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14 - 20 January 2013 • Thursday Island • www.torresnews.com.au • firstname.lastname@example.org • Edition No. 1048 • $2.00 inc. GST
A right royal tide
De-shon Nona, Javan Mosby and John Mosby cool off in a 3.56m king tide at Bayo Beach last Wednesday. January tides on Thursday Island peaked at 3.73m at 12.39pm Friday, January 11, as king tides swept beaches around the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area. And there is more to come, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a king tide of 3.70m for Thursday Island at 11.43am Friday, February 8. PHOTO: MARK ROY
No black market found following esky searches By MARK ROY INDIGENOUS travellers from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area claim they were “intimidated” and not informed of their rights when being stopped, questioned and searched by police over the Christmas period. A line of up to six police ofﬁcers stopped and questioned Torres Strait Islanders arriving at Cairns Airport with eskies, commonly used to transport fresh seafood to families living further south. One reader, who did not wish to be named, called the Torres News to complain about the stop and search. “Our people don’t know their rights, and when police and government are involved they are intimidated by it,” she said. “They don’t want to participate, but it is not clear whether it is voluntary or not.” The investigation, codenamed Operation Mariner, was led
by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) with state and federal police conducting investigations at Cairns Airport from December 20 - 31. On Cape York, vehicles were pulled over and occupants questioned from December 19 - 24. The investigations followed allegations made in the southern media last year of a widespread black market in turtle and dugong meat. EHP acting director Enforcement Services Kelli Ready said the operation was gathering intelligence on the “illegal transport” of turtle and dugong products. She said the department acknowledged Traditional Owners were legally permitted to transport turtle and dugong meat for traditional customs, celebrations and ceremony. One person had been found in possession of two turtle shells, and that was being investigated, she said.
“EHP is committed to preventing the illegal hunting and commercial trade of dugong and turtle meat which may be a signiﬁcant threat to the recovery of turtle and dugong populations,” Ms Ready said. Torres Strait islander Jillian Boyd told SBS correspondent Stefan Armbruster she felt “bullied” into taking part in the survey at Cairns Airport, after returning from her Christmas holiday in the Torres Strait. “I brought an esky down. When we got off the plane we saw a line-up of about half a dozen police ofﬁcers, armed and everything,” Ms Boyd said. The ofﬁcer had not informed her of her rights during the investigation, she said. “He just asked me if I wouldn’t mind answering some of his questions,” Ms Boyd said. Continued on Page 3.
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Billy Missi’s legacy “keeps on giving” By STEFAN ARMBRUSTER PREPARATIONS are underway for the funeral later this month of Torres Strait island artist Billy Missi, who died just before Christmas. A pioneer of the distinctive linocut printmaking movement, his works are held by art galleries around the world and he was recognised with numerous awards. Hailing from western Torres Strait, he modified traditional wood carving skills to record the oral history and cultural heritage of the region. One of Billy Missi’s long time artistic collaborators, master printmaker Theo Tremblay, said Mr Missi, a self-taught artist, had built a reputation matched by only a few artists from the Torres Strait. “He has done some beautiful work over the last 12 years that I have known him, and he has pushed boundaries,” Mr Tremblay said. “He has worked with some outstanding fellow artists, such as Alick Tipoti, Dennis Nona and David Bosun, and has really helped to rally a movement of printmaking, particularly in this region.” Mr Tremblay said Missi’s attention to patterning, as opposed to a narrative, Western style of storytelling, was fundamental to his work. “Traditionally, Zenadth Kes or Torres Strait Islanders pride their minar, or cultural design, in their work,” he said. “His great works involve patterning, and invoke stories through the patterning.” Mr Missi came from a long line of storytellers, going back to his great-great-great grandfather who
worked as a translator for the anthropologist Alfred Cort Haddon in the 1880s. “Billy has revitalised a lot of the stories and ideas behind the traditional forms of storytelling,” Mr Tremblay said. “Looking at a piece of Billy Missi’s work you see an active participant in storytelling and, in fact, history.” He said Mr Missi had been a “wonderful diplomat and a marvellous educator” for all those with whom he had contact, and also through the work he produced. Mr Tremblay described Mr Missi as a great role model for other Torres Strait Islanders. “He has produced a whole group of artists in Badu, Moa Island, Thursday Island and even as far east as Mer.” He said Mr Missi’s great legacy would be the way he educated outsiders about island traditions and the culture of the Torres Strait, and the volume of works he produced. “And it keeps on giving,” Mr Tremblay said.
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Silentworld withdraws from Cairns - Thursday Is. cargo trade By MARK ROY SILENTWORLD is no longer operating its Cairns to Thursday Island cargo route. The shipping company previously operated the MV Warrender out of Cairns every Friday, arriving into Thursday Island on Sunday. A Silentworld staff member in the Cairns ofﬁce comﬁrmed by telephone that the company had ceased operations at its Thursday Island location on Tuesday, January 8. “The route is not a viable business option, and we will continue to concentrate on other international cargo routes,” she said. She wouldn’t comment on whether there would be staff redundancies, saying Thursday Island staff would be redirected into other areas of Silentworld’s
operation. All outstanding cargo commitments would be met, she said. “All goods will be delivered. Goods that we have received as of today (Wednesday, January 8) will be redirected to the Thursday Island wharf through Sea Swift.” Sea Swift chief executive Fred White said he wanted to reassure all residents in the Torres Strait that Sea Swift had the capacity to cover Silentworld’s previous operations in the region. “We’re currently working with Silentworld to make sure goods they received which were due to be shipped to the Torres Strait are delivered safely and with minimal delay, and will then work with Silentworld’s former Torres Strait customers to ensure their ongoing needs are met,” Mr White said. He said he wanted to make it
clear Sea Swift had not bought the business. “Silentworld has withdrawn from the market and we are working with them to make it as smooth as a transition as possible,” he said. “We have built on solid foundations to be one of the most-respected and reliable shippers of general goods and project cargo into the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) and Torres Strait and I’d like to reassure all Torres Strait Islanders that we’re not going anywhere.” “Our ever-growing and expanding company is proud to be regarded as a regional pacesetter in the marine transport industry, and with our depth of regional experience and our extensive list of services, we can offer Torres Strait Islanders a service that is unrivalled in northern Australia. “We always invest in the
DOORS CLOSE: Silentworld has now ceased operations on Thursday Island wharf, with its existing cargo to be redirected through Sea Swift. regions where we operate, through infrastructure, employment and social contribution. Giving back is a core value of Sea Swift.” He said making sure customers’ freight arrives safe and sound was Sea Swift’s priority. “From a goldﬁsh to a semi-trailer,
if something needs to be shipped, we’ll get it there,” he said. “We have proudly been servicing the Torres Strait and NPA for the past 25 years, and reliability is our number one priority. “Our Torres Strait customers can always depend on us.”
Esky searches in Cairns and on Cape York fail to ﬁnd black market trade in dugong and turtle meat Our suppliers will be here so come get yourse Thursday Island HARDWARE Continued from page 1.
“I felt intimidated. I felt I had to comply with whatever it was that he wanted to talk to me about. “I only participated because I thought, well, I’ve got nothing to hide.” She said she told the ofﬁcer she was carrying ﬁsh, crayﬁsh, squid, octopus and turtle. “As soon as I mentioned turtle he zoomed in on that and asked could I be more speciﬁc,” she said. “He wanted to know the size of the bags, and he asked me why I was carrying seafood down, and I said to distribute to family.” She was then asked to supply her address, which she did. “I feel like I was subtly bullied into participating into something that I am 100 per cent against, because I wasn’t informed about my rights and what exactly was the purpose behind the survey.” Following the joint police and EHP operation, over a combined period of 18 days, no charges have been laid. Torres Strait Regional Authority chair Joseph Elu said the results cast doubt on the existence of a widespread black market in turtle and dugong meat. “The fact that there have been no arrests or charges arising from the latest surveillance operation tends to suggest that allegations of
illegal trade are little more than a beat up by ill-informed persons,” Mr Elu said. He said the TSRA had always encouraged people to report illegal hunting or marketing of turtle and dugong to the appropriate authorities. “People were urged to report suspicious activities to the authorities, but nothing came of it,” Mr Elu said. However, he said the TSRA supported the Federal and State authorities’ proactive approach to this issue. “It is encouraging to know that despite differing views on traditional hunting some action is being taken at last to protect the marine assets that are the lifeblood of most Torres Strait communities,” he said. Recent changes to the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act now make it illegal to move turtle and dugong meat outside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. After changing the law in September last year, the state government placed a 12-month moratorium on prosecutions. The amendments restrict native title rights under Federal law which allow Indigenous hunters to share meat, with penalties of up to $100,000 and two years jail. Some Torres Strait Islanders have said if they are charged, they will challenge the new laws all the way to the High Court.
Torres Strait on alert as dengue strikes Cairns area RESIDENTS in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area are on alert after two people were conﬁrmed with dengue in Cairns recently. Queensland Health spokesman Richard Gair said it was to be expected the number of mosquitoes would rise after recent rains. “We need to be very vigilant this year,”
Dr Gair said. “It’s concerning that we have a new outbreak.” Two people were confirmed to have contracted dengue type 1 from the innerCairns suburb of Whitfield, while two others are suspected of having the virus. Health ofﬁcials are spraying insecticide
in Whitfield following the suspected mosquito-borne outbreak. Dr Gair said authorities are also awaiting test results on a number of suspected cases. “There’s not generally a lot of difference between the types necessarily, although some strains can be more virulent than others,” he said.
Q’ld Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme doubled PATIENTS who travel more than 50km for specialist health services may be eligible for increased subsidies, after the State Government fulﬁlled its promise to double the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS). The PTSS mileage subsidy rate has doubled to 30 cents per kilometre while the accommodation subsidy rate has also doubled to $60 per person per night for patients staying in commercial accommodation. Member for Cook David Kempton said the government had doubled the subsidy to help ease the gap in access to healthcare
for rural and regional Queenslanders. “This much-needed boost will help ease the ﬁnancial burden and stress of travelling to access health services,” Mr Kempton said. “This is the ﬁrst time since 1987 that the accommodation subsidy has been increased. “The previous Labor government increased the petrol mileage subsidy by just 5 cents per kilometre in 2007, but this increase truly helps patients who have to travel long distances. “Doubling the PTSS means patients and in some cases, their carers, now have more
assistance than ever to help them travel to receive the healthcare they require.” Premier Campbell Newman and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced the changes in September last year. The changes came into effect on Tuesday, January 8. PTSS is available to Queensland residents only - residents of another state or territory will need to apply to the relevant jurisdiction for assistance. For more information or to ﬁnd out if you are eligible call 13 HEALTH on 13 43 25 84 or visit http://www.health.qld. gov.au/ptss.
