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Dredging delay costing town tourist dollars Tourists are ‘missing out’ on the Museum, Gardens, walks etc By GARY HUTCHISON LOCAL cynicism about dredging of the Cooktown Harbour being delayed until “the first half of next year” has been as thick as the silt restricting access to the Endeavour River. In the July 25 edition of the Cooktown Local News, the Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed the time line. “Yeah right . . . more like 2024 - they’ve been promising that for years,” one pundit said. Another offered the memory that in 16 years of residence in Cooktown, they had not seen the river dredged. However, the Cook Shire Council has advised that a dredging permit was granted in 1999, with the condition the project be completed within 12 months. So it can be assumed the river was last dredged sometime between 1999-2000. But while the various departments dither with bureaucratic processes, Cooktown’s tourist trade is suffering because of the size of the vessels that can gain access here, along with the time that can be spent because of the situation. Coral Princess II General Manager Mark Fifield said he can now only offer “very limited” tours. “We bring about 35 visitors to Cooktown once a week,” he said. “But with the river the way it is, tourists have

the announcement that the river would in fact be dredged and offered the suggestion it be dredged deep enough for bigger vessels and cruise ships to gain safe access to the harbour. “I remember they used to anchor outside and their tenders (smaller boats) would bring passengers into the Wharf,” she said. “They can’t do that now because it gets too windy and too dangerous. “So we’ve been taken off their itineraries. “Those cruise ships carry between 1500 and 2000 passengers.”

Cooktown’s shallow Endeavour River harbour is affecting the amount of time tourists are spending in Cooktown. Photo: HARISON STROPPE.

It’s show time . . .

With RVs in the background and one marquee already erected, Alain Daurian, Bernie Albert and Show Chief Steward Jack Degney put their backs into setting up another marquee for this weekend’s Cooktown and District Country Show. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. Get ready for the Show, Page 3. >>

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been missing out on the museum visit, the walk through the Botanical Gardens and the waterfront walk and others, depending on the tides. “So they are spending less time in Cooktown and leaving disappointed, which isn’t a ‘good look’ for it as a tourist destination. “From a business point of view, less time here means less money spent.” The Cooktown Local News has learned of an Irish traveller who made a special trip here to see the convent and the cemetery because of a past family connection, left very disappointed, completely missing out because of the time available to her. Mr Fifield said he would like to include another vessel in their operations, the Oceanic Explorer in their visits to Cooktown, but are unable to because of its draft and the depth of the river. He said as the silting of the river gradually worsens, he would probably have to rethink about keeping Cooktown as a destination for his tours. C o o k t o w n To u r s Owner-operator Justin Coventry said he had not, as yet, seen much of a difference. “But I can see the potential for it to get worse if the river isn’t dredged soon,” he said. Croc Shop (souvenirs) proprietor Linda Rowe shared Mr Coventry’s opinion, but welcomed



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editor flouride debate  letters to the editor: All sorts of conspiracy theories on flouride THIRTY years ago I read a Nexus magazine article on the dangers of man-made fluoride, and back then the magazine was all about “conspiracy theories”. Whistle-blowers and secret experiments, germ warfare and all sorts of “alternate” information was, and still is, available. No doubt Wikileaks is seen as a conspiracy theory too - it can’t be possible that those who govern us would secretly do us harm can it? That secret agendas such as


Sat 3. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - 9am to 10am. Sat 3. Kidz Art Society at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery

from 10am to noon. Sun 4. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 6. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30am. Tue 6. Cooktown Writers' Group meeting at Lions Hall, Amos Street from 6.30pm. Tue 6. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 7. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Thu 8. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30am. Thu 8. Public meetings - Tin Shed at Ayton from 6.30pm to decide on disbursement of former Bloomfield Sports Association funds, followed by AGM and general meeting of Bloomfield Memorial Association. Sat 10. Rossville P & C Markets from 9am at the Rossville Marketplace. Sat 10. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - 9am to 10am. Sun 11. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 1.30pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Tue 13. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30am. Tue 13. Endeavour Lions Club meeting at the Lions Hall in Amos Street from 7pm. Tue 13. Cooktown Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 8pm in the CWA Hall in Charlotte Street. Call 4069 5626 for details. Wed 14. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Thu 15. Swim for Your Life at the Cooktown Pool from 11.30am to 12.30am. Sat 17. First day of Cooktown Horse Sports 2-day event at the race course from 9am. Live band featuring Black Image. Contact Raeleen 0428 695 609 for more information or to pre-nominate. Sat 17. Cooktown Pool - Aqua Aerobics - 9am to 10am. Sat 17. Opening of Cooktown Kids Art Exhibition at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery from 10am. Sat 17. Cooktown SSAA annual general meeting from 1.30pm.

sterilisation additives to vaccines administered in third world countries, to cull a minority/native population in two generations. That couldn’t happen, could it? But ethnic cleansing is probably another conspiracy theory - ask any government in the world and they’ll deny it’s happening. Man-made fluoride is different to natural fluoride. Man-made fluoride is highly toxic to the brain, a nice slow insidious poison doing long-term damage. Anna Bligh made it

I THINK we should all use critical thinking when discussing fluoride in our water supply. Many are campaigning vehemently in opposition. Originally, laws were introduced when Queensland’s dental health languished among the nation’s worst (except in Townsville, where fluoride was already in the water and oral health was 65 per cent better than in other parts of the state). On November 29, 2012 legislative changes made by the Newman Government restored local control of fluoride management across Queensland. “Amendments made to the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 mean communities can choose how to manage fluoride. Under the amendments local governments can consider what is in the best interests of their community and move to retain or opt out of fluoridation.” So now it is up to us to choose. Let’s make that decision based on facts and not panic or conspiracy theories. Research as recent as 2012

confirms (Ref: Rugg-Gunn AJ, Do L. Effectiveness of water fluoridation in caries prevention. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2012 Oct;40 Suppl 2:55-64) fluoride is a safe solution to help the dental health of all Queenslanders. This major 2012 Australian study analysed all studies published worldwide from 19902010, in any language, which reported the effects of water fluoridation. The authors found 59 studies from 10 countries, yielding 83 separate evaluations into the effectiveness of water fluoridation (30 for primary teeth and 53 for permanent teeth). Thirteen of the studies were conducted in Australia. Every one of these 59 studies without exception. showed a significant reduction in tooth decay from water fluoridation, with most showing reductions of around 20-60%. It is important to note that fillings have a limited life span, and are regularly replaced or repaired. Preventing one permanent tooth cavity in a child may prevent not just one cavity, but a whole

letters to the editor THE Cooktown Local News always welcomes and encourages community comments through the Letters to the Editor column on issues on which you care to comment. This column provides a healthy avenue for the community to express their thoughts and feelings on matters to which they can relate or in which they are interested. However, this paper will not publish letters or comments which contain personal and/or defamatory attacks on other people. Letters and comments must relate to and address the issues under discussion and not include personal invective. It is not this newspaper’s wishes to discourage public comment, but all comment must remain within the guidelines and conditions under which this column is provided and published. Mark Bousen, Group Editor, Regional and Remote Newspapers.

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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Where we go: Approx 1400 copies distributed every Thursday throughout Cooktown, Hope Vale, Rossville, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield, Ayton, Marton, Port Douglas, Mossman, Cairns, Lakeland Downs/Laura, Mt Carbine/Mt Molloy, Mareeba and Coen, and subscribers across Australia and overseas.

It’s easy to brain-wash a dumbed-down population. Keep them “drugged” on every new man-made “cure” the drug companies can come up with. Keep them fixated on TV, Facebook and every electronic gadget to influence what they see, hear, and think most of the time. But then a One World Government and a New World Order is another conspiracy theory. Er . . . it is, isn’t it? Trisha Allen, Cooktown.

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mandatory to be put in town water supplies. Is that legal? Her party crossed the floor of parliament in protest, and she lost her job. Many towns have now removed it (Cairns, Atherton), and others didn’t take up the big payment and haven’t put it in (Mareeba). Why would any government spend millions of dollars to mass medicate the people to “prevent tooth decay”? Or is there another agenda? But there’s another conspiracy theory.

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lifetime of treatment on that tooth, with each successive treatment becoming larger, more complex and more expensive. Opponents say Professor Trevor Sheldon’s (MSc, MSc, DSc, FMedSci. Chair of the Advisory Group for the systematic review on the effects of water fluoridation conducted by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination the University of York and, published on October 7, 2000) letter to express “concern that the results of the review have been widely misrepresented” is proof that fluoride is not safe and effective, but the Professor also wrote that ‘until high quality studies are undertaken providing more definite evidence, there will continue to be legitimate scientific controversy over the likely effects and costs of water fluoridation’. Well, further high quality studies have been done, and show above have proven fluoride to be “safe and effective” so using older studies is no longer valid. The World Health Organisation, the Australian National Health and Medical research Council, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Australian, Canadian and American dental

Issue now ‘muddied further’ COOK Shire Mayor Peter Scott, tries to “clarify” issues in the fluoride debate, but has ‘muddied’ the water even further. With respect to “Safety Levels”, the Council is putting a ‘concentration’ (not a dosage) of 0.7mg/l into the water supply. The “dosage” Mr Scott should have referred to, is in fact the amount that each of you ingests from the water supply and is therefore different for everyone. Where the public is also misled is in the term “fluoride”. Sodium silicofluoride, a cheap,

untreated industrial waste product containing all manner of contaminants and heavy metals, is put into your water supply. It comes mostly from China (who don’t fluoridate themselves), has never been tested for human consumption, and should not be confused with the naturally occurring calcium fluoride. That is misleading! Monica Mesch Queenslanders for Safe Water, Air & Food Further letter Page 4 >>

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associations all agree that adding fluoride to drinking water at recommended levels reduces tooth decay. Concerns that water fluoridation is toxic and harmful are false. There is no scientific evidence to support these allegations. Although water fluoridation has been proven to benefit all residents of the community, the population that benefits the most are children, seniors and the hardest to reach - the poor, for whom other preventative measures may not be accessible. If we test the accuracy from all sources, have an open exchange of views using current available facts, and avoid distorting the current research we wouldn’t be swayed by the opposition. Please show your support for this proven public health measure that prevents so much pain and disfigurement from decayed teeth. Faye M Pini Cooktown

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Get ready for the bigger and better 2013 Show! ARE you excited yet? You should be - we have the best line up “ever” for the seventh annual Cooktown and District Country Show at the Race Course! The gate will open at 10am tomorrow, Friday, August 1. Volunteers will be on hand to take your entry fee of $5 per day/night or $10 for an all access pass, and to distribute the appropriate wristband. Stolen or misplaced wristbands will not be replaced, so make sure you keep it on until the Show concludes on Saturday, August 2. With over 100 RVs expected to arrive for the RV event coinciding with the Show, crowds will be bigger than ever before. Increased traffic will also be on the road, so be mindful of this and take care while travelling. Entries have come in by the hundreds, so expect some great displays of local talent in the eight competition categories: Children’s Art, Home Baking, Horticulture, Craft, Horses, Livestock, Produce and Photography. A great range of market stalls will be ready to sell their wares and promote their programs. All your favourite local food vendors will be there, as well as some special visitors from further south. Does anyone fancy a Cold Rock ice-cream or Subway sandwich? Kids will love the Animal Farm and the brand new selection of rides and amusements, and we’ve just booked some last minute entertainment to blow your socks off!

