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$2 • PH: 1300 4895 00 • EDITORIAL: • Issue 536 • Thursday, October 20, 2011

Abbott: focus on growth and jobs

Cooktown Chamber of Commerce President Greg Whittaker, Committee Member Judy Bennett and Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch with the Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at a “meet-and-greet” held at Restaurant 1770 on Monday, October 17. Photo:GARY HUTCHISON.

Hope Vale State School Student Broyden Rosendale watches as the Leader of the Federal Opposition Tony Abbott fires a pass to another student. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. By GARY HUTCHISON THE Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott promised a focus on development, economic growth, job creation and sustainability at a function organised by the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoon.

Mr Abbott took time out from a three-day visit to Hope Vale to attend the “meet-and-greet” where he mixed with business leaders, fishermen and residents along with Cook Shire Councillor Charlie Martin and the Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch.

He told those gathered that the present government’s decision making process was flawed. “Too many decisions are being made by people who haven’t even been to places like Cooktown, Hope Vale and the Gulf,” Mr Abbott said.


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“It’s the politicians who should be getting out to these remote areas and talking with the people who are being impacted by decisions being made in cities.” Mr Abbott promised that if elected, his government would remove obstacles to economic growth in regions like Cape York. “And that includes repealing the Wild Rivers legislation, provided Campbell Newman doesn’t beat us to it,” he said. On a lighter note, Mr Abbott, who currently stands a good chance of being elected as Australia’s next prime minister, joked about his big ears, blaming them on Mr Entsch. “I wasn’t born with these ears,” he laughed. “They’re the direct result of Warren Entsch chewing on them every day we have parliament. “There’s not a day goes by he’s not on to me about something in this vast electorate of his.” Then on Tuesday, he attended the school where he read to the students, attended the school assembly and presented some awards, but he left the students, staff and parents with a strong message.


While at the school, he delivered a strong message to its students, parents, teachers and staff. “Economic opportunity begins with a good education, so it’s important to go to school every day,” he said. “It’s important the parents recognise and make sure their children get to school every day. “And in this vain it’s also important for the governments of the day to enforce truancy laws that are already in place.” Mr Abbott spent most of Tuesday at the school where he read to the students, attended the school assembly, presented some awards and engaged in some light play in which he displayed his kicking, hand-ball and passing skills. To the children, he was just plain “Tony”, not the Leader of the Federal Opposition. Mr Abbott’s visit to Hope Vale started with a labouring job on a project under the Cape York Partnerships’ “Bush Ownership Program”, about 40 minutes from the community where he also camped overnight. On Monday, he met with more of the community at a barbecue before setting off to the function in Cooktown.



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Laura bridge could be finished by late February

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OCTOBER Thu 20 - Thu 3 NOV. Breast screening at the Endeavour landing site park in Cooktown. Call 132 050 to make an appointment. Thu 20. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Sun 23. CANCELLED - The scheduled Cape York SSAA Rimfire Rifle Shoot has been cancelled. Tue 25. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Wed 26. Cooktown SSAA meeting from 5.30pm. Wed 26. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Thu 27. Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club training from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Thu 27. Croc Challenge Bike Ride finishes at Hope Vale and then rides into Cooktown. Fri 28. Art auction at Nature’s PowerHouse. The Hope Vale Arts Centre concludes exhibition with light refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to buy last week’s items at reduced prices. Sat 29. Fund raising function to aid Yirri Harrigan, son of Black Image band member Dylan at the Top Pub from 7.30pm. Black Image will be providing the entertainment. More details in next week’s edition.

NOVEMBER Fri 4. Calcutta at Cooktown RSL Club. Fri 4 - 6. Cook Symposium at Event’s Centre. To register email: or for more information call Mrs Sullivan on 0427 194 820. Sat 5. Annual race meeting. Tues 22. Oz Trivia night to raise funds for the Cooktown Hospital. Organised by “Friends of the Foundation”. To be held at Restaurant 1770 from 6pm. For more information call Jan on 4069 6019 or 0429 697 021. Sun 27. Cooktown SSAA annual presentation and Christmas barbecue will also include the John King Memorial Practical Shoot.

DECEMBER Fri 2. Cape York Landholders Forum from noon at Laura Rodeo Grounds. Sat 3. Cape York Landholders Forum at Laura Rodeo Grounds.

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

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

Work continues on the new bridge over the Laura River as scaffolding dots the skyline. Photo: MATT TREZISE.

THIS wet season could see the last time the Laura River stops traffic into the tiny township that bears its name, with completion of the new bridge construction expected early in 2012, as long as

the weather behaves itself. “The bridge construction could be completed by late February, 2012 depending on the weather,” a spokesman for the Department of Main Roads said.

He said his department and the contractor were collaborating on the design of the bridge. “We hope we can deliver a design which will require less maintenance over the coming

years, and therefore future cost savings,” he said. The work will complete the bitumen seal on the Peninsula Developmental River between Lakeland and Laura.

 letters to the editor Why don’t we turn on the air-con for our kids? WHY do I our children have no air-conditioning? Our children’s weekly school parade is now performed in Cooktown’s new Events Centre which has all the mods and cons, including air conditioning. So imagine my surprise when I attended my son’s weekly parade to find out that the children were not allowed in the front door for fear of dirtying the carpet, and then walking around to the sporting area allocated for the children of Cooktown P-12, which yes is indoors and lovely and also air conditioned, but this is not allowed to be turned on for our kids. I was sweating from the heat of the day. Yes the doors are open but when you have the whole school - teachers, parents and visiting dignitaries included - sitting in this hot place, then we should have the air conditioner on. The Council Chambers are “air-conned”, every room is cool and

comfortable and every Council truck, ute and car has air con! Who has made this decision? Surely for the comfort of all, the air con could be turned on, after all it’s only once a week and for about three hours in the morning. Can our Council not afford this? The children would be better off, they would sit still and be more comfortable, which I am sure all the teachers would appreciate. We live in the tropics, it’s hot and the humidity high, and if it’s uncomfortable for adults imagine how our little ones feel - especially the little Prep Schoolers. Come on Council turn the air con on for the comfort of our kids. Stop being so stingy. Vicki Stroppe Cooktown

Radical change in thinking require for our times Re Mrs Sullivan’s letter of October 13: ‘Focus on pig eradication, not World Heritage listing’. Yes Loretta, the people who looked after Cape York for thousands of years did do a terrific job and I would also point to the fact that they did “not” mine it. Theirs was a sophisticated understanding of man’s relationship to the land and the world

around him which would have garnered him more meaningful employment than most of those involved in our ‘dig it up and send it to China’ economy will ever have the privilege of knowing. A radical change of thinking is required for our times. Cape York is one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth, presenting us

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August Stevens (Queensland Department of Communities), Deborah Taylor (Cooktown State School, Deputy Principal), Russell Jansen (NAB State General Manager) and Michael Drahm (Cape York Health Service District) toast the announcement that Cooktown State School has won $50,000 as the 2011 NAB Schools First Qld State Impact Award winner. Photo submitted. COOKTOWN State School’s Aunties and Uncles program won $50,000 with its announcement on Tuesday night as the 2011 NAB Schools First Qld State Impact Award winner. The school-community partnership set up to engage, empower and develop healthy and confident social and personal skills for students through a weekly cultural program had already won the school $50,000 as a Local Impact Award winner. Cooktown State School Principal Jillian Blennerhassett said the whole school was absolutely thrilled with the announcement. “This money will allow us

to further the program even more,” Ms Blennerhassett said. “It will allow us to do other things we wouldn’t have been able to do without this funding.” But the success of the Aunties and Uncles program now places the school in a position to win up to $500,000 as The National Award Winner which will be announced in Melbourne on Wednesday, November 23. NAB Schools First is a partnership between NAB, the Foundation for Young A u s t r a l i a n s ( F YA ) a n d the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

which recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships that lead to improved student outcomes. By the end of this year, NAB Schools First will have awarded over $15 million to 310 school-community partnerships around Australia. “For the third year in succession, NAB Schools First has received more than 850 applications from schools around the country - proving that there is a need among schools for financial support and recognition of their outstanding initiatives,” said Rebecca Sherwill, Head of Education, NAB. “Cooktown State School is an outstanding and worthy

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Increased attendance sees NAPLAN improvement By Jillian Blennerhassett Principal, Cooktown State School AT the beginning of the term, parents were sent out their children’s NAPLAN results. Far North Queensland was one of the most improved regions in our state. As a school we saw improvements across the board in numeracy and in some areas of literacy. These results were linked directly to student attendance. It is well recognised that students who do not come to school find it very difficult to keep up with their learning. As you will have seen from the article published last term, how significant having even one day off a week adds up over a child’s school career. Children who are eligible for Prep next year are now invited to pick up enrolment packages from the front office. This is an exciting time in a child’s life. It is their first experience of schooling and it is important that it is a positive one. We have two experienced and

dedicated Prep teachers at our school who make sure that that happens. When children begin school, in some ways, they are moving away from the world of the parent and family and into the world of the child. It is a big step on the journey towards growing up. They are keen to make friends, learn new things and feel like a “grown up person”. For some parents it is their first experience with state schooling and we encourage parents to become involved in the school community and the P & C which meets once a month after parade on Fridays.

Kindy fee relief for eligible families in Cook KINDERGARTEN fee relief is now available for eligible families regardless of where they access their kindergarten program. Member for Cook Jason O’Brien said early education had been made more affordable, particularly for low-income families, with all Health Care Card holders in Cook now able to claim a subsidy from their service provider. “This is great news for the people of my electorate,” Mr O’Brien said. “For families accessing a kindergarten service, the subsidy is worth up to $1179 a year. “For families accessing kindy through a long day care service, the subsidy is worth $402 a

year, as these services are also subsidised by the Australian government. Mr O’Brien said the Bligh government was committed to providing every child in Queensland with access to a quality kindergarten program by 2014. “We’re investing $321 million to establish up to 240 extra kindergarten services across the state, ensuring all Queenslanders have access to a quality kindergarten program,” he said. “We want to help all children gain a flying start to their education and recognise that some families need extra support to take advantage of the opportunities available to their children.”

