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New developments on the table for Torres Shire

Torres Shire Council Mayor Pedro Stephen with the council’s acting chief executive Dalassa Yorkston after his re-election. By MARK ROY THE newly re-elected mayor of the Torres Shire Council, Napau Pedro Stephen, says he will highlight local infrastructure promises with the new state Liberal government as a matter of urgency. He said home ownership was a major priority, with the shire investigating future housing and business subdivisions. “We need security of land tenure around home ownership, and also for the development of future small businesses,” he said. Part of good planning for development was ensuring the proper infrastructure was in place, he said. “For example, the drainage system in the Torres Shire is from

the 1900s and does not cater for the development of the hills,” he said. The development of Horn Island Airport to an international standard was also a priority for the shire, he said. “Many of the local infrastructure projects were initiated by the Liberal government,” Mr Stephen said. He said he hoped to have a meeting with Member for Cook David Kempton and Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli as early as May 14. “My intention is to bring those priorities to them,” he said. Mayor Stephen said it was important the state government not lose sight of its commitments. “We must have a balance,” he said. “While the focus of state and

federal governments in the Torres Strait is on security, we need to balance those concerns with social and economic benefits for the community.” Speaking with the Torres News on Wednesday, May 2, just moments after being declared mayor by the Queensland Electoral Commission, Mr Stephen said he was looking forward to working with the four elected councillors, Yen Loban, William Wigness, John Abednego and Allan Ketchell. “We have a new, balanced council, with two new councillors and two experienced councillors, and I look forward to working with them over the next four years,” Mr Stephen said. At the time of going to press, Mr Stephen had 118 votes more

than the second closest contender, Vonda Moar-Malone, who polled 331 votes to Mr Stephen’s 449. Ms Moar-Malone said she was not discouraged by the election results, and was very pleased with the response from the community. “It is humbling to know that a large percentage of the community wanted change and had entrusted in me their vote for new leadership,” she said. “I intend to continue to advocate and be the voice for community in all my representations and will run for office in the future. “My sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who supported me through my election campaign.” A councillor since 1991 and mayor since 1994, Mr Stephen said it was his track record that helped

him across the line. “People said they supported me because they wanted two things - stability, and experience,” Mr Stephen said. “I am committed to serving the whole of the community, not just those people who supported me. “I acknowledge the other candidates who contested the mayoral seat, and look forward to working with them to take on the initiatives they have raised. “One of the best forums to see what the community needs is through an election, where candidates are putting forward the voice of the people. “While some of the ideas raised by other candidates are commonsense things that we are working on already, there are key indicators from the broader community on what is required for us to move forward together.” Mr Stephen said he was committed to seeing growth during his next four-year term. “While continuing our core business of delivering local government services, we want to embrace new initiatives such as tourism, and encourage development of the Torres Strait as a hub - a strategic location that can deliver services on international sea and air routes. “In terms of tourism, we need to promote the historic milestones of this region, from native title to pre-colonial and colonial history and into the future. “Along with the Department of Defence, we are working with historian Vanessa Seekee on a World War II heritage restoration plan.” He said other future works would include the establishment of a Torres Strait cultural village, a community garden project for Frog Gully, a historical walking track to the Lions Lookout, safe access for water transport to Muralug (Prince of Wales Island) and the establishment of a construction consortium in the Torres Strait.

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Heads roll in local elections THERE were some surprises in the recent Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) elections, with the latest count showing Wayne Guivarra (Badu), Willie Lui (Warraber), Ron Day (Mer), and Walter Mackie (Iama) all beaten, with Kenny Bedford (Erub) also likely to lose his seat. In Kubin, on Moa Island, it was neck-and-neck, with David Bosun and Saila Savage each with 44 votes at the time of going to press. In St Pauls, councillor and Torres Strait Regional Authority chair John “Toshie� Kris looks like he may just scrape home, and is currently polling 39.84 per cent ahead of Kiwat C Lui on 32.81 per cent. In the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC), new candidate Bernard Charlie is ahead in the mayoral race with 39.51 per cent of the vote with the remainder split fairly evenly between Jeffrey Aniba and former mayor Joseph Elu on around 30 per cent each. In the Torres Shire Council (TSC) Mayor Pedro Stephen was re-elected ahead of Vonda Moar-Malone, Napcia Bin Tahal and Abigail Harry, in that order. Yen N Loban polled highest of the four elected councillors, with 639 votes, followed by Allan Ketchell (567), John Abednego (560) and new candidate William Wigness (528) with 5 of 7 booths counted. Candidates who didn’t make the cut were Ned David (474), Ilario Sabatino (421), Ron Laifoo (396), Liberty Seekee (357) and Elizah Wasaga (219).

Elected TSIRC councillors, by division: Boigu, Division 1: Unopposed: Dimas Toby Dauan, Division 2: Unopposed: Joel Gaiden Saibai, Division 3: Ron Enosa Mabuiag, Division 4: Keith Fell Badu, Division 5: Horace Baira Kubin, Moa Island, Division 6: Undecided: David Bosun/Saila Savage St Pauls, Moa Island, Division 7: John “Toshie� Kris Iama (Yam Island), Division 9: Getano Lui Jnr Warraber, Division 10: Ted J Billy Poruma (Coconut Island), Division 11: Phillemon Mosby Masig (Yorke Island), Division 12: Unopposed: Ted Nai Ugar (Stephen Island), Division 13: Jerry D. Stephen Erub (Darnley Island), Division 14: Undecided: Jimmy Joe Gela/Kenny Bedford Mer (Murray Island), Division 15: Aven Noah. Elected NPARC councillors, by division: Injinoo, Division 1: Anthony Mara Umagico, Division 2: Unopposed: Dennis Getawan Bamaga, Division 3: Edward Newman New Mapoon, Division 4: Trevor Lifu Seisia, Division 5: Benjamin Gebadi The latest election results are available at the Electoral Commission Queensland website at

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Police crack down on TI hooning POLICE urge all road users to abide by the traffic laws on Thursday Island as they would in any other part of Queensland. Mobile phone use whilst driving is a well known offence and it attracts a large monetary penalty of $300 and the associated three demerit points. It is dangerous as your attention is not on the road ahead. There are hands-free kits available if phone use whilst driving is an important part of your business or daily routine, if not pull over and take your call safely. Police will be cracking down on the use of phones whilst driving. Further is the increase in ‘hooning’ offences around Thursday Island evident by the ‘donut’ or ‘circle work’ skid marks being left on our local roads. Hooning attracts a court appearance and includes vehicle seizure of 48 hours. Police would urge any member of the public who has witnessed hooning to report it directly so as we can take action against the offenders to get them and their cars off the street. It is a dangerous pastime to not only the driver and passenger but other road users, what you might think is a bit of harmless fun could turn into a lifetime of heartache should an accident occur. Phone the Station 40 691520 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000. We would like to remind you of our Driver Licensing days and times, Thursdays between 9:30am and 3:00pm for residents of Thursday Island, Horn Island, Hammond Island, Prince of Wales Island and Friday Island, Monday to Friday for residents of the Outer Islands who happen to be on Thursday Island. For driving tests phone the station on 40691520 speak with Senior Police Liaison Officer Tony Bani who will make an appointment for you as soon as he can, you must provide your own car - and don’t forget your L-plates. Remember Thursday Island Police are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. After hours your call for service may be diverted to the Cairns Communications Room, if the matter requires immediate attention the Thursday Island Police will respond to your call as soon as possible. For non-urgent matters you now have the option of calling Police Link on 131444. For urgent matters requiring assistance please dial 000.

Police officer suspended A MALE constable from Far Northern Region was suspended from the Queensland Police Service after being found guilty common assault following an incident with a female prisoner. The officer appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 24. The officer had previously been stood down from operational duties pending the outcome of the court action. A police spokesperson said internal disciplinary action would follow. The incident was reported by police officers, who also gave evidence in court resulting in the Magistrate’s decision delivered on Friday. Officers from the Ethical Standards Command charged the officer following an internal investigation into the inappropriate use of force and assault of a prisoner on August 30, 2011 at the Cairns Watchhouse.

Tagai students say no way to bullying

Tagai students at the Stop Pas, Act Sense, Nor Bully campaign launch at Ilan Cafe on Tuesday, May 1. PHOTO: MELINDA TUPLING “The students involved in the campaign By MARK ROY have approached this bullying campaign THURSDAY Island high school students with maturity and leadership.” Tagai Tafe head of campus Mark Hutton at Tagai TAFE launched their own social media campaign last week, with the mes- said he was proud of the students’ work. “Last year on International Womens’ sage Stap Pas, Act Sense, Nor Bully. Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, May Day, Lena Passi took the initiative to involve 1, Lena Passi service manager Georgina our boys, and this partnership is continuing Binjuda said the students came up with their with this campaign,” Mr Hutton said. Ms Yorkston said Lena Passi Women’s owm message. “This project was done by the students Shelter had been working with Tom Hearn for the students, and by the age group for from Bushtv to develop the anti-bullying campaign with funding from the Torres the age group,” Ms Binjuda said. “We wanted to expand awareness around Strait Regional Authority. “We take this opportunity to thank the domestic violence, for age groups of 9 and Torres Strait Regional Authority for their 10 up to age 25.” Tagai teacher Lilyjane Shibasaki said the contribution and continued support,” Ms Tagai students were capturing their target Yorkston said. “A big congratulations to Lena Passi audience through social media. “I’m pretty sure kids will yarn about their Women’s Shelter, Tagai TAFE, TSRA and Bushtv for working alongside our young role in this project,” she said. Students from Tagai competed to see leaders of the future. “The Bullying Campaign will run who got the most ‘likes’ for the Stop Pas, Act Sense, Nor Bully campaign link on their throughout Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month in May.” facebook page. On behalf of the Tagai executive, Takeshi Shibasaki and school captain Cheryl Hooper were equal first with 600 Stephanie Savage thanked all the people involved in the partnership, and said the TV likes each, she said. “They are now the male and female ads and social media campaign would build the confidence of the students to spread the ambassadors for the campaign,” she said. The brainchild of the team at Lena Passi message. “Confidence will keep us going, the Women’s Shelter, the project and is part of their innovative Getting On Program, confidence to stand behind what you say, which aims to minimise school bullying by and not just preach, but practice,” Ms providing education and support programs Savage said. “Keep strong and keep getting the word focused on getting youth attention. Lena Passi management committee out.” You can engage with the Tagai students member Julia Yorkston said bullying was a problem all over Australia and happened and join their campaign at www.facebook. every day in communities, workplaces and com/NoBullyGettingOnProgram, or follow schools. “Young people on Thursday Island the link from the Torres News facebook in the Torres Strait have taken this national page For more information contact Lena issue and are finding local solutions using Passi Women’s Shelter on 40691366. social media,” Ms Yorkston said.

