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Badu artist George Nona and traditional owner Maluwap Nona hold a totemic drum, or warup, carved by George and now on display at the Malu Paru Restaurant at the Grand Hotel on Thursday Island. George is using his contemporary art practice to revive the myths and traditions of the Torres Strait. Read more >> page 4. PHOTO: MELINDA TUPLING

Torres Strait gamblers losing 25% of income on the pokies: Report New Menu By MARK BOUSEN GAMBLERS in the Torres Strait are losing almost $5500 a year (more than $100 a week) on electronic gaming (poker) machines, the author of report into the machines has estimated.

Dr Charles Livingstone, of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, told the Torres News, that, based on figures available on poker machine gambling in Far North Queensland, gamblers were losing $5496 a year, or 24.6 per cent of the median

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individual income for Torres Shire. (Median individual income means, in general terms, the average income throughout the region. Therefore, many will earn above the median average and many below. Continued Page 2 >>

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Gamblers lose 25% of income on the pokies From Page 1 << The loss of income by gamblers who are below the median income will be higher than the 24.6 per cent, while the percentage will be lower for those who earn above the median income. The median income for Torres Shire is approximately $22,341 a year.) Dr Livingstone (pictured right) estimates the four outlets in Torres Shire, which house 82 poker machines, reap $3,431,625 a year in net revenue. He estimates the turnover at 10-fold the net revenue figure - that is $34,316,250 a year, between $5-10 million a year or $100,000-$200,000 a week more than previously believed by industry sources. Previous estimates have placed the ďŹ gure at between $20-30 million a year. Dr Livingstone said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously in a very disadvantaged community, the magnitude of these losses would be very keenly felt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have an immediate income on well-being and, in particular, on the wellbeing of families, especially children.â&#x20AC;? Dr Livingstone is the co-author of a report - Assessment of poker machine expenditure and community beneďŹ ts claims in selected Commonwealth Electoral Divisions - released during April. The report, commissioned by the Uniting Church Australia, studied poker machine activities across numerous electoral divisions

in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. Twelve electoral divisions in Queensland were the focus of the report, but did not include the seat of Leichhardt, held by Mr Warren Entsch. The report found that 31 per cent of the population in Queensland played poker machines. There are 83 poker machines within Torres Shire, according to the Queensland Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce of Liquor and Gaming Department. Royal Hotel has 35, Grand Hotel 22, Torres Hotel 20, and Wongai Hotel on Horn Island has six (6). The department has refused, on several occasions, to disclose the operating ďŹ gures for the four outlets, saying they do not disclose ďŹ gures where there are ďŹ ve or less outlets. They say this policy is designed to protect the licensees, not the gamblers. Based on the Government ďŹ gures, each machine in FNQ returns a net revenue of $41,345 a year on average. On that ofďŹ cial ďŹ gure, the net returns for the four outlets would be: Royal Hotel, 35 machines: $1,447,075 million a year or $27,828 a week; Grand Hotel, 22 machines: $909,590 a

year or $17,415 a week; Torres Hotel, 20 machines: $826,900 a year or $15,902 a week; Wongai Hotel, 6 machines: $248,070 a year or $4770 a week. Given that the net returns, as a rule of thumb within the industry, can be multiplied by 10 to give an approximate turnover ďŹ gure, then turnover could be: Royal Hotel, 35 machines: $14,470,750 a year or $278,284 a week; Grand Hotel, 22 machines: $9,095,900 a year or $173,492 a week;

Torres Hotel, 20 machines: $8,269,000 a year or $159,019 a week; Wongai Hotel, 6 machines: $2,480,700 a year or $47,705 a week. Poker machines are legislated to return up to 90 per cent of turnover as winnings. The losses by users of poker machines are simply calculated. There were 2014 adults in Torres Shire at the last census, and, based on the state-wide ďŹ gure of 31 per cent people using poker machines, there are slightly more than 600 people using them in the Torres Shire outlets. Given the net revenue of $3,431,625, distributed among the 624 users (on average), the loss per player is simply calculated. The report found: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Previous research has shown that the impacts of poker machine losses are felt at every level, by individuals, their families, in lower spending in other local businesses and by other fund-raising organisations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This research veriďŹ es that these impacts are concentrated in those communities least able to absorb them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poker machines clearly extract significant financial resources from already disadvantaged communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disadvantage is itself a predictor of extent of poker machine losses, along with the number of poker machines in a local community.â&#x20AC;?


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Elder Statesman laid to rest ELDER Statesman of the Torres Strait, the late George Jacob Mye, MBE, OAM, was laid to rest at his home on Erub on Wednesday, May 16. The island came to a halt as around 400 mourners attended his funeral procession and church service, with people travelling from the nearby islands of Ugar (Stephen Island), Masig (Yorke Island) and Mer (Murray Island) for what was an historic occasion. Erub's All Saints Church resounded to a chorus of hymn and prayer as it filled beyond capacity and with friends, family and distinguished guests. Mr Mye, who passed away on Thursday, April 26, in Cairns, is believed to have been 85 years old. He was unwavering in his determination to secure autonomy for the Torres Strait.

At a meeting of the United Nations in 1987, Mr Mye sang his song "Time Now For Change", which became an anthem for self-governance in the Torres Strait. Speaking at the All Saints Church, Fr Getano Lui Jnr and Ned David both gave moving obituaries to the leader they had known and loved. Fr Lui said "nothing was given to the Torres Strait". "It was all earned by people like him, through the hardship of blood, sweat and tears," Fr Lui said. "What he was trying to tell us is that we need to stand up firm. Hope is alive again and the dream shall live on." Mr David said "there will never be another George Mye". "He was a poet, a composer, a historian, a bush lawyer in many ways, and he was a great religious leader," Mr




Mr Jacob George Mye, MBE, OAM, elder statesman of the Torres Strait, is laid to rest at his home in the village of Dadamud, on Erub (Darnley Island) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. PHOTO: MARK ROY David said. "There are no leaders down to discuss anything, Uncle with us today who can say they George made it very, very clear that have composed songs that have I was there to sit down and listen. made men cry." "I never had the courage to argue Member for Leichhardt Warren against him; he had that sense of Entsch said Mr Mye was "just the authority and an aura about him. most amazing man". "When Uncle George spoke, I "When you walked into his listened." house he had all these certificates Vale Uncle George Mye. and awards, and, whenever I sat Pictorial coverage, Page 13 >>.

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Urgent action needed to ‘reduce pokie-fuelled problem gambling’ POKIES fuel problem gambling and they should be regulated to reduce gambling harm to the community, according to the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS told the Government’s Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform in Canberra last week that the evidence supports the introduction of strong consumer protection and gambling harm prevention measures. Evidence shows Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs), known as pokies, are the product most linked to problem gambling and gambling harm, with 30% of users engaged in problem gambling. Sixty per cent of the $19 billion per year spent on gambling is lost to EGMs, mostly located in clubs and hotels. “From a psychological perspective, we know that the environmental conditions in venues and the design of the games themselves make it difficult for people to make informed choices about how much they spend and how long they play,” said psychologist and APS manager of Public Interest, Ms Heather Gridley, a co-author

of the submission. In its recent submission to the Inquiry, the APS said that gambling is a significant public health concern associated not only with financial losses but depression, selfharm and anxiety. Also, it is estimated that for every one person with a gambling problem, five to 10 other people are affected by it. “The problems with gambling are not just isolated to problem gamblers,” said Ms Gridley. “We need to look at the impact of gambling on society as a whole, and what we can do to reduce the potential for gambling-related harm.” The APS is recommending stronger EGM consumer protection measures such as: * Reduction in the number of EGMs, including caps per community or location; * Alteration of the characteristics of EGMs, such as slowing machines down and lowering cash input rates; * Full provision of information to consumers about products, such as ‘cost

* 30% of pokie users engaged in problem gambling * 90,000 to 170,000 Australian adults are estimated to experience significant problems due to their gambling, and a further 350,000 may be at risk per hour’ of playing EGMs; * Modifying the gambling environment, such as limiting access to cash and reducing hours of operating machines; and * The introduction of an effective policy of mandatory pre-commitment. The APS submission notes the concentration of EGMs in lower socioeconomic areas, and recommends caps for the number of EGMs per community or location. “Remote and regional areas, Indigenous communities and urban growth areas are more likely to have a range of factors making them vulnerable to the negative impacts of problem gambling,” said Ms Gridley.

Regional/rural residents more likely to play pokies AUSTRALIANS who live in regional or rural areas are poker machines in the last 12 months more likely than capital city dwellers to have played according to the March 2012 results of the Roy Morgan Gambling Monitor. FACT FILE ON POKER MACHINES It found 31% of Australians living In 2008-09, Australians lost $10.5 billion on poker in regional or rural areas played machines; the pokies in the last 12 months, Australians spent $10.3 billion in the 12 months to compared to only 22% of capital city March 31,2012, down from $12.3 billion to March 31, dwellers. 2011. Australians living in regional or 40 per cent of those losses came from people with rural areas are also more likely to poker machine addictions; place a bet, buy a lottery or scratch There is one poker machine for every 108 people in ticket, and play Keno at a club, pub Australia; or casino. Australia has the 7th highest number of gaming Jane Ianniello, Roy Morgan machines in the world, with more than 200,000; Research International Director of Woolworths and AHL group (in which Woolworths has Tourism, Travel & Leisure, says: a major holding) own about 12,000 machines or 6 per “The Roy Morgan Gambling Monicent of the machines in Australia. tor shows that just over one quarter The consortium is the largest poker machine operator in of Australians gamble on the pokies, Australia. with regional and rural residents being

more likely to play the pokies than city dwellers. Regional and rural residents are more likely than capital city dwellers to go to pubs and hotels for a drink or meal and to catch up with friends - and many play the pokies while they are there. “The Roy Morgan Gambling Monitor shows that just over one quarter of Australians gamble on the pokies, with young people under 25 and the 50+ age group being more likely to play the pokies than the 25-49 year olds. “This is not surprising given that 25-49 year olds are less likely to have spare cash to gamble, with many of them having families to support and financial commitments such as mortgages.

