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FISHING BOAT GOING DOWN: This illegal Indonesian fishing vessel, seized by Australian border patrols last month, was burned to the ground last week at Ski Beach. Full report and photos, Page 3.



The party’s over: ‘NCL intimidation’ blamed By MARJO HALLOWELL THE recent markets held in the Town Hall were conspicuously missing some of the regular stall holders. Some who were still there were selling their wares at bargain prices, so

they too could cease providing the wide variety of goods through the markets. This all comes after the Nhulunbuy Corporation wrote to some party-plan representatives, who are also stall holders, advising them they would be required to pay an annual fee if they

continued to trade. Deemed by the Corporation to be carrying out business in their homes, the party planners were outraged, stating they were being accused of misusing their homes by storing goods which were for sale and carrying out

a business without the Corporation’s approval. Shae Lukas said anyone selling through party plan or markets in southern states did not have to get local council permission to do so. “If a home is provided for you and

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<< From Page 1 Ms Lukas said she started selling Lorraine Lee Linen because she wanted to get some nice-quality linen for herself . She said the letter she received from the Corporation, signed by Dr Ross Theedom, was “extremly threatening”. “It is the main reason I have decided to no longer continue selling these products. “For me this was as much a social outing as it was a great way to meet new people, and only ever a hobby rather than a serious business. “I have no intention of responding to the demands in the letter as I feel that it was innapropriate to send it to me in the first place. “The letters asks if I store goods at my residence. It is against the policies of most party-plan companies to do this as the deliveries go directly to

the customer and not through me. “It asks if I hold parties in my home. I can’t see how that is any concern of the Corporation.” Ms Lukas said there was no indication how much she would be likely to be charged and, according to the letter, “failure to provide information to the Corporation will mean that your business will be classified at the highest level of Home Trading categories with you being required to pay the highest level of fees”. “Again I ask - what business? What are the level of fees? “I’ve not booked any new parties since receiving this letter. “Why should we have to fight for our rights when we know no one listens to us at the Corporation?” Another stall holder, who wished not to be named, said she had no intention of responding to the letter and would continue

to do what she had been doing for years. “Whether or not we register as a business is between us and the Taxation Office - not the Corporation. “Party planners and market stall holders in other locations within the Territory and within Australia are not accountable to local Councils. “What gives the Corporation the right to try to stop us making a little extra through party plan?” The Arafura Times approached the Chamber of Commerce who confirmed they had not been approached by the party-plan participants and had no comment to make. Dr Theedom was asked for a response, and indicated it had not impacted on the recipients of the letters operating a party plan. He had some responses from other home traders and said he had received 11 responses in

total. Athough the letter indicated: “Once the Corporation has received the required information, it will access the business against the policy and allocate the business to the appropriate level”, Dr Theedom responded that the Policy is still under consideration and was unable to provide further information regarding it. There was no deadline indicated for the recipients of the letter to respond to which Dr Theedom indicated he had “made it clear that, if they don’t respond, we will place them in the highest category once the policy is approved. Ms Lukas added: “As well as the party-plan operators, the main ones to suffer are the members of the community who will now no longer have such a wide variety of parties to attend for social interaction and maybe order a few products.”

Leaving after planning to stay two years in 1977 By MARJO HALLOWELL AS we so often hear in Gove, Dave and Sally Jago came here to work for just two years. That was back in 1977 and, apart from a two-year break, they have been here ever since. Dave came to work for Nabaloc and remained here for 11 years before they headed back to their home in Tasmania. During his time with them he undertook a plumbing apprenticeship as a mature student. Both he and Sally missed Gove so much they returned two years later and Dave has been working with the Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited ever since. It is with much sorrow they are now relocating back to Tasmania. “We went down and bought a home which is near to both of our mums who are 88 and 87,” he said. A plumber with NCL, Dave has seen many changes within the community. “I loved working outdoors and take pride in the town which I have seen change a lot since we first arrived. “I miss the interaction through sport of the people from Yirrkala and the plant and the townspeople. “There is still a lot of sport but nothing like it was back then.

“It was not uncommon for teams to contains a diverse mixture of players from all backgrounds and the Indigenous population all played on the same teams. “There was also a lot of social activity that went on around sport. “There is not that interaction anymore. Back then you knew not only the people you directly worked with, but also the people from the plant and the communities. “Our three children grew up here and so have our five grandchildren, so it has been amazing to be able to share such a wonderful town with our family.” Sally had been working at the school for many years and through that and through sport knew all the kids in town. Between them they were involved in AFL, golf, basketball, softball, hockey, and volleyball and over the years they played and coached and were actively involved within the community. Dave said back in the early days everyone would put up their hand to become involved in a committee - something that seems to have waned a little in more recent times. “There is no doubt we will both miss being up here. It has been a huge part of our lives. “However, it is time for us to move on and open a new chapter of our lives. “One of the things I am considering is

Dave Jago on his last day of work in Gove last Friday. changing my will and leaving everything to my mum,” he joked. “The environment, the culture and the opportunities up here have been great and it has been a safe environment in which to bring up our family. “It is now time to find life outside of Gove. “We would also like to bid farewell to all our friends - especially those we haven’t been able to catch up with before we left. We will miss you all and we will miss Gove.”

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Illegal Indon. fishing boat goes up in smoke By MARJO HALLOWELL THE black smoke billowing over the trees at Ski Beach last Monday might have been reminiscent of a common practice just six years ago, but the illegal Indonesian fishing vessel was the first to suffer such a fate this financial year. The spoil of a seizure two weeks earlier which sees a brief of evidence submitted by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to the

the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Office recommending charges be laid under the fisheries legislation. In the 2005/2006 financial year some 367 vessels were destroyed by AFMA and it was not uncommon to have 30 waiting for that fate in Gove Harbour. Last year that number had dwindled to 12 and this is the first vessel to be burnt this year. Seven fishermen were on board the

ABOVE: The boat brought ashore by a local charter company. BELOW: The boat pulled ashore ready to burn.

vessel seized 90 nautical miles from Gove and were brought to shore before being sent on to Darwin. The fishermen had been housed at the temporary processing facility at Gove before being sent to Darwin. The Temporary Processing Facility at Gove was commissioned in 2007 and can accommodate 28 people and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is responsible for the Facility. A spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection said prior to the seven people taken to the facility on August 24 and the facility was last used in December, 2011. The facility is kept habitable at all times and annual building inspections are completed of the facility to ensure it is maintained and any repairs are carried out. Border Protection Command escorted the foreign fishing vessel to Gove where the vessel was handed to AFMA on August 25. The vessel was destroyed on last Monday, September 4. Specialist contractors were brought in from Perth and they had been carrying out similar burns here for a number of years. There are four destruction sites around Australia - Gove, Broome, Darwin and Weipa. Before the vessel was brought close to shore the local Arnhem Pest Control went on board to spray for rats and bugs and also inspect for dry wood termites.

They again sprayed the vessel before it was brought ashore to burn and had there been any delay in that process they would have had to spray it every two hours. The burn was carried out under the supervision and local fire brigade members were on hand in case there were any problems with grass fires. A local charter company brought the vessel to the landing point and it was hauled ashore by heavy machinery. Buck Baker and Philippe Robberechts from Ledges Diving Service in Perth were in charge of the burn and ensured it was completed and all that remained was taken to the local tip. The general manager of Fisheries Operations with AFMA based in Darwin, Peter Venslovas, said the number of boats seized in recent years was a far cry from the numbers in 2005/2006. “Back then we had an average of one a day. This is the first one this year and last year there were only 12,” he said. “In Gove in 2005 there were 89 seizures and the record number in Darwin Harbour at any one time was 45 awaiting destruction and about 30 in Gove. “There were three in Gove last year and only one the year before.” One of the main reasons for the decline is an education program conducted by AFMA in Indonesia outlining the restrictions and penalties they will face if caught in Australian waters.

Shark fin is the main source of their income and fishermen get $50-$100 per kilo and discard the rest of the shark. Mr Venslovas said there were still many fishing vessels on the other side of the line, however the numbers had dropped drastically. Most vessels now carry GPS which generally ensures they remain out of Australian waters. In previous years reef fish were also a prize catch and ice boats were often seized. The penalties included the destruction of their boats and there were maximum fines of $825,000 for the larger vessels. No ice boats have been seized in the last three years. The maximum fine for the vessel the size brought into Gove is $27,500, however penalties generally range from Good Behaviour Bonds to fines of $25,000. The vessels are destroyed because they present serious bio security risks for Australia. Some, that are not seaworthy or can’t sustain a tow, are destroyed at sea. “The Navy, Customs and Fisheries all work together to identify possible risks to Australia. “This is not restricted to illegal fishing but also illegal immigration. There are eight marine threats in all which are covered under the survellance program. “The fishermen only ever stay in Gove for one or two nights while in transit to Darwin, which is where they are all processed.” BOATS BURNED FACT FILE: 2005/06: 367 2006/07: 216 2007/08: 156 2008/09: 27 2009/10: 23 2010/11: 14 2011/12: 12 2011/12: So far 1

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Joint venture to explore alternative heat source AN agreement between Australian Geodynamics Limited and Gulkula Mining Company is investigating the supply of direct heat from a geothermal project to the refinery in Gove. A joint venture agreement was signed on September 2 at Garma to investigate the potential for a direct-heat geothermal project within Geothermal Exploration Permit (GEP) 28310 (see map) on the Gove Peninsula. Gumatj clan leader and former Australian of the Year Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM, for Gulkula Mining, said a significant aspect of the project is that Traditional Owners no longer seek to just negotiate royalties and rents. “This agreement is a good example of a new style of relationship between traditional owners and resource companies. “We seek partnerships that give us ownership and an interest in every aspect of the business; we want in on the economic world,” he said. “The supply of affordable energy heat, as well as power, is a challenge in remote areas in Australia, like Gove, that are reliant on imported liquid fuels. “We have recognised geothermal energy as a potential