Headdresses show diversity of culture A COLLECTION of rare ceremonial headdresses is on display in the ‘Stories from the Torres Strait’ exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. Senior Curator for Indigenous Studies, Trish Barnard, says people

can learn a lot from the display, including the diversity in culture of the Torres Strait. Ms Barnard says only a portion of the exhibition from the Queensland Museum in Brisbane was on display due to the fragility of some of the

ancient items. “[The headresses] celebrate the past, present and future and look at how the Torres Strait Islanders used these headresses in ceremony and dance performances, and have done for may years.”


Stiffer security for Horn airport By MARK ROY PASSENGERS passing through Horn Island Airport can expect to see increased security, including metal detector screening and luggage checks, from July this year. Under new regulations introduced by the Australian government, which come into place from July 1, 2012, passengers boarding the Qantas Q400 flights from Horn Island and other regional airports will need to walk through a metal detector, be subjected to explosives checks, and submit all baggage - including checked bags and carry-on bags - to x-ray examination. And while you have the right to decline to be security screened, if you do so, you will not be permitted to board your flight. As owner of Horn Island Airport, the Torres Shire Council is now recruiting and training aviation security screening officers to help passengers comply with the new requirements. Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen said the council was currently contracting to install a temporary facility for passenger screening and a permanent extension to the existing terminal for checked bag screening. “The council is working toward ensuring that the Horn Island Airport is ready for July 1,” Mr Stephen said. He said council had been implementing a planned upgrade of the airport to international standard over the past decade. “This new change to aviation security arrangements confirms Torres Shire Council’s vision in 2002 regarding the Horn Island Airport development,” he said. “The staged works included a new parking apron for aircraft, the strengthening and lengthening of the runway, and the construction of a new terminal building.” However, the security changes had come two years earlier than expected, he said. “Council has commenced meeting with stakeholders of the Horn Island Airport Terminal and will continue to provide information to all stakeholders and the wider community on the new security screening preparations and the temporary arrangements,” Mr Stephen said. “There will certainly be some cultural and protocol considerations and deliberations between the council, community and Canberra.” Once the changes come into effect, passengers will need to be at the airport at least one hour before their flight is scheduled to depart. Passengers are asked to be prepared by not carrying any prohibited items, include sharp or pointed objects, firearms or explosives. For further information visit www.

Correction: Clarification on initiation story The Torres News would like to clarify that all the information published in the article ‘Awakening the search for cultural identity’ (Torres News, 25 April - 1 May 2012, page 3) came from Jeff Waia of the Ait Koedal clan on Saibai Island. The Torres News does not lay any claim to clan knowledge. Torres News

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Tributes flow for Uncle George Mye “The modern godfather of independence” TRIBUTES continue to flow in for the late George Mye of Erub (Darnely Island) who passed away on Thursday, April 26 at Cairns Base Hospital. Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) Mayor Fred Gela said the achievements of Mr Mye were pivotal in the journey of the Torres Strait and its people. “Even though we are of many different ages and have all kinds of jobs and interests, it is certain that we all have one thing in common: our admiration of a man who never quits until the job is done,” Mr Gela said. “He reminds us too that the opportunities and the many luxuries of life that we take for granted here in the Torres Strait were won by struggle. “And our Elder Statesman had struggled. The fact that he kept his composure and lifted us with his humour testified to his inner strength, not to a life without hardship. “We all know something else about the late Mr Mye. He doesn’t just look around and see things that need attention. He takes action. “The TSIRC extends it’s deepest and warmest condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and families our prayers and thoughts are with them in their time of sorrow.” Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said Mr Mye was was well known to Premiers, Prime Ministers and Governors-General. “Mr Mye’s MBE and OAM are testament to the high regard in which he was held in nationally and internationally for his commitment and dedicated leadership for Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mr Newman said. “To his wife Jennifer, son John and his wife Riti and their five sons, sister Florence, extended family and the Torres Strait Islander community, I pass on my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. “The passing of Mr George Mye will be felt by Torres Strait Islander people and others who have known him or his works throughout the country.” Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas said Mr Mye’s unwavering commitment to his people would be remembered for many years to come. “A widely respected leader and an elder statesman of the Torres Strait, George Mye has played a major part in progressing the rights of Torres Strait Islanders,” Senator McLucas said. “From advocating for Islander ex-servicemen and organising Coming of the Light celebrations, to serving as a local Councillor and having leadership roles with ATSIC, throughout his life George Mye was committed to pursuing better outcomes for the Torres Strait community.” Senator McLucas said George Mye was a true leader. “People listened to George. He had the ears of politicians at all levels and of all political persuasions. “He was a very strong advocate of land and sea rights for Torres Strait Islanders over many decades and his passion remained as strong as ever.” Senator McLucas expressed her sympathies to the Mye family. “Our thoughts are with the Mye family, his friends and community,” she said. “They should be incredibly proud of George’s life work and the powerful legacy he leaves.” Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Professor Mick Dodson AM, said Mr Mye was a staunch advocate of land and sea rights for Torres Strait Islanders over the last 60 years and was a central figure in the push for full autonomy for the Torres Strait. “George Mye will forever be remembered as a very active and wellregarded member of the Torres Strait Islands who worked tirelessly to improve life in his community and - to his death - continued to advocate on behalf of his people,” Prof. Dodson said. “George Mye was referred to as the modern godfather of independence for the Torres Strait Islands and his outstanding leadership, contribution and passion for his people will forever be remembered.”

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Director of Photography filming linguist Dana Ober on Thursday Island. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ailan Kastom on show in film By MELINDA TUPLILNG ISLANDER customs and rituals were showcased on silver screen at Gab Tutui’s 8th Birthday celebrations last month, when Cairns-based film director Brett Charles proudly showcased his ten-minute teaser for the film Ailan Kastom. The preview, from a onehour-long film project funded and produced by the Torres Strait Regional Authority and Leftfield Productions, had the audience captivated. With director of photography Gregg Maxwell on board, filming for Ailan Kastom began in June, 2011, and took place on at least eight outer islands as well as Thursday Island. Brett, who has visited Thursday Island since 2004 with a project he was working on through Education Queensland, says the film gives a rare insight into Torres Strait Islander culture in the year 2012. “It’s been an inspiring journey,” Brett said. “I’ve witnessed rituals and customs few non-Indigenous people have seen, let alone filmed. “When I first came up here eight years ago I couldn’t believe the amazing beauty of the place.

“Making this film I’ve learned that everything here is interconnected - the songs, the dance, the art - everything is interwoven throughout daily Islander life.” However the film production was not without its challenges. “Getting around and the cost of flights was one of our biggest issues with filming, but fortunately I managed to team up with Tagai State College,” he said. “We tagged along with them while they were having consultations with the community about language and culture. “Through them we met a lot of people throughout the different communities.” With more than 120 hours of filming, Brett said the postproduction journey was a long road. “The first thing is just getting started when you have that much information,” Brett said. “Throughout filming I had to keep perspective of the big picture. “Most people were happy to be involved and go along with the filming. “There were a few people who chose not to be involved as they couldn’t believe we could fit the Torres Strait Islander culture into an hour-long film.”

While there were many highlights during filming, the greatest part of the experience was meeting and talking to the elders and making friends in the community, he said. “I feel very privileged to have been invited to events such as the mullet ceremony,” Brett said. “It was the first time in 27 years it had been performed and I was the first non-Indigenous person to see it.” The teaser, which featured local traditional Island identities such as Jeff Waia and Yesse Mosby, has so far received positive feedback from the community. The film will be available for purchase at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre when released in June this year.

Ailan Kastom director Brett Charles speaking at the sneak preview of the film at Gab Titui on Tuesday, April 24. PHOTO: MELINDA TUPLING

Early whale migration baffles experts MARINE authorities in Far North Queensland are at a loss to explain why the annual northern whale migration has started a month early. Humpback whales traditionally migrate to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef to give birth before returning south to feed. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) says whales are not usually spotted until late May or early June but are already being seen off the Queensland coast. GBRMPA spokesman Mark Read told ABC News scientists are unsure why the animals have arrived early.

“What it heralds we don’t really know, but it’s certainly timely to get the messages out to the key users of the marine park to look out for whales,” he said. “We just need to bear in mind that an adult humpback whale can get to 15 metres and approximately 40 tonnes in weight.” He says boaties needed to be aware the whales were around early. “You really need to be mindful of how big these animals can be,” he said. “Just make sure that you’re acting safely in terms of minimising the risk.”


Sacred Heart School history preserved in Jubilee book By MARK ROY

ABOVE: Brother Barry Lamb at work on the history book on Thursday Island. LEFT: A cover shot of the book “History of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School 1887 - 2012” by Br Barry Lamb.

OUR Lady of the Sacred Heart School is celebrating its 125th Jubilee this year, with major celebrations planned for Saturday July 21, Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23 on Hammond Island. And to mark the milestone, retired teacher Brother Barry Lamb has turned his formidable research and writing skills to producing a book of the school’s history. A regular contributor to the Torres News, Barry has included a wealth of fascinating information not only on school life, but life on Thursday Island in general. The book features a series of chapters of island life over several decades from the 1880s. “The book is richly illustrated with facsimilies of papers, many photos, quotations and memoirs, with stories of the school interspersed with the story of Thursday Island,” Brother Barry said. “There are insights in to social and political life from the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th. “The book also encompasses the history of St Joseph’s School on Hammond Island from 1929 until 1964.” He said he had sourced a lot of the information presented in the book from newspapers. “There were two newspapers on Thursday Island in those days - the Torres Strait Pilot and the New Guinea Gazette, and these are stored in Brisbane on microfilm,” he said. “I went through all of these to find stories about the school. “When Gwen Moloney began the Torres News, which she ran from 1957 until 1988, she was a great supporter of the school. “Consequently there are school stories on sacraments, first communion, confirmation, picnics, sports days, school fetes,

and transfers of sisters which she wrote up herself.” When the first school building was built about 1898, on the site where the Mission Hall is now, the school had already been running for around a decade, he said. “The school began 10 years before the township of Thursday Island, with the arrival of the Government Resident John Douglas,” Brother Barry said. “When the school began in 1887 it was held on the verandah of the sisters’ convent,” he said. The first sisters were the Daughters of our Lady of the Sacred Heart. “They were the teachers until 1967, then the Cairns Sisters of Mercy took over.” He said the present headquarters of the Daughters of our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Rome had emailed him around 25 portraits of the sisters from the 1880s until around 1925. “Interestingly, 50 Government Inspector’s reports have been found which tell a lot of detail of school life, teaching and so on, beginning in a handwritten report in 1905,” he said. “The documents were found in a presbytery filing cabinet, and I believe we are the only school with original documents from the government inspectors. To have 50 original documents such as these is quite extraordinary.” “We also have lists on names of children from the ‘orphanage’, which was really like a boarding school, offering the chance for children from the outer islands to receive a proper education. “The school has always had a mixture of European, Islander and Asian kids,” he said. The 338-page book, entitled History of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Thursday Island, 1887 - 2012, will be available for purchase during the school’s 125th Jubilee celebrations.

