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8 - 14 February 2012 • Thursday Island • www.torresnews.com.au • editor@torresnews.com.au • Edition No. 1000 • $2.00 inc. GST s!

Historic 1000th edition By MARK ROY ABOUT 20 years ago, the Torres Strait’s own weekly newspaper started numbering its editions - but its unique history goes back a lot further than that. This week, the Torres News clocks up a milestone, with the 1000th issue - but it seems some things never change. One of the former owners of the newspaper, Jaki Gothard, says back then, people used to wait patiently for the paper to come on publication day, after being printed, stapled, and collated at the Torres News building the night before. “Sometimes we would be up until 4am doing it by hand, if a piece of machinery broke down. “But people were always keen to get the paper. They bought the Torres News for the TV guide, the ads, and the photos,” she said with a laugh. “That was in the good old days, the early days, when life was a lot simpler.” Bonnie Turner, who sells the Torres News from SeeHops on Douglas Street, says things haven’t changed that much in 20 years. “People are still here first thing on Monday morning, asking if the paper is in, and many customers will just sit and wait for it,” Bonnie said. The paper began its long and colourful history in 1888, when the Torres Straits Pilot and New Guinea Gazette began pubishing one of the world’s most unique independent newspapers. A sample of the Torres Straits Daily Pilot from the 1930s contains items of interest for “any person wishing to board steamers anchored at Black Rock”, general shipping news, ads for “highest quality, greatest strength Gilbeys gin, by appointment to HM the King” and articles on the English bodyline attack in the cricket series against the West Indies. Fast-forward to June 5, 1992, and the news has become less anglocentric, with a photograph of traditional dancers at the Cultural Festival on the front page, and the headline (see inset image): “Mabo Case - High Court Finds in Favour of Murray Islanders”.

“Mabo Case - High Court Finds in Favour of Murray Islanders” front page of the Torres News June 5, 1992

Bonnie Turner at the SeeHops counter with edition number 1 and and edition 999 of the Torres News. PHOTO: MARK ROY It was later that year that Jaki started the editioned numbering system in the newspaper, with edition 1 on October 16-22, 1992. She said after the previous owner and his Torres Island Trading company went broke, she took over the paper “nobody wanted to buy” with Ruth Nichols. “It was Ruth’s husband, the senior sergeant at the Thursday Island Police Station, who suggested us two old girls buy the paper,” Jaki said. “So before we knew it, we were the proud

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owners of a newspaper.” Jaki said the previous owner, Dennis Rheinhardt, had turned what was a four-sheet stapled newsletter into a proper paper. “Gwen Moloney used to put it out, and when we took over, she used to write a column for us called ‘Gwen’s Pen’, which was very popular,” Jaki said. “People loved to read the gossip, and of course the police reports.” She said she had fond memories of working on the paper over 12 years.

“A lot of the girls who worked for us have gone on to university, and one is doing a PhD,” she said. “The paper was like a family to us.” The newspaper continues in family hands to this day, with Meg, Mark and Corey Bousen taking over the business about halfway through the current run of 1000 editions. Thank you to all the advertisers, readers and supporters of the Torres News who ensure the local news hits the streets from Coconut Island to Canberra week in, and week out.

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Identity the focus of Badu’s Australia Day celebrations BEING proud of who we are and where we’ve come from was the theme of the colourful Torres Strait Island Regional Council Australia Day 2012 celebrations at Badu Island. Badu Island Councillor Wayne Guivarra said identifying and respecting all cultural heritages were the fundamentals to building strong families and vibrant communities of a multi-cultural nation. More than 200 community members participated in Australia Day celebrations on Badu where activities included the award presentations, tug-of-war, volleyball knockouts, treasure hunts, soccer matches, rugby league games, egg throwing and water slides. “Of course, no Australia Day celebration would be complete without a good serving of barbecue sausages, steak, fresh buns and an abundance of fresh fruit,” said Cr Guivarra. “I am excited because it is days like these that give us great hope, that we can come together as a strong multi-cultural society and make a united approach to building a modern Australian community which yearns for a prosperous,

harmonious and positive future for all Australians.” The acknowledgement of all TSIRC Australia Day Award winners were warmly received. T h e T S I R C C o u n c i l l o rnominated judging panel awarded Beatrice Mosby of Masig with the Citizen of the Year Award, while the announcement of Erub’s enterprising and adventurous youth advocate, young Torres Webb as the recipient of the Young Citizen of the Year Award, left the impression he will play a prominent role in future leadership to the Torres Strait region. “As culture and custom is a part of everyday practice in the Torres Strait, it was further uplifting to hear that the recent release of the Poruma Cultural CD was awarded the Cultural Event of the Year,” Cr Guivarra said. Cr Guivarra said that there was a great sense of community pride when it was made known that three award recipients came from Badu Island. Senior Citizen of the Year was Aunty Alma Enosa. In her reply speech Aunty Alma said she was very proud to be an Australian, particularly as Australia accepted

Children enjoy the Australia Day celebrations Badu style. For more photos see pages 12 & 13 >> peoples of all nationalities. “Mrs Lily Ahmat was most deserving of her Community Achievement Award for her long term commitment to community administration, while teenager Zengrey Nona’s sporting achievements over the past 12 months reflected his recognition as the Sportsperson of the Year,” he said. In his opening address Cr. Wayne

Guivarra also spoke on the processes of the Constitutional Reforms currently being developed and of the opportunities it may bring if supported in a national referendum. “All Australians need to walk side-by-side and talk side-by-side,” he said. “The recognition of our indigenous first nations in the constitution may also hasten the ideals to bridging the

gap in indigenous disadvantage. “But it is also about reconciling negative indifferences so as to strengthen foundations to a progressive and better Australia for all,” he said. Other Australia Day speakers included renowned regional indigenous advocate Maluwap Nona and Tagai College Badu Campus student leader Watholyan Ahmat.

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Put a stop to dugong waste: Elders By HEINZ ROSS TRADITIONAL owners in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) have spoken out against selling dugong meat and against wasteful hunting practices. Elder, traditional owner and retired senior ranger Meun Lifu said he raised the issue at a recent meeting in Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. “I say to them, ‘Look, in the early days all people have been hunting the right way. They don’t kill too many,� Mr Lifu said. “They kill one, because they (had) no outboard, only row, that’s all we got.’� he said nowadays some hunters were packing dugong meat in their refrigerator and going out for more. “How you’re going to finish that? That’s sheer waste. That’s a waste of dugong,� he said. he said he had also heard reports from workers at the NPA council refuse site of dugong carcasses being dumped. “You see dugong on the dump, dead, spoiled, with the calf, well that’s a waste,� he said. “That’s why I been go to the meeting, I said, ‘Look, that thing got

to be stopped.’ Dugong hunt, you can go for a wedding, tombstone opening, any festival you can go for it.� But if dugong hunting were banned, many people would have no access to fresh meat, he said. “What we gonna eat? We can’t go shop and buy meat from shop. Some people can’t afford to buy meat,� Mr Lifu said. “That’s what I think about it, and it’s very hard. Even down south, you look, they want meat from up here. “Before time they used to sell it, but we don’t like that, we stopped that.� he said the traditional practice was to share dugong meat among the community. “Our way, we used to call people out with the dish, bring your dish, come over. Bring your dish, we cut it up. everyone must have their share.� In the past, the dugong oil was used to treat tuberculosis, he said. “The oil from the dugong is coming from the tail. It’s good for health. You drink that oil, makes good health. In those days early the doctor use it for TB, the sickness been coming out,� he said. “Doctor give them dugong oil

and milk. Doctor keep watching them. They pulled through and they sent them back. That’s how they been used the dugong oil for. “They used to buy the green, big yellow, red bottle, just like them cordial bottle, big cordial bottle, pour the dugong oil in that, sell it to hospital.� elder and traditional owner George Williams agreed dugong oil was traditionally used as a medicine. “It’s good for anything, like TB (tuberculosis), asthma or anything, that’s what they used to use dugong oil before. Not anymore now,� Mr Williams said. “They want to stop dugong hunting now, only for weddings, tombstone openings, anything big, because the population of dugong has gone down. They want to bring the population up.� he said an idea for a permit system was raised at the meeting in Cairns. “We like to see every hunter must have a permit. You got to come to the right Traditional Owner to get the permit,� he said. “In early days we haven’t got no fridge. If I spear dugong, I got big feast. I just pack him in the fridge, I don’t share - well that’s wrong.�

Meun Lifu: “In the early days all people have been hunting the right way. They don’t kill too many.�

Tent Embassy theme has NAIDOC covered The theme for National NAIDOC celebrations in 2012 is -Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell, National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs, said this year’s theme, selected by the committee, is about celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent embassy and acknowledging the key contributors to its long history. “In 1972, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy became a powerful symbol of unity. Its founders instilled pride, advanced equality and educated the country on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,� Ms Martin said. NAIDOC Week, from 1-8 July 2012, is an opportunity for Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution

Indigenous people make to Australia’s national identity. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to nominate fellow community members to receive National NAIDOC Awards and submit entries, based on this year’s theme, to the National NAIDOC Poster Competition. “The National NAIDOC Poster Competition is a great opportunity to showcase upcoming artists on the national stage,� Mr Mitchell said. The winning entry, which receives a $5000 cash prize, will feature on the 2012 National NAIDOC poster and be displayed across Australia in workplaces, schools and community organisations. Communities and individuals can also acknowledge the contributions and talents of artists and other outstanding

Indigenous individuals by nominating them for a National NAIDOC Award. There are ten award categories including the prestigious Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the premier NAIDOC event, the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball to be held in hobart on Friday 6 July 2012. Entries for the 2012 National NAIDOC Poster Competition close on Friday 30 March. Nominations for the 2012 National NAIDOC Awards close on Friday 27 April. For entry forms and more information, visit www.naidoc.org.au or talk to your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098.

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TSIMA considering voluntary redundancy STAFF at Radio 4MW walked out on strike last week after reportedly not receiving wages for a few weeks. Torres Strait Island Media Association (TSIMA) managing director Aven Noah said managers had been forced to pay staff “out of our own pocketsâ€?. ��€œWe are now officially on strike,â€? Mr Noah told the Torres News on Monday, January 30. “If we don’t receive further funding from TSRA (Torres Strait Regional Authority) we will have to consider voluntary insolvency.â€? TSIMA is the organisation behind radio 4MW, which was set up on Thursday Island with an aim to the local community a voice, share their culture with Indigenous and non-Indigenous listeners alike. The Meriba Wakai broadcaster produces 80 per cent of its programs in Torres Strait Creole.