Mr O’Brien said families simply needed to show their Health Care Card to their Queensland government-approved kindergarten program provider to claim their entitlement. “The funds provided through these subsidies are paid to the kindergarten service and deducted from the out-of-pocket fees payable by parents,” he said. “This subsidy is indexed annually in July to help keep pace with cost of living increases. “Research indicates children who participate in a quality early education enjoy a flying start to learning and life and this is another stepping stone by the government to achieve that.”


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SES 13 2500 Take The Disaster Readiness Index Test Police 000 Queenslanders are twice as likely to experience natural disasters compared with people in other states of Australia. But, Fire 000 are we prepared for these emergencies? Are you aware of risks around your home and your workplace or disasters that could hit your area? Do you know who to Ambulance 000 call for emergency support? Do you have what you need at home if a disaster hits? Ergon Energy 13 2296 Not many Queenslanders are properly equipped for an emergency. While we can't stop natural disasters, we can control how prepared we are. Good preparation could save your family or your business. Preparedness saves lives and prevents Cook Shire Council 4069 5444 damage. After hours 4069 5533 Volunteering Queensland are encouraging all Queenslanders to take the Disaster Readiness Index, a short 9-questions

Information Local ABC Radio - 105.7fm Cook Shire Connect - Cook Shire Council’s Facebook page. - Cook Shire Council’s website Posters - On community noticeboards throughout the Shire. Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION BULLETINS TELEPHONE WEATHER SERVICES T: 1300 659 212 Queensland Police Service Official Facebook page. Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION s/beprepared Cook Shire Council 10 Furneaux Street PO Box 3, Cooktown, 4895 T: 4069 5444 F: 4069 5423 E: W: 6 – Cooktown Local News 20 - 26 October 2011

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SERIOUS FUN Cyclone Community Awareness, Night Markets & FREE Trivia Night at the Events Centre Saturday 26th November 2011, Markets 4pm–8pm, Trivia quiz 6pm-8pm. Come along and enjoy local market stalls, food and information about Local Disaster Management. Nominate yourself or a team for the Disastrous Trivia Night - all questions disaster related. Great prizes on offer. MORE INFO NEXT WEEK. Interested stall holders contact Ali Ward 4069 5980 or

COMPETITION Design a pet cyclone shelter 1st prize - 8gb ipod nano Open to all school aged children within Cook Shire The events centre is our towns cyclone shelter but what would we do with our pets? Design a cyclone shelter for pets for the events centre. It can be internal or external but must be designed to withstand cyclonic winds and house multiple domestic animals. Any medium is acceptable so you could make a 3d model, produce technical plans, sketches, CAD file or any other computerised plan. Entries close on the 18th November and will be displayed at the SERIOUS FUN event when the winner will be announced.

Cook Shire Connect Are you a member of Facebook? Cook Shire Connect is Council’s dedicated Facebook page. By ‘liking’ this page you will receive automatic updates from Council during a cyclone or other disaster event. We are working on a dedicated tab for Disaster Information within our page which will provide all necessary information on disaster awareness and preparation. Go to and search for Cook Shire Connect.


Lucas ponders over-  letters to the editor ruling CSC decision Look elsewhere for better site for centre A SPOKESMAN for the State Planning Minister Paul Lucas has qualified the Minister’s announcement on October 14 that he is considering reversing a Cook Shire Council decision to refuse a rehabilitation centre development application. The Cooktown Local News contacted the Minister’s office amid growing speculation the announcement was an indication the decision would be overturned. However, the spokesman clarified the

situation stating that at this stage, the Minister is “considering� calling in the Develop Application. The action of calling in the DA would allow the Minister to overturn the council’s decision. “Minister Lucas will contact supporters and opponents of the proposal and make a decision in the next few weeks,� the spokesman said. The Cook Shire Council rejected the Cape York Residential Rehabilitation Centre, proposed by the Department of Health and Ageing and

the Congress Community Development and Education Unit at its meeting on August 16. Debate continues to rage over the issue with fiery statements issued by the CCDEU and Member for Cook Jason O’Brien in response to comments from the LNP candidate for Cook David Kempton, and a letter from the Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon. Read these comments below and on page 8.

Entsch: CCDEU misleading The following is the text of a letter from Warren Entsch to Indigenous health minister Warren Snowden. (The CCDEU’s response to this letter is published on page 8 of this edition). I refer to my letter dated the 18th of November in which I raised serious community concerns regarding your federal department’s decision to locate the proposed Caped Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre on Lot 7, Flaggy Road, Cooktown. The Cooktown community has campaigned very strongly and consistently to raise a myriad of concerns about the inappropriateness of this site; for example (1) the access roads are low-lying with several creek crossings which guarantees that the facility would be inaccessible for the majority of the wet season, (2) the proposed location is very isolated and (3) the site is in a dry-swamp area and in the wet season there would be increased risks for mosquito-born diseases, to name but a few. As a point of interest, I have personally visited the site and believe the objections raised by the community to be valid and reliable. The Cook Shire Council eventually considered a development application (DA) for the aforementioned site and on the 16th August 2011, rejected the DA of the proposed centre - with an absolute majority of councillors - based purely on the ill-chosen location of Lot 7 Flaggy Road. The community applauded this decision and looked forward to working with the proponents, the Congress Community Development and Education Unit (CCDEU) Ltd and Department of Health and Aging (sic) (DoHA), to identify a more apposite site. There was no expectation that an appeal against the decision would be lodged given that on four separate occasions (three in meetings in June 2010 and one in November in 2010) the CCDEU categorically stressed that they would accept the Council’s decision and, importantly, that they would not pursue the matter further through the appeal process. Minister, the community was understandably outraged when on the 21s of September 2011 the CCDEU registered their intention to appeal against Cook Shire Council’s decision in the Planning and Environment Court (appeal number 3639 of 2010). The fact that the CCDEU has reneged on its assertions (not to appeal the Council’s decision) has proved very distressing for the community, although, I have to say, I do not think it surprising.

Quite frankly, I have found the CCDEU’s actions throughout the whole process of community consultation to be misleading, dishonest and appalling. Misleading, in that the CCDEU have made public pronouncements in which they have clearly no intention of honouring. Dishonest, in that the consultation process has been farcical; both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community have been drip-fed only select information and have been lied to by omission. Appalling, in that the community objections have been deliberately misinterpreted as being racist when, in fact, the community has never had an objection to the construction of the facility. The crucial issues have always been, and continue to be, site-related and process-related (community demand for transparency). The arrogance of this organisation is highlighted by the fact that prior to the end of 2011 financial year - and pre-empting Council’s decision - they had already purchased four residences in Cooktown: Spending in excess of 1.5 million dollars on this real estate. There is an understandable view that this was done to deliberately exert pressure on both the Cooktown Shire Council (sic), and the funding body, the DoHA, as well as to lock away Government funds prior to the 2012 budget. My chief concern in this whole fiasco is that because the CCDEU is not spending their own funds, their decisions have been injudicious and tactless. Ostensibly, they are endeavouring to do whatever they can to ensure that they receive the maximum amount of fiscal support from DoHA, despite the fact that this taxpayer money will be spent against the express wishes of the community. To date, this whole process has squandered a very significant amount of funds and has put the lives of many residents on hold as they continue to fight the CCDEU’s appeal against the Cook Shire Council’s decision. It is imperative to remember that the Council’s rejection of the DA has demonstrated the gravity of their own concerns regarding the proposal and has also, quite rightly, reflected the community’s wishes. It is essential that the CCDEU and the respective government departments acknowledge that because the DA refusal was purely siterelated (sic), it enables the CCDEU and the Cooktown community to jointly consider a number of

AS a concerned rate payer, I’ve been following the Rehab Centre debate with interest. I don’t live near the proposed site but I’m familiar with the area. I just can’t understand why any sane person would consider spending huge amounts of public money on a swampland block which becomes an isolated mud bath every wet season. It seems to me no one objects to the concept of the Rehab Centre. The only objection is the idea of squandering such large sums of tax payers’ funds on a totally unsuitable site, ensuring the near certainty of the complete failure of the project at some time in the future. The federally funded Aboriginal organisation CCDEU seems to be the body backing the site. I read a report recently regarding other similar services, where billions of tax payers’ dollars have been spent on similar projects, most of which have collapsed. No wonder! During a working life in business, I paid a lot of alternate sites that have already been identified in previous deliberations. For instance, there is Aboriginal free-hold land whose owners have indicated a strong interest in having the facility placed on their property. All of this information is known to the CCDEU and DoHA, yet it is not been reflected in their actions. It also must be conceded that allied health facilities, such as the proposed rehab centre, can only operate effectively with support from mainstream health service providers which, in the case of the Cooktown region, is the Cooktown Hospital. Even if a rehab centre

taxes. To see taxes squandered like this makes me angry! The Mareeba couple who own the property and the Cooktown agent selling it have a vested interest however; someone must have friends in high places. Why else would the state government provide huge financial backing to try to overturn the Cooktown Council’s resolution not to approve the development application? The Council vote was unanimous - except the Mayor. The Mayor knows full well there is little opposition to the concept. He knows there are other more appropriate sites available, so why does he label those who object the wasting of all this money as ‘bigots’? You were elected Mr Mayor to represent the residents of the Shire. As a ratepayer, I contribute to your salary. Tell us, whose interest you are representing in this matter? John Saltmarsh Cooktown

is established at Cooktown, there has been no consideration given to whether the capacity of the out-dated Cooktown medical facility can cope with the special needs of the centre’s clients. The Cooktown Hospital is in poor physical condition and professional services are similarly lacking. Surely, commensurate funding should be injected into the Cooktown Hospital to ensure a positive synthesis of service provision. The CCDEU has certainly not endeared itself to the Cooktown community and has - through its behaviour thus far - ensure that the

relationship has been founded on mistrust and uncooperativeness. This is despite the fact that a good relationship between the organisation and Cooktown residents will be essential in assuring the future success of the venture. I am asking you to intervene so as to prevent the further squandering of tax-payers’ money and I also demand that pressure is brought to bear on this organisation to ensure that it listens to and respects the community’s decision to identify a new site. I look forward to your attention and considered response to this matter.