Progress on TB clinic transfer A DOCTOR treating Papua New Guinea (PNG) patients for tuberculosis in the Torres Strait says the final patients will be handed over to their own health system in early June. Agencies including Ausaid, the Federal, State and PNG health departments met in Cairns last month to discuss the transition of tuberculosis services to PNG. Dr Graham Simpson says progress is being made to prepare for the transition of the TB clinics

to Daru Hospital. “They’ve got some very dedicated people over there and they’ve now got access to a lot of the drugs and so on that they just didn’t have before,” Dr Simpson told ABC Radio. “Things are a lot better than we probably anticipated they would get in that length of time. “It’s still going to be an unproven service but they’re very keen and we’ve just got to wish them luck and wait and see.”

Justice in prevention and early intervention THE launch of the Justice Reinvestment Campaign for Aboriginal young people last week has again highlighted that prevention, early intervention and diversion are the keys to building safe communities, according to Congress co-chair Les Malezer. Mr Malezer said the failure to close the gap in the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the juvenile justice system showed current strategies were ineffectual. “The national rate of detention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in juvenile justice is 28 times that of non-Aboriginal people,” he said. “Congress has previously called for the setting of justice targets to focus governments on addressing the significant and long-standing over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. “COAG missed the opportunity to set justice targets at its last meeting in April. This must feature on the agenda of its next meeting.” Congress also says the Government should give serious consideration to the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care’s (SNAICC) call for a Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner, backed by specific legislation. Co-chair Jody Broun said there had been previous representations by Congress Members for the National Children’s Commissioner to have a specific mandate in the special interests of Aboriginal children. “Our children and young people are in out-of-home care at 10 times the rate of non-Aboriginal children and young people,” she said. “Broader powers to act in the interests of Aboriginal children must be granted to those with the responsibility to care for Aboriginal children, backed up with greater representation by Aboriginal people in leadership positions. “Congress urges governments to pick up on the momentum generated by the Justice campaign and supports SNAICC’s call and others in the community who are calling for this kind of action in this area,” she said.

Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award 2012 Native Title: Our Land & Sea Rights You are invited to enter your artwork, relating to the theme, Native Title: Our Land and Sea Rights, into the 2012 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award. Artists may enter any medium, including lino prints, screen prints, carvings, photographs, Dari/Dhoeri/Dhibal, jewellery, necklaces, ceramics, weaving, painting, photography, short films, and computer based work. Each artist may enter one work and the Award is open to all Torres Strait and/or Aboriginal artists living in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area. The artwork must have been made in the past year and must not have been exhibited before.

© 2011 © Sandra FredsonPilot, Akiba, 2011

© Segar Passi, 2011

Indigenous Art Award Winner $5000 Runner Up $2000 People’s Choice $1000 Best Craft Work $500 Best Cultural Artefact $500 Best Work on Paper/Canvas $500 Best Secondary Student Work $500

© Georgia Curry, 2011

Entries close on Friday 11 May 2012 All work to arrive at Gab Titui Cultural Centre by 5pm. Winners announced on the opening night, Wednesday 30 May 2012.

© Muriel Bagai, 2011

Exhibition dates: 30 May - 30 August 2012 Please contact Gab Titui Cultural Centre on 07 4069 0888 for an application form.

© Angela Torenbeek, 2011

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Climate change plays roulette with coral species CLIMATE change will mean winners and losers on the coral reef, a new study has found. And while critical issues remain, researchers found global warming was unlikely to mean the end of coral reefs along the Great Barrier Reef. The report, which details the first largescale investigation of climate effects on corals, found that, as ocean temperatures rise, some species of corals are likely to succeed at the expense of others. Terry Hughes of James Cook University said researchers examined coral composition along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef. “The good news is that, rather than

experiencing wholesale destruction, many coral reefs will survive climate change by changing the mix of coral species as the ocean warms and becomes more acidic,” Mr Hughes said. “That’s important for people who rely on the rich and beautiful coral reefs of today for food, tourism, and other livelihoods.” Researchers identified and measured more than 35,000 coral colonies on 33 reefs, revealing a surprising flexibility in the assembly of corals. As they saw one species decline in abundance, some other species would tend to rise. The waxing or waning of any given coral species the researchers observed as they

moved along the coastline occurred independently of changes to other coral species. Hughes concludes that corals’ response to climate change is likely to be more complicated than many had thought. “If susceptible table and branching species are replaced by mound-shaped corals, it would leave fewer nooks and crannies where fish shelter and feed,” he said. “Coral reefs are also threatened by much more local impacts, especially by pollution and overfishing. “We need to address all of the threats, including climate change, to give coral reefs a fighting chance for the future.” The report was published online on April 12 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.


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Some species of coral may do better than others as global temperatures rise, researchers have found. PHOTO: STEVE EVANS

Kids take over the kitchen at Lockhart LOCKHART River State School students have put their hands to pots and pans as part of Diabetes Queensland’s Need for Feed program, designed to cook-up their confidence in the kitchen. Last Thursday, May 3, students began blending, grating and grilling, with the State Governmentsupported program kicking off to help secondary school students understand and enjoy healthy cooking - all without them having to leave the classroom. The program has been trialled in 11 schools in south-east Queensland, with the number of students confident in cooking a meal for their family increasing by 20 per cent (69 per cent to 91 per cent) after they attended Need for Feed. Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute says the program is a vital initiative that will influence the long-term health habits of young Queenslanders. “Staggeringly, one in three Gen Ys are set to become Gen Ds - or Generation Diabetes - in their lifetime,” Ms Trute said. “We are facing a future where three million Australians will be living with diabetes by 2025. “Around 23 per cent of 12-15 year olds in Queensland are already overweight or obese, and we recognise something more needs to be done to curb the rise of this chronic condition. “Need for Feed not only gives students the confidence to master a frypan and conquer the herb chopper, it gives them the boost they need toward reaping the benefits of making healthy choices.” “If we train our children now to read recipes, work their way around the kitchen and see the results that healthy cooking can bring, we’ll build a culture of Queenslanders who love good food and find healthy choices fun - for the long-term.” Need for Feed runs out of school hours by a qualified teacher. Diabetes Queensland will reach 120 schools with the program over four years. Teachers or parents can register their interest about Need for Feed by contacting Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588. More information about the program, including healthy recipes to help the kids get interactive in the kitchen, is available at

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Be mindful of marine stingers AS Far North Queensland continues to enjoy mild weather into May, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is urging swimmers to exercise caution at when in the water and to watch out for potentially dangerous marine life. The warning comes after a spate of marine stings across the Port Douglas and Mossman areas. Mossman paramedic David Kain warned swimmers to be mindful of Marine stingers when in and around the water. “We encourage people to enjoy the Port Douglas beaches, but it is important to remain aware of the dangers you can encounter in the ocean,” Mr Kain said. “In the last month alone paramedics in the Port Douglas and Mossman areas have been called to a number of cases involving stings from the potentially deadly Irukandji jellyfish, as well as injuries from extremely painful stingray barbs.” “We just want people to know that these animals are out and about even as winter approaches.” Mr Kain also stressed about the importance of treating stings quickly and correctly. “Don’t let the victim rub the sting, but do douse the affected area with vinegar, and if possible, apply cold packs to the affected area.” “In more severe cases, the victim’s breathing and heart may stop. In this case, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately and commence CPR, which is the best chance of survival.” Mr Kain also stressed the importance for swimmers to know their exact location when dialling Triple Zero, especially when swimming in remote areas that are not monitored by lifeguards. “When speaking to emergency services operators, beachgoers should always clearly state where they are calling from and stay in that location until help arrives,” Mr Kain said. “It is also helpful to have someone wait on the road to flag down an ambulance to direct paramedics to where the patient is located.” For more information about marine stingers, visit or to learn first aid phone 1300 369 003.


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By ALF WILSON TORRES Strait Islander Robbie Cedar may not have been successful in his bid to become the first Indigenous person to be elected onto Townsville City Council but he polled very well. Of Erub (Darnley Island) descent, Mr Cedar was one of three candidates for ward seven when voting took place on April 28. Local Government elections were held throughout Queensland for 73 councils. There were 11.119 voters on the ward seven electorate of which less that 5 per cent were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. Proud of his Torres Strait

Islander heritage, Mr Cedar stood against policeman Gary Eddiehausen and a former Councillor Brian Hewitt. Mr Cedar polled 2059 votes or 29.9 per cent of the votes to finish second behind Mr Eddiehausen with 3390 votes (48.06 per cent). Mr Hewitt polled 1604 votes (22.74 per cent). That was at the Torres News deadline and Mr Cedar conceded defeat. “I will be running for Council again in 2016 and with the experience from 2012 I will be better organised with community engagement strategies and profile. “This was the longest three months during my quest to

achieve community support I will endeavour to strategise better for 2016 to secure a position in our local council,’’ Mr Cedar said. During his campaign, Mr Cedar door knocked widely and gained extensive coverage in local print and electronic media outlets. In the week leading up to the election Mr Cedar handed out how to vote leaflets at the Townsville City Council’s Thuringowa offices where pre-poll voting occurred. On Election Day, Mr Cedar was at local schools in the ward campaigning and was overcome with the support he received. “It was great and the night before the election I couldn’t sleep,” he said.

Mayor’s death delays Aurukun election MAYORAL elections Aurukun have been delayed due to the death of mayor Tharpitch Pootchemunka. Mr Pootchemunka, who served two terms as mayor in the Cape York community, died suddenly in Cairns Base Hospital on Sunday, April 22. The mayor’s death came just days before statewide local government elections, but the

Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) said the mayoral contest would be delayed. “The election for mayor will be rescheduled to a date to be fixed,” an ECQ spokesman said. “Elections for (other) councillors will go ahead this Saturday. “There is no provision under the (Local Government) Electoral Act that will allow rescheduling of these elections.”

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Robbie Cedar at the polls.

