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Cooktown Mobil employee Lyndon Bray with the manual processing system the business deferred to during the period in which the district lost eftpos and ATM services. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
The sounds of silence in Cooktown ALTHOUGH the Cooktown district was virtually unharmed by the direct ravages of former Tropical Cyclone Oswald, it impacted on the region indirectly with massive disruption to the Telstra and Bigpond telecommunications network north of Gladstone. Internet and mobile phone services to those customers were lost from about 6pm on Sunday until four o’clock on Monday afternoon - a time frame of about 22 hours. However, while those services were lost, locals were able to make landline calls to as far south as Cairns. The disruption even affected Triple 000, with the Queensland Police Service being forced to organise another number. The Triple 000 service has since been restored. While the loss of communications had its obvious effects, it seems the loss of eftpos and Automatic Teller Machine services had the greatest impact on
locals, with many left without cash for the purchase of essential goods, in what has become an almost cashless society. “It’s obvious we need to carry a small amount of cash for just these emergencies,” said one local who normally makes all her purchases using eftpos. But some businesses had back-up plans for just this sort of situation, with reports that the Caltex and Mobil service stations were using manual entry methods to record purchases up to a certain limit. And while most ATMs were out of service, it has been reported to the Cooktown Local News that the machine at the ANZ bank in Charlotte Street was still operational during this period. What was most frustrating was the inability to obtain reports of the cause of the problem, or projected estimates as to when it would be corrected, with Telstra’s faults line uncontactable. Continued Page 6 >>
Catherine Ryle and Stacey Zuch got wrapped up in the Australia Day celebrations at the Sovereign Resort Hotel. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
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FEBRUARY Sat. 2. Kids Art Society at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery
from 10am to noon. Sat 2. Cooktown SSAA 3-position Bench Rest Rimfire Rifle Shoot from 1.30pm. Sun 3. The Cooktown Amateur Turf Club will hold its next meeting in the race course club rooms from 10am. Sun 3. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sat 3. The Cooktown and District Youth Association will hold a working bee at "The Block", Endeavour Valley Road opposite the cemetery between 7.30am and 11am. A sausage sizzle will be held afterwards. Tue 5. Cooktown Writers' Group meeting at the Lions Hall in Amos Street from 6.30pm. Tue 5. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 6. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Sat 9. Cooktown SSAA Target Shoot from 1.30pm. Sun 10. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 12. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 13. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Sun 17. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 19. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 20. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Sun 24. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9.30am. Sun 24. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 26. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 26. The Cooktown and District Youth Association will hold its annual general meeting at the Events Centre from 6pm. All positions will be declared vacant at the meeting. To nominate, contact Barb Keats on either by phone on either 4069 5236 or 0427 695 188 or email: barbkeats@ bigpond.com.
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Praise for local emergency services I WOULD like to acknowledge the professional response from the local emergency services. My partner, Laurie Wells, was having severe chest pain and dizziness last Wednesday night. It was an extreme weather night with the cloud ceiling at less than 100m, wind gusting over 40 knots and rain pouring down. The Lakeland First Responders were first to arrive and started co-ordinating the evacuation.
The conditions were too severe for the reef rescue helicopter to land. The Cooktown Ambulance was able to get through, so it was with relief that Laurie was wired up to the ECG and on his way to the Cooktown Hospital. The drama wasn’t over however, as a tree had fallen right across the road at Black Mountain and Shane, the paramedic, immediately contacted the
relevant authorities to remove the potential hazard. While Shane was attempting to drag the tree off the road, his patient, being a bushman, unplugged himself from the machine and emerged from the back of the ambulance to give him a hand. It almost gave the paramedic a bigger heart problem than what Laurie was suffering. They did arrive safely at the
hospital and Laurie will be going to Cairns this week for further tests. A big thank you to Andy Stemmler, Beat Aemmer and Sue Marsh, from the Lakeland First Responders; Shane, the paramedic from the Cooktown Ambulance; and the staff at the Cooktown Hospital for a very professional job. Joy Marriott, Lakeland.
Thank you for support over bin collection THANKS to all those people who helped me get our message across to the council regarding our opposition to the proposed kerbside collection in the Oakey Creek, Poison Creek and Endeavour Valley Road area. Many thanks to the newsagency and chemist for having the petition in their shops and also to Alex Limpus, Isla McGuffie and Maureen Selman for gathering signatures and all the
people who attended the public meeting. Thanks also to Mayor Peter Scott, Deputy Mayor Penny Johnson and Councillors Kaz Price, Alan Wilson, Charlie Martin and Russell Bowman for attending the meeting and listening to our views. Thanks also to the Poison Creek Rural Fire Brigade for allowing us to use their shed, and, last, but least,
Cass Sorensen for helping me with the correspondence, analysing the petition and organising the public meeting. I just hope the council takes on board the views of the signatories on the petition and those who attended the meeting who do not want or need the service which has been forced on us without consultation. Joy Girle, Railway Avenue West.
New ‘phone directory complimented ONCE more we see a very great publication come out in the form of a telephone directory with a very fine local man on the back of a his mount named “ Muzzy”. This is the second publication of the local phone directory, sponsored by the Cooktown Local News, whose headquarters are now based on the Gold Coast, but still maintain an office
in Port Douglas as well Cooktown. We are pleasantly surprised by the colourful book, and, of course, the volume of support shown by local businesses. Appreciation of the local support through letters, information and advertising etc. are enough to satisfy the owners, editors, and staff of the paper.
From the production of the phone directory, the publishers inject a large amount of money back into our community in the form of a significant donation to the Cooktown State School Parents and Citizens Association here in Cooktown. Well done Corey and staff. Charlie Martin, Cooktown.
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CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Cooktown Community Church (AOG/ACC): Gungarde Hall, 9.30am Sun; Home Group 7.30am Wed. Phone 4069 5070, 0427 756 793. 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.
Kirsten Fletcher’s image titled, “Ghostly Gums” is this week’s winner of the Cornett’s IGA Cooktown and Cooktown Local News photo competition. Kirsten wins a $25 voucher and goes into the mix for the end of year prize of a $500 voucher.
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Correction IN last week’s page one story about the Cook Shire Council’s plans to forge ahead with an RV park trial, reference was made to a “dumpezy” in which campers could deposit their rubbish. This is in fact incorrect, the “dumpezy” will be used for the disposal of campers’ sewage. Council will also supply recycling bins. The Cooktown Local News apologises for the error.
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Australia Day 2013 Celebrations
PHOTOS: GARY HUTCHISON
Jill Williams named Cook Shire Citizen of the Year THE announcement of Endeavour Lions Club President Jill Williams as the Cook Shire’s Citizen of the Year made it two years in a row that a member of the local community service club had been recognised with the honour. Last year, former club member Dougal Nivison was presented with the same award. The awards were presented in a formal ceremony at the Events Centre on Saturday night - Australia Day. In accepting her certificate, Mrs Williams said it was a privilege and an honour to have been presented with the award. “And I will continue to work with
the Endeavour Lions to be worthy of the award,” she told a large Events Centre audience gathered for the presentations. Other nominees for the award included: Larissa Hale, Suzanne Auld, Jen Midgley, Natasha and Justin Coventry and Gisela Hansson. The Young Citizen of the Year was a tie between D’Arcy Sieverding and Bryce Kirk. Other nominees for that award were: Ethan Sieverding, Kelly Miller and Shaun Law. Scott Thomason won the Sports Achievement Award over other nominees, Roz Smith, Toby Graves and Jack McInnes, while Russell Clark was
awarded the Junior Sports Achievement Award ahead of his sister Jenine, Shaun Law and Steve Johnson. Russell’s grandmother Marilyn accepted the award on his behalf. Nominees for the Cultural Arts Achievement award were Julie Oliver, Bronwyn Sieverding, Community Members - ‘Barra Wall’, Faye Pini, the Vera Scarth-Johnson Association and Betty Clarke, with Ms Oliver announced as the winner. And in the final category, the Service to the Community Award, Sarah Henderson, the Cooktown Bowls Club, Cooktown and District Country Show,
Cooktown Endeavour Lions Club President Jill Williams (front) with some of her pride of Lions, (from left back) Tony Lickiss, Steve Wilton, Michael Czarnecki, Jim Fay and Tony George.
Darcie Sieverding and Bryce Kirk shared the award as Young Citizens of the Year.
Sports Achievement Award for 2013 went to Scott Thomason.
