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Arafura Times


$2 ‒ EDITION 921, 9 - 15 January 2013


Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain . . .

After an unseasonally dry end to 2012, Nhulunbuy was treated to a couple of long-awaited downpours in the first week of the New Year. Here, a few local kids - Hana, Princess, RJ and Joe - pulled their Christmas presents out of the garage and gave them good work-out on the slippery terrain. Last December proved to be an exceptionally dry one, with just 6.4mm falling over the month, compared to the last month of 2011, which filled buckets with 543mm. More photos of locals enjoying a splash inside on Page 16. >>

Man jailed after biting cop By MATT GARRICK ONE man’s New Year’s Day celebrations in Nhulunbuy ended on the wrong side of the law after he tried to bite off more than he could chew. A 19-year-old from the

Gangan area has been jailed for three months following a spate of offences on January 1, including attempting to escape police custody by biting an officer in the arm. After being found by police at 9am on New Years Day act-

ing drunk and disorderly, the offender attempted to assault officers as they made to bring him in. Police managed to restrain the man, and took him to the town’s police station where he was placed in a holding cell to

sober up. When he was clearerheaded, the offender was then charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest, before being taken to Nhulunbuy Hospital to be checked by medical staff for an injury

he had sustained prior to his arrest. Hospital staff checked the injury and he was given the allclear for police to return him to the station, but, as he was being walked in hand-cuffs back to their nearby vehicle, the man

attempted to escape from their clutches. During an ensuing struggle, the man bit the officer trying to restrain him on his left hand and left bicep, causing breakage to the policeman’s skin. Continued Page 5 >>

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No specific developments on Gas2Gove ‘Vague’ talks schedule THERE has been no developments on the critical Gas2Gove issue, due to the Christmas-New Year period. However, developments are expected this month on several fronts on the matter. The Northern Territory Government has confirmed there is a vague schedule of discussions set to take place between gas suppliers, Pacific Aluminium, the Territory and the Commonwealth over the next weeks, but, as of yet, nothing has been dealt with specifically. A Northern Territory Government spokesman says the Government has not yet finalised the terms under which it could commit the release of contracted gas. “There seems to be, as with everything up here at the moment, a bit of a recess over this holiday period,” the spokesman said. “But there will be talks happening soon.” He said the potential for investment in a pipeline to Gove and expansion of the gas industry on-shore and off-shore, will continue to be a lead consideration in the discussions. Locally, rumours have begun to circulate the announcement whether the pipeline will be funded will be made within the next three weeks.

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High School leavers marked for success By ZOE WALKER GREAT academic achievements are made every year at Nhulunbuy High School and the Class of 2012 was no exception. Hailey Williams, however, scored the mostoutstanding final results, achieving the highest ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) at Nhulunbuy High School for the year. Her five chosen subjects were Maths, English Studies, Physics, Biology and Chemistry - a rather ambitious choice for any student, some might say. However, the combination of the five proved to work well for her. Hailey said she was a little disappointed because she “fell just short” of what she wanted, but was still happy with her result of 89. She said she would like to have a career “somewhere in the health industry” but her current dream job is to be a physiotherapist. “I hope now to study health science and physiotherapy at the University of Queensland this year,” Hailey said. As a member of the SRC (Student Representative Council), sharing the treasury role with fellow student, Maddison Reid, Hailey was an outstanding contributor to her school. When asked what she enjoyed most about her time there she said: “I enjoyed the people and how close everyone is. “I also liked how easy it was to get along with the teachers and get the help you need.” As Hailey and her chums now get to enjoying the next exciting stages of their lives, the Class of 2013 waits in the wings to begin their hectic final year of high school. Arafura Times recommends they enjoy their holidays School leavers and high achievers Hailey Williams and Maddison Reid at their while they have them. Debutante Ball last year.

Police busts haul $80,000 in kava RECENT busts around the Northern Territory have stopped a reported $80,000-plus worth of kava from making it’s way into Arnhem Land communities. A Tongan woman, 24, was arrested at Gove Airport on December 27 for possession of kava. The woman, who had travelled from Sydney, was found to be in possession of 19kg of the drug, around $19,000 worth in street value. The woman appeared before the Nhulunbuy Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 4 where she pleaded guilty and received a $1000 fine, plus costs, but no conviction was recorded. Also on January 4, members from the Northern Territory Police Dog Operations Unit and the Remote Community Drug Desk seized six so-called ‘Christmas boxes’ containing 60kg of kava. A further1.5kg was found in an express

pack. The find was part of an on-going operation done with the cooperation of Australia Post at mail centres in Darwin. Deliveries to a number of remote communities were screened to control the use of the mail system as a way to transport illicit drugs and kava. The kava had been divided into individual deal-sized bags in preparation for sale in Arnhem Land communities. The estimated value of this Kava warning sign on a road in the region. seizure was $61,500. remains illegal to supply and possess kava Kava, though legal in some Australian in the Northern Territory. states, is heavily restricted in the Northern “We will continue to target suppliers, Territory. particularly those interstate who flaunt the NT Detective Superintendent Tony Fuller laws and are profiteering off a small number said while there are differing laws about of communities in the Northern Territory,” kava’s use and possession interstate, it he said.

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NEWS Grounded Barrier Aviation at its normally busy Horn Island hangar.

Airline losing $28,000 a day

Barrier ‘can’t survive’ lengthy suspension By MARK BOUSEN BARRIER Aviation will not survive an extended suspension of its operations by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), according to a submission to the regulatory body. The submission, dated January 1 by lawyer Derek Perkins (Queensland Lawyers), says: “Barrier’s continuing loss of income from CASA’s conduct is approximately $28,000 per day or $10 million per fiscal year, together with severe reputational damage. “Barrier cannot sustain its business for 95 days without income.” The submission claims the CASA’s conduct will ground the airline’s entire fleet for at least 95 days which could extend to 137 days due to the vagaries of legal system

under which it operates. CASA suspended Barrier Aviation for five days on December 23, but that was extended to February 15 on the following day. In suspending the airline, CASA said in a statement on December 23: “This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting Barrier Aviation to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety. “CASA believes Barrier Aviation has been operating aircraft with serious and known defects. “CASA has evidence of Barrier Aviation directing pilots to fly with serious and known aircraft defects, as well as not recording those defects on aircraft maintenance documentation when the defects became known.

“The suspension follows an audit of Barrier Aviation which revealed a range of maintenance related deficiencies.” Barrier Aviation operates from bases in Gove, Horn Island in the Torres Strait, Cairns and Darwin, has a fleet of more than 30 aircraft and employees more than 50 staff. Mr Perkins says in the submission: “Plainly it is open to question whether CASA can be conscientiously acting in good faith when it issues a suspension notice on December 23, makes application to the Federal Court on December 24, served at midday on Christmas Eve and, at the same time, CASA closes its office for holidays, taking no further action.” “While CASA has sat on its hands for the last 10 days, the cost to Barrier

has been in excess of $250,000.” The five-page submission also claims CASA made no attempt to resolve the matter by communication with Barrier. On January 2, one day after Mr Perkins’s submission, CASA asked the airline for a copy of the log books for its fleet of aircraft. Mr Perkins told the Arafura Times that Barrier Aviation had been in proactive in being in regular contact with CASA’s lawyers and officials since December 24, but nothing had been done in response until January 2. “We have been trying to work to a constructive and early resolution to the matter. “The paramount concern is to ensure air safety and to recom-

mence the provision of services to Indigenous communities, miners and essential government services to effectively operate in remote Australia by travelling to the remote areas serviced by Barrier.” The submission further accuses the industry regulator of several shortcomings, including: • Public misrepresentation by CASA; • A dereliction of duty; • A breach of statutory duty and common law duties; • Misleading the Federal Court; • Destruction of a reputable, responsible and safe airline; • Basis for compensation claims; • Breach of various entities; and • Reviewable mal-administration by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

CASA needs to ‘see and approve’ recovery plan By MARK BOUSEN CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) says it will need to see and approve a recovery plan before allowing Barrier Aviation to return to service. “We will need to see Barrier Aviation’s recovery plan and how the airline will to address CASA’s concerns, together with implementing those measures,” CASA Manager Corporate Communications Peter Gibson (right) told the Arafura Times. “We have to examine all the issues and work through them with Barrier Aviation.” The airline was grounded initially on December 23 for five days, but this

was extended until February 15 a day later after filing an application to the Federal Court. The suspension will continue until that date unless a court order is made on different terms or CASA withdraws the suspension. Mr Gibson said the other issue CASA was addressing: “We have to convince ourselves that we have got to the bottom of all the evidence.” Mr Gibson dismissed suggestions the issue was generated on the evidence of a disgruntled former employee with the airline. “We have got direct and physical evidence of the issues which led to the suspension.

“This is not based solely on any second-hand information. There was evidence gathered during the investigation and it’s not right to suggest it was based on the information of an ex-employee. “We have wider and greater evidence than that.” CASA also conducted a search of the airline’s Cairns office prior to Christmas after obtaining search warrants during which the regulatory body “obtained more evidence”. Mr Gibson also dismissed a media report that the Horn Island base was the major problem area. “I don’t know where those reports came from, but they are not correct.”

