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Big rush for the 12 Hams of Christmas ‘We need a bigger box for the entries’ WE need a bigger box! That was Cornett’s Cooktown IGA Manager Paul Scott’s exclamation about the number of entries already received in the store’s “win a ham every day until Christmas day”promotion. In the joint IGA and Cooktown Local News promotion, customers only have to make their purchases and then write their names and contact numbers on the back of the receipt and deposit them in the box at the checkout. And after only six days, customers have almost filled a metre high box. “It’s all very exciting,” Paul said. “The store’s buzzing with it, the customers are excited and even though they are ineligible to enter, the staff are excited too.” Daily winners will first be notified by phone, after which an announcement will be made on the Cooktown Local News facebook page. To stay in touch with the progress of the competition, “like” the Cooktown Local News facebook page to monitor the results.


LEFT: Lorna Darkan and Aleesa Spratt from Hope Vale are hoping they will be the winners of the first ham. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. RIGHT: In Cooktown for five weeks visiting relatives, Jennifer Thomson placed her entry into the box on Tuesday afternoon, hoping a win in the ham promotion would allow her to make a valuable contribution to the Christmas dinner table.

Rumours abound over human bones

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1879 French sailors; early settlers!

By GARY HUTCHISON CONJECTURE is running rife in the Cooktown community about the origins of a human skeleton discovered on what is known locally as the North Shore last Wednesday. When the Cooktown Local News first learned of the discovery on Thursday morning, police were unable to confirm whether the bones were of human or animal origins. A scenes of crime unit and a forensics team were dispatched from Cairns to the site to recover the remains and anything else which might prove to be of evidentiary significance in their inquiries.

An autopsy will be performed on the remains. It has since been confirmed it was a human skeleton that was recovered. However, the gender and age of the skeleton is at this stage unknown, but that it was believed to be of “historic” origins. In an interview with the Cooktown Local News on Tuesday, a Queensland Police Service spokesman said at this stage, there were no suspicious circumstances. “The investigation is ongoing,” he said. “Once we know more, we will decide whether or not the involvement of anthropologists will be of any use in further


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inquiries.” Co-incidentally, local historian Bev Shay had been researching the deaths of French sailors off the L’Allier which came into our port in 1879. A number of the crew are believed to have died of typhoid fever and were buried on the North Shore. This story is recounted in Mrs Shay’s Step Back column on page 9. Another suggestion offered by a local is that the skeleton could be that of an early settler who drowned. “In those days, if they knew what they died of, they just buried them on the spot.”

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Cape York Family Centre future ‘assured’

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


Thu 13. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from

11.30am to 12.30pm. Sun 16. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sun 16. Carols By Candlelight in the Lions Park. Will start at 6pm with a free barbecue, with carols starting at 7pm. Tue 18. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 18. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 19. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot at 5.30pm. Thu 20. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Sun 23. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 25. NO Cooktown Alcoholics Annonymous meeting. Sun 30. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot at 9am. Sun 30. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details.


Tue 1. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sat. 5. Kidz Art Society at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery from 10am to noon. Sun 6. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 8. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sun 13. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 15. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sun 20. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 22. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Can club secretaries please send in a list of their events planned for the year to au so they can be included in the What's On section.

CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Assembly of God: Gungarde, 9.30am Sun; Home group 7.30pm Tue; young adults 7pm Thu. Phone 4069 5070. Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary's, Cooktown. Phone 4069 5730. Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am. Phone 4069 6778, 0428 696 493. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.

BLUE Care announced this week that it has become the provider of the new Commonwealth-funded Indigenous Cape York Family Centre, which was originally going to be operated by the Congress Community Development and Education Unit at Poison Creek. Earlier this year, the CCDEU went into voluntary administration leaving left the futures of not only the Poison Creek facility in doubt, but also those of four other Indigenous services in Far North Queensland, including: Shalom Elders Village and Stagpole Street Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit (Townsville), (Hollingsworth Elders Village, formerly Pastor Bill’s Elders Village (Cairns) Star of the Sea Aged Care Facility and Torres Strait Home for the Aged (Thursday Island). Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten (pictured) said not

only would the organisation take over the role as the provider of the Cape York Family Centre, but it would will also provide support to those four other Indigenous services in Far North Queensland. “We can assure the community the Cape York Family Centre is going ahead, in compliance with conditions of the development approval,” Ms Batten said. “We look forward to working with the traditional Aboriginal owners, Cape York leaders, Cooktown Shire Council and the community to ensure the Cape York Family Centre comes to fruition in a positive way. “The centre’s purpose is to provide family care, as part of the Cape welfare reforms, to Aboriginal families at high risk of breakdown through alcohol and drug use and related mental and physical health problems. “The service will use family therapy concepts adapted to the

What is the significance of an historical bone? for anyone who hasn’t been around OH dear! Strolling along Cookrecently, anyone I don’t see but don’t town’s north shore, and there are some bones sticking out of the miss. View Perhaps one of our older citizens sand. That would really spoil your from has disappeared and no-one noticed. picnic, wouldn’t it? I just don’t the Hill I must ask around at the bowls club. They ought to know. understand people nowadays. I mean, how much effort would it take But then - the bones were on the north to clean up and leave your bones at the shore, and that’s not easy to get to. If you got confused and wandered off, cemetery? But, oh no, they just expect you wouldn’t end up over there. They someone to tidy up after them. I bet we will find teenagers behind it all. could belong to a complete stranger, say a At least we can be thankful our boys in wandering greenie, searching our beaches for politically incorrect coconut palms. blue have taken matters firmly in hand. They have released an official statement Perhaps he poisoned his last palm tree and stating that the bones are ‘historical’. Well, then died happy in the knowledge that he had yes, that is a relief. I would hate to think that left Australia that little bit purer. I wonder who it could be. Unless, of they were not historical, and were in daily course, it is Leichhardt at last. That’s it - it use by someone. The next question is - just how historical? must be Leichhardt. Imagine the frustration of travelling so Historical as in an Egyptian pharaoh, or historical as in a politician’s election far and then finding yourself on the wrong promise? Who knows, and when will we bank of the Endeavour crocodile farm. All he needed was a lift to the fleshpots of find out? In the meantime, I am racking my brain Cooktown

The key to the good things in Life THE title of today’s devotion sounds like a self-help book that promises fame, wealth, and prestige if you’ll follow its ten easy steps. But God defines the good things in life quite differently, and they are achieved only by seeking Him. When we make Him the top priority in our lives, we can expect His blessings of: An intimate love relationship. Those who earnestly seek God learn to know Him deeply and experience an amazing

sense of oneness with Him. Then He’s no longer a distant deity but a close friend. As your commitment grows, you’ll experience a love that transcends any human relationship. Satisfaction. The empty place in every heart can be filled only by the Lord. All earthly pursuits of pleasure or purpose fade in comparison to the satisfaction found in His presence. Joy. When seeking the Lord is your priority, you’ll find a

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cultural environment of each family. Over time the centre will become a focus for Cape York people by providing university graduate training in Indigenous family therapy.” Ms Batten said the centre will be a wilderness lodge, situated 30km north-west of Cooktown on a large natural rural property in a

picturesque setting, comprising 10 self-contained family homes. “Families will include infants, children, young people and adults who intend living together and caring for each other in the future,” she said. “They will complete up to 3-6 months intensive family care as residents and then return to their original Cape York, or other Australian communities with continuing support by the service for 12-18 months to ensure a stable and safe family, secure housing and a pathway to economic independence.” Ms Batten said the centre will continue to be led by Associate Professor John Pead together with skilled Indigenous leaders from Cape York and across Australia. She said construction of the centre is expected to be completed in 2013 and operations will commence in 2014.

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. He probably sat there for days, trying to get a signal on his mobile phone and failing every time. At least that only happened to him once. It happens to me all the time. Ezra 8:22

new joy that circumstances cannot steal, since it’s based in your relationship with Christ. Suffering and difficulties won’t devastate you, because you’ll trust Him and see the situation from His perspective. God’s help. As today’s verse explains, the Lord’s hand of favor is upon those who seek Him. In fact, He delights in coming to their aid and providing for their needs. Are these the kind of good things you’re experiencing, or

have worldly values sidetracked you? Y o u r From the Pulpit thoughts reveal your true priorities. If you can go all day without thinking of the Lord, you’re not earnestly seeking Him. But when He’s the delight of your life, you won’t be able to forget Him. Used with permission InTouch Magazine Pastor Wayne Brennan Cooktown Community Church

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‘Realistic’ goals focus for new Cook Shire executive By GARY HUTCHISON SCORING goals is second nature to former Hockeyroos’ strike forward Katrina Houghton, and she intends doing plenty of that in her new role as the Cook Shire Council’s Director of Economic Development and Community Services. But she warned that things take time. “We have to be realistic in what we can achieve,” Mrs Houghton said in an interview with the Cooktown Local News on Tuesday - her first day on the job. And the former elite athlete is no stranger to goal setting, something that became an intrinsic aspect of her life during her training while attending Canberra’s Institute of Sport between 2001 and 2004. “Goals have to be realistic and achievable,” she said. “Identifying the directions we should be taking and targeting our markets is what we need to be

