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$2 • PH: 1300 4895 00 • EDITORIAL: • Issue 590 • Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crowds tickled Pink

ABOVE: Screaming Cooktown kids took over the wharf on November 5 to try to catch a glimpse of pop-rocker Pink, who was docked in the bay on a luxury cruise ship. INSET: The Aroona Cruise Ship, from where Pink treated crowds on the wharf to an impromptu gig. LEFT: Pink performing acrobatics on a crane over the Endeavour River.


IT’S not often an international megastar graces Cooktown with their presence, so it’s no surprise a visit by American pop-rocker Pink on Monday this week was greeted by stunned locals and a hundred screaming kids. Though her pink sneakers never touched onto Cook Shire soil, instead remaining on a luxury cruiser docked about 70 metres from the town’s wharf, the singer of ‘Let’s Get This Party Started’ still had crowds onshore enraptured. After two hours waiting without a peep from the boat, audience members wondered whether it was really her onboard. Then around 9pm a slim, tall woman with short blonde hair was hoisted up on to a top-deck platform by a crane attached to the ship’s hull. The mystery blonde performed acrobatics as the crane lifted her up to the platform, then she twisted off and began to belt out a number from Pink’s songbook, if rather out-of-key. Spokespeople for the cruise ship, the Aroona, sent out a series of emails earlier that day alerting members of the Cook Shire Council there would be a celebrity in Cooktown in the evening set to give an impromptu performance to guests of the liner. The spokesperson was hush-hush to reveal who the celebrity was prior to the performance, but the rumour began to spread it would be Pink - who was at the time holidaying on nearby Lizard Island. By sunset the rumour was plastered all over facebook and twitter. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said the visit was a well-kept secret until then. “Lots of kids were down there - in the end there must have been well over 100 to 150 people down on the wharf looking at this boat. “It started around 9pm with flashing lights, then Pink appeared in a trapeze sort-of show,” Mr Scott said. In a fitting response to the celebrity staying away from shore, Cooktowners yelled greetings from the wharf with typical irreverent wit. As she dangled over the river on her trapeze act, one wag yelled out, “Careful Pink, our crocs can jump you know!” which drew a strong laugh from the crowd. For those who missed the visit, the next chance you’ll have to catch Pink in Queensland could be at her scheduled performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in July, 2013.

Ladies with feathers frock together Though it was horse Green Moon who shone at the Mebourne Cup, off the track it was Cooktown Bowls Club’s Fashions on the Field competition where the real stars were shining. Winners of the event were (from left); 2nd place Jo Stevenson, Best Hat Sue Phillips, 1st place Best Dressed Nadine Scholz, 3rd place

Margaret and Best Shoes Irene Bowyer. Winner Ms Scholz scored two bottle of wine and lunch for two at the Bowls Club. More of the frocks and fashions off the field inside (page 11 >>). PHOTO: MATT GARRICK


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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.


Thu 8. Jobs Expo, Events Centre, 9am - 3.30pm. Thu 8. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from

11.30am to 12.30pm. Sat 10. Rossville P & C Markets at Hatfield marketplace from 9am to noon. Sat 10. Cooktown Annual Turf Club race meeting at the racecourse. Sat 10. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at noon. Sat 10. Cooktown SSAA Target Pistol Shoot from 1pm. Sun 11. 40 - Over cricket Grand Final at Queen's Oval. Sun 11. Remembrance Day service, Anzac Memorial Park, 11am. Sun 11. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sun 11. Piano and Cello Concert at Nature's Powerhouse, 6pm, Call 4093 9018. Tue 13. Art classes supervised by Ross Franzi at the Cooktown District Community Centre between 9.30am to 11.30am. Tue 13. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 13. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 14. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at 5.30pm. Wed 14. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot at 5.30pm. Thu 15. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Thu 15. Musical workshops at the Alamanda with Martin Pearson from 2:30pm, Call 0419 673 221. Fri 16. Post Apoca-Eclipse Party, Cooktown Events Centre. Tickets at Bargain Barn. Sat 17. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at noon. Sun 18. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 20. Art classes supervised by Ross Franzi at the Cooktown District Community Centre between 9.30am to 11.30am. Tue 20. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 20. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm 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 Missing placards a case of ‘sheer skullduggery’ IT is now official: the three Cape York Peninsula historical placards that were on display at the Information Centre at the lookout at the top of Byerstown Range, overlooking Lakeland Downs, have finally been listed as missing. I last saw them in January,

2012, only to find four months later that the supporting chains had been cut and the placards were gone. In May I advised the Cook Shire Council of this, and an investigation began into their disappearance. It seems Main Roads had sponsored the erecting of these,

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Remembrance Day: A day for the Diggers FOR Secretary-Treasurer of the Cooktown RSL sub-branch Jim Fay, and Vietnam War veterans like him, Remembrance Day is about more than just sharing a thought for the brave diggers who fought in World War One. It’s an important moment to remember all those who have worn the uniform and fought for their country, whether retired or enrolled, living or passed on. “Now that many of the old diggers are gone, it’s also about paying respects to diggers fighting out there today,” Jim said. He said the RSL SubBranch continues to support troops fighting over in Afghanistan, a war which has so far seen 39 Australian soldiers Jim Fay from the Cooktown RSL sub-branch getting prepared for Remembrance Day on November 11. lost to the brutality of the people refused to acknowledge “Then there will be some- commemorate the exact time battlefield. his comrades’ efforts. one to take the reins when our World War One hostilities were “We do a lot to help the fellas “They just didn’t believe it generation has gone,” said Jim. formally declared over in 1918. over there, and they know we are was a real war, and couldn’t see Thousands of people across Cooktown residents are right behind them. We send par- why we were a part of this. the nation will attend Remem- invited to Anzac Memorial cels over to them at Christmas, “Now it’s different, we brance Day services at 11am on Park on Sunday, November 11, so they can get something from welcome the troops back now. November 11 and cast a thought at 11am to take part in a local back home,” he said. “And we hope when these over members of the armed Remembrance Day service. When Jim returned from a men and women come back forces who have lost their lives The service will be followed 12-month stint in Vietnam in from their duties, they will join in the line of duty. by nibblies, drinks and plenty of 1968, he said at the time many the RSL. T h e 11 a m c e r e m o n i e s yarns at the RSL Memorial Club.

Don’t miss Jobs Expo Hendra vaccine here this month FOR anyone looking for information on careers, training and education opportunities in the region don’t miss the Cooktown and District Jobs and Training Expo on today (Thursday, November 8) from 9am at the PCYC Events Centre, 3 May Street, Cooktown. Presented by the Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism in collaboration with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, this free event is dedicated to providing information and exposure to a wide range of disciplines including employment, graduate opportunities, apprenticeships and traineeships, education and training opportunities across all industry sectors. Representatives from James Cook University, TAFE, Defence Force, State and Local Government agencies, local businesses and many more will be in attendance to showcase the various opportunities available to job seekers of all ages. The Job Expo will be on until 3:30pm.

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what was a comprehensive array of text and photographs displaying all aspects of development on Cape York, including the Aboriginal participation, the Edmund Kennedy expedition of 1848, as well as early mining and the Iron Range War effort. And while the Main Roads

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AS the wet season creeps around, Cooktown horse owners are being warned to take precautions against the deadly Hendra virus. A Cairns-based vet. will be travelling to the region later this month to administer horses with a new vaccine, developed to protect the animals against the virus. The vaccine, Equivac, has been fast-tracked to be available this month, and vet. Dr Garnett Hall has been said it has a great potential to reduce the impact of Hendra, which can be fatal to humans and has caused the death of 81 horses from Queensland and NSW. Dr Hall will be in Cooktown to treat horses with the vaccine on November 17. He said the coming of the wet season will mean an influx of fruit bats to the region, the animals responsible for transmitting Hendra. “Equivac should help immensely, but

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because it’s new, one of the conditions imposed on farmers using it is it must be administered by a vet,” Dr Hall said. CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory veterinary pathologist Deb Middleton, who played a major role in testing the vaccine, said research into the virus started after the infection was first identified 18 years ago. She said field tests had so far shown the vaccine offered total protection against infection with the virus. “What we now need to focus on is how long that protection lasts,” Dr Middleton said. Horses will be able to be vaccinated from four months of age. Dr Hall will be in the region to administer the two required doses of the Equivac three weeks apart on November 17 and December 8. For more info call Dr Hall (0404 858 639).

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All but one vote to stop World Heritage


Stakeholders gathered at Musgrave on November 3 at a meeting to discuss the Federal Government’s plan to rush a World Heritage nomination for Cape York.


By GIEMBRA BUSMER MORE than 150 Cape York stakeholders gathered at Musgrave last Saturday to discuss the Federal Government’s plan to rush Cape York World Heritage nomination through by February, 2012. Residents, graziers, business people, tourism operators, Traditional Owners, and representatives from Senate, Federal, State and Local Government attended the three-hour forum, and comprehensively rejected the Federal Government’s plan to consult only with Traditional Owners on a possible World Heritage listing. The meeting was chaired by former Cape York Sustainable Futures president Bob Sullivan who introduced the many speakers who presented information and opinion on both the ramifications of World Heritage listing and the flawed process of consultation so far. Traditional Owner (Kalinga and Mary Valley) Conrad Yeatman provided a “Welcome to Country”, and stressed the necessity for unity among all Cape York stakeholders. “Today is important because we need unity in finding a balance for the future of Cape York. “United we stand strong, divided we are weak. “With doubtful decision making, and flawed consultation to lock this country up and not provide the potential to the younger generation would be a very sad story,” Mr Yeatman said. Mr Sullivan, who featured in an October 25 Cooktown Local News article where he labelled the government’s decision to rush the heritage nomination as “clandestine,” said the clear message to the Australian Government at the meeting was no one speaks for Cape York except the people and all of the people. “Proper process must be followed and we will not tolerate any more shonky rounds of consultation no matter what the issue might be,” Mr Sullivan said. Representing Cook Shire Council, Deputy Mayor Penny Johnson said she was “bitterly disappointed” that the Federal Government has not consulted with elected leaders of Cape York. “Their views as elected representatives, and their positions as elected leaders, along with those of Traditional Owners and custodians, and well-respected community members have been disregarded and diminished,” Ms Johnson said. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the move would be another spike in the economic coffin of Cape York. “We have to say absolutely, unequivocally no. “People of Cape York want to look forward to an economically diverse future and break away from welfare dependency,” Mr Entsch said. At the conclusion of the meeting Mr Yeatman proposed a motion that the government immediately cease proceedings until it was prepared to engage with the whole of the community. With the exception of one Lakeland grazier, the motion was unanimously approved. At time of publication, Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke was in Cape York meeting with Cape leaders to discuss the World Heritage proposal, and try to find a conclusion.

