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$2 • PH: 1300 4895 00 • EDITORIAL: • Issue 603 • Thursday, February 21, 2013

Historic night for Swimming Club

Cooktown Swimming Club made history on Tuesday night with their first meet under lights at the Cooktown Pool. Seen here are Jayme Vela, Gauai Wallace, Carly Johnson, Holly Farnan and Jake Farnan. Report Page 19 >>. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Nervous wait for hospital staff STAFF at the Cooktown Hospital face a nervous wait on their futures after the Cape York Hospital and Health Service called for expressions of interest from staff interested in voluntary redundancies last week. Their concerns come on the back of a video conference staff had with HHS Chief Executive Officer Susan Turner last week. “This looks to be a continuation of job cutting throughout Queensland health,” said a staff member. “Now it looks like they will be cutting jobs here as well. “At this stage, we don’t know who has to go, when or how many.”

In a Queensland Health media release, Ms Turner said the call for voluntary redundancies was part of a wider structural change. She said an organisational review of the health service had recently been completed by consultant Ernst and Young. “Ernst and Young were commissioned to help identify more-effective and cost-efficient ways of delivering health care to Cape York communities,’’ Ms Turner said. “The report they have completed includes a range of recommendations about restructuring of services, staff numbers, staff overtime and travel,

and addressing the duplication of services. “Reducing non-front line staff numbers is one of several cost-saving strategies proposed in the report in order to meet new budget targets. “The Ernst and Young report currently is being considered by the Cape York Hospital and Health Board. “But before any specific decisions are made about any restructuring, the Cape York HHS Executive and Board want to know if any staff would like to volunteer for a redundancy. “We will consider any expressions of interest from staff and, if their work units can be redesigned so that

core services don’t suffer, we may accept their application. “This is part of a broad process to restructure our services so that we can deliver them more efficiently and allow the Cape York HHS to focus on integrated healthcare services. “But change by its nature is a challenge and can be confronting for all of us. “We intend to ensure that our staff and communities are fully supported and informed throughout this change process.’’ Ms Turner said all hospital and health services in Queensland, including the Cape York HHS, were

required to meet substantial financial targets set by the Commonwealth and State governments. The deadline for all HHSs to meet these targets is June 2013. “It should be noted that our HHS has enjoyed significant increases in State Government funding in recent years,” she said. “Caring for our patients remains this health service’s number one priority and we are committed to ensuring frontline services are not affected in any way by the implementation of any restructure that may be finally decided upon in the future.’’

What’s On

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

FEBRUARY Thu 21. Cooktown Pool - Swim For Your Life - from 9.30am to 10.30am. Thu 21. The second meeting of a new photography club forming will be held at the Cooktown State School from 6pm. Room number to be advised. Meeting will be held from monthly from then on. Sat 23. Cape York SSAA Rifle Shoot from 9am. Sat 23. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from noon to 1pm. Sat 23. SLAM Day concert at the Top Pub from 2pm. 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 Pool - Swim For Your Life - from 9.30am to 10.30am. Tue 26. Endeavour Lions Club meeting at the Lions Hall in Amos Street from 7pm. 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@ Wed 27. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from noon to 1pm. Wed 27. Cooktown SSAA General Meeting and Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm. Wed 27. AGM of the Rossville and Districts Residents Association from 7pm at the Rossville Hall. A general meeting will follow. Refreshments available. Call 4060 3981 for details. Thu 28. Cooktown Pool - Swim For Your Life - from 9.30am to 10.30am.

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Liberal Party’s ‘Vision 2030’ has a ‘beard’ THE Liberal Party’s “Vision 2030” proposal for northern development has lost its whiskers. It now has a beard. It must be an election year for the Liberals to trot out this worn out cliché. The two party system comprising tweedledum and tweedledee will now try to outdo each other with plans to grow grain in the Gulf Region or sugar cane on Cape York. Of course it goes without saying little will happen under their watch. It’s a bit like the 40-year-old scheme in West Australia’s Ord River region, which failed miserably, due mainly to pest invasion of crops. Naturally, by 2013, scientists have devel-

oped more-resistant varieties of grain, sugar cane and bananas along with vastly improved farming methods, but input and real estate costs since then have gone up immeasurably. Probably we will have to rely on the Chinese government to grow our food on the 15,000 hectare Ord River irrigation block the West Australian Liberal government just gave them, which cost $400 million of taxpayers money to develop. They also have an option on another 15,000 hectares in a deal brokered by Labor Party statesman Bob Hawke. The north and west can be best developed

Call for Day of Forgiveness by Aboriginal people SORRY Day commemorates when the then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd made a historic and highly symbolic apology on behalf of previous Governments for the acts committed during the White Australia Policy unto First Australians. This day was welcomed by survivors of the Stolen Generation and academics, reconciliation advocates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the globe. Sorry Day and the Apology have received equal amount of criticism and speculation as well as adoration. Many people saw it as a stepping stone towards financial compensation and, of course, resulting court cases. The move has been criticised for being overly populist, symbolic and seen as a ruse to lesser the unpopularity of the Northern

Territory Intervention and other such prohibition, and, of course, for being mere words. Sorry Day should be appreciated for what it stood for at the time, without wanting, and as a gesture which needed to occur to begin the healing process and move towards truer reconciliation; even the Chancellor of Germany made such a historic gesture towards the Jewish people in Israel by issuing an apology for the Holocaust in World War Two. It’s about tying up loose ends and understanding that such a move signifies acknowledgement for horrors perpetrated by Governments, in spite of the deviant ways discriminatory laws are often worded to confuse the populous and disguise true and malice intent. In order to achieve true, whole-

some and empowering reconciliation, we need to suffer the pain from an action which we as a people have done, we need appreciation of what has occurred and an apology, however there is one more step; we need to close the circle of blame and sympathy and forgive. I am calling for a national day of Forgiveness by Aboriginal people as a “logical next step in order to achieve true reconciliation”. First Australians have never been in such a place of real power, which is the power to forgive and by doing so, can dictate the future course of our future generations’ attitudes and understanding of the past. When an apology has been issued and accepted, such as the Kevin Rudd one, it is appropriate to issue forgiveness in return. Aboriginal culture has

Rick’s colourful sunset

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Sat 2. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from noon to 1pm. Sun 3. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from

1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 5. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 9.30am to 10.30am. 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.


The winner of this week’s Cornett’s IGA Cooktown and Cooktown Local News photo competition is Rick Butler’s untitled image of a brilliant suset over the Wharf.

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always been one of harmony with others and with land, so I can see this as being something our ancestors would be proud of. Forgiveness, they say, is where real power lies, and we owe it to our future generations to even the score and lift the blame in order for this reconciliation, which countless Aboriginal Rights activists have been working towards for decades and which NAIDOC Day is said to encourage, to come about out of mutual respect. The Australian Parliament has passed the amendments to the Australian Constitution as well, changes which will formally recognise Indigenous Australians of all areas and islands in our constitution. Jack Wilkie-Jans, Cairns. THE standard of photos being submitted to the $25 voucher in the in the Cornett’s IGA Cooktown and Cooktown Local News photo competition is making it enormously difficult to decide on just one winner. Rick Butler’s untitled image of an astonishing Cooktown sunset is this week’s successful entry. As well as winning this voucher, Rick also goes into the draw for the end of year grand prize of a $500 voucher. And along with our other winners, Rick can continue entering each week as she pleases. You now have until 5pm on Thursday, February 21, to enter the next stage of the competition. Entries need to be forwarded as an email attachment to editor@cooktownlocalnews. by 5pm on January 24. And please include your contact numbers. Rick’s winning entry will be printed and displayed in a gallery the IGA store.

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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.

by family farmers who will be financed by the yet-to-be-created National Development Bank, not by other countries. Bob Katter has been promoting this infrastructure development and the method to finance it for many years, having a minor win when a limited irrigation scheme was set up last year in the Cloncurry district. I think the Liberals are worried Bob Katter might have stolen their new-found thunder 10 years ago. William Bensted, ‘Bibboringa’, Mt Garnet.

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Council says bye to a friendly face COOK Shire clients are sure to miss the smiling, friendly, efficient and ever-helpful Deb Smith when she leaves Council to return to her home city of Perth to be closer to her family. That’s the opinion of Mayor Peter Scott. “You could say Deb’s the ‘beloved face of Council,” he said. “As a front-line customer service officer, she’s certainly raised the bar of excellence in the professional way she has conducted herself and dealt with our clients. “We’ll certainly miss her as a friend and colleague too.” Mayor Scott said that Deb’s positive influence on, and training of her front counter colleagues has been obvious and will be continued. Deb said leaving was an incredibly hard decision, but one she had to make. “I love the place,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends, love the Wet, love the green. “I’m really going to miss it.” But it’s time to go home, closer to her elderly parents. “I feel that I need to spend more time to them,” she said.

Since arriving in Cooktown in August, 2002, Deb’s been involved in customer service roles, with her first being with the Post Office and Westpac bank. “Within three days of getting here I had work,” she said. “I was with the Post Office for five years and left there to come to Council where I’ve been ever since, which amounts to almost another five years.” But while customer service might be her speciality, Deb said she had tried her hand at a number of different jobs after leaving Perth and settling in Point Samson in the Pilbara Region of West Australia. “I rode a postie bike for three years,” she said. “And I’ve tried my hand as a gardener, waitress and have worked in a hospital.” And what does professional life hold for her in the future. “I’m hoping to get a fly in-fly out job with the mines over there,” she said. “But I’m prepared to do anything; I just want a job.” Monday will see her leave on a twoand-half-week road trip, which will be shared part of the way with her nephew Deb Smith, in her last week of work with the Cook Shire Council, is headed home to Perth on Monday to and his girlfriend. rejoin her family. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Look out, there’s a thief about CHARLES Gillman-Wells and his wife Jacki were watching TV in the front of their Helen Street home, completely unaware their house was being broken into at the back. Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on Sunday, February 17, an unknown offender removed the fly screen from an open window and crawled into their bedroom, where $40 was removed from Mr Gillman-Wells’ wallet.