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doing for the best possible results in economic development for this region.” She said the continued marketing and promotion of the region were high on her list of priorities. “As well as what we’re doing now, we really have to focus on tapping into the eco-tourism and drive-tourism (grey nomads), which are huge and we can’t miss out on,” she said. Mrs Houghton said she also recognised the need to develop a diversified industrial component to the region. “To do this though, we have to look outside of agriculture and tourism,” she said. “And we have to embrace what the digital economy can do for us and how the role the National Broadband Network will play in that.” After achieving an honours degree in Economics at the University of Canberra, Mrs Houghton soon

THE Top Pub and later the Sovereign Resort Hotel will provide the stages for a Mumming Play to be performed tomorrow night, Friday, December 14 for the purpose of raising funds for the Cooktown Kindy. Titled, St George and the Turkish Knight, the play will be performed by the male members

found herself in Belfast, where she was employed as an economics consultant with Oxford Economics, but still found time to pursue her love of her sport as a contracted hockey player. While there she found herself energised by those responsible for the development of their region. “Here I was, consulting across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” she said. “Shootings, bombings and chaos, but those people over there were enthusiastic and positive about their futures and the directions they needed to take. “Not distracted about the negativity of their environment.” Her next job was with the Cairns Regional Council, in a similar role to what she has assumed in Cooktown. But after thoroughly investigating the Cook Shire, its untapped potential and the promise it holds, she successfully applied for her

of the Cooktown Morris Dance Troupe. Troupe organiser Eric George said the Mumming Plays were the winter performing alternative to dancing, which was only done in summer. “A Mumming Play is a traditional short sketch suitable for the street of a pub,” Eric said.

position here. “For me, seeing the vibrancy of community participation here was a factor in my decision.” Married to Jay, she is also mother to daughter Bethany 4, and Finlay, who is 1. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he considered the shire to be fortunate to have secured Mrs Houghton’s services. “I’ve seen her in action with some of the things she did for the Cairns Regional Council,” he said. “And I’ve received phone calls from their previous and current Mayors, along with a business development guru who have all sung her praises loudly to me. “She will enjoy great support from her community services team while she’s with us.” Mayor Scott said the Cooktown lifestyle should suit her. “I’m sure she and her little family will fit in well here,” he said.

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ABOVE: Art class participants who attended the opening of their exhibition at the Cooktown Library on Friday night: Art Teacher Ross Franzi with students Bilby Delancy, Maureen Roberts, Alison Booker, Beatrice Rowles, Joy Girle, Tracey Cass and Denise Readings with Evelyn Hill seated in the front. Photo submitted. RIGHT: Class member Tracey Cass and her work titled ‘Kookaburra’ and art teacher Ross Franzi. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. LOWER RIGHT: Art student Denise Readings with her graphite sketch titled ‘Andrews Dam’ (top). RENOWNED local artist and art teacher Ross Franzi’s dream of giving art lessons to the greater community blossomed while working with long-term, hospitalbound patients. And the fruits of his students’ labour are now on display in an exhibition which opened on Friday night, November 30 at the Cooktown Library. Ross said his interaction with the patients gave them something to look forward to during their stay, but the same opportunity was not afforded to the broader community because the hospital could not cater for art lessons. With that in mind, he approached the Cooktown District Community Centre. “I contacted the CDCC to see if they were interested in helping me with what I had in mind,” he said. “The idea was to give the opportunity of art lessons to the greater community who were not so able to get out and enjoy the benefit of art and a social get-together.” An application for an RADF-funded art program was subsequently successful, which saw Ross holding free classes for a six-month period at the CDCC. The program not only included Ross’s instruction, but the supply of free materials, such as pencils and paper. “The classes were all free and open to anyone who wanted to attend,” he said. “We used graphite (lead pencils) only and each week, we’d focus on a different subject. “We started with tree trunks, clouds and water and then moved on to animals, landscapes, still life and finally portraits.” While work and personal commitments prevented the regular attendance of some students, a core group of about eight budding artists found their way to the classes every week. Local artist and class member Tracey Cass said for her it was not only an art class, but a very enjoyable social occasion as well. “We were mostly too busy concentrating on applying the techniques that Ross was teaching us and we’d often leave our class delighted with what we’d produced,”

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Tracey said. “But we also enjoyed each other’s company.” Student Denis Readings said her involvement had been a wonderful experience. “It’s developed me into wanting to continue to improve myself,” she said. “I did so much better than I ever believed I was capable of and I want to go even further now.” Ross said his students had shown some real potential and he was amazed at how quickly some of them had developed. He said this first class was a trial, which has proved to be a huge success. “We had people from school age right through to those in their 80s who attended,” he said. So much enthusiasm has been generated with this first class than another application for a RADF grant is being made, but with a view to providing a night class. “Next year I would like to run a class for people who work during the day,” he said. However, he needs an idea of who is likely to want to attend. Anyone wanting to attend a class in 2013 can contact Ross (4060 8153) to express their interest. Still bubbling with enthusiasm from her enjoyment of the class, Tracey Cass had the final word on the experience. “To receive such high quality art instruction for free, is a fantastic offer particularly to those who have never drawn before,” she said. “Ross Franzi can teach anyone to draw!”



Member for Cook, David Kempton (white shirt in back) and Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott (red shirt) with Cooktown Pool staff and local children at the official opening of the new pool lights. By GARY HUTCHISON MEMBER for Cook David Kempton was kept busy last Saturday, performing official functions at the Cooktown Pool, followed by another at the Skate Park. Firstly, it was the official opening of the new lights at the pool, which can now cater for night swimming. Mr Kempton said he remembered back to 1985, when the town had no pool, but commented on the importance of the facility to the community now. “With the proliferation of stingers and crocs in our waters along the east coast, it’s reaching a stage where it is becoming dangerous to swim in the sea, anywhere north of Rocky (Rockhampton),” he said. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said the LNP state government had contributed $22,500 to their installation, while council had provided the balance of the $37,500 bill. “The land on which this pool stands is actually owned by the education department,” he said. “But the shire built the pool and runs it in conjunction with the Cooktown school and the Cooktown District Community Centre. “It’s become an extremely important facility for our community, providing learn-to-swim classes, a swimming club and exercise place for our maturer locals. “And, of course, a great place to just come and have a swim and relax in a safe environment.” Then it was off to the Skate Park, where some of the local youth were giving the bowl a good work out on their scooters, skate boards and

bikes, where Mayor Scott opened the proceedings. He told those gathered that the project had originally been driven by the kids, after a survey was conducted amongst the youth to determine what it was they most wanted. He said funding for the facility was comprised of a grant of $95,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation along with an antigraffiti grant of $62,000. Contributing further to the funding required were the ongoing fund-raising efforts of the Endeavour Lions Club and PCYC. “Then there was the Just 4 Kids Charity group who raised $15,000 for it and a further $8000 from the local community,” he said. Cr Scott said adults who played significant, driving roles in the establishment of the park were Dave Webber, CDCC’s Karen Whipper, Ayde Walker and former shire employee Tina Fleming who was the project officer. “So many people have worked selflessly and tirelessly to make this a reality, and it’s been worth it, because it’s being put to plenty of good use,” he said. Mr Kempton said he was glad to see Cooktown growing. “Having somewhere and something for the kids to do is important,” he said. “And the effort put in by the locals to establish this park has been commendable. “With money being so tight, we have to be careful where we spend it, but we’re certainly happy to help out those who are willing to help themselves.”

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– Come and try your luck! A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED AT THE “TOPPY”

This Friday, December 14 Rock the night away with local boys

DAN & ZIGGY First time in Cooktown

New Year’s Eve


Rocking reggae rhythms which fuse hip hop and traditional music Member for Cook David Kempton at the new Cooktown Skate Park.

And the Toppy just gets better and better!

 Publican’s Purse – $500 this Saturday!  Pick the Joker - $150 played every Tuesday & Thursday at 5pm.  Christmas Wheelbarrow - full of Christmas cheer! $2 ticket or 3 for $5. Available at bar and bottleshop. All proceeds to Variety Club.

 Best pizzas in town – BUY 2 & GET 1 FREE Monday to Saturday, takeaway only!  Saturday “Christmas Ham” Raffles hosted by Endeavour Lions Club, each week from 12 noon  Giant meat tray to be won every Saturday  Pool comps Wednesday and Thursday nights and Saturday midday  Hat Trick Pool comp every Wednesday night

 Restaurant open 7 days, Lunch & Dinner

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott holds the ribbon for Member for Cook, David Kempton to officially open Cooktown’s new Skate Park, joined by locals who played a role in its development, along with children and parents who use it regularly.

COOKTOWN HOTEL - THE TOP PUB CHARLOTTE STREET, COOKTOWN • PHONE 4069 5308 Cooktown Local News 13 - 19 December 2012 – 5

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


         


       •  •    

6 – Cooktown Local News 13 - 19 December 2012

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                     


    •  •  •         


      

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      

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               

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Student mum takes control of her future Story and photo by MATT GARRICK

IN the year 2000, when Thuy Loughlin left her job as a café worker in the

bustling Vietnamese city of Saigon and headed to Australia, her English was sketchy and her knowledge of western culture was slim.

