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Arafura Times

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A toad-ally awesome Australia Day

THERE’S no event that sounds Aussie-r, or in some ways weirder, to hold on Australia Day than a cane toad race. The Gove Boat Club put on their annual Oz Day Olympics, which featured, as well as the toad hop-off, feats of thongthrowing, dummy spitting, lamington eating and a prawn chomping competition . . . and plenty fun had by all. Local squirts Tegan, Zoe, Kasper, Harry, Liam, Cameron and Junior Dummy Spitting Champion Mitchell are pictured here preparing the racers for their big moment. More Australia Day fun inside (pages 6, 10 and 11).>>

Show the world Gove cares BY MATT GARRICK

A RALLY to save Nhulunbuy from having its “spine ripped out” is being held at Hindel Oval today (Wednesday) at midday.

All residents have been urged to attend and show the country’s media, in strength of numbers, that this town will not sink into the shadows. The rally is to be held one day before a make-or-break decision is made on

whether Rio Tinto will shut-down the region’s major employer, the Pacific Aluminium refinery. The decision is due to be known after a Rio Tinto board meeting in London on January 31.

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Chairman of East Arnhem Regional Futures Alliance Klaus Helms said locals have to gather in numbers to show not just the Federal and Territory governments but also the mining fraternity what this would mean to the region.

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“We’re asking that everyone concerned, which could be every one of the 2500 people who will be affected directly, to be down on the town oval for this rally.” Continued Page 4 >>

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The Wolfaardt family - Luke, Steven, Rachel and Matthew - all became Australian citizens on January 25.

Samuel Briceno-Rossi, Marco Briceno, Debora Rossi and Amalia BricenoRossi, who have been here four and a half years, were beaming after officially becoming Aussies. Mr Briceno hails from Venezuela, while Ms Rossi is from Brazil.

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WHAT better day to become an Aussie than on the eve of Australia Day? This year, nine new Australians were welcomed into the fold here in Nhulunbuy, and granted citizenship during a ceremony at the Town Hall. Immigrants from Brazil, Thailand, South Africa the United Kingdom and South America lined across the stage as they were read what responsibilities their new lives would entail. Town Administrator Dr Ross Theedom said in his opening address that acquiring Australian citizenship was a public declaration of their commitment to Australia. “It enables those doing so to participate fully in our inclusive society, realise aspirations and achieve their full potential, regardless of race, background, gender, religion, language or place of birth.” Though completely committed to his new home, there was one thing South African immigrant Steven Wolfaardt said he wouldn’t do – support the Australian rugby team, The Wallabies. “Not yet,” he laughed as a mate jibed him. “But we will be going home to have a big Aussie barbecue.” Mr Wolfaardt, who has been here now for four years with his family, said being granted the citizenship has given him a sense of freedom. “Now we can look to the future for our kids and their generation,” he said.

Community pillar is Citizen of the Year ONE of the pillars of the Gove community, Jackie McGrath, has scooped the pool at the Australia Day Awards ceremony in Nhulunbuy. She was nominated for and won the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award and accepted the ‘Community Event of the Year’ award, for her work in co-organising the hugely successful G-Spot Challenge last year. Ms McGrath was granted the Citizen of the Year Award due to her ongoing work in sporting clubs around the region, including the Gove Surf Club, Gove Junior Rugby League and the Barra’s Swim Club. Winning the awards was a total surprise, she said. “You’re only as good as everyone around you, and I’m surrounded by good people and a great team.” In his address to the crowd at Nhulunbuy’s Town Hall, Dr Ross Theedom introduced Ms Winner of Gove’s Citizen of the Year and Event of the Year Awards, Jackie McGrath (centre) with husband Rowdy McGrath as someone who (left) and Town Administrator Dr Ross Theedom (right). was “not a stand up the 25 teams of five women each, to fundraise Ms McGrath said she didn’t yet know front, make a noise and let’s make this happen for a friend and local Tania Peters, who had where she’d put her awards, but they’d both kind of person. been diagnosed with cancer. be taking pride of place in her home. “She is happy to be in the background Support for the cause ballooned the event Also nominated for the ‘Citizen of the helping and encouraging others to make to 30 teams, and everyone came along dressed Year’ Award was Yirrkala community elder things happen.” in colourful costumes keen to bring strength and senior traditional owner, Wali WunungHer award for ‘Event of the Year’ came as in numbers. murra. one of the evenings most poignant moments. They raised over $14,000 on the day. Mr Wunungmurra, who is the last survivor The G-Spot Challenge, which took place Ms McGrath said it had been emotional of the delegation which presented the famous in November last year, was based on reality seeing everybody dressed up and there to bark petition to parliament 50 years ago, television show, The Amazing Race. take part. was nominated for his lifelong dedication to It was initially a pegged to be run as a “I just wish Tania had been able to be there improving health and education throughout medium-sized community event, involving to see it,” she said. the region.


Locals tackle Woolworths with online argy-barge-y

The TOLL barge, in Nhulunbuy Port, when it arrived three days late on January 23.

DOZENS of residents took to supermarket giant Woolworths’ social networking site last week, demanding answers after the town’s food barge was late in delivering needed supplies. A cyclone in the Gulf and the monsoon lingering around the coast was blamed for the barge’s delay, which saw the town’s biggest food stocker barren of most fresh produce, and meat shelves empty bar a stack of Christmas hams. Residents reported they had been unable to purchase essential

items - from baby food to fresh fruit and kitty litter. The first resident to broach the issue on Facebook received a whopping 163 comments, 137 shares, and by time of publication, 408 likes. “The best thing is we have an ample amount of Peter’s Drumsticks and toilet paper. “Maybe they think we’re a bit sh*t-scared up here and deserve an ice-cream to celebrate!” the resident wrote. Dozens of comments were posted underneath the original post.

Some blamed Gove’s current tumult with the Rio Tinto refinery as a reason for the empty shelves. “Seems like it’s ham or nothing until they know what’s going on at the mine,” wrote one user. Others users just seemed dumbfounded. “Ten orders of duck and pancakes in the meat section but no chicken or mince. “It seems like our weekly supplies are just whatever got tossed in,” wrote another. Woolworths’ PR Team responded

soon after, and cited foul weather as the reason for the delay. “The store receives weekly deliveries by barge from Darwin, however adverse weather conditions and operational issues over the last few weeks have made it unsafe for the barge to travel, delaying delivery by two or three days,” wrote a spokesperson. Two days later, the barge pulled up to the port and the empty aisles were swiftly replenished. An extra barge was also sent out from Darwin to make sure the

town was properly supplied, and Woolworths listed a number of contingencies they would employ in the future should similar incidences occur - including sending extra perishable goods. Woolworths NT Area Manager Rick Lowe apologised to customers for the inconvenience, and reassured locals that getting new supply to the Nhulunbuy store was a priority. “We have a strong presence in Nhulunbuy - our store employs 80 local people, and we care about the community in which we operate.”

Town waterholes are drying up AS Nhulunbuy lies in limbo, waiting for Rio Tinto to make a decision whether they will or won’t shut the town’s refinery, local pub-owners are seeing the worst numbers of bums on seats in years. Managers of local establishments The Arnhem Club and the Walkabout Lodge and Tavern have said numbers started to sink straight after the announcement threatening the refinery’s closure was made last October. With the date set for Rio Tinto to make a decision closing in, to be made at a company board meeting in London on January 31, the pubs have begun to look at contingency plans - plotting the ‘what-ifs’ for a worst-case scenario. Manager of the Arnhem Club Nigel Baker said the club would estimate losing up to 50 per cent of their revenue

should the refinery shut-down. “We’d have to see if the business was still viable,” he said. Around 50 per cent of the club’s members were currently local indigenous people, and Mr Baker said the business would rely more heavily on their clientele, as the Rio workers would be gone. “It would make sense, as they’re going to be the bulk of customers left in the community.” Owner of the Walkabout John Tourish said low numbers were due to a sense of insecurity hanging about the town, preventing people from spending money. “The reality of it is, people have begun living a bit tighter within their means, and have started spending their time focusing on what other outcomes they can pursue. “And consequently, this

drops public confidence in the town. “When there’s low confidence, people tend not to go out as much, and they get more restrictive with what they do.” The Walkabout has had to reduce staff numbers to deal with the current climate. “You can only employ people if you’ve got the sales to pay them.” Both pubs have to fork out costly gaming and payroll taxes to the Northern Territory Government each month - the tax last year cost the Arnhem Club $1.1 million. “Outside Pacific Aluminium and Rio Tinto, we would be the business paying the most tax in the community,” Mr Baker said. So as business drops and taxes remain high, owners have been asking if the government could have done more to help the situation.