Mr Gillman-Wells said it appeared the offender was only interested in notes. “There was a pile of coins, some jewellery and two Iphones charging next to the wallet, but they were left alone,” he said. “The sheer cheek of them; they must have known we were in the front. “That bedroom comes off the living room where we were.” He said it was the first time in

eight years they were victims of a break and enter. Then later that evening between 10pm and 11pm, an offender entered an unlocked door and removed $175 from a bag within the dwelling. At the time the offence was committed, the residents were sitting at the rear exterior of the house. Police are unable to say whether the two offences are related.

Gordon to take on Entsch

On the prospect of INDIGENOUS father-of-five Billy Gordon has been given the being the first Labor representative in the job of overturning LNP sitting member Warren Entsch’s 4.6 per House, he said it would be a very good thing. cent majority to win the seat of “We’re at a point Leichhardt for the Labor Party in the September 14 federal elections. in the nation’s history where this would be a If elected, Mr Gordon will be Labor’s first Indigenous member very healthy thing,” he said. in the House of Representatives. “And from a family Endorsed last week as the Labor candidate, the 40-year-old point of view, I’d be very proud of that. believes there is an advantage in Billy Gordon, ALP candidate for being a new face in Australian the seat Leichhardt. Photo: Twitter “And looking at national affairs, I think politics. In an interview with the Weekend Post, he said it would be a good thing considering we’ve just he thought it is good for the electorate that there is a had the fifth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology fresh face out there with new ideas and new energy. to the Stolen Generation and the passing of the “I think in general, people are not really happy Act of Reconciliation with bi-partisan support.” with the political discourse in the region and At the time of going to press, the Cooktown there’s an opportunity for new people to come Local News has been unable to secure an interview along and give people the change they want,” Mr with Mr Gordon, but will have that story for readers next week. Gordon said.

Cooktown Magistrate’s Court. Also fronting the Magistrate on that date, will be a 37-year-old Cairns man who was intercepted while driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .137 per cent on February 15. In another traffic matter, a 27-year-old Cooktown woman was intercepted on February 16 while driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .075 per cent. Another arrest made on

Earlier in the week on Thursday, February 14 an amount of cash was stolen from an unsecured vehicle which was parked in a drive way on Hope Street. This offence occurred at approximately nine o’clock in the evening. And in police enforcement, a 20-year-old Hope Vale woman was intercepted on February 11 driving an unregistered vehicle whilst unlicensed. She will appear at the March 7 sittings of the

Divers called in to search for woman POLICE divers from Brisbane began searching dams in the Archer River area yesterday for a woman missing since February 10. The divers have been called in because a land and aerial search has so far failed to locate the missing woman. Detectives from the Weipa CIB have been assisting in the investigation and search for the 23-year-old from Kowanyama since the search began last week. It is believed she was making her way back to Kowanyama but did not return as expected and police hold serious concerns for her safety and are seeking public assistance to help locate

her. The Aboriginal woman is about 155cm tall with a slim build and long brown hair. An extensive land and aerial search which commenced on February 14 has failed to locate the woman. Police are urging anyone who may have seen the woman on the Peninsula Development Road around Archer River between February 11 and 14 to contact local police or Crime Stoppers. Officers also want to speak with a man and a woman, believed to be from Weipa, who were seen in a red Toyota Landcruiser at Archer River around 2pm on Sunday February 10. In an interview with the

ABC, Inspector Mark Jackson said the air search had been called off but a group of State Emergency Service volunteers will resume their ground search. “We make a decision on a daily basis and we’ll only give up when we think we’ve done all we can to find the person given the information that we have on hand,” he said. “We make a decision each night on what our plan will be tomorrow, but I expect that by the end of the week if we haven’t located anything that we’d be likely to consider our options.” He said that advice police had received was that survivability is quite high.


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February 16, was that of a 17-yearold Cooktown man for public nuisance and obstructing police. Cooktown Police are asking that anyone who might have information in relation to the break and enter offence contact them, either at the station on 4069 5688 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Budding photographers Fine, feathered friends suffer ‘manual-phobia’ FEAR of reading their cameras’ manuals, along with an inability to interpret them were the main issues facing the nine keen amateur photographers who attended the first meeting of the Cooktown Photography Club last Thursday night. Closely following them was the desire to stop using the “automatic” switch on their cameras to take more control over their images.

So the group will start a journey of discovery again tonight with another meeting, which will again be

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held in the Cooktown State School library from 6pm. Also discussed last Thursday night was when they will hold their workshop, which will be held at Trevethan Falls. The group is expected to grow in numbers, with a number of people sending apologies for being unable to attend the meeting. “The interaction between everyone was really good,” said organiser Chris Stewart. “The enthusiasm was obvious and the vibe positive.” There are no age restrictions on anyone wanting to join, with young “snappers” very welcome to attend. For more information on the club, contact either Chris Stewart on 0400 685 542 or Gary Hutchison on 0411 722 807.

Rosalie Chester has submitted this photo of a pair of wompoo fruit doves, otherwise known as wompoo pidgeons, that live and breed every year in her back yard. “They are magnificent birds and I would like to share them with the Cooktown Local News readers, Rosalie said. “We surely do live in paradise . . . ? And who would disagree with her? Photo: ROSALIE CHESTER.

Countdown begins for brave shavers THOUSANDS of Queenslanders are saying goodbye to their straighteners, hairdryers and the like as they prepare to bravely shave for the leukaemia cause during World’s Greatest Shave from March 14-17. Participants are now hoping to make their bold move count by collecting donations from family, friends, colleagues and the local community to help meet Queensland’s goal of $4.5 million to fund critical medical research and patient services. Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Regional Events Coordinator, Annette Jarrett said the Foundation was very pleased with the support it had received to date from Queenslanders, but she is still actively seeking local registrations from those who would like to be involved in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. “There’s still time for charitable and community minded individuals, businesses, clubs and schools to register online at www. worldsgreatestshave. com and organise a shave and colour event to help raise much-needed funds for Far North Queensland blood cancer patients and

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2011 saw former Cooktown hairdresser Margot Linton volunteer her services at the Sovereign Hotwl Resort, where Jennifer Coates sacrificed her waist length hair to raise more than $5000. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. their families. shave event please check support is available to “With six Queens- online for your nearest patients and their families landers being diagnosed location and register your living with leukaemias, every day with a blood interest. It’s always a lymphomas, myeloma cancer, the Foundation fun event where you can and related blood disorn e e d s y o u r h e l p t o support brave shavers or ders. The Foundation also progress with medical have your hair coloured funds medical research research and the provi- for a donation.” into cures and improved sion of support services T h e L e u k a e m i a treatments for leukaemia such as patient accom- Foundation of Queens- and related blood dismodation and emotional land is a not-for-profit orders. support,” said Ms Jarrett. organisation and receives To register your inter“If you would like no on-going government est, contact 1800 500 088 show your support by funding. Free practical or go to: worldsgreatestjoining us at a public c a r e a n d e m o t i o n a l


Every cent from this Bash goes to charity POPULAR local couple Graeme and Jody Andrews are assuring anyone thinking of making a donation to their entry in the Variety Club’s, 2013 ‘To The Top’ Variety 4WD Explore, that every cent of donations is going towards The Children’s Charity, Queensland. “We just want to let people know that no money from donations will go towards our participation in the Bash,” Jody said. “Every cent will go to the charity. “All provision costs, car and fuel costs are each entrant’s responsibility and donations given to us will not be used for these expenses.” To be able to contest the Bash, each car must raise $5000 towards the charity prior to the event. One of only 40 cars registered for this year’s event, the 1984 Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier they will be driving is car #2 and the only Far North Queensland team to enter. The rest are from Brisbane and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Their adventure starts with a gala ball in Cairns on Friday, May 25, then on Saturday, May 27, they will set off from Cairns, drive a set course to the tip of the Cape and return to Cooktown where the Bash will finish on Friday, June 7. Jody said everyone in the Bash was booked in at the Sovereign Hotel Resort, with big plans of enjoying the Discovery Festival. Their “troopy” has been supplied by Top Pub proprietors Eddie and Brenda Krop. Jody said while the Krops were hopeful of going on the trip, work commitments in preparation for the Discovery Festival might prevent that. She said while many of the vehicles entered will be modified, the only changes to their “troopy” is a change of engine to a 5-litre V8 holden and a 3-speed automatic transmission. Graeme said local businesses have already started helping out with mechanical, electrical and fabrication work for the vehicle and that its painting will start this week, after which, sponsor names will be affixed to it. Anyone wanting to make a donation, can either ring Jody (0488 092 415) or send cheques of money orders to P O Box 201, Cooktown, 4895. All donations are tax deductable.

Graeme and Jody Andrews wil be participating in this year’s Variety Club Bash, raising money for charity. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. “We will supply official receipts for all donations,” Jody said. “We’ll have a receipt book on us at all times, so anyone wanting to donate cash, they can be sure we will give them a receipt straight away.” The itinerary for the Bash is: May 27 - Lions Den; May 28 - Musgrave Station; May 29 - Weipa; May 30 - Bramwell Station; May 31 - Twin Elliot Falls; June 1 and 2 - Seisia; June 3 - Vrilya Point; June 5 - Chili Beach; June 6 - Archer River; and June 7 to 9 - Cooktown for the Discovery Festival.

