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5 hurt in night of terror in Idress Drive

The sky is the limit . . . In line with their high ambitions, Cooktown State School’s graduating P-12 class of 2012 chose the height of Grassy Hill for their photo. Seen here are: (front row, from left) Cheyenne Lee, Zabrina Duncan, Julie Keresteny (teacher), Samantha Midgely, Orchid Butler with (back row, from left) Lachlan Bassini, Lenny Casey, Thuy Loughlin, Brayden Robertson and Damen Kelly. (Absent: Willy West, Craig Vela and Tristan Skyring.) Photo: CHRIS STEWART.

A GUNSHOT wound and a number of knife wounds saw five people receive hospital treatment in the aftermath of a chain of terrifying events in Idress Drive on Monday night. A Queensland Police spokesman said investigations into the saga which started at about 7.40pm were still continuing, with no charges having yet been laid. The spokesman said three residents of Idress Drive, which is off the Archer Point Road, were confronted at their home by a 36-year-old man who is known to them. He said the confrontation exploded into an altercation that saw each of the three residents sustain knife wounds, when, soon after, the affray was joined by a nearby resident who is also believed to be known to them all. “The man who came to their aid is 59-years-old,” the spokesman said. “He also subsequently sustained knife wounds to his hand, shoulder and legs.” The spokesman said the battle escalated into a series of further separate incidents in different parts of Idress Drive. “Somewhere during all this, the 36-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to one of his shoulders,” the spokesman said. Tuesday saw the whole of Idress Drive cordoned off as a crime scene while a police team consisting of uniformed officers, detectives and forensic experts tried to piece together the circumstances behind what could have resulted in a more tragic scenario. At the time of going to press, the exact injuries sustained by those involved are not known and neither are their respective conditions, but it is believed none of the injuries are life-threatening. Police are asking that anyone who can assist them with this matter contact them at Cooktown Police Station (4069 5688) of Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).

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NOVEMBER Thu 22. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Sat 24. SSAA Cape York Cameron Crk Rd Rifle, 9am. Sat 24. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at noon. Sun 25. SSAA Cooktown John King Memorial Practical Shoot, 9am.

Sun 25. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details.

Tue 27. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Tues 27. FREE Beginner Coaching Workshop, 6-8pm. Call 0407 481 356.

Tue 27. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details.

Wed 28. Aqua aerobics at Cooktown Pool at 5.30pm. Wed 28. SSAA Cooktown Sunset Shoot, 5.40pm, General Meeting, 5.30pm.

Thu 29. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

DECEMBER Sat 1. Kids Art Society free art session at Elizabeth Guzsely gallery from 10am to noon.

Sun 2. Free Breakfast with Santa at the Cooktown Community Pool, Call 4069 5444.

Sat 8. Cook Shire Committee's Christmas Fete from 3.30pm at Cooktown PCYC Events Centre.

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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 Family grateful for well wishes ON behalf of the family of John Shay OAM, I would like to thank everyone for their support, kind words and condolences and for the many cards and flowers on the passing of their beloved husband, father, father in law, grandfather and son in law, on September 20, 2012. We would like to personally thank Bob Norris, Graham Andrews, Pat Gibbons, members of, and the Cooktown RSL Sub Branch, and also Ed for the wake at the Top Pub. Please accept this as our personal thanks. The Shay Family: Bev, Michael, Robert and Lauren, John and Mikaela and John, Daniel and Stephanie and Maurine Mason.

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A 62-year old South Australian man was killed in a light plane crash on Western Cape York late last week. The director of Forensic Science SA, Professor Ross Vining, failed to arrive in Weipa on Thursday after departing from Bamaga airport. A rescue helicopter was sent to look for the plane but found no sign of the aircraft. We i p a S t a t e E m e rg e n c y Service (SES) controller Trevor Snodgrass said the crash site was

found the next morning near the mouth of the Cotterell River, south of Bamaga. “The plane had a radio beacon and the radio beacon wasn’t moving from a position on the Cotterell River,” he said. “It doesn’t take long to fly from Bamaga to Weipa and this plan hadn’t turned up, so the alarm bells started ringing.” The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft and his body was taken to Thursday Island Hospital.

Break-in prompts local to call for more police night patrols By MATT GARRICK A LACK of police presence in Cooktown from late night until early morning is putting immense strain on the town’s security, say locals. Secretary-treasurer of the RSL sub-branch Jim Fay awoke on Friday, November 16, to a call telling him the Lion’s Hall had been broken into for what he said was the fourth or fifth time in recent months. Mr Fay attended the Lion’s Hall at 6.45am, where he found the front door ajar, and agreed there must have been a breakin. At 7am, he went to the police station where he was greeted by a locked door. He picked up the after-hours phone on the station’s exterior to report the crime to local authorities, but was subsequently transferred to a switchboard in Cairns. He said he visited the police station multiple times until he was finally put through to local officers at 8.30am. He said the Queensland Police system for dealing with crimes committed after their working hours was utterly hopeless. “I don’t blame the individual officers, because they can only make the best of what they’ve got here. “But the system has to be looked into more, because there are a lot of break-ins around town and by the time you get hold of the police, it’s two or three hours before they can arrive and have a look at it,” Mr Fay said. A spokesman from Queens-

Secretary-treasurer of the RSL sub-branch Jim Fay holding the lock broken off the Lion’s Hall cellar door during a break-and-enter. Photo: MATT GARRICK. land Police, Inspector Mark job. sist with major operations or Jackson, said it was not pos“If there are no officers on events, such as the Discovery sible to provide an on-duty duty at the time, an assessment Weekend,” he said. police presence 24 hours-a-day, will be made by a senior officer Mr Fay said a lack of poseven days-a-week in every whether it is necessary to recall lice presence at night would community in Queensland. officers to duty to attend the encourage criminals around He said police determine job,” Insp. Jackson said. Cooktown to attack in these how serious the call received He said generally police un-patrolled hours. is, before they decide whether are on duty from 8am until “Obviously they’ve got to to send officers to the scene midnight each day. come up with a better situation. immediately. “These times do vary ac“A lot of people are very “If a call is diverted to cording to operational needs, disappointed with it. Cairns and Cooktown Police and from time to time specialist “We want to see more police are on duty, the crew will be units or additional staff are on the beat at night-time, more detailed by radio to attend the deployed to Cooktown to as- patrols,” Mr Fay said.

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Shots fired as rangers find bush marijuana crop By MARK ROY THE highly trained and heavily armed Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) was called to a remote area at the tip of Cape York earlier this month after a team of Indigenous rangers discovered an illegal marijuana crop. The Injinoo Rangers came across the large plantation of dope plants while patrolling an isolated area south of the Jardine River on Sunday, November 11. The Cooktown Local News understands shots were fired as the rangers, who were patrolling the area on horseback, approached the crop, about 20km due west of Attambaya on Cockatoo Creek. A SERT team was flown in from Cairns after one of rangers managed to make contact with police via a satellite phone. The emergency response team worked with local police to apprehend a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man at the site, which police described as “about 25km from the Healthlands Ranger Station”. Cairns District Crime Prevention officer Russell Parker said it appeared the two teenagers had been firing rifles in the area at the time. “There is no suggestion that they were shooting at people,” Snr Const. Parker said. “As soon as there is a suggestion that firearms are involved, the SERT team is brought in. “There is also a risk that crops such as these may be boobytrapped, and the team is trained to deal with those situations.” Snr Const. Parker said officers seized “a quantity of marijuana plants” from the remote bushland site.

“There were a number of clearings with mature plants,” he said. “It was a fairly sophisticated setup, with irrigation, a shed built on-site, vehicles, and equipment to service the operation.” On Monday, November 12, officers at Weipa Police Station charged the pair with production of a dangerous drug.

The 18-year-old appeared in a special sitting of the Bamaga Magistrate’s Court the same day and was remanded in custody to appear in the Townsville Magistrate’s Court on December 15. The 16-year-old will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

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Call for care on roads and beware of floods

Smoke from fires on Cape York blows westward over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Other smaller fires can be seen to the south. The peninsula’s land is mostly flat. Although about half of the area is used for grazing cattle, there are also eucalyptus wooded savannahs and tropical rainforests. Photo courtesy of

COMMUNITY Safety Minister Jack Dempsey and Member for Cook David Kempton are reminding all residents that if the road ahead is flooded, forget it. Minister Dempsey highlighted the important safety message alongside the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service reminding Queenslanders of the dangers posed by floodwaters. “Floodwaters can hide many dangers underneath them, including branches and debris, washed out roads and potholes,” Minister Dempsey said. “Even for highly trained Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) swift water rescue technicians, the dangers of entering floodwaters are

very real.” Mr Dempsey said. Mr Kempton said the reminder was important for all residents to remember this wet season. “Year after year emergency service authorities warn about the risk of floodwaters and remind people of how little water is needed to move even heavy four-wheel-drive vehicles, and year after year cars get swept away,” he said. Mr Kempton acknowledges that many Cape York residents have to deal with flooded roads and rivers every wet season, however, he urges everyone to stop and think before entering fast flowing and deep water. “Even the most experienced driver


can get into trouble very quickly during floods. It is never worth risking your life and the lives of those you love, by driving through flood waters,” Mr Kempton said. “It’s important for residents to heed warnings when driving in wet weather and seek alternatives routes when they come across floodwaters. The risks are real and should not be underestimated; please don’t endanger your life and the lives of rescuers by taking unnecessary risks,” Mr Kempton said. Motorists can check road conditions either by phoning the RACQ road condition hotline on 1300 130 595 or by checking road conditions on the club’s website at




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Balggarrawarra head ranger wins Training Award A DESIRE to manage effectively traditional lands and further enhance skills in conservation and land management has placed head ranger Bulla McIvor among the winners of the 2012 Queensland Rural Industry Training Awards. The awards, an initiative of the Queensland Rural Industry Training Council (QRITC), are designed to recognise the achievements of rural and remote practitioners in employment and training.