Mr Gibson also said he realised the impact the suspension would have on the people in remote regions. “That’s the unfortunate side of the issue when we take such actions, and we realise people get disrupted. “Once we have the confidence in the operators and the airline meets the correct standards, they can resume business. “We had no option than to take the action we did. “It would not be right for the people to get a lower standard of safety than the rest of the country. “We have to ensure they get the same standards as everyone else,” he said.

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Drunken angler loses $40,000 tinnie to a fishtail A 25-YEAR-OLD Nhulunbuy man has caught more than barra following a New Year’s Day fishing trip - he has landed himself a trip to court for drink-driving, after wrapping his near-new $40,000 tinny around a pole. After downing a few too many New Year’s beers out on a fishing expedition near Melville Bay, the man attempted to tow his Quintrex 520 back to town. At some stage during the drive home, it was alleged the man’s vehicle ran off the road, causing his trailer to break free and his boat to come acropper against a roadside pole. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said it was unclear how the man had lost control of his vehicle, but that, when he had done so, the 5.3 metre boat had become “permanently wedged” against the metal beam on Melville Bay Road. Police arrived at the scene and the driver was asked to submit to an alcohol breath test, to which he blew a bloodalcohol reading of .132. When asked by police if he had anything to say in regards to the mat-

ter, the fisher reportedly responded, “Nup, I’m a d***head”. After images of the man’s boat wrapped around the pole were published on the Northern Territory Police Force’s facebook page last week, his own sentiments were echoed by dozens of members of the public who commented on the pictures. “Glad it was a pole and not a person that got hurt. “Sure hope it hurts your pocket, but do idiots like you ever learn I wonder,” one user remarked. “This gives a new meaning to mooring poles!” wrote another. Sgt Muldoon said if a driver was in an accident while drink-driving, their insurance company will most likely not pay, so the offender will be the one forking out the money. He also said he was disappointed people continued to drink and drive and commit other road safety offences during the holiday period. “Around Christmas and New Year, police are always paying close attention to inflated levels of drink driving and road safety, so it seemed ludicrous people would

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PHOTOS: A drink-driver wrote of his $40,000 tinny returning from a New Year’s Day fishing trip. Photos courtesy NT POLICE. continue to commit these offenses,” he said. Nhulunbuy police booked two more people for drink-driving and five people for speeding, not wearing seatbelts, driving unregistered and unlicensed offences over the new year period.

Men airlifted to Darwin after Maningrida crash TWO injured men were flown to hospital in Darwin following a car crash at Maningrida, in northern Arnhem Land, on January 4. The single vehicle rollover left a 25-year-old man with severe injuries and a 24-year-old man with lesser injuries. Another occupant escaped with minor

injuries. Staff from the Maningrida Health Clinic treated the injured patients and brought them to the clinic. A CareFlight doctor and nurse flew to the town to transfer the men to Royal Darwin Hospital where they have stayed for ongoing treatment.

Police plea: Stay safe on the waters over the holidays NHULUNBUY Police encourage Territorians planning to go out on the water over the summer to be well prepared, mindful of others and have a safe holiday break. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon reminded recreational boaters of some simple

points to keep safe and lawful while out on the water: · Take an EPIRB with you if planning to travel outside sheltered waters or beyond 2 nautical miles of the coast. · Consume alcohol in moderation if you intend to have a drink.

· Don’t drink and drive, keep safe on the water and safe on the road. · Take a fish size chart with you. · Know your possession limits, size limits and ensure fish species can be identified by leaving skins on.

· Be ‘croc wise’ at all times and be vigilant when launching and recovering your boat at ramps. · Ensure you carry a first aid kit and ensure its stocked up and in your boat at all times. “Double-check safety gear

before you leave, make sure your boat and motor are in good working order and you have sufficient fuel. “Let people know exactly where you are going and when you’ll be back,” said Snr Sgt Muldoon. “It is important to stay alert

Man bitten by an Irukandji jellyfish

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A 22-year old man was treated in Nhulunbuy Hospital after suspectedly being bitten by an Irukandji jellyfish (right) on New Year’s Day. The man, who preferred not to be named, said he was swimming with a group of friends at the Granites, in Melville Bay, when he felt a sting on his upper leg. His first thought was he had been attacked by sea lice, but soon felt his body cramping up, and realised he had been bitten by something much more dangerous.

“There was a shot of pain up my leg, so I put vinegar on it, but it didn’t really seem to help. “Then about 20 minutes later I started to get cramps all over my body, so I went to the hospital,” he said. Hospital staff treated the man with medication against what staff told him ‘appeared to be signs of Irukandji syndrome’ and gave him morphine to combat pain. He was checked out of hospital within hours, though the man said he was worried about getting in

the water again. “I wouldn’t want to go through that again,” he said. The incident came as a timely reminder to residents of East Arnhem Land to be careful in any of the waterways around the region, as Irukandji season runs from October to May. Irukandji are only 2.5 centimeters (with bell and tentacles) in diameter, which makes them very difficult to spot. Irukandji are believed to be the most-venomous creatures in the world.

and be prepared for changes in weather conditions. “We have big storms and squalls around at this time of year, and you need to keep a level head when you’re on the water. Don’t over estimate your boat or your ability as a sailor.”


Man jailed after biting cop

Cannabis bound for Arnhem Land seized at airport POLICE seized 232 grams of cannabis after screening passengers due to fly out from Darwin to a remote community in the Arnhem Land region on December 18. Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Schiller said drug detection dog Nugget gave a positive reaction to a 31-year-old man. “The man handed over three small deal bags to police before a brief search uncovered a further five wrapped packages that police have alleged contained cannabis. “Nugget earned himself an early Christmas present, and it was a timely reminder that police do not tolerate the transportation of cannabis for profit into remote communities.” Detective Senior Sergeant Schiller said the drugs had the potential to be sold for over $23,000. The man has been charged with possessing a trafficable quantity of cannabis.

<< From Page 1 Hospital staff ran over to help the officer subdue the assailant on the ground, and then assisted as he was placed inside the police vehicle. The man was then taken back to the police station, where more charges were laid including attempting to escape custody and assault causing harm. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said the offender had fed police a series of false names during his time in lock-up, and was kept in custody for two days as police worked to determine his identity. “When we learned the man’s identity, it came to light he was already wanted on an outstanding warrant, for charges including previously attempting to escape custody,” Sgt Muldoon said. The man faced trial in Darwin Magistrate’s Court on January 3, where he received three months’ jail time for a range of offences including matters dating back up to two years ago.

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Boat crew battles bushfire on island By ZOE WALKER PROMPT action by a professional fisherman and his crew has prevented a bushfire from causing serious ecological damage on Marchindar Island in Burston Bay, 70 nautical miles due north of Gove. A potentially-devastating bushfire broke out in the area on December 31, when Bruce Davey, a professional fisherman aboard the fishing vessel named Wildcard, saw the fire and, with the help of his crew, spent about six hours putting it out. Luckily no one was injured. According to Mr Davey, the fire covered an area of about 200 metres by 150 metres, and appeared to have started due to someone failing to extinguish a campfire. The crew aboard the Wildcard carried about 1000 litres of seawater and one tonne of sand in order to put the fire out. Mr Davey said his fishing vessel served as “the eyes and the ears” for such a remote region, and him and his crew therefore felt that they had an “environmental responsibility” to put the fire out. Mr Davey explained how such a fire could have had devastating effects on these islands with their “unique coastal systems”. He said due to such an unusually late wet season, the land remained extremely dry, making it particularly vulnerable to fires. If a large fire was to start anywhere in East Arnhemland the inevitable rain which comes afterwards would wash away precious topsoil and prevent plant regrowth. Mr Davey said this fire was “a timely reminder for people going out bush to just make sure campfires were fully extinguished and not closely surrounded by bush.” The crew members aboard Wildcard were named as the Northern Territory Environmentalists of the Year in 2011.

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Babies born in time to celebrate NYE

NEW YEAR BLESSINGS: Jenny Gaykamangu with baby Harrish and Jerika Dhamarrandji with baby Jonah at Gove District Hospital.

By ZOE WALKER WHILE there were no babies born on New Year’s Day at Gove District Hospital, there were a few born just in time to greet 2013 with their mothers.

On New Year’s Eve Jenny Gaykamangu, from Ramingining, gave birth to her son, Harrish. Baby Harrish came a few days early and was born at 7:58pm and weighed in at just

2.984kg. His five sisters were very excited to welcome their first brother. On December 29, Jerika Dhamarrandji, also from Ramingining, gave birth to her first

child, a baby boy, Jonah. Jonah was born at 9:09pm and weighed only 2.942kg. Both women were very excited to bring in the New Year celebrations with their beautiful newborns.