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Ancient drum resurrected George Nona gives a demonstration of the sound of the warup. PHOTO: MELINDA TUPLING

By MELINDA TUPLING CURRENTLY on display at the Grand Hotel is a replica of an ancient warup, or drum, that dates back to the 1600s. The drums were originally used for initiation ceremonies, in funeral rituals for releasing the deceased’s spirit, and in hunting ceremonies associated with cult and war heroes. It may be the first time in modern times that this type of drum has been replicated to the same size, with the same materials originally used. Carved by Torres Strait artist George Nona of the Tupmul Clan, the drum replicates an hourglass-shaped totemic drum that originated in the Western Islands - one of the first ever made. “This drum in particular is what makes the Torres Strait unique in culture,” George says. “These drums were traded a lot between island communities.” George’s story began in 1971 on Badu, where he grew up without specific traditional Western Torres Strait knowledge. As he grew older, he became passionate about learning his cultural history - and so the search began. Delving into archives, oral histories and antique photographs, he became steadfast in his resolve to revive the traditions of his people, the Torres Strait Islanders. And while one warup may look

much like another, George says once the intricate markings are put on, they become the ownership of the clan group. “There are three totems symbolically represented on the drum: the dugong, the crocodile and the turtle,” he says. Torres Strait Regional Authority chairperson John ‘Toshie’ Kris said George Nona had created a new style of art that was vital to the continuation of traditional and cultural practices. “George’s contribution for raising awareness and respect for culture through his art is crucial for sustaining Torres Strait knowledge,” Mr Kris said. “There is a strictness to his work and he abides by the values of tradition, giving explanations.” Mr Kris said that through George’s art, people had begun to realise there was a deeper meaning behind the dances. “George talks about history and is passing knowledge on for this generation and future generations to come,” Mr Kris said. “This process brings the wider community to understand the uniqueness of our culture.” A mesmerizing storyteller, George has the power to transport the listener to another realm with his delivery of cultural myths and legends from beportaim, or times long past. “The sound of the drum resembles doima - thunder,” he says. “The cassowary and cowry are

put on for spiritual reasons, not totemic.” While some knowledge cannot be disclosed for spiritual reasons, the cultural and spiritual significance of drums and masks goes much deeper than many people realise, he says. “The cassowary eats the berries from the tree, the tree is then cut down to make the drum,” he says. “The cassowary feathers are used to make the dhoeri (head dresses). “It is a whole cycle - like a butterfly. All is connected in the spiritual sense.” But these connections and meanings were not always apparent for George. “As a young boy of about seven years of age, growing up on Badu, I often wondered about the significance behind wearing head dresses,” he says. “We would dance with shakers and wear head dresses made from cardboard. “I could clearly see the significance of the shakers - to dance to rhythm, but why the head dresses? What did it mean? “This question led me to much researching and speaking with Elders. “Through researching I learned there was much lost information.” These days, as an accomplished artist, George uses his contemporary art practice to re-enliven these almost-lost traditions. Continued Page 6 >>

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Erub artist has a shot at the prize

Erub artist Sedey Stephen at work on her print.

SEDEY Stephen, artist from Erub Erwer Meta, has been preselected for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award exhibition. Sedey’s entry, ‘Kara Meta, My Home’ is a pen and watercolour of her at home in her garden. Sedey has placed herself as the central figure surrounded by plants, her vibrant use of colour, attention to detail and the compositional aspects make this a stand out piece. Sedey enjoys painting scenes of her house and garden and revisits this theme in many of her works.

Last year in the Gab Titui Awards she was highly commended for a similar but smaller work. Sedey is very excited about her preselection and is looking forward to attending the opening night of the exhibition in Darwin. Sedey is one of Erub Erwer Metas senior artists and has been an active member since the Ekkilau craft group days 20 years ago. Her work is represented in a number of collections as well as some planned for a national touring show kicking off next Sedey Stephen. year.

Dental studies a ticket home for Sinitta A TORRES Strait Island student expects to fulfil a long-held ambition of becoming the first Torres Strait Islander dentist based on her home island by 2016. Sinitta Cloudy-Kris has been working toward a career in Dentistry since 2006, completing a school based traineeship as a Dental Assistant, obtaining a Certificate III in Dental Assistance and employment as a Dental Assistant. She is currently in her second year as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery student at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns. Ms Cloudy-Kris is the recipient of the 2012 Morey Scholarship, one of five tertiary scholarships administered by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) under the Assistance with Tertiary Education

Scheme (ATES). The Morey Scholarship is sponsored by Queensland Senator Sue Boyce and is named after her paternal great grandfather Mr Fredrick E. Morey who operated a fleet of Pearl luggers in the Torres Strait. Ms Cloudy-Kris said she had never considered a dental career in any other location. “I am now looking at graduating in 2015 and I am looking forward to returning home to work. “I think five years away from home for study is long enough and I would like to return as soon as possible. “I am planning to work in the public sector because at the end of the day I want to help indigenous people and I believe this would be better accomplished in public health not private practice. Ms Cloudy-Kris said JCU had three times more indigenous students than any other dental school in Australia. “The university is more than happy to try and get more Indigenous dentistry students with the first two Aboriginal dentists expected to graduate from the school in December. “There are currently 14 Indigenous students in dentistry but I am The three bicycles and helmets able to be won by NPA children. the only Torres Strait SINCE the beginning of the school ment action against those persons Islander. year, police in the Northern Pe- found not wearing an approved “I consider myself ninsula Area (NPA) have been helmet when riding a bicycle, with more than lucky to have working with the NPA College and fines up to $100 to be issued to such great support from ambulance staff to educate the youth those not complying,” Snr Const. the staff in the school about road safety awareness. Roseby said. of dentistry and it’s all Senior Constable Don Roseby But learning the road rules can really overwhelming. said part of the program was to mean more than just avoiding a “Also I am a young encourage all bicycle riders in the fine - it can also be a lot of fun. mum and having my “School students from years 7 NPA to wear an approved helmet son and study load that to 12 have also had the opportunity whenever riding a bicycle. comes with dentistry it is “As an encouragement, any child to participate in driving motorised full-on at times and hard seen by police wearing a helmet go-karts in a controlled environment to juggle but with support whilst out and about will be given on the high school oval, learning from my family and the a ticket to go in the draw to win a basic road rules,” he said. staff at uni I seem to get “This has been tremendous fun brand-new bicycle at the end of the by quite well.” school year,” Snr Const. Roseby for all involved, and there is more Ms Cloudy-Kris said to come. said. after her experience she “Police would like to thank Mr “There are three bikes available would urge other Torres to be won, one for each of the school Barry McCartney from the NPA Strait students to take College for his generous and enercampuses in the NPA.” advantage of tertiary Police are asking parents and getic assistance and involvement education opportunities. carers to encourage their children to with this program. “For those who are “Police would also like to thank wear a bicycle helmet, and to lead thinking about coming by example by wearing a helmet Mr Oliver Wacek of Trinity Cycles to uni I say just go for themselves when riding bicycles in in Cairns for his support and assistit you have got nothing the NPA. ance in providing the bicycles that to lose. “In July, police will start enforce- will be raffled later in the year.” “If you want to study

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Sinitta Cloudy-Kris at work in the JCU School of Dentistry in Cairns. in the health field we need more health professionals especially dentists. “Uni is such great place with so many supportive people. “If there is something you are really interested in studying all you need to do is put in the time and effort

and you can be whatever you want “In the future it could take you to many different places.” The TSRA scholarships have been awarded to university students from the region since 2002. The annual scholarships are aimed at students who are undertaking fulltime, on campus university undergraduate study for the first time. The scholarships assist students with the costs of relocating for study by providing financial assistance of $6000 per year for study and living expenses.

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Ancient drum resurrected

<< From Page 4 Winner of the 2009 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, with works held at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island, George Nona is clearly dedicated to revitalising Western Torres Strait cultural heritage. The importance of fully understanding the cultural and spiritual significance behind symbolic tools such as iconic masks, drums and headdresses cannot be underestimated, he says.

“Headdresses are a spiritual thing. They are the key to the spiritual world,” George says. “Anthropologists who came here all those years ago spoke with Elders who spoke very little English, and as such, the meanings of the masks and head dresses were simplified. “The true meanings were never recorded. “I have met only three, maybe four Elders who know the depth of spirituality behind all this. “I want to re-release this information for the younger generations. “The concept of my art is to respect the markings, as the subtlety

of the markings identify where the piece is from. “I want to go forward with respect to boundaries, and I urge other young artists to do the same, as the markings have deep, spiritual significance.” Badu traditional owner Maluwap Nona described George’s art as giving “a sense of belonging again”. “This is the way forward to maintain our Torres Strait island customs and traditions,” Maluwap said. “With the 20th anniversary of Mabo upon us, I feel George has given Native Title its true identity, not just in rhetoric, but in the practical sense.


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“His work is giving Torres Strait Islanders a sense of honour and dignity. His unique style has given us scope to revive the whole concept of tribal drums, headdresses and other artefacts.” And it is not just Torres Strait Islanders who appreciate the uniqueness of George’s unique art. Publican of the Grand Hotel, Chris Lemke, says he loves George’s work and supports the artists of the Torres Strait. “I have a lot of George’s pieces on display here at The Grand, with more dhoeris and masks to come,” Chris said.

“I want to get the genuine pieces all together in one place so people can have somewhere to really look at them, outside of museums. “With this drum and other traditional pieces we’ll have the background story attached and on display for the public, wherever permissible.”

