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Beating the heat Trying to beat the heat with a game of hide ‘n seek under their grandmother’s sprinkler are Lucas and Max Giese. With recent days’ temperatures being widely reported around Cooktown as being 39 degrees and higher, locals were using whatever methods they could to cool down. Water temperature in the Cooktown Pool has been about 36 degrees in the late afternoon, so swimming there is akin to taking a warm bath. The threat of crocodiles at local beaches and low water levels at inland swimming holes has meant backyard improvising for many. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

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POLICE reinforcements were summoned to the assis-


tance of on-duty Cooktown officers who were trying quell a large street disturbance involving about 150 people in the early hours of New Year’s morning.

Cooktown Police Senior Sergeant John McArthur said he was one of the off-duty locals recalled to duty, along with a crew from Hope Vale,

to the scene of the disturbance which started at the intersection of Walker and Charlotte streets at about 1.30am. “While there was a large number of people at the scene, there was a lot of ‘posturing’ going on, with no injuries to my knowledge sustained,” Snr Sgt McArthur said. “At present there have been

five persons positively identified as taking part in this disturbance. “And we also have video footage of the area, which will assist us in our ongoing investigation.”

He said police are also investigating the alleged wilful damage to a motor vehicle parked in this vicinity at the time.

Cooktown Hotel (Top Pub) proprietor Eddie Krop said he had played host to a happy, orderly crowd of about 400 New Year’s revellers, but that the pub had been cleared of patrons and closed well-before the disturbance had begun. Mr Krop said he did not think there were that many people (150) involved in the

incident, which he believed had been resolved relatively quickly. He said he believed that another fracas had started later in the morning in the vicinity of Helen and Boundary streets, but could not comment any further on that.  continued page 2

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WEEKLY Every Thursday. Bush Bingo, 9am, and Social Darts, 7pm, at the Bowls Club.

Every Friday. Monster Meat Raffles in the Caf Bar, @

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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 Saturday. Lions Club raffles and members' draw at the Top Pub, from 12 noon to 3pm. 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.

JANUARY 2014 Fri 10. Peter Herrmann, live in the Caf Bar from 6pm @ The Sovereign.

Wed 15 and Thu 16. Marlin Coast Veterinary Surgery visiting at the CWA rooms. Phone 4069 5337 or 4057 6033 for appointments.

THE close-knit Williams family has been left devastated with the news of the death of Brett, eldest son of Jim and Anne and brother to Jason and Kristin, as a result of a single vehicle traffic accident near Hughenden on Sunday afternoon. And a large portion of the Cooktown community is also in mourning with the tragic news of the passing of the popular 32-year-old, who grew up in the town in which he completed his entire education from Kindy through to Year 12. Brett is survived by his six-yearold son, Jake.

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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.

It is believed he was returning from a call-out in his role with Ergon Energy in a “bucket truck”, travelling west on the Flinders Highway when it left the roadway and rolled at about 5.45pm. The highway was closed for a number of hours while police, emergency servide crews and the Forensic Crash Unit conducted the investigations. Jim, Anne and Kristin have since travelled to Hughenden to attend to details there, while Jason has remained in Cooktown to field inquiries here.

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View from the Hill WELL, well, well, 2014 and we’re still here. Somehow, we have managed to survive without the politicians, newshounds and television planners who have all dropped their vital work for six weeks. Funny how local shops manage to stay open for all but Christmas, Boxing and

New Year’s Days, but the people at the heart of our nation’s well-being don’t have any office juniors to stand in while they are studying foreign tourist locations. So what has been happening? Well, the seas around Cape York and into the Strait are under attack from Chinese pirates. Or at least, pirates funded by Chinese crime syndicates. They are after our sea cucumbers, abalone, turtles and giant clams. The cleaning lady at the Australian Fisheries Management Author-

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.

 from page 1 In other police Christmas/New Year’s news, publice nuisance offences dominated police action taken. These include: • A 36-year-old Cooktown man arrested on December 31. He will appear at today’s sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court to answer the charge; • A 35-year-old Cooktown man arrested on December 31. He too will appear at today’s court sittings; • A 33-year-old Cooktown man arrested on January 1. He will appear at the February 6 court sittings; • A 21-year-old Yarrabah man arrested on January 1. He was further charged with being disorderly on licensed premises in relation to conduct at a hotel prior to midnight on December 31. He will appear at the February 6 court sittings; And in traffic enforcement: • A 64-year-old Cooktown woman was intercepted driving without a licence on December 31. She will appear at the February 6 sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court to answer the charge; • On January 4, a 24-year-old Cooktown man was intercepted at Rossville while driving with a disqualified driving licence. He will appear at the February 4 court sittings; and • A 37-year-old Cooktown man was intercepted at Rossville while driving without a current drivers licence. He will appear at the February 4 court sittings. While in criminal matters, a 46-year-old Cooktown man has been remanded in custody in relation to Breaching Domestic Violence Release Conditions, Common Assault and Wilful Damage. Police allege these charges relate to incidents which occurred on January 2.

Brett Williams was the victim of a fatal road accident near Hughenden on Sunday afternoon.

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Sun 26. Australia Day celebrations @ PCYC Cooktown

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ity says she is aware of the situation and believes the destination for all these tasty goodies is Hong Kong. She has left a note on the Minister’s desk and is sure that he will sort everything out when he finds his way back to his office. David Kempton’s cleaning lady has also been working hard. Voters from Cape York have been trying to contact him about the state of our roads. The cleaning lady says he understands that half-heartedly patching up dirt roads does not re-

ally get us much further forward, and he did mention it in his Christmas card to the Oberführer. Something about the way she spoke on the phone left me thinking that she does not believe the Oberführer will pay much attention. The most intriguing thing coming in the New Year will be the rumours about our health services. Someone has been whispering that there will be big cuts... I can report I have run the rumours to earth. The cleaning lady at the Department of Health in Canberra says

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she has received a phone call from an American, a Mr B. Obama, saying that they have a slightly used health care system for sale. She says the Americans don’t need it as they have bought a new one. The old one is for sale very cheaply and will be much, much cheaper to run than our current health service. She expects the minister will jump at the chance.

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THE Cook Shire Community Action Group held its first formal gathering at Nature’s PowerHouse on Sunday, with about 50 people in attendance. One of the group’s organisers, Helen Rutherford, told the gathering the group had not been formed as a “council sacking” exercise. “Instead, we want to establish a pro-active interaction with Council that will see a better relationship with the community and how it consults and deals with residents’ concerns,” Mrs Rutherford said. About 50 people were given an individual opportunity to identify themselves and air their concerns or grievances with the Cook Shire Council. Also in attendance at the meeting were Councillors Alan Wilson (who travelled in from Laura for the meeting) and Sue Clark. Both were congratulated on a number of occasions for their attendance. Deputy Mayor Penny Johnson had forwarded an email with her apologies for her inability to attend, while Mrs Rutherford said she had received no reply from the Mayor or other Councillors to the group’s invitation. The group had earlier held an informal meeting on December 8, from which and since then, a two-page list of council issues had been compiled. This list included 28 specific points within the categories of Elected Representation, Council Processes and Council Actions; 23 specific points within the categories of Endeavour Valley Refuse Collection, Water Fluoridation Program, Selective Inspection Program, Rehabilitation Centre, Council Work for Local Contractors and Planning and Environment Concerns; and six specific points within the categories of Local Government Elections and Council Policy and Processes. Some of the specific points were duplicated within the categories.

