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Hail to the Chief

GOVE had a moment in the media spotlight last week, when four Northern Territory Government ministers visited the region. Chief Minister Terry Mills, Minister for Business Peter Chandler, Minister for Mines Willem Westra van Holthe and

Minister for Health David Tollner arrived in town on Tuesday, February 26 to visit with Rio Tinto workers, community stakeholders and local organisations to thank them for their patience in waiting for the decision that gas would come to Gove.

Ministers Westra van Holthe, Mills and Chandler are pictured here alongside trainees and graduates from the RALPA program at the ALERT Training Facility in Nhulunbuy. >> More about the ministerial visit inside: pages 3, 10 and 18.

Highway paving back on political agenda By MATT GARRICK WITH an election year upon us, both Federal and Northern Territory governments, sitting and aspiring, have begun looking at the vote-scoring issues on the table.

In a week which saw four NT ministers visit Gove, one such issue brought up in multiple conversations was the possibility of sealing the Central Arnhem Highway. While both sides of politics unanimously agreed paving the highway,

or at least a section of it, would open opportunities in the region, there were differing ideas of how this could ever be achieved. NT Minister for Business Peter Chandler said now that an agreement for gas to come to Gove had been

made, businesses could begin to tap into resources that would make sealing the road possible. “I see the next logical step out here for businesses not only to tap into the pipeline, but eventually, a road out here, to Gove.

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Some of our local business women: Leanne, Ammi, Rebecca, Gillian, Jodie, Ina, Suzanne and Julie (front). THEY gave us life, now it’s time to give something back. On Friday, March 8, it’s International Women’s Day - time to celebrate the mothers, aunties, grandmothers, daughters and sisters of our community. The day is a chance for humans all over the world to express their love for the women in their lives, and herald their remarkable achievements in all spheres of life including sports, business, medicine, arts and the environment. In Nhulunbuy, festivities over the following weekend include a Women in Business

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networking event on Saturday, March 9, at Macassans Restaurant, as well as the popular women’s AFL match directly after; the Annual International Woman’s Day Cup. Women’s teams the Latram Lions will take on old nemeses the East Woody Eagles, down at the Town Oval at 2.30pm. Co-organiser of the match and footy stalwart of the region Vern Patullo said the annual game, which kicked off for the first time last year, has been a fantastic way for the girls to showcase their sporting talent. “It’s just been great for diversity and

IT’S a sad week for Miwatj Health as it farewells one of its favourite doctors. What was meant to be six months living in Nhulunbuy ended up being four and a half years and a treasure trove of life-long memories for Dr Olivia O’Donoghue. She ended up in town after a placement as General Practitioner on Elcho Island fell through, and low and behold she fell in love with the place. “I really enjoyed the community; it’s such a lovely place and such a nice lifestyle,” she said. Dr Wendy Mastin said the clinic has lost not only a great General Practitioner but also a dear friend. “She’s really been a fantastic doctor, a great logical thinker and always paid attention to detail. “It’s going to be very hard to fill her boots,” Dr Mastin said. One of the incredible contributions by Dr O’Donoghue was the founding of the Mums and Bubs program, which evolved from the Northern Territory Indigenous

Intervention (nowadays known as the ‘Stronger Futures’ program). “Mums and Bubs is an outreach program that does screening and promotional health care for mums and their young children, predominately with children under six and pregnant women. “We go out and nurture women who are pregnant, and educate and train them. “It’s really rewarding.” Miwatj Nurse Emma Whitmore said Dr O’Donoghue’s mentoring and partnership over the last 12 months had given her the confidence to move forward. “Her legacy will go on in the strong team she has built,” Ms Whitmore said. Although many are saddened to see Dr O’Donoghue leave, she said it’s a necessary step for her, personally and professionally. “I’m going off to do some local work around Australia but I want to settle down in Darwin. “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Nhulunbuy; I think it’s a wonderful town,” she said. Dr Mastin said on behalf of the Mijwatj team, a big thank you to Dr Olivia O’Donoghue was due for all she’d done.

friendship as well. “And the women have improved out of sight, so it will be a great match.” Mr Patullo encouraged the community to get behind their girls and come down to the oval in strength of numbers to cheer them on. He also urged anyone keen to volunteer on the day, or any girls who would like to be a part of the competition to contact him (0499 577 541). For information on the Women in Business networking event and luncheon, contact Maché Eloff (0427 616 145).

ABOVE: SO LONG OLIVIA: John, Chavon, Linda, Wendy, Olivia, Robyn, Lyn and Andrew.

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Temporary shutdown at the Gove refinery PRODUCTION at mining company Pacific Aluminium’s Gove refinery is expected to be reduced by around 35 per cent while part of the plant is temporarily shut down for repairs. One of three “digestion stages” at the Gove refinery was found to be in need of maintenance, and, on February 27, the decision was taken to shut the section down. There were concerns about the weld integrity on six heat exchangers that were installed as part of the refinery expansion which was completed in 2007. The issue was identified following an inspection program. A heat exchanger is specialised equipment that transfers heat from one fluid to another. Inspections have not identified any issues with the heat exchangers in the remaining two digestion stages. The refinery will temporarily operate with just two digestion stages until repairs are completed. A spokesperson from Pacific Aluminium said Gove Operations have engaged an industry expert to help develop a repair plan that will support the safe and efficient restart of the affected digestion stage. Gove Operations General Manager Frank Willsdon said this decision was taken to ensure the safety and integrity of operations at the refinery. “Our intention is to restart the digestion stage when the required repair work has been completed. “The safety of our people remains our number one priority,” he said. At time of publication, officials from Gove Operations could not put a time-frame on how long the plant shutdown would last for. This closure comes just weeks after the Northern Territory Government reached a decision with the mining company to replace the refinery’s energy supply from petrol to cheaper gas, to ensure the refinery remained open.

Highway paving back on political agenda << From Page 1 With the costs to seal an eight to 10 metre-wide road quoted by a source at about $1 million per kilometre, sceptics have debated whether the NT Government could ever afford such a project - especially considering their current climate of debt. Labor Member for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker said though she would welcome the sealing of the road, she didn’t think the CLP had done their homework. “About the cost, the complexities of tenure for the corridor, or the competing priorities of the Territory’s road network with only 23 per cent of roads sealed. “Talk of sealing the Central Arnhem Road is not new and, of course, it would open up huge economic opportunity for the region including alternative and more affordable access.” Due to the state of the Northern Territory Government’s

debt-ridden budget, many believe it would be up to the Federal Government to stump up much of the cash. “Federal Labor has invested in excess of $20 million to upgrade crossings at Mainirou, Goyder and Donydji,” Ms Walker said. Former Mataranka cattle producer and Country Liberal candidate Tina MacFarlane, who will be challenging for the Federal seat of Lingiari at the election in September, said putting bitumen on the Central Arnhem Highway would be a priority for her should she win the seat. “I will do everything in my power to strengthen the road structure in Arnhem Land. “If we could attract the funds to put bitumen on the Central Arnhem Highway, that would be a key to opening up Gove and the region for indigenous tourism industries, as well as furthering our regional infra-

structure.” The electorate seat she is vying for, Lingiari, which occupies much of Arnhem Land, has been occupied since its inception in 2001 by Labor politician Warren Snowdon. President of the East Arnhem Chamber of Commerce David Suter said though he supported the idea of sealing the highway, it had to be done in a way that could open up the region to itself, but not bring in reams of undesirables such as mass tourism. “Trying to get the road paved from Gove to Bulman, it would be like flogging a dead horse. “But paving the road from Gove to Lake Evella (next to Gapuwiyak), that would be a doable option.” Mr Suter said sealing this part of the road would give the residents of surrounding Homelands the ability to drive on a track that’s not going to wreck their cars.

“Even if the Federal Government committed to maybe a 10-year plan, to do a bit of bitumising each year, allocate say $5-10 million a year, then you’d have it done in a pretty quick succession. “We can’t demand that it all gets done tomorrow.” And indeed, when Chief Minister Terry Mills spoke at a community stakeholders meeting in Nhulunbuy on February 26, he made it clear the highway would still have to wait. “On the day we made the announcement that gas would come to Gove, I returned to my office and found an email sitting there asking when the highway would be built. “One thing at a time people!” he laughed. Mr Mills said the NT Government had shown the people of Gove a strong message over the last weeks that they have been listening to them, and will continue to show their support.

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HEALTH MOB: NT Minister for Health David Tollner, Gove-based Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation officer Susan Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of the NT Department of Health Jeff Moffet, Acting Top End Health Development Regional Manager Heather Keighley, Acting General Managing Director of Nursing at Gove Hospital Lisa Pullen and Director of Medical Services at Gove Hospital Dr Peter Chilcott.

Sweeping changes set for health services A GROUP of health services heavyweights travelled to East Arnhem Land last week, to meet with frontline medical staff about sweeping structural changes set for the Northern Territory’s health system. NT Minister for Health David Tollner and Chief Executive Officer of the NT Department of Health Jeff Moffet addressed staff at Gove District Hospital about the changes, which Mr Tollner said would provide “greater autonomy, less silos and layers of delegation” to the health system. The meeting was also a chance for local health workers to voice their concerns about the proposed

changes, which are set to be implemented over the next 18 months. After the meeting, Mr Tollner told the Arafura Times that, although he was optimistic about the evolution of the health industry in East Arnhem Land, it was also a “bottomless pit”. “There are some amazing opportunities for health in East Arnhem Land, like there is across the whole Northern Territory. “The unfortunate thing is we’ll never have enough money to invest into health - it’s a bottomless pit. “There’s always some new machine that goes ‘beep’ or something of the like.” Mr Tollner said having a well

coordinated and integrated health system was key to improving services in the area. “We have to try not to drag everything into the NT government health system, but sort of look at working together with other providers out there.” While in the region, the convoy also travelled to the remote communities of Gapuwiyak, Galuwin’ku and Milingimbi and attended a meeting with the board of Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation. For those interested in learning more about the changes proposed for Northern Territory health services, visit; New_Service_Framework/.

