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Laynhapuy Last rush before works to Christmas resolve cashflow concerns

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By MARJO HALLOWELL IN ORDER to quash the buzz around town that a local Indigenous group is going bust the management of Laynhapuy Homelands Association Inc. (LHAI) stresses it is not in voluntary receivership. The general manager of Laynhapuy, Ric Norton confirmed that in September, due to concerns about their cashflow situation, the Board approached their major funding bodies in the Australian Government requesting assistance in managing this situation. “As part of the Australian Government’s response, Meertens Chartered Accountants were appointed as a Funds Controller only for Australian Government funds from mid October. In this role, Meertens reimburse LHAI and/or pay creditors directly for expenditure that LHAI incurs, in strict accordance with agreed funding budgets. Meertens also provides a government steering committee with ongoing advice as to LHAI’s financial position,” Mr Norton said. “LHAI continues to manage and have full responsibilities for those areas of its business that are not funded by the Australian Government. “The Board of Laynhapuy Homelands is continuing to work with the Australian Government to resolve the ongoing cashflow concerns. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Westpac Bank for its ongoing support to LHAI in managing this situation. “LHAI has every intention of meeting the commitments to our creditors, and we also thank them for their patience as we juggle payments in accordance with the income available to us each week.” A spokesperson for the Indigenous Affairs, Minister Jenny Macklin said Laynhapuy Home-

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lands Association Inc. has advised the Australian Government that it is in a very fragile financial position. “In consultation with the Association’s Board, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has appointed a funding controller to administer funding provided by the Commonwealth to the organisation and review the Association’s current financial position,” she said. “Officers from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are also working with the Association’s Board and other funding providers including the Northern Territory Government to agree on an appropriate way forward to resolve any governance, administration and financial management issues. “The Australian Government acknowledges the important role the Association plays in delivering services to the homelands in the region and will work to ensure services continue to be delivered to Yolngu people.” Laynhapuy has been operating for decades and is fundamentally important to the Yolgnu people.

It is a member based association of the Yolngu from the Laynhapuy, Djalkirripuyngu and Miyarrkapuyngu areas of north east Arnhem Land. Member for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker said Laynhapuy have provided critical and core community services to around a thousand homelands residents in the east Arnhem region and government for many years and are also a major and successful employer of Indigenous people. “The Federal government, as the major grants funder, has responded swiftly to Laynha’s request for assistance and this is welcome news,” she said. LHAI is organisationally structured around the vision of its founders and strategic priorities: “To determine our own future, to manage our own affairs, to become self sufficient so the homeland mala can continue to live in peace and harmony. “ The Purpose and Mission of LHAI is to support the Yolngu members of the Homeland communities serviced by the Association through programmes that deliver: maintenance and protection of country and culture; employment, training and economic development opportunities; good

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Local student featured in calendar A LOCAL student is one of 13 to have her work featured in the 2012 Emergency Preparation and Response Calendar. Olive Griffin a year 3 student at Nhulunbuy primary school was delighted to learn her work had been included. Her mother, Lucy, said she encouraged students to enter and two from year 6, three from year 3 and one from year 2 entered. Olive said her drawing was about being prepared for a cyclone. “I went onto the internet and got some information and then I drew things we needed to get together in an emergency,” Olive said. “It was a long time ago as I was eight when I did it. I’m nine now.” Chief Minister Paul Henderson launched the calendar which provides information to Territorians on how to prepare for natural disasters last week. Mr Henderson said the calendar is the first of its kind for the NT and a great tool to get everyone, particularly children and their parents, thinking about how to prepare for natural disasters. “Natural disasters and emergencies are a way of life wherever you live in the world, including the Northern Territory,” Mr Henderson said “It’s important to be prepared, know the risks and have a plan for you and your family if there is a disaster. “This is particularly important in the Territory as we regularly experience cyclones, floods and bushfires. “Every family member, including children should be aware of their plans and that’s why it’s important to start developing awareness at a young age. “The calendar features the artwork of 13 Territory school children and reinforces the key safety messages of potential hazards and natural disasters. “Almost 700 entries from right across the Territory were received and the judges had a tough job.

Olive Griffin from Nhulunbuy primary whose work is on the November page of the Emergency Preparation and Response calendar. “There were so many great entries that they will all be on display at the State Library until December 22 and online at,” Mr Henderson said The creation of the emergency preparation calendar is funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments through the Northern Territory Natural Disaster Resilience Program. All of the 13 winning entries will receive an iPad 2 and an emergency kit.

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ALL employment targets set under the three-year ‘Jobs NT’ plan have been exceeded ahead of time, Minister for Business, Delia Lawrie, said recently. “The Jobs NT plan is a bold initiative to help workers, employers and the wider community share in job opportunities,” Ms Lawrie said. “Launched in 2010, JobsNT sets aggressive targets in certain key areas to improve labour market performance and support economic and social growth. “With six months still to go, all targets have already been exceeded including indigenous employment, workforce growth and participation and young people achieving year 12 or equivalent qualifications. “The target of 3000 Indigenous Territorians commencing employment across the public and private sectors in the three years to 2012 has been met. “Territory labour force participation continues to exceed national participation rates at 73.7 per cent

versus a national figure of 65.7 per cent. “The growth of our workforce continues, with the number of employed persons in the Territory increasing by two per cent and the proportion of Territorians with a qualification at or above Certificate III increasing by 2.7 percentage points to 48.2 per cent. “Furthermore, the number of Territorian achieving a Year 12 or equivalent Certificate II qualification by 2012 has risen from 65.1 per cent in 2007 to 73.1 per cent in 2010, exceeding our target of a five per cent increase. With so many job opportunities on the horizon, it is an exciting time to be a Territorian. “Whether the first job out of school or the career of a lifetime, the Territory Government is delivering on preparing workers, employers and the wider community to contribute to and benefit from the opportunities associated with economic growth.”

Scammers now using SMS to get people THE Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Gary Clements, has received an SMS claiming that he has won US$400,000 in Lotto, but it’s nothing more than a scam. Consumer Affairs is warning anyone receiving the message to delete it and not to reply to any request for personal information. Consumers are prompted to reply to the SMS via email, and if they do, they are then asked to send more personal information such as bank account numbers, Tax File numbers and birth dates. “Always remember that you cannot win a lottery that you have not entered,” Mr Clements said. “The scammers have randomly generated your mobile telephone number, so never respond to a message.

“This scam serves as a timely reminder about their increasingly personal nature. Scammers are finding ways to get information about your personal profile and use this to play on your relationships with people and organisations you know and trust.” Mr Clements said the effects of scams on victims can be devastating and scammers don’t discriminate - they’ll target anyone, using a myriad of ways to slip under your radar including phone calls, SMS, letter, email, fax, blog, online chat or dating services. Here are some tips to help you stay safe: Protect your identity - your personal details are private and invaluable - keep them away from

scammers. Don’t respond - ignore suspicious emails, letters, phone calls or text messages - press ‘delete’, throw them out or just hang up. Don’t let scammers push your buttons - scammers will play on your emotions to get what they want. Resist the personal touch watch out for scammers posing as someone that you know and trust, or pretending to know you. It is important to protect your identity and if you are suspicious that you have been scammed, report it to Consumer Affairs. Consumers who require any further information should contact Consumer Affairs on 1800 019 319 or email or visit

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Back Row: Michael Mebberson, Rod Palazzi, Chelsea McKenzie, Dee Yeo, Alisha Elford, Jean-Michel Pichette and Matt Fitzgerald with (seated) Ben Gould, Allen Bekewski and Ash Cowper. Ben and Allen were not keen to have their mos plucked. By MARJO HALLOWELL RAZORS were busy in Gove last week as all those who had been growing moustaches for Movember relieved their upper lips of the extra growth they had acquired. In Gove 133 people registered as taking part and raised almost $14,000 (as of Monday). They were among the 142,009 who registered in Australia raising $23,451,629 and 851,419 who registered worldwide raising $94,655,322. Movember started in Melbourne

in 2003 and had 30 people participating that year. Since then it has gone global and raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues, prostate cancer and depression. The Gove Mo Bros, a team of 23 Rio workers and their friends, raised about $7000 and the Arnhem Club with eight participants raised $700. Matt Fitzgerald from the Arnhem Club said he couldn’t wait to shave his growth off. “It’s been driving me nuts. It has been great to be part of something that is good for the community.”

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Ben Gould, from the Arnhem Club said the patrons had really got behind their efforts. “The girls have been getting some weird look as they painted on Mos on the last day as well - showing they support us in our efforts.” Dee Yeo agreed she’d had some weird looks. “One guy said if he wanted to see a woman with a mo he would have stayed at home,” she said. Groups from the Nhulunbuy Police and YBE took part as did a number of individuals.

Don’t drink and drive - Grab a cab POLICE are warning residents to make sure they abide by the law over the Christmas season as they will be dealing severely with offenders. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said they would be cracking down on offenders, particularly drink drivers. “There is no excuse for driving after you have had too much to drink. In Nhulunbuy most places are within walking distance and there are also cabs ready to take people who have over indulged home. “We will be out and about and we will be issuing infringement notices and you will be appearing in court

if you are found to be breaking the law. “As part of the campaign to keep people safe over the festive season we will also be checking car registrations and licenses. Anyone who has lived here for three months must transfer their registration. Vehicles that have been here for longer than three months and have not had their registration transferred are unregistered. This means not only are you driving an unregistered vehicle you are also uninsured and you will not qualify for compensation. “We are not aiming to spoil anyone’s Christmas, just trying to ensure everyone has a safe and happy one.”


