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Three narrowly avoid death in highway horror smash with straying cattle

Landcruiser no match for bulls By GARY HUTCHISON CAROL Gavin thought she was dead when she saw the headlights of an airborne vehicle careering towards her tiny Daewoo sedan on the Mulligan Highway last week. But quick reflexes from an alert Ben Kruger whose Toyota Landcruiser 4WD had just collided with two straying bulls saved himself, his passenger Ronnie Mead and Mrs Gavin from what could have been a horrendous fate. Mr Kruger said his vehicle became airborn after it ran over the top of one of the bulls. “For that brief moment we were in the air I knew we were on the wrong side of the road and headed towards Carol,” he said. “But when the wheels touched the bitumen, I was able to veer left and avoid a head-on with her.” The high drama unfolded near the Archer Point turnoff at about 7.45pm on Monday, January 30 as the occupants of the 4WD were travelling towards Cooktown, with Mrs Gavin headed towards Cairns. “We were both a fair way away from each other when we saw each other’s lights and dipped them down to low beam,” Mr Kruger said. “You go down into a little hollow there and it was pretty dark, so I took my foot off the accelerator and slowed down a bit, but before I knew it this big red bull was in front of me and I had no chance of stopping.” Mr Kruger said at first he thought he had only struck one bull, the carcass of which was left on the side of the highway, but on returning next morning he found a white bull in the undergrowth off to the side and realised he had collided with two. Such was the force of the collision, the heavy custom-made bull bar sheared off the front of the vehicle on impact and rocketed into the front of Mrs Gavin’s front driver’s side - slicing through her mudguard and tyre. Ronnie Mead, Mr Kruger’s partner and passenger said she was grateful she had been wearing her seat belt at the time. “If I didn’t have that on, I would have gone through the window for sure,” Ms Mead said. She said that after friends towed their 4WD into Cooktown, she was taken to Cooktown hospital where she was admitted overnight and half the next day suffering from bruised ribs. And for Mrs Gavin, it was a case of deja vu, with today’s appearance on the front page of

The bull bar of Ben Kruger’s Landcruiser 4WD ute was shorn off on impact when the vehicle collided with two bulls on the Mulligan Highway last week. Photo submitted. the Cooktown Local News her second in a few years, after she had previously been a victim in a similar crash. Mrs Gavin said she first reported cattle straying onto that stretch of highway as early as 1994, and had personally had two near-misses in 2009 and 2010 and had sent numerous faxes to the Cook Shire Council in the last 12 months about the issue. “Fax after fax and they’ve done nothing about it, and now this has happened,” she said. However, Mrs Gavin said it is not only the Council who has avoided the issue. “I’ve sent letters to the Stock Squad in Mareeba and still nothing’s been done,” she said.


“Everyone around town knows who owns the stock, but the cattle aren’t branded.” Mrs Gavin said she suffered whiplash and has been experiencing severe headaches since the incident, but that her distress on the night was increased by the suffering of the dying bulls.

“I just cried as they bellowed in agony until they died,” she said. But to make matters worse, the trio was unable to get assistance from any of the emergency services bodies. Mrs Gavin said she dialled 112 (the mobile phone equivalent of 000), but the line cut out three times, before she finally connected, only to be switched through to the Cairns police. “They tried to switch me through to Cooktown, but the line went dead, so I tried


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ringing Cooktown myself three times and three times the phone rang out,” she said. And the communications comedy of errors continued when on another attempt at calling the Cairns police, she received a recorded message telling her to call Police Link, which is situated in Brisbane - only to be told by the operator there that she was unable to contact local emergency services personnel, but that she would connect Mrs Gavin with the Bundaberg police. “Bloody Bundaberg, what was the good of that, lucky no one was dying out there,” she said. The Cooktown Local News has been advised that a member of the Stock Squad will meet with Council tomorrow, Friday, February 10.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone Gary Hutchison on 1300 867 737.

February Thu 9. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool.

Thu 9. Cooktown Crocs meeting to elect a formal commit-

tee at Gungarde Hall from 6.30pm. Call Michael Graham on 0459 774 903 for details. Sat 11. Cape York SSAA Pistol Shoot from 1pm, followed by rifle sighting-in from 2pm. Call Gopher on 4069 5379 for details. Sat 11. Cooktown SSAA Saturday Shoot from 1.30pm. Sun 12. Cape York SSAA Combined Services shoot from 9am. For further details on rifle ring Toby on 4069 5663. Sun 12. Cape York SSAA Combined Services Shoot at the SSAA Cameron Creek Range. Call Toby on 4069 5663 for details. Sun 12. Cooktown Bushwalkers’ next walk, weather permitting. Call 4060 3102 (ah), 0437 910 883 for details. Sun 12. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 14. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 14. Endeavour Lions Club meeting at the Lions Hall from 7pm. Tue 14. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 15. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Wed 15. General meeting of South Cape York Catchments from 6pm at the CWA Hall, Charlotte St, Cooktown. Thu 16. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Sat 18. Garage sale in aid of the Cooktown Re-enactment Association at the Boat House from 8am. Call 4069 6861 to arrange deliveries or collections. Sat 18. Cooktown & District Farmer’s Association AGM, upstairs at the Sovereign from 1pm. Phone either Dave on 0419 370 113 or Isla on 4069 5514 for information. Sat 18. The Cold Water band is playing at the Top Pub. Sun 19. Cooktown Bushwalkers’ next walk, weather permitting. Call 4060 3102 (ah), 0437 910 883 for details. Sun 19. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Sun 19. Previously advertised piano concert at Nature’s PowerHouse is cancelled. Tue 21. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 21. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information.

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Councillor rejected budget as unacceptable BETTER late than never, so I inform you, council’s customers, that I did not accept our Shire’s budget for the 2011/2012 financial year at the special meeting in August. My rejection of the budget was recorded and is therefore on public record. I spoke critically of the $12M expenditure for council staff wages and salaries. That’s $1M a month, which includes leave and superannuation entitlements, but is separate from contractor’s payments. Also, the waste management deficit of over $200,000 - way over the top. My resolution two years back, supported by all councillors to have a waste management report on the agenda for council meetings each three months has been ignored, despite

my reminders. Why? Council’s recycling program costs council. What are our returns on separating glass, cans, plastic and paper? Yes, I totally support recycling, but it must be financially viable. And on roadworks, engineer Lickiss refused to include Main Roads’ funding to upgrade the Red Pinch at the top of the Bloomfield Range to bitumen standard for 1.2 kilometres. The Bloomfield Road is the vital link for all essential supplies and services for the residents of three shires. In fact, despite asking repeatedly, no hard copy of the allocation of this Main Roads’ funding has been forthcoming and works have

Clean up and don’t breed mosquitoes this wet THREE dengue notifications in the north already this year, and the imminent onset of this year’s wet, Queensland Health is asking North Queensland businesses and residences to clean up potential mosquito breeding sites to minimise the risk of the disease. Cairns Public Health Unit Director of Medical Entomology Dr Greg Devine said the dengue mosquito bred in a variety of water-filled containers and was never far from places where people lived, worked or played. Dr Devine said 99 cases of dengue were reported from North Queensland in 2011 - with 30 of them having been acquired overseas by travellers coming from holiday destinations such as Bali and Thailand. “All dengue outbreaks in North Queensland begin with a single imported case from overseas,’’ Dr Devine said. “The virus carried by that patient can then be picked up and spread by Queensland’s resident population of Aedes aegypti mos-

quitoes - the dengue mosquito. “So far in 2012, the three notifications of dengue we have had in the north have all been overseas-acquired in travellers returning from Bali. “Once these cases are picked up, they are monitored closely by the public health team and vector control officers act quickly to control any spread by targeting the dengue mosquitoes that live around the affected people’s houses and workplaces. “But there’s always the chance that someone will delay reporting their symptoms and give those mosquitoes the chance to become infected and start transmitting the virus. “Just eight days after biting an infected person, dengue mosquitoes can start infecting someone else.’’ Dr Devine said the increased school and public holiday traffic at this time of year could boost the risk of a dengue import from an area were the disease was prevalent.

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Cairns last year, with further trial releases in two other areas around Cairns last month. “But we don’t yet know what impact they have on dengue transmission in the field. “So we can’t afford to be complacent. Even if you live in a Wolbachia release area, tip out, flush out, throw away or store dry any containers holding water. “That includes puddles in tarpaulins, plant pot bases, and tyres. Wear insect repellents during the day and use indoor surface sprays, mossie zappers and coils around the house to discourage mosquitoes. “Don’t let your household be home to the one that got away.’’ Typical breeding sites include boats, striking buckets, tyres, pot plant bases, unscreened rain water tanks, bird baths, a pet’s water bowl, eskies and roof gutters blocked by leaves. More information about dengue fever is available at

“We’ve discovered that when I’m in a good mood, it turns green and when I’m in a bad mood, it leaves a big red mark on his bloody forehead! “Maybe next time he’ll buy me a diamond!”

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“It’s important therefore that holiday makers returning from dengue endemic areas like Bali immediately report to a medical centre if they have symptoms such as fevers, rashes and aching joints and muscles,’’ he said. “Residents and visitors to North Queensland need to protect themselves and their neighbours. “At this time of the year, people’s houses can lie empty for a couple of weeks, and the mosquito can breed unchecked. It is always a good idea to clean out all potential breeding sites around properties and businesses.’’ Dr Devine said many people would have read about the release of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Cairns area. “Wolbachia is a naturally occurring bacterium that only infects insects, mites and some worms,’’ he said. “In the laboratory, it stops mossies from transmitting dengue but the initial releases were only made in two small areas around

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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.

not been done. Yes, I rejected council budgeting for a deficit. Mayor Scott at the last meeting of concerned Chamber of Commerce members, addressed those present (for discussion of affordable water tariffs) with a fear that our Shire may be taken over by an administrator. News to me! I say again, with the threat of another breach of council’s code of conduct, I rejected council’s last budget, which included water and sewerage tariffs, mainly because of mismanagement of your money. Councillor Col Burns Cook Shire Council Ayton/Bloomfield.