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Peninsula road needs development: Kempton
Member for Cook David Kempton, Archer River Roadhouse co-owner Hugh Atherton, Assistant Minister for Transport and Main Roads Steve Minnikin. to be any real progress made in their trip. By MARK ROY sealing the road,” Mr Kempton “The biggest message was that there is no strategic plan A LONG-TERM strategic said. The local member trav- for the long term construction plan is needed to upgrade the Peninsula Development Road, elled the road last month with of the road, whilst millions according to Member for Cook Queensland Department of are poured into repairing ﬂood Transport and Main Roads re- damage each year,” he said. David Kempton. There were little funds Ongoing repair works to the gional director Tony Potter and road were simply being washed Assistant Minister for Transport available for capital works, and nothing had been done in away again in the wet season, Steve Minnikin. He said the group had taken several years, he said. he said. Under federal funding ar“There needs to be a quantum “every opportunity” to talk to shift in Federal Government business owners, contractors, rangements, ﬂood relief funds funding conditions if there is graziers and road users during were available for roadworks
after a ﬂood event such as a cyclone or wet-season damage. “The problem is the funds are only able to be used for repair, not upgrade,” Mr Kempton said. “The result is the road is brought up to high standard each year, only to be washed out again if not by the following wet, then in years after. “Sealing brings other issues to light, as heavy travel on a bitumen road in the wet season can be just as damaging as on a gravel road.” He said the good news was the relaxation of the permit system in 2013, and the formation of a formal communication process, with Cape York Sustainable Futures to provide monthly reports to Main Roads. Mr Potter said ﬂood damage works would continue this year along the Peninsula Development Road (PDR). However there were no plans to add to sealed sections of the roads to Weipa or Bamaga, he said. Mr Minnikin said he had gained a great insight into the complexities facing both the road users and Main Roads, and would be taking a report back to the minister.
Red tape removed from Queensland’s national parks ACCESS to Queensland’s national parks will be easier in 2013, according to National Parks Minister Steve Dickson. Mr Dickson said the State Government had reduced red tape by 50 per cent for commercial and recreational activities in the state’s national parks, state forests and other protected and recreation areas. “I am committed to opening up our national parks for everyone to enjoy and to help grow our vital eco-tourism industry by making it easier for operators,” Mr Dickson said. “We have streamlined the process for people to enjoy our most beautiful natural resources. “These changes have simplified permits for guided tours, commercial ﬁlming and group activities, and will also save taxpayers $500,000 over the next four years in unnecessary administration costs.” He said the previous “tangled web of permits” cost more money to review and issue than any revenue they generated. In some cases the need for permit approvals has removed entirely, while in others there is no longer a need to obtain multiple permits for a single set of activities. “For example, instead of an eight-page group activity permit for things like weddings, recreational events or school excursions in state forests and recreation and protected areas, now a simple booking is all that’s required,” he said. “Commercial tour operators now need just one permit which covers all areas, including marine parks, where previously separate permits would have been required for protected areas managed under separate pieces of legislation.”
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Wanted: Tropical North communities to capture king tides TORRES STRAIT and Northern Peninsula Area residents are being encouraged to photograph their local king tide to highlight the impacts of rising sea levels as part of the Witness King Tides project. The next king tides will reach the Torres Strait on Saturday, February 9, 2013, after high tides swept the coast last weekend. Green Cross Australia is encouraging coastal communities to take photos during the upcoming king tides season for Witness King Tides - an initiative that will help Australians understand the impacts of sea level rise in their local area. Green Cross Australia chief executive Mara Bún said sharing photos allowed people to visualise how flooding from rising sea levels impacts our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities in the future. “Witness King Tides will help us to identify and understand the impacts of rising sea levels on our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities,” Ms
Bún said. “Through gathering and sharing visual data, we raise awareness around Australia and can adapt for the future. “Around 85 per cent of Queensland’s population lives within 50km of the coast, so we are encouraging as many residents as possible to become aware of what to expect in the future. “We’re excited to be rolling this campaign out around the whole of Australia this year, with the Queensland pilot program a great success during the last summer king tides.” The Witness King Tides campaign asks coastal communities around Australia to submit images of king tides to raise awareness of the threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels. Project partners include CSIRO, Australian Coastal Society, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Bleach Festival. The NSW Ofﬁce of Environment and Heritage, the Tasmanian Climate Change Ofﬁce and numerous coastal and estuarine councils
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No leads on toxic ﬂotsam By STEFAN ARMBRUSTER AUTHORITIES say they may never determine who’s responsible for canisters of a deadly chemical washing up on beaches in Queensland and NSW. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is investigating the source of more than 20 silver canisters of aluminium phosphide. They’ve been washing up on beaches from north Queensland to northern NSW since February last year. Canisters have been found on Mabuiag and beaches around Lockhart River, Hope Vale and Cooktown. When the chemical comes into contact with air or moisture it generates a highly toxic and ﬂammable gas, which can be fatal if inhaled. Aluminium phosphide is often used
to fumigate ships. It’s unclear if the canisters may have been lost overboard accidentally or dumped. In a statement last Tuesday, AMSA said it had already checked incident reports of cargo losses but had not come up with any leads. “It may not be possible to ultimately confirm the original source of the canisters due to the apparently long time lapse between when they may have entered the water and when they have been found,” AMSA said. It is currently working with drift modelling experts to determine if the canisters may have originated from recent ship groundings or accidents in the Paciﬁc region. AMSA is also working with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to work out if the canisters originated in Australia.
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Cannabis still most commonly Daru Hospital heads set to roll used drug in FNQ: New threat By NELLIE SETEPANO
CANNABIS remains the most commonly used drug in Far North Queensland, and continues to be a concern within Indigenous communities in the region, according to a report by the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). The report said the drug has a strong demand and supply, with the potential for new users of synthetic cannabis (cannabimimetics) to be introduced to the cannabis market. Cannabis remains an entrenched market in Queensland. By quantity it is the state’s largest illicit drug market, with cannabis increasing and is higher than the national average. The 16-page report, Illicit drug markets in Queensland, was issued “to alert the public to the threat of increased organised crime activity around rapidly evolving shifts in some of Queensland’s illicit drug markets.” “There is signiﬁcant involvement of organised crime in the cannabis market. Unlike the situation in some southern states, speciﬁc organised crime groups do not control the cannabis market in Queensland. Instead, it continues to attract a large and diverse range of participants from varying backgrounds, with the primary attractions being the proﬁtability and strength of the market.”
The starting age for cannabis use is reportedly getting younger. Use at a young age not only affects mental and physical health but also leads to many social and educational problems, including increasing the likelihood ofbcriminality and further drug use. There are also greater concerns about cannabis use by children in remote communities because of the limited access to education and treatment services in these areas. The report said catalysts behind this expansion of organised crime in drug markets are two-fold: • Persistent demand for ‘traditional’ drugs (amphetamine-type stimulants, cannabis, heroin and cocaine); and • A parallel explosion of nontraditional substances, most notably drug analogues, that are often peddled as “legal highs”. Other non-traditional growth areas identified in the report stem from increasing illicit use and criminal diversion of pharmaceuticals and performance- and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs). Of greatest concern, Assistant Commissioner, Crime, Kathleen Florian said that beneath it all lay the threat of ever-increasing organised crime activity.
THE head of of Daru Hospital in Papua New Guinea is facing suspension pending investigations into alleged ﬁnancial mismanagement and maladmistration. The hospital is one of seven PNG provincial hospitals undergoing investigation and audit. On January 7, PNG Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Michael Malabag signed two notices of suspension for the chief executive ofﬁcers of Boram hospital in Wewak, East Sepik province, and Kimbe General Hospital in West New Britain. Other hospitals to follow
suit were Modilon (Madang), Lorengau (Manus), Popondetta (Northern), Wabag (Enga) and Daru (Western). These hospitals will have their boards changed. Daru is also on suspension. Minister Malabag has promised to come down hard on anyone found misusing the system and making it difﬁcult to deliver services to the people. “I will root out inefﬁciency and obstacles in the health system,” he told the Post-Courier. “There is a lot of slackness in our hospitals. Chief executive officers found not performing up to standards will be
Room for improvement in monitoring diabetes
YOUNG adults may not be monitoring and managing their diabetes as well as possible, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Diabetes among young Australians, explores how young Australians (0-30 years) with diabetes are managing their condition, their use of health services, and the diabetes-related health problems they experience. In 2010, about 31,300 young Australians with diabetes were registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme. Most (79%) had Type 1 diabetes (a lifelong autoimmune disease that requires the administration of insulin many times a day for survival). Monitoring blood glucose levels is an important part of diabetes management, particularly for those with Type 1 diabetes and on insulin. “The good news is that on average, enough blood
glucose testing strips were bought for children with Type 1 diabetes aged 0-11 years to meet recommended daily testing levels,’”said AIHW spokesperson Susana Senes. “Similarly, people with Type 1 diabetes using an insulin pump generally purchased enough testing strips.” But there is room for improvement. The report shows that people aged 19-24 with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes bought blood glucose test strips at lower rates than other age groups, suggesting that they are not monitoring their diabetes as well as others. In 2009-10, there were about 15,500 diabetesrelated hospitalisations among young Australians. Children aged 0-11 had the highest rate of hospitalisation for Type 1 diabetes but these were mainly for stabilising diabetes, being diagnosed with diabetes or for the ﬁtting of an insulin pump.