More government foresight could have prevented this from occurring in the town, Mr Tourish said. “Rio Tinto must look at Australia as the country with the opportunity to have one of the most-stable governments in the world, but having one which gives so little direction and foresight. “I understand Rio Tinto’s position. “If anyone who lives or works here was in Rio Tinto’s position, they’d probably be making the same sounds.” Despite the death knell on offer to Nhulunbuy businesses should the plant close, Mr Tourish remains optimistic. “Nhulunbuy is a magic town, and one of the positives that has come out of this is people have really come to value it, and noticed what a Walkabout Lodge and Tavern owner John Tourish says a lack of positive contribution it gives government foresight is partly to blame for Nhulunbuy’s current to the Territory,” he said. crisis. Arafura Times

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Community urged to attend rally to save Gove << From Page 1 Mr Helms urged businesses to shut-up shop for the afternoon and get along to the rally, because it’s what they’d be doing in a few months anyway should Rio decide to pull the plug on the plant. “The rally represents the real feeling of the people that will be affected. “Mums, dads, kids, workers, Yolngu people and towns people. It’s not just the businesses who will be affected - it’s everyone.” “If you rip the spine out of this

community by pulling the plant down, we have lost a viable industry that for some reason after 47 years has become non-viable in a very short time because of an energy source issue.” National media outlets have been alerted to the rally and have confirmed they will be here with their cameras focused on the townspeople on Nhulunbuy; to give residents a chance to be heard and let Rio Tinto know the destruction a poor decision could cause. Chamber of Commerce President David Suter said Rio should be

making sure they don’t sacrifice the heart of the town. “Why would a company as big as Rio Tinto rip the guts out of such a family-oriented town. “They’re such a corporate-minded citizen, so you have to ask why they would rip the heart out of the community,” Mr Suter said. Locally, even before the decision has been made, some local officials have said the NT Government have failed the people of Gove. MLA for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker said if Chief Minister Terry Mills thought his so-called ‘deal on

the table’ would be snapped up, he seriously miscalculated. Mr Mills last week put a conditional offer to Rio that the government would release 10 years worth of gas from the Power and Water Corporation’s current contract with Eni, but the deal was knocked back within hours. “This was always going to be a major test of Mr Mills’s leadership, five months into the top job as Chief Minister. “It’s looking like he’s failed that test and failed to recognise just how important Gove is to the future of

Signs are grim for the Rio refinery RIO Tinto has said a decision for Gas-to-Gove will not be announced instantly following a board meeting in London on January 31, but should be heard soon after. A media spokesperson for the company could not give an exact timeframe, but said at the meeting the board would be presented with all the material needed for them to decide whether the project would go ahead or if Rio would shut-down their Gove refinery. “Rio Tinto is mindful that Gove employees and the local community would like a decision to be made about the future of the refinery as soon as possible. “We will advise employees, the community of Nhulunbuy and other key stakeholders of the outcome of the review as soon as we are able to do so,” the spokesperson said. Although any guesses what decision the company

will make are purely speculative, analysts have said the refinery has recently been losing $US30 million each month, or about $200 million in the past 12 months. Western Australia state manager of Patersons Securities, Lewis Fellowes said he expected Rio Tinto to mothball the site. “Is Rio Tinto prepared to continue to operate on a plant that is currently losing $US30 million per month for at least the next 18 months in the current aluminium environment? “My answer to that is no,” Mr Fellowes said. Independent gas analyst Peter Strachan said Rio Tinto, under new managing director Sam Walsh, would be more likely to shut down the site. Once closed, it was unlikely Rio would ever re-open it, he said. “It would be like a dog going back to its own

vomit,” he said. Rio Tinto subsidiary Pacific Aluminium, who run the Gove plant, have sought assurances from the Territory government that the diesel-fuelled plant could be converted to run on natural gas, but government have recently said such a move could lead to a Territory-wide gas shortage. The NT government offered a proposal to the company last Wednesday, that involved giving them an allocation of gas to last 10 years, so long as reserves

could be found elsewhere. Rio Tinto declined their offer within hours. Chief Minister Terry Mills said he has resolved not to buckle to demands from Rio and hand more than the 10 years’ supply of gas at the expense of taxpayers to save the miner’s loss-making aluminium refinery. “I’m not prepared to expose the Territory to the kind of risk that it would be facing if we were just to cave in to the demands of Rio,” Mr Mills said.

the Territory,” Ms Walker said (full comment, page 8). Mr Helms said he believed the Chief Minister was doing all he could, but his hands were “tied behind his back” by the mining corporation. The rally at the oval would not be about politics, he said. “We don’t care what government is in power, or what MP it is, or who is in charge Federally, or even what mining company it is. “The point is, it doesn’t matter - if you stop production in this plant, you will damage this town to a point where it is unrecoverable.”

Mr Strachan said under the government’s plan it would probably take at least two and a half years for any new gas discovery to be exploited, with a long lag before a pipeline could take the gas to Gove. Rio Tinto has indicated it wants to write down $US14 billion ($A13.34 billion) in assets, mostly from its aluminium division, and an announcement on the write-downs is expected on February 14 when the company’s annual results are released.

Locals being stalked by wild dogs LOCALS have been warned to be wary of wild dogs in the area, after recent reports of residents being stalked by the animals while walking alone. One local, who preferred not to be named, said on January 23 he was followed by a wild dog from a car park outside the Rio Tinto refinery to a beach in the nearby vicinity. The man said when the dog appeared on the beach he had picked up a stick and hit it against the ground, after which the dog backed away. “I was just lucky there was something at hand to grab,” he said. Executive Officer of Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation Steve Roeger said though baiting programs were used in the past to lower wild dog numbers, these methods were no

longer applied - except for some cases in remote pastural lands. “Dogs that are forming packs and threatening people do create a problem, but there are currently a number of programs employed in the region to deal with the issue,” he said. One such program is an East Arnhem Shire desexing program used in Aboriginal communities, to limit numbers of unsupervised dogs roaming about. East Arnhem Shire Animal Control Manager Emma Kennedy said the plan has been to have a well-controlled dog population in the region, so people can keep tabs on domestic pets. “On Groote Eylandt, any dogs that aren’t desexed are usually there because we’ve not

got to them yet, or we’ve chosen to leave them to breed because they’re ideal breeders, such as nice, small dogs like chihuahuas. “We’re moving towards a selective breeding program.” She said one of her greatest fears was that their work could be undermined by un-desexed dogs being brought into communities. “A lot of contractors come into communities with their hunting dogs, and often dogs that are used for hunting are not de-sexed. “So we’ve got these males, breeds such as bullmastiffs, roaming communities, and it doesn’t take much to impregnate wild dogs. “Then we would have this genetic pool of fighting dogs which would create a whole new issue,” she said.

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$100,000 worth of kava seized

NHULUNBUY Police have apprehended a number of people for kava trafficking offences over the past weeks, and seized around 100kg of the drug, worth around $100,000 in street value. On Tuesday, January 22, police arrested a Tongan National at Gove Airport. A random search was conducted on the man, who had travelled to the region from Sydney, and consequently 32 kg of the drug was discovered in his possession. He appeared in Darwin Magistrate’s Court on January 24.

Senior-Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said police are dedicated to stopping the flow of kava coming into the Gove community. “If anyone has any information regarding those who are organising to have it brought here, please contact the police, which you can do anonymously,” Snr Sgt Muldoon said. In another incident, police searched a flight heading from Gove to Ramingining, where five passengers were discovered to be carrying kava on their persons. Police have estimated thousands of

East Arnhem Shire vet and animal control manager Emma Kennedy with Groote Eylandt Land and Sea Ranger Phillip Mamarika administering parasite treatment to a local dog.

kilos of the banned substance come into the East Arnhem communities each year. ARRESTS MADE A SPATE of robberies occurred around the community over the last weeks, including break-ins at the Gove Country Golf Club, the Yacht Club and the town’s NORFORCE base. Two arrests have been made relating to the break-in at NORFORCE, on January 19, where a few hundred dollars worth of alcohol was stolen. The offenders will appear in local court over the matter on February 5.

Police are continuing to investigate break and enters at the Golf and Yacht clubs, as well as a car theft from the Laynhapuy Aviation car-park, which all occurred during the night of January 22. PERMITS REVOKED POLICE want to reinforce with the community that liquor permit holders are forbidden to supply liquor to those without permits. Police last week applied to have two residents’ permits revoked, after they were charged with supplying grog to indigenous people around town.

The animal management team from Milingimbi with Shire vet Emma Kennedy - the team is one of multiple across East Arnhem Land working hard at protecting the region’s animals and communities.

On The Beat with NT Police Snr Sgt Muldoon said there’s a reason why alcohol plans exist in the region. “People supplying alcohol to non-permit holders are helping fuel those committing anti-social behaviour around Endeavour Square and contributing to violence and assaults,” he said.

Jonah Wurramarra from Milyakburra, also known as the ‘Dog Whisperer’, is one of many indigenous people around East Arnhem communities doing wonderful work in improving animal management.