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National prices at local chemist AMCAL has come to town and the Gove Pharmacy launched the new catalogue last week. Now part of Allied Master Chemists of Australia Limited (Amcal), local pharmacist Darryl Stewart, has ensured his chemist can now sell products at the same price as other Amcal chemists across Australia. Mr Stewart said the bigger buying power as part of the group will ensure local customers get the best possible prices available. Last Wednesday they held a special launch for invited customers and the store was packed as they took the opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and take part in the lucky draws held during the opening. Mr Stewart complimented his staff and said customers would still benefit from the excellent service they provided. “This has been an opportunity for us to tell all our customers of the changes to product lines and they can see the prices for themselves,” he said. “We are still waiting on signage to be added and there are still more goods arriving on the barge in two weeks.”

Back row Darryl Stewart, Rhona Woodhead, Akiyo Keehne and Nicole Stewart. Front row Eleni Kynigopoulos, Amy-Lee Kesteven and Jess Pitkin in their new Amcal uniforms. With the normal challenges providing better prices for their master chemists give Australian of deliveries he expects to be customers. families advice they can count on fully operational as Amcal early Since they started in the 1930s providing a wealth of knowledge in the year. Amcal has grown to become their customers can trust. Darryl and Nicole have been the largest pharmacy retailer in Gove Pharmacy is open from at the Gove Pharmacy since 2005 Australia. With pharmacies in 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and see this as a move forward every state and territory, their and 9am to noon on Saturday.

Tax cuts for carbon in clean energy future LOW and middle income households are now guaranteed to receive tax cuts or rises in their payments following the passage of the Government’s Clean Energy Future legislation by the Senate. The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon and Northern Territory Senator, Trish Crossin said that much of the additional revenue raised by the sale of carbon permits would be used to help households, with the expected small impact on the cost of living following the introduction of a carbon price on July 1, 2012. Mr Snowdon said that over 64,000 taxpayers throughout the Northern Territory will get a tax cut, with 53,000 taxpayers receiving at least $300 a year. “As part of the tax cuts that come with the carbon price legislation, if you earn less than $18,200 a year you will no longer have to pay tax, which will greatly benefit those working part-time across the Territory.” Across the Northern Territory more than

50,700 people will also receive household assistance through increases to their pension or family assistance payments. Mr Snowdon said specifically about 19,400 families will receive an increase in their family assistance payments which exceeds the potential cost of living increase due to the carbon price. “In fact, a dual income household with one child and a combined annual income of $75,000 will be more than $500 a year better off, through the family payment increases. The Government’s assistance package will also ensure that across the Northern Territory, more than: 19,100 pensioners will receive an extra $338 per year if the are single and up to $510 per year for couples combined; 3,900 single parents will get an extra $289 per year in increased income support; 11,100 job seekers will get up to $218 extra per year for singles and $390 per year for couples combined. Senator Crossin said the carbon price will

only be paid by around 500 of Australia’s biggest polluters, and that modelling, both independent and by federal treasury, showed the expected flow on price rises would be less than one cent in the dollar. “Pricing carbon has been supported by most leading economists, many prominent business leaders and every living federal Liberal leader before Tony Abbott, including former prime ministers John Howard and Malcolm Fraser, as the most effective and cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions.” “The passage of the Government’s Clean Energy Future legislation means we can now get on with the job of tackling climate change, and creating new clean energy jobs, while ensuring low and middle income households are not adversely impacted,” Senator Crossin said. More information on the Government’s Clean Energy Future Plan is available at


Taking stock of emergency resources AS the cyclone season approaches the local emergency services are making sure they are able to handle whatever crisis which may arise. Recently the officer in charge of the Nhulunbuy Fire Service, Colin Snowden, visited the Nhulunbuy NTES to see what supplies and equipment they had. Mr Snowden said it was important to ensure each of the services knew what their responsibilities were and that they all work together. “It is important that we do not waste time wondering what is and is not available so by seeing what the NTES has in their storeroom and how they are set up is vital for an efficient operation. Captain of the NTES Ian Hovedon, showed Mr Snowden around the facility and Mr Snowden became aware of the capabilities of the volunteers. He was shown the generator and supplies as well as the new storm damage trailer. Mr Hoveden said the NTES in town had been attracting new members and training meetings were held every Tuesday at 7.30pm. “Some of the challenges we face are that some of our members work shifts so the more volunteers we have the more we will be able to help the public should emergencies arise. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can just come along to our meetings. There are also a lot of roles that need to be done apart from going out in the field and those wanting to learn more about how they can help out can also come along.”

Buckle up on remote buses BUS operators have until January 30 to take advantage of the latest round of grants and make school buses in regional communities safer for students that use them. Regional, rural and remote school bus operators have been urged to apply to the Australian Government for funds under round nine of the Seatbelts for Kids scheme to make their buses safer. Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, called on local communities, schools and parents to encourage bus operators to apply under the scheme for a grant of up to $25,000. “Many regional school routes involve longer journeys at higher speeds. It’s important that our kids get to school safely and this funding assists in making that journey safer. It’s a simple but very important scenario,” Ms King said. The call for round nine applications came as the outcome of funding for round eight of the programme was announced. Under round eight of Seatbelts for Kids, an extra 35 buses were approved for funding, taking total approvals for the scheme to 313 buses from 147 operators. “With local schools, communities and families having a strong voice in regional areas, I ask them to encourage operators not to miss out on this opportunity to reduce the risk of injury to kids on school buses,” Ms King said. “Bus operators who have an existing contract with a state or territory government to provide school bus services on a recognised rural and regional school bus route can apply for funding to fit seatbelts to new buses or retrofit existing buses,” she said. Applications for Seatbelts for Kids round nine close on January 30. For information on eligibility and how to apply visit seatbeltsforkids/

Have you been in Gove Too long? Just some fun thoughts submitted by Shelly Tonkin. Do you have any ideas as well? - You bought a dog so when you visit the local waterholes, the dog can swim first. - You know what I mean when I say you let the dog swim first. - You have a new appreciation for canned vegetables and fruit. - You own at least several Partylite products. Ian Hovedon from NTES gives Col Snowden from Nhulunbuy Fire Service a tour through their centre.

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New insight into climate change in the Pacific

One of Australia’s vulnerable neighbours Tuvalu. Photo: Gillian Cambers, CSIRO


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NEW research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia’s Pacific island neighbours and East Timor was released last month by the Australian Government’s Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP). The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region. Co-editor of the report, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Dr Scott Power, said the findings would be presented at an event during the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference being held from next week in Durban, South Africa. “The research provides clear evidence of how the climate has changed across this region. For example, the past decade has been the warmest on record and ocean acidity levels are continuing to increase in response to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations,” Dr Power said. According to co-editor, CSIRO’s Kevin Hennessy, the research indicates future decreases in droughts in most parts of the Pacific and decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones by the end of the century. “The research provides clear evidence of how the climate has changed across this region” “We also expect widespread increases in extreme rainfall events, large increases in the incidence of hot days and warm nights, increases in the proportion of tropical cyclones in the more intense categories and continued sea-level rise during this century,” Mr Hennessy said. The PCCSP has been working with national meteorological services and other partners in the Pacific to develop this climate knowledge and build the region’s capacity to undertake climate research. Salesa Kaniaha from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard Department said prior to the release of this research there had only been limited country-specific climate information available. “This report therefore addresses a crucial need for reliable information to help Pacific countries effectively plan for climate change,” Mr Kaniaha said. The report includes climate projections for Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Mr Hennessy also announced that information about the future climate of these countries would be easily accessible via a new interactive online tool called Pacific Climate Futures. “Pacific Climate Futures allows the user to explore future changes in various aspects of the climate including temperature, rainfall, wind, sunshine and humidity for 20-year averages around 2030, 2055 and 2090 under three greenhouse gas emissions scenarios,” he said. The PCCSP is delivered by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO and managed by the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in collaboration with AusAID as part of Australia’s five year, $328.2 million, International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative. Electronic versions of the report and brochures summarising findings for each partner country are now available at: The Pacific Climate Change Science Program.

Increased protective custody incidents POLICE have been busy over the last week detaining drunks in protective custody. Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said they had been holding the offenders, who have been drunk in the street, overnight for their own safety. “At this time of year many people have their outdoor fridges well stocked and itinerants and youths are accessing any that are not correctly secured,” he said. “Residents need to ensure their alcohol is securely locked away in compliance with their permit conditions.”


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2011 ADA dance awards: Emily Tankard took out the award for Most Outstanding Dance Student of 2011. Emily performed in the Highland, ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. Outstanding achievements of 2011 in: ballet junior - Eliza Jovicic, ballet senior - Tayla Miegel; contemporary junior - Leila Dunn, contemporary senior - Milly McDonald; jazz junior - Lucy Laverack, jazz senior - Georgette Birch; tap junior - Siena Stubbs,tap senior - Zoe Farnsworth; hip hop junior - Lachlan Frick, hip hop senior - Ineke Wallis; boyz rock - Sean Laverack; Highland junior - Yllana Waller, Highland senior - Megan Donovan. Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; encouragement awards were presented to Grace Chamberlain, Kirsten Savage, Mackenzie Asplin Tegan Stiff and Madison Pearce. Dance diversity - Alicia Wong. Rising star - Taylah Wembridge. Entertainer of the year - Lauren Ritchie. Encouragement awards : ballet junior - Naomi Rika, ballet senior - Gabby Birch; contemporary junior - Ella Seaniger, contemporary senior - Tayla Edwards; jazz junior - Tahli Stimpson, jazz senior - Rhianna Parker; tap junior - Indyana Goodland, tap senior - Bonnie Hill; hip hop junior - Mary Colquhoun, hip hop senior - Tommy Srakaew-Stephenson; Highland junior - Jerusalem Bracie, Highland senior - Codi Roath.