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Level 1, 85 Byrnes Street, Mareeba 4880 Fax 4092 2138 Email Some of the attendees at Sunday’s meeting of the Cook Shire Community Action Group, held at Nature’s PowerHouse• Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. High on the issues raised were: • A demand that council divisions be returned, with one councillor elected in each division; • A demand that councillors be given control of the running of council, rather than the bureaucracy – that there is a valid community perception that bureaucrats are running the council and not working for council on behalf of the community; • Lack of community consultation; • Lack of transparency in council dealings; • Alleged victimisation and reprisal action against residents or contractors who complained; • Alleged “bully boy” tactics by council against residents or contractors who did not conform; • Alleged poor or selective dissemination of information to councillors by the CEO and/or Mayor; • Capacity of CEO to withhold information and matters of concern from councillors and council meetings; • Allegation that councillors were not receiving the correct information from bureaucrats when they were required to vote on issues;

• Excessive limitations placed on councillors so they are unable to properly communicate with and represent constituents; • Refusal/failure of council to respond to any form of complaint by some residents – personal, verbal or written; and • Council’s inequitable and unfair treatment of residents targeted in the “Selection Inspection Program”, which has included alleged acts of trespass by council officers. Another point raised was the fact that only complaints against councillors were listed on the council website, whereas complaints against council itself were not. During open discussion, Peter Skipworth said the treatment he had seen dealt out to residents was “shocking and disgusting”.


ters had been answered. “So what do you do?” he asked. “Give up in disgust?” Asked for his comments on the matters raised at the meeting, Councillor Wilson said he empathised with and supported many of the concerns of residents at council meetings, and on the subject of power being returned to local councils he said, “That was an election promise of the new Newman State Government, but we are yet to see anything happening in that regard.” Comment from Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott was unable to be obtained because he is currently on recreation leave.

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Contacts for the group are: • Ray Kluck, 4069 5756 or email: thundergulley@bigpond. com;

Martin Free said he objected to the fact that council had set up a business in opposition to the local caravan parks with the establishment of the RV Friendly park in Adelaide Street.

• Nikki Darvell, 4069 5564 or email: nikki@capecrusaders.;

Former Shire Administrator and Shire Engineer, D’Arcy Gallop, told the meeting that council had contravened its own code relating to the handling of complaints.

• Helen Rutherford, 4069 5461 or email:

He said that not one of his let-


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By MARK BOUSEN HEALTH care in remote regions, such as the Torres Strait, NPA and Cape York, needs to start being addressed at the pregnancy and postnatal stages, according to Bob McCarthy, the interim chairman of the proposed new amalgamated health body for those regions. “The challenge for Indigenous communities is getting early access to health-related issues, and that starts right back at birth. “If we can get the health system to work with and help expectant mothers and the post-natal stages and work on diet and through-life issues, we stand a chance of the changing the wellbeing outcomes for future generations.” Health Minister Lawrence Springborg last month announced the merger of the Cape York and Torres Strait-NPA Hospital Health Services into one body. Mr McCarthy, as Cape York Hospital and Health Service Board chairman, has been given the job to develop a plan for the amalgamation of the two boards, to come into force as soon as mid-2014. Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen says management of Torres Strait health services will set back 40 years with the merger. “It’s an insult for the hard work and advocacy for community control by our past Elders and leaders. “If the Minister thinks he can improve the health service by remote control he is terribly wrong,” he said. Mr McCarthy told the Cooktown Local News he will be visiting the Torres Strait and NPA and Cape York in the New Year to talk with community leaders about the new organisation. Mr McCarthy said: “Pedro




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would be a central facility, but two areas - Torres Strait/NPA and Cape York - would run “roughly independently” with an chief operating officers for both the north and south, working under a managing-director/ CEO who would be based in either Thursday Island or Weipa. “Both areas have cultural differences but are both geographically challenged. There are places in Cape York which don’t have regular air services which is very similar to some Outer Islands in the Torres Strait where access has to be made on a charter basis.” Mr McCarthy said nothing will change for “people on the ground who will continue to run it”. “There will be one management structure in place, instead of two, and one board which will handle the governance issues. “The majority of the staff won’t be affected in the short or longer term; only the management and board structure will change.” One of the issues Mr McCarthy wants to address in his first visit to the Torres Strait/NPA is what he describes as: “communities say ‘we want to run it ourselves’ and then no one puts their hands up.”

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“There is some confusion about the idea of community control and involvement. “We would encourage community involvement and control and which might well take place on site-by-site or area-by-area basis. “We need to deal with issues as they occur and to deal with issues on a local level; we have to be community savvy and community involved.” Mr McCarthy said the board would be looking at third-party organisations which are working well in some areas of Cape York as part of the plan to taking health care to remote areas, such as the Outer Islands in the Torres Strait. “I’d like to see some of them operating in the Torres Strait and NPA.” He expects the new board will consist of himself as chair and three directors from each of Cape York and Torres Strait/ NPA regions. Mr McCarthy who is “basically retired” says he travelled throughout Cape York and has been to Thursday Island many times but not to the Outer Islands, through his former position as Director-General of the Department of State Development and Innovation. He also has a long-standing relationship with Indigenous communities, especially in Napranum, Mapoon and Weipa. Cape York Health Service consists of Aurukun, Coen, Cooktown, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Laura, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranmum, Weipa and Wujal Wujal health centres. Torres Strait/NPA Health Service consists of Badu, Boigu, Poruma, Erub, Dauan, Horn, Kubin, Mabuiag, Mer, Saibai, Ugar, St Pauls, Thursday Island, Warraber, Iama, Masig Islands, Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisa and Umagico health centres.

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Another service under threat from the LNP ACCORDING to Queensland Labor Senator Jan McLucas, primary health care for people in the Far North is under threat following the Abbott Government’s announcement of a review into the Medicare Locals network. Senator McLucas said she is concerned that Medicare Locals are set for the chopping block. “The Far North has suffered a lot of cuts to jobs and services at the hands of Campbell Newman and the State Govern-

after-hours GPs, mental health support, immunisation, Indigenous health services and eHealth initiatives to communities including Cairns, Innisfail, Tully, Tablelands, Yarrabah, Mossman, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Cape York and the Torres Strait.

ment. And now with Tony Abbott in government and with another ‘review’ underway, it seems apparent that another round of slashing is inevitable,” Senator McLucas said. “The Far North Queensland Medicare Local is doing great work. “We have some really serious health challenges in the Far North and it would be of grave concern if the government were to wind up their services. “The State Government withdrew a lot of grants to health providers last year

Senator Jan McLucas. using the reason that Canberra was providing support through the Medicare Local network. If the Federal Government is now going to axe Medicare Locals, it is the residents

of the Far North who lose out, unable to access health services they need locally. The Far North Queensland Medicare Local provides services including

The Labor Government established Medicare Locals in 2011 to ensure decisions about health services could be made by local communities in line with local needs, Medicare Locals were created as local organisations - 61 of them Australia-wide.

Medicare Locals are working with GPs and other primary health care providers to ensure all Australians, regardless of where they live, can access effective primary health care services. “Labor has invested more in health care than any previous government, making up for the lost time and money of the Howard years. “We can’t afford Tony Abbott to undo this progress. We know he has form as when he was Health Minister he cut $1 billion from our hospitals.”

COOK Shire Council has, at Monday, January 6, released the list of those nominees they have so far been able to contact who are in line to receive a gong at this year’s Australia Day Awards• Council is still endeavouring to contact some nominees, while some have in fact, declined their nominations.

Awards will be presented in the categories of: • Citizen of the Year; • Young Citizen of the Year; • Sports Achievement Award;

• John Dessman; • Susan Forsyth; • Dan Hodgson; • Sarah Martin; • Grant and Narelle Morris; • Bob Norris; • Teneille Nuggins; • Vince Parkes; • Bronwyn Sieverding; • Darcie Sieverding; • Ethan Sieverding; • Sylvia Simpson; • Jacqui Sykes; and • Alice Taylor.