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Meeting to inform about World Heritage listing on Cape WITH the run-up to the State elections, Cape York has found itself increasingly in the news, with the Queensland Government increasing its push to make Cape York a World Heritage area, and the Wilderness Society’s application for four emergency World Heritage listings on the Cape. The final decision on World Heritage listing actually rests with the people of Cape York, who really do have the right to say “yes” or “no”. It’s a decision not be taken lightly, as its impacts will be felt by everyone living and working in the region. However, finding out the facts, warts and all, from the glossy brochures being distributed has proved virtually impossible. In order to uncover the hard facts about World Heritage, the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce has invited independent consultant, Guy Chester to a public meeting

in Cooktown so everyone has the chance to understand the implications of a World Heritage listing - both good and bad - and make an informed decision. “We’re really fortunate that environmental and tourism consultant, Guy Chester has agreed to come and talk to us,” said Cooktown Chamber of Commerce representative Judy Bennett. “Guy’s knowledge of World Heritage is so extensive that he has recently been informing both sides of the debate. Ms Bennett said Mr Chester had worked in three of Australia’s World Heritage areas, undertaken consulting projects in many others both in Australia and overseas and recently undertook a review of the opportunities and implications of world heritage for Cape York Sustainable Futures. “So he not only knows his stuff, but,

most importantly, does not represent either side of the debate - a point he emphasised before agreeing to come,” Ms Bennett said. “Guy will explain the process of World Heritage listing, its opportunities and implications, the international management requirements and provide case studies from elsewhere in Australia. “World Heritage listing is for ever, so it’s vital we know the facts and understand its implications before voicing our approval or disapproval. “This is a decision which will impact not only everyone living in the region now, but our kids and grandkids as well.” The public information session is open to everyone and will be held at the Gungarde Hall on Tuesday, February 21 Guy Chester has been invited by the Cooktown from at 6pm. Chamber of Commerce to provide an information

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Dispute over sea rights JUST who does have Sea Country rights over the waters off the coast? A row has erupted locally after the Yuku Baja Muliku Land Trust posted fliers to announce a ban on the hunting of turtle and dugong off Archer Point. But Warren Kulka has disputed Yuku Baja’s authority to impose a ban and stated that while Yuku Baja might have land rights in the area, they do not have sea country rights. “Anthropologists have classified all the

Indigenous people from Wujal Wujal to Hope Vale in one group they call the Eastern Yalanji,” Mr Kulka said. “The Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority hasn’t allocated sea country rights anywhere yet, so the Eastern Yalanji people still have the right to hunt there.” Mr Kulka said that on Tuesday, February 6 he received advice from his solicitor of contact with GRBMPA which confirmed that Yuku Baja did not have the authority to impose a ban and that they should consult with all locals. And Mr Kulka is insisting that he and his

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AN Australian scientist, looking to solve the problems of rampant bush fires and introduced grass species in Australian grasslands has made the radical suggestion that wild African elephants should be introduced. Professor David Bowman, an environmental scientist at the University of Tasmania, was published last week in the journal Nature considering a radical solution to the problems of bush fires and feral flora in Australia. “The piece is intentionally challenging,” Prof Bowman said. “I realise that there are major risks associated with what I am proposing,” he says. “But the usual approaches to managing these issues aren’t working.” He has opted for elephants because one major source of fuel for wildfires in northern Australia is gamba grass - a giant African species that is too big for native fauna and even feral buffalo to handle. “Gamba grass is a great meal for elephants or rhinoceroses. The idea of introducing elephants may seem absurd, but the only other methods likely to control gamba grass involve using chemicals or physically clearing the land, which would destroy the habitat,” he said. “Using mega-herbivores may ultimately be more practical and cost-effective, and it would help to conserve animals that are threatened by poaching in their native environments.”

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family will continue to exercise their cultural right to hunt there. “My father and grandfather taught me to hunt around here, just as their fathers and grandfathers did before them, and I have taught my sons,” he said. However, in a brief interview with the Cooktown Local News on Monday, Yuku Baja Muliku Land Trust Director Larissa Hale asserted her people did have sea country rights, but that she intended calling a meeting of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to clear the air on the issue.

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New bottom for town pool COOKTOWN’S pool will get a bottom lift soon following Monday’s announcement by Member for Cook Jason O’Brien of funding to replace the seamless flooring of the facility. Mr O’Brien said almost $13,000 had been allocated for the project. “I am sure that it will provide a lift to the pool, and enhance the amenity and enjoyment of the pool facilities for the students,” Mr O’Brien said. “It’s good timing as at this time of year making full use of the pool is a very attractive option.” He said QBuild will begin the work following discussions with the school.

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By ERIC GEORGE RECENTLY, Charlie Martin (pictured) suffered the sudden loss of his wife Virginia. The Cooktown Local News offers Charlie and his family deepest sympathy at this sad time. If you are like me, you will recognise Charlie Martin. He is a distinctive figure, tall and slim and he favours jeans and boots. He is rarely seen without his well-loved hat. He is the most out-spoken local councillor, and as a result appears in the local paper more often than all the rest of our councillors put together. For all that, how many people can say they really know Charlie Martin? When we sat down to chat, I quickly found there was a lot to learn. I asked him first about his fencing business and the fact that he needed a licence to be a fencer: “Yes, that was a big business. I had a lot of money invested and then I found I had to have a licence. I went to South Australia to get my licence, but by then my business had folded. They’d virtually sent me broke.” Does Charlie feel bitter about what happened? “I was annoyed, but I can’t hold a grudge about it. I can’t hold grudges.” Does he still do fencing? “Bits and pieces. The thing is, I am a councillor. I feel strongly that if I was to be greedy and take on a lot of work, I’d be depriving ratepayers who pay me for a job in council, and that’s unfair.” Talking of his work as a councillor: after four years how does the reality of being a councillor compare with his initial hopes? “I went into council feeling the blows of poor rulings by the state and by the council in the past. I went in not because I was bitter, but hoping I could stop other people being affected by what I went through. I didn’t carry my baggage into council - it was over and done with. I think that has answered your question. Has it?” Charlie went into council


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hoping to do things: was he able to do what he set out to do? “I feel I have contributed a lot to council. Most definitely. I went in, like most people, thinking I was going to change the world, but it doesn’t happen like that. I’ve made small changes, good changes. There is a lot of stuff I would have liked to change, but it’s impossible.” Can Charlie put his finger on a small change he has made, something he is proud of? “Yes, and it comes back to people. I think there is much better communication between the ratepayers and the council. People started to understand how a council works and what the role of a councillor is. Sometimes people go blaming the system, when it is the councillor to blame. We are the messengers between the ratepayers and the council. We are their voice in the council. Councillors need to listen to the people and mix with the people. $46,000 is a lot of money to be paid, and I think we need to be out there a lot more.”

He is very grateful to the people of the Shire who gave him the opportunity to work for them. It is not widely known how involved Charlie is in voluntary care for people in need. What can he tell us about that aspect of his life? To start, he first refers to his own past. He was unlucky enough to suffer an abusive childhood, and later abusive relationships. “A very controversial past and childhood. In the eyes of some, it probably wasn’t a very good past. It was, yeah, it was sometimes very mean.” This bad start in life took its toll on Charlie and, with the added strain of legal problems, brought him very low indeed. He suffered financially, and in his physical and mental health. Until about 10 years ago, when he recognised that people can heal and become valuable members of society. Charlie began to put a lot of his energy into helping people who were going through similar problems. “For the last 10 years,

I have thrown a lot of my life into other people’s lives. I’ve taken on all sorts of people. People who have suffered from drug addictions, alcoholism, violent behaviour.” Charlie and his wife Virginia decided to give these people the practical help they needed: “We used our home as a halfway house, a women’s shelter. The state government doesn’t have the money. I’m fortunate to be in a position the state government isn’t and provided a shelter for those needy people.” Charlie’s social work is all self-funded. “The people saved their dole money, so when they moved out they could go into a home or whatever. They didn’t have to work, all they were expected to do was grow up, behave and be responsible.” How do his children react to his role in caring for more people than just his family? “They were very supportive. There were rules when people came into my home, naturally. I didn’t know these people from a bar of soap, due to privacy considerations I was not allowed to find out. I had to take them at face value. My children are very special to me, and those people knew that when they arrived. I’m not sure how things will go now. I am alone with two kids, so the state government will have to step in and fill the gap in services.” Charlie is for development in Cooktown. He is concerned that Cooktown will turn into a government town if we do not encourage development and promote our natural resources. Is there a single project he would like for the town? Here he comes up with an idea of sheer genius. He would like to see a chairlift from a car park up to Mount Cook. “It might be a bit controversial, but why not take $20 or $40 from each grey nomad and send them up to the top of Mount Cook?” “I wonder if Charlie Martin can carry such an exciting idea against objections?” If he does, I’ll be one of the first people in the queue for a ride.

