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School kids Cook for a Cure BUDDING Masterchefs Denver Shine, Alice O’Grady, Serina O’Connor and Shae Dentith proved their kitchen prowess last Friday, cooking up pasta at Nhulunbuy Christian College. It was all in the name of Cook for a Cure - a fundraising event supporting finding a cure for brain cancer. Photos and full story, page 6.>>

Tollner turns his back on Firies By MATT GARRICK

NT TREASURER Dave Tollner bewildered onlookers in Northern Territory Parliament last week, after he announced his government would most likely not support a Bill aimed at protecting firefighters from cancer. Top End firefighters have been on a mission to have a legislation supported by govern-

ment which would allow them to be compensated for the forms of cancer they are at greater risk of developing in the line of duty. A local firefighter who is part of this quest to protect his colleagues from work-related cancers, said he was “disappointed” by Mr Tollner’s reaction. Officer-in-Charge at Nhulunbuy’s Fire Station Colin ‘Snogga’ Snowden, who has worked with the Territory fire

service for over 18 years, is a vocal advocate for the cause. “Firefighters put themselves between the public and any threats, sometimes at the detriment of their own well-being. “But who is going to rescue the rescuer?” he has asked. Officer Snowden said although he was disappointed by the government’s early verdict, he was sure that a commonsense decision would eventually

prevail. “We are here to serve and protect, so I’m sure this Bill will eventually come to fruition.” The legislation was presented to the parliament by the Labor Opposition last Wednesday, but was rejected by Mr Tollner, who said that he believed, “the government will not be supporting this Bill because this is about petty politics”. A group of firefighters who

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were present in parliament turned their backs and booed as Mr Tollner spoke. Local MLA Lynne Walker said it was very poor judgement by the CLP Government to let Mr Tollner speak after the opposition Bill was presented. “He was clearly grandstanding. As he started speaking, it just disintegrated into a sham.” Continued Page 2 >>

Indon. ‘quake rattles Arnhem Land RIPPLES from an Indonesian earthquake sent the Territory a-shaking last Sunday night, with residents across East Arnhem Land reporting having felt a shudder. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck waters in the Banda Sea near the Barat Daya islands in Indonesia’s Maluku province around 9.20pm, with the aftershocks being felt in the NT and Queensland. Science teacher from Nhulunbuy High School Cassie Duykers said a seismograph (a machine which records earthquake vibrations) which was recently installed in their school registered it as a big one. Ms Duykers, who also felt the shock, said the feeling of a quake was akin to losing your equilibrium. “Your body feels it because it is 70 per cent water. “It feels like a ripple effect going through your body. “I think a fair amount of Gove felt it.” The data taken from the seismograph at the high school contributes to a national grid which records earthquake details. A facebook page set-up following the quake had residents from as far as Milingimbi, the Tiwi Islands and Katherine also registering the rumble.

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Yothu Yindi lead singer laid to rest AS the sun descended under the horizon last Friday, August 30, a crowd of mourners had gathered at Ski Beach to bid a final farewell to Dr Yunupingu. The Yothu Yindi lead singer was laid in his final resting spot, following two weeks of traditional funeral ceremony undertaken in Yirrkala. The final day of funeral ceremony in Yirrkala came to its mighty finale with dancers from around Arnhem Land joining together in bunggul to celebrate and properly say goodbye to an Australian hero. Following this, family and friends joined a procession to Ski Beach (Gunyangara) where bunggul, singing and a spectacular djapana (sunset) all took place as Dr Yunupingu was interred. One of the Manikay (songs) that mourners joined together in singing was the Yothu Yindi song, My Kind of Life. As a mourner later pointed out to the Arafura Times, although this leader, educator, father, uncle, friend and singer of East Arnhem Land has now been laid to rest, his words and music remain immortal.

Some such words are the lyrics to My Kind of Life, as appear below. Dr Yunupingu passed away in Yirrkala on June 3, following a long battle with kidney disease. My Kind of Life - by Yothu Yindi We have lived here now for a long, long time. Even to this day. And the going’s been rough but our feelings flow. Like the honey from the mayku tree. It’s our kind of life, it’s our right. That’s what we write on the wall. Well I’ve been to New York, I’ve been to BC. And I’ve seen Hollywood too. And our oils were burning, shinin’ like the sun. From the land of the kangaroo. This is my, my kind of life. This is a Yolngu, Yolngu way of life. You see that old man taught me things I should know. From the memories of the past. And the situation is the bottom line, between illusion and reality. We have always thought of making things right. Right from the beginning. It’s a big proposition from the Yolngu of this Earth. How about you come too. This is my, my kind of life. This is a Yolngu, Yolngu way of life.

Time for toads to hit the road

Slimy scenes from last year’s annual cane toad cull. IF the toads know what’s good up to a massive 1245, and the for them, they’ll all be on the next call has been put out for locals plane out of town before tomor- to raise the bar this year. row, Thursday, September 5. Cane toads threaten the The annual cane toad cull survival, abundance and evoluis on again, from 7-9pm, with tionary development of native registration points to be held at species or ecological communiGove Country Golf Club and ties. Lions Park. Recently, students of NhuThere will be prizes up for lunbuy High studied how to grabs for the largest and most understand and manage these caught. impacts on our biodiversity Last year’s grand total tabbed The long term impact of the

cane toad on invertebrates (their main source of food) has not yet been examined in detail. However, through the dissection work of NHS students and examining stomach contents of local toads caught during the annual capture nights, it has been proven that the cane toads are consuming the babies of ground dwelling birds. Director of Frog Watch NT Graeme Sawyer said the students

of NHS were a credit to their school. “The scientific applications and practices they have employed over the last two years towards gathering data for Frog Watch NT is invaluable. “It goes to prove what a single action can achieve.” So to help save our native species, grab gloves and a bag, come out tomorrow night and collect as many as you can.

Tollner turns his back on Firies Four hurt when car hits tree << From Page 1 information doesn’t prevent them from “It was pretty disappointing, shameful the way Mr Tollner behaved, and gut-wrenching for the firefighters who were involved.” Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Michael Gunner, who introduced the Bill to the parliament, has said firefighters were at greater risk of developing a range of cancers than the general population. “Firefighters often battle fires without the full knowledge of what materials are burning, but that lack of

doing their duty. “They are also called to deal with chemical spills.” Ms Walker said although the Bill, titled the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2013, had not yet been totally shut-down, it was unlikely that a legislative change presented by an opposition government would be successful. There is, however, still a chance that it could pass later in the year, in October, pending agreement by the CLP.

FOUR people were flown for hospitalisation in Darwin after their car crashed into a tree near Ramingining last Saturday, August 31. CareFlight were contacted by the Ramingining clinic at 7.45pm, asking for them to transport the patients from the remote community. Two aircraft were sent, one from Gove and one from Darwin, to fly the four patients to the Royal Darwin Hospital. The patients - a 17-year-old man, 14-year-old female and two minors of unspecified ages - were said to have suffered multiple injuries, including facial and back, but all remained in stable conditions.

FEDERAL ELECTION – September 7, 2013

Busting the numbers on the seat of Lingiari NEW figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week have revealed a few new facts about our voting electorate. The seat of Lingiari, which local residents will vote for this election, is one of the youngest electorates of voters in Australia, tied with the inner-city electorate

of Melbourne, both with median population ages of 31-years-old. The population of men outnumbered women the most in the electorate of Durack in northern Western Australia, where there were 124 men for every 100 women, but the NT’s Lingiari (113 men per 100 women) and Queensland’s Flynn (110) also

had high ratios of men to women. Almost a third of the voting population in our electorate are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - the highest of any state or territory. This year there are 65,877 Territorians who have enrolled to vote for Lingiari. The population statistics of

more men than women doesn’t translate to the voting roll - more women have enrolled to vote in this election than men. Out of the number enrolled to vote, 33,330 women have done so, 32,542 men and five voters who have listed themselves as indeterminate or unknown gender.