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O’Brien backs DA approval Kempton calls on Lucas to respect decision by Shire Council

By GARY HUTCHISON MEMBER for Cook Jason O’Brien has left no room for any misunderstanding about his stance on the Poison Creek Rehab Centre in his interview with the Cooktown Local News on Tuesday. “I’m calling on the Deputy Premier Paul Lucas to call the DA (Development Application) in and have it approved,� Mr O’Brien said. “We’re trying to make Cooktown a hub for government services to create jobs and drive the economy forward, but the Cook Shire Council’s rejection of the DA hampers that.� Mr O’Brien was scathing in his criticism of those who have opposed the DA. “What I’m sick of is the small band of “NIMBY�s (Not In My Back Yard)

and politicians like David Kempton who haven’t got the balls to stand up and do what’s right for the community and its future as a service centre,� he said. Mr O’Brien said projects such as the Rehab Centre eventually turn out much better than are first expected. “What inevitably happens when these things are built is that they’re never as bad as they’re made out to be,� he said. “They end up having no negative impact on neighbours and a positive impact on the community.� Regarding concerns about access to the site during the wet season, he said there was a simple solution. “All that has to happen is the DA is conditioned to include an upgrade of the road,� he said. “Everyone’s a winner.�

HAS the Cooktown Residential Drug Rehabilitation Centre proposed for Poison Creek always been a foregone conclusion in the eyes of the state government? That is the claim made by the LNP candidate for Cook David Kempton in a media release early this week. “This facility was always a foregone conclusion,� Mr Kempton said. “The CCDEU was so confident the centre would be built, it purchased four staff houses in Cooktown before the application was decided by Council.� Mr Kempton said while Council’s technical staff do have a role in providing advice on the planning laws to Council in making a decision, Council must also take into account what is best for the community it represents. “If the community has a strong view on the

centre and that view is reflected in the Council’s decision then Paul Lucas ought not interfere,� he said. “For Mr Lucas to call in the decision of Council for ministerial intervention would be another clear example of the State Labor Government bullying a Local Authority in the exercise of its democratic responsibility.� Having lived in the proposed area for the centre for 15 years, Mr Kempton said he was of the view that the proponents ought to consider all options and consult widely with the community and the end users of the centre to make sure they get it right. Otherwise we might see another failed rehab centre and a complete waste of funds. “Paul Lucas should let due process take place and respect the decision of Cooktown’s elected Council,� he said.

Entsch is representing minority view on Rehab centre, says CCDEU BELOW is a statement from the Congress Community Development and Education Unit (CCDEU) in response to a letter sent to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowden by the Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch (see page 7). Warren Entsch has dealt a serious blow to the social and economic progress of Indigenous communities across the Cape and Gulf through his opposition to a proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre outside of Cooktown. In a recent letter to Warren Snowden - the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Entsch condemned the site, 30km outside of Cooktown as a flood risk and mosquito breeding ground, urging the Minister to effectively abandon his duty to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous people. The proposed centre to be constructed and managed by

the CCDEU had passed the geo-technical planning process and was deemed a suitable site despite the Cook Shire Council blocking the development application. CCDEU Chairman Rev Shayne Blackman said Mr Entsch’s position reflected the view of a small group of Councillors and some vocal Cooktown residents who were illogically opposed to the centre’s establishment, despite the obvious social and economic benefits it would bring to the community. ‘The Centre has the strong backing of various Cape and Gulf Mayors and some businesses in Cooktown eager to see the advantages it would bring, not only in terms of improved access to rehabilitative services, but increased employment and business activity,’ said Rev Blackman. ‘We have a situation where Warren Entsch is representing the view of a minority against national efforts from all

sides of politics and organisations to ‘Close the Gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage, of which the spectre of drugs and alcohol is but one factor. “Mr. Entsch was elected to represent and listen to the views of all his constituents, and that includes the Indigenous people of the Cape and Gulf, and not just those who are the most vocal and active in their opposition. “It is a travesty of social justice when an elected member of parliament is ultimately denying a person their right to access rehabilitation services in a strategic Cape location, based on the views of a small minority. “I hope that the Member for Leichhardt will let common sense prevail over the irrational fears of a few people and advance a policy position that that helps ‘Close the Gap’ on Indigenous health in our northern communities by supporting this vital service, said Rev Blackman.

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'$7(&/$,0(56ˆ OCTOBER 27 Crocodile Trophy bike riders arrive in Cooktown 28 Nominations for 2012 Australia Day Awards open

Council’s Administration Building at 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown, will close at 4:00pm Wednesday 26th October 2011. Manual receipting will be in place from Thursday 27th October until Monday 31st October 2011. Electronic receipting will recommence on Tuesday 1st November 2011.

NOVEMBER 2 Community Donation Program, Round 2, 2011 applications close 4-6 Cooktown Symposium 5 Annual Cooktown Races 11 Remembrance Day Service, at 11am in ANZAC Park followed by drinks and fellowship at the RSL Memorial Club 22 Ordinary Council Meeting of the Shire of Cook, from 9am in Council Chambers 26 Serious Fun Event, from 4pm to 8pm at the Cooktown Events Centre

For information, please contact Council on 4069 5444 or email

Serious Fun Event Cook Shire Council along with the Cook Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will be hosting a cyclone information event at the Cooktown Events Centre, Saturday 26th November from 4pm to 8pm. This event will include night markets, trade and information stands, food stalls and a trivia quiz. All community members are encouraged to come along for what will be an informative yet entertaining evening for the whole family.

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CREB Track Closed


Council would like to advise that the CREB Track has been closed due to recent rain causing slippery and dangerous conditions.

2011 Volunteer Grants Recipients Announced

Community Donations Program Round 2, 2011

Successful applicants in the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants 2011 round of funding have been announced, with eight Cook Shire community groups included in the list.

A reminder to all Cook Shire community groups that applications to Council's Donations Program will close on Wednesday 2nd November 2011.

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Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation of Laura Lakeland Horse Sports Association Bloomfield Memorial Association Bloomfield River Rural Fire Service Brigade Cooktown District Community Centre Gungarde Community Centre Cooktown Food Connect Inc. Poison Creek Rural Fire Brigade

Grant amounts between $4,000 and $5,000 to each of the above groups will enable the purchase of small equipment items to assist volunteers and contribute to fuel costs, transport costs incurred by volunteers with a disability who are unable to drive, training courses and background screening checks for volunteers. Most of the groups mentioned above are totally reliant on volunteers who are passionate about bringing events, services and community spirit to their townships. It’s great to see these groups actively seeking support for their volunteers.

TENDER T05/11B KERBSIDE COLLECTION Re-advertised Cook Shire Council invites Tenders for contractors interested in undertaking the collection of Kerbside Council and Domestic Waste in Cooktown and surrounds. - Now extended to a 5 to 8 year contract. Tender Documents may be downloaded from Æ Council Æ Tenders and Contracts.

Emergency Drill at Cooktown Airport

Tenders must be lodged in Cook Shire Council’s Tender Box at 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown by 2:00pm, Tuesday 1st November 2011. Enquiries may be directed to Council’s Tendering Officer on 4069 5444.

As a requirement of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Council will be conducting an emergency drill at the Cooktown Airport on the morning of Friday 10th November.

The road will remain closed until further notice.

Key organisations involved in the exercise will be the SES, Ambulance, Police and Hospital. The type of emergency will be unknown to participants to test response times and effectiveness of emergency procedures.

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For further information contact Council's Grants Officer, Fiona Brady on 4069 5444 or email

Congratulations to all the successful applicants whose volunteers are a true and valued asset to the Cook Shire community.

Closure signs have been posted at both the southern and northern extremities of the track, on the gates at Upper Daintree and at Christies Pocket.

For further information on road conditions in Cook Shire, please phone 4044 3044 or 1800 070 444.

The program provides assistance to groups, organisations and individuals who make a positive contribution to the quality of life of the community in the areas of environmental sustainability, community well-being, economic prosperity and cultural life. Donations can be either in-kind or financial to a maximum value of $2,000.

Coen Aerodrome Bulk fuel tanks are now in place at the Coen Aerodrome and following a testing period, these tanks will be ready for use. New under-wing refueling mechanisms have also been installed for more efficient refueling of a wider variety of aircraft.


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Olympic Champion Bart Brentjens (NL), European Champion Urs Huber (SUI), Mike Mulkens (BEL) leading a stage of last year’s Crocodile Trophy. Photo submitted.


Gruelling bike race to finish on Grassy Hill THE worlds’ hardest, longest and most adventurous mountain bike race will see its final leg completed atop Grassy Hill next Thursday, October 27 and Cooktowners are being urged to turn out in force to welcome the international field or riders. Contested over 1200 kilometres of heat, sand, dust and 12,000 metres of climbs, the international Crocodile Trophy started in Cairns on Tuesday and will finish in Hope Vale before the riders complete the last stage into Cooktown. “We’re very fortunate to have Cooktown and Hope Vale thrust on to the world sporting stage with this event finishing here,� Cook Shire Tourism Development Co-ordinator David Barker said. “It’s an enormous privilege and it would be great to have as

many locals out on the streets and on Grassy Hill to welcome them.� Mr Barker said that while times are still sketchy, the riders are expected to arrive in Hope Vale between noon and 1pm, after which they will depart for Cooktown between 1.30pm and 2pm. “Depending on their times, they should arrive in Cooktown anywhere between 3.30pm and 4pm,� Mr Barker said. The participants will ride along Charlotte Street and turn right at the Sovereign Resort Hotel and continue on to Grassy Hill. “We’re expecting a huge world media contingent to cover the event, so we’re really hoping Cooktowners will contribute to the colour and atmosphere of the race,� he said.

