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$2.3M services hub for CBD
Cooktown to become the capital of government services on the Cape
It is an overgrown allotment now but by 2013 it will be the site of a government services hub. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott and Member for Cook Jason O’Bien examine plans for the building, which will be situated on the corner of Walker and Helen streets. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. By GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN is set to become a hub for government services with Monday’s announcement the state had signed a lease agreement for the construction and fit-out of a new office building worth $2.3M. Member for Cook Jason O’Brien said the agreement with Sibi Girgenti Holdings would deliver a muchneeded boost to the construction industry in the Far North over a two year period. “It is anticipated construction will start in mid-2012, with the
structure expected to take around seven months to complete,” Mr O’Brien said. “I expect this project alone will support around 17 full time equivalent jobs between 2012 and 2013. “It’s a real shot in the arm to stimulate growth and create construction jobs for the Far North.” Mr O’Brien said the office fit-out will then take place in early 2013 prior to the opening of the building. Emphasising the project is a joint public/private partnership with Sibi Girgenti Holdings for a 10-year period, Mr O’Brien said
the agreement was a good example of government working with private enterprise. He said the building will be a ‘shared services hub’, drawing together around 23 staff from different government agencies in a single location. “It’s important that Cooktown becomes the government service hub for the Cape and this building is about achieving just that,” Mr O’Brien said. “This building will also allow for the expansion of government services in Cooktown.
“The signing of this lease is evidence of our commitment to the people of Cooktown and to the town’s future prosperity.” The corner of Walker and Helen Streets will be the new home for the structure, which will be of a modern design. “It will feature a glass curtain wall to create a visually attractive building for the Cooktown CBD,” he said. But not only will the building be aesthetically pleasing, it will also include a number of environmentally-friendly characteristics. “A range of features will be
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Thu 23. Neighbourhood Watch meeting at the Cook Shire Council chambers from 6pm. New members welcome.
letters to the editor Identifying burglar on facebook gets a big thumbs up GOOD on you, whoever you are, for getting photos of your intruder and particularly for advising the public. It’s a bit harder for parents to deny, when it becomes so public and my experience has been, when our stolen property was found by police in a home following the burglary, that: “Somebody must have brought it here,” and finding kids on a vandalised property: “Oh no. Not my boy - he wouldn’t
do it.” Two quite recent incidents. If parents are so determined that their kids are incapable of wrongdoing, perhaps they could be more aware of where and what they are doing, and God forbid, give them something constructive/useful to do around their own home and leave people like us to live our lives without fear of home invasion and vandalism.
After we were burgled it cost us over $2500 to replace stolen items and get our locks re-keyed, then because of the ongoing crimes, another $3500 to have every window and door security screened and install cameras because of B***s like you just managed to upset. Good on you. You get my vote. Robyn Ambrose - Cooktown
Sat 25. Poison Creek Rural Fire Brigade AGM at the
“New Shed”, Minke Road from 4.30pm. Phone Cass on 4069 6657. Sun 26. Cooktown Bushwalkers’ next walk, weather permitting. Call 4060 3102 (ah), 0437 910 883 for details. Sun 26. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Sun 26. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 28. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 28. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 29. Cooktown SSAA general meeting and Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm.
March Fri 2. Cape York Sustainable Futures Open Forum at
the Laura Rodeo Grounds starting at 9am and ﬁnishing at 2.30pm. Fri 3. Disco Fever at the Top Pub. Sun 4. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 6. Cooktown Writers’ Group will meet at the Lions’ Hall from 7.30pm. Call 4069 6121 for information. Tue 6. Swim for Your Life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 6. Cooktown Writers’ Group will meet at the Lions Hall from 7.30pm. Call 4069 6121 for information. Tue 6. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Sun 11. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 13. Swim for Your Life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 13. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Sat 17. Roswell will be playing at the Top Pub for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Assembly of God: Gungarde, 9.30am Sun; Home group 7.30pm Tue; young adults 7pm Thu. Phone 4069 5070. Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary’s, Cooktown. Phone 4069 5730. Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am. Phone 4069 6778, 0428 696 493. Rossville Christian Fellowship: Elsie Hatﬁeld’s, 8am Sun. Phone 4060 3968. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.
Councillor comes out in support of Cr Burns Hope Vale I NORMALLY refrain from mud- received by one of the officers that was not utilised and was available impresses slinging in public via the letters to I know of when their contract was for work. the editor, but Mr Lickiss’s letter renewed. So total annual package To allocate $301k for three years visitors last week titled “Questions asked for Councillors is $361,700. in a row ($903k total) to work on the over Councillor’s motives” needs more clarification. Firstly, I do not intend to rerun for council and am not grandstanding! It is a matter of public knowledge via the annual report that seven officers of the council receive $1 million of the $12 million staff and Councillors’ remuneration each year. As reported, three receive over $150k, three receive between $100k - $150k and one receives less than $100k. No prizes for guessing who receives the three salary packages over $150k per year. It also states that Mayor P Scott receives $91380, Deputy Mayor A Wilson $55,480, Councillors D Lee, C Martin and P Gordon $45,690, Councillor C Burns $46,830 and myself $30,940. In actual fact, Cr Burns’ pay rise was $1140 not a two figure sum
Councillor Burns is very passionate about his area getting better access roads and services, and I certainly agree with him that between Rossville, Ayton and Wujal Wujal community, the road services quite a substantial number of rate payers, residents, tourists and neighbouring shire residents. So to expect that it receives the work allocated for it is not a huge ask - especially from a road safety aspect due to the number of vehicles on it daily. Please look at the road counter figures for the year in the February agenda and the total for the year. On Battle Camp Road it was 150 cars for a “whole year”, while for the Rossville - Bloomfield Road, and this is taking the lesser of the three counters on the road, the ‘monthly’ average was 209. I know there was machinery in the Cooktown area last year that
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DURING a 12-day stay in Cooktown visiting our family, my husband and I drove to Hope Vale to visit the Aboriginal settlement. We were very impressed with what we encountered, most homes clean and fairly well-kept and clean washing on their lines. Any teenagers we saw were well-groomed and all children appeared happy and going to and from school. There is plenty of work going on out there, where we saw Aboriginal men and boys employed on building sites, driving trucks and fencing - it was a pleasure to observe. Keep up the good work Hope Vale. Brian and Kath Warren Victoria
Queensland state election – March 24, 2012
Bensted makes promise on Nullinga Dam IT is quite interesting that so far with all the election hype with the Labor and Liberal parties, that these ‘major’ parties have not mentioned the possible construction of a life blood such as the Nullinga Dam project. After witnessing the devastating waters of Brisbane in early 2011, the obvious neglect of not building more water storage areas across the south east was evident. The worry of letting out too much water outweighed the thought of excessive flooding which was the end result. If there were more dams across the south-east, then they (SEQ Water) could have been able to let more water out as they would have the backup of the other dams.
Now, in our region we are fortunate enough to have a wet season every year which tops up our one and only water/irrigation supply. However, droughts are imminent in Australia and you only have to think back to 2003 when we were at 30 per cent capacity. Now we can only hope that we never have a drought like that again, but there is a real risk especially with the possibility of water contamination of our one and only water supply. What happens if we are not allowed to drink or irrigate with this water? We in the electorate of Cook need a secondary water supply to back up our Tinaroo dam. There has been an estimated cost of $300 million to construct this
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Battle Camp Road - a tourist ring road - with the Battle Camp Range bituminised in the first year, does not make sense to me when these residents still had, and still have part of their range dirt, rocky and rough. This funding is a dollar-for-dollar bucket of money from the regional roads group and is funds for roads of regional significance ie they service adjoining shires. So this road also attracts these funds. As Mr Lickiss is aware, Councillor Burns does not use the internet or computer and would be unable to source the information of the Main Roads funding on the web. How easy would it be for him to print off the information and present it to him. In fact, even though I have the internet, I could not find the information on the web site. Marilyn Clark Cooktown
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asset. However, the economic benefits that will arise out of this project go just beyond the employment construction stages. Once this dam is built, there are huge environmental benefits such as the fact that we would be creating a permanent watering hole for all wildlife, which would encourage an abundant lifestyle for these animals present in this area. Also there is the tourism benefit, with the possibilities of camp sites, caravan parks, water activities and educational areas. With the climate argument taking much attention federally, we also have the real possibility of generating clean energy similar to that of the Snowy River Hydro scheme in New South Wales. This dam, once constructed,
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would have an approximate storage of 364,000 mega litres, would be three-quarters the volume of Sydney Harbour and over 80 per cent the size of Tinaroo. Water is wealth, and with a growing need for agriculture predicted in the next 20 - 40 years, we have a real chance of being the dominant food producer of the country. If I become the elected representative of Cook, this Nullinga Dam Project would take place along with many other agriculture policies that Mr Katter and I are putting forward for the seat of Cook. Lachlan Bensted Candidate for Cook Katter’s Australia Party
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Time to join Neighbourhood Watch WITH the recent reporting of continuing break and enter offences in Cooktown residents are reminded it could be a good time to join the local Neighbourhood Watch Group. The group will restart their meetings tonight, Thursday, February 23 at 6pm at the Cook Shire chambers. For more information, call 0411 722 807.
By GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN State School Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) President Nikki Darvell and Treasurer Jodie Haendel were beaming as they received a $10,000 donation from Cooktown Local News Publisher Corey Bousen on Monday. The money is the proceeds of the agreement between the P&C and the CLN for the production of the 2011/2012 Cooktown Business and Community Directory. â€œAnd we didnâ€™t have to do a thing towards it,â€? a delighted Mrs Darvell said. â€œIt (the Directory) was all done for us, stress free and it is such an impressive publication. â€œSo professional, no comparison with the old book.â€? And the money is already earmarked as a contribution towards a number of needy projects the P&C have on the drawing board. â€œWe badly need lockers for the high school students,â€? she said. â€œAt the moment, they have to trudge from class to class with their backpacks and books. â€œThereâ€™s no security and no privacy for them.â€? Sunshades over play areas is another priority for the P&C. â€œWe want to build permanent awnings over the five play areas,â€? she said. â€œThe sunshades we have in place at the moment are damaged and not â€˜sunsmartâ€™.â€? Mrs Darvell said the sunshade
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Cooktown State School students Oliver and Chloe Hanson (front) with Parents and Citizens Asssociation Treasurer Jodie Haendel and President Nikki Darvell receiving a donation of $10,000 from Cooktown Local News Publisher Corey Bousen. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. project was a joint partnership with the Student Council, with quotes still being obtained on the ultimate cost of the project. Cooktown Local News Publisher Corey Bousen said it was his distinct pleasure to be able to make the presentation on
behalf of Regional and Remote Newspapers. â€œBeing able to have a positive partnership with the school is very important to us,â€? Mr Bousen said. â€œInvesting in the children is an investment in our future.â€? Mr Bousen said he was proud
of the glossy publication his team had produced here, and other Directories produced for the other communities in which Regional and Remote had papers. The CLN also would like to thank the Cooktown Newsagency for distributing the directory.
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Cooktown Newsagency sales assistant Penny Woods, who sold the winning $100,000 â€˜scratchieâ€™ ticket to a Cooktown man, rubs Buddhaâ€™s tummy for luck. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
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ONE lucky local man is all smiles this week after a $100,000 â€˜scratchie ticketâ€™ he bought from the Cooktown Newsagency reaped him some rewards. Newsagency proprietor Carol McKinna said the winner always buys a couple of scratchies when he puts his Lotto entries in, but nearly got out the door when he returned for his tickets. â€œHe asked me, â€˜Is this what it looks like to me?â€™,â€? Carol said. â€œMy wife wonâ€™t believe me when I tell her.â€? So Carol gave the man a coloured photocopy of the ticket for proof. â€œWe were so happy for him,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s the biggest winner that Ian
and I have had since we took over the newsagency.â€? But was it the manâ€™s good luck that precipitated his good fortune, or a move for the store Buddha? â€œWeâ€™ve had Buddha on the counter for years, but we thought he wasnâ€™t bringing enough good luck, so we moved him a few weeks ago,â€? she said. â€œSo his luck must be finally coming through.â€? Will the old adage that â€˜good luck comes in threesâ€™ prove to be true? â€œWe hope so, hopefully there will be two more lucky winners coming up soon,â€? she said. Protection of Privacy considerations prevent the McKinnas from divulging the lucky manâ€™s identity to anyone.
