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Outrage over southern media hunting claims By MARK ROY

Digging the past Goemulgaw traditional owner Maitui (Beboy) Whap during an archaeological dig at the coastal village of Dabangay on Mabuyag late last year. Archaeologists unearthed evidence of traditional hunting, including turtle and dugong bones and stone tools, that traces the practice in the Torres Strait back 7000 years. See full story, page 6 >>

Search seeks seven missing at sea STOP PRESS A SEARCH was underway on Thursday, March 15 (when this edition of the Torres News went to press) for a boat that went missing en route from Dauan to

Badu on Wednesday, March 14. Thursday Island Police received a distress call at 6pm said the boat, carrying seven people, was taking on water. An air and sea search in-

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volving helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and fishing boats failed to find any sign on the vessel. At the time of going to press Thursday the search was continuing over a 1200 sqnm area.

TRADITIONAL owners in the Torres Strait are outraged by national media reports which they say paint Torres Strait Islanders as cruel, heartless poachers engaged in an illegal meat trade. Footage shot using a concealed camera was aired on the ABC 730 Report on Thursday, March 8. The program made unsubstantiated claims that Islanders were selling turtle and dugong meat on the black market. Torres Strait elder Father Getano Lui said he was disappointed by the report, which he said misrepresented traditional hunting practices. “Nobody from the ABC took the time to sit down with us to talk about traditional hunting,” Fr Lui said. “The report ignored the fact that we have turtle and dugong management plans in place in the Torres Strait, and that we take these animals for traditional celebrations, such as tombstone unveilings, weddings, and initiations - not for commercial purposes.” Elders have told the Torres News they are “sick and tired” of having to justify and explain their traditional rights and practices to people from “down south”. Filmmakers Rupert Imhoff and Ben Cropp visited the Torres Strait in controversial circumstances in November last year, claiming to be conducting PhD research for a university. The Torres News presented a page

one report on their visit in the November 23-29 issue, after Mr Cropp threatened to sue the newspaper if it published concerns raised in an email circulating at the time. “We were not doing any filming. It’s a total lie,” Mr Cropp told the Torres News at the time. Film footage taken during their visit was screened on the 730 Report, showing a turtle being struck on the head and cut up, and a dugong being towed behind a boat. The footage was shot by Mr Imhoff on Mabuyag using a concealed camera. Mr Imhoff was invited onto Mabuyag as part of a traditional “gud pasin” welcome, in which elders welcome strangers to their island on the understanding they are of good character, they said. The traditional owners say they feel betrayed by Mr Imhoff’s actions, as he was specifically asked not to film on the island and then made a show of leaving his video camera on Mr Cropp’s charter boat. Traditional owners on Mabuyag say the turtle and dugong were being prepared for a wedding feast, and were not part of any “illegal trade”. TSRA chairperson Toshie Kris there was no evidence of an illegal trade in turtle and dugong meat in the Torres Strait. “If there is any, we would certainly want to know,” Mr Kris said. “Under the community management plans we would be looking at taking action against any illegal trade.”

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It’s official: PNG and Australia are friends and partners AUSTRALIA’S commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea was affirmed during an official visit last week. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence David Feeney and Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs and Foreign Affairs Richard Marles met with a broad range of citizens and officials and as part of “Australia Week”. “The strength of the relationship between PNG and Australia is demonstrated by the cooperation between our nations on important matters of state,” Senator Feeney said. “Our nations work together as partners in defence, on economic issues, on education, health and environmental issues.” The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) cooperate on a regular basis through training and exercises, he said. “As the national elections approach, the ADF is assisting the PNGDF to lease two medium helicopters in time for elections and for two years beyond,” he said. “This capability will give the PNGDF additional air transport appropriate to the country’s rugged terrain.” Mr Marles said PNG’s upcoming elections would be a defining opportunity for the people of PNG. “I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to hold elections on schedule. Australia is proud to be playing a supportive role to ensure the elections uphold PNG’s robust democratic tradition,” Mr Marles said. Senator Feeney said Australia and PNG will continue their work together on strategic matters such as Defence White Papers and the Pacific Maritime Security Program. “We have a proud shared history of friendship and cooperation which will endure,” Senator Feeney said.


Call for bulk carrier safety on reef REEF pilots say more can be done to ensure the safety of the Great Barrier Reef following the recent influx of foreign bulk carriers entering Australian waters and the UNESCO’s investigation into the health of the Reef. Australian Reef Pilots chief executive Simon Meyjes said the increased bulk carrier traffic posed a significant risk to the country’s national treasure, as many of the foreign flagged ships lacked the necessary local knowledge to safely navigate the vessels through the reef waters. “We’re seeing more large ships in our waters due to the booming coal trade so it’s more important than ever to take measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef from another ‘Shen Neng 1’ type disaster,” Mr Meyjes said. “Some of the foreign flagged vessels trading into Australian waters lack sophisticated risk mitigation strategies and are often manned only to minimum levels with low cost crews who lack experience and rely largely on modern technology as opposed to local knowledge. “While we can do all in our power to guide them through the mandatory pilotage areas, it’s the unpiloted areas which are facing the threat and this has been where the unfortunate mishaps have occurred. “All it takes is one accident to cause serious detrimental damage to our waters and the Reef, at huge cost to the Government and taxpayers.” Mr Meyjes said while the company had taken steps to introduce modern procedures to complement the years of practical seafaring

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Want to set up your own business? Aboriginal gambling consultant Ashley Gordon, Mura Kosker Sorority domestic violence counsellor Florence Kris, Uniting Care community educator Olive-Tau Davis and Thursday Island Police Seargeant Jeff Tanswell at the gambling workshop on Thursday Island. By MARK ROY PROBLEM gambling can lead to more than just a hole in your wallet. Research shows the practice is linked to relationship problems, poor mental and physical health, domestic violence, and suicide. But according to Aboriginal gambling consultant Ashley Gordon, a blanket ban on gambling in Indigenous communities is not the answer. The former Newcastle Knights NRL star was in the Torres Strait last week to enourage conversation around the issue, with a workshop at the IBIS Conference Room on Tuesday, March 13. “We’re trying to bring the issue to the surface for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to find solutions,” Mr Gordon said. “If we don’t own the problem, then nothing happens. We’ve got to get the community to take ownership of the problem. “The last thing we need is someone coming in and trying to ban gambling. That will just cause confusion and drive the problem underground.” He said he had conducted research with the Southern Cross University in Lismore, visiting more than 100 Indigenous communities, asking community members if gambling was a problem. “A lot of the research we did in Far North Queensland,” he said. “Pokies and card playing are two major areas of concern.” A report by the Torres News in May 2011 found the turnover for poker machines in the Torres Shire could be up to $30 million a year. According to the Office of Liquor and Gaming, there are 22 gaming machines at Grand Hotel, 35 at

the Royal Hotel, 20 at the Torres Hotel and 6 at the Wongai Hotel on Horn Island. “$12 billion spent every year in Australia on pokies,” Mr Gordon said. “But knowledge and choices are the key, rather than prohibition. If you teach people first, and give them the knowledge, then they can make choices.” He said “erroneous belief” was part of the problem, with people believing they could influence the outcome of the machines by ritual, or that if a machine had been played for a while it was “due for a jackpot”. “Of course that is just nonsense. We need to start talking about this, and if you care about your community, you will get involved,” Mr Gordon said. “People needed the skills to budget better,” he said. “It amazes me that there were no financial education programs in the 1970s when our people became citizens,” he said. “Historically, our elders treated their money as ‘play money’. “Our own people do not know enough about gambling, and what it is linked to.” Thursday Island Police Sergeant Jeff Tanswell said from a police perspective, gambling contributed to domestic violence. “It has a knock-on effect to drinking and domestic problems,” Sgt Tanswell said. “These sessions are good to generate people talking about it, and acknowledging the problem, and then taking the next step. “It is up to Torres Strait Islanders how best to do this, and education provides ideas on how to deal with their own circumstances.”

Commercial sea claim overturned By MARK ROY THE right to take fish for commercial purposes under the Native Title Act has been rejected in a landmark decision by the Federal Court of Australia. On Wednesday, March 14, the court upheld an appeal by the Commonwealth Government against a native title sea claim determination on August 23, 2010. Justice Finn’s 2010 decision in favour of the Torres Strait Regional Sea Claims Group was hailed at the time as a victory for Torres Strait Islanders’ sea rights. In a blow for traditional hunting rights, Justices Kean, Mansfield

and Dowsett found native title right “does not, however, extend to taking fish and other aquatic life for sale or trade”. Torres Strait Regional Sea Claims Group spokesperson Ned David said he expected the group would take their case to a higher court. “This case is certainly not dead in the water,” Mr David said. “I believe the court has got it wrong. Justice Finn’s 2010 decision was not something he took lightly.” Justice Finn found sovereignty of the British Crown “did not lead to the Islanders being dispossessed of their land or sea domains, or deprived of their traditional means of livelihood.”

In its appeal, the Commonwealth Government submitted that the right to take resources for commercial purposes was extinguished by prior fisheries legislation, and that the Native Title Act provided only for the right to fish for non-commercial purposes. Mr David said he believe the Torres Strait group had a bona fide set of rights to take from the sea for commercial interests. “I have had lawyers calling me from all over Australia to say we have a justifiable case that can be upheld,” Mr David said. “Islanders are not going to walk away from this. We are used to having the odds stacked against us, and we will go down fighting.”

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Stuart Telfer and Ken Dollery from the Variety Club NSW at Ilan Cafe last week. The boys will bring the Variety 2012 Bash from Balmain to Bamaga later this year. up here before,� Stuart said. “It’s taken a few years to work up the courage to take the grand drive north, and to our surprise, it was nowhere near as bad as it had been made out to us. “Don’t get us wrong, it’s rough, very rough in some places and I wouldn’t want to take the family car up there without a lot of consideration - but in some places it’s as smooth as a baby’s b... well you know what I mean.� The Bashers will camp out at the Archer River Roadhouse on

Day 8, before (hopefully) cruising into Bamaga on Day 9. “Of course, Bamaga, at the tip of Cape York, is a stone’s throw from Thursday Island, so we’ll take a cruise and have lunch at the local school,� Stuart said. While visiting Thursday Island on Wednesday, March 7, Stuart visited the Tagai State College and Malu Os special education unit. “The kids there have special needs, so we will be looking to help them out,� Stuart said.

He said the Variety Bash team were excited about their trip north. “It is just amazing to stand on the headland at the Tip and realise that, just there, that’s right just there, Captain James Cook sailed through those passages. “The history and beauty here are just amazing.� And while the beaches are beautiful, swimming is not on the list of things to do. “I’ve heard there are crocodiles around here that could well spoil our fun,� he said.