Mental illness patients missing out on services UP to 100,000 people across Australia - including hundreds of people in the Northern Territory - affected by serious mental illness are missing out on essential services. The warning has come from the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). Executive Director David Meldrum says people with mental illness have now become some of the most economically and socially marginalised people in Australia. MIFA highlights people with serious mental health issues now live up to 25 years less than the average life expectancy. Lorraine Davies - Executive Officer of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) - says part of the reason 100,000 people are missing out is that they can’t find available services when they need them. To try to make mental health services easier to find when people in the Northern Territory need them most, the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia - with other organisations - has launched an initiative to give people around the nation easier access to services and local support networks available to help people. Under the new “Mi Networks” initiative, 80 locations were launched last Wednesday (October 10) with another 40 to follow. Of the more than 600,000 Australians with serious mental illnesses, the best available evidence suggests less than 50 per cent are receiving treatment. There is no doubt part of the problem is not being able to find services when they are needed. The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia is urging other not-for-profits to join the network. SANE Australia and Aftercare are already involved. David Meldrum says the initiative cannot be a “panacea” to the problem but it’s a very important start. “Mi Networks” is operating and people can find out more by going to or by calling 1800 985 944.

Gurrumul to headline the Sydney Aust. Day concert

Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu performing in 2012. PHOTO: MATT GARRICK HE’S previously performed for US President Barack Obama and for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee. Next, prized Elcho Island songsmith Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu will be taking his unique brand of traditional Arnhem Land music down to Sydney to perform under the Harbour Bridge for Australia Day on January 26. Gurrumul will be headlining the event - a day of free music called Festival of the Voice - in the city’s waterfront suburb, The Rocks. Though Gurrumul doesn’t speak English, his bass player Michael Hohnen said the artist was thrilled to be part of the celebrations. “Gurrumul is dedicated to sharing Yolngu culture with all Australians, and is very happy about showcasing his performance at such a special event. “He is always overwhelmed by how

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Sydney has embraced him.” Gurrumul has overcome the great odds of being born without sight in a far remote indigenous community, to become the famous musician that he is, still continuing to forge his landmark career path. In the early years of his career, he joined family members and played as a musician in iconic Yirrkala band, Yothu Yindi. Since 2008 he has embarked on a solo outing, taking the world by storm with his first two albums Gurrumul (2008) and Rrakala (2011) of which he has also toured vigorously. For those of us not lucky enough to get down to the big smoke for his Australia Day performance, it has been tipped Gurrumul will play the Barunga Festival, to be held in June this year off the Central Arnhem Highway.


Croc removed from waters around Nhulunbuy. PHOTO: Danny Barrow.

A record number of salties removed IN the year just passed, one which saw two deaths from croc attacks in Arnhem Land, record numbers of saltwater crocodiles were removed from waters across the Territory. A total of 314 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles were taken from NT waterways as part of the Parks and Wildlife Commission NT’s crocodile management program. Parks and Wildlife senior ranger Tom Nichols said this included 295 removed from the Darwin region and 19 from the Katherine region. “This year’s total tally is the highest on record, beating the previous record of 306 set two years ago and surpassing the 284 caught in 2011,” Mr Nichols said. “With more than six salties removed from Top End waters every week on average, this should serve as a reminder to the public to ‘Be Crocwise’. “This means behaving responsibly in and around Territory waters and not putting yourself or others at risk of crocodile attack,” said Mr Nichols. For East Arnhem Land’s croc management plan, Parks and Wildlife senior ranger for the region

Danny Barrow said saltwater crocs remained a native species and one which was very important for the ecosystem, therefore there was no ad hock removal of crocs from the waters around Nhulunbuy in place. “Parks and Wildlife’s Croc policy is to remove problem crocs once a problem croc has been identified and appropriate Traditional Owners have been contacted in the shortest time possible,” he said. “There have been three deaths within the Nhulunbuy region over the last decade. “If you take into account the high-level of water based activities within this region, the risk of an attack remains very low, however it is very important to always stay vigilant around our waterways.” “Parks have a croc-wise education program which targets all school children within the NT. “The program was designed to make children aware of the risk of croc attacks and how to stay safe around the water,” said Mr Barrow. Mr Nichols said the reason for the record numbers of crocs removed last year was because

crocodile management teams had the use of more traps and custom fitted croc boats that include specifically fitted harpoon racks, crocodile slide, self draining deck and side rails. Of the 295 saltwater crocodiles captured this year in the Darwin region, 215 were removed from Darwin Harbour including a 4.26m male on 22 May. The largest of the 80 saltwater crocodiles removed from Darwin’s outer region was a 4.85m male on April 23, caught at Corroboree Billabong, which was also the largest croc removed all year in the Top End. “A total of 28 crocodiles have been removed from Territory waterways last month, which was a timely reminder that wet season conditions can lead to the increased presence of crocodiles,” Mr Nichols said. The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT urges the public to BE CROCWISE and remember that croc danger is real so don’t risk your life. For more information go to

Croc caught in Berry Creek in May last year. Photo courtesy of PARKS and WILDLIFE.

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Croc removed from waters around Nhulunbuy. PHOTO: Danny Barrow.

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 letters to the editor/comment New year brings new responsibilities WELCOME back to the start of a new year which remains as uncertain as it ended in 2012 for Nhulunbuy as we await the outcome of Rio Tinto’s strategic review and the gas-to-Gove negotiations. I have been advised, however, that we won’t have an announcement from Rio Tinto until February as their Londonbased finance and investment committee does not meet until late in January. If that means the NT Government has more time to reach a successful negotiation with potential gas suppliers and Pacific Aluminium, then that’s a bonus. WE have seen soaring summer temperatures and devastating bush fires in Tasmania last week, while on this side of the continent

it seems the monsoon trough is finally settling in to the Top End. With that comes the everpresent and very real threat of cyclones in our community. If you haven’t completed a cyclone clean up in your yard or restocked your cyclone kit, now is the time do it. This is especially important for those who are heading out for holidays this month. For those who are new to town and facing their first wet season, visit and read up on what you need to do to prepare for the cyclone season. Also, as road conditions change in the wet weather, a reminder to drivers to exercise caution on roads in the region which will become slippery, and as waterways rise they will be

hazardous to cross. Be safe and always drive to conditions. IT’S with a note of sadness that I say farewell to Karen Cislowski, my electorate officer for the past four years, who is definitely not leaving town, but taking a well earned break to spend more time with her family. I know, that like me, people have always valued Karen’s, courteous, caring and commonsense approach to dealing with constituent matters and I am especially grateful for the fact that she has so frequently represented me during my routine absences. My new electorate officer is also another long-term resident and very competent individual, and I welcome Suzanne Hunter who is settling in well.

Scrap the cheer, it’s election year PHOTO MARJO HALLOWELL

JANUARY Thu 10. Origami Zoo - Nhulunbuy Community Library School Holiday activities start at 10am. Open to children six and above. Children under eight must be accompanied by a parent. Bookings essential phone 8987 0860. Thu 10. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Disco, 6.30 - 10.30pm. Fri 11. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program Basketball Jam and Auskick, 2-4pm. Mon 14. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program Volleyball, Shady Beach, 2-4pm. Tue 15. Lighter than air flying fun - Nhulunbuy Community Library School Holiday activities start at 10am. Open to children six and above. Children under eight must be accompanied by a parent. Bookings essential phone 8987 0860. Wed 16. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Day Bush Trip. Thu 17. Lighter than air flying fun - Nhulunbuy Community Library School Holiday activities start at 10am. Open to children six and above. Children under eight must be accompanied by a parent. Bookings essential phone 8987 0860. Tue 22. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Day Bush Trip. Fri 25. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Disco, 6.30 - 10.30pm.

FEBRUARY 2013 Sat 2. Gove Tennis open day/coaching sign-on day. Contact Nicky, 0407 460 387. Sat 16. Nhulunbuy Rotary Club Quiz Night.

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SO, here we are again. After far too much good cheer and good will to all men, we can stop pretending and get back to being our normal cranky selves. We won’t have to be polite to anyone for the rest of the year. We don’t have to be optimistic, because things will undoubtedly turn out worse than ever. We can stop worrying about seeing the other bloke’s point of view, because he never had anything worth saying anyway. He was lying whenever he opened his mouth. Yes, that’s right. It’s a federal election year, and we are plunging straight back into the manure pile. The two sides are convinced that they can sling as much mud as they like at their enemies, but come out of the pig-sty looking

sparkling clean themselves. Perhaps we’d better take a good look at the opponents before they get so covered in muck that we can’t tell one from the other. In the red corner is our current leader Julia. I can’t say I know much about her. We’ve never had the chance of a chat. She has managed to keep a bunch of rabid socialists in minority government for a couple of years, so she must be pretty smart. On the other hand, she has attracted an extraordinary amount of vitriol from the opposition, the media and disgruntled Labor factions. If she is even half as wicked as they say, she should have horns, hooves and a tail. On the other side, the official opposition is led by Tony Ears, who is probably basking in the dream of celebrating next Christmas as Australia’s Prime Minister.

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A reminder that the office phone number has changed recently to 8987 0125, and, while the old number will divert this will end shortly. Please adjust your contacts accordingly. Happy New Year. May 2013 be safe and prosperous for you and your family.


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Tony is a man of principle, and that principle is - anything goes if it makes me Prime Minister. His enthusiasm for the mud-pit is becoming an embarrassment to the patrician class that runs his party, and he is due to be dumped. Let me make a prediction; this year’s election fight will star Julia and a coldly polite gentleman in a suit. I am not betting on Julia. Another prediction; whichever one wins, we up north will remain as far from their hearts as ever.

