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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS and good sports Polly Nash and Lauren Richter agreed to do what most young woman would dread - have their photo taken when their hair was a windswept mess, while strolling along Nhulunbuy’s Middle Beach. Gale force winds were expected to reach peaks of 80km/h around East Arnhem Land on Monday, January 21, as a tropical cyclone made its way through the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Bureau of Meteorolgy confirmed the monsoon has now settled in to the region, with the highest rainfall of the year recorded last Friday at 58mm.

Locals feel crunch as decision day looms By MATT GARRICK

THE aftermath of Rio Tinto sacking two top-level executives last week has hit close to home, with continued concern by locals that Nhulunbuy could be the mining giant’s next victim. Local businesses have spoken

of their nervousness since a recent community meeting, which had Chief Minister Terry Mills in attendance, failed to quell their fears of a town shut-down. Bernie Carter, who co-owns the Nhulunbuy Newsagency with his wife Judy, said he’s always been optimistic the town would pull

through - but, since the meeting and the announcement of the sacking of Rio Tinto’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Albanese, he has braced for the realisation the refinery might close. “After the announcement of Mr Albanese’s departure, all of a sudden we learn there’s a near-$30 billion deficit in their aluminium trade.

“Where does a company go from there with its aluminium investments?” Mr Carter said a restructure at the top of the company might yet be a good thing. “We just don’t know which way the balance will tip.” The newsagency along with numerous other independently leased

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ALL HANDS ON DECK: Navy Cadets Able Seaman Hannah Reardon, Leading Seaman Tracey Adams and Training Ship Commanding Officer Grahame Deppeler.

Cadets in pole position ALTHOUGH there’ll be plenty of patriots waving flags over the Australia Day weekend, there won’t be too many people hoisting them high for all to see. Gove’s Navy Cadets have been given the important task of getting into their formal regalia and raising the Aussie flag during a ceremony in town on the evening of January 25. Training Ship Commanding Officer Grahame Deppeler said it’s one of the roles of the cadets

to help the community whenever they can. “Australia Day, Anzac Day, Remembrance Day - being involved in events like these help our youth become more aware of the historical side of these things.” All around Australia, Defence Force cadets will be taking part in Australia Day celebrations in one way or another, Mr Deppeler said. Leading Seaman of the Gove

cadets Tracey Adams said she gets a little nervous before events like this, but after the flag’s up and waving in the wind she always gets a tinge of pride. “After it’s done you’re thinking, ‘wow, we did that for our country’,” Tracey said. The Navy Cadets are always looking for new recruits, male or female, between the ages of 12 and 19 years old, so if you want to give it a go contact Grahame (0439033688).

Get into the spirit for Aussie Day CANE toad races, thong throwing, trivia and the World Championship Prawn-Eating competition - these are just a few of the wacky ways Nhulun-boys and girls can celebrate this upcoming Australia Day long weekend. With events happening in venues all around the township, locals will be spoiled for choice for how to spend the weekend - though, if last year’s festivities were anything to go by, remember to pack an umbrella. Gove Boat Club is preparing to host what sounds like a bizarre Australian Olympics - a series of funfilled competitions including dummy spitting, toad racing and lamington eating. Their day is kicking off at the club on January 26, at 11am. Meanwhile, Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited (NCL) will be throwing a two-day party around town,

featuring events such as the annual family fun run, a free Aussie Breakfast and a whole smorgasbord of entertaining Aussie activities. On Friday, January 25, NCL will also be holding the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, where a few new countrymen will be welcomed into the fold. NCL Community Sport and Recreation Officer Ace Rabukawaqa said the weekend was a positive way for Nhulunbuy residents to embrace their country, and their community. “We’re putting on these events so everybody can get involved, and get something out of it. “They’re all inclusive, from the fun-run to the movie night, so get along and enjoy our little part of Australia on our national holiday,” Mr Rabukawaqa said. For information on events happening over the Australia Day weekend, check out the ‘What’s On’ guide on page 8. PHOTO: Locals Tegan, Colin, Cameron and Susan Stiff celebrating Australia Day at the Boat Club last year.

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Immigration detention has been pegged as a possible contingency to create jobs in the region should the Gove Pacific Aluminum refinery close down. Pictured here is the current detention facility on Melville Bay Road. CENTRE: Jo-anne Scarini from Rio Tinto.

Immigration and defence possible fall-back plans IF Rio Tinto decides to shut-down their Gove refinery, infrastructure, including a defence facility or a revamped immigration detention centre, could be set-up to cushion the town, officials say. Rio Tinto spokesperson Jo-Anne Scarini announced these contingency ideas at a community meeting held in Nhulunbuy on January 14. Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited Town Administrator Dr Ross Theedom said though the ideas

presented a decent scope for restoring some jobs to the community, they wouldn’t fill the gap. “It won’t be one-for-the-other it would not save the town. “The detention centre idea would create a couple hundred jobs, sure, and act as a stop-gap measure, but it could not fill-in what would be a huge amount of jobs lost from the refinery’s closure.” Another idea bandied about at the meeting was that the town could

serve in some capacity as a defence facility. “The defence idea - I’m just not sure how it would work. There could be some possibility there, but I’d need to see a more concrete plan,” Dr Theedom said. When asked if Rio Tinto could elaborate further on details of such ideas, a spokesperson said there were none such in existence. “These contingency ideas were really just given as examples of

what courses of action could be taken. There really haven’t been any concrete proposals developed,” said the spokesperson. After the Nhulunbuy meeting, Chief Minister Terry Mills tried to reassure the community by stressing that ideas such as these were only being thrashed out as last resorts. “My focus has been almost exclusively on securing gas to Gove.

“As a matter of planning, there has to be some aspect of our efforts looking at contingency arrangements,” Mr Mills said. Dr Theedom, who attended the community meeting, said he remained optimistic despite the fact many people had come away from it concerned about their future. “It comes back to the old saying - hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The town is just too beautiful to lose,” Dr Theedom said.

Announcement could be delayed TURBULENT TIMES: It’s reassuring to know during this period of unrest for Gove, local lads Sam, Andy and Adam still know how to have fun. Photo taken from East Woody Beach, with the Rio Tinto refinery in the background.

Locals feel crunch as decision day looms << From Page 1 “We’ve had to reduce staff hours. “Since the announcement last October, we saw trade drop in November by 21 per cent. “Trade in December was our worst on record, and we’ve been here for 27 years.” Owner of Gove Tackle World and Outdoors Kelly Murray said, should the refinery shut, privately-leased businesses, such as hers, would be stuck between a rock and a hard place - still forced to pay “exorbitant rents”, but with fewer customers to help pay it. “Unless the head lease is terminated, which it won’t be as it was just renewed in 2009, we’re bound to our lease until the term has expired. “It’s scary to think we would still be paying such high rent if the town was empty, because if you don’t

have the people, you don’t have the turnover.” Although she does have contingency plans in place, Ms Murray said she remained optimistic about the refinery’s fate. “I haven’t got my head in the sand during this time, but I’m hopeful it will stay open,” she said. Reports have begun to circulate about families who have already packed up and moved on even before the Rio Tinto decision, due to be made on January 31, has been finalised. Mr Mills has told residents to have faith. “I know what an immensely difficult time it has been for the community. “But you’ve got a number of national and international players within the Territory, including the Territory Government, working day and night to bring this together.”

NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills (right) has said the shake-up in Rio Tinto’s management last week could delay the announcement of whether gas will be piped to Gove. Rio Chief Executive Officer Tom Albanese was sacked from Rio’s helm on January 17, stirring-up questions about the company’s current stability. Rio Tinto have been adamant that a decision about the future of Gove’s refinery will be made soon after a Rio Tinto board meeting on January 31. Mr Mills said it would be helpful for negotiations if Rio would be flexible with the date. “There is a future risk for the Northern Territory - we need extra time to negotiate a supply of gas from Eni in forward years. “If Rio is serious about this then there would be some consideration of constraints.” This comes after a week where Mr Mills told media he felt he was being held to ransom by the mining giant. “They are calling the shots. “They are putting the pressure on the Territory, the Territory Government on

behalf of the Territory community and to a lesser degree the Federal Government,” he told ABC Radio last Wednesday. Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has said Canberra would carefully consider ways to help construct the pipeline once and if negotiations to secure the gas were successfully completed. A spokesperson for Pacific Aluminium told Arafura Times there have been no developments in negotiations since the sacking of Mr Albanese last week.

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SNAKES ALIVE: Blue Douglas saved the day after local Bernie Read found an 8ft Diamond Python in her backyard. INSET: The snake was believed to be an escaped pet, as it was in too good condition to have been wild.