Junior photographer Sam Simmonds won a first place with this entry in last year’s Cooktown Show. Photo: SAM SIMMONDS.


Saturday, August 10 Program Starts 5pm at Mt Carbine Sports Grounds (Affilated with Northern Australia Horse and Cattle Association)

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All enquiries and nominations to Secretary – Ph: 4094 8337 – Nominations to be paid by 3pm on the day OPEN BULL RIDE - $1200 NOVICE BULL RIDE - $700 JUNIOR BULL RIDE - $500 PODDY RIDES - $200

Performing two shows daily will be the team from FMX Far North. Come along to check out their freestyle motor cross skills. There will also be live music and a licensed bar on both evenings and remember to stay for our 7.30pm fireworks display on Saturday night. For some basic housekeeping . . . most of the Show is outdoors this year so remember to bring your hats, sensible shoes and sunscreen and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you have any questions or concerns, head to the administration trailer beside the Race Club clubhouse or keep an eye out for one of the Show committee members (wearing either a lime green or sky blue shirt with COMMITTEE across the back). St John Ambulance will be looking after first aid this year - if you need assistance, please head to their stall. This year’s event is going to be something to remember so pack up the family and come on out to the Show!

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Les finally gets his screens and another dose of hospital BITTEN by a snake in his own home just over a month ago, Les Gibson was again hospitalised recently from the aftermath of the bite. It all started on June 29, when the 75-year-old Hope Vale resident was bitten by a black whip snake while sorting the washing in his laundry. With his leg paralysed and his foot swelling, Les was airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital where he was treated overnight. Les blamed the bite on his requests for security screening being ignored by a succession of relevant state government departments - more recently the Department of Building Asset Services. After Les’s story appeared in the July 18 edition of the Cooktown Local News,

screens were installed within days, and he is satisfied with the department’s response and happy that security screens have been fitted to his front and back doors. However, he was left asking one question: “Why did I have to get bitten by a snake before something was done after years of asking for them (screens).” But the saga didn’t end with the installation of screens. Les was hospitalised again on July 26, with his foot still badly swollen and concerns about the reasons for his condition. “I was sent to Cooktown Hospital for an X-ray, but they couldn’t seem to find anything wrong, so they formed the opinion I was suffering an infection from the snake bite,” he said.

“They put me on a strong antibiotic drip for about halfan-hour, and gave me some tablets, which I have been taking since,” he said. “But why? “Why did I have to be bitten by a snake before I finally got some action after never missing a payment over 20 years of renting that house?” And while happy with the improvements to his house, Mr Gibson said said he was disappointed with Member for Cook David Kempton’s comments that appeared in the same edition. In his response at the time, Mr Kempton said: “The department has only been managing this dwelling since April, 2008. Prior to this the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council was managing the property.

Woman charged after fatal crash A FATAL motor cycle crash at Cape Tribulation on July 2 has been investigated by the Cairns Forensic Crash Investigation Unit. A 19-year-old British woman died after a motorcycle on which she was a pillion passenger, struck trees after leaving the road at around 9.30pm. Police have charged a 21-year-old woman from the United States.

The 21-year-old, who was allegedly riding the motorcycle at the time of the crash, was issued with a notice to appear for one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. She appeared in the Mareeba Magistrates Court last week, but the case was adjourned to October 8.

Students give up food to fight hunger A TEAM of 34 high school students from Cooktown State School will join together to support World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine. The students will go without food and try to survive in a simulated slum in the Events Centre later in August. The school hopes to raise $1000 this year for the 40 Hour Famine and welcomes support from the community. Last year Cooktown School was awarded a

special certificate from World Vision for their hard fund raising efforts, placing them in third position against schools such as Townsville Grammar and Cairns High. The certificate is worth a read and can be found in the school office. The students at Cooktown School really thrive on uniting together to organise something so meaningful for others. For further information contact Chappy at Cooktown State School on 4082 0222.


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Les Gibson, with the screen door it took a snake bite and hospitilisation to get installed. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. “Mr Gibson has been years ago and we were asking the tenant for over 20 years. for screens while she was Mr Gibson only requested alive,” he said, contradicting screens after the snake bite the information supplied by incident, with the request the local member. being received on 1 July “I’ve been asking for 2013.” them since, so to say what Mr Gibson said: “My he did is wrong,” Mr Gibson wife passed about seven said.

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Museum’s ‘mainstay’ celebrates 21 years DUBBED the “mainstay” at the James Cook Museum by a colleague, Sue Bird recently celebrated 21 years as an employee there. June 28, 1992 was the day Sue first commenced her duties, which have since seen her taking on all roles available. “I first started as a cleaner when Ian and Carol McKinna were the managers,” Sue said. “I’ve done everything else since, but I’m mainly involved with reception and as an information officer.” And not only does she remember her first managers, she was also able to list their successors. “After Ian and Carol, there was Merle O’Doherty, then Helen Crampton, then Penny Johnson and now Mel (Piddocke) is the manager,” she said. But what about other em-

ployees with whom she has worked in her 21 years? “There have been many and I wouldn’t want to list them in case I missed somebody out,” she said. So what else did colleague Geoff Weingarth have to say about the Museum’s longestserving employee? “She’s definitely the mainstay,” he said. “She knows where everything is, what jobs have to be done and then checks to be sure they have been done. “No really, she’s great to work with.” But after 21 years, does the Museum still hold its aura for Sue? “Oh yes, it’s a lovely place to work,” she said. “And one of the good things about the job is that I get to meet so many people.”

Sue Bird has celebrated her 21st year of working with the James Cook Museum. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON.

Five counts of breaching bail to see man in court A19-year-old Cooktown man has been charged with five counts of breaching his bail conditions. He is due to appear at the August 8 sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court, when it will be alleged he failed to comply with his bail conditions relating to residential, curfew and alcohol consumption conditions. Another local who will appear in court this

month is an 18-year-old Cooktown man who was allegedly found in possession of property suspected of being stolen on July 26. And in traffic-related matters: 20-year-old Cooktown was charged on July 23, with allegedly driving while unlicensed; 52-year-old Yungaburra woman was charged with drink driving on July 27, after she was

intercepted with a blood alcohol percentage of 0.62 %. She is due to appear at the September 5 sittings of the Cooktown Magistrates Court. September 5 will also be the date a 39-year-old Cooktown man will appear in court, also charged with drink driving, after he was intercepted on July 27 driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.60 %.

editor flouride debate  letters to the editor: Call to respect peoples’ right to choose IT’S great to see more people having their say about fluoridation. This provokes people to be more aware, to learn to respect our differences, as we all have the “right” to “express” and “to choose” what fits, rather than “be forced” with what conflicts with that belief. We have “choice” in every aspect of our life: work, play, relationships, spiritual or religious practice, where we live, shop or holiday, medical care and lifestyle choices and yet “safe water”, that is “essential” to “all forms” of “life” is being dosed with an industrial toxic waste from aluminium and fertiliser manufacturing, administered like a drug, without the usual medical precautions or “consent” or opportunity “to refuse”. Has anyone wondered where this Fluoride goes? Wikipedia definitions: “Approximately 70% of fresh water used by humans goes to agriculture . . . . the human body contains 58% -78% water depending on body size” and liquid water covers 71% of Earth’s surface. “A drug is a substance that

may have medicinal, intoxicating, performance enhancing or other effects when taken or put into the human body or the body of another animal, and is not considered a food or exclusively a food”. “In pharmacology, a drug is ‘a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental wellbeing’”. So the practice of adding fluoride to reduce dental decay fits into this definition, and at the moment, individuals dependent on Cooktown water supply are being “denied” their “right” to “choose” or “refuse”. This is “forced mass medication”. People have the “right” to “choose” or “refuse” drugs and treatments, even if recommended. For example chemotherapy, antibiotics, and vaccinations: Peoples’ choice “must be respected”. There are many examples of our rights being “given back” to us. Offices, waiting rooms, restaurants, other public places and various forms of transport, including planes used to force people to smoke

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passively. Being seated in a non smoking seat on a plane still meant you inhaled the smoke, without any means of escape or “choice” in the matter. Smoke free zones are now legislated. People who “choose not” to smoke are respected for that right to breathe smoke free air, and it is well known to not smoke around children or pregnant women, so as to not impose health risks onto them. People who “choose to” smoke can still do so. And so it should be with Fluoride, with people having the “right” to “choose” for themselves and for those they are responsible for. Information is freely available to help people make an informed decision. Fluoride is “not” a nutrient that needs to be added, like folate and thiamine, which are destroyed or removed when whole food is refined. Processed foods are fortified due to a loss of nutrients, but they are “not” a “medication” and they are “not forced” upon us. We can CHOOSE fortified foods and drinks “or not”. Iodised or non

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● 75+ acres with 1.3km of river frontage. ● The river is bordered by remnant rainforest and is habitat to an abundance of flora and fauna. ● The orchard consists of four passionfruit trellises capable of supporting 5000 vines, plus some 600 fruit trees, including rambutans, lychees, Tahitian and kaffir limes, grapefruit etc. ● Also includes four fully-fenced, separate paddocks, complete with irrigation. ● Property includes a dwelling, plus a number of sheds and outbuildings. ● Walk in, walk out option and/or separate sale of land and the ancillary plant and equipment. 4 – Cooktown Local News 1 - 7 August 2013