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Young go-getters achieve top brass in awards

Shorelands Group Indigenous Achievement Award finalist Evelyna Ganhutjpuy Dhamarrandji. Young Carer and Young Leader Awards finalist Emily Osborne. A SWAG of our young most-prestigious youth from a record number of Award for her efforts as a to get into the top three leaders have been chosen to award ceremonies. nominations as finalists for community youth worker for both. It’s all about the represent the region at one This year, four East the 2013 Northern Territory on Elcho Island. advocacy for me, for all of Selena has been selected my youth suicide work. of the Northern Territory’s Arnhem youths were chosen Young Achiever Awards. • Selena Uibo, from as one of three finalists “It’s a way to get the for the McArthur River word out, and get people to Numbulwar; • Emily Osborne, from Mining Regional and Rural start talking about it. Nhulunbuy; Initiative Award for her “It’s also great to get • Evelyna Ganhutjpuy work teaching students in people talking about young Dhamarrandji, from Elcho Numbulwar. carers as a lot of people Sebastian, a Yolngu man aren’t aware of them,” Island; and • Sebastian Pascoe, from from Galiwin’ku, has been Emily said. Elcho Island. selected as a finalist for the This year there were They have all been se- same award for his role as 30 finalists picked from Nhulunbuy Bus & Airport Shuttle lected for their outstanding a Sports Development Of- across 10 award categories • Airport transfers • Coach and bus community work in their ficer, working with children celebrating young achievers. charters • Social, sport clubs, schools in programs such as after individual fields. Each category winner Evelyna has made school care, vacation care, will receive a trophy as well the finalist list to receive sports and youth mentoring. as a $2000 prize. Fax 8987 2346 •12 Miller Close Industrial Estate The Shorelands Group Emily, who featured in This event will kick • PO Box 1504, Nhulunbuy, NT, 0881 Indigenous Achievement an Arafura Times article off National Youth Week, on February 20 about her which will be launched at hard work as a carer, has the Awards Presentation made it as finalist for two Evening by the NT Chief awards; the Chief Ministers Minister Terry Mills. Excellence in Youth LeaderThe 2013 winners will be ship Award and the Young announced at a Gala Dinner Carer’s Award. Presentation in Darwin on Suicide alertness for everyone She said she couldn’t Saturday, April 6, where Anglicare NT is conducting a workshop for parents and carers interested in learning how to believe she’d made it. Olympic Gold Medallist be more alert to signs of a person thinking about suicide and respond in ways “I’ve been nominated for Libby Trickett will also be that link them to further suicide intervention help. a few years now, got into a guest speaker. top 10 but never into the The Awards recognise Monday, March 11, 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm top three. the achievements of young at the Walkabout Lodge Function Room, 12 Westal St, Nhulunbuy “This is my first year in individuals aged between 14 the Young Leader category, and 27 across many fields of For more information and registration details contact: so I’m absolutely stoked endeavour. Nerida Smith on 8985 0000 or Email:

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Remote community hostel program ‘in tatters’ AN INDIGENOUS hostel program which was implemented in the East Arnhem community of Garrthalala in 2008 is in tatters, a Northern Territory senator has claimed. Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion has said the Federal Government’s Northern Territory Indigenous hostels program was in a dire state, with two out of three hostels three years overdue with cost overruns. “In 2008, the Rudd Government announced it would build school hostels with a total of 152 beds at the remote communities of Wadeye, Garrthalala and Yuendemu with $28.9 million allocated for capital and running costs, to be operating by 2010. “The Gillard Government has

already spent $650,000 on the proposed Garrthalala school hostel on survey fees and feasibility studies before a brick has even been laid. There is no school at Garrthalala and no plans to build one . . . Obviously it won’t go ahead. “Wadeye opened last year at a cost of $16 million; it is only half full. “The Government ignored their own feasibility study which said that hostels at Garrthalala and Yuendemu were not appropriate but they went ahead anyway and in the end reluctantly abandoned these sites.” He said he hated to see waste anywhere, but it distressed him to see it in remote Aboriginal communities where “needs are so great”. “Julia Gillard’s fingerprints are

all over this - she was the Education Minister when she approved the expenditure for a plan she cooked up with her mate Warren Snowden,” Senator Scullion said. Mr Snowdon said last week he was proud of the Gillard Labor Government’s work towards closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader population, in health, employment, education and social wellbeing. “The largest investment in Aboriginal Health in Australia’s history, more than $713 million, is beginning to flow into the Northern Territory and people are starting to see the difference a real investment in the Territory can bring to their lives,” Mr Snowdon said.


Local rockers journey east for WOMADelaide HOMETOWN favourites East Journey, Yirrkala’s rocking 10- piece band, are taking their Top End tunes on tour to the southern states. The crew flew out to Sydney last Sunday, set to knuckle down in the recording studio and get their latest single, Bright Lights, Big City, down on wax. Soon after they’ll be hitting the stage for some of their biggest shows to date - including the main stage at the hugely popular world music extravaganza, WOMADelaide in South Australia’s city of churches from March 8-11.

Guitarist PJ White said the group have been waiting to get to Adelaide for a long time. “Can’t wait, true! “Being there, with some amazing musicians like Jimmy Cliff, The Cat Empire and Tim Rogers. “If you really want to be entertained and rock your socks off, see lots of colour and excitement, make sure you come and see us,” PJ said. The group will also be holding a yidaki workshop while at the festival, for the lucky southerners to get a taste of their East Arnhem culture. PJ said the crowds can

look forward to experiencing their unique sound, which he described as derived from their predecessors, Yothu Yindi, but with a modern twist. “It’s a fusion of rock, traditional music and saltwater reggae. “Our songs draw on our connection to the land and the sea; the music is in our blood, it’s in our songlines.” Though local fans might not be able to make it down for their southern tour, which also includes playing gigs in Sydney, East Journey have a Northern Territory tour planned East Journey (with country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley, centre) at the National Indigenous for later this year. Music Awards in Darwin last August. INSET: East Journey’s lead singer Rrawun Maymuru.

Kava bust reveals an illegal migrant A 44 year-old man has been On The charged with the possession of a trafficable amount of Beat kava, following the seizure with of 24kg of the drug at the Nhulunbuy Airport last week. NT Remote Communities Police Drug Desk Officers, Dog Operations Unit Personnel and Nhulunbuy Police were screening passengers and baggage as part of an on-going operation when an unattended suitcase attracted the attention of police. Superintendent Tony Fuller from the Drugs and Organised Crime Squad said the suitcase contained an estimated $24,000 worth of kava. “Investigations have resulted in the alleged owner of the suitcase being arrested as he attempted to board a flight from Nhulunbuy. Police will allege the man arrived from Sydney with the suitcase and abandoned it on the carousel upon witnessing police activity inside the terminal. “We understand he spent the night in town before attempting a return flight.” Superintendent Fuller added that the man, an Italian national, has since been found to be an unlawful non-citizen, and has been referred to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The man remains in custody and will attend the Darwin Magistrates Court on Thursday, February 28. MAN CAPSICUM SPRAYED AFTER CHASE POLICE used capsicum spray on a man who tried to flee on foot following a minor police chase in Yirrkala last week. The 36-year-old man had allegedly refused to be pulled over in his car on Boundary Road, in Yirrkala, before he pulled into a property and allegedly tried to getaway on foot. Police allegedly managed to run the man down as he tried to flee through neighbouring gardens, but the man then continued to resist arrest and tried to escape. Officers consequently used capsicum spray to restrain the man and take him into custody. He was charged with driving while unlicensed and resisting arrest. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said he chose the wrong police officer to allegedly get in a running race with. “Senior Constable Luke Shilton is extremely fit, and managed to run him down.” LAW OF THE LAND AND SEA POLICE are continuing to vigilantly patrol our region’s land and sea - having booked a number of people over the last week for various boating and road related offences. Snr Sgt Muldoon said there were increased patrols in the region, which included marine patrols. Two Nhulunbuy residents were cautioned for having expired flares on their boats, and one trailer was found to be unregistered. “Police are actively patrolling boat ramps in the area, so please make sure your trailer is registered, or you’ll get a ticket,” he said. Also, numerous people were booked over the last week for exceeding the speed limit on the outskirts of town. Police have also put out a reminder for residents to remember about reducing their speed to 40km/h from 7am until 5pm when driving in the region’s school zones. This comes after two people were cautioned for speeding in school zones last week.


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CASA places a further bar on Barrier Aviation By MARK BOUSEN CARRIER Barrier Aviation has been grounded for a further period of up to 28 days, following an extension application by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) late last week. CASA was granted a further five-day extension in a Federal Court hearing on Friday, February 22, which lapsed at the end of last week. This was subsequently followed by the application for the latest extension. CASA Manager for Corporate Communications Peter Gibson told the Arafura Times the process is in its “latter stages”, but has “no idea” what the final outcome might be. Mr Gibson said the current extention process involved a “show cause” application where CASA provided Barrier Aviation with all its complaints and why CASA views the problems “so seriously”.

“That gives Barrier Aviation a chance to respond; CASA will then review that response and then decide on its next course of action.” The length of the current 28-day extension will be, in part, determined by the length of time in which Barrier Aviation responds. “Once all that is reviewed, there could be solutions available or CASA could take further action,” Mr Gibson said. CASA initially suspended Barrier Aviation for five days on December 23, but that was extended to February 15 a day later. The Federal Court hearing in Sydney on February 15 recommended both parties to mediation prior to returning to the court on February 22. Barrier Aviation operates from bases in Horn Island, Cairns, Darwin and Gove in the Northern Territory, has a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, and employs more than 50 staff when operating.

Barrier Aviation has been barred from flying for up to another 28 days.

Yolngu world opens to Australia for Garma 2013 Lynne Walker

Action and culture from the Garma Festival, 2011: the nation’s leading Indigenous cultural exchange event.