Lions looking ahead on year to come LAST year was a big year in Lions, which culminated in the annual Christmas party for the seniors, the Christmas cake sale and the barbecue at the Carols by Candlelight. Lions would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the individuals and local businesses who went out of their way to bring these projects into reality. Work will commence in March on the extension to the Lions club house. which will give the Lions a dedicated storage area for the mobility scooters, thereby freeing

up valuable space in the hall for community groups to utilise. Lions again manned the barbecue at the Australia Day ceremony held this year at the Cooktown Events Centre, and much to our pleasure. past President Lion Dougal Nivison was awarded the top gong of Citizen of the Year for his tireless commitment to the community through Lions and other various not-for-profit organisations. Well done Dougal. This year is shaping up to be a very exciting time in Lions with the imminent commencement of the Skate Park, which Lions have over $16,000 to which to contribute as well as the formation of a Leo club. The Leo Club is specifically for

under-25-years and is a stepping stone to becoming a full Lion Club member in later years. The Leo Club fosters community leadership and gives the youth an avenue to support and bring projects important to the younger members of our community to fruition. The Leo Club already has some keen interest being shown by Cooktown’s youth and will be the cornerstone of continuing the great work that Lions will carry out in future years. If you wish to get involved in Lions or Leos please contact Tony Lickiss on 0409 062 065, or we meet at the Lions Club every second and fourth Tuesday evening at 7pm. Our next meeting is on February 14. Tony Lickiss - Secretary Endeavour Lions Club

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By GARY HUTCHISON ALTHOUGH hardly any rain fell between Rossville and Wujal Wujal during the last week, damage to the unsealed sections of that stretch of the Bloomfield Road highlights the fragile state of the shire’s road system. Lines of pot holes which have degenerated into large craters punctuate what just a little rain and heavy vehicle traffic can do in a short time. Other lines of smaller pot holes waiting to deteriorate also test the driving skills of the alert and unwary alike.

Cook Shire Chief Executive Officer Steve Wilton advised the Cooktown Local News that a grading program scheduled to commence yesterday, Wednesday, February 8 would alleviate the problem of pot holes and craters. However, while those issues might be addressed until the arrival of the wet, granite extruding through the road surface on the uphill and downhill sections also contributes to dangerous driving conditions. Shire Engineer Tony Lickiss joked the granite probably goes all the way to China. “At different times and in different places, we’ve tried to lift that granite out of the

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road, but you get some of it up, and you’re confronted with more underneath,” Mr Lickiss said. And while motorists bounce their way from Wujal Wujal to Cooktown and back, road users negotiating the unsealed sections of the Endeavour Valley Road to Hope Vale face a similar fate, although at this stage, not quite so bad. With the state government election looming, perhaps some announcements about improved roads might be included amongst the plethora of other promises being touted by Cook electorate candidates?

Catchment group to meet THE South Cape York Catchments Group will hold a general meeting at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street, next Wednesday, February 15 from 6pm. Project updates and who is presenting them include: Wildlife Corridor - Sam Hobbs, Salvinia and Laura Fire - Sue Marsh, Laura Rangers - Ted Lees and Bana Yarralji Rangers - Deni Kelly and Peter Wallace. Contracts for discussion and approval: Laura Rangers World Heritage and Country Planning Contract from DERM and a contract from Balkanu for the delivery of operational services to the Bana Yarralji ranger program at Shipton’s Flat. If anyone attending the meeting wants to add an agenda item, send an email to: Light snacks with tea and coffee will be provided.

More swimming lessons, but no hat, no play for students AT the last meeting of the Cooktown State School’s P & C, it was agreed that the lower primary grades require more school swimming lessons for them to achieve a competent level of water safety. This year the school has organised for the Prep and Years 1 and 2 to do additional swimming lessons in the first term as well as their regular term four lessons. Also approved by the school and the P&C was the reintroduction of the “No Hat, No Play” rule for the whole of the school. This requires all students to wear a hat whilst outside during breaks. Primary students must wear a bucket or wide brim hat, while the secondary students can wear any type of headwear including caps and berets. The house of Kennedy has changed its colour back to the light blue of old - it is no longer the same blue

colour as the Cooktown State School Polo shirts. The house of Cook remains the colour red. A reminder to parents and citizens of Cooktown that the P&C is always looking for new members to help with their fund raising activities. Membership is free and membership forms can be obtained from the school office or by emailing me at: nikki@ Show your kids and your community that you care about every child’s education by becoming a member today. The next meeting of the Cooktown State School Parents and Citizens Association will be held on Friday, February 24 in the meeting room of the Events Centre at 9.15am. All welcome. Nikki Darvell Cooktown State School P&C President.


Laura River bridge delayed until mid-year

Fluctuating water levels on the Laura River at different times on Saturday, prevented vehicles crossing into Laura. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. CONSTRUCTION of the new Laura River bridge is now not expected to be completed until the middle of this year. A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman announced on Tuesday the $11.8M project had been delayed because of difficulties in the manufacturing process of steel girders which will be used in the decking of the 180m, high-level

structure. Steel pylons standing more than 15m above the river bed await the arrival of the girders which will stretch for more than a kilometre and weigh about 325 tonnes. “We expect the girders to be fabricated and on-site by the end of February,” the spokeswoman said. However, with slightly high water levels delaying traffic last

weekend, and an imminent wet approaching, Mother Nature will play the commanding hand in delaying further construction. “To lift the heavy girders onto the top of the pylons, several large cranes need to be put in the bed of the river, but flooding, or the threat of it, will delay this process,” she said. “We had hoped to have it completed earlier, but time frames had to be adjusted after changes to the design of the bridge, which will see savings made in long-term maintenance costs. “We appreciate the community’s patience while we build this bigger, better bridge that will have enormous benefits once completed.” And for long-time Laura resident Matt Trezise the new bridge can’t come quick enough. “I hope I never have to repeat the experience of crossing the Laura in flood like I did in 1979,” Matt said. He related how he and Dave Coles had driven up from Cairns just before Easter in 1979 to find the Laura River a raging torrent.. “It was heavy rain all the way and Kennedy Creek was backed up from the Laura, 10 miles south of town, so we waded across the bridge and then jogged and walked the rest of the way,” he said. “When we finally got to the Laura

Mental health problems a new thing By GRANT BANKS THE prevalence of mental health issues in Australian Indigenous society has been an ongoing problem for decades. This however may not have always been the case a new study has found. A report published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) recently found that during pre-European times the opposite was in-fact the case. The report “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health: paradise lost?” by Robert M Parker tells of a seemingly serene and stress-free existence for Indigenous people in the time before European contact. “It may well be that Australian Aboriginal culture, before significant European contact, provided conditions for mental health that the rest of the world would envy,” Mr Parker said. “Aboriginal people derived a sense of meaning and understanding of life experience from their connection to country and their Dreaming. Spiritual beliefs offered guidance, comfort, and a sense of connectivity and belonging.” He pointed out that traditional Aboriginal culture had several factors that strongly reinforced good mental health. “Sense of self was seen as being intimately connected to all aspects of life, community, spirituality, culture and country. Material needs were provided for through sharing rules, and relationships and kinship defined social roles. “Men and women had defined economic and cultural roles, and children had a range of ‘aunties’ and older siblings to take over child care if a mother was stressed. Torres Strait Islander culture also had rituals and societal mechanisms that appeared to reinforce mental health,” the report said. “Early reports of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people mention occasions of mental illness, but these were considered to be rare events.” This is in marked comparison to the high rates of mental illness currently experienced in the Indigenous population. In another article from the same edition of the MJA mental health figures for Cape York are given. The report “Psychosis in Indigenous populations of

Cape York and the Torres Strait” by Ernest M Hunter and associates describes the state of region. Given the narrow scope of the study, with only 171 people questioned all with pre-existing mental health issues, the authors are able only to pose more questions rather than provide answers to such a difficult problem. “The burden of psychosis in the Indigenous population of Cape York and the Torres Strait is high. Further research is needed to understand the social determinants of these disorders and to design effective social and clinical measures to alleviate this burden,” the authors said. “Despite mental illness being a major contributor to the health gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, reliable prevalence and severity data are limited.” Figures given in the report were, “male and female Indigenous Australians were hospitalised for psychiatric disorders at 2.4 and 1.5 times the rate for non-Indigenous Australians, respectively.” It was shown however that there was a large gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups with 38.9 per cent and 6.9 per cent respective rates of intellectual disability in the Cape York / Torres Strait study area. Through some clever statistical analysis Hunter concludes that, “Nationally, 7.7 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 15 years of age have an intellectual disability, and roughly 57 per cent of Australians with intellectual disability develop a psychiatric disorder.” Doing the sums this means that 4.4 per cent or one in every 22 Indigenous Australians will develop a psychiatric disorder according to the study. Also of significance was the finding that, “The prevalence of intellectual disability in our sample was 26.9 per cent.” What this means is that on Cape York the rate of intellectual disability within the Indigenous population is 19.2 per cent higher than the rest of Australia. “The findings indicate an urgent need for further research in this region, to extend this research to other Indigenous populations, to identify causal and perpetuating factors, and to develop effective social and clinical measures to alleviate this burden,” he concluded.

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crossing, it was just about nightfall and we had two choices - either sit in the rain and mosquitoes all night, or swim across the Laura straight away and then walk up to the pub, so of course we jumped straight in.” Matt admitted to being a lousy swimmer and making a big mistake in his attempt to cross the Laura. “I tried to aim for the road on the other side, but was soon getting winded trying to swim against a raging torrent,” he said.

“But Dave told me to just go with the flow and keep steadily swimming across, and eventually we dragged ourselves out on the town side, well down from the road.” He said by that time it was pitch dark and that when their feet finally touched bottom, they had to feel their way up the bank and through the scrub before they were finally out on to the road. “We were pretty happy to walk into the bar of the Quinkan that night I can tell you,” he said.

