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Cooktown’s winning day By COREY BOUSEN AFTER the disappointment of the last-minute cancellation of the Cooktown races in 2010, conditions could not have been more perfect for last Saturday’s Cup and Bracelet Meeting staged by the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club. The weather gods decided to co-operate and delivered clear-blue skies which provided the perfect back-drop to the beauty of the fashionable ladies on course. The festival atmosphere encouraged many

to enjoy a punt or two, although a straw poll by Cooktown Local News indicated that there were more losers than winners on the day (excluding the bookies, of course). Racegoers cared little for the fiscal damage suffered, however, opting to make the most of the chance to dress in their finest, while enjoying a convivial drink and a chat with friends from near and far. Congratulations to the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club Committee for putting on such a great day. See pages 24 & 25 for more coverage >>

Change of holiday date a blow By COREY BOUSEN IN A figurative call-to-arms to the people of Cooktown, Re-enactment Association President Loretta Sullivan said the town should take-on the might of the union movement in order to overturn last week’s decision to move the Queen’s Birthday public holiday from June to October as of next year. Mrs Sullivan said the decision to

move the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, rather than the Labour Day holiday in May, was a result of the Bligh government buckling to union pressure. “Let’s bring it on! Let’s have a battle with the unions,” Mrs Sullivan said. The change in dates is aimed at balancing the number of public holidays in the first half of the year with the number of public holidays

in the second half. In the run-up to the decision, Cooktown leaders had hoped the Labour Day holiday in May would be moved, as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June coincides with the major tourism events of the re-enactment of Cook’s landing and the accompanying Cooktown Discovery Festival. In a crafty move, the impact of the changes has been deferred to


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2013, with the people of Queensland to have an additional public holiday next June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Next year’s re-enactment and Discovery Festival will run over the long weekend 9-11 June to coincide with the bonus Queen’s Diamond Jubilee public holiday on 11 June, giving organisers an extra 12 months to adapt to the changes that have been thrust




upon them. Despite the lack of any public holidays in June from 2013 onwards, Mrs Sullivan said the dates for all future re-enactments and discovery festivals will continue to be in June, to coincide with the 17 June 1770 date that Cook landed his vessel, the Endeavour, on what was to be named the Endeavour River. Continues page 4 >>

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NOVEMBER Sat 12. Cooktown SSAA shoot from 1.30pm. Sat 12. Beginners soccer coaching session. 8.30am-11.30am. John Street oval. Sat 12. Cooktown Junior Rugby League. Cooktown Pool. 1pm-2pm. Sat 12. Cooktown Wanderers FC AGM. Events Centre. 1pm. Sat 12. ‘Come and Try it’: Futsal (indoor soccer). Free. Under 9’s - 2 p.m., 10-14s - 3 p.m. and 14 and over including adults 4 p.m. Sat 12. South East Cape Rugby League Football Club presentation dinner at the Events Centre, at a cost of $50 per head. Sat 12. Piano Sunset Concert. 6pm Nature’s Powerhouse. $30 cash at the door. Bookings appreciated. Call Jacqui on 4069 5442. Mon 14. SheeSha Fusion Fusion Belly Dancers Class at Lions Hall from 5pm. Call 0437 691 664. Wed 16. ZUMBA Fitness Class at Events Centre from 5.30pm Call 0437 691 664. Wed 16. Cooktown SSAA shoot from 5.30pm. Mon 21. SheeSha Fusion Fusion Belly Dancers Class at Lions Hall from 5pm. Call 0437 691 664, Tues 22. Oz Trivia night to raise funds for the Cooktown Hospital. Organised by “Friends of the Foundation”. To be held at Restaurant 1770 from 6pm.For more information call Jan on 4069 6019 or 0429 697 021. Wed 23. Comedian Sean Choolburra at Cooktown Events Centre, 6-9pm Wed 23. ZUMBA Fitness Class at Events Centre from 5.30pm Call 0437 691 664. Wed 23. Cooktown SSAA shoot from 5.30pm. Thu 24. Neighbourhood Watch meeting at Cook Shire Chambers from 6.30pm. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA annual presentation and Christmas barbecue will also include the John King Memorial Practical Shoot. Mon 28. SheeSha Fusion Fusion Belly Dancers Class at Lions Hall from 5pm. Call 0437 691 664, Wed 23 - Thur 24. Cape York NRM AGM. Cooktown Events Centre. Dinner be provided accompanied by local Bush Poet and Comedian Marty Pattie and country music. Contact Janet Greenwood to RSVP at jgreenwood@capeyorknrm. or call 1300 132 262. Wed 30. ZUMBA Fitness Class at Events Centre from 5.30pm Call 0437 691 664. Wed 30. Cooktown SSAA general meeting from 5.30pm, followed by shoot.

DECEMBER Fri 2. Cape York Landholders Forum from noon at Laura Rodeo Grounds.

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Action to follow Cooktown Symposium I would like to personally thank everyone who was involved in the Cooktown Symposium last weekend. Everything ran according to plan and the few times it didn’t, the people involved were graciously adaptable. Thank you to the fifty to sixty people who attended and actively participated in all sessions. The outcome Report will be received near the end of Novem-

ber and a committee comprising a number of key figures in the community has been formed to action the recommendations. one of the key outcomes from the weekend was the Cooktown State School Google Earth Project which captured the imagination of everyone present. It is a fascinating social media tool which has the capacity to assist us to broadcast far and wide, the unique story of the events that

took place at waalumbaal Birri -Endeavour River in 1770. we will work towards a more significant recognition of the Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji Bama, who were instrumental in the first reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and Europeans, that took place at that time with some of the first projects to be actioned being the erection of a Bama statue in Cooktown which is long overdue

and the restoration and clean up of the Reconciliation Rocks area. As Chairman of the committee elected to progress the outcomes of the symposium, I look forward to a brighter future for the people of the region, through the recognition of our unique history, in the true spirit of reconciliation within the community. Loretta Sullivan - Chair Cooktown Symposium Action Group

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Money for road should be spent on Hope Vale link MEMBER For Cook Jason o’Brien is kidding himself and the Cooktown community if he thinks spending millions of dollars to upgrade the road into the proposed Cape Residential drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre is a “simple solution”. In The Cooktown Local News (26/10/11), Mr o’Brien said: “All that has to happen is the dA is conditioned to include an upgrade of the road. Everyone’s a winner.”

The cost of this upgrade could be tens of millions of dollars to service one site that will still be a bog in the wet season. Mr o’Brien would be far better off fighting for the long suffering residents of Hopevale, who have been pleading for years for an upgrade of road access into their community. Hopevale is cut off and isolated for extended periods of time in the wet season, but their pleas for an upgrade have

clearly fallen on deaf ears of Mr o’Brien. The tens of millions of dollars that Mr o’Brien wants to spend on upgrading the road into the proposed Rehab Centre would fix the Hopevale access problem and do a lot more in “closing the gap” for a far greater number of our Indigenous population. whilst I strongly support the need for a rehab centre in the Cooktown region for Cape York community families, I

understand and support the local community’s objection based solely on the location. A respite centre by its very nature should be seen as a place of healing not as a place of punishment. The reality is there are other far more suitable sites which would achieve full community consensus and be a true place of healing. Warren Entsch Federal Member for Leichhardt Chief Opposition Whip

School swimmers take the plunge IN THE SWIM: The Cooktown State School students enjoyed the day at the pool on Wednesday, 9 November, for the annual swimming carnival. Results weren’t available at the time of going to press but we’ll chase them up for inclusion in next week’s newspapers.

Correction Smokin’ Joe lAST week’s edition had an article on Smokin’ Joe Pope’s Muay Thai title fight in Brisbane. The fight is set for this Friday night, 11 November, not last Friday (4 November), as incorrectly stated in the article. we apologise for the error.

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Rehab centre likely to go ahead application to build the centre at the Minister’s assessment will be Advertise in the Trades subject to ensuring a full assessment Flaggy Road, said the council’s technical recommendations sup- of the proposal, including any specialist reports. ported development at the site. and Services Section in The Minister has the ability to “The actually recommendation


from council officers, including our engineering and our social-type people was that it be approved,” Councillor Scott said. The department said it was yet to be advised if Mr Lucas would personally visit the site, but said its officers would be conducting an inspection before a decision is made. Steve Weise - who is the nearest neighbour to the proposed site and has been actively fighting the decision to put the rehabilitation centre at Flaggy Road - said he wants a face-to-face meeting with Mr Lucas before he makes his final decision. “I rang up to find out whether or not he was coming to visit the site and they haven’t got back to me yet,” Mr Weise said, adding that he still was seeking a face-to-face meeting, even if the minister is not able to travel to Cooktown. On a local level, Mr Weise said: “The other thing we’d like is for council to make a statement that it is not against the concept of the rehab centre, just that they are against the site. The council has not said a word” since its original vote rejecting the Flaggy Road location, which becomes difficult to access during the west season. In response to questions from the Cooktown Local News, the department said the target date for a final decision by Mr Lucas is by the end of November. “While the target date remains late November, the finalisation of

extend the decision making period for a further 20 business days if additional time is required to provide a comprehensive review of the issues,” a departmental spokesperson said. The spokesperson said “the formal period for submissions” to the minsiter was now complete, but added further submissions can be sent to the minister, “which he may choose to consider”. The contact details for these submissions are: Ph: 07 3235 4563, or by email to planning@dlgp.qld. When asked about the criteria the minister will be applying when making his decision, the department said: “The Minister will assess the development on all its merits in terms of the relevant planning instruments”. The department said Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas has been involved in 11 “call ins”, of which eight have been decided in his two terms as minister responsible for planning. “Of the 11 call ins, three were approved with conditions, five were refused, and one lapsed. Two are currently being re-assessed and re-decided,” said the spokesperson. “Of the eight call ins Minister Lucas has decided, all have been decided in favour of the council technical recommendation, and he has never turned a council refusal into an approval,” the department said.

For more details call 1300 4895 00 or email By COREY BOUSEN THE ongoing debate over the location of a rehabilitation centre near Cooktown is set to be finalised by the end of this month, once Local Government and Planning Minister Paul Lucas (picutred) makes his final determination on the matter. Based on his past record it appears very likely the minister will give his approval for the residential rehabilitation facility to be built at Flaggy Road. Mr Lucas, as planning minister, made the decision last week to “call in” the development application for the centre, which means he will review the proposal and decide whether or not to over-ride the vote by Cook Shire Councillors to reject the site. “Of the eight call ins Minister Lucas has decided, all have been decided in favour of the council technical recommendation, and he has never turned a council refusal into an approval,” the Queensland Government’s Department of Local Government & Planning told Cooktown Local News. Mayor Peter Scott, who was the only councillor to support the

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munity Centre Aboriginal Corporation in Cooktown to discuss how they can best support the approval of the development by Minister Lucas. Attending the meeting will be the service provider representative Rev Shayne Blackman, who is the CCDEU Chairperson, along with the Centre Leader, Associate Professor John Pead, and leading indigenous counsellor Oriel Murray. “Prominent Cooktown business people consider it irregular that the Cooktown Council voted against the proposal when there was the unanimous support of Council planning officers and consultants and the Mayor,” the CCDEU said in its statement. “Some residents believe that the Cook Shire Council seems to have been swayed simply by a group of vocal opponents rather than a rational argument.” Adding to these comments, Rev Blackman said: ‘It is therefore time for the people of Cooktown to stand up and let Minister Lucas know the extent of their support for the Centre”.

