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Mow-mentary lapse of reason By GARY HUTCHISON

JUST what price do you put on a life? That’s the question an angry Andy Stemmler and his fired-up crew of seven who form the QASLakeland First Responders are asking. Their ire has been stirred by a recent Cook Shire Council decision to cease maintenance of the Lakeland Airstrip, a facility used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service as emergencies arise. Mr Stemmler, Local Controller, Lakeland SES/First Responders, said minutes can often be the difference in preserving a life, let alone the hours it would take to get accident victims or medical emergencies into Cooktown for air transport from there. “The chopper that is used on occasions is not always available,” he said. “Then if we do have to have paramedics come to the scene, you have to add their travelling time to the site and then back to Cooktown.” But he said some situations require the attendance of a doctor to stabilize a patient before transport can ben undertaken. “It takes time to get a doctor here, then add the transportation time to Cooktown. “It could take hours, whereas a doctor could arrive at the scene, do his job and take the patient straight back.” Mr Stemmler had sent an email to the Cook Shire Council on the issue. In response, CSC has stated: “Cook Shire Council has taken the decision to terminate its ongoing grounds maintenance program to the Lakeland Aircraft Landing Area, due to the unviable nature of undertaking this work. “Council has been notified by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) that there have been no aeroplane landings at the Lakeland airstrip in the period from January 1, 2012 until now. Council was advised that if an incident were to occur in Lakeland or surrounding area, either a helicopter could be sent in or paramedics would transport the victim back to Cooktown airport for RFDS retrieval, depending on the urgency of medical treatment. “There is always opportunity for decisions to be rescinded by Council, but at this stage, and with the information at hand, the decision made will stand. Council has given approval for organisations or individuals who wish to use the facility, to organise any grounds maintenance that may be required.” Mr Stemmler agreed the strip might only be used once every 12 months, but argued the possibility of requiring it more often was always hanging over their heads like the Sword of Damacles ready to strike. “As First Responders, we have the “jaws of life”

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Lakeland QAS First Responders Andy Stemmler, Anita Stemmler and Sue Marsh on a recently-mown Lakeland airstrip, which is still unsuitable for Royal Flying Doctor Service landings. The group is calling on the Cook Shire Council to renew a commitment to the mowing and maintenance of the strip. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. and other rescue equipment we might have used only three times since we got it,” he said. “But gee, it was good to have that equipment on hand when we needed it. “We’re on the ground, we know what might happen, and for the sake of some ground maintenance, a life or lives could be lost.” With regards to Council’s offer that businesses or organisations could maintain the strip subject to approval, Mr Stemmler said local farming businesses still use the airstrip regularly as a site for crop dusters to land. “So far they have only mowed it enough for the crop dusting aircraft to land, not the whole strip, which means that the local SES/ First Responder group can no longer use the airstrip to bring in the RFDS plane. He did offer some suggestions that might solve the problem: • Charge a landing fee and use the money for maintenance: or • Make it a condition that the airstrip is only

open for use if it is maintained fully all year round for the Flying Doctor plane to land day or night. Does he care who maintains the airstrip? “I don’t care who mows it,” he said. “But it has to be done! “And our group believes it is the Council’s responsibility to either reverse its decision, or negotiate a solution so the whole community can benefit from this facility, not just some of the businesses. “Other Council facilities like the Shire Hall or the Lakeland Dump are now based on ‘user pays’, so why can’t this be?” However, Council’s attitude and that of some of the businesses has, according to Mr Stemmler, left him and his crew questioning the worth of their humanitarian efforts. “If this can’t be resolved, it brings in to question just how much support for the local SES/First Responders there is,” he said. “As a group we have to seriously ask ourselves, why we should continue to respond to emergencies, day and night.

“Some people may not be aware, but that it is all done for free. “So far, we have done it willingly, but would like the Council, businesses and the community to show some support.” He said the whole group is made up of volunteers, and highlighted their commitment with their attendance at a fatal road accident last week, which saw one man killed and another taken to Cairns Base Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “All up, our group would have committed more than 40 man hours at that scene,” he said. In closing, he said the First Responders just wanted to be given, had to be given the best opportunities of saving lives. “Look,” he said, “we see some pretty horrendous things, but to think we go to these incidents and possibly put our patients into a condition where they might be saved, only to see that all put at risk because of cost-measures is disgusting and just not acceptable to us.”

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11.30am to 12.30pm. Sat 25. Cape York SSAA working bee. Sat 25. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - 9am to 10am. (trial only at this stage.) Sat 25. Cooktown SSAA SSAA Zone 5 Shoot at Burdekin Pistol Club. Sun 26. Cape York SSAA Black Powder shoot. Sun 26. Cooktown SSAA SSAA Zone 5 Shoot at Burdekin Pistol Club. Sun 26. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Sun 26. Cooktown SSAA Practical Shoot from 9am. Tue 28. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 28. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 28. Endeavour Lions Club meeting at the Lions Hall in Amos Street from 7pm. Wed 29. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Wed 29. Cooktown SSAA Monthly general meeting and Standard and Air Pistol Shoot from 5.30pm. Thu 30. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

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WHAT a big week it has been for Australia and for once, I’m not talking sport. Not much of interest has been happening in sport, apart from a cycling Aussie climbing improbable mountains in Italy. For once, the important stuff has been happening in Parliament as we chew over the Government’s budget. The Government thinks Australia is not doing so very badly, although cash is tight and there will have to be some cutbacks. The Opposition, who live in the mirror Australia somewhere on Mars, are horrified by the wreckage of our once proud nation and don’t fancy the chances of us ever being able to afford a loaf of bread again. Unless we are smart enough to vote for Tony Ears in September, who will make everything better again. Pretty dull stuff, unless you listened

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Exhibition Opening from 7pm at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery. Sun 2. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 4. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Tue 4. Cooktown Writers' Group meeting at Lions Hall, Amos Street from 6.30pm. Tue 4. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 5. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Wed 5. Cooktown SSAA Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm.

THE Gillard Government has again failed to honour commitments it has made to families and small businesses in Cape York and the Torres Strait, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “There is nothing in this budget that gives you any hope that tomorrow’s going to be better than today,” Mr Entsch said. “It fails the honesty test in so many ways and does nothing to help deal with cost of living pressures, economic uncertainty and poor services. “It was this government that promised $12 million for the sea walls in the Torres Strait in June last year, and 11 months on they haven’t yet spent a cent. “As we saw in December and January, the inundation of these low-lying islands has not improved one bit. “It’s disgraceful that the Star of the Sea Nursing Home on Thursday Island is still

CHURCH SERVICES Baptist: Hogg Street, near IGA, 9.30am Sun. Phone 4069 5155. Cooktown Community Church (AOG/ACC): Gungarde Hall, 9.30am Sun; Home Group 7.30am Wed. Phone 4069 5070, 0427 756 793. Catholic: 6pm Sat and 8.30am Sun, St Mary's, Cooktown. Phone 4069 5730. Anglican: Christ Church Chapel, Sun 8.30am. Phone 4069 6778, 0428 696 493. Lutheran: Hope Vale at 9am on Sunday, Cooktown. Phone either 4060 9197 or 0419 023 114.

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They have been brought up in households that really understand money in large quantities, and it hurts them deeply if anyone treats it with disrespect. For others, it is simply something to spend on beer or cigarettes. Tony understands that taking dollars from the first group is culturally insensitive. On the other hand, the other people don’t care about money and don’t mind sharing it with the tax man. Tony understands about superannuation too. He told us that if a poor person is given the chance to save for the future, or take a superannuation dollar now, that poor person will always choose cash in his hand. Far better not to worry about super for people like that, and keep it to assist people who really appreciate it.

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carefully to Tony’s speech. Did you notice the cultural sensitivity he displayed? It brought a proud glow to my heart. Everyone understands that in our multi-cultural nation, we must behave with consideration to other people’s deepest beliefs and history, and didn’t Tony display that wonderfully? He recognises that, for some people, money is not simply numbers in a bank account but a fundamental part of their make-up. He recognises that a dollar means totally different things in the hands of different cultural groups. There are some people for whom a dollar is at the core of their being.

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waiting for $2.1 million it was allocated for refurbishment. “Their unpaid bill to Cairns Hospital for the treatment of foreign nationals - mainly from Papua New Guinea - also sits at $24.1 million. “That could have gone a long way to providing better health services in our region.” Mr Entsch said the Budget contained nothing to show how the Government will fund the NDIS or Gonski reforms in the longer-term, it scrapped the Family Tax Benefit and the Baby Bonus, and made significant cuts to health care and Medicare. “Treasurer Wayne Swan said this Budget was about “jobs and growth” but the Budget actually forecasts an increase in unemployment (up to 5.75 per cent) and lower growth (down to 2.75 per cent),” he said. Key areas of concern include: • total gross debt to breach the $300 billion

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debt ceiling in coming years; • no credible path back to surplus; • at least a $4.7 billion blowout in the management of Australia’s borders since last year’s Budget; • a $460 million ‘decided but yet-to-be announced initiative’; • new borrowings of $49 million every single day; and • more than $25 billion in higher taxes over the next four years - with 99 per cent of these new taxes starting after the next election. “The Gillard Government has repeatedly blamed the global financial situation and drops in revenue and the high Aussie dollar, but when you compare it to the last of the Howard years, they are collecting $80 billion more in revenue,” Mr Entsch said. “The tell-tale as to where their problems lie is that they’re spending $120 billion more than we did in that same period.”