Cooktown Amateur Turf Club, Cassandra Sorensen, Sylvia Simpson, Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation and Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner and Reserves Ranger Group were the nominees, with the award being presented to the Cooktown Bowls Club. President Bob Sullivan accepted the certificate on behalf of the club. Also included during the evening’s ceremonies, were the inductions of Sakar Pokharel, Bishes Pokharel and Jaymesh Patel as Australian citizens. In a different format to last year’s presentations, nominees and supporters were seated at candlelit tables in an
ambient setting. Australia Day Ambassador, John Coutis - a man born with severe physical disabilities - recounted what he endured at school by way of bullying and how it moulded his resolve and the attitudes which have seen him become a renowned motivational speaker on both national and international stages. Mr Coutis backed up again on Monday for an informal motivational session with about 20 people, most of whom had been in Saturday night’s audience, during which he discussed everyone’s individual disabilities, goal setting and coping strategies.
Sakar and Bishes Pokarel, along with Jaymesh Patel, are now Australian citizens after being inducted during Saturday’s Australia Day ceremonies.
Marilyn Clark represented her grandson Russell Clark who was awarded the Junior Sports Achievement Award.
The Cooktown Bowls Club received the Service to the Community award, which was accepted by President Bob Sullivan on behalf of the club.
Michael Czarnecki and Tony Lickiss cooking the barbecue.
Cook Shire Australia Day Ambassador John Coutis (third from left) with some of Monday’s audience - Roz Smith, Beau Johnson and Jen GodinEndeavour Lions Club members
Australia Day ambassador John Coutis addresses the audience at the Cook Shire Australia Day awards ceremony at the Events Centre.
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Maytown Wagon Track mystery solved By SUSAN MARSH THE exact location of the Wagon Track, which serviced Maytown during the Palmer River gold rush, has been uncertain for many decades, but now is a mystery no longer. While engaged in documenting rock art sites, Laura Elder Thomas George and the Laura Land and Sea Rangers rediscovered the lost trail. While the main focus of the Laura Rangers Queensland government-funded work is protecting and recording Indigenous cultural sites of the area, the Wagon Track is part of a shared Indigenous, European and Chinese history. The Rangers took time to trace the track along its seven-and-a-half kilometre length, locating where the track intersects known roads. Distinct from the frequently used Whites Creek Track near Laura and the challenging 4WD-only Coach Road, this track remains in a good state of preservation due to disuse in recent times. The 1.5km lift up the escarpment was constructed using picks and is a tribute to the persistence and physical prowess of the builders. In places, the track has been cut through sandstone outcrops to a depth of three metres. The outer edges have been worked to provide a smooth surface for the wheels, while the middle portion has been stepped to allow the
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Laura Land and Sea Rangers on the recently discovered Maytown Wagon Track. Photo: TED LEES. vehicles. draught animals purchase. In particularly steep sections, grooves have Lack of use has played a major role in its been cut into the surface. These were used to current state of preservation. place logs behind the rear wheels allowing Unmanaged access has resulted in severe erosion and degradation of the Coach Road the draught animals respite between pulls. The quality of the workmanship is such - because of this the Rangers will not make that, despite lack of maintenance, the track public the location of the Wagon track until could still be traversed by conventional they can be sure the site will be protected.
Peter Gunther (right) in front of his big raffle prize with Sovereign Hotel Resort Manager Keith Bradford (left) and Peter’s mate, Steve Wendt (centre). Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. went.” Cass Sorensen, acting President of the But there was also another reason for CDYA, confirmed the day had been a big Keith to be happy - the success of earlier bonanza for the association, with about raffles run for the benefit of the Cooktown $1900 raised for the youth of Cooktown. District Youth Association. “Yes, it was great,” she said. “We’re very proud of the generosity of the “We’d like to thank the Sovvy and its Sovereign’s patrons, because I understand patrons for their generosity, the money the ‘Block’ made quite a lot of money during raised will be put to very good use in our their afternoon’s raffles,” he said. future plans.”
State School P & C survey closing on Friday THE Cooktown State School Parents and Citizens Association School Survey is still in circulation so if you haven’t filled one out yet please get on-line and take the few minutes required to have your say about how we could improve our school, or just let us know how happy you are with your child’s education.
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You can fill it in at www. surveymonkey.com/s/ CooktownPandC2012 or by printing, completing and sending to: P&C Survey, P O Box 4, Cooktown, Qld, 4895. The survey will close tomorrow, Friday, February 1 2013, so please continue to circulate it
on-line until then. The P&C will make the survey results available at the first P&C meeting of the year scheduled for Friday, February the 22. This is a great opportunity for the P&C to gain valuable information regarding the community’s
opinions and aspirations for our school. If you have any questions about this survey or wish to discuss further, please phone Ali Ward on 4069 5980 or myself on 4069 5564. Nikki Darvell President Cooktown State School P&C.
Karen explains the real estate game in Cooktown Story and photo by ERIC GEORGE KAREN Olsen runs her real estate business from a small office suite in Charlotte Street, right in the centre of Cooktown. As the owner of a busy agency, she has her finger on the pulse of the local property market and who better to tell what is going on? I started off by asking if she is a Cooktown girl. “No. I’ve been here for 30 years, so I suppose I’m nearly a local.” Where did she come from? “Noosa. My first husband and I went from Noosa to Bamaga for work, fell in love with the north, and wondered where to go to from there. “People suggested we have a look at Cooktown. I had Ross River fever and was pregnant at the time. We fell in love with the place, went to Brisbane, had the baby and moved here three months later.” What was her first visit like? “Well, of course, it was all dirt roads. We broke a shockie on the way, and it took us eight and a half hours to get here from Yungaburra. “We arrived here, it was a Sunday night and the pubs were about to shut. There was nothing in town open for me to buy milk for my baby daughter, so we went to the pub and bought a baby-bottle full of milk. “When they realised it was for the baby, they gave it to us - that was the Top Pub back then. “My first job was in the kitchen at the Sovereign. I can remember scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees, and I don’t think I have stopped work since. “I worked at the police station for five years. Then we had the café opposite the Top Pub where the Italian is now, the Courtyard Café. “Along with the caravan park, video shop, wholesalers, whatever we could do to make ends meet.” Karen must have been busy. “Busy - yes. I think in those days, and still today, you’ve got to be industrious in your thinking to be able to stay alive in a small town without going broke.” When did Karen start in real estate? “I have always had an interest in real estate. I had sold property before in Ipswich and did my initial training there. “There was an agent from Mossman who was getting fairly active up here, so I went to work for him. “He trained me, and then we bought out Rainforest Real Estate
in Mossman, and set up Rainforest Real Estate in Cooktown. We’ve since sold Mossman and I run this on my own now.” Could Karen explain to us exactly what real estate agents do? “People have a mis-conceived idea about real estate agents and what their role is. They think that we set the prices on property. “We don’t; we work for our landlords, and we work for our sellers. We try to create a happy medium, where we have a happy buyer and a happy seller. “We do a lot of work on a lot of properties and don’t get a cent. “People see that we get a big commission on a property, we might get $5000, but they don’t know how much work has gone into marketing that property. “They don’t realise that there are a lot of other properties that we didn’t sell, that other agents sold, or were sold privately. “They don’t realise the costs involved in having an office, just to keep the doors open. We have to pay our licence fees to the Office of Fair Trading - they’re not cheap. “We have professional indemnity insurance as well so there are a lot of overheads that people don’t realise we have.” Karen’s profession is highly regulated. Can she tell us something about the rules she is bound to follow? “I can only say that I would not be in the real estate business today if I had started bending the rules. I’ve seen some dodgy auctions here over the years, the property being passed down as sold to a person in the family at a lower-than-market price. “Buying and selling real estate to yourself . . . But there are rules in place now to stop all this. “If I buy a block of land, I have to have a special signed form to say that I have a beneficial interest in it. “If one of my kids wanted to buy a property here, I have to declare a beneficial interest.” Recently, Cooktown was reported as having the slowest real estate market in Queensland. How does Karen react? “Anyone who is selling at the moment is meeting the market. They are listening to their agent, they are not listening to promoted, inflated prices. “A lot of people in town put their properties on the market because they think some person will come along with a bag of money and buy it. That just doesn’t happen like it used to.
Karen Olsen has worked at many jobs in Cooktown before starting her Rainforest Real Estate office in Charlotte Street. “We were selling two properties COURTESY BUS a week. We are selling two a month now. operates “The market starts down south 7 DAYS A WEEK in Sydney and Melbourne. Once Ph 4069 5308 they start to pick up, it moves up the for pick-up coast, Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and eventually we get to Cooktown. “It’s not going to happen overnight. Property prices here will bottom out between now and Easter, and then enquiries will start coming in. “We’ll get our tourists in, our walk-in market. Demand gets a bit – Come and try your luck! stronger, prices start to lift, That’s how it works.” What does Karen feel about the grey nomad debate that is gripping Cooktown at the moment? “I am an ex-caravan park owner, so I do sympathise with all the park owners. I don’t know what brought this on. “I get very disgruntled with the council, and I am sure the caravan park owners are at the moment. Of course, grey nomads should be encouraged. Every tourist should be encouraged. “I just don’t agree with the way Council does things. “I have seen too much here, over Every Monday and the years of selling real estate, of people walking in here with bags full Wednesday between of money wanting to do something in 11am and 12 noon. town, only to walk up to that Council, hit a brick wall and say ‘It’s too hard, we’re going.’ “And take their money elsewhere. I have seen so much of that, it’s not funny.”