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IN a bid to bolster the local economy, community leaders have taken part in workshops discussing the possibility of amalgamating the Cook Shire’s organisations and clubs. Officials from Cook Shire Council, Cooktown Art, Savvy Arts and the Cooktown Reenactment Association gathered at the town’s Lion’s Hall over November 2 and 3 to look at ways groups could collaborate to cut costs and save time, including by sharing resources and procedures. The Collaborative Governance Workshops, as they were called, were facilitated by FNQ Volunteers in partnership with Community Central, a consultancy and training group usually based in Brisbane. The talks focused on ways the community could pool together to run a more cost-effective township. Principal Consultant from Community Central Brentyn Parkin said as government funding gets tighter and awarded less to individual organisations, collaborating on certain services was becoming more important for small communities. “You could share resources between organisations, or collaborate to create a new umbrella organisation everyone works within,” Mr Parkin said. “What the groups share could be a building, a car, financial services or even bookkeeping. “At the moment each organisation has their own bookkeeper and their own treasurer, so collaborating on services like this could cut a lot of time,” he said. Community Development Officer from Cook Shire Council Fiona Brady said having an umbrella organisation where some of the governance functions are done by another group could have real viability. “It could be a very flexible sort of thing, and I think it’s got real potential.

Members of Cook Shire Council, Cooktown Art, Savvy Arts and the Cooktown Reenactment Association who took part in workshops exploring better ways of managing local governance. “We could perceivebly share accounting Ms Sullivan said. functions, have shared insurance arrangements “The event was very successful and we were and so on,” Ms Brady said. all able to benefit. “The objective is to reduce the onus of “All we have to do is convince all the other governance on the smaller groups around town, groups in the community this is a good idea,” as we have a lot of very small groups who she said. struggle with the governance.” Ms Brady said collaborating on services like One such group, the Cooktown Reenactment bookkeeping could allow individuals more time Association, said they had already commenced to enjoy the organisations they are a part of. using collaborative methods to run their “People join sports or arts groups to do art or organisation. sport activities, not to sit in meetings and look at President of the group Loretta Sullivan financial statements. said one example was when they were lacking “This could maximise people’s time for doing volunteers to provide bar service at James Cook the things they enjoy most,” Ms Brady said. Museum. Groups now have the opportunity to think “We enlisted the cooperation of the Cooktown about ways the proposed changes could be Discovery Festival volunteers who did the job implemented, if at all, and prepare for further for us and we will share the profits with them,” talks to be held in the near future.

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Commander of the Cooktown Coast Guard Helen Greaves accepts a cheque from Secretary of the town’s RSL Suzi McKewen on behalf of the club.

THE Cooktown Coast Guard have been kept afloat after the RSL Memorial Club donated nearly $5000 to fund restorative works on their facility’s pontoon. It’s been a rough year for emergency services in Queensland, with Liberal National Party (LNP) budget cuts threatening rural fire brigades and the state’s Emergency Services cadet program being axed. The Coast Guard have not been immune to this, and has had to take funding measures into their own hands. Commander of the Cooktown Coast Guard Helen Greaves said without local clubs like the RSL supporting them, the region would lose out on a necessary service. “Without their support, we’d be

struggling. Boats and the services we provide are expensive to run,” Ms Greaves said. “We get some government funding, but we need more money than we get given each year, so we have to fundraise. “We’re all volunteers, so we have to rely on what we can get,” she said. The cheque was handed over by RSL Secretary Manager Suzi McKewen with a grin and a handshake on Monday, November 5. “We need these services in our town, so for us it’s important to contribute,” Ms McKewen said. “We make a lot of donations, to the kindergarten, schools, for Mental Health Week and more. We’re big supporters of the community,” she said.

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area promising to be unforgiving for those who don’t bring a good mattress to sleep upon. The hot conditions are also being planned for by organisers, who will have an air-conditioned marquee set up, as well as several re-hydration stages set up around site. Each stage will also have a sprinkler system that will disperse a fine mist over the crowd, while no music will be played during the hottest part of the day, Jeff highlighted. However, a large medical and trauma unit has been established on site to deal with the inevitable medical issues that will occur. Shifts of 18 security staff will be on patrol at all times, while Queensland Police will also be present on site. The festival will have a “large sustainability aspect”, Jeff said, including the use of composting toilets and the use of a lot of solar power. For those attending the festival, a survival guide has recently been published on the event website at www., which also details the many artists and performers for the event.

THE smiling dread-locked security guard at the front gate, with his djembe bongo drum nearby, is an early indication of what to expect at the Eclipse 2012 Festival at Palmer River, which will see 10,000 people flock to the Cook Shire to celebrate the total solar eclipse on November 14. Travel down the dusty 6km track from the front gate, opposite the Palmer River Roadhouse, to the heart of the 70,000 hectare Maitland Downs cattle station, and there is a team of 400 staff and volunteers working in the grueling heat to construct the site for the Eclipse festival. Operations Manager Jeff Moss took Cooktown Local News for a tour of the site on November 6, with just four days to go before the hippie hordes start arriving. “There will be 2200 artists and performers at the festival, while there has been 8000 tickets sold so we will have about 10,000 people on site.” The mix of live acts and DJs will perform at one of the cosmically themed stages - Moon Stage, Sun Stage or Earth Stage - with the festival being billed as a “global healing, arts and music gathering”. “Planning for the festival has been years in the making,” Jeff said, while some workers have been at the property for over five months preparing roads. Construction of the stages began two weeks ago, although there still was much to do as of Tuesday, with no sound equipment yet installed. Artists from all corners of the globe will be performing over the seven days of events, which kicks-off this Saturday when the gates to Maitland Downs are opened to campers. Camping conditions will be rugged, with HARD AT WORK: A worker clad in lycra-short shorts looks on as a the rocky and scrubby ground of the camping Cook Shire local digs holes.

Governor-General charms guests AFTER a whirlwind visit to Hope Vale, GovernorGeneral Quentin Bryce arrived in Cooktown with her entourage where she spent the afternoon of November 3 like a quintessential Aussie grandmother - smiling, drinking tea, and chatting to locals on the green lawns of James Cook Museum. About 20 local residents soaked up the former Queensland Governor’s company on the Saturday, including members of the Cook Shire Council, the Cooktown Reenactment Association and staff of the museum. Ms Bryce was whisked on a tour of the museum by Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott, where she seemed fascinated by the huge anchor retrieved from Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour which is kept there. Following the tour she mingled with guests in the garden, and then

proceeded to charm them with a short speech. “When I’m out in regional and remote Australia and I see the Grey Nomads, whom I’m so envious of, and when I talk to them, I realise that they’re all there for the history,” Ms Bryce said. “And also for the community, which is a very precious commodity. “And every time I have visited Cooktown I have seen how community and history thrives here.” Soon after her speech Ms Bryce was hurried off to an awaiting vehicle, where her troop of Federal Police, media officers and political staffers met her to leave for the airport. Receptionist from the James Cook Museum Sue Bird had the opportunity to meet the famous lady and said she was lovely. “She seemed happy and loved to be up here. It was a delight to show her around. She does a wonderful job.”

FLOWER POWER: Festival volunteers Newcastle’s Kerryn McFarlane and Bellingen’s Belinda Schroder weave a lotus flower ornament, designed by bamboo artists from Bali, for the “Chill Temple”.


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Advisors Elllie Austin and Mike Winer with Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce members Gavin Bassini and Jennifer Forrester at the meeting in Cairns.

Take fewer turtles, dugongs: Taskforce FULL bans and hunting quotas are among some of the measures supported by a taskforce of Cape York community leaders aiming to protect and sustain turtle and dugong numbers in the Far North. The Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce, a group comprised of elected community members and traditional Cape York custodians, held its inaugural meeting in Cairns on October 26. During the meeting the group discussed their commitment to the sustainable management of turtle and dugongs according to traditional indigenous lore. The taskforce outlined the systems they would endorse to sustain the animals, which included implementing permits systems, temporary hunting closures (when dugong are most vulnerable), full bans and traditional hunting quotas. Members of the Yuku Baja Muliku, Lama Lama, Apudthama, Kuku Ya’u Kaanthanampun and Wuthathi communities of Far North Queensland said they would work alongside government agencies such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Department of

Environment to achieve such commitments. The areas covered by the taskforce will stretch from Cooktown to Princess Charlotte Bay, Lockhart River and Shelbourne Bay, Raine Island and across the northern section of Cape York. Taskforce member from Jajikal (Weary Bay) Phillip Olbar said it was important to limit the numbers of turtle and dugong taken by hunters. “I was hunting ever since I was a kid with my old fella and he taught me the right way about sharing with families and cutting it the right way and not to be selfish,” said Mr Olbar. “It makes me feel really good inside to take care of our sea country and to respect the Elders who asked us to be here and represent them,” he said. The taskforce also aims to address impacts on turtle and dugong populations from seagrass die off, commercial boat strikes, feral pig predation and erosion. This process has been funded and supported by the Federal Government and implemented through Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation.

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A dugong was spotted off the coast of Thala Beach Lodge, just south of Port Douglas. Photo courtesy of Thala Beach Lodge website.