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Community Celebration Activities Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council extends an open invitation to all members with cultural and/or family connections with Mapoon and the communities of the Western Cape to participate in the following ceremonies on Monday 27 May 2013: • Unveiling of our First Contact Memorial near the old mission site, Cullen Point, commencing at 9.00 am; and • Mapoon DOGIT trusteeship hand over at the Sports and Recreation Hall commencing at 12.15 pm.

Lorraine back on the move THE map illustrated depicts the movements of “Lorraine”, a turtle rehabilitated and released at Archer Point after being rescued by fishermen in the Endeavour River. She had been found floating and was taken to the Yuku Baja Muliku rangers, who now have a triage centre set up for sick and injured turtles found in this area. The rangers believe Lorraine had been attacked by a large crocodile and had sustained severe injuries to her shell. Some of these injuries were deep and infected. She was treated by Dr Rod Gilbert at Marlin Coast Vet Hospital initially, and then checked monthly by Dr Gilbert. The rangers dedicated six months, working hard - spending days

Note: As this is an open air event and we will have limited facilities at the site, please bring your own chairs, sunscreen, hats and drinking water. No alcohol is allowed at this event. Visitors are reminded that the Mapoon DOGIT lands are within an alcohol management plan area. Please observe our community access rules. Please allow extra time to drive from Weipa to Mapoon because the road is likely to be dusty.

and nights nursing Lorraine back to health. Afer that period, and her wounds healed, she was released at Archer Point with a satellite tracker attached to monitor her progress. This rehabilitation was a collaboration between many groups with the Yuku Baja Muliku rangers being the prime movers in her treatment and rehabilitation. It has demonstrated that turtles can be rehabilitated successfully in remote areas. This was a collaborative project between Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers, Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital, James Cook University, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and Ian Bell at DERM.

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Cook Shire’s top drop COOK Shire Council water was last week selected as the “top drop” in the as part of the Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. The competition was hosted at the PCYC Events Centre last Wednesday, where judging was done by conference attendees as part of the Queensland Water Directorate’s water connections tour. Wal Welsh, Cook Shire Council’s Assistant Manager, Water and Sewerage, said this was a great result for the team and a well-deserved reflection of the efforts of management and staff. “Cooktown gets its water from the Annan River from where alum, soda ash and polymer are added before going to a sedimentation tank and through sand filters,” Mr Welsh said. “They then inject lime and CO2 to make the water less corrosive and to correct the PH, then chlorine is added to disinfect the water. “Fluoride is the final chemical to be added.” Six councils battled it out in the FNQ semi-final with a total of nine samples entered into the contest. The competition kicked off with the South East Queensland regional title in Gympie on February 21, where Bundaberg’s Lover’s Walk Scheme won bragging rights for the top drop in the SEQ region. Goondiwindi Regional Council’s Inglewood scheme won the SWQ regional final at a Toowoomba event in April 2013, and last week, Whitsunday Regional Council’s Mt Julian scheme got the honours for the NQ region. The taste test is a light-hearted way to promote the hard work of local authorities in delivering quality water services

to Queensland communities. The six regional winners will battle it out at the grand final event to be held at the Local Government Association Queensland National Conference in October 2013. Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) CEO Dave Cameron said there was only a whisker between each of the samples. “This year we took a different approach with over 30 people participating in the test itself,” Mr Cameron said. “The result is a great reflection of the pride that all of the entering organisations take in providing a quality product to their communities 24/7. The competition coincided with six regional conferences that aimed to link Queensland water service providers with technical and management expertise to help plan to support their community’s future water supply and sewerage infrastructure needs. The Cooktown event provided Far North Queensland communities with valuable, up-to-date water management information from leading water and sewerage experts as well as state and commonwealth government representatives. “The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from natural disasters to changes in water regulation that impact the way water service providers including councils, supply and manage water and waste water within their communities,” Mr Cameron said. “This year’s state-wide tour would focus on topics such as local innovation, and streamlining regulatory requirements through the State Government’s proposed 30-year strategy for the water industry.

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150 + volunteers answer the Beach Clean-Up call By SAMANTHA HOBBS South Cape York Catchments ABOUT two large skip bins of rubbish was removed from seven beaches from Cooktown to Weary Bay in last Sunday’s Beach Clean-Up. More than 150 community-minded volunteers formed the enthusiastic crews who completed the massive task, and to you all, we offer a big thank you. Seventeen volunteers at Walker Bay removed half of a large skip bin of rubbish - about the same amount as last year, with everyone managing to finish the clean-up just before the rain to set in. At North Shore, more than 50 volunteers removed three-quarters of a large skip bin of rubbish. They even found tyres buried deep in the sand and lots of floats that were recycled for garden ornaments. Thanks to Nick, Kevin and Tom for transporting everyone safely and removing the rubbish back to the mainland. Weary Bay had the biggest improvement on the amount of rubbish collected. More than 30 volunteers removed rubbish from Plantation Creek to the

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Bloomfield River mouth. They were hard-pressed to find rubbish, so by the end of the clean-up they had only filled the bottom of their large skip bin - compared to two years ago when the bin was filled to the top. Archer Point was another area to show a distinct improvem6ent, where more than 50 volunteers found less rubbish than previous years, with everyone happy about how clean the area is now. The Archer Point crew received spontaneous help from Traditional Owners holding a camp-out there. More than one-quarter of this year’s rubbish was recycled and sorted out separately. Thanks to everyone for their extra effort in sorting the recycling for our local school’s fund raising activities. Five Schools are participating in a recycling competition. For this competition, schools do not collect aluminium cans, but they do collect type 1 and type 2 plastic containers only. To date the schools have collected about 27,000 bottles, of which 16,000 had been collected by the end of April. This is no mean feat when all the bottles need to be washed! Everyone should be proud in the knowledge that every year the amount of rubbish found on our beaches is decreasing. Thanks goes to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for providing safety demonstrations to the volunteers ensuring people would be safe should they discover poisonous Aluminium Phosphide Canisters two canisters were found at Archer Point and removed safely. Special thanks also goes to all of our sponsors, supporters and organisers - Cook Shire Council, Yuku Baja Muliku, Cooktown Landcare, South Cape York Catchments, Tangaroa Blue, Endeavour Pharmacy, Ayton Butcher, Cooktown Bakery, Cooktown Hardware, Ice Works, The Bowls Club, Cornett’s IGA Cooktown, Cooktown Hospital, Cooktown Woman’s Association, Cooktown Coastguard, Police & Citizens Youth Club and all the volunteers for their ongoing support and huge effort on the day!


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Satisfied with their efforts at Walker Bay were: (from left) Clancy Glanfield, Alice Taylor, Ella Hartwig, Andrew Hartwig, Brock, Reiley (baby) and Megan McMillan, Reece, Kristy and Ashley Maddern, Kathy Lawfer, Joanne Kaigey, Jeff Shelburg, Eric Dick and Dan Hartwig.

Trent Duncan and Ben Midgley doing their bit for a cleaner Weary Bay.

RIGHT: South Cape York Catchments Co-ordinator Jason Carroll had his own trailer load of rubbish to cart away from the Noth Shore.

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Quiz questions 1. Pearls, sea shells and egg shells all contain which calcium compound as their main component? 2. Which has the greater mass – Earth or Earth’s atmosphere? 3. Which continent did apples originally come from?

Scott Johnson getting rid of some of the rubbish collected on the North Shore.

4. In terms of distance, which bird has the longest annual migration? 5. Stromatolites are typically formed by what type of microbe? 1. The main component of pearls, sea shells and egg shells is calcium carbonate. 2. The Earth has a mass about a million times greater than its atmosphere. 3. Apples originally came from Asia. 4. The Arctic tern has the longest annual migration – over 70 000 kilometres! 5. Cyanobacteria are typically responsible for forming stromatolites.

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Sunday’s Beach Clean-Up was very much a family affair for many of the 150 and more volunteers, with Rowan Shee and Kai-En Shee making their contributions at Weary Bay.

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No landscaping Booze bust leads SUGGESTIONS that Cook Shire Council had plans to landscape the area around Nature’s PowerHouse laid bare with chainsaws last week have been put to rest. Council has confirmed that at this stage, there is no scheduled beautification planned for the car park at Natures Powerhouse. However, when resources allow, Council will be resealing the car park and any future vegetation projects in this area will only be to install low hedges or small garden beds. No trees will be replanted there to reduce the risk of limb fall and maintain unimpeded access for RV campers to park and access the Visitor Information Centre.

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CONSUMING alcohol has seen an 18-year-old Cooktown charged for allegedly breaching his Police bail conditions. The Beat man had been released on bail on May 9 on the condition he did not consume alcohol. And in other police news, another 18-year-old Cooktown man was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous drug after allegedly being found in possession of about three grams of cannabis. Cooktown police have reported a relatively uneventful week since the last sittings of the Magistrates Court.