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CCDEU hosts public meeting THE Congress Community Development and Education Unit (CCDEU), which is the developer of the proposed rehabilitation facility to be built at Flaggy Road, is hosting a meeting on Thursday evening, 10 November, to garner community support for the initiative. As discussed in the story on page 3 of this edition of Cooktown Local News, Queensland Planning Minister Lucas has announced that he will re-consider the Cooktown Shire Council’s rejection of the development proposal and make a decision in the near future. In a press release to promote the meeting, the CCDEU said: “A growing number of people in Cooktown are standing up to voice their support for the new Centre pointing out the jobs and economic benefits it will bring to Cooktown and to the Indigenous people of Cape York.” As a part of this effort, a group called the “Friends of Cape York Family Centre”’ will meet for the first time this Thursday evening 6-8pm at the Gungarde Com-

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Holiday change a pain >> From page 1 “We will definitely continue to hold the re-enactment in June, along with the Discovery Festival,� Mrs Sullivan said. Discovery Festival organiser Bronwyn Sieverding said the decision to move the Queen’s Birthday public holiday appears to have been a “foregone conclusion�. “I was gob-smacked by how quickly the decision came through to change the date, which I think shows the consultation process probably wasn’t really a true consultation process.� Lion’s Den proprietor Max Nulley, speaking on behalf of the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce, said local businesses were really disappointed in the decision. “The Queen’s Birthday public holiday is a well established holiday for Far North Queensland and there have been a long list of events planned in Cooktown and the Far North that attract many thousands of visitors. We’re very disappointed in the outcome. To have the rug pulled out from underneath us that weekend is going to be a blow.� Mr Nulley said it would have been much better to move the May Day holiday to October as this public holiday currently falls during the wet season, which means there’s not much benefit local businesses can leverage out of that long weekend.

Local Government Change Commission The Local Government Change Commission has assessed a proposal to alter the common boundary between Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council and Cairns Regional Council by including– • The football field described as Lot 2 on Plan SP171837; • An area to be created a Reserve for Environmental, Recreation and Aboriginal purposes with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council as trustee and described as Lot 17 on Plan SP224301; and • Lot 8 on RP903515, Lot 9 on RP903516, Lot 10 on RP903517 and Lot 12 on BK15783 in Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council. Views given by the Minister, landholders and both councils were considered by the Change Commission. The Change Commission recommends that the proposed change, as it relates to– • The football field described as Lot 2 on Plan SP171837; and

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• An area to be created a Reserve for Environmental, Recreation and Aboriginal purposes with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council as trustee and described as Lot 17 on Plan SP224301 be implemented. The Governor-in-Council may implement these recommendations by regulation.

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SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Marie Nelsen and Beaudeane Bird enjoy keeping the kids fed at Cooktown State School Tuckshop. TuCkShOp workers across the state were celebrated last Friday as part of Queensland’s first ‘Tuckshop Day’, so Cooktown Local News dropped into the Cooktown State School Tuckshop to see what was on the menu. Beaudeane Bird and Marie Nelsen were both working hard serving lunch for the clientele when we arrived, and it was news to them that 4 November was ‘Tuckshop Day’. Nevertheless, they had a big smile on the faces when asked about the challenges of the job. “keeping up with everyone’s orders,� Marie said

as she raced around the kitchen. “Especially on Fridays,� added Beaudeane, who is the Tuckshop Convenor. School tuckshops are often manned by volunteers, but staffing of the Cooktown School’s tuckshop is contracted to Cooktown Bakery. The Bakery employs both Beaudeane and Marie to ensure that the tuckshop is open every school day and the kids are well fed. When it comes to the most popular items, Beaudeane says burgers and slushies are always in demand.

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The Change Commission has recommended against implementation of the proposed change relating to Lot 8 on RP903515, Lot 9 on RP903516, Lot 10 on RP903517 and Lot 12 on BK15783. A copy of the Change Commission’s report, including the reasons for its decision can be obtained from the Electoral Commission of Queensland, Level 6 Forestry House, 160 Mary Street, Brisbane, Qld or from the Commission’s website

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ON Tuesday November 1 an 18-yearold Cooktown man was allegedly found in possession of a small amount (2g) of cannabis. The man has been ordered to appear at the Cooktown Magistrates Court on December 6. A 26-YEAR-OLD Cooktown man was charged on Wednesday November 2 with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug, morphine and cannabis, and possession of a utensil for use in connection with the smoking of a dangerous drug namely digital scales. The man was allegedly found in possession of these items after a traffic intercept in relation to another matter. From the same intercept a 24-yearold Cooktown woman was allegedly found in possession of 2g of cannabis. Also on November 2 a 28-year-old pormupraaw person was intercepted driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

ON Tuesday November 1 a 30-yearold Cooktown woman was intercepted driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle which allegedly had false plates attached. SATuRDAY November 5 and a 26-year-old Mareeba woman was intercepted in Cooktown whilst driving without a licence. On November 6 a 38-year-old hope Vale man was found in charge of a motor vehicle with a BAC of .136 per cent. police located this man within Cooktown asleep behind the steering wheel after he allegedly drove in from hope Vale at approx 10am that morning. ThE police Operation CNS EXCAVATE, an operation involving the execution of search warrants based on intelligence regarding drug producers, suppliers and users in the Cooktown area has now been finalised. During the

operation a total of 17 search warrants were executed within the policing divisions with a total of 18 persons being charged with 40 offences, including five persons for produce dangerous drugs and one for supplying dangerous drugs. ThERE was a single vehicle accident on the Bloomfield Road Tuesday morning, November 1. Initial enquiries indicate the driver lost control whiel travelligh south. The vehicle subsequently left the roadway and overturned. The mother driving the vehicle, and her children that were in the car, were transported from the scene by the Queensland Ambulance Service with non-life threateing injuries.

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To RV or not RV? That is the question By COREY BOUSEN THE ubiquitous Grey Nomads in their RVs could double in numbers over the next five years, but is Cooktown ready to make the most of this opportunity? The answer to the question at the moment is probably ‘no’, but stakeholders did engage in some keen discussion as to how we can be doing things better at a meeting on Tuesday. The impetus for the discussion was a ‘Grey Nomad

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ommended that no public toilets be Workshop’ at the Events Centre durThis issue of Cooktown Local News contains a provided at a Council built rest area for ing which management consultant questionnaire on the issue of free camping, which is RVs, as these facilities would be abused Colin Balfour revealed the details the initiative of local resident Serge Petelin, who is by a minority of RV owners, who would of his most recent research into this keen for more to be done to welcome grey nomads and improperly dump their sewage waste at market, estimated to be worth $3.2 other road travellers to Cooktown. The results of the the toilets. billion a year to Queensland. questionnaire will be provided to Cook Shire Council If the rest area concept was to be Mr Balfour’s research, undertakto aid them in their current examination of the issues implemented, it should only be for en in 2010, found that one-third of surrounding free camping, as outlined in the accompany self-contained RVs that have their own RV (recreational vehicle) travellers article. People who have completed the survey can toilets and showers, said Mr Balfour. had, or intended to visit, Cooktown return them to the Cooktown Post Office. Although he hasn’t conducted any during their travels in Far North specific research into the matter, Mr Queensland. Balfour said it was his feeling that the This high number of visitors is business may be lost to the free rest-area. despite a current prohibition on free camping Other businesses that benefit from tourism, building of a rest area for RVs in Cooktown by the Cook Shire Council, which will only such as the retailers and food outlets, believe would also benefit local caravan parks if a issue permits for free camping once all the that Cook Shire Council should build a rest 48-hour limit was imposed. His reasoning was that the establishment caravan parks in the region are full. This area as the overall economic benefit to the of a rest area may attract RVs that may not usually only occurs during the Discovery town would far exceed the costs. Festival weekend in June. The council is currently putting together otherwise visit Cooktown, with some owners The hot debate is should we be doing data to help in the decision making process, wanting to stay on at a caravan park once the more to welcome our tourist friends in RVs, with Environmental Health Officer Sheils initial 48 hour period expires. If they stayed on for another two nights, particularly by providing a designated rest Barra saying on Tuesday are that his initials area, where RV owners can park their vehicles calculations show a cost to council of $700 the RV owner would get two nights for the for periods of up to 48 hours? a day to service a rest area, which includes price of four which is a good result for all The creation of such a rest area, either free- public toilets, that could be used by visiting stakeholders, Mr Balfour reasoned. Some attendees at Tuesday’s meeting said of-charge or at a low cost of around $10 per RV owners for periods of up to 48 hours. night, is seen to be highly unfair to caravan One mooted location for such a rest area Cooktown had a bad reputation among RV travellers as a place that did not welcome park owners who have to pay expensive rates is Adelaide St. to provide services to paying guests, whose Mr Balfour, during the discussion, rec- them.

Strength in numbers at new Cooktown gym HEALTHY RESULT: Gym instructor Chanelle Oldaker (right) says the new gym facility is proving popular with members of the community.

THE new Cook Shire Gym and Fitness Centre at the Cooktown Events Centre is proving popular with the number of users showing a healthy increase. Gym Instructor Chanelle Oldaker said the move to the modern facility has seen the number of users rise to between “twice to three times” what they were when the gym was located at Council’s administration building. A big attraction for users is the air conditioning on offer, as well as the relatively spacious size of the Fitness Centre when compared to its predecessor. The numbers joining Monday night’s circuit class continues to rise, with 12 attending the workout-session on October 31, Chanelle said.


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Man dies in Archer River accident TWO men from Lockhart River have been involved in an accident near Archer River. One of the men died at the scene of the crash while the other has been taken to Cairns Base Hospital. A woman found uninjured at site of the accident and who was initially thought to have been a passenger in the vehicle has been said to be “not involved”. Police have said that investigations are continuing. Initial investigations suggest the single vehicle rollover on the Peninsula Developmental Road occurred before 11.40pm on Saturday night.

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Police have identified the man killed in the traffic crash near Archer River as a 46-year-old from Lockhart River. His name has not yet been released. A second man, a 44-year-old also from Lockhart River, was taken to Cairns Base Hospital for treatment to what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. “Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or au 24hrs a day,” a Qld Police spokesperson said.

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Wild times ahead THE line has well and truly been drawn in the pre-election sand over the Cape York Wild Rivers declarations with Labor and green groups on one side and the state Liberal and National Party (LNP), federal Coalition and the majority of traditional owners holding firm on the other side of the line. What has shaped up as a sortie of epic proportions looks as if it will become a defining point in an election battle set to unfold on Cape York as we move closer to an upcoming State election. Already Campbell Newman has declared his opposition to the Wild Rivers proposal and his federal counterpart Tony Abbott has backed this LNP stance. This follows the announcement of the Bligh Queensland Labor government to list a further three Cape York rivers - the Coleman, Olive-Pascoe and Watson. This brings the number of Queensland rivers to be protected to 10. Environment Minister Vicky Darling said last week that she will begin consultations with traditional owner groups in these catchment areas . The Bligh Labor Government expects to be in a position to make declarations over the three catchments mid-way through 2012, despite the Campbell Newman-lead Liberal National Party heavily tipped to win government at the election due in March. Indigenous reference groups will be formed in each catchment area in coming weeks and Ms Darling said declaration proposals should be ready before the end of the year. While on a recent visit to Cooktown and Hope Vale Mr Abbott said that it was his job as federal opposition leader to “keep pushing good policy and hope that one day we have a good government that will implement it.” Mr Abbott has put forward a private member’s bill before federal parliament aimed at changing Queensland legislation by forcing the state government to obtain consent from traditional owners before making a Wild Rivers declaration. He said that while getting his member’s bill through the Senate without support from the Labor party would

be difficult it was an important policy to push. Mr Abbott also said while in Cooktown that he was pleased Mr Newman had “accepted that the wild rivers legislation has to go”. Campbell Newman’s opposition to the conservation measures has drawn criticism from green groups including the Wilderness Society who has unveiled a billboard at Brisbane’s Normanby Fiveways. The billboard has been positioned at a busy intersection not too far from the seat of Ashgrove, which the former Brisbane lord mayor needs to win if he wants enter into state politics and become leader of the Queensland LNP. But not everyone is backing the Bligh government’s Wild Rivers declarations and some very vocal opposition has been coming from the traditional owners on Cape York who believe the proposed conservation measures will restrict economic development in the area. Cape York Land Council chair Richie Ah Mat has been quoted saying he believed the planned consultation period with traditional owners and the Cape York public in general is too short to gain any meaningful insight. “To label as ‘close consultation’ the setting up of reference groups within a month, then the holding of initial consultations over the following four weeks before Christmas is both insulting and arrogant,” he told the Australian newspaper. He described the consultation process as a “sham” and claimed it proved the Labor parties willingness to be bedfellows of the Greens while leaving traditional owners out in the cold. There are also concerns that the new proposed declarations would affect potential mining development on Cape York. Rio Tinto Alcan’s planned expansion of its massive Weipa bauxite mine runs across some tributaries of the Watson river basin. Last year Cape Alumina abandoned its proposed bauxite mine near the Wenlock river after the Wild Rivers declaration of that area.

