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$50m black-hole rumour ‘false’ COOK Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Stephen Wilton has reacted quickly to squash rumours of a $50 million “black hole” in the Council’s budget. Mr Wilton said he had heard of talk in the community the budget was short $50m because of a recent change to the Natural Disaster Restoration and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding and wanted to reassure ratepayers. “This is totally incorrect,” Mr Wilton said. “In fact, the total operating budget for Cook Shire Council this year is only $46.3m. “I believe people may be confusing the amount of flood works to be carried out (approximately $50m) with Council’s budget position.” Council uses local contractors to complete flood restoration works which are funded by the state and federal governments. “There is still approximately $50m of works to be completed from damage caused by Tropical Cyclones Tasha and Anthony during the 2010/2011 season. “This work will be completed by Council and reimbursed under the NDRRA funding provisions as usual.” Earlier this year, Council was advised its current model of supervising works and constructing drainage structures did not satisfy guidelines that prohibit the reimbursement of day labour costs. “Council has addressed this matter by tendering to the wider market for the supervi-

sion of restoration works and provision of structures,” he said. “Regardless of the tender process outcome, these works will still be delivered over a period of two years.” He said that at present, the 2011/2012 budget estimates $25m for flood restoration works, which is in line with Council’s current works program. “ T h i s w i l l , h o w e v e r, depend on the length of the current wet season and how much work can be completed before the end of the financial year.” Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott echoed Mr Wilton’s stance and said he was disappointed with the lack of social responsibility displayed by those responsible for starting the rumours. “This is a clear example of someone mis-interpreting the facts or twisting them to suit themselves,” he said. “It doesn’t take long for this kind of negative information to spread like wildfire, without people stopping to take breath and re-examine the facts.” Mayor Scott said the really disappointing aspect of the rumour was the corrosive effect it could have on a community’s morale. “Unfounded rumours like these have people concerned about their job and business security, when there is absolutely no need to,” he said. “They can really destabilize community confidence and need to be squashed.”

‘Confusion between flood works to be carried out and Shire’s budget position.’


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COUNCIL incumbents and longtime stalwarts may have seen the writing on the wall in the aftermath of the state elections by leaving the field for some new faces. Perhaps I have detected an air of overconfidence in the contest for first prize. The money paid to the winner of the Mayor’s job has prompted

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Program at Sovereign Resort Hotel from 6pm. Sat 7. Cooktown SSAA Field Rifle Shoot from 9am. Sun 8. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Tue 10. Swim for your Life from 11am to noon at the Cooktown Pool. Tue 10. South Cape York Catchments meeting at Sovereign Resort Hotel from 6pm. Tue 10. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 11. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Sat 14. Little Athletics sign-on day at the Markets, 9 –11am. Sat 14. Service Piston Shoot from 1.30pm. Sun 15. Swim Club Carnival from 8am at the Cooktown Pool. Sun 15. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Mon 16. Workshop on club governance and volunteering at Events Centre from 6 – 9pm. To register, contact Sport and Recreation Services 4091 9230 or 4036 5434 by 5pm Thursday, April 12. Tue 17. Swim for your Life from 11am to noon at the Cooktown Pool. Tue 17. Little Athletics begins at the Cooktown State School oval from 3pm. Tue 17. Trivia night at Restaurant 1770 from 6pm. Proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Foundation, helping Cooktown Hospital. Tue 17. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5088 for information. Wed 18. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Wed 18. Cooktown & District Youth Association general meeting at Events Centre from 5.30pm. Wed 18. Cooktown Amateur Turf Club meeting from 7pm in the racecourse clubrooms. Fri 20. Cooktown P & C annual general meeting at the Events Centre from 9.45am. Sun 22. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Sun 22. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for information. Tue 24. Swim for your Life from 11am to noon at the Cooktown Pool.

Thanks for the memories, Councillor IT saddened me to hear that Cr Col Burns has decided not to run again for Cook Shire Council although I fully realise he has well-andtruly earned his retirement after 16 years of well-and-truly serving his constituents. In my seven years of observing the work of councillors during monthly meetings, Col has been a staunch advocate for the Bloomfield, Ayton, Rossville and Helenvale areas during the periods when Cook Shire had divisions, and for the current

whole-of-shire electorate. The loss of what amounts to his 16 years of “corporate knowledge” will be enormous, especially with so many newbies likely to be elected at the forthcoming local government elections on April 28. Time and again I have watched him bring council staff up short with reminders of previous council action and applicable regulations. Although I will miss having him in council, his frustration

Jincy’s mother says ‘thank you’ I’M Virginia Martin’s mother. My family and I would like to thank you and the Cooktown Local News for the beautiful piece you wrote. Yes, you did my Darling proud. I would like to thank the people of Cooktown, whose thoughts, prayers, flowers and their presence at Virginia’s funeral was greatly appreciated. Also, we cannot thank Shane and Liz Martin

enough for all they have done for Charlie, Hannah and Abbey. We would also like to thank the RSL for the beautiful graveside service - a beautiful service and a fitting way to send her off - and the wake at the club afterwards. Also, the kind words and prayers of the Cairns Freemasons were also much appreciated. Lesley Richards.

Wayne Buhmann’s family appreciation WAYNE Buhmann’s family would like to thank all of the people, friends and family and the good community of Cooktown for helping to give Wayne a final farewell. And to those who donated to the kidney foundation in lieu of flowers and also to those who were unable to make it and sent their condolences. Your words were greatly appreciated. Wayne Buhmann’s family.

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.

Man charged over robbery A 35-year-year-old Cooktown man has been charged in relation to a break in at a local service station during the early hours of of March 29. Police allege that approximately $400 was stolen during the robbery. The man, who was located and charged in Innisfail, has been remanded in custody until April 13.

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machines. Then I was informed I would have to call Vanuatu. Not like those everywhere-atonce campaigns we just had. Or are they just door knocking out your way? Anyway folks just think of Burma. Mick Loughlin Rossville.

one candidate to promise that a big slice of it will be given back to us, the people of Cooktown. Fair enough, but, if you get a large section of voters who are dead against philanthropy, it could cause “blowback”. Another one up for the job was difficult to contact over the weekend, apart from answering

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at inaction on matters related to his area - debacles such as the current one regarding Jones Creek - is understandable and I join with his many supporters in wishing him a very happy retirement and the opportunity to enjoy his property and opportunities to travel. Well done Col, and thank you. I will see you on Tuesday, April 17, at the last meeting of the current council. Jenny Moxham Cooktown

Early print not planned LATE advice received from our printers last week has forced the early delivery of the Cooktown Local News this week. The change was caused by our printer who is not operating on on Thursday and Good Friday which forced several publications to change their printing schedule. The Cooktown Local News was advised only in time for last week’s publication which precluded earlier notice to our valued readers and advertisers. We s i n c e r e l y apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Call for introduction of Beverage Container Deposit Legislation THIS is a letter addressed to the members of the new Liberal National Party state government. Please support the introduction of a bill, Beverage Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) to the Queensland Parliament. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel, the South Australia and Northern Territory have have already developed and are using similar legislation. The South Australian state government has operated on its present legislation since 1977 and was updated in 2008, (from 5c to 10c). In 2010/11, approximately 593 million containers were returned to collection depots, representing approximately 47,000 tonnes waste not going to landfill, representing approximately $59,300,000 back into the pockets of the community. The South Australian local government supports CDL because it enhances the kerbside system through removal of contamination (for example glass fragments in paper and organics) and estimates a $75M boost per year to revenue. CDL is not a burden on local government as some would suggest. CDL is a Waste Management Arrangement (WMA), a Service Charter between the Beverage Industry and South Australian state government

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EPA. These statistics are available on this website: The CDL will reduce the volume of waste to landfill and create a cleaner and greener environment and would motivate members of the public and give them incentive to return the containers identified in the scheme. Yes, there is a small cost to the consumer, but they receive a large percentage back on the return of the container. An editorial in the N.T. News on February 22,2012, said people are queuing up at the collection depots to drop off their cans and bottles. NT Recycling Solutions, which is managing the scheme, received more than 95,000 containers at three collection centres over the last week-end alone. And the system has only been running for a few weeks. A change on what government does now a Waste Levy introduced in January, 2012 of $32 a tonne. A Carbon tax of a minimum $23 a tonne to commence July 2012. Plus a further carbon tax on the fuel to convey the waste to the landfill. Who pays it? The rate payer? Come on fellas give us a go, get smart and reduce the volume of waste to landfills. Clean up the roads, waterways, beaches and National Parks. A. Wilson, Laura.

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Have your say on the vision for Cooktown “FUTURE of Cooktown and Cook Shire - My Vision”, a competition designed by Serge Petelin to enable the younger people of the region to have their say on future development has started. Divided into the age categories of: up-to-12 years, 13-19 years and 20-30 years, entrants will have the opportunity of expressing their views on how they would like to see the Shire in the years to come. Serge said he would survey the information received from the entries and present the information to both the Cook Shire Council and The Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “Look, until now, the decisions made about the Cook Shire have nearly always been made by the older generation, with little consideration given to the views of young people,” he said. “This competition will, I hope, to a certain degree rectify that and open the doors for the youngsters to have their say on how they would like to see the Shire in 10 to 20 years - whether they’re still here or if they want to come back.” In trying to generate interest in the project, Serge has already twice addressed students at the Cooktown State School

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Serge Petelin is waiting for entries in his competition, “Future of Cooktown and Cook Shire - My Vision”. - Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. “At this stage, first prize in the up-to-12 category is $250 in cash and prizes,” he said. “First prize for the teens is $750, while for the older age group it is up to $1000. “But they look like being bigger, with other prizes on offer too.” Entry to the competition closes on May 31. “The winners will be decided about a week after the competition closes,” he said. “And a presenta-

twice, and made a presentation of his proposal at the Cooktown & District Association AGM. “I’m really hoping I can get the sort of response I’m looking for,” he said. “I believe the information we’ll glean from the entries will be invaluable in future development plans.” He has been able to garner the support of local businesses and organisations for donations of some impressive prizes, with more donations being offered.

tion night will be held at the Sovereign Resort Hotel on a date that’s yet to be decided.” He said sponsors will be acknowledged at the presentation and in the Cooktown Local News at the end of the competition. Serge stressed that intending entrants should make inquiries about the competition to: Submissions can be made by email to, or by post to P O Box 282, Cooktown, 4895.

A decade on, Poison Creek RFB to open new shed AFTER a decade of dedicated fund raising, the Poison Creek Rural Fire Brigade has finally raised enough funds to erect a shed, which will serve as the organisation’s headquarters. Poison Creek Rural Fire Brigade Secretary/treasurer Cass Sorensen said not only will the group’s appliance be housed in the shed, but it will provide a venue to provide training and run fire management mitigation activities in the area. However, the coffers are running dry. “We received generous grants, donations and community support for the both the shed and a raffle we’re running at the moment,” Ms Sorensen said. “And from the proceeds of the raffle, we hope to fit the shed out to continue offering the services we’ve been providing.”