Culturally relevant programs help stem diabetes epidemic DIABETES Queensland shares concerns from AMA Queensland about the health gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Queenslanders, and has developed relevant programs to help bridge the gap. The fresh concerns were highlighted in Cairns last week by AMA Queensland president Dr Richard Kidd and Queensland’s first Indigenous doctor Dr Noel Hayman, following a visit to remote communities. Among suggestions to drastically reduce the price of fruits and vegetables, AMA Queensland raised the issue of the current life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Queenslanders - 10.4 years for men, and 8.9 years for women. It was revealed diabetes rates are soaring in the regions too. Type 2 diabetes is a significant health risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The indigenous community is at least three times more likely to develop the chronic condition than non-indigenous people, which often leads to serious health complications such as amputations, kidney and heart failure. Diabetes Queensland has set up an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health unit, and is working to provide culturally appropriate health information for those in need throughout Queensland. Dr Mick Adams, board director of Diabetes Queensland, says is vital that the right information is delivered to the community through methods that are culturally relevant and easily understood. “It’s concerning that the indigenous death rate from diabetes is up to 17 times higher than that of nonindigenous Australians, mainly due to high levels of heart, blood and kidney problems,” Dr Adams said. “I am extremely confident we can work together with the community to do something about these statistics. Diabetes Queensland shares these concerns about the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders and support their call for fresh solutions.” Type 2 diabetes care and prevention initiatives developed by the Diabetes Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health unit include: - Got Suga - creative, face-to-face, interactive sessions where community members and families can learn more about type 2 diabetes - Got Suga radio plays - a series of conversational pieces about lifestyle changes to improve health, currently broadcast nationally via indigenous radio station 98.9FM - Murri eMail - an e-newsletter for health professionals working with indigenous communities The initiatives developed by Diabetes Queensland help to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reduce the complications of diabetes, lead healthier lifestyles, and educate their family and friends about how to stay healthy. More information about Diabetes Queensland, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health unit, is available at


Full steam ahead for Marine Rescue

Radio Operators Certificate, shipboard safety and Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor. “We’ve got about 30 people interested and signed up, with commitments from people with background in search and rescue, and some with 20 years’ experience,” Mr Davidson said. “But we need to create a space where members of the club can meet socially. “It could be as simple as an arrangement with a pub, but it would be nicer if there were a shed to house the boat, a workshop and a barbecue area.” A VMR membership information and induction kit is available from the AMSA office at 2/82 Douglas Street, Thursday Island.

By MARK ROY THE Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) service on Thursday Island is looking for new members. And with a new, 8.5-metre rigid hull inflatable coming to TI, now is the time to join up. The VMR plays a vital, voluntary role in saving lives at sea and rendering first aid and medivac where required prior to the arrival of advanced medical care. VMR squadron members work in close relationship with ambulance services, police, fire and rescue, Marine Safety Queensland and the State Emergency Service. Stewardship of the Thursday Island squadron has recently been taken over by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) after long-serving members Tess Sard and Greg Pope retired from the organisation. TAFE trainer Jeff Steed is now interim president, while AMSA community liaison officer Adrian Davidson is secretary. Mr Davidson said the club was still financial, with bookkeeping taken over by VMR Brisbane. A new, purpose-built Naiad rescue vessel fitted with twin 300hp outboard motors would replace the Pedro Stephen, which had gone south to Cairns to be assessed as to whether it is appropriate for a refit or resale, he said. “The Pedro Stephen is about ten years old, and that is the usual life span for a vessel of this type,” Mr Davidson said. He said SeaSwift had agreed to backload the new vessel up to Thursday Island, where it would be housed with the VMR tractor at the Australian Helicopters shed on Waibene Esplanade. But without a clubhouse, it would be hard to keep the service afloat, he said. “Community clubs gain and lose momentum, and a lot of good work has been done by the VMR in the past,”

The Volunteer Marine Rescue on Thursday Island will soon be home to an 8.5m Naiad rigid-hull inflatable. Mr Davidson said. “But without the focal point of a club, it is difficult to attract and retain members. “It is vital to have members wanting to get involved.” Volunteer members enjoyed contributing to their community, he said. “The work is rewarding and satisfying,” Mr Davidson said. “In critical situations, the duties performed by VMR volunteers can mean the difference between life and death.” But the VMR is more than just an important safety service for the community - it contributes to the vibrant social life of the islands as well, he said. “It’s not just about jumping in a boat in bad weather,” Mr Davidson said. “We are also involved in community activities, promotions, fundraising,

providing general safety advice as well as providing a safety service at aquatic events. “We have social members, as well as administration roles, management, and active members on radio rosters, especially on weekends and during busy events.” One of the advantages of being a volunteer with the VMR was the opportunity to obtain solid training and qualifications within the maritime industry, he said. “Even a couple of months’ training will see volunteers up and running and doing things they never thought the could, in the maritime sense,” he said. “Depending on availability and work load, we can train members right up to a coxswain’s ticket.” Training is delivered on an as-required basis, and can include first aid, Marine

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TUBERCULOSIS (TB) patients in the Western Province on Papua New Guinea (PNG) now have a purpose-built sea ambulance to help them reach services in Daru, with the new boat ready to conduct outreach patrols along the South Fly coast. A new digital X-ray unit has also been provided to the Daru General Hospital. The boost to PNG health services and medical support comes as the Federal Government is closing TB clinics on Boigu and Saibai in the Torres Strait. Two additional handover clinics costing $200,000 were scheduled for the Torres Strait to treat tuberculosis, the final of which This purpose-built sea ambulance will conduct health outreach patrols along the South Fly coast of Papua New Guinea. is to be held in June. “Australia has provided Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said being appropriately cared for in their own country.” more than $8 million to help the Australian Government was committed “Funding announced in this build the capacity of Western to the ethical and safe handover of PNG budget will allow continued Province health services,” Mr nationals presenting with tuberculosis to joint collaboration between Schaefer said. the care of the PNG health system. “Our support has included “I understand from agencies and medical Queensland Health and PNG tuberculosis experts to support a the establishment of a tempoprofessionals working on the ground that sustainable cross-border profesrary TB ward at Daru Hospital good progress has been made,” Senator sional relationship.” until construction of a new McLucas said. AusAID Minister Councillor AusAID-funded ward is com“The World Health Organisation’s in PNG Stuart Schaefer said the pleted at the end of this year, advice regarding TB management remains Western Province health service as well as one year’s supply of very clear. was now well placed to treat TB medication to treat multi-drug “We have to put in place strategies to resistant TB. ensure that PNG residents with TB are patients. “Efforts to address TB in Western Province are now much more collaborative and the Western and National Health Departments are taking ownership of the issue. We will continue to build their capacity to respond to TB over the coming years.” The Australian Government will deliver a further $900,000 over the next year to continue AusAID’s Program Director for Health Geoff Clark, Secretary of the PNG the transfer of PNG tuberculosis Health Department Pascoe Kase and Head of the Australian Aid Program patients back to health services in PNG Stuart Schaefer with the new digital x-ray unit in Daru. in their own country.













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at the Jardine Motel The Jardine Motel will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea this Thursday, May 24, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council. The morning include a raffle with prizes donated by businesses on Thursday Island. $10 entry will includes a selection of teas, coffee, cakes and slices. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and the morning tea entry will be donated to the Cancer Council. Phone the Jardine Motel on 4069 1555 for details.


Mon 21. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Dauan Island Mon 21. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Mon 21. Mixed Social Volleyball, TI Sports Complex, 6pm Tue 22. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Stephen Island Tue 22. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall 5pm Tue 22. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval 6pm Tue 22. Bingo, Bamaga Tavern 6.30pm Tue 22. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry 7pm Wed 23 & Thu 24. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Yorke Island Wed 23. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 23. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex 6pm Wed 23. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 23. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island 6.30-9pm Thu 24. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30-7.30pm Thu 24. Competitive volleyball, TI Sports Complex Fri 25. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe 7am 40691531 Fri 25. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 25. Yoga, OLSH School, 6pm Fri 25. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Fri 25. Music by the pool, Jardine Motel 7pm Sat 26. KRL Rugby League, Ken Brown Oval, 3pm. Sun 27. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel 12-3pm Mon 28 & Tue 29. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Yam Island Wed 30. Opening night, Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award 2012 Wed 30. Eyedentity visiting optometrist, Coconut Island

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DURING the TSRA election review process, a lot of community people including myself requested the recommendation for an open election for the TSRA chair as well as the board members. This is to make sure that the TSRA chair would have the people’s mandate. I refer to Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “Governments shall consult with Indigenous peoples in order to obtain their consent before adopting laws and policies that may affect them”. You can’t get any clearer than this. This consultation process should have been a properly planned process, notifying Torres Strait communities well in advance, for the purpose of consultation, explained in layman language, so that Elders would have plenty of time to discuss before, during and after the consultation visits. Everyone knows that the visits to

Ina’s story brings back wonderful memories FIRSTLY, I’d like to congratulate Cate Titasey on an excellent book she has just released, “Ina’s Story” based on the life story of Aunty Ina Titasey (nee Mills). To you Aunty Ina, thank you for sharing such an inspirational story of your life as you were growing up in them good old days. Your story was so touching and I felt, as a reader, connected to you in the things you did daily as you grew up. Even though I never grew up in such a hard-working/ living experience as you, I felt connected to you, as I too love that kind of simple lifestyle. I am a person who loves the outdoor and nature itself and the simplicity of it all. When you tell in your story how your parents had a special whistle when they needed to call you home, my mind goes back to your sister, Aunty Cessa Nakata. As my family lived just across the road from the Nakata’s on Hargrave Street, and are still at the same address today, I and all the other children in our street knew Aunty Cessa’s special whistle too, which she used to call her children home.