AUSTRALIA DAY 2013 10am - 6pm, Saturday, January 26 Community Fun Day Welcome all to the Sports Complex…
LOBAN ROAD, THURSDAY ISLAND Presentation to recipients of 2013 Australia Day Awards followed by Citizenship Ceremony Sausage Sizzle Coconut Bowls Competition Lamington Eating Contest Bring your towel and enjoy the pool Enjoy a ride in “Little Hero” Great atmosphere with entertainment and music Page 6 Torres News
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suspended.” He urged bureaucrats to deliver health services to the people they are supposed to serve, adding as public servants they must be held accountable for their actions. Towards the end of last year the PNG Health Department took measures to address management woes faced by hospitals throughout the country. The Public Accounts Committee has found there was incompetence, indifference, ineptitude, policy failures and ﬁscal mischief at high levels at these hospitals. Post-Courier
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Mon 14. Hash House Harriers, 5.45pm Tue 15. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI, 9am Tue 15. Esplanade Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 15. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin, 7pm Tue 15. Family night and mixed pool comp, Federal Hotel, 7.30pm sign-up, food from 6pm Wed 16. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 16. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Wed 16. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 16. Ladies night pool comp, Federal Hotel, 7.30pm sign-up Thu 17. Joker Jackpot, Federal Hotel, tickets from 5pm, draw 8.30pm Fri 18. It’s Floral Friday. Get some colour on your clothes! Fri 18. Cocktails by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Fri 18. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm. Sat 26. Australia Day. Sat 26. Torres Shire Australia Day Action Plan and awards ceremony, TI Sports Complex, 10am Tue 29. School term 1 begins.
Fri 8. Silver Shadow cruise ship visits Thursday Island, 7am - 12 noon Fri 8. Rotary Club TI breakfast meetings resume, Grand Hotel, 7am Fri 15. Rotary Club TI breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Fri 15. Rotary Club TI AGM after breakfast meeting Sat 16. Rotary Club TI assembly
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Muralag’s magic start to 2013
EXCITEMENT built on Countrywomen’s Beach during the day as people began to gather and so, too, did the wood for the two bonfires. The smaller bonfire was lit to coincide with the 8pm fireworks display so the children could have a program similar to those who waited to bring in the new year. Everyone was thoroughly delighted with the fireworks at 8pm. The waters were glassy and mirrored all the lights from Thursday Island as well as the beautiful displays of colour above. The children were having fun with glowsticks and everyone was either happy enough to then go to bed (mainly the children) or wait for the coming of 2013. The countdown to midnight was chorused on the beach as the big bonfire was lit and fireworks coloured the sky. Most stayed on the beach to watch the bonfire do its magic with the night, but slowly the crowd dispursed and the music lowered. There were more than 60 people enjoying the music, display, food, bonfires and comradery. The gathering had people from Hammond, TI, Zuna, Cairns, Townsville, Ayr and Georgetown as well as the locals from Muralag and Countrywomen’s Beaches. On behalf of all those attending that night I would like to pass on our appreciation to the sponsors of the two fireworks displays and commend them for both the timings and the displays themselves. Rhonda Harris, Muralag (Prince of Wales Island). TOP: People gathering at midnight for the fireworks and bonfire. LOWER: A perfect night for the fireworks to be viewed from the Countrywomen’s Beach, Muralag.
Scrap the cheer: We’ve got an election year SO - here we are again. After far too much good cheer and good will to all men, we can stop pretending and get back to being our normal cranky selves. We won’t have to be polite to anyone for the rest of the year. We don’t have to be optimistic, because things will undoubtedly turn out worse than ever. We can stop worrying about seeing the other bloke’s point of view, because he never had anything worth saying anyway. He was lying whenever he opened his mouth. Yes, that’s right. It’s a federal election year, and we are plunging straight back into the manure pile. The two sides are convinced that they can sling as much mud as they like at their enemies, but come out of the pig sty looking sparkling clean themselves. Perhaps we’d better take a good look at the opponents
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before they get so covered in muck that we can’t tell one from the other. In the red corner is our current leader Julia. I can’t say I know much about her. We’ve never had the chance of a chat. She has managed to keep a bunch of rabid socialists in minority government for a couple of years, so she must be pretty smart. On the other hand, she has attracted an extraordinary amount of vitriol from the opposition, the media and disgruntled Labor factions. If she is even half as wicked as they say, she should have horns, hooves and a tail. On the other side, the official opposition is led by Tony Ears, who is probably basking in the dream of celebrating next Christmas as Australia’s Prime Minister. Tony is a man of principle, and that
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principle is - anything goes if it makes me Prime Minister. His enthusiasm for the mud-pit is becoming an embarrassment to the patrician class that runs his party, and he is due to be dumped. Let me make a prediction; this year’s election fight will star Julia and a coldly polite gentleman in a suit. I am not betting on Julia. Another prediction - whichever one wins, we up north will remain as far from their hearts as ever.
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Scholarship winners share their new skills with the FNQ body
1000 young people are in detention on an average night 1024 young people are in juvenile detention across Australia ON an average night in the June quarter of 2012, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Juvenile detention population in Australia: 2012, presents information on the population in juvenile detention, focusing on trends over the four-year period from the June quarter 2008 to the June quarter 2012. AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard said that both the number and rate of young people in detention have remained relatively stable over recent years. “Of these 1000 young people in detention, just over 50% were unsentenced - that is, awaiting the commencement or outcome of their court matter, or sentencing.” In the last year, there has been an increase in the unsentenced population (up 9%) and a decrease in the sentenced population (down 9%). Most young people in detention were aged 10-17, and just over half (53%) were Indigenous. ‘Indigenous young people were 31 times as likely as non-Indigenous young people to be in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2012, up from 27 times as likely in the June quarter 2008,’ Mr Beard said. ‘This means that 1 in every 217 Indigenous young people, aged 10-17, were in detention on an average night.’ This increase in the level of over-representation was greatest in unsentenced detention. “Indigenous young people were 31 times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterparts to be in unsentenced detention in 2012, compared to 24 times as likely in 2008.” Young men were also over-represented in the juvenile detention population, accounting for 91% of young people in detention. There were some differences in trends among states and territories over the four-year period to the June quarter 2012.
TWO far northern women who share a passion for the future development of the region have won prestigious scholarships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait (RDA FNQ-TS) CEO Sonja Johnson (left) and committee member Dr Geraldine McGuire (right) were among a group of 70 high-performing women selected from 1600 nominations to be announced as winners of the coveted Board Diversity Scholarship by the Institute and Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins recently. “To say I am excited is an understatement,” Ms Johnson said. “To have two women from the same organisation selected for such a coveted scholarship is unbelievable.”
Ms Johnson joined RDA FNQ-TS in March, 2012. As CEO, and, in collaboration with regional leaders, she is responsible for the direction, strategy and implementation of regional development initiatives with an economic, social, environmental and cultural focus. “The scholarship aims to increase the number of women on boards by giving them the skills needed to be active and successful members, as well as opening up career opportunities and encouraging female participation,”
she said. Ms Johnson and Dr McGuire will participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and will also receive a 1 2 - m o n t h m e m b e rship to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr McGuire, who is committed to the empowerment of women, said the scholarship would give her increased credibility and authorisation in her traditionally male dominated field of agriculture and mining. As well as volunteering as a committee
member of the RDA FNQ-TS, Dr McGuire is the Managing Director of Sustainable Solutions Global Pty Ltd, a consulting company established in North Queensland that specialises in challenging projects which seek to balance sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions. She is also a partner is the business Rainforest Bounty, a company which manufactures gourmet condiments from Australian native rainforest fruit. Australian Institute of Company Directors Chief Executive and
Managing Director John Calvin said Ms Johnson and Dr McGuire were both able to demonstrate their significant experience and a high degree of leadership potential and capacity. “Nationally, the 70 recipients represent a diverse range of qualifications and experience ranging from the more traditional directorships pathways of banking, finance, accounting and law to the less traditional pathways of communications, human resources, small business, marketing, science and academia,” Mr Colvin said.
Jack’s back and Ruby stays on top JACK has toppled Cooper after a three-year reign as the most popular boy’s name registered for 2012 in Queensland. For girls, Ruby has once again returned as the state’s number one name after Sophie overtook her in 2011. Charlotte was pipped at the post for the second time since 2007. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said while names helped distinguish us from each other, they were also important in establishing our identity. “Naming a child is one of the most important things a parent has to do,” Mr Bleijie said. “The names we choose for our
children can define them for the rest of their lives, through all the highs and lows. “It can at times be challenging to find the right name for a child - a dilemma the young royals will no doubt be going through over the next few months. “With these results maybe a Princess Ruby or Prince Jack could be joining the Royal Family soon.” Other names that made the 2012 top 10 list included traditional names such as Chloe, Amelia and Emily along with William, Thomas and James - a trend highlighting that generational names are often carried on through the decades.
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Mer land handover expresses “true spirit of reconciliation”
Representatives from Mer Gedkem Le, the Registered Native Title Body The commemorative plaque. PHOTOS: TIM O’REILLY Corporate on Murray Island, at the land handover ceremony on Friday, December 17. MINISTER for Aboriginal and Le (Torres Strait Islanders) Cor- step in a long journey, and as their traditional lands.” Torres Strait Islander Affairs poration RNTBC in a ceremony further acknowledgement of the The plaque commemorating Glen Elmes says the recent on Friday, December 14. Meriam people’s independence the land handover expresses the handback of traditional lands to The Meriam people are now and self-reliance,” Mr Elmes sentiment: “In unity we march the Murray Island people will official owners of islands their said. forward in the true spirit of help build self-reliance. forebears occupied for centuries, “As a result of this handover solidarity and reconciliation as The deed to the traditional Mr Elmes said. and the Meriam peoples’ hard Kemer Kemer. lands of Mer, Dauar and Waier “The Deed of Grant is seen work, future generations can “Au Gotogoto Opem Sis was handed over to Mer Gedkem by Murray Islanders as the final continue to use and benefit from Iguatli.”
Meriam paddles: “One is weak, many are strong”. The carved paddles were used in the land handover ceremony
‘Meriam Elders Group’ to consult solicitors over land transfer A GROUP of elders from Murray Island (Mer) will travel to Brisbane in the next few weeks to consult lawyers about taking legal action to try and reverse the first Queensland Indigenous land transfer which includes a township.