Groups nominated include: • Barefoot Belles;

• Junior Sports Achievement Award;

• Cooktown Club Veg;

• Cultural/Arts Achievement Award;

• Cooktown Re-enactment Association; and

• Service to Cook Shire Award and

• PCYC Cooktown.

• Event of the Year.

Those events nominated are:

Nominees for individual awards are:

• Breakfast with Santa;

• Diana Burns;

• Cooktown Discovery Festival;

• Cooktown Races; • Laura Dance Festival; • Legal Assault VII; • Re-Enactment of Cook’s Landing; and • Wallaby Creek Festival. The awards celebrations will be held at the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre on Sunday, January 26 from 9am. A free barbecue will be available, with the Endeavour Lions Club cooking up a storm, while the Cooktown CWA ladies will also be providing complimentary refreshments. New Australians will be welcomed as they take the Australian Citizenship Pledge and attendees will hear from Australia Day Ambassador Ross McKinnon. All are welcome to come along and help celebrate what’s great about being Australian• A full order of proceedings will be published in next week’s edition of the Cooktown Local News.

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‘Normanby Woman’ has a name History I AM sure that most readers have heard the story of the ‘Normanby Woman’. Many versions have been told about this poor woman over the years. The story on her grave reflects this. Last year we were fortunate enough, and quite excited, to discover the this woman’s name. A report found in the Warwick Examiner and Times, Saturday, October 8, 1887, states that: “Inspector Murray has courteously given us the following results of his investigations, carried on through the natives, into the history of the poor creature who was recently captured and died in the hospital. Her name was Wallerman, her mother was of the Gangoora or Daintree tribe, and her father of the Dora or Normanby tribe, and she had a sister and two brothers, the latter dead. She was a single woman, and used to anoint herself with gum and charcoal to make her body black like the other gins. She was, therefore, an albino, and

our Scandinavian sensation is exploded.” (I have reproduced here the newspaper reports from 1887, and mean no disrespect with the wording used, I do it for the sake of authentic history. I apologise if anyone is offended.) The Queenslander of September 3, 1887, reports on her ‘capture’ on August 29: “The capture of the white woman in the blacks’ camp on Saturday morning was effected in the following manner - Joddrell, a store keeper on the Normanby diggings, went down the river to look for horses, and got into a friendly blacks’ camp. He there saw the white woman, and went and reported the matter to the police. In the afternoon Constable Cowen, accompanied by Messrs Joddrell and Williams, went down to the camp and saw the woman, who immediately ran into the bush. Cowen asked one of the blacks to bring her back, which he did, and she squatted down the same as the oth-

The grave of the ‘Normanby Woman’ in the Cooktown cemetery does not reflect the woman’s name, which has recently been discovered. Photo: BEV SHAY. er gins. Cowen took her, … to the police camp, where he fed (and clothed) her and kept her in camp that night. Yesterday morning, Constable Cowen with Constable Connelly started for Cooktown with the woman on horseback. When about eight miles from the camp, a mob of blacks who were all in war paint, stood up in front of the troopers to bar their progress. One spear was thrown which did not hit

anyone. The police fired two shots, at which the horse the woman was on got scared, bucked several times and she fell over and struck her head and shoulders on the ground.”

dren. The most curious part of this capture is that the blacks state that the woman had a brother who was the same colour and was burnt to death in a bush fire.”

We know from the inquest report that two Chinamen were then hired to bring the woman into Cooktown on a stretcher.

Dr Korteum stated that the captive is an albino. She appeared to be between 50 and 60 years of age. The skin of her face and breasts is shrivelled up and her hair is grey. The cartilage of her nose is

“The blacks stated that the woman never had any chil-

cut: “She is not expected to live the day out.” The next day, it was reported: “The woman brought in from a blacks’ camp on the Normanby River by the police died in the hospital during the night.” So now I think we could get the sign on her grave replaced with one that reflects this story and have her name recorded. What do the readers think?

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Morris men’s Christmas cheer for Kindy IF you had been visiting the pubs and clubs of Cooktown just before Christmas, you might have come across a strange sight.

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Cooktown’s Morris men had dressed themselves up as Robin Hood and his Merry Men and were raising money for the Kindy by singing Christmas carols and acting out a little show. Or perhaps they were raising money by persuading people that they would leave immediately, if only the poor patrons of the pubs and clubs would cough up a dollar or two?

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The show would not have been complete without Good King Wenceslas (Diana Burns) and Maid Marion (Peter Burns). Eric George stood in as Robin Hood because he says he could not find a Cooktown lady with a loud voice who felt confident enough in tights to play the part. The rest of the Morris Men sang bravely and so well in tune that they raised $512 for the Kindy.


Cooktown’s Morris men, Jeneen Clark, Richard Lee, Eric George, Tracey Clark, Sue Clark, Peter Burns and Diana Burns singing up a Christmas storm to raise money for the Kindy.

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Writers’ Corner

Developing patience

Dianne Keller, Cooktown Writers’ Group. AS a creative and mindsharpening exercise, make the penning of a poem, song or short story for our column your challenge for 2014. Email your efforts to

“Ring In The New Year” Ring in the bright new year! Fling away worries drear. Bring forth a challenge clear. Sing songs of success dear! By DIANNE KELLER

“A Fine Beginning” It’s January, the premier month. Turn over a new leaf. Begin from here. The canvas is blank; the brushes held ready. With courage, smile and embrace the New Year! In storage, do you have dreams? Dust them off! This could be their time to sparkle and shine. Defy discouragement and those who mock. Declare to yourself, “The future is mine!” After the storm, God’s rainbow of promise! The world is clean; no sorrow, no sinning. To paint your own scene, choose a bright palette. It’s January, a fine beginning! By DIANNE KELLER

From the Pulpit Galatians 5:22-25 WE have all kinds of excuses for why we are not patient: stress, ill health, other peoples’ mistakes, running late, or simply having a bad day. But impatience can cause us to make poor decisions, hurt others or damage relationships. God wants something far better for us. He knows that patience helps us to stay in His will - where His favour rests upon us. We

achieve strong, loving, lasting relationships when we are willing to wait for others to change. In so doing, we also become happier ourselves. How do we develop this attribute? First, we must view our lives as God does and recognise difficulties as disguised opportunities to learn patience. We must leave behind the mistaken assumption that success in the Christian life means an absence of problems. God’s purpose is not to provide us with ease, comfort, and pleasure but rather to grow us up into “Christ-likeness”. Patience is one of those “grown-up” qualities we’re to have. Second, we have a personal responsibility to pursue the quality of

patience and train ourselves in it. We must learn to resist our bad habits, wrong thinking, and negative behavior patterns from the past. Practise responding with kindness and love, even if the other person is unjustly accusing you. It takes time, energy, and effort to change our thinking and our responses. Fortunately, we don’t do this alone - the Holy Spirit is committed to producing this fruit in our lives with our co-operation. See difficulty as God does, and then respond patiently. God bless you heaps! Have an awesome week. Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church

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Cape Heritage delay ‘welcome’


CAPE York Sustainable Futures Treasurer Bob Sullivan has welcomed the news the World Heritage protection for Cape York nomination will be delayed by at least a year.


Car blaze evacuation fear

Racecourse Road residents were saved from toxic smoke billowing from a car engulfed in flames on Friday night by a fortunate wind.



Council decision puts school one step closer

A JOINT initiative between the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club and the Cooktown and District Country Show could see the whole of this year’s Show being held at the racecourse, but those plans are dependent on the availability of circus tents to house the event.

COOKTOWN is just one step away from the establishment of a Special Assistance School (Flexible Learning Centre) with the Cook Shire Council’s recent offer of a 20-year lease to Cairns Catholic Eduction Services.



Cheryl’s home-ownership dream finally comes true


Cook Shire Council intends to proceed with the 12-month trial of a Recreational Vehicle Park, despite hearing concerns from caravan park owners that their operations will be adversely affected, while other businesses in town will receive no benefit.