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Mon 7. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Mon 7. Mixed Social Volleyball, TI Sports Complex, 6pm Tue 8. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 8. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval, 6pm Tue 8. Bingo, Bamaga Tavern, 6.30pm Tue 8. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry, 7pm Tue 8, Wed 9 & Thu 10. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Saibai Island Wed 9. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 9. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6pm Wed 9. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 9. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Thu 10. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30 - 7.30pm Thu 10. Competitive volleyball, TI Sports Complex Thu 10. KRL Rugby League, Ken Brown Oval, 6.30pm Fri 11. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Boigu Island Fri 11. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe, 7am 4069 1531 Fri 11. Entries close, Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, 5pm Fri 11. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 11. Yoga, OLSH School, 6pm Fri 11. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Fri 11. Music by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Sat 12. Mothers’ Day Mini Market, PKA Hall, 7am - 12pm Sat 12. KRL Rugby League, Ken Brown Oval, 3pm. Sun 13. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel, 12 - 3pm Mon 14, Tue 15 & Wed 16. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Murray Island Tue 15. Horn Island Residents and Ratepayers Assc management meeting, 7pm

CHURCH SERVICES Parish of St Bethel,131 William Cr Bamaga NPA, Sundays 10am Uniting Church, 114 Douglas St Thursday Island, Sundays 10am Independent Church Parish of the Resurrection TI, Morning Prayer Sundays 10am, Evening Prayer 7.30pm Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mass, all locations: Mon-Fri 7am, Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday 10am Hammond, Sunday 8am Horn, Saturday 9am Bamaga, 2nd Tuesday every month, 4069 3699 Arthur Wong 7.30pm

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Papuan people betrayed Forty-nine years ago today, the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) transferred administration of the Dutch colony of Netherlands New Guinea to Indonesia. From the moment Indonesia took over the administration from UNTEA, the oppression of the West Papuan people began, and 49 years later the oppression continues and so does the struggle of the West Papuan people for self-determination. The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) plans to hold a number of peaceful rallies to protest the handover, but the police have refused permission. The head of public relations for the Papuan Police said he expects that KNPB to respect the authorities. He also said if the KNPB staged a demo it would conduct surveillance on the demonstrators. We keep hearing how Indonesia is now a democracy, yet in the past year the Indonesian security forces conducted numerous military operations

Congratulations to all of the mayoral and councillor candidates at the recent Torres Shire Council election. You can walk with your heads held high as you took the time to nominate and participate in the Australian democratic process. Shame and thumbs down to those enrolled voters who decided not to participate in the electoral process. Also of concern during the election campaign was the total lack of information in the public arena to assist the voting

public who had decided to pre-poll or apply for a postal vote. Pre-polling, when we finally found out where to go, was a very strange experience. The returning / issuing officer printed the ballot papers from the computer, failed to initial the bottom corner of ballot paper and then the final slap in the face for democracy was to deposit the ballot into a cardboard box, one marked ‘mayor’ the other ‘councillor’. Where was the sealed ballot box for the

Carpet snakes are no threat I came across the most beautiful little carpet snake on the road this morning. Unfortunately its head was missing. I have seen two or three others over the last few days, all dead. It happens every year at the end of the wet, and is so un-

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For these are times of great harvest for Zenadth Kes Islanders for one can only sense Autonomous self-governance is in the incoming current (Bubu). I thank Member of Australian Parliament Honourable Jenny Macklin for changes to TSRA separate voting election. A small step in the right way, now people can democratically vote. We had local government elections on April 28, 2012 to complement TSRA elections. This is the start of real changes, but my question is, why couldn’t we have TSRA elections on the same day as local government elections? It’s confusing and unfair to Zenadth Kes Australians for Jenny Macklin and TSRA did not come back to the people but went ahead with TSRA elections planned for September 2012. The Federal Government of Australia owe people here an apology as these elections are against our human rights. So I think that Prime Minister Julia Gillard should intervene because this process is fruitless. I support the call of Elder Uncle Getano Lui of Iama (Yam Island) that TSRA board never came back to people about fair election process. Lastly now Queensland has a new Premier in Campbell Newman. Will the LNP party grant Torres Strait selfgovernment because former Premier Anna Bligh said her government supported the move. Percy Misi Baidaam Misi Masig

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throughout West Papua. In October 2011 there was the crackdown on the Third Papuan Peoples Congress where security forces used excessive force when arresting up to 300 Papuans. Up to six people were reported killed and five of the organisers arrested and charged with treason. They received three years in prison for subversion. Large numbers of rallies also took place with people calling for a true act of selfdetermination. If Indonesian was truly a democracy, political prisoners such as Filep Karma and Forkorus Yaboisembet would not be in jail for simply being part of rallies where the Morning Star flag was raised. Indonesian should release all political prisoners immediately as a sign of good faith to the West Papuan people, and governments, including the Australian one, should be encouraging Jakarta to do so. Joe Collins Sydney

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necessary. I would like to remind everyone that it is an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild. But regardless of the law, I just can’t see the sense in killing a defenceless little animal. Ken Parkes Thursday Island

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pre-polls, or is this the way democracy works on Thursday Island? Only a week before the election we celebrated the supreme sacrifice of the ANZACs and other World War veterans who fought to give us a democracy to live in where we can participate by voting. Seems too many today have forgotten what these brave men and women set out to achieve. Shame on you! Jon Wren Muralug Beach

Putting the boot in I have been living on TI for nine years and in that time I haven’t had any TI person run into me and I run for exercise nearly every day. To the two white ladies who ran into me on Ken Brown Oval, Boot Camp do not own the oval and I have been running there before boot camp was ever heard of. To those two ladies - pick on someone your own size please! Bev Hutton Thursday Island


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St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Boigu

By BRIAN RANDALL STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND St Saviour’s Church on the Torres Strait island of Boigu is said to be the most northerly church in Queensland, being originally constructed in 1917. This is the natural consequence of Boigu being the most northerly inhabited island of Queensland as well as Australia, with the island’s area being approximately nine square kilometres. The members of the first church council were Abia Ingur, Isaac Abai, Sailor Auda and Jacob Matthew. The island, and its church, were initially visited by the priest from Mabuiag, but later, priests were appointed directly to the Boigu community with these including Father Sagi Amber, Masepa Bami and John Peter. Although St Saviour’s church dates from around 1917, the history of the Anglican Church on the island predates this by nearly 40 years, with early missionaries arriving soon after the establishment of a mission on nearby Saibai, in 1871. As with many church buildings on other islands throughout the Torres Strait, St Saviour’s was built by the local community using mostly local materials. It is believed that the initial cost of construction was in the vicinity of £11, with this amount being provided by the local community. Using mangrove timber for the frame of the church building with nipa palm for the walls and roof, it was a strong and impressive building. As well, the church’s internal fittings and some of the furniture were carved from the wood of local Wongai trees. The site of the church also links it with the island’s traditional history and culture, being located adjacent to the tree known locally as the Tree of Skulls.

Light shone on 1892 scholarship By BROTHER BARRY LAMB

St Saviour’s Church, Boigu. This large wild almond tree was used by the island’s warriors over a long period of time. This photograph shows the church as it was originally constructed, with its neat lines and hand-painted sign, indicating the personal pride that the church community members felt for their new church. This building was used for many years and would have been an important focus for church activities in the area.


Trophy please - make it snappy

Eye f the

o Cyclone I SEE Warren Entsch has been banging on about shooting crocodiles again. You have to admire his persistence; he has been talking about it for years and years. He has no problem at all with the idea of blasting the odd monster lizard. You would be excused for seeing him as some sort of Crocodile Dundee. No, let me rephrase that. You would not be excused for seeing him as a sort of Crocodile Dundee. He does not wear a hat with crocodile claws

Photographs such as this are important in that they provide a record of important people, events, places or buildings such as St. Saviour’s, which have been so important in our society’s past, as well as in the present. If readers have any historic photographs or information, the Queensland Library is interested in acquiring copies for their collection. Please contact Brian Randall at the library at

A number of folk on Thursday Island and many of the islands of the Torres Strait will remember Anna Shnukal who did so much research some years ago, particularly into the Creole language of the area as well as many family trees. She co-authored Navigating Boundaries, which details the histories of different groups of Asian background in the Torres Strait. Anna has been in touch regarding the Scholarship winner of 1892, Alfred G. Smyth (Shine A Light, page 20, Torres News, 18-24 April 2012). Her research shows he was born in 1897 in Maitland in New South Wales, before his parents, Thomas and Annie moved to Queensland. The G. Stands for George. On Thursday Island Alfred’s father was recorded as a storekeeper in c.1885 and 1887; possibly a master diver in 1893; and he and his brother, George, had the major mining lease on Horn Island. After such a promising start - winning the Scholarship - the only known reference to Alfred’s later life (as at the moment, 2012) is that in 1903 he was a clerk living in John St., Thursday Island. His uncle, George, is better known and at one stage, in 1888, was the proprietor of the Thursday Island Hotel. Indeed, for a while, the hotel was known as “Smyth’s Hotel.”

in the hatband, and his silhouette is - how shall I put this politely? - his silhouette is a little dissimilar. For all that, Warren is a proud northerner and he does know his crocs. You have only to watch him pounding the lectern to see his heredity shine through (he is descended from a long line of crocodiles on his mother’s side). His argument is that we have far too many big, old and very cranky crocs, and some of them are not in Parliament. These fearsome animals are not

only very dangerous to people, they are happy to gobble up smaller crocs too. They are a roadblock to progress. They no longer know how to pick up the girls and start a new family, so they are not even extending the dominance of crocodile kind. Warren’s solution? It’s easy. Import a few rich Americans and Germans, and let them play at being big game hunters. These men (they’re nearly always men and not women) are prepared to cough up a fortune to shoot a trophy animal and take bits of it home. Sounds like a winwin-win proposition. The locals will be happy because the

monsters go off to be restaurant ornaments in Las Vegas. Smaller crocs will be happy, because they get a new pond to play in, and the tourism industry will be delighted because of all the money the intrepid hunters will bring with them. Unfortunately, it’s not possible. Somewhere in a filing cabinet in Canberra is an immutable regulation that says no shooting and - most importantly - no trophies. Can’t be changed. We are all helpless in the hands of the bureaucrats, and the bureaucrats say... Isn’t it time for another latte? Believe me, if you happen to trip over a

fresh pile of crocodile poo and decide to take some home to show mother in Frankfurt, you will definitely be charged with international smuggling. Seriously; I’m not exaggerating. We have made even crocodile poo contraband, let alone skins or bones. Now, if only we had the commonsense to feed the bureaucrats to the crocs...