On 14 December Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes, on behalf of the Queensland Government, handed ownership of the islands of Mer, Dauar and Waier - known as the Murray
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Islands - to the Meriam people. Twenty years ago, Eddie Mabo led an historic High Court claim by the Meriam people to be granted Native Title over their traditional island lands, the most eastern group in the Torres Strait. “Now the Meriam people officially own the islands occupied for centuries by their forebears,” Mr Elmes said. Speaking to the Torres News on 10 December just before deadline Meriam Elders Group spokesman Mike Passi expected members would travel to Brisbane to consult solicitors about legal action in the next few weeks. Mike Passi said the number of elders who would make the journey was yet to be determined and expects the matter will be before a Court within three months. The statement reads: “Meriam Elders Group Rejects the signing and the handover of Reserve Land Transfer to Murray Island on December 14th 2012. Prior to the event of the handing over of the Reserve Land transfer occurring on Murray Island on December 14 2012, two letters were sent from Meriam Elders Group to the MerGedkem Le Corporation (TSIC PBC) RNTB, Torres Strait Regional Authority, Department of Natural Resources & Mines, and the department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Multicultural Affairs, that were ignored. “Letters of concern regarding that there has been no proper consultation with all Meriam Traditional Land Owners throughout Torres Strait and mainland Australia with the explanation of the process of the Reserve Land Transfer (DOGIT – deeds of grant in trust) that took place with the State Government and all parties involved. “The Meriam Elders Group stand to believe that none of the required processes as stated in the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991 has been adhered to and that what transpired between the State Government and
MerGedkem Le Corporation (TSIC PBC) RNTB has breached the very basics of Meriam Human Rights, and that the QLD State Government have denied their Human Rights on the grounds of Meriam Elders and Meriam Landowners rights of response, totally denying Meriam their cultural rights of enjoyment and usage of family land they call Meriam Title. “The Meriam Elders have not seen any notification by the Minister in any public notices stating that the MerGedkem Le Corporation (TSIC PBC) RNTB has been appointed as the Trustee to hold Mer Freehold Community Title and the Elders regards this as a conflict of interest on MerGedkem Le undertaking to ensure the transfer process goes through for their trusteeship of Meriam Elders Lands. “The process of the Reserve Land Transfer (DOGIT) is totally opposite to the “Mabo Case principles” where Eddie Mabo and Meriam Plaintiffs fought the State Government and refused to accept the (DOGIT – deeds of grant in trust) Reserve Land Status simply because of not wanting any Government control over their land on Mer. “After winning the Mabo Case in the High Court, Meriam People were granted the status as to “be entitled as against the rest of the world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the lands of Murray Islands (Loos and Mabo, 1996:172). “The Meriam Landowners and Meriam Families have always held to their family ancestral title of land as reclaimed by the “Mabo v State of Qld (1992) 175 CLR 1; 66 ALJR 408 from the clutches of the Qld Govt through the High Court of Australia. The Meriam Elders Group is now confident in pursuing further with this case which they will be seeking legal advice to go to court in the next few months this year, 2013,” The statement read.
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WOODFORDIA - Sunshine coast - Tagai Zugubau Dance Group
Photos & Story by Stefan Armbruster ORRES Strait Island performers again played a prominent role at the 27th Woodford Folk Festival from December 7 to January 1 at Woodfordia on the Sunshine Coast. More than 2000 performers took part and 438 events were held, featuring local, national and international guests. The festival program featured concerts, dances, street theatre, writersâ€™ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire childrenâ€™s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and
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films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event. Within the festival village you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all weather. The festival streets were lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site. The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year. The event is powered by an army of volunteers whose numbers are now in excess of 2300.
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Crackers makes new friends in PNG By MARK ROY
IVING hand-to-mouth on insect larvae and bandicoot meat with a former headhunting tribe in a remote wilderness in Papua New Guinea might not sound like everybody’s idea of a tropical getaway. Or running for your life along a log-strewn beach chased by a bloodthirsty band of Indonesian traders. Or wading waist-deep in a creek with half a dozen tribesmen in the hope of finding a crocodile for dinner. But for seasoned adventurer and one-man charity dynamo Craig ‘Crackers’ Hand, it just comes with the territory. Crackers, who runs the charity Friends of PNG, is back on the Australian mainland after spending a wild couple of months in the remote village of Sibidiri. After dropping in on Thursday Island in October last year, he set sail for the village in his Little Red Boat to deliver muchneeded supplies to the village, including medicines, gardening tools, mosquito nets, clothes and educational books and sponsorships for schoolchildren. He said while some sponsors for the kids came as far away as Germany, schools closer to home were also willing to lend a hand. “The Minjilang school on Croker Island had some laminated drawings and also some books and stationery that they sent in a box to Bamaga Post Office,” he said. “Children on Groote Eylandt sent a number of hats, so I picked them all up and took them over
to the tribe and distributed them amongst the school kids there.” While kids in Australia might take their schooling for granted, walking to school took on a different dimension for children in PNG villages, he said. While he was there, a group of students walked home from school on Daru - an unaccompanied, week-long trek through the bush. “There were six kids, one from Sibidiri tribe and others were from various other tribes in that area, but they all shared the trip home,” he said. “They walked for a good week or so, through swamps full of crocodiles and basically jungle trails and made their way home. “Other coastal tribes I talk to can’t believe the kids do that ... they can’t believe some of the tribes inland do the trips they do.” While in the village, Crackers ran a fishing competition, the second “Sibidiri Classic”. “I brought them hand lines and lures, but some of the villagers still went out with the traditional bow-and-arrow,” Crackers said. “The results were about 50/50 for each method, but I awarded third place in the competition to one of the boys for a wallaby he caught with his bow-and-arrow.” Crackers joined in with the day-to-day activities in the village, including planting yam seedlings, building fences, fishing, hunting - and also joined them to hunt crocodile. “They have a number of different methods of hunting crocodiles, all fairly interesting,” he said. “Harpoon at night, or just a
hook - or one day I was filming them in a creek, where they get in a line across the creek and walk forward. “They were in waist-deep water, about seven of them, and I just thought, well I’ll join in. “So I hopped in the middle of the guys and walked along with them up the middle of the creek. “I was probably lucky we didn’t get a crocodile that day.” Supporters Friends of PNG from all around the world follow Crackers’ adventures online though his facebook page and the Cracker Tracker, which tracks his journey across the high seas and into PNG interior with a series of positions and blog posts. In early December, the Torres News reported on a post from Sibidiri that Cracker’s boat had sunk at anchor. Crackers said he lost a lot of equipment from the swamped boat, including money from a container that later turned up behind a nearby beach camp occupied by Indonesian traders. After villagers called police, three of the traders decided they would attack Crackers. “They chased me up the beach, but I managed to escape,” he said. Villagers helped him tow his boat to Boigu, where Sea Swift took it on a barge to Seisia. “I can’t thank Sea Swift enough,” Crackers said. But the crew did have a laugh at his expense, he admitted. “They picked me up in late December, and told me about the Mayan calendar, and that the end of the world had been predicted for December 21. Continued on page 20.
Crackers and villagers carrying the croc which fed the whole tribe.
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S T R A T S L O O H C S Y R A U N A J h t 9 TUESDAY 2 Tips to get you ready for school Week before school starts • Get excited about school - you are going to have so much fun with friends, learn a heap of new things and maybe meet a new teacher - why not be excited! • Check your uniform - does your uniform still fit? Make sure your uniform, shoes and hat are all clean • Check your school equipment - Have you got pens/pencils and notebooks? Where is your school bag? Time to find your lunch box and make sure it is clean • Start preparing your body for your school routine - go to bed early, get up on time... and don’t forget breakfast Day before school starts • Pack your school bag - don’t forget your pens/pencils, book packs, notebooks and your hat • Make your lunch - help prepare your lunch with a bottle of water and at least two snacks. Remember to include healthy food because you will need lots of energy for all the fun • Lay out your clothes - so it is easier to get dressed in the morning • Go to bed early - You have a big day ahead, full of fun... you don’t want to be tired! • Set an alarm - if you sometimes have trouble waking up in the morning, set an alarm to wake you up on time Your first day • Get up early, wash and get dressed • Eat breakfast - a healthy start to the day will give you lots of energy • Get to school on time - walk, ride, run or drive... make sure you are not late
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5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 The Nest 2:30 Angels In New York 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 12: Fiambalá to Copiapó 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Island Escape 8:30 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions: Home In Space 9:30 As It Happened: D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Lolita’s Club” (MA s,v,n) In Spanish. Raúl, an embittered cop, who is suspended after almost killing the son of a mafia boss, heads back home to northern Spain to save his mentally challenged brother Valentín from the clutches of the beautiful junkie Milena, a hooker at Lolita’s Club 12:50 Kurt Wallander: “The Courier” (M d,n,l,v) In Swedish. After the murder of a motorcyclist, an investigation soon reveals that bikers are being used as drug couriers from Denmark to Sweden, and that the killing was part of a power struggle within the Russian drug cartel that is running the couriers. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Senior School Choir of the Year 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 Boxing For Palm Island 2:00 Superfish 3:00 Making War Horse 3:50 The Girl Who Swallowed Bees 4:00 Football: W-League - Semi Final 2 6:00 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood 9:30 Rev. 10:05 All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry: Middle Class Taste 10:50 The Beauty Within Us: The Photographer Jock Sturges 11:45 Movie: “Come Back, Little Sheba” (PG) 1:15 Movie: “Sister Kenny” (G) - The biography of a woman who brought her own system of treating polio victims into the limelight. 3:15 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 4:25 Can We Help: Shorts 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia / 5:30 Catalyst
6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Australian Fishing Championships 11:30 Discover Downunder Summer Series 12:00 Cybershack 12:30 Gilligan’s Island 1:00 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 9:00 The Middle: Frankie looks for a friend for Brick; Sue sneaks into an R-rated movie against Mike’s wishes; and Axl and his band need a hot female for their music video and try to get stealth footage of their sexy biology teacher. 9:30 Customs - Super sniffer dog Diesel has alerted Officers at Gatwick Airport of a suspicious vacuum cleaner. Information has been received that drugs in Vacuum cleaners are showing up at airports all over the world. 10:00 TBA 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under - Highlights 12:00 Nikita 1:00 Spyforce 2:05 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:35 Danoz Direct 3:30 4WD TV 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