The Torres News understands the TSRA is currently auditing TSIMA. An independent review of broadcast communications in the Torres Strait region, commissioned by the TSRA in 2010, recommended the TSIMA budget be cut by half, from around $600,000 to $300,000 from July 1, 2011. The report also called for the appointment of an administrator. And while music is still playing on 1260am, there is very little happening on the regular talkback slots. Mr Noah said he had been told the decision to cut funding to the broadcaster must stand. “The TSRA have told us we have to comply with the recommendation of the TSRA board, which cannot be overturned,� he said.

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QFRS team honoured with awards

FLIGHT services between Horn Island and Cairns have been upgraded, with 74-seat Q400 aircraft replacing the Q300 on two Wednesday services. The changes are part of a significant expansion of QantasLink services across Queensland. Passengers will be able to book the Wednesday flights on the Q400 from February 8. Changes to the Wednesday schedule are as follows: Old QF2488 CNS-HID 0755/1005 is replaced by new QF2488 CNS-HID 0815/0955; and Old QF2489 HID-CNS 1025/1225 is replaced by new New QF2489 HID-CNS 1025/1200. QantasLink also upgraded capacity between Cairns and Weipa, taking the number of services per week to 34. Q400 services were also increased between Cairns and Townsville. The larger-capacity Bombardier Q400 aircraft begain flying the Cairns-Horn Island route in February 2008, but services were suspended in December 2008 while the Horn Island Airport’s runway was upgraded. The Q400 services resumed in February last year, providing an increase of 61 per cent, or 694 seats, per week. The smaller Q300 series can fly to capacity of 50 passengers in, but only 40 out from Horn Island due to the geography of the island. QantasLink, whick was recently voted the world’s best regional airline by prestigious aviation journal Air Transport World, had now added Boeing 717 jet aircraft to its fleet. It will launch jet services from Brisbane to Rockhampton and Gladstone on March 15 and Mackay on March 26.

Richard Muhamad, Janelle Marrington and John Marrington with their Achievement Medallions at the QFRS station on Thursday Island. HUSBAND-and-wife team John and Janelle Marrington have been recognised for their dedication to the Thursday Island Queensland Fire and Rescue Service auxiliary team, along with station captain Richard Muhamad. The three received Australia Day Achievement Medallions for “dedication to emergency response, community safety and education in support of the Thursday Island community” at an award ceremony

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in Cairns on January 24. Mr Muhamad said while the awards were unexpected, he was pleased that the Thursday Island station was recognised. “We are part of QFRS, it doesn’t end in Cairns, and it’s good to know we are not forgotten up here,” Mr Muhamad said. Mr Marrington said they were all just doing a job they were passionate about. “But it’s also nice to be acknowledged,” he said.

Mrs Marrington said it was also important to recognise there was a whole team of dedicated emergency workers on TI keeping the community safe. “We are just part of a team, and we all work together, there is always someone on call 24 hours a day to respond when people need us,” she said. The QFRS is always in need of more volunteers and the Thursday Island station can be reached on 4069 1275.

TSIRC Australia Day Awards 2012 THE Torres Strait Island Regional Council has named 20 recipients of Australia Day Awards for 2012. TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela said at its core, Australia Day was a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each. “The Torres Strait Islander culture rests firmly on pride, respect and care for this great land we live on,” Mayor Gela said. “On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. “It is a great honour and privilege that I will present Torres Strait Island Regional Council’s second Australia Day Awards to a group of exceedingly deserving recipients.”

TSIRC councillors decided who would receive the Community Achievement Awards for each community. Speaking on Australia Day, Mayor Gela said the day’s celebrations reflected our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. “I am proud to be a Torres Strait Islander knowing that it is people like these that are representing our little slice of Australia,” Mayor Gela said. The award recipients are as follows: Citizen of the Year: Beatrice Mosby, Masig Sports Award: Zengrey Nona, Badu

Senior Citizen: Alma Enosa, Badu Young Citizen on the Year: Torres Webb, Erub Community Event of the Year: Poruma Island cultural CD launch Badu: Lily Ahmat Masig: Thelma Billy Hammond: Josephine DavidPetero Ugar: Daniel Bero Dauan - Michael Washington Saibai: Mebai Warusam Warraber: Nelson Billy Mer: Segar Passi Mabuiag: Aaron Whap Kubin: Sarah Neliman Iama: Harry David Poruma: Thelma Pearson Erub: Erub Erwer Meta Art Centre


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Advice sought on traditional adoptions LEGAL recognition of Islander traditional adoptions is on the table, with community consultations currently underway about the cultural practice. The Queensland Government is considering the possibility of legally recognising Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practices, with community consultations taking place last week at the Cairns Colonial Club, on Thursday and Friday, February 2-3. A large number of people from the Torres Strait and others living in Cairns, Townsville and other places were invited to attend. The government is seeking further information and feedback from people affected by the cultural practice about how it works, possible legal recognition, and any problems experienced by people who have been practicing traditional child rearing (traditional adoptions) without legal recognition. Traditional adoptions are already recognised in a variety of ways, including through Centrelink, when enrolling a child in school, and when giving permission for medical treatment. Legal recognition could mean that a new birth certificate is created, naming receiving parents as legal parents of a child adopted under the practice. It could also mean parents who gave their child have no parental responsibility and are not legally recognised as parents. Up for discussion are what issues should be taken into account when deciding: - what is in the child’s best interests - whether a receiving parent is suitable - whether the giving parent/s have given their informed consent - whether there should be an official decision-maker - if so, who the decision-maker should be. For those who could not attend, written submissions can be made by February 17, 2012 to Ms Carmel Ybarlucea, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Department of Communities, GPO Box 806, BRISBANE QLD 4001, or email carmel. ybarlucea@communities.qld.gov.au

Home ownership high on LNP candidate’s list

Liberal National Party candidate David Kempton meets with local indigenous rights campaigner Robert Bongo Sagigi during his visit to Thursday Island last week. PHOTO: MARK ROY governance. “What underpins that is a sense of comTHE fight for home ownership for Torres Strait munity and economic opportunity,” he said. “This is in turn underpinned by an appropriIslanders is a priority for Liberal National Party candidate David Kempton, who visited the area ate land tenure system. People must be given the opportunity to own their own homes. last week. “I’m hearing it everywhere that this is The 56-year-old father of two, who was making his first visit to the Torres Strait, what people want. There can be no economic said questions needed to be raised about development without security of tenure.” Mr Kempton said means-tested social regional recognition and economic regional By MARK ROY

housing in the Torres Strait meant families lose their homes once they earn above a certain threshold. “This is a complete disincentive for people to work. There is no incentive for people to take up better, higher-paying jobs if it means they will lose their family home,” he said. “There is no alternative accommodation, unless you have got a lot of money, because government agencies have inflated the housing market here.” He said people either did not take up work or had to give their jobs away. “That is not a result of market forces, but a result of policy,” he said. “The Department of Environment and Resource Management has been tasked with sorting out land tenure here for the past 10 years.” Mr Kempton met with joint chair of the Human Rights Steering Committee in the Torres Strait Robert Bongo Sagigi last Friday, January 27, to discuss the issues around home ownership. Mr Sagigi said under the present land tenure arrangement, most Torres Strait Islanders could not own their own home. “Australians’ greatest dream is home ownership. Are we Australians or not? Anna Bligh has ignored this issue for the past two years,” Mr Sagigi said. Mr Kempton was born in central NSW and raised on a cattle property, but has chosen to live in Far North Queensland for the past 25 years, working as a lawyer from Cooktown and Cairns. He has become a specialist in land law, particularly in relation to the pastoral industry, property rights, Native Title Claims and Wild River law. He said the Indigenous Land Use Agreement process needed to be simplified, and traditional owners’ rights to own, occupy, use and get economic advantage from their land must be recognised. “You wouldn’t invest more than 20 cents here without more than a one-week lease,” Mr Kempton said.

Draft Finfish Management Plan released for comment The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) have agreed to release the draft Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan 2012 for public comment. The management plan will formalise the management arrangements for the fishery, and provide certainty for operators into the future. AFMA invites any persons interested to provide written submissions on the draft Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan by 5pm

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Free Papuan activists: Human Rights Watch AN international rights organisation has called on the Indonesian government to drop charges against five Papuan activists currently being held in prison in West Papua. Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Elaine Pearson said the activists were being prosecuted for peacefully expressing their political views. “The Indonesian government should show its commitment to peaceful expression by dropping the charges against these five Papuan activists,” Ms Pearson said. “It’s appalling that a modern democratic nation like Indonesia continues to lock up people for organising a demonstration and expressing controversial views. “Pursuing this trial will only deepen the resentment that many Papuans feel against the government.” The five leaders of the Papuan People’s congress, which Indonesian authorities forcibly dispersed last October, are charged with treason. Their trial began in the district court in Jayapura, Papua on January 30. Forkorus Yaboisembut, Edison Waromi, August Makbrowen Senay,

Dominikus Sorabut, and Selpius Bobii have been held in police detention since October 19. Witnesses claim Indonesian security forces used “excessive force” to break up the three-day gathering. After one of the leaders read out the 1961 Papua Declaration of Independence, police and army fired warning shots to disperse around 1000 Papuans gathered to support independence for Papua. Security forces then used batons and firearms against the demonstrators, killing at least three and injuring more than 90. Witnesses said demonstrators had been struck on the head and several suffered gunshot wounds. “The Indonesian government should be prosecuting the people responsible for the ugly and unnecessary crackdown that left three Papuans dead, not those who read out a 1961 independence statement,” Ms Pearson said. At least 15 Papuans have been convicted of treason for peaceful political activities. They include Filep Karma, a civil servant who has been imprisoned since December 2004.