The winner of the Conservation and Land Management category, Bulla McIvor completed a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management while working as a head ranger for the Balggarrawarra ranger group in Cooktown. “I am passionate about working on my traditional country,” he said. “I would like to ensure the Balggarrawarra ranger group is a success for both the current generation and for future generations and I

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will work hard to make this happen.” Speaking at last week’s awards dinner, QRITC’s CEO Phil Stewart said Bulla was a fine ambassador for remote skills training and embodied the spirit of the awards. “Bulla is a natural leader who works incredibly hard within his industry and he has undertaken training with exceptional enthusiasm,” said Mr Stewart. “His training has given him a better understanding of some of the technical aspects of conservation and land management such as GPS tracking and he has enjoyed combining his new skills to complement

traditional land management methods. “The QRITC would like to congratulate Bulla for his efforts to promote conservation and land management and for his enormous contribution as a liaison between government groups and Traditional Owners regarding the way forward for Traditional Owner management of National Parks. “Bulla has an obvious and enduring passion for the protection of the Australian environment particularly as it relates to indigenous cultures and land conservation. “The quality of this year’s finalists and the nominations we received

Balggarrawarra head ranger Bulla McIvor who won a major award at the 2012 Queensland Rural Industry Training Awards. are an illustration of the Queensland. industries they represent remarkable employment “These individuals care and should be commended and training outcomes that about their local communi- for the contribution they are are being achieved across ties and the future of the making.”

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Beat It program participant Ron McConnell has his blood pressure checked by Queensland Health Diabetes Educator Sandy Jones. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. RIGHT: Ron McConnell pushes the pedals in the Cooktown PCYC gym. ACCORDING to Cooktown Healthy Communities Co-ordinator Clare Richards, two locals are well on the way to beating diabetes - thanks to the Beat It program. Ms Richards said Lynette Liddie and Ron McConnell have just successfully completed the 12-week long, twice-weekly program and are feeling great. “Beat It is a physical activity and lifestyle program developed by the Australian Diabetes Council to assist people with, or at risk of diabetes, to turn their health around for the better,” she said. The first series of Beat It was facilitated by Roz Smith, Cook Shire Council Pool Manager ,and Priscilla Gibson, Health Promotion Officer from Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Next month, several other local people will be trained in Cooktown to also become Beat It facilitators and the program will be run by this group of people throughout next year. Ms Richards said Beat It is a moderate inten-

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sity, graded physical activity program suitable for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome or anyone else looking to become more active in a safe and supportive environment. “The program was designed to improve community access to exercise, while meeting the health and safety needs of those with or at risk of developing diabetes or other chronic disease,” she said. “It is about building life-long skills. “Beat It is not just an exercise class, it has been designed to help you build the life skills and confidence you need to get active and stay that way.” She said programs would be designed to meet each individual needs Your Beat It trainer will work with you to identify your individual’s needs. “A program will be specifically tailored to suit your health and lifestyle goals, to making sure you get the most out of the program,” she said.

“And all Beat It programs are delivered by appropriately qualified professionals who have been trained and accredited by Australian Diabetes Council.” Ron McConnell said his stamina had improved as a result of being on the program. “My doctor had suggested I go onto the program because I was pre-diabetes,” he said. “So that’s why I started it.” Another improvement for Ron is being able to take his belt in by three notches, despite a slight weight gain. But Diabetes Educator Sandy Jones reassured him the reason for the gain was that very slight increase in kilos was a result of his exercise program. “Ron’s been able to build some muscle which weighs heavier than fat,” Ms Jones said. To participate in a Beat It program, contact either Roz Smith (4069 6928), Priscilla Gibson (0427 747 084) or Sandy Jones (4043 0170) or discuss the matter with your GP and ask for a referral.

Community launch for healthy eating project in Hope Vale ISLAND and Cape’s Hope Vale in conjunction with Queensland store is inviting the local com- Health, will greatly benefit the local munity to attend the exciting launch community. of its new healthy eating project next “This project is all about helpThursday (November 29). ing the Hope Vale community to The launch, which takes place recognise products which are the at the store between 9am-4pm, will healthier choice by the badging,” Mr include a FREE lunch, competitions, Oxlade said. ONLY face painting, music, and cook-ups, “We want to promote good health, lots of fun activities and games. nutrition and physical activity, and Island & Cape Retail Operations Queensland Health has provided Sunday nightOxlade roasts… for $25 Manager Craig said the 2 wonderful support to get this project Healthy Badging project, being run off the ground.

“We’ve also been training our staff on how to read labels, so they can also help customers make the right choice when they buy food and drink from our store. “The launch will be a great way to celebrate this healthy initiative, and we look forward to seeing as many local community members attend as possible. I encourage everyone to come down for lots of fun, food, games and music, and enjoy the free lunch on offer.”

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Phil engineers good life in Cooktown Story and photo By ERIC GEORGE PHIL Boneham runs Cape York Engineering, on Cooktown’s industrial estate. He works in a large modern shed, crammed full of complex machinery and work in progress. Cooktowners who have needed something special fabricated from metal, or a simple welding repair to a boat trailer, have probably visited his workshop. Phil was brought up in Gympie. “My father was a mechanic and ran his own business. “Very successful. He always did a fair job for a fair amount of money.” So what sort of kid was Phil? He has ended up in the same sort of business as his father - he did not want to be a ballet dancer or a football star? “No . . . I don’t know. “When I grew up I used to go camping and fishing with my parents all the time. “I really enjoyed that sort of outdoor life-style, and always have done. “I can’t stand being cooped up. “I went to high school in Gympie and then in grade eleven, I went for a work experience course at a timber mill. “They happened to have a job going and they ended up giving me an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner. “It was a pine mill, hoop and slash pine.” Timber mills have the reputation of being dangerous places. Is that how Phil saw it? “Yes, it is. You hear a few nasty stories about people getting caught in things and getting chopped up. Luckily I never saw any bad accidents, and I worked there for ten or more years. “Safety wasn’t such a big issue when I was doing my apprenticeship years ago. “In the last ten years it’s been a lot stronger. After the saw mill, I worked in an underground gold mine for a couple of years, and safety was always a big issue. “A dangerous place and they had their safety standards there, but there should have been more. “What would happen, someone would come along and have a look at everything. They’d say ‘you can’t do that, you can do this’ but they would go away and half the rules would be disobeyed. “It was lucky there weren’t more people hurt. “But it was a good experience; I enjoyed it.” After the gold mine down-sized, Phil worked at a variety of jobs in fabricating and machining, and tried working for his father for a while. Then he decided to travel around Australia and worked in Darwin for a shipping company, before moving on to Perth to work on luxury yachts. So how did Phil come to Cooktown? In 2005, Phil came to visit a friend here. He drove up, on his way to

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Darwin. As he drove over the hill, what were his first impressions of Cooktown? “Beautiful mountains, beautiful blue water, and the sea. “A quiet, pretty place with friendly people. :I’ve always been a fisherman, ever since I was a kid, and that made it more attractive. “I started working for a business that shut down, and ended up opening my own business. I do metal fabrication, machining, hydraulic repairs, steel supply. “Mostly working on repairs and fabrication for businesses around town, earthmoving businesses, fishing, local shops, farming equipment. “I always did not want to own my own business because I thought it was too much stress. “I saw my father owning a business and he was fairly stressed with that. “Then one thing led to another, and here I am. I don’t find it as hard as I thought it was going to be. “If you keep things simple and get the work done and keep the customers happy, it seems to all work out alright. “As long as you have a reasonably good head for figures, and know who your creditors are and who your debtors are.” Do Cooktown people pay their bills? “Seem to be good. It’s the same old thing, you treat people well and they treat you well too. I think it’s a good attitude.” How does Phil find today’s business environment? “In my business it hasn’t changed, over the past seven years it’s been good. “You have slow times, but just when you think you’ll have no work, you’ve got more work next week. “I wouldn’t say we’ve been overworked but it’s always been pretty good for us. “Other businesses look after you too.

“You look after a lot of builders around town and they look after you. “I think Cooktown will always be OK, because we’ve got our own little community. “We’re less affected by things that go on elsewhere in the state.” Would Phil like to see more development in Cooktown? Should we be another Port Douglas? He has definite ideas about that. “No. It would lose its appeal. “That’s what people like here, it’s not Port Douglas. “People want to live somewhere, a nice place rather than being a tourist town.” Phil has four kids to take care of. How does he go for schooling here? “The schooling isn’t very good here, apart from the new Christian school which seems to be very good. A lot of people leave Cooktown because of the schooling. “Teachers don’t seem to have control of the children: children play up too much and they don’t learn. And that affects all the other good children in the class.” Looking into the future, what would Phil like to see developing in Cooktown? “Number one is schooling and activities for children. “The new skate park is a great idea. Now the kids have something to do, they’re all there. It’s a good idea to modernise things, like the new foreshore development, but they are going a bit overboard. “Too much concrete. We want things to be more natural around the place, more trees, more grass. “Prettier, rather than big slabs of concrete. :If they’re going to use concrete, why not make it a bit more artistic rather than a grey blob? “Doesn’t do the town a favour at all. I’ve travelled around Australia, and there’s only two or three places where I’d like to live. “Darwin, Exmouth, here. And Cooktown’s got it!”


