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Council complaint over ‘false allegations’ By MARK ROY THE Torres Strait Island Regional Council has made an official complaint to the ABC about its story “Dugongs cruelly slaughtered in illegal meat trade” broadcast on its 7.30 Report on Thursday, March 8.

TSIRC Mayor Gela told the Torres News he had lodged the complaint on behalf of his constituents. He said the 7.30 Report had shamed people without any consideration of their circumstances or the reality of their tradition and customs.

“The report made false allegations and assumptions, was completely one-sided, and offended the very culture and heritage of the Torres Strait people,” Cr Gela said. “The reporter who filmed and visited the Torres Strait has been reported to have asked numerous

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times to purchase dugong and/or turtle meat on various islands, and was knocked back each and every time with the response that it is a traditional practice and the hunting and consumption of this meat is only for the traditional people of the Torres Strait, not for profit. “ABC should have known better and collated the facts and views from the relevant stakeholders, and in our case, the first Australians, who are being victimised.” The program, by reporter Sarah Dingle and producer Lesley Robinson, used covert footage obtained by Sea Shepherd volunteer Rupert Imhoff and Port Douglas-based filmmaker Ben Cropp on Mabuyag late last year. The timing of the broadcast was reminiscent of the “Children Overboard” affair, in which highly emotive claims, later shown to be false, were aired one month before a Federal election in November 2001. The ABC broadcast, “Hunting rights hide horror for dugongs, turtles”, went to air two weeks before a Queensland state election in March, 2012, despite the fact that the filmmakers had been in possession of the footage since November 2011. Mr Gela said he was annoyed that the people of the Torres Strait were not given the opportunity to have a voice on the issue before it was aired. “A story based on assumptions and an individual making allegations based on a gut feeling is not ethically appropriate,” he said. 7.30 Report presenter Chris Uhlmann said the report “exposes a black market in animal meat”, alleging that “dugongs and sea turtles are being cruelly slaughtered in Queensland’s Torres Strait to supply an illegal meat trade”. The only evidence presented by the 7.30 Report of an “illegal meat trade” in the Torres Strait was footage of eskies, or poly boxes,

sealed with tape by Australian Quarantine Inspection Service officers, arriving at Cairns airport from Horn Island. Despite the underhanded work of the filmmakers, who misrepresented the purpose of their visit, the report failed to show any Torres Strait Islanders actually selling turtle and dugong meat. Cr Gela said islanders should not have to justify their livelihood and hunting methods that have gone on for generations to those who know nothing about it. “In the first instance, poly boxes are very regularly air-transported and filled with seafood for relatives in Cairns,” he said. The most likely contents of such boxes would be fish, shellfish, crays and crabs, he said. “Protein resources are primarily obtained from the sea, which remain an important part of diet to all people of the Torres Strait,” Cr Gela said. “Self-regulation and subsistence remains the responsibility of all councils within the Torres Strait.” He said the program failed to report that communities in the region had developed hunting policies in order to sustain these species. “There may be an issue enforcing and complying with these policies, which the tiers of government are working together to build a framework around enforcing the policies,” he said. However, recent research from James Cook University, led Professor Helene Marsh, has shown poaching is not the cause of a decline in dugong populations. Port developments, commercial fishing and natural disasters are much higher on the list. After Cyclone Yasi destroyed important seagrass beds along the coast in 2011, the number of sea turtle and dugong deaths rose sharply.

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Media ‘demonising’ traditional hunters THE Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) believes national media coverage of turtle and dugong butchering is failing to acknowledge efforts to sustainably manage these species and attempts to find more humane ways to process traditional foods. TSRA chairman John ‘Toshie’ Kris said the demonising of all Indigenous people because of a sensationalist report showed a deeply flawed understanding of the issues confronting remote communities. “It is unfortunate that good and innovative work done by Indigenous communities has been overshadowed by emotive and unbalanced coverage clearly scheduled to gain political leverage during the Queensland election campaign,” Mr Kris said. “I hope in the future the Australian media, and the ABC in particular, can demonstrate a better understanding of the different cultural groups in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait and the progress they have made in resource management.” He said animal welfare organisations including the RSPCA had been consulted extensively in recent years on traditional hunting practices. “We have been seeking solutions but the experts simply can’t agree on acceptable procedures,” Mr Kris said. “People also have to appreciate, as in other seafarer cultures, meat has been processed this way for thousands of years.”

Mr Kris said allegations that Indigenous sea rangers were involved in sending dugong, turtle meat and turtle eggs to the mainland had not been substantiated. “TSRA rangers are traditional owners in their own right and have a native title right to harvest dugongs, turtles and turtle eggs,” Mr Kris said. “They also have the right under the Native Title Act and the Torres Strait Treaty to share dugong and turtle meat with their families on the mainland. “Any hunting must occur outside of work hours and the use of TSRA assets is strictly prohibited. “I have always said if there is alleged selling of turtle or dugong meat that the appropriate authorities should address the claims immediately.” He said the TSRA took the initiative years ago to encourage community management of sea resources. “In 2005 we held a workshop on Badu Island and began a process of asking how we as a region could address sustainable management. “We have for years now been encouraging communities through management plans to sustainability manage their own resources. “Fourteen communities are now in the process of adopting those plans.” Mr Kris said while TSRA was playing a key role in the sustainable management of

Photo by puuikibeach. A green sea turtle rests on a sandy cay. regional marine resources, it was not a law enforcement agency. “The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor fisheries compliance, and

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Life after Cook for O’Brien

MOVING ON: Jason O’Brien says he has had a “good run” as the Member for Cook. By MARK BOUSEN FORMER Member Jason O’Brien will take a short break and then “get on with my life and be happy”. Mr O’Brien served three terms, but has been part of the political process for about 15 years. “I was an electrician before

that, but I won’t be going to that; I’ll have to study and undergo some retraining.” However, he has ruled out a return to politics. “I served for four years on the Cairns City Council and eight years in State Parliament. “I’ve had my say and it’s time for someone else to have a turn;

I had a good run.” Mr O’Brien, 42, said: “It was an honour to serve, and I mean that most sincerely. “It is a rare privilege to be elected; many put their hands up but never get a chance to serve. “Serving as the Member for Cook has been a special part of my life and I put my heart and soul into it.” Mr O’Brien congratulated new Member David Kempton. “I wish David all the best and hope he serves the people,” he said. Katter’s Australian Party’s Lachlan Bensted said he was “absolutely happy” with the result for the KAP. “To start from where we did six months ago to get a swing of almost 22 per cent at our first attempt really shows the confidence of the community in the seat of Cook. That also applies to the 11.6 per cent across the State. “It clearly shows we will be a force in upcoming elections.” Mr Bensted, 26, says he will continue to be involved in politics. “I’m a local bloke who lives in the electorate (outside Mareeba), and I want to be there for the next time. “I want to thank all our supporters for their support during the last six months, and having so many people on the ground gives us a lot of confidence.” Mr Bensted said he wanted to congratulate Mr Kempton on his victory. “Many people said they were happy to see a young bloke who was interested in the future and has prepared to put his hand up. “I’m not going anywhere.”

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Kempton claims Cook in landslide victory

Flo Kennedy and Martha Bero at the polling booths on Saturday, March 24. By MARK BOUSEN THE seat of Cook has returned to the Coalition ranks for the first time since 1977 following Saturday’s resounding State election result, with the LNP’s David Kempton the new Member. At the close of counting on Saturday night after 17,725 votes or 65.23 per cent of the primary votes

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had been counted, Mr Kempton had polled 6679 votes or 37.68 per cent of the primary votes, ahead of Mr O’Brien 5911 (33.35%), Katter’s Australian Party’s Lachlan Bensted 3860 (21.78%), Greens’ Riley George 905 (5.11%) and James Evans (One Nation Party) 370 (2.09%). There were 352 informal. After the partial allocation of

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preferences, Mr Kempton has 7920 (53.04%) and Mr O’Brien 7012 (46.96%). Bob Scott (1077-1989), Steve Bredhauer (1989-2004) and Jason O’Brien (2004-2012) have held the seat continuously for Labor since Eric Deeral (National) held the seat from 1974-1977. All parties took significant hits with Mr Bensted polling almost