For 10 years she busied herself as a housewife, living with her Australian former Vietnam-veteran husband in Cairns and then Rossville.

Mature-age school graduate Thuy Loughlin with Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, who presented her with a Leadership Award on the Cooktown State School Awards night on November 15.

More art classes scheduled

Bozo the Clown doing some face painting on Sophia Collin-Herrmann. Photos: FAYE PINI. THE Cooktown Kidz Art Society has “The donations we received earlier already made good use of recent funding, this year have been invaluable in not with monthly classes planned until only exposing some children to their August, 2013. first experiences in the arts and crafts An RADF grant, along with a Lion’s world, but have also helped continue the Club donation, has seen six children’s interest of those children who are already workshops held monthly by the Society involved in art,” she said. at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery, together “Providing these materials free with $500 donations made to the Wal- makes it easier on the budget for families laby Creek Festival and the Endeavour and we want to promote the young talent Christian College respectively. of this region.” Society member Faye Pini said art Kidz Art Society workshops are held materials have been provided free to on the first Saturday of each month the children who have attended these between 10am and noon, with the next workshops, while the money dedicated to one planned for January 5, 2013. the Endeavour Christian College helped Ms Pini said the workshops will set up their art classes in their first year continue until August, 2013. of operation. Photos, poem on Page 8 >>

Here she took time to tend the garden, look after household chores, and most importantly - bore and raised three young children. But somewhere along the way, Thuy realised it wasn’t enough. She needed a challenge, and wanted to be able to get a decent job, so she could earn enough money to properly look after her children. So in 2010, when the family moved to Cooktown, Thuy took the plunge and decided to gain a proper formal education. At age 34, she enrolled in Cooktown State School and set her path towards graduating Year 12 alongside Cooktown’s teenage populous. “I wanted to show an example to my kids. “They were born here, and they were brought up speaking English,” Thuy said. “This country has so many great opportunities, so I thought it was time to get serious about taking hold of them.” Thuy battled through the breakdown of her marriage and a lack of fluent

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language skills to knuckle down and nail her studies. She rose up and became a leader amongst her schoolmates, a friend to her teachers, and a graduate from high school in November this year. And the track she travelled to get there wasn’t without hurdles. “When I started, there was an instance when a boy in an older year said to me, ‘F-k off, go back to your country’. “I said, ‘It’s not your country originally either, you’re from European descent’. “Then I just stayed away from him. “This was the only case of narrow-mindedness I ever experienced there,” she said. With her sights now set on a year in TAFE studying Community Services and then potentially a university degree to follow, Thuy looked back at her time as a mature-age student in Cooktown with fondness and pride. “Before I went to school I felt so useless. But I knew - I’m not that dumb. “The opportunity from Cooktown State School

has brought me out of the dark and into the sunlight. “I am so grateful to the principals there, the teachers and the students, for making me feel so welcomed and accepted,” Thuy said. And the feelings were reciprocated - the school’s principal, Jillian Blennerhassett told Cooktown Local News that Thuy had been a real role model, as a school captain and on the student council.

“She’s incredibly enthusiastic, she’s worked really hard, and she led her peers along. “It’s been good for the kids too, having somebody from a different nationality that they’ve been able to learn from. “Thuy was very social, and very passionate about education, which were both such strengths. “I know she’ll achieve her dreams,” Ms Blennerhassett said.

COOKTOWN MEDICAL CENTRE The Doctors and staff at the Cooktown Medical Centre wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Please note the Surgery will be closed for the Christmas break from 11am, Saturday, December 22, 2012 and will be re-opening on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 8am. Only urgent pathology will be done on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012 due to reduced staff numbers. We will also be closed on New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The Surgery will return to normal hours again from Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Please ensure you have your scripts and supply of regular medications before the Christmas holiday break as we will be closed some days and have reduced staff other days.

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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.

THE best time to write a poem about an event is when the occasion is still fresh in your mind. Emotion will carry you along and the words will just dance onto your page. Faye has shown this

Cooktown Kids Art Society The kids arrived with wide, brimming smiles; All dressed up in their best summer styles. They were so ready to craft and to paint That they came early and could hardly wait! With many hands we soon unpacked The art supplies onto tables in stacks. We had everything imagined to make our art. We filled chairs and tables so we could start. The energy was clear at every art station; Kids working well with great concentration. The heat of the day called for many a cool drink. We ran back and forth from fridge to sink. We had butterfly wings to glue with bright glitter. Opening jars kids all did exclaim and twitter. Bozo the Clown was painting kids’ clown-faces. He had designed so many from all types of places. Some kids had a canvas to do some fine art. In developing talent you need to take a part. To learn some tricks of the trade you can try All our wonderful art gear so no need to be shy. So every Saturday of each month we meet. On the gallery verandah you can soon get to greet All of the kids and the parents, helpers and staff. You can have fun, do stuff and have a good laugh! So, if you have a loose end and are wanting to learn, Remember to think, “Art and Craft”. It’s your turn To let your creative, fun side out to play; To use your imagination and create a great day! We’d love to see you on the verandah next session And I think you’ll enjoy it as I have the impression That art is something everyone likes to do And I think that you’ll find that you’ll like it too. By FAYE PINI

admirably with her poetic account of the Cooktown Kids Art Society December session. Any Noel scribblings for our next week’s issue? Email me quickly at: or post speedily to : P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group.

ABOVE: Sophie Roberts making a Christmas card for her mum, Kimberley. INSET: Tanya Muggleton, an angel with attitude. Photos: FAYE PINI.

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Come and celebrate Christmas with the Family… See you there! Carols are conducted by the Combined Christian Churches of Cooktown Enquiries: Pastor Peter – Phone 4069 5155 8 – Cooktown Local News 13 - 19 December 2012

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A FEW years ago, we reported a story about the French sailors who are commemorated in our cemetery. The story was about the French ship, L’Allier which came into our port in 1879 and several sailors died here and were buried BE WASTE WISE... at sea. In the 1907 cyclone, THINK BEFORE their remains washed Step Back YOU THROW! up after the cyclone and with Cooktown they were buried in the Historial Cooktown cemetery. Society This has been retold Mobile: 0427 092 311 so many times it is now classed as a fact, even to Phone: 4069 6869 the point that the council The North Shore - photo about 1890 - looking over the police station. Photo submitted. has erected a plaque at the monument telling this story. Advertisement This is how urban myths are generated. Recent research on this subject with the aide of the Trove website, which contains many of the early newspapers, has come up with a different story, one that now needs attention to rectify some of the facts. The first reference to the fate of this ship comes from The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday February 11, 1879: “Cooktown: A French man-of-war, the L’allier, 2000 tons,Captain Colombea, arrived here on Sunday night. She reports having left France on November 15, bound for New Caledonia, with 228 soldiers and a crew of 102; called at Java on January 20 with three men sick; while there a malarial fever was contracted, and after leaving Java twenty-one deaths occurred, 157 men being sick at the time of her arrival here. The police magistrate and the health officer have gone off to learn the nature of the sickness. They ascertained that the sickness on board the vessel was typhoid fever. One death occurred this morning. The captain is very anxious that the sick men should be allowed to land on the north side of the harbor. It is understood that the health officer has wired to the Colonial Secretary for instructions. When a baby’s on the way, it’s twice as important to get the There is no danger of contagion if proper precautions support you need to quit smoking. Phone Quitline and ask are observed. about Quit for you Quit for two. Later: - The troops and crew of the L’allier will land at the old quarantine ground on the north side of the harbor tomorrow evening, and provision is now being made for their reception. They can help you beat the cravings, with tips like these: One more death has occurred.” • Delay: Delay for a few minutes The ship stayed several weeks at North Shore with – the urge will pass 13 deaths occurring during the stay. Whether all 13 were buried on land or four at sea and nine on land is • Deep breathe: Breathe slowly and deeply unclear at this stage, however there are 13 deaths found • Do something else: Ring a friend or practise your in our records. prenatal exercises They were Augustin Nicot, 22years-old, Jean • Drink water: Take ‘time out’ and sip slowly Marie Foucault, 22-years-old, Jean Adolphe Bernard, 22-years-old, Emmanuel Jean Allat, 20-years-old, Jean Marie Pouly, Jules Boulanger, Valentin Maze, Louis Rene Desmos, Victor Letourneau, Jean Marie Urban, When you choose to quit, you lower the risk of: Louis Drouillet, Louis Marie Le Floch and Jean Marie • miscarriage Duret. • premature labour The next word of the burials is from The Sydney • ectopic pregnancy Morning Herald, Wednesday, December 28 1887: “QUEENSLAND - COOKTOWN: Tuesday - The • SIDS captain of the French frigate Volga yesterday morning And you’ll save money. visited the quarantine-ground, where 30 bodies (note - the number of dead changes with each report), had Download the free app been buried from the transport L’allier. The captain intends putting a fence round the Go to the App Store or graves, and will erect an obelisk to the memory of his Android Market now to download countrymen. Quit for you Quit for two for free. The monument and fence previously erected by Captain Colombea, of the L’allier, have been completely destroyed by fire.” Then supposedly, nothing more was heard until a discovery in 1904 when it was reported in The Brisbane Courier, Friday, September 30 1904, that “Nine years ago a French warship called here, and a search was immediately made for the graves, and a reward was afterwards offered by the French government for evidence of the death of the young Count. Yesterday, some boys discovered the grave and the remains of the French officer were recovered. The French authorities have been communicated with and the relics are meantime in the charge of the discoverers.” Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra Continued next week.