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6 – Cooktown Local News 22 - 28 November 2012

LEFT: Artists Carmel Haines and Doreen Creek with works created during their Certificate III in Indigenous and Islander Cultural Arts. RIGHT: ART ATTACK: Gallery assistant Samantha Hooker, artist Cedric Friday, assistant Alexandra Barlow, art centre manager Vikki Burrows, art centre Jane Heraghty. Front: Artists Jarret Heraghty, Carmel Haines and Doreen Creek. INSET: Artist Cedric ‘Sam’ Friday and one of his paintings at Wujal Wujal’s Bana Yirriji art and cultural centre. BY MATT GARRICK THERE’S something in the water in Wujal Wujal and it’s not just crocs. The indigenous community’s art scene is burgeoning, and its art and cultural centre, Bana Yirriji, has become a hub for young and Elder artists to hone their skills as well as pick up new ones. Two artists from Bana Yirriji - Maurice Gibson and Florence Williams - will be exhibiting in the Destination Daintree Art Prize, the winner of which will pick up $2000, to be announced on November 23. And another group of artists from the centre are studying a Certificate III in Indigenous and Islander Cultural Arts, to help improve their range of artistic skills. Local artist Cedric ‘Sam’ Friday, whose intricate paintings of animals can be found hanging in the building’s gallery, said the course was a way to mix traditional practices with modern techniques. “One day we might want to train other young artists coming up, and pass on some of these new skills, as well as the older ones,” Mr Friday said. Another artist currently working for her Certificate III is Doreen Creek, who said the art centre, which opened last year, has brought huge opportunities for the community’s creative types. “There are a lot of talented artists in Wujal Wujal, and we encourage more people to come along. “You never know what skill you might have till you come and try,” said Ms Creek. Manager of the art centre Vikki Burrows said the course was a chance for students to learn things they may not be so fluent with such as printmaking, mixing colours and researching cultural histories. “These artists were already honed professionals in their own fields, but now they’re gaining further foundation so they can go and discover where they can take these new skills,” she said. For more information contact Bana Yirriji (40608300).


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COMMUNITY LEFT: Jason Wimmer and Dr Michael Towsey from QUT with acoustic equipment at Grays Orchard, Photos: MIKE D’ARCY. CENTRE: Happy eclipse Danish family at Grassy Hill -- Dan, Nanna, Sarah and Elizabeth Petersen. RIGHT: Epiphytes galore--Basket ferns, elkhorn and umbrella trees growing on strangler fig.


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Frog and other exciting eclipse stories I RECKON that the best kept secret of the Solar Eclipse was the Daintree Coast. The area had lots of visitors before and after hand, but most high-tailed it out of town for the actual event. Pessimists! Why on earth would they think that bad weather would inflict itself just on our area? Lots of hype from elsewhere, I guess. Of course, those who stayed enjoyed a stunning eclipse. A few lingering clouds disappeared just in time to show the whole beautiful and unforgettable event. We all became instant Eclipse groupies and vowed to stay around for the next one in the area-in 300 years time. Eclipse following can be contagious and expensive. One couple doing their 40th eclipse went out from Cape Trib with Ocean Safari to Mackay Reef. Very special. Two interesting couples took a trip with me to Wujal Wujal. From Montreal, Canada and California respectively, they meet every eclipse to enjoy each other’s company and a few minutes of darkness amidst

the sunshine. In Siberia, they reported that sheep turned home at the time of total eclipse, before re-awakening to their senses. Smart sheep. Meanwhile, some scientists from Queensland University of Technology and our own James Cook University had their own serious intent. Their scientific enquiry spread from Mt Lewis, Mt Carbine, to the Canopy Crane and Gray’s Orchard at Cape Trib. They were checking the reactions of animals-birds, insects and mammals-anything that makes a noise has its own unique acoustic footprint -to examine the responses of different species. It will be great to see the results in due course. Would Torres Strait pigeons, tricked by the sudden false sunset, return to Hope and Low Isles? Or would cassowaries hurry to an overnight roosting site or squat down on the road? Would animals see it as a temporary glitch or would they show real stress at the strange event? Local anecdotal reports were fascinating.

From Cow Bay, Danish biologists Dan and Nanna Petersen with daughters Sarah and Elizabeth sighted Pied Imperial pigeons that started returning to the Low Isles at full eclipse (They go at night to roost after feeding in the rainforest). Similarly, Willie Gordon from Gurrbi Tours in Cooktown posted photos of cockatoos flying to roost, but waking up to their nonsense later. Conversely Andrew, a beach masseur from Cape Trib Campground reported that rainbow lorikeets continued their noisy rabble undeterred and untricked. Melanie Piddocke from the James Cook Museum had a very funny story about a resident whitelipped green tree frog. “Frog has always been a large and healthy looking specimen of a particularly vibrant green. On the day before the eclipse, Frog took up station on a table leg on our veranda, still impressively green. “When I arrived on Wednesday morning post eclipse, Frog, still peacefully asleep on the leg of the

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table, had turned a deep, dark green and remained that way for the rest of the day. “The following day it had reverted to its usual colour. While it would be nice to believe this is the result of some mystical connection between animals and the Universe, Willie Gordon informs me that the colour change can indicate they are ready to mate. “I’d still like to think though, that as I didn’t get to see the solar eclipse, I did get to see the frog eclipse”. Track conditions have been good, but with parts getting corrugations-maybe the heavy Palmer River festival eclipse traffic creating some extra churn. Hot weather has brought about storms, which have washed down the Track nicely. There are a series of good low beach walking tides in the middle of the day coming up, so go out and enjoy Happy travelling Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours http://www.darcyofdaintree. Ph: +61 7 4098 9180


NASI Ulam is a Malay style rice salad. I love the balance of the mild nuttiness of plump brown rice and the intense kaleidoscope of herbal flavours in this dish. It is fabulous served with grilled fish. And being full of herbs, it packs a punch not just in taste but also health benefits. My favourite herbs to combine in this dish are wild pepper leaf (Piper sarmentosum) also called betel leaf; long leaf coriander (Eryngium foetidum); kaffir lime leaves; rice paddy herb (Limnophila aromatica); common mint; Thai basil; garlic chives; gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and maybe some Vietnamese mint. ABOVE: Pepper leaf and It is the sort of dish that does not have strict long leaf coriander. guidelines - just roll up a balance of whatever Asian BELOW: Nasi Ulam. herbs you have in your garden or from the markets and chop them finely. The key thing is to use lots of herbs, as this is a herb salad, not a rice salad with a sprinkle of herbs! I do also like to add a bit of something crunchy, diced really finely and often that will be the smaller stems of whatever is in the garden - Italian parsley, Gai Lan, mustard greens stems, snake beans, Chinese celery or jicama (also called yam bean). A dash of fresh lime juice and good quality fish sauce add the final touch. NASI ULAM 1/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted and roughly ground (optional) I cup raw brown rice, cooked and cooled 1 cup very finely shredAnother example of Nasi Ulam.


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For public comment Cape Tribulation Road link planning study The Cape Tribulation Rd to Mulligan Highway link provides coastal connection between Cairns and Cooktown. Starting at the Mossman/Daintree Rd intersection, the link extends north along the coast to the Cooktown Developmental Rd intersection. The Planning Study being undertaken is to discuss and develop the future road management plan for the link road. The three alternatives have been provided to generate discussion within the community. Based on the feedback provided, a final road management plan will be developed, endorsed and provided to the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), which will consider the findings when assessing future environmental permit applications for drainage and road infrastructure upgrades. Cairns Regional Council, in conjunction with Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council and Cook Shire Council, is seeking feedback. To download a copy of the Planning Study and to find out more, go to A hard copy of the Study and related studies are available at: Cairns Regional Council Spence St, Cairns and Front St, Mossman; All libraries in the Cairns Regional Council area; Cook Shire Council’s administration office and Cooktown library; Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council’s administration office. Submissions close 5pm 14 December 2012.

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Quirky cartoonist brought love and laughter Des Moore 9/2/1927 - 11/9/2012 Chances are, even if you’d never met him, Des Moore has given you a chuckle somewhere along the way. His quirky cartoons and signs are almost a part of Cooktown folklore. At one stage, his work adorned nearly every business in town. His signwriting could be seen on boats, planes, Lion’s Club vehicles and at the wharf. He painted the first large sign on Grassy Hill telling of the history of the area, the famous “Only 10 Bloody Miles to Go” sign on the old unmade road leading into town, and the “Tree of Knowledge” down near the wharf. He drew countless witty cartoons for posters and calendars. Des epitomised many of the unique and wonderful things about Cooktown - irreverant humour, cheeky creativity and a magnetic warmth. He will be missed by many people, for many different reasons. Not least for his yarns and inspiring life story - Des came from humble beginnings, born in

Victoria, just after the depression. He was brought up in the slums of Collingwood, as one of five children. His great-grandmother was part aboriginal and Des was a fiercely proud Australian. This was part of the reason he always called Cooktown his “dreaming”. Des first came to Cooktown just after World War Two, during a stint in the RAAF, when Catalina flying boats used to land on the Endeavour River. He thought it was a beautiful place and always planned to come back. After serving in the RAAF he had wanted to study commercial art at Melbourne Technical College, but life in the forces beckoned. He joined the Army where he had a 20-year career and rose to the position of Regimental Sergeant Major in the Survey Corps. In the mid-1960s, Des left the Army and headed north, first to Townsville and then on to Mt Isa where he was the chief draughts-

man for Mt Isa Mines. It was in Mt Isa where he put his artistic talents to use and became a signwriter. During these years he made regular trips back up to Cooktown where he enjoyed the fishing and the lifestyle. In the early 1980s. he moved up to Cooktown permanently, where he became the town signwriter. At one time he had a small cafe near the supermarket called “Avachat” and also ran “The Tucker Trucker” which ran around the town’s industrial area and down to the wharf etc. dispensing hot pies and lunches. Always interested in the arts, Des was one of the founding members of the Cooktown Creative Arts Association. In 1992, he left Cooktown with his second wife, Hazel, to travel the country in a bus they had bought and converted into a mobile home. He attended Curtin University in WA and then spent many years travelling, mostly between Cooktown and Perth, going to markets,

TOP: The late Des Moore used to say Cooktown was his “dreaming”. ABOVE: Des Moore painted the original “10 Bloody Miles to Go!” sign outside of Cooktown. fairs and craft shows, making and was a source of joy for Des, who He continued to enjoy life and selling handmade jewellery and was a member of the Cooktown joined several art groups where doing signwriting in some isolated Shooters Club and a keen fisher- he was an enthusiastic painter and and interesting places. man. woodturner. Des suffered from emphysema He also enjoyed writing and His health failed over the last and lost half a lung to cancer in won the Cooktown Writers Club year and he lost his battle with lung 1997. ‘Best Local Story’ prize in 2003 cancer on September 11. He returned to Cooktown in for his comical story “The Shed”. His memory will be cherished 2001, and, until 2003. Des and his Since returning to Perth in by all the communities he blessed wife had a small jewellery studio 2003, Des’s poor health cur- with his presence, and especially at the CCAA Railway Station tailed any prolonged travel and by his three adult daughters from Gallery. prevented him returning to his his first marriage and his wife, The Cooktown community beloved Cooktown. Hazel.