Animal cruelty cases on Groote not the norm: Officials TWO CASES of alleged animal cruelty on Groote Eylandt came to light last week, after photos showing a number of abused and wounded dogs were posted on Facebook. The pictures included one of a dog which had allegedly been attacked with a machete, and another which had had both its back legs broken. The photos were published by a community site, the Groote Eylandt Animal Care page, but were quickly pulled. Tw o g o v e r n m e n t animal welfare officers visited Groote on January 25, investigating complaints they had received in regards to the matter. East Arnhem Shire (EAS) officials have said the photos were posted without proper context, and gave the wrong impression about animal

Baby quoll joins the Kakadu family

cruelty within the community. EAS vet and animal control manager Emma Kennedy said the photos were an exception to the norm, and around Groote and the East Arnhem region, treatment of dogs has progressed ten-fold over recent years. “There are some people out there who are angry and they take out their anger on the dogs. “But there are angry people in every community. “I don’t think we can jump to the conclusion that there’s this mass scale of animal cruelty.” She said a few years ago, things were much worse - dogs were discovered around the island suffering from terminal mange and other signs of mistreatment, which are no longer an issue.

“We don’t see dogs like this anymore,” she said. EAS have been delivering a number of top-notch animal management programs, touted as breakthroughs in dealing with the issue. Ms Kennedy said in years to come, programs undertaken in this region will be used as models around the Northern Territory. “Groote Eylandt is receiving exceptional animal health services, considering the funding, considering the remoteness and considering the whole situation. “We have a qualified vet nurse employed as an animal management supervisor, available 24 hours a day on a daily basis, if needed.” Close to 95 per cent of animals on Groote are de-sexed, to keep

the dog population wellcontrolled. “The dogs are very healthy. And if they’re not healthy, we’re working with the owners to move towards making them healthy.” She said indigenous people throughout the East Arnhem region have taken on jobs, in both paid and volunteer positions, to help administer medical treatment to dogs, and help in educating communities on animal management. “We are building relationships with community members to gain trust, and to help them be ready to drive these programs. “We know they want healthier, happier dogs, safer communities free from wild dogs roaming in packs, and they love the services which are in place,” Ms Kennedy said. Director of the NT

MEET Kakadu’s newest family member Djili (pronounced “Jilly”) - a baby northern quoll who is currently being raised by ‘mum’ park ranger Samantha Deegan. Djili is only a few months old and was found by tourists while hiking at Bardedjilidji (hence the name Djili) in the East Alligator region. Samantha has taken on full mothering responsibility of Djili who is so tiny her current pouch is a child’s sock! Once Djili is strong enough, the plan is to release her back into her natural habitat so she can settle down and hopefully become a mum herself.

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The (prawn) guts and the glory: Boat Club’s Oz Day Olympics ALL bets were hedged - punters circled the track, waiting for the race to kick-off. Suddenly the gate - well, the barrel - was lifted, and half a dozen multi-coloured little toxic terrors began bounding their way to the finish line. And so started the Cane Toad Races - one of the many eccentric Australia Day activities on offer at the Boat Club last weekend. The day was a bit like an Australian Olympiad - from pie and prawn eating competitions to dummy spit-offs and the traditional thong-throwing tournament. It was what people around the world imagine Aussies do on Australia Day . . . and Gove locals did it in style. A haphazard crowd of mainly men got the events underway, and had a punt on the pacifier projectile competition - the dummy spitting contest. Many who entered the challenge had evidently suffered serious teething problems at a wee age, because those dummies could fly. Geoff Virgona took away the adults gong for his mystical 10-odd metre spit, while youngster Mitchell won the juniors.

After this, a sense of tradition was upheld and crowds got into the annual Boat Club Thong-Throwing Competition. The thong comp has existed on-and-off since 1995, when the trophy, which hangs high in the club to this day, was first won by local Shaun O’Neill. In the modern era, 2013, Fred Rowe barrelled his footwear into the atmosphere to take first place in the men’s competition, while the women’s comp was taken by Laura Povey, who said her technique was just to “relax”. “I had to stay cool, calm and collected. Think Roger Federer,” the humble Ms Povey said. Then it was time for the crowds to get down and dirty - the pie and prawn eating competitions were an eye-widening sight, and enough to put you off your seafood for at least an hour. The ladies went the raw prawn, which involved eating five, unshelled, within the fastest time frame. Contestants were allowed to peel them, but also had the option to eat them whole. Kezia-Lee Majid won the comp in an

astounding 48 seconds - but the real feat came in the men’s. Gamesmaster and MC on the day, Shamus Macmahon, failed to tell his fellow contestants he had been the Stradbroke Island Prawn Eating Champion for four years in a row - and consequently took the Gove men to town. He quaffed the prawns, and ended by downing a beer, in the mystifying time of 24 seconds. Pie-eating champion Gavin Stokell said he couldn’t believe his eyes. “It’s just not right,” he said. Gove Boat Club Commodore Brad Smith said the day, which wrapped up with the messy fun of the cane toad races, had an outstanding turnout. “We were over the moon, it was excellent. “There were people from all over the community here, from small businesses to Rio workers and their families. “That’s what it’s all about out here, the families.” The Gove Boat Club starts it season around now, so for more information on upcoming events call (8987 3077).

ETCHED IN HISTORY: Thong-throwing champions for 2013 Fred Rowe (with son Hayden) and Laura Povey hold the Gove Boat Club Thong-Throwing trophy. BELOW: Tylah O’Brien, Tegan Stiff and a little fella with a blue escapee from the cane toad races.

ABOVE: Little cutie Beth Macmahon hunged into her crust like a regular pie-eating champion. ABOVE RIGHT: Robbie Povey got an honourable mention in the dummy-spitting competition. RIGHT: FREE LUNCH: Gavin Stokell won the adult’s pie-eating competition and a new cool bag.

Kezia-Lee Majid and Shamus Macmahon were the Prawn Eating Champions for 2013.

This little girl obviously had her bet on the wrong toad.

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NO HANDS ALLOWED: Marcus Edwards busted cheating in the pie-eating competition.

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N.T. Government scraps Gove sick-stay

A 12-BED hospital accommodation facility pegged to be built in Gove has been scrapped by the Territory Government. Plans to build similar structures in Katherine and Tennant Creek have also been ditched. Federal government funding for the facilities to be built was refused by the Territory, because of what Health Minister Dave Tollner said was a lack of local money to run them. The so-called medi-hotels were to provide short-stay accommodation, designed for people travelling from remote areas for health care or treatment who may not need to occupy a hospital bed, such as women awaiting birth of baby. MLA for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker said people in the regions involved, including Nhulunbuy and surrounding communities, should be outraged at this. “To say I’m furious is an understatement,” Ms Walker said. Mr Tollner said the Territory had to

ditch the idea due to the government’s “bad financial situation”. “The NT Government can’t pick up the can when the cupboard is bare.” He said the Territory already had a scheme in place to help remote patients - the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, which provides a subsidy of $35 a day. “The Department of Health is not in the business of becoming a hotelier. “Some people may wish to stay with families, others may want to find their own accommodation, people will have their own preferences. “I would love to be in the situation to say to everyone coming for hospital treatment, don’t worry, we have firstclass facilities, everyone can stay free of charge or for the $35 PATS subsidy, but that is not the situation,” Mr Tollner said. “We have no resources to provide accommodation for everyone who is sick.” Ms Walker said the $35-a-day allowance would not go very far.

“To say I’m furious is an understatement,” Lynne Walker.

A sign for one of the so-called ‘medi-hotels’, this one outside the Royal Darwin Hospital, which has been abandoned by the Territory Government due to lack of funds.

Mozzies on the attack

THERE’S more than fish biting at this time of year in East Arnhem Land - a number of cases of harmful mosquito-borne diseases have been recorded in the area. There have been six cases of Ross River Virus reported in the region this season, and two cases of Barmah Forest virus. The recent monsoonal rains have prompted warnings to residents to protect themselves against a double threat of disease carrying mosquitoes, with the common backyard variety or ‘container’ mosquito now increasing in numbers, while salt marsh mosquitoes remain unseasonably active around the region. Both species are capable of transmitting Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV), with the backyard variety also a transmitter of

heart worm in dogs. Director of Medical Entomology from the NT Centre for Disease Control Peter Whelan explained that the late onset of the Wet has resulted in large numbers of both varieties at the same time. “With the monsoonal rains we will start to see backyard mosquitoes breeding where fresh water has pooled, while at the same time, the salt marsh mosquitoes are still breeding from recent tides and rain flooded tidal marshes,” he said. “The result is we could soon see more people becoming ill with mosquito-borne diseases in coming weeks if they don’t take precautions against being bitten.” Mr Whelan explained that elevated numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes can be expected within

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10 cans of meat and vegetables 2 cans of fish 5 cans of baked beans/three-bean mix 1kg milk powder or 8 x 1 litre long-life milk 1 box of tea bags 1 jar coffee 1 can Milo 4 boxes/cans of instant soup 1 jar peanut butter/jam/honey/Vegemite

5 km of breeding grounds, including salt marsh areas, upper mangrove areas, seasonal wetlands as well as river and creek floodways. “This should be the last burst of salt marsh mosquitoes this season, as their salt marsh habitats are now flooded with fresh water for the duration of the Wet Season,” he said. He urged residents to protect themselves and their families by ensuring their backyards are free of places where water can pool and backyard mosquitoes can breed. “To avoid these mosquito-borne diseases, residents are urged to use personal mosquito protection, and avoid being outdoors in wetland areas and places where mosquitoes are active, especially after sundown from now until June.”

