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has taken three days to date.” He said while he was disappointed at not achieving office, he was content with the result, which he believed gave Mr Scott a clear message. “It was my first go at it and I learnt a lot,” he said. “If nothing else it’s given Peter a wake-up call and opened his eyes to a few things. “People are wanting change and I hope he sees this.” Mr Whittaker and Ms Moxham both extended their congratulations and best wishes to the new council, wishing it great success during the next four years. Penny Johnson with 761 votes (10.02 per cent) and Russell Bowman with 725 (9.55 per cent) respectively were the surprise packets of the election, with neither engaging in an extensive electioneering campaign. They both attributed their successes to having “the runs on the board” with regards to having a passion for their community and long histories of active involvement with local clubs and organisations. Mr Scott concluded by offering his congratulations to the successful candidates and to the unsuccessful candidates whose informed and objective campaigns demonstrated their commitment to the community and helped to identify issues and areas of concern that the new Council needs to address. “I also want to offer my sincere thanks to all those who supported and endorsed my bid for continuation as Mayor,” he said. He congratulated Returning Officer Cass Sorensen and her team on a job well done under trying circumstances. “There will be a critical assessment and many recommendations forthcoming to ensure a better process for the next election,” he said. And he said he was encouraged by the early support and commitment from the new state government. “They’ve committed to working closely and symbiotically with us and we have been informed ‘they want strategy and policy defined by elected people on the Cape - not Brisbane-based bureaucrats’,” he said.

COOK Shire Mayor elect Peter Scott (pictured) has described his new team of Councillors as possessing a good balance of local government experience and a broad Shire knowledge. “We’ll hit the ground running,” said Mr Scott who was elected for his second term as Mayor and third in council. “I believe the Cook Shire has done well to vote in what is an exciting and enthusiastic team with new talent and ideas.” The new Cook Shire Councillors are Alan Wilson (elected for his third term), Charlie Martin (elected for his second term) and new Councillors Penny Johnson, Russell Bowman, Kaz Price and Glen Shephard. As at the close of counting on Monday, April 30 Mr Scott had polled 668 votes (51.82 per cent) to enjoy a 139 vote lead over his nearest rival Greg Whittaker who had recorded 529 (41.04 per cent). The third Mayoral candidate, Jenny Moxham was never in the race, polling only 92 (7.14 per cent) votes. Technical difficulties in scanning the votes received by close of business on Friday forced counting to be held on Saturday and Sunday nights. On Saturday night, Mr Scott’s lead was a tenuous 43 over Mr Whittaker who was still confident he could bridge the gap at that stage. But Mr Scott’s lead increased to a more comfortable 118 by Sunday night. When interviewed by the Cooktown Local News on Tuesday, Mr Whittaker was still not conceding a victory to Mr Scott. However, he accepted that it appeared as though it was unlikely he’d catch up. “With only 56 per cent of the vote counted, there’s still about 750 out there somewhere,” he said. “But unfortunately Cook voters have a history of not voting and I understand there are not too many that will come in.” Mr Whittaker was critical of confusion experienced by voters and the delay in counting. “What a ‘schemozzle’ that was,” he said. “Information was poorly advertised, and why could all the other shires in this area have their counts done by Saturday night and ours

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Sick of whingers who seem to be a minority to contact the Cooktown Local News to advertise, and as the paper only comes out once a week, it is not always possible to meet advertising deadlines and changes in the weather can adversely affect arrival times into port. I believe everyone has the right to make an honest living. The prawns are sourced from our local waters and the number of people lining up to purchase fresh, reasonably-priced prawns speaks for itself. The price and freshness of the product means many people (myself included) can indulge in a feed of prawns that would otherwise be out of

their budget. What about the backpackers who come into town, are employed locally and paid cash in hand only to move on as soon as they have saved enough money? What about the itinerant traders who come into our town occasionally to sell clothing, Tupperware and seat covers etc.? What about the local people who travel to Mareeba, Cairns and Atherton to buy their groceries? Doesn’t that tell us something? I agree that every business in this town is doing it tough. The high cost of rates, garbage

disposal, electricity, water and lease payments etc. is making it impossible to sell our business. I also believe we need to support our local businesses. But, we need to have a good hard look at ourselves and see how we can improve our image and service to our customers. Let’s hope the results of our local election provide our Shire with a team committed to advancing our community in everyone’s interest. I’m sick and tired of the whingers in this town. Bev Stone Cook’s Landing Kiosk Cooktown

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IT appears that a few (a very few) people are upset at a commercial fisherman selling prawns from his fishing vessel, “Jebrondy” at the main wharf. He may not be a rate payer of this Shire but the money spent in our town on fuel, groceries, alcohol and cigarettes etc. by him and his crew surely compensates for this. As for his non-heritage sign, it is a temporary sign to advise the people of this town when he will be at the wharf. When he is in port, the sign goes on his vessel. How else is he to advertise his product? Being at sea, it is not always possible

Sat 12. Gala fete being run by the “Friends of the Foundation” in aid of the Cooktown Hospital. Will be held at the Events Centre from 10am.

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Here, here, here Vera Auld (CLN, April 19, 2012). I knew the Rossville-Bloomfield road 30 years ago, in the days of the corrugated concrete strips. The condition of the section between Rossville and Ayton, and the first clay section as you come off the Mulligan Highway, are the worst major roads that I have ever experienced in my journeys throughout

MAY Thu 3. Swim for your life from 11am to noon at the Cooktown Pool.

Sat 5. Cooktown SSAA Rimfire Shoot from 9.30am. Sun 6. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information.

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Tue 8. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information.

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Sat 12. Concert at Nature’s PowerHouse from 6pm featuring classical pianist Evgeny Ukhanov and mezzo soprano Altouise de Vaughan. Sun 13. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 15. Swim for your life from 11am to noon at the Cooktown Pool. Tue 15. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Thu 17. March against domestic violence. Meet at the corner of Charlotte and Walker Streets at 9.30am. Free barbecue after. Call Debbie Corbett or Betty Woibo on 4069 6098 for details Sat 19. Official opening of the Rossville Historical Museum at 11am. The Rossville Markets will also be held from their normal opening time.

CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Assembly of God: Gungarde, 9.30am Sun; Home group 7.30pm Tue; young adults 7pm Thu. Phone 4069 5070. Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary’s, Cooktown. Phone 4069 5730. Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am. Phone 4069 6778, 0428 696 493. Rossville Christian Fellowship: Elsie Hatfield’s, 8am Sun. Phone 4060 3968. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.

