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Rain no dampener for Australia Day celebrations By MARJO HALLOWELL

RAIN and winds may have dampened the celebrations but nothing could deter Australians from celebrating their national day. With the cancellation of the annual Australia Day fun run and activities at the pool, the Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited put on some family movies at the town hall. The official ceremony was set down for 5pm and Djawa Yunupingu gave the Australia Day address. Mr Yunupingu said it was a day to reflect what we had achieved. “On January 26, 11 ships from Great Britain arrived. They were the first boat people in the eyes of the Yolngu. “We have come a long way from then to now.” He said this was a time to reflect on the nation’s history making it a better place and we needed to build on the ongoing success. He said the agreement signed between the Traditional Owners and the mining company on May 26 last year signifies moving forward in the relationship between balanda (white people) and Yolngu. “It will and has developed partnerships and has also shown us shortfalls.” He said the timber, cattle, furniture and fishing industries were being built up in the area and a transitional school was in the process of being built. There was a housing construction programme over the next two years which would go towards alleviating overcrowding. “We need to make this a safer place to live, play and work. “Yolngu and balanda may have different cultures but we are all Australian and we celebrate this with family and friends.” The Nhulunbuy Citizen of the year was then announced. Chris Putland was the winner and Ian ‘Conno’ Constantine and Ian Maclean were the other nominees. This year there were no nominations received for Junior Citizen of the Year or Event of the Year. As well as the celebrations on Australia Day there were also events on the night before. These included the trivia night at the Walkabout Lodge which the Rotary Club of Nhulunbuy ran for the NCL and also a rugby game at Hindle Oval. The iron man competition had some interesting events. The Golf Club hosted an Australia Day ambrose event (see sport) and the Gove Boat Club hosted a barbecue and novelty events as well THIRS as an afternoon of entertainment. Many barbecues were held throughout the town focusing on the Australia Day theme. For more coverage see pages 2-3 & 10-11 >>

Ian Jovicic dishes out the rissoles at an Australia Day barbecue.

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Left to right are Melanie and Jenny Glover (Jenny is a RSPCA volunteer) Bev Goodchild, Rob Stewart (Gove FM) and Jeff Murray (GTO). GOVE FM would like to extend a huge and enormous congratulations to Bev Goodchild - Gove’s Big Beaut Aussie Legend inaugural 2012 recipient. For all of her hard work Bev has been recognised and rewarded with a $500 Gove Tackleworld & Outdoors voucher and a you beaut trophy. The Big Beaut Aussie Legend award was the idea of Gove FM’s Rob Stewart who thought not only was it good idea to recognise a great Nhulunbuy local on Australia Day but it would also be a great idea to reward them with a great prize and trophy. Rob approached Jeff Murray from GTO and he was more than happy to help Gove FM

to support the Big Beaut Aussie Legend award. There were over a dozen locals nominated and from those nominated a shortlist was drawn up for the judges to deliberate over and determine the ultimate local legend. On the shortlist were the following nominations: Bev Wheeler, Linda Alexander, Bev Goodchild, Jon Reagan and Al Fanning. After much deliberation it was whole heartedly agreed to award Bev. For those not familiar with Bev’s work she puts so much of her time in to this town through RSPCA but she also helps the Corporation by picking up dogs and cats that people have found and has started a dog park and is trying to get a new cattery built. She has brought in trainers so

people can better understand how to handle animals and has turned the RSPCA from being just about broke to finally having some money. Bev is called by people in our community for help literally every day, even Christmas day, at all hours of the day and night, and she is always there to help. Bev is definately one of the the hardest working volunteers and a very deserving recipient of the inaugural 2012 Big Beaut Aussie Legend Award. Gove FM would like to again congratulate Bev Goodchild and thank all those locals who nominated and were nominees. Big thanks also should be extended to Jeff and Kelly Murray and all the crew of Gove Tackleworld and Outdoors.

Australia Day honours for Kakadu ranger THE Australia Day honours were announced last week and a senior elder from West Arnhem Land received an AM - Member of the Order of Australia. Jeffrey Lee received his award for service to conservation and the environment in the Northern Territory particularly through advocacy roles for the inclusion of the Djok Gundjeihmi country as a World Heritage area within

Kakadu National Park. Mr Lee is a senior elder and sole remaining member of the Djok (Gundjeihmi) Clan. As the traditional owner and custodian of the land that encompasses the Koongarra uranium deposit Mr Lee decided not to allow the land to be mined. Despite the overtures of commercial interests he offered the land to the Federal Government

for incorporation into Kakadu National Park. The Koongarra area was added to the Kakadu World Heritage Area by the World Heritage Committee on June 27 last year in recognition of its outstanding natural and cultural values. The 1228 hectare Koongarra area was excluded from Kakadu National Park’s original boundaries in 1979 because of

its potential uranium resources although no mineral exploration or mining rights were ever granted. Koongarra has strong cultural importance to the traditional owners who do not want to see Koongarra mined and wanted the area added to the National Park and the World Heritage Area. Mr Lee is a Ranger at Kakadu National Park.

New citizens take the oath Town Administrator, Dr Ross Theedom with new citizens Arbore Beha, Sarel Meintjes, Kritsada Phalaphon and Emy Silos Roiall. Sarel Meintjes came to Australia six years ago and BY MARJO HALLOWELL likes it here so much he decided to make it permanent and FOUR new citizens took their oath at the Australia Day became a citizen. Kritsada Phalaphon has also been here for six years and celebration last week. They came from Asia, Africa and Europe and are all said Australia provided more opportunities than his native Thailand. proud to now be able to call Australia home. Emy Silos Roiall came to Australia six years ago from Across the nation Australia Day is a day for mass citizenship ceremonies when new citizens make the commitment the Phillipines and said she simply loves it here so has taken the oath to become an Australian. to be loyal to their new home. Nhulunbuy Corporation Town Administrator, Ross Arbnore Beha has been in Australia for four years originally coming from Kosova and said she married here Theedom, said they had all made a commitment to their new country and welcomed them as new citizens of Australia. so wanted to become a citizen.

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Australian Senior Citizen of the Year from East Arnhem In the 1960s, Laurie established a housing project on her homelands that has benefited generations. Speaking no English, with no access to funding, resources or expertise, she initiated the Yan-nhangu dictionary project. Her cultural maintenance projects include the Crocodile Islands Rangers, a junior rangers group and an online Yan-nhangu dictionary for school children. In 2010, after a struggle stretching back to 1945, she finally received back payments for rents owed to her as the land and sea owner of her father’s estate. The great-great-grandmother donated it all, around $400,000, to improve education and employment opportunities on the island and to establish a 1,000 square kilometre turtle sanctuary on her marine estate. “My name, the names of these places, the languages of these islands were ... given to us by the ancestors,” she said in a video presentation. “I have made a school ... a homeland for

Chris Putland a popular choice as Nhulunbuy’s top citizen on Australia Day

the children.” Acting Chief Minister, Delia Lawrie, congratulated Ms Baymarrwangga on being named 2012 Senior Australian of the year. “I congratulate Laurie Baymarrwangga on her Award, which is recognition of an extraordinary life contributing to her people, the Territory and Australia,” Ms Lawrie said. “Laurie has devoted her long life to the preservation of culture and biodiversity in her home country, the Crocodile Islands. “All Territorians, young and old, should be proud of this amazing woman and what she has achieved. “On this day when Australians come together to celebrate our great nation, it is fantastic that Territorians can reflect upon a living legend in our own community,” Ms Lawrie said. On the NAILSMA website it states: On hearing of her awards she thanked all those people who have supported her vision of indigenous management of sea country

saying: “Nhangu dhangany yuwalkthana bayngu bulanggitj Yolngu mitji marnggimana dhana gayangamana mayili mana dhangany wanggalangabu mana limalama ganatjirri wulumba (maramba)”. “We continue to pass on the stories of our land and sea country for the good of new generations”. Recently she also received a Special Commendation in the NT Research and Innovation Award. Yan-nhangu is her main language and she is fluent in Dhuwal, Burrarra and Ganalbinya and also speaks Gumatj and Gunwinygu making English her fifth or sixth spoken language. Acclaimed actor Geoffrey Rush is the Australian of the Year, and New South Wales foster carer Lynne Sawyers is Australia’s Local Hero. Victoria’s Marita Cheng, who is educating and inspiring girls so they can pursue careers in engineering, is The Young Australian of the Year.

ARE YOU A NEW MIGRANT WHO NEEDS TO LEARN ENGLISH? You can study English at Charles Darwin University’s Nhulunbuy centre. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) offers free English classes to eligible students. Distance learning is also available. Classes start: Tuesday 31st January 2012 For more information or to enrol: T. 8986 8600 or Freecall 1800 019 119 The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Chris Putland with local Member for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker.


THE Senior Australian of the Year 2012 has been named as East Arnhem elder Laurie Baymarrwangga. This extraordinary elder from the island of Murrungga (Crocodile Islands) near Milinginbi who is now in her 90s was unable to travel and attend the ceremony in Canberra where Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement last week. Ms Baymarrwangga has shown an outstanding commitment to maintaining her culture, the environment of her beloved Crocodile Islands and ensuring younger generations continue to keep their heritage alive. During her lifetime, she has seen the arrival of missionaries, exploitation by Japanese and European fishermen, war and tumultuous change. Undaunted, she has almost single-handedly nurtured the inter-generational transmission of local ecological knowledge through a lifelong commitment to caring for kin, culture and country.

