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Drug busts and break-ins - the highs and lows By GARY HUTCHISON A HIT-AND-RUN crime spree of property offences was the down-side to a week of highs and lows in law enforcement for Cooktown Police last week. The discovery of a vehicle in Cooktown which had been stolen from Mt Molloy heralded the start of a wave of break and enters on business houses, residents and vehicles. Keys to the car had been obtained after the offender(s) had broken into a house there. Here in Cooktown, forced entry into two local business houses was obtained and while one only sustained damage to its building and office equipment, about $600 in cash was stolen from the other. Entry to two vehicles at different locations was also gained with about $300 in cash, an Apple Iphone and other personal items stolen from one, but nothing was removed from the other although the offender(s) rummaged through the car. It is believed the same person(s) were responsible for gaining unlawful entry into two houses. A sum of money, a man’s watch and other sundry items were stolen from one, while from the other a wallet, car keys and a vehicle were taken from the other. This vehicle was located in Cairns at about 3.30am on Sunday after it had been involved in a traffic accident on a suburban street. Cooktown Police Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant John McArthur said the offender(s) decamped from the scene. “Our inquiries into these matters are still continuing,” Senr Sgt McArthur said. “But we’re hoping fingerprints found by our forensic experts at two locations will be of assistance in bringing these matters to closure.” Senr Sgt McArthur asked for the public’s assistance into locating the owners of two ANZ “piggy banks”, which were not included in the property lists of the offences already reported. “We’d like the owners of those piggy banks to come forward and identify them because they are probably the proceeds of another offence not yet reported,” he said. But on the high side of proactive police activity, the execution of search warrants on residences in Cooktown, Rossville and Hope Vale by local police and Cairns Drug Squad detectives as part of a joint operation codenamed “Operation Excavator” yielded cannabis plants, cannabis and utensils which will put a significant dent in the local drug trade. From one Rossville residence, 39 cannabis plants,

a small amount of cannabis and a number of smoking utensils were located which resulted in the arrest of a 63-year-old man who was charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug and possession of utensils. In the other Rossville raid, a 50-year-old woman was arrested and charged with producing a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug after 19 cannabis plants, an LSD tablet and .5gms of cannabis were located in that search. Three searches conducted in Cooktown produced similar results, with a 26-year-old man charged with producing a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug after about 760gms of cannabis was located at his residence. A 28-year-old Cooktown woman will also face charges of producing a dangerous drug and possession of a dangerous drug along with possession of a utensil after 14 seedlings and a pipe were found at her home. And at another Cooktown residence, a 51-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous drug after they were found with .5gms and 28gms of Cannabis respectively. Possessing 13 foils filled with cannabis and a sum of money believed to be the proceeds of drug supply saw a 22-year-old Hope Vale man charged with supplying dangerous drugs when his home was raided. Three grams of cannabis and an implement used in the smoking of a dangerous drug resulted in the arrest and charging of a 51-year-old Hope Vale man as a result of a search warrant executed at his home, while from three other Hope Vale residences raided a 19-year-old man, a 37-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were each charged with being found in possession of a utensil used in the connection of smoking drugs. All those charged will appear at the November 1 sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court. Senr Sgt McArthur hailed the operation as an outstanding success, much of which could be attributed to accurate, confidential information received from the public. “People can contact us at any time and any information they pass to us will be treated with the strictest confidence and the utmost respect,” he said. He is urging anyone with information that can assist police in either drug related or other criminal matters to either call the Cooktown station on 4069 5688 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

$10,000 RARE SALTWATER RIVERFRONT GRANT REDUCED – NOW AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN The Government has announced a Grant for new homes from August 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012. You do not have to be a First Home Owner to qualify and it can be to live-in or for investment. This is in addition to the $7000 First Home Owner grant.

Alethea Turner and Darcie and Bronwyn Sieverding in period costume setting the atmosphere at the Top Pub. Photo for the 2011 Discovery Festival. File photo.

Discovery Festival lives on By GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN’S iconic Discovery Festival will live to see its 36th year now that it has found a new Coordinator to assume responsibility for organising the event. Mother of four and grandmother of one, Bronwyn Sieverding’s hand shot up like a scud missile when a volunteer(s) was called for at a special meeting called to discuss the future of the Festival after the announcement the Re-enactment Association was unable to perform the role. Held at the Cook Shire Chambers last Thursday, October 6 attendees at the meeting included Mayor Peter Scott, Re-enactment Association President Loretta Sullivan, Shire executives, business proprietors and local residents



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who formed a quorum of 15. Although 90 minutes of positive discussion revolved around the need for a Festival, what it brought to businesses and community organisations and suggestions for its rebirth, it seemed as though no one was prepared to take on the time consuming role and the event faced a dim future. But it was then that Mrs Sieverding proclaimed her enthusiasm for the task. “It was the first event my kids and I came to when we first arrived in Cooktown about six years ago,” she said. “Not only does it mean a great deal to me and my family, but I believe it’s very important to this community and I just couldn’t sit and see it die.” Continued on page 3.

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OCTOBER Thu 13. Swim for Your Life Aqua aerobics, over 55s, Cooktown pool from 9am. Thu 13. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Fri 14 - 18. Breast screening at Hopevale Primary Health Care Centre. Call 132 050 to make an appointment. Sat 15. Cooktown Junior Rugby League Fashion Parade at Old Cooktown Shire Hall from 1.30pm. Bigger and better this time. Phone Sylvia on 4069 5865 or 0429 062 262 or Nardia on 4069 6683 or 0447 240 677. Tue 18. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club club night from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Thu 20 - Thu 3 NOV. Breast screening at the Endeavour landing site park in Cooktown. Call 132 050 to make an appointment. Thu 20. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Sun 23. CANCELLED - The scheduled Cape York SSAA Rimfire Rifle Shoot has been cancelled. Tue 25. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Wed 26. Cooktown SSAA meeting from 5.30pm. Wed 26. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Thu 27. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Thu 27. Croc Challenge Bike Ride finishes at Hope Vale and then rides into Cooktown. Fri 28. Art auction at Nature’s PowerHouse. The Hope Vale Arts Centre concludes exhibition with light refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to buy last week’s items at reduced prices.

NOVEMBER Fri 4. Calcutta at Cooktown RSL Club. Fri 4 - 6. Cook Symposium at Event’s Centre. To register email: or for more information call Mrs Sullivan on 0427 194 820. Sat 5. Annual race meeting. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA annual presentation and Christmas barbecue will also include the John King Memorial Practical Shoot.

CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun 4069 5155 Assembly of God: Gungarde, 9.30am Sun; Home group 7.30pm Tue, young adults 7pm Thu 4069 5070 Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary’s, Cooktown 4069 5730 Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am 4069 6778, 0428 696 493 Rossville Christian Fellowship: Elsie Hatfield’s, 8am Sun 4060 3968 Lutheran: Hope Vale 9am; Cooktown CWA Hall 11am; Sunday 4060 9197

Editor: (07) 4069 5773 Editor’s mobile: 0411 722 807 All advertising / accounts enquiries, please call: 1300 4895 00 or (07) 4099 4633 Fax: 1300 7872 48 Phones attended 8.30am to 5pm - Monday to Friday

Office hours: 8.30am - Midday OPEN ALL DAY WEDNESDAY PLEASE NOTE: The office is frequently unattended Please call to make an appointment to see the editor Where we go: Approx 1400 copies distributed every Friday throughout Cooktown, Hope Vale, Rossville, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield, Ayton, Marton, Port Douglas, Mossman, Cairns, Lakeland Downs/Laura, Mt Carbine/Mt Molloy, Mareeba and Coen, and subscribers across Australia and overseas.

 letters to the editor Focus on pig eradication, not World Heritage listing ISN’T it amazing how the propaganda machine can get to our children? You only have to look at the World Heritage website at a poster submitted by a 13-year-old girl named Mia to see how successful that organisation’s has been. Yet the children are the ones we are working for to ensure they have a sustainable future and have meaningful employment opportunities. Wholesale mining is to be discouraged and there is already a mountain of legislation in place to ensure any mining areas are regenerated after the project is completed. The pristine areas of Cape York can be protected without World Heritage as they have been for thousands of years. A myriad of convoluted legislation is already in place to ensure the protection of Cape York.