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communities were on short notice and were over before you could even blink. My people, I tell you the decision had already been made and that the review team was only completing a formality to appear that, yes, a consultation process was undertaken. Likewise and obviously, the review results would be in favour of TSRA, who

Us kids would have big marble games going on in my Grandmother Granny Bessie Majid’s yard and Aunty Cessa’s son Andrew would be amongst us playing marbles. Then as it was getting late afternoon, we would hear this special whistle and us kids would turn to Andrew and say, “Andrew, your Mum wants you home”. He would yell out “Coming” as he knew it was home time and would gather up his marbles and leave us. If you stop me in the street today and ask me how Aunty Cessa’s whistle e go, I can sort of whistle that same whistle tune but not as loud and deadly like she does. I’d like to say to you again Aunty Ina, mina big esso for share your Life Story to us and Cate, excellent story writing and a job well done. Too good, too good. I couldn’t put the book down until I read it all. Family and friends, I recommend this book. Go and buy it, you will enjoy it just like I did. Noeleen Willams (nee Majid) Thursday Island

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initiated the review. As the saying goes, “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. Total propaganda! Many people had approached me regarding the TSRA elections and in our discussion, Senator Jan McLucas mentioned to me, at the recent ANZAC Day service, that she too has had many representations from the communities regarding the same issue and that once she is back she will definitely raise this with Federal Indigenous Minister Jenny Macklin. We are practising democracy here, even here in the isolated region of Torres Strait! All tiers of government representative peak bodies to have an open election, similar to the local government elections, the community electing a mayor and its councillors. Bongo Sagigi (pictured) Thursday Island

Far North The Eye gives up of the drinking Cyclone ANOTHER Cairns pub bit the dust last week. The Cape York Hotel has closed its doors after 114 years. They had a final bumper night when all forty locals turned up to pack the bar. (I wonder how they managed that? Perhaps they packed one corner at a time and took photographs.) It is all very sad and you have to wonder what the landlord will do with this fine old building. The closure comes on the heels of another - The Courthouse has just collapsed too. People are just not buying enough beer for publicans to turn over an honest dollar. One of the pillars of Australian society appears to be crumbling. I don’t know what to say. Queenslanders giving up beer is like, well, fish giving up breathing. No, swimming. I meant swimming. Fish don’t do the breathing thing. If this catches on, it could have wide ranging implications, and strike at the very roots of what it is to be a Far North Queenslander. Can you imagine what will happen to all those grizzled men in big hats if they stop drinking beer? They will lose their traditional figures for a start,


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The publishers of the Torres News acknowledge the Kaurareg Nation, upon whose land the Torres News makes its home. We pay our sincere respects to the elders and the peoples of the Torres Strait and NPA, across whose traditional lands and seas we report. This newspaper is dedicated to recognising, preserving and promoting the traditional cultures and customs of the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples of this region.

and go back to buying shorts with dainty waistlines. And if they are no longer pickling their brain cells in alcohol every night, you might get a coherent conversation out of them, even after six o’clock in the evening. Their kind and thoughtful side will shine through, and they will have time to spend with their families. Perhaps they can take up a sport again, like golf. Or if that is too energetic, they could go to flower arranging classes, or become expert origamists. As our ex-drinkers turn into the slim, healthy blokes they always imagined themselves to be, I expect they will take up healthy eating as well. No more suspicious pies eaten at the bar. They will want a proper modern diet, with lots of broccoli and tofu. That’s the answer! It’s obvious when you think things through. The Cape York Hotel can turn into a Health Food Retreat and Alternative Therapy Hub. When we visit town we can call in for some aroma therapy, followed by one of those herbals teas with amazing properties. I can’t wait . . .

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21 years of mobile women’s health A GROUP of dedicated Queensland Health nurses and health workers - including the Torres Strait’s Gaynor Hampel and Sue Gibuma - is proving that distance is no barrier as they provide remote women with vital health services. Queensland’s Mobile Women’s Health Service celebrates its 21st birthday this year, delivering health checks, advice and care to women living in rural and remote regions in Queensland. Queensland Health Cancer Screening Services Branch senior director Jennifer Muller said the Mobile Women’s Health Service was created to address lower participation rates in cervical screening for women in rural and remote areas. “We know that women living in remote and rural areas cannot get to the major centres a lot of the time,” Ms Muller said. “So we bring the health service to them ensuring they have access to health checks such as regular Pap smears and women’s health checks. “We see women of all ages - from young women to grandmothers.” Gaynor Hampel is a mobile women’s health nurse and Sue Gibuma is an Indigenous women’s health worker. Based on Thursday Island, Ms Hampel and Ms Gibuma provide services for women throughout the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area. Ms Hampel has 23 years of nursing experience behind her and has experienced working in both rural and remote and city locations. “I have been living on Thursday Island for more than four years and have been with the Mobile Women’s Health Service for the past two years,’’ Ms Hampel said. “I grew up in a small country town near the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia but I spent more than 15 years working in a city hospital in Adelaide, 10 of which were spent in women’s health. “Living and working in the Torres Strait, it feels like I am getting back to my roots being in a rural and remote location again.” Ms Hampel said nursing was something that had always appealed to her. “I always wanted to be a nurse, I love the specialty of women’s health and I love being able to help women. “I am presently doing my master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner, which will enable me to provide a greater range of services for remote women,’’ she said. Ms Hampel said the service was a great way to ensure that remote women had access to health services tailored to women’s health needs. “We know that women living on the islands cannot get to Thursday Island for a women’s health check, so we bring the service to them,” she said. “I do women’s health clinics, which mainly involves Pap smears and we spend time with island women talking to them about women’s health issues. “I am also involved with BreastScreen Queensland and I assist with the colposcopy and outreach gynaecology clinics. “I also provide education and preventative health information for the women that I see.” Ms Hampel said she loved being a nurse with the Mobile Women’s Health Service. “I love my job as it gives me a great deal of job satisfaction to know I can help so many wonderful women who really need this mobile service,” she said. “I love having a job where you can travel. I love being in the Torres Strait and NPA and I love the autonomy of this job. “To know that you have helped someone with a women’s health problem, or potentially saved someone’s life is very rewarding. “It is also nice to travel to the beautiful islands where the people are so welcoming. “I encourage all women on Thursday Island and the outer islands to use our service, and remember that a Pap smear every two years could save your life.”

Ms Hampel and Ms Gibuma travel throughout the Torres Strait and NPA area for two to three weeks every month. Ms Gibuma said working with the women from the Islands was inspirational. “We are so blessed as a nation of people to have services such as Mobile the Women’s Health team who travel great distances to reach out to our women in this region,” Ms Gibuma said. “I feel very honoured and privileged to have learnt so much from sharing and listening to inspiring stories and lifetime experiences told by women and their families. “This is what drives passion and touches my heart to work with and meet wonderfully strong women in our communities. “We like to know that we are helping you and meeting your needs halfway so we all are holding each others’ hands and walking strong through the journey of closing the gap and improving the health

and wellbeing of our families. “Our regular visits are a great example of improving access to our health service to the women living in the Torres Strait Islands.’’ Ms Muller said the dedication the Mobile Women’s Health Service showed for rural women’s health was second to none as they often traversed enormous distances to see women, leaving behind their own families for a week or more at a time. Some travel more than 500km from their base by road, air or sea to ensure Queensland’s rural and remote women have access to a female Pap smear service. Since 1991, it’s estimated the “mobiles”, as they are affectionately known, have travelled more than four million kilometres. “Together each year, they provide services for over 8500 women, travelling more than 64,000km to hold 1200 clinics at 190 communities across Queensland,” Ms Muller said. “The 4WD is your friend out on the road but we have nurses and health care workers who have accessed remote areas by planes, boats and even tractors.’’ The “mobiles” complement and work in conjunction with health services in their areas, including general practitioners and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and have extensive referral networks to other local health professionals. The Mobile Women’s Health Service was piloted from five bases in 1991 - Cairns, Townsville, Roma, Mackay and Mount Isa. It has since grown to 15 bases including Charleville (since 1993), Longreach, Thursday Island and Weipa (1994), Dalby, Goomeri, Toowoomba (1997), Rockhampton (1998), Bundaberg and Cairns South (2005). In addition to the 15 nurses, there are two Indigenous Women’s Health Workers in Cape York and the Torres Strait who work with the nurses to help meet the needs of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Gaynor Hampel and Sue Gibuma.

ABOVE: Gaynor Hampel and Sue Gibuma prepare to leave on one of their island visits.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE Sport and Recreation Funds are available to cater for Sport and Recreation purposes from July 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012 Submission Application Closing Date: Friday June 8, 2012 Time: 4PM Submission Application must be received on the deadline set, late applications will not be accepted. For further information or to obtain a Submission Application Form, you can contact the following people: Administrator: Mrs Agnes Bani on 4069 2484 Eastern Cluster Rep: Aleesha Savage on 4069 4001 Central Cluster Rep: Kevin Levi on 4069 4277 Near Western Cluster Rep: Abigail Levi on 0438 581 247 Far Western Cluster Rep: Dimas Toby on 0427 698 660

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NEWS Mayor Napau Pedro Stephen (centre) with Councillors (left to right): William Wigness, Allan Ketchell, Yen N. Loban and John Abednego after the swearing-in ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012. PHOTO: MARK ROY

