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Australia Day Ambassador Yassmin Abdel-Magied (front) about to cut the Cook Shire Australia Day cake with some of the award winners - Vicky Brown, Jean Haack, Tanya Ahlers, Tyson Hang and Ali Ward (front) with Joe Pope, Andy Stemmler, John Ahlers, Dougal Nivison and Geoffrey Kulka Jr. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. For more coverage of the Australia Day celebrations see pages 3, 10 & 11 >>

Shot in the arm for local builders

By GARY HUTCHISON A THREE-WAY partnership between the Gungarde Community Aboriginal Corporation and the state and federal governments to upgrade Indigenous housing in Cooktown will be a huge boost for the local building sector. Gungarde Community Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer Greg Whittaker said the commonwealth’s contribution of $3M would be invested in major renovations to 15 houses, which will be owned and managed by the corporation. Mr Whittaker said while the upcoming works will provide many benefits for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cooktown, the big


winner in the short term was the building sector, with Gungarde’s insistence that every possible cent goes to local contractors. “I’m sick of money going out of Cooktown,” Mr Whittaker said. “We’ve already had one meeting with members of our local building industry to outlay our plans, and we’re having one next Wednesday, when we’ll be finalising some more details.” He said Gungarde recognised that materials would have to be sourced through outside interests, but the companies concerned already supported Cooktown. “The hardware store is owned by interests in Cairns, but they provide jobs for Cooktown people

and strongly support the building community,” he said. “And Wren Timbers are pretty much the same with their support.” Mr Whittaker said he anticipated all the work should be completed by the end of this year. Member for Cook Jason O’Brien announced the state’s contribution of $1.65M on Tuesday, January 31. “The partnership will see the state’s contribution invested in the demolition of four old houses on large blocks and the construction of new units,” Mr O’Brien said. “These houses will relieve overcrowding and provide more suitable accommodation for elderly residents, and will help build homes


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February Sat 4. Club Veg meeting from 10.30am at the Cooktown District Community Centre 13 Charles Street. Sat 4. Cape York SSAA Shotgun DTL shoot from 1pm. For further details on rifle ring Toby on 4069 5663. Sun 5. General meeting of Cooktown Amateur Turf Club from 11am, followed by a barbecue. Sun 5. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 7. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 7. Cooktown Writers’ Group will meet at the Lions’ Hall from 7.30pm. Call 4069 6121 for information. Tue 7. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 8. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Thu 9. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Sat 11. Cooktown SSAA Saturday Shoot from 1.30pm. Sun 12. Cape York SSAA Combined Services shoot from 9am. For further details on rifle ring Toby on 4069 5663. Sun 12. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 14. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 14. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 15. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Thu 16. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Sun 19. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Sun 19. Sunset Concert with a Difference at Nature’s PowerHouse from 5.30pm. Tue 21. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. Tue 21. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm at the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 22. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Thu 23. Swim for Your life from 11am to noon at Cooktown Pool. 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.

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.

 letters to the editor Leave personal attacks out of politics THE letter from Len Harris, January 19 refers to the CYPLUS study being a sham and the forerunner to the Wild Rivers Declarations. I was the pastoral representative on CYPLUS and although I have thoroughly studied the document, I can not find any reference in any strategy that goes into detail such as fencing off 50 metres either side of any watercourse. Len, please tell me where I can find it. In reference to David Kempton’s involvement in the development of the CYPLUS process, I know David well and although he has been active in CYP for many years, I

Entsch and Kempton jointly call on Burke to reject calls for emergency National Heritage status on the Cape MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Enstch and LNP state candidate for Cook David Kempton have expressed outrage at the latest attempt by the Wilderness Society to push its extreme green agenda on the people of Cape York by demanding emergency National Heritage status in four areas of the Cape. In a letter to the Federal Environment Minister Burke, the Wilderness Society is seeking to put a stop to mining development in four key areas in Cape York, including the expansion of Rio Tinto into the South of Embley and the Skardon River Project. Mr Entsch said the four existing projects would be put at risk by this move by the Wilderness Society, potentially placing billions of dollars and thousand of jobs in jeopardy across Cape York. “If Mr Burke agrees to the proposal, the National Heritage intervention would override the extensive and rigorous approval process already in place for such projects in Cape York, a legislative framework that is sufficient to ensure all environmental values are taken into consideration,” Mr Entsch said. Both Mr Entsch and Mr Kempton want to restore the balance to the management of the environment in Cape York to ensure economic op-

portunity and community growth are not sacrificed for green ideology. Mr Entsch said the Wilderness Society was deliberately spreading lies and propaganda about mining projects to whip up fear among green voters in capital cities. “The Wilderness Society is attempting to exercise its political clout on the Gillard Government by robbing Cape York of opportunities and viable jobs into the future,” Mr Entsch said. “Their suggestion that this is the best way to protect the Cape is ludicrous and offensive. “This move would take control of our own land out of our hands and place into the grip of multi-national organisations with hardline agendas to lock up our natural resources. “This move by the Wilderness Society must be stopped and I call on the Minister to publicly reject this extreme proposal.” Mr Kempton said a Campbell Newman LNP Government will protect Cape York’s iconic natural areas and waterways by working with locals - not against them. Mr Kempton said the LNP believes that Indigenous communities, pastoralists and other local stakeholders should have a say in the conservation and economic development opportunities on the Cape.

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do not remember him ever being a CYRAG member. The CYPLUS document does not sit well with everyone, but it has positive outcomes and strategies included, such as the identification of large areas suitable for horticulture and broadacre cropping and ability to increase the cattle numbers to a sustainable 400,000 head. As with many other CYP specific plans it is not what is included it is how the plan is used and abused. CYPLUS was meant to be balanced, with all 23 strategies considered in any decision

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RV opinion being sought by more than one I REFER to Steve Weise’s letter to the editor in the January 26 edition of the Cooktown Local News in which he said “it has been left to a private individual to canvass public opinion on RV camping”. Mr Weise is incorrect in this assertion, because the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has discussed the issue a number of times with the Cook Shire Council. There has also been an information forum, open to anyone with an interest in the subject held at the Events Centre in November, which was attended by Chamber members, Council staff and local businesses. Savannah Way, a tourism promoter, addressed those in attendance on the growth of the RV market and why the

Cook Shire needs to address its current camping laws. Away from Mr Weise’s comments, we’d like to set the record straight on a rumour circulating that the Chamber is in favour of free camping. This also is incorrect, the Chamber’s view is that users must pay, but how much and for what, needs to be addressed in any further inquiries made by Council staff investigating the issue. I want to take this opportunity to urge all residents of the whole Shire, to write to the Council with their thoughts on the issue of the camping laws, so that their views can be considered. Greg Whittaker President Cooktown Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Stop defacing library books I AM writing this in the hope that the inane idiot who writes in the Council’s library books or in the side columns will cease and desist. It spoils the enjoyment for me and other readers

too many to mention. If dumbos like you had any intestinal fortitude (guts), you would apologise to the librarian Mrs Burns. John Kennedy Cooktown