Volunteers were seen diligently promoting the raffle at the Cooktown State School during the recent state elections. And next Saturday, April 14, at 6pm the Poison Creek RFB will proudly hold the official opening of the shed, at which the raffle winner will be drawn. Ms Sorensen said Poison Creek residents and brigade members would be in attendance, but invited any community members who might be interested in attending. “After the opening we’ll do the raffle draw, then there’ll be a free barbecue with soft drink and tea and coffee provided,” she said. “We’d love to see as many people as possible turn up, it’s going to be a special night for us.” Call Cass Sorensen on 4069 6657 to RSVP for catering purposes.

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COOKTOWN Hotel publicans Eddie and Brenda Krop have instigated a test of skill for their patrons, which will entice them to donate their loose change to local organisations, clubs and charities. A bucket has been suspended from the ceiling in the public bar, with the challenge of firing coins into it at the first attempt. The trick is, even money that finds its way to the floor will still end up in the bucket, and every three months the contents will be donated to a local club, organisation or charity. There are no prizes for being successful, just the satisfaction of donating to a worth cause. And the first recipient of funds raised between January and March - $415 - is the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Cooktown Station, who were presented with their cheque on Monday, April 2. “It’s just a bit of fun that gives the locals a different way of making a donation to a worthy cause,� Cooktown Hotel bar attendant Ziggy

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Buhmann said. “It’s been a bit of a hit with the locals as can be seen by the size of the cheque. “That money has been raised from their loose change.� QAS Cooktown Station Acting Officer in Charge Geoff Beare said the donation would be a welcome addition to the Local Ambulance Committee. “We knew the cheque was coming and we’re very grateful for it,� he said. “It’s still a nice surprise, very much appreciated and will be put to good use.� Mr Beare said Local Ambulance Committee funds went towards the purchase of equipment outside the normal parameters of that supplied by the QAS. “Things like specialist training equipment that we might need is purchased from the committee funds,� he said. The bucket is ready and waiting for thirsty patrons to chance their arms, with the next recipient of their generosity to be the Cooktown Play Group.

ABOVE: QAS Cooktown Acting Officer in Charge Geoff Beare receives a donation from Cooktown Hotel bar attendant Ziggy Buhmann. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. RIGHT: Top Pub patrons can test their skill, while at the same time make donations to local clubs and organisations by throwing their loose change into the donation bucket in the public bar.

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Whips are crackin’ with ‘Staigy’ in the saddle Story and photos by ERIC GEORGE PETER Staig, or Staigy as he is sometimes called, runs a business that is a corner stone of our community. He sells and repairs the outboard motors without which our relaxed lifestyle would be impossible. Peter and his wife, Sue, are Victorians, and only came north in 2006. He lives on a riverside property in Marton in a house he built himself. He came here on holiday with Sue, his bride of 38 years: “I love the frontier, and this is one of the last frontiers. I’m not a very good fisherman, but when I take six or seven people out in the boat, I enjoy them catching fish. “I have an enjoyable day, and they know that.” Peter’s life has been one of travel. “My trade is outboard motors, all my life, but that gave me a great opportunity to come and go. We’re horse people, and we travelled the world with our show jumping horses. “I was employed by Michael Kailis - he’s one of the biggest fishmongers in Australia. We used to travel with the horses to Western Australia and he offered me a job back there to open up an equestrian centre in Perth, which we did for four years. Both my daughters were born in Perth,” he said. “We had four years of driving back from Perth across the Nullarbor to Melbourne and Sydney and back, competing in a national competition. Which was fantastic, and it was worth one-and-a-half-million dollars. “There was good prize money. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it was sponsored by Alan Bond and Laurie Connell. “In the wash-up of it all, it was other people’s money they were using to run this circuit. Anyway, it was a lovely life. “It finished, and I chuckle over some other stories I have heard from it. We were paid by bottom-of-the-harbour scheme tax evasion, supposedly. “I stayed in Perth one more year as a stallion handler at one of the biggest studs there, then started up our own venture in the country near Melbourne.” Peter is a qualified racing farrier. He also made part of his income from breaking in horses. He retired from the horse business in 2003. Is it possible to make money out of horses? “Here in town, we are financially comfortable. Had I not followed horses,

A packed field charges towards the finish line at the Cooktown racecourse.

Peter Staig, new President of the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club has an exciting direction planned for the local races. Photo: ERIC GEORGE. we could have been very wealthy! Except, we were on the Olympic list in 1984, I took the family to England and Ireland for six months, it’s been a fantastic life. “The only reason you stop is that, at older age, you realise you had better have some money in the bank.” What made him come to Cooktown? “This is a fantastic, remote place and we just want to be part of the community. Now that we’re retired, I would like to maybe join the Lions, or put something back in. I just like being on my own. There are a lot of pristine, beautiful places up here that you can get to

“Our race day is for the race horse owners and trainers, but you would be amazed at the number of people in Cooktown who want it. They love it, it’s their day. Last year they stood out in the sun and boiled. This year they won’t; they will have their tents etc. Let’s have a lovely carnival day. “The people in town do love the racing, they really do. It’s a day out for the ladies, they can get dressed up. Come and enjoy the day. Spend your money if you want. “Go and get a drink and sit somewhere in comfort, or entertain people yourself. Some of the people who are giving us money want a tent so they can look after their customers who have been looking after them all year. “We want to get the Shire involved, so the centre of the racecourse can be used for any other sport that fits our criteria, and the best way for that to happen is through the Shire.” It sounds as if Cooktown races are looking up. We will all be cheering for Peter and his colleagues.


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A happy & safe easter to all our patrons! Rounding the bend at the Cooktown racecourse. yourself, rather than paying for a guided tour.” A lot of local people first became aware of Peter in relation to the Cooktown racecourse. How did that happen? “I spoke to a lady one day at the airport and mentioned my history. Next thing I get a phone call asking would I teach for the horse sports. I did, and I enjoy talking to the kids and the parents. “Then I was asked if I would be interested in being involved with the race club, and I said ‘yes’. “I went to a meeting before the AGM and the horse sports were there and the racing committee, and they were at loggerheads. “I missed the AGM because I was on business in Weipa, and that again was not a very good meeting. The locals were against the old committee. “The devastating thing about the committee is every time I went there to voice a concern of somebody in the town who had a good idea, the answer was ‘no’. The answer was always ‘no’. “For the race day, I had an offer of $4000 of corporate sponsorship from Suzuki. I had spoken to the liquor licensing man and we could have had corporate marquees. “We could have had free child care, a very good organisation in town offered their time and tent free to look after the kids. But every answer was ‘no’. “I lobbied and got as many members in as I could, but the answer was we’re not taking members. “The people who ran the race club had done a previously good effort, but they had stopped, wanted no new ideas, wanted help from the outside but wouldn’t let anybody say anything. “That’s why they had no members. “Now we’re going to be as transparent as we possibly can, and at the end of the season at the AGM, if there was somebody else who would like to be president, I don’t have an issue with that. Legal voting will decide our committee and how the racing will be run.

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us the opportunity to eat extra chocolate. Yes, Jesus suffered to provide a pathway to reconciliation between us and God. Because of our sin, Jesus experienced broken fellowship with His Father so we could find better treasures than just those found during an Easter egg hunt. The Bible says, “He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who

died and was raised for them.” (Corinthians 5:15 NLT) Yes, Easter eggs are great. Let’s enjoy them but spend some time to look beyond the holiday and the fun - at the Christ of Calvary who wants to be remembered. It’s so great to celebrate God’s gift of forgiveness paid for at such great cost. Seen the “Passion of the Christ” lately? Even if it was half like that it must have been terrible. Even more terrible was Christ’s separa-

tion from God the Father as voiced by Jesus in his agonised call from the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” The ordeal of Calvary broke down the wall of sin separating us from a holy God. The opportunity to come to God is now offered as a gift paid for at tremendous cost. Well-worth celebrating - and doing something about! Blessings. Pastor Peter Cooktown Baptist Church

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EASTER bunnies, Easter frogs and Hot Cross Buns. Each year there seems to be a new “tradition”. Retails hype is higher for Christmas, but for Christians, no celebration surpasses Easter - the fulfillment of the promise made in Eden. The fulfillment of the often-repeated promise, “I will be your God, you will be my people.” So longed for, yet when it finally came, so many were unable to recognise this fulfillment. Even Jesus seemed to take time to discover what His mission in life was. As a 12-year-old. we find Him sitting among the Scribes and Pharisees asking and

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answering questions. Joseph and Mary eventually put that to a stop. Next, Mary seems to be pushing Him along when, at Cana, she noticed the wine is running low. Jesus, reminds her, “My time is not yet come.” Then He makes his mission statement at Nazareth, “ bring the good news to the poor?proclaim the release of captives?give sight to the blind.” (Lk3:18) By the time He made his last journey to Jerusalem, He knew that this radical philosophy would lead Him head to head with the Temple and with Rome and therefore with His destiny on the Cross. Jesus accepted His hour and His death as the ultimate sacrifice necessary for gaining eternal life. Only those prepared to lose their lives - only those willing to

fall to the ground and die will know the gift of eternal life. Unless the grain of wheat falls. We do not enter heaven alone. It is good at Lent to ask ourselves, “How I am dying to myself for another? How am I being Christ - saviour for another?” Who has been the Christ for me? It took Jesus His lifetime to really see the meaning of many aspects of his life. Can we at this time in our lives see meaning in the hurts, the pain the giving of ourselves? Our journey is still in progress, but who stands with us at the foot of the Cross this Good Friday? Let love which is the love of Christ flow between us. In this we find our peace. Sr Irene Masterson RSM St Mary’s Church

What is it about the Blood of Jesus that makes it so special? THE precious Blood of Jesus - Shed at the cross of Calvary. 1 Pet 1:19 - “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Peter tells us that the Blood of Jesus is a precious substance. He means that it is something that is of great price and is to be held in honour and great esteem. What is it about the Blood of Jesus that makes it so special? 1. It is the price of redemption (Means deliverance from sin; salvation); 2. It is the proof of God’s love for us - Rom.. 5:8; 3. It is the only substance known to God or man that can cleanse away our sins - Rev. 1:5; 1 John 1:7; and 4. It is pure blood that was shed by an innocent man. His blood and His death were accepted in place of our own by the Father in Heaven. His blood is precious blood! The cross doesn’t save anyone. It is what happened at the cross that makes the difference. It was when the Lamb of

God poured out His life in His blood that sin was forever paid for, and redemption completed. The blood, and the blood alone, makes me right with God. Because of the blood and the work of the cross, God the Father can show mercy to sinners. “...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved...” Acts 16:31. You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb - Peter 1:19. Your greatest decision: Jesus shed His blood, was buried and rose the third day. At this moment He stands ready, able, and willing to save you. The choice is yours. A song says, ‘If the Blood of Christ is sufficient for God, it is surely sufficient for me.’ It is the blood that satisfies God. Why not put your trust in Christ’s finished work, and call on Him for salvation now? Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Assembly of God Church.