Students danced their way through concert. For more photos from the night see pages 10 and 11 >> THE Town Hall was packed to capacity last week as the Arafura Dance Association held their end of year dance concert performances. Held over three days from November 25-27 the concert performance is held to showcase the talents of the ADA dancers aging from three years of age through to adult dancers. The programme featured dances in classical ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, Highland and boyz rock. The dances were choreographed by ADA principal teacher Rachael Wallis and ADA dance teachers Sharlene Cardilini, Melissa Kennedy and Ineke Wallis. Liz Stephenson from ADA said the concert was ablaze of spectacular costumes and wonderful dances by the 175 plus dance students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These concerts would not be able to go ahead without the assistance of parents, who help organise costumes

and help out front and back stage, our sponsors and supporters, our hard working committee, our wonderful dance teachers and of course the dancers,â&#x20AC;? she said. From the moment the first dancers took to the stage parents, family and friends were waiting for their own star performers to come on stage. From the tiny tots performing to Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small World to the silver and gold medal tap dancers performing to Mamma Knows Best the concert highlighted the enthusiasm and talent of local dancers no matter what their age. The costumes were outstanding and all the dancers performed extremely well. It will be interesting to see how far some of the very talented and dedicated dancers will go in the field of dance. After the Sunday matinee performance the 2011 ADA dance awards were held (see box at top right).


Training project skills up Groote workers THE Australian Government has provided funding to deliver training and dedicated employment support to 30 Aboriginal workers on Groote Eylandt. Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the $395,000 project to up skill workers will be managed by Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises (GEBIE) Civil and Construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The project will provide accredited and non-accredited training to Aboriginal workers, creating valuable transferable skills to work on upcoming construction projects and pursue further employment opportunities on Groote Eylandt,â&#x20AC;? Senator Arbib said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early this year I visited Groote Eylandt and saw the fantastic work

GEIBIE Civil and Construction are doing to provide long term skills and job opportunities for Aboriginal Australians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The training this project provides will support the long term economic sustainability of the Groote Eylandt community and will help maintain job opportunities for Aboriginal workers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through partnerships with the local Job Services Australia provider, GEBIE Job Shop, and Angurugu School and Registered Training Organisations, employees of GEBIE Civil and Construction, will receive training in welding, fabrication, construction, civil works, literacy and numeracy, first aid and nationally recognised OH&S white card.â&#x20AC;? Mr Snowdon said tailored mentoring support will be provided by

to assist the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participants to retain employment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locals on Groote Eylandt face many barriers to employment including, transport, family considerations and understanding of the work environment. I am particularly pleased that support will be provided to assist people with literacy and numeracy,â&#x20AC;? Mr Snowdon said. Senator Arbib said it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the next four years the Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous employment programme,â&#x20AC;? Senator Arbib said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is part of the Australian Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target to create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.â&#x20AC;?




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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.

DECEMBER Wed 7 to Fri, Apr 20, 2012. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club – 2011-2012 XXXX Gold Billfish Tournament. Thu 8. Nhulunbuy Christian College - Thanksgiving evening and awards night from 7.30pm. Thu 8. Last fun night at the Skate Park before the Wet. Thu 8. Nhulunbuy Primary School EC Swimming Carnival. Fri 9. Nhulunbuy Primary School Primary Swimming Carnival for Y3-Y6 from 9am to 12.45pm. Sat 10. Annual Toy Run. Sat 10. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Christmas Party and Awards Party at clubhouse from 6pm. Sat 10. NCL Art and Craft Market hosted by Over 3’s. Sun 11. Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party day by the pool. For members of the East Arnhem Chamber of Commerce and their families. Cost $10 per family - bring a present for the kids. RSVP Dec 6 Treacy Harry 8987 1985. Sun 11. Christmas Carols presented by the combined Churches of Nhulunbuy. 6.30pm for 7pm start. Electric candles and soft drinks for sale. Free sausage sizzle. Sun 11. Waterslide Day from 2pm-5pm at the Golf Club East Woody. Sausage sizzle and Icy Cups for sale. . Mon 12. Nhulunbuy Primary School Christmas Concert 7.30pm -9.30pm. Tue 13. Nhulunbuy High School Presentation. Wed 14. Nhulunbuy Primary School Y6 graduation. Thu 15. Pre School Concert. Fri 16. Charles Darwin University Presentations at Town Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Mon 19 to Fri, Jan 27, 2012. Nhulunbuy Community Neighbourhood Centre - Holiday Happening programme. 7.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. 8987 2191. Sun 25. Rotary Santa’s Lolly Run on Christmas Day starts about 8am Christmas morning and distributes lollies and good cheer to Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Biritjimi, Galupa and Marngarr. Help is more than welcome.

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New committee at the Arnhem Club I ATTENDED the Arnhem Club AGM on Sunday which was attended by a small group of members with routine annual reporting including the announcement of the newly elected committee. Congratulations to Dave Mitchell who has been re-elected as president, Cassandra Brown as vice president, BJ Anderson as treasurer and general committee members include John Keogh, Patrick Mayer and Shane Goodwin. The secretary’s position along with a couple of spots for general committee remain vacant. With the audited report showing that the club’s finances are turning around for the better, I

think members can be confident that under the stewardship of the new committee and management that the club will continue to improve and consolidate. From the floor, members offered constructive suggestions to the committee about positive initiatives which would attract more families to patronise the club. WITH just two weeks of school to go, I look forward to attending the many end of year concerts and presentation nights to present the various awards I sponsor which recognise a range of student achievements. I am travelling to Donydji Homeland Learning Centre this Wednesday for a launch of books

A NEW Facebook page has appeared on the radar after a new resident to town discovered there were many other new arrivals not sure how to deal with the wet season. Tanya Foster started up Nhulunbuy Wet Season Topics and Help so long term residents could share their expertise with those who had never experience living in this climate before.


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A little over a fortnight ago she posted her first listing and has since then included a number of links to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia severe weather, the NTES, the road report website and emergency services. Mrs Foster said as well as emergency situations the site also provides information on how to deal with mould and any other topics

specifically related to the humid climate. “As a remote community this is vital we all know what to do in an emergency and where to get the information we need at short notice. I invited everyone in town to add the to site with information useful not just during emergencies but also about how to cope with the climatic conditions in our everyday lives,” she said.

TRY before you buy; that is the call by the Nhulunbuy RSPCA to help them re-home four dogs and two cats that have been in their care. Bev Goodchild said they would be happy for potential pet owners to take home one of their adorable pets on a trial basis to make sure they all got on well together. “This way the new owners don’t have to make a commitment until they are absolutely sure the dog is what they are after,” she said. Mrs Goodchild said the Nhulunbuy RSPCA was also looking for some additional volunteers willing to give up some of their time during the holidays. “Many of our regulars are heading out for the festive season and we just want some volunteers to either help out at the shelter or to foster some of the animals during the break. She can be contacted on 8987 2243.


Tue 6. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. TBA: AFANT Ladies Fishing Clinic - 2pm Sunday afternoon. TBA: Airnorth Ladies Fishing Tournament - Ladies 2 day Tournament.

when typically families choose to relocate. I’d like to say a very fond farewell to Arnie and Denise Kokkin who are moving on to greener pastures after more than 35 years in Nhulunbuy.

Try before you buy with RSPCA

Sat 14. Nhulunbuy Motorcycle Club - Working Bee. Sun 15. Nhulunbuy Motorcycle Club - first meeting of the year.


Electoral News

by NT Member for Nhulunbuy LYNNE WALKER

Wet Season Facebook page on the radar

2012 January

Tue 7. Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club Monthly General Meeting. Fri 17. Rotary Quiz Night. Date to be confirmed: Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club - Junior Fishing Clinic and Family Competition. Clinic Saturday - competition Sunday.

produced by students, followed by a special celebration at Yirrkala School in the evening to recognise the achievements of Clontarf Academy (AFL) students. Nhulunbuy Christian College hold their Thanksgiving event this Thursday followed by Nhulunbuy Primary’s concert on Monday December 12 and Shepherdson College at Elcho Island on Tuesday December 13. Unfortunately I’ll be unable to attend Nhulunbuy High’s end of year presentation night, also on the 13th but will have a representative present the Year 12 Citizenship Awards on my behalf. Yirrkala School will have their awards night on the 14th. IT’S also the time of year

Stats show Australians are happy with medical treatment AT least 80 per cent of people felt their health professional always or often spent enough time with them, listened carefully to them and had shown them respect according to a new report recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. When asked if they felt that their health

professional had spent enough time with them: 95 per cent felt that dental professionals had always or often done so; 88 per cent felt that GPs had always or often done so, and 80 per cent felt that emergency department doctors and specialists had always or often done so.

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However, over a quarter of Australians found cost a barrier in seeing a dental professional (26 per cent), while 12 per cent delayed seeing or did not see a specialist and eight per cent delayed seeing or did not see a GP in the last 12 months due to the cost.

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Local success for CRS job seekers Arafura

Susan Ashley at the Ghunmarnj Centre. OVER its 70 year history, CRS Australia has helped tens of thousands of Australian job seekers with a disability, injury or health condition towards meaningful employment that has changed their lives and given them hope, belonging, confidence and independence.