Australia the second-best country in which to be born IF you’re contemplating bringing another life into the world next year, Australia will be the second best place to do it, according to The Economist’s 2013 whereto-be-born index, British-based reports. Australia came in on the study with 8.12 out of 10 points, only 0.1 behind the Switzerland. New Zealand is the seventh best place to born next year, behind more Scandinavian countries, including Norway, Sweden and Denmark. New Zealand was ranked seventh with a score of 7.95. Great Britain comes in only at 27th. This is the first time the magazine has compiled the list since 1998, based on a collection of surveys about various determinants for quality of life, including

geography, demography, social and cultural characteristics, government policies and the economy.. The main factor is wealth, admits The Economist’s Intelligence Unit spokesperson Laza Kekic. “Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in

public institutions and the health of family life matter too,” Kekic said in a statement. Larger European economies such as Great Britain, France (26th) and Germany (16th) were listed well lower than smaller economies. The US topped the 1998 list but came in 16th this time around.

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Australia was 18th in 1998. These surveys are nothing if not consistent, for Australia anyway ranked second behind Norway in the annual United Nations Human Development Index last year for the second year in a row. Where to be born 1 Switzerland 2 Australia 3 Norway 4 Sweden 5 Denmark 6 Singapore 7 New Zealand 8 Netherlands 9 Canada 10 Hong Kong 16 United States 27 Britain 34 Greece 66 India 80 Nigeria

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Mammals decline in the Top End INDIGENOUS knowledge has been used to document a substantial decline in native mammals in a large part of the monsoonal tropics of northern Australia in a four-year study led by a James Cook University researcher. Adjunct senior research fellow with JCU’s Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science Mark Ziembicki said the decline of native mammal species had become one of Australia’s most-pressing biodiversity conservation issues. “One of our problems has been that because northern Australia is so sparsely populated and the distances so vast we have limited understanding of where and when these declines have been happening,” he said. To address this problem a collaborative research project between scientists and Indigenous communities was launched to document Aboriginal people’s knowledge of the region’s mammals. The study was undertaken with leading mammal conservation researcher John Woinarski, an Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University, and Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, while the three researchers were with the Australian National University and the Northern Territory Government. The researchers travelled to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory with a car load of stuffed mammal specimens which they would show to the locals and discuss where and when they had seen the animals.

“Aboriginal people who have maintained close connections to their lands have an intimate knowledge of their local environments,” Dr Ziembicki said. “Many of the people we interviewed were concerned that the animals they once valued for food and ceremonial purposes could no longer be found on their lands. “These days local people have largely western diets and no longer hunt animals that were once staple foods. “Paradoxically, stopping hunting may have contributed to the decline of some mammal species. “Because people no longer hunt they also no longer practice traditional land management techniques which benefited the animals. “Unfortunately, this also means that knowledge is not passed on to the next generation so these traditional practices are in danger of being lost, and with that, thousands of years of experience in managing Australia’s environment. “It suggests there is a close relationship between the decline of Indigenous knowledge and the decline of biodiversity.” Dr Ziembicki said the knowledge of traditional people was especially valuable in places like northern Australia where relatively little scientific study of native mammals had taken place. “In the mid-80s an extensive study that interviewed elders in central Australia mapped the widespread decline of mammals in the region over the preceding decades and documented

Snake whisperer charms carpet python

Kakadu Chief Ranger Ollie brought the python into the Bowali Visitor Centre for a quick photo before letting him go safely in the wild. KAKADU Chief Ranger Ollie was called into a residence in Jabiru with reports of a snake in the garage last week. When Ollie arrived he found a poor carpet python with a stubbie cooler caught around it’s neck! Being the resident ‘snake whisperer’ that he is, he subdued the python and brought it safely back to Bowali Visitor Centre before he released it into the beautiful natural environment nearby. Although carpet pythons are not venomous, they can still issue a nasty bite if antagonised or feel threatened. Anyone who finds a snake looking like it needs a hand this summer, contact your local council for advice.

Aboriginal elders in north-east Arnhem Land discuss the status of mammals on their traditional lands with scientist Dr Mark Ziembicki (Photo credit: Ian Morris). numerous records of mammals that largely intact. Dr Ziembicki said the challenge would not have otherwise been “In this area, the cessation of Indig- was to use Indigenous knowledge and available,” he said. enous land management techniques, science together to more effectively to “At that time northern Australia such as patch burning, combined with address contemporary environmental was regarded as a refuge for mammals the effects of introduced predators problems. with minimal changes, yet now such as cats and widespread pastoral“This study demonstrates the these declines appear to be repeating ism are the most likely contributing value and capability of Indigenous themselves across the north. factors to the declines.” knowledge to help address serious “There is evidence also that mamWith other collaborating research- environmental issues and argues for mals are disappearing even from our ers, the team hopes to replicate the its greater recognition before we lose biggest and best resourced national study across northern Queensland more of both our valuable biological parks. and Western Australia and use the and cultural heritage,” he said. “Worldwide, land clearing and information to better understand the The study is to be published intensive development are the major impact of factors responsible for the in the January 2013 edition of the drivers of biodiversity decline, yet the declines and what can be done about highly respected international journal, landscapes of northern Australia are them. Biological Conservation.

Email your classifieds thru to The average age of mums still on the rise THE average age of first-time mothers continues to rise, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Australia’s mothers and babies 2010, shows that in 2010, the average age of women having their first baby was 28 years, up slightly from 27.9 the previous year, and 27.5 in 2001. “Of all first time mothers in 2010, about 14 per cent were aged 35 or older, compared with 11 per cent in 2001,” said Professor Elizabeth Sullivan from the AIHW’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit. The average age of all mothers in 2010 was 30.0 years, compared with 29.2 in 2001. This was higher in women who gave birth in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (30.7 and 30.9 years respectively) and lower in the Northern Territory (27.9). “The proportion of older mothers, aged 35 and over, has continued to increase from 17.5 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent in 2010, while mothers aged 40 and over made up about four per cent of women giving birth in 2010,” Professor Sullivan said. There were 562 women aged 45 and over who gave birth in 2010, accounting for 0.2 per cent of women who gave birth. In 2010, 294,814 women gave birth to 299,563 babies, which was a 0.1 per cent increase on 2009. The number of births has been increasing since 2001, when the lowest number of births during the past decade was reported (254,326). “Of the women who gave birth in 2010, about 42 per cent were having their first baby,’ Professor Sullivan said. In the four jurisdictions for which data on assisted reproductive technology (ART) were available, ART was used by about 4% of women who gave birth. Onset of labour was spontaneous for 56 per cent of women giving birth. Most women (68 per cent) had a vaginal birth and, of these, 82 per cent did not involve the use of instruments.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS IN GOVE FROM partying at the beach to grooving in the club, everybody around town celebrated New Year’s Eve in true Gove style. Yirrkala rockers East Journey heralded the beginning of a big night by playing an hour long set to a chuffed crowd at The Arnhem Club from 8pm, before muso


Grant Pukeroa got people dancing long into the humid evening out in the club’s beer garden. And those not at the club for the evening found themselves spoiled with merry-making choices for how to ring in 2013.

ABOVE: Barbara Ganambarr, Denise Fincham and Ritjilili Ganambarr celebrating New Year’s Day and Barbara’s 60th at Rob and Denise Fincham’s place. BELOW: Rebekah Mabb, Reynae Singleton and Rowena Singleton. Yirrkala band East Journey rocked The Arnhem Club on NYE.

ABOVE LEFT: Jack Peddie, Hailey Williams, Katie Johnson and Peter Mastin at The Arnhem Club. ABOVE: Maddison Reid, Regan Boyd and Bec Watters. LEFT TOP: Jenny Laverty, Clare Crowley, Andrea Crowley, Sue Haddock, Denise Fincham and Hannah Seaniger at Wirrwawuy Beach. RIGHT TOP: Brinkley Dennerly, Hannah Putland and Simon Woodrow at The Arnhem Club. LEFT MIDDLE: Fincham, Thomson, and the Haddock Clan on NYE at Wirrwawuy Beach. LEFT LOWER: NYE dance floor at The Arnhem Club. RIGHT LOWER: Timmy Burrarwanga celebrating New Year’s Day and Barbara Ganambarr’s 60th at Rob and Denise Fincham’s.

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WOMEN’S GIFT EXCHANGE A HIT MORE than 170 local women hit the Town Hall for Gove’s first ever Women’s Christmas Gift Exchange on Friday, December 14. Most women made the effort to

come in costume, with representatives showing up from the North Pole, the Nativity scene and Hollywood. Competitions for best-decorated table and best costume were held, and

Coral Dennerly, Denise Fincham and Glenys Cummings.

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gifts were given out anonymously to everyone in the room. Coordinator Rachel Blundell said she was introduced to The Women’s Christmas Gift Exchange while living

in an isolated mining town in West Papua. “Everyone was in the same situation - away from friends and family, tired, nostalgic and very homesick.

“The night was an excellent way to come together, and celebrate the end of a busy year, by enjoying good food, company, presents and Christmas cheer,” she said.