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THE Peninsula Development Road (PDR) continues to be upgraded with $10 million of new funding from the State Government. Labor Member for Cook Jason O’Brien said he was pleased his calls to Brisbane had been heard loud and clear with Main Roads committing up to $10 million to seal additional sections of the Peninsula Development Road. “The Peninsula Development Road is a vital link for agriculture, tourism and mining on the Cape York Peninsula,” he said. “The sealing will significantly improve access for these industries and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the needs of remote communities.” Up to 12 kilometres of the Peninsula Development Road is set to get a brand new bitumen seal. “The contract along with a final dollar figure is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks,” Mr O’Brien said. “We are committed to sealing new sections of the road and we intend to get as much work done as possible before the next wet season. “With a range of disaster repair works on the Peninsula Development Road already underway, it makes sense to seal some of these sections now. “Initial sealing work will start along the Musgrave section of the Peninsula Development Road, before continuing south between Dixie Road Turnoff and Police Camp Creek. “A number of projects to complete the bitumen seal between Lakeland and Laura River, south of Laura, are also nearing completion. These projects include two new bridges at Ruth Creek and Carrols crossing, which will be opened to traffic by the end of the month. “The community will be kept up to date with the finer details such as timeframes, jobs and exact locations.” The local RoadTek division will be carrying out the works.

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Spirit or reconciliation started here in Cooktown

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was in Cooktown this week.

Hot topics to be covered at Laura THe Laura rodeo Grounds will host a ring-full of Akubra hats and moleskin strides for a reason other than bull-riding next month as the venue plays host to the Cape York Landholders Forum. being held on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3 the forum aims to provide a wider range of information and answer questions a range of topics that impact on Cape York landholders. Topics to be covered include: carbon farming; the digital economy; new pastoral technology available; land tenure; World Heritage listing; and the Wild rivers legislation debate. “One of the Landcare Australia’s main objectives is the delivery of sustainable agriculture which is very significant for CYP landholders and land managers,” Trish Butler, Chief Executive Officer of Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc.said in a letter to the stakeholders. “Cape York Landcare Inc. and Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc. believe that the people on the ground must have the opportunity to receive more information about Land Management Issues and the effect of new regulations on sustainable agriculture in the region. “Our intention is to bring all interested groups such as regional Organisation of Councils Cape York, Cape York NrM groups, all land managers and business enterprises across Cape York together to learn more about various initiatives will affect the sustainable management of properties and to be able to hear the views of the people of Cape York who are directly affected,” she said The meeting will run from noon on December 2 and is expected to finish at 1pm the following day. All meals will be provided and a cash bar will be operating on the Friday night following the meeting. Those wishing to attend the meeting are asked to contact Mary Shephard from Cape York Landcare to confirm their attendance on 4092 5285 or email: mary.

Drug-driving not high A COmPAriSOn of drug-driving offences indicate that fewer people locally are driving under the influence of illicit drugs when compared to the rest of Queensland. Queensland Police’s random Drug Testing Unit was in the Cook Shire for the Wallaby Creek Festival in September and conducted 111 random roadside drug tests, with four motorists - or 3.6 per cent- being charged with drug-driving offences as a result. This statistic compares favourably to a recent statewide operation by Queensland Police that found that 5.5 per cent of those tested were driving under the effects of illicit drugs. The state-wide operation took place between 21-23 October, with 22 drivers out of the total of 400 tested returning positive tests. However, local drivers should be forewarned, with Cooktown Police telling the Cooktown Local News that the random Drug Testing Unit will be invited back again in the future.

MeMber for Leichhardt Warren enstch was travelling across his electorate this week, and called into Cooktown to attend the Cooktown Symposium on Sunday. “I was particularly interested in the debate about the significance of the Cook visit and how we can capitalise on that,” Mr entsch said about the symposium. “The history from the perspective of Cook’s time here is very significant, particularly when it comes to reconciliation. “When you think about it, the spirit of reconciliation started in Cooktown in 1770 and then it was forgotten about for a couple of hundred years and now it’s coming back on the agenda,” he said.

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One year until eclipse In what is sure to be one of the most extraordinary events in the life of anyone to experience it, a total solar eclipse will take place in the skies over Laura, Lakeland and Bloomfield in just over one year’s time. the total eclipse will occur early in the morning of 14 november 2012 and information provided by the astronomical association of Queensland (aaQ) states that the total solar eclipse will start at about 6.37am on the west coast of Cape York and at about 6.39 am on the east coast. “the duration of the total eclipse will increase the


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closer you are to the centreline of the shadow path and the further you are to the east,” says an information sheet from the AAQ’s website, the maximum duration on the australian mainland is about two minutes and 5 seconds at the point where the centreline crosses the east coast near Oak Beach, just south of Port Douglas. Cooktown is north of the northern limit of the shadow path, but Bloomfield, Laura and Lakeland are within the shadow area and will experience the eclipse for times of between one minute to 1 minute, 30 seconds. We’ll get in an early warning and remind everyone that it is hazardous

to look at the sun at any time without suitable eye protection. as the aaQ states: “Because the sun is intensely bright, looking at the sun will cause irreparable damage by burning the retina. Humans have a natural response to look away when attempting to look at the sun. When there is an eclipse and particularly when the sun is reduced to a thin crescent, the ‘look away’ response diminishes and people, especially young children are tempted to look. If you can see any part of the sun’s surface it will still cause eye damage. “Only when the sun’s surface is completely covered during the total phase of a total solar eclipse is it safe to look at the eclipse without eye protection,” says the AAQ. “Safe solar filters can be used to view the partial phases providing they have been manufactured especially for that purpose and have been appropriately certified. It is NOT SAFE to use anything else including stacked sunglasses, exposed film or other similar items”. The eclipse is expected to be a major tourism draw card, attracting visitors from across Australia and the world.

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IT’S THE height of tick season in Cooktown (we’re currently fighting a major battle against the little buggers at the Cooktown Local news hQ on hope Street) and an explosion of tick paralysis cases in Australia’s eastern states leaving a trail of casualties has prompted vets to warn pet owners to be vigilant. australian Veterinary association spokewoman Dr Jodie Wilson said perfect breeding conditions have created huge numbers of paralysis ticks this summer. “the tick season is usually at its height in eastern states from spring through to autumn, but around 700 cases have already been officially logged in Queensland and new South wales, which is extremely high for so


early on in the season,” said Dr Wilson. Due to these large numbers, vets are particularly concerned that pets in tick-prone areas will be hit hard this year. Paralysis ticks are usually found in long grass and scrub, particularly in coastal areas. They tend to attach to the head and the neck area of the pet and on the chest and the front of the leg, but can be found on any part of the body. “ticks release a toxin when they feed, which leads to a condition known as tick paralysis,” she said. “Common signs of tick paralysis include gurgling and choking, while dogs will often be unable to bark properly due to paralysis of the throat.” Dr Wilson said other animals may start to cough when eating or drinking, or may cough up water or food, while some animals may also have trouble

breathing. “It’s vital to take action immediately if you notice any of these symptoms,” she said. Ideally pet owners should check dogs and cats daily if they live in tick-prone areas. This is most usefully done by running your hands over the animal to feel for anything unusual. In cats, ticks often latch on around the back of the neck where they cannot groom, so it’s important to pay special attention to this area. “Even if you find and remove a tick it’s important to keep an eye on your pet as they can be affected by the toxin for up to 24 hours after removal,” said Dr Wilson. Your local vet can give further advice on effective trick prevention products and ways to remove ticks. If you have any concerns about a pet you should contact your local vet for advice.

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Our history is our future By Corey Bousen The inaugural Cooktown Symposium last weekend was an historic event in its own right, gathering together a wide-spread group of people with an interest in the history of Cooktown since Captain James Cook first visited our shores in 1770. As the first conference to be held at the new events Centre, attendees to the symposium enjoyed a varied programme that aimed to explore the ways that people in the region, both indigenous and non-indigenous, can work together to benefit from our unique history and culture. As Loretta Sullivan stated during her President’s Welcome Message: “I am hoping to see our shared local Indigenous and european history acknowledged, particularly by the state government because most of the important things

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happened here in Queensland waters during Cook’s voyage”. “We are hoping that by speaking out about the true story of the Endeavour River and Cook’s journey up the east Coast of Australia, the powers that be will recognise the part played in the history of Australia at the endeavour River and take the necessary steps to acknowledge and support our claims.” Mayor Peter Scott spoke strongly about the significance of the symposium. “This symposium is the next phase in our evolution of cultural knowledge, discovery and identity. Using Cook’s records, and our own Bama’s interpretation of history, we have... in the last few years, discovered much about ourselves and each other and set the course for a future of cultural sharing and integration. Continues page 14 >>

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By Corey Bousen The new fictional book from local author Jacqueline George, ‘Falling into Queensland’, has just been released and Cooktown Local News took the opportunity to have a chat with the grande dame of the local literary scene. To get the confusing stuff out of the way, it’s no secret around town that Jacqueline is actually a man called eric. Eric George writes under the penname of Jacqueline George as he’s found the readership for his often romantic-themed novels is nearly all female. The constituents of such a market generally prefer that their authors are female, so Eric has bowed to their wishes by assuming the identity of Jacqueline. ‘Falling into Queensland’ is Eric’s 10th novel and is set close to home in the fictional town of Port Bruce, which can be found on the coast about two to three hours north of Cooktown. “Port Bruce is entirely invented and has nothing at all to do with Cooktown,” eric says with a grin. Despite his tongue-in-cheek denial, all authors borrow from reality so part of the fun in reading his new novel is guessing which parts of what characters are inspired by the local characters of Cooktown. “I only put the good bits of Cooktown into Port Bruce,” eric adds, again somewhat cheekily. The novel is the story of a young Londoner Shirley who is drawn to Port Bruce by the inheritance of a house from her recently deceased uncle. Although Shirley’s intentions are to sell up as quickly as possible and return back to her life in the United Kingdom, she is quickly enchanted by the people and the

natural beauty of Port Bruce. Unfortunately for Shirley, evil comes to paradise in the form of a bikie gang leader called Japan, who makes a good living on a remote Cape York property where his bikie gang produce drugs for sale down south. The harrowing tale that follows is a gripping read, that comes recommended by Cooktown Local News. With a broad and varied backcatalogue of novels, eric says of his inspiration this time around: “I really wanted to write something set in North Queensland and I wanted to write something that was adventurous and possibly criminal... and the rest just fell into place. “I try to write different stories so no two books belong to the same genre,” he explains. “Some are sexy, and this one isn’t, it’s just what I call a good yarn.” eric admits his “non-sexy stories don’t sell as well as his sexy ones” and says most of the sales for his new book will probably be in e-book format “mostly bought by Americans” with the bulk of hardcopy sales likely to be in Queensland. Interestingly, a few of the people who read the novel prior to its publishing said they felt the novel wasn’t realistic in portraying Australians in remote areas. “One of the things that came from the editors is that they didn’t believe Australians were as nice as this to ‘blow ins’ like Shirley,” eric says. “But some Poms who have read the book have written to me and said that exactly how it was for them and it was certainly just like that for my wife Jola and me.” If you want to buy a copy of ‘Falling into Queensland’, or any other of Jacqueline George’s books, you can do so online at www.jacquelinegeorgewriter.