sustainable alternative to existing fossil-fuel energy sources that can support the long- term future for businesses in this region. Geodynamics is at the forefront of geothermal development in Australia and we look forward to a successful partnership.” Gulkula Mining Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gumatj Corporation Ltd which is the commercial arm of the Gumatj clan, who are the traditional owners of land within GEP 28310. Under the terms of the Heads of Agreement (HoA), Geodynamics and Gulkula Mining will form a 50/50 joint venture with Geodynamics as the operator of the joint venture. The joint venture will investigate the potential to deliver heat to the Pacific Aluminium refinery, focusing on Gumatj land that is adjacent to the refinery. The use of geothermal generated direct heat would allow Pacific Aluminium to reduce fuel oil consumption and carbon emissions, and has potential to deliver improved long-term operating cost and enhanced sustainability for the bauxite refinery at Gove. Initial exploration studies have identified the presence of potentially high, heat-producing granite formations on the Gove Peninsula that may host a commercially viable large-scale, direct-heat resource. These granites are shallower and lower temperature than the granite formations Geodynamics has been developing at Innamincka in the Cooper Basin, South Australia, but will allow Geodynamics to apply the skills and leverage experience gained from the Company’s Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) geothermal project to this new opportunity. Nhulunbuy Bus & Airport Shuttle The exploration work program for the Gove Peninsula Geothermal Project will begin with preliminary surface • Airport transfers • Coach and bus studies, comprising geological field work and temperature charters • Social, sport clubs, schools gradient measurements prior to an initial exploration drilling program to assess the viability of geothermal heat supply Fax 8987 2346 •12 Miller Close Industrial Estate from within Geothermal Exploration Permit (GEP) 28310 • PO Box 1504, Nhulunbuy, NT, 0881 (Gove). Geodynamics’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Nhulunbuy Nhulunbuy Geoff Ward said: “We are Town Board delighted to have reached Corporation Limited Inc. this agreement with Gulkula Mining. “This is an excellent opportunity for both Geodynamics and Gulkula Mining to explore the prospect of developing a commercial geothermal project consistent with the aims for sustainable development in the region.” “This joint venture will Residents are advised that an election of one (1) Member to the combine the strengths of the Nhulunbuy Town Board Incorporated will be held on Saturday, two companies including November 10, 2012 (“Election”). Gulkula Mining’s experiAny person wishing to cast a vote at the Election must first be ence in the operation of enrolled as an elector (“Elector”). businesses and community development around Gove, Residents are advised that the Roll Closure date to become and Geodynamics’ experan Elector is on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4pm. No tise in geothermal resource enrolments will be accepted after that date. exploration and EGS Electoral enrolment forms are available at the Nhulunbuy Post technology development. Office and the Nhulunbuy Corporation office during normal We are working together business hours or online at to establish a clear strategy To be eligible to enroll, a person must be over 18 years of age, and program that ensures enrolled as an elector for an election of a Member of the House there is alignment between of Representatives for the Northern Territory, and a resident of the local community and Nhulunbuy. joint venture from inception.” Nominations for persons wishing to be elected as members of A spokesperson for the Nhulunbuy Town Board (“Candidates”) will close on Friday, Pacific Aluminium said they October 26, 2012 at 12 noon. No nominations will be accepted fully support the diversificaafter that date. tion of the business interests To be eligible for nomination as a Candidate at the Election, a of the Traditional Owners. person must: “Whilst Pacific Aluminium is not a party to the a. be an Elector; and exploration and feasibilb. not be an employee of the Nhulunbuy Corporation ity assessment, we look Limited; and forward to the results of the c. not be disqualified from being a member of the Nhulunbuy same, and, if proven, look Town Board Incorporated under section 30 or 40 of the forward to discussions with Associations Act. Gulkula Mining Company about how their product Estelle Cuperus could be of value to our RETURNING OFFICER business,” she said.

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Recycling centre opens Saturday WHEN refunds on recyclable containers was announced in the NT in January, residents immediately started paying a 10c deposit on bottles. The promise was that this would be refunded and finally this service will be available in Gove The East Arnhem Trading Company has taken affirmative action and will start offering refunds for these bottles from Saturday, September 15. Tim Broadbent, from the EATC, said there were a number of stakeholders involved and he hoped the residents of Gove would avail themselves of the new service. “We have a new crushing machine that will crush both plastic and aluminium to make it easier to transport out of the area,” he said. “The returns are closely monitored and once the public have received their refunds then all the returned items need to be sorted. “This is a very time-consuming exercise but we need to get all the products back to their original suppliers. “I encourage individuals and community groups to make use of the recycling, ensuring a better environment in the long term.

TIM BROADBENT “The Nhulunbuy Freight Service is transporting the recyclables at an excellent rate for us so that helps make this a viable proposition. “Eventually this can become a viable business but it is also about offering a service to the local community and eventually the Homelands.” Mr Broadbent said he had put on an additional full-time employee to clean up around the area. “We have also had a great deal of support from Pacific Aluminium and local businesses and welcome calls from clubs or organisations that would like us to make collections on their behalf,” Mr Broadbent said. In the future they would also be looking at recycling cardboard and oil but that is still some way down the track.

Grandfather is disqualified from driving for 18 months A 47-year-old man was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to drink driving at Nhulunbuy Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday. The man, who works full time in Yirrkala, was stopped for a random breath test on August 17 and registered a high range reading of 0.1565. He had been drinking and had arranged for a sober driver but when it came time to leave the sober driver handed back the keys as he too had been drinking. There were three passengers in the vehicle, none of whom could have

driven. The man told the court he had no money left for a taxi. The Magistrate warned the man that, although there had been a significant gap in his offending - he had two similar offences in the early 1980s and also in 2002/3 - he needed to be aware he would be playing with his liberty if he drove while disqualified. The man, who has the financial responsibility for seven grandchildren, would have to have an alcohol recording device on his vehicle for an additional 12 months after his disqualification period was over.


$50,000-$60,000 kava bust at Ramininging A 51-year-old man appeared in court last week after Police located 42kg of kava near Ramininging, with a street value of between $50,000-$60,000. Detective Senior Sergeant Clint Sims said Police from the Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk (S.A.I.D.) located the kava after receiving information from the public and detecting a strong scent at an

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outstation on Tuesday afternoon. “A search of the premises revealed the kava divided into over a thousand deal bags, each averaging 32 grams,” Senior Sergeant Sims said. “In addition Police located and seized in excess of $8000 in cash. “The kava is believed to have an estimated street value of between $50,000 and $60,000.

MINING company Western Desert Resources is pushing ahead with moves to expand a port in the Gulf of Carpentaria to ship iron ore from its proposed Roper Bar mine, according Steel Guru website. The company has released a notice of intent to expand and use Xstrata zinc mine’s Bing Bong port.

“The man has been charged with possession and supply of kava without a licence and was remanded to appear in Maningrida Court. “Police praised the public for their assistance in targeting these people who profit from distributing harmful substances in our communities and encouraged anyone with similar information to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The notice said that the area affected will be about 1300 hectares in size and include a stockyard, barge mooring and loading facility. Major project status has been given for the proposed Roper Bar mine, northeast of the Aboriginal community of Ngukurr.

Driver apologetic for driving charge A WOMAN was very apologetic when she appeared in Nhulunbuy Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday. The 54-year-old child-care director, who pleaded guilty to high range drink driving, said it was out of character for her to drink and drive. The woman, who was represented herself in court, was stopped at an RBT site on Chesterfield Circuit on September 1 and registered a reading of 0.170. She was stopped at 7.53pm and said she had her last drink at 5.20pm. The woman said she had been at choir practice earlier that afternoon before having a few drinks at a linen party. From there she went to church and after that she went to a farewell dinner. The woman apologised to the Court, to the police, the community and the parents and children at the centre. “I can’t understand it myself,” she said. “I am so ashamed. I am so sorry. “I am not a drinker and I just let my hair down.” She was placed on a $500 12-month, goodbehaviour bond. The Magistrate said there would not be a conviction recorded if she adhered to the good behaviour bond. The woman was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was warned that, if she drove during this period, she could end up in jail. She also had to pay a $40 levy. The Magistrate said he did not expect to ever see her in Court again.

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Celebrating generations of schooling at Nhulunbuy Primary THERE will be much celebration at the Nhulunbuy Primary School on Saturday as they host a school fete to mark their 40th anniversary. There are a number of families who boast three generations at one school and also parents who attended now have their own children at NPS. Last week a few of these gathered for a photo at the rocks that were in the playground when the school first opened. A number commented “I’m sure they were much bigger back then” - a comment that could be accounted for by the filling in around the giant boulders as safety requirements dictated. A grandmother, Lyn Percic, was known as Lynette Whelan when she started school in year 5 in 1971. Mrs Percic enjoyed swinging on the monkey bars which have long since been removed. Mrs Percic first attended the school at Mt Saunders before it was moved to its present location. “School was so big in the 70s we had to split lunch times with primary and secondary sections.” Mrs Percic also remembers buffalos grazing on the oval and they got a prime view from the upstairs rooms. Her daughter, Kristie Maggs, started pre-school in 1984. She recalled playing elastics and that

marbles was a massive craze. She also remembers having to sit on the naughty bench for sneaking out during nap time and planting a tree in a juice bottle. The third generation is daughter Maddison who is currently in year 2. One of the parents, Davin Blundell, started pre-school in 1979 and now he and his wife, Rachel, have three children attending - Isabel, Joshua and Noah. Mrs Blundell said she remembered that her teacher, Mrs Cohen, gave them an ice-cream every week from an ice-cream van made of cardboard. Chocomonty was the nickname given to Peter Monteiro who started pre-school in 1972. He has three children currently at school, Bayley, Grace and Evan, and said one of his favourite pastimes was playing on the big rocks. These, and many more memories of students passing through the school over the last 40 years, will be just one of the many attractions at the fete. There will be photo gallery and past year books on display. Competitions have been organised and they include cake baking, cake decorating, home made billy carts, kite making and flying, paper plane making and flying, best scarecrow and bet decorated hat.

At front rock (from left): Kristie Maggs, Lyn Percic, Davin and Rachel Blundell and Peter Monteiro (behind) with their children, current students, in the background. Some of the games of days gone by will be played and these will include, elastics, jump rope, sack races and Simon Says. This is all on top of the usual fete stalls and it will be on Saturday from noon until 4pm.

New art space under construction in Yirrkala THE Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is about to go through its seventh stage of building since it was first constructed as a health clinic for the Yirrkala mission in the early 1960s. The footprint of the art centre is about to expand with funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account. The funding will provide a remodelled foyer, administration space and an extra gallery. A local firm, BIG Carpentry, is already well into the build which is anticipated to take 24 weeks. Co-ordinator Will Stubbs said: “The artists and community are very excited about the prospect of a new revitalised space. “Everyone who comes in comments about the new look with a sense of anticipation about what is to come. “We have really enjoyed working with Brett and his team who are so well organised and professional. We have been surprised at what they have achieved already. “The removal of some of the old parts of the building have exposed some really rough bush carpentry from the 1960s. It was amazing to see that parts of the building are made out of whole Cypress tree trunks just

squared off where they meet a joist or bearer. Things were different then. But some of these parts will remain in the structure even once it is renewed.” Originally built as a health clinic Ward 2 was added later in the 1960s and this served as a maternity ward where many of the current generation of artists were born. The beautiful Cypress pine flooring milled on Elcho Island remains. In 1975 it was remodelled as the fledgling BukuLarrnggay Arts. In 1988 as part of the Bicentennial Gough Whitlam opened the museum. In 1996 the Printspace and Gallery Three were added around a new courtyard. Later in 1997 John Howard opened the Church Panels annexe. In 2001 the sale of the Saltwater barks to the Australian National Maritime Museum allowed the artists to dedicate the proceeds to developing The Mulka Project. A new entrance, theatrette and digital studio was finally completed in 2007. It is business as usual at the Centre and currently The Seven Sisters exhibition is on display.

