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18 - 24 April 2012 • Thursday Island • www.torresnews.com.au • email@example.com • Edition No. 1010 • $2.00 inc. GST
Badu artists are making their mark By MELINDA TUPLING THERE is currently a bit of a buzz about the arts community in Badu. One of Australia’s most accomplished master printers, Theo Tremblay, arrived in Badu from Cairns to recently run a series of art workshops at the Badu Art Centre (Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh). Tremblay said the workshops were about introducing new skills and techniques, as well as afﬁrming those skills already brought to the centre by senior and established artists. “Many of the younger people have learnt from their creative elders, including Laurie and Dennis Nona and Alick Tipoti, and it is impressive to see the next generation coming through,” Tremblay said. Tremblay, who hails
from Boston in the United States, moved to Australia in 1977. A pioneer of collaborative printmaking and publishing, he is mentoring the Badu artists in a range of mediums. Mr Tremblay said he would return to Badu every three months for the rest of the year to continue his workshops. “The art centre is exciting, viable and vibrant,” Mr Tremblay said. “We have about 15 local artists joining us in the workshops. “Each day the artists meet informally and discuss their work, and the types of processes they want to use. “There are discussions on screen printing, soft and hard ground etching, selection of materials, relief printing and composition.”
Weldon Matasia, Tala Gaidan, Joseph Au in a workshop on Badu with master printer Theo Tremblay. The kodal (crocodile) print was created by Joseph Au and printed at the Badu Art Centre. Tremblay said the workshops, which continued throughout the Easter break, would conclude with an informal showing of recent works to elders of the community. “We want to increase awareness of traditional art
and also make the artists aware of the different opportunities they have so they can choose which way they want to go,” he said. “I am really fortunate to be here with such gifted and energised artists.
“The centre has a great work ethic and it is exciting to see such ambitious and exciting work.” He said the arts centre had produced superb etchings from Laurie Nona and stunning relief images from Joseph Au, Tala Gaidan,
Weldon Matasia, Edmund Laza and Michael Nona. For further information on the workshops contact director of the Badu Artist Centre, Richard Butler on 0467 004 412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. au.
Crocs face LNP ﬁring squad A crocodile at Bach Beach, Thursday Island. PHOTO: LITEAH LUFFMAN
By ALF WILSON AND MARK ROY CROCODILES are in the crosshairs of the newly elected State Government, with LNP senators and
ministers saying the time for pandering to conservationists is over. Federal shadow spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Ian Macdonald is urging the new State
Government to put the welfare of humans ahead of the man-eating beasts. Continued Page 2 >>
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LNP plan to remove problem crocs << From Page 1 “The time for dithering and pandering to the radical green element is over, we need urgent action before someone is killed,” Mr Macdonald said. “Right across the top of Australia, crocs are making it increasingly difficult for people to enjoy the fabulous natural resources that make living in the north so great.” Mr Macdonald said recent sightings showed crocodiles were continuing to encroach on communities with impunity. The idea that culling crocodiles could become lawful again is a controversial one in north Queensland. Culling of crocs was banned by the Queensland Government in the early 70s, and since then numbers have increased dramatically. More recently, a spate of the dangerous reptiles threatening humans has brought the issue to a head. There have been numerous sightings of crocs off Thursday Island near populated areas,
and also near the Horn Island jetty. Hinchinbrook MP Andrew Cripps, sworn in last week as Natural Resources and Mines Minister, said the Government would soon implement an revised statewide crocodile management plan. “I’m very confident that will present a more responsive framework for the removal of problem crocodiles when they create safety concerns for local communities,” Mr Cripps said. “One of the problems we’ve had is that the previous government and the previous management plans that were in place for responding were so tied up in bureaucracy and red tape that they ignored the concerns of the communities until it became a serious issue.” Mr Cripps said there had been a signiﬁcant increase in crocodile numbers in North Queensland waterways. Last year Torres Shire Council truck driver Tuta Kris told the Torres News he
had to watch carefully for crocodiles while emptying wheelie bins near several beaches on Thursday Island. “If there is food near the bins I have to be very careful of crocodiles as these bins are so near the water,” Mr Kris said. “There have also been regular sightings of crocs near where bins are on the back suburbs of TI. “I don’t take any chances.” Just a week before, a Thursday Island health worker standing near a TI beach used her mobile phone to take a pic of a crocodile which left the water to grab some ﬁsh scraps left by ﬁshermen. In February this year, TI local Marsat Ketchell reported regularly spying two fourmetre crocs in the water near Cook’s Landing in the suburb of Quarantine. He said he had seen up to six crocodiles fighting over scraps left behind by hunters.
Above: Tuta Kris says he takes no chances with crocs while emptying wheelie bins around Thursday Island. PHOTO: ALF WILSON Left: Newly elected Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says he wants to remove red tape protecting crocodiles.
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