Forkorus Yoboisembut (right, wearing the Morning Star tie) ... 56 days in police custody until charged. Photo courtesy Pacific Media Centre

Blackbird body to help connect families

South Sea Islanders were lured on board ships like this and put to work in the sugar cane fields of Queensland. By MARK ROY

PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE DRAFT TORRES STRAIT FINFISH FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN 2012 Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) intends to determine a plan of management for the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery (TSFF). The Draft Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan 2012 has been developed in accordance with Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and through extensive consultation. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) invites interested persons to provide written submissions on the draft TSFF Management Plan by 5pm on 09 March 2012. Written submissions should be forwarded to: The Manager Torres Strait Fisheries Australian Fisheries Management Authority PO Box 376 Thursday Island QLD 4875 or fax: (07) 4069 1277 or e-mail to: annabel.jones@afma.gov.au Copies of the draft TSFF Management Plan are available on PZJA’s website (www.pzja.gov.au) or may be obtained by writing to AFMA at the above address or by contacting AFMA on (07) 4069 1990. AG59326

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THERE was a time when slave traders, pirates, kidnappers and murderers roamed the South Seas, and “blackbirding” was a common practice. South Pacific Islanders were lured by trickery, and sent to plantations and farms in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Samoa and Peru. Those involved in blackbirding included recruiters, ship owners, plantation owners and suppliers, politicians and missionaries. Now a new, national body is being set up to provide information and support to families affected by blackbirding, and to help reunite descendants of these South Pacific Islanders. Bundaberg will host the first national conference of South Sea Islanders, which is expected to lead

to the creation of an Australia-wide representative body. The four-day event will take place at the Bundaberg Civic Centre over the Easter weekend, from April 6-9. Representatives of a Australian South Sea Islander group based in NSW, Emelda Davis and Donna Carla met with Bundaberg members recently to gain some local knowledge. “We need to work together to deliver a successful conference,” Ms Davis said. She said the upcoming conference would be a “historic moment” for her people and would allow many to come together for the first time. “Our aim is to reunite families and re-ignite cultural immersion so that formerly disconnected islanders can reconnect with relatives to form stronger cultural ties and to develop a deeper understanding of their culture and identity,” she said. “The forming of a national body will help inspire children and carry forward our culture.” Ms Carla said the conference would provide an opportunity for South Sea Islanders across the nation to get together to form a national body. “The conference is the beginning of a long process, which will lead to a national body being elected, one voice to speak on behalf of all Australian South Sea Islanders,” she said. More than 60,000 South Sea Islanders were brought to Australia in the late 19th century to work on sugar cane plantations. For more information on blackbirding, visit www.blackbird.vu.


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 OPINION / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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TI Rotary Club kicks off 2012 with a 7am breakfast this Friday, February 10 at Ilan Cafe.

FEBRUARY

Mon 6. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Shire Chambers 9am Tue 7. Bingo, Bamaga Tavern 6.30pm Tue 7. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry 7pm Tue 7. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall 5pm Wed 8. International Women’s Day Wed 8. University Aspirations Expo hosted by TSIREC Kubin Community Hall, Kubin 5.30pm Wed 8. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex 6pm Wed 8. Seaman Dan, Wongai Hotel Horn Island, 6pm Thu 9. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Thu 9. The Straits, ABC1, 8.30pm. Thu 9. University Aspirations Expo hosted by TSIREC St Pauls Campus, St Pauls 5.30pm Fri 10. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe 7am Fri 10. Karaoke, Torres Hotel 7pm Fri 10. Drew Brauer acoustic set, Jardine Motel 7pm Fri 10. Dani Boy, Jardine Hotel, 8.30pm Sat 11. Valentine’s Day Mini Market, PKA Hall, 7am-12 noon Sun 12. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel 12-3pm Tue 14. Valentine’s Day set menu, Jardine Motel 4069 1555 Wed 15. Seaman Dan, Wongai Hotel Horn Island, 6pm Thu 16. Navy cadets program, ages 12½ - 18, TS Carpentaria, TI Fri 17. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe 7am Tue 21. Shrove Tuesday Tue 21. University Aspirations Expo hosted by TSIREC Poruma Community Hall, Poruma 5.30pm

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

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RegaRding the australia day protests, as a Traditional Owner of the Western Cape (Mapoon and Weipa) and as an aboriginal and Torres Strait islander affairs and art advocate, i condemn the protests. no person should be subject to such tactics, regardless of the cause. it is not the aboriginal way of getting things done. Having visited the national gallery of australia, which is home to many of my late grandmother, “Thapich” dr gloria Fletcher James aO’s artworks, i also had the opportunity to meet with those involved in the Tent embassy.

in response to the article “Hunting protest violates indigenous rights” Batzke” (page 8, Torres News, January 25-31) i call on Yodie Batzke to come clean with her real agenda in relation to turtle and dugong protection. Yodie Batzke is a candidate for the upcoming Cairns Regional Council elections and has tried for many years to enter politics. Batzke should have disclosed this fact to readers in her efforts to provoke debate over the turtle and dugong issue for her own political gain. Batzke has deliberately attempted to misrepresent LnP policy on this issue again for her own gain. The LnP policy in relation to the

Correction What’s On THe What’s On guide, Torres News, February 1-7 lists several events under the heading “University aspirations expo, Tagai School”. The expos are not being held at Tagai schools, but at island community halls. The events are being hosted by the Torres Strait islanders’ Regional Council (TSiReC), not Tagai State College. The Torres News apologises to TSiReC and to our readers for the error.

protection of turtle and dugongs is aimed respecting their traditional rights to hunt at preventing brutality and cruelty and and the preservation of these protected the illegal trade in meat products from animals. David Kempton these protected animals. it is not a about LNP Candidate for Cook prohibition as Batzke claims. The LnP will work with aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders to protect the turtle and dugong populations through selfregulation and self-imposed moratoriums by indigenous stakeholders. What the LnP will prohibit is the illegal wounding, mutilating, torture or unnecessary prolonging of death to any animal. a compromise between traditional usage and sustainable hunting must be reached. if elected i will work hard with all Torres Strait islanders to strike a balance between

Forum focuses on photo artists aBORiginaL and Torres Strait islander photographers and media artists are encouraged to attend an indigenous photo-media forum coming up in Melbourne in February. The forum, presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and the australian Centre for the Moving image (aCMi), will run from February 8-10 at aCMi, Federation Square, Melbourne. The national indigenous Photo-Media Forum will present emerging and established aboriginal and Torres Strait islander photographers and photo-media artists with the opportunity to join photo-media industry specialists, artists and educators from across australia. a series of presentations and workshops will run over two and a half days, enabling indigenous artists and photographers to further

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i ReFeR to comments made in last week’s Torres News (Subsidised fares ‘discriminatory’, page 3, Torres News, February 1-7, 2012). The Bligh Labor government air Fare subsidies are available to all residents of the Torres Strait and Cape York. The government does not discriminate on the basis of race. There are two subsidised seats on each island RPT service and five to the larger planes heading into the Cape. non-residents are nOT subsided, because visiting government bureaucrats can afford to pay full price. i want this scheme targeted to help the people who need it the most - the people of the Torres Strait, northern Peninsula area, and Cape York. Jason O’Brien MP Member for Cook

LNP will not ban traditional hunting: Kempton

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it is my perception that it is a ghost of yesterday’s grace, it is also an eyesore and is mainly used as a congregation place for fanatics and no longer serves the purpose it did during its inception. i do believe that an embassy of sorts ought to be erected and managed as a symbolic institute for First australians. However it must be governed and facilitated by diplomats and not activists, or else we will be doomed to bad publicity such as has arisen, which will not aid the progression of harmony. Jack Andrew Wilkie-Jans

Clearing the air on subsidies

develop industry and technical knowledge, while networking with artists and curators from across australia. Speakers include Patricia adjei, daniel Browning, Mervyn Bishop, Michael Cook, glenn iseger-Pilkington, diane Jones, Marcia Langton, djon Mundine, r e a, Lisa Reihana, Reko Rennie, and darren Siwes. The forum is free to attend for aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists, who are encouraged to bring a folio of their work for feedback from experts. Registration is essential. For the full program visit www.acmi.net.au. Enquiries: Arika Waulu Onus, Coordinator, CCP National Indigenous Photo-media Forum (03) 9417 1549 or 0404 272 194, or Naomi Cass, Director CCP 0422 613 748.

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NEWS

Tackling the uncertainties of climate change

Dogs sent barking mad ONE thunderstorm too many could land sensitive pooches in long-term rehab according to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Up to 60 per cent of dogs are prone to noiserelated phobias, often brought on by exposure events like thunderstorms and firework displays, according to AVA spokesperson, Dr Andrew O’Shea. Dr O’Shea warned that even a single severe thunderstorm can cause long-term damage to pooches. “The problem is that a traumatic event such as large thunderstorm or a seasonal firework display can cause your pet’s fear response to quickly develop into a phobia, and once a dog has a noise-related phobia it’s extremely difficult, time consuming and expensive to treat,” he said. “Unfortunately, over the years I have treated dogs with noise phobias that were so severe they have run through plate glass windows, broken their legs and ripped off their nails trying to escape a storm. “Dogs with severe phobias start to generalise and then even a darkening sky, a change in the ozone or a drop in air pressure will trigger their fear response,” said Dr O’Shea. He said treatment of severe cases involved re-wiring their memory through a process of counter-conditioning. Dr O’Shea said common signs of noise-related distress included agitation, pupil dilation, increased respiration, shaking and drooling, which are all part of the animal’s fight or flight response.

There are many pieces to the climate change puzzle. CLIMATE change is a challenging issue for communities all over the world. What makes it especially challenging are the uncertainties to do with how fast changes will happen and the magnitude of possible impacts. While scientists around the world are working hard to reduce the uncertainties, it is still important that we are proactive in understanding the likely impacts on our communities and our environment and how to reduce the risk they might pose. The Torres Strait Coastal Management Committee was established by the TSRA to do just that. The Committee is a collaborative effort of local councils, State and Federal government agencies, researchers as well as six TSRA Board members. The committee has done a huge amount of work to progress the understanding of coastal and climate change

issues in this region. This work has provided critical information to guide decision making in relation to the best options for addressing coastal erosion and flooding issues, and highlighted key climate change risks. Issues being progressed under the Committee include: improved data and understanding of the dynamic tides in the Torres Strait with deployment of dedicated tide gauges, erosion and flood studies across the region, high resolution mapping of inhabited islands, studies on extreme sea level events, supporting disaster management arrangements, progressing renewable energy options, supporting research into climate change impacts on turtles and the marine environment, understanding how communities can begin to adapt to expected changes and seeking funds to progress the major

coastal works program. The Torres Strait Climate Change Strategy was launched by the Committee in 2010 and provides a strategic overview of climate change and coastal issues in the region (it is available for download from the TSRA and TSIRC websites). There are many pieces to the climate change puzzle in the Torres Strait but work on all these pieces will help us to ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable Torres Strait. The poster in this week’s issue of Torres News illustrates (from the left) the various components that are underway, completed or proposed and (on the right) the goals these climate change initiatives are aiming to reach. Good collaboration and good information are the key elements that will help us achieve this goal.