Ready the kit before the cyclone hits NHULUNBUY residents have been urged not to leave preparing a cyclone kit to the last minute, and should do so now. The following list shows an example of supplies which can be bought to feed

Essential non-food items Change of clothes for each member of the household and covered shoes / Spare change of clothes A torch, preferably waterproof with plenty of batteries, candles and waterproof matches A portable radio and plenty of batteries Blankets or sleeping bags Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables etc) 10 litres + of water per person A First Aid kit, First Aid manual and combination pocket knife Masking tape Portable stove, cooking gear, utensils Fuel for your car Special needs for infants, the elderly and disabled Medications, toiletries and sanitary supplies Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports, licences, etc) Books, playing cards or games Money, including change for phone calls Copy of your household plan Pet supplies

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two people for five days. Remember, this list is a suggestion only and you may vary it according to your family’s preference and budget. Also, all non-tinned

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

 letters to the editor/comment Forget the past - crash victim was a ‘great kid’ THIS letter is in regards to last week’s Arafura Times, edition 923, on page 7 - ‘Tributes flow after former Gove man killed in horror smash’. I have lived in this town for 20 years and knew the Stucker family. When I started reading this article I thought to myself, ‘it’s nice to see the tribute in the paper for people that knew Ryan and also for people that didn’t that we have lost one of our old residents of Gove’. As I read on I am disgusted! Was it necessary to write about him being a ‘wild boy’ and his

stupid actions he done as a young fella, really! He was a great kid that made a really bad choice one weekend, which he paid for, he apologised to the community and done his time. For people that lived here at the time and knew of this, and for people that didn’t, they all know now and with reading this article and I’m sure would make them think less of Ryan. I would think most of us have done some things in life that we are not proud of. It seems whoever had done the research on Ryan maybe should of looked

more into his family rather then his wrong choices he made. Ryan’s brother’s name is actually Cody. RIP Ryan and biggest sympathy to the Stucker family. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Sandy Laverty, Nhulunbuy. Editors’s note: Dear Sandy. Thanks very much for your letter. We at Arafura Times echo your sentiments, and offer our deepest sympathies to the partner, daughter, family and friends of Mr Stucker.

I offer my sincerest apologies to you, and to anyone else who was upset or thought any content in the said article was unnecessary or inappropriate. For our community to have lost one of its own is tragic, and we understand Mr Stucker meant a lot to many people in the area. Our thoughts go out to everyone who is missing Mr Stucker, a man described on Facebook as a “top bloke”, “enterprising” and a “great guy” by people who knew him best. Matt Garrick, Editor.

Mills backs away from Gas-to-Gove rhetoric


JANUARY Wed 30. Yirrkala Youth, Sport and Rec Program - Arts, Media and Music Program, 2-4pm. Wed 30. Lawn Bowls at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm Wed 30. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club. Wed 30. Mundine vs Geale - televised boxing, Walkabout Hotel from 5.30pm. Wed 30. Jam session/open mic night - Walkabout Tavern from 8pm. Thu 31. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club.

FEBRUARY 2013 Fri 1. Live music, Walkabout Hotel from 8pm. Sat 2. Gove Tennis open day/coaching sign-on day. Contact Nicky, 0407 460 387. Sun 3. Jazz Arvo with Grant Pukeroa at the Arnhem Club, 1-5pm. Wed 6. Lawn Bowls at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm. Wed 6. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club. Wed 6. Jam session/open mic night - Walkabout Tavern from 8pm. Thu 7. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club. Fri 8. Live music, Walkabout Hotel from 8pm. Fri 8. DJ Otto live at the Arnhem Club, 10 'til late. Sat 9. DJ Otto live at the Arnhem Club, 10 'til late. Sun 10. Jazz Arvo with Grant Pukeroa at the Arnhem Club, 1-5pm. Tue 12. Gove Volleyball sign-on day, from 6pm at Nhulunbuy High School Gym. Sat 16. Nhulunbuy Rotary Club Quiz Night. Tue 19. Volleyball season starts.

CHIEF Minister Terry Mills’s long-awaited and much-anticipated ‘announcement’ about Gas-to-Gove last week really told us nothing other than the obvious fact: that he and the Northern Territory Government have failed to reach any agreement with anyone. In his media release from January 23, Terry Mills announced the Government “is progressing its plan to get gas to Gove”, in spite of earlier commitments that he expected to have the matter resolved before Christmas. This is too little too late for Gove, just one week out from Rio Tinto’s well-publicised deadline of January 31 and less than a fortnight since his first visit to Nhulunbuy to front a community meeting.

Effectively, Mr Mills has At that meeting, he said: “I’m confident that in no more handballed the negotiations than two weeks we’ll have a back to Rio Tinto and gas supplier Eni. decision made about how we If he thought his so-called can establish an aggregated “deal on the table” would supply of gas.” In fact, at that meeting, be snapped up, including he said he was so focused on the extension of the time frame until September 30, he getting gas to Gove that he was seriously miscalculated, with less interested in talking about Electoral contingency plans should gas by NT Member for Nhulunbuy Rio rejecting the deal within LYNNE WALKER a matter of hours. not arrive. For all of Mr Mills’s This was always going to rhetoric in the past three months about be a major test of Mr Mills’s leadership, “significant progress”, “leaving no stone five months into the top job as Chief unturned” and “working around the clock Minister. It’s looking like he’s failed that test to ensure the refinery remains open for business”, Gove people are quite rightly and failed to recognise just how important Gove is to the future of the Territory. feeling completely shafted.

If the going gets tough, outsource it I OFTEN wonder, when I happen to be in a modern office like the one’s in our Shire, exactly what all those people behind computers are doing. I know they must be clever, because I cannot even figure out how to start machines like that until my grandson shows me. I know their work must be important, because I hear they are paid absolute fortunes. Plus they get all sorts of

holidays, shiny 4WDs, and endless trips to conferences and courses. Of course, you don’t question what they are up to. Why should you? You don’t question the airline pilot who flies you to Darwin, and he is nearly as important. If they are there behind their computers, everything must be as it should be. Except, I have just read something really upsetting.

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It seems a computer person in America, working for a transport infrastructure company (whatever one of those is) has just been fired. He was very clever, just like our people, and paid the same sort of generous salary, and everyone was pleased with his work. (He probably did not get the car and the conferences). Until his employers did a safety audit of their computer systems. They found lots of suspicious activity, and eventually realised that our computer person had outsourced his job to a backyard company in China. They were doing all the work for only 20 per cent of his salary. Everyone else thought he was working hard, but in reality he

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had been sitting at his computer flicking from FaceBook to eBay to videos about cats (he liked cats). I don’t know what to think. Should I criticise him for his lavish lifestyle, bought at the expense of some poor Chinese person slaving away on a pittance to earn his daily bowl of rice? Should I criticise his company for not knowing that the only ‘work’ he ever did was the occasional progress report? There must be a lesson to be learned here, but I am not sure what it is. I hesitate to suggest a study trip to China, to see if some of those wonderfully clever people could be recruited to work for peanuts.

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ABOVE: FAMILY FUN: Noah, Blair and Tom Davis. RIGHT: Library Manager Robyn Theedom presents Rotary’s Leanne Parise with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Rafael Kariippanon watches his foaming monster in glee.

ABOVE: Serene Florian and Rosabella Elgowhary having fun with science. INSET RIGHT: Jamilah and Rafael Kariippanon. BELOW: Dairika, Anwesha, Mohit, Urja and Nirmala enjoyed the activities. Mohit and Nirmala had travelled to Nhulunbuy from Nagpur, India, to visit family and friends.

THE school holidays have ended not with a bang, but with a gooey fizz. Nhulunbuy Library held their last activity session for the summer break

on January 24, which saw a bunch of little monsters create local kids, sorry, local kids create little monsters, all in the name of science. The kids, helped by staff and parents, used a pile of household ingredients to make foamy concoctions spew out of their cardboard monster’s heads, making for a whole load of messy laughs. Library Manager Robyn Theedom said over 150 kids had attended the library’s activities over the holidays which were all run for free. She said Nhulunbuy Rotary played a pivotal role in getting the programs up-and-running. “Without Rotary, I don’t know where we’d be. “They assisted us with funding for much of the materials used in our summer programs. “They’re just invaluable to the community.” Ms Theedom presented Rotary’s President Elect Leanne Parise with

a certificate of appreciation on the day, to let her know how much their support had meant. Rotary has plenty of great events planned for the year, starting from their trivia night

on February 16, to funfilled one-offs including a masquerade ball, beer can regatta, limited overs cricket comp and the annual beach volleyball competition. They’ve just inducted

four new members into the club at their last meeting, and are always keen to have more. To get involved in Rotary, give President Barry Scott a call (0418808357).