COPS ARE TOPS: Acting Deputy Principal Melinda Stewart, School Captain Holly Farnan and Constable Richard Pettman with his certificate of adoption. THOUGH police are seen on TV talking tough and carrying guns, in real life they’re often friendly and approachable. Take Cooktown’s Constable Richard Pettman for example. On November 2, Constable Pettman was inducted by Cooktown State School to be their ‘resident officer’ as part of the state-wide Adopt-a-Cop program aimed at building a better relationship between police and schools. Constable Pettman said the program would be a great opportunity for kids to learn how the police can be great community figures to talk to and get along with. “I’m looking forward to being able to listen to the kids about anything they may be concerned about, and to being that friendly face of the police force,” said Constable Pettman. “It’s a very worth-while project.” The school’s Acting Deputy Principal Melinda Stewart said the Adopt-a-Cop program would help show kids a positive perspective of police in the community. “The constable will come in to teach students about safety around the community, about how to play safe in places they love such as the skate park. “And this is not just aimed at kids with troubles. He will be talking to whole classes from primary and high school, so the whole school will come together for this, and be able to see police in a positive light,” said Mrs Stewart. The Adopt-a-Cop program has been ongoing in Queensland since 1985.

Locals vocal about saving Reef COOKTOWN and greater Cape York community representatives had a chance to voice their visions for the future of the Great Barrier Reef at a two-day workshop in Bundaberg late last month. Representatives from 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMAC) from around the state met for the conference, where they shared local perspectives with senior staff from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Cape York Local Marine Advisory Committee member David Cass said presentations and discussions focused mainly on providing GBRMPA staff with local input into how the Authority could further their strategies for

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looking after the Reef. “The Cape York region has very strong ties to the Reef which is why our LMAC has been so active in supporting local land and sea management initiatives,” Mr Cass said. “We provided feedback on what pressures the Reef is facing now in Cape York, and also gave a local perspective on where we would like GBRMPA to head in the future. It was good to be able to talk about Reef management with other regions and learn from their experiences.” Other issues discussed at the meeting included inshore biodiversity, the outlook for coastal ecosystems and a proposed heritage strategy for the Great Barrier Reef.

HAVING THEIR SAY: Cape York Local Marine Advisory committee member Phil Wallis, GBRMPA chair Dr Russell Reichelt and committee member David Cass.


Adventure Crew hooks into the tropics By MATT GARRICK WHEN Melissa Hilas picked up the phone earlier this year to a voice telling her she’d won a $10,000 trip to take off and go adventuring in Queensland’s tropical north, she thought it had been a friend winding her up. She couldn’t believe she and three mates had been handpicked from out of 8000 competition entrants to become the newest spokespeople for Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) - and all they had to do was travel for a week of fun in the tropics. By the time she reached Cooktown on November 2 to go out on a charter fishing trip with her team of co-winners, Angela, Danielle and Heli - also known as the Ultimate Adventure Crew - the reality had sunk in. “It’s been a chance for us to experience the Far North, and give some exposure to it,” said Melissa, who on a normal day works as accounts manager at an advertising firm in Sydney. “Not enough people get to travel all the way to Cooktown, so for us getting here is just amazing.” To enter the competition, punters had to plead their case to the judges through the TTNQ facebook page, as to why they should get to go. The competition has been compared to a Queensland Tourism campaign from 2009, called ‘The Best Job in the World’. The winner of the 2009 comp was paid to travel to, and act as caretaker of, islands off the Great Barrier Reef for half a year. Melissa said getting to be part of the Ultimate Adventure Crew felt similar to winning the ‘Best Job’ prize, though much briefer. “It’s kind of surreal because we did so many things in such a short time-frame,” she said. The girls were whisked around the state’s top half in a whirlwind week, taking in Port Douglas, Mission Beach and Cairns where they experienced adventures like bungee jumping, kayaking and hot air ballooning. “To make it up to Cooktown and be able to get out fishing was the part I was looking forward to,” she said. When quizzed as to why she thought her team was picked above the other thousands of entrants who applied for the gig, Melissa shrugged aside a suggestion good looks may have been involved. “I guess they wanted young, active adults who were excited to get out there and do all the adventures they set up for us, to appeal to their target audience.” Photographs and stories from the girls’ adventures have been posted on the Tourism Tropical North Queensland facebook page, which TTNQ chief executive officer Rob Giason said increased awareness of Tropical North Queensland as the “world’s best tropical holiday destination”. “This campaign has exposed the region’s facebook fan page to more than 2.5 million users at its peak.”

Online counselling service for suicide CRISIS Support Services has commenced an Australian first - a free, online suicide-prevention counselling service for people at risk of suicide. This new service follows the successful introduction of a similar online service for carers of those at risk of, or bereaved, by suicide. Chief Executive Officer Alyson Miller welcomed this new service which directly targets some of our most- vulnerable community members across Australia. “The ability to reach out to those not comfortable with talking on the phone when they are feeling vulnerable is what makes this service unique,” Ms Miller said. “Our professional counsellors can connect with people who are struggling with this very real pain. “Online counselling may also act as a gateway to accessing face to face counselling and other associated services. Those wanting to use the service can book an appointment to receive up to six sessions of online, text-based counselling between 3pm and 9.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Suicide Call Back Service is available nationally, 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week free of charge. To receive support from a qualified counsellor now call 1300 659 467 or visit Crisis Support Services, Australia’s leading telephone and online counselling and training provider, delivers MensLine, Veterans Line, SuicideLine (Victoria), the Suicide Call Back Service and other speciality counselling lines.

Mark Privett from Gone Fishing charters with The Ultimate Adventure Crew - Angela Mylonas, Melissa Hilas, Danielle Bradford and Heli Annola.

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Beat the post-eclipse blues

Lek Jantrarat, who kept the audience spellbound at a Cooktown Jazz and Blues Club concert in May will be performing at the Post Apoca-Eclipse Party. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

MORE than 30,000 tourists are expected to descend on Far North Queensland to watch the solar eclipse on November 14, but what are they going to do when it’s over? One suggestion is for them to get along to the Post Apoca-Eclipse Party at the Cooktown Events Centre on November 16. The stellar event, hosted by the Cooktown Jazz and Blues Club and the Rainbow Dancers, will feature a smorgasbord of live music, food and comedy. Headlining the performance schedule will be the Martin Pearson Trio from Victoria. The Trio’s combination of folk,

rock and side splitting comedy is guaranteed to have the crowds in stitches, and perhaps even help them learn why Martin’s website declares that he “rose to fame like a dead pigeon in a water tank.” Also on the bill will be Cooktown’s own sublime singer, Lek Jantrarat, as well as locals the Rainbow Dancers, the Tipsy Gypsy Belly Dancers, Marty “Capt Hook or by Cook” Pattie, local rockers Rough n’ Ready and the man who proudly calls himself Jerry Atric. President of the Jazz Club Serge Petelin said organisers hoped to keep the eclipse madness alive for the evening.

“There’ll be an eclipse focus on what you wear - dress up in a bit of black, white and gold. “It may take a bit of imagination. More than I’ve got, at least,” Serge laughed. The night will include a sumptuous meal provided by the chefs from Shadows. Straight entry will be cost $25 pp, $15 for kids or entry plus a two course meal will be $55.00. Parents are warned, if you do bring kids along, be prepared to shut their ears if the comedy gets a little risque. For more info on the event call Serge Petelin (0419 673 221).

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RUSSIAN composer Sergei Rachmaninoff never made it to Cooktown in his lifetime, but, all the same, locals will get a chance to be awed by his music live at a classical concert at Nature’s Powerhouse on TONIGHT, Thur, 8 Nov at Seagrens Inn, Start 6pm November 11. 2-Course Dinner $30 • Non-Members welcome Romantics and fans of classical music RSVP Scott 4069 5166 are urged to get along to the evening of cello and piano, where the main work featured on the program is the romantic and grand Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, which is rarely performed due to its technical demands. The sonata, Rachmaninoff’s only comOver the next few months Cooktown PCYC will be offering position for piano and another instrument, a series of Come Try It Sessions at the Events Centre to and one of his greatest pieces of chamber encourage community members to get active. music, will be performed by cello virtuoso COST: Gold coin donation per session. Christopher Pidcock and concert pianist Evgeny Ukhanov. The program also features other cello and piano duets and solo pieces from both musicians including works by composers Ukrainian-born concert pianist Evgeny Ukhanov will be performing Bach, Chopin and Franz Liszt. in Cooktown on November 11. FUTSAL (Indoor Football) Mr Pidcock, who studied cello in Wednesday, November 21. Berlin with renowned cellist Anner Bylsma and has played with the Christchurch and Adelaide symphony orchestras, has warmed up for the upcoming gig by IT was a big week for news in Cooktown completing a successful tour of China. recently, and I’m not talking about the Kindergym Come Try It sessions have now finished. Ukrainian-born Mr Evgeny is reknowned as one bunch of free-loaders being dined and of Australia’s top up-and-coming pianists, having Thanks to all the kids and families that participated. serenaded at the Wharf on our credit card. View performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kindergym will continue as a PCYC activity to support I’m sure they were so impressed with from Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Sinfonia the 17-star treatment that we will see them the Hill the Cooktown Kindergym Association. Orchestra among many others. again next year. Day: Friday Not long after his spot in Cooktown, Mr Evgeny And I’m not talking about the crowd of internationally will be leaving Australia to head for his native Ukraine, Time: 10am - 11am certified lunatics who rode into town on their bicycles. That where he will play performances with various Cost: PCYC fees. $2 members, $3 non members lot started off in Cairns but did not ride here along the orchestras. road - which would have been merely insane. Besides performing as soloists and with orchestras, These visitors, believed to have come from one of the both musicians are also in demand as private teachers. outer spirals of our galaxy, decided on a nine- day tour of the The show will start at 6pm. Tablelands, the Palmer goldfields, Laura and then a bee-line Adults tickets, $30 (including refreshments) at the to the top of Grassy Hill. Nearly all on dirt roads. door. No, I’m talking about something much more serious than For further inquiries phone Herman (40939018). that. Evolution. How living organisms change over time. As Darwin showed us, plants and animals change with their environment. They develop physically and mentally to deal with life’s challenges. Even teenagers stop doing dumb things, given enough time. The Cape Tribulation Road to Mulligan Highway link provides coastal connection Now a neglected class of animals is beginning to take Town Venue Date Time between Cairns and Cooktown. Starting at the Mossman/Daintree Road intersection, the link extends north along the coast to the Cooktown Developmental Road life seriously. Fish. Cooktown Cook Shire Council Office, Wed 21 Nov 1.30pm—3.00pm intersection. 10 Furneaux St A couple of weeks ago, a group of mates were on a quiet The Planning Study being undertaken is to discuss and develop the future road boat trip, doing the things that mates usually do in boats up Cooktown Cook Shire Council Office, Wed 21 Nov 5.00pm—6.30pm management plan for the link road. The three alternatives have been provided to 10 Furneaux St here. Like drinking beer, shouting, eating terrible sandwiches, generate discussion within the community. Based on the feedback provided, a final throwing up over the side, drinking more beer, in short, it was road management plan will be developed, endorsed and provided to the Wet Tropics Wujal Wujal The mango tree meeting area Thu 22 Nov 10.00am—11.30am Management Authority (WTMA), which will consider the findings when assessing future a typical restful day on the glorious Coral Sea. –– 6.00pm Cape Tribulation Whet Restaurant Thu 22 Nov 4.30pm 12.00pm—1.30pm environmental permit applications for drainage and road infrastructure upgrades. In an instant, like a bad horror movie, everything changed. 1 Cape Tribulation Rd Cairns Regional Council, in conjunction with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council and They were attacked by a huge marlin that came powering out Cook Shire Council, is seeking feedback. Cow Bay Daintree Discovery Centre, cnr Fri 23 Nov 9.00am—10.30am of the water to savage them on deck. Have you seen these fish? Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Rd To download a copy of the Planning Study and to find out more, go to They are the ones with the very long and very sharp noses. A hard copy of all reports are available at: Cairns Regional Council’s offices in Spence Mossman Cairns Regional Council Office, Mon 26 Nov 9.00am—10.30am This marlin did his best to turn the mates into a big 64-66 Front St St, Cairns and Front St, Mossman; All libraries in the Cairns Regional Council area; kebab with his nose. This time, he was unlucky. The mates Cook Shire Council’s administration office and Cooktown library; Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Mossman Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre Mon 26 Nov 11.15am—12.45pm Shire Council’s administration office. scampered below for protection, and their attacker shrugged Information sessions (as shown) will be held to provide an opportunity to ask his shoulders and left. I always wondered when something questions about the road management plan alternatives or about the submission like this would happen. process. People keep saying fish are smart, but had not expected that fish would start resenting being dragged around with a metal hook in their cheek. If fishing is a sport, perhaps the Submissions close 5pm 14 December 2012. other team has decided to join in the game?