Landmark day for Torres Shire THE Torres Shire community has created history in electing their new team of councillors at Torres Shire Council, with councillor Willie Wigness the first elected official representative of the Kaurareg nation. On Friday, May 11, Kaurareg Elder Wigness Seriat addressed the swearing in ceremony and clearly set the direction for the new Council. Mr Seriat reflected on the comparison between selecting the crew for a lugger and the selecting of a new Council. To do the job properly, Mr Seriat said each crew member has to realise that it was an honour to be selected, each member had to know what their responsibilities were, and everyone had to work together to actually deliver the “cargo’. Newly re-elected Mayor Pedro Stephen thanked the Kaurareg Elder for setting the direction for council, adding that the personal experiences and attributes of each of the councillors would help to guarantee delivery of the essential services “cargo” during the next four years. “We must be committed and dedicated because the community at large relies on us to deliver that cargo,” Mayor Stephen said. As part of council’s usual practice, each councillor will take on a number of portfolios and committee memberships, he said. Newly elected Councillor Yen Loban was appointed Deputy Mayor. Councillor Loban brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to council, as well as a strong understanding of the challenges of servicing our near and remote communities. With a background in the Federal Government, Councillor Wigness also brings a wealth of administrative and legal experience as well as a strong understanding of both community safety and indigenous rights. According to Mayor Stephen “the skills and experience that both new councillors bring to the TSC team will greatly assist them to manage the portfolios for which they have been given responsibility.” In their speeches during the swearing in ceremony last Friday all the councillors expressed their heartfelt thanks to the community for the faith they have shown in electing them to Council for the next four years. Before conducting the swearing-in, Torres Shire Council chief executive Dalassa Yorkston noted that the council had adopted a ‘family-oriented’ focus for its ceremony. “In most mainstream councils the declaration of office is very formal, but in the Torres Strait it is very special to us,” Ms Yorkston said. “We make no separation between family and dignitaries.” Pictorial coverage Page 12 >> Page 10 Torres News

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Iama’s early European encounters

On our history By BRIAN RANDALL State Library of Queensland IAMA (Yam Island) and the nearby island of Tudu both experienced an early meeting with Europeans, with history recording a chance contact with the famous early navigator and New South Wales Governor, William Bligh. Bligh was travelling through the area during the long and important voyage we now generally refer to as the second bread fruit voyage. This voyage followed Bligh’s exoneration by the court martial inquiry into the loss of the HMS Bounty. After this inquiry had ended, Bligh chose to remain with the British Navy, a decision which was to pay off. He was given another posting, from 1791 to 1793, as master and commander of HMS Providence and in company with HMS Assistant, under the command of Nathaniel Portlock, he was to again undertake to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. It was during this so called second bread fruit voyage that Bligh came into contact with islanders from Iama as well as seeing the nearby island of Tudu.

The golden days of Golden Gloves

It is also recorded that some inhabitants of Iama actually went aboard the Providence, with Bligh having stopped long enough to view the area, take bearings and note the surrounding islands. During this pause in his voyage, Bligh named the nearby island Warrior Island in honour of those island inhabitants he met. Its traditional name is Tudu. Following this significant early encounter with Europeans, the London Missionary Society provided the next major contact, when its missionaries arrived in the area, in the early 1870s. At this time, the London Missionary Society established a mission station on the island’s western end which, in turn, encouraged the development of a permanent settlement around the mission. At around the same time, Iama was home to a pearling station, an important industry in terms of ongoing employment for the island. Iama also saw significant activity during World War Two, with many Iama men enlisting in the army and forming a significant part of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Division. These photographs show views of the

By BROTHER BARRY LAMB Nasir Ah Boo from Mt Sheridan in Cairns thoughtfully responded to the article about boxing on Thursday Island (‘Boxing photos sought’, Shine A Light, page 22, Torres News, 25 April - 1 May 2012). He recalls the boxing days of the late 1950s and early 1960s and the many fine fighters who

ABOVE: School building, Iama. RIGHT: Village street, Iama. island at different stages of its development. The John Oxley Library would like to add to its historical holding relating to Iama and would like to hear from anyone who may hold material which illustrates the island’s history and development. Please contact the Torres News with any historical information you think might be of interest.

showed their skills back then. He still has his prized “Golden Gloves” trophy from one of the important tournaments on TI when the sports ground was surrounded by hessian and a stage set up on the field to hold the ring. Fighters came from all the surrounding islands and it was a big event; a very special occasion.

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It was comparable to the “Island of Origin” of recent years. It would be great if there were photos of fellows in their shorts and wearing their gloves. Or there may even be some photos of some action during bouts. And someone might have a photo of the ring and crowd at the sportsground.

By sending them to the Torres News, and telling a story and mentioning some names, it will be possible to recall those times gone past and bring back happy memories to those associated with the days of boxing on TI. RIGHT: Nasir Ah Boo sent this photo of the Golden Gloves trophy he won on Thursday Island.

Badu is entering the bronze age By MELINDA TUPLING BADU Art Centre (Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh) will soon boast the northern-most bronze and aluminium-casting foundry in Australia. Art centre manager Richard Butler reveals they will soon be producing superb quality castings from local artists for the arts industry. “The plan is to initially produce our own, and in time produce for public spaces and public commissioned work in Australia and overseas,” he said. “Some artists have things cast in bronze or aluminium, but to do this they have to go to Brisbane. “We imagine a lot of local artists who are carvers of print and wood will be interested in this development at the centre.” He said one of the few “master casters” in the world, internationally famous sculp-

Jewellery taking shape at Badu

tor David Hamilton, had been of four classes across the year,” Mr Butler independent operation. “The goal will be to lower the number commissioned to run a training said. “A strong part of the Badu Art Centre edition of some of our carvings, and make course and oversee the assembly board’s push is to create a financially a higher value product.” of the foundry. “Dr Hamilton will bring the CEA and Badhulgaw gear up to Badu in June where it Kuthinaw Mudh Badu Art will be assembled and a few test Centre on Badu are combincastings done,” Mr Butler said. ing skills and resources. A former faculty of arts Art centre manager head from the University of Richard Butler said from Tasmania, Dr Hamilton built the Tuesday, May 1, a number furnace and kiln from low-cost of CEA participants athigh value equipment, a lot of it tended the art centre to be from parts in his own foundry trained by experienced Art studio. Centre Workers in jewellery Richard said during the first production. year or so, artists would be cast“They are currently ing works under 30kg, then on making small pieces from to 60kg and then to something plastics and will be taught more special and oversize. how to fashion different “We are walking before runitems out of mother-of-pearl ning,” he said. shell,” Mr Butler said. The foundry will be officially “This collaboration is not blessed, commissioned and put only vital for CEA - but also into action in June. for the art centre workers “We have commissioned who are skilled and have Dr Hamilton to run a two to a wealth of knowlege to three week training course in impart.” The furnace and blower ready to be shipped to Badu Art Centre. September, this will be the first Torres News 23 - 29 May 2012 Page 11

torres shire council swearing-in ceremony

Mayor Napau Pedro Stephen.

Deputy Mayor Yen Loban.

Councillor Allan Ketchell.

Councillor John Abednego.

Father Charles Loban blessing the new Torres Shire Council elected representatives at the swearing-in ceremony.

\Back row: Harry Seriat, Pauline Ahwang, William Wigness, Louise Mana. Front row:Alice Tom, Joseph Wasaga, Wigness Seriat and John Mills.

Kaurareg Elders Joseph Wasaga, John Mills and Wigness Seriat. Page 12 Torres News 23 - 29 May 2012

Photos by MARK ROY

Councillor William Wigness.

ABOVE: Robert â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bongoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sagigi addressing the ceremony. BELOW: John Mills delivering his speech.

Elder Obediah Ara from Kubin on Moa Island with Fiona MacKinnon from Star of the Sea.

(Back row) William Wigness, John Abednego, Pedro Stephen, Yen Loban, Allan Ketchell (front row) Alice Tom, Joseph Wasaga, Wigness Seriat, John Mills and Obediah Ara.

funeral service for the LATE mr george mye mbe oam on ERUB

Grandchildren of George Mye and pallbearers Sam Mye, Nixon Mye, Jacob Gutchen, Dylan Waigana, Jabob Mye, Francis Mye, Kevin Mye at Erub airstrip.

ABOVE: George Mye is repatriated to Erub for burial. ABOVE RIGHT: Mr George Mye’s sons carry his casket into the All Saints Church.

Fr Kabay Pilot singing the hymn Baba Kari Erewerem at All Saints Church, Erub.

Fr Getano Lui Jnr delivers a eulogy to the late, great George Mye, recalling his many years of devoted service to his people and homeland.

ABOVE: Mourners at Mr George Mye’s gravesite on Erub. BELOW: Dennis Solomon of All Saints Anglican Church ringing the bell during the procession.

George Mye, Abujohn Mye and Franklin Mye at the church service.

Community police officer Ned Mosby watches with a wreath as George Mye is laid to rest.

Yatamo Gela, Warren Entsch and Torres Webb at All Saints Church, Erub.

Men in Erub warrior dress form part of the guard of honour at the funeral service at at Dadamud Village, Erub.

Women place flowers on Mr Mye’s grave.

William Wigness and Grant Smith from Australian Federal Police, community police officer Ned Mosby from Masig, Snr Sgt Jamie Horn and cross-cultural liaison officer Sgt Jane Tanswell at the Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch lays a wreath. church service. Torres News 23 - 29 May 2012 Page 13

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AFL visit PORUMA Campus A young man named Dwayne Boson visited Poruma Island today. ,ĞƚĂƵŐŚƚƵƐĂďŽƵƚŚĞĂůƚŚLJůŝǀŝŶŐ͕ƐƚĂLJŝŶŐĂƚƐĐŚŽŽůƚŽĮŶŝƐŚzĞĂƌϭϮ and about playing AFL. ǁĂLJŶĞǁŽƌŬƐĨŽƌƚŚĞĂƉĞzŽƌŬ&>ƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶĂŶĚŝƐďĂƐĞĚŝŶ ĂŝƌŶƐ͘ǁĂLJŶĞŚŝŵƐĞůĨĂƚϭϱLJĞĂƌƐŽĨĂŐĞǁĂƐŝŶǀŝƚĞĚƚŽďĞƉĂƌƚŽĨ the Brisbane Lions development program but chose to return to his homeland and work. He has been picked every year to be a member of the All Stars /ŶĚŝŐĞŶŽƵƐdĞĂŵǁŚŝĐŚŚĂƐƉůĂLJĞĚŝŶŵĂŶLJĐĂƉŝƚĂůĐŝƟĞƐ͘,ĞƉůĂLJƐ regularly for the Northern Cairns Tigers. He has played since he was 6 LJĞĂƌƐŽůĚ͘,ĞŝƐŶŽǁϮϲLJĞĂƌƐŽůĚ͘ He arrived on a plane from Horn at 8.00am this morning. He was to ůĞĂǀĞĂƚϰ͘ϬϬƉŵ͘dŚŝƐǁĂƐŶ͛ƚŚŝƐĮƌƐƚŝƐůĂŶĚŚĞŚĂĚďĞĞŶŽŶ͘,ĞŚĂĚ visited Horn Island Campus and the Sacred Heart on Thursday Island to do a clinic at each. He came from Cairns on Monday morning to do the clinics. We learnt lots about AFL . We played AFL and he taught us the AFL pass and the ways to kick. He also showed us how to bounce the ball back towards you. All of us will miss him. /ƌĂƚĞŚŝƐǀŝƐŝƚŽƵƚŽĨĮǀĞƐƚĂƌƐͲΎΎΎΎΎ tƌŝƩĞŶďLJ,ĂƌƌŝƐŽŶWĞĂƌƐŽŶzĞĂƌϲ