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making, however, what has happened is that the Green movement has successfully lobbied government into selective pieces such as the environmental outcomes that suit their agendas with no consideration given to the other 21 strategies. With the election now called let’s leave the personal attacks alone and concentrate on how to improve the security, social and economic future for the people of CYP who politicians appear to think cannot make decisions for themselves. Mary Shephard Mareeba

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Australia Day honours for Cook Shire residents

Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott and Australia Day Ambassador Yassmin AbdelMagied with Citizen of the Year Dougal Nivison and his daughter Cara. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

DOUGAL Nivison was the recipient of this year’s Cook Shire Australia Day award as Citizen of the Year, presented during celebrations held at the Events Centre. Other award winners were: Young Citizen of the Year - Ben King, Sportsperson of the Year - Geoffrey Kulka Jnr, Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Joe Pope, Cultural Award “The Arts” - Tyson Hang, Volunteer of the Year - Jean Haack, Community Event Award - Opening of the Cooktown Events Centre, Community Service Club Award - Lakeland First Responders Group and Service to Cook Shire Award - Peter and Francis Inderbitzen. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott also conducted the citizenship ceremony in which Willem, Petronella, Carley and Kayla Kok took the Citizenship Oath, and Ihor Havrylyshyn took the Citizenship Affirmation. Mayor Scott was assisted with the presentations by Australia Day Ambassador Yassmin Abdel-Magied before a large audience of family, friends and dignitaries on a day in which the Events Centre proved its versatility. Originally planned for Endeavour Park, the event was transferred because of wet ground underfoot and the prospect of inclement weather. Mayor Scott said more than 70 nominations had been received for this year’s awards. “The community has shown their appreciation and acknowledgement of what rich, diverse and valuable citizens we have living and working in Cook Shire,” he said. Mr Scott concluded by thanking Ms Abdel-Magied, Leane Pope, Dan Hodgson, the Endeavour Lions Club, Cooktown CWA ladies, Cooktown Kindergarten, Cooktown PCYC, Council staff and volunteers who all contributed to making the event a very special day.

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Youth asked for vision of future SERGE Petelin has issued a fair warning to the young people of Cooktown that their future is being dictated by old people with old minds, so he has devised a novel competition to encourage the “youngies” up to 30 years of age to have a say. The competition will be called, “The Future of Cooktown and Cook Shire - My Vision” and is aimed at gleaning the ideas from three different age groups pre-teens, teens and the 20 to 30 age group. “Their future is being dictated by old people, old people like me, with old minds and with no space for the ideas of the young, of what their living environment should be now and into the future,” Serge said. “But I want to know how they see the future direction of the place they call home, regardless of whether they may want to leave home and experience a broader world.”

So passionate is Serge about the competition, he has donated the first $100 to the prize pool, and has already been able to source other donations by way of money, vouchers and in-kind-services. But he wants more, and is seeking the assistance of local businesses and individuals to take the pool to $2000. “What I’ve raised so far is about $1000, but I want to be able to offer some decent incentives to the ‘youngies’ to get them on board,” he said. While he will not release the final details of the competition until it is ready to start, he wants anyone who knows someone within the specified age groups to alert them about the competition.He has even approached the schools in an effort to have the seeds of imagination sewn there.

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“I have been approaching the local schools to encourage teachers and staff to incorporate it into a ‘good citizenship’ project for their pupils,” he said. “In this case, some teachers may prefer to make it into a group project, once individual contributions are assessed and incorporated into a broader model, representing a particular class or school.” Serge said he was taking steps to establish a special bank account and measures to ensure the validity of his proposal, with details of these procedures available upon request from those interested in donating to the competition. This project is being supported by the Cooktown Local News, with details published as they become available. For further information about making donations, Serge can either be contacted by phone on 0419 673 321 or by email:

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Serge Petelin is looking for donors to sponsor a competition which will encourage Cooktown’s young people to have their say in respect to the future direction of the Shire. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Date changes for local elections IF you haven’t already enrolled to vote in the upcoming Local Government elections, then you have missed the boat. Last week’s announcement that the 2012 State Government election will be held on Saturday, March 24 has seen the Local Government election postponed until Saturday, April 28. Returning officer for Cook Cass Sorensen has advised of the following significant dates: Nominations open on Saturday, March 10 and close at noon on Tuesday, March 27. Pre-poll voting opens at 9am on Mon-

day, April 16 and closes at 6pm on Friday, April 27. Applications for postal voting close at 6pm on Wednesday, April 25 with the cut-off date for the return of postal ballot papers being 6pm on Tuesday, May 8. Applications for Electoral Visitor voting close at 6pm on Wednesday, April 25. And Declared Institution voting starts on Tuesday, April 17 and ends on Saturday, April 28. Candidates wanting to make an appointment with Ms Sorensen to nominate can do so by calling her on 4069 6657.


New endeavours for Prep kids at Christian school ANOTHER chapter in Cooktown’s education history opened last Wednesday, January 25 when 32 students walked through the doors of the Endeavour Christian College for the first time. Although the school was originally on-track to commence the school semester on Monday, the scheduled start was delayed because of a glitch with the delivery of furniture. “It was just a little hiccup - at first we had no furniture, then we had to wait for desks,” Endeavour Christian College’s first Principal, Peter Coates said. “But we’re all systems go now.” With his wife Christine as the other teacher, and Terry Ashcroft as the Administration Officer, the trio form the staff at the school which has students in all grades from Prep to Year 7. “We have six Prep students and 26 in the other classes from Year 1

through to Year 7,” he said. Mr Coates, who is also the Baptist Church Pastor said from now on, it was all systems go. We’re looking forward to working with the other educators in the Cape Cluster for the good of the kids,” he said. “We’ve already been invited to participate in the Small Schools Sports Carnival being held at Bloomfield River State School in the middle of the year, and we’re very much looking forward to that interaction.” And although some facilities are still being developed, the tiny new school has adopted strategies to improvise. “On Wednesday’s we’ll be borrowing the library and then having lunch in the park,” he said. “And until our sports oval is finished, we’ll be headed to the John Street Oval on Friday afternoons for Endeavour Christian College’s first ever Prep class - Mariska, Morli, Alayah, Samuel and D’Wan. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON our sporting activities.”