Just ask anyone who lives up here who simply wants to erect a fence to keep their cattle in or the feral pigs out. There are millions of feral pigs on Cape York and the current pig eradication program only touches the edges of this problem because these animals multiply faster that they can be dealt with. Without the people on the ground they will devastate even the most pristine areas if left unchecked. Efforts would be better spent in improving the current pig eradication program than saving the environment which is already being protected by the people who live here. There is a World Heritage area in Vietnam which was listed with disastrous results. People flocked to see it and it was destroyed. As a knee jerk reaction to this, would

numbers of visitors to Cape York be limited under World Heritage to ensure its preservation? Would this mean Cape York would be de-populated? If this was to be the case, would they be replaced by “Rangers” who would need to be paid to do a job which is already being done for free? If it is worth protecting, then the people who have been living here for thousands of years have done a great job of looking after it without World Heritage. I believe there are a lot of misguided people who are envious because we live in such a beautiful part of our country whose efforts would be better spent in working to help us instead of hindering us. Loretta Sullivan Cooktown

LNP Candidate backs Newman on Cape conservation I FULLY support the leader of the Liberal National Party Campbell Newman’s all inclusive approach to the protection of our unique environment in Cape York. I rejected Anna Bligh’s response to Campbell Newman’s announcement as “environmental vandalism”, as “predictable” after years of Labor’s failure to engage the people of Cape York (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and Labor’s implementation of

policy based upon restriction, prohibition and green preferences. I am looking forward to a new era in which the protection of the diverse natural systems of the region is balanced against economic growth and community opportunity. The crux of Campbell Newman’s position on the environment is that there are far greater opportunities available for the long term sustainability of Cape York

Family recognises grant that helps restore historic building WE wish to acknowledge the Queensland Government’s “Living Buildings and Places” heritage grant (Round 1) and thank them for the $45,000 Grant to replace the Box Gutters, repair the Sun Deck, Hatch and Ridge capping on the southern and eastern sides of the Ferrari Estate building in Charlotte Street, Cooktown. Before the work was carried out, a Structural Engineer and World Renowned Heritage Conservationist prepared reports on the building that were submitted to DERM before the work was commenced. These repairs helped with the preservation of the building for future generations and we were grateful to receive the grant after keeping the building in pristine condition for over 50 years it was a welcomed surprise. Petrina Ferrari Director Ferrari Estate

than being offered by Labor’s 20-year-old divisive approach. We can look far beyond World Heritage Listing, National Parks and restrictive legislation for appropriate long term outcomes. I share a vision with the non-Indigenous and Indigenous people of Cape York for a future based upon their involvement, ownership and responsibility for environmental protection, economic advancement and community

Failin’ at Flaggy! I’m headed for Rehab in Cooktown, I’m gonna live on the grey soil plain, I’m gonna bring my family with me, It don’t matter if they complain. I’m gonna pray that rain don’t fall, In the distance there’s a scud, ‘Cause when the wet’s afallin’, There’s nothin’ here but mud. And I can’t get to the turn off ‘Cause I’ve got five creeks to pass, Then Poison Creek would stop me Where two weeks I’ve heard it lasts. So us Rehab mob we’re stuck out here Through septic blockage and power blackout, That’s why Cook Council were so against it And why so many others had to shout. Now I’m supposed to rehabilitate myself Stuck out on the grey soil plain, No fish to catch, no tucker can grow, Is this a place for the insane? Instead of rich deep red dirt

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growth. Environmental policy should not foreclose upon economic opportunity unless there is a very compelling case, and only then after consultation with the community. This has been the single biggest failure of Labor’s policy. Similarly economic development needs to be balanced against the protection of natural systems including rivers. David Kempton LNP Candidate for Cook

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Where bush tucker can be found, They’ve put us on the soaked grey soil With no emergency services around. All the kids are getting restless ‘Cause the bus can’t come for school, Who ever thought of building here Truly must have been a fool. For we can’t get the help we really need They’re stuck the town side of Poison Creek, And who knows when the rain will stop The radio says in another week. And the cupboards are gettin’ empty They’ll have to do a chopper drop, Did they take into account the wet season When they built this Rehab flop. With roads that are impassable And creeks overflowin’ with the rain, What a waste of tax payers’ money Survivin’out on the grey soil plain. By Nikki Darvell Endeavour Valley

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LEGAL AID Visiting monthly. Next visit Tuesday, November 1 Contact us for more information Cooktown Botanic Gardens Curator Sandy Lloyd shows Cooktown Local News Editor Gary Hutchison a couple of Cooktown Orchids bought from earlier donations made by the Member for Cook, Jason O’Brien and the CLN. The orchids have inexplicably been flowering out-of-season during the tourist season. Photo: BEV GRANT.

COOKTOWN Botanic Gardens Curator Sandy Lloyd is one smart lady, but she has been left somewhat baffled by the unseasonal, unexpected flowering of some Cooktown Orchids in the Orchid House. The plants had been purchased earlier this year from $500 donations made by Mem-

ber for Cook Jason O’Brien and the Cooktown Local News after thieves had decimated stocks in the Gardens. “It’s very rare to see them flowering at this time of year,� Cooktown Botanic Gardens Curator Sandy Lloyd said. “Normally, the Cooktown Orchids in the Gardens have

finished flowering by May, but these bought from those kind donations are still flowering and we’re in the middle of October.� Ms Lloyd said that while the occurrence is very unusual, she was not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. “One of the reasons tourists

come to the gardens is in the hope of seeing the Cooktown Orchid, but they tend to be disappointed after May,� she said. “But this year, we’ve had plants flowering in all their stupendous beauty, and that’s been an added bonus to the donations.�

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Bronwyn brings new life to Discovery Festival Continued from page 1 Discussion at the meeting also revolved around the enormity of the task, with the consensus of opinion it is virtually a full-time role which required some form of financial reimbursement by way of grants and outside funding, which will be applied for now that Mrs Sieverding has volunteered for the task. Mrs Sieverding said she considered the joint Discovery Festival and Re-enactment June long weekend as important family events. “I’ve already told my kids Darcie, Ethan and Jasmine and my granddaughter Alethea they’re

going to be a part of my work,� she said. “But I want to try and get the Festival back to something the locals will want to stay around for and support.� In that vein, she said she was looking for input from all facets of the community. “With the huge crowds the Re-enactment draws, they are something we can tap in on,� she said. “Clubs, organisations and businesses need to recognise the potential that this weekend is their one big opportunity to raise some funds. “It could be their biggest

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money-spinner for the year.� Re-enactment Association President Loretta Sullivan said she thought Mrs Sieverding was the right person for the job. “Bronwyn has always dressed up in a different period costume every year she’s been here, she has always gotten into the spirit of the weekend,� she said. “We’ll be providing as much advice and support as Bronwyn needs, but I’m also glad she intends putting her own stamp on to the event. “A fresh approach and some fresh ideas should help get the Festival back to what it used to be.�


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At the meeting, those in attendance agreed that with regards to the state government’s proposal to rearrange the Queensland public holiday calendar, representations should be made to move the Labor Day holiday to June and that historically, the June long weekend was too important to Cooktown. Anyone with ideas about next year’s Discovery Festival or who is willing to support Mrs Sieverding are asked to either call her on 4060 3021 or email her at info@ au. Information about the Festival can be obtained from

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Trezise to stand for Council

Laura district property owner and tourism pioneer Matt Trezise has announced his intention to contest the Cook Shire Council election in March. Photo submitted.

LAURA district property owner and tourism pioneer Matt Trezise has announced his intention to contest the Cook Shire Council election in March. A Laura leaseholder since 1975, Mr Trezise is a partner in the family properties Jowalbinna and Deighton River, and was the licensee of Laura’s Quinkan Hotel. He currently divides his working time between Jowalbinna and administration duties at local schools. “Peninsula people face enormous challenges,� Mr Trezise said. “Governments have to understand that we know the Peninsula best, that if we are going to have conservation of important natural and cultural assets, they will need the knowledge and experience of Peninsula landholders, and I mean Aboriginal landowners and other land managers. “The Council will have to forcefully represent the interests of Cape York residents, if we are going to be able to develop innovative sustainable enterprises, and a future that looks good to our kids.�

Mr Trezise said he wanted to see Laura and the other Peninsula towns continue to improve as attractive places to live, where small business can thrive and residents can find employment. “Ecotourism and cultural tourism have enormous potential, and Council leadership is essential in developing a coherent strategy for the growth of tourism, providing basic services and ensuring that necessary infrastructure is progressively provided,� he said. “I want to see my Aboriginal neighbours given the opportunity to build housing and develop farming, grazing and tourism businesses on the large properties they’ve reacquired under Native Title.� Mr Trezise said he had strong opinions on the issue of proposed World Heritage listings in the Peninsular. “The advocates of World Heritage listing need to understand that the landscapes and ecosystems of Cape York have been shaped by the active management of Aboriginal

people for upwards of 40,000 years, and it can’t be managed into the future by discouraging the development of enterprises that make it possible for families to make a living from their country,� he said. Mismanaged hazard reduction burns is another issue he said needed immediate attention. “Council can also facilitate community efforts to better manage burning practices,� he said. “Landholders know about hazard reduction burning early in the dry, but year after year we are being burnt out in October and November by fires that should never have started. “Just have a look at the NAFI website, www.firenorth. - too much Peninsula country has been burned again this year and landholders have had a gutful.� Anyone wanting to contact Mr Trezise to discuss Council and Cape York Peninsula issues can either call him on 0427 340 817, or email:

Voices in Harmony for Health Fair NEXT Monday, October 18 Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council will host the Voices in Harmony - Community Health Fair from noon through to 5pm. The event is a joint venture involving Council, the Department of Health and Ageing, Which Way Program and Apunipima Cape York Health Council and is a local Indigenous community campaign funded through the Department of Health and Ageing and key partnerships which include, Hope Vale, HAT, IKC, Local Project Officer, Job-find, PCYC, Alcohol, Harms Reduction Coordinators, Sporting Group, School, Queensland Health, ACYHC, DOHA,COAGCEO and the state police. Health Promotion Officer Priscilla Gibson said the aim of the fair is to enable the Indigenous people to have a better understanding of the risk factors involved in chronic disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and heart disease and recognise how quality health services can help prevent or better manage their health.�We’ll be promoting the benefits which can be achieved if our people undertake voluntary changes in their life style behaviour to stomp out chronic illness,� Ms Gibson said. “Through these partnerships, we expect the health messages and promotions will be reinforced, extended and localised - leading over time to gradual improvements in peoples’ health behaviours and the greater take-up of health services, particularly with those who tend not to go to a doctor or health service.�

Ms Gibson said the aim is to make it a Community Fun Day. “There will be five main stalls providing information on the Five Healthy Heart challenges, under the direction of appropriate qualified specialists and an opportunity to showcase local programs,� she said. “Stall holders will be asked to think of interactive ideas to get the community members to engage in fully understanding the health aspect in an effort to deter lifestyle behaviours that are risk factors.� She said by participating in interactive activities, community members will be more aware of chronic disease risk factors and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. “They will get to know about health service providers in their communities and the role they can play in preventing and managing chronic disease,� she said. “The Community Health Fair is aimed at providing information to community members that the programs have been introduced to assist individuals who may wish to use them to strengthen their lifestyle skills and make positive changes to help themselves.� She said all activities and stalls will be guided by the 5 Healthy Heart challenges and include: Be Active Every day, Improve Everyday Nutrition, Increase Knowledge of Heart Health, Quit Smoking, Lower High Blood Pressure and Lower High Cholesterol Levels.

A Madass Tip Tripper leaving Cooktown on Sunday, September 25. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

CSC Tip Trippers took leave COMPLAINTS received at the office of the Cooktown Local News that Cook Shire Council staff involved in the recent Madass Tip Trippers charity ride did so on Council time are unfounded and untrue. A number of locals and their support staff rode from Cooktown to the tip of Cape York to raise funds for Angel

Flight on a journey which for most, took eight days. A Cook Shire Council spokesman confirmed that all Council staff involved took leave and participated in their own time. “Furthermore, they paid for their little motor bikes themselves also,� the spokesperson said.

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Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change Stephen Williams, South Cape York Catchments Co-ordinator Jason Carroll and Bana Yarralji Ranger Peter Wallace discuss the effects of climate change at Shiptons Flat.

Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change Stephen Williams, South Cape York Catchments Coordinator Jason Carroll with Horace and Alwyn Gangaharran discussing their work on country at Shiptons Flat.

Climate change effects locally explained Story and photos by SAMANTHA HOBBS THIS month Professor Stephen Williams, Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change and the National Adaptation Research Network travelled to Cooktown and addressed the South Cape York Catchments group and Bana Yarralji. Professor Williams has been conducting ecological research within the Wet Tropics for the past 20 years. His focus is now on modeling the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, predicting how accelerated increased temperatures and associated effects including increased wildfires, heat waves and decreased rainfall might impact upon biodiversity of northern Australian tropical rainforests. Stephen provided community members with information on the effects of climate change on the flora and fauna of Cape York. He explained that the first major impact

of climate change will be on our natural environment, specifically the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef. He said if we continue our current rate of warming, extinction rates are estimated at one third of all species within the Wet Tropics bioregion over the next 80 years. Most vulnerable are the species dependent upon the mountainous regions, where an increase in temperature of just two degrees could see them homeless. He also explained that “adaptive management” involves land managers being aware that due to climate change both native and non-native flora and fauna ranges will change and that targeted habitat restoration, weed, feral animal and fire management now take on an even greater importance. The next day he was kept busy on country with the Bana Yarralji Rangers near Shiptons Flat. Rangers discussed their concerns and considered research opportunities relating to

the effects of climate change on traditional use of biodiversity. He then inspected the Caring for our Country funded Wet Tropics to Annan river national park wildlife corridor site. Stephen explained that restoring key riparian corridors are an important tool for building a species’ resilience to climate change. Healthy riparian corridors facilitate plant and animal movement and genetic diversity between habitats and provide refuge in times of increased wild fires, heat waves and drought. Stephen considers it important to apply current research (based on climate change scenarios) to country plans and to apply adaptive management strategies. It is hoped that Stephen and his associates can continue to work with SCYC and the Bana Yarralji Rangers to build resilience of ecosystems and culture in the face of climate change.

Messages being heard on Cape York Natural Resource Management road trip By GIEMBRA BUSMER CAPE York Natural Resource Management (Cape York NRM) members are currently undertaking a 10-day road trip to visit communities in Cape York. Established 12 months ago the community owned, not-for-profit company aims to help people work together to care for the natural environment and promote the sustainable use of Cape York’s natural resources. Cape York NRM chief executive officer Bob Frazer said the road trip had been invaluable as the best way to assess issues on the Cape was to talk to locals. “We came on the road trip to meet with our members and to find out what their issues are as we move out of the government’s transition year and start planning for future investment driven by community,” Mr Frazer said. “We had an outstanding response from members and nonmembers, including graziers, traditional owners, small business owners including tourism operators, council members, miners and others.” The 10-day road trip included visits to Lakeland, Coen, Port Stewart, Lockhart River, Weipa, Umagico, Bamaga, Injinoo

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and Cooktown. Mr Frazer said the group was hearing consistent messages all the way up the Cape. “The issues caused by pests and weeds and the challenges associated with land tenure and land acquisitions by government that are having on the viability of business in Cape York are two we heard clearly,” he said. The Cape York NRM region extends north from the Mitchell River catchment to the tip of Cape York Peninsula, and takes in the islands and coastal marine areas within the state maritime limit boundaries. The company is attempting to achieve a balance between the care and use of natural resources and support for strong cultural, community and economic development on Cape York. “To help achieve this balance we are promoting the sustainable use of Cape York’s natural resources and doing all we can to help the people, communities and organisations of Cape York to work together to care for the natural environment - now and for the future,” he said. To find out more about Cape York NRM visit the website www.


Sarah Giblin & Warren McKenzie Wedding COOKTOWN girl Sarah Giblin married Warren McKenzie, who is local to both Cooktown and Lakeland, atop Grassy Hill in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, October 1. The happy couple are seen here with their bridal party of Lisa Garrett, Teila and Darren Winton and Stanley McKenzie. Their reception was held at the Sovereign Resort Hotel. Photo courtesy of Tess Photography,

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Rene Dick & Adam Hornsey Wedding ADAM Hornsey and Rene Dick were married at Gap Creek Retreat on October 3, 2011 surrounded by family and friends. Photo submitted.

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skills of a number of Hope Vale men and women while improving the services available to the community - particularly with regards to fresh fruit and vegetables. With the recent addition of eight weeks of formal training in Asset Maintenance, the CDEP participants are gaining practical training in properly maintaining, cleaning and managing their workplace and its equipment, as well as planning and management of safety when maintaining equipment used in

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Gavin Bassani, Chairman of the Lama Lama Land Trust addressing the audience at the opening of the new Lama Lama Ranger station. Photos submitted.

in progress for the Lama Lama people to manage country through its improved and expanded ranger service. The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), traditional owners from the Lama Lama community, the Lama Lama Land Trust and Indigenous community volunteers worked together to successfully partner with Engineers Without Borders, Indigenous Community Volunteers, ARUP and the John Holland group to help turn the community plans into a reality. A host of volunteers rose to the occasion, travelling to the Lama Lama community offering technical experts, builders, planners and volunteers from Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane to assist local people to upgrade and build the infrastructure on the ranger base. Funding was provided by the Queensland government Department of Environment and Resource Management, Department of Training and the Arts, the Australian government and the John Holland Group.

A community planning process began in 2009 when Lama Lama community traditional owners approached CAT and began a series of workshops resulting in a community plan that documented the aspirations, assets, strategies and implementation plans the people wanted in order to develop their own country. “CAT has been committed from planning to the build stage and our ability to involve partners to collaborate together places us at the forefront of corporate social responsibility best practice in a remote Indigenous community context,” said Cheryl Prestipino, Regional Manager, CAT North Queensland. Ms Prestipino said the process had resulted in a ranger base facility, improved energy services and water supply for the ranger base and community buildings. “We see the future for the Lama Lama People will be one of progress, continued planning, employment and development,” she said.