Bernie gets Blue over snake in the grass THERE are some things you just don’t want to discover while you’re doing the gardening. Long-term resident Bernie Read found one that tops the list when she went out to the backyard last week to turn on a tap - an eight-foot Diamond Python. “I turned around and there it was. “So I ran the other way as fast as I could,” Bernie said. She contacted her friend Blue Douglas - known to many around town as the friendly Manager of Screening out at Gove Airport, and known to fewer as a fearless snake handler. “I was in a state of shock and panic, so I called Blue, as I’d seen him handling snakes before. “I’m just thankful I have such good friends at hand,” Bernie said. And ‘at hand’ Blue was indeed - as

he pulled the python out from it’s coiled position around a ceramic pot, it twisted itself around his arm and began to constrict it. “It gave him a good squeeze. “I reckon if it was a child or a dog, they would’ve been in trouble,” she said. Executive Officer from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation Steve Roeger said similar pythons posed no direct threat to humans, but certainly were to people’s guinea pigs and chooks. Though most of the region’s snakes pose little threat to humans, Mr Roeger said if a snake was spotted to report it immediately. “If someone finds a snake, there are several of us around town who can handle them - Parks and Wildlife and Dhimurru rangers and Arnhem Land Pest Control. “Try to report the sighting while

the snake is still in vision, because as soon as they’re not they can be almost impossible to find,” Mr Roeger said. As for Bernie’s python, thoughts were it was probably a pet which had escaped from its enclosure, as consensus of her friends was that it was in too good condition to have been wild. The snake, which has been identified as a NSW Diamond Python, has for now been re-housed to a new owner in the region. “Well, I hope whoever it is makes a decent enclosure for it, because I never want to see it again,” laughed Bernie. Dhimurru warned if residents were interested in keeping snakes they must acquire a permit, and the animals must be obtained from the proper channels, such as pet shops, and not taken from the wild.

Gov’t raises Back-to-School bonus IT’S that time of year again. Parents across the East Arnhem Region are getting ready to send their kids back to school. Students in all remote areas of the Territory will return to school on Wednesday, January 30. This year, the NT Government will provide education for about 33,000 students in more than 150 schools. To help meet some of the expenses of sending children to school, the Territory Government has increased the Back-toSchool Payment Scheme. This year, families can redeem $150 worth of educational items during Term 1 for each student enrolled in a government or non-government preschool, primary, middle or secondary school in the Territory. The entitlement can be used at the school to offset the costs of things such as uniforms, textbooks, stationery, material costs, student photocopying and

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IF you jump in the waters around Gove this summer, remember - they are inhabited by some of the world’s most-venomous creatures. So far this season there have been four cases reported of residents being stung by potentially deadly jellyfish while in waterways around the East Arnhem region. Northern Territory Department of Health have warned parents to keep their children out of Top End sea waters, after several young children were recently brought in to Royal Darwin Hospital with box jellyfish stings. According to Public Health Physician Steven Skov, children are particularly at risk because of the large amount of venom that can be injected into their small bodies. “Thankfully we haven’t had any life-threatening stings this season, but the risk remains as box jellyfish venom is potentially fatal,” Dr Skov said. “The last several people to have died from box jellyfish stings have been children, with some dying within minutes. This is why it’s imperative that we get the word out.” Dr Skov explained, stingers prefer calm conditions at the water’s edge so even paddling in the shallows can result in being stung. “All sea water should be off limits at this time of year when box jellyfish are at their peak. “People should stay out of the water from the start of the ‘Build Up’, usually late September, through to when the weather has been cool and dry for a few weeks, usually around the beginning of June,” he explained. “Older children need to be made aware of the dangers of stingers and it’s especially important that parents keep a close eye on young children when they’re near sea water to ensure they don’t go in. Stings are always extremely painful and can often leave permanent scars as well. “It’s not just on beaches where stingers are a risk either, these jellyfish are often found in tidal creeks and especially around the protection of boat ramps.” An adult box jellyfish can have 40 or more tentacles, each up to two metres in length and loaded with venom that always causes excruciating pain and which can attack the heart and even cause death. “Don’t think you can keep a look out for them as they can be very difficult to spot, being nearly transparent,” Dr Skov said. Dr Skov had some advice for people who had to enter the water during Stinger Season. “If you have to get in the water, cover up. Wear a stinger suit if you can, or if not then a shirt and long trousers but make sure they are not too loose as jellyfish can become trapped between the material and the skin,” he said. “Take vinegar with you to put on if you get stung as it can inactivate the stinging cells and reduce the damage”.

Teens charged after crime rampage FOUR teens have been charged after a spate of robberies and property destructions were committed in a remote Groote Eylandt community last week. The youths will appear in court next month following a number of unlawful entries in Alyangula. Senior Sergeant Tony Deutrom, Officer in Charge of Alyangula Police Station, said it was alleged the four males were involved in the unlawfully entry of the Angurugu Store. “It’s alleged two youths aged 17 and 18 and two aged 16, attended the Angurugu Store at around 4.30am on Sunday and forced their way into the building,” Senior Sergeant Deutrom said. “They caused approximately $1550 worth of damage and stole around $485 worth of clothing

quantity of the alcohol, and also supplied the rest to the community,” he said. A 37-year-old man was also arrested for his involvement in the distribution of the alcohol. Two males aged 17 and 16 appeared in the Alyangula Court on January 17 where they were bailed, with curfew conditions imposed, to appear again on February 20. The remaining three have also been bailed to appear in court February 20.

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IN a bid to expand their business into some of the region’s remotest communities, East Arnhem Trading, who owns the IGA supermarkets in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala, is selling off half the company to an Aboriginally-owned investment group. The Darwin-based Aboriginal Investment Group (AIG) confirmed last week they would be taking hold of 50 per cent of the company in about four weeks. Executive Officer John Hofmeyer said although the investment group was still in the process of financial modelling, the partnership was a done deal. “Our Aboriginal ownership will make it accessible for the company to expand into remote Homelands and outside Arnhem Land as well,” Mr Hofmeyer said. East Arnhem Trading recently opened a store in Gangan, which, Mr Hofmeyer said, has made radical changes to the community there. “Traditional owners around Gangan were wrapped - it’s the first time they’ve had a local store and direct access to local shopping.” East Arnhem Trading owner Tim Broadbent recently told Arafura Times that after the success of opening the Gangan store, the company would continue to spread. “We’ve got a few more to open yet,” he said. Representatives of AIG recently visited the region to asses the company’s operations in Gove, Yirrkala and out at some East Arnhem Homelands. Mr Hofmeyer said they had been impressed by the operations, and plans were currently being formulated to expand services across the Homelands and even out of the region to Timber Creek, a remote town near the Northern border of Western Australia. RIGHT ABOVE: Locals piled-in to the new Gangan store when it opened a couple weeks ago. RIGHT BELOW: East Arnhem Trading recently opened a store in the remote Gangan community, and have plans to roll-out more across the region.

Dengue Fever risk for fly-in, fly-out workers RESIDENTS of Nhulunbuy have been warned to be on alert after two people were confirmed with dengue in Cairns recently. The virus is known to spread through infected people travelling by air, which has been cited as a particular concern to the East Arnhem region as many fly-in-fly-out workers travel to Nhulunbuy from Cairns Airport on a regular basis. Queensland Health spokesman Richard Gair said it was to be expected the number of mosquitoes would rise after recent rains. “We need to be very vigilant this year,” Dr Gair said.

“It’s concerning that we have a new outbreak.” Two people were confirmed to have contracted dengue type 1 from the innerCairns suburb of Whitfield, while two others are suspected of having the virus. Health officials were spraying insecticide in Whitfield following the suspected mosquito-borne outbreak. Dr Gair said authorities were also awaiting test results on a number of suspected cases. “There’s not generally a lot of difference between the types necessarily, although some strains can be more virulent than others,”

he said. The Northern Territory has also been subject to a recent dengue scare, after a report into the spread of the virus revealed one in 10 properties at Tennant Creek were harbouring dengue mosquito eggs. No locals have been reported to be carrying the disease, but authorities fear the eggs could hatch if a traveller suffering from dengue passes through the area. So far, dengue eggs have been destroyed in 75 out of at least 750 properties in the town with another 350 to be inspected over the next few weeks.

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Tributes flow after former Gove man killed in horror smash A TWO-YEAR OLD girl is without a dad after her father, 29-year-old former Gove resident Ryan Stucker, was killed in a car crash in Darwin last Monday, January 14. Emergency Services who arrived at the scene of the late-night crash described being shocked at the state

of the vehicle, a maroon Ford sedan, which had been ripped in two after it smashed sideways against two light poles and then into a tree. Mr Stucker spent his teenage years growing up in Nhulunbuy with mum AnneMarie, dad Nick, little sister Shannon and big brother Corey.

