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By MATT GARRICK THE absence of the Territory’s Liberal senator during the Nhulunbuy refinery saga has local leaders scratching their heads and asking, “Where the bloody hell is Nigel?” According to elected NT politicians and members of the Gove Taskforce, the inaction of NT Senator Nigel Scullion, who is also the Minister of Indigenous Affairs in the Tony Abbott Coalition Government, is having dangerous repercussions on the region. Mr Scullion has not visited Nhulunbuy since the Gove refinery closure was announced last November. Community representative on the Gove Taskforce Denise Fincham said now was the time for Mr Scullion to show leadership and assist the region. “The Federal Government are sitting on their hands while people and businesses suffer.” The Taskforce held a meeting in Canberra last Friday, February 21, which Ms Fincham said ended with the government “no closer” to securing a rescue package for the town. After the meeting, Ms Fincham revealed that, “the Federal Government are no closer to supporting the various economic development packages the region needs to survive”. She said the Taskforce representatives “impressed upon the Federal Government

representatives the urgency, but it is like trying to move a monolith”. “It’s here with Canberra bureaucrats that the blocker to progress is, and Senator Scullion has the power to change that, if only he cares.” The Taskforce is comprised of members of the Territory and Federal Governments, Northern Land Council (NLC), Rio Tinto and community representatives Ms Fincham, John Tourish and Djawa ‘Timmy’ Burarrwanga. Territory MP Warren Snowdon has also pointed the finger at Mr Scullion for not showing up in Nhulunbuy during this period. “Scullion has done absolutely nothing for the people of Gove and the Arnhem region as they face a massive social and economic crisis.” He also bemoaned Mr Scullion for scrapping funding for a program on Groote Eylandt helping those suffering from a debilitating disease, Machado Joseph Disease (MJD). “It is plain to see that not only has he abandoned Territory communities but also Territorians suffering from a debilitating and life-taking disease. “Now that the Gove residents’ jobs are on the line and the health and well-being of the MJD sufferers are on the line, where is Nigel: nowhere or certainly not in Gove or Groote.” Continued Page 3 >>

NHULUNBUY High School have invented a unique and colourful way to preserve the memories of their students leaving town. Pictured here, student Chante Venter, daughter of Eugene and Chantelle Venter, was in the first lot of kids to get involved with the idea last week, during her last day of school in the region. Full story, page 2.>>

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Leaving an imprint on the town THROUGHOUT history, painting art on a wall has been used as a vivid way to highlight social changes - think of the Berlin Wall. Now, Nhulunbuy High School are fashioning their own wall to preserve

the memories of students as they depart from Gove. The school last week started a Legacy Wall, where students getting ready to go paint their hand, stick it to the wall for a few seconds, and leave their imprint there for the future. Last Monday, February 17, the first teachers and students preparing to leave the community christened the wall, and began what will no doubt be a heavily decorated panel by the year’s completion. In another way to help preserve Gove at the end of this era of refining bauxite, locals are encouraged to send photos of themselves, their friends and family living

Teacher Jenny Heath helped christen Nhulunbuy High’s Legacy Wall as she prepared to depart for a new life in Adelaide. life here in paradise, with about what you love and to editor@arafuratimes. a couple of sentences will miss about the town

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A YOUNG Nhulunbuy man who started his life in a remote Indonesian fishing village has just taken another giant step in his fascinating journey. Picked as one of 40 young Australians from across the country, recent Year 12 graduate Bintang Daly has been in Canberra, sharing ideas and stories as part of the annual Heywire Competition. The competition is known as a powerful platform for young people from rural areas to have their voices heard. For winning a place in the 40, Bintang (whose name, translated into English, means ‘Star’) scored an all-expensespaid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit, held earlier in February at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Participants debated issues with industry mentors, met with politicians, toured the War Memorial, learned leadership skills and attended a reception in their honour at Parliament House. Bintang said the whole

experience was awesome. “It changed my perspective of how I see other rural teenagers from around the country. “Hearing their stories, they have such different lifestyles to what we have up here in Nhulunbuy. “But they were all linked together by their great passion for their communities.” Bintang entered the competition not to win it, but because he wanted to share his life story. “I wanted to get my story out there, to inspire and empower other people. “I encourage all the young people of Nhulunbuy to apply this year - you get to meet so many great people, who are so approachable, and get to have your say about the issues of today.” After the completion of Heywire, Bintang last week headed to Adelaide and began studying a Bachelor of Economics degree at university. Read Bintang’s winning Heywire competition entry on page 16. >>

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Veteran exercises his community voice BATTLE LINES DRAWN: Vietnam Veteran Ivor Alexander is appalled by the placement of a new exercise park (in the background) so close to the town’s Cenotaph.

Since Mr Alexander arrived in Gove 25 years ago, memorial parades for events such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day have been held at the same location. He said while the NCL had done much for the community’s exservicemen in the past, he couldn’t fathom how

the oversight of putting the park so close to the memorial had occurred. “I’ve got admiration for the great job done. “But to have it in this location is an obscenity.” Pending on the Town Board’s decision, Mr Kidner said NCL would endeavour to have the park moved to a better location by ANZAC Day.


LOCAL Vietnam War veteran Ivor Alexander won’t be training at the new exercise park built in Nhulunbuy any time soon. The 12-piece exercise equipment station has been constructed in close proximity to what Mr Alexander has called a “sacred site for the whole community” - the Cenotaph in the town’s Arafura Memorial Park. Mr Alexander is calling for the removal of the station by March 30, giving enough time to repair the site to its previous state

before the annual ANZAC Day parade is held in the location on April 25. Constructed by the Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited (NCL), the new park was built to be a benefit to the community. Although it is a good community resource, Mr Alexander noted, the mistake to put it so close to the Cenotaph was “obscene”. “When I realised what was going on, I was so angry I was speechless. “And for me, that’s saying something.”

The Cenotaph was never exclusively for veterans and ex-service people, Mr Alexander said - it has been important to the entire town community. “This wouldn’t have gone ahead at any other site - and I hate to say that this is the memorial in Canberra or the shrine in Melbourne, or something like that, but it is our equivalent here, in our small community. “If this had happened in any other place, if somebody put something

like this in on the Esplanade in Darwin, can you imagine the outrage? “They’d probably sack the Darwin City Council.” Since a barrage of disgruntled community members voiced their anger about the placement of the exercise park last weekend, NCL have jumped into action to try and rectify the issue. Town Administrator Shawn Kidner said that the call to rip the exercise park up and move it would be proposed to the elected representatives on the

Town Board this week. “If the Board and the community feels strongly enough about it, we’ll move it. “Everyone makes mistakes, and I think that in this case there’s a fair bit of community feedback, and this is meant to be a positive thing for the community not a negative thing. “So if it is that strongly felt, then surely there is a better location where we can put it and it will be utilised and won’t impact on the Cenotaph there.”

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‘Where the bloody hell are you Nigel?’ When asked by the Arafura Times how he would respond to these calls that he should do more for East Arnhem Land, he said: “The Government is working closely with stakeholders to provide the community the support it needs without duplicating what Rio Tinto and the NT Government are doing”. “This includes building on existing support programs as further details are released about

the transition plan for the winding down of the Gove refinery operations.” Mr Scullion said he was aware that Rio Tinto was taking responsibility itself and working closely with the community to do what it could to help manage the transition. “While any job losses are concerning, I’m advised that there will

be a very limited direct impact on Indigenous employment with around 100 Indigenous people, including three local Yolngu people affected. “However, the impact on the local economy will be significant and this will have a flow-on impact to local Indigenous communities surrounding Nhulun-

buy and we will be monitoring this situation closely.” Local MLA Lynne Walker said now was the time for Mr Scullion to show his face in Nhulunbuy. “Where is Senator Nigel Scullion, who lives in Darwin, just a one hour flight away and is supposedly a representative of and a voice for all Territorians? “Where the bloody hell are you, Nigel?” (Full comment, page 8.>>)

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Packing up and shuttling onwards: How a mine closure can change one’s life LONG-TERM resident of 43 years ROB THOMSON is an ex-Nabalco employee, long-time contractor, father of three children and grandfather of nine grandchildren born in Gove. Having lived through the closure of a mine before, he reckons that due to Rio’s refinery closure, “everything must change”. In his story, as recollected by Mr Thomson below, he reflects on his youth spent growing up in a mining town in rural NSW. The mine in the tiny town of Captains Flat closed down, and he looks back at the impact this had on him and his family, and compares it to where we are at today.