4000 votes. Mr O’Brien’s primary dropped 12.70 per cent from the 2009 figures of 10,4656 (46.05%), while the LNP vote dropped 4.73 per cent from 9629 (42.41%). The Greens’ vote dropped from 1510 (6.65%) by 1.54 per cent. Independent Michaelangelo Newie received 1111 (4.89%) in 2009. Mr O’Brien was the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees in the previous Parliament. Mr Kempton, a lawyer, won the major centres, such as Mareeba, Port Douglas and Mossman. In Mareeba, the new Member polled 847 votes (39.58%) ahead of Mr Bensted 746 (34.86%) and Mr O’Brien 446 (20.84%), while in Mareeba West it was Mr Kempton 424 (37.03%), Mr Bensted 419 (36.59%) and Mr O’Brien 236 (20.61%). Mr Kempton finished with 615 votes (42.41%) in Mossman, from Mr Bensted 330 (22.76%) and Mr O’Brien 343 (23.66%), and repeated the effort in Port Douglas with 838 (52.67%) from Mr O’Brien 341 (21.43%), Mr Riley 216 (13.58%) and Mr Bensted 176 (11.06%). The LNP has 74 seats, ALP 7, KAP 2, Independents 2 with four undecided. The LNP vote across the state was 49.5 per cent an increase of

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8.4%, while the ALP was 26.8 per cent (-15.9%), KAP 11.6%, Greens 7.4% (-0.6%). Mr Kempton said the result was “fantastic”. “There was a lot hard work and it is a really good result. “I also was a bit surprised at the extent of the swing across the State; it was greater than we expected; it was a bit of a surprise.” Mr Kempton said he would establish principal offices in Mareeba and Thursday Island, with visiting offices in Weipa, Cooktown and Port Douglas. Mr Kempton said his first priority was to consult with the communities to determine their priorities. “There is only a limited amount of money across the State, and we need to determine the priorities and not waste money on other issues. “Our first goal is to determine the short-term goals and then plan for the longer-term.” He listed the priorities across the electorate in Cape York and the Torres Strait included: * The south of Embley mining project in western Cape York; and * Amalgamation of councils and a turtle/dugong management plan in the Torres Strait. Mr Kempton said the issue of amalgamation in the Torres Strait needed to be looked at. Continues page 5 >>


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Strait and NPA. At the Thursday Island booth at the PKA Hall, Mr O’Brien received 50 per cent of the vote with 386 from Mr Kempton 185, Mr Bensted 144, Mr Riley 45 and Mr Evans 12. At the Tamwoy Town booth, Mr O’Brien again topped the voting with 108 (47.16%) from Mr Kempton 91, Mr Bensted 26, Mr Riley 3, and Mr Evans 1. Mr O’Brien dominated the Horn Island booth with 120 votes (67.42%), from Mr Kempton 39, Mr Bensted 13, Mr Riley 5 and Mr Evans 1. Mr O’Brien dominated the Mobile polling booths as well. In Mobile Booth 1, he received 530 (60.36%), from Mr Kempton 297, Mr Bensted 30, Mr Riley 17, Mr Evans 4; while in Mobile Booth 2, Mr O’Brien polled 670 (63.15%), from Mr Kempton 327, Mr Bensted 32, Mr Evans 19, Mr Riley 13. In Bamaga, Mr O’Brien again led, with 242 (61.73%), from Mr Kempton 111, Mr Bensted 27, Mr Riley 8 and Mr Evans 4.

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HISTORY OF COOK Cook starts north of Cairns and includes Torres Strait, Cape York, Cooktown Port Douglas, Mossman and part of the the Atherton Tableland. A seat by the name of Cook had existed since 1876, apart from one term in the 1950s. It was abolished at the 1950 election. Cook was restored at the 1953 election, when it was won by the ALP’s Bunny Adair. He left the ALP to join the anti-communist Queensland Labor Party in 1957. He then became an independent in 1963, and held the seat until 1969. The ALP’s Bill Wood held the seat from 1969 to 1972, followed by Edwin Wallis-Smith, also from the ALP, from 1972 to 1974. The Country Party’s Eric Deeral won the seat in 1974 and lost it in 1977. Bob Scott won the seat back for the ALP in 1977 and held it until 1989. Steve Bredhauer held the seat from 1989 to 2004, serving as Minister for Transport from 1998 to 2004. Bredhauer was succeeded O’Brien. Mr O’Brien won all the polling booths in the Torres

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Long-serving school officer Christine Benjamin receives her certificate of appreciation from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School principal Helen Kett. By MARK ROY THIS year is a special year for Christine Benjamin, a school officer at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. It marks her 25th year of service to the school, and her dedication was acknowledged in a special event held on Monday, March 26, at a special school assembly. Sacred Heart School principal Helen Kett said it was important to have people committed to a long-term working relationship with the community. “We want to thank Christine for her years of service and wonderful support for families and students on both (Thursday and Hammond island) campuses,” Ms Kett said. “She is a great example to

new school officers, a gentle and thoughtful person who shares her knowledge and is supportive of others.” Mrs Benjamin started employment in 1987 with Catholic Education as a school officer, and in 1988 was school secretary and library aide. She first started working as a teacher aide at the school in 1978, after completing school at Mount St Bernard College, before going back to study at a business college in Cairns in 1980. “Back then I was employed by the Catholic Mission, working alongside the Sisters of Mercy,” Mrs Benjamin recalls. “Sister Elva was the principal and Father Miah McSweeney was the parish priest.”

It was during that time she met her husband Don, who would come to the school representing the Postal Commission and run competitions for students. “My husband keeps telling me that only special people can work with children,” Mrs Benjamin said. “It is the children that have been the most rewarding part of my career. “I look around now and some of them are mums and dads, and working in the community, but many of the adults still call me Mrs Benjamin.” During her quarter of a century at the school, Mrs Benjamin has worked with nine principals, countless teachers and school officers, and many, many students.

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Rebecca Sam, Louisa Hood, Paul Loney and Susan Barnes at the Department of Communities Taste of Harmony event. PHOTO: MARK ROY With one in four Australian workers coming from overseas, there has never been a better time to acknowledge and celebrate Australia’s diverse workforce. And that’s what ATSIS staff of the Department of Communities thought as they brought together work colleagues at last week’s A Taste of Harmony Buffet in the Breezeway luncheon. Following a warm welcome from ATSIS Manager Paul Loney and blessing by Father Stephen, fine food and company were shared by all. Staff from Communities, TSRA and QBuild attended with their guests. Representatives from

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Big haul of mack a little too big? In reference your article about Jack, Chris and Damien’s big day out at Booby Island (‘Big haul of mack’, Torres News, March 28). We all love a good fishing story, but it may be worth pointing out to the guys that the Queensland Recreational Bag

Eso from Jason O’Brien

Just a short note to thank people in the Cook electorate for giving me the great privilege of serving them these last 8 years. It has been an honour and I am proud of what has been achieved across the 40-odd disparate communities I have represented. I would like to thank my loyal party members and booth workers for sticking with me and the ALP in the toughest of times for

NEXT year, in June 2013, the Picnic Bay School on Magnetic Island will celebrate its centenary. The Magnetic Museum, which now occupies the building, plans a Centenary Weekend

on June 7-9 to celebrate this historic occasion. We are looking for past pupils and their descendants to join with us for the festivities and invite them to contact us at PO Box 107 Magnetic Island

in the spirit of leaving some for future generations to enjoy. They may want to check their scales as well? Maybe leave the bragging for round the barbecue next time boys. Cheers Adrian Davidson

the party. I wish the new Member for Cook David Kempton every success in his new role. I would like to pay particular regard to the people of the Torres Strait and NPA who have been incredibly supportive and loyal to me and the Australian Labor Party. Eso! Jason O’Brien

4819 or by email at 100picnic@ gmail.com to be added to our mailing list. We are also looking for photographs and memorabilia to incorporate into the centenary exhibition and accompanying

book as well as the recollections and stories of past pupils. We look forward to hearing from anyone who can help or is interested in coming. Zanita Davies President

for supporting World’s Greatest Shave Praying against Thanks On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation of into medical research and the work we do to Queensland and the patients and families we assist blood cancer patients and their families. the missiles support I want to thank all those who helped World’s Greatest Shave is our biggest single For prayer against a missile launch by North Korea to areas between Australia, Indonesia and Philippines. (http://au.news.yahoo.com/ queensland/a/-/world/13252410/ us-warns-n-korea-missile-aimedsouth/) A warning to our people in the Torres Strait and to people in the Western Australian northern region for a warning issued by a senior US official that North Korea plans to set off a missile south [in our direction]... Message ‘title’ in the site above says- “ SYDNEY, March 24, 2012 (AFP) - - A senior US official has warned North Korea’s upcoming missile launch would be aimed south for the first time and impact in an area ‘roughly between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines’. “ Please be prayerful that their plan is cancelled/disrupted. Nai David Tapim Cairns

make this year’s World’s Greatest Shave on March 15-17 such a success. The fantastic response to this year’s event means we are well on the way towards our fundraising goal of $4 million across Queensland and more than $15 million nationally. Our thanks go to everyone who signed up to raise money by shaving or colouring their hair, and those who sponsored them or donated to the cause. The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government grants, so we rely on the goodwill of individuals, community groups, and business supporters to continue our investment

fundraiser each year and we would not be able to deliver the services we do without such a high level of public support. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the many media outlets in all parts of our state that once again helped publicise the fundraising efforts of local participants. We greatly appreciate the level of media support our event receives and the direct and positive impact it has on our fundraising efforts. Beverley Mirolo OAM President, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland

Free West Papua campaign continues ORGANISERS of the Free West Papua Campaign have thanked the Torres News for its continued support in raising awareness of the fight for independence from Indonesia. In a message to the Torres News’ managing editor, campaign organisers said: “We really encourage you to continue publishing your articles. Much appreciated. In an open message on Facebook looking for wider support orgainisers said: “We ask everyone supportive of West Papua to Share the Free West Papua Campaign Facebook Page throughout

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the young lad, or Torres News readers, that you keep catching fish until you are too exhausted to continue or the eskies are all full. The old saying “Limit your catch, don’t catch your limit” might reflect a more sustainable approach to recreational fishing

Picnic Bay School seeks former pupils for centenary

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Limit for spanish mackerel is three (3) fish per person which unfortunately for them, at a total of 10, makes their day just a little too big. At least they made it easy for the fisheries officers! The law aside, I’m not sure it sends the best message to

Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the internet,” the campaign organisers said in an open message looking for wider support. “Support really is growing for Papuan independence and we depend on international attention to help build this support.” There are currently about 7800 “likes” for this page. If every one of these supporters shares our message we can really increase support over the internet for West Papua. “With your support, Freedom will come. Papua Merdeka!”

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Queensland Health Indigenous Environmental Health Program Officer Clayton Abreu talks to a Bamaga class about the importance of personal hygiene. NORTHERN Pride’s innovative Take Pride program was recognised for its work in improving the health of Indigenous children at a national awards ceremony in Sydney last week. The Take Pride in Personal Hygiene program was conominated with the Cairns Public Health Unit, Queensland Health, in the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards, which took place on Wednesday, March 28. The program, a joint initiative of the Cairns Public Health Unit and the Northern Pride Rugby League Club, awarded runner-up in the Environmental Health Initiatives category. Northern Pride chief executive Chris Sheppard said the recognition was reward for the positive changes the program has made in improving personal hygiene among children in Indigenous communities across far north Queensland.

“The aim of the program is to educate children of the importance of stopping germs from entering their bodies through their mouths and making them sick,� he said. “This personal hygiene program has been an extension to the long-standing Environmental Health Worker Program, which has been co-ordinated and supported by Queensland Health, and the Northern Pride is excited to be partners in this exciting initiative. “Pride players visit the communities with environmental health workers to explain to young children the importance of good personal hygiene - and we’ve seen some fantastic outcomes.� The project, launched in July last year, has achieved significant results: � Teachers have reported that 91 per cent of students’ knowledge about unclean hands potentially causing illness was good to very good,

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compared to 51 per cent prior to the project � 100 per cent of teachers rated the students’ hand washing practices as good to very good after the project, compared to 32 per cent prior to the project � Teachers reported that 86 per cent of students’ knowledge of the environmental health worker role was good or very good, compared to 47 per cent prior to the project. Queensland Health Indigenous Environmental Health program officer Clayton Abreu said schools in Far North Queensland had taken the messages on board. “School principals have told us that students are no longer playing in toilets because they now understood where germs can be found, and that they have asked for soap dispensers and hand towels in the school toilets,�said Mr Abreu. Mr Sheppard said the project was designed to help reduce

the high rates of skin, ear, respiratory and diarrhoeal disease that Indigenous people suffer compared to non-Indigenous people. “These infections contribute to high rates and early onset of chronic disease in adulthood and to the 17-year-gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,� said the former North Queensland Cowboys NRL player. “The children get really excited when they meet the Pride players, and learn from them how important it is to look after your body. “The session finishes with a question time of what they have learnt and to remember the importance of washing their hands, particularly before they eat. “Also, if the children have little brothers or sisters, they can show them what they have learnt and help them wash their hands.�

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Transparency needed to improve finding their feet, and once they have found them, they will have a long to-do list on their desks. The new government has already hit the ground running, and the first civil service head was rolling on Sunday morning. More are planned, but we have no reason to assume this lot will be any more successful in reducing the overall numbers of Brisbane leeches than any other government has been. Next week should see government accountability and transparency improve, and waste and inefficiency will be cut immediately. Nice to see our new politicians concentrating on woolly targets that either cannot be measured or are getting better anyway. They are instinctively shying away from the difficult things, like the cranky farmers who don’t want gas wells on their land. Or persuading zillionaire mine owner Clive Palmer that his stand-up comedy appearances on television actually

make it harder to slip new mining projects through the approval process without anyone noticing. Still, it’s no surprise the farmers are cranky. That is their function in life, and I don’t suppose the OberfŹhrer is going to lose any sleep over what country people think. He has a whole new team of representatives to send out into the sticks to placate the natives, while he gets on with the really important stuff that dictators do. We need to be wary. Seventy-five years ago, Mussolini was also famous for his relentless energy and his intolerance of opposition. And he became famous for making the trains run on time. I expect some things will work better under the new government, but I hope we don’t pay too heavily in the end. As long as we remember that invading neighbouring countries is a bad sign.

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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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OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL

Christine Benjamin cutting her cake in a ceremony held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School on Monday, March 26, in recognition of Mrs Benjamin’s 25 years of service.

PHOTOS MARK ROY

Josephine David-Petero leads current and former students from the Hammond prep and pre-prep classes in a song of tribute to Mrs Benjamin.

Christine Benjamin receives a gift from her granddaughter, Year 3 student Taykesha Benjamin and Year 4 student Gordon Yates.

(Back row, left to right) Clarry Dorante, Michael Benjamin, Robyn Seekee, Don Benjamin, Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen, Harriet Dorante, Marietta Garnier and (front row, left to right) Camilla Sabatino, Christine Benjamin and Josephine Cowley.

A day of harmony in Townsville By ALF WILSON HARMONY Day in Townsville had a distinct Torres Strait influence when Maman Martin and Millianna Davey entertained a large audience. The theme of Harmony Day celebrations held at Townsville High School’s basketball court building was “Everyone Belongs”. It featured cultural displays and performances, information stalls, an international feast, sport, games and a youth. Harmony Day usually held annually on March 21, promotes cultural

Mamam Martin, left, of Murray descent and Millianna Davey, Darnley, got into the spirit of things by beating on a Congo Bongo drum. Page 12 Torres News

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diversity - an environment in which all people see a place for themselves in Australia’s future. This overall theme for Harmony Day around the region was ‘Sport - Play, Inspire, Engage’ which recognises the significant role and positive influence that sport has in our multicultural nation. Event organisers, the Townsville Intercultural Centre, hosted more than 200 participants from across the community including cultural groups, schools, TAFE colleges, community groups and service providers. Mamam is of Murray island

Uncle Albert Abdul Rahman was all smiles with his guitar.

descent and Millianna of Darnley bloodlines and they were joined on stage by guitar strumming Uncle Albert Abdul Rahman, originally from PNG. “One of our songs was Nade Ma Nali which means where are you,” Maman told the Torres News. To get into the spirit of the day, Maman and Millianna even tried beating on a Congo Bongo drum. Uncle Albert, Mamam and Millianna are also members of the local Community Justice Respected Elders Group and Murri Court. “This type of event is great for racial harmony and promotes friendship and goodwill and we were glad to be involved,” Uncle Albert said. The trio acknowledged the Bindal and Wulgurukaba tribes on whose land the event was held. The day was funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to promote understanding and build bridges between youth from refugee, mainstream and Indigenous backgrounds. Students involved in the project have included newcomers from Somalia, Congo, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Liberia, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea and youth from the Tokalau, Mainstream and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous communities.


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Donut the Dog and Blazer the Bear with Kibbim, Arden, Evie, Rahcin, Caitlyn and Jake.

Katie and Jefrica Pablo with goodies from the emergency servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Easter Convoy. Rose Mosby and two-month-old Navaeh Mosby and Caitlyn Stephen meet Blazer the Bear and Donut the Dog during their visit to Thursday Island Hospital.

Elija, Taiherra, Azali and Talia-J Kelly enjoyed receiving their Easter eggs and poppers.

Getting photos taken with Donut the Dog.

Kids from Canon Boggo Pilot Hostel with their Easter eggs on Saturday, March 24.

Blazer the Bear hands hout goodies to kids at the Canon Boggo Pilot Hostel on Thursday Island.