These job seeker journeys can be inspiring. You wouldn’t be able to tell just by looking at her, but the smiling, confident woman serving your coffee as you visit Ghunmarn Culture Centre in Beswick a bit over a year ago would have had trouble saying hello to you. Susan Ashley was first referred to CRS Australia in August of 2007. At that time, Susan had never worked, had minimal spoken English and was experiencing complications with her prosthetic eye. But Susan did not want to give up. From her first appointment, she made it clear that she wanted to work. “I wanted to work to help my family and improve my skills,” Susan said. Over the next 18 months, CRS Australia provided assistance and support to Susan. This included identifying her strengths and skills, applying for jobs and liasing with the local medical clinic to ensure timely management of her health condition. During this time Susan remained positive and continued to look for local jobs. “I had some relatives working at the Culture Centre and thought I’d be good as a


cleaner there,” she said. Although no jobs were available, Susan turned up anyway to help out and get some experience. Her determination, persistence and commitment to gaining skills on the job led to the manager offering Susan a job. “Susan’s potential far outweighed her health challenges,” said Fleur Parry, development manager for Djilpin Arts which runs the culture centre. “We’re committed to empowering community and individuals.” Susan was offered a part-time position in July 2009 and CRS Australia continued to support Susan’s employment for a further six months. During this time Susan’s confidence continued to grow as she learned skills in hospitality and gallery retail. Susan is still working at the centre and loves her job. “I even got to travel to Melbourne and Darwin with art exhibitions and help in the collection of bush materials for cultural programmes,” she said. “Work has made me proud of myself.” Susan’s story is just one example of how lives have been changed with help from CRS Australia.


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Centrelink clients targetted CENTRELINK customers are being warned of a new phone scam with callers claiming to be from Centrelink. Minister for Human Services Tanya Plibersek said in recent weeks, they have received reports of scams targeting Centrelink customers and urges them to be vigilant. “In this latest scam, people are being called by someone pretending to work for Centrelink claiming they are owed a Centrelink payment of up to several thousand dollars,” Ms Plibersek said. “The caller then instructs the person to send money, usually several hundred dollars via cheque, in order to release the funds. Unfortunately, some people have fallen for this scam and have lost their money. “It’s important to remember that Centrelink would never call anyone and ask for money - for any reason.” “If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Centrelink and you are suspicious, ask for the person’s name and phone number and tell them you’ll call them back. Then ring Centrelink and report the matter.”

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received 42,000 reports of scams and reported losses totalling more than $63 million to scams during 2010. The ACCC observed increases in scammers impersonating representatives from well-known government departments and private companies. Many of these scams were also delivered through unsolicited telephone calls. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer David Bradbury said people should not comply with what the scammers want, and importantly, not send anyone money. “Unscrupulous people who perpetrate scams often target the most vulnerable in the community such as the elderly and people from non-English speaking backgrounds,” he said. “I urge anyone who suspects they have received a scam phone call to report any details to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 1300 795 995.” Further information about scams can also be found at www.scamwatch.

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Arafura Dance Association end of year concert

The Bronze Star Tap class in their colourful costumes.

The Tap silver and gold medal dancers performed the final number for the night.

Ballet Gold medal performers showcased their skills.

Much work had gone into costumes for the ballet test 3 group.

Young tappers showed a lot of potential when they performed at the concert.

Young ballet dancers were pretty in their pink tutus.

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Tap silver medal performers certainly entertained the audience to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Let Me Entertain Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

Arafura Dance Association end of year concert

Jazz Gold Medal dancers in their resplendent costumes attracted a great deal of applause.

The moves of these hip hop dancers showed just how versatile they are.

The Highland Dancers class is attracting more dancers every year.

Boyz rock proving to be popular with many local lads.

Contemporary dancers showed different ages performing to the same piece.

Hip hop is becoming more and more popular.

Jazz level three: (no order) Tylah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Tiahne Brett, Mahlia Snowden and Alyssa Savage.

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5:30 Today 7:30 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 8:00 Hi-5 8:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 11:00 The Cricket Show 11:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affiar 6:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Maternal Capacitance” (PG s) - A disastrous visit from Mrs. Hofstadter brings Leonard and Penny closer together. 7:00 In Their Footsteps 7:30 Two And A Half Men: “Putting Swim Fins On A Cat” (PG s) 10:30 TBA 1:20 Movie: “Sum Of Existence” (MA a,v,l) - Liz Murphy is a normal, vivacious teen, who was brutally assaulted by a stranger and left to die. Unable to deal with the assault, her parents enlist the help of Dr. Juliet King, who uses a new therapy to cure Liz. Two months later, Liz seems fine, thinking that she has been in a coma for that time with no recollection of the assault, but all around her, the people who knew about the assault, are still coming to terms with it. 3:00 Danoz Direct / 4:00 Good Morning America

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Shark Swarm” (M v) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Find My Family 3:00 Toybox 3:30 It’s Academic 4:00 Seven News 4:30 Destination New Zealand 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 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. And a rescued stray dog that’s too excitable to be re-homed begins his new life with the Corrective Services learning to search out drugs. 7:00 Better Homes & Gardens Summer 8:00 Lewis: “Wild Justice” (M) 10:00 Natural Myteries 11:15 Perfect Couples 11:45 Movie: “Chasing Papi” (PG s,l) - Three women discover they share one thing in common: a boyfriend from L.A. Agreeing on revenge, they end up on a wild adventure. 1:30 Auction Squad / 2:30 Infomercials / 3:30 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Breaking Boundaries: Irelands Extraordinary Cricket World Cup 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: French Coastlines: Hyéres to Menton 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Shetland to Orkney 8:30 As It Happened: Killer Subs In Pearl Harbor 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Dad Made Dirty Movies 11:10 Movie: “Human Touch” (MA l,n,s) - An erotically charged drama from director Paul Cox. Following a performance at a local arts festival, 30-year-old Anna is approached by Edward, a wealthy, cultured man in his 60s. He offers to donate money to her choir if she agrees to pose for a series of nude photographs. But when David, Anna’s boyfriend, sees the results of the photographic shoot, he becomes jealous and unnerved by Edward’s attention to Anna. 1:00 Movie: “A Love To Hide” (MAV a,l,v) - In French. Set in Paris in 1942, a young Jewish girl, looking to escape the clutches of the Nazis, is sheltered by an old childhood friend, Jean, and his faithful lover Philippe. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage 11:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Special Delivery 11:30 At The Movies: Summer Special: 2 12:00 My Family: Facebooked 12:30 Elders With Andrew Denton: Clive James 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Canberra Vs Sydney University 3:00 Football: W-League: Brisbane Roar Vs Adelaide United 5:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011 6:00 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: The Lakes 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The One Ronnie - One of Britain’s most enduring and best-loved comics Ronnie Corbett stars in this one-hour comedy sketch show to celebrate his 80th birthday. 8:20 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Pale Horse: When Miss Marple’s old friend is brutally murdered moments after sending her a mysterious list of names through the post, she heads to London to investigate and find justice for her friend. 9:50 The Graham Norton Show : Graham Norton presents his unique celebrity chat show focusing on the people, trends, stories and pop culture that interest him most, featuring trademark Norton comedy monologues and celebrity chat. 10:40 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. 12:05 Rage

5:30 Weekend Today - Saturday 7:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 11:00 The Cricket Show 11:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 National News Saturday 6:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Summer Series 7:00 Movie: “Polar Express” (G) - When a boy who begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. 9:10 Mao’s Last Dancer 11:30 Movie: “Henry Poole Is Here” (PG a,l) - Henry Poole moves into a house in his old neighbourhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. However, the discovery of a “miracle” by a nosy neighbour ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life. 1:20 Movie: “Convoy” (M v,l,d) - Starring Kris Kristofferson as “Rubber Duck”, a defiant truck driver who speeds through three states while a corrupt cop pursues him. A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers joins him along the way. 3:30 Danoz Direct 5:00 Wesley Impact

5:30 Children’s Programs 6:30 Weekend Sunrise 8:30 Children’s Programs 12:30 V8 Xtra 2:30 Motorsport 3:30 Special: Miracle Of The Hudson Plane Crash 4:00 High Road, Low Road 4:30 Creek To Coast 5:00 Queensland Weekender 5:30 Seven News 6:00 No Leave No Life - This week, Rosso surprises Kerry McHugh, a phlebotomist from Sydney who works three jobs to make ends meet. Rosso takes Kerry and her partner Alex to South Australia where their love for each other and their country is cemented through a trike tour of the Barossa to a biplane flight over the Fleurieu Peninsula. 7:00 Movie: “Chicken Run” (G) 9:00 Movie: “Doubt” (M) 11:00 That ‘70s Show: “Surprise, Surprise /” - Hyde is upset when he finds out Kelso is dating his sister. Donna agrees to plug Red’s muffler shop on their free calendar and then finds out it has naked women in it. Eric seeks Fez’s advice on how to be more manly. 11:30 Movie: “Dying OnThe Edge (FKA: Hearsay)” - An ex cop turned insurance investigator looks into the death of a music producer who he suspects was murdered. 1:40 Special: The Deadly Australians 2:35 Auction Squad / 3:30 Home Shopping / 4:30 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Infernal Comedy 2:45 The Trouble With Tolstoy 3:55 The Chopin Etudes 4:00 Tim Marlow Meets... Terry Jones 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Prototype This: Six-Legged All Terrain Vehicle 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Tunnel 8:30 Mythbusters - Viral Myths - The Mythbusters test several myths that have spread on the internet via so-called viral videos. First up, Adam and Jamie test whether a car could be made to fly by creating a water-powered jet grid supplied by ten fire trucks. 9:30 RocKwiz 10:20 Movie: “Priceless” (M l) - In French. A witty and bittersweet remake of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Tautou stars as Irène, a young woman who thinks she’s going to find her happiness in a world of diamonds and restaurants and is ready to do anything to get it. Her idea of a prince is a rich old man, so she cruises the French Riviera in search of one to marry. 12:15 S.O.S: Catharsis 1:15 South Park 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