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Gardens and track delight visitors VISITORS love staying cool at the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Cooktown. Mal and Lyn Knight from near Bunbury and Marcus Reuchler from Switzerland were excited about seeing all the cauliflorous figs along the Track, mangos on the streets and then the jackfruit in the fruit section of the Gardens. The Garden’s various regional fan palms - Cooktown, Cairns and Giant fan palms - and the exotic vanilla orchid plants are quite unique, all seen together in their combination of rainforest and tropical savannah plants. Travellers always mention how interesting Nature’s PowerHouse Museum - small but powerful -- and the Vera-Scarth Johnston replications of Sydney Parkinson’s original drawings around the Endeavour River in 1770. Not to mention the touchy-feely experience of a 6.5m resident python in the Gardens. For Marcus, visits to the Daintree Coast and Cooktown were musts on his first trip to Australia with Hilti, the Swiss/Liechenstein company which manufactures tools for the construction industry. His very nice bosses allowed him time to take a little holiday and Cooktown was high on his list. “It has been unforgettable, I’ve got some nice mountain views at home but not the rainforest or the landscapes of Grassy Hill, Archer Point or from Donavan’s range near Cape Trib,” said Marcus. The original Endeavour’s anchor at the James Cook Museum was

also a must-see for Marcus. Must be something about heavy metal and machinery? Marcus also went croc-hunting at Thornton Beach where a huge croc has been sighted swimming between the Cooper and Noah’s Creeks. Mal and Lyn Knight just couldn’t get to see a cassowary in the wild. “There’s more chance of seeing a bunyip than a cassowary,” was Mal’s sad comment. Next time Mal. Actually, there have been lots of cassowaries sighted in the last fortnight or so. Expect more once the tourist flow slows down a little. Not surprisingly, the falls at Wujal Wujal continue to flow beautifully with great colours and reflections. Despite the lack of rain downstream, the cloud stripping and drizzle in the mountains continue to keep enough water flowing over the falls to make other tourist destinations green with envy. It would, however, be good to get some rain. The Track is dusty and choked-up vegetation is not healthy. The hot weather has melted bitumen near the pass at Cedar Bay, and created the beginnings of ruts, so let’s hope that it doesn’t get too much worse. The Bloomfield Crossing? Daytime tides are quite benign during the next week, and will hardly lap over the concrete. However, check carefully if there are any rains from storm activity. Happy travelling. Mike D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph:+61 7 4098 9180.

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Top Pub owner Brenda Krop grabs a break with Jenny Von Deest.

Pete Russell and Kelly Barnett in the back bar of the Toppie.

Greta Watson’s partner does the ‘piggin’, while she breeds the dogs and she was at the Hog Hunt weigh-in hoping to sell some of her pups to other enthusiasts on Sunday.

It was not only the boys who enjoyed the Hog Hunt weigh-in, with a number of ladies turning up to see the weekend’s efforts. Seen here are Holly Rogers, Janelle Bassani and Verina Exelby.

Christine Brady and Peter Shields found a cold drink on a hot day at the Top Pub.

Watching from the wings of the Hog Hunt weigh-in at the Top Pub on Sunday were Whyalla, South Australia couple Julie Camillo and Eddie Ferguson.

Kath Russell and Mark Rootsey got a bonus from the Sunday ‘sesh’ at the Toppie with the Hog Hunt finish.

From sheep country in Camden, New South Wales to croc and feral pig territory in Cooktown, a cold beer at the local is still the way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and seen at the Toppie are Graham and Sharon Spence.

Three generations of the Paradise family, Clint, Linda and Wyatt.

Townsville medical students working at Cooktown Hospital, Gabriella Sue Yek and Katie Franks saw a taste of Cooktown’s frontier side at the Hog Hunt weigh-in.

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Annie Berg-Davis, Josephine Temple and Angie Lemon found some shade at the Top Pub to watch the Hog Hunt weigh-in.

Col Schmitzer and Sian Ernst in the shade at the Top Pub.



Hunt puts small dent in feral pest problem COOKTOWN’S fifth annual Hog Hunt held last weekend, saw another small dent hammered into the local feral pig population. Teams registered at the Top Pub on Friday and headed out into the scrub with their guns, dogs and bows to catch as many of the pests as they could before they returned back by 1pm on Sunday for the weigh-in. Kel Simmons, one of the organisers said 128 competitors comprised the 34 teams that registered. “They came from as far away as Townsville, Tully, Weipa, Innisfail and the Tablelands and further afield to join the locals,” Ms Simmons said. “There were men, women and juniors who took up the hunt.” With the quality of prizes donated to the event, accurate records are kept of the pigs caught. “There were 156 pigs weighing in at over 5166kg caught during the competition,” she said. While this amounts to just over

five tonnes, Ms Simmons admitted the exercise only scratched the surface of the enormous feral pig problem on the Cape. “It does a little bit to help with the problem, but we’re realistic as to the impact on the pig population,” she said. “Still, every little bit helps.” Quite a large crowd of locals and tourists gathered for the “Sunday Sesh” at the Top Pub and braved the stench emanating from the weigh-in area to watch the wild pigs weighed. While for pig hunting enthusiasts it was an opportunity to trade some hunting stories over a cold drink or few, the weigh-in provided some “curious” entertainment for holidaymakers from the ‘big smoke’. “We’ve been in Cooktown for a few days now and this being our last day here, we came down for a last drink,” said Bert Webster of the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. “We certainly don’t see this sort of thing down home, but it provides

an insight into life here.” One of the plethora of prizes on offer was the “Biggest Boar” which was a 105kg pig landed by Innisfail’s A-Team of Nathan Wone, Joel Hassem and Ryan Symonds. Another, the “Biggest Sow” was less than half the size of its male counterpart at 44.8kg, but it was big enough to earn Team 243 the prize offered in that category, while they also won the “Most Number of Pigs” prize with 61. Ms Simmons said the support from businesses both locally and outside was tremendous. “We owe all of our sponsors a big vote of thanks again for their support this year,” she said. “And an extra big thanks to the volunteers who helped with the organisation of the hunt. “And of course, we wouldn’t have a hunt without the hunters, so there’s a big thanks there for them too.”

Vaucluse (Sydney) couple Bert Webster and Cara Higgins finished off a few days in Cooktown with the Sunday session at the Top Pub and the local flavour of the Hog Hunt weigh-in.

Steve and Ian Wendt were another pair to go to the Top Pub for the Hog Hunt weigh-in.

Mareeba hunter Lachlan Dunkerton with some of the more than 60 feral pig haul they bagged during the weekend’s Cooktown Hog Hunt.

Mum and dad, Karen and Bevin Paradise with son Noah at the Top Pub.

After 16 days of straight work, all Andrew Woibo (right) wanted was a cold beer, and here he is joined by Dave Young for a thirst quencher and the entertainment of the Hog Hunt weigh-in.

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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 Two And A Half Men: “Lookin’ For Japanese Subs” (PG s,l) 7:30 Charlie’s Angels 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 9:00 The Joy Of Sets - Send It Down To Forensic - It wouldn’t be a series about TV without looking into Australia’s favourite genre – Justice. Tony and Ed also examine legal dramas and David E. Kelley lawyers who never stop talking even though they know nothing about the law. 9:30 Survivor: South Pacific 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 Better With You 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: “James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas” (M a,s) 2:00 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: Charlie investigates an armed robbery and points the finger at Brax and the River Boys. 7:30 The X Factor 8:30 Packed To The Rafters: “Trust Issues” (PG) Ben opens up to Emma about Melissa’s death, and the cathartic experience enables him to finally get some closure. 9:30 Dinner Date: “Step Right Up” 10:30 Hung: “Even Steven” (MA l) 11:10 Parks And Recreation 11:40 Perfect Couples 12:05 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: “The Beating Of The Butterfly’s Wings” (M l,a,n) (2000) 2:45 Standing Start 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Ireland 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Insight 8:30 All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace: Love & Power 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Hot Docs: Secrets Of The Tribe - The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this acute investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians. In the 1960s and ‘70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this ‘stone age’ society untouched by modern life. 11:50 Movie: “Kicks” (M d,l,v) - From The Netherlands, in Dutch, Arabic and French, English Subtitles. The murder of a young Moroccan rapper by a Dutch policeman is the central incident that affects the lives of each of the characters in this sociopolitical comment on racial prejudice in Amsterdam. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Talking Heads 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 Family Fortunes 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue 6:50 Minuscule: Cowardly Coward 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Poh’s Kicthen On The Road 8:30 Spicks and Specks 9:00 The Gruen Planet 9:35 The Hamster Wheel 10:05 At The Movies 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Lateline Business 11:40 TBA 12:40 Midnight Man - Disgraced journalist Max Raban is reduced to raking through bins for celebrity stories until he becomes embroiled in a political cover up where everyone thinks he is just a mad, phobic conspiracy theorist. 2:00 Country House Rescue: Ruth Watson meets Cornelia Bayley, owner of Plas Teg, a Grade One listed Jacobean mansion. Cornelia moved from London to restore it, but the work and lack of cash are taking their toll on both Cornelia and the house. 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 Two And A Half Men: “I Called Him Magoo” (PG s,l) 7:30 Send In The Dogs Australia 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9:30 Prime Suspect 10:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 11:30 Better With You: Better With A Leather Jacket - The job interview-bound Casey, unaware that bad luck always follows the wearer of a particular leather jacket, borrows it without telling anyone. 12:00 Eclipse Music TV 12:30 Take 40 Live Lounge 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Carry Me Home” (M v) 2:00 Chlidren’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: Sid discovers April stole his prescription pad, and Sasha feels like a stranger. 7:30 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 8:30 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 9:30 Law And Order: LA 10:30 Great Escapes 11:30 Gangs Of Oz: “The Bikies - Inside The Band Of Brothers” (M v,l,d,s) Gangs of Oz takes a rare look into the brutal, perilous and powerful world of the bikie gangs - the pinnacle of organised crime in Australia with strong local, interstate and global networks. 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