St Bernard’s enrolments mount ENROLMENTS at Mount St Bernard College Herberton are building strongly, with the college still taking enrolments for the 2012 academic year, even though it has already started. MSB principal Luke Reed said he was delighted that student numbers were approaching 200. “Our two new multi-million dollar residential boarding facilities are almost at capacity, and we still have scope for additional day students to join our education community,” Mr Reed said. The college had received a substantial number of enrolment enquiries from parents as late as early February, he said. Mr Reed said over the past two years MSB had undergone a transformation, with new and refurbished science laboratories, ecoscience and greenhouse facilities, technology interactive classrooms and resurfaced tennis and basketball courts. “It doesn’t stop there with many more exciting developments to follow this year including a $1.2 million new library and information and communications technology centre,” he said.

During the summer break, commercial kitchen facilities in the Trade Training Centre were overhauled for use in hospitality training. A new facility to be constructed in the next stage for will allow for training in construction, furniture manufacturing and small engines. “These new VET offerings will complement Certificate training in Primary Health Care, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation, ICT, Business and Work Readiness,” Mr Reed said. Mount St Bernard College will also receive additional classroom spaces and refurbished administration and staff amenities. And while staff and students were excited about the new and coming facilities, “bricks and mortar do not a good school make”, Mr Reed said. “The people inside are what count,” he said. He said scholarships for fee-supported places were still available for students fitting character, sporting, cultural or academic criteria, as well as bus transport bursaries.

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SHINE A LIGHT On our history

MER (Murray Island) primary school’s 90-odd students will have two 21-seater Toyota Coaster school buses from first term next year. Member for Cook Jason O’Brien said the buses are being provided as the school is being moved to another location on the island. “It means the students have become eligible for the School Transport Assistance Scheme and will travel to and from school for free on their buses,” Mr O’Brien said. “This is a great assistance to the students and a boost for the whole school community.” The Department of Education and Training is relocating the primary school, Tagai State College - Mer Campus, to a different site on Murray (Mer) Island from first term 2012. The buses are being leased by Transport and Main Roads and have been selected to suit the roads on the island. Mr O’Brien said that due to the remote location and limited access to the island, the school will

Do you recognise this ship? The photograph was probably taken between 1953 and 1955 on Thursday Island.

A pearler of a photo Anne-Marie Kelly, who visited Thursday Island last December, sent in this photo of what she thinks may be a pearling lugger off Thursday Island. The picture was taken by her father, Maurie Kelly in the early 1950s. Perhaps one of our readers can tell us where they think the photo was taken, judging by the shape of the islands in the background? Do you have any memories of this ship, or the days of sail on Thursday Island? Dark side to TI’s silver screen PETER Sabatino has written to the Torres News about the old picture theatre on Thursday Island (Shine A Light, Torres News, January 25 2012). He writes: “I am 60 years old, born at the TI Hospital, raised and received my primary schooling at the former St Joseph’s Catholic School on Hammond Island. I now live in Sydney but visit families on Hammond Island frequently. My memories about the picture theatre are from the 1950s early 1960s. I remember walking past the picture theatre when I was a child and as a young adult, but had never been in to see a movie. We never spent our evenings on TI because we couldn’t afford it and would have to row to TI and back home in the dark. I still have memories of the very old fig tree which was located next to the picture theatre, which sadly has been removed. It was a wonderful landmark in the main street. The picture theatre was one of the social centres for TI locals who could afford to patronise and enjoy the many movies that were screened. However, there was a sad side to the picture theatre which reflected Government’s policy towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the time. This was to do with who sat where, depending on who you were. Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people sat downstairs, and because it was an open-air theatre, would get wet if it rained unless you sat under the upstairs seating. European people sat upstairs in the back section of the picture theatre and were sheltered from the rain. I have friends who still talk about this today.” Former Thursday Island teacher turned author John Singe has a similar tale to tell: “I enjoyed many evenings in the cinema and remember it with great affection. In the days before television, tape recorders and radio on TI the cinema was an important community asset and a place to meet with friends and family. What is probably not understood today is that the cinema was discreetly segregated - Torres Strait Islanders downstairs and Europeans upstairs. In the early 1970s this segregation was beginning to break down and some Islander people were moving upstairs. I know we encouraged our Islander friends to do so and so slowly this barrier was removed. It sounds like a small thing though it wasn’t at the time for it represented a subtle, but important, move forward towards equality for Torres Strait Islanders - something which I think young people do not realise today. Their elders had to confront discrimination and institutionalised racism at every turn, and they did so with patience and good humour. If you look on p.13 of my book My Island Home it briefly discusses the cinema and paints a broader picture of life on TI and in the Torres Strait at that time. You can obtain my book from Col Jones, Gab Titui or direct from Fairview Books [johnsinge101@gmail.com].” Thanks Peter and John for shining a light on our not-too-distant past. And if you have a mystery from history for our readers, please contact us on 1300 TORRES or by email to editor@torresnews.com.au, or drop in to the Torres News building at 25 Douglas Street. Page 10 Torres News

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operate the bus service. “The Bligh Government is committed to transport services for Mer and the other Torres Strait Islands,” he said. “We are proud of the contributions we’ve made to air safety in the Torres Strait through the improvements at Horn Island and to small regional airstrips on the nearby islands and the mainland. “We funded more than $2 million of improvements to runways at regional airports including those on Mer, Erub, Poruma, Saibai, Kubin and Badu Islands, and at the Northern Peninsula Area Airport on the tip of Cape York. “The Queensland Government and local council have also funded a $462,000 installation of new animal proof fencing to improve safety at the airstrips on Badu Island, Saibai Island and Kubin Island. “We will continue to make improvements to the region’s transport services and infrastructure as needed for local communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

Climate will damage reefs ‘at different rates’ Climate change and acidifying ocean water are likely to have a highly variable impact on the world’s coral reefs, in space, time and diversity, international coral scientists have warned. The picture emerging from studies of past coral extinctions and present impacts on today’s reef systems is complex and subtle, and will demand much more sophisticated management to preserve reefs intact, the team of scientists said in a paper in the international journal Science. “New research confirms that coral reefs are indeed threatened by climate change, but that some current projections of global-scale collapse of reefs within the next few decades probably overestimate the rapidity and uniformity of the decline,” the researchers say. Lead author Professor John Pandolfi of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the University of Queensland said the considered view of all the most recent evidence suggested that some coral reef systems will decline more rapidly. “Especially those subject to other human pressures such as overfishing - while others may change in composition, but manage to persist for longer,” Prof. Pandolfi said. The paper, “Projecting coral reef futures under global warming and ocean acidification” by John M. Pandolfi, Sean R. Connolly, Dustin J. Marshall and Anne L. Cohen appears in the latest issue of the journal Science. “Coral reefs occupy a small part of the world’s oceans, yet harbor a hugely disproportionate amount of its biodiversity,” the researchers say “More than 450 million people from 109 countries live close to coral reefs, which provide important sources of ecosystem goods and services for these communities. “But reefs have suffered degradation from human over-exploitation and pollution over centuries to millennia, degradation that has accelerated in the last 50 years. Global warming and ocean acidification are now compounding these threats.” However reefs are naturally highly diverse and resilient, and are likely to respond to the changed conditions in different ways and at varying rates. Past extinction crises in coral reef ecosystems appear to coincide with episodes of rapid global warming and ocean acidification, they say. This has led some to predict rapid, dramatic, global-scale losses of coral reefs. “Widespread degradation of reefs is already

underway. However, rates of future decline will be highly variable, because coral reefs are naturally highly diverse with some species able to cope with change more than others. Moreover, changes in ocean and climate conditions will be different in different regions, and the partnership between corals and their symbiotic algae has variable capacity to adapt to changing conditions,” says Professor Sean Connolly of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, another of the study’s authors. Evolution and genetic change in both creatures may make them more tolerant of major changes in ocean temperature and chemistry - but, paradoxically, it may also accelerate the decline of reef species. However, human management is necessary to improve the corals’ chances. Actions that improve coral diversity will tend to make reefs more resilient. The researchers also note that large populations of reef species, not already stressed by overfishing or coastal runoff, are likely to be better able to adapt to the challenges of climate change. “This makes the overall picture extraordinarily complex. We do not yet have a model that explains the full spectrum of reef responses everywhere,” Professor Pandolfi says. The researchers highlighted some critical knowledge gaps, including effects of climate change on interactions between species, and the potential rates of adaptation of reef species to warmer and more acidic conditions. “Our ability to continue to improve our projections of climate change effects on coral reefs depends especially on advances in our understanding of these areas,” Professor Connolly says. “We think it would be best if the world prepares itself for a range of possible impacts and responses on reefs, and manages them accordingly, if we are to give our corals their best possible chance of survival through what we know from geological history is bound to be a very stressful era of environmental change.” The team concludes: “The best and most achievable thing we can do for coral reefs currently to deal with climate change is to seek to manage them well. “However, slowing rates of climate change, and reducing the strong selection imposed by human impacts such as fishing and coastal development will remain critical to the long-term persistence of coral reef ecosystems.”


NEWS Cedar attempts to make history at local elections in Townsville

Bev back behind the wheel BEV is back! The new year has brought a new taxi service to Thursday Island, and local taxi driver Beverley Ann Hutton is inviting her previous customers to give it a go. Bev, who has been driving taxis on the island for a couple of years, says Seascape Taxi Service is an independent, locally owned business servicing the transport needs of the local community. “I encourage anyone who might want a change or is dissatisfied with another service to give this new one a go,” she said. A second driver was ready to start with the new taxi service this weekend, February 11-12, she said. “Beginning a new small business is always a challenge, but I believe a friendly and personal service is always appreciated by customers.” You can contact Bev at Seascape Taxi on 4069 2221.

By ALF WILSON TORRES Strait Islander Robbie Cedar will attempt to become the first Indigenous person to be elected onto the Townsville City Council at Queensland local Government elections. The 46-year-old announced his candidacy for the election which had been scheduled for March 30. “I officially announced this on Radio 4K1G on 27 January that I am part of the Jenny Hill Team for division seven which takes in the suburbs of Heatley, Kirwan and Cranbrook,” Mr Cedar said. Mr Cedar, of Darnley descent, is a former rugby league star and father of star Townsville Crocs Club National Basketball League brothers Michael and Chris. He was a champion rugby league forward for Souths Club in the Townsville Rugby League competition and is a strong advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people. Speaking on February 1, Mr Cedar said he had 14 years experience working in the State government and a passion for community engagement and development. “I have developed a sound relationship across all levels of federal, state and local government to get the best outcomes for all stakeholders,” Mr Cedar said. “Partnerships are important to establish positive relations between the families, young people and other community members. He said he would promote community unity to enhance respect and trust for community members to achieve a safer and responsible community. Current Townsville mayor Les Tyrell will not seek re-election and Jenny Hill is a mayoral candidate against current councillor Dale Last and promotions man Jeff Jimmieson. On a personal note, Mr Cedar said he was proud to announce that he will be a grandfather (Dato) in late June. “Congratulations to my youngest son Chris and future daughter-in-law Naiomi with all God’s blessing upon them as they embark on their life journey,” Mr Cedar said. Another man of Darnley descent, Sam Reuben, was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2008 Townsville City Council elections when there were no wards. The 10 candidates with the most numbers of votes were elected to Council. That was after amalgamation of the Townsville and Thuringowa City Councils. However Mr Reuben polled strongly. There is a large population of people of Torres Strait Islander descent in Townsville and especially in ward seven.