Zenadth Kes autonomy ‘shafted’ by amalgamation By MARK ROY THE former chair of the Island Coordinating Council (ICC), Robert ‘Bongo’ Sagigi, says people need to consider what the forced amalgamation of Island councils had done to aspirations for self-governance in the Torres Strait. “We had a template for autonomy, but this was axed by the amalgamation,� Mr Sagigi said. The amalgamation, on March 15, 2008, created the Torres Strait Islands Regional Council (TSIRC) from the Island Councils of Badu, Boigu, Dauan, Erub, Hammond, Iama, Kubin, Mabuiag, Mer, Poruma, Saibai, St Pauls, Ugar, Warraber and Yorke. “This set us back 50 years,� Mr Sagigi said. He said a forum held in 2004 had proposed the creation of a Zenadth

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Kes Federation, but the position was undermined by the amalgamation. The ICC held a Kuiku Mabaig (head man) Forum on Badu on August 13, 2004, followed on August 23 with a Kuiku Mabaig forum on Masig. “The position that came out of those meetings was for the establishment of the Zenadth Kes Federation of Island Councils,� Mr Sagigi said. “In October, 2004, this was tabled at then Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s office.� Local leaders Gabriel Bani, Rocky Stephen, Richard Bowie and Bongo Sagigi met with Mr Beattie’s senior adviser Dr Leo Keliher, he said. “Dr Keliher said Peter Beattie would table it at the next COAG (Council of Australian Governments) meeting in November 2004.� He said the Minister for Local Govern-

ment Planning Desley Boyle then told an ICC delegation that the Aboriginal Community Services Act (CSA) would be abolished in 2005. “The ICC was shafted, and the Green Paper process continued after that, and now we have amalgamation,� he said. “Under the CSA the island councils had authority. “Now we have chief executive officers wielding all the power. But we don’t vote for CEOs. It is undemocratic.� Prior to the amalgamation of the Island Councils in 2007, the Torres News reported Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs as saying the amalgamation would “destroy all the progress of the last 50 years, such as Native Title rights and DOGIT, and put it all in the hands of the CEO, who might or might not be sympathetic or understanding of the cultural issues�.

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Ghost nets weave their way to Keriri By MARK ROY RENOWNED Torres Strait artist Angela Torenbeek is not afraid to describe her art as rubbish. “These woven baskets, I just call them rubbish, because they are made from ghost nets,� Torenbeek says. “Ghost nets are ruining our marine life, they kill everything, including mangroves, and our grandchildren will have nothing left if we don’t do something about it.� Torenbeek’s artworks have already found their way into major collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and high-profile galleries such as Artisan in Brisbane. She was taking part in a ghost net art workshop on Horn Island, along with fibre artist Nalda Searls and artsworker Christina McGuinness, both from Perth. They had just come from a week-long workshop with artists from Keriri (Hammond Island), facilitated by Ghost Nets Australia. Torenbeek, from the St Paul’s community on Moa Island, says the aim of

the workshops, and her art, is to increase awareness of the problem of ghost nets. “I’ve lived all my life on St Paul’s and I see the problem getting worse every year,� she says. “We didn’t have that problem before. We have to do someting about it.� Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea, lost accidentally, or deliberately discarded. They travel the oceans of the world with the currents and tides, continually fishing as they progress through the waters. As they are unattended and roaming they fish indiscriminately, catching not only threatened species, but undersized and protected fish as well. “Some nets they have collected weigh six tons,� Angela says. “My son Chris works in Customs, and says when illegal fishing boats see fisheries or customs boats coming, they just cut their nets. “They float from the Arafura Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and when they get in the Gulf (of Carpentaria) they have nowhere to go.� She said all kinds of animals, including

turtles, crocodiles and dugong, become caught in the nets. “Even crayfish get caught in them,� she says. Searles said there was “no shortage� of nets to work with in the Torres Strait. “The important thing is to make people more aware of the problem, and making artworks can only help,� she said. Formerly known as the Carpentaria Ghost Nets Program, GhostNets Australia is an alliance of indigenous communities from coastal northern Australia across the three states of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. The multi-award-winning program was established in 2004 with funding from the Australian Government. Since its inception, it has supported Indigenous Rangers to remove over 7500 ghost nets of varying sizes. This has resulted in the recovery trapped wildlife, particularly marine turtles, and the prevention of the ghost nets from returning to the sea to continue their destructive life-cycle. Less than 10 per cent of the nets are attributed to Australian fisheries.

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Unearthing 7000 years of history on Mabuyag AN archaeological dig on Mabuyag has unearthed the earliest evidence of hunting in north-east Australia. Archaeologist Duncan Wright, along with representatives from the Goemulgaw kod, have been excavating a site on Mabuyag which confirms people have been living off the sea in the Torres Strait for at least 7000 years. In 2006, a joint project between the Goemulgaw kod and archaeologists from Monash University in Melbourne excavated three sites at the Mabuyag villages of Goemu, Wagadagam and Dabangay. A field crew, including Goemulgaw traditional owners Maitui (Beboy) Whap and Thomas Whap, dug up large amounts of dugong and turtle bone, stone flakes, shellfish and charcoal. By dating small pieces of charcoal excavated from each of these villages it was found that a large community had been living on Mabuyag for at least 1000 years. The oldest levels were not reached in 2006, so archaeologist Duncan Wright returned with volunteer Shannon Sutton to re-excavate a site from October to November last year. Goemulgaw representatives, Beboy Whap, Paula Whap and Lewis Bani were chosen by Cygnet Repu and Terrence Whap to assist with excavations.

Duncan Wright explains some of his discoveries to some interested onlookers. The team were able to re-locate the old settlement layer, and once again found large amounts of charcoal and flakes. This time a large axe head and giant grind-stone were also uncovered. Goemulgaw oral histories say Wagadagam was occupied first, before people moved to Goemu and Dabangay.

Dr Wright says Dabangay, a village on the north east coast of Mabuyag, provides evidence of an earlier and less intensive settlement period. He believes small groups of people lived on Dabangay beach, clearing away trees using fire and large stone flakes as axes. “The place would have looked very different back then. The Torres

Strait islands had only just formed with rising seas flooding what had previously been a gigantic land bridge between Papua New Guinea and Cape York,” Dr Wright said. “Most of the beaches, reefs and sea-grass beds on or near Mabuyag would not develop for another 5000 years, yet people were able to live on these new islands and hunt turtle.

“This suggests that they were using water craft, maybe canoes, and were already good at fishing. “The Mabuyag islanders are likely to have been amongst the first fisherman in the Torres Strait.” Deep down, at depths of about 1.3 to 2m, the team found large amounts of charcoal, big stone cutters, or “flakes”, and fragments of turtle and dugong bone. “Pieces of bone and charcoal were dated to between 7000 and 5000 years ago,” Dr Wright said. “Dabangai is one of the oldest sites in the Torres Strait and provides the earliest evidence for hunting in the whole of North East Australia. “People were living at Dabangay at least 2000 years before the pyramids were built in Egypt.” The materials are now being analysed at Monash University in Melbourne. “We hope to find out how, and for how long, people lived at Dabangay,” Dr Wright said. “What did they eat? How did they respond to rising seas? It’s a chance for us to go back in time together and join that small group of people sitting, yarning on a beach over 7000 years ago,” Dr Wright says. These findings will be published in a new paper, ‘First Fishermen’ by Shannon Sutton.

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Mabuyag language a journey in history Mabuyag language is seafarers’ language and has roots from the Waters (Oceans) in the Centre (Muy) of the African continent. African Desert was once an ocean of sea water from the

North African Ocean (Naigai Malu). Nai is Mabuyag word for thirsty and maalu is ocean water which is full of sea creatures. So there was rainforest islands in the middle of Africa like

West Papua. Bubu means power of the sea current in high tide and low tide and Bu is a sea shell meaning sound of moving salty sea. Mabuyag invention of harpoon is Waap (fish spearing).

And waap is the word for fish. Malulgal is Papuan word for navigators and that’s how Melanesian Africans set off. Dawadhay is Mabuyag word for rainforest. Percy Misi - Masig

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Our tradies are nailing it I OFTEN search the web for news of the Far North, because it is such a comfort to find we are not usually there. No news is undoubtedly good news. Excitement spells trouble. Anyway, I was cruising around the internet the other day, trying to avoid analyses of the American elections as it happens, when a news item caught my eye. Man Shoots Self in Brain With Nailgun, Finishes Shed Before Going to Hospital. What? Let me read that again slowly. Yes, that’s what it said, and there was even an X-ray

implementation is farcical in the wake of such an aggressively held government process. Social welfare reform requires appropriate processes alongside adequate timeframes. Enforcement without negotiated consent disenfranchises and destabilises. Aboriginal people have had to be the most adaptable people in the world. Change is a necessary part of life but best when agreed upon. Consultation and negotiation accompanied by relevant research based on Indigenous engagement, models and literature will produce better and more effective outcomes than the consult and dictate approach. All the voices in the targeted areas must be listened to and considered. NATSIEC emphasises that if Government won’t consult and negotiate effectively with Indigenous peoples through the cross-cultural complexities, protocols and languages it will be a case of the past revisited with the roll out of a legislation that pierces the pillars of an ancient cultures, languages, laws and land. Stronger Futures can be visionary. To be authentic it must reflect the Indigenous voices as well as observe International Human Rights laws and the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Australian Indigenous Peoples. Governmental approaches must be managed appropriately to alleviate stress levels that accompany any change processes. NATSIEC asks the Government to delay the Legislative process and engage with the people in a way that demonstrates leadership based on consultation and negotiation for true Stronger Futures.

picture to prove it, of a head with an ominous 80 mm nail lying right in the middle. Apparently the Illinois man had been building a shed and when fastening a difficult bit overhead, his nailgun fired unexpectedly. He thought the recoil had merely given him a ding on the head, and finished his shed. Then he put in an eight hour shift as a tractor driver. It was not until 36 hours later, when he was feeling nauseous, that his fiance packed him off to hospital, and the real cause of his problem was found. The nail was lying in the centre of his head, millimetres away from part of the brain that controls motor function. And then I thought, I know tradies like that. They are the people who fix everything all over the Cape and Islands. They’re tough men, who work bloody hard. They’re often away from home on Government jobs, laying tiles, hooking up electricity, plastering walls, all the jobs that need a specialist in country where qualified specialists are like hen’s teeth. You see them around, travelling Cape York’s long empty roads in utes loaded like a tinker’s van, piled with ladders, cement mixers, wheel

barrows, all the tools of their particular trades. The idea is to get where they are going, get the job done and get home. Our tradies are a throw-back to another time, to a time when the job was the main thing, and if you did not get it done well, you did not eat. No comfortable salary for them, they live by what they do. Now I don’t want to get too sentimental about our tradies. For instance, their respect for old-fashioned values extends only as far as their mobile phones, which they use instead of pocket watches. They do answer them, if they are within range of a tower, but God forbid they should ever listen to their messages, or return a missed call. And they’re not going to let work stand in the way of good fishing weather either. (You can tell a responsible tradie if he calls to cancel an appointment due to fishing, instead of just leaving you waiting.) As to whether they can all keep working after they have shot themselves in the head with a nailgun, well, I’m not sure. I suspect so, but our tradies are too smart to do that in the first place.