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Extra time given to enrol QUEENSLAND voters have been given extra time to enrol for the upcoming local government elections. Voters now have until this Saturday, February 25 to enrol, the same day as rolls for the state government elections close. Attorney General and Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said that ordinarily, the date would be January 31, but the move had bipartisan support and the support of the Local Government Association. “The January 31 date has been in various versions of the Act since 1993,” Mr Lucas said. “This provision is designed to ensure candidates can satisfy requirements to be nominated by six electors in a local government area or division in which the prospective Councillor is to be a candidate. “In ordinary circumstances, this is not an issue however, in 2012 the date for state and local government elections are in relatively close alignment.” Mr Lucas said it is intended the change will apply for this cycle only and enrolment for the next local government elections will close on January 31, 2016.
“What this means is that voters who have moved or their enrolment is not up to date enrol for both local government elections as long as their enrolment is received before February 25,” he said. “If you’ve moved house or will be 18 years old by April 28, it’s important to ensure you are on the rolls so you are eligible to exercise your democratic right to vote. “Also, with council elections, you are only able to vote on the day if you are in your local government area. “However, if you are away, you need to organise in advance for a postal or pre-poll vote. The appropriate forms to enrol or change address can be obtained from the post office, or enrolment can be done online. However, online enrolment must also be followed by a signed, hard copy being posted to the Australian Electoral Commission. He said that updating personal details for the local government elections automatically updates a voters details for the state election. For more information or to enrol to vote, go to: www.ecq.qld.gov.au
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A talented man gives his views on Cooktown’s growth By ERIC GEORGE IN Cooktown, and across much of Cape York, Peter Nijskens is known as the proprietor of the Cooktown Bargain Barn. This wonderful emporium is a local icon, the place where we go when we want to buy anything from a colourful frock to a roll of duct tape. Or cookware, a television or a bicycle for the kids. When Peter came to Cooktown 26 years ago, he had a farm. “We had a lot of fruit trees, but mainly I was working away, like most people do in mining. I did sewage jobs, I built a breakwater, things like that.” Peter also did earthmoving in Cooktown. “I even had a bloke working for me while I was away, but my wife reckoned it was too much hard work.” Peter’s wife Tom and much of his family are from Thailand. “That’s fantastic - fantastic people. That’s one thing that is nice about Cooktown. We have a lot of different people here, and you can learn a lot from them.” What differences are there between Peter’s Thai home and Cooktown? “The funny thing is, things happen over there without problems. My brother-in-law over there wanted to start fish farming. He went to see the council and he got assistance to make that happen. They’ve given him an excavator with an operator to use to develop the project. The only thing he had to pay for was the fuel. They actually help people to develop something. Isn’t that amazing? It’s strange isn’t it? But it works. It’s only little people that can make things happen. Big people think they’re making things happen, but they only fleece the place.” Thai food is renowned for being very spicy, so how does Peter get on with that? “I love it. That’s what we have at home, except last night we had corned beef!” In Peter’s Thai home, the menu relies heavily on fish. Fried fish and chips? “No - no fish and chips!” Is there another way to cook fish? “There is a lot of different ways, and it’s rather nice.” So, Peter was in mining and earthmoving, but now is best known for his shop. How did that get started? “Oh, my wife thought it was a good idea to work a bit less. Now I’m working with four people and twice as hard. We started in only one bay of the shop and now we have filled nearly the whole building. I would love to make the place a bit bigger, but I’m not game enough to go near the council for all the charges and problems that they create. There, nobody there that understands money. They don’t have to earn it - that’s the problem. We have to work every day and think how can we earn 50 cents or a dollar? They don’t. You have to earn money to understand it. “We want to diversify all the time because you can’t stay in one line. We like to sell practical things, that people need. The Aboriginal community is a big part of our business. We like to give everyone a fair go, no matter what colour or race they are, you know? It’s a funny thing, some tourists came into the shop and said to me, ‘you must have a lot of trouble with Aboriginals stealing.’ I told them no. We have more trouble with old pensioners. Aboriginals don’t really steal, they have no need to steal. They’re very polite and they’re good customers.” What is the most active part of the business? “Mostly the hardware stuff, like car repair stuff and parts for fixing tractors. We have the BearCo agency now, they are one of the really big suppliers. We can
Peter and Tom Nijskens outside their Cooktown Bargain Barn. actually compete with the internet, their prices are so good. I can sell cheaper than people can get things on the internet.” Did the sealing of the Cairns road make a difference to Peter’s business? “Everyone thought it would take business out of Cooktown, but it hasn’t. We try to keep the prices competitive with Cairns. Our auto stuff is equal price. The white goods are very close to The Good Guys in Cairns. “The town, when it wants to keep going, has to support itself. Otherwise it will die. You need people to make a town, and you have to keep your economics balanced. But when the whole town works together, we have a future. When we don’t we will be in the same mess as the rest of the world.” How would Peter like to see Cooktown developing? “From in itself. The town supporting the people, and the people supporting the businesses in town. And slow growth. Not explosive growth, that doesn’t do anyone any good. You’re better off to grow slowly and try to keep the infrastructure costs low. Otherwise you put liabilities onto businesses that the businesses can’t sustain. That’s the biggest worry.” What about tourism in Cooktown? “We have to offer the people something. We offer nothing, and want something. What are we offering the tourists? Nothing. They have no access to the absolutely beautiful, pristine places around the district. Like waterfalls, beautiful waterfalls, you can’t even see on the movies or TV. Beautiful, and there’s no physical access, unless you want to crawl through the wait-a-while and stuff. It’s basic. We have to give access to some beautiful places so people can stay a couple of days. Instead people come into the shop they’ve just got in, and they’re leaving in a couple of hours because there’s nothing to see here, apart from Grassy Hill.” If Peter was in charge, what would he like to do for Cooktown? Peter has no hesitation. “I reckon improving the water front, from the Wharf on to where the council is busy with that rock wall. If they do a good job of that, it would be absolutely fantastic for the tourists, and beautiful for Cooktown.”
Break and enter man to face court in Cooktown A 17-year-old Cooktown man has been charged with breaking into a Cooktown residence and stealing a sum of money. Police allege the premises were not able to be fully-secured because renovations were being undertaken. The man was also charged with wilful damage after he allegedly caused damage within the dwelling, and he was also charged with being in possession of a dangerous drug after five grams of cannabis were located at his home during a search when
police executed a search warrant on February 13. He was released on bail conditions to appear at the Cooktown Magistrates Court on February 28. And on February 13, a 16-year-old Cooktown youth was charged with entering a vehicle parked within a private yard on Hope Street and stealing a sum of money. The youth will appear in the Cooktown Children’s Court on February 28. In traffic-related matters, a 31-
year-old Hope Vale man who was intercepted on February 16 while driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .067 per cent, was charged with that offence and will also appear at the next sitting of the Cooktown Magistrates Court. Residents are also reminded that driver licence testing is conducted between 9am and 3pm on Thursdays, while licence renewals are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the same times.
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By HAMISH HASLOP Mungumby Lodge South East Asia had strong presences across Europe’s holiday shows with large well staffed stands and airline support. Despite what we are reading in our papers here, on the European continent in most cases, business is more than booming. A weak Euro has become a welcome relief to Europe. European exports are booming as are the economies of Germany, France and the Netherlands as well as Switzerland. With so many quality goods, Philips, BoSCh, Grundig, Siemens, BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Swatch etc made within, the locals are happily buying up their own products. But it is not only the locals, China, India, Brazil and other expanding economies are lapping up these high quality goods and services, along with industrial equipment like trains, massive machines and mills, power systems and other modern equipment at times faster than they can be made. In summary Germany and Switzerland are both full steam ahead, especially now Switzerland has locked its rate of exchange with the EuRo. It would almost appear to be a global currency war between uSD, GBP, EuRo and Yuan. to top it off Brazil has taken sixth spot from the uK as the worlds sixth largest economy. outside of specialist travel agency stands, Australia had little or no presence at all shows visited, with the exception of FESBo in Zurich, Switzerland. Additionally many media articles remain somewhat negative towards Australia in terms of price, weather and natural disasters. For example, on the five-and-a-half hour drive back from Boot (Dusseldorf) on the radio, we heard every hour as the lead-in news before Iran and Syria that Queensland and New South Wales were totally underwater, also portrayed on tV as the same. Speaking with three journalists in Zurich and Stuttgart who normally
attend Australian tourism Exchange (AtE), all said they will not travel to Australia this year as their editors advised they have other destinations with funds to focus on. Despite this, the Australia stands of individual operators selling our destination were well attended by consumers hungry for information and quotes. It would seem that currency rates of exchange are not an issue and hardly spoken of. however, streams of punters are returning from Australia advising their friends and agents that despite having a good time, most things have become very expensive. having spent the last month in Switzerland I have to agree, especiallywith regard to daily food items. Australia is now officially travel rated as the third most expensive destination alongside Switzerland and Norway. Loaded with more debit than any country ever, the uSA posses a real threat to growth to visitors Downunder from Europe. South East Asia countries are popular due to price and uniqueness. however, the sheer growth in numbers to the uS is having an effect. Prior to this, the current uS government security threats greatly reduced the desire to travel there. Now it is a lot easier and matched with a record low uSD, agents advice is that numbers to the uSA are well above previous years. to place this in perspective, if Australia were to draw just one per cent of the numbers outbound to the uS from Europe, we would see our incoming numbers double. But because of this, the uS economy seems to have finally take a turn for the better which is also good for tourism to oz. All in all January was a very productive month, especially at targeted consumer travel shows to visit agents. targeted visits to tour operators who specialise in marine and adventure activities generated some excellent results for Mungumby Lodge and the Cooktown region.
Local to dispel myths about Cookâ€™s landing By GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN re-enactment association member alberta Hornsby has been invited to be a guest speaker at the â€œCookâ€™s Treasuresâ€? seminar, at which she intends dispelling three myths surrounding Cookâ€™s visit to Guugu Yimithirr lands in 1770. Mrs Hornsby said she had extensively researched the subject with the support and help of Traditional Owner, Uncle Eric Deeral for more than six years and felt well-qualified to make her presentation. She said she considered herself to be a Bama from Cooktown, with tribal links to the Guugu Yimithirr, Kuku Yalanji, ankamuthi, Idinji and Ganggalida people from Far North Queensland to the Gulf. â€œas well as my research here, Iâ€™ve had an interest in native language and culture for more than 15 years,â€? Mrs Hornsby said. â€œand I also studied linguistics at Batchelor College in the Northern Territory.â€? The first myth she intends dispelling is that australia was claimed on the grounds of â€œTerra Nulliusâ€? - derived from roman law meaning â€˜No Manâ€™s Landâ€™. Mrs Hornsby said that in 1770, the British were allowed to take territories on the basis it was either uninhabitable or barbarous lands, and that Cook was under strict instructions not to take possession of the land here unless he had negotiated with the natives first. â€œEssentially, â€˜barbarousâ€™ means the land is inhabited by barbarians,â€? she said. â€œBut I intend to present from heritage, that culture, society, kinship and land management existed before Cookâ€™s arrival,â€? she said. â€œalthough at that time I imagine he was trying to do the right thing because the Dutch had already been here.â€? Second myth on her list is that Cookâ€™s crew raped Indigenous women. â€œSpeaking with Bama from this region, and the comments
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Cooktown Re-enactment Association president Loretta Sullivan and member Alberta Hornsby will attend a seminar titled â€œCookâ€™s Treasures to be held at the National Library of Australiaâ€? at which Mrs Hornsby has been invited to speak. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. Iâ€™ve received from within the community, I believe this to be false,â€? she said. â€œBased on the evidence Iâ€™ve obtained, yes, Bama women were raped, but this occurred 103 years later after Cookâ€™s visit.â€? and the last myth she intends erasing is that the conflict between Bama and non-Indigenous started with Cook and his men. â€œWhile there was an issue when Cook was here, that was satisfactorily reconciled before he left,â€? she said. â€œThe conflict for Bama and non-Indigenous people in other parts of the country started in 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet. â€œFor the Bama in the Cooktown region, it started with the gold rush.â€? re-enactment association president Loretta Sullivan, who will travel with Mrs Hornsby said mariners, academics, curators and all those with an interest in Cook will attend this event which will be held at the National Library
of australia tomorrow, Friday, February 24. Mrs Sullivan said keynote speaker, Professor Iain McCalman will deliver the 2012 Kenneth Binns Lecture, â€œCaptain Cookâ€™s Environmental Crisis on the Great Barrier reefâ€?, and Mrs Hornsby will be joined on the podium by Emeritus Professor John Molony who will deliver a paper which he presented at the Cooktown Symposium last November entitled, â€œCaptain Cook at Botany Bay and Cooktownâ€?. â€œProfessor Molonyâ€™s lecture highlights the historical significance of the events which took place here at the Endeavour river in 1770,â€? Mrs Sullivan said. While in Canberra, the pair will attend meetings with representatives of the National Library, National Maritime Museum, Captain Cook Society and the australian Heritage Council, while a viewing of the Cook/ Banks/Parkinson Treasures held at the National Library has also
been arranged. â€œThis fantastic opportunity has been presented to us to speak about the true story of the unique historical events which took place here at the Endeavour river in 1770,â€? she said. â€œand we intend to do all in our power to draw attention to the Endeavour river and the people who live here, to create a greater awareness and understanding of this unique region to australiaâ€™s history.â€? She said numerous books had been written about Cook which mention the Endeavour river, but there have never been any in-depth investigations or acknowledgements made academically, which would allow Cooktown and its people to take their just place in the annals of history. â€œWe are hoping that this opportunity will have positive results and assist us to continue with the outcomes of the symposium held in Cooktown last year,â€? she said.