Iodised, Macrobiotic or Himalayan Salts are other examples where people can “choose” a healthier option “or not”! Artificial chemical farming methods and highly refined food processing adds a multitude of chemicals and can destroy the lifeforce that supports the living world. However, we can “choose” to grow and eat foods that have been grown without harmful chemicals and prepared in ways that preserve and aid nutrient absorption. We can “choose” to brew and use beneficial microbes to help restore the balance in the micro universe within our bodies and the Earth. We “all” need access to “pure water”: “It’s vital to our survival”. Those who prefer to eat and drink chemicals with their food and water can still “choose” to do so. You can “choose” fluoridated toothpaste, you are not being denied “your right” to “choose”. Let us respect and appreciate our differences, and allow us all the freedom of choice. Sandy Jones Cooktown

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Jack of all trades now Master of Mr Bill Story and photo By ERIC GEORGE I SAT down with Sel Wendt on board his charter boat Mr Bill, moored in the Endeavour River mouth. The Cooktown breeze was blowing and no paying customers would be going out for a while, so Sel was taking the chance to do a little maintenance. I started by asking Sel if he was a Cooktown boy. “No, there’s not many people who have been born in Cooktown. “I did know a few in the earlier days, but I was born in Brisbane and moved to Maryborough when I was six. My father owned a trawler in Brisbane and we were on the boat from a very early age. “My little brother was passed through the window at seven days old. “We moved to Maryborough and bought a dairy farm. From age six to perhaps 24, I worked on the farm and the sawmill, and in the hotel business. “From age eight we were driving tractors, ploughing paddocks, slashing grass, fixing machinery.” Sel was picking up the mechanical skills that are so important to running a boat. “Starting pumps, electric fencers, milking machines, all that sort of stuff. In those days we had Southern Cross diesel or petrol-kerosene engines, so from a very young age we were on the spanners doing maintenance. “Vital skills to the job I do today. I am the engineer as well as the skipper on the boat.” Sel received a great hands-on education. I asked how things had changed and what he would recommend for a young man today. “In my day, you learned more from the hands-on than you did from school - the three Rs only, in my experience.

All the other life skills were learned in a hands-on situation. “It is good to see the local school here is doing workplace apprenticeships. We had one of the school young fellows on board and out of that he is probably going to get some work with me down the track. “He is keen in this field and that is what I think is important - they are allowed to pick a field they have an interest in. “In his situation, he wants to go to sea so he needs sea time, but he also needs to study for a coxswain’s ticket as his first step. “He needs to go down the marine line and get whatever education he can take. When I went to school, there was none of that. “You went to school at nine and got home at three. You learned to read and write, and that was pretty much it.” Times changed for Sel and he came to Cairns to work in the hotel business. “I managed what was the Oceanic it is now called the Barron River Hotel in Freshwater. At that point it was in receivership and I worked for the receivers for 18 months. “I had an eight-year-old daughter and the pub was not really a suitable place for her to grow up. “Then they put the Bloomfield Inn into receivership, and they offered me the job of managing it. The daughter and I lived there for two years. “I moved to Cooktown and I needed something to do. “There were no lawn mowers in town and it was easy to buy a lawn mower and whipper-snipper, and an old ute, and I started a lawn care business.” That was a hard way to earn a living, but it was only a start for Sel. He went on to manage a caravan park, and to own and operate businesses on Charlotte Street. He ran a cafe, a

video shop, a games arcade, and even a clothes shop. He bought and built up the C Lures business, employing a couple of people making lures. He sold that business and it moved down to the Sunshine Coast. Sel’s next move was into a real estate agency, bringing more professional services to Cooktown. He did his training in Mossman. “From there I got an auctioneer and agent’s licence. We were the only agent, really, for some years. “We bought the Mossman office, and I used to drive back and forwards every week.” So when did Sel start with Mr Bill? “My first trip out of here was on the Trudena, skippered by an old friend, Jim Fairburn. That was the only charter boat out of Cooktown at the time. “I did a lot of deckhand work for Jimmy. It was a new interest. I had never done charter work before, and that spiked my interest

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to buy a charter boat. “From there it just went on. Mr Bill was an official pursuit boat for the America’s Cup. “It is in survey for 200 nautical miles offshore, with 10 passengers and two crew. “On the extended charters we try to keep it down to eight passengers. We get about 150 days a year repeat business. “Some of the charter groups have been coming for 12 or 14 years to Cooktown. “Take our last group. They have been coming for 12 years. They go in and out every day and stay at the Seaview. “So the Seaview gets 10 punters, and they drink at the RSL and all the other hotels in town. They would be spending - I don’t know - 40 grand in the 10 days they are up here.” As with all tourist businesses, Sel works hardest in the peak months.

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Those are not necessarily the best months for fishing, so I asked Sel which months he would recommend. He laughed and said: “January, February, March, when I’ve got no work! “It’s a hangover from many years ago when the road closed in the wet for a week at a time. They should come in January and February. It is a little bit hotter, but the weather is more predictable. “We have got the get the message out that we have not had a cyclone hit for how many years. “It is like a one-in-50 years event. The off-season here is not much different from the on-season. “It is greener. You can fish in the rain. After the showers, the sun comes out.” And finally, what present would Sel give Cooktown, if he had the power? He does not have to think about it. “Dredge the harbour!”

KEEP your fingers crossed Cooktowners, and let’s hope Sarah Henderson wins the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award on Saturday night. The award, which is being presented to a student for “outstanding achievement by a student who is due to complete, or has recently completed a traineeship in Queensland” will be announced at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns. But first, Sarah will help her Cook Shire colleagues in getting the Show up and running tomorrow, then she will be off to Cairns for the awards presentations, which will be held in Cairns on Saturday night. A recent graduate of a Cert III in Tourism, Sarah learned of her nomination in June. Should she win, she will be eligible to nominate for the Australian Training Awards.

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Close encounters of the Minke kind

ABOVE: The divers look down, while the whales look up. Photo submitted. BELOW: A female snorkeler waits for an approaching Minke whale. Photo submitted.

FANCY floating off a rope waiting to see if a Minke whale finds you interesting enough to get a closer look at you? That’s just one of the adventures enjoyed by tourists aboard the Undersea Explorer, a 25m steel ocean-going ship that offers more than just an eco-tourism experience. The vessel was berthed at the Wharf for two days recently, with its clients enjoying the sights of Cooktown before being ferried by 4WD back to Cairns along the Bloomfield Track. In turn, skipper John Rumney and his crew were waiting for the arrival of those doing the 4WD trek, so they could board for the reverse ocean-going experience of adventure diving, snorkelling, fishing and getting close and personal with an amazing sea creature. John said the tourists also offer valuable assistance to marine biologists with their research along the way. “The tourists help in whatever way they can,” John said. “And they get knowledge from lectures and film nights with the research crew along the way. On this trip we have Dr Alistair Birtles.” To facilitate the education experience, the vessel has a “bio deck” which includes all that is required to expand the knowledge of its guests. By law, the Undersea Explorer must moor a safe distance from any whale or whales, and cannot try to entice it closer. “Our guests just don face masks, flippers and snorkles and float from a rope,” he said. “Sometimes the whales show little or no interest, but it’s amazing just how

often they swim in for a look at the ‘strange creatures’ called humans. “The Minke whale tends to be a curious mammal if it doesn’t feel threatened, so it’s important those floating in the water stay perfectly still. “Just turning to look in their direction is enough to discourage them.” Although the Undersea Explorer offers five queen-sized cabins, John said the accommodation was definitely not luxurious, but the adventures available made up for it. “You could probably say it’s three-star accommodation with a five-star experience,” he laughed. One thing John is sure of is the level of satisfaction of those who venture out on his tours. We have a 40% re-booking rate,” he said proudly. Everyone who comes on board rates the trip as an ‘awe inspiring event’ for them.” Further information on the trips are available at au

ABOVE: Undersea Explorer skipper John Rumney and his vessel at the Cooktown Wharf on Saturday morning. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. BELOW: This whale is content to get close to a diver. Photo submitted.

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8 – Cooktown Local News 1 - 7 August 2013


100 Years On...



The Great White Line through Cape York DOUBLE HELIX science quiz


Quiz questions 1. How many hydrogen atoms are in a pentane molecule? 2. In which country is Lake Baikal? 3. Olfaction is another name for which sense? 4. What is the largest known marsupial to ever have lived? 5. Powerful, barn and boobook are all types of which bird? capital waiting a chance of a safe and sure investment. There never was a better opportunity of an investment which is absolutely certain to continually increase in value as the years roll on, and as the land on each side of the long line of route becomes populated. The Chillagoe Co.’s railway line has proved to

be the means of opening up and developing a lot of wealth-producing mineral country, and has opened the eyes of people generally even the most extreme and unbending Laborites - to the benefits which have accrued since it came into existence. It has enriched the State and the people of Queensland to a very appreciable extent,

Someone more caring than “Big Brother” have a receiver the truth of this tuned in to the Bible verse: “Where can I go right frequency. Likewise, God from your Spirit? is always there, Where can I flee from your pres- From the Pulpit but we’re often not tuned in to ence? If I go up to the heavens, you are his frequency so we don’t there; if I make my bed in sense his presence. Thankfully, we can tune the depths, you are there” in to God through prayer Psalm 139:7-8). When we understand and “approach the throne of how much God loves us grace with confidence, so and how willing he is to that we may receive mercy show us favour, our fearful and find grace to help us in flight can finally come our time of need” (Hebrews to an end and become a 4:16). Do you tune in daily to joyful flight in the opposite the one who knows exactly direction. There are thousands where you are, what you of radio waves floating are doing and thinking and through the air around cares so much for you? “For the eyes of the Lord us. We aren’t aware of them because we don’t move to and fro throughout the earth, “that He may Writers’ strongly support those whose heart is completely Corner Email your original writings, in His.” (2 Chron 16:9) verse or prose, for our column to either: Blessings or Pastor Peter or send them Cooktown Baptist Church to: P O Box 645, Cooktown, 4895. Dianne Keller, Cooktown Writers’ Group.