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Les and Doreen Bucklar.

Ina Sagiba and Stephanie Gibson.

Rhonda Pama and Lorraine Young.

Julie and Steve Ryle.

Imelde Wende with Sue and Wayne Brennan.

Sara Holmes and Christine Ryle.

Michelle and Annette Whitlock.


Rob and Ysabel Wilcox.

Epi and Ray Kluck.

One of Santa’s perks was listening to the wish list of good girls like Margie McGovern.

Mariana Tree was Santa’s helper for the evening.

Beckett Kluck and Daniel O’Neill.

Rachael Miller and Beatrice Kluck.

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Lofty and Val Loftus.

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Story and photos by ABI JOHNSON LAST Wednesday night saw the Year 7 students from Cooktown State School enjoy their graduation dinner. This was held at the Events Centre and catered for by the Italian Restaurant. The girls looked beautiful and the boys were very dashing, some even donning ties! After photos, cutting of the cake and certificates were handed out, parents left to leave the students enjoy their dinner and dance the rest of the time away. It was a bit emotional to see the students in their last few days together, as they really are a beautiful bunch of children, individually and collectively. While some are taking off to boarding school, the majority will be continuing on at Cooktown P-12. A special mention to Mrs Nikki Neill who worked so hard to make the night happen for the students.

TOP RIGHT: Russell Clark, James Daniels, Joseph Hook, Nikki Neil, Jamie Vela, Mitchell Roe, Carly Johnson and Peter Hang. ABOVE: Shine Lambert (seated) with Luke Deemal, Russell Clark, Peter Hang, Shaun Harrison, Zane Stallan and Daniel O’Neill. RIGHT: Katelyn Greaves and True Oldaker (front) with Jaymie Vela, Carly Johnson, Rachael Miller, Holly Farnan and Rebecca Keegan.


ABOVE: The exciting moment when the chicks started hatching. (Clockwise from the front: Hannah Gibson, Linken Ross, Tom Privett, Tim Vela, Mischa Rothlisberger, Miss Taylor, Ashlee Madden, Kieron Saunders and Gauai Wallace). BELOW: Ella Hartwig, Jennifer Sanders, Jay Rogers and Joanne Kaigey tasting what they’ve grown.

IN 2012, Cooktown State School students in Years 4 and 5 were offered the opportunity of being a part of an Environmental Club. They had to show commitment throughout the year to be chosen to attend a three night camp to Daradgee Environmental Centre at Innisfail. Students from Years 2 to 7 were involved in Environmental initiatives in their own lunch times, including gardening, keeping the school clean, recycling and raising chicks. The students assisted the Year 2 class in establishing and caring for an organic veggie garden. This included weeding, mulching, watering, drying and planting seeds, composting, making natural bug spray and tasting the produce from the garden. The students also collected rubbish from the school grounds and cleared pollution from the creek/drain. They investigated the ecosystem in the creek and realised their responsibility to help keep it clean from rubbish. The children are getting into the habit of putting all rubbish in the bin, an attitude that hopefully will continue outside of school and ultimately prevent marine debris on the Great Barrier Reef. The Cook Shire Council supported the recycling program by lending wheelie bins until there is funding to purchase our own. Classrooms across the school now have a place to put unusable paper and cardboard, which is then collected by Environmental Club members and

emptied by the council. In term three, we put fertilised eggs into an incubator in the classroom and watched as five chicks hatched. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and, as the chicks grew, took them outside at lunch times to run around, scratch in the dirt and eat grass and insects. The success of this club relied on support from families, and donations from local businesses. The club raised $1300 throughout the year which helped purchase garden essentials and reduce camp costs. The students raised funds by selling raffle tickets and plants at the Saturday market and Cooktown Agricultural Show. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Cook Shire Council for the donation of two compost bins and lending us the wheelie bins and Cass Sorenson and Karen Cross who organised the incubator and eggs. Thanks must also go to the businesses that contributed to the raffle: Hinterland Aviation, The Italian Restaurant and Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. Last of all, we must thank you, the Cooktown community members who supported the raffle. In 2013, we will continue to apply for grants and we’ll welcome our three remaining chicks back as hens, who will live at school and continue to provide positive experiences for our Cooktown State School kids. Alice Taylor Teacher

ABOVE: Tahlani Whitford, Ella Hartwig and Kiah Batemberski planting some passionfruit seeds. BELOW: Jennifer Sanders being gentle and caring with ‘Jamaica’ the chick.

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6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise: A Dickensian Christmas 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 River Cottage: Christmas Special 2:00 Young James Herriot 3:00 The Private Life Of A Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration Of The Christ Child 4:00 10 Aussie Books To Read Before You Die 5:00 David Attenborough’s First Life: Arrival 6:00 Schools Spectacular 2012 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Manor Reborn - Work at Avebury Manor finally gets under way, but will the National Trust accept the outlandish colour scheme being proposed for the Queen’s bedroom? 8:30 The Pillars Of The Earth - After a shocking tragedy, Aliena is forced to fend for herself and brother Richard, and in doing so asks Richard to make a huge sacrifice 10:10 Life In Movement 11:30 Movie: “Two Mules For Sister Sara” (M v) - A two-fisted gunslinger and a whisky-swilling nun reluctantly join forces to aid a group of Mexican revolutionaries. 1:25 British Invasion: Dusty Springfield 3:35 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors

6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 11:30 The Cricket Show 12:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Getaway 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Frozen Planet: The Ends Of The Earth 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Red Rover, Red Rover - Jane receives a message from Red John on the eighth anniversary of the deaths of his wife and daughter. Jane then gets distracted from the CBI’s latest case, an investigation into the homicide of a brokerage-firm employee. 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investivation: Genetic Disorder - When a genealogist is found dead in Dr. Robbins’ bed, the team works on the theory that his wife may have been cheating even though she maintains her innocence. 10:30 Unforgettable: Butterfly Effect 11:30 Southland: God’s Work 12:20 What Would You Do? 1:00 Spyforce 2:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 National Early Morning News 4:30 Today