Grant Smith from Australian Federal Police, John Marrington and Sam Jones from Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, and Gerry Doyle from Queensland Police. Torres News

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A TASTE OF HARMONY, DEPT OF COMMUNITIES

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4:45 UEFA Europa League 9:10 World News 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Cork To Dublin 8:35 Titanic: The Mission: Hull 9:30 As It Happened: Bomber Boys 11:10 Movie: “The Unknown Woman” (MAV v,s,a,n) - In Italian. A young East European prostitute named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of an affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. 1:20 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The African” (M d,v,a) - In Swedish. A Liberian man is found murdered on a train travelling from Ystad. Wallander and his team have no leads and are put out that Stockholm HQ has sent one of their men to head the investigation. As the inquiry unravels, it appears there is a political connection, which is why Stockholm wants to keep the case under wraps. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 Catalyst 12:00 A Quiet Word... With Carrie Fisher 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Planet America 1:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 2:00 Movie: “A Canterbury Tale” (G) 4:00 The Wonder Years: Swingers 4:25 QI: Invertebrates 4:55 Bill’s Tasty Weekends: Comber Sands 5:40 Wild At Heart 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: End Of The Line - A suspect’s DNA tests link him to an unnamed vagrant who was strangled to death on a tube train 15 years earlier. UCOS decides to reopen the case to determine his identity and find the killer. 8:30 Spooks: Harry finally discovers who is behind the recent attacks on the UK, but will confirming these suspicions come at too high a cost to himself and his team? 9:30 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. 10:15 Thorne: Scaredy Cat - Two women have been murdered near a train station, but in different ways. 11:20 Rage: Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 South Aussie With Cosi 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 Movie: “Bewitched” (PG s,a,l) - Jack Wyatt, a famous actor is hoping to revive his career by playing Darrin Stephens in a film version of the TV classic Bewitched. When Jack sees Isabel, he knows she’d be his perfect on-screen wife Samantha Stephens, TV’s most loveable witch. Unbeknownst to him, she’s more than perfect for the part - Isabel is an actual witch! 9:50 Movie: “Playing For Charlie” (M l) - Explores the delicate relationship between a young mother and her teenage son after the recent death of his father. 11:50 Movie: “Dog Day Afternoon” (M l,v) - The true story, Academy Award winning film of a man who holds up a Brooklyn bank to raise money for his lover’s sex change operation, only to see his simple heist turn into a citywide incident. 2:10 Movie: “Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb” (M h,v) - The people involved with an archaeological expedition, which resulted in un-earthing an Egyptian Queen, are killed off by the Queen’s crawling, severed hand. 4:00 Danoz Direct / 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Motorsport 1:30 That ‘70s Show 2:00 Minute To Win It 3:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Essendon Vs Port Adelaide 6:00 Seven News 5:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Collingwood Vs Richmond 11:00 Maneaters: “Sharks” (PG) - Shark attacks off Australian coastal waters have rapidly increased in the past few years. Tonight, we hear from survivors of some of the most gruesome recent attacks and experts who investigated these chilling cases of unprovoked aggression. 12:00 Movie: “Butter” (AV v,l) - When a talented singer’s career takes off, she decides to change record companies - a decision that will change her life forever. 2:00 Auction Squad 3:00 Special: Across The Roof Of The World 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “5 Body Pains That Could Mean Cancer” Dr Oz reveals five body pains that could mean cancer. Dr Oz shares the top three signs of mid-life puberty. Plus, the tricks for beating the winter blues.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 A Season Of Opera 2:40 The Whirlwind Of Your Passion 2:50 David Bailey: Four Beats To The Bar And No Cheating 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Big, Bigger, Biggest: Metro 8:30 RocKwiz: Kram & Elana Stone 9:15 Movie: “Broken Embraces” (M) - In Spanish And English. Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from fourteen years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie 11:40 Movie: “High Lane” (MAV v) - In French. A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a mountain trail that has been closed for repairs. The climb proves more perilous than expected. As they realise that they are not alone, their adventure quickly becomes a fight for survival. 1:10 Movie: “Ashura” (MA s,v,h) - In Japanese. A fun and colourful fantasy about a retired demon hunter who unknowingly falls in love with the most powerful demon of them all. Now, for the sake of love, he must pick up his sword once again. 3:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Movie: “Pufnstuf” (G) 10:30 School Sprectacular 2011 11:30 Songs Of Praise: The Easter Story 12:10 The Queen’s Coronation: Behind Palace Doors 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 South Side Story: Armani Army 2:00 New Tricks: End Of The Line 3:00 Art Of Russia: Roads To Revolution 3:50 The Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece: The Descent From The Cross 4:40 Sydney International Piano Competition: Konstantin Shamray: Wagner/Liszt And Chopin 5:00 Wonders Of The Universe: Destiny 6:00 Best Of Collectors 6:30 Compass: Love Never Dies 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide: The Wild Years 8:30 Waking The Dead: Soldarity: Part 1 9:25 Fry’s Planet Word: The Power And The Glory 10:25 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse 11:20 Super Sleuths: Midsomer Murders - A documentary celebrating the television series, Midsomer Murders. 12:10 Celia 2:10 Waking The Dead: Soldarity: Part 1 - The murder of Falklands’ veteran-turned-peace activist Piers Kennedy, is under investigation when his corpse is uncovered in a Ministry of Defence tunnel. 2:45 Rage

6:00 Easter Sunrise Service 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wild World Of Sports 11:00 The Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Surfsport 1:30 Pyramid 2:00 Movie: “Cowboy” (PG a) 4:00 Sunday Football: Newcastle Knights Vs Parramatta Eels 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: “Red Sky In The Morning” (M) - Patrick and Kristina’s first date ends abruptly when a murderer copying Red John’s MO strikes. When Kristina tries to contact the real Red John, her life and Patrick’s are threatened. 9:30 CSI: Miami: “On The Hook” (M) - When a fisherman narrowly escapes death, the CSIs have to dodge bullets to keep him alive and find out who’s after him. 10:30 CSI: Miami: “Happy Birthday” (M) - When a pregnant woman is assaulted, Horatio and the team fight for her and her baby’s life while tracking down her attacker. 11:30 The Apprentice: “The Money Shot” (PG l) 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 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 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 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Australia: Land Of Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 Parrots 10:30 Painting Australia 11:00 The Private Life Of An Easter National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat Masterpiece: The Descent From The Cross 12:00 Midday Report 6:00 National News 12:30 Fry’s Planet Word 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Monarch Of 6:30 A Current Affair The Glen 2:50 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Precious Fragmentation” (PG s) Edinburgh 6:50 Minuscule: High Voltage 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Pants Alternative” (PG s) 7:00 ABC News 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Wheaton Recurrence” 7:30 7.30 8:30 Alcatraz 8:00 Australian Story 10:30 CSI: NY: “All In The Family” - CSI investigates the murder 8:30 Four Corners of a family court judge who has lots of enemies. Meanwhile, 9:20 Media Watch Danny’s neighbour Ricki steals his gun to go after Ollie. 9:35 Q & A 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 10:35 Lateline 12:30 Dark Blue: “Dead Flowers” (AV v) - Carter, Dean and Jaimie 11:10 Genius: Noddy Holder And Shappi Khorsandi go undercover to corner two drug-smuggling brothers who 11:40 Spooks: Harry has been framed as a traitor and is interrogated use a flower-import business as a cover for their activities. by MI5. Ros takes control of the Grid and discovers who the 1:30 Entertainment Tonight real mole is. 2:00 Danoz Direct 12:35 Wire In The Blood: Prayer Of The Bone - Eccentric clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, is far away from home and he’s pit- 3:00 Newstyle Direct ted against the might of the US legal system, sweltering Texas 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News heat and bone-shaking rattlesnakes. 5:30 Today 2:05 Survival School / 3:00 Rage