THE idea that “Big Brother is watching us” might be a worry, but there’s something infinitely better and higher that comforts us. God our Heavenly Father also tracks our movements “and thoughts”. Hopefully this makes us run to him - not from him! Just as Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden of Eden, our natural inclination is to hide from His scrutiny. Rather than be scared by this thought, the understanding of God’s nearness, care and interest in us as individuals, should bring us comfort. Rather than run from God as Jonah did, we should be running to Him. (Jonah discovered

Words from 1932 still ring true today THANKS to our 95-year-old Sylvia Geraghty’s habit of keeping safe treasures of the past, we have a poem this week that appeared in the Sydney Bulletin in 1932. Penned by Nancy Francis, a local lady enamoured of The Far North, its words are as true at this moment as they were in those distant days. “Cedar Bay”

I mind it well. The jungle drops quite steeply to the bay, Where is a crescent flat, well-grassed and edged With palms and she-oaks, leaning from the sea. Great boughs bent over, set in wave-lapped sand, Form a dim colonnade; on either hand Beach lilies blooming. Through each dusky tree Are white and amber jewels; orchids ledged To light the crannies of the enchanted way. No storms are there; Only the sun by day, the stars by night, And the sweet breeze that stirs the fragrant green, And the swift salt airs from faery isles afar; The wavelets crooning to the listening land, Leaving soft kisses on the enraptured sand, Sighing and fretting at the coral bar. Back from the shore the glittering hills a-sheen Support the sky, ascending height on height.

produced many millions of wealth, and has done no real injury to anyone country that would otherwise have been still lying undeveloped, and likely to remain so for the next half century, has been turned to useful account by the construction of this syndicate railway.

And the dear creek (Circling around the mountain base and so, By leafy ways, to find the dreaming sea); Shallow and clear, where little fishes swim About the horses’ hoofs, then dart away; Where, deeply hidden, wildwood creatures play On marsh and islet, and upon the brim The cassowary feeds; a monarch he, Standing in beauty, crested head aglow. The camp we pitched Beneath the talking trees close to the shore. The beat of homing pigeon wings at eve Close overhead; the lonely curlew’s cry; The great moon swinging in the purple dome---Ah! it is Paradise, my northern home! Peace spreads her mantle ‘neath the brooding sky. Beauty and joy their spells in silence weave And all my love is there for evermore. By NANCY FRANCIS

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greater and more far-reaching influence in opening up more widely, the vast resources of the immense area of land throughout the Peninsula, and in benefitting the many towns, cities and seaports throughout the colony of Queensland and the other States within the Australian Commonwealth. As a traveller along the lonely way - silent, open, wide track, which you can see along, in uninterrupted view, for miles, like the well-kept avenue in some rich gentleman’s estate, one naturally cannot help indulging in deep meditation. I have often meditated upon this scene of lonely beauty, and wondered if this great outlay of money, brains and labor could not be further utilised and improved to value in addition to its present use for the greater benefit of mankind and the better expansion of commercial enterprise. The idea which quite naturally asserts itself is, ‘Why should not a railway line run alongside the telegraph line, utilising the clearing and labor of years in destroying under growth ?’ We know that the hands of the Denham Government are quite full at present with valuable schemes for costly railway construction, yet there is no sound reason why they should not lease large blocks of land, for a long period, to a big syndicate railway company to construct this line on terms favourable to both parties, or to grant a subsidy. They have the power in their own hands at present, and there is plenty of idle

1. There 12 hydrogen atoms in a pentane molecule. 2. Lake Baikal is in Russia. 3. F Olfaction is another name for the sense of smell. 4. ADiprotodon is the largest known marsupial to ever have lived. 5. Powerful, barn and boobook are all types of owl.

ONE of Cooktown’s early citizens was a remarkable man named James Dick. Remembered as a visionary, a man before his time, he was always trying to find ways to improve our town. Apart from being a store owner (The Little Wonder Store), he also had a farm out near present day Hope Vale, where he grew a variety of tropical and exotic fruit. He also was an explorer/ prospector who traversed Cape York and also New Guinea. The following story is from the Cairns Post, Friday, August 8, 1913. How different would our town, and Cape York be today if someone had listened to him? “The Great White Line through the Cape York Peninsular” (Part 1). By JAMES DICK in the “P.D. Record” To the ordinary traveller along “The Great White Line” established in 1886, perhaps its greatness, its utility, its comprehensiveness and its possibilities may not be sufficiently grasped. Yet the whole wide world is brought into touch with that long stretch of white wire, which is silently doing its inestimable work, day and night. How it facilitates business all over the world. How it relieves the anxious thoughts of shipping merchants, friends, relatives, statesmen. How it assisted in the opening up and development of the great Cape York Peninsula for prospectors to explore for minerals and the settler, to look for land. Or how it can be used to exert a still

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WARREN ENTSCH - YOLONDE WERNER WEDDING, JULY 6 RIGHT: Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch with his bride Yolonde (nee Werner) whom he married on July 6 on their property in Malanda. A total of 60 guests were in attendance including Joe Hockey and Brendan Nelson among others. Photos submitted.

LEFT: Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch with his wife Yolonde and their three flower girls: (from left) Warren’s granddaughter Sarah Victoria, his new daughter Mackenzie Lee, and family friend Olivia Nealer.


Hens‘ night revellers at the Sovvy - (from front left) Latoya Wachter, Tiarni Carlo and Karen Baird with (from back left) Lela Jacobs, Sarah Martin and Arathea Wachter.

Birthday girl Celine Buck (centre) in a Sovvy sandwich between Al Own and Trevor Burton.


“Benny” with Kezzah Daley.

Ted Sharkey and Lynette McMahon, visitors from Taree, New South Wales at the Sovvy.

Claire Baker and Trevor Burton.

Janie Michael and Melisha McIvor.

ABOVE LEFT: Julie and Melisha McIvor with Ginger Baird and Adrena Pryor. ABOVE: Bride to be Charlotte Rangihua (2nd from left) was the centre of attention with (from left) Angie and Myola Michael and Helen Gordon, Lela Jacobs and Zeila Wallace. ABOVE RIGHT: Deloris Friday and Larissa Hale. LEFT: Karrell Ross and Staci Trindle. RIGHT: Adrian and Luke Kulka.

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Jaccan Hart and Amber Gordon.

Student of the Month

Janice Haslop is Rossville State School’s Student of the Month for July. Janice is part of the school’s leadership group and sets the example for those around her and ensures younger students are enjoying their play times. Janice shows particular talent in Information Technology, recently presenting a high standard plasticine animation. She works hard at school and at home to improve her learning. Well done Janice!

Deborah Ludwick, who is currently in Prep, is the Hope Vale CYAA Student of the Month. Deborah is an excellent student who tries her hardest every day at school. She enjoys reading, writing sport, art, music and having fun with her sisters and friends.

RIGHT: Cooktown State School’s Student of the Month for July is year-7 student Dylan Mitchell. Dylan is better known for his achievements in the sporting area, only recently returning from an AFL representative trip to the Sunshine coast. His award this month is for his academic achievements. Dylan’s year 7B class has been studying a text on famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, and Dylan has just completed an outstanding piece of writing where he takes on the point of view of Ned’s younger brother, Dan. Congratulations, Dylan on your improved application to your learning which is resulting in some amazing results.

Alinda Olbar is the Bloomfield River Student of the Month for July because she has been the deadliest learner in our senior class. Alinda has participated well in class, displayed a great attitude and improved in all subject areas. Keep up the great work Alinda.

The Laura State School Student of the Month goes to Arthur Roughsey. Arthur has fantastic attendance and has worked hard since the start of the year to get all his work done. Arthur is a good friend to Shaquille, Hilda and Marcus and enjoys riding his bike around at lunch time. He enjoys reading and is always willing to have a go at learning new or challenging words. Keep up the great work Arthur!

Beau Johnson is the Endeavour Christian College Student of the Month for July. Beau is a considerate student and a good friend to his classmates. He enjoys a challenge in his academic subjects and has been excelling in writing creatively. His persuasive text writing consists of well-structured arguments and his story writing is interesting and entertaining. Beau is good at solving problems and he shows maturity beyond his years in the way that he leads by example.

Year-1 student Leon Leiser is Lakeland State School’s Student of the Month for July because he has been trying extra hard to improve his concentration and standards of work. His confidence has grown and Leon continues to be a great friend to all his class mates. We are very proud to have Leon as Student of the Month!

Locals chip in to help school orchard FRIDAY, July 27 was National School’s Tree Day. Cooktown State School primary students were involved with planting 10 fruit trees in the school grounds between the garden and the year 1-2 playground. Scott Thomason brought a team of workers in to dig

holes with his bob-cat and move the greenhouse, which now sits nicely over the end of the garden. Carol Fosset volunteered to speak with local businesses and organised the delivery of mulch from Warren Wakefield, beautiful compost from Swiss Farms and fruit

trees from Auravale Nursery. Carol also spoke with Rick Butler at The Big Shed and he generously donated an irrigation system and his time to show the children how to set it up. David “Chappy” Kamholtz delivered the compost with a borrowed trailer from Lakeland State School. Four children from each class were chosen to plant a tree and the Environment Club students assisted by mixing compost in with the soil, watering and mulching. Thank you to all of the people mentioned for your generosity. The children enjoyed participating in this activity and although we won’t be seeing fruit for a number years, eventually the orchard will be a delicious place for Cooktown State School kids to visit. Alice Taylor Teacher

ABOVE: Students involved in the tree planting. LEFT: Planting this tree was a team effort involving Justine Saunders, Linken Ross and Kieren Saunders. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. RIGHT: Freshly planted trees need watering, with this one being well attended by (from front left) Ally Turner and Darryl Smallwood and (from back left) Mia Sergenson and Imogen Hocking.