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season approaches and the traffic inevitably increases, the washouts, potholes, ruts and scours created during the ‘Wet’ are going to become even more serious road hazards. The Rossville-Bloomfield Road is a road safety nightmare and needs urgent, permanent repair and upgrading. Brad Griffin Cooktown and Bloomfield

Students take time to reflect on Anzac sacrifices EVERY year we take time at school to reflect on the amazing sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have joined the armed services to make our country and the world a safer place in which to live. Apart from classroom discussions, we always conduct a special ANZAC parade on the afternoon preceding the ANZAC day holiday. We often have special visitors from the armed services, co-ordinated by Mr Jim Fay, Secretary/Treasurer of the local RSL branch. This year we also welcomed the staff and students from the Endeavour Christian School. In addition to our usual activities, this year the school was also pleased to organise an ANZAC day writing competition in response to a request from the CWA. Students were asked to research and write about the war-time experiences their family members may have been involved in. We had many outstanding entries which will now be forwarded to both the CWA and to the RSL year by year as a permanent record of

Cooktown State Schoolers marched proudly. the contributions and sacrifices made by local families. This is the winning entry for 2012 and was written by a Year-7 student, Holly Farnan, who also happens to be our primary school captain. “My Family in the War” My great Grandpa on my M u m ’s s i d e w a s To m m y McGovern. He was brave, he

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Queensland. The Rossville-Bloomfield road carries a lot of traffic, including heavy vehicles and school buses. During the tourist season, traffic increases exponentially. For example, on Good Friday as I was heading to Ayton, I counted 30 ‘tourist’ vehicles, as well as half-a-dozen or more locals heading towards Cooktown. As the dry

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was noble, he was the whole lot! He fought in WW1 at the age of 18. Only a few days after being told he must go to war, he was made to fight. He fought in Gallipoli alongside many, many other brave young men. One day when he was fighting, he was shot in the head.

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Miraculously the bullet passed through one cheek, across the top of his tongue and out the other cheek - his jaw was shattered. Then he was caught by the enemy and was made to march for days. On top of the horrible pain in his head, he suffered from dysentery like many other poor Anzacs. After marching for days, he was put in a prison camp where he was treated terribly and suffered from starvation. When the war ended he was released and allowed to go home. He lived till his sixties, but memories of the war haunted him, mainly memories of the people he had killed. He smoked heavily and drank to kill the pain. He never talked about what had happened. In the end he died from cigarette smoking. If he had been killed in the war, I wouldn’t be here today and if the brave Anzacs hadn’t fought for us we wouldn’t have the lovely Australia to live in! They fought for us, they killed for us, they suffered for us. Tommy and other ANZACs shall forever remain in our heart. Lest We Forget.

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Mayors romp home in Hope Vale and Wujal HOPE Vale Mayor Greg “Googie” McLean stormed into his third term in office last Saturday with a resounding 71 vote margin over his nearest rival Shirley Costello. Mr McLean said prior to his first term as Mayor, he served a term as a Councillor. Mr McLean said he wanted to thank the people of Hope Vale for their support and their recognition of his achievements while at the local government helm. “I want to thank the people of Hope Vale who have made their decision on what I stand for, what I have stood for these past years, for what they’ve seen on the ground and with what we’ve achieved,” he said. Consistency in local government was another important issue he attributed to his re-election. “If any town loses its consistency, it’s catch-up time for them


if they vote a new Mayor and new Councillors in,” he said. “They have to start all over again. “As long as a council is doing its job and the results are there and they’re giving the people the reasons to vote them in, then it’s important to remember consistency.” He said he intended to continue to work hard for a better, more prosperous Hope Vale. “I will be trying my hardest to continue what we’ve been doing, but also doing things better,” he said. His team of four Councillors includes Carmen Gibson, Christopher “Gippa” Woibo, Dwayne Bowen and June Pearson. And in Wujal Wujal, Cliff Harrigan’s election as Mayor was as equally emphatic. Mr Harrigan polled 71 votes to defeat his nearest rival, former

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representing the people of Wujal. “Now I want to focus on getting more jobs, more apprenticeships and more housing for the people here.” Elected unopposed as Councillors were Natasha Duncan, Allister Gibson, Talita Nandy and Vincent Tayley.

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Hospital fund raiser to be a gala event THE venue for this year’s annual Gala Fete in aid of the Cooktown Hospital has been changed to the Events Centre. With its usual them of “All About Mum”, the event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10am. The fete, which is the major fundraiser, is run by the “Friends of the Foundation” - an organization with a mandate to raise funds to purchase items for the Cooktown MPHS, which enhances the services provided by Queensland Health and adds to the comfort of patients and hospital staff. A spokeswoman for the Friends of the Foundation said while their “parent” body is the Hospital Foundation in Cairns, all funds raised in

Cooktown are spent in Cooktown. Featured at the fete will be the usual array of stalls including plants, cakes, pre-loved clothing and white elephant. There will also be games for the kids and face painting. The Endeavour Lions and the ladies from the CWA will once again provide hot food, tea and cakes and it wouldn’t be a hospital fete without Gloria’s hot dogs. There will be a gift stall where people of all ages can purchase a gift for Mum. Prices are set as low as $2 upwards. There also be a kids stall where the youngsters can bag a bargain and of course, there will be some great raffles and an interesting cent sale. “The committee hasn’t quite

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finalised the day yet so there could be some surprises,” the spokeswoman said. “There will also be a display of ‘extreme volunteering’ and the emergency services will be there to show off their skills and equipment too.” She said donations of electrical items cannot be accepted unless they are new or have a current safety tag, while donations of clothing must be clean and wearable. Donations for the white elephant must be useful. Those wanting to be involved or has items to donate is asked to ring the hospital on 4043 0100 during business hours Monday to Friday. Gifs of cakes and biscuits will be greatly accepted on the day.

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By ERIC GEORGE NEXT to the roundabout is Cooktown’s largest backpackers’ resort, “Pam’s Place�. It is a charming, tropical sort of place, with deep shaded verandahs and gardens threatening to take over. I sat down with its guiding spirit, Scott Orchard, to drink coffee and chat about Cooktown as seen from a viewpoint few of us know about. “I came from Mareeba originally, born and bred there, but I came here from Mount Isa.� Scott had to sell up in Mount Isa and return to look after his sick father. While he was there, he made his first visit to Cooktown. “I came to Cooktown and saw Cooktown Backpackers up for auction. So I went back and said to Dad, I think I might buy a backpackers. He asked, what’s that? And I said, I’ve got no idea. I think it’s like a guest house. Anyway, I went to the auction and was successful, which really frightened me. I moved up here in November 1996. I was here for three days and Cooktown had record rainfall. I was standing in the kitchen ankle deep in water and wondering what I had bought.� That was the start of some hard work for Scott and his father. Scott named his new business Pam’s Place after his mother who had passed away previously. For the first ten years, Scott worked very hard. He renovated the hostel and it went from six rooms with nine bunk beds in every room to the modern motel/hotel accommodation it has today. “At first I concentrated on backpackers. I am a member of the YHA but my saviour has been Swiss Farms. I’m very grateful to them as I have a lot of their workers staying here. They have a new 55-seater coach running workers to Lakeland.� Scott’s guests are typically highly educated. “I’ve had doctors, lawyers and dentists. I had one young Norwegian lad and his girlfriend - really nice boy. His Dad’s a billionaire. He gave his