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A CHANCE encounter with a visitor recently, led to the discovery of the following tragedy, one which we had not encountered before. A small sad entry in our records states that on April 2, 1880, Edwin James Nolan, aged 8 years of the Normanby goldfield, drowned at Finch’s Bay. His body was never recovered. Edwin was born on the goldfields and was the only son of James Nolan and Sarah Mitchell. The following was related in the Cooktown Independent. On Saturday, at about 11am, while six little boys were bathing at Finch’s Bay-namely three sons of Mr Clausen, Howard St and sons of Mr P. Corbett, Furneaux St, Mr Mitchell, John Street and Mr J.Nolan, Normanby - Edwin Nolan and Gregory Clausen appeared to have ventures out further than the others, the former to about 50 yards and the latter to about 30 yards from the shore, the rest being in a group within a few yards of the beach, when an unusually large roller was seen sweeping in, on which the elder Clausen pulled ashore his younger brother and Mitchell, calling upon Corbett to follow. The tide was ebbing and the undercurrent made it easy for the boys to swim out, but when returning they must have exhausted themselves in bat-


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Mr Eykyn, of his boy was lost to him whilst fectual search for that of Nolan Christ Church conducting the their son survived. was continued until Monday. service.” One finds it hard to reconcile It is the general opinion that A memorial service was held the usual tranquility of Finch’s the current, wind and sea will at the beach and John Mitchell Bay with such a tragedy, yet it ◆ Skip Bins from 2.5m3 to 6m3 carry the body of Nolan to the (Edwin’s uncle) read out a was only seven months prior to North Shore Beach, which is verse about plucked flowers this incident, that another sad ◆ 4m3 Trailer Bin for Hire being patrolled by troopers. while flowers were strewn along event took place there. 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Romans 6:11 YOU THROW! ourselves things, but to deny our- selves” in favour of putting God reminds us “(we) should consider Lily Patching, aged 7. selves - to say no to what we want, first, all the other things we need yourselves to be dead to the power Jessie Clunn, 8 years and to put God first and what he wants. for the good life planned for us fall of sin and alive to God through Mary Ann Shambrook, 10 years. The funeral was What does God want for us? To into place ( Matthew 6:33 says, Christ Jesus.” Mobile: 0427 092 311 held on October 21, 1879 make us miserable? To be fenced “Seek the Kingdom of God above Wow! Alive because we have and was, at that time, the Phone: 4069 6869 in? all else, and live righteously, and chosen to consider ourselves dead, largest ever in Cooktown. No, because of the coming of he will give you everything you we are alive! Jesus said,” I came so they can 2 1 have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed HAVE you felt the thrill (either as part of the real action of.” (John 10:10 ‘The Message’) Writers’ or vicariously on the sidelines) of the racing season and A Christian called Steve Saint Corner the spectacle of the sweating, striving, galloping horse AUCTION once wrote, “God is looking for and his leech-like mount? ordinary people like you and me MUST BE SOLD Write your story, in verse or prose, for our column. who are willing to let Him use as Email it to: or send it to: Granite Creek, Bloomfield Cape York He sees fit. P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. It’s like he wants to write our Dianne Keller story, he doesn’t want to be our Cooktown Writers’ Group. editor. But, we want to write the Cooktown Horse on the Fly Granite Creek story and then we call God in as Port Douglas There’s something so magical about a horse on the fly, our editor. 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Governor-General Quentin Bryce charms locals with a short speech.

Wedding bells Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce meets with kids in Hope Vale.

Governor-General impressed by progress at Hope Vale BY MATT GARRICK AUSTRAIA’S Governor-General Quentin Bryce said she was inspired by what she viewed as huge improvements to local indigenous communities during a whistlestop tour to the Far North on November 3. Ms Bryce, the federal representative to Queen Elizabeth II and Commanderin-Chief of the Australian Defence Force, travelled to Hope Vale where she met with leaders to view the progress of community projects in the area. Ms Bryce said by talking to elders and community leaders in Hope Vale she was very impressed by what she heard and saw. “I was thrilled to have so many enriching conversations with people who have given their life to the community out there,” Ms Bryce told Cooktown Local News. “I appreciated the hospitality in Hope Vale so much. And I was very impressed, looking at

the pride taken by people in their homes and gardens. They’ve got a fantastic program there focusing on gardens, and it’s a lovely time of year to be in Hope Vale to see them blooming,” she said. The Pride of Place program, implemented by Cape York Partnerships organisation, is a backyard renovation scheme supporting families to carry out small-scale projects to build skills, pride and confidence by transforming their backyards into attractive, safe, healthy spaces. General Manager of Cape York Partnerships, Donna Field, said the Governor-General’s visit to view the project’s progress benefitted all concerned. “The participants were able to show-off their hard work and the community they value so much, and the Governor-General loved to see them,” said Ms Field. At current, 49 households in Hope Vale are members of the program, around 27 percent of the community’s 180 households.

Ian McKinna, Carol McKinna, Oliver Skrzypczynski and Lauren Skrzypczynski, Lachlan McKinna, Katie McKinna and Julia McKinna, celebrated Oliver and Lauren’s wedding at the spectacular Chapel Cave.


Dragon, Jasmine, Lyndsay, Tem, Broadbert, Maddy and little Ally and The Incredible Hulk (aka Liam) up the front. The kooky crew celebrated Halloween with a round of barefoot bowls at the Bowls Club.

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Rachel Stokes played the good little devil at the RSL on Halloween.

SPOOKY: Kids from the McLoud Creek area of Endeavour Valley Road out trick or treating.

MELBOURNE CUP at the BOWLS CLUB COOKTOWN may be over 3000km from Flemington, but still the frocks and fascinators were out in numbers around town for Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday. Following the main race, the floor of the Bowls Club was transformed into a mini-catwalk as the local


ladies paraded their stuff for a ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition. Though not everyone can score money from a race winner, spending an afternoon celebrating the Cup in the Bowlo seemed like a safe bet indeed.

ABOVE: Coral Hale, Irene Bowyer and Esther Kulka. BELOW: Alison Booker, Keith Miller, Della Baker and Evelyn Hill.

ABOVE: It was a hard task for the judges to pick a ‘Fashions on the Field’ winner from this lovely bunch. BELOW: WINNING SMILES: Merle O’Doherty, Jill Williams, Sharon Olsen, Meredith Iskov, Pat Gibbons, Pat Venables, Alex Poberay and Nadine Scholz.

ABOVE: SAFE BET: Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott and wife Sayah. ABOVE RIGHT: Stylin’ and smilin’: Ken and Elly Clarke. RIGHT: Judy Winton gives Bob Rowles his just desserts. BELOW: Christine Cook, Beatrice Rowles and Maureen Roberts.

ABOVE: ON THE MONEY: Christine Brody, Barry Clarke, Wendy Widdison and Peter Shields shared a laugh about the diamonds on the soles of Barry’s shoes. BELOW: Joan Hagarty, Colleen Dukes and Gloria Savage.