Saturday is SLAM Day with top bands LIVE music enthusiasts are reminded of Saturday’s SLAM Day event being held at the Top Pub from 2pm. Being hosted by the Barefoot Belles, SLAM Day is a national event that represents the broader community and celebrates local musicians and the small venues that provide them with a place to play. Saturday’s lineup includes the Barefoot Belles, Rough ‘N

Ready, Lani Brouwer, Generator and Earth Beat. And the Wallaby Creek Festival will be manning an information and volunteer register tent for those who might be interested in being involved in the Cook Shire’s much-loved music festival. Local merchandise will be on sale also. The Australian live music industry is threatened by many

issues relating to liquor licensing, planning, environment protection, building code regulations and ever increasing rents and rates. Live music lovers are being encouraged to lead governments into thinking first about the impact of changing a public holiday, which might directly affect the success of many music festivals. For more info on SLAM Day visit the website: “”.


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Featuring • Barefoot Belles • Rough n Ready • Lani Brouwer • Generator • Earth Beat! Rough N Ready - Linda Martin, Michael Shay, Nelson Conboy, Jim Fay and Peter Herrmann will be performing at the Top Pub for SLAM Day on Saturday. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

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School leaders train in Cairns

ABOVE: Getting ready for the flight: (from left to right) Janice Haslop, Emma Smith, Greg from Daintree Air, Tayla Crosby, Cinaed Finall, Jade Snell, Serg Allam, Katherine Weson-Rosendale and Michael Slocombe. Alkirra Smallwood.

It’s a close knit group at the Rossville School EIGHT Year 7 students from Rossville State School flew to Cairns for the GRIP Student Leadership Conference on Tuesday, February 11. This is the Australia’s number one studenttraining course and students worked with school leaders from across the Cairns region focusing on team work and different ways of leading and working as a team. This course is part of Rossville State School’s Leadership program. The Leadership Team who completed this course last year were involved in organising school functions, a number of environmental projects, raising money to purchase “Learning Packs” to send to schools in Nepal as well as setting high standards throughout the school year. Students’ comments at the completion of the program included: “Leadership involves trust and is a big responsibility,” Serg.; “I learnt that everyone can be a leader,” Emma; “Be confident in your abilities,” Janice; and “Always be yourself,” Katherine. Attendance at the event would not have been possible without the support of Greg, Judy and Marty of Daintree Air who supplied the flights at cost price and Brett Crosby for the use of his “taxi” from Rossville to Cooktown Airport. A huge thank you goes to those those people. On another note, the school has added knitting to the wide range of extra curricula activities on offer. The school is lucky enough to have Carol Gavin come to the school every Wednesday and assist a number of children in developing their knitting skills. Talk in the playground is now not just about the latest cricket scores. Instead, you hear students telling each other how they “cast on” or how many rows they completed in the session. These sessions also develop personal skills such as persistence and patience. Students are currently aiming to complete their very own Teddy Bear. The school community would like to thank “Nanny Carol” for adding something unique to our school day. Michael Slocombe Principal

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ABOVE: Carol Gavin giving some tips to Eliza Sail. Photos submitted. BELOW: Even Grade 2 student Emma Cox is making her very own Teddy.

Janice Haslop working towards her very own Teddy Bear


Holidays at the real Cape York I’VE always liked wild places, and I don’t mind a bit of adventure. No, I’m not talking about the local pub on a Friday night. I mean really wild places, with miles and miles of bugger-all and so much nature you can choke on it. I suppose you have a different way of looking at things if you live there permanently, so perhaps it is best to visit the really special places for a holiday, and then go away and think about what you have seen. I am working on this year’s holiday plans just now and, you know what? I think I might spend a month on Cape York. It’s pretty big, and definitely wild, and there’s more nature than you could poke a stick at. Having said that, it’s not totally uninhabited, and there are a few indigenous communities along the coasts. I have just managed to find the telephone code - 299 - and as soon as the time difference lets me, I might call and start making arrangements. The best time to visit is definitely August, when daytime temperatures can reach a balmy 8o C. Much better than Christmas time, when the best you can hope for is -20 o C. That’s during the day. At night it will drop to -30 o C. Something wrong? Oh - I’m talking about the real Cape York, in the north-west of Greenland. Now that’s a place for proper adventurers. A rugged coastal environment, rich in seals, whales, birds, and friendly polar bears. You can swim quite safely as there are no crocodiles or stingers, but do be careful not to hurt yourself on the floating ice. It has something else in common with home. The first white face at the neighbouring North Pole was a naval officer, Admiral Robert Peary. His family raised a monument on the Cape in honour of his achievements. As befits an American and an Admiral, it puts poor old Captain Cook’s monument in the shade. You will probably need the shade to get out of the sun in that 80 C summer heat.

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will now be wasted. It is simply not good enough to shrug your shoulders and say, Oh, it was only Federal money anyway. The Minister always treats his travel expenses very seriously. The Minister recommends that Cape York residents listen to educated people like the Wilderness Society from Hobart. This society knows the tropics very well, and has a deep understanding of the important issues affecting the Cape. They can be trusted to recommend the very best for the area. We in Canberra know how important it is to maintain pristine natural areas and keep them safe from developments such as roads,

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entertainment, will be a highlight at the half-way mark of the competition, which will then be followed up by the traditional Sunday morning Poets Breakfast, where there is an open invitation to step up and perform for the public. The Championships will be held in the Pimlico Performing Arts Centre, Fulham Road, Pimlico. Nomination forms can be obtained by either emailing: bushpoetrymates@ or by going to: http:// townsvillebushpoetrymates.wordpress. com/

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housing and industry. T h e Department is now working on proactive planning for the next phase of community consultation to break the current stalemate. Given the negative results so far, it is quite clear we have been consulting the wrong people. We will be taking steps to identify Cape York residents who understand the broader picture and draw them into the decision making process. Once we find them and the

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business is settled, we will offer them the chance to attend a two week Eco-Tourism training course at the Semara 5-Star Resort Hotel in Bali. We a r e c o n f i d e n t t h a t , working together in a friendly environment, we can get the World Heritage declaration completed before the next election. Bruce O’Krat, Advisor to the Minister.

New categories in bush poetry championships THREE new categories have been added to the 2013 Australian Bush Poets Association Championships, which will be hosted by the Townsville Bush Poetry Mates between June 14-16. Nominations for one of the new categories, a Written Bush Poetry section for 18 years and over close on April 12, while two other nominations for the championships - an intermediate section, with Traditional, Modern and Original, Male and Female and and Open Duo section - close on May 10. A Saturday night concert, with the judges providing the evening’s

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A memo from the Minister THE Minister has asked me to express his disappointment with the delays over World Heritage listing for Cape York. He feels the whole issue has been mishandled and the Department will incur considerable expense for nothing. Airline tickets and hotel accommodations had already been booked for the Minister and his secretary to take a global fact-finding trip to various World Heritage areas, culminating in a working visit to UNESCO headquarters in Geneva during the next skiing season. As a result of the obstructive attitude of some Cape York trouble-makers, these tickets


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COMMUNITY “Everything that slows us down, teaches us patience. Everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” - May Sarton.

Perfect time for cuttings

ABOVE: A lline of frangipani, dracaena (happy plant) and yukka planted as cuttings directly into the ground between two poplar gums. A garden that would have otherwise ended up at the dump. Photo: MARTY PATTIE.


LEFT: A stem cutting.


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Customer Service Officer - applications close Correspondence Officer - applications close Coen Town Agent - applications close Local Sport & Recreation Coordinator - applications close


4–6 Defense Force Recruiting, Cooktown 18 Beat It exercise class commences 18 – 20 Ordinary Meeting of Cook Shire Council, 9:00am in Council Chambers 21 Harmony Day 21 National Close the Gap Day 27 Water Treatment Plant Operator applications close For information about more activities in our shire check out the 12 month Festivals and Events calendar on

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ChemClear has announced that its 5th Queensland collection will be held prior to the end of the current financial year. Holders of unwanted and out of date eligible products are reminded that only chemicals registered with the program will be collected. The booking line will close on 19 April 2013. All successful registrations are acknowledged by email or post. For further information visit, or freecall 1800 008 182.


The digital age has dramatically changed the way we do business. There are so many new technologies and constant changes that it can be hard to keep up with it all. The Get Up To Speed program is a 12 week online program designed to do just as it's name suggests, help your business get up to speed with new technologies, and to apply them to your business situation. For more information, visit If you are interested in this e-training opportunity please contact Council’s Economic Development and Community Services Director, Katrina Houghton on 4069 5444.

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WELCOME to our new gardening column. Each fortnight we will talk about gardening issues relevant to our local region, offer tips and advice and hopefully encourage more of us to get out and enjoy growing plants in the tropics. I have no letters after my name - all that I know about gardening comes from those more knowledgeable than I, or discovered via trial and error - which is all part of the fun. Gardening is an exercise in optimism. You need to learn to be optimistic, enterprising and above all, never satisfied. May Sarton once more: “A garden is always a series of losses, set against a few triumphs.” Our climate though, is just so conducive with successful gardening. Up until now, our wet season has entailed three days of monsoon rain in January. So far it’s been somewhat of a dud, but we’ve been blessed with adequate coastal showers to keep the ground moist and the humidity up. Fantastic growing conditions without the destructive amounts of rain . . . yet. The year we recorded our lowest recent February rainfall in Cooktown was 2005 (just 25mm). Then March brought Cyclone Ingrid and a very active monsoon that lasted well into April with oodles of rain. It’s a perfect time to take cuttings - any plant you would like to replicate, simply cut a piece off and stick it in some potting mix. To maximize the chance of propagation, use a rooting hormone, or just as effective


Cook Shire Council is seeking nominations for a Youth Economic Advisory Committee. Applicants are to be residents of Cook Shire aged 25 years or under and will be required to meet monthly. This group will provide valuable input into future aspirations and development of the region. Committee members will also have the opportunity to undertake various forms of training and personal development. Nominations will close 11 March 2013. Successful applicants will be formally announced during the Cooktown PCYC Youth Week celebrations in April 2013. For further information or to discuss nominating for this committee, please contact Council’s Economic Development and Community Services Director, Katrina Houghton on 4069 5444 or email