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‘Cold Water Band’ D’Arcy Gallop and Jacqui Sykes checking the rain gauge readings on their property are unable to predict when this year’s wet season will start. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON WHILE the monsoon trough continues to tease Far Northerners with a better-late-than-never Wet Season there has been not much wet to talk about around Cooktown so far this year. D’Arcy Gallop, a resident of the region for most of his life, said 10 years of varied weather made it difficult to predict when this year’s wet season will start. “There have been two years of drought and two years of floods in that time, so it’s very hard to predict when it will start raining again,” Mr Gallop said. Rainfall records from the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather station at Cooktown Airport indicate that Cooktown has had a drier than average January. The rain gauge at the airport only recorded 146mm for the first month of 2012; just over half the monthly average for January of 278.4mm. Although this is still much wetter than the driest January since the weather station started collecting data in 2000, which was recorded in 2003 with 109.4mm, much of the rain fell in a couple of days this year. In-fact approximately half the rain for the month fell over just two days on Thursday, January 19 (46.4mm) and Friday, January 20 (25mm). Those thinking the Wet Season will never get here can rest assured that it will arrive someday soon with the monsoon trough currently hovering over Cape York

and extending across to Western Australia where it has whipped up TC Iggy. The BOM is warning that conditions for the Cape could take a turn for the worse on Thursday with the potential for a low to develop on the monsoon trough in the Coral Sea later in the week bringing heavy rains and potential high winds. These contritions could develop into a cyclone by the weekend although cooler sea temperatures in the area seem to be making for a less intense cyclone season this year. The BOM have also indicated that the current La Niña conditions may be waning, a factor that is directly linked to differences in sea surface temperatures and air pressure across the Pacific. “While La Niña conditions clearly remain, some indicators have weakened over the past fortnight. “Similarly, the majority of climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggest a gradual decline of the current La Niña, with most models suggesting an end of the event during the coming autumn season.” If this is the case Australians can expect to move back to El Niño conditions by the end of the year to early 2013 bringing about widespread drought. This Southern Oscillation or change between El Niño and La Niña occurs naturally on average once every eight years.

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Great catch at the Sov SHE doesn’t have a boat licence yet, but that didn’t stop Irene Bowyer getting some “relliesâ€? to take her out in her new Quintrex tinnie, the prize she won on Australia Day when her winning ticket was drawn at the Sovereign Resort Hotel. Irene’s in-laws Des and Coral Hale were only too happy to take her for a day’s ďŹ shing and a cruise on the Annan, but the creels came home empty. “I don’t really care too much about whether or not I catch a ďŹ sh,â€? Irene, a very keen angler said. “Just getting out for a day in the boat is enough for me, we had a lovely time.â€?


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However, she just didn’t win a 3.9m Quintrex 390E Explorer Tinnie, her prize included a Yamaha 20hp outboard motor, canopy, tie-down straps, safety equipment, trailer and registration for both the boat and trailer. And if that wasn’t enough, the tinnie was loaded with cartons of beer, but Irene gave the booze away to a number of appreciative relatives.

Having never owned a boat before, Irene was ecstatic that one of her eight entries was drawn out last Thursday afternoon. “I won’t be wasting any time getting my licence, that new boat is going to get plenty of use I can assure you,â€? she said. Sovereign Manager Sally Kaye said there had been thousands of entries lodged during the three months the competition ran, which was only to be expected in â€œďŹ shing madâ€?

Cooktown. “The total value of everything was about $10,000,� Sally said. “And it’s not a bad prize when you think tickets were free, people only had to buy a drink or a meal and they got a ticket. And that was every time they bought.� So what about next year? “With the success of this promotion, just you watch out,� she said.

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Cooktown says goodbye to a much-loved angel Virginia Mary Martin 8/12/1971 - 18/1/2012


COOKTOWN said goodbye to an angel on Tuesday, Virginia Mary Martin, in a moving service held to celebrate her life in an Events Centre almost packed to capacity with her beloved family and friends.

Tributes flowed during the service, and it was Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott who described Virginia as an angel while living, who will now be a guardian angel watching over those she loved. Affectionately known as “Jincy”(to her family) or ‘Ginnie (around town), the bubbly, vivacious, blonde with a ready smile and an infectious laugh was born Virginia Mary Richards on December 8, 1971 at the Mordialloc Community Hospital, Cheltenham, Victoria to her mother Lesley and father Jeffrey (deceased). The second of five children, Jincy was preceded by Michelle and followed by Suzie, Matt and Madonna. Step-father Herb joined the family about 30 years ago. Her early years saw life in Moura, Rockhampton and Brisbane before she returned to Adelaide in 1978. Jincy’s primary schooling was done in a few different locations, with her high school education completed at Mawson and Wirreanda high schools in Adelaide. The personal attributes of gritty determination and enthusiasm that punctuated Jincy’s personality, saw her as a gifted sportswoman during her secondary school years, but it was her love of army cadets that nurtured a desire to join the army. She went on to achieve the rank of Corporal in the Ordinance Corps in a 10-year career during which she served in Sydney and Adelaide. During her service, she met and married her first husband Grant, whom she was to later divorce. Honourably discharged, Jincy found her way to Cooktown to be with her sick father Jeffrey, and it was then she met her husband Charlie Martin who told those gathered for the service that Virginia had been responsible for three miracles in their lives. The first was, that with her love and devotion she had saved his life by giving him the faith to emerge from the dark side of a debilitating illness to enjoy a happy life and become a Councillor of the Cook Shire. Her second miracle was her love, faith and devotion that saw two very different people enjoy 10 years of marriage, while the third was that after medical tests which told her she was incapable of bearing children, the couple were blessed with their two

daughters Hannah and Abbey. Along with her own children, Jincy loved her extended family from Charlie’s first marriage - Shane and Emily, Shane’s wife Liz and their son Liam. And in an emotion-charged eulogy delivered by her sister Michelle, Cooktown was given an insight into the early life of the lady Michelle described as an amazing daughter, sister and friend, after which her sister Suzie recited a poem. Such is the regard the Martins are held, Jincy’s service was attended by the Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, State Member for Cook Jason O’Brien and Katter Party candidate for Cook Lachlan Benstead, each of whom travelled long distances to pay their respects to a very lovely lady. Senator Jan McLucas also sent her sincerest condolences to the family. Also in attendance were Charlie’s fellow Councillors and senior council executive staff. Part of the service included a rendition of a song by Clary Bowen and his family, but before their performance, Clary remembered how he had told Jincy that because of the Martin history, when she married Charlie, she married the Cape and its people. Friends were given the opportunity of offering their tributes, and it was Jincy’s friend and ANZ Bank work colleague of five-and-a-half-years Bethany Webber who described her as a natural person, with whom it was easy to make friends. Ms Webber said Virginia never wasted a moment if she could share it with a friend, and recounted how her depth of caring was such she never missed an opportunity to visit sick friends if the need arose. She also referred to Virginia’s determination and how it showed whenever the creek near her home flooded which could have given her an excuse not to attend work: “No, she’d park the ute on the opposite side of the creek the night before and turn up the next morning in a pair of shorts and an old T-shirt dripping wet with a big grin on her face saying, ‘I made it’.” “Time eases the pain, but we’ll never forget Virginia.” Jincy was laid to rest in the Cooktown Cemetery after the traditional “Wharfy” down Charlotte Street.

Cooktown Local News 2 - 8 February 2012 – 7


Where’s Prince Charming when you need him?