Yirrkala heads to the polls

Senator Nigel Scullion with scrutineer Ben Garr Butjala outside the Yirrkala Volunteer Lawrence Walker with Member for Lingiari Warren Church last Wednesday. Snowdon in Yirrkala last week. WITH just a few days left until out dozens of leaflets in a last ditch ing so much time traipsing from Mata and Wandawuy. the rest of the country votes in the effort to get locals to cast their votes community to community, he had Over two-week, pre-polling become disconnected from much period, 18 teams set-up mobile Federal election, some East Arnhem towards them. communities have already gone to When asked how he felt at this of the greater campaign trail argy- polling stations in more than 200 remote communities across the NT. the polls. stage in the campaign, Mr Scullion bargy. “It’s a bit of a delight, I’ve got to Around 300 voters walked said he was “sweaty and in need of through the doors of Yirrkala’s a shower”. say, to be completely disconnected WHERE TO VOTE “That’s pretty much my response from the usual nonsense of the church to cast their votes in this Voting for Nhulunbuy year’s election last Wednesday, most of the time. election.” residents will take place on Mr Snowdon will also be spend- Saturday, September 7, at August 28. “I’ve been spending most of Northern Territory senator Nigel my time in the bush, talking to ing a lot of time in the bush during the Town Hall in Endeavour Scullion, who is looking to retain his communities in the lead-up to this, the pre-polling period. Square, from 8am-6pm. “I’m at the stage where I wake seat for the Country Liberal Party, right across the Top End. was there on the day, as was incum“And I’ve got two weeks of up each morning wondering which EARLY VOTING bent Labor member for Lingiari, pre-polling, so I’ll be spending those community we’ll be at today.” There will also be early weeks pretty much in the bush in the After Yirrkala, pre-polling voting available, from SepWarren Snowdon. headed to communities including tember 2 till 6, 3pm-7pm at With help from scrutineers and Territory.” volunteers, the politicians handed Mr Scullion said due to spend- Gunyangara, Wallaby Beach, Mata the Town Hall.

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THE Country Liberal Party has accused Labor of using scare tactics in order to gain votes in Arnhem Land. Senator Nigel Scullion said Mr Snowdon’s team was handing out material at polling booths in Arnhem Land saying he was going to stop the mining of ‘sea country’. “He is just pretending that there is a problem that he will fix, when the problem doesn’t exist in the first place,” Senator Scullion said. “What nonsense is this? “The Coalition has no such plans and I’m not sure who else does either. “Perhaps Labor does and Mr Snowdon is trying to sabotage his own party.” The accusations came out on the same day both Mr Snowdon and Mr Scullion were in Yirrkala as the community went to the polls. CLP candidate Tina MacFarlane, who is in the running for the seat of Lingiari, currently held by Mr Snowdon, accused Labor of trying to buy votes and win votes through tricks and lies.

Scrutineer Ben Garr Butjala spruiking the CLP to voters.

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FEDERAL ELECTION – September 7, 2013

Bets are on:

Lingiari too close to call

AN online sports betting company has equal odds on Labor and Liberal in the race for the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari, as of August 30. Company Sportsbet tabbed up their electorate markets, and from all of Australia’s 150 voting electorates, just two were too close to call - and one of those was Lingiari. The other was the seat of Lyons, in Tasmania. Punters with their eyes on Lingiari at the September 7 election are looking at two equal favourites. According to Sportsbet, the Country Liberals (CLP) and Labor

odds of $26. Way behind were all other candidates, with equal odds of $51. For the rest of the country, Sportsbet showed the Coaltion to be favourites in 90 electorates. Labor were favourites in 56 electorates. Katter’s Australian Party was favourite in one electorate; Kennedy, Queensland. Independents were favourite in one electorate; Denison, Tasmania. Finally, sadly for Labor voters, Sportsbet have declared the federal election a one-horse race, and has been paying out all bets on the Coalition since nine days before

(ALP) were both sitting at odds of $1.85.

The Palmer United Party (PUP) came in at a distant third, with

Australia hits the polls. “We’re so confident of a landslide Coalition victory for Tony Abbott and his team, we’ve paid out more than $1.5 million in bets to our members - a first in Australian federal election history,” a Sportsbet spokesman said. “Following last week’s third and final debate between the two leaders, the Coalition was at Black Caviar-like odds ($1.03) to claim government.” Kevin Rudd and Labor was $11.50 to win the election - their highest price since betting markets opened immediately following the 2010 federal election.

Snowdon in fight of his political life PAUL ‘Fonty’ LaFontaine has lived in East Arnhem Land for 27 years - he’s seen both major political parties in power of the region, and he’s seen flaws and strengths from both. But he continues to stand firm as an Australian Labor Party supporter - and it will be supporters like Fonty who the

current Labor Minister, Warren Snowdon, will need as he enters the fight of his political life. Mr Snowdon has held the seat of Lingiari, which contains East Arnhem Land, for over 20 years. But opponents who have weighed into the election campaign, including NT Chief Min-

ister Adam Giles, have accused him of becoming “ineffective” and “tired”. He is being challenged by the Country Liberals candidate, pastoralist Tina MacFarlane. As Labor’s popularity dips in news polls across Australia, Fonty described why he would still be voting Labor this year.

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“They’ve put a lot of money into education and health. “They’ve also put millions into housing, which is a good thing, but we still need more, here at Yirrkala and at Ski Beach. “I hope Labor gets in and continues to do it.” Some aren’t as pleased with the work of Mr Snowdon and Labor over recent years. Mr Giles put out a media release last week calling Mr Snowdon “tired and ineffective”. “He has failed to bring change to the bush despite serving more than 20 years in Canberra. “Lingiari covers 99.98 per cent of the NT. “About 40 per cent of the people in this seat are Aboriginal and Warren Snowdon has done little to improve their lives.” Mr Giles said Lingiari was the youngest electorate in Australia, but the future of young people was at risk by what he said was Mr Snowdon’s failure to lift social outcomes in the bush. “Mr Snowdon has failed to fight for infrastructure improvements that will open up the

Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon with long-time Labor supporter Paul ‘Fonty’ LaFontaine. bush and deliver job Results of the Federal available as early as the opportunities for young election and the battle evening of Saturday, Territorians.” for Lingiari could be September 7.

Scullion’s eyes set on Indigenous Affairs

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SENATOR for the NT Nigel Scullion, who was once a mackerel fisherman living off the coast of East Arnhem Land, is set to be the new minister for Indigenous Affairs if Tony Abbott’s Liberal Coalition wins the September 7 election. If elected, he would replace Labor Minister Jenny Macklin, who has held the portfolio since Labor took office in 2007. Mr Scullion believes there needs to be a change in the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Australian Government. “I think whoever the minister is has to have a very direct involve-

ment. “You can’t just continue to have a vicarious relationship by just sending the Department into places.” He also said he would make sure people were aware of changes that were happening in communities. “The New World Order would be that we’re not interested in coming and dictating to communities what will happen, we’re talking to communities and asking them what they think the solution should be. “Whatever it may be for - from getting kids to school to providing economic development or raising

school standards. “All those issues would be dealt with by having support from the communities themselves.” At the Garma Festival on August 9, Ms Macklin spoke at a key forum where she said Labor was committed to continuing to work with Indigenous leaders who have been driving change in their communities to progress future models for reform. “The leaders who are working to keep culture strong.” She also said Labor were committed to ensuring that those leaders and communities had the resources to learn from each other’s experiences.


Two buffalo shot near town RESIDENTS have been warned to remain vigilant about watching out for buffalo, after Dhimurru shot two near the township last week.

Sprinkler bans being flaunted RIO Tinto’s Gove Operations have urged residents of Nhulunbuy to cut down on their water usage, saying ongoing sprinkler bans around town are being flaunted. Sprinklers are only permitted to be used from 5pm until 9pm, and not at all on Mondays. The company has said these restrictions are particularly important in the dry season. “Gove Operations draws its water in Gove from a groundwater source located in the mine area and holds a licence for water extraction,” a spokesperson said. “If we misuse the water supply, by exceeding our daily use, the licence can be breached and we will also negatively impact the ground water levels and the surrounding environment.” During the dry season groundwater levels naturally recede, however, the company have said excess water use by the community can exacerbate the environmental impact. “We don’t have the resources to provide 24 hour monitoring, but we encourage residents to act more responsibly and be good community citizens.” Other town water restrictions include: only even numbered houses can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and only odd numbered houses can water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Hand held hoses and car washing are permitted any day and time.