Starting work on the additions at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

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 letters to the editor Be a local hero and help conserve our rivers I’M specifically writing to your paper to ask your readers to consider helping with a vital cause that means so much to so many Australians - our rivers. Sometimes we all put rivers out of sight and out of mind. The reality is, as readers are reading this letter now, that 31 per cent of Australia’s rivers have been damaged in some way, less than 10 per cent of Australia’s iconic Murray Cod are left and numerous species of fish in Australia are under threat. There has been a lot of abuse and neglect around our rivers. Some have been used as sewers and waste dumping grounds. Here’s the big positive. On Sunday, September 30, it’s World Rivers Day across the

SEPTEMBER Wed 12. Runners North - running for fun and fitness, any pace any distance, 5.30pm - Lions Park - Captain Cook Circuit. Fri 14. Chamber of Commerce East Arnhem Region Annual General Meeting to be held September 14, 2012 commencing at 11am at the Gove Country Golf Club, Nhulunbuy. Fri 14. Gove Arts Theatre presents Dinkum Asssorted at The Cell. Tickets available at Lynne Walker's office. Sat 15. Nhulunbuy Primary School Fete. Sat 15. GAFL the preliminary final between Djarrak and Gopu at 3pm at Yirrkala. Sat 15. Gove Arts Theatre presents Dinkum Asssorted at The Cell. Tickets available at Lynne Walker's office. Sun 16. Rotary Club Beach Volleyball. Sun 16. Matinee Gove Arts Theatre presents Dinkum Asssorted at The Cell. Tickets available at Lynne Walker's office. Wed 19. East Arnhem Training Stakeholders Network meets at 9am at CDU. Wed 19. Runners North - running for fun and fitness, any pace any distance, 5.30pm - 5.92km - Lions Park to Middle Beach car park. Fri 21. Gove Arts Theatre presents Dinkum Asssorted at The Cell. Tickets available at Lynne Walker's office. Sat 22. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Working bee - set up for enduro/pont - 9am until set up. Sat 22. Gove Arts Theatre presents Dinkum Asssorted at The Cell. Tickets available at Lynne Walker's office. Sat 22. GAFL Grand Final Sat 22 - Nguykal v (winner of prelim final) at Yirrkala at 3pm. Sat 22. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market - hosted by Yirrkala Womens Ministry, 2.30pm-5.30pm at the GAC. Sat 22. Community Movie Night at the GAC. 6.30pm. Sun 23. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Gove Festival enduro - 10km circuit - 8am to noon. Wed 26. Runners North - running for fun and fitness, any pace any distance. 5.30pm - 5/10 km Lions Park - route to be advised.

planet including Australia. We want schools and communities groups in your local area to consider organising some kind of celebration in the lead up to that day to reconnect with rivers. We also want people in your local area to send us a photo of their favourite spot on the river locally because we are going to build a big tribute to rivers across Australia. Please send photos to We ask your readers to join us in celebrating local rivers. All the answers ultimately lie in action. Doing something makes a real difference. Our rivers - at a local level - deserve nothing less. Our rivers provide jobs, food, tourism, recreation and much more. We want people to reconnect to local rivers.

Negativity unhelpful and unsettling for Gove plant achieving record production THERE has been much speculation in the national and Territory media in the last week about the future of the Gove mining and refining operations. I was interviewed by a journalist from The Australian last Thursday about my take on the future of Pacific Aluminium and the impact on the community. Disappointingly, he chose not to use a word I said or acknowledge I’d provided comment, presumably because my remarks did not fit with the very negative story which appeared. Such negativity is not only unhelpful for our community but unsettling at a time when Pacific Aluminium and its employees are so focussed on seeing the business remain viable while also achieving record production levels.

THE opening of a ‘cash for containers’ depot in Nhulunbuy this week is very welcome news. The former Labor Government passed historic legislation last year with bipartisan support to see a scheme, modelled on that of South Australia, come into effect on January 1. I thank and acknowledge local businessman Tim Broadbent for his commitment to the scheme, recognising that it is a ‘good fit’ for his existing businesses but for also recognising that it is a very worthwhile scheme which reduces litter and landfill while promoting recycling and putting 10 cents back into the pocket of consumers for each container returned. Tim has been assisted by a capital

Wed 3. Runners North - running for fun and fitness, any pace any distance, 5.30pm - 4.84 km Lions Park - Beagle Circuit. Sat 6. Runners North marathon. 21km for individual entries or teams of up to four runners. Starts at 7am Meet at Town Pool and run along. Sat 13. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Working bee - 9am to noon. Sun 14. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Peninsula MX Round 5 - 8am to noon. Wed 17. East Arnhem Training Stakeholders Network meets at 9am at CDU. Sat 27. East Arnhem Sports Awards at Town Hall. Sat 27. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market hosted by Nhulunbuy Playgroup.

WILD About Gove is an opportunity for readers to showcase their favourite photos of Gove. There are many opportunities to take some great shots when you are out and about and the Arafura Times invites you to share some of your shots. Dolphins off Town Beach taken.This mother and baby were enjoying a morning swim. All photographs remain the copyright of the photographer.

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grant from government which has enabled the purchase of equipment necessary to crush plastics and aluminium. I know many people have been storing their eligible containers in anticipation of a depot opening. I also look forward to Nhulunbuy Primary establishing a ‘collection point’ where people can donate their containers. Similarly, NPS has received a capital grant for $15,000 for infrastructure. CONGRATULATIONS to Gove FM on their very successful fundraiser and celebration of their 20th anniversary. I know many people were involved in organising the Rock Quiz night and gave up so much of their

THE Top End is a funny sort of place, when you think about it. For a start, it is huge. I mean, really big. I don’t think most of us notice. After all, we don’t see far beyond the edge of the road and even though we know we are driving past vast areas of bush, we don’t think about them. The other thing is that no-one lives here. Apart from us, that is, and we are so few no-one would notice. The Top End is empty. Of course, there are other empty places in the world but no-one lives in them for good reason. We are not talking about the Sahara or Greenland where you need miracles to make a living. The Top End is a rich sort of place and you could live almost anywhere, if you had to. I’m not just talking about living of fish and wallabies. The old mining camps did not have to exist for long before they attracted Chinese vegetable gardens. Travel around a lot of the world and you will find a productive village every 5km or so. We just never got around to it. I wonder if Europe was ever like the Top End. Back in the Stone Age, I suppose, they might have had families of hunter gatherers wandering

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time but I do have to single out Electoral News s t a t i o n by NT Member for Nhulunbuy LYNNE WALKER manager, Alicia Scobie, followed by her husband, Tim Webb, for their dedication and their talent - well done. ANOTHER big weekend coming up with: • The opening night of Gove Arts Theatre’s “Dinkum Assorted”, • Nhulunbuy Primary’s 40th Anniversary fete, • Rotary’s annual beach volleyball competition, and • The Aussie rules elimination final between Djarrak and Gopu. Never a dull moment in our community, that’s for sure.

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We know that the water quality of many rivers has been affected. We know river flows have been reduced. Investing in our rivers right now is investing in tomorrow. Millions will celebrate around the world and every day heroes are everywhere. People can get more information at Many celebrities will help us push the message. Last year’s supporters included Wil Anderson, Tammy van Wisse, Duncan Armstrong, Icehouse star Iva Davies and more. Be a local hero because rivers are critical to local communities. Matthew Reddy, Chief Executive Officer, International RiverFoundation.

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through a limitless wilderness like the one we have on our doorstep. I know visitors are attracted to our wilderness, but how much do they see? As far as I can make out, most of them don’t stray far from the roads or campsites. They rush from place to place tasting little samples of the Top End but don’t leave their trucks for long enough to glimpse the Stone Age. I suppose a landscape is much bigger when you are travelling on foot or horseback. Now there’s a business opportunity for us. Find some Europeans who want to leave their crowded countries for a couple of weeks, and take them from creek to waterhole to river slowly. They will pay a fortune for the privilege. We just have to stop thinking like Australians for a while and realise you don’t have to thunder up dusty roads for days at time. We’ve got enough Top End right under our noses.

 Letters to the editor Letters to the Editor are published as a free community service and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arafura Times nor its management. Letters must be legible, preferably less than 250 words, carry a name and address, and be signed. A telephone number or similar identification must also be provided. Unsigned and anonymous letters, or use of a nom de plume, eg Concerned Citizen, etc will not be accepted. Names withheld on discretion of the publisher. Letters may be edited for space or content or omitted altogether at the discretion of the editor. Mail to PO Box 1120, Nhulunbuy, NT 0881, fax 1300 787 248 or email


Mills announces new Ministry

Bollards and barbecue at Little Bondi.

Dhimurru are protecting the environment at Little Bondi DHIMURRU Rangers have recently completed work at Baringura (Little Bondi). Rangers have replaced the old, rusted fence at with new fencing material and extended the fence line past the old, shady tree. This is to protect the tree from root damage caused by vehicles parking directly underneath it. This area can still be accessed by campers and day trippers to take advantage of the shade and a table will be put here in the coming weeks.

A barbecue has been laid just outside this area to try to keep the sand white and free from burning embers to better the recreational experience of visitors. There is still plenty of room for vehicles to turn around. Dhimurru asks visitors to Little Bondi to help protect fragile areas around their IPA from visitor impacts by adhering to the barriers in place. Dhimurru thanks you for your cooperation. If you come across any vandalism in the IPA let Dhimurru know by ringing their office (8939 2700).

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CHIEF Minister of the NT Terry Mills has released details of the new Country Liberals Government’s Ministry. Mr Mills said the front bench makes use of the many strengths of members selected and capitalises on the broad range of experiences within the Country Liberals team. “This is a high-quality Ministry which will get to work immediately implementing the policies the Country Liberals have announced over the past four years,” Mr Mills said. “The Country Liberals understand there is a desire for change in the community and this Ministry will be at the forefront of driving that change. “Priorities of the Mills Government are to reduce crime by 10% a year during our first term, improve conditions in Aboriginal communities and cut the cost of living for families and workers.

In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Minister, Mr Mills has taken Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Lands, Planning and the Environment, Land Resource Management, Asian Engagement, Public Employment, Statehood, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians and Women’s Policy portfolios. He will be assisted in the areas of multicultural affairs, youth and seniors and Women’s Policy by new Parliamentary Secretary Peter Styles. Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley is Treasurer and will also assume responsibility for Education, Families and Children, Corporate and Information Services and Central Australia. John Elferink is the Territory’s new Attorney-General and Justice Minister and Minister for Correctional Services

and David Tollner has Health, Alcohol Policy and Essential Services. Adam Giles has the Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government portfolios. Willem Westra van Holthe is the new Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries and Mines and Energy and Matthew Conlan has Tourism and Major Events, Arts and Museums, Sport and Recreation, Racing and Parks and Wildlife. Peter Chandler is Minister for Business, Trade, Economic Development, Employment and Training and Housing and Alison Anderson has responsibility for Regional Development and Indigenous Advancement. In addition to assisting the Chief Minister with his Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians and Women’s Policy portfolios, Peter Styles is also Government Whip.

A meeting in Yirrkala highlighted the new program and attracted participants.

A journey towards employment

Christo and Suzanne Esterhuyse are the proud parents of Amelia Gabriella Esterhuyse. A sister for Amy, 22 months. Amelia was born on August 14 at Gove District Hospital. She weighed weighed 4.2kg and was was 54cm long.

AN innovative employment program for Indigenous people, named Goyurr, is to be conducted at Nhulunbuy. Goyurr, which means a journey, is reflected in the new intensive, six-week Sodexo training program which starts on September 24. After many weeks of negotiation and planning, the first Yirrkala community recruitment information session was held on Wednesday, August 29. Goyurr is a partnership between Sodexo, Pacific Aluminium, ITEC Employment and the Gumatj Corporation. The Sodexo program will change the landscape and future for a group of Yolngu Aboriginal

people who previously had few job opportunities available. The expectation is Goyurr will be instrumental in strengthening the opportunity for local Indigenous people to acquire work-relevant skills that can be applied in newly created real and sustainable jobs. Strengths of the Goyurr program are the long-term effects and multiple benefits. A major, long-term effect is a resounding lifestyle change for the employees who, prior to entering the program, may have been unemployed, or a participant in temporary Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) projects. Participants of the Goyurr

program will begin to pursue a meaningful career development opportunity with several individual benefits. Not only will they experience placement in a challenging but rewarding work setting, they will be able to enjoy the associated features of the achievement of personal goals, financial independence, job satisfaction and the development of self belief. Graduates of the six-week, intensive work-readiness program will gain the opportunity to continue employment with Gumatj Corporation on the Ralpa crew projects or an opportunity with Sodexo within the hospitality sector.