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3:25 Movie: “The Bells Of St Mary’s” 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 10:40 Conversations With Australia’s Artists 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “The Bliss Of Mrs Blossom” (PG) 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 6:00 Lost Gardens: Warwick 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Moone Boy: Martin’s birthday takes a bad turn when his new bicycle gets trashed by the Bonner brothers. Seeking protection from another bully, Martin is forced to play Cupid to set him up with his sister. 8:30 New Tricks: When the body of missing computer expert Martin Longthorn turns up in the morgue of a teaching hospital under a false name UCOS look into the case 9:30 Waking The Dead: Skin Part 2 10:25 Lateline 11:00 My Family: Wheelie Ben - The local council insists that Ben is disabled, and what can he do but play along with it until the wheels start coming off? 11:30 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings 9:00 Surprises 9:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 Frist Test - Australia vs South Africa Day 1 - PM Session 5:00 Alive And Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Wiggly Finger Catalyst - Raj meets a woman with whom he’s able to talk. 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation Sheldon flees back to Texas in disgrace when he learns that the guys tampered with his arctic expedition data, threatening Leonard’s hopes for a romantic encounter with Penny. 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Excalibur” (M) - Tracing the history of King Arthur, from his conception and birth, through to the rise and fall of Camelot and the last days of the Round Table Knights and their search for the Holy Grail. 3:10 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 3:35 Danoz 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Bird On A Wire” (M) 2:30 Dr Oz 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 - Sid sets Lisa up in a hotel, Sid accepts Sasha and Casey, and Tamara arrives in Summer Bay after Kyle revealed that she’s real. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 11:15 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Alone In The Amazon - A young man loses his canoe in the Amazon and has to survive extreme conditions. 12:20 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: You Are So Pregnant Dude - The girls travel to Vegas and Kourtney gets the results of a pregnancy test. 12:50 Movie: “Time Served” (AV) - A woman makes the ultimate sacrifice for her son, when she covers his crime and goes to gaol in his place. 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 About Men: The Mating Game 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: Michel Siffre, Troglodyte Man 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Galway to Arranmore Island - As the team explores Ireland’s Atlantic coast, Neil Oliver meets a photographer who covered John F Kennedy’s visit to Galway in June 1963, and learns about pirate queen Grace O’Malley 8:30 America Revealed: Food Machine 9:35 As It Happened: Maritime Mysteries: Martyred Ships 10:35 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Untold Scandal ” (M s,a,n) - A pair of scheming, immoral cousins vie with each other to seduce sexual innocents. Based on the novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ and set in aristocratic 18th century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. In Korean. 1:20 Kurt Wallander: “Village Idiot” (M l,v,s) - Goran, the village idiot, robs a bank then blows himself up. When investigations get under way, more sinister activities are revealed involving a doctor who works in the Ystad Hospital In Swedish. 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:30 Rage Guest Programmer: Lanie Lane (PG)11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Eggheads 1:30 Movie: “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (PG) 4:00 Basketball: WNBL: Logan v West Coast 5:00 Football: W League: Adelaide v Brisbane 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin - Doc Martin has a patient catastrophe on his train journey back home from London and Aunt Joan is being sued by parents of a schoolboy who became ill after a visit to her farm. 8:20 Kingdom - Judge Harding visits Peter’s office; he’s being blackmailed and suspects Beatrice. Lyle is called upon to resolve a conflict centred upon some local druids and golfers. 9:05 Sinbad - The crew are hired to transport a professor and her mysterious giant egg which hatches a snake-demon. Escaping its attack, the gang decide to kill it. 9:55 Silent Witness: Intent Part 1 10:50 TBA 11:15 Rage Guest Programmer: Lanie Lane (MA a,l,d,h,n,s,v) 4:00 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Gilligans Island 9:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 2 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 2 5:00 Getaway - Jason visits the amazing Galapagos Islands while Natalie spends the night in one of the world’s most unusual hotels where the rooms are designed like a hamster cage. Meanwhile, Kelly joins a cave, canoe and bush tour in WA’s beautiful Margaret River Giaan road tests a camper van that turns into a boat. 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 TBA 9:40 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Cross Of Iron” (AV) - A contest of wills develops between the courageous Steiner and his new commander, Capt. Stransky, a pompous aristocrat. Stransky has his sights set on earning the Iron Cross but he’s a poltroon at heart, which soon leads him to take desperate measures. 2:30 The Baron 3:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Family Movie Special: TBA 8:45 The Saturday Movie: TBA 11:45 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Shipwrecked Family - A family sailing trip turns deadly when the boat hits a rocky reef. 12:50 Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Helping Hand - The family gives back to the community when they take in a homeless man. 1:20 Special: Australia’s Endangered Species - Part 1- Documenting the demise of Australia’s rarest plants and animals, all at risk of extinction. 2:20 Special: Australia’s Endangered Species - Part 2 2:35 House Calls To The Rescue 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Luisa Fernanda 2:50 The Chopin Etudes 2:55 Produced By George Martin 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Rex in Rome: All in One Night 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 James May’s Toy Stories: Scalextric 8:30 Blackout - When council official Daniel Demoys wakes from an alcoholic blackout to find he has beaten a man to within an inch of his life, he begins a dramatic quest for redemption. After an act of public bravery, Daniel is elected mayor, but is quickly drawn into a web of deception in which no-one can be trusted 9:30 Movie: “The Red Riding Trilogy: 1974” (MA a,v,l) - Set in Yorkshire against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders - but more a tale of the time and the rampant police corruption that marred it, this is the first part of a trilogy of films adapted from a series of novels by David Pearce. 10:50 Movie: “20th Century Boys” (MA s,v) - Based on a popular Japanese manga series, this is the first chapter in an epic three-part sci-fi fantasy series. The story begins in 1969 when young Kenji and his friends spend their holidays recording their apocalyptic fantasies in their ‘Book of Prophecies’. 1:55 Drawn Together 2:20 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 Remembrance Day 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Salisbury Cathedral Close 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Travel Oz 2:00 Sinbad 2:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 3:00 Kids With Cameras 4:00 Not A Willing Participant 4:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 5:00 An African Journey With Jonathan Dibley 6:00 Auction Room 6:30 Compass: Divine Women - Part 4 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Michael Palin’s Brazil 8:30 Devil’s Dust - An intensely personal drama about the James Hardie asbestos saga; a tragedy that becomes a high-stakes battle through the corridors of corporate, political and media power. 10:00 The Slap: Rosie - Rosie receives notification of the court date. Finally Harry will be punished for what he did. But her relief is short lived when she realises she is alone in her crusade. 10:55 Strike Back 11:40 Movie: “The Virgin Soldiers” (M v,s) - On a British army base in Singapore in 1950, the daughter of a sergeant major must juggle the advances of a young private and a more mature sergeant. 1:15 Movie: “Shall We Dance” (G) - Dancing partners pretend to be married. Gershwin numbers include ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ and ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’ on roller-skates! 3:05 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Gilligan’s Island 9:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 3 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 First Test Australia vs South Africa: Day 2 5:00 Alive & Cooking 5:30 Getaway 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 TBA 9:30 The Mentalist: His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts - In the wake of an anticult activist’s homicide, the CBI question a cult leader who is Jane’s old adversary. 10:30 Person Of Interest: Many Happy Returns - It’s Reese’s birthday, and Finch gifts him with a day off - especially when he realises that The Machine’s latest number is sure to revive painful memories. 11:30 Southland: Community 12:20 What Would You Do? 1:05 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 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend 11:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 11:30 Minute To Win It 12:30 No Ordinary Family 1:30 Movie: “Serendipity” 3:30 Better Homes And Gardens 5:00 The Great Outdoors 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security 8:00 Airways 8:30 Bones: The Tiger In The Tale 9:30 Killing Time - Detective Strawhorn is intent on bringing Fraser to justice and when an illicit conversation between Fraser and a drug associate is recorded, Fraser’s world comes crashing down. 11:30 Strike Back - As Section 20’s hunt for Latif moves from Kosovo to Chechnya, Stonebridge faces the domestic consequences of staying with the team, while Scott chafes upon learning Grant set him up to test his allegiance. 12:30 Special: France: Soaring With The Senses - Part 2 1:30 Room For Improvement 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 Iceland’s Killer Volcano 3:30 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Crocodile 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Salvador de Bahia 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Lost Worlds: Medieval Fightbook 8.30 Finding Life Beyond Earth: Moons 9.30 Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life 11:25 Movie: “Fugitive Pieces” (M a,v) - Young Jakob sees his parents murdered by Nazis in Poland during the war and his sister dragged away to an unknown fate. Rescued by a kindly Greek archaeologist working nearby, Jakob eventually winds up in Canada after the war. As an adult he becomes a successful writer, but his obsession with the past leaves him with an inability to cope with others who cannot feel the same pain 1:20 Movie: “The Red Cockatoo” (M s,v,n) - A powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a repressive 1960s East Berlin. Young Siggi finds himself caught up in a love triangle when he falls for the beautiful Luise, but a tightening political climate will ultimately force him to make a fateful decision. In German 3:35 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 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 6:00 Restoration Man: Windmill 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Devil’s Dust 10:00 QI: Dictionaries 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 The Kennedys 12:15 Breaking The Mould: The Story Of Penicillin - History books say that Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, but that’s not the whole story. This program uncovers the forgotten team involved in the development and manufacture of the drug that transformed medicine. 1:35 Movie: “Bedlam” (PG) - In 18th century London, the sadistic master of the Bedlam Insane Asylum captures an actress. 3:00 Rage