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Former Cooktown Courier editor a rights activist Step Back THIS week’s contribution from the Cooktown History Centre is about Carl Adolph Feilberg WITHä #OOKTOWNä (pictured), newspaper editor, journalist, general (ISTORIALä political commentator and human rights activist, 3OCIETY the information about whom was obtained from Wikipedia. Anyone interested in reading more about Mr Feilberg should visit that site. From September 1876 to June 1877, the editor of the Cooktown Courier was Carl Adolph Feilberg. Danish-born, Feilberg arrived in Australia in 1867. By the time of his death in 1887, he was to become recognised as a newspaper editor, journalist, general political commentator and human rights activist well known in his day, but largely forgotten today. Feilberg commenced his career in journalism as the owner-editor of the Wide Bay and Burnett News from November 1870 to about 1875. Working with a variety of newspapers, he managed to fit in a period as a hansard shorthand writer from July to October 1877, before moving back into the press world. He soon became the key political commentator and leader writer for the Brisbane Courier and editor of the Queenslander before moving to the Melbourne Argus from June 1882 to June 1883. He then returned to Queensland as the editor-in-chief of the Brisbane Courier and the Queenslander. He remained fully active in this position until a few weeks before his death, at only 43 years of age. Beyond being a harsh critic of the Kanaka trade, he was an eager advocate for settlements in the interior and railway schemes supporting this. He questioned the uncontrolled Chinese immigration and he was a strong advocate of laws to combat the threat to the environment of uncontrolled logging and deforestation and securing a policy of sustainable foresting. The Qussnsland Liberal Premier John Douglas appointed him as government envoy for New Guinea during the New Guinea gold-rush in early 1878, and New Guinea

was later a frequent subject for his numerous editorials. He was the anonymous journalist, editor and author behind the Queenslander’s newspaper campaign and pamphlet “The Way We Civilise; Black and White”, “The Native Police” (published in Brisbane, December 1880), characterised by Henry Reynolds as ‘... one of the most influential political tracts in Australian history...’ . Feilberg notably authored a great number of articles on the issue of human rights abuses towards islanders and Indigenous people in Queensland. These included editorials written for the Brisbane Courier from 1874 to 1878 and later in the Cooktown Courier during January to March 1877. In the nine months between March to December 1880, Feilberg utilised the Queenslander as a platform to launch a series of powerfully worded editorials and articles demanding a Royal Commission and a change of policy. Yet again unsuccessful, he nonetheless managed to trigger two large parliamentary debates and the biggest public debate of its kind ever conducted by an Australian newspaper, on this subject. Carl Feilberg was arguably the most prominent political commentator and newspaper editor in Queensland in his time, yet it so happened that his most lasting legacy became the numerous articles he wrote dealing with the most painful issue of all - Queensland’s frontier Indigenous policy, Native Police system, and what he continually argued was an urgent need for the government to reform and move to protect the fundamental rights of Indigenous people. An issue which was to remain unsolved, contested and a painful legacy that even his closest friends would prefer to forget rather than to remember.

The soap opera that is Queensland elections DON’T you love Queensland elections? They’re a great big soap opera and View we all get to join in. Unfortunately, they from seem about as real as a soap opera. We the Hill will receive visits from lots of influential people who have decided to become politicians. They will sound off with reams of pious statements that neither they, nor we believe. Shortly afterwards, we will tramp off to vote and make our mark for the least objectionable candidate. And things will stay pretty much as they are, especially out here in the countryside. This is not because of a vast conspiracy to persecute Cape York, or the arrival of another wave of aliens from outer space, or even because of the machinations of those global warming scientists. It’s because there are not enough people out here, so we just don’t matter. Sorry, but there it is. Australia has an urban population and they see the country way of life as something quaint, fit for calendars and Christmas cards, but not much else. But the local elections are coming too - they’ll make a difference, won’t they? Well, yes - but then again, no. The candidates will be local and, unlike last time, we can be fairly sure they will live in the area. And they will be different people, with different bees in their bonnets. Some of them might even be colourful, with endearing personal characteristics to help us remember who they are when we run into them on the street, or in the supermarket. At this very moment, I’m sure they are off getting colourful tattoos, growing luxuriant beards or getting a bronze ring through their nose. It will all help us recognise them. If elected, I dare say it will take a month or two before they understand their real function. Their job is to provide a democratic fig-leaf for government by state regulations. Just nod wisely and sympathetically when they get an earful from ratepayers steaming over some piece of government craziness. After all, there’s not much else they can do?


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From the Pulpit

Some easy answers

WHO cares? (Phil 2:20)..... If you really care, you’ll want to share. Knowing the Creator (Psalm 8:1)..... All creation points to the almighty creator. Can you hear me? (Luke 6:37)..... If you are looking for faults to correct, try looking in a mirror. Sunshine for your soul (Psalm 84:11)..... Lasting happiness doesn’t come from sunny days, but from the Son of God. The right place (Hebrews 10:24-25)..... We all need christian fellowship to build us up and hold us up. Where are we going so fast? (Job 7-6)..... To make your life count, number your days. Outside your comfort zone (Acts 10:26-29)..... The church is a training centre not a country club. Go for the gold! (Revelation 3:18)..... Our real wealth is what we invest for eternity. No pain, no gain (Proverbs 22:6)..... The surest way to make life hard for your children is to make it soft for them. Small thing, big impact (Ephesians 4:29)..... The tongue is a small organ that creates either discord or harmony. Two calls (James 4:14)..... To make the most of today, keep eternity in mind. Ready to go? (Luke 12:20)..... Only those who are ready to die are ready to live. River of disappointment (John 14:6)..... Those who put their faith in Christ will never be disappointed. He’s waiting (Ephesians 3:1112)..... If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy. The big questions (Hebrews 4:12)..... The bible is God’s answer book. What is the meaning of life here on earth? What is its purpose, and what is its worth? God has the answers in his holy book; That is the ďŹ rst and best place to look. Jean Haack Rossville Christian Fellowship

Place of many waters - Minnesota to Wujal VISITORS from the USA spent some idle minutes swatting mossies and sandies along the Track, but were happy that there weren’t near as many as their home State of Minnesota. One of them, Grant Nunn, claims that: “We have untold zillions of them back home in the thaw and summer. Even our state bird is the mosquito! At least on T-shirts.â€? Grant explained: “Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, although there are actually about 11,742. It’s right up in the centre of the USA on the Canadian border, so it’s freezing in winter, with up to four months of snow and thick ice. Fishing through ice-holes is popular there. I’d rather ďŹ sh for Barra on the BloomďŹ eld River. It’s warmer here. Our family business is air-conditioning and furnaces. I can’t see that we’d get much from the furnace side of the business here though!â€? In the local Indian language, “Minnesota means something like ‘many waters’. It’s a very similar meaning to Wujal Wujal. So, when Gloria Walker explained about Wujal Wujal, Grant, sister Pat and her son Jim Nevala were intrigued by the connection, as well as being impressed by the Falls. Pat’s view of the Wujal Falls was: “Here we are on our own, just absorbing this incredible water and place. I can’t believe that it’s not crawling with people. Where are they? It’s so spectacular, so good.â€? The Wujal Wujal Arts and Craft Centre is open again from Tuesday through Thursday, so take a drive up or down the track

Jim and Pat Nevala and Grant Nunn from the “Land of 10,000 lakes� --Minnesota, USA. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY


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WE CAN ALSO ASSIST WITH YOUR COMPENSATION FOR ACCIDENTS for a look at the great work. Jim Nunn wondered if they were related to Faron Nunn, one of the local artists. Same hairline! Noah’s Creek is a special place for birds and marine life, early mornings especially. During the week, I saw a nice Heron, but couldn’t work out exactly which type. Its bill was large like a Great-billed Heron and its size like a juvenile, but the wrong colour. So, it was probably a White-faced Heron. Any ideas? The BloomďŹ eld Track will still be open many times during the monsoon, and of course access between Wujal Wujal and Cooktown should be possible anytime. So, pick a time when the rains have really dumped and go down the Track to see the Falls in full ood.

They are an awesome sight! Watch those big tides today Thursday, February 9 (2.97 metres) and Friday. February 10 ( 2.84 metres). Of course, any heavy rain in the catchment areas could make the BloomďŹ eld River impassable. Similarly, heavy rains can do the same to Emmagen and Woobadda Creeks. Travel and enjoy the wilderness, but be careful. Keep your fingers crossed during the wet and hope that the Crossing holds out until work on the bridge starts in June as promised. I note there is a fair load of ballast and rock on both sides of the river, which could just save months of problems if the current Crossing is washed away again. Happy travelling Mike and Trish D’Arcy

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Time - the driving wheel behind all things THE last few weeks have brought much sadness for many local people. Sadness will always be sadness but it can have value in that it makes us take time to reect on our attitudes, our actions and our lives. Wiser from this, we may set out on a better path. Email your contributions for our column to: or or post to P O Box 645, Cooktown,4895. Dianne Keller - Cooktown Writers’ Group. “Grease to the Wheelâ€? Today, Did you pat the dog and play games in the park; Whisper, “I love you,â€? to a spouse in the dark?

Writers’ Corner

The small acts of caring that show how you feel Make life glide along just like grease to the wheel. “Eternityâ€? The Clock rules my day; its hands beat the Time That metes out the minutes now allotted as mine. All that I do is coloured by haste. There’s no time to linger and no time to waste. My portion of seconds just slide through the sieve. The meter is running on the life that I live. But Eternity’s charm is a time without hurry; No panic, no deadline, no bustle, no scurry. I could gaze at God’s rose for an aeon or more And Love would ow on; no Death at the door. By DIANNE KELLER


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Student of the Month Emma Cox is the Rossville State School’s Student of the Month for January. Emma gives her best in all areas of schooling and shows great leadership when working in small groups. Well done Emma! Submitted photo.

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Cooktown’s School Captains for 2012 are the school’s selection as Students of the Month of January. Seen here are the Primary School Cap tains - Holly Farnan, Nicholas Hook, Zane Stallan and Carly Johnson (front) with Secondary Scho ol Captains Thuy Loughlin, Brayden Rob ertson, Lenny Casey and Zabrina Duncan (back).

out and about @ The Lions Den

Bay Pattie enjoys a good old fashioned shower at the Lions Den during a downpour on Australia Day. Photos: FAITH NULLEY.