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BABIES STEAL THE SHOW AT yirrkala By MARJO HALLOWELL TWO toddlers stole the show last week as families gathered in Rika Park for a baby show to celebrate Father’s Day. Teshaun James Mununggurr and Dhnumbun Mununggurr performed their own bungul to the music of East Journey. They were not two toddlers pretending to dance, they were very serious and, according to some experts there, accurately performing traditional dance. Both were dressed the part and were having a lot of fun, especially on hearing the response of the families that were enjoying their performance. Whenever they would hear East Journey (on CD) they would perform. About 50 babies (up to threeyear-olds) were given a prize for categories ranging from chubbiest cheeks, biggest eyes, best clapper and best fairy and it was up to the judges to pick a category for each child - no mean feat as they were all so gorgeous. Family portraits were being taken and after the competition the whole community joined in for a meal . The event was organised to coincide with the start of Child Protection Week and showed how families can come together as a whole community and how the community prides itself in their healthy children. It was also tied in with Father’s Day celebrations. On the day the Miwatj ‘Strong Fathers, Strong Families’ staff were a driving force (Scott, Rrawun, Burrkitj and Fabian) and they also engaged a number of other fathers and uncles in helping out at the event which helped to promote positive male role-models. The even was organised by Families as First Teachers with funding from FACHSIA and support form within the community. The funding paid for the community meal (provided by the Arnhem Club) and for the prizes for all participants (mostly sourced from Nhulunbuy Pharmacy). Jo Carroll coordinated these aspects of the Show. Some other monies and in-kind support was provided by FaFT and Miwatj SFSF - and Tina White provided the hand-crafted toiletry bags for the fathers. Abi White from FaFT said : “The event was a great example of inter-agency collaboration and of community engagement. “I think the fact that the lead agencies have a daily presence in Yirrkala was instrumental in it’s success. “It highlights that the relationships built by staff working on the ground in community (as opposed to the ‘fly in, fly out’ model - or even the deliver from Nhulunbuy model) can be critical.” “Events like this help to showcase strong parenting and positive messages. While ongoing community-based programs and services are critical, I believe that the feel good factor of oneoff events such as this can have an intangible positive effect.”

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LEFT: Dhnumbun Mununggurr and Teshaun James Mununggurr, real show stoppers. CENTRE: A very serious Teshaun James Mununggurr focuses on his Impromptu perfmance. RIGHT: Such concentration.

LEFT: Families gathered to celebrate. RIGHT: Strong Father, Strong Families participants with two Arnhem Club staff members who all gave their time to help out preparing food.

Shanti Grace Yunupingu, 9mths

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Kaya Mununggurr with a joey who had lost its mum.

Andrew Roy Thorne,7mths.

Wilson Mununggurr.

LEFT: Yuntjurr - the best clapper. ABOVE: Yuntjurr always clapping. RIGHT: Jarita Marrawili.

ABOVE RIGHT: Yunumu (Margaret) Mununggurr. FAR LEFT: Tailah Whitmore and Mikala Mununggurr. LEFT: Jarrah Wanambi, 3. RIGHT: Cameilio Maymurru.

Ganingthun Mununggurr, 2 best model.


Nevaeh Rruthana, 5mths - chubbiest cheeks. Tyler Gunbulla, 3.

Shanti Grace Yunupingu, 9mths.

Jordon Shamarrandji kissing Mickayla Munyarryun.

Tanisha White. ABOVE: Jamal and Timmy Maymuru with Marrpalawui Marika. BELOW: Keiran Ngurruwuthun with Djuwalpi Marika.

Bakurra Yunupingu.

Camile Wanambi, 1.


Yananydja Wanambi, 2.

Dhnumbun Mununggurr.

Jason Mununggurr.

Yunumu (Margaret) Mununggurr.

Samilia Mununggurritj.

Emily Wanambi, 2.

Jarita Marrawili.

fletcher - mCKENZIE WEDDING ANDREW Fletcher and Ellie McKenzie were married on Sunday, September 2, at Cedar Creek Lodge, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland. Andrew and Ellie met this year at their church, Oasis Christian Assembly. Andrew has been in town for many, many years, and Ellie moved up here earlier this year as part of a 12-month contract as a midwife. Having no interest in finding a husband here, Ellieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolve quickly melted when Andrew wooed her to courtship and engagement only a few months ago. The friends of Andrew and Ellie are thrilled to see them so in love and want to bless them with every possible blessing in their new life together.

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5:30 Eggheads 8:30 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Minder 1:15 Big Ideas Sampler 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones: Scotland 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Rake: Cleaver is in the bad books with the Attorney General, while having to defend a slimy corporate thief as he sees an innocent client punished. And, best friend Barney now hates him. 9:30 Lowdown: Hack In Business - After missing out on the biggest story of the year, Alex has a chance to redeem himself by entrapping a fornicating film director. But a road rage incident throws a spanner in the works. 10:00 Summer Heights High 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Going Home 12:25 The Clinic 1:15 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:15 At The Movies: Short Cuts 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 25

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Kitchen Whiz 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Big Brother 7:30 Big Brother Confidential - Get the inside scoop! Late night headlines, unseen action and talking points from the Big Brother House. 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Precious Fragmentation - When the guys find a rare movie prop ring from The Lord of the Rings at a garage sale, it threatens to tear them apart - forcing them to choose the ring or their friendship. 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Pants Alternative - Sheldon’s friends come to his aid when his fear of public speaking stands between him and a coveted award. 9:00 The Footy Show 10:45 The AFL Footy Show Late 12:30 Extra 1:00 Danoz 3:00 Newstyle Direct 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “The Making Of A Hollywood Madam” (M a,s) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Spit It Out 4:00 Seven News At 4.00 4:30 The Price Is Right 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home & Away 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 Criminal Minds: Closing Time - The BAU team hits choppy waters on the beaches of Southern California when they discover a series of bodies hidden in lifeguard towers along the coast. 10:30 Law And Order: LA 11:30 It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 12:00 Room For Improvement 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? Parallel Worlds 2:30 Feast Greece: Zagoria: Behind the Mountains 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Austria 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Gourmet Farmer: Chicken Dispatching and Abalone Diving 8:00 Destination Flavour 8:30 Our Food: North Wales - Food critic Giles Coren and the team head to North Wales, where food is about making the best of the basics. 9:35 The School: Educating Essex 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Naked Calendars 12:00 Movie: “Crossfire” (M a,l) - A classic modern Western. A grizzled Parisian cop, Commander Drieu, is sent to an outpost town in the south of France to dismantle a gang of killers. To add to his woes, he inherits a team of unmotivated and dishevelled detectives at a soon-to-be abandoned police station. In French. 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight


5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “The Lion In Winter” (PG) 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: The Lot - France 6:50 Minuscule: Sleeping In 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 NT 8:00 Spicks And Specks: Joining Adam, Myf and Alan this week are renowned DJ Carl Cox and singer Neko Case, performer Rusty Bertha and comedian Dave O’Neil, with music provided by Neko Case and band. 8:30 Scott And Bailey: Janet elicits vital new information from convicted killer Geoff Hastings and Rachel investigates a racially motivated murder. Meanwhile, Andy’s weird behaviour is starting to trouble Janet. 9:20 Taggart: The Ends Of Justice 10:05 Lateline 10:45 My Family: Bringing Up Janey - Janey wants to keep her new man under wraps, while a suspicious Ben tries to expose an affair between Susan and a client. 11:15 The Trophy Room 11:45 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Kitchen Whiz 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Big Brother: Join host Sonia Kruger as a bunch of everyday Aussie’s are locked up under 24/7 surveillance where this year, at any given time, Big Brother WILL change the rules. 7:00 Rugby League Finals - Semi-Final no.1 - Wide World Of Sports presents more finals action with the first semi-final. Join your expert commentary team for all the live action. 9:20 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Convoy” (M v,l,d) - Starring Kris Kristofferson as “Rubber Duck”, a defiant truck driver who speeds through three states while a corrupt cop pursues him. A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers joins him along the way. 2:00 The Avengers: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station 3:00 Danoz Direct 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “A Perfect Day” (PG l,a) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Spit It Out 4:00 Seven News at 4.00 4:30 The Price Is Right 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away: Kyle follows Casey into the bush after he notices him acting strangely. Despite resolving things with Gina, John still feels the third wheel behind Jett. Meanwhile, Harvey’s guilt forces him to admit his infidelity to Roo. 7:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season 10:30 Sport Special: 1975 Final Story - A gripping and entertaining look back at the 1975 Grand Final Hawthorn v North Melbourne featuring interviews with all the key players and coaches. 11:30 Movie: “Borderline Normal” (M a,s) - Two sensitive teenagers from broken homes find comfort in each other’s arms as they help one another to cope with the emotional loss of their families. 1:30 Auction Squad 2:05 Room For Improvement 2:30 Home Shopping / 3:30 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 The Hotel: Kids Eat Free 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Austria 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: The Hidden Story Of Harbours 8:30 David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul 9:30 As It Happened: Rewriting History - In 2005, Australian Danny Ben-Moshe travelled to Lithuania, where his grandparents died in World War Two. 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Hostage of an Illusion” - In Spanish Pablo, an overthe-hill novelist, is haunted by the characters from his books, who are angry that he won’t continue to write their lives. When a former student, Laura, turns up on his doorstep soon after, the two fall into a passionate love affair. But when Laura starts showing signs of paranoia, Pablo questions whether she may in fact be one of his literary creations. 12:45 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The Heritage” - When the wealthy owner of a successful cider business is found brutally murdered, suspicion falls on some workers within the company. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:30 Rage Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 NT 12:00 Poh’s Kitchen Lends A Hand 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: Gliders 1:30 Eggheads: Extremely Well Red 2:00 Movie: “Jungle Book” (PG) 3:40 Big Ideas Sampler: Javier Cercas: Anatomy Of A Moment, Adelaide Writers’ Week 3:55 Pensioners Factory 5:00 The Wonder Years: Square Dance 5:20 Minuscule: Spider Driver 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 TBA 8:20 Sinbad: The crew are captured by Water-Thieves, a feral tribe. Sinbad tries to seduce their fierce leader Razia to save himself. 9:05 Hustle: The gang is back for an eighth series of this popular drama. Expect more exciting and sophisticated scams as the team get ready to part the greedy from their hard-earned cash. 10:05 The Jonathon Ross Show: Jonathan Ross presents an entertaining show featuring comedy, celebrity chat and the latest music. 10:50 United States Of Tara: Tara is tested when her mother Bev comes to visit her new grandchild, while Dr Hattaras discovers the voice of Tara’s menacing new alter. 11:15 Rage Guest Programmer (MA a,l,d,h,n,s,v.)