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings 9:00 Surprises 9:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 4 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 4 5:00 Alive & Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Russian Rocket Reaction 7:30 TBA 8:30 The Mentalist: Cherry Picked - A kidnapping investigation reveals that a couple’s abduction may stem from a case of mistaken identity. Meanwhile, Jane continues his search for a missing Lorelei. 9:30 Person Of Interest: The High Road 10:30 CSI: NY: Crushed - A dead body is found in the remains of a collapsed porch from a high school party, and the team discovers that she was strangled before the accident. Meanwhile, a serial rapist from one of Jo’s past cases strikes in New York City. 11:30 Nikita: Knightfall 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Alive & Cooking 4:00 National Early Morning News / 4:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Going Underground” (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 - Tamara shows up in Summer Bay, but refuses to testify. Leah is even more suspicious about Jamie. Meanwhile, April doesn’t give up on her sister. 7:30 The X Factor 9:00 Castle: Secret’s Safe With Me - On Beckett’s first day back from her suspension, she and Castle are thrown into the salacious world of local TV news when a veteran weather girl is found dead. 10:00 Scandal: Crash And Burn 11:00 The Amazing Race 12:00 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 12:30 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 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 The Man Who Jumped 2:00 My Asian Heart 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 Ireland 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Bottle Bash 8:30 Derren Brown: The Heist 9:30 This is England ‘86 - Shaun, having rejected his mum, is living rough. But everyone else is living rougher. Lol’s world is falling apart and she’s doing everything she can to fall apart with it. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Paths Of Hate - A short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage. Audition - Inspired by Auschwitz prisoners, the film tells the story of a father and son imprisoned in a death camp. The son is auditioning for the camp’s orchestra to improve his chances for survival. A firing squad will decide whether he is admitted. 1:05 Living Black 1:35 Pizza World Record 2:05 Wilfred: Bite Club 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:05 Movie: “The Adventurers” (PG) 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 Katsura Rikyu: Imperial Villa Of The Moon 1:30 Compass 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 The Good Cook 6:00 Time Team 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent Presents 8:30 A Jubilee Tribute To The Queen By The Prince Of Wales 9:00 QI: Antidotes and Answers 10:00 Artscape: The Making Of The Reef 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 The Gathering Storm - A powerful story about the daring lengths Winston Churchill went to warn the British people of the Nazi threat, at a time when the country wanted nothing more than peace. 1:05 A Jubilee Tribute To The Queen By The Prince Of Wales 12:30 Movie: “The Last Detail” (M s) 2:15 Basketball: WNBL: Logan v West Coast 3:05 Rage

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings 9:00 Surpises 9:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 5 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 First Test - Australia vs South Africa: Day 5 5:00 Alive & Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Rhinitis Revelation - Sheldon’s mum visits and he competes for her attention, which seems more focused on his friends. 7:30 TBA 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Habitation Configuration - The new Mrs. Wolowitz wants her husband to move out of old Mrs. Wolowitz’s house, while Amy and Wil Wheaton get into a dispute, and Sheldon gets caught smack dab in the middle. 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Three Boys With Wood 9:30 Two And A Half Men: Avoid The Chinese Mustard 10:00 Mike And Molly: Molly Needs a Number 10:30 Survivor: Phillipines 11:30 Weeds 12:00 Harry’s Law 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: “The Man Next Door” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medical Emergency 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 8:40 Winners & Losers: Perfect Match - As Jenny renews contact with Callum, Bec and Matt fight for their dream block of land. Bridget is growing increasingly suspicious of Dot’s cagey behaviour, especially regarding the bar girl, Sam. 9:40 TBA 10:40 Smash: Previews - Bombshell’ faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall. The team of Tom and Julia scramble to fix the show when the first preview falls short, and Frank must adjust the unwelcome return of Michael Swift to his life. 11:40 I Just Want My Pants Back 12:10 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Celtic Thunder: Voyage 2:00 Yanni Live at El Morro 3:00 Letters and Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Ireland 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 56 Up 8:30 America in Primetime: Man of the House 9:35 Clinton: The Comeback Kid - This four-part series explores the private peccadilloes and the public battles of one of the most fascinating, contradictory and complex figures ever to occupy the White House: William Jefferson Clinton. 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Requiem” (M a) - Michaela, who suffers from epilepsy, undergoes a breakdown during her first year at university and decides to seek help from a priest. It soon becomes evident that Michaela is either mentally ill or possessed by demons. In German. 12:50 Mad Men: The New Girl 1:45 Mad Men: Maidenform - Don and Duck try to bury the hatchet, and Peggy attempts to join in on the execs’ after-hours meetings. Also, Duck receives a family visit at the office. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:10 Movie: “Let’s Live A Little” (G) 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programmes 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 The Good Cook 6:00 The Restaurant Inspector 6:45 Dream Build: Porsche House 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Danger 8:30 A Moody Christmas: Decapod Crustaceans 9:00 The Chaser: Hamster Wheel 9:30 Red Dwarf 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Very Small Business: Export Fluctuations 12:00 Herod’s Lost Tomb 12:50 Movie: “British Intelligence” (PG) - A woman who is spying for two countries discovers the complications when she is pitted against a butler, and almost discovered. 1:55 Football: W-League 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 The Big Bang Theory: The Good Guy Fluctuation - Leonard feels threatened when a charming comic-book artist comes between him and Priya; and Sheldon is determined to scare his friends on Halloween. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 9:30 Embarrassing Bodies 10:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Reba McEntire 11:30 House Husbands: Final 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 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: “Touched By Evil” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Toybox 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 & Away - Tamara and Kyle testify for Casey, the Braxton’s await the results of the trial and Neil aggressively approaches Indi. Meanwhile, Harvey doesn’t have a Best Man. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 9:30 World’s Wildest Police Videos - Female protestors steal the spotlight with a topless demonstration, a gangland murder trial turns to chaos when the victim’s friends attack the accused in court, and a Motor City car chase ends in a ball of fire! 10:30 TBA 11:30 Parks And Recreation 12:00 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 10 Years Younger 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Choir 2:45 Three Of Us 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 All Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Ireland 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monster Bug Wars: Death at Midnight 8:30 Toughest Place to be a... Miner 9:30 Cutting Edge: The Anthrax Files - In the fall of 2001, envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to US Senate offices, network news divisions, and a tabloid newspaper. Five people were killed, many more infected and the nation was terrorised. Seven years later the largest criminal investigation since 9/11 ended when the prime suspect, Army scientist Bruce Ivins, committed suicide. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Lorna’s Silence” (M a,n,s,l) - Albanian immigrant Lorna falls under the thumb of a gangster when she participates in a sham marriage to a heroin addict in order to gain permanent residency and a job in Belgium. In French And Albanian 12:50 Iron Chef: Jumbo Mushroom 1:40 Iron Chef: Foie Gras 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:05 Movie: “If I Had A Million”(PG) 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Being Spanish 10:30 BTN 11:00 Ancient Megastructures 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The World’s Worst Disasters 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 The Good Cook 6:00 Greatest Cities Of The World With Griff Rhys Jones: Sydney 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Redfern Now: Raymond 9:30 QI: Drinking 10:00 Angry Boys 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Iconoclasts- This episode features two men who changed the face of America - entertainment producer Norman Lear and Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz. 12:20 The Clinic 1:15 Movie: “Stage Door Canteen” (PG) - During WWII, the famous Stage Door Canteen on 44th Street in New York dazzled servicemen with star entertainment and food - all for free! 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 The Big Bang Theory: The Isolation Permutation 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 9:30 CSI: Miami: Law & Disorder - Horatio uncovers a corruption scandal that pits him against an old adversary. Meanwhile, Calleigh makes a life-altering decision that could affect her relationship with Delko. 10:30 TBA 11:30 Are You There, Chelsea? How To Succeed in Business Without Really Crying 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Seeds Of Deception” (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 & Away - Neil is released from prison, posing a threat to Lisa and the Walkers, and Jett doesn’t trust John. Meanwhile, Dex suffers from a seizure. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 The Unbelievable Truth 10:15 Family Guy - On a Halloween-themed night, the Griffins are selected to have their television viewing habits monitored. But Peter takes his participation too far when he tries to control the airwaves. 10:45 Celebrity Juice 11:30 Cougar Town 12:00 It’s Always Sunny In Philadelpia 12:30 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 5:15 Football International: Netherlands v Germany 7:35 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 Ireland 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 8:30 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket: Chicken Kiev 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Gail Porter on Prostitution - The secretive and dangerous nature of Britain’s clandestine sex trade has been highlighted recently by the horrific murder of prostitutes in Ipswich and Bradford. 12:10 Movie: “Melody’s Smile” - (M a,s,l,v) The body of a kidnapped 12-year-old blind girl, Melody, is discovered in a warehouse near the site of a recent hit-and-run accident. Soon after, a young diabetic girl goes missing. Lucie, a rookie cop embarking on her first major investigation, believes there is a link between the two cases. In French 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

12 – Cooktown Local News 8 - 14 November 2012


SUDOKU No. 123

Your  Lucky 


Stars  

Monday, November 5 to Sunday, November 11, 2012

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SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) The Moon/Uranus Midpoint is presently in your sign. This could lead to an impulsive move which will be difficult to rectify later. Avoid binding contracts. Romance. This is not a good time to try to make any changes in your relationship. Be content with your current status and leave change for another week.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You will come across something unexpected this week. Tell a friend about this surprise and it may bring you closer. Romance. Try to get your partner to share the household chores. You may even enjoy doing them together! Cleaning may become something of a meditative art for you both.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A person that you see every day at work may be more interesting than you realise. They may be talented at a certain sport or hobby. Maybe you can learn this trade as well. Romance. You may find it difficult to feel very romantic at the moment. Don’t be too tough on yourself.


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) Try to be as easy-going as possible. This would not be a good time to touch on any sore points. Surround yourself with free-spirited people. Romance. You’ll have a lot of energy at the moment. Make sure you use this energy constructively. Find a new project to invest your time in.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) If your colleague feels as emotionally charged as you do, this will be an excellent week. Tackle major projects as a duo and you’ll be sure to have a great start to the weekend. Romance. Don’t be too demanding with your partner. They will go through a difficult time later on this week.


ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

You may find it a little harder than usual to express your feelings. It may help to write them down. Romance. Your partner will be much more helpful than they usually are. Don’t be too suspicious and instead take advantage!


TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Your morals may be different from those of your friends. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced too strongly. Follow your own guidance. Romance. Your relationship will soon be in very good shape. A meeting of minds will help you to sort out a lingering disagreement.

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Don’t be too demanding of yourself. You have been pushing yourself very hard recently. Look closely at your accomplishments. Romance. Relationship changes will be coming into your life faster than you think. It may be a while before you realise the full consequences of everything.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) An expression of your feelings may create more tension than is really necessary. Don’t hesitate to apologise if you think that you have gone too far. Romance. Don’t lose momentum. A step in the right direction may be harder to follow up than you realise. Get your partner on board to make the trip smoother.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Make sure that you think things through. You may be a little rash at the moment and poorly made decisions are not easy to correct. Romance. A romantic dinner will go well, so long as you allow yourself to relax a little. Choose a restaurant or recipe you are familiar with too ease the situation.