Young writers a chance to win $2000 QUEENSLAND’S young wordsmiths have a chance to win $2000 with the launch of State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers Award 2013. State Librarian Janette Wright said the prestigious competition, open to Queensland residents aged 18 to 25, is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to kick-start a literary career. “The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for works

of 2500 words or fewer,” said Ms Wright. “It’s a chance for emerging and aspiring writers to increase their exposure to the publishing industry, providing not only $2000 in prize money to the winner, but also invaluable professional opportunities.” Visit for Young Writers Award guidelines and to read past winning stories. Entries close at 5pm, July 19, 2013.

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Stock, Domestic, irrigation and Monitoring Bores Pump, Supply and installation licensed Drillers Currently drilling in the Lakeland Downs area. We’ll be in Bloomfield, Rossville, Helenvale and Black Mountain area Wednesday, June 5 to Thursday, June 20. Hopevale, Lakeland, back to Cooktown, then up the Cape to Lockhart River/Portland Roads and places in between. For all your ground water requirements. contact roger on 4069 5670 AH or mob: 0458 695 670

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Yuku-Baja-Muliku Rangers are offering their services to assist with any sick or injured Marine Turtles found. We encourage contact with us at any time to implement a speedy recovery for these beautiful creatures to enable a better chance of rehabilitation.

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HMRI research economist Andrew Searles will be visiting remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York over the next four weeks, helping to evaluate the costs and benefits of health and well-being projects currently operating in the region. Photo submitted.

Economic evaluation of Cape York Indigenous health programs HMRI research economist Andrew Searles will be visiting remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York over the next four weeks, helping to evaluate the costs and benefits of health and well-being projects currently operating in the region. With health-adjusted life expectancy figures being around 18 years below that of Queensland’s overall rate, Associate Professor Searles is also investigating economic frameworks to identify Indigenous health priorities. It is part of a Visiting Scholar fellowship that commenced last week with the Cairns Institute at James Cook University (JCU). “Incident rates for cardiovascular, diabetes and respiratory illnesses are a major concern among the communities and I also have meetings scheduled with the Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services and Royal Flying Doctors Service regarding the delivery of a mental illness and well-being intervention known as the Family Wellbeing Program,” Associate Professor Searles said. “We are introducing well-being measures into the economic evaluation because they incorporate concepts such as control and empowerment, which are important

New free HIV test gives faster results QUEENSLAND Health has announced that new, free, rapid HIV tests will be rolled out next month. The first batch of the tests has been received, with the Department set to make them available from June 3. The stock will then be progressively rolled out across Queensland communities by World AIDS Day - December 1. This places Queensland as the first state to implement free rapid HIV testing as part of regular clinical practice. The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on HIV/AIDS approved its implementation, noting that reducing HIV transmission in Queensland requires increased frequency of testing of at-risk populations.

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to Indigenous people. Well-being has also been associated with the decisions people make about diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking, which potentially exacerbate the high disease burden.” The work is an extension of pilot projects HMRI and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation have done in collaboration with James Cook University, Queensland Health and Cape York Hospital and Service District, using economic modelling to evaluate the efficacy of existing programs. “There was some criticism in the media last year about the lack of program evaluation,” he said. “For all the money that is being spent, economic evaluations are needed to determine whether programs work and whether they represent value for money.” Supporting research work done by HMRI’s Mothers and Babies group with New South Wales Indigenous communities, the North Queensland research will also look at improving long-term health outlooks by engaging Aboriginal mothers during the critical stages of their pregnancy and in early motherhood. “That isn’t something we can solve in a month, but will factor into the long-term framework,” he said.

Rapid HIV testing provides an effective method for reaching at-risk people previously hesitant to undergo current testing practices offered by a GP. Chair of the MAC Dr Darren Russell said the introduction of rapid HIV testing will advance Queensland’s response to HIV prevention by allowing health professionals to test and treat HIV earlier. “Reducing the average time of diagnosis from more than four years after transmission will be a significant public health benefit as early diagnosis helps prevent further transmission during the highly infectious stage of primary infection,” Dr Russell said. “Early diagnosis also allows people living with HIV to manage their own health and improve long-term health outcomes.”


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Tell us your crocodile tales WHAT’S your croc story? Do you have any true accounts of experiences with crocodiles in the local waterways? It doesn’t matter how terrifying, bizarre or quirky, we’d just like to hear your story. We will need your name and contact details for verification of the story, along with whether or not you are willing

to have your name attributed to the account. We’d also like to know your opinion on the subject of the removal of crocs that are beginning to encroach on populated areas, or might be displaying aggressive behaviour. Either email your story to: editor@ or post it to: P O Box 36, Cooktown, 4895.

Cape croc-wrestlers fined for amateur exploits Gayle Gemzik said: “This monster was easily viewed from the Red Bend ledge at the Annan River on Sunday, May 12th, and we guessed that it was approximately five metres in length. Photo: GAYLE GEMZIK.

Diversity of opinion on Crocs COMMUNITY opinion on what to do with three crocodiles that patrol the area between the bowls club and the Wharf is divided, after an initial call to have them moved on in the interest of safety was made in the May 9 edition of the Cooktown Local News. Tour operator Tom Nevins expressed his concerns the reptiles had become familiar with the human presence and that their encroachment closer to the town area was putting the lives and safety of children and tourists at risk. His call comes on the back of a recent state government decision, empowers local councils to take action to remove crocodiles that were becoming too familiar with humans or were displaying aggressive behaviour. However, other residents have expressed their opinion to the Cooktown Local News that: “They’ve been there for a long time, we know they’re there, they haven’t caused any problems so far, so leave them alone.”

One disturbing aspect of the story though has been the admissions from some locals of throwing bait into the water near their boats to encourage crocodiles to come close in the hope of taking better photos. Not only is such behaviour an offence attracting heavy fines (see the story of two Cairns men fined for wrestling crocs), but it also cncourages the reptiles, which are known to be creatures of habit, to seek similar taste treats from other boaties who may be unaware of their presence. Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott, who is on the “croc squad” committee to examine the removal of troublesome crocodiles, re-iterated his call for written notification of people’s opinions and concerns about croc behaviour. “I have an open mind on the subject, but would appreciate being advised of opinions and concerns on the matter,” he said. “People only have to send a letter or email to me.”

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TWO men who filmed themselves wrestling deadly saltwater crocodiles were last week fined for interfering with protected animals. News reports said.Beau Greaves, 23, and Theodore Hewish, 21, posted pictures of themselves on Facebook emulating the exploits of the late Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin in his wildlife documentaries. The Queensland state government took them to court, even though no harm appeared to have come to the crocodiles on Hicks Island, near Lockhart River on Cape York. “The footage of the capture of the

first crocodile is quite disturbing,” wildlife officer Claire Bookless told the court in Cairns. “It showed Mr Greaves in a death roll with the crocodile.” She conceded crocodiles were often more than a match for humans, but said that any human interaction could change their behaviour. “Those behavioural changes may put other members of the public at risk,” she was quoted as saying in the Cairns Post. Magistrate Joe Pinder said the offending video was “spontaneous and unsophisticated”.

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Indigenous Elder Robert Ross will be telling his story as part of Gungarde’s series of stories to promote wider respect and knowledge of Cooktown’s Indigenous people. Photo: CRAIG VELLA. ON March 26, 1982 The Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation was established by local Indigenous leaders. They saw that Cooktown needed a hub to provide services such as affordable accommodation, health programs, education support, employment and access to legal aid to Indigenous people. Gungarde is currently running a program to capture Cooktown’s Indigenous past, and build wider community respect and understanding of Indigenous people and their history. Twenty Elders will be interviewed, capturing their stories about the past, present and their visions for the

future. The interviews will be recoreded, published in the Cooktown Local News, broadcast on Pulse FM and collated on to DVDs to be distributed at Gungarde, the Cooktown Library, Cook Shire Council and among other community groups. As of last week, 12 elders from Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal have been interviewed and recorded and over the next few weeks, elders from Laura and Cooktown will also be filmed and the stories released during Naidoc Week. Look for the first story in the May 30 edition of the Cooktown Local News.

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100 Years On...



Cooktown proves productive in 1913

CONTINUING with the Mining Warden’s report this week has made me think about how productive our area was 100 years ago. Not only with agriculture and fruit exports, but also with mining. I had thought about shortening the report, but have decided to leave it unabridged, as there are a lot of names and areas which will be a tribute to these people. Last week we left off looking at Rossville area. . . .