5:30 Team Umizoomi 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today - Saturday 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Getaway 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 10:30 Children’s Programs 2:00 Pyramid 2:30 Crusoe 3:30 Getaway’s European Tour 4:00 The Garden Gurus 4:30 National News: First At Five 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:00 Rugby League Finals: Semi-Final No.2 9:20 2012 Castrol Edge Rugby Championship: Australia v Argentina 11:20 Movie: “Half Past Dead” (M v) - When a ruthless ex-Marine leads a troop of killers into a prison, he’s sure he can force a death-row inmate to hand over $200 million in stolen gold. His best laid plans go spectacularly astray when he’s confronted by a force even more ruthless than him, an undercover cop leading his own gang of gangs, the jail’s very worst inmates who’ve got nothing to lose. 1:20 Movie: “Britannia Hospital” - Welcome to Britannia Hospital, an esteemed English institution marking its gala anniversary with a visit from the Queen Mother herself. 3:30 Danoz Direct 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 8:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 9:30 The Woodlies 10:00 Sea Princesses 10:30 Dive Olly Dive 11:00 Sally Bollywood - Super Detective 11:30 Movie: “Tinkerbell And The Lost Treasure” (G) 1:00 That ‘70s Show 1:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 5:00 Queensland Weekender 5:30 Seven News 6:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season 10:30 Movie: “Coyote Ugly” (PG v,s) - When Violet moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter, her dreams are stalled when she takes a job as a barmaid at ‘Coyote Ugly’, the hottest night spot in town. It’s fun, it’s intoxicating and it’s easy money, but is it really the life Violet was looking for when she moved to New York? 12:30 Movie: “The Prawn” (AV v) - A cop decides to move precincts to escape the past, only to find he is now embroiled in the corrupt world of the Russian mafia. 2:30 Room For Improvement 3:00 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 Home Shopping 4:30 Beyond Tomorrow - Don’t miss the new safety system that could save your life on Australian roads and the robot that takes care of the gardening.

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Dancing Dreams 2:35 Bronzino: Restoring Genius 3:35 Freud’s Naked Truths 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Rex In Rome: The Curse Of Caravaggio 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Engineering Giants: Gas Rig Strip-Down - Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Bell follow each step of the process as an entire North Sea Gas installation, the Lima Platform, is pulled from the North Sea by floating cranes, then taken to Newcastle to be disassembled and recycled. 8:35 RocKwiz 9:30 Movie: “Half Nelson” (MA a,d) - Dan Dunne is a young Brooklyn junior high school teacher. In his shabby classroom, Dan inspires his 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. But although Dan is in control in the classroom, he spends his time outside school experimenting with drugs. 11:25 Movie: “SPL” (MAV v) - Inspector Chan, a veteran cop close to retirement, decides to use every means available to bring down the crime boss Wong Po, even if means framing him for murder. 1:05 Great Australian Albums: Diorama By Silverchair 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Doubt 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Football: SANFL: Qualifying Final - Teams TBA 3:45 Football: SANFL: Elimination Final - Teams TBA 6:00 Antiques Master 6:30 Compass: Food For Thought 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Kevin’s Grand Design 8:20 Dream Build 8:30 Call The Midwife 9:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Secret Of Chimneys Miss Marple investigates when a man is found dead in the secret passageway of a house she is visiting. 11:00 Tess Of The D’Urbervilles 11:55 Movie: “Battle of The Bishops” (G) - Follows the head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria as he leads a boycott of the oncea-decade Anglican leader’s meeting in London, to hold a rival summit in Jerusalem. 12:45 Order In The House 1:45 The Jewel In The Crown: The Towers of Silence 2:40 Rage

5:30 GIO Schoolboy Cup 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Wide World Of Sports 10:30 Sunday Footy Show 12:30 2012 Perth City To Surf 1:00 Motorway Patrol 1:30 Intrust Super Cup 3:30 House Husbands 4:30 National News 5:00 TBA 5:30 National News Sunday 6:00 Big Brother 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 House Husbands 9:00 The Mentalist: Pink Tops - An undercover narcotics cop is murdered, and the team retraces her investigation to solve the case. 10:00 Underbelly: Badness: Troubleshooting - A car dealer’s life becomes a nightmare when he befriends a charming new customer, Anthony Perish. 10:55 Flashpoint: Custody 11:45 What Would You Do? 12:30 Spyforce: The Rolls That Went To War (Part 3) 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Handy Manny 6:00 Fish Hooks 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 AFL Game Day 11:00 Special:1975 Final Story 12:00 V8 Extra 12:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 5:00 Great South East 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Sunday Night 7:00 Border Security: Australia’s Front Line - An Australian returns from the Middle East and a discovery in his bag could lead to a major fight, a Korean student keeps digging himself into a big hole. 7:30 Airways 8:00 Mrs. Brown’s Boys 9:20 Billy Connolly’s World Tour Of Australia: Travelling on a Harley with his trusty banjo, an insatiable curiosity and a film crew in tow, Billy Connolly embarks on a sell-out tour which takes him to more places on this vast continent than the average Australian has seen. 10:20 TBA 12:20 Outlaw - In Re: Kelvin Jones 1:30 Home Shopping 2:30 NBC Today 3:30 NBC Meet The Press 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine 11:30 Speedweek 1:00 World Superbike Championships 2012 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Frank Sinatra Sings 3:30 Celtic Thunder: Storm 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Amazonian Filmmaker 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: City Beneath the Waves - Pavlopetri - Just off the southern coast of mainland Greece lies Pavlopetri, the oldest submerged city in the world. It thrived for 2,000 years during the time that saw the birth of western civilisation. 8:30 Inside Nature’s Giants: Baboon 9:30 Tyson 11:10 Movie: “Downfall” (MAV a,v) - In German. A depiction of Hitler’s last days in Berlin from the perspective of his personal secretary Traudl Junge. It reveals the claustrophobic atmosphere in the bunker as well as the chaos reigning outside on the streets as Russian troops close in on the city. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler as a half-crazed man trying to delude himself that victory is nigh. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Collectors 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Kevin’s Grand Design 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Restoration Man: Water Tower 6:50 Minuscule: The Dung Beetle Battle 7:00 ABC News 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A: A lively interactive discussion hosted by Tony Jones where the audience at home and in the studio questions political leaders and opinion makers. 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Collision: A five-part British drama that tells the story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives forever. 12:30 Parliament Question Time: House Of Representatives 1:30 Rage 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield: Grand Final

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Kitchen Whiz 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Big Brother 8:00 Underbelly: Badness: Road To Nowhere - Gary and Tim travel to Queensland in an attempt to stop an underworld execution. Undies goes into business for himself, with disastrous consequences. Newlywed Decker is drawn back into working for Anthony Perish. Gary’s new girlfriend gets a surprise introduction to life with a busy detective. 9:00 TBA 10:00 CSI: NY - My Name Is Mac Taylor 11:00 Memphis Beat: The Things We Can Carry 12:00 The Avengers: Joker 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Freshman Fall” (M a,s,v) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Spit It Out 4:00 Seven News At 4.00 4:30 The Price Is Right 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away: Roo and Harvey argue over his infidelity and Sasha is upset by Casey’s attitude after sleeping with her. Meanwhile, Sid is struggling with the burden of caring for Dex and Casey’s defeatist attitude is concerning everyone. 7:00 TBA 8:00 GCB: Pride Comes Before A Fall 10:00 Up All Night: Parents - Reagan wants to set an example for her daughter by trying to get along with her own parents. The untimely death of a crew member inspires Ava to reexamine her relationship with the staff. 10:30 Suits 11:30 30 Rock 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Stag 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Summer Of ‘62”(M v,l) In French and Arabic. 2:45 Self Defence 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Canada 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Plane Boarding 8:30 Darren Brown Investigates: The Man Who Contacts The Dead 9:30 Shameless: Marty turns to crime to tide him over until he finds a job, but using items borrowed from the Maguires could land him in trouble. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Crossing Salween / Tasnim / Tiya’s Dream 1:00 Living Black 1:30 The Ricky Gervais Show: From the creators of The Office and Extras comes this animated comedy series. Based on the audio podcasts of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, the program sets the trio’s musings on numerous inane topics to irresistible animation. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures 10:30 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Time Team: Groby Old Hall 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Poh’s Kitchen Lends A Hand 8:30 Rick Stein Spain: In this four-part series, Rick Stein undertakes a journey laced with history, literature and fabulous food, through the hidden parts of Spain. 9:30 QI: Flora and Fauna 10:00 Artscape: Subtopia 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:30 The Jewel In The Crown: An Evening At The Maharanee’s 2:30 Football: VFL: Preliminary Final 1

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Kitchen Whiz 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Big Brother 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Rothman Disintegration - Sheldon battles Barry Kripke for a coveted office at the university. Penny receives a very unusual gift from Amy. 8:00 Anger Management: Charlie’s Dad Visits - Charlie gets an unexpected visit from his hyper-critical, bullying father. In the therapy group, Charlie attempts to help Lacey with road rage. 8:30 Episodes 9:10 TBA 11:10 Weeds: Wonderful Wonderful 11:40 Eclipse 12:10 The Beer Factor 12:35 Extra 1:00 Danoz 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Perfect Romance” (PG a) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Spit It Out 4:00 Seven News at 4.00 4:30 The Price Is Right 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away: Brax finally discovers how hard Casey is struggling, Sid mourns the son who has not returned and despite everything that has happened, Roo admits she still loves Harvey. 7:00 TBA 8:00 Winners & Losers: The Right Time - Frances is depressed after being ex-communicated by Cat. 9:00 Smash: The Cost Of Art 10:00 Cougar Town: Something Big 10:30 Hung: Money On The Floor 10:50 Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny 11:40 Sons And Daughters 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Red Like The Sky” (PG) In Italian. 2:50 My Grandmother Beijing 3:00 Letters and Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Canada 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Emilia Fox - Heavily pregnant during filming, Emilia Fox was intrigued to find out what family traits her baby might inherit. 8:30 Insight: Gold Diggers - Australia spends big dollars building up its elite athletes. Insight asks whether it is worth it, and who benefits. Australian current affairs forum with host Jenny Brockie. 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Hell” (M a,n,s) - In French. The second instalment in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Heaven, Hell and Purgatory trilogy. Three estranged sisters, who share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood, reunite for the chance to come to terms with their past. 12:55 Shameless 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Count Us In 10:15 Cyberchase 10:35 My Great Big Adventure 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00The Restaurant: The Chain 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Eating 8:30 Gruen Planet 9:05 Randling - The heat is on as the finals kick off with a sudden death match between the Bette Davis Cup Squad and the Fitzroy Fireballs. See David Marr and Jonathan Biggins go ‘mano e mano’ with Anthony Morgan and Dave O’Neil. 9:40 Would I Lie To You? 10:10 At The Movies 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:40 The Librarians: Tsukiji 12:05 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:05 White Skin, Black Spirit: My Search For Identity 1:40 The Jewel In The Crown: Travelling Companions 2:30 Football: SANFL: Qualifying Final - Teams TBA

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Kitchen Whiz 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Big Brother 7:30 The Farmer Wants A Wife - Love Bites 8:30 Embarrassing Bodies: Ibiz 9:30 Dallas: No Good Deed - With a murder hanging over the Ewing household, the family have to make decisions for the good of everybody. 10:30 Dallas: Family Business - John Ross discovers the true value of family after he is forced to choose between blood and oil. Sue Ellen and Rebecca both are victims of men who could destroy their lives. 11:30 2012 ICC World Twenty/20 Cricket 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Murder In Mind” (M v,n,s) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Spit It Out 4:00 Seven News At 4.00 4:30 The Price Is Right 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home & Away 7:00 TBA 8:00 Criminal Minds: A Thin Line - The BAU team investigates a series of brutal home invasions and murders in California’s Inland Empire that appear to be gang-related, but their investigation may uncover a more sinister motivation. 9:00 Covert Affairs: The Last Thing You Should Do / Speed Of Light” - Annie, Joan, and Lena must put aside their differences when Auggie runs into trouble with Somali pirates while visiting his girlfriend in Africa. 11:00 Parks And Recreation - Operation Ann 11:30 Sons And Daughters 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Stag 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