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You will be the centre of attention at the moment. Don’t forget that other people deserve special praise as well. Romance. A few words from your partner could have a powerful effect on your feelings. You should see the same in yourself.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) An unexpected jealousy may disturb the peace. You will be the one who has to sort out the warring parties. Don’t choose sides. Romance. Your partner will be carried along by your enthusiasm and will want to spend as much time as possible with you. Remind them that you need space as well.

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Carnival cancelled BY ALF WILSON THE All Blacks rugby league carnival scheduled to be held in Kowanyama on November 3 and 4 has been postponed until next year. Sides from Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale, Doomadgee, Weipa, Mapoon, Napranum, Aurukun, Coen, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw and Normanton had been invited to compete at what was to be Kowanyama’s first All Blacks carnival in more than a decade. Kowanyama coach Dave Kennedy advised on Saturday that a lack of sides meant organisers had to cancel it at that time and reschedule. “Invitations had been sent out to all of the sides through their Councils and some advised they couldn’t make it whilst others didn’t reply so to postpone was our only option,” Kennedy said. Organisers left it until as late as possible to make the decision as they had expected some sides might arrive the day before the first day of play. “I think most of them never had the funds to come, as there have been a lot of All Blacks carnivals of late,” Kennedy said. Carnivals at Mossman and Cooktown remain on the agenda for November. Kennedy will advise a new date for the carnival as soon as possible.

Granddad and mystery of missing toilet paper GRANDDAD hosted this week’s run and the Hash gathered on a rocky ledge at the top of the hill, somewhere behind the Sovereign. He sent us off with full instructions for the trail, i.e. follow the toilet paper and she’ll be right. He might as well have saved his breath, because the paper was of the virtual persuasion. That is, whenever we passed a likely bush or road sign, Granddad would say: “There was a piece of paper there, but someone must have stolen it”. When we pointed out that even Cooktowners do not steal random pieces of toilet paper, he said: “It must have been the wind. The wind’s taken it”. Yes, well, we didn’t believe him either. We followed him down to Charlotte Street, and then back over the hill in the direction of the Botanic Garden.

Here we found his truck, complete with the esky, so all his sins were forgiven. Then he produced the bag of cricket gear and said our annual New Year game was early. I am sorry to say the standard of play was as woeful as ever, and that Yo-Yo refused to play on ethnic grounds (she refuses to accept religious status for the game). Back at the bash, Thermo had returned from holiday just in time for her 52nd carton run (1248 runs!), and she drank a celebratory beer with Miss Laine who has re-appeared for her six-pack run. Thermo then sent us all to sleep with a long and unbelievably tedious story of going fishing in the bush and getting hopelessly lost on the way back.

She found her way home by noting the moss growing on the northern side of all the trees. Or was it the southern side? I’m sorry, I did not wake up until after she had finished and no-one else could remember either. And then everyone rushed off to the wharf where someone was apparently flashing their pink bits. Although, thinking about it, I’m not sure I got that last bit right either. If you want to know where next week’s run is, ask Cracklin who was last seen in possession of the book. If you catch her, ring Moses (4069 5854 or 0409 686 032) and let him know where he should be at 5:30pm on Monday November 12. On-on! Lye Bak


Cooktown clinch win

IN their last match, Cooktown’s netball side stepped-up to Hope Vale in what was the closest encounter of their season. Improved passing and movement from both teams made the match speedy and saw Hope Vale’s Joanne and Lavern send the ball down mid-court countless times, in order to get it to their shooting star Karen. Karen rarely misses, but this week help in the goal from Leanne proved invaluable for Cooktown. The long-awaited return of Hope Vale’s queens of the court, Kiri and Fiona, meant there was a display of great skill that made life difficult for Cooktown. It just showed why they rarely lose, and showed-off their spot-on defence and accurate intercepts which helped Hope Vale to narrow the two goal gap. Jacinta and Mindy were also a great asset to Hope Vale, and assisted in most plays. Thanks Bryce and Henry for filling in, as Cooktown used their long arms to their advantage. Sue, in her first game for Cooktown, was unstoppable in goalkeeper’s position, and this led to Cooktown eventually being victorious. In the junior match play has improved, as the girls showed-off what skills they have picked up. After a few drills they had a whole court game. Giggles could be heard from both the Blue and Green team, and Ashley, Holly and Janine had a very good game with accurate short passes the key to Blue winning. All of the girls had so much fun and can’t wait for more of their friends to join in so that they can make a full team and compete in competitions down south. Next week’s games are on at 5.30pm for Juniors and 6.45pm for the ladies. By Queenie

Close competition ON Saturday November 3, the SSAA Cooktown club held two successful Rimfire rifle shoots. In the 50m Smallbore rifle shoot, Chris took out first place with a worthy score of 97.2. Second went to Toby with a score of 95.1 and Andy landed third with a score of 93.3. In the 25m Benchrest shoot Toby managed to grab first place with 199.12. Chris managed second with 197.11 and third went to Andy with 193.5. On Wednesday November 6 the club held a Service Pistol match. Lawrence’s precision landed him in first place with 231, and there was a tie for second with both Toby and Carol scoring a decent 222. Dizzy trailed close behind with a score of 221. Upcoming meets: Sunset shoot: Wednesday November 14, 21 and 28 at 5:30pm. Target pistol shoot: Saturday November 10 at 1pm. John King Memorial shoot: Sunday November 25 at 9am Chris Stewart Publicity Officer


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Blue mullet on the run and birds galore at Keating’s Lagoon WHAT do the Wujal Wujal Meals on Wheels Community Care group do when the blue mullet are on the run, there is a planned electricity outage at Wujal Wujal and there are people to feed? They firstly caught their mullet, obligingly speared in the traditional manner by Bruce and then cleaned by Thomas Yougie. Then they took the mullet, plus some of the senior men and women from the area, and headed out to a magic spot by the riverside for a big cook-up. The smell of the smoke, damper and fish was wonderful. How many Meals on Wheels have fresh fish as their specialty? A happy family of travellers from Melbourne, the Nolte family, came across this very unique cookery experience and were fascinated by the whole rural nature of the activity and the commitment and community spirit on display. They were even more intrigued a few minutes later when, as we drove over the Bloomfield Ford Crossing, we spotted a 5-metre croc resting upstream on a rocky shelf, just a few hundred metres from the riverside kitchen. I explained that it’s all about local knowledge. Keating’s Lagoon is fabulous now. If you haven’t visited it lately, then

you really should do so, and advise any visitors to do the same. As the weather continues to dry, Keating’s water level recedes and the wildlife becomes concentrated. Therefore, the gathering of magpie and pygmy geese, ducks, egrets, plover and jacana (plus no doubt others that I haven’t been there to see) is spectacular. You could spend hours watching the light-footed jacanas, or the magpie geese as they forage around the lagoon bottom for food, with their own bottoms exposed. Bottom feeders indeed! Two Cairns visitors who relished the spectacle were Steve Howey, an Emergency doctor at Cairns Hospital and Harriet Cullum, an Educational researcher with the Cape York Institute. Steve took some great photos of geese and waterlily-hopping jacana. “We saw so many new and interesting things, but the 360 views from Grassy Hill were really spectacular,” said Steve. The solar eclipse will be on Wednesday November 14. The actual total eclipse will be for about 2 minutes around 6.38am, but the partial eclipse lasts from around 5.30am until 7.30am, so get up early. Don’t miss this unique natural event - you’ll probably never see another. I’m looking forward to hearing and

seeing the birds roost for the (false) night, then re-awaken to a second dawn chorus! Best viewing will be looking out over the sea from the mouth of the Bloomfield River, Cowie Beach or any of the many beaches from there to the Daintree River. Just remember that you must buy yourselves special sunglasses for about $4 each. Please don’t try a do-it-yourself - they almost certainly won’t be effective. The Bloomfield Track is in very good condition between Cape Trib and Wujal Wujal, with just a few corrugations appearing up and down the steep hills. Another two weeks and we should see the completion of the sealing of the road over the top of the pass at Cedar Bay. The happy work crew manages to keep traffic moving really quickly, so there are only short delays. The solar eclipse comes with a new moon and higher tides. From Monday, November 12, you may have high water delays crossing over the Bloomfield River in the mornings, so consult your tide chart and factor in any high rainfall. It’s going to be a memorable few days, so…happy travelling. Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph:+61 7 40989180

ABOVE: Wujal Wujal Meals on Wheels Group Sharon Anderson, Mahel and Thomas Yougie, Gladys Friday, Anna Baird and Sonya Doughboy with blue mullet. BELOW: A Jacana hopping the waterlilies at Keatings Lagoon. Photo: Steve Howey

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Time for the old mango recipe book IT’S mango season, so I thought I’d share a bunch of mango recipe ideas to help you find inspiration for some extra ways to make the most of the abundant harvest. MATCHING FLAVOURS Here are a few flavours that match well with mango, whether you’re making a sweet or savoury dish: coconut, ginger, galangal, lemongrass, lime juice and grated rind (and other citrus also) and mint. In savoury dishes, it also matches well with basil, coriander, pepper, chilli, chives, onions, garlic, spring onions, seafood and chicken. I like to use fresh diced mango as a side dish to seafood and chicken dishes, as its texture makes a perfect ‘instant’ sauce. DRINKS For a frappe, put equal amounts of diced mango and ice into a blender and blitz until smooth, adding a bit of extra flavour if you want (eg. ginger, galangal, mint). Mango is also yummy blended with cold lemongrass tea. Can’t beat a classic mango smoothie - use about half as much yoghurt as mango pulp and blitz with enough water (or cold lemongrass tea, and/or a dash of lime juice) to make the right consistency to drink. It is of course also great to mix in drinks or fruit salads with other abundant tropical fruits such as papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, banana and coconut.