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By Amanda Hogbin Wujal Wujal community members celebrated the opening of their Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday with a happy crowd of 250 people. Locals and dignitaries spoke of the growth and strength of the Wujal Wujal community and the support of the centre that will foster the talent of young people. Recognition and appreciation of Governments investment in the Arts and Culture Centre was also shown with locals expressing the centres role in progressing a better way of life in the community. Visitors and locals cheered as they were treated to dance performances from community members.

A big crowd of about 250 made it on the day.

Peter Wallace gave a passionate and inspiring welcome to the attendees of the Wujal Wujal Arts and Culture Centre opening last Tuesday November 8, telling attendees his community has a lot to offer as aboriginal people of this land.

Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt spoke of the importance of art in communities to strengthen the connection with culture, land Keneesha Nandy and Wadeleanna Creek had a great time performing for the crowd. and people. Here he presents Wujal Wujal Mayor Desmond Tayley with a gift to the community.

Renee Hooker and Clayton Baird enjoying the opening celebrations.

Kathleen Walker and Shantelle Walker enjoyed dancing.

Enjoying the celebrations were Kiara Creek and Waynette Denman

Tamika Nandy (left) and Kathy Gibson with Alice Nandy.

Tahleila Doboy, Jerita Creek and Theresa Doboy taking it easy after their dance performance.

Dawn Harrigan and Lou Livingstone were happy to attend the official event.

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COOKTOWN STATE SCHOOL AWARDS Cooktown’s best and brightest were recognised for their hard wark at the Cooktown State School’s Presentation night at the Events Centre of Friday night. The Award recipients were as follows: The Principal’s awards: Richard King & Beckett Kluck Art Encouragement Award: Chelsea Scanlan Inaugural Music Award: Peta Buhmann Age Champions (boys, girls): 9 years-old: Jack Whitman, Brianna Lemon 10 years-old: Toby Gillen, Kasey Meldrum-Avard 11 years-old: Zane Stallan, True Oldaker 12 years-old: Steven Johnson, Emma Lee 13 years-old: Shaun Law, Kayila David 14 years-old: Daymarra Deeral, Mariah Bowen 15 years-old: Richard King, Jessica White 16 years-old: Austin McClemensMorse, Samantha Midgley 17 years-old: Corey Burton, Thuy Loughlin Overall Sportsperson - Primary: Zane Stallan Overall Sportsperson - Senior: Austin McClemens-Morse School Based Traineeship Award: Corey Burton Vocational Education Student of the Year: Craig Vela Citizenship Awards: Ben King & Darcie Sieverding Endeavour Lions Club Year 11 Scholarship: Kellie-Rose O’Sullivan Endeavour Lions Club Year University Scholarship: Clint Lemon Jason O’Brien Leadership Awards: Lenny Casey & Kallum Clarke Outstanding Endeavour Awards: Thuy Loughlin, Jason Pokharel, Emaleth Pulis, & Spencer Wende James Cook University Award: Dayna Law & Richard King Merit awards for students from years 4 to 12 who achieve at least 4 B’s across individual subject areas. Yr 4 - Jack Whitman Yr 5 - Trinity Clarke Yr 6 - Daniel Hartwig, Jaymie Vela, Peter Hang, Rachael Miller, Rebeccah Keegan, Shaun Harrison, True Oldaker Yr 7 - Beckett Kluck, Emaleth Pulis, Jakeb Whitman, Steven Johnson Yr8 - Tahlia Roberts, Darcie Seiverding, Brianna Vela Yr 9 - Nicholas Hook, Dannielle Matthews, Mollie McGregor, Coralee Sommer Yr 10 - Richard King, Adam Nairn Yr 11 - Brayden Robertson Yr 12 - Clint Lemon Distinction Award recipients (at least 3 A’s across various subject areas): Isobel Johnson, Holly Farnan & Kallum Clarke Caltex Allrounder Award: Dayna Law Primary School Dux Award: Kallum Clarke Senior School Dux Award: Clint Lemon

Senior Dux Clint Lemon receiving one of the numerous prizes he received on the night.


some of the deserving merit award winners.

The indigenous dance team started the night off well.

The senior choir hit the high notes.

The dance team added some colour to the stage.

Caltex Allrounder Award recipient Dayna Law and multiple award recipient Ben King.

The boy and girl dance teams joined together for this exciting finale.

The junior choir showed their abundant talent.

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Cooktown Symposium welcome @ Nature’s Powerhouse Attendees to last weekend’s Cooktown Symposium enjoyed a relaxed start to proceedings with delicious snacks and drinks at Nature’s Powerhouse last Friday night.

Vanessa, Toby and Phoebe Gillen chat with Professor Darren Crayn from JCU Tropical Herbarium.

Kimberley and Lorretta Sullivan could afford to smile given the hard work that had gone into organising the symposium.


>> From page 3 “Cook’s stay here, and his experience, is the focus of this symposium - that positive first contact. And we now need to unlock and develop the potential lifestyle, economic and social opportunities that are emerging from this project and this symbiosis,” Councillor Scott said. Emeritus Professor of History John Molony, from the Australian National University in Canberra, gave an enlightening talk, contrasting Cook’s negative experience when the Endeavour was at Botany Bay for six days, versus the positive interaction with the local Bama people that occurred during the 48 days Cook and his crew spent at the Endeavour River while the vessel was under repair. The interaction between the people of the Endeavour River area and onboard the Endeavour itself “was an example of dignified and impressive human relations that should be indelibly etched into the consciousness of all Australians,” Professor Molony said. The start of relations between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia was “forged in Cooktown rather than Botany Bay” and “justice and history demands that we recognise and act upon this simple fact,” he said. Following Professor Molony’s address, Erica Deeral gave an indigenous perspective from “Descendents of the Guugu Yimithirr who met with Cook here at Waalumbaal Birri (Endeavour River) in 1770”. Ms Deeral said she believed her ancestors were helpful to Cook and his crew because the did not wish them to die on their lands. “My theory is that my forefathers recognised the plight of the visitors and their spiritual beliefs led them to be generous as they did not want them to die on their land and let their spirits trouble them in the future.”

John and Clare McDonald, Serge Petelin and Richard share some camaraderie on the evening. Bob Sullivan and Willie Gordon enjoyed a catch up.

Sue Bird and Christine Coates enjoyed the evening.

Bianca and Bob Jago and Sarah Matthews were looking forward to an informative weekend.

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Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Cook, Lachlan Bensted. By Corey Bousen THe Queensland state election, set for the first half of 2012, is shaping up to be an interesting one thanks to the involvement of Bob katter, who has established his own political party that is looking to run candidates in about 60 of the state’s 89 electorates. Mareeba’s Lachlan Bensted has been endorsed to represent “katter’s australian Party” in the local seat of Cook and spoke

to the Cooktown Local News during his visit to town on Friday, 30 October. at only 26 years of age, Mr Bensted reckons youth is no handicap in the game of politics. “I’m a young bloke. I don’t know everything about everything but I know what’s right and wrong and I reckon that’s a critical part of being a good politician,” he said. When asked to give a summary of his parties policies, Mr Bensted said:

No more privatisation, reduce the dominance of the two leading supermarket companies, allow people to go about their daily business, including; fishing, hunting and the recreational use of fire-arms, and restoring home ownership for ‘First australians’ in their communities. Mr Bensted said he feels that Queensland Far North is heading in the wrong direction. “I don’t want the Far North to be known as the ‘forgotten North’, and it’s heading in that direction now,” he said. The young politician believes katter’s australian Party has a good chance of taking control of Queensland at the next election and attributes katter’s popularity to his common sense approach. “everybody knows Bob or has heard of Bob and he’s as mad-as-a-cut-snake but everyone would agree with Bob on the issues that he raises,” Mr Bensted said. On local issues such as cattle roaming on the Mulligan Highway, Mr Bensted said the Queensland Government should be providing financial assistance to the cattle owners to fence in their stock. Despite his youth, Mr Bensted has enjoyed a varied career, having been involved in farming and the transport sector. He will return to Cooktown in the near future to unveil a plan that he’s developing, which he described as a “massive project” that will boost employment across the electorate of Cook.

Council’s forethought on foreshore The following is a statement released by Cook Shire Council: COOk Shire Council are in the process of producing a revised plan for the future development and management of the Cooktown foreshore and surrounding areas. In 1998, the Foreshore Management Plan was commissioned by Council, but this plan was a landscape architects impression only and did not cover strategic planning, costing or specific scoping of potential development. Most subsequent infrastructure and land use in the area has loosely followed the plan, however, it had never been formally adopted by Council. In 2008, the Webber esplanade Reclamation Project commenced. Funding applications to support the reclamation and development of infrastructure have not been successful and Council has determined the need for a more comprehensive and strategic plan of this area. Council facilitated a tender by invitation in July 2011, to suitably qualified consultancy firms, to develop the Cooktown Foreshore Master-plan with revised community and Council expectations and considering town planning and regulatory changes. Tract Consulting was sucessful in the tendering process. a revised Master-plan will be submitted and adopted by Council. The Master-plan structure is to provide a ‘project ready’ strategic framework from which future funding and development opportunities

will be based. Residents and stakeholders who took part in recent consultations for the Cook Shire Community Plan 2011-2021, Tourism Development and Streetscape Plans have already provided valuable feedback regarding the development of Cooktown’s foreshore. This feedback, along with past community information and submissions on this area (such as the community petition for a sea-pool) have been provided to Tract Consulting to assist in creating the draft plan. During November a feedback form will be available for anyone wishing to raise any other issues, comments or suggestions relating to the future development of the foreshore. These will be passed onto Tract Consulting. Following endorsement at the next Council meeting (21st to 23rd November 2011), copies of the draft plan and proposed designs will be available for community members to view. Once this phase of the plan is reached, comments and feedback will be welcomed via a survey until Friday 9th December 2011. In the mean time, Council will continue to provide project updates and information to the community through networks of email, social media, print advertising and community notice boards. For any further information on this project please contact Council’s Project Manager, Tina Flemming on (07) 4069 5444.

