

Wallaby Creek Festival 2014 The Festival is created each year by a small team of dedicated volunteer workers from the Cape York Folk Club who put an enormous effort and work tirelessly and with the generous help of others, make it all happen. We need YOU to step up and become a part of this wonderful community driven event, especially locals.



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Cooktown RSL memoRiaL CLub membeRShipS Memberships are due at the beginning of each financial year (July to June). The club’s new Secretary/Manager is extending the renewal time to the end of December 2013 so members don’t lose their membership points which have been accrued to date. Some members have thousands of points which will be lost as of the 1st January.

This can only be a once only offer. John Gearn, Secretary/Manager


ENTERTAINMENT: Bands, Workshops, Children’s Festival, Stage, Programming. COMMERCE: Publicity, Sponsorship and promotions, Gate, Ticketing, Merchandise, Info Lounge, Website. SITE and CONSTRUCTION: Visuals, Lighting, Stalls, Recycling HOSPITALITY: Bar, Security, Cleaning. Kitchen, Volunteers Also looking for Understudies for each of these Directors and Co-ordinators. PLEASE NOTE ALL POSITIONS ARE VOLUNTEER Cooktown Local News – Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 19


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All children with musical instruments are invited to join Cooktown Children’s Orchestra, in conjunction with the Cooktown State School. This is a first for Cooktown! Please contact Evelyn Henry on Mobile 0413 801 304 for further information. ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME TO JOIN

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Turtle Rescue

Yuku-Baja-Muliku Rangers are offering their services to assist with any sick or injured Marine Turtles found.

1. c), sandstone is not igneous, it’s a sedimentary rock. 2. Sea anemones belong to the kingdom Animalia, or animals. 3. Barium sulfate is white. 4. In anatomy, CSF stands for cerebrospinal fluid. 5. The smallest number of rigid pendulums, attached end to end, required to create a chaotic system is two.

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A friend for a short time, a mate for life. You have been taken from us too soon old mate and you will be sadly missed.

Our love always Wayne, Jacynta, Teila & Chase

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Bev and Rex wish to advise that the Kiosk will be closed from Friday, November 22, ‘til Thursday, November 28 inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience! Re-open Friday, November 29 @ 7am.

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ing n e d r a G Slips and ‘pups’ and Pina Coladas with Marty Pattie

THERE are a couple of plants that many of us may have in our gardens or in pots that are doing things this time of year. One of them is the pineapple...or ananas as is its botanical name. It was called “anana” by the natives who grew it, and “King Pine” by the European elite, because it closely resembled a pine cone. T was named “Pina de Indes” by Spanish explorers, hence “pineapple strained” = Pina Colada (if you have success 1 part rum, 2 parts coconut cream, 3 parts pineapple juice shaken with crushed ice – cherry garnish optional, but too gay for me). Ananas is a genus of eight species of South American bromeliads, and includes several ornamental plants as well as the commercially grown ananas comosus. Patience is required if you wish to grow your own pineapple – but it’s

quite simple. The crown of any ripe pineapple can be placed straight into any sunny, well drained soil, and it will transpire into a fruit-bearing plant. will take at least 18 months and you will only get one fruit from the plant before it dies. Some may take over two years before producing. They are great for our local area because they seem to thrive more in slightly acidic soils. Whilst you only get one crown off a pineapple, there are other means of propagation. Firstly there are pups ( suckers) or offsets, that can arise from the base of the plant at ground level or through the leaves. Just like any bromeliad producing pups, you can cut these off as they get a bit of size. As they are removed, more will be produced. Plant them straight into the dirt as you would the crown and

Above: My pineapple (ananas comosus) patch. Top right: Ananas bracteatus - ornamental pineapple - with slips. Bottom right: Slips potted in succulent mix (note varying colours). they will grow. There are also tiny (and some not-so-tiny) “plantlets” that grow from the base of the fruit as it matures. These are called slips. As they are big enough to handle, simply peel them off (they should come off

easily), as they will be growing at the expense of the fruit. Plant these little slips as you would the suckers and crowns, although I tend to start them off in some succulent mix. Pineapples in general are easy to transplant – they are like most

bromeliads and have a very minimal, shallow root system relying more on moisture and nutrition through the foliage. Not all pineapples will produce suckers and slips, some will have one or two whilst others will spit out heaps, so while

you only get one crown, you can produce up to a dozen or more plants from one pineapple. And the beauty of the pups and slips is that they will grow into fruit bearing plants quicker than the traditional pineapple crown.