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The LAST time I was involved in a mine closure

MY father worked at a silver, lead and gold mine in the late 1950s, at a place called Captains Flat, just out of Canberra. It was an underground mine. He was on day shift, and usually they would do the swap over underground. They’d basically do a handover to your replacement then take the lift to the surface, then shower, change, head to the local boozer, have a few beers then head home. On the day of the mine’s closure, they held the replacement crew on the top, informed bottom crew to come to the surface, and as the last man walked out of the lift they locked the gate and then informed the miners that they had decided to close the mine; that was it. All the miners headed to the boozer where they got angry and very drunk. All the families of the miners had heard that there were dramas and headed to the hotel to find out what was going on, just to find out that the mine was closed and that was that. In my family, it was exactly like there had been a death at the mine; we all sat around in shock trying to work out our own individual problems. All I could think of was we had made it to the finals in the rugby league comp in my grade and was wondering where that left us. I need not have worried;

My sisters and youngest brother got to ride in the front. I remember Terry, John and I crying all the way to Sydney, but never in front of my mum or dad. They were doing it pretty tough themselves and we didn’t want to make it any worse than it already was. There was no such thing as a redundancy payment; you just got paid what you had worked to the date that it closed. Captains Flat had a govern-

ment school and a Catholic school. It had a picture show house, police and citizens club, where a lot of the young blokes learned to box and basically learned all life’s lessons. Captains Flat had shops, a bowling club, a golf club. There was a dam and the Queanbeyan River, where there were prolific brown and rainbow trout. We used to trap and shoot rabbits. We played rugby league in all grades. This was a good little town.

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everything stopped that day never to be the same again. Whatever was underground was left there, and basically everyone packed up and left within a week. My father and mother loaded all we had on to a truck that my father managed to borrow, and we drove to my grandmother’s place in Sydney. I remember riding on the back of the truck with my other brothers and the furniture like Ma and Pa Kettle.

We are all in shock; this is not happening in 2016 or 2017. It is happening now as I am writing. And the speed of it all is morally wrong.

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An image of the Lake George Mine mine in Captains Flat, NSW, just before its closure in 1962. At the height of a mining boom in the area, Captains Flat had a population of about 2000. Photo courtesy: Braidwood and Villages Information Centre.

Those who were employed onsite - that is, from Gove - have to look after themselves. Once your employer says, ‘that’s it’, and you are terminated, you not only lose your job but your accommodation as well. A lot of people here in Gove can’t even drive out, as it is wet season and the road is closed. They are in dire circumstances. Many of these people have purchased cars, Resident of 43 years boats and miscellaneous gear that they can’t Rob Thomson. afford to ship out; and no-one wants to buy their gear at the price they want. These people haven’t even got the opportunities that we had in the Ma and Pa scenario, because it is the wet season and the roads are closed. A lot of these people are in shock and praying that the axe will fall on their mate and not them until they open the road so they can get out or get some other job that offers accommodation - at least until the roads are open. This is a mining town owned and basically run by Rio; but if you are a contractor, you are not their responsibility and they don’t want to know you. I feel we were luckier driving out on the back of the truck than some of the people who are financially stuck here, waiting for the axe to fall and not knowing what to do. We are all in shock; this is not happening in 2016 or 2017. It is happening now as I am writing. And the speed of it all is morally wrong.


Old favourites pop in to say goodbye - and hello THE town came out in colours last Saturday night, to dance and revel in the fun of popular Gove-born band, Oojah Cockraigne. Oojah returned from hiatus to play five rocking sets at the Walkabout Lodge, for their Goodbye, Hello Gove celebration concert. The boys and girl from Oojah formed the band in the early 2000s, when they started jamming together and it “just clicked”, according to drummer Matt Maggs. “Around 2006 we really started getting into the fray.

“The musical connection was so good, and we were just having so much fun on stage - and I think the audiences could feel that.” Matt, who still lives in town, said as a way to contribute to the community, Oojah wanted to reform and play the gig to say farewell to the outgoing era of Gove, and hello to the brand new one. “We’d all come here in one shape or form for the mining company, so we thought it was a fitting tribute to the community and where we’d all worked.

“And also as something to do to support a local business, and where everyone could come and let their hair down.” In their heyday, in the mid to late 2000s, Oojah performed some memorable gigs in spectacular locations such as Little Bondi beach, for the Bondi Barefoot Ball. They also did a range of gigs for the Gove Variety Queens, including a News Year’s Eve party and out at the Arnhem Gun Club. More photos of the night on page 11.>>

Much-loved Gove-born band Oojah Cockraigne came back to rock the Walkabout on Saturday, February 22.

Creator of a new Gove Community Garden David Brooks invites locals to dig in.

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FRESH fruit can sometimes be hard to come by in Gove, due to the remoteness of the town. But this could be a thing of the past, with the creation of a new community garden group, who are aiming to grow tasty goods right here. The group’s founder David Brooks came up with the idea when he was digging around for a way to have sustainable produce in Gove. “It seemed like there were quite a number of people who were worried about continuing to be able to get fresh fruit and vegetables, so that got me thinking.” He put his feelers out to see if anyone was interested in getting involved, and was surprised to see a huge show of enthusiasm for the idea. The Community Garden group’s first meeting was held recently and attended by 13 local greenthumbs, including Yirrkala Nursery manager Gareth Wise and a number of other skilled gardeners. Mr Brooks said Gareth’s skills in growing plants in the tropical climate would really come in handy. “He knows what to plant and how to plant it, and at what time of the year. “There are also other people involved in the garden that have studied horticulture.” Having people with skills such as the knowledge of how to build a garden bed that withstands the wet and dry seasons was priceless, he said. “People who know about composting, using minimal water, all sorts of stuff. “We’re really trying to make an organic, sustainable garden.” Mr Brooks said the hope was that other community groups could get involved, such as school kids, church groups, disability groups, and anyone else who might like to have a go at raising a garden. He also mentioned that a long-term goal was to have enough goods for a monthly trade market. “Once a month we might be able to do a trade market morning, where people around town can come along to the community garden, walk around the garden beds and say, ‘Look I’ll trade a dozen eggs for a couple of lettuce,’ or whatever. “Hopefully we’ll have a system that can expand throughout the community.” To get involved, join the Gove Community Garden facebook group, or call David (0416 184 726).


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Writer visits to assess Gove situation A WRITER from Townsville has started compiling information about the Gas-to-Gove and Rio Tinto refinery saga to try and take the story to a wider audience. Sharon Barnwell was in town from February 20 to 25, interviewing Rio workers, their partners, Yirrkala and Ski Beach residents and local business owners. Ms Barnwell has been interested in “discovering not only the economic effects of the closure, but also the social, health and political effects.”

“It’s not just the miners who will be impacted, but the whole town.So I want to get as many stories as possible to discover the whole scope of how a mine closure will affect everyone.” Currently working as Communications Officer at James Cook University in Townsville, the writer said another part of her research was to shine some light on what happens to mining towns during a mining operations’ disbandment. “There’s not much academic

writing about what happens to a mining town after a closure.” Her hope was also that her writings that come out of this visit - she will be putting together a long-form article from her interviews - could help keep a spotlight on the region. “With so many big workplaces closing down around the country, it’d be good to keep some attention on Gove. And it’s a pertinent time because the current Coalition Government has a policy for development in Northern Australia - so

how does Gove fit into this plan, and has it been incorporated?” Ms Barnwell, who plans to return to Gove in a year from now to assess what has changed, has also got the longer-term goal of perhaps turning the information she has compiled into a book. She is looking for as many stories as she can get about people’s experiences during Gove’s transition period; if anyone wants to share theirs, contact Sharon (0438 931 055) or sharon.barnwell@

Townsville writer Sharon Barnwell (centre) visited the region to speak with locals about what impact the refinery’s closure would have on their lives. She’s pictured here with Leroy Hood and Davis Kennedy from Beswick.

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BUFFALO living on Aboriginal land could one day be herded up for international export, the NT Government have suggested. The first shipment of Territory buffalo sailed off for Vietnam in mid-February, marking the start of a new export market for Northern Australia. Chief Minister Adam Giles said; “Down the track there would also be huge opportunities for Indigenous communities to harvest buffalo from wild herds on Aboriginal land.” It is estimated that thousands of buffalo live wild on Aboriginal land in North-Eastern Arnhem Land. Mr Giles said his government’s aim was to support Indigenous economic opportunities and foster job creation across the Territory, including the bush. “Two thirds of the World’s middle class will live in Asia by the year 2030 and this rapidly growing population urgently needs to find new, secure sources of food. “Northern Australia has a huge role to play in meeting this demand.” The NT has previously exported buffalo to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

Mississippi Blues gets a Shakedown Shakedown by Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk. Review by ANGELA MADDEN TURN up the volume on this one, Chris Russell wants to be heard. Shakedown was released in mid-2013, and is the second album from Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, following on from their self-titled debut album which was released just seven months prior after a short stint of popular live shows. Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk comprises just two musicians; Chris on guitars, vocals and general showmanship, and Dean Muller on drums. But what they lack in band members they make up for in sound; these two produce full, guitar-driven, stage-rockin’ blues. It will wake you up more than a double espresso in a cold shower. This sound is Southern-American blues put through an Australian meat-mincer. Think reverb on the vocals, passionate swaggering, woman-chasin’ blues. And it is darn good. It seems the term that this duo uses to describe their sound is ‘Mississippi Hill County Blues’, and, although I

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Atlas to preserve remote life and language Three C ’s CAFÉ AN esteemed linguist is calling for donations to help preserve endangered languages of East Arnhem Land. For the past 20 years, Dr Bentley James has been working with Crocodile Island elder Laurie Baymarrwangga, a former Senior Australian of the Year, on a trilingual atlas as a gift to give to Yolngu children. Named the Yan-nhangu Atlas and Illustrated Dictionary of the Crocodile Islands, it is hoped the book can help preserve remote languages. The donations being asked for will go towards printing costs. If costs are met, the book will be supplied to schools in the region including Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy. “We need a thousand copies for the 50 Homelands, four junior ranger programs and seven schools; Yirrkala, Nhulunbuy, Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and

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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.