By MARJO HALLOWELL THE announcement of Nhulunbuy Citizen of the Year was greeted with huge cheers from the audience at the official Australia Day Ceremony. Chris Putland seemed taken aback and almost lost for words when he was announced as this year’s recipient. Always willing to put in the effort needed for many community events it was an award that was well deserved, and all nominees also display these qualities. Ian “Conno” Constantine and Ian MacLean were the two other nominees and Mr Putland acknowledged them for their contributions to the community. Mr Putland said he felt humbled and honoured. During his acceptance speech he was brief and said: “Nhulunbuy is about the community and we all work together to make things happen. I encourage others to get up and get actively involved with different groups in the community. This is the celebration of 40 years in Nhulunbuy and promises to be a great year especially if residents all get involved.” He jokingly said he took offence at the commentator’s comments of ‘in his younger days’ as he considered he was ‘still in my younger days’. Mr Putland is a stalwart of the Nhulunbuy Lifesavers and is currently the President. He has been actively involved in working with the committee and members to ensure it is a strong and club and continues to prosper. It ensures the safety of swimmers during the dry and is also a social hub with members and guests attending the regular Friday night barbecues. Whenever there is a job to be done he can be seen among the volunteers and works tirelessly for the community. He has been involved in activities at the high schools where he served on the Council for nine years. He has worked with the Variety group, East Arnhem Rugby Union, Relay for Life, debutante balls, and trivia nights. There would not be many people in Gove who have not met or at least seen Mr Putland at one function or another, usually behind the scenes getting the job done. Living in a community such as Nhulunbuy Mr Putland epitomises what it means to be part of such a community. He believes we can all make a difference and he definitely leads by example.

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Tide high in Gove

Nathan Nunn took this shot at high tide at East Woody.

The high tides last Wednesday and Thursday covered the wharf in Gove.

LAST week the high tide of 3.44m saw the wharf covered on both Wednesday and Thursday. Some ventured out to try their hand at fishing but on Thursday torrential rain arrived just as the tide rose. The Bureau of Meteorology advised that the rainfall for the 24hrs from Thursday 9am at Gove

airport was only 16mm despite the wharf getting much more. The highest wind gust was 52km/h at 11.12am and the highest sustained wind was 43km/h also at 11.12am. These photos were taken at high tide on Thursday at 10.34am at just before the the rain started.

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By PAUL AUGUSTINE DHIMURRU Aboriginal Corporation has officially closed the Latram River ( Wathawuy) recreational area until further notice with a warning that crocodiles are moving upstream at this time so residents need to be aware of the dangers.

As mentioned in a previous article in the Arafura Times on January 18 this action is to prevent further damage during the wet to the tracks that have been repaired within the last six months by Levai Civil Engineering. This is the first time the Latram has been closed for the wet season

and it has been long overdue as many may have noticed the bare earth eroded gullies on site. Dhimurru rangers have installed barrier fencing and bollards to protect the fragile environments and to prepare the areas that will be rehabilitated in the coming months and years. Rangers will be planting native species from the local area to repair years of erosion. Rangers will also be installing barbecues and tables within these areas. All this effort by Dhimurru will someday bring this area to its former glory and provide shade and aesthetics for all the community to enjoy. Dhimurru apologises for the inconvenience, however, there are plenty of other general permit recreational areas that are open. We thank you for your co-operation at this time and this closure will benefit your camping experience once the dry season arrives around April/May. Please do not hesitate to call into our office or phone the permits officer on 8939 2700 if you have any questions regarding access to Dhimurru’s Designated Recreation Areas, conditions of tracks within the IPA, or if you can provide feedback on track conditions yourself. Dhimurru also appreciate any feedback on the condition of all recreational areas like trees down, unclean toilets or vandalism so we can act promptly on any tasks that need to be done.

Administrator appointed for Laynhapuy THE Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, appointed a special administrator to support the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (Laynhapuy) last Monday, January 23. The directors of the corporation approached the Registrar to request the appointment shortly after transferring their registration to the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) on January 12. Mr Gerry Mier of KPMG has been appointed as special administrator. The corporation provides essential services to almost 1500 Yolngu people in 25 homelands and outstations across north-east Arnhem Land. “I welcome the registration of Laynhapuy with my office and look forward to working closely with the

special administrator and members of the corporation to strengthen the governance of this iconic corporation,’ Mr Beven said. On December 6, 2011, the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin MP and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon MP, announced the release of funds to Laynhapuy to address governance, administration and financial issues. The Registrar will pay the fees of the special administrator. Placing a corporation under special administration is a unique power under the CATSI Act. The aim is to help corporations work through difficult circumstances and return stronger corporations back to the control of members as soon as possible.


Grog runners cars seized by police THE Northern Territory Police have seized two vehicles in separate incidents in Arnhem Land over the weekend of January 21-22. Bulman Police set up a roadblock south of the community in the early hours of Sunday after receiving information from the public that people were coming into town with liquor and cannabis. Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Littman from the Arnhem and Western Division of Northern Command said the information received highlighted that positive community engagement was getting results. “The residents of these communities do not want these illicit substances in their town, nor do they want the antisocial behaviour that often comes with

it,” he said. A Mitsubishi Pajero was stopped by police at the roadblock. A search was later conducted during which a small amount of cannabis and three bottles of spirits were located and seized. A number of persons were apprehended in relation to liquor and drug offences. Two persons will appear in court at a later time, two persons were issued infringement notices and one person received a caution. The vehicle was also seized. On Saturday evening, while Minyerri Police were conducting a RBT on the side of the Roper Highway, a Holden Barina failed to stop when requested to do so. Police followed the vehicle a further kilometre and a half before the driver

Time to slow down for kids AS school resumes it is an opportune time to remind residents the school speed zones will again apply. With many new residents arriving in town some may not have noted the 40km/h zonss apply around all school areas and these also include pre-schools. Throughout Australia most people are aware that speed zones around schools have been reduced to 40km/h to ensure the safety of children but unlike the southern states, where they have restricted times for which the limit applies in the morning and in the afternoon, the limit in Gove is from 7am until 5pm inclusive. This time frame applies throughout the NT. There are no flashing lights to remind drivers the limit applies and police will be enforcing speed limits.

Kava seized in Maningrida MANINGRIDA Police supported by Katherine Detectives and Officers from Operation Stinger have netted significant results in the battle against drug offending, property crime and domestic violence in the community. Over six days last week, the Katherine-based Operation Stinger expanded to target offending in Maningrida. “The Maningrida portion of the operation was conducted in two phases,” said Superintendent Brent Warren. “Phase one concentrated on property crime by clearing up a number of unlawful entries. Phase two targeted offenders with outstanding warrants as well as monitoring the compliance of domestic violence and reportable offenders in the community.” “Overall the results were encouraging for police. In the first phase seven people were arrested for offences including aggravated unlawful entry, stealing, robbery and criminal damage.” “In the second phase a further 10 people were arrested on outstanding warrants while a search warrant lead to the seizure of two kilograms of kava and $1905. One person was summonsed for offences including possessing and supplying kava in an Aboriginal community.”

pulled over. A search of the vehicle uncovered 40 cans of beer, three cans of post mix spirits and four bottles of spirits. A 27-year-old female was apprehended and will be summonsed in relation to liquor and traffic offences. Her vehicle was also seized. Acting Senior Sergeant Littman said both incidents were good results for remote policing and community engagement. “Northern Territory Police will continue to do everything possible to disrupt the transportation of illegal substances into these communities. People need to know that they will be dealt with accordingly and may face seizure of their vehicle if they engage in this type of offending.”

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NEWS Back to school bonus for all students aBout 44,000 territory students’ families will be able to access their $75 Back to school entitlement from the territory Government this week. acting Chief Minister Delia lawrie said every territory student from preschool to Year 12, enrolled in government and non-government schools, as well as students who are home-schooled is entitled to access the scheme. “Getting your kids off to a great start at school can be tough on the family budget so the Back to school scheme is a great way to offset some of those essential school costs,� Ms lawrie said. “the Back to school entitlement can be used to offset the costs of educational items such as text books, stationery, uniforms as well as school excursions and travel costs associated with getting to school. “the entitlement is easy to access your child’s school has a ‘school Record of Payment’ for each enrolled child and parents simply sign the form once they have selected and received the goods.� Education is the priority of territory

2030, and the Back to school Payment scheme supports this. it also aligns to a range of education targets specifically aimed at increasing school participation such as the Government’s Every Child Every Day policy “in previous years parents have been issued with a voucher, however, this year school record of payment forms will be provided at the school so parents won’t need to take anything to the school making it much easier for busy parents.� Ms lawrie said all parents and carers will be sent a letter outlining the scheme and how it is to be used. “the territory Government has offered this entitlement since 2006 increased from $50 to $75 in 2009 - and i encourage all parents to take advantage of the entitlement as school is back next week,� she said. For more information on the back to school payment scheme and the range of other subsidies provided by the northern territory Government, go to www. back-to-school-payment.html

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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution

Young Freedom Riders with the Torres Strait and Aboriginal flags in Canberra. Photos courtesy of the -YouMeUnity Facebook page. Constitutional Recogni* Removing outdated sections tion of aboriginal and torres that countenance discrimination strait islander Peoples Panel has on the grounds of race; and recommended removing race * Protecting all australian from the australian Constitucitizens from discrimination on tion. the basis of race, colour or ethnic the 22-member Panel or national origin. The Panel of Indigenous and presented a unanimous report Co-Chair Mark leibler said, non-Indigenous community leadrecommending changes to the in an opinion piece in The Age ers, legal experts and members Constitution which recognise: newspaper: “some people might of Parliament was appointed * the continuing cultures, question why you would want to by the Prime Minister in late languages and heritage of aboremove race from the constitution 2010 to advise the Government riginal and torres strait island and then replace it with a power on how Aboriginal and Torres peoples; to legislate for aboriginal and Strait Islander people could be * Remove racist elements; torres strait islander people. recognised in the Constitution. and “i would say we have to get The Panel’s work has cross* Prohibit discrimination on away from this 19th-century party support and includes the grounds of race, colour or idea that aboriginal people are representatives from the Govethnic or national origin. members of a ‘race’. ernment, Coalition, Greens and the changes remove race from “their identity is based on Independents. the Constitution, but maintain the ancestry, ethnicity and belief In preparing its report, Panel Parliament’s ability to make laws systems, not race. We need to members held over 250 consultafor aboriginal and torres strait have laws that relate to aboriginal tions in 84 metropolitan, regional islander people. and torres strait islander people and remote locations across the Government has promjust as we do for many groups in Australia, and received more ised to hold a referendum on society - women, the elderly, the than 3500 submissions from the constitution changes before disabled, veterans, people living individuals and organisations. the next election scheduled for in remote areas - but these laws The Panel also drew on re2013. should be based on need and the search and national surveys, the panel presented their national interest, not race. meetings with community and report to Prime Minister Julia “need because aboriginal Indigenous leaders and the Gillard on January 19. and torres strait islander people advice of constitutional law the Panel also found majority remain australia’s most-disadexperts. support for the removal of racist vantaged citizens. “the national These consultations and elements from the Constitution. interest because their cultures submissions revealed strong “Many australians were and languages are unique to this support across the country for surprised and troubled to learn country to be celebrated as part of constitutional recognition. that the Constitution permits our common heritage,� he said. Many people were concerned discrimination on the basis of the Panel has concluded that its that, while the contribution race. recommendations for constitutional made by Aboriginal and Torres “the consultations and recognition are capable of succeedStrait Islander heritage, art and submissions revealed a genuine ing at a referendum if supported cultures to Australia’s national desire to remove the racist eleby all sides of politics and if the identity was valued and celments from the Constitution to pre-conditions for a successful ebrated, the nation’s founding reflect modern Australian values referendum are put in place. document did not acknowledge and to protect all australian “the overwhelming success the place of Indigenous people in citizens from discrimination of the 1967 referendum is a Australian history or contempoon the basis of race,� the Panel reminder that constitutional rary society. said. change in relation to aboriginal Panel members believe that and torres strait islander peoples the report’s recommendations, can generate majority support. supported at a referendum, would create a Constitution “the Panel calls on all political parties to continue that more accurately reflects the nation by: their support for indigenous constitutional recognition * acknowledging the place of aboriginal and and to work towards a successful referendum including torres strait islander Peoples in our history and their implementing an effective education campaign to raise continuing cultures, languages and heritage as integral public awareness of the issue and its importance for all to australia’s national identity; australians.�

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Sports clubs invited to Walkabout

town and we want to give them a place they can come and help them raise money,” he said. “Any registered clubs can come and see us about having regular fundraising raffles and club events. “I would like to invite any clubs that are interested to come along and talk to me about the opportunities available for them. The TV screens will also be available for clubs to show their own games if they want to analyse their strategies. This would need to be pre-arranged so as not to tie up screens during major sporting events. For further information contact Tony Weldon on 8939 2060.

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Tony Weldon in the Flinders Sports Bar at the Walkabout. A GRAND opening is planned for later this month as the final stages of the major refurbishments at the Walkabout Tavern are completed. There have been a number of disruption for the patrons over the last few months, however, the structural work is now complete and final decorating and signage are almost complete. The Nhulun Bar, The Flinders Sports Bar, the Bistro and the bottle shop have all been subject to major work. The Flinders Sports Bar re-opened in late September, The Nhulun Bar in November and the bottle shop in December. Once all are completely decorated there will be a grand opening. A date for this is yet to be fixed. The facilities are to encourage both locals and tourists to utilise the facilities.

THERE have been many changes at the Walkabout over the last year and later this month there will be a grand opening of all refurbished areas. One of these areas is the Flinders Sports Bar which boasts eight big screens which can each show individual sports or can all be tuned to the one major event. Still needing a few final touches to the decor the bar and betting facilities are open and fully functioning. General manager Tony Weldon, said they were encouraging sporting clubs to make the Flinders Bar their second home and invited them to come along for their post match celebrations. “There are many sporting clubs in

General manager Tony Weldon said there were plans in the pipeline for a variety of new activities throughout the complex. “We are looking to re-open the nightclub with one night a week focusing on the 19 to 25-year-olds and the other on the over 25s. There will be no age restrictions on entry as the nights will feature different styles of music appealing to different ages. Themed nights are also being considered such as country and western, disco and pub rock.” Mr Weldon said they are also considering a weekly trivia night and poker night depending on the demands of the patrons. Live music will also play a major part in the new programming and to that end he is in search of local professional musicians.

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Forum for tourism stategy in Nhulunbuy A NEW strategic plan for tourism is being developed by Tourism NT and the first of a number of workshops is planned for Nhulunbuy on Tuesday February 21. The current strategic plan for the Northern Territory tourism industry will soon be coming to the end of its operational life span and much has been achieved. Matt Grooby, the new president of East Arnhem Tourist Association (EALTA) and coordinator of Lirrwi Tourism Association, is hosting the presentation. The next step involves the preparation of a new strategic plan that will take effect from 2013. In October, Tourism Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy announced EC3 Global as the successful

consultants to assist with development of the new tourism strategic plan for the Northern Territory. The tourism industry and wider Territory community are now invited to get involved in the development of the new strategic plan. A discussion paper focusing on the key issues impacting the success of the Northern Territory tourism industry has been prepared. The aim of this paper is to start a sector and community wide conversation about the future of tourism in the Territory to assist in setting the direction to maximise the value of tourism to the Territory - economically, socially and environmentally. Interested parties are invited to have their say

by responding to the key issues, opportunities and questions raised in the discussion paper, or on any other relevant matters regarding the future of the tourism industry. You can have your say by: emailing a written submission by March 1 to haveyoursay.tourismnt@ joining the discussion online at com or by talking with the EC3 Global project manager, Mark Olsen, on 07 3238 1913. A series of regional public workshops regarding the new strategic plan are being held in February and March with the first being at Nhulunbuy followed by others at Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Yulara, Katherine and Darwin 2012.

Employment linked to school attendance ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory have long identified the need to improve school attendance and access to secure local jobs so it is encouraging that the Government appears to be listening Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said recently. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, like everyone else, want their kids at school and want to tackle the alcohol misuse that is a national problem,” he said. “They want safe communities where kids can go to school and can ultimately get a job close to family and country. Any measures to address these issues must not

be punitive but must instead be focused on enabling these communities rather than controlling them.” Commissioner Gooda said the Government’s announcement that it is investing in strategies to improve school attendance and access to secure local jobs for local people is encouraging, but he said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need to be involved every step of the way. “While I’m pleased to see the Government is maintaining its investment in the Northern Territory. I’d like the Government to change the way it does business with us,” Mr Gooda said.

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What’s On

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

 letters to the editor

Local roads dangerous and need fixing

FEBRUARY 2012 Wed 1 to Fri, Apr 20, 2012. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club – 2011-2012 XXXX Gold Billfish Tournament. Sat 4. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Peninsula MX Round 1 - 9am to noon. Sat 4. Gove Tennis - sign on and coaching - 9am to noon. Sun 5. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Junior Coaching - 9am to noon. Tue 7. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. Sat 18. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market hosted by Highland Dance Group. Sat 18. Rotary Trivia Night at the Town Hall. Tue 21. East Arnhem Land Tourist Assoc is hosting a workshop. The web address provides further details : new-strategic-plan.aspx . Sun 26. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Old natural terrain circuit - 9am to noon. Tue 28. Nhulunbuy Playgroup will be having a free open day from 9 – 11am. Bring a plate to share for morning tea. Date to be confirmed: Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club - Junior Fishing Clinic and Family Competition. Clinic Saturday - competition Sunday.

March Tue 6. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. Sat 17. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Peninsula MX round 2 - 9am to noon. Sat 24. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market hosted by NPS Year 6 Canberra Excursion Group. TBA: AFANT Ladies Fishing Clinic - 2pm Sunday afternoon. TBA: Airnorth Ladies Fishing Tournament - Ladies 2 day Tournament. TBA: Airnorth Ladies Fishing Tournament - Presentation Dinner.

Damage caused to two tyres when they hit a pothole. THE airport road is extrememly dangerous. I flew in to Nhulunbuy last night (January 24) and driving back to town within the speed limit hit pot holes that were not marked by any hazard signage. They were not visible at night until too late. My

May Tue 1. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. Sat 19. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market hosted by Nhulunbuy Debutante Ball. Sat 19. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - working bee - 8am to noon.


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car had both passenger side tyres blown out as well as buckling both the rims (picture attached) as the impact was so severe because of the depth and steepness of the holes. I was lucky that there was no oncoming traffic and was able to keep the car under control and

pull off the road safely. Another car parked off the road also had a flat passenger side tyre (picture attached) - presumably for the same reason. Not a pleasant way to return to town - nearly being killed and sustaining several hundreds of dollars of damage.

I am led to believe that the road has been in this condition for some time. If so why hasn’t there been something done when the danger is so obvious? A fatality could possibly result from this dangerous situation. John Zakarevicius

Ugly protests are not the Australian way REGARDING Australia Day’s protests. As a Traditional Owner of the Western Cape (Mapoon and Weipa) and as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) Affairs and Art advocate, I condemn the protests of Australia Day. No person should be subject to such tactics; regardless of the cause. It is not the Aboriginal way of getting things done. Having visited the National Gallery of Australia, which is home to many of my late grandmother’s, “Thapich” Dr Gloria Fletcher James AO, artworks I also had the opportunity to meet with those involved in the tent embassy. It is my perception that it is a ghost of yesterday’s grace. It is also an eye-sore and is mainly used as a congregation place for fanatics (some of

which you experienced this afternoon) and which no longer serves the full purpose as it did during it’s inception. I do believe that an embassy of sorts ought to be erected and managed as a symbolic institute for First Australians. However, I must stress that it must be governed and facilitated by diplomats and not activists; or else we will be doomed to bad publicity such as arisen today, which will not aid the progression of harmony. The “Survival Day”/ “Invasion Day” suggestion which is to rival Australia Day is something only lead by a select few. As a First Australian I celebrate Australia Day. We all celebrate Sorry Day; but I would love to celebrate a Forgiveness Day. I’d love to see Australians celebrate a Forgiveness Day as

a part of reconciliation and national pride. It’s the next logical step now that we have a Sorry Day. We must now show maturity as a people and pay respect to the apology and accept it. One can imagine the positive ripples through society and bigotry that would occur as a result. The next step for our race to move forward, must come from us as a people, to take ownership of our past and our future and to decide on exactly how we can “get over it” and move forward. “Getting over it” is what we have to do, but the process is still a painful one which the A&TSI nation must come to the table together to empower one an other. Jack Andrew Wilkie-Jans Co-director, Cell Art Space Project Officer, Youth Arts Queensland

Children go back to school this week

April Tue 3. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. Sat 7. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - working bee setting up for enduro - 9am to noon. Sat 7. Nhunlunbuy Motor Cycle Club - junior coaching. Sun 8. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - Enduro pony round 1 - 8 am to noon. Sat 21. Nhulunbuy Corporation Art and Craft Market hosted by Gove Peninsula Tennis Club. Sat 28. Nhulunbuy Motor Cycle Club - old natural terrain circuit, round 2 - 8 am to noon.