Mt Amos: Work at the Phoenician is still retarded owing to the influx of water. The alluvial miners are all kept going, and the returns from there should be very good this year. The erection of the battery is progressing, but slow, on account of the bad state of the roads between Trevethan and Mt Amos. The bed-logs for the mortar box have been laid down. Nearly all the timber that was cut and squared in the bush has been hauled in, so that as soon as finer weather permits the transport of the machinery from Cooktown, the assembling of the battery will only be a matter of a very little time. It is confidently anticipated that this work will give a new impetus to this field, and no doubt will be a great boon to the miners out there, and should be a big inducement to others to go there and try their luck. The alluvial miners in this locality should soon be able to send forward some consignments of this. They have every opportunity of making good use of their time. At Granite and Slatey Creeks, there are about a dozen men at work and all

doing fairly well to better. Diviny and White have a good claim, and will soon be sending in shipments of tin. Tableland: Mr Ross has been busy prospecting and boring on a lode in his claim. The lode has been opened up and a small parcel of 11cwt. of material taken out, which realized 56 pounds sterling. The lode is in Fitzroy Creek, and it has been found necessary to install a 5 h.p. oil engine for the purpose of reducing the water. When that is done, it is intended to further sink the lode. The adjoining claim has also been worked, and from both 14cwt. of stream tin, worth £98, was recovered. Shipton’s Flat and its immediate neighborhood maintains a place on the produce list. The Shipton family are sending in fair shipments and are steadily employed under favorable conditions. At Mt Finlayson and Tabletop, steady work is being pursued, and Mt Leswell is beginning to appear among the list of contributors. Grasstree: At the Grasstree United and Pioneer, Bolen and Bathe and

“Walking the Dog(gerel)” “I’d like to walk the dog?” I said to Mum, “Around the block.” She looked up as she tenderised Dad’s meat. She turned around and looked at me and said “I’m sorry love, unfortunately Belle has come on heat.” I asked my Mum “What’s that mean?” Cos it didn’t sound so good. She said “Go ask your Dad, he’s in the shed.” I went with Belle and took the lead and found Dad in the shed, and told him word for word what Mum had said. “Bring Belle to me.” he said, and

George Bathe and sons, Lionel, Eber, Nemo and Herbert of Grasstree. Photo submitted. party are able to maintain a good regular output, both properties, especially the former, turning out very profitable results. Mt Romeo is a steady producer, and no doubt worth machinery, and modern appliances on the higher ground would greatly increase its importance. Upper Bloomfield: Roaring Meg Hydraulic, NL: Sluicing was continued at both Bolte’s and Specimen Gully faces. At the former, the ground has become poorer, and very stoney. Specimen Gully continues much the same as usual, that is hard and with good values in the bottom. A quantity or new 11-inch pipes have been made as spares for the river siphon [sic] pipe line. Lode Hill: A clean-up is being made, and it is estimated that the return will equal that of the previous month, viz., about 70 bags. Some repairs are being effected to the flume boxes of the bend race, and the intake was shifted higher up the river to get more pres-

sure. The ground is getting much harder. Mr Northey, who represents some Southern people is at present sampling this mine, with a view to purchasing a share or the whole of the mine. So far his tests have been satisfactory, having found that the tin lives to a greater depth than was thought, the values maintain a good average, and it is only a matter of proving the extent of ground available. The other miners in this locality are doing fairly well. The propitious weather has given them every advantage to make up for lost time. At the Bloomfield Scrub, Charles Francis and party have been busy in the construction of head races, and have everything ready to start sluicing operations almost at once. Four men have been employed, and it should not be long before shipments are being forwarded. Horan and party anticipate getting some good clean-up returns very shortly.” Bev Shay Cooktown History Centre

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tipped some petrol on Writers’ a rag, and wiped it all around Corner the dog’s backside. “Now put her on the lead, and only once around the block.” he said the rules to which we must abide. So off we went, then I returned, with Belle’s lead in my hand, Dad asked, “Hey kid, how come you’re on your own?” “Well, she ran out of petrol about half-way ‘round the block, but another dog is helping push her home.”

“PEACE be with you” is one of Jesus’ favorite lines. He says it 14 times in the Gospel. We might say something twice for emphasis, but 14 times? What does it mean? It means that Christ’s peace is given to us at baptism through water and the Spirit. That same Spirit is with us throughout each Christian lifetime and abides in the “people of God”, in spite of all that would move us toward fear. It is the Spirit of the risen Lord that holds us fast in faith when everything around us feels shaky. Penticost is the conclusion of Easter’s Fifty Days. The season of unabashed joy and gratitude is coming to its end. Pentecost is not a singular standalone event, it is in fact, the pinnacle of Eas-

tertide: the watershed between Jesus’ physical, teaching, healing and redeeming presence and the ongoing life of Christians guided, inspired and strengthened by the From the Pulpit Holy Spirit. Reflecting on this loss and reconnection, Benedictine Sr Joan Chittister writes, “But only here in this time, between the bursting open of the tomb and, fifty days later, the overflowing of the Holy Spirit, does the full awareness of what it is to live in Christ, with Christ, and through Christ finally dawn” (Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009)

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From tourism to construction to almost a ‘natural truckie’ Story by ERIC GEORGE


HIS week I sat down to chat with Nadine Scholz in her home office looking out over the Endeavour

distinct roles in Cooktown Civil Group. “Steve does the maintenance and operations with the boys, and going out on jobs and doing quotes. I do all the HR, the admin, the daily paperwork, invoicing, costing. Working with the accountants and legal people. “The company has grown since Steve and I restructured it. The challenge for me was my lack of knowledge in this industry and I didn’t know one end of an excavator from the other.” Can Nadine drive one now? “I can, but not operate it. Steve has given me a run on the equipment, and it’s nice to know what the boys do. We believe that his talents are on the machines and mine are in the office. Although he says I am a natural truckie, he doesn’t want me to take it up. He knows I really dislike the administrative responsibility.” Has the company’s workload changed during Nadine’s time? “There used to be a lot of sewage connections and smaller jobs, local jobs. We grew into the civil construction market and Steve took on the bigger jobs, for example, the earthworks for the Events Centre and the Christian College. “Because we have been successful with major civil projects in Cooktown, people think that is all we do, but we don’t go north for work. We are town based. Our staff prefer to be town based and our commitment is to the local area and we don’t do much past Laura and Wujal. There is no job too small, and we like to do the small jobs. It keeps our staff happy because they like to be with their families, and it is good for our logistics - we can maintain our own machinery and provide services at short notice for our locals.” Nadine and Steve have recently branched out and taken over the local concrete plant. “It works very well for us because we want to stay in town. We can also use our current employees between the businesses which gives them more hours and more stability. It’s exciting because of the opportunities.” When I asked Nadine what her plans were for the future of the plant, she was a little reticent. “I can say we will be

expanding the yard to supply other products,” was all she can say for the moment. Drawing on her business experience and knowledge of the tourist industry, how does Nadine see Cooktown’s future? “We have business associates and friends coming from interstate and the first thing they complain about is the cost of living in Cooktown. The cost of buying property. For your money you can buy a brand new home in Cairns which is far superior. I have no idea why it is so expensive here.” What does Nadine think of the proposed development of the foreshore? “I think it will be beautiful.

Everyone loves sitting on the Wharf and they like being at the waterfront. It is a pleasure to see people having such fun, and you know they are going to go away with that memory and the view in their mind, something we take for granted.” Finally, if there was something Nadine could give Cooktown, what would she choose? “A boardwalk of some sort near the boat ramp, and install floating pontoons for the keen anglers indulging in Cooktown’s number one past-time, weather permitting.” Now that would be a facility the locals would be delighted to have.

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River. Nadine and her husband Steve own and run Cooktown Civil Group, a well-known, local earth moving and civil construction company. I started by asking where she had come from. “I’m originally from Victoria. Paynesville, East Gippsland Lakes. It’s a country town, on the waterways, so we used to do a lot of boating around the Lakes, and go to Lake’s Entrance, which is where the Ninety Mile Beach is. We used to do a lot of beach things as kids. “My father was from an agricultural background, but we grew up with holiday units and hire cruises. Lakeside holiday flats and charter boats.” Nadine’s family moved from Victoria to Cairns in 1986. That was a big jump into a very different climate. “Yes, it took about two years to acclimatise.” Can she imagine going back to the cold? “No. I love the weather here.” By now, Nadine was working in the tourist industry, as a travel agent and tourist guide. She even followed her work to Japan, working from there as a tour guide and translator bringing tourists to Australia for three years. Back home in Cairns, she became involved with her own businesses, in a tourist transport company and an in-bound tour and event management company. Nadine remembers coming to Cooktown as a youngster, when the Quicksilver fast boat was running three trips a week from Cairns. She visited family friends and they took her around town for a day, and she loved it. Cooktown must have made such a strong impression on Nadine that in 1999 she moved here. What did she intend doing in Cooktown? “I didn’t know. I sold my property in Kuranda and I was going to travel around Australia. I came up to Cooktown and there were limited chefs available. I was asked to start cooking at the RSL.” Cooking was a busy life in Cooktown then, and Nadine bought the property known as Nonya’s with her mother, and set up a tapas bar. After another stretch in Cairns, Nadine happened to be at Cooktown Races when she met her future husband Steve. “Steve’s background is agricultural, as my father’s was. So Steve and I had a similar upbringing, because we are country people. He came from a tiny community in South Australia, and I came from a town about the same size as Cooktown. He can drive anything, from all sorts of farm machinery to big equipment in the mines.” Nadine and Steve appear to have

Nadine Scholz with her husband Steve - partners in life and in business - outside their Cooktown Civil Group headquarters. Photo: ERIC GEORGE.

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Roswell front man Dan Hodgson churning out some smooth sounds in aid of the Discovery Festival fund raiser at the Toppy on Friday night.