Rangers from the Aboriginal Corporation shot a buffalo near Nhulunbuy’s golf course last Monday, August 26. Another was killed on Tuesday, August 27, on the Nhulunbuy side of the Yirrkala turn-off on Melville Bay Road. Dhimurru have warned motorists to be cautious while driving in the area, as that buffalo had been hanging around close to the side of the road, feeding on fresh vegetation. Buffalo are aggressive and can cause harm - they have caused more deaths in East Arnhem Land than saltwater crocodiles. To keep updated on any buffalo and crocodile sightings, search online for Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and follow their facebook page. PHOTO: A similar buffalo was shot recently near the golf course. Photo courtesy Dhimurru.



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Schoolkids cook up a cure

ABOVE: POT LUCK: Amy Cruickshank and Kaneesha Wagg. LEFT: Katie Farnsworth and Alexander Dun with their blueberry muffins. LOWER: Reid Aston, Morgan Chizanowski and Ziggi Lynch get creative in the kitchen. NHULUNBUY schoolkids proved that the old saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ may not be true after all. Last Thursday, students from Nhulunbuy Christian College took to the school’s kitchen classroom to cook-up enough food to serve the whole school community. It was all for the cause of Cook For A Cure, a fundraiser to try and raise money for brain cancer research. The Year 7 and 8 students spent the morning creating 150 pasta bolognese meals and 120 muffins to serve to other students around school for their lunch. By the end of the day, they had tabbed up their funds to nearly $700. NCC teacher Kylie

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Farnsworth, who organised the kids on the day, said despite the stresses of so many kids in the kitchen, the morning went wonderfully. “Normally they only cook for themselves, for their lunches or recesses, but this has been a great chance for them to cook for their whole school community. “We’ll definitely be back next year, this is a great thing for our school.” With the help of a commercial chef, Nisha Bailey, kids around NCC enjoyed their tasty treats with zeal. All the funds raised were given to the Cure for Life Foundation, a research project aiming to find a cure for brain cancer.

Indigenous workers building communities


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INDIGENOUS workers are being hired across the NT to help build homes in remote corners of East Arnhem Land. At Numbulwar, seven workers have taken up jobs with the Roper Gulf Shire to work on house refurbishments after a stint as trainees on the remote building program. In Milingimbi, Ramingining and Numbulwar, Indigenous women are being trained towards a certificate in cleaning operations. NT Minister for Housing Peter Chandler said a home building program in remote communities across the Territory has provided valuable skills training for Indigenous people. “More than 1800 people have been trained, giving them a far better chance to secure full-time employment.” The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing is between the Northern Territory Government and the federal government. It is a $1.7 million investment in housing running till 2018. “With the program now at the half-way mark, 953 homes have been built, there have been 2901 rebuilds and refurbishments and 87 upgrades. “We are punching well above our weight delivering at triple the pace of Western Australia and Queensland,” Mr Chandler said. He said with six to 12 workers in each community gaining their qualifications, more families would have a regular income from jobs. “Twelve Indigenous trainees have taken up the opportunity to move with the building program so they can continue training as house building, refurbishments and upgrades go from town to town.”

NT CHIEF Minister Adam Giles has moved to establish a new Parliamentary Committee to look at issues surrounding the Northern Territory’s energy future, including the need for gas. He said the committee would have the role of assessing the region’s energy capability, future needs and continuity of supply. “The Government recognises that secure, reliable and affordable energy will fuel economic growth. “This growth could be put at risk if we do not get our energy settings right. “We cannot invite new trading partners to invest here when we cannot properly accommodate their future energy needs. “Energy is a critical component of strategic planning for our future.” The new Sessional Committee on the Northern Territory’s energy future will look at issues including the Territory’s current energy capability, the Territory’s probable and proven energy capability and the prospect for additional energy resources. It will also look into alternative sources of energy supply available to the Territory, including gas, oil, coal and uranium. As well, there will be focus on renewable energy sources such as hot rock, solar, biofuels, wind and tidal energy and emerging technologies and their applicability to the Territory. He said there has bipartisan support for this initiative.


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WEEKLY Every Wednesday. Barefoot Bowls at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm, followed by Karaoke. Every Wednesday. Open Mic Wednesdays Walkabout Tavern from 8pm. Every Thursday. Badge Draw, Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm, followed by Karaoke. Every Friday. Jag the Joker, Arnhem Club, tickets from 5-6pm, draw 6-9pm. Every Saturday. Goose Club (tickets on sale from 11.30am), and Jam Session from 1pm at the Arnhem Club. Every Friday & Saturday. Double Trouble live in the Beer Garden, 9pm-3am @ The Arnhem Club. Every Friday & Saturday. DJ Wil.K The Baddist, live in The Jam, 9pm 'til late - Walkabout Tavern. Every Monday. Trivia at the Arnhem Club, from 6-8pm. Every Tuesday. Pool Comp at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm.


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LAST week’s parliamentary sittings were disastrous for the CLP government. They had not a single piece of legislation to debate and struggled to fill the parliamentary agenda. They also chose not to resume the debate about Gas-to-Gove and in doing so prevented the Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie from speaking on the subject as I have. What the CLP government did manage to do very successfully last week was to put offside just about every sector of the public service. At the annual NT Police Association conference last week, President Vince Kelly said there had been a “breach of trust”

between police members and the Chief Minister who has revised plans for police resources including a reduction in recruits. Chief Minister Giles also ridiculed during question time a petition with 73 signatures from Emergency Department nurses at the Royal Darwin who dared to complain about terrible working conditions for them and their patients. Firefighters and their families who sat in the public gallery on Wednesday evening to hear a private member’s bill from my Labor colleague Michael Gunner which would see firefighters compensated for the forms of cancer they are at greater risk of developing in the line

of duty, stood and turned their backs, booed, and then left when Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner said the government would not support the bill. The sittings week concluded on Thursday with a rally of around 400 people outside parliament led by teachers and calling on the CLP to reverse their cuts to frontline teaching jobs. Education Minister Peter Chandler was a no show at what was a peaceful gathering of concerned Territorians. CLP promised that frontline jobs would be safe before the Territory election but they are slashing 180 teachers over the next four years along with $250m from the budget. What kind of govern-

ment turns it back on education and the future of kids by slashing the sector which needs greater, not less, investment as highlighted by Federal Labor’s Better Schools’ Plan? Minister Chandler’s announcement to revise student-teacher ratios in secondary schools will mean fewer (and more stressed) teachers, bigger classes, reduced specialist support, fewer subject choices and a decline in results. Nhulunbuy High School will lose 3.2 teacher positions in 2014. This is clearly unacceptable. Register your support for our teachers by going to Students Left Behind

Facebook page where you will also find the online petition. Chief Minister Giles has announced that if Tony Abbott is elected he will sign up to his education plan straight away; a plan which allows for more teachers to be sacked. Think very carefully as you cast your vote this week as to which party is seriously focused on improving education and giving kids a pathway to a future.

RECENTLY I introduced a Bill to amend the Local Government Act which will give voices back to people living in regional parts of the Territory. This is the first step in what will be journey towards local government that will be more responsive, more representative and more sustainable. When the Super Shires were imposed on the bush there was an outcry, people

felt like their community had lost their voice in the vastness of the Shires. Through our reforms, newly established Local Authorities appointed by each community will be given power through Ministerial Guidelines and will play an active role in their community. Local Authorities will be the key to connecting people to Regional Councils.