Potholes causing damage to cars.

Electoral News

by NT Member for Nhulunbuy LYNNE WALKER

STUDENTS are back to school this week and once again, parents will be able to access their $75 Back to School entitlement which has been provided by the NT Government since 2006. The $75, which is available to all students from preschool to Year 12 and from government and non-government schools,

can be used to offset costs such as text books, stationery, uniforms and school excursions. This year the entitlement is much easier for parents to access with schools maintaining a record of payment which parents sign when making purchases. With kids back on the move to and from school, motorists are asked to keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists and to observe the 40 km/h schools’ speed zones. Parents, please ensure that if your child is riding a bike that they are

wearing a helmet with strap secured - it is law in the NT and has been the subject of a positive police blitz over the holidays with kids doing the right thing earning raffle tickets and prizes . SIX weeks of school holidays is too long for some which is why the remote school of Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land returned to school more than two weeks ago. The trial is an important part of the Department of Education’s school attendance strategy, ‘every child every day’ and has only occured due to the

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goodwill of the community, the Department and the teachers’ union. Remote Indigenous schools in the Top End invariably have a captive audience during the wet season so it makes sense to be flexible with the school term. C O N G R AT U L A TIONS to Ian Maclean, Ian Constantine and Chris Putland on their nominations for our local Australia Day Citizen of the Year. I don’t imagine the panel had an easy time selecting just one person with all three very deserving but well done

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Putty on taking out the honours. Knowing that our Australia Day honours list so often recognises the efforts of dedicated community volunteers, Deputy Chief Minister Delia Lawrie last week opened nominations for the NT Volunteer of the Year Awards with three different categories and winners receiving cash prizes to donate to the charity of their choice. Go to au/volunteers for further information and nomination forms or phone 8981 0027.

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Dhimurru controls coffee bush on Bremer Island DHIMURRU rangers, along with a Parks and Wildlife ranger, spent a week on Bremer Island controlling large infestations of coffee bush. The week’s work was funded by Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) and without this support the control activities would have been reduced. The costs are high to get equipment and rangers to the island. TNRM have funded three one week control activities on the island. The other two weeks control work will be in June/July and October/November this year. The control work began last year when six large infestations were found in natural drainage areas of the island. The stands are slowly getting bigger and would eventually take over the melaleuca swamps if uncontrolled. The coffee bush thickets have taken over native plants and are near impenetrable. Thousands of plants ranging from spindly seedlings, saplings and multi-stemmed trees are in the patches. The rangers worked hard using chainsaws, loppers and handsaws to cut down the plants to poison the stumps. The work was hard, slow and constant but very rewarding to see the trees levelled to the ground. The group of seven rangers successfully cut down and poisoned three stands of coffee bush. The next trip will follow up the control of these three areas by spraying seedlings and poisoning any regrowth. New areas will be controlled as well. The area that had been controlled in September last year showed minimal regrowth and required spraying of seedlings. The week’s control activities was a great effort from all the rangers and working as a team they managed to put a large dent into the areas of coffee bush. Thanks to Arafura Sea Charters and the Gopu barge in getting the rangers and equipment safely to and from Bremer Island.

The Dhimurru team on Bremer Island clearing weeds.

Nothing trivial about Rotary fundraiser

This team got into the spirit and dressed themselves up as pirates.

IT’S time for budding trivia teams to sharpen up their pencils in preparation for the annual Rotary trivia night. The Nhulunbuy Rotary Club is set to host their annual fundraising event on February 18 at the Town Hall and have been busy getting questions set for those willing to take on the challenge. As a warm up they hosted an Australian trivia night for the Nhulunbuy Corporation for Australia Day which was held at the Walkabout last Wednesday night. Last year the Town Hall was packed as teams showed their skills - answering questions and decorating their tables. The trivia night is a major fundraiser for the club, along with the beach volleyball held in September, and last year the money raised went towards disaster relief. The club is still gathering prizes and would like to hear from anyone who can assist in this matter and also anyone willing to volunteer with the running of the event on the night. Rotarian Diane Heenan said: “At this stage we have not earmarked a single cause and it will most likely this year be distributed throughout the year to local clubs. Over the past few years it has been flood and earthquake disasters that have been sponsored.” Tables are for six players so prizes are being gathered to reward the winners. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from the newsagency and pharmacy. There is a limit of 25 tables of six. There will be a full bar available with a variety of drinks so no BYO drinks are permitted. Participants need to bring your own snack foods. The door open at 7am and heads down is at 8am. Special prizes will be awarded for best dressed team and best decorated tables.

Woolies supports Nhulunbuy RSPCA By MARJO HALLOWELL Each year the RSPCA Nhulunbuy is on hand to rescue and re-home dogs and cats that are found abandoned or whose owners can not take them when they leave town. The voluntary organisation relies entirely on donations from individuals and businesses and fundraising is their second most important function to ensure they can keep caring for the animals. Bev Goodchild, who runs the RSPCA, is always keen to hear from willing volunteers who can help out in whatever way they can. Last week she called on volunteers to help with a

stall selling sausage sandwiches on Australia Day eve as Woolies had generously supplied the sausages, onions, bread and condiments, and a raffle prize. As well as supplying the ingredients for the sizzle Woolworths also matched whatever the RSPCA made on the day dollar for dollar. Mrs Goodchild said they were grateful for the support and the funds would go towards looking after the animals that couldn’t look after themselves. Bev Wheeler, community liaison at Woolies, said the RSPCA was a great cause. “This has been a special week for us with our own celebration and it was great we could help a worthwhile community group such as the RSPCA,” she said.

Debbie Hendriks, Bev Wheeler and Bev Goodchild dishing out the sausages last week.

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Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

Rhiannon and Josie,3, Deane enjoy Australia Day.

Nigel Foggin and Maree Weymes in the

Jonah Elphinstone and Cameron Stiff

at the Boat Club.

Teagan, Colin, Cameron and Susan Stiff at the Boat Club.

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Eddie Marika getting into the spirit of Australia Day taken by Sue-Ellen Tawhera

Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

Georgia Ravlich, 2, typifies Australia Day as she takes on a sausage sandwich almost as big as her face at the Gove Boat Club.

Brant and Louise at an Australia Day Barbecue.

Dan Wagg with Cody, 6, and Jayden, Boat Club.

9, enjoying Australia Day at the Gove

Georgia,2, with her dad Reece Ravlich.

d into the Boat Club on Australia

Georgette, Paul and Gabrielle Burch calle Day.

Alice and Abbey, 2, Twomey are all smiles on Australia Day.

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4:00 Football: W-League: Grand Final 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Time Team 11:00 The Old Guys 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum - This program brings together a panel of journalists and commentators with a diverse range of opinions to chew over the events of the day. 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Film - Award-winning host Stephen Fry wrangles a stellar panel of comedians in the world’s most impossible quiz show. This episode features Alan Davies, John Sessions, Emma Thompson and David Mitchell. 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Great And The Good: The village schoolteacher insists there is an intruder visiting her house at night, but why can no intruder ever be found? And why have two dead bodies been found in her garden? 10:05 Getting On 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: Adam is joined by British comedian and novelist Mark Watson, comedian and radio presenter Tom Ballard, and Canadian singer/songwriter k.d. lang.

5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 National Morning News 10:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 11:30 Entertainment Tonight 11:30 Magical Tales 12:30 Women’s Twenty/20 - Australia Vs New Zealand 3:30 National Afternoon News 4:00 Alive And Cooking 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 Twenty/20 - Australia Vs India 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Zarnecki Incursion” (PG s) 9:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Herb Garden Germination” (PG s) - Sheldon and Amy spread gossip as part of an experiment; and Howard and Bernadette’s relationship gets serious. Physicist Brian Greene has a cameo. 10:00 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Honky Tonk Freeway” (M s,l) - A view of contemporary America in vignettes of various eccentrics whose lives converge in Ticlaw, Florida, a tiny town determined to attract tourists despite the lack of an exit ramp from the new freeway. 2:05 Spyforce: “The Journey” - On an escape flight from Burma to Australia, Erskine and Gunther share an aeroplane with five other refugees. Erskine discovers that someone is radioing the plane’s position to the Japanese, and then one of the passengers is murdered. 3:05 Danoz Direct / 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Crimes Of Fashion: Killer Hair: (M v) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News at 4.30 4:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue - An injured baby swan needs rescuing but it still gives RSPCA inspectors a run for their money. Meanwhile, ambulance officer Katrina is unable to reach a crow but she won’t give up until she finds someone who can. 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 Movie: “Shakespeare In Love” (M) - Plagued with debt, writer’s block, and fallen far past deadline for his latest play, it seems like things can’t get much worse for young William Shakespeare. 11:10 That ‘70s Show 11:40 Movie: “Borderline Normal” (M a,s) - Two sensitive teenagers from broken homes find comfort in each other’s arms as they help one another to cope with the emotional loss of their families. 1:35 Special: Ships In The Coral 2:30 Infomercials / 3:30 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 Prototype This: Mind-Controlled Car 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Geiranger Fjord 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: London To Antwerp 8:30 Empire Of The Seas: Sea Change 9:30 As It Happened: Apocalypse: The Second World War: Aggression 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Paper Castles” (MA s,a,n) - In Spanish. An art student disappoints his classmate and fellow artist by keeping the portrait he has painted of her when she believed she would own it after it was completed. This surprising turn of events continues into a seductive love triangle between himself, her and another student. 12:50 Movie: “Lila Says” (MA l,v,s) - In French. Based on the highly controversial French novella of the same name. When 19year-old Arab youth Chimo meets Lila, a 16-year-old blond girl obsessed with sex, his life is changed forever. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Goes Retro! 11:00 Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures In Architecture: Power 12:00 Foreign Correspondent: Around The World And Back Again 12:30 Best Of Australian Story: The Girl From Boryslaw 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Sydney University Vs Dandenong 2:00 Golf: Australian Ladies Masters 2012: Third Round 6:00 Last Chance To See: Komodo Dragon 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Left Field: UCOS reinvestigate the disappearance of a five year old 25 years ago when a known paedophile confesses to his abduction and murder. But did he really do it, or have the parents been covering for one another? 8:30 Accused: Helen’s Story: Helen Ryland is distraught to discover her only son has been killed during his first day of work. While her husband is consumed by grief, she sets out to discover how the accident happened. 9:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:20 Ashes To Ashes: When DC Chris Skelton discovers a human hand in the mail, Gene Hunt and his team find they have a murder to solve. 11:15 Rage: Guest Programmer

