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Dedication recognised

Those were the days . . . MOTORISTS driving past Hill Top Farm on the Endeavour Valley Road recently could be forgiven for thinking they had taken a step back in time with the sight of a giant white horse pulling a bale of hay. But no, it still is 2012 and Marcus, a fine example of the Percheron breed was being led by his owner, trainer and Hill Top Farm owner Wendy Seabrook pulling a round bale, while being ably assisted by Geoff Hutton, a grey nomad who is staying at the farm with his wife Lyn. Wendy said it was a case of a modern farmer working with horse power. Photo submitted.

The Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley AC presented Phil Axsentieff, Officer-in-Charge of Cooktown Ambulance Station with the Ambulance Service Medan and a citation at a ceremony in Cairns on Wednesday, October 10. Photo submitted. CITATION: “While in Cooktown, he has been dedicated to the community through his Local Ambulance Committee many community projects. Mr Axsentieff was responsible for the establishment of the First Responders Group at Lakeland Downs, and this group is one of the most successful and dedicated groups in Queensland. The Cooktown Ambulance Station is regarded as a model of excellence for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) due to Mr Axsenteff’s outstanding management. His motivation, commitment and dedication to the Queensland community and the QAS have been exceptional.” THIRTY years of dedication and distinguished service to the Queensland Ambulance Service were recognised last Wednesday, when Cooktown’s Phil Axsentieff was presented with the Ambulance Service Medal. Mr Axsentieff was presented with his medal and a citation by the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley AC in a ceremony held in Cairns. Mr Axsentieff joined what was the then, Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, at Coolangatta in 1982 as an Honorary Officer, to be appointed as a permanent officer in 1983. In 1988, he was promoted to Senior Ambulance Officer at Burleigh Heads Station and promoted to Station Officer shortly after. He was subsequently promoted to be the Officer-in-Charge at Halifax, and, in 1998, he took up the role of District Operations Co-ordinator at Innisfail. Then in 1998, he accepted his

current role as Officer-in-Charge at Cooktown. In the citation he received, reference is made to the esteem in which the Cooktown station is held within the QAS, and his involvement with the establishment of the Lakeland First Responders Group. Mr Axsentieff said he was proud to have been nominated for the honour, one he thought was out of the reach for most people and one he said the Governor described as, “not a given”. “The Governor really made the day for us all (other award winners), she’s a lovely lady and made it clear during her presentation, that very stringent rules apply to the decision making processes involved as to who actually gets the award,” he said. “My nomination was ‘out of the blue’ for me, so after hearing Ms Wensley qualifying the importance of the medal, I felt even more proud to be

receiving one.” He said his decision to apply for Cooktown came about a desire to work in the field. “Working on the road and at the grassroots level, that’s where I wanted to be, that’s why we made the move to Cooktown,” he said. Currently enjoying an extended period of leave in Innisfail where he owns a home, Mr Axsentieff is weighing up the options for the twilight of his career. “I’m 62 now and I’m getting up there, so with retirement looming at 65, I’ve been using this time to recharge the batteries and think about the future,” he said. “The ambulance has been a terrific career for me, and as I’ve told anyone who’s worked with me, ‘I’ve never had a bad day in the ambulance’,” Mr Axsentieff is set to return to duty in Cooktown in May, 2013.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone Gary Hutchison on (07) 4069 5773.


Fri 19. Concert - "The Australian Voices" - at Nature's

PowerHouse from 6pm. Admission $35. For bookings call Jacqui on 4069 5442. Sat 20. SSAA Cape York Cameron Creek Road Working Bee. Sat 20. Meeting of the Cooktown Amateur Turf Club at the racecourse from 1pm. Sun 21. SSAA Cape York Cameron Creek Road Black Powder Shoot from 9am. Sun 21. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 23. Art classes supervised by Ross Franzi at the Cooktown District Community Centre between 9.30am to 11.30am. Tue 23. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 23. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 24. Cooktown SSAA Service Core/Sports Pistol/ Centrefire Shoots from 5.30pm. Sat 27. SSAA Cape York Cameron Creek Road Rifle Shoot from 9am. Sun 28. Croc Trophy bike race will finish at Grassy Hill. Time to be announced. Sun 28. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Sun 28. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 30. Art classes supervised by Ross Franzi at the Cooktown District Community Centre between 9.30am to 11.30am. Tue 30. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 30. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 31. Cooktown SSAA General Meeting and Service Core/Sports Pistol/Centrefire/ Shoots and Air Pistol Match from 5.30pm.


Sat 3. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at noon. Sun 4. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from

1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Can club secretaries please send in a list of their events planned for the year to au so they can be included in the What's On section.

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. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.

 letters to the editor

Dob in neglectful pet owners

I HAD to take a dog to the pound yesterday to almost certainly be put down. This sad state of affairs is the end result of owners who don’t give a damn about their pets. Those who know me will know I’m not a model dog owner and my pets definitely aren’t model dogs either, but they are well cared for and fairly well controlled. The dog in question used to be

a brilliant animal, beautiful natured and in great “nick”, but now he’s a crazy dog fighter who wanders the streets skinny and covered in mange. He still has his beautiful nature and it broke my heart to take him to the pound, but he is better off put down than being neglected and dying a worse death of starvation, wounds or being run over. If you know someone not look-

Do it once, do it right on footpaths I HAVE written letters to Council over the past couple of years asking for improvements to streets, tar sealing, in this end of town. The reply stated lack of available funds was the reason for not

including these improvements in Council’s budget. So I was dismayed to see that concrete footpaths can be laid in Charlotte Street, only to ripped up a couple of weeks later. If money is so scarce in this

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Shire, obviously it should not be wasted in this manner. Please endeavour to adhere to the principal of “Do it once, do it right” in future. Bill McCann Cooktown

Activities for kids in Children’s Book Week LOCAL children will have the opportunity to be involved in upcoming Children’s Week celebrations, which will revolve around the theme, “Celebrating Children - focus on the Right of Children to Play” in the Year of Reading. Children’s Week will be held next week from October 20 through to October 28, with activities planned for the region. The week will be celebrated across Queensland with many regional communities marking the importance of play and literacy with local events. These will range from storytelling, to arts and crafts and other activities designed to work with children’s natural gift of creativity and their love of a great story. A mobile play group engaging in face painting, coloured hair spray, jewellery box, crowns and tiara paint collage, play dough, obstacle course and photo frames will be held at the following locations: • Lakeland on Monday, October 22 from 10am to noon; • Laura on Tuesday, October 23 from 10am to noon; • Wujal Wujal, Wednesday, October 25 from 10am to noon;

• Cooktown, Thursday, October 25 from 9.30am to 11.30am; and • Hope Vale, Thursday, October 25 from 9.30am to 11.30. For further information, call Charlotte Rangiahua (4069 6098). This year the Queensland Children’s Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Fraser, is the State Ambassador, along with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, from Australia Zoo, who are Family Ambassadors for the week.

BEV. Coleman chose Quarantine Bay to be naturalised as an Australian citizen on Thursday, October 4, 2012. In this photo (from left): Bev’s brother Dave Coleman and her daughter, Mikki Wynter, look on as Bev takes the oath of allegiance given to her by Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott who officiated the ceremony, which he described as his first “ alfresco naturalisation.” Originally from Ireland, Bev. first arrived in Australia 15 years ago and since lived in Cooktown for the past 13 years. Photo submitted.

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Queensland Children’s Commissioner Ms Elizabeth Fraser has accepted the invitation to be State Ambassador for Children’s Week, which will be held from October 30 to 28. Photo submitted.

A FEW days after the opening of the new skateboard park, along with my daughter and three grandsons, I went to the park to watch my five-year-old grandson have a skate. I would like to congratulate all the older skaters on their patience and the consideration they gave to this one, very novice skater - not to mention a two-year-old who wanted to get in on the act. They were so tolerant and went out of their way to make sure it was clear so he could have a turn in the “big bowl”. These young boys look up to the older boys and copy their moves, so remember to set an example at all times. It was a pleasure to see the exemplary behavior of all present on that day. I have been interstate for a few weeks hence the delay in writing this letter. Bev Stone, Cooktown.

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ing after their dog don’t just ignore it, dob them in to the dog catcher or have a word with them, the dogs don’t deserve to be treated like this. Also a huge thank you to Renny, Jason, Stan and the two guys whose names I don’t know who stopped to help me break up the five-dog fight this morning. Sarah Martin, Cooktown.

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ABOVE: Cook Shire Tourism Co-ordinator David Barker, Matthew Connelly, DirectorExpressway Signs and Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott with the shire’s TTNQ Local Government Award for Tourism. Photos supplied courtesy of Lovegreen Photography. ABOVE RIGHT: Hinterland Aviation Managing Director Mark Dorward with the TTNQ Award for Tour &/ or Transport Operator of the Year. RIGHT: Bloomfield Lodge Managers Ben and Courtney Morely with the Lovegreen Photography Unique Accommodation Award. THREE tourist operators operating within the shire came away with gongs from the Tourism Tropical North Queensland Awards ceremony last weekend. Recognised for excellence within their specific categories were: • Cook Shire Council, who scored the Expressway Signs Local Government Award for Tourism; • Hinterland Aviation who received the KPMG Tour &/or Transport Operator award; and • Bloomfield Lodge who was the recipient of the Lovegreen Photography Unique Accommodation Award. Receiving the award on behalf of the Cook Shire, Mayor Peter Scott said the award heralded the administration’s “coming of age” within the tourism industry. “This award not only shows the Cook Shire as a legitimate attribute, but a terrific opportunity to the tourism industry in Tropical Far North Queensland,” he said. Mayor Scott lauded the efforts of David Barker, the Shire’s Tourism Co-ordinator, and his team. “It’s rightly said that you’re only as good as the people who work

Cr Peter Scott and his wife, Sayah Scott at the Tourism Awards.

with you,” he said. “And in David and his team, we have a dedicated, hard-working team whose efforts are properly rewarded with this award.” Hinterland Aviation Managing Director Mark Dorward said his team was delighted to have won the TTNQ Award for Tour &/ or Transport Operator of the Year. “We are extremely passionate in what we do and are very proud of the service that we provide,” he said. “Thank you Cooktown for all of your support over the years!” Bloomfield Lodge Manager Ben Morely said their achievement would not have been possible without the support of the Lodge’s owner Mike Gooley and their long-serving, dedicated staff. It has been a good year for the Lodge, with this ceremony the third they have been invited to this year. The Lodge has earlier been nominated for the Queensland Hoteliers’ Association’s “Best Boutique Accommodation award” held in Brisbane, along with being a finalist in the Australian Hotelier’s Association’s awards in Tasmania.