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Art awards present opportunities THE rich and diverse art and craft of the Torres Strait is to take centre stage again this year as the Gab Titui Cultural Centre prepares for the 2012 Indigenous Art Award. The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), through its Culture, Art and Heritage Program strongly supports local artists and cultural practitioners. The Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award is one important initiative that nurtures, assists and promotes talent in the region. TSRA Chairperson, Mr John ‘Toshie’ Kris encouraged artists to enter artworks relating to this year’s theme, Native Title: Our Land and Sea Rights. “On the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision the importance of recognising and celebrating Native Title in the Torres Strait has never been more evident. “This theme creates an opportunity for artists to communicate to all audiences the importance of Native Title and our connections as traditional owners to the land and sea areas in the Torres Strait.” In its fifth year, the Award continues to foster the careers of many successful Torres Strait artists, including emerging artist, Taicee Pearson, who took out last year’s award for Best Secondary Student Work and the People’s Choice Award. “Winning the People’s Choice Award category was a big surprise,” Taicee said. “It meant a step forward to know that people did appreciate my work”. Taicee, who began creating lino prints at 13 when she was given a block of lino, graduated with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) from Djarragun College last year. She is now studying towards a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and also works at Djumbunji Press in Cairns. “I am in the studio working with experienced Torres Strait artists Brian Robinson, Billy Missi and Joel Sam ... it is awesome. “They teach me different techniques, small

techniques that really make a difference in my work.” In 2012, the Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award remains the only exhibition in the world to present a current and authentic representation of art and craft produced by Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists residing in the region. “My history with Gab Titui has helped me to get a job and better skills development,” Taicee said. “Getting Highly Commended for my entry in grade eight in the 2009 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award played a big role too. “It lets people know that I can do what I do.” Taicee has big plans for the future as well. “I want to go to university to study a Masters in Printmaking,” she said. “Then I want to go overseas travel the world and gain experience working in different places.” To other young artists considering entering the Award in 2012, Taicee said: “good luck”. “I would encourage them ... I would say that anything could happen.” The 2012 entries will be judged by guest curator, Mr Tom Mosby, Executive Manager, Indigenous Research and Projects at the State Library of Queensland and will attract a total prize pool of $10,000. The Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award winner will receive $5000, the runner-up $2000 and the People’s Choice Award winner $1000. Entries are invited from all Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal visual artists and craftspeople that live in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area and will be showcased at Gab Titui during opening night celebrations on May 30. To obtain an entry form for the 2012 Gab TItui Indigenous Art Award or more information, contact Diat Alferink, Torres Strait Arts Development Officer, on 4069 0872. The closing date for entries is 5pm Friday, May 11, 2012.

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The linocut Turtle Journey, by Taicee Pearson, won two categories in last year’s Art Award - Best Secondary Student work and People’s Choice Award.

West Papuan freedom rallies mark 49th year of Indonesian control Mass demonstrations broke out near Serui when tens of thousands of people took to the streets across West Papua to reject the Indonesian annexation of West Papua on May 1, 1963. The yearly demonstration were held by two sectors of West Papua civil resistance, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Jayapura, Puncak Jaya and Sorong, and the Federated Republic of West Papua (FRWP) has organised similar rallies in Manokwari, Yapen Island, and Fak-fak. Indonesian Police generally allowed the rallies to occur across Papua, however in Yapen, Police have banned all gatherings from occuring across Yapen, and have reportedly blockaded all marches. Over 10,000 people reportedly gathered at Wombai Beach outside Serui on Yapen. According to West Papua Media sources spoken to by phone, Ten Canoes (large outrigger war canoes) flying Morning Star flags, full of demonstrators from outlying islands, were about to land. However the Kapolres Roycke Harry Langie, is at the time this report using a loudhailer to try to force the boats to furl their flags and Morning Star paraphernalia, though it is understood that the boat crews are refusing to do. The situation was described as tense and dynamic, with the chance for armed Naval action occuring against the war canoes. Via:

Torres Strait represented at Small Island Forum THURSDAY Island business owner Christine Connor (pictured) facilitated a workshop on managing tourism operations on remote islands recently, when she attended Australia’s Small Island Forum on Lord Howe Island from April 30 to May 4. The forum brought together delegates from Australian and international small islands to discuss the challenges and successes of living in remote island communities. Managing Director of Peddells Thursday Island Tours, Ms Connor said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the Australia’s Small Islands Forum, thanks to support from the Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait (RDA FNQ&TS). “I think it’s a marvelous opportunity for the Torres Strait Island community to benefit from the experience of business people who operate within remote areas,” Ms Connor said. “I’m especially interested in learning about ways of engaging with my community to foster a sustainable future.” A fifth-generation Islander, Ms Connor continues her family’s tradition of a life intertwined with the sea, running a ferry and tourism business which operates between Thursday Island and Cape York. She said the love of the people and the tropical lifestyle had firmly anchored her to

Thursday Island. RDA FNQ&TS chair Allan Dale said it was important that the Torres Strait was represented at the forum. “Torres Strait Island communities face a range of issues and it’s important to have a representative at this Forum, both to learn how other small islanders deal with daily challenges of distance and to represent the unique experience of those who live in, and love the Torres Strait,” Mr Dale said. The forum focused on four key areas of growing sustainable communities, enterprise and livelihoods, technology and services and

culture, place and identity, he said. “RDA FNQ&TS is proud to support Ms Connor’s attendance at the Forum,” Mr Dale said. “We believe the Torres Strait community will benefit from the knowledge she brings home.” He said the RDA FNQ&TS valued her feedback and suggestions on how to meet the challenges Torres Strait locals faced on an everyday basis. Peddell’s passenger ferry services link Seisia at the top of Cape York with Thursday Island in Torres Strait and offer a range of local tour experiences.


Gardens get community tick of approval By MELINDA TUPLING THE Torres Fruit Tree Planting Project has passed its first birthday - and Thursday Islanders are deeming it a fruitful success! Tongues are wagging and mouths are watering on TI as the community tree-planting project is beginning to produce tropical and local fruits and vegetables for all to enjoy. George Ernst, the founder of the tree-planting project, says he wants people to enjoy the gardens planted all around the island in spaces accessible to the public. “The main idea with the gardens is to plant a central, long-term citrus tree, and then around the base short-term plants like chillies, watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber and pineapple around the edge of the garden bed to maximise the limited space,” George said. A teacher at Tagai TAFE, George says all his Year 11 and 12 horticulture students have had a hand in forming the 34 gardens since February 2011. The plan to revegetate Thursday Island with fresh produce has received praise and encouragement from nutritionists, residents and government alike. When George first arrived on Thursday Island three years ago to teach engineering at TAFE, he began planting fruit trees in his own garden. “It was pleasing to see local people enjoying the freshly grown bananas and paw paws I had growing in my yard,” said George. “I saw what I could do to help the community and went about gaining written permission from the council to plant these gardens in public spaces.” Local nutritionist Natalie Collier said she believed there were three major benefits to the tree-planting program. “One, to provide a better local source of healthy food,” Ms Collier said. “Two, to reconnect people to the land, give a sense of pride and connectedness. “Three, to give an opportunity to provide a whole bunch of people with education.” The first garden George and the students planted was in 2010 at Star of the Sea, for staff and clients to enjoy. “At the start of February 2011 the students and myself began forming garden beds around the island,” George said. A s a t e a c h e r, G e o rg e “couldn’t be happier” about the effect the program, in combination with the Certificate II in Horticulture, was having on the boys.

“The students are very good, they realise the benefits of learning all these processes,” George said. “These are life-long skills they’re learning.” It is a view shared by newly elected Member for Cook David Kempton, who has given George and the Torres Fruit Tree Planting Project the thumbs-up, saying the excellent, volunteerbased venture had increased community pride. “It’s a great opportunity for people to learn about horticulture and how to beautify their community,” Mr Kempton told the Torres News. “The idea of providing healthy food at no cost is brilliant. “I’d like to see the program expanded into other areas and see it embedded so it’s got a firm future and spreads into other communities. “I believe it helps teach kids respect, instils pride in the community, and hopefully will curb any vandalism issues.” Ms Collier said the project meant access to affordable, healthy, life-changing and life-giving food. “It’s also a way of arming community members with the knowledge and skills to create a healthier living environment for generations to come,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to take control of there own health, change eating habits, and is a positive direction towards winning the fight against chronic disease.” George encouraged local people to become involved with the program. “If someone has some clear land and space available outside their house and they wish to have some fruit trees planted, you can get in contact with me through Tagai Tafe and we’ll check to see if the space is suitable.” Local Torres Strait Islander Roseline Bagai says TI residents are really happy with the garden project and everyone is talking about it. “Everything looks so much better, there’s fruit trees standing everywhere, it’s nice,” Roseline said. “George is one committed person, he never misses a day. “Now the paw paws are almost ripe everyone is starting to freak out!” One person who is not freaking out is George, who maintains consistency and dedication every day of the year. George says with the everexpanding number of gardens, he hopes people will “adopt a garden” and get involved with the watering and weeding. “Our hope is for the council

ABOVE: Member for Cook David Kempton collects chillies from one of the community gardens as George Ernst looks on. LEFT: Year 12 Horticulture Students from Tagai Tafe. RIGHT: FRUITS OF LABOUR: Paw paw and chilli growing in one of the community gardens. to take control in two to three years,” George says. “We’ve had so much support to date and would like to express our gratitude to the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Queensland Health, Cairns TAFE, Torres Shire Council, local business houses, and local individuals who contribute to ongoing expenses such as fuel and diesel for watering and follow up procedures.” George first started gardening at the age of 13 by watching his grandfather and father. “I was self-taught through reading, watching and doing, and I also studied ‘Sustainability and Growing in the Tropics’ at Orange Agricultural

BELOW: George Ernst. college in New South Wales,” he said. “Over the past year there’s been about 30 students involved in this project.  Costumes  Themed Parties “What I emphasise to my  All Occasions  Party Decorations students is we don’t sit around  Dress-up accessories talking about things, we get Phone: (07) 4051 0486 Fax: (07) 4051 0381 out and do things. It’s all about action. Shop 20A, Showgrounds Shopping Centre, Cairns. “I wanted to rekindle enthuWebsite: Email: siasm for people to get out there and have a go themselves by providing an example for others to follow, if they want.” As for George, the best thing is seeing the students excited about what they’re producing. “It’s enjoyable seeing the fruits of our labours,” he said. REFRIGERATION AIR CONDITIONING “It’s certainly very rewardAND ELECTRICAL ing work.”



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Mrs Dorothy Sagigi and Mr Jack Sagigi with their son Timothy Sagigi at the campaign launch.

Campaign ambassadors Cheryl Hooper and Takeshi Shibasaki, who won an iPhone after racking up 600 ‘likes’ on facebook for the anti-bullying campaign.

Ivy Trevallion and Nancy Pearson at the “No Bully” campaign launch.

Nadine Tarrant (centre) with Tagai TAFE teachers Barry Tarrant and Lilyjane Shibasaki.

Tagai students at the Stop Pas, Act Sense, Nor Bully campaign launch at Ilan Cafe on Tuesday, May 1.

From Lena Passi Women’s Shelter are service manager Gina Binjuda, support officer Elizabeth Binjuda and management committee member Julia Yorkston.


Mavis Bani and John Whop arrive at the PKA Hall to cast their vote in the Torres Shire Council election.

Silva See Kee showing Julian See Kee how the democratic process works.

Returned Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen on polling day with Jena Stephen and Heidi Eastcott. Page 12 Torres News 9 - 15 May 2012

Agness Bani, Trish Akee, Josephine Gela and Daisy Aniba putting in the hard yards for their mayoral candidate.

Lydicia hands out how-to-vote cards for Vonda Moar-Malone.