EEWWW: Cameron and Lachlan Lukas get gross with goo.


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The TS Melville Bay Navy Cadets, Nathan, Lindsay, Bryan, Tracey, Josh, Tayla and Training Ship Commanding Officer Grahame Deppeler (far left) had the important job of raising the flag for the Australia Day Awards Ceremony in Nhulunbuy. THE BARBY TEAM: Rebecca, June, Mary, Sue, Tracy, Jo, Corra-Lee and Isabel fried up some scrumptious snags for the crowds at the pool.

WE COME FROM A LAND DOWN UNDERPANTS: Temieka Gronn, Suzanne and Nicholas Hunter.

Deborah and Rebecca Hermanus, Monique Gilmore and John Hermanus enjoying their Aussie Day with a few poolside snags.

14 Volunteer Surf Lifesavers Jye Snowden, Alex Parfitt and Gabbi McGrath keeping our kids safe for the summer.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 TBA 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Montana Belle” (PG) 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: Cockneys 8:30 Nigellissima - 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. 9:00 The Hour 10:00 Agony Uncles 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Nicholas Crane’s Britannia 12:35 The Clinic 1:25 Kyle Riabko: The Lead 2:15 Big Ideas Sampler 2:30 NTAFL: St Mary’s vs Darwin 5:30 Eggheads

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5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Annapolis” (G) 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 - Roo and Harvey look after Maddy and Spencer but are unsure what their next move will be. Dex puts everything on the table in repairing his relationships with Sid and April. 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens - Explore the food, gardens and creatures of one world’s most exotic destinations: Singapore. Graham walks through a garden as big as a city. The orchid display where the colour never fades. Fast Ed sizzles with a classic Asian chicken dish. Plus a sticky dessert that’s gluten free. Dr Harry goes for a bath - with a baby elephant at the world’s best zoo. 9:00 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Project: Alf” (G) 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 That ‘70s Show

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 One Born Every Minute 2:30 Everyone Loves A Wedding 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Johads 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Island Escape 8:35 The Real M*A*S*H 9:35 As It Happened: D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Chaotic Anna” (MA v,l,s,a) In Spanish. Ana, an aspiring 18-year-old painter, leaves her hippie life in Ibiza for an artist’s commune in Madrid, and later travels to New York. As her journey progresses she is confronted with memories and images of young women meeting violent deaths throughout history 12:50 Kurt Wallander: “The Cellist” (M l,v) In Swedish. A Russian cellist is subject to a bomb attack following a performance in Ystad. It turns out that she is a witness in a murder prosecution against a member of the Russian mafia. Wallander and the Ystad police suddenly find themselves in the midst of a war against a powerful international enemy whose methods are merciless. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Movie: “The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad” (PG) 1:40 Poh’s Kitchen Shorts 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 3:00 Golf: Ladies Masters 2013: Day 3 6:00 River Cottage: Everyday - Lunch 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise 8:30 Grand Designs: Newcastle - Kevin McCloud meets a Polish couple as they take on the restoration and rebuilding of an old watermill in the stunning Northumberland countryside. 9:20 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse - Phryne’s memories of her early days in Paris and her first love come crashing into the present as she investigates the disappearance of Madame Sarcelle - an artist’s wife 10:15 Midsomer Murders: Second Sight - John Ransom is found murdered with suspicious burn marks to his head. The investigation leads to two feuding families - one with the ability of second sight 11:20 Silent Witness: Home Part 2 - The team of forensic pathologists are back uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths. 12:45 Rage 5:00 Rage