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LAST week’s decision by the Cook Shire Council to tear up a newly-laid stretch of concrete footpath between Green Street and Banks brought howls of rage from angry ratepayers. While Rosalie Chester penned her dismay in a Letter to the Editor in last week’s edition of the Cooktown Local News, along with a call for the sacking of whomever was responsible for the debacle, other ratepayers were venting their spleens in private discussions and ‘phone calls to the CLN. In response to this, the ABOVE: New footpath Cooktown Local News near the Cooktown RSL contacted the Cook Shire Sub Branch office was Council with a list of ripped up on Tuesday of the main questions that last week. Photos: GARY ratepayers were asking HUTCHISON. RIGHT: More of the to be answered. Charlotte Street footpath They included: • The thickness of the ripped up within days of concrete used for this it being laid by the Cook footpath was far too thick Shire Council. This photo for what should have shows the thickness of the concrete used for the been laid; • When finished, the project. footpath had sharp and next move on this project; jagged edges; • Inappropriate form • What will be the cost work was put in place to ratepayers to rectify before the concrete pour- the issue; and • How and why did ing, which contributed to this occur, and why the above; • Concern has been wasn’t something wrong expressed that penalty detected long before the rates were paid to staff for project was brought to its an unnecessary, Saturday first conclusion. • In all matters relating pouring; ONLY • What was the cost to costing, please detail of the project before the the individual costs in decision was maderoasts… to rip man-hours, Sunday night 2 for materials $25 and dumping costs. up the concrete?; On Monday, Cook • What was the cost of ripping up the con- Shire Council Executive crete and removal of the Officer Stephen Wilton debris?; issued a media release. • What is Council’s “The funding agree-

ment for the upgrade of Cooktown kerb ramp, path and access to public facilities project was due to expire on September 30, 2012. “A decision was made to expend the balance of funds that resulted from previous cost savings on the footpath project and left over funds from the pedestrian crossing element that had not gone ahead. “An attempt was made to marry the new footpath to the existing heritage kerb by way of a bullnose of concrete to the back of

the kerb. “The cost of these works was $36,770. “Council acknowledges that the resultant footpath constructed from Green Street to Banks Street was not of an appropriate standard. “Work commenced as soon as practicable to rectify the issues: the bull nose sections of concrete have been cut from the heritage kerb back to a new footpath edge and turf installed; and the Telstra service at the Green Street end is to be lowered to reduce the

rise in the path. “Council acknowledges that there has been a cost to rectify this work (approximate cost to date $5600), however the money was to be lost to the community with no one benefiting and whilst some sections required reworking the vast majority was acceptable once the bull nose was removed. “There will also be a small ongoing cost whilst the new turf is established and then regular maintenance,” the statement said.

Cool room to help farmers group grow Gambling fund gives boost to local organisations CLUBS and organisations within the Cook Shire have had funding boosts totalling more than $82,000 from recent allocations from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. In all, more than $245,349 has been distributed to 13 local community groups with the Cook electorate. Member for Cook David Kempton said the fund is administered by the state government and provides one-off grants to Queensland not-for-profit community organisations with revenue sourced from gaming taxes placed on Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, keno and gaming machines. Locally to benefit were: Cooktown Re-enactment Association received $4480 for the design and erection of a historical statue; Cooktown District Community Centre: purchased a mulcher with its $5863; Lakeland Horse Sports Association will be able to install a riding arena and water bore with its $28,249; Cooktown Tourism Association re-

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ceived $27,636.37 to assist with the production of next year ’s Discovery Festival; Cooktown Food Connect will now be able to install a cool room with its allocation of $12,624.80, and Cape York Folk Club will be able to purchase equipment for festivals with its $3205. “Groups such as these are the lifeblood of our community and it is great to be able to support them financially,” Mr Kempton said. “The grants are designed for approved not-for-profit organisations to help provide services or programs which benefit the community and are not intended to replace existing sources of support for these organisations.” He said funding under these grant programs is allocated quarterly. “The majority of Queensland notfor-profit community organisations are eligible to apply, either in their own right if incorporated, or through a sponsor if not incorporated,” he said.

Information on the State Government grants can be found at: http://www.qld. Cooktown Food Connect member Wendy Seabrook said receipt of the grant will help their organisation grow with the installation of a cool room. “We’ll be able to store fresh and dried organic food with the cool room we buy with this grant,” Ms Seabrook said. “We are excited about getting this grant, it’s a pat on the back for organisations like ours helping to build local economies through promoting local and regional food production and supporting growers. “The cool room will make easier to provide a wider range of local and regional organic fruit, veggies, grains and nuts to our customers.” CTFC is looking for more suppliers and people who would like to help promote the resilience of Cooktown’s economy and food supply through buying healthy, locally grown produce. Email mail@cooktownfoodconnect. for more information.


Award-winning builder a man dedicated to his craft Story and photo By ERIC GEORGE Ph: 1300 4895 00 • Fax: 1300 7872 48

MATTHEW Carey is well-known around Cook Shire as a builder, but as a builder with a difference. You have only to touch on the subject of building with him to realise his dedication to the craft of constructing homes. I interviewed him in his office. It is small, crowded, full of files and paperwork, but very tidy. If an office betrays its owner’s character, you would expect Matthew to be efficient and organised. “I came originally from Darling Downs, a rural area, and my family on both sides were farmers. I went to high school but bailed out of Grade 11. “Instead of doing Year 12, I did a pre-vocational TAFE course in building. That course was pretty good and covered all the trades in six months and then you chose a trade for your last six months. “I did my apprenticeship in Brisbane with a prestige home builder. “Quite large scale, he had 26 apprentices. Apprentices were always pressed to their limit. “A second-year apprentice was expected to have a full ute of tools and be capable of being left alone on a job. “We were lucky that we got to do large-scale homes. Twenty-five years ago and they had intercom systems, and flash cooking gear, and swimming pools and tennis courts. “They were top of the range in Brisbane, for sure.” Is that where Matthew learned his attitude to quality control? His boss had “very high quality control.” He was a suit-and-tie builder, one of the first in Brisbane to do gated estates. He had a major office and in-house architects. “We had defect lists, with different colours. “When you walked through a house there would be different coloured stickers because the boss came through, the architect came through, the interior designer came through, all with their different colour codes. “High quality control and a high tradition of building. Hardwood frames, pitched roofs, and whether it was carpeted or not, hardwood flooring.” So Matthew finished his apprenticeship with them? “They went bankrupt. In 1988 interest rates hit 18%, and they were going into a major development at Sunnybank. “The Japanese investment consortium fell through and the company went down and couldn’t get up again. And that was that.” Matthew returned to Darling Downs to work on small jobs while, at the age of 21, he applied for his builder’s licence. Did Matthew ever consider getting into a local government position? “I was actually keen not to work for anyone else, ever again, after losing quite a lot of dough with the previous company. I like working for myself and being my

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Award-winning builder Matthew Carey in his office. own boss.” competition than any other His next big step came when local builders. In the last three he decided to move to north or four years the internet has Queensland, and started working become a major player, and kit for a pole home builder in Cairns. homes come up quite a lot. This man, Rob Arthur, became “I might meet a potential Matthew’s mentor and he still client and explain to them a job stays in touch with him and his from start to finish and what we business partner Chris Vandyke. have to offer. I give them an They sent Matthew up to Cape estimated price and then they’ll Tribulation as foreman for a resort turn around and say ‘I can get project. that for $60,000 or $90,000 as Matthew had worked on pro- a kit home’. jects in Cooktown, and finally “What they don’t take into moved his family up here in 1998. account is that it is a flat-pack His reputation brought a steady home. flow of prestige projects and he “It doesn’t include earthhas kept busy. works or the additional labour Recently, he won the Master that goes into it, electrical, Builders’ Regional Award for painting, finishing, cabinetry. houses on a sloping site valued They’re not a complete item.” over $426,000 for an imaginative As a builder, Matthew is house in Newman Street. very aware of Cooktown’s Matthew is a modern builder, development environment. focusing on unique quality homes “It’s always an up-hill battle for individual clients. with our friends at the council. He has his own website (http:// There is an attitude of difficulty m t c b u i l d e r s . c o m / ) t o s h o w over things that could be easy. prospective clients what he can “There are unknown costs. do, and he has house-and-land There seems to be an endless packages available around town. trail of paperwork that is not How is the building trade doing required. around Cooktown at the moment? “If there is any interpretation “I’ve just run an ad in the of regulations, it is always the Cooktown Local News, for the most difficult and always the first time in 13 years. This is the most expensive.” quietest time we have had in the At the moment, Matthew’s development of the business in time is completely taken up Cooktown. with his business so when I “Even two years ago it felt like asked him to suggest a change it wasn’t going to stop. It’s always or a project he would like to see been a little bit of a struggle in for Cooktown’s future, he was Cooktown. at a bit of a loss. “That next job is always in the Then he said: “I would like back of your mind - where is it to see the rebuilding of the going to be? bridges along the railway track “It’s been quite hard on cash to Marton, to make a footpath flow, not having that continuity of or bicycle track. work. Now I’m finding I’m back “People could fish off the on the tools 10 hours a day. bridges, and get to see the “I work Saturdays and Sundays real Far North without leaving to do the book work and quote, and town. try to make things happen.” “Bridges like the foot bridge I asked Matthew to explain at Marton are not expensive.” kit homes and their place in the Now there’s a thought. market. Something that would be “I have found kit homes com- good for our tourism and ing up, and probably as more doesn’t cost a fortune.


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The Crocodile Trophy, a gruelling test of mental toughness, endurance and mountain bike skill will finish in Cooktown on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Photos courtesy of Crocodile Trophy/Regina Stanger.

World’s toughest mountain bike race is to finish in Cooktown THIS year’s Crocodile Trophy is already boasting almost double its biggest field to date for the event which is due to start in Cairns on Saturday and finish in Cooktown on Sunday, October 28. Known as the hardest, longest and most-adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world, more than 150 have already signed-up for the gruelling test of endurance and mental toughness. Last year, many Australian and New Zealand racers participated in the Crocodile Trophy. They raced hard and finished with a win in the Masters and a fourth place in the overall classification by Graeme Arnott and a further five Australians in the Top 20. For this year, the biggest-ever field of Australian Crocodile Trophy racers is expected to participate. Australian riders include Jason English, Australian 24H Solo World Champion and Justin Morris, best Elite Australian finisher at the Crocodile Trophy 2011. Among the international field of competitors are high-profile names, including last year’s podium getters, the

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Marathon Champion Wolfgang Krenn and fellow Austrian Road Hill Climb Champion Josef Benedseder as well as Ondrej Fojtik, the Czech Crocodile Trophy winner from 2008 and runner up in 2004 and 2007. Canadian marathon racer and Mongolia Bike Challenge winner Cory Wallace will also be at the start line alongside Spaniard and Red Bull racer Josef Ajram and Austrian road talent Patrick Konrad. The organisers are also excited about the largest-ever female contestant field at a Crocodile Trophy - seven female athletes will be at the start line in Cairns, including Australian triathlete and Ironman racer Kate Major. Another premiere for this year’s Croc Trophy 2012 will be the launch of the “Adventure Team of 2” category - two team riders will compete and race together. In a first for the “Croc”, it will kick off on Saturday, with two public race stages as part of the Crocodile Trophy MTB Festival hosted by the local Cairns MTB Club. The first stage will be a 32 km lap race at the Smithfield World Cup tracks and the second stage will be a 92 km marathon race from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands. Riders are invited to sign up via links on the Crocodile Trophy or the Cairns MTB Club websites. After the Smithfield stage, the following eight days will challenge the technical skills of participants more than ever before. Generally, the stages will be shorter, but they will include considerably more mountain bike tracks this year. Overall, the participants will ride for almost 1000km with the longest stage covering 136 km and organisers say they are in for the adventure of a lifetime. Each night, camp will be set up in mining towns and at cattle stations in some of the most-remote parts of the Australian Outback. It is a tough event that

goes over nine stages. Race finishers say that the pace is fast and the competition fierce. The race track takes them over corrugated fire trails, through river crossings, down technical descents and through the forbidding landscape of rocky service roads without an inch of shade. And then there is the scenery - dark red sand, vegetation ranging from barren bush to lush rainforest. The Outback will continue to be centre-stage also in 2012, with camps at the cattle stations of Mt. Mulligan, Mitchell and Palmer River. The seventh stage will take the riders to Maytown. Many sections of the infamous Bicentennial National Trail will this year also be part of the stage plan of the endurance race in the Australian Outback. And after a 10-year break also the legendary stage through the “Quinkan Aboriginal Reserver” from Maytown to Laura will be revived and included in this year’s Croc Trophy. A crowd of 300 athletes, supporters and organisational crew will arrive at the finish line in Cooktown, and once again Grassy Hill will be the riders’ final destination.