Local Authorities will be involved in interview processes, planning and spending, act as a complaints mechanism for council issues and where people request it, they can also be delegated additional duties from the council or Minister. I understand there is a hunger for more immediate change, namely boundary changes, however it is critical that we get these

reforms right, not just right now. That is why I’m acting on the strong recommendation from the Regional Governance Working Group to review the sustainability and viability of regional governance. We want to do this once and we want to do it properly. It is my vision that we develop a model of regional governance

that will empower and engage local communities so they can identify their own economic and social opportunities and elevate some of the disadvantage. Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Local Government

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by NT Member for Nhulunbuy


Something amusing for the political cynics among us WHILE walking down the street one day, a “Member of Parliament” is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.” “No problem, just let me in,” says the man. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up,” St Peter says. “What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven, then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really,” says the MP, “I’ve made up my mind, I want to be in heaven.” “I’m sorry, but we have our rules,” re-enforces St Peter. And with that, St Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and

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


CLP puts frontline employees offside

Now not the time for new boundaries

Sat 7. Federal Election. Sat 7. NCC Movie Night: The Incredibles. Nhulunbuy Christian College Oval, gates open 5.30pm. Gold coin donation for entry. Food available. Sat 7. Open Race, Nhulunbuy Speedway, races start at 7.30pm. Mon 9. Bridging the Gap Seminar, Day 1, Nhulunbuy. Hosted by Author Richard Trudgen. Info: 1300 501 795. Tue 10. Bridging the Gap Seminar, Day 2, Nhulunbuy. Hosted by Author Richard Trudgen. Info: 1300 501 795. Sat 14. Sail training, Boat Club, 9am - 11.30am. FREE. Sat 14. Paul Kelly - Stories of Me. FREE film screening, 4C's Community Centre, Arnhem Rd. Doors and bar open from 7pm, movie starts 8pm. More info: 0408 335 428. Sat 14. Poly Festival Party with DJ Drunx and Double Trouble, 9pm-3am @ The Arnhem Club. Sun 15. Rotary Beach Volleyball Competition, Middle Beach. Details: 0488 141 435. Sat 21. Gove Tennis 40th Anniversary Party, Nhulunbuy tennis courts, drinks, food, live music, 6pm-late. Sat 21. Open Race, Nhulunbuy Speedway, races start

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other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly and nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realises it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door re-opens on heaven where St Peter is waiting for him. “Now it’s time to visit heaven,” St Peter said. So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realises it, the 24 hours have gone by and St Peter returns. ‘Well then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven, now choose your eternity,” he said to the MP.

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The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.” So St Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. “I don’t understand,” stammers the MP.”Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. “Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. “What happened?” The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning, today you voted.”

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Free screening of Paul Kelly doco HE co-wrote East Arnhem Land’s most-famous song, Yothu Yindi’s Treaty, now musician Paul Kelly is making his return to Gove - via the big screen. New group the Gove Film Society will be holding their inaugural screening on the evening of Saturday, September 14; a recently released documentary about the life of Paul Kelly called Stories of Me. The documentary, made by Shark Island Productions, charts the many lives, loves and losses of Paul Kelly, one of Australia’s most gifted singer-songwriters. Kelly has been marking out the Australian landscape and its people through words and music for almost 40 years. The sixth of nine chil-

dren, a former altar boy, dux of his school, sports champion and grandson of two famous opera singers, Kelly began playing guitar at the age of 12. Since then, he has penned over 350 songs on themes of love, sex, death, family, friends and places, drawing on an enormous number of heroes - literary, musical, artistic and sporting - for his inspiration, and begging, borrowing and stealing from all of them. His songs are landscapes; charting not just the physical terrain but also the emotional landscapes he and his contemporaries have walked through. He is a storyteller, a

poet, and has the unique ability to communicate with all Australians, across all age groups and genders. Collaborating with indigenous musicians, young performers and artists of all genres, Kelly has created some of the most important Australian songs of our times. Kelly has lived through failure and he has the songs to show for it. Although a very private person in a public career,

Stories of Me digs deeply into what makes him tick, revealing the man and his music for the first time. The FREE screening of Paul Kelly - Stories of Me will be on Saturday, September 14, at 4C’s Community Centre on Arnhem Rd, Nhulunbuy. Doors and bar open from 7pm, movie showing at 8pm. Screening made possible by Gove Peninsula Festival Association.

Mayor of London Boris pops into Arnhem Land CHARISMATIC London Mayor Boris Johnson and his family dropped by Arnhem Land and Kakadu recently as part of their northern Australian sojourn. The touring party, led by Kakadu resident and local guide Sab Lord, stopped by Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, where they viewed locally made Aboriginal artworks, prints and artefacts. Gunbalanya resident Christine Nobbobob said it was a real treat to have Boris and his family visit. “Yes, he really seemed to enjoy the place,” Ms Nobbobob said. “He came here with the family, they looked around the arts centre, and then climbed Injalak Hill. “He said it was a very beautiful place, lots of escarpments. “Everyone enjoyed having him come and look around.” Mr Johnson had been holidaying in northern Australia before he made a keynote appearance at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival on August 22. The Johnson family spent just over a

week touring Kakadu and Arnhem Land. “The family enjoyed a private sunset Yellow Waters Cruise, and we did Arnhem Land with a local Aboriginal guide,” Mr Lord said. “The next day we went down to Maguk (in Kakadu National Park), and Boris wanted to stay out in the bush.” Meanwhile other residents of Gunbalanya sought to show the visiting Brits their craftsmanship. West Arnhem Shire Council staff have been assisting a group of Gunbalanya men to refine their carpentry skills by creating functional furniture. The turtle shaped tables, bars and benches have been personally crafted from locally sourced timbers, and were taken to Injalak for the Mayor’s visit. A friend of Mr Johnson’s flew into Gunbalanya earlier that week, before Mr Johnson’s visit, in his private helicopter with a view to inspect the unique furniture. Article used with courtesy of Chris Piggott-McKellar from West Arnhem Land’s The Wire, edition 299.

We’re looking for a home: Shadow and Sharky plea MEET sisters Shadow and Sharky. They are both around three years old and have both been desexed. When they were first surrendered to the RSPCA, they were very timid. They have been through a foster family program and have adapted very well to being part of a family and being smooched regularly. They are beautiful sleek black cats, one with green eyes and one with yellow. Both are affectionate and loving and it would be lovely to see them with a new family either together or separately. A fee of $80 is payable to the RSPCA for each adoption If anyone would like to meet them please call the RSPCA (0437 526 502). This phone is manned by volunteers, so if you don’t get through the first time, leave a message and they’ll respond ASAP.

London Mayor Boris Johnson with locals and his family in West Arnhem Land. Photo courtesy Injalak Art and Craft, Gunbalanya.

Toll Marine Logistics has moved. Our Traegar Close Industrial Depot is now closed, and we have shifted our operations to the wharf facility. As of Monday, September 2, 2013, we are operating from our Wharf Depot, corner of Melville Bay Road and Foreshore Drive, on. All phone numbers and opening times remain the same.

Whatever you want to move, whenever you want to move it. Talk to us to see how Toll Marine Logistics can save you money and better serve all your freight requirements.

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father’s day out at gove boat club


THE region’s dads were taken out in style last Sunday, September 1, for a huge Father’s Day afternoon at Gove Boat Club. Guests enjoyed a lavish roast lunch and basked in the warm weather and idyllic scenery of the bay. There was face painting for the kids, music from locals Jen and Liv to chill guests into the evening, and of course a few beers downed by the town’s hard-working dads.

MUMS CAN CELEBRATE TOO: Olivia Johansson with kids Ella and Jack.

Members of the Hawkett, Bajraktari and McDermott families celebrating Dad’s Day and friend Ahna’s birthday by the waterside.

David and Dawn Hodgson. Rockin’ daddy Paul Dewhurst (centre) with daughter Amy (right) and daughter for the day, Livie Powell (left).

ABOVE:Bodhi Caldwell and Charli Appo hanging around in the Boat Club’s great tree. BELOW: PAINTED UP IN PARADISE: Liam and Ella MacMahon (back) with Chloe and Edward McIllree (front).

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Kate Fraser and Hannah Wood.

ABOVE LEFT: Max Walker and Jenny Heath. ABOVE: Aaron, Hayley and Archer Palazzi enjoying the day with friends. LEFT: Some of Gove’s South African ex-pats Alilah Watts with Debby and Gordon Paterson. LEFT BELOW: CHEERS TO YOU, DAD: Taylor, Murray and Brinkley Dennerley. BELOW: Estelle and John Carter soaking up some sun.


ABOVE: Shannon Voss from Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Centre. BELOW: John and Tomoko Kennedy at their delicious sushi stall.