6:00 Phineas And Ferb 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 Special: Reece Mastin Live and Lost 12:00 Ghosts Of Time 12:30 Ghosts Of Time 1:00 Minute To Win It 2:00 Movie: “Ice Princess” 4:00 Fat Family Diet 5:00 Drive Thru Australia 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 8:30 Bones: The Sin In The Sisterhood - A practicing polygamist, shot dead, is found disguised as a scarecrow in a remote cornfield. 9:30 Nazi Hunters - As the Gestapo chief in Lyon, Klaus Barbie has the blood of 10,000 French Jews on his hands. But rather than being imprisoned after the war, he is instead hired by the CIA as an anti-communist agent. Eventually Barbie escapes to Latin America where he works for dictators and drug barons and lives undetected for decades. That is, until a middle class German housewife and mother vows to track him down. 10:30 Law & Order: LA 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Movie: “Death Becomes Her” (M) 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 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 The Russian Enigma 3:30 Trawlermen 4:30 ADbc 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: A Disappearing Village 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: The Crusades: Holy War 8:35 Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: Did God Create the Universe 9:30 Under African Skies: Paul Simon’s Graceland - Paul Simon returns to South Africa two and a half decades after visiting the country to work with local musicians. At the time, a cultural boycott was in place, which stirred up anger amongst the forces opposed to the apartheid regime. Simon visited in 1985 and released Graceland in 1986. 11:10 Movie: “The Light”(M s,l) In French. Tells the story of an Algerian war veteran who comes to work in a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Brittany. When he has an affair with the lighthouse keeper’s wife, the lives of all are deeply affected. 1:00 Movie: “A Way of Life” (MAV s,v,a) A gritty film about a teenage mother struggling to bring up her small daughter and deal with her role in a violent hate crime. Set in a small community in South Wales, this dark but moving tale looks at the area that exists between black and white, good and evil, child and adult. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Menzies And Churchill At War 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Manor Reborn 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 The Forsyte Saga 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 6:50 Audrey’s Kitchen 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: The Jacobsens 8:30 Country House Rescue: Tapeley Park 9:15 Dream Build 9:30 Fake Or Fortune? 10:30 ABC News 10:40 Gandhi: The Road To Freedom - Journalist Mishal Husain explores the last years of Gandhi’s life, which ended in his assassination. She questions why Gandhi was revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on his blueprint for the country? 11:35 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Hickory Dickory Dock 1:20 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 2:10 British Invasion: Gerry And The Pacemakers 3:25 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Chance Of A Lifetime” (PG) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings - Summer Series 8:30 Yamba’s Playtime 9:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 11:30 The Cricket Show 12:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 5:00 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Hot Troll Deviation - Wolowitz is embarrassed when a secret of his is revealed; and Sheldon and Raj battle at work. 7:30 TBA 8:30 The Mentalist: The Crimson Hat - In the season finale, Jane deals with his latest loss to Red John by hitting rock bottom in Las Vegas and hooking up with a cocktail waitress. Meanwhile, the CBI tries to solve a John Doe’s homicide. 9:30 House Husbands 10:30 Unforgettable 11:30 Nikita: London Calling 12:30 The Avengers: Joker 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Alive & Cooking 4:00 National Early Morning News 4:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Kid Cop” (PG) 2:00 Today Tonight 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 7:30 Motorway Patrol 8:00 SCU: Serious Crash Unit 8:30 Castle: Demons - Castle & Beckett confront the possibility of paranormal foul play when a world renowned ghost hunter is mysteriously murdered while investigating a haunting at a legendary New York mansion. 9:30 The Amazing Race 11:30 Whitney 12:00 Grey’s Anatomy: Crash Into Me - Part 2 of 2 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 rena: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited 2:00 Magical Mystery Tour 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Sicily 6:00 Food Safari: Mexican 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Mattress Mayhem 8:30 Derren Brown: The Experiments: Guilt Trip 9:30 The Arecibo Message - In 1974 The Arecibo Message was broadcast into space. Composed by the finest scientific minds of a generation, its mission was to give intelligent alien civilizations knowledge of the people of Earth. 10:00 South Park: Red Sleigh Down 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Revolution - Valentine, Gala, Daisy, and Brice are all 30-something, trendy environmentalists who share an apartment in Paris. But Brice has just made a serious mistake: he threw a chicken bone in the wrong trash can. 1:00 La La Land 1:30 South Park: The Early Years 2:05 South Park: The Early Years 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Fake Or Fortune? 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Carmen And Geoffrey 2:00 The Forsyte Saga 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Grumpy Guide To...: Teenagers 8:30 Maggie Beer’s Christmas Feast - Maggie invites some special guests to the ultimate Australian Christmas feast under the gum trees in the beautiful surroundings of her own property in the Barossa Valley. 9:00 Grumpy Guide To Christmas 10:00 My Family: Mary Christmas 10:30 ABC News 10:40 Dragons’ Den Christmas Special 12:10 Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas 1:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas 2:00 Basketball: West Coast Vs Canberra 4:00 Movie: “Rachel And The Stranger” (PG) 5:20 Ten Minute Tales 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Missing: Presumed Dead 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 The Forsyte Saga 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Jimmy’s Christmas Food Factory 6:30 Choccywoccydoodah: Christmas Comes Early 6:55 Audrey’s Kitchen 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI Christmas Special: Empire 8:30 Movie: “Bran Nue Dae” (PG) - Accompanied by the joyous sounds of country gospel with Broome-style Broadway dancing, comes a road musical that celebrates the adventure of finding your way back home. 9:55 Absolutely Fabulous Special: Job - Twenty years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser - but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous. Eddy signs a famous French actress as a client to impress Saffy. 10:30 ABC News 10:35 Spooks 11:35 Blue Murder: Private Sins: Part 2 12:30 Durham County 1:10 Rage 2:00 Football: W-League: Melbourne Vs Canberra 4:00 Movie: “Treasure Hunt” (G) 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Robert Schumann: A Romantic Genius 11:00 Cleopatra: Portrait Of A Killer 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The World’s Worst Disasters 1:30 Whatever! The Science Of Teens 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Kitchen Cabinet: Tanya Plibersek 8:30 Jack Irish: Black Tide - Life’s gone pear-shaped for Jack. Linda’s left him and a Brisvegas type is muscling in on the racetrack action. When an old teammate of his dad’s turns up looking for help, it’s a welcome distraction for Jack 10:10 Angry Boys 10:35 ABC News: Late Edition 10:55 Monty Python: Almost The Truth The Lawyer’s Cut 11:45 TBA 12:40 The Clinic 1:20 Live From Abbey Road: Fleet Foxes/ Manchester Orchestra/ PJ Harvey And John Parish 2:30 NTAFL: Palmerston Vs Waratah 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings - Summer Series 8:30 Yamba’s Playtime 9:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 11:30 The Cricket Show 12:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 5:30 Alive & Cooking 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Desperate Emanation 7:30 Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Stag Convergence 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Pretty Problem 9:30 Two And A Half Men: The War Against Gingivitis 10:00 Mike & Molly: Surprise 10:30 Survivor: Phillipines 11:30 Weeds: Thwack - Faced with the aftermath of Shane having murdered Pilar, Nancy grabs Shane and Silas and head north. Andy is then met with the decision to split town with his family or stay and fight for Audra’s affection. 12:00 20/20 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: “Crimes Of Passion: Voice From The Grave ” (M v) 2:00 Today Tonight 2:30 Medical Rookies 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 Better Homes And Gardens 7:30 Once Upon A Time: Queen Of Hearts - Cora does everything in her power to steal the compass away from Mary Margaret and Emma in her quest to find the entrance to Storybrooke. 9:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Run, Baby, Run 10:30 Four Weddings - Move over Dixie Chicks, country singer Tamika’s throwing a classic country wedding hoe down. Straight shooter Ingrid is having a masked ball, as they do in Venice. Sparks fly when this sophisticated city slicker meets the country queen. 11:30 I Just Want My Pants Back 12:00 Desperate Housewives 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 Katherine Jenkins: Live at Llangollen 2:20 A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 2:50 Spacefiles: Sun, Powerhouse of the Solar System 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 Sicily 6:00 Food Safari: Turkish 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Finding Your Roots: Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier and Linda Chavez 8:30 The Truth About Looking Younger 9:30 Forensics on Trial 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Marock” (MA l,s) In Arabic. Set in Casablanca in 1997, Rita, the daughter of wealthy Moroccan parents, falls in love with Youri, a rebellious youth. The only problem is that Youri is Jewish, and even in easy-going cosmopolitan Casablanca, Arabs and Jews tend to keep to their own. To complicate things even more, Rita’s brother Mao returns from London a born-again, devout Muslim who disapproves of her Westernised ways. 12:55 Mad Men: Out Of Town 1:50 Mad Men: Love Among the Ruins 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:00 TBA 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 Yamba’s Playtime 4:00 Pyramid 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 Irish Pub Formulation 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 10:30 Anger Management: Charlie Tries To Prove Therapy Is Legit - Charlie falls for Jen’s hot new business partner, Lori - played by Charlie’s real-life ex, Denise Richards - only to find she thinks therapy is a scam. 11:00 Anger Management 11:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Volcano: Fire On The Mountain” (PG) 2:00 Today Tonight 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 7:30 TBA 8:30 Grimm: Game Ogre / Of Mouse And Man - An escapee returns to Portland seeking revenge against those who put him behind bars. His unusual strength and high tolerance for pain makes Nick take notice. As the case escalates Nick and Juliette are put in danger, and Monroe is called into action to help put an end to the convict’s deadly rampage. 10:30 The Cult 11:30 Olivia Lee 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

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 America Before Columbus 2:00 A Taste Of Iran 2:50 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong Bitesize 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 All Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Visions of Wales 6:00 Food Safari: Spanish 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monster Bug Wars: When Tribes Go to War 8:30 Toughest Place to be a... Bus Driver 9:30 Under Fire: Journalists in Combat - - Only two journalists were killed in World War I. So far, Iraq has claimed the lives of one hundred and twenty journalists and the recent Libyan uprising has already taken the lives of four. War journalism has become an increasingly lethal endeavour. 10:30 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “The Refuge” (MA d) In French. When her boyfriend fatally overdoses one night, Mousse wakes up in hospital to discover she is pregnant. Lost in her grief and rebuffed by her family, she escapes to a house on the beach to wait out the rest of her pregnancy. There she is joined by Louis’ gay brother Paul and the two connect over the love they have lost and the hope Mousse’s pregnancy brings 12:45 Iron Chef: Grand Finale - Part 2 1:35 Iron Chef: Grand Finale - Part 3 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:00 TBA 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 Yamba’s Playtime 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Person Of Interest: Fire Wall 9:30 CSI: NY: Brooklyn Til I Die 10:30 True CSI: Cold Blood: Cherry Hill Murder - A close-knit New Jersey community is in shock when the wife of a respected rabbi is savagely beaten in her home. As police follow the trail of blood, their investigation leads them onto sacred ground and into a secret world of illicit affairs, backroom deals and betrayal. Can they find Carol Neulander’s killer? 11:30 Weeds: Felling And Swamping 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “A Ring Of Endless Light” (G) 2:00 Today Tonight 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 It’s Academic 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens - Rob shows how to make a beautiful mirror for just $50. Karen creates crispy and easy spring rolls, while Ed cooks finger licking spare ribs. Jason builds a garden designed for attracting wildlife. Tara shows how to get the hottest new look, industrial chic, at your home. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:30 Up All Night - Preschool Auction - Reagan becomes determined to secure a coveted spot for Amy at a prestigious preschool. In an effort to win favour with the admissions office, Reagan volunteers to spearhead the school’s annual fundraiser and enlists Ava to help her run a charity auction. 12:00 Auction Squad 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 Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 My Biggest Fan 2:30 Parent Rescue: Who’s the Boss 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 Wales 6:00 Food Safari: Japanese 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: Christmas Feast 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The Sunny Side of Sex: Uganda - Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Westerners like to think their ideas about sex are fairly sophisticated compared to less developed nations. Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman sets out to talk to the women of Uganda, India and Cuba in an attempt to challenge this idea. 11:55 Movie: “Slaughter Night” (MAV h,l,v) In Dutch. A teenage girl attempting to gather material for a book her father had been writing at the time of his death becomes trapped in an abandoned mine and forced to do battle with the malevolent entity. 1:40 Weatherwatch Overnight