Bum Berries ideal for Cooktown WELCOME plant lovers. This week I would like to talk a b o u t the Bi l Passion for Plants loo-bal (Guugu Yimithirr), Native Current, Supplejack, Coast Canthium, Jilaban Tree or real name, Cyclophyllum coprosmoides - from Coprosma, and oides, resembling this similar shrub, and cyclo: circle, phyllum: leaf. It belongs to the Rubiaceae family along with Coffee and the Gardenia and shares the highly perfumed flowers. This big shrub/small tree is common around Cooktown. It has creamy-white, perfumed, longlasting flowers, which fade to golden brown before they fall, followed by round, red-to-orange, glossy double-seeded fruit, which a reader has commented that they look like “little bottoms” and made her laugh. We now call them “Bum Berries”. These are supposed to be edible raw, though I would not recommend them. They are a favourite food of Fruit-doves, Cassowaries, and Redtailed Black Cockatoos. They are fruiting around town now, January to February. This is a hardy plant used to Cooktown’s drier times and coastal soils, and can be seen near Finch Bay, there is a specimen in your Botanic gardens, and growing wild all over town. This plant was collected by Banks and Solander in 1770 when they came with Captain Cook on the Endeavour. It is a good timber with dark,

yellow-grained wood useful for cabinet making. Propagation is from seed or stem cuttings. The plant needs some protection when young - most plants do - and is slow growing, but will respond to fertilizer (native plant fertilizer - low phosphorous - only). A perfect little shrub for our coastal areas and a great dune stabilizer. Remember this is your column too. Email me on sandylloyd@ or phone Sandy on 4060 3102 during the evenings.

RIGHT: A Vera Scarth-Johnson painting of Canthium coprosmoides. BELOW: An example of Cyclophilum fruit. Photo: SANDY LLOYD.

Aussie to the core and proud of it WITH Australia Day just past, this week’s submissions are my thoughts on our wonderful country. Email your contributions for our column to: editor@ or or post to P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. And just a reminder that our first meeting for 2012 is at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 7 at the Lions Hall. Come along. Bring some of your scribblings to read. Dianne Keller - Cooktown Writers’ Group.

Writers’ Corner

“Australia is Mine” Australia is mine and it’s calling me. My soul is captured by a land that’s free. Love for this isle, like rust dirt in the pores, Is ingrained deep and a singing heart sores. “An Aussie Through and Through” With dreams that smell of gumleaves And a heart that beats true blue, I love my land down under. I’m an Aussie through and through. “The Gift of Australia” Australia Day’s gone; it’s time to take stock. I’m an Aussie. Now what does that mean?

What, in my mind, is my badge of pride, My offering for a conscience clean? God gave us a land that’s full to the brim Of beauty and splendour and might But the gift bears a price, a debt, To be paid in duty and love of what’s right. Can I give of my time, my talent, my zeal, To brighten a corner that’s mine Or, instead, shall I whine and grasp and expect That others must nurture the vine? It’s time to forget my own petty hurts And join in the chorus, as one, To ponder the question of, “How can I help To honour this Land of the Sun?”

THE nation’s spin doctors have been burning the midnight View oil in a desperate effort from to make the Australia the Hill Day celebrations look dignified. Or, if that is too much ask, at least try and reduce the embarrassment factor. At stake was Tony Abbott’s right to attend the prize-giving celebrations in complete secrecy. He needed to hide from a group of voters he had just upset, and who are we to point the finger? (He’s hiding in there, just behind the potted plants...) A difficult concept to spin, but I’m sure his advisers are up to the challenge. The next people to burst onto the stage were a group of thugs claiming to have come from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Their actions were difficult to white-wash - banging on the restaurant windows and yelling abuse is such an ugly look, and the thugs were sort of disavowed immediately. Their public friends disappeared even further into the woodwork next day when a group of them, including children, celebrated their prowess by burning the Australian flag. Limiting the damage caused to their image by that little performance is going to need a “Professor of Waffling” at minimum. Finally we have the picture flashed around the televisions and newspapers of the world showing our Julia, looking frightened, being dragged to the getaway car by her security detail. Her spin doctors are very upset. If only the stupid bodyguard had picked her up in his arms, she would have looked so much better. That’s what bodyguards are meant to do - hadn’t he seen Kevin Costner carrying Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard” film? Whitney looked very feminine and cuddly. Of course, there was rather less of her than there is of our Julia, and perhaps we should be thankful that the bodyguard in question did not simply sling Julia over his shoulder. The spin doctors shifted gear. If they couldn’t do ‘The Bodyguard’, what about ‘Cinderella”? That might have done the trick. She did leave the party in a rush, and lost a slipper on the way, but Cinderella had two ugly sisters, and a Prince Charming. It wouldn’t work because no-one could picture our Tony as Prince Charming, and how could you single out just two ugly sisters from Julia’s cabinet?

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Men who took the road less travelled CONCLUDING our “Faces in the Sreet� about Bill Eccles. This series was started last year and looks at the characters depicted in the mural at the West Coast Hotel. These stories have been researched and written by Marge Scully and Jean Stephan of the Cooktown History Centre. William John Eccles continued: Enter the likes of our Bill Eccles, who according to one record was “a notorious member of the I.W.W�. By the time he chained himself to a verandah post or tree in 1918, however, it would seem that his audience - the general public - was broadly in favour of his “socialist� message on freedom of speech, which no doubt included the issue of the war. Indeed we have oral history from a local Cooktown man, Bill Russell, who would have been eligible to fight in World War I. When queried (in 1984) as to whether he fought in that war he replied: “No, no why should I go and fight. They were out for bum fodder�. Bill went on to describe the direct action he took with a bloke in Cloncurry, “who tried unsuccessfully to recruit him for war service, describing how he knocked him ‘arse over head,’ in the bar�, and then successfully evaded the police by hiding in the local “picture show�. Sadly, it would appear that Mr Eccles’s militancy was to land him in more trouble with the law as he pursued life’s journey. In July 1919, “William J. Eccles, the leader of the recent unemployed meetings�, was remanded on a charge of having assaulted a constable.


the Tully Mill in January of 1924, prior to the dispute at the Mill. Tracks made by ribbed soled sand shoes (size 9) were found leaving the scene of the fire and these led to a camp occupied by the above-mentioned Nicholls, father and his son. Under a bunk in a tent owned by “William John Eccles�, a pair of sand shoes was found, but ownership of the said shoes was denied by all concerned. In any case, the soles of these shoes were not “ribbed� and from observation in the town, it was established that “a good number (of men) had shoes similar to those which made the tracks� and that they had purchased these shoes in a local store in town. It was a ‘Constable Gavin’ who appeared in the Innisfail Inquiry Court in connection with this case, and we wonder if this was the same police officer Gavin, at whose farewell in Cooktown, the Rev. Gowing made a speech; if so he was Acting Sergeant Gavin by 1931. Our last record of William John Eccles is in the Post Office Directory of 1949, in which he is listed as a Mine Owner at Mt Amos. In Garnet Agnew’s portrayal of our two characters, Henry Herbert Gowing and William John Eccles, the two men are facing each other at that New Year’s Eve celebration. It has been contended that the Anglican priest was refusing to hold hands with William Eccles during the playing of Auld Lang Syne. We would like to imagine that there is a grudging respect on the faces of these two people whose lives had followed such divergent courses. Both had upheld their principles as they saw them and life had not been easy for the one who had taken the road less travelled.