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Concerns still held over World Heritage on Cape York WORLD Heritage listing of Cape York was put under the spotlight for more than 70 locals who attended a presentation on the subject by independent consultant Guy Chester at the Gungarde Hall. Organised by the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the event was attended by a broad spectrum of people representing different ages and different interests ranging from Tradition Owners, to land holders, to business owners and to conservationists. Member for Cook Jason O’Brien also attended the presentation. Mr Chester started his address with the history of World Heritage, which included Australia as a founding country in 1975. “And Australia now has 17 listed sites,” Mr Chester said. Commissioned by both the Department of Environment and Resource Management and Cape York Sustainable Futures to present a report on proposed World Heritage of Cape York, Mr Chester said he had prepared a draft report outlining what could be the economic benefits and the economic impacts to the region. He said the purpose of his visit to Cooktown was to neither argue for a listing, nor to argue against one. “I’m here to explain what it means,” he Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism member Judy Bennett with Guy Chester after said. “But I do see it as a great opportunity for Tuesday night’s meeting in the Gungarde Hall at which Mr Chester explained the World Heritage process to more than 70 people who attended. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. the Cape.” He outlined the various requirements and protocols required for an area to be considered zones, management systems and identification legislation governing Queensland in relation to for a listing, but assured the audience there had of sustainable use. land use. been no blanket consideration for the Cape. “Nowhere does it say there can’t be grazing, Tourism is one opportunity World Heritage He said World Heritage protection and in fact, in some World Heritage areas there is would offer. management would mean legislative and regula- human use,” he said. “World Heritage could be a marketing tool, tory protection, the establishment of boundaries He reminded the group there were already and with a listing, it would bring compensatory for effective protection, establishment of buffer 17 sets of state and three sets of commonwealth infrastructure, lease flexibility and surety and
land management assistance,” he said. “With a listing, governments ‘have’ to spend money, so you could see infrastructure such as roads being supplied, which you might have to wait years for.” And he offered his personal view on the subject of tourism opportunities. “World Heritage is not suddenly going to create tourism on the Cape,” he said. “Considerable work would have to be done to establish a ‘destination branding’, with Cape York the brand and Cooktown the gateway.” Ultimately he concluded that the people of Cape York would have to agree to a listing. “The Aboriginal people of the Cape must give consent,” he said. “And the majority of people living on the the Cape must agree.” Isla McGuffie, whose family owns freehold land used for farming asked a question from the floor about their future should the area be listed, but was left more concerned than ever about the implications of World Heritage. “He told us we could continue with our current operations, but if we wanted to expand our operations, they would be subject of permission and permits,” Mrs McGuffie said. “I feel more educated after tonight, but feel more concerned.” John Shea said he felt Mr Chester clarified the issue as best as he could, but he too was concerned. “It concerns me that there is an expectation that World Heritage is ‘going’ to be, rather than whether it ‘should’ be,” he said. “To a certain degree, it’s as clear as mud.” For more information on Mr Chester’s draft report, either email: consultation. email@example.com or go to www.derm. qld.gov.au
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Bronwyn Sieverding who has volunteered for the role of Discovery Festival co-ordinator overlooks Charlotte Street which she hopes will come alive with a revamped format in 2012. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
Discovery Festival on track By GARY HUTCHISON FOUR months into her new role as the 2012 Discovery Festival co-ordinator Bronwyn Sieverding is pleased with the support she has received and the progress she has made. “People have been great since I took on the job,” Bronwyn said. “They stop me in the street and offer their support and ideas, it’s wonderful.” And the help from past festival organisers has been good too. “Loretta (Sullivan, Cooktown Re-enactment Association president) and Rhonda (Hill) have been wonderful with their advice and the benefit of their experience, as well as others who have been involved with the festival in the past,” she said. Already booked for this year’s
program is country singer and poet Pat Drummond who will be performing at different venues during the June weekend event. And local film group, “Asylum Productions” has come on board to organise a film festival which will include a competition titled ‘Cooktown In a Minute’. “Basically, people are being invited to enter a 60 second video clip of what Cooktown means to them,” she said. Two other competitions Bronwyn is organising should prove to be a lot of fun for both competitors and their respective audiences. “One is the ‘World’s Biggest Liar’ competition where people will get up on stage to read out a short story which will be totally false,” she said. “The taller the story, the better. “And I’m also organising a busk-
ing competition, so if people think they’ve got talent, they contact me.” Another initiative she is working towards is for someone to take control of Sideshow Alley. “I’d like a community group or a couple of community groups to take responsibility for Sideshow Alley,” she said. And does she have enough ideas, volunteers or offers of support? “No way, I need more, more, more,” she said. “There seems to be a new, more positive energy about this year’s festival, but we as a community need to convert the energy and promises into a reality. “After all, it’s for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment.” For further information on any aspect of the festival Bronwyn can be contacted on 0467 058 731.
Next round of tourism grants up for grabs TOURISM businesses across Australia can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to develop and refresh their products with last week’s announcement the 2012 round of the T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects program had opened. T-QUAL Grants -is designed to spur private investment in tourism experiences, from eco-cabins and farm stays to wine trails and interactive displays. Grants can also be awarded to help build the online capacity of tourism providers and address labour and skills shortages. The Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson AM said he is challenging the Australian tourism industry to come up with its most innovative ideas yet. “The nature of tourism in Australia is changing, the largest increase in arrivals in December 2011 compared with the same period in 2010 was from emerging Asian
countries such as China and India,” Minister Ferguson said. T-QUAL Grants create opportunities for businesses to upgrade their products and keep abreast of the changing markets,” Minister Ferguson said. We see the benefits spreading beyond the business to the local economy and in regional areas tourism is often one of the biggest employers. “The dollar-for-dollar principle means we are leveraging private investment - in effect doubling the value of each project. Unlike the larger Strategic Tourism Investment Grants worth up to $1M each, T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects is targeted at smaller locally based projects. Applications close on April 19, 2012. More information is available at: www.ret.gov.au/tqual
$30,000 grant for Indigenous Councils’ financial management INIDIGENOUS Councils across Queensland are set to benefit from a state government cash boost of $30,000 to assist in replacing key financial management software. Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas announced last week that state will provide the grant to the Local Government Managers Australia Queensland to assist Indigenous Councils to identify and source a common software system. “These 12 councils have decided to work together to identify a common solution that will result in cost savings for their communities,” Mr Lucas said. “I commend their approach to source a common
system and obtain a group rate as it enables better sharing of resources, portability of skills and value for money. “The software replacement comes after the buyout of a major Local Government software provider resulted in the loss of support for the Councils’ current system. “LGMA will oversee the tendering project and has estimated it will cost $30,000 to employ an independent consultant to review four suitable systems. “Once negotiations are complete, Councils will be responsible for the cost of the introduction of the new system.”
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First Aid for our ﬁre ﬁghters
Vastly experienced Queensland Ambulance Service ofﬁcer Ron Beckett provided invaluable training to local Rural Fire Brigade personnel last Saturday.
LOCAL Rural Fire Brigade members undertook First Aid and Automatic External Deﬁbrillator training last Saturday under the supervision of vastly-experienced trainer, Ron Beckett. Poison Creek RFB member Cass Sorensen said Mr Beckett, a member of the Queensland Ambulance Service, usually works in the ﬁeld with communities. “Ron can be anywhere from Bloomﬁeld to Thursday Island, so we were lucky to have him providing his knowledge, expertise and experience,” Ms Sorensen said. “His focus on scenarios associated with Rural Fire Fighting and remote areas was invaluable. “The knowledge and insights he has gained from his vast experiences in the ﬁeld will be of great assistance to us.” Ms Sorensen said the local groups were indebted to the Queensland Rural Fire Brigade for providing the funding for the training. “And a big vote of thinks also has to go to the Cooktown State School for allowing us to use their classrooms,” she said. Alex Poberay watches Karen Thomas saving a dummy during First Aid Training last Saturday. Photos: CASS SORENSEN.
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A RECENT survey has discovered two thirds of people fear losing or being without their mobile phone, a condition being called nomophobia. The study reveals that 41 per cent of people interviewed, in an effort to stay connected, have two phones or more. When asked if they’d be upset if a partner looked at the messages and texts on their phone almost half said that they would. Digging a little deeper, more women worry about losing their phones than men - 70 per cent of the women surveyed compared to 61 per cent of the men, yet it is men that are more likely to have two phones - scoring 47 per cent and 36 per cent respectively, perhaps in an effort to stay connected. When split by age it is the younger age group (18-24) that are more nomophobic at 77 per cent, with the 25-34 age group second at 68 per cent. Perhaps a little more surprisingly is that third most nomophobic are the 55 and overs. “The ﬁrst study into nomophobia, conducted four years ago, revealed that 53 per cent of people suffered from the condition and our study reveals this has now risen to 66 per cent in the UK and shows no sign of abating. “A reversal on the 2008 ﬁndings is that, back then, it was men that were more afﬂicted yet today it’s women. I’d be inclined to draw the conclusion that, perhaps because more men have two phones, they’re less likely to misplace both and therefore be left phone-less,” said Andy Kemshall co-founder of the study said.
New map shows Coral Sea underwater mountains
Underwater ‘seamounts’ in the Coral Sea rise to nearly twice the height of Australia’s highest mountain.
A NEW map of Australia’s Coral Sea region details the reefs, mountains, and canyons that exist under the sea. The map produced by James Cook University’s marine geologist Robin Beaman shows 14 mountains, or seamounts, rising at least 1000 metres from the sea floor. It also shows a series of massive underwater canyons the largest of which is Bligh Canyon. At 10km wide and 200km long the valley drains sediment from a huge area of the continental shelf extending from Cape York to the Torres Strait, and up to southern Papua New Guinea. Dr Beaman’s map covers an area of about one million square kilometres of the Coral Sea Conservation Zone, which stretches from the outer-most limit of the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park to the edge of the Exclusive Economic Zone. “One seamount, the Fraser Seamount, is 4060 metres high, nearly twice the height of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain,” Dr Beaman said. “Surprisingly half of these seamounts have no identifying name which would be very unusual if they were found on dry land.” The large numbers of submarine canyons were found wherever the seafloor gradient exceeded just one degree in slope. “The largest canyon in the Coral Sea, the Bligh Canyon, drains sediment from a huge area of the continental shelf extending from Cape York, the Torres Strait, and southern Papua New Guinea,” Dr Beaman said.