BASKETBALL - Peninsula Trials dŚĞdŽƌƌĞƐ^ƚƌĂŝƚŽLJƐĂŶĚ'ŝƌůƐϭϮΘhĂƐŬĞƚďĂůůdĞĂŵƐŚĂǀĞƌĞĐĞŶƚůLJƌĞƚƵƌŶĞĚ ĨƌŽŵĂŝƌŶƐĂŌĞƌƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƟŶŐŝŶƚŚĞWĞŶŝŶƐƵůĂdƌŝĂůƐ͘ The girls were able to register a convincing win over the Combined Team and draw with Cairns Independent. Zhane Callope, Jaubie Turner, Johanna Loban (all from Waybeni Buway Mudh) and Alannah Phineasa (Badhulgaw) were ƚŚĞƐƚĂŶĚŽƵƚƉůĂLJĞƌƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƐŝĚĞĂŶĚǁĞƌĞĐŚŽƐĞŶĨŽƌƚŚĞ^ĞůĞĐƟŽŶůŝŶŝĐƚŚĞ following day.

Zhane Callope

dŚĞďŽLJƐƚĞĂŵŚĂĚŽŶůLJϲƉůĂLJĞƌƐďƵƚƐƟůůŵĂŶĂŐĞĚƚŽƉƵƚŝŶĂǀĞƌLJĐƌĞĚŝƚĂďůĞ ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞǁŝƚŚWŚŝůĞŵŽŶďĞŝŶŐĐŚŽƐĞŶĨŽƌƚŚĞ^ĞůĞĐƟŽŶůŝŶŝĐďƵƚǁĂƐ severely hampered by blisters and did not make the Peninsula Team. As usual, all players were a pleasure to take away and their schools, families ĂŶĚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƟĞƐƐŚŽƵůĚďĞƉƌŽƵĚŽĨƚŚĞǁĂLJƚŚĞLJƉůĂLJĞĚĂŶĚĐŽŶĚƵĐƚĞĚ themselves.

Philemon Nona

Johanna Loban

^ƵƉƉŽƌƚĨƌŽŵďŽƚŚZZW;ĨŽƌŵĞƌůLJWWͿĂŶĚd^zΘZ^ĞŶĂďůĞĚƚŚŝƐƚƌŝƉƚŽ ƚĂŬĞƉůĂĐĞ͘dŚĞĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶĨƌŽŵĐŽĂĐŚĞƐͬƐƵƉĞƌǀŝƐŽƌƐtĂůůLJ^ŚŝďĂƐĂŬŝĂŶĚ Lasmintan Ah Boo is greatly appreciated, not to forget coaches who have ďĞĞŶƚƌĂŝŶŝŶŐƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚƚŚĞĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĐĂŵƉƵƐĞƐ͘^ƉĞĐŝĂůƚŚĂŶŬƐƚŽ <LJůŝĞĞĂƌĚĨŽƌŽƌŐĂŶŝƐŝŶŐƚŚĞŝŶƚĞƌͲƐĐŚŽŽůĐŽŵƉĞƟƟŽŶĂŵŽŶŐƚŚĞd/ĂŶĚ,ŽƌŶ schools which helped to prepare the students for this carnival.

Jaubie Turner

Alannah Phineasa Torres News

23 - 29 May 2012 Page 15


5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Country House Rescue 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 River Cottage: Autumn 6:50 Minuscule: Go Blue Go! 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Silk 9:30 Secrets Of The Superbrands: Fashion - Alex Riley discovers the world of fashion superbrands and looks at how the multibillion dollar global organisations have invaded everyone’s wardrobes, upbringing and minds. 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:25 Mapping The World: Windows On The World - The story of cartography from hammered rock art through to the planetary images of Google Earth. Each episode addresses a basic technological challenge of map making. 12:20 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:20 Silk 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 10 - West Perth Vs Subiaco

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 The Block 8:00 Hot Property 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Zarnecki Incursion 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Herb Garden Germination 9:30 The NRL Footy Show - A mix of footy and fun as we take you inside the game with some of Rugby Leagues favourites. 11:15 The AFL Footy Show - Join the Logie Award winning Footy Show for its 19th season, starring Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford and Matthew Lloyd as they go where no other show dares. 1:00 Entertainment Tonight 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Up Close And Personal” (M l,v,s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:30 Toy Box 4:00 Lab Rats 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home & Away 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 Grey’s Anatomy: “All You Need Is Love” In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Meredith and Derek try to have a night to themselves when Lexie offers to watch Zola. Callie hands babysitting duties over to Mark so that she can surprise Arizona with a romantic evening, and Ben proves to Bailey that he knows her better than she thinks. 10:00 Desperate Housewives 11:00 Private Practice 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5.00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird or What? 2:30 If Only 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: African School: Show Me The Money 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 French Food Safari 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Heston’s Feasts: Roman 9:30 The Family UK: Nine Missed Calls - The family’s love for each other really shines through as Kaki’s health is getting worse and she is counting down the days until Jeet returns from India. Without him she’s been struggling with the pregnancy and she is worried he won’t be with her when she needs him. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 How To Get More Sex - This three-part series boldly explores the science of sexual attraction, providing a fascinating insight into what draws us to someone and how we can achieve more success attracting the people we fancy. 11:25 Erotic Tales: Georgian Grapes 12:00 Dave In The Life: Homeless 12:35 Movie: “Crime Novel” (MAV v,s,d,l) In Italian. 3:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Telling Tales 10:05 Noah And Saskia 10:30 What I Wrote 10:35 Writers On Writing 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:00 Secrets Of The Superbrands 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Killearn 6:50 Minuscule: Black Slope For Gastropod Skiers 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Silent Witness: Death Has No Dominion Part 1 - Leo is in emotional turmoil when an old friend commits suicide while a violent triple murder appears to be linked to a mysterious female serial killer: The Wraith. 9:30 Taggart: Cold Reader - When a promising young student is abducted, her mother’s ‘psychic’ advisor approaches the team, claiming to be able to trace her whereabouts. 10:15 Lateline: A unique nightly news analysis program bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of Australian and international news and events. 11:00 Raw Comedy 2011 11:55 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

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 The Block - The Block Unlocked - The Block’s judges, Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and John McGrath review their decision about the teams main bathrooms and laundries and the couples give their views of their neighbours efforts. 7:30 Friday Night Football: Melbourne Storm Vs Brisbane Broncos 9:30 Friday Night Football: South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Canberra Raiders 11:30 Movie: “Fair Game” (M v,l,s) - Dedicated lawyer Kate McQuean relies on her wits and willpower, not to mention the help of a handsome detective Max Kirkpatrick, to outmanoeuvre a high-tech Russian gang. While Max and Kate elude bullets and explosions, they can’t elude the steamy passion that ignites between them. But for their love to last, they must break all the rules and still dare to hope for a fair game. 1:25 Movie: “Up Pompeii” (M s,n) 3:05 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:35 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Shopgirl” (M s) - A love story that follows the intertwined lives of three people searching for a connection. 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Lab Rats 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 9: Western Bulldogs Vs Geelong 11:00 Most Shocking: Top 20: Brainless Blunders - This week, catch the Top 20 most shocking brainless blunders! Who will make the list? 12:00 Movie: “Strange Holiday” (G) - Ten young boys are shipwrecked on a deserted island. How will they survive the fierce elements and find their way back home? 1:30 Special: Arctic Wonderland - Documentary maker Greg Grainger takes the ultimate adventure in the frozen north of the Arctic Islands. 2:30 Room For Improvement 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 Rituals: Around the World in 80 Faiths: The Indian Subcontinent 2:30 Living Black 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Australia: The Majestic Coast 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Road To Eurovision With Julia Zemiro 8:30 Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Semi-Final 1 10:55 Movie: “Summer Rain” (MA s,v,a) - Antonio Banderas directs this coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. After the removal of a kidney, teenager Miguelito is discharged from hospital clutching a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy and a new-found love of poetry. Returning to his gang of friends in Málaga, he soon falls for local beauty, Luli. But by the end of the summer, certain dramatic events will change Miguelito and his friends forever. 1:00 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The Joker” (M v,l,s) - When a woman is murdered outside her restaurant in front of her eight-yearold daughter, Wallander and his team link the death to a restaurant mafia. When a hit is put out on the daughter, she must be protected at all costs. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest Programmer (PG) 11:00 Spicks And Specks: ‘70s Special 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondant 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: Monopoly 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Not For The Rich Alone 3:00 Movie: “The Taming Of The Shrew” (G) 4:55 Bill’s Tasty Weekends: Suffolk 5:40 Wild At Heart 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks: Half Life 8:30 The Body Farm 9:30 Raw Comedy 2012: Showcasing some of Australia’s brightest, rising comedians, don’t miss the 2012 Raw Comedy Grand Final. 10:30 United States Of Tara: Possibility - Tara and Kate head out on an impromptu road trip, but when Tara transitions into ‘T’ and heads to the nearest tattoo parlour, Kate tries to stop her before she makes a permanent mistake. 10:55 United States Of Tara: Betrayal (M l) - Tara is thrown into turmoil when Dr Ocean terminates her treatment and one of Tara’s alters betrays Marshall in a way that could destroy the family forever. 11:25 Rage Guest Programmer (MA l,d,h,n,s,v.)