4:30 UEFA Champions League 6:45 World News 1:00 Insight: Gold Diggers 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Canada 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Bears Of The Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers 8:30 Meet The Amish 9:30 Cutting Edge: The New Great Game 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Phantom Pain” (M l,a,s) - In German And English. Based on a true story, this film stars Til Schweiger as Mark, a man whose life revolves around his bicycle to the exclusion of all else. One night, as he travels on a dark road, he is involved in a hit and run accident. The world around him crashes and he must now find a new meaning in it. 12:45 Warriors: Attila - In the early 5th Century, the fate of much of Europe and Asia depended on one man: Attila the Hun. He was one of the most feared warriors of all time, his name synonymous with insatiable ambition and savagery. But his intelligent leadership won the loyalty and admiration of many and when faced with humiliating defeat, he made a decision few would have contemplated. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 115

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VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Your positive mood will be picked up by a person who has not noticed you in the past. Share your cheer more often. Romance. Try to plan a small surprise for your partner. It will be appreciated much more than you expect. However, don’t let this appreciation be the driving force behind your surprise.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) An interesting turn of events will put you at the centre of the action for a while. Don’t take on more than you care to handle! Romance. You may need a little extra emotional support from your partner at the moment. Try not to overwhelm them. It may be best to reach out to more people.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


You may be more concerned about the way you look than about other, more important things. Trim your beauty time in half to ensure you stay balanced. Romance. The next week would be an extremely good time to get a new relationship underway. Use your time saved to spend on this venture.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A strange situation at work might leave you a little confused. Trust to your intuition and you will be able to work out what to do. A colleague’s opinion may help. Romance. Try to get your partner to relax. A romantic get-away would do you both a world of good. Set out for a small adventure.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You will be in a very wild mood at the moment. At times, you may forget what you are doing. Try not to drive; if you can help it. Romance. A person that you have never met before will be very curious about your life. They may be a secret admirer! Keep some things secret to continue this curiosity.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A bad habit which you have wanted to give up for some time may finally be conquered. Make sure that you don’t start it again. Turn to healthier habits. Romance. This should be a very good week. A get-together with friends will put you in touch with someone new. Networking within your small group proves favourable.


PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Try not to let yourself be dragged into something that could be difficult to get out of. Be wary of things which sound too good. Romance. Don’t be too demanding with your partner, even if you feel that they are not pulling their whole weight. There will be a time when you need a break as well.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Don’t waste time looking for something which you have lost. It will turn up in a few days. You may be surprised with how it returns to you. Romance. Be careful not to be too impatient with your partner. This could easily backfire! It may be best to simply give them space.

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TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You will enjoy being the centre of attention. Don’t become too egoistic, however. Like all things, this will not last forever. Romance. Your partner would appreciate a gesture that shows how much you care. Don’t assume they would like the same things as you. Think about their needs.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You have a distinctive way of doing things - don’t worry if this annoys other people at times. They will just have to adapt. Romance. Don’t let your partner make all the decisions for you. If you begin to do this, there may not be an end in sight and you will quickly lose control of the outcomes in your life.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


Forty is the old age

of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

– Victor Hugo


The Mars/Moon Midpoint moving through your sign might give you a little more energy than you need at the moment. Don’t waste it. Be creative with whom you help. Romance. If you want to criticise your partner for something they have done, try to do so as gently as possible. It’s possibly better not to say anything.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Once you have started something, it is difficult to stop you! This momentum will be very valuable this week. Be careful not to burn yourself out! Romance. You will be very grateful for your partner’s support. It will be delivered just when you need it. Be sure to show your appreciation.

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Arnhem Region Office, Nhulunbuy Ongoing Territory Housing is seeking a motivated, self starting and energetic person to join its Arnhem Region housing team as a T5 Asset Management Officer. Under the direction of the Deputy Director Arnhem Region and Team Leader Asset Management, the role of the Asset Management Officer is to deliver remote housing property management service delivery outcomes for remote communities transitioning to Territory Housing’s “Remote Public Housing Management Framework”. Initially the position will be based in Nhulunbuy with the possibility of relocation to Territory Growth Towns in the region. The role requires field work with extended periods working in remote communities. The successful applicants will form part of a strong regional team which is exceptionally client focused and cohesive. For further information regarding this vacancy please contact Tim Pickford on 08 8987 0208. For a copy of the job description and to apply online please visit Quote vacancy number: 26443 Closing date: 23 September 2012 The Northern Territory Government is an equal opportunity employer and values an inclusive and diverse workforce • 1300 659 247

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Arafura Times on to receive our breaking news reports Manangaymi – Scout Camp Permit Apology On Friday, August 10 we made camp at Manangaymi and whilst we had a Dhimurru General Permit we did not have a Special Permit for this area. We were operating under the mistaken assumption that a General Permit covered us for this area. We would like to extend our sincere apologies to Dhimurru and the traditional owners of this area for this mistake. We appreciate the traditional owners generosity in making certain areas available for camping and recreational access and we also appreciate how important it is for all of us to abide by the terms and conditions traditional owners have made for managing that access. To the traditional owners please accept our sincere apologies and to the community generally, if you are planning to visit any of Dhimurru’s Permit Areas, please make sure you are clear about the terms and conditions that are in place. Yours Sincerely, Brendan and Courtney Warr

Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited

PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 Phone: (08) 8939 2200 Fax: (08) 8987 2451 Email:

Expressions of Interest: Gove Airport Kiosk An exciting opportunity has become available at the Gove Airport. Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited is inviting enthusiastic parties to submit Expressions of Interest for the concession to run the airport kiosk. This kiosk is the only service provider at the airport to serve food and beverage to all airport users, as well as stockist of T-shirts and other souvenirs. The concessionaire will need to comply with all conditions of the licence agreement, including: • To provide service to a minimum required standard • To operate the kiosk seven days per week • Concession period will be for 1 year with option to renew for 1 year • To comply with Airport Terminal Licence agreement • Service to commence on 1 October 2012 Contact for further information: Airport Manager, Les Mitchell at 08 8987 1370. Interested parties with a proven track record and suitable experience can submit proposals to: Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited, PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy 0881 or email


Experienced carpenters and labourers. Previous rural work will be an advantage. Please email all resumes to: or phone 08 8987 8010.

Public Housing Garden Competition

Entries now open! The Public Housing Garden Competition rewards the hard work of tenants who look after their garden. All tenants living in public housing across the Territory are encouraged to participate. There are great prizes up for grabs so enter your garden today! Entry forms and more information are available at your Territory Housing office or by visiting Entries must be received by Friday 28 September 2012.

DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDING Closing 19 Sep 2012 T11-1980 - East Arnhem Region - Nhulunbuy - NEW QTOL ENABLED - Dhimurru - Head Quarters - Lot 1370 Arnhem Road Construct New Workshop T12-1505 - East Arnhem Region - Garrthalala Homeland School Upgrade Classroom and Dormitory Buildings T12-1615 - East Arnhem Region - NEW QTOL ENABLED Ramingining School - Upgrade Lower Primary Toilet Block Closing 03 Oct 2012 T11-1740 - East Arnhem Region - NEW QTOL ENABLED Gapuwiyak Health Centre - Design and Construct New Men’s Clinic - Inspection any time - refer to annexure for details

POWER AND WATER MISCELLANEOUS Closing 19 Sep 2012 MGY01792-12 - Yulara Power Station - NEW QTOL ENABLED - Inspection, Refurbishment and Certification of Two (2) 110kL Underground Fuel Tanks SUPPLY AND DELIVERY Closing 19 Sep 2012 PPD01767-12 - All Centres - NEW QTOL ENABLED - Supply and Delivery of Electricity Meters and Ancillary Equipment for a Period of 60 Months

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Novice sewer expands expertise FOR someone who couldn’t sew a Nhulunbuy woman has started creating gifts using her newly acquired skills. Bindi’s Designs was a relatively new stall at the last Nhulunbuy Arts and Crafts Market. Jane Wild made a bandana for her dog, Bindi, and her friends asked for her to make some for them - Bindi’s Designs started as a result as the demand from friends grew. New to the skill of sewing Jane has progressed and turned her hand to making aprons, bags and hair accessories and each month looks for something new to add to her line. From basic skills she is becoming more daring with her designs and will be kept busy between now and the next market as her wares become more widely known and popular. “I find sewing a great hobby and by selling what I make I can buy more material and keep learning as I go,” Jane said. “I’ll try my hand at anything - as long as I can keep having fun doing it.” PHOTO: Jane with some of her new creations.

It’s all in the name

Water not an infinite resource WATER restrictions are here to keep the environment and the town safe Household water consumption per capita in the Northern Territory is the highest of any state or Territory in Australia. Water conservation, especially in the dry season, is essential in order to keep Nhulunbuy and the environment safe. In order to prevent any negative effects on the environment Gove Operations holds a licence for water extraction from the groundwater source. A spokesperson for Gove Operations said: “We have little room to spare on our extraction licence so all efforts must be made to save water at the refinery and in town. “Water restrictions and sprinkler bans are essential to ensure there is sufficient water in the town water tanks to service the needs of the town in the event of a fire. “We encourage you to consider your water usage, adhere to water

restrictions and put water saving ideas into practice whenever you have the opportunity.” Hints and tips to help save water in your garden during the dry season include: • Plant natives or drought tolerant species that require less water; • Use a tap timer to ensure sprinklers are not accidentally left running: • Don’t over-water as waterlogged soil encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi, which cause disease in plants; • Mulch generously-it reduces water loss by up to 70 per cent, improves your soil and discourages weeds; • Compost food scraps-compost

enriches the soil by helping it to absorb and hold more water; • Reduce lawn area - replace unused lawn with water efficient plants, mulch or paving; and • Catch running household water whilst waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables. Residents are reminded that gardens/lawns should only be watered between 5pm-9pm. • Always adhere to Sprinkler Ban notices.

Latest mobile issue is: > > THE afflictions from mobile phones continue to be discovered. First, there was nomophobia (the fear of being out of mobile ‘phone contact) , and now there’s “phantom vibration syndrome” or vibranxiety. It involves holding the phone to your ear to see if it’s vibrating - and both men and women aren’t immune to this embarrassment either. “Phantom vibration syndrome” or vibranxiety occurs when one feels the familiar vibrating of a phone even though no actual alert, notification or call has happened. Phantom vibrations happen so frequently and to so many people that researchers from a US medical centre conducted a study to find out why. The study described the imag-

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ined ring as a “hallucination” that 68 per cent of the medical centre’s staff had experienced. Eighty-seven per cent of those people felt the vibrations weekly, 13 per cent daily. The man who conducted the study and said that his team’s hypothesis was based on the process the brain goes through to deal with the vast amount of sensory input it receives on a daily basis. A smart phone user’s brain is so attentive to vibrations, that it anticipates them, creating a false vibration when any stimulus is experienced. Hypotheses vary from different institutions as to why this happens. It could be because cell phones produce electrical signals that transmit the feeling of vibration

12 - 18 September 2012

Watanobbi voted Australia’s “most unfortunate” place-name, in poll for It beats Nowhere Else, Eggs and Bacon Bay, Bong Bong, Burpengary and Wee Waa . . . But no prizes for Burrumbuttock, Wonglepong or Humpty Doo Oh no! Grandpa was from Watanobbi; Grandma was a Bong Bong gal . New South Wales named “top state” for unfortunate place-names, edging Tasmania.

directly to a person’s nerves or simply because of the mental anticipation of alerts. No research or study has pinned down the exact cause, but they all seem to agree that “phantom ringing” isn’t dangerous, just annoying. The question is, can we stop it? According to the study, 39 per cent of the test subjects were able to stop the vibrations by taking their device off of vibrate mode and just using an audible ringer or changing where they kept the phone. Another option? Trust your ears and just step away from the phone until it rings or beeps for real.