He attended Nhulunbuy High School where he was known as a “top bloke”. In his twenties, Mr Stucker gained the reputation of being a bit of a ‘wild boy’ in the region, and ended up doing a stint in jail in 2005 after he and a friend went on a spree that eventuated in the destruction of the Arnhem

Gun Club. A local who had attended school with Mr Stucker told the Arafura Times the young man had left town following his nine months in incarceration “under a dark cloud”. Reports have suggested Mr Stucker had gotten his life back on track - he had work in the mines and in garden

maintenance, and had met an adoring partner, Carla Elliott, with whom he lived and had a daughter with in Darwin. Ms Elliott shared her heartbreak on Facebook following the fatal crash, which has been blamed on a mixture of excessive speed and alcohol. “We had so many plans

and mapping out our future together was all a girl could dream of. “Goodbye the love of my life.” Mr Stucker’s family and friends have taken to the social networking site to pour out their grief and send tributes to the young man’s family.

Elcho music pioneers chance for Aust. of the Year Award TWO men credited for helping bring music from Elcho Island’s Galuwin’ku community to the rest of the world, are the Northern Territory finalists for the Australian of the Year Award. Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen, co-founders and co-directors of the Darwin based record label Skinnyfish Music, have been announced as finalists due to their continued work with remote indigenous musicians. Each state or territory finalist will be competing against each other for the prestigious award, to be announced on January 25 - the eve of Australia Day. For 14 years, Mr Hohnen and Mr Grose have mentored bands through business development, connected far remote communities with mainstream music markets and made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of lndigenous language and culture. Mr Hohnen, who is best known for his work as musical collaborator and translator of Galuwin’ku’s Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, said his mission has been about trying to help, support and sustain a greater community.

“It feels rewarding and it’s something we will always do. “It’s an honour that our contribution has now been acknowledged.” Mr Grose said music was the key to unlocking potential in remote indigenous communities. “It has the power to motivate a new generation to pursue careers that offer economic independence, benefiting individuals, their families and the communities of remote Northern Australia.” The pair have also worked closely with Elcho Island musicians including Saltwater Band and George Rrurrambu. The Australian of the Year Award winner will be announced at a public ceremony in Canberra by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Past recipients of the award who have hailed from East Arnhem Land have included Yolngu elder, activist and Chairman of Gumatj Corporation, Galarrwuy Yunupingu, who won it in 1978. His younger brother, lead singer of Yothu Yindi Mandawuy Yunupingu, also received the award, in 1993.

Chief Minister Terry Mills (left) presents Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen “The NT Australian Of The Year Award”. Photo: Shane Eecen.

Recycling trial to be rolled-out

New recycling bins set to be rolled-out for trial in East Arnhem Land. NEW bins are about to be rolled out across East Arnhem Land communities, in a bid to clean the areas up and improve the region’s recycling. Nhulunbuy’s Ski Beach (Gunyangara) community will be the first to get the bins this week, which look like normal wheely bins, but have been designed so different materials such as aluminium and glass can be separated and then more easily processed for recycling. The project has been undertaken by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council for Northern Territory (KABC NT), in

partnership with East Arnhem Shire Council. KABC(NT) chief executive officer Mr Heimo Schober said the new recycle bins were part of a pilot project to compliment the continued litter and waste management works by staff and residents within the East Arnhem Shire region. “This recycle project is exciting and has the potential to deliver strong environmental outcomes. “It is fantastic that Gunyangara has offered to conduct the initial pilot trials”.

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What’s On

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone Matt Garrick on 1300 088 000.

 Comment Tech-ing in and checking out

LIFE can be tough up here in the north of Australia. It is a Big Country, as we are reminded every time we jump

in the ute to travel to the next town. There are hazards - wallabies and cows, creeks, corrugations, road trains in blinding

tornadoes of dust. Not to mention the boredom of hundreds of kilometres of dirt, or the idiot tourists with boats, bikes and

Confusing roadworks signs?


JANUARY Fri 25. Australia Day Awards, Citizenship Ceremony and Movie Night (The Sapphires), Hindle Oval 1, 6pm. Fri 25. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Disco, 6.30 - 10.30pm. Fri 25. Australia Day Trivia Night, Walkabout Lodge, 7pm. Sat 26. Australia Day Activities, Gove Aquatic Centre, 5.30am-1pm. Sat 26. Australia Day Celebrations at Gove Boat Club from 11am. Sat 26. Grant Pukeroa's Australia Day Arvo, live at the Arnhem Club, 3-5pm. Mon 28. Australia Day Ambrose, $25pp, Gove Country Golf Club, 8987 3191. Tue 29. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program -Touch footy and basketball jam, 2-4pm. Tue 29. Navy Cadets, at NORFORCE depot, from 6pm to 9pm, call 0439 033 688. Wed 30. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Arts, Media and Music Program, 2-4pm.

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

Can club secretaries or organisations please send in a list of their events planned for 2013 to so they can be included in the What's On section.


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kitchen sink piled high. One hazard we don’t have much of, and that is getting lost. Mostly because there are hardly any turn-offs, so it’s hard to wander off the correct road by mistake. Not like other countries, where there are lots of turn-offs. Of course, the clever people there have developed ways around the problem. They have road signs everywhere, and now they can rely on GPS to tell them which turnings to take. So when Belgian lady Sabine Moreau, 67 (pictured above), had to pick up a friend from the train station in Brussels 60km away, she flicked her GPS on and drove confidently out of her village of Solre-surSambre.


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Although she had a growing suspicion that something might be wrong, she put her faith in her satnav and kept driving. As she put it: “I saw all kinds of traffic signs. First in French, then in German - Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt, but I didn’t ask myself any questions. I was just distracted, so I kept my foot down. “I didn’t really notice anything was wrong until I suddenly arrived in Zagreb and realised that I was no longer in Belgium.” Her journey had taken her through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia before finally getting to Croatia.

She had bought petrol along the way using her credit card and even stopped for a snooze beside the road. She had travelled 1450km to reach Zagreb. (Route map at left. Images dailymail. Back in Belgian, her son was worried sick. Her reported her absence, the police had searched her house, and were about to post her as a missing person. Altogether, she was away from home for 60 hours for her 60 km errand. Well, hats off to some-one who really believes in modern technology.

Tot Tahli wins water-safety prize pack FOR a place that gets as hot our little town in the Territory, it’s important to be able to get in the water for a splash, and be safe while doing so. The Arafura Times held a giveaway last December to support Royal Life Saving, where a lucky resident had the chance to get their hands on a bunch of great water-safety related goodies. We’re pleased to announce, we have a winner - little two-year-old Tahli Hayles, of Nhulunbuy, won the prize pack (with a bit of help writing the email entry form from her mum, Monique). This giveaway was all about highlighting the need to reduce the number of children under five drowning, and getting people to keep watch of their backyard swimming pools. Tahli was no stranger to water, as she gets taken down to the pool on a regular basis. “Being Australian, we have to get used to the water early,” her mum said. CONGRATULATIONS: Mum Monique Hayles with her two-year-old daughter Tahli, winner of the Arafura Times’ Royal Life Saving Giveaway. Tahli was most impressed by a pink rubber ducky included in the pack.

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CLP blamed for child deaths TWO indigenous children from the East Arnhem region have died in recent weeks, one after being bashed with a stick. A nine-year-old girl died on Groote Eylandt on Christmas Day after being bashed with a stick by a boy. The boy has since been moved to Darwin for protection. Another child died on Elcho Island on December 18. The NT Country Liberal Party (CLP) Government has felt a backlash since the deaths, accused of sacrificing services late last year which looked out for ‘atrisk’ children. The Families and Children Department experienced a range of cost-saving measures which included the cutting of staff. Reports have suggested the cuts may have left many children largely without proper care or assistance. Children and Families Office chief executive Clare Gardiner-Barnes has

told media she denied there was a link between the deaths and “any change to policies, staffing, funding or structural arrangements” in the Children and Families Office. “It is of significant concern that the child death rate among Aboriginal children, where their families were known to the Office of Children and Families, is eight times higher than the rates of death among non-Aboriginal children,” she said. Labor spokeswoman Natasha Fyles said public service whistleblowers had told her that the NT Government decision to merge Children and Families into the Education Department was also putting children at risk. “We are being told that the new department arrangements are dysfunctional and child abuse reports are slipping through the cracks,” she said. “Sadly, the real victims of these appalling decisions by the CLP Government will be children.”

New online croc reporting

SPOTTED a dangerous looking Salty down at Rainbow Cliffs? Have enough reception to access the internet on your mobile? Well, you can now report that man-eating sucker to authorities online. To keep up with advancing technology, the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT is introducing new ways for the wider community to report crocodile sightings and incidences. Acting Director of Wildlife Operations, Ms Kristen Appel said as part of the 2012-13 Be Crocwise campaign, an online form for reporting crocodiles was now available, allowing the public to easily report a crocodile sighting from their computer or phone via facebook. “The advantage of this new system is that the East Arnhem community will be able to report sightings immediately, on site, increasing the accuracy of the reports. “The other advantage is that the community can report sightings using a laptop, PC or mobile phone, making it more convenient to report. “The online form will be embedded in the Be Crocwise section of the Parks and Wildlife website and will work by sending an instantaneous text message and email to the croc team in Darwin, who will coordinate any response required across the Top End. “This will enhance reporting opportunities for the local community by providing yet another mechanism for reporting to the Crocodile Management Team.” Public can access to the form via the Parks and Wildlife website at and report a problem crocodile at and on Facebook at, or else be old-school and call the Crocodile Management Unit (0419 822 859).