6:00 Team Umizoomi 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today Saturday 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 PWC 10:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 11:00 Children’s Programs 2:30 Crusoe: Rum & Gunpowder 4:30 Discover Downunder 5:00 National News - First At Five 5:30 Your 4x4 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos - Join your host Shelley Craft for an hour of side-splitting laughs on Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. 7:40 The Voice 9:40 TBA 11:40 Movie: “Westworld” (M v) - Written by acclaimed writer Michael Crichton, Westworld is a classic western/romance starring Yul Brynner and Richard Benjamin. A robot malfunctions creating havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. 1:30 Movie: “The Sound Of Love” (PG v,s) - A heart warming love story about two young people with one of life’s cruellest disabilities, deafness. They both fall in love and finally through laughter and tears make a life for themselves. 3:00 The Baron 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Stitch! 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 10:00 The Woodlies 10:30 Castaway 11:30 Erky Perky 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Australia Smashes Guinness World Records 1:00 That ‘70s Show 1:30 Outsourced 2:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 9: Gold Coast Vs Port Adelaide 5:00 The Secret Mediterranean 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 9: Adelaide Vs Collingwood - The Magpies have dominated the Crows in recent times winning six of the last seven including twice at this venue AAMI Stadium. Can Crow coach Brenton Sanderson mastermind a victory against best mate and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley? 10:30 The Hit 11:00 Most Shocking: Top 20 12:00 Movie: “Roll Bounce” (PG) - 1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming -of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. 2:15 Auction Squad 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping / 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 Korean News 5:45 Copa Del Rey Final: Athletic Club Vs Barcelona 8:05 World News 1:00 San Remo Song Festival 2:55 In Mondrian’s Studio 3:55 James Rhodes: Piano Man: Bach/Busoni 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Rex in Rome: The Howling 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Road To Eurovision With Julia Zemiro 8:30 Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Semi-Final 2 10:55 OSS 117: Lost In Rio 12:45 OSS 117: Cairo - Nest Of Spies 2:30 Ugly Americans: Demon Baby - After having intimacy issues the prior night, Callie goes baby-crazy after Mark starts fostering a demon orphan left in his care. Twayne starts to notice some odd changes in his body and tries to push Callie into a marriage in order to adopt the child. 2:55 Ugly Americans: Blob Gets A Job - Mark accompanies Randall on a trip back to his New Jersey home and meets his roommate’s parents, before inadvertently revealing to them that Randall is a zombie. Meanwhile, Leonard tries to find a job for a strange new creature that can’t speak and defies identification. 3:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 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 Pentecost 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Message Stick: The Urab Dancers 2:00 New Tricks: Half Line 3:00 Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff 4:25 Lily 4:40 Eleven 5:00 Voyage To The Planets 5:50 Minuscule: The Stubborn Spider 6:00 Auction Room 6:30 Compass: Hospital Chaplains: Divine Intervention 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Diamond Queen - Andrew Marr looks at the defining moments of The Queen’s reign, beginning with her accession to the throne. And - for the first time - all of The Queen’s adult grandchildren have their say about ‘The Diamond Queen’. 8:35 Midsomer Murders: The Silent Land (M v) 10:05 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 10:35 I’m Not Dead Yet: Chad Morgan 11:30 Movie: “The Last Tycoon” (M l,s) - The production head of a Hollywood studio in the thirties has his troubles complicated when he falls in love with a girl who reminds him of his dead wife. 1:30 Order In The House 2:30 Casualties Of War 3:00 Rage

6:00 Team Umizoomi 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World Of Sports 11:00 Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Cybershack 1:30 Getaway 2:00 2012 Intrust Super Cup: Wynnum Manly Seagulls Vs Mackay Cutters 4:00 Sunday Football: Wests Tigers Vs North Queensland Cowboys 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Block 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Something’s Rotten In Redmund - A well-liked English teacher’s homicide is investigated. Meanwhile, Rigsby becomes a father; and Cho tries to keep Lisbon from uncovering his relationship with Summer. 9:30 Unforgettable: The Comeback 10:30 Road To London 11:00 Two And A Half Men: The Flavin’ And The Mavin’ 11:30 Flashpoint 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Goodmorning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Phineas and Ferb 6:30 Jake and The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 AFL Game Day 10:00 AFL Game Day 11:30 Footy Flashbacks 1:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 9: North Melbourne Vs Brisbane 4:00 Better Homes And Gardens 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Dancing With The Stars 8:30 TBA 11:45 Serial Killers: Dennis Nilsen - Take a look into the life of Dennis Nilsen, London’s most macabre serial killer who preyed on the lost and the vulnerable. See how he got away with killing fifteen people before the police even knew there was a killer at large. 12:45 Alan Sugar: The Apprentice - This week the teams must buy a set list of items in the marketplaces of Marrakesh, Morocco. The team that spends the least wins. 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 FIFA Futbol Mundial 12:30 Speedweek 2:30 Al Jazeera News 3:30 Kick: Crunch Time 4:00 Kick: Issi, Ozzie, Oi, Oi, Oi! 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: The Maori And The Sea 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Eurovision Song Contest: Final - Baku in Azerbaijan will host Eurovision 2012 following their win in the 2011 contest. The competition is set to be fierce with the return of popular Irish brothers Jedward, as well as the charismatic Sabina Babayeva from host country Azerbaijan, and music legend Engelbert Humperdinck, who will take to the stage for the United Kingdom. 11:25 Movie: “Kebab Connection” (M l,v,a) - Ibo, a second-generation Turkish hip-hopper, makes an ad to promote his family’s King of Kebab fast-food stand. He’s a big hit with everyone, until his German girlfriend announces she is pregnant. 1:05 Movie: “Camaron” (M d,l) - In Spanish. A biographic film about influential flamenco singer El Camarón de la Isla, covering his rise to fame, his drug addiction, and his association with guitarists Paco de Lucía, Tomatito and Paco Cepero. Produced in consultation with his widow. Winner of three Best Actor awards for Óscar Jaenada. 1:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



4:00 The New Inventors 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Take On Technology 10:40 Food For Thought 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Diamond Queen 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Surrey 6:50 480: Mabo 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q & A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Midsomer Murders: Left For Dead - Near the construction site of a bypass an elderly couple are found dead in their home. Then later, the manager of the company building the bypass is found murdered. 1:10 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 2:10 Rage 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield: Round 7 - Teams TBA

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 7:30 The Voice - Contestants battle to progress to the next phase and ultimately secure a recording contract. Featuring the coach’s performance and hosted by Darren McMullen. 9:30 TBA 10:30 CSI: NY: Personal Foul - When the “Cabbie Killer” leaves another fatal fare floating in a fountain, the city and its transportation system are increasingly paralyzed by fear. 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 The Whole Truth: Uncanny - A psychic is arrested for displaying a little too much knowledge about an open murder case. 1:30 Entertainment Tonight 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Jane Doe: How To Fire Your Boss” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Lab Rats 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Bianca has an unexpected medical emergency, putting her pregnancy at risk. April is crushed when she learns that Dax is dating Lottie, and Roo attempts to teach out to Harvey. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Revenge 9:30 TBA 10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 Happy Endings 11:30 30 Rock 12:00 Picture This 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Life With My Father” (M s,l,n) In French & Canadian 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 The Crew 5:30 Living Black 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Battle Of The Sexes 8:30 Bite Me With Dr. Mike Leahy: Borneo - Virologist and explorer Dr Mike Leahy is on a high-stakes mission to meet the deadliest creatures on the planet. Whether they want to suck, bite, sting or feed on his body, he’ll do whatever it takes to better understand what they’re all about. In this episode, Dr Mike travels to Borneo where he learns the hard way that everything is out to get you, whether trekking through the forest, climbing a mountain, exploring a 65-million-year-old cave system or cruising through the mangrove swamp. 9:30 Shameless 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Two Men 1:05 Living Black 1:35 About Women: Girls, Girls, Girls 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 Australia’s Heritage: National Treasures 10:30 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Time Team: The Only Earl Is Essex, Earls Colne 6:50 480: Mabo 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Origins Of Us: Bones: We explore the powerful and surprising anatomical changes that have given us, and our ancestors, the edge to survive over a 6 million year evolutionary journey. Presented by Dr Alice Roberts. 9:25 QI: Families 9:55 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Dark Places 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 480: Mabo 12:40 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:40 Time Team: The Only Earl Is Essex, Earls Colne 2:30 Football: State Game: TAS Vs VIC

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 The Block 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:00 TBA 10:30 Survivor: One World 11:30 Chase: Above The Law - When a desperate fugitive jumps bail and turns violent, the U.S. Marshals must find him before he disappears. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Annie and a bounty hunter who is also trying to capture the criminal. 12:30 Entertainment Tonight 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Goodmorning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Patricia Cornwell: At Risk” (M v,a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Lab Rats 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Heath struggles to cope with Biana’s medical dramas which have put their baby at risk. Dex is caught between Lottie and April and is struggling to decide how he feels. Meanwhile, Roo and Lottie decide to throw Harvey a surprise picnic. 7:30 Once Upon A Time 8:30 Packed To The Rafters 9:30 Missing 11:30 Gangs Of Oz: “White Powder Wars” - Tonight we delve deep into the supposedly glamorous world of cocaine; the drug of choice for the rich, stylish, powerful and famous. 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Every Other Week” (M l,a,s) - In Swedish 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Indian School: East Meets West 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Monty Don 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Claustrophobia” (PG) - In Cantonese. A quiet observation of the defining moments of an illicit affair between a married man and his secretary through a series of flashbacks and periodic snippets of innocent conversations and meaningful glances. 12:55 Movie: “The Bodyguard” (M v,s,l) - Ruben is the bodyguard for the Minister of National Planning. He watches constantly from a distance as life (in the form of the Minister’s activities) passes him by, but is never once allowed to participate. Laconic, soft-spoken and introverted, his only external activities consist of sketching and tending to his mentally ill sister. Inside him, however, a quiet rage and a need for self-expression begin to build 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 For The Juniors 10:15 Cyberchase 10:40 Our Animals 10:45 Behind The News Special 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Country House Rescue: Plas Teg 6:50 480: Mabo 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 8:30 Randling 9:00 Laid 9:30 Agony Aunts 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Review With Myles Barlow 12:00 The Armstrong And Miller Show 12:30 480: Mabo 12:35 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:35 Would You Save A Stranger? Last year in the UK there were 700,000 violent attacks on strangers. One in three people admit that they wouldn’t interfere to protect a stranger. 2:30 Football: State Game: SA Vs WA