6:00 Stitch 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 2013 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 2013 Australian Open 11:30 That ‘70s Show: I Love Cake - Eric doesn’t know how to respond when Donna uses the ‘L’ word. A fight with Midge leaves Bob sleeping at the Forman’s house, and Kelso is the butt of Fonzie jokes when he shows up in a new leather jacket 12:00 Special: Search For The Shark Callers - Experience the mysteries and ceremonial traditions of the Solomon Islands in a fascinating look at the customs, people and land. 1:00 Auction Squad - An old federation home is desperately seeking a modern makeover, but it could take The Hulk to move that monstrosity out the back! 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 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Wheel2Wheel: Hong Kong 3:30 Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece: Corinth 5:00 Cycling Central 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 14: La Serena to Santiago 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Vikings 8:30 Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia 9:35 My Enemy’s Enemy - Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s documentary tracks Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, aka, the Butcher of Lyon, who committed atrocities while hunting down members of the French Resistance, and then became an agent of American counter-intelligence during the Cold War. 11:15 Movie: “Grbavica” (MA l) In Bosnian. A powerful, understated look at post-war Sarajevo with a single mother’s struggle to survive her personal demons and raise a teenage daughter in a city broken and scarred by conflict. 1:00 Movie: “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” (M a) The powerful true story about the final days of the brave anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Scholl. It is 1943 and Sophie, her brother Hans, and fellow students of the University of Munich have formed the resistance group White Rose. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 9:30 2013 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2013 Australian Open 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Halloween - Shocking secrets are revealed when the kids find their permanent records during a Halloween visit to their old elementary school, and Red and Kitty remember Halloween 1957, the night Kitty found out she was pregnant. 12:00 Room For Improvement - It is a monster challenge today as the team turns an old hall into a comfortable family home. See the best deck ever and a top notch kitchen. 12:30 Special: Secrets Of A Billabong - Ben Cropp explores a colorful and complex tropical lagoon, revealing some of the secrets of the billabong, while also looking at the wildlife that thrives in this peaceful spot. 1:30 House Calls To The Rescue 2:00 Room For Improvement 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Restoration Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:50 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Country House Rescue: Riverhill House 6:50 Minuscule: Zzzeplin 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Bills 8:30 Kevin’s Grand Design 9:30 The Grammer Of Happiness 10:25 ABC News: Late Edition 10:35 Obama: What Happened To Hope? 11:30 The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination 12:20 Movie: “See No Evil” (M v) - A young woman convalescing in a mansion belonging to her uncle is terrorised by a psychopath who murders her uncle, her aunt, and her cousin. 3:15 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Shadow Of The Eagle” (PG) - In the 18th century, Catherine is the Empress of Russia, determined to rid herself of a young princess who claims to be the rightful heir to the Russian throne. 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Classified Materials Turbulence 7:30 RBT 8:30 The Mentalist: Bloodsport - The murder of a woman tied to a pro fighter has the team exploring the mixed-martial arts world. Meanwhile, LaRoche continues to focus his investigation on Jane. 9:30 CSI: Miami: Happy Birthday - When a pregnant woman is assaulted, Horatio and the team fight for her and her baby’s life while tracking down her attacker. 10:30 CSI: Miami: Blood Sugar 11:30 Nikita 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 4WD TV 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2013 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - With April’s support Dex decides to return to Uni. Bianca is worried that Adam’s killed Heath. Then, Brax, Kyle and Jamie search for a missing Heath. 7:30 2013 Australian Open - The world’s top tennis players converge on Melbourne Park to vie for the prestigious title and a record prize pool of $30 million. 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Donna & Eric Sleepover - Donna climbs through Eric’s window and he wakes up to find her in bed with him. Hyde takes a job at Fotohut and his boss is so laid back that Hyde soon seems like a workaholic. 12:00 Auction Squad - Budget renovation tips galore as a tiny 100 year old terrace gets a 21st century face-lift. 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 The Real Seachange - Alan and Michelle are ready to jump into the deep end. But can Alan’s medical condition take it 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Unfair Competition” (PG) 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Review 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Bubble Trouble 8:30 Derren Brown: Fear And Faith 9:35 Mad Men: The Good News - As 1964 draws to a close, Don heads to Los Angeles to visit Anna - but learns her family is keeping a worrying secret from her. Back in New York, Joan finds it difficult to deal with an increasingly tetchy Lane, and struggles to cope with the pressures placed on her as a result of Greg’s new career in the Army. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: The Boy in the Bubble - Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Narrated by Alan Rickman. From Ireland. (G); Noise - The noises seeping into the protagonist’s flat are subject to his interpretation, generating random images which interact with each other. From Poland. 1:05 Cast Offs: Tom 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 Eggheads 12:00 Movie: “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (PG) 1:30 Movie: “Death Drums Along The River” (PG) 3:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:00 Football: W-League - Semi Final 1 6:00 River Cottage: Everyday - Fruit 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin 8:20 Hebburn: The ambitious Jack Pearson left his small home town for the bright city lights, now he’s back for a visit. It’s time he introduced the family to Sarah, the middle class Jewish girl he’s secretly married. 8:45 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Raisins and Almonds After a murder at the Eastern Market, Phryne is plunged into the diverse worlds of Jewish politics, alchemy and poison. 9:45 Midsomer Murders: Orchis Fatalis - When a rare orchid is smuggled illegally into Midsomer Malham it releases the heady scents of passion, jealousy and death. 11:20 Silent Witness: Shadows Part 2 12:15 Walking The Dead: Yahrzeit Part 2 1:10 Rage
5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird or What? 2:30 Parent Rescue: Reaching Out 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 11: La Rioja to Fiambalá 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 How to Cook Like Heston: Chocolate 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 9:35 24 Hours in Emergency: Rush Hour 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The Perfect Vagina - In an age where liposuction, tummy tucks and botox are now commonplace it would seem that women have found a new part of the body to worry about their vaginas. 12:05 Movie: “Curandero” (MAV v,h) In Spanish. When Castaneda, a notorious Mexican drug lord known for his ritualistic murders, escapes from prison, the police seek the help of Carlos, a village curandero, or faith healer. But as he gets closer to Castaneda, Carlos begins to experience disturbing and violent visions. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Kevins Grand Design 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Time Team: Gateholm 6:50 Minuscule: United We Stand 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Beats 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Snappy 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Harry’s Arctic Heroes 11:35 Movie: “Escape From Alcatraz” (M v) - A group of inmates attempt a daring escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison island from which no-one had managed to escape before. 1:25 The Armstrong And Miller Show 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:00 Movie: “Women Of Twilight” (PG) - Vivianne is a young woman forced to rent a room in a decrepit boarding house for unmarried mothers. 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2012 Australian Open 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings - Summer Series 10:30 The New Adven6:00 Seven News tures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen 6:30 Today Tonight - The latest news and current social issues Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 presented by a team of reporters. National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 7:00 Home And Away - Brax cuts ties with Adam. Casey is in prison Hot Seat and befriends Zac, but also makes an enemy. Meanwhile, Sid 6:00 National News delivers heartfelt advice to Sasha - that she needs to move on. 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition 7:30 2013 Australian Open 7:30 Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Eric Gets Suspended - Donna wants to get 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation her parent’s attention so she starts smoking and getting F’s on 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Jimmy Conjecture her report card, but it’s Eric who gets suspended from school 9:30 2 Broke Girls: And The Very Christmas Thanksgiving when he’s caught holding Donna’s cigarette. Jackie and Kelso 10:00 Two And A Half Men: Mr. Hose Says “Yes” - When a pregnant can’t agree on how many stuffed animals she gets to keep woman is assaulted, Horatio and the team fight for her and in his van, and Hyde and Fez go on a blind date with two hot her baby’s life while tracking down her attacker. girls, but only one of the guys gets to have any fun. 10:30 TBA 12:00 Auction Squad - An inner city cottage goes from frumpy to 11:00 2013 Santos Tour Down Under - Highlights funky with a wild kitchen makeover. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Home Shopping 1:00 Extra 4:00 NBC Today 1:30 Danoz Direct 5:00 Sunrise Extra 3:00 4WD TV 3:30 Good Morning America 5:30 Seven Early News 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Les Miserables 2:30 Duncan Gifford: The Russian Experience 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Douarnenez to Saint-Nazaire 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Geoffrey Robertson 8:35 Extreme ER: London 9:30 Coppers: What’s Your Emergency? 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “White Material” (MA v) In French. French film legend Isabelle Huppert stars as Maria, a wilful French woman refusing to give up her coffee plantation in Africa, where war and racial tensions are threatening to tip the nation into chaos. 12:55 Mad Men: The Gypsy and the Hobo - The firm welcomes back an old client; Joan and Greg make plans for their future; and Don finally comes clean to Betty about his true identity. 1:50 Anna Pihl - Anna Pihl is a rookie police officer assigned to one of Copenhagen’s busiest constabularies. Her first day on the job turns out to be anything but an average dull Monday. The day is not made any easier when she has to take her little boy along to the police station. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Mask and Memory 11:00 Photo Finish 6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz 10:00 The Bill Engvall Show 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 11:30 Best Of One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 One Day Series - AusLast Of The Summer Wine 1:50 Waterloo Road 1:50 Big Ideas Sampler tralia vs Sri Lanka 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Dr Who: The God Complex 5:00 National News 7:00 ABC News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 7:30 7.30 9:00 The Middle: Axl has a new girlfriend he wants to impress on 8:00 Friday Night Dinner: The Mercedes - Join the Goodman family Valentine’s Day, while Brick has a crush on a fellow student for their weekly Friday night dinner in this quirky comedy. and Mike accidentally lets the news slip out, humiliating his shy son. Elsewhere, Sue searches for a boy she kissed on a 8:30 Case Sensitive: The Other Half Lives - Based on the book by Halloween hayride. Sophie Hannah - a gripping psychological thriller about love, 9:30 RBT obsession, trust and betrayal. 10:00 Movie: “Executive Decision” (M v,l) - Kurt Russell and Steven 10:05 TBA Seagal star in this action-packed film about two special agents 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition racing against time to save the lives of 400 people. Ruthless 10:45 The Old Guys: Hospital - When Sally goes into hospital for an terrorists hijack a plane and threaten to bomb Washington operation on her knee, Tom and Roy find themselves competwith lethal nerve gas, and it is up to an elite unit of Special ing to be the best visitor. Forces to board the commandeered plane from an experimen11:15 My Family: Labour Pains - Ben is angrier than ever at the way tal aircraft. 