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and better futures for themselves. The crux of this legislation lies in cultural and social reform enforced by punitive measures. This approach reverts back to the paternalistic protectionism from which many Aboriginal families and communities across the country are still recovering. Legislative realignment at the interface of education, economic, social welfare, Indigenous languages, cultures and traditions may satisfy Government directives but not the people concerned or International Human Rights Laws. Ms Kerry Charlton, NATSIEC National Director said; “Unfortunately, responding to historical and cultural disadvantage without community ownership will lead to increased rates of Indigenous incarceration, reduced well-being and health status, youth crisis, family stress and suicide rates.” Bishop Saibo Mabo, NATSIEC Chairperson in endorsing the NATSIEC position said “we’ve worked the land freely for thousands of years had customary laws and were healthy in our own right. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a spirit like the eagle, like the eagle that holds close to his home and wants to protect it. We were blessed by and in our land, a God-given gift to us” Government attention to the needs of the Northern Territory Indigenous communities is a necessary part of its duty of care to all Australians. The conversation about Constitutional recognition, protecting and respecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples in all policy decisions and

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Sonja new RDA chief for FNQ and Torres Strait SONJA Johnson is the the new chief executive of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait (RDA FNQ&TS). Ms Johnson was, until recently, leading the home ownership agenda for the Cape York Welfare Reform project under the leadership of Noel Pearson.

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She has held numerous senior management positions within Government, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors as well as consultancy in private practice. The RDA FNQ&TS Committee are confident that the breadth and depth of Ms Johnson’s skills will complement the vision of the RDA FNQ&TS Com-

mittee and its operations. RDA FNQ&TS chairman Allan Dale, has expressed his enthusiasm for Ms Johnson’s appointment. “Sonja has the skills needed to bring together major regional initiatives, and she will work closely with the Committee, key stakeholders and the community to implement the Road Map Strategic Actions,” Prof. Dale 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.

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Detained youths - half unsentenced ALMOST half the young people held in juvenile detention on any given night are unsentenced. About 1000 young people are in juvenile detention on an average night in Australia, and Indigenous youth continue to be over-represented in the system. According to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Indigenous kids aged 10-17 are 20 times as likely to be in unsentenced detention and 26 times as likely to be in sentenced detention as a non-Indigenous young person aged 10-17. Indigenous young people continue to be over-represented in juvenile detention in all states and territories, although the level of Indigenous overrepresentation fell over the four years for both unsentenced and sentenced detention. This over-representation was highest in Western Australia, where an Indigenous young person aged 10-17 was 29 times as likely to be in

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Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Simon Crean MP.” He said the announcement of the new chief executive built on the implementation phase of the Regional Road Map, and contributed to the path forward for the FNQ&TS region by leading the discussion on economic, social and environmental regional priorities.

unsentenced detention and 50 times as likely to be in sentenced detention as a non-Indigenous young person. AIHW spokesperson Nigel Harding said detention rates were highest in the Northern Territory, where the rate was more than twice the national average. “Young people who are unsentenced are in custody because they are awaiting their next court appearance,” Mr Harding said. “Detention rates were lowest in Victoria, where they ranged from 0.10 per 1000 to 0.16 per 1000.” The report, Juvenile detention population in Australia 2011, shows that on an average night in the June quarter of 2011 there were 1055 young people in detention, with 48 per cent unsentenced. Detention rates were stable over the four years, with around 0.35 young people aged 10-17 per 1000 in detention in Australia. There was little change in the rates of unsentenced and sentenced detention over the four years to 2011.

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“Her extensive background in program and portfolio management, coupled with knowledge and experience in the tourism, events, international education, capability development and Indigenous affairs areas will ensure a solid base for both delivery of the strategic actions and roll-out of the place-based approach in conjunction with the office of the Minister for Regional Australia,

move from school into the workplace. Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins MP, has released a discussion paper seeking views on the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program (IYCP) for the 2013 academic year and beyond. The Australian Government started the IYCP program this year with transitional arrangements in place. “This program is a new approach to supporting Indigenous students on the pathway from school to work or further study,” Ms Collins said. “It gives students personal mentoring and case management to help them handle issues they might face when moving from school to work or

further education. “It is important we target this support as best we can, so I encourage all stakeholders to have their say on the discussion paper.” The Government is investing $50.7 million over four years for the IYCP to support 6400 school based traineeships for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12. This year, the program is funding 610 schoolbased traineeship places and supporting more than 1000 places previously funded through the Indigenous Employment Program. Submissions on the discussion paper close on 10 April 2012. The discussion paper and information on making a submission can be found at www.deewr.


Library workshop builds on Indigenous knowledge The Torres Strait Island Regional Council’s newly appointed Multi-Skilled Administration Officers joined the Cairns team from the State Library of Queensland recently for a week long professional development workshop on Thursday Island, to assist them in understanding the role of the Indigenous Knowledge Centres in their communities. Participants from Boigu, Saibai, Duaun, Poruma, Erub, Kubin, Iama, Badu, Mabuiag and Hammond met at the Torres Shire Council Chambers to exchange knowledge in the areas of library management, photography and video skills, information and computer technologies including Skype and Gmail, local history collections, and community mapping and programming. Workshop highlights included a visit to the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, and an

introduction to library best practice from the librarian at Thursday Island Library, Mavis Bani. There was a welcome to country address from Traditional Owner and Kuarareg Elder, Mr William Wigness, who spoke about the significance of these new positions to the wider community and their important role in sustaining and promoting Indigenous knowledge. Mayor Pedro Stephen was also present to welcome the new recruits and State Library staff on behalf of the Torres Shire Council. Divisional Managers Daisy Ketchell from Erub and Justina Warusam from Saibai, along with Mary Gela, Manager of Community Services for the Torres Strait Island Regional Council also attended the workshop.

Participants in the recent workshop on Thursday Island.

Thursday Island librarian Mavis Bani.

Mary Gela and Danie Savage from Kubin.

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Celebrating women’s craft with Ekkilau ERUB Erwer Meta celebrated International Women’s Day with a special afternoon tea with ladies from the first craft group, Ekkilau. During the afternoon, Studio 1 was named Ekkilau Studio by Mrs Sedey Stephen, who was one of the founding members of Ekkilau and who continues to practise her art at Erub Erwer Meta. Ekkilau operated during the early 1990s with a variety of crafts being taught and shared. Highlights from this time included participation at the Pacific Festival held at Thursday Island and a mixed media sculpture in the collection of the Ian Potter gallery. Although Ekkilau came to an end, the practice of arts and crafts have now been revitilised with Erub Erwer Meta and the name Ekkilau will live on with the naming of the studio at the art centre. Mr George Mye who was chairman during that time congratulated artists and encouraged them to keep the name of Ekkilau alive. Time was spent looking at photos and talking about past events. Mrs Wano talked about the recognition of women and the celebration of International Women’s Day around the world. Thanks to the Torres Strait Island Regional Council for the use of the bus for the afternoon.

Sedey Stephen naming Ekkilau Studio at Erub Erwer Meta.

Maryann Bourne, Meau Sailor, Sedey Stephen, Norah Saylor, Alma Sailor and (front row) Colina Sailor, Jenny Mye, Nazareth Pilot and Ruth Pau.

Sedey Stephen, Norah Saylor and Emma Gela.



The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Troupes were selected by Festivals Australia to participate at the Winton Australian Outback Festival

Semi finalists in the Townsville debating union competition

Winners of the Australian Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for the Urban Youth Award for “Gowrie Boys”

For three consecutive years, the College has had a national delegate to the All Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra

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2011 graduate awarded a full scholarship to Bond Univesity – one of only eight given out in Australia – to study Law Two students gained direct entry into Deakin University to study Bachelor of Nursing 91% of Year 12 boys will this year attain a QCE Qualification Indigenous Primary Health Program – a first of its kind in the country Finalist for the 2011 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education – recognising the holistic education that our boarding school offers AND Winner in 2010 39 Year 11 & 12 boys were awarded QATSIF (Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation) Scholarships – up to $5000 per year 24 boys were awarded Indigenous Youth Leaderships (IYLP) Scholarships - up to $10 500 per year Implemented a Certificate II in Active Volunteering – to all Year 10 students which gives students two points towards their QCE before senior schooling The College was successful in being named a Stronger Smarter Learning Community


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Second place in the Vibe Alive and ATSIAP (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program) Three boys were selected to attend the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid


We achieved Third Place at the 2011 Confraternity Carnival – out of 25 competing schools

Three students participated in the Learn Earn Legend Program on the Gold Coast

Numerous graduates selected NRL Under 20’s sides

North Queensland and State representatives in athletics, AFL, cross country and volleyball


Term 1, 2012: $2.5million state of the art – multipurpose hall and gym

Term 2, 2012: $2million refurbishment of Benjamin (Year 11) residence

Term 3: 2013: $1.2million Trade training centre – to house the Indigenous Primary Health Program

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Women’s Day weaves inspiration and respect on NPA Thursday, March 8 marked the 101st International Women’s Day and was celebrated by more than 60 women in the Northern Peninsula Area at the NPA Family and Community Services (NPA FACS) Healing Centre in Injinoo. The day was marked with a plethora of events to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Straight women’s culture and tradition which included traditional dance, ghost-net, traditional weaving and mural painting. Domestic Violence Community Educator at the Healing Centre, Joelle Peters said young women and children made paper flowers in celebration of this year’s theme ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures’. “The flowers represent womanhood and also a traditional way of showing respect,” Ms Peters said. “This year’s International Women’s Day not only focused on celebrating women’s rights, but celebrat-

ing women’s relationships with each other. “This way young women can give flowers to their elders or parents to show their respect, and more importantly, unity.” This unity was seen throughout the day as women danced and children played even as the torrential rain fell around the celebrating group. Team Leader of the Healing Centre, Tess Lafontaine said the event had been well-supported by the community this year, with many local elders in attendance. “The highlight of the day was the yarning circle, which gave women the space to discuss and showcase their personal success stories and provide support and encouragement to one another,” Ms Lafontaine said. NPA FACS is proud of its turnout and hopes more women will participate next year to show their solidarity for the cause and for each other.

The dancers from left to right - Leon Bowie, Lyle Bowie, Wawakai Bowie,Fred Bowie, Steven Wagai and Gabriel Missi perform traditional dance at the healing centre in Injinoo.


Diai Bagari working on traditional weaving on International Women’s Day in Injinoo.


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International Women’s Day WOMEN from Thursday Island, Horn Island and Hammond Island celebrated International Women’s Day with a breakfast on Thursday, March 8 at Tagai TAFE and a dinner at the Gateway Resort on Friday, March 9. The dinner, organised by Mura Kosker Sorority Inc, celebrated this year’s theme ‘Everything is Possible’. President of the Kaurareg Na-


tive Title Aboriginal Corporation, Garagu Kanai, provided a Welcome to Country for guests at the Horn Island resort, while the Thaiday Sisters kept everyone entertained. Awards were presented to Margaret Gabey, Jenny Vellis, Subria Bowie and Rita Gutchen. Guest speakers were Vanessa Seekee and Caroline Cloudy.

Mura Kosker Sorority staff.

Camilla Sabatino and Josephine Cowley.

Zipporah Geagea, Caroline Cloudy, Patti Mosby and Florence Levi.