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Today - Saturday 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Children’s Programs 12:00 Pyramid 12:30 Kitchen Whiz 1:00 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 1:30 Excess Baggage 3:00 Il Divo In Concert - Behind The Scenes 3:30 The Gurus Explore Canada 4:30 National News: First At Five 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Summer Series 7:00 Indigenous All Stars Vs NRL All Stars: Wide World Of Sports presents this special match between the Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars live from Skilled Park, Gold Coast. 8:15 TBA 11:30 Movie: “Jindabyne” (M l,v) - Stewart finds a corpse while on a fishing trip with friends however, he waits until the trip is over to call the police. When his wife learns about this, their relationship begins to crumble as she attempts to atone for her husband’s actions. 1:45 Movie: “On The Buses” (PG s) - When the Town & District Bus Company finds itself short-staffed they decide to employ female drivers. The bus crews, led by Stan and Jack are horrified and use every trick in the book to make them leave. 3:30 Danoz Direct 5:00 Wesley Impact Summer Series

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 8:30 Children’s Programs 12:45 Movie: “Mulan II” (G) 2:30 Movie: “Ice Princess” (G) 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 Queensland Weekender 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Special: “How To Train Your Dragon Comes Alive” (PG) - Be spellbound by the all-new Australian live show How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. Marvel at how these enormous creatures are brought to life through theatrical magic and ground breaking engineering. 6:30 Movie: “Shark Tale” (G) 8:30 Movie: “Air Force One” (M v,l) 11:10 That ‘70s Show 11:50 Movie: “Mexico City” (M v) - A suspenseful thriller set in Mexico tells the story of a brother and sister who travel to Mexico City and get caught up in the criminal underbelly of a dangerous city. 1:35 Special: Secrets Of A Coral Cay 2:35 Auction Squad 3:30 Home Shopping 4:30 Dr Oz: “Ask Dr. Oz: Coast To Coast Edition” Dr Oz answers embarrassing questions from fans across the country. Then, Dr Oz reveals the reason women get Urinary Tract Infections, plus a country line dance workout.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Bejart: The Show Must Go On 2:25 Oscar Niemeyer 3:30 The Chopin Preludes 3:40 The Hidden Life Of Masterpieces: Rembrandt 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Hot Cities: Water, Water Everywhere 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves: Long Loads 8:35 RocKwiz: Anika Moa & Dave Dobbyn 9:30 Movie: “Red Cliff (Part 1)” - In Mandarin. The first chapter of legendary director John Woo’s two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming and manipulative prime minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country, and in doing so overthrow the authority of a young and politically impotent emperor. 12:00 Movie: “Appleseed” (M v,a) - In English. The Year is 2131. Only one sanctuary remains in the wasteland created by World War III: Olympus City. It is run by a massive supercomputer named Gaia which controls all functions of everyday life. The city is populated with humans and bioroids, a race of genetically engineered humans that can be programmed to do anything. But some believe that the bioroids and Gaia have a secret agenda - to eradicate the humans and dominate the planet. 1:55 The Jaquie Brown Diaries: Brown Sweat 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 Prototype This: Flying Lifeguard 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Orkhon Valley 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Zumbo: Stacey’s Cake 8:00 One Man and His Campervan: Trossachs - This week, Martin and his campervan are in the glorious Trossachs National Park. Scottish brown trout is on the menu, that is if Martin can get to grips with catching one while sitting in an inflatable armchair. 8:30 Oz And Hugh Raise The Bar 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Sex: An Unnatural History: The Church 11:30 Erotic Tales: The Waiting Room 12:00 Kill Arman: Hong Kong / Wing Tsun 12:35 Movie: “Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame” (M a) - In a moving commentary on the plight of women in today’s Afghanistan, director Hana Makhmalbaf tells the story of a young Afghani girl who desperately wants to go to school to learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 7:00 NTFL 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Rochester Cathedral 12:00 Landline 1:00 Golf: Australian Ladies Masters 2012: Final Round 6:00 Minuscule: The Wing Case 6:05 Expedition Tiger 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs: Braintree 8:30 Zen: Ratking 10:00 The Real Graham Kennedy 11:00 Travelling North: A retiree falls in love with a divorcee, and they move to an idyllic retirement home in Queensland. But their life together is clouded when they learn he has a heart condition. 12:35 Gunrush: Doug Becket is a mild mannered driving instructor whose ordinary suburban life is changed when his beloved daughter is killed. He feels he has nowhere to go but to take some action. 2:00 Grand Designs: Braintree: Artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode Adams take on the conversion of a huge grade two listed timberframed barn in the Essex countryside. It is so big that Kevin wonders if it will ever make a cosy and comfortable home. 2:50 Rage

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Today 9:30 Surfsport 10:30 Discover Downunder - Summer Series 11:00 Cybershack 11:30 Wildfire 12:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 4:30 National News Sunday 5:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 8:30 Australian Athletics Tour 2012 9:30 TBA 11:30 Flashpoint: Perfect Storm - The SRU is called to a local school after a student, pushed to his limits by bullies, decides to seek justice and brings a gun into the school. Sgt. Parker must figure out a way to talk the troubled teen down before it’s too late. 12:30 Spyforce: The Journey - On an escape flight from Burma to Australia, Erskine and Gunther share an aeroplane with five other refugees. Erskine discovers that someone is radioing the plane’s position to the Japanese, and then one of the passengers is murdered. 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America - Sunday 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:00 Phineas and Ferb 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 9:30 Kochie’s Business Builders 10:00 Under The Hammer 10:30 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 11:30 That ‘70s Show 12:45 TBA 4:15 Faulty Towers 5:00 Coxy’s Big Break 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Sunday Night 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 12:00 The Real Seachange - Ian and Michele think they’ve discovered their Eden but when reality bites - have they got the right stuff to survive? 12:30 Auction Squad - Create the best parents retreat, and how to transform the most useless wasted space into an outdoor living room all in one day. 1:30 Home Shopping 2:30 NBC Today 3:30 NBC Meet The Press 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 First Australians: Freedom For Our Lifetime 4:00 Fix Me 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Claire’s Creatures 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: A History Of Celtic Britain: Age Of Iron 8:30 Tall Man 10:00 Roads To Memphis: On April 4, 1968, escaped convict James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the fateful narrative of the killer and his victim, set against the turbulent forces in American society at that time. Neither a strict biography of Ray, nor a mere recapitulation of familiar highlights from King’s final months, this documentary explores the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of Ray and King to create a complex and though-provoking portrait of America in the crisis-laden year of 1968. 11:35 Movie: “Cherry Blossoms” (MA n) - In German, English and Japanese. A multi-award winner at the 2008 German Film Awards, this touching film follows a dying man as he goes on an evocative journey to Japan in an attempt to accomplish his late wife’s unfulfilled dreams. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 TBA 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News At 4.30 4:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 TBA 8:00 TBA 10:00 Movie: “Dark Water” (M l,h) - Dahlia Williams and her fiveyear-old daughter are starting a new life together. But their new apartment, dilapidated and worn, suddenly seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and other strange happenings in the apartment above send Dahlia on a haunting and mystifying pursuit one that unleashes a torrent of living nightmares. 12:00 Room For Improvement 12:30 Infomercials 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Expedition Tiger 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:25 The Dreaming 1:35 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Silent Witness: The Lost Child: Part 2 12:30 Pipe Dreams: In the late 1800s, two men shared a vision for opening up Western Australia by pumping a river of water through pipes across the desert. 1:25 Trial And Retribution: Conviction: On an East London estate Terry Dyer, recently released from prison, returns to uncover the truth behind a murder that he still claims he didn’t commit. 2:15 Darling Buds Of May: Climb The Greasy Pole: Part 2 3:05 Rage

5:30 Weekend Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Alive And Cooking 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Excess Baggage 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Shiny Trinket Maneuver” (PG s) 8:00 The Mentalist: Fugue In Red / Aingavite Baa 10:00 Harry’s Law: New Kidneys On The Block - Harry, Cassie and Adam represent a 21-year-old who is dying of kidney failure and who illegally purchased a kidney; and Tommy and Oliver defend twins who are arrested when the man they are both married to is murdered. 11:00 Damages: The Dog Is Happier Without Her - Having been told by his father that some money from investors has been hidden for the family’s use, Joe Tobin struggles with whether he should tell Patty Hewes or conspire with his father. 12:00 The Avengers 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Your 4x4 3:30 National Early Morning News / 4:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 TBA 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News At 4.30 4:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:00 TBA 9:00 How I Met Your Mother: “Ducky Tie / The Stinson Missile Crises 10:00 Sports Fever 11:00 Parking Wars 11:30 Auction Squad: Hate dark and dingy homes? Great tips on letting in the light, plus a stunning red tree that will make your garden a crowd-stopper. 12:30 Infomercials 2:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Room For Improvement: A sports-mad son gets a cool new bedroom. Then, his mum gets a shock with a stylish outdoor entertaining zone. 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 Prototype This: Six-Legged All Terrain Vehicle 2:30 ADbc 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Global Village: South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Mythbusters: Flying Guillotine - Kari, Grant, and Tory test a Chinese martial arts myth which states the 18th-century Chinese designed a throwing weapon that could decapitate an opponent and carry the head back to the thrower. 8:35 Freddi Flintoff versus the World: Palm Springs 9:30 Wilfred: The Dog Father 10:00 South Park: Broadway Bro Down 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The World Game 12:05 SOS: On The Road To Tel Aviv 1:10 Movie: “Fatso” (MA a,l,s) - In Norwegian, Swedish And Danish. A young Swedish woman opens up a whole new world to an overweight, socially awkward and sex-obsessed young hermit in this feel-good comedy from acclaimed director Arild Fröhlich. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