The sounds of silence in Cooktown

ALTHOUGH the Cooktown district was virtually unharmed by the direct ravages of former Tropical Cyclone Oswald, it impacted on the region indirectly with massive disruption to the Telstra and Bigpond telecommunications network north of Gladstone.


Nervous wait for hospital staff


Council has two options to replace Charlie Martin

STAFF at the Cooktown Hospital face a nervous wait on their futures after the Cape York Hospital and Health Service called for expressions of interest from staff interested in voluntary redundancies last week.

CHARLIE Martin’s resignation as a Cook Shire Councillor has left Council examining two options regarding a replacement Councillor.

April 4

$1.38 Bowl Club renovation: And debt free

WHEN President Bob Sullivan and his Cooktown Bowls Club committee launched their grand plan to extend and renovate their licensed premises, they were determined not to leave its more than 800 members in debt.


RV trial park gets thumbs up


Cape York Family Centre set to start

A BRIBIE Island couple, with six years on the road touring Australia as “Grey Nomads”, has given the facilities in the Cook Shire Council’s new RV Trial Park their seal of approval.

BILLY tea and damper aromas wafted through the wood smoke rising gently from the campfire at Poison Creek on Friday, when the first sod of soil was turned in preparation for the start of construction of the Cape York Family Centre.

27 full-time jobs go in latest health cuts

MORE than 27 full-time jobs are to be made redundant under the Health Department’s latest razor attack on jobs - this time across the Cape York Health District.

HOPE Vale teacher Cheryl Cannon was beaming with pride on Tuesday as she detailed the plans for her new home to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Council to forge ahead with RV park trial

Let the Show begin: At the Racecourse

May 2

Triple croc threat concerns locals

A LOCAL fisherman and tour guide operator is deeply fearful it is a matter of sooner rather than later that a child or tourist will be taken by one of three territorial crocodiles that patrol the Endeavour River from behind the Lions Park through to the Wharf.


Cornetts commits to $1m IGA upgrade

Women’s shelter to be relocated to Cooktown

HOPE Vale’s Jiiry Women’s Shelter is expected to relocate to Cooktown by August this year, providing a place of safety and support for women from the broader Cooktown district amid concerns for the residents’ well-being.


Confusion, concern over water policy

ACCORDING to Lakeland property owner Joy Marriott, a recent meeting between the area’s irrigators and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines has left land holders concerned the Lakeland Groundwater Management Area policy will be the precursor to being charged for water.


Help needed to curb thefts

COOKTOWN Police are wanting to increase community awareness and community engagement in an attempt to arrest the number of burglary offences being committed in the Cooktown residential area.




Fate of trangled croc remains unclear

THE plight of acrocodile, seen at the Annan River with rope protruding from its mouth down to its tail, remains unclear, with locals frustrated and angry at difficulties and delays experienced in getting a response to the situation.


Weather dampens festival’s crowds

IN a rain-interrupted weekend, Cooktown Discovery Festival co-ordinator Bronwyn Sieverding conceded crowd numbers could easily have been down on previous years, but was encouraged by the number of people who ignored the forecasts to attend the event.

CORNETTS IGA have reaffirmed their commitment to its Cooktown store with Monday’s announcement of a $1M refurbishment of the location.


Mow-mentary lapse of reason

JUST what price do you put on a life? That’s the question an angry Andy Stemmler and his fired-up crew of seven who form the QAS Lakeland First Responders are asking.


Return of low-risk birthing much closer

THE Cooktown community has rallied to the support of its local hospital as it prepares to reintroduce a low-risk birthing service by the beginning of 2014.


COOKTOWN’S PCYC Events Centre has been the main target of vandals with three recent attacks set to cost ratepayers about $2500 in repairs.

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Safe cracked in PO break-in

COOKTOWN Post Office was declared a crime scene on Monday morning, after workers arrived to discover the premises had been broken into overnight.


Coast Guard has that sinking feeling

WILL Cooktown’s Volunteer Coast Guard remain afloat? The answer to that question lies in the hands of local boaties, with current Commander Helen Greaves deciding to step down after nine years at the helm.


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COOKTOWN’S iconic Wharf will undergo a facelift in September, which will see the facility unavailable for use for about six weeks while the substructure is replaced with material which will have a guaranteed life span of 100 years.

ALTHOUGH not a member of the Cape Indigenous Mayors’ Alliance, Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott is strongly supporting the organisation’s rejection of Noel Pearson being given any further control over funding, policy or service delivery in Cape York.



Call for ‘music precinct’ and noise complaints

AMID personal fears Cooktown’s entertainment venues could stop providing live band music, local musician Michael Shay is mustering support for his call for a “music precinct” to be established in Charlotte Street.


Dredging delay costing town tourist dollars

LOCAL cynicism about dredging of the Cooktown Harbour being delayed until “the first half of next year” has been as thick as the silt restricting access to the Endeavour River.


Show change to create an ‘iconic’ event

THE format of this year’s Cooktown and District Agricultural Show might just be the embryo of what could become a very special, annual iconic event on the Cape York calendar.



A GRIEVING daughter has criticised the treatment her father received at the Cooktown Hospital, saying her father could have lived up to 12 months longer if his terminal cancer had been diagnosed earlier.


Roadhouse fire: A loss for community, travellers

COOKTOWN travelers, used to stopping in at the Mt Carbine Roadhouse to refuel and have a coffee and chat with proprietors Bruce and Janine Metzger, will now not have that privilege after fire razed the business on Sunday night.

545 sign petition against fluoridation of water

A PETITION with 545 signatures againts the fluoridation of the Cooktown water supply, was presented to the Cook Shire Council on Tuesday.

‘Housing neglect’ cause of dangerous snake bite

LES Gibson’s story is not just about a 75-year-old Hope Vale pensioner being bitten by a snake in his own home.


Hospital treatment under investigation

Harbour dredging delayed until 2014


Council seeks warrants


Local warns Freedom Flotilla about dangers

COOK Shire Council says it will seek court-issued warrants, and be accompanied by police where necessary, to gain access to properties in the Endeavour Valley as part of its current “Approved ‘Selective’ Inspection Program”, which aims to discover non-compliant and illegally constructed buildings in the area.


Shire ‘to benefit’ from new mine

MONDAY’S 0.0m tide further emphasized the desperate need to dredge the Endeavour River in Cooktown Harbour, but recent advice from the Department of Transport and Main Roads has confirmed the project will start later, rather than sooner.

WHILE Poison Creek identity Dick Randolph fully supports the visiting Freedom Flotilla in their efforts to generate great waves of support for a Free West Papua, he holds little hope for their success.

COOK Shire Mayor Peter Scott has welcomed last week’s announcement that Traditional Owners have agreed to a deal with a mining company for the development of a coal mine near Lakefield National Park.

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COOKTOWN and the marine community in Northeast Queensland are set to benefit from the Bureau of Meteorology’s improving marine weather services.


Is anything resolved?

ATTENDEES at Tuesday night’s fluoride forum at the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre were presented with a raft of information, both for and against the inclusion of fluoride in the Cooktown Water Supply.


AS late as Tuesday, Cook Shire Council had again urged the state government to expedite the approval of a grant application that will see the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre equipped with generators.



Endeavour celebration

ENDEAVOUR Christian College was in celebration mode this week after the recent advice the school had received secondary accreditation.


Council takes no chances with reported croc sighting

THEY were the words that Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott and his water treatment specialist Wal Welsh had been holding their breaths to here at Tuesday’s 2013 Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test in Cairns.

SHUDDERS resonated throughout the Cooktown community last week, with a report that a crocodile had been sighted near a swimming hole on the Little Annan River, long-regarded as a safe haven for families.

