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Hospital on track

Cooktown Hospital Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Marian Harrington with Member for Cook Jason O’Brien at the front of the hospital where a study will be undertaken next year to determine the needs for a new hospital. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. By GARY HUTCHISON MEMBER for Cook Jason O’Brien has announced that a new hospital for Cooktown was on track, with service planning intended to start in 2012. Mr O’Brien said the project was the result of more than a year of submissions and personal approaches to the state government. “I have been lobbying for over 12 months for this to happen, and it’s great that 2012 will be the year that determines exactly what services we need in Cooktown, and exactly how we are going to house them,” Mr O’Brien said. “Building a new hospital for Cooktown will be my highest priority for the Cook electorate if I am re-elected. “The time has come for this project to come to fruition and I am glad we are taking the next step now.”

Mr O’Brien said extensive consultation from within the hospital administrators and staff and the community will be undertaken to determine the future needs of the new hospital. “It will be an intensive exercise done not only internally, but around the region,” he said. “Part of the process will include a demographics study, which essentially, is a population profile to find pertinent things out like whether it’s an ageing population and what sort of industries are involved,” he said. “And from these studies, if there are needs for specific specialist purposes, these can be catered for.” He highlighted the example of the prospect of future mining or other industry which might require specific treatment capabilities. “Being able to handle industrial accidents of any kind will be important in the planning, so that will be factored into the


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exercise,” he said. And he expects a strong community support for the inclusion of maternity services. “With the level of community consultation that will be conducted around the service plan, I expect that amongst other things there will be a strong push to have maternity services provided in Cooktown,” he said. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott welcomed Mr O’Brien’s announcement and said a new hospital needed to be built - “sooner rather than later”. “The hospital we have now was meant to be only a temporary facility, and that was over 20 years ago,” he said. “Bits have been added on to bits that were add-ons during this time.” Mayor Scott said the current facility would not withstand a cyclone if one hit. “The only cyclone-proof parts of the hospital are Sunbird Cottages, so if a cyclone does strike


there’ll be nothing left,” he said. “So let’s not wait for that to happen.” Mr Scott congratulated the efforts of past and present doctors, nurses and other staff at the hospital. “In reality, the Cooktown hospital has really out-performed itself,” he said. And he illustrated the ongoing recognition of the James Cook University Medical Faculty with the provision of student doctors who gain their “doctor’s work experience” at Cooktown. “We have a fabulous relationship with JCU, they’ve been sending doctors to us for a number of years now,” he said. Mr Scott said the shire was very short on mental health and “detox” facilities and they should be high on the list of priorities when planning is completed. “If Cooktown is going to be a regional hub, we need a regional standard hospital,” he said.


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What’s On

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

DECEMBER Thu 15. Come Try It Basketball for all ages. Community Events Centre from 10am to noon. Thu 15. Movie night at Gungarde Community Centre from 6pm. Free sausage sizzle. Fri 16. Top Pub – Rough N Ready. Sat 17. Cooktown Bush Walkers’ end of year party at Waratah Nicholls’ property. Call 0429 695 533 for details. Sat 17. Fingerprint will be performing at the Sovereign Resort Hotel from 7pm. Sat 18. Cooktown Bush Walkers’ end of year party finishes with a walk to Mungumbi Falls. Call 0429 695 533 for details. Sun 18. Fingerprint will be performing at the Sovereign Resort Hotel from 1pm. Sun 18. Meeting of Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous. 1.30pm at CWA Hall, Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5262. Tue 20. Meeting of Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous. 8pm at CWA Hall, Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088. Wed 21. Cooktown SSAA – Sunset shoot at 5.30pm. Thu 22. Neighbourhood Watch meeting cancelled. Sat 24. Cape York SSAA Rifle Shoot for Rimfire and Centrefire disciplines. For details call Toby on 4069 5663. Sat 24. Christmas Eve drinks at the Top Pub. Win a wheelbarrow full of Christmas cheer. Tue 27. Meeting of Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous. 8pm at CWA Hall, Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088. Sat 31. Top Pub – Roswell. Sat 31. Rough N Ready will be performing at the Sovereign Resort Hotel.

JANUARY Tue 3. Come Try It Volleyball for all ages. Community Events Centre from 10am to noon.

Thu 5. Pool games at Cooktown for children aged 7 to 14

years from 10am to noon. Tue 10. Futsal. Community Events Centre from 10am to noon. Sat 14. Family Fun Day at Home Rule Rainforest Retreat. 10am to 2pm. Lunch provided, bus available. Call Michael Graham on 0459 774 903 for information. Fri 20. Back to School Disco at Gungarde Hall from 4.30pm to 6pm for Prep-year-aged children to Year 3 children; 6.30pm to 9pm for Years 4 to 9. Sun 22. Treasure hunt at Botanical Gardens from 11am.

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

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Thanks all round for party and a good year

Santa Chris and Lion Danny say thanks to outgoing Santa “Simmo” for 12 years dedicated involvement with Lions Christmas parties. Photo submitted. ANOTHER year is ready to wind down already. We will be doing our annual free sausage sizzle again on Sunday, December 18 in Lions Park from 6pm to 7pm, which will be followed by Carols by Candlelight in Endeavour Park. I would like to give special thanks to all our helpers who made the recent Lions Christmas Party held at the Bowls Club such a successful day. A special thanks goes to Merle who went into the club at 7am and prepared for the party and Gloria who helped her, and also to Rachael, Kyra and Katrina who put up the decorations and helped on the day. Thanks must also go to the girls at Community Health and the hospital for their input,

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to fruition and more new plans for Lions projects in the New Year are being made. Thanks also to all our new members, but we would still like many more to improve the input into our vast area. We have a strong social and financial club and would like to see its continual growth. Please contact me on 0409 695 123 if you would like to become a member. Early in the New Year, I will continue to pursue the formation of a prestigious Leo Club for the youth and students of our Shire. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and healthy and prosperous New Year Jill Williams President Endeavour Lions Club

Bensted critical of LNP

Last chance to collect goods from Joe Johns’ workshop

ACCORDING to Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Cook Lachlan Bensted, a decision by the LNP not to allocate preferences at the state election due in the first half of next year, will allow at least seven Labor candidates to keep their seats. “I am amazed that the party which says it despises the ALP would allow this to happen,” Mr Bensted said. “Our party researchers have crunched the numbers and the result will see at least seven Labor members hold their seats. “I remember the LNP was so terrified of Pauline Hanson at previous elections they refused to allocate the One Nation Party any preferences. “The LNP would rather cut off its nose to spite its face than support conservative candidates instead of the socialist ALP.” He said the misconception floated by the LNP that a vote for any other conservative party “will split the LNP vote” is a myth. “It is the LNP who is keeping the ALP in place,” he said.

ANYONE who believes they may have a TV, whitegoods or other equipment at the late Joe Johns’ workshop, still has one last chance to collect their property. Jean Stephan, who has been trying to sort the ongoing issue with uncollected property said she wanted to finalise the issue. “I need people to call me as soon as possible to arrange a time to identify and pick-up any goods they believe are still at Joe’s,” Mrs Stephan said. “It really is a case of ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’.” To arrange a time with Mrs Stephan, call her on either 4069 5537 or 0433 135 937.

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to Margaret who printed the invitations, the school choir and teachers and Justin for transporting the students to the club. And of course, we must include the Bowls Club kitchen caterers for a great meal, the Shee Sha Fusion Dancers, outgoing Santa Simmo for 12 years of dedication, incoming Santa Chris, Lion Danny as compare, the two students and fellow Lions who helped serve meals and the Bowls Club for the use of the venue again. Without all these people it would not have happened. The storeroom addition to our building will be finished early in the New Year, enabling us to free up more usable space in the main clubroom. The skate park is well on the way to coming

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Cooktown’s miserable side rears ugly head COOKTOWN’S miserable side surfaced last Wednesday night, when a Santa display was vandalised and Christmas lights stolen from a Boundary Street business. A wooden Santa on a sleigh with a list of names on it had a hole punched through

it, while solar lights, candy canes and a net full of fairy lights were stolen from Brophy’s Carnival Hire’s front yard at about 11pm. Proprietor Ian Bevan said he was disgusted by the mean-spirited, senseless act.

“They must have been dirty their name wasn’t on Santa’s list,” he said. “We’ve had cars going through the roundabout beeping their horns in approval, adding to the fun. “I guess it just shows the mentality of

some people - that and a case of bah humbug.” Ian made the Santa display while his partner Di Fursdon hand painted it and the candy canes. “Dollar-wise it’s not a great loss and we’re going to fix the damage,” Ian said. “It’s more the nuisance value.” But along with the damage and theft, the offender(s) also tried to remove a motor bike. “It (motor bike) was moved for sure,” he said. “We’ll be taking it in from now on.” Mick, a guest of the couple said he heard the sound of a Holden engine and some noise outside, but did not go out to investigate. “Mick knows his engines, so you can be sure it was a Holden,” Di said. “It’s good that he didn’t go out though, because who knows what might have happened.” Di said she believed they could identify their property if it turned up in another Christmas display around town.



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Phil (our new chef) will be keeping the restaurant open with his exciting new menu while we are gone! Please come in and try his cuisine of Mediterranean dishes and also his speciality Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese. A taste of new and exciting dishes happening in the new year. All meals available in takeaway also. Ian Bevan shows the damage done to the Santa sign outside his Brohpy’s Carnival Hire business. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Drivers’ licence renewals available again at police station

COOKTOWN police have advised their capacity to issue and renew Queensland Drivers’ Licences was restored on Wednesday. An equipment malfunction about five weeks ago has meant that locals have had to drive to Mareeba to renew their licences.