Scott Orchard (right) with partner Ady has his ideas on what is required to promote Cooktown’s growth. Photo: ERIC GEORGE. son $5000 and said I’ll see you in three years’ time. Don’t contact me. He worked on the banana farm and around Australia. He’s now back in Norway and he’s running a company that has 400 helicopters. I had one young woman who is a gynaecologist. I asked why is she picking bananas at $19 per hour? She said, Scott, my Grandmother was a doctor. My Grandfather was a doctor. My mother and fathers are doctors. I’ve never been out of Berlin. My Grandmother has just sent me $10,000 to stop picking bananas, but I love it.� Most of Scott’s guests at the moment are from Taiwan. “Perfects guests, very polite, the only problem is they cook every night and the aromas that come from the kitchen are just unbelievably nice.� The majority of backpackers are Asian from Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Setting aside business considerations, what made Scott want to settle in Cooktown. He laughs and

says, “That’s a strange question - I have no idea. I came to the town completely blind. I’d worked in mining for twenty years and knew nothing about accommodation and tourism. We had the Cooktown Tourism Association and I became President of that. We changed to the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. It’s the same now as it was then - I don’t think enough people in town support the local businesses. I’ve worked out that since I’ve been here, we’ve had 32 businesses close.� In Scott’s view, the picture is not entirely negative. “So much development has happened. New hospital buildings, new school, new ambulance station, new fire station, the Events Centre and Grassy Hill. The road has been bitumened, and we’ve had major bridges. Cooktown is developing that way but we need a sustainable economy here apart from tourism, and the only way that’s going to happen is local people supporting

local businesses, so local businesses can stay in town. It just takes investment, but at the present time it’s so hard to do anything because of red tape. I put in a little donga here. I put in a $6000 donga, but by the time you’ve paid all the fees, this fee and that fee, they cost more than the building. It’s just too hard to do.� How would he describe attitudes within Cook Shire towards projects like his? As a roadblock to progress? “I would agree with that one hundred per cent. When I was building my motel units out the front, I had a 52 page questionnaire to answer. One of the questions was ‘Is it going to be a brothel?’ True - it was just way over the top. Something has to happen to make things easier, as in when you go into the Shire it’s ‘How can I help you?’ instead of ‘If I make it hard, I won’t have any work to do’. I’m very positive about Cooktown, but we need dramatic changes.� Scott hosts a community of people that Cooktowners know very little about. What could we be doing to make their stay here better? “My guests are here for three months to work on the farm and get their working visas extended. Being Asian, they’re not oriented around alcohol, they are oriented around food. There are Chinese and Japanese people around town, but not one of them has ever come down to introduce themselves and show the visitors around. They are dependent on their own entertainment. I’ll take them down to the beach, the whole lot of them, and we’ll have a barbecue and play ball, but the community of Cooktown really ignores them. No-one has come down to welcome them. But they work hard, five or six days a week, they leave at five thirty, and get back six thirty.� All the same, Scott feels that making them more welcome would be good for Cooktown in the longer term. “Oh gosh, yes. There’s so much talent here, and they’re all working to make money to spend in Australia.� Perhaps we can persuade them to spend more of it here?

Museum dream comes true for Rossville community JEAN Haack’s long awaited dream will soon come to fruition with the official opening of the Rossville Historical Museum on Saturday, May 19 at 11am during the regular Rossville Market Day. The museum represents the countless hours and enormous amount of work contributed by Rossville Historical Society President Jean and her team of community members, especially Richie Hatfield, Ken White and Ned and Helen into making the project a reality. Considerable help and support from the

Rossville & District Citizens Association and the Cook Shire Council have also been received. The Society’s Secretary Sandy Lloyd extended an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend the opening of the museum, which is situated in the lower level of the Rossville Hall. “We want to thank everyone who has contributed in any way, and for their support,� Ms Lloyd said. “And we’d like as many people as possible to come to the opening and share with us our fascination with Rossville’s colourful history

and our heritage. Ms Lloyd said the museum contained a wonderful collection of stories, photos, tools and implements from the tin mining and timber days of an era gone by. She said donations of historical artifacts or objects from the area would be most welcome, and extended another invitation to anyone who would like to join the group. “If anyone would like to join our group and be a part of this history, they would be most welcome,� she said.

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The crew of a 35 Water Transport LCM8 barge gets ready to dock at Cooktown Wharf. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. THE mouth of the Endeavour River was the scene of a miniinvasion on Tuesday afternoon as four army barges steamed in from the coast. However, don’t be alarmed because the LCM8s are ours - part of the 35 Water Transport Squadron on their way to the McIvor River area to engage in training exercise, “Green Anchor”. With 36 personnel on board, the vessels left Townsville at 2pm on Monday afternoon and hugged the coast for 25 hours before arriving at the Cooktown Wharf in different stages from 2.45pm. Officer in Charge of the exer-

cise, Lieutenant Matt Pszczolinski said while the LCM8s had an ocean-going capacity, sailing close to the coast made for a more comfortable voyage. “These vessels have a shallow draft more designed for rivers and the coastline,” he said. “We’ve experienced a lot rougher weather than this on our way up, but there tends to be a bit of ‘rocking and rolling’ if we get too far out.” Lt Pszczolinski said the purpose of the exercise was to reconfirm their training to date and test out their weapons systems. “The defence force’s am-

phibious capabilities have been increased with the LCM8s and some new navy craft,” he said. “While their transportation systems are designed for ocean transport, the shallow draft of ours makes them ideal for shallow water areas.” The exercise will take about a week, with the barges being berthed off the Wharf during the crew’s stay in Cooktown before heading off to the McIvor River. Lt Pszczolinski said while his personnel were in town with a job to do, they hope to enjoy the hospitality of the locals and what Cooktown has to offer.

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Discovery weekend at the Toppy Mt Cook (background) is hardly visible through torrential rain and low cloud during recent inclement weather. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. By GRANT BANKS IT was a case of ‘it doesn’t rain but it pours’ again for Cooktown in April with the total rainfall of 181.2mm coming largely in two episodes. The heaviest falls experienced in April were on Sunday to Monday, April 15 and 16. Over these two days 138.8mm or 77 per cent of the monthly rainfall fell. The rest of the recorded precipitation for the month fell in the days before this with light rain between Tuesday, April 10 and Friday, April 13 accounting for 40mm of the remaining monthly falls. Light falls of less than 1mm also fell on April 8, 9 18 and 21. All other days were dry. East-south-easterly winds were predominant throughout the month with the highest winds coming through on April 12 and 13 with gusts of up to 65km/h or 35 knots from the east on Friday, April 13.

The outlook for the coming months is for average conditions with Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) climatologists predicting a 55 per cent chance of median rainfalls for the southern area of Cape York from east to west including Cooktown. This means a decline in rainfall from around 75 to 80mm in May down to 25 - 30mm in July bringing about normal dry season conditions; a situation reflected by the neutral ENSO conditions currently being observed by the BOM. “The 2011-12 La Ni¤a event has ended, with all key indicators now at neutral (i.e., not El Niño nor La Niña) levels. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate neutral conditions are likely to continue over the coming months, with some (but not all) models suggesting El Niño conditions may develop during the winter or spring,” the BOM website reports.

All the action happens here June 8-10 Live entertainment all weekend, tug a war, truck pull, billy cart races, toad races & heaps more.

Make the Toppy your place to be for the Discovery weekend.