Hair salon gets a make-over HAIRDRESSER Alana Czarnecki has enjoyed her return to Cooktown so much she bought the salon she has managed since November. And in tune with the new direction in her life, she has changed the name of the salon, which is situated in the IGA shopping centre, from “Cooktown Hair & Beauty” to’ Wot Eva Go’z’ Hair Studio. But why Wot Eva Go’z? “Well, when we ask our clients what they’d like us to do with their hair, the usual answer is ‘what ever’,” Alana said. “So I’ve just taken that and used the sort of spelling most people use in text messages these days and there you have it.” However, the business facelift doesn’t stop with the change of name. Beaudeane Bird has joined her as a full-time Level 1 apprentice moving into Level 2 to continue with the qualification she started as a

school-based apprentice at Cooktown State School. Alana admitted she wouldn’t be a woman without having to rearrange the furniture, so the salon has been redesigned to provide a much more open, comfortable feel to it. A dedicated colourist, she has added top quality Wella colours to her back room stock, while first class Redken take-home products adorn her retail shelves. And to ensure accurate, up-to-date client records are maintained, she has added a new computer system to the reception desk. “Everything’s just fantastic,” she said. “The feedback we’ve been getting has been really positive.” What about the name? “It’s got people talking and asking questions, that’s for sure,” she laughed.


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Garrison Battery disbanded through lack of interest DOWN near Captain Cook’s monument, WITHä #OOKTOWNä one can inspect an (ISTORIALä old cannon mounted 3OCIETY on a wooden carriage. The cannon is a smooth-bore 24pound muzzle-loader, from a time when sails and not engines drove ships, and from a time when one’s imagination ran wild with visions of great ships of the “Line” sending broadsides at each other from such cannon - numbering up to one hundred per ship. This cannon constitutes a portion of the first battery of guns sent to Queensland for the Colony’s protection. A Garrison Battery was formed in Cooktown in November 1883. In 1885, the Cooktown Garrison Battery was inspected by Lt Col Blaxland, who reported that the Battery was backward in drill, an instructor having only recently arrived. However, the members were eager for instruction. At that time there were three officers and 40 other ranks. The Battery was under the leadership of Capt. Ralston, who the Commandant thought deserved great credit for the progress made by the unit. The 24-pounders were dispersed around Queensland from 1885 to 1887, at the time when the reorganisation of Queensland’s Defence Force was gaining momentum. Some of these guns were sent to various Garrison Batteries for training purposes. These Batteries were found in Brisbane, Bowen, Townsville, Cairns and Cooktown. The distribution could well have been as late as 1885 or 1886. This was two or three years after the formation of the Garrison Batteries, which despite their names, were probably primarily infantry-oriented units up to 1885. In Cooktown’s case, it is likely that the Cannon arrived in 1885 as the sign indicates, complete with three cannon balls. However, it would be surprising if the two rifles were dispatched, and the officer mentioned was probably Lt Drake, who was associated with the Armstrong Breech-Loader sent up

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Cooktown’s smooth-bore 24-pound muzzle-loading canon before restoration. Photo submitted. some time later for the Naval Brigade the equipment that is, except the “old gun which and not the 24-pounder. is not safe for practice at Kissing Point.” Low attendance rates at the trainMore information about the Garrison Battery, ing parades indicated a steady reduction of interest among the the Naval Brigade, the 24-pounder and the fivemembers. On April 14, 1888 the inch Armstrong Breach-Loader, is available in Cooktown Independent Newspaper reported that only a dozen members the Historical Society’s book, “The Clifton Guns & The Cooktown Cannon: First (07)Queensland’s 4060 3911 reported for parade the previoust"DDPNNPEBUJPOBWBJMBCMFtPh: y “The Hillbilly Goats” week. The reasons for the low attend- Artillery”, available at the History Centre. Coming up - Anzac Da ance may have been many However, when Cairns was given a Drill Hall in preference to Cooktown this was seen as the last straw. By the time November rolled around, the Garrison Battery was in recess. Captain Olive, the then officer commanding, FLUORESCENT called for the return of all arms, acBATTENS 36w coutrements and uniforms. By 1889 32w $2200 inc gst the Cooktown Garrison Battery had CIRCULAR c/w lamp ceased to exist. Its demise seemed FLURO to be caused primarily through We have $3100 ea falling numbers of volunteers. This some great new inc gst was probably hastened by problems eco fans c/w lamp associated with gaining reasonable only 42w, plastic When choosing lighting for your next residential, commercial or training by a competent drill instrucblades, don’t rust. renovation project, The Lighthouse will help you to experience tor, and also by the lack of a drill hall White $9600 ea, an entirely new level of style, quality and real value for money. as was constantly proclaimed. On silver $11500 ea May 22, 1889 it was reported that inc gst Battery Sergeant Major Marshall 232 Mulgrave Road Cairns Queensland, 4870 YPhone: (07) 4031 3099 of Cairns, had collected all of the Fax: (07) 4031 7101 Yemail: equipment still in Cooktown and had taken it all to Townsville. All

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NEWS I WAS so thrilled when I saw on the front page of our paper a couple of weeks ago that there had been a big meeting so our local supermarket could lay out their vision for the future. How nice, I thought. Fancy a great big supermarket treating its customers as if they matter. It gave me a warm and cosy feeling inside. Until I thought, wait a minute - how come I wasn’t invited? What’s the point of calling a meeting in secret? Ah - I see. It wasn’t our favourite supermarket calling the meeting at all. It was a concerned citizen who managed to cajole a visit-

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Where was my invitation? ing manager to speak in public. Well, in front of 17 people, at least. Well done him. I wish I’d been there all the same. If the VIP from down south said anything like View what was reported, I’d have given him a piece of from my mind. the Hill The meat is fine and only looks strange and smells because of the way he treats it? Who does he think he’s talking to? We know what meat should look and smell like. All the same, you have to admire someone who can keep a straight face while he explains that our meat and veggies have to come from the well-known farming area of Brisbane 2000 kms away. As for the equipment in our store, well, I ask you! I’ve been to a supermarket where the odd checkout belt is not working but I tell you what - if I go back six months later I don’t find

“Progress” My great-grandparents’ world was not like my world nor the world of their grandfathers’. My grandchildren’s world will not be like mine. Everyone has heard but not listened. Many children grow up without trust, faith or respect. Computer games have stripped their imaginations. They don’t play outside anymore. To believe in Santa, The Tooth Fairy or The Easter Bunny is considered childish at an early age. Most toys are now plastic or batteryoperated. Cities have expanded; of nuts, bolts, glass, steel. The family structure is no more. Life is pressure. People have no motivation to survive. Leisure is an affordable luxury.

Computerisation has Writers’ created unemployment And redundancy and so Corner too class distinction. Animals have become extinct. New strains of disease are introduced. “What is a farm? What is a tree?” the city children ask. Law is ignored; morals are faded; war is constant. People die alone. May my great-great-great-grandchildren be “free enough” to pursue their dreams For their world will not be like that of my children nor of my children’s children. By DIANNE FURSDON Email your thoughts (in prose or verse) for our column to:- or send to:- P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller, Cooktown Writers’ Group.

the same belt is still useless. I’m sure I read somewhere that the checkout desks were being replaced with hand-me-downs from Bangladesh or somewhere. I wonder when that is going to happen. I expect the VIP and his team of hard-working directors are too busy trying to find second-hand display fridges and air conditioning units to replace the ones that are playing up all the time. I hope, anyway. I guess they think they can adopt a laid back Cooktown attitude to customer service. After all, we are at the end of the road, and there’s no competitive Coles or Woolies across the road.

Candidates invited to submit their campaign articles THE Cooktown Local News is inviting all candidates in the April 28 Local Government elections to submit articles about their nominations for presentation in next Thursday’s edition. With three Mayoral candidates and 17 nominees for council, Cook Shire residents will have a lot of information to digest and some big decisions to make. Submissions have been limited to 350-450 words for Councillors, and up to 600 for Mayoral candidates. They have also been asked to provide a photo to accompany their contributions. Submissions must be emailed to editor@ by noon on Sunday, April 8. Ballot papers are expected to be posted around April 17, after which early voting can commence.


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8 – Cooktown Local News 5 - 11 April 2012

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                                 


             


    

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                 v    v  v    v           


           


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    

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A herb that looks like grass WELCOME plant lovers. This week I would like to Passion talk about the for Plants We e v i l L i l y or Palm Grass (Molineria capitulata). This lily, not a grass, has large pleated leaves and looks a bit like a palm. However, it is a bunch-forming herb which only grows to one metre in height. It has long, flat, fibrous leaves and small star-shaped yellow flowers at the base of the plant, which are followed by hairy brown berries with dark seeds. The foliage is attractive, for which it is frequently cultivated as an ornamental and makes an excellent edging plant along shady walkways if given plenty of room to spread. The flowers are rarely seen,

as they appear at ground level in small bright yellow clusters, and are possibly pollinated by a marsupial mouse. The leaves yield a fibre which is used by hill tribes in the Philippines to make false hair, while fish nets are made from it in Borneo.The fruit is edible. I have some at home thanks to a local plant person. Sometimes I see and hear the leaves moving about when there is no wind and they react to the slightest breeze by rocking back and forth as if slightly drunk. Strange - it seems that the plant is able to act as an antenna for weak geomagnetic variations and that is why the leaves move about. Kashyap (1932), was the first to discover a 0.1- to 10-Hz rhythm in plants. During a botanical field trip to Sikkim on a still day in July 1930, he observed

closely the leaves of Molineria capitulata (formerly Curculigo recurvata). He wrote that “? a leaf would begin to perform to and fro movements all of a sudden, go on for about a half-minute or so and then stop by itself. All of the other leaves of the plant would be absolutely still and no leaves of any other plants in the neighbourhood would show any movements? Sometimes it so happened that when one leaf had finished the movement another leaf of the same plant would take it up a little later? The rate of movement varied a good deal, between 40 to 120 complete oscillations per minute.” Kashyap reported that some cultivated specimens in Gangtok also showed the movements, although more feebly and only in the morning. Nevertheless, he was able to capture the phenomenon

on a cinematographic film, which he later presented at the Indian Science Congress. (Kashyap SR (1932) Autonomous movements in the leaves of Curculigo recurvata. Curr Sci 1:7-8.) It is only found in the wet tropics naturally - Mossman to Innisfail, NT, PNG, Asia and India. Though a native of Far North Queensland rainforests, it does make an appearance in shady spots in many old gardens. Those strange yellow flowers occur from September-February and the berries from August to February. It spreads by underground rhizomes and is reasonably easy to lift and divide. It needs plenty of moisture and can handle shade or full sun. There are specimens in your Botanic Gardens in the bed at the back of the Orchid House. Sandy Lloyd

Weevil flowers at the base of the plant.

The leaves of a weevill lily. Photos: SANDY LLOYD.

Track trip a special present for visitor Along the BLOOMFIELD TRACK

Cassie Blanket and David Browne testing a new satphone along the Track.

HASN’T the weather been great these last few days? Quite spectacular! The Bloomfield crossing, at less than 0.4 metres, has been passable since last Friday. The forecast for continuing good weather should mean that Easter travellers will be able to head confidently north or south to enjoy nature at its best. Just the other day on a trip to Wujal, young 13year-old Iddo Boch and party saw two cassowaries, six pigs, several lace monitors, two kookaburras (one with a snake), nutmeg pigeons, rainbow beeeaters, sundry other birds and to our great surprise, two channel-billed cuckoos, one carrying a small tree snake. These large-billed birds have an enormous beak, like a toucan or a rugby league forward. They spend the winter in PNG and migrate south for our spring and summer. They are also called stormbirds or rainbirds as they arrive noisily around the stormy season especially down south. They will head back to PNG in the next few weeks. Usually they eat fruit, adding some insects and even eggs and small hatchlings for variety. So to see one carrying a tree snake was a special treat. The channel-billed are the largest cuckoos in the world and like most cuckoos they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. They seem not to kick out the other smaller hatchlings, but just dominate the food supply, eventually starving their siblings out. Very ungrateful kids indeed. The spotters were Iddo and his dad Benjie from Israel. Iddo had the choice of a bar mitzvah celebration or a holiday overseas with one of his parents.