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A spokesperson for the station said it was a situation that was beyond their control. But for resident John Saltmarsh, the delay was unacceptable. “Surely it shouldn’t have been too difficult to reinstate the service we have depended on for so long earlier than

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High chance of more cyclones this season THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued its annual tropical cyclone season outlook, which points to an above average number of tropical cyclones for all four regions across northern Australia during the coming season. Bureau of Meteorology Climate Prediction Manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, said climate models were trending toward another La NiĹ„a, which would lead us to expect a slightly higher than average number of tropical cyclones, however, no two La NiĹ„a events are the same. “The Southern Oscillation Index, a key climate driver, was (positive) 11.7 in September this year, compared with (positive) 25 at the same time last year. While this La NiĹ„a may be weaker than the last, this doesn’t mean we can expect fewer tropical cyclones than the previous season. In other words, we can’t afford to be complacent,â€? said Dr Watkins. Bureau of Meteorology climatologist, Joel Lisonbee, said before a tropical cyclone forms it is difďŹ cult to predict its exact strength and path and whether it will make landfall, however, we have a solid body of historical data which gives us a likely range in which to work. “Along the east and west coasts, less than half of all cyclones affect the coast, with most staying out to sea. However, along the north coast more than half of all cyclones will impact coastal regions,â€? said Mr Lisonbee. “During a La NiĹ„a, warmer waters in the western PaciďŹ c and regions to the north of Australia, and associated changes in circulation help focus tropical cyclone activity in the Coral and Timor seas,â€? he said. “Generally we divide Australia into four regions with the average number of tropical cyclones in the eastern region (Queensland) being four, northern region (Northern Territory) being three, and western region (Western Australia) being seven. The north western sub-region, which includes Western Australia and the Northern Territory, is highly active and with an average of ďŹ ve tropical cyclones,â€? said Mr Lisonbee. Tropical cyclone season in the southern hemisphere usually runs between November and April. Australia operates Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane. See pages 11 - 14 of this week’s Cooktown Local News for our Special Report on how to ‘Survive the Cyclone Season’ >>


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HOPE Vale and Wujal Wujal’s Arts Centres have been boosted by last Friday’s announcement of grants of $30,000 and $25,000 respectively under the state government’s Backing Indigenous Arts program. Arts Minister Rachel Nolan conďŹ rmed the local grants were part of a total of $480,000 in critical operational funding for 13 Indigenous Art Centres (IACs) in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait. “IACs play an important role in their communities,â€? Ms Nolan said. “They provide a work space for local artists, employment opportunities and a cultural hub, without this kind of ongoing operational support, these centres would struggle.â€? She said the centres produce many of the works for the highly successful and internationally-acclaimed Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, which is also funded through BIA. “The annual operational grants allow IACs to employ professional artists, generate sales from artworks produced in the centres, train and employ staff, develop business plans and grow the next generation of artists,â€? she said. Hope Vale Arts and Cultural Centre Manager Tara Zaicz said the funding came at the right time for her artists. “We are very pleased to have been successful in this round of Arts Queensland funding,â€? Mrs Zaicz said. “We look forward to utilizing the funding to support our Art Centre operations as well as providing our local Indigenous artists with many professional development opportunities throughout 2012. “We’re looking forward to producing some Hope Vale Arts and Cultural Centre Manager Tara Zaicz is good quality art next year and this money will delighted with a recent $30,000 state government grant. Photo go a long way to helping us to achieve that,â€? submitted. Mrs Zaicz said.

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Connecting with food to make a difference WHAT happens when a group of like-minded people join forces to make a difference? The evolution of Cooktown Food Connect. Local growers and consumers can now deal directly with each other through a website promoting chemical free, local, fresh produce which is picked to order. Food Connect member Becky Payne said the benefits of providing the service extend beyond the customer and grower. “Reducing food miles means a higher nutritional value of the produce, and an overall love for the planet and its resources,” Mrs Payne said. “Sustainable communities and farming methods are big issues in the current economical environment, and Cooktown Food Connect believe in providing organically conscious farmers with a local market and its customers the highest quality and freshest produce available at a competitive price.” A variety of herbs, fresh fruit and vegetables along with some vegetable lines not grown locally are available through the group. More information on Cooktown Food Connect can be obtained from their website: www.cooktownfoodconnect.

May Street unit resident Robert Ross with Member for Cook Jason O’Brien, Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott and resident Lena Stevens at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the establishment. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Units get the thumbs up at opening THE recently-completed aged-care units in May Street were officially opened at a ceremony on Thursday, December 8. In attendance at the function, was the Member for Cook Jason O’Brien, Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott, Councillors Marilyn Clarke, Charlie Martin, Col Burns and Danny Lee, along with residents, Council staff and contractors involved in the project. Mayor Scott told those gathered that the opening was the finalisation of a project which had its origins in 2009. “We were looking to be able to provide affordable accommodation for some of our aged and/or disabled residents and here we are,” he said. With a six-star solar energy rating, the block of six units has been designed to be adaptable to the individual needs of the tenants. Unfurnished, the one-bedroom units have an open kitchen/living area and are equipped with ceiling fans. He said the May Street location had a special history dating back to long before Cook’s landing. “This area here is special country,” he said. “Long before Cook landed, it was neutral territory where the Indigenous people came to sort out their problems. “It’s a calming place, and now these units are perfectly interfaced with the surroundings - a great place for those who live here.”

Built on Council land, construction was made possible by a $1.1M grant under the federal government’s Stimulus Package, with project management being handled by Council. Mr O’Brien said the units were wonderfully presented and hoped the residents were happy with them. He said federal, state and local government sponsored building projects were important in keeping the economy “ticking over”. “It’s no secret times are tough and we recognise we have to keep these building projects going to provide employment opportunities to keep people living in Cooktown,” Mr O’Brien said. “They don’t want to leave and we’re trying our best to give them a way of staying here. “It’s something we have to do until the economies of the world turn around and private investors kick-in.” And the units were given a six-star seal approval by resident of six weeks, Regina McIvor who needs a mobility scooter to make her life comfortable. Mrs McIvor said she used to live with relatives whose home had steps which made access difficult for her. “My place here is just lovely,” Regina said. “It’s nice and quiet and there is no one to annoy anyone and my little scooter can get in and out without any trouble at all.”

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Where are Cooktown’s ‘real’ tradies By GARY HUTCHISON WHERE are the ‘real’ tradies in Cooktown? I was told there was a good story and photoopportunity happening at the Bowls Club last Wednesday night. Something about a barbie and drinks being put on by Cooktown Hardware as a thank you to the local tradies for the year. So I headed down to the ‘Bowlo’, expecting Cooktown’s best, smoke billowing from a barbie and a couple of 44 gallon drums filled with ice, prawns and cold cans of Fourex.

Well I got down there and thought I’d been given a ‘bum steer’. I couldn’t see any smoke and there wasn’t a tradie in sight. Where were the stubbies struggling to hold in beer bellies and bum-cracks, Jackie Howe singlets, thongs and tool bags? There was a function going on outside, but the ladies and gentlemen out there were all sartorially-attired in fashionable shorts, shirts and footwear. Assured I was in the right place, I took my camera outside, and sure enough, Rick and

The Cooktown Hardware team of Karin Humphreys, Rick and Hazel Butler and Michelle Harvey hosted local tradies to a barbecue and drinks at the Bowls Club on Wednesday night. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

Christine Henderson, Scott Thomasson, Rodney Henderson and Mick Murphy share tradie tales at Cooktown Hardware’s barbecue and drinks do at the Bowls Club.

Hazel Butler were entertaining their staff and Cooktown’s tradies. But instead of trading jokes bluer than a Jackie Howe, their conversations on the meanings of life were all very eloquent and there wasn’t a mobile phone to be seen anywhere. And as for the grog, they were even drinking the girlie drinks and holding them with their pinkies extended. I thought there had to be one bum-crack being flashed, but no, there wasn’t one in sight, although one bloke had a half-hearted attempt

at flashing his, but his designer-label shorts wouldn’t allow such flagrant exhibitionism. Fair dinkum! Anyway, I had a chat with Rick and he said it was all about looking after their great customers and staff. “It’s just a little thing we do to show we appreciate them,” he said. “Without our tradies, there goes a big chunk of our business. “And without good staff to look after them properly, we don’t have the tradies.”

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Residents are reminded that time is running out to exchange their 240L wheelie bin for a 120L wheelie bin and receive a reduction in their waste service charge.

FINANCE MANAGER – HRMCSC13/1112 3 year contract renewable by mutual agreement Applications close Monday 23rd January 2012

COOK SHIRE LIBRARIES Closed - Friday 16th Dec 2011 (from 12 noon) Closed - Friday 23rd Dec 2011 (from 12 noon) until Monday 2nd Jan 2012 Open - From Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012 as per normal hours WASTE TRANSFER STATIONS (Shire wide) Closed - Friday 16th Dec 2011 (from 11am) Closed - Sunday 25th Dec 2011 Open - All other times as per normal hours WORKS DEPOT Closed - Friday 16th Dec 2011 (from 12 noon) until Monday 2nd Jan 2012 Open - Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012 For all Council related emergencies during this time please phone 4069 5533.

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Council would like to advise the following closures for the Christmas & New Year period: COUNCIL’S ADMINISTRATION BUILDING and NATURES POWERHOUSE & COOKTOWN V.I.C. Closed - Friday 16th Dec 2011 (from 12 noon) Closed - Friday 23rd Dec 2011 (from 12 noon) until Monday 2nd January 2012 Open - Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012

JANUARY 2012 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 3 Council facilities will reopen as per normal hours 4 Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme applications close 13 RADF applications close for Round 2 2011/12 


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Public artwork on Grassy Hill Lookout should soon be completed. Weather dependant, Grassy Hill road and lookout will reopen on Monday 19th December 2011.

Successful funding Cook Shire Council has been successful in the following applications for funding: w Regional Arts Fund - $30,000 for the implementation of The Welcome Wall Barra public artwork for the Events Centre w Local Sports and Recreation Jobs Plan Local coordinator grant - $156,000 over 3 years.

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Owners of residential properties in the Cooktown, Keatings Lagoon, Marton, Quarantine Bay & Lakeland areas who would like to exchange their 240L wheelie bin for a 120L wheelie bin may do so at any time by taking their 240L wheelie bin to the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station (ex Cooktown Dump). What do you need to exchange your wheelie bin? If your name is on the rate notice for the property, all you need to bring is the old wheelie bin and your photo ID. If your name does not appear on the rate notice you will have to bring a copy of a rate notice for the property or an owner’s consent letter, a photo ID and the old wheelie bin.