6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show Weekends 11:00 World’s Strictest Parents 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Lab Rats 1:30 Breaking The Magician’s Code: Magic’s Secrets Revealed 2:30 Movie: “Step Up 2: The Streets” (PG v,l) 4:30 Great Migrations 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 The Force - Behind The Line 8:30 Bones: “The Beginning In The End” (M) 9:30 Castle: “Law & Murder” (M) - During the high-profile trial of a murdered socialite, a juror suddenly tumbles out of the jury box dead. 10:30 Dual Suspects: “Murder In Modesto”(M v,d,a) 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 UEFA Europa League Highlights 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 2012 FIM Superbike World Championships 2:30 Al Jazeera News 3:30 Frohe Ostern! (Happy Easter!) 4:00 Kick: Get It While You Can 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Lyndey And Blair’s Taste Of Greece: Conrinth 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Lost Worlds: The Ghosts Of The Mary Rose - The Mary Rose sank to the bottom of the sea on 19 July 1545. Almost the entire crew of around 400 sailors and soldiers died. 8:30 Brave New World with Stephen Hawking: Biology - The experts unearth the amazing breakthroughs that are transforming the resilience and strength of the human body. 9:30 Paris - Roubaix 2012: The most prestigious single-day professional road cycling race, the Paris-Roubaix is known for its rough terrain and cobblestones, which make for a gruelling event. Beginning in Compiègne in northern France, the 258 km race has been dubbed the Hell of the North and follows a winding route to Roubaix. Hosted by David Basheer with guest analyst Henk Vogels. 1:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Children’s Programs 1:30 Footy Flashbacks 3:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Geelong Vs Hawthorn 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Brax and VJ’s relationship puts Elijah on the outer. Harvey and Roo’s second ‘first date’ goes awry. John and Gina negotiate moving in again. 7:30 TBA 10:30 Special: WWII Lost Films: The Air War - Travel with five veterans on some of the most dangerous, deadly and visually stunning aerial missions of the war. See inside the U.S. Eighth Air Force as they take to the skies for an unsung story of bravery and sacrifice. See extraordinary archival footage in colour and high definition as we bring the historic fight for control of the skies to life, from the devastation of the Blitz in Britain to the final dogfights over Europe 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

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Eurovision Song Contest Junior 2011 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 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Greased Lightning - The Mythbusters dive into hell’s kitchen to test a couple of potential kitchen catastrophes. Adam and Jamie investigate a newspaper story that claims a 30-foot-high fireball erupted when a person tried to put out a kitchen grease fire with a glass of water. 8:30 James May’s Man Lab 9:30 Shameless 10:30 South Park: The Early Years: Tom’s Rhinoplasty 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: The Six Dollar Fifty Man - Set in 1970s New Zealand, Andy is a gutsy 8-year-old boy who is forced to break out of his make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies 1:00 Living Black 1:30 Amnesty! When They Are All Free 2:40 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 Deadly 60 10:30 Painting Australia 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Churchill’s Darkest Decision 2:50 River Stories 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: A Murder is announced 10:05 Artscape: John Waters In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Hungry Beast: Upload 1:05 The Fallen Vampire: Bela Lugosi 1:55 A Farmers Life For Me: t’s the final. Jimmy Doherty must decide which of the two remaining couples will win their very own farm to manage for a year. Each couple must undergo a series of daunting farming challenges. 3:00 Football: VFL: Round 3 - Collingwood Vs North Ballarat

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Spaghetti Catalysis” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Plimpton Stimulation” (PG s) 8:00 Two Broke Girls: “And The Hoarder Culture” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “Slowly And In A Circular Motion” (M s) 9:00 Two And A Half Men: “A Possum On Chemo” (M s,d) 9:30 Top Gear 11:00 Kitchen Nightmares U.S.A.: “Lido Di Manhattan Beach” (MA l) - Entrepreneur and owner, Lisa has no clue what it takes to run a restaurant. Chef Ramsay gives Lisa a lesson in cooking and calls in a couple of favours to get this restaurant back on track. 12:00 Men Of A Certain Age 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 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: “Love’s Unfolding Dream” (PG a) 2:00 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 distances himself from Leah and VJ. Heath and Liam fight. Liam discovers Eddie ripped of his lyrics. 7:30 TBA 10:30 Royal Pains: “A Little Art, A Little Science / A Farewell TO Barnes” - Evan asks Hank to help Paige’s mother with her depression. Jill has found a candidate to take over at Hamptons Heritage so she’ll so be free to go back to Uruguay. But does she still want to? Divya owns up to her mistake, but discovers that it will get back to Hank. Meanwhile, Evan stands up to Paige’s dad and loses his blessing to get married and Hank helps a party planner who appears to be having a panic attack. 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: “Music Box” (PG) 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Indian School: The New Boy 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Melissa George - Actress Melissa George knows something about her father’s side of the family, but there are a number of gaps in her mother’s ancestral story. 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Prague” (MA s) - In Danish, English And Czech. Christoffer and Maja’s trip to Prague to bring back Chistoffer’s deceased father, evolves into the story of a break-up. 12:45 Movie: “Almost Brothers” (MA l,s,v) - In Portuguese. A compassionate and engaging story about the contrasting destinies of two childhood friends, from different sides of the tracks, who are brought together by their parents’ love of music. A gritty, honest look at Brazil’s political history. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Painting Ausralia 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 E2: Transport 2:00 They Came To Play 2:50 Chilrdren’s Programs 6:00 Restoration Home: Big House 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Woodley: The Wedding 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Agony Uncles 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable: Manipulation 12:00 Moving Wallpaper 12:25 Movie: “Stepping Out” (PG) - A tap-dance teacher attempts to prepare a class of amateurs for a charity performance. 2:10 Big Ideas: The Sampler: Peter Kareiva - The Nature Of Conservancy 2:25 Macumba: Outside Looking In - John Macumba was born with cerebral palsy in the remote central desert of the Pitjantjatjara lands. In this documentary John journeys back to his homelands and allows us to see his life. 3:00 Football: SANFL: Round 3 - Norwood Vs Eagles

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Staircase Implementation” (PG s) 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: “The Lunar Excitation” (PG s) 8:00 Mike And Molly: “Carl Meets A Lady” (PG s,l) 8:30 TBA 9:30 Unforgettable: Carrie’s Caller” (M v) - A serial killer with knowledge of Carrie’s memory skills taunts her and the police department, as his list of victims grows. 10:30 CSI: NY: “Playing With Matches” (M) - A badly burned corpse turns out to belong to an underground street luge racer, meanwhile the DNA of a man already in prison is found on a dead body. 11:30 Weeds: “Go” (MA d,l) 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 Dark Blue: “Personal Effects” (M v) 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: “Stuck In The Suburbs” (G) 2:00 Dr Oz 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 - April sees Casey and Henri kissing Colleen encourages Dex to get back together with April. Irene and Eddie part ways. 7:30 TBA 9:30 The Amazing Race 10:30 Special: Words Of The Titanic - Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, voices from that infamous journey are brought back to life in this special program. Famous faces join with relatives of survivors to read the words of original letters, diaries and memoirs in this powerful landmark documentary. 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

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 9:00 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: In Search Of The Giant Snake 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Cape Coast: Where Worlds Collide 8:30 Toughest Place To Be A... Train Driver 9:35 Civilisation: Is The West History? Science - In this episode, Ferguson look into why it was that the Islamic world failed to participate in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. He also questions whether the West will be able to maintain its scientific lead in the future. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The King Of Escape” (MA s,n) - In French. Armand, who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middleaged gay man. Just as he is getting fed up with life, he falls in love with Curlie, a young woman trying to escape her repressive parents. Together they embark on a getaway that sees them pursued by the angry townsfolk. 12:45 Movie: “Changing Times” (M l,a,s) 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 One Plus One 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Choir Of Hard Knocks Opera House Special 11:55 Movie: “Jesus Christ Superstar” (PG) 1:40 Songs Of Praise: Musicals 2:10 Monarch Of The Glen 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Creuse 6:50 Minuscule: Spiders From The Depths 7:00 ABC News 7:30 QI: Geography 8:00 QI: Invertebrates - This episode is all about insects and other ‘Invertebrates’. Joining QI master Stephen Fry are panellists Alan Davies, Jimmy Carr, Johnny Vegas and Sarah Millican. 8:30 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder In Montparnasse - Phryne’s memories of her early days in Paris and her first love come crashing into the present as she investigates the disappearance of Madame Sarcelle - an artist’s wife. 9:30 The Shadow Line: Bede reluctantly finds himself in the driving seat of the drugs cartel. Gabriel goes against his superior’s instructions and continues to investigate the Wratten murder. 10:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: A Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street in a unique take on the traditional tonight show - with monologue, interviews and top musical acts, plus spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with the studio audience. 11:30 Rage