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THE doors to the beauty and mysteries of the Yolngu world are set to be opened to all Australians this August, for the 2013 Garma Festival, to be held at Gulkula, 40km from Nhulunbuy. Registration for the festival, known as the nation’s leading Indigenous cultural exchange event, opens this week. The 2013 Garma cultural programme will see Yolngu clan groups from North-East Arnhem Land inviting guests to share with them their significant teachings drawn from centuries of practice: weaving, art, cultural education and yidaki workshops. These workshops will be open to all registered guests, giving participants an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the many aspects of Yolngu life. Garma will be hosted by the Yothu Yindi Foundation over a four-day period, from Friday, August 9, to Monday, August 12, at the recently upgraded Garma grounds and in the new Garratjambal Auditorium. General Manager of the Yothu Yindi Foundation Denise Bowden said the 2013 programme would consist of two forums which will link together in evening ceremony (bunggul) and celebration of song (manikay), art (miny’tji) and Yolngu dance. “The Key Forum, which deals with major contemporary issues

of the Aboriginal world, will run from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon, its theme being: A Bi-Partisan Project: Partnerships, Reconciliation and Future Prosperity. “This theme will cover practical examples of co-operation, change and reform in remote Aboriginal Australia.” Aboriginal groups and leaders will speak about the challenges, successes and failures of their endeavours to improve the lives of their people. A series of presentations will focus on the challenges of getting consistent bi-partisan support for the enormous issues faced by remote Aboriginal Australia. Audiences will hear from the nation’s leading thinkers and politicians and reflect on Indigenous governance issues. A series of lectures and workshops will also focus on the issue of Constitutional change as Yolngu clans and participants mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. On the afternoon of Saturday, August 10, the Key Forum will close and the focus will fall upon the cultural beauty and strength of Yolngu Australia - to unwind, relax, reflect and learn at a different pace. Registrations open this week, so to register and ensure your place, visit

NEWS AS the Wet Season rains set in (or don’t set in . . .) Nhulunbuy residents are being warned to protect themselves in backyards, parks, sporting fields, and other places where they may come in to contact with the potentially deadly soil-borne disease, melioidosis. The NT Centre for Disease Control has warned that contact with mud, ground water and aerosolised soil during the Wet Season increases the likelihood of exposure to the melioidosis bacteria. Centre for Disease Control Director Dr Vicki Krause said during the Dry Season, melioidosis bacteria live deep within the

Melioidosis: The menace of the Wet

soil, but as the rains set in, larger amounts of the bacteria are brought to surface level, where they can come in to contact with humans. “Cuts and sores are the perfect entry point for the bacteria to invade the body, though it can also be inhaled if it’s stirred up by the wind.” According to Dr Krause, severe pneumonia and blood poisoning can be the result of meliodosis infection which has a mortality rate of 10-15 per cent, even with best practice medical care.

“Most commonly we see symptoms of fever, cough and breathing difficulties but melioidosis presentations can vary greatly.” Last season, there were 97 cases of melioidosis diagnosed from the Northern Territory. There have been 14 so far reported this season - far lesser than 2012, thought to be due to the lack of heavy rain earlier in the year. The incubation period from time of infection to acute disease can range from

one to 21 days. In some cases, the onset of symptoms are slower and will include features like weight loss or sores that do not heal. “People with weaker immune systems, such as those with diabetes, hazardous alcohol intake, kidney disease, lung disease, cancer and treatment for cancer, and people on steroid therapy are at greater risk of developing the disease if the bacteria enter their body,” Dr Krause said. “It’s very important these people stay indoors during heavy wind and rain.”

To avoid contracting melioidosis it’s recommended to wear waterproof footwear around mud, soil and areas of pooled water and to wear gloves when handling soil or mud soaked items. “People who work with soil such as gardeners and building tradespeople should always wear protective clothing, as healthy people can get the diseases if they work in or are exposed to mud, pooled water or aerosolised soil,” Dr Krause said. “People using high pressure hoses around soil should cover their mouths and noses as the bacteria can also enter the body via inhalation.”

Ranger exchange from Broome to Gulf EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA, Make a Difference in your region Do you have vision and drive, and experience in community, industry or local government? Are you able to represent the broad interests of your region? Do you understand local challenges and want to achieve results; then why not volunteer to join the Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee in your area. Expressions of interest (EOI) are now open for RDA Northern Territory. RDA is a national network of 55 committees made up of local people volunteering their time and energy to develop local solutions to local issues. You will use your experience, skills and local regional knowledge to build relationships between all levels of government and regional communities. RDA committees are representative of the diversity of each particular region. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural backgrounds, people living with disabilities and people from across every age group are encouraged to submit an EOI. Interested community members should submit an EOI. Previous applicants should submit a new EOI. All EOIs will be considered against the skills and expertise which are specified in the application information. EOIs are encouraged by Friday, 22 March 2013.

ple of our community… Dhimurru rangers are very close to their culture and it has been good for us to be among this.” Dhimurru Project Facilitator Paul Augustin said the Aboriginal Corporation has been at the forefront of Indigenous Land management for the past 20 years. “Dhimurru have been recognised as leaders - not only in Australia but the rest of the world - for their two-way learning; Ngapaki (western) and Yolngu working together on the natural resource management of country. “Dhimurru rangers get great pleasure in helping

Troy urges locals to get vaccinated EVEN though he is the most-awarded recipient of the Male Artist of the Year in Golden Guitar history, Troy Cassar-Daley’s role as a parent and family man takes centre stage in his life. That’s why he’s calling for parents in the Nhulunbuy and the surrounding East Arnhem region to take advantage of the free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination that is being rolled out from February across Australia. HPV is a common virus that affects men and women; it can cause the development of cancer and genital warts in both males and females. The HPV vaccine can help protect young people from developing these cancers later in life. Troy said he has kids who are eligible for the vaccine. “I want to do everything I can to protect them against HPV-related cancers. Parents

of all eligible kids will be getting more information and a consent form from school. “This will need to be completed and returned to the school. Community health clinics will also deliver vaccinations in some remote areas. “The HPV vaccination offers the best protection against HPV-related cancers and disease,” Troy said. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women aged 12-13 years can take part in the free school-based HPV vaccination program in 2013, and there will be a catch-up program for young men aged 14-15 years until the end of 2014. For full protection against HPV-related cancers and disease, three doses of the vaccine are required over a six-month period. For more information about the HPV vaccination program, visit www.australia. or freecall (1800 671 811).

other ranger groups who are still trying to establish themselves in the area of Indigenous land management.” He said the Dhimurru rangers enjoyed learning a thing or two from the exchange rangers as well.

For further information and to apply: Visit the website at Or phone the helpline on 1800 505 938 (Mon–Fri 9am-5pm AEDST) Or send an email to


ABOVE: Dhimurru and Nyul Nyul rangers during work picking up marine debris at Yalangbara. RIGHT: Buduwutpuy Dhurrkay explaining to the Nyul Nyul rangers the history of the area at the Stone Picture site at Garanhan (Maccassans). LOCALS would have been to speak about their country forgiven last week for think- outside the circle they are ing they’d noticed a lot more use to. rangers around town. For a remote group like The Nyul Nyul rangers the Nyul Nyul rangers, from the Kimberly Land they had a chance to realise Council, usually based they were not alone in 200km north of Broome, their battle to protect the were here on a ranger ex- biodiversity of their land change visit with Dhimurru from weeds, feral animals, Aboriginal Corporation. fires and tourism. Ranger exchanges have Senior Ranger Yoshi been a great opportunity for Akune, from the Nyul rangers to share knowledge, Nyul ranger group, said stories and issues from their the rangers have always respective country on natu- enjoyed the exchanges beral resource management. cause Dhimurru Indigenous This type of experience Protected Areas were such gives both ranger groups similar landscapes to where the opportunity to share they lived. methods and ideas for how “We work on the coast to improve management as well. concerns they both face so “We have lost a lot of our they can adopt and develop culture and stories due to ways to succeed in projects many elders passing away, on their own country. so it is up to us to continue It also gives rangers our culture and share stories the opportunity to gain we have learnt from our confidence in their ability elders with the young peo-

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation PO Box 1551 Nhulunbuy NT 0881 ABN: 95 520 121 809 ACN: 1558

Ph: (08) 8939 2700 Fax: (08) 8987 3224 Web: Email:

Wanuwuy and Daliwuy Closure Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation would like to advise that the Wanuwuy (Cape Arnhem) Special Recreational Area and Binydjarrnga (Daliwuy) General Recreation Area are CLOSED until further notice. The top gate at Datjala, commonly known as the ‘jump up’ has been closed to ALL traffic. Observing the closure of certain areas and in this case, Wanuwuy (Cape Arnhem) and Binydjarrnga (Daliwuy), is an important part of Yolngu culture. The closure has been requested by relevant landowners following the passing of a senior Gumatj Traditional Owner. The late Dr Marika provided this explanation: “In Yolngu culture it is a courtesy to the deceased and the deceased persons family not to go onto their country. Some Yolngu are not allowed to go there at all until the land has been through a process of fire and ritual purification. Brothers and sisters and close relatives cannot go there nor can they eat anything caught or harvested from that area. The land represents the person who has passed away. In a sense the person is the place. Yolngu also have totems being plants and animals to which the person is related through their ancestors. The totems belonging to a person who has passed away are also forbidden to some Yolngu such as the mothers brothers and sisters and the fathers brothers and sisters (gurrutu eg wawa ga yapa).” Dhimurru would once again like to thank the Gove Peninsula community for their understanding and respect in regards to this country and apologise for any inconvenience. Please do not hesitate to call into our office or phone the Permits Officer on 8939 2700, if you have any questions regarding access to Dhimurru’s Designated Recreation Areas.