5:30 Bubble Guppies 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Danoz Direct 10:30 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Alive & Cooking 11:30 What’s Up Doc? 1:30 Movie: “Avalon” 4:00 The Middle 4:30 South Aussie With Cosi 5:00 4WD TV - 4WD TV covers all of the up to date news, products and events within the diverse Australian and NZ 4WD scene. 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 11:00 Movie: “The Deer Hunter” (AV) A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and find it to be hellish chaos – nothing like the noble venture they imagined – and return as changed men. 3:00 The Avengers: The See Through Man - Steed and Emma pay a visit to Sir Andrew Ford at the Ministry, when they find a file stolen from Wilton’s office. 3:30 Danoz 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show 11:30 Ultimate Spiderman 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Movie: “Dudley Do Right” (G) 3:00 TBA 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 Queensland Weekender 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 11:05 Family Guy: You May Now Kiss The...Um...Guy...Who Receives - Brian’s gay cousin Jasper comes to visit, and announces he’s marrying his partner at the Griffin’s house. Mayor Adam West bans gay marriage, which forces Brian to take drastic action, while Chris joins the Young Republicans to impress a girl 11:35 Movie: “Remnants Of Everest” (PG) - Documentary filmmaker David Breashears recreates the tragic circumstances that resulted in eight deaths on Everest in May 1996. 1:50 Special: “Great Characters Of Queensland” 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 Janine 2:05 Waste land 3:55 Black Cab Sessions USA 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Boris Johnson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Norway 8:30 Prisoners of War: The Facility 9:30 Real Humans: The Code - In the final episode, everyone wants the code, which in the wrong hands could spell disaster for humankind. Leo is very weak, but continues to flee with Mimi in the underground passages of the metro. Bea and Carl are both after them, both trying to reach them first. At the same time, Tobias has a strange gift in his room. 10:40 Movie: “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (MAV v) - In Korean and Mardarin. The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1930s Japanese-occupied Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits 1:00 South Park: With Apologies To Jesse Jackson 1:25 South Park: Cartman Sucks 1:20 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale 1:55 Dave in the Life: Survivalist 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 World Cafe Asia: Manila 2:00 Golf: Ladies Master 2013: Day 4 6:00 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: The Last Waltz 9:30 Rev. 10:05 Andy Warhol: Raggedy Andy - Ric Burns’s Emmy Awardwinning film of America’s most influential artist of the latter half of the 20th century explores Warhol’s amazing artistic output, stretching five decades from the late 1940s to his death in the 1980s. 12:00 Movie: “The French Line” (G) - A Texas oil heiress travels incognito to France, determined to find true love. 1:45 Movie: “Irene” (G) 3:25 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 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 Gilligan’s Island 10:30 Cybershack 11:00 Discover Downunder Summer Series 11:30 2013 Santos Tour Down Under 12:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs West Indies 4:30 National News 5:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs West Indies 8:30 The Middle: The Legacy - Mike punishes Axl for leaving his dirty socks laying around, but Mike might have an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Sue wins an MVP trophy for cross-country; and Brick is humiliated when he’s forced to wear his cousin’s hand-me-downs. 9:00 Customs 9:30 TBA 11:30 Nikita 12:30 Spyforce 1:35 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:05 Danoz Direct 3:00 Your 4x4 3:30 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Stitch 6:00 Handy Manny 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show 10:30 Kochie’s Business Builders 11:00 Dinner Date Australia 12:00 Outsourced 12:30 Outsourced 1:00 That ‘70s Show 1:30 TBA 3:00 TBA 4:00 Live Healthy, Be Happy 4:30 Drive Thru Australia 5:00 Great Southeast 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:50 Law & Order: LA: Zuma Canyon - During a traditional Latin American quinceanera celebration, violence erupts at the party, leaving multiple people dead. The detectives work quickly to follow a lead and during their search for answers, they find a young boy protecting acres of marijuana, who is the only witness that can help the case. 11:50 Special: Exotica and Erotica Of The Deep 1:00 Room For Improvement 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 FIFA World Cup 2014 Magazine 11:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Wheel2Wheel: Laos 3:00 Wheel2Wheel: Cambodia 3:30 Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece: Monemvasia & Kythira 4:00 National Futsal Championships 2013: Finals 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: Crossbones Girl 8:30 Wonders Of The Solar System: Empire Of The Sun 9:40 Guilty Pleasures 11:15 Movie: “Water” (M a) - In Hindi. This Academy Award-nominated drama follows the plight of two child widows in India, who are forced to lead a life of poverty in a widow ashram. Here, the older widows force the younger ones into prostitution. When one young widow is given a chance to remarry she realises the father of her beloved is one of her clients. 1:20 Movie: “Heart Of Fire” (M a) In Tigrinya and Italian. Raised in an orphanage run by Italian nuns, 10-year-old Awet is suddenly reclaimed by her father and forced to fight in the long and bitter Eritrean civil war. Awet is a tough, shrewd individual who learns how to survive without losing her humanity. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 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: Heath House 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Foyle’s War: Killing Time - The war might have ended, but Hastings is at the centre of mounting racial tensions. Meanwhile, Sam has become the new Assistant Manager of Hill House, a dilapidated local guest house. 1:10 Movie: “The Bespoke Overcoat” (G) 1:50 Movie: “Sailor Beware!” (PG) 3:10 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Breakfast For Two” (G) 5:15 Catalyst Bytes 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 Block: All Stars 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:00 Nikita: Shadow Walker - After losing his life savings to Percy via a plan gone wrong, Birkhoff hacks into an old network which trips a trap set by the FBI. 12:00 The Avengers: The Bird Who Knew Too Much - Secret Agent Danvers pursued by a young thug, Robin, makes his way to a field telephone box. As he desperately attempts to contact Steed, Robin fires....beside Danvers body lays a pile of birdseed from the bag in his pocket. 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shopping Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 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 - Bianca agrees to fight for custody of Darcy with Heath, Maddy and Spencer run away and Celia reveals she returned money that she took. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 10:45 Happy Endings - Dave and Alex start dating again, telling everyone they’re keeping it ‘cazsh.’ When an unfortunate accident lands Penny in a full body cast, Max nurses her back to health. But after he meets her hot physical therapist, he starts ‘misery-ing’ her, so her fast recovery won’t put the brakes on his new crush. 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: “Children Of Heaven” (PG) 2:35 Stopover 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: Torpedo Tastic 8:40 Man vs Wild: Shooting Survival 9:40 RocKwiz 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Man and Cat - Animation: A man trades places with his cat to avoid the rat race. (From Australia) (Rpt) G; Connect - Fed up with the hostility of the city and its people, a young woman’s view of the world changes when she makes a surprise connection with a stranger on a bus. (From the UK) (Rpt) M; At the Tattooist - In a dark tattoo parlour over one tumultuous afternoon, a group of schoolgirls flirt with boys and danger and are shocked by what they discover. (From Australia) (Rpt) M, Jazzed - Animation: A jazz musician has a spooky romance with a girl he meets in a city bar. (From France, no dialogue) (Rpt) G 1:05 Cast Offs: Gabriella 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Time Team: Dunwich 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Trendy 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:35 TBA 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:05 Movie: “The Flying Irishman” (G) - True story of Douglas ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan, a pilot who acquired his nickname by landing in Ireland when attempting to fly cross-country. 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 Block: All Stars 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:00 Weeds: A Shoe For A Shoe - After Shane’s kidnapping, Nancy attempts to get her son back by going head-to-head with Cesar in a Skee-ball “Hall of Fame” museum. Elsewhere, Andy, Silas and baby Stevie sit at a nearby diner, formulating ideas on how to help Nancy out. 11:30 20/20 12:30 Extra 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shopping Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “To Love & Die” (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 - Celia promises to get help for her gambling problem, Heath and Bianca meet with the social worker, but it doesn’t go smoothly. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:15 TBA 11:15 That ‘70s Show: Uncomfortable Ball Stuff - Part 2 - Donna and Eric go out on a non-date to the Pricemart Ball. Fez gets a job at Fotohut, but becomes so efficient that Hyde wishes he’d go away. Bob meets an intriguing woman when he makes his first solo visit to the supermarket. 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: “The Page Turner” (PG) 2:30 Dream Of Hope 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?: Ita Buttrose 8:35 Defeating The Superbug 9:30 Coppers: I Prefer Jazz And Folk Music 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Kabuli Kid” (M) In Dari. After a burqa-clad woman abandons her baby in the back seat of his cab in Kabul, Khaled embarks on a quest to find the child’s faceless mother, identifiable only by a beauty spot on her ankle. An eventful, chaotic, and often highly comic journey through a city which is itself simply trying to survive. 12:50 Mad Men: Shut The Door, Have a Seat - Don has a big meeting with Connie about their future relationship; Betty is the beneficiary of some interesting advice; and after hearing some unpleasant news, Don, Roger, Bertram and Lane take drastic action. 1:45 Anna Pihl 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Grand Designs: Farnham 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Shock Horror Aunty: Direct from ABC TV’s complaints desk, this special shines the spotlight on some of Aunty’s edgiest and naughtiest moments. 9:00 The Agony Of Life 9:35 Would I Lie To You? 10:05 Life’s Too Short 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 Identity 12:20 Durham County 1:10 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:20 Movie: “Canadian Pacific” (PG) 4:00 Movie: “Cosh Boy” (PG) 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 National Morning News 10:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 11:30 The View 12:30 One Day Series Australia vs West Indies 4:30 National News 5:00 One Day Series - Australia vs West Indies 8:30 The Middle: The Legacy - Mike punishes Axl for leaving his dirty socks laying around, but Mike might have an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Sue wins an MVP trophy for cross-country; and Brick is humiliated when he’s forced to wear his cousin’s hand-me-downs. 9:00 Getaway - Livinia Nixon begins a European river cruise journey along the Rhine; Kelly visits the spectacular Pacific island of Palau; Dermott takes a spectacular flight along the Great Australian Bight; plus Darwin’s waterfront playground and our celebrity traveller is Emma Stone. 9:30 TBA 11:30 Take The Money And Run 12:30 Extra 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shopping Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “All The Winters That Have Been” (PG) 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 - Sasha gets closure on her relationship with Casey, Dex defends Sasha and asks Casey to leave and Nelson messages Tamara. Meanwhile, Jett locks Romeo in a shed in an attempt to get close to Indi. 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:55 Special: True Hollywood Story: Tiger Woods - Don’t miss the revealing story of Tiger Woods, golf extraordinaire, family man and most recently, unfaithful husband. Hear the rumours that existed before his infidelities became public and chat with his high school girlfriend. 11:55 Room For Improvement 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Room For Improvement 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: Quest For Eternity 2:00 Alchemists Turn TO Cooking: Ferran Adria 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 Wildest Latin America: Amazon 8:30 Tropic Of Capricorn: South Africa to Madagascar 9:35 Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life: The Meaning Of Life 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Man Who Will Come” (M v) In German. It’s winter in 1943 and Italy is a country torn apart by years of brutal war. Martina is a disturbed young girl who has not spoken since the death of her brother several years earlier. However, when Martina’s mother falls pregnant again, the heart-broken Martina finds reason for hope. 1:10 Movie: “The Colonel” (M v) In French. France explores its colonial past and national guilt in this intelligent drama. After a television appearance in which the elderly Colonel Duplain condemns the French government for its handling of Algeria, the colonel is found shot dead in his home. 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

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AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) If the people around you can’t stand the pace you have set, you will have to carry on by yourself. Don’t let their low energy hold you back. Romance. This will be an excellent week for romance. You will have to take it easy at first, though. Try not to rush into any new relationships.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) This will be a good week for getting rid of rubbish. Try to clear out as much stuff as possible - not just to make more room, but also to freshen up your life. Romance. This would be a good time for a wild romantic fling! Events may move faster than you expect. Brace yourself for the ride!

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)


Don’t be too hard on yourself. Recent events were not your fault and you couldn’t have done anything to prevent them. Romance. You may be so concerned with getting everything right at home that you neglect your other interests. Find a better balance in order to save your sanity.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may have to venture out by yourself. Don’t let other people push you in the wrong direction. Regain your balance before meeting up with others. Romance. This may not the best time to challenge your partner’s choices. Try to find a subtle way of showing how you feel.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You have a distinctive way of doing things. Don’t worry if this annoys other people at times. They will just have to adapt. Romance. You must be careful not to let your emotions get the better of you this week. If you can stay level-headed, the opposite sex will take interest in you.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


Your enthusiasm will help to propel you forward this week. However, it is important that you are completely clear about what you want. Romance. The Moon/Ceres Midpoint is in your sign. This should draw to you the person that you need most. Don’t overwhelm them with details.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) You will be more sociable once you have had a chance to relax. An offer from your friends will turn out to be much more fun than you expect. Enjoy! Romance. Both you and your partner will be cheered up by the recent improvement in your relationship. Don’t dwell on the recent past!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

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A friend may encourage you to break an important commitment. They are not the ones who will have to suffer the consequences if things go wrong, however. Romance. A brief meeting with a stranger may be the start of something new. Make time in your schedule for them and they will fill it.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Your enthusiasm will rub off on the people around you. Even you will be amazed at how much you can achieve. Romance. This will be an excellent time to push through some changes which have been taking time to materialise. Your partner will be impressed by your positive mood.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

A reflex reaction to a situation may not be appropriate. Try to give the matter some thought before you jump in. Romance. Communications with your partner will be especially good this week. Talk through several topics in great length. Make time each night to reconnect on previous ideas.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed – Storm Jameson


You may be feeling a little restless because other people seem to be fine in their current stagnant position. This doesn’t mean you have to be as well. Romance. Use this week to get to the bottom of any issues which have been coming between you and your partner. Don’t hold back!

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) The Moon/Jupiter Midpoint presently in your sign will help to make you especially generous with the people that you are close to. Shower them with gifts! Romance. Your partner will be in a strange mood. Wait until they have calmed down before you break important news to them.