Garnett Agnew’s impression of Oxford scholar Bill Eccles. Later, in 1924, Mr Eccles was deeply involved in an industrial dispute at Tully Sugar Mill. At issue was management’s refusal to employ Eccles and another man, Nicholls, at the mill site and this had resulted in strike action. No explanation was given for this refusal to employ, but the matter was eventually settled when the AWU advised that the 70 striking workers would be prepared to resume work if a railway award was honoured. Was Mr. Eccles actually an honourable gentleman who was just too passionate about his cause and was perhaps really victimised due to his known history as a radical? This theory could be borne out by the reporting of circumstantial evidence surrounding a fire at

New wines sail into the Sovereign COOKTOWN Re-enactment Association members were joined by some of the town’s wine buffs at the Sovereign Resort Hotel on Tuesday night for the official launch of Cook’s Endeavour Australia Wines. Two labels, a 2009 vintage Cabernet Merlot bottled by DeBortoli Wines and a younger 2011 vintage Semillon Sauvignon Blanc bottled by Yalumba, tested the palates of the connoisseurs and occasional tippler alike at the function, which also included a light supper of gourmet cheeses and savouries. And the verdict? Both vintages received a unanimous thumbs-up seal of approval. Bob Sullivan, a self-confessed wine lover, said while he preferred a red, he also enjoyed the white. “They’re both a lovely drop, I like them both,� he said. Beverley Grant described them as “easy drinking� wines. “The red is not as full-bodied as some, but it’s a pleasant light red, while the white is also enjoyable,� she said. Association President Loretta Sullivan said it was an exciting event for them and the Sovereign who will distribute the product.

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John Singe and Bryan Grant toast to the success of Cook’s Endeavour Australia Cabernet Merlot and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc at their product launch at the Sovereign Resort Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo:GARY HUTCHISON.

Remember ... We only see one side REMEMBER the old tapesFrom the Pulpit tries? On one side where the work was more evident were loose threads and little design was evident. But turned over, only then did the full beauty of the finished work become evident. We often do not see “the full picture� as events weave together, bringing us closer to God, closer to each other, building our character, and making us the people we are. I have always liked this poem by Benjamin Franklin. Hope you

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do too? “The Weaver� My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me, I cannot choose the colors He worketh steadily. Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride forget He sees the upper but I the under side. Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver’s skillful hand, as threads of gold and silver in

the pattern life has planned. We trust God to work in and through our circumstances to bring us comfort, peace, and hope for the future. The decisions we make and the pathways we take may be “off the track� at times but God works through these (Romans 5:8). And I I love these lyrics below from the Heritage Singers. “If there ever were dreams that were lofty and noble They were my dreams at the start and the hopes for life’s best They were the hopes that I harboured down deep in my heart

But my dreams turned to ashes, my castles are crumbled, my fortune turned to loss So I wrapped it all in the rags of my life and laid it at the Cross Something beautiful, something good All my confusion, He understood All I had to offer him, was brokenness and strife But He made something, beautiful of my life!� God bless you today and always Pastor Peter Cooktown Baptist Church



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Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

Three generations of Aussies at the “Toppy” for Australia Day were Jasper Cooper, his mum Bianca Cook and his nanna Christine Cook.

Sel Wendt and Sally Kaye enjoying the

“Sov’s” barbecue area on Australia Day.

Junior Aussies Madeline Bravery and Ella Hartwig at the “Sov” for Australia Day celebrations.

Bonnie Price, Shenice Prior and Rhett Roberts were just getting ready for a big Australia Day at the “Sov”.

10 – Cooktown Local News 2 - 8 February 2012

Kaz Price, Leonie Dowding and Tracey Cass catch up for more than just a

chat at the “Sov” on Australia Day.

Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

Fiona Williams, Fran Maddern and Lisa Wojciechowski getting into the spirit of the “Sov’s” Australia Day celebrations.

Little Aussies at the “Toppy” for Australia Day celebrations were Kyana McCoomber, Naite and Riley Sadleir, and Brianna Lemon.

Two likely lads at the “Sov” on Australia Bravery.

Day were David Cass and Tony

Rough N Ready band members Henry Norman and Linda Martin reckoned bludging in the “Toppy’s” beer garden, watching the rest of the band doing all the hard work was the best way to spend Australia Day.

Tucked away from the “Sov’s” Australia Kilshaw and Lyn Browne.

Day hustle and bustle were Peter

Eddie Kepple, Rip Bowen and Barry Brown making the most of Australia Day at the “Sov”.

Cooktown Local News 2 - 8 February 2012 – 11


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Goes Retro! 11:00 Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures In Architecture: Power 12:00 Foreign Correspondent: Around The World And Back Again 12:30 Best Of Australian Story: The Girl From Boryslaw 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Sydney University Vs Dandenong 2:00 Golf: Australian Ladies Masters 2012: Third Round 6:00 Last Chance To See: Komodo Dragon 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Left Field: UCOS reinvestigate the disappearance of a five year old 25 years ago when a known paedophile confesses to his abduction and murder. But did he really do it, or have the parents been covering for one another? 8:30 Accused: Helen’s Story: Helen Ryland is distraught to discover her only son has been killed during his first day of work. While her husband is consumed by grief, she sets out to discover how the accident happened. 9:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:20 Ashes To Ashes: When DC Chris Skelton discovers a human hand in the mail, Gene Hunt and his team find they have a murder to solve. 11:15 Rage: Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:30 Pyramid 1:00 Kitchen Whiz 1:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 2:00 Excess Baggage 3:30 Il Divo In Concert - Behind The Scenes 4:00 The Gurus Explore Canada 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Summer Series 7:30 Indigenous All Stars Vs NRL All Stars: Wide World Of Sports presents this special match between the Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars live from Skilled Park, Gold Coast. 9:45 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Jindabyne” (M l,v) - Stewart finds a corpse while on a fishing trip with friends however, he waits until the trip is over to call the police. When his wife learns about this, their relationship begins to crumble as she attempts to atone for her husband’s actions. 2:15 Movie: “On The Buses” (PG s) - When the Town & District Bus Company finds itself short-staffed they decide to employ female drivers. The bus crews, led by Stan and Jack are horrified and use every trick in the book to make them leave. 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 1:15 Movie: “Mulan II” (G) 3:00 Movie: “Ice Princess” (G) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Special: “How To Train Your Dragon Comes Alive” (PG) - Be spellbound by the all-new Australian live show How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. Marvel at how these enormous creatures are brought to life through theatrical magic and ground breaking engineering. 7:00 Movie: “Shark Tale” (G) 9:00 Movie: “Air Force One” (M v,l) 11:40 That ‘70s Show 12:20 Movie: “Mexico City” (M v) - A suspenseful thriller set in Mexico tells the story of a brother and sister who travel to Mexico City and get caught up in the criminal underbelly of a dangerous city. 2:05 Special: Secrets Of A Coral Cay 3:05 Auction Squad 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “Ask Dr. Oz: Coast To Coast Edition” Dr Oz answers embarrassing questions from fans across the country. Then, Dr Oz reveals the reason women get Urinary Tract Infections, plus a country line dance workout.