Do you enjoy a few relaxing laps of the pool early in the morning? Are you in training for fitness or competition? Council is happy to announce an increase in hours. The pool will now be open from 6:00am to 9:00am Monday to Friday. These times will continue until winter when opening hours will be reassessed. Afternoon hours remain unchanged – 1:00pm to 6:00pm Monday to Sunday. A reminder that the pool closes at 5:30pm on Wednesdays for classes.

can be honey - though it MUST be organic. You will be amazed at how easily things take root given a chance. The best time to take cuttings is early in the morning when the plants are full of moisture. Try both woody stem cuttings - about pencil thickness and length, and green tip cuttings. Cut with secateurs cleanly at the diagonal increasing the area that can take root. Remove the bottom leaves and cut the top ones in half directing the energy away from leaf and into developing root. Most plants will strike, from tip cuttings of basil to fleshy stem cuttings from trees such as golden penda. If you are unsure just give it a go - you’ve nothing to lose. Keep your tray or pots of cuttings sheltered from the direct sun, keep moist but not over watered, and in three to six weeks, new leaf shoots and roots should be developing. One of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings that are common to Cooktown is the frangipani - the method is simple: 1, Cut piece off (any size); 2. Leave sheltered for 2 or 3 weeks for cut to dry and “scab”; and 3. Stick in the ground. To finish - a riddle from the veggie garden: Q. What vegetable do you throw away the outside, cook the inside, eat the outside, and throw away the inside? A. Corn. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at:


Cape York Heritage House in Coen has received a Cook Shire Council Community Grant of $1899 to enable the update of displays and make digital photographic collections and oral histories more accessible to visitors and tourists via multimedia equipment.


Sealing of Battle Camp Road from Endeavour Valley Road to start of seal at Isabella Falls Bradbury Street works will be completed this week. Sealing will take place in conjunction with the sealing of John Street


TMR will provide up-to-date information about road conditions on the PDR via: • • 13 19 40 telephone hotline Cook Shire Council notifications of local road closures will be posted on the website as they occur and ROAD CLOSED signs will be erected as required. 5 tonne load limits are in place for: • Aurukun Road • Bamaga Road • Battle Camp • Musgrave / Strathgordon Road to


Road closures are in place for: • Lakefield Road • Mt Webb-Wakooka Road • Portland Roads Road to Lockhart River


100 Years On...

d Some of the crew of the John Douglas. Photo submitted.

Sylvia’s version of some R and R


Dancing Wave’s fate finally revealed CONTINUING the mystery of the disappearance of the Dancing Wave in the cyclone of 1913. February12, 1913 the Cairns Post reports: A Cape Bedford Mystery. “The Rev. H. Schwarz, Superintendent of Cape Bedford Mission Station, heliographed a message to Cooktown yesterday, stating he had heard several loud retorts, like cannons, to the north-east, at intervals of ten minutes. It was surmised that a vessel was on the reef. The Defence Department at Brisbane are not aware of any war vessel being in the vicinity. No vessel is available here to send out and ascertain what is the matter.” This was the first indication that the schooner might be north of Cooktown and bought the following response: February 14, 1913 - Cairns Post - “… The northward trend of the currents on this coast is well known, and past experience has proved again and again the extraordinary distance which drifting objects are carried in that direction. The ill-fated Valda, (1911) to take the most recent example, was discovered, it will be remembered, close to Cape Flattery, some 130 miles, north from Trinity Bay. At the, same point, too, the last of the search parties found what, were confidently believed to be the remains of the missing lighthouse-keeper from Low Island, and his two young children. Their boat in all probability, had drifted to that spot from the locality

Our oldest local scribbler, Sylvia Geraghty (94), has been writing of Writers’ her version of R. and R. - reminiscing and relaxing and also submitted Corner a poem for us to enjoy. “The Granadilla” By SYLVIA GERAGHTY Last week my friend Richie of Rossville made me a gift of a granadilla. As I had not seen, let alone tasted one for years, I was overjoyed for the granadilla is my favourite fruit and brings back many childhood memories of living at Rossville where every family grew the delicious fruit. A granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis) is about 14 inches ( 35cm.) long and is related to the passionfruit (Passiflora edulis). Both plants have white flowers touched with purple. The granadilla has a soft, paper-thin skin and is green when growing, but turns yellow when ripe. The flesh is white and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm.) thick. Inside, the flesh is a thick white bag which contains the seeds. These are much larger than passionfruit seeds and, to me, much nicer. This is how we served the granadilla: Cut the fruit in half lengthways. Scoop the seeds out into a bowl. Cut the fruit into slices and remove the thick white skin and throw it away. Peel the slices and cut into cubes and place these into a serving dish. Stir in half the seeds then spread the HI - people who meet the needs of “Which of these remainder on top. Serve as it is or with those around them. three do you think a baked or boiled custard. (We had no Today, let the Word of God speak was a neighbour icecream in those days.) to you, as we meditate on taking to the man who From the Pulpit My Mum made sweet pies or jam or every opportunity to do good to fell into the hands chutney also from the fruit just before others. of robbers?” The expert in the law they ripened. Luke 10:30-37 In reply, Jesus replied, “The one who had mercy “A Prayer of Thanks” said: “A man was going down from on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do By SYLVIA GERAGHTY Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell likewise.” I’m sitting on the bank of a river into the hands of robbers. They We all have things to do, places to And have just said a little prayer, stripped him of his clothes, beat him go, people to see, deadlines to meet. Thanking God for the beauty He has created and went away, leaving him half Most of us just seem to be “so” busy! For all of us to share. dead. A priest happened to be going However, we are also all instructed A soft breeze is whispering through the trees down the same road, and when he by Jesus to: “Go and do likewise.” And little birds are calling to their mates. saw the man, he passed by on the Helping others - meeting the needs What a pleasant change it is for me other side. So too, a Levite, when of strangers, friends and enemies For I live in town on a busy street. he came to the place and saw him, alike - is not always convenient. It’s So, thank You once again, dear Lord, passed by on the other side. But a also not always cheap - but it’s always For guiding me here to relax Samaritan, as he travelled, came God’s will. And there is one thing I can assure You where the man was; and when he saw Today, I want to give us one It won’t be long before I’ll be back. him, he took pity on him. He went simple encouragement, and perhaps a to him and bandaged his wounds, challenge: If we see a need today, ask If you have penned some lines in pouring on oil and wine. Then he yourself , “Can I help this person?” verse or prose suitable for our column, put the man on his own donkey, took And if the answer is yes - do it. email them to: thekellers@bigpond. him to an inn and took care of him. I wonder if, sometimes when we com or editor@cooktownlocalnews. The next day he took out two silver pray about a need someone has, that or post them to: P O Box 645, coins and gave them to the innkeeper. we should act on instead? Cooktown, 4895. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when Have an awesome week! Dianne Keller I return, I will reimburse you for Pastor Wayne Brennan, Cooktown Writers’ Group. any extra expense you may have.’ Cooktown Community Church.

of Port Douglas, ([1907) for it is believed by those who found the bones that the three unfortunates had reached the place alive. Again, when the Cooktown pilot boat (1907) was struck by a cyclone off Cape Bedford and forced to turn back, it was on two islets to the north of Cape Flattery that relics of her were afterwards identified. Then, in the Leonta Cyclone, (1903) Captain Andreasson, of Port Douglas, was caught with his schooner in the vicinity of Port Douglas, and was driven by the storm more than 50 miles to the north of Cooktown before he could begin his return. In the Lizard Island tragedy, Mrs Watson’s tank, an object whose movements provide a fair test of drifting and drifting alone, travelled from Lizard Island to the Howick Group, in a northwesterly direction. In short, all the evidence seems to point to the northward drift, of anything floatable in these waters, and it would be interesting, to learn whether a disabled boat on the North Queensland coast has ever been picked up at a point southward of that from which it started. The possibility of the Dancing Wave being north of Cooktown seems fully worth considering”. Obviously the authorities sent the crew of John Douglas to investigate, for on February 18, the Cairns Post reported that a lifebuoy and wreckage had been found found - “It was reported from Cape Bedford that the mission

last night had picked up the Dancing Wave’s lifebuoy on the beach, and much timber was seen between Cape Bedford and Cape Flattery”. While on February 20, it was reported that the John Douglas had: “Returned this afternoon from search. Found much new sawn timber between Indian Head and Nob Point, also on Low Island, Three Islands, and

Two Islands. Also received lifebuoy from Rev. Swartz, Cape Bedford Mission, lettered Dancing Wave, found on beach four miles south from mission station. Large quantity timber broken, no log timber seen”. There were more reports of wreckage which I will bring next week as well as a rather disturbing twist to the end of this story.

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MOSQUITOES It is that time of the year again. As the wet season arrives so do the mosquitoes. Residents are advised to check once a week (why not when you take your rubbish out?) for potential mosquito breeding sites. Tip out, flush out, discard or dry store any containers capable of holding water, such as: pot plant bases and self watering pot-plants; vases; buckets; tarpaulins and black plastic; toys; old tyres; boats and trailers; tin cans and plastic containers; roof guttering; rainwater tanks and septic tanks with damaged or missing screens; birdbaths; drain sumps; fallen palm fronds; coconut shells; etc. It is also a good idea to use plug-in mosquito zappers, coils, and use surface spray under tables, chairs and beds for the prevention of diseases carried by mosquitoes in the home. For further enquiries please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer on 4069 5444. Stephen Wilton Chief Executive Officer 24 January 2013

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COOKTOWN STATE SCHOOL OFF to a GREAT START IT has been a fantastic start to the school year at Cooktown State School and the students and teachers are excited to be back in the classrooms. We are very happy with the way students have returned to school and are practising our rule of being a, “Safe respectful learner”. Each week as part of our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support process, teachers and students have been working together to ensure our

classrooms allow for maximum engagement and learning. Students have been keen to be a part of developing the positive message posters, which include designing the layout and taking photos of students demonstrating the correct behaviour. These resources are being used across our school from Prep classrooms to the Senior Secondary classrooms and the students are excited to see themselves in print.