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6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 1:00 V8 Supercars 2011 4:30 High Road, Low Road 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Movie: “Coraline” (PG v,h) 8:30 Movie: “Armageddon” (M l) 11:15 That ‘70s Show: “It’s Only Rock And Roll” - Hyde begins working at W.B.’s office but soon finds his glamorous rock and roll job isn’t glamorous at all. Kitty is feeling unneeded, unnecessary and unloved - so she takes up Tai Chi with Midge and Donna. Kelso, inspired by Donna’s dedication to feminism, gives his Playboy collection to Fez. 12:05 Grey’s Anatomy: “Some Kind Of Miracle” (M) - All hearts stop momentarily as the staff of Seattle Grace pray for some kind of miracle as the fallout from the Ferry disaster continues. 1:05 Movie: “A Clean Kill (FKA: Seduced) (1999)” - A woman claims that her lover killed his wife, but he insists they were never involved. Will the police be able to uncover the truth? 3:00 Special: This Rugged Coast - Ben Cropp seeks out sea snakes on the Great Barrier Reef and studies them in great detail. 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:15 Korean News 5:45 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Argentina Vs Bolivia 8:00 World News 1:00 Black Music: An American (R)evolution: We Shall Overcome 2:00 Adventures In Listening: Kurt Masur 3:00 The Year Of Anish Kapoor 3:55 James Rhodes: Piano Man: Bach French Suite 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Dennis Cometti 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Submarine 8:30 Mythbusters - Reverse Engineering - Adam and Jamie test the myth that some 1970s sports cars were so badly designed that they would be more aerodynamic if their body were turned backward on the frame. Meanwhile, Kari, Grant and Tory look into a scene from the movie Lethal Weapon 2: Can a surfboard be launched through the windscreen of a car, and still be lethal? 9:30 RocKwiz: Shellie Morris & Ross Wilson 10:20 Movie: “Van Diemen’s Land” - In English and Gaelic. The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Sarah Island penal settlement, a place of brutal treatment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving - the Tasmanian wilderness. 12:10 SOS: “Glenn Owen Dodds” 1:10 South Park / 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (MA) 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: Healthy Living 12:00 Landline 1:00 7.30 1:30 Message Stick: Homeward Bound 2:00 The Marriage of Figaro 5:00 Art Nation 5:30 Dance Academy 6:00 Life: Creatures Of The Deep 6:50 Minuscule: Picnic 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home: Nutbourne Pumping Station 8:30 The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister 10:05 Compass: Life’s Big Questions: Warwick Thornton 10:30 Pride And Prejudice 11:25 Ladies Of Letters 11:50 Restoration Home: Nutbourne Pumping Station 1:00 Lilies: The Thunderbolt: Iris falls madly in love with a conjurer, Domingo Hennessey, and they marry in haste. But her new husband has a terrible secret. 2:00 Lilies: The White Charger: May embarks on a tempestuous affair with her married boss, Mr Brazendale, while Dadda and Billy prepare for the Orange Lodge parade. 3:10 To The Manor Bowen: Community Spirit - The LlewelynBowens are finally on the village map after Laurence raffles himself and Jackie as a special prize at the local fete.

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wild World Of Sports 11:00 Australian Fishing Championships 11:30 Cybershack 12:00 Pyramid 12:30 Kitchen Whiz 1:00 TBA 1:30 TBA 2:30 The Celebrity Apprentice 4:30 Manly Surf 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 MX TV 6:00 National News 6:30 Frozen Planet 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 TBA 9:30 Person Of Interest 10:30 Prime Suspect 11:30 Flashpoint: Planets Aligned - The SRU attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl who is being held at a booby-trapped house, but while on the job they learn that one of the abductors is a teen who went missing several year earlier. 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 10:30 Under The Hammer 11:00 Movie: “Curse Of The Pink Panther” 1:00 V8 Supercars 2011 4:30 Three In A Bed 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Wild Boys (PG) 8:30 Bones: “The Proof In The Pudding” (M) - Government agents put the Jeffersonian on lockdown, and demand that Brennan and her team determine a cause of death for unidentified but highly classified remains. Soon the team begins to suspect they are investigating a famous presidential assassination. 9:30 Castle: “Wrapped Up In Death” 10:30 Royal Pains 11:30 Forensic Investigators: Australia’s True Crimes 12:30 Grey’s Anatomy 1:30 The Real Seachange 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 The Conspiracy Files: Lockerbie 4:00 A Fork In The Road: Singapore 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Hong Kong’s Marine Police 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: The Bible: A History: Abraham 8:30 Mother Of Rock: Lillian Roxon - In New York City in 1968 a revolution was under way in a tiny club called Max’s Kansas City. When Andy Warhol’s Factory superstars collided with the underground music scene at Max’s, punk rock was born. The reigning queen of Max’s was Australian journalist Lillian Roxon. She was a music visionary who understood before anyone else how important music would be in shaping popular culture. 9:30 JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America 11:10 Movie: “Bon Voyage” (M v) - In French. An actress, a writer, a university researcher and a government official combine in an effort to flee Paris in the shadow of the Nazis’ takeover of the city. 1:10 Movie: “Yella” (M l,a) - In German. A complex story about power, dreams and death, this dramatic tale follows Yella, a woman who leaves her hometown and her husband for a promising job and a new life, but is haunted by voices and sounds from her past. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Art Nation 5:30 At The Movies 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:25 A Poet’s Guide To Britain 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Breathing Fire: Secret Weapon Of The Somme 6:45 Animal Rites: Bird 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story: The Girl From Boryslaw 8:30 Targeting Bin Laden 10:00 TBA 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:35 Darling Buds Of May: A Breath Of French Air: Part 2 (PG) Despite Pop’s reservations about foreign food, the Larkins set off for Brittany having agreed that they definitely need a holiday. 12:30 Targeting Bin Laden 2:00 The Bear Man Of Kamchatka: A warm and stunningly beautiful film about one man’s love and care for orphaned grizzly bear cubs and his determination to prove they can live harmoniously with humans. 3:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011: Women’s Pairs (2nd Test)

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 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 The Celebrity Apprentice 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Isolation Permutation” 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 CSI: Miami: “Sinner Takes All” (M) - A masked assassin disrupts a high-stakes poker game and kills one of the players. 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Dishonor” (M) 11:30 Undercovers: Without My Daughter - Steven and Samantha receive a mission to bring a North Korean physicist to the U.S., but the man refuses to leave without his daughter. Defying orders, the Blooms go after the girl and encounter another pair of spies who are also looking for her. 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 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 Movie: “Murder In Greenwich” (M v,a,s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: April asks Xavier to the school formal. Bianca wants Liam to buy a family car, but he buys a motorbike instead. Marilyn tries to put a positive spin on a tarot card reading. 7:30 The X Factor 8:30 Body Of Proof: “Hard Knocks/ Talking Heads” - When 17year-old over-achiever Trent is found dead after calling 911 outside of a rave, Megan is called to investigate. 11:00 Dual Suspects 12:00 Special: Adventures With The Cropp Family 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 1:00 Age Of Terror: Terroe International 2:00 Insight 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 Living Black 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Blue Ice 8:30 Man Vs Wild: Texas Desert 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Housos: Green Day 10:30 Skins: Liv 11:30 The World Game: Thee World Game panel offers expert analysis and local perspective on all things football, plus all the latest news and match results. 12:30 Living Black 1:00 Movie: “Cold Light” (MA s,a,n) - In Icelandic and English. Set against the stark, majestic Icelandic landscape, this film follows Grimur as a young boy who has dire visions about his family, but no one will believe him. Later, as an adult, he must find the courage to confront his past. Nominated for Best Director and Best Actor at the 2004 European Film Awards. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Breathing Fire: Secret Weapon Of The Somme 1:20 TBA 1:35 Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Pirvate Life Of: Cows 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Dinosaur Stampede 9:30 United States of Tara: Bryce Will Play - After revealing her frightening new alter, Bryce, Tara and Dr. Hattaras meet with KSOP Psychology Co-chair Dr. Smolow and discuss the ‘Abusive Alter Concept’. 9:55 Jennifer Byrne Presents 10:25 Lateline 11:00 Lateline Business 11:30 U Be Dead: (M a,l) A real-life crime story of disturbed serial stalker Maria Marchese who was sentenced to nine years in prison for the sustained intimidation of a London doctor. 1:05 Monarch Of The Glen 2:00 Invasion Of The Crocodiles 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 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 The Celebrity Apprentice 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wildebeest Implementation” (PG s) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The The Engagement Reaction” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men 9:00 Mike & Molly: “Mike’s Feet” - Mike and Carl work double shifts during a snowstorm, and time together threatens their friendship. 9:30 Survivor: South Pacific 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 TBA 12:00 20/20 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier” (M s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Dex is upset that April is going to the school formal with Xavier, Heath tries to help Brax sell Angelo’s, and Liam discovers the truth about his accident. 7:30 The X Factor 8:30 TBA 9:30 Parenthood: “Forced Family Fun” (PG) Kristina plans a family night but it doesn’t go as she expected. 10:30 Dinner Date: “Jerry Joseph” (PG) 11:30 Parks And Recreation 12:20 House Calls To The Rescue 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: “An Enemy Of The People” (M l,s,v) (2005) 2:40 Half Way Home 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of New York City 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth? 8:30 Immigration Nation: The Secret History Of Us 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Hot Docs: How To Start A Revolution - In English, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Ukranian. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp’s 2003 handbook for non-violent protest ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ has been influential on the tactics of democratic protests internationally, including the 2011 Egyptian peaceful overthrow of the Mubarak dictatorship. 11:05 Movie: “Native Dancer” (M a,l,s) - In Russian and Kazakh. This captivating story highlights the clash between old Kazakh customs and the new Kazakhstan through the eyes of an elderly shaman. For years, Aidai, a medicine woman, has been serving her local Kazakh community and living on land that belongs to rich businessman, Batyr. 12:40 Rough Aunties: Saving Children’s Lives 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Strictly Speaking 5:30 Spicks And Specks 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Bush Slam 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue: Kelly House 6:50 Minuscule: The Caterpillar Who Wanted To See The Ocean 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Poh’s Kicthen On The Road 8:30 Spicks and Specks: The Very Best Of Spicks And Specks Part 2 9:00 The Gruen Planet 9:35 The Hamster Wheel 10:05 At The Movies 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Lateline Business 11:40 South Pacific: Strange Islands - The isolation of some Pacific islands has led to the wildlife evolving in extraordinary ways. But where some animals perfectly adapt to island life others give up the ghost. 12:30 Country House Rescue: Kelly House 1:15 Gardening Australia: Rare Plant Collector 1:25 Secrets Of The Forbidden City / 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Family Sins” (M a,v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Romeo believes Mink has a drinking problem, Alf decides to run against Harvey for Council, and criminal Geoffrey King has his eye set on Summer Bay. 7:30 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 8:30 Criminal Minds: “A Rite Of Passage/ ...A Thousand Words” 10:30 Great Escapes 11:30 Gangs Of Oz: “For Love Or Money” (M v,d,l,n) Unrelenting violence and intimidation are key ingredients to a bikie gang’s constant quest for power. Tonight, the girlfriend of a murdered senior gang member talks for the first time. 12:30 Sons And Daughters 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 1:00 Movie: “The Lady Of The Camellias” 2:45 Naiade 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of New York City 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Amazon With Bruce Parry 8:30 One Born Every Minute: A groundbreaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff. In this episode, an older mum and a teen mum approach childbirth in very different ways. Hayley decides laughter is the best medicine and jokingly refers to herself as a ‘geriatric mum’ at 37, while teenager Kaycey is determined to have a natural birth, and screams with the pain. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “Bad Habits” (M s,a,l,n) - In Spanish. Set in a raindrenched Mexico City, this is the story of a number of people connected by eating disorders, religion and adultery. Novice nun Matilde believes that eating next to nothing will help God stop the suffering of others. From up-and-coming Mexican director Simón Bross. 11:45 112 Emergency / 1:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “We’re Here To Help” (PG l) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Security USA 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Mink reveals to Romeo that she can never surf again, Alf realises that his campaign for Council needs alot of work, and Sasha is shocked when Stu becomes physically abusive. 7:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia 8:30 The Amazing Race 9:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 Outsourced 11:30 30 Rock: “Verna” (PG) 12:00 Trauma: “13” 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 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 The Coca-Cola Case 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Saint-ChristolyMedoc to Hendaye 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka With Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 8:35 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations: Venice 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Big Love: Til Death Do Us Part 11:05 Movie: “ Fear Me Not” (M a,s,l) - In Danish. In this psychological thriller, a mild-mannered man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results. 12:50 Movie: “The Axe” (M a,s,l,v) - In French. Industrial chemist Bruno Davert loses his job when, after fifteen years of service, his company decides to downsize and relocate. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to kill his competition one by one. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest Programmer: Horrowshow 11:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Cake and Cupids Conquer All 11:20 Minuscule: Cicada’s Song 11:30 The Good Cook 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Bendigo Vs Canberra 3:00 Football: W-League 5:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011 6:00 Planet Food: Malaysia 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin - PC Penhale gets an unexpected visit from his ex-wife, but she doesn’t remember that she is his EX-wife; romance is in the air for Eleanor and Martin; and Louisa’s baby finally gets a name. 8:20 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Murder On The Orient Express - Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American businessman stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express when it is blocked by a blizzard in the Serbian mountains. 9:50 The Graham Norton Show 10:35 Penn And Teller: Fool Us - The following magicians try to fool Penn and Teller: Cubic Act - French Illusionists; Nick Einhorn - British Mentalist; Michael Vincent - British Street Magician; and Morgan and West - British Street Magicians. 11:25 Rage Guest Programmer: Horrorshow


SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Insight 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Noirmoutier to Talkmont-SurGironde 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Town With Nicholas Crane: Ludlow 8:30 As It Happened: The First World War From Above - This program offers a unique perspective on the scale of the First World War as a collection of extraordinary historical finds are brought to the screen for the first time. Aerial footage, shot from an airship in the summer of 1919, captures the trenches and battlefields of Europe, revealing the damage and destruction inflicted on the landscape. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Sex Workers and Proud! 11:40 Movie: “Black Butterfly” (M l,v,s) - In Spanish. After the brutal murder of Guido Pazos, an incorruptible judge, his girlfriend sets out to find the person who ordered the killing, and who then smeared Pazos’ name by making the death look like it occurred at a gay orgy. 1:40 South Park 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “My Boy Jack” (M v,l) 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Leah and Miles turn to Elijah a fter their break-up, Brax makes the ultimate sacrifice for Charlie. Dex asks April to his formal. 7:30 Better Homes & Gardens 9:00 Movie: “Sweet Home Alabama” (PG l) 11:15 Special: The Woman With Giant Legs - A moving and passionate account of one woman’s fight to live a normal life. Mandy Sellars’ legs and feet are three times larger than that of the average person. Like Joseph Merrick - the ‘Elephant Man’ - she suffers from Proteus Syndrome. With help from The Proteus Syndrome Foundation, and after years of misdiagnosis, she has finally found the support she needs, but at what cost? 12:15 October Road 2:15 Room For Improvement 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 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 Affiar 7:00 The Celebrity Apprentice 7:30 Two And A Half Men: “Above Exalted Cyclops” (PG s,l) Chelsea sets Alan up on a blind date with her new friend Rose. 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “Sir Lancelot’s Litter Box” (PG s,l) After Charlie reluctantly agrees to let Chelsea move in and he mourns the loss of his bachelor pad, Alan finds that there’s not much space left for him in the house. 8:30 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button: Tells the story about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. 12:30 Panic Room: A mother and daughter find themselves fighting for their lives in their New York mansion when three burglars come looking for a hidden cache of cash. 2:00 Spyforce 3:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America


ABC 4:00 Rage (PG) 5:00 Can We Help? 5:30 New Inventors 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Good Morning Kalimantan 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple 2:10 The Genius Of Design 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Cake And Cupids Conquer All 6:25 The Good Cook 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 My Family: Ben Behaving Badly - Ben volunteers to look after one of Janey’s elderly care clients for an evening; what could possibly go wrong? 8:30 Midsomer Murders: Shot At Dawn: An old feud between the Hammond and Hicks families appears to have escalated to murder when the grandfather of the Hammonds is found dead. 10:05 Bored To Death: Take A Dive 10:35 Lateline 11:20 Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union - Tracey Ullman continues her tour across America showcasing her vast array of original characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits, that range from sardonic parody to social satire. 11:45 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 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 The Celebrity Apprentice 8:00 Young Doctors: Follow seven young doctors as they trade their text books for scrubs and their transition to becoming real doctors in the busy John Hunter Hospital. 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “Brain Doe” - The CSI crew is stumped when they discover a disembodied brain at a crime scene where all the other brains are accounted for. 9:30 Prime Suspect 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 12:00 Eclipse Music TV 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 Hi-5 11:30 The Presidents Cup 4:00 Rage (G) 4:55 National Press Club Address 6:00 ABC News 2011 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Alive And Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s 6:00 National News Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Hope Springs 1:30 Mother 6:30 A Current Affair And Son 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage Spring 6:50 7:00 The Celebrity Apprentice Minuscule: Ants 7:30 RBT 7:00 ABC News 8:30 Unforgettable 7:30 7.30 9:30 CSI: Miami: “Spring Breakdown” -Spring Break raises the 8:00 QI: Hypnosis body count in Miami when the CSI team splits up to solve 8:30 The Slap three different murders. 9:30 Crownies 10:30 Chase: “Under The Radar” - U.S. Marshals Annie Frost and 10:30 Lateline Daisy Ogbaa team up to catch small-town fugitives Karen 11:05 Lateline Business Nelson and Ivy Collins, a duo who use their feminine wiles to 11:35 Live From Abbey Road: Counting Crows/ Melody Gardot/ Hockey lure innocent victims into participating in bank heists. 12:25 QI: Hypnosis 11:30 Rubicon: The Truth Will Out - A security lockdown is imposed 1:00 Lilies: The Tallyman - Iris and Father Melia grow closer; Mr on API by the FBI and everyone must undergo a polygraph Brazendale wants to keep May as his mistress; and Dadda test. Will sees something of interest in Spangler’s office. saves the poor from the Tallyman. 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:00 Lilies: The Sea - Billy confronts his homosexuality; May falls 3:00 Newstyle Direct pregnant to Mr Brazendale; Mrs Brazendale tries to force May 3:30 Goodmorning America to give her the baby. 5:00 Early Morning News / 5:30 Today 3:10 To The Manor Bowen: Showtime

18 – Cooktown Local News 10 - 16 November 2011



Your  Lucky

Your Lucky

Your friends will follow your advice, even if it seems quite impractical. As soon as they can see that you know what you are doing, the others will copy you. Romance. A favourable aspect to Mars later in the week will give you a lot of excess energy. Don’t be surprised if a few admirers come out of the woodwork and start paying you attention. You won’t know which one to choose!

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) 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.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) A dream which involves a close friend will help you to understand your true feelings towards this person. There may be some tension between you which has not been properly resolved. Romance. A misunderstanding at the beginning of the week could lead to a major let-down. You will be glad that your partner is so forgiving!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

1.....Thigh bone (5) 6.....Income (7) 7.....Oscar-winning thriller starring very pregnant police chief (5) 8.....Shellfish (7) 9.....Clothesline: Hills ----- (5) 10...Hurdle, problem (11) 13...Prize (5) 15...Disease related to polluted water (7) 16...Internet Search Engine (5) 17...Ripple, crease (7) 18...Warning sound (5)

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.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A minor skirmish between family members will soon be sorted out: after that, everyone will get on fine. One person may never be completely content, however. Romance. Your relationship with a person whom you depend on might be going through some ups and downs at the moment. Listen to what they have to say before you pass judgement.



1.....No. five (5) 2.....Cocktail (7) 3.....Perch (5) 4.....Booked out gig (4, 3) 5.....Post mortem examination (7) 6.....Apply CPR (11) 10...Bruce Willis film (3, 4) 11 ...Emotion (7) 12...Hide (7) 13...Deep gully (5) 14...Submerge (5)


CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Be careful that problems at work don’t spill over into your home-life. So long as you try hard to be patient, everything will be resolved. Romance. You may need a little extra emotional support from your partner at the moment. Communications between you will be especially strong, but be careful not to be too demanding.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) This is not the time for any rash moves. Be especially careful later in the week, when you may end up making a shortsighted decision which you later regret. Romance. Your enthusiasm will be appreciated by your partner. A favourable aspect to Venus later in the week will bring you closer together.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Activities which don’t need much money will give you a chance to get back on your feet financially. Some recent extravagances have taken their toll. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will give your love-life a push in the right direction. A romantic get-together this week will put your relationship onto much firmer ground after a recent misunderstanding.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

A friend will put you in a difficult position. While you should try to be loyal to them, avoid doing anything which could backfire later. Romance. You and your partner may be at different energy levels this week. You will need to be patient in order to bridge the gap between you: don’t be too sensitive, even if you feel that your needs aren’t being met.

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.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Time spent with people whom you hardly know will give you a chance to expand your social life. One person in particular will catch your eye. Romance. A meeting later in the week will help to put your social life back on track. You may be feeling a little left out at the moment. Don’t worry: you haven’t been forgotten!

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!


LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may be feeling a little restless because other people are not quite as wound up as you. It is your role to motivate everybody else this week! Romance. A powerful aspect to Uranus will help to bring a much-needed change into your life. You need to take advantage of an opportunity as soon as it comes: don’t be shy about making the first move.

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.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

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)


Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

– John Wayne

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.

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)




Don’t believe everything that you are told. A meeting later in the week will help you to find out what has really been going on behind your back. Romance. This should be a very rewarding time, both for you and your partner. A series of powerful aspects to Mercury at the beginning of the week will help you to communicate well.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You will receive a phone call later in the week that will help to cheer you up. You will finally hear from a friend whom you thought you had lost touch with Romance. A powerful aspect to Venus will help to put your love-life into focus this week Make sure that you follow up on a chance meeting.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Be careful to keep an agreement which you made recently with a friend. It was very important to them, and they will feel let down if you don’t stick to your word. Romance. You may be too anxious to jump in to a relationship without considering the consequences. Make sure that you know what you are doing before it is too late.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A long-standing agreement with a friend may be on the point of breaking down today. This agreement has its flaws, but it has stood you in good stead. Romance. Your confidence will be much higher than usual. This would be an excellent time to make the first move in a new relationship.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A friend who has your best interests at heart may nevertheless put you on the wrong track. This person may be less helpful than they think. Romance. Some encouraging remarks from a person that you admire will help to cheer you up. This person has a much higher opinion of you than you realise.

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To Joe's customers... We are only too aware of some people asking about T.V.s, Video Players, etc, which had been in Joe Johns' care for some time. Michael (Stephan), Joe's partner from Everything Electrical, came to Cooktown prior to Joe's funeral and checked out what had been repaired and what could not be repaired and consequently some appliances were disposed of. Other appliances had no name on them and had been with Joe since he had the shop. We are asking for your understanding at this moment in our lives. Any enquiries, please phone: 4069 5542 or 4069 5537 and we will endeavour to sort things out. Michael & Jean Stephan and 'Parker'.

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2012 Enrolments Wanted Cooktown Kindergarten We are now seeking pre-prep enrolments for 2012. Children born between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, will be given first priority, however, expressions of interest are also being taken for children born between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009. National and international research demonstrates that the best place to invest in education is in the early years. The 2012 kindergarten program will run on a 5 day fortnight. This means group 1 will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday one week, and only Monday and Tuesday of the following week, with group 2 on the alternate days. The new program times are a result of the Department of Education and Training’s commitment to working towards providing every pre-prep child with universal access to early childhood education by a qualified teacher. The Cooktown Kindergarten is dedicated to supporting community needs. In 2012 we will endeavour, with the support of Gungarde, to continue to offer the bus service in order to provide universal access to this valuable service. Health Care Card Subsidy will be available in 2012. This amount is up to $290 per term. Please contact Kindy Director, Danielle Geary on 4069 5182 for more information or to enroll your child for 2012.