Still abuzz with being an Australian WITH January 26 just passed, my head is still a-buzz with “happy to be Australian” hues. These are the patriotic red, white and navy of our flag, the sparkling blues and azures of our skies and seas, the green and gold of landscape and sporting teams, the rust and earthy ochres of ancient desert country and the intertwining brown and white of “our mob” of Aussies. We are alive in a colourful land. If you have penned some patriotic lines, in verse or prose suitable for our column email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to: P OBox 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller Cooktown Writers’ Group.
“My Colourful Land”
I can’t begin to know if I would be me or not If being a true-blue Aussie hadn’t been my lot. How would I survive not beneath skies of sparkling blues, Feeling free to float in seas of turquoise opal hues? On beaches, in the gold of sun and sand, I can be seen. In rainforests and tall gum stands I’ll be hugging green. The whisp’ring whiteness of southern snowfields will enthrall. The rusty red and ochres of The Inland will call. If I sense patriotism stirring like a song To the cricket ground I shall go with the vibrant throng. Amongst the mix of Australians, brown to white, I’ll stand And chant, “Aussie! “Aussie!”, and bless my colourful land. By DIANNE KELLER
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Storms leave trees uprooted
High winds bring down power lines Enjoying an afternoon walk up Grassy Hill on Thursday evening saw Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott standing guard over a fallen power line, which was blocking the road. With his mobile phone always on him, the Mayor contacted the appropriate authorities and waited until the arrival of Cooktown Volunteer Fire Brigade officers Jason Carroll and Cameron Neill who performed traffic control until the arrival of Ergon workers. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. Weipa
Teak trees, 25-years-old, ripped from the ground at Cass Sorensen and Rick Reid’s Poison Creek property during last week’s storms. Photo submitted.
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TWO brief, violent storms that tore through a part of Poison Creek last Thursday and Friday have left some residents at a loss to properly describe them. Kim Pettersen said she was not home for the storm that ripped through her property on Thursday, but was locked up in her home for the 15 minute fury that unfolded on Friday afternoon. “It was like a freight train roaring through the place,” Kim said. “It was just a big roar,” she said, describing the ferocity of the winds. Although she was not home for the Thursday event, she said she estimated the intensity of the winds would have been about 100kmh. But it was not only wind that ripped across her property on Friday, torrential rain driven horizontally was a feature of the storm also. While both events were intense, Kim said the damage to her property was limited to trees being uprooted and damaged. “Trees that would be 60-70 years old and 35’ high were stripped of their vegetation, some were snapped off at the crowns and there were trees down everywhere,” she said. “Our shed and barbecue were moved, but otherwise we were lucky to escape without other damage.” Kim said some of her neighbours reported the same of their properties. At Cass Sorrensen and Rick Reid’s place, the scene was familiar, with Cass reporting that nine, 25-year-old teak trees had been ripped out of the ground. She described the events as quirky and offered an opinion as to why the normally sturdy trees failed to withstand the ferocity of the winds. “They were directional storms that followed narrow pathways through one strip of Poison Creek,” she said. “They were really high winds with horizontal rain, but the wind was coming from the west. They normally come from the east, so we think that the trees’ root systems have developed to protect them from the winds from the east. “When they came from the opposite direction, those root systems were no protection from them.” At the time of going to press, the Cooktown Local News has received no reports of property damage from these two weather events.
Traineeships and other employment opportunities
Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa, in collaboration with the Western Cape Communities Co-Existence Agreement, is offering traineeships for Traditional Owners from the land on which we operate. We will be visiting your community soon to discuss traineeships and other employment opportunities we have available at the Rio Tinto Alcan operation. We will be in your community on the following dates: Aurukun – ALP Office
27 February (10am - 12noon)
Hopevale – Training Centre
15 February (9am - 12noon)
Cooktown – Gungarde Hall
14 February (2pm - 5pm)
Napranum – outside Council Office
4 March (9am - 12noon)
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All application forms, along with resumes, must be mailed to: The Pre-work Development Team, Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa Pty Ltd C/- Post Office, Weipa, 4874.
OR Send by fax to 07 4069 8474 Applications close 6 March 2013.
Injinoo - Council Office
21 February (9am - 12noon)
Enquiries about our employment opportunities and community visits should be directed to our
Mapoon - outside the Community Store
1 March (10am - 1pm)
Pre-work Development Team on (07) 4069 8465 or (07) 4069 8311
New Mapoon - NPA Regional Council Office 20 February (1pm - 4pm)
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Application forms will be available during our community visits.
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During this period, television and radio reporting was focusing on the dire straits of the south-east, which was experiencing torrential rain and record flooding. It was not until Monday, January 28, that a statement was received from Telstra to the effect that its coastal fibre-optic cable, which carries much of the state’s communications needs, was damaged by severe flooding in the Colosseum area on Friday evening. “This was followed by further damage to a back-up cable north of Harlin late yesterday (Sunday), which along with a number of power outages, resulted in the loss of most landline and broadband services in Mackay, Freshwater, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mount Isa and Gladstone,” Telstra said. Poor weather conditions and flood levels had prevented technicians accessing a second damaged cable north of Harlin, Telstra said. Technicians accessed the area by helicopter and road with the help of local emergency services to begin works. Work also took place to restore some services via a link from Darwin. Telstra said 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services were impacted.
RSL honours Jim Fay
Welcome to Bridie
Cooktown RSL Sub Branch Secretary/Treasurer Jim Fay received a Certiﬁcate of Achievement and a medal for his services to the branch as part of RSL Queensland’s Australia Day awards. Jim is seen here in his ofﬁce with his certiﬁcate and medal. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.
Newborn Bridie Bramwell (front) is in the good hands of (from left) dad Heath, mum Kimberley Sullivan and sister Sophie, with grandma Loretta Sullivan, brother Harrison and grandad Bob Sullivan (back). Bridie was born at Cairns Base hospital on Monday, January 21, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz. Photo submitted.
100 Years On... Cooktown weather in January, 1913, causes mayhem were employed to assist in this endeavour. But all did not go smoothly, with a report in Hobart’s Mercury on February 15, 1913 stat-
ing: “that all temporary hands, numbering 15, had gone on strike. They asked 10s per day. They are now being paid 9s. Only six
permanent hands are now at work”. By BEV SHAY Cooktown History Centre.