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5:00 UEFA Champions League 9:00 World News 3:00 Letters And 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 12:00 Movie: “Love Is A Four Letter Word” (PG a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 5:30 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships 6:00 Letters And Guide To The Good Life 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Kitchen Whiz 4:30 National Numbers 5:30 Deal Or No Deal At 4.30 Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:30 World News Australia 6:00 Seven News 6:00 National News 7:30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 6:30 Today Tonight 6:30 A Current Affair 8:00 How To Cook Like Heston: Eggs 7:00 Home & Away: Brax is thrust back into Leah’s life. Roo and 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Cohabitation Formulation” (PG s) 8:30 Two Greedy Italians: Poor Man’s Food - Chefs Antonio Marilyn attempt an intervention to encourage John John to As Wolowitz contemplates taking things with Bernadette to the Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo tour Campania, where they be a better housemate. Meanwhile, VJ gets into trouble with next level, Leonard rekindles his relationship with Raj’s sister. learn how poverty in the area created Italy’s best-loved dishes the Police. 7:30 RBT and made the region rich. 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 2: Brisbane Vs Carlton 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 11:00 Daredevils: “The Ice Man” Dutch daredevil Wim Hof is 9:30 The NRL Footy Show: A mix of footy and fun as we take you 10:30 World News Australia planning to run a full 26-mile marathon 200 miles north of inside the game with some of Rugby Leagues favourites. 11:05 UEFA Champions League Hour the Arctic Circle, clad only in shorts and open sandals. His 11:15 David Hasselhoff Roast preparations in Amsterdam include taking midnight dunks in 12:05 The Fixer 12:15 Wesley Impact 1:00 Movie: “Godzilla: Final Wars” (M v,l) - Evil space aliens freezing canals and meditating in a meat freezer. 1:15 Nine Presents called Xilians unleash all the Earth’s monsters to lay waste to 12:00 My Big Friggin Wedding 1:30 Danoz Direct most of the world’s major cities, including Tokyo, New York, 1:05 Infomercials 3:00 Newstyle Direct Sydney, Shanghai and Paris. It is up to Godzilla and the Earth 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Good Morning America Defence Force to vanquish the monsters and aliens in order to 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 National Early Morning News rescue the world in the ultimate battle. 5:00 Sunrise Extra 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight 5:30 Today 5:30 Seven Early News

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ABC 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 9:55 Childrens Programs 11:00 Restoration Home 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Titus: The Gorilla King 2:50 The Cook And The Chef 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 River Cottage: Summer’s Here 6:50 Minuscule: At Full Speed 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Australia On Trial: The Mount Rennie Outrage 9:30 Recipe For Murder 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:25 Sex, Drugs And Rock ‘n’ Roll: The 60s Revealed 12:15 The Jonathan Ross Show: Sarah Jessica Parker, Lewis Hamilton, Adele 1:00 The Clinic 1:55 River Cottage: Summer’s Here - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall champions a favourite vegetable - the pea. His campaign to help people find local land to grow food on has taken off. He heads to a farmers market to put welfare-friendly veal to the public vote. 3:00 Football: WAFL

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CROSSWORD No. 92

SUDOKU No. 92

Your Lucky

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

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

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

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

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

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)

FINDWORD No. 92

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!

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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 www.lotsa.com.au 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!

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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)

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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.

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

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You will be feeling positive throughout the week after a recent tough time. You are correct in feeling that you deserve your good luck and you should take everything that comes your way. Romance. Your partner will be in a different frame of mind than you and may not be telling you everything that you need to know. Be wary and don’t let them drag you down.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) This is a very delicate time for many people around you so be careful. A difficult aspect to Mars could make you quite tense at times, and there is a risk that you could fly off the handle. Romance. There will be indecision in your personal life at the moment. Take a step back from any big decisions.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Monetary matters will be at the forefront of your mind for a while. A vivid dream may leave you wondering what is going to come next and a little pensive. Romance. Your partner may find themselves in financial troubles at the moment. This does necessarily lead to a bleak future but you may need to help them out.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A small change to your daily routine will help to reduce the amount of stress. At first you will find it difficult to adapt to the new regime. Romance. A chance meeting could bring an old friend back into your life after a long period apart. This person will have changed a lot since you last saw them, so it will be hard to get your relationship back to the same level it was at before.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) This period will be a very good time for you professionally as a powerful aspect to Jupiter will have luck following you around. Go for that ideal job. Romance. Now will be the time to broach any awkward feelings that you have had with your partner. You will find yourself calm and open to any suggestions.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A powerful aspect to Mars around the middle of the week will help you to push through with a new project. You may be a little too aggressive at times, however, and must accept that other people want to do things at a slower pace. Romance. Don’t change a decision once you have made it. Your partner needs to have some clarity and direction from you at the moment.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Make sure that you return a call from a friend. This person is eager to talk to you and will be upset if they don’t get a reply soon. Romance. You have had a busy time with your career recently and other aspects of your life need to take centre stage for a while before they are neglected any more.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Everything is in place for you to broaden your horizons and enhance your skills or experience. This could be in the form of a major shift in career, a change location, or a trip overseas. Romance. You will feel happy that you are unburdened by any serious romance at the moment, leaving you to pursue other interests. Be sure not to ignore any new advances, however.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A friend who lets you down at the last minute may have reasons which sound convincing. Nevertheless, you should be firm with this person and make it clear that this behaviour is not acceptable. Romance. Socialise with an open mind this month as romantic interest will come from a surprising source. Your relationship with this person is going to grow substantially.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A difficult aspect to Uranus this month will be very disruptive to any plans that you set in place at the turn of the year. Ride it out and when things even out you will be able to see more clearly. Romance. A friend who understands your partner very well will be able to give you some advice. Listen very carefully to what they have to say.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) At times you may get a little frustrated with your day-to-day work. You will not be the only one at work who feels this way and you may find yourself a little tense. Romance. This promises to be an exciting week for you romantically. You will have a lot of pent up energy and you have to make sure not to create too many bad first impressions.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

The last few weeks flew by and you will find yourself prone to wondering where the time is going. It is time for a change of scenery. Romance. You will be in a very romantic and nostalgic mood this week. Be sure to share all of your feelings.

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Walter David Larry Would like to thank all the Marigeths, all the families who contributed ďŹ&#x201A;owers, ďŹ nancially and gave sympathy for our loss. Thanks to Morleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funerals (Townsville), Townsville Hospital Doctors and staff, Barrier Air, Yessie Pearson & Helena Bob, Pallbearers, Pastor David and Teresa Gela (Townsville), Pastor Nelson Billy (Sue Island), all families in Townsville, Cairns, Yam Island, Poruma, Warraber, T.I, Moa Island and Hammond Island. Mina Big Esso Mrs. Olive Larry and Daughters Davina and Serai

Tenders in a sealed envelope must be lodged in the tender box at the Council Office, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island, 4875, or mailed to PO Box 171, Thursday Island, 4875, before close of business at 4pm, Friday, April 27, 2012. The sealed envelope should be marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confidentialâ&#x20AC;? and addressed as follows: TENDER 02/12- BITUMEN RESEAL WORKS THURSDAY ISLAND AND HORN ISLAND Chief Executive Officer Torres Shire Council PO Box 171 Thursday Island, Qld 4875 The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.

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and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Program, Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre, Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $9287 p.m., comprising salary between $3493.90 - $3743.90 p.f., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (Nurse Grade 7) (Temporary position until 5 November 2012. Applications will remain current for the duration of the vacancy). Duties/Abilities: This position, with support from Health Workers and other Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Program team members, will focus on improving Sexually Transmitted Infections testing and management on the outer islands of the Torres Strait. Enquiries: Maleta Nona (07) 4069 0413. Job Ad Reference: H12TO03588. Application Kit: www.health.qld.gov.au/workforus (If you are unable to apply online, please contact Statewide Recruitment Services on (07) 4226 5124) Closing Date: Monday, 23 April 2012.

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Environmental Health, Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre, Torres Strait â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $53 768 p.a., comprising salary between $44 902 - $47 125 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (OO3) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: Improve the environmental health of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Health Service District through initiatives to eradicate, monitor, promote and support healthy promotion of culturally pertinent and culturally acceptable and accessible service when responding to environmental health activities. Under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to be Indigenous to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community. Potential applicants are advised that the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 requires Queensland Health to seek a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;working with children checkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian prior to appointment to this position. Enquiries: Ursula Sabatino (07) 4030 6828. Job Ad Reference: H12TO03548. Application Kit: (07) 4226 5124 or www.health.qld.gov.au/workforus Closing Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2012. You can apply online at www.health.qld.gov.au/workforus

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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:

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Ensuring our fishing future The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is the agency responsible for the efficient management of Australia’s Commonwealth fishery resources. Our role includes developing and implementing fisheries management arrangements, combating illegal fishing in Australian waters, providing licensing services and gathering data on Commonwealth fisheries.