“This canyon is more than 200 km long, nearly 10 km wide and cuts about 300 metres into the seafloor.” Using a combination of the latest satellite imagery to trace the shallowwater features, such as coral reefs and cays, and then sonar to map and trace the deeper-water features, the new map took more than a year to create. It traces the boundaries of undersea, or geomorphic features and they can also be seen in the new high-resolution depth model for the Coral Sea, called the gbr100 grid. “Geomorphology describes the geological shape of the Earth and so geomorphic maps of the seafloor are a useful way to identify the important marine habitats,” Dr Beaman said. A Queensland Smart Futures Fellow, Dr Beaman said that in the Coral
Sea, there were broad-scale features, such as flat plateaus, bowl-like basins, and long troughs. “Superimposed on these are the finer-scale features, such as canyons, hills and knolls, and the more familiar coral reefs,” he said. “There are 41 separate coral reefs in the Coral Sea, with a combined area of about 15,000 square km and a combined perimeter length of 2400 km. “The largest reef, Tregrosse Reefs/ Diamond Islets, has a huge area of 3621 square km. There are also currently 56 individual sand cays.” The new digital map was generated by hand digitising polygons for individual geomorphic features within a geographic information system, and then adding the feature names to the
polygon database, where names were available. The high-resolution map provides users with an accurate spatial tool for helping to understand the variety and scale of Australia’s underwater landscape. The release of the Geomorphic Features map in a variety of formats coincides with the public consultation period for a Commonwealth marine reserve proposal for the Coral Sea Dr Beaman’s research was supported by a $150,000 Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellowship, and matching grants from the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and James Cook University. The map is online at http://e-atlas. org.au/content/gbr-jcu-bathymetrygbr100
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OUT & ABOUT @ The Top Pub
PHOTOS: GARY HUTCHISON
The Cool Water Band had the Top Pubâ€™s patrons dancing on Saturday night.
The back bar was the hideout for Kynomii Saunders, Roland McLean and Corrine Newman.
Travis Bambie, Gavin Allum and Tisha Gordon made for a deadly trio.
Late arrivals Darlene Ford-Collier and Desiree Gibson were headed to the dance floor.
New nurses in town, Emma Headley and Julia McDonald getting a taste of the local entertainment.
It was not just the youngsters enjoying the entertainment, Henry Kulka and John Charlie tuned in also.
While a big crowd was in the back bar for the music, AFL fans Grant Allen and Paul Thompson preferred to watch the game in the front bar.
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OUT & ABOUT @ The Top Pub
PHOTOS: GARY HUTCHISON
Steven Trezise and Vanessa Lowdown were close to the action.
Donna Lee, seen here with Mary Thackeray, was joined by other friends at the Toppy to help celebrate her birthday on Sunday.
Wendy Widdison and Christine Muggleton were early starters for Donna Lee’s birthday.
Kimberley Sullivan and Eve Slater were another pair who found themselves at the Toppy for Donna Lee’s party.
Good mates Jasmine Sieverding and Sam Longstaff at Donna Lee’s party.
Evan Martin, “Foggy” and Larissa Juniper in deep discussion over drinks.
Sisters Sharmaine and Raeleen Veivers caught up for a few drinks.
Four ladies firing up for a big night - Jemily Kerr, Heather Cannon, Kirsty Bowen and Mary Kerr.
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A view on the Local from the local looking down from up the hill YOU know, I sometimes take our local paper for granted. S u r e i t ’s f u l l o f l o c a l View news and pictures of typical from Cooktowners doing typical the Hill things i.e. either waving a full glass at the camera or proudly displaying an enormous fish. Plus photos of admirable people involved in worthy or arty projects. Plus the arcane sports columns about activities that I haven’t engaged in for at least half a century. Well, nearly half a century. Those are the sorts of things all
local papers have, because surprisingly, people secretly love to buy papers that are about themselves. Having your picture taken while you are making a fool of yourself at the pub or restaurant somehow makes the experience more real. You might even be proud enough to send a copy to your aged mother in Melbourne. I’m sure it will make her shake her head at the way you have turned out. Fortunately, there is much more to the Cooktown Local News. This week’s front page story was of a local oik being caught
on webcam breaking and entering a house. Whoever he is, of course the oik concerned is innocent unless proved otherwise, but I bet there was a frisson running through the town at the thought of a pest being filmed while at work. Certainly cheered me up. And then there was the letter from a member of the Shire’s staff in answer to a blast from a Councillor the previous week. Hooray! I like the thought that a staff member can express his or her opinion as an individual. We will have both sides of the story to gossip about, and that makes for more fun. (A
word of caution however: please master the art of writing short, comprehensible letters. Unless you don’t mind me nodding off as I struggle to get through.) Still, you’ve got to admit, letters like that make for a more exciting paper. Back on the front page, we had a great big Valentine’s day photo of two lovers about to get married. I tried to be cynical but actually, I’m jealous. Even if the photo’s caption makes it quite clear that the lady might be taking second place to fishing in her new man’s life.
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The Australian Joint Stock Bank in Maytown. Photo submitted. THIS week features part two of the story of the Palmer Goldfields. The purchase price for gold at that time was approximately £2/2/4 per oz, while a skilled miner’s wage at the same time was £3/10/- to £4 per week. Gold was measured in Troy Ounces:1 ounce troy equaled 31.1grams. B Fahey - sub-collector of Customs, Cooktown, reported that the total of gold found over the first four years equaled 608,696oz or 18,930,445g which equaled 18.93 metric tonne. This did not include that gold taken out by individual miners returning to the south, nor the gold taken overseas by passengers from Cooktown. The gold was not as plentiful as hoped, and by 1884 the Gold Warden reported: “It cannot then be concealed that during the last year, this goldfield has passed through a period of very considerable depression.” The population in 1883 was 400 European and 1040 Chinese, and in 1884 there were 296 Europeans and 907 Chinese. A report from Mining Registrar Mr. C.D. Keane in 1887 states: “I can make no reliable references to the alluvial yield of gold. Nearly
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all the gold obtained by the Chinese is sent through their storekeepers to Hong Kong, where it brings a higher price than is obtainable for it here. Palmer gold is purchased by the bank here for £3/17/-; the same will realise from £4/6/- to £4/8/- at Hong Kong. In 1896, the Warden’s report painted an even grimmer picture as far as the population was concerned. His report however, gives us more information of the population at the time. A total of 244 Europeans included 176 women and children, and of the 526 Chinese, 86 were gardeners or store keepers. All three banks that had branches in Cooktown opened branches in Maytown. The Australian Joint Stock Bank opened its Maytown branch opposite the Telegraph building on April 30, 1876. Both the Bank of New South Wales and the Queensland National Bank opened their branches in May 1876. Within five months, the new QN Bank was pocked with white ants and the rotting counter could barely hold the weight of the ledgers. The tent, which was to shield the clerks from the seductions of the town, was perishing in the humidity, and the clerks were grumbling that they could not live on their salaries. Cooktown Courier, December 6, 1876 -
“(The) QNB has covered (the) roof and sides of their old building with galvanised iron, which improves appearance.” The permanent AJS building was described in the Cooktown Courier as follows: “December 6, 1876 (A) Very commodious building has been erected - high well ventilated rooms and a verandah three parts round - a contrast to the old bark humpy previously used.” Gold escorts played a vital role in banking life in Maytown. To give an indication of the amount of gold being dealt with by the three banks, the following are the amounts the escort left Maytown with on two of their journeys: Cooktown Courier May 8, 1877: “(The) escort left with 8580 oz gold comprising: Bank NSW 3350 oz; QNB 3140oz; AJS 2110oz.” Cooktown Courier June 23, 1877: “Gold Escort monthly (figures) June 6006 oz: Bank NSW 2 833oz; QNB 2 800oz; AJS 1 213oz.” Maytown branches closed progressively as the gold returns diminished. The AJS branch closed on August 12, 1878 having operated for just over two years. The Bank of NSW closed its doors in February 1884. The Queensland National Bank was the last to operate in Maytown, remaining in the town until 1894.
A welcome for you and me in the Kingdom of God TOWERING above New York Harbour stands the famous Statue From the Pulpit of Liberty, one of the most recognisable icons of the United States. Designed by Alexandre Eiffel, creator of France’s Eiffel Tower, Liberty was a gift from France to America. It was installed in 1886, the 50 metre high copper
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statue being situated so as to be an arriving immigrant’s first sight of what for millions fleeing oppression and poverty in Europe, the land of freedom. Inscribed on Liberty’s 50 metre wide base are the words of the poet Emma Lazarus’, “The New Colossus”: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, Yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these the homeless tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Another monument which towers over history is one of which people do not so readily speak. It is the Cross of Jesus Christ. It also symbolises refuge and liberty for those who realise its significance and respond to the Christ of the Cross - since risen from death and alive both in glory
and in the lives of his followers. Jesus said before his crucifixion: “If I am lifted up I will draw all men to me” (John 12:32), “he who comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37) and “come to me you who are weary and burdened - and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11: 28) “He welcomes all who in humble repentance place their trust in him - for this life and the next.” Pastor Peter Baptist Church
Rainforest bursting with life Turkey on the boil Along the BLOOMFIELD TRACK
The gang of six from Los Angeles examine rainforest vegetation. THE rainforest, always alive, bursts into growth and action during the wet season. No wonder that many wildlife lovers choose this time to visit us. Beaut little parasites such as fungi really accelerate the decomposition of leaves, litter and deadwood. At night, glowing fungus and ﬁreﬂies, glow worms and even some giant blue earth worms whose spit glows in the dark give off their cold, eerie chemical light and play their part in the ecology. Epiphytes such as bird’s nest, crow’s nest, ribbon or elkhorn ferns, or part-time epiphytes such as lichens, strangler ﬁgs and umbrella trees generate their own food, often high up in the canopy, creating their own little ecoworlds. Flowers become fruit, or nuts, to regenerate and provide fodder for wildlife. Some are high in the canopy, some fallen. Both are a vegetarian smorgasbord, not just for cassowaries, but fruit-eating moths, rainbow lorikeets, ﬂying foxes and the like. Some are smart enough to be eaten and discharged whole by a cassowary, thereby optimising their germination rate many fold. Insects such as beetles, stick insects, katydids, moths and butterﬂies emerge from their cocoons or pupae in untold numbers. They also provide food for bigger insects and birds. A few mossies as well, of course.