Tagai State College Year 11 hospitality students with teacher Susie Giles at the International Women’s Day breakfast.

Marika Seden presents an award to Jenny Vellis.

Dolly Bin Tahal and Sylvia Tabua. Page 14 Torres News

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Year 12 hospitality students Michelle Abednego, Julie Abednego, Leila de Vries, Eric Peter, Shaquille Uiduldam, Jenna Sokie, Zhane Mairu, Patricia Gagai and Ethel Anau.

International Women’s Day - Thursday Island


Zhane Mairu, Annabela Nona, Cheryl Hooper, Diana Pabai.

Garagu Kanai.

Velma David, Anna David, Paula Anau, Zipporah Geagea and Noella Kris at the International Women’s Day breakfast at Tagai TAFE.

Regina Turner with award winner Margaret Gabey.

Bernadine David, Kerrie Sabatino and Toni Pearson.

The Thaiday Sisters.

Bonnie Keane and Maryan Mills.

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On the 70th anniversary of the first bombing of the island, historian Vanessa Seekee and Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch are calling for more recognition of the event and the role Torres Strait Islanders played in defending Australia. On March 14, 1942, Japanese fighter planes targeted Horn Island as part of their campaign to cripple military positions in northern Australia. Ms Seekee, an expert on the Torres Strait’s role in defending Australia during the war, said the island’s aerodrome was a strategic, but vulnerable, operational base for Australian and Allied forces, including the 7th Pursuit Squadron of the 49-Fighter Group, when the first raid took place. Coast-watchers in southern New Guinea managed to alert the troops on Horn Island of the impending raid when they spotted a large formation of twin-engine planes and escort fighters flying at about 20,000feet en route to the Torres Strait. Fearing an attack, the Government had earlier evacuated residents from the island, but civilian contractors working on Thursday Island witnessed the mid-air duel between eight Japanese Betty Bombers and 12 Zeros and about nine US Kittyhawks. “They were watching these aerial dog-fights over the island,” Ms Seekee said. “The Allied Forces were outnumbered but they still managed to ward off the attack.” She said remarkable tales of heroism emerged from the first air raid: 2nd

Lt. A.T. House, of the 7th Pursuit Squadron, bought down a Japanese Zero before targeting another which was attacking a plane being flown by his flight leader. When House’s guns jammed, he deliberately speared his right wingtip into the Zero’s cockpit, bringing it down and saving the life of his flight leader. House somehow managed to land his damaged Kittyhawk at 300km/h. Horn Island was attacked eight more times by the Japanese over the next 16 months. Ms Seekee said about 500 bombs pounded the island during that time. One hundred and fifty-six people died in active service on or around the island. “The targeted area was very concentrated; only about two to three kilometres,” she said. “They were attacking the airfield.” At least 36 craters remain on Horn Island, reminding locals of the bombing barrage the island was subjected to during the prolonged invasion attempt. Ms Seekee said Horn Island was the second hardest hit base in Australia after Darwin, which was raided 64 times by Japanese fighter crews. By the end of 1942, about 5000 troops were stationed on Horn Island, and an additional 2000 on Thursday Island. While national war historians focus on remembering the attacks on Darwin, Broome, Port Hedland and Townsville, the Torres Strait was often overlooked for the vital role it played in repelling Japanese forces. “Many people, even

in our own government, appear to have forgotten, or are just oblivious, to the fact that Horn Island was second only to Darwin as the most attacked Australian location in the Second World War,” Mr Entsch said. “We cannot forget this, nor can we forget what the people of the Torres Strait gave - and lost - during the campaign to prevent a Japanese invasion.” Torres Strait Heritage, a museum and tourism centre run by Ms Seekee and her husband Liberty, received a Premier’s Reconciliation Award for educating the public about the role of the Torres Strait during World War II. Ms Seekee and Mr Entsch are continuing to campaign for personnel who served in the Torres Strait to be officially recognised for their duty and receive service pensions. “It’d be nice if the government could focus on recognising these significant events so at least some of the veterans can receive the recognition they deserve in their lifetime,” Mr Entsch said. They were successful in getting the government to award Star Medals to members of the Torres Strait Light Infantry, who were acknowledged 60 years after fulfilling their duties. Ninety-seven Japanese air raids were carried out on northern Australia during WWII. On July 30 1942, a Japanese sub-lieutenant bombed a farmhouse in Mossman, believing he was attacking Cairns, and left a child with non-fatal shrapnel wounds.



























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Tagai Student Leaders Saibai Campus This week we are featuring our Saibai Campus ^ƚƵĚĞŶƚ >ĞĂĚĞƌƐ͕ ƉŝĐƚƵƌĞĚ ďĞůŽǁ ;ĨƌŽŵ ůĞŌ to right): Ursula Sam, Shirley Dau, Johnny Wosomo, Cody Waia, George Wosomo, Jimmy Dau, Fred Dau, Marcelo Hernandez- Warusam, Samuel Aniba.

International Women’s Day Education Award

Tagai State College is proud to announce the award was presented to Suberia Bowie. Suberia has returned to the ^ĞĐŽŶĚĂƌLJ ĐĂŵƉƵƐ ĂŌĞƌ ϯ LJĞĂƌƐ working in Cairns. Ms Bowie is currently a Head of Department WƌĂĐƟĐĂůƌƚƐĂŶĚǁĂƐƐĐŚŽŽůĞĚĂƚ Thursday Island High School and has taught there for many years. Suberia dedicated her award to ƚŚĞ ǁŽŵĞŶ ǁŚŽ ŚĂĚ ŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞĚ and inspired her in her career, Judy Ketchell, her Mum May Assan and her sister Leitha Assan. Page 18 Torres News

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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 Hi-5 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 Big Bang Theory: “The Engagement Reaction” (PG s) 7:30 Friday Night Football: South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Brisbane Broncos 9:30 Friday Night Football: Parramatta Eels V Penrith Panthers 11:30 Movie: “Out For Justice” (M v,l) - Steven Seagal stars as a maverick cop who is hunting the man who brutally murdered his partner and best friend - a one man mission of vengeance that leads him back to the Brooklyn neighbourhood where both he and the killer grew up. 1:30 Movie: “The Wicker Man” (M s,h,v) - A policeman searching for a missing girl on the Scottish island of Summerisle, has his routine enquiry turn into a terrifying nightmare. 3:20 Nine Presents 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “My Mom’s New Boyfriend” (PG v,s,l) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Brax fights despite his head injury, Xavier and Ruby have a fun night in and Romeo ruins his romantic evening with Indi. Meanwhile, Harvey forces Roo to admit her feelings for him. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 Movie: “It’s Complicated” (M s,d) 11:30 That 70’s Show: “Take It Or Leave It” - The son of one of Red’s buddies from the Marines arrives in Point Place and the guys take a liking to him when they find out what his dad does. Meanwhile, Jackie is offered her dream job, but it is in Chicago. 12:00 Movie: “Open Boat To Adventure” (G) - The Leyland Brothers retrace the route explored by Matthew Flinders 150 years ago from Darwin to Sydney. 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 House Of Food Obsessives 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Morocco 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Cap Gris Nez to Mont Saint-Michel 8:30 God In America: Soul Of A Nation 9:35 As It Happened: Korea: The Forgotten War In Colour: Outbreak 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Black Ice” (MA s,l,a,n) - In Finnish. On her 40th birthday, Saara finds out that her husband Leo is having an affair with a younger woman, Tuuli. Instead of revealing her true identity, Saara pretends to be someone else and makes friends with Tuuli. At the same time she is planning the best way to take revenge on her husband and his lover. 12:55 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The Brothers” (MA v,a) - In Swedish. Military exercises in Ystad make solving the case of five murdered people very difficult. To make things worse, when a couple is found tortured and murdered, Kurt realises the woman was a school friend and the first girl he’d ever kissed. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer: Jesse Peretz 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 7.30 (QLD) 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Lake Eyre 2:30 Restoration Home 3:30 At The Movies: Short Cuts 3:40 The Jonathan Ross Show 4:25 QI: Imbroglio 5:00 Last Chance To See: Komodo Dragon 5:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 6:00 ABC News 6:30 Queensland Votes 2012 10:00 New Tricks: The Fourth Man - A former cop tells the Unsolved Case Squad that a car up for auction was used in an unsolved bank robbery and double murder 30 years ago that ended in the violent deaths of three of the suspected robbers. 11:30 Spooks: An imprisoned religious leader is the mastermind behind a planned attack in London. MI5 must step in at the eleventh hour to prevent a massive loss of life. 12:30 Strike Back: A compelling story of betrayal, glory, redemption and revenge played out through the interlinking lives of two former soldiers: military hero Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter. 1:20 Thorne: Sleepyhead - Tom Thorne is dragged back into the nightmares of his past, as he heads up the investigation into a series of horrifying attacks on young women by a killer as sadistic as he is terrifying. 2:30 Rage: Guest Programmer: Jesse Peretz

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Kicthen Whiz 4:30 The Garden Gurus 5:00 Motorway Patrol 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Queensland Election 2012 8:30 Motorway Patrol 9:00 Rapid Response 9:30 CSI: Miami: Raging Canninbal 10:40 Movie: “Anger Management” (M s,l) - After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane gets out of control, mild-mannered Dave Buznik is ordered by a court to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell. Buddy’s unorthodox approach to therapy has Dave bewildered, and after yet another mishap, the court orders Dave to step up his therapy, which has Buddy moving in with Dave. 12:45 Movie: “The Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf” (AV s,v,l) A young girl whose sister was murdered by werewolves helps an investigator track down a gang of the beasts through the U.S. and Europe. 2:30 The Baron 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct / 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Motorsport 1:30 Minute To Win It 2:30 That ‘70s Show 3:00 Movie: “Beethoven: The Big Break” (G) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 1: Gws Vs Sydney Greater Western Sydney Giants’ inaugural AFL premiership match will be a fiery local derby against the Sydney Swans, with both clubs keen to mark out their territory. 9:30 Movie: “Cast Away” (M a) 12:30 Movie: “No. 2” (M l) - Nanna Maria, the matriarch of a Fijian family, worries about who she should name as her successor. 2:30 Special: Guardians Of The Wild (G) - Greg Grainger meets people from around the world who have a special rapport with endangered species of wildlife and offer real hope for the long-term survival of wildlife. 3:30 Room For Improvement: Richard might have missed out on super stardom, but now the RFI team will rock his socks off with a surprise music studio makeover! 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “The Secrets Behind Your Insomnia” - Dr Oz reveals the three reasons you can’t sleep. Learn the right and wrong ways to pop a pimple, plus the soul line dancing workout.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno 2:45 Anton And The Piano 2:50 Art In The 21st Century: Systems 3:55 The Beauty Of Maps: Cartoon Maps: Politics And Satire 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Is There Life On Mars? 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Canal 8:30 RocKwiz: Amanda Wilkinson & Domonic Byrne 9:15 Mad Men: “The Gypsy And The Hobo / The Grown Ups / Shut The Door, Have A Seat” - The firm welcomes back an old client; Joan and Greg make plans for their future; and Betty and the kids take a trip. Peggy’s taste in men proves questionable; Pete has to make a big decision about his career; Henry makes his move on Betty; and the staff is rocked by a major tragedy. Don has a big meeting with Connie about their future relationship; Betty is the beneficiary of some interesting advice; and after hearing some unpleasant news, Don, Roger, Bertram and Lane take drastic action. 11:55 Movie: “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (MAV v) - The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1930s Japaneseoccupied Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Irish Voices 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia Shorts: Ballarat Garden 1:15 Roller Derby Dolls 1:40 South Side Story: The Pride Of The League 2:10 The Ascent Of Money: Chimerica 3:00 Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art 4:30 Oll: The Life And Art Of Margaret Olley 5:00 How The Earth Made Us: Fire 6:00 Best Of Collectors 6:30 Compass: Father Ray Comes Out 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide: The Early Days 8:30 Waking The Dead: Care: Part 1 9:30 Fry’s Planet Word: Uses And Abuses 10:30 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Raisins And Almonds 11:30 Emerald City: Adapted from David Williamson’s classic play, a tale of two cities, four people and life’s little pleasures. 1:05 Order In The House 2:05 Waking The Dead: Care: Part 1 - When the Cold Case squad learns that a recently murdered woman is Claire Somers, who was abducted from a children’s home 25 years ago, they unveil a shocking portrait of life in the 1980s care system. 300 Rage