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FUN IN THE SUN: Michael Slocombe and Alice Taylor managed to look cool despite the 30 degrees celsius temperature on the day.

MEDIA DARLINGS: Sarah Martin and Jacqui sykes looked great.

WARMING UP: A key component to the day were the horses and jockeys, who worked hard in the hot conditions.

GLAMOUR: Kuranda’s Debbie Ball had a smile on her face after winning ‘Best Visiting Lady’ during the ‘Fashions on the Field’. FINE FINISH: The ladies sprint for the finish line in the 100m dash for cash.

WINNERS: Darryl Paradise shared a laugh with Eric Rosendale, who just won the Calcutta thanks to Gypsy Mist’s victory in the main event.

THE ORGANISER: A big thanks from the community to Colleen Fenn, who put in many hours behind the scenes to ensure the races were such a big success.

STYLE: Mareeba’s Hayley Shelton won ‘Best Ladies Hat’ on the day.

SMOOTH AS SILK: Cooktown’s Thi Thu Duong chats with race caller and MC Bluey Forsyth shortly after winning ‘Best Local Lady’ in Fashions on the Field. She won ahead of some of the toughest competition in years with 40 local ladies taking part.

LATE MAIL: Sue Clark and Kim Giese share a few tips on the next race winner.

SAFE AND SOUND: Quensland Ambulance Service’s Ron Beckett and Jeremy Neal mingled with the crowd in between races.

CUTE AS A BUTTON: Kynan Hale, pictured with mum Larissa, saved up his pocket money to invest in his raceday outfit. Money well spent, we say.

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FIRST PLACE: Trainer Paula D’Addona shares a big grin as she walks gypsy Mist around the mounting yard after it’s victory in the main race of the day, the 1,290 metres Cooktown RSL Memorial Club Cup. The horse is owned by Paula’s parents Joe and Janice.



Sprint kings and queens in the 100 metre dash on Saturday were: Sabrina Eberman (1st), Lachlan Dunkerton (1st), Tarea Prior (2nd), Graham Hurrell (2nd), Kimara Timms (3rd) and Scott Wingate (3rd).

FINE FRIENDS: Merilyn Holmes, Carmen Forward and Saeng Mouyreng enjoyed a chat in between races. PRETTY IN PINK: Steve Wilton and Sue Phillips painted a pretty picture.

FASHION PLUS: Heather Nicholson and Miss Kelly enjoyed the sunny conditions.

IN THE SHADE: Krichelle Lockyer, Louise Bennett, Lisa Still, Katrina Wright and Kylie Reghenzani were cool and glamourous as the briefly sheltered from the sun.

SAFE & SOUND: Vet Frank Condon, from Tableland Veterinary Services, was on hand to ensure the welfare of the horses.

PRETTY AS A PICTURE: Heather, Josie, Phoebe, Rocco and Sienna looked smashing as they smiled for the camera.

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Myth surrounding Black Mountain busted Continuing from last week the stories about the mysteries of the Black Mountains. THE Cairns Post, Tuesday February 26, 1935 again brings a story by Nancy Francis and again about the ‘mysteries of Black Mountain’ as reported in last weeks story. She wrote of the usual tale about Graynor, only this time he had a wife. Also Mr Owens of Oakey Creek and ‘Red Faced George’, and not to be forgotten Jimmy Wren, who this time had a sum of money on him. The Queenslander ,Thursday January 10, 1935, added to the reports with their story by ‘Wanderer’ Called ‘Mystery Mountain’ “One of Queensland’s most remarkable mountains is Black Mountain, on the Cooktown-Palmer River road; it is composed entirely of black granite, and is devoid of soil or vegetation. The blacks say that a “debil-debil” lives there, and none of them will go near it. Their belief in the “debil-debil”

Deal wisely with temptation 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 COMMON sense dictates that a pilot trainee flying for the first time in a squall needs to be quite cautious. But a wise, seasoned pilot knows he must be just as watchful in his 100th storm as in the first. Despite thousands of flight hours and years of experience, he can still be brought down by bad weather unless he is proactive. Temptation is a lot like an unexpected storm that sweeps in and damages those who are caught unaware. Like a good pilot, a believer must be alert to the approach of temptation and be prepared to ride it out. In this life, none of us reach a level of maturity at which sinful enticements lose all their power. Understanding our own weaknesses is an important part of being watchful and prepared. In which areas are you most vulnerable? What we commonly think of as “huge sins”-like adultery and murder-are not what land most people in hot water. It’s usually a multitude of “little sins” that lead to big trouble. Temptation is an invitation to carry any God-given desire beyond its God-given limits. Take one step over the line, and soon there is inducement to take another. And then another. Unless you correct the course quickly, you could find yourself estranged from the Father and overwhelmed by guilt and shame. The issue of temptation cannot be ignored. Know where you are vulnerable so you can prepare a defence. Learn when and how you’re most likely to be lured, and take extra precautions in those situations. And always look for the escape route that God promised to those who are tempted (1 Cor. 10:13). Used with permission - “Intouch” Magazine. Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church.

has been strengthened by the fact that mysterious tragedies have been associated with the mountain ever since it has been known by white men. Four men have completely disappeared there, and no trace of them has ever been found. In 1872 a carrier named Graynor disappeared, together with his horse, when searching for straying bullocks near the mountain; in 1882 a well-known settler named Owens vanished at the mountain while looking for horses, and a month later another man named Hawkins [? Could this be Red Faced George?] disappeared in a similar manner. In 1892 a prospector named James Wren also disappeared there. In 1928 another prospector named Packer [Jack Page, a packer] vanished at the mountain, but subsequently his dead body was discovered among the granite slabs. How he met his death is a mystery.” The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday February 27, 1954, also ran

a story by BILL BEATTY entitled ‘Our Mystery Mountains’, in which he writes about “The sinister and mysterious Black Mountain the so called “Mountain of Death”. Ever since its discovery, in the opening days of the great Palmer goldrush in 1873, this great ridge has taken toll of human lives in a most uncanny fashion.” Extensive research through our documents and data bases, the newspapers on line and the birth, deaths and marriages on line, failed to find any evidence of any of these disappearances. There are no stories about searches in any papers except the one about Jack Page in 1932 which is well documented. In fact there are no Graynor’s, either male or female, The Trevethan Hotel. recorded in Queensland deaths from but between 1903 and 1914, so can’t be 1870-1964. Research can not establish the man who went missing in 1882. It would appear that ‘On the Tramp’ an Owens at Oakey Creek and of course Red Faced George could be anyone.We was the first to tell the tale of Jimmy do however have evidence of a George Wren and then others followed, seemHawkins being a selector in this area, ingly without verifying facts. Black


Mountain seems to have gained a reputation it does not deserve, however if anyone has further information to shed light on these so called mysteries, we could be right in saying “Myth Busted’

Native Kapok Tree bushtucker Minister Lucas will

decide for community

The flowers fo the Native Kapok Tree are edible and high in vitamin C. WELCOME plant lovers. This week I would like to talk about a bush foods or bush tucker plant the Native Kapok Tree or Cochlospermum gillivraei. Found all over Cooktown including Finch Bay Road and any rocky slopes and gullies, and of course in your Botanic Gardens, this small to medium tree loses all its leaves before it produces bright yellow flowers. These flowers are edible and taste quite pleasant, a bit like eating marshmallows and very high in vitamin C. The tap root of young plants is also edible roasted. The root can be pounded and used for treatment for sores. Flowering occurs from August to November when the tree is leafless. Seeds are borne in green egg-shaped capsules, about 8 cm long, which dry to brown and split open to release black seeds embedded in a cotton-like fibre, the “Kapok”. This Kapok and was used

to stuff mattresses and pillows. It is said to have been used in life preservers during the Second World War. Being extremely flammable it is good tinder to use as rubbing sticks when starting fires. Nowadays synthetics are used instead. In cultivation the plant needs well drained soils and a sunny position. Kapok may be propagated from seed which appears to need hot water treatment to achieve satisfactory results. It would be difficult to find another tree species more suited to Cooktowns poor soils and dry winds. Remember this is your column too, so if you have something to share call me, or email your queries, 4060 3102 or Passion au for Plants

I’M AFRAID Cooktown has been making even more work for us in the Department recently. Sometimes I wonder if the people up there really understand what their Government does for them, or how they could earn a lot of money for a little cooperation. That is exactly how you should look at the proposed Cooktown Rehabilitation Centre. The present crisis is just so unnecessary. Governments, both State and Federal, take their responsibilities very seriously and we all know the best way to keep people happy is to hand them stacks of money, and let them spend it is useful ways. Of course, some of it will be spent of new 4WDs and expensive trips to Brisbane, but most of it will end up with major construction and engineering firms here in Brisbane, and they will spend some of it locally in places like Cooktown. After all, some-one has to cut grass, clean floors and make the coffee for these projects. You should be welcoming the opportunity to progress. Instead, a combination of ignorance and wrong-headed obstruction has delayed the job. I get so annoyed at the stupid objections - who cares if the location is inaccessible, or that potential patients will never admit themselves? That’s not the point: the money will still have been spent, community bureaucrats will have been employed, and there will have been some extra work around Cooktown. Now I am stuck with organising even more official visits from Brisbane, so we can show Cooktown how concerned we are with their opinions. I have booked a hotel and a tour bus for a month, and set up a roster of reassuring visitors. Right now, I am working with the lawyers to make sure the planning appeal goes the right way, and I am not anticipating any more problems. Minister Lucas is being very responsible and has said of the appeal “the decision to call it in is not a decision to approve, it is a decision for me to re-examine the issue and decide the issue for the council on behalf of the local community.” So Cooktown is in safe hands. Bruce O’Krat, Advisor to the Minister

Licking our wounds after another Melbourne Cup loss ALTHOUGH it is a little while after “the race that stops a nation” some of us who indulged in a small flutter on the dashing horsies --- and LOST --- are still muttering about missed chances and some, like Dianne Fursdon, have expressed their disillusionment in verse. Dianne Keller, Cooktown Writers’ Group. P.S. Any equine stories or poems for the paper? Email them to:- or post to:- P.O.Box 645, Cooktown, 4895.

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MELBOURNE CUP BLUES By Dianne Fursdon. It’s The Melbourne Cup Day today When most Australians have a sick day. I’ve been given a horse in a neighbourhood sweep ‘Cause the T.A.B.’s packed and a few dollars is cheap. They show on T.V. fashions of the year, Of the anxious crowd filled with good cheer, Of the champagne crowd of all la-de-da’s, Of manicured gardens and polished vintage cars. “Racing this time,” the loud voice calls.