Free mental health seminar at PKA hall STAFF in organisations dealing with mental illness or suicide have an opportunity to learn invaluable skills in an upcoming seminar. The two-day seminar, to be held on Thursday Island, increases people’s awareness and knowledge of mental illness, distress and suicide and can provide skills to assist those who are at risk. Staff of public sector organisations including not-for-profit organisations, education institutes, health and aged care organisations and councils have the opportunity to attend this valuable training. Australian College of Community Services (ACCS), in partnership with the Community Mental Health Branch of the Department of Communities in presenting free Awareness, Skills and Knowledge (ASK) about Suicide and Mental Health workshops for the benefit of organisations in the Far North Queensland region. ACCS chief executive Geoff Riddell said participants can learn a variety of skills that can be applied in different circumstances, explore how

common experiences may affect people and how they can offer support. “These skills cover the full spectrum of situations from early intervention and prevention to assisting in a crisis, helping them to feel more prepared, confident, ready, willing and able,” Mr Riddell said. “We encourage organisations in Far North Queensland to take advantage of this great opportunity, providing professional training valued at nearly $300 per person, completely free.” ACCS is a registered training organisation and charity based in Queensland and the formal education and training division of Mental Health Association Queensland (MHAQ), delivering professional Mental Health Education and Training by qualified Mental Health professionals. The seminar will run on February 29 and March 1, from 9am to 4.20pm on each day, at the Port Kennedy Association Hall.Places are filling fast! To take advantage of this valuable opportunity please contact ACCS on 1300 833 328 or email info@accs.qld.edu.au.

New kits rolled out to tackle ear disease A NEW resource kit to tackle ear disease amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids has been launched today by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon. “Wiping out ear and hearing problems amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and girls is critical in preventing them from falling behind in early development,” Mr Snowdon said. “More than ten percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids suffer a hearing or ear problem - compared with only three per cent of the rest of the population of the same age.”

“That sobering figure is why the Gillard Government is investing nearly $10 million in tackling ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. “Language and speech problems associated with a hearing problem can leave young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids behind in critical years of early development - we need to make sure they don’t fall behind in the early years,” Mr Snowdon said. The new resource kits will be rolled out to health professionals across the country, and feature clear messages and images to help explain to carers and parents about the signs

and symptoms of ear disease. The kits also contain information on prevention and treatment of hearing problems and ear disease, include the importance of simple steps such as getting children’s ears checked regularly at the clinic, good hygiene, providing smoke-free environments, eating healthy food and breastfeeding. The kits will be distributed to health professionals including Aboriginal Medical Services, Divisions of General Practice, peak bodies for health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and state-based Aboriginal health clinics.

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Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

COVERAGE FROM BADU

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Lets play ‘hide the ball’.

Chief cook Eddie Nona.

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It’s all downhill from here.

Spot the egg.

Omar and Karen D’Aietti.

Maluwap Nona and Cr. Wayne Gu official speeches.

Line up, it’s Kai Kai time.

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Oh so sweet – Aka Georgina and Aka Kathleen.


EVENT Australia Day 2012 Celebrations

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Community achievement winner Mrs Lily Ahmat receiving award from Cr.Guivarra.

Prizes for ‘the best little helpers’.

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Forefront – Two proud Australians – Aka Kathleen Blanket.

Bring it on! Let the games begin.

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Dining out – some Yorkston and Nona

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Georgina Nona and Aka

Doc Sam, Leanne and baby Willam Jones with Snr Citizen of the Year Aunty Alma Enosa on Australia Day at Badu Island.

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Proud Learners who are ZĞƐƉĞĐƞƵů͕ Responsible and Safe.

LAPTOPS FOR OUR STUDENTS!

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When? Wednesday 8th February, 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Light refreshments to follow) Where? TSC Secondary Campus - Library Who? All year 9, year 10 and OP eligible year 11 and 12 students MUST ATTEND with a parent/guardian.

NO ATTENDANCE = NO LAPTOP

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THURSDAY 09 FRIDAY 10

4:00 Basketball: WNBL 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Dragons’ Den 11:00 The Old Guys 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:05 Pipe Dreams 3:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012 6:00 Mr Bean: Mr Bean In Room 426 - Mr. Bean checks into a hotel, to the annoyance of staff and other guests. His presence is also a testing time for the furniture, fittings and even the walls as he makes himself thoroughly at home. 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 (QLD) 8:00 QI: Food 8:30 Inspector George Gently: Gently Evil: When the body of a loose young woman is found murdered Inspector George Gently and Sergeant John Bacchus find themselves investigating a family with unimaginable secrets. 10:00 Getting On 10:30 Lateline 11:15 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight: Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street with his unique take on the traditional tonight show - monologue, interviews and top musical acts, plus the added excitement of spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with the audience. 12:15 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 1:30 Magical Tales 2:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 6:00 National News 6:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs Sri Lanka 10:00 CSI: Miami: “You May Now Kill The Bride” (M) - When a bride is shot and killed during her wedding to a famous baseball player Greg Tanner, everyone from the bodyguard to the groom’s stripper sitting in the front row is a suspect. 11:00 Movie: “Executive Decision” (M v,l) - Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal star in this action-packed film about two special agents racing against time to save the lives of 400 people. Ruthless terrorists hijack a plane and threaten to bomb Washington with lethal nerve gas, and it is up to an elite unit of Special Forces to board the commandeered plane from an experimental aircraft. 1:40 Movie: “S.O.S. Titanic” (PG s,a) - The courage and horror that accompanied the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic in history’s most awesome sea disaster are dramatically recreated in detail. S.O.S Titanic tells the complete story exactly as it happened. Just 703 people, primarily women and children survived out of a total 2,206 passengers and crew. 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Crimes Of Fashion: Hostile Makeover” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue - The RSPCA steps in to re-home an ostrich who has spent his whole life living in the backyard of a motel in suburban Sydney. Meanwhile, a woman is left with a diamond python when her husband moves out. She surrenders it to the RSPCA but her husband wants it back. And in Queensland, inspectors discover a property overrun by puppies who aren’t being properly cared for. 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 9:00 Movie: “The Women” (PG s,l,d) 11:30 That ‘70s Show 12:00 Movie: “I Heart Huckabees” (M l,s) - A frustrated young environmentalist hires a pair of ‘Existential Detectives’ to investigate a peculiar ongoing coincidence. 2:10 Special: Secrets Of The Mangrove - Embark on a journey of discovery in the seldom seen or properly understood mangrove swamp with Ben Cropp. 3:00 Infomercials / 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 How Mad Are You? 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Santa Laura Saltpetre Mine 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: Devon And Cornwall 8:30 Singapore 1942 - End Of Empire 9:30 As It Happened: Apocalypse: The Second World War: Crushing Defeat 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Hardcore” (MAV s,v,a) - In Greek. Leaving behind a hard life with their families, two teenage girls end up in an Athen’s brothel, fall in love and support one another against the adversities and violence of the night. 12:50 Movie: “Mr 73” (MAV v,a) - In French. The discredited and alcoholic Detective Schneider, a washed-up Marseilles cop, earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison. 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight

SATURDAY 11

4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:00 Spicks And Specks 11:30 7.30 (QLD) 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 WNBL: Highlights Adelaide Vs Bulleen 2:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012: Third Round 6:00 At The Movies: Short Cuts 6:10 Minder: Better The Devil You Know 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Dark Chocolate: UCOS pursue a serial rapist when a recent assault is linked to two attacks at a chocolate factory ten years previously. However, the team find themselves with more cases than they bargained for. 8:30 Accused: Liam’s Story: Cab driver, Liam becomes smitten with a customer. In desperate need of money, he robs the woman’s flat, and is delighted when she contacts him after learning she has been burgled. 9:35 The Jonathan Ross Show 10:20 Ashes To Ashes: It’s the run up to the 1983 General Election and pressure is mounting on DCI Gene Hunt and his team when they investigate a series of politically motivated arson attacks. 11:15 Rage: Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:30 Pyramid 12:00 Imparja’s Horse Racing 4:00 Wildfire - “The More Things Change - Part 1” - In the six months that passed since her illegal race, Kris discovers she has worn out her welcome at Raintree. Now living in Colorado, Kris learns that Raintree Farm is being turned into a Dude Ranch, Wildfire might be retired from racing, and that Junior is planning to propose to his new girlfriend. 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 TBA 11:30 Movie: “King’s Ransom” (M l,s) - Hoping to foil his own golddigging wife’s plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well. 1:30 Movie: “Poor Cow” (M s,v,a) - A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices; marrying and having a child with an abusive thief at a young age, only to move on with another criminal who quickly ends up in prison. 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Children’s Programs 1:00 Movie: “Once Upon A Mattress” (G) 3:00 Movie: “Herbie: Fully Loaded” (G) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Movie: “The Parent Trap” (PG a,s) - Identical twins Hallie and Annie were separated at birth during their parent’s divorce. Unaware of the other’s existence, the two randomly meet at a summer camp and decide to switch places in an attempt to reunite their loving, but estranged parents. 9:10 Movie: “War Of The Worlds” (M v) 11:40 That ‘70s Show 12:10 Movie: “Broken Lizard’s Club Dread” (AV v,s,l) - When a psychotic killer attacks guests at a holiday resort, it is up to the staff to hide the carnage from the surviving guests. 2:20 Special: Aftermath: Population Zero (PG a) - Aftermath: Population Zero investigates what would happen if every single person on Earth simply disappeared. 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz: “Buyer Beware - The Secrets Behind Health Rip-Off’s” - Dr Oz investigates how to prevent and fight back against health rip-offs and frauds. Then, Dr Oz explains asthma, and takes a self-defence crash course.