ABOVE: Kyle, Zoe and Phil Murray. BELOW: A new look for Derrian Rungan.


FOR the first time in 2013, the monthly NCL Arts and Craft Markets were held at the Gove Aquatic Centre. While kids had a splash on the inflatable pool castle, Goveites stopped by the stalls of our creative local marketeers. Locally-made wares including cards, fabrics, jewellery, baby-wear and photographs were all up for sale, and delicious food such as sushi, Thai food and the obligatory sausage sandwiches kept the town’s rumbling stomachs at bay. Local band Leash and the Dusty Boots wooed the passers-by with their sweet sounds, on a fun morning of sun, swimming and sushi. TOP LEFT: Beauty Nyamazana and Teremayi Pswarayi at their African fabrics and clothing stall. TOP RIGHT: FINGER PAINTING FUN: Megan O’Dwyer and Mikayla Mununggurr. SECOND LEFT: Tina Trudgen, Esther Mitchell, Jenevieve Frick, Koran Greenslade and Jordan Ritchie. SECOND RIGHT: Ev and Blue Douglas selling some of their creative wares. LEFT: Jimmy and Pauline Cassar. RIGHT: Buddies Lili Greenslade and India Russell. BELOW LEFT: THE BARBECUE BOYS: Sean ‘Ocker’ O’Connor, Leigh Harbin, Dakota Priestly with Finn Russel and James BurgeHall up front. BELOW RIGHT: A WHEELY GOOD TIME: Caleb Epiha and Dakota Priestly.

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5:30 Saturday Disney 8:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:30 Dr Oz 12:30 Special: The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow 1:00 Great Migrations 2:00 Seven’s AFL 5:30 Seven News 6:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season: Details TBA 7:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season: Details TBA 10:30 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Left For Dead On Everest - Fifty-year-old Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall attempted to climb Everest in 1984 but didn’t reach the summit. Now, 22 years later, he has a second chance. Despite his age, Lincoln fulfils his lifelong dream, but on the descent is struck by a deadly form of altitude sickness known as a cerebral oedema. Unable to climb and suffering from hypothermia, Lincoln is left for dead at 28,000ft. His survival is nothing short of a miracle. 11:30 Desperate Housewives: Come On Over For Dinner 12:30 Special: Southern Belle - Georgia / Tennessee 2:30 Harry’s Practice 3:00 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 Home Shopping / 4:30 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 1:00 Il Trittico 2:00 Piano Notes 2:15 The Beauty Of Maps 2:50 Piano Notes 3:00 Lily Cole’s Art Matters 3:55 Up To The Sky: Aqua 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 La Vuelta 2013 Daily Highlights 6:00 My Family Feast 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Islands: Zanzibar Land Of Giants - Lying 40km off the east coast of Tanzania in Africa, the Zanzibar Archipelago has been labelled as the most exotic island chain in the world. Pristine sands and azure blue sea make it a much loved holiday destination, but bizarre creatures, many of enormous size also roam the islands. The world’s largest crab scales trees in search of coconuts, and clouds of giant bats fill the skies at dusk. 8:35 Eddie Izzard’s Marathons for Mandela 9:30 Movie: “Monsters” (M) 11:10 Short: For You I Will Fight 11:30 La Vuelta a Espana 1:30 Shameless / 3:20 Weatherwatch Overnight



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5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Scenes Of The Crime” (M v,l) 1:30 The Chase 2:30 The Daily Edition 3:30 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 Slideshow 8:00 TBA 9:30 Highway Patrol 10:00 The Mole 11:00 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: In 2006, ex-Navy diver Rob Hewitt embarks on a fishing dive off the coast near Wellington, New Zealand. A fun day turns into a living nightmare when he becomes caught in a vicious current and is dragged out to sea. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Sons And Daughters 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 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 La Vuelta 2013 Daily Higlights 6:00 Historic Walks 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Terry Pratchett: Facing Extinction 8:35 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers: South Africa 9:30 The Killing 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Looking For Eric” (MA l) - A comedy about a football fanatic postman named Eric, whose life is descending into crisis when he receives some life coaching from the philosophical former football star, Eric Cantona. 1:15 Movie: “12” (M v,l) - Loosely based on the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, Nikita Mikhalkov’s superbly acted film is clever and gripping like its predecessor, but with a distinctly Russian feel. The fate of a Chechen teenager who is alleged to have killed his Russian stepfather hangs in the balance of a group of twelve all male jurors. 4:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

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VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A boost to your ego will come just when you need it. However, don’t rely on others to create your self-worth. Romance. A recent comment may have made you a little self-conscious, even though it was meant as a compliment. You were probably expecting something less positive.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) An important boost to your career is just around the corner. Don’t do anything now which could “rock the boat”. Stay under the radar. Romance. Be careful not to let the cat out of the bag! A secret which you have promised to keep to yourself may slip out, without realising it.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


A person that you meet will eventually become a good friend. It may be a little difficult to get to know them at first, however. Ask open-ended questions. Romance. You may over-react to events. Try to calm down before getting into a discussion about something you feel strongly about.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Don’t try too hard to create a good impression. You may come across as phoney. It’s best to be true to who you are. Romance. Somebody who catches your eye may frustrate you because of their lack of interest. However, they may be simply playing hard to get in order to intrigue you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A strange feeling which you have may not be as irrational as it seems. Your intuition will help you to understand a recent mystery. Put the pieces together carefully. Romance. You may get a little anxious if things don’t quite work out according to plan. You will have to be flexible.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


You will be feeling on edge this week. It is very important that you try to avoid any extra stress. Be sure to unwind after work each night. Romance. Don’t be too annoyed if your partner does not agree with everything you suggest. It’s better to be with someone who challenges you.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You can be a little shy at times. Later this week, something you say could make you the centre of attention amongst your colleagues. This could leave you a little self-conscious. Romance. Your current relationship will become more challenging. Allow this to strengthen your bond.

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Try not to be too critical of other people. Your ability to “see through” what they are doing may make your judgements a little too harsh at times. Romance. Someone who is very much attracted to you may be too shy to even say “hello”. Make the first move and you’ll be happy you did!

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Although you need plenty of security, there is a danger that you could get stuck in a rut. Try to find a balance. Take a risk or two! Romance. This will be a very good time for some quiet relaxation with your partner. You will need a bit of extra comforting. Let your guard down and relax.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A strange encounter may leave you mystified. You will meet this person again. Be sure to question them about your first meeting. Romance. You may find that you are getting less attention than you need from your partner. Let your needs be known and you may receive exactly that.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

– Wayne Gretzky


You may get a little frustrated if the people around you have less energy than you do. You will be rearing to get things done and will not want to be held back. Romance. Your love-life will begin to go in a new direction. Take charge of where it’s headed and you’ll be happy with the results.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) You have a lot of jobs around the house which you have been putting off. Try to get them all out of the way in one go. You can revel in the cleanliness later. Romance. You will have a lot of things to get through and will be frustrated if you are constantly interrupted. Be firm with others.

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 letters to the editor/comment Snowdon preferences ‘strange bedfellows’ LABOR’S Warren Snowdon has directed preferences for Lingiari to some strange bedfellows, including an anti-Islamic party. Mr Snowdon has shown his disregard for the people of the electorate and desperation to cling to power at all costs. He has given preference to Rise Up Australia, a party lead by a man who says: ‘’I’m anti-Islam and the teachings of Islam”. They are preferred above Indigenous candidates from both First

Nations and the Palmer United Party which have been left at the bottom of the ticket. At number two, Mr Snowdon has put the Citizens Electoral Council, a party which claims on its website that, “the British Crown has proclaimed its intent to reduce the world’s population from almost seven billion, down to one billion or less”. The Greens are number three on the Labor ticket. After their work with Labor to

destroy the live cattle industry, Mr Snowdon must feel he owes them a favour. Obviously a preference deal is more important to him than the livelihoods of the people of Lingiari. These sort of games are usual for Labor, but the people of Lingiari are sick of Mr Snowdon and Labor’s bad jokes. Tina MacFarlane, CLP Candidate for Lingiari.



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A giant Baru (estuarine croc) plays with his food.