Airnorth Ladies Fishing Classic this weekend.

 letters to the editor/comment Band-aid fix won’t help major casualties ANOTHER major casualty in the manufacturing sector last week, with the announcement by Alcoa that their Point Henry aluminium smelter will close in August with about 1000 jobs to go. Within two days of the announcement, Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane (who refuses to come back to Nhulunbuy) was on a plane to meet with the Victorian Premier and Mayor of Geelong to discuss assistance packages. It was Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine who stepped up to the plate with a $22m package to assist SPC Ardmona in

Shepparton, to keep its doors open and jobs for the thousands of people reliant on jobs, three weeks after the Federal government rejected assistance. Treasurer Joe Hockey told interstate media that the Government could not “resuscitate” a business, such as Alcoa, Toyota or Holden, but said there would be a “new dawn” for sacked workers. Now almost three months after Rio Tinto’s announcement, we are still waiting to see what level of assistance the NT and Federal governments are prepared to offer to help this region discover its “new dawn” and realise

the “new future for Nhulunbuy”, as described by Adam Giles in his rhetorical offering in parliament. I am confident that our town and region has a future and I am buoyed by some of the positivity I see amongst some of our hard-working locals and Taskforce members. But without a genuine financial commitment not band-aid support - to a regional structural adjustment package we will struggle to uncover that “new future”. It beggars belief that the Federal government continues to ignore the plight of this region but steps up to other com-

Every Wednesday. Nine-hole Chook Run, Gove Country Golf Club, 2.30 - 5.30pm. 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. Nine-hole Beer Run, Gove Country Golf Club, 2.30 - 5.30pm. Every Friday. TGIF Weekly Draw, in the Walkabout Tavern from 4.30pm, prizes drawn at 6.30pm. Every Friday. Jag the Joker, Arnhem Club, tickets from 5-6pm, draw 6-9pm. Every Friday. Gove Surf Club open from 4pm, great views and family atmosphere, BBQ 6-8pm. Every Friday & Saturday. Grant Pukeroa 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 Saturday. Goose Club (tickets on sale from 11.30am), and Jam Session from 1pm at the Arnhem Club. Every Tuesday. Pool Comp at the Arnhem Club, from 5.30pm.


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301 723) to his Darwin office or (02 62777780) for his Canberra office, email Senator.Scullion@ and Nigel. And don’t forget to ask him why he’s withdrawn a $10m grant to Machodo Joseph Disease (MJD) sufferers. Even his Indigenous CLP NT colleagues described it as “disgraceful”.

All the hallmarks of a lucky couple


Sat 1. Bollywood Night, Arnhem Club. LIVE MUSIC: The Diegos playing 9pm. Lots of drink specials. Sat 1-Sun 2. AirNorth Ladies Fishing Classic. Info: (0401 766 069). Fri 7. Seniors Morning Tea and Movie Screening: High Noon. 10am - 12pm, Anglicare, Lot 6, Chesterfield Ct. Sat 15. Juniors and Seniors Motocross.

munities losing their major employers. And where is Senator Nigel Scullion, who lives in Darwin, just a one-hour flight away and is supposedly a representative of and a voice for all Territorians? He spent a full two weeks in the region vying for votes in the lead up to the Federal election but is entirely absent from and silent on Nhulunbuy now. Don’t let Nigel off the hook. Phone, write to, email, send Facebook messages to Senator Nigel Scullion and ask “where the bloody hell are you, Nigel?” Call toll-free (1300

Local couple Briony Boyd and Gavin Skinner.

DESPITE her partner of nearly 20 years forgetting to get her a Valentine’s Day gift, local Briony Boyd didn’t walk away from the day empty handed. She walked into Nhulunbuy Newsagency on February 14, the international day of romance, and purchased a sweet card for her man, Gavin. Buying the card put her into the draw to win a lovely piece of jewellery, and low and behold, a week later the CareFlight nurse was contacted and returned to pick up her Valentine’s prize. She said the pair’s Valentine’s Day had begun perfectly - almost. “I surprised him with the card in the morning, before he went to work. But he had forgotten it was Valentine’s Day! He usually picks me flowers from somebody’s garden, but not this year.” Gavin laughed, insisting that his memory lapse was on purpose. “I’m saving up for a big thing, that I plan to give her soon, that’s why there was nothing then,” he claimed. The pair have been together almost 20 years, having left the town of Hawk’s Nest in NSW, after getting engaged in 1998. They took off to travel around Australia, and by the time they reached the Territory they decided to call it home, where they have since had two kids and found jobs that they both love here in Gove. Co-owner of the newsagency Judy Carter said the competition couldn’t have been won by nicer people. “It was lovely for the Nhulunbuy Newsagency to be involved in this competition, and to be able to give some prizes to our great customers.” The competition was a joint initiative between Newspower and Hallmark Cards.

Many older people too sick to retire: Report NEW research shows that the vast majority of older people still working and who have chronic health conditions are on low incomes and cannot afford to retire. The second study for National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre

(NSPAC) shows 80 per cent of those aged between 65 and 74 with ongoing health problems are earning $500 a week or less. Only two per cent earn more than $1500 a week. This is in sharp contrast to the 54

per cent in the same age group but without chronic health problems who earn $500 a week or less and the 12 per cent who earn $1500 a week or more. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said

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the new report Working beyond 65 - what’s realistic? backs up existing evidence that it’s in the interests of both governments and individuals to have older people working longer - if they are willing and able to do so.

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Families broke after phone scam By RICHARD TRUDGEN

BEFORE Christmas, 2013, I received a phone call from a Yolngu person who wanted me to make a transfer of many thousands of dollars into Asia. All the lights went on for me and, after a number of days investigating it was clear that a large phone scam was operating out of Asia, targeting Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. The scam had been going on unnoticed by the authorities for well over 12 months. Many Yolngu people have lost a lot of money and had their lives thrown in to turmoil because of it. One family is broke and had to close their store on their small community because of it. Their closest store is two hours away by fourwheel-drive. The complex scam used financial accounts of some

Yolngu individuals as central accounts in which to hide the money trail, and then transferred the money from these accounts via Western Union to the scammers in Asia. The scam includes a Balanda Australian, or someone with a strong Australian accent. They also seem to have local knowledge as to whom would be good to target in first case. This person seems to have done considerable social profiling on two or three key Yolngu families. That is they know a lot about the family and have some special story that would only be known by a handful of outsiders. So it was easy for this Balanda to gain the trust of the Yolngu involved as he knew so much about them, even their name and the names of close relatives. The scam involves advising the Yolngu people that they have large sums of money that belongs to the family - $80,000 or a million dollars - and that they will help them get the money for them. This person even uses his alleged wife and children to talk to the Yolngu as part of getting them on side. When he has their trust

he obtains bank account details including their passwords and access codes. It then seems that he uses these bank account/s to move money they have scammed off other Yolngu people to themselves somewhere in Asia. Only this Balanda Australian talks to these central account owners but he also has many other Asian workers, calling out of a call centre. These other Asians then ring other Yolngu to tell scam stories about monies won or inheritances/superannuation/government funds found. Then they tell them that they have to apply for the money or pay a fee to get it. Then they get them to put the money into one of the central Yolngu accounts above. When their trust is won the scammers also get their account numbers and passwords which they later use to rip them off. The Yolngu with the central accounts do not know that other Yolngu have been putting money into their account and so they think it is from the Balanda. At the same time this Balanda rings them up and

Get your kicks for free with sports vouchers THE cost of playing sport will once again be reduced for Gove families with $75 Sport Vouchers back in 2014. The $75 Vouchers have been available to be picked up from schools since January 28. The Vouchers are available for every enrolled, school-aged child across the region from preschool right through to Year 12 in both government and non-government schools. Under the Scheme, the $75 Sport

Voucher can be used for registration, essential equipment and uniform costs at any registered sporting club from February 1 until November 30, 2014. To find a registered sporting club in the area visit au or ask your local sporting club if they are registered with the Sport Voucher Scheme. In remote areas with limited access to sporting clubs, Sport Voucher funding will be allocated to schools to support sporting activities.