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 Here Comes the Neighbourhood 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: GSM in Bamako 6:00 Food Safari: Lebanese 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Trevor McDonald: Mighty Mississippi 8:30 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions: Ordinary Supermen 9:30 As It Happened: How To Go To War 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Novo” (MA s,n,a) In French. - Graham has total memory loss after an accident. He takes on lovers, but can never remember them and must resort to writing notes on everything. Then one day he recognises his son. A lusty homage to the film Memento. 12:50 Kurt Wallander: “Blood Ties” (M l,v) In Swedish. - As the wives and children of the men from a local commune are picked off and murdered, Kurt Wallander links the crimes to a robbery that took place years earlier when only one man, the leader, Roger Riis, was caught and jailed. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Calder: Sculpteur De L’Air 11:00 Photo Finish 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Magnificent Matador” (G) 2:00 The Forsyte Saga 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 TBA 6:50 Audrey’s Kitchen 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Moone Boy: Martin is determined to end his last week of school with a bang. Meanwhile, Martin’s parents must deal with the extra stress caused by the behaviour of his sisters Sinead and Fidelma. 8:30 New Tricks: When someone tries to assassinate Stephen Fisher, Strickland calls the UCOS team together asking for their help. 9:30 Jonathan Creek: The Judas Tree - Master of illusion and lateral thinker Jonathan Creek is back in another spooky tale, and this time he’s in a race against time to clear a young girl’s name when she is framed for a murder most mysterious 10:00 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 A Very Specky Christmas 2009 12:00 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)


6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Midnight Run” (M) 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 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 10:30 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Killer Crevasse 11:40 Celebrity Juice - Keith Lemon hosts this hilarious celebrity panel show, where guests are quizzed on their knowledge of the entertainment industry and their peers. 12:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Forever Young - The ER is filled with teenagers after a schoolbus crash. Bailey treats a patient who was her high school crush. Meredith and Derek’s relationship gets more complicated. 1:30 Desperate Housewives: Distant Past - Adam Mayfair is shocked when a mysterious stalker from his past shows up on Wisteria Lane. Lynette reunites with her long lost stepfather. 2:30 Room For Improvement 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning 6:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 1St Test - Australia V Sri Show - Weekend 11:00 Ghosts Of Time 11:30 Ghosts Of Time 12:00 Lanka - Day 1 11:30 The Cricket Show 12:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 Sea Princesses 12:30 Movie: “Barbie: The Princess And The Pop Star” 5:00 Getaway: Ben goes on a crazy tour of Norway; Dermott heads 2:00 That ‘70s Show 2:30 V8 Xtra 3:30 Seven’s Motorsport 4:30 Hart to Ireland to trace his family tree; Catriona joins a tour that Of The Barbecue 5:00 Creek To Coast combines surfing and gourmet food and also takes a beautiful 5:30 Queensland Weekender - Dean Miller and his team cover the drive around the Tea Gardens region north of Sydney. length and breadth of Queensland with great suggestions for 5:30 4WD TV weekends, short breaks and holidays. 6:00 National News Saturday 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Austalia’s Funniest Home Videos 6:30 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:35 Movie: “When Time Ran Out” (M) - Academy Award winner 12:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Crash Into Me - Part 1 Of 2 - An ambulance loses control after the driver has a seizure and crashes into Paul Newman stars as an oil-company geologist who tries another ambulance right outside Seattle Grace. to warn the owners and guests of a resort hotel of imminent disaster. But no one will heed his dire warnings until the 1:30 Desperate Housewives: Something’s Coming - The residents volcano erupts in a torrent of lava, trapping everyone. of Wisteria Lane are forced into basements, cellars and safe 1:50 Movie: “King’s Ransom” - Hoping to foil his own goldrooms to weather a tornado that destroys homes and lives digging wife’s plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his forever. own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other 2:30 Housecalls To The Rescue people interested in his wealth as well. 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 3:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Home Shopping 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow 5:30 Wesley Impact








6:00 Today 8:00 Mornings - Summer Series 8:30 Yamba’s Playtime 9:00 1St Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 11:30 The Cricket Show 12:00 1st Test - Australia V Sri Lanka - Day 1 5:00 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Hot Troll Deviation - Wolowitz is embarrassed when a secret of his is revealed; and Sheldon and Raj battle at work. 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Desperate Emanation - Sheldon meets Amy’s mother and comes to the realization that he no longer wants to see Amy; and Leonard realizes that everyone is in a relationship except for him. 8:00 Two And A Half Men: A Bottle Of Wine And A Jackhammer 8:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Agatha Christie’s Death On The Nile” (M) - Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. A string of murders take place on a luxury steamer cruising up the Nile River. The suspects are many and there are numerous versions as to how the murders occurred and who did them. 3:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz 4:30 Good Morning America

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5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Passione: A Musical Adventure 2:40 Piano Notes: Domenico Scarlatti: Three Sonatas 8’30 2:50 Michelangelo Revealed 3:55 Photo: German New Objectivity 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Rich Stein 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Amazon with Bruce Parry 8:30 Hunted: Kismet 9:30 Real Humans - The Lord Shall Be Our Companion - In a parallel present day, robots have become so human it is barely possible to distinguish them from real people. In this episode, the rogue hubots take refuge in an old church, where the pastor offers them sanctuary in the vicarage, believing that hubots would never harm humans. 10:40 Movie: “Dragon Tiger Gate” (MA a,n) In Cantonese. Based on Tony Wong’s long-running comic book series. Dragon and his brother Tiger emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice. 12:20 Anatomy For Beginners: Circulation 1:20 Dave in the Life: Politician - In tonight’s episode, Dave is on a mission to find out what makes a politician tick. But has he got it in him to become one? 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight


SUDOKU No. 128

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may be surprised at all the attention you get this week. This is an excellent time to get your thoughts across to other people. Romance. You should be in a very romantic mood today. Your partner may be a little too tired to respond. Surround yourself with those who complement your mood.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Don’t stop until you have gotten to the bottom of a recent mystery. A new field of enquiry may lead further than you expect. Perhaps you suspected it all along. Romance. Don’t let the needs of your family take up too much of your emotional energy. Save some time for yourself.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

Your self-confidence may be low at the moment. A pleasant surprise later in the week will put you back on your feet. Try to see in yourself what others see in you. Romance. You may get a little anxious if things don’t quite work out according to plan. You will have to be flexible and patient this week.


PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You may behave a little irrationally. Try to calm down. Take a breath and think through the issue at hand. Romance. What seems to you to be a casual flirtation could be very serious for the person concerned. Figure out your interests before you unknowingly lead this person on.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

A fault that you find in a friend may be one that you yourself are guilty of. Don’t be too hard on this person. It’s not infrequent to criticize others for the same flaws. Romance. You will be in the mood to take a few risks. Make sure you know what lies ahead as you’re bound to leave your comfort zone.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) A person who is important in your life may be going through some difficulties at the moment. Your support will be appreciated. Romance. A chance comment will help you to put recent events into context. Be careful not to miss an important detail. Keep your ears and heart open.


GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


Don’t feel bad because of something a friend has said. Try to work out what was behind the remark. It’s possible that it was meant to be constructive. Romance. If you want to criticise your partner for something they have done, try to do so as gently as possible and be sensible about the situation.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

- Why was the Egyptian girl worried? - Because her daddy was a mummy!

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A group of people that you hardly know will be surprisingly friendly. There is nothing to be suspicious of, however. They’re just what you need this week. Romance. You will have to take the initiative in starting a new relationship. If you wait, you could miss the chance. Isn’t it nice to be making decisions?

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

You will find that people are more open and optimistic than usual at the moment. Now is the time to get any new ideas off the ground. Romance. The Moon/Uranus Midpoint presently in your sign will could bring an interesting new person into your life. Be aware of those around you.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A very positive development may take an unusual form. Don’t be put off by appearances! Romance. A person whom you know casually may be much more serious about you than you are about them. Set aside all previous thoughts about this person and allow yourself to be surprised.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. – Lee Iacocca


Don’t give up, just because you have had a small set-back. Your luck is about to turn. This is your week! Romance. An air of mystery will intrigue your friends, and may help to hide the fact that there is not really much going on! Keep them wondering about your situation.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

You will be surprised to find out how much you have in common with an old acquaintance. Time has allowed you both to grow into who you were meant to be. Romance. A difficult aspect between Mercury and Juno could create a misunderstanding in an area that you and your partner normally agree about.