Most birds have hatched and are rearing their young. They need to build size and strength while the going is good. Many, such as metallic starlings, nutmeg/torresian pigeons and buff-breasted paradise kingﬁshers will face the migration to Papua New Guinea within a few weeks, so need to gorge now. The rest will stay around to face the relative hardship of the winter. Peppermint stick insects are unique to this area and very cute besides, with their luminescent aquamarine colouring and almost-perfect camouﬂage ability. They live only in, and off the Daintree pandanus leaf - to us indigestible, to them the bread of life. It’s a great combination, as they spray a stinging peppermint goo when threatened. Think about - no, make sure that you visit the area during the wet. Take one of the self-guided or specialised conducted tours, like this gang of six from Los Angeles. Or just look around yourself. Make sure you watch out for rains and high tides if you’re going up on the 4WD tracks such as the Bloomﬁeld Track. Check the charts, get advice and be careful. Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours www.darcyofdaintree.com.au Ph: +61 7 4098 9180
LOCAL Cooktown lady, Mary Cobus, who spent many years in Hope Vale rearing her family, has been trying her hand at writing tales for children. Wisely, Mary has used the places, people, activities and customs, ﬂora and fauna with which she is familiar to form the framework of her stories. Perhaps you could follow Mary’s lead? Please note - Our Writers’ Group will now meet at 6.30pm, not 7.30pm, at the Lions’ Hall on the ﬁrst Tuesday of the month. “A Tale of Two Scrub Turkeys” By MARY COBUS Once upon a time Mr and Mrs Scrub Turkey lived on the north shore of the Endeavour River in a little cottage by the sea. Their nearest town was called Cooktown. They had four sons, and when the boys became teenagers they had left home to explore the world. It was a bright and sunny day, so Mrs Scrub Turkey, whose name was June, said to her husband, Ivan, “Why don’t we go ﬁshing? Maybe we’ll catch a ﬁsh or two and we can have some ﬁsh soup.” June took her bag from the shelf and found her favourite ﬁshing line. As it happened, Ivan had a boil on his right leg and was feeling sick so June had to go ﬁshing alone. June caught a big whiting. She cut open the belly of the ﬁsh, took out the gizzards and then boiled the ﬁsh to make soup. Her husband had a lovely feed. With a full belly he laid down to take a nap, but the boil on his leg was very painful so Mrs Scrub Turkey set off to the chemist’s to buy some drawing medicine for the sore. When she came to the shop it was closed, but luckily, June remembered what her friend had told her to do if someone had a boil: “You must mix soap and water and then wrap it on the sore.” June did this. It was a very successful treatment and Mr and Mrs Scrub Turkey lived happily ever after. Email your contributions for our column to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or post to P O Box 645, Cooktown,4895. Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group
Transport Solutions Cairns to Cooktown Refrigerated and General Freight Arrives in Cooktown Monday to Friday Departs Cooktown for Cairns, 3pm daily Cooktown Ofﬁce and Depot – Phone: (07) 4069 5661 After hours: 0417 645 101 Lot 214 Endeavour Valley Road Cairns to Karumba via Gulf Development Road Refrigerated and General Freight Departs Cairns Tuesday and Friday Cairns Ofﬁce and Depot – Phone: (07) 4035 3360 Fax: (07) 4035 3316 169 Little Spence Street, Monday to Friday Container and Oversize Transport also available – Phone enquiries on (07) 4035 3360
Dad cassowary and chick. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY
Cooktown Local News 23 - 29 February 2012 – 15
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4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer: Geoff Barrow From Portishead 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 7.30 (QLD) 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Elimination Final 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 1 5:00 Surviving The Drought 5:55 At The Movies: Short Cuts 6:10 Minder: Thank Your Lucky Stars 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Fashion Victim: A retrospective of the work of 80s fashion designer Ritchie Levene reignites the mystery of his fatal stabbing during a party eight years ago. 8:30 Accused: Alison’s Story: Alison’s husband David is made redundant and their marriage begins to suffer. Alison begins to grow close to colleague Ben - and the two spend the weekend together. 9:35 The Jonathan Ross Show: Jonathan Ross presents an entertaining show featuring comedy, celebrity chat and the latest music. 10:20 Ashes To Ashes: When Gene Hunt’s former Manchester colleagues, DCI Litton and DI Bevan, turn up on his patch he immediately smells a rat. 11:15 Rage: Guest Programmer
6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 8:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Alive And Cooking 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 Movie: “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth” (PG v) - A hunch and the defunding of his lab prompts geology professor Trevor Anderson, whose outrageous theories have made him a laughingstock in academia - to set off for Iceland in search of a portal to Earth’s core. 9:30 Movie: “Monster-In-Law” (M s) - After years of looking for Mr Right, Charlotte finally finds the man of her dreams only to discover that his mother is the woman of her nightmares! Viola is determined to scare off her son Kevin’s new fiancé by becoming the worst mother-in-law. 11:40 Movie: “Newcastle” (M l,s) - Stuck in the shadow of his brother, Jesse sets his sights on the Junior Surf Pro finals where a win would mean a ticket out of Newcastle for him and his father. 2:30 The Baron 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series
6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Sport Special: Spirit Of Yachting: Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 1:00 Movie: “Tarzan” (PG v) 3:00 Movie: “Mystery Of The Crystal Skulls” (PG) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Movie: “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” (M v) Whip-wielding archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones teams up with attractive nightclub singer, Willie and an excitable twelve-year-old sidekick to search for three mystical stones that were stolen from an Indian community. 9:00 Movie: “Clear And Present Danger” (M) 12:00 Movie: “Alien Abduction” (M v,l) - In the middle of a Thanksgiving dinner, a flash of light marks the beginning of a terrifying night for the McPherson family. 2:00 Movie: “The Tattooist” (AV v,s) - A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn the Samoan tradition of tattooing. 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “4 Ways To Prevent A Holiday Heart Attack!” - Dr Oz discusses four ways to prevent a heart attack during the holidays.
5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Hollywood: Between Paranoia and Science Fiction 2:05 Spare Change 2:15 The Visual Language Of Herbert Matter 3:15 The Chopin Etudes 3:20 Ugly Beauty 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Hot Cities: Feed The World 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves: Titanic Trains 8:30 RocKwiz: Angie Hart & Nathan Hudson 9:15 Mad Men: “My Old Kentucky Home / The Arrangements” - A mandatory overtime session leaves Paul, Smitty and Peggy trying to stave off late-night boredom with cannabis. / Don has a run-in with his father-in-law, Peggy searches for a new roommate, and a new client with money to throw around is very excited about doing business with the firm, though Don wants to make sure that it’s okay with Bert Cooper 11:00 Movie: “Death Note: The Last Name” (M v,a) - In Japanese. The electrifying sequel to Death Note. The film centres on university student Light Yagami, who decides to rid the world of evil with the help of a supernatural notebook. To throw the police off the scent, Light joins the team hunting the Notebook Killer, landing him in close proximity to his enemy, detective ‘L’. 1:35 The Jaquie Brown Diaries: Brown Live 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight
4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia Shorts: Gardening For Community 1:05 Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures In Architecture: Dreams 1:55 The Ascent Of Money: Human Bondage 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 2 5:00 How Earth Made Us: Water 6:00 Best Of Collectors 6:30 The Last Race 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs: Kensington 8:30 Midsomer Murders: A Sacred Trust - The cloistered world of Midsomer Priory is forced to open its doors to 21st century policing after a nun is strangled to death. 10:00 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Cocaine Blues 11:00 Movie: “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” (PG) - Joanna returns home from vacation with a fiancé, John, an African American. Joanna’s mother approves, however John won’t marry her unless there’s unanimous parental consent. 12:45 Movie: “10 Rillington Place” (M a,v) - The horrifying true account of John Reginald Christie, whose crimes and subsequent trial summarily ended capital punishment in Britain. 2:35 Grand Designs: Kensington 3:20 Rage
6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wild World Of Sports 11:00 Kitchen Whiz 11:30 Wildfire 12:30 The Bill Engvall Show 1:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs India - Wide World Of Sports presents Australia v India live from the SCG. Join Mark Nicholas, Tony Greig, Michael Slater, Ian Healy and Mark Taylor for all the action. 9:00 TBA 11:00 CSI: Miami: “Going Ballistic” (M) - While investigating the death of Manny Ortega, who fell to his death from a five story building, the medical examiner notices that the victim gasped for air. The killer then breaks into the lab guns blazing. There will be casualties. 12:10 The Apprentice: “Mr. Outside The Box” (PG l) - With help from a graphic artist, the celebrities try to create and operate a mobile printing station. 2:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today
6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Phineas And Ferb 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 World’s Strictest Parents 11:00 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Anne Of Green Gables - The Continuing Story 4:45 Faulty Towers 5:30 Going Bush 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 The Force - Behind The Line 8:30 Bones: “The Male In The Mail” (M) 9:30 Castle: “Eye Of The Beholder / Poof! You’re Dead” (M v,a) - As Castle & Beckett work a murder case around the theft of a valuable sculpture, they are assisted by a smart, sexy insurance investigator who also has her eyes set on Castle. 11:30 Forensic Investigators - Australia’s True Crimes 12:30 The Real Seachange 1:00 Auction Squad 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 UEFA Europa League Highlights 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 First Australians: A Fair Deal For A Black Race / We Are No Longer Shadows 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: A Wall On The Sea 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: A History Of Celtic Britain: Age Of Romans 8:35 The Code: Prediction: Marcus du Sautoy enters the strange world of what happens next. His journey begins with the lunar eclipse - once thought supernatural, now routinely predicted through the power of the code. 9:40 Movie: “The Wind That Shakes Barley” (M l,v) - Set in Ireland in 1920, this is the story of Irish workers who unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless Black and Tan soldiers being shipped from Britain to block Ireland’s bid for independence. Two brothers get caught up on differing sides of the battle in this drama from veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach. 11:50 Movie: “Days And Clouds” (M l) - A well-off and sophisticated couple struggles to stay together after the husband loses his job, and his wife suddenly finds herself the breadwinner. A portrait of the faltering effects on a relationship when financial security fades. 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight
SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 Korean News 5:45 UEFA Europa League 8:10 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Boys From The City Of Men 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Western Isles and Shetland 8:30 God In America: A New Adam 9:30 As It Happened: Apocalypse: The Second World War: The World Ablaze 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Don’t Look Down” (MA s) - In Spanish. When a young man becomes a student of tantric sex, he is opened up to new worlds of eroticism that allow him to leave his body and travel through time and space in director Eliseo Subiela’s tale of mysticism, sexuality and spirituality. 12:35 Movie: “In Your Deams” (M l,s,v) - In the vein of 8 Mile, Béatrice Dalle and famed French artist Disiz La Peste star in the energetic story of a talented hip-hop musician who dreams of making the big time. Directed by Denis Thybaud, and also stars Alex Descas and Vincent Elbaz. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight
4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Ace Day Jobs 10:40 Postcards From Bangladesh 10:50 Catalyst Bytes 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen 1:30 The Last Race 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Minuscule: Microzilla 6:10 Grand Designs: Woodbridge 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Spooks: This British spy drama is back with more topical stories of terrorists, double-agents and a deepening schism with Russia raising new Cold War tensions. 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:30 Walt Whitman 3:10 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 The 84th Annual Academy Awards 3:00 Danoz Direct 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 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 Vacation Solution” (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Russian Rocket Reaction” 8:30 Alcatraz: “Cal Sweeney” (M v) - When Cal Sweeney, a bank robbing criminal, returns from the past and things go wrong in the present, Rebecca has to break him out of the hostagefilled bank before people can find out who he is. 9:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:00 Happy Endings: “Your Couples Friend and Neighbour” 11:30 Damages: “Dont Forget To Thank Mr.Zedeck” - The judge in the Tobin case puts pressure on Patty to start producing results in recovering the funds from the Ponzi scheme or face being replaced. 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Perfect Husband” (M a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Revenge 9:30 How I Met Your Mother 10:00 Happy Endings 10:30 Sports Fever 11:30 Parking Wars: Tonight, at the Lot, an officer rubs the desperate owner of an impounded car the wrong way. Two ticket writers take their football rivalry to the streets. And the boosters team push their luck while booting cars downtown. 12:00 Picture This 12:30 Room For Improvement 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: “Junebug” (M s,a,l) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Global Village: French Polynesia: Blue Lagoon 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Mythbusters: Prison Escape - In this hang-on-for-dear-life episode, there are thrills, spills and a blast from the criminal past. First, Adam and Jamie do the car cling when they set out to see if it really is possible to cling to the roof of a speeding and swerving car like they do in the action movies. 8:30 James May’s Man Lab 9:30 Danger 5: I Danced For Hitler 10:05 South Park: Poor Kid 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The World Game 12:05 SOS: God Of Love 1:05 Movie: “The Architect” (M a,n,s) - When a successful architect’s long-hidden family secrets are revealed at his estranged mother’s funeral, his wife and children begin to experience a rapid emotional decline. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight
7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Ladies In Lavender” (M l) 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue Inspectors improve the happiness of five cats and give a couple of donkeys a new zest for life. And in Brisbane, an ambulance officer receives an emergency call to free a trapped dog. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Casey is furious after Tyler lands a job at the Caravan Park, Gina learns the truth about John’s lost investment and Roo vows to never work with Harvey again. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 Movie: “The Intervention Of Lying” (M) 11:00 Movie: “While You Were Sleeping” (PG l) - Love-starved subway toll booth operator, Lucy, has a crush on regular customer Peter Callaghan, but the self- absorbed attorney pays her no heed. One day, Peter is beaten by a gang of thugs and tossed onto the tracks. 1:00 Movie: “Miracle In The Woods” (M a) - Two estranged sisters are brought together by a strange old woman who helps them to see the world in perspective. 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today