The ornamental varieties are just as easy, though the fruit is not as sweet. They are grown for show, and ananas bracteatus has a fantastic variegated pizzazz about it that will be a talking point in any garden.

CLASSIFIEDS Festival organizers are delighted, WCF 2013 was spectacular! Congratulations and a HUGE thank-you to each and every volunteer that was involved, you should all be proud of your contribution towards this memorable community and family-oriented event.

2013 Wallaby Creek Festival also Sincere thanks are extended to the following Sponsors for their gratefully acknowledges the support and goodwill, to all those who have supported us, thank contributions of this year’s major you. To any we have missed, please let us know sponsors, whose logos appear here;

Cook Shire Council RADF (Queensland Government) Hinterland Air Country Road Coachlines Lions Den Hotel AdArt Media Ashley Holliday Cairns Hardware (Big Shed) Cooktown Quality Meats Cooktown Local News Cooktown Newsagency Cooktown Bakery Cooktown Bowls Club Cooktown Butcher Cooktown Earthmoving Cooktown Hotel (Top Pub) Cooktown Ice-Works Cooktown Wholesalers Cornetts (IGA Cooktown)

Dreadsound Everything Electrical Hopevale Butchery IGA Ayton Lions Club Nerida Carr Niskens Bargain Barn NQ Hardware R.A. & S.A. Holliday (electrics) Rossville Rural Fire Brigade Rossville State School River of Gold Motel Sovereign Hotel Billy and Michelle Dunn Billy the Treelopper Thank you also to all our wonderful volunteers who worked very hard the whole festival set up & pull down. Without the people on the ground we wouldn’t be able to do it. We get to see some fantastic examples of the generosity of human beings. Thank You! Cooktown Local News – Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 21


Butterflies in the pool

HARD training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights has paid off for Cooktown Swimming Club members, with some impressive times returned at their fortnightly club night on Tuesday. Swimming all strokes, the squad started with the hardest of all – butterfly.

Marlin Coast Veterinary Surgery Will be visiting Cooktown WedneSday, deCeMBeR 11 from 2pm and ThuRSday, deCeMBeR 12 until 12 noon Clinic is at the CWA rooms

Left: Top – Ruby Privett. Middle – Shaelanee Hegamaea. Bottom – Holly Farnan.


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Right: Top – Jalun Baird-FlewellSmith Middle – Gauai Wallace Bottom – Rebeccah Keegan

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Rugby league bonanza at John Street this weekend COOKTOWN’S John Street Oval will resonate with the sound of big hits, referees’ whistles and wild-cheering spectators this weekend as it hosts the annual John Bowen Memorial rugby league carnival.

‘Travel with the Local Boy’

To be run over Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, the carnival kicks off at 8am on Saturday morning with junior league games as curtain raisers.

• The schedule is subject to change or to cancel without notice • Child fares • Student fares • Pensioner rates (not available on Saturdays)

While the exact program is yet to be deter-

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mined, organisers are accepting up to 10 teams for what has become a bonanza of Indigenous rugby league since its inception. The event is jointlysponsored by the Hope Vale PCYC and Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council. For more information, contact either Colleen Bowen on 0438 840 126, Teneille Nuggins on 0447 796 475 or Kayleen Bowen on 0488 008 216.

John Bowen Memorial Carnival rugby league action from last year. File photo.

LEAVE CAIRNS MONDAY TO FRIDAY Deliveries 5 days – AND DELIVER THE NEXT MORNING Meeting all freight needs from Cairns to the Cape • Port Douglas • Mossman • Cooktown • Laura • Archer River • Coen • Musgrave • Kowanyama • Weipa • Croydon • Normanton • Karumba • Pormpuraaw – from 20 grams to 20 tonnes –

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Favourable wind provides for excellent scores

RIFLE Discipline Captain, Toby Graves has sent in a good report for the weekend shoot, starting with the wind, which wasn’t too strong and blowing directly up the range toward the firing line on Sunday. Some excellent scores were carded from quite a number of events. From a possible score of 150.30 points in the 3-position Core event, the following scores were recorded: Accurised class A

grade - 1st Andy Gardner 143.12and 2nd Toby Graves 140.13; Standard class - 1st Andy Gardner 142.12 and 2nd Toby Graves 126.7; and

Accurised Rifle - 1st Andy 47.5 and 2nd Toby 45.2; and

Bernie Snape scored 110.2 in the B-grade standard class, while Toby Graves scored 137.9 in the .22 training rifle and 140.7 in the .310 Cadet event.