Group photo of the ‘Hollywood Glam’ table.

ABOVE: Janice Johnston with Emma Rogers. BELOW: Gift Exchange Committee members Kelly Thomson and Kerry Asplin. Julie Thomson took away the Best Dressed award for her angelic costume.

Debbie Osborne, who won the prize for Best Decorated Present, spreading Christmas Tracy Cavanagh fresh from Santa’s workshop. cheer.

ABOVE: Debbie Oral and Mandy Hutch. LEFT: Carly Pringle, Lorretta Pierce and Ali O’Neil. RIGHT: Jill Bridgefoot and Laura Povey were among the best dressed on the night.

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5:00 Rage (PG) 10:30 Rage Guest Programmer 11:30 Eggheads 12:00 Movie: “The Big Country” (PG) 2:40 Cheese Slices: Comte 3:05 Wild North Sea 4:00 Basketball: WNBL 5:00 Football: W-League 6:00 Doctor Who: Closing Time 6:45 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin - Louisa and Martin are arguing about everything, from the schooling for their son to what they will eat for supper. Then Martin books a christening without telling Louisa - is this the final straw? 8:20 Hebburn 8:45 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Death At Victoria Dock After a brutal murder at the docks, Phryne finds herself in the middle of the anarchists’ movement, a bank robbery and a steamy love affair in her search for the murderer. 9:45 Midsomer Murders: Dead In The Water - The Midsomer Regatta is halted by the discovery of the body of the chairman of the Midsomer Rowing Club floating at the finishing line 11:20 Silent Witness: Run Part 2 12:15 Waking The Dead: Double Bind Part 2 1:10 Rage Guest Programmer 5:00 Rage

5:30 Bubble Guppies 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Danoz 10:30 F Troop 11:00 Gilligan’s Island 11:30 Imparja’s Horse Racing 4:00 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 4:30 South Aussie With Cosi 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Austalia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 11:00 Movie: “The Man” (M) - Agent Vann always gets his man. But he gets a little something extra when the arms dealer he’s been tracking mistakes a dental supply salesman, Andy Fiddler for their buyer. Now, in order to grab the gunrunners, Vann “recruits” the talkative toothologist to keep playing the part. But can Vann get Fiddler to walk the Walk? 12:40 Movie: “Strange Invaders” (PG) - When aliens take over a mid-west town, a professor and a journalist must race against time to rescue his family from their clutches. 3:30 Danoz Direct 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 Dr Oz 10:30 Minute To Win It 11:30 Ultimate Spiderman 12:00 That ‘70s Show 12:30 Movie: “Rebound” (G) 2:30 Movie: “Beethoven’s Big Break” (G) 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 Queensland Weekender 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:50 Celebrity Juice - Keith Lemon hosts this hilarious panel show, where guests are quizzed on their knowledge of their peers. Tonight, Anthony Cotton, Zoe Ball, Rufus Hound and Kimberley Wyatt join team leaders Holly and Fearne. 11:35 Movie: “Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger” (M) Esther’s quest to fit in begins when she escapes her Bat Mitzvah and meets the unconventional Sunni and her mother, Mary. 1:40 House Calls To The Rescue - Jo Griggs and the team help transform an ugly hot space into a dream courtyard, and discover Don Bradman’s plate in the process. 3:00 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 Home Shopping 4:30 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Infernal Comedy 2:45 The Chopin Etudes 2:50 In Their Own Words: British Novelists 3:55 Black Cab Sessions USA 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 7: Calama to Salta 6:00 My Family Feast: Congolese 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Greenland 8:30 Hunted: Snow Maiden 9:35 Real Humans: Blind Love - In a parallel present day, robots have become so human it is barely possible to distinguish them from real people. In this episode, Tobias witnesses an assault and decides to take the law into his own hands. After some bad news, Roger loses his cool at work, but at the same time he is enjoying his new home life with Bea. 10:45 Movie: “The Orphanage” (MA h) In Spanish. Laura and husband Carlos return to her childhood orphanage, hoping to turn it into a home for disabled children. But the place unsettles their young son, Simón, who develops mysterious imaginary friends and starts drawing pictures of a scarecrow-headed figure from Laura’s own memories 12:40 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Giraffe 1:40 Dave in the Life: Homeless 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Senior School Choir of the Year 2011 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 Boxing For Palm Island 2:00 Rainforest: The Secret Of Life 3:00 Great Directors 4:25 TBA 5:00 Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill 5:50 Miniscule 6:00 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home: Sandford House 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: The Love That Pays The Price 9:30 Rev - Adam engages in a battle for his church with a charming evangelical priest, but Alex is more concerned about matters in the bedroom. 10:05 All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry: Working Class Taste 10:50 Francis Bacon 11:45 Movie: “The Swimmer” (PG) 1:20 Movie: “I Am A Camera” (PG) - A young author befriends a lively English girl. They indulge in the freedom offered by Berlin, but as support for Nazi fascism rises, the city as they know it begins to vanish. 2:55 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors

5:30 Weekend Today 8:30 Surfsport 9:30 Australian Fishing Championships 10:00 Discover Downunder Summer Series 10:30 The Wildlife Man Featuring David Ireland 11:30 Jack Newton Celebrity Classic 12:30 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 4:30 National News Sunday 5:00 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 8:30 The Middle: Brick gets Mike to teach him football terminology so he can be conversant by Super Bowl Sunday, which irks Axl, who loves being Mike’s football buddy. 9:00 Customs 9:30 Movie: “Rush Hour 3” (M) Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker team up again and this time head to Paris to protect a French woman who has information about an assassination plot. Along the way, Chan holds secret meetings with the United Nations and discovers a personal connection with a member of the underworld. 11:30 Nikita 12:30 Spyforce 1:35 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:05 Danoz Direct 3:00 Your 4x4 3:30 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Stitch 6:00 Handy Manny 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 Parenthood 10:30 Parenthood 11:30 Minute To Win It 12:30 Movie: “The Sandlot: Heading Home” (PG) 2:30 Special: The Air Show 3:30 Better Homes And Gardens 5:00 Great South East 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 7:00 Border Patrol 7:30 Coastwatch 8:00 Bones: The Finder / The Pinocchio In The Planter - The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades after an attempt to steal an obsolete 17th century nautical chart fragment used to find treasures. Booth seeks the help of a former Iraqi soldier to help find the killer. 10:00 Nazi Hunters - Erich Priebke - As one of the highest-ranking Gestapo officers in Rome during the war, Erich Priebke is responsible for one of Italy’s worst atrocities: the Ardeatine Cave massacres. 11:00 Parking Wars 11:30 Special: Ships In Coral 12:30 Desperate Housewives 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 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:00 Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2013: Review 2:00 National Road Championships 2013 5:00 Cycling Central 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 8: Salta to San Miguel de Tucuman 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Vikings 8:30 Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia 9:35 Food Inc - Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on America’s corporate controlled food industry, exposing the highly mechanised underbelly that has been hidden from consumers with the consent of the US government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The US food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers and the environment. 11:20 Movie: “Zelary” (M a,s,v,l) In Czech. A nurse and her surgeonlover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Restoration Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 TBA 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Beavers 8:30 Country House Rescue: Trereife House 9:15 Dream Build: Drew House 9:30 Coniston 10:20 ABC News 10:40 Bomb Squad 11:35 TBA 12:35 Movie: “Night Of The Living Dead” (M) - A group of strangers are held up in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse battling constant attacks from dead locals who have been brought back to life by mysterious radiation. 2:10 The Return Of The Exorcists 3:10 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Star Of Midnight” (PG) 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Extra 3:00 TBA 4:00 National Afternoon News 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 7:00 RBT 8:00 The Mentalist: Jolly Red Elf - A Santa is murdered, and the team investigates a Santa society, while Jane goes undercover in an A.A. group. 9:00 CSI: Miami: Reality Kills - The CSIs investigate the murder of a reality star. The probe centers on the cast’s hidden pasts and the victim’s obsessed fans. 10:00 CSI: Miami: On The Hook 11:00 Nikita 12:00 The Avengers 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 2:30 4WD TV 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 Seven Morning News 9:00 2013 Australian Open 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 2012 Australian Open - Live coverage of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific, the Australian Open. The world’s top tennis players converge on Melbourne Park to vie for the prestigious title and a record prize pool of $30 million, one of the biggest in world sport. Players include Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, plus Aussie talent Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic. 11:00 That ‘70s Show: Garage Sale - The Formans have a garage sale and Hyde contributes his ‘special brownies’. Then Fez makes a pass at Jackie, infuriating Kelso and giving Jackie the best kiss she’s ever had. 11:30 Auction Squad 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 The Real Seachange 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: “Blue Gate Crossing” (PG) 2:30 Closing The Gap On Chronic Disease 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Review 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Blue Ice 8:30 Derren Brown: Apocalypse: Apocalypse Part Two 9:35 Mad Men: Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Don becomes increasingly miserable as he is forced to contemplate spending Christmas alone. Peggy is delighted when the agency hires Freddy Rumsen to do some freelance work, while Roger is forced to change the plans for the office Christmas party when a major client arrives - and demands to be entertained. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Kiss - Tom has never been kissed but when his best friend offers his girlfriend to practice with, his desire suddenly awakes. (From Australia) M; How I Met Your Father - Alex and Mikel hook up and head back to hers. Every couple has its story… MA 1:05 Cast Offs: Dan 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Country House Rescue 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Biscuits 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Tasty 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 TBA 11:40 Movie: “The Beguiled” (M a,v) - John McBurney, a wounded civil war soldier, wakes up in a seminary filled with beautiful women. But the paradise quickly turns dangerous, as John’s lust backfires on him. 1:20 The Armstrong And Miller Show 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:00 Movie: “Full Confession” (PG) 5:10 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 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 TBA 3:30 TBA 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Capacitance 7:00 Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Cushion Saturation 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Terminator Decoupling 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Really Petty Cash 9:30 Two And A Half Men: Grandma’s Pie - Walden tells Zoey his new business partner is his ex-wife, Bridget; Alan and Lyndsey struggle to get used to their mothers’ relationship. 10:00 Survivor: Phillipines 11:00 Weeds: A Shoe For A Shoe 11:30 20/20 12:30 Extra 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 4WD TV 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 Seven Morning News 9:00 2012 Australian Open 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight - The latest news and current social issues presented by a team of reporters. 6:30 2013 Australian Open - Night 2 - Live coverage of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific, the Australian Open. 11:00 That ‘70s Show: Red’s Last Day - Red gets drunk in a bar with some of his co-workers on his last day of work, and a concerned Kitty sends Eric and his friends to bring Red home. Kelso is ecstatic when his uncle gives him a beat up van, but his life gets complicated when he finds himself involved with Jackie and Laurie at the same time. 11:30 Auction Squad - Robyn has devoted a lifetime to raising her son, and now her brick house desperately needs updating so she can afford to move closer to him. 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 Les Miserables 2:45 Self Defence 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 9: San Miguel de Tucumán to Córdoba 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Kate Cebrano 8:35 Extreme ER: The Bronx 9:30 Coppers: I Love Nicking People 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Maid” (M a,n,s,l) In Spanish. Raquel is a loyal maid who has served a family for 20 years. But despite raising her employer’s four children, she remains emotionally distant from the family. When she falls ill, Raquel must confront her hard-hearted loneliness. 12:45 Mad Men: Wee Small Hours - An executive for Sterling Cooper’s largest client forces the agency to fire Sal who, unbeknownst to anyone at the firm, refused his sexual advances. Betty finds herself drawn to Henry Francis, while Don and Suzanne, Sally’s former teacher, begin an affair. 1:40 Mad Men: The Colour Blue 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 The People’s Supermarket 6:45 Dream Build 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Bees 8:30 Queen: Days of Our Lives 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Spooks 11:40 Blue Murder: Inside - Unbeknown to Janine and the rest of the team, Richard is sent into a prison to investigate the murder of a prisoner. If Richard’s cover is blown, he could be a dead man walking. 12:30 Durham County 1:20 Stress Buster: Express Link 1:45 Big Ideas Sampler 2:00 Football: W-League 4:00 Catalyst Bytes: Co-Sleeping With Baby 4:15 Movie: “Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 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 TBA 3:30 TBA 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Work Song Nanocluster 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition - Penny develops a rivalry when a sexy female neighbour moves into the building and threatens to become the ‘new Penny’. 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Hofstadter Isotope 8:00 Movie: “Entrapment” (M) - When a priceless Rembrandt is stolen in New York, the evidence points to Mac, a solitary master thief. His world is soon turned upside-down when he meets insurance investigator Gin. And so, the stage is set for the largest heist and the biggest police sting in history. 10:20 TBA 11:00 I Hate My Teenage Daughter 11:30 Take The Money And Run 12:30 Extra 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 4WD TV 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 Seven Morning News 9:00 2013 Australian Open 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 2013 Australian Open 11:00 That ‘70s Show: The Velvet Rope - Eric, Donna, Hyde and Fez go to a club in Chicago, and Eric finds himself alone and on the wrong side of the velvet rope while all his friends are inside having a great time. Also, inspired by a photo of a glammed-up Bowie, Kelso lets Jackie put make up on him and dresses him in one of her mother’s dresses. 11:30 Auction Squad - Watch the sparks fly in Fitzroy as a run down house and garden get a one-day make over. 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 The Real Seachange - Things heat up in Canada at the grand opening of the Boardwalk Restaurant. Will Ian and Catherine’s first day be a success? 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Planet Egypt: Birth of An Empire 2:00 Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 10: Córdoba to La Rioja 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Secrets of Our Living Planet: The Secret of the Savannah 8:30 Venice 24/7 9:35 Welcome to India 10:40 World News Australia 11:15 Movie: “Wild Grass” In French. The lives of Marguerite, a striking single middle-aged dentist, and happily married older man Georges become inextricably intertwined after he finds her stolen wallet. An examination of her photo identity sparks an obsessive curiosity and determination to meet her. 1:10 Movie: “First Light” (M l,a) In English. Thrown into the crucible of the most violent air war ever seen, a young man is determined to fight for survival. At the age of nineteen, Geoffrey ‘Boy’ Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is the dramatic story of the teenager who went to war against the Nazis and with the fear that threatened to engulf him. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

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5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird or What? 2:30 Parent Rescue: What About Me? 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Arequipa to Arica 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 How to Cook Like Heston: Eggs 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 More Sex Please, We’re British - A look behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most successful online sex toy businesses. Lovehoney is a thriving operation that brings sexual pleasure to the women and men of Britain through the click of a button. Founded in 2002, Lovehoney has seen its sales increase each year to a current total of £16 million 12:00 Movie: “Lemming” (M v,a) In French. - A dark, intriguing and suspenseful thriller where a perfect couple’s life is plagued by murder and suicide after the discovery of a mysterious rodent in their kitchen sink. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight


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CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You don’t normally like people telling you what to do. However, when there’s work to be done, you have to buckle down. Concentrate on the goal, not the means. Romance. A slight disruption to your plans this week could cause you to lose heart for a while. This may simply be fate leading you down a better path.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may be getting a little frustrated with your work this week. Don’t let your mind wander too far, however - it will be a while before you have a chance to get away. Concentrate! Romance. This promises to be an exciting week. Make the most of a chance encounter which will not come again in the near future.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)


A meeting with friends will help to get your mind off your work. You will be intrigued by something that one of your friends has to say. Try to apply this thought to your own life. Romance. You will be glad that your partner is such a forgiving person. Now you must learn to excuse yourself as well.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will be surprised how easily you can motivate other people. Don’t be so concerned that you forget about your own needs, however. Find someone who can motivate you as well. Romance. Your partner may be hiding something from you. Remain optimistic and you will be pleasantly surprised.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may be tempted to boss people around a little. You are frustrated by the lack of progress. While you may be the trailblazer at the moment, be sure that you’re leading in the right direction. Romance. A comment from a stranger could lead somewhere interesting if you are ready to take the next step.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Worries about your appearance may have much less basis in reality than you think. Don’t allow yourself to be put off by someone who is jealous. Remain true to yourself. Romance. A slight misunderstanding could have serious consequences if you are not careful. Don’t forget that words often have more than one meaning.


CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A change to your daily routine may help to reduce the amount of stress. You will manage to adapt, but it may be a while before you are completely settled. Embrace this time! Romance. A chance meeting could bring a person back into your life after a long period apart. Reflect on how much you’ve changed since then.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A slightly unkind comment about your appearance may get you down for a while. Remember your self-worth. Romance. Time spent keeping connected with your partner will be well spent. A forgotten, but found letter they wrote long ago will leave you reminiscing about your past together.

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VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Don’t be put off by a letter which seems to be more important than it really is. Read it carefully before you make any rash decisions. Put it aside and come back to it when you’re calm. Romance. You will need to focus very clearly on your emotional needs today. Opening up to a stranger may bring great outcomes.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A friend who has recently written to you will be disappointed if they don’t receive a reply soon. Jot down your thoughts! Romance. It will be hard to understand a recent decision by your partner. They may have reasons that you are not aware of, however. You’ll need to pry this information from them.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

– Albert Camus


You will finally get some good results from a project which you started a couple of weeks ago. Your friends will be impressed by what you have achieved. Romance. Don’t wait for your partner to make all the decisions. You must take the initiative. Allow them to follow your lead for a change!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You will be glad to get a boost to your confidence, just when you need it most. Take this delightful feeling and run with it! Romance. A dream which you had recently may soon become a reality. How your partner fits into this new reality may be hard to define. Don’t be quick to put the pieces together.

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Opportunity LHAC has an opportunity for an experienced Manager with a passion for Indigenous culture to join the Corporate Services team. The Corporate Services Manager is responsible for managing the Corporate Services Department including the organisation’s administrative, information technology, human resources and corporate compliance requirements and functions. Prior experience in a not for profit environment will be advantageous. This role comes with many benefits attached, and LHAC will reward your commitment with excellent remuneration $90,000 – $100,000 plus benefits including salary sacrifice. Applications Close: COB 11 January 2013 All applicants will need to obtain an application package and address the selection criteria pertaining to this role. Please visit to obtain an application package. Should you wish to acquire more information, please contact Kathryn Bellinger by email at or by phone (08) 8939 1804.