4:30 UEFA Champions League 7:00 World News 8:00 Weatherwatch & Music 8:05 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Ireland 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Amazon With Bruce Parry 8:30 One Born Every Minute: In this episode, two couples deal with long and difficult labours in very different ways. One dad shows how humour can lift the sprits, while another prefers to deliver rousing pep talks. Julia and Dean are expecting their first child. After meeting online, Julia unexpectedly fell pregnant six months later. Donna and Wayne are expecting baby number two. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “Zozo” (M v,a,l) - From Sweden, In Arabic and Swedish, English Subtitles. Set in the late 1980s, when the war in Lebanon was in full swing. Young Zozo’s grandparents have migrated to Sweden, where the rest of the family plans to move. On the day their documents are delivered, Zozo is sent on an errand. But, while he is out, his apartment sustains a direct hit. 11:45 112 Emergency / 1:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 4:55 National Press Club Address 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Hope Springs 1:30 Mother And Son 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Mastercrafts: Blacksmithing 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Highs And Lows 8:30 The Slap: Harry 9:30 Crownies 10:25 Lateline 11:00 Lateline Business 11:30 Hockey: International Super Series: Day 1 12:30 Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America 1:25 Artscape: Penny Byrne is the ultimate double agent - a selfconfessed bad girl of ceramic art. She’s a prim and properly trained art conservationist one day, and a subversive political artist the next. 2:00 QI: Highs And Lows - Stephen Fry and panellists scale the heights and plumb the depths for the theme ‘Highs and Lows’. Joining Stephen Fry are panellists Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon, Fred McAulay and Alan Davies. 2:30 Movie: “Seven Days’ Leave” (G) - A serviceman will gain a big inheritance if he marries a socialite.

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 Two And A Half Men: “Gumby With A Pokey” (PG s,l,d) 7:30 RBT 8:30 Unforgettable 9:30 CSI: Miami: Die By The Sword 10:30 Chase: Posse 11:30 Better With You: Better With A Shamrock - Ben hopes to get his name inscribed on a shamrock at his favorite bar, but it looks like he will strike out in his efforts when he learns the establishment’s owner is New York Yankee Nick Swisher, with whom Ben has a bad history. 12:00 Rubicon 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Doomsday Man” (M v,a) 2:00 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: Indi gets an internship with Dennis, and Harvey offers to buy the Blaxland. 7:30 Four Weddings 8:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 Outsourced 11:30 30 Rock: “Sun Tea” (PG) - Liz discovers Frank’s office jars aren’t just used to make sun tea. 12:00 Trauma: “Going Home” - Thanksgiving travel gets dangerous when a packed commercial airliner must make an emergency landing that goes terribly wrong. 1:30 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

4:30 UEFA Champions League 7:00 World News 8:00 Weatherwatch & Music 8:05 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Honfleur To Mont St Michel 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Gourmet Farmer: Viva Italia 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 8:30 Supersizers Go... The Twenties 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Big Love: Certain Poor Shepherds 11:05 UEFA Champions League 12:05 Movie: “Tais-Toi!” (M l,a) - In French, English Subtitles. After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a hardened criminal encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt, they make a break together. Unable to shake the clumsy Quentin, Ruby is forced to take him along as he attempts to get to his money before his former partners in crime do. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage 11:00 6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Children’s Choccywoccydoodah: Failure Is Not An Option 11:25 Minuscule: The Programs 4:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Ladybug 11:30 The Good Cook 12:00 Elders With Andrew Denton: 5:00 National News Saturday Clive James 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Basketball: WNBL 3:00 5:30 Rugby World Cup 2011: Semi Final Football: W-League 5:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011 6:00 Planet 8:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Food: Scandinavia 6:30 Gardening Australia 9:00 Movie: “Spiderman 3” (M v) - Peter Parker has finally 7:00 ABC News managed to strike a balance between his devotion to MJ and 7:30 Doc Martin - Dr Martin Ellingham is struggling to come to his duties as a superhero. However, when his suit starts to terms with fatherhood. change, Peter changes with it, bringing out his dark, vengeful 8:20 Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Hercule Poirot beside. comes involved in solving the murder of successful industrial- 11:30 Movie: “House Of Sand And Fog” (MA v,a) When an Iranian ist, Roger Ackroyd. As Poirot investigates he discovers that immigrant buys a house at an auction, he unwittingly puts there might be a connection to the suicide of a local woman. himself and his family in the middle of a legal tussle with the 10:00 Penn And Teller: Fool Us: Penn and Teller throw down the house’s former owner. What begins as a legal struggle turns gauntlet to four more aspiring magicians - illusionist and into a personal confrontation with tragic results. circus duo, High Jinx; street magician, Jon Allen; illusionist, 2:00 Movie: “The Boogeyman” (M h) As a young boy, Tim became Daniel Massey; and mind reader and mentalist, Graham Jolley. haunted by images he thought were spun by his overactive 10:45 Trial And Retribution: Rules Of The Game: The world of mind. But when he returns to his hometown, he discovers that his dark and foreboding memories were all true, provoked by high-class prostitution involving girls from Eastern Europe a menacing spirit that still exists today. and the wealthy men who use them turns deadly. 3:45 Nine Presents / 4:00 Danoz Direct / 5:30 Wesley Impact 12:20 Rage


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: Dunkirk To Le Havre 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Dublin To Derry - Tonight, Neil Oliver and the team travel from Dublin to Derry. On the way, they visit the only beach race in Europe run under Jockey Club rules at Laytown Races and explore Bend House in Ballintoy, County Antrim. They also call in at Dundrum Bay and meet the Londonderry women who secretly witnessed the surrender of German U-Boats at the end of World War Two. 8:30 As It Happened: Bloody Omaha 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 The Sperminator 11:00 Movie: “Just Sex and Nothing Else” (M a,l,n,s) - In Hungarian, English Subtitles. A sexy film about a woman disillusioned by the state of affairs in the dating scene. Thirty-something Dora is desperate to have a baby and decides that all she really needs is sex; so she sets up an internet site looking for sperm donors. 12:40 Entourage / 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Dangerous Minds” (1994) 2:00 Style By Jury 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: Roo commits to be exclusive with Harvey and April starts self-medicating to help her study. 7:30 Better Homes & Gardens 9:00 Movie: “TBA” 11:20 That 70’s Show: “Love Of My Life / That 70’s Finale” (PG) 12:15 October Road: “Forever, Until Now / Best Friend Windows” (PG) - Nick and the gang sit at the hospital with Hannah as they all anxiously await the outcome of Sam’s surgery. Then, Aubrey suspects Nick still has feelings for Hannah, but then he meets an unexpected out of town visitor at Hannah and Sam’s. 2:20 Room For Improvement 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 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 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affiar 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “Keith Moon Is Vomiting On His Grave” (PG s,l) 7:30 Two And A Half Men: “The Mooch At The Boo” (PG l,s) 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “He Smelled the Ham, He Got Excited” (PG l,s) 8:30 Movie: “Transformers” (M v) 11:30 Movie: “The Enforcer” (M v,l,n,s) 1:00 Movie: “A Love Song For Bobby Long” (M s,l) - After her mother’s death, Purslane Will returns to New Orleans to reclaim her childhood home. However, she’s shocked to discover that two of her mother’s friends have been squatting there for years. 3:20 Nine Presents 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Goodmorning 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 Midsomer Murders: The Green Man 2:10 Finding The Fallen: The Rings 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Failure Is Not An Option 6:25 The Good Cook 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 (State/Territory) 8:00 My Family: Desperately Stalking Susan - Ben forgets about Valentine’s Day, but discovers that Susan has a more attentive admirer. 8:30 Scott and Bailey: Rachel and Janet deal with a missing person case, but is he actually dead? His ex-porn star wife claims he has run off with his mistress but there are no signs of him still being alive. 9:20 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:05 Bored To Death: The Case Of The Missing Screenplay 10:35 Lateline 11:20 Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union - Written by and starring Emmy Award-winner Tracey Ullman, State of the Union is a collection of irreverent and hilarious skits that range from sardonic parody and social satire to Bollywood musicals. 11:45 Rage

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Your Lucky ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Don’t let a friend make decisions on your behalf. Listen to what this person has to say, but don’t allow yourself to be pushed into something which you don’t feel completely happy about. Romance. Your partner will be on your mind a lot at the moment. Something which they said recently will show you how strong your relationship is.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Don’t take sides in a family squabble. You may be asked to mediate, but to do that you will need to gain the confidence of both sides. Romance. Your partner may be quite difficult to handle at the moment. A powerful aspect to Mars could make you a little tense yourself, as well.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


name (5) 2.....Saying --- -- an oven (3, 2) 3.....Disaster (11) 3.....Grub (11) 6.....Japanese Warrior (7) 4 Hitch hike = to ----- a ride 8.....Burp (5) (5) 9.....Pry, sneek about (5) 5.....Effort (5, 6) 10...Alphabet (3) 6 (And 11 Down) Saying: 12...Type of bear (6) Faster than a ------- --13...Getting older (5) (7, 3) 14...Explosive (3) 7.....SBS show (7) 16...Group of boats (5) 10...Drawing etc (3) 18...Filmy, transparent (5) 11 ...See 6 Down 19...Kind of beer (7) 15...Sick feeling (6) 20...North American snake (11) 17...Sincerity (5) DOWN 18 Former swimming star ----Gould (5) 1 Ex-Royal Fergie’s first


A disagreement with colleagues at work will have to be resolved before it gets out of hand. Don’t ignore comments which hide more serious concerns. Romance. Time spent discussing your relationship with a close friend will help to give you some important insights into your partner’s recent behaviour.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A compliment may throw you off track for a while. Don’t take it too seriously: your instincts are good, so you should know when someone is trying to manipulate you. Romance. A person whom you meet at work will want to see much more of you. Take the time to get to know this new admirer properly before you make a move.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A recent trip may have had a bigger impact on you than you realise. Make sure that you implement all of the changes which you have been planning. Romance. So long as you are not too impatient, a new friendship will gradually develop into a more intense relationship. This person is very nervous, however, and will want to test the waters.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A rather unsubtle gesture by a friend may be a little embarrassing at first. Once you get to know this person better you will understand their motives. Romance. Take some recent criticism to heart: you need to make a few changes, and shouldn’t be afraid to start now.


LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


A negotiation which has been dragging on for several weeks may finally be sorted out. You may have to compromise much more than you would like in order to get everyone to come to an agreement. Romance. Don’t put all your hopes into a meeting which may not be as exciting as you expect.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A person whom you met recently will seem to know you surprisingly well. You have spoken to this person before, but can’t remember the conversation. Romance. Calm down before you get into an argument. A difficult aspect to Mars may make you a little tense at times this week.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) For all your printing needs –


Be careful that your curiosity doesn’t get the better of you. There are some things which you would be much better off not knowing about! Romance. Do your best to balance the needs of your partner with those of the other people around you. Your friends may want to spend more time with you than you can spare at the moment.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A disagreement will end much more peacefully than it began. The other person concerned has some views which are quite different from your own, but you have a surprising amount of common ground. Romance. You will be upset if you feel that someone is wasting your time. A promise which seems unlikely to be fulfilled probably won’t be.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

QUOTE OF THE DAY Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

– Denis Waitley


A person whom you haven’t spoken to for some time may want to get back into your circle. Spend time with this person: you may be surprised how much they have changed since you last knew them. Romance. An unsubtle approach may turn you off someone whom you have just met.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A difficult aspect to Mars could create tensions in an important friendship. Do your best to avoid touching on sensitive areas, as you may not be able to deal with them delicately enough. Your friend won’t thank you if you are too honest about one of their personal problems. Romance. Your partner will be surprised at how much emotional energy you have. A quiet get-together later in the week will be worth looking forward to.

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The Essence of Green Colours and emotions are very much entwined. Yellow is universally considered to be a happy hue, grey can signal despondency while the essence of green is renewed life and a sense of peace. Has a colour inspired you to put pen to paper? Email your efforts for our column to: thekellers@ or post them to PO Box 645, Cooktown, 4895.

Green By Dianne Keller Green is the colour of the spirit of life. Emerald, sage, moss and olive speak not of strife. Leaf sprouts are green, nascent sap bursting. Green flags say, “Start” if for vict’ry you’re thirsting. Green is for, “Go!” Green is for winning! This verdant hue means a new beginning.

By contrasting the colours of black, often symbolic of death, and green, indicative of rebirth, Ngawai Overend has hauntingly captured “the essence of green” in her poem.

Green Grass By Ngawai Overend I kneeled to stare at the grass, so green and lush, amid the burned out bush all around, Except for one tiny patch of green grass, renewed life to once dried out pasture, Where neither cattle nor wild beast got a decent feed, where birds of prey looked elsewhere for food. One tiny patch of hope reborn for the best season yet. So tired looked the trees, all blackened from the fires, I could not help myself As I kneeled to fondle that tiny patch of green grass.

Parole board to consider breach A 21-year-old Cooktown man will have a nervous wait until he learns whether or not his parole will be revoked at a meeting of the Probation and Parole Board in Mareeba. In March this year, he was convicted in the Cairns District Court of having gone armed in public so as to cause fear, along with a variety of other criminal offences and sentenced to 12 months jail, but was released on parole. He was recently arrested and charged with drug-related matters, which has activated the action to revoke his parole. Consideration was given at the time of his conviction to the fact he had served 127 days in custody before his trial, so if his parole is revoked, he faces a further eight months in jail. Police activity on Friday, September

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BULL for sale. F2 Bazaman 5 years old. Very quiet. Vet tested. Phone 4069 6145.

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MOTELS AAA CBD CBD CBD – Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments, 17 Lake Street, Cairns. Self catering, secure car parking, pool/gazebo, opp PO and Woolworths. Ph 07 4041 2350.

MOTELS CAIRNS Rainbow Inn. 3½ star, all facilities including cable TV. Close to the city, from $65 per night. Ph 4051 1022.

PUBLIC NOTICES UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT COOKTOWN SELF STORAGE SHEDS from 1st October 2011 all inquiries and payments will be to RAINFOREST REAL ESTATE Cooktown. 1/112 Charlotte St Cooktown 4895. Email Phone 4069 5775 or 0428 696 775 or 0400 341 334.

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PUBLIC NOTICE ROAD CLOSURE CROCODILE TROPHY RACE FINALE Cook Shire Council would like to advise that Grassy Hill Lookout and upper parking area will be closed to all trafďŹ c on Thursday 27th October between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. Please exercise caution driving on Grassy Hill road during these times as there will be cyclists travelling to and from the top Lookout. Stephen Wilton Chief Executive OfďŹ cer Cook Shire Council



When: Monday, October 17, 4.30 pm Where: Cooktown Cemetery Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to honour Slinger’s life. The entourage will leave Cooktown Hospital at 4.15pm for a final wharfie before a graveside service at the cemetery. Blessed Be Kathleen.

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Abbie Claussen another face on the West Coast wall


HE next in our series of “Faces in the Street”, from the mural at the West Coast Hotel, is Albert Cook Claussen. Researched and written by Jean Stephan, September, 2011. Abbie was undoubtedly a personal friend of the West Coast Hotel mural’s artist, Garnet Agnew. In a series of caricatures, also painted by Agnew in 1932, the portrait of Albert Claussen carried a notation as follows: “To my ‘Cobber’ ABBIE CLAUSEN (sic.) with every good wish from the Artist Garnet Agnew, 1932”. This short dedication begs some background explanation: Garnet Agnew had been unable to find employment in his field in Brisbane during the 1930’s Depression years, and had taken up an offer of work - mining at a place called China Camp, an isolated spot near the Bloomfield River. Upon his arrival there, having ridden through virtually virgin rainforest after

disembarking at the Bloomfield, we learn from letters written to his family, that Garnet spent his first night camped at “Abbie’s place”. Perhaps they already knew each other prior to their working together at the China Camp mine site, but their friendship would have been enriched during the occasional two-three day treks they made together into Cooktown for supplies and the odd beer in the West Coast Hotel where they lodged. The fact that Garnet Agnew chose to sketch Albert Claussen does not, however, appear to have been wholly because of their association, but also due to the regard and affection displayed by his contemporaries towards this “popular tin miner of Bloomfield”. Let us then endeavour to piece together the story of Albert

Cook Claussen. Born in 1888 the son of a German father, Claus Frederick Claussen, and Danish mother Minnie or Minna Peters, Albert was part of a family of seven brothers and one sister. Sketchy records indicate that Albert’s father was engaged in various occupations in and around Cooktown, including Carrier, in association with the Licensed Packhorse Hotel, Big Oakey, and a licence was issued for premises at Trevethan Creek in his name. He was a subscriber to the Coen Road fund indicating some social responsibility, together with interest and investment in the area. Albert’s father appears to have been financially quite successful. He was a property owner at “Endeavour” and “Hamilton” within the Daintree Divisional Board area between 1880 and 1887, and owned a cottage in Kimberley Street, Cooktown in 1898 and later in 1903 a further property in town in Hope Street.