Australia Day at the Lions Den was family day for this happy group.

Max Nulley and David Reid getting right into the spirit of the Lions Den German night on Saturday.

Jeanette Hall inspects the German beverages on offer at the Lions Den’s theme night.

Daniel Nulley with his German flag. Wolfie, a Lions Den regular was the only authentic German at their theme night.

Kerry Whitton dressed up for the Lions Den German night.

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4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 7.30 (QLD) 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 WNBL: Highlights Adelaide Vs Bulleen 2:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012: Third Round 6:00 At The Movies: Short Cuts 6:10 Minder: Better The Devil You Know 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Dark Chocolate: UCOS pursue a serial rapist when a recent assault is linked to two attacks at a chocolate factory ten years previously. However, the team find themselves with more cases than they bargained for. 8:30 Accused: Liam’s Story: Cab driver, Liam becomes smitten with a customer. In desperate need of money, he robs the woman’s flat, and is delighted when she contacts him after learning she has been burgled. 9:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:20 Ashes To Ashes: It’s the run up to the 1983 General Election and pressure is mounting on DCI Gene Hunt and his team when they investigate a series of politically motivated arson attacks. 11:15 Rage: Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:30 Pyramid 12:00 Imparja’s Horse Racing 4:00 Wildfire - “The More Things Change - Part 1” - In the six months that passed since her illegal race, Kris discovers she has worn out her welcome at Raintree. Now living in Colorado, Kris learns that Raintree Farm is being turned into a Dude Ranch, Wildfire might be retired from racing, and that Junior is planning to propose to his new girlfriend. 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 Get Smart 9:45 Movie: “Fools Gold” (M v) 11:30 Movie: “King’s Ransom” (M l,s) - Hoping to foil his own golddigging wife’s plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well. 1:30 Movie: “Poor Cow” (M s,v,a) - A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices; marrying and having a child with an abusive thief at a young age, only to move on with another criminal who quickly ends up in prison. 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 1:00 Movie: “Once Upon A Mattress” (G) 3:00 Movie: “Herbie: Fully Loaded” (G) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Movie: “The Parent Trap” (PG a,s) - Identical twins Hallie and Annie were separated at birth during their parent’s divorce. Unaware of the other’s existence, the two randomly meet at a summer camp and decide to switch places in an attempt to reunite their loving, but estranged parents. 9:10 Movie: “War Of The Worlds” (M v) 11:40 That ‘70s Show 12:10 Movie: “Broken Lizard’s Club Dread” (AV v,s,l) - When a psychotic killer attacks guests at a holiday resort, it is up to the staff to hide the carnage from the surviving guests. 2:20 Special: Aftermath: Population Zero (PG a) - Aftermath: Population Zero investigates what would happen if every single person on Earth simply disappeared. 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “Buyer Beware - The Secrets Behind Health Rip-Off’s” - Dr Oz investigates how to prevent and fight back against health rip-offs and frauds. Then, Dr Oz explains asthma, and takes a self-defence crash course.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Sutra 2:15 Stanley Donen: You Just Do It 3:20 The Chopin Etudes 3:25 Anselm Kiefer: Works and Process 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Hot Cities: Climate Bites 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves: Ship Sink 8:35 RocKwiz: Abbe May & Paul Gray 9:30 Movie: “Red Cliff (Part 2)” - In Mandarin. The final chapter of legendary director John Woo’s two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming and manipulative Prime Minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country, and in doing so overthrow the authority of a young and politically impotent Emperor 12:00 Movie: “Vexille” (M v,a) - In Japanese. Japan 2077. An elite female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether a sinister Japanese corporation is developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind. Once there, Vexille and her crack team link up with native resistance leader Maria and her rag-tag team of revolutionaries. 2:00 The Jaquie Brown Diaries: Brown Love 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Birmingham 12:00 Landline 1:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012: Final Round 6:00 Minuscule: Homeless 6:05 Expedition Tiger 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs: Herefordshire 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Sleeper Under The Hill 10:00 Dancing With Dictators 11:00 Movie: “Hud” (M a) - Hud Bannon and his cattleman father, Homer, are in constant conflict, with Homer unwilling to compromise his integrity, while Hud is constantly drinking and involved with married women. 12:50 Order In The House 1:50 Grand Designs: Herefordshire: Kevin meets a couple who are building an organic, hobbit-like, timber framed, curvy house on a hillside in Herefordshire. 2:40 Monumental Vision In Slovakia: Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers’ series on geoglyphs takes him to Slovakia where he creates a Celtic horse and, once again, the Rhythms of Life symbol. 3:05 Rage

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Surfsport 11:00 Discover Downunder - Summer Series - Western Australia is where you’ll find the extraordinary Turquoise Coast, and this week it’s where you’ll find Brooke Hanson and Tim Smith. Taking the Campervan from Jurien Bay to Geraldton, you’ll be amazed by what they discover… 11:30 Pyramid 12:00 Wildfire 1:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 9:00 Australian Athletics Tour 2012 10:00 Movie: “Lethal Weapon 3” (M l,v) 12:30 The Apprentice - The seventh season of Donald Trump’s unscripted competition series features business-themed battles with 14 savvy celebrities, including country artist Trace Adkins; rocker Gene Simmons; actors Stephen Baldwin and Marilu Henner; model-actress Carol Alt; boxer Lennox Lewis; and reality figures Omarosa and Piers Morgan. 2:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Phineas And Ferb 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 World’s Strictest Parents 11:00 The One Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 12:00 That ‘70s Show 12:45 Anne Of Green Gables 4:45 Faulty Towers 5:30 Going Bush 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 The Force - Behind The Line 8:30 Bones: “The Hot Dog In The Competition” (M) 9:30 Castle: “Heroes And Villians / Last Call” (M v, a) 11:30 Forensic Investigators - Australia’s True Crimes 12:30 The Real Seachange - After a disastrous opening night at his newly bought pub, Max does something crazy to win customers over. 1:00 Special: Battle At Kruger Park - Witness the extraordinary tourist footage that captures a tug-of-war between a lion pride, a giant crocodile and a herd of African buffalo. 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

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 First Australians: There Is No Other Law 4:00 Why Do We Talk? 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Desalination: A Mixed Blessing? 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: A History Of Celtic Britain: Age Of Warriors 8:35 The Code: Numbers: A new three-part series presented by mathematics expert Professor Marcus du Sautoy as he goes in search of a mysterious code: the numbers, shapes and patterns that govern the world around us. 9:40 Movie: “Brick Lane” (M s,a,l) - In English and Bangali. Nazneem, a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu. As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim comes knocking at her door. 11:30 Movie: “Agata And The Storm” (M s,a) - In Italian. From the director and star of Bread and Tulips comes this whimsical romantic comedy. A loving and popular bookshop proprietor, who dispenses sunny wisdom in the form of her books, attracts a man almost half her age. 1:40 Weatherwatch Overnight


SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 How Mad Are You? 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Santa Laura Saltpetre Mine 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Devon And Cornwall 8:30 Singapore 1942 - End Of Empire 9:30 As It Happened: Apocalypse: The Second World War: Crushing Defeat 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Hardcore” (MAV s,v,a) - In Greek. Leaving behind a hard life with their families, two teenage girls end up in an Athen’s brothel, fall in love and support one another against the adversities and violence of the night. 12:50 Movie: “Mr 73” (MAV v,a) - In French. The discredited and alcoholic Detective Schneider, a washed-up Marseilles cop, earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison. 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Ace Day Jobs 10:40 Postcards From Bangladesh 10:50 Catalyst Bytes 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen Hogmanay Special 1:25 The Dreaming 1:35 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story: Road To Nowhere 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Silent Witness: Finding Rachel 1:20 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:20 Darling Buds Of May: Le Grand Weekend - Ma wins an all expenses paid trip to Paris for two. Suitcases packed she and Pop head to the airport only to be prevented from taking off by the ‘great’ British weather. 3:15 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory:“The Recombination Hypothesis” (PG s) 8:30 Movie: “Alcatraz” (M v) 10:30 Person Of Intrest 11:30 Damages: Flight’s At 11:08 - Joe Tobin calls lawyer Leonard Winstone after accidentally hitting Danielle Marchetti with his car. Winstone arranges for a doctor to examine her but Joe ignores his advice and takes her to the airport even after she begins to show symptoms of a possible brain haemorrhage. 12:30 The Avengers: The See-Though Man - Steed and Emma pay a visit to Sir Andrew Ford at the Ministry, when they find a file stolen from Wilton’s office. 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Heroes’ Mountain - The Thredbo Story” (M v,a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Revenge 9:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 Sports Fever 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Special: “On Board Air Force One” - Lift off on the first official flight with U.S President Barack Obama on board the most celebrated aircraft, Air Force One. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement: “Brent Street - Cafe” Sophie Monk joins the team to renovate the cafe at her old dance studio. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