Health care costs a burden for chronic sufferers OLDER people with multiple chronic health conditions are under significant financial pressure, a new National Seniors report has found. The Productive Ageing report, The Health of Senior Australians and the Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs They Face, showed a prevalence of chronic conditions among mature age people who faced onerous out-of-pocket health care costs. The report’s authors from the Australian National University found 570,000 people aged 55 years and over spend more than 10% of their income on

health and about 250,000 spend over 20 per cent. The research showed that on average, older Australians spend $353 per quarter on out-of-pocket health care costs. Worryingly, those with five or more chronic conditions spend $882 per quarter which is almost six times as much as those with no chronic conditions. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said many older Australians will face problems paying for medical services because of the growing cost of health care which is rising faster than inflation.

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2013 Friday, January 25, 2013 Venue: now at the Town Hall Time: 6pm • Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony • Australia Day Movie Night: “The Sapphires” Venue: Walkabout Lodge Time: 7pm • Australia Day TRIVIA Night! Place a team together at your work, school or circle of friends, and bring them down for an Australia Day Trivia Night.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Venue: Gove Aquatic Centre Time: 5.30am to 1pm • Beginning at 6am: Family Fun Run • 7am: Free Aussie Brekky • From 9.30am: Lots of Aussie Day games and activities for kids and adults • Hot food, BBQ and beverages available • Water slide and jumping castle • FREE access to the pool for the whole day!


2013 term dates for government schools Term 1, semester 1 Friday 25 January – Friday 5 April (for urban schools only) (Students resume Tuesday 29 January) Tuesday 29 January – Friday 5 April (for remote schools only) (Students resume Wednesday 30 January) Mid semester break Monday 8 April – Friday 12 April Term 2, semester 1 Monday 15 April – Friday 21 June Check with your child’s school to confirm dates.

Semester break Monday 24 June – Friday 19 July Term 3, semester 2 Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September (Students resume Tuesday 23 July) Mid semester break Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October

Term 4, semester 2 Monday 7 October – Thursday 12 December (for urban schools only) Monday 7 October – Friday 13 December (for remote schools only) $150 Back to School Payment The Territory Government provides every school student in the NT with a $150 Back to School payment. Visit your school to access this payment. Arafura Times

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JAZZ ARVO AT THE ARNO, sunday, january 20 LOCALS took their Sunday easy last week, relaxing in the Arnhem Club’s beer garden to the smooth sounds of muso Grant Pukeroa’s jazz afternoon.

Local favourite Grant Pukeroa dishing out some smooth jazz on a Sunday arvo.

The Sunday jazz session has of late become a staple of the Gove weekend, so if you and your partner enjoy your Frank Sinatra, get along and dig it daddio, from 1 until 5pm, Sundays.

COUPLE OF QUIET ONES: Steve Hill and Two-Dollar Tim

Sarah Barker and Tara Vearncombe.

Lyn and Geof Bellenger with Bondy.


Pat Mayer, David Gibson and Ross Mumchow.

kids’ party fun in nhulunbuy, saturday, january 19 YOUNG local lady Scarlette Smith celebrated her fourth birthday with a party on Saturday, January 19, and it seemed like the town’s four-year-old population had all come for the fun.


The usual pink princess party fare was on offer, from a butterfly-shaped cake, to presents and pass the parcel. Dads managed to relax on the day with a few red cordials straight from the esky.

William and Lachlan Lukas.

ABOVE LEFT: Birthday girl Scarlette Smith, with proud Grandma Heidi-Marie Smith. ABOVE: STARS IN THEIR EYES: Halle, Kezia, Jack and Brayden. LEFT: THE DADS RELAX: Matt Maggs, Glenn Smith and Gary Florian. RIGHT: BUBBLE TROUBLE: The kids discovered the endless thrills of bubble wands.

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN AT NHULUNBUY LIBRARY WITH the school holidays rapidly racing to an end, kids and their families were making the best of what’s left at an activities session at the Nhulunbuy Community Library on January 17. The theme of the day was ‘Flying Fun’ - kids created paper planes, parachutes, balloon rockets and


helicopters all in the name of good times. There’s one last library activity morning on January 24 called ‘Strange Science’, where kids will be making gooey goodies and having loads of laughs. It’ll be from 10-11am, so to book a place, if there are any left, contact (89870860).

Tegan Stiff ballooning around with pals Ella and Carly Seaniger.

ABOVE: HOLIDAY GRINS: Xavier Elgowhary, Serene Florian and Rosabella Elgowhery. ABOVE RIGHT: Tia Langridge learns a lesson in gravity. BELOW: Keala, Amanda and Serene Florian. BELOW RIGHT: Charlie and Anthony Miller.

ABOVE: Poppy Walker with her Grandma Joan Zolnier and Paris Beatson. BELOW: Matthew, Lauren and Grandma Pat Winter.

Hannah and Deni Seaniger.

Tylah and Sarah O’Brien.

FLYING HIGH: Kyron and Kaelan McLachlan.

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5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings Summer Series 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 National News Now 3:30 Extra 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 Gothowitz Deviation 7:00 Getaway Summer 8:00 Person Of Interest: Bad Code 9:00 CSI: NY: Slainte -Fear strikes a small New York City community when a dismembered body is systematically left out on four street corners. 10:00 TBA 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under - Highlights 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

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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 The Day’s Of Our Lives 2:30 National News Now 3:30 Extra 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 Pirate Solution - Raj must find a new job or be sent back to India. Sheldon, however, has a solution, which leaves Leonard and Penny dealing with Howard as third wheel. 7:00 Motorway Patrol 8:00 TBA 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under: Highlights 11:30 Movie: “The Jammed” (AV) - Inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen, Nigella shows her take on the classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake. 1:20 Movie: “Silver Bears” (PG) - An adventure drama about a mysterious Iranian silver mine and the quest to own it that nearly upsets the world market in precious metals. 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 Dr Oz 9:30 Seven Morning News 10:00 Movie: “Twitches Too” (PG) 11:30 Movie: “Gotta Kick It Up” (G) 1:30 2013 Australian Open 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 2013 Australian Open 9:00 Movie: “Butterfly On A Wheel” (AV) - A calculating sociopath kidnaps young Sophie, the daughter of executive Neil Randall and his wife Abby, demanding that the couple obey his orders or their daughter will die. However, one thing remains uncertain: what is the kidnapper’s purpose? 11:00 That ‘70s Show: Eric’s Stash - “ When Eric’s money stash disappears from the Candyland box, he’s afraid Hyde might be to blame. Then, Jackie enters the Miss Dairy Princess pageant, and Kelso and Fez compete to be her ‘pageant boy’. 11:30 Special: Secrets Of The River 12:30 Special: Secrets Of Coral Bay 1:30 Auction Squad 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Destination Australia: A Family Divided 2:30 Angels In New York 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Island Escape 8:30 Mystery of the Lost Leonardo? 9:30 As It Happened: D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “The Libertine” (MA s,a,n) In French. A comic romp of pleasure and enlightenment, set in 18th century France. French encyclopaedist Denis Diderot attempts to write an essay on morals for his banned encyclopaedia whilst flirting with Madame Therbouche, an artist who is painting his portrait in the nude. 12:50 Kurt Wallander: “The Thief” (M s,l,v) In Swedish. After a series of break-ins in Ystad, three neighbours form their own vigilante group as they aren’t satisfied with the police response. When they catch a Polish man, who appears to be leaving a house they think he has broken into, they beat him up, leaving him for dead. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Rage 9:00 Flag Raising And Citizenship Ceremony 2013 10:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 Eggheads 12:00 Movie: “Robbery Under Arms” (PG) 2:25 The Atlantics: Live At Freshwater 3:00 NTAFL: St mary’s Vs Darwin 6:00 River Cottage: Everyday - Fruit 6:45 Govenor General’s Australia Day Address 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin 8:20 Hebburn: The ambitious Jack Pearson left his small home town for the bright city lights, now he’s back for a visit. It’s time he introduced the family to Sarah, the middle class Jewish girl he’s secretly married. 8:45 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Ruddy Gore - During a night out to see a gala performance of Ruddigore, an unexpected and bizarre death onstage leads Phryne on a ghost chase to find a murderer. 9:45 Midsomer Murders: Bantling Boy - DCI Tom Barnaby and Sgt. Dan Scott investigate the murders of a horse-racing syndicate. 11:20 Silent Witness: Home Part 2 - The team of forensic pathologists are back uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths. 12:15 Rage