By Christian Diddams Seasonal ranger Kakadu National Park LIVING in Kakadu I am always conscious of crocodile safety and it’s something I talk to visitors about a lot. Last week I led a guided walk at Yellow Water - I was happily telling visitors about the iconic wetlands and the wealth of creatures that call them home. Right at that moment a three and a half metre ginga (estuarine crocodile) decided to illustrate my point by surfacing in front of our eyes - just metres from where we stood. As if that weren’t impressive enough, the croc had a feral pig in his jaws and proceeded to put on a 15-minute display - thrashing the pig carcass left and right, then swallowing down most of its kill! It was a genuine ‘right place, right time’ moment shared with visitors - that we all agreed we would not forget.








RN CHRONIC CONDITIONS- NGALKANBUY RN CHRONIC DISEASE- NHULUNBUY BUSINESS SERVICES OFFICER- YIRRKALA Miwatj Health is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Primary Health Care service based in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. Due to expansion, we are currently looking at filling several positions to complement much needed services aimed at improving the health of local people in Aboriginal communities within East Arnhem Region. RN Chronic Conditions – Ngalkanbuy In this position you will be delivering direct high quality and comprehensive nursing care and individual case management within the Chronic Conditions Program. You are required to do on call hours. A current AHPRA registration and OCHRE card is needed, as well as possessing a broad nursing experience and utilizing clinical skills with confidence. *Accommodation is provided with this position. RN Chronic Disease Team – Nhulunbuy In this position you will be providing support to the Chronic Disease program and assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of culturally appropriate Aboriginal health projects and programs. A current AHPRA registration and OCHRE card is needed, as well as possessing a broad nursing experience and utilizing clinical skills with confidence. *Accommodation may be available for this position. Business Services Officer – Yirrkala In this position you will be responsible for providing business services support and general supervision of the day to day operations of the clinic. You will be required to provide back-up relief when needed in the clinic receptionist role. Excellent communication, computer, and highly developed organizational skills are essential. A current OCHRE card is needed. *Accommodation is not provided for this position. APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT ADDRESS THE SELECTION CRITERIA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. For the Position Description and Selection Criteria, or for more information, please contact HR on (08) 8939 1900 or by email Applications close Friday, September 13, 2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

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ARTS LEFT: CAAMA sound engineer Rohan Carmody taught some tricks of the trade to Yirrkala students. RIGHT: Students involved in the Regional Music Development Program in Yirrkala with employees from CAAMA Music and East Arnhem Shire. RIGHT BELOW: MOVES LIKE JAGGER: Yirrkala students practicing the art of stage presence.

Stage set for a strong musical future SOME people are born with stage presence, others have to learn it - and participants had a chance to do just that at a recent Regional Music Development Program in Yirrkala. The program, launched by Alice Springs-based indigenous record label, CAAMA Music, taught more than just stage presence when it was held recently. It aimed to further develop the skills of community members to record music, organise local community concerts and

maintain musical equipment. A total of 22 arts workers and promising musicians or sound engineers were selected for the program, and were offered accredited music training and non-accredited industry training. The month of musical training concluded earlier in August, with participants gaining a Certificate II offered by Charles Darwin University. During last month, CAAMA Music professionals provided practical training to three differ-

Ranger training program. “There’s so much talent in Yirrkala, and I’ve met quite a few people who I’d love to be able to train as Music Industry Rangers so this community can build its music industry up.” At the beginning of this year, 16 Music Industry Rangers were chosen from around Central Australia to be trained as sound engineers and mentors, able to mentor others in their own communities in the art of music recording, production and running gigs.

ent community groups. A local girl-band made up of high school students were coached in stage presence and the setting up of small PA systems, as were participants of the Strong Fathers Project. S t a ff a n d m e m b e r s o f Yirrkala’s multimedia production house, The Mulka Project, were helped to advance their computer editing skills. CAAMA sound producer Mark McCormack said there was potential to include Arnhem Land in a new Music Industry

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

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

Arnhem Early Learning Centre Contact: Director 8987 1004 E:

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

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

Arnhem Land Bowls Club Contact: Isobel Murray P: 0435 822 107, 8987 2120

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:

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Ben Hurst P: 0410 833 292

Gove Peninsula Tennis Club Contact: Nicky Mayer P: 8987 2640 Gove Touch Footy Contact: Bec Thomson E:

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

Arnhem Writers Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490

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

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

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

Arnhem Gun Club Contact: President, Grub Stevens E:

Nhulunbuy Child Care Centre P: 8987 3311 E:

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

8EAR Community Radio (Gove FM) Contact: Michael Stimpson P: 8987 1500 E:

Northern Territory Emergency Service P: 0427 392 264

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

Oasis Play Time Contact: Nisha, P: 0437 141 291

Nhulunbuy Baptist Church Sundays 9.30am at Town Hall – Ph: 8987 1256

Old Codgers: Contact: Shane Ogg P: 0423 172 139

Uniting Church: Sunday Service 9.30am Hazel Trudgen – Ph: 8987 3545 Mobile 0413 536 877

Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005

MOPS Contact: Katie Hovenden P: 8987 1607

Gove Country Golf Club & Gove Country Golf Club - Juniors Contact: Jamie Henderson E: P: 8987 3191

Nhulunbuy Amateur Swimming Club Contact: Stephen Wolfaardt P: 0488 082 503

Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: Stephanie Freeman P: 0400 172 599 E:

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:

Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E:

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

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

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

Thu 05

Time 0204 0839 1424 2013

Time 0247 0912 1506 2057

Ht 0.63 2.35 1.15 2.57


Ht 0.56 2.48 0.99 2.69

Fri 06 Time 0326 0940 1544 2136

Sat 07 Ht 0.51 2.59 0.84 2.78

Time 0401 1008 1619 2213

Ht 0.50 2.69 0.71 2.83

Sun 08

Mon 09

Tue 10

Time 0433 1036 1653 2250

Time 0506 1105 1727 2328

Time 0539 1136 1802

Ht 0.52 2.79 0.60 2.84

Ht 0.56 2.86 0.51 2.79

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







Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie, P: 8987 1272

Tuesday 20/08







Wednesday 21/08







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

Thursday 22/08







Friday 23/08







TourDeArnhemland Contact: Des O’Sullivan P: 0418 840 957 E:

Saturday 24/08







Sunday 25/08







51833 13640 47700 12552



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

Other Cities Av. Consumption / Head of Pop.

Ht 0.64 2.91 0.46

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W/E Aug 25 W/E Aug 25 Variance Actual Usage Target Usage Monday 19/08

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Wed 04


RSPCA: Contact: Sarah Howland P: 0437 526 502

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

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

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.

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

Gove Golden Oldies Contact: Ria Ngamoki P: 8987 3530

OASIS Christian Assembly Pastor Phil Sampson – Ph: 8987 1522 / 8987 1369 Seventh-Day Adventist Church Ph: 8987 2375 / 0419 465 045

Queens Bus (Variety NT) Contact: Angie Moyle P: 0408 838 498 or Facebook us at: Queens - Variety NT

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

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

Church services

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Vigil Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday Service 8.30am


Brisbane 270 • Darwin 1100 • Perth 340

Weather details o

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 26 28.8 18.8 2.8 Tuesday 27 29.3 17.9 NIL Wednesday 28 29.6 18.6 TRACE Thursday 29 30.4 19.4 TRACE Friday 30 30.9 19.8 TRACE Saturday 31 30.6 19.8 TRACE Sunday 1 29.7 18.4 TRACE Monthly total rainfall to date: 0.0 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Aug 26 to Sunday, Sep. 1.

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1016.7 hPa on Monday Min: 1012.3 hPa on Thursday Averages for the month of September Max temp: 30.3 Min temp: 19.7 Rainfall: 5.8 mm

AFL and NRL FOOTY TIPPING competitions

Sensational end to AFL comp.