Watanobbi in New South Wales has been voted Australia’s “most unfortunate” place-name, in a global poll. It beat rivals including Eggs and Bacon Bay (Tasmania), Bong Bong (New South Wales) and Burpengary (Queensland), in a poll of almost 2000 people conducted by the genealogy website, au and its global network of partner sites. “ I n t h e c o u r s e o f Watanobbi Community Precinct Committee president researching their family Ken Greenwald loves the area - and the name. Photo history, people can discover Central Coast Express Advocate. that their ancestors came occasion that Lady Jane Franklin, the from somewhere with an unlikely, unfor- wife of an 18th century governor, once tunate or downright embarrassing name,” consumed eggs and bacon there. explains Emma Kelly, family historian The origins of the name Bong Bong, and spokesperson for a township in the Southern Highlands of “It’s not necessarily the worst thing New South Wales, are also Aboriginal, you might find when tracing your family variously thought to mean, among other history but some people may be stunned things, “a watercourse lost in a swamp” to discover that their ancestors came from or possibly “many frogs”. somewhere called Watanobbi or Eggs and Burpengary’s name comes from the Bacon Bay.” Aboriginal word for “place of the green and its partner wattle”, while Wee Waa is Aboriginal for sites asked customers in seven English- “fire for roasting”. speaking countries (Australia, UK, U.S., “We describe these names as ‘unforIreland, Canada, New Zealand, South tunate’”, says Kelly “but they are also, in Africa) to pick from its own shortlist of a way, sort of wonderful and part of what “unfortunate” Australian place-names. makes Australia special.” “You can judge the strength of the She adds: “If there were an Olympics short-list from the quality of the names for unlikely place-names, Australia that failed to make it”, says Kelly. would surely be good for a medal, if not These included Burrumbuttock (New the gold”. South Wales), Wonglepong (Queensland) It would also, however, face some and Humpty Doo (now better known as strong competition, judging from the fact Redcliffe, Queensland). that a similar findmypast poll focusing on “This is not to mention Useless Inlet, U.S. place-names has just been topped by Foul Bay and Dismal Swamp.” such actual towns and real names as Toad Nowhere Else in Tasmania bagged Suck (Arkansas), Climax (Georgia) and second place in the Boring (Oregon). rankings, ahead of Eggs and Bacon Bay Meanwhile, a similar findmypast poll (Tasmania) in third and Bong Bong (New focusing on UK place names has been South Wales) fourth. topped by such real-life UK place-names Next came Burpengary (Queensland) as Shitterton, Scratchy Bottom and in fifth and Wee Waa (Queensland) sixth. Broken Wind. “I maybe expected Eggs and Bacon Bay to rank higher,”,confesses Kelly. “Most Unfortunate” “But New South Wales is top state Australian Place-Names for unfortunate place-names, with three 1 Watanobbi (New South Wales) Wattanobbi, Bong Bong and Wee Waa - in 2 Nowhere Else (Tasmania) the top six.” 3 Eggs and Bacon Bay (Tasmania) Only Tasmania comes close, with 4. Bong Bong (New South Wales) two names - Nowhere Else and Eggs and 5. Burpengary (Queensland) Bacon Bay - in the top three. 6. Wee Waa (New South Wales) Watanobbi is a suburb of the Central Sample size: 1759 respondents Coast area of New South Wales. The “Most Unfortunate” origins of its name are unclear but the UK Place-Names Geographic Names Board says that, 1 Shitterton (Dorset) contrary to some claims, they are not 2 Scratchy Bottom (Dorset) Aboriginal. 3 Brokenwind (Aberdeenshire) They may, on the other hand, trace 4. Crapstone (Devon) back to the observations of an early 5. Golden Balls (Oxfordshire) landowner named Alan Chapman who 6. Ugley (Essex) remarked on the “nobby” shape of the Sample size: 1773 respondents local landscape. “Most Unfortunate” More recently, some Watanobbi resiU.S. Place-Names dents have complained that local house 1 Toad Suck (Arkansas) prices have been depressed by the coarse 2 Climax (Georgia) jokes that attach to its name, which in 3 Boring (both Oregon & Maryland) turn prompted an unsuccessful bid 10 4 Hooker (Oklahoma) years ago to have its name changed to 5 Assawoman (Maryland) Chapman Gardens. 6 Belchertown (Massachusetts) The origins of the name Nowhere Else Sample size: 1754 respondents are unknown, while those of Eggs and Bacon Bay may derive from the historic


Town Board member resigns

Rachel Verdel

Festival in Jabiru this weekend JABIRU residents are preparing for a jam-packed weekend of local art, culture, food, entertainment and sport with the Gurrung Sports Carnival and the Mahbilil Festival setting the town alight on Friday and Saturday, September 14-15. Hundreds of people are set to turn out for the festivities, making it the biggest weekend in Jabiru’s calendar. Mahbilil Festival organiser Andrish Saint-Clare said the festival, formerly known as the Wind Festival, reflects the changing season in Kakadu. “The festivities are planned to take advantage of the local season Gurrung, when the afternoon breeze, Mahbilil, rises and the magpie geese fly in huge

Nhulunbuy Town Board Inc. Report – Meeting 21 August, 2012

A MEMBER of the Nhulunbuy Town Board has resigned, with an election to replace her. Rachel Verdel was elected to the position on the Board about 18 months ago and resigned a week after the July Town Board meeting. The manager of the Gove Aquatic Centre Mrs Verdel said her voluntary allocation of time was limited. “I have a love of the pool and have been working towards making it the hub of the community. By working on that I can more directly impact on the community.” Mrs Verdel has also been going out to Yirrkala every week working on a fitness program with teenage girls. “I would like to thank all those who supported me when I was on the Board.” The election will take place on November 10 with nominations closing on October 26.

numbers across the wetlands and lay their eggs,” Mr Saint-Clare said. “We are very happy to have Black Arm Band headline the all-ages concert on Saturday night.” Mayor Lothar Siebert said the West Arnhem Shire Council had organised the Gurrung Sports Carnival to coincide with the Mahbilil Festival to make it a weekend extravaganza. “This year interest has been received for teams from around West Arnhem Land, Darwin and as far away as Gapuwiyak in East Arnhem Land will compete in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s AFL as part of the Gurrung Sports Carnival,” Mr Siebert said.

The Town Board met on SBS will commence by the Tuesday, 21 August 2012. beginning of September. Topics discussed at the The Board was advised that the Corporation would meeting were – advertise the final switch• WiFi at Airport: The over from analogue to WiFi hotspot is up and running at the Gove digital TV as it is important Airport. There are signs for residents to realise that informing travellers of analogue will be switched this. More information off as soon as digital is will be provided via the switched on. Residents were to ensure that they Arafura Times. were ready for digital TV. • Digital TV and Radio: The Board was informed • Road Issues: On request that the installation of the of the Town Board, a two radio stations has been technical road safety completed – Triple J can expert visited Nhulunbuy be listened to on 98.1FM. to make recommendations the various There has been a delay with around the digital TV installation. contentious road safety The Corporation has issues that had been raised. now gained access to The Board agreed with the the satellite for digital recommendations that the TV transmission and is town should keep to the awaiting the delivery of standard traffic treatment the equipment for the and everything that fell commercial channels. The outside of the known road broadcasting of digital standards / rules should

be replaced or removed. The Corporation will programme these works and change non-standard treatments to the wellknown standard.

• Asbestos Tip: The Asbestos Tip will be open for 1 week only (last week of August) and all the conditions pertaining to • Road to Surf Club: The the dumping of asbestos Town Board was informed have been included in the that the idea of lights and notification. footpaths will be included in the Corporation’s • Resignation of Town The budget discussion for Board Member: 2013. It was explained Board had received notice that the road is really a from Rachael Verdel that ‘driveway’ and that is why she was resigning from the Corporation would not the Town Board with seal it. immediate effect. This • Chlorine / Fluoride means that a by-election Systems: The Board was will be held to fill the told that the chlorine and vacancy. fluoride systems are not There being no further working at the moment, business the meeting but was reassured that closed at 10.45am. the town water was still within safe parameters. The next Town Board A contractor has been meeting is to be held on commissioned to find a Tuesday, 18 September long-term solution for 2012.

Chairman: Dr Ross Theedom • Minute Taker: Estelle Cuperus • Telephone: (08) 8939 2200 • Registered Office: Town Administration Office, Endeavour Square, Nhulunbuy, NT 0881 • Postal Address: PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy, NT 0881 • Incorporated in Northern Territory

Nhulunbuy Town Board Inc Report published courtesy of the

Arafura Dance Assoc. Contact: President Lesley Tankard P: 8987 2136 A/H.

Nhulunbuy Toy Library Contact: Lorretta Peirce M: 04130913 127 E: Lodge Arafura Contact: Secretary P: 0418 831 120 or 0437 272 210

Arnhem Gun Club Contact: President, Grub Stevens E: Arnhem Land Bowls Club Contact: Isobel Murray P: 0435 822 107, 8987 2120

East Arnhem Land Tourism Association Contact: John Tourish P: 8939 2000

Arnhem Writers Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490 Auskick Contact: Cameron Knight P: 0488 508 577 Australian Breastfeeding Association Contact: Meaghan Kennedy P: 0438 175 260 Helpline:1800 686 2686 E:

Gove Peninsula Tennis Club Contact: Nicky Mayer P: 8987 2640

8EAR Community Radio (Gove FM) Contact: Alicia Scobie P: 8987 1500

Gove Volleyball Assoc. Contact: Fred Rowe - Pres P: 0417 080 579 E: Junior 8 Ball Contact: Marian Richter P: 0402 355 499 MOPS Contact: Katie Hovenden P: 8987 1607

Gove Game Fishing Club Contact: Ian Dickinson P: 0428 897 814

Nhulunbuy Child Care Services Inc. Contact: Tracey Chrzanowski P: 8987 3311

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094 Gove Netball Assoc. Contact: Helen Clark - Pres P: 8987 3728 M: 0438 873 728

Nhulunbuy Motorcycle Club Contact: Maria Akapita P: 08 8987 2191 E:

Northern Territory Emergency Service P: 0427 392 264 Oasis Play Time Contact: Nisha P: 0437 141 291 Old Codgers: Contact: Shane Ogg P: 0423 172 139 Queens Bus (Variety NT) Contact: Angie Moyle P: 0408 838 498 or Facebook us at: Queens - Variety NT

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Seventh-Day Adventist Church Ph: 8987 2375 / 0419 465 045

Nhulunbuy Baptist Church Sundays 9.30am at Town Hall – Ph: 8987 1256 Uniting Church: Sunday Service 9.30am Hazel Trudgen – Ph: 8987 3545 Mobile 0413 536 877 Forward in Faith Ministries Sunday: 10am – 12.30pm. Library at the Nhulunbuy Christian College. Ph: 0434 059611 or 8987 8268. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Brother Forbes 0428 767 616 – Sunday 10am.