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wild World Of Sports 11:00 The Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Wildfire 2:00 Arthur 4:00 Sunday Football: Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Newcastle Knights 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Great Barrier Reef: Reef And Beyond - The final film in the series reveals how the reef is crucially connected to the rest of the planet – and how climate change will affect its future. 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: “My Bloody Valentine” (M v) 9:30 CSI: Miami: “Long Gone” (M v) -The kidnapping of a family from their home leads the team to discover an unlikely connection to a drug dealer recently released from prison. 11:30 The Apprentice: “The Mane Event” (PG l) - The remaining stars must manage a horse-and-carriage business in Central Park, but it’s a bumpy ride for one team when two members viciously butt heads. 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 World’s Strictest Parents 11:00 Minute To Win It 12:00 That ‘70s Show 12:30 Movie: “The Even Stevens Movie” (G) 2:30 Movie: “Uncle Buck” (PG l,s,v) 4:45 Special: Faulty Towers: Basil The Rat 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 TBA 8:30 Castle: “Cuffed / Countdown” (M) - When Castle and Beckett wake up handcuffed together in a locked room with no memory of how they got there, they must piece together where they are and why, all while trying to escape. 10:30 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: “Strays” The Red Cell team is asked personally by FBI Director Fickler to find the estranged daughter of a federal judge, who is his longtime friend. 11:30 Forensic Investigators - Australia’s True Crimes 12:30 The Real Seachange 1:00 Auction Squad 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 FIFA World Cup 2014 Magazine 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:30 ADbc 4:00 Kick 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Sharks Of The Red Sea 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: America Before Columbus 8:30 Brave New World with Stephen Hawking: Technology 9:30 Movie: “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.... And Spring.” (MA s,a) - The phases of a man’s life are reflected in the passing seasons. In spring a young Buddhist Monk is taught by his master in a remote temple. In summer, the young monk falls in love with a girl. Autumn sees him return to the temple as a middle-aged man, disturbed and angry after a tragic life. Winter sees him want to wash away the deeds of his past. 11:20 Movie: “Life Is A Miracle” (M l,s,v,d) - Luka, a civil engineer from Belgrade, has moved to a remote Bosnian village to build a railway that will transform the region into a tourist paradise. Luka remains deaf to the increasingly persistent rumblings of war but his family do not share his enthusiasm. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 10:55 Catalyst: Seahorses 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 At The Movies: Short Cuts 12:45 The New Inventors 1:10 Monarch Of The Glen 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Amersham 6:50 Minuscule: The Butterfly Effect 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Spooks: A Communist posing as a merchant banker attempts to bring down the British economy, and MI5 officer Ros must put her life at risk to prevent it. 12:30 Consuming Passion: 100 Years Of Mills And Boon 2:00 Dangerous Jobs For Girls: Loggers 2:50 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 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 Big Bang Theory: “The Roomate Transmorgrification” 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation” 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Good Guy Fluctuation” 8:30 Alcatraz: “The Ames Brothers” (M) - Two of Alcatraz’s most violent brothers, Herman and Pinky Ames, who were notorious for nearly escaping in 1963, find something mysteriously amiss when they return to Alcatraz in the present day. 9:30 Person Of Intrest: “Baby Blue” (M) 10:30 CSI: NY 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 Dark Blue: “Shell Game” (M v) - The team investigates a shooting involving a distinguished figure in the black community. 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 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Dancing At The Harvest Moon” (PG a,l) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 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 TBA 8:30 Revenge 10:00 How I Met Your Mother 10:30 Happy Endings: “Secrets And Limos / Spooky Endings” (PG) - Brad has a difficult time relating to humourless boss Mr. Forristal until the guy, a car buff, flips for Max’s limo. And Dave is reluctant to introduce his new girlfriend to everyone. Then, Jane and Brad spend a scary Halloween house sitting for friends in the suburbs while the rest of the gang heads to a warehouse party, where their respective costumes don’t quite have the effect anticipated, especially for Alex and Dave. 11:30 Sports Fever 12:30 Picture This 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “It’s Hard To Be Nice” (M l,s,v) 2:45 Spaceflies 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Living Black 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Mythbusters: Duct Tape Hour - Tonight, the Mythbusters tackle various myths relating to the strength and flexibility of the most versatile tool in the handyman’s toolbox - duct tape. They’re testing whether or not duct tape can be used to: construct a potato cannon instead of using traditional glue; build a fully functional cannon; lift a 2,300 kg car; seal leaks in a boat; and construct an entire boat. 8:30 James May’s Man Lab 9:30 Danger 5: Fresh Meat For Hitler’s Sex Kitchen - Allied troops all over Europe are spontaneously transforming into blonde haired, blue eyed, blood-thirsty Nazis. 10:05 The Ricky Gervais Show 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 The World Game 12:05 SOS: Noreen 1:05 Living Black 1:35 Natascha Kampusch: 3096 Days In Captivity 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 ABC News Breakfast 8:30 Business Today 9:00 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:30 Australian Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Dangerous Jobs For Girls 2:50 Can We Help? 3:00 Childrem’s Programs 6:00 A Farmer’s Life For Me 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Country Town Rescue 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Body In The Library 10:05 Artscape: Anatomy 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:40 Hungry Beast: Wealth 1:10 A Farmer’s Life For Me 2:10 Dangerous Jobs For Girls: Fishing - Three high-flying British career women travel to South Australia where they are challenged to take on one of the world’s most treacherous occupations - working on a trawler hundreds of miles out into the Southern Ocean. 3:00 Catalyst 4:00 Gardening Australia 5:00 ABC News Breakfast 8:30 Business Today 9:00 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 E2: Transport 2:00 Dancing With Dictators 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Restoration Home: Stanwick Hall 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Woodley: The Funeral 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Agony Uncles 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable: UFO - From UFO hunting in Roswell New Mexico to launching his own unidentified object into the sky, Lawrence goes boldly where no man has gone before to make contact with aliens. 12:00 Moving Wallpaper 12:25 Movie: “The Big Fix” (M d,v) - Moses Wine, a 1960s campus radical turned private eye, becomes involved in a tangled whodunit murder. 2:10 Dangerous Jobs For Girls: Hunters 3:00 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 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 Big Bang Theory: “The Jimmy Conjecture” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Gothowitz Deviation” (PG s) 8:00 2 Broke Girls: “And The Hoarder Culture” (PG s) 8:30 2 Broke Girls: “And The Really Pretty Cash” (M) 9:00 Two And A Half Men: “Palmdale, Ech” (M) 9:30 Top Gear 11:00 Kitchen Nightmares U.S.A.: “Mama Rita’s” (MA l) - Chef Ramsay visits a Mexican restaurant named Mama Ritas in Newbury Park, CA. Owner Laura, a former successful caterer, doesn’t know the difference between running a restaurant and running a catering business. 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Men Of A Certain Age 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 Movie: “Sudden Terror: The Hijacking Of Schoolbus” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 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 - Brax realises Leah has feelings for him and Sid tries to wake Brax up to the danger that he’s in. 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:00 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: “The Girl In The Blue Mask” (M v,a) - Cooper and the Red Cell team try to find a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims. 12:00 Stag 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: “Breath” (M s,v) 2:35 Spaceflies 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Chinese School: Olympic Fever 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “To Take A Wife” (M a,l) - Set in Haifa in the late 1970s, this is a haunting, claustrophobic portrait of a loveless marriage held together by religious and social convention. Received a standing ovation at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. 12:55 Movie: “The Betrayal” (M v,a) - An exploration of the consequences and contradictions of French colonisation in Algeria. Lieutenant Roque is a young French officer dispirited by the endless war. His official role is to pacify the locals of an isolated village, and convince the Algerians of his nation’s good intentions. But in fact, his main target is the dismantling of the insurgent Algerian underground liberation army. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

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 Hi-5 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 Big Bang Theory: “The Pirate Solution” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Cornhusker Vortex” (PG s) 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 The AFL Footy Show: Join the Logie Award winning Footy Show for its 19th season, starring Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford and Matthew Lloyd as they go where no other show dares. 11:15 CSI: Miami: “Power Trip” (M v) - When a savage killer runs rampant in Miami, Horatio must intervene to stop a member of the police force from getting too close to the case. 12:10 20 To 1 1:05 Alive And Cooking 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 Movie: “Claire” (M v) - 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Guide To The Good Life 3:30 Children’s Programs 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 - Henri resumes as Casey’s tutor and Roo and Marilyn meddle in John and Gina’s situation. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Please Marry My Boy 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 How I Met Your Mother: “Oh Honey / Desperation Day” When Zoey’s naive cousin visits, Barney makes a move on her. Then, Ted comes to grips with his feelings for Zoey. 11:30 The Marriage Ref 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

4:30 UEFA Champions League 9:00 World News 1:00 Dateline 2:00 Insight 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Chinese School: Olympic Fever 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Nile: An African Odyssey 8:30 Toughest Place To Be A... Binman 9:30 Empire: Doing Good (PG) - Tonight’s episode recounts the extraordinary story of how a desire for conquest became a mission to improve the rest of mankind, especially in ‘darkest’ Africa - and how that mission shaded into an unquestioning belief that Britain could - and should - rule the world. 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Those Who Remain” (M d,l,s) - In French. Meeting in the hospital where their partners are being treated for a terminal illness, Bertrand and Lorraine strike up a mutually supportive relationship based on their joint guilt at being healthy in this place of sickness. 12:50 Movie: “Luxury Car” (M v) - In Mandarin. An old village school teacher goes to the city to search for his lost son so that his wife, who is gravely ill, is able to see him before she dies. 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight







6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 ABC News Breakfast 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The 8:30 Business Today 9:00 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 12:00 Movie: “Our House” (M a) - In response to a good deed, a wealthy widow opens her home to the homeless amid the objections Programs 11:00 River Cottage: Everyday 11:45 Minuscule 12:00 Mid- Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National of her family and friends. 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s day Report 12:30 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal Movies 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 A Farmer’s Life For Me 6:50 6:00 National News 6:00 Seven News Minuscule:papatas Fritas 6:30 A Current Affair 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 ABC News 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wildebeest Implementation” (PG s) 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 7.30 7:30 Earthflight: “Australia & Asia” 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “CSI Unplugged” 8:30 Grey’s Anatomy 8:30 The Straits: Noel is on the run, from both the police and the 9:30 The NRL Footy Show 9:30 Desperate Housewives: “Putting It Together” DC bikies, and makes his getaway plan. Meanwhile, Harry is 11:00 The AFL Footy Show 10:30 Private Practice: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (MA d) also desperately worried about Marou, who hasn’t been seen 12:45 Damages: “The Next One’s Gonna Go In Your Throat” (M - Amelia’s drug addiction spins further out of control as she since he disappeared with Lola. v,d,s,a) - Tom and Ellen continue with their plan to get informaplays hooky from work with a new fling, starts writing pill 9:30 Whitechapel tion on the Tobin family’s Ponzi scheme from Leonard Winstone prescriptions for herself, and has a run-in with the cops. 10:15 Lateline even though Patty has inexplicably told them to stop. 11:30 30 Rock 10:50 The Business 1:45 Nine Presents 12:00 My Big Friggin Wedding 11:20 Museum Of Life: The Power Of Insects 1:30 Danoz Direct 1:00 Infomercials 12:20 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Home Shopping 1:20 The Clinic 4:00 NBC Today 3:30 Good Morning America 2:10 A Farmer’s Life For Me 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Seven Early News 3:10 Catalyst 5:30 Today





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5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 Korean News 1:00 The Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 House Of Food Obsessives 2:30 LThe Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Cuba’s Underground Cabaret 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 8:00 Food Safari: English 8:30 The Spice Trail With Kate Humble: Vanilla And Saffron 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Stripped 12:30 The Fixer 1:25 Movie: “Memories Of Murder” (MA v,a,l) - In Korean. Based on a series of real-life murders, this is a gripping and compelling thriller that broke box office records in South Korea. A small-town cop and a more sophisticated city cop try to track down a serial killer on a murder spree in a small town south of Seoul. Winner of the Asian Film Award at the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival. Directed by Bong Joon-ho and stars Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung and Song Jae-ho. 3:45 Weatherwatch Overnight



Your Lucky

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) A powerful aspect to Uranus later in the week will give you a bright idea. This thought will save you a great deal of time and energy over the coming weeks, so long as you have the courage to follow through with it. Romance. A friend who knows you well will help you to make an important decision. Your emotions will be extremely powerful this week, so you will need some perspective.

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)

as surely as the cruelest words.

– Dr. Joycy Brothers

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

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.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

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TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


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A visit from a close friend will help you to focus your thoughts on matters outside your work. You have been putting a lot into your career recently and need time to reflect. Romance. A recent decision by your partner may seem quite hard to understand at first. Don’t take it at face value, however.

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.


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.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


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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.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A person who doesn’t seem to be taking your feelings seriously will make you quite angry. Do your best to see things from this person’s point of view, but at the same time, make sure that you don’t let them take advantage of your good nature. Romance. An unexpected jealousy may disturb the peace. You will be the one who has to sort out the warring parties. Be careful that this conflict doesn’t lead to arguments with your partner.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Don’t get any more deeply involved with an acquaintance who has let you down badly in the past. This person will let you down again if you give them a chance. Romance. Your partner will be in a very good mood. Shared chores will bring you closer together and you will both enjoy a romantic get-together later in the week.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Don’t let a personal remark about your appearance upset you. You need to focus on more positive aspects of your life. A meeting with a close friend later in the week will help you to sort out your priorities. Romance. A person whose intentions are a little suspect may have their eyes on you at the moment. This new admirer won’t give up easily: you may need to be less than subtle if you want to get them off your back.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A favourable aspect to Venus will make you especially good at picking up other people’s feelings. Move ahead with a meeting you have been putting off. Romance. You may need to give in a little more in order to put a recent disagreement with your partner to rest. You won’t achieve anything by prolonging the dispute.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You will have a lot of initiative and will be able to make long-term progress with a project which has become stalled recently. Listen to advice given to you by a friend and follow it to the letter. Romance. You and your partner may be at different energy levels this month. You will need to be patient in order to bridge the gap between you: don’t be too demanding, even if you feel that your needs aren’t being met.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) The cautious approach shown by a friend may be your best approach at the moment. Romance. A person whom you have met several times in the past will suddenly get in touch. The attraction between you may not be mutual, however.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

Do your best to find a tactful way of making your feelings known. Direct criticism could backfire if you are not careful. Romance. Try not to be too secretive about your intentions. You need to come clean and explain what you want to do.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) At times you may get a little frustrated with your day-to-day work. Don’t let your mind wander too far, however - it may be a little while before you have a chance to get away. Romance. Don’t make any decisions this week which might affect your partner without consulting them first.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give you the confidence you need to push on, despite criticism from people around you. You believe in yourself and will soon be proven right. Romance. A recent change in your emotions could have something to do with a new person in your life! You will start to grow much closer over the upcoming next week.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You have used your superb intellectual powers to figure out a way to get ahead. Now is the best time to make your move. Don’t delay, because your luck may soon change. Romance. Your partner will appreciate your openness. A long discussion will show them that you are serious about improving the quality of your relationship.

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Appointments can be made through reception at the Torres Shire Council office by phoning 4069 1336 prior to Wednesday, 28th March, 2012. Full cost of any consultations or surgical procedures will be matters for exclusive and private determination between the animal owner and the veterinarian surgeon. All costs are to be met by the animal owner. Council or the vet does not provide subsidy or credit. All accounts are to be settled on the day. DALASSA YORKSTON Chief Executive Officer



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TOMBSTONE Unveiling Of Late Mr Ralph Collis Nona. Saturday 22 September 2012. Badu Island

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POSITION VACANT DEPOT/STORES CLERK Torres Shire Council invites applications from suitably experienced and motivated persons for the position of Depot/Stores Clerk at the Torres Shire Council Depot on Thursday Island. The successful applicant will be responsible for purchasing, inventory control and ordering/receiver of goods. Desirable requirements include proven experience and competent in processing stores, computer skills, and knowledge of local government procurement systems and practices.

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POSITION VACANT PLANT OPERATOR/LABOURER Torres Shire Council invites applications from suitably experienced and motivated persons for the position of Plant Operator/Labourer working with Councils Water & Sewerage Team. Applicants must have a Backhoe Operators Ticket and Construction Induction White Card. Previous experience in Community or Local Government operations and/or an ability to operate other plant is an advantage. Terms and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Torres Shire Council Certified Agreement 2010. An Application Kit for this position is available at the Council Office located at 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island or on the Council website Further details and enquiries should be directed to the Human Resource Officer, Don Benjamin. Phone (07) 4069 1336, fax (07) 4069 2792 or email Applications close 4pm Friday, March 23, 2012 Phillip Mills CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Terms and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Torres Shire Council Certified Agreement 2010. An Application Kit for this position is available at the Council Office located at 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island or on the Council website Further details and enquiries should be directed to the Human Resource Officer, Don Benjamin. Phone (07) 4069 1336, fax (07) 4069 2792 or email Applications close 4pm Friday, March 23, 2012 Phillip Mills CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region. The TSRA is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and motivated person to fill the following non-ongoing (specified term) position up to 18 months, with the possibility of an extension:


APS 5 (P/N T01707) *SALARY RANGE $63,916 - $67,775 P/A * Generous allowances are paid on top of the salary listed above. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4%. The Para-Legal/Legal Assistant is an important element in providing high level support to the operations of TSRA’s Native Title Office. The successful applicant will, with a paralegal focus, provide high quality support to the Principal Legal Officer, Senior Legal Officer and Legal Officers in the provision of advice and services to native title holders and claimants in the Torres Strait. The NTO provides legal advice and services on matters including, but not limited to, native title applications, compensation claims, land management matters, mediations, commercial negotiations and litigation, and to maintain an awareness of Commonwealth and Queensland legislation. TSRA accommodation may be available for this position with rental contributions calculated according to salary range. You are required to include 4 documents: t General Application Form t A covering letter not exceeding 1 page t Response to the Selection Criteria outlining your skills and experience not exceeding 350 words per criteria and t “Resume or CV” detailing full qualifications and experience including the names of at least two referees. Closing date for applications is COB March 29, 2012. A merit list may be created. For further information relating to this position please contact Mark Rumler on: (07) 4069 0700. To obtain a copy of the selection criteria for this position email or visit the TSRA website http:// and click on the Employment link on our homepage. Applications should be forwarded via email to or mailed to Recruitment, Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261 Thursday Island Qld 4875. Note: Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. TSRA is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ and in support of Government policy encourages applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australians. TSRA embraces Workplace Diversity. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service.

Torres Strait Regional Authority Common Funding Round 2012 - 2013 For activities commencing in the period 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012 The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is calling for applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal organisations and individuals within the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area for grant funding under the following Programs: Governance and Leadership Program – Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) Capacity Building Initiatives Eligible projects under this program include: t Contribution towards the administrative costs associated with establishing and maintaining a PBC Office t Initiatives that increase the capacity of elected PBC Officers to perform their duties t Initiatives that support PBCs to engage with communities on Native Title issues Economic Development Program – Community Economic Initiatives Scheme (CEIS) Eligible projects under this program include: t Projects that demonstrate ability to create profits and employment opportunities t Projects that lead to the establishment of sustainable industries in the areas of Marine, Tourism, Arts and Craft or Construction t The development of business plans and feasibility studies Healthy Communities Program Eligible projects under this program include: t Healthy Homes initiatives (including health promotion and education) t Healthy Lifestyles initiatives and minor infrastructure Safe Communities Program Eligible projects under this program include: t Social services initiatives such as: t Indigenous women, men and children social development and support programs t Child and family safety programs t Safe and accessible community initiatives such as: t Safe communities infrastructure and equipment t Land and sea communications systems t Community capacity building and awareness Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund – Sponsored by Arts Queensland and delivered through the Culture, Art and Heritage Program Eligible projects under this program include: t Support for purchase of Arts material t Support for the development of artist careers t Locally managed community cultural projects: t festivals, language projects, recording local stories and songs. t Production costs to develop traditional and contemporary artforms: t development of song, dance, art and craft. t local cultural practitioners travelling to workshops or events, t Production costs for projects and events: t rental of equipment such as lighting, sound, hire of venues, temporary structures and catering t Marketing costs for the promotion of a cultural/artistic event: Grant Application forms and Program Guidelines specific to each program are available at under the ‘Grant Funding’ menu. Application kits and further information can also be obtained by contacting the TSRA on (07) 4069 0700. Applications Close at 5 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Completed applications should be marked ‘TSRA Common Funding Round’ and posted to: The Chief Executive Officer Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261 Thursday Island Qld 4875 Alternatively, applications may be emailed to: Applications received after 5pm on April 10, 2012 will not be considered unless prior approval for a late submission has been obtained in writing from the relevant TSRA Program Manager.