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Medical student busts a gut in Nepal to get to Gove WHEN medical student Roland Davies rang to tell his bosses why he’d be late to his placement at Gove Hospital, it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill excuse for a sickie. Caught in the backwoods of Nepal, hospitalised with a flaming belly isn’t your average story anywhere - even for someone who lives in a place as eccentric as Nhulunbuy. But against all odds, Mr Davies finally made it to Gove a couple of weeks ago, and has now embarked upon his med training. So if you see him around town, sit him down and have a yarn about his adventures - just watch what you cook him for dinner. If you don’t see him, here’s how it went in his words (far right). PHOTO: STITCHED-UP: Gove medical student Roland Davies blew his wallet having to pay for emergency surgery upfront in Nepal.

It was my third week trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. I had survived all the challenges that the Nepalese Himalayas had thrown at me including altitude sickness, freezing temperatures and psychotic mountain yaks. Then one morning, last December, I woke up in my sleeping bag to a sudden loud rumbling sound. I glanced out the window to make sure the sound wasn’t caused by a nearby landslide. Unfortunately, I soon realised - the sound was coming from a much more dangerous source - my belly. I thought back to the night before, and wondered if I could have gastro from the three servings of yak pie I ate, or the four glasses of local home brew beer it was washed down with. As the morning progressed and the stomach pain intensified, I realised it could be caused by only one thing - appendicitis. I became dejected when I realised the next four hours would be spent in the back of a 4WD Ambulance to the nearest hospital. The ambulance driver blasted the sirens and set off for the hospital at a tearing speed. He drove like a maniac, and I was unsure whether I was at greater risk of dying from a burst appendix or a car crash. As I drifted in and out of consciousness, I noticed the ambulance had stopped at the side of the road. With absolute dismay I realised that the

ambulance driver had pulled over for a boozy lunch with his friends from a local village. It became apparent that riding a mule to the hospital would have been quicker, as the ambulance driver’s three course meal meant my four hour trip had now stretched out to six. I eventually arrived at the hospital and the doctors confirmed my suspicion - I had acute appendicitis. They scheduled me for an emergency operation. Unfortunately, unbeknowned to me, in Nepal you have to pay for everything in the hospital up front. Before I had my operation I needed blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds and medications - all of which gradually depleted the amount of cash I had in my wallet. To my horror I was informed that I needed to pay for the operation upfront, and the nearest ATM was in the main street of the town. I must have looked quite a sight as I stood at the ATM in the main street. I had drips coming out of both arms and was wearing a bright green surgical gown with my bum on display for all to see. Fortunately, the operation was a success largely in part to the wonderful surgeon and fantastic nursing staff at the hospital. I am delighted to be back in Australia now and training at the Gove Hospital and Endeavour. Roland Davies, Flinders Medical Student


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All AGM meetings for Bunuwal Group scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED due to Ceremonies within the Community. Postponement dates will be advised.

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.

SALE OF MOTOR VEHICLES BY TENDER TENDER NO: F1213.02 Closing: 14:00PM CST, 13th FEBRUARY 2013 2005 Toyota Hilux Dual Cab Ute 2007 Nissan C11 Tida The vehicles are offered for sale in an “as is, where is” condition. Access and download tender documents online at : Interested and eligible bidders are to submit their tender via electronic lodging on: by the closing date. For enquires: Ms Analyn Hughes Fleet Manager East Arnhem Shire Council Phone: (08) 8986 8925

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ERA begins approvals process for mine decline to define its existing resource. Construction of the decline began in May last year, with closed space drilling scheduled to commence in quarter three of this year. The miner has also allocated an additional $57 million for a prefeasibility study into the development of

ENERGY Resources of Australia (ERA) has formally begun its statutory approvals process for the proposed Ranger 3 Deeps underground uranium mine, reports. It lodged a referral this month with the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) as well as with the Northern Territory government. It comes after the miner was accused of expanding the operations without environmental assessments. ERA last year denied the claims. In September last year, reported Rob Atkinson, ERA’s CEO, as saying the miner is not planning to process its 30,000-tonne sample. Mr Atkinson stated that, while exploration works may be expanded by another kilometre, the notion of processing the relatively small amount mined was ridiculous. “Any suggestion that we are doing this under a cloak of darkness or a cloak of secrecy is just nonsense,” he said. Under the current proposal, ERA is investing around $120 million to construct an exploration

an underground mine. Ranger finally stopped open cut mining in December after three decades of operation. ERA is now backfilling its Three Deeps pit after it extracted the last of the ore from Pit 3 in the last week of November, several weeks ahead of schedule, with the first phase of these works expected to be

completed by the end of 2014. During this time, 30 million tonnes of material will be backfilled into the pit as an important part of ERA’s ongoing rehabilitation program.the orebody in 1997. The mining lease sits within the bounds of the Kakadu National Park.

Yolngu art to be showcased in Sydney IT’S a long way from Blue Mud Bay to the notorious Sydney suburb of King’s Cross - and Wandawuy artist Barayuwa Mununggurr is showcasing this down there, with a new exhibition of his traditional Yolngu art. Mr Mununggurr has travelled to Sydney to participate in a three-week studio residency collaboration with fellow contemporary artists Jonathan Jones and Ruark Lewis. Along with his mother, Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, the artists have begun working together in a Paddington-based studio to complete work for an exhibition to be held in February at the city’s Macquarie University. The artists hope to help connect city-based audiences

with contemporary Yolgnu art forms, language and world view. The show will then go on to tour to the National Museum later in the year. Barayuwa and Sydneyborn artist Ruark have worked together in several projects before, including a small residency in Yarrinya (Blue Mud Bay) which later led to an exhibition at Cross Arts Projects in Kings Cross, in 2009. Kade McDonald, Art Co-ordinator from the BukuLarrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala, said Barayuwa Mununggurr’s dynamic paintings and sculptural forms showcased the artist’s innovative flair. “His generation, like their mentors, are making deep and

beautiful sacred art consistent with Yolngu madayin (law) while experimenting with form and design.” Barayuwa and his wife Whaiora are long-time staff members of Buku-Larrngay Mulka, assisting all the artists of the community. He paints both his own Djapu clan designs as well as his mother’s Munyuku clan designs, and is also a talented Yidaki player who participates in ceremonial activities. He’s also known as an excellent bush and water hunter. His new exhibition aims to convey the vastly different heritages and social realities of the art communities of Yirrkala and Sydney.

Due to internet and telecommunications problems caused by the ongoing fallout from Cyclone Oswald, the tide diary and water consumptionm details of the Community guide could not be pubilshed this week. The Arafura Times apologises for the omissions. 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.

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

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

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

Gove 8 Ball Contact: Adam White P: 0438 809 620 Gove Astronomy Club Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490 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: Junior 8 Ball Contact: Marian Richter P: 0402 355 499 MOPS Contact: Katie Hovenden P: 8987 1607 Nhulunbuy Amateur Swimming Club Contact: Steve Dowzard P: 0417 833 060

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

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 Netball Assoc. Contact: Helen Clark - Pres P: 8987 3728 M: 0438 873 728

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

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

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Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club Contact: Paul Grover, P: 0400 978 114 Nhulunbuy Child Care Centre P: 8987 3311 E: Nhulunbuy Child Care Services Inc. Contact: Tracey Chrzanowski P: 8987 3311 Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Ben Hurst P: 0410 833 292 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 Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005 RSPCA: Contact: Sarah Howland P: 0437 526 502 Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: TBA P: TBA Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E: Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272 Tae Kwon Do Nhulunbuy Contact: Paul Macloy P: 0407 106 525 T.S. Melville Naval Cadet Training P: 8987 2562

Church services

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Father Barry Hanson – Ph: 8987 1533 Vigil Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday Service 8.30am OASIS Christian Assembly Pastor Phil Sampson – Ph: 8987 1522 / 8987 1369 Seventh-Day Adventist Church Ph: 8987 2375 / 0419 465 045 Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga Hala Tupou – Ph: 8987 3553 Nhulunbuy Baptist Church Sundays 9.30am at Town Hall – Ph: 8987 1256 Uniting Church: Sunday Service 9.30am Hazel Trudgen – Ph: 8987 3545 Mobile 0413 536 877 Forward in Faith Ministries Sunday: 10am – 12.30pm. Library at the Nhulunbuy Christian College. Ph: 0434 059611 or 8987 8268. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Brother Forbes 0428 767 616 – Sunday 10am.