Eclipse good entree to traditional tucker A SOLAR eclipse, a Kup Murri cook-up and an overnight camp-out under the stars; not a bad couple days of school for the kids of Rossville State. After a night sleeping out on Bloomfield Beach and then early the next morning viewing the eclipse on November 14, students returned to their Southern Cape Cluster school for a fun-filled day of activities with local Traditional Elders including cooking, painting, planting trees, sharing stories and dancing.

Acting Principal Chani Cardwell said it was a day filled with phenomenon. “The Rossville community have been spectacular. We had various Mums and Dads who helped behind the scenes. “A huge Nannygai fish was donated by Warren Sheppard, one of our Dads.” A pig, chickens and vegetables were all prepared for the Kurrama (Kup Murri/Hungi) feast, and prepared and placed under the ground, which

The team getting excited about the food for the feast.

the students and teachers alike got to tuck into in the afternoon when it was taken out. The underground-oven was prepared by school groundsman John Newman alongside Banayarralji rangers (Deni, Kieran, Peter, Colin and Dallas) who sourced volcanic rocks, dug the hole and collected firewood for the big cook-up. Ms Cardwell said she was thankful for all the care and generosity offered to further the education of the children there at Rossville.

HELPING HANDS: Ruth, Miss Taylor, Groundsman John Newman and Cluster Principal Leanne Rayner who dish up the goodies for hungry Rossville kids.


ABOVE: Ranger Dallas adding a contribution to the Rossvile mural masterpiece. LEFT: Father and son: Ranger Colin Shuan and Shannon Shuan working on individual art pieces.

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Races finish with memorable event SO, did you go to Cooktown Races? Weren’t they great? Everyone agrees they were the best we have had for decades. We all had fun. The ladies were all frocked up and looking even more gorgeous than normal. There was shade to stand in, drinks to drink, and plenty of food to eat. There were also sorts of fun competitions, and exciting horse races for the grown-ups. All in all, a great day out, and a tribute to the management and helpers. However, that is not why the races will be recorded in big red letters in the Annals of Cooktown History. They will be mostly remembered for the women’s foot race. This race was won in dramatic

style by a remarkable young lady. Her memorable display of athletic power and grace took everyone’s breath away. She was the very image of the original Olympians. Half the audience immediately fell in love with her, and I have no doubt that she will be deluged with Valentine cards come next February. Unfortunately, she won the undying enmity of the other (female) half of the audience who are not as brave or as finely formed. The woman is an absolute Amazon. I think she deserves a medal, not for her speed or her beauty, but for her demonstration of the true Aussie spirit - her single-minded determination to win her race, no matter what it cost.

If we cannot manage a medal, the minimum we View can do is re-name the women’s foot from race The Amazon the Hill Stakes in her honour. And now a few words for those of her fans who have already bought tickets for next year’s races in the hope that history will repeat itself. I have to tell you that it rarely does - but this time, you might just be lucky. There is talk of possible corporate sponsorship. I can imagine local businesses fighting to pay big dollars for the strategic display of a couple of corporate logos.

Pearl shelling in Walker’s Bay a ‘million dollar’ industry in 1892 Researched and written by MARJ SCULLY IT is a little known fact that in 1892, a large pearl shelling fleet was working in Walker’s Bay. To be exact, there were 24 luggers and ketches and two such schooners at work within four and a half miles of Cooktown, employing about 40 white men and 150 Kanakas and aboriginals. The patch of Walker’s Point was narrow and the bottom muddy, extending about two and a half miles almost parallel with the course of the Great Barrier Reef. There was no current to speak of, the diving was in only eight fathoms and the shell was of excellent quality. Some divers collected as many as 250 shells in a day, but 100 was a high average, with a weight of 8lbs each.

T h e e d i t o r o f t h e the Torres Strait and NorthCooktown Independent Western Australia. They deserve the success calculated the catch taken by 34 vessels over a period which they are achieving, of 12 days would have had because they invest largely a value of 14,964 pounds. and pluckily, furnishing the Today’s equivalent would best of everything, employ be $1.6 million Australian good men at fair wages, feed them well and treat them like dollars! The editor of the Cook- men and Christians. Shelling requires more town Independent reflected that it: “was a little irritating capital than many may be that while Cooktownites aware of, and as an instance have been worrying through I will reckon up the fleet at the phases of brief sunshine, Walker’s bay:-24 luggers brilliant hope and depress- and ketches, copper fastened ingPlaces gloom,ofallRefuge this harvest of with complete The are opened andgear closed by a (delivwealth sownonbythe nature was ofered at Cooktown local Warden instruction the Local Disaster at 580 pounds), equals $13,920; ripening there at their very Management Group. The Wardens are Cook Shire 24 pumps and doors and that it is being Council employees who have the responsibility of dresses at 130being pounds, gathered inclosing by strangers. opening and the refuge and the equals main $3120; 1 s c h oand o nthe e r, 3 5 0 0 It was pleasing to see a community communication point between thatDisaster severalManagement CooktownGroup. pounds; Local 1 s c h o o n e r, 1 2 0 0 merchants such as Clunn and Sons would most likely pounds; do I of know astores, Cyclone including spare get How their share what when is pumps etc, 1800 pounds; going on. Shelter or Place of Refuge is opened? total 23,540 pounds. Messrs Mogg, Outridge - - Telephone Council These calculations are of Co, owners of a large part -ofCook Shire the fleet, areConnect old handsoninFacebook course only approximate but -the Posters on industry community will serve to convey some pearling fromnoticeboards

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“When we allow the builder the go-ahead, his work continues for a lifetime. We read, “For we are God’s masterpiece (workmanship). From the Pulpit He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph 2:10 NLT. An exciting thought - being made and worked on for a purpose - to live our daily lives like an “open house”, representing our builder, the Lord. We are his ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). We are encouraged to …let our “good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise our heavenly Father.” Matt 5:16 Remember the master builder “stays on”. It’s a “live-in” position. There’s a wall plaque you can buy which says, “Christ is the Head of this house; the Unseen Guest at every meal; the Silent Listener to every conversation.” Blessings. Pastor Peter, Cooktown Baptist Church.

THE ECLIPSE By DIANNE KELLER On a pebbly beach in the earliest morn; Not just lying abed, cosy and napping; I witnessed the uniquely heavenly scene Of our bright Sun and pale Moon overlapping. Under blue skies, tiny waves chattered and danced; Knots of folks met to share with one another When the fiery Sun waned from crescent to nought, Eclipsed, with flair, by its little Night Brother. It’s wise, for a while, to ignore Man’s Madness. For some, this event will come again never. So plunge deeply into The Natural World To gaze, in awe, and deem, “ Isn’t God clever?”

Luggers in Cooktown Harbour around 1890. Photo supplied.

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idea of the important place which pearl shelling occupies among Australian industries.” The pearling fleet obviously depleted the beds dry very quickly, for not another word is heard again in the press until 1928, when Walker’s Bay again made the headlines in the southern papers. Continued next week.

Cyclone Season Information 2012 PLACES OF REFUGE Information sessions will also be held at Lakeland - 1st Dec Laura 1st - Dec Rossville - 8th Dec Details to be advertised.

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Master builder - Subscribe torecommended Cook Shire Connect newsletter I AM not very adept with a hammer! Being an old schoolie, my skills are confined to the classroom, and my behaviour management strategies, while they might be good when I drive the school bus, are no help in building and using carpentry tools. That’s where knowing a master builder comes in handy. One in particular comes with a high recommendation. Psalm 127:1 reminds us ... “Unless the Lord builds the house,they labour in vain who build it …” The Lord is a master builder! He has had a lot of practice creating things. Allowing him to be in charge of the building process - whether it be our home, ourselves, or our nation, would seem to be a wise call. After all, the Bible tells us that, “He knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14. A bit lowering to be reminded of what our “house” - our body is - dust. Yet the master builder makes such a great product that Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works …

I HOPE that Writers’ you are one of Corner the wise people who took time out from our frenetic technomanic world to indulge in The Eclipse and the fascination of The Natural Planet. If you put pen to paper (or quill to ink) forward your efforts for our column to:- thekellers@ or send them to:P.O.Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller, Cooktown Writers’ Group.

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Each Cook Shire community has an identified building for community members to go to if they have been evacuated, have no friends or family to go to, or feel unsafe in their home during a disaster such as a cyclone. Cooktown has a purpose-built cyclone shelter which is the Cooktown PCYC Events Centre The other Cook Shire communities have a PLACE OF REFUGE. A place of refuge is not specifically designed as a public cyclone shelter, but is a building that will provide a level of protection from the effects of the cyclone as it passes. The opening of a place of refuge will be announced when it is needed by the Mayor or a senior Police Officer.

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Where: The Lakeland Place of Refuge The Lakeland Community Hall When: Saturday 1st December 2012, 10am-12noon


Where: The Laura Place of Refuge The Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre When: Saturday 1st December 2012, 1.30pm-3.30pm Come along and meet members of the Local Disaster Management Group, your local Warden and find out information about the Place of Refuge. Cooktown Local News 22 - 28 November 2012 – 9


ACROSS THE PATH OF THE ECLIPSE LAST Wednesday’s total eclipse of the sun created world-wide interest in Australia, with Far North Queensland regarded as the best vantage point from which toi view the rare phenomenum. The path of the eclipse took it across the northern parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland. The Cooktown Local News, with its sister papers, the Arafura Times, Western Cape Bulletin and the Torres News, were able to track the eclipse on its journey across the two states and its varying degrees of the eclipse.

KAKADU The path of the eclipse across NT and FNQ.

WEIPA The total solar eclipse seen from Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo by ANJA TOMS

The total solar eclipse seen from Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo by ANJA TOMS


Photo: DAVE KAY at Gonbung Beach, Weipa, overlooking the Embly River.