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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 Power price hikes hurting our remote families IT was good to see no fewer than four Territory government ministers travelled to Nhulunbuy last Tuesday, led by Chief Minister Terry Mills, as a follow up to successfully securing gas to Gove. The visit was certainly long overdue for the Minister for Resources, Willem Westra van Holthe, who was strangely absent throughout the gas-to-Gove saga, but has managed in the first six months of government to make no fewer than four overseas trips to talk up opportunities in the resources sector in the Territory. I was disappointed to learn

an invitation only affair that, in his capacity as Minister for for around 25 select few essential services, and, I’m told, lasted no however, he did longer than 15 minutes. not manage to get I’m also told that one attendee did manto Yirrkala to listen to residents firstage to ask the question hand about the about the status of the fiasco of increased CLP’s election commitElectoral News power tariffs and by NT Member for Nhulunbuy ment to deliver on its promise to provide $1.5 the complete lack LYNNE WALKER million to complete the of information about how the 30 per cent increase next stages of the mud wharf boat might be managed. ramp upgrade with an answer that Unfortunately, what was pro- provided no certainty. LAST week, I made a two-day moted as a ‘community meeting’ at the Walkabout turned out to be visit to Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island),

Living on the edge of a knife

Wild dog taking a dip. PHOTO MATT GARRICK

MARCH Wed 6. Lawn Bowls at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm. Wed 6. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club from 8pm. Wed 6. Jam session/open mic night - Walkabout Tavern from 8pm. Fri 8. Partners and Supporters Clontarf Academy breakfast, Yirrkala School, 7.45am until 8.30am, contact Rob 0422 158 146. Sat 9. Annual International Women's Day Cup (AFL), 2.30pm, Town Oval. Sun 10. Jazz Arvo with G rant Pukeroa at the Arnhem Club, 1-5pm. Sat 9. "Women in Business" talk, 12 noon at Macassans Restaurant. Info and tickets: 8987 1985. Sat 9. Oasis Christian Assembly Trivia Night, 7pm. Bring nibbles and drinks available. $10 a head. For Indian orphanage. RSVP 89871522 by Fri 8. Mon 11. Triathalon Swim Squad Training, 5.15pm, Gove Aquatic Centre, $10. Tue 12. Social Squash Night, 5pm, Nhulunbuy Squash Courts. Wed 13. Lawn Bowls at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm. Wed 13. Karaoke at the Arnhem Club from 8pm. Wed 13. Jam session/open mic night - Walkabout Tavern from 8pm. Fri 15. Anglicare new offices Official Opening, 10am, info: 8939 3400. Fri 15. Andrew "Pidgy" Pidgeon Shaves for a Cure at the Surf Club (evening). Sun 17. Jazz Arvo with Grant Pukeroa at the Arnhem Club, 1-5pm. Mon 18. Indigenous Marathon Project national try out, Yirrkala Community Oval - 9am. Info: (02) 6260 5750. Sat 23. NCL Art and Craft Market, 9am-12pm, Town Hall hosted by Catholic Parish.

WHAT is it about some Aussie blokes that has them living on the edge of a knife? Life goes one way and he will spend the next fifty years in suburbia. Probably with the same wife and surrounded by kids that are probably his. And the alternative? He will end up in a modern humpy, somewhere on the edge of civilisation. (Not that anyone like that lives in the secret places of East Arnhem Land. We are all very ordinary and normal up here). Still, I’m curious. How does it happen? Is there something strange about us, something that doesn’t happen to folk in other countries? It seems quite normal for us to live in cities - we are one of the most urban people in the world - where we love, marry and have kids.

Then a large percentage of the husbands take off into the bush where the real work of Australia happens, and their families stay at home. We are famous for living apart. Our blokes don’t need female company, as long as we have our beer and our mates. At least it is better now than it used to be. Now we have fly-in, fly-out workers. Not so long ago, it was fly in and stay there until the job was done. The old timers really lived their work, and family was something that happened during the holidays. I suppose if you do that for long, you get funny ideas about where your home is and where you belong. Perhaps you travel back to town one time and realise that the Missus is getting on just fine without you. A few harsh words, and the bush claims another single man.


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An irreverent, satirical (and totally fictional) comment upon the issues of life, by our faceless correspondent. Does that mean our cities are full of single women of a certain age? I suppose it must do, although I’ve never spent enough time down south to find out. I’d rather stay up here where the work is, where people live together and get the job done. And if there a few cranky old Joes living around the edge of town, who cares? At least they add a little colour to the place, and lend a hand catching the fish and getting the beer drunk.

Humour through the headache - gas-to-Gove cartoons ONE of the most-fascinating aspects of a town-in-crisis is how it can bring out the humour of its residents. During the stress put upon Nhulunbuy locals over recent months, as they waited to find out if the town’s biggest employer - the Pacific Aluminium refinery - would remain open, some of the region’s budding cartoonists came out with gold. Now that we’ve had conformation gas will be piped to Gove and the refinery will remain open, residents can now look back and have a laugh about it - these should help to do so. These cartoons were sent to the Arafura Times unsolicited.

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the most-northern part of my electorate. It came as no surprise to learn from locals and organisations that power tariff increases are as poorly communicated there as they appear to be everywhere else, and are really hurting families and organisations. THIS week I’ll be in Darwin to attend the Local Government Association of the NT conference in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Local Government. I’ll be home Friday evening in time to be part of celebrations for International Women’s Day.

LEFT: Rio Tinto and the NT Government finally agree on how to get gas to Gove. By MICHAEL HAZELL. ABOVE: Gove still fishing for trouble. By GIL AVILA.

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Surf Club like Putty in his hands By MONIKA O’HANLON AFTER 15 years as a dedicated member of the Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club (GPSLSC), Chris ‘Putty’ Putland has been elected as a life member. According to one of his daughters, Hannah Putland, Putty’s passion for GPSLSC started in 1998, shortly after the family moved to town. “Mum and dad wanted us kids to join Nippers, not only as a sport, but to teach us water safety and first aid. “Dad joined in and got really involved - he loved it!” said Hannah. At the Annual General Meeting for the GPSLSC on Sunday February 24, a speech was read on behalf of the 2012 Club President, Greg Whelan, regarding Putty’s tremendous involvement in Surf Life Saving. Chief Instructor Bernie Whelan named Putty as a life member of the club, and listed his extensive contributions. Some of these included being the club President for four years, Vice President for two years and

a committee member for over a decade. He has also contributed huge amounts to Surf Lifesaving NT. “Chris has been integral in the organisation and running of many junior and cadet development camps. “He has volunteered for many, many shifts on BBQs and behind the bar, and has probably not missed a working bee in the last ten years. “He has spent countless hours on the beach as an official, and age manager.” Mr Whelan said t h r o u g h o u t P u t t y ’s fifteen years he had racked up an outstanding amount of awards and qualifications. “Chris has gone above and beyond his duties, and has always stepped up to the plate when things have needed doing.” Putty’s recognition comes a year to the month since the Surf Club was nearly devastated by fire. “He covered all bases in our re-building endeavours after the fire.” From all of GPSLSC, a BIG thank you to Chris Putland for his hard work and dedication.

Chris Putland welcomed as a life member of the Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club by Chief Instructor Bernie Whelan.


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BABY ON BOARD: Kirsty Williamson, Leanne Parise, Rhonda Medlan, Sally Putland, Elina Malibirr (baby), Ingrid Ashley and Ellie Fletcher.

Babies ride high on Rotary Club’s donation SOME lucky mums in the area will receive a free car seat for their new babies, after the Rotary Club of Nhulunbuy kindly donated numerous capsules to the community. The donation comes after the Northern Territory Government introduced new laws based on the Australian Road Rules on February 1. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said the new regulations required children under the age of seven to be secured in an approved child restraint or booster when travelling in a car or vehicle. “These laws are nation-wide and are designed to ensure children are better protected while travelling,”

he said. A number of the car seats have been gifted to Gove District Hospital’s Maternity Ward, as well as the toy library and to Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation. Rotary’s President Elect Leanne Parise said the notion behind the donation was to help out locals who didn’t already have a regulation child’s car seat. “There are so many people who can’t get access to these seats as there is nowhere in town to buy them. “We donated some to the toy library so people who didn’t have one, or were new to town, could rent them,” she said. Ms Parise said Rotary’s aim for this contribution was to help make the area and the community safer.

NT EPA Environment Grants CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS Applications for the 2013-14 round of Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) grants will open for application from 4 March 2013. These grants fund on-the-ground actions to help reduce impact on the environment and ensure it is protected for future generations to enjoy.


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Individual grants and school grants are included in this round. The categories are: • Waste • Water • Energy • Ecosystems Expressions of Interest for individual grants and full applications for school grants are due 1 April 2013. Full applications for individual grants are due on are due 20 May 2013. Visit for more information or phone (08) 8924 4002. Arafura Times

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A PLANE full of politicians and media descended into Gove on the morning of February 26. The group were in town to attend a series of meetings with Rio Tinto employees, community stakeholders and local organisations to celebrate the government’s February 13 decision that gas would be piped to Gove and the town’s refinery would remain open. Warm applause greeted Chief Minister Terry Mills as he walked into Banyan Park, at the Gove refinery, where a hundred Pacific Aluminium employees had gathered to meet the man who had helped them keep their jobs. The parliamentary convoy included four Territory ministers - Chief Minister Terry Mills, Minister for Business Peter Chandler, Minister for Mines Willem Westra van Holthe and Minister for Health David Tollner. Over the day, the group shook many a hand, taking in a tour of the refinery and a meeting with Gumatj Northern Territory Minister for Business Peter Chandler with Gumatj Corporation employees in Nhulunbuy. clan elder Djawa Yunupingu. ABOVE: East Arnhem Shire Council President Banambi Wunungmurra with Minister for Mines Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe. RIGHT: Chief Minister Terry Mills (pictured far left next to General Manager of Gove Operations Frank Willsdon and Minister for Mines Willem Westra Van Holthe) visited employees at Banyan Park, next to Pacific Aluminium’s refinery. RIGHT LOWER: The parliamentary posse posed for a group photo with Gumatj employees, RALPA Program Trainees and RALPA graduates. BELOW: Bob Gordon, Mining Minister Willem Westra van Holthe and Peter Wheeler. BELOW CENTRE: Helen Clark, Owen Grills, Chief Minister Terry Mills, Krishda Tan, Joey Webster and Justin Tsao (far right).

ABOVE: Gumatj Corporation employees having a yarn with the Chief Minister.

Brian Mangwende, Neil Coxon, Chief Minister Terry Mills and Glenn Hillam.

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Rio Tinto employees Domenic Yunupingu and Vernen Marika met the parliamentary contingent at the Alert Training Facility.

ALERT Training Team Gary Barnes, Chief Minister Terry Mills, Tim O’Neil, Debbie Smith and Merideth Theodore (absent: Sandy Daff).

GOVE PENINSULA SURF LIFESAVING CLUB AGM ON Sunday, February 24, the friendly members of the Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club gathered for their Annual General Meeting. The relaxed meeting included a barbecue brunch and was where they chose their committee for 2013.


With the new Surf Clubhouse currently under construction, the year is set to be a bright one, filled with a packed calendar of events; including the Northern Territory Surf Life Saving titles, set to be held in Gove in the last weekend in September.