In its 17th year and continuing the international theme, the Croc Trophy has attracted participants from around the world. About a third of the more than 90 entrants are from Australia, with the rest from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, North and South Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. They include the podium trio from 2010, Urs Huber of Switzerland, Bart Brentjens of the Netherlands and Mike Mulkens from Belgium. The course, raced in legs of up to 189km a day, is across tablelands with corrugations, steep climbs and river crossings, hot sand and rocky descents. Starting in Cairns, the cyclists will spend the night in tents at Lake Tinaroo, Koombooloomba

Dam, Gunnawarra Lagoon, Irvinebank, Mount Mulligan, Mount Mulgrave, Laura and Kalpowar before the final leg to Cooktown. The race will end at the Aboriginal town of Hope Vale where the riders will be greeted by native dancers. Long-time organiser is Gerhard Schonbacher, 57, a former Austrian cycling professional who contested seven world championships and two Tours de France - famously finishing last both times - said the Crocodile Trophy was the biggest challenge for a mountain biker. “Just like the Tour de France, it is the Everest of the road cyclists,� Schonbacher said. Daily updates on the ride can be obtained from www.

Ready for community health fair at Hope Vale Apunipima Maternal and Child Welfare officer Cathy Nolan with Diabetes Educator Kerry Vickers setting up for the Community Health Fair held at Hope Vale on Tuesday. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

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Reuniting families affected by forced separation LINK-UP (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation is an organisation which exists to enhance the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reuniting those over the age of 18 years who have experienced enforced separation from their families and communities either through adoption, fostering, removal or institutionalisation. And the two Counsellors who brought their message to the Cooktown, Hope Vale, Laura and Wujal Wujal Indigenous communities this week know only too well the heartbreak and trauma such separations can cause. Cathy Illin’s mother had been removed from Coen and relocated to Palm Island. But Matthew Malone’s personal experience runs deeper with his great grandparents being removed from Central Queensland and moved to Cherbourg as part of the state government’s removals program at the time, while he was taken from his mother at the age of three years

and spent six years in a dormitory before she was able to retrieve him. Mrs Illin said their clients fell within three categories. “First generation are members who were forcibly removed, adopted, fostered, made wards of the state and/or institutionalised and otherwise separated from their families and communities,” she said. “They tend to be from the ‘stolen generation’. “Then there are the second, third and fourth and subsequent generation members, and they are those who have been affected by intergenerational trauma related to the removal. “And lastly, there are the families and communities from whom children were removed as a result of past government policies and practices.” Mrs Illin said many of the older generation were either unwilling or too scared to discuss their experiences, and she said that forced removals had

Link-Up counsellors Cathy Illin and Matthew Malone (seated) discuss their program with Gungarde Corporation support worker Colleen Lyall and Chairman Warren Kulka. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. contributed in part to lost languages and lost cultures. She said their service included family reunions, taking people back to their communities and back on to country, but also included graveside reunions. “Knowing the final resting place of departed family brings closure,” she said.


Melissa Gilmore was making sure everyone had cold drinks at the Cooktown Junior Rugby League’s fashion parade on Saturday, October 15.

Sandra Gougeon with beautiful baby Malena at her first fashion parade.

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Kim Pettersen and Nikki Darvell waiting for the trivia action at the fashion parade.

Janelle Bassani and Janet Barnes took the opportunity of dressing up for the fashion parade.

Therese Barber and Jo Slocombe had pens at the ready for the trivia questions.

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Margaret Kirby and Nan McDonald were early starters.


Pat O’Brien and Pam Bruce were intent on keeping their cool.


Kate Thomson and Di Spyker were all smiles with their progress in the trivia competion.

Thi Thu Ramong, Tom Nijskens and Lek Jantrarat added an international flavour to the fashion parade. Sisters Jasmine and Darcie Sieverding enjoying themselves at the fashion parade.

Jacynta Jones and Melissa Thomason studying the form for the fashion parade. Laura McCard with a shy Tegan Crawford.

Rosalie Hare was colour co-ordinated with her fashion.

Jo Stevenson and Deb Smith trying to remember the winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup for more points in the trivia competition.

Dot Bell went casual to the fashion parade while Julie Olive and Maureen Miller brought out the hats.

Cooktown Local News 20 - 26 October 2011 – 11

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6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Friendship Algorithm” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wiggly Finger Catalyst” (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Benefactor Factor” (PG s) 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 CSI: Miami: “Look Who’s Taunting” (M) 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Die By The Sword” (M) 11:30 Better With You: Better Without A Couch - Casey finds out that his ex-girlfriend wants to pick up the couch that she lent him before their breakup - the same couch that Mia and Casey are currently using. 12:00 Undercovers 1:00 The Avengers 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Our House” (M a) 2:00 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Brax is in hot water over the armed robbery. The kids are having trouble with their HSC preparations. Leah struggles post break-up with Miles. 7:30 The X Factor 9:00 Body Of Proof 10:00 Dual Suspects 11:00 Suits: “Rules Of The Game” (M) - Harvey runs into an old friend who reveals to Mike that Harvey used to be his associate as the A.D.A. Mike is shocked because Harvey never told anyone he was once a prosecutor. 12:00 Special: Last Days Of Michael Jackson 1:00 Room For Improvement 1:30 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Dateline 2:00 Insight 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Living Black 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What?: End Of The World 8:30 Kill Arman: China/Shaolin Kung Fu 9:00 South Park: Royal Pudding 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Housos: Disability 10:30 Skins: Franky 11:30 The World Game: The World Game panel offers expert analysis and local perspective on all things football, plus all the latest news and match results. 12:30 Living Black 1:00 Movie: “Lemming” (M a,v) - In French, English Subtitles. A dark, intriguing and suspenseful thriller where a perfect couple’s life is plagued by murder and suicide after the discovery of a mysterious rodent. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2005. 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 5:00 Q&A 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dangerous Jobs For Girls 1:35 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Lost Gardens: Chatham 6:50 Miniscule: Nap Time 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 9:30 United States of Tara: The Road To Hell Is Paved With Breast Intentions - Tara is tested when her mother Bev comes to visit her new grandchild, while Dr Hattaras discovers the voice of Tara’s menacing new alter. 10:00 Artscape: Tracey Emin In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 10:25 Lateline 11:00 Lateline Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Movie: “Written On The Wind” (PG) - Emotional upheavals abound for a rich Texas oil family when their son and his boyhood friend fall for the same woman. 2:10 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day / 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Financial Permeability” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Cohabitation Formulation” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “TBA” 9:00 The Joy Of Sets - Who Killed Warwick Capper? - This week Tony and Ed study the phenomenon of eliminations on TV – killing off a character, and the even crueller business of eliminating contestants on “reality” shows. 9:30 Survivor: South Pacific 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 Better With You 12:00 20/20 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Girl Next Door” (M v,a,s) 2:00 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Charlie conspires with Brax to steal evidence. April unknowingly upsets Dex. Sasha goes out on a limb to surprise Stu. 7:30 The X Factor 8:30 Packed To The Rafters: “Risky Business” (PG s) Ben initiates a night on the town with the boys and everyone is impressed by the upmarket nightclub he takes them to. 9:30 Parenthood: “Clear Skies From Here On Out” 10:30 Dinner Date: “Charlie Durrant” (PG) 11:30 Parks And Recreation 12:00 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: “Quinceanera” (M l,s) (2006) 2:40 Spaceflies 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Israel 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Insight 8:30 All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Hot Docs: Fish! A Japanese Obsession - Charles Rangeley Wilson, author and journalist, travels to Japan to explore the Japanese people’s passionate relationship to fish. 11:45 Movie: “Hit The Road” (M n,s,l) - In Portuguese and Spanish, English Subtitles. Full of gangsters, chases and romance, a motley crew of characters are brought together in this energetic road trip adventure. Maria, a bored young Brazilian women teams up with Marco, a disabled small-time crook, on a mission to transport a drug shipment via one of South America’s most dangerous highways. 1:35 Uncle Sem and the Bosnian Dream 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 5:00 Talking Heads 5:30 Spicks And Specks 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Family Fortunes 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue: Riverhill House 6:50 Minuscule: The Dung Beetle Battle 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Poh’s Kicthen On The Road 8:30 Spicks and Specks 9:00 The Gruen Planet 9:35 The Hamster Wheel 10:05 At The Movies: 25 Years Of Margaret & David 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Lateline Business 11:40 South Pacific: Castaways 12:30 Midnight Man - Disgraced journalist Max Raban is joined by Alice in his quest to prove the existence of ‘God’s Fist’ the government-backed death squad. 1:40 The Hidden Truth 2:00 Country House Rescue: Ruth is in Kent helping four generations of the Rogers family bring Riverhill Manor - an 18th century manor set in 130 acres of historic gardens - back to its former splendour. 3:00 Big Ideas

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Maternal Capacitance” (PG s) 7:30 TBA 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9:30 Prime Suspect 10:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 11:30 Better With You: Better With Lying - On the eve of Mia and Casey’s engagement party, the sisters begin to suspect there is something fishy about each other’s tales about how they met their men. 12:00 Eclipse Music TV 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Murder At My Door” (M v,a) 2:00 Chlidren’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Charlie struggles with her breach of ethics. Irene struggles to return to work. Stu lashes out at Sasha. 7:30 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 8:30 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 9:30 TBA 10:30 Great Escapes 11:30 Gangs Of Oz: “The Gangland Wars - A Tale Of Three Gangs” (M v,l,d) Three gangs, one town and millions of dollars in drug money for the taking. A time when Lennie McPherson and George Freeman controlled the illegal gambling and prostitution rackets, and police and politicians were on the take. 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Will You Marry Us?” (M l,s) 2:50 Steel Homes 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Israel 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Amazon With Bruce Parry 8:30 One Born Every Minute: A groundbreaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parentsto-be and the maternity ward staff. In this episode, one dad-to-be can’t be contacted while his girlfriend’s labour progresses, and another has a crucial role to play after his wife’s birth plan takes an unexpected twist. And while one mum sings to keep herself calm, another finds that swearing is the best way to relieve the pressure. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Movie: “Accused” (MA a) - In Danish, English Subtitles. On the surface, Henrik and Nina Christofferson are a seemingly ordinary couple with a happy family life. But their 14-year-old daughter, Stine, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is believed by seemingly eager social workers, their family is thrust into crisis. Could Henrik have done it? 11:50 112 Emergency / 1:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (G) 4:55 National Press Club Address 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Hope Springs 1:30 Mother And Son 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Mastercrafts: Stained Glass 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Horsey 8:30 The Slap: Connie 9:30 Crownies 10:25 Lateline 11:00 Lateline Business 11:30 Live From Abbey Road: Seal / Imelda May / Sugarland 12:25 Movie: “Time Is My Enemy” (PG) - Radley is a small-time crook who returns to his wife after a long absence to find her remarried. Realising she wants their marriage kept secret, he blackmails her. 1:30 QI: Horsey 2:00 Visions Of The Future: Intelligence Revolution - What will life in the future be like? American theoretical physicist Michio Kaku believes humankind is on the brink of a radically new scientific era. In this 3-part series, he shares his vision for the future. 3:10 To The Manor Bowen: Money