Wet Season - Road Updates Road conditions change quickly when roads are wet and can become very slippery. Slow down, pot holes and corrugations increase following wet weather, drive according to prevailing road conditions. SLOW DOWN when coming off a bitumen road onto a dirt road. Fatalities have occurred with vehicles losing control when travelling too fast, particularly smaller vehicles. RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) will close as from Friday 9th December 2011 until after the wet season. It is not expected to re-open before mid-May 2012. MT WEBB-WAKOOKA ROAD north of Cape Flattery turnoff will be closed from Friday 9th December 2011 until after the wet season. LOCKED GATES are located at: w Kalpower Crossing w Salt Water Creek

PROJECT MANAGER (Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program) – HRMCSC14/1112 12 month position with potential extension subject to availability of program funding Applications close Monday 23rd January 2012 Information kits for both the above positions can be downloaded from Council’s website, collected from Council’s administration building or by contacting Council’s Personnel Officer on 4069 5444. Cook Shire Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme If you are the holder of a Centrelink Concession Card or Department of Veteran Affairs Repatriation Health Card (Full Conditions), and are not currently receiving a concession on rates for your primary place of residence, you are encouraged to make application by 4th January 2012. To be eligible you must be: w A Centrelink Concession Card holder w The owner or life tenant of the property and be legally responsible for the payment of Council rates and charges levied on that property w The property for which you make application must be your principle place of residence. Forms are available on Council’s website  Council  Rates or by contacting Council on 4069 5444. Those pensioners currently receiving a concession on their rates do not need to reapply.


Blow-in oats ideas for Cooktown’s future

Serge Petelin with his faithful Zorro outside the James Cook Museum. Photo: ERIC GEORGE By ERIC GEORGE LIKE so many Australians, Serge Petelin is a blow-in. He was born in Shanghai to White Russian parents who ed the Bolsheviks. Unfortunately, the Chinese communists did not want White Russians either, so when Mao Tse Tung took over, the family travelled on to Australia, ending up in Brisbane. Serge’s father was an orchestral musician, and Serge remembers him riding to work on a motor bike with his double bass strapped to his back in a harness. Serge fell into the world of IT once his education had been completed, and over the years became something of a whizz at installing business computer systems and getting them to work. All of that started to change when he saw a magazine picture of Grassy Hill, and in 1992, before property prices went crazy, he bought himself a desirable block on that same Grassy Hill. Five years later he dropped his ties to the city, bought a Harley Davidson Softail and set off for a new life. “I ended up staying here. I liked the place. For four years I didn’t work and had a whale of a time,â€? Serge said. Now he is a permanent ďŹ xture in Cooktown, with his constant companion Zorro the German Shepherd padding at his side. (Zorro attracts many more admiring glances than his master, especially from tourists visiting the museum who like to photograph Zorro holding his

favourite plastic crocodile but take no pictures of Serge at all). Serge is best known around town for his guitar playing in all the best night spots. He began playing publicly as a youngster back in Brisbane. “I started off playing the guitar as a young kid, and then I decided to learn how to sing,â€? he said. “When I could do that without causing anyone physical pain, I was singing solos and duos, and playing clubs in Brisbane.â€? Once Serge got to Cooktown, his music quickly became popular. He started out playing solo gigs at the Sovereign and has since moved around. He now plays with a group of four friends under the band name Rough and Ready, and earns a little money for doing what he loves. How much money? Serge is not going to be drawn on that, but admits to earning “better than beer moneyâ€?. Now Serge is working at the James Cook Museum, and enjoying it. “Don’t tell anybody, but it’s the best job in Cooktown,â€? he said. “The museum is unusual in that it doesn’t have a curator. Although there is the odd consultant who comes up, nearly everything is done by dedicated amateurs.â€? The museum works in a context that is increasingly recognising the signiďŹ cance of the Endeavour voyage, and of the Endeavour region. Apart from his music, and his position in the museum, Serge has time to think about the

future of Cooktown. “Everyone, including myself, is in love with the place and how it looks,â€? he said. “We have the ability to go easily to semi-remote places like Quarantine Bay and Archer Point. “However, there is a problem in Cooktown. If things don’t move along, the place could stagnate. The penalty for that is losing good talented people, especially young people, and consequently a diminution of services. We need to strike a balance between the community needs, and the environment. “Nowadays, I believe we are sensitive enough to progress without destroying what we love. We need a solution that allows us to function socially and economically, and I believe that will involve an increase in population.â€? Serge has thought deeply about Cooktown’s future, and has even made a 12 point questionnaire to help organise his thoughts. It has practical points such as, “Would I like to be able to visit a dentist without travelling all the way to Cairns?â€? Also points for the future, for example, the tendency for Cooktown’s population to become dominated by old people and old thinking, while young people leave. He also asks himself (and many Cooktowners will sympathise) if he wants to stop working three part-time jobs just to keep body and soul together. He includes the frustrations of a dysfunctional retail sector, and the inability to get the papers here ďŹ rst thing in the morning. Serge believes that anyone thinking through questions like this and deciding they would like an improvement towards a more normal way of life, has to accept that change is inevitable. None of Cooktown’s problems can be solved by leaving things as they are. In fact, that is a recipe for making the problems worse. “Is it really possible to have a place like this stay as it is? No change, no injection of new blood, no injection of new capital, is it really feasible?â€? he asked. This is all sounding very political. “I never really thought of it as political. It has a selďŹ sh component to it, but when I speak to other people I ďŹ nd they are in exactly the same boat. I never thought of myself as having a political future, but if that was a way to help improve things for people in the area generally, I’d consider it very carefully,â€? he said. Just suppose Serge could change two things about the way Cooktown does business, what would he choose? “I’d like to change the way council tries to gauge public and commercial opinion, the way it’s done now just does not work,â€? he said. And for his second wish? “We need a vision and mission for Cooktown’s future. These sound like buzz words,

but they are very important things to have. We don’t have a vision for the future, and we have never had - I’m sorry to say - a leader with a vision and the ability to inspire people to follow it through,� he concluded. Until now, perhaps?

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THIS rerun appeared in 2004 when the Society had acquired a booklet containing a paper presented to the Liverpool Engineering Society on March 6, 1918 dealing with “The Lighting of the Great Barrier Reef North of Cooktown, Queensland”. This paper, written by Joshua Fielden Ramsbotham, was published by George Reed & Co. Liverpool, in 1919. In part it read “The Queensland Government, which maintained the aids to navigation on its coast until 1st July 1915, established light vessels at Piper Island in the year 1876, Claremont Isles in the year 1886. Pipon Island Reef in the year 1878. This vessel foundered in a cyclone in 1899 and was replaced by a skeleton steel structure in the year 1901.” “Since 1891, 201 steamers and 187 sailing vessels have been wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef. Out of that total 388 vessels, 144 were totally lost on the Great Barrier and 162 people were drowned.” “The islands north of Cooktown are almost entirely barren, many of them being simply coral reefs awash at high water, and thus affording exceptional dangers to navigation,

particularly in calm and hazy weather when no ‘breakers’ are to be seen.” To offset this the Government established a number of unmanned lights on such hazardous places as Quarry Island, Dhu Reef, Coquet, Clerk and Piper Islands. The booklet also includes pay rates for the workers who constructed these navigational aids, and these are worth reviewing. The currency of the day being pounds, shillings and pence, has been converted to dollars and cents, without allowance for changing values. Season 1914 - 1916 Quarry, Dhu Reef, Coquet, Clerk and Piper Island Foreman $2 per day Fitter $1.88 “ “ Cook $2.28 “ “ Carpenter $1.50 “ “ Leading Hand $1.40 “ “ Labourer $1.20 “ “ Pile Driver $1.70 “ “ The weekly food allowances for these workers is also listed, and we include some here to give an idea of how they were fed in

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IT has been an unusually interesting couple of weeks, with Cooktown residents poring over their copies of The Cooktown Local News to study the Foreshore Master Plan. This is the Holy Grail, the real thing, the genuine article that states what our planners are prepared to approve in the interests of the ratepayers. And if you look at the omissions, you can presumably guess what they will not approve. Still, this is only step one. As anyone who has tried knows, having brilliant ideas and designing a project are the easy bits. Most of our ideas come to grief on the next stage, when the hopeful ratepayer presents his project to the Shire and receives his own personal list of 50 different reasons why it can’t happen. Or conditions that make it so expensive he would have to be crazy to proceed. Looking at the Master Plan, you have to wonder exactly how things are going to work. Does the Shire nominate one of its hard-working officers to carry parts of the plan out to the car park, and then back through the front door to reception? I can

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just imagine the poor soul stuttering, “I’ve got some plans and designs I’d like to discuss with the Planning Department.” I can foresee a big expansion in the ranks of our bureaucrats. The Master Plan is so big and complex that preparing personalised lists of objections to every stage is going to be difficult. How are our harassed planning officials going to cope? This is serious stuff, and it’s no good simply granting exemptions to projects coming from the Shire. That would be the start of a slippery slope. Do it once, and everyone and his dog would be claiming exemptions for this or that, and then where would we be? No, we’re just going to have to bite the bullet and hire more planners. That’s the only way we can get The Plan to proceed at its proper measured pace. Remember, we are doing this for our grandchildren, and they will want View to be involved in its implementation from too. the Hill

THE Cooktown District Community Centre in partnership with the Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation have plenty of activities to offer children of all ages during the school holiday period. And there are even some events which include adults. A full program of events is included in our What’s On column on page 2.