And the Toppy just gets better and better!  Pizza deliveries nightly from 5.30pm ph 4069 5308  Visit our IGA Bottleshop for your chance to win “Beer For A Year” and go into the draw for a JD SS Commodore  Saturday Raffles are on every week from 12 noon

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Rossville Rural Fire Brigade member Gary Meredith with Cooktown Small Engines and Repairs proprietor Ross BeauďŹ ls, Rossville RFB Secretary Denis Kelly and Cook Shire Council representative Fiona Brady at the presentation of ďŹ reďŹ ghting equipment purchased from a Council grant. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. THE Rossville Rural Fire Brigade’s ďŹ reďŹ ghting duties have been made somewhat easier with new equipment purchased courtesy of a Cook Shire Council community donation.

A new chainsaw and backpack blower were bought with the $1737 donation. “Without Council’s support, buying equipment like this would have been quite

difficult,â€? Rossville Rural Fire Brigade Secretary Denis Kelly said. “This new equipment will help us in preparing for the upcoming ďŹ re season and controlling wildfires that might threaten property and the environment.â€? Mr Kelly said Council has been very supportive over the years, also providing in-kind donations for ground works on their Fire Shed and funds to construct new ďŹ re breaks around Rossville properties. “Council also collects a ďŹ re levy from ratepayers in Rossville that is used to maintain vehicles and equipment,â€? he said. “Because Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland do not get the same ďŹ nancial support from the state govt. as they do in other states, funding and donations are something we have to work hard for, so we fully appreciate the Cook Shire Council’s support and commitment to maintaining community safety.â€? And the equipment was bought locally, with Cooktown Small Engines & Repairs beneďŹ tting from the sale. “We were always going to support a local business,â€? he said.

Classical favourites return for another concert By JACQUI SYKES THE return of two of Cooktown’s favourite performers will set the scene for an exciting evening of glorious music at Nature’s PowerHouse on Saturday, May 12. It’s now six years since concert pianist, Evgeny Ukhanov ďŹ rst appeared before a crowded balcony at Nature’s PowerHouse - just after cyclones Larry and Monica. In fact, it was also the first time impresario, Herman Soenario came up here, although he had been organising Encore Concerts in and around Cairns since 1988. In the intervening years, Evgeny has performed for us many times and we have been able to witness his growing maturity as a person and pianist. This time he will be playing the technically difficult and rarely performed Grand Sonata by Rachmaninov. It will be just the second time it has been performed live in North Queensland. To add to that, the voice and personality that blew away an unsuspecting audience in November 2009, will be returning in the form of Altouise De Vaughn.

ABOVE: Evgeny Ukhanov will make his return to Nature’s PowerHouse in a concert on Saturday, May 12. INSET RIGHT: Altouise De Vaughn will also be performing at Nature’s PowerHouse on Saturday, May 12. Her thrilling appearance singing Carmen’s famous Habanera has been much talked about in this town. There’s a good chance it will be repeated this time around. Since we last saw her, Altouise has been touring Italy singing in Porgy and Bess. She has been

invited to sing in Il Trovatore with Opera Australia at the end of this year. But on Saturday, she will be here in Cooktown performing arias from Carmen and Samson and Delilah plus Amazing Grace and Spirituals. The concert starts at 6pm and

the entry fee of $30 includes these two top performers plus the usual bubbles (donated by the Sovereign Resort Hotel) and nibbles in the interval. I have no hesitation in saying “you’ll be sorry if you miss this one�. Bookings appreciated on 4069 5442.

Romance with Cooktown’s creatures

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“Cooktown Creaturesâ€? Lately I’m having a quiet romance With green, black and miniature ants. Bugs and beetles want to share my home; Frogs and mozzies - I’m never alone. The geckos and lizards wander in the door, Leaving deposits all over the oor. Very inquisitive are these homely bugs, Venturing inside the electrical plugs. Webs in corners; ies arrive when I cook But I can’t spray ‘cause it makes me crook. The cleaning routine becomes a strain. They’ll return; visit me tomorrow again. Snakes in the yard; toads in the pond; Both of which I’m not overly fond. For variety, visit the market, sunrise thereabout,

Because that’s the time the sandies come out! By DI FURSDON “The Pandanus Palmsâ€? I’m in love with the pandanus palms; With their spikey leaves and angled arms; With strong attitude,â€?Hey, look at me! I choose to be like no other tree.â€? As old cathedrals buttressed to the ground, Anchored they stand where sea winds abound. Eccentric, aloof from all they see, They’ll ne’er deign to be in love with me. By DIANNE KELLER Email your contributions in verse or prose for our column to: or send to: P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group


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Transport Solutions Cairns to Cooktown Refrigerated and General Freight Arrives in Cooktown Monday to Friday Departs Cooktown for Cairns, 3pm daily Cooktown Office and Depot – Phone: (07) 4069 5661 After hours: 0417 645 101 Lot 214 Endeavour Valley Road Cairns to Karumba via Gulf Development Road Refrigerated and General Freight Departs Cairns Tuesday and Friday Cairns Office and Depot – Phone: (07) 4035 3360 Fax: (07) 4035 3316 169 Little Spence Street, Monday to Friday  Container and Oversize Transport also available – Phone enquiries on (07) 4035 3360 Erwin Lambert from Holland with Spartaca at Wujal. INSET: Close-up shot of a fat and relaxed Spartaca - smiling for the camera? PHOTOS: MIKE D’ARCY ERWIN Lambert from Holland reckoned Spartaca looked as fat as a pig, and he was right. Spartaca is the nickname that has been given to the three metre croc that hangs out near the Wujal Wujal Falls during winter, but spring has returned for her - at least for the moment. Like any good croc, she finds the smell of a decomposing pig at the top of her regular pool compelling, and a good reason to return after about a six month absence. She was fat, relaxed and on display to travellers. With the cooler weather and less river flow, crocs are being frequently sighted basking around the region’s rivers. We have spotted one regularly on the Annan and many along the Bloomfield. Back at Cape Trib, a new reptilian enterprise has opened - the Snake House. Just across the road from Grays’ Orchard, it has a delightful and free display of pythons, a gift shop with lots of jewellery and woodwork from local artists. It is also now serving as a much-needed Visitor’s Information Centre. During the week, visitors have reported daily sightings of armies of soldier crabs, especially along those beaches associated with mangroves such as Cowie Beach, Archer Point or Finch Bay. Pelicans are on the move, maybe from central Australia. Like other Australians, many of them come up north or to the seaside at the end on the wet season to enjoy the rich fishing grounds. Our Australian pelican is one of seven world species and, of course, the biggest. Their huge bill can scoop between seven and 13 litres of fish, crustaceans and

water. They hug their swollen bill close to their chest, expelling the water, but keeping the food. Pelicans can be both exciting and restful. It’s sensational to see them soaring on thermal currents up to two kilometres or so high in their elaborate courting displays; skid-landing on the water with wings outstretched; or herding schools of fish together in a mass feeding frenzy. It’s equally nice just to see them gliding peacefully along the water among the mangroves as our lucky visitors did this week. “Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I’m darned if I know how the helican.” (A poem by Dixon L Merritt via my Dad). So, take a trip around the Cooktown or Daintree Coast this week and look for pelicans, crocs, soldier crabs, cassowaries and lots of other wildlife. The road conditions from Ayton to Rossville are awful on the unsealed parts, but much better on the Wujal/Cape Trib side. There are some wonderful scenery-inducing low tides in the afternoons for the next few days, and unless there are huge rainfalls, the creek and river crossings will be okay. But always be careful, look at the tide charts and talk with locals. Happy travelling Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours

What are you looking for in this life and after? WHILE cutting the church lawn recently, I found holes where someone had been using From the Pulpit a metal detector and then digging to retrieve whatever had been found. It made me think again about man’s perpetual search for something more, something better - that would satisfy. We spend a lot of time seeking wealth and prosperity. As a child I still remember the story of old Daniel who drowned in a flooded creek because he wouldn’t let go of his bag of gold. Reminds me of some Bible verses:

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Matthew 16:26), “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!” Proverbs 16:16, “The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold?” (Psalm 19:10), “Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.”(Psalm 119:127 and “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” Prov 15:16. Have you heard about the man who had a dream that he could take one thing only to heaven? On arriving at the celestial city, his bag of gold which he had chosen to bring was tipped out with a

scornful, “Why did you bring that gravel up here?” Years ago there was a song about the Bible being like a gold mine “Dig for gold, dig for gold, read the Bible every day, much more gold you’ll find, if you dig in the mine ... if you read the Bible every day.” It’s great to spend time “digging for real gold”. Start with Proverbs, Psalms or Mark’s gospel. Real gold can be found in finding and knowing God. “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” (Jer 29:13) Blessings Pastor Peter Cooktown Baptist Church

Cooktown Local News 3 - 9 May 2012 – 7


A peculiar case of prejudice against pearlers Step Back

TWO eminent and respected residents of Cooktown, early in the 1900s, were embroiled in a peculiar procedure of the Crown. They were Lai Fook, merchant and Charles Patching, solicitor. Lai Fook and sons (Tommy Ah Kum) was a syndicate based in Guanzou, Cooktown and Thursday Island. It maintained interests in the beche-de-mer and pearling industry, a branch store at Coen and extensive gardens at Laura. Charles Patching was a long serving and respected solicitor and also, for some time, the Town Clerk of the Council of Cooktown. The following is a condensed version of the story as it appeared in the Cairns Post on Friday, June 9, 1911. “The much talked of prosecutions were by the Inspector of Fisheries at Thursday Island against Lai Fook, the managing partner of Tommy Ah Kum of Cooktown, merchant. Tommy was summoned to Thursday Island to answer the complaint that he, Lai Fook and his brother Lai Foo, (managing partner of the firm of Kum Hing Chong and Co) willfully made a false declaration as regards the ownership of the ketches “Lucky” and “Keats”, engaged in the pearl-shell and beche-de-mer fishery, for the purpose of obtaining the necessary licenses. These much talked-of cases came on for hearing at Thursday Island on May 31, 1911. Lai Fook had engaged the services of Mr Charles Patching, who journeyed from Cooktown to conduct the defence. Prior to leaving Cooktown, Mr Patching was notified by urgent telegram from the Crown Solicitor that the two cases against Lai Foo were withdrawn and that the cases against Lai WITHä #OOKTOWNä (ISTORIALä 3OCIETY

A scene from the Lai Fook times in Cooktown. Photo submitted. Fook would be proceeded with. Consequently Lai Fook, with his solicitor, had to proceed to Thursday Island to answer the summonses and complaints made. At the hearing, Mr Patching applied for costs in each of the withdrawn cases against Lai Foo, and was ultimately allowed 2/7/ in each case. When the cases against Lai Fook were called on, Mr Murray offered no evidence, whereupon

Mr Patching made application for substantial costs, claiming that the defendant was bound to appear and answer the complaint in terms of the Crown Solicitor’s urgent telegram and to avoid being arrested for disobedience of the summonses. The defendant’s appearance at Thursday Island from Cooktown, with his solicitor, meant a considerable expense and cash outlay for fares, board, delay and professional expenses.

Mr Murray contended that provisions of the law did not permit of costs being allowed the defendant, notwithstanding that the complainant had offered no evidence. The magistrate upheld the contention of Mr Murray. And so the Crown, after compelling the defendant to appear at Thursday Island at very great expense, under penalty of arrest if he failed to do so, got off scot free. (Continued next week)


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8 – Cooktown Local News 3 - 9 May 2012


   w       w          w             


              

               


                    


        


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Wattle is more than just an emblem it is a valuable resource WELCOME plant lovers. Today I want to talk about one of our many wattles, the northern wattle, Acacia crassicarpa. The generic name acacia comes from the Greek word Passion for Plants ‘akis’ meaning a point or a barb, and the specific epithet is from Latin, ‘crassus’ (thick) and ‘carpus’ (fruit), in reference to its thick pod. These wattles are flowering now around Cooktown until September and in your Botanic Gardens. The specimen tree can be seen beside the Amethystine Python on the path to Natures PowerHouse, in absolutely golden spikes of wattle flowers. They grow 6-25m tall, sometimes as shrubs less than 1m tall on coastal dunes. They have pale green to grey-green phyllodes (which are modified stems not leaves), narrowly tapered at the base with longitudinal veins in the leaf. Flowers are light golden to pale yellow spikes followed by oblong, flat, woody pods that are quite decorative, especially when new - they seem carved rather than organic. Acacia crassicarpa occurs naturally in northern Queensland south to Townsville, including islands in Torres Strait and New Guinea. It is most common on sandy, lowland, coastal places, behind sand dunes, tolerant of some salt spray and perfect for Cooktown gardens. On Lizard Island, the growth habit is strongly affected by wind and they become small wide shrubs. One of the fastest growing tropical acacia species, it is resistant to low intensity fires. It is suitable for land regeneration, fuelwood and pulpwood plantations and is being trialed in Asia for commercial purposes. Seeds remain viable for many years and heat treatment or nicking of the seed coat is required to break dormancy. Immersion in boiling water for one minute is also a suitable treatment. The wood is useful for firewood and charcoal and also for craft pulping. The

Far North Queensland gives up drinking ANOTHER Cairns pub has bitten the dust this week. The Cape York Hotel has closed its doors after 114 years. View They had a final bumper night when from all forty locals turned up to pack the the Hill bar. I wonder how they managed that. Perhaps they packed one corner at a time and took photographs? It is all very sad and you have to wonder what the landlord will do with this fine old building. The closure comes on the heels of another - The Courthouse has just collapsed too. People are just not buying enough beer for publicans to turn over an honest dollar. One of the pillars of Australian society appears to be crumbling. I don’t know what to say. Queenslanders giving up beer is like, well, fish giving up breathing. No, swimming. I meant swimming. Fish don’t do the breathing thing. If this catches on, it could have wide ranging implications and strike at the very roots of what it is to be a Far North Queenslander. Can you imagine what will happen to all those grizzled men in big hats if they stop drinking beer? They will lose their traditional figures for a start, and go back to buying shorts with dainty waistlines. And if they are no longer pickling their brain cells in alcohol every night, you might get a coherent conversation out of them, even after six o’clock in the evening. Their kind and thoughtful side will shine through and they will have time to spend with their families. Perhaps they can take up a sport again, like golf. Or if that is too energetic, they could go to flower arranging classes, or become expert origamists. As our ex-drinkers turn into the slim, healthy blokes they always imagined themselves to be, I expect they will take up healthy eating as well. No more suspicious pies eaten at the bar. They will want a proper modern diet, with lots of broccoli and tofu. That’s the answer! It’s obvious when you think things through. The Cape York Hotel can turn into a Health Food Retreat and Alternative Therapy Hub. When we visit town we can call in for some aroma therapy, followed by one of those herbals teas with amazing properties. I can’t wait...