4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:30 Australian Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 A Farmer’s Life For Me 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 The Wild Ones: Edge Of Nowhere 9:30 Genius: Vanessa Feltz And Richard Herring 10:00 Artscape: Life Architecturally 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:30 Hungry Beast: Faking It 2:00 A Farmer’s Life For Me: Eight couples are left fighting for the chance to win their own farm in Suffolk. Jimmy Doherty tests them in the competitive world of pig farming. 3:00 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 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 Maternal Capacitance” 8:00 2 Broke Girls: “And The Strokes Of Goodwill” (PG s,l) 8:30 Castle: “Demons” (M) 9:00 Criminal Minds: “Nighthawk” (M v,a) 9:30 Top Gear 11:30 Kitchen Nightmares U.S.A: “PJ’s” - Chef Ramsay visits PJ’s steak house in Queens, NY. Owners Joe and Madalyn have found themselves seriously in debt after opening a high end steak house in Joe’s late brother’s name. 12:00 Super Rugby Extra Time 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Pledge” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue - Tonight on RSPCA Animal Rescue, a fruit bat carrying a potentially deadly virus becomes trapped in nets at a suburban home and a dog injured in a hit-and-run accident causes traffic chaos. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Brax warns Tyler not to bring down Casey with his reckles behaviour. April is forced to think about the sacrifices she makes for Heath and Gina and John’s future is unclear. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Packed To The Rafters 9:30 Castle 10:30 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 11:30 Royal Pains 12:30 Room For Improvement 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Freddie Flintoff Versus The World: Laguna Beach 1:55 Freddie Flintoff Versus The World: Best Of 2:40 Spaceflies: Zero To Zillions: The Theory Of The Big Bang 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Island of St Louis 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Tina Arena 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “The Seven Days” (MA l) - In Hebrew and Arabic. When an Uncle dies, his large Jewish family gathers inside his widow’s house for a week of recriminations and reopened wounds as they observe Shiva, the requisite seven days of mourning. Nominated for thirteen awards at the 2008 Israeli Film Academy Awards, including Best Film. 1:00 Mad Men: “The Wheel” (PG) - As Thanksgiving approaches, Don’s work responsibilities interfere with his domestic life. Peggy is given a new opportunity, provoking the ire of some of her colleagues. Betty makes a startling discovery. 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight
IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 Danoz Direct 12:30 Hi-5 1:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 5:00 National News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 9:00 Movie: “Rush Hour” (M v,l) - When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn’t want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. 11:00 CSI: Miami: “Rock And A Hard Place” (M) - When a jet skier is killed by a falling piece of slate that was thrown off the bridge, Horatio discovers this was no accident. The victim was a convicted drug dealer recently released from prison. 12:00 Movie: “White Hunter, Black Heart” (PG) - A brilliant but reckless film director leads his cast and crew into a dangerous adventure in the heart of Africa, fulfilling a personal quest rather than the task of shooting a movie. 2:05 Spyforce: “The Bridge” (PG) - Erskine and Gunther, on a mission to New Britain, find that the man they have been sent to rescue has been killed by the Japanese. 3:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 Children’s Programs
4:00 Basketball: WNBL 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 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 The Trophy Room 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Minuscule: Honey Fly 6:10 Country House Revisited: Albury Park Mansion, Surrey 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Woodley: Fuzzby 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Outland 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure: Be Cool - In his quest to be cool, Lawrence learns to breakdance and rap but can he walk the walk and talk the talk? 12:05 The IT Crowd 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:30 Movie: “The Brotherhood” (M v) - Mafia members Frank and Vince are two brothers caught in the trap of a family committed to criminal ethics. 3:05 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 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 Cushion Saturation” (PG s) 7:30 TBA 8:30 Sherlock: “The Reichenbach Fall” (M v,a) 10:30 CSI: Miami: “F-T-F” (M v) - A man and a woman are gunned down along a residential street, but water from a damaged fire hydrant threatens to wash away all of the evidence. The investigation reveals the victims may not be connected but may have been killed with the same bullet. 11:30 Weeds: “Cankles” (MA l,d,s) - After watching Nancy have sex with Sullivan, Celia sneaks away without confronting them. Back at Nancy’s house, Silas discovers Tara is dating other guys. 12:00 Dark Blue: “High Rollers” (M v) 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Hart To Hart: Secrets Of The Hart” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue -Tonight’s inspectors try their hand at traffic control when a truckload of cattle are let loose on a busy freeway; a new mum struggles to feed her pups; and an abandoned horse needs some attention to a nasty wound. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - April and Heath make an official decision about their relationship, Liam helps Irene with her music, and Ruby catches Brax in the arms of another woman. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Please Marry My Boy 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:30 The Marriage Ref 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 Dateline 2:00 Insight 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Saving Kirindy Forest 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Nepal 8:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Greenland 9:30 Empire: A Taste Of Power - Presented by Jeremy Paxman, this five-part series tells the story of the British Empire in a new way, tracing not only the rise and fall of the empire but also the complex effects of the empire on the modern world political, technological and social. 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Zatoichi” (MAV v,a,h) - In Japanese. Zatoichi is a blind swordsman who shuffles from town to town, righting wrongs with the sword he conceals within his cane. He unknowingly walks into a classic tale of revenge, as two women plot to kill the men who murdered their family. 1:10 Movie: “The Eye: Infinity” (M v,a,h) - In Cantonese and Thai. Whilst on a holiday in Thailand, a group of friends tell each other ghost stories, inspired by an accident they witnessed while sightseeing. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight
ABC 4:00 Basketball: WNBL 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 The Old Guys 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:00 Dragons’ Den 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Minuscule: Sausage Predator 6:05 Grand Designs Revisited: Brighton 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 (QLD) 8:00 QI: G-Animals 8:30 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Get ready to immerse yourself in the opulent, exciting world of Australia’s leading lady detective Phryne Fisher, in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. 9:30 Luther: Near-genius Detective Chief Inspector John Luther returns to policing after the brutal death of his wife, struggling with his own demons and grappling with a different world of crime fighting. 10:30 Lateline 11:15 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street with his unique take on the traditional tonight show - monologue, interviews and top musical acts, plus the added excitement of spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with the audience. 12:15 Rage
4:00 Basketball: WNBL 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Real Chinese 10:15 La Mappa Misteriosa 10:30 A Table! 10:35 Behind The News 11:00 Country House Revisited 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Minuscule: Mission BBQ 6:10 River Cottage: Everyday: Fruit 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: The Jacobsens: The Jacobsen brothers were once among Australia’s closest families in showbiz and hugely successful at bringing international performers to Australia. But now the family have been ripped apart, possibly beyond repair. 8:30 The Straits 9:30 Dragons’ Den 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Museum Of Life 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 The Clinic 2:25 River Cottage: Everyday: Fruit 3:15 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 Imparja’s Thursday Night Football 8:30 The Footy Show 10:00 Charlie Sheen Roast 11:30 Damages: “You Haven’t Replaced Me” (M v,d,s,a) - Tom Shayes travels to Antigua and follows up on his lead as to how Louis Tobin may have been smuggling money out of the country. 12:30 The Mentalist: “Red All Over” (M) - Patrick and the CBI investigate the Visualize Self-Realisation Centre, a cult-like religious group that maybe connected to the murder of a major media corporation’s CEO. 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “McBride: Semper Fi” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 Grey’s Anatomy 9:30 Desperate Housewives: “Witch’s Lament” - As Halloween approaches, Gaby, Bree and Lynette must attempt to exhume and move the body of Gaby’s murdered stepfather after learning that Ben’s real estate development excavation is taking place on that very spot. 10:30 Private Practice: “Remember Me” - Cooper receives the surprise of his life when a woman from his past arrives at the practice. 11:30 30 Rock 12:00 Auction Squad 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 Korean News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Movie: “Young Freud In Gaza” (PG) 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: The Market Of The Poor 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 8:00 Food Safari: South American - Explore the colourful cuisine of South America with passionate chefs and home-cooks. 8:30 Feasts: Mexico 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Real Sex: Stock Down, Sex Up 11:55 Kill Arman: Finland / Hokutoryu Jujutsu - The final episode travels back one year in time and shows how Arman, an overweight party animal, began his training to become a warrior. 12:20 Movie: “7 Virgins” (M l,v,s) - In Spanish. An impressive, street-smart drama about a teenage rebel who is released from reform school to attend his brother’s wedding. When he falls back in with the old gang, he is instantly tempted to return to his delinquent behaviour. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight
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CROSSWORD No. 86
SUDOKU No. 86
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Time spent helping out a friend at work may take up more of your energy than you expect. Your input will not go unnoticed, however. Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions. You need to make an important decision and must wait until you are more relaxed.
A chance to go out with friends will put you in touch with some new people. This will be a good time for expanding your social life. Romance. This person has been interested in you for some time, but has been waiting for a more positive response from you. You may need to take a leap in the dark to get what you want.
A few negative comments this week may sap your conﬁdence for a while. You need to take the remarks in context, however, and not overreact. Romance. A person whom you have known for some time may still be interested in you. They will do their best to pretend not to be interested, but their actions will give them away.
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A strange dream around the end of the week will help you to understand a period in your life which you haven’t yet been able to make sense of. Your dream will help you to make a connection between different events which you previously thought were unrelated. Romance. An old friend may be trying to get in touch with you. You will be surprised by their appearance and you will be a little more surprised at what they have to say!
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Be careful that problems at work don’t spill over into your home-life. So long as you try hard to be patient, everything will be resolved. Romance. You may need a little extra emotional support from your partner at the moment. Communications between you will be especially strong, but be careful not to be too demanding.
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)
A ﬁnancial crisis will only be averted if you manage to cut your spending quite sharply. A recent blow-out will soon start to take its toll. Romance. A favourable aspect to Mercury at the beginning of the week will help you to communicate well with your partner. Use this time to sort out a problem which has come between you.
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Activities which don’t need much money will give you a chance to get back on your feet ﬁnancially. Some recent extravagances have taken their toll. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will give your love-life a push in the right direction. A romantic get-together this week will put your relationship onto much ﬁrmer ground after a recent misunderstanding.
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A message from a friend may not be what you want to hear. You need to take all this input seriously, however: your friend wants to help you and won’t tell you about problems unless they are real. Romance. A stranger will give you advice about your relationship. This person barely knows you, but their wisdom will help you make an important decision.
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A surprise move later in the week may leave you wondering what is going on. Talk to a person whom you can trust – your other colleagues may not be so quick to tell you everything. Romance. A power-struggle between you and your partner will not help either of you. Do your best to settle a recent dispute in a way which satisﬁes both sides.
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Do your best to keep your thoughts focussed on the task at hand: a minor mistake early in the week could have serious repercussions a couple of weeks later. Romance. A person whom you met some time ago may suddenly take a greater interest in you. Don’t lead them on.
LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may ﬁnd it difﬁcult to tolerate people who don’t know what they are doing. You won’t appreciate having to clear up a mess caused by someone else. Romance. If you are able to relax properly this will be an excellent week for both of you. Be especially careful not to get into arguments, especially ones involving money. You won’t be in a mood for compromise at the moment!
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LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may have too many pots on the boil at the moment. Do your best to be selective: if you over-stretch yourself you will achieve less rather than more. Romance. Find out what was behind an unkind comment by your partner: there may be tensions below the surface which haven’t been properly addressed.
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) At times this week you will need to spend more time by yourself. You have a lot of work to get through and won’t be happy if you are constantly interrupted. Romance. A new relationship may pick up speed faster than you expect. Very soon you will have to make a decision about how quickly you want to get involved with this person.
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)
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CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Your ability to spot a ﬁnancial opportunity will help to bring in some money just when you need it most. Make sure you don’t take any more risks than you have to, however. Romance. Time spent with someone whom you hardly know could prove interesting. This person may be much keener on you than you realised. Don’t expect any dramatic developments for the time being, however.
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)
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A favourable aspect to Jupiter will help to bring a little more luck into your life over the next few days. Don’t miss an opportunity just because a friend tries to put you off. Romance. Your self-conﬁdence will be especially high at the moment. You may need to be the one who takes the initiative in a new relationship.