4:45 Africa Cup Of Nations Final 7:05 World News 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: Sri Lanka 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Mythbusters: Duct Tape Plane - Adam and Jamie test three viral videos featuring extraordinary excavators - can they row a barge, take you wakeboarding, and do acrobatics? Meanwhile, Kari, Grant and Tory patch up a plane that’s had an unfortunate encounter with a bear - using only duct tape. 8:35 Freddi Flintoff versus the World: Laguna Beach 9:30 Wilfred: Dog Star 10:00 South Park: 1% 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The World Game 12:05 SOS: How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You! 1:05 Movie: “Bad Day To Go Fishing” (PG) - In Spanish & English. The former ‘strongest man on earth’ and his crafty manager tour small South American towns staging wrestling matches for cash. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Crimes Of Fashion: Hostile Makeover” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue - The RSPCA steps in to re-home an ostrich who has spent his whole life living in the backyard of a motel in suburban Sydney. Meanwhile, a woman is left with a diamond python when her husband moves out. She surrenders it to the RSPCA but her husband wants it back. And in Queensland, inspectors discover a property overrun by puppies who aren’t being properly cared for. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 9:00 Movie: “The Women” (PG s,l,d) 11:30 That ‘70s Show 12:00 Movie: “I Heart Huckabees” (M l,s) - A frustrated young environmentalist hires a pair of ‘Existential Detectives’ to investigate a peculiar ongoing coincidence. 2:10 Special: Secrets Of The Mangrove - Embark on a journey of discovery in the seldom seen or properly understood mangrove swamp with Ben Cropp. 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:30 Australian Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 The Wild Ones: Shark Harbour 9:30 Genius: Russell Howard And Hazel Irvine 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Words Aloud 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 Trial And Retribution: The Box: While on leave back home in Glasgow, DSC Mike Walker delves into the dark bond between two brothers linked to the disappearance of two women who were once married to the same man. 2:25 Bali High Wedding 2:55 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Codpiece Topology” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “One False Move, Zimbabwe!” (M s) 9:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 9:30 Movie: “The Hangover” (M v,n,s,v) 11:30 Men Of A Certain Age: Same As The Old Boss - Joe tries to open his schedule to practice golf, but his efforts prove futile. Elsewhere, Owen’s new post as manager puts stress on his life and marriage; and coworkers pull a prank on Terry after they dig up video of one of his old commercials. 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Packed To The Rafters 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue - A stray cattle dog has been roaming a park reserve for weeks. The RSPCA are called in to catch him and see if he can be domesticated. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - In a Valentine’s Day special, Liam and Bianca’s big day has finally arrived. But as the ceremony nears, Bianca’s feelings for Heath continue to loom. Will she make it to her wedding, or will Liam be left alone at the alter? 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Packed To The Rafters 10:30 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 11:30 Royal Pains 12:30 Room For Improvement 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Lady Of The Camellias” (M s,n,v) 2:40 Spaceflies: Galaxy: Our Milky Way 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Wig Wearers Of Tari 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Magda Szubanski 8:30 How To Mend A Broken Heart 9:30 The Trial 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “The Sign Of The City” (MA a,n,s) - Teca, a late-night radio show host, uses her astrological skills to help listeners who call in for advice. But her own life feels empty and lonely. One day she makes the acquaintance of her handsome new neighbour, Gil, only to find out he is married. 12:50 Mad Men: “Shoot / Long Weekend” (PG) - Betty is used by a rival ad agency to woo Don away from Sterling Cooper; Peggy is sought after by two romantic rivals; and the agency tries to spruce up their Nixon presidential campaign, aiming to counteract a successful Kennedy ad. / Don loses an important account and Roger, who happens to be stuck in the city on Labor Day, attempts to cheer him up. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 1:30 Magical Tales 2:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 6:00 National News 6:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 10:00 CSI: Miami: “You May Now Kill The Bride” (M) - When a bride is shot and killed during her wedding to a famous baseball player Greg Tanner, everyone from the bodyguard to the groom’s stripper sitting in the front row is a suspect. 11:00 Movie: “Executive Decision” (M v,l) - Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal star in this action-packed film about two special agents racing against time to save the lives of 400 people. Ruthless terrorists hijack a plane and threaten to bomb Washington with lethal nerve gas, and it is up to an elite unit of Special Forces to board the commandeered plane from an experimental aircraft. 1:40 Movie: “S.O.S. Titanic” (PG s,a) - The courage and horror that accompanied the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic in history’s most awesome sea disaster are dramatically recreated in detail. S.O.S Titanic tells the complete story exactly as it happened. Just 703 people, primarily women and children survived out of a total 2,206 passengers and crew. 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Technology Explained 10:15 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 The Trophy Room 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Outland 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure: Be A Man 12:00 The IT Crowd: Something Happened 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:25 Trial And Retribution: The Box 2:15 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials: Twenty years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser - but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous. 2:45 Destiny In Alice 3:10 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Barbarian Sublimination” (PG s) 8:30 Movie: “Sherlock” (M v,s) 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Blood Sugar” - When a sugar refinery explodes, the CSIs make a shocking discovery about one of the factory’s employees. 11:30 Weeds: Release The Hounds - Nancy, her breast still clamped in a mammogram machine, convinces Peter’s ex-wife and mammogram technician Valerie to continue their conversation over coffee. But Nancy’s awkward attempt at friendship fails when Valerie wants nothing to do with her. 12:00 Dark Blue 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “A Memory In My Heart” (PG a,v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue - When two dogs are killed for attacking livestock, the RSPCA in Sydney investigates who’s in the wrong. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Elijah finally confesses his feelings to Leah, April can’t get a straight answer from Heath and Brax finds a way to pay back Leah. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Please Marry My Boy 9:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 The Marriage Ref 12:30 Sons And Daughters: Wayne changes his method of attack on Gordon. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Candles Of Gubbio 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Zambia 8:30 From Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means: Japan 9:30 Putin, Russia and the West: War -An exploration of Russia’s fraught relationship with the West during the past decade. This episode examines how the tensions between Russia and Georgia escalated into an armed conflict. 10:30 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “I’m Not Scared” (MA l,a,v) - In Italian. From the Oscar-winning director of Mediterraneo comes a compelling, atmospheric thriller set in late 1970s Italy. Young Michele discovers a kidnapped boy kept in a hole in the ground and realises that his family is somehow involved. Beautifully shot, with the children excellent in their acting debuts. 12:55 Movie: “One Last Dance” (MAV v) - An assassin is hired to kill the men responsible for kidnapping an important man’s son. With every death, the killer gets closer to the last kidnapper’s name. Nominated for the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


ABC 4:00 Basketball: WNBL 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Dragons’ Den 11:00 The Old Guys 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:05 Pipe Dreams 3:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012 6:00 Mr Bean: Mr Bean In Room 426 - Mr. Bean checks into a hotel, to the annoyance of staff and other guests. His presence is also a testing time for the furniture, fittings and even the walls as he makes himself thoroughly at home. 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 (QLD) 8:00 QI: Food 8:30 Inspector George Gently: Gently Evil: When the body of a loose young woman is found murdered Inspector George Gently and Sergeant John Bacchus find themselves investigating a family with unimaginable secrets. 10:00 Getting On 10:30 Lateline 11:15 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street with his unique take on the traditional tonight show - monologue, interviews and top musical acts, plus the added excitement of spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with the audience. 12:15 Rage

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Real Chinese 10:15 La Mappa Misteriosa 10:30 A Table! 10:35 Behind The News 11:00 Rivers And Life 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1:25 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: This is the story of astonishing twists of fate behind one of Australia’s most famous faces - Ernie Dingo. His family will open private doors to reveal the true complexity, courage and love that bond and define a family. 8:30 The Straits 9:30 Dragons’ Den 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Stephen Fry In America: Pacific 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 The Hungry Beast: Secrets 2:05 The Clinic 2:55 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 RBT 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Ms. Willows Regrets 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Willows In The Wind 10:30 CSI: NY 11:30 Southland: Failure Drill / Graduation Day - John’s drug issue worsens as Ben approaches the end of his training. Elsewhere, Lydia is involved in a shoot-out while preoccupied with a teenage victim; and Sammy focuses on fatherhood. / The third season ends as Ben faces his final day as a rookie and contends with John’s increasing dependence on painkillers. 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Natalee Holloway” (M a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Grey’s Anatomy 9:30 Desperate Housewives: “School Of Hard Knocks” - After disobeying the rules of student drop-offs at the front of Juanita’s school, Gaby makes it her mission to get even with a parent volunteer who banishes her to a faraway parking lot. 10:30 Private Practice 11:30 30 Rock 12:00 Special: Ships Of The Desert - A fascinating journey that takes viewers to the Holy Land and Egypt, visiting a Kibbutz, Mount Sinai and The Dead Sea. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Mother Country 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Zumbo: The Staff Collection 8:00 One Man and His Campervan: Caldicott - This week, the food adventure continues in Wales. A campervan festival creates the opportunity for both Martin’s 70’s classic camper and his Welsh lamb campervan curry to face the judges. 8:30 Feasts: India 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Hour 12:00 Kill Arman: South Korea / Taekwondo 12:30 Movie: “Invisible Waves” (M v,l) - In Japanese, Cantonese, Thai & English. After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn’t prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

12 – Cooktown Local News 9 - 15 February 2012



Your Lucky

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

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

At times it may seem as though your family is taking up too much of your emotional energy. Make sure that you think about your own needs as well. Romance. Your positive mood will rub off on your partner. This will be a good period for coming to terms with your differences and enjoying those things which you have in common.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You may be more conscientious than you really need to be at the moment. Don’t let your colleagues push you into doing work which is not really your responsibility. Romance. A powerful aspect to Venus will help to create a surge of romantic energy between you and your partner. This should be a good time for both of you.

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.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) 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)

– Oprah Winfrey

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

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.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

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GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

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.

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.



Your relationship with your boss may be a little difficult at times this month. Work hard, but don’t let yourself get dragged into an argument which you cannot win. Romance. A letter from a friend who lives a long way away will cheer you up. This person has been dreaming about you recently.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 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.