Smoking to be banned in cars with kids THE Northern Terri tory will soon be banning smoking in cars that carry children. The NT will be the last state or territory in the country to impose such regulations. Amendments are currently being drafted to the Tobacco Control Act, NT Health Minister Robyn Lambley said recently. “It’s well overdue - all other jurisdictions in Australia have such legislation in place, so the NT is finally falling into line with the rest of the country,” she told reporters in Darwin. She said in parliament that smoking is the NT’s biggest killer, with 167 preventable deaths occurring each year. Smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 16 is no longer acceptable

in a modern and healthy community, she said, and can cause considerable health problems in children such as bronchitis, asthma, and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Smoking was banned in NT bars in 2010, and non-licensed public outdoor eating and drinking was made smokefree in 2011. Ms Lambley said the fine would be around $200 and the ban would be enforced by police. “We don’t want this to just be a punitive measure,” she said. “It’s about changing people’s behaviour, stopping smoking in cars, and reducing tobacco consumption because we all know smoking kills.”

tells them that he put the money in their account and how much it was. Then he asks them to transfer the money to him by using Western Union. When the Yolngu ask why, he says that he just put the money in their account to prove that it was their account before he sends them the large amount of money. He even teaches these

Yolngu how to send the money through Western Union. The money is always sent to different people at different addresses in India and other places in Asia. I have been working with Lahyna Money Management and they have given me some help to produce programs for Yolngu Radio. I was able to get one


Many Yolngu people have lost a lot of money and had their lives thrown in to turmoil because of it.

series of radio programs produced before Christmas and get the story out. At the moment I am working on another more extensive series of programs to shed light on the issue. This is the first time many Yolngu have experienced such a thing so they have been caught out

badly. Programs broadcast on Yolngu Radio will provide information on how scams operate and how to protect themselves their families and financial details from such things. There is little doubt that this scam is happening in Aboriginal communities right across Australia.


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Gabby and Tyler Elford.

Charli and Sunny Appo. THE Town Hall was alive with the smells and sounds of the monthly markets last Saturday morning, back again for the first time in 2014. Food that can be hard to find in Gove, such as sushi and pawpaw salad, sold like hotcakes, and the hotcakes (or donuts) being sold went down a treat. For the kids there was a jumping castle, fairy floss, dagwood dogs (or New Zealand hot dogs as they were called on the day!) and plenty of other funfair activities. The Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited Art and Craft Market was this month hosted by Nhulunbuy’s hard-working crew from Rotary.

ABOVE: Marketeers Zali Norswothy and Jamie McVeigh. RIGHT: Emily, Ben and baby Louis with Haylen, Paola and Lucia. FAR RIGHT: Matt Burman photobombs Blue Douglas. BELOW: Erin Houston, Brinkley Dennerley, Vic Mastin and Matt Kidner. BOTTOM LEFT: Highland dancers from the Arafura Dance Association. BOTTOM CENTRE: Ava, Brooke and Cassidy Boja with Hayley Ridolfi. BOTTOM FAR RIGHT: Rod, Barb and Olivia Palazzi.

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Frances Gurruwiwi and Jamie Gordon. Chelsea Rowe, Jordyn Scott, Amy and Claire Norris.

Florence C and Charly T.

Kezia and Emma. Brett and Harry Parfitt selling Harry’s famous homemade jerky.

OOJAH COCKRAIGNE ROCK THE WALKABOUT A FEW drinks, mates and crazy dance moves were all on the menu last Saturday night, when rockers Oojah Cockraigne returned to town to play at the Walkabout Lodge. As well as live music, the night included market food stalls and a festival-style outdoor bar. Oojah, along with local musos Emma Marshall and DJ Wil.K tha Baddist, pumped out songs all evening that got hips shaking and the crowd calling

for more. For putting on the biggest party in town, co-owner of the Walkabout John Tourish offered a huge thank you to Gove FM, Rio Tinto, Giovenco, his staff “who busted their humps to get this happening”, the community for coming out in numbers and especially the members of Oojah Cockraigne, some of who flew in from across the country and volunteered their time to “give this gift to Gove”.

Nik and Erin Keeley with Latryce Douglas.

GOOD TIMES, GREAT COMPANY: Back row: Frances, Maree, Keith, Peter and Mita. Front: Bev and Linda. ABOVE: Oojah drummer Matt Maggs with his daughter, Maddy.

ABOVE: Jo Milne and Karina Stevenson. BELOW: Frances Dargaville chilling out with youngster Sophie Milne.

ABOVE: LIVE MUSIC STALWARTS: Gordy, Donkey and Hutch. ABOVE RIGHT: Jeremy, James, Tracey, Molly and Esther.

ABOVE: Brothers Paora and Amai Campbell. BELOW: Ranga and Beta partied like it was 1999.

Kristie Maggs and Rhi Deane.

Jackson and Graeme Dun.

ABOVE: SUPER SERVICE STAFF: Clayton, Darlene, Jan and Peter. ;EFT: Tony, Matt (aka Ricky Martin) and Donna. BELOW: The Buntan Clan celebrating Tim’s 40th birthday: Tim, Liz, Kiera, Siena and Ashlee.

Tracey Adams and Tayla Benn.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 1:30 Would I Lie To You? 2:00 At The Movies 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 6:55 Clarke And Dawe 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 The Checkout 8:30 Janet King: A Song Of Experience 9:30 The School 10:20 Lateline 10:55 The Business 11:25 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 12:10 Movie: “The Owl And The Pussycat” (M d,s) 1:45 Dalziel And Pascoe: Under Dark Stars 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 2 5:25 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:00 Brand Developers 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Movie: “The Forgotten” (M l,v) - A grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year old son is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals he was a fabric of her imagination. 2:30 National News Now 3:45 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:40 TBA 10:40 CSI: NY: Civilized Lies 11:30 Extra 12:00 The Baron 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Brand Developers 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Going To The Mat” (PG a,v) 1:30 The Daily Edition 2:30 The Chase 3:30 Seven News At 4 4:30 Deal Or No Deal 5:00 Million Dollar Minute 5:30 Seven News 6:30 Home And Away 7:30 Tricked 8:30 Young, Lazy and Driving Us Crazy - Tonight, the young and lazy discover that houses don’t clean themselves. The work placement this week is to work at a local car wash and the arrival of a party bus leads the group astray. 9:30 Botched Up Bodies 10:30 TBA 11:30 Celebrity Juice 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 2013 / 2014 8:00 Weatherwatch 8:05 World News 10:00 UCI Track World Championships 2014 12:30 Turkish News 1:00 Brides Of Khan 1:30 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2013 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 The Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mexican Fiesta With Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Gormet Farmer 8:30 Sicily Unpacked 9:35 Rectify: Plato’s Cave (M a) - Daniel begins to open up to the outside world as he adjusts to life after Death Row. 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 UEFA Champions League Highlights 11:30 Thursday FC 12:30 What Is Reality? 1:30 Public Enemy No. 1 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Janet King 2:00 The Checkout 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Games 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries - Smoke and Mirrors - Two murders take place in the space of hours and Dr Blake finds himself investigating both, the only clue linking them is a pouch of tobacco. 9:30 The Guilty - Line of Duty is a thriller that takes a probing look into modern policing and corruption. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 11:35 Hustle 12:40 Rage

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Movie: “Playing For Charlie” (M l) 2:30 National News Now 3:45 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Prestidigitation Approximation 7:30 Talking Language With Ernie Dingo 8:00 TBA 12:10 Movie: “Dog Day Afternoon” (M l,v) - The true story of a man who holds up a Brooklyn bank to raise money for his lover’s sex change operation, only to see his simple heist turn into a citywide incident. 2:30 The Avengers: Escape In Time - Secret Agent Paxton searching an opulent country house comes across five death masks of the Thyssen family through the ages, all remarkably similar. 3:30 Brand Developers 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 World’s Strictest Parents 12:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2014 3:30 Seven News At 4 4:30 Deal Or No Deal 5:00 Million Dollar Minute 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Better Homes And Gardens 8:00 TBA 10:15 TBA 11:15 That 70’s Show 11:45 Hung: I, Sandee - Tanya finds out Charlie has skipped bail, and asks Missy to help track him down. Lenore declares war on Tanya and the Wellness Centre, and Ray worries about his ability to please women - especially Jessica. 12:15 Movie: “Remember Me” (M v,s) - Jenny gets the fright of her life when her ex-husband begins contacting her after being in a psychiatric ward for nine years. 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 9:30 UCI Track World Championships 2014 1:00 The Hungry Tide 2:00 Aral: The Lost Sea 2:30 NITV News Week In Review 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 The Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Peril From The Seas 8:35 The Real White Queen And Her Rivals 9:35 As It Happened 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The Feed 11:30 Movie: “Her Whole Life Ahead Of Her” (M s,l,d,v,n) - In Italian. A philosophy graduate-turned-telemarketer’s life is turned upside down when she meets an impassioned labour union worker and divulges her company’s unfair practices to him. 1:35 Movie: “Kurt Wallender: The Revenge” (M v) 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 11:30 QI: Games 12:00 Secrets Of The Superbrands: Fashion 12:55 The Australia: Art From The Heart 1:00 Movie: “Imitation Of Life” (PG) 3:00 Flickerfest: Bee Sting 3:15 Movie: “The French Line” (G) 5:00 Koalas: Slow Life In The Fast Lane 6:00 Devil Island: Summer On Devil Island 6:30 Hello Birdy: Raptors 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Dream Build: Marimekko 7:40 Doc Martin 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case - Poirot must summon the last of his strength to confront his nemesis as he returns to Styles with Captain Hastings. 10:00 Silent Witness: The Prodigal (Part One) - After a major incident at the Dutch Embassy, Harry and Nikki are removed from the case when the Dutch decide to appoint their own pathologist. 10:00 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 11:30 Rage Guest Programmer 5:00 Rage