SOLUTIONS No. 86
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the conﬁdence you need to sort out a long-standing problem. You need to deal head-on with an issue which you have been trying to avoid. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)
A person in authority over you may be abusing their power. Find a way to rectify the situation without putting your own position too much at risk. Romance. The marriage of a close friend will give you food for thought. This person’s experiences have been very different from you own, but they may have taught you an important lesson about your own relationship.
Once you have started a new project nobody will be able to stop you! Your momentum will help you to push through a barrier which has stopped other people in their tracks. Romance. Your partner may ﬁnd it hard to cope with all your excess energy! A powerful aspect to Mars later in the week could make you a little tense: do your best to use your excess energy constructively.
siasm and energy will be appreciated by the people around you; however you must be sympathetic to people who are not so dynamic. Romance. A favourable aspect to Neptune this week will improve your powers of intuition, just when you most need them!
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)
FINDWORD No. 86
Be careful not to criticise someone who is in a position to cause problems for you. A negative comment could backﬁre. Romance. An unexpected gaffe by a close friend may upset your partner. You will ﬁnd it easier to see the funny side of the situation, however.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Your intuition will be a good guide for what you should do next. The ﬁrst idea which comes to you will turn out to be the one which you should follow. Romance. Your emotions will be especially powerful at the moment. A romantic get-together later in the week will be worth looking forward to.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You will need the help of the people around you in order to get everything done this week: don’t try to do everything by yourself because there is too much to get through. Romance. Your partner will appreciate your willingness to help out during a difﬁcult time. A favourable aspect to Venus later in the week will help to bring you much closer together.
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A new project will get off to a good start, but you may have to modify your original plans a bit in order to take recent events into account. Romance. If your partner doesn’t take you seriously there could be trouble today. Don’t let your feelings become too intense, but do your best to make your feelings clear. A meeting around the middle of the week will help to ease tensions between you.
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) An unexpected chance to get away should not be missed. You may not have a similar opportunity for some time. Romance. A powerful aspect to Mars towards the end of the week could make you a little tense. Do your best to avoid getting into an argument with your partner.
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COOKTOWN MULTI PURPOSE HEALTH SERVICE â€“ MARCH 2012 MONDAY
Dentist (C/H) Dr Gynther (M/H)
Womenâ€™s Health NP (C/H)
Baby Clinic & Immunisation (C/H) FROGS (Hosp)
Dentist (C/H) FROGS (Hosp)
Womenâ€™s Health NP (C/H) Dentist (C/H)
Baby Clinic & Immunisation (C/H) Dr Rafter (C/H)
Dr Ruben (C/H) Dr McDonald (Hosp)
Dentist (C/H) Dr Thomas (Hosp)
Baby Clinic & Immunisation (C/H)
Dentist (C/H) Womenâ€™s Health NP (C/H)
Baby Clinic & Immunisation (C/H)
VISITING SPECIALISTS: COMMUNITY HEALTH
Dr. Ruben: Paediatrician
Dr Eileen Rafter: RFDS Womenâ€™s
Dr Thomas: Surgeon
FROGS: Obstetrician &
Dr Gynther: Psychiatrist
20 â€“ Cooktown Local News 23 - 29 February 2012
Womenâ€™s Health NP (C/H)
Your Medicare and Health Care/Pension cards will be required each time you visit the Health Service. To see any of the above Specialists you will require a doctorâ€™s referral, and then make appointments through the Hospital on 4043 0100, or Community Health on 4043 0170.
Immunisation Program comes to school This year Cooktown Multi Purpose Health Service is providing free vaccinations for all Year 8 and Year 10 students, on Thursday, March 8, as part of Queensland Healthâ€™s annual School Based Vaccination Program. Year 8 students are being offered vaccination to protect against hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). Year 10 students are being offered protection against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough). Female students in Year 8 are also being offered Human Papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to protect against cervical cancer. The vaccinations will be conducted by a team of specially trained registered nurses. Parents and Carers of students in Year 8 and Year 10 will have received a consent form for each vaccination offered, sent home with students on Friday, February 10. Please read the information carefully, sign the consent form irrespective of whether you wish your child to be vaccinated or not and return the consent form to the school as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Parents and Carers of students in Year 9 and Year 11 who did not complete their vaccination in 2011 are invited to contact Cooktown Multi Purpose Health Service if they wish their child to receive vaccination this year. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves from the above diseases. For further information please contact Cooktown Multi Purpose Health Service Phone 4043 0170
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Leadership students from the Cape Cluster schools flew to Cairns in chartered planes to attend a workship on their roles at the Hilton Hotel. Seen here are: Tayla Crosby, Carly Johnson and Zane Stallan (front), Toby Williams, Lane Hooker, Wadey Creek, Holly Farnan, Jade Snell, Agnes Dear and Eva Hale (middle), Brayden Robertson, Lenny Casey, Zabrina Duncan, Lester Shipton, Thuy Loughlin and Joseph Hook (back). Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. GETTING up early for school on Wednesday was no problem for 16 cluster student leaders from Laura, Rossville, Bloomfield and Cooktown State Schools who flew to Cairns for Impact Leadership workshops. Grants provided funding which allowed for the charter of two planes to carry the districtâ€™s future leaders on what was as much as an adventure as a normal day in front of a blackboard. Rossville State School Principal Michael Slocombe, who organised the aircraft said the event, which is being held at the Hilton Hotel, should attract about 200 students.
â€œItâ€™s a big thing for these students to be attending,â€? Mr Slocombe said. â€œThey are already leaders in their own right within their respective schools, and weâ€™re hoping and expecting that after todayâ€™s (Thursdayâ€™s) workshop, they will take their leadership skills to a higher level.â€? Cooktown State School P-12 student Brayden Robertson said he was looking forward to the day and the information which would be made available to him. â€œTheyâ€™ll be talking about leadership and Iâ€™m hoping I can become a better leader from what I learn today (Thursday),â€? Brayden said.
While Wednesdayâ€™s flight was not the first for Cooktown State School Year-7 student Carly Johnson, she said she was excited about the trip and what she hoped to learn. â€œIt should be good fun and interesting,â€? Carly said. A spokesman for Daintree Air Services, the company chosen by Mr Slocombe for the charter promised the students, teachers and parents a safe flight. â€œWe always use twin-engined aircraft when weâ€™re flying over water, which we will be doing today (Thursday),â€? he said. â€œSo the kids can be assured of a safe and comfortable flight.â€?
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Security apps outwit the crooks IF you own a smart phone and are not using the available security apps, these stories might convince you to change your mind. In Cairns, police located a mobile phone using a â€œfind my phoneâ€? application after the device was allegedly stolen when a womanâ€™s handbag was snatched at Cairns early on Sunday morning. Police will allege that two women, aged 27 and 28, were
walking along Spence Street just after midnight when three teenage boys riding pushbikes rode past them and grabbed the younger womanâ€™s handbag. The pair gave chase, but soon lost sight of the youths, after which they attended Cairns Police Station and advised officers of the alleged theft, and that a mobile phone in the handbag was equipped with a â€œfind my phoneâ€? application.
The police attended a Cairns address a short time later and allegedly located the s tolen phone. And in Cooktown recently, a man learned the hard way that he should have used the locking application on his phone after he realised that someone, possibly some relatives, had signed him up for a $60-a-month games bill. A costly lesson learned.
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PUBLIC NOTICEs CIVIL celebrant Kathleen Roberts. Naming Ceremonies, Marriages, Funeral Co-ordination. 4069 5004 or 0427 695 004
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ď€ľď€‰ď€–ď€‡ď€?ď€ ď€&#x;ď€„ď€‰ď€ ď€ ď€”ď€”ď€?ď€‡ď€&#x;ď€ƒď€”ď€‰ď€–ď€ ď€‡ď€“ď€Šď€„ď€ƒď€Œď€‰ď€°ď€ w ď€ľď€‰ď€ˆď€’ď€“ď€–ď€”ď€?ď€ ď€”ď€‰ď€Œď€ ď€‡ď€“ď€”ď€‰ď€?ď€‰ď€–ď€”ď€ ď€‡ď€“ď€ ď€?ď€‰ď€Šď€?ď€‰ď€ ď€”ď€‡ď€’ď€“ď€ ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€–ď€Ťď€’ď€?ď€”ď€–ď€ ď€ ď€Šď€”ď€‡ď€Şď€‡ď€”ď€‡ď€‰ď€–ď€ąď€ w ď€ľď€‰ď€ˆď€’ď€“ď€–ď€”ď€?ď€ ď€”ď€‰ď€Œď€ ď€Ťď€’ď€–ď€‡ď€”ď€‡ď€Şď€‰ď€ ď€Šď€’ď€“ď€”ď€?ď€‡ď€&#x;ď€ƒď€”ď€‡ď€’ď€“ď€ ď€”ď€’ď€ ď€Šď€’ď€ˆď€ˆď€ƒď€“ď€‡ď€”ď€˘ď€ ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€žď€’ď€?ď€ ď€Śď€‰ď€„ď€Źď€ ď€?ď€‰ď€ ď€ ď€Šď€”ď€‡ď€Şď€‡ď€”ď€‡ď€‰ď€–ď€ąď€ w ď€ľď€‰ď€ˆď€’ď€“ď€–ď€”ď€?ď€ ď€”ď€‰ď€Œď€ ď€‰ď€Źď€Źď€‰ď€Šď€”ď€‡ď€Şď€‰ď€“ď€‰ď€–ď€–ď€ ď€ ď€–ď€ ď€ ď€ ď€”ď€‰ď€ ď€ˆď€ ď€ˆď€‰ď€ˆď€&#x;ď€‰ď€?ď€ ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€Šď€’ď€“ď€”ď€?ď€‡ď€&#x;ď€ƒď€”ď€’ď€?ď€ ď€”ď€’ď€ ď€”ď€‰ď€ ď€ˆď€ ď€’ď€ƒď€”ď€Šď€’ď€ˆď€‰ď€–ď€ąď€ w ď€śď€’ď€’ď€Œď€ ď€‡ď€“ď€”ď€‰ď€?ď€Ťď€‰ď€?ď€–ď€’ď€“ď€ ď€„ď€ ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€Śď€?ď€‡ď€”ď€”ď€‰ď€“ď€ ď€Šď€’ď€ˆď€ˆď€ƒď€“ď€‡ď€Šď€ ď€”ď€‡ď€’ď€“ď€ ď€–ď€Ľď€‡ď€„ď€„ď€–ď€ąď€ w ď€Žď€“ď€”ď€?ď€’ď€Œď€ƒď€Šď€”ď€’ď€?ď€˘ď€ ď€Ľď€“ď€’ď€Śď€„ď€‰ď€Œď€Ąď€‰ď€ ď€’ď€Źď€ ď€‘ď€‡ď€Šď€?ď€’ď€–ď€’ď€Źď€”ď€ ď€ˇď€Źď€Źď€‡ď€Šď€‰ď€ ď€Ťď€?ď€’ď€Ąď€?ď€ ď€ˆď€–ď€ ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€§ď€’ď€‡ď€“ď€”ď€ ď€’ď€Źď€ ď€Łď€ ď€„ď€‰ď€ ď€Žď€§ď€ˇď€Łď€—ď€ ď€–ď€˘ď€–ď€”ď€‰ď€ˆď€–ď€ąď€ w ď€¤ď€ƒď€?ď€?ď€‰ď€“ď€”ď€ ď€¤ď€„ď€ ď€–ď€–ď€ ď€¤ď€ ď€¸ď€ƒď€‰ď€‰ď€“ď€–ď€„ď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€ľď€?ď€‡ď€Şď€‰ď€?ď€–ď€ ď€šď€‡ď€Šď€‰ď€“ď€Šď€‰ď€ ď€‡ď€–ď€ ď€Œď€‰ď€–ď€‡ď€?ď€ ď€&#x;ď€„ď€‰ď€™ď€ ď€
ď€şď€„ď€‡ď€Ąď€‡ď€&#x;ď€‡ď€„ď€‡ď€”ď€˘ď€ ď€Źď€’ď€?ď€ ď€ ď€ ď€¤ď€•ď€‡ď€„ď€Œď€?ď€‰ď€“ď€´ď€–ď€ ď€¤ď€’ď€ˆď€ˆď€‡ď€–ď€–ď€‡ď€’ď€“ď€ ď€ťď€’ď€”ď€‡ď€Šď€‰ď€žď€łď€„ď€ƒď€‰ď€ ď€¤ď€ ď€?ď€Œď€ ď€‡ď€–ď€ ď€ˆď€ ď€“ď€Œď€ ď€”ď€’ď€?ď€˘ď€ ď€
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Fishing is still better than mowing the lawn IT looks like it’s going to be boss’s weather this coming week, so we will be restricted to the estuaries again, which will be made worse by the small tides as well. One tip will be to cast your lures at snags, or soak a bait for a finger mark or barra in the deep holes or run the pots for a feed of crabs. It’s still better than mowing the lawn. The Wharf has produced some excellent barra and jacks during the past week. Soft plastics, hard bodies, and bait - alive or dead - have all seen some great fish landed, while in the Annan, muddies, barra, queenfish and finermark have been rewarding anglers. You just need to fish the tides for a good result. And as for the Stone Wall, barra have been plentiful but again, you need to be there in the small window of the right time of the tide. If the forecast is correct, we would have been offshore the past couple of days. As we don’t know if we will get a wet season every calm day, you should be capitalising on the weather because the trade winds will be back soon enough, so fish, fish, fish! Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop
By ALF WILSON A HOPE Vale side will be one of the favourites to take out the Palm Island All Blacks rugby league carnival at the North Queensland Aboriginal community during the weekend of February 25 and 26. One of the carnival organisers, Norman Bounghi said the Hope Vale team would be strong. Many of the Hope Vale players compete in the Three Rivers League and the Cooktown Local News will be covering the Palm carnival at which eight sides will compete. Two Palm Island sides, Barracudas Gold and Green, will face an invasion of teams from Woorabinda, Hope Vale, Yarrabah, Charters Towers, Cairns and Townsville. Bindal Sharks from Townsville and Murray Island Descendants from Cairns will be the teams from North Queensland’s two biggest cities. To be held at the local Palm Island football oval, the two day carnival will attract many of the local population as spectators, as well as supporters of the visiting teams. The carnival has been organised by Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey and last year’s coach of the Jets side which took out the domestic grand final. Each of the teams will have a huge incentive with $8000 on offer for the winners and $2500 for the runners up.