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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 meeting with friends later in the month will put you in touch with somebody who is going to have a strong influence over your life over the next few weeks. Romance. An acquaintance from work may be a little more inquisitive than you would like. You will have to find a subtle way to deal with their questions.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

You might actually be in better financial shape than you realise: you have forgotten about a sum of money which you have hidden in the house. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will help you to attract the right person. Be careful that you don’t rush in too quickly, however, or you will put them off just as fast!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A plan to save money could create more problems than it solves. You will need to find a better way to balance your needs and your resources. Don’t listen to a friend whose advice has been unhelpful in the past. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A recent change in your circumstances might be difficult to deal with at first. You may have to leave some old ideas behind and move on. Romance. A difficult aspect to Mars this week could make you a little on-edge at times. Do your best to avoid getting into areas which have caused tension in the past. This is not the best time to deal with delicate issues.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A person whom you have not seen for many years will suddenly come to mind. An event which this person predicted will soon come true. Romance. You will be in rather an excitable state this week. You may find yourself spending time with someone that you would normally find a little too strange for your tastes!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give your self-confidence a boost. This will be an excellent time for starting a new project, or for injecting new life into an old one. Romance. This will be a good time for romance: however, your partner may find your changing moods confusing at times. Do your best to be more consistent.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You may need to reduce your spending in order to stay in financial balance. A recent splurge was more than you could afford, and could create problems later in the month. Romance. Try not to judge the situation until you are certain that you have all the information. You are actually in a much better position than you realise.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

You may find it a little heavy-going at times. However, your determination will be enough to see you through. A meeting later in the week will go especially well. Romance. Your strong emotions throughout this week will give you the energy that you need to find what you are looking for. Be careful not to miss the obvious, however.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Don’t be too concerned about what other people think of you. You know that what you are doing is right and don’t need their approval to continue. Romance. An innocent secret about your personal life will shortly be revealed. No harm will be done, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

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NEWS PARENTS of children aged 12-35 months are being urged to ensure their child has a dose of the new vaccine to protect them against the deadly pneumococcal disease, which claimed the lives of three Queensland toddlers last year. Queensland Health Communicable Diseases Branch Senior Director Christine Selvey said the pneumococcal vaccine had been improved to protect against more strains of bacteria. Dr Selvey said these extra strains were becoming more common because the older vaccine was eliminating previously common strains. “Children currently aged 12-35 months will have received the older vaccine, so we’re encouraging parents to ensure those children receive a free supplementary shot, which provides wider protection,” Dr Selvey said. She said the pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar) was introduced for all children in 2005 and provided protection against seven common strains of the bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease.

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“The vaccine has been very successful and we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the number of children - particularly children aged under two - who have developed pneumococcal disease or died from it,” she said. “However, over time, other strains of the pneumococcal bacteria have become more common and a new vaccine has been introduced to address those. “The new vaccine (Prevenar 13) protects against the seven strains of pneumococcal bacteria in the older vaccine (Prevenar), plus an extra six strains.” Tragically, three Queensland toddlers died last year from pneumococcal disease due to a

strain called 19A, which has been increasing. This strain is covered in the new vaccine, not the older one. “The pneumococcal vaccine is routinely administered when babies are aged two months, four months and six months,” she said. “The new vaccine has been administered for babies since July 1, last year and the booster is now available for children in the target age group who received the old vaccine. “If you have a child aged 12-35 months, ask your GP or immunisation provider for the supplementary dose against pneumococcal disease.

“Babies who were vaccinated with the old vaccine should have the supplementary dose when they turn 12 months of age, while babies who have already had the new vaccine with the additional six strains don’t need another dose at 12 months of age. She said children aged three years or older also don’t need the supplementary dose as they have a much lower risk of contracting pneumococcal disease, but children with a chronic medical condition may need a pneumococcal vaccine booster and parents should speak to their doctor or immunisation provider. Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (also known as the pneumococcus). These bacteria are commonly carried in the nose and throat without causing any health problems. They are easily spread by coughing or sneezing. Sometimes, when people get this bacteria, they go on to develop disease. There are several strains of the bacteria, some of which are more likely than others to cause disease. The serious diseases they can cause include meningitis, (infection of the covering of the brain), septicaemia (blood infection) and pneumonia. These diseases most commonly affect children aged under two years and people aged over 65 years.




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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTIFICATION OF PEST SURVEY PROGRAM Notice is hereby given under Section 242 of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 (“the Act”), that the Cook Shire Council will be conducting a pest survey program to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Act in relation to declared pests. The purpose and scope of the program is: • To monitor compliance with the Act in relation to declared pests. • To aid in monitoring/mapping the distribution and spread of declared pests. • To assist in the enhancement of community awareness in relation to declared pests. The program is to be conducted in the whole of the Cook Shire Local Government Area. The program will include both aerial and on-ground surveys. The pest survey program will commence on the 13th of February 2012, and continue for a period of twelve months, concluding on 13th of February 2013. The program has been approved by Cook Shire Council. A copy of the pest survey program is available for inspection at the Cook Shire Council office at 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown. A copy may be obtained free of charge from the Cook Shire office during the period of the program. Dated Entity

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Skeet adds some variety to shoot

Cape York SSAA member Noel Mitchell lining up to shoot a target from the high house skeet tower. Photo submitted. CAPE York SSAA members enjoyed a bit of variety during our shotgun shoot last weekend, when as well as shooting trap, we also shot two rounds of skeet. This proved to be a bit of a challenge, as while we are pretty used to shooting in windy conditions, this time we had to contest with fairly strong winds from the west, which made the targets fly in completely different directions to our usual south easterlies. Despite this handicap, good scores were recorded and a lot of fun was had by competitors. We will most like include skeet into our monthly program from now on. Weekend activities coming up are the pistol shoot this Saturday from 1pm, which will be followed by a rifle sighting-in and practice at 2pm. Then this Sunday from 9am, there will be a combined services shoot at the SSAA Cameron Creek Range. The event will be the Random Three requiring 30 rounds of ammo plus five rounds for the gong event. For further details contact Gopher on 4069 5379 regarding the pistol shoot and Toby on 40695 663 regarding the rifle shoot. Jim Williams President


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City snatches victory in last over of Aaron Davies Cup

Dan Greaves is intent on smashing this delivery from his brother Jamie to the boundary in the annual Aaron Davies Memorial match. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. THE Queens Oval at the Botanic Gardens came to life on Sunday, January 28 with the annual Aaron Davies Cup. This annual fixture is played as a City versus Country Twenty20 game. Country won the toss and elected to bat. Wal Welsh and Steve Wilton opened the innings and made 22 before Wal (9) spooned a catch to Josh Wendt off young Wulbar Kulka’s bowling. Steve was next to go (6), bowled by Josh Wendt. Mark Whitman made a quick 20 before he was bowled by Campbell Venables. Glen Kulka was hitting freely picking up six boundaries before being bowled by Beno Welsh for 32. Clive Kulka made 17 before he was dismissed by George Kulka, after Billy Dukes took a great catch at mid off. John O’Neill (12) and Jamie Greaves (23) were the not out batsmen at the end of the 20 overs with the score at 5 for 150. The best of the City bowlers were Beno Welsh 1 for 8, Josh Wendt 1 for 11, George Kulka 1 for 14, Wulbar Kulka 1 for 18 and Campbell Venables 1 for 25. The City reply had an early set back when Cameron Forward was clean bowled by Glen Kulka in the second over for 2. George Kulka followed three overs later when bowled by Tony Holmes after making 19 runs. Dan Greaves and Beno Welsh then put on a partnership

of 71 runs before Dan was caught by Rafe Thompson off Cameron Forward’s bowling for 35. David Curtis did not add to the score, caught by Glen Kulka off a Zane Stallon delivery. Billy Dukes provided good support for Beno who was hitting the ball all over the park, Billy was eventually run out rotating the strike. The match was down to the wire with City requiring six runs to win off the last over. Young Jacob Whitman received a harsh welcome to senior cricket when he was the only bowler to complete his turn in this pressure situation. He did a good job only giving away a couple of singles before Beno took the victory for City with a great six behind square. Beno remained not out on 74 and Bret Pickup not out on 4. Country’s best bowlers were Zane Stallon 1 for 6, Glen Kulka 1 for 8, Cameron Forward 1 for 11 and Tony Holmes 1 for 22. Man of the Match went to Beno Welsh for his great knock of 74 runs. Both the victors and the vanquished toasted Aaron from the memorial 20/20 cup after a great game of cricket. The next match will be on the weekend of 28th April. This will be for the Luke Kenwright Cup and will be a good warm up for the Musgrave cricket carnival and the CDCA 2012 season opener.

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Turf club promises transparency By GARY HUTCHISON SUNDAY’S sun during the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club’s meeting brought the promise of a bright new future, as newly-elected President Peter Staig promised those in attendance the club would be brought back to the community. “Our dealings will be done according to the constitution and will be transparent,” Mr Staig told the 33-strong audience, which consisted of both club members and people from the general equestrian community. Open discussion flowed on the subjects of opening the race course to other equestrian clubs, making the facility available for camping to visiting equestrians who could stable their horses there, other camping requests and functions and working with the Cook Shire Council. However, it was decided that until the club’s constitution, the conditions of its $100M insurance policy and changes to the Cook Shire Council’s camping laws can be properly investigated, no real discussion could be entered into. A resolution was passed to access a copy of the constitution from the Office of Fair Trading, while Mr Staig undertook to

inquire into the insurance policy. Mr Staig promised that restrictions of the past would be removed and called for community support. “Good ideas will be done, but we need your help and cooperation,” he said. Stating that no evidence had been found to support the previous rejection of membership applications by George Allen, Ed and Brenda Krop, Gloria Savage and Kath Russell, Mr Staig moved that their applications be accepted, which the meeting adopted. The meeting was also told the club will again swap its scheduled June meeting with the Mareeba club so that this year’s event can be again held in November. “While we don’t know the exact date yet,” he said. “It makes more sense for us to have our meeting then because it’s better weather, better for the track, but it the influx of visitors to the town will help our local businesses. “That’s generally when the tourists are starting to get less.” Those in attendance were asked to go away and marshall their thoughts and ideas in readiness for the next meeting in March, the exact date for which will be announced at a later date.