With a special talent for biology and nature, he chose Australia, dad and the Daintree in that order. The bar mitzvah celebrates the right of passage and it means that Iddo is now an adult, capable of making his own moral decisions. A great custom. Iddo, unlike the cuckoo is a very mature and sensible 13-year-old. On the Track this week, we thoroughly tested the latest in satphone technology with David Browne from Toxictech Cairns. With constant swollen rivers and tree falls especially in the wet, the Track can trap 4WD travellers too easily. There is practically nowhere along the road between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers where mobile phones operate properly, so satphones are the best bet, but haven’t performed well or cost-effectively until recently. Testing was excellent. We can now claim that we could not find one 20 metre spot along the entire track where there was no effective satphone coverage using a fixed satellite system. River/creek crossings for the Easter period should be okay, given that there are no big rainfalls in the catchment area. However, Easter is also the time for big tides - so check morning crossing times on the Bloomfield River between April 5 and 9. Hopefully by Easter, the Cairns Council will have removed two nasty tree overhangs that have been worrying travellers near Tachalbadga Creek for almost two weeks now. In the meantime - happy travelling. Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph: +61 7 4098 9180

Notice to motorists

Shiptons Flat Road Mungumby Creek bridge Temporary closures Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 15 April 2012 The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises motorists that maintenance works on Mungumby Creek bridge will start on Tuesday 10 April 2012. Works will be complete by Sunday 15 June 2012, weather permitting. The works will be carried out between 6am and 6pm and include maintenance to piers, abutments and an upgrade of the deck surface to improve comfort and safety for road users. For the safety of motorists and roadworkers, changed traffic conditions including single lane closures, reduced speed limits, traffic controllers and additional signage will be in place for the duration of the project. Full bridge closures will be required from Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 15 April between 8am and 12noon and again between 1pm and 5pm. RoadTek Asset Services (North) has been contracted to undertake these works on behalf of the department. If you require further information please phone the department on 4050 5584. If you require emergency access during the closure times please phone the department on 0419 676 234. For up-to-date information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland, visit or phone 13 19 40.

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Iddo and Benjie Boch from Israel with Christina Shepherd from Cow Bay. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY.

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The Giese family - “Chook”, Lucas, Kim and Archer - waiting for their dinner.

Darren Evans and Agata Sosin whetting their appetites with a cool drink.

Joan Hagarty and Gloria Savage enjoying pre-dinner drinks.

A couple of girls having dinner out, Dot Grace and Penny Gillman.


Smooching in the corner were happy couple Gary and Kathy Broadbridge.

Pat Gibbons wondering how people could confuse him with Bob O’Doherty while Rob Burton adjudicates.

Gail and Jamie Greaves, content after a good meal.

Likely lads Des Savage and Pat Hagarty enjoying an in-joke.

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10 – Cooktown Local News 5 - 11 April 2012

NATURE’S POWERHOUSE By GARY HUTCHISON NATURE’S PowerHouse experienced a surge of culture last weekend, which featured a classical piano concert on Saturday night and the opening of an art exhibition on Sunday. Mikhail Yarzhembovskiy, a teacher at the famous Bauhaus-Weimar University in Germany, was enticed to perform at the PowerHouse by his friend Kirill Monorosi who has developed a deep love for the region with his regular performances in the Botanic Gardens setting. A small audience sat enraptured with Mikhail’s renditions of some of the works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schubert and Bartok. Organiser Jacqui Sykes said the size of the audience was pleasing despite the short notice given. “Kirill and Mikhail really wanted to come up, so it was a last-minute decision which didn’t give us much time to promote the event,” Ms Sykes said.


“But considering the short notice, we’ve really had a good response.” And during intermission, the performers mingled freely with their audience, after which Mr Monorosi introduced his Cooktown faithful to a newly discovered work by a lesser known Russian composer, Cesar Cui. Then it was an early morning start for the PowerHouse staff in readiness of the “Finders Keepers” exhibition - an artistic display of treasures surrounded by the sea to local beachcombers.

Marj Robb found this unnamed piece at the :Finders Keepers” exhibition interesting.

Richard Lee found this display featuring plants growing from driftwood interesting.

Young art afficianado Ruby Privett appreciates an anchor as big as herself.

Mirrors, the frames of which have been made from driftwood found on a beach, caught Bev Grant’s eye at the opening of the “Finders Keepers” exhibition at the PowerHouse on Sunday.

Driftwood displaying the artistic elements of texture and colour dominated the exhibition, which also included an anchor and pieces fashioned from rope and other items of flotsam and jetsam. Age of the art afficionados at the opening was not limited to adults with children of all ages having their imaginations tweaked with the works on show. The exhibition will close on April 30.

Debra Horsburgh and Richard Lee enjoy some snacks and a chat.

Sarah Henderson and Lee Greaves at intermission of Nature’s PowerHouse classical piano concert.

Sayah and Peter Scott enjoy a drink at intermission.

Jacqui Sykes with visitors Mike Clarke and Sophy Soeun.

Classical concert pianist Mikhail Yarzhembovskiy takes time to chat with Rene Munro during intermission of Saturday night’s performance at Nature’s PowerHouse.

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4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 Catalyst 12:00 A Quiet Word... With Carrie Fisher 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Planet America 1:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 2:00 Movie: “A Canterbury Tale” (G) 4:00 The Wonder Years: Swingers 4:25 QI: Invertebrates 4:55 Bill’s Tasty Weekends: Comber Sands 5:40 Wild At Heart 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: End Of The Line - A suspect’s DNA tests link him to an unnamed vagrant who was strangled to death on a tube train 15 years earlier. UCOS decides to reopen the case to determine his identity and find the killer. 8:30 Spooks: Harry finally discovers who is behind the recent attacks on the UK, but will confirming these suspicions come at too high a cost to himself and his team? 9:30 Strike Back: A compelling story of betrayal, glory, redemption and revenge played out through the interlinking lives of two former soldiers: military hero Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter. 10:15 Thorne: Scaredy Cat - Two women have been murdered near a train station, but in different ways. 11:20 Rage: Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 South Aussie With Cosi 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 Movie: “Bewitched” (PG s,a,l) - Jack Wyatt, a famous actor is hoping to revive his career by playing Darrin Stephens in a film version of the TV classic Bewitched. When Jack sees Isabel, he knows she’d be his perfect on-screen wife Samantha Stephens, TV’s most loveable witch. Unbeknownst to him, she’s more than perfect for the part - Isabel is an actual witch! 9:50 Movie: “Playing For Charlie” (M l) - Explores the delicate relationship between a young mother and her teenage son after the recent death of his father. 11:50 Movie: “Dog Day Afternoon” (M l,v) - The true story, Academy Award winning film of a man who holds up a Brooklyn bank to raise money for his lover’s sex change operation, only to see his simple heist turn into a citywide incident. 2:10 Movie: “Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb” (M h,v) - The people involved with an archaeological expedition, which resulted in un-earthing an Egyptian Queen, are killed off by the Queen’s crawling, severed hand. 4:00 Danoz Direct / 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Motorsport 1:30 That ‘70s Show 2:00 Minute To Win It 3:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Essendon Vs Port Adelaide 6:00 Seven News 5:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Collingwood Vs Richmond 11:00 Maneaters: “Sharks” (PG) - Shark attacks off Australian coastal waters have rapidly increased in the past few years. Tonight, we hear from survivors of some of the most gruesome recent attacks and experts who investigated these chilling cases of unprovoked aggression. 12:00 Movie: “Butter” (AV v,l) - When a talented singer’s career takes off, she decides to change record companies - a decision that will change her life forever. 2:00 Auction Squad 3:00 Special: Across The Roof Of The World 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “5 Body Pains That Could Mean Cancer” Dr Oz reveals five body pains that could mean cancer. Dr Oz shares the top three signs of mid-life puberty. Plus, the tricks for beating the winter blues.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 A Season Of Opera 2:40 The Whirlwind Of Your Passion 2:50 David Bailey: Four Beats To The Bar And No Cheating 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Metro 8:30 RocKwiz: Kram & Elana Stone 9:15 Movie: “Broken Embraces” (M) - In Spanish And English. Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from fourteen years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie 11:40 Movie: “High Lane” (MAV v) - In French. A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a mountain trail that has been closed for repairs. The climb proves more perilous than expected. As they realise that they are not alone, their adventure quickly becomes a fight for survival. 1:10 Movie: “Ashura” (MA s,v,h) - In Japanese. A fun and colourful fantasy about a retired demon hunter who unknowingly falls in love with the most powerful demon of them all. Now, for the sake of love, he must pick up his sword once again. 3:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Movie: “Pufnstuf” (G) 10:30 School Sprectacular 2011 11:30 Songs Of Praise: The Easter Story 12:10 The Queen’s Coronation: Behind Palace Doors 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 South Side Story: Armani Army 2:00 New Tricks: End Of The Line 3:00 Art Of Russia: Roads To Revolution 3:50 The Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece: The Descent From The Cross 4:40 Sydney International Piano Competition: Konstantin Shamray: Wagner/Liszt And Chopin 5:00 Wonders Of The Universe: Destiny 6:00 Best Of Collectors 6:30 Compass: Love Never Dies 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide: The Wild Years 8:30 Waking The Dead: Soldarity: Part 1 9:25 Fry’s Planet Word: The Power And The Glory 10:25 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse 11:20 Super Sleuths: Midsomer Murders - A documentary celebrating the television series, Midsomer Murders. 12:10 Celia 2:10 Waking The Dead: Soldarity: Part 1 - The murder of Falklands’ veteran-turned-peace activist Piers Kennedy, is under investigation when his corpse is uncovered in a Ministry of Defence tunnel. 2:45 Rage