LEFT: Sheena Ruldolph with ray of sunshine, Sunny Shanahan. LEFT BELOW: Hutchy and Putty cookin’ up a storm.

ABOVE: Denise Marrable and Chris Parfitt. BELOW: Jess Pitkin with Emma Putland. LEFT: Debbie Webb, Mandy Hutchinson, Sheena Rulpolph and baby Sunny Shanahan. LEFT BELOW:The excitable crew from the Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club took a moment out from their Annual General Meeting to practice their child-lifting skills and jump in for a group photo.

CLEAN-UP AUSTRALIA DAY, MARCH 1 KIDS at Nhulunbuy High got their gloves on and went about the dirty business of saving our environment for Clean-Up Australia Day on March 1. Groups of green-minded youngsters

went around, bags in hand, beautifying their school ground by removing discarded food packaging, plastic bags, cans and general waste. Clean Up Australia Day is an an-

PHOTOS: MONIKA O’HANLON nual event where thousands of volunteers nation-wide chip in to conserve our prized Australian environment. In 2012, an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7363 sites across Australia.

ABOVE: Teacher Lawrence Walker getting down and dirty for the clean-up. BELOW: Gabbi McGrath and Jaydee Lawes. ABOVE LEFT: Rubbish removalists CJ Broadbent and Leila Pedrosa. ABOVE: Kids from Nhulunbuy High School knuckled down to help pick up trash for Clean Up Australia Day. LEFT: TAKING OUT THE TRASH: Katelyn Muchow, Zali Fuhrmann and Shanti Monteiro. RIGHT: Jean Paul Gimore and Bores Misob.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Jung In Europa 10:10 La Mappa Misteriosa 10:30 TBA 11:00 Karsh Is History 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Montana Belle” (PG) 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst: On The Road 8:30 Making Couples Happy :) - As the experiment ends, an apology from Alison could make or break her relationship with Paul. Inhibitions are lowered during a kissing contest in a crowded mall, and the surprising final scores are revealed. 9:30 The Midwives 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Seven Ages Of Britain: Age Of Power 12:30 The Clinic 1:25 Movie: “Youth Runs Wild” (PG) 2:30 NTFL: Semi Final 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 Imparja’s Thursday Night Football: Sydney Roosters V South Sydney Rabbitohs 9:15 The NRL Footy Show 11:15 The AFL Footy Show - The Logie award-winning AFL Footy Show celebrates its 20th season, starring Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless and Shane Crawford. 12:45 Extra 1:15 Nine Presents: Timomatic 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shop 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: “Ties That Bind” (M) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 The Zoo 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 Seven News 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Natalie tells Brax she has feelings for him but doesn’t want to be with him. The gym loses power right before the opening. Tilda resumes her bullying. Courtney stabs Casey 7:00 My Kitchen Rules - Tonight, breakfast is on the menu in the rapid cook-off. The remaining teams must cook at Kitchen HQ where the judges have a few tricks up their sleeve. 8:15 TBA 9:15 TBA 10:15 TBA 11:15 Up All Night 11:45 Last Chance Learners 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 UEFA Champions League 7:35 World News 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: In Search of Sunshine 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Safari 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feasts: Turkey - - Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s journey continues in Turkey’s most historical and cultural city, Istanbul. He tastes fish from the magnificent waters of the Bosphorus, is amazed by beautiful local vegetables and samples mouth-watering street food. 9:35 24 Hours in Emergency: Mum 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Hour 12:05 Movie: “The Red Shoes” (MA v) In Korean. Director Kim Yong-gyun’s Korean horror version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Red Shoes. A pair of rose coloured satin stilettos brings about the grisly demise of the women who ‘must’ possess them. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Double Trouble 10:20 What I Wrote 10:30 Arrows Of Desire 11:00 Foreign Correspondent 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 Last Of The Summer Wine 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs: Kent 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 NT 8:00 QI: Constellations 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries: If The Shoe Fits - The death of a migrant factory foreman looks like an industrial accident. Dr Blake digs deeper revealing a string of crimes and the ugly side of post war Australia. Meanwhile, Jean receives a proposal. 9:25 Silk: Martha is given a high-profile prosecution case against a teacher up for attempted murder of a pupil. She is reluctant to take it on, but is advised it would be good for her interview for silk. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 My Family: A Decent Proposal - While the Harper family are attending Susan’s mother Grace’s funeral, Susan has a visitor from beyond the grave with an offer she can hardly refuse. 11:35 Rage 5:00 Rage

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 Imparja’s Live Friday Night Football: Brisbane Broncos Vs Manly Sea Eagles 6:30 The Block: All Stars 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Justice League Recombination 7:30 TBA 11:30 Movie: “Hooper” (M s,l) - Top Hollywood stuntman, Sonny Hooper, a veteran of many films, meets his potential rival, Ski. On the day of a dazzling flying car stunt the two must do for a film, Ski attempts to chicken out but learns that Hooper has other ideas. 1:30 The Avengers: The Hidden Tiger 2:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 12:30 The Midday Movie: “Romance: Out Of The Shadows” (M v) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 The Zoo 3:20 Minute To Win It 4:00 Seven News 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Casey survives the stabbing and is transferred out of jail to the hospital. Brax warns Jamie to stay away from Casey. 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 10:55 Law & Order: LA: Benedict Canyon 11:55 Movie: “Somewhere” (M s,l,n) - A bad boy actor living the high life at the historic Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood has his world turned upside-down after a visit from his 11year-old daughter forces him to confront his problems. 2:00 Harry’s Practice 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Food Lovers’ 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 Philippines: Unexplored Archipelago 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: Scotland in Miniature: The Isle of Arran 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Great Irish Escape 8:30 Dust Bowl: Dust To Eat 9:35 As It Happened: Dig World War II 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Lol” (M s,d,l) - In French. Lola is a typical 15-year-old Parisian girl living with her single mum. When her boyfriend returns from his summer holiday with news of his unfaithfulness, Lola kicks him to the curb, claiming her own summer romance. 12:55 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The Ghost” (M d,l,s) In Swedish and Danish. Arson is suspected when a cottage by the sea burns to the ground following a gas explosion, and a man and a woman are found dead. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 NT 12:00 Australian Story 12:30 Catalyst 1:00 At The Movies 1:30 Movie: “The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad” (PG) 3:00 NTFL: Preliminary Final 6:05 Catalyst Bytes: Information Overload 6:15 Big Ideas Sampler 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise: Denise cannot hold onto her secret any longer but will it spell the end of her career? Moray commits to a life-changing decision, and Jonas resorts to blackmail. 8:30 Grand Designs: Cornwall - Kevin McCloud meets a couple who have 12 months to convert a silver-mine engine-house in Cornwall into a unique and beautiful home. 9:20 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In The Dark - Murder strikes close to home when a young girl is found drowned in Aunt Prudence’s water fountain on the eve of a lavish fancy dress party. Phryne and her aunt work together to investigate. 10:15 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL - Shaun Micallef is back and he’s MADDER than HELL! We really should have changed the name but it’d cost us a fortune in letterheads and show graphics. 10:45 TBA 11:35 Rage: Mardi Gras Special

5:30 Bubble Guppies 6:00 Dora The Explorer 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Danoz Direct 10:30 Getaway 11:00 Alive & Cooking 1:30 The Bottom Line 12:00 Status Quo 1:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 1:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 2:30 Movie: “Grumy Old Men” (PG l,s) - With John and Max, wifeless and retired, hating each other has become their greatest pleasure in life... 4:30 National News 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 11:00 Movie: “10” (M s,l) A Hollywood songwriter goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy blond newlywed. 1:20 Movie: “Memoirs Of A Survivor” (M v,s,a) Set in a bleak future where roving gangs of children terrorize city streets, and reality is often an illusion. 3:30 Danoz 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show 10:30 Seven’s Horse Racing 2013 3:30 TBA 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 Queensland Weekender - Dean Miller and his team cover the length and breadth of Queensland with great suggestions for weekends, short breaks and holidays. 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 8:40 TBA 10:55 Family Guy: Petergeist / Untited Griffin Family History 11:55 Movie: “Operator” (M s,v) - An aggressive criminal attorney meets his match when a mysterious woman wreaks her revenge, slowly unravelling his life. 2:00 Special: Sunrise Over South Africa - Discover the whole spectrum of South Africa’s diverse attractions, its treasures and its truths. 3:00 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 Home Shopping 4:30 That ‘70s Show