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Smells like Christmas spirit THIS week we have Christmas contributions from two special ladies. Sylvia, at 93 and more than half-blind, who continues to write and Mary, mother of locals Bunny and Simmo, who continues to charm Cooktowners on her visits here. “Christmas Joy” Summer months are with us And Christmas not far away. The shops are aglow with tinsel and baubles And of course a Christmas tree. Greeting cards are rolling in. Oh dear! Who have I missed With my indifferent eyesight? I often get in a tizz! Invitations to parties are arriving. It is so nice to go out and have some fun. All too soon the Wet Season will be upon us. Then the days will seem a little glum. By SYLVIA GERAGHTY. “Christmas According to Santa” Santa starting out on his Christmas run Said, “I hope once again I can get this done. The reason my beard and my hair are so white Is that I worry all year, ‘Can I still get it right?’ Of course a lot depends on the weather And the elves and the reindeer working together. It’s quite a job I try to achieve, To bring together all those who believe. As a result of that long ago birth Each year Heaven comes down and touches The Earth. So you celebrate and give thanks to that ‘Special Son’. All the blessings of Christmas to everyone!” By MARY BOZZO. There is only one more opportunity to Writers’ include your Christmas Writings in our Corner column. Email (speedily) to: thekellers@ or post (in haste) to: P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895.

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Cyclone Yasi bearing down on the Queensland coast at the start of the year. Photo courtesy of NASA.

THE completion and opening of Cooktown’s multi-purpose Events Centre earlier this year, has given locals a safe haven in the event of a serious storm. Built to withstand a Category 5 cyclone, the Events Centre is the official Cyclone Shelter for the Shire and will hold a maximum 1200 persons if required. “If a cyclone is approaching, the building may be declared open by the Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group to provide short term shelter for the duration of that cyclone for those who feel unsafe in their own home,” Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said. “Once the threat has passed and it is safe to do so, those in the shelter will return to their homes.” Mayor Scott said if some homes suffer serious damage and are unsafe to live in, the facility will be reopened as the official Evacuation and/or Recovery Centre for Cooktown and its surrounds, where temporary accommodation, food and clothing will be provided for those affected. Mayor Scott said while the cyclone shelter

will be available to anyone, the message remained clear that in the event of a cyclone, the best place to shelter is in the smallest room of your own home or in the home of a friend or family member. “You should prepare your household now by completing any general home maintenance, having an emergency kit ready and discussing your emergency plan with your family and neighbours.” Residents concerned about the safety of their family pets during a cyclone can take heart that pets - domestic cats and dogs - will be allowed into the shelter, but they must be registered with the Cook Shire Council and must be in a secure cage at all times. All animals will be placed in a secure area of the Cyclone Shelter away from the general population. With the cyclone season rapidly approaching, residents are being urged to start their home maintenance and clean-up program now. All rubbish should be cleared, and in the event of an approaching cyclone, objects which can become missiles in high winds

should be taken indoors. These might include children’s toys and play equipment, loose fence palings, sheet metal or building materials. Pantries need to well-stocked with nonperishable food items, including powdered milk and a plentiful supply of drinking water - enough to cope with a sustained period of isolation should that occur. A torch and a battery-powered radio with a plentiful supply of fresh batteries are also vital accessories. A camp stove for cooking purposes in the event of long power outages will also help provide residents with hot meals after a storm event has passed. Emergency kits are available from the Cooktown District Community Centre or residents can compile their own using the list provided on Emergency Management Queensland’s website www.emergency.qld. and further information about ensuring your pet’s safety before and during a cyclone can be found at the Emergency Queensland website www.

The Bureau of Meteorology tells us that the tropical cyclone season extends from November 1 through to April 30. What they can’t tell us is the number of cyclones and their severity this season. What good sense tells us is to be prepared for all eventualities. This special report, across our four regional newspapers, aims to assist our readers to make the necessary preparations to keep themselves and also their property safe in the event of a major cyclone. TORRES NEWS

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Cyclone Watch A Cyclone Watch is issued if a cyclone is likely to affect coastal or island communities within 48 hours. The Cyclone Watch will tell you where the cyclone is, what its movement is, how strong it is and identify the areas that could be affected by it. A Cyclone Watch is renewed 6 hourly, a Warning Phase is renewed 3 hourly, a Serious Threat 1 hourly and Flash Cyclone Advice is issued immediately. - Re-check your property for any loose material and tie down (or fill with water) all large, relatively light items such as boats and rubbish bins. - Fill vehicles’ fuel tanks. Check your emergency kit and fill water containers. - Ensure household members know which is the strongest part of the house and what to do in the event of a cyclone warning or an evacuation. - Tune in to your local radio/TV for further information and warnings. 82 Charlotte Street, Cooktown - Check that the neigh1It'BY bours are aware of the Mobile 0447 695 117 situation and are preparEmail: ing.

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Cyclone Warning A Cyclone Warning is issued when gales or stronger winds are expected to affect coastal or island communities within 24 hours. In addition to the information provided with a Cyclone Watch, a Cyclone Warning will tell you of any forecasts of heavy rainfall, flooding and abnormally high tides. When a cyclone warning is issued - Depending on official advice provided by your local authorities as the event evolves, the following actions may be warranted: - If requested by local authorities, collect children from school or childcare centre and go home. - Park vehicles under solid shelter (hand brake on and in gear). - Put wooden or plastic outdoor furniture in your pool or inside with other loose items. - Close shutters or board-up or heavily tape all windows. Draw curtains and lock doors. - Have your emergency and evacuation kits ready along with essential medications, baby formula, nappies, valuables, important papers, photos and momentos in waterproof bags to be taken with you. Large/heavy valuables could be protected in a strong cupboard. - Remain indoors (with your pets). Stay turned to your local radio/TV for further information.

When a Cyclone Advice is Issued Listen to your radio and ensure your family can safely reach home or find a secure place if the threat increases. Check your Cyclone Emergency Kit is ready. Note: Managers of resorts, hotels, motels and caravan parks should take steps to ensure visitors are aware of the dangers and know what to do in the event of a cyclone. Free Protecting Caravans pamphlets are available from your State/Territory Emergency Service.

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provides some form of shelter for those unable to make alternative, safer arrangements. The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) considers a place of refuge to be an appropriate option in these circumstances but is unable to make any guarantee that the facilities chosen will survive a direct impact from a severe cyclone. A place of refuge should be the last option for consideration and is provided for urgent, immediate shelter for the provision of life. Places of refuge are only opened with the explicit instruction of the local disaster coordinator. Wardens are situated in each of the Cook Shire communities to open the places of refuge.

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An evacuation centre is a facility that has been designated by the LDMG for the provision of temporary shelter, food, clothing and assistance to people after a disaster situation e.g. cyclone. It may operate in the same building that the cyclone shelter or place of refuge operated from. It may be open for several weeks.


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God’s way is the only way Ecclesiastes 2:1-23 NOT only was King Solomon the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:12), he was also blessed with wealth beyond imagination and the privilege of building God’s temple. So we might expect him to know deep contentment. In searching for that deep fulfillment, Solomon devoted himself to exploring all kinds of things. Ecclesiastes tells us he indulged in the pleasures of the world, even dabbling in pursuits he recognised as folly to see if there was anything worthwhile in them. But the satisfaction Solomon sought evaded him, and he concluded that self-indulgence was without value. To feel content, the king tried another avenue: personal achievement. He undertook great projects, such as building houses for himself, improving the environment with gardens and parks and carrying out an extensive irrigation project (Eccl. 2:6). The king had everything he could ever need to enjoy life, but in the end, he concluded it was all without meaning. The story has a familiar ring doesn’t it? Our world has many highly educated and successful people, but there is also much dissatisfaction with life. Our culture pursues pleasure and does not accept limits on its passions. Sadly, such lack of restraint has ruined countless lives. Solomon had the wisdom and resources to accomplish whatever he chose to do. Yet the goals he pursued brought no lasting satisfaction. He concluded that the best course was to obey God (12:13). True enjoyment comes when we align ourselves with His will. Any other way is meaningless. Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church

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6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Pyramid 10:30 Kitchen Whiz 11:00 Australian Fishing Championships 11:30 Australian Masters Golf 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 The Wildlife Man Featuring David Ireland 6:00 National News 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Red Gold - A modern-day prospector’s death is investigated and Lisbon is injured, prompting Hightower to join Jane in the field for the first time. 9:30 Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here 11:30 Flashpoint: Business As Usual - A CEO is taken hostage after a mortgage scheme goes bad and the team is called in to resolve the situation. Meanwhile, the team must recruit a new member while Jules is injured. 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 10:30 The Davincibles 11:00 Children’ Programs 2:00 Movie: “Miracle” (PG l) 4:30 Special: Martin Clunes: A Man And His Dogs - Part 2 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Christmas Special: The Vicar Of Dibley 7:30 Dog Patrol 8:00 Coastwatch 8:30 Bones 9:30 Castle: “A Deadly Game” Nothing is as it seems when Castle and Beckett investigate what appears to be the assassination of an intelligence operative. 10:30 Royal Pains 11:30 Love Bites: “Sky High” Judd talks Colleen into trying some of the treats he purchased at a medical marijuana store. But just as the two are really enjoying their lazy Sunday ‘fun day’ they realize they are late for a family Christening. 12:30 Auction Squad 1:30 The Real Seachange 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 UEFA Europa League Highlights 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 Celtic Woman: Songs From The Heart 4:00 Life On Fire: Volcano Doctors 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Surrounding The Depths 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Bible: A History: The Last Judgement - Since it was written in the first century AD, the Book of Revelation has been seen as one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible. 8:30 The Promice 10:30 Movie: “Shall We Kiss?” (PG) - In French. Emmanuel Mouret’s romantic comedy begins with two strangers, Emilie and Gabriel, who end up attracted to each other, even though they both are involved in relationships with others. When Gabriel asks Emilie for a kiss goodnight after a dinner together, she refuses, explaining that a single kiss can alter a life. 12:15 Movie: “Dhoom” (M v) - Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jai Dixit, is determined to catch a gang of thieves who deliver pizzas by day and use their customised motorbikes for robberies at night. But the gang, headed by the cool-headed and arrogant Kabir, seem unstoppable. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight


SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 Korean News 5:45 UEFA Europa League 8:10 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: Tour Of Corsice 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Bournemouth to Plymouth 8:30 As It Happened: Convoy: War For The Atlantic: Wolfpack Rising 9:30 World News Australia 10:05 Sex Magic, Manifesting Maya 11:35 Movie: “The Manual Of Love” (M l,s) - In Italian. An enchanting comedy starring Margherita Buy that follows the lives of four couples looking for, discovering or holding onto love. The four interlocking stories revolve around a CD called The Manual of Love, and each features a different couple. 1:35 Movie: “Everything” (MA l,n,s) - A deeply affecting and wholly compelling drama about family secrets. Richard, a middle-aged man, keeps visiting a prostitute but just wants to talk. She goes along with it until he starts asking questions. Is he just a loner or is there a different reason for him to come here? 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Stuff 5:30 Collectors 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:35 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs: Brighton 6:50 Minuscule: Come Christmas 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?: The Sheiling 8:30 The Hour 9:30 Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour: Greece 10:25 ABC News: Late Edition 10:35 Silent Witness: Death’s Door: Part 1 11:30 Darling Buds Of May: A Season Of Heavenly Gifts (PG) - Pop meets an ex-RAF type and has a sudden windfall although he manages to fall foul of shady property developer Marcus Cope. 12:20 The Hour: In the final episode Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth; Hector and Bel make a decision about their affair; and the team prepares to report on the Suez crisis. 1:20 Agatha Christie: Poirot: Third Girl 3:00 Bowls: Australia Vs RSA 2011: Coverage of all the action when Australia take on South Africa at the Moonta Bowls Club on South Australia’s copper coast.