Thanks to Ken for building new targets for an IPSC Event at Saturday’s Pistol shoot, when a small number of enthusiastic shooters attended with Toby filling in as Range Officer.

Andy Gardner was another shooter to score five bulls (from five shots) on the 300-metre target. He had a very impressive group size of just under five inches. He was using an accurised .303 rifle. In the 300-metre Tactical Rifle Shoot, Toby scored 58.2 from a possible 60.12 points. And in the 300-metre Deliberate Event, from a possible of 50.10 points:

Standard Rifle - 1st Andy 44 and Bernie 2nd with 31.

This weekend’s prorgam for the SSAA Cameron Creek Range includes a working bee from 9am on Saturday, November 23 - check with your discipline captain for details. Then on Sunday, November 24 at 9am there will be a Black Powder and/or Archery. Contact Karl on 0409 260 544 for information. Anne Williams Secretary.

Good numbers contest shoot

MORE than 10 shooters attended last Wednesday’s 25-me-

tre 3-Position Service Shoot, which offered a possible score of 360 to those who contested the event. The following scores and results were returned: Grand Master class Toby 355; A-grade - Chris V. 322; B-grade - Rod 315; C-grade - 1st Lina 295, 2nd Carol 286 and 3rd

Beer truck stops for good deed (and a drink)

Tim 225. November dates for your diary include: Wednesday Sunset Shoots - 27 from 5.30 pm; and IPSC Action Shoot – Sunday, 24 at 9am. A general meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 27 from 5.30pm. Mal Soutar President.

Recent Firearms Safety Course participant Scott completing requirements under the supervision of SSAA Cooktown president, Mal. Photo submitted.

THIS week the Hash took off into the wilderness that surrounds Cooktown. We often get taken to places we had not thought of, and this was one of those occasions. The venue was up Oakey Creek Road, fork left, and keep driving

That’s 26 scheduled flights between Cairns and Cooktown from Monday through to Saturday. Fortnightly Sunday flights now available. For a reliable service, you can count on Hinterland Aviation to get you to where you need to be.

Back at the bash, the Hashers sat around with their tongues hanging out - because there was no beer! The truck did not appear until later - it had been helping Cracklin with a puncture (and having a beer beside the road while they did it).

The creek is a peaceful spot, especially at this time of year when there is no running water. We followed the creek bed downstream, admiring the still pools that must hide an army of fish (and probably the odd croc too). Just before we reached the Annan, we stopped scrambling along the river bank and turned for home on a flat, but very long farm track.

GM Thermo was kind to us all, mostly because she wanted to get on with planning for the Hash Christmas Camp this week-end. She did have time to punish Muff for falling over on his own trail, and Fakawe for getting lost (again). And to congratulate Oyster for nearly reaching 400 runs, and F*&t for reaching his 59th carton run (1416 Monday evenings)

Then we got stuck into the planning, which seemed to be mostly about recipes for cocktails and canapés. Obviously we will be camping in style. Next week’s run, the one immediately after the camp, will be hosted by Oyster. It really is time for our readers to put down the paper and call Moses on either 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details of the run. Then you can turn up at 5.30 pm on Monday, November 25 for a little exercise in good company (with good food thrown in). On-on! Lye Bak

Hot weather and fishing see golf numbers down

In the Bunker THE hot weather of last week must have gotten to a few of our members, as only a small field competed in last week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition. Wayne King was the winner of this event, returning a nett score of 66. Last Saturday saw the return of the Captain vs President Match Play team competition, and it was unfortunate that an odd amount of members showed up to play, which meant one poor soul didn’t get a match-up game. The draw from the hat

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until you reach the creek bed. Well, I’m glad we left home early, because the creek was a long way away. Some of us got there late. Fakawe never got there at all, because she had driven so far she thought she had missed it, and turned back.