Jen Midgley, Shane Mayberry and Elizabeth Watt.


The Toppy’s public bar went retro on Friday night, with Discovery Festival wenches Roz Smith, Bec Payne, Jazz Sieverding and Lyndsay Furlong staking their claims on the best seats in the house.

Bruce Yoren, Devon Bally and Junior Doughboy.

Stacey Zuch and Che Furlong. Roy Roberts, Tahnee Roberts and Dragan Rogic.

Sally Gribble (seated) with *from left back) Wil Shaw and Trudy Singleline who is visiting from Bicheno, Tasmania.

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Harry Lynch and Jennifer Leighton.

Melissa McMillan and Mick Draught.



D’Arcy Gallop and Bev Stone.

After her performance at the PowerHouse on Saturday night, lyric soprano Jolie Rocke Brown (second from left) found herself popular with new fans Tieve Batt, Amaru Stewart and Hannah Gibson. Christine Coates and Rosetta Smith.

Isobella Barker and Jayne Gallagher.

Mario and Mina Cortesi.

Coleridge Bowen and Phil Rouse.

RIGHT: Idris Alkamraikhi and Helena Loncaric.

Connie Zadow, Freda Glynn and Peter Scott.

Gisela Hansson, Julie Frame and Tash Coventry with a shy Mary Coventry.

Visiting family, Tess, Bernie, Katy and Luisa Hickey.

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4:15 Champions League Final 7:00 World News 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 Living Black 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 2013 Superbike World Championship 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Netball: ANZ Championship Highlights 5:30 UEFA Champions League Final Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: A History Of Ancient Britain: Age Of Ice - A voyage of discovery through the world of prehistoric Britain, from the glacial wasteland of 12,000 BC to the glories of the Stone Age. Tapping into the latest scientific work, historian Neil Oliver uncovers how our ancestors emerged from the last ice age; how agriculture really came to Britain; and the tipping points that changed the course of history. 8:30 Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines 10:10 One Lucky Elephant 11:15 Movie: “Noise” (MA v,l) - The community is left reeling after a multiple shooting on a suburban train in Melbourne’s innerwest. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. 1:40 Weatherwatch Overnight / 3:15 Coppa Italia Final



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Travel Oz 1:00 Monash: The Forgotten Anzac 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Gateholm 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 Outcasts: Missing expeditioner Josie Hunter returns to the settlement but is changed and alleged to be violent. Tate and Stella must find out what is behind this altered Josie and what is happening on Carpathia. 12:35 Monday Monday: Roger is excited that his wife Clara is finally coming up to Leeds to spend some time with him. 1:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:25 Time Team: Gateholm 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield: Round 8: Teams TBA 5:30 Cheese Slices

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 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 Sky High 7:30 The Voice 9:30 Major Crimes: Before And After 10:30 Person Of Interest: Relevance 11:30 The Block Sky High 12:00 Worst Case Scenario: Mountain Bike Disaster / Run For Your Life - After a mountain biker is thrown over a cliff in an accident, Bear must use his ingenuity to pull the man to safety by creating a makeshift pulley system with his bicycle. 12:30 Extra 1:00 The Avengers: The Correct Way To Kill 2:00 Danoz 2:30 Brand Developers 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: “Return” (M a,v) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Surf Patrol 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Casey is in remand and tells the police that he doesn’t know anything about the money and the gun in the flat. After seeing the world of pain that she has caused for Brax and Casey, Ricky’s guilt is beginning to eat away at her. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Revenge: Masquerade 9:30 Grey’s Anatomy: Sleeping Monster / Do You Believe In Magic - Bailey finds herself at the centre of a CDC investigation surrounding the death of several of her patients, as Jackson and the rest of the board members argue over how to address the crisis publicly. 11:30 Private Practice: Full Release 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:35 World News 1:00 CQ - Indigenous Cultural Intelligence 2:00 Eye For Architecture 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves: River Rescue 5:30 Global Village: White Gold Of The Afar 6:00 Britain’s Best Drives: North Wales 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Crash Cushion - Adam and Jamie test the movie myth that a convict sandwiched between two chubby cops survived after their car was T-boned by a truck. According to the movie, the impact was cushioned by the padded policemen, but is this just filmic physics or could larger than life passengers really save your neck? Meanwhile, Kari, Tory and Grant take their foot off the gas as they find out if ‘hypermiling’ could double your mileage, and double your savings at the petrol pump. 8:30 Into The Mind: Mind Control 9:30 Mad Man: The Beautiful Girls 10:25 World News Australia 11:30 Shorts On Screen: At The Formal 12:05 Movie: “Death Note” (M v,h) / 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass: Holy Switch 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Bitterley 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Croc College 8:30 New Tricks: Powerhouse 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Margaret Atwood - Multi-award winner, including the Booker Prize, this venerated writer has a stellar literary career. Achieving her first publication at just 20, Atwood won her first award at 22 and now has over 50 titles published. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 Time Team: Bitterley 2:30 Football: VFL: Round 7: Melbourne Vs Coberg 5:30 Cheese Slices

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 2:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 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 Sky High 8:00 Celebrity Apprentice: Light Projection Challenge For Blackberry - The celebs will use their BlackBerry’s to shoot video and stills. It’s up to the teams to come up with a creative concept to get the brand message across and successfully communicate it to their light projection. 9:30 TBA 12:00 The Block Sky High 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:00 Brand Developers 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: “Charlie Wilson’s War” (M v,d,l,n) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Surf Patrol 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Marilyn is finding it difficult to take a step back from John and Jett. Kyle confronts Ricky about her involvement with Casey’s arrest. Bianca convinces Rosie to stay in school. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Packed To The Rafters: Manning Up 9:30 Border Security: International 10:00 Travel Unravelled 10:30 Cougar Town 11:00 The Mindy Project 11:30 Happy Endings: Bros Before Bros 12:00 Love Bites 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Seven Early News 5:30 Sunrise Extra

5:00 World News 1:00 About Women: The Fertile Years 2:00 Tropic Of Cancer: Western Sahara to Libya 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Australia: The Majestic East Coast 6:00 Britain’s Best Drives: North Cornish Coast 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Robin Gibb 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Matchmaker” (M s,l) During the summer of 1968, young Arik Burstein goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust. As Arik begins to learn the personal stories of his new clients, he comes to appreciate the restorative power of love. 1:10 Anna Pihl - (M d,l) - In her personal hunt for the men responsible for selling the pills that poisoned Tobias, Mikala gets further and further out of her depth. 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 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: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Dunwich 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Jeopardy 8:30 Adam Hills Tonight - Fresh from hosting his hit UK talk show, The Last Leg, comedian Adam Hills returns for the new season of Adam Hills Tonight - a one hour chat show filled with celebrity guests, clever comedy and live music. 9:30 Would I Lie To You? 10:00 The Hollowmen: The Ambassador 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Waking The Dead: End Of The Night (Part 2) 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:30 Agatha Christie’s Parners In Crime: The Crackler 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 8: Eagles Vs Glenelg 5:30 Cheese Slices

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 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 Sky High 8:00 Big Bang Theory: The Beta Test Initiation 8:30 Arrow: Damaged 9:30 The Following: The Curse 10:30 The Block Sky High 11:30 Weeds: Game-Played - Nancy has problems adapting to life and her fellow felons at the halfway house, and her sister Jill doesn’t help matters when she springs a sudden surprise on her. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 2:00 Brand Developers 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: “Stolen From The Heart” (M a,v) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Surf Patrol 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Marilyn lies to get out of dinner with John, Heath is finally convinced someone is out to get the Braxtons and Indi runs the gym into debt while paying for the private investigator. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 10:30 Hannibal: Sorbet - Jack has Will profile the murder of a man in a hotel room, discovered dead in a bathtub with his kidney removed. 11:30 Man Up! 12:00 The Take 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Seven Early News 5:30 Sunrise Extra

5:00 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Revived Monastery 6:00 Britain’s Best Drives: Lake District 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Jimmy’s Forest: Autumn 8:30 Extreme Frontiers: Canada - Adventurer Charley Boorman continues his journey across Canada, the world’s second largest country, by motorbike. 9:30 Borgen: State Visit 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Caramel” (M a) - Lebanon’s official entry at the 2008 Academy Awards takes a vibrant and intricate look at the lives and relationships of five Christian and Muslim women who work at, and frequent, a Beirut beauty salon. 12:55 Movie: “Sympathy For Lady Vengeance” (MAV v,s) - Beautiful Lee Guem-ja is finally out of jail after thirteen years imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy. She can now start to seek revenge on the man who was really responsible for the boy’s death. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 World’s Greenest Homes 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 My Family 1:00 The Genius Of Design 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Newmarket 6:55 Clarke And Dawe 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 The Checkout 8:30 Kirstie’s Vintage Home: Jannine And Shaun 9:20 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man: Fun And Games 9:50 Grumpy Guide To...: Money 10:15 Lateline 10:50 The Business 11:20 On Trial: DNA... DNA - DNA evidence has become one of the most potent weapons in the armoury of law enforcement. 12:10 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:10 The Clinic 2:05 Cheese Slices: Cyprus 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 10: South Fremantle Vs Claremount 5:30 Cheese Slices