Vanilla: the devine vine WELCOME plant lovers. This week I would like to talk about a fascinating plant that is a vine and an orchid and the source of the commercial vanilla flavouring. Vanilla planifolia is endemic to Mexico but has become naturalised here. We have many vines as an understory to Vanilla flower. Photo: CASS SORENSEN. the Soliatary Palms (they like shade) in day, with the entire flowering period the Botanic Gardens, where it zig-zags of the raceme lasting an average of up the trees, amongst other places. It 24 days. These must be pollinated grows easily from cuttings and is good manually during the morning if pods as an indoor plant in a tropical environ- are desired, unless you are in Mexico. ment. And one of my favourite plants, A tiny bee, the Melipone, which is I think the plant is a stunning vine and found only in the Vanilla districts of the flower is the piece de resistance! Mexico, is uniquely able to polThe name Vanilla came from the linate the flowers. The bee does not Spanish word “vainilla”, diminutive survive outside Mexico. The Vanilla form of “vaina” (meaning “sheath”), flower is self-fertile, but incapable of which is in turn derived from Latin self-pollination without the aid of an “vagina”. outside agency. Pollination simply The Spanish Conquistador, Hernan requires a transfer of the pollen from Cortes in 1518 was the first to discover the anther to the stigma. If pollination and bring back the vanilla plant (and does not occur, the flower is dropped Cocoa, chocolate) to Europe. Prior to the next day. his discovery, the Aztecs used vanilla The pods mature after about five to flavour a chocolate drink. Vanilla months, at which point they are was cultivated domestically for the first harvested and cured. This is also a long time in the middle of the 19th century process. Curing ferments and dries the by Edmond Albius, a former slave who pods while minimizing the loss of eslived on the French island Reunion sential oils. Vanilla extract is obtained near Madagascar and was the first to from this portion of the plant. manually pollinate the vanilla flower. There are many forms and ways The “Bourbon”, from Reunion Island, of buying Vanilla, so read the labels. is well known as the most intensive What you generally use in the kitchen and balanced variety of vanilla in is often a synthetic mimic. I believe the world. Madagascar was the first Nature’s PowerHouse has some real producer of vanilla. Vanilla beans for sale. Vanilla is the only orchid that can Vanilla is used in many ways in produce edible fruits. The flower the kitchen, including cakes, puddevelops into a pod (called beans) dings, sweets, custards, sauces, ice which is used as a spice. The pod creams and is also supposed to be an is produced only on mature plants. aphrodisiac. The process of converting vanilla Easy to grow, this is a viable local into a spice is complicated which crop for here if you have the patience makes vanilla one of the most for the process. Some are doing it expensive spices in the world. The already I believe. greenish-yellow flowers develop Sandy Lloyd in racemes of about 20 flowers. 4060 3102 Usually only one flower opens in a

This same property appears on later records owned by others and is listed as “Vacant Land”. It is possible that any structure on this site was destroyed during the 1907 cyclone which wreaked much havoc on Cooktown. Claus Frederick Claussen died from diabetes in 1910 aged 72 years. (Intriguingly, on Claus’s death record, another name that of “Hinz, A”, appears before Peters, M (Albert’s mother) as “Spouse”). In spite of her husband’s property ownership, Albert’s mother, Minnie, as a Widow, was listed as living in rented accommodation in 1915. She passed away in 1917 aged 65 years from the effects of Malaria. Of Albert’s siblings, one brother, George drowned in 1890 aged seven years. Another, Arthur died as did his mother later of Malaria in 1909, aged 19 years. A third, William who volunteered in World War I was listed as being involved in an incident, possibly wounded, on

October 19, 1917. Records indicate that William died in 1955. The premature death of another brother, Robert, is noted below. Of

course many pioneering families suffered similarly in isolated communities during these times. Continued next week

Visitors with agendas drop by WHAT a busy week Cooktown has been having? All sorts of people have been blowing in and schmoozing us and our hard-working representatives, or at least expressing the gravest of concerns for us from afar. I suppose the big show was the arrival of Campbell Newman, Queensland’s Premier-in-Waiting. He managed to take a day or two off from managing the family finances and fly up here. He was probably glad to get away from all those gadfly newshounds down south who completey ignore his handsome profile and obvious leadership qualities, and prefer to concentrate on where he earns his money. Our reporters are much more polite and prepared to listen to his message - which seems to boil down to Vote for Me (and I’ll let you do what you like afterwards). Mmmh - there’s a political promise you can take to the bank, although I’m not sure they will believe it either. Still, Campbell might well be a man whose time

has come, so we had better be polite to him. If we can polish his ego a little now, when he gets to be Premier he might remember some of Queensland lies north of Caboolture. On the Federal side, Warren Entsch has been firing barbs at the state government, and Queensland Health in particular. He says we are suffering from a surfeit of medical managers. What a strange thing to complain about? It’s obvious to me that the more managers we have the better medical service we get. We can always find funds for more managers by reducing the money wasted on doctors and nurses. Or am I missing something? Actually, the Queensland Health management team is working hard in the background. I know for a fact they are negotiating to buy back the old Cooktown Hospital, which is now in much better shape than the new one. All the same, the visitor I liked best was the four metre whale shark at Ribbons Reef. He was here because he likes the place, not because he gets something out of us.

Rescue from the Kingdom of Darkness for lost ones THROUGHOUT history, invading kings often took captive those defeated in battle and they lived in exile as slaves. God takes lost ones (the “losers”) - turning them into winners, giving them freedom, and transferring them to his kingdom. “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.” (Col 1:13) Christ’s kingdom is where freedom replaces captivity, winning replaces losing, love replaces intolerance, justice breaks through corruption, gratitude replaces greed, wisdom adds to knowledge, Life tramples Death, and salvation rescues the contrite sinner from his/her wayward pathway. The Lord Jesus Christ seeks to be “Lord” of each of us and everything that concerns us - our plans, ambitions, dreams, finances, family, health concerns, cares - withholding nothing. Someone once said, “If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all”. Romans 10:9-10 reminds us of the way to

become friends with God. Confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus to life again. Jesus’ words in Luke 6:46 challenge those who call him Lord - “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” It’s worth listening to him through prayer, reading our handbook for living (Bible), noting the advice of others, observing the trend of our circumstances, and keeping in mind that “inner impulse” - the dream or passion we have inside us for some task(s) in the future. Be sure of what God wants you to do and do it! God’s amazing grace gives each of us the opportunity to become a child of the king. (John 1:12) Finally, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalm 37:4-5) Blessings. Pastor Peter Cooktown Baptist Church

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Perfect weather provides brilliant conditions for keen anglers

Warren Morgenstern from Banyo visiting Long time friend Russell Bowman from the Lure Shop with a quality Red Emperor caught on a trip on Thursday of last week.

Brett Davies with a Giant Trevally caught while trolling for Mackerel at Snake Reef. The Fish was released after a couple of quick photos were taken. Photos submitted. PERFECT weather continued to provide brilliant conditions for anglers of all persuasions last weekend. Although the Spanish Mackerel have been a bit finicky, they are expected to start firing pretty soon. The Wharf is still fishing well, with Barra preferring lures, Grunter liking prawns, while the Jack are biting on live herring. Out the front, Red Emperor and Large Mouth have been on the chew on the deep rubble patches. Anglers’ numbers were increased last week by a few lads who took the opportunity of wetting their lines before they competed in the annual Cooktown

Hog Hunt. Brett Davies from Mt Isa, visiting his brother John landed his first Red Emperor on a trip aboard my Lure Shop boat. With the passing of each week, we get that little bit closer to the end of this year’s Barra season, so please remember that noon on Tuesday, November 1 on the east coast is the deadline. So if you want to get amongst the Barra, time is running out fast. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop.

Bruce Morgenstern from Ipswich on a Cooktown holiday a quality Reef Jack caught from the Lure Shop boat.

5EB8>II>?V$OBBH Mal wins service-match shoot Dates to remember for October: A KEENLY contested Combined Service • Sunset shoots - Wednesdays, 'BPQFS>ILOD>KFPBOP Match on Wednesday, October 19 and 26 from 5.30pm, 5 saw Mal alternating between Combined Service TLRIAPFK@BOBIV October victorious with a score Core and Sports Pistol/Centrefire; • Target Shoot - Saturday, October 8 of 344. But it was second starting at the new time of 1.30pm; IFHBQLQE>KHLRO place which provided • Practical Shoot - Sunday. October the interest in the event with a count23 from 9am; PRMMLOQBOP back between Steve W and Janne • General Meeting - Wednesday, 5EB8>II>?V$OBBH'BPQFS>ILOD>KFPBOPDO>QBCRIIV>@HKLTIBADBQEB CLILTFKD?RPFKBPPBPLOD>KFP>QFLKP>KAFKAFSFAR>IPCLOQEBFODBKBOLRP PMLKPLOPEFMALK>QFLKP>KA@LKQOF?RQFLKPQLT>OAPQEFPVB>O PBSBKQ


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required to determine that position. Both finished with 323, but because Steve had shot more centres, he was awarded the place with Janne relegated to third, while Tony finished in fourth on 303.

October 28 from 5.30pm. Please be there; and â&#x20AC;˘ The Annual General Meeting will be held in October - date to be advised. Janne Stewart Secretary

Sgt Schultz fails to appear at Cameron Creek Range CAPE York SSAA club member Toby Graves is headed to South Australia where he will compete in the Combined Services event at the National Titles. Good luck to Toby and we are all keen to hear how he goes. Another member, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gopherâ&#x20AC;? reported there was a good turn-out for last weekend during which a Pistol Shoot was held on Saturday, followed by a practice for the Service Rifle Shoot on Sunday when seven shooters competed in three classes in a threerange event - 50m, 100m and 200m for a maximum score of 150 points.