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Kitchen Cabinet 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:00 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:30 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Restoration Man: Coach House 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Vet School: This week fifth year student Steph faces a heartbreaking scenario after they are called to a cat hoarder’s house. 8:30 Broadchurch: The possible evidence that was burning at sea has been recovered. Hardy is thrilled - it is a much needed breakthrough. 9:20 Doc Martin: Martin prepares to leave Portwenn for a new surgeon’s job in London and Pauline is feeling insecure about her future employment without him. 10:05 Would I Lie To You? 10:35 Lateline 11:15 The Thick of It 11:45 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 TBA 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 Friday Night Football: Newcastle Knights Vs Brisbane Broncos 9:30 Friday Night Football: Penrith Panthers Vs Sydney Roosters 11:30 Movie: “New Jack City” (M v,s,d,l) - Nino Brown is an American success story. He’s rich, young, handsome, smart and prominent in his community. He’s also a big-time drug baron, a new-wave entrepreneur who’s found the ultimate cash crop... crack. Nino thinks he’s untouchable. He’s wrong, for a handful of street-smart cops are determined to bring him down. 1:30 Movie: “Sweeney 2” (M v) - Regan & Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent. 3:30 Extra 4:00 Brand Developers 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Dreamgirls” (M d,l) 2:30 Surf Patrol 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight: The latest news and current social issues presented by a team of reporters. Hosted by Sharyn Ghidella. 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 7:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 19: North Melbourne Vs Geelong - The Kangaroos need to grab a top scalp to prove themselves as a contender so this is a big test against the Cats. 11:00 TBA 12:00 Desperate Housewives: Down The Block There’s A Riot / Assassins - Paul’s nefarious plan for Wisteria Lane is put into full effect. Juanita discovers Gaby’s secret, while Bree invites Keith to move in with her. Then, Tom is confronted about his past indiscretion with Renee. 2:00 Special: Mexico: Maya To Mariachis 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 World News 1:00 Carla Cametti PD: To Have And To Hold 2:00 Don Matteo: Precious Cargo 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: Corsica 6:00 TBA 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby: Country Matters - Heading for the countryside south of Moscow, Jonathan visits the family estate of Leo Tolstoy, arguably the greatest of all Russian writers. 8:35 The Story Of Science: What Is The World Made Of? 9:40 As It Happened: The Men and the Machines That Beat Hitler 10:40 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Cashback” (MA n) - After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. 1:00 Movie: “The Price To Pay” (M s) In French. - Jean-Pierre has everything: career, wealth, a bourgeois existence. The one thing he lacks is the affection of his shopaholic wife. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Australian Story 12:30 Catalyst 1:00 The Bionic Vet 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Movie: “Northwest Stampede” (G) 3:15 Movie: “Magnificent Matador” (G) 5:00 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: Ordeal By Innocence 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Father Brown: The Eye Of Apollo - When the Church of Apollo comes to Kembleford, Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. After Kalon’s wife is murdered, Father Brown must break his spell over Susie or risk losing her forever. 8:20 Audrey’s Kitchen: Mango Chicken Salad 8:30 Midsomer Murders: Echos Of The Dead - When a young woman is dressed like a bride and drowned in a bath, it triggers a spate of ghoulish wedding-themed murders in Great Worthy. Could history be repeating itself? 10:00 Adam Hills Tonight 11:00 Rage: Guest Programmer 5:00 Rage

6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 10:00 Mornings - Saturday 12:00 The Bottom Line Icon Series 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Movie: “Funny Farm” (PG l) 3:30 Movie: “Ocean Giants” (PG s) 4:30 Discover Downunder 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 Getaway - India Special Part 3 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 The Great Australian Bake Off 7:30 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Clubland” (MA s,l) 2:00 Movie: “The Holcroft Covenant” (M v,n,l) - Successful New York architect Noel Holcroft has lived his life harbouring a grim secret. His father was the notorious Nazi SS General, Heinrich Clausen, who perished amongst the rubble of Hitler’s crumbling Reich. When Holcroft discovers a letter left by his father informing him of a vast sum of money in a Swiss bank account, he decides to make amends for Hitler’s crimes against humanity and use the money for a good cause. 4:00 Brand Developers 5:00 Life Today With James Robinson 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 TBA 1:00 V8 Xtra 1:30 TBA 3:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season Round 19: GWS Vs Melbourne 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Air Crash Investigation 7:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season Round 19: Brisbane Vs St Kilda 10:30 Happy Endings: The Butterfly Effect Effect - Some people wait for the groundhog to signal the end of winter. Instead, the friends wait for Brad and Jane’s annual spring smackdown, their yearly blowout of a domestic squabble, to let them know when Max will come out of hibernation and when winter will end. 11:00 TBA 12:00 Movie: “Rebound” (G) - When an unruly coach reluctantly accepts an offer to train a basketball team, he finds something he lost long ago: a love of the game. 2:00 Special: Mediterranean Magic 3:00 Harry’s Practice 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 1:00 Mahler 9: Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2:35 Piano Notes: Mozart, 12 Variations in C 2:50 Simon Schama: Shakespear And Us: Hollow Crowns 3:55 Photo: Altered Photography 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Monty Don 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Walking Through History: The Tudor Way 8:30 RocKwiz: Jens Lekman / Sophia Brous / Gurrumul 9:30 Movie: “Four Lions” (M s,a,l) - Tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. Four Lions is a comic tour de force, which shows that - while terrorism is about ideology - it can also be about idiots. 11:25 Movie: “The Host” (M v,h,l) - In Korean. The highest grossing South Korean film of all time. A dysfunctional family fights to rescue their daughter snatched away by a huge, mutated amphibian monster. 1:30 Shameless 3:25 Weatherwatch Overnight


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6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Financial Review Sunday 10:30 Wide World Of Sports 11:30 Sunday Footy Show 1:30 Broncos Insider 2:00 2013 Intrust Super Cup 4:00 Imparja’s Sunday Football: Gold Coast Titans Vs Wests Tigers 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 Underbelly: Squizzy: Squizzy Takes Charge - Squizzy starts a deadly turf war and becomes the undisputed king of Melbourne’s underworld. Dolly is heartbroken when Squizzy leaves her for a startstruck waitress. 9:30 The Mentalist: Red Sails In The Sunset - Jane thinks Lorelei will lead a trail to Red John if she’s no longer incarcerated, so he seeks Brett Stiles’ assistance in springing her from prison. 10:30 CSI: Miami: Friendly Fire 11:30 Southland: Heat 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Brand Developers 4:00 Good Morning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Fish Hooks 6:30 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 AFL Game Day 11:30 The Amazing Race 1:30 Footy Flashbacks 3:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 19: Adelaide Vs Port Adelaide 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 7:30 TBA 9:30 Castle: Scared to Death / Vampire Weekend 11:30 Fairly Legal: Shattered - Determined to do right by a nurse accused of negligence and facing deportation, Kate digs deeper into the case between a retirement facility and one of its residents, and discovers something surprising. 12:30 I Just Want My Pants Back 1:00 Special: In The Wake Of The Vikings 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 Living Black: Sport Special 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 FIFA World Cup 2014 Magazine 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:05 ADbc 5:35 Inspector Rex: Brudermord 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings 8:30 The Observer Effect: What are Australia’s mavericks, powerbrokers and celebrities really like? In an age where 30 second sound-bites and social media dominate our view of the world, host Ellen Fanning uses the news events 9:30 Better Man: This compelling true story, filmed on location in Australia and Vietnam, looks at the remarkable life and death of Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese-Australian man who was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and executed for his crime in 2005. 11:30 Movie: “Sounds Of Sand” (MA v,a) - In French. Follows a sub-Saharan family’s journey across drought-stricken lands and war zones in search of water, and survival. A commanding European score blended with African orchestration creates a stirring atmosphere. 1:15 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 As Time Goes By 1:00 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Restoration Man: Medieval Mansion 6:55 Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions: The Turbo Diner 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 Dalziel And Pascoe: Under World - The discovery of a man’s body in a deserted mine shaft throws a Yorkshire mining community into turmoil as it is forced to re-live some dark events from the past. 1:10 Movie: “Fort Apache” (G) - A demoted cavalry commander is sent to Fort Apache to fight Indians. 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield: Round 16: Teams TBA 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 TBA 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 TBA 9:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Stag Convergence 10:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Launch Acceleration 10:30 2 Broke Girls: And The Slip Tip - Caroline’s father, asks Caroline to go on a talk show to defend him when a former employee threatens to defame him in a tell-all book. 11:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Martha Stewart Have A Ball - Part 1 11:30 Episodes 12:00 Nikita: Innocence 1:00 Extra 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz Direct 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: “Seduced And Betrayed” (M a) 2:00 City Homicide 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Ricky and Brax try to get through to Casey about his drinking. Roo is worried about Casey and Maddy’s friendship. Sally’s concerned she’s pushed Roo and Harvey out of their home. Meanwhile, April and Dex practice conflict resolution techniques to combat Bradley’s dislike of April. 7:30 TBA 12:00 Celebrity Juice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters: The intruder flees the scene and to Patricia’s utter frustration, her identification of him/her is not believed by the police. Andy and Lynn sort out their differences, and he enlists her help in ‘getting’ Wayne. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Back From The Dead 2:00 Do You See What I See? 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves: Titanic Townhouse 5:30 Global Village: Insect Traffiking 6:00 A Year At Kew 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Painting With Explosives / Bifurcated Boat 8:30 Pain, Pus and Poison: Poison - Dr Michael Mosley tells the extraordinary story of how scientists learnt to use the world around us to heal our bodies and conquer the common afflictions of pain, pus and poison. Poisons in the natural world kill thousands of people every year. They attack our bodies, leading to a ‘short-circuit’. Yet some poisons are now being used to improve the way we look! Today the hunt is on for other poisons that can actually help to cure us. 9:30 Housos: Dazza The Bikie 10:00 Bogan Pride: The Maths Olympaid 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The Life And Times Of Tim: Mugger / Cin City 12:00 Shorts On Screen: Dave’s Dead 12:35 Dave In The Life: Punter / Survivalist 1:40 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 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Last Of The Independents 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Restoration Man: Reeds Windmill, Kent 6:55 Australian Encounters: Billy Hughes & Woodrow Wilson 1919 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Kitchen Cabinet: Doug Cameron 8:30 New Tricks: Magic Majestic 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 The Book Club: August 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Movie: “Witness For The Prosecution” (G) - An exceptional courtroom drama about a young man on trial for a wealthy widow’s murder after he suspiciously profits from her will. 2:30 Football: VFL: Round 16: Teams TBA / 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 TBA 2:27 National News Interest Rate Decision 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 Big Brother 8:30 The Great Australian Bake Off 9:30 The Bible: Survival - The Jews are enslaved in Babylon; Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den, he must trust in his faith in God if he is to survive the ordeal; the Jews, after decades of enslavement, are allowed to return to Jerusalem. 10:30 The Mentalist: Black Cherry 11:30 Weeds: Fingers Only Meat Banquet 12:00 Nothing Trivial 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: “Going Underground” (M v,a) 2:00 City Homicide 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Casey and Maddy’s friendship becomes increasingly destructive. Tamara faces her memories returning. Alf comes up with a new plan for Pippa. Meanwhile, April gets the chance to prove herself to Dr Bradley. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Winners & Losers: In An Instant 9:30 TBA 11:30 Go On: Dinner Takes All 12:00 Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Movie: “Tired of Kissing Frogs” (M l,s) 2:45 Madagascar, a Journey Diary 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Calcutta Tramway 6:00 21st Century Railway 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? June Brown 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The Killing: Following the kidnapping of Robert Zeuthen’s daughter Emilie, Copenhagen Police put every effort into tracking down the perpetrator and finding the little girl. 12:10 Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: Narrated by Johnny Depp, this is a probing look into the life of gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The film looks at the major touchstones in Thompson’s life, including his intense and ill-fated relationship with the Hell’s Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