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Cusion Saturation” (PG s) 7:30 RBT 8:30 Unforgettable 9:30 CSI: Miami: In The Wind 10:30 Chase: The Longest Night 11:30 Better With You: Better With Dancing - To prep for their wedding reception, Casey and Mia take a dance class, where he, a very accomplished dancer, discovers that she has two left feet. Meanwhile, Ben seeks relationship advice from talk-show host Larry King, who is staying at Ben’s hotel. 12:00 Rubicon 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Duplex” (M v,s) 2:00 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Brax is cleared of the robbery charges. Indi finally sees Harvey’s true colours. Sid declares his love for Roo. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia 10:00 The Amazing Race 11:00 Outsourced 11:30 30 Rock: “Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001” (PG) - Production on Liz’s new talk show begins and she learns what it feels like to be a performer. 12:00 Trauma: “Blue Balloon” 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Dateline 2:30 Everyone Loves A Wedding 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Cancale to Ushant 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Gourmet Farmer: Vive la France 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam 8:30 Supersizers Go... Ancient Rome 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Big Love: The Oath 11:05 Movie: “Ca$h” (M v,l) - In French, English Subtitles. Cash, the most elegant con man in Paris, decides to avenge the death of his brother by crafting a complex sting operation, replete with sly humour and seduction. With backdrops of Paris and the Côte d’Azu, this film pays homage to the ‘champagne film’ genre where exotic locales, glamorous film stars and mindbending heists set the scene for the action. 12:55 Movie: “Talk To Her” (MA a,n,s) - In Spanish, English Subtitles. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest 6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Children’s Programmer: Jesse Peretz 11:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Make A Cake Programs 5:00 Getaway 5:30 4WD TV And Influence People 11:25 Minuscule: The Bridge On The River 6:00 National News Saturday 11:30 The Good Cook 12:00 Elders With Andrew Denton: Muhammad 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Yunus 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Basketball: WNBL 3:00 Movie: 7:30 Movie: “The Ant Bully” (G) - Targeted by the neighbourhood “From Here To Eternity” 5:00 Hockey: International Super Series: Day bully, 10 year old Lucas vents his frustrations on the anthill in 3 6:30 Gardening Australia his front yard... until the ants shrink him to their size with a 7:00 ABC News magic elixir. 7:30 Doc Martin - After Dr Dibbs leaves, Dr Ellingham moves back 9:15 Movie: “Year One” (M s,l) - Two unproductive, incompetent into the surgery until a replacement can be found. He also hunters in ancient times are banished from their primitive asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise village. The unlikely pair wander through early biblical civilizatheir child. tion encountering historic and religious figures along their 8:20 Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies - When Lord Edgware is murdered, comedic journey. the police suspect his wife, the famous actress Jane Wilkinson 12:30 Movie: “Believers” (MA v,l,s) While on duty, paramedics David may be responsible. But Jane has a water-tight alibi. Poirot Vaughn and Victor Hernandez get a call from a young girl must uncover the truth. whose mother has lost consciousness in a deserted area - but 10:00 Penn And Teller: Fool Us: The acts performing for Penn and they soon discover the lives they have to save may be their own. Teller are: Piff The Magic Dragon - British illusionist; Soma 2:00 Spyforce: “The General” (PG) Hungarian close up magician; Alan Hudson - British close up 3:00 The Baron: “The Persuaders” (PG) magician; and Damien O’Brien - British street magician. 4:00 Danoz Direct / 5:30 Wesley Impact 10:40 Trial And Retribution: The Box / 12:15 Rage


SBS 4:45 UEFA Europa League 7:10 World News 1:30 Insight 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Honfleur To Mont St Michel 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Newcastle to Hull - Neil Oliver and the team take a journey from Newcastle to Hull. While Neil explores the ancient coastal home of the Venerable Bede, the genius monk who 1,300 years ago wrote the first history of England, engineer Dick Strawbridge investigates the construction of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, and its odd connection with the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 8:30 As It Happened: The Lancaster at War 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Naked Calendars 11:00 Movie: “The Other Side Of The Bed” (MA l,s) - In Spanish, English Subtitles. A musical and romantic comedy set in contemporary Spain. Pedro tries to convince his girlfriend Paula that her desire to leave him is just a phase. Paula says she has fallen in love with someone else, and in fact the new man in her life is Pedro’s best friend, Javier. 12:50 Entourage / 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Jersey Girl” (M) 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News 5:00 Guide To The Good Life 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away: Miles wonders whether he’s made the right move, Brax is linked to the armed robbery. Romeo gives Alf an ultimatum with the Blaxland - it’s him or Harvey. 7:30 Better Homes & Gardens 9:00 Movie: “The Bank Job” (MA l,s,n) 11:20 That 70’s Show: “Good Company / Who Needs You” (PG) 12:15 October Road: “Let’s Get Owen / How To Kiss Hello” (PG) - Nick and Eddie head to New York in an attempt to bring Owen back to his estranged wife and family in Knightsbridge. Then, upon Nick’s return, Hannah shares her feelings with him. Meanwhile, Eddie wrestles with expressing his feelings publicly for Janet. 2:20 Room For Improvement 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today




ABC 4:00 Rage (PG) 5:00 Can We Help? 5:30 New Inventors 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Good Morning Kalimantan 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Agatha Christie: Poirot 2:10 Finding The Fallen 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Choccywoccydoodah: Make Cake And Influence People 6:25 The Good Cook 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 My Family: Melbourne Identity - A young Australian backpacker catches Janey’s eye, but is Ben’s chip just on his shoulder or off the old block? 8:30 Scott and Bailey: Rachel discovers Nick had an affair with a juror during a case where his client was acquitted, and Janet comes face to face with the killer of her school friend. 9:20 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:05 Bored To Death: The Case Of The Lonely White Dove 10:35 Lateline 11:20 Hockey: International Super Series: Day 2 12:20 Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union - Written by and starring Emmy Award-winner Tracey Ullman, State of the Union is a collection of irreverent and hilarious skits that range from sardonic parody and social satire to Bollywood musicals. 12:45 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affiar 7:00 Two And A Half Men: “This Is Not Gonna End Well” (PG s,l) Charlie is miffed over Alan’s planned attendance of Chelsea’s birthday party and suffers the indignity of having Jake chauffer him around following a license suspension. 7:30 Two And A Half Men: “‘Ocu’ or the ‘Pado’?” 8:00 Two And A Half Men: “My Son’s Enormous Head” 8:30 Movie: “Fracture” (M v,l) - Ted Crawford who brutally shoots his wife and calmly waits for the police to arrest him. With the weapon and a signed confession in hand, the Deputy D.A. believes a conviction is a slam dunk - that is, until the case completely unravels. 1:00 Movie: “U-Turn” (M s,l) - On his way to Las Vegas to pay back some bookies, a small-time gambler gets more than he bargained for when his car breaks down near a remote desert town. 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Goodmorning America

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Your Lucky ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A friend’s advice will be worthwhile, but may be difficult to follow. You may not have enough will-power at the moment. Romance. Your ability to see the funny side to a recent set-back will help you to get over it. Your relationship is in much better shape than you realise: you will see the proof of this shortly.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) This week you will have to think through a decision which will have long-term consequences for your career. Make sure that you get the advice of someone whose opinion you can trust. Romance. A simple gesture of kindness from your partner will help you to understand them a little more deeply.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

ACROSS 4..... Unmarried man (8) 7..... Scented (8) 10... Jewel (3) 11 ... Leave out (4) 12... Help (6) 14... Give (5) 16... Extreme. eg ----- modern (5) 18... Alphabet letter (5) 20... Stylish, slick (5) 23... Latin dance (3, 3) 24... Handy (6) 26... Bark, chatter (3) 28... Legible (8) 29... Voting for politician etc (8)

DOWN 1..... Burnt sugar flavour (7)


2..... Garment (5) 3..... Legend, wisdom (4) 5..... Kind of beer (5) 6..... Ancient empire (5) 8..... 1960’s dance (5) 9..... Fish haul (5) 13... Statistics (abbrev.) (5) 14... Cut (4) 15... Australian Medical Association (abbrev.) (3) 16... Open sore (5) 17... Bridal headgear (5) 19... Carefulness (7) 21... Perhaps (5) 22... Indian coin (5) 25... Dirt (5) 27... Friend (4)

You will be surprised how much impact you can have on the people around you. A person whom you have known for many years will be especially supportive. Romance. Don’t spend too much time thinking about what you want to do. You need actions, not thought, at the moment.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A distraction from your everyday routine will help you to see your present situation in a much clearer light. There are some aspects of your life which need attention. Romance. A person whose advice you respect will have an important message for you concerning your relationship. Don’t ignore what your friend tells you, even if you don’t want to hear it.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A favourable aspect to Neptune later in the week will help you to use your powers of intuition to the full. Your ability to “read between the lines” will give you a chance to understand what is really going on around you. Romance. A romantic surprise for your partner will help to bring you closer together. A trip later in the week will give you both a chance to relax.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A long-standing engagement with a friend later in the week will live up to its expectations. This will be a day to look back on! Romance. Your ability to understand what your partner is thinking will bring you closer together.


LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


A dream which upsets you at first may have a more positive meaning than you realise. A friend who understands you well will be able to make sense of it for you. Romance. A friendly gesture from a person whom you have never spoken to will help to break the ice. You will soon grow to like this person, but it may be a while before your relationship becomes romantic.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A colleague who underestimates you will soon be in for a surprise. You have a trick up your sleeve which will show this person who is boss! Romance. Don’t judge a new admirer by their appearance. When you get to know this person better you will be impressed by what you find underneath the surface.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) It might be difficult at times to create the right balance between your own needs and those of your family. This week you may get the balance wrong.Romance. You will not understand what has been going on unless you delve a little further. The first explanation which you hear won’t tell you everything you need to know.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A domestic problem later in the week will take up much more energy than it is worth. Get to the bottom of this issue and move on as quickly as possible. Romance. An agreement drawn up recently with your partner will work well, so long as you are both clear from the outset what is involved. Don’t jump into something which you don’t completely agree with.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

QUOTE OF THE DAY Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. – Bruce Lee


A couple of minor domestic problems need to be solved quickly and without too much drama. You have more important issues to deal with which cannot wait any longer. Romance. A quiet talk with your partner will help to reduce your concern about a lack of communication in your relationship.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A favourable aspect to Mars will give you the energy you need to push through with some difficult meetings. Stick to your guns and make your feelings clear – otherwise you will end up agreeing to something which is not in your long-term interest. Romance. You will need a lot of support from your partner over the next few days. A trip away from home will give you a chance to relax.

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NEWS THIS poem was penned in 1937 by Norman Bowditch about his mother, Ivy Bowditch who was the aunt of our local venerable writer, Sylvia Geraghty.

Mum and Her Gun Out in the bush we are happy as can be. Piccaninnies play with my brother and sister and me. Life for a moment here is never dull. In the excitement too there is never a lull.

Alex, a visitor (front) joined Cooktown Bush Walkers, Waratah Nicholls, Sandy Lloyd and Lewis Roberts on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend walk which culiminated in a stop atop Mt Shipton.

Maiden visit to Mt Shipton Story and photo by JEANETTE COVACEVICH SHIPTONS Flat and Mt Shipton are named for the Shipton brothers, George and Arthur who discovered tin at the former in the early 20th century. Mt Shipton (at just over 700m) lies to the near south of Shiptons Flat. It is connected to Mt Finnigan (Finnegan on some maps), the highest mountain (at 1148m) in our district, by a rainforested ridge. Mt Finnigan is named after another tin miner, Paddy Finnegan. Cooktown Bush Walkers have, over many years, explored nearly all the wild, interesting places near Cooktown, and have also walked in many more remote areas on the Cape York Peninsular. Mt Finnigan, however, had until Sunday last, been climbed by neither the Bush Walkers nor (I believe) by anyone else since the early tin-mining days. In those times, thousands of miners

and their families lived in the Annan Valley, into which the creeks from Mts Finnigan and Shipton run. On a hot, steamy morning seven of us set off for the summit of Shipton via Parrot Creek Falls, Tabletop and a place we called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the lookoutâ&#x20AC;?, high on the slopes of Mt Finnigan. Two of our party opted for a shaded, cooler day by the crystal waters of Parrot Creek. The rest reached the summit of Mt Shipton around 12.30pm after a sweaty slog up nearly all the way through open forest, then along the rainforested granitic ridge which led there. Close to the top, the forest was stunted and very close and, despite cooler, shaded conditions, the walk was hard going for a short while. Once in the clear however, we

And there grimly with her gun in her hand She stood in the doorway like a soldier grand And as she looked she began to cry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a snake in my setting and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to die.â&#x20AC;?

My Mum is a bush girl born and bred Whose curly hair in the sun flashes red. My Mum is a girl who knows how to toil. She can swing an axe or a billy boil.

Then she raised the gun and fired many a shot Till her arm was cramped and her gun was hot And with hessian apron she wiped her face And waited for smoke and feathers to leave the place.

She is as game as a man. She has to be For living is tough in this place you see. She is feared and respected for miles around By the birds in the air and things on the ground.

Oh! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget my sadness that day When I saw my poor Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look of dismay. And the snake was dead for it had been hit Where Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only china egg was shot to bits!

And when it is necessary to get out her gun Everything that can gets on the run And all the flying things take to the air When they see Mum with her gun standing there.

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Just the other day the fowls went mad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a snake in the fowl house,â&#x20AC;? I called to Dad But Dad was away and so couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come. So Mum ran out, loading her gun. reaped our reward - 360 degree views to Big Tableland, the top of Finnigan, Mt MacMillan, Stuckeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gap, Mt Misery, the massive granite â&#x20AC;&#x153;fingersâ&#x20AC;? of Pieter Botte, Thornton Peak and the ranges and ocean beyond and lunch. In the face of a brewing storm, we left the peak around 1.30pm and returned to Parrot Creek to our co-walkers and then on to Shiptons Flat for tea and a talk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigorousâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;gruellingâ&#x20AC;? and other words not publishable were heard often as we neared the end of the day.

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En route we encountered a White-Tailed Kingfisher, an early arrival from New Guinea for the annual breeding season for the species, Green Cat Birds, two Red-Bellied Black Snakes, several small Skinks and many species of orchids, palms and figs. We were also fortunate to see many of the less-known species of rainforest trees and shrubs confined to high altitudes in the Queensland tropics. Our next walk is on Sunday, October 30. Call Prue on 4069 6577 for details.

Sunday bust SUNDAY was a bad day for one Cooktown man when local police executed a search on his residence. Police allege that during the course of the search, they located about 20gms of cannabis, a number of smoking utensils and a number of syringes. The 42-year-old will appear in Cooktown Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 1 when he will face charges in relation to possessing cannabis, possessing smoking utensils, and failing to dispose of syringes.

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The sacred Lotus effect

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NELUMBO nucifera, or Sacred Lotus, Bean of India, or simply Lotus, is a plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. A common misconception is that the lotus is a waterlily (Nymphaea), an entirely different plant as can be seen from the center of the flower, which clearly lacks the structure that goes on to form the distinctive circular seed pod in the Nelumbo nucifera. Waterlilies come in various colors, whereas the lotus has flowers ranging in hues of white to hot pink. The plant is an aquatic plant and has its roots firmly in the mud sending out long stems to which their leaves are attached, sometimes, and its flowers always are raised above the water surface. The beautiful and fragrant rose to white flower opens in the morning and petals fall in the afternoon. The fruits are a conical pod with seeds contained in holes in the pod. Nucifera means “having hard fruit”. When the seeds are ripe, they become loose in the pod. The pod then tips down towards the water, releasing the seeds. The Lotus grows best in calm freshwater. Native to Tropical Asia and Queensland, it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. Up this way there are lakes of the Lotus in the Lakefield area and between Cooktown and Lakeland and at Chillagoe. The leaves of nelumbo are highly water repellent (super-hydrophobic), what is called the lotus effect. Researchers report the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warm blooded animals do. The plant regulates its temperature in order to benefit insects that are needed for it to reproduce. When the plant flowers, it heats its blossoms to above 30ø C for as long as four days even when the air is as cool as 10ø C. The heat releases an aroma that attracts certain cold-blooded insects, which fly into the flower to feed on nectar and pollen. The distinctive dried seed heads, are widely used for dried flower arranging. The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and “roots” (rhizomes) are all edible. In Korea, the leaves and petals are used as a tisane. Young lotus stems are used as a salad ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. The rhizome is used as a vegetable in soups, deepfried, stir-fried, and braised dishes, and the roots are also used in traditional Asian herbal medicine. Lotus roots have been found to be

Joshua 1:7-9 FOR believers to obey the Lord, daily meditation upon Scripture is essential. But, some Christians try to live the will of God while opening the Bible only at church. This practice is similar to playing in a basketball game without attending any practices. It results in a lot of errors and frustration. The Bible’s purpose is to shine a light on God’s true nature. It teaches believers His principles and commands. This equips them to make decisions that are pleasing to Him. (Dr. Charles Stanley?) I once skipped reading God’s Word for a week so that I would know what nonmeditating believers experience. Even in so short a time, I got “rusty”. My thinking was clouded. My attitude suffered. I could feel my heart growing cool to God.

rich in vitamins while very low in saturated fat. The lotus seeds or nuts are quite versatile, and can be eaten raw or dried and popped like popcorn. They can also be boiled until soft and made into a paste, or boiled with dried longans A painting by Vera Scarthand rock sugar Johnson of Nelumbo nucifera. to make a sweet soup. Combined with sugar, lotus seed paste is used in pastries such as mooncakes, daifuku, and rice flour pudding. A unique fabric from the lotus plant fibres is produced only at Inle Lake, Union of Myanmar and is used for weaving special robes for Buddha images called kya thingahn (lotus robe). The rhizomes or leaves are used with other herbs to treat sunstroke, fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, dizziness, vomiting of blood, haemorrhoids. The whole plant is used as an antidote to mushroom poisoning. The embryonic seeds are used for high fever, cholera, nervous disorders and insomnia, and the seeds to stop vomiting, relieve indigestion and diarrhoea or just as a tonic. The petals are used to treat syphilis and the flower stalk with other herbs to treat bleeding from the uterus. The pods contain alkaloids that stop bleeding. From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The flower represents the perpetual cycles of reincarnation. Buddha is said to be born in the heart of a lotus flower and he is often depicted sitting in a lotus flower or on its leaf. Townsville Botanic Gardens has promised us some seed and as there are reports of thousand year old lotus seeds being successfully germinated and grown we may be able to have a pond of Lotus in our Botanic Gardens. Sandy Lloyd 4060 3102

Daily meditation keeps us focused upon our Father. Learning about the Lord will not do us much good if all the knowledge remains in our head. Meditation’s a tool that encourages believers to use godly principles in the world. The practice of reflecting on Scripture involves reading a passage and then asking ourselves some questions. What was God teaching in these verses? How do His instructions relate to my heart and life? How can I apply these words today? In keeping with the basketball analogy, we can think of the Bible as our playbook for a successful Christian life. We don’t want to be unprepared team members. If we’re going to follow the Lord’s will and please Him, we must read and meditate on His Word regularly. Used with permission - “InTouch” magazine. Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church.