BATTLE lines were drawn on Sunday, when a group of about 20 residents and rate payers formed the Cook Shire Community Action Group at Poison Creek.

FAMILIES dominated the attendees at a fund-raiser at the Sovereign Resort Hotel, which saw about $10,000 raised to help the CollinsHerrmann family with medical expenses.

WITHIN two hours of being switched to “ON”, Lizard Island’s new marine VHF radio repeater station’s Channel 82 sprung to life.

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Community rallies to cause

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A MONSTER, four-metre crocodile that frightened some anglers fishing from the Cooktown Wharf on Sunday night, is destined for a crocodile farm as soon as it falls foul of the trap which has been set for it.



Feds scrap Kids’ Bonus


$6.9M awarded to build Special Assistance School

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.

And the winner is winners are...

SUCH was the quality of the photographic entries submitted by the weekly winners of the Cornett’s IGA Cooktown and Cooktown Local News photo competition, judges were unable to split the difference between Geoff Gerhardt and Kristy Turner for the yearly grand prize of $500.

COOK Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott has described as “fantastic”, the news of a state government grant of $6.9M that will see the construction of a Special Assistance School campus in Cooktown.

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New Year’s Celebrations @ the Sovvy Left: Chris Swan, Kellie Simmons and Angie Lemmon under the watchful eye of Rob Wilson. Right: Darren and Nathalie Heales with Vicky and Tony Perkett.

Sophia Collins-Herrmann with Krista Whitford.

“Lofty” and Val Loftus.

Sovereign Resort Hotel managers Sally Kaye and Keith Bradford were keeping a close eye on a good New Year’s Eve celebration, but it was thirsty work in the summer heat, with Keith “tongueing” for a beer.

Albin Seagren with Sel Wendt.

Sharmaine and Raeleen Veivers.

Mark Christiansen and Wendy Scrymgour.

Richard Burling and Paul Scott.

“Da Wogs”, John and Margaret Dessmann.

Sandy Siegle and Bryan Jackson.

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New Year’s Eve @ the Toppy

Trying for the biggest “cheesy” on the night was Tomo Maeda, with plenty of encouragement from Coral Hale.

Elizabeth and Sylvia Hall with Amanda Youren.

Emily McGreen with McKenzie, Duane and Itejah Bowen.

Dante Rosendale, Paula Fullagar and Bea Douglas.

Sha-lane Gibson and Louisa Cobus.

Simone Mcgreen, Lucy Cobus and Anthea McGreen.

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Prohibition Party @ the Lions Den

In with the theme were: Margie, Craig, Bella, Oliver, Sandy, Gary and Deni.

‘Clarkey and the All Stars’ played on the night with special guest Emily McLeod Clarke. Left: Likely lads hiding in the corner were ‘Duck’ and Max. Bottom left: Even Deni’s toy machine gun wasn’t enough to frighten this reveller into divulging his ID.

Flapper, Belle Bond, at the Lions Den piano.

Below: Kevin added his own prohibition ‘flavour’ to the event.

A ‘happy Jan’ at the Prohibition Party.

‘Clarkey and the All Stars’ playing to a packed, Lions Den crowd at the New Year’s Prohibition Party.

‘Bear’ with Krystal Symes.

Lions Den Prohibition Party revellers at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Viva Las Vegas” (G) 2:50 Nine Presents 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 Work Song Nanocluster 7:30 World’s Greatest Heroes 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Robotic Manipulation 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Window Of Opporunity 9:30 Movie: “Due Date” (MA l,d,s) - High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time. 11:30 Partners: 2 Broke Guys 12:00 Nitro Circus Live 12:30 TBA 1:00 Extra 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 10:00 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Who Wants It More - Eric and Donna try to resist each other and each is determined not to be the one to cave in; Kelso tries to convince his friends that he’s seen a U.F.O. and in an attempt to be more outgoing, Red throws a party. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters - Karen manoeuvres to put Mike and Luke at each other’s throats. Beryl is stunned to learn that David thinks she’s pregnant with Jim’s child. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News - Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta present the latest news, sport and weather from around Australia and overseas.

5:00 World News 1:00 Eye For Architecture 2:00 Paris: The Luminous Years 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 One Man And His Campervan 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves 8:30 How Small Is The Universe? 9:30 Small Time Gangster 10:00 Swift And Shift Couriers 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Clown - The New Danes: Casper and Frank are modern men in a modern world, who are trying to fulfil their “base” needs in a time of morality. At the height of their powers, they have attractive wives, brilliant careers, a strong social network and all the money they could ask for. 12:00 Shorts On Screen 12:35 Bite Me With Dr. Mike Leahy 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass 1:00 Rick Stein’s India 2:00 Symphonia Eluvium - Symphony Of The Floods 2:30 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 New Tricks: It Smells Of Books 9:30 By Any Means 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Kangaroo Dundee 11:40 Life: Fish 12:30 The Irishman 2:15 Be Any Means 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Round 14: Canberra Vs Adelaide 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Henry Poole Is Here” (PG a,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 Dead Hooker Juxtaposition 8:30 Movie: “Valentines Day” (M s) - An ensemble romantic comedy following a group of different couples as they find and lose love in all its many forms over the course of the title holiday. 11:05 Embarrassing Bodies: Weston 12:05 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 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 Border Security: International - An American oil rig worker gets drilled on his shady past. A man arrives from Hong Kong with a suitcase full of meat - and something much more dangerous. A British traveller with an expired work permit may not get to visit his girlfriend after all. A package of cookbooks contains an unwanted ingredient. Land border CCTV catches a sudden switcheroo, and puts a disqualified driver in the hot seat. 12:00 Harry’s Practice - Join Dr Harry Cooper and Dr Katrina Warren for everything you need to know about animals. 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 The Clay Bird 2:45 Via Gori 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8:30 Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl 9:30 Coppers 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The Bridge: After the murder on the bridge, the killer makes his presence known and chooses the tabloid journalist Daniel Ferbé to act as a contact with the outside world. It turns out that the bridge murder was only the beginning, and that the purpose of that gruesome act was to draw attention to the unpleasant truths and problems in our society. 12:05 Prisoners Of War: Operation Judash 1:05 My America 2:05 Euro 2012: Stadiums Of Hate 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Catching Cancer 1:30 The Jonathan Ross Show 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 9:20 The Wrong Mans 9:50 Bluestone 42 10:20 ABC News: Late Edition 10:30 The Straits: The Trouble With Raskols - Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Australia’s Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, comes an exotic and darkly humorous crime drama 11:30 MONA: Feel The Weird 12:00 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 12:45 Bluestone 42 1:30 Hockey: Men’s World League Finals: Quarter Final 3:30 Football: W-League: Round 8 - Melbourne Victory Vs Canberra United 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “The Avengers” (PG) 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 Hofstadter Isotope 7:30 TBA 8:30 Hostages: Endgame 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Forget Me Not 10:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Last Woman Standing 11:30 Dallas: JR’s Masterpiece 12:20 Extra 12:50 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:20 Nine Presents 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 Travel Unravelled: Walk With The Wildlife - A skydive that goes terribly wrong, find out why Jeep is nothing like a boat, and a monkey attack that bears a close resemblance to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Then, see what happens when a bubble-headed blonde gets stuck in an actual bubble. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters - Karen works to give Kate second thoughts about her relationship with Wayne, without jeopardising her own chances for the future. Amanda’s strange behaviour puzzles Fiona. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 James May’s Toy Stories 2:00 Oz And Hugh Raise The Bar 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Burrowers 8:35 24 Hours In Emergency 9:30 Borgen 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:05 Prisoners Of War 12:15 Movie: “Heading South” (M d,s) - In English, French and Creole. Ellen, a 55-year-old American school teacher, travels to politically tumultuous Haiti each summer for a bit of fun with the young male locals. But this year she must compete with two other tourists for her favourite young lover, the handsome, 18-year-old Legba. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:00 Dragon’s Den 2:00 Annie Leibovitz In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Michael Palin’s Brazil: Road To Rio 9:30 The Moaning Of Life 10:15 ABC News: Late Edition 10:25 The Trip: Holbeck Ghyll 10:55 Genius: Vanessa Feltz And Richard Herring 11:30 Life: Birds 12:20 The Killing Of Angel Street 1:55 The Moaning Of Life 2:45 Movie: “Elephant Boy” (PG) 4:05 Movie: “Captain Kidd” (PG) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Madison” (G) 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 Vegas Renormalization 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Person Of Interest: End Game 9:30 CSI: NY: Unspoken 10:30 CSI: NY: It Happened To Me 11:30 Partners: Temporary Insanity 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 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Fez Gets The Girl - Eric is named ‘Employee of the Month’ at Pricemart, but he can’t understand why Red isn’t happier about it. When Donna wins Led Zeppelin tickets and Eric has to work the night of the concert, the gang fights over who will get the second ticket. Fez sees the most beautiful girl in the world but is afraid to talk to her. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today - International news and weather including interviews with newsmakers in the world of politics, business, media, entertainment and sport. 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Toughest Place To Be A... Midwife 2:00 One Born Every Minute USA 2:50 Destination Flavour 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Italian Food Safari 8:00 Gourmet Farmer 8:30 Can Eating Insects Save The World? 9:30 Falcon: Javier Falcón continues his investigation into a series of murders that seem to be linked by secrets in the past. A second victim has been found surrounded by imitations of the famous Falcón nudes, paintings that made Falcón’s father, Francisco, one of Spain’s most loved and revered artists. 10:25 World News Australia 11:00 Thursday FC 12:00 FIFA Ballon D’Or 1:30 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 180