6:00 Easter Sunrise Service 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wild World Of Sports 11:00 The Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Surfsport 1:30 Pyramid 2:00 Movie: “Cowboy” (PG a) 4:00 Sunday Football: Newcastle Knights Vs Parramatta Eels 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: “Red Sky In The Morning” (M) - Patrick and Kristina’s first date ends abruptly when a murderer copying Red John’s MO strikes. When Kristina tries to contact the real Red John, her life and Patrick’s are threatened. 9:30 CSI: Miami: “On The Hook” (M) - When a fisherman narrowly escapes death, the CSIs have to dodge bullets to keep him alive and find out who’s after him. 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Happy Birthday” (M) - When a pregnant woman is assaulted, Horatio and the team fight for her and her baby’s life while tracking down her attacker. 11:30 The Apprentice: “The Money Shot” (PG l) 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show Weekends 11:00 World’s Strictest Parents 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Lab Rats 1:30 Breaking The Magician’s Code: Magic’s Secrets Revealed 2:30 Movie: “Step Up 2: The Streets” (PG v,l) 4:30 Great Migrations 5:30 Great South East 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 Beginning In The End” (M) 9:30 Castle: “Law & Murder” (M) - During the high-profile trial of a murdered socialite, a juror suddenly tumbles out of the jury box dead. 10:30 Dual Suspects: “Murder In Modesto”(M v,d,a) 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 2012 FIM Superbike World Championships 2:30 Al Jazeera News 3:30 Frohe Ostern! (Happy Easter!) 4:00 Kick: Get It While You Can 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Lyndey And Blair’s Taste Of Greece: Conrinth 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Lost Worlds: The Ghosts Of The Mary Rose - The Mary Rose sank to the bottom of the sea on 19 July 1545. Almost the entire crew of around 400 sailors and soldiers died. 8:30 Brave New World with Stephen Hawking: Biology - The experts unearth the amazing breakthroughs that are transforming the resilience and strength of the human body. 9:30 Paris - Roubaix 2012: The most prestigious single-day professional road cycling race, the Paris-Roubaix is known for its rough terrain and cobblestones, which make for a gruelling event. Beginning in Compiègne in northern France, the 258 km race has been dubbed the Hell of the North and follows a winding route to Roubaix. Hosted by David Basheer with guest analyst Henk Vogels. 1:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Australia: Land Of Parrots 10:30 Painting Australia 11:00 The Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece: The Descent From The Cross 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Fry’s Planet Word 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Monarch Of The Glen 2:50 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Edinburgh 6:50 Minuscule: High Voltage 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Genius: Noddy Holder And Shappi Khorsandi 11:40 Spooks: Harry has been framed as a traitor and is interrogated by MI5. Ros takes control of the Grid and discovers who the real mole is. 12:35 Wire In The Blood: Prayer Of The Bone - Eccentric clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, is far away from home and he’s pitted against the might of the US legal system, sweltering Texas heat and bone-shaking rattlesnakes. 2:05 Survival School / 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 Magical Tales 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 Precious Fragmentation” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Pants Alternative” (PG s) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wheaton Recurrence” 8:30 Alcatraz 10:30 CSI: NY: “All In The Family” - CSI investigates the murder of a family court judge who has lots of enemies. Meanwhile, Danny’s neighbour Ricki steals his gun to go after Ollie. 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 Dark Blue: “Dead Flowers” (AV v) - Carter, Dean and Jaimie go undercover to corner two drug-smuggling brothers who use a flower-import business as a cover for their activities. 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 Children’s Programs 1:30 Footy Flashbacks 3:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Geelong Vs Hawthorn 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Brax and VJ’s relationship puts Elijah on the outer. Harvey and Roo’s second ‘first date’ goes awry. John and Gina negotiate moving in again. 7:30 TBA 10:30 Special: WWII Lost Films: The Air War - Travel with five veterans on some of the most dangerous, deadly and visually stunning aerial missions of the war. See inside the U.S. Eighth Air Force as they take to the skies for an unsung story of bravery and sacrifice. See extraordinary archival footage in colour and high definition as we bring the historic fight for control of the skies to life, from the devastation of the Blitz in Britain to the final dogfights over Europe 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Eurovision Song Contest Junior 2011 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 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Greased Lightning - The Mythbusters dive into hell’s kitchen to test a couple of potential kitchen catastrophes. Adam and Jamie investigate a newspaper story that claims a 30-foot-high fireball erupted when a person tried to put out a kitchen grease fire with a glass of water. 8:30 James May’s Man Lab 9:30 Shameless 10:30 South Park: The Early Years: Tom’s Rhinoplasty 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: The Six Dollar Fifty Man - Set in 1970s New Zealand, Andy is a gutsy 8-year-old boy who is forced to break out of his make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies 1:00 Living Black 1:30 Amnesty! When They Are All Free 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Painting Australia 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Churchill’s Darkest Decision 2:50 River Stories 3:00 Childrem’s Programs 6:00 A Farmer’s Life For Me 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Country Town Rescue 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: A Murder is announced 10:05 Artscape: John Waters In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Hungry Beast: Upload 1:05 The Fallen Vampire: Bela Lugosi 1:55 A Farmers Life For Me: t’s the final. Jimmy Doherty must decide which of the two remaining couples will win their very own farm to manage for a year. Each couple must undergo a series of daunting farming challenges. 3:00 Football: VFL: Round 3 - Collingwood Vs North Ballarat

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 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 Spaghetti Catalysis” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Plimpton Stimulation” (PG s) 8:00 Two Broke Girls: “And The Hoarder Culture” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “Slowly And In A Circular Motion” (M s) 9:00 Two And A Half Men: “A Possum On Chemo” (M s,d) 9:30 Top Gear 11:00 Kitchen Nightmares U.S.A.: “Lido Di Manhattan Beach” (MA l) - Entrepreneur and owner, Lisa has no clue what it takes to run a restaurant. Chef Ramsay gives Lisa a lesson in cooking and calls in a couple of favours to get this restaurant back on track. 12:00 Men Of A Certain Age 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: “Love’s Unfolding Dream” (PG a) 2:00 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Brax distances himself from Leah and VJ. Heath and Liam fight. Liam discovers Eddie ripped of his lyrics. 7:30 TBA 10:30 Royal Pains: “A Little Art, A Little Science / A Farewell TO Barnes” - Evan asks Hank to help Paige’s mother with her depression. Jill has found a candidate to take over at Hamptons Heritage so she’ll so be free to go back to Uruguay. But does she still want to? Divya owns up to her mistake, but discovers that it will get back to Hank. Meanwhile, Evan stands up to Paige’s dad and loses his blessing to get married and Hank helps a party planner who appears to be having a panic attack. 12:30 Sons And Daughters 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: “Music Box” (PG) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Indian School: The New Boy 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Melissa George - Actress Melissa George knows something about her father’s side of the family, but there are a number of gaps in her mother’s ancestral story. 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Prague” (MA s) - In Danish, English And Czech. Christoffer and Maja’s trip to Prague to bring back Chistoffer’s deceased father, evolves into the story of a break-up. 12:45 Movie: “Almost Brothers” (MA l,s,v) - In Portuguese. A compassionate and engaging story about the contrasting destinies of two childhood friends, from different sides of the tracks, who are brought together by their parents’ love of music. A gritty, honest look at Brazil’s political history. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Painting Ausralia 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 E2: Transport 2:00 They Came To Play 2:50 Chilrdren’s Programs 6:00 Restoration Home: Big House 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Woodley: The Wedding 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Agony Uncles 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable: Manipulation 12:00 Moving Wallpaper 12:25 Movie: “Stepping Out” (PG) - A tap-dance teacher attempts to prepare a class of amateurs for a charity performance. 2:10 Big Ideas: The Sampler: Peter Kareiva - The Nature Of Conservancy 2:25 Macumba: Outside Looking In - John Macumba was born with cerebral palsy in the remote central desert of the Pitjantjatjara lands. In this documentary John journeys back to his homelands and allows us to see his life. 3:00 Football: SANFL: Round 3 - Norwood Vs Eagles 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Painting Ausralia 11:00 Restoration Home 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 The Real Graham Kennedy 2:55 Chilrdren’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage: Summer’s Here 6:50 Minuscule: The Iron Monster 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Australia On Trial: The Eureka 13 9:30 All The Way 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Sex, Drugs And Rock ‘n’ Roll: The 60s Revealed 12:15 The Jonathan Ross Show: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Carr & The Saturdays 1:00 The Clinic 1:55 River Cottage: Summer’s Here - Hugh runs a leftovers night and, fond of fishing, he tries throw-netting for mullet for the first time. River Cottage does its bit for the environment when Hugh has their used cooking oil converted to car fuel. 3:00 Football: WAFL: Round 4 - Peel Thunder Vs East Fremantle

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 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 Staircase Implementation” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Lunar Excitation” (PG s) 8:00 Mike And Molly: “Carl Meets A Lady” (PG s,l) 8:30 TBA 9:30 Unforgettable: Carrie’s Caller” (M v) - A serial killer with knowledge of Carrie’s memory skills taunts her and the police department, as his list of victims grows. 10:30 CSI: NY: “Playing With Matches” (M) - A badly burned corpse turns out to belong to an underground street luge racer, meanwhile the DNA of a man already in prison is found on a dead body. 11:30 Weeds: “Go” (MA d,l) 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Dark Blue: “Personal Effects” (M v) 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: “Stuck In The Suburbs” (G) 2:00 Dr Oz 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - April sees Casey and Henri kissing Colleen encourages Dex to get back together with April. Irene and Eddie part ways. 7:30 TBA 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 Special: Words Of The Titanic - Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, voices from that infamous journey are brought back to life in this special program. Famous faces join with relatives of survivors to read the words of original letters, diaries and memoirs in this powerful landmark documentary. 11:30 The Marriage Ref 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 9:00 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: In Search Of The Giant Snake 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Cape Coast: Where Worlds Collide 8:30 Toughest Place To Be A... Train Driver 9:35 Civilisation: Is The West History? Science - In this episode, Ferguson look into why it was that the Islamic world failed to participate in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. He also questions whether the West will be able to maintain its scientific lead in the future. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The King Of Escape” (MA s,n) - In French. Armand, who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middleaged gay man. Just as he is getting fed up with life, he falls in love with Curlie, a young woman trying to escape her repressive parents. Together they embark on a getaway that sees them pursued by the angry townsfolk. 12:45 Movie: “Changing Times” (M l,a,s) 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

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 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 Bad Fish Paradigm” (PG s) - Penny opens up to a reluctant Sheldon after a less-than-stellar first date with Leonard, placing him in the uncomfortable position of having to keep a secret. 7:30 RBT 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “Crime After Crime” (M v) 9:30 The NRL Footy Show: A mix of footy and fun as we take you inside the game with some of Rugby Leagues favourites. 11:15 THe AFL Footy Show 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: “Love’s Unending Legacy” (PG v) 2:00 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home & Away 7:30 Property Ladder 8:45 Grey’s Anatomy: “Heart Shaped Box” 9:45 Desperate Housewives: “What’s To Discuss, Old Friend” 10:45 Private Practice: “Who We Are” 11:45 That ‘70s Show: “Stone Cold Crazy” - Samantha uses her work experience to help both Kitty and Donna liven up their relationships. Meanwhile, Fez dreams of what a new roommate will be like, but finds out the reality is quite different. Special guest starring Don Knotts. 12:15 My Big Friggin Wedding 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 9:00 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Dead Tired: Awake Is The New Sleep 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: Dresden And The Elbe Valley 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 8:00 How To Cook Like Heston: Chocolate 8:30 Two Greedy Italians: Regional Pride - Chef Antonio Carluccio returns to his home town of Borgofranco, in the Italian Piedmont region, to look at whether the rivalry between north and south is as strong as ever. 9:30 The Family UK: Cup Of Tea 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Pornography the Musical 12:00 The Fixer 12:55 Movie: “Exiled” (M v,l,s) - In Cantonese. A friendship forms between an ex-gangster and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. A stylish action film from powerhouse director Johnny To. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight




SBS 4:45 UEFA Europa League 9:10 World News 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Cork To Dublin 8:35 Titanic: The Mission: Hull 9:30 As It Happened: Bomber Boys 11:10 Movie: “The Unknown Woman” (MAV v,s,a,n) - In Italian. A young East European prostitute named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of an affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. 1:20 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The African” (M d,v,a) - In Swedish. A Liberian man is found murdered on a train travelling from Ystad. Wallander and his team have no leads and are put out that Stockholm HQ has sent one of their men to head the investigation. As the inquiry unravels, it appears there is a political connection, which is why Stockholm wants to keep the case under wraps. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight


7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Vanity Fair” (PG s,v) 3:00 Easter Special: An Innocent Man 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Brax and VJ embark on a project together, John and Gina give their marriage another go and Ruby runs into the arms of a untrustworthy surfer. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 11:20 That ‘70s Show: “You’re My Best Friend / Misfire” - Even though Hyde insists that he doesn’t want a bachelor party, the guys throw one for him anyway. Meanwhile, Jackie wants to have a girls’ night with Donna but is shocked to find out that Donna is friends with Sam. Red and Kitty are celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary, and this makes Kelso think that it’s time for him to get married. 12:20 True Beauty 2:20 Stag 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today


IMPARJA 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 Danoz Direct 1:00 Days Of Our Lives 2:00 Yamba’s Easter Adventure 2:30 Kitchen Whiz 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Football: South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Canterbury Bulldogs 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Toast Derivation” (PG s) - Sheldon struggles to cope when he realizes it’s actually Leonard who is the centre of their social group. 7:30 Friday Night Football: Wests Tigers Vs Brisbane Broncos - Wide World Of Sports presents Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos, live from Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Join your expert commentary team for all the live action, post match interviews and analysis. 9:45 Movie: “Body Of Lies” (AV v,l) 12:00 Movie: “Cold Sweat” (M v,d) - A man, his wife and their daughter are terrorized in their home by henchmen from the man’s military past. As his girl’s are held hostage Joe Martin must outwit the captors one by one if he hopes to get them out alive. 1:45 Movie: “Not Now, Comrade” (PG s) - The story of a famous Russian male ballet-dancer who defects to Britain, where chaos befalls to those who try to help him. 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America


ABC 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 One Plus One 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Choir Of Hard Knocks Opera House Special 11:55 Movie: “Jesus Christ Superstar” (PG) 1:40 Songs Of Praise: Musicals 2:10 Monarch Of The Glen 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Creuse 6:50 Minuscule: Spiders From The Depths 7:00 ABC News 7:30 QI: Geography 8:00 QI: Invertebrates - This episode is all about insects and other ‘Invertebrates’. Joining QI master Stephen Fry are panellists Alan Davies, Jimmy Carr, Johnny Vegas and Sarah Millican. 8:30 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse - Phryne’s memories of her early days in Paris and her first love come crashing into the present as she investigates the disappearance of Madame Sarcelle - an artist’s wife. 9:30 The Shadow Line: Bede reluctantly finds himself in the driving seat of the drugs cartel. Gabriel goes against his superior’s instructions and continues to investigate the Wratten murder. 10:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: A Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street in a unique take on the traditional tonight show - with monologue, interviews and top musical acts, plus spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with the studio audience. 11:30 Rage

12 – Cooktown Local News 5 - 11 April 2012



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) 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.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 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.


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.

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.

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.

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!


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) 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)


You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

– Buddha

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


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

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

You will be feeling positive throughout the week after a recent tough time. You are correct in feeling that you deserve your good luck and you should take everything that comes your way. Romance. Your partner will be in a different frame of mind than you and may not be telling you everything that you need to know. Be wary and don’t let them drag you down.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) This is a very delicate time for many people around you so be careful. A difficult aspect to Mars could make you quite tense at times, and there is a risk that you could fly off the handle. Romance. There will be indecision in your personal life at the moment. Take a step back from any big decisions.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Monetary matters will be at the forefront of your mind for a while. A vivid dream may leave you wondering what is going to come next and a little pensive. Romance. Your partner may find themselves in financial troubles at the moment. This does necessarily lead to a bleak future but you may need to help them out.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A small change to your daily routine will help to reduce the amount of stress. At first you will find it difficult to adapt to the new regime. Romance. A chance meeting could bring an old friend back into your life after a long period apart. This person will have changed a lot since you last saw them, so it will be hard to get your relationship back to the same level it was at before.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) This period will be a very good time for you professionally as a powerful aspect to Jupiter will have luck following you around. Go for that ideal job. Romance. Now will be the time to broach any awkward feelings that you have had with your partner. You will find yourself calm and open to any suggestions.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A powerful aspect to Mars around the middle of the week will help you to push through with a new project. You may be a little too aggressive at times, however, and must accept that other people want to do things at a slower pace. Romance. Don’t change a decision once you have made it. Your partner needs to have some clarity and direction from you at the moment.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Make sure that you return a call from a friend. This person is eager to talk to you and will be upset if they don’t get a reply soon. Romance. You have had a busy time with your career recently and other aspects of your life need to take centre stage for a while before they are neglected any more.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Everything is in place for you to broaden your horizons and enhance your skills or experience. This could be in the form of a major shift in career, a change location, or a trip overseas. Romance. You will feel happy that you are unburdened by any serious romance at the moment, leaving you to pursue other interests. Be sure not to ignore any new advances, however.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A friend who lets you down at the last minute may have reasons which sound convincing. Nevertheless, you should be firm with this person and make it clear that this behaviour is not acceptable. Romance. Socialise with an open mind this month as romantic interest will come from a surprising source. Your relationship with this person is going to grow substantially.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A difficult aspect to Uranus this month will be very disruptive to any plans that you set in place at the turn of the year. Ride it out and when things even out you will be able to see more clearly. Romance. A friend who understands your partner very well will be able to give you some advice. Listen very carefully to what they have to say.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) At times you may get a little frustrated with your day-to-day work. You will not be the only one at work who feels this way and you may find yourself a little tense. Romance. This promises to be an exciting week for you romantically. You will have a lot of pent up energy and you have to make sure not to create too many bad first impressions.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

The last few weeks flew by and you will find yourself prone to wondering where the time is going. It is time for a change of scenery. Romance. You will be in a very romantic and nostalgic mood this week. Be sure to share all of your feelings.

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The Lakeland State School P&C and all students would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all businesses for their generous spirit in donating presents to our end-of-year continuous raffle.

Cooktown Lures Cooktown Camping Cooktown Newsagency Cooktown IGA The Big Shed Cooktown Nursery Endeavour Pharmacy Ambience Gifts in Endeavour Arcade Bargain Barn Goodyear Cooktown Everything Electrical Ice Works Cooktown Bakery Cooktown Bowls Club

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Cooktown Horse Sports Association Inc. Monster Easter Seafood Raffle Results... 1st prize Brett Crosby 2nd prize Melissa Monkman 3rd prize Mick Mason We would like to thank our sponsors... Greg & Melissa Gilmore Andreas Sparks Jerome Builders Cooktown Food Service Innes Electrical Nellie Distributors Barrier Reef Crays Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.

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Attention is directed to an application for Permanent Road Closure of an area of part of Rossville-Bloomfield road and shown as Lot A on drawing CNS 12/004A, in the manner specified in the Government Gazette of 23 March 2012.

The night was a huge success and everybody enjoyed themselves. In total, approximately $700 was raised from the continuous raffle and this money will be spent on much-needed resources for the school. Being a small school, your much-appreciated donations are always well received and forms a large part of our end-of-year function. We thank you for your support in previous years and hope that you can continue to support us in the years ahead. Thank you notice published courtesy of the Cooktown Local News

A copy of the notification and of the drawing in illustration may be viewed at Cook Shire Council Administration Centre, 10 Furneaux St (Cnr Walker St), Cooktown and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), Level 4, William McCormack Place II, 5b Sheridan Street, Cairns.


Any objections received may be viewed by other parties interested in the proposal road closure under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009

Early childhood education support Gungarde is offering places for Parents and Carers with children aged from 0 – Year 4 an opportunity to participate in an early childhood project. Activities will focus on growing towards a better understanding and inclusion in education opportunities. Attendance is free and is funded by the Parental and Community Engagement program (PaCE)


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accoMModation coMing to Cairns? Floriana Guest House on the Esplanade near the Cairns Base Hospital, offers self contained double of single rooms for $65 per night to locals. Email maggie@ or phone 4051 7886.

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nissan patrol ‘83 model, 3.3 diesel, 7 seater, $3,000. Phone 0435 753 644 containers for sale or hire. Ph Cooktown Towing, Tyres & Mechanical 4069 5545. shipping Container only used for 8mnths, new exterior paint $2,600. Caravan, Air-con, fridge, microwave, renovated interior $3,500. 22,700 litre Never Used Poly Water Tank $2,100. No further use selling all items well below cost. Ph 0427 280 562.

standBY Response Service. Support and information for people bereaved by suicide. Ph 0439 722 266. 24 hours – 7 days per week. MatUre aged bow hunter wanting access to properties around Cooktown and the Gulf to hunt pigs. Can supply references from other property owners” Contact Tony on: 4056 5716 or 0422 826 083. civiL celebrant Kathleen Roberts. Naming Ceremonies, Marriages, Funeral Co-ordination. 4069 5004 or 0427 695 004.

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Mortgagee in Possession – River Frontage in Cooktown – Moor your boat or catch a barra at your front door Five (5) blocks must be sold at never to be repeated prices

Objections to the application must be in writing and submitted to the DERM Cairns Office, no later than 3 May 2012.

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Auction 10.30am on site, Saturday, May 5, 2012 Contact Karen Olsen • Phone: 0428 696 775 or Email direct:

propertY 74 acres - Awesome views,good soil, cleared homesites. Small creek at the front with nice housesite. Even cleared housesites on top of the hills. Would make for a classy home with dream views. Plus much much more,and only 15 minutes from town. Will meet the present market, $185,000. Please Phone Allan & Cherie Morris on 5481 1991 or 0457 958 807 or go to

indUstriaL cLeaning driveWaYs, paths, patios and roofs becoming mouldy and slippery? Get them pressure cleaned for instant results. Phone 0429 695 597 for a free quote.

positions vacant capers Cafe looking for person with commercial kitchen prep and cooking experience. Solid planning and organisational skills essential. Set hours, 40 hours a week – 5 days Ph 0429 695 126. experienced house cleaner needed. Apply by Ph 4069 5406

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Easter Services Baptist Church, Hogg St, Cooktown. Good Friday 9:30 am Easter Sunday 9:30 am Enquiries Pastor Peter Ph: 4069 5155


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POISON CREEK RURAL FIRE BRIGADE - OFFICIAL SHED OPENING Saturday April 14 6 for 6.30pm opening - 26 Minke Road Followed by BBQ and Raffle Draw All members and residents of Poison Creek, neighboring brigade members, other interested members of the public and official guests are invited. BYO liquid refreshments

RSVP required by April 10 for catering. Contact Secretary Cass Sorensen 40 696657

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Team Leader Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service, Cape York Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $76 944 p.a., comprising salary between $61 187 - $67 438 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (AO4) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: Provide high quality, effective, efficient and confidential administrative support and customer service to health professionals and patients in a multidisciplinary environment, external allied professionals and service providers; through the coordination, supervision and management of the daily administration functions and requirements of Cooktown Multipurpose Health Services. Potential applicants are advised that the Aged Care Act 1997 requires Queensland Health employees and volunteers of aged care services to have a current National Police Certificate. Queensland Health will facilitate the applicants obtaining the above checks, administration functions and requirements of Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service. Enquiries: Julie Marich (07) 4043 0102. Job Ad Reference: H12CY03544. Application Kit: (07) 4226 5124 or Closing Date: Friday, 13 April 2012. You can apply online at A criminal history check may be conducted on the recommended person for the job. A non-smoking policy applies to Queensland Government buildings, offices and motor vehicles. BlazeQ022765


Education Queensland Bloomfield River State School Southern Cape Cluster (SCC)

Administration Officer AO2 (AAEP) 16 hours/week

Applications are invited for the position of Administration Officer AO2 (AAEP). Applicants need to apply in writing, addressing abilities against the selection criteria of the position description which is available from the BSM SCC on Ph: 0459825965 or email (Max 2 Pages). Completed applications need to be forwarded to the Principal Bloomfield River SS: PMB 1001, Bloomfield River, Cooktown Qld 4895, fax to (07) 4060 8180 or email: The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012. The Commission for Children and Young People Act 2000 requires the preferred applicant to be subject to a Working With Children Check and as part of Education Queensland policy, employees must undergo a Criminal History Check. Education Queensland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a smoke free environment.