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Search for missing man called off On the evening of December 15, Northern Territory Police suspended the search for a 38-year-old man who went missing near Bickerton Island on the previous Wednesday. The man was in a dinghy on a trip from Numbulwar to Bickerton Island, when his boat developed engine problems. A 16-year-old male, who was also in the dinghy, swam to shore on the south east point of Bickerton Island and raised the alarm late on the Wednesday night. Police were alerted to the situation on Thursday at approximately 10am

and launched an extensive search and rescue operation utilising local Police resources, members from the Water Police and Territory Response Group, Anindilyakwa Sea Rangers, GEMCO staff and community members. Police would like to recognise the efforts of all search parties, including staff from Anindilyakwa Land Council Sea Rangers, community members from Bickerton Island community, Numbulwar community, and volunteers from GEMCO. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

CHIEF Minister Terry Mills has welcomed confirmation from the three multi-national corporations challenging the Northern Territory’s container deposit legislation that they will continue to participate in the scheme until a Court makes a final decision on its validity. The Northern Territory Government appeared in the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney to fight claims by Coca Cola Amatil, who have now been joined by Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty Ltd, that the NT container deposit legislation is legally invalid. The legal challenge will be finally heard in Sydney on February 19 before Justice Griffiths. The Chief Minister also welcomed an assurance from the Australian Food and Grocery Council, who represent the corporations challenging CDL amongst

others, that should the scheme be thrown out by the Court, manufacturers will pass on the cost reductions to Territorians. “The government supports deposits on containers, but will of course abide by any decision of the courts regarding this legislation,” Mr Mills said. “If it is found to be invalid, then I welcome the assurance by manufacturers they will pass on price reductions. “When the scheme was introduced the actions taken by the Council and others in the industry caused substantial increases in the price of many goods. “We expect similar reductions in price in the event of the scheme being ruled invalid. “I have written to our local operators and informed them of these latest developments, but in the meantime it is business as usual for the scheme.”

Date set for container deposit legal challenge

This image shows the night lights of Australia in April and October, 2012. The composite image includes man-made light sources and the light of wildfires.

New map of the Earth at night: More questions than answers A NEW map of the Earth at night, built by Earth Observatory designers, together with colleagues at the National Geophysical Data Centre, has created more questions than it solved. That map, made possible by a new NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, showed the footprint of human civilization on the planet, as revealed by the lights we use to brighten the darkness. But it turns out the map showed something more. Astute readers noticed lights in areas that were thought to be uninhabited. Many of those readers pointed to Australia and asked: How can there be so much light there? The data was acquired over nine days in April, 2012, and 13 days in October, 2012, and it took the satellite

312 orbits and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface. The extent of the lighting in the Outback and bush country is a function of composite imaging. Fires and other lights that were detected on one day were integrated into the composite, multi-day picture despite being temporary phenomena. Because different lands burned at different times that the satellite passed over, the cumulative result is the appearance of a massive blaze. But while the cities are fixed, the fires were temporary, moveable features. The night lights data set is a scientific work in progress, and the maps will be refined and improved over time. Not every light in the night view matches up with a fire - partly because

the fire map does not include fires from April and partly because not every fire leaves a scar that is detectable from space. Even simple cloud cover could prevent burn scars from being observed. Aside from the fires, some of the night lights appearing in uninhabited areas can be attributed to natural gas flares, lightning, oil drilling or mining operations, and fishing boats - all of which can show up as points of light. And ultimately, the new images of Earth at night are ripe for new discoveries. It’s easy to say that lands are uninhabited or barren-that there’s nothing out there to make light. But the satellite says there is light, so we should probably go take a look at what we have been overlooking or simply could not see before.

This map is a mosaic showing the burned areas of the landscape from October 11-24, 2012, combined with urban areas (black). In effect, the map shows where fires burned that month. Though many rural areas of interior Australia are dry and relatively barren by some standards, there is still enough vegetation to burn.

EIS approval for Roper River mine

Map showing haul road from Roper Bar minesite to Bing Bong export facility. ROPER Bar Iron Ore Project Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has been approved by the Federal Government. Recommendation for approval by the Northern Territory was received in September. This completes the major regulatory approvals process required for development of the Roper Bar iron ore mine which is operated by Western Desert Recources. The company also announced it has entered into a long-term contract for haulage of Iron ore from the Roper Bar Iron Ore project to the loading facility at Bing Bong with Wagners Transport. The Federal approval completes a raft of significant achievements by WDR this year including: •A Native Title Agreement between the Northern Land Council (NLC), Native Title Holders and WDR;

• A Load Facility Agreement with Mount Isa Mines Limited (MIM) providing for access to an area on MIM’s Mineral Lease at Bing Bong in the Gulf of Carpentaria; • Declaration of Major Project Status by the Northern Territory Government; • JORC resource upgrade at Area E (East) and Area E (South); • Capital raising comprising a placement to sophisticated and professional investors to

raise up to A$85m, and an entitlement offer to WDR shareholders to raise approximately A$15m; • Grant of five Mineral Leases covering the Roper Bar mining area; • Grant of Access Authority for 165km haul road to Bing Bong loading facility; • Advanced infrastructure development for mine site and transport corridor; and the • Acquisition of 100% interest in Tianda tenement EL 25688.

CLASSIFIEDS Helen Summers – Optometrist will be consulting in Nhulunbuy on

Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29 & 30, 2013 at the Nhulunbuy Training Centre • Comprehensive Eye examinations • Reading and learning difficulties • Assessments in visual perception • Pre and post laser assessment • Developmental & perception assessments Now a Preferred Medibank Supplier All consultations are bulk billed to Medicare Phone 8981 1399 for appointment

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NHULUNBUY residents have been greeted to the New Year by a series of welcomed downpours. While some appreciated the rainfall snuggled up by the television, others got out amongst it. Here are a couple of ways locals enjoyed the rains.

ABOVE: Matt Tonkin, Paul Kearney and Russell Bailey hit off a few at the golf course. CENTRE: Len Britton took his dog, Tessa, for a stroll down on East Woody Beach. RIGHT: Nurses Kaz Morrow and Donna Wood went for a beach wander. THE first cohort of Baby Boomers born in 1946 and 1947 have turned 65, according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Director of ABS Demog-

Baby Boomers turn 65

raphy, Bjorn Jarvis, said there were 249,800 people aged 65 as of 30 June, 2012, which was 37,500 more than the number of people aged 65 in June, 2011. Over the last 20 years, the

proportion of people aged 65 and over rose by 2.7 percentage points. “As we know, Australia’s population is ageing, with Australia’s median age increas-

ing by 4.7 years over the past 20 years, from 32.7 in 1992 to 37.4 in 2012,” Jarvis said. In the 12 months to 30 June, 2012, all states and territories, except for Western Australia,

If you have a change of contact details for your organisation or group, can you please email thru to

Nhulunbuy Community Guide Community organisations 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 Early Learning Centre Contact: Director 8987 1004 E: Arnhem Gun Club Contact: President, Grub Stevens E: Arnhem Land Bowls Club Contact: Isobel Murray P: 0435 822 107, 8987 2120 Arnhem Writers Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490

Australian Breastfeeding Assoc. Contact: Meaghan Kennedy P: 0438 175 260 Helpline:1800 686 2686 E: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre P: 8987 1701 E: 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 Land Tourism Association Contact: John Tourish P: 8939 2000

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

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

Gove Touch Footy Contact: Bec Thomson E:

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

Auskick Contact: Cameron Knight P: 0488 508 577

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

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

Gove Country Golf Club & Gove Country Golf Club - Juniors Contact: Jamie Henderson E: P: 8987 3191 Gove Golden Oldies Contact: Ria Ngamoki P: 8987 3530

Gove Volleyball Assoc. Contact: Fred Rowe - Pres P: 0417 080 579 E:

MOPS Contact: Katie Hovenden P: 8987 1607

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

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

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

Fri 11

Time 0501 1154 1843 2351

Time 0609 1309 1959

Time 0113 0718 1417 2102

Ht 3.10 1.02 2.52 1.63

Ht 3.18 0.85 2.66

Sat 12 Ht 1.67 3.30 0.70 2.80

Time 0236 0820 1517 2154


Ht 1.62 3.42 0.57 2.93

Sun 13

Mon 14

Tue 15

Time 0339 0917 1609 2239

Time 0430 1009 1656 2320

Time 0516 1056 1739 2356

Ht 1.51 3.53 0.50 3.02

Ht 1.40 3.58 0.48 3.08

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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.


Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272


Total Per head Total Per head Total Per head Kilolitres of Pop: Lt Kilolitres of Pop: Lt Kilolitres of Pop: Lt

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, the usual Water Consumption Table was unavailable at the Thursday time of our going to press. Tuesday



Nhulunbuy Corporation Ltd and the Arafura Times apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Tae Kwon Do Nhulunbuy Contact: Paul Macloy P: 0407 106 525

Sunday TOTAL

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

Ht 1.31 3.57 0.52 3.11

Actual Usage Target Usage Variance


Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E:

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

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


Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: TBA P: TBA

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Thu 10

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

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

Wed 09

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 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:

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Ben Hurst P: 0410 833 292

Junior 8 Ball Contact: Marian Richter P: 0402 355 499

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

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

recorded an increase in their median age. Tasmania recorded the highest median age (40.9 years) in 2012 and the Northern Territory the lowest (31.6 years).