ABOVE: Ray Robson - Year 9 Science. BELOW: Daniel Hartwig, Daniel O’Neill and Peter Hang - Year 8 Mathematics.

Our classrooms are also providing great learning opportunities for students who are already hard at work. With the introduction of History in the Australian Curriculum, all students from Prep to Year 10 are completing the same work in English, Mathematics, Science and History to the same standards as other students in Australia. We are very proud of the way the students have handled the transition

to the Australian Curriculum and have already seen some exceptional standards of work from students across the school. The students are displaying dedication to their work and are focused on setting themselves goals to continually improve. With this in mind, remember to ask your child if they have any homework or assignments to complete. If students are sure they don’t have any homework, encourage them to review

PHOTOS: CHRIS STEWART the concepts they were taught that day or ask them to tell you five things they learnt in class. Remember the teachers are always willing to talk to you about any school related issues so please call to arrange a time to meet with them or have a phone chat when you have a moment. Melinda Stewart Acting Head of Department Junior Secondary

ABOVE: Riley Mollison and Oscar Delahunty – Year 1. Denasia Woibo, Margaret Smallwood, Ronin Saunders, Amber Ross-Kelly BELOW: Aleisha Lyons (front) with Isabella Sabatino and and, Charlie Mollison – Year 3 / 4. Mia Serginsen (back) – Year 3 / 4.

Dannielle Matthews, Katie Jenkins and Deb McLean (teacher) - Year 11/12 Mathematics.

ABOVE: Dean Casey - Year 8 reading in the library. BELOW: Darcie Sieverding, Brianna Vela and Bayley Thomas Year 10 Science.

ABOVE LEFT: Rexlyn Gordon and Myeisha Swain Year 10 Art. ABOVE RIGHT: Austin McClementsMorse, Celt Lee, Sian King, Christopher Lusk, Kelly O’Sullivan and Richard King - Year 11/12 Mathematics. LEFT: Broyden Rosendale - Year 8 Art “Contrast print/ art work.” RIGHT: Lily Hale and Sam Midgley - Year 11/12 Mathematics. Khya Witheridge - Year 10 Science.

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ABOVE: Q-cumbers proprietor Melanie Newbound and Linda Rowe discuss the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables. BELOW: Kiah and Lily Batemberski and Ashlee Madden were among the younger set who enjoyed the Expo atmosphere.

ABOVEl Joubert Bredillet learning co-ordination as well as getting confidence in climbing a ladder with the help of Kirsty Wilding-Davies at the Kindy Gym stall. BELOW: Different forms of equipment were used by Little As instructor Chanelle Oldaker in teaching shot putting techniques. She is seen here with Kellie-Rose Jerome who is getting her grip right on a toy.

WHERE do we park? That was the one question on the lips of anyone attending Cooktown’s first “Integrated Health and Wellbeing Expo” being held at the PCYC Events Centre last Saturday. There were very few vacant parking spaces available at the Centre or in the surrounding streets for what was arguably the largest crowd to attend a function since the opening of the Events Centre. Sandy Jones, one of the Expo’s organisers, said the response to the event had gone beyone their wildest dreams. “We’re very thrilled with the number of stall holders, the number of people who came to it and the wonderful help and support we got from the volunteers who either manned stalls or helped set up and clean up after it was over. “It was a real community event.” About 50 expressions of interest in holding stalls were received by the organisers, but 38 actually participated, with 10 unable to come because of problems with transport. “As well as the 38 stall holders, there were other presenters as well,” she said. There was plenty of variety on offer for patrons, with interactive stalls involving Little Athletics, Zumba, Yoga, Meditation, the PCYC gym and Kindy Gym and information stalls on healthy eating, living and fitness providing real value for the gold coin donation people were asked to make to the event. And true to its theme of healthy living, soft drinks and fast food were


banned from the event. “There no sweet drinks on sale there,” Sandy said. “But juices and water were available, while the CWA ladies provided a range of specially-cooked healthy treats and there was healthy Asian food available too. “And of course, fruit and vegetables and dried foods were on sale too.” Although no estimate of the number who attended the Expo is available, it is known that people travelled from Cairns, Townsville and the Tablelands to sample what was on offer. Some local businesses also saw financial benefit syphoned off from the Expo with the town’s accommodation venues booked out for Saturday night. Sandy said that she and the other organisers were very grateful for the support received from the Healthy Communities Initiative, Cook Shire Council’s Community Services Branch and the PCYC management and staff. “Without the financial and in-kind support we received from those areas, the Expo would not have been the huge success it was,” Sandy said. “And of course there’s also the volunteers and all the organisers, the total of which was 65. “I’ll say it again, it was a real community event and showed just how strong people’s interest is in integrated health. “We’ve had an enormously positive response from a number of areas, which is very encouraging for us to think about doing it all again next year.”

ABOVE: Rosetta Smith gets good advice from Margaret Plant of Majick Moments. BELOW: Cooktown Local News Living Well columnist Clare Richards at her stall discussing locally grown fruit and vegetables and herbs with Scott White.

ABOVE: Dr Deidre Brophy discusses total health and thermal imaging with Richard Lee. BELOW: Zumba fitness instructor Tess Buhmann’s stall featured flyers and video clips and the occasional impromptu demonstration. ABOVE: Fitness, coconut oil and chia seeds were the main features of a stall run by Judy Irwin and Sandy Jones, seen here with Joe and Eddie Ford. BELOW: Savanah Frame, Noah Jerome, Cameron Johnson, Ben Keegan and Jeneen Clark testing their aerobic fitness levels at the Cooktown Little As stall at Saturday’s Health and Well-Being Expo.

Saturday’s Health and Well Being Expo attracted a large crowd to the Events Centre.

Nancy Day and Lina Fidanza giving a cooking demonstration.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Double Trouble 10:20 What I Wrote 10:30 Arrows Of Desire 11:00 Catalyst: On The Road 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 Last Of The Summer Wine 2:00 Waterloo Road 2:45 Mosaic: Eyes On The World 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Doctor Who 6:50 Miniscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 QI: Girls And Boys - It’s a battle of the sexes when QI looks at Girls and Boys, with guests Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig, Ronni Ancona and Jack Dee. 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Brotherly Love - A delirious prisoner on death row tells Dr Lucien Blake he is innocent of the police shooting for which he is soon to hang. Dr Blake pulls out all stops to uncover the truth. 9:25 Silk: Martha is coerced into defending a policewoman accused of racism; Mark Draper, the teenager whom she successfully defended on a cottaging charge, has been arrested for murder; and Billy sets a trap for Clive. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 My Family: Accusin’ Susan 11:35 Rage 5:00 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 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 The Big Bang Theory: The Justice League Recombination - The guys get Zack and Penny to join their Justice League costume for a New Year’s Eve bash at the comic book store. 8:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:20 Movie: “Deliverance” (M) - A weekend camping trip through the mountain wilderness turns into a terrifying nightmare for four men. Based on the novel by James Dickey. 2:30 The Avengers: The Bird Who Knew Too Much 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: “Lucy” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - With Nelson in custody, it appears that things between Casey and Tamara are going to be okay. Despite meeting Rosie’s little sister, Sasha’s still convinced something’s not right with Rosie. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 11:30 Family Guy: Peterotica - Peter becomes a best-selling erotic Novelist, Carter’s life is ruined when he is sued for publishing Peter’s books on tape, while Stewie trains for the Olympics. 12:00 Movie: “Alien Abduction” (M) In the middle of a Thanksgiving dinner, a flash of light marks the beginning of a terrifying night for the McPherson family. 2:00 Auction Squad 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 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: Australia 6:00 TBA 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monty Halls’ Great Irish Escape 8:30 The Christchurch Earthquake: When a City Falls 9:35 As It Happened: Dig World War II 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Left Bank” (MA a,v,n,s) In Flemmish. When 22-year-old Marie discovers that the previous tenant of her boyfriend’s apartment had mysteriously vanished without trace, she begins to investigate the circumstances. Becoming completely obsessed, she eventually finds that her new neighbourhood may be a dangerous, satanic place and that some mysteries should be left alone. 1:00 Ko Ho Nas : Faced with a cross cultural mid-life crisis, 46-year-old comedian Simon Palomares is going back to Spain, a country he left when he was 10, to try his hand at comedy in his native tongue and also to take care of some family matters. Together with his friend and guide, Spanish comedian Jorge Segura, he travels around Spain and enters the bloody gladiatorial arena of stand-up comedy. 2:00 UCI Track World Championships 2013: Day 3


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Eggheads 1:30 Movie: “Invaders From Mars” (G) 2:45 TBA 3:00 The Navigators: Baudin vs Flinders 4:00 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 1 6:00 TBA 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise: Miss Audrey develops a mysterious illness which provokes a rivalry between Denise and Clara. Katherine enjoys the effect Peter is having on her life, but is it enough to banish all thoughts of Moray? 8:30 Grand Designs: Braintree - Artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode Adams take on the conversion of a huge grade two listed timberframed barn in the Essex countryside. It is so big that Kevin wonders if it will ever make a cosy and comfortable home. 9:20 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Death by Miss Adventure - Phryne sends Dot undercover to work in a factory to help solve the murder of one of its female employees. 10:15 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 11:05 TBA 11:35 Rage: Guest Programmer 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 The Bottom Line 12:30The New Adventures Of Old Christine 1:00 Same Name 2:00 World Club Challenge Rugby League 4:00 The Block: All Stars 5:00 National News 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:40 Movie: “The Omega Man” (M) In 1977, a medical researcher, the sole survivor of a germ warfare, develops a curative serum from his own blood in an attempt to preserve humanity. 1:30 Movie: “Sum Of Existence” (AV) Liz Murphy is a normal, vivacious teen, who was brutally assaulted by a stranger and left to die. Unable to deal with the assault, her parents enlist the help of Dr. Juliet King, who uses a new therapy to cure Liz. 3:10 The Baron 4:00 Danoz 5:30 Wesley Impact