5:30 Children’s Programs 8:30 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:30 Danoz Direct 10:30 Discover Downunder 11:00 South Aussie With Cosi 11:30 The Middle 12:00 The Block: Fans Vs Faves 3:30 The Bottom Line 4:00 Reel Action 4:30 Your 4x4 5:00 Getaway 5:30 National News Saturday 6:30 TBA 10:30 Movie: “City Hall” (M v,l) - In the crime ridden streets of New York, a police shootout leaves innocent people dead and leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor. 12:40 Movie: “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (M h,a) - The demonic force that possessed Regan four years ago seemingly had left. However Father Lamont is instructed by the Cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, who originally exorcised Regan, only to learn the demon Pazuzu, king of evil spirits, was repossessing her. 3:05 Extra 3:35 Brand Developes 4:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo / 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Saturday Disney 8:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:30 TBA 2:00 V8 Xtra 2:30 Seven’s V8 Supercare 2014 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Seven’s V8 Supercare 2014 7:00 TBA 1:10 Hung: A Monkey Named Simian - Tanya finds out she’s not invited to Frances and Mike’s wedding. After breaking Jason’s nose, Ray steals back his clients. Meanwhile, Tanya bonds with Charlie’s sons who’ve been left in her care. 1:40 Special: Nature’s Gentleman - A look at the life of David Fleay, a naturalist who has dedicated his life to the preservation of and research into Australia’s wildlife. 2:30 Harry’s Practice 3:00 It’s Written Oceania 3:30 Home Shopping 4:30 Dr Oz: The Most Underperformed Surgery You Should Be Getting - Get answers to your health questions from Dr Oz and other leading doctors, hospitals, associations and authors.

5:00 World News 9:30 UCI Track World Championships 2014 1:30 The Russian Enigma 2:30 Gregory Crewdson 3:55 A Season At The Juillard School New York 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 A History Of Ancient Britain 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Queen Of Tigers 8:30 Living With The Amish 9:30 Movie: “Drive” (MA v) - A Hollywood stunt driver by day moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best - drive. 11:20 Movie: “Katyn” (MAV v,a) - In Polish, Russian and German. 1:30 Boob Tube: Sex, TV and Ugly George - Explores censorship and public decency on television using the example of the infamous 1970s ‘filmmaker’, Ugly George. 2:45 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage 7:30 Asia Pacific Focus 8:00 Weekend Breakfast 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Offsiders 10:30 Doc Martin 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Lowry’s Salford Then And Now 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Wagner And Me 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Preliminary Final 5:00 Midsomer Murders: The Electric Vendetta 6:30 Compass 7:00 ABC News 7:30 David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 8:40 Rake 9:40 At The Movies Awards Special 10:40 TBA 11:40 Movie: “Hotel Sahara” (PG) - Emad is the owner of a luxury hotel in a North African desert oasis during World War II. He is ready to flee, but his fiancée insists they stay. 3:00 David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 4:05 The New Inventors 4:30 Catalyst 5:00 Order In The House

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Financial Review Sunday 10:00 Sarah Shark 10:30 The Middle 11:00 Movie: “Free Willy” 1:30 2014 Intrust Supercup 3:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 4:30 RBT 5:00 South Aussie With Cosi 5:30 National News Sunday 6:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 7:10 60 Minutes 8:10 Fat Tony & Co 9:10 TBA 11:10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Better Off Dead - The CSIs dig to find the truth about how a recent shootout at a gun store might connect to a young woman who may have committed suicide. 12:00 Financial Review Sunday 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America - Sunday 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show Weekend 10:30 Dr Oz 11:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 4:30 TBA 5:00 The Great South East 5:30 Seven News 6:00 TBA 12:30 Hannibal: Potage - Determined to give Abigail closure, Will and Hannibal travel with Abigail back home to the scene of her father’s crimes. But things go from bad to worse when a copycat killer murders Abigail’s friend. 1:30 Home Shopping 2:30 NBC Today - International news and weather including interviews with newsmakers in the world of politics, business, media, entertainment and sport. 3:30 NBC Meet The Press 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News - Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta present the latest news, sport and weather from around Australia and overseas.

5:00 World News 9:30 UCI Track World Championships 2014 1:30 Play 2:30 Speedweek 4:00 2014 Superbike World Championship 4:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5:00 Wainwright Walks 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Lost Worlds 8:30 Stephen Hawking: A Brief History Of Mine 10:15 Hawking 11:55 Movie: “The Anarchist’s Wife” (M l,s,v) In Spanish and French, English Subtitles. A moving drama about the undying love and suffering of a couple affected by the Spanish Civil War over several decades. Manuela is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco’s Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. When he disappears for many years, Manuela never gives up hope of seeing him again. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Landline 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 6:55 Audrey’s Kitchen 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 Dalziel And Pascoe: The Dig 1:20 Movie: “Sudden Fear” (PG) 3:10 Movie: “The Old Dark House” (PG) 4:30 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:00 Brand Developers 10:30 Extra 11:00 The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2:30 TBA 3:30 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:00 Love Child 9:10 The 86th Annual Academy Awards 11:30 Oh Sit! A high-stakes, musical chairs competition, in which 12 thrill-seekers race head-to-head through five physically demanding obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair - all to the sounds of a live band. At the end of the hour, only one contestant will be left sitting triumphant to seize the cash prize and the title of OH SIT! champion. 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Brand Developers 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: “The Advocate’s Devil” (M a,s,v) 1:30 The Daily Edition 2:30 The Chase 3:30 Seven News At 4 4:30 Deal Or No Deal 5:00 Million Dollar Minute 5:30 Seven News 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 TBA 8:15 Revenge: Dissolution 9:15 Chicago Fire: Ambition / Retaliation 11:15 Parks and Recreation: Halloween Surprise 11:40 Dr Oz 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Sons And Daughters - Karen is desperate for money, and puts her plan into action to get Amanda to give up Todd’s inheritance. 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 6:30 UCI Track World Championships 2014 11:00 World News 1:00 Titanic: The Mission - Safety 1:55 Milos: Heartstrings 2:55 Life Is Beautiful 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Farm Fixer 5:30 Global Village 6:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Strip The City 8:35 Stephen Hawking’s Future Universe 9:30 Housos 10:00 Bendidorm Bastards 10:25 SBS World News Late 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Clown: The Season - Looking to break a slow spell, Casper and Frank decides to try skydiving. Lasse Spang Olsen, who is hired as instructor, reveals a tendency to go shirtless, which seriously unnerves Frank. 12:00 Shorts On Screen 12:35 Derren Brown: Messiah 1:35 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Four Corners 11:45 Media Watch 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Bed Of Roses 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 6:45 Little Crackers 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential 8:30 New Tricks: Gloves Off 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 The Book Club 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:35 Movie: “Black Narcisses” (G) 2:10 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Preliminary Final 5:30 Eggheads

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Movie: “Before Sunset” (M l,s) 2:30 National News Now 4:45 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Hesitation Ramification 8:40 The Big Bang Theory: The Raiders Minimization 9:10 2 Broke Girls: And The Icing On The Cake 9:40 2 Broke Girls: And The Girlfriend Experience 10:10 Two And A Half Men: Bite Me, Supreme Court 10:40 Two And A Half Men: The Squat and Hover 11:10 Weeds: Cats! Cats! Cats! 11:40 20/20 12:30 Extra 1:00 Brand Developers 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: “Past Midnight” (M v,l,s) 1:30 The Daily Edition 2:30 The Chase 3:30 Seven News At 4 4:30 Deal Or No Deal 5:00 Million Dollar Minute 5:30 Seven News 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 TBA 8:15 Winners And Losers: Fallout 9:15 Parenthood: Speaking Of Baggage / The Ring - The story of the Bravermans - Sarah, Adam, Crosby, and Julia - four grown siblings sharing the endless struggles of being good parents. 11:15 TBA 12:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Person Of Interest 2:00 The Long March To Freedom 2:55 Life Is Beautiful 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 Food Safari 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Queen Victoria’s Children 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 SBS World News Late 11:00 The Bridge: In Danish and Swedish. Gradually all the pieces to the complicated puzzle are put in place - the clues and evidence in the investigation have led the police to a man who could be the murderer. Now they wait tensely for his next move, which for Martin, who has finally managed to become reconciled with his son August, will turn out to be more personal than he ever could have imagined. 12:10 Surviving Terror 1:10 Destination Australia 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 One Plus One 11:30 Family Confidential 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Hello Birdy 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Bed Of Roses 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 6:50 The Checkout 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Spicks And Specks 9:00 The Moodys: Sean’s Day In Court 9:30 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 10:00 Would I Lie To You? 10:35 Lateline 11:35 The Business 12:30 Movie: “Touch Of Evil” (M v) 2:05 Movie: “Citizen Kane” (G) 4:00 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 5:00 Talking Heads / 5:30 Eggheads: The Lettermen