All horses close in and the noise level falls. Round the corner and into the straight, Pounding hooves in a thunderous gait, Bent jockeys are thinking whilst whipping their horse, “I must be a winner on this racecourse.” First---second---third---and now come the rest. The jockeys and horses are put to the test. Millions of dollars have been spent on this day. Once more, this year, I’ve given mine away. No bubbly champagne or cigars to toast; The hot favourite, MY HORSE, has run LAST past the post. --------- Maybe next year?-----------------


Cooktown Crocs all-rounder named best player of series

The Cooktown Crocs played in the grand final of the Rainforest Cup. >> From page 28 A football ended up in a fenced gas company next to the field and a player climbed the fence to regain it. He was confronted by the razor sharp teeth of a huge German Shepherd watch dog and managed to narrowly escape with a rip to his pants. The Cooktown Crocs players

laughed when they heard that. Meanwhile star Cooktown Crocs all-rounder Jeffrey Kulka took out the prestigious playerof-the-carnival and best-bowler awards during last weekend’s Rainforest Cup Cricket carnival at which his side reached the grand final. Eight sides battled it out at the seventh carnival with the others

being Innisfail Redbacks, Innisfail Mandubarra, Cardwell Guon-Doi, Townsville Falcons, Tully Bima, Yarrabah Pelicanos and Ghungalu Warriors. Qualifying games were played at Tully and Innisfail and all matches were under the exciting Twenty/20 format. Day two finals were played at Tully and the Crocs side consisted of players from Cooktown and Hope Vale community. The star studded Innisfail Mandubarra defeated a gallant Cooktown Crocs in the entertaining grand final. Batting first in the final, Mandubarra found it difficult to score runs off a determined and consistent bowling attack of the Cooktown team. “Mandubarra score a total of 7/95 in their innings while in reply Cooktown scored 7/71 in a final that had some real good entertaining cricket. Cooktown chased down defeat

Innisfail Redbacks in their semifinal played earlier reaching a total 111 with two balls to spare. In the other semi Innisfail Mandubarra upset a determined Cardwell outfit,” said carnival organizer Stan Lenoy. SWEET REVENGE In their last qualifying game before the finals, Cooktown beat hot favourites Tully Bima to gain a spot in the semis. That was sweet revenge for last year’s defeat by Bima in the grand final. AWARDS Crocs Jeffrey Kulka took out the player of the carnival and best bowler award which was a great effort considering there were many cricketers from opposition sides who competed in regional A grade competitions. Best batsman of the carnival went to David Quinlan (Innisfail Mandubarra), Best Young Talent to Jayden Epong (Innisfail Mandubarra), Wicket Keeper of the Carnival to Neil Leo (Cardwell),

Sew Ezy for Hashers Time to ID your equipment Not AFTER the craziness of the old folks who are smart cooking GREAT to see many members coming out for a hit mid-week and competing in The Italian Restaurant weekly competitions and last week’s stroke event was won by Kim Copland with a nett score of 60. A count-back was required between Graham Burton, Steve Butler, Dave Collie and Ian Keller who all had a nett score of 62 and Ian Keller ended up being the winner. The Cooktown Races was obviously more attractive to members to attend as only 6 members competed in the Trinity Petroleum Stroke competition held on Saturday 5th November 2011 and the winner for the day was Wayne King with a nett score of 70. Yet another count-back was required for the runner-up position between Graham Burton, Kim Copland and Mark Rolan and the runner-up was Kim Copland. All the nearest the pins were landed with Graham Burton snatching 2/11 of Mark Roland and also landing 14 and Kim Copland landing 9/18. The lowest gross score for the day was Kim Copland who hit 80 off the stick. Only 5 members competed in the Cooktown Hardware Sunday 9-Hole Stableford competition with 3 putting their scores up on the board. Yet another count-back was required for 1st place between Dave Collie and Rick Butler who both had 20 points and Dave Collie ended up the winner. Would like to welcome our newest member to the Golf Club, Des Young. I’m sure Des you will find our little peace of paradise just perfect for your retirement

days. Just a reminder a new door is being put on the member’s shed shortly and the same lock is being used. If you would like a key for this shed, please speak with Kelly. The cost of a key is $5.00 per key, which is what the Club paid. As mentioned last week, it has come to light that there is a lot of equipment in the member’s shed that isn’t being used or doesn’t belong to a member. Can members please place some ID on your equipment by 30 November. Any equipment after this date which has no ID will be moved to a different storage area. The owners of the unidentified equipment will then have until 31 December to take ownership of their equipment. Any equipment unclaimed as of 1 January 2012 will then become the property of the Golf Club. As we didn’t have very many members play this week, the “The Dedicated Hole For The Week” will remain the 1st/10th. Until playing numbers pick up and members start to pick up, ‘The Dedicated Hole For The Week’ will remain in place for two weeks at a time. A reminder of what it means is that each week (fortnight now) a new hole is going to be the ‘dedicated hole’ what we ask is that each and every member fill at least 3 divots each (not just your own!) and also attend to a little weeding on the way by pulling out sedge grass, sensitive weed, nut grass or any other weed and also repair any pitch marks on the greens. Happy golfing everyone Kelly

Hallowe’en last week, Sew Ezy promised us a more normal, sedate run around town. She is not a lady given to extremes, and that suits most of us very well. However, hares are well known for lying and a general lack of moral principles, and Sew Ezy was to surprise us all. The pack picked up paper on Racecourse Road and jogged, strolled and waddled downhill to the Buhman Street turn off. Here the paper set off in the direction of Soggy’s house, far away in the mountains. It took a while to stagger to the top, where we found the only way forward was - down the other side. On the way down, Fingerling fell over yet again. Not like

enough to stay upright. Sew Ezy had not finished yet. Instead of sending us gently home, we followed the paper to the old reservoir dam, on to Savage Street, and past the antenna back to Racecourse Road. Sew Ezy must be fitter than we thought. Back at the bash, GM Thermo got stuck into Fingerling for his stumble, and Moses for switching run numbers with Yo-Yo. No-Name John has reached a six-pack of runs, and Xtraktit was congratulated for last week’s party. This party left No-Name Corey in such a state that he locked himself out of his home, and allowed the dog to eat his keys. Then we were allocated

jobs for the camp t h i s weekend (which could challenge some of us) and Whizz presented us with a unique map of how to get there. This consisted of a few scratchings, and some directions written by a spider in tiny hieroglyphs. I believe we cross the desert, turn right at the third pyramid, and camp by the river. The camp is on 11th and 12th November, and the run on Monday 14th will be a scratch affair at Thermo & F&*t’s, where I expect we will eat left-overs. Just turn up at 5.30pm to eat your share. Call Moses on 40695854 or 0409686032 for details.

SSAA Cape York welcome back the Payne AT THE SSAA Cameron Creek Range a Pistol shoot is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1pm, (contact Gopher 0438113688 for details) and a Combined Services Rifle Shoot will be conducted Sunday November 13 at 9am (contact Toby on 0438 695663 for details).

Last weekend was a Shotgun Shoot which was conducted under pretty good conditions with enough wind to provide the little extra challenge. A great effort from Bill Payne, after not shooting for some months he shot 24 from 25 in his first event.

and Player of the Final to Andrew Rassip (Innisfail Mandubarra). The Cooktown Local News was there on day one when the Crocs rolled Townsville Falcons at the Tully Country Club Oval.

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November dates for Cooktown ON WEDNESDAY November 2 we held our AGM and elected members for the Executive Committee. Congratulations to those members who will continue their roles and those who are taking on new roles in the coming year. With 8 shooters at the line it was a competitive night. Despite Dizzy and Melinda’s best efforts to put Mal off his game he placed first with a score of 299, Dizzy was second with 276 and Ross third with 262. November Dates: Sunset shoots will be Wednesday 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5.30pm. Alternating between Combined Service Core and Sports pistol/Centrefire 2nd Saturday shoot - 12th November commencing at 1.30pm November 4 Sunday - 27 practical shoot commencing 9.00am General meeting is the last Wednesday of the month - 30th @ 5.30pm. Cheers - Chris Stewart


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Fishergranny’s amazing marlin catch By GRANT BANKS MANY will tell you that one person’s misfortune is another’s gain and the old adage rang true last week for Connie Laurie. The 85-year-old Gold Coast resident was holidaying with family in Cooktown and when friends of her son-in-law were held up in Darwin because of the Qantas shut-down a spare spot on a day fishing charter became available. The avid angler of 80 plus years jumped at the opportunity to get out on the water off Cooktown as game fishing was something she hand never tried before, until last Wednesday. “I’ve fished my whole life, growing up around Brisbane the family used to go fishing at Jumpinpin from when I was about three or four. “We would catch what we thought at the time were big fish; but now I know what big really is,” she said. That’s because while out on the MV Top Shot Mrs Laurie landed a 850lb (350kg) marlin, a feat she took in her stride. “I though it would have been a lot harder to bring it in,” Mrs Laurie told the Cooktown Local News. “Luckily we had a good skip, Ross Finlayson, who kept backing up and taking the weight off the line.” “It was just a thrilling sensation, to see her jump was just amazing,” Mrs Laurie said. The news of a lady with such vast life experience reeling in such a monster of a fish has gained media attention all across Australia with the

RIGHT: Making light work of the big game fishing game at 85-years-old Connie Laurie was thrilled to land a 350kg marlin (above) off Cooktown. ABC, channel seven, the Cairns Post and even rumour of Woman’s Day picking up the story. “It’s been really amazing to think people are so interested when all I did was catch a fish,” she said. Taken by game fishing hook, line and sinker; she has vowed to come back to Cooktown for more. She joked about using her new found celebrity status as a way to raise the

capital to fund another marlin fishing charter. “I’d love to do it again so I might have to go around selling my autograph to fund another trip to Cooktown,” she jested. “I’d go back to Cooktown again so I could go on the same boat with the same skipper. “Also I’d love to have a bit more of a look around Cooktown, I loved

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THE blazing bat of Cooktown Crocs opening batsman Errol Kulka produced the biggest six of the Rainforest Cup Indigenous carnival which sailed an amazing 90m into a property with a high fence. It was right handed opening batsman Kulka who smashed the six, or Tom Mix as they are known, in the Crocs opening game against Townsville Falcons at the Tully Country Club Oval. Kulka gained generous applause and the Cooktown Local News was there to


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capture the action. That initial onslaught by Kulka paved the way for Cooktown Crocs to win first up. Kulka scored a whirlwind 22 before being dismissed. That mighty hit will be talked about for years to come around Cooktown and Hopevale. There was also a humorous side to the massive hit as Falcons fieldsmen and Crocs players were told of a similar incident more than 20 years ago at a North Queensland football game. Continues page 27 >>


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 11 Time 02:24 09:08 15:10 20:07

Sat 12 Ht 0.53 2.31 1.2 1.84

Time 02:45 09:38 15:44 20:25


Ht 0.56 2.28 1.27 1.75 NEW MOON

Fri. Nov 25 . Time: 16.10

Sun 13

Mon 14

Tue 15

Time 03:09 10:13 16:25 20:43

Time 03:37 10:56 17:20 21:00

Time 04:10 11:52 20:15 21:07

Ht 0.61 2.23 1.34 1.66

FIRST QUARTER Fri. Dec 02. Time: 19.52

Ht 0.7 2.16 1.42 1.56

FULL MOON Fri. Nov 11. Time: 06.16

Ht 0.82 2.08 1.44 1.44

LAST QUARTER Sat, Nov 19. Time: 01.09

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The season is only for a short period of time with anglers travelling from around the world to be part of the fishing experience, this is a great financial benefit to Cooktown leading onto the doldrums of the quiet wet season and Connies experience and subsequent media attention can only be of more benefit to Cooktown and Cooktowns tourism and the further growth of the area.

Crocs all-rounder named best player


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what I saw and would like to see more,” she said. Cooktown is positioned as a starting point to the marlin fishing grounds on the Ribbon Reefs which are part of the Great Barrier Reef and is also one of the starting points for the Lizard Island Game Fishing Tournament which is arguably the most prestigous game fish tournament in Australia.

Wed 16

Thu 17

Fri 18

Time 05:00 13:19 23:17 23:50

Time 06:27 14:46 22:23

Time 03:45 08:34 15:44 22:46

Ht 0.96 2.06 1.3 1.3

Ht 1.1 2.11 1.15

Ht 1.41 1.15 2.2 0.97

Weather Watch Endeavour Valley November monthly rainfall totals: 6ml


Opening batsman Errol Kulka smashed the ball for a might six. Photo and story by Alf Wilson.


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