Results for those events are: Single shot rifle - first was Gopher with 134.4 and second was Ross with 126.3. Standard rifle - Andy was first with 143.7, followed by Gopher in second with 138.14 and Bernie in third with 133.11. Accurised rifle - Andy was first with 147.17, Trevor second with 140.12 and Ross was third with 133.7. No Sergeant Shultz award was given out this week because no one stuffed up. A working bee is scheduled for this Saturday, October 15 at the SSAA Cameron Creek Range. All helpers will be welcomed. Anne Williams Secretary


Swimmers splash into new season of Personal Bests

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Jeneen Clark surges through the Cooktown pool in butterfly training for the Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. TADPOLES, Juniors and Masters have greeted the 2011/2012 swimming season with a big splash as Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club members gear up for the first club night next Tuesday, October 18. As an Olympic sport, swimming focuses its emphasis on achieving “Personal Bests” or ‘PBs’ rather than winning races and carnivals. “The most you can ever ask for from an athlete in swimming is their personal best - the best they can be,” ‘Bec Payne, Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club head coach said. “It’s too easy to lose enthusiasm if you never think you can win a race, but knowing you are getting better because your times are improving increases the longevity of swimmers. “As a result they are working towards a healthy lifestyle through their ongoing commitment to training.” Additions to the coaching ranks at the pool

Cameron Johnson shows his powerful freestyle stroke.

are new assistants Chanelle Oldaker and Ben King who are in the process of completing their qualifications. “They’re right behind the concept of PBs and injecting the kids with enthusiasm,” Mrs Payne said. And to promote this concept, the Cooktown Local News will take photos and report on PBs achieved on club nights which are held fortnightly. “Club nights are just great, we start at about 3.30pm and we have parents volunteer to cook dinner so bond together as a whole club,” she said. “It helps create a very good atmosphere.” Club training for Tadpoles and Juniors is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 3.30pm, while the Masters train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. New members in all age groups are very welcome.

To all youth Look,Listen, Learn “Milga Bundaia”

Kerie McLean gets high out of the water in breast stroke


Man sentenced to jail walks free A MAN sentenced to six months imprisonment walked free from Cooktown Magistrates Court on October 4, when his sentence was wholly suspended for 18 months. The decision was handed down with Shane Gaven Kulka’s conviction for having driven whilst unlicensed at Rossville on August 1. Hope Vale man David Wallace recorded a blood alcohol percentage almost four times the legal limit when he was intercepted at Hope Vale on September 15. Police submitted a breath analysis certificate to the court which showed Wallace to have a BAC of .197 per cent. The 46-year-old was convicted and fined a total of $1300 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving whilst unlicensed and driving an unregistered and unregistered vehicle at Hope Vale on September 15. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of 14 months. Camille Robyn Ross of Laura was another to feel the Magistrate’s wrath for having committed driving

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offences, when she was convicted and fined a total of $550 for driving without a licence, exceeding the carrying capacity of the vehicle she was driving and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle at Laura on March 19. Sherry Ann Dick was convicted and fined $400 for possessing utensils for the smoking of cannabis on August 27, while 47-year-old Cooktown man, Graham Sheahan was another to be convicted and fined for drug offences. He was fined $600 for unlawfully possessing six grams of cannabis six and unlawfully possessing one tablet of oxycontin at Cooktown on July 17. Failing to leave licensed premises at Cooktown on September 16 earned 53-year-old Valmae Miriam Burns a fine of $350, while behaving in a disorderly manner at the Cooktown Hospital on September 3 earned 43-year-old John Samuel Beavis a fine of $350. Another Cooktown man, 33-year-old Alfonso Shane Naylor was convicted and fined $400 for stealing a set of car keys on September 6.

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Unpredictable hosts set a sooty hash FAKAWE and Feeler hosted the hash this week from their country estate up Poison Creek Road. We never know quite what to expect when we go there, mostly because Fakawe never knows quite what to expect when she takes a walk in the bush (she is famous for being navigationally challenged). As it turned out, this was an unusual run. We spent all but the first 100 metres in the bush, and that doesn’t happen very often. Fortunately, there have been a couple of fires in the bush around there and that made it easy to walk through. On the negative side, everything was black and sooty, so it was not long before the ankle-biters amongst us had managed to turn completely black. Once they noticed this, they decided to share their good fortune with everyone else and we all collected black smudges here and there. Despite this being a long run, we all got back to the esky before nightfall. Back at the Bash, Fakawe was GM for her own run. This meant she did not get punished for

excessive economy when laying the toilet paper trail. She did manage to catch Muff, for forgetting to sign the book and Moses for being unable to read a TV schedule. We then started to question Offal about her recent expedition to Switzerland. It turns out the poor Europeans have been very badly hit by the financial recession and her friends were being forced to drive around in last year’s model of BMW or Mercedes. I’m glad Australia is not suffering like that. Oyster returned! She casually strolled into the Bash without her customary stick, looking like a bouncy Spring chicken of - I don’t know - 28? She would have come to the run but had an unavoidable appointment with some Wild Turkeys (does that make sense?). The evening ended with good food and banana schnapps drunk by the light of the full moon. Next week’s run will be at Quarantine Bay Beach on Monday, October 17 at 5.30pm. Come along for some fun and a “barbie”. Call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak.

Hope Vale side to play in Allblacks By ALF WILSON A HOPE Vale side will contest North Queensland’s biggest Aboriginal Allblacks rugby league carnival to be held in Cairns on October 15 and 16. Up to 30 Men’s sides are expected, along with women’s and under-18 teams with more than 10,000 spectators expected to watch the league extravaganza. Traditionally, a large number of Hope Vale residents have travelled to Cairns to support their teams at previous carnivals. Organiser Sarah Addo told the Cooktown Local News that a Hope Vale side was a certain starter. “They haven’t given me their official

Get out your glad rags for League fashion parade

name yet and it is being organised by Jaiden Bowen the Sport and Recreation officer for Hopevale,” Sarah Addo said. “This is Jaiden’s first major project with PCYC so it should be a good experience for him being young and a good role model for the community of Hope Vale,” Ms Addo said. Last year 30 men’s teams competed and the grand final was won by the Cherbourg Hornets which included star NRL back Chris Sandow. Cherbourg defeated Kulpiyam from Badu Island 28-20 in a tough grand final. “The Kape Kodal ladies team has already nominated,’ Ms Addo added.

RU G BY League fans have long enjoyed a good relationship with the Sport of Kings - Horse Racing - so it is no surprise the Cooktown Junior Rugby League Club is running a fashion parade on Saturday as a fund raiser. To be held at the Old Shire Hall from 1.30pm Cooktown’s best dressed are invited to pull out their “glad rags”, blow dryers, straightening irons and make-up to line up for a preview of what is to come on November 5 with the staging of the annual races. Lots of prizes for a variety of categories are on offer and the afternoon will feature games and competitions that will keep the ladies, gents and gentlemen occupied for the afternoon. For further information call either Sylvia on 4069 5865 or 0429 062 262 or Nardia on 4069 6683 or 0447 240 677.

Cooktown Bowls Club AIRCONDITIONED

Members’ Draw & Raffles:

Melbourne Cup Day

$900 Members Draw Won! - K Hearne FRIDAY, October 14: Jackpot $500 Bonus Draw after 8pm if not won in the Early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.

Social Bowls:


Every Wed and Sat, register by 1pm for 1.30pm start. Jackpot $120.

Barefoot Bowls:

Cancelled till further notice.

Pokies Lucky Seat:


EVERY FRIDAY: Drawn between 8pm and 8.30pm. 4 x $25 raffles for food or fuel. Cannot be exchanged for cash.

Bush Bingo:


Every Thursday morning, 9am start. New Jackpot $100 in 50 calls.

Wednesdays and Fridays – Courtesy Bus – out to Marton & Keatings Lagoon –

Ph 4069 5819

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Winner of the Quinkan Hotel’s first Barra Bash, C J Anthony is congratulated by hotel proprietor Kevin Darmody (front) while Eva Beute, Sonja La and Lena Korf (back) watch the proceedings. Photo submitted.

Monsters caught in Quinkan’s first Barra competition SOME monster Barra were landed during the Quinkan Hotel’s first Barra Bash during the weekend of September 23 to 25. The “Trinity Pub Team” of CJ Gilmore, Jason Brennan and Andy Gilmore took out first place with a swag of 48 of the prized fish, but it was not just the number of fish landed that won the award. CJ’s 91cm beauty was magnificent, but Jason’s best measured in at 90cm, while Andy kept them honest with a couple of 80plus specials. The team of “Slick” Davies and Cook Shire Deputy Mayor Alan Wilson was the most successful of the locals who contested the event. Their 20plus haul made for some great stories at the barbecue on the


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Sat 15 Ht 0.67 2.11 1.23 1.83

Time 03:28 10:21 16:18 20:46


Ht 0.74 2.03 1.37 1.71

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Time Ht 04:09 0.94 12:18 1.84

Time Ht 04:46 1.07 15:13 1.89

Time 02:05 04:07 07:33 16:10

Time 04:44 09:45 16:46 23:35

Time 05:12 10:44 17:18 23:52



NEW MOON Thur. Oct 27 . Time: 05.56

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FIRST QUARTER Thur. Nov 03. Time: 02.38

Fri. Nov 11. Time: 06.16

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Thur, Oct 20. Time: 13.30

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Saturday night. And it was not only the seniors who got among the fish, junior anglers Tom Selwood and Shannade Hall were all smiles with the trophies they took home for their efforts. A total of 20 fishermen and women who participated in the three-day event enjoyed some typical Laura hospitality, which included music provided by local entertainer, “Snowy” on the Saturday night and Sunday. Quinkan Hotel proprietor Kevin Darmody said he was grateful to all those who took part in their first event. “Everyone had a great time and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone back again next year,” Mr Darmody said.


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Cooktown Local News 13 October 2011  

Cooktown Local News 13 October 2011

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