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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 TBA 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 - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 11:50 Special: Secrets Of A Billabong - The garden of lillipads was once a bend in a meandering river that changed course, creating a tranquil pond called a billabong. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Children Of Heaven” (G) 2:30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Liverpool 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? John Butler 8:30 Make Me: Stay Awake 9:30 Cutting Edge: Egypt’s Revolution: The End Of A Dictator 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Heaven, Hell... Earth” (M l) - In Slovak. In the cinematic vein of Amelie, a passionate affair between a charismatic middle-aged physician and a vulnerable young ballerina comes to a crashing halt when the physician’s wife returns home. 12:50 Mad Men: “Red In The Face / The Hobo Code” (PG) - Roger joins Don for an evening of dinner and drinking, during which Roger’s behaviour leads to a rift in their friendship; and Pete faces trouble at home as he continues to struggle with the demands of his new marriage. / Don is tormented as pieces of his secretive past begin to haunt him; Peggy’s new success at work, and resulting boost in confidence, threatens her office relationships; and Salvatore gets a little too close with a client. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:00 Entertainment Tonight 12:30 Magical Tales 1:00 Women’s Twenty/20 - Australia Vs New Zealand 4:00 National Afternoon News 4:30 Alive And Cooking 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 Twenty/20 - Australia Vs India 9:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Zarnecki Incursion” (PG s) 10:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Herb Garden Germination” (PG s) - Sheldon and Amy spread gossip as part of an experiment; and Howard and Bernadette’s relationship gets serious. Physicist Brian Greene has a cameo. 10:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Honky Tonk Freeway” (M s,l) - A view of contemporary America in vignettes of various eccentrics whose lives converge in Ticlaw, Florida, a tiny town determined to attract tourists despite the lack of an exit ramp from the new freeway. 2:35 Spyforce: “The Journey” - On an escape flight from Burma to Australia, Erskine and Gunther share an aeroplane with five other refugees. Erskine discovers that someone is radioing the plane’s position to the Japanese, and then one of the passengers is murdered. 3:35 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

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 Time Team 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 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Outland 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure: Be A Rockstar 12:00 The IT Crowd: The Final Countdown 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:25 Movie: “Posse” (M v) - A US marshal seeking higher office vows to capture a railroad bandit, but the tables are smartly turned. 2:55 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials: Twenty years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser - but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous. 3:25 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 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Spaghetti Catalysis” (PG s) 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Staircase Implementation” (PG s) 9:00 Bride Wars 10:30 TBA 11:30 Weeds: Release The Hounds - Nancy, her breast still clamped in a mammogram machine, convinces Peter’s ex-wife and mammogram technician Valerie to continue their conversation over coffee. But Nancy’s awkward attempt at friendship fails when Valerie wants nothing to do with her. 12:00 Dark Blue 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 TBA 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 - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 12:00 Sons And Daughters: David is thrown into conflict with Beryl when he sets out to disprove Tony’s involvement in a crime. Then, David is angered to realise the extent of Kevin and Lynn’s distrust towards Tony. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Road Home” (G) In Mandarin 2:30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Desert Towns Of The Negeb 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Thailand 8:30 From Sydney To Tokyo By Any Means: Taiwan 9:30 Putin, Russia and the West: Democracy Threatens 10:30 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Murder Of The Inugami Clan” (M v,a) - In Japanese. A web of deceit, adultery and greed manifests in Kon Ichikawa’s remake of his own 1976 cult hit about a murder investigation that reveals years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. 1:35 The Traffickers : In Hebrew. Three human stories: the suffering of a mother whose son is in jail in India for trafficking drugs - she hoped he would be detained for just a few months but he has been in jail for a few years and his trial is still dragging on; and two young women who used to traffic drugs tell their stories. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight


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Your Lucky

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.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

You will find that you are extremely sensitive to the feelings of the people around you. Don’t completely forget about yourself though. Romance. You can look forward to the week ahead as it prepares to be a very soothing period. This should rub off onto your partner so expect to be spoilt.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

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.

A chance event will help you to get back on your feet financially. You must be prepared to take another small risk before you are home and dry, however. Romance. A powerful aspect to Jupiter this week will bring you the lucky energy required to put your love life on a more healthy footing.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

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.

It is essential that you are honest with yourself about recent events. The closer you are to the truth, the better able you will be to improve the situation. Romance. The pressure that you have had to deal with recently will come to a head this week. Be cautious and things will iron themselves out.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

LEO (July 24th - August 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. 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!


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.

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


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

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GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

Beauty is whatever gives joy.



You will be in great spirits this week and the warmth you show to your friends will be reciprocated. Do not hold back. Romance. Try not to tease your partner. This will have the opposite effect from the one you expect. After a while, the mood will become warmer.

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.


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.



Your  Lucky

Your work will be much more enjoyable than usual over the next few days. A strong aspect to Mars will give you the strength to push those rewarding changes that you have been planning. Romance. As you are full of energy and full of ideas, you have to be careful not to get into deep water.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You will be in a very practical mood throughout the first half of this week and it will be a while before you give yourself a chance to relax. There will be a turning point afterwards that will pay dividends on this and allow you to relax. Romance. A family squabble may frustrate you for a while. Be sure to not allow your frustrations from this spill over to a romantic relationship.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Don’t allow any comments about your appearance to get you down. Instead, take them on board and finally get things on the move. Tackle all those jobs which you have been putting off for the past few months! Romance. This will be a good time for big changes. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled that a tough decision has to be made to make these changes; talk them through with your partner.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) This will be an important and extremely good few days for you if you take initiative on matters both work and finance related. Sitting back will leave you with no improvement. Romance. You should be open to giving anything a shot this month. You will be pleased with the end result if you chase the person you want!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may be feeling a little restless because the people that are around you daily are not quite as energised as you are at the moment. It will be up to you to motivate them. Romance. If your partner is not as sympathetic as you would like, there will be trouble. Otherwise, everything will go extremely well.

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.

A very important day will come up this week. You will already know what this day is and you have to make sure that you will not be guilty over stealing the limelight, for once. Romance. Don’t let your partner try to control you with a show of emotion. You must stand your ground with no regrets.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

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.

A trip away from home will give you a chance to see your life from a broader perspective. Don’t be afraid to make a few changes when you come back! It will be a while before everything is implemented, but it will be worth the effort. Romance. Time spent keeping in touch with your friends will be well spent. A letter to someone whom you have almost forgotten about could bring you back together


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.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A powerful aspect to Neptune will help your powers of intuition, but may leave you feeling disoriented at times. This will be a time when relying on your gut instincts pays off. Romance. Time spent doing chores will help to bring you and your partner together. You need to deal with an issue which has been troubling you recently, however.