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 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 Sky High 8:00 The Block Sky High: Unlocked 8:30 The NRL Footy Show 10:30 Arrow: Damaged - Oliver is arrested for murder and demands that Laurel represent him in court. Later, Oliver recalls a confrontation on the island with Deathstroke. 11:30 The AFL Footy Show - The Logie award-winning AFL Footy Show celebrates its 20th season, starring Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless and Shane Crawford. 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz 2:30 Brand Developers 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: “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” (M vs,a) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Surf Patrol 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Indi finally lets go of Romeo. Much to Dex’s apprehension, April gets a placement at his hospital. Maddy tries to manipulate Spencer into caring about her. Dex is worried about working with April, but April promises to respect his boundaries at work. 8:00 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 Man Up!: Letting Go - When the guys learn that Kenny’s car would cost five thousand dollars to fix, Will offers to fix it for him. Unfortunately, Will dismantles the car and then has no idea how to put it back together. 12:00 This Rugged Coast 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Seven Early News / 5:30 Sunrise Extra

5:00 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 Celtic Thunder: Heritage 2:30 My Family Feast: Argentinean 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: French Coastlines: Dunkirk To Le Harve 6:00 Britain’s Best Drives: The Wye Valley and Forest Of Dean 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Shane Delia’s Spice Journey 8:00 The Little Paris Kitchen 8:35 The Spice Trip: Cambodia: Black Pepper 9:30 One Born Every Minute USA: Graduating Into Parenthood 10:25 World News Australia 11:00 Erotic Tales: The Gas Station 11:35 Erotic Tales: The Gallery - Outside a lingerie shop, a man finds himself the sensual object of a beautiful woman’s desire 12:05 Movie: “Grbavica” (MA l) In Bosnian. A powerful, understated look at post-war Sarajevo with a single mother’s struggle to survive her personal demons and raise a teenage daughter in a city broken and scarred by conflict. 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 149

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TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

A get-together with a close friend will be extremely helpful. You may have forgotten just how much you rely on their insight. Show them you care! Romance. A meeting with a “platonic friend” could change your relationship with this person. Be aware of your mannerisms!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) The Moon/Venus Midpoint moving through your sign will help to put your back on track. You have strayed from recent projects and need to return to them! Romance. You’ll be completely in touch with your partner’s emotions. There could be some ups and downs this week!

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


Your enthusiasm will help to propel you forward this week. However, it is important that you are completely clear about what you want. Romance. You will be in the mood for an adjustment at the moment. Everything is going well, but you would benefit from small changes.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Once you have made up your mind about something, it will be difficult to change. You need to be more open to other options! Romance. You will be in the mood for some serious relaxation this week. Both you and your partner have worked hard recently and deserve some rest.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

You may be a little difficult to handle. Try to calm down a bit, if you can. You don’t want to overwhelm your friends. Romance. You will have a lot of initiative this week. This is a better time to spend time alone. Don’t worry about meeting someone from the opposite sex.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


The Moon/Vesta Midpoint currently in your sign should help you to understand recent events. How you handle this information is yet to be seen. Romance. A chance encounter will show you how much your relationship has improved over the past few weeks. Embrace it!

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) An old friend will soon be coming back into your life. You will learn a lot about yourself in a very short time. They haven’t changed much. Romance. A relationship which has been “on the boil” for the past two weeks could suddenly boil over. Do your best to prevent this disaster.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

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You need to make more time for your health. Take a moment to go outside and reconnect with nature. You’ll be pleased! Romance. Your partner might be pessimistic this week. They may need some reassuring, but fortunately will be quickly encouraged by your mood.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Try not to get too frustrated during your journey to work. If you are not careful, you will lose your patience and this could be dangerous. Romance. Your love-life is in good shape as you and your partner tackle projects together with ease. Don’t be so surprised about this!

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You will be rushing about all over the place this week. Use a map and track your route beforehand. Romance. Your love-life will demand more attention than you are able to give it at the moment. Are you prepared to leave some work unfinished to find the needed time?

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)


Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

– Robert Fripp


A burst of energy later in the week will help you to get on top of things. This will be an excellent time for pushing through a difficult change. Romance. This would be a good time to practice your listening skills. Your partner may be feeling ignored lately. Lend an ear!

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A comment made by a colleague may surprise you. You probably had no idea they thought the way they do about you. Romance. Your energy levels will be at their highest. This will be an excellent time to make small changes in your personal life. There’s always room to improve.

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Centre Manager Vikky Burrows and teacher Jane Heraghty, tell me that more murals are planned. Watch this space. Or, better still, visit the Mural. It’s tremendous. We were visiting with Margaret and Neil Golledge from Coffs Harbour, who just couldn’t get enough of the area. We’d already seen two brahminy kites together in the middle of the road, plus three crocs on the river, so the mural was a great climax to their visit. Then, closer to home, we saw two separate young cassowaries probably recently kicked out by dad so he could start his next rearing responsibility. Great wildlife and great experiences for any traveller. Another good experience was the Bloomfield Track. It’s been a little slippery during wetter days, but okay with care. There should be no real issues with upcoming high tides and there are some lovely early to mid-afternoon low winter tides to provide good beach walking. Happy travelling. Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours Ph: +61 7 4098 9180

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Living Well


Farewell Clare! Now it’s time for the eight week challenge WELL, the founder of this column, Clare Richards has departed, but she has asked me to keep promoting the benefits of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, so here I am, very grateful for the opportunity. No doubt we’ll all miss her lovely tropical recipes, but I hope I can continue to share some great “tried and tested” recipes, healthy living advice and in these frugal times with the sea of environmental and economic challenges we face, promoting ways to live life well while spending very little. Just a bit about me - My name is Michelle Hodgkiss. I’m a nurse with over twenty years experience.

My speciality is burns, plastics and high dependency nursing, a job I greatly enjoyed in my eight years of working in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Services. I am currently studying for my Masters in Clinical Science; my systematic review is on Vitamin D (25-hyroxyvitamin D) levels and what effect this has on sepsis. Top Tip: we need 15 - 20 minutes of sun exposure every day and a good source of fish oil in our diet to maintain our health and an overwhelming body of evidence supports the fact that this will prevent many of the chronic health conditions we globally suffer from

today. I have had the pleasure of living in Cooktown for almost five years now and am very fortunate to work both at the Cooktown School as the School Youth Health Nurse and as the Clinical Quality Coordinator for the Cape York Hospital and Health Service based at the Community Health at Cooktown MPHS. So, the first thing I would like to share with you is an 8 Week Challenge. Our previous community nutritionist Richard Ball, who has very kindly allowed me to share this excellent resource with you, developed this.

The aim of the challenge is simply for people to change one aspect of their diet a week until week 8 where you would be following all 8 challenges (Noting that it takes approximately 21-30 days to change a habit, and another 30 days to reaffirm the ‘new’ habit/ behaviour). The 8 Week Challenge is a not a quick fix weight loss diet. There are no magic pills or promises or prizes. In fact during these 8 weeks we will not be concentrating on weight at all. We will simply be looking at eating patterns and making small adjustments gradually. These modifications will lay the

foundations for an eating plan that will ensure you are getting the right nutrients and will assist in long-term weight loss or weight management. That is all I am going to share with you for this week, but be prepared for next week with your willpower and determination to succeed - that is all I am saying! Take care for now, Ps: If there are any health topics in particular you would like me to cover or you feel there needs to be an awareness about, please feel free to contact me. hodgkissmichelle@ Happy to be forwarded any “healthy recipes” too!



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Barperson Required. Must have experience and RSA & RGS. Email: cooktown.rsl@ .

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The Lions Den Hotel has a vacancy for an experienced Cook to work with the hotel’s catering team. Applicants need to have experience in commercial cooking, particularly the preparation, cooking and service of group meals. Attractive pay rates. Must be able to work every second weekend and be available for early starts. Approximately 30 hours per week starting immediately through ‘til the end of the year. Call Max or Faith on 4060 3911.


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Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest are now being taken for Community Donations for the next six (6) months, July to December, 2013. Closing date: Sunday, June 30, 2013. Please forward your request to: PO Box 233, Cooktown, Q 4895 or email:

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The Cooktown Horse Sports Team will compete at the Lakeland Annual Gymkhana on Satuday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. For more information phone 0428 695 609. GO! COOKTOWN, GO!


SALE ADVERTISE YOUR GARAGE SALE HERE! Email your line classified through to ads@ or call 1300 4895 00.

DRILL NORTH will be in the Cooktown area from Tuesday, May 21. Large rig depth and volume no issue. If you require a waterbore please phone Mike (07) 4095 1199 or mobile 0428 951 199.

Bloomfield River State School Temporary Teacher Aide Vacancy 16 hours/week Expressions of interest are called for a temporary Teacher Aide position as follows: Hours: 8.30am – 1pm + ADO; Duties: classroom assistance, teaching literacy and numeracy with small groups and individual students, playground duty and outdoor physical activities with students. Mandatory experience: 1. Have a current Working with Children certification or the ability to obtain one. 2. Have good literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills. 3. Have excellent communication skills. Applicants with previous experience working with students with special needs would be an advantage. Position closes at 3pm, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Interested persons should submit their resume and a brief two-page application outlining their experience addressing the above skills to: The Principal Bloomfield River State School Bloomfield River Via Cooktown Qld 4895 Email to: Further information can be obtained by contacting the Principal, Robyn Farrands at the school on 4060 8134 or 4060 8170 after hours.