5:30 Bubble Guppies 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 The Bill Engvall Show 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Downunder - Stage 5 2:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 3:00 The Middle 3:30 Antiques Roadshow 4:00 Getaway 4:30 South Aussie With Cosi 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Twenty/20 - Australia vs Sri Lanka 9:00 The Middle: The Math Class - Frankie locks horns with Brick’s third-grade teacher, Ms. Rinsky, when Brick gets a D on a math test and Frankie thinks poor teaching is to blame. 9:30 Customs 10:00 TBA 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under 11:30 Movie: “The Exorcist” (AV) - When movie actress Chris MacNeil begins to suspect that an evil spirit possesses her young daughter, Regan, she calls in two priests to try and exorcise the demon against frightening and formidable odds. 1:50 The Avengers: From Venue With Love 2:50 Nine Presents: Foo Fighters: Back and Forth 3:00 Extra 3:30 Danoz 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 Parenthood 11:30 Ultimate Spiderman 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Movie: “Brother Bear 2” (G) 2:30 Movie: “The Scream Team” (PG) 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 2013 Australian Open 5:30 Seven News 6:00 2013 Australian Open 9:00 Movie: “88 Minutes” (AV) - An FBI forensic psychologist who teaches at a University receives a death threat warning him that he only has 88 minutes to live. Who wants him dead? An ex-lover, a student or perhaps a serial killer on death row who was convicted by his testimony? 11:15 That ‘70s Show: Hunting - The guys go hunting, and Red bags a deer while Eric wishes he could be somewhere else. Fez goes into the woods with a stick and a whistle and returns with dinner. 11:45 Special: Guardians Of The Wild 12:45 Special: Tiger, Tiger! A Korean Odyssey 1:45 Auction Squad 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 Anna Bolena 4:25 The Chopin Etudes 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Patsy Kensit 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Canada 8:30 Prisoners of War: The Facility 9:30 Real Humans: Heritage - In this episode, the truth about David Eischer’s experiments leaks out to the police, and Inger Engman suddenly understands the link to Anita. Kevin gets tired of Rick’s bullying and returns to a home and a stepfather he doesn’t recognise 10:35 Creative Minds: Geoffrey Rush 11:25 Movie: “Candy” (MA d,a,s,l) - Candy is a contemporary love story of startling beauty directed by acclaimed theatre director Neil Armfield and adapted from the bestselling novel by Luke Davies. In the title role, Abbie Cornish plays a young artist whose lust for life takes her to the edge of sanity. Heath Ledger is Dan, a sometime poet lost in love with Candy. Candy gravitates to Dan and his bohemian lifestyle…and his love of heroin. 1:20 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale 2:20 Dave in the Life: Punter 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Linlithgow 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 World Cafe Asia: Jakarta 2:00 The Ocean’s Supermum 3:00 Philip Treacy In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 3:30 Football: WLeague: Grand Final 6:00 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: All The Things You Are 9:30 Rev. 10:05 All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry: Upper Class Taste 10:50 The Art Of Spiegelman 11:40 Movie: “Paris Blues” (M) - When two Paris nightclub jazz players meet two vacationing American beauties, their passion for music is suddenly challenged by their desire for love. 1:15 Movie: “Gunga Din” (G) 3:15 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 4:25 Can We Help: Shorts 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst

5:30 Bubble Guppies 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Surfsport 10:00 Discover Down Under Summer Series 10:30 Equitana Australia 2012 12:00 2013 Santos Tour Down Under 3:00 Alive & Cooking 3:30 Getaway 4:00 Manly Surf 4:30 National News 5:00 Customs 5:30 National News 6:00 Frozen Planet: Winter 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 The Mentalist: Bloodhounds - When Patrick Jane and the CBI must work with a criminal profiler, Dr. Montague, to solve a double murder, it becomes a competition for Jane to prove that his methods are superior. 9:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Seeing Red - Elisabeth Shue joins the cast as Russell’s former colleague, who helps him investigate the death of a man’s ex-girlfriend. 10:00 Two And A Half Men 10:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under - Highlights 11:30 Nikita 12:30 Spyforce 1:35 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:05 Danoz Direct 3:00 4WD TV 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 Parenthood 12:30 Parenthood 1:30 That ‘70s Show 2:00 2013 Australian Open 4:00 TBA 5:00 2013 Australian Open 5:30 Seven News 6:00 2013 Australian Open 9:00 Criminal Minds: The Eyes Have It - The BAU team tracks a serial killer who keeps the eyes of his victims as souvenirs. 10:00 Revenge: The First Chapter - Relive the drama, excitement and suspense as Emily Thorne returns to the Hamptons to seek revenge on those responsible for tearing her family apart. 11:00 Parking Wars 11:30 Special: Canada Wild - The superb wildlife and wilderness of outback Canada is depicted in all its glory in this Greg Grainger special. 12:30 House Calls To The Rescue 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 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Wheel2Wheel: China 3:00 Wheel2Wheel: Vietnam 3:30 Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece: Navplio 4:00 Anthony Bourdain: Ne Reservations 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: Stirling Man 8:30 Seeing Stars 9:30 Art and Copy - A fascinating look at the real ‘Mad Men’ - and women - behind some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of the past half-century. 11:10 Movie: “Days Of Glory” (M l,v) In French In World War Two, four North African men are recruited to fight for their colonial motherland, France. During the campaign in Italy, France and Alsace, they come to realise that French soldiers are promoted and have better food and leave entitlements, while Arab soldiers are shamefully discriminated against. 1:20 Movie: “2 Become 1” (M a) In Cantonese. Produced by veteran filmmaker Johnnie To, this Hong Kong Sex and the City follows the life of Bingo, a sassy, single thirty-something whose life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Restoration Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:50 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Country House Rescue: Carnfield Hall 6:50 Minuscule: Zzzeplin 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Common Knowledge 8:30 Kevin’s Grand Design 9:30 The Real King’s Speech 10:20 Lateline 11:00 Foyle’s War: The Russian House - DCS Foyle stumbles upon an international cover up, which, if exposed could bring down the British government, and reveal the War Office’s darkest secret yet. 12:35 Movie: “Same Time Next Year” (M v) - A Based on the longrunning Broadway play about the 26-year relationship of an adulterous couple who meet only once a year. 2:30 In The End 3:00 Rage 4:00 Movie: “The General” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 National News Now 3:30 Extra 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 Twenty/20 - Australia vs Sri Lanka 9:00 The Middle: Spring Cleaning - Spring cleaning stirs up a hornet’s nest at the Heck house, and Brick starts a neighborhood information stand, handling inquiries for a dollar each. 9:30 Customs 10:00 CSI: Miami: Match Made In Hell - A millionaire is murdered and the investigation leads to an elite dating service. Ryan goes undercover and poses as a rich businessman to expose the truth behind the questionable matchmaking enterprise. 11:00 Nikita 12:00 The Avengers 1:00 Extra 1:30 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 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Parenthood 12:30 Parenthood 1:30 Parenthood 2:30 Parenthood 3:30 The Zoo 4:00 Seven News 5:00 TBA 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - The Braxton’s capture Jamie as a way of getting to Adam. Celia’s secret motives are closer to being revealed when she takes a phone call from a mystery caller. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 10:00 Movie: “The Heart Break Kid” (MA) - Unmarried and just turned 40, sporting goods store owner Eddie Cantrow is on the sidelines of the dating game when he attends the wedding of his former fiance. Feeling like the whole world has paired off except him, Eddie is primed for a romance. Now all he needs is the girl. 12:00 Room For Improvement 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: “family Law” (PG) 2:45 Via Gori 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 Global Village 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Blow Your Own Sail 8:30 Derren Brown: Fear And Faith 9:35 RocKwiz 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Common Ground - Uncle Bob is a desert man and Hollie grew up in the concrete walls of Melbourne. They couldn’t be more different. However while reconnecting with the Australian landscape they find common ground. Best Foreign Short, California Film Awards 2011. (From Australia) PG; Bad Language - When Bill makes an unusual bet with the fractious regulars at his uncle’s suburban Kafenois (men’s club), Kosta sees an opportunity to make a fast buck off the kid. Winner, SBS TV Award at Flickerfest 2011. (From Australia, in English and Greek) M. 1:05 Cast Offs: Will 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Kevins Grand Design 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Time Team: Bitterley 6:50 Minuscule: United We Stand 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Cheating 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Arty 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Movie: “Harry’s Arctic Heroes” (M v) - Prince Harry and the team have arrived at the ice cap. They must now navigate treacherous landscape conditions whilst pulling their own 100 kilo sledges, to reach the geographic North Pole. 12:35 Movie: “Slaughter Trail” (PG) 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:00 Movie: “The Late Edwina Black” (PG) 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings - Summer Series 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 National News Now 3:30 Extra 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 Gorilla Experiment 7:00 TBA 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Psychic Vortex 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Bozeman Reaction - When their apartment is robbed, Leonard and Sheldon turn to their friends to create a state-of-the-art security system, and Sheldon struggles to cope. 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Secret Ingredient 9:30 Two And A Half Men: The Straw In My Donut Hole 10:00 Survivor: Philippines 11:50 Survivor: Philippines 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 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 TBA 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Minute To Win It 3:30 The Zoo 4:00 Seven News 5:00 TBA 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Adam and Jamie are arrested following Adam’s confession. Jett’s crush on Indi develops when she comes over to babysit, but Romeo crashes the party. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:15 TBA 11:15 That ‘70s Show: “Bye-Bye Basement - Hyde moves back in with the Forman’s when his dad leaves again. Eric is horrified when Kitty announces her plan to redecorate the basement and proceeds to hire contractors, but even more horrified when Donna takes her side. 11:45 Room For Improvement 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Vento Di Terra” (PG) 2:25 The Mayor, The Artist, The Farmer and His Wife 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Catherine Freeman 8:35 Extreme ER: Johannesburg 9:30 Coppers: When They Get to Seven Pints 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Lovesickness” (M) In Spanish. A three-part look at the ironies of love, with stories that involve a young boy, a hostage situation, and a divorced elderly couple caught in a love triangle. 12:35 Mad Men: The Grown Ups - Peggy’s taste in men proves questionable; Pete has to make a big decision about his career; Henry makes his move on Betty; and the staff is rocked by a major tragedy. 1:50 Anna Pihl - Rookie cop Anna Pihl did her training in the provinces so she is unfamiliar with Copenhagen, its many districts, or the various segments of the population. 2:20 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 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Grand Designs: Doncaster 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Cat’s Eyes 8:30 ABBA: Bang A Boomerang - The inside story of Australia’s colossal 70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever. 9:35 Would I Lie To You? 10:05 Life’s Too Short 10:30 Lateline 11:30 Identity 12:20 Durham County 1:05 Stress Buster: Police 1:40 Football: W-League - Grand Final 4:10 Movie: “The Big Steal” (PG) 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 National News Now 3:30 Extra 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 Enstein Approximation - Suffering from a case of “physicist’s block,” Sheldon’s search for the answer to a physics problem leads him to work at the Cheesecake Factory with Penny. 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Large Hadron Collision - It’s Valentine’s Day, and Leonard can only bring one guest on a trip to see CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator) in Switzerland. Will it be Sheldon or Penny? 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Excelsior Acquisition 8:00 TBA 11:00 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Teenage Ski Trip 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 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Mystery Woman: At First Sight” (M) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Minute To Win It 3:30 The Zoo 4:00 Seven News 5:00 TBA 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Romeo foils Jett’s plans to cause friction between him and Indi. Sasha completes her Science assignment with new friend Rosie. Alf and Irene are suspicious of Celia when sums of money are stolen and then returned. When Casey starts work in the kitchen at the prison, Courtney demands Casey sneak certain ‘packages’ to inmates via the food delivery. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 11:15 That ‘70s Show: The Relapse - Part 1- When Midge leaves home for good, Red and Kitty try to help Bob through his denial. At Kitty’s request, Eric takes a casserole next door and ends up in bed with Donna. 11:45 Room For Improvement 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 Planet Egypt: Temples Of Power 1:55 Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Secrets of Our Living Planet: Waterworlds 8:30 Tropic Of Capricorn: Namibia To Botswana 9:35 Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life: Life After Death 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “On The Path” (M l,s) In Bosnian. Director Jasmila Zbanic explores the complex influences of Islam in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. Luna and Amar are deeply in love, yet rifts in their relationship appear when Amar lands a teaching job at a fundamentalist Islamic camp and is attracted to its extremist dogma 12:55 Movie: “Jasmine Women” (MA a) In Mandarin. Master cinematographer Yong Hou turns director to capture intimate performances from Zhang Ziyi and Joan Chen as they tell the story of three generations of women throughout the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 The People’s Supermarket 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Miss Sadie Thompson” (G) 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:55 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 6:30 Good Morning Kalimantan 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Cummingtonite 8:30 Nigellissima 9:00 The Hour 10:00 Angry Boys 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Baker Boys: Inside The Surge 11:40 The Botany Of Desire 12:35 The Clinic 1:25 The Da Vinci Shroud - Thought to have held the image of Jesus Christ, tortured and crucified, the Shroud of Turin has baffled scientists for decades as to how it was made. This film examines the theory that it was created by Leonardo da Vinci. 2:15 Big Ideas Sampler 2:30 NTAFL: Tiwi Bombers Vs Palmerston 5:30 Eggheads