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6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Gilligans Island 10:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 11:00 Movie: “My Dog Skip” (G) 1:00 Movie: “Escape To Victory” (PG) 3:30 Wildlife Man Featuring David Ireland 4:30 Manly Surf 5:00 National News 5:30 Customs 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Block: All Stars 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Little Red Corvette - The team investigate a geologist’s homicide, which Lisbon believes is linked to Tommy Volker and therefore can lead to his downfall. 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Strip Maul 10:30 CSI: Miami: F-T-F 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Global Shop Direct 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 - Weekend 11:00 Iron Chef Australia 12:00 Movie: “The Woodlies Movie” (C) 1:40 That ‘70s Show 2:10 Movie: “Brief Encounter” (PG) 4:30 Live Healthy, Be Happy 5:00 Drive Thru Australia 5:30 Great Southeast 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 The Force - Behind The Line 8:30 Downton Abbey - Edith’s happiness is overshadowed by her family’s opposition to her plans regarding Anthony Strallan but will their disapproval change things? 9:40 Castle 11:40 Law & Order: LA : Raseda 12:35 Special: Cameltrain Downstream 1:35 Room For Improvement 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Wheel2Wheel: Australia 3:30 Lyndey and Blair’s Taste of Greece: Olympia 4:00 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Tokyo 5:00 Cycling Central 5:35 Rex In Rome: Flags At Half Mast 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: The Skeletons of Windypits 8:30 Wonders Of The Solar System: The Thin Blue Line 9:35 Guilty Pleasures - This light-hearted documentary follows three real-life fans of the romantic novels of Mills & Boon and their quest for true love. Demure Japanese housewife Hiroko yearns to be swept off her feet by a dashing David Beckham look-alike; single mum Shirley has finally found love, but her hero has a dark side; and feisty Indian princess Shumita is out to get her husband back. And proving that truth is stranger than fiction, one glamorous Mills & Boon author named Gill Sanderson, actually turns out to be Roger, a pensioner writing from a caravan. 10:30 UCI Track World Championships 2013: Day 5 1:20 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Inside Science 10:50 I Maths 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 1:20 Dream Build 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Country House Rescue 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 Small Island 1:05 Movie: “The Old Dark House” (PG) 2:20 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 3:20 Rage 4:10 Gardening Australia: Shorts 4:20 Movie: “Go Chase Yourself” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The 85th Annual Academy Awards 3:00 Joanna Lumley’s Nile 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 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Kripke Inversion - Sheldon is outraged, and his confidence takes a hit, when he’s forced to work with his nemesis, Barry Kripke. Meanwhile, Howard and Raj shell out big bucks for action figures of themselves 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Bus Pants Utilization 9:30 The 85th Annual Academy Awards - From Hollywood, join host Seth McFarlane for the 85th Academy Awards. Aussie’s up for nomination include Hugh Jackman for his role in Les Miserables, Naomi Watts for The Impossible and Jackie Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook. 12:00 The Block: All Stars 1:00 Extra 1:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop 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: “Blood On Her Hands” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Natalie and Zac begin a romantic relationship, Brax has to fix the mess Heath has made of Angelo’s in his absence and Jamie is intimidated into beating up Casey. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Revenge: Intuition - Playing with the Graysons is definitely playing with fire, and Amanda learns that the hard way. Meanwhile, Emily and Aiden each become blindsided, and the wheels start turning as Daniel begins to take matters into his own hands. 9:45 How I Met Your Mother 10:45 The Mindy Project 11:15 Happy Endings 12:15 Last Chance Learners 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Road Home” (G) 2:30 My Family Feast: Greek 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: Chile 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: Mind, Body and Spirit 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Fixing A Flat 8:35 Man vs Wild: Georgia: Eastern Europe 9:35 RocKwiz: Helen Croome & Jordi Davieson 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Following a hurricane which destroys his town, Morris is whisked away to a colourful old house full of books which come alive and interact with him spreading happiness in the community. Winner, Academy Award for Best Animated Short 2012. (G); Logorama Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city and even more in Logorama! (M) 1:05 My Family UK: Cup Of Tea 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Real Chinese 10:40 Nile 10:55 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:20 Theatreland 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Time Team 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 At The Movies 9:35 Artscape 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:03 The Language Man 2:05 Basketball: WNBL 4:05 Catalyst Bytes 4:15 Movie: “Time Is My Enemy” (PG) 5:15 Big Ideas Sampler 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 The Big Bang Theory: Booked Solid 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Love Car Displacement - Tension runs high when everyone is staying at the same hotel for a science event and Bernadette runs into her ex-boyfriend. 9:00 Two Broke Girls: And Too Little Sleep 9:30 Two And A Half Men: Run, Steven Staven! Run! 10:00 Anger Management: Charlie’s Dad Break Bad 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop 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: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” (PG) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Brax promises to help Heath win back visitation with Darcy, Indi and Romeo prove to themselves they can own their own business and Brax is furious with Zac for letting Casey be beaten up. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Packed To The Rafters: Displacement - Julie is in denial that Ted may have dementia and Dave carefully voices his own concerns about Ted’s condition but Julie doesn’t want to discuss it. Jake is still having issues with Alex who’s partying too hard. 9:45 TBA 11:45 Against The Wall 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: “Ca$h” (M l,v) 2:50 McLaren’s Negatives 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Patagonia Cafe 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Vinve Colosimo 8:35 Insight: Saving Lives 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Sandcastle” (M s,l) In Mandarin. About to begin his mandatory enlistment in the Singaporean army, 18-year-old En is on the cusp of a personal transformation. His first romance, the death of his grandfather and his mother’s love affair with an officer all take their toll on the teen. However, it’s his new-found knowledge of his late father’s student activism that has the greatest influence on him. . 12:45 Anna Pihl - The killer rapist is still at large and Anna offers to act as bait in an attempt to catch him. She has plenty of backup but her dad says the police have underestimated the killer’s intelligence. 1:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 For The Juniors 10:15 Ace Day Jobs 10:20 My Great Big Adventure 10:40 Behind The News Specials 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs: Wales 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 QI: Jack And Jill 9:00 The Agony Of Life 9:35 Would I Lie To You? 10:00 Bored To Death: Forty-Two Down! 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 Identity 12:20 Durham County 1:15 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:15 Long Story Short 3:10 Rage 4:10 Movie: “Room Service” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 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: Challenge Day - Scotty presents the teams with two challenges that bring out the artist and the car enthusiast in the All Stars. It’s a race to finish three rooms for judging and for one couple, second thoughts on paint colour mean they can’t see eye to eye. 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:00 The Block: All Stars 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop 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 1:00 Movie: “As Time Runs Out” 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Liam continues lifting money from the till. Romeo gives Casey a job at the gym. April worries she’s pushed Dex into going back to uni too soon. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 TBA 9:45 TBA 10:15 World’s Wildest Police Videos 11:15 Air Crash Investigations: Impossible Landing - United Airlines Flight #232 is 37,000 feet over Iowa when one of its three engines explodes. The pilots shut it down but soon discover they have a much more serious problem on their hands. 12:15 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

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Jung In Europa 10:10 La Mappa Misteriosa 10:30 TBA 11:00 Rodney’s Robot Revolution 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Play It Again Sam” (M) 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 TBA 6:30 Deadly 60: On A Mission 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst: On The Road 8:30 Making Couples Happy :) - Sex takes centre stage as the couples explore passion and intimacy. Darren and Laney revitalise their relationship with a trip to the trapeze school, while Alison’s 50th birthday party leads to an unexpected breakthrough. 9:30 The Midwives 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Seven Ages Of Britain: Age Of Worship 12:30 The Clinic 1:25 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:30 NTFL: Qualifying Final 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 Hot Property 8:30 The Mentalist: The Red Barn 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Risky Business Class - Five people are killed in a small plane crash a mile off the Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, Sara begins to feel the strain of having a long-distance relationship with Grissom when one of her former lovers becomes involved in the investigation. 10:30 CSI: NY: Flash Pop 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop 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 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Dex and April take a break. Jett can’t physically defend himself against Tilda because she is a girl. Spencer and Maddy are reunited and decide to stay in Summer Bay with Roo and Harvey. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Bones: The Archaeologist in the Cocoon - The team investigates the murder of a well-known archeologist with a questionable reputation, who came upon a career-defining discovery right before his death 9:45 TBA 10:45 TBA 11:45 Up All Night 12:15 Last Chance Learners 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 The Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? 2:30 My Family Feast: Chinese 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Dragon’s Blood 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: Crossing the Border 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Safari 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feasts: Morocco 9:35 24 Hours in Emergency: A Good Life 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 12:05 Movie: “Have Mercy On Us All” (M l,v,n) In French. When Inspector Adamsberg and his partner investigate a series of unusual deaths, it looks like the plague has returned to the streets of Paris. As news of the purported outbreak reaches the press, widespread panic soon erupts on the streets, and Adamsberg is in a race against time to locate the perpetrator before mass hysteria takes hold. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

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AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may be a little over-sensitive to a personal remark. This person’s attempts to get a reaction out of you may almost succeed! Romance. Communications with your partner are likely to be very healthy at the moment. A meeting later in the week will go well. What’s next is unpredictable.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

You will never finish everything that you have to do. You must either get help or decide to leave some things for later. Can you chance leaving things unfinished? Romance. Good communications will be absolutely essential. You must say what you mean as clearly as possible. Speak up!

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A friend that you used to know well will shortly be coming back into your life. This person may have changed a little, however. Romance. An improvement in your social life will pay dividends. You’ll soon be in great demand! Make sure you are ready for such a demanding schedule.


TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) If you got paid on the basis of the amount you speak, you would make a lot of money this week! It’s better if you kept some things to yourself. Romance. You don’t always have to please your partner. Your finances are not infinite and some things may have to be put off for the moment.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You may be a little too keen on the details of a new purchase. Don’t let this deter you from enjoying this new gadget. You bought it for a reason, right? Romance. You will feel slightly ignored this week. Don’t make too large of an issue about it. Your voice will be heard at some point.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Your colleagues will appreciate your openness. A recent discussion will show them that you are orientated and that you mean business. Romance. A person whose intentions are a little suspect may have their eyes on you this week. Don’t make any judgements until you know more.


LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Your parents may seem to be taking a slightly closer interest in your life than you might like. Gently remind them that you need privacy. Romance. Although you are normally a very sociable person, you may need to spend some time alone. Unfortunately, your partner may feel rejected.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Jealousies within the family could be having a much stronger effect than you realise. Try to iron out the problems before they get out of hand. Romance. Some recent changes in your relationship may leave you outside of your comfort zone. Your partner may be feeling the same way.

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LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

You will be in fighting mood this week. So long as you are not too pushy, you will get exactly what you are after. Choose your fights wisely. Romance. Your partner will be much more helpful than usual. Make a small todo list for them to complete and you both will feel accomplished.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

You may finally pluck up courage to ask for an improvement at work. Plan your points well so that you can be direct, but not pushy. Romance. Your partner will be in a suspiciously good mood this week. Don’t spend too much time finding out why. Instead, jump on board!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

– Robert Heinlein


Your good mood will make a big difference your daily life. Infuse each moment with positive vibes. Romance. A favourable aspect between your Ruling Planet and Mars will give your love-life just what it needs this week. It’s much needed as you feel your relationship has been stifling lately.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Put off making any major changes for a while. You need to wait until you are feeling a little more secure. Romance. Do something positive to improve your love-life. Take the initiative in making an important change. Look elsewhere for a potential mate as your usual place isn’t working.

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Cooktown Local News 21 - 27 February 2013 – 15


Volunteers help finish tree-planting job HOT and humid conditions failed to deter a small band of keen, environmentallyconscious band of volunteers who turned up at Rossville on Sunday to help the South Cape York Catchments finish a tree planting project.

Last Sunday’s group of volunteers who helped finish the tree planting project at Rossville. Photos submitted.

SCYC Co-ordinator Jason Carroll said the location now has 740 trees planted and mulched. “We’ve achieved our aim of creating a wildlife corridor from River Road to the Wallaby Creek has been achieved,�

Mulching at the Rossville project.

Jason said. “Those trees will now shade out the weeds and provide animals with, habitat, food, and sheltered access to the creek.� He said Sunday was a really successful day, which saw a great turn-up of people.

“Planting was followed by a cool swim and a yummy barbecue,� he said. “We owe a big vote of thanks to the people who gave us a hand. It went a long way towards us getting the job finished on Sunday.�

Trees being planted in rows at Rossville.

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Call me bird brain HOW smart is the cassowary? Is it as smart as the butcher bird? Strange to think that once we thought that only humans were smart enough to use tools. Then over time, we discovered that a whole range of animals and birds used tools in a variety of ways. Recently, Nic and Michelle Mulchay, two Ape Psychologists visited the Daintree and Wujal areas. That’s Ape Psychologists - people who study apes. Not the other way around. They’ve just finished a very happy and worthwhile stint in Brisbane and are based in Switzerland before their next adventure. They’ve spent a lot of their working life in Singapore Zoo. Anyway, Nick and Michelle had some fascinating stories to tell, especially about the immense strength and terrifying behaviour of chimps.

Cooper Creek cassowary with stripey chick. Photos: MIKE D’ARCY. Gloria Kulka with ape psychologists Michele and Nic Mulcahey and Alberto Stochino at Wujal.

We got talking about tool use among animals generally. Chimpanzees in East and West Africa use four tools to obtain honey, all gathered together for that specific purpose and used sequentially. They start with a battering stick, then a chisel-like stick, followed by a hard-pointed stick, finally ending with a long slender flexible dip stick to pull out the honey. Each tool is used in a specific sequence, and sometimes constructed by clipping, peeling, stripping or splitting the wood to the desired specifications. New Caledonian crows are famous for their ingenious tool fabrication, both in the wild and in captivity. Famously, they have been observed in the wild using sticks with their beaks to extract insects from logs. Crows in urban Japan have innovated a technique to crack hard-shelled nuts

by dropping them onto crosswalks and letting them be run over and cracked by cars. They then retrieve the cracked nuts when the cars are stopped at the red light. Macaws have been shown to utilize rope to fetch items that would normally be difficult to reach. There are even stories about Australian kites picking up and carrying burning sticks to light fires further away. Fact or legend? It’s certainly smart, if true. I couldn’t guess whether the cassowary or the butcher bird is the smarter. I guess we need a bird psychologist to do some research. If you have any examples of tool use in animals in the wild in Australia, please let me know. Nic and Michelle were fascinated to learn how our North Queensland butcher bird can impale an over-size insect or reptile on a thorn, or wedges them between the fork of a branch - the better

to pull them apart. Definitely tool use. Just before we left for a trip to study wildlife in Brazil, the Cairns Regional Council published the Cape Trib Road Link Development Plan. If agreed to by the Wet Tropics Management Authority, it is expected that work on Woobadda Crossing would proceed as soon as possible. Features of the Plan, most of which would be fulfilled over the long term, include: • Sealing from Cape Trib to Emmagen Creek, and from De Garra to the Bloomfield River; • Essentially leaving the bulk of the road unsealed to preserve the wilderness/ adventure experience; • Woobadda Crossing to Q5 flood immunity level; • Improvement to Tachalbadga to protect downstream from contaminants; • Some improvements right through the road to decrease muddy run-off and

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Making Stir Fry Magic Simple, quick, chuck-together meals are the go, particularly on a week night. The recipe below uses all the sorts of herbs which are easy to grow up here and easy to source at the Cooktown Markets on a Saturday morning. You can substitute lean pork loin for the chicken breast and cook a bit longer, or a firm fish such as Spanish mackerel, and cook a bit less and cut into larger pieces to help it hold together. Adding a few herbs to your

meals every day quietly does a lot for your health and well-being, as well as being a great flavour booster that can help us to cut back on our use of salt and fat in our cooking. There are some other simple ways to easily add herbs and spices to your meals. When steaming your rice for instance, add 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder to the pot. It will give you spectacular, golden-yellow rice, and add beneficial curcurmin to your meals as well. Curcumin is a substance in turmeric which is

being extensively studied for its health benefits, including antiinflammatory properties which are why it is used to assist arthritis sufferers and is being studied for its beneficial effects on preventing cancer and heart disease. A few pods of cardamom seeds, a cinnamon stick and one or two star anise are also lovely flavour additions which can go into the rice pot to add some extra flavour and starry spice goodness. Just lift them out when the rice is cooked, and serve your no-fuss, super boosted, flavour-enhanced

rice! 2 teaspoons wheat-free cornflour 2 tablespoons reduced-salt soy sauce ½- 2/3 cup chicken stock (or water if you don’t have stock) 2 teaspoons oil 250g chicken breast, skin removed and cut into thin strips 2-4 cloves of garlic, sliced finely 2 tablespoons finely sliced ginger or young galangal (about ½ size of your palm) 1 medium-large onion cut into

8 wedges then teased apart 2 medium carrots, sliced thinly 2-4 large mild chillies, sliced lengthways and deseeded, or 1 large diced capsicum 1 bunch snake beans, or 4-6 winged beans, cut into 3cm lengths 1 bunch Asian greens, leaves separated, (bok choy, tatsoi, pak choy) or 1 cup of roughly chopped cabbage Fresh torn herbs to serve, such as Thai basil, long leaf coriander, mint, Vietnamese mint, etc. In a small bowl, mix the corn-

flour and soy sauce to a smooth paste, then stir in stock. Heat oil in a wok or large pan and stir-fry chicken until almost cooked. Set aside. Add garlic, ginger or galangal, onion, carrots, and chilli or capsicum to the wok and cook for 2 minutes on a high heat. Return chicken to the wok, add beans and Asian greens and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour cornflour mix into the wok and stir through until the sauce is cooked clear and glossy. Serve on steamed rice topped with fresh torn herbs.

Don’t leave fish and bait where crocs lie in wait

FISHERS are being warned not to discard fish frames and bait at boat ramps and estuarine fishing spots, as it increases the risk of crocodiles coming into contact with people. “It’s very dangerous behaviour and we’re seeing more of it,” Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Wildlife Director Rebecca Williams said. “In croc country, leaving fish and bait scraps can encourage crocs to come into the area where the scraps

are discarded.When rangers investigate crocodile reports, they are often confronted with fish and bait scraps.” Ms Williams said fish frames and bait were much in evidence during a recent investigation into a crocodile sighting in the Herbert River downstream from Ingham. “The homeowner reported the croc had a fish frame in its mouth, and we have little doubt that that is what attracted it to the area. It’s vitally important that people exercise Crocwise behaviour in known Croc Country.”

Being Crocwise includes: • Never leaving food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp; • Obeying croc warning signs; • Not swimming in waterways where crocs may live and remembering that crocodiles also swim in the ocean; • Standing back from the water when fishing or cast netting; • Never provoking, harassing or feeding crocs; and • Always supervising children.

Ms Williams said crocodiles are more active in the summer mating season where they are moving around looking for a mate and a nesting site. She said crocodile sightings could be reported to EHP at any time on 1300 130 372 and the department investigated all crocodile reports it receives. Further information on crocodiles and being Crocwise is available on EHP’s website at www.ehp.

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Leave the mowing for the windy weekends

Craig Hall with a cobia (black kingfish) caught on PE tackle (husser glow). Photo submitted.