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Queensland state election – March 24, 2012

Part 2 - Election Time is Question Time - continued from last week

By Jason briggs If Government Obstructions continue vested interests andsenior bureaucrats will continue to Dominate the Fishing Industry. Sadly, if these reforms do not happen, the local Torres Strait community will never get back control of their fishing rights. We want to see many islander and Cape York families be economically independent and in control of their future. On most occasions we have waived our fee to help families get their loans through. There

should be a simple and clear government message that needs to be translated from policy to delivery. Now, the state policy says it wants to assist families but when people deal with the bureaucrats responsible for delivery and assistance; the task is burdensome, complex and daunting and sadly many families have thrown their hands up in frustration and walked away. We are in a privileged position, simply because we are experienced and know how to deal with government departments and financial institutions. My partner of 19 years, Lydia Manai grew

up on the islands and knows how to talk to islander people and has counselled many women who want to stop feeling helpless and do something to stem the tide of unemployment and forced economic departures. Hopefully, this important election will reverse this trend and ensure the region is an economically, culturally and socially self-sufficient region it has increasingly and rightly envisaged itself to be. No previous election has been more important for the future of the Torres Strait; you vote is your voice and your voice is your view of how you see

and want things created in yours and your family’s future. The First thing that Should’ve been Negotiated was forgiveness of Island Debt Pre-TSIRC. As someone recently pointed out to me; weren’t you a contracted Interim CEO on one of the islands that opposed TSIRC in 2007? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. We were 1 of 2 island councils that ‘held out’ for a better deal and conditions from the Beattie Labor government. As I recall, initially the majority of islander chairmen said they would oppose the

formation of TSIRC and in the very next meeting these same people voted almost unanimously for its formation without any meaningful debate, deals, concessions or compromise. And this bleak future for the region is now partly the result of this haste and submission from 2007. A few years later, many islander families have lost their voice believing in the amalgamation of their proud island councils into the increasingly withering impotent organisation TSIRC has become today. Whatever the reasons, and granted there may be




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Nurse Practitioner Candidate (Chronic Disease Coordinator) Bamaga Hospital, Torres Strait – Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $111 444 p.a., comprising salary between $91 153 - $97 676 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (Nurse Grade 7) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: This Nurse Practitioner candidate role will be offered to nurses interested in developing their practice directions in the field of comprehensive chronic disease management relevant to the client population in a remote Indigenous community. Enquiries: Geoffrey Bowman (07) 4090 4238. Job Ad Reference: H12TO03215. Application Kit: (If you are unable to apply online, please contact Statewide Recruitment Services on (07) 4226 5124.) Closing Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2012.

Registered Nurses Bamaga Hospital, Torres Strait – Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Salary between $56 729 - $72 896 p.a. (Nurse Grade 5) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: The Registered Nurse (General Ward and OPD) is responsible for the delivery of high standard of nursing services to the community of the Northern Peninsula Area that is evidence based, cost effective and culturally sensitive. Enquiries: Geoffrey Bowman (07) 4090 4238. Job Ad Reference: H12TO03204. Application Kit: (If you are unable to apply online, please contact Statewide Recruitment Services on (07) 4226 5124.) Closing Date: Wednesday, 4 April 2012.

The Torres Strait Islanders Media Association (TSIMA) is a Torres Strait Islander Association based on Thursday Island. The Association will be having its 2011 Annual General Meeting at the TRAWQ Community Hall: TRAWQ Community Hall Tamwoy, Thursday Island, QLD 4875 on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 2pm. All members of the Torres Strait Islanders Media Association are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend you are requested to obtain a proxy form by contacting the Finance Manager of the Association without delay so that you may be represented and vote at the meeting. Matters to be addressed: ▪ the receiving of the management committee’s report and the statement of income and expenditure, assets and liabilities and mortgages, charges and securities affecting the property of the association for the preceding financial year; and ▪ the receiving of the auditor’s report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year; and ▪ the election of members of the management committee for a period of a 3 (three) year term; and ▪ the appointment of an auditor for the period of a 3 (three) year term

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For further information please contact Daisy Aniba (Finance Manager) at the Torres Strait Islanders Media Association on: Phone: (07) 4069 1524 ~ Fax: (07) 4069 1844

many reasonable defences and points that have contributed to this dismal state of affairs; however, it’s not good. Some arguments raised (I would really have to pinch my nose to swallow) like, we carried the massive debts over from pre-TSIRC days. Again, these should have been negotiated at the time as conditional for amalgamation of island councils, or the government should have forgiven or made arrangements to offload these chain of debts. And given TSIRC the strength it needed, free of the handicap and hangover of previous administrations, to be the effective functioning body, the executive and council of representatives, wanted it to be rather than the lightning rods of community anger and disappointment that has now become common place. TSIRC needs to be strengthened, improved with the possibility of wider revenue collection of its’ own and be more accountable. Licensing and Financial assistance need to be streamlined and in some areas completely reformed. The Following is some of the questions that cover these and more areas; and the candidates’ answers to which may help you to decide who is best to vote for and represent the future social & economic wellbeing of the Torres Strait in the state parliament. For the sake of expediency we have phrased the questions with a general nature. If a future state government is serious about increasing regional economic growth and employment for local people; what are they going to do to achieve this vital and necessary means to keeping families and communities together? Other equally important issues that need to be answered may include: What will the candidate do about the provision and delivery of medical services to the region; prevention and treatment of diseases; what will be done to make and ensure the Ti Hospital is a first rate health facility; infrastructure; the building, development and maintenance of roads, communications, schools, jetties, ports, runways etc etc; how will they make native title claims more workable and less court

and lawyer dependant; will they seek to widen economic and legal rights for claimants over their traditional areas? Community Health & Hygiene; what’s position on ensuring people get clean water; water catchment and monitoring; education and prevention of diseases; Environmental issues: what steps to address climate change; what measures will they take to deal with rising tides; Community Policing; will island police be given real training authority, detention and arrest powers; and give emphasis toward the protection of vulnerable women and children. Affordable Prices of Food, Fuel and Transport: What will be done to ensure prices are kept lower and affordable to ensure a good quality of life and higher standard of living? Tax Incentives: Local Government revenues, the reduction of Stamp duties, fees and payroll tax: remote areas concessions. Given the obstruction many people have encountered with the Qld Fisheries Board; what will you do to cut bureaucratic red tape, streamline services that make it easier for families in Cape York and the Torres Strait to enjoy real economic opportunities in the region from the sea? What Improvements would you make to TSIRC to make it a better functioning, accountable and more efficient organisation for service delivery to the islands? What economic activities or industries do you feel will provide real wealth to communities and families in the region; that will in turn, encourage demand for goods and services re-invigorating local economies and preventing the outflow drain of Islander people to the mainland? Many local Islander, Aboriginal and other Australians who reside, work and care for the region; are encouraged to write letters or emails asking their particular questions of the candidates during this time. Hopefully, in the end you will have a better choice to make of the candidate that benefits you or the issues you care about; your family and the future of your community. Jason Briggs is the Principal Lawyer for Jason A Briggs Lawyers in Cairns.

Ilan Arts & Entertainment Set a course by dead reckoning WARNING: The following contains preview information for this week’s episode of The Straits, screening on ABC 1, Thursday March 22 at 8.30pm. Episode 9: Dead Reckoning Written by Nick Parsons and directed by Rowan Woods. OVER the course of the past eight episodes, Noel Montebello, his brothers Marou and Gary, and sister, Sissi, have jockeyed for the dominant position as the family faces a series of threats to their business - and to their lives. Will the Montebellos resolve their differences and unite to overcome bikers on the mainland, and outlaw suppliers and raskols in Papua New Guinea, or will the family collapse into internal warfare? Now Noel is on the run - from both the police and the DCs. He makes a clandestine visit to his estranged wife, Antoinette, telling her he’s going to South America. To Noel’s delight, Antoinette lets him know that she wants to join him there, with the kids.

Noel then heads north to the islands, planning to raise enough money to be able to live overseas with his family. Kitty takes Bridget out to a remote island to dig up a stash of drugs with which she plans to bankroll Noel. But when those drugs (and their boat) are stolen, Kitty and Bridget are left stranded. Harry is desperately worried about both Noel and Marou, who hasn’t been seen since he disappeared with Lola. When Marou finally does return to the family home, Harry recruits Sissi and the family fixer, Vince, to help him bury Lola’s body. They don’t realise that Thomson has seen Lola’s body in the wildlife farm freezer. Marou then announces he’s going north to Zey. Harry tells Sissi that perhaps of all his children, she has the balls to run the family business. As the episode finishes we see that Marou has written ‘GARY’ in blood on the TV screen in the motel room.

Kitty Montebello (Rena Owen) and Bridget (Tasia Zalar) in a scene from The Straits.

Off the Wall Artist Name: Jeff Waia Title of Art Work: Ngoeymun Lagaw Minaral (Our Home Designs) Clan Identity: Ait Koedal/ Dhoeybaw. Wind: Sager/Zey Star Constellation: “Ee”/ Thoegay. I believe all cultures have their own interpretations to beginning and ending of an existence. They have the right to exercise their beliefs. The original inhabitants of an environment are placed there as custodians. They are the creatures of that environment. Protocols are in place to safeguard one’s earthly space. The nature will become unbalanced when people interfere and disturb the equilibrim or the environmental existence. The Islander spirit journeys endlessly through the universe like breeze, accompanied by totemic spirit guides and finally forms a being in the womb of the mother. The Islander totems consist of flora and fauna of their environment - Land, Sea and Sky - interwoven through their spiritual beliefs. The environment in the womb of the mother is filled with sounds of the original language, for one’s identity is written in words (Oral Culture). The individual first becomes a member of a clan long before the digits of the western world are given on its arrival on this plane of life (Date of Birth). Whilst in the mother’s womb the destiny is predetermine by their Ancestral spirits. The individual will portray the characters of their totem. In the final process of death the person will imitate their totems before dying. The physical garment is place in the ground whilst the spirit moves on to the Spiritual realm but will be summoned by loved ones in time of need. According to learnt knowledge, life form becomes non-existence. The Islanders believe that their Spirit flies free into the universe. The child birth is triggered by two currents of the Torres Strait, Kulis Bubu and Guthath Bubu. These currents are governed by the stars of “Milky Way” known as the Kaygasiw Usul (dirty water of a Shovelnose Shark). In childbirth, a male child is quick in delivery because he only has two responsibilities, the bow and bundle of arrows to carry, whereas the female child will take her time. She has a basket to fill with responsibilities of the woman for she is the bridge of life. Torres News

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Croc safaris a ‘no brainer’ - Entsch By GRANT BANKS

Fisheries Queensland biologist Helen Taylor participating in a previous aerial survey in the Torres Strait.