SBS 5:00 UEFA Champions League 7:30 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Hyeres To Menton 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 8:30 The Family: Happy Birthday To You - Josephine’s 50th birthday is fast approaching and Angelo and the boys have decided to throw her a surprise birthday party. The boys get together with Angelo to discuss a secret strategy. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Big Love: Where Men And Mountains Meet - In the series finale, Bill faces the threat of going to jail as he scrambles to plan for his family’s future and makes a last-ditch effort to save face in the senate. Meanwhile, Margene mulls a change of scenery; Barb considers joining another church; Ben enlists an unlikely ally to connect with Heather; and Don delivers bad news about Home Plus to Bill. Stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloë Sevigny 11:10 UEFA Champions League Hour 1:25 Movie: “Isabella” (M a,s) 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

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5:30 Weekend Today 8:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 11:00 The Cricket Show 11:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:30 Between The Flags - Beyond The Beach 5:30 National News 6:00 Christmas With The Australian Women’s Weekly 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 The Mentalist: Red Alert - Jane is among the hostages taken by a murder suspect who wants to clear his name. 9:00 The Commander (M v,l) 10:00 TBA 11:00 Flashpoint: Between Heartbeats - The team has to deal with a sniper that has taken over City Hall, who just happens to be the son of a man Ed Killed during a mission. Meanwhile, a team member’s health is in question after being caught in the line of fire. 12:00 The Baron 1:00 Spyforce 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America - Sunday 4:30 National Early Morning News / 5:00 Today

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5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 Chris Botti Live 4:00 Buried Alive: The Chilean Mine Rescue 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Widening The Panama Canal 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Bible: A History: St Paul - Tom Holland, historian and award-winning author on the classical world, examines the significance of St Paul. 8:30 The Promice 10:10 Movie: “I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster” (M a,l) - In French. Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime. 12:10 Movie: “53 Winter Days” (M l,n,v) - Set in a bus station during winter, this is a powerful social drama that weaves together three different stories about loneliness, family and relationship breakdowns. Mila is a teacher on leave after having been attacked by a student; Celso is a security guard failing under the weight of providing for his family; and Valeria is a cello student who has been abused by her instructor. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “Shark Swarm” (M a,v) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News 4:30 Destination New Zealand 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 7:00 The Amazing Race 8:00 TBA 10:50 Outsourced: “Guess Who’s Coming To Delhi/ Take This Punjab And Shove It” - When Todd’s U.S. boss Jerry makes a surprise visit, Todd has to keep a drunk Jerry out of trouble. Then, when Todd finds a new employee, his happiness is short-lived when he finds out that someone close to him has poached his new recruit. 11:00 20 Rock 11:20 Trauma: “Frequent Fliers” 12:30 Infomercials 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 NBC Today 4:30 Sunrise Extra / 5:00 Seven Early News

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Stuff 5:30 Collectors 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:25 Catalyst Bytes: Rectangular Stadium 1:30 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs: Headcorn 6:50 Minuscule: Sleepless Night 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?: Invercloy 8:30 The Hour 9:30 Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour 10:25 ABC News: Late Edition 10:35 Silent Witness: Safe: Part 2 11:30 Darling Buds Of May: Stranger At The Gates: Part 2 (PG) - A stranger arrives in town and introduces himself as Pieter and claims to be from Denmark. From the start he is a big hit with everyone. 12:20 The Hour: The war in Suez has the country divided and the team is under pressure to toe a pro-government line. 1:20 Agatha Christie: Poirot: Cat Among The Pigeons 3:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011: Coverage of all the action when Australia take on South Africa at the Moonta Bowls Club on South Australia’s copper coast.

5:30 Today 8:30 Hi-5 9:00 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 11:00 The Cricket Show 11:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Cushion Saturation” 7:30 Hot In Cleveland 8:00 The Mentalist 9:00 Harry’s Law: There Will Be Blood 10:00 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition 11:00 Undercovers: A Night To Forget - Leo becomes a murder suspect in Mexico when he wakes up in a hotel room with a dead woman and has no memory of what happened. 12:00 The Avengers: Never Say Die - Back in the public house, Steed meets Penrose and, suspicious of his strange mannerisms, follows him back to the unit. 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 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 Movie: “All I Want (PG)” (PG) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News 4:30 Destination New Zealand 5:00 Deal or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue 7:00 SCU: Serious Crash Unit 7:30 Drug Bust 8:00 Criminal Minds 9:00 Air Crash Investigations 10:00 Royal Pains 11:00 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “Remembering Dad” 11:30 Special: Cannibal Crusade - Take an exciting journey to the seldom explored tropical jungles of Indonesian-controlled Irian Jaya. 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 The Hidden Face Of Fear 2:00 India Reborn: Mother India 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: Baja California: A Desert Between Two Seas 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Spy Car: The Revenge 8:30 Man Vs Wild: Big Sky Country 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Housos: Uncle Doug 10:30 Skins: Everyone - The big day has finally arrived - Rich and Grace are getting married in the morning. The gang are pulling together for the happy couple and putting their various differences aside for the wedding. 11:30 The World Game: Thee World Game panel offers expert analysis and local perspective on all things football, plus all the latest news and match results. 12:30 Movie: “My Father Is An Engineer” (M l,v,a) - In French. When a female paediatrician opts out of life by falling into a catatonic state, her childhood sweetheart tries to bring her back to normality. A thoughtful meditation on humanism and social ideals in a changing world. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight


IMPARJA 5:30 Today 8:30 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Entertainment Tonight 3:00 Hi-5 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Financial Permeability” 7:00 Getaway 8:00 David Attenborough’s Madagascar 9:00 CSI: NY: To What End - A man in a clown costume shoots a bakery owner, and the investigation reveals that the suspect may be connected to Flack. 10:00 TBA 11:00 Rubicon: In Whom We Trust - Will and Katherine meet secretly. Meanwhile, the API team continues trying to track down Kateb, and Will discovers he shared a common interest with his late boss, David Hadas. 12:00 The Baron 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Alive And Cooking 3:30 National Early Morning News 4:00 Today

4:00 Rage 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Seven Ages Of Britain 1:35 Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Turn Back Time: The High Street: 1930’s 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Nigella Kitchen: Inspiration Everwhere 8:30 The Grumpy Guide To The Eighties 9:30 The Real King’s Speech: Oscar-winning film ‘The King’s Speech’ has brought to the fore the inspiring story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome his crippling stammer. This film uncovers the facts behind this remarkable story. 10:20 ABC News: Late Edition 10:30 Spooks 11:25 The Pursuit Of Excellence: Ferrets 12:25 The Grumpy Guide ToThe Eighties 1:25 Monarch Of The Glen 2:15 Movie: “High, Wide And Handsome” (PG) - Pennsylvania prospectors battle a greedy railroad head by building a pipeline to get their oil to the refineries.

5:30 Today 8:30 Hi-5 9:00 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 11:00 The Cricket Show 11:30 Second Test - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Terminator Decoupling” 7:30 The Middle: “Hecking Order” 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “Big Girls Don’t Throw Food” 8:30 Mike & Molly: “Cigar Talk” - Vince asks for Mike’s help in tutoring him for his GED after Joyce asks him to attend her high-school reunion and he’s embarrassed that he never graduated from high school. 9:00 Survivor: South Pacific 10:00 Nothing Trivial: Who performed The 1987 Hit ‘Time Of My Life’? 11:00 The Unusuals 12:00 20/20 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:30 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Goodmorning America 4:30 National Morning News / 5:00 Today

5:30 Sunrise 8:30 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 11:30 Movie: “A Perfect Day” (PG) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Find My Family 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News 4:30 Discover Tasmania 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue: Tonight, the RSPCA come to the aid of a dog saved from a house fire, a racehorse found dumped in a paddock is given a new lease of life, and inspectors are called to tiny inner city apartment to remove a large number of cats. 7:00 Happy Endings 7:30 How I Met Your Mother 8:00 TBA 10:20 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “You Are So Pregnant Dude / Helping Hand / The Price Of Fame” 11:45 House Calls To The Rescue 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: “Good Hands” (PG) 2:45 Spaceflies: Far Out: Measuring The Universe 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Wales 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Do You See What I See? 8:30 Go Back To Where You Came From 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Hot Docs: One Lucky Elephant 11:40 Movie: “December Heat” (M v,l) - A failed communist rebellion in December 1924 in Estonia sets the scene in this lavishly produced historical action drama about a pair of newlyweds who run into the heart of the conflict as they try to escape the country. 1:20 Embedded With Sheik Hilaly: Dave Zwolenski is 26-year-old man who decides to move in with Australia’s most controversial Muslim figure, Sheik Taj El Hilaly, in order to learn more about the cleric, Islam and the Australian-Muslim community. Dave likes girls and drinking beer, and is not particularly religious. Sheik Hilaly is a devote Muslim, and likes praying and drinking tea. For the next few weeks they are going to be inseparable. 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


ABC 4:00 Rage (G) 4:55 National Press Club Address 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Tess Of The D’Urbervilles 1:25 Mother And Son 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage Spring 6:50 Minuscule: Ladybugs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Jimmy’s Food Factory: Food In A Flash 8:30 Here I Am 10:00 Britain’s Whitest Family 10:25 ABC News: Late Edition 10:35 Bastard Boys: Greg’s War 11:35 Live From Abbey Road: Gossip/ The Mars Volta/ Friendly Fires - Capturing high quality performances from both cutting edge artists and established acts, this critically acclaimed series continues to redfine music television. Artists include Gossip, The Mars Volta and Friendly Fires. 12:30 Movie: “Hunt Angels”(M) A dramatised documentary about Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks, who in 1939 began a moviemaking spree that took on the powerful cinema conglomerates and more - in their pursuit to make the great Australian film. 2:00 Basketball: WNBL: Bulleen Vs Sydney University