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Movie: “Dead Calm” (M v,s,a,l) 2:30 National News Now 3:45 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:10 TBA 10:10 CSI: NY: Nine Thirteen 11:05 Dallas: Guilt By Association - John Ross and Pamela make a shocking discovery about an enemy’s location the night J.R. was killed, compelling Bobby to reveal more of J.R.’s master plan. 12:00 Extra 12:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:00 Brand Developers 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 9:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” (M v,s,a) 1:30 The Daily Edition 2:30 The Chase 3:30 Seven News At 4 4:30 Deal Or No Deal 5:00 Million Dollar Minute 5:30 Seven News 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 TBA 8:15 The Blacklist: The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to help them hunt down the very men he’s spent his entire life protecting. 9:15 Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D: T.R.A.C.K.S 10:15 Defiance 11:10 Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny 11:35 Dr Oz 12:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Sons And Daughters 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean 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 6:00 My Family Feast 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve 8:35 One Born Every Minute 9:30 Lilyhammer 10:25 SBS World News Late 11:00 Movie: “The Curse Of The Golden Flower” (M v,a) - In Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. From celebrated director Zhang Yimou, and featuring superstars Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li, this is an epic tale of lust and power set in the opulent and violent world of the Tang Dynasty. The story follows the Emperor, his Empress and the tragic disintegration of their imperial family. 1:00 Movie: “Teddy Bear” (M s,l) - In Czech. Jirka, Roman and Ivan have been friends since school. Now in their midthirties and with very different lives, their friendship has still lasted. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

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PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Just showing up to work does not mean you are doing your best. Try to energize your work life by adding in some fun and developing friendships. Romance. A well-chosen compliment could brighten up your partner’s day later this week. Make sure that you wait until the right moment.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will have to be very patient with your friends this week. You may get a little irritated at times. They may realize their childishness and apologize for it. Romance. Try not to be too critical of your partner. Your judgements can be a little too harsh at times. Be kinder to others!

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


Lately, it may seem that you are outgrowing a few of your friends. This may be true. You will need to take a closer look at your friendship. Romance. A present given to you by an old partner may help you to remember this person. This would be a good time to get in touch with them.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) An encounter in an unexpected place will not disappoint you. You will be seeing this person again very shortly! Given the circumstance, you should do your best to impress them. Romance. A potential mate may disappoint you with something that they say. Don’t be too hard on them.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into. There may be hidden dangers that you are not aware of. Unfortunately, they may be unavoidable! Romance. You will be in the mood for a change this week. Everything is going well, but things certainly could be a little better.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Once you have made up your mind, it is difficult to change it. You may need to overcome this if you want to move forward. Acknowledging this will be valuable this week. Romance. A new relationship will soon be getting off the ground. You may be uncertain about your feelings for this person.


VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You will be very good at “reading between the lines” this week. Don’t miss the obvious, however. If you do, you will look silly! Romance. This will be a better time for working by yourself than for joint ventures. Be gentle with your mate when explaining that you need some time apart.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Don’t forget your own needs. You may be so concerned at looking after other people that you forget what is happening. Those who have your best interest at heart will understand. Romance. This will be the week to finally get things on the move. Take your relationship to the next level!

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SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) You need a clear, straightforward answer later in the week and a vague promise will not be enough! You will have to be persistent with this! Romance. Be careful not to smother your partner with too much attention. They may need more time to “do their own thing” than you think.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Relations with siblings may be causing a few upsets this week. There will be some issues that you may never be able to settle completely. You must accept this. Romance. Your relationship will benefit from a colleague’s advice. You need an outsider’s perspective on the current situation.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)


Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Relations with siblings may be causing a few upsets this week. There will be some issues that you may never be able to settle completely. You must accept this. Romance. Your relationship will benefit from a colleague’s advice. You need an outsider’s perspective on the current situation.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A recent change you’ve made is starting to plateau. This doesn’t have to be the reality. You can take things up a notch and keep soaring! Romance. You may be torn between two very strong feelings. It will be up to your mate to handle the situation and they don’t want to let you down.

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GET YOUR JUGS OUT AFTERNOON TEA Wendy Troe Bernice and Peter Cox Bec Muirhead Heather McGee Estelle Carter, Gove Peninsula Bakery Jill Stephens, Nutrimetics Blue Douglas Katrina Dwyer Delia Lawrie MLA

Natasha Fyles MLA Raw Cloth Cheryl O’Dwyer Susan and Tegan Stiff Sue and Hannah Devon Jo Carroll Nhulunbuy Corporation Sodexo Arnhem Club

Just over $1500 was raised for the Jane McGrath Foundation. Thanks to all who attended and gave generously. Lynne Walker MLA Member for Nhulunbuy

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Celebrating Hoge’s legacy on NT tourism LOCALS looking to throw a shrimp or two on the barbie next month have the perfect excuse to do so, as the Top End gets ready to celebrate 30 years since Paul Hogan took the NT to the world. Down the dirt track in Kakadu National Park they will be celebrating all things Crocodile Dundee with a series of themed party weekends. While this generation has experienced model Lara Bingle’s Where the Bloody Hell Are Ya? tourism campaign to promote

Australia, three decades ago Paul ‘Hoges’ Hogan invited Americans to “throw another shrimp on the barbie” to promote travel in our land down under. In 1984, Hoges told the wider world that they needed “a fairdinkum holiday in the land of wonder, the land down-under” in an ad campaign that helped bring visitors to the Territory in droves. Following this breakthrough ad came the equally breakthrough film, Crocodile Dundee, in 1986. This rose to become the

Golf scores Gove Country Golf Club competition results Week Ending February 22, 2014 Due to the wet conditions we are still playing the short course. Hopefully we’ll be back on the normal tees within the next week or so. - Bob Small, Captain. Chook Run: G Rice 23 points. Beer Run: P Kearney 23 Pts, R Bailey 20 points. Saturday Comp: 18 Hole Stableford: M Oliveira 47 points, L Pickett 45, M Majid 42, D Troughear 41, W Manager 41. Next Week’s Event: 18 Hole Stroke. Dates to Remember: May 10, Open Day Four-Person Ambrose June 7-9, Gove Gulf Open

second-highest grossing film in the US that year, and one that continues to help forge how Americans view Australia - for good or for ill. Whatever the case, it could be argued that the ad and movie were both complete successes - Australia has been a top one or two dream destination for Americans for most of the past two decades. Last year, American arrivals into Australia topped 500,000 annual visits for the first time.

Chairman of Kakadu Tourism Rex Wild has said Hoges and the Crocodile Dundee image has had a tremendous bearing on Kakadu and the wider NT. “It’s been 30 years now since the ad first saw the light of day and we had prawns converted to shrimps.” The Jabiru-based crocodileshaped Holiday Inn will be hosting two “Celebrate Hoges” weekends in March, where guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Paul

Hogan character while they revisit the Crocodile Dundee films, enjoy a complimentary shrimp entree when dining in the

Telephone and computer scam warning POLICE are warning NT residents to be wary of a telephone scam where people claim to be from an IT based company, usually Microsoft. Detective Sergeant Craig Windebank from the Computer Crime Unit said callers are obtaining personal information. “The caller will claim the victim’s computer is infected with a virus or the anti-virus

software requires updating. “The victim is convinced to allow the scammer remote access privileges to their computer after which the scammer installs some type of malware and potentially obtains the victims personal details.” Police are warning the public to be aware of this scam and if they receive such a call to report it to police (131 444). “The best advice we can give to Territorians is not to

respond to these calls. Hang up if you believe it to be a scam and inform Police.” He said that the scammers were criminals - “they act illegally and can contact you from anywhere in the world. “They rely on people being too embarrassed or ashamed to report being caught by this type of scam. If you have been caught up in this scam, or any similar circumstances, report it to police.”

Croc death sparks calls for review

LEFT: HUNTING A KILLER: Kakadu Park Ranger Fred Hunter during the recent search effort. BELOW: A police search team at Magela Creek crossing, north of Mudginberri Billabong in Kakadu National Park, on Monday, January 27.

Photos: West Arnhem Wire TRADITIONAL Owners in West Arnhem Land have called for a review on crocodile management in Kakadu National Park, after the recent death of a young boy in an attack. Mirarr Traditional Aboriginal Owners and staff of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) have called for the review around their communities in response to increasing numbers and safety concerns. GAC Chief Executive Officer Justin O’Brien said: “People have been swimming in these waterways for tens of thousands of years. “Adults in the community have memories of swimming happily in these waterways. “For the past 30 years many Traditional Owners have been saying there are too many crocs and that the numbers need to be managed. “Kakadu has been managed by the Federal Government for 30 years, whereas Mirarr and other Traditional Owners have managed this land for tens of thousands of years. “Their knowledge and experience must be heeded.” These calls came after a 12-year-old boy was killed in crocodile attack on Sunday, January 26, near the town of Jabiru. One of his friends, a 15-year-old, was also bitten on the arm during the swift attack at the Mudginberri Billabong. Jabiru Police Sergeant Stephen Constable said five kids had been swimming near the water’s edge at Mudginberri when the crocodile struck shortly before 2pm. “One boy was bitten on the arm and fought off the crocodile,” Sgt Constable said. The croc then attacked another boy, dragging him underwater. Jabiru Police, NT Water Police, Parks Australia, Kakadu Park Rangers, Fisheries NT and a Tactical Response Group searched the area for two-days, 20km from Jabiru. A helicopter joined two air boats and five dinghies in the search. Police said in a statement released on Tuesday, January 28, that they had located evidence within the search area indicating the boy has died from the crocodile attack. Mirarr praised the rapid response of local police and Parks authorities, and expressed their condolences to the boy’s family.

restaurant, receive a crocodilethemed gift pack or have a breakfast that might even include croc sangers.