Are you ready to take up the challenge? APS 6 Senior Fisheries Officer Fisheries Operations Branch $74,382 - $82,254 AFMA is looking for suitably qualified and experienced individual to fill a vacancy working in a dynamic environment. This position is based in Darwin but will be out posted to Thursday Island for a period of 12 months (with a possibility of extension). The Compliance Operations section designs and implements cost effective compliance policies, programs and regulatory regimes for Commonwealth fisheries and conduct enforcement activities in order to maintain the integrity of fisheries management arrangements. The section also provides compliance support to other sections and branches of AFMA to meet the organisations corporate objectives. The section provides comprehensive management of apprehension and prosecution processes for illegal fishing under the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984. The occupant is responsible to the Manager, Torres Strait Operations for: • Coordinating and conducting the investigation and reporting of suspected breaches of fisheries and other relevant legislation. • Ensuring that the investigations are conducted in accordance with the Commonwealth Policy on Fraud Control and Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS) • Advising other agencies on fisheries aspects of foreign compliance activities A remote localities package is available for this position, including subsidised housing and airfare assistance. Contact Officer: John Marrington 07 4069 1945 AFMA’s preferred method of submission of applications is via our online Recruitment system. Please check our website http://www.afma.gov.au/about/career/default.htm for more information on how to apply. AFMA is an EEO employer, committed to the principles of workplace diversity. Staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. All applicants must be Australian citizens. Closing date for applications is Sunday, 15 April 2012

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 www.tsra.gov.au 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: grantapplications@tsra.gov.au

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POSITION VACANT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Thursday Island Licensed Post Office Tender No 429210 Australia Post is widely acknowledged as a market leader committed to providing high quality mail, parcel, retail, agency banking and bill payment services to all Australians. As a result of Network changes a new Licence to operate the Thursday Island Post Office is available. Thursday Island is located in north Queensland. Australia Post is seeking expressions of interest by tender for this Licensed Post Office. This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated dynamic people with relevant skills and experience to become part of a high profile, successful government business enterprise offering an established customer base, strong market position and a highly valued brand. Australia Post’s ongoing commitment to customer service, technological advancement and continued expansion of services has set the stage for future growth and supports its position as one of the most efficient and successful postal services in the world. Potential Licensees will need:  t&YQFSJFODFJONBOBHJOHBTNBMMCVTJOFTT  t"CJMJUZUPQSPWJEFIJHIMFWFMTPGDVTUPNFSTFSWJDF  t(PPEJOUFSQFSTPOBMBOEMFBEFSTIJQTLJMMT Australia Post may extend a preference in accordance with the extent of training, experience and qualifications of tenderers relevant to the operation of a licensed Post Office, and is not obliged to accept the highest tender. For further information about this exciting opportunity, or to request a tender package, please contact the Network Manager via the following e-mail address – SQLPO@auspost.com.au. All tenders must be received by the Manager, Retail Network Partnerships QLD, GPO Box 6600, BRISBANE QLD 4001 by 2pm Friday, April 13, 2012.

The Apudthama Land Trust is looking for a motivated person with sound office skills and the ability to work with a committed board of trustees. The successful candidate will be able to work independently but to an agreed program, and be competent with Microsoft office programs. The position is based in Injinoo Aboriginal community and is for a period of 2 years following a 6 month probationary period. For further enquiries and to obtain a position description email susan.mcintyretamwoy@jcu.edu.au or call 0425 215 012. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with knowledge of the NPA and Apudthama clan lands are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications close Friday, April 20, 2012.

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Torres Shire Sports Complex & Ngurupai Sports Complex Closed Good Friday Open noon to 6pm – Easter (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) Anzac Day – Open 6am to 8.30am and noon to 7pm Horn & Thursday Islands t Waste Transfer Stations will be closed on Good Friday and open as normal Saturday and Easter Sunday. Open between 8am and 12 noon on Easter Monday. t No Domestic and Commercial Garbage Collections on Good Friday. t Domestic Collections will be as usual on Saturday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day. t All garbage usually collected on Friday, April 6 will be collected on the previous day, April 5. t Commercial Garbage services will be normal on Saturday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day. EMERGENCY CALLS Horn Island - mobile 0429 691 338 Thursday Island - mobile 0429 691 330

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“Your happiness is our business” In Loving Memory of my dear beloved husband

Mr Hans Sambo Died April 2, 2011 One Year have passed since you left me. But there’s never a day gone by when I haven’t thought of you Will always remember and miss you. Forever in my heart. Sadly missed by your loving wife Mrs Dorothy Sambo

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1 x Supervisor - Murray 1 x Supervisor - Yorke (Temporary) Murray & Yorke Islands Torres Strait Community Enterprises Australia Ltd (CEA) are seeking to employ enthusiastic and reliable people to undertake the roles of Supervisors in the Torres Strait. The successful applicants must have basic knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety, supervision, leadership and teamwork skills, good communication skills, and ability to manage time and meet deadlines, ability to liaise with communities and provide administrative assistance. The CDEP Supervisors will be directly responsible to the CDEP Manager. Email cover letter and resume to applications@cealtd.com.au Applications close April 13, 2012.

building a stronger community. In Loving Memory of our beloved Father, Grandfather and Father-in-Law

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Torres Shire Council Office, Library & TI Child Care Centre Closed Easter – Friday, April 6 to Monday, April 9 2012 inclusive Closed Anzac Day – Wednesday, April 25

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Hans Sambo Died April 2, 2011 Though the year has gone by, your lovable precious memories will always be treasured by us all. It is your loving care as our DAD will be greatly missed and not forgotten. You will always be remembered as our DAD with an kind and loving heart and a wonderful personality. Greatly missed and loved always. Mr & Mrs Jimmy Luffman & Family Mr & Mrs Robert Sambo & Family Miss Mary & Sorbie Ware Mr & Mrs Daniel Lui & Family


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First steps into the workforce with the Cowboys INDIGENOUS students like Philamena McKenzie have a greater chance to move straight into the workforce once they finish their schooling, thanks to the Toyota Cowboys’ innovative Learn Earn Legend! Program. Companies like regional airline Rex, which joined as a Cowboys Learn Earn Legend! employment partner, are helping close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment levels. Philamena, a year 11 student at Shalom College in Townsville, is one of almost 300 Indigenous students who signed up to the program. Rex offered Philamena a valuable work experience placement in an airline customer service role. For a week, she worked with Rex at Townsville Airport experiencing all aspects of an airport ground handling position. She even had the chance to be a trainee flight attendant on a flight from Townsville to Longreach. “I’ve always wanted to be a flight attendant and it was great to have a whole week with Rex,” said Philamena, who hails from the Northern Territory. “I got to experience what the job I want is all about

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- even the early starts at 5.30 in the morning.” Rex’s Townsville Airport manager Ian Donaldson said the airline was honoured to be part of the Learn Earn Legend! Program and assist students like Philamena. “From all accounts, she enjoyed her experience with us, and still has visions of becoming a flight attendant,” Mr Donaldson said. Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling said by being part of the Cowboys Learn Earn Legend! program, Rex had access to young, workready Indigenous youth keen for the opportunity to prove themselves. “We are lucky to have many like-minded organisations supporting this initiative and providing these valuable opportunities for our program participants,” Ms Pelling said. Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), the program aims to provide Indigenous students with the support they need to complete their secondary education and move into further study, training or employment.

Year 11 student Philamena McKenzie during her placement with the Rex regional airline in Townsville.

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The original Customs House on Thursday Island.

‘It is as though there is a war here’ says West Papuan community leader THE Ondoafi - local community leader - of Web which is located in West Papuan Keerom district, Bernadus Welip, has spoken out about the presence of many military posts in his area as well as along the border (between West Papua and PNG) and said that it is as if there is a war going on. ‘There are a great many army posts in my region which amazes me. Does this mean that there is a war here?’ He said that the presence of the military has made the people there feel very uneasy indeed. The people here cannot move around freely from one kampung to another kampung, or from kampung to a hamlet. or from one hamlet to another. ‘We can no longer move around as we used to be able to and this makes people here feel very unsafe,’ he said. He said that he hoped the government would withdraw the troops from there. ‘The best thing is for the military personnel to be withdrawn from here. The people will feel much freer if they do.’ P. Willy OSA, the pastor in the diocese, confirmed what the Ondoafi said. ‘I feel as if I am under threat because I stand up for my community,’ he said. P.Willy was ordained as a Catholic priest two years ago. According to the priest, the presence of the troops is a matter of great anxiety for the people of his congregation. ‘When the priest is away, the people feel very unsafe. They feel like this because they are always being asked questions about all kinds of things.’ He went on to say that there are far too many military posts, which makes the people feel that they are not free. ‘There are military posts every three kilometres, as well as posts along the border. ‘What we have here are Kopasus, koramil and the police,’ he said Via: http://westpapuamedia.info/

A CUSTOMS service has operated on Waiben/Thursday Island since 1877, with a dedicated customs house a necessity from around this time. The present two-storey customs building is not the first on the island and only dates from 1938. The first customs house was built in 1885, soon after Thursday Island was gazetted as a ‘Port of Entry and Clearance’, with the cost of construction of this single-storey customs building being approximately £800. The establishment of this customs facility confirmed the area’s importance for shipping and trade in general and the widely held view that the Torres Strait was Queensland’s ‘lifeline to Britain’. Mr H.M. Chester was appointed as the first Customs Sub-Collector and Harbour Master, with his residence being built in 1890. Accommodation for the growing staff

of the customs service was also needed. This was provided by 1895, with the removal, and reconstruction on Thursday Island, of four cottages from Sea Hill, near Rockhampton. The Thursday Island customs service grew quickly during this early period. The main industry initially was pearl handling with overall revenue related to this business growing from around £2,500 in 1879/80 to more than £20,000 in 1899/1900. This growth eventually resulted in the construction of the existing former customs building in 1938, designed by the head architect of the Commonwealth Department of Works, Harold Barker. This replacement building cost approximately £10,000, substantially more than the cost of construction of the original building it replaced. The existing former customs house remains a landmark on Thursday Island.