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Gerhard Richter: Painting 2:45 Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me? 3:55 The Beauty Of Books 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Jodie Kidd 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Salvage Hunters 8:30 Prisoners of War: Family Portrait 9:30 Movie: “Harry Brown” (MAV s,d,l,v) Harry Brown is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won’t even use the underpass near his home. 11:30 Movie: “99 Francs” (MAV v,s,a,d) In French. A first-person diatribe against modern consumerist society, as seen through the eyes of a cynical advertising executive whose efforts to get fired from his job backfire as he keeps getting promoted. 1:15 South Park: Imaginationland: Episode 3 - Inside Imaginationland, Stan and Butters engage in the battle of their lives as they fight the army of evil imaginary forces. 1:45 South Park: Guitar Queer-O 2:15 South Park: The List 2:45 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 Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 World Cafe Asia: Malacca 2:00 How The Earth Was Made: The Driest Place On Earth 3:00 The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Revolutionaries 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Grand Final 6:00 Dig 1940 6:30 Compass: Beating Cyberbullying 7:00 ABC News 7:30 David Attenborough: Galapagos 8:30 Midsomer Murders 10:00 Rev. - A heatwave hits London and vicar Adam can’t sleep. And elderly parishioner Joan has just moved into a nursing home and is convinced her new room is haunted, causing Adam all sorts of grief. 10:30 Shakespeare Uncovered: Richard II Presented By Derek Jacobi 11:25 Art Of Russia: Smashing The Mould 11:55 Movie: “The Front Page” (M) 2:00 Movie: “The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer” (G) 3:35 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 Wide World Of Sports 10:30 The Sunday Footy Show 12:30 Australian Athletics Tour 2013 1:30 Ensign Pulver 3:30 Imparja’s Sunday Football: Melbourne Storm Vs St George Illawarra Dragons 5:30 National News Sunday 6:00 The Block: All Stars 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 The Mentalist: Red Lacquer Nail Polish - The remains of an elderly heiress are uncovered in her eerie mansion, and the CBI have a long list of suspects for her homicide. 9:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dead Air 10:00 CSI: Miami: Last Stand - Miami is ablaze with crime and chaos when Memmo Fiero, Horatio’s wife’s killer, returns to take control of the city. 11:00 The Block: All Stars 12:00 What Would You Do? 1:00 Spyforce 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop Direct 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 - Weekend 10:30 Iron Chef Australia 11:30 Movie: “Big Fat Liar” (G) 1:30 Movie: “Leatherheads” (PG v,l) 4:00 Live Healthy, Be Happy 4:30 Drive Thru Australia 5:00 Great Southeast 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Sunday Night 7:00 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 7:30 The Force - Behind The Line 8:00 Downton Abbey - The new maid is managing to get quite a bit of attention from the servants and Daisy appears to be somewhat jealous at the direction it’s coming from. 9:10 Castle 11:10 Law & Order: LA: East Pasadena 12:05 Harry’s Practice 12:30 House Calls To The Rescue 1:30 Home Shopping 2:30 NBC Today 3:30 NBC Meet The Press 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 FIFA World Cup 2014 Magazine 11:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Sailing: Vendee Globe 2013 3:30 My Family Feast: Argentinean 4:05 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations: Laos 5:00 Cycling Central 5:35 Rex In Rome: Rex’s Revenge 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: The Bodies In The Well 8:30 Wonders Of The Solar System: Alians 9:35 Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die 10:45 Movie: “Offset” (M l,v) In Romanian and German. Brindusa, a Romanian woman, is in love with Stefan, a German contractor in Bucharest. They plan to get married in three days. Nicu is their boss and Brindusa’s former lover, and he’s determined to get her back. 12:45 Classic Albums: Paranoid - The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music, but also defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Inside Science 10:50 I Maths 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 TBA 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 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 Five Daughters 1:05 Movie: “Sudden Fear” (PG) - A successful and wealthy playwright falls in love and marries a mediocre actor whom, she discovers, only married her for her money and plans to murder her. 2:20 Rage 3:10 Grand Designs 4:00 Movie: “The Mark Of Zorro” (PG) 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 9:30 National Morning News 10:30 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 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Contractual Obligation Implementation 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Toast Derivation 9:00 Person Of Interest: Booked Solid - Reese and Finch try to save a hotel maid’s life, but the number of suspects proves to be overwhelming. Meanwhile, Carter gets an offer to join the FBI. 10:00 Person Of Interest 11:00 The Block: All Stars 12:00 Extra 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shop 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: “John Sandford’s Mind Prey” (M v,a,s) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Wild Vets 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 Seven News 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Casey won’t give a statement, even if it means he will go back to gaol. Tamara gives Casey an ultimatum - if he doesn’t give the statement, they are over. 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:15 Revenge: Illusion - The ties that bind Victoria and Conrad are tested as they reaffirm their loyalties and commitment to each other. 9:15 How I Met Your Mother 10:15 TBA 11:15 Happy Endings 11:45 Last Chance Learners 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Harry’s Practice 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: “Orchestra Seats” (M l) 2:50 Allons-y Alonzo! 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: Palau 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: The Feminine Touch 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Paper Armour 8:35 Man vs Wild: Fan Vs. Wild 9:35 RocKwiz: Amaya Laucirica & James Reyne 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Chocolate Cake - (M) Isabella, a thirty-year-old Latina woman, suffers an insatiable desire for chocolate cake, matched only by her thirst for love affairs with good-looking 21-year-olds. Wasp Waist (PG) Animation: A film about women of the late nineteenth century who practiced tight lacing by wearing corsets to attain an unnaturally small waist. This small waist was likened to that of a wasps segmented body. 1:05 My Family UK: You’re the One 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Real Chinese 10:40 Pyramid 10:55 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 New Tricks - UCOS reinvestigates the death of Joe Walsh, General Secretary of the Crane Drivers’ Union whose body was found in the Thames in 1975. 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Artscape: Anatomy 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Desperate Romantics 1:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:30 Basketball: WNBL Grand Final 4:55 Rage 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 The Big Bang Theory: The Prestidigitation Approximation Leonard must choose between new girlfriend Priya and his friendship with Penny. Meanwhile, Howard drives Sheldon crazy with a magic trick. 8:00 TBA 8:30 Two Broke Girls: And The Broken Hip 9:00 Two And A Half Men: Advantage: Fat, Flying Baby 9:30 Anger Management: Charlie & Deception Therapy 10:00 Embarrassing Bodies 11:00 The Block: All Stars 12:00 20/20 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shop 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: “Midwives” (M a) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Wild Vets 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 Seven News 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - Casey gives the statement, Romeo rejects Heath for a job at the gym, leading Heath to become frustrated because no one will give him a chance. 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:10 Packed To The Rafters: That Heady Rush - Frankie is caught up in that heady rush a new relationship brings. She seems to be coping pretty well. But can she contain the tsunami that is Coby? Dave is riding a heady rush of his own when Duncan offers the Rafter Electrical team a big contract. 9:10 Parenthood 11:10 Against The Wall 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: “Family Hero” (M l,n) 2:50 I Do Air 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Bush Judge 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: A Walk On The Wild Side 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Michael O’Loughlin 8:35 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Heaven On Earth” (M l,v,a) In Punjabi and Hindi. Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada for an arranged marriage. Living with her new husband and in-laws, Chand soon discovers that married life will be a life of subservience and abuse, largely ignored by her new family. As a defence mechanism, she retreats into a fantasy world. 12:55 Anna Pihl - Mads is losing it after his hit-and-run accident, and while he spends his time crashed out on Anna’s sofa, she is terrified what will happen to her for covering up for him. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 For The Juniors 10:15 Ace Day Jobs 10:20 My Great Big Adventure 10:40 Behind The News Specials 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 QI: Joints 9:00 The Agony Of Life 9:35 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 9:55 Would I Lie To You? 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 Bored To Death 11:55 Durham County 12:45 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:45 Compass: Woman Of The Book: Geraldine Brooks 2:15 Rage 3:00 Grand Designs 3:50 Movie: “Underwater!” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 National News Now 3:30 Extra 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 The Block: All Stars 7:30 Hot Property 8:00 Parade’s End 10:20 The Block: All Stars 11:20 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. 11:50 Extra 12:20 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 12:50 Nine Presents 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Global Shop 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: “Mystery Woman: Vision Of A Murder” (M) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Wild Vets 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 Seven News 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away - April realises that she’s lost without Dex. Romeo hires Heath at the Gym. Romeo goes to the city to see a specialist. Meanwhile, Liam tells Brax he’s been stealing from him, Brax fires him. 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:10 Last Resort: Voluntold - Even as Marcus and Sam learn that they have been charged with treason against the United States, a greater threat within their own crew is brewing. 9:10 Highway Patrol 9:40 World’s Wildest Police Videos 10:40 Air Crash Investigations 11:40 Harry’s Practice 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Room For Improvement 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 UEFA Champions League 7:35 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Grandpas Fight Back 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: A Bed For The Night 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Arctic: Arctic Ocean: The Frozen Sea 8:30 Hostile Environment 9:30 Inside Japanese Nuclear Meltdown 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “The Architect” (M a,n,s) In German. When a successful architect’s long-hidden family secrets are revealed at his estranged mother’s funeral, his wife and children begin to experience a rapid emotional decline. 12:45 Movie: “The Bubble” (MA s) In Arabic, Hebrew and English. This film tells of an impossible gay relationship between a young Israeli and a young Palestinian viewed through the lives of three young Israelis - two gay men and a young straight woman - who share an apartment in a trendy suburb of Tel Aviv. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 138

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Stars  

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A friend of yours will be able to shed light on a personal dilemma. It would be a good idea to trust this person’s judgement. They aren’t intentionally trying to hurt you. Romance. This week has a lot in store for you! Events may move faster than you expect. Involve your partner.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will receive a message in a dream. You are not sure what to do, but the dream will give you some direction. Romance. Your powers of intuition will soon be put to the test! You will need to work out a chance remark which seems to have hidden implications. Decode it delicately.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


You get annoyed when other people create a mess and expect you to clean up after them. This week you may have to be a little more assertive. Romance. It may be better if you plough ahead by yourself this week. Your partner wants to help you. Kindly refuse their offer.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

An argument may be difficult to get out of and you could waste time trying to persuade someone who doesn’t want to be persuaded! The best approach might be to not start in the first place. Romance. Time spent challenging your partner to do better will be well spent. Be patient!

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A friend from work will seemingly betray you. Be sure to have all of the details before making any snap judgements. They may be trying to help. Romance. You have a great deal to do at the moment and without enough help from your partner, you won’t be able to get everything done.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) An amusing incident at work will help to cheer you up. The person concerned might not have found it quite so funny, however. Apologize for your giggles. Romance. You may need to find a new outlet for your excess energy. Your talents are not being appreciated properly by your partner.


VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Your positive mood will be picked up by a person who has not noticed you in the past. Spend more time with this admiring person and you may become good friends. Romance. You will have a lot of initiative this week. This will be a better time for working alone than for joint ventures.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

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An interesting turn of events will put you at the centre of the action for a while. You will need to think fast and delegate responsibility where necessary. You can do this! Romance. This would not be a good time to mention areas which you know need fixing. Concentrate good things!

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) You will be getting a little fed up with constantly helping those around you. To recover, you may have to spend more time by yourself. Romance. Try not to over-react to upcoming events. Calm down before getting into a discussion about something that you feel strongly about.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

You find yourself with an itch of spring fever. Get outside a few times this week to combat these feelings. Romance. Your partner might be slightly more argumentative than usual. This may not be the best time for a sensitive discussion. Wait until their mood has changed to bring it up.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

It is difficult, but

Some words of advice from family members may not be welcome. You should listen to what they have to say because they have a better perspective. Romance. Your partner may be in a strange mood this week. Don’t be too concerned. They simply need to let off some steam.

not impossible, to

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


conduct strictly

honest business.