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Lakeland State School Improvement agenda: High Data analysis: High Learning curriculum: High Targeted resources: High Teaching team: Medium Curriculum delivery: Low Differential learning: Low Effective teaching: Medium

Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy Improvement agenda: High Data analysis: Outstanding Learning curriculum: Medium Targeted resources: Medium Teaching team: High Curriculum delivery: Outstanding Differential learning: Medium Effective teaching: High

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AN Education Queensland Teaching and Learning Audit which appeared in last weekend’s Courier Mail has resulted in teachers and principals suspending their participation in the audits. In the audit report, schools were given a ranking from low to outstanding in eight categories: Improvement Agenda, Data Analysis, Learning Culture, Targeted Re-

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souces, Teaching Team, Curriculum Delivery, Differential Learning and Effective Teaching based on audits conducted in 2010, with some schools being re-audited again in 2011. Queensland Teachers’ Union President Kevin Bates said the audit results released to the Courier-Mail were used as the basis for misleading rankings of individual schools. Mr Bates said teachers and principals had

Cook’s home town link with Count Dracula AROUND here, we know that James Cook learned his seafaring trade from the fishing village and coal port town of Whitby. Cook, the poor farm kid who rose to the top by virtue of his brilliance, hard work ethic and humble obeisance to his superiors. Arguably the greatest navigator and map-maker of all time sailed out of Whitby to put half of the world on the map. The English map to be true, but a mighty achievement. This week, UK visitors to Cooktown Peter and Margaret Ryan, revealed something new to me. “Whitby was also the first English port visited by Count Vlad Dracula


in the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker. Dracula was both an historic and legendary figure from Transylvania in the 15th century, and brought to life through the English novelist. “Dracula became the fun-loving, bloodthirsty vampire who shocked moralistic England with his nocturnal atrocities,” Peter said. Sounds a complete contrast to Cook, the conservative moralistic. Maybe the Cook story inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Peter went on to explain another of


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been left with no choice but to withdraw support due to the potential damage done to school communities’ morale and partnerships with parents and the QTU is now seeking members’ views on how the audits could possibly continue, perhaps in a modified form or process that would give greater protection to schools against the public misuse of data. “To claim that publication of the audit information was in the interests of accountability is somewhat cynical, as audit outcomes are already shared with individual schools’ P&C groups,” Mr Bates said. “Teachers and principals have participated openly and honestly in the audit process, in the interests of aiming for continuous improvement in the highly complex schooling environment, and the results were never intended to provide school-to-school comparisons.” Mr Bates said the point-in-time audits did not take into account factors including the impact of natural disasters and highly transient student cohorts with differing needs, and were up to two years old. He said the QTU had vigorously opposed the release of audits outcomes, gained by the newspaper after its Right to Information application. “The QTU’s opposition was based on the concern that the information could be misrepresented by the newspaper to publicly ‘grade’ schools - a concern that was obviously well-founded,” Mr Bates said. The Cooktown Local News contacted local Principals for their comments on the individual school’s grading, but was later advised that any comment had to come from Education Queensland. A request for a response was made to Education Queensland but at the time of going to press, the Cooktown Local News had not received a reply.

English visitors Margaret and Peter Ryan at Grassy Hil, say James Cook’s hometown of Whitby was featured in the first novel about Count Dracula. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY

Whitby’s features: “The old Whitby Abbey is a sensational old building sitting above the harbour, and would have been a welcome sight to sailors returning from their travels. It’s well worth a visit on your next UK trip.” Visiting Cooktown has been a driving passion for Peter especially during their Aussie trip. “We were not disappointed. The dramatic views are so untouched by human hand -we don’t have much unspoilt beauty left in England. But the road from Wujal to the Lions Den Hotel is shocking -it reminds me of the Kenyan Roads -once good but now called ‘Kenyan massage’,” he said. A Cooktown massage, anyone? He is correct. It is a bit bumpy, even by local standards. After Cooktown/Daintree, Peter and Margaret go on to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to visit a brother: “We’ll be doing the grey nomad thing in a campervan and catching up with red and white friends in the Yarra and Margaret River wine districts” Drive safely please guys. The track has been open and surprisingly good over the last week, with not too much rain. But, keep an eye on the rain and tides. The tides are building up over the weekend from 2.62m to close to 3m over the next week. With rain, it poses questions for the unwary. Please be careful. The coastal scenery and rainforest are great, so take a trip and when you do, do so safely. Happy travelling. Mike D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph: +61 7 4098 9180


Count-backs aplenty in weekend of close results MICK Mason took the honours in The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition, but it took a count-back to decide the winner after he and Steve Weise both finished with nett scores of 62. More than 15 members competed in event, with some great scores returned by those who played. Disgustingly hot conditions greeted the field of more than 20 for the Club’s first Monthly Medal for the year, and I must congratulate everyone for making it through the day, especially those of you who walked. We are yet to find a major sponsor for this event, but in the meantime, we would like to thank the Wog Boys of The Italian Restaurant for putting their hands up again in sponsoring the runner-up prizes. Wayne King had a terrific round for the men’s division and was the winner for the day with 61, while Rick Butler also had a fine game to be the runner-up 62. Alice Burton just managed to hold on to the ladies’ first place with a nett score of 73, with Carol McKinna just one stroke shy of the top spot in runner-up position. All of the nearest-the-pins were landed with our new member Richard Steele landing 2/11, Chris Hatton for 14 and Rick Butler for 9/18. A count-back was required for the lowest gross score between Kim Copland and Graham Burton, who both hit 75 off the stick with Kim taking out the honours for the day. There was no “Lemon Slice”’ for Brian ‘Terr’ Lemon during his round on Sunday for the Graham and Alice Burton Sunday 9-Hole Stableford competition. Terr had the game of his life, winning the day’s event with 22 Stableford points for the front 9. Well done Terr. A countback will be required for the runner-up position between Kim Copland (back 9), Steve Weise (front 9) and Steve Butler (front 9) who all had 18 Stableford points. Terr is also leading the field for this week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition with 41 Stableford points, while currently sharing the runner-up spot are Kim Copland and Steve Butler who both have 35 points. Just a reminder that as of January 1, 2012 the Golf Club has introduced a 50 cent surcharge for all EFTPOS and credit card transactions. We would like to welcome Dean Cunningham, Tanya Eizenberg, Richard Steele, Melinda Stewart and Donald Blackman as the newest members to the Club. Also, welcome back is Barry Moran and Kim Pettersen. Thanks for supporting us. We have two Players of the Week this week and they are Kim Copland who managed to play 21 rounds of 9 holes (for everyone who can’t count that’s 189 holes in seven days) and Steve Butler who managed to play 12 rounds of 9 holes (108 holes). Thanks for being our most consistent and supportive members. The Alice Burton Birdies Nest competition has recommenced for 2012, and the nest is growing as it wasn’t taken out on the weekend during the Monthly Medal. Nine balls will be up for grabs in next week’s Par competition if you manage to land a birdie on the on the 15th green. Just a reminder to everyone that the pull carts are not there for “free” use, but you can hire one if you don’t own one yourself. Please do the honest thing and let Kelly know if you are using one of the Club’s pull carts or not. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

Crocs sharpen their teeth early ready for the season THE Cooktown Crocs have already started training in preparation for this season’s Three Rivers League premiership competition, and they are looking for more senior players. “We won’t be finishing with the wooden spoon this year,” Crocs Captain Michael Graham declared. “We’ll be starting off on a good note and intend carrying it through the whole season.” Training is held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on the John Street Oval from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Kim Copland takes aim for his next shot. INSET: Trey Pengelly show his style with the follow-through on this drive. Photos: KELLY BARNETT.