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6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 TBA 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 Big Brother 8:30 Arrow: Vertigo 9:30 Embarrassing Bodies: Luton - Dr Christian asks what a transistor radio, a light bulb, a tropical spider, a 12-inch salami and a complete tool set all have in common, as he warns of the dangers of inserting foreign objects into intimate places. 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies: Scarborough 11:30 20/20 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 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: “As Time Runs Out” (M a,v) 2:00 City Homicide 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Tamara realises she still loves Casey, but her feelings for Kyle have not changed. Harvey seeks to find a way to right his wrong with Sally and Pippa. Bianca struggles to get Heath excited about wedding planning. Meanwhile, Spencer and Sasha navigate their way around the rules of their newly resumed relationship. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Criminal Minds: Nanny Dearest 9:30 The Mole 11:45 I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Lost In The Mayan Jungle 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

5:00 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: Door Of No Return 6:00 21st Century Railway 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Predators In Your Backyard: Across the world, scientists have been releasing top predators back into their old environments. In Yellowstone National Park, wolves have been reintroduced 70 years after they were exterminated in that area. 8:30 Australia With Simon Reeve 9:30 The Killing 10:40 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Bronson” (MAV l,n,v) - The notorious life of the UK’s ‘most violent prisoner’ serves as the subject of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s brutal biopic. Nineteen-year-old Michael Peterson, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office, ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson. 12:50 Movie: “Darling” (M d,n,s,l) / 2:30 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 Museum Of Life 2:00 Mastercrafts 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Restoration Man: Church, Eden Valley 6:55 Clarke And Dawe 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst: Graham Phillips looks at what ancient teeth reveal about our dental health and Ruben Meerman sounds out who is really doing the composing - musician or machine. 8:30 TBA 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Three Men Go To Scotland 12:35 Pilot Guides: Endangered Places - Follows an intrepid traveller’s unforgettable journey to an exciting destination. 1:30 Movie: “Desert Passage” (PG) - A cowboy hero is unwittingly hired by a gunman to drive him to Mexico. 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 20: Caremount Vs East Perth 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 TBA 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 Big Brother 8:30 The NRL Footy Show 10:30 Arrow: Vertigo - Thea is arrested when she is caught with a drug called Vertigo and could face time in prison. Oliver tries to help by searching for the dealer; and Laurel agrees to defend Thea in court. Meanwhile, Felicity tells Oliver some disturbing news about Moira. 11:30 The AFL Footy Show 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz Direct 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: “Going To The Mat” (PG a,v) 2:00 City Homicide 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Tamara feels lost, caught between her love for two brothers. Casey returns from hospital and is hostile towards Kyle. Marilyn and John work on their business idea and Roo becomes concerned about the amount of time they are spending together. Meanwhile, Chris is falling in love with Indi and the Braxton brothers set off for Melbourne. 8:00 TBA 12:15 The Mindy Project 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Zambia 2:30 Food Investigators 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Diamonds After Apartheid 6:00 21st Century Railway 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Factory: Supersized: Convenience 8:05 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 8:35 Vikings: Rites Of Passage 9:30 Vikings: Wrath Of The Northmen 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Indie Sex: Extreme Cinema 12:15 The Oberver Effect 1:15 Movie: “Breath” (M v,s) In Korean. When housewife Yeon discovers that her husband is cheating on her, she decides to get back at him by striking up a relationship with an infamous death-row inmate - leading to the spiritual and emotional growth of two unlikely but equally despondent characters. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 159

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LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

A few unexpected upheavals could threaten to spoil the good atmosphere at home. The solution will be right in front of you. Don’t waste your time looking for it. Romance. You need to spend some time away from your partner this week. It’ll give you something to talk about later.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You will be able to get a great deal done this week, so long as you steer clear of arguments. A petty dispute at work may slow you down. Romance. The rather difficult aspect between the Moon and Mercury may make communications with your partner uncomfortable and strained.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


You may not have gotten the recognition you deserved for a recent completed project, but remain confident in your work and you will be congratulated soon enough. Romance. A call from an old lover may cheer you up. This person will want to reminisce about all of your good times.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A person that you met unexpectedly will eventually become a good friend. However, it may be a little difficult to trust them at first. Romance. A meeting with a person who is from a different cultural background than you will open your eyes to the options available to you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A colleague who has been irritating you must be dealt with as sensitively as possible. Try to find out the reason for this person’s hostile attitude. Romance. Your partner may be behaving a little strangely at the moment. Try to find out what is going on before making any accusations.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You need to be more modest with some of your friends. They may feel that you have become materialistic and it’s not flattering. Romance. Your partner may feel closer to you than you do to them. Don’t worry if your feelings don’t match up at the moment. Everyone is different in relationships.


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A friend will try to get you to do something that you may not be ready for. Think about their offer for the duration of the week and then admit your true feelings. Romance. Don’t get too wrapped up in the details of a travel suggestion from your partner. Allow them to plan the trip this time.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

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You may be upset to find that a friend has recently taken advantage of you. Confront them about the issue so that you may move on from this. Romance. A double-date might not be a bad idea. Have familiar faces with you on an upcoming date will calm your nerves and let you be yourself.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Your job may be a little unpredictable at the moment. Early preparation will help you to be ready for any upcoming surprises. Pack you bag before morning and make a schedule. Romance. This would be an excellent time for you and your partner to think about building up a nest-egg.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Events this week may take you by surprise. Try to adapt as far as you can, even if you feel you are on a losing wicket at times. Romance. Your partner may secretly be jealous of a relationship you’ve developed with someone of the opposite sex. Reassure them that it’s only platonic.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


Eighty percent of seccess is showing up.

– Woody Allen


An accidental remark may have had more truth in it than you realise. You don’t need to ask for clarification; especially if you agree with the comment. Romance. Something you did has impressed your partner. Let you skills be known a little at a time in order to keep them intrigued.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) You may feel that certain family members are taking advantage of your good fortune. Don’t be so generous with your belongings. Not everyone will take as good care of them as you do. Romance. Your partner may secretly be wishing you would change certain aspects of your character.

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Small business awards announced CAPE York Sustainable Futures held a networking function in Cooktown as a part of Small Business Week. The function showcased the economic development activities introduced by CYSF deputy chair Penny Johnson. Recently, CYSF gained Business Enterprise Centre status to provide support and mentoring to Cape York businesses and we are pleased to introduce Kevin White who has taken up the role of Small Business Support Officer. Kevin has a long history of involvement with Cape York and he is looking forward to reconnecting, supporting and working with Cape York businesses. On behalf of CYSF, the Business Enterprise Centre and Tourism Cape York, Kevin then launched the inaugural Cape York Tourism and Small Business

Awards for 2013. The categories are: Tourism Business; General Business - up to 5 employees; General Business - more than 5 employees; Indigenous Business; Festival/Event; Customer Service; and Cape York Ambassador. Nominations close at 5pm, Friday, October 25, and the awards night will be held on Saturday, November 30, at a location to be determined. Isha Segboer, Tourism Cape York (TCY) project manager, supported by Shelagh Murphy, Marketing and Membership officer, gave an update on TCY and also outlined the technical issues that are being experienced with the TCY website.

These are being worked through with John Habermann of Cook Shire Council. Tourism Cape York is a new organisation with many achievements in the short time that it has been established, and we look forward to working with Cape York people to promote and develop tourism in the region. Work has already commenced on the 2014 visitors guide with expanded advertising opportunities as well as further developing new content which will benefit all tourism businesses across Cape York. This year we have over 70,000 visitor guides already distributed to date and staff have attended several trade shows. Trish Butler, CEO, CYSF Photos of the event will appear in next week’s edition.

each. The shooter who knocks the most plates down wins, best out of three wins, then the winner stays o n the firing line and the next s hoo te r comes to the line and they shoot it out and so on until everyone has shot. Whoever stays on the line the most times wins the match. There was a good response to the working bee on Saturday. Thank you to all helpers. A number of jobs were completed on Ranges 2 and 3, which included a successful adjustment to the lights on Range 2, as was demonstrated at Saturday’s Night Shoot - lighting up both

the steel targets for the Pistol Shooters and the Rifle Paper target at 100 metres. A challenge could be on for the next night shoot to try Rifle at 200 metres. Lina and Toby tried a new type of event using the field rifle target and shooting the course of fire for a 3-Position Combined Services .22 training rifle event with targets set at 50, 75 and 100 metres. From a possible score of 300 points from 30 rounds. Lina had 204 and Toby 206. The pistol shooters held a practice shoot with Centrefire on the Falling Plates, a 25m Turkey Rimfire and the Shotgun Section on Range 3 shot Down The Line in a 75-target practice shoot. No scores were recorded because they missed too many targets blaming it on the wind. That’s their excuse anyway. Anne Williams Secretary