ABOVE LEFT: An Acacia crassicarpa tree in the Cooktown Botanical Gardens. RIGHT: The flowers of a Acacia crassicarpa wattle. Photos: SANDY LLOYD.

strong and durable wood is suitable for construction, furniture, flooring, board and boat building. A shade tree, Acacia crassicarpa is useful for weed control. Although good for land reclamation, it is too competitive to grow in combination with annual crops. Most importantly, this wattle is a vigorous nitrogen fixer and improves the soil. If you see something interesting and would like to know more, please contact me. Sandy Lloyd

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Follow Jimmy Fay’s eyes and you’ll see where the coins tossed by Tim Roberts during a round of 2 Up are.

Peter Sanderson and Cooktown RSL Sub Branch President Wal Williams were a couple of ex-Diggers who adjourned to the RSL Memorial Club after the Dawn Service.

Members of 38 Squadron standing guard at the Cenotaph in Anzac Memorial Park.

Rum and milk was very refreshing on the RSL verandah for Lee Savage and Alana O’Brien.

Sayah Scott and Sue Bird represented the PNG community.

Cooktown RSL Sub Branch President Wal Williams leads the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Piper John Singe played “Flowers of the Forest” at Cooktown’s Anzac Day ceremony.

Chief Petty Officer Mick Saunders and Warrant Officer Mark Mitchell at the RSL after ceremonies had concluded.

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Cooktown RSL Memorial Club President Gill Dyett travelled from Cairns for Anzac Day commemorations and caught up with David Webber and Cameron Forward at the Gunfire Breakfast.



Endeavour Christian College students and teachers marching in the Anzac Day parade as a school for the first time.

The Military Jeep Club of Queensland provided this restored vehicle as transport for Clive Clarke, who was driven by Pam Roberson.

Cooktown Volunteer Coast Guard Commander Helen Greaves represented the local unit.

Crown & Anchor kept a large proportion of the crowd entertained.

An audience of more than 200 attended the Anzac Day service in Cooktown’s Anzac Memorial Park.

Grant Morton and “Muzzie” led the Anzac Day parade.

Veteran Clive Clarke marching to lay a wreath.

A mini 106 Battery reunion was held in Cooktown by Cheryl Van Wageningen

The raising of the flags during the Anzac Day service.

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Your Lucky

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

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

This is not the best time to mix business with pleasure. You may find yourself getting into something which is difficult to get out of. Romance. You will need to be ready for anything this week! A strong aspect to Neptune will spark your imagination, and open your mind, so don’t turn what will seem a surprise offer.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

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

Make sure to plan and try to get things right the first time! You will feel pressured and a careless mistake made by someone else could throw your plans into disarray. Romance. Your friends may wonder what has been going on recently. The more you try to keep your plans under wraps, the more curious everyone will become.

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


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

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


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) 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)

only at death.

– Albert Einstein

A difficult aspect to Mars will leave you feeling frustrating as it seems that you cannot get anything off the ground. Be sure to focus on older tasks this week. Romance. Somebody close to you will cause you to lose your temper dramatically this week. You have a lot to do and won’t want to be held up but you may have to live it.

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.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

at birth and cease

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

should commence

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GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

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.

Intellectual growth



TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)


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



Your  Lucky

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.

You will find yourself getting annoyed when other people create a mess and expect you to clean up after them. You may have to be a little more assertive this week. Romance. You will be feeling very “homely” at the moment. Take advantage of these strong urges by spoiling your partner a few times.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) You will be generally feeling adventurous despite how things seem in the world. Don’t be afraid to take a punt on a financial outing and everything will seem rosier. Romance. Don’t be too aggressive, even if you feel you are being messed about. Make sure to not bring any risky moves in your professional life over to any personal relationships.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Your positive mood will be picked up by a person who has not noticed you in the past. You are in control at the moment and your self-assurance will bode well for you. Romance. You will be the centre of attention at the moment and you will be loving it. Don’t forget that other people deserve special praise as well to make sure things don’t come crashing down at the end of the month.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A person who has little idea what to do himself may try to give you advice. Ignore it completely, however convincing their comments appear to you. Romance. If your partner is not as sympathetic as you would like, there could be trouble on the cards. Be strong and don’t be swayed by emotional arguments.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Your head will need to focus as many others around you will have their head in the clouds. You mustn’t allow yourself to be held back by other people’s negativity as you have plenty to do and need to overcome their scepticism. Romance. A new friend will be impressed by the way you handle an unexpected crisis. This will come as a welcome confidence boost in your personal life.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may have to change your goals a little, if only for the short term. You might be making things too difficult for yourself. Romance. This will be a very good time for romance and, provided you don’t lose patience with your partner, you will make great strides towards solving a few questions that have been troubling you.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Contact with a strong willed and opinionated person may be interesting. You are not likely to change your beliefs overnight, but you will want to think about what this person has said. Romance. Your partner may seem a little distant and distracted over the week. Take their feelings into account and stick by your long term plans together.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

Conflict over a shared possession could lead to friction with another member of your family. Be careful of the rest of your family’s opinions and it may be best to give in this time. Romance. Your partner will be right behind you this week. Be sure to use them for advice and comfort as you may find other aspects of your life difficult at the moment.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A powerful unconscious force will be shaping your behaviour at the time. Don’t be too afraid of this and be careful to not exaggerate its genuine influence. Romance. Your open minded approach to life at the moment should enhance your communications with your partner. They need to hear it loud and clear!

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40,000 years. During the wet season, they used to camp under rock shelters on the high ground and this is where their rock art can be found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A professional conservator may be able to recover some of the images in the damaged sites but the costs involved will make it impractical,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The oldest sites will be lost first and without intervention the world-renowned Quinkan rock art will eventually disappear entirely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast majority of Quinkan sites remain unrecorded, their location lost with the artists who painted them. Ms Marsh said that systematic recording of cultural sites by the Laura Rangers will preserve the images for future generations long after the original sites have vanished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The detailed photography and documenta- Laura Rangers helping to document and preserve Quinkan art. Photo submitted. tion undertaken by the Rangers provides a now routinely undertake conservation work to sites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, most of the natural damage is baseline for determining how the passage of protect and document rock art sites.â&#x20AC;? beyond their ability to prevent,â&#x20AC;? she said. time is affecting the artwork and helps identify She said activities such as removing vegetaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Protecting and documenting Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significant sites where future conservation efforts tion rubbing on the paintings, fencing off sites of priceless rock art heritage is of vital importance would be effective and practical,â&#x20AC;? she said. particular significance to prevent large animals not just for Queenslanders but for the world.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to funding from the old DERMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from harming the shelters and improving visitor Land and Sea Projects, the Laura Rangers can management go a long way to protecting the