Hope St. closure for Croc riders WITH the arrival of Croc Trophy riders on Sunday, October 28, residents are advised that Hope Street from Green Street to the Grassy Hill Lookout will be closed to all traffic between 1.30-4.30pm. There will be a slight disruption in traffic flow as they ride their way through Charlotte Street and turning at Green Street before making their way to the top of Grassy Hill. The cyclists will complete their ride on top of Grassy Hill, after which they will ride down to Lions Park for presentations at around 4.30pm. And with about an extra 240 people in the form of riders, support crews and event organisers expected to be in town, the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is advising businesses it could be a good opportunity to extend their trading hours for that afternoon.


Another side to the Wallaby Creek rubbish NOT everyone has agreed with the Wallaby Creek Festival organisers’ appraisal of the waste handling methods at this year’s event, with one resident stating he was abhorred by huge piles or rubbish deposited at the Rossville Market Place site. In the October 4 edition of the Cooktown Local News, Cape York Folk Club President Jen Midgley said a highlight for the organisers was a huge reduction in the amount ABOVE: Rubbish from the Wallaby Creek Festival left at the Rossville Market Place. of waste recycled and its Photos submitted. resultant cost savings to BELOW: Rubbish from the Wallaby Creek Festival left at the Rossville Market Place. the Festival. Ms Midgley said only 47 garbage bins were assigned to the compacting waste truck this as opposed to about 250-300 last year. “All that rubbish was recycled out by Joel de Bono and his crew from ‘Eclipse 2012’,” she said. “Not only did we save thousands out of it, but it’s also a big saving to the planet. “Innovations like that means the Festival gets closer to becoming a waste-free event.” However, the Rossville resident who asked not to be named said he went on his weekly pilgrimage to the He suggested it was a bad idea deny the Rossville residents the Rossville Market Place to recycle his to remove so many bins from this ability to use them as they usually plastics and tins, only to be: “greeted year’s festival. do,” Ms Midgley said. with the biggest pile of rubbish “Maybe the council will have to “So perhaps a better idea would surrounding and overflowing the remove this trailer at abusive times be to provide more of them for community recycle trailer”. such as when the festival is on?” people who want to indulge in this “To my abhorrence, I found he asked. practice.” there to be huge bags of soiled “Whatever happens next year, I She said she thought some of nappies, bags of foodstuffs and other just hope better waste management the rubbish referred to at Black indescribable ‘stuff’,” he said. practices are put in place as this Mountain could have blown out “A lot of this ‘stuff’’ was fly- year’s was an obvious failure.” of the ute belonging to one of her blown and I think some of the poor Ms Midgley said she agreed with committee members. little blighters were getting hot in that the resident that it was unfortunate “I know she saw all that rubbish tin trailer as they decided to go for a people chose to load rubbish into and loaded some of it onto her ute to walk towards the river. their cars and dump it at the Rossville take it into the dump in Cooktown to “I also noticed that rubbish Market Place, but felt a better alter- minimise the eyesore and the work overflowed out of the trailer as far native in 2013 would be for Council for the Council,” she said. as Black Mountain, and wondered to provide even more bins there for “But I think some of it must have how much council resources it took people to use as they left the site. blown off the back of the ute as she to clean all this up?” “Taking those bins away would headed into town.”

Cyclone outlook: Start preparing now THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued its tropical cyclone seasonal outlook, reminding communities to prepare now for the coming wet season. Bureau of Meteorology Climate Prediction Manager Dr Andrew Watkins said advances in the science of climate prediction allow his staff to accurately gauge the likelihood of above or below average tropical cyclone activity, and better inform severe weather planning. “The overall outlook is for a return to near average, or slightly below average, tropical cyclone activity, but this does not mean we can afford to be complacent about the risks,” said Dr Watkins. “The tropical cyclone outlook uses key climate indicators to look at what the coming season may bring. “Currently the climate is in neutral territory, meaning neither La Niña or El Niño conditions are present. “Typically, La Niña events are associated with more tropical cyclone activity, and El Niño with less.” Queensland Regional Director Rob Webb said that with

the cyclone season rapidly approaching, taking a few simple steps to prepare now can make a world of difference. “The average number of cyclones sits around four in the Queensland region and although they don’t all cross the coast, even the risk of a single cyclone or flood makes the preparation worthwhile,” said Mr Webb. “When it comes to flooding, Queensland has seen widespread activity in recent years, and while we don’t expect the same extent of flooding this year, we can expect typical periodic flooding in parts of the state.” To view the Bureau’s 2012/13 Tropical Cyclone Seasonal Outlook go to: tc.shtml For current warnings and further information on tropical cyclones go to: shtml Further information on how to prepare can be found online at:



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AT Cooktown State School we are always encouraging students to put in their best efforts to any work they undertake. By exposing students to a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, we are seeing many students achieve success in their areas of interest. Students who recently participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition achieved the following exceptional results. Distinction - Jakeb Whitman; Credit - Brianna Vela, Steven Muggleton, Nicholas Hook, Jason Pokharel, Brayden Robertson, Lachlan Bassani and Damen Kelly. Another popular competition run in conjunction with Sydney University, required students to complete computer programing challenges. Open to students in high school, Steven Muggleton, Daniel Midgley and Beckett Kluck all received a result of Credit. Harrison Roberts, a Year-4 student, was also given the opportunity to participate based on his high level of interest and ability in computer use and performed very well. We also recently received our NAPLAN results and are very impressed with the improvements that continue to be made by students. Noteworthy results were seen in Year-3 Reading and Writing; Year-5 Reading, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation; Year-7 Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy; Year-9 Reading, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy. These results will be discussed in more detail at the next P&C meeting on Friday, November 2. If you would like to discuss your child’s individual results further, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me at the school. Through hard work and a commitment to their personal learning, students are being helped by teachers to reach their potential. We would like to thank parents and carers who value the education of their children and encourage them to come to school each day. Melinda Stewart Acting Deputy Principal

We’re finally back on track if possible. It’s one of our big after a couple of whirlwind and money earners along with hectic months, with many of our other minor projects. members having been away from We’re covered by Lions Cooktown for various reasons. International Insurance. Our Motto: We Serve Where to start? Oh yes - got it! We are in the 201Q2 Lions Roar district of World Wide Lions No. 1 priority: We desperately need new, International incorporating young blood! 75 clubs in our district. I’ve heard this week, we’re referred Our district is huge and encompasses to as the “blue rinse brigade” and cannot Mackay in the south to New Guinea in the agree more. north. Most of our current members are in the We are one of the most respected and “oldies” over 50s, which is fine as most of us financially secure clubs in our district and have a mountain of experience to offer - but are held in high esteem. we truly need “so many more younger Each year we have a District Zone members”. Meeting held in one area. We do have some current younger Of the last six years, this year we are members and value their input greatly. holding the 3rd Zone Meeting for our district Please join our pride of Lions and we here in November, so every second year the will pamper you and groom you to become Zone Meetings are held in Cooktown. Why? members of one of the best service clubs in Because they all love coming here. the world with endless opportunities world Our general meetings held are held on the wide. second Tuesday of each month, while dinner Looking at travelling overseas? What a meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of golden opportunity to have a contact in any each month from 7pm in our clubhouse. country you visit, or any town or city you We are a working for “our community”, visit in Australia. club but are also a fun, social club as well What is expected from you? and enjoying a strong bond. Very little. For more information or to have a chat What age group? 20s to 40s. about joining please contact: President Help approximately once every six Tony on 0409 062 065 or Treasurer Peter weeks to do the Saturday Lions raffle in the on 0448 068 555 or Vice President Jill on Top Pub, and help to run sausage sizzles 0409 695 123. and bars for functions and the once-yearly We will update you with all the functions Seniors Christmas Party at the Bowls Club, and projects we’ve been involved with lately the bar at Carols by Candlelight and the Billy in the next issue. Kart Derby at the June Weekend Festival. Yours in “Lionism” Other things include helping maintain Vice-President Jill Williams our seating around town and our can



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8 – Cooktown Local News 18 - 24 October 2012



                        


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           


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The Palmer goldfield - early day experiences By William Hill and published in the Cummins and Campbell magazine in 1938. AS we head up to the 139th anniversary of the arrival of the first miners on October 24, 1873, and the commencement of European settlement at Endeavour River, let us look back at a story, first published in 1938 and talking about those early years. “I must recall the fact that the famous Palmer Goldfield was opened up in November 1873 when Howard St George and A. C. Macmillan arrived from the South, by way of the Endeavour River, with a party of diggers and Government officials. Then the big rush set in, which continued for about two years. I relieved Warden Coward in April 1876, and my camp was at Byerstown, halfway between Cooktown and Maytown. My staff included a C.P.S., three orderlies, and three black trackers, with a liberal supply of horses. The wily Chinese tried every dodge to evade payment of mining

fees, and would cheat you, if possible, with spurious gold. I had on several occasions to round up and arrest mobs of from one hundred to one hundred and fifty, escort them miles to my camp, and then draft them out like sheep, retaining their swags until they found ten shillings. Sometimes we were kept up all

night by small mobs coming to the camp to redeem their property, which the C.P.S. had duly docketed, giving the owner a duplicate ticket. I carried a long, light chain on a pack horse, with seventy-five pairs of hand-cuffs attached, so I had accommodation for one hundred and fifty, and on camping, we opened one part of the chain and secured the lot round a tree. We were often on duty away among the ranges, for two or three weeks at a stretch, rounding up the outside camps and scooping in revenue. This was most distressing work for men and beasts for we had to travel for miles up the bed of the Palmer River, in a gorge between ranges, struggling over boulders, in terrific heat. We were rarely free from fever, and I had sometimes to lie down in the dust on the main road, shivering like an aspen

NEHEMIAH was a man who lived on his knees. Whenever he needed guidance, strength, provision, or protection, his first response was prayer. Because of Nehemiah’s humble dependence, God was able to use him greatly to achieve His purposes. This principle is still true for believers today. God can use us in the most awesome fashion if we’ll seek Him and make ourselves available. He has a calling for each of us and doesn’t want us wasting the opportunities He provides. To follow Nehemiah’s example of dependent

Israel’s as well prayer, we must (vv. 6-7). first recognise We c a n n o t God as the hide, deny, or sovereign Ruler cherish sin and of the universe (v. 5). From the Pulpit expect the Lord to hear and anAlthough He’s our loving Father swer our prayers. Purity and loyal Friend, we must of heart and the power of never forget that He is God are linked. We need the sensitivalso our high and exalted Creator whose holiness is ity to instantly recognise beyond our comprehen- when we’ve strayed, and the willingness to deal sion. Never think of the Lord with sin immediately. The reason Nehemiah as “the man upstairs” or come into His presence in stood so tall and strong, was not due to his natural a frivolous manner. Because Nehemiah abilities, but because he respected the awesome developed a relationship h o l i n e s s o f G o d , h e of dependency on the Lord approached Him with con- through prayer. The same can be true fession, admitting not only his sin, but his father’s and for you.