MARY RICE BIRTHDAY Mary and family celebrate in style By ALF WILSON MER Island lady Mary Rice celebrated her 85th birthday in style on April 25 surrounded by family and friends. The celebrations took place in Townsville at the Rowes Bay picnic area near the idyllic ocean with Magnetic Island in the background. Some came from Thursday Island, Cairns and southern Queensland to join local Townsville family for the party. Balloons were hanging nearby as the family enjoyed traditional food cooked on a barbecue. As a bonus local workers were removing coconuts from high palm trees. “It was good timing and we got to have some milk from them. It is so good to have so many here,” Mary said. Mary had nine children consisting of four girls and five boys and also has “too many grandchildren to count” and nine great great grandchildren. The Torres News was advised of the party by one of Mary’s daughters Helen Akee. “We are celebrating mum 85th birthday on Anzac Day. She is very much an Elder in our Townsville and Meriam and Torres Strait communities. She was in her youth and then teens during World War II and remembers to this day the fighter or military jets flying over the islands. Her first late husband (Wabay Akee) enlisted in the Torres Strait Light Infantry battalion based on Thursday Island. “He has been recognised by the ADF for his service,” Helen said.

Mary Rice, third of the sitting ladies, with family at her party.

With Mary Rice are Helen Akee, left, and Marita Akee.


The new flag poles at the war memorial at Horn Island Airport. Thanks go to the Torres Shire Council and Gordon Cameron and family.


Kosta Foster and Kobe Taylor-Majid with John Felton after first raising of the Aboriginal flag.

ABOVE: Everybody at the Opening of the Horn Island War Memorial flag poles.

George Crocker tying off the Australian flag for the national anthem.

LEFT: Joseph Wasaga giving his ‘Welcome to Country’ Speech at the opening of the flag poles at Horn Island Airport on Tuesday, April 24. Torres News

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“Lest we Forget” Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh Commemorates ANZAC Day Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh Campus, held their annual ANZAC Day ceremony to honour and remember the men and women who have served Australia. DĂŶLJƐƉĞĐŝĂůŐƵĞƐƚƐĂƩĞŶĚĞĚƚŚĞĐĞƌĞŵŽŶLJŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐDĂũŽƌ :ĞīƌĞLJDĂƌƟŶ͕ƚŚĞKĸĐĞƌŽŵŵĂŶĚŝŶŐ͘Ž͕ϱϭƐƚĂƩĂůŝŽŶ͗ Far North Queensland Regiment, who addressed the parade ĂŶĚƐƉŽŬĞĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶĐĞŽĨEĂLJ͘zĞĂƌϭϭ Students and Naval Cadets Amelia Marie and Tanya Jobi then spoke about what ANZAC Day means to them as youth in the Torres Strait. dŚĞ,ĞĂĚŽĨĂŵƉƵƐ͕DƌƐ>LJŶͲŶŶĞŚĂŶĚůĞƌĂŶĚƚŚĞƐĐŚŽŽů ĐĂƉƚĂŝŶƐĂůƐŽĂƩĞŶĚĞĚƚŚĞƵŶǀĞŝůŝŶŐŽĨĂĚĚŝƟŽŶĂůƉůĂƋƵĞƐĂƚ EWĂƌŬĞĂƌůŝĞƌŝŶƚŚĞĚĂLJ͘dŚĞƉůĂƋƵĞƐďĞĂƌƚŚĞŶĂŵĞƐŽĨ /ŶĚŝŐĞŶŽƵƐĂŶĚŶŽŶͲ/ŶĚŝŐĞŶŽƵƐƐĞƌǀŝĐĞŵĞŶĂŶĚǁŽŵĞŶǁŚŽ ŚĂǀĞƐĞƌǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞĞĨĞŶĐĞ&ŽƌĐĞƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞdŽƌƌĞƐ^ƚƌĂŝƚ͘

The Poruma Island ANZAC Day Ceremony dŚĞďĞĂƵƟĨƵůŝƐůĂŶĚŽĨWŽƌƵŵĂĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƚĞĚEĂLJďLJŚŽůĚŝŶŐ a special ceremony, planned together with community members and Tagai’s Poruma Campus. Dƌ:ŝŵ>ĂƌƌLJƚŚĞŵĂƐƚĞƌŽĨĐĞƌĞŵŽŶŝĞƐ͕ŚŽŶŽƵƌĞĚƚŚĞĨĂůůĞŶďLJƐŚĂƌŝŶŐ ŚŝƐŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞŽĨƐƉĞĐŝĮĐďĂƩůĞƐĂƚ'ĂůůŝƉŽůŝ͘DƌůĚƌŝĚŐĞDŽƐďLJƚŚĞŶ spoke about Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in the ĞĨĞŶĐĞ&ŽƌĐĞƐĂŶĚǁĂƐĨŽůůŽǁĞĚďLJƚŚĞƌĞĐŝƚĂůŽĨǁĂƌƉŽĞŵ͞/Ŷ&ůĂŶĚĞƌƐ Fields” by Mr Steven Fauid. dŚĞEĂLJĐĞƌĞŵŽŶLJǁĂƐĐŽŶĐůƵĚĞĚďLJƚŚĞƐŚĂƌŝŶŐŽĨŵŽƌŶŝŶŐƚĞĂ where everybody had the opportunity to pay their respects. Mina big ĞƐŽƚŽĂůůƚŚŽƐĞǁŚŽŚĞůƉĞĚŵĂŬĞƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚƉŽƐƐŝďůĞ͘>ĞƐƚǁĞĨŽƌŐĞƚ͘

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5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Being French 10:35 Behind The News 11:00 Country House Rescue 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 River Cottage: Autumn 6:50 Minuscule: Away All Boarders! 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Budget 2012: The Opposition’s Reply 8:00 7.30 Budget Reply Special 8:30 Silk - Martha must take on a case defending a man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend. It is tough for someone with her disdain for the way the justice system treats rape victims. CAST: Maxine Peake 9:30 Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook - With exclusive access to Facebook’s offices and its most senior staff, this film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the hottest tech phenomenon of our time. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Captain Cook: Obsession And Discovery: Beyond Speculation 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:30 Silk 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 8 - South Fremantle Vs West Perth

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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 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block - The Block Unlocked 7:30 Friday Night Football: Brisbane Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles 9:30 Friday Night Football: Canterbury Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans 11:30 Movie: The Glimmer Man (AV v,l 1996)- Steven Seagal stars as a softly spoken, mystical, new age New York cop with a past. He is transferred to LA to help cop Jim Campbell solve a series of brutal murders. Starring Keenan Ivory Wayans, Bob Gunton, Michelle Johnson, Brian Cox. 1:20 Movie: Seconds To Spare (M v,l 2002) - A former DEA agent, Paul Blake, was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and went to jail. Now out on parole, his mission is to hunt down Emmett Larkin, the CIA agent who set him up and took away his life, with the trail for revenge leading him to Australia. Starring Antonio Sabata Jnr, Kimberley Davies, Kate Beahan, Jerome Ehlers, Nick Tate, Alyssa-Jane Cook. 3:05 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:30 Good Morning America

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5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:25 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Perfect Child Mummies 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Time Team: St Ebbas 6:50 Minuscule: Woopsy Daysies! 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Sittaford Mystery (M v, Final) - A Ouija board portends the death of a prominent politician. CAST: Geraldine McEwan, Timothy Dalton 10:05 Artscape: Artscape: A Law Unto Himself - Roger Law was a creator of the UK puppet show Spitting Image before he deported himself to Australia to explore his remaining artistic talent. 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 6ft Hick: Notes From The Underground - Behind-the-scenes music documentary. 1:35 Time Team: St Ebbas 2:30 Football: VFL: Round 8 - Teams TBA

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 7:30 The Voice 9:30 Person Of Interest: Many Happy Returns (All New) - It’s Reese’s birthday, and Finch gifts him with a day off - especially when he realises that The Machine’s latest number is sure to revive painful memories. Starring Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman. 10.30 CSI: NY: Like Water For Murder - The team must figure out how a young woman and a shark end up dead on the beach at the same time. Starring Gary Sinise, Anna Belknap, Eddie Cahill.. 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 The Whole Truth 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News/ 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Irish Pub Formulation 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Launch Acceleration 9:00 Two Broke Girls: And The Upstairs Neighbor (All New) 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 Chase (M v) The Comeback Kid - After living life with a false identity, fugitive Jack Druggan embarks on a vengeful killing spree in an attempt to return to his notorious mobster glory days, boasting of his crimes and challenging the U.S. Marshals to catch him. 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning 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 The Midday Movie: Annapolis (M 2006) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medcal Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Lab Rats 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 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 7: St Kilda v Carlton 11:00 TBA 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement: Hawthorn - Lounge/Dining - Got messy kids? Don’t miss our fantastic ideas for a family living room as the RFI team come to the rescue. 4:00 NBC Today - International news and weather including interviews with newsmakers in the world of politics, business, media, entertainment and sport. 5:00 Sunrise Extra - Bringing you the best moments of your mornings with the Sunrise team. 5:30 Seven Early News - Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta present the latest news, sport and weather from around Australia and overseas.



6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 The Midday Movie: Playing For Keeps Ties (M A,S ) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medical Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Lab Rats 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: The doctors deliver some bad news to Romeo which forces him to reassesses his future. Jett targets Colleen as Gina tries to protect him. And Bianca takes in Heath’s fatherhood joy. 7:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:30 Royal Pains: This One’s For Jack - Hank is having a hard time coming to terms with Jack’s death and shuts himself off. Jill can’t really be a comfort to Hank because she’s feeling guilty about her part in Jack’s death when she unknowingly enabled him to delay his treatment. 12:30 Sons And Daughters: 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra/ 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: 20:30:40 (M s,a 2003 In Mandarin) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Indian School: A Spiritual Journey 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Rupert Everett 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: Optical Illusions (M n,s 2009) In Spanish. A blind man who recovers his sight after an operation finds his life in chaos when he is rejected by the community to which he once belonged. An observation and commentary on the importance of aesthetic appearances in today’s society. Directed by Cristián Jiménez and stars Iván Álvarez de Araya, Gregory Cohen and Eduardo Paxeco. 1:00 Movie: Frozen Days (M d,l 2005) In Hebrew - An intense psychological drama that blurs fantasy and reality. Meow, a lonely young woman, survives a suicide bombing and assumes the identity of one of its victims. As she moves into his apartment her grip on reality starts to crack. Directed by Danny Lerner and stars Anat Klausner, Sandra Sade and Uli Sternberg. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 For The Juniors 10:15 Cyberchase 10:40 Our Animals 10:45 Behind The News Special 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help 2:00 Liquid Stone: Unlocking Gaudi’s Secrets 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:30 My Family 6:00 Country House Rescue: Black Clauchrie, Ayrshire 6:50 Minuscule:Summer Hat 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 8:30 Randling - A game show, hosted by Andrew Denton. 9:00 Laid 9:30 Agony Aunts (M l,s) - Our Aunts answer all the tough questions from dating to a relationship. 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Review With Myles Barlow (M l,s,v) 12:00 The Armstrong And Miller Show (M s) 12:30 Movie: Manhattan (M l, B&W 1979) - A film that explores the embattled life and loves of a successful New York comedy writer. CAST: Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep. DIR: Woody Allen 2:05 Britain’s Whitest Family (M l)- Examines a life lived in the wrong colour skin through three sufferers of albinism. 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 8 - Port Adelaide Vs North Adelaide