Photo: COREY BOUSEN at Palmer River.


The eclipse as seen over Umbakumba Lagoon on Groote Eylandt at 6.07am CST. Photos: KATE CARR, a teacher at Umbakumba.

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Photo: JOHN DEVINE on Thursday Island. Photo JOHN DEVINE on Thursday Island.



Cooktown State School’s Awards Presentation Night was preceded by a display of Indigenous dancing by some of the students.

Cooktown State School Deputy Principal Debra Taylor presenting Ema Pulis with her Merit Award.

Cooktown State School Deputy Principal Katherine MacFarlane presents Jaymie Vela with a merit Award.

The Masonic Lodge Citizenship Award is awarded to students who have displayed a commitment to and involvement in the overall community of Cooktown, while displaying industry, reliability and sociability. Seen here presenting the award to Isobel Johnson (left) Darcie Sieverding (right) is Lodge member Charlie Martin.

Steven Johnson receiving his Merit Award from Deputy Principal Debra Taylor.

Year 7 Dux Holly Farnan with Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch who presented the award, along with Year 12 Dux Brayden Robertson.

Errin Rosendale receiving her Merit Award.

Cooktown State School Principal Jillian Blennerhassett presenting Shaun Law and Rachael Miller with The Principal’s Encouragement Award. The awards are presented to students who have been nominated by staff and reflect the school’s vision of Hook into Learning, Reel in Opportunities.

Proudly displaying their awards are Steven Johnson - Sports Age Champion, Senior Sports Person and Merit Awards; Carly Johnson - Sports Age Champion and Distinction Tony Lickiss form the Lions Club presenting Damen Kelly Awards; True Oldaker - Leadership and Distinction Awards; and Kerie Mclean - Sports with the $3000 Bert Mason Scholarship Award which is Age Champion and his Junior Sports Champion. donated towards University fees.

P-12 student Thuy Loughlin (right) won a number of awards, here she is seen receiving a Leadership Award from the Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Double Trouble 10:25 Music Moves 10:40 Conversations With Australian Artists 11:00 TBA 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “The Iron Petticoat” (G) 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen On The Road 6:00 Lost Gardens: Sutton Stop 6:50 Miniscule: Cherry Tomato 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Moone Boy: Martin decides to shorten his commute to school by demolishing part of the garden wall. This new shortcut proves all too popular with the other schoolkids and parents but infuriates his mother. 8:30 New Tricks: UCOS investigate the murder of Sean Docherty, a talented young poet from Belfast whose burnt body was found in the scrapyard of a known gangster. 9:30 Waking The Dead: Wounds Part 2 - Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to re-open the files of more cold cases.. 10:25 Lateline 11:00 My Family: Desperately Stalking Susan 11:30 Hockey: International Super Series 12:30 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

6:00 Today 9:00 Surprises 9:30 Second Test - Australia Vs South Africa 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 Second Test - Australia Vs South Africa 5:00 Alive & Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Cornhusker Vortex 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Guitarist Amplification 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - With Leonard, Howard and Raj away camping in the desert, an injured Penny has only Sheldon to rely on. 8:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Times Square” (M) - A modern generation gap story about a 13 year old girl who learns about life on her own when she teams up with a defiant anti-social child of the streets. 2:30 F Troop: Bye Bye Balloon - Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch star in this rollicking comedy about the F Troop, the most unheroic troop the old west ever saw. 3:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz 4:00 Newstyle Direct 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Death Becomes Her” (M) 2:00 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 - Harvey has too much fun at his bucks’ night, Marilyn confesses she’s in over her head planning the hens’, and Bianca breaks up with Adam. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 11:30 Special: Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera 12:40 Grey’s Anatomy: “A Change Is Gonna Come” 1:35 Desperate Housewives: “Now You Know” (M a) - In the series Return, there are surprises galore when DANA DELANEY moves into Wisteria Lane! And the news about Edie spreads through Fairview. 2:30 Room For Improvement 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Disable Bodied Sailors 2:00 Comedy School 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: Llanos, a Promised Land 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Denmark 8:30 America Revealed: Nation On The Move 9:35 As It Happened: JFK: A Home Coming - Having spent nearly two years researching President Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland in 1963, presenter Ryan Tubridy takes us on a remarkable journey behind the scenes of this era-defining visit. 10:35 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Paper Castles” (MA s,a,n) An art student disappoints his classmate and fellow artist by keeping the portrait he has painted of her when she believed she would own it after it was completed. This surprising turn of events continues into a seductive love triangle between himself, her and another student. 11:55 Kurt Wallander: “The Photographer” (M l,v) - In Swedish. When an American tourist is found murdered after visiting an internationally renowned photographer, her husband believes she was having an affair. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 10:30 25 Years Of Rage: 2003 - 2006 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 TBA 1:00 TBA 1:30 Eggheads: Ex-Yorkies 2:00 Basketball: WNBL: Bulleen Vs West Coast 3:00 Football: W-League: Western Sydney Vs Newscastle 4:00 Hockey: International Super Series 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin - Martin prepares to leave Portwenn for a new surgeon’s job in London and Pauline is feeling insecure about her future employment without him. 8:20 Kingdom - Peter is in shock after receiving news from his doctor. Lyle takes up the case of solving the mysterious pollution of the local river. 9:05 Sinbad - A Land of the Dead guardian confronts Sinbad with the truth that his mother died when pregnant with him. Bereft he is dead, Sinbad is about to sacrifice himself to save his friends when Jamil saves him. 9:55 Silent Witness: Voids Part 2 10:50 Waking The Dead: Deus Ex Machina Part 2 11:40 25 Years Of Rage: 2003 - 2006 5:00 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Dogstar 9:30 Second Test Australia Vs South Africa 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 Second Test - Australia Vs South Africa 5:00 Getaway 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 TBA 10:40 TBA 11:30 Movie: “Holocroft Covenant” (M) - Successful New York architect Noel Holcroft has lived his life harbouring a grim secret. His father was the notorious Nazi SS General, Heinrich Clausen, who perished amongst the rubble of Hitler’s crumbling Reich. When Holcroft discovers a letter left by his father informing him of a vast sum of money in a Swiss bank account, he decides to make amends for Hitler’s crimes against humanity and use the money for a good cause. 1:35 Movie: “That’ll Be The Day” - Based on John Lennon’s early years. A probe into a young man’s torment in finding himself, complications with parental problems, lost jobs, gained and lost friendships, first love, and rock music. 3:20 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:50 Nine Presents 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:00 The Woodlies 11:30 Ghosts Of Time 12:30 Sea Princess 1:00 V8 Xtra 1:30 Seven’s Motorsport 2:30 Movie: “ Rip Girls” 4:30 Hart Of The Barbecue 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 12:00 Grey’s Anatomy: Love / Addiction - The residents and interns treat the victims of a massive explosion at an apartment building. 1:00 Desperate Housewives: Smiles Of A Summer Night - Susan finds herself stuck in the middle of a new husband and her teenage daughter, and Bree attempts to steal a prize-winning recipe. 2:00 House Calls To The Rescue: The team save a backyard from turning into the local swimming pool, rescue a couple from a desperate demolition attempt, and while the boys dig out a popular Aussie icon, Perry digs up a rare gem. 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping / 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Il Viaggio a Reims 3:15 The Chopin Preludes 3:25 A Russian Resurrection 3:55 Photo: Surrealist Photography 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Seduction in the City - The Birth of Shopping: A Modern Game 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 James May’s Toy Stories: Lego 8:30 Hunted: Mort - Set in the world of international espionage, Melissa George stars as Sam, a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm. 9:30 Movie: “The Red Riding Trilogy: 1983” (MAV a,v,l) - The final film in the trilogy once again sees an investigation going off on a tangent to reveal terrible corruption in the West Yorkshire police force. And the true evil mastermind behind the child abductions and murders of the last 14 years strikes again.. 11:25 Movie: “20th Century Boys The Final Chapter: Our Flag” (MAV v) - This epic sci-fi fantasy trilogy concludes in a virus-plagued Tokyo that has been isolated from the rest of the world as the evil ruler Friend foresees a violent alien invasion. Meanwhile, Kanna has joined a militant underground resistance group and conspires to lead a gang of armed Tokyo residents against Friend’s oppressive regime, while Kenji comes back from the presumed dead with an axe to grind. 2:15 Drawn Together 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Knaresborough 12:00 Best Of Landline 12:30 TBA 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Travel Oz 2:00 Sinbad 2:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 3:00 China’s Avant-Garde: The New Cultural Revolution 3:30 Hockey: International Super Series 6:00 Auction Room 6:30 Compass: Divine Women - Part 6 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Michael Palin’s Brazil 8:30 Wallander: The Dogs of Riga - Wallander goes to Latvia to investigate the murder of a colleague and becomes entangled in a web of corruption. 10:00 The Slap: Aisha 10:55 Strike Back 11:40 Movie: “The Go-Between” (M s) - The romance between a young woman of the aristocracy and a lowly farmer is told through the eyes of the boy who is hired to deliver messages between them. 1:50 Order In The House 2:50 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 4:25 Can We Help: Shorts 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia / 5:30 Catalyst