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The Normanby River rail bridge in 1913. Photo submitted. JANUARY, 1913, was where 10ft of line for a 69 miles will require 450 similar to January, 2013, as depth of 20ft was carried tons. The ballast train, far as weather is concerned. away. It was stated it would with a gang of men, will Let’s hope though that take 120yds of stone to ﬁll be occupied for eight days 2013’s wet season does not in the gap in the approach. in this work”. cause the same mayhem as The Laura end of the bridge The Brisbane Courier, in 1913. at 46 miles 10 chains was Saturday, February 1 1913, It was reported that washed out for 36ft to a reported that: “a cyclone during January there depth of 5ft. The approach passed over Cooktown were extremely high tem- at the Cooktown end was on Thursday night but no peratures across the south, also breaking away, but damage was done.” (thankwith 110ºF (43ºC) being was still safe. fully I’m sure, as the town recorded in Roma and a “The water was falling had been severely damaged large blaze on Sydney’s at both places, but it was just six years beforehand). North shore where a num- raining steadily last night. The same paper also ber of cottages, a church Repairs are to be effected carried a lengthy report and a school of arts were to the bridges as soon as about the ship Innamincka destroyed. the water subsides. It is being aground on AlexAfter the rain started to expected that the trains will andra Reef, and the wind fall, it wasn’t long before not get through to Laura increasing at Port Douglas. the reports of damage until Monday. The train is It also states that Nelson started to appear. blocked between the two suffered damage - Nelson The Townsville Daily bridges”. is now known as GordonBulletin, Friday, January 24 The Brisbane Courier, vale. 1913, reported that: “The Monday, January 27 1913 This system moved Commissioner of Railways also reported: “railway on to Innisfail where the received a telegram from damage done by ﬂoods on highest recorded ﬂood in Cooktown stating that a the Cooktown line. The history occurred with the wash away has occurred washout at the bridge at 66 loss of several lives. at the Cooktown end of the miles will take 230 yards of Another ship, the Dancbridge at 48 miles 8 chains, stone and earth, and that at ing Wave also disappeared
in this cyclone, and that story will be told in next week’s edition of the Cooktown Local News. Even more railway damage occurred from the unrelenting rain. The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday, February 4 1913: “Several wash-aways occurrcd last night between 44 miles 70 chains and 45 miles 30 chains, the total length of the wash-aways being about 23 chains and the average depth about 9ft. On bridge 64, at 45 miles 16 chain the third pier is subsided 8in., and is hanging also 8ins out of line. The water is now 24ft over the rails at Normanby bridge”. Obviously there was much work to do to get the train running again. The line was a vital supply link for Laura and the Peninsula before the days of roads. Temporary workers
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TELSTRA IS PLANNING TO TEMPORARILY DISCONNECT A PAYPHONE
It is proposed that a payphone be temporarily disconnected at the post office building, Poland Street, Hope Vale, due to major redevelopment. The payphone will be reconnected on completion of Council works. We invite your comments on this proposal. Please send us your comments in writing to: Telstra Payphone Siting Manager Locked Bag 4850 Melbourne Vic 3001 or by calling us on 1800 011 433 selection Option 2 A payphone consultation document can be obtained at: www.telstra.com.au/payphoneservices/index.htm Cooktown Local News 31 Jan - 6 Feb 2013 – 7
Find time to be still in 2013 EVERY morning in Africa, a gazelle wakens and knows it has to run faster than the fastest lion to survive. Every morning From the Pulpit a lion wakens and knows it must outrun the swiftest gazelle or it will starve to death. The saying goes, “ It matters not whether you’re a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up you’d better be ready to run!” We know what it’s like to run! Answering those emails, getting the kids off to school, getting to work, finding time for the family, paying the bills, keeping those appointments, projects to complete, the trips out of town, coping with the bad news on the tele….!The Bible reminds us: “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10) In not being “still” can it be that we are missing out on knowing God ? “But Lord, how can I ‘be still’?” Even in Cooktown, life runs at a fast pace. I have to keep up or I will be left behind. My diary is full! The pressure seems to be on continually. Please understand, Lord! Jesus didn’t allow the pace of life to prevent Him from spending time with His heavenly Father. “In the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35). “God, I am so tired. I’ve run out of steam. I can’t think. I don’t have time to ‘be still’, even though I know it is the very thing I need. I promise to get alone with You. You do understand, don’t You, Lord?” May our prayer be, “Lord, give me the resolution and strength to find time daily to “be still” and “wait” before You (Isaiah 41:30) so that I can be like the eagle and rise above my circumstances and know that you are God!” Blessings Pastor Peter Cooktown Baptist Church
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PANTRY MEALS THIS time of year is a good reminder of how valuable it is to have some veggies, greens and herbs growing in the garden and a good range of staples in the pantry and freezer. With the devastating floods down south we are likely to have periods of very limited supply of fresh fruit and veg in the supermarket. Fortunately we have local supply options, with Cooktown Food Connect providing local Cooktown produce, Q Cumbers also selling some local produce and Cooktown Food Services able to take orders for fresh produce, as their supplier buys Tablelands produce where possible.
I’m well known for having a well stocked pantry and I put it down to growing up in a small remote town on the edge of the desert in North Victoria, where mum did big buy-ups and always had some standby foods in the freezer and pantry. One thing which I always have a bit of in the freezer is greens - a few packs of spinach, or peas. Frozen spinach can be added to quiches, stews, curries, soups and mixed into meat balls or meat loaves at these times when you may not have any fresh veggies available. If you have planted some of the tropical greens such as Brazilian Spinach, they will keep you fed through these hot, wet times of year when other
things wilt and die. I will have cuttings of Brazilian Spinach at this weekend’s Seasonal Food Exchange stall at the Cooktown Markets, so come along and pick up some cuttings as it will get going in no time. Here’s a simple recipe that can be made from ‘pantry staples’, or if you have your own fresh greens growing such as Brazilian spinach, used them instead. Simple Beef Curry 750g diced rump or chuck steak 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 finely chopped onion 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped ¼ cup curry powder 400g can diced tomatoes, or 1 ½ cups diced fresh tomatoes 1 medium-large sweet potato,
scrubbed and cut into 2-3cm chunks 1 packet frozen spinach, or the leaves of one large bunch (about 4 cups) Brazilian Spinach 400ml can coconut milk Heat the oil in a large saucepan until shimmering then brown the meat over medium-high heat on both sides. Remove. Reduce the heat, add the onion and sweat gently until soft, then stir in the garlic and curry powder and cook until fragrant. Add the beef and diced tomatoes then increase the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the sweet potato, spinach and coconut milk and simmer gently, covered, until the beef and potatoes are tender (about 40-60 minutes).
A new era for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair MAJOR changes have been made to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), with the award-winning event moving to a new delivery model in 2013. A report commissioned by Arts Queensland and Events Queensland outlined what was needed to ensure CIAF remains a success long into the future. The recommendation of the report was to
move CIAF out of Arts Queensland, outlining new governance, business models and frequency. The report says the new arrangement will increase CIAF’s ability to attract sponsorship and philanthropic funding, while giving the Far North the opportunity to take ownership of the event. 2013 will be a transition year for CIAF, with planning already underway for a smaller-scale
event. The Queensland Government will continue to support CIAF with funding of $1.568 million to help it through the transition phase. An “expert” team will be appointed to steer CIAF through its transition, working closely with Cairns Mayor Bob Manning, CIAF co-patron Henrietta Fourmile Marrie and local artists and organisations.
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Australia Day 2013 Celebrations
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PHOTOS: GARY HUTCHISON
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Sisters, Brooke and Shenice Prio r made for a colouful duo at the Sovvy.
Chris Findlay helping Ziggy Gallardo celebrate her birthday at the Sovvy.
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Rick Cowe made no secret of his Australia Day allegiance.
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Australia Day 2013 Celebrations
Jamie and Eva Powell were early for the Australia Day awards at the Events Centre.
Martin Cookson and his wife Mel , enjoying a quiet drink at the Toppy.
Proud Aussies, the Giese family, Max (front) with Lucas and Archer (centre) and Dad ‘Chook’ and Mum, Kim (back).
Emma Handley muscles up for
Australia Day at the Toppy.
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Steve Scholz and Stan Nadine Scholz, Audrey Hodge, bar when the festivities were Lowe in the Sovvy’s verandah quietening down.
Crystal and Shawn Humphreys had their quiet spot at the Toppy to enjoy Australia Day.