ANGLERS have taken advantage of the spell of calm weather with many days and nights of very “fishable” weather. Results have been encouraging with solid captures from inshore and offshore waters - fingermark on soft plastics around the headlands and large mouth nannygai and red emperor from the deep, cooler water. Spear-fishers have also enjoyed a good run of clean, clear water with good numbers of trout and a few painted-crays finding their way into their creels. Lure casters are having a ball as well, chasing barra and jacks around the flats with fair results, while bait fisherman have landed their share as well, with

gar and mullet as live baits the barra can’t resist. The odd grunter off the rock wall and trevally and barra from the Wharf are also being landed. On the 7-day forecast the weather looks calm, so offshore fishing is an option for next week. The evenings have been calm, so an afternoon headland trip could be on the cards to target fingermark. Best take advantage of these calm days and leave the mowing for a windy weekend. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

Cooktown’s netball dominance continues against Hope Vale By FIONA JARDEN with GARY HUTCHISON COOKTOWN’S convincing 39-16 defeat of Hope Vale in Monday night’s netball clash at the Events Centre made it three-from-three for the home side. But the Cooktown outfit did not have it all their own way, with the visitors taking the honours in the fourth quarter of the hard-fought encounter. Fluid play right across the court gave Cooktown the edge in the first three quarters. Quick mid-court transitions, accurate shooting and an in-your-face, niggling defence found the Hope Vale girls wanting and looking for answers. Hope Vale’s positional play quite often had then in trouble during the first half. Frequently when on the attack, most of their team swarmed into their half, only to see Cooktown counter-attack with intercepts and bullet-like passes to unmarked players in open court and then on to an undefended goal. Impressive aerial intercepts from Mitch Roe, Antony Owen and Iimmy Robertson, along with the sharp, accurate passing and positional play of speedy mid-courters Jess Clarke and Kristy Madden were the features of the Cooktown game that gave their dominant circle players, Kristy Wright and Lesley Gibson-Brown a host of scoring opportunities. Hope Vale’s strongest players in the match were defenders Carmen Pearson and Nellie Nipper, midcourter Chrissy Cobus and shooter Karen Gordon. And although Cooktown might have the bragging rights to a clean sweep of this early stage of the season, Hope Vale continue to show steady improvement, particularly the likes of Krysta-lee Bowen, Joanne Bowen and Leanne Liddie. Players who have not yet paid their $10 membership fee for the term are asked to do so next week. New players are very welcome. Games begin each Monday night at the Cooktown Events Centre at 6.45pm.

Cooktown’s Jess Clarke again dominated the centre court to help her side to a convincing win over Hope Vale.

Unmarked Hope Vale wing defence Kirsty Bowen weighs up her passing options.

Goal Keeper Krysta-Lee Bowen clears the ball from under the Hope Vale goal with this pass, fired in the direction of her supports.

In-your-face, niggling defence like this from Cooktown’s Mitch Roe held the Hope Vale attack at bay, with midcourters like Nellie Nipper finding it difficult to get passes to their supports. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON.

Hope Vale’s Chrissy Cobus ready to pass down court.

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Tadpoles back in the swim

THIS week marks the first club night under lights for the Cooktown Swimming Club, which will add a different atmosphere for our members. It’s a very exciting initiative because not only do we get the pool to ourselves, we are hoping this time slot will enable more parents to come and see how well their children are coming along. The parents’ attendance might help motivate the swimmers to break even more PBs. Already, term 1 of the 2013 season has started strongly, and it’s great to see our old swimmers back, as well as being able to welcome new swimmers, Jordan Lickiss, Shaelanee Hegamaea and to Mickie Wynter who has returned to the Tadpoles. We are also very fortunate to have Tracey Clark and Kelley Miller on board. They have been helping out with the coaching of the Senior and Junior Tree Frogs this year, and with both of them enjoying a very good knowledge of technique and being swimmers themselves, our up and coming stars will be in good hands. Abi Johnson

TOP LEFT: Amber Farnan gets full arm extension during the butterfly leg of her individual medley event. TOP RIGHT: Jeneen Clark sucks in the big ones during her breaststroke event. CENTRE: Gauai Wallace powers through the water in the freestyle event. RIGHT: Senior and junior Tree Frogs swimming coaches Kelley Miller and Tracey Clark.

Laurie Downs a clear winner A HANDFUL of members competed in last week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition, which saw Laurie Downs emerge as the clear winner with 40 Stableford points. Runner-up was Don Keller with 35. This week’s Italian Restaurant competition is a Stroke event, which is being played off the white tees. The early leader at this stage is Julie Sauer with a nett score of 67. Again, only a handful of members competed in the Innes Electrical Bisque Par competition last Saturday. Steve Weise won this competition with a score of 5+, while Kate Thomson was the runner-up with 3+. The competition for this Saturday is the Cooktown Hardware and Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal. Men will play off the white tees and ladies off the red. Cape York Tyres have kindly offered to sponsor the Sunday 9-Hole Competition for which we thank them. Sunday was the first of the competitions for the year and Julie Sauer was the winner of this event with a nett score of 32. Next Sunday’s 9-Hole competition will be a Stableford competition, which will be played off the white tees.

The Golf Club would like to thank the following businesses who have provided sponsorship for the 2013 season - Barry In the & Sally Innes of Innes Electrical and the Cooktown RSL Bunker Memorial Club. To try and entice new members to come out and enjoy our little piece of paradise, the Golf Club will be having a “Come-Try-It” day on Saturday, March 2. The competition will be a 9-Hole Stroke competition and no handicaps will be apply on the day. Of course, non-members are encouraged to come and give it a go on that weekend and we will be offering non-members a reduced green fee. And there will be a free sausage sizzle for all that play! Mark it in your diaries and come out and give it a go, you never know, you may enjoy it and you may be good at it. It’s all about the spirit of the game and not the score you make. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Club

Hashers have to be tough

YOU may have noticed that it has been a tad warm lately, and last Monday was no exception. The Wet should have been here by now, but we are wondering if it is going to come at all. Monday was typical - hot and 110% humidity. You would have to be tough to hash in those conditions but, of course, we all are. So it wasn’t a problem. And we didn’t complain at all. Noone said a word. Nostrildumass had ignored the miles of open flat land around town, and laid a trail that started off with two sharp hills. I will admit that not everyone went up both of them. There are always some Hashers who get fussy when their heart beat climbs over the 300 mark, but I think they are a bunch of wusses. Even

when we were back on the flat, and trotting past the cemetery, they started whinging and took a short-cut home, rather than getting there by the long, correct and possibly boring route. Back at the bash, the esky took an immediate beating as Hashers replaced lost fluids. Beer has never tasted so pleasant. Then Xtraktit brought out some hot soup. All very tasty, but I am not sure she really understands what Hashers need to drink after a long hot run (or walk). Nostrildumass was GM for the evening and immediately got stuck into Matchbox and Whizz whose dogs followed them to the bash. (Matchbox even drove them home, but one re-appeared immediately.) Then he started on the short-cutters, but there were

so many that he gave a drink to Oyster, who would have short cut but forgot where to start. By now, a virgin runner was getting confused, so she was brought front and centre, and had the lack of rules explained to her. I think she will be back... Then Nostrildumass and Xtraktit brought out the barbecued dinner (why the dog had returned of course), and everyone stopped complaining about the weather. Next week’s run is at Offal’s. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, February 25 to join the fun. Call Moses on either 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

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“I am also delighted to welcome Hinterland Aviation and Inn Cairns aboard as our enthusiastic sponsors.” Two major changes have been introduced this year. 1. Anyone who fails to enter their selections for a week will receive no points. This ensures fairness to those who do enter their tips. 2. Anyone entering the competition after the start of the season, also will start from zero with no points awarded for missed games.

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Another Bowen shines for the Cowboys Hope Vale product Javid Bowen (right) looms up in support of a North Queensland National Youth League Under 20 team mate in a trial played against the Northern Pride Young Guns at Cairns Barlow Park on Saturday night. Javid went on to score a match-levelling try for the Cowboys in their NRL trial against the Dragons later in the night. Photo courtesy of the Cairns Post.

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HOPE Vale product Javid Bowen snatched an off-the-bootlaces ball to score the try that levelled the encounter between the Toyota North Queensland Cowboys and the St George Dragons played at Cairns Barlow Park on Saturday night. The Cows went on the take the match 28-22 after it looked like the Dragons had the game wrapped up with 10 minutes to go. Displaying skills that Cowboys Coach Neil Henry described as a family trait, the 19-year-old, who just happens to be the nephew of the legendary Matt Bowen, made an impact during his short stint in the main game after starring in the Under-20 trial against the Northern Pride Young Guns. “It was a great pick up he pulled off from low down for the try,” Henry said. “It looks like that sort of ability runs in the family. “I thought he handled himself well and he’s a player we are going to see more of in the future.” Originally signed by the Sydney City Roosters in 2011, Javid made the switch to the Cowboys mid-way through last year, and, after a slow start, has since been identified as a game-breaker for the Cows National Youth League Under-20s squad in 2013. North Queensland’s National Youth League coach Todd Wilson said the out-side back had been among the club’s under-20s top trainers.


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“As well as scoring in the main game, those benefits showed in the under-20s heartening 20-18 loss to Queensland Cup team, Northern Pride,” he said. “Javid scored an electrifying try in the first quarter where he exploded off the mark and left defenders grabbing at air.” But while delighted with his form on Saturday, Javid is just happy to be living his dream of playing professional rugby league. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was little,” he said. After completing his primary schooling at Hope Vale, Javid completed his secondary education at Abergowrie College, the same institution attended by his famous family. Undaunted by the difference between the pace of the NYL competition and the NRL, Javid took little time to settle into his wing position on Saturday night. “It was a really fast game,” he said. “I was a little bit nervous when I ran on, but I was all right after a few minutes. “The NYL is a strong competition and it gets you ready for the top grade.” And while he played wing against the Dragons, the 188cm 87kg outside back said he preferred playing full back or centre. “You’re closer to the action and more involved than you can be on the wing,” he said. “But I’m happy to play anywhere and do my best.”


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