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Gove spared as Cyclone Oswald batters Cape York BUREAU of Meteorology had predicted Cyclone Oswald would hit the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria - the coast of the East Arnhem region - on January 21. Fortunately, heavy wind pulled the cyclone into the middle of the Gulf, then away to the eastern side, and Gove was spared the weather’s fury. Unfortunately, our bauxite brothers on Cape York in the town of Weipa - were not so lucky, and were hit hard by the tropical storm. Below are a few of the images of the fallout, taken by our Regional and Remote Newspapers team. The Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area as well as Weipa were hit by prolonged rainfall last week, as Cyclone Oswald crossed the Cape, closing roads and damaging communities. A new rainfall record was set in Weipa, with the town receiving 328mm in the 24-hour period to 9am on January 23. Heavy rain swept across Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait, on the weekend of January 19-20, eroding beaches and bringing down branches. Horn Island recorded 52mm of rain in the 24-hour period between 9am Sunday, January 20, to Monday, January 21. A lightning strike knocked out communications and internet on Thursday Island for several hours on Monday, January 21, before Cyclone Oswald crossed the western Cape at around 1am Tuesday, January 22. Oswald crossed between communities Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama as a category 1 cyclone before being downgraded to a low-pressure system. Several sites recorded more than 300mm of rainfall in a 24-hour period to 9am Wednesday, January 23, and heavy winds and driving rain cut power to about 500 properties across the Cape.

AROUND Gove there are plenty of opportunity for some cracking good photos - as local Nicole Zimmermann proved when she snapped this giant crack in the sky in Nhulunbuy last week (ABOVE). The fantastic photo was just Ms Zimmerman’s third attempt at capturing lightening on camera, and she’s managed to strike gold. Storm-chasers of the community have been treated to some vivid electrical imagery over the last couple of weeks, when the monsoon was settled over the coast. Thanks to Ms Zimmermann, who now has the chance to win our ‘Photo of the Month’ competition. Wild About Gove is an opportunity for our readers to share some of the region’s magic. All photos remain the copyright of the photographer. Images can be sent to au with a brief description of where and when they were taken. LEFT: Abnormally high tides as a result of Cyclone Oswald saw the Evans Landing boat ramp and pontoon inundated with waves on Tuesday afternoon. Further severe weather is expected for the next few days. Photo: Stretch Noonan. BELOW: Strong winds and heavy rain caused this Weipa Caravan Park mahogany to fall on Monday afternoon. The fallen tree destroyed a fish-cleaning shed and damaged power poles. Photos Giembra Busmer, Western Cape Bulletin. THESE two images of Tropical Cyclone Oswald show the storm’s progression and deterioration over the Cape York Peninsula. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team.

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AFL Great rocks up on Elcho

Rugby Union player Reese Mulholland, 19, will be playing for the NT Country side on February 1.

Gove player picked for Brumbies curtain-raiser AT age 19, East Arnhem Rugby Union (EARU) club player Reese Mulholland is ready to tackle the world. And he’d better be he’s just been picked to run-on for the Northern Territory Country Team, to take on the NT City Team in Darwin on February 1. He’ll be playing in the curtain raiser match before Canberra’s Super Rugby team Brumbies go against Perth’s Western Force - a showcase game to promote rugby union in the Territory. Reese, who had his first taste of 15-a-side footy in Brisbane, playing in a Premier Colts squad for the University of Queensland, has taken to the game like a duck to water. “Playing for the colts was a huge eye-opener. “I learnt heaps and I look forward to bringing that experience to the NT Country side,” he said. The NT has been k n o w n a s a p l a y e rpoaching ground for the Brumbies, and Reese understands there’ll be

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plenty of eyes on him when he hits the field. So would he play for the Brumbies if selected? “I’d probably rather play for the Queensland Reds in the long-run,” he laughed. Though Reese probably already has the talent to try and break into Super 15s, his dad, Eddy Mulholland - one of the founders of EARU - wants the young man to put on more kilos before he goes for it. “He has to be big enough before he tries for the premier grades, because they’ll target him. “It’s a big commitment going for it, so I think he’ll wait at least another year.” Reese was this week heading up to Darwin to play at the ‘Hottest 7s in the World’ Australia Day weekend tournament, alongside 13 other EARU players from Gove. EARU officials said they would’ve loved to see a few more of their players picked for the NT Country Team, but said next year they’d be there for sure.

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“They certainly have the ability,” Eddy said.

ELCHO Island residents were treated to a special visit last week - from 1000-game AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy. The former Richmond Premiership player and Essendon Premiership coach, who now sits at the helm coaching the GWS Giants, trekked up to Galiwin’ku on Thursday, January 24, to help firm up a connection between the GWS club and the remote community. The GWS Giants and the AFL have formed what they’ve called “an alignment” with the community. Remote Projects Officer for AFL NT Tavis Perry said the goals of the alignment included helping increase school attendance numbers, helping improve healthy lifestyle choices and getting a better idea of the talent out there for potential draft picks for the GWS Giants. “From here on in, GWS will send healthy lifestyle messages to the students of the community’s Shepherdson College, send DVD highlights from each of their matches and provide an opportunity for two talented footballers to spend a week at the club,” Mr Perry said. “The community was extremely grateful and excited to have Kevin Sheedy in attendance and big thank you must also be given to AFL NT Regional Development Manager, Tayo Cafarella, for his efforts in running such a successful event.” Kevin Sheedy’s visit included a welcoming ceremony by the Chairman of the Galiwin’ku Football Association, Don Wininba, a meeting with musician Gurrumul Yunipingu, three games of football - which included an all-star U15, a women’s and a senior match - a visit to the local art centre and medical clinic and an awards ceremony to present players with Best on Ground medals.

Chairman of the Galiwin’ku Football Association Don Wininba with coach of AFL team GWS Giants Kevin Sheedy.

ABOVE: A couple local lads from Galuwin’ku with GWS Giants coach Kevin Sheedy. BELOW: Residents of the Galiwin’ku community were chuffed to have a visit by AFL legend Kevin Sheedy.

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The East Arnhem Sports Award winners do their region proud THE EAST ARNHEM SPORTS AWARDS HONOUR BOARD SENIOR SPORTS AWARD - Justin Gaykamangu. JUNIOR SPORTS AWARD - Anthony Quayle. ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD - Katelyn Rika. VOLUNTEER of the YEAR - Donna-Marie Grieve. BEST CLUB/TEAM - Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club - Open Patrol Team. SPORTSMEN and women of the region; the votes have been tallied and the results are in. The inaugural East Arnhem Sports Awards winners were announced on January 24, at a presentation in Nhulunbuy. After dozens of nominations were checked and a tough selection process

undertaken, judges have picked the winners for 2013. Each winner scored a $100 prize plus a splendid trophy, presented to them by East Arnhem Shire President, Banambi Wunungmurra. Mr Wunungmurra said winning the awards helped give the young sportspeople courage and the ability to

look to the future, where they could know they’ve achieved great things in their lives. “They can be proud of themselves, and their families can be proud, and the Shire Council is proud of our young talent and we look forward to continuing this event into the future.” The youngest winner

on the day was 10-year-old golfer Katelyn Rika, who picked up the Encouragement Award. She attended the ceremony with seven of her family members, who were all pleased as punch. Katelyn said the awards inspired her to keep trying her best on the course. “My next challenge will

ABOVE: Winner of the East Arnhem Sports Award for Encouragement, golfer Katelyn Rika with her family. From left, back: East Arnhem Shire sports and recreation regional manager Cherie Forbes, grandmother Lossa Rika, mum Esther Rika, grandfather Jonetani Rika, Shire President Banambi Wunungmurra. Front: Naomi, Hannah and Katelyn Rika. BELOW: East Arnhem Shire regional manager of youth, sport and recreation Cherie Forbes with members of the Surf Club Emma Putland, Madelaine and Grant Barnett with Shire President Banambi Wunungmurra.

be playing in the Gove Golf Open in June,” she said. Her proud grandfather, Jonetani Rika,said he was just glad he could come along and support. “I know she’ll keep winning into the future,” he said. Madelaine Barnett, who was a member of the award-winning Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club team, said their new trophy would stand in their new clubhouse (once it has been completed). “It’s really good for our youth development. “Thank you to the Surf club for their ongoing support, and thanks to the East Arnhem Shire Council for introducing such a great concept with these awards.” Ms Barnett put out a challenge for all the teams set to compete for the 2014 award. “We look forward to defending our title next year,” she said. Winner of the Junior Sports Award, golfer Anthony Quayle, was currently in Queensland undertaking a scholarship with the Queensland Academy of Sport, so was unable to attend. But his mother, Margaret, said his whole family was very excited for him. “He’s having a wonderful time doing what he loves, and we all hope he can take it much further,” she said. Coach Ms Grieve, known as the “Coach of Gove” because of how many sports she’s involved in, and Indigenous Marathon Project runner Mr Gaykamangu were unable to attend the events due to their being out of town, but their trophies have been sent in the mail. Congratulations to all this year’s winners, and anyone who didn’t make it, don’t fret, but get your entries ready for 2014.

Winner of the East Arnhem Sports Award for Best Senior Sportsperson, Justin Gaykamangu, from Ramingining. Pictured here in New York city, where he was selected to go for the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2012.

ABOVE: Winner of the Best Junior Award, golfer Anthony Quayle, who was unable to attend the awards presentation. BELOW: Volunteer of the Year award went to the “Coach of Gove,” Donna-Marie Grieve.

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