Exercise your mind and help raise money for the Hospital COOKTOWNERS love a good trivia night, and what better way to exercise the grey matter and make a contribution to the local hospital than to attend an event planned for Tuesday, April 17 at Restaurant 1770. Profits raised from the evening will be donated to the “Friends of the Foundation” which is dedicated to helping the Cooktown Hospital. Event organiser Jan Howard said bookings are essential for the evening. “Trivia nights are always well attended, so it is important that people

nominate their intention of participating,” she said. Tables of six people will contest the night, so people can either register their own table, any combination of numbers or can register as individuals and they will be allocated to a table accordingly. Cost of the evening, which includes a two-course meal is $25 per person or $20 for pensioners. For more information, or to register, call Jan Howard on either 4069 6019 or 0429 697 021 or email: gnarler@

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Library funding indexed to good cause COOTOWN Library is the only Queensland library and one of only 27 nation-wide to receive $500 in funding from the Public Libraries of Australia based around the aims of the National Year of Reading 2012. Preference for this funding was given to small, remote and rural libraries that serve populations of less that 15,000. A Cook Shire Council spokeswoman said the funds will be used for an event to launch “Miromaa”, an Aboriginal online word and picture dictionary that will be located at the

Cooktown Library. “The Miromaa program is an easy-to-use database to aid in the preservation, reclamation and dissemination of Indigenous languages,” she said. “Council hopes this program will encourage a greater use of the library by people of all ages and encourage reading and knowledge of the local Guugu Yimithirr language. She said 2012 is about children and adults learning to read and avid readers finding new and exciting inspiration, supporting reading ini-

tiatives while respecting traditional storytelling and making Australia a nation of readers. “This year will see a wide range of activities taking place around the country, supporting readers of all ages and backgrounds to discover and rediscover the joy of reading,” she said. Council will advertise the launch of “Miromaa” when the program is ready to use and dates are confirmed for the event. For more information contact Cooktown Librarian, Diana Burns on 4069 5009.

Gamba grass is a threat to the Cape An example of gamba grass. Photo submitted.

STAFF from the Cape York Weeds and Feral Animal Program attended a national two-day workshop held in Darwin between Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23. Representatives from the Northern Territory and each state along with delegates from research, industry and community organisations attended the workshop. The aim was to develop a draft national strategic plan for gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) - a plant which has been nominated as a potential Weed of National Significance. Gamba grass has significant current and future impact potential across Northern Australia, including Cape York, through increased fire intensity, displacement of native plant species, reducing biodiversity and threatening social/cultural assets. This real threat is a serious situation and could affect the lives of many people throughout Cape York and Northern Australia. DEEDI Lands Protection Officer Shane Ross and CYWAFAP pest management

officer Trevor Meldrum helped deliver a presentation about the distribution and control of gamba grass which has been found on Cape York. All other known infestations in Queensland were also highlighted. This workshop was a success with the development of many draft strategies including; dealing with new outbreaks of gamba grass, surveying and mapping of gamba, the survey and control of core infestations and follow up control and mapping and the development of a central data base. CYWAFAP will be involved in the ongoing development of these strategies. Although only small infestations of gamba Grass are located within Cape York, it is important to get in and control it before it gets to be a bigger problem. Anyone who sees gamba grass growing in the region is asked to contact CYWAFAP on either 4069 5020 or go to their website: at which furtner information on the pest can be obtained.

Easter schedule THE Pistol Shoot scheduled for this Saturday, April has been cancelled, but the Rifle Shoot planned for Sunday start 9am for a Combined Services event. Contact Toby on 4069 5663 for details. Our next club meeting will be held at Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm. Anne Williams Secretary

Applications for funding call COOK Shire Council is calling for applications for the next round of funding to support community groups for events and projects taking place in the shire. Support is available in two ways. In-kind support includes the provision of Council facilities, equipment, staff and services. Direct financial assistance will be considered where in-kind support is not practical. Funding cannot be made where projects or events are already completed. Applicants must be community, sporting or not-for-profit organisations or individuals in Cook Shire. Organisations must be legally incorporated or operating under the auspices of an incorporated body. The potential funding available for each application will be capped at $2000. Council reserves the right to consider awarding amounts more than $2000 for special or major projects. Recent successful applicants include: * Rossville Parents and Citizens Association - $800 cash donation to purchase a barbecue for use by the Rossville State School at community

events; * Rossville Rural Fire Brigade - $1737 cash donation to purchase backpack blower and chainsaw for use by the fire brigade to clear and maintain fire breaks and for emergency call outs; * Cooktown Kindergarten Association - $2128 cash donation to purchase soft furnishings to reduce echoes in the building - echoes cause difficulties in hearing especially for any children or staff who are hearing impaired; and * Cooktown Combined Churches $500 donation for use of Lions Park for Carols by Candle Light and use of the Cooktown Events Centre as an alternative venue; assistance with advertising; supplies for community barbecue and treats for children attending. There are two rounds of funding each year. Applications for the next round of funding close on Monday, May 28 2012. Applicants are advised to contact Council’s Grants Officer, Fiona Brady on 4069 5444 or by emailing mail@ to discuss their intended project. Guidelines and application forms are available from Council’s website www.

Have Your Say... Name the new bridge over Laura River The Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking nominations from local residents, historians and traditional land owners to help find a name for the new bridge over the Laura River on the Peninsula Developmental Road, south of Laura. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a lasting memorial that publicly celebrates something special about your area. We are seeking names that have a strong community connection or honour an individual or group who have been integral to the community’s success or well-being. If a suitable name is agreed upon, it will be used in addition to the geographical name. If you would like further information about how to nominate, please contact the department in Cairns on 4050 5415 or email Please submit your nominations by email, fax or post by Monday, 30 April 2012 to: Department of Transport and Main Roads PO Box 6185 Cairns Qld 4870 Fax: 07 4050 5432 Email:

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GETTING READY FOR WALLABY CREEK FESTIVAL: The 2012 Wallaby Creek Festival will once again be organised by the Cape York Folk Club. Seen here after Saturday’s AGM at the Lions Den Hotel is the new executive committee: (from left) President Jen Midgley, Construction and Site Management Director Pietrina Dewaal, Secretary Jim Fay, Vice-President and Entertainment Director Sandy LLoyd and Commerce Director Nelsen Conboy. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

FIRST prize in the Cooktown Horse Sports monster seafood Easter raffle drawn on Monday, April 2 went Brett Crosby. Melissa Monkman won second prize, while Mick Mason finished with third. The Cooktown Horse Sports Association would like to thank everyone who supported them in the monster seafood raffle.

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Options for good Easter fishing LEFT: The excited father and son fishing team of Mark and Tom Privett with Tom’s first tuna. Photos supplied. RIGHT: Local angler Brad Cooper with a GT.

ANGLERS who prefer using live had smiles wider than the Endeavour River last weekend with the reappearance of herring into the Endeavour. Nothing beats live bait. If the weather holds true we could be looking at a great Easter weekend. The water has been clearing up in the rivers after the recent rains, so this weekend should be great for visitors

and locals to enjoy boating, crabbing and fishing. And if you do decide to go camping, take the family inland to chase some sooty grunter or a Mitchell River prawn, but if you decide to take the coastal option, hit the muddies or the inshore reef in the early morning. The lure casters should be in for a great weekend also, with good numbers

of fish falling to well-presented lures in the clearer waters. A couple of other reports from the Endeavour last week were encouraging with double-figure hauls - most reached by a couple of different groups casting lures to snags. Now that the offshore fish have had a rest for a couple of weeks, they might be out looking for a feed, so heading out

could be an option too. On the subject of good catches, best capture of the week went to Mick Mason for his metre-plus barra landed on a lure while land-based. Safety should be paramount at any time, but especially during any holiday period, boaties need to be extra vigilant to ensure their equipment is up-to-date.

So check the expiry dates on your flares and don’t forget the new life jacket label rules. Just a reminder we’ll be open daily at the Lure Shop during the Easter weekend for all your tackle and boating needs. Have an enjoyable weekend. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lute Shop

Country Road Kim hits a course record Hash trail laid by an Ice Maiden Coachlines CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN ~ Passenger and freight ~


Bus Services DEPARTS CAIRNS Inland Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun at 7am Coastal Mon, Wed and Fri at 7am DEPARTS COOKTOWN Inland Mon, Tues, Sat at 12.30pm Wed, Fri, Sun at 1.30pm Coastal Tues, Thurs and Sat at 7.30am INLAND SERVICE – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Departs Cairns 7am. Arrives CTN 11.45am. Departs Cooktown Mon, Tues, Sat 12.30pm, arrives CNS 5pm. Departs Cooktown Wed, Fri, Sun 1.30pm, arrives CNS 6pm. AGENTS COOKTOWN (Photo Shop) 4069 5446 BLOOMFIELD (Ayton Store) 4060 8125 LAKELAND (Mobil Roadhouse) 4060 2188

Bus Service and Airport Shuttle Bus Bookings essential: 7 days 4069 5446 ‘Travel with the Local Boy’ Owned and operated by Allan Harlow

• The schedule is subject to change or to cancel without notice • Child fares • Student fares • Pensioner rates (not available on Saturdays)

KIM Copland has been playing some beautiful golf over the past couple of weeks and there is just no stopping him. Kim hit a course record the other week and hit 64 off the stick with a nett score of 59. Bloody well done Kim and keep up the good golf in readiness for the Open. Winners for The Italian Restaurant weekly competitions for the past couple of weeks have been Brian Lemon with 41 Stableford points for the competition held between March 11 and 16, Kim Copland with a nett score of 59 for the competition held between March 18 and 23, and Don Keller with 35 Stableford points for the competition held between March 25 and 30. Runners-up were Kim Haskell with 40 points, Laurie Downs with a nett score of 64 and Wal Welsh with 33 points respectively. A good field turned out to compete in the Hope Vale Butcher Stableford competition on Saturday, March 31 with Kim Copland and Andy Daly dominating the field. Kim was the winner for the day with 34 Stableford points

and Andy was the runner-up with 33. Kim and Andy In the were the only players to land Bunker the nearest-thepins with Andy landing 2/11 and Kim landing 9/18. Well done boys! A handful of members competed in the Graham and Alice Burton Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition and the winner for the day was Peter Bertino on a count-back with Cameron Neill. Both finished with a nett score of 31 for the front nine. Kim Copland is leading the field for the current Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition with a nett score of 66. Nominations are now closed for the Cooktown Open - we have a full field of 88 and a few on the reserve list). For members who are not playing, it would be great if you could put up your hand to volunteer. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