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 14:00 Days Of Our lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 8:00 Celebrity Apprentice. 9:30 The Mentalist: The Red Mile - A man who believed he had been abducted by aliens at one time is found murdered and his body is stolen from the coroner’s van. Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, Amanda Righetti. 10:30 The Mentalist 11:30 Weeds 12:00 Eclipse - James Kerley and Zoe Balbi present the latest music videos, artist interviews and exciting competitions. 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 The Midday Movie: Devil’s Mistress (M v,a,s ) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Medical Emergency 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Lab Rats 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 - Dex tries to improve his physique as April and Lottie vie for his affections. Xavier suspects that Jett is responsible for Colleen’s burglary. Meanwhile, Casey takes it a step too far with Mr Townsend. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:00 TBA 12:00 Eastbound & Down 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Messenger of the Gods 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest India: Western Ghats: Monsoon Mountains- known locally as the Sahyadri Hills, which are made up of the Malabar Plains and a continuous chain of mountains. (Part 4 of 5) 8:35 Extreme Frontiers: Canada - Adventurer Charley Boorman sets off to cross Canada by motorbike. (Part 2 of 4) 9:30 East to West: Between Two Rivers - This new six-part series tells the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Middle East and its huge influence on the West. (Part 1 of 6) 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: Under The Salt (M a,l,n 2008) In Spanish. Commander Trujillo, a Mexico City policeman, travels to a small town close to a salt mine where he investigates a series of mysterious murders of young women. 1:25 Movie: The Cruellest Day (MA v,a,l 2002) In Italian. Set in Eastern Europe and Somalia, this is a powerful, compelling drama based on the true story of the 1994 murder of Italian investigative journalist Illaria Alpi and her cameraman Miran Hrovatin. 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

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Your Lucky

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Time spent helping out a friend at work may take up more of your energy than you expect. Your input will not go unnoticed, however. Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions. You need to make an important decision and must wait until you are more relaxed.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Once you have started a new project nobody will be able to stop you! Your momentum will help you to push through a barrier which has stopped other people in their tracks. Romance. Your partner may find it hard to cope with all your excess energy! A powerful aspect to Mars later in the week could make you a little tense: do your best to use your excess energy constructively.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A few negative comments this week may sap your confidence for a while. You need to take the remarks in context, however, and not overreact. Romance. A person whom you have known for some time may still be interested in you. They will do their best to pretend not to be interested, but their actions will give them away.


CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Be careful that problems at work don’t spill over into your home-life. So long as you try hard to be patient, everything will be resolved. Romance. You may need a little extra emotional support from your partner at the moment. Communications between you will be especially strong, but be careful not to be too demanding.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Activities which don’t need much money will give you a chance to get back on your feet financially. Some recent extravagances have taken their toll. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will give your love-life a push in the right direction. A romantic get-together this week will put your relationship onto much firmer ground after a recent misunderstanding.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


A surprise move later in the week may leave you wondering what is going on. Talk to a person whom you can trust – your other colleagues may not be so quick to tell you everything. Romance. A power-struggle between you and your partner will not help either of you. Do your best to settle a recent dispute in a way which satisfies both sides.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may find it difficult to tolerate people who don’t know what they are doing. You won’t appreciate having to clear up a mess caused by someone else. Romance. If you are able to relax properly this will be an excellent week for both of you. Be especially careful not to get into arguments, especially ones involving money. You won’t be in a mood for compromise at the moment!


SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) At times this week you will need to spend more time by yourself. You have a lot of work to get through and won’t be happy if you are constantly interrupted. Romance. A new relationship may pick up speed faster than you expect. Very soon you will have to make a decision about how quickly you want to get involved with this person.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A kind word will go a– long way. Your enthuFor all your printing needs siasm and energy will be appreciated by the people around you; however you must be sympathetic to people who are not so dynamic. Romance. A favourable aspect to Neptune this week will improve your powers of intuition, just when you most need them!


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Your ability to spot a financial opportunity will help to bring in some money just when you need it most. Make sure you don’t take any more risks than you have to, however. Romance. Time spent with someone whom you hardly know could prove interesting. This person may be much keener on you than you realised. Don’t expect any dramatic developments for the time being, however.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

– Abraham Lincoln

A favourable aspect to Jupiter will help to bring a little more luck into your life over the next few days. Don’t miss an opportunity just because a friend tries to put you off. Romance. Your self-confidence will be especially high at the moment. You may need to be the one who takes the initiative in a new relationship.


PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the confidence you need to sort out a long-standing problem. You need to deal head-on with an issue which you have been trying to avoid. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.

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   ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

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A surprise meeting with a person whom you met many years ago may confuse you for a while. After a while you will remember who this person is and where you have seen them before. Romance. A meeting with a close friend will give you a chance to talk about your relationship with your partner in much more depth than usual. There are some issues which you need to address quite urgently.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

A difficult aspect to Pluto this week could bring some secrets out of the closet. Do your best to deal honestly with these issues rather than trying to cover them up even further. Romance. A comment made by your partner could make you angry. Try not to overreact, and do your best to see it in context.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

A group discussion about a recent problem at work will help you come up with a solution which you would not have been able to reach by yourself. Don’t be too hard on someone whom you disagree with. Romance. An acquaintance that you hardly know may be much more interested in you than you realise. This person thinks about you a lot and would like to have a more romantic relationship with you.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

A decision which you make this week will be difficult because the other person involved in this is in a much stronger position than you are. Don’t push your luck too far. Romance. Don’t let a personal remark upset you from someone close this week. Take this person’s comments in context and move on.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

A difficult aspect to Mars early in the week could make you quite aggressive at times. Be careful not to take an insult too seriously. Romance. You must try to find a better balance between your own needs and those of your partner. A friend who understands you well will give you a word of advice.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

A difficult aspect to Uranus may bring some confusion into your life over the next few days. There won’t be much that you can count on to stay the same: do your best to move with the tide and take advantage of any opportunities which open up for you. Romance. A meeting with friends this weekend will put you in touch with a new admirer. This person will want to see much more of you.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

Time spent helping a close friend will bring you both closer together. You understand this person well, but there is something about them which you are not aware of. When you find this out you will be better able to give the right advice. Romance. Time spent alone with your partner will help you to get to grips with a recent problem which has come between you. You need to find out what your partner really feels about the situation.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Your ability to spot a financial opportunity when you see it will help you to bring in a windfall. Spending the money won’t be quite as easy! Romance. It might be better to hide your interest in a new admirer. This person is already very interested in you, but will respond to a challenge.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may feel that you are being bossed about at the moment. Unfortunately, this is not the best time to make a fuss. Wait a few days. Romance. If your partner’s bad habits haven’t changed yet they are not likely to do so in the future! You may just have to accept them.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

You may be a little hard on yourself at times over this week. Don’t accept the blame for a mistake which was somebody else’s fault. Romance. This is not the best time for joint activities. You will enjoy being with your partner, but will need to make your own decisions.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

Don’t be afraid to indulge yourself from time to time this week. You have been putting in more than your fair share of work and need to feel that you are getting some reward. Romance. A promise which your partner made recently will soon be fulfilled. This will help to reassure you over recent doubts.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

A favourable aspect to Neptune later in the week will make this an excellent time for original thought. Your creative juices will be flowing and you will be full of bright ideas! Romance. Events may not go quite according to plan - but this is not your fault. Make sure that you stay calm.

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Exotic flavours of South East Asia spice up the island By MELINDA TUPLING

TI Thai Takeaway owner and chef Simintra Gower (right) with her good friend and colleague Praveena Panprasom.

NAME: Jeff Waia ISLAND: Saibai Island CLAN: Ait Koedal We, the Islanders, believe that Dhangal (Dugong) is symbolic, totemic and spiritual creature. It appears in many stories, songs, dances, dance apparatuses, games, art forms and idiomatic expressions. These elements are mediums of an Oral Culture. The dugong appears as a totemic spirit guide in the beginning of islander existence and will influence the character of an individual through life and will be evident through imitations in the final phases of life. In the story of Moa people, a boy named Gelam, who carved a dugong from a tree and travelled through the straits, symbolises the


origins of the environment. Different trees were carved until one was found suitable. The ones he threw away explain the behaviours of dugong in different parts of the Western Torres Strait. The light wood (Wapadh) was thrown to Moa, Badu and Mabuiag Islands. So the dugong will swim near surface inhaling air. The heavy Thulu wood was thrown to the Saibai, Dauan and Boigu Islands. The dugong surfaces once to inhale air, then dives, imitating heavy Thulu wood, to sink straight away. The knowledge of dugong is passed on during initiation rituals to young men and brings status to those who are the knowledge holders within the community. This knowledge can be interpreted as dugong magic. To know the knowledge of dugong one must acknowledge the spirit world and the environmental spirit space. Like Eskimos, who have many descriptive words to explain certain types of snow, so are Islanders with dugong. Here are some examples: Kapuig: mature dugong feeding by itself Kazil : Pregnant female with one baby Ukakazil : Pregnant female with two babies Kopa Burum Kazi : young dugong lost its mother

THE exotic flavours of South East Asia have found their way onto plates here on Thursday Island - and locals couldn’t be more excited. T.I Thai Takeaway officially opened last month to a barrage of eager customers. Owner and chef Simintra Gowera - or Ray, as she is also known - is very pleased with the interest her little Thai takeaway restaurant has generated. “My friends here on Thursday Island kept telling me how good my cooking was and that I should open up a restaurant,” Ms Gowera said. “We’ve been very busy since we opened here on the 20th of April, and had many return customers.” Dishes available range from the evergreen favourite, green chicken curry, to tom yum kung, pad prik, masa-man

curry, kra prao squid and pad thai. “At the moment there are 20 dishes on the menu,” Ms Gowera said. “Our aim is to make our customers happy, and we appreciate any feedback that can help us improve our service.” Ms Gowera originates from North East Thailand, where she received her training to become a chef. “I am looking to hire a chef and a kitchen hand, I am happy to train them both myself,” she said. “Anyone interested in either of these positions can email me on ti.thai@” T.I Thai Takeaway can be found on Douglas Street, adjacent to Anzac Park. Opening hours are Monday through to Saturday 11am to 2pm for lunch and 5pm to 8pm for dinner. Customers are encouraged to call ahead of time to place orders and avoid delays on 4069 2155.

when current turns upwind Kulsia Wangiz: herd enters feeding ground when current flowing downwind Guthatia Wangiz: herd enters feeding ground when current flowing upwind Dhangalaw Nara : evidence of dugong feeding area on reef Gaba Ganuyapuzipa : male following the female dugong Dhangalan Kalyalaypa: ghostly dugongs appear predicting death in the community Aybadhoelaig: A hunter chooses his dugong from a herd. The dugong is a more than a marine creature. One will perform certain rituals to associate with this mammal using knowledge and stealth. The rituals become daily habits of men who practise the knowledge of dugong. A young boy will be bathed in water contained in the womb of a female dugong (Gaba Woer). This child is chosen to be a knowledge holder when he grows up. This water is drinkable. It is said, if someone follows the right protocols, the creature will gladly present itself to the person. This person is in tune with the environment and the universe.