Rolling in the green dollar AS the president of the Cooktown District Cannabis Growers Association, I must use your columns to protest about the treatment our members have been receiving recently. Perhaps some of your readers do not realise just how much the association contributes to our town and its economy, but I can assure you that we bring large amounts of money into the area. What is more, as it arrives as real, folding money, it stays here to be spent. Many families depend on our industry for their livelihoods, not only our members’ families but those of local businesses as well. Over the years we have had a proud record of research and development, and both the Cooktown Gold Leaf and organic Rainforest Dreams products have won gold medals at the Amsterdam Cafe Society’s annual exhibition. We have pioneered the cannabis cigar and, as I write, our Cheery Cheroots are being hand-rolled on the thighs of Bloomfield maidens - prior to shipment to discerning markets around the world. We have been great contributors to Cooktown’s tourist trade, with the innovative Magic Mile walk in the rainforest receiving accolades in the very best

architectural magazines. People from all over Australia and beyond love to bring their families to walk the Magic Mile and learn about cannabis horticulture and its history. Everyone is proud of our unique heritage, and glad to help bring our message to the world. We should be receiving the support of the authorities but instead, last week we had culturally insensitive policemen and government bureaucrats trampling through our crops and nurseries, poking their noses into things that are none of their business and generally making life very difficult. These people do not seem to realise that cannabis is the only crop that gives the honest farmer a decent living in Cooktown conditions. Cooktown needs cannabis, and Cooktown needs us. The contribution of cannabis to the local economy should be recognised, and the harassing of our members should end immediately. We are proud and respected members of society, and not petty criminals as the police seem to think. Ted Zamoyski

Abbie Claussen not a shirker CONTINUING the “Faces” story of Abbie Claussen, researched and written by Jean Stephan September. Lennie was BY the time of his father’s also caricatured death, Albert had already staked a claim at China Camp by Agnew. Another brother, (October 3, 1910) and was R Claussen, listed as a resident miner on who had been with the Annan Electoral Rolls. River Tin Company, accepted Mining was to become a large part of his life. the position of manager of the Lode Hill Mine at China Representing China Camp as Camp in 1919. Sadly, this a claim-holder, ‘A Claussen’ attended a meeting at Rossville appointment was short-lived. At the age of 44 years, Robert’s on April 24 1918, the outcome death from unknown causes of which was the formation during a visit to Cairns in of a group to be known as the “Cooktown Mining District Tin October 1922 ‘came as a great shock to his many friends’, Producers’ Association”. as a member of the M U I O Other members of Albert’s O F, Cooktown. The funeral family were also involved was reportedly a formal, ‘very in the mining industry. His brother Lennie, was at China largely’ attended ceremony. Camp during the time of Garnet “Great sympathy was extended Agnew’s stay there and both to Robert’s family members, some of whom had travelled brothers were described as quite long distances to attend. friends of the artist. Indeed,

‘Mr A Claussen’ was amongst the mourners and was listed as residing in Cairns at the time. The Claussen family seems to have been a close knit one. In his working life ‘Abbie Claussen’ did not limit himself to mining, although quite large quantities of tin came from the China Creek area, possibly mined by companies rather than individuals. A mining report in 1936 listed China Camp production as 3 tons, 17 cwt. 2 qrs. 24 lbs., valued at œ591/17/11 for the month of April. In addition, Abbie and one Mr Dowell were associated with a reported “gold find above China Camp”. Described as “a very promising show” with stone recovered giving “a very fine return”, the find prompted an option being given to a syndicate in Brisbane. Subsequently the “Enterprise Gold Mine” won “good

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amounts of gold” at China Camp in 1934. The Claussen brothers were mentioned in a later newspaper article as still finding gold “about the western side of the range” near China Camp in 1940. An example of Abbie’s diverse employment is mentioned in an oral history of Normanby Station as told by Normie Palmer. Normie related various activities his father undertook to earn a living during the early years of the 20th century. Amongst these was a contract to supply firewood for the Cooktown to Laura rail service and to assist with this work, he employed

Abbie Clausen (sic), “who would cut his cord of Bloodwood by one-man saw per day.” A cord of wood measurement was described as approximately four feet high, four feet long and eight feet along the ground. Abbie was obviously not a shirker. Later, in 1935 he and one P Roseler successfully tendered for the supply of 10,000 sleepers, 5000 each, for the railway. Concurrently, his brother Lennie was appointed to work on the maintenance gang. Continuing next week

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celebrate the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in the second half of next year and to enjoy an extended school holiday break at Easter. The discussion paper also looks at allocating an extra public holiday when Christmas, Boxing, or New Year’s days fall on a Saturday or Sunday. Premier Anna Bligh said the government had received a huge response to the proposals. “By the middle of this week we had received 14,400 responses and the overwhelming majority of them were positive,” she said. Ms Bligh said the results so far show that: • 81% agreed with the principle of the reallocation of the student free days and 60% welcome the opportunity for creating an extended Easter Break for students; • 96% supported moving the Queen’s birthday to a Monday in October; and

• 91% supported creation of additional public holidays when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day fall on a weekend. Ms Bligh said consultation with the Queensland Tourism and Industry Council had also indicated strong support for the proposed changes. The review is seeking feedback on three proposals relating to holidays in Queensland including: Moving the Queen’s Birthday to create a new Summer Public Holiday Allocating an extra public holiday when Christmas, Boxing, or New Year’s days fall on a weekend Expanding state school Easter holidays from six days to two weeks. Consultation closes on October 31. To have your say, go to au/holidayproposal to complete the online survey.

Bloomfield Crossing now a critical safety matter By Mike D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph:+61 7 4098 9180. WHY is our region so special? There’s no simple answer, just a series of personal and ever-changing ideas ranging from the honest, friendly locals to the scenery and ecology. Here are some recent visitor views. Asherani Walker, from Wujal Wujal is a real performer and loves to be a part of the tour guiding when she can. Last week, she was helping grandmum Kath Walker explain soap production techniques to visitors. The Walker family and other local Bama are determined to pass on the traditions to new generations. Peggy and partner Mark Iden from the USA commented, “We’ve just been fascinated by the Bama culture, like how soaps and green ant sinus remedies are made, warning calls from birds, the stolen generation story and how people manage to live in nature alongside the crocs and other nasties. Asherani can be a great leader and educator for future generations around Wujal Wujal, and the world if she chooses”. The world is your oyster, Asherani, but I know you also like mangrove mussels. Down on the Daintree Coast, from Cow Bay to Cape Trib, visitors are used to seeing the rainforest in all its dense and diverse glory. And that’s great. But, precisely because the rainforest is so close, it’s often difficult to see the big views that can more easily be seen from places like Cooktown and Archer Point. However, if you can get above the

canopy and look out, you can see views as spectacular as this looking down at Cape Trib, as did Leola Venables on a trip back from Wujal Wujal. Alternatively, a little further south, a beach walk to Noah’s Creek will reveal more than the big, big croc that often basks on the little mangrove island nearby. Be careful. There are also wonderful views looking back at the nearby mountains, and crab art along the beaches. Along the roads from Daintree to Wujal Wujal, plenty of cassowaries have been seen, including an exciting sighting near Degarra along Thompsons Creek. The one in the photo was on its own, but we have had credible and ongoing reports of two cassowary families (that is dad, mum and chick) being seen - one family around Cooper Creek, the other around Cape Tribulation Resort - which goes against the accepted dogma that only the dads take care of the chicks. So, it’s once again proof that nature doesn’t always fit into little boxes. Individual differences apply in animal behaviour. With the warmer weather, visitors are always on the lookout for swimming spots. Woobadda is becoming popular again. Listen and look out for the metallic starlings high up in the nearby tree. Just in these last few days they have started to build their nests in preparation for the breeding season. The Wujal Wujal Council has been busy upgrading the road entry into the Wujal falls and laying new water pipe for residents. Both are good initiatives. With the early grumbling both of storm activity and rumours, we have asked the Department of Main Roads to report on

Cassowary alongside a road in the Noah’s Creek area. the action plan, budget and starting date for the bridge crossing over the Bloomfield River. We should be able to report on the status of the bridge next week. Residents are concerned that the newly fixed ford crossing has changed the water flow and have been anxiously awaiting a start on the promised all-weather bridge. The Bloomfield Crossing is now a critical safety matter, both for locals and visitors. Road conditions haven’t changed much lately. Roads are still very dusty, with corrugations inevitable at this time of the year. Tides are okay during normal travelling times, but check the charts for high tides late afternoons/evenings from Friday 21 to Wednesday, October 26, and for morning tides October 24 to 30. Storm rain could of course create dangerous conditions at any time, so get advice from the local Police before travelling. Whatever you do, get out and visit more of your region in the next week.

Whizz imagines Quarantine Bay run JUST for a change, and because the wind has quietened down at last, Whizz and Matchbox decided to set this week’s run at Quarantine Bay. That is a different approach but, beautiful as Quarantine Bay is, you have to wonder just where Whizz could find a trail. Up the beach and back again? Too short? Up the road and back again? Too boring? So where was he going to set the run? The motley crew turned up and stood around scratching their heads over the problem. Whizz solved it with a master stroke. The trail ran along the beach, and then up to the right until you reached the road, and run home again downhill. Right! Easy! At least, the beach was easy (even if Fingerling managed to fall on his nose when he tripped over his shoelaces). When we reached the end of the beach, we looked around for clues marking the trail, and realised that Whizz had not actually set the trail at all. He had simply looked at the hill side from a distance and imagined it. There is a very good reason that there is not a footpath from

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the end of the beach to the road. This is - because it is impassable. The hillside is extremely steep, and covered in more vines than you could poke a stick at. It took a very long time to climb it. Fortunately, Soggy was waiting at the top with a spread of fresh water melon, which gave us something to munch on the way down. Thermo was GM for the night and she was quick to catch Archive for driving like a little old lady, Soggy for being vague about her run number and Fingerling for failing to stay upright. Then there was Whizz’s birthday to celebrate and we had to sympathise with his lack of navigational skills. Then it was time to adjourn for the “barbie” which included satays and exotic salad - very tasty. Next week’s run is being hosted by Yoyo and Moses, starting at Keatings Lagoon car park at 5.30pm on Monday, October 24. Just turn up to join in or call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak.