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 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 Affair 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition” 8:00 Hot In Cleveland 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 Harry’s Law: Sins Of The Father 10:30 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition 11:30 Undercovers: Funny Money - Steven and Samantha’s latest mission---tracking down stolen currency plates that could be used to make counterfeit money---requires the duo to work with Steven’s estranged brother. 12:30 The Avengers: Superlative Seven - Steed is pleased to receive an invitation to a fancy dress party, held by explorer, Sir George Robertson. 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Christmas Movie Special: “All I Want for Christmas” (G) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Find My Family 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Discover Tasmania 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 8:00 Highway Patrol: “Racy Rider” When officers pull over a teenager driving his mum’s car, they decide to check his story with his mother. 8:30 Criminal Minds: “Reflection Of Desire” Twenty-something Kelly Landis is missing for three days before being found dead in a back alley. 9:30 Air Crash Investigations 10:30 Royal Pains 11:30 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “Kim Becomes A Diva” 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Arc Of Fire 2:00 Deepwater Disaster - The Untold Story 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Global Village: Margaret River: From The Ocean To The Vine 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Dodge A Bullet 8:30 Man Vs Wild: China 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Housos: Birthday 10:30 The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space - Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt tell the story behind The Mighty Boosh in their own words. They visit locations key to their past, including the comedy club where they first performed and the studio where the radio show was recorded; now an organic supermarket. 11:30 The World Game 12:30 Movie: “Keane” (M l,s,a) - A mentally ill man wanders around Port Authority bus terminal in New York asking strangers if they have seen his missing six-year-old daughter. But is the loss real or imaginary?And is his interest in helping young girls innocent and of a fatherly nature, or is it due to a darker, scarier motive. 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Colour Of Magic” (PG v,h) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Find My Family 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Discover Tasmania 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue: The RSPCA steps in to re-home an ostrich who has spent his whole life living in the backyard of a motel in suburban Sydney. Meanwhile, a woman is left with a diamond python when her husband moves out. She surrenders it to the RSPCA but her husband wants it back. And in Queensland, inspectors discover a property overrun by puppies who aren’t being properly cared for. 7:30 Better Homes & Gardens Summer 8:30 TBA 10:30 Natural Myteries 11:45 Perfect Couples 12:15 Special: The Gibb River Road And Beyond - Malcolm Douglas captures the grandeur of the remote Gibb River Road, one of the great 4-wheel drive adventure treks of Australia. 2:05 Auction Squad / 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today

4:00 Rage 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Seven Ages Of Britain 1:35 Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Turn Back Time: The High Street: WWII 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Nigella Kitchen: Safety In Numbers 8:30 Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas 9:35 Grumpy Guide To Christmas 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:45 Spooks 11:40 The Pursuit Of Excellence: Hairworld - Stylists and models from Team USA compete at the International HairWorld Championship in Moscow. 12:40 Carols From St Patrick’s 1:40 Monarch Of The Glen 2:30 Movie: “Holiday Affair” (G) - A story about a boy whose Christmas wish is a train set. His widowed mother is torn between two suitors and making a better life for her son.

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 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 Affair 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Hofstadter Isotope” 8:00 The Middle 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “Nine Magic Fingers” (M s) 9:00 Mike & Molly: “Victoria’s Birthday” 9:30 Survivor: South Pacific 10:30 Nothing Trivial: Who Wrote The Art Of War? 11:30 The Unusuals: Crime Slut - A cash-strapped Beaumont is at a pawn shop when the place gets robbed. The female suspect is later seen robbing a bridal shop with a different male accomplice. Elsewhere, Banks and Delahoy look for a missing man who was previously thought to be dead. 12:30 20/20 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Christmas Movie Special: “What I Did For Love” (PG v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Find My Family 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Discover Tasmania 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 8:00 Highway Patrol: “Superman” Officers in pursuit of a speeding bike must call off the dangerous chase, however, it doesn’t take them long to make a case breaking identification. 8:30 TBA 11:15 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “Rob’s New Girlfriend / Khloe Wants To Act” Rob falls in love with a popstar and Kris gets chickens for the house. Then, Khloe pursues an acting career much to the dismay of Kim. And Bruce gets a major style makeover. 12:10 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: “Not By Chance” (PG) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of the Great Cities of Europe 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Desperately Seeking Doctors: The Kimberley 8:30 Go Back To Where You Came From 9:30 World News Australia 10:10 Hot Docs: Thriller in Manilla - This was the third and final famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines on 1 October, 1975. The bout is often ranked as one of the greatest fights of 20th century boxing, and is the climax to the bitter rivalry between Ali and Frazier over who was the legitimate Heavyweight Champion. 11:50 Movie: “Casanegra” (M v,l) - In Arabic. Two petty crooks, Adil and Karim, live in the Moroccan city of Casablanca or ‘Casanegra’ as they know it. To escape their bleak lives, they decide to carry out one last criminal job that could either guarantee their freedom or destroy them. 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 8:00 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 Hi-5 12:30 Australian Masters Golf 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 Alive And Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affiar 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” (PG) 7:30 In Their Footsteps 8:00 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “West” (AV s,l,a,v,d) - Pete and Jerry are cousins living in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, where life consists of drinking, getting stoned and hanging out. However, things change forever when Pete and Jerry both fall in love with the same girl. 2:30 The Avengers: Epic - Z.Z. von Schnerk, a mad Teutonic film director of the Erich von Stroheim variety, along with his has-been leading actor and actress, Stewart Kirby and Damita Syn, capture Mrs. Peel in an effort to make a movie about her life and exciting adventures. Unfortunately it is to end with her violent death so Steed has to follow the clues to find her. 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 A Very Specky Christmas 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 How The Earth Made Us 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Henry VIII: Mind Of A Tyrant 1:30 Bush Slam 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue Revisits 6:50 Minuscule: O Tannenbaum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Outnumbered 8:30 QI: Fire And Freezing 9:00 The Thick Of It 9:35 TBA 10:05 The Trip: L’Enclume 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:45 Michael Mclntyre’s Comedy Roadshow: Birmingham 11:30 5 Lost At Sea: A sailing adventure of a lifetime for Jesse Martin, the world’s youngest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and his five young crew turns sour when tensions and conflicting expectations arise. A journey about growing up. 12:25 Ten Minute Tales: Let It Snow 1:05 The Trip: L’Enclume 1:35 The Chaser’s War On Repeats 2:00 Football: W-League: Melbourne Victory Vs Brisbane Roar

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 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 Affair 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:30 RBT 8:30 TBA 10:30 True CSI: Cold Blood - When Catherine Carroll is found dead on the bathroom floor of her Newfoundland home, her 19 year old son is wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Will DNA evidence set him free? And can forensic science nab the real killer before he strikes again? 11:30 Live At The Chapel Presents... Eskimo Joe and Electro-pop’s finest, PNAU play a thrilling double-bill at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Sydney’s Newtown. 12:00 Take 40 Live Lounge 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Christmas Movie Special: “Grandpa For Christmas” (PG a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Find My Family 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Discover Tasmania 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Highway Patrol: “Car Full Of Kids” Senior Constable Christine Bosley checks a vehicle that’s not roadworthy but the driver isn’t what she’s expect either. 7:30 World’s Strictest Parents 8:40 Criminal Minds: “Into The Woods” (M a,v) - When an eightyear-old is found murdered on the Appalachian Trail, the BAU team goes deep into its forests to search for the killer, who they suspect is hiding in the wilderness and targeting children. 9:40 TBA 12:05 Sons And Daughters: Rob’s attempt to save his marriage ends in heartbreak and David is appalled to hear of Patricia’s manipulations. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Keys to the House” (PG) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of the Great Cities of Europe 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Explore: Africa’s Rift Valley 8:30 One Born Every Minute: In the series finale, it’s an emotional time for two sets of parents as they cope with the trauma of emergency deliveries. Caroline and Chris Pike are expecting triplets, but one of them is much smaller than his brothers. There’s a risk he could die, and endanger the lives of his brothers. Caroline is told that she is to be booked in for a Caesarean section at seven months. Meanwhile, Sarah and Nando are expecting their first baby, but when monitoring picks up that the baby’s heartbeat is dipping, Sarah is booked in for an emergency Caesarean. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “Tulpan” (M n) - In Russian. On the harsh steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa, a dreamer who’s recently finished a stint in the Russian Navy, wants to establish a life by owning his own flock of sheep. But the ‘comrade boss’ tells him he’s got to marry first, since an unmarried herdsman cannot survive there. 11:50 112 Emergency / 1:20 Weatherwatch Overnight