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Sutra 2:15 Stanley Donen: You Just Do It 3:20 The Chopin Etudes 3:25 Anselm Kiefer: Works and Process 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Hot Cities: Climate Bites 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves: Ship Sink 8:35 RocKwiz: Abbe May & Paul Gray 9:30 Movie: “Red Cliff (Part 2)” - In Mandarin. The final chapter of legendary director John Woo’s two-part action epic centring on politics and war in 3rd century China. Scheming and manipulative Prime Minister Cao Cao is attempting to unify the country, and in doing so overthrow the authority of a young and politically impotent Emperor 12:00 Movie: “Vexille” (M v,a) - In Japanese. Japan 2077. An elite female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether a sinister Japanese corporation is developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind. Once there, Vexille and her crack team link up with native resistance leader Maria and her rag-tag team of revolutionaries. 2:00 The Jaquie Brown Diaries: Brown Love 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight

SUNDAY 12

SBS 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 How Mad Are You? 2:30 The Squiz 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Le Havre 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Zumbo: Kids In The Kitchen 8:00 One Man and His Campervan: Lake District - This week, Martin explores the Lake District in north-east England. He attempts to scale the treacherous Wrynose Pass, meets an angry wild boar and heads off road in search of the mysterious bilberry for an ‘oven free’ clotted cream tea. 8:30 Oz And Hugh Raise The Bar 9:35 24 Hours In Emergency 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Sex: An Unnatural History: Love / The Future 12:00 Kill Arman: Malaysia / Pentjak Silat 12:30 Movie: “Blue Eyelids” (M s) - In Spanish. Wallflower Marina has no-one to take on the island holiday she’s won. When she bumps into an old classmate she invites him. But getting to know each other before they leave proves a trip away might not be the best idea. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Birmingham 12:00 Landline 1:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012: Final Round 6:00 Minuscule: Homeless 6:05 Expedition Tiger 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs: Herefordshire 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Sleeper Under The Hill 10:00 Dancing With Dictators 11:00 Movie: “Hud” (M a) - Hud Bannon and his cattleman father, Homer, are in constant conflict, with Homer unwilling to compromise his integrity, while Hud is constantly drinking and involved with married women. 12:50 Order In The House 1:50 Grand Designs: Herefordshire: Kevin meets a couple who are building an organic, hobbit-like, timber framed, curvy house on a hillside in Herefordshire. 2:40 Monumental Vision In Slovakia: Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers’ series on geoglyphs takes him to Slovakia where he creates a Celtic horse and, once again, the Rhythms of Life symbol. 3:05 Rage

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Surfsport 11:00 Discover Downunder - Summer Series - Western Australia is where you’ll find the extraordinary Turquoise Coast, and this week it’s where you’ll find Brooke Hanson and Tim Smith. Taking the Campervan from Jurien Bay to Geraldton, you’ll be amazed by what they discover… 11:30 Pyramid 12:00 Wildfire 1:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs India 9:00 Australian Athletics Tour 2012 10:00 TBA 12:00 The Apprentice - The seventh season of Donald Trump’s unscripted competition series features business-themed battles with 14 savvy celebrities, including country artist Trace Adkins; rocker Gene Simmons; actors Stephen Baldwin and Marilu Henner; model-actress Carol Alt; boxer Lennox Lewis; and reality figures Omarosa and Piers Morgan. 2:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Jake And The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 World’s Strictest Parents 11:00 The One - Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic 12:00 That ‘70s Show 12:45 Anne Of Green Gables 4:45 Faulty Towers 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 Hot Dog In The Competition” (M) 9:30 Castle: “Heroes And Villians / Last Call” (M) 11:30 Forensic Investigators - Australia’s True Crimes 12:30 The Real Seachange - After a disastrous opening night at his newly bought pub, Max does something crazy to win customers over. 1:00 Special: Battle At Kruger Park - Witness the extraordinary tourist footage that captures a tug-of-war between a lion pride, a giant crocodile and a herd of African buffalo. 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 Football Asia 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine Program 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 Al Jazeera News 3:00 First Australians: There Is No Other Law 4:00 Why Do We Talk? 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Desalination: A Mixed Blessing? 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: A History Of Celtic Britain: Age Of Warriors 8:35 The Code: Numbers: A new three-part series presented by mathematics expert Professor Marcus du Sautoy as he goes in search of a mysterious code: the numbers, shapes and patterns that govern the world around us. 9:40 Movie: “Brick Lane” (M s,a,l) - In English and Bangali. Nazneem, a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu. As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim comes knocking at her door. 11:30 Movie: “Agata And The Storm” (M s,a) - In Italian. From the director and star of Bread and Tulips comes this whimsical romantic comedy. A loving and popular bookshop proprietor, who dispenses sunny wisdom in the form of her books, attracts a man almost half her age. 1:40 Weatherwatch Overnight

MONDAY 13

7 CENTRAL 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 TBA 2:00 TBA 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 TBA 9:30 Desperate Housewives: “Watch While I Revise The World As Susan and Carlos bond over their feelings of guilt at the murder of Gaby’s stepfather, Mike begins to think that the two are having an affair. 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 12:00 Special: Ships Of The Desert - A fascinating journey that takes viewers to the Holy Land and Egypt, visiting a Kibbutz, Mount Sinai and The Dead Sea. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Ace Day Jobs 10:40 Postcards From Bangladesh 10:50 Catalyst Bytes 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Monarch of the Glen Hogmanay Special 1:25 The Dreaming 1:35 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story: Road To Nowhere 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Silent Witness: Finding Rachel 1:20 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:20 Darling Buds Of May: Le Grand Weekend - Ma wins an all expenses paid trip to Paris for two. Suitcases packed she and Pop head to the airport only to be prevented from taking off by the ‘great’ British weather. 3:15 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory:“The Recombination Hypothesis” (PG s) 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 Damages: Flight’s At 11:08 - Joe Tobin calls lawyer Leonard Winstone after accidentally hitting Danielle Marchetti with his car. Winstone arranges for a doctor to examine her but Joe ignores his advice and takes her to the airport even after she begins to show symptoms of a possible brain haemorrhage. 12:30 The Avengers: The See-Though Man - Steed and Emma pay a visit to Sir Andrew Ford at the Ministry, when they find a file stolen from Wilton’s office. 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 TBA 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 Sports Fever 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Special: “On Board Air Force One” - Lift off on the first official flight with U.S President Barack Obama on board the most celebrated aircraft, Air Force One. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement: “Brent Street - Cafe” Sophie Monk joins the team to renovate the cafe at her old dance studio. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

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TUESDAY 14

IMPARJA 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 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 RBT 9:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Genetic Disorder 9:30 CSI: NY: Buzzkill - New York City has everything: Time Square, billboards, parties and a dead model in a giant martini glass. Now the team must find a party crasher who crashed one party too many. 11:30 Southland: Failure Drill / Graduation Day - John’s drug issue worsens as Ben approaches the end of his training. / The third season ends as Ben faces his final day as a rookie and contends with John’s increasing dependence on painkillers. 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can we Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:30 Australian Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 The Wild Ones: Shark Harbour 9:30 Genius: Russell Howard And Hazel Irvine 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Words Aloud 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 Trial And Retribution: The Box: While on leave back home in Glasgow, DSC Mike Walker delves into the dark bond between two brothers linked to the disappearance of two women who were once married to the same man. 2:25 Bali High Wedding 2:55 Rage

6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Excess Baggage 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: “The Codpiece Topology” (PG s) 8:30 Two And A Half Men: “One False Move, Zimbabwe!” (M s) 9:00 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:30 Men Of A Certain Age: Same As The Old Boss - Joe tries to open his schedule to practice golf, but his efforts prove futile. Elsewhere, Owen’s new post as manager puts stress on his life and marriage; and coworkers pull a prank on Terry after they dig up video of one of his old commercials. 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

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5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Lady Of The Camellias” (M s,n,v) 2:40 Spaceflies: Galaxy: Our Milky Way 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Wig Wearers Of Tari 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Magda Szubanski 8:30 How To Mend A Broken Heart 9:30 The Trial 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “The Sign Of The City” (MA a,n,s) - Teca, a late-night radio show host, uses her astrological skills to help listeners who call in for advice. But her own life feels empty and lonely. One day she makes the acquaintance of her handsome new neighbour, Gil, only to find out he is married. 12:50 Mad Men: “Shoot / Long Weekend” (PG) - Betty is used by a rival ad agency to woo Don away from Sterling Cooper; Peggy is sought after by two romantic rivals; and the agency tries to spruce up their Nixon presidential campaign, aiming to counteract a successful Kennedy ad. / Don loses an important account and Roger, who happens to be stuck in the city on Labor Day, attempts to cheer him up. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

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ABC 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Time Team 11:00 Rivers And Life 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1:25 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Golf: Women’s Australian Open 2012 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential: For Australia’s most famous author, Bryce Courtenay, a good story always comes first, even if it comes at a cost to his family. This episode reveals the difficult and complex truths behind the larger-than-life fiction. 8:30 The Straits: Yawor My Lovely 9:30 Dragons’ Den 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Stephen Fry In America: True West 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 The Hungry Beast 2:05 Star Stories: Top Shop Presents Kate Moss: My Rise, Fall, Rise, Fall Again, Then Rise 2:30 The Clinic 3:25 Rage

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Can We Help? 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:00 ABC News Mornings 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Technology Explained 10:15 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 The Trophy Room 2:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 The Drum 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials 8:30 Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight 9:30 Outland 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure: Be A Man 12:00 The IT Crowd: Something Happened 12:25 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:25 Trial And Retribution: The Box 2:15 Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials: Twenty years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser - but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous. 2:45 Destiny In Alice 3:10 Rage

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CROSSWORD No. 84

SUDOKU No. 84

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)

At times it may seem as though your family is taking up too much of your emotional energy. Make sure that you think about your own needs as well. Romance. Your positive mood will rub off on your partner. This will be a good period for coming to terms with your differences and enjoying those things which you have in common.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You may be more conscientious than you really need to be at the moment. Don’t let your colleagues push you into doing work which is not really your responsibility. Romance. A powerful aspect to Venus will help to create a surge of romantic energy between you and your partner. This should be a good time for both of you.

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

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A surprise move later in the week may leave you wondering what is going on. Talk to a person whom you can trust – your other colleagues may not be so quick to tell you everything. Romance. A power-struggle between you and your partner will not help either of you. Do your best to settle a recent dispute in a way which satisfies both sides.

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

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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!

MUDDY RIVER

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)

– Oprah Winfrey

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

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.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

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GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

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.

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

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Stars

Your relationship with your boss may be a little difficult at times this month. Work hard, but don’t let yourself get dragged into an argument which you cannot win. Romance. A letter from a friend who lives a long way away will cheer you up. This person has been dreaming about you recently.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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.