IMPARJA 5:30 Today 8:30 Danoz Direct 9:30 Alive And Cooking 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Excess Baggage 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Entertainment Tonight 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Excess Baggage 8:00 TBA 9:00 CSI: NY: Food For Thought / Commuted Sentences - A street vendor is killed when his gourmet food truck explodes at a SoHo culinary festival while Hawkes is there with his girlfriend. / The team has two cases tonight and two great tourist locations: Madison Square Park where a man is stabbed to death, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a woman is shot dead on the steps. 11:00 Southland: Sideways / Fixing A Hole 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Time Team 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q & A 1:30 Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Then The Wind Changed 9:30 Careth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys 10:05 Artscape: The First Interview 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:35 Trial And Retribution: Conviction: On an East London estate Terry Dyer, recently released from prison, returns to uncover the truth behind a murder that he still claims he didn’t commit. 2:25 Hungry Beast 2:50 Rage

5:30 Weekend Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Entertainment Tonight 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Excess Baggage 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wheaton Recurrence” (PG s) 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “What A Lovely Landing Strip” (PG s,l) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “My Son’s Enormous Head” (PG s,l) 9:00 Top Gear 10:40 TBA 11:10 Men Of A Certain Age: Same As The Old Boss - Joe tries to open his schedule to practice golf, but his efforts prove futile. Elsewhere, Owen’s new post as manager puts stress on his life and marriage; and coworkers pull a prank on Terry after they dig up video of one of his old commercials. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Goodmorning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 TBA 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News At 4.30 4:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 TBA 11:20 Special: Secrets Of A Billabong - The garden of lillipads was once a bend in a meandering river that changed course, creating a tranquil pond called a billabong. 12:30 Infomercials 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Children Of Heaven” (G) 2:30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Liverpool 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? John Butler 8:30 Make Me: Stay Awake 9:30 Cutting Edge: Egypt’s Revolution: The End Of A Dictator 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Heaven, Hell... Earth” (M l) - In Slovak. In the cinematic vein of Amelie, a passionate affair between a charismatic middle-aged physician and a vulnerable young ballerina comes to a crashing halt when the physician’s wife returns home. 12:50 Mad Men: “Red In The Face / The Hobo Code” (PG) - Roger joins Don for an evening of dinner and drinking, during which Roger’s behaviour leads to a rift in their friendship; and Pete faces trouble at home as he continues to struggle with the demands of his new marriage. / Don is tormented as pieces of his secretive past begin to haunt him; Peggy’s new success at work, and resulting boost in confidence, threatens her office relationships; and Salvatore gets a little too close with a client. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


ABC 4:00 Rage 4:10 Basketball: WNBL 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Time Team 11:00 Rivers And Life 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1:25 At The Movies: 25 Years Of Margaret & David 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: Shannon Noll grew up on his family’s 100-year-old farm in Condobolin NSW with two brothers. In 2001 a freak accident killed their father which triggered a series of events including his success on Australian Idol. 8:30 The Straits 10:20 Lateline 11:10 Stephen Fry In America: Mountains And Plains 12:10 I’m A Boy Anorexic 1:10 Hungry Beast 1:40 The Clinic: Susie’s life changes with the unexpected arrival of her teenage daughter Moya. This comes as a shock to everyone who didn’t know she had a daughter, particularly Dan. 2:30 Antony Gormley: Making Space: Beeban Kidron follows British sculptor Antony Gormley over several months as he prepares a new exhibition for London’s Hayward Gallery. 3:20 Rage

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Time Team 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 The Trophy Room 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Outland 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure: Be A Rockstar 12:00 The IT Crowd: The Final Countdown 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:25 Movie: “Posse” (M v) - A US marshal seeking higher office vows to capture a railroad bandit, but the tables are smartly turned. 2:55 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials: Twenty years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser - but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous. 3:25 Rage

5:30 Today 8:30 Mornings 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Entertainment Tonight 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Excess Baggage 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Spaghetti Catalysis” (PG s) 9:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 Weeds: Release The Hounds - Nancy, her breast still clamped in a mammogram machine, convinces Peter’s ex-wife and mammogram technician Valerie to continue their conversation over coffee. But Nancy’s awkward attempt at friendship fails when Valerie wants nothing to do with her. 11:30 Dark Blue 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Good Morning America 4:30 National Early Morning News 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 TBA 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News At 4.30 4:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 6:30 Home And Away 7:00 My Kitchen Rules 8:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 TBA 11:30 Sons And Daughters: David is thrown into conflict with Beryl when he sets out to disprove Tony’s involvement in a crime. Then, David is angered to realise the extent of Kevin and Lynn’s distrust towards Tony. 12:30 Infomercials 2:30 Home Shopping 3:00 Room For Improvement 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Road Home” (G) In Mandarin 2:30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Desert Towns Of The Negeb 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Thailand 8:30 From Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means: Taiwan 9:30 Putin, Russia and the West: Democracy Threatens 10:30 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Murder Of The Inugami Clan” (M v,a) - In Japanese. A web of deceit, adultery and greed manifests in Kon Ichikawa’s remake of his own 1976 cult hit about a murder investigation that reveals years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. 1:35 The Traffickers : In Hebrew. Three human stories: the suffering of a mother whose son is in jail in India for trafficking drugs - she hoped he would be detained for just a few months but he has been in jail for a few years and his trial is still dragging on; and two young women who used to traffic drugs tell their stories. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

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1 - 7 February 2012



Your Lucky

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Time spent helping out a friend at work may take up more of your energy than you expect. Your input will not go unnoticed, however. Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions. You need to make an important decision and must wait until you are more relaxed.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

A few negative comments this week may sap your confidence for a while. You need to take the remarks in context, however, and not overreact. Romance. A person whom you have known for some time may still be interested in you. They will do their best to pretend not to be interested, but their actions will give them away.

A chance event will help you to get back on your feet financially. You must be prepared to take another small risk before you are home and dry, however. Romance. A powerful aspect to Jupiter this week will bring you the lucky energy required to put your love life on a more healthy footing.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

Be careful that problems at work don’t spill over into your home-life. So long as you try hard to be patient, everything will be resolved. Romance. You may need a little extra emotional support from your partner at the moment. Communications between you will be especially strong, but be careful not to be too demanding.

It is essential that you are honest with yourself about recent events. The closer you are to the truth, the better able you will be to improve the situation. Romance. The pressure that you have had to deal with recently will come to a head this week. Be cautious and things will iron themselves out.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

A surprise move later in the week may leave you wondering what is going on. Talk to a person whom you can trust – your other colleagues may not be so quick to tell you everything. Romance. A power-struggle between you and your partner will not help either of you. Do your best to settle a recent dispute in a way which satisfies both sides. You may find it difficult to tolerate people who don’t know what they are doing. You won’t appreciate having to clear up a mess caused by someone else. Romance. If you are able to relax properly this will be an excellent week for both of you. Be especially careful not to get into arguments, especially ones involving money. You won’t be in a mood for compromise at the moment!


SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) At times this week you will need to spend more time by yourself. You have a lot of work to get through and won’t be happy if you are constantly interrupted. Romance. A new relationship may pick up speed faster than you expect. Very soon you will have to make a decision about how quickly you want to get involved with this person.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A kind word will go a– long way. Your enthuFor all your printing needs siasm and energy will be appreciated by the people around you; however you must be sympathetic to people who are not so dynamic. Romance. A favourable aspect to Neptune this week will improve your powers of intuition, just when you most need them!


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

You will find that you are extremely sensitive to the feelings of the people around you. Don’t completely forget about yourself though. Romance. You can look forward to the week ahead as it prepares to be a very soothing period. This should rub off onto your partner so expect to be spoilt.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

Beauty is whatever gives joy.


Stars  

You will be in great spirits this week and the warmth you show to your friends will be reciprocated. Do not hold back. Romance. Try not to tease your partner. This will have the opposite effect from the one you expect. After a while, the mood will become warmer.

Activities which don’t need much money will give you a chance to get back on your feet financially. Some recent extravagances have taken their toll. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will give your love-life a push in the right direction. A romantic get-together this week will put your relationship onto much firmer ground after a recent misunderstanding.


Once you have started a new project nobody will be able to stop you! Your momentum will help you to push through a barrier which has stopped other people in their tracks. Romance. Your partner may find it hard to cope with all your excess energy! A powerful aspect to Mars later in the week could make you a little tense: do your best to use your excess energy constructively.



Your  Lucky

Your work will be much more enjoyable than usual over the next few days. A strong aspect to Mars will give you the strength to push those rewarding changes that you have been planning. Romance. As you are full of energy and full of ideas, you have to be careful not to get into deep water.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You will be in a very practical mood throughout the first half of this week and it will be a while before you give yourself a chance to relax. There will be a turning point afterwards that will pay dividends on this and allow you to relax. Romance. A family squabble may frustrate you for a while. Be sure to not allow your frustrations from this spill over to a romantic relationship.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Don’t allow any comments about your appearance to get you down. Instead, take them on board and finally get things on the move. Tackle all those jobs which you have been putting off for the past few months! Romance. This will be a good time for big changes. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled that a tough decision has to be made to make these changes; talk them through with your partner.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) This will be an important and extremely good few days for you if you take initiative on matters both work and finance related. Sitting back will leave you with no improvement. Romance. You should be open to giving anything a shot this month. You will be pleased with the end result if you chase the person you want!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may be feeling a little restless because the people that are around you daily are not quite as energised as you are at the moment. It will be up to you to motivate them. Romance. If your partner is not as sympathetic as you would like, there will be trouble. Otherwise, everything will go extremely well.

Your ability to spot a financial opportunity will help to bring in some money just when you need it most. Make sure you don’t take any more risks than you have to, however. Romance. Time spent with someone whom you hardly know could prove interesting. This person may be much keener on you than you realised. Don’t expect any dramatic developments for the time being, however.