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Crackers roars home to force a tie with Pleb

Four with a chance TIPSTERS continue to take a battering as upsets dominated the penultimate round (25) of the Arafura Times/Arnhem Club NRL footy tipping competition until Sunday night. Only Graham Hughes could manage six from the seven winners, as the pressure begins to take its toll. Monday night’s game between the Eels and the Dragons was not completed by the time the Arafura Times went to press, but the outcome could play a critical role in the competition’s end result. There is only this weekend’s round 26 matches remaining to complete the season before the play-offs. Only Tanya Hoffman and waggy predicted the Titans would upset the Roosters, while tipsters took hits with several results, including the Cowboys’ win against the Sharks, the Sea Eagles’ victory against the Storm and the Broncos’ loss to the Knights. In addition to no one getting a perfect score, there were only four with five winners - Forbesy, marlinman, Halwes and Tanya

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Hoffman. Graham Hughes’ performance in a weekend of trying results has seen him snatch the lead from Kaffir who crashed with only three winners from the seven games completed. Graham Hughes (6) now has 131, just one ahead of Kaffir (3) on 130 who is joined by Marlinman (5) and Andres Hoffman (4). Only one win separates the top four - and the competition’s likely winner would seem to come from those four. Wayno (3) is on 128, but would appear to have missed his chance. 126: Malkzok1 (3), Putty (4). 125: Tanya Hoffman (5). 124: doodlesuckernobagchc (4). 123: Killer (3), Travis Dehnert (4). 122: Jez (3), Halwes (5). 120: Luke Cole (3). 119: grimmus8u (3). 118: Shaun Dennis (4), Jeremy 4X (3). 117: Broccoli (2). 116: KaDavo82 (4). 115: hayden4x (4). 114: Forbsey (5), Tracey xxxx (4). 111: Waggy (3). 109: Aussie Joe (4), KaRon 1 (3). The winner of the Arafura Times/Arnhem Club NRL tipping competition wins $500.

fourth-placed hayden4x (5) on 147 after they had been on the same line last week. Waggy (5) was next on 146, one in front of Forbsey (6) on 145. Together on 143 were Wayno (6), Aussie Joe (5), Kaffir (5), WestAussieGirl136 (6), Woodsgal (6). 142: Darren Nunn (6). 141: Spudly (6), Tanya Hoffman (4). 140: Marlinman (6). 139: Jendj (5), Maggie May (5). 138: Andres Hoffman (4), Jeremy 4X (5), Travis Dehnert (0). 137: 43 (4). 136: Agron (5). 135: Dobbo (6), KaRon1 (5), Graham Hughes (4). 134: Tracey xxxx (6). 133: Duggie (0), 128: Noni Dj (4). 127: Morgstar (4), Jez (3). 126: broccoli (5). 121: Damo (4). The winner of the Arafura Times/Arnhem Club AFL tipping competition wins $750. EDITOR’S NOTE: pleb and crackers will need to contact Arafura Times editor Matt Garrick with proof of identity.

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THERE has been a sensational end to the Arafura Times/Arnhem Club AFL footy tipping competition after round 23 on the weekend - the final round of home-and-away fixtures - with the competition culminating in a tie. Pleb entered the weekend with would have seemed to be a comfortable three-win lead with 146 - compared to second-placed crackers’ 143. But pleb crashed with only five winners from the nine games - missing out on wins by the Saints (against the Dockers), Blues (against Port), Crows (against Eagles) and Kangaroos (against Magpies). On the other hand, crackers charged with full steam ahead with eight winners, missing only the Tigers’ victory against the Bombers, to join pleb on 151 and to share the spoils as the joint top tipster in the 2013 Arafura Times/Arnhem Club AFL footy tipping competition. They will share the prize of $750. To emphasise his dominance, crackers was the only tipster to register eight wins for the weekend. Tipsters struck problems with the victories by the Saints, Tigers, Crows and Kangaroos in particular. David Gibson was the only one to record seven to grab third sport with 149, two in front of

Name Graham Hughes KAFFIR marlinman Andres Hoffman Wayno Malkzok1 PUTTY Tanya Hoffman doodlesu Travis Dehnert

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NRL LADDER Total Score Total Margin AFTER ROUND 25 131 130 130 130 128 126 126 125 124 123

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Name Total Score Total Margin crackers 151 594 pleb 151 689 David Gibson 149 451 hayden4x 147 442 waggy 146 482 Forbesy 145 493 Wayno 143 507 Aussie_Joe 143 531 KAFFIR 143 551 WestAussie Girl136 143 589

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FEDERAL ELECTION – September 7, 2013

Labor and Coalition broadband policies - what’s the difference? from these nodes to houses and businesses - in brownfield sites (i.e. established urban areas); and FTTP in greenfield sites (i.e. new housing estates). Despite some delays in the rollout of Labor’s FTTP network,NBNCo - the company tasked with building NBN infrastructure - says the completion date for the project remains fixed By ROD TUCKER at 2021, and that the total cost will Director of the Institute for a be A$44.1 billion. Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) Cost differences at University of Melbourne The Coalition’s policy calls on for completion of the rollout of its FTTN network by 2019, at a total BROADBAND - in the shape of the cost of A$29.5 billion. The difference National Broadband Network(NBN) - remains a key point of difference in cost between Labor’s network and between Labor and the Coalition’s the Coalition’s network per premises is policies going into the federal election. about A$1,000. To put this in perspective, the recent Our politicians are not paying lip service when it comes to these differ- rollout of smart electricity meters in Victoria cost about A$1,200 per ences. There are significant variations in premises. In essence, the Coalition’s FTTN cost, in delivery types, in download and upload speeds, in business op- network will cost two-thirds as much portunities, customer experience and as Labor’s FTTP network, based on the the so-called “future-proofing” of the official cost estimates in each policy, network, depending on which version but will be only one-twentieth as fast. Speed differences of the NBN we continue with. The Coalition’s FTTN network will So what are they, and what do you provide download speeds of 50 Mbps need to know? At the 2010 election, Opposition leader Tony Abbott threatened to scrap the NBN. But under Malcolm Turnbull’s deft handling of the Shadow Communications Minister’s portfolio, the Coalition’s Broadband Policy, released in April this year, recognises the need for a national, wholesale broadband network and shares many characteristics with the existing NBN model as conceived under Labor. As with Labor’s NBN, an NBN under the Coalition will be a wholesale network, open to any retail service provider that can connect to the network. There are some differences in pricing strategies between the two policies, primarily around whether prices are (allowing you to download an hour-long uniform across the country (as in the high-definition television show in a Labor policy) or capped (as in the Coali- few minutes) to 90% of connected tion’s policy) but the service model is homes, while Labor’s FTTP network will initially provide download speeds broadly the same. Both Labor and the Coalition will up to 1 Gbps - 20 times faster than the use newly-launched satellites to take Coalition’s FTTN network. Labor’s FTTP network will provide broadband to remote areas, and fixed wireless to cover rural areas, where upload speeds of 400 Mbps - 40 times wired access such as fibre or copper faster than FTTN. Upload speed is is either technically unfeasible or important for activities which require economically unviable. But the key you to send data from your computer, difference between the two policies is such as video calls. The speed difference between the the network technology to be used in two networks comes down to the fact urban areas. Labor will continue rolling out a the Coalition’s FTTN model relies Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network on the existing copper connections - whereby optic fibre extends all the between the node and the premises, way to homes and businesses - while while in Labor’s FTTP network, the the Coalition policy calls for a shift to entire connection is by fibre. The table at TOP RIGHT sumFibre to the Node (FTTN) - whereby fibre is delivered to local “cabinets”, marises some of the key differences called nodes, and copper wire runs between policies:

In recent years, engineers in laboratories around the world have developed technological marvels to extract the maximum capacity out of copper, and these marvels are to be incorporated in the Coalition’s network using veryhigh-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) technology. VDSL’s higher speeds result from the use of different bands of frequency to voice calls, allowing data for multiple applications (such as internet connection and high-definition television) to be transmitted on the same copper wires. It builds upon - and is faster than - current technology used in asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) networks. But the download and upload speeds achievable with VDSL are a tiny fraction of the speeds achievable using FTTP. Additionally, with VDSL in FTTN networks, the further the premises are located from the node, the slower the speed. In addition, the speed can be degraded if water gets into the cables after heavy rain - as some users notice in today’s ADSL network. What the future holds While few households need 1 Gbps today (the average internet connection speed in Australia is currently 4.2 Mbps) the historical demand for broadband

network bandwidth has grown at about 30% - 40% per annum. Today’s ADSL2+ networkprovides around 10-20 Mbps and many households find this to be barely sufficient, especially when two or three family members simultaneously access highbandwidth applications, such as video on demand, gaming, or various kinds of home office applications. Using historical growth figures, and allowing for future generations of ultra-high definition television, multiview services, together with multiple TV displays in a single household, in-home video conferencing and so on, it’s likely that domestic broadband domestic customers will be seeking bandwidths of more than 100 Mbps by 2020 and about 1 Gbps by 2035. See Table BELOW Many business customers will require these bandwidths much sooner,

Table 2: Analysis of key issues not fully addressed in the available policy documents ISSUE



Potential for future upgrade

Upgrade to 10 Gps will not require any civil works

Upgrade to fibre to the premises will require extensive civil works

Cost of future upgrade

$100-$200 per premises (1 Gbps to 10 Gbps)

$2000 - $5000 per premises (FTTN to FTTP)

Potential to benefit the mobile network

FTTP technology is ideally suited to providing backhaul to new transmitters that fill blackspots and increase network capacity

Coalition policy is to make NBNCo assets available for filling blackspots. But FTTN is less suited for this than FTTP.