FOR KIDS

FINDWORD No. 84

Your  Lucky

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.

SOLUTIONS No. 84

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.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A meeting with friends later in the month will put you in touch with somebody who is going to have a strong influence over your life over the next few weeks. Romance. An acquaintance from work may be a little more inquisitive than you would like. You will have to find a subtle way to deal with their questions.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

You might actually be in better financial shape than you realise: you have forgotten about a sum of money which you have hidden in the house. Romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will help you to attract the right person. Be careful that you don’t rush in too quickly, however, or you will put them off just as fast!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) A plan to save money could create more problems than it solves. You will need to find a better way to balance your needs and your resources. Don’t listen to a friend whose advice has been unhelpful in the past. Romance. Your partner will appreciate a few words of encouragement. You might not realise how much they value your support.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A recent change in your circumstances might be difficult to deal with at first. You may have to leave some old ideas behind and move on. Romance. A difficult aspect to Mars this week could make you a little on-edge at times. Do your best to avoid getting into areas which have caused tension in the past. This is not the best time to deal with delicate issues.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) A person whom you have not seen for many years will suddenly come to mind. An event which this person predicted will soon come true. Romance. You will be in rather an excitable state this week. You may find yourself spending time with someone that you would normally find a little too strange for your tastes!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A favourable aspect to Jupiter will give your self-confidence a boost. This will be an excellent time for starting a new project, or for injecting new life into an old one. Romance. This will be a good time for romance: however, your partner may find your changing moods confusing at times. Do your best to be more consistent.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You may need to reduce your spending in order to stay in financial balance. A recent splurge was more than you could afford, and could create problems later in the month. Romance. Try not to judge the situation until you are certain that you have all the information. You are actually in a much better position than you realise.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

You may find it a little heavy-going at times. However, your determination will be enough to see you through. A meeting later in the week will go especially well. Romance. Your strong emotions throughout this week will give you the energy that you need to find what you are looking for. Be careful not to miss the obvious, however.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Don’t be too concerned about what other people think of you. You know that what you are doing is right and don’t need their approval to continue. Romance. An innocent secret about your personal life will shortly be revealed. No harm will be done, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

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AKEE AND KETCHELL WEDDING, TOWNSVILLE

The bridal party.

The bridal couple Daisy Velma Lorres Akee and Susamie Jack Titom Ketchell Snr.

The bride with her father Leo Akee.

A flower bouquet and the wedding rings.

Signing the marriage register and marriage certificate.

The wedding ceremony in Townsville.

The wedding rings.

Viewers immerse themselves in The Straits

The Montebellos - are they a likeable bunch? Page 18 Torres News

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THOSE who watched the premiere of The Straits on ABC last week were introduced the bunch of rapscallions who make up the fictional Montebello family. In this week’s episode, Vlad, a hired killer, sets out for Cairns with a highpowered rifle. Harry is his target, but who has hired Vlad? We also find out more about Sissi Montebello (played by Suzannah BayesMorton), the only daughter adopted by Kitty and Harry. Sissi is both bound to the family business and sheltered from the reality. When she starts to discover inconsistencies in the books - managed by long-time family friend Paddy - she is deeply conflicted by her loyalty to her family and the reality of what goes on. The discovery throws her into the middle of the mess that can come with managing the family business. As Harry prepares for his and Kitty’s wedding anniversary, Kitty takes Gary back to the islands to persuade the Zey Islanders they need to protect Gary better (after the events of Episode 2).

Wrestling with her discovery of Paddy’s embezzlement, Sissi finally tells Harry what she has learned. Harry is deeply upset by the news. He takes Paddy on their weekly fishing expedition, confronts him over the money he’s skimmed, and then kills him. When Sissi learns what Harry has done, she is shocked and wracked with guilt. She has an almighty fight with her father and runs. Gary, who has been bitten by a snake on Zey and believes he’s going to die, tells Harry that he slept with his brother’s wife Lola. Harry, who has never liked Lola much, confronts her and tells her she is out of the family. Before Harry has time to tell the others what has happened, Vlad shoots him. Stay glued to the set this Thursday, February 9, from 8.30pm n ABC 1. And if you miss Thursday’s screening, the episode will be repeated on ABC 2 on Friday, February 10 at 10.30pm. What do you think of the new series so far? Send your reviews to editor@ torresnews.com.au - and stay tuned for more episode previews.


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NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS Rate notices for the half year ending 30 June 2012 were issued on the 6 February 2012. Council offers a 10% discount on the general rates only, to ratepayers who pay their rates and charges in full by the due date of 7 March, 2012. You may pay by mail, in-person by cash/EFTPOS or by direct deposit. EFTPOS payments will also be accepted by telephone. Direct debit facilities are also available on application to Council. Further details on payment methods are listed on the reverse side of the rate notice. Any queries should be addressed to the Rates Officer, ph 4069 1336, email: rates@torres.qld.gov.au

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Vacancy for a Primary Health Care Manager (PHCM) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Mackay Ltd is a community controlled Health Service funded by the Federal Government to provide a Primary Health Care Service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Mackay and its surrounding Districts. Applications are invited for a full time Primary Health Care Manager to work for ATSICHS Mackay Ltd. Position Description and Mandatory Requirements: The PHCM position is for 38 hours per week from 8.30am to 5pm daily only. No after hours work or weekend work required. The position includes a range of responsibilities within the clinic environment including managing of staff. The applicant must have relevant experience and an Advance Diploma in ATSI Primary Health Care or equivalent. Earnings: $85,000 to $115,000 plus 9% superannuation and 17.5% leave loading. Contact Details: Please contact our HR Officer, Mrs Komil Chandra on (07) 4957 9412 or email hr@atsichs.org.au for further information and to obtain copies of the Position Description.

Careers with Queensland Health Allied Health/Clinical Support Advanced Health Workers – Bamaga Primary Health Care Centre, Torres Strait – Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $61 632 p.a., comprising salary between $49 108 - $54 018 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (OO4) (Two positions. Applications will remain current for 12 months.) Duties/Abilities: Provide primary health care, health education, health promotion, and administration to the community health centre in the Northern Peninsula Area. The primary health care services are to be delivered in a culturally appropriate and acceptable manner so as to ensure consistency in health care practise across the Health Service District. 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 ‘working with children check’; from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian prior to appointment to this position. Enquiries: Karyn Sam (07) 4069 3200. Job Ad Reference: H12TO01602. Application Kit: (07) 4226 5124 or www.health.qld.gov.au/workforus Closing Date: Monday, 13 February 2012.

Corporate Support Services Human Resource Manager – People and Culture,

Thursday Island Hospital, Torres Strait – Northern Peninsula Health Service District. Remuneration value up to $112 370 p.a., comprising salary between $91 753 - $98 487 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (AO7) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: Lead a customer focussed Strategic Human Resource Management Service which includes supporting and advising the Director of People and Culture, District Chief Executive Officer, District Executive, and Senior Managers on all industrial and employment related matters. Enquiries: Les Solman (07) 4069 0251. Job Ad Reference: H12TO01646. 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: Friday, 17 February 2012. You can apply online at www.health.qld.gov.au/workforus A criminal history check may be conducted on the recommended person for the job. A non-smoking policy applies to Queensland Government buildings, offices and motor vehicles. BlazeQ020676

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

2 NISSAN scargo vans for sale 1 blue reg till march 2012 for $7,500 1 white as is for $4,500 or both for $10,500 1 tagalong trailer for $2,500 or all 3 for $13,000 contact Sylvia on 0478 612 015, Allen on 0478 597 524 or 4037 0929

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Erub boys line up for West Indigies By ALF WILSON

In West Indigies uniform are Noel Ross, Justin Ross, Jordan Ross, Drew Ross, Dean Ross, Gordon Ross and Jermaine Ross, Youngsters in the pics are Rex Ross, and Jermaine Ross jnr.

A GROUP of brothers of Erub (Darnley Island) descent were dubbed the “Magnificent Seven” when they lined up at the world’s biggest cricket carnival. All members of the Ross family, the boys were playing in the B-2 men’s division of the Goldfield Ashes at Charters Towers from January 20 to 22. A huge 226 teams contested the 64th Ashes on 72 fields around Charters Towers and surrounds. Noel Ross, Justin Ross, Jordan Ross, Drew Ross, Dean Ross, Gordon Ross and Jermaine Ross, descendants of the late Anastasia Maria Ross (nee Kanaka), played for the West Indigies side, named after the West Indies Test side, against Leftovers XI on day one at one of the numerous wickets on the Charters Towers airport reserve. The Indigies won 165 runs to 140, and each of the “Magnificent Seven” played some role. And seven out of 11 is not bad, according to inspirational team captain Glenn Butler. “They are a vital part of the side, and make up more than half of the players,” Butler said. West Indigies finished a highly creditable 48th out of 134 teams in B-2 grade, scoring 453 runs and taking 24 wickets to register 15.33 points. Numerous players from the Torres Strait and a few from the Northern Peninsula Area lined up for various teams at the Ashes. In past year these players have told the Torres News they enjoy competing at the Ashes because there are no organised fixtures on Thursday Island or the NPA. The carnival began in 1948 with just six teams and has grown so much that it is now recognised by the Government as an official Aussie sporting icon.

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Traineeships and other employment opportunities: We have traineeships available for Traditional Owners from the land on which we operate. We will be visiting your community soon to discuss traineeships and other employment opportunities we have available at our operation. We will be in your community on the following dates: Aurukun – ALP Office 22nd February (10am to 12noon) Hopevale – Training Centre 14th February (9am to 12noon) Cooktown – Community Events Centre 13th February (2pm to 5pm) Napranum – outside Council Office 23rd February (9am – 12noon) New Mapoon - NPA Regional Council office 27th February (1pm to 4pm) th Injinoo - Council Office 28 February (9am to 12noon) Mapoon - outside the community store 20th February (10am – 1pm) Application forms will be available during our community visit. All application forms, along with resumes, must be mailed to: The Pre-work Development Team, Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa Pty Ltd C/- Post Office, Weipa, 4874. OR Send by fax to 07 4069 8474 Applications close 2 March 2012.

West Indigies fielding at the Goldfield Ashes.