WHAT a contrast between this week’s Hash and last week’s. There we were, plodding around under thick clouds, soaking wet to the point that one of our more aged and infirm Hashers actually used an umbrella for the whole run. This week, the sun was out, there was a gentle breeze, the humidity had dropped below 50 per cent and all was well with the world. Ice Maiden is paying her old home a fleeting visit, and took the chance to show us how a trail should be laid. We started on Quarantine Bay Road at the golf club turn-off and headed towards the beach. On the way, there were a couple of artful false trails, designed to slow down the front runners and allow the rest to catch up. I’m not sure Ice Maiden really understands this concept, as she blabbed to the front runners who ignored them and shot through like greased ferrets and left the back markers to get tangled up and even further behind. The trail eventually branched off and climbed Cooktown’s “pyramid” hillock. The top bears traces of the excavations meant to prove the whole thing had been erected

by Moses (who denies the charge strenuously). After some delightful punch, the pack went in search of the homeward trail, which Ice Maiden had forgotten to lay. We followed dubious and fallible guides along the beach and into dark swamps before eventually reaching the edge of the golf course with just enough light to find our way back to the cars. Back at the bash, Thermo got stuck into Ice Maiden straight away, and Whizz for being her father. Xtraktit had an “extremely” blonde moment and Moses was abused for offering to hold Cracklin’s hand in the dark. Our next run is our 1500th Run Celebration and starts at the Fishing Club Lease at 2pm on Saturday, April 7. It will be a very special run, followed later in the day by a special party at Shadows. The run on Monday, April 9 will be at Moses & Yo-Yo’s at 5.30 pm. Just turn up to join the fun. For details call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032. On-on! Lye Bak

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McMatt becomes an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Story and photo by ALF WILSON

Toyoto North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen, seen here with Robert Hostalek is now an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House in Townsville. Photo: ALF WILSON.

STAR North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen is hopeful of gaining Queensland State of Origin and Australian Test selection this season, but his main priority is helping his side win NRL games and reach the finals. Bowen made the comments on March 30 at Townsville’s Ronald McDonald House which provides accommodation for families from remote areas when they visit sick relatives at the nearby Hospital. The flyer from Hope Vale Aboriginal Community was delighted to become a community ambassador for Ronald McDonald House. “Every NRL footballer wants to play in State of Origin and Tests and fingers crossed I will this season, but I want to

be part of a Cowboys side which wins games and gets two points each week,” Bowen said. In round four the previous weekend the Cowboys were disappointing when they lost 20-14 to the to the underdogs Cronulla Sharks. It was announced during Bowen’s visit that stage two of the Ronald McDonald House would be open in July, which would increase the number of rooms for families from 12 to 24. Ronald McDonald House spokeswoman Emma Meeking said Bowen’s decision to be an ambassador would increase the profile of the facility. Whilst there Bowen met staff, volunteers and families who are currently using the facilities and inspected construction of stage two.

“This is a great community thing and helps many families including a lot of Indigenous ones including some from Hope Vale. They can be close to loved ones,” he said. Many of the families who use Ronald McDonald House are Indigenous from as far away as Kowanyama, Cape York, Napranum and other Aboriginal communities. Chillagoe Indigenous family Kirsty Callope, Robert Hostalek, Phillio Callope, 12, and baby Robert Hostalek Jnr, aged 20 months, were delighted to see Bowen who signed Cowboys team photographs for them. “I have met Matt before when he came to Chillagoe and he is a hero up our way,” Robert said. The family was visiting a sick relative at Townsville Hospital.

Dual bowls titles go to husband and wife THE green was full of bowlers resplendent in their whites last weekend with a fantastic turnout of 28 bowlers nominating to contest the highly sought after A-grade

Men’s and Ladies’ Club titles. The competitions commenced on Saturday with the finals played on Sunday. In the Men’s A Grade competi-

tion, Barry Walter and Peter Roberts completed their semi-final match with Barry defeating Peter 26/13. Heath Bramwell and Bob Sullivan went head to head in their semi with Heath overpowering Bob with a score of 26/9. Barry showed his prowess over the young gun, taking the title from Heath with a final score of 25/8 in the final. The ladies had a couple of forfeits due to ill health, which allowed Sue Bird to progress straight into the final on Sunday morning. Lyn Walter and Carol McKinna fought for the right to play Sue in the final with Lyn beating Carol 25/17. Lyn and Sue played in ideal conditions in the Ladies final on Sunday morning with Lyn taking the title with a score of 25/10. Lyn and Barry Walter showed they have not lost any of their form over the past 12 Cooktown Bowls Club President with Barry Walter, Kevin Dukes months taking out both Men’s and Ladies A and Bob O’Doherty on the day of their Triples Championship Grade titles. victory. Barry took out Sunday’s Men’s A-grade final, while Kevin A well deserved win for both players. contested a semi-final. Photo submitted. The star of the day on Saturday was junior bowler Kevin Dukes, who went head to head with April dates for your diary Rob Burton in a marathon LAST Wednesday saw five shooters 36-end game, with Rob line up for a Combined Service include: Core. Sunset shoots - Wednesdays finally beating Kevin by one point, 25/24. After the overall totals were - 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 5.30pm; Kevin is a gutsy young calculated, Mal was found to have 7th Field Rifle Shoot - Satplayer who has the potential urday, 7 commencing 9am; finished first with 333 and Toby to go further in the sport 14th Service Pistol - Satursecond with 294. of bowls and is setting the We have started grading these day, 14 commencing 1.30pm; trend for junior bowls in events as we hope to have a few and Cooktown. shooters contest the Zone 5 shoot in Practical Shoot - Sunday 29 Nominate your teams for Mareeba at the end of May, so we will begin commencing at 9am. the following competitions: to publish results by grade soon. If you are Come out and have a try, just bring April 21/22 - Men’s Pairs interested in participating in the zone shoot, photo ID and wear closed-in shoes. and April 28/29 - Ladies Janne Stewart please contact me on 0419 695 799 or Mal Pairs. on 0417 817 536. Secretary Anyone is welcome to

come along and play in our social games on Wednesdays and Sundays. Sunday is a fun day and for the cost of a normal game we throw in a barbecue lunch as well. Juniors are welcome to come along and we will provide training for all amateurs. It’s not as easy as it looks. Lyn and Barry Walter won the Cooktown Bowls Club Ladies’ The Bowls Bag and Men’s A-grade titles respectively last weekend.


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G’DAY again, Well, we’re all glad to be jumping on the bus and getting out of the cold in Canberra, especially with a win under our belts. The Raiders are always super tough on their home turf, regardless of where they’re running in the competition, so we’re glad to be going home with the victory. All last week we talked about a consistent, 80-minute performance and keeping our feet on the attacking accelerator and I think we achieved that against the Raiders. Everyone played really well in what was a good, all-round team performance. We all turned up to play on the night and were good enough to get away with the win. There were some really encouraging aspects about our game, including Brent Tate’s form and Tariq Sims’ return from injury. The big fella (Sims) had a nasty injury, which is hard to come back from and he’ll only get better from here on in as his confidence increases. And a really positive thing is that I don’t think anyone pulled up with any injuries. I’m all good and feeling better about my performances each week. I didn’t get across for a try against the Raiders, but that’s how the flow of the game went. I think I played well and am happy with my game. One thing I was really happy though was my 40-20. They’re a good kick by any standards, and I was just lucky enough to pull it off. It seemed to land right and then kept rolling. They’re really good for relieving pressure and they sure put a smile on the forwards’ faces if you can strike the sweet spot for those easy metres. This week we’ve got the competition leaders, the Storm, at home on Sunday night. They’re proving to be the benchmark of this year’s competition so far, so it will be a real test for us, but I’m sure we’re up to it. There’s still a lot of improvement in us, and this game will certainly challenge our desire for consistency. You can’t be successful in this competition with a win/loss/win/loss record. We’ll be giving it a good crack, that’s for sure. Good luck to the Three Rivers boys on Friday night. Hopefully their season will kick start again after the rain they’ve had up there. Anyway, that’s it for me for this week. Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday night and give us your support, we’re going to need it against the Storm. - Matt Bowen

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Full Boar Muay Thai boxer Clayton Cook worked up a sweat in preparation for this weekend’s fight against Jai Bradney on the Gold Coast. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Cook ready to go the distance By GARY HUTCHISON


FULL Boar Muay Thai boxer Clayton Cook will take more than 12 months of frustration into the ring with him on Saturday night when he climbs through the ropes to do battle with Jai Badney at the Gold Coast’s “Total Carnage” promotion. Nicknamed “The Athlete”, Cook trains at least five times a week and sometimes seven in his quest to maintain a fight-ready fitness level, but with a number of scheduled opponents withdrawing at the 11th hour in recent months, his preparations have been in vain. Not so this weekend though, with Cook being personally headhunted by Australian Muay Thai superstar Nathan “Carnage” Corbett to appear in his first-ever promotion. “It’s tipped to become one of Australia’s biggest promotions,” Full Boar Muay Thai Boxing Club trainer Vince Parkes said. “It’s pretty exciting for Clayton really.” Parkes said while Cook will not


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have the advantage of recent fights under his belt, going the distance in the three, three-minute round clash with Badney. “Clayton’s had 24 fights and none of them have been decided by a knock-out,” Parkes said. “He’s dedicated and trains hard and he’s ready for what will be a fast-paced fight on Saturday night.” Cook boasts a fight record of 24 bouts for 19 victories, all won on points decisions, but Badney’s win-loss ration is an unknown factor. What is known is that Cook, a specialist Muay Thai boxer, will take an advantage into the battle, which is being fought as a Muay Thai bout. “Jai’s an MMA fighter, but he’s only had one Muay Thai fight,” Parkes said. “He battle-hardened though, because he’s got 21 MMA fights behind him.” Cook said he was confident of a win and was totally focused on the clash.

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But it was a different role that Cook assumed last weekend, when he accompanied his stablemate Jack McInnes to Melbourne as a trainer. Unafraid of offending anyone’s sensibilities, Cook declared McInnes was “ripped off” in his loss to Harkan Tekin in a hotly-disputed, controversial points decision he labelled a “win to the home-town boy”. “Tekin left no doubt about his intentions when he showed Jack no respect by not touching gloves at the start of the fight,” Cook said. “He definitely dominated Jack in the first two rounds, but ‘Jacko’ turned it around in the third. “Points in the fourth and fifth should have definitely gone to Jack, but that obviously wasn’t the case.” He said the crowd and fight commentators could not believe that Tekin had taken the points. “The only ones who didn’t think Jack won were the judges,” he said. “Jack has every right to be very disappointed with that decision.”

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