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Strictly Speaking 5:30 Spicks And Specks 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 How The Earth Made Us 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Henry VIII: Mind Of A Tyrant 1:30 Bush Slam 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue Revisits 6:50 Minuscule: Narcissus 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Outnumbered 8:30 QI: France 9:00 The Thick Of It 9:35 TBA 10:05 The Trip: The Inn At Whitewell 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:45 Michael Mclntyre’s Comedy Roadshow: Manchester 11:30 The Neanderthal Code: Neanderthals dominated Europe for a quarter of a million years and then became extinct. In this final part we discuss why they disappeared and what part modern man played in their downfall. 12:20 Ten Minute Tales: Ding Dong 1:00 The Trip: The Inn At Whitewell 1:10 The Chaser’s War On Repeats 2:00 Football: W-League: Brisbane Roar Vs Adelaide United

5:30 Today 8:30 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 10:30 National Morning News 11:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Days Of Our Lives 2:30 Entertainment Tonight 3:00 Hi-5 3:30 Pyramid 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:00 Hot Seat 5:30 National News 6:00 A Current Affair 6:30 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:00 RBT 8:00 Sherlock 10:00 True CSI: Cold Blood: Trail Of Blood - When the body of a high profile, anti-crime activist is butchered beyond recognition in his Washington, D.C. basement, the search for suspects leads police deep into the city’s underbelly...can they track down Dennis Dolinger’s cold-blooded killer? 11:00 Weeds 11:30 Eclipse Music TV 12:00 Take 40 Live Presents... 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 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 Movie: “Love’s Unfolding Dream” (PG a) 1:30 Dr Oz 2:30 Find My Family 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Seven News 4:30 Discover Tasmania 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Seven News 6:00 Today Tonight 6:30 RSPCA Animal Rescue: Vets comes to the aid of a lost German Shepherd puppy who has been hit by a car. A neglected pony is found in a paddock and seized by inspectors. And a family suspect their pet cat is trapped in a concrete block wall of their house. 7:00 World’s Strictest Parents 8:10 Criminal Minds: “Middle Man” (M a,v) - When bodies begin turning up in the cornfields of Indiana, the BAU team must catch a pack of serial killers targeting exotic dancers. 9:10 TBA 11:35 Sons And Daughters: A bombshell from Angela sparks Wayne’s determination to ruin Barbara and Gordon’s wedding. 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: “Mataharis” (PG) 2:45 Spaceflies: X-Ray: Invisible Astronomy 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Wales 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Explore: Patagonia To The Pampas 8:30 One Born Every Minute: This episode is all about family. Louisa and David are expecting their fifth baby boy. David thinks they should stick to five children, but Louisa wants six. Meanwhile, Colin - who was adopted - and Suzanne were ‘couch-surfing’ when they found out Suzanne was pregnant. Although they’ve since found a place to live they’re still financially strapped, but Colin couldn’t imagine putting his own child up for adoption. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “Heading South” (M d,s) - In English, French and Creole. Ellen, a 55-year-old American school teacher, travels to politically tumultuous Haiti each summer for a bit of fun with the young male locals. But this year she must compete with two other tourists for her favourite young lover, the handsome, 18-year-old Legba. 11:50 112 Emergency / 1:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

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Your Lucky

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)


1.....Large fish: Maori ------ (6) 5.....Deathless, everlasting (8) 8.....Ditch (6) 9.....African desert (6) 10...Investigation, study (8) 13...Direct course: as the ---- flies (4) 14...Merry go round (8) 18...Getup, gear (6) 19...Film: How the ? Stole Christmas (6) 20...Capital of Hawaii (8) 21...Parson (6)

1.....Restaurant staff (6) 2.....Kind of sealife (6) 3.....Once or the other (6) 4.....Bushwack (6) 6.....Lockjaw (7) 7.....Relating to the moon (5) 11 ...Make shorter (7) 12...Country Women’s Association (3) 13...Fabric (5) 14...Oranges etc (6) 15...Telephone (4, 2) 16...Knickers etc (6) 17...Soap foam (6)


ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

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.

You might be a little too full of yourself at the moment. You are good at organising the people around you. However you should do your best not to boss them around more than is absolutely necessary. Romance. An admirer who has very different values from you might find your approach a little too direct. Make sure you take their past into account.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 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.

You are a very generous person but, over the next few days, you may need to spend a little more time taking care of your own needs. Don’t let other people determine your agenda. Romance. This will be an excellent time to get a new relationship off the ground, or, at the very least, to put an existing one onto a firmer footing.

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.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) 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.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 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.


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) 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.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

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TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

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!

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. – Sven Goran Eriksson



Tension with your parents needs to be diffused as soon as possible. You will have to show the strength of your feelings without upsetting them too much. Romance. Someone who has ignored you up until now will be impressed by a generous gesture. You will soon have yet another admirer to contend with!

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


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.



Your  Lucky

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.


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.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A friend will give you a suggestion that is definately worth following up. This idea should save you a lot of time and money. Romance. A person whom you have been admiring from afar will suddenly take an interest in you. They may be different from what you expect, however.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) This will be a good time for work requiring a lot of concentration. You will be mentally very sharp at the moment, and should make sure that you get the most out of this period. Romance. It will be difficult to see the advantages of some recent changes in your relationship. One change in particular may seem to be for the worse.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Don’t worry too much about an event which will probably never happen. You have a lot of more important things to think about. Be especially careful not to let a very negative person unsettle you. Romance. Your relationship will soon be in better shape than it has been for some time. Deal with a minor problem before it escalates.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Something which a friend says may surprise you. Don’t ignore this person’s advice, even if you are not sure whether to believe them or not. Romance. If you are not completely open you will find it harder to be close to your partner in the future. A powerful aspect to Mercury late in the week will help to improve communications between you.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will make this a good time for taking risks. Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out and do something which you would normally avoid. Romance. A joint project will be successful, so long as both you and your partner feel that it is fair. Don’t try to force things along too quickly, however.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A powerful aspect to Mars this week could make you a little on-edge at times. You will be especially sensitive to criticism over this period and you must do your best to relax if you feel that you are under stress. Romance. A long conversation with your partner will bring out feelings that you may not have been aware of before and will help in overcoming any concerns that you both have.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Don’t allow yourself to get too worried about something which you know will never happen. You will be in quite an anxious mood at the moment, and may take things too seriously. Romance. All the signs point to this being a good week for romance. Do your best to get away for a short break and you will not regret it.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

A difficult aspect to Pluto could bring some powerful energy to the surface. An issue which has been lurking in the background for some time may finally come to light. Romance. You are spending too much time thinking about what to do, rather than actually doing it. Decisive action will pay off. Dithering will get you nowhere.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You know that you are taking the right course of action. A show of support from your friends will cheer you up and give you the confidence to continue. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will give your relationship an important boost that you should embrace to the full. Take a firm grip on your feelings and go all out!

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Call For Heritage Council Members Nominations are invited from Northern Territory residents who wish to be considered for appointment to the Heritage Council, following the passing of the new Heritage Act. Applicants of Aboriginal descent are encouraged to apply. The Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage will appoint members on the basis of expertise or experience relevant to the administration of the new Heritage Act. For further information phone Karen Moir on 08 8999 5039 or visit Applications should be addressed to: Director Heritage Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831 Nominations close Wednesday 21 December 2011.


SWIMMING POOL CLOSURE Nhulunbuy Corporation advises that the Swimming Pool will be closed to the General Public and Key Club Members to enable the Nhulunbuy Primary School Swimming Carnival to be held – When: Thursday 8 December 2011 Time: 8.30am to 11.30am When: Friday 9 December 2011 Time: 8.30am to 3.00pm Any inconvenience is regretted.



Health Careers & Opportunities in the Northern Territory If you want your career to go places then join Department of Health in the Northern Territory. The challenges and opportunities in health and community care in the Territory are like no other in Australia, from remote Aboriginal health to tropical health and Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. Continued investments in Aboriginal health, remote health, acute care and community services offer many opportunities for health professionals who want to be part of making a difference.

ACUTE CARE SERVICES PERSONAL ASSISTANT Administrative Officer 3 Remuneration Package Range $56 508 – $60 985 (comprising salary $49 056 – $52 942, superannuation, leave loading and the value of 2 weeks extra recreation leave) Potential total Remuneration Package in the vicinity of $79 000 which includes the above Package Range and in addition; salary sacrifice and remote locality provisions Executive Administration – Gove District Hospital Permanent Provide an administrative service to the General Manager/Director of Nursing, Senior Nurse Managers and Clinical Nurse Managers. As first point of contact, represent and operate the reception area of the Administration Department ensuring coordination of an efficient hospital service by providing information and advice to clients, medical and allied health staff at all times.

Quote vacancy number: 22656 For further information please contact Sue O’Grady on (08) 8987 0317 or email

MULTI SKILLED HOUSEKEEPER Physical 3 Remuneration Package Range $47 909 – $48 998 (comprising salary $41 591 – $42 536, superannuation, leave loading and the value of 2 weeks extra recreation leave) Potential total Remuneration Package in the vicinity of $70 000 which includes the above Package Range and in addition; salary sacrifice and remote locality provisions Support Services – Gove District Hospital Permanent

Early childhood educator scholarships. The Australian and Territory Governments are providing scholarships to help early childhood educators develop WKHLUTXDOL¿FDWLRQV The changes are part of a new National Quality Framework to ensure we give Territory kids the best start in life. The scholarships include assistance with course fees, textbooks, mentoring, supported study and practicum time. Applications for study during semester 1, 2012 close 4pm, 16 December 2011.