12:40 Movie: “The Omega Man” (M v) Cavitex is treating the dentists, but he gets himself in trouble with his colleagues by accepting a promotion from Mr Griffith. 2:30 The Baron 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America 11:45 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings Summer Series 10:30 The New Adven6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2013 Australian Open tures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen 6:00 Seven News - Kay McGrath, Rod Young, Shane Webcke and Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 John Schluter present the latest news, sport and weather Extra 3:30 TBA 4:00 TBA 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:30 Today Tonight 6:00 National News 7:00 2013 Australian Open 6:30 A Current Affair 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Laurie And The Professor - Donna’s frus7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Vegas Renormalization 7:30 Getaway trated because her parents are fighting constantly, and she’s in 8:30 Person Of Interest: Bad Code the middle. Laurie’s psychology professor shows up, claiming 9:30 CSI: NY: Slainte to want to help Laurie get back into college, and Red and Kitty 10:30 True CSI: Cold Blood: Murder By Numbers - The slaying of are overjoyed, but Eric is really overjoyed when he discovers Keith Slater, a driving instructor who was knifed in the throat, Laurie and the professor kissing in the garage. leads investigators into the realm of numerology and the 12:00 Auction Squad - Monica works seven days a week to save occult. stray dogs from the pound and now must sell her home to 11:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Teenage Ski Trip continue her mission. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:00 Home Shopping 1:30 Danoz Direct 4:00 NBC Today 3:00 4WD TV 5:00 Sunrise Extra - Bringing you the best moments of your morn3:30 Good Morning America ings with the Sunrise team 5:00 National Early Morning News\ 5:30 Seven Early News 5:30 Today
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 The People’s Supermarket 11:45 Big Ideas Sampler 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 A Ripple Of Hope 1:30 Whatever! The Science Of Teens 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 6:25 Good Morning Kalimantan 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Bats 8:30 Nigellissima 9:00 The Hour - Hector’s behaviour deteriorates as Bel and Freddie try to find out what happened to Kiki. 10:00 Angry Boys 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:45 TBA 11:40 The Botany Of Desire 12:40 The Clinic 1:25 Cleopatra: Portrait Of A Killer - The groundbreaking discovery of the tomb and skeleton of Cleopatra’s sister sheds light on an incredible tale of intrigue, incest, female rivalry and murder in the last days of Ancient Egypt. 2:30 NTAFL: Waratah vs Tiwi Bombers 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 The People’s Supermarket 6:50 Minuscule: The Last Supper 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Campanology 8:30 Bee Gees: In Our Own Time 9:35 Would I Lie To You? 10:05 Genius: Chris Addison And Mel Giedroyc 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:45 Spooks 11:45 DNA Forensics: Hunt For The Shoe Rapist 1:20 Stress Buster: Swan Care 2:00 Football: W-League - Semi Final 1 4:00 Movie: “The Interrupted Journey” (PG) - An aspiring writer runs off with a woman, Susan, whom he believes he loves more than his wife. However, when he leaves Susan and sets off home, he becomes a suspect in her murder. 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2013 Australian Open 6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 6:00 Seven News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 One Day Series - Australia 6:30 Today Tonight Vs Sri Lanka 5:00 National News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs 7:00 Home And Away - Casey moves to Leah’s following Kyle’s Sri Lanka arrival at the Share house. Tamara tells Casey her intentions 9:00 The Middle: Heck On A Plane - Sue wins a family trip to New for their relationship. Gina informs Sasha she should repeat York, and the flight turns into a comedy of errors. year 11. Meanwhile, Celia and Colleen fuss over Harvey’s 9:30 Customs: His name is Dazzling and so is his story. Arriving in chickenpox. the UK for 4 months with only $40, he says a mate is going to 7:30 2013 Australian Open look after him. But when officers find falsified documents in 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Red’s Birthday - Red’s birthday becomes a his position he quickly changes his story and claims to have a nightmare when the Pinciotti’s both bring dates to his birthday girlfriend in London. But when she turns out to be Russian he dinner. Eric is upset that Donna chooses Hyde to confide in soon finds himself in a bit of a pickle. 10:00 TBA about her family’s problems and Jackie makes Michael swear 11:00 2013 Santos Tour Down Under - Highlights that he will never keep secrets from her 12:00 Take The Money And Run - Everyday people hide money from 12:00 Auction Squad trained detectives who have 48 hours to find the loot. If the 1:00 Home Shopping contestant is successful in keeping it hidden, they get to keep 3:30 The Real Seachange - Things heat up in Canada at the grand the money. opening of the Boardwalk Restaurant. Will Ian and Catherine’s 1:00 Extra first day be a success? 1:30 Danoz Direct 4:00 NBC Today 3:00 4WD TV 5:00 Sunrise Extra 3:30 Good Morning America 5:30 Seven Early News 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
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5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Planet Egypt: Pharaohs at War 1:55 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 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Secrets of Our Living Planet: The Magical Forest 8:30 Cuba with Simon Reeve 9:35 Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life - In this thoughtprovoking series, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins asks if science can provide answers to the big questions we used to entrust to religion. In the first episode, Dawkins examines morality and sin. He asks whether the old religious rules about what is right and wrong are helpful and explores what science can tell us about how to be good. 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Fateless” (M l,a) In German. The hypnotic story of a young, Jewish boy sent to a concentration camp. Life becomes a harrowing adventure, with small moments of beauty in a most unexpected environment 1:30 Movie: “Night Run” (M l,a) In Dutch (MA v,l) 3:25 Weatherwatch Overnight
CROSSWORD No. 131
SUDOKU No. 131
CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Don’t be surprised if you have more energy than the people around you. You may need to inspire those around you to be livelier. Romance. Do something special to help your partner this week. They have been very considerate recently and deserve some pampering.
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You will be feeling full of energy at the moment and possibly a little restless. It is very important that you ﬁnd a new outlet for your energy. Romance. Your partner will warm to your positive mood. You may feel that they have been a little cold recently. Be patient!
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)
You may still be worried about a recent event which you feel could have been prevented. Don’t be too hard on yourself as it was bound to happen. Romance. Your love-life may need some “sprucing up” this week. Your friend will have a suggestion which helps. Take it!
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You have so much extra energy at the moment you could burst a blood vessel! Try to deal as sensitively as you can with those who get in your way. Romance. This will be an excellent week for any agreements. Both you and your partner will be ﬂexible and completely open.
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) A disagreement with colleagues at work will soon be resolved. Don’t take this misunderstanding too seriously. Work may improve because of it. Romance. You will have a lot of energy at the moment. Be sure not to annoy those around you with your constant movement.
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)
FINDWORD No. 131 A LAUGH WITH LOTSA
You will be the centre of attention at the moment and enjoying every minute of it. Don’t be too egoistic, however, because this will not last forever. Romance. This would be an excellent time to get a new relationship off the ground or to put an existing one onto ﬁrmer footing.
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) You are not responsible for clearing up other people’s messes. Try to be a little ﬁrmer with them in the ﬁrst place. This will save you a lot of stress. Romance. A person that you are interested in will not understand what you want if you don’t let them know clearly. Be direct!
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)
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Don’t allow anyone to throw you off course. They won’t understand your needs as well as you do. Pave your own path! Romance. You will be surprised how popular you are with members of the opposite sex this week. Contact those you are interested in shortly after meeting.
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You may be asked to act as a “gobetween” for two people that you know well. It’s very important that you do not take sides. Romance. This will be a great time for making some real progress in your relationship. You have a very tight agenda, but will make time for your partner.
LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) While it is always important to do things to the best of your ability, you must make sure that work actually gets done. You will have to cut corners. Romance. Try to analyse exactly how you feel about an important decision. It may not be as illogical as your partner seems to think.
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
SOLUTIONS No. 131
Something that you buy on impulse may lead to regrets later. Stick within your budget, at least for the rest of the week. You’ll reap the beneﬁt later. Romance. If you make the effort to create a romantic atmosphere at home, you will not be disappointed. Try to keep things simple.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may be feeling a little restless because other people are not quite as “hyped” up as you. It is up to you to motivate everybody else! Romance. A meeting with a person who is much older than you could prove interesting. You will soon feel that you know this person extremely well.
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The Council is seeking tenders from persons interested in operating the Horn Island Airport Kiosk under Licence from the Council. Interested parties should obtain a copy of the tender documents from the Council Office, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island, 4875, phone (07) 4069 1336.
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Breakfast meetings resume – 7am at The Grand Hotel. AGM to be held after breakfast meeting. Rotary Club Assembly. Rotary International’s 108th birthday. End Polio Now campaign the focus for the year ahead. Dinner (venue TBA) – members and guests. Visitors welcome, by invitation. Welcome to TI evening – a social event to welcome all newcomers to the island. Beach Clean-up – first for the year – meet in front of the Federal at 6.15am. International Women’s Day – big breakfast at The Grand Hotel. $35 per person. Guest speaker TBA. Board meeting. Monster Furniture Auction – viewing from 9am, auction begins at 10am.
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Notice of Minister’s intention to appoint a grantee The Minister for Natural Resources and Mines intends to appoint the Kaurareg Aboriginal Land Trust as grantee for the land described as: • Lot 48 on SP142707 The subject land is to be transferred under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (ALA) and is located approximately 790 kilometres north west of Cairns on Horn Island, in the Torres Strait.
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Locality maps showing the above area are available from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Acts Branch, Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Council has placed notices on all vehicles suspected of being abandoned in accordance with Section 100 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.
The Minister proposes to appoint the grantee pursuant to section 40 of the ALA to hold the subject land for the Aboriginal people particularly concerned with the land and their ancestors and descendants.
Residents are advised that Council has granted an amnesty until January 21, 2013 to remove these vehicles from Council roads and footpaths to private property.
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Failure to remove an abandoned vehicle to private property by January 21, 2013 will result in Council relocating the vehicle to a place of safe storage. No extension will be considered.
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CRACKERS IN PNG
Crackers makes new friends in PNG
Crackers with the Sibidiri chiefs and villagers during the head-hunting welcoming ceremony.