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THE SSAA Cape York Branch at Cameron Creek Range will start its August Calendar shoots this Saturday, August 3 with a Rifle Shoot from 9am. For more information contact Toby on 0438 695 663. Range Officer Darryl Wain will hold a Steel Pistol Shoot on Sunday, August 4 at 9am with a program of two matches - the first match will be a 40-shot .22 Rimfire Cowboy silhouette match that will be shot on 1/5 scale swinging metallic targets of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams, open sights only and preferably with a .22 Revolver. The second match will be a Centre Fire Falling Plate Match, to be shot with a revolver or semi-automatic pistol using only lead projectiles. This match will be a speed and accuracy shoot, where two shooters compete against each other with six shots


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Lek’s morning markets

LEK Jantrarat’s photo of a Saturday morning markets seen through the boughs of a tree is this week’s $25 meat voucher in the Cornett’s IGA Cooktown and Cooktown Local News photo competition. Not a regular contributor, Lek has submitted a couple of entries since the competition’s inception and her persistence has paid off with this week’s winning entry. Photographers are reminded they now have until 5pm on Thursday, August 8 to submit their entries for this week’s

Along the BLOOMFIELD TRACK Story and photos By MIKE D’ARCY BIG views? There are plenty along the Bloomfield Track. We had the pleasure of showing a Channel 10 Documentary crew around the other day, as part of a Cape York documentary. One of their favourite spots was the Donavon’s Ridge Lookout. The views from Donavon’s Ridge are simply magnificent. Along the Track to the West, the ridge line winds upward to the top of Mt Donavon, revealing the sharp ridge line, the changing vegetation and even the wispy clouds that are formed by the strong south-easterlies. Back to the south is the wonderful Emmagen Valley with Emmagen and Tachalbadga Creeks in the centre, pouring water into the sea for 12 months of the year. Emmagen Creek discharges at the far point. They have clear, fresh water, which doesn’t destroy the important fringing coral reef near the shoreline. Low tides and a sunny day show the reef at its best. Rising from the sea to the west is a second ridge - the famous Mt Sorrow at the back of Cape Tribulation, with its testing six hour ridge walk. Then there’s a big mountainous sweep around to the north back to Mt Donavon. It’s all part of the Great Dividing Range, which starts in Victoria and finishes somewhere in the islands off Cape York.

Fantastic Donavans Ridge views

It is the very proximity of the mountains so close to the sea that gives the Daintree Rainforest its extra wet tropical rain. The south easterlies mop up moisture over the Coral Sea, try to climb over the hills, get cold and drop as rain. Simple. Add to that the summer storms, then the monsoonal rain, and you get more than four metres of rain a year, and between 50 and 100 mm even in the drier months. Just as the terrain created the rainforest, so did it also protect it from European settlement. The terrain is steep and unfriendly and made ABOVE: View of Emmagen Valley from Donavons Range. road-building difficult. RIGHT: Channel 10 Cameraman Glen on the Bloomfield Track. The valleys are small (also How long does it take to build a W u j a l unique) and early farmers and graziers Bridge? At least four years it seems. Wujal, found it too difficult to exploit. Happily, Progress on the Bloomfield Bridge Ayton and we were left with the wonderful legacy Crossing seems at least as slow as the Cooktown that is the jewel in the crown of the Wet rainforest evolution. h a v e Tropics World Heritage area. Funding was fully committed before known for Between the Daintree and Bloomfield Cyclone Yasi in 2011, the next year saw years the Rivers, seven ridges run East-West and a funding slide and this year, 2013 was to enormous beneficial impact that an form barriers and valleys, each with be the year of completion. all-weather crossing will make. It seems their own character and ecosystems. Now, the word on the street is that that we need to sit patiently and wait The valleys themselves promote unique, work will commence this year, but will another year. Bet’s on? ancient, diverse and downright weird not be completed until 2014. Nothing Plenty of cassowary sightings have flora and fauna. official of course. It seems to be very been seen in the area. The Wujal waterfall Check them out. The ridges are difficult to consult with the community. croc (Fluffy? Rocky?) has been a regular Alexander, Thorntons/Cooper Creek, Nobody has been talking with businesses. further downstream at the south BloomNoahs, Mt Sorrow, Donavons and Cowie. Businesses at Cow Bay, Cape Trib,

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field River lookout, and a huge male near the boat ramp has been a regular sun baker. The surface of the Track between Cape Trib and Wujal has been getting badly potholed, and corrugated and the annual 2013 grading will be appreciated. Mike and Trish D’Arcy D’Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours


Week 7 Challenge - TAKE AWAY Goal 1 - Reduce the number of occasions you eat takeaway per week; and Goal 2 - Modify your take-away intake by following the suggestions below. Fast food and/or takeaway foods can often be high in saturated fat, salt and kilojoules (calories). These foods can also be low in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Following this challenge will reduce the negative impact that takeaway food will have on your diet. Pizza Avoid salami, sausage and bacon; Ask to have less cheese on the top; Avoid having garlic bread with pizza; Avoid the meal deals; Choose a smaller size pizza than your regular size;

Choose vegetarian toppings; Choose a thin base; and Avoid the stuffed edge. Hamburgers Avoid Mayonnaise/Garlic sauce on burger - choose tomato or chilli sauce instead; Avoid cheese on your burger; Avoid burgers with fried egg, fried onion and bacon; Ask for no butter on your bun; Ask for wholemeal or a wholegrain bun; Ask for lots of salad vegetables on your hamburger. Chicken Avoid deep fried chicken - 1 piece could have up to 70% of your recommended daily saturated fat intake; Choose barbecue or grilled chicken; and

Remove skin (this contains most of the fat). Fish and Chips Take the batter off the fish; Request for fish to be grilled; Have a small portion of chips instead of large; and Choose fat chips instead of thin if possible - the less surface area, the less fat is likely to be absorbed. Indian Avoid fried foods such as poppadoms, samosas, onion bhajis and puri; Avoid lamb dishes - these are often made with fatty meats; Avoid cream dishes i.e. Korma and Butter Chicken; Avoid Pilau/Coconut Rice; Healthier dishes include Saag (spinach),

Rogan Josh (Tomato Based) Tikka and Tandoori; and If having rice avoid having naan. Chinese Avoid fried foods such as prawn crackers, spring rolls, crispy duck, deep fried seaweed and egg fried rice; Choose stir fried dishes with lean meat/ fish/poultry or tofu and vegetables; Choose noodle/vegetable soups; and Choose plain boiled rice rather than egg fried rice. Thai Avoid satay (peanut-based) dishes and dishes made with coconut milk or cream; Avoid fried foods such as spring rolls, fish cakes and curry puffs; Avoid fried rice or noodles or poori (deep fried flat bread);

Choose steamed, rather than fried, spring rolls and fish or prawn cakes; and Choose steamed rice, rather than fried rice or noodles. Hot dogs, pies and pastries These foods are very high in fat. Sorry to be a bearer of such bad news. I guess some of those are our (including me) favourite foods! As mentioned before, everything in moderation, having an evening out with friends and tucking into your favourite curry or pizza is no big deal unless you make a habit of it every day of the week. Keep up the good work, one more challenge to go and if you have been following all of the challenges over the last seven weeks, I dare say you will already be feeling the benefits. Well done!

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Golden Trevally swarm the Endeavour

Natalie from France is ecstatic with her capture of this golden trevally. Photos submitted.

LAST Wednesday’s shoot was a 60-shot Standard Match offering a possible score of 600. First place went to Toby with 501, second was Craig with 416 and Lina finished third with 274.Last Saturday, the club held a training session for Service Barricade with four shooters attending, but no scores have been returned. August dates for your diary include: Saturday, 3 - Bench Rest Rifle Shoot - come and try the new bench rest tables; Wednesday, 7 - Sunset Shoot from 5.30pm; Saturday, 10 - Target Pistol; Wednesday, 14 Sunset Shoot; Saturday, 17 - AGM with a shoot after; Wednesday, 21 - Sunset Shoot; and Wednesday, 28 - Sunset Shoot. And don’t forget our Firearms Safety Course, which will be held on Saturday 24. Contact 0417 817 536 to register. Janne Stewart Secretary/Treasurer

WITH a great run of golden trevally around the 5-6 kg mark, anglers have enjoyed some great Sportfishing, as well as landing a feed. The grunter have also been in good numbers, with fish to 50cm being the better specimens and great eating as well. Keep a close watch on the weather as lighter winds are a chance for the Show weekend, so an early morning trip for a few mackerel maybe a chance for the close inshore reefs. With the lighter winds, queen fish on the flood tides in the Annan River and Spanish mackerel at the wharf will be worth a try. Tight lines Russell Bowman The Lure Shop Gail with a grunter.

Bowlers have been busy with competitions

Ron Tree Triples winners Barry Clarke, May Rootsey and Laurie Steffensen.

IT’S been a busy time for Cooktown bowlers over the past two months with several competitions being played. Four of our ladies travelled to Mareeba for the Patron Shield in early June with the Mareeba team coming up victorious. There was a great atmosphere and camaraderie between all teams participating and a good time had by all. On the home green, it was congratulations to Sue Steffensen who won the Ladies Consistency Singles with Trish Mitchell the runner-up. Sue also won the Open Singles

with Lyn Walter the runner-up. The Cooktown Bowls Club Mixed Three Bowl Pairs was won by Kimberley Sullivan and Laurie Steffensen, while Merle O’Doherty and Billy Rootsey finished as runners-up. The Ron Tree Triples Winners were Barry Clarke, Laurie Steffensen and May Rootsey with Kimberley Sullivan, Alex Poberay and Billy Rootsey the runners-up. We are currently planning the official opening of the new extension to the clubhouse and will be inviting everyone to come along and help us

celebrate this long awaited event. Clubs from the whole district will also be invited to come and help us celebrate this major milestone in the club’s life. A very special guest and long time supporter will be attending to do the honours. We are proud to advise that the whole project was undertaken by a local builder who used all local tradies to complete the job. The tentative date for this event is August 31, but that will be confirmed. Good bowling all. The Bowls Bag

Junior rugby league

ABOVE: Hope Vale’s Sayeriah Hunter skirts his team mates looking for a gap in the Cooktown defence. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. LEFT: Hope Vale’s Lucas Woibo sets off upfield with the Crocs’ defence in hot pursuit. ABOVE RIGHT: Accepting that he is tackled, Cooktown’s Lester Baru gets up to play the ball. RIGHT: Crocs player Ezekial Bowen prepares to fend off a Hope Vale defender.