Under the direction of the Housekeeping Supervisor, perform Physical Grade duties applicable to the area in which relief is being provided. This position reports to the Housekeeping Supervisor for allocation of work areas. When duties are being performed in other sections, directions come from the appropriate section Supervisor. This is a re-advertised vacancy and previous applicants need not reapply.

Quote vacancy number: 2590 (Monday to Friday, late afternoon/evening shifts) For further information please contact Holly Oakley or Kimberley Armitage on (08) 8987 0306 or email or There is no provision for accommodation to be provided for either of these positions.

Vacancies closing date: 16 December 2011

APPLICATION INFORMATION Applicants should address the selection criteria and provide a current CV and contact details for 2 referees (preferably an email address). A full job description can be obtained by visiting Further information about these positions can be obtained by phoning TOLLFREE 1300 659 247 or email

For more information go to or call (08) 8999 5745

Note: The preferred or recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice / Ochre Card (application forms available from SAFE NT @ and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history. Department of Health is a Smoke Free Workplace Arafura Times

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LINE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEADLINE: 10AM MONDAY East Arnhem Shire Council is now seeking applications from experienced, enthusiastic and self motivated individuals for the following position:

Positions Vacant

Childcare Group Leader We are looking for someone to take on the role as a full time Group Leader in our 3-5 year old room. Ideally the successful applicant will have completed or working towards completion of the Bachelor of Education early Childhood (or equivalent) or Diploma in Childcare and have an understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework. Minimum requirements: • Previous experience in a long daycare centre • Current senior first aid certificate • Ability to obtain NT Police Clearance • Ochre Card Remuneration is above award and furnished accommodation may be available for the right person. For further information, please contact Tracey Chrzanowski on (08) 8987 3311 or email your application detailing your qualifications and experience to: Attention: The Committee Nhulunbuy Children’s Services Inc. Email:

Qualified Childcare Worker (Yirrkala) Level 2 to 3 ($43,778 to $50,722 pa depending on qualifications plus allowances and superannuation) The Qualified Childcare Worker will assist the Childcare Centre Director in the management of the service and have the responsibility to support and mentor a team of early childhood workers. This role involves supporting the staff to plan, prepare and implement a developmentally appropriate childcare program. It is expected that the Qualified Childcare Worker will be experienced in working in a group care setting and have an understanding of operating an innovative early childhood program in an Indigenous community. Further enquiries: Diane Kearney on 8986 8917 Closing date: Monday 16 January 2012 All applications must address the selection criteria found at and be emailed with a resume to

Application close Monday 12th December 2011

East Arnhem Shire Council

Help us in improving the lives of Australians

TENDER NOTICE YIRRKALA CHILDCARE CENTRE PROJECT NO T201111.15 Suitably qualified Contractors are requested to submit a tender for the upgrading of the Childcare Centre at Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is all about people. We are committed to providing a meaningful and rewarding career in a supportive environment. We value respect, collaboration, professionalism, results and innovation. People working in FaHCSIA provide support that touches on the lives of every Australian family and community in some way. We are responsible for about a quarter of the government’s budgetary outlays and we are the government’s principal source of advice on social policy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

Project Officer (Ongoing)

GALIWINKU CHILDCARE CENTRE PROJECT NO T201111.17 Suitably qualified Contractors are requested to submit a tender for the upgrading of the Childcare Centre at Galiwinku, Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land.

Nhulunbuy Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC) APS Level 5 - $65, 194 - $67, 690 Nhulunbuy, NT APS Level 5 Project Officers undertake diverse activities across a range of FaHCSIA program areas. Primary responsibilities are to: manage funding agreements and projects; analyse performance and financial reports; provide information and assistance to funded services; maintain networks with key stakeholders; analyse data; and prepare correspondence. Tasks are performed under limited direction and require initiative and independence in terms of the planning and management of work, setting of priorities and delivery of expected outcomes.

A complete set of tender documents can be obtained from:

The successful candidate will represent FaHCSIA in the Australian Government’s collaborative approach to Indigenous service delivery.

Duties Staff at the APS5 level in FaHCSIA require a sound knowledge of FaHCSIA’s purpose and strategic themes and the policies and priorities that impact on the tasks being performed in their work area. Under direction, APS5 Project Officers will undertake some or all of the following activities:

Interested and eligible applicants are to submit their tender documents to Tender Evaluation Committee, East Arnhem Shire Council on or before 1400 hrs on December 19, 2011 via electronic lodging.

• Manage program funding agreements in accordance with departmental standards and processes, including: • negotiating funding milestones with service providers • developing agreements and schedules, and recording funding information on the national funding management system • monitoring service performance and expenditure against funding agreements • working with service providers to resolve issues associated with the receipt and expenditure of government funds • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders; • Provide general information and advice to internal and external stakeholders as required; • Draft correspondence, submissions and Ministerial responses; • Undertake data analysis and provide reports for managerial consideration; • Develop and maintain databases and spreadsheets; • Interpret and work within relevant legislation and guidelines; • Represent the department externally; • Participate in and provide secretariat support for selected meetings; • Develop and maintain knowledge of relevant program issues; • Contribute to the development of team goals and work plans and broader section planning.

All enquires relating to Project advice: Mr Shane Marshall Building Infrastructure Regional Manager East Arnhem Shire Council Phone: (08) 8986 8916 shane.marshall@eastarnhem.

Contact Officer Name: Narelle Cook – 08 8968 8411

Inquires regarding technical specifics:

Will interviews be conducted? Yes, interviews will be conducted

How to apply For further information visit “Careers in FaHCSIA” at or contact Recruitment on (02) 6200 9514. We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse culture and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL Closing 11 Jan 2012 T11-2044 - East Arnhem Region - Gove District Hospital Services and Ward Buildings - Replacement of 3x Industrial Washing Machines and 1x Medical Equipment Sterilser Includes Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning. Inspection on 13/12/2011 at 10:00. T11-2012 - Katherine Region - Victoria Highway - Intersection of Binjari Community Road - Supply and Install Street Lighting. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND REGIONAL SERVICES BUILDING Closing 11 Jan 2012 A11-0076 - Alice Springs Region - Supply and Installation of Ceramic Floor Tiling to Territory Housing at Santa Teresa Community - Inspection on 15/12/2011 at 11:00. POLICE, FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES CLEANING Closing 11 Jan 2012 D11-0480 - Nhulunbuy - Alyangula Police Station and Courthouse - Provision of Cleaning Services for a Period of 36 Months - Inspection by permission - refer to annexure for details.

860 Square metre block of land with a 7 metre by 7 metre rendered block double garage with electric door, paved driveway, fenced on three sides, no rear neighbours, landscaped, with established trees, flat block ready for building. $250,000 Please call Paul on 0415 830 500 for details and inspection. For photos or more info, email

Nhulunbuy Christian College Applications are sought for the position of:

Grounds and Maintenance A vacancy exists for a General handyman/groundsman to work at Nhulunbuy Christian College and staff accommodation. Hours are completely flexible but will approximate one day per week. It is a job full of variety with short term maintenance and longer term planning while being part of a terrific staff team. And it makes a difference to kids! An ochre card will be required Contact Kylie Whyte for more information and an application form. Email: Phone: 8987 2187

Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited

PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 Phone: (08) 8939 2200 Fax: (08) 8987 2451 Email:


Nhulunbuy Corporation Ltd is seeking a tender for the following works:

CT 03/2011

Waste Disposal Facility Management

Tender documentation may be obtained from the Corporation office during normal office times (8.00am4.30pm). Tenders should be sealed and addressed to the Town Administrator, PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881. Tenders close at the above address at 2.00pm, December 19, 2011. Dr Ross Theedom TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited Jobs that make a difference! Anglicare NT is a major provider of innovative, culturally appropriate, and high quality community services across urban, rural, regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory. We need energetic, committed and skilled professionals who want to make a real difference to the lives of Territorians. Are you are seeking a dynamic working environment where you can help shape service delivery? We offer flexible working conditions, generous salary sacrifice options, five weeks annual leave, a positive team based environment and good training opportunities - why not give us a call to find out more! Anglicare NT has a position available for an enthusiastic, motivated, ethical and experienced staff member as FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR EAST ARNHEM (Nhulunbuy) We are seeking a suitably motivated and ethical staff member who is a financial counsellor or has an interest in training as a financial counsellor. Suitable candidates will have a background in human service delivery, case management, community development and/or financial counselling. Financial Counsellors will have the unique opportunity to work with a range of regional and remote communities in the East Arnhem region to provide a free and confidential service with a focus on working with Indigenous people. For more information, please visit careers page for a job package which includes a position description, and contact Deb Thomson (Team Leader – Money Matters) on (08) 8985 0000 or email or visit our Nhulunbuy Office in Chesterfield Cct and speak with Sandy Graham (Operations Manager East Arnhem). Please send aplications to Gerry West Mail: PO Box 36506 Winnellie NT 0821 or Email: “Promoting a child safe, equal opportunity and non-smoking work environment”

PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 Phone: (08) 8939 2200 Fax: (08) 8987 2451 Email:


Nhulunbuy Corporation Ltd is seeking a tender for the following works:

CT 04/2011

Domestic Rubbish Collection Nhulunbuy

Tender documentation may be obtained from the Corporation office during normal office times (8.00am4.30pm). Tenders should be sealed and addressed to the Town Administrator, PO Box 345, Nhulunbuy NT 0881. Tenders close at the above address at 2.00pm, December 19, 2011. Dr Ross Theedom TOWN ADMINISTRATOR Arafura Times

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Glasgow Rangers to host soccer clinic

The Glasgow Rangers. ScOTTiSH soccer giant Glasgow Rangers is set to hold junior coaching clinics in Darwin. Sport Minister karl Hampton said next year’s clinics are a huge coup for the Territory’s young soccer talent. “Ensuring Territorians have access to a wide range of facilities and activities that enhance the great Territory lifestyle is a key target within the Territory 2030 strategic plan,” Mr Hampton said.

“Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the Territory and that’s why we have invested more than $8.5m towards the sport in the past five years including construction of Larrakia Park in Darwin. “i congratulate local club Mindil Aces and NT Loyal - the local Rangers Supporters group - for securing the coaching clinic that will be held for Territory juniors in Darwin June next year.”

The clinic would be held from June 25-29 next year. Mindil Aces president Peter campos said there are 100 places available with an early bird special of $360 per child offered until February 29 or registrations are completed. “The Club is pleased to confirm the coaching clinic on St Andrew’s Day (November 30) which is the National Day of Scotland,” Mr campos said. “The clinic will give kids in the

Territory access to the same range of coaching clinics that are normally available interstate and would make a great christmas gift.” NT Loyal spokesperson Andrew Power said as a lifelong supporter “it will be a pleasure and an honour to welcome Rangers Soccer School to Darwin in 2012. “The success story of Rangers Football club - who hold the world record of national league titles won - is partly due to their youth development and many high profile professionals have come through the ranks over the years,” Mr Power said. “NT Loyal RSc has been working endlessly with Mindil and Rangers Football Club to bring this exciting venture to the young players at Mindil. “Many great Socceroos such as craig Moore, Tony Vidmar and current squad member Matt Mckay have worn the famous blue jersey and we are hoping the next one will be from Darwin.” Go to or call Mr campos on 0417 920 261 for more information. Any players wishing to attend from Gove can contact Dave Hill from Gove Football club on 0438 861 599.

Local coach works with NT team Nicky Mayer from Gove Tennis club returned from Melbourne last week where she was coaching the NT 14U boys team at the National Teams event. Unfortunately there were no athletes from Gove playing. The boys did well finishing seventh from eight but almost made it to the play offs for five and six. They competed against NSW, SA, Victoria and Queensland in the semis and Tasmania in the final play off for seven and eight. Other teams were WA and NZL. The club house is closed until December 13. if there are any urgent tennis matters please contact club president, Paul Mery on 8987 2452. The club was represented at the national tennis awards in Melbourne on Monday night. Two committee members were in Melbourne to represent the club attending the Newcombe Medal tennis awards night. The Gove Tennis club made the finals of Most Outstanding Tennis Community. Other finalists in the category were Barwon Region (Vic) Bendigo Tennis Association (Vic).

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 0556 1238 1906

Thu 8 Ht 2.73 1.18 2.30

Time 0025 0645 1332 2002

Fri 9 Ht 1.47 2.82 1.01 2.41

Time 0127 0729 1416 2048

Sat 10 Ht 1.53 2.91 0.86 2.51

Time 0222 0809 1456 2128

Time 0309 0847 1533 2206

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

Queens Bus (Variety NT) Contact: Glenys Cummings P: 0417 849 594

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



W/E Nov 27 W/E Nov 27 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 21/11







Scouts Nhulunbuy Contact: Karen Coyle P: 8987 2783

Tuesday 22/11







Wednesday 23/11







Squash Club Contact: Donna Marie P: 8987 1272

Thursday 24/11







Friday 25/11







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

Saturday 26/11













45979 12100 49700 13079



Sunday 27/11

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



Ht 1.56 3.07 0.66 2.67

Mon 12

Tue 13

Time 0349 0925 1610 2242

Time 0426 1002 1647 2318

Ht 1.55 3.14 0.62 2.71

Ht 1.53 3.19 0.60 2.74

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


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

Weather details

Sun 11 Ht 1.56 2.99 0.74 2.60

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 Wed 7

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: Shane Guiney P: 0431 040 043

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

Temperature ( C) Max Min Rainfall Monday 28 33.1 24.8 13.2 Tuesday 29 34.5 24.3 NIL Wednesday 30 34.8 24.8 NIL Thursday 1 34.9 24.8 NIL Friday 2 34.0 24.9 NIL Saturday 3 33.0 25.2 NIL Sunday 4 33.8 24.9 0.2 Monthly total rainfall to date: 0.2 mm

Weather details supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology – Gove Airport from Monday, Nov. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

Mean sea level pressure Max: 1009.8 hPa on Tuesday Min: 1000.8 hPa on Saturday Averages for the month December Max temp: 32.9 Min temp: 24.6 Rainfall: 181.3 mm

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Sports reports deadline is 10.30am, Monday prior to publication

Last meet for the year for motorcycle club By TONY FOSTER Motorbikes roared around the track on Sunday, November 27 for the last event for the Nhulunbuy Motorcycle club for 2011. The final wet season round of the Pony Express series was well represented by senior riders with 16 entries. Unfortunately we had one starter that had a mechanical failure at the start of the event and was an additional number to the spectator crowd. The crowd numbers were equal to an earlier event this year with around 50 spectators and family in attendance. The event was contested over a four km circuit of existing bush tracks and starting off with one lap of the motocross track. The event was for two hours duration. Riders had the option to pair up ( true meaning of Pony Express ) or the Ironman option. All riders took the Ironman option. Many of the riders sprinted the first three to four laps with very quick lap times. Peter McCormack claimed the honour of fastest lap time with six minutes flat. The heat had an immediate effect on the fast riders causing rest breaks to be taken. Some of the riders took the option to pace themselves and limiting their rest breaks to achieve a better overall average lap time. Some aspects of the track provided some challenges with narrow tracks, sand, rock, washouts and log obstacles across various sections of the track. The minor places were fiercely contested for the first 10 laps with second through to fifth constantly challenged. From 11 laps onwards the heat, endurance fitness, mechanical failure and some minor crashes forced the retirement of 15 per cent of the field. The overall winner of the event was Paul Gilmore with 17 Laps, two laps clear of second place on the Quad-Raptor - Bojan Budja and third place with 14 Laps - Nick Twomey. The juniors enjoyed the morning with a lap practice to train using their skills learned in the Daniel Jones on a Honda CRF450. coaching clinics through the year. The juniors were well supported by the parents keeping a keen eye on plumes of dust from all sections of the motocross track. Plenty of ice cold water was on hand along with St John Ambulance whose volunteers attended without any incident. The club wishes to thank St John for their assistance throughout the events this year. Thanks also go to Tanya Foster for the clubs pictures and posters through 2011. Thanks also to the ladies that have helped the club out with the barbecues at the events. The club wishes to thank the NLC for their valuable support with the earthmoving equipment through the year, LHAI and YBE also for their support. The club will be actively fundrasing later this year and into 2012 to raise around $18,000 for fencing material to fence the track venue. The MLA for Nhulunbuy, Lynne Walker has kick started the clubs fundraising with a $1,000 donation to the club. Sponsorship is sought from businesses in Nhulunbuy to assist this community club develop. Motorcycling Australia, the governing body for Motorcycle sport in Australia, require the club to have a secure venue as a pre-requisite for a venue licence. The venue licence is required to allow racing to be conducted in Nhulunbuy. Once the licence is issued open meetings may be conducted with other clubs in the NT. Darwin and Katherine motorcycle clubs are keen to compete in Gove as soon as the licence is issued. The 2012 Calendar for NMCC has events to cater for all types of off road bike riders with events happening every three weeks. Some of the events have been moved from the Sunday to a Saturday to cater for shift workers providing more opportunities to ride with the club. Dion Muirhead on the track.

Riders line up at the start. Photos by TANYA FOSTER of TANS GRAPHICS

Riders who competed were : 7 Leigh Farley - Husqvarna TC450 51 Dion Muirhead- Yamaha WR450 4 Pete McCormack - KTM 250SX 96 Daniel Jones - Honda CRF450 52 Christian Frick - Honda CRF230 5 Paul Gilmore - Honda XR650 17 Shaun McPherson - Yamaha YZ450F 53 Latif Whyte - Suzuki DRZ250 Q Bojan Budja - Yamaha Quad-Raptor 700 101 Nick Twomey - Husaberg 570 11 Jason Kolijn - Suzuki DRZ400 711 Rob Rushbrook - Honda CRF450X 171 Mitch Whitmore - Honda CRF450R 39 Brendan Marchesi - KTM 300EXE 111 Devlin Waterhouse - Yamaha YZ250F Junior riders on the practice 111 (jnr) Patrick Kolijn - Suzuki JR50 1 Lincoln Teagle - Kawasaki KLX110 5 Kelly Jorgensen - Honda TTR90 7 (jnr) Pat Watson - Honda CRF50 20 (jnr) Daniel Cole - Honda CR250R

Kelly Jorgensen on her Honda TTR90 in the practice laps. Leigh Farley on the Husqvarna TC450.

Paul Gilmore on his Honda XR650 on the track.

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The national party starters play live at the Arnhem Club!

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Lawn Bowls Competition pool THIS WEEKEND... Fri. & Sat. Dec. 9 & 10


Wednesdays at 6pm

Why not come down and have a game of lawn bowls! Meet new people and have a fun night…

Every Tuesday night Come and play pool with the 8 Ball team!



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

Goose Club Sat. Dec 24,

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

1 – 3pm

Tickets on sale from 1pm, drawn at 3pm. • GREAT PRIZES •

Arnhem Club “Bottle O” Bottleshop Specials Specials start Monday, December 5  Finish Sunday, December 11 Jack Daniels Bourbon 700ml



Carlton Mid 30 pack cans carton


XXXX Gold stubs carton


Corona stubs carton


Tooheys 5 Seeds Cloudy Apple Cider carton


Bundy Premix cans 6 packs


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