Continued from page 13. “I told them I’d heard nothing about it, as I’d been out of touch with civilisation for a couple of months in Sibidiri. “So the crew told me the world had actually come to an end,” Crackers laughed. “They said ‘We’ve been drifting around here for days now, and you’re the first survivor we’ve found.’” Once safely back on the mainland, Crackers returned to Thursday Island, where he met up with members of the Rotary Club and local supporters. “The Rotary Club has similar interests and does similar work in PNG, so it’s good to get together and share information,” Crackers said. Rotary Club TI president Robyn Humphreys said they currently had a lot of supplies to deliver to PNG. “We send containers of clothes many times per year,” she said. “We have bags of thongs to go up next, as we want to encourage villagers to wear shoes and look after their skin, to avoid infections and tropical
diseases.” David and Pat Paech from TI Motors said they supported Crackers since becoming friends with him on his first trip to PNG. “He originally came into work for help with some advice, and we’ve been supporting him in what he is doing ever since,” Pat said. David said after hearing his boat had sunk off the PNG coast, they offered to tow him back from Saibai. “You’ve got to give Crackers 10 out of 10 for his charity efforts,” he said. “It’s great to see what he is doing.” Crackers said he wanted to thank Sea Swift, Mark Paltridge at Top End Motors in Seisia, Stuart McKinnon in Weipa. David and Pat at TI Motors, Rotary Club TI, Kellie Thompson for Torres Strait Real Estate, the Boigu and Saibai health clinics, Australian Customs and the Quarantine Inspection Service for all their assistance. “Thanks to the great people of Seisia, T.I., Dauan, Saibai and Boigu for saying ‘G’Day Crackers’,” he said.
Lord Ron and Lady Robyn Humphreys from Rotary Club TI, Craig ‘Crackers’ Hand, Pat and David Paech from TI Motors and Ben Humphreys discuss PNG charity work at the Grand Hotel on Tuesday, January 8. PHOTO: MARK ROY The unattended Little Red Boat is found swamped and sunk at anchor in a crosscurrent off the coastal village of Tais in PNG’s Western Province.
This small wallaby was one of the catches in the second Sibidiri Classic fishing comp, taking third place.
Crackers and his friend Gwama with a sizeable PNG croc that fed the whole tribe. Page 20 Torres News
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Students receiving donated school books and drawings from schoolchildren on the Australian mainland.
A Sibidiri tribesman showing his son how to make a bow from bamboo.
Many people in the village are suffering from easily treatable diseases and infections such as ringworm.
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Zugubal’s first international tour CAIRNS-based Zugubal Dancers of Badu Island recently returned from performing at the Waan Danse Festival hosted at the Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea New Caledonia. They were welcomed and introduced to the Kanaka Culture as “Zugubal DancersMawa Masks-dancing with the spirits of the past”. This is only the second edition of the Waan Danse Festival in Noumea, and Zugubal dancers were very privileged to have been a part of it. Zugubal Dancers performed their Dhoeri and Mawa Gireral in the evenings as lights were dimmed so that they would connect with their ancestors and share with another culture in spirit. Mawa masks appearing from the darkness behind the bamboo walls really revived ancient Torres Strait culture as if it were the 16th century. From Noumea, the dancers travelled to the North Province. Kone, Hiengene and Bopope are some of the most spiritually culturally connected remote villages of the northern province of Kanaka people. Elders of the northern villages were very honoured to have Zugubal Dancers perform and share Torres Strait Island culture on their land. The following is a translated quote from one of the Traditional Owners, Chief of Hiengene: “We only heard of the Torres islands and we are very grateful for you and your ancestors spirits to come and share with us and our ancestral spirits here in our land.” Team founder Alick Tipoti said he was very proud of the boys, who really shown and delivered striking performances on their first international tour. “This trip was all about cultural connection,” Mr Tipoti said.
“We journeyed their with the wind. We journeyed their with our Ancestral Spirits of the past - Mariw Danaka.” During one of their rehearsals in Cairns for the trip, they were visited by University of Sydney Emeritus Associate Professor Jeremy Beckett, who said “you take me right back”. Dr Beckett was referring to how he remembered it was back in the late 1950s, during his anthropological field work on Badu Island. Zugubal dancers are protocol-based, and before and after every performance, it is a must for them to hold hands in a circle around the mat and acknowledge the ancestors of the past. Mr Tipoti said he would like to publicly thank all those who participated on this trip: Dinto Tamwoy, Michael Zitha, Joey Laifoo, Naseli Tamwoy and Patock Tamwoy. “Each and every one of these members are descendants from Badu Island, and contributed greatly to the this trip filled with laughter, joy, unity, care, love - and most importantly, respect,” he said. “Adhupadhay Koeyma Eso Ngithamun Ika, Zugubaw Woenab.” “Zugubal dancers are protocol based and before and after every performance, it is a must for them to hold hands in a circle around the mat and acknowledge the ancestors of the past. “I would like to publicly thank all those who participated on this trip: Dinto Tamwoy, Michael Zitha, Joey Laifoo, Naseli Tamwoy and Patock Tamwoy. “Each & every one of these members are descendants from Badu island and contributed greatly to the this trip filled with laughter, joy, unity, care, love and most importantly, respect,” Mr Tipoti said. “Adhupadhay Koeyma Eso Ngithamun Ika, Zugubaw Woenab.”
Search on for local handball hero to star on television Carbon Media are on the hunt for kids aged 9-14 to star in a new television series for ABC3. HANDBALL Heroes takes us on a journey to meet children from Sydney to the Torres Strait and everywhere in between. Series hosts, Alannah Ahmat and Joel Philips (pictured) will visit each of the 20 kids selected and see their home, school, friends, family, heroes and, of course, their handball moves. “It’s a funny, fast paced snapshot of a child’s life,” says host Alannah. “We’re looking for awesome boys and girls of all types, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who are energetic, passionate and have a heap of spunk.” Twenty episodes of the series will be shot in early 2013, from February to March. Carbon Media are looking for children in the Torres Strait and NPA region to apply, while details can be found at www. handballheroes.com. Applications close on 16 January. Torres News
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FEATURE: History of Torres Strait Hotels from 1879 - 1900 Author JIM McJANNETT looks at the history of Torres Strait hotels from 1879-1900. There are some observations and digressions along the way.
The Federal Hotel, first licensed circa 1903, and was constructed on the site of the Thursday Island Hotel. better known as the “T.I.” or “McNulty’s”. It was first licensed in 1879. Photograph Old T.I. booklet, published by the Torres News. By Jim McJannett THOSE who have read Captain John C.H. Foley’s popular, most-informative booklet, Timeless Isle, An Illustrated History of Thursday Island, first published in 1982 by the Torres Strait Historical Society, would have noted that the author gave the year 1886 as that in which the TORRES STRAIT HOTEL, now the TORRES HOTEL, was licensed. When, following a visit to the United Kingdom in 1988, I re-read the work, I came to the conclusion that Capt. Foley’s date was surely incorrect. On the said UK trip I came to peruse a letter dated at the above named hotel in1880, some six years prior to the time recorded in Timeless Isle. The letter, penned by a Captain Fyfe and addressed to a private residence in Scotland, gave some interesting Thursday Island insights for the time. He named his host at the hotel as John Hose, esquire. A framed copy of the letter, supplied by myself, was displayed for a time on a wall of ‘The Torres’. As a goldfields’ researcher it was of interest to me that in that infant period of white settlement a little surface gold, and I stress a little, was being won on “T.I.” by a couple of individuals by fossicking means. Fyfe told gold was thought to exist on other islands but that they were rather hazardous locations upon which one might cast his lot. In later years, gold was indeed found and worked on the islands of Horn, Possession, Hammond and a little was located on other islands including Prince of Wales. John Dickie (1848-1924), of Ebagoolah and Alice River fame, was one of those known to have prospected for new deposits on untried islands. That enigmatic semi-recluse, known as the ‘Stringybark Fox’, prospected for Tsang See-Kee (1878-1947) the great-grandfather of the present day Silva See-Kee of T.I. Other than the little alluvial gold produced on T.I., reef deposits were mined there. In conversing with the late Daniel McGrath he told me of two shafts that were sunk on the island by Victor McGrath, his father. They were, according to Dan, “Slightly productive but certainly not inspiring.” I now return to the mainstream of this bulletin, the hotels of the Torres Strait. Due to primary research, namely the Queensland Government Gazettes, I am able to relate that the first publican’s licence issued for the TORRES STRAIT HOTEL was granted in 1879, some two years after European settlement of the previously not permanently inhabited island, and some seven years previous to the year given by Capt. Foley. The licence was issued to John Henry Edgar Hose who held the same into the year 1883.
Imperial Hotel, licensed in 1894. Photograph digitised from an image in the Old T.I. Booklet, published by the Torres News. The Jardine Motel Resort now stands on the site.
In that year the authority was transferred to George Cockburn who held it into 1895 in which year P. McMahon became the license holder retaining it until, and into, 1897 in which year he died as a result of dengue fever. It was then transferred to Mary McMahon who still held it in 1900. As such, at the time of writing, ‘The Torres’ has been dispensing its goods for some 133 years. It is still going strong, now under the ownership of the Chris Lemke family. It survives as the oldest hotel on Thursday Island. When one compares today’s structure with old photographs, from some angles, there is little change. OTHER HOTELS ON THURSDAY/HORN IS.
In the same year (1879) that a licence was granted to the Torres Strait Hotel, one Thomas McNulty was granted a licence for the THURSDAY ISLAND HOTEL. Thomas held the licence into 1887 in which year it was transferred to Ellen McNulty who held it into 1888. Mr George Alexander Smyth then held the licence into 1893. I could find no official record after 1893. However, ‘The T.I.’ was destroyed by fire and replaced by the present day FEDERAL HOTEL that was erected after the 1800s. (A number of Thursday Island residents are under the opinion that the latter hotel is the island’s oldest. However, primary sources decree otherwise.) With its famous murals the latter hotel provides a most positive link with WW11. The licence for the ROYAL HOTEL was the next publican’s licence granted on Thursday Island, being issued in the name of Captain George Pearson in 1887. Captain Pearson still held the licence of ‘The Royal’ in 1900. The Royal Hotel had, like the other hotels, a most interesting and chequered history, a history that I may outline at a future date. (The original building was shipped to T.I. from Cooktown where it had been Josephson’s Scandinavian Hotel.) Today the hotel provides mainly for the younger set who ‘come out to play’ when most of we white beards slumber. First licensed in 1889 was the GRAND(E) HOTEL, Patrick J. Doyle, who held the licence into 1890 when Ellen McNulty became the licensee until year 1896. In that year one James Doyle became the holder until 1898. Also in 1898 F.E.J. Schmidt held the licence for a short time before transfer to William A. Burke still in the same year. Burke was still the holder in 1900. In its day ‘The Grand’ was said to be one of the finest buildings in Queensland’s north. (An illustration on the rear cover of Capt. Foley’s book gives some idea of its opulence.)