couldn’t have been more perfect with members being pretty much evenly-matched - so it was game on! A few matches were completed half-way through the back nine and a couple went down to the wire. The winning team for the day was the Captain’s team who won four matches against the President’s team who won two. One member had a very lucky shot last Saturday and managed to hit the ball straight between the “lady’s legs” tree on the fifth fairway – a shot I’m sure more than most would never be able to achieve no matter how hard they tried! Sunday saw the return of fantastic fishing weather, which I’m know a lot of people took advantage of, which in turn, saw very few golfers compete in last Sunday’s Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole Stableford competition. The Italian Restaurant competition for this week is also a Stableford event, which is being played off the red tees for the week.

A few changes have been made to the Event Calendar for the rest of the year. Next week is the Cooktown Hardware & Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal for the month of November. The following weekend, November 30 will be the December Monthly Medal competition, so members only have two more weeks to try and win a medal to be in the running for the yearly Medal of Medals competition. To that end, the annual Medal of Medals competition is being held on December 7, in conjunction with a Par competition for those members who have not won a Monthly Medal for the year, and we are calling this our Club Closing Day/Xmas Party Barbecue. That weekend will be our final Saturday competition day for the year and the weekly competitions will then run from Saturday to Friday. Happy golfing everyone. Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Links.

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Fishing action aplenty with favourable conditions

THE light conditions were wonderful through the weekend, with many boats getting out amongst the action at their favourite reef fishing spots. The lighter breezes are expected to hold for this weekend also, as we

approach the last quarter moon phase on Tuesday, November 26. There will tend to be more easterlies as next week progresses. With these light conditions, it is a prime time to stock the freezer with fish prior to Christmas.

For those who were fortunate enough to find them, quality mackerel catches were made offshore.

Those who enjoyed the nice offshore conditions for reef fishing through the weekend were able to land good sized coral trout (legal size is 38cm, bag limit is seven per person), large and small mouth nannygai, reef Jacks and spangled emperor.

The full moon is behind us, so the tides are easing into shallowflow neap tides, making estuary fishing more favourable. One local angler landed some nice queenfish out of the Endeavour River last week using lures and bait fish. Lure cast-

With the clear, calm water offshore, the conditions are wonderful for diving and snorkelling around the reefs.

ing for mangrove Jacks in the estuaries should be productive this coming week. Finally, the Wharf has been profitable for those who fish according to the tides. Mackerel still like their morning feeds inside the river mouth, with queen fish and mangrove Jacks continuing to perform through the day. And, with Christmas only five weeks away, remember to boat and drive safely. Tight lines. Russell Bowman The Lure Shop.

Above: Brett Turner from Kingaroy with a solid coral trout. Far left: Michelle Gray with a golden trevallly caught in the Endeavour River on Sunday. Centre: Max and “Foxie” from Sydney with a couple of queenfish. Below: Hervey Bay’s Rex Bowman with a coral trout. Photos submitted.

Tide times – Cooktown

Friday, NOVEMBEr 22 tO Friday, NOVEMBEr 29

NOTE: these are predictions only, subject to change due to prevailing weather conditions. It is recommended you use this table as a guide only. Information from .

Fri 22

Time Ht 0445 1.15 1209 2.21

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Sat 23

Time Ht 0232 1.33 1435 2.14


NEW MOON Tue. Dec 3. Time: 10.22

Sun 24

Time 0116 1544 2324

Ht 1.37 2.18 1.27

FIRST QUARTER Sun. Dec 10. Time: 01.12

Mon 25 Time 0516 0938 1626 2327

Ht 1.64 1.52 2.23 1.17

FULL MOON Mon. Dec 17. Time: 19.28

Tue 26 Time 0537 1038 1657 2335

Ht 1.80 1.45 2.28 1.05

LAST QUARTER Tues. Nov 26. Time: 05.28

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Wed 27 Time 0556 1119 1724 2351

Ht 1.98 1.37 2.34 0.90

Thu 28

Time 0618 1155 1754

Ht 2.18 1.27 2.40

Fri 29

Time 0014 0645 1232 1827

Ht 0.72 2.40 1.16 2.46

Weather Watch Endeavour Valley rainfall total November: 2mm



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