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

Weather details o

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 31 34.3 23.6 6 Tuesday 1 34.7 24 NIL Wednesday 2 34.9 23.9 TCE Thursday 3 35.0 24.5 NIL Friday 4 35.5 25.0 NIL Saturday 5 31.3 24.5 19.8 Sunday 6 32.8 23.9 4.2 Monthly total rainfall to date: 24.0 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Dec. 31 to Sunday, Jan. 6

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1008.4 hPa on Wednesday Min: 1003.2 hPa on Friday Averages for the month of January Max temp: 32.0 Min temp: 24.6 Rainfall: 286.5 mm


Santa, you beaut . . . your sleigh is a Holden ute SANTA riding in the tray of a ute? Either his sleigh broke down, or we must be in the Northern Territory. The kids of Nhulunbuy Ski Beach and Yirrkala got a thrill when Santa rocked up to town and delivered lollies to one and all, as part of the Rotary Christmas lolly run. Kids ran out from their shady spots underneath trees on the scorching hot day to grab a few lollies and hear a few gags coming from the back of the sleigh. Rotary wanted to thank the Corporation for their help with the event, as well as Woolworths, Chris Putty, Peter Mallard and Wayne Buchannan and the Ridgeways Team. Santa’s deserved a rest now, but no doubt he’ll be back, itchy beard and all, next December.

Kids of the community enjoy treats from the back of Santa’s sleigh (aka ute tray).

Santa’s posse on the lolly run for Rotary.

LEFT: Two happy onlookers. ABOVE: HO HO HO...IT’S HOT IN HERE! RIGHT: “Don’t jingle me bells,” said one of Santa’s Little Helpers.

Local kids lead the way

WHAT does it take to be a good leader? A bunch of young aspiring leaders started to learn the answer to this,when they took part in the 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Forum last month. Nhulunbuy Primary School (NPS) hosted the event for the second time, following on from last year when the focus was ‘Connecting’.

This year the forum centred around the topic, ‘Leading by Example’. And lead they did - 35 Participants were invited from Nhulunbuy Primary School, Nhulunbuy High School, Nhulunbuy Christian College and Yirrkala School to take part in the workshop. Those who were chosen had already been displaying leadership qualities at school, and had an 80 percent or above

PHOTOS:Local kids making a splash at the 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Forum. attendance record. The forum was organised by AIEW Naomi Barba and Pre School Teacher Cassie Brown. Programs were run during the day exploring identity and the importance of education. Groups also explored the concepts of leadership through example, and looked at what it meant to be a positive

Earth-like aliens to be found this year: Scientists

themselves with the skills and qualities of leadership. “It was great to see friendships formed or renewed as the students got together in this context. “We were so impressed with the results,” said Mr Watson. A 2013 forum has already been planned to take place early in the new year.

Zachary picked for Melbourne

PHOTO: This NASA image was released last month. THE first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe, reports. While astronomers have found a number of

role model. During the forum, new methods of providing feedback were trialled, such as letting participants use ipads so they could record video diaries. Principal of NPS Matt Watson said it was fabulous to get so many young people focusing on issues which were relevant to them, but also for them to be able to begin familiarising

exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world - such as size or inferred surface temperature - they have yet to bag a bona fide “alien Earth.” But that should change in 2013, scientists say.

COULD Zachary Scott Jones be one of Australia’s future top-gun tennis players? If the 10-year-old masters his Lleyton Hewitt catch-cry of “Come on!” chances are he just might be. Zachary has been selected to represent the NT as part of a team of four boys and four girls to travel to Melbourne and compete at Melbourne Park later this month. The team will be competing against other teams from every state in a ‘Super 10’s Challenge’ run by Tennis Australia. Coach Nicky Mayer said it was the first time for this type of event to be held, and it was exciting for Zachary to be picked and Gove Tennis to be involved. Match play commences for the juniors at Melbourne Park on Thursday January 24, during the tail-end of the Australian Open. PHOTO: Zachary Scott Jones showing his stuff at the BP Gove Classic 290.

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CROCODILES ONE DAY - DOLPHINS THE NEXT By MARJO HALLOWELL NHULUNBUY must be the wildlife capital of Australia. In one hour in the morning I sighted a Jabiru, two sea eagles, terns, egrets and a crocodile. The previous day I had spotted two snakes (on the lagoon track) and numerous dragonflies and butterflies, cockatoos and finches. Another afternoon while walking along the beach I spotted three IndoPacific humpback dolphins frolicking in the surf just metres from the shore. They were very playful surfing the waves and fishing and throwing

fish. It was great just to be there and watch although I was tempted to go into the water and join them - they were that close. I reported the dolphin sighting to the Marine Wildwatch Hotline who advised me the species. Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins are one of three regular inshore species - the others being the bottlenose and the snubnose. The following morning I spotted buffalo tracks going out to East Woody. I followed them up the beach and they became jumbled with human prints at around Town Beach. I walked back to East Woody.

Playing in the shallow waters.

Driving home I also spotted black ibises, white ibises, lapwings, and two birds of prey. (Not sure what they are). It is not uncommon to see ospreys, kites, eagles, oyster catchers (sooty and Australian pied), scrub fowl, kookaburras, parrots, beach stone curlews, friar birds, wrens, kingfishers and dingoes. It would be a very unusual day if one ventured out for a walk and did not see an array of wildlife. To report marine wildlife call 1800 453 941 or crocodiles phone Dhimurru (8939 2700 or AH 0408 512 589).


Playing catch with the fish.

Peek a boo!

Riding the waves.

Along the lagoon track.

Dragonflies are numerous along the lagoon track. Butterflies add colour.

Along the lagoon track.

Bird of prey at the golf course.

Enjoying the cut grass at the golf course.

This pair watching from their vantage point.

A jabiru takes flight.

CENTRE: Not sure what type of snake this was but I waited until it went where it was going.

I caught it.

Look what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got!

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Lots of little crabs busy making patterns at the beach.

Poetry in motion.

RIGHT: A flock of pelicans spotted from the Endeavour carpark

If I roll over will you scratch my tummy?

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Success at NPS swimming carnival

ABOVE: Macallaster Barnett. BELOW: Matthew Wolfaardt.

ABOVE: Patrick Watson. BELOW: Jordin Ritchie.

The age group champions. NHULUNBUY Primary School held its annual Swimming Carnival last month which saw a bunch of their little dolphins walk home with prize medals around their necks. The Carnival’s first day was for the younger students - from Transition

to Grade Two - and was more about simple games and teaching the kids how to improve their swimming techniques. The second day was for Grades Three to Six, and this was a fun and competitive day of races.

School Council Chair Rachel Blundell said the whole event was about students participating, having fun and being engaged. “All the guys were building up confidence, and some of them really showed talent.

“It was great to watch,” she said. Age Group winners 8 year old Boys - Ted Griffin. 8 year old Girls - Darci Lane. 9 year old Boys - Jamie Moyle and Tyler Reid. 9 year old Girls - Charli Appo.

10 year old Boys - Patrick Watson. 10 year old Girls - Tayla Dowzard 11 year old Boys - Macallaster Barnett. 11 year old Girls - Jordin Ritchie. 12 year old Boys - Matthew Wolfaardt. 12 year old Girls - Zali Fuhrmann

Australian Open tennis trophies visit Gove BEFORE the big event kicks off in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on January 14, and before one of tennis’ big names gets their hands on one of them, the Australian Open trophies had a chance to tour around rural NT, and Nhulunbuy folk got to have a whiff of them. The Australian Open trophies recently visited Gove, specifically the Daphne Akurst Cup and the Norman Brooks trophy. The trophies arrived from Cairns in November, and made their way straight to the Bali Pavilion where Tennis Gove hosted a Black Tie Cocktail Night.

Approximately 30 people attended what all heralded as a great night, and had their photos taken with the trophies. The trophies then went on tour around town the following day. The morning started with a visit to the Pacific Aluminium mine site where four of the club’s local juniors were granted special permission to do a photo shoot with the trophies in a loader and dump truck. From there the trophies were taken to the Laynhapuy hangar where photos were shot with them next to a charter plane.

It was then out to the track with the long red dirt road in the background. The team then moved onto the boat club where they set the trophies on the beach near the causeway and snapped away with the boat club in the background. Finally it was back into town for the prized goblets, and up to the Mount Saunders lookout, before heading out to their final destination, East Woody. The day ended with the club’s presentation night where the cups were on display and all members and guests present could have their photo with the trophies.

ABOVE: Pat Mayer and Tennis Gove Club Manager Nicky Mayer at the Black Tie Night with the Australian Open trophies. BELOW: Zoe Shepheard and Michael Mayer with the prized goblets.

TROPHY HUNTERS: Gove Tennis juniors posing in front of a Pacific Aluminium dump truck with the Australian Open trophies.

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