– Mahatma Gandhi


Don’t let your mind wander too far. Your consistent daydreaming has left you without many accomplishments at work. Be careful! Romance. A person who promises you a lot may be full of hot air. Be wary of these pledges. Find out more about them to prove or disprove their character.

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Mr J Yunupingu Yirrkala is in mourning following the death on Sunday, March 24, 2013 of Mr J Yunupingu (Uncle Joe). Mr Yunupingu died at his home in Yirrkala after a short illness. Mr Yunupingu was a senior Gumatj man and one of the original leaders who signed the bark petition in August 1963, which will celebrate its 50 year anniversary this year. Sadly, Mr Yunupingu will miss this historic occasion. Among his many achievements, Mr Yunupingu was Chairman of Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Council during the 1980s, a Cultural Advisor and Director of Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation. He was an active community member, advocate for the land rights campaign and strong ambassador for Yolngu people. Bakamumu Marika the senior traditional owner and the leader of the Rirratjingu people, is the Djungaya (ceremony leader and custodian) overseeing the ceremony and burial process. A date for the burial will be announced by the family when appropriate, in line with Yolngu Law.

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Cleaning of Depot Amenities Quotations are invited for the cleaning of the office, crib room and toilet facilities at the Corporation’s Depot in Arnhem Road, Nhulunbuy. Please contact Keith Weymes on telephone 8939 2200 to obtain copies of the cleaning guidelines and to arrange inspection of the facilities. Quotations close at 4pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 and should be addressed to the Town Administrator, PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881. Dr Ross Theedom TOwN AdmINIsTrATOr

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Rangers weed out ferals on Bremer Island A GROUP of rangers have been hard at work weeding out feral species on remote Bremer Island. Big rains in the middle of January had little impact on the weed control work carried out on Dhambaliya (Bremer) by Dhimurru rangers, a Parks and Wildlife ranger and a volunteer. The crew recently spent a week out on Bremer, controlling the regrowth on seven sites previously treated in 2012 and controlling a new site. The rangers dodged the showers to successfully complete the eighth site. Parks and Wildlife Senior

Ranger John Papple said the work was slow going due to the area being thickly wooded with the invasive coffee bush. “The rangers mainly used chainsaws to cut down the plants, with the spindly shrubs controlled by loppers, and all were swabbed with poison. This technique has been working well, with little regrowth occurring in the previously controlled sites.” Mr Papple said rangers have begun to see the benefit of controlling the coffee bush, with native plants starting to emerge again. “The Traditional Owners have also helped with the control of cof-

fee bush by burning the sites, which has also reduced the regrowth and germination of new plants. Three previously controlled sites were sprayed to kill young seedlings.” Funding for this trip was sourced from the Caring for Our Country Community Action Grants. Mr Papple said the work was important, and without funding to assist Dhimurru, rangers wouldn’t be able to get to isolated places like Bremer. “Fewer trips would be able to be carried out to complete the weed work and reduce the spread of weeds throughout the island.” Dhimurru rangers enjoyed the

trip to Bremer, as it gave them the opportunity to stay connected with their land and spend time with family. The Bremer Island community have supported the weed control program by monitoring the island for new sites and also with traditional burning. They also allow the rangers to have access to a building and facilities in the community while undertaking the work. Dhimurru have planned another trip to the island in April, to continue the work, with one known site left to control and eight previously controlled areas to follow up with.

Rangers Lisa Dhurrkay, Gatha Mununggurr, John Papple and Daryl Lacey armed with poison and chainsaws ready to tackle Bremer’s weeds.




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Committee Selection / Team Nominations The GAFL would like to advise that the following committee positions have been declared vacant and are open for nomination. • President • Secretary • Treasurer • Women’s league delegate • Junior league delegate • One delegate for each senior team ALL Team and Committee nominations close on March 27, 2013. A committee meeting will be held at the Cats Shed on March 27, starting at 7pm. Those interested are invited to attend. WANT TO EARN SOME EXTRA CASH $$$$ AND BE INVOLVED IN THE LARGEST COMMUNITY SPORTING COMPETITION IN EAST ARNHEM LAND! The GAFL are looking for field umpires to umpire on a weekly basis - $75 per match. Fully recognised AFL training and accreditation will be provided by the AFLNT. For more information or to make a nomination, please contact Hamish Simpson on 0427 217 937. Gove Australian Football League Incorporated. PO Box 10, Nhulunbuy, NT, 0881

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Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2pm at Nhulunbuy High School Gym All interested parties, current members and committee members are invited to attend. All positions will be declared vacant.

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PO Box 1551 Nhulunbuy Ph: (08) 8939 2700 NT 0881 Fax: (08) 8987 3224 ABN: 95 520 121 809 Web: ACN: 1558 Email: The staff and committee of Dhimurru extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mr Yunupingu. He was instrumental in the development of Dhimurru and acted in the role of Senior Cultural Advisor for many years. Mr Yunupingu has been an inspiration to all of us, leading by example with commitment, intelligence, and integrity. He was a signatory on the bark petition and was a strong voice for the Yolngu of Arnhem Land. Dhimurru thanks you for your strength and vision. A wonderful life well lived, you will be sadly missed.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Time 0830 – 1230 Areas affected: Subs 41 and 93 Birritjimi (Wallaby Beach) Bunuwal Investments Camp Detention Centre

Pacific Aluminium will be carrying out essential maintenance to the electricity network during this planned outage. The power may be restored earlier if possible so always treat it as being live. Due to unforeseen circumstances the power outage may be cancelled without notice.

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Don’t leave fish and bait where crocs lie in wait EAST ARNHEM fishers are being warned not to discard fish frames and bait at boat ramps and estuarine fishing spots, as it increases the risk of crocodiles coming into contact with people. “It’s very dangerous behaviour and we’re seeing more of it,” Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Wildlife Director Rebecca Williams said. “In croc country, leaving fish and bait scraps can encourage crocs to come into the area where the scraps are discarded. “When rangers investigate crocodile reports they are often confronted with fish and bait scraps.” Ms Williams said fish frames and bait were much in evidence during a recent investigation into a crocodile sighting in the Herbert River downstream from Ingham, in Queensland. “In this case, fish frames had been discarded into a drain, attracting a crocodile that reportedly left the drain, disturbed a family dog and

retreated only when the homeowner came to investigate. “The homeowner reported the croc had a fish frame in its mouth, and we have little doubt that that is what attracted it to the area.” “It’s vitally important that people exercise Crocwise behaviour in known Croc Country.”

Being Crocwise includes • Never leaving food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramps • Obeying croc warning signs • Not swimming in waterways where crocs may live and remembering that crocodiles also swim in the ocean • Standing back from the water when fishing or cast netting • Never provoking, harassing or feeding crocs, and • Always supervising children.

Abandoned quoll growing quickly RESCUED baby quoll Djili (pronounced Jilly) is Now about six or seven-months-old, Djili has growing quickly. more spots and is able to drink by herself. The Arafura Times last month featured an She likes cooked and rare meat but hasn’t article on Djili who had been found in Kakadu and taken to raw meat yet. “That’s something we’ll be was taken to the ranger station for care. helping her out with so she’s prepared to take care Kakadu ranger Samantha says Djili is growing of herself when she goes back into the park alone. fast and developing her own character, which is “We’ll be working with Toad Smart in Darwin such fun to see. to ensure she has all the skills she needs to survive “She’s also running and hopping, and loves in the wild - in particular she’ll need to be trained jumping off the couch. My friends tell me she’s to avoid eating cane toads which are highly just like their little ones.” poisonous to these creatures,” Samantha said. << BEFORE: It’s hard to believe how small Djili was when found. >> NOW: Djili and Ranger Samantha in Kakadu. If you have a change of contact details for your organisation or group, can you please email thru to

Nhulunbuy Community Guide Community organisations Arafura Dance Assoc. Contact: President Lesley Tankard P: 8987 2136 A/H.

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

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

Australian Breastfeeding Assoc. Contact: Meaghan Kennedy P: 0438 175 260 Helpline:1800 686 2686 E: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre P: 8987 1701 E: Captain Cook Comunity Centre Captain Cook Community Centre President: Richard Webb M: 0404 351 839 E: Endeavour Room Bookings: Contact: Lorretta Peirce M: 04130913 127 E: Gove Arts Theatre Contact: Chris Andrews P: 0428 856 392 E: Nhulunbuy Playgroup Contact: Cassie McIllree P: 0418 322 719 E:

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

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

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

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

Gove Touch Footy Contact: Bec Thomson E:

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

Auskick Contact: Cameron Knight P: 0488 508 577

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

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

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

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

MOPS Contact: Katie Hovenden P: 8987 1607

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

Time 0201 0848 1512 2053

Thu 7

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

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

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:

Ht 3.21 1.00 2.54 1.59

Time 0301 1001 1644 2209

Ht 3.10 1.05 2.46 1.71

Time 0415 1119 1817 2333

Sat 9 Ht 3.02 1.04 2.50 1.73

Time 0534 1240 1935

Ht 3.02 0.97 2.65

Sun 10

Mon 11

Tue 12

Time 0102 0657 1353 2029

Time 0216 0810 1450 2111

Time 0311 0905 1537 2147

Ht 1.62 3.10 0.86 2.82

Ht 1.43 3.22 0.78 2.97

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

WATER CONSUMPTION TABLE W/E Feb 24 W/E Feb 24 Variance Actual Usage Target Usage


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

Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: TBA P: TBA

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Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E:

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

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

Other Cities Av. Consumption / Head of Pop.

Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272


Ht 1.24 3.32 0.74 3.09

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

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


RSPCA: Contact: Sarah Howland P: 0437 526 502

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

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

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

Northern Territory Emergency Service P: 0427 392 264

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Wed 6

Church services

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

Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005

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

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

Nhulunbuy Child Care Centre P: 8987 3311 E:

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Ben Hurst P: 0410 833 292

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

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

Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club Contact: Ian Shepherd P: 0412 892 703



Brisbane 270 • Darwin 1100 • Perth 340

Weather details o

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 25 32.1 23.9 1.4 Tuesday 26 32.6 23.9 NIL Wednesday 27 34.3 25.1 NIL Thursday 28 34.5 25.0 7.6 Friday 1 31.9 26.5 3.8 Saturday 2 31.1 23.7 13.2 Sunday 3 31.2 24.1 2.2 Monthly total rainfall to date: 19.2 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Feb. 25 to Sunday, Mar. 3

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1007.8 hPa on Monday Min: 1001.2 hPa on Sunday Averages for the month of March Max temp: 31.3 Min temp: 23.9 Rainfall: 253.6 mm


Primary reaps rewards from ‘Earn and Learn’ Pyramid scheme falls short in Gove

ABOVE: Year 3M celebrate the delivery of Earn and Learn resources. RIGHT: Nhulunbuy Primary School Principal Matt Watson with Woolworth’s Manager Marion Adams and Assistant Manager Jarrod Ferguson. DURING 2012, Nhulunbuy Primary School participated in the Woolworths Earn and Learn campaign. The school community got behind the campaign and collected Earn and Learn stickers, which could be redeemed for teaching resources. Last week, the school received 40 boxes of wonderful new resources earned through the Woolworths Earn and Learn program. Ten Reading Resource Stations and ten Libraries on Wheels were selected from the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program rewards. Principal Matt Watson said these “wonderful resources” would provide each class with a classroom library.

BEFORE . . . BEFORE: From bottom, left: Mani, Anna, Eva, Ali, Alice, Roland (top). AFTER (below).

“They will support literacy instruction and provide rich reading experiences.” Nhulunbuy Primary School said they would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the schools’ involvement in the Earn and Learn Program.

Go see Bob if you’re feeling flat IN a land filled with rocky roads and intrepid fourwheel-drive tracks, what could be a more important service than the local tyre repair services? Tucked away in the town’s industrial area, Nhulunbuy Tyrepower, run by Bob Parsons and Ernie Smith, has been changing the region’s flat, red rubbers for six years. Bob’s been in Nhulunbuy for more than two decades, and reckons it’s the familiarity which makes the job fun. “I know most of the customers, so it makes the job a lot easier.” He also reckons it’s a prime place to live for the industry he’s in. “The track does a lot of damage; tearing sidewalls

A LT H O U G H t h i s group of local health industry workers have accumulated more than 30 years of university between them, somehow their calculations were off when deciding who to put at the top of their human pyramid. Medical student Roland Davies, who weighs in at a sturdy 100 kilograms, sent the pyramid tumbling down like a castle of cards within seconds of reaching the pinnacle. While their efforts in acrobatics were impressive, Mr Davies said the crew would most likely be sticking to their day jobs (as was also suggested to them by the Arafura Times).

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Co-owner of Nhulunbuy Tyrepower Bob Parsons. and that sort of stuff. “We get a fair bit of that here. “The biggest problem around industrial is all the screws that get into the tyres - all the contractors

running around here with their screws loose in the back of their trucks - I should buy ‘em a carton of beer every week,” he laughed. Because of Nhulun-

buy’s relaxed lifestyle, the equally relaxed Bob said he’ll be here for plenty of years to come - so remember to go out to industrial and say g’day next time you’re feeling flat.

Napaki kids learning the Yolngu way By LAWRENCE WALKER AS part of a ten-week course in Yolngu (Gumatj) Language and Culture, available to students as an elective during Years Eight and Nine, a class from Nhulunbuy High School recently visited the Yirrkala Art Centre (Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre). These students were excited and enthusiastic to

take their understandings and interaction with Yolngu Culture to a higher level during the excursion. The gallery has undergone a major restructuring, with wonderful new viewing galleries and features more befitting its international significance and content. After our visit, all present were left with the feeling it was no ordinary museum tour.

On our excursion we also met artists at work and discovered the meaning of Mulka, and got to understand the crucial role the centre plays in the maintenance of our local Living Culture. Nhulunbuy High School thanks everyone at Buku for a really enjoyable and meaningful excursion. Students enrolled in this elective have the unique opportunity to learn about

Yolngu Language and Culture. This has largely come about due to Federal Government funding for non-Indigenous teachers, such as myself, to undertake (outside hours) Indigenous studies courses. For example, Charles Darwin University’s ‘Introduction To Yolngu Studies’ that included invaluable input from our own Ms Dhangal

Nhulunbuy High School offers a course in Yolngu (Gumatj) Language and Culture, which this term featured an excursion to the Yirrkala Art Centre. Gurruwiwi and the inspiraThis high school course This NHS Course would tional John Greatorex. has been operational since be greatly assisted by the I would recommend all 2010, with some great support regular services of a person in workers in Arnhem Land from local Elders, who have a position to help facilitate this participate in such courses expressed their pleasure in knowledge and understandwhich expound the unique seeing Napaki kids getting to ing. language and culture of the know, learn and understand If you know of someone land and people of this great about, in many cases, their who could do so, contact part of the world. own birth country. (8987 0847).

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Pipeline for the people: Mills spells out the future in Gove DURING his first six months as the Northern Territory’s head honcho, Chief Minister Terry Mills had by no means an easy run. Having faced threats of leadership challenges, flack from the Federal Government over policy reversals and a budget ravaged by debt, there has been one issue he has managed to settle with a somewhat positive outcome. Earlier in February, Mr Mills met with his cabinet in Darwin where an agreement was You must be pretty happy with the reception you got here at the refinery today? TM: I was humbled by the response that we received. These are families that have lived here for a long time, and I know that the decision we made at the cabinet means a lot to them. The decision this government has taken, in its first six months in government, to be able to find a solution to this problem, not only secures this refinery and employment here in this region, but provides a better platform for better energy security for the Northern Territory. How long do you expect the refinery to stay open even if it’s sold by Rio Tinto? TM: My expectation is forty years or more. The reserves here are significant, and they are quality valuable assets. Even in the scenario where this refinery is sold to somebody else, it’s still valuable to somebody else. And that will mean that there’s security for this facility in years to come. What are you looking for from the Federal Government in terms of their contribution now? TM: So we’ve done our part; we’ve been able to secure gas so that they can make the decision to keep this refinery going. Now we need a pipeline, of course. That is in the court of the Federal Government, and so I’d expect Martin Ferguson to provide that assurance as soon as possible. And how are the other negotiations going, in terms of getting this project off the ground? TM: Well, that’s an exciting part of this, and it’s something that can’t be reported on, as there’s not a lot I can say. But the premise is; we needed to keep exploration going.,With increased domestic demand, we now have increased exploration and likely production. And those negotiations are quite intense; there’s a lot of interest in being able to supply gas to keep this refinery going, and that’s exactly what I wanted. I wanted to see increased exploration and production, because there’s increased demand. So were you expecting that the pipeline would mean you could have a lot more onshore deposits developed?

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made that a quota of gas would be allocated, enough to sufficiently please mining giant Rio Tinto, so that they would keep their alumina refinery opened in Gove. Mr Mills made an appearance in Gove last Tuesday, February 26, where he took the opportunity to meet with some of the locals who have been able to breathe a sigh of relief since this decision was made. While he was in town, the Chief Minister also held a press conference

TM: This is going to unlock the reserves of the Territory. When you’ve got this infrastructure in place between Katherine and Gove - and the proposed pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mt Isa stranded, smaller reserves can come to surface and be plugged into a greater domestic market. I think this is an amazing opportunity for the Northern Territory, and will unlock the wealth of the Territory, for the benefit of regional communities right across the Northern Territory. That’s what I and this government see, and it’s why we’ve made this decision. Have you heard of any growth in consumer confidence, any pledges from people wanting to bring business into Nhulunbuy now that this decision has been made? TM: When you’ve got the basics in place, when you’ve got the cheaper energy; then you’ll have a better local economy, then you can have increased opportunity for local people. So I see a bright future. We’ve done what we can to provide that security, and now it’s over to the private sector to fill that space in. But by providing cheaper energy, you then provide better economics for local businesses to be operating in this space. I see a bright future for this region not only because its a pipeline that’s in fact, in its value, equal to the cost of the railway from Alice Springs to Darwin. This is a very big project. And its not just a project alone; we now have the likelihood of other gas reserves coming into this pipeline, and increasing the supply of domestic gas within the Northern Territory and hopefully within our national grid in time to come. Is there any doubt in your mind that the gas pipeline project will go ahead? TM: I have always believed that we could resolve this; I remain completely confident that we are going to have this refinery operating for years to come. We’ve done what we need to do, and I have assurances all the way through both from the current Federal Government, and from the Coalition. Both support the underwriting of that pipeline, it’s just going through due process at the moment. We’re following due diligence in terms of the negotiations between Power and Water Corporation, ENI and Pacific Aluminium, but everything is progressing as I would expect.

NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, speaking in the grounds of Gove’s refinery on February 26.

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underneath the shade of a giant Banyan tree in the grounds of Gove’s refinery; a fitting place for him to answer questions about the long-term future of the plant, the opportunities a gas pipeline could bring to the region, and the role the Federal Government now has to play in assuring the gas does come. Below is the interview in its entirety, as recorded by the Arafura Times.

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Not em-barra-ssing for Carl Tennis on for young and old THE NEW year looks to be off to a cracking start for the Gove Peninsula Tennis Club, with the Gove Closed Tournament already on our doorstep. The senior competition will run from March 15 -17, followed by the Medibank JDS Closed Junior event on March 22-24. Club Manager Nicky Mayer said for the duration of the tournaments, the courts will be closed to the public. A reminder that the adult social competition has recommenced on Tuesdays at 7:30pm, as well as the junior social competition on Fridays at 3:30pm. Monday night Cardio Tennis has also started up again for the year, every Monday at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Nicky said the club was always looking for new members to get involved, so tennis enthusiasts should come down and check it out. “We love to see new faces playing the game. “We cater for players of all skill levels, and it’s a great way to have fun while exercising.” If you are interested in whacking a few balls give Nicky Mayer a call (0407 460 487).

ALTHOUGH to some locals his catch may not look like much more than bait, excited Sydneysider Carl Merchant’s first shot at chucking a line in on Ski Beach was cause for celebration when he landed his first barramundi. It was heard that Mr Merchant, who has been working with Gumatj Corporation in the Jawun secondment program from the Commonwealth Bank, dined on his fresh fish in delight later that evening. Anyone out there with a worthy fishing photo, send it through to, and have it immortalised in our fishing section.

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Tennis Club member Emma Gianelli practising her serve at the Gove Tennis Courts last week.

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