6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Wakkaville 9:30 Second Test Australia Vs South Africa 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 Second Test - Australia Vs South Africa 5:00 Getaway 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Summer With The Australian Women’s Weekly 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 TBA 11:30 Southland: Legacy - Based on John Lennon’s early years. A probe into a young man’s torment in finding himself, complications with parental problems, lost jobs, gained and lost friendships, first love, and rock music. 12:00 What Would You Do? - Using hidden cameras, host John Quiñones observes and comments on how ordinary people behave when they are confronted with a dilemma that requires them to either take action or walk by and mind their own business. 1:30 Spyforce: Double Agent - A German submarine is being supplied from a farmhouse on a remote part of the Australian coastline. 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 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 Ghosts Of Time 12:30 Sally Bollywood - Super Detective 1:00 Outsourced 1:30 Movie: “Sneakers” (PG) 4:00 Better Homes And Gardens 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 Airways 8:40 Bones: Brennan gets a glimpse into her own life when the body of a brilliant and career-driven surgeon, whose life parallels her own, is found in a rough neighbourhood with multiple fractures in her skull. 10:30 Law & Order: LA: El Soreno 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Movie: “The Hard Way” (M) - A hard-boiled detective and an actor studying for a movie role must work together to hunt down a killer, but things go off track. 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 Liberal Rule: Cycles Of Power 3:30 Trawlermen 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Destination Somalia 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Lost Worlds: The Man Who Discovered Egypt 8:30 Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking: Time Travel 9:30 Death Row: Hank Skinner - Internationally renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog embarks on a dialogue with prisoners on Texas’ death row and lets them tell their stories. 10:30 Movie: “The Signal” (M s,v) - A private eye’s refusal to heed his business partner’s advice not to aid a mysterious damselin-distress has dire consequences. Ricardo Darín is gruff and brooding as Corvalan, the thinking man’s private eye, in this stylish film noir detective story set in the politically and passionately charged period of 1950s Argentina. 12:20 Movie: “A Love To Hide” (MAV a,v,l) - Set in Paris in 1942, a young Jewish girl, looking to escape the clutches of the Nazis, is sheltered by an old childhood friend, Jean, and his faithful lover Philippe. Though she is safe for the moment, Philippe and Jean’s homosexual relationship eventually draws the attention of the Gestapo. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 TBA 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen On The Road 6:00 Restoration Man: Feild House 6:50 Miniscule: Some Weird Fly 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: The Courtenays 8:30 Modern Spies 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 The Kennedys 12:20 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:20 Saddam’s Tribe: Bound By Blood - Drawing on access to Raghad Hussein, this drama looks at Saddam through the eyes of his daughter. It exposes how the fate of the country turned on the fluctuations of family loyalty, competitiveness and eventual betrayal. 2:50 Rage 4:10 Movie: “The Spaniard’s Curse” (PG) 5:20 The Dreaming 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings 9:00 Magical Tales 9:30 Second Test Australia Vs South Africa 12:00 The Cricket Show 12:30 Second Test - Australia Vs South Africa 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Recombination Hypothesis Leonard and Penny contemplate reviving their romantic relationship. Sheldon’s attempt to order Star Trek memorabilia doesn’t go as planned. 7:30 RBT 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 TBA 10:30 CSI: NY: Means To An End 11:30 Nikita 12:30 The Avengers: Never Say Die 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz 3:00 Newstyle Direct 4:30 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: “Breaking The Surface” (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 7:30 TBA 9:30 Castle: Probably Cause / Heroes and Villains - While investigating a shocking ritualistic murder, Beckett and her team uncover surprising evidence linking Castle to the killing. 10:30 Scandal: The Trail - As Gideon investigates Amanda’s past in the present day, scenes from the past reveal the contentious primary race between Fitz and his now-Vice President, how Olivia and Fitz first met on the campaign trail and how each of Olivia’s associates joined the team.. 11:30 Whitney 12:00 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 The Real Seachange 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Au Revoir Taipei” (M l) 2:35 I Am A Girl! 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Global Village: Visions Of Italy: Northern Style 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: No Pain, No Gain 8:30 Derren Brown: Séance 9:30 This is England ‘88 - This three-part drama series revisits the characters of Shane Meadows’ award-winning film. It’s December 23 and life isn’t looking so festive for some. Lol is struggling to cope with life as a single mother and is haunted by the events of the past. Smell and Shaun are still together, just. Shaun’s attending drama college, preparing for the Christmas play with new girl in town, Fay, while Woody has a new girlfriend, the lovely Jennifer. In the meantime, Milky returns from some time away. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Fireworks - PES uses everyday objects to create a stopmotion visual explosion. 1:00 Living Black 1:30 South Park 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



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 10:30 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen On The Road 6:00 Time Team America: Topper 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Three Men In A Boat: The Best Bits 9:30 TBA 10:00 Artscape 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Media Watch 11:45 Margot - The glamorous and turbulent life of Britain’s first international ballet superstar. 1:15 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:15 Basketball: WNBL: Bulleen Vs West Coast 3:15 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Dry Dot” (G) 5:20 The Dreaming 5:30 Eggheads

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 Magical Tales 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 Beta Test Initiation 7:30 Fifty Years Of Bond Cars: A Top Gear Special 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: Storyline To Follow... 9:30 2 Broke Girls: Max and Caroline try to raise money to rent a storefront for their cupcake business. 10:00 Mike And Molly: Victoria Can’t Drive 10:30 Survivor: Phillipines 11:30 Weeds: Suck ‘n’ Spit - Nancy and Andy grow closer together while they try to be good parents. 12:00 Harry’s Law: Bad To Worse - Harry represents a teacher (Jason Alexander) who claims he was fired because he failed a student who rejected Darwinism; and Ollie and Nate defend a serial dater who is accused of fraud because she received expensive gifts from the men she dated. 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 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: “Rites Of Passage” (M v) 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 7:30 TBA 8:30 Winners & Losers: This Is Our Last Goodbye - The girls take ‘Saturn return’ to a whole new level as their year ends in an astonishing revelation, longing, heartache and a horrific death. After her break-up with Doug, Sophie is handed the perfect distraction when Flynn tells her rebuilding is about to start on the Kenyan medical clinic. 9:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Second Opinion 10:30 Scandal: Grant: For The People 11:40 I Just Want My Pants Back: Safety Nets 12:00 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 Cannot Buy My Soul 2:30 James Morrison: Blowing His Own Trumpet 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Italy: Northern Style 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Finding Your Roots: Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho, and Martha Stewart 8:30 America in Primetime: Independant Woman 9:35 Clinton: A Real President 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Troubled Water” (M a,l,s) - Jan is released from prison where he has served many years for his part in a theft involving the abduction and death of a five-year-old child. Haunted by his past, Jan has sought God and finds a job as an organist in a church. But here Agnes, the mother of the child Jan supposedly killed, recognises him. 1:15 Mad Men: Six Month Leave - Freddy Rumsen strikes out during a pitch meeting; Pete seizes a chance to exploit an opportunity at the office; an old friend is the beneficiary of Don’s loyalty; and Sara Beth proves to be a welcome ally for Betty. 2:10 Mad Men: The Inheritance 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



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 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen on the road 6:00 The Restaurant Inspector 6:45 Dream Build: Warburton 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Ice (Christmas Special) 8:30 A Moody Christmas: Water Under The Bridge 9:00 Problems 9:30 Red Dwarf - Lister loses Rimmer in a game of poker to a group of Biologically Engineered Life Forms. Meanwhile, Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled and much to their horror do everything in perfect unison. 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Very Small Business: Systems Analysis 12:00 TBA 1:00 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:00 Football: W-League: Western Sydney Vs Newcastle 3:00 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Innocents In Paris” (G) / 5:30 Eggheads

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 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Friendship Contraction - The friendship contract is in danger of being nullified when Leonard tires of Sheldon’s selfish ways, and Wolowitz is spacing out over selecting an astronaut nickname for himself. 7:30 Hot Property 8:30 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 9:30 Embarrassing Bodies 10:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Rita Wilson 11:30 Are You There, Chelsea?: Foodie 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “In Her Shoes” (M s,a) 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 8:30 TBA 8:30 World’s Wildest Police Videos: A disgruntled driver crashes his car through city hall, Brazilian special forces hunt down ruthless kidnappers, and a fleeing felon races off-road and over the state line in a desperate attempt to dodge police! 11:30 Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny - Experimental artist Sharon Crisp is looking for a model who can’t see through her crazy fashion range, Miss Single tries it on in a menswear boutique and Lady Gatecrasher goes from verse to verse at a poetry reading. 12:00 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 The Real Sea Change 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Being Chinese 10:35 Behind The News 11:00 TBA 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The World’s Worst Disasters 1:30 At The Movies: Summer Special 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen on the road 6:00 Three Men In A Boat: Three Men In A Boat: Part One 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Kitchen Cabinet: Nigel Scullion 8:30 Redfern Now: Sweet Spot 9:30 QI: Doves 10:00 Angry Boys 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Iconoclasts: Wynton Marsalis And John Besh 12:15 The Clinic 1:10 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:10 Movie: “Last Train From Gun Hill” (M) - A marshal tracks down the man who raped and murdered his wife, but the man he is after turns out to be the son of an old friend.. 3:40 Rage 4:30 National Press Club Address 5:30 Eggheads

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 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Vacation Solution - Sheldon takes it easy by working with Amy at her neurobiology lab after the university orders him to take a vacation. Meanwhile, Howard gets worked up when Bernadette suggests they sign a prenuptial agreement. 7:30 Getaway 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: It Was A Very Good Year 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Crime After Crime 10:30 CSI: Cold Blood: Trail Of Blood 11:30 Are You There Chelsea?: Boots 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Alive And 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: “Devil’s Mistress” (M v,a,s) 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 TBA 8:30 Beauty And The Geek Australia: In tonight’s season finale, the remainin g couples aim for a happy ever after to their fairytale. Which geek will transform into Prince Charming and win the crown for his beauty? The winning couple will take home $100,000 and a Holden Barina each. 10:00 The Unbelievable Truth 11:20 Family Guy: Fat Guy Strangler / The Father, The Son, And The Holy Fonz - Peter creates an organisation for overweight people, and Lois discovers she has a homicidal brother who preys on the obese. 12:10 It’s Always Sunny In Philadelpia 12:35 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 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 Community Cop 2:30 The King Of Calls 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Italy: Northern Style 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 Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman: Burgundy 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Cheerleaders, An American Myth 12:00 Movie: “Fire Of Conscience” (MAV v) - A gritty cop thriller from director Dante Lam. Detective Manfred is known for his rough justice and is obsessed with hunting down the pickpocket who murdered his wife. The killings of a policeman and prostitute, draw him together with the slightly more subtle and manipulative Inspector Kee. However, as the men investigate the seemingly unrelated crimes, it becomes clear that there is a traitor in the ranks. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) You will be called upon more often than usual this week. Don’t forget that there are others who are just as capable as you. Romance. A calm approach is essential. Your partner will be nervous about something. If you are on edge, it will only heighten nerves and make the situation worse.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Make sure that you don’t agree to something which you aren’t completely sure about. Seek the aid of a friend before finalizing things. Romance. A decision which has important consequences for the future must not be made without a lot of thought. Your partner will be the best person to consult.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Financial worries may occupy a lot of your time. Try to find a way to cut out a few luxuries. Making coffee or meals at home can be fun too. Romance. Your partner will appreciate your concern for a problem which they have had recently. Don’t seek to solve the problem. That’s for them to do.