Cooktown’s William Bliss on a rampaging run upfield from his try line.

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McIvor’s six blitz takes Hope Vale to T20 champions From Page 20 >> Hope Vale started the chase with Harry Bowen and Preston making a cautious start before the latter was bowled by Adrian for 12 with the score on 23. This brought Captain Selwyn to the crease and he and Harry put on a stand of 60 runs before Harry was caught by Clive off Tyrell’s bowling for 25. Timmy Rosendale came in and with Selwyn saw, Hope Vale across the line with three overs to spare. After a hearty lunch courtesy of Helen’s culinary skills, Marton won the toss and opened with Dom Aprile and Mitch Roe taking on Hope Vale’s attack with some positive batting and cheeky runs. Mitch was eventually out for 22, caught by Preston off Timmy’s bowling with the score on 58. Mick Serginson joined Dom and they quickly took the total to 103 before Mick was caught by Timmy off Harry for 27. Rob McLean was next, and with Dom took the score to 176 off their 20 overs, with Dom run out on the last ball

for 78. Rob remained 20 not out. With such a big total to chase, Preston and Harry again started the chase tentatively and with the score on 40, lost Harry for 17, caught by Pat Sorensen off Kevin Dukes’ bowling. Selwyn was next in and within a couple of overs lost Preston as a partner, out for 10, caught by Mick off the bowling of Zane Stallan. This brought Timmy to the crease and along with Selwyn they took the score to 87 after 15 overs. This is when the game got very exciting as the batsmen knew they had to score 88 off the next five overs. Selwyn launched the game into one of the most-exciting finishes as he smashed the Marton attack all over the park, including nine sixes and four fours to see Hope Vale across the line with two balls to spare. Congratulations to Hope Vale as the 2013 T20 champions - a format that really suits their style of play. Thanks to all who helped out on the day to make it enjoyable to everyone. This weekend sees BMP take on Hope Vale in the 40-over format Gardens from 10.30am.

RIGHT: Marton batsman Mick Serginson is in total control as he guides this ball into the outfield. BELOW: Hope Vale Keeper Harry Bowen waits for a chance off Marton batsman Dom Aprile who has intentions of pulling this ball for four in Sunday’s T20 final at the Queens Gardens. Photos: GARY HUTCHISON. BELOW RIGHT: Marton batsman Dom Aprile watches the flight of this delivery from Hope Vale junior bowler Dylan Mitchell who wasn’t allowing age differences to affect his action.

Patron’s team wins the Cooktown Cup for second year in a row

In the Bunker The Patron’s winning team who took out the Cooktown Cup last weekend. Photos: KELLY BARNETT. A GOOD field competed in last week’s Italian Restaurant Weekly Stroke competition with Ron Beacroft and Graham Burton both returning a score of nett of 64. Ron was declared the winner on a count-back. Fun and competitiveness was the name of the game for last Saturday’s Cooktown Cup with both sides having 27 players vying for victory. Unfortunately, Cooktown just could not come up with the wins and

lost the Cup to the Patron’s team for the second year in a row. The Patron’s team had 15 wins with the Cooktown team having 12. Shaun Dignan and Andrew Kendray were the only Cooktown players who had to contest a play off. Shaun won his game, but unfortunately Andrew did not. Blue Hobbs, Carol McKinna and Peter Shields were our best players for the day and wiped the smiles off their opponents’ faces by winning 8

The Cooktown team who unsuccessfully contested last weekend’s Cooktown Cup.

games to 6, 6 games to 5 and 5 games to 4 respectively. The Cup tally sees the Patron’s team with four, Cooktown 10 and there has been one draw. Helen Gabour of the Patron’s team was celebrating, as it was the first time she had managed to take out our best female player, Alice Burton. Alice had to let her win at least one as Helen was sure she would be losing the cabin at Monkhouse if she did not.

Getting back to ‘pure’ Hash A RUN with cryptic clues was the best that Matchbox and Whiz could manage this week, and even then, some of the clues were recycled from a previous effort. Still sitting at home mulling over clues beats trying to lay a trail of shredded paper in the wind. Sorry, make that setting a paper trail in a howling gale. This makes two weeks running that Hashers have been given little tasks to do on the run and some of them are feeling the strain. Let’s get back to pure Hash with check backs, “shiggy”, no hills or water - things that all simple Hashers can understand. Once all the Hashers had returned and indulged in a serve of hot onion soup, Fingerling was

called to the circle to practise for his 100 run which is very close. He was joined by Nostrildumass and Lunasee for Q’der. (I can’t remember what that is). Meanwhile, Whiz was experimenting with sending Indian smoke signals to the North Shore from his just made fire box. Then we witnessed a true Hashing moment when a Hasher having fed the dog titbits, was rewarded by the bitch p.ssing on his shoe while she eyed him adoringly. As if this wasn’t enough, we then had Saddle Bags presenting Thermo with a new, magnificent crown made of course of recycled Gin bottles. With the new crown firmly in

place, Thermo took charge and the circle reformed. Oyster was charged with being lost and unfound. There was a virgin and two Hashers got names. Whiz had some lovely numbers and Matchbox blew up a water main, last but not least Lunasee had new shoes. Matchbox kept up a steady supply of food and we all ate too much it was so good. Next Monday at 5.30 pm, the Hash meets at the Christian College Car Park for a run set by Nostrildumass and Xtractit. All are welcome to come along. On-on Crak Bak

Joe Warren and Sabrina did a great job of catering for the night with a little help from Brianna Lemon and Imogen Warren as waitresses. Thanks’ for feeding the crew. It was déjà vu last Sunday with not a single member nor visitor competing in the Cape York Tyres Sunday 9 Hole Stroke competition and the same with The Italian Restaurant Weekly Stableford Competition, which is being played off the red tees. This Saturday’s competition is be-

ing sponsored by Peninsula Caravan Park and it is a Bisque Par event. The following Saturday is a 3-Person Ambrose Skins event. I will find out from the Club Captain what the format of this competition is going to be and obviously let everyone know as soon as I can. Happy golfing everyone Kelly Barnett Manager Cooktown Golf Links.

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G’day again. Well, we’ve certainly made it extra hard for ourselves with last weekend’s loss to the Broncos. I’m not sure, but I think we can still make the final eight, but much of that will depend on other results, while we have to go through the rest of the regular season undefeated. We can’t catch the top four, but we have our sights set on the bottom four in the eight on the ladder. A huge plus in our favour though is the fact that four of our last six games will be played at home on 1300SMILES stadium. Every side loves playing at home, it’s always an advantage and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. In this competition, even the bottom sides can knock over the top teams with their home crowd spurring them on. And while we do have the advantage this week, we’re up against the competition leaders in the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Although they won’t have their game-breaker in Greg Inglis on the paddock, the Rabbitohs are chock-full of stars in their own right, all playing fantastic football, with the whole team in sensational form, so it’s no wonder they’re the ladder leaders. But our side is full of talent too and we can beat anyone when we’re on our game, so hopefully the desperation we’re now feeling will take us to the level needed for an undefeated march into the finals. And if we do make the finals, we will have the momentum the pundits say is necessary for a successful NRL premiership challenge. I’m not sure what the make up of our side for this weekend will be at this stage, but Dallas Johnson’s knee injury looks to have finished his season, which is a shame after he only just recently announced his retirement at the end of the year. I’m sure he would have liked to have seen the season out on the paddock. Other than Dallas, there doesn’t appear to be any injuries affecting the squad. For me personally, I’m still a little sore after last week’s game, but otherwise I’m all good. I managed to get over for another try too, and I’ll be my best to get across for a lot more before the end of season 2013. On the issue of renewing my contract with the Cowboys for next year, I’m hoping for a decision by next week. I’ve never made a secret of the fact I want to be a one club player and I’d love to be with the Cowboys again in 2014. Anyway, that’s it from me for this week. Don’t forget to tune into FOX Sports on Saturday and give us your support for the do-or-die game against the Rabbits. - Matt Bowen

While this ball was headed into the safe gloves of Hope Vale keeper Harry Bowen, it was never a chance with Marton batsman Mitch Roe happy to use his feet and pads to protect his wickets to let the delivery go through to the keeper.

McIvor’s six blitz takes Hope Vale to T20 champs By WAL WELSH SUNDAY saw the T20 finals played at the Queens Gardens, with Hope Vale taking on the Black Mountain Panthers in the semi-final in the morning, with the winner taking on Marton in the grand final in the afternoon. BMP won the toss and elected to bat with Eril Ross- Kelly and Ashley Lyall opening the innings. After two streaky boundaries, Eril was brilliantly caught in the slips by Selwyn McIvor off Preston Demaal’s bowling. Clive Kulka was next in, but fell to the same combination for

no score, except Selwyn was the bowler this time and Preston with the safe hands. Adrian Kulka then joined “Asho” and they started to push the run rate along quite nicely until Adrian bobbed one up in the outfield to be caught by Coley Bowen for 13. Glen Kulka was next and he kept the runs ticking over nicely until Asho was caught by that man Coley in the outfield again for 14 with the score at 82. Glen was out a few runs later for 23, which started a tail end collapse as BMP limped to 7-100 off the allotted overs. << Continued Page 19.

Wombat_101 holds onto lead in tipping comp. WOMBAT_101 has maintained his impressive six-win lead after round 20 of the Cooktown Local News/Hinterland Aviation/ Inn Cairns NRL footy tipping competition on the weekend. No one tipped all eight winners, with only Whiteyfunk scoring seven. Tipsters got off to a bad start with only bubsie1981 and Cameron Neill tipping the Broncos, and only Whiteyfunk and FNQ_Chris forecasting a Warriors’ win against the Storm.

Wombat_101 (6 wins) now stands on 110, six ahead of Eye of the Tiger (6) on 104. Beagleb2 (6) is one further back on 103, one in front of TheFantasticMrsFox (5) and Nikki (6) on 102. There is then another six-win gap to the rest of the field. 96: Camf (6). 95: Pootie Tang (5), Wazza (6). 94: Prickly (5). 93: Maggie_P (5), 92: Matthew Thompson (5).

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91: bubsie1981 (6). 89: Whiteyfunk (7). 86: Cameron Neill (6), Kintaine (0). 85: FNQ_Chris (6). 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.


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