Bird’s-eye view of marine habitats THE health of sensitive marine habitats near a major Torres Strait shipping channel will be monitored from the air this month. Island residents who see a helicopter hovering between Zuizin Reef and Kaliko Reef between March 17 and 21 may be interested to know it is part of an aerial survey of coral, algae and seagrass on the eastern side of the Great North East Shipping Channel. Fisheries Queensland scientists are teaming up with Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Land and Sea Management Unit and the Torres Strait Island Regional Council for the helicopter survey. Torres Strait Regional Authority chairperson Toshie Kris said seagrass research was vital to local turtle and dugong management plans. “This study will help us monitor the health of our fisheries and provide valuable data which will feed into our turtle and dugong management plans,” he said. “It’s great to see these agencies working together to support a sustainable marine environment for the Torres Strait and I look forward to seeing the results of their work.” Fisheries Queensland biologist Helen Taylor said the survey would target exposed areas at low tide between Zuizin Reef and north to Kaliko Reef. “The Torres Strait contains some of the most sensitive marine habitats in Australia,” Ms Taylor said. “The seagrasses in this area face many threats. “The annual survey provides us with data on the distribution and abundance of the seagrasses and complements other seagrass monitoring programs in the Torres Strait. “This monitoring will help us understand how


seagrasses are faring over time. “We have seen major declines in seagrass meadows along the east coast of Queensland in the past year because of year extreme weather events. “But Torres Strait seagrass meadows are thriving. In fact, we have some of the densest, healthiest seagrass meadows throughout Queensland.” Ms Taylor said seagrasses were a vital food source for dugong and turtle as well as providing important nursery grounds for juvenile prawn and fish species which support Torres Strait fisheries. “The results will give us detailed information on seagrass habitat and health, which will be fed into local dugong and turtle management plans,” she said. “The data will inform management agencies on the health of seagrasses and will be incorporated into emergency planning and shipping accident oil spill response plans.” “The annual surveys have helped us to map more than 50,000ha of intertidal seagrasses. Eleven out of a possible 16 Queensland species of seagrass have been identified. “Extensive areas of hard and soft coral communities have been mapped as well as dense algae beds.” The research team based at Fisheries Queensland’s Northern Fisheries Centre in Cairns is internationally recognised as the leader in assessment and monitoring of tropical seagrasses. “Our team has exported its skills and expertise throughout the Pacific and established an international network of seagrass monitoring,” Ms Taylor said. She said the success of the program was the result of the ongoing partnership between the Queensland Government, local government and the community.

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OVER in the Northern Territory the debate surrounding crocodile culling has once again reared its head and now the idea is getting support on this side of the Gulf. Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch believes a safari style culling program would not only bring valuable income to many of the Cape’s least well-off communities but it would also provide a solution to the issue of large crocodiles near populated areas. Already in the Northern Territory a crocodile management plan exists while in Queensland no such management occurs. “I would encourage the Queensland State Government to look to the Northern Territory where there is active harvesting of eggs in flood-prone areas, the preservation of habitat and where they have the option of culling if there are large problem animals,” Mr Entsch said. “To me it is a no-brainer,” he said. “While the need for culling on Cape York is no where near as great as it is in the Territory there are still big animals around Cairns, Weipa, Cooktown and other populated areas that need to be controlled. At the end of the day crocs and people don’t mix and you will never get them to mix. He said that crocodile farmers were mostly unwilling to take on large aggressive crocodiles as they pose a threat to other animals and were no good for their hide because of years of fighting. “Nobody wants these big old crocs and you don’t want your farm becoming an old people’s home for crocodiles, there’s just no money in that. “These problem crocs are no good in a farm, you could never put them with a female they’d just fight and he’d end up killing her, and in the wild they create breeding wastelands where they defend their territory so viscously they kill or chase away all the other crocodiles.” On the other hand one of these ‘big old crocs’ could fetch upwards of $35 000 as a trophy with game hunters from the US and Germany spending up to $100 000 per safari. “There are always a number of animals that need to be culled every year in the Territory and generally these are shot and left to rot,” Mr Entsch said. “While I had my farm I once took a ex-governor of Texas out and we came back with an 18ft crocodile,” he said. “Here we have a situation where there are countries all over the world trying to emulate what is happening in the Northern Territory while in Queensland the ideologues at DERM are unwilling to make a change. “In Queensland right now the only thing you can do with a problem croc is put it in a zoo and there is only so much demand for large crocodiles in zoos. “There are always going to be a few big ones that need to be controlled and this will give a little bit of money back to communities who are among the most disadvantaged,” Mr Entsch said suggesting Cape York’s Aboriginal communities would stand to profit from a change in the legislation. Another change to allow crocodile safaris to opperate not only in Queensland but also in the Northern Territory would need to come at the Federal level as the current wildlife export laws would not allow people to take their trophies with them.

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Eli has his eyes on the prize By ALF WILSON ELI Thaiday, a younger brother of champion Brisbane Broncos, Queensland State of Origin and Test rugby league forward Sam Thaiday, excels at the rival code of Australian Rules. The 18-year-old Eli plays for the Thuringowa Bulldogs which are the reigning premiers in the Townsville Australian Football League competition. The high marking Eli is of Torres Strait Yam (Iama) Island descent where he still has many family and friends living. Townsville born Eli was at Bulldogs training at Tony Ireland Stadium on 1 February when the Torres News caught up with him. “I attended Kirwan Primary and High schools here in Townsville and played rugby league for the Western Lions as a 12-year-old. I also represented the Queensland Indigenous under 16 schoolboys league side in what was a curtain raiser in Brisbane to a Test match Australia played in,” he said. As a 15-year-old Eli started playing Australian Rules for the Bulldogs in the under 18 grade. “I was playing both rugby league and Australian Rules and played three games of A grade for the Bulldogs last year,’ he said. However Eli also went to Moranbah last year to work where he played under 18 grade in the strong Mackay and District Rugby League competition and the team lost the final. Also at the Moranbah Club was Badu Islander Jimmy Ahmat who played for the winning Mackay representative side in last year’s Foley Shield and also represented the North Queensland Marlins. “It was good to have Jimmy there at Moranbah,” he said. Bulldogs officials are expecting big things of the talented utility who can play in many different positions including fullback, wing, or on the half forward line. Eli’s 19-year-old brother Auda also plays for the Bulldogs, and he has other elder brothers in Maza who lives on Thursday Island and Reuben who plays soccer in Gladstone. “I heard Maza drives a taxi on TI and I am looking forward to seeing him,” Eli said. The quietly spoke Eli said he enjoyed getting down to Brisbane to visit big brother and role model Sam. “We go down the park near where he lives and kick the football around.” Eli said. Asked which sport he liked the best, Eli was quick to answer. “I would have to say Australian Rules and the Bulldogs players are like one big family, it is a great club,” he said. Club President John Finn, who is rated one of the best Bulldogs players ever to lace up a boot, said that Eli was certain to play A grade for the club this season. “It would be on the money to say Eli will be in our A grade side. He is talented and it is great to have such a good player in the club. There used to be a lot of them in the competition but not anymore,” Finn said. Supporter Karina Cripps, known around the club as “Mother Bulldog” said Eli was a great player and well liked team member. “You will be as famous as your brother Sam when this story is done,” she said.

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Eli wants to get up to Yam Island later this year where you can bet your bottom dollar he won’t find many Australian Rules footballs. Yam islander has fanatical rugby league supporters and is the home of the local team Magun Warriors which contests selected Allblacks carnivals. Sam once told the Torres News that when he retires from the NRL he would like to have a game for Magun Warriors. Eli may well follow suit if the opportunity arises but at this stage in concentrating on being part of a Bulldogs premiership team. In addition Eli is studying Electro Technology and when he finishes a four year course will be an electrician.



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Ladies shaping up for a top comp By ALF WILSON GLAMOUR Thursday Island side Sundown Sirens will face top competition against teams from Badu Island and St Paul’s on Moa in the 2012 Kaiwalagal Rugby League ladies competition. Set to kick off on April 21, the ladies competition will attract plenty of interest. KRL Women’s Delegate Sasha Busch said trial games had been planned for March 24 and 31 in a preliminary draw sent out by the KRL. “Yes the draw stated that, but as I have been organising the ladies it was noted that the teams needed more time so we will start on 21st April. Games will be fortnightly until late September. There will be no pre-season games,” Sasha told the Torres News on March 14. Blockbusting Sirens forward Elsie Seriat will lead the side up front and will be well supported by a line up which includes many good players. “We have Josephine Sagigi, Kristy Wilson, Neru Charlie and Marita Dorante. We’ve also recruited a fair few new ladies to join

Elsie Seriat on the burst at the 2011 Origin series on Thursday Island. Seriat will be a star in the KRL women’s comp of 2012. us and we are looking forward to it,” Elsie said. The Sirens are genuine entertainers and won the ladies final of the 2011 Island of Origin Series on Badu Island beating Bau Au Stingers 20-14. Elsie scored two tries in that exciting game and Sundowns

crafty halfback Kristy Wilson is in the top brackets of female league players in Queensland and fired out precision passes to eager backs. Kristy won the best ladies back of the Origin carnival award. A day after that win, Sirens players and officials returned to TI and did a lap of honour along

streets in two utes flying the team flag. The ladies comp will be a promoter’s dream considering the wonderful form of Sirens and the equally talented Dedeyal Gammas. Gammas have won the last two Zenadth Kes (Torres Cup) ladies

finals. Last November Dedeyal Gammas defeated Dreamtime Ropeyarn Razors from the NPA 32-18 in that decider. Badu will also field a host of skilled footballers including big forwards and speedy back. Roll on April 21.

KRL kickoff this Saturday with trial matches By ALF WILSON

“If there is a fourth team, obviously the draw we have done will be amended. THE Kaiwalagal Rugby League (KRL) There has been talk about the prospects of a season will kick off on March 24 with trials Wahmere team but until officials speak to the at the Ken Brown Memorial Oval featuring KRL, they have not been included in the draw three clubs - premiers Suburbs, Roosters and for the trials,” she said. The first day of the season, Saturday, March Knights. It was expected that a fourth side - Horn 24, will start with a junior sign-on for under 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 grades. Island - would enter. That will be followed by a sausage sizzle “Horn Island haven’t come forth with any response,” said KRL secretary LJ and an under-16 game to start at 1pm. At 2pm Knights, which has re-entered the Shibasaki. But the KRL has not given up on the KRL after a season’s absence, will meet last year’s runner-up Roosters. possibility of a fourth side competing.

The winner of that clash will later meet the high rolling Suburbs. The 5pm under 18 match will be followed an hour after with a men’s match between the losing teams from game one and two. On 31 March at 11am there will be a junior workshop and LeagueSafe Course followed by an under 16 match. There will be two further men’s games at 2 and 4pm. That will be followed by an under 18 game and at 6pm the two leading men’s side from the two days will meet to decide the winners.

The KRL has requested that senior players help out the junior sides. “Juniors have already started through school football and the TAFE Rugby League Program. Help is required with coaching and refereeing. Please come forward and put your name down so we can register the courses to get everyone qualified. If you already have your qualifications they may need to be updated. All coaches juniors and seniors will need to be qualified which is a QRL requirement,” LJ said. There will also be a KRL meeting on 19 March.

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