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Bani signs with Raiders FORMER former Manly and North Queensland Cowboys winger Michael Bani (pictured below) has signed a one-year deal with the Canberra Raiders. After signing the contract on Wednesday, January 25, Bani began training last Tuesday with Canberra’s feeder club, the Mounties in Western Sydney. He is expected to join the Raiders for pre-season training this week. Raiders recruitment manager David Hamilton said with many clubs being audited, and some clubs being forced to cut players, the team had not rushed into the decision. ‘’This year we need someone who’s been there and done that, and he’s got 42 NRL games under his belt,’’ Hamilton told the Canberra Times. Despite signing Bani, the Raiders remain in the market for an outside back should a rival club have to offload a player close to the 2012 season because of their own salary cap issues. The Raiders were close to signing former Bulldogs winger Cameron Phelps before he landed a deal with Widnes in the English Super League. ‘’Could we pick up one more player, yes we could,’’ Furner said. Bani, from Thursday Island, became a cult hero during his rookie 2007 season when Manly eventually lost to the Melbourne Storm in the grand final. The 27-year-old transferred to the Cowboys in 2009, but an ankle injury restricted him to two NRL appearances in 2011. Bani was released by the Cowboys at the end of last year to return to his partner in Sydney, who recently gave birth to their first child.

Time to get in touch

Thursday Island Touch Association president Wally Shibasaki and secretary Marsat Ketchell are encouraging corporate teams to join the 2012 season. By MARK ROY TOUCH football season starts again next month, and teams are encouraged to register and get out on the field. Thursday Island Touch Association president Wally Shibasaki said he hoped to see a number of corporate teams take to the field for the 2012 Touch Season. “We have had interest from the school, Ergon Energy, Queensland Health, customs and the police,” Shibasaki said. “The game is growing every year, and the standard on TI is being lifted. “In the Torres Strait players compete at three different levels: the regional competition, as well as the opportunity to participate at the state

level, and if selected, players can go on to the nationals.” He said the Battle of the Islands competition was coming up in May 3-6 on Thursday Island. “We are affiliated with the Queensland Touch Association, and the Battle of the Islands is part of a selection process to choose a Torres Strait side that goes to Townsville every June to compete in the North Queensland championship. “We select the North Queensland Cyclones team to go on to the nationals at Port Macquarie in March. “The competition is played at all levels including open ladies’, open men’s, mixed, and all different age groups. “Touch football is not just for younger people, we have older players as well.

“Marsat (Ketchell) competed last year at the national level in the over 55s. “Get active, stay active, and live longer: that’s what the Touch Association promotes.” The TI competition gets underway on Tuesday, March 6, with games being played every Tuesday from 6pm under lights at Ken Brown Oval. Teams must register by 5pm Friday, February 17 and pay their insurance fee. Each team must also nominate a referee. Nomination fees for Battle of the Islands teams are due on April 27. For more information contact Wally Shibasaki on 0459 582 646 or the Torres Strait Youth, Recreation and Sport Association on 4069 2484.

Warriors sidelined in “championship” match By Alf Wilson CHAMPION Torres Strait Island team Argun Warriors should have been given the opportunity to compete at the February 3 Deadly Choices Interstate Match, promoted by organisers as the game to decide the best Indigenous rugby league team in the country. That is the opinion of leading North Queensland All Blacks carnival organisers Sarah Addo and Jenny Pryor, as well as successful coach Gerald Bowie. The winners of the 2011 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Midaribba Warriors met the victors of the recent Queensland Murri carnival Southern Dingoes at Burleigh Bears home ground in Miami on February 3. Organisers billed the game as an Indigenous State of Origin Koori versus Murri clash to crown the Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait champions. Torres Strait side Argun Warriors won the Island of Origin Series grand final at Badu Island in June defeating Saguci 20-14 in a quality grand final. Page 22 Torres News

Then Argun Warriors backed up to win North Queensland biggest All Blacks carnival in Cairns during October, which featured 30 men’s teams. That Argun Warriors side included NRL stars Chris Sandow and Travis Waddell and defeated East Coast Dolphins 32-24 in the decider. Sarah Addo, who organised the Cairns carnival, there was no way the Deadly Choices Interstate Challenge would decide the best Indigenous team. “This event was conducted without full consultation with other All Blacks carnival organisers in Queensland,” Addo said. “This event should not have been implemented until all the winners of our carnivals played off, then the Queensland winners should have played the NSW best winners.” Addo said the event was a kick in the guts for hard-working organisers of the North Queensland All Blacks carnivals. Gerald Bowie, who coached the Argun Warriors side which won the Cairns carnival, said he felt Argun Warriors should have had the right to contest the event.

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Mr Bowie also coached Waur United from Kubin Village Moa Island, which defeated Northern Peninsula Area team Ala Eagles 44-42 in the final in November’s Dan Ropeyarn carnival at Bamaga. In the last 19 years Mr Bowie, of Badu heritage, has been involved either as a player or coach in winning sides at 64 All Blacks carnivals. “The Murri Knockout winners should have had to play the winners of other North Queensland All Blacks carnivals. “Argun Warriors is a great team that has many wins up their sleeves and can face any team that participates in any All Blacks Carnivals. “Argun will be back at the Cairns All Blacks with a stronger side as the reigning 2011 Cairns All Blacks Champions,” Bowie said. Another critic of the event is Jenny Pryor who is the chief organiser of the Townsville Bindal All Blacks carnival which celebrates its 25 year next October. “Firstly the Murri Knockout organisation has not got representation of all of Queensland especially a representative from

each of the All Blacks organisers across the state,” Pryor said. “There is a lot of good teams that play in our carnivals so they are been excluded. The Murri Knockout was in its first year, so how can the organiser claim the game will decide the best Indigenous team,” Ms Pryor said. A star-studded Cannonballs side went on to win the Townsville All Blacks grand final 42-6 over Bindal Sharks. Mr Bowie has issued a challenge declaring that Argun Warriors would meet the winner of the Deadly Choices Interstate Match. “We would be happy to play them somewhere in between where we are based such as at Mackay and I am confident we would win,” he said. The Murri versus Koori Challenge was a day before between the Indigenous All Stars NRL All Stars sides for the inaugural Artie Beetson memorial trophy on the Gold Coast. Many people from the Torres Strait travelled south for the All Stars clash and tens of thousands from the far north watched it on television. Last year the NRL All Stars won 28-12.


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Beetson immortalised in trophy THE late great Arthur Beetson has been immortalised with a trophy featuring his handprint and signature. Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars creator Preston Campbell launched the trophy dedicated to the memory of Arthur Beetson at a special presentation last week, attended by Arthur’s eldest son, Brad Beetson, the Queensland Deputy Premier, Andrew Fraser MP, and Titans’ All Stars representatives Greg Bird and Luke Bailey. The Arthur Beetson Trophy was awarded to the winning team in the annual Harvey Norman Rugby League All Star game at Skilled Park, Gold Coast, on Saturday, February 4. Campbell, the Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous All Stars Ambassador, said the face of Artie Beetson brought back memories for so many. “Artie’s influence on all players was immense and this is a fitting way to honour his memory and what he represented to so many players, coaches and fans in the Rugby League community,” Campbell said. “We know Artie was a man who was extremely proud of his heritage and he was passionate about the game of Rugby League, which is what the All Stars concept is all about.” Brad Beetson said his family was very proud that the All Stars

Indigenous All Stars and NRL All Stars logos. Across All Stars week there were a number of Arthur Beetson Tributes including pre-match entertainment by Indigenous singer and songwriter Kev Carmody, who will be joined by award winning artists Sara Storer and Shane Nicholson for the song “From Little Things Big Things Grow” while an on-field tribute to Arthur takes place. In other tributes, a friend of Arthurs’s, Brian Peacock, performed a tribute song “Big Artie - the Greatest of Them All”. The single was written and recorded by Peacock and will be available for fans to download, with all proceeds going to the Arthur Beetson Scholarship Fund, established to assist those making the transition from school to work.

Trophy had been renamed in honour of his father. “This year’s All Stars match will be particularly special for us because of all the wonderful tributes being prepared for Dad,” said Brad Beetson. “At the end of the day he loved nothing more than a great game of footy and I wish both sides all the best for a thrilling All Stars match next weekend.” Designed by Sydney-based sculptor Roger Apte, the existing All Stars Trophy has been revisited with the trophy’s front face now painted black with a star-shaped panel affixed to it; and the reverse face now displaying Arthur’s handprint and signature. The front of the trophy also displays the words “Arthur Beetson Trophy” while still carrying the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars logo, the Learn Earn Legend!

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Teams drawn to Warraber VOLLEYBALL got off the ground for 2012 with an exciting carnival on Warraber Island, with players lining up to make the squad for the Arafura Games in Darwin next year. The annual Torres Strait Volleyball Carnival was hosted this year by Warraber Sporting Association. The three-day event kicked off on Australia Day, Thursday, January 26, attracting teams from across the Torres Strait. The ladies division attracted 10 teams: Thaiwa from Yam Island, Urab A&B from Coconut Island, TIVA (Thursday Island Volleyball Association), Badu, Erubians from Darnley Island, St Pauls, and host team Mawan A, B & C from Warraber. There were six teams in the men’s division: Tudi Warriors A&B from Warraber Island, TIVA, Urab from Coconut Island, Custodian (TI) and Erubians from Darnley. All teams played to the best of their

ability, and the end of the semi-finals TIVA in the ladies’ division and Custodian in the men’s were awaiting their opponents in the finals. The finals day shaped up as a cool morning. The ladies final between TIVA and Mawan A was a four-set match, which resulted in Mawan A beating TIVA 3-1. The Custodian team had a rematch with Tudi A, but proved too dominant, winning the match three sets straight. Individuals were recognised with trophies awarded for various skills such as best spiker, best blocker, best setter and best digger, along with several other annual awards. The weekend proved interesting and entertaining for all, with players having the opportunity to nominate themselves for a squad position in the Torres Strait Arafura Volleyball teams preparing to attend the 2013 Arafura Games in Darwin.

Event coordinator Clara Tamu said the level of player potential was extremely high, with 24 ladies and 18 men making the squad. “Selecting a squad early on would be beneficial for all participants, to allow for long-term planning, fitness improvement and financial organisation,” Tamu said. The squad will meet again in six months for a training session, before being Men’s winners Custodian. cut down to a team of 12 (two shadows) at the next Torres Strait Carnival in 2013. The squad will be encouraged to develop and improve on last year’s ladies result of a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Arafura Games. A Torres Strait Volleyball committee needs to be established and all communities that have an interest in volleyball are encouraged to contact Matilda Loban President from TI Volleyball Association. Email tivassociation10@gmail.com for further information. Ladies’ winners Mawan A.

Ladies’ runners-up TIVA.

Men’s most improved player Kassim Ware from Custodian.

Ladies’ most improved player Latoya Billy from TIVA.

Men’s runners-up Tudi A.

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