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) There are a number of jobs which need doing around the house. Try to get a friend to help you sort everything out in one go! You can repay them later. Romance. The movement of the Moon/Vesta Midpoint through your sign should help make you a little more sympathetic to your partner’s concerns.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) It is important that you get your priorities sorted out as soon as possible. Don’t leave anything on the back burner. Romance. You won’t be in a very sociable mood at the moment. Be careful because your friends may feel let down if you don’t want to spend time with them. Go out at least once this week.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A small disagreement could easily boil over; especially if you feel that the other person is not taking you seriously enough. Calm yourself before meeting them. Romance. You will be very strongly affected by changes in your partner’s emotional state. If you’re not stable enough, spend time apart.


TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


Time spent alone will give you the chance to think through your plans for the next few months. Try not to concentrate on the obstacles! Be optimistic. Romance. If you keep on changing your mind your partner will not know what to make of the situation. Make your opinions clear and concise!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Don’t be too quick to blame someone else for a mistake that may be partially your fault. Try to understand their point of view. Have you been honest with them? Romance. You may become slightly annoyed with something that your partner has forgotten to do recently. Drop subtle hints to see if things change.

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CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Your enthusiasm and energy will be appreciated. A kind word will go a long way. Don’t use them sparingly. Romance. Some criticism may backfire if you are not careful. Try to find a more tactful way of making your feelings known. Your partner may feel attacked more than anything else.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Don’t be put off by a letter which seems to be more important than it really is. Read it carefully before you make any rash decisions. Are you giving it a tone that isn’t present? Romance. You will be in a very positive mood. Your relationship will receive an unexpected boost. Be spontaneous this week!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


Adults are always asking little kids what they

want to be when they

grow up ‘cause they’re looking for ideas.

– Paula Poundstone


A long conversation with a colleague will reveal more depth to this person than you knew existed. Try to delve deeper into their psyche. Romance. The Mars/ Moon midpoint in your sign should give you the confidence you need to make the first move. It’s always nice to be sought after. Remember this!

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A phone call from a friend will cheer you up. Your friend has recently had some very interesting experiences; which could give you a useful lesson. Romance. This week you’ll be very busy, but you may not get much done. Do your best to calm down a little! Avoid distractions so that you can finish what is needed.

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Maintenance Coordinator Building, Engineering and Maintenance Services, Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service, Cape York Hospital and Health Service. Remuneration value up to $74 066 p.a., comprising salary between $58 870 - $64 915 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (OO5) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: Coordinate and direct trade contractors and ground maintenance resources and activities to provide reliable and effective maintenance services to the facilities within agreed areas of the Cape York Hospital and Health Service. Potential applicants are advised that the Aged care Act 1997 requires Queensland Health employees and volunteers of aged care services to have a current National Police Certificate. Queensland Health will facilitate the applicants obtaining the above check. Enquiries: Lewis Beck (07) 4082 3752. Job Ad Reference: H12CY11134 Application Kit: (07) 4226 5124 or Closing Date: Friday, 30 November 2012


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NOTICE OF AGM The Burrgirrku Land Trust Board wish to advise an AGM has been scheduled for: Venue: Gungarde Community Hall 92 Charlotte Street, Cooktown Date: Friday, December 14, 2012 Time: 10am Agenda Items 1. Elect 2012-2013 Board 2. Complete yearly return 3. Appoint management of the Reserve and Houses

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When the dingoes are away, the cats can play

Cat Photo: Angus Emmott. Dingo Photo: Angus McNab. ARE dingoes the top dog in the Australian bush and do they have a role in protecting our native biodiversity against the impacts of feral cats? A new study led by James Cook University researchers and published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggests that dingoes may be keeping feral cats at bay in northern Australia, and preventing them getting free access to native wildlife. Leila Brook, a PhD Candidate in JCU’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology, said previous studies had suggested dingoes could suppress foxes and feral cats by attacking and killing them. However, cats could still be found where there were plenty of dingoes, she said. “That makes it easy to argue that dingoes make no difference to cats, but cat behaviour might be limited in the presence of dingoes, in ways that could reduce their impact on native animals,” Ms Brook said. Researchers from JCU, the University of Tasmania and Deakin University surveyed pairs of large cattle properties across northern and central Australia, where one property controlled dingoes using1080 poison baiting and sometimes shooting, and the other left dingoes alone. “This design allowed us to measure the effects of predator control on dingoes, and test how reduced dingo numbers might affect feral cats,” she said. “We found that predator control may be doing more than just reducing dingo numbers, it might actually change their behaviour and effectiveness as a top predator in the Australian food chain. “We found that as dingoes were removed in higher numbers using poison baiting, cats were recorded at higher rates, suggesting that cat populations can be larger in areas with fewer dingoes.” The researchers also looked at the predators’ activity patterns. “Dingoes and feral cats both eat nocturnal mammals that come out at dusk

Return of Batavia to Traditional Owners THE Newman Government this week transferred more than 240,000 hectares of Cape York land back to its Aboriginal Traditional Owners, the Atambaya, Northern Kaanju and Yinwum People. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes signed over the Batavia Downs property on behalf of the Queensland Government at a ceremony in Cairns. Mr Elmes said the transfer of the land to the Batavia Traditional Owners demonstrates the Queensland Government’s commitment to work with Cape York people to provide economic development opportunities and to protect Cape York’s iconic natural areas and waterways. “The transfer of 241,600 hectares will give the Traditional Owners the ability to return to country, and will provide significant opportunities for economic development including grazing, park management contracts and tourism,” Mr Elmes said. “About a quarter of the transferred land will be dedicated as Batavia National Park and another 79,000 hectares will be declared as a Nature Refuge area.” Mr Elmes said the Queensland Government and the Batavia Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation will jointly manage the national park, which will include the Embley Range on the western boundary of Batavia and two forested areas in the north and north-east of Batavia.




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Byron Bay’s Jack McGarity with a nice barra caught and released earlier this week while on charter with Cooktown Barra Charters. Photo courtesy of Cooktown Barra Charters.

FLAT seas and loads of boat trailers at the ramp last Sunday was a great welcome home site. Fishing has been great by most reports - mackerel at the Wharf along with mangrove jack, a few trevally and of course the barra know they are safe to eat baits, so quite a few large members of that species have been caught and released. Coral trout, large mouth, Spanish mackerel and golden trevelly have been keeping anglers busy out the front. Although reports have been a bit hit and miss, overall, most are returning with a great feed. Hopefully, a bit more rain will flush out the mud crabs with a few reported, but we still need a bigger flush to stir them up. There has also been a load of bait at the Wharf, so if you have the time, go down on the calm mornings and have a look under the Wharf. It is amazing how mud herring, pike, our lion fish, barra, grouper, queenfish and trevelly can all be observed. Keep an eye on the weather. We might be lucky and get another break. Tight Lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

Aust. creates world’s largest system of marine parks THE Australian government has formally proclaimed the world’s largest system of marine parks around its coastline. “Today marks a turning point for the protection of Australia’s oceans,” said Imogen Zethoven of the Pew Environment Group. “Australians have always had a special relationship with our oceans, and with today’s proclamation, we regain our position as a world leader in marine protection. Australians have said yes to a better balance between what we take from the oceans and what we conserve for the future.” Establishment of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve of 989,842 sq km creates a large, highly protected sanctuary zone of 502,238 sq km. Called the Coral Sea Marine National Park, it is the

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world’s second-largest highly protected marine reserve. (The world’s largest is the Chagos Marine Reserve, surrounding a British overseas territory in the Indian Ocean, which Pew played a leading role in establishing in 2010). The Coral Sea Marine National Park is the largest highly protected sanctuary within a country’s domestic exclusive economic zone. “The creation of a national network of marine parks is the culmination of a 14-year-long journey that began in 1998 as a Howard government initiative,” said Michelle Grady, of the Pew Environment Group. “During the past four years, Australians have consistently shown clear and overwhelming support for safeguarding our important marine areas. Marine parks will provide long-term benefits to conservation, science, and tourism.” Australia’s marine science community has heralded the action because it will lead to greater scientific discoveries and possible medical breakthroughs. More than 300 marine scientists from 35 nations call for a global system of marine reserves “The huge system of marine parks will build additional resistance and resilience for

fish stocks, and protect fragile and critical habitats such as shallow and deep coral reefs while conserving a wealth of marine biodiversity in Australia’s waters,” said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. “This network will provide the most efficient tool for understanding the effects of fishing and environmental change on marine biodiversity.

“So little is still known about our oceans and new discoveries occur regularly. This will only increase as science research expands to take advantage of the opportunities for discovery in the new national system of marine parks.” The first comprehensive Census of Marine Life published in 2010, revealed that as much as 80 per cent of marine life in Australia’s oceans is yet to be named. Hoegh-Guldberg is

leading the Catlin Seaview Survey, the first survey of both shallow and deep corals of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Expedition teams will visit 20 reefs to research and record the shallow areas (0-12m) as well as relatively unknown deep areas (30-100m). This project is collecting thousands of images of the reefs, allowing viewers from all around the globe to take a Google’s Street View tour of these iconic reefs.

NEW! Volleyball For Males And Females Ages 15+ When: Saturday 24th November & Saturday 1st December Time: 2pm-4pm Cost: Gold coin donation Kindergym Come Try It sessions have now finished. Kindergym will continue as a PCYC activity. Day: Friday Time: 10am - 11am Cost: PCYC fees. $2 members, $3 non members

The splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo left: Mark Spencer. Photo right: Lucy Trippett.