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SIX thousand years of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare cultural heritage can vanish in a blink of an eye. Recently, the Laura Rangers discovered one important site of the internationally renowned Quinkan rock art paintings had sustained major damage. Much of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gallery had collapsed, severely damaging its ancient paintings and stencils. While rock art sites have been damaged by human activity, the Laura Rangers found most of the more than 200 galleries they documented showed some damage as a result of natural processes. Termites and wasps build mud nests obscuring paintings while dust, water and the leaching of salts from the rock can fade and degrade images. The combination of temperature, humidity and sheer age leads to the painted rock peeling off like an orange peel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are irreplaceable windows into Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past,â&#x20AC;? said Susan Marsh, project manager of South Cape York Catchments. Ms Marsh said The Quinkan are some the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most extensive and ancient rock art painting galleries. The Laura River valley has been the home to Aboriginal people for at least


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SPORT COOKTOWN SSAA members had last week off from shooting activities, so there are no scores to report. Residents are reminded that we will be holding a Fiream’s Safety Course in June for both rifle and handgun for those who are considering for a firearms licence. All people who might like to participate must contact the club on 4069 5799 to register their interest. Dates in May to note in your diary include: Sunset Shoots - Wednesdays - 9, 16, 23rd and 30 from 5.30pm; Rimfire Rifle - Saturday, 5 from 9.30am; Target Shoot - Saturday, 13 from 1.30pm; and Practical Shoot - Sunday, 27 from 9am. All are welcome to attend. Please wear closed footwear and bring photo ID. Janne Stewart - Secretary/Treasurer THE SSAA Cape York Branch at Cameron Creek Road have scheduled a DTL Shotgun Shoot for this Saturday, May 5 at 1pm. Please check with Bill on 0458 693 534 to confirm the details. The next monthly meeting will be next Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm at Fishermans Wharf. The April meeting was cancelled on the day as there were insufficient numbers for a quorum. Please ring the Secretary on 4069 5173 to confirm your attendance. Anne Williams - Secretary

A mixed bag of good hauls on the water

Some of the keen anglers who participated in a fun day of fishing and other activities produced the the Cooktown District Community Centre during the school holidays. Photos: submitted.

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David Wright, Endeavour Sportfishing Club member, happy with this catch from their recent trip to Laura.

LOCAL fishing produced a mixed bag last week, with the majority of anglers reporting some great hauls. In the Endeavour River there was a good mix with with many areas yielding some quality fish. Land-based anglers were getting amongst the barra and jacks on lures, while the Stone Wall surrendered a bit more variety in the way of grunter, fingermark, barra and jacks. Barra, squid and jacks were the predominant catches off the Wharf, but with better tides building as we come into full moon, the fishing should improve, with the morning flood tide great for the sheltered bays. Lure casters reported a great session last weekend with the best fish to 88cm fishing the upstream from the bridge on the ebb tide. Richo lures were working best in that location. Around Archer Point, there was an excellent report from the back of Rocky island that the bait was boiling and poppers were being smashed by fish. Mangrove jack, coral trout and some punishing giant trevally were landed during an early morning session last weekend. Inland, a dozen members of the Endeavour Sportfishing Club had an outing to Laura. Most caught multiple barra with the larger fish around the 65-70cm mark. From the reports great fun was had by all. The Blue Water Fishing Club lease recently hosted the school holiday fishing competition presented by the Cooktown District Community Centre, which saw 41 avid anglers attending the fun event. Fishing, glass bottom boat rides, a slip and slide were among the activities on offer, along with an awesomely delicious lunch and wicked prizes for all participants - courtesy of the Lure Shop. With that in mind and school holidays coming up again soon, get your tackle ready for the next exciting day of school holiday fishing fun with the Cooktown District Community Centre. For the weekend ahead, it looks like another windy forecast, so the rivers, estuaries and inland will be the choices for fishing fun. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

Hare keeps Hash on track for another week THIS week’s trail was laid by Fingerling, another first for the Hash youngsters. Granddad gracefully permitted him to use a rocky ledge behind his house to host the run, and we were all set - except for the rain. The ledge might be a great place in the dry, but would the rain hold off? Granddad was taking no chances and rigged up an expanse of tarpaulin that flapped wildly in the Cooktown breeze. Oh well... The trail had been laid using shredded paper, and the hare must have used at least two hand-fulls. It was very hard to find your way from one strand of paper to the next one, but the hare tagged along behind to keep us going in the right direction. We

went all the way to the school, short cut a loop of the trail through bush land because it was already too dark to see where we were walking, and returned along the bottom end of town to the Botanic Gardens. From there it was only a skip and a jump back home to the waiting esky. Back under the flapping tarpaulin, we all sat quietly drinking Camp Oven’s pumpkin and ham soup. It was rich enough to put a lining on your ribs and keep out the cold and wet that we might have experienced, but didn’t. When Thermo finally donned her tiara, she started by congratulating Hotdog for reaching 50 runs, Fakawe for reaching her

13 carton run (348) and Nostrildumass for reaching four cartons (96). Then Moses received a drink for managing to keep the rain away for the whole duration of the run. Cracklin and Offal were punished for wearing prophylactics, and Cracklin was punished again for wearing her shirt inside out. I thought that was cruel as it is only natural to become a little forgetful as age sets in. Next week’s run will be at Saddlebag’s. Anyone who believes in prudent exercise and good fun is welcome to turn up and join in. Call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

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Cooktown District cricketers awarded for top efforts By STEVE WILTON THE Luke Kenwright Cup was contested at Queens Oval in the Botanic Gardens with a not-so-close encounter between the Rest of the World (Rebels) and Marton. The game was played in good spirit and was a worthy tribute to the memory of Luke. At the end of the day, Marton were too good scoring 3 for 219 off the 30 overs. Marton were then were able to dismiss the rebels for 87 runs in 21 overs. Adam Snell was awarded Man of the Match for his 42 with the bat and bowling figures of 2 for 5. Presentations of the 2011 trophies followed the game with the 40-over championship being secured by the Black Mountain Panthers and the Twenty20 trophy picked up by Marton. Individual best batsman and best bowler awards were also made to each team:Hopevale Batsman - Tim Rosendale, Hopevale Bowler - Reagan Hart. Marton Batsman - Cameron Male, Marton Bowler - Adam Snell. BMP Batsman - Glenn Kulka, BMP Bowler - Bret Pickup. Council Batsman - Wilbur Tomlinson, Council Bowler Brad Atkin. Once again in 2011 we were lucky to have a number of young cricketers who all put in great efforts and achieved good results with continuing improvement as the season progressed. The 2011 Young Cricketer of the Year was awarded to David Curtis. The CDCA Cricketer of the Year is determined on a points basis for performance with the bat, bowling and in the field, and is a much sort after trophy by the gun players. The 2011 Cricketer of the Year was awarded to Glenn Kulka. Congratulations to all winners. Following the presentation the Annual General Meeting was held with the Committee for this year being elected. The new committee is “Beno” Welsh - President, Adam Snell - Vice President, Robyn Holmes - Secretary, Katrina Lewis - Treasurer and two representatives from each team. The 2012 season will be starting in a few weeks and promises to be a great year of cricket. Keep an eye on the Cooktown Local News for details and draws. Unfortunately the annual Musgrave Cricket Carnival has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of the road access. It promises to be better than ever next year.