A very important day will come up this week. You will already know what this day is and you have to make sure that you will not be guilty over stealing the limelight, for once. Romance. Don’t let your partner try to control you with a show of emotion. You must stand your ground with no regrets.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

A favourable aspect to Jupiter will help to bring a little more luck into your life over the next few days. Don’t miss an opportunity just because a friend tries to put you off. Romance. Your self-confidence will be especially high at the moment. You may need to be the one who takes the initiative in a new relationship.

A trip away from home will give you a chance to see your life from a broader perspective. Don’t be afraid to make a few changes when you come back! It will be a while before everything is implemented, but it will be worth the effort. Romance. Time spent keeping in touch with your friends will be well spent. A letter to someone whom you have almost forgotten about could bring you back together


PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the confidence you need to sort out a long-standing problem. You need to deal head-on with an issue which you have been trying to avoid. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A powerful aspect to Neptune will help your powers of intuition, but may leave you feeling disoriented at times. This will be a time when relying on your gut instincts pays off. Romance. Time spent doing chores will help to bring you and your partner together. You need to deal with an issue which has been troubling you recently, however.

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1 - 7 February 2012 – 13

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East Arnhem Shire Council POSITION VACANT

A. A show cause notice under section 487-10 of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (the Act) was served on the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 7657) (the corporation) on Monday 16 January 2012. B. Having considered the representations made by the corporation, as a delegate of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, I am satisfied that one or more grounds specified under section 487-5 of the Act have been established.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT: 1. Under section 487-1 of the Act, I have determined that the corporation is to be under special administration from 12:01am (CST) on Monday 23 January 2012 until 11.59pm (CST) on Friday 29 June 2012 (the period of the special administration). 2. Under section 490-1 of the Act, I have appointed Mr Gerry Mier as the special administrator of the corporation for the period of the special administration. Signed this 19th day of January 2012 Peter Armstrong Delegate of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations AG58660


Yirrkala Homelands School

Position Vacant Assistant Teacher / Domestic School days, assisting in the classroom and with food preparation for our Secondary Education Program at Garrthalala Community. Must be prepared to travel in light aircraft and 4x4 wheel drive and camp out. Award wages and allowances. Email for job description. Applications close Friday, February 3, to commence Monday February 13.

Yirrkala Childcare Centre has the below vacancies. Group Leader. Childcare Worker. Trainee Childcare Worker. Further enquiries: Lisita Taulani (08) 8987 8000 Position description for all vacancies can be found on or by emailing hr@eastarnhem.nt.

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AustrAliAnA triviA night


On the eve of Australia Day the nhulunbuy Corporation hosted a free trivia night based on an Australian theme. Members of the nhulunbuy Rotary club acted as the quiz masters for the event which was held at the Walkabout Lodge.

Rachael Rogers and Percy Grant ready for some serious quizzing.

Rotarians Geoff Hulme and Peter Chilcott keeping the players on track.

Shelly Martin and Chris Andrews get into the Aussie spirit.

Nick Howell and Sam Lines ready to answer questions.

Helen and Robert Howell ready for action.

Polly Nash and Jessica Roeger at the Trivia night.

Bill Parmenter, Pam Bottrell, with Craig and Lisa Pullen before the questioning.

Olivia O’Donoghue and Cahvon Mullen getting prepared for the battle.

Nhulunbuy Community Guide Community organisations Arafura Dance Assoc. Contact: Liz Stephenson P: (08) 89870282 (B/H) or (08) 89873863 (A/H) or Rachel Wallis 0427 329 659

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

Arnhem Gun Club Contact: President, Grub Stevens E: Arnhem Land Bowls Club Contact: Isobel Murray P: 0435 822 107, 8987 2120

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

Arnhem Writers Contact: Ian Maclean Ph: 0417 601 490

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

Auskick Contact: Cameron Knight P: 0488 508 577

8EAR Community Radio (Gove FM) Contact: Churyl Scheppard P: 8987 1500

Australian Breastfeeding Association Contact: Melissa Mills P: 8987 8053 Helpline:1800 686 2686

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

Captain Cook Comunity Centre Captain Cook Community Centre President: Richard Webb M: 0404 351 839 E: Endeavour Room Bookings: Contact: Lorretta Peirce M: 04130913 127 E: Gove Arts Theatre Contact: Chris Andrews P: 0428 856 392 E: Nhulunbuy Playgroup Contact: Cassie McIllree P: 0418 322 719 E:

Nhulunbuy Community Neighbourhood Centre Contact: Michelle Lowth P: 8987 2191 M: 0488 556 949

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

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

Gove Peninsula Tennis Club Contact: Nicky Mayer P: 8987 2640 Gove Touch Footy Contact: Bec Thomson E: Gove Volleyball Assoc. Contact: Fred Rowe - Pres P: 0417 080 579 Junior 8 Ball Contact: Marian Richter P: 0402 355 499

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

Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre P: 8987 1701 E:

Gove Peninsula Festival Contact: Ian Maclean Astronomy: goveastronomers@ GPF: Arnhem writers: ian@

Gove Golden Oldies Contact: Ria Ngamoki P: 8987 3530

Nhulunbuy BMX Club Inc Contact: Donna Leahy, Secretary P: 0424 954 600 Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club Contact: Jason Bourke P: 0409 764 623

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

Oasis Play Time: Contact: Andi Bracey. P: 8987 1766

Time 0203 0837 1429 2022

Thu 2 Ht 2.96 1.35 2.42 1.52

Time 0244 0934 1538 2105

Fri 3 Ht 2.90 1.37 2.26 1.70

Time 0336 1044 1725 2206

Sat 4 Ht 2.85 1.36 2.21 1.85

Time 0440 1202 1905 2328

Sun 5 Ht 2.82 1.29 2.31 1.92

Time 0549 1313 2006

Ht 2.87 1.16 2.47

Time 0106 0654 1408 2050

Ht 1.89 2.98 1.01 2.62

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Brother Forbes 0428 767 616 – Sunday 10am.



Time 0216 0754 1455 2126

W/E Jan 22 W/E Jan 22 Variance Actual Usage Target Usage


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

Monday 16/01

Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Karen Coyle P: 8987 2783

Tuesday 17/01

Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272

Thursday 19/01

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

Saturday 21/01

Ht 1.77 3.13 0.88 2.77

Wednesday 18/01

Friday 20/01

Sunday 22/01

T.S. Melville Naval Cadet Training Contact: Arnie Kokkin P: 8987 2562

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

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

Tue 7

Mon 6

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

Sunday: Noon to 2.30pm at Common Room, Uniting Church. Ph: 0434 059611 or 8987 8268.

Tide times – Gove Harbour (Melville Bay) Wed 1

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

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

Rotary Club Nhulunbuy Contact: Barry Fleming, President P: 0417 768 147

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

Gove Junior Rugby Contact: Jon Regan P: 8987 8094

Northern Territory Emergency Service P: 0427 392 264

RSPCA: Contact: Bev Goodchild P: 8987 2243

MOPS Contact: Christie Giles P: 8987 2227

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

Nhulunbuy Speedway Contact: Dan Wagg P: 0409 679 938

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

Runners North Contact: Vanessa Drysdale P: 8987 8005

Make-A-Wish(r) Aust. Contact: Kendall Kenway Gove Branch President P: 8987 8289

Gove Game Fishing Club Contact: Ian Dickinson P: 0428 897 814

Nhulunbuy Child Care Centre P: 8987 3311 E:

Church services

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


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

Weather details o

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, the usual Water Consumption Table was unavailable at the time of our going to press. Nhulunbuy Corporation Ltd and the Arafura Times apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 23 30.8 24.4 1.8 Tuesday 24 31.3 24.5 14.8 Wednesday 25 30.4 24.8 23.2 Thursday 26 29.5 25.1 6.2 Friday 27 33.7 24.6 15.4 Saturday 28 33.4 27.6 NIL Sunday 29 32.7 27.5 NIL Monthly total rainfall to date: 79.8 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 29

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1005.1 hPa on Sunday Min: 1000.3 hPa on Thursday Averages for the month January Max temp: 32 Min temp: 24.6 Rainfall: 286.5 mm


Serve up a new season INDOOR volleyball is about to serve up a new season. Indoor volleyball used to be played years ago at the Indoor Cricket Centre out south but when the centre was sold it shut down stopping all indoor sports as there was no where for these to be played. The centre shut down about 1996 - 97 but there was a lot of interest in the town for all indoor sports; ie cricket, soccer, netball, and volleyball, especially in the wet season. Fred Rowe left Gove in early 2000 and returned in early 2005. “ At the end of 2005 I was approached by Wendy Banks to see if I was interested in getting indoor volleyball up and running again,” Mr Rowe said. “I accepted the position as president of the association and from there it skyrocketed. With a full committee and backing from the local community we started our first season early 2006. We had 16 teams which we thought would be our maximum number and actually had to turn some teams away. “Since then we have had a steady flow of teams, running two seasons each year, with the most being 20 teams last season. “We play at the Nhulunbuy High School gymnasium which is air-conditioned and has good facilities. We are again striving to

A weekend of excitement planned for riders

Volleyball players are set for a new season get 20 teams for this season, but we can play our competition with a minimum of 12 teams. “We are yet to send any teams away to events such as NT Titles which are normally held in Darwin or Alice Springs. Because their seasons are continuous and we have a decent break between ours we don’t seem to get a lot of notice but we are looking at sending a team away this year for the NT Titles. Not sure when or where but we are in contact with Volleyball NT who we are affiliated with.” Some of the indoor teams regularly play in the annual Rotary beach volleyball competition. The

association has helped out the Rotary with implementation of some basic local rules and knowledge of the sport. The association is always looking for anyone to help out in the committee and or on the night setting up nets and also pulling them down. All teams are involved in umpiring and scoring so they benefit from knowledge of the basic rules and scoring of volleyball. For further information contact Fred Rowe on 8987 3512 or 0417 080 579 or email fredntash@ or fredntash@linet. net or