12 – Arafura Times

23 - 29 January 2013


SUDOKU No. 132

Your  Lucky 



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AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

It’ll be easier to fit in with other people’s ideas if you are able to “put yourself in their shoes” for a while. Go with the flow! Romance. Your partner may find your excess energy a little overwhelming at times. Do your best to relax. If you can’t, it may be advantageous to spend time apart for the time being.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

An approach which has not been successful in the past is unlikely to work now. A completely fresh angle on the problem will help you to get what you want. Romance. Your confidence could do with a boost at the moment. It will come, but not in the way you expect. Regardless, embrace this selfassurance.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)


You could find yourself criticised rather badly at work this week. Try not to fly off the handle until you have had a chance to talk to other people. Romance. A favourable aspect between your Ruling Planet and Mars will give your love-life an extra boost of energy. Invest yourself in your relationships and you’ll benefit.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

While it is important for you to take your career seriously, you might be putting too much energy into the wrong areas. Devise a new plan of action. Romance. This will be a fairly quiet week for romance. You have a meeting in a few days to look forward to, however. Prepare yourself properly!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

Your parents may seem to be taking a slightly closer interest in your life than you might like. They mean well, however, and you should not be too hard on them. Romance. The Venus/Moon Midpoint presently in your sign will help you to get your love-life back on track. Learn from previous mistakes to avoid future issues.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


A meeting with a new friend will be even warmer than you expected. You will be surprised how well you can understand each other’s feelings. Romance. Contact with someone from overseas will give you a new perspective. This person will change your general stance in the way you interact with others.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

You may be in a rather impractical mood at the moment. Don’t spend too much time thinking about what to do - just do it! Romance. Try not to lose your temper because of an incident that has frustrated you. Escalating the situation will not help anything. Talk it through instead and things will improve.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

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An argument with a friend could be difficult to get out of. Try to avoid touching on any areas that you know could cause problems. Romance. Some changes to your domestic routine may be harder to get used to than you expect. Don’t try too hard to look for problems and you’ll adapt more quickly.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

A change in your circumstances might be difficult to deal with at first. You may have to leave some old ideas behind. Romance. This will be a good time for relaxing with your partner. A romantic get-together will go well. Plan it together to ensure that each of you get what it is you need most this week.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

You may be surprised at how hard your boss is with you this week. It is uncalled for; especially after all the extra effort that you have been putting in. Romance. A flattering remark from an admirer may be less of an encouragement than they expect. Try not to be too hard on this person.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard


Trouble may arise this week when your idea about what is “right” may be rather different from someone else’s. In the end, you may have to “agree to differ” over this. Romance. You will soon know if a meeting has gone well. Don’t be blind to any obvious signs. Make the next step if it is necessary.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

An old friend who appears from out of the blue may have a surprise in store. Don’t try to guess what it is! Romance. Don’t let your partner nag you too much. A firm stance may be more effective than just giving in. Submitting to their desires now will unfortunately mean you may have to do so in the future.

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MONEY MANAGEMENT OFFICER LAYNHAPUY HOMELANDS ABORIGINAL CORPORATION Organisation Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation was established to provide opportunities and maintain Yolngu culture within our Homelands in north-east Arnhem Land. Based at the Resource Centre in Yirrkala, a community 15 minutes from the town of Nhulunbuy, LHAC endeavours to balance delivery of developmental support services with Aboriginal traditional law and culture to achieve the organisations objectives and to meet with the aspirations of the member clans. Town of Nhulunbuy Nhulunbuy / Gove is approximately 600 kms from Darwin, on the eastern-most tip of the Gove Peninsula and is home to approx. 4000 people. The Gove Peninsula encompasses nearly 100,000 square kilometres of land owned by the Yolngu Aboriginal people and is famous for spectacular beaches and great fishing. Opportunity LHAC has a fixed-term opportunity for an individual with a passion for Indigenous culture and community development to join the Community Services team to assist with the delivery of the Money Management program within the Homelands. Currently funded to 30 June 2014, this challenging and innovative role is a great opportunity for someone looking to make a valuable contribution to the Yolngu Homeland members. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Provide money management support, education and training through: o Conducting community education workshops o Financial literacy and budgeting o Assist clients in creating family budgeting and savings plans o Bill paying and purchasing assistance o Accessing financial institutions, products and services • Provide program management support to the Money Management Coordinator • Lead Yolngu staff through actively mentoring and providing support mechanisms that allows them to achieve set work tasks. This role comes with many benefits attached, and LHAC will reward your commitment with excellent remuneration $55,000 plus benefits including salary sacrifice. Applications Close: COB 25 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.