Endeavour magnet

THE dictionary defines Writers’ “magnetic” as being Corner “strongly attractive with drawing power” and that, for many locals, is quite a fair description of our lovely river, The Endeavour, as it winds its watery way to the Coral Sea.

“The Magnet”

I can’t get enough of The River As it smiles its blue way through the town. It draws me, a watery magnet, When I’m in The Doldrums, feeling down. Sunshine on ripples is sparkling balm; A medicine free for the taking; Like a trusty ointment, oft applied, For body or mind that is aching. White wheeling gulls match white sailing craft That transport my thoughts from my woes. Sadness in me glides down to the sea As, eternally, The River flows. By DIANNE KELLER Do you have any stories, in verse or prose, about our endearing waterway? Email them to: or post to: P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group.

Grants for young facing aged care NATIONAL charity Youngcare launched its At Home Care Grants program last week, with grants of up to $10,000 available for young Queenslanders (aged 18-65) at high risk of entering aged care. $100,000 has been made available for individuals with disabilities and their families in desperate need of emergency respite care, essential equipment and home modifications. At Home Care Grants alleviate some of the serious financial, emotional and physical burdens which end up forcing young people with high care needs into aged care. The funding is for essential everyday items like electric-wheel chairs, speech devices, air-conditioners and adjustable beds. Submissions for the At Home Care Grants Queensland close on November 8, 2012 and one-off grants between $2000 and $10,000 are available for equipment and services that will enable the recipients to remain at home in the care. For more information about the Youngcare At Home Care Grants program visit: qldgrants.

with Cooktown Historial Society

and a bottle of ink, he rigged himself up as a Wa r d e n ’s Orderly, stuck up Chinese on the road, and issued to them what they took to be genuine Miners’ Rights, receiving ten shillings each. He victimised over sixty unsuspecting Chinese, and then rode to Cooktown, timing himself to catch the steamer going South. But Clohesy was one too many for him, and nabbed him just as the gangway was being pulled in.” Continued next week

“Not a FaN” – the Movie

Standing strong and tall through prayer Nehemiah 1:1-11

leaf for an hour or two, and after this came a raging fever which often made a man delirious. We were in frequent peril from the blacks, who were constantly on the watch, ever on the alert, and a very strange cannibal lot they were. We had invariably to keep a strict watch all night, when camping out. A clever swindle was perpetrated while I was on the Palmer by a very old offender, who was very smart, but not smart enough for old Constable Clohesy. This man procured an unused one-hundred cheque book, and having provided himself with red braid, a pen

Step Back

Don’t rush into your day without taking time to enter God’s throne room to seek His guidance. Have an AWESOME week. Pastor Wayne Brennan, Cooktown Community Church.

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Showing at Cooktown BaptiSt ChurCh (next to iga) Sunday, oCtoBer 21, 7pm – Free! In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Fans are “enthusiastic admirers”. Is that how you define your relationship with Jesus Christ? An “enthusiastic admirer”? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He is looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but

Completely. Committed. FollowerS. How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? Join the movement of people all over the world who have stepped across a line and said:

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Russian twins set sail on strange circumnavigation The reported sighting of a Viking boat in Northern Australia in mid-September created a great deal of interest, as little was known about it, if, in fact, it did exist. Cooktown Local News has located the vessel and its history, including its links to a Russian motorcyle club. MARK ROY reports. IT’S not every day that you see what looks like an ancient Viking ship, flying under the outlaw flag of a Russian motorcycle club, moored at the Seisia beach on the tip of Cape York. But it’s not every day that you come across sailors like Russian twins Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik, either. The vessel is the Rusich, which the brothers - who built the boat themselves - solemnly describe as “an old Slavic wood-castle”. I first met this pair of professional adventurers five years ago in Carnarvon, with my good friend and Russian translator Kirill Evgenevich Ivoutin, as they set out on the second of two ill-fated attempts to row across the Indian Ocean to Tanzania in what looked like a floating yellow submarine. On that trip they had to be rescued by the RAAF, but sometimes their oddball adventures do go roughly according to plan. Each year, it seems, these fierce Russian patriots embark on a random, ill-advised and ludicrous expedition to cover some part of the globe by one improbable means or another. They have already crossed the Caspian Sea in their 15-metre Slavic “wood-castle” wearing heavy suits

of armour. And dispatched the deserts of the Middle East on giant three-wheeled motorcycles. And circumnavigated the globe on Urals, a sort of heavy, old, Russian version of the Harley Davidson. In November, 2011, after leaving the shores of the Black Sea on the Rusich, they sailed their wooden monument to Russian ancestry, the Rusich, into the port of Darwin, where it was made ready for their clockwise circumnavigation of Australia, which began in August, 2012. Now they are ready to begin the second leg of their 3000-nautical mile journey to Sydney. But it seems the two adventurers need some cashed-up travelling companions to help them along their way. “OFFICIAL INVITATION of ALL PEOPLE of EARTH,” the twins state in a recent, desperate-sounding email to a Cossack motorcycling website. “We don’t have not enough 10+ participants who could pass with us and bring the monetary contribution to expedition, I search everywhere. “The request to you, you could place the invitation about participation on a castle of Rusich on the Internet or still somewhere?”

ABOVE: The “Slavic wood-castle” Rusich moored at Seisia on the tip of Cape York. RIGHT: Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik in 2007, preparing to row from Carnarvon to Tanzania. PHOTO: MARK ROY BELOW LEFT: The three 1000nm legs of the Sinelnik twins’ journey shown on their map of Australia in Cryillic, the Russian alphabet. On their own website (www. Then they also, the twins say they plan explain the history to explore the rivers along the Cape of the Night Wolves on their south-ward journey. motorcycle club, which “The beautiful idea to alternate sea had its origins in 1983. transitions by the rivers and channels “First illegal conis realised, this idea is extremely good certs of forbidden by contrasts, rest after sea elements,” the state authorities rock site reads. bands took place. “And also it is unique possibility People of all USSR, closely to adjoin to the nature and named “lubers”, visited aboriginals of Australia, to see animal Moscow, trying to crash and flora, which not that on the car, Rock-Culture, which and even on foot, you will not reach! was ‘anti-sovietic’ at “The rivers are literally teeming that time. “Mass fights folwith crocodiles, wild birds, and lowed almost each mosquitoes.” While in the Torres Strait, “there of them. Exactly, at is a probability to run into hurricane, that time, a prototype though probability absolutely small” of Night Wolves was created, people on they say. “At the adjusted reception of bikes, as a power, defending the weather forecasts always it is possible musicians.” Then, in 1998, “after severe natural to take cover in time in the tideway of selection, a group of people, cultivatthe river or in a good bay. “Since May head winds from the ing a philosophy of man of Freedom, Pacific Ocean amplify, and start to the symbol of which was the Bike, was finally formed”. The Night abate only by September.”

Longest native title claim settled QUEENSLAND’S most-enduring Native Title claim has been finalised after the Federal Court finally recognised the Wik and Wik Way peoples as native title holders of land in Far North Queensland. Aurukun’s Wik and Wik Way people celebrated the consent determination on October 11, which confirmed their native title rights to 28,000 sqkm on Cape York. The fifth and final Native Title Determination over the remaining five pastoral lease areas under claim in western Cape York, Queensland ends a 20-year struggle by the Wik and Wik Waya people of western Cape York. Parties include the Wik and Wik Way People, the State of Queensland, various pastoral lessees and Cook Shire Council. The Wik peoples’ claim to their land was first tabled in 1993. Cape York Land Council chairman Richard Ahmat said it was a

great day. “This decision is another example of the correctness of the Wik decision in the High Court of Australia - the concept there are lands in this country that can be ‘shared’ by Native Title holders and pastoralists has once again been confirmed,” he said. “There is no conflict of rights between the Wik and Wik Way people and the leaseholders, so today is both a celebration of the Wik decision and to the Wik people themselves. “First we celebrate the vision and leadership of the many elders past and present who have driven this claim for two decades. “It is a great day for the Wik kids who will now benefit from the legacy left to them from their elders. “It is a great day for the Land Council too, as we have proudly supported the Wik people and their

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claim for almost 20 years.” Member for Cook David Kempton, who officiated at the ceremony, said it was the 76th time that a native title determination had been reached in Queensland and the 70th by consent. “This is a momentous occasion, recognising the Wik and Wik Way People’s long and enduring connection with their traditional land,” Mr Kempton said. “It means Australia’s legal system formally acknowledges the rights of the native title claimants to camp, hunt, fish and gather in the area, maintain areas of significance and conduct ceremonies in accordance with their traditional laws and customs. “Finalising this claim provides certainty for people with interests in the region by determining who the Native Title holders are and the extent of their rights and interests within the determination area.”

Wolves. Uh huh. Here at the Cooktown Local News we think we understand. There is a Viking ship moored at Seisia? Of course there is. During their next expedition, Sergey and Alexander plan to cross the Australian desert on foot.

Smoke from fires on Cape York blows due west over the Gulf of Carpentaria. At least five distinct plumes of smoke can be discerned, all spaced at a similar distance apart, closer to the western side of the peninsula. Photo courtesy of


Living Well


EGGPLANTS are producing well at the moment, so I thought I would include a favourite, simple recipe or two. Their silky texture when cooked means they are a great dish to serve with rice, and a good contrast to the drier texture of meats or chicken. Eggplant is a vegetable that marries well with strong flavours, so it is great served with lots of herbs (as in the recipe below), spices (as when added to curries) and famously when smoked and cooked to a puree for the eggplant dip, baba ghanoush. Aromatic Eggplant I do this dish two different ways - with Asian flavours, or with Mediterranean flavours. Both are yummy. Lebanese eggplants are the long slender type, and globe eggplants are

the large, fat rounded types. 6 Lebanese or 3 globe eggplants, cut into 1 ½ cm chunks 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped Water, to cover ¼ - ½ teaspoon salt Then either of 3 tablespoons of any mix of fresh rosemary, oregano, thyme and/or flat leafed parsley leaves, finely chopped Or 4cm knob or ginger and/or galangal, peeled and grated Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat until shimmering. Add the eggplant and cook for a few minutes, stirring so that all pieces are well coated in the oil. Add the garlic (and ginger or galangal if using), cook for 30 - 60

seconds until heated through and starting to soften but not brown. Add just enough water to cover. If using the herbs, add now and cook until the eggplant is tender, about 10-15 minutes. Serve with grilled or roasted fish, meat or chicken dishes and rice. It also goes really well with freshly cooked green beans. Baba Ghanoush This smoky dip is well loved by many all around the world. Made from a base of eggplant, tahini (available in the health food section, it is made from ground sesame seeds), lime or lemon juice and garlic it is also packed full of goodness. Use as a dip or entrée with toasted pita bread or plain water crackers; as a spread in salad sandwiches, wraps or burgers; or with falafel tucked with

salad into mini-pita bread that have been partly split open to form a pocket. Baba Ghanoush should taste wonderfully smoky, with a touch or tartness from the lemon or lime juice and the warm spiciness of the cumin in the background. Roast the eggplant/s (3 medium globe will give about 2 cups pulp) in an oven or covered BBQ at 180oC until the skin is charred and the eggplant collapsed and soft (40 minutes or more). Remove from oven and scoop out flesh. For every 2 cups of flesh, add 2

tablespoons lemon or lime juice, 1/4 cup tahini, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon of virgin olive oil and ½ teaspoon or so salt to taste and puree together. Season with either ¼ teaspoon ground cumin or ¼ cup finely chopped parsley or mint.