Fish are waiting for lure fishers THERE’S a small offshore window open today so I hope you are fishing offshore. As it is a one day window that will close by the weekend with a strong blast of south-easters. Last week produced some solid golden snapper (finger mark) with best specimens at 50 cm and both local guides reporting good catches of them, as well as some solid mangrove Jacks along with some good numbers of barra. Mud Crabs have also been in good numbers in the local river systems, while queen fish were being caught on poppers from the Annan River. Completion of the new boat ramp on the Webber esplanade is getting closer, with only a few more link slabs to be put in place, which will be done when we have a low, low tide. With a good number of live baits around, anglers have found a good variety of species testing their skills, never knowing what will inhale next, including a turtle that had to have a hook carefully removed before releasing to swim free. The angler thought he had hooked a monster barra, but was then was left in the dilemma of what

to do when he realised he had hooked a protected species. So removing the hook made the most logic rather than leaving braid that could entangle it and cut into its flippers. Battle Camp Road is now open and Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park is open to Kalpowar with the top end of the park expected to open in the middle of June so most anglers will be keen to get a lure into some of those remote water holes where the fish have not seen a lure for seven months. So cooler weather aside, the chances are still good. Cape Melville is open from June 14, so it will not be long before the tourists start flowing in. With a strong blast of southeeasters forecast for the weekend, a quick trip into the park could be a good option either for the day, or an overnight camp. But don’t forget to book on line for a camp permit. Tight Lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop

Range closed for maintenance

THE Cooktown SSAA range is closed to shooters this weekend to facilitate work being done on the facility by a contractor. Last Wednesday night’s 3P Service Core match saw Russell snatch a good 5-point victory over Clint, who finished three point ahead of Janne in third. Final scores for the night were Ross on 339, Clint on 334 and Janne on 331. For anyone interested in obtaining a Firearm’s Licence, we will be conducting a firearm’s safety course at the club on Saturday, June 15.For more information or to book your place on the course, either phone 0419 695 799, or email: ssaacooktown@ Members are advised there will be a working bee held on Saturday, June 1. Tasks to be completed include some mowing, whipper snipping, some chain saw work and a general tidy up. Contact Mal if you are attending. Final May dates for your diary include: Sunday, 26 - Practical Shoot from 9am; and Wednesday, 29 - Sunset Shoot and general meeting from 5.30pm. June dates for your diary include: Wednesday, 5 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Wednesday, 12 - Special General Meeting from 5.30pm; Saturday, 15 - Firearms Safety Course from 8.30am; Wednesday, 19 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Wednesday, 26 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; and Sunday, 30 - Practical Shot from 9am. Janne Stewart Secretary/Treasurer

Open this weekend FIRSTLY, two more volunteers are all that are needed to complete the team that will contribute to this weekend’s Cooktown Open being a success. What we need is a “spotter” - a very important job for the Saturday - and also a main bar assistant (gofer) for both days. Please, please, please contact me if you can do either job. Secondly, thank you to Kate Thomson, Doug McKinless, Smithy, Micky Giordano, Michael Drahm and Barry Moran for putting up your hands to help out. Congratulations to Paul Haley on winning the Lucky Number Club draw. The number 95 was drawn by Trey Pengelly. A fair field turned out to compete in last week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford competition, with the event again being won by one of our virgin members who had never played competition before. Congratulations Ray Lennox on winning your first-ever competition with 40 Stableford points. Don Keller was next in line as the runner-up with a score of 36. A good field competed in last Saturday’s Cooktown Hardware and Italian Restaurant Monthly Medal competition. Rick Butler was the winner of the men’s division with a nett score of 62, while Graham Burton was runner-up with 64.

The ladies winner for the day was Alice In the Burton with 69, with Julie Sauer the runner- Bunker up with 76. Nearest-the-pins were landed by Alice Burton for 2/11 and 9/18, and Wal Welsh for 5/14. Lowest gross score for the day was Graham Burton who hit 75 off the stick. Kim Haskell and Paul Haley were the only two members to compete in Sunday’s Cape York Tyres 9-Hole Stroke competition. Both turned in a score of net 32 for the back nine and Kim was the winner on a count-back. Paul Haley is leading the field so far for this week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition with a nett score of 65. Kim Haskell is currently in runner-up position with 67. With Friday being a hectic day with many Cooktown Open players having a round, the weekly competition will end on Thursday. The course is closed on Saturday and Sunday to any members or visitors who are not playing in the Cooktown Open. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett, Manager Cooktown Golf Links

Dee looks pretty happy with this barra. Photos submitted.

Big weekend of shooting at the Cameron Creek Road range AT the SSAA Cameron Creek Range, it was a full weekend of shooting in three different disciplines - Pistol, Service Rifle and Shotgun. Early Saturday morning, rifle shooters tested some loads followed by the shotgun shooters doing some training and pattern board testing. This is done by firing at a steel plate set up as a pattern board to see where the pellets are hitting. While Rifle and Pistol shooters can instantly see where their shots land and can make necessary adjustments, it is hard to see where shotgun pellets are going when they are fired at a moving target in the air. It was very interesting to see what happens on the pattern board. Saturday’s Combined Services 3 position Pistol Event was held under ideal conditions. From a possible score of 360.36 points, the following results were returned: 1st - Toby Graves 330.1, 2nd - Andy Gardner 324.3 and 3rd - Andrew Carvey 320.4. There was a slight delay with rain for Sunday’s Service Rifle Shoot, but otherwise it was not too windy. From a possible score of 150.30 points, the following results were returned: Rifle 3-position Core Event: Accurised class - 1st - Toby Graves 139.5, 2nd - Andy Gardner 138.11 and 3rd - Andrew Carvey 135.4. Standard class - 1st - Andy Gardner 133.9, 2nd Toby Graves 125.2 and 3rd - Trevor Maudsley 105.4. For the first time, we held a .310 Martini Cadet Rifle Event and from a possible score of 150.30 points. The following results were returned: 1st - Toby Graves 136.2, 2nd - Andy Gardner 135.7, while Gopher Maudsley scored 111.2 using a similar rifle of .357 Mag calibre. In the Standard Rifle 300 metre Deliberate event, from a possible score of 50.10 points, the following results were returned: Andy Gardner had 41 points, followed by Trevor Maudsley with 36.1., while Toby Graves scored 38 with the accurised rifle. The Tactical Rifle event was a 12-shot event on the smaller, mini core target set at 300 metres. From a possible score of 60.12 points, the following results were returned: Andrew Carvey scored 60.4 points, while Toby Graves scored 60.9 on the same target with the F2 class rifle. On this Saturday, May 25 we are holding our a scheduled working bee. If you can assist please contact your Discipline Captain for details, then on Sunday, May 26 there is a scheduled Black Powder Shoot, but you will need to contact your Discipline Captain to confirm if shoot will be held. Anne Williams Secretary

This angler thought he had hooked a classic barra, so imagine his surprise when he reeled in this turtle. After carefully removing the hook, the turtle was released.


THIS week’s run started with a certain amount of confusion. In the newspaper, it was scheduled to start at Offal’s place, but the Hash scribe had neglected to mention whether that was Offal’s bijou town house, or her estate in the country. The latter is a wonderful place, laid out in the halcyon days of Cooktown’s rural aristocracy by the well known landscape artist Capability Green - the obvious place for a run, but only Moses and Whizz arrived there. They had guessed wrong, and had to trek all the way back into town and arrived at the real start late. . . So they missed the arguments. The pack had started off promptly at 5.30, heading towards the Botanical Gardens. Now Offal claimed she had laid out plenty of clues using shredded paper, but they had somehow disappeared. They could have been tidied away by someone, or more likely, they could have been eaten by a unicorn. Whatever the reason -THEY WERE NOT THERE! That meant the pack had to think about where they were going, and this unaccustomed idea took its toll. They were walking unsteadily, their faces drawn with effort, as they navigated their way through the bush to Finch Bay, returning along the road. They had not seen many clues, but they did see the firies practising extinguishing chemical fires on the cricket pitch. Interesting. Back home, Nostril was in charge of the circle. He immediately punished Moses and Whizz for driving around the countryside instead of Hashing, and Offal for being mean with the clues. Next up was Archive, who is getting ready to celebrate his 400th run next week - congratulations. Next on the order of business, Offal brought out her special tuna and pasta. She cooks this because - she likes tuna. Not barramundi or coral trout. She prefers tuna, and very nice it was too. Now, just to avoid any confusion, next week’s run is hosted by Soggy. It will start from Soggy’s place in town, and end at Soggy’s place. There is no excuse for driving around the countryside and missing the start of the run. Just turn up at 5.30pm on Monday, May 27 to join in. Contact Moses on 4069 5854 or 0409 686 032 for details. On-on! Lye Bak

Season start THE Cooktown Cricket Association has released its draw for the first round of its 40-over matches. This Saturday, May 26 will see Marton face up to the Black Mountain Panthers. The draw from then is as follows: Saturday, June 1 - Council v Hope Vale; Saturday, June 8 - Hope Vale v BMP; Sunday June 9 - Marton v Council; Sunday, June 16 - Council v BMP; and Sunday, June 23 - Hope Vale v Marton. All games will be played at the Queens Oval, Botanic Gardens and all will start from 10am.