Date of obsolescence

Beyond 2035, possibly beyond 2050

Around 2020

Power consumption

Around 70 Megawatts

Around 140 Megawatts

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Fibre to the premises

71% fibre to the node and 22% fibre to the premises, primarily in greenfield sights


Fixed wireless and satellite

Fixed wireless and satellite


1 Gbps

50 Mbps in 90% of homes


25 Mbps

25 Mbps


12 Mbps

12 Mbps


400 Mbps

10 Mbps


5 Mbps

5 Mbps


1 Mbps

1 Mbps

Rollout complettion



Totall funding required

$44.1 billion

$29.5 billion

Average funding required per premises*



Wholesale pricing structure




NBN Co will remain the monopoly wholesale provider

Compering broadband access networks will be permitted

Network technologies

Download speed

Upload speed

* Assuming 12.7 million premises

as they begin to take full advantage of new broadband applications and services, and to develop innovative new online products. Historically, the development of applications tends to follow the provision of infrastructure. Applications that use increased speed tend to be developed only when those speeds are in existence or imminent. Based on these numbers, the Coalition’s FTTN network will be obsolete by 2020, and will require major expensive upgrades after this. While it’s possible telecommunications engineers may find ways to squeeze a little bit more speed out of copper, the only way to move beyond the speed limitations of FTTN is to move the nodes closer to the home. In practice, this ultimately means an upgrade from FTTN to FTTP. Fibre on demand For those who need more than 50 Mbps from the FTTN network, the Coalition’s policy provides for a “fibre-on-demand” upgrade path, in which a customer pays for a fibre to be installed from the node in the street to the premises. The cost of this to the individual could be in the region of A$1,000-A$5,000, depending on the distance of the node from the premises. Future upgrades of Labor’s FTTP to 10 Gbps and beyond will require simple exchange of the user terminal in the home, at a cost typically in the region of A$100-A$200. The Coalition’s “fibre-on-demand” strategy raises the spectre of a digital divide between households, businesses and regions that can afford to pay for the upgrade and those that cannot. To illustrate this, a graphic design business that uploads and downloads data to its customers, and happens to be located close to a node, will be in a much better business position that a competitor 500 metres down the road. This will arguably impede the economic benefits of the network as a whole, limiting the application of health, education and productivityboosting applications. This will mean the saving of A$1,000 per premise offered by the Coalition could easily be wiped out by the loss of long-term economic benefits of a high-capacity FTTP network. Going mobile Some commentators have argued the increasing popularity of mobile

devices such as smartphones and tablets decreases the need for the NBN. But a FTTP broadband network will facilitate this rapid growth in mobile broadband. Telephone companies around the world are now enhancing their mobile networks with an everincreasing number of small wireless base stations located on street corners, in shopping centres, offices, and even in customers’ homes, using fibre connections from the small base stations to their network. While NBNCo is not yet offering backhaul services(transporting data to a point that would allow it to be be distributed over a network) to mobile operators, Labor’s FTTP network is ideally suited for this. Because the Coalition’s FTTN network relies on existing copper cable to the home, it is generally unsuitable for wireless backhaul. Energy implications Energy consumption is often overlooked in communications network planning, but is becoming increasingly important. The power consumption of the Labor’s FTTN network will be about 70 Megawatts and the Coalition’s FTTN network will consume twice that - about 140 Megawatts. The cost of this extra power is relatively small compared with the installation cost of the network, and this comparison does not include end-user devices such as computers and TV displays. But the increased electrical power consumption of the Coalition’s FTTN network will have a greenhouse impact approaching that of a city the size of Launceston in Tasmania. What we know, in short … The Coalition’s broadband policy offers a lower-cost network that will provide customers with modest improvements in broadband services in the shorter term; whereas the Coalition’s network will create a new digital divide and require major upgrades soon after it is completed. The cost difference between these two alternatives is about A$1,000 per premises. Labor promises a more future-proof solution that will cost more at the outset, but will stimulate broadband developments in government, business, and entertainment, and has potential to serve Australia beyond 2050.

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LEFT: BUSTING SHAPES IN THE SKY: Djarrak and Nguykal players leap high to contest a mark. CENTRE: VICTORIOUS: Nguykal’s win against Djarrak last weekend has them in good form coming into the play-offs on the weekend. RIGHT: A Djarrak player tries to offload while under pressure. BAYWARA 10-7-67 d GAPUWIYAK 8-12-60 TEAMS were in it to win it last Saturday at Town Oval, when they took to the field for the last round of the GAFL before the finals. With the Saints out of the comp. for the season, having pulled out due to low player numbers, just four teams played in a bid to better their place on the ladder. Baywara defeated Gapuwiyak by just one goal in the first match,

NGUYKAL 14-17-101 d DJARRAK 12-9-81 and Djarrak went down to Nguykal in the second centre-piece game. It was no easy win for Nguykal, with both teams playing hard, eager for the points. It wasn’t until late in the final quarter when Yirrkala’s blue and yellow team ran away with a string of goals to cement their victory. First game of the finals will take place this Saturday, with the Grand Final set for Saturday, September 28.

Gove Tennis 40 years on, still having a ball SOME might have noticed that the logo of Gove Peninsula Tennis Club is a picture of an angry-looking buffalo. The picture was chosen after an incident at the courts in 2006, where a live buff charged up from the Town Lagoon and smashed the tennis court fence - just one of many exciting and interesting stories from the club’s 40-year history. Gove Tennis has evolved from the club’s early days in the 1970s, when moustaches were a common court-side fashion accessory, to today, with our modern fibre-glass racquets and gear. To celebrate the club’s longevity, Gove Tennis is putting on a spectacular

40th anniversary party on Saturday, September 21. There will be live music on a stage set-up on the courts, delicious finger food supplied by the Arnhem Club, plus drinks and fun galore. Paralympian Don Elgin will be attending the event, set to inspire the crowd as a guest speaker. The dress code will be Territory formal (smart casual/cocktail) and it will be an 18 and over event. Club Manager Nicky Mayer, who got involved with the club in 1999, said tennis has always been a huge part of the town.

“In the 1970s, they’d have up to 150 people playing in a social competition during any given week. “These days tennis is still a massive part of our sporting lives.” She also said, with the continued uncertainty about the Rio Tinto refinery’s future, now was the perfect time to have a big party. “We want this celebration to make the town feel good during all this uncertainty around getting Gas-to-Gove.” Gove Tennis’ 40 Year Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the tennis courts, from 6pm - late.

LEFT: Gove Tennis committee member Derrian Rungan and club manager Nicky Mayer showcasing the evolution of the racquet. LEFT: Carol Jones and Lyn Morgan Tait in action on the Gove courts, 1983. Historical photos courtesy Carol Jones. CENTRE: Former club member Liz Akapita, 1981. RIGHT: GOVE TENNIS 1980s FASHION: Lyn Morgan and Col Jones, 1983. A photo display from 40 years of Gove Tennis will be on display on September 21.

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