THREE recent visitors to Cape Trib and Cooktown were Alice Malseed, a nutritionist from Cairns who brought along lifelong family friends, Heidi Muller and Monica Pregler from Germany. Alice’s mum and Heidi were fellow exchange students many years ago. Since then, the network has expanded and lots of friendship holidays have occurred. A real global circle. Monica and Heidi loved the charm, the unspoilt nature and the cosy community feel of Cooktown, and found the views and especially the crocs they saw in their natural environment wonderful. Most of all, Alice loved being with old friends and meeting new people on the trip. William Poeliejre, a retired Engineer from Holland loves history - any history - so the many Dutch visits to “New Holland” in the 1600s and especially that of the Duyfken to Cape York in 1606 made Cooktown a must for him. He loved the place - in fact, almost wallowed in it - even the starkness of the burnt landscapes, a real part of Australia. These four, and many like them, are now four new fans of the area. Their families, friends and friends’ circles will visit again. We live in a shrinking world becoming ever closer and more immediate thanks to cheaper world travel, the rising middle classes and the internet. As citizens, we should all make sure that we retain the charms that brought people here in the first place, and learn the technology to continue to attract visitors using the new media.

Old charms/new technolology: World is shrinking, isn’t it?

Goosebump landing at Keating’s Lagoon. Spiky periscopes among the mangroves. BELOW LEFT: German visitors Monica Pregler and Heidi Muller with Cairns local Alice Malseed at Keatings bird hide. Keating’s Lagoon is also shrinking total eclipse will last for just over two and visitors are loving it more than minutes at 6.38am on November 14. ever. The partial eclipse will last longer. GOOD evening. Tonight I would like in the world? Are those With the dry weather causing the Please note that on that day there to speak to you about bullying. good enough reasons View waters to shrink, the wildlife is con- will be a very high morning tide of 2.9 This is a very serious topic, and for this relentless bulfrom centrating around existing waterways metres at 9.06 am. one that has been in the news a lot lying? the Hill like Keating’s. Magpie geese seem This will impede traffic across the recently. You can find it at all levels Now the papers are to be everywhere - moping around Bloomfield River and will mean high of our society - in schools, in the work full of his supposed inability to relate on the water’s edge; squabbling and water along the coast. place, in families and, worst of all, in to women. What ridiculous rubbish! flying off in a noisy huff; honking However, as the tide will be around constant attacks by the media. Tony comes from a household run incessantly or duck-diving (should it 2.2 metres at 7am, it will give quite It can be incredibly damaging, and by four women, and I can assure you be goose-diving?) to drag up food from sufficient room to view from along I want you to join me in putting a stop that he has always been perfectly well the shallow bottom. the beaches. to it wherever we can. behaved. Plus, the ever-present red-combed The Bloomfield Track from Cape I expect you have all had some He is reasonably clean about the jacana and assorted duck quietly Trib has now been fully graded and is experience with bullying at school. house, and never leaves the washing swimming around the lagoon. in excellent shape. Believe me, there is nothing so calcu- up to wait for tomorrow. You don’t have to be a bird-watcher Ironically, from Ayton to the Lions lated to break a mother’s heart than to He does the laundry and makes to enjoy Keating’s Lagoon. It has Den, it is now showing the signs of have her child come back from school valiant attempts to do the ironing, enough diversity to satisfy everyone. the heavy traffic, with a few deep and in tears because of a bully. although I’m afraid that is a little All manner of visitors love something unexpected potholes opening up. The poor little tyke has had a terrible beyond his skill level. about it - the wildlife, the waterlilies, There are middling tides for the time all day, and knows there can be Admittedly, we do have the octhe local flora, the gentle walk, the next week or so, so no particular no escape. He will have to go back to casionally tantrum when we want to interpretive boards or just the serenity. issues, unless of course, rain upsets school day after day and face the same watch the footy and he would prefer an Whether you are a local or a visitor the equation. abuse - unless society puts its foot airy-fairly romance on another channel, or a local advising a visitor, could I Please remember that the temporary down and stops the bullying. but we work around that. suggest that you place it high on the Bloomfield River crossing has a Take my Tony as an example. For as Generally he does the coffee and list of things to see around Cooktown different and more dangerous shape long as I have known him, he has been nibbles while we watch, and we switch and the region. than the old crossing and a little water the target of our rabidly socialist media. over during the advertising breaks. A note on the Solar Eclipse. Firstly, will flow faster than before. For no sensible reason at all, they So I’m not going to tolerate any it is coming and it’s not just at Port Happy travelling have chosen to attack him week after more bullying of my Tony. Douglas. Wujal Wujal, Cape Trib and Mike and Trish D’Arcy week, month after month. It is going to stop today, and if any Cow Bay will be right in the prime D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours So what if his ears are a little large, reporter or politician thinks differently, zone. and he has strange ideas about his place they will have me to deal with. Secondly, it’s very early - the Ph: +61 7 4098 9180

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4:00 Rage 4:30 National Press Club Address 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Big Ideas Sampler 12:45 Albert’s Memorial 1:50 Picture Perfect Homes 2:05 Iron Curtain: Ribbon Of Life 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 6:00 TBA 6:50 Miniscule: Chewing Gum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Miranda: A New Low - There’s a new girl on the scene this week and Miranda and Stevie find it tough going to keep up with her youthful energy and frenetic lifestyle. 8:30 New Tricks: When the body of young PE teacher Jason Bowe is discovered in woodlands adjoining a prestigious boarding school, UCOS are asked to investigate the case quickly and discreetly. 9:35 Waking The Dead: Duty And Honour Part 1 - Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to re-open the files of more cold cases. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 My Family: Dog Dazed 11:35 The Trophy Room: Australia Day Special 12:05 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

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 Extra 3:30 Surprises 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Big Brother 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Work Song Nanocluster - Penny’s home hair products business becomes a complete nightmare when a caffeine-addled Sheldon takes over. 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition 8:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Punch Drunk Love” (M v,l,s) - Adam Sandler gives an amazing and unusual performance as Barry Egan, a socially impaired owner of a small novelty business, who is dominated by seven sisters and is unlikely to find love unless it finds him. When a mysterious woman comes into his life, his emotions go haywire, fluctuating between uncontrollable rage, lust and self-doubt. 2:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 3:00 The F Troop 3:30 Danoz / 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Last Templar” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medical Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Leah kisses an attractive man and Natalie won’t go back to Brax with all the mayhem in his life 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 11:15 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Crashed In The Rockies - After crashing into a snowy mountainside, a pilot must hike forty-five miles in severe conditions to save his two friends from almost certain death. 12:35 Movie: “Butter” - When a talented singer’s career takes off, she decides to change record companies - a decision that will change her life forever. 2:35 Room For Improvement 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers Guide To Australia 1:30 The Hotel: Pillow Talk 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Revived Monastery 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Swanage to Land’s End 8:30 She Wolves: England’s Early Queens: Matilda and Eleanor 9:35 As It Happened: Spies Beneath Berlin 10.35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Didi Hollywood” (MA s,a,n) - When bartender Diana Diaz laves her native Madrid for Los Angeles with dreams of Hollywood fame, it seems success is just around the corner when powerful Hollywood agent Michael McLean takes an interest in her. But when McLean talks Diana into a sham marriage with in-the-closet star Steve Richards, she learns the real price of fame. In Spanish 12:50 Kurt Wallander: The African - 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. (M l,v) 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest Programmer: Dappled Cities (PG)11:30 7.30 12:00 Poh’s Kitchen Lends A Hand 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 Big Ideas Sampler: Roman Krznaric: 6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People - RSA London 2:15 Movie: “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb” 3:35 At The Movies: Short Cuts 4:00 Basketball: WNBL 5:00 Football: W League 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin 8:20 Kingdom - Country solicitor Peter Kingdom returns for a third series. With the assistance of his apprentice Lyle, and secretary Gloria, Peter runs his small legal practice amongst the eccentric people of Norfolk. 9:10 Sinbad - Sinbad returns to Basra to rescue his grandmother, but it is a trap set by Akbari and Taryn. Akbari duels with Sinbad, who gets the upper hand. Sinbad spares Akbari and apologises for the death of Akbari’s son. 9:55 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:40 United States Of Tara: Train Wreck 11:05 Rage Guest Programmer (MA a,l,d,h,n,s,v.)