Hotel Metropole Hotel Metropole, first licensed in 1892. The National Bank now accommodates the site. Image scanned from the Old T.I. Booklet. published by the Torres News. Page 22 Torres News 14 - 20 January 2013
John Dickie (1848-1924), “The Stringybark Fox”, Cooktown, March, 1920. Notice the guns. Original photo by J. Summerhayes for Cooktown Independent and Northern Sun. In 1931, the Grand Hotel played host to the famous writer W. Somerset Maugham. It was on the Torres Strait that he wrote, or at least gained the source material for, two of his well-known short stories, French Joe and German Harry. Some 48 years ago a sometimes scribbler of far, far lesser talent, yours truly, was also a guest at the establishment staying in the room once occupied by Maugham. Sadly, the ‘Old Grand’, the affectionate moniker by which today she is often harkened back to, a premises that had the ability, even well after the halcyon times when T.I. was the entrepot of the pearl and trochus shell industry, to conjure up glimmers of the days so well captured in Captain Foley’s book, is with us no longer. Perched high, she had overlooked the many white sails of the luggers, the life-blood of T.I. Through her portals she had welcomed what could only be seen as the definitive picture of harmonized, multiracialism that serviced the hurly burly shell trade. In 1993 the old lady who had presented such a kaleidoscopic tapestry, perhaps unrivalled, vanished in a night being destroyed by fire. With it went both the memories of a great many yesteryears and seemingly the last of the tatterdemalion heroes. The timelessness of the island as described by Captain Foley is no more and in many ways the watershed was the destruction of Grand Hotel. As to its role as a drinking fountain? Well the amber fluid quickly flowed again, still cold, the service still good, but the sterility of concrete blocks could never replace the weatherboard-clad atmosphere that was forever gone. In the year of 1892 the most-impressive METROPOLE HOTEL was licensed in the name of George Smith. (Smyth?) In 1893 the licence was transferred to David Swiss Davis who held it into 1898. I was unable to find a licence holder between that year and 1900. That fine old bastion of hospitality was burned down during W.W. 2. ‘The Met’ once graced the present day site of the National Bank.
First licensed in the name of George Alexander Smyth, 1893, was the TATTERSALL’S HOTEL, ‘Tatts’. Smyth held the licence into 1896 when it went to William A. Burke who retained it until Thomas Henry Williams took control in 1898. He was still holding it in 1900. In that year the licence transferred to Ellen McNulty. (Capt. Foley offers that the hotel was first issued a licence in 1898. This is incorrect.) The first licence I could find pertaining to the IMPERIAL HOTEL was issued in 1894. However, Capt. Foley recorded that the hotel opened in 1892. In 1894 the licensee of ‘The Impy’ was William Thomas Sullivan. This was yet another hotel that would be lost to fire. However, it was still operating in 1900 with W.T. Sullivan yet at the helm. HORN ISLAND HOTELS Some years ago I became involved in a conversation with a Horn Island-born resident of long years who was most adamant in stating that before the present day hotel, there was never another. Government Gazettes tell differently. The discovery of gold on Horn Island in 1894 by the Smyth brothers, George Alexander and William Henry, together with William Charles Dammkohler, and on-going mining brought about the issue of publican’s licences there. (The official gold return figure for Horn Island from 1894 to 30 April, 1896, was 1081oz, 12 dwts from a crushed 981 tons of matrix.) In 1896 two licences were issued for Horn Island, one being for Frederick Price’s HORN ISLAND HOTEL. Mr Price was still holding the hotel in 1897. THE GOLDEN HORN HOTEL was also licensed in the above year in the name of William Dammkohler. Like Price, Dammkohler retained the licence in 1897. I was told many years ago that Dammkohler was a German-born prospector, a skilled one, who had made his “rise” (substantial money acquired by means of a gold strike) in Western Australia before arriving in Queensland. I was further told he left for New Guinea when gold fields up there broke out and was killed by natives, as were his native labourers. I have not endeavoured to verify any of this apart from the Smyth and Dammkohler party opening up the Horn Island Goldfield in 1894. That is a registered fact. THE DEWDROP INN. A New Zealander, George Joyce, received the licence for the said establishment in 1899. It was still operating in 1900. Joyce was an interesting character on which I hold considerable detail. The hotels were situated on the northern bank of Spring Creek whereas the main historical workings were south of the creek. The above few notes on the hotels of Thursday and Horn Islands are in no way definitive even for the mere 21 years they cover, and of course 113 years have followed. However, they are a starting point for anyone with the inclination to dig deeper and continue the process. I trust that someone may take up the challenge. I further trust that this may, to a small degree, compliment Captain Foley’s notes on hotels as outlined in his book. Source Material For Hotels: Queensland Government Gazettes 1870s-1900, viewed @ Qld State Library, South Brisbane. Hotels and Publicans’Index, viewed @ Qld. State Archives, Runcorn, Brisbane, and The Historical Society, Cairns.
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Check your gear and stick to the rules when fishing this year. PHOTO: CAPE YORK ADVENTURES
Top fishing tips to tackle 2013 IF your New Year’s resolution is to catch more fish, remember to stick to the rules and act responsibly while out on the water. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district officer Rob McDonald said with more people out on the water, being considerate of others and fishing within the limits should be front of mind. “We all have a part to play in looking after our fisheries for current and future generations,” he said. “With around 700,000 Queenslanders fishing each year, it is vitally important that fishers follow the rules. “Size and possession limits are important to protect fish species from overfishing and ensure the sustainability of our waterways. “These limits conserve heavily exploited species and species susceptible to capture, share the catch among anglers and reduce illegal marketing of fish.” Mr McDonald said QBFP officers would be on the look out for illegal activity these holidays. “QBFP officers regularly patrol over the holiday season to ensure fishers are complying with the rules,” he said. “Make sure you’re prepared before hitting the water and follow these top fishing tips.” “Use these handy fishing tips and make sure you fish within the limits,” said Mr McDonald. Fishing tips and responsibilities • Check your limits - For a complete list of size and possession limits, get a copy of the Queensland
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THE Cowboys Leagues Club has committed $250,000 over the next 10 years to the Cowboys Community Fund to help with its important work with North Queensland youth. Cowboys NRL squad members Ashley Graham and Ray Thompson and Community Fund chairman Wayne Nicholson have accepted a $25,000 donation from Cowboys Leagues Club general manager Clint Williams who promised it was the first of 10 grants the fund would receive over the next decade. “The Cowboys Leagues Club is committed to supporting our local community as much as possible and the Cowboys Community Fund is doing a tremendous job of exactly that,” Mr Williams said.
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Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide. • Measuring devices - Use a sturdy ruler with an end stop to measure the length of your catch. • Identify your catch - Always carry a fish identification guide. Remember, fish that look similar may in fact be different species with different size and possession limits. • Gently does it -When a fish is hooked, avoid playing it on the line for too long. The stressed fish will become exhausted quickly and have less chance of survival if required to be released. • Check your gear - A number of restrictions apply to fishing gear in Queensland. Check the rules online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au
Cowboys Leagues Club to donate $250,000 to Fund
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TIDE SPEED – Hammond Rock
While the Torres News takes every care to ensure the information contained in the Tide Diary is correct, the Torres News accepts no resposibility for its accuracy. Information is provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.
MONDAY, JANUARY 14 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
Time Ht 0322 1.10 1030 3.09 1713 1.38 2247 2.18
Time Ht 0359 1.14 1047 3.20 1733 1.15 2327 2.10
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LAST QUARTER Sun. Feb 03. Time: 23.56
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0047 0629 1404 1834
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-4.6 0155 6.6 0718 -2.6 1505 5.6 1933
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0437 1103 1717 2324
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Sport TI-born Jesse Williams’ star continues to TORRES NEWS
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rise with second college championship and imminent multi-million dollar NFL contract THE Torres Strait’s Jesse Williams has further enhanced his NFL draft prospects with an outstanding display his Alabama University Crimson Tide’s 42-14 trouncing of the previously unbeaten Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The championship,the pinnacle of U.S. College football (gridiron), is Jesse’s second, having won last year. Jesse Williams is the great grandson of Ali and Carmen Drummond of Hargrave Street, Thursday Island. As reported in the Torres News last week, Williams was thought to be selected in the first round draft selection as somewhere between 14 and 27, but the latest reports from the USA indicate he could be chosen as early as number nine. That would place him in the top 10 of US college gridiron players, making him the highest-profile Australian player in the
‘Fear is a liar’ tattoo on Jesse Williams’s head. Photo: New York Times.
NFL, other than a kicker. If chosen at number nine that would place him in the sights of the New York Jets, after originally being targetted by the high-profile Pittsburgh Steelers at number 17 and the Indianapolis Colts at pick 24. Williams is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2013 class. Williams is a member of one of the deeper position groups in the draft, with US media writers thinking as many as six defensive tackles could go in the first round. Williams, the Crimson Tide’s defensive unit’s vitally important nose tackle, and his defensive teammates kept the Irish pointless until the game was decided, with Alabama scoring the first five touchdowns to lead 35-0 until the Notre Dame scored late in the third quarter. Williams, known as Tha Monstar, also played a leading role in Alabama’s third touchdown, switching to offense to bulldoze a path through the Irish’s defensive
line to allow T.J. Yeldon to score in the opening stages of the second quarter. Alabama led 28-0 at half-time. Williams injured his knee late in the game by which time the Crimson Tide had victory within their grasp. The victory was Alabama’s third in four years, establishing it as one the mostinfluential football centres in the American college system. Williams’s post-match Twitter account said: My Time is up . . . 2xchamps, which prompted a flood of well wishes from Australia, headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Others included NRL stars Josh Reynolds, Brisbane Broncos, Ryan Hoffman, Chad Townsend, Cory Paterson and Olympic swimmer Jessica Schipper. Pre-match well wishers included: Matt Bowen, Matt Shirvington, Karmichael Hunt, Scott Prince, Tahj Minniecon and Joe Ingles.
Jesse’s legendary strength Williams last year proved he could easily participate in the Strongest Man competition. According to tweets from himself and teammates, Williams, who weighs 145 kg, benched 272 kg (600 pounds) in July, 2012. “I saw @ThaMonstar [Jesse Williams] dominate 600 lbs on the bench this morning... Incredible” tweeted Alabama long snapper Cade Foster. To put Williams feat in perspective, many NFL professionals would struggle to lift more than 220 kg.
An image of Williams benchpressing 272 kg in mid-2012.
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