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Crocs keen to reverse cricket Cup final loss By ALF WILSON COOKTOWN Crocs will be out to go one better and win the grand final when they contest the eighth annual Rainforest Cup Indigenous cricket carnival on December 1-2 The carnival will be played at fields in Tully and Innisfail and the Crocs will go into the carnival as one of the favourites. In last year’s final a strong Innisfail Mandubarra XI beat a gallant Cooktown Crocs who will be keen to gain sweet revenge. In that decider, Mandubarra found it difficult to score runs off a determined and consistent bowling attack of the Crocs team which consists of cricketers from Cooktown and Hope Vale Aboriginal Community. Mandubarra scored 7/95 in their innings and in reply Cooktown scored 7/71. Usually held in November, carnival spokesman Stan Lenoy said it had been put back to December so

not to clash with All Blacks rugby league carnival dates. “Cooktown Crocs will be one of the sides to beat. Because we are now looking at having a 10-team competition and we may need to start the competition on the Friday afternoon. “This year’s teams so far are Innisfail Redbacks, Mandubarra Innisfail, Ingan (Tully), Cardwell Gunduy, Cooktown Crocs, Mareeba Daredevils, Ghungalu Townsville and the Townsville Falcons. “We are still waiting on word from the Barambah Cricket team from Cherbourg who are waiting on a sponsorship deal to assist in making their way up,” Mr Lenoy said. Tully is regularly Australia’s wettest town and the carnival lived up to its name with three games washed out due to rain. Matches were played under the entertaining Twenty/20 format. But a major bonus was playing on lush green fields, and the cricketers

Big weekend of golf ahead A GOOD field played in The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition last week and Kim Copland was certainly the man to beat with a nett score of 60. Steve Butler was the runner-up on a count back with his nett 64. It was great to see a fantastic turnout of members along with one visitor competing in the Cooktown Hardware and Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal competition on Saturday. The men’s division finished in a three-way tie between Chris Hatton, Dave Webber and our visitor, Brendan Corrigan who each turned in a score of nett 64. Chris finished the winner with Dave in second place. Julie Sauer is simply unstoppable at the moment and was the winner of the ladies division with her 67. Kate Thomson was next in line for the ladies division with 69. Nearest-the-pins were landed by Steve Butler for 2/11 and 9/18 and Chris Hatton for 14. The lowest gross score for the day was Kim Copland who hit 71 off the stick. With great boating conditions over the weekend, it was no won-

der only a few competed in the Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole In the Stableford competition. Bunker The winner for the day was Dave Webber who returned a score of 22 Stableford points. This week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly competition is a Stableford event which is being played off the red tees. Leading the field so far is Chris Hatton with 33 and Rick Cowe the current runner-upwith 31. The Wren Timbers 4-Person 9-Hole Ambrose competition will start this weekend with a shot gun start at 11am. Rob at Wren Timbers has told me that he has organised at least 10 teams from out-of-town to play, and I know there are a few locals who are going to be playing as well. Skysafari Helicopter Tours are also arriving on Saturday morning with their first golf charter. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett, Manager, Cooktown Golf Club.

Last year’s Cooktown Crocs side at Tully. enjoyed arguably the best player’s Kulka taking out the bowler of the comfort level of any carnival in carnival and also the coveted player Australia. of the carnival. Cooktown did well in the indiAnother star for the Crocs will be vidual awards last year with Jeffrey allrounder Selwyn McIvor who won

the 2012 Player of the Year award for the Cooktown competition in the Twenty20 series. Nominations for the carnival close on November 23.

Parting Hash pair diverge from truth VERY soon, Match box and Whizz are going to hop on the big silver bird and head for Africa. It’s an evolutionary thing. The Call of the Wild. Every few years they have to return to their ancestral stamping grounds and follow the leader of the herd - a wise and self-indulgent beast known as The Smokin’ Gnu - from the winter feeding grounds in the Ngoro-Ngoro Crater, up over the Snows of Kilimanjaro, down to the Kalahari Desert and across the Okavango River to the car park of the Westfield Shopping Mall in Pretoria, where volunteers will be waiting with tea and sandwiches. It must be tough having an ancestry like that. Fortunately, before they leave, they prepared this week’s Hash. They claimed it would be short, easy and have no hills. They diverged from the truth a tad with this description, as the run was long and hard, and started off down the hill that Matchbox lives on to immediately climb Soggy’s hill. Then we went down Racecourse Road to investigate an area of burnt bush before reaching the cemetery. Here the trail ended and we had to find our own way home.

Back at the bash, Thermo took charge and was ably assisted by Head Job who was feeling frisky and keen to go on the Christmas Camp, along with his homemade cheese. There were so many reasons for punishing him that the GM decided to save some for next week. Xtraktit and Nostrildumass were mocked for their attempt at reconnoitring the road to the Camp and getting so far lost that they ended up in Hope Vale. Whizz was in trouble for leaving the mugs outdoors and waking up this morning to find them full of the junk that this morning’s storm had washed off his roof. Just as well Matchbox’s meal was up to her usual high standard, or he would have been in even more trouble. Next week’s run will be at Moses and Yo-Yo’s. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, November 26 to join the fun. Contact Moses (4069 585 or 0409 686 032) for details. On-on! Lye Bak

Bulls bow out in All Blacks semi-final By ALF WILSON HOPE Vale side the Dharrabah Bulls performed strongly at Queensland’s biggest All Blacks carnival in Cairns over the last weekend of October. A huge 30-men’s side contested the carnival and a large number of supporters travelled from Hope Vale to support the team. Dharrabah Bulls were coached by superstar North Queensland Cowboys fullback and Cooktown Local News

columnist Matt Bowen. The Bulls won their first two games against a Boigu Island side and a Mareeba team. A star in those wins was Bulls’ captain and Cowboys Toyota Cup back Javid Bowen. A cousin of Matt Bowen, the 19-year-old Javid scored three tries in the Bulls’ first game and then backed-up with two in the second day one match. The side had the bye in round three on day one, and then easily defeated Natives in the elimination finals series

the following day. However, the Bulls lost narrowly to Curacoa Crusaders in their semi- final, with the Crusaders then going on to beat Mulga Tigers 32-10 in the grand final. Dharrabah Bulls included four of the best footballers from Palm Island - Fred Bulsey, Raoul Miller, Darryl Pearson and his brother Clinton Pearson. They had been integral parts of the Palm island Barracudas side which won the Bindal carnival in Townsville on October 7.

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Kaantji Mitpi take Trophy in maiden All Blacks carnival With the prestigious trophy and the cash on the line, the match started at a frenetic pace, with little decrease in its intensity for its duration. Ball security and handling was an issue for all teams during the carnival, with players commenting the balls were slippery and hard to hold, especially when being tackled. “It pops out like a cake of soap,” was one player’s comment. Along with the handling issues, fatigue soon took its toll in the defensive lines during the decider, with incisive breaks easily being made from dummy-half and any ball passed wider than three defenders off the ruck. Despite this though, the game featured some heavy hits, with tempers threatening to boil over at various times as the match drew to its conclusion. The first half was a fairly even affair, and despite the half-time score of 22-12 in favour of Kaantji, the Mulla Yuppas appeared to still be well in the contest. However, the visitors unleashed a secondhalf avalanche of 24 points, with the Mulla Yuppas only able to respond with six points to take the title. Carnival organiser and co-ordinator Roxanne Hart said she thought more than 1300 players and spectators attended the John Street Oval during the weekend of rugby league football, which was played in good spirit. “We’re very, very pleased with the way the weekend went,” Ms Hart said. “People were able to catch up with family and friends from Cooktown, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Cairns, Kowanyama and Coen and enjoy some great football. “And we’re very happy with the conduct of the players both on and off the field, as well as the spectators on the sideline. “All in all, it was a great weekend.”

By GARY HUTCHISON IN just their first All Blacks rugby league carnival, Coen’s Kaantji Mitpi took out the weekend’s John Bowen Memorial Trophy in Cooktown with an emphatic 46-18 victory over the Mulla Yuppas, from Hope Vale, in Sunday’s grand final. And as well as pocketing the $9000 cash prize for winning the carnival, Vernon Cannon was announced as the Player of the Carnival, with Peter Turrandidgee awarded the gong as the carnival’s Best and Fairest player. Maurice Burke and Amos Hobson accepted the perpetual trophy, along with their own shield on behalf of the team. “We’re so very proud that in our very first appearance in a carnival we were able to win this trophy,” Burke told those who waited for the presentations. “We did it for everyone back home in our community. “And we’ll be back next year to defend it.” Last year’s winners, the Brothers from Hope Vale failed to make the final to defend their title against a field of 12 teams, which also included: Cairns Panthers, Hope Vale Back Street Warriors, Kowanyama, Barkey Warriors, Thunder Bullaz, Sons of Guumba, Wujal Wujal Yindili, Dhuwai Brothers and another team from Coen, the Lama Lama Rangers. While Cooktown failed to supply a team of its own, some of the Crocs players from the Three Rivers League played in the participating teams. The competition was played over two rounds, which decided who contested the knock-out finals, which ultimately decided the grand final contenders who did battle over two, 35-minute halves.

Mulla Yuppas’s Kareem Tabuai changes direction and heads for a gap in the Kaantji Mitpi defence.

ABOVE: Mulla Yuppa’s Eli Tabuai rounds one Kaantji Mitpi tackler, ready to take on the defensive line. LEFT: Stopped in this Kaantji Mutpi bootlace tackle, Mulla Yapa’s Martin Smith prepares himself for an incoming hit.

Mulla Yuppa half Neville Nakata gets this clearing kick away.

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Having left one Kaantji Mitpi tackler in his wake, Mulla Yuppa front row forward Allan Ambrym searches for a gap in the defence. It was barnstorming charges like this that earned Ambrym the award as the Best Prop in the John Bowen Memorial Trophy All Blacks carnival on the weekend. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.


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