New girl on target at first shoot LAST Wednesday, February 1 we shot a 15 metre, 24-shot service match with seven shooters to the line. With a possible score of 240 for this match, Dizzy won with 227, Mal took out second with 219 and third went to Emma, an 11-year-old junior shooter who scored 212. If you would like to give shooting a try, just wear closed in shoes and bring some photo ID. Juniors can shoot from the age 11, and as Emma showed the older shooters this week, the juniors can be very

competitive. Make it a family night and bring the children. February dates for your diary include: Sunset shoots - Wednesdays, 15, 22 and 29 from 5.30pm, alternating between combined service core and sports pistol/ centrefire; Saturday shoot - February 11 from 1.30pm; Sunday - February 26 - practical shoot from 9am; and General meeting - Wednesday, February 29 at 5.30pm. Chris Stewart Publicity Officer

Cooktown Amateur Turf Club Secretary Sue Staig, President Peter Staig and Treasurer Barry Innes promised to bring the club back to the community in 2012. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Come and get a kick out of Futsal



THE Cooktown Wanderers Football Club is wanting to start a weekly indoor Futsal game which will be held in the events centre. At this time, the club is proposing the game will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm, but this is flexible with the club prepared to choose the day and time most suitable for the players interested. The game will be open to everyone over the age of 12 years. Contact Cooktown Wanderers Football Club representative David Barker on 0447 479 044, or go to the Cooktown Wanderers Football Club page on facebook and “like” the page for more information.

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Lemon hits a sweet 41 to keep lead in stableford BRIAN “Terr” Lemon’s 41 points helped him to retain the top spot in last week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly In the Stableford competition in Bunker which another great field competed. Local Wayne King took the runner-up honours in a count-back from visiting player Ron Beacroft after both returned to the club house with 37 stableford points each. And on Saturday, it was good to see playing numbers keeping up there, with more than 20 members playing, and 18 competing in the Julie Sauer par (stroke) competition. Unfortunately not everyone returned great scores, but they did manage to have a few laughs along the way. Only two members managed a plus score, with the day’s winner being Blue Hobbs with plus-2 and Marilyn Clark in runner-up position with plus-1. All the nearest the pins were again landed this week, with Robyn McDonald landing 2/11, Kim Copland 14 and Graham Burton 9/18. Quite a few members turned out to compete in the Graham and Alice Burton Sunday 9-hole stroke competition, but unfortunately not everyone turned in a score card, so therefore I can’t process handicaps nor confirm your scores. When you play in a competition you must submit a card as you “the player”.

To that end, a count-back is required between Kim Copland and Shaun Dignan who both hit a nett score of 30, and a count-back is also required for runner-up place between Steve Weise, Steve Butler and Trey Pengelly who all hit a nett score of 31. I will have the Club Captain do the count-backs when I next see him as some players played off the front and others off the back. In the past some, players were having difficulty in working out their handicap for a 9-hole competition so Kim Copland has kindly done this for both the white and red courses. These are displayed on the notice board in the club house. Kim Copland was going for another course record on Sunday when playing in The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition but didn’t quite make it. So far leading the competition is Kim and Steve Weise, both with a nett 62. Player safety should not only be of interest to yourself, but everyone else enjoying the course. A few mishaps happened on Saturday wherein we had one member get hit with a flying golf club - the club actually went further than the ball - when a visitor was teeing off the first. And also two members were nearly hit by two balls coming over from the 6th/15th tee. For everyone’s safety can everyone please abide by the following: ● If you are in the practice net and you

can see players on the 1st/10th tee, please step away from the net and stand in the club house as we have all seen that balls and now golf clubs can go over the net. Only return to the practice net once the players who have just teed off have ventured past the net. This is to ensure the safety of the players walking past the net as balls do tend to fly through the net as well; and ● When teeing off on the 6th/15th and you know your ball is flying over the trees on the right to land somewhere on the 1st/10th fairway please ensure you call out “fore” just in case other players are walking down that fairway that you don’t know about. If everyone abides by those rules, player safety will be greatly increased. The Alice Burton Birdies Nest competition is back in full swing, and as no one landed a birdie on the 15th green during Saturday’s competition, 10 balls will be up for grabs in next week’s stableford competition. As I reminded everyone last week, the pull carts are not there for “free” use. Please do the honest thing and let Kelly know if you are using one of the club’s pull carts. Happy golfing everyone. Kelly Barnett Cooktown Golf Club Manager

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Divers asked to help identify crown of thorns

DIVERS are reminded that authorities need their assistance in identifying where crown of thorns starfish might be on the reef. The Cooktown Dive Club has reported seeing one example of the scourge near Egret on one of their recent excursions. Reporting forms are now available at the Lure Shop, so please come in and submit a report on any sightings. And with a good weather forecast for this weekend, reef fishing or spearfishing should be your focus. Wrecks, headlands or the reef should be all great targets. With some good reports of quality fingermark, large mouth and queenfish being landed on lures, the lure casters should have some great fun around Bedford, or try the rubble bottom. Captures of coral trout should improve soon, but the water temp is still high at the moment, but if you fish a bit deep, you might get a good mixed bag. In the Annan River, queenfish, trevelly, grunter, mangrove jack, tarpon, barra and fingermark have all been caught during the past week, mostly around the bottom reaches. However, there have still been a few barra caught upstream on lures. And on the Endeavour River calm days should see a few mackerel around the river mouth and wharf with the odd grunter getting caught on prawns on the flats. There have been reports of some big tarpon landed at night on soft plastics, and good numbers of barra around the river mouth and wharf. The best method for landing those beauties has been soft plastics, but in saying that, hard body lures are still catching the big fish at dawn. It’s also a great time for spinning up a mackerel or queenfish on the inshore reefs. The grey mackerel are around on the wrecks, so cast a metal slice/popper or troll a minnow and you should pick up a feed. Bleed them and get them straight into an ice brine and these little speedsters are a great feed. While mud crabs have been good, we still need a bit more rain to flush them out. And on that subject, there is a local commercial crabber working the Annan at this time, so the pots might be a bit thick down there. The Cooktown Dive Club saw one crown of thorns starfish near Egret on one of their excusrions recently. Photo courtesy of Ayton Boat Tight lines. Pinnicle. INSET: Everyone has a favourite fishing spot and the Sieverding family has theirs. Seen here is their 14-year-old daughter Russell Bowman Darcie Sieverding - aged 14 - with a 87cm barra she caught on a handline with live bait at her “secret fishing spot”. Photo submitted. The Lure Shop

Cooktown Bowls Club

What’s the difference between a blonde and a brunette



Members’ Draw & Raffles:

Member not present for early draw 240 A. Baird and 82 K. Keller. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10: Jackpots to $600! Bonus Draw after 8pm if not won in the Early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.


Social Bowls:

Wednesday register 1pm, play 1.30pm. Sunday register 9am, for 9.30am. Jackpot $61.


Barefoot Bowls:

Every Wednesday night. Register by 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Jackpot $33.

THE hosts for this week’s run were Matchbox and Whizz, and there was a good turn-out of Hashers. It is remotely possible that this was due to the quality of Whizz’s trails, but in real life, it probably had much more to do with the quality of Matchbox’s cooking. Hashers are very practical about this sort of thing. Whizz had decided to start the run from the new Christian College, which meant a long walk across town before we could begin. Moses arranged for the rain to stop on the dot of 5.30, and off we went. The new college is looking very good, and the Hash was treated to a guided tour by the Principal. Then we took to the bush. At least, most of us took to the bush. There were some slackers who lacked the moral fibre, and they took short cuts home. The trail went in a straight line to the old dam - not yet up to proper wet season levels - and then climbed the precipice on the far side to reach the reservoir tanks. From

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Bush Bingo:

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Tide times – Cooktown


Datum is Lowest Astronomical Tide. Tide times are provided by courtesy of Maritime Safety Queensland, © The State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads) 2010.

Fri 10 Time 04:03 10:30 16:48 22:39

Sat 11 Ht 0.55 2.7 0.84 2.2

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Time 04:45 11:08 17:32 23:33


Ht 0.79 2.5 0.91 2.07

Sun 12

Mon 13

Tue 14

Time 05:34 11:52 18:29

Time 00:57 06:53 12:55 20:01

Time 03:35 09:50 15:04 21:47

NEW MOON Wed. Feb 22 . Time: 08.35

Ht 1.09 2.24 1

FIRST QUARTER Thur. Mar 01. Time: 11.22

Ht 1.94 1.4 1.97 1.06

FULL MOON Thur. Mar 08. Time: 19.40

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Ht 2.01 1.49 1.79 1

LAST QUARTER Wed, Feb 15. Time: 03.04

Wed 15

Thu 16

Fri 17

Time 05:11 11:37 16:48 23:05

Time 06:05 12:27 17:52

Time 00:00 06:46 13:05 18:37

Ht 2.25 1.31 1.82 0.84

Ht 2.49 1.12 1.93

Ht 0.66 2.69 0.96 2.06

Weather Watch Endeavour Valley February montly rainfall totals: 47ml


here it was an easy downhill stroll to Whizz’s back door. Once the bash started, Cracklin was beside herself with news. She has just cut her long, luxuriant hair and looks quite different. So different that when she went to the gas station, Soggy did not recognise her and tried to charge her petrol to Titus & Wetcheck’s account. That earned Soggy a drink for not being able to distinguish between Wetcheck (a glamorous blonde) and Cracklin (a sultry brunette). But Soggy was congratulated on reaching her four carton run, alongside Oyster who has reached 10 cartons. The main business of the evening on the Royal Jubilee night, was to crown Thermo. Saddlebags had decided that her tiny old tiara looked pathetic above such a noble visage, and spent the week making her an elaborate crown. Oyster acted as Archbishop, presented Thermo with an orb and sceptre and crowned her. Long may she reign ... Next week’s run is at Offal’s, out Marton way. Just turn up at 5.30pm to join the fun. Call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0410 486 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak.


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