Your  Lucky 



Stars  

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

An old friend will show off their talents at a social outing. You may feel as though you don’t know them as well as you thought because you weren’t aware of their gift. Romance. A comical evening will revive a stagnant relationship. You need to go together out more often.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

You may be getting a little frustrated with your day-to-day work. Don’t let your mind wander too far, however - it will be a while before you have a chance to get away. Romance. You may feel your partner’s family is judgemental. Give them time to get to know you better.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

It is important that you take the initiative a little more. If you sit and wait, you will wait forever! You need to work for what you want! Romance. You must be prepared to weigh up the risks and benefits of a new relationship. You may have overlooked the negative points.


ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

You will receive a small sum of money from an unexpected source. Luckily, there will be much more where that came from! Romance. Don’t be any more assertive than you really need to be. Your partner will be less responsive if you become abrasive. You need to relax a little!

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

While it is important for you to take your career seriously, you might be putting too much energy into the wrong areas. Revaluate your position and get outside advice. Romance. Don’t become obsessed with a person who is already attached. You will be wasting your time!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

You have been wanting a bit change in your life, but haven’t really gone through the motions to get it. Get moving today and stay motivated! Romance. Your good mood will make a big difference to the state of your relationship. There has been too much negativity lately.


CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

You would benefit from seeking out new avenues at work. There are uncharted territories just waiting to be discovered! Romance. You may feel that you and your partner are growing apart. You may be right. Do what you can to reunite your relationship. Creativity is key!

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

For all your printing needs –


This will be a very favourable time for buying and selling. Provided you are able to commit yourself when the time comes, you should get a bargain. Romance. Your partner may be unpredictable at the moment. Rid yourself of expectations this week and you won’t be let down!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

Although you have a lot to do this week, don’t pass up on an offer from a friend. This could end up being more exciting than you expect! Romance. Don’t indulge your partner too much. You don’t want to become the “yes man” in the relationship. Be firm with your stance.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

You may appear to be unapproachable. Be careful with this because it could affect your work life. Watch your body language and things should improve. Romance. A friend who knows your partner will give you some useful advice. You may be surprised by what they say.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


A simple hello could lead to a million things.



Don’t be too much of a perfectionist. You may have to compromise a little in order to get things done. What you find to be flawless isn’t the same as what others are looking for. Romance. You may not be completely aware of your partner’s strong points. Take off your blinders!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

You may be feeling that you aren’t up-todate on the latest technology. Register for a class or do some research on-line to catch up with others. Romance. Your partner’s independent mood is throwing you off guard. You may feel isolated. Give it time and it will pass.

Cooktown Local News – Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 15

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Timber – pine or hardwood Glass  Gates  Aluminium Security  Retaining walls Gramline / Colourbond New house lots a speciality PHONE GREG

Licensed Contractor QBSA 1093073

0428 128 044

4098 1866

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Soil Testing Contact Eric George, your local technician 4069 5854 • 0409 686 032 Cairns 4047 8600


TRADES COOKTOWN Skip Bins. Commercial and domestic rubbish removal and disposal. Ph 4069 5545 or 0408 772 361.



this Sunday, January 12

AAA CBD CBD CBD – Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments, 71 Lake Street, Cairns. Self catering, secure car parking, pool/gazebo, opp PO and Woolworths. Ph 07 4041 2350.

MOTELS CAIRNS Rainbow Inn. 3½ star, all facilities including cable TV. Close to the city, from $65 per night. Ph 4051 1022.

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

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




GENERAL TOWING – Special local & Cooktown to Cairns rates TYRES – Cars, Utes, 4x4’s and Trucks – most sizes MECHANICAL REPAIRS & SERVICING – All makes & models, 2WD & 4WD

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SALE ADVERTISE YOUR GARAGE SALE HERE! Attention-seeking space seeks like-minded advertiser. Email your line classified through to ads@ au or call 1300 4895 00.

Cooktown Skip Bins Rubbish removal and disposal Ph: 4069 5545 or 0408 772 361

FOR LEASE Old Troncs depot, McIvor Road 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.

T: 1300 4895 00, 4098 2281 M: 0419 828 639 E:

Returned and Services League of Australia Cooktown Sub Branch

Ph: 4035 3636

The next meeting will be held at 9am

at the Sub Branch Office, 132 Charlotte Street Office: 4069 6353 Mobile: 0413 322 625

Jimmy Fay, Secretary

Cooktown District Community Centre 11 Charles Street, PO Box 763, Cooktown 4895 T: 4069 6098 • F: 4069 6934 E:

POSITION VACANT Domestic Violence Counsellor – Level 5.1 Cooktown Community District Centre (CDCC) is seeking an enthusiastic and suitably qualified applicant for this opportunity to work with our team in Cooktown and district. This position is full time, covered under Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Level 5.1 dependant on qualifications and experience. Attractive salary sacrificing package is also offered. Applications close: Friday, January 17, 2014. To apply, request a copy of the Selection Criteria and Position Description - in person at Cooktown District Community Centre or by phone on (07) 4069 6098 or email

Optometrist visiting Servicing Cooktown since 1997

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Ocular health Eyesight testing Glaucoma assessment Diabetic sight analysis Contact Lens Consultations

DOUBLE HELIX science quiz

Quiz questions 1. Which is greater: the distance from the centre of Earth to the North Pole, or the distance from the centre of Earth to the Equator? 2. Which two chemical elements contain the letter ‘x’ in their names? 3. In regards to sleep, what does REM stand for? 4. What is the largest species of fish? 5. When carbon dioxide dissolves into neutral water, what happens to the water’s pH?

Quiz answers



1. The distance from the centre of Earth to the Equator is greater than the distance from the centre of Earth to the North Pole. 2. Oxygen and xenon are the two chemical elements that contain the letter ‘x’ 3. In regards to sleep, REM stands for rapid eye movement. 4. The world’s largest species of fish is the whale shark. 5. When carbon dioxide dissolves in neutral water, the pH decreases.