CLASSIFIEDS NJL is a successful not-for-profit community based organisation which is originally Tasmanian based with offices in Launceston, Burnie and across the states of Northern Territory in Darwin, Queensland in Cairns and South Australia in Adelaide. We are seeking to employ a local Full Time Youth Connections Consultant for the Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala Communities. We are flexible on hours depending on your availability and also flexible on when you can commence into this role. Our Youth Connections Consultants work with disengaged youth and local Community organisations to assist and support them to become reengaged in education, training or employment (a contract funded by the Department of Education). To be successful in this role it would be good if you have experience in working with youth or students and have knowledge about stakeholders and community groups who can be part of a collaborative effort to support local young people. You should be resourceful and empathetic in your approach to teenagers, capable of working alone and as part of a team. You will need a current drivers license, own accommodation and access to a vehicle to undertake this role. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role or find out more please email: or speak to Antanella Kyle 0408 184 496 or Julie Boughton – NT Manager 0418 594 425. All enquiries will be treated with confidentiality.


Required for busy maintenance facility. Prefer someone with experience in laundry equipment, autoclaves, sterilisers, Air Handling Units, pumps, pulleys, hydraulics etc. Boiler experience highly desirable. Must have: Relevant trade papers At least 5 years post trade experience Own tools Current drivers licence Positive friendly attitude All enquiries to: Ms Jodi Fisher, Administration Manager Airducter, Phone (08) 8984 4885 or Email Arafura Times

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COMMUNITY RECENT school graduate BINTANG DALY spent a week in Canberra earlier this month, after winning an expenses-paid trip to the capital to share his life story. He was one of just 40 young people from regional and rural areas across Australia picked to take part in the event, called the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Below is Bintang’s winning entry into the competition.

My journey from an Indonesian village to becoming a surf lifesaver in Arnhem Land By BINTANG DALY I WAS born in a small village on Indonesia’s biggest island, Java. Life was very hard for my Mum, my sister and I. We felt there was no future for us, since my Dad got into trouble with the cops and was forced to leave us. But then came the biggest turning point of my life. My mum met an Australian man and they fell in love. My new Dad, Chris, was only young when he adopted me and my sister Bulan. And although he’s not my biological father, and from a different country and culture, he is the best Dad you could ask for. When I first met him, I didn’t know how to speak English at all. But Chris taught me, word

through the Club, friends that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I patrol the beach on Sundays when it’s my team’s turn. Apart from having to keep watch for crocodiles, I love being on patrol and enjoying the beaches around Nhulunbuy. Life savers have to be aware of what’s happening around them. And they have to have good relationships in the community. Surf lifesaving has kept me fit and healthy and has also equipped me with the life skills that I need for the future. Thank you to my family, my Mum and Dad, and my friends, who make Nhulunbuy a great place. I love everything about this town, especially the Surf Club.

by word! After three years, he decided to bring us to Australia. I was so scared and nervous, not knowing what to expect. Bintang Daly, a 10-yearold boy from a small village in Java was going to Australia. And not just anywhere in Australia, but the mining town of Nhulunbuy - located at the top most part of the NT, in East Arnhem Land. At first it was difficult to make friends because of the language barrier and it was a bit of a culture shock. And I was shy and didn’t play any sport. But things immediately started to get better when I joined the Gove Peninsula Surf Club. I started as a nipper and am now a patrol member. I’ve made so many friends

Competition winner Bintang Daly, on the left, loving life as a lifesaver in Gove. 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 Belinda Verrall E:

Nhulunbuy Toy Library Contact: President Jamie McVeigh M: 0458 034 402 Lodge Arafura Contact: Secretary P: 0418 831 120 or 0437 272 210

Arnhem Early Learning Centre Contact: Director 8987 1004 E:

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

Arnhem Gun Club Contact: President, Grub Stevens E:

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

Arnhem Land Bowls Club Contact: Secretary Lisa Pullen P: 0418 609 807 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:

Contact: Ian Maclean P: 0417 601 490 E: Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club Contact: Chris Putland P: 8987 8083 Gove Peninsula Tennis Club Contact: Nicky Mayer P: 8987 2640 Gove Touch Footy Contact: Victoria Mastin E: Gove Volleyball Assoc. Contact: Fred Rowe - Pres P: 0417 080 579 E:

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

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

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

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

Gove Junior Football Club Contact: David Hill P: 0438 861 599 Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club Contact: Ian Shepherd P: 0412 892 703 Nhulunbuy Child Care Services Inc.

Gove Peninsula Festival

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

RSPCA: Contact: RSPCA Volunteer P: 0437 526 502

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

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Fri 28

Time 0430 1129 1826 2338

Time 0548 1249 1942

Time 0107 0706 1402 2039

Ht 3.06 1.07 2.53 1.74

Ht 3.11 0.95 2.69

Sat 01 Ht 1.64 3.23 0.81 2.88

Time 0224 0817 1501 2125


Ht 1.46 3.39 0.69 3.06

Sun 02

Mon 03

Tue 04

Time 0322 0916 1552 2205

Time 0411 1006 1636 2241

Time 0455 1050 1716 2315

Ht 1.25 3.52 0.62 3.20

Ht 1.07 3.57 0.63 3.30

Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Group Leader E:

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Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga Hala Tupou – Ph: 8987 3553 Nhulunbuy Baptist Church Sundays 9.30am at Town Hall – Ph: 8987 1256 Uniting Church: Sunday Service 9.30am Hazel Trudgen – Ph: 8987 3545 Mobile 0413 536 877 Forward in Faith Ministries Sunday: 10am – 12.30pm. Endeavour Room at the Captain Cook Community Centre. Ph: 0434 059611 or 8987 8268. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Brother Forbes 0428 767 616 – Sunday 10am.



W/E Feb 16 W/E Feb 16 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

Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie, P: 8987 1272

Monday 10/02 Tuesday 11/02


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

Wednesday 12/02


Thursday 13/02


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

Friday 14/02


Saturday 15/02 Sunday 16/02

T.S. Melville Naval Cadet Training Contact: Grahame Deppeler P: 0439 033 688


Ht 0.93 3.53 0.69 3.35

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

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

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

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Wed 26

Church services

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Vigil Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday Service 8.30am OASIS Christian Assembly Pastor Phil Sampson – Ph: 8987 1522 / 8987 1369

Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005

Nhulunbuy Motorcycle Club Contact: Pete McKormack P: 0447 801 141

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

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Dan Wagg P: 0409 679 938 Northern Territory Emergency Service P: 0427 392 264

8EAR Community Radio (Gove FM) Contact: Angela Madden P: 8987 1500 E:

Gove Golden Oldies Contact: Ria Ngamoki P: 8987 3530

Contact: Maria Akapita (Director) P: 8987 3311 F: 8987 3097 E:





































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

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Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 17 32.1 25.2 5.0 Tuesday 18 32.8 25.2 10.6 Wednesday 19 31.4 24.0 23.7 Thursday 20 32.8 23.9 TCE Friday 21 32.5 22.4 19.6 Saturday 22 32.3 25.0 0.0 Sunday 23 32.0 24.4 0.0 Monthly total rainfall to date: 219mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Feb 17 to Sunday, Feb 23

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1008.2 hPa on Friday Min: 1002.6 hPa on Monday Averages for the month of February Max temp: 31.5 Min temp: 24.5 Rainfall: 278.7 mm


Climbing crocs survey territory from above From Australian Geographic WHEN it comes to avoiding a potentially fatal croc encounter in Australia’s Top End, most people would have their eyes on the water but have you ever thought to look up? Crocodiles are already known for impressive speed and agility around the water, but a new study published this week shows they are also capable of climbing trees. “Nobody who has ever witnessed a freshwater crocodile run in a galloping gait would ever suspect them capable of such agility [in the trees], yet they are skilled at it,” says Dr Adam Britton, study co-author at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, NT.

Climbing abilities vary by species and also by size. Small, lightweight crocs, primarily juveniles less than 1.5m long, are able to reach the highest branches, while larger individuals are usually found on lower perches, no more than a metre above the water. Australia’s freshwater crocodile can climb steep slopes, such as those along riverbanks, which saltwater crocodiles would have more trouble with. “Hatchlings of both species...can even climb vertical brickwork, which is the cause of occasional crocodile farm escapes,” Adam told Australian Geographic. Crocodiles climb to survey territory

Crocodiles basking in trees The research, led by Dr Vladimir Dinets at the University of Tennessee in the USA, is the first to focus on climbing behaviours of crocodilians, a group also including alligators, caimans and gharials. The scientists confirmed that four different crocodile species - found in Australia, Africa and the Americas - are all able to climb, some as high as 4m, where they were observed basking in trees.