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Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: President Lyn Whitford P: 0430 596 687

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Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272 Tae Kwon Do Nhulunbuy Contact: Paul Macloy P: 0407 106 525


T.S. Melville Naval Cadet Training P: 8987 2562

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Wed 12

OASIS Christian Assembly Pastor Phil Sampson – Ph: 8987 1522 / 8987 1369

Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga Hala Tupou – Ph: 8987 3553

RSPCA: Contact: Sarah Howland P: 0437 526 502

Nhulunbuy BMX Club Inc Contact: Donna Leahy, Secretary P: 0409 173 562 Nhulunbuy Community Neighbourhood Centre Contact: Maria Akapita (NCNC Director), P: 08 8987 2191 E:

Gove Junior Football Club Contact: David Hill P: 0438 861 599

Nhulunbuy Child Care Centre P: 8987 3311 E:

Church services

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Father Barry Hanson – Ph: 8987 1533 Vigil Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday Service 8.30am

Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005

Nhulunbuy Amateur Swimming Club Contact: Steve Dowzard P: 0417 833 060

Gove Golden Oldies Contact: Ria Ngamoki P: 8987 3530

Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club Contact: Paul Grover, P: 0400 978 114

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Ben Hurst P: 0410 833 292

Gove Touch Footy Contact: Bec Thomson E:

Gove Astronomy Club Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490

Captain Cook Comunity Centre Captain Cook Community Centre President: Richard Webb M: 0404 351 839 E: Endeavour Room Bookings: Contact: Lorretta Peirce M: 04130913 127 E: Gove Arts Theatre Contact: Chris Andrews P: 0428 856 392 E: Nhulunbuy Playgroup Contact: Cassie McIllree P: 0418 322 719 E:

Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club Contact: Chris Putland P: 8987 8083

East Arnhem Rugby Union Contact: Eddie P: 0407 002 357

Gove 8 Ball Contact: Adam White P: 0438 809 620

Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre P: 8987 1701 E:

Gove Peninsula Festival Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490 E:

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Nhulunbuy Community Guide Community organisations

these ongoing concerns.

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

Other Cities Av. Consumption / Head of Pop. Brisbane 270 • Darwin 1100 • Perth 340

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Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 3 30.1 18.2 NIL Tuesday 4 30.2 18 NIL Wednesday 5 30.5 17.4 TCE Thursday 6 31.2 19.1 NIL Friday 7 30.1 18.2 NIL Saturday 8 30.6 17.9 NIL Sunday 9 30.4 21.5 NIL Monthly total rainfall to date: TCE mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Sep. 3 to Sunday, Sep. 9

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1015.5 hPa on Wednesday Min: 1011.1 hPa on Thursday Averages for the month of September Max temp: 30.2 Min temp: 19.7 Rainfall: 4.2 mm

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Warnings as crocs sighted

ABOVE: Croc sighted at the Causeway on Monday morning. BELOW: The man in the boat seems oblivious to the croc heading toward the boats.

IT is always time to be aware that crocodiles are ever present in the waters around Gove. On Monday one was spotted at The Causeway between the Boat Club and Ski Beach. He was spotted at around 11am and remained there for several hours. It appeared he was after some of the water birds in the area. Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation also reported crocs had been sighted at the Lattram (Wathawuy) These cormorants were not waiting around for the approaching croc. and Macassans (Garanham). Residents and visitors are reminded not to swim in the local waters diles were on the brink of extinction recover. Today, the Northern Terriand to always be aware they are in a with broad scale unmanaged hunting tory has the largest saltwater crocodile crocodile environment. occurring throughout the Top End. population in Australia. Researchers Anglers are reminded not to clean In 1971 crocodiles were awarded continue to monitor estuarine crocodile fish on the water’s edge and be Croc- full protection under the Territory populations. Wise. Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act Sighting can be reported to Dhimurru In the early 1970s saltwater croco- which allowed for populations to on 8939 2700 or AH 0408 512 589. Students on the 2012 Canberra trip.

Two hours later he was still lurking in the waters apparently stalking the cormorants.

Runners North HALF MARATHON Year 6 students recall Canberra excursion 21.1km Solo and Team Relay Events Saturday, October 6 6am start More than $1000 in Prizes MAJOR SPOT PRIZE

Laynhapuy Aviation 1 hour scenic flight for up to 7 people

Solo Prizes Gove Tackle Word $100 vouchers for male and female winners in each age group (16-39, 40+)

Team Prize

The Arnhem Club Macassans Restaurant $100 meal voucher

Entry Fees


$10 Solo Runners – $20 Team (max. 4 people)


Start and finish at Nhulunbuy pool – Course is out and back along refinery bike path.

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Registration form pick-up and drop-off at Gove Tackle World & Outdoors • Nhulunbuy Runners North – Facebook page • Phone – Neil Holland on 0417 577 201 • Email Terri Dupe –

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By ELLA STAUDE and LARA STIMPSON AFTER 11 months of hard work with fundraising and support from the community, Nhulunbuy Primary School’s (NPS) Year 6’s departed the Nhulunbuy airport not knowing what they were going to experience along the 2012 Canberra Camp. As we stepped out of our lodge on the first day in the ACT we realised what the weather would be like for the next week. Very cold indeed. We headed out to the National Zoo and Aquarium, where the parents were given the privilege of feeding the lions. Most of the other students got to feed the giraffes and emus. As some of the Year 6 students love to just go crazy and run amok the first night activity of bowling was the perfect opportunity to let their hair out. White helmets glowed and some people looked a fantastic ghostly white in the spotlight. In Canberra there were many tourist attractions but one that really stood out to us was Questecon. Later that day we went to Cockington Green which was also the highlight on the trip. At Questecon we had a great time on an eye widening slide that you fell down and slid on. Some of the students never attempted it while the bravest ones just did it. If you have ever been to Cockington Green you will know what a fantastic place it is. The replicas were very interesting and took us back in time. The miniature cultural build-

ings of the world were detailed to the spot and the rose gardens were beautiful. A few days later we had a full on sports morning which may sound appealing to you, because it was. Metal statues of Olympians welcomed us and soon we were guided through the building by some famous cricketers and athletes. There were many stadiums to see, including the basketball, gym and pool. Afterwards we spent an hour in the Sportex room which explained to us a few things about sport and how to operate some of the equipment used when the athletes train. We then tracked to the electoral commission education where we watched a 3D film about the early stages of voting in Australia and cast our own vote. The National Museum displays the heart of the famous horsing legend, Phar Lap. It was at least four times as big as an average human’s heart. In the next few days we went on some more educational excursions which included The Geosciences Centre where we learnt about the Seismograph. The mint was fascinating as there were steps full of five cent coins. The Deep Space Centre showcased some very disgusting foods and we watched and shivered as the bagpipes played in one of the ceremonies at The War Memorial. At the National Archives, we learnt about lots of different ancient documents and exhibitions. At Smiggins Holes the snow

was white and lusciously crunchy under our teeth and skis. While some of us knew how to glide over the snow others were new to it and found it easy on the first go. A favourite to all the students was the Magic Carpet which led you up and down the slopes. Four students made their ways into another snowfield for some fun snow play time and a big adventure trying to get back. It was cold but once we started our bodies heated up and we were willing to take off a few of the many layers. Our last few nights were filled with activities such as ice skating, where everyone was shivering the whole time, and the laser tag (zone) where we had great times running around in one confusing and dark maze. On Saturday we had a ginormous retail therapy session where we mostly bought presents for our loved ones (not forgetting ourselves). On our last day in Canberra we watched Set Up 4 Miami Heat. None of us could believe that this had come to an end but it was great to see all our families again. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Kate Ilic, Miss Stefanie Murdoch, Mr Michael Higgins, Mr Michael Stimpson and all of those involved in such a wonderful trip. We would also like to thank all of the parent helpers for all their time and support. Lastly, Nhulunbuy, your support meant the world to us, so thank you.

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Tennis popular with kids at Garrthalala HOMELANDS students have had a bit of a diversion as Nicky Mayer, the Regional Development Officer for NT Tennis with the Indigenous Tennis Program, visited to conduct a number of workshops. The first was at Garrthala where the teacher also utilised the rulers the kids received as part of their daily lesson on length and space. All the kids received shirts, hats and rulers and had a great time on the court. The Hot Shot courts are modified for easy transportation and can be erected anywhere with teachers and students shown how to put them up and take them down. Mrs Mayer said: “I flew out to BiranyBirany on Wednesday, a community I had not visited before.” “I had over 20 kids. BiranyBirany is located on the coast not far from Garrthalala and some of the old men will go there by boat. “We started off our activities on the airstrip as that was the flattest and firmest piece of ground. “They also had a ceremony happening for men’s business so I lost a few of the kids who were participating in the ceremony. We

then had a break and the women also joined in the ceremony and I was invited to watch. “Jen, the teacher, also joined in the dancing. It was the mostamazing experience and I felt very privileged to be able to watch. “The students then took me down to the beach to show me around and, as the tide was going out, I suggested playing tennis on the beach. “ On Thursday she and Kevin Bird from Miwatj headed out to Gapuwiyak. “I had three classes with over 30 students in each class. In three hours I had delivered tennis to over 100 kids. “They are a very busy school with a fete, and music festival happening on the weekend. “I had left equipment there last year and they tell me it is used almost daily. “One boy on crutches (see photo at right) had not participated in any sport for over 12 months. He had a blood clot and was hospitalised for a long time. “The teachers were ecstatic as this was the first time they had seen him do anything since

the accident. “I am revisiting Gapuwiyak in three weeks time where the kids will participate in a mini, round-robin tournament.” At each of the Homeland school Mrs Mayer left nets, racquets and balls for the children to continue what they had learnt.

Netballers head to Sydney A SQUAD of 15 Yolngu schoolgirls (pictured above) from Yirrkala, Gunyangara and Gapuwiyak left Gove last Thursday for a week of netball, school visits, cultural exchange, healthy life style activities and daily educational learning. The girls have all achieved 85 per cent school attendance and participation since a weekend netball clinic was held in Gove in early April. The trip has been made possible with great assistance from the schools, Anglicare, Miwatj, Gove Netball and the three communities who the girls are proudly representing. Netball Skill Development Sessions were held on the weekend from Netball Australia and Marcia Ella-Duncan (the first Indigenous person to represent Australia in netball). Sydney Swans Indigenous Development staff will also be assisting in fitness training.

The girls will also undertake a cultural program with The Bangarra Dance Company when in Sydney and visit and pass on dance and song to Alexandria Park Community School. The girls will have an opportunity to visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and take a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour. The girls participated in a netball carnival on Sunday playing against Indigenous netball sides from Sydney. The girls would like to thank their families and schools for the great support to make this event successful. The young girls are supported on this trip by Jac Fatnowna (coach), Kay Coppa from Miwatj, Rarriwuy Marika (cultural advisor) Fiona Djerrkura (Raypirri Rom) and Karen Ella-Bird ( team manager).

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LEFT: The students, teachers and staff at Garrthalala with Nicky Mayer and elder Multhara Mununggurr. RIGHT: The students listen to instructions.

The East Arnhem Sports Awards are being held in October and each month finalists will be selected from weekly nominations. Weekly nominations will be published in the Arafura Times in the following categories:

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LEFT: The kids at BiranyBirany. ABOVE: Nicky Mayer with Malthara Mununggurr at Garrthalala.

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Arafura Times LEFT: Gapuwiyak kids no stranger to tennis.

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