Joan Thistlethwaite with a healthy mangrove jack.
Christopher Obodin caught the biggest edible fish of his angling career when he landed this large mouth nannygai on his 13th birthday on Sunday from the Hurricane. Photo submitted.
The Sov is our tip for the footy Col Jackson’s Queen fish was a right, royal capture.
Pride put in All-Star display in historic clash NORTHERN Pride flexed their muscles to romp home 94-0 in their inaugural clash against the FNQ Indigenous All Stars at Barlow Park in Cairns on Saturday night, February 18. The Pride ran in 16 tries after establishing a 40-0 half-time lead, with stand-in captain Brett Anderson claiming a first-half hat-trick. The tries kept coming after the break, with Jamie Kerwick coming off the bench to score a hat-trick in just six second-half minutes. Pride half-back Shaun Nona was impressive with the boot, converting 15 of the 16 Pride tries - the only one he missed followed the first try of the night by Anderson.
Hope Vale looking good for Palm Island All Blacks carnival
The All Stars showed flashes of brilliance and came agonisingly close to a try 10 minutes from time, but spilled the ball over the line. Pride coach Dave Maiden praised his team for keeping their feet on the gas despite the one-sided affair. “I was very happy with how the players played,” said Maiden. “They can only play what is in front of them. “I thought we defended very well, our attack was pretty good, and I thought our enthusiasm was fantastic. “It’s all I could ask for, and I thought the young guys really stood up.” Maiden said the first-ever match between Pride and the All Stars should remain
a permanent fixture in the pre-season calendar. “Northern Pride is about providing pathways for players in our catchment area,” he said. “The All Stars had players from Mornington Island, around the Cape, the Torres Strait and Mount Isa, so there was a lot of diversity in terms of where they came from. “The opportunities and pathways are there, and I’d like to see this fixture continue.” Pride tries: Anderson (3), Kerwick (3), Mosby (2), B Oosen, Fitzpatrick, Nawia, M Oosen, Castellaro, Binawel, Smith and Schultz. Conversions: Nona 15.
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Tight ﬁnish at weekly Stableford KIM Copland took out last week’s Italian Restaurant weekly Stableford competition in a count-back from Steve Weise. Both ﬁ nished with 39 Stableford points in the ﬁeld of ﬁve that contested the event between February 12 and February 17. A ﬁeld of more than 20 turned out to play in the Landline Consulting Group 2-Person Ambrose competition on Saturday. The scores were very close for ﬁrst and second, with the team winners for the day being Kim Copland and Blue Hobbs with a combined nett score of fifty-one-and-a-quarter. Runners-up for the day was the the team of Chris Hatton and Peter Gunther with a combined nett score of ﬁfty-one-and-a-half. Although no lowest gross prize was awarded, the lowest team gross was GB and Alice with a combined nett score of 58, and they also had the lowest combined handicap of ﬁve-and-a-half, so that is pretty good going. All the nearest the pins were landed with Dave Collie landing 2/11 and 14 and Robyn McDonald landing 9/18. The ladies managed to trudge around, with their round ending up to be a night game with them dragging themselves away from the course, so I hear, at about 6.45pm. There was a discrepancy with score cards for the Graham and Alice Burton Sunday 9-Hole Stroke Competition and the winner for the day ended up being Graham Burton with a nett score of 27. A count-back is required between Kim Copland and Trey Pengelly who both turned in a nett score of 60. Six members competed in The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition and so far leading the ﬁeld are our players with the lowest handicaps. Graham Burton who plays off a 9 handicap is leading the ﬁeld with a nett score of 60, and Kim Copland who plays off a 5 handicap is currently the runner-up with a nett score of 61. Cooktown Hardware have generously come on board to be the major sponsor for our Monthly Medal competitions for which the Club is very thankful. This weekend is the February Monthly Medal. Men will be
Cooktown golfers Trey Pengelly and Brian Lemon about to head off for their second shots after good drives on the 10th tee on Sunday. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. playing off the white tees and ladies off the red tees. We had a discrepancy for the Sunday 9-Hole competition, wherein a player signed a score card and turned that in for his score, however, when checking the card where the player was the marker, one score for a hole was different to the one that was turned in as the player. So each week I’m going to set out a few Rules of Golf, so hopefully, everyone will read this section and will be better versed in understanding the game a bit better. Rule 6.6 - Scoring in Stroke Play: (a) Recording Scores - After each hole the marker should check the score with the
competitor and record it. One completion of the round the marker must sign the score card and hand it to the competitor. If more than one marker records the scores, each must sign for the part for which he/she is responsible. (b) Signing and Returning Score Card After completion of the round, the competitor should check his/her score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. He/she must ensure that the marker or markers have signed the score card, sign the score card him/herself as competitor and return it to the Committee. (c) Alteration of a Score Card - No alteration may be made on a score card after the competitor has returned it to the Committee.
Three Rivers trials again this Saturday THE Three Rivers Rugby League competition will hold its second round of trials on Saturday in preparation for the season proper, which is expected to start on Friday, March 9. All four of last year’s teams, the Hope Vale Red Soil Rebels, the Hope Vale Warriors, the Wujal Wujal Yindili and the Cooktown Crocs will compete again in 2012, and there is a possibility of a third side coming out of Hope Vale. “Early signs were that there was going to be another team from Hope Vale, the Raiders,” Three Rivers President Peter Scott said. “And we were hopeful of the possibility of a second from Wujal, but that doesn’t appear to be happening now.” Depending on the availability of the ladies teams, they could also be included in Saturday afternoon’s program. Games are expected to kick-off from 4pm.
(d Wrong Score for Hole - The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded for each hole on his/her score card. If he/she returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, he/she is disqualiﬁed. If he/she returns a score for any hole higher than actually taken, the score as returned stands. Hopefully everyone will now start checking their score card to ensure the correct score is recorded. Eleven balls will be up for grabs in the Monthly Medal competition this Saturday. Happy golﬁng everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club
Lever action shoot coming up LAST Wednesday’s Sports Pistol Centre Fire match went to Mal who scored 254 from a possible 300. Second went to Dizzy with 242, with Ross third on 230. SSAA Qld is holding the 2012 National Lever Action Classic Postal Shoot in May. We will compete against the state, but the match must be conducted in March. If you are interested in competing in this please contact Rod, or speak to one of the club members to get more details. February dates for your diary include: Sunset shoots - Wednesday, 29 from 5.30pm, alternating between Combined Service Core and Sports pistol/Centreﬁre; Practical Shoot February 26 - from 9am; and General meeting - Wednesday, February 29 at 5.30pm. Chris Stewart Publicity Ofﬁcer
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Cooktown Crocs back rower Terence Newman charges into the Hope Vale defence during Saturday’s trials. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
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Champ under microscope as Kirk chases title By GARY HUTCHISON SWEAT poured from Bryce Kirk as his mentor Vince Parkes snarled and cajoled him into more intensity during training for tomorrow night’s World Kick Boxing Association’s Australian Super Welterweight title bout against current champion, Brett Whitton in Brisbane. Parkes, wearing body armour, was absorbing a barrage of kicks and knees to his chest and abdomen as part of a gruelling cardio-session - ﬁne-tuning the ﬁtness of his charge. And when Kirk fell to the canvas spent, gasping for air, Parkes showed only a little mercy before setting the contender on to the heavy bag to continue his session. “It’s going to be a real hard ﬁght, so we’re leaving nothing to chance,” Parkes said. “We’re going through the full range of kicks, knees, punches and defensive techniques ready for this one.” Kirk said he was comfortable ﬁghting in the 68-70kg class, and was conﬁdent of success against his more experienced opponent. “While I’ve had 13 ﬁghts for six wins, Brett has had 23 for 14,” he said. “I’ve just got to get into the ring and do the job.” Whitton, a product of the Urban Fight Gym on the Gold Coast, fought in Cairns recently and the Full Boar team was there to put his style under the microscope. “He’s a tough, tough man with hardly any chinks in his armour,” Kirk said. “So in one respect, I’ve got that little advantage of having seen him and knowing what to expect, where he’s coming in cold against me.” The Full Boar team has a full calendar ahead of them, with Jack McInnes, Clayton Cook and Austin Morse headed to Cairns next weekend, while Joe Pope will defend his Australian title in Brisbane the Australian super welterweight contender Bryce Kirk sweating it out with mentor Vince Parkes in the Full Boar Muay Thai Boxing gym in preparation following week in a Fox Sports televised bout. for Friday night’s battle. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
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THIS week’s run was hosted by Wetcheck and Titus and, in keeping with their tradition of never doing anything boring, they decided to lay on something special. Instead of laying a trail through the bush, they decided on something called “February Frivolities”. To start with, they asked everyone to split into teams of three or four. This took a while, because organising Hashers makes herding cats look easy, but once everyone was in groups, they were handed unique clues. The small groups set off searching for pictures of feet on variously coloured cards. When each team found their card, they were given a task which might
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have taxed a six-year-old, but was totally beyond the brain capacity of the average Hasher. I can’t remember exactly what we did, but it included gymnastics, counting, jigsaws and eating plasticine. The Hashers arrived back at the cars looking as if they had had a hard day at the ofﬁce. Then we drove off to the bash. After we had traded accusations involving cheating, incorrectly coloured cards and being too stupid to follow the instructions, GM Thermo settled down to business. Wetcheck had reached her 10-carton run, and Lunasea had managed her ﬁrst half carton. F*&t was recognised for falling off his bike in a big way, and Miss Lain was welcomed back. And we welcomed two virgin runners, who sat wide-eyed and silent as if
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Sat 25 Ht 0.87 2.4 1 2.08
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Ht 2.1 1.4 1.6 1.14
Ht 2.25 1.31 1.73 0.98
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