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Cooktown Local News – Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 17


Living Well

We’ve retired! Cook’s Landing Kiosk

At the centre of Cooktown’s waterfront.

Bev & Rex wish to advise that as of 23rd December 2013, we have retired! The Kiosk / Fuel and Mooring has been sold to Mr Thomas Anderson, effective from the above date and we wish him all the very best for the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many staff members who have worked for us over the years. Also, many thanks to our loyal customers for their patronage and support – without you, we wouldn’t have had such a successful business!

Whilst we will be doing some travelling, Bev will continue her role as a Marriage Celebrant (Naming Ceremonies, Funeral Ceremonies etc) and will be contactable by email: and mobile: 0419 376 133.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Council is currently recruiting the following position.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER CAPE YORK TORRES REGIONAL ORGANISATION OF COUNCILS Applications close: 4.45pm Friday 7 February 2014. Information kits for the above positions are available from Council’s website and from Council’s administration building. Enquiries to: Customer Service Team T: 07 4069 5444 F: 07 4069 5423 E: W:

Applications to: Personal & Confidential Chief Executive Officer Cook Shire Council PO Box 3 COOKTOWN Q 4895 E:



NEED any healthy inspiration to start the New Year? Why not try these?

Turkey and cranberry salad wraps Ingredients: One slice of mountain bread; Mixed salad; A few sprigs of fresh coriander leaves; 1 x tomato; 1 x boiled egg; 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce; and Shaved turkey slices or one thick turkey slice from the deli. Method: Place all the ingredients in the middle of the mountain bread, ensuring enough space is left on the edge to fold in when

Turkey and cranberry salad wraps.

Barbecue crayfish. you roll the bread over the ingredients, tucking all the salad in. Cut in half diagonally and enjoy this low calorie healthy meal.

Barbecue crayfish Ingredients: One whole crayfish per person; 2 x cloves of freshly chopped garlic; Olive oil or oil of preference; and Salt to taste. Method:

Pre-heat barbecue so all the coals are white or the gas is well-established in heat; Crack crayfish down the center mid-line with a sharp weighted blade (watch your fingers); Clean and prepare the flesh in the shell - there will be some organs that need removing from the head end; Add seasoning as required; you can add herbs if desired

Place on barbecue so flesh is upright to hold moisture in shell; and Close lid of barbecue to pressure cook for approximately 10 minutes, and monitor until flesh is white throughout. Serve with a nice fresh salad and a jacket potato with cheese. A glass of white wine may compliment this meal very nicely too. Happy New Year everybody!


Brett Williams 30 Sep 1981 – 5 Jan 2014

A young life taken far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones at this very sad time.

See you on the other side, mate xoxo Cooktown State School Class of 1998

Evans, Wayne

Passed away in Cooktown on 28th December 2013. Wayne is a much loved Partner, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Nephew, Brotherin-Law and and Friend to many. The cortege will leave the Cooktown Hospital at 1.30pm on Friday, 10th January for the traditional wharfie enroute to the Cooktown Cemetery for a Graveside Service.

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.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES Council is currently recruiting the following positions.

PayROll OffIcER PlUmBER BUIldINg SURvEyOR Applications close: 4.45pm Friday 31 January 2014. Information kits for the above positions are available from Council’s website and from Council’s administration building. Enquiries to: Customer Service Team T: 07 4069 5444 F: 07 4069 5423 E: W:

applications to: Personal & Confidential Chief Executive Officer Cook Shire Council PO Box 3 COOKTOWN Q 4895 E:

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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

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Better signage – the world deserves it Story and photos by MIKE D’ARCY IT’S 8pm on a dark evening five years ago. John Van Urk and his Dutch mates were travelling to Cape Trib for a few days camping and sightseeing. They were late arrivals over the ferry, paid their $23, but had no map of the Cape Trib area. After 40 minutes driving, they spot a few buildings and signs in the dark - obviously not the epicentre of a thriving tourist centre - and keep driving. And driving. For another two hours. “We hit the gravel past Cape Trib. We’re on the way to Wujal Wujal and beyond without having a clue where we were. No problem, we’ve got a hire car (a 2WD Toyota Corolla) and we’re farmers back home, so we’re used to a bit of gravel.” “The water over Emmagen Creek surprises us a little. The hills are steep. Woobadda is pretty deep. I walk across first, panicking a little by now about crocs and the depth of the water, then cross over. The hire car takes it well. The slope down the Switchback is scary, we get over the Bloomfield River crossing - then eventually reach the Lion’s Den Hotel, two hours after leaving Cape Trib. Next day, the long way around, back to Cairns. It was a disastrous trip to this heart of the Wet Tropics, and we really couldn’t understand the lack of signs”. But the Dutch are a hardy people. Let’s face it, they found Australia well before the English. So, the other day, John came back

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by day this time, sensibly with partner Krista Samsom on a re-run of their original journey as far as Wujal Wujal, where Traditional Owner Kathleen Walker showed them around and explained local culture and stories. Good naturedly, John sneered at the lack of signage and the lost opportunities the first time around. “We stopped at some of the amazing places. The lookout back to Cape Trib from the north; the big Emmagen strangler fig, then the creek itself with its azure kingfishers and crazy twisted roots, vines and palm fronds reflected in the clear running water past the paperbarks; Donavan’s Ridge looking back south at Emmagen Valley; Cowie Beach with amazing tidal colours and quaint red mangroves; Woobadda Creek and the lookout over the Bloomfield River. We saw a croc resting on the far bank at the afternoon low tide.” Well said, John. The sad thing is that none of the eight spots mentioned have any indication that there’s something interesting there! Finally Wujal Wujal Falls itself. The Falls are flowing well even after the dry spell, and the freshly grown grasses up on the hills, gum trees and palm cycads are all beautifully backlit by the afternoon sun. At least, it’s well signposted. For John, two completely different experiences. The first time blind. The second time with knowledge, enchantment, wonder and excitement. Ok, so the signage on the Bloomfield Track is poor. The Cook Shire signage is generally pretty good, but one of the priorities of the new Douglas Shire must surely be

Idyllic mangroves at Archer Point. to pick up on the initiative of a Bloomfield Track Drive, with points of interest indicators, interpretive signage, and back-up promotional material and marketing support. What will it achieve? A proper “Drive” concept, linking Cooktown to the Daintree River, will make our magnificent area a more interesting and visitable place for tourists. They’ve been attracted by the World Heritage marketing, paid to come here, and want a special experience in a magnificently diverse and ancient rainforest with its wonderful jungle and coastal scenery. They want to pay their respects to this special part of the natural world. And they want to learn while they enjoy. And stay a little longer. In doing that, it’ll help the businesses and therefore the communities includ-

ing Cape Trib, Wujal Wujal and Cooktown. The world deserves it. We deserve it. So, let’s get behind it! Meanwhile on the Track. The weather has been sparkling. The big king tides closed the Bloomfield River only temporarily, and the Track itself has been in excellent shape. No road delays over Christmas, but I guess work will gear up again this week. Keatings Lagoon has dropped right off, but Archer Point makes up for it in terms of natural beauty and has had heaps of campers over the Christmas period. Happy travelling, Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Phone: +61 7 4098 9180 www.darcy of

IT has been a busy few weeks of shooting over the Christmas/New Year at the SSAA Cameron Creek Range for all disciplines. Some members who have been away working have been able to catch up as well as new shooters participating with a number of stories to be shared. The IPSC Shoot was held in ideal weather conditions and it was great to see everyone having fun and enjoying our sport of