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No insurance no play for local league

Three Rivers rugby league action during season 2013 has been missing from John Street Oval, and that will remain the case until all players’ insurances are paid. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

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THE issue of unpaid senior rugby league players’ insurance has once again raised its ugly head, with the expectation of a Three Rivers side participating in this weekend’s Remote Area Rugby League Far North Queensland Challenge dashed because local players are not covered. Three Rivers had been drawn to play against Northern Cape York, but as at Tuesday afternoon, this is not going to happen. In the first two years of the competition, players’ insurance was wholly covered by the Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Councils and the Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation for their sides - Hope Vale Red Soil Rebels, Hope Vale Backstreet Warriors, Wujal Wujal Yindili and the Cooktown Crocs respectively. However, at the first general meeting of the league this year, a resolution which was proposed by the executive committee and passed by representatives from all the participating teams that players be required to pay $50 each - half of their individual commitment, while the councils would pay the other half of the bill. But in a recent meeting, players and team representatives described the difficulties they were experiencing in raising $50 each, so alternative methods of fund raising have since been explored. The problem remains though that the insurance has

not been paid and no Three Rivers League sanctioned games have been played. And won’t be played according to President Peter Scott who refuses to budge on the issue. “This was a committee decision and voted on at a proper meeting,” he said. “The simple fact is, without insurance they can’t play. “It’s a Queensland and Australian Rugby Leagues’ declaration. “Players of all ages, all over the country have to be insured and these blokes have to also.” Queensland Rugby League Regional Co-ordinator Dave Maiden said while it is disappointing the locals would not be represented in the Challenge, he supported the Three Rivers League committee’s stance on the matter. “We don’t interfere in the running of local leagues, but there is no getting around it, the players up there have to pay,” he said. “We’re living in a “user pays” world in most aspects of life.” Months since the start of their regular season and no games played, players have expressed their disappointment at a lack of communication from the league’s executive committee in a number of facets of the administration of the competition.

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Wombat digs deep to maintain lead WOMBAT_101 has continued to maintain a five-point lead after round 10 in Cooktown Local News/Hinterland Aviation/Inn Cairns NRL footy tipping competition. Wombat_101 now has 63, after correctly tipping seven of the eight winners on the weekend. TheFantasticMrsFox, who scored seven, is locked in a two-battle on 58 with Eye of the Tiger who also scored seven. Tied up on 56 are Nikki (7) and Beagleb2 (7). Prickly (6) sits on 55, while Maggie_P (5) is on 54. On 53 are Pootie Tang and Kintaine, with Wazza on 52. 49: Cameron Neill, bubsie1981, Whiteyfunk. Many scored seven, but no one managed a perfect round.

On seven were: wombat_101, TheFantasticMrsFox, Eye of the Tiger, Nikki, Beagleb2, Pootie Tang, Kintaine, Cameron Neill and FNQ_Chris. Only two managed six: Prickly, Wazza. All but four - Kintane, Camf, FNQ_Chris, Superstar - stumbled at the Knights’ big win against the Bulldogs. The Panthers’ massive victory against the Warriors also proved tricky. The winner of the Cooktown Local News/ Hintertland Aviation and Inn Cairns NRL footy tipping competition will received a return flight to Cairns with Hinterland Aviation and three nights’ accommodation in Inn Cairns right in the heart of Cairns. The runner-up will receive $250 from the Cooktown Local News. The Hinterland Aviaton/Inn Cairns/ Cooktown Local News NRL footy tipping

competition is free - there is no joining fee and no charges whatsoever are associated with it. The competition is computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Cooktown Local News nor sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators. The results will be provided in the Cooktown Local News, the Cooktown Local News facebook page and the competition operator’s website after each round. Staff from the Cooktown Local News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. In the event of a tie, the prize value will be divided among the joint winners. Only residents with local post codes and subscribers to the Cooktown Local News are eligible to enter.

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Name Total Score wombat_101 63 TheFantasticMrsFox 58 EYE of the TIGER 58 Nikki 56 Beagleb2 56 Prickly 55 Maggie_P 54 POOTIE TANG 53 Kintaine 53 Wazza 52

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3 Storm

11 Cowboys

4 Sea Eagles

12 Dragons

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with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Cooktown Local News nor sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators. The results will be provided in the Cooktown Local News, the Cooktown Local News website and the

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competition operator’s website after each round. Staff from the Cooktown Local News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. In the event of a tie, the prize value will be divided among the joint winners. No substitution of prizes for cash. Residents with local postcode and subscribers only eligible to enter and win prizes.



Sylvia Simpson introduced the models for the fashion show.

Deanna Van der Zalm and Chanelle Oldaker.

Rose Witheridge, Diane Roesler and Krista Whitford.

Karen Burton and Wendy Widdison.

Heather Willcox and Sue Phillips checking out head wear options for this year’s races.

Kelly Callcott, Debbie McLean and Mel Cymbala.

Jacynta Hunt and Julie Olive.

Three generations of girls from the one family, Wendy Maudsley, Symone Welsh and Sharron Welsh.

Mel Thomason, Lydia Barkley and Kim Giese.

Jodie Blades showing Sue Van Dijk her fashions.

Nardia Whitman modelling the perfect race day outfit.

Mum and daughter Tricia and Jodie Haendel.

Jess Gilmore takes her turn on the catwalk.

Tracey Zahnleiter, Niki Neill and Sue Gaynor.

Tracey McAuley and Kim Petterson.

Peta Buhmann and Chris Palmer.

Tess Buhmann (left) leads her team in a display of Zumba.

Helen Hobson and Merle Boyle.

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Sport Cooktown Local


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Chat with Matt G’day again, LAST weekend’s defeat at the hands of the second-placed Sydney City Roosters was again the result of 10 minutes that didn’t match up to the rest of our efforts. There were about four or five times where we didn’t get our sets to our kicks and that cost us dearly. But then, there were some times in the early part of the game that saw us conceding penalties inside the Rooster’s 22 (metre zone) that virtually let them “out of jail”, with us taking the pressure off them and putting it back on ourselves. Penalties like that really hurt, not just in tactical terms, but also psychologically out on the field too. It was a really hard game and I thought we defended well throughout. We had talked about the quality of their defensive game and that we had to step up to match them, which I thought we did. The game went right down to the wire, with (winger) Ash Graham just failing to score after the final hooter. If Ash scores that try, the score is locked with Johnno (Thurston) taking the conversion attempt from the sideline, and he’s been known to kick a few of those under pressure. If he misses though, we would have gone into golden point and from there it’s anyone’s game again. But, that wasn’t the case, and we’re left to reflect on another loss. I thought some of the good aspects of our game were the way we scrambled in defence and how we were still able to throw the ball around despite playing the whole game in pouring rain. In fact, the handling of both teams was really very good considering the conditions. Another plus for us was the form of Ray Thompson, who I thought had a great game, tackling well and taking the ball forward through the rucks from dummy-half. However, we lost the game, so add crucial errors at crucial times to what I have already said were our negatives, and that’s what we’ll be working on this week. Even though we lost, I think we can still take heart from a much-improved performance against the high flying Roosters, along with a good performance in our defeat against the Rabbitohs. They’re running second and first respectively and in both games, we were in with a chance of winning. For myself, I’m pretty sore. Like I said, it was a tough game with some heavy hits. As for my own game, I’m feeling a bit more confident and thought I achieved my goals of becoming more involved, especially in defence. Knowing all that though won’t make this week’s game against the Tigers any easier. They’re running last at the moment, but we’re playing them on their home ground in Friday night football and the Tiges love nothing better than to prove the critics wrong. We never take any team lightly, but from here on in, the attitude that every second is crucial must be uppermost in our minds. Anyway, don’t forget to tune in to Imparja, we’ll be out there trying our best for you and we always enjoy knowing you’re behind us all the way.

Sue Steffensen and Carol McKinna.

McKinna and Walter champs THREE major competitions were played at the Cooktown Bowls Club over the last two weeks. Congratulations go to Carol McKinna who won the Ladies A Grade Championship Singles last weekend, beating Sue Steffensen 25 to 22. The two Barrys battled it out for the Men’s Championship honours, with Barry Clarke running away from Barry Walter with a final score of 25 to 18. Then Barry Walter got his mojo back in

the Open Singles Championship beating Sue Steffensen 26 to 22. The Cooktown ladies will contest the Pennant Shield in Malanda on May 21 and 22 and the men will travel to Yungaburra over the Queen’s Birthday weekend for the Atherton Tableland District Men’s Pennants Competition. Good luck to both our teams. Hopefully you will bring back another pennant to pin on your hats. Good bowling all. The Bowls Bag

Barry Walter and Barry Clarke.

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