SAVOURY Mix the diced flesh of one mango with about half a diced red onion, one or more diced chillies, about a tablespoon of lime juice, a pinch of salt or dash of fish sauce, and a tablespoon or more of fresh herbs (such as coriander, basil, mint or Vietnamese mint) to make a fresh salsa. This is great with rice dishes, as a side with a simple stir fry, and with simple grilled seafood or chicken dishes. As I’ve mentioned previously, at this time of year when they are abundant, I also add diced mango to green salads where its soft texture and sweetness are a great balance to crispy lettuce, cucumber and the tart flavour of tomatoes. I particularly like diced mango tossed with cos lettuce, which I slice into inch-wide strips and a bit of diced chilli, a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. A little drizzle of good coconut oil and/or some coconut flakes toasted gently in a pan over medium heat until just golden is also a lovely addition. If you have fresh coconut, you can make the flakes yourself by using a strong vegetable peeler to scrape flakes off the flesh. Our mango abundance is the envy of many a place, so think beyond your favourite uses and try a few new ways with mango!


The Ultimate Adventure Crew hauled in a decent sized trevally.

Chris and Jordy from the Gold Coast with a longtail tuna. Chris landed a wailer of a fingermark.

Easing winds bring cruisy fishing conditions FISHING has been very consistent throughout the week and, with the wind easing over the weekend, lots of anglers took the opportunity to head out to the reef. Lately we’ve seen plenty of good-

sized nannygai and reds which were biting well if you could find them. Coral trout were found around the pressure points where there was plenty of bait plus some bonus Spanish mackerel on floating pillies.

The wharf has also been fishing well for Spanish and school macks, especially on the turn of the tide. The large herring shoals have been drawing the predators in close where anglers have been able to watch

these speedsters in action. Plenty of good-sized barra have been landed on the obligatory handline, big hook and live pike. The Endeavour has fished very well in the last week with big barra, mangrove jacks and quality

Ladies blazing at Bisque Par competition

A SMALL field of about ten played in the last Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition, and Don Keller had a great game to win the week’s event. He wrapped it up with a nett score of 64. Wayne King had been leading all week, but ended up as runner-up with a nett score of 65. Twelve members competed in the Bisque Par competition on Saturday November 3, and the ladies were simply on fire. Julie Sauer was the winner on the day with a score of plus 10, and Marilyn Clark runner-up with a score of plus 9.

Carol McKinna was also blazing and returned a score of plus 8. The closest male player scored a plus 5, so it was girls all the way! Nearest-the-pins was landed by Dave Webber for 2/11 and Wayne King for 14. No one managed to land near the pin on Hole 14. It was great to see eight members compete in the Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole Stableford competition, and what a ripper of a game Kim Copland had. Kim scored 23 Stableford points for the front 9 and was the winner for the

day. Not a bad feat for someone off a 7 handicap. A count back was required between John McArthur and Steve Butler who each turned in a score of 17 Stableford points, and Steve won the count back. With a terrific front 9 taken by Kim Copland in the Sunday 9-Hole competition, Kim is looking good for The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition. She turned in a score of 43 Stableford points. Next in line was Steve Butler with 33 Stableford points. Members please remember: Daniel

from Drummond Golf will be at In the the course on the Saturday giving Bunker lessons in the morning. I only have three names on the list at the moment, so if you want a lesson please let me know this week so I can put your name in the schedule. This Saturday’s competition is a Par competition. Happy golfing everyone. Kelly Barnett, Manager, Cooktown Golf Club.

fingermark falling to live herring and a well placed lure. Just a reminder, reef closures are coming up from November 11-15. Mark Privett Gone Fishing Cooktown

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Country Road Coachlines CAIRNS TO COOKTOWN Hope Vale fielder David Wallace looks to clean up after a dropped catch. << From Page 20 On any normal game during the season, I would think they would be correct. But this was the Grand Final and the boys were pretty pumped not to receive the wooden spoon again. In fact, they were gunning for a piece of real silverware. Hope Vale started steady with Harry and Reagan making a solid early set-up. A piece of fielding brilliance had Harry run out by Scott with a direct hit. Preston was next in and did some impressive hitting, especially off young Shaun Law who made amends in his last delivery, getting his man with a caught and bowled. Reagan was caught out in the deep by Lingy which meant Captain Selwyn was called up to the crease. He and Nigel set about the chase with their usual gusto, but Stallan got the pair of them with his second over,

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Wicket-keeper Timmy Rosendale stands tense while batter (and Man of the Match) Mark Whitman punishes another loose delivery to the boundary.

bowling them both middle stump. Yo u n g B i l l y Dukes had the honour of bowling the last over, and kept Timmy and Brandon contained enough to see the Diggers win by 22 runs. An excellent game played by both teams and as usual, a great display of sportsmanship showed by both sides. Man of the match was Captain Mark for his stoic batting and a mention went out to Scott for his great bowling and fielding efforts. It was a top day, and the committee should be cheered for organising the presentation that followed the game. Cheers to all that have supported the C.D.C.A through the year and Merry Christmas. Congratulations to the following for their awards which were thoroughly deserved.


The following are the individual accolades for this year over both formats of the game. BEST IN SHOW FOR 2012 Best Bowler 2012 Marton - Adam Snell Council Diggers - Steve Law BMP - Adrian Kulka Hope Vale Heros - Reagan Hart Best Batter 2012 Marton - Dom Aprile Council Diggers - Thomas Ling BMP - Eril Ross-Kelly Hope Vale Heros - Selwyn McIvor Best Overall Player 2012 Marton - Dom Aprile Council Diggers - Mark Whitman BMP - Eril Ross-Kelly Hope Vale Heros - Selwyn McIvor 2012 Junior Player of the Year David Curtis 2012 Most Improved Junior Player Shaun Law 2012 Player of the Year Twenty Twenty Series Selwyn McIvor 2012 Player of the Year 40 Over Series Dom Aprile

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FNQ Indigenous ‘super team’ proposed at league forum By ALF WILSON

Indigenous Advisory Councils and generally how rugby league can work with communities to create change and improvement in many areas. “It was a great day and I think it is a stepping stone to bigger and better things in the future,” Mr Nosworthy said. The Torres Strait was represented by the Kaiwalagal Rugby League’s LJ Shibasaki and Julia Yorkston and the Outer Island Rugby League’s Wayne Guivarra and Rita Kebisu. Weipa Development Officer Karl Adams was also there along with Dave Kennedy from Kowanyama and veteran referee Rod McCrae. Three Rivers official Peter Scott was unable to attend due to civic commitments.

EVERY player from the Three Rivers League, Torres Strait Islands, NPA and Central Cape will potentially have the opportunity to represent North Queensland next season following the first-ever Indigenous Rugby League Forum held in Cairns on October 29. QRL Northern Divisional Manager Scott Nosworthy said 38 attended the forum including Palm Island’s Mayor Alf Lacey and Lockhart River’s Wayne Butcher. “They are both rugby league enthusiasts and we discussed all topics such as pathways, representative football, education, development, All Blacks carnivals, Regional

Mr Nosworthy said the proposed plan was to have representative sides picked from the Torres Strait Islands, the NPA, Central Cape, Three Rivers, Bowen and Palm Island to compete at a FNQ Challenge carnival in Cairns early in season. “We want to give every player from these remote regions a chance to represent North Queensland. From this carnival a representative side will be picked,” he said. Mr Nosworthy said that Remote Area Rugby League (RARL) side would then compete against similar sides from Townsville, Cairns and Mackay at a carnival possibly in Townsville. “After that a North Queensland Marlins team would be selected. They

would each play two games,” he said. It is proposed that a RARL side would also still play against a Queensland Outback representative team in 2013. “It will possibly be at the North Queensland Cowboys home ground,” Mr Nosworthy said. These decisions from the Forum should be ratified at the QRL Northern Division Annual General Meeting in Townsville in late November. “The dates for the remote area games would be decided when we check what the entire division and the QRL has planned,” he said. Mr Nosworthy said all Forum participants were given the opportunity to speak about their issues. Mr Nosworthy said that the Forum

was enthusiastic about how rugby league can support health and well being programs for players across NQ. Mr Nosworthy and QRL Northern Division Independent Delegate in charge of Juniors Doug Pitt travelled to Palm Island on October 30 for the local league’s Annual General Meeting. Lex Wotton was elected chairman and Norman Bounghi the treasurer. Mr Wotton replaces long-serving former chairman Ili Dabea who did not seek re-election. “Palm Island Shire Council Crs Frank Conway, Mislam Sam and Eddie Walsh were at the AGM attended by more than 20,’’ Mr Nosworthy said.

Council Diggers win the Twenty20 Grand Final COUNCIL DIGGERS 173 d HOPE VALE 151 BY WAL WELSH

2012 CDCA Twenty20 Cricket Grand Final teams Hope Vale Heroes and winners Council Diggers celebrate after a hard- fought match on November 3. PHOTO: WALLY WILLIAMS

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A BEAUTIFUL Saturday morning greeted everyone at Queen’s Oval at the Botanic Gardens on November 3, for the Twenty20 Cricket Grand Final. The teams in the run for the winner’s gong this year were the Hope Vale Heroes against the Council Diggers. The Diggers won the toss and elected to bat, with the old attitude of “we’ve got ‘em, you get ‘em.” Mark and Jamie opened with the plan to get a few runs on the board and then see how we go from there. That idea went pear-shaped pretty quickly as Jamie was caught at slip in the first over with only one run on the board. Scotty was the bare-footed batsmen up next, and he hit the ball around the park with his usual display of power hitting, but only made 20 odd before being caught in the deep.


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A few prominent Hope Vale boys were heard saying “that’s the bloke we needed to get,” as Shawn Humphries graced us with his presence and was promptly thrust into the middle with Mark. These two lads have had quite a few partnerships during the year, and this was another sterling one, as they set the foundations for the Diggers innings over the next 10-odd overs. Mark made 65 and Shawn 36 before Tony and one or two of the following batsmen helped reach a respectable target of 173. During the latter stages of the innings, Hope Vale, who had bowled and fielded quite admirably the entire time, took some ascendency and restricted the score. As the players all trudged off to have a refreshment after the innings, one of the Hope Vale boys was heard saying “173? Aw, that will be easy”. Continued Page 19 >>

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