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 That ‘70s Show 10:30 V8 Extra 11:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 1:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 4:30 Drive Thru Australia 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 8:15 TBA 10:10 TBA 12:50 Special: The Young Adventurers - Ben Cropp’s two boys have crammed more adventures into their young lives than most people experience in a lifetime. 2:00 Special - Danube Interlude - Take a fascinating journey across communist Hungary with Greg Grainger and Alex Wileman, as they document this country which undegoes profound changes. 3:00 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Magical Mystery Tour Documentary 2:05 The Magical Mystery Tour Film 3:10 Sex and Sensibility: Britain 4:25 The Chopin Etudes 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Rex in Rome: Vendetta 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 James May’s Toy Stories: Airfix 8:30 Prohibition: A Sea Of Rum 9:30 Boardwalk Empire: Home 10:30 Boardwalk Empire: Hold Me In Paradise - Nucky heads for the Republican party convention in Chicago, where he tries to influence plans for the presidential election - and crosses paths with Jimmy once more. Back in New Jersey, Eli is eager to prove he can step into his brother’s shoes, while Van Alden struggles to deal with his wife’s problems, Gillian tries to offer Angela financial advice, and an alcohol-fuelled Lucy causes a scene at the Ritz - forcing Margaret to intervene. 11:30 Movie: “Killer Bees” (M a,l)- When a swarm of killer bees are released and threaten the lives of the entire population of Majorca, Karla, a young doctor, and her bee specialist friend find themselves in a deadly race against the clock to locate the laboratory of the sinister mastermind who set the bees loose. 1:35 Drawn Together: Foxxy vs the Board of Education 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Living In Spain 2 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Travel Oz 2:00 Sinbad 2:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 3:00 The World Of Matthew Bourne 3:50 2 One Another 5:00 Wild Russia: Primeval Valleys 5:50 Miniscule: The ZZZZ Patrol 6:00 Auction Room 6:30 Compass: Divine Women - Part 1 7:00 ABC News 7:30 David Attenborough: Kingdom of Plants 8:20 The Making Of The Kingdom Of Plants 8:30 Jack Irish: Black Tide 10:05 The Slap: Anouk- Anouk’s life is full of pressures - her mother is ill, she’s losing control at work, and learns she is pregnant with her much younger boyfriend’s baby. 11:00 Strike Back: A compelling story of betrayal, glory, redemption and revenge played out through the interlinking lives of two former soldiers. 11:50 Movie: “Hud” (M a) - Hud Bannon and his cattleman father, Homer, are in constant conflict, with Homer unwilling to compromise his integrity, while Hud is constantly drinking and involved with married women. 1:45 Order In The House 2:00 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today - Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Imparja’s Horse Racing - Caulfield Cup 4:00 Sweet Success In The Sun 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos - Join your host Shelley Craft for an hour of side-splitting laughs on Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. 7:30 2012 Bledisloe Cup Test: Australia vs New Zealand - Wide World Of Sports presents the third game of the 2012 Bledisloe Cup Test live from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. After a shocking loss in game two, can the Wallabies lift for some redemption or will the All Blacks take the series 3-0? Join your expert commentary team for all the action. 10:00 TBA 11:00 Movie: “The Sea Wolves” (M) - This true story follows the exploits of a top secret British military mission to destroy Nazi radio ships in a neutral harbor during World War II. Starring Roger Moore and Gregory Peck. 2:15 Alive And Cooking 2:45 Your 4x4 3:15 Nine Presents: Jessical Mauboy - The Sapphires 3:30 Skippy: The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact 6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World Of Sports 11:00 Australian Fishing Championships 11:30 Lockie Leonard 12:00 Stormworld 12:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 1:00 Movie: “Arthur” (PG) 3:00 House Husbands 4:00 Getaways European Tour 4:30 The Garden Guru’s 5:00 National News 5:30 Antiques Roadshow 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 Big Brother 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 House Husbands: On the most stressful day of his life, Mark makes a mistake he will regret forever. Justin’s custody hearing is interrupted when a school excursion goes horribly wrong. 9:30 The Mentalist: Red Is The New Black - A fallen fashion designer mounting a comeback is murdered. Meanwhile, Agt. Darcy continues her manhunt for Red John. 10:30 Person Of Interest 11:30 Flashpoint: The Good Citizen 12:20 What Would You Do? 1:10 Spyforce 2:05 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:35 Danoz 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Handy Manny 6:30 Fish Hooks 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend 11:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 1:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 4:30 Kochie’s Business Builders 5:00 The Great Outdoors 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 TBA 8:30 Killing Time - Dennis Allen’s empire begins to crumble. Fraser is called to defend an old friend Lewis Moran, just as he finds himself fighting to hold on to his girlfriend who has grown weary of his egotistical ways. 9:30 Strike Back - A mission in Vienna is diverted when the team learns that four European Union officials - including agent John Allen who has knowledge on the Latif project- have been kidnapped in Kosovo. 11:30 Parking Wars 12:30 Special: Unlikely Animal Friends 1:00 House Calls To The Rescue 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 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Vlast (Power) 3:30 Stalin’s Last Plot 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Nunavut: The New El Dorado 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Lost Worlds: Battle Castle: Comwy 8.30 Smartest Machine on Earth 9.30 Undercover Cop: The Mark Kennedy Story - Mark Kennedy was Britain’s longest-serving and most controversial undercover police officer. For eight years he lived a remarkable double-life, infiltrating Europe’s far-left extremist political groups and environmental campaigners. Now, with his cover blown, he lives in fear for his life. 10:50 Movie: “Bride Flight” (M n,s) - In 1953, four young people, three women and one man, form a life-long bond when they meet on the ‘bride flight’ from London to Christchurch, so-called because many of the passengers are Dutch women travelling to meet their fiancés in New Zealand. 1:20 Movie: “The Rational Solution”(M a,s) - Four of Sweden’s top actors anchor Jörgen Bergmark’s tragi-comedy about a couple, both marriage counsellors, who find themselves in deep water when the husband falls for his best friend’s wife. 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Egypt Unwrapped 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Auction Room 2:30 Jennifer Byrne Presents 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 6:00 Restoration Man: Settle Water Tower 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A: A lively interactive discussion hosted by Tony Jones. 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 The Kennedy’s 12:20 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 12:25 Movie: “The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp” (G) - Details of a staunch British army officer, his life through three wars and his inability to cope with constant change. 2:55 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 Extra 3:30 Surprises 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Big Brother 8:30 The Mentalist: Not One Red Cent 9:30 Person Of Interest: Masquerade - Reese is charged with protecting a Brazilian diplomat’s daughter. 10:30 CSI: NY: Officer Involved - One of Danny’s rookie officers claims that she shot an armed man who attacked Danny outside of a barroom. However, the gun is not at the scene, and is used in a later shooting. 11:30 Memphis Beat: The Feud - In the Season 2 finale, a family feud reaches a fever pitch, resulting in the shooting of a girl. Meanwhile, Dwight’s peers discover he has a new girlfriend. 12:30 The Avengers - Escape In Time 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz 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: “Forever Love” (M) 2:00 TBA 3:00 Medical Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 The X Factor 9:15 TBA 11:00 Up All Night: New Year’s Eve - Reagan’s extreme competitiveness comes out at a New Year’s Eve game night, much to Chriss embarrassment. Meanwhile, Kevin worries that Ava is ashamed of him and Missy brings an unexpected date to the party. 11:30 Suits: Rewind - With the vote for managing partner fast approaching, Harvey asks Mike to step up in order to turn the tide in Jessica’s favour without her knowing it. 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Me and My Sister” (M l,s,a) 2:40 The April Chill 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Germany: Along The Rhine 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Dive to Survive 8:30 Derren Brown: The Experiments: Guilt Trip - In this episode, an unwitting participant is placed at the centre of an elaborate, hidden-camera murder mystery - can Derren convince him to admit to a murder he didn’t commit? 9:30 Black Mirror: The Entire History Of You - The final episode is set in the near future, where everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear - a sort of hard drive recorder for the brain. In this world, you need never forget a face again… but is that always a good thing? 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS 1:05 Living Black 1:35 Pizza World Record 2:05 Wilfred: The Ice Dog Cometh 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:05 Movie: “21 Days” (G) 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures 10:30 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Restoration Man 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 6:00 Time Team 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent Presents: The US Presidential Race 8:30 Life at 7: Finding Your Tribe - Our 7 year olds now spend a third of their lives with their peers and their social lives are complex. What are their roles in these social groups, and what attributes can they bring to this aspect of their lives? 9:30 QI: Atoms 10:00 Artscape 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Movie: “Lady Hamilton” (G) 2:30 WNBL 3:30 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 Extra 3:30 Surprises 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Big Brother 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Countdown Reflection - The fifth season ends with Howard and Bernadette deciding to get married before his NASA mission, causing the gang to scurry into overdrive in an effort to stage the wedding. 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Re-Entry Minimization 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Cupcake Wars 9:30 Two And A Half Men: You Know What the Lollipop Is For 10:00 Mike And Molly: Carl Meets A Lady 10:30 Survivor: Phillipines 11:30 Weeds: Su-Su-Sucio 12:00 Chase 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 3:30 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: “Lewis” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medical Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Its Academic 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: John attempts to patch things up with Gina. Casey and Sasha decide to be friends. Heath and Adam knock heads over Bianca. 7:30 The X Factor 8:45 Winners & Losers: Eyes Wide Open - During preparations for her and Doug’s engagement party, Sophie begins to feel a growing sense of dread. It builds until Sophie finds herself in the grips of a panic attack. It would appear that Matt and Bec have moved through their revent difficulties and into a loving phase of their relationship. 9:45 Grey’s Anatomy: I Saw Her Standing There 10:45 Smash: Publicity 11:45 I Just Want My Pants Back 12:15 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

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4:10 Movie: “Sanders Of The River” 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programmes 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Time Team 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 6:00 Restaurant: The Demo 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Eyes And Ears 8:30 Gruen Planet 9:05 The Chaser: Hamster Wheel - Stephen Fry joins The Chaser team after the ABC realised they’d gone at least 4 days without featuring Fry in one of their programs. 9:35 Randling 10:10 At The Movies 10:40 Lateline 11:15 The Business 11:40 The Librarians: The Power And The Passion 12:10 An Englishman In New York 1:25 Movie: “Criminal Court” (PG) - A well-liked lawyer accidentally kills a not-so-well-liked saloon owner. 2:25 Football: W-League 3:25 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 Surprises 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Big Brother 8:30 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings - Boys Will Be Boys - While Gypsy and traveller women want to be a princess on their wedding day, the reality in the Gypsy community is that on every other day it is man who is king. This film looks at the testosteronefilled world of the traveller man, where disputes are settled with fists, and status is conveyed by the car you drive. 9:30 Embarrassing Bodies 10:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Blair Underwood 11:30 House Husbands 12:30 Eclipse 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

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4:00 Movie: “Joy Of Living”(G) 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The World’s Worst Disasters 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Secrets Of Shangri-La: Quest For Sacred Caves 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 6:00 Greatest Cities Of The World With Griff Rhys Jones: London 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Rake: Cleaver is charged with manslaughter; his journalist girlfriend betrays him; and Kirsty wants his debt paid in full. His strategy is to have Cal McGregor upgrade the charge to murder. Will that work? 9:30 Lowdown: Men Behaving Badly 10:00 Summer Heights High 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 TBA 12:25 The Clinic 1:15 Movie: “The Drum” (PG) 2:55 Rage

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5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 8:05 World News 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Germany: Bavaria 5:45 Along The Rhine 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 8:30 Two Greedy Italians ...Still Hungry: Rome And Machismo - Italian men used to be ‘macho’, able to stand up for their honour, woo women and do the tough things that men do. In Rome - where fathers sent their sons to become ‘men’ - Gennaro and Antonio look at the modern Italian man. 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Hour 12:40 Movie: “36 Quai des Orfèvres” - (MAV v) In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion and the imminent departure of the police chief sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

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LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You can be too generous for your own good at times. Don’t be afraid to refuse to help people if you are too busy. If you don’t finish your own work, you won’t be able to help anyway. Romance. An offer to go out should not be turned down. Although you are a little apprehensive about the person involved, this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Be careful you don’t get into trouble at work. A misunderstanding with a colleague could spiral out of control this week. Be sure to have onlookers to agree with your side of the story. Romance. A romantic get-together will help you to ease recent tension. The date may not go as you had expected, but the company of this person will put you at ease.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


You will be having slightly more contact with your parents than you really want at the moment. Although they are trying to be helpful, you could find their attention a little intrusive at times. Romance. Your emotions will be much stronger than you realise. Don’t do anything without thinking first. Wait until later in the week when your emotions have settled to make decisions.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

Your ability to think through a problem will help you to come up with a solution where others have failed. Concentrate on the key issues. Allow others to take part in the process. Romance. You can look forward to a quiet romantic evening at home at some point this week. A surprise treat will help to cheer you up.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

A task that is impossible to do by yourself will be easy, so long as you can get the right help. Choose your helpers wisely as the work may take a good amount of time. Romance. Don’t let a recent dent to your confidence hold you back. Seek out the relationships you desire. You are in control.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) People may seem a little on-edge at the moment. Do your best to avoid getting into an argument. Walk away from unsolvable conflicts. Romance. Try to find a subtle way to show an admirer what you think about them. They will get the hint very quickly and you can move forward.


ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Too much time spent analysing a situation will not help. You cannot change the past. Move on and learn from previous mistakes. Romance. A romantic gettogether will be much more successful than you may be expecting. Plan a second location so you can move quickly from one place to the next without interrupting the date.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

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You might work a little better if you were not bossed around so much. Show people that you are more capable than they realise! They may be expecting you to simply comply. Romance. It’s possible that your partner may have had a difficult day. Try to be as sympathetic and understanding as possible. Listen to their needs.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A meeting in an unusual place could be significant. You will shortly be seeing this person again. Make time in your schedule for future meetings. Romance. Try not to be too erratic. Your partner will become confused if they are not sure what it is that you really want. Voice your needs and they will certainly be heard.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) You may be spending too much time helping other people and not enough on looking after your own needs. Don’t feel responsible for other people’s chores. Romance. This should be a very good week for romance. However, you need to take it easy and allow for things to happen naturally. Don’t force the situation.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)


The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis


Although it may be some time before you have more money coming in, you will be able to cope without too much trouble. Be inventive with how you spend what money you do have. Romance. Your partner may be a little unpredictable at the moment. Don’t expect too much and you won’t be let down.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

You may be a little too keen to jump in without considering other options. Don’t let other people rush you into the wrong decision. Do some research before returning to this topic. Romance. A colleague could be much more interested in you than you realise. Do you want to mix business with pleasure?

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Volunteers & Supporters All the hard working Harrigan family Paul Gibson TV stars Hamish & Andy and crew Ted Simpson (Hamish & Andy wrangler!) Alan Reedman Dean Pace Jeffrey Fox Clint Sawry Keelan Veivers Raeleen Veivers Melissa Gilmore Brendan Seagren Nick’s Concreting & Q Cumbers greengrocers David & Rachel Bass Mick & Larissa Hale Deb Smith Sarah Henderson Veronica Neller Deb Malone John the Wog Karen Gordon Tisha Gordon Fiona Gibson Serge Petelin Joseph McIvor Sue & Peter Staig, Sally & Barry Innes, Peter Shields James Singleton Marion (our special visitor from France!) Black Image Band Cape York Engineering Cooktown Amateur Turf Club Cooktown Barra Charters/ Cooktown Adventure Camping & Scenic Tours Cooktown Civil Group Cooktown & District Community Centre Cooktown Food Services (Iceworks) Cooktown Horse sports Association Cooktown Local News Cooktown Newsagency Cooktown Post Office Cooktown Re enactment Association Cooktown Travel Centre Cooktown Towing & Waste Balkanu Gungarde Richard & Lillian Bowen Faye Pini

Cooktown Creative Arts Assoc Marton Transport Cape York Land Council Cape Crusaders Electrical James Cook Museum DATSIMA, Cooktown Office Restaurant 1770 Skysafari Helicopters Sovereign Resort The Italian Restaurant Scott Earthmoving A Touch of Country Mareeba Bird Haven Overnight & Short Term Accommodation Pam’s Place Cooktown Motel Guurrbi Tours Brian Lemon & family Fabulous Sponsors Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc Far North Office Choice Caltex Cooktown Quinkan Hotel, Laura David Kempton MP (member for Cook) Warren Entsch MP (Federal Member for Leichardt, Chief Opposition Whip) Yuku Baja Muliku Cook Shire Council Special Thanks to Cooktown Ambulance Cooktown Police Cooktown Security Warren Bethel & boys Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott & Mrs Sayah Scott Bart, Issy, Beau & Talina Johnson Market stall holders Northern Australia Horse & Cattle Assoc.( Jodie Bunney) National Rodeo Council Competitors & Spectators – from as far as Croydon, Kowanyama, Georgetown, Weipa, Gordonvale, Mossman, Atherton Tablelands, Gulf of Carpentaria, Cairns and beyond! If we‘ve inadvertently missed anyone, our apologies and sincerest thanks. You all made it happen and it was an awesome event! See you on Oct 5-6 for the even bigger and better 2013 Cooktown Bull Ride & Barrel Race event!

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Agenda Items • Confirmation of previous minutes – 30/11/2011 • Presentation of Audit and Financial reports • Choosing an Auditor • Review the members list Notice to all Gungarde Tentants: As per rule 5.4 (members’ responsibilities) – Compulsory for at least one member that lives in a Gungarde house to attend at one general meeting.

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Banner unfurling at Lollyman NEXT Thursday will see one of Queensland’s funniest Indigenous comedians in Mark Sheppard performing at the Cooktown State School and in the Hope Vale Community in his one-man show, Chasing the Lollyman. Part standup comedy, part sketch show, part clown and all entertaining, Chasing the Lollyman is a joyous sharing of stories, a celebration of Indigenous identity and a satirical look at the media and popular culture. Mark asks the question, “What would it be like if a Murri family moved into Ramsey Street?”, when he pokes fun at Neighbours and also pokes fun at an episode of Getaway - taking a look at Australia’s best

kept secret, Queensland Missions. This hilarious and thought provoking show welcomes the audience into Mark’s story, weaving childhood memories of life in far North Queensland with songs, sketches and contemporary and traditional dance. And included in the Cooktown show is the unfurling of Cape York’s Biggest Anti-Smoking Banner, a project initiated by the staff at Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs office in Cooktown that involved children from local schools in the district. The Cooktown Show will be held between 1pm and 3pm at the Cooktown State School, while the Hope Vale Community Show will be start from 5.30pm.

Mark Sheppard will appear in his one man show, “Chasing the Lollyman” in Cooktown and Hope Vale on Thursday, October 24. Photos submitted.



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Locals get more than just a good game of footy in Townsville Story and photo by ALF WILSON MEMBERS of the Gibson family of Mossman and Hope Vale were amongst thousands of visitors from around north Queensland who converged on Townsville for the October 13 rugby league Test between Australia and New Zealand at Dairy Farmer’s Stadium. The test, won 18-10 by Australia, was a sellout

with more than 26,000 spectators attending. The Gibsons were in the Townsville CBD outside the Holiday Inn waiting for the Kangaroos players to emerge the morning of the test, when the Cooktown Local News caught up with them. “We are all going to the test tonight and lots of people from up our way have come too,” one said. Others there were Cape

York ladies Doreen Toby and her friend Isabel Hall. Doreen now lives at New Mapoon on Cape York, and they joined scores of fans who waited patiently outside Townsville’s Holiday Inn, where the Aussie players stayed, on the morning of the clash. “We are both fanatical Australian supporters and a lot of people from Cape York and the Torres Strait

New ‘burglar’ strikes at golf club WE have a new “burglar” in town in the way of Dave Webber who took out The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition last week with an impressive 46 Stableford points. Dave’s handicap has now been severely slashed! Runner-up for the week on a countback from Kim Copland was Don Keller with 39. Carol McKinna was on fire for the Par competition which was held on Saturday, October 13, not only landing the Birdies Nest on the 15th, but also winning the day’s event with a score of +5. Rick Butler also had a great game and was the runner-up for the day with a score of +3. Kim Copland really had is eyes on the flags to land the nearest-the-pins for 2/11 and 9/18. No one managed to land on the green for the nearest-the-pin on 14. Kim Copland was back in form to win the Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition with a nett score of 30 for the back 9. Julie Sauer is also playing well these days and was the runner-up with a nett score of 31. Leading the field for The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke Competition is Kim Copland and Steve Butler who have

both turned in scores of nett 62. This week’s competition is being played off the red tees. As In the mentioned, The Italian Restaurant competition Bunker for this week is a Stroke competition and this Saturday’s competition is a No Woods Stableford. However, we are allowing hybrids to be used. On November 24, Wren Timbers are holding a 4-person 9 Hole Ambrose competition. If you wish to nominate a team, please contact Kelly for a nomination form. Also on this day, SkySafari Helicopters based in Port Douglas will be flying up with a charter of three people to play on our lovely little course, which I’m sure the visitors will enjoy. As everyone may be aware, the greens are all back in play and they just keep getting better and better as the weeks go by. Thanks Phil for doing a fantastic job with the greens, they are looking and playing beautifully! Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

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Toby’s easy win FOR Wednesday’s sunset shoot, we held a Service Pistol Match. Toby took out first place with a score of 229.2, second went to Dizzy with a score of 218.3 and Laurence took out third with a score of 216.3.

Islands are here for the Test,” Doreen said. “We would love to get our pics taken with some of the players.” Soon after, the Kangaroos players appeared in the hotel foyer and they had their pics taken with Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis, Cooper Kronk, Tony Williams, James Tamou, Nate Myles, Billy Slater and coach Tim Sheens. “We feel so lucky and everybody up home will be happy for us,” Isabel said. The Kangaroos walked across nearby Victoria Bridge for a team get together.

The Gibson family waits patiently outside Townsville’s Holiday Inn for photo opportunities with the Australian rugby league team before Saturday night’s test.

Notable occasions celebrated on run CRACKLIN hosted this week’s run and, instead of starting from her down-town pad, she ordered us to assembly at the Golf Club turn-off on Quarantine Bay Road. This gave her the chance to lay her trail along the old road, through a heap of rubbish that some ignorant citizen had dumped in the bush to save the effort of taking it to the tip. Then across the road and onto the track that follows the gazetted road down to Walker Bay. Just as well the weather has been as dry as a bone, because that track turns into a swamp after a few millimetres of rain. The beach was wonderful, with a bracing, fresh breeze and Cracklin’s loyal supporter waiting with a drink stop. Once we had drunk that, and we felt sufficiently braced by the wind,

If you would like to try your hand at one of our shooting disciplines please come and have a go. You just need to bring some photo ID and wear some closed in shoes. Dates to include in your diary for October: Saturday, 20 - Target Shoot from 1.30pm; Wednesday, 24 - Service Core/Sports Pistol/ Centrefire Shoot from 5.30pm; Sunday, 28 - Practical Shoot from 9am; Wednesday, 31 - General Meeting, Service

we took off along the beach. A scramble through some bush brought us onto the manicured tranquillity of the golf course, and we headed for home. Back at Cracklin’s, we found we were yet again bereft of Big Wheels. They were all still goofing off somewhere, but fortunately Stumbles dropped by after work and volunteered to be GM for the night. Even though he had not been on the run, and the pack was being its usual erratic self as it tried to explain the run. Never mind, he had several Notable Occasions to celebrate: Granddad’s 900th run, Whizz’s birthday, Sewezy polishing the mugs after last week (really - she polished them). Then there were two new runners to welcome - they seemed to enjoy

Core/Sports Pistol/ Centrefire Shoot and Air Pistol match from 5.30pm. Chris Stewart Publicity Officer

Working bee TWO classes were decided during the weekend’s Rifle Shoot. In the Standard Class,

themselves and we hope to see them again. Next up was Cracklin herself, for an excellent trail, and for the very pointed letter she wrote to the newspaper highlighting the Shire’s unbelievable performance on the pavement opposite the RSL. She would have got another drink for the excellent food she provided, but everyone’s mouth was full. Next week’s run is at Soggy’s and she has promised there will be no hills. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, October 24 to join the fun. Call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

first was Andy Gardner on 139.9 points, second was Greg Payne with 127.8 and in third was Toby Graves who finished with 126.6. Andy finished first in the Accurised Class with 105.2 points. In both classes, shooters were trying for a possible 150.30 points. This weekend at the SSAA Cameron Creek Road Range, a working bee to load unused materials and rubbish for removal is planned for Saturday.