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 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Chopper Rescue 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Land Girls 2:10 TBA 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Eat Cake And Be Merry 6:25 World Cafe Asia: Yunnan 6:50 Minuscule: Insect High Velocity 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 My Family: Germs Of Endearment - Ben and Susan’s trip to Spain starts out being an anniversary present from Janey and Michael, but they then discover they have to pay for it. 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Dogleg Murders: Inspectors Barnaby and Jones are back on the trail of another killer in the Midsomer villages, this time at the prestigious Whiteoaks golf club. 10:05 The Old Guys: Hospital 10:40 ABC News: Late Edition 10:50 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 11:45 Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union - Tracey Ullman continues her tour across America showcasing her vast array of original characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits, that range from sardonic parody to social satire. 12:15 Rage

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Island Life 5:50 Treasure Hunt 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 ABC News 24 Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Tess Of The D’Urbervilles 1:30 The Old Guys 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage Christmas Special 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Jimmy’s Food Factory: Jimmy’s Christmas Food Factory 8:30 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 9:25 Greatest Cities Of The World With Griff Jones: London 10:15 ABC News: Late Edition 10:25 Bastard Boys: Sean’s War 11:25 Live From Abbey Road: The Killers/ Florence And The Machine/ Chairlift - Capturing high quality performances from both cutting edge artists and established acts, this critically acclaimed series continues to re-define music television. 12:10 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas - There’s so much more to Christmas food than turkey and Gordon prepares a wonderful array of alternative dishes from roast ham to a festive twist on his classic Beef Wellington. 12:55 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Cads And Bounders 1:30 Hungry Beast 2:00 Basketball: WNBL: Logan Vs Townsville

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne Summer Series 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 Affair 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Unforgettable 9:30 CSI: NY - Party Down - A tractor-trailer carrying a group of party guests crashes into the Hudson River and several of the invitees drown. The evidence suggests it wasn’t an accident but rather premeditated murder, so the CSIs search for a common link between the victims. 10:30 Nothing Trivial: Which Street In LA Is Known As ‘Bad Boy Drive”? 11:30 Rubicon: Wayward Sons 12:30 The Baron 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 Christmas Movie Special: “The Christmas Card” (PG v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Find My Family 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Discover Tasmania 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 9:00 Happy Endings: “Why Can’t You Read Me?” Alex and Jane’s sibling rivalry heats up. Dave dates an extremelly attractive woman, but there’s a bit of a catch when he discovers her unusual quirk. 9:30 TBA 11:30 30 Rock 12:00 Trauma: “Crossed Wires (Season Finale)” - In an explosive season finale, a problem with dispatch creates chaos when medics are sent scrambling to the wrong locations. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 Inspector Rex: The Man with a Thousand Faces 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Under the Spell of Horses: Morocco 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita 8:00 One Man and His Campervan: North Devon 8:30 The Family: And So This is Christmas 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “36 Quai Des Orfevres” (MAV v) - In French. In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion and the imminent departure of the Chief sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne. 12:00 Movie: “The Woodsman” (MA a) - With his 12-year prison stretch reaching an end, convicted paedophile Walter faces an uncertain walk back into the free world. Attempting to keep his previous indiscretions secret from prying eyes, Walter tries to piece together his shattered life by finding a job and an apartment. 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight

16 – Cooktown Local News 15 - 21 December 2011



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

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You may be feeling a little less sociable than usual. This will come from a recent disagreement with a friend or sibling but will have no long lasting consequence. Romance. It is your personal life that will be in your thoughts at the moment. Be sure not to fixate on any problems that will emerge as you will soon realise that you have been exaggerating a little.



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

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A bright idea could save everyone a lot of time and money really soon. There is one drawback that you will have to work on, however. Romance. Your focus will be more on work, and not your partner, this week. Their mind will be on one thing, yours on another. Be sure to treat them when the time is right!

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

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A powerful aspect to Jupiter will bring you great luck. Take whatever ideas you have and go with them, but do not do this alone if you want these to bear fruit. Romance. A positive mood will help you to make a decision which you have been putting off. This would be a good time to make a move with your partner.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A surprise move later in the week may leave you wondering what is going on. Talk to a person whom you can trust – your other colleagues may not be so quick to tell you everything. Romance. A power-struggle between you and your partner will not help either of you. Do your best to settle a recent dispute in a way which satisfies both sides.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You will have more energy than you have had for some time. Use the opportunity to do something constructive. Romance. The best time for romance will come at the end of this week. You should embark on a quick trip away and not allow yourself to take no for an answer.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may find it difficult to tolerate people who don’t know what they are doing. You won’t appreciate having to clear up a mess caused by someone else. Romance. If you are able to relax properly this will be an excellent week for both of you. Be especially careful not to get into arguments, especially ones involving money. You won’t be in a mood for compromise at the moment!

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


You may be spending too much time helping other people, and not enough on looking after your own needs. Don’t feel responsible for other people’s chores. Romance. Try not to view your partner as predictable and this might not be the case. A powerful aspect to Uranus will have your feelings move around but you should allow your partner to surprise you.

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

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) This will be an extremely creative time for you. Anything that you have been planning, or putting off, should be let loose for you to play with. Romance. A stable and lucky period for romance lends itself to making a giant step with your partner. This goes especially for the end of this week.

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


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Your ability to spot a financial opportunity will help to bring in some money just when you need it most. Make sure you don’t take any more risks than you have to, however. Romance. Time spent with someone whom you hardly know could prove interesting. This person may be much keener on you than you realised. Don’t expect any dramatic developments for the time being, however.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

– Benjamin Franklin

A favourable aspect to Jupiter will help to bring a little more luck into your life over the next few days. Don’t miss an opportunity just because a friend tries to put you off. Romance. Your self-confidence will be especially high at the moment. You may need to be the one who takes the initiative in a new relationship.


PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the confidence you need to sort out a long-standing problem. You need to deal head-on with an issue which you have been trying to avoid. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.

Your boss will be in a strange mood this week. You should try to keep a low profile, and do your best not to make any mistakes in your work. Romance. Good communications will be essential for your relationship today. Work on being persuasive before wandering into any new territory.

A few negative comments this week may sap your confidence for a while. You need to take the remarks in context, however, and not overreact. Romance. A person whom you have known for some time may still be interested in you. They will do their best to pretend not to be interested, but their actions will give them away.

1..... Kind of firearm (7) 2..... Boom time, gold strike (7) 3..... Found on helicopter (5) 4..... Hurricane (7) 5..... Red wine (6) 6..... Shout (4) 9..... Readable (7) 13... Canadian / US waterfall (7) 14... Fit of bad temper (7) 15... Sea mammal (7) 16... German capital (6) 19... Whirlpool (4) 21... Window glass (4)

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

1..... Take away one number from another (8) 5..... Coral island (3) 7..... Precious stone (5) 8..... Petrol additive (7) 10... Far away (6) 11 ... Questionnare (4) 12... Very old (7) 17... Tiny particle (4) 18... Remember (6) 20... Gravestone inscription (7) 22... Currency (6) 23... Japanese coin (3) 24... Local government official (8)


You will struggle to gets things organised over this week. A meeting with a close friend will help to sort things out in your mind. Romance. Do your best to avoid getting into a power struggle with your partner. Big changes are afoot and both of you will be tense and the onus will be on you to not let tensions boil over.

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



ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Emotions will be running high for you at the moment. Although this is a positive thing for romance, you must be careful when it comes to dealing with friends. Romance. This should be a very rewarding time, both for you and for your partner. An intimate dinner will go well and be truly memorable.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You will feel a nagging urge that you initially cannot put your finger on. This will be due to the fact that you want something more than you never have before. Don’t let this feeling wane without acting upon it. Romance. You will be tempted away from thinking about your partner as you have many other things on your mind. Be sure to talk this out with your partner.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) Domestic matters will go spectacularly well for you and your family at the moment, whether these be financial or material. Take advantage of how this makes you feel. Romance. Try not to disguise the way you feel at this point in your relationship. Your partner would appreciate an honest approach.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Now will be a good time to stop putting things off. This is particularly so if you have a chance to re-organise or start rebuilding your finances. Don’t necessarily go with the flow. Romance. You may be a little slow to tell your partner how you feel about them. They need to hear it loud and clear otherwise you will have a more to make up than what you could gain!

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CooKtoWN Skip Bins. Commercial and domestic rubbish removal and disposal. Ph 4069 5851 or 0417 962 581.

eXperIeNCeD house cleaner needed, 4 to 6 hours a week. Apply by Ph 4069 5406

StaNDBy Response Service. Support and information for people bereaved by suicide. Ph 0439 722 266. 24 hours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 days per week.

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Chief Executive OfďŹ cer Mossman Region Far North Queensland Jabalbina is the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Jabalbina Yalanji Land Trust. Jabalbina is the Eastern Kuku Yalanji organisation responsible for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Traditional Estate and the cultural, social and economic development on that estate. Jabalbina is seeking an Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer under a transitional arrangement working alongside the current CEO. The Chief Executive Officer will lead the organisation through its next challenging stage of development with the assistance of a small staff team and the support of strong Directors. The successful candidate will be able to utilise both their traditional and contemporary knowledge and skillsets to give effect to the aspiration of Bama working for Bama through engagement with the Government, philanthropic and private sectors. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the environment in which PBCs and Land Trusts operate, along with a sound understanding of the cultural, social, environmental and economic issues affecting Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama specifically, and Indigenous people of Far North Queensland more generally. A remuneration package commensurate with skills and experience will be offered to the successful candidate. To obtain an application package (including selection criteria which must be addressed in the application), contact Jabalbina office on (07) 4098 5500 or email: Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday, January 16, 2012.

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petS & LIVeStoCK FarrIer. Ron Searle will be in Cooktown and Lakeland DECEMBER 17, 18 & 19 Trims $30, shoes $70. Ph 0427 846 336.

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Saturday December 17 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm Cooktown Pool PHONE: Sue Clark 4069 5891 or 4069 5340


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CoNtaINerS for sale or hire. Ph Cooktown Towing & Mechanical 4069 5545.