Great weather has fish firing THERE is plenty of fresh seafood around Cooktown after last week’s great weather. Thomas Nevins’ outstanding capture of a 2.5m Sailfish has been testimony to the great fishing local anglers and visitors have enjoyed. The Barra have been firing in the Endeavour on live baits and lures, while Mangrove Jacks have been monstering live baits around the wreck.

Ipswich Visitor Bruce Morgenstern with a Barra from FNQ. Photo submitted.

And the Wharf has been keeping its faithful happy with good catches of Barra, Jacks, Mackerel and Giant Trevally. Topping up most hauls have been Red Emperor and Large Mouth, while offshore, free divers have been getting amongst Painted Crays and Coral Trout with good hauls reported out wide. Tight lines. Russell Bowman The Lure Shop.

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Michael Slocombe of Rossville pulled in this Spanish Mackerel from local boat Wildfire. Photo submitted.

Keep golf carts away from hazards NEARLY 20 members played in the Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition held between October 9 and 14. Ian Keller had a smashing round to win this week’s event with 41 Stableford points, but mind you Rick Butler wasn’t that far behind in runner-up position with 39. “Bloody” hot and humid conditions greeted the eight members who competed in the Cook Shire Council 2-Person Ambrose competition held on Saturday, October 15, with the winners for the day the team of Julie Sauer and Steve Weise who had a combined nett score of 57, and the runners-up for the day was the team of Kim Copland and Wayne King with a combined nett of 63. All the nearestthe-pins were landed with Wayne King landing 2/11, Steve Butler for 14 and Steve Weise landing 9/18. With the Aussies playing the Kiwis in two codes of football it was no surprise only three members competed in the Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition on October 16. There is a tie between Laurie Downs and Kim Copland both with a nett score of 32 so I will have to do a count-back. So far only two members have played in the Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition and leading the field so far is Kim Copland with a nett

score of 72. This forthcoming Saturday’s competition is a Stableford competition which is being sponsored by Apels Lawyers. Just a reminder to the new committee members, if you are not a Westpac Bank customer can you please go to the in-store branch and provide 100 points of identification as soon as possible. People are still being morons and running amuck with the motorised carts and driving them through hazards, down and up embankments and just making a mess of the course with wheel ruts, etc. The use of a motorised cart is a privilege and not a right so if you abuse this privilege you will not be allowed to hire a motorised cart. As has always been the rule with the use of a motorised cart, they are not to be driven through any hazard, down or up any embankment or mistreated in any way shape or form. If your ball is in a hazard, down or up an embankment, leave the cart on the fairway and get out and look for your ball on foot. The carts are not 4WD and are to be driven on the fairways and paths leading to whatever tee only and nowhere else! Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager, Cooktown Golf Club

Gavin from Cairns with a 9 kg Golden Trevally caught at the Wharf. Photo submitted.

ON Wednesday night, October 12 we contested another Sports Pistol/ Centrefire match for a possible score of 360. Mal was first again with 297, but Rod H was not far behind with 261 and Janne third with 169. Note these October dates in your diary: • Sunset shoots - Wednesday, 26 at 5.30pm; • Practical shoo - Sunday, 23 commencing at 9am; • Annual General Meeting - Sunday, 23 at 10.30am after the practical shoot - please be there; and • General meeting - We d n e s d a y, 2 8 a t 5.30pm.


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Topped up Council beat Marton in hot conditions By WAL WELSH COUNCIL and Marton faced off in a 40 over match on a warm and humid morning at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday. Marton were gracious enough to allow Council to bat first as half of the team were still at a kiddies’birthday party filling up on cake. Billy Dukes and his brother Kevin opened the innings for Council and made a steady start before Billy was clean bowled by Zane Stallan for seven with the score at 13. Glenn joined his youngest son in the middle and added 15 runs to the total before Kevin popped up a simple catch to Greg Morris at mid-off with the bowler John O’Neill taking the wicket with his first delivery. Mick Mason, who is normally wielding a golf club and not a bat joined Glenn and propelled the total to 55 runs before Mick was caught with a “speccy” by Randall Smith in the slips off the bowling of “Benno” Welsh. By then, the other half of the team had arrived, well-fed and ready to run (not). Brad Atkins joined Glenn and the pair added 40 runs until Al Morris deceived Brad with a slow one to bowl him for 20 runs. Anthony Tomlinson (aka Wilbur) came out and blasted 24 runs with his five scoring strokes before he fell to another amazing catch, this time in the outfield by John O’Neill off the bowling of Adam Snell. Wilbur’s brother Mick was next in and started off well but was soon caught by Benno off Greg’s bowling for 10 with the score on 144. Another one of Wilbur’s siblings, Bert joined Glenn and together amassed a 54 run partnership before some excellent fielding by Rob McLean saw Glenn run out for a well made 46.

Wal Welsh joined Bert with five overs remaining and together they added 29 runs before Wal was run out looking for a quick single by some good fielding from Randall and Bret Crosby. George Kulka was a fill-in for Council at the tail and came in and belted two sixes as he and Bert added 24 runs in the last two overs of the innings. Council had made 251 runs from their 40 overs with Glenn and Bert, who was 44 not out, being the pick of the batsmen. The pick of Marton’s bowling were Zane, Benno, David Curtis and Bret. Marton took on the chase with Randall and Bret opening the innings and Council were celebrating in the first over, as they had the prize wicket of Randall, smartly caught by Mick Mason at mid-on off the bowling of Mick Tomlinson for only one run. Greg and Bret set about restoring some respectability to the score which ticked along nicely to 49 when Bret was bowled by Brad for 19. Benno was next and he compiled 23 runs before he was caught by Mick T off Kevin’s bowling with the score at 88. Greg was out in the next over chasing a leg side delivery off “lefty”, Wal after making 31runs. Rob and Snelly held the innings together for a while before another Council top-up player in Stumpy Kulka came on and bowled Snelly for 14 in his first over, and then got Rob to snick one to be cleverly caught by the wicket keeper Mick M for a top score of 34. The tail of David, Al and John O’Neill tried in vain as some excellent bowling from Council, especially Glenn and Wilbur, restricted Marton to 197 at the end of their 40 overs. Rob and Greg were the pick of

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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. D

Fri 21 Time 05:12 10:44 17:18 23:52

Sat 22 Ht 1.61 0.93 2.35 0.83

Time 05:43 11:30 17:51


Ht 1.85 0.77 2.49

Sun 23

Mon 24

Tue 25

Time 00:18 06:17 12:13 18:25

Time 00:48 06:55 12:56 19:00

Time 01:21 07:35 13:40 19:37

NEW MOON Thur. Oct 27 . Time: 05.56

Ht 0.63 2.1 0.64 2.59

FIRST QUARTER Thur. Nov 03. Time: 02.38

Ht 0.43 2.35 0.55 2.63

FULL MOON Fri. Nov 11. Time: 06.16

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Ht 0.26 2.56 0.53 2.6

LAST QUARTER Sat, Nov 19. Time: 01.09

Council batsman plays a one-handed flick behind and away from the Marton keeper in Sunday’s clash at Queen’s Park. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

CORAL reef fin fish will be off limits for two periods this year to reduce fishing pressure during the spawning season. The first closure will be from October 24 to 28 and the second from November 22 to 26. Fisheries Queensland manager Dr Brigid Kerrigan said the closures protected fish at an important time in their lifecycle. “Two five-day closures each year for five years were announced in October 2009,” she said. “The closures coincide with the new moon when key, commercially fished coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and November have been found to be months of high effectiveness for closures to protect coral reef fin fish particularly the key target species. “Coral trout and other coral reef fin fish may be more susceptible to concentrated fishing when spawning and


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performance. Thanks to all those who helped out during the day and to the umpires who stood in the heat of it all. Council take on top of the table Black Mountain Panthers this Sunday which hopefully will be another enthralling battle.

Mick Mason put everything he had into this shot for a four against Marton.

Coral reef fin fish off-limits Oct. 24

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Randall Smith drives from Port Douglas for a game of cricket with Marton, and on Sunday, he ran nearly as far to retrieve this ball from the outfield in their clash with Council.

Marton bowler John O’Neill at full extension with this ball aimed for Council’s Mick Mason on Sunday.


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Marton’s batting while Wilbur 2 for 12, Stumpy 2 for 12 and Glenn 0 for 15 were the pick of the Council bowlers. A good game played in varying conditions made for an entertaining day of cricket at the gardens. Man of the Match went to Glenn for his all round

Wed 26

Thu 27

Fri 28

Time 01:56 08:17 14:26 20:16

Time 02:34 09:01 15:15 20:57

Time 03:14 09:50 16:10 21:42

Ht 0.14 2.7 0.57 2.49

Ht 0.1 2.76 0.69 2.29

Ht 0.16 2.72 0.86 2.04

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Endeavour Valley October monthly rainfall totals: 20.5ml En


these closures are to help ensure the sustainability of the fishery.” Dr Kerrigan said the dates for the closures changed each year depending on the new moon phases. “The closures only apply to those who are fishing for coral reef fin fish, which includes coral trout, cods, emperors, parrotfish, sweetlips, tropical snappers and sea perches,” she said. “Fishers need to remember that they should not take and possess coral reef fin fish species during the closure period.” The closures are in place from the tip of Cape York in the north, to Bundaberg in the south (the southern boundary is at latitude 24o50ïS). The eastern boundary of the closure is the same as the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A map can be found at:


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