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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 The Jazz Baroness 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:50 Waterloo Road 1:50 Big Ideas Sampler 3:00 Golf: Ladies Masters 2013 6:00 Doctor Who: Closing Time 6:45 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Friday Night Dinner: The Date - It’s 1959, the maverick Dr Lucien Blake has returned to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. He also undertakes his other role as police surgeon with precision and gusto. 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Still Waters 9:25 Silk: Tough, smart and sharp legal drama following the tension, passion and intrigue of Martha Costello and Clive Reader, two brilliant rival barristers on the front line of criminal law. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 My Family: Germs Of Endearment - Ben and Susan’s trip to Spain starts out being an anniversary present from Janey and Michael, but they then discover they have to pay for it. 11:40 Rage 5:00 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:00 The View 1:00 One Day Series - Australia vs West Indies 5:00 National Afternoon News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs West Indies 9:00 Getaway - Sun drenched holidays in the Pacific and beyond. Sophie Monk presents a girl’s guide to Hawaii; Kelly checks out the closest island resort to Nadi in Fiji; Dermott finds a sunny hideaway in Phuket; Jason has an unusual elephant adventure in Bali and Natalie finds a secret island escape on the Queensland’s Barrier Reef. 9:30 RBT - In this ground-breaking series, follow the police units for a unique behind-the-scenes look at RBT patrols testing for alcohol and drug affected drivers. 10:00 TBA 11:00 2013 Santos Tour Down Under: Highlights 12:30 Movie: “The Yakuza” (AV) - An ex-G.I. is prevailed upon by an old army buddy to return to Japan and intercede in the kidnapping of his daughter. 2:30 The Baron: Time To Kill 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:30 Good Morning America
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Annapolis” (G) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 TBA 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Roo and Harvey look after Maddy and Spencer but are unsure what their next move will be. Dex puts everything on the table in repairing his relationships with Sid and April. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens - Explore the food, gardens and creatures of one world’s most exotic destinations: Singapore. Graham walks through a garden as big as a city. The orchid display where the colour never fades. Fast Ed sizzles with a classic Asian chicken dish. Plus a sticky dessert that’s gluten free. Dr Harry goes for a bath - with a baby elephant at the world’s best zoo. 9:30 TBA 11:00 TBA 1:00 Movie: “Project: Alf” (G) 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 That ‘70s Show
5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 One Born Every Minute 2:30 Everyone Loves A Wedding 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Johads 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Island Escape 8:35 The Real M*A*S*H 9:35 As It Happened: D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Chaotic Anna” (MA v,l,s,a) In Spanish. Ana, an aspiring 18-year-old painter, leaves her hippie life in Ibiza for an artist’s commune in Madrid, and later travels to New York. As her journey progresses she is confronted with memories and images of young women meeting violent deaths throughout history 12:50 Kurt Wallander: “The Cellist” (M l,v) In Swedish. A Russian cellist is subject to a bomb attack following a performance in Ystad. It turns out that she is a witness in a murder prosecution against a member of the Russian mafia. Wallander and the Ystad police suddenly find themselves in the midst of a war against a powerful international enemy whose methods are merciless. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Movie: “The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad” (PG) 1:40 Poh’s Kitchen Shorts 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 3:00 Golf: Ladies Masters 2013: Day 3 6:00 River Cottage: Everyday - Lunch 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise 8:30 Grand Designs: Newcastle - Kevin McCloud meets a Polish couple as they take on the restoration and rebuilding of an old watermill in the stunning Northumberland countryside. 9:20 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse - Phryne’s memories of her early days in Paris and her first love come crashing into the present as she investigates the disappearance of Madame Sarcelle - an artist’s wife 10:15 Midsomer Murders: Second Sight - John Ransom is found murdered with suspicious burn marks to his head. The investigation leads to two feuding families - one with the ability of second sight 11:20 Silent Witness: Home Part 2 - The team of forensic pathologists are back uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths. 12:45 Rage 5:00 Rage
6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:30 Alive & Cooking 12:00 What’s Up Doc? 2:00 Movie: “Avalon” 4:30 The Middle 5:00 South Aussie With Cosi 5:30 4WD TV - 4WD TV covers all of the up to date news, products and events within the diverse Australian and NZ 4WD scene. 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:30 Movie: “The Deer Hunter” (AV) A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and find it to be hellish chaos – nothing like the noble venture they imagined – and return as changed men. 3:30 The Avengers: The See Through Man - Steed and Emma pay a visit to Sir Andrew Ford at the Ministry, when they find a file stolen from Wilton’s office. 4:00 Danoz 5:30 Wesley Impact
6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show 12:00 Ultimate Spiderman 12:30 Minute To Win It 1:30 Movie: “Dudley Do Right” (G) 3:30 TBA 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:35 Family Guy: You May Now Kiss The...Um...Guy...Who Receives - Brian’s gay cousin Jasper comes to visit, and announces he’s marrying his partner at the Griffin’s house. Mayor Adam West bans gay marriage, which forces Brian to take drastic action, while Chris joins the Young Republicans to impress a girl 12:05 Movie: “Remnants Of Everest” (PG) - Documentary filmmaker David Breashears recreates the tragic circumstances that resulted in eight deaths on Everest in May 1996. 2:20 Special: “Great Characters Of Queensland” 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow
5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Janine 2:05 Waste land 3:55 Black Cab Sessions USA 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Boris Johnson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Norway 8:30 Prisoners of War: The Facility 9:30 Real Humans: The Code - In the final episode, everyone wants the code, which in the wrong hands could spell disaster for humankind. Leo is very weak, but continues to flee with Mimi in the underground passages of the metro. Bea and Carl are both after them, both trying to reach them first. At the same time, Tobias has a strange gift in his room. 10:40 Movie: “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (MAV v) - In Korean and Mardarin. The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1930s Japanese-occupied Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits 1:00 South Park: With Apologies To Jesse Jackson 1:25 South Park: Cartman Sucks 1:20 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale 1:55 Dave in the Life: Survivalist 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 World Cafe Asia: Manila 2:00 Golf: Ladies Master 2013: Day 4 6:00 Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: The Last Waltz 9:30 Rev. 10:05 Andy Warhol: Raggedy Andy - Ric Burns’s Emmy Awardwinning film of America’s most influential artist of the latter half of the 20th century explores Warhol’s amazing artistic output, stretching five decades from the late 1940s to his death in the 1980s. 12:00 Movie: “The French Line” (G) - A Texas oil heiress travels incognito to France, determined to find true love. 1:45 Movie: “Irene” (G) 3:25 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst
6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Surfsport 10:30 Gilligan’s Island 11:00 Cybershack 11:30 Discover Downunder Summer Series 12:00 2013 Santos Tour Down Under 1:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs West Indies 5:00 National News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs West Indies 9:00 The Middle: The Legacy - Mike punishes Axl for leaving his dirty socks laying around, but Mike might have an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Sue wins an MVP trophy for cross-country; and Brick is humiliated when he’s forced to wear his cousin’s hand-me-downs. 9:30 Customs 10:00 TBA 12:00 Nikita 1:00 Spyforce 2:05 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:35 Danoz Direct 3:30 Your 4x4 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today
6:00 Stitch 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show 11:00 Kochie’s Business Builders 11:30 Dinner Date Australia 12:30 Outsourced 1:00 Outsourced 1:30 That ‘70s Show 2:00 TBA 4:30 TBA 4:30 Live Healthy, Be Happy 5:00 Drive Thru Australia 5:30 Great Southeast 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:20 Law & Order: LA: Zuma Canyon - During a traditional Latin American quinceanera celebration, violence erupts at the party, leaving multiple people dead. The detectives work quickly to follow a lead and during their search for answers, they find a young boy protecting acres of marijuana, who is the only witness that can help the case. 12:20 Special: Exotica and Erotica Of The Deep 1:30 Room For Improvement 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 FIFA World Cup 2014 Magazine 11:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Wheel2Wheel: Laos 3:00 Wheel2Wheel: Cambodia 3:30 Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece: Monemvasia & Kythira 4:00 National Futsal Championships 2013: Finals 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: Crossbones Girl 8:30 Wonders Of The Solar System: Empire Of The Sun 9:40 Guilty Pleasures 11:15 Movie: “Water” (M a) - In Hindi. This Academy Award-nominated drama follows the plight of two child widows in India, who are forced to lead a life of poverty in a widow ashram. Here, the older widows force the younger ones into prostitution. When one young widow is given a chance to remarry she realises the father of her beloved is one of her clients. 1:20 Movie: “Heart Of Fire” (M a) In Tigrinya and Italian. Raised in an orphanage run by Italian nuns, 10-year-old Awet is suddenly reclaimed by her father and forced to fight in the long and bitter Eritrean civil war. Awet is a tough, shrewd individual who learns how to survive without losing her humanity. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Restoration Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:50 Minuscule 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Country House Rescue: Heath House 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Foyle’s War: Killing Time - The war might have ended, but Hastings is at the centre of mounting racial tensions. Meanwhile, Sam has become the new Assistant Manager of Hill House, a dilapidated local guest house. 1:10 Movie: “The Bespoke Overcoat” (G) 1:50 Movie: “Sailor Beware!” (PG) 3:10 Rage 4:00 Movie: “Breakfast For Two” (G) 5:15 Catalyst Bytes 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:30 Nikita: Shadow Walker - After losing his life savings to Percy via a plan gone wrong, Birkhoff hacks into an old network which trips a trap set by the FBI. 12:30 The Avengers: The Bird Who Knew Too Much - Secret Agent Danvers pursued by a young thug, Robin, makes his way to a field telephone box. As he desperately attempts to contact Steed, Robin fires....beside Danvers body lays a pile of birdseed from the bag in his pocket. 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shopping 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 TBA 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 TBA 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Bianca agrees to fight for custody of Darcy with Heath, Maddy and Spencer run away and Celia reveals she returned money that she took. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 11:15 Happy Endings - Dave and Alex start dating again, telling everyone they’re keeping it ‘cazsh.’ When an unfortunate accident lands Penny in a full body cast, Max nurses her back to health. But after he meets her hot physical therapist, he starts ‘misery-ing’ her, so her fast recovery won’t put the brakes on his new crush. 