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Dame Elisabeth’s legacy to Nature’s PowerHouse LAST week’s death of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, aged 103, has saddened lovers of the regular Nature’s PowerHouse concerts. In November 2006, Dame Elisabeth made a donation towards the purchase of the PowerHouse’s piano. “On we were raising funds for a piano for Nature’s PowerHouse, Dame Elisabeth immediately sent a personal cheque for $1000 with a hand-written letter, Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association member Elizabeth Milne said. “Her letter went on to say, ‘I only wish it could be more, but I hope this money will help towards bringing the pleasure of music to Cooktown’.” At that time Dame Elisabeth was 97. Ms Milne said that in February 2009, just after Dame Elisabeth’s 100th birthday, the Association told her how her donation had inspired

others so that we were able to acquire an excellent instrument and we now regularly enjoy wonderful performances. “Her answer was, ‘Thank you for telling me that, I don’t recall sending the cheque, but I am so glad to know that it helped’,” Ms Milne said. She said Dame Elisabeth’s humility, kindness and generosity had been inspirational to all who were privileged to know her. Ms Milne said Dame Elisabeth was a wonderful woman. “She married Keith Murdoch, an intelligent and dynamic newspaper executive in 1928,” she said. “Dame Elisabeth was 19 and he 42. “Sir Keith died of a heart attack 25 years later, but her loving memory of him sustained her throughout her long life. “Her substantial inheritance gave Dame Elisabeth the freedom to support the arts, research, health

and education through generously donating her time, effort and money. “Sir Keith’s wedding present to his young wife, who loved music and was a competent pianist, was a fine piano.” Other donors to the cause, which finally saw the purchase of the Nature’s PowerHouse piano included: Cook Shire Council; The Lion’s Club; Austral Piano World (Melb); Milkwood Lodge; The Bargain Barn; Tuxworths; Pru Mulcahy; the late Bill Chambers, Geoffrey Wordsworth and Una Mason; John MacIntyre; Jeanette Covacevich; Bruce Potter (W.A.); Bill Cockerell and Penny Lewis (W.A.); Marian Scarlett (Melb) and many others who donated generously and anonymously through a money-box. Ms Milne went on to say there would be no concerts without Herman Soenario and Jacqui Sykes. “Since we have had the piano, have been able to entice world class

Volunteers moving the Nature’s PowerHouse into its new home in 2009. Photo submitted. performers to Cooktown thereby ated by the growing audience. “The Sovereign Hotel and Jo adding another dimension to our Wynter also deserve a very special local cultural life,” she said. “Their work is greatly appreci- mention for their ongoing support.”

Cape York people unite to protect landscapes from wild fires

IN a first for Queensland, Traditional Owners and nonIndigenous Australians have joined forces to protect vast areas of country on Cape York from aggressive wild fires. The groups have combined traditional knowledge with western science to achieve the greatest outcome for the environment. The Fire Co-ordination Plan has conducted early season progressive burns to prevent later season, aggressive wild fires which damage the landscape and impact the rich, biodiverse

region. “Research shows that traditional early season burns have maintained the rich biodiversity and minimised green house gas omissions through a controlled approach,” said Cape York Sustainable Futures Operations Manager, Aaron Crosbie. “The fire management plan has seen a long line of benefits, not least of which is safety, but the program has created cultural, environmental and economic benefits for the people of Cape York. “This is ‘Closing The Gap’

at its very best, white man and black man working together to protect the land they both live and work on with no fear or favour. “It is authentic and natural - solid neighbourly bonds and friendships have formed.” Mr Crosbie said this fire management approach, which started two years ago, supports on-going management activities of the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office which now employs two full-time TOs as rangers for the fire program.

“It has brought these rangers back to their homeland, to a remote stretch of open landscape in Western Cape York that was previously unoccupied,” Mr Crosbie said. He said business partnerships have also evolved from the program. “Traditional Owners and non-Indigenous pastoralists are in talks about joint ventures on a whole raft of projects including joint musters for next season,” he said. “This kind of Indigenous and non-Indigenous on-country

partnership is unheard of. “It is so good to see that from this program, joint ventures are eventuating with white and black, and on their own they have identified that they can work together for the long term and financially benefit from one another in a sustainable manner. “As the program leader, it has been very rewarding to watch the process from inception.” Mr Crosbie saie the program had been so successful that even large corporates are showing strong interest in investing in

the expansion of the programs activities. “The private investment will be welcomed as it will ensure that this program is ongoing and creates a solid employment base for Traditional Owners as Aboriginal land managers who can protect and manage their land and develop their skill sets,” he said. “It will also mean potentially more collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, which will in turn develop the economy of this remote region.”

CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds continued from page 16. PUBLIC NOTICES COOKTOWN HOrSE SPOrTS Christmas Muster, this Saturday, December 15 at the race track from 2pm. All riders and horses welcome. Open to all equestrian enthusiasts. STaNDBY Response Service. Support and information for people bereaved by suicide. Ph 0439 722 266. 24 hours – 7 days per week.




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LEFT: Four O’clock moths entwined and loving nature. CENTRE: One of three large crocs seen around Wujal on the Bloomfield River. RIGHT: Francis Walker with Mt Isa’s Roz Fisher.

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WUJAL WUJAL locals were excited and nervous this week, with three crocs sighted near the Bloomfield Crossing. One croc had taken a dog over the weekend, so the others were probably hovering around looking for an extra meal. Our travellers, just as excited, were not going to provide it, but we did see two large crocs gliding around the township area. Honeymooners Craig and Caroline Wilsmore from Brisbane recalled Craig’s years in Darwin, when he would help his ranger mate trap and relocate crocs from the Darwin area. He recalled that about one every two days was trapped. That’s what I call an active interaction! Roz Fisher and partner Eric were visiting from Mt Isa. Roz “wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef since my Dad showed me picture books in South Africa. I’ve never seen a croc in the wild, so seeing two in one day was tremendous”. Roz, now a journalist, mused on the contrasts between Mt Isa and the Wet Tropics. “In Mt Isa, we extract from nature everything we can.”


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In the Daintree, you’re about sustainability and preserving nature. Yet we need the mining industry to pay for the infrastructure in the rest of Queensland. Without mining, we wouldn’t have the money for roads, schools and hospitals. The two places are on opposite sides of Queensland and represent two dimensions of the environmental debate, but, you know, they’re both important”. Along the Track, we saw a colourful whirligig approaching our car. A really weird sight. Two beautiful Four O’clock moths were inextricably entwined and flying along, oblivious to us and danger, in perfect blissful harmony. Eric was sure that one was dead and being carried by the other. It was difficult to convince him that mating behaviour in moths and butterflies was a dangerous business, and often demanded complete passivity by one party! These moths are rare in that not only are they beautiful, but are also active in the late afternoon - one

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of the few day-flying moths. Crocs and moths also provide a great contrast in nature. The Track from Cowie Range to Cape Trib is ever so slowly being re-graded, so is getting a pleasure to drive along. Just a few more corrugations. Unfortunately, the top of Cowie Range and the steep slope down to Woobadda Creek is dangerously slippery with a little wet weather. A 4WD tour bus got stuck for three hours a couple of weeks ago. Both safety and runoff cleanliness will improve if Cairns Council adds a little blue metal early in 2013. The very high morning tides continue today and tomorrow, so examine your tide charts if you are crossing the Bloomfield River at Wujal to check out those numerous crocs, or admiring the lovely waterfall, flowing well as always! Happy travelling Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph: +61 7 4098 9180.


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4 bunches Brazilian spinach (Alternanthera sissoo), about 12 branches, OR 1 bunch silverbeet leaves, sliced 2 large sprigs Asian basil varieties, rinsed and leaves stripped from stems large bunch (16+ leaves) garlic chives, rinsed and roughly chopped (2-3cm lengths) 4 stems Vietnamese mint, rinsed and leaves stripped from stems 8 leaves long leaf (Mexican, Thai, sawtooth) coriander, rinsed and roughly chopped (2-3cm lengths) 1/4 to 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds METHOD Skin and de-seed the pumpkin. Cut into (roughly) 1.5cm cubes. Cut tofu into small (1cm) cubes. Heat heavy based pan on mediumhigh heat and add peanut oil, just enough to form a thin layer. Once

Spiced pumpkin salad HERE is a different salad with vibrant, contrasting flavours and textures. I’m not strict with the exact mix of herbs I use as it’s a matter of picking what’s in the garden, but I certainly always use a generous amount. Serves 4. INGREDIENTS 1/2 Jap/Kent pumpkin (about 800-900g) 500g firm tofu 1-2 tablespoons peanut oil (or rice bran oil) 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon of any mix of star anise, allspice and/or nutmeg powder 1/2+ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/3 cup coconut milk

shimmering, add diced tofu (may need to do two batches). Make sure heat is not too high as they need to brown to golden at a gentle pace. Turn tofu once or twice and once golden on two sides, remove to a plate and drizzle with soy sauce. While tofu is cooking, mix the pumpkin dressing. Mix spices, pepper, lime juice and 1 tablespoon of palm sugar or honey in a jar, replace lid and shake, then taste for balance of salty, sour and sweet. Dressing should have some sharpness as it will become milder once coconut milk is added, and the pumpkin itself is sweet. Boil 1.5 to 2 litres of water and pour over Brazilian spinach leaves or silverbeet in a heatproof bowl ( eg. pyrex or similar). In a wok or large based saucepan,

bring about 1 to 1.5 litres of water to the boil then add the cubed pumpkin, replace lid and cook on high for 3-4 minutes or until pumpkin is almost cooked (al dente, pumpkin style). Drain off the water, return wok/ pan to heat and add dressing and coconut milk and cook for another 1+ minutes to reduce the sauce slightly, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. Remove from heat. Assemble salad. Drain the Brazilian spinach well, mix the chopped herbs together then mix through the wilted Brazilian spinach. Pour the tofu and any soy sauce marinade into the spinach mix and toss together. Divide across 4 plates, spread in a circle. Top with the pumpkin, then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve.