Saturday time could change THIS Saturday’s scheduled Shotgun Shoot could be brought forward from its 1pm start time, depending on the weather. The time may vary, we will just have to wait and see what that afternoon’s weather forecast has in stall for us. For details contact Jim on 4069 5173.

Shooting becoming a family sport ON Wednesday, January 25 we shot a service match in which five shooters went to the line. Mal won with a score of 346, with Janne second on 318, while third went to Rod, who used his new gun to achieve a score of 314. In a father and daughter battle for fourth and fifth, Sarrah, a novice shooter, returned a score of 308 to beat her dad Tony who scored 288. It is great to see some new shooters having a go, and we welcome people to come and try. Just bring some photo ID and closed-in shoes. February dates for your diary include: Sunset shoots - Wednesdays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5.30pm, alternating between Combined Service Core and Sports pistol/Centrefire; Saturday shoot - February 11 from 1.30pm; Sunday - February 26 - Practical Shoot from 9am; and General meeting - Wednesday, February 29 at 5.30pm. Chris Stewart Publicity Officer

Is there a princess amongst the Hashers? THE Hash met at Saddlebags in a howling gale which was a relief after the hot and humid day. While catching chairs and tying down flying objects, she gave us a very detailed and comprehensive briefing of the trail. No paper of any sort, no check-backs and no false trails, just a steady canter up Grassy Hill. So off the Hashers went, and they were soon doing a good impression of the snake ahead with the young and fit in front,

followed by the strung out field of not so fit, with the golden oldies bringing up the rear. As always the view was magnificent as we sat and caught our breath and sipped our drinks. We viewed a few lightening strikes and the rain falling in the valley below. Then it was on-on back to base. Thermo is practising for when she becomes a Tasmanian as she now wears two tiaras on her head, as these nearly make a crown perhaps she thinks she is a princess or is suffering from delusions of grandeur. Never-the-less, as GM she soon called the circle and brought the pack to order. Soggy

Box, Titus, Saddlebags, Nostrildumass and Thermo were all on charges for losing things. Head Job had trouble with names and Oyster had trouble with a Mussel! The jokes were good but Saddlebags’ food was even better. So ended another fun night at Hash. Next week hosts for the Hash are Whizz and Match Box. Everyone is welcome. Just turn up to enjoy the fun on Monday, February 6 at 5.30pm. If you need help in finding the venue, call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032. On-on! Crak Bak.

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Charlotte Rangiahua, Lela Idagi and Lesley Gibson-Brown at Tuesday night’s training session for the Endeavour Sisters are looking for more women to join their team. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. COOKTOWN is well on the way to having a women’s team in the Three Rivers League with 13 players already in training for the Endeavour Sisters. While the women of Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal excited spectators with their curtain raiser games last year, Cooktown was missing in action. But after participating in the John Bowen All Blacks carnival last year, the girls are ready and rearing to go. “We’ve already got as many as we need to run on,” team manager Charlotte Rangiahua said. “But we really want a few more to join in the fun because you never know when someone won’t be available.” And the team’s enthusiasm has already won them the support of Country Road Coachlines proprietor Allan Harlow as a sponsor.

“Allan’s been great, we’ve already got jerseys sorted out and we’re organising the design of a team T-shirt,” she said. However, Charlotte emphasised that the team was not purely an Indigenous team. “We’d love some non-Indigenous girls to join up too and help to make us a team truly representative of Cooktown,” she said. At this stage, training is being held on the John Street Oval from 6pm to 7.30pm, but serious consideration is being given to the later time slot of 7pm to 8.30pm. “It’s something we need to talk about with most of us having jobs and kids, plus it will be cooler for training at that time,” she said. Women wanting to join the team need only turn up ready to train on either a Tuesday or Thursday night.

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BEFORE we get on to the weekly report, are there any divers or spear fishermen out there who have seen any crown of thorns Starfish attacking the reef? We’ve had a request at the Lure Shop from the community for reports of numbers and locations so the information can be forwarded on to the appropriate authorities. Please drop in or call us on 4069 5396 or call Pete direct at Marine Parks on 4069 5019. Well, the barra season officially opened yesterday arvo, and I hope you have already had a chance to get out amongst them. There have still been some quality fish around the river mouths with some solid mangrove jacks and the odd fingermark being

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caught on lures. And you can throw some quality queenfish and trevelly into the mix too. Also, there have been a few prawns about, so keep your eyes sharply peeled, they’ve been bigger than bait size and will make for a tasty feed, and don’t forget the mud crabs are starting to show themselves in good numbers around both the Annan and Endeavour rivers. At Cape Bedford the pelagics have been smashing lures and the bait fish are nervous, while during the calm weather, the queenfi sh and mackerel have been great fun. These free-jumping fish are an ideal target to launch your lure towards. Then wind as fast as you

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

Fri 03 Time 00:24 07:12 13:25 18:42

Sat 04 Ht 0.8 2.39 1.24 1.84

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Time 00:50 07:33 13:43 19:06


Ht 0.67 2.51 1.15 1.93

Sun 05

Mon 06

Tue 07

Time 01:18 07:56 14:06 19:33

Time 01:47 08:22 14:32 20:03

Time 02:18 08:50 15:02 20:37

NEW MOON Wed. Feb 22 . Time: 08.35

Ht 0.54 2.64 1.06 2.05

FIRST QUARTER Thur. Mar 01. Time: 11.22

Ht 0.43 2.75 0.97 2.16

FULL MOON Wed. Feb 08. Time: 07.54

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Ht 0.35 2.83 0.89 2.24

LAST QUARTER Wed, Feb 15. Time: 03.04

Wed 08

Thu 09

Fri 10

Time 02:51 09:21 15:34 21:14

Time 03:26 09:54 16:09 21:54

Time 04:03 10:30 16:48 22:39

Ht 0.34 2.86 0.84 2.29

Ht 0.4 2.83 0.82 2.27

Ht 0.55 2.7 0.84 2.2

Weather Watch Endeavour Valley January montly rainfall totals: 245ml



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can and wait for the take. Hang on - the drag will be singing! Yes, it gets the heart rate up for most sportfishermen. As well as the speedsters, there have also been some quality coastal trout (Barred Cheek), nannygai and the odd fingermark added to the creels of Bedford anglers. And to finish off, a solid yellow fin tuna was landed near the Cairns reef during last week from a visiting charter boat. The lucky angler was using 50lb stand-up gear while sailing - a top effort. It’s not often we see yellow fin so close in-shore. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

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Cooktown Local News 2 February 2012  

Cooktown Local News 2 February 2012