Government Quotations & Tenders Northern Territory Government Quotations and Tenders are listed online. You can find our current, future and awarded quotations and tenders on our website. Visit or call (08) 8999 1937. 14 – Arafura Times

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Marjo opens East Arnhem exhibition

Former editor Marjo Hallowell (far right) presenting Llyadari Alahakoon and Charlotte Piper with the Arafura Times Award at the Nhulunbuy High School Presentation night last December.

FOR many residents, seeing former Arafura Times editor Marjo Hallowell clutching her camera and shooting the nature around Nhulunbuy was, for a couple of years, as familiar as seeing the nature itself. Now back in her home of the Southern Highlands in NSW, Marjo is keen to share her experiences with local residents, and give them a taste of her life in the tropical north. She’s putting on an exhibition of her East Arnhem adventures titled The Australiana Art and Photography Exhibition, held in Picton,

NSW, which opened last week. Marjo has selected more than 50 favourite photographs taken by herself and a few friends, which depict Australia in all its colour and glory. She’ll be showing more via computer from her large catalogue, which are also available for sale. During her time here in Nhulunbuy, Marjo was an avid collector of Yolngu art. She made meaningful connections with many of the local artists and communities, and subsequently blew her wallet on many brilliant local works.

Now she’s also showcasing some of these, with a number of bark and paint-on-acrylic works up for sale to the southern audiences. Marjo said the exhibition coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala bark petitions, the first traditional documents prepared by Indigenous Australians that were recognised by parliament and, therefore, the first recognition of Aborigines in Australian law. “I was always respectful of the indigenous population but living in Nhulunbuy has given me a greater understanding,’’ One of Marjo’s beautiful landscapes from around Nhulunbuy. she said.

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Please call Paul on 0415 830 500 for details and inspection. For photos or more info, email

Annual General Meeting Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club Annual General Meeting. When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 Time: 10am Place: Surf Club Breakfast to follow. All positions declared vacant. All members encouraged to attend. Any enquiries to Club Secretary - Kellie Francis or call 0488 242 885.



Nhulunbuy Community Neighbourhood Centre (NCNC) is seeking expressions of interest to fill the position of Director for our service. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the service and all programs that operate from it. Applicants must have or be able to obtain an Ochre Card, clear Criminal History Check and First Aid qualifications. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and/or be working towards higher qualifications in the field of Early Childhood. Experience in administration and a working knowledge of the childcare industry is required. Book keeping skills is desired. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter, outlining experience, to with subject title ‘Re: Director’s Position’. Applications close 5pm, February 4, 2013.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Nhulunbuy Community Neighbourhood Centre will be holding their AGM on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6pm at Nhulunbuy Community Neighborhood Centre Franklyn Street, Nhulunbuy Meeting will open at 6pm sharp Children are welcome to attend, there will be some supervision and snacks provided. A quorum of 5 financial members is required to be in attendance to proceed with the AGM. Please come down and support your local Community Neighbourhood Centre. REMEMBER – NO COMMITTEE, NO SERVICE!!!

Bunuwal Group H AGM Who: YDAC Where: Bunuwal Industrial Pty Ltd, 3 Chaseling Square, Yirrkala When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Time: 9am – 10am Members only to attend the AGM AGM Who: Bunuwal Industrial Pty Ltd Where: Bunuwal Industrial Pty Ltd, 3 Chaseling Square, Yirrkala When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Time: 10am – 11am Members only to attend the AGM AGM Who: RAC Where: Bunuwal Industrial Pty Ltd, 3 Chaseling Square, Yirrkala When: Thursday, January 31, 2013. Time: 10am – 12noon Members only to attend the AGM







Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 14:00 (2pm) Venue: MIwATj HEALTH OFFICES, 1424 ARNHEM ROAd, NHULUNBUY ALL memBeRs ARe eNCOuRAGed TO ATTeNd Miwatj Health is proposing by special resolution to repeal the current rule book in its entirety and replace it with a new rule book. Members will be asked to vote on these proposed changes. A draft copy of the Rule Book will be available at: Miwatj House, Nhulunbuy; Ngalkanbuy Clinic, Galiwin’ku; Gunyangara Clinic (Ski Beach); Yirrkala Clinic; and Anindilyakwa Land Council, Alyangula. A copy can also be sent to you upon request. Please contact Juliette Mundy, Executive Secretary, on 8939 1917.

Phone: 8939 1900 Fax: 8987 1670 Postal: PO Box 519, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 Address: 1424 Arnhem Road, Nhulunbuy

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Locals bank on Sport vouchers to boost numbers NHULUNBUY families will this week begin receiving $75 sports vouchers from the Government to help reduce the costs of participating in junior sport. Chief Minister Terry Mills said the vouchers have begun hitting letter boxes across the Territory and can be redeemed at local sports clubs from February 1. “The Sport Voucher Scheme will assist parents with the costs associated with having their child enrolled in sport,” Mr Mills said. “This Government wants to see children having fun and getting exercise.” President of the Northern Territory BMX Association David Baxter said the voucher’s could help bolster remote sporting club numbers, as they can be used to fund club or team membership including insurance and registration fees. “I think it’s going to be great. It’ll make it a lot easier for people to join clubs in remote areas such as ours.” Mr Baxter said the vouchers could help club’s around town including the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club and the Tennis Club as well, as it will get younger generations joining up if they can do so for free. He said using the money towards membership fees would be more useful than putting it towards sporting equipment. “On the BMX forefront, $75 might get you a new tyre or two, but that’s

about it. “But it’s better than nothing,” he said. Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie said vouchers were “akin to handing out umbrellas in a cyclone”, as they would fail to cover the significant cost of living increases implemented under the CLP Government. “The cost of living for Territory families has gone through the roof unnecessarily under the CLP Government,” Ms Lawrie said. The vouchers can also be used to fund participation in holiday or after school programs from eligible organisations, uniforms and equipment. Clubs, associations or registered businesses affiliated with a recognised Territory Peak Sporting Body that has a National Sporting Organisation recognised by the Australian Sports Commission are eligible to register at the Sport Voucher website from January 29. Children from both Government and non Government schools will receive the vouchers. In East Arnhem Shire areas with limited access to sporting clubs, including communities such as Yirrkala and Gapuwiyak, the schools there will receive $75 of Sport Voucher funding per enrolled student to support school council-endorsed sporting activities. The vouchers are valid through to November 30, 2013.

President of the Northern Territory BMX Association David Baxter says the sports vouchers could have a positive impact on sporting clubs around the region. 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 25

Time 0458 1207 1904 2346

Time 0602 1316 2006

Time 0111 0704 1409 2051

Ht 2.84 1.28 2.31 1.85

Ht 2.86 1.17 2.45

Sat 26 Ht 1.85 2.94 1.05 2.58

Time 0216 0758 1453 2129

Sun 27 Ht 1.77 3.04 0.94 2.70

Time 0303 0845 1533 2202


Ht 1.67 3.15 0.85 2.80

Mon 28

Tue 29

Time 0344 0926 1609 2232

Time 0421 1004 1642 2259

Ht 1.57 3.25 0.80 2.88

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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.



W/E Jan 13 W/E Jan 13 Variance Actual Usage Target Usage


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

Monday 07/01







Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E:

Tuesday 08/01







Wednesday 09/01







Thursday 10/01







Friday 11/01







Saturday 12/01













41148 10828 39100 10291



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

Sunday 13/01 TOTAL

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

Ht 1.47 3.32 0.77 2.96

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 24

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

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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

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

Weather details o

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 14 33.3 24.9 NIL Tuesday 15 32.1 25.1 0.2 Wednesday 16 33.6 25.3 6.6 Thursday 17 30.2 23.6 11.4 Friday 18 31.0 23.6 62.8 Saturday 19 31.2 24.6 9.4 Sunday 20 30.6 24.8 2.0 Monthly total rainfall to date: 122 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Jan. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 20

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1009.4 hPa on Tuesday Min: 1000.8 hPa on Sunday Averages for the month of January Max temp: 32.0 Min temp: 24.6 Rainfall: 286.5 mm

AUSTRALIA’S WILD NORTH - PHOTO FEATURE 2013 SOMETIMES it’s easy to forget what a wild, remote part of the world we live in. To celebrate our unique landscapes and environment, the Arafura Times is this week featuring a collection of photographs titled Australia’s Wild

North. Around the Top End the nature is vibrant, the locals are characters and everything seems to be tinged with a dry as a desert sense of humour - so it’s no wonder photographers flock up here like Magpie Geese.