Peka : young female Gilab: female with tasks Burungulaynga : male with two tusk Goegoeb: male with one tusk broken Puru Koerawaig: male not mated yet Gaba Gudamumayzinga: female not mated yet Alayl Kazi: male offspring partners with mother Dhawpay: mature dugong but low in stature Gigigiay: male with sharp tusk Yaday Kazi: leader of herd Koetha Kazi: baby still in foetus stage in mother Dhamul Agiz: taking seaweeds to store in deep when water is receding Metan Sipa: dugong using flippers to rest when feeding in shallow water Yag Ngurnguman: dugongs’ quiet breathing in shallow water and sometimes sound like hissing sea snake Kazi Aypaangan: feeding baby in shallow water Kulisia Thoeythis: start feeding when current turns downwind Guthathia Thoeythis: start feeding when the current turns upwind Kulisia Apathayan: herd start feeding when current turns downwind Guthathia Apathayan: herd start feeding

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Students on the run Tagai State College (Dauan Island) students will be running in the adidas School Fun-Run to raise vital funds for their school on May 9. In the coming weeks students will be seeking support from the local community for running the event. Sponsorship from the community is vital to make this fundraiser a success. “The adidas School Fun-Run presents an excellent platform to get students excited about physical activity,” said Ethel Larry from Tagai State College. “I am very proud of the student’s for getting involved.” “Tagai State College is setting a new standard for other schools to follow by choosing a way to raise money that is supportive of the nutrition in schools policy and delivers positive messages about the importance of physical activity to a child’s healthy growth and development. I think it’s wonderful that organisations such as adidas and CUA are making this style of health-based school fundraising possible,” said Brendan Hopp, General Manager of The Fundraising Group. Last year the adidas School Fun-Run program helped to raise in excess of $2.5 million to purchase computers, books, sporting equipment and other school resources. The program’s major partner CUA also showed further support for schools by donating an extra $45,000 in school grants through the Community Care program linked with the School Fun-Run. CUA Chief Executive Officer Chris Whitehead said “Australia’s largest credit union is committed to supporting local communities, and as schools are often the heart of such communities and we are delighted to help by supporting this event.” All schools participating in the adidas School FunRun have a chance to win a Sports Day with the Stars. St Joseph’s Primary School, East Maitland, raised $22,308 last year and won this special day to have adidas athletes visit their students. Jeff Emmel, National Executive Director of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation said “the school based event was an ideal way to promote health messages to the community while raising money for the school and ACHPER was delighted to support it. The important thing is that the event allows schools to be flexible in terms of when and how they become involved. It encourages participation and basically students can run, walk or wheelchair the distance.” All schools are invited to participate in the adidas School Fun-Run by visiting au.

Students put in the hard yards TAGAI Secondary College students took their marks on Wednesday, May 2 for a three-kilometre cross-country run. With students were competing in different age brackets, it was a surprise to see one of the younger competitors, year 8 student Albert Rubu, sprint across the line to take first place, beating even older contestants. Rubu took line honours with a time of 10:23, nine seconds ahead of Under 15s champion Ezra Charlie on 10:32. The competition was especially fierce amongst the boys, with many sprinting to the finish line with barely a space between them. The girls were more sporadically placed, with some runners, including Year 9 student Raima Gela, finishing strides ahead of many of her colleagues. Tagai sports coordinator David Ward said the run was a great warm-up for the school sports carnival later in the year. Keep an eye on the Torres News for more information on our up-and-coming sports stars.

ABOVE: Year 8 student Albert Rubu is first home in the 3km cross country run in a time of 10:23. PHOTOS: MARK ROY LEFT: Tagai Secondary College teacher Tammy Collins blasts the horn as Year 11 girls set off on the 3km cross country run on Wednesday, May 3.

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Argun Warriors go for knockout blow By ALF WILSON CHAMPION Torres Strait Islander side Argun Warriors won’t be defending its winning title at the coming Island of origin series on Badu Island. Instead Argun Warriors will concentrate on trying to prove it is the best Aboriginal All Blacks carnival side in Australia by undertaking a tour which will take them from Ipswich to Bamaga. Keiji Bowie was co-captain of the Argun team which defeated Saguci 20-14 in the 2011 grand final of the highly popular Island of Origin. “We not taking a side to the Island of Origin this year but will be competing at the Murri Knockout carnival down south,” Bowie told the Torres News on April 27. The Murri Knockout will be held from September 27 to 30 at Briggs Road Complex in Ipswich. Argun Warriors organisers have no doubt the side is the best All Blacks combination in Queensland and maybe Australia. Last February the winners of the inaugural Queensland Murri carnival met the NSW Knockout carnival winner in a showdown. The Deadly Choices Interstate Match was billed by organisers as the Koori versus Murri Challenge to decide the best Indigenous rugby league team in the country. NSW Hunter side Mindaribba Warriors beat Queensland’s Southern Dingoes 40-18. Some far north Queensland carnival organisers and officials claimed it was not a true championship unless the winners of the majors up here should be included. Critics included Cairns carnival’s Sarah Addo, Townsville Bindal carnivals Jenny Pryor and leading coach Gerald Bowie. Bowie said Argun Warriors would then travel to the Cairns All Blacks carnival in October which it won last year. An Argun Warriors side which included NRL players Chris Sandow and Travis Waddell won the Cairns men’s grand final on October 16 beating East Coast Dolphins 32-24. “We will also be going to Bamaga for the Dan Ropeyarn carnival after that,” he said. WAUR United from Kubin scored a nailbiting 44-42 win over NPA side Alau Eagles at the last Dan Ropeyarn carnival grand final. Bowie said that many of the Argun Warriors players would be lining up for Badu side Mulga Tigers at the Island of Origin series. Bowie is now based at Weipa where he plays for Napranum Brothers in the Goodline Cape York competition. Mulga Tigers will field a powerful side at the Island of Origin and was beaten in grand finals of the 2007 and 08 grand finals on Badu Island by Kulpiyam. At the 2009 Origin carnival held at TI’s Ken Brown Memorial Oval a Mulga United team easily defeated Arkai Brothers from Moa Island in the final. The 2010 Origin final on Badu was won by Mua Razorbacks from Moa which defeated Malu Kiai from Boigu Island. In other news star Sydney Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba scored arguably the best try of the NRL season when his team lost 12-10 to reigning premiers Manly on April 27.

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By MARK ROY THE Roosters are looking good in their quest to wrest back the Kaiwalagal Rugby League premiership crown from arch-rivals, Suburbs. Not only did they defeat Suburbs in the first round of the 2012 competition on Thursday, April 26, but they did it in style, wearing new shorts and jerseys supplied by Col Jones on Thursday Island. Col Jones store owners Ben and Susan Murray said it was vital for local businesses to sponsor the KRL. “The local league is a big thing for the community, it brings families together,” Ben said. “For me, the important thing is for kids to have role models to look up to, these kids watch the big guys play and from this are inspired to play these sports and get active. “We could be watching the next Sam Thaiday, because these boys are talented.” Col Jones also sponsored the Gladiators team in 2010, this year they took over the Roosters sponsorship banner from Frank

Col Jones Store owners Ben and Susan Murray and daughters Bella and Madeline with the newly kitted out Roosters team. Gushtaspi from Island Rooster, who sponsored the team for many years. He said the team approached him about sponsorship in October

last year. “It has taken all that time to get the design right, to get the logos made, and get the sizes for all the boys, and then have the gear

freighted up here,” he said. The Col Jones store is supplying the team with 30 jerseys, as well as socks and shorts. “Were also giving the KRL new

Tanon tops Friday Night Triathlon THE third of the Friday Night Triathlons started as a handicapped event this week, with contestants getting underway at 5.30pm on Friday, April 27. Each competitor was set a handicapped start time, with triathlon coordinator Brenton Kosh basing this on their previous best times plus a little human intuition or error, whatever you wish to call it. “It was a long wait for the gun for the faster guys and girls in the pack, to leave the start line, but once off the pace was hot,” Brenton said. “It is very evident some people have been putting in some extra training during the busy weeks since the first triathlon. “It was not until the last lap until the cream started rising to the top, and we found Friday Night Triathlon virgin Dan Tanon’s years of hard training down south placing him in the night’s top spot. “A special thanks to everyone who makes the Friday Night Triathlon’s successful.” Sponsors and supporters include Col Jones, TI Pharmacy, Radio 4MW, Coral Sea Concrete, Tagai TAFE, Queensland Police, Our Lady

of the Sacred Heart School, TI Hardware, Robert Clarke Builders and Bobby’s Fish Shop. RESULTS Rank Name (Age) Finish Time - Actual Time 1st Dan Tanon (28) 40:52 23:22 2nd Annabel Jones (45) 42:23 27:51 3rd Jack Jones (8) 42:24 33:24 4th Brian Jones (39) 43:25 31:45 5th Tyler Pask (19) 43:55 26:45 6th Camille Walklate (35) 45:26 32:06 7th Fionh Walklate (9) 48:18 34:38 8th Brooke Jones (10) 54:47 44:47 Short Course (100m Swim / 2km Bike / 1km Run) 1st Jen Bloxsam (4) 22:28 22:28 2nd Ned Bloxsam (5) 23:13 23:13 3rd Sam Bloxsam (26) 23:14 23:14 4th Caelan Walklate (7) 23:40 22:20

goal post pads, these will be much better, and give the players greater protection.” Roosters captain Terrence Yusia was on hand before the first game of the season to receive the outfits on behalf of the team. He thanked Col Jones for their support. Ben said he encouraged other local businesses to get on board and support the local teams. “Kirk Cowell from K & M Plumbing and Alan Godfrey from Godfrey Constructions also sponsor teams, its good to see these local businesses giving support the the KRL teams,” he said. Not only did the team have new jerseys to wear on their first outing for the season, but two new fans as well - Bella Murray (6) and Madeline Murray (3). “My girls just love to watch the local football,” Ben said. “We’ll be following it this year, my girls will be number one fans, and will also be screaming from the sidelines.” “But I won’t be able to outscream the ladies!”

Clarification on Wahmere team name I WISH to make a formal apology on behalf of the Kaiwalagal Rugby League to the Sagigi Family for mentioning that the Wahmere Team is formed to honour the late Leonard Sagigi. This information I received is false. I have been told that the team was formed to revitalise the name from the past by children of past Wahmere players such as Bongo Sagigi etc. LilyJane Shibasaki Secretary Kaiwalagal Rugby League Inc.

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