All helpers are welcome to make the job quicker and easier. Then on Sunday a Black Powder Shoot will start at 9am. For details, contact Peter Roesler 0458 607 151. Anne Williams Secretary

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Big scores with 40-over finals places on line Hope Vale down Diggers By WAL WELSH A DOUBLE-HEADER of 40over matches was played on Sunday, with Marton taking on the Black Mountain Panthers at the Bloomfield Sports Ground, and the other between the Council Diggers and the Hope Vvale Heroes at the Queens Oval at the Botanic Gardens. In the match at the Botanic Gardens, Diggers won the toss and elected to bat, with captain Mark Whitman and Shawn Humphries taking on the opening duties. The score raced to 77 when the first wicket fell with Mark being bowled by Selwyn McIvor for a blistering 50. Thomas Ling was next in and, along with Shawn, added another 51 runs before the latter was caught by David Wallace off the bowling of Lyndon McIvor for 34. Jamie Greaves joined Lingy and together they put on a 100-run partnership until a welljudged catch by substitute fielder Rohan Hart had Lingy back in the sheds for 69. To say a collapse ensued from this point is putting it mildly as the next seven wickets fell for the addition of 30 runs to leave a total of 268. Jamie made 63, but the rest of the order failed to get to double figures. Best bowlers for Hope Vale were Lyndon with 3-19, Reagan Hart 2-35 and Harry and Nigel Bowen both picking up two wickets each.

After a hearty lunch prepared by Robyn, Hope Vale, with Reagan and Nigel opening, began their chase with a lot of enthusiasm. Probably a bit too much as Nigel failed to make his ground attempting a third run, he was out for two. Preston Demaal joined Reagan and consolidated the innings with a fine partnership, although the Diggers were later to rue the spate of dropped catches these two offered. Reagan was finally out, caught by Mark off Wal’s bowling for 43, with the score in excess of 100. David Wallace had a short stay as he was dismissed for 11, caught by Jakeb Whitman off Tony Holmes’ bowling. Selwyn was next and took his time getting his eye in as Preston was finally dismissed for 74, caught by ball magnet Shawn Humphries off Tony’s bowling. Harry, Brandon Ford, Timmy Rosendale and Lyndon assisted Selwyn with their small contributions to reach the last over needing four runs with two wickets in hand. Hope Vale to their credit, played sensibly and won the game with two balls to spare. Selwyn ended up 68 not out and Lyndon not out 6. Best bowlers for Diggers were Tony with 3-15, Steve Law, Jamie and Wal picked up a wicket each. Man of the Match for Hope Vale was Reagan for his inspiring bowling and for Diggers, Shawn for his bowling and fielding efforts. over, when the first wicket of Glen fell, caught and bowled by Randall for 35. Eril joined Geoffrey and smashed the Marton bowlers all over the park, reaching 206 in the 18th over when Geoffrey (78) was caught behind by Benno off the bowling of Fraya, who I’m guessing is Dom’s missus as the boys were a bit short with only eight regulars turning up. Dom bowled Ashley Lyall for 11 with the game all but over with the score at 285 in the 25th over. Eril smashed the last three balls for 4, 4 and 6 to end the game and give BMP yet another convincing win after their demolition of Hope Vale last weekend. Eril was 125 not out and no doubt the Man of the Match. With BMP earning a start in the 40-over grand final because of their superior win/loss record, this weekend’s 40-over semi final will be played between the Council Diggers and Marton at the Queens Oval. This should be another hard fought game with friendly competitiveness and good sportsmanship being the key to an excellent day. See you there.

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BMP crush Marton In the other game played at the Bloomfield Sports Ground, home side Black Mountain Panthers took on the Marton Invitation XI. Marton won the toss and elected to bat with Randall Smith and Bret Crosby doing the honours. BMP struck early dismissing Bret for 2, caught behind by Geoffrey Kulka off the bowling of his Dad Stumpy. Dom Aprile joined Randall and built a 102-run partnership, which ended with Randall being caught by Brett Pickup off the bowling of young Wilbur Kulka for 50. Rob McLean was in next and had a handy partnership of 91 with Dom, who got a good ball from Eril Ross-Kelly to rattle his stumps after making 76 valuable runs. Adam Snell made an uncharacteristic seven runs before being dismissed, caught and bowled by Eril with the score at 232. Rob was next out for 59, caught by Eril off the bowling of Brett, 5-260. The Marton tail tried to wag and managed to reach 293 at the end of their allotted 40 overs. BMP started the chase at a frightening pace with Glen and Geoffrey Kulka bludgeoning the attack to reach 102 in the ninth


Diggers batsman Mark Whitman, umpire Shaun Law and Hope Vale bowler David Wallace watch the path of this delivery in Sunday’s clash at the Gardens. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

Netball fast and furious as the numbers improve

NETBALL was fast and furious this week and it was great to have so many turn up. It was Cooktown’s turn to lend players to Hope Vale, which gave Cooktown the advantage. They were the stronger team with newcomers Lesley and Queenie managing to side step Kirri and shoot goal after goal taking the score to 31-28. Both teams’ centres, Fiona and Nicole for Hope Vale and Jess and Chani for Cooktown had a real workout, as play was moving quickly. It was good to see Toni back on the court and have her assist

in keeping the ball out Karen’s reach and the Hope Vale goal post. The under-U12s side only had four players last night, but Carly, Elly, Janine and Ashley practised their throwing and defending skills. The under-12s will not play next week due to Cooktown State School’s student free day, but we would love to have all girls back on the court on Monday, October 29 at 5.30pm. The ladies competition will continue this Monday at 6.45pm. The Scorer

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Cooktown Local News 18 - 24 October 2012 – 19

Sport Cooktown Local


Phone: 1300 4895 00 • Fax: 1300 787 248 • Email:

Sports reports deadline is 5pm, Monday prior to publication

Police score an ace with donations

Cooktown Volunteer Coast Guard and the Friends of the Foundation received donations from the proceeds of the Cooktown Police Charity Golf day on Tuesday. Seen here (from front left) are Administrative Officer Robyn Holmes, Cooktown Volunteer Coast Guard Commander Helen Greave and Friends of the Foundation President Daphne Fenton, with (from left rear) Senior Sergeant John McArthur, Sergeant Shawn Pipia and Constable Andrew Finall. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. some much-needed electrical work on our vessel,” Cdr Greaves said. “The donation has come at the right time. “It was a great day.” The Friends of the Foundation, an organisation that works towards providing funding for the purchase of equipment for the Cooktown Hospital received $1000 from the day. Foundation President Daphne Fenton said it was a wonderful gesture from the local boys and girls in blue. “We’re always grateful for any help we can get by way of cash donations, vouchers or in-kind donations,” Mrs Fenton said.

FUNDS raised from the September 1 Cooktown Police Community Benefit Golf day will go a long way to helping two organisations achieve their goals in the near future after presentations were made to their office bearers on Tuesday. A total of $4000 was raised from the event, which saw 19 teams turn up at the Cooktown Golf Club for a 3-Ball Ambrose competition that included lots of novelties events during the day to keep the golfers on their toes. Cooktown’s Volunteer Coast accepted a $3000 boost to their coffers, which Commander Helen Greaves said was gratefully received. “We’ll be putting this money into

“We work hard to try and make it easier for the hard working staff at the hospital, or make a hospital stay more comfortable for the patients.” Cooktown Police Station Administration Officer Robyn Holmes, one of the organisers of the event, said the annual event was a lot of fun, that allowed for good community/ police relations. “We all look forward to it,” Mrs Holmes said. “It’s always a great day, not taken too seriously, but something which helps us make our donation to worthy causes in the community. “It also gives the staff a great opportunity to interact with the community on a social basis too.”

Cooktown Bowls Club AIRCONDITIONED

Members’ Draw & Raffles: Members Draw $1100 members not present #410 E Ratcliff and #492 V Howick. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19: Draw jackpots to $1150 in the early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.

Social Bowls:

Don’t miss out…



OCT. 19

$ 1 1 5 0 Choic$e o1f6

Wednesday register 1pm, play 1.30pm. Sunday register 9am, for 9.30am. Jackpot $268.

Pokies Lucky Seat:

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

5.30pm to 6.30pm


Bush Bingo:

3 tasty dishes

• Orchid Raffles and • Pokie Lucky Seat Prizes

Every Thursday morning, 9am start. New Jackpot $230 in 63 calls.

Wednesdays and Fridays – Courtesy Bus – out to Marton & Keatings Lagoon –

Ph 4069 5819

Tide times – Cooktown

Cooktown Little Athletics members, Finlay Barker, Russell Clark, Jeneen Clark, Steven Johnson and Cameron Johnson all performed creditably at a carnival in Ravenshoe.

PBs smashed in Ravenshoe FIVE athletes from Cooktown Little Athletics Club have travelled to Ravenshoe to participate in the FNQ Regional Competition. This competition showcases the best the Far North has to offer. Athletes who placed first, second or third are eligible to compete in the State Championships. Almost all local athletes obtained this level, but will wait until they have a bit more experience before launching into such an expensive venture. However, that was not the highlight of the trip. All athletes broke or smashed their Personal Bests (PBs), and competed with such confidence and determination, it was an amazing weekend for the parents as well. The bonfire and BBQ held at the sport ground that night was fantastic! Jokes were told around the campfire, games were played and the children all made new friends from right around the region.

Little As coaching clinic Saturday COOKTOWN’S budding athletes need coaches, and you could get the basic skills required to assist by attending a coaching clinic this Saturday. The “Intro to Coach-


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

Fri 19 Time 05:01 12:08 19:07 23:56

Sat 20 Ht 0.56 2.33 1.18 1.56

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Time 06:11 13:56 21:12


Ht 0.77 2.27 1.11

Sun 21

Mon 22

Tue 23

Time 02:16 07:59 15:29 22:36

Time 04:04 09:40 16:37 23:22

Time 05:09 10:53 17:27 23:59

NEW MOON Wed. Nov 14 . Time: 08.08

Ht 1.46 0.9 2.33 0.92

FIRST QUARTER Mon. Oct 22. Time: 13.32

Ht 1.59 0.9 2.41 0.75

FULL MOON Tue. Oct 30. Time: 05.50

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Ht 1.79 0.82 2.47 0.62

LAST QUARTER Wed. Nov 7. Time: 10.36

Wed 24

Thu 25

Fri 26

Time 05:55 11:46 18:06

Time 00:32 06:33 12:29 18:40

Time 01:02 07:08 13:07 19:09

Ht 1.99 0.76 2.47

Ht 0.53 2.14 0.74 2.44

The club if very proud of the athletes who attended and did Cooktown proud! Little Athletics is a great way of keeping your child fit and active, a great family activity, that opens up avenues for children sport and is great for making friends and improving confidence. Little Athletics isn’t about winning or beating someone, it is about improving your own personal best. Children can struggle with this concept for a bit, but when they start to focus on themselves and see their own improvement, they then take off, steamed by their own determination. We are looking for new members to help out for next year. This is a club with great kids and lots of potential, but we need more help to keep it running. President, Treasurer and Secretary are all open for next season. Abi Johnson

Ht 0.48 2.26 0.76 2.36

Weather Watch Endeavour Valley October montly rainfall totals: 5mm


ing” clinic will be held at the Cooktown State School oval from 8.30 am. And when you are finished the course, Cooktown’s Little As will gladly welcome you


Open 7 Days • • • • • •

into their fold to help their enthusiastic band of youngsters achieve their athletic goals. For further information, call Caz on 4069 5444.

Local advice Bait, Ice, Tackle Chandlery Garmin GME Supplies for commercial fleet

PO Box 571 142 Charlotte Street Cooktown Qld 4895 Ph/Fax: 07 4069 5396 Mob: 0427 623 398 • • • • • • •

Charter bookings Marine batteries Snorkelling Spearfishing Trailer parts Bushpower Battery chargers

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