For SaLe CoMMoDore 1995 sedan, automatic, air conditioning, power steering, very good condition. $2990. Cooktown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 month or 1000km statutory warranty. Ph: 0407 753 570

For SaLe MaGNa 1998 sedan, auto, air conditioning, power steering, very good condition. Beautiful on the road $3990. Any test. Cooktown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 month or 1000km statutory warranty. Ph: 0407 753 570.

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GaraGe SaLe puBLIC NotICeS CIVIL celebrant Kathleen Roberts. Naming Ceremonies, Marriages, Funeral Co-ordination. 4069 5004 or 0427 695 004

NotICe oF aGM CooKtoWN Amateur Turf Club announce Annual General Meeting to be held 11 AM, Sun 22nd January 2012. All members encouraged to attend.

MeetING NotICe SHort meeting for Rossville & District Citizens Association at 5pm, at the hall, Saturday, December 24. Followed by a Christmas party, BYO drinks and plate.

tHaNK you tHaNKS to Cook Shire Council for the road upgrade in Rossville recently.

property SoLD on the weekend. Lot 31 Sir Ken Morris Drive. Just 29 and 30 left now. Gates open 1 more week for inspection. Are you looking for property and have a good job? What are you waiting for? Man up and get on the land! Prices are low, interest rates are falling, now is the smart time to buy if you can. I can show you how. Phone Allan Morris on0457 958 807. Merry Xmas! Free herd of cattle thrown in if you get in before Xmas.

would like to thank our valued customers for their support throughout the year. Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


Cooktown Local We will be closed from

Thursday, December 22, 2011, to Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Cooktown Bowls Club

NOTICE of AGM The Cooktown Bowls Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 10.30am, Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the Bowls Club. All fully afďŹ liated members are welcome to attend. Nominations for 2012 ofďŹ ce bearers close on Saturday, December 3, with forms available from the Bowls Club. Secretary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kimberley Roberts

UNIT FOR RENT Available mid December.

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COOKTOWN MEDICAL CENTRE The Doctors and staff at the Cooktown Medical Centre wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. We wish to advise the Surgery will be closed from Sunday, December 25, 2011, and will be reopening on Wednesday December 28, 2011. The surgery will also be closed on New Yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day Holiday, Monday, January 2, 2012. We will return to normal work hours from Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Please ensure you have your supply of regular medications before the Christmas holiday break.


Umbrella tree’s fruit a delight for wildlife

Umbrella Tree, Schefflera actinophylla. Photo: SANDY LLOYD. THE Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla), is native to tropical rainforests and gallery forests in northern Queensland, north of the tropic of Capricorn, New Guinea and Java. Schefflera actinophylla is a tree in the Araliaceae family which is typified by the “umbrella” arrangement of leaves and inflorescence (flowering stalks). Common names include Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree and Amate. The name Schefflera, is after J C Scheffler a 19th century botanist, while actinophylla means leaflets radiating from a central point. An evergreen tree growing to

15m tall, it has compound medium green leaves in groups of seven leaves. It is usually multi-trunked and often grows as an epiphyte on other rainforest trees. The flowers develop at the top of the tree. The flowering spikes radiate out at the top of the branches like spokes in a wheel and these bear numerous small umbels of red flowers which are followed by fleshy red berries. The racemes, up to two metres long, contain up to 1000 small flowers. Flowering begins in early summer and typically continues for several months. These 1000 flowers generate

large amounts of nectar which attracts honey-eating birds which then spread the seeds. The fruits are eaten by many birds, especially Lorikeets, and animals including Musky Rat Kangaroos, Red-legged Pademelons and Spectacled Flying Foxes. Its leaves are a favourite food of the Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo and the presence of this amazing creature can be noticed by the tattered leaves on top of the Umbrella Tree. There is also a white-flowered Umbrella Tree. Propagation is by seed or cuttings. It prefers well-drained soil and only needs occasional watering and feeding to thrive. The species is also widely used as an indoor container plant in many areas as it tolerates permanent indoor cultivation well. In some areas it can become weedy as the seeds are spread in bird droppings and germinate readily. The plant prefers a sheltered, moist area in the garden and full sun should be avoided to avoid damage to the foliage. If a plant grows too tall, heavy pruning to near ground level will induce vigorous new growth. It is, however, an aggressive plant and its roots can dominate surrounding soil and roots can pressurise building foundations and block plumbing joints and pipes. In its natural ecosystem, it has maintained a balance with other native species,

however, when it is grown in southern Queensland, this fastgrowing invader out-competes local native species. An Umbrella Tree can be seen from the verandah of Natures PowerHouse in the Botanic Gar-

dens and many places around town. There is also, surprisingly, another Cooktown Orchid that has just flowered. Sandy Lloyd 4060 3102

Passion for Plants


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For further information please contact Principal Peter Coates on 4069 5155 or 0429 473 706 or email Information packs and enrolment forms are available at Endeavour Pharmacy

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Carols by Candlelight

7pm, Sunday, December 18 in Endeavour Park • Preceeded by FREE Sausage Sizzle (courtesy of the Lions Club) at 6pm • FREE glo-sticks and lollies for the children • Bring a rug or chair

Alternate venue if WET weather Cooktown Events Centre

• Remember to bring a rug. Chairs provided

Come and celebrate Christmas with the Family… See you there! Carols are conducted by the Combined Christian Churches of Cooktown

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Enquiries: Pastor Peter – Phone 4069 5155 Cooktown Local News 15 - 21 December 2011 – 21


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Marlin Coast Veterinary Surgery Will be visiting Cooktown WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 from 2pm and THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 until 12 noon Clinic is at the CWA rooms

Teenage cassowary shows small wattle, lack of cacque and pinlike wing feathers. Photo: MIKE D’ARCY.



Sylvia Geraghty 4069 5337 or Clinic 4057 6033 Appointments are essential

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Bus Services DEPARTS CAIRNS Inland Wed, Fri and Sun at 7am Coastal Mon, Wed and Fri at 7am DEPARTS COOKTOWN Inland Wed, Fri and Sun at 1.30pm Coastal Tues, Thurs and Sat at 7.30am INLAND SERVICE – Mon, Tues & Thur Departs Cairns 7am. Arrives CTN 11.30pm. Departs Cooktown 12noon. Arrives CNS 4.30pm. AGENTS COOKTOWN (Photo Shop) 4069 5446 BLOOMFIELD (Ayton Store) 4060 8125 LAKELAND (Mobil Roadhouse) 4060 2188

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PETER and Adrienne Dale from just north of Wellington in New Zealand spent a few days in the region, including an unforgettable trip to Cooktown recently. Before retirement, Peter headed up the Hillary Commission, the NZ equivalent of our Australian Sports Commission. In his youth, he was a tour guide and pack-carrier on the Milford Track, so he knows Australia and loves the bush. I asked him what he had spotted on his time in the Daintree. “Two cassowaries and an emu,” was his prompt and unshakeable response. I explained as gently as one can to our increasingly successful Kiwi friends (World Cup Rugby and now the second cricket test) that the emu was actually a teenage cassowary, just like the one in this photo. The photo clearly shows the very young, and as yet, colourless wattle, lack of a head cacque and the few long pin feathers that are incipient wings that will never really grow to full working order. I have variously heard visitors mistake jungle fowl or scrub fowl mounds for cassowary nests. Also, scrub turkeys are sometimes mistaken for small cassowaries, which made me think. How much do we know about the cassowary and its habits? A fair bit it seems, but with lots of gaps. I have used as my best authority a report issued by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment. Just Google “southern cassowary life cycle”, and choose from there. Tentatively, I have grabbed a few of the


Transport Solutions Body Truck Monday to Friday Departs Cooktown for Cairns approx 4pm daily

Chiller and Freezer Product accepted in Cairns Monday – Thursday by 3pm For delivery in Cooktown Tuesday – Friday Semi Trailer out of Cairns

 Dry goods to depot Monday to Friday by 3pm  Van and Truck pick-ups to be phoned in by 2pm Monday to Friday

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Cairns Yard – Phone: (07) 4035 3360 169 Little Spence Street, Monday to Friday Depot: 8am-3pm, Office: 8am-5pm

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many conclusions from their report, cited below. The Australian cassowary is called the Southern Cassowary. There are several other species or subspecies (details not agreed), and the others are in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia from where the name “cassowary” comes. Their main threats seem to be, in order - habitat degradation, vehicle collisions, interaction with dogs, pigs and lace monitors, hunting, and climate (drought, cyclones). There may be up to 21 regional populations in Australia from northern Cape York to the Mission Beach/Tully regions, with a breeding (adult) population of as few as 1500. The Daintree lowlands may have as few as 54 adults, with an average density of one adult in 50 hectares, with fewer (1 adult in 300 hectares) in less rich areas. Hens lay between three and four eggs, sometimes five and even up to eight. They nest on the bare ground, with a few twigs gathered around during the 50 days of incubation, done by the male-just like the emu, another ratite by the way. The male raises the chicks until they get kicked out between nine and 18 months, if the male doesn’t get to breed in the second year. Most breeding is through winter and spring (June to October), but some summer breeding has been noted. Overnight, they just roost on the ground, with bent legs tidily tucked under their body. They eat mainly fruit, but also (remember they are big chooks) animals such as small

birds, rats, mice and even carrion. Because they disperse large and whole fruit, they are crucial to the diversity of the rainforest - “keystone” species. Their daily range seems to be between four and 5.6 kms per day in the Daintree region - walking, eating, pooing and thereby encouraging excellent germination of seeds. One hundred cassowary plum seeds will successfully germinate up to 75 seeds if passed through the cassowary, but as few as two if left naturally. Birds mature after three years (males younger), and live for between 10 and 30 years. So, the bird in this photo was a teenage cassowary, living a separate life from his family and looking forward to the 2012 winter, when he may get a chance to breed, if he doesn’t get run over first. This one was very friendly - too friendly. Thanks Peter and Adrienne for giving me the chance to present some available research findings. Meanwhile, the Bloomfield Track and the vegetation are in excellent condition between Cape Trib and right up to Cooktown. With little rain, water levels in the creeks have been low. The tides are low over the next week, but watch out for heavy overnight rain and check with the police first if in doubt. It’s a great time to visit. Happy travelling. Mike D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours

Cracklin’s map confuses everyone UNTIL very recently, Cracklin’ has been down in Cairns teaching the locals there how to do their jobs properly. She can only tolerate fools for so long, so she came back to Cooktown and the first thing she had to do was to lay on a run for the Hash. She faced a dilemma. Because of her late return, she did not have enough time to prepare. If she gave us her normal luxurious banquet, when would she be able to lay the trail? Or if she spent time laying the run, she would have to order in pizzas. She solved the problem with a master stroke and drew a map of the trail. Now, there are purists who might complain that having a map takes half the fun out of a run. Cracklin’ had thought of that, and

drew her map so that no-one could possibly relate it to any feature in the real world. Not a virtual map, more of virtually impossible one, so she had to come along to guide us. The first obstacle was the path along the old dam wall. The map showed nothing of the tangle this has become. I wish the Shire could run a bobcat along it once in a while. But then, the bosses’ 4WDs never go there so we can’t expect them to keep the paths clear. We’ll have to do it ourselves. Then the trail raced across town to the sewage works and on to the back entrance to the cemetery, at the front of which, Cracklin’ was waiting with refreshments. Back at the bash, GM Thermo awarded drinks for Fingerling’s 50th

run, and Nostrildumass’s new shoes. We also congratulated Cracklin’ on her new tattoo, which we did not get to see because of its intimate location. Then, she punished F*&t for riding his bike without a helmet, and Oyster for taking a stumble. We also welcomed yet another virgin runner. Next week’s run is the traditional Charlotte Street Chunder, hosted by Thermo and F*&t. It should be exciting, so just turn up on Monday, December 19 at 5.30pm to enjoy yourself. Contact Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

Swinging targets provide variety for pistol shoot AT the SSAA Cameron Creek Range there were good shooting conditions for the weekend activities, which included a Pistol Shoot on Saturday afternoon and an enjoyable Christmas Shoot on Sunday. A number of disciplines joined in to take part in Sundays novelty events - there were quite a few hits on the golf balls and swinging targets. Although we did not have a Sergeant Schultz Award, there were quite a few likely candidates attempting to use wrong ammo or bolts for their rifles. Toby advised that the Black Powder shooters did their best to keep the mossies away with plenty of smoke in the air. Our next rifle shoot will be on Saturday, December 24, which will include Rimfire and Centrefire disciplines. For details call Toby on 4069 5663. Anne Williams Secretary

Good scores from core shoot WEDNESDAY night, December 7, saw a good bunch of shooters contest the Combined Service Core shoot. With the maximum score 360, Mal finished first with 344, Toby second with 316 who was closely followed by Tony in third with 311. With the festive season upon us and lots of people going away, the next offi cial shoot will be in the New Year. The committee would like to wish all members and the community a safe and happy festive season. Janne Stewart Secretary

Fun day enjoyed by all

Lewis Ross and Robina Langley kept the hungry horde at Sunday’s Family Fun Day well fed.

SPORT LOCAL families ignored Sunday’s heat and humidity to enjoy a day of games, good food, good company and fresh air at the Family Fun Day held at the cricket ground. Volunteers manned a barbecue, popcorn dispenser and supervised cricket, badminton and ball games, while for the artistic, their enjoyment was catered for also. And a jumping castle was on hand to test the energy levels of all who ventured inside. The Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation initiative was organised by Parental & Community Engagement Co-ordinator Peter Herrmann who said the day, which was attended by about 120 mums, dads and kids was about education and having fun. Mr Herrmann said the use of sporting equipment was donated by the Cook Shire Council, while staff from the Cooktown District Community Centre along with other volunteers were also involved with the event’s success. “All-in-all it was a great day and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves,” he said. “I’d like to extend a big vote of thanks to all those involved with the organisation and who helped out on the day.”

Stevie-Lea Collier and Rosemary Murray served up the healthy food on offer at Sunday’s Family Fun Day. Kelsey Harrigan broadened her cousin, Arrami Harrigan’s artistic talents.

Beau Johnson plays an unorthodox shot in the cricket match during Sunday’s Family Fun Day.

Keraleith McIvor, Erica and Ernie Kulka and Amber Ross-Kelly found some shade to get a rest from all the activities at the Family Fun Day.

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Blue plays red hot golf to keep lead in Stableford MORE than 10 members competed in the Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition held between December 4 and 10. Steve Butler maintained first place with 41 points, with Laurie Downs the runner-up for the week on 39. Another weekend of hot and steamy conditions greeted the 14 members who competed in the Cooktown RSL Memorial Club and Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal competition held on Saturday, December 10, and all managed to sweat it out and complete the 18 holes. It must be the month for count-backs as they were required for both the men’s and ladies’ divisions. Robyn McDonald managed to take the honours from Graham Burton who both had a nett score of 67. Alice Burton had a fine round and retained her first place position from Julie Sauer with both having a nett score of 68. All the nearest-the-pins were landed with Kim Copland holding onto 2/11 and 9/18 and Alice Burton landed 14. The lowest gross score for the day was Kim Copland who hit 71 off the stick. Well done everyone for making it through the day. The hot weather obviously got the better of members, as only two lonely souls competed in the Cooktown Hardware Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition held on December 11 with ‘Blue’ Hobbs taking out first place with a nett 27 for the back nine. Blue is also currently in first place for The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition for this week (red tees). He had a fantastic round to finish with a nett 58, which everyone has to beat. This Saturday, December 17 is the Club’s final Saturday competition for the year and it is a 2-Person Ambrose. A shot gun start will be held at noon. A barbecue lunch will be held in-between the front and back 9 and players are asked to BYO meat, and if they can, a small salad just to help the club financially. It would be great to see as many members (and visitors) come out to enjoy the last Saturday competition for the year. Special thanks needs to go out to Phil our course super, and Chris our groundsman as both are doing an absolute amazing job with the whole of the course and its surrounds. Both men are an asset to the course and are doing such a wonderful job. So much feedback has been given to me over the past few months on how well the course is looking and playing. Thanks guys for putting all your heart, soul, and of course sweat, in maintaining our little peace of paradise. Happy golfing everyone. Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

Kerie McLean and Aiden Kelly with a couple of barracouta caught from the Wharf during the Gungarde kids fishing competition on Tuesday. Photo: NIKKI DARVELL.

Kids get a kick out of fishing ALL anglers hate to see a good catch escape, so there was no surprise to see Les Coles strip down to his jocks at the Wharf recently to help little Samuel Ryder land a good sized Mangrove Jack. Sam’s line had got tangled around one of the Wharf pylons so Les jumped in to sort it all out, and you only have to see the proud grin on Sam’s face (pictured) to see that Les’ quick dip was well worth the effort. Well done “Colesy”! And if you think Sam was grinning, just have a look at the smiles on Kerie McLean and Aiden Kelly seen in another photo with a couple of barracouta caught from the Wharf during the Gungarde kids fishing competition on Tuesday. All up, the pair landed five while trolling from one of the hire boats made available on the day. “The boys were quite stoked about their catches,” said Nikki Darvell who took the boys’ photo. And hasn’t it been great to enjoy some flat weather?

Cooktown Bowls Club AIRCONDITIONED


Members’ Draw & Raffles:

Member not present for $600 early draw - 600 B Hocking. Bonus Draw member not present - 89 P Czislowski. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2: Jackpots $650 Bonus Draw after 8pm if not won in the Early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.

Social Bowls:

Wednesday register 1pm, play 1.30pm. Sunday register 9.30am, play 10am. Jackpot $78.

Les Coles stripped down to his underwear to enter the water at the Wharf to help untangle Samuel Ryder’s line which had become entangled around the pylon. The result was this nice ‘Jack’.

8pm Friday, December 16

Barefoot Bowls:

Every Wednesday night. Register by 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Jackpot $8.

Pokies Lucky Seat:

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

Offshore, there have been mixed reports of Spanish Mackerel and a lot of tuna around, while Queenfish and Trevally have been thick on some days. At Cape Bedford, the rubble has fished ok, but around Bedford it’s been patchy. The best advice I can give is to find some deeper, cooler water. The wide ground has been hit-and-miss, but some quality fish are still around. The best bites have been just on dusk, while the nights have been slow. The Wharf has had some quality Mangrove Jacks, Golden Trevally and Queenfish landed, but the Herring have moved to deeper water offshore, so live bait is a bit scarce at the moment. In the Annan River, good Fingermark and Queenfish have been caught at the mouth, and although crabs have been a bit slow, expect them to fire with the first rain. Tight lines. Russell Bowman - The Lure Shop


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Tide times – Cooktown


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

Fri 16 Time 00:01 06:00 13:30 20:56

Sat 17 Ht 1.48 1.02 2.22 1.14

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Time 02:27 07:30 14:44 21:55


Ht 1.49 1.2 2.18 0.98

Sun 18

Mon 19

Tue 20

Time 04:14 09:29 15:49 22:42

Time 05:16 10:56 16:45 23:26

Time 06:04 12:00 17:37

NEW MOON Sun. Dec 25 . Time: 04.06

Ht 1.7 1.26 2.17 0.79

FIRST QUARTER Sun. Jan 01. Time: 16.15

Ht 1.97 1.22 2.17 0.59

FULL MOON Mon. Jan 09. Time: 17.30

Ht 2.25 1.11 2.17

LAST QUARTER Sun, Dec 18. Time: 10.48

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Wed 21

Thu 22

Fri 23

Time 00:07 06:48 12:54 18:25

Time 00:48 07:30 13:43 19:11

Time 01:29 08:12 14:29 19:55

Ht 0.41 2.51 1 2.17

Ht 0.26 2.72 0.91 2.15

Ht 0.15 2.87 0.84 2.13

Weather Watch

Endeavour Valley December monthly rainfall totals: 18ml



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