In addition to basking in the sun, wild reptiles may be using the perches to survey their territory. He argues that “crocs may be gaining height for surveillance purposes to look for predators, prey and other crocodiles that are competitors.” People have little to worry about regarding attacks from above, though. In most cases, particularly during the day, the researchers found that the crocs were skittish and would rapidly slide off branches into the water when

Surprising research reveals four crocodiles species can climb high into trees. approached. Professor Grahame Webb, a biologist The finding may have implications and founder of Crocodylus Park in for the study of extinct animals from Darwin, says the findings are intriguing, fossils, as little about the skeletons of but adds that he’s never seen any saltwater living crocodiles suggests that they have or freshwater crocodiles climbing trees in climbing ability. the way goannas and iguanas do. Dr Paul Willis, director of the Royal “I have difficulty even imagining a Institute of Australia, in Adelaide, is a crocodile several metres up in a man- palaeontologist who published research on the possibility of extinct tree-dwelling grove,” he says. Clues from extinct crocodiles crocodiles in the 1990s. He says that the

Pelicans like fish out of water in remote NT

A pelican spotted down near the Kulgera Roadhouse, about 20km from the South Australian border. Photo courtesy: Julie Smith. ALTHOUGH Gove got its fair share of rain this wet season, the Territory’s Red Centre is often known to be much drier. That’s why it seemed odd when pelicans were recently sighted out in desert country after a dump of big rains recently. The normally coastal birds are known to regularly migrate through inland parts of the NT, but it is not common for them to stop in such dry climates for a long time. Zoologist Mark Carter has told media there was plenty of food for them after heavy inland rains. “When water does arrive in the outback, as we know, the desert springs to life,” he said.

“That includes the fish. “You can have a real, sudden explosion in fish numbers and the pelicans are well-tuned to coming in and taking advantage of that.” Mr Carter has said the Australian pelican was well adapted to making the most of big rain events. “You do see them occasionally but you can go years between sightings,” he said. “What seems to be happening is that small groups of pelicans fairly regularly pass over central Australia.” He said if conditions looked good, the birds would swing in and stick around for a little while.

idea was met with bemusement at the time, so the new finding is a pleasant surprise. “I was tickled to see new research addressing the possibility that now-extinct crocodile species could climb,” he says. Adam agrees that the study “reminds us that living creatures may use their physical structures in surprising ways” expanding our thinking about...the capabilities of extinct species.”

Why did the purple chicken cross the road? IF locals have recently seen what looks like a purple chicken venturing forth from the cover of reeds with a very fluffy shadow, chances are you’ve spotted a Purple Swamphen and its chick. Watch out for these buddies trying to make a mad dash across the road. The search for water brings Purple Swamphens close to roads, as they are attracted to roadside ditches and drains as they are a great source of water and food. CEO of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

Purple Swamphen. Photo: Leo Berzins.

Susanna Bradshaw asked residents to slow down this month when driving, particularly after rains when Purple Swamphens may be crossing. “As well as on the roadside, you’ll spot Purple Swamphens and their scruffy, strange-looking chicks around the nearest waterway,” Ms Bradshaw said. “Watch Purple Swamphens flicking their tails and grazing near swamps, and marshes. “These places offer swamphens the best areas to find food, build nests for breeding, and seek protection from danger.”

You can tell a Purple Swamphen by its distinctive red bill and forehead shield, red eyes and deep blue head and breast. In bright sunlight the plumage shines with an intense blue sheen. Their long reddish legs with long slender unwebbed toes help them walk and feed in shallow water. Purple Swamphens can breed at any time of year, though some think August to February is particularly popular, so keep an eye out for Purple Swamphen chicks around now.

Purple Swamphen and her chick.

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‘Written on the wind’ WHEN the dry easterly wind blows across the Top End, it is Midawarr (end of the wet season). It is time to look for mud mussels and shellfish; it is the time when turtles lay their eggs; it is time to pick root foods - water lily bulbs and yams. These are the environmental cues the Gäwa community has used for countless generations. Now a seasonal calendar called Gurruwilyun Yolngu seasons - Gäwa - the changing seasons in east Arnhemland has been launched as part of a collaborative project by Charles Darwin University. Kathy Guthadjaka, also known as Gotha, is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small homeland community on Elcho Island in North-East Arnhem Land. Working as an educator since the mid-1960s, her research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and ceremony. Warramiri, the language spoken in Gäwa, is endangered. A Senior Research Fellow at The Northern

Institute, Ms Guthadjaka said the calendar was a holistic concept whereby the educators who used it could remember whatever they needed at any time of the year. “It is important to record traditional knowledge about what is good bush tucker at different times of the year, when certain plants fruit and what to look for when hunting. “It is also a record of ‘songlines’ and medicinal plants.” She said traditional knowledge could best be described as a “big tree” with interlinking stories. On the surface the trunk, branches and leaves were the current generation growing in their learning of knowledge, while the roots underneath held the memories and dreamtime stories of the elders that supported the transfer of knowledge. “We built the calendar as a community, working together to identify plants, write stories and take photographs. We can preserve the language and teach the kids at the same time.”

Researchers KATHY GUTHADJAKA and TREVOR VAN WEEREN have developed a new tool for the next generation of Indigenous story-tellers in East Arnhem Land Story by: Leanne Coleman Images: Colin Baker Article republished courtesy of Origins magazine, Charles Darwin University. A cross-disciplinary researcher at The Northern Institute who also runs design company Merri Creek Productions, Trevor van Weeren, has been involved with Indigenous communities in North and East Arnhem Land since the late 1980s. He has worked with Ms Guthadjaka on several language projects and helped to develop the calendar concept with the Gäwa school children and community members. “Gotha wanted to develop a curriculum for the school around the seasons,” Mr van Weeren said. “The calendar would represent one small part of the knowledge to be passed on to the next generation at the community school.” The calendar is the first piece in a series of digital tools Ms Guthadjaka plans to develop as educational resources.

“Gotha wants to bring Warramiri, her endangered language, back into use by the next generation, using new and rich technology. We are now making videos with the school children.” The calendar is being used as a basis of curriculum background in the Gäwa school. “This has the effect of keeping the school and broader Yolngu community in tune with each other,” Ms Guthadjaka said. “Seasons play an important role in the education of our children. “The names of the seasons represent a set of things that happen together,” she said. The calendar (see photo) is based on wind direction throughout the year. It was a collaborative effort by CDU and Merri Creek Productions. Visit:

ABOVE: Kathy Guthadjaka. BELOW: Trevor Van Weeren.

ABOVE: Children know from a young age when different foods are in season. They are also taught to avoid danger. BELOW: Good bush tucker.

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Sports reports deadline is 10.30am, Monday prior to publication

Fishers lured out for a wild weekend

JUST how does someone lure ten teams of Goveites out on to the water on a windy weekend? Easy - just get them involved in Gove Tackle World and Outdoors’ popular annual Billfish Lure Challenge. This year the tournament, held over the weekend of February 15 and 16, saw fishers enjoy hearty competition in what was sometimes difficult weather conditions. The rules were that teams were awarded points for tag-pole contact on fish, and released captured on a skirted Billfish Lure.

There were approximately 15 bills raised over the weekend, and four tagged during the competition. One of the organisers of the competition, Gove Tackle World co-owner Jeff Murray, managed to take out his own tournament, winning with his team ‘Shikari’. ‘Shikari’ took the honours after a last minute catch put them higher in the point tally than other teams, due to their having entered the competition fishing in a lighter line class of 10kg. All other teams in the competi-

tion fished a line class of 15kg, meaning they didn’t get as many points for each catch. As far as the weather went, Jeff said; “Conditions were good until Sunday, when it turned.” He said while many chose not to hit the water during the blustery conditions, he said “for those who persevered, it paid off”. Gove Tackle World owners Jeff and wife Kelly put out a huge thank you to sponsors Pakula Tackle, Shimano and Arafura Meats, as well as to Gove Boat Club for supplying the venue for

their base. “And a big thank you to all those who participated this year we hope we can all enjoy the same competition next year.” The tournament was won by team ‘Shikari’ of Jeff Murray, Glen Rogers and Mark Rawles. Runners-up were the ‘FrontYa r d e r s ’ , f e a t u r i n g C h r i s Andrews, Colin Stiff, Derek Windsor and Alka Stevenson. The Meritorious Award for biggest billfish caught went to Dave Russell for his 85kg whopper.

ABOVE: Meritorious Award winner Dave Russell enjoying the sight of his 85kg monster. RIGHT: Fisher Mark Rawles holds the winning fish of the lighter line class. BELOW: Dave Russell winning the Meritorious Award.

WINNERS: Mark Rawles, Jeff Murray and Glen Rogers.

SECOND PLACE: Chris Andrews, Alka Stevenson, Derek Windsor and Colin Stiff (with Jeff Murray).

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