The search for marathon runners is on LAST year two local indigenous runners got the opportunity to compete in marathons overseas and the call is out for young athletes to take on the challenge again this year. Arian Pearson and Jamie Wanangmurra were part of the Indigenous Marathon Project organised by champion marathon runner Robert de Castella and now the invitation has been issued for athletes to register their interest. The New York City Marathon is one of the toughest and biggest running events in the world with 48,000 runners, two million cheering spectators, and 315 million worldwide television viewers. Arian Pearson was one of the 15 Indigenous Marathon Project runners who crossed the finish line in Central Park and said it is one

of the great thrills of a lifetime. Organisers are seeking outstanding Indigenous men and women aged between 18 and 30 who have the commitment and ability to train for this endurance running event. They will be coached and supervised by Australian marathon champion Rob de Castella and will be required to attend a number of training camps around Australia during the year. They will also undertake a special Certificate III in Community Recreation - Indigenous Health. Applicants should be willing to inspire other Indigenous men and women and have an interest in wanting to make a difference by promoting a healthy lifestyle. Visit to apply or call 02 6260 5750 or email marathon@

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Riding gear needs to be worn by all riders. THE next event for junior motor cycle racers at the Nhulunbuy Motorcycle Club is on Saturday, February 4, and it will be on rain hail or cyclone. It will be a track based race off practice for junior and senior riders. Sign in for riders is at 9am and riding gear is required. There will be a barbecue and drinks for sale. The first of three coaching clinics for junior bike riders in Gove will be held by the Club on Sunday, February 5. Riding gear is required including boots and long sleeved shirts or jerseys. A parent must be in attendance for all junior riders and kids visiting need to wear closed in shoes. New members are always welcome and the club promotes safe riding for all levels of motor sport. Volunteering for flag marshals are needed and training is provided. Please contact the club to register your interest in volunteering. For further information contact Tony Foster on 0414 423 196 or email

Robert de Castella with Arian Pearson with students at Yirrkala last year.

NT A W WE UR YO TS R SPO S! NEWTimes We love sport and want to provide your club or afura r A association with the best coverage possible! Sports results are published in the Arafura Times at NO CHARGE to your club!

Email your sports news, results and photos to: Deadline is 10.30am, Monday prior to publication Regular sports contributors are encouraged to contact Marjo, the editor, and register your club contact person and their phone number and email address. Arafura Times

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BMX riders attack Melbourne tracks By DAVE BAXTER THE past week or so has been a busy time for local BMX riders Reagan Roath and Tim Baxter. They have been competing with the 20 other riders from the Territory at the Track Attack series which is being run at six tracks in suburbs all over Melbourne from Frankston to Geelong. The squad is staying at a scout camp again in a suburb of Melbourne and as in the first part of their tour they all have to share in the chores, preparing meals, cleaning up, doing their own washing and keeping their accommodation clean. They arrived on Thursday and it was straight out getting bikes together and into training. They started racing on Friday night at the Knox track, Saturday morning saw them travelling to South Eastern and Sunday morning they were off to Park Orchards. The racing consisted of three motos, some classes had semis and then finals with riders accumulating points from their three moto’s that go to a points tally after all six rounds are completed with the winner accumulating the most points. Some of the riders have achieved some great top three results which will be gaining them very valuable points towards to the series. One thing they have had to get used to is the cooler weather down south and it’s very different for them

not riding in the humidity they are used to. Tuesday saw the team competing at a charity race meeting called BSX which is held on someone’s back yard two lane BMX track to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. It’s a fun day with an auction and the team all signed a team jersey and donated it to the auction to help raise some money which was a great idea. Then the riders all got to bid for the race plates they rode with so all in all it was a great day with a lot of money raised. The kids got a bit of a break from training Wednesday and went to an indoor pool and skate park complex and from the photo’s popping up on Facebook they had a ball. Thursday had them training at the Frankston track with Jade McPherson the BMX coach that’s travelling with them and then they all competed at Frankston’s club race night which again saw some really good results from the riders. All the training and racing seems to be paying off for them and they are really improving their riding skills as well as their people skills having to be independent and look after themselves. The one downer with the night was one of the riders had a very bad fall in one of his races and has multiple fractures of his elbow so unfortunately that is his riding over with for a couple of months but he

will continue on to Perth to support his team mates. Friday has come around quickly and it’s back to Frankston for round 4 and then Saturday and Sunday the racing moved on to Eastfield for round 5 and then the final round 6. We have had some very pleasing results with nearly half the squad placing in the top three in their respective age divisions and most of the remaining members of the squad getting on the podium which is a fantastic result and a real credit to all the coaches for all the hard work they have done. Monday was a relax and unwind day and the kids decided on a trip to the movies and an afternoon at the shops which was a lot of fun. Tuesday is here and it’s time to strip the bikes down again and get them packed away for the trip across to Perth for the final leg of the tour but before they can leave it’s what they all dread and that’s the big clean up of the scout camp and their quarters but their getting very organised by now and have a system worked out so it all goes pretty smoothly. The weather is going to be different again when the team arrives in Perth because the city is experiencing some of the hottest weather for over 40 years but they will rise to the challenge I’m sure. So good-bye Melbourne and look out Perth the Territory BMX Team is on their way.

The Territory team in Melbourne.

Some BMX action in Melbourne.


Ph 8987 2640 • 0407 460 487 Email: •

FUN DAY & SIGN-ON DAY Saturday, February 4 – 9am to midday

Thrills and spills on track.

• Free Sausage Sizzle and Giveaways

Start playing today! Wilson peeWee tennis coaching 3 - 5 years Using modified courts, racquets and balls to make things fun and easy

MCL Tennis Hot Shots is an exciting tennis program for kids aged 5 – 10 years. Using modified courts, racquets and balls to make things fun and easy.

Junior Coaching 10+ years. 18 – Arafura Times

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This is serious work.

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

Sports reports deadline is 10.30am, Monday prior to publication

Australia Day Ambrose a hit with golfers By ESTHER RIKA The annual Gove Country Golf Club Australia Day nine-hole Ambrose went ahead despite the stormy weather forecasts expected for the day. These conditions did not dampen the spirits of 15 teams and 62 players who turned up donning their Aussie Day colours, and flags flying high, eager to battle the gale force winds and torrential rain for that perfect par. Teams hit off with a shotgun start and halfway through the competition the blackened sky opened up and it rained heavily. Despite a few loud bangs of thunder all kept slogging through the rain to the tunes of good old Aussie anthems sounding out from the Club House even down to the third hole. In soggy conditions, the eighth hole was a floater and a bonus for those who would normally over shoot the hole. From halfway down the left of the first fairway Julie hit a sweet draw shot landing just off the green. ‘The Oldies’ team secret weapon, ‘One putt Sally’ mastered the conditions providing heat to the competition. Conditions also got the best of some, especially Norris and Anthony who teed off, not even making it past the ladies tee. Team-mate Mat raised their spirits with a closest to the pin on the first - par five. Mat and team ‘B-Grade’ also fell short of an eagle on the first Girls Lucy and Taylor and boys Blaid, Seth and Jack. but both recovered for a great birdie. The best-dressed golf cart went to Kenny and Maciu Gentle and Russell Bailey riding high above the bogs. The best-dressed Aussie flag couple was Al and Wendy Fanning and the best-dressed team went to the green and gold ‘Gove Mafia’. The traditional thong throwing competition resulted in a thong throw off-down the hill on the seventh. Nick Munnings landed a great double-plugger on the target for first place. Eddie Henderson came second followed by Andy Gould in third. After a great Aussie barbecue, cooked up by Graham and Al, members could sit down, relax, share a yarn or two and enjoy the live Open Mic Session lead by Nick Munnings on his guitar. Young talents Taylor and Lucy also had a go at entertaining us all on a great Australia Day. “It’s been the best Australia Day Ambrose ever playing through the storm and the rain”, Nick Munnings winner of the thong said Sarah throwing competition and his nephews Sam “Losing my pink ball from Pink Jacket Day Owen Grills tees off on the first. and Noah Blundell. was sad but not bad ‘cause we had fun even in the rain”, said Nicky. The finale involved teams rolling the dice to deduct strokes and determine winners. Team ‘Byrds Factor’ with Billy Trusz, Mick Thomas, Craig Byrnes and Deanno were triumphant in first place. 2nd - Flying Emus - Grant Dennett, Grant Gibson, Damien Sanders and Rose Becker. 3rd - The Oldies - David and Sally Jago, Bob Small and Rosemary Redgen. 4th - Team Bawaka - Denise Fincham, Dhalulul Stubbs and Nick Munings. 5th - B-Grade - Eddie Henderson, Owen Grills, Andy Gould, Paul Kearney 6th - GIS - Pat Laverty, David Neenan, Sean Murphy, Michael Tremellen and The African. 7th - Gove Mafia - Ace Thomson, Rachel Blundell, Hannah Seaniger and Sarah Munnings. “It has been a great start to the new year, seeing many people supporting the Golf Club and braving the rain to come out and play on Australia Day. With our new manager Steve Josh and a new committee we can all look forward to many more great events throughout the year,” said House Captain Allen. Graham Baulch, Al and Wendy Fanning and Julie Strauss get into the Australia Day spirit.

Best dressed team - Gove Mafia - Rachel and Isobell Blundell, Sarah Munnings, Hannah Seaniger and Ace Thomson.

Best dressed golf cart - Russell Bailey and Maciu and Ken Gentle.

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and Bar Meals Returns from ONLY $10 Tickets on sale from 11.30am. Drawn at 1.30pm.

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 OPEN 7 NIGHTS FROM 6PM  Lunch Wednesday to Sunday,


from 12 noon (reservations advised)  ALL FUNCTIONS CATERED FOR

AHA Harbottle Gold Plate Award


Arnhem Club “Bottle O” Bottleshop Specials Specials start Monday, January 30  Finish Sunday, February 5 h ra hat wit Free Fedo n o rt each ca cks last) (while sto

Johnnie Walker Red Label 700ml



Crown Lager stubs carton


Carlton Mid 30 pack cans carton


Carlton Dry stubs carton


XXXX Gold 30 pack cans carton

Bundy & Cola 10 pack cans

$4799 10 pack $3799

The Arnhem Club: Members and bonafide guests in the company of a member are welcome. Only financial members may purchase from the bottleshop. 20 – Arafura Times

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Koo Bar

7 DAY Tuesday

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