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Fulgarite finds a feature of bushwalk

A large sand dune with a moving front near Lookout Point was the choice of Cooktown Bushwalkers Lewis Roberts, Prue Mulcahy, Fred SeppeltDeakin, Kath Shurcliff and Karen Lynch. Photo JEANETTE COVACEVICH. FIVE locals and one visitor from Cairns chose a large sand dune with a moving front near Lookout Point for our last excursion. Not surprisingly, it was hot. As is usual with our walks however, it was a rewarding day. We had sterling views of Mt Stuckey and the ranges to the west,

to the coast across healthy, sand blows and swamps, and to a lake at the lower, southern end of “our” dune. We were also fortunate to find a bed of fulgarites. These are exquisitely shaped, light, fine glass tubes and solids made when lightning strikes the

silica sand at very high temperatures. We also observed many water birds on the lake where we lunched. Contact Prue (4069 6527) or Jeanette (4069 5432) to indicate your attendance and for details which are weather dependent. Jeanette Covacevich.

Forbidding terrain hard to find THIS week the Hash headed out to the country for a run set by Fakawe across the forbidding terrain of Poison Creek. Well, it’s not all that forbidding to be honest, especially at this time of year. You have to go a fair way to find a hill worthy of the name, the grass is dry and easy to walk through, and there is no mud to be seen. It’s just, well, you know, bush. Lots and lots of boring little trees all over the place, looking exactly the same whichever direction you head in. Still, you have to lay a trail using what you have, and Fakawe set off out the back of her place, tying infrequent pieces of toilet paper to random trees. After several kilometres of this, she must have got bored because we reached Poison Creek Road, and stayed on it until we looped back home. The runners were happy because they had miles and miles of fast track to play with. The walkers just put their heads down and stepped out for the beer truck. Back at the bash, the Christmas spirit was already in evidence as Fakawe passed around a bowl of lollies, and we

welcomed two virgin runners. Then GM Thermo spoilt it all by naming offenders. Firstly Yo-Yo who is practising for her 300th run next week. Head Job has reached his one carton run, and Soggy has scored five cartons (120 runs). Then the charges. Nostrildumass wanted to complain about a lack of paper on the run, until it was pointed out that if he had not arrived late, the trail would have been obvious. Xtraktit was caught making unfounded assertions about Soggy’s parking (too complicated to explain), and things just got too involved to remember. This was nearly the last run before Christmas, because next week we will be making our traditional pilgrimage around the various watering holes of town. You would probably be well advised to stay at home between 5.30 and 6.30 next Monday, December 17, or if you are feeling adventurous, meet at F*&t and Thermo’s place beforehand and help us bring Christmas to town. Contact Moses (4069 5854 or 0409 686 032) for details.

‘Little critters’ safe from Cooktown shooters

Cooktown SSAA member Mal on the range last week. Photo: CHRIS STEWART. ON Saturday, December 8, we shot our first Rimfire Metal Silhouette Match. With a possible score of 40, the little critters turned out to be very safe from our shooters. Mal took out first place with a score of 11, second went to Keith with a 9 and third was taken out by Carol with 6. On Wednesday, December 5, we

shot a Service Core Match with a possible score of 360. First was Janne with a score of 339, second was Laurence with 333, with third taken out by Keith with 331. N e x t We d n e s d a y, December 19 will be our last shoot for the year. We hope everyone has a

safe and enjoyable holiday and New Year break. Dates for your diary for December include: Sunset Shoot - Wednesday, 19 at 5.30pm; and Practical Shoot - Sunday - 30 at 9am. Chris Stewart Publicity Officer

Inquisitive croc seen near Webber Esplanade ramp BOATIES, be extra careful around the Webber Esplanade ramp as a more than inquisitive croc has been hanging around, and has boldly observed boat being retrieved. Please report any sightings with details of time, tide and location to the National Parks team. Some great fishing stories have unfolded this week, with solid mangrove jacks around 45 cm being eaten by large barra while anglers were just left with dropped jaws and looks of disbelief as this unfolded. The food chain is cruel in north Queensland and no matter how big a fish is, something else will turn it into lunch. Mackerel are still keeping anglers on their toes around the Wharf with the odd Spanish in the mix. Live bait has been the best producer there. The Endeavour River has been fir-

ing on lures and baits, with mangrove jacks, fingermark, queenfish, trevelly and barra being landed. Mud crabs are playing hard to find, but a few crabbers are solving the puzzle. We just need a bit more rain to flush them out in good numbers. Keep an eye on the weather as the weekend looks like a good chance at the moment, and if last weeks results are anything to go buy, a haul of fresh seafood for Christmas could be the target. Another week closer to a calm weekend and looking on the national satellite map an early monsoon trough is building to the north, but just like our calm weather it can be pushed away. Tight Lines, Russell Bowman, The Lure Shop.

New members welcomed to club THERE was a good turn out for nearest-the-pin (kindly knockThe Italian Restaurant Weekly ing out her other half with Stableford competition held a smile on her face!), while between December 2 and 7. Kim Copland landed the NTP In the for 9/18. No one landed on The winner for the week with 39 Stableford points was Graham green to claim the 14th Bunker the Burton. Runner-up for the week hole NTP. with 37 was Ron Beacroft. The ladies enjoyed their usual Sunday Saturday saw all but two of the get together. Kate Thomson is on fire Monthly Medal competition winners at the moment with her winning the compete in the annual Medal of Medals Cape York Tyres Sunday 9-Hole Stroke competition. Wal Welsh was ecstatic as competition with a nett score of 28. Kate he claimed his first Medal of Medals for is also leading the field for The Italian the men’s division with a nett score of Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition 63. Blue Hobbs was the runner-up for with 59. the men with a nett 67. Please welcome to the club our Alice Burton was the winner of the newest members, David Boyle, Garry ladies division with a nett score of 72 Curran and Deidre Murphy. I’m sure you and Marilyn Clark was runner up with will all enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a nett 78. Kate Thomson had a case of the club. ‘Julmatic Syndrome’. This Saturday is our Club Season A separate Stroke competition was Closing Day and the event will be a also held for all others who had not won 9-Hole Ambrose, with a shot gun start a Monthly Medal during the year. The at noon. men’s winner for the day was Graham We want this event to be a novelty Burton with a nett score 66, with the event so the dunny drive will be in place runner-up Steve Wilton with his 68. for the 18th. Non-members are welcome The ladies winner for the day was to join in the fun. Tanya Eizenberg who had a nett score Happy golfing everyone. of 68 and Sue Phillips was runner-up 71. Kelly Barnett, Alice Burton nearly landed a Manager, hole-in-one on the 11th to score that Cooktown Golf Club.

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Malanda meet brings out the best in Cooktown swimmers Carly Johnson flying along in her butterfly event. Photos: ABI JOHNSON.

Russell Clark takes a mid-stroke breath during his butterfly event.

Story and photos by ABI JOHNSON LAST weekend, True Oldaker, Steven, Carly and Cameron Johnson and Russell and Jeneen Clark from the Cooktown Swimming club competed at the Malanda swim meet. It was a beautiful day and a packed venue, with swimming clubs from Cairns, Innisfail, Mareeba and Dimbula in attendance. This was Cooktown’s first meet in a few years, so it was a great experience. All our swimmers made very impressive Personal Best times. Russell Clark did well gaining two second and a third placing. Competitions really do bring out the best in the swimmers! Next year we are hoping to get away for some more. Swimming club will commence again on the first week of school next year. Training is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, with extra training sessions on Monday and Friday mornings.

Cooktown Bowls Club

ABOVE: Steven Johnson recovering after his 100m medley. BELOW: Jeneen Clarke and True Oldaker on the blocks focusing on a clean entry into the pool for the 50m butterfly.


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Members Draw $550 - Members not present. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14: Draw Jackpots to $600 in the early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.





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Wednesday register 1pm, play 1.30pm. Sunday register 9am, for 9.30am. Jackpot $442.


Barefoot Bowls:

Cancelled for Christmas Break.

Pokies Lucky Seat:

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

Members lunch $10 THURSDAY Seniors lunch $10 FRIDAY Early Bird Special 5.30pm to 6.30pm $16

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