There was a strong wind blowing at the range for the combined services rifle shoot, but it didn’t sway Andy Gardner’s aim. In the accurised class, Andy shot an absolutely outstanding score of 50.4 points, which included 10 bulls with a group measurement of just eight inches. This was a super human effort, especially in the strong wind using a .303. Recent earthworks undertaken to extend and improve the range are making the 300 metre targets readily accessible and easy to see now that the ground is flat. At the next rifle practice on January 18, the start time has changed to

8am as calmer conditions usually prevail at this time and it is not so hot. Please note that the next Shotgun Shoot scheduled for January 11 and the meeting scheduled for January 14 are cancelled. The program of events for the rest of this month is as follows: Saturday, January 18 Rifle Practice/Sighting in from 8am; Saturday, January 18 – Pistol Shoot from 3pm; Sunday, January 19 – Service Rifle Shoot from 9am; Saturday, January 25 – Working bee from 9am; and Sunday, January 26 – Black Powder Shoot from 9am. Anne Williams Secretary.

tue 14 Jan

High 6:32 am 2.33 m Low 12:37 pm 1.23 m High 6:09 pm 2.01 m

Low 1:58 am 0.53 m High 8:34 am 2.63 m Low 2:48 pm 1.10 m High 8:14 pm 1.96 m

Sat 11 Jan wed 15 Jan

Busy times over festive break target shooting. A Steel Plate Match was held at the night shoot which is a fast and exciting game shot on steel targets.

Fri 10 Jan

Low 12:28 am 0.63 m High 7:09 am 2.47 m Low 1:18 pm 1.16 m High 6:48 pm 1.99 m

Low 2:22 am 0.54 m High 9:00 am 2.62 m Low 3:14 pm 1.11 m High 8:36 pm 1.95 m

Sun 12 Jan thu 16 Jan Low 1:02 am 0.57 m High 7:39 am 2.56 m Low 1:52 pm 1.12 m High 7:21 pm 1.98 m

Low 2:45 am 0.57 m High 9:24 am 2.59 m Low 3:39 pm 1.15 m High 8:55 pm 1.93 m

Mon 13 Jan Fri 17 Jan Low 1:31 am 0.54 m High 8:08 am 2.61 m Low 2:22 pm 1.10 m High 7:49 pm 1.98 m

Low 3:07 am 0.62 m High 9:49 am 2.54 m Low 4:04 pm 1.18 m High 9:14 pm 1.90 m


NEW MOON Friday, Jan 31. Time: 07.39

FIRST QUARTER Friday, Feb 7. Time: 05.22

FULL LAST MOON QUARTER Thursday, Jan 16. Friday, Jan 24. Time: 14.52 Time: 15.19

Wujal Wujal Falls-- one of the delights on the Bloomfield Track.

Jakeb’s Path to Pride

IN the December 19 edition, an account of Full Boar Muay Thai Boxing Club representation at tournaments at the Gold Coast and Mackay was published. However, the involvement of Jakeb Whitman on the Path to Pride promotion in Mackay was inadvertently overlooked, for which we apologise. Jakeb, along with fellow Full Boar fighters Keenan and Jahvarne Pearson and Shaun Harrison, fought under the guidance of trainer Sarah Martin.

Martin said Jakeb was the first Full Boar fighter into the ring in his bout with Jayden Rohan from Townsville’s Fight Firm gym. “Both boys started hard, but Jayden was landing his shots first and Jakeb let him get away without countering,” Martin said. “So the Townsville fighter quickly racked up points against Jakeb. “And although Jakeb didn’t make it easy for his opponent, putting his evasion skills to good use and covering up well, he still did not score enough points to win the bout.”

Weather Watch

Endeavour Valley rainfall: Total December: 14.5mm Total 2013: 1043mm


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Memories and ‘porkies’ of Hash Christmas

Left: This nice coral trout was caught by eight-year-old Kaitlyn Darvell on her family’s first visit to Osterlund Reef during the holidays. Kaitlyn is seen here with her father Chad. Bottom left: A second visit to Osterlund Reef by the Darvell family saw eightyear-old Shaylee pretty pleased with her capture of this coral trout.

themselves by climbing the palms to collect green coconuts for later.

A LOT has happened in the Hash world since Christmas. Before the big day, Moses and Yo-Yo set a run on the other side of the hill. It was notable for being gentle, not too long and without difficult bush. Moses must be getting soft. There was an unlikely number of virgin runners, including three Poles and an Italian, and the food was Polish and very tasty. On December 30, Nostril set a run around town and down to the Botanic Gardens, using as clues arrows drawn on the pavements in chalk. I can remember an excellent punch at half-time, but not much else. Every New Year’s Eve, the Hash takes a boat over to the north shore and walks along the beach. This is always a pleasant excursion, and it is nice to see the old town from a different angle. We did not find much washed up on the beach, except for a plastic falcon that Matchbox immediately adopted. Blowhard and Fingerling amused

Saddlebags hosted the bash on her verandah overlooking the harbour, one of the finest spots in town. Blowhard spent ages hacking at the mountain of coconuts he had won, and they were very welcome. He had brought with him another two Polish virgins, who were very suspicious characters. It turned out they did not know the song Yo-Yo has been teaching the Hash, the one she claims is her national anthem. I think someone has been telling “porkies”. Then, for the first run in 2014, Muff and Tuff hosted a run from their ranch. Tuff had worked hard and laid a long, long run through the bush and down to the salt flats, but added a sneaky short cut for the less crazy Hashers to miss half of it. With exquisite judgement, he managed to get both groups to arrive back home together. Very clever. This run also had virgin runners, as well as Ice Maiden returning for a visit, and Thermo & F*&T back from holiday.

Bottom right: Fiveyear-old Lakea Hegamaea caught this 39cm grunter at Elim Beach (Hope Vale) last Friday.

Even the fish are excited about 2014 cobia, mackerel, red emperor, coral trout, nannygai and spangled emperor.

Next week’s run is at Archive’s. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, January 13 to join the fun. Call Moses on either 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

Christmas Hashers looking fresh before one of their runs.

THE New Year arrived with a good stretch of calm sea conditions, and the fish have been happy about testing our baits, lures and lines. One of our local offshore charter operators, Andy with his 42ft Hurricane, continues to have quite productive reef fishing trips. On Boxing Day, the customers landed 16 beautiful fish including

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A number of local boaters ventured to Lizard Island and out to the Ribbon reefs over the holidays and they all came back with new fishing stories and the catches to prove it. The Ribbons have been offering a nice selection of pelagic fish, primarily mackerel and dolphin fish. In addition to the pelagics, the Ribbons have also been providing quality bottom fish also, while coral trout have been doing well in the deeper waters, with red emperor and nannygai being the other commonly caught reef varieties.

Over the last two weeks, for those not able to take the long trip out to the Ribbons, the reef fishing has been somewhat of a gamble. On the same night, some boats went to some southern marks and barely caught a fish, while the boat that went north came back with a full esky. It always pays to move around from spot to spot, especially if there is not much action.

weeks, the spear-fishing anglers have produced some good catches from around the reef structures.

For those who preferred to fish in the rivers, they have been rewarded with a productive holiday season also, as the estuary fish have been performing well.

In order for the Coast Guard to offer the quickest response time if you do need assistance, you should log on to the daily boat register held at the new Lure Shop, 146 Charlotte Street, phone 4069 6655. The two marine

With the calmer conditions over the last

There have also been several boat rescues over the last few weeks. It is important and it is also the duty of the skipper to ensure all aspects of the vessel and engines are in sound, working order and that all safety gear is on board and in sound condition.

radio channels monitored are 21 and 16. A common cause for boat rescues in Queensland is boats running out of fuel, so please check your fuel systems and tanks and that they are indicating the correct volume of fuel remaining. More information relating to the Coast Guard and general boating safety will be provided over the coming weeks, so keep your eye on the new fishing report.

May we all have a safe, fun and fish-filled 2014! Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

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