12:30 Room For Improvement 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 The Real Seachange 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Children Of Heaven” (PG) 2:35 Stopover 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 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Torpedo Tastic 8:40 Man vs Wild: Shooting Survival 9:40 RocKwiz 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Man and Cat - Animation: A man trades places with his cat to avoid the rat race. (From Australia) (Rpt) G; Connect - Fed up with the hostility of the city and its people, a young woman’s view of the world changes when she makes a surprise connection with a stranger on a bus. (From the UK) (Rpt) M; At the Tattooist - In a dark tattoo parlour over one tumultuous afternoon, a group of schoolgirls flirt with boys and danger and are shocked by what they discover. (From Australia) (Rpt) M, Jazzed - Animation: A jazz musician has a spooky romance with a girl he meets in a city bar. (From France, no dialogue) (Rpt) G 1:05 Cast Offs: Gabriella 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Time Team: Dunwich 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Trendy 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:35 TBA 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:05 Movie: “The Flying Irishman” (G) - True story of Douglas ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan, a pilot who acquired his nickname by landing in Ireland when attempting to fly cross-country. 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings - Summer Series 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 TBA 11:30 Weeds: A Shoe For A Shoe - After Shane’s kidnapping, Nancy attempts to get her son back by going head-to-head with Cesar in a Skee-ball “Hall of Fame” museum. Elsewhere, Andy, Silas and baby Stevie sit at a nearby diner, formulating ideas on how to help Nancy out. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shopping 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: “To Love & Die” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 TBA 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Celia promises to get help for her gambling problem, Heath and Bianca meet with the social worker, but it doesn’t go smoothly. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 10:45 TBA 11:45 That ‘70s Show: Uncomfortable Ball Stuff - Part 2 - Donna and Eric go out on a non-date to the Pricemart Ball. Fez gets a job at Fotohut, but becomes so efficient that Hyde wishes he’d go away. Bob meets an intriguing woman when he makes his first solo visit to the supermarket. 12:15 Room For Improvement 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 Movie: “The Page Turner” (PG) 2:30 Dream Of Hope 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Ita Buttrose 8:35 Defeating The Superbug 9:30 Coppers: I Prefer Jazz And Folk Music 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Kabuli Kid” (M) In Dari. After a burqa-clad woman abandons her baby in the back seat of his cab in Kabul, Khaled embarks on a quest to find the child’s faceless mother, identifiable only by a beauty spot on her ankle. An eventful, chaotic, and often highly comic journey through a city which is itself simply trying to survive. 12:50 Mad Men: Shut The Door, Have a Seat - Don has a big meeting with Connie about their future relationship; Betty is the beneficiary of some interesting advice; and after hearing some unpleasant news, Don, Roger, Bertram and Lane take drastic action. 1:45 Anna Pihl 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Grand Designs: Farnham 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Shock Horror Aunty: Direct from ABC TV’s complaints desk, this special shines the spotlight on some of Aunty’s edgiest and naughtiest moments. 9:00 The Agony Of Life 9:35 Would I Lie To You? 10:05 Life’s Too Short 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 Identity 12:20 Durham County 1:10 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:20 Movie: “Canadian Pacific” (PG) 4:00 Movie: “Cosh Boy” (PG) 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:00 The View 1:00 One Day Series Australia vs West Indies 5:00 National News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs West Indies 9:00 The Middle: The Legacy - Mike punishes Axl for leaving his dirty socks laying around, but Mike might have an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Sue wins an MVP trophy for cross-country; and Brick is humiliated when he’s forced to wear his cousin’s hand-me-downs. 9:30 Getaway - Livinia Nixon begins a European river cruise journey along the Rhine; Kelly visits the spectacular Pacific island of Palau; Dermott takes a spectacular flight along the Great Australian Bight; plus Darwin’s waterfront playground and our celebrity traveller is Emma Stone. 10:00 TBA 12:00 Take The Money And Run 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shopping 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: “All The Winters That Have Been” (PG) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 TBA 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Sasha gets closure on her relationship with Casey, Dex defends Sasha and asks Casey to leave and Nelson messages Tamara. Meanwhile, Jett locks Romeo in a shed in an attempt to get close to Indi. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:25 Special: True Hollywood Story: Tiger Woods - Don’t miss the revealing story of Tiger Woods, golf extraordinaire, family man and most recently, unfaithful husband. Hear the rumours that existed before his infidelities became public and chat with his high school girlfriend. 12:25 Room For Improvement 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Planet Egypt: Quest For Eternity 2:00 Alchemists Turn TO Cooking: Ferran Adria 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 French Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Latin America: Amazon 8:30 Tropic Of Capricorn: South Africa to Madagascar 9:35 Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life: The Meaning Of Life 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Man Who Will Come” (M v) In German. It’s winter in 1943 and Italy is a country torn apart by years of brutal war. Martina is a disturbed young girl who has not spoken since the death of her brother several years earlier. However, when Martina’s mother falls pregnant again, the heart-broken Martina finds reason for hope. 1:10 Movie: “The Colonel” (M v) In French. France explores its colonial past and national guilt in this intelligent drama. After a television appearance in which the elderly Colonel Duplain condemns the French government for its handling of Algeria, the colonel is found shot dead in his home. 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Education 11:00 Alexander’s Greatest Battle 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Rose Of Cimarron” (PG) 1:45 Big Ideas Sampler 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 TBA 6:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 6:30 Good Morning Kalimantan 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst: On The Road 8:30 Nigellissima - Inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen, Nigella shows her take on the classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake. 9:00 The Hour 10:00 Agony Uncles 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Nicholas Crane’s Britannia 12:35 The Clinic 1:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:30 NTFL: Southern Districts vs Waratah 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings Summer Series 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Teenage Escuela - Annie is upset over Sophie’s lack of concern about her school grades, so she decides to set an example by returning to school at a local community college. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shopping 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 TBA 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 TBA 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Jett sets up Gina, John and Romeo, and faces the consequences when his plans fall apart. John and Jett bond after Jett suffers a broken heart from Indi’s rejection. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:45 Grimm: Cat And Mouse - While investigating a string of murders, Nick and Hank learn that their suspect’s crime wave began overseas. When Nick discovers the suspect is being harboured by none other than Monroe and Rosalee, he realises he’s hunting the hunted, a freedom fighter trying desperately to escape the clutches of a creature bounty hunter. 11:45 Up All Night 12:15 Room For Improvement 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
4:15 Football International: Netherlands v Italy 6:30 World News 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines 6:00 Food Safari: South American 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 How to Cook Like Heston: Potato 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Luke Nguyen’s Memories of Vietnam 9:35 24 Hours in Emergency: Vital Organs 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The Wankers - This is a whimsical, slightly risqué but also serious exploration of the taboo subject of female masturbation. The film interviews women of all ages about their own personal stories and practices. 12:15 Movie: “Cinderella” (MA a,h) In Korean. Seeking the much-desired quality of a perfect face, 17-year-old Hyun-soo’s friends are envious that she has a plastic surgeon for a mother. On their summer vacation together, Hyun-soo watches as her friends get plastic surgery from her mother and then one by one begin to develop compulsive urges to self-harm. 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight
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CROSSWORD No. 133
SUDOKU No. 133
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) If the people around you can’t stand the pace you have set, you will have to carry on by yourself. Don’t let their low energy hold you back. Romance. This will be an excellent week for romance. You will have to take it easy at ﬁrst, though. Try not to rush into any new relationships.
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) This will be a good week for getting rid of rubbish. Try to clear out as much stuff as possible - not just to make more room, but also to freshen up your life. Romance. This would be a good time for a wild romantic ﬂing! Events may move faster than you expect. Brace yourself for the ride!
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Recent events were not your fault and you couldn’t have done anything to prevent them. Romance. You may be so concerned with getting everything right at home that you neglect your other interests. Find a better balance in order to save your sanity.
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may have to venture out by yourself. Don’t let other people push you in the wrong direction. Regain your balance before meeting up with others. Romance. This may not the best time to challenge your partner’s choices. Try to ﬁnd a subtle way of showing how you feel.
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You have a distinctive way of doing things. Don’t worry if this annoys other people at times. They will just have to adapt. Romance. You must be careful not to let your emotions get the better of you this week. If you can stay level-headed, the opposite sex will take interest in you.
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)
FINDWORD No. 133 A LAUGH WITH LOTSA
Your enthusiasm will help to propel you forward this week. However, it is important that you are completely clear about what you want. Romance. The Moon/Ceres Midpoint is in your sign. This should draw to you the person that you need most. Don’t overwhelm them with details.
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) You will be more sociable once you have had a chance to relax. An offer from your friends will turn out to be much more fun than you expect. Enjoy! Romance. Both you and your partner will be cheered up by the recent improvement in your relationship. Don’t dwell on the recent past!
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)
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A friend may encourage you to break an important commitment. They are not the ones who will have to suffer the consequences if things go wrong, however. Romance. A brief meeting with a stranger may be the start of something new. Make time in your schedule for them and they will ﬁll it.
LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Your enthusiasm will rub off on the people around you. Even you will be amazed at how much you can achieve. Romance. This will be an excellent time to push through some changes which have been taking time to materialise. Your partner will be impressed by your positive mood.
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)
A reﬂex reaction to a situation may not be appropriate. Try to give the matter some thought before you jump in. Romance. Communications with your partner will be especially good this week. Talk through several topics in great length. Make time each night to reconnect on previous ideas.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed – Storm Jameson
SOLUTIONS No. 133
You may be feeling a little restless because other people seem to be ﬁne in their current stagnant position. This doesn’t mean you have to be as well. Romance. Use this week to get to the bottom of any issues which have been coming between you and your partner. Don’t hold back!
CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) The Moon/Jupiter Midpoint presently in your sign will help to make you especially generous with the people that you are close to. Shower them with gifts! Romance. Your partner will be in a strange mood. Wait until they have calmed down before you break important news to them.
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Returned and Services League of Australia Cooktown Sub Branch
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The next meeting will be held at 9am
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COOKTOWN STATE SCHOOL P-12
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Cooktown District Community Centre
Applications are called for persons interested in a permanent cleaning position at Cooktown State School P-12. Early morning starts and split shifts may be involved. Hours available are between 10 and 25 hours per week.
A non-smoking policy is effective in all Queensland State Schools. The successful applicant may be subject to a probation period of up to a maximum of three months. Successful Applicant must also obtain a “Working with Children Suitability Card”.
URGENTLY REQUIRED work for qualified boiler maker / sheet metal fabricator, 25 years experience aluminium, stainless steel and steel welding, can email resume and references. Family has relocated to Cooktown, urgent employment required. Forklift ticket and MR Licence, any employment most appreciated. Phone 0429 375 350 or email steve.pierce70@ bigpond.com
TWO BEDROOM unit for rent. Recently renovated high set unit with lots of undercover space. Quiet cul-de-sac at the bottom of Grassy Hill. Lovely garden and bush surroundings. Two minutes walk to Post Office. Reasonable Rental. Phone 0415 369 874
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Youth Support Coordinator – Youth Support Coordinator Initiative (YSCI)
Perpetrator Domestic Violence Counsellor The Perpetrator Domestic Violence Counsellor will provide specialised counselling to perpetrators of domestic and family violence. The provision of counselling is a significant early intervention and prevention strategy aimed at stopping the cycle of violence. This counselling service for perpetrators of domestic and family violence will be based in Cooktown, with outreach services to Hopevale, Wujal Wujal and Laura. This service will provide community members with an opportunity to deal with the significant trauma that is associated with being a victim of domestic and family violence.
Cooktown Community District Centre (CDCC) is funded for The Youth Support Coordinator Initiative (YSCI) is a joint collaboration between Department of Communities and Department of Education. It is a state-wide program aimed at supporting young people, aged 14 to 17 years who are at risk of disengaging, or have recently disengaged from education, to move into and through the Senior Phase of Learning. Youth Support Coordinator undertake a vital role in helping at-risk students to re-engage with their schooling, transition to further education, training or employment and reach their full potential. We are seeking enthusiastic and suitably qualified applicants for this opportunity to work with young people in the Cooktown and district. This position is permanent full time QCSACAA level 4/5 with salary sacrificing offered. Applications close Friday, February 15, 2013.
Completed applications are to be forwarded to the Business Services Manager, Cooktown State School P-12, PO Box 4, Cooktown, Qld 4895. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, February 11, 2013.
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All applicants need to include a resume and must address each key attributes in the section “How you will be assessed” in the role description available from the School Office.
This position is managed by the Cooktown District Community Centre (CDCC) and funded by the Department of Communities until January 2015. This position is permanent full time - QLD Community Services & Crisis Assistance Award Division 2B - State 2008 - Level 6. Applications close Friday, February 15, 2013. To apply, request a copy in person at Cooktown District Community Centre or by phone on (07) 4069 6098.
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TRADES COOKTOWN Skip Bins. Commercial and domestic rubbish removal and disposal. Ph 4069 5545 or 0408 772 361.
PUBLIC NOTICE STANDBY Response Service. Support and information for people bereaved by suicide. Ph 0439 722 266. 24 hours – 7 days per week.
PUBLIC NOTICE CIVIL CELEBRANT Kathleen Roberts. Naming Ceremonies, Marriages, Funeral Co-ordination. 4069 5004 or 0427 695 004
CLASSIFIEDS Attention-seeking space seeks like-minded advertiser. Email your line classified through to ads@ cooktownlocalnews.com. au or call 1300 4895 00 and ask for Bec.
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COOKTOWN MULTI PURPOSE HEALTH SERVICE – FEBRUARY 2013 MONDAY
Women’s Health NP (C/H)
Dentist (C/H) Dr Mitra (M/H)
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FROGS (Hosp) Australian Hearing (C/H)
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Dentist (C/H) Dr Ruben (C/H)
Dr Thomas (Hosp) Eye Team (C/H)
Dentist (C/H) Eye Team (C/H)
Dr. Ruben: Paediatrician
Dr McDonald: General Physician FROGS: Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
MENTAL HEALTH Dr Mitra: Psychiatrist
We’ll treat your temperature, but not your temper. An emergency department sees fractures, injuries, accidents, incidents and sometimes, even deliveries. So you’ll see there’s just no room here for anger or hostility. It’s for your own safety.
Dr Bart: Dentist
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Dr Thomas: Surgeon
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Frequent jungle visitors loving the Wet MARC and Melanie Whiteboard, two Melbournians, are regular visitors to the Wet Tropics but have never had the chance to see Wujal Wujal Falls: “If you’re looking for the top 101 places to visit in Australia, forget the other 100 - Wujal Falls this week were really mind-blowing and fully deserve top ranking in our own personal Trip Advisor opinion. So much water, such a beautiful place.” They’ve been ﬂowing magnificently lately, as they will for several months yet. Melanie is also an amateur “crabologist”, which means that while their friends were out swimming or looking at the tennis on TV, Melanie has been getting up early and stealthily to watch the ghost crabs in their twice daily tidal rituals. This means emerging from the disappearing water, scratching up sand and sucking out the beautiful detritus as its
food...and escaping back down their holes as soon as blundering humans walk too close. So, on our trip up the Bloomfield Track, Melanie was ecstatic to see soldier crabs for the ﬁrst time - thousands and untold thousands of them marching and munching on the outgoing tide. When approached, some of them hastily corkscrew into the sand, while others wander off into the shallow water, still in tight-knit formation. Always an incredible sight. The eighth natural wonder of the world, right on our doorsteps! A few weeks back, we mentioned that the Wet would bring out lots of beautiful fungi. It has. A short walk along the tracks and roads will reward you with lots of variety. This raises a fundamental question. Does the Wet make our brains, like everything else around us, go mouldy? In a world’s ﬁrst, local bush researchers have now
found proof that, to the contrary, the rainforest is a smart place to be. This accompanying photo of a local “brain fungus” bears an uncanny resemblance to the human brain. Nature evolving to the most successful point? If you want to see some beautiful fungi images, just type “brain fungi images” into a search engine. Growing nearby was an equally interesting plant - bowenia spectabilis (or zamia fern) actually a cycad and regarded as the smallest of the world’s cycads. Its beautiful green (female) cone is quite toxic, but was eaten by the Kuku Yalanji and other rainforest people after special treatment. Like many cycads, it gives off a mouldy smell to attract weevils as pollinators. It grows vigorously around here, and is endemic to the Wet Tropics - it’s not even represented in New Guinea. The creek and river levels along the Bloomﬁeld Track have been ﬁne and
ABOVE: A human brain-shaped fungus. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY. BELOW: Female cone of bowenia specabilis, “zamia fern” an ancient cycad
Melanie and Mark Whiteboard at Wujal Wujal Falls. the Bloomﬁeld River crossing opened last Saturday after a few days of being closed. There are many, many tree falls, most of which have been minimally cut or removed by travellers, but the Track has
been quite passable. Just breathe in deeply as you drive through some of the sawn logs and drive very carefully. Tides for the next week are okay, and make a note that we have some very
extreme tides between February 7 and February 13. Take the Bloomfield River crossing with care, but it’s a great time for beach walking at low tide and Marrja Boardwalk at high tide.
Happy travelling! Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours www.darcyofdaintree. com.au Ph: +61 7 4098 9180
CLASSIFIEDS LOST LOST DOG - Dark brindle Mastiff X pig dog named Reba on Saturday, January 19. Was picked up on the McIvor River Road/Battle Camp turnoff. Wearing orange tracking collar and a pig collar. Reward offered – $600. Call Selwyn McIvor 0488 177 978.
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860 Square metre block of land with a 7m by 7m rendered block double garage with electric door, paved driveway, fenced on three sides, no rear neighbours, landscaped, with established trees, flat block ready for building. Please call Paul on 0415 830 500 for details and inspection. For photos or more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARTON RURAL FIRE BRIGADE AGM followed by General Meeting All active and /or support members invited to attend Prospective new members welcome 6.30pm, Saturday, February 2 @ Marton Fire Station, Unit Street Ph: 4069 5966 for all enquiries
Jabalbina is the Eastern Kuku Yalanji (EKY) People’s Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC). The organisation is seeking a suitably experienced and skilled person to fill the position of Ranger Co ordinator for the Jabalbina Yalanji Rangers Programme. Consistent with Jabalbina’s aspiration to provide employment for Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, this position is identified for an Eastern Kuku Yalanji person. The Ranger Co-ordinator will be required to:- supervise and work with Rangers; to contribute to development of project proposals, implementation plans and budgets; assist with progress monitoring, reporting, awareness-raising and fundraising activities. Salary is $64,349 per annum. Applicants should send a covering letter, a Resume and a Statement of Claims against each of the Selection Criteria to:Chief Executive Officer Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation PO Box 1430 MOSSMAN QLD 4873 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Linda Leftwich on 07 4098 5500 for the Position Description and Selection Criteria. Applications close on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5pm.