Randal Smith dispatches this ball to the boundary.

Putting the disc in the right place

League action fires up at John Street Oval THREE Rivers rugby league action will fire up again on the John Street Oval tomorrow night, with the last round winners in the Hope Vale Red Soil Rebels and the Cooktown Crocs doing battle ni the early game, which will kick off at 6.30pm. Both teams can be considered as this season’s heavyweights, so the match promises to be a ripper. In the late game starting at 8pm, a much-improved Wujal Wujal Yindili team will be looking to record their first victory against a solid Hope Vale Warriors outfit keen to improve their position on the premiership ladder.

Cooktown golfers Ron Beacroft and Wayne King about to head off for a round in perfect conditions on Saturday, April 21. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. YOU may have noticed that we have new nearest-the-pin markers (thanks Steve Weise) and I have been asked to let everyone know that if/when you are placing the disc down for a nearest-the-

pin, the front of the disc is to be placed at the back of the ball. A good field came out to contest The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition held between April 22 and

April 27. Graham Burton finally won one with 39 Stableford points, while hot on his heels was his lovely other half, Alice with 36 points. Only a handful of members competed in the Cooktown Hardware and Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal competition held on Saturday. Julie Sauer was sure to win the ladies division as she was the only lady playing - turning in a nett score of 70. The winner for the men’s division was Wal Welsh with a nett of 63, while the was Steve Butler who had a nett score of 65. All the nearest-the-pins were landed with Kim Copland taking out 2/11, John Pettersen 14 and Dave Collie for 9/18. Kim Copland had the lowest gross score for the day with his 70 off the stick. Great golfing conditions greeted the only four members who competed in the Sunday 9-Hole competition. Blue Hobbs had a great game to win the event with a nett score of 30 for the front nine. Blue is also leading the field for The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition with a score of 61. Just a reminder if you are not playing in this year’s Cooktown Open, the club is in need of volunteers. We need a starter and starter’s assistant, and a “gopher”. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

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Chat with Matt Full Boar at full bore in Cairns G’DAY again. Well, we’re on that roller coaster ride called consistency again. I keep saying it and the team keeps saying we need consistency, but until now, we haven’t been able to regularly get the scoreboard ticking over in our favour. We’re running at 50 per cent at the moment with four wins from eight starts, but we’re still in fifth, one behind the Dragons who we play at home on Friday night. The Rabbitohs got the jump on us in the first 20 minutes of our game with them last Saturday night. They got us up the middle and all over the place to get a good 20 point lead on us. At half time we had a good talk and realised we had to win the second half, and if we won it by enough, we could take out the game. And we nearly did, getting 16 points to their none. Personally, I wasn’t happy with my own game, throwing a couple of passes that went over the sideline that could have and should have led to tries. I’ve been working extra hard on that already this week and I can tell you it won’t be happening again this season. But last week is last week and we’re confident of a good showing against the Saints. All we have to do is take last week’s second half into Friday night’s game and improve on that and we should come away with a win. On the injury front I’m all good and so is the rest of the team. I don’t think Neil (coach Neil Henry) is going to name the final team until later in the week, but Glen Hall’s coming back. I’m not sure about Matty Scott. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had him in the side with his back injury, but he’s been training, so it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing. We could definitely use him to help contain the likes of Michael Wayman and the rest of the Dragons pack which is pretty powerful. And while we’re doing battle with the Dragons, the Three Rivers boys will be at it again at John Street Oval. I know they’re all looking forward to the games and I’d like to wish them all the best for enjoyable, injury-free games. 7 NIGHTS A WEEK, Get out andDINNER: support them if you can, but if not, don’t forget to tune into Fox give us5all help Wednesdays & and Fridays, – the 8pm you can to LUNCH: get us offWednesdays, this roller coaster. Thursdays - Matt Bowen

Cooktown’s Clayton Cook congratulates Darcy Keirnan on his first trophy after his first round victory in Cairns on April 21. Photo submitted.

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CLAYTON Cook’s opponent threw in the towel after just one round of their bout on the Full Boar promotion, “The Beginning” which was held at the Cairns PCYC on Saturday, April 21. Scheduled for three-five-minute rounds, the fight ended when a battered Mareeba’s Damon “Wild Child” Eales threw in the towel after Cooktown’s ‘The Athlete’ groundand-pounded him mercilessly from the first bell. Organiser Sarah Martin declared the night a big success. “The Cairns PCYC was packed to capacity with a crowd of about 600,” Ms Martin said. “There were a number of bigtime southern promoters there too who praised the promotion for its organisation and the quality match-


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FIRST QUARTER Tues. May 29. Time: 06.16

Ht 0.88 2.29 0.27 2.91

FULL MOON Sun. May 06. Time: 13.35

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Ht 1.01 2.07 0.43 2.77

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Ht 2.48 1.14 1.6 1.08

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ups between fighters.” Cook, who is sponsored by the Italian Restaurant and the Sovereign Resort Hotel, raised his ams in victory for the second time in as many starts in the past couple of weeks. Ms Martin said while Cook’s bout was the stand-out fight for the night, Austin Morse’s victory was close behind for its entertainment value. Fighting under the name, “The Machine”, the rampaging 16-year-old climbed into full mount on his opponent Brett Kukulies, from Innisfail MMA and ground-and-pounded him with a flurry of blows which caused the referee to stop the fight before the end of the first round. Another Cooktown warrior to enjoy a first round victory was Darcy Keirnan, who was having his first outing in a cage. Mareeba’s Zac Mulholland’s boxing background failed to prepare him for the smashing leg kicks the Muay Thai-trained Keirnan fired into his lead leg. Concerned he was suffering too much punishment, Mulholland’s trainers threw in the towel at the end of the first round. For the 12-year-olds, the fight was a groundbreaking first. “It was the first time in Australia for a fight to be fought in a cage, under Muay Thai rules, but with Mixed Martial Arts mitts,” Ms Martin said. But the night was not a full round of success for Cooktown’s Full Boar stable. In a grudge match with Ethan Cannon from the Kickstart Club in Townsville, Smokin’ Joe Pope submitted with a tap-out after Cannon captured him in an “armbar” just minutes into the fight. It was a case of sweet revenge for Cannon, an MMA specialist, who was finally able to get Pope into the ring on his turf. Prior to that encounter, Pope had a fight record of 3-0 against Cannon going into the fight, but the previous encounters had been fought under Muay Thai rules - Pope’s speciality. And for Bryce “The Perente” Kirk, it was a case of ‘too big, too strong’ in his first round defeat at the hands of Mark Tabone, another fighter from the Kickstart club. Tabone had stripped down to the required fight weight of 77kg for the weigh-in, but had filled out to his whopping normal 86kg by the time he stepped into the cage. The referee intervened to stop the fight after Tabone wrestled the Cooktowner into the ground-and-pound position and rained a series of savage blows on him.


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