One such was freelance photographer Milos Lekovic, who dropped by on January 12 to shoot a few as a part of a competition for National Geographic. “I used the theme of Travel, Culture and Sport to show how all aspects of these are brought together

by the community in a beautiful, remote location,” he said. Some of his wonderful works are featured here, alongside other quirky reminders of what an original place we live.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Bauxite mine at Yirrkala. The mine boasts an impressive 26km conveyor belt which moves 3000 tonne’s of bauxite ore per hour, from the mine to the refinery. Photo courtesy: Milos Lekovic, Southside Studios.

A very North Australian sight at the Nhulunbuy Tip. Photo: Matt Garrick.

A few local lads of Yirrkala about play basketball after a downpour. Photo courtesy: Milos Lekovic, Southside Studios.

No security check-in? At least they have a bin at Numbulwar Airport. Photo courtesy: Ali Thorn.

THRILLSEEKERS: Local Matt Waterson and some mates ventured into the wilds around Jabiru, and came a little too close for comfort to a giant Salty. ABOVE/RIGHT/BELOW: On Yam Island, in the Torres Strait, the Alag (bush spirits) come out during New Year’s celebrations. They do not talk and you are unable to identify them. The Alag chase people and try to hit them with sticks. This is based on old cultural practises of over coming fear for what may lay ahead in the new year.

Keep those photos coming in Remember to send your shots through to the Arafura Times at, for your chance to be featured as the ‘Photo of the Month’, printed in the first edition of each new month.

At the end of this year, a photo exhibition will be held (location yet to be named) featuring the 12 monthly winners, and Arafura Times readers will have the opportunity to vote on the Photo of the Year for 2013.

Gove Country Golf Club ABOVE: Taking a dip in Crocodile Creek, with the refinery looming in the background. Photo courtesy: Milos Lekovic, Southside Studios. BELOW: Game of footy in Yirrkala. Photo courtesy: Milos Lekovic, Southside Studios.

Phone: (08) 8987 3191 • Email: PO Box 370, Nhulunbuy, NT 0881 • Fax: (08) 8987 1707

Social Playing Membership • Unlimited Year-Round Green fees for Social golf – $250

Social Membership • Single – $30 • Couple – $50

Full Playing Membership • Unlimited Year-Round Green fees for Social golf plus Membership entitlements to all competitions – $420* *(green/comp fees paid comp days Joining fee $100)

Full Playing Family Membership – Member/Spouse and junior golfers • All membership entitlements to all competitions – $630 family* *(green/comp fees paid comp days Joining fee $100 family)

For all enquires, please contact the Golf Club Manager, Jamie Henderson

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Gove women volunteer on the world’s wild frontiers

Mel Olding, a doctor at Gove District Hospital, on her last day of work before packing up to begin a volunteer job in remote Papua New Guinea. EVEN though they’ve never met, Gove residents Melanie Olding and Jamie KoklesRidgway have more than a few things in common. For one, they’re both brave, young working women with professional expertises which are demanded the world over. Secondly, they’re both taking on volunteer jobs in far-flung, exotic locations - places most of us will never see in our lives. Ms Olding, who has been working as a doctor at Gove District Hospital, sets off this week to begin a stint as a volunteer medic on the remote outpost of New Ireland in

Papua New Guinea. She’ll be based in the southern part of the 70 square kilometre island province, a part of the land where there hasn’t been a proper doctor stationed for years. “The hospital was apparently pretty run-down. “And electricity has been a big problem in the region. “They tell me they’re currently birthing babies by candlelight over there,” Ms Olding said. She’ll be volunteering for a not-for-profit health care organisation, Australian Doctors International.

Jamie Kokles-Ridgway teaching English to schoolchildren on the remote island of Hithadhoo in the Maldives. Her mother Nikki said the volunteer has had ON the other side of the coin, Ms Kokles-Ridgway has also set-up camp on a blip-on-the-map to get used to the idiosyncrasies of living in the tropical island. Muslim world. “She’s had to dress appropriately and cover After turning 21, the intrepid young woman left her job as swimming teacher at the Nhu- up when she’s giving swimming lessons. “No more bikini’s out there,” she laughed. lunbuy Town Pool and applied for a gig While out on the island, Ms Kokles-Ridgway volunteering in the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean. has also been studying nursing part-time by corShe is now staying on the comically named respondence with Charles Darwin University. Hithadhoo - an island of the tiny nation- which So who can say? Perhaps these two ladies will someday meet, houses a predominantly Muslim population. Here she teaches English to school students both working in the same hospital...but who knows where on earth it will be. and swimming to women and children.

BMX rider stacks up for next championship round

ASSESSING THE DAMAGE: Rider Tim Baxter with his wrecked BMX forks, destroyed by a stack in a Gold Coast competition.

ALTHOUGH Nhulunbuy BMX Club member Tim Baxter may not have brought home a trophy from recent tournaments on the Gold Coast, he did manage to take out Australia’s Number One 16s Boys racer, Brandon Tehiko, in a bruising stack. “He fell off in front of me, and I ended up crashing into him. “Nobody was hurt, but I destroyed the forks on my bike,” he said. Though he was a little bumpedabout and with a battered bike, Tim made his hometown proud, scoring second place in two races at the BMX Australia 2013 National Series Round One on January 4. Around 800 riders from across the nation and internationals from country’s including France, Japan and New Zealand took part in the series.

Tim had been picked for the Northern Territory squad of eight to ride at the event. A day later, on January 5, Tim managed to reach the semi-finals at the prestigious Nerang Internationals. “It wasn’t easy, but I guess I committed into my corners and just peddled hard.” Fellow Nhulunbuy BMX Club member and track director Lindsay Wollin said the races were a thrill to watch. “Watching all the pro-riders, watching all the crashes - there was probably about three huge stacks where I almost got hit by the bikes,” Lindsay laughed. Though the NT Squad didn’t score a place at the event, Tim hopes they can improve their game when they travel down to compete in National Series Rounds Five and Six in Canberra on January 26. The Nhulunbuy BMX Club are always trying to find more people to race, so check out their facebook page and give them a g’day.

Nhulunbuy BMX Club track directors Tim Baxter and Lindsay Wollin after returning from competitions on the Gold Coast.

Fizzy drinks a downer NEW research shows that sweetened beverages such as soft drinks can lead to depression in older adults. People aged 50 to 70 who consumed four cans or cups of sweetened soft drinks each day had a 30% increase in risk of developing depression. The same research also found that coffee and tea were linked to lower incidence of depression in the same demographic. The study was conducted by Dr. Honglei Chen, a researcher with the National Institutes of Health.

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Phone: 1300 0880 00 • Fax: 1300 787 248 • Email:

Sports reports deadline is 10.30am, Monday prior to publication

East Arnhem Sports Awards winners named soon THE votes have been tallied and the judges verdicts are almost in - the inaugural East Arnhem Sports Awards winners are set to be announced at a ceremony in Nhulunbuy on Thursday, January 24. It’s been a close competition, filled with some of the best and brightest sporting stars on the East Arnhem circuit, but sadly there can only be four winners - for the categories of best Senior Sportsperson (18 plus), Junior Sportsperson (under 18), Volunteer, Team/Club

and the Encouragement Award. East Arnhem Shire Council Regional Manager for Youth, Sport and Recreation Cherie Forbes said whether they scored a trophy or not, all the nominees this year were superb athletes doing a credit to their sporting community. “It was tough competition this year, as all the nominees were outstanding. “But for those who don’t get the call this year, don’t feel bad, as there’s always 2014.” She also said there were a

significant number of entries from remote communities. “It was great to see applicants coming from out there, and we encourage and can’t wait to see more of them next year.” If you nominated a team or a sportsperson to win an EAS Award, stay tuned for next week’s Arafura Times to find out if your choice took home the trophy...and GOOD LUCK! Congratulations to all the nominees for the East Arnhem Sports Awards 2013.

NOMINATIONS SENIOR Justin Gaykamangu Jamie Wunungmurra Olivia Lynch Thomas Guyula Daniel Bromot Terri Dupe Thomas Gunn ABOVE LEFT: Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) runner Justin Gaykamangu from Ramingining (with family).

JUNIOR Katelyn Rika Kalkani Pehi Justin Gurruwiwi Ralph Dhamarrandji Anthony Quayle Rhys Mulholland



Allen Fanning Owen Grills Donna Maree Grieve Brian Brown Paul Ngamoki

Katelyn Rika Julian Aitchison

CLUB/TEAM East Woody Eagles Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club - Open Patrol Team East Arnhem Rugby Union U16

LEFT: Footy player Olivia Lynch from Nhulunbuy. LEFT BELOW: IMP marathon runner Jamie Wunungmurra from Yirrkala. RIGHT ABOVE: Footy player Thomas Guyula from Gapuwiyak. RIGHT BELOW: Women’s AFL Team the East Woody Eagles were nominated for best Team/Club for 2013.

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