Cooktown Local News 31 Jan - 6 Feb 2013 – 17
Australia Day 2013 Celebrations
Ngungjul Dewaal and Amber Welsh in the Toppy’s back bar.
Mark Garrett and Steve Scholz at the Sovvy.
PHOTOS: GARY HUTCHISON
Quentin Hart and ‘Poacher’ Rogers had worked up big thirsts at the Toppy.
LEFT: Jacob Brejnak and Pia Miller making the most of the Toppy’s hospitality. RIGHT: Sovereign Resort Hotel Manager Keith Bradford renewed acquaintances with Cameron Neill. MIDDLE LEFT: Thumbs up for Australia Day at the Sovvy with Antony Owen and Trina McBurnie. MIDDLE RIGHT: Craig Hall and Shane Mayberry.
ABOVE: Kristina and Nick Davidson on the verandah of the Sovvy. BELOW: Angus Maconachie enjoying some portable shade at the Sovvy with Jennifer Hall.
LOWER LEFT: Gordon Zadow, lapping up the atmosphere of the Sovvy. LOWER RIGHT: Toppy girls Jody Andrews and Lyndsay Furlong were dressed for the occasion.
LEAVE CAIRNS MONDAY TO FRIDAY Deliveries 5 days – AND DELIVER THE NEXT MORNING Meeting all freight needs from Cairns to the Cape • Port Douglas • Mossman • Cooktown • Laura • Archer River • Coen • Musgrave • Kowanyama • Weipa • Croydon • Normanton • Karumba • Pormpuraaw – from 20 grams to 20 tonnes –
Fleet includes: Body trucks, Semi trailers, Refrigerated vans, Side lifter and Fork lift hire
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At last, the Barra season opens tomorrow MOST keen anglers will be wetting a line tomorrow afternoon with the reopening of the barra season at noon. And with a bit of a flush in the local rivers, the fish should be on the chew, so good luck to all and please share a brag photo with us. Mud crabs have been the go last week, with good reports from the Annan system. This should be the case as long as we get more follow up rain. Grunter also trigger from a flush and some quality fish have been around with the Endeavour River reports being the most reliable, but I would expect that the Annan will be holding its own also. Finger-mark have been landed in good numbers and are might tasty as well. Small live baits, prawns, soft plastics have all proved successful in getting this species on the hooks. With the good weather, we have
had some great reef fishing, with great reports of Spanish mackerel, cobia, largemouth nannygai, coral trout and red emperor on the bite. And with a monsoon trough across the north, we hope to experience more great weather. Some great land-based barra options can now be explored. All of the causeways around the area are worth a look after the next deluge of rain. Keating’s Lagoon is a great spot, where sometimes flies and soft plastics will out-fish the hard body lures. It’s a great spot for the youngsters to have a go. Tight lines and good luck for the barra season. Russell Bowman The Lure Shop
ABOVE: Lyall Davis with a “cracker” Cooktown barra. LEFT: Mark Privett with an oversized barra ready for release. BELOW: Robbie Giblin with a local barra.
Former champ shows how it’s done LAST Wednesday night’s shoot was a bit of a wash out, so the stalwarts who attended used the night for practice. The Australia Day Teams Event was held as planned on Saturday. Ross, Janne and Rod came out the winners and a good time was had by all. Seven shooters contested the two rounds of Sunday’s Practical Shoot, which was decided by the combined scores after both rounds had finished. Visitor Tracey Zahnleiter who was formerly the local champion Practical Shooter, showed the boys how it was done with a convincing win. Results: .22 Rimfire Class - 1st Tracey Zahnleiter with 69.55 seconds, 2nd Russell Jones with 74.13 seconds and 3rd Ian McKinna with 84.88 seconds. Frank Dostal was the only competitor in the Centrefire Class and he finished with a time of 119.96 seconds. Revolver Class - 1st Col Laby with 198.84 seconds. Ross Veitch completed only one round to finish with a time of 45.22 seconds.
Dates for February: S a t u r d a y, February 2 3-position Bench Rest Rimfire Rifle Shoot from 1.30pm; Wednesday, February 6 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Saturday, February 9 - Target Shoot from 1.30pm; Wednesday, February 13 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Wednesday, February 20 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Sunday, February 24 - Practical Shoot from 9.30am; and Wednesday, February 27 - General Meeting and Sunset Shoot from 4.30pm. If anyone would like to come out and see what pistol shooting is all about, call in any Wednesday at 5.30pm. Just bring photo ID and wear closed-in shoes. Janne Stewart Secretary/Treasurer
So what is in a pie floater? THIS week’s run was special, because it fell on the Australia Day public holiday. Public holidays are not normally busy for the Hash, because everyone has spent all day eating and pouring beer down their throats. Added to their general lethargy, the thermometer had been off the scale all day so it takes a special kind of idiot to put on their running shoes and take off into the bush. The hare for the trail was Moses, and he had laid a deceptively simple run around the trees near his house. That is, it was very simple, but still deceptive enough to have our gullible pack running around in circles at the first check. For once, Granddad found the real trail, and the pack was off, down Schwartz Street and into the
bush. Then a short stretch of road, and more bush before taking a short cut through a friendly garden and on to the main road. At this point, the real Aussies celebrated Australia Day by behaving like wimps and taking a massive shortcut home. Only Moses, Yo-Yo and two visitors enjoyed the second half of the run and reached home by the approved route. Back at the bash, Nostrildumass prepared to lord it over everyone as GM, but before he could get started, Yo-Yo brought in the pie floaters and everything stopped while all the native Aussies argued about what constitutes a pie floater. I had no idea there were so many ways of getting it wrong, but there were no pies left at the end of the argument. Then the GM decided to
acknowledge t h e d a y ’s significance by making the newer Aussies read out a declaration that they would hence forth behave like good little Aussie sheep, never break even the stupidest of laws, and never be cheeky to policemen, the RSL or people in shire uniforms. Next we welcomed our two visitors (old Benghazi Hashers) and waited for Yo-Yo to bring out a feast of corned beef done properly, with all the trimmings. Next week’s run will be at Thermo and F*&t’s on Hope Street. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, February 4 to join the fun. Call Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak
Cooktown Local News 31 Jan - 6 Feb 2013 – 19
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ABOVE: Hope Vale going through a warm-up routine before playing a game in the 2012 Algon Walsh Snr Memorial Community Challenge All Blacks Carnival. RIGHT: The Hope Vale team that played in the 2012 Algon Walsh Snr Memorial Community Challenge All Blacks Carnival.
Hope Vale head to Palm Island for carnival Story and photos by ALF WILSON
Palm Island and Hope Vale enjoyed many close family connections. “This is going to be a big carnival and lots of visitors will be here,” Mr Bounghi said. Last year, there were two pools of teams and Hope Vale drew the most difficult in which winning side Descendants and runners up Barracudas Green were drawn. Descendants beat Hope Vale 24-16 in the semi final. Bounghi said there wasn’t much between Descendants, Barracudas Green and Hope Vale. “The close scores when they played show that, and any of those teams could win this time,” he said. Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said the Hope Vale visitors will have many family and friends on the island. Last year star Palm Island footballers Darryl Pearson and Josiah Geia played for Hope Vale.
A SIDE from Hope Vale will travel to Palm Island for the Algon Walsh Snr Memorial Community Challenge All Blacks Carnival being held on February 16 and 17. At the inaugural carnival held in February 2012, Hope Vale finished a creditable third. Eight teams will contest the coming carnival named in honour of the late Palm Island rugby league stalwart Algon Walsh Snr. There will be two Palm Island Barracudas teams, while the others to nominate are Yarrabah, Bindal Sharks from Townsville, Mackay Magpies,Woorabinda and the 2012 winners Descendents. Carnival co-ordinator Norman Bounghi said that
Rocco Thomason with a barra caught on a fly at Keating’s Lagoon - the fish was released. Photo submitted. Tight Lines report and more photos, Page 19. <<
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Members Draw $700 - Members not present – S Johnson and R Norris. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1: Draw Jackpots to $750 in the early draw between 6.30 and 7pm.
Wednesday register 1pm, play 1.30pm. Sunday register 8.30am, for 9am start. Jackpot $67.
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