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Aruina Pablo was born on March 21, 2012, weighing 3040g and 52cm long, welcomed by his mother Karen and three sisters. PHOTO: MELINDA TUPLING Torres News

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Tigers tear it up

Time to flex those triathlon muscles By MARK ROY

Deb Bond with the cup.

Awena Mueller.

Sodyla Kris looks for a disposal while in action for the North Cairns Tigers.

By ALF WILSON TEN players of Torres Strait Island descent played in the strong North Cairns Tigers which easily won the Cairns Ladies Australian Rules summer competition grand final to finish the season undefeated. In the March 23 decider held at Cazaly’s Oval, the Tigers 5-8-38 defeated the Central Trinity Beach Bulldogs 1-3-9. Maddison Peeters booted three goals for the Tigers with singles to Norah Nona and Vivian Pearson. Bulldogs lone goal kicker was Beverley Speed. Tigers coach Jo Butland said the side had 14 Aboriginal or Torres Strait islanders girls which included a few who started the season but didn’t play in the final. “We have a very multicultural team with a Cook Islander, a New Zealand Maori and an Irish girl in our team. In our winning grand final team there were 10 Torres Strait ladies,” Butland said.

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It was the second premiership in a row for the high-rolling Tigers which last lost a game in the final round of the 2010-2011 season. “It was a great win and all the girls played well. The win was set up in the second quarter when running with the breeze we kicked three goals and kept them scoreless. Maddi Peeters presented well up forward and worked really hard to get the best on the ground award. “We had consistent efforts from Malita Sagaukaz, Sodyla Kris, T’Kehya Nandy, Viv Pearson, Staci Trindle-Price, Selina Goodman, Norah Nona and Awena Mueller and that proved the difference. “Our teamwork and ability to get girls around the footy and work hard for each other was a credit to our club culture and the closeness of the team. “It was great to finish the season undefeated, a feat not achieved for a very long time in women’s footy here in Cairns if indeed it has happened at all,” Butland said.

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The Bulldogs also had a great season finishing third at the end of the home and away fixtures. In the preliminary final a week before the Bulldogs defeated the second placed side on the ladder Manunda Hawks 5-0-30 to 3-6-24. In the qualifying semi final at Watson’s Oval the Tigers 5-5-35 had beaten Manunda Hawks 2-2-14. The other side in the competition was South Cairns. The competition season presentation night was also held at Rydges Tradewinds and the winners of awards were: Best and Fairest: Selina Goodman (North Cairns), Runner Up: Monika Duggan (Manunda Hawks). Leading Goal Kicker: Kat Fatnowna (Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs), Player’s Player Award: Ruby Leete (South Cairns). Coach of the Year: Jo Butland (North Cairns Tigers), Outstanding Service Awards: Jo Butland, Mel Smith and Ellie Martin (for 10 years service to AFL Cairns Women’s League).

FITNESS freaks now have a chance to hit top gear before the starting gun goes off for the Torres Shire Triathlon Series, which runs from May to August. Now is a good time to break out the bicycle, slap on the swimwear and start pounding the pavement, with a range of mini-triathlons starting on April 13. Last year, Sports Complex manager Peter GeaGea organised the popular Torres Shire Triathlon Series, which is coming up again this year on May 13, June 17, July 15, and August 12. Now triathlete and cyclist Brenton Koch is hosting the warm-up events on Friday evenings at the Thursday Island Sports Complex. His objective is to promote preparation and participation in the upcoming longer-distance Triathlon Series. “I want to make the triathlon achievable and fun for new participants,” Brenton says. “For more seasoned athletes, the competition will supplement the usual training, and stimulate the enthusiasm for more.” Brenton says the series of short triathlon events will encourage a regular social activity that is healthy for all ages. “Each race is followed by a quick barbecue and cold drink, with everyone out of the complex by 7pm,” he says. The events certainly sound stimulating, and with names like “Gallop Grande” and “Pulmonary Trauma”, it is clear that a sense of humour is compulsory. “We’re also including off-road cycling for safety reasons and to increase the participation of young people,” he says. A parent or guardian must be present for children under the age of 12, he says. “All you need to participate is swimwear, a mountain bike or BMX, and running shoes to prevent injuries to your feet. “Flippers and goggles are optional if you need them, and a bicycle helmet is required - it’s the law.” The mini-triathlons will be held every Friday afternoon, with 5.15pm registration for a 5.30pm start. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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Cowboys corral some new talent By MARK ROY WOMEN’S rugby league is going ahead in leaps and bounds - and nowhere more so than in the Torres Strait. A recent visit by the North Queensland Cowboys to the islands proved popular with a group of Under 17 girls who trained with them after school at Tagai Secondary College Oval on Tuesday, March 27. Kaiwalagal Rubgy League (KRL) women’s delegate Sasha Busch said around 20 of the girls, aged 12 to 17, had been turning up regularly on Tuesdays for training. “Some of them have returned to their home islands now, as we’re in the last week of term, but we have been seeing a strong turnout, with about half the girls from the outer islands,” Busch said. “We are training the girls with a view to starting up a KRL junior women’s competition for the first time ever, with an under 15 and under 17 comp to kick off on April 21 as part of the ladies competition.

Under 17 girls at Tagai Secondary School oval with Cowboys development officers Gavin Lloyd and Ryan Mahoney and Toyota Cup forward Felise Kaufusi. “Teachers have been saying to me these girls have been an untapped resource for a long time.” The Torres Strait is renowned

Cowboys development officer Ryan Mahoney delivers a pass to Alice Jobi.

for producing outstanding rugby league talent, and the North Queensland Cowboys development staff had the chance for an up-close look at the next generation during their three-day trip to the islands. Cowboys development officers Gavin Lloyd and Ryan Mahoney were accompanied by Toyota Cup forward Felise Kaufusi. Speaking to the Torres News during the girls’ training session, Mahoney said it was great to see students who had talent. “There has been a massive growth in female teams over the last few years, especially in girls’ teams, as they realise that this is a game that they can play too,” Mahoney said. “As development officers we are interested in developing the

game from the grassroots level through to the senior level, by improving skills and participation.” Busch said the Cowboys visit would help the junior girls with their basic skills. “Some of them have played in primary school, but we are starting with the basics: the rules of the game, how to tackle properly so they don’t injure themselves, passing and holding the ball, and defence. “With offence, we are concentrating on basics, but hopefully through the year they will be doing some plays. “The Cowboys have helped by teaching them some overs and unders, and defence drills.” Wi t h s u p p o r t f r o m t h e Department of Communities

Sport and Recreation Services, the Cowboys group spoke to students at four schools, conducting coaching clinics and helping out at the Torres Strait District under-12 rugby league trials. Held at Ken Brown Oval on Thursday Island on Monday, the trials featured four teams - Waybeni, Narupay/Sacred Heart, East-West and NearWestern - covering 12 Torres Strait schools. The Cowboys contingent refereed some of the roundrobin 20-minute matches as well as helping select the under-12 representative team to play in the Peninsula regional championships and hand out trophies, medals and Cowboys merchandise. On Tuesday, they spoke at assembly and conducted coaching clinics with boys and girls at Sacred Heart School and the junior and senior campuses of the Tagai State College on Thursday Island. The tour, which the Cowboys conduct each year, ended with a visit to Tagai’s Horn Island campus on Wednesday, March 28. Cowboys development manager Dean Payne said it was great for the development team to see the islands’ aspiring rugby league talent. “The kids in the Torres Strait love their rugby league and idolise the NRL players, particularly those who have come from their communities,” Payne said. “As well as teaching some of the skills of the game, our team will pass on some important messages regarding healthy eating and exercise and the importance of doing well at school.”

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