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 The Block 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 The Mentalist: Pink Chanel Suit - The team investigates a murder and a missing-person case on a wealthy family’s compound that is heavily guarded. 11:30 Weeds: Yes I Can - Nancy speaks to her boss Esteban when Guillermo denies her cut of incoming pot. Meanwhile, Celia discovers cheap pharmaceuticals and Silas’ relationship with Lisa deepens. 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier” (M s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Lab Rats 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Heath visits his father in gaol. Casey has his first counselling session. A jealous Indi pokes holes in Ruby’s business plans. Meanwhile, Hayley lands herself an unexpected job. 7:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:00 TBA 11:30 Parks & Recreation 12:00 Eastbound & Down 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Ta Peshala 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Predators In Your Backyard 8:35 Extreme Frontiers: Canada - Adventurer Charley Boorman continues his journey across Canada by motorbike. In the final episode, Charley pilots a small plane to Dawson City, Yukon, where he visits a mine that has been in operation since the days of the gold rush. 9:30 East to West: A Force From The Desert 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” (M a) In German. The powerful true story about the final days of the brave anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Scholl. It is 1943 and Sophie, her brother Hans, and fellow students of the University of Munich have formed the resistance group White Rose. Their mission is to educate Munich about the barbaric acts of Adolf Hitler. On a mission to distribute pamphlets on campus, Sophie and her brother are arrested. 1:10 Movie: “Walk On Water” (M l,n,s,v) - In English, Hebrew & German. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

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Your Lucky

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

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

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


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

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

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


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

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


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

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


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

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

– Lao Tzu

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


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

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A meeting with friends later in the week will help you to relax. You have been under a lot of stress recently, particularly at work, and need to take it easy for a while. Romance. A new way of looking at an old problem may help you to find a way of solving it. Don’t be afraid to consider an option which may seem strange at first.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may be asked to play a more active role at a social gathering that you are invited to. Take any new responsibilities seriously. Romance. This will be an excellent week for romance. A favourable aspect to Venus will bring out the best in both you and your partner.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) A friend who wants to spend more time with you will be disappointed if you always seem to be busy. Do your best to be a bit more sociable, at least with the people who matter most to you. Romance. You owe your partner a few favours at the moment. Don’t be too slow to give them a hand.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Be especially careful of any long-term promises which are unlikely to be fulfilled. You need to focus on events which are right in front of you rather than on something which may never happen. Romance. Some important changes are on the horizon, and they are mainly for the better. In the meantime you should stop fretting.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Information which you come across entirely by chance will prove to be much more relevant to your present circumstances than you expect. Follow up on this discovery. Romance. A meal in an expensive restaurant later in the week will be well worth the effort. You will both enjoy being made a fuss of.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) React quickly to a change in your working environment. You will need to adapt to a situation which may not have been of your making. Romance. You may be feeling a little bit isolated at the moment. Let your partner know that you would like more support and you will get more than you bargained for!

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Don’t miss an offer to get together with friends. You have had a number of things on your plate recently, and need to give yourself the chance to relax. Romance. An unexpected message from a long-standing admirer will change your feelings towards this person. You should get together for a meeting as soon as possible.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Look between the lines to work out what has really been going on recently. Recent events may not have happened in quite the way you think. Romance. A friend of yours may be interested in getting to know your partner better. Be careful of jealousies which lie underneath the surface!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

A difficult aspect to Pluto could bring some secrets into the open over the next few days. Make sure that you have some good explanations up your sleeve! Romance. Don’t let stress from work affect your relationship. You need to relax completely when you are with your partner.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Don’t put all your energy into a project which may not come off. It might be more sensible to spread your risk by trying more than one option. Romance. A liaison with a member of the opposite sex could make your partner jealous. You will be surprised how easily they can misinterpret the situation.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A dream will help you to sort out your feelings about a new acquaintance. The person you dream about won’t be quite the same as the person you know in real life: the dream person will be a reflection of your true feelings. Romance. A new relationship may suddenly become more serious this week. At times, though, you may not be comfortable with the pace.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Your energy levels will be very high at the moment. This will be an excellent time to make progress on jobs which you have been putting off. Romance. A boost to your confidence will help you to sort out a longstanding problem in your love-life. The solution will be easier than you think!

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Cracker tracker follows Torres Strait crossing A CUTTING-EDGE online map will ensure tens-of-thousands of armchair adventurers can share the exciting journey of true-blue Aussie explorer Craig ‘Crackers’ Hand as he spends the next eight months navigating the isolated northern Australian coastline from Darwin to the hazardous Torres Strait. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology experts at Esri Australia have developed the ‘Cracker Tracker’ - an interactive map which will provide near real-time updates of Cracker’s voyage and his expected path as he travels from Darwin to the remote heart of Papua New Guinea’s Western Province on a 4.5 metre Little Red Boat. Crackers’ mission is to revisit Sibidiri, an isolated village he stumbled upon in 2008 after his boat ran aground down during a previous trip to PNG. This time however he will be carrying thousands of dollars of medicine, mosquito nets, children’s sporting equipment, clothes tools and communications equipment - donated through his charity Friends of PNG. Crackers said the Tracker was an opportunity for people to participate in his great adventure and share his experiences of the region’s cultural diversity. “It’s an amazing site - the Cracker Tracker will be linked to my on-board GPS unit and my coordinates will be fed into the GIS technology, with the map updated in near real-time,” Crackers said. “The map also features landmarks where I’m stopping, such as the various schools and Aboriginal communities I’ll be visiting to share my adventures with.

“I’ll be uploading diary notes and photos from my travels to the Cracker Tracker and provide links to videos, as well as details about my stops and the people I meet.” Due to launch at the weekend, Crackers will head from the Darwin Trailer Boat Club along the Arnhem Land coast, across the Gulf of Carpentaria, up the west coast of Cape York and on to PNG, before concluding his adventure in Far North Queensland early next year. Esri Australia technical specialist Keera Pullman, who was part of the team that developed Cracker Tracker, said it was exciting that a mapping technology more commonly found in the commercial world would be supporting such an important cause for the region’s remote communities. “Esri Australia typically partners with government and commercial enterprises to drive greater value from their data assets and it’s really rewarding to see that same technology used to link communities to Craig’s efforts to help our neighbours in PNG,” Ms Pullman said. “Although, given the role that mapping has played in our country’s nautical history, it makes perfect sense for Esri Australia to lend its support to this endeavour. “Esri Australia used the same GIS technology to bring updates of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race to millions of people world-wide, so there is certainly the potential for the Cracker Tracker to draw large-scale attention to this worthwhile cause.” The Cracker Tracker can be viewed at:

ABOVE: A traditional PNG priest blesses Craig ‘Crackers’ Hand’s Little Red Boat for his venture across the Torres Strait. BELOW: Esri Australia’s Cracker Tracker will follow Craig Hand’s perilous eight-month return journey to the remote heart of PNG.

Pacific Islands Forum urged to act on West Papua human rights

POWER-PACKIN’ TRIO: Kari, Rochelle and Stacey get hands-on at the TI Hardware Makita Sidewalk Sale.

New research casts doubt on northern food bowl

NEW research about Australia’s tropical rivers has highlighted the importance of free-flowing rivers in supporting biodiversity, fisheries and Indigenous use in northern Australia. Director of the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge research hub, Professor Michael Douglas, outlined the key findings from more than five years of research to the National Water Commission’s six commissioners last week in Cairns. “Northern Australia contains one of the world’s largest networks of

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free-flowing rivers in the world, and it flows through the world’s largest area of high quality tropical savanna. These are globally significant ecosystems,” Professor Douglas said. “Our research shows that people want to keep it this way. A survey of more than 1000 people across Australia found that most people value a balance between agricultural and other ecosystem services.” He said 60 per cent of respondents either wanted to preserve Australia’s tropical rivers for biodiversity and natural habitat, or to preserve them for local residents and tourists.

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“Politicians keep raising the idea of turning northern Australia into a large-scale irrigated food bowl, but history suggests that the natural constraints of climate, water availability and soils can’t be ignored because they can’t be easily overcome,” he said. “This is a water-limited landscape. Annual evaporation is more than double the rainfall which means the water that falls is not around for long. A deep swimming pool in the north would dry out completely within a year and only half fill with rain during the next wet season.”

THE Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) is urging the PIF Leaders at their summit in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands to discuss the human rights situation in West Papua at the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum in August in Rarotonga. Joe Collins of AWPA (Sydney) said countries must take action now to resolve the issue. “Otherwise we will see increasing conflict in West Papua which in turn could affect the region,” Mr Collins said. “The West Papuan people have been calling for dialogue with Jakarta for years (under third party mediation) and AWPA believes the PIF can play an important role in helping facilitate such a dialogue between genuine representatives of the West Papuan leadership and the Indonesian Government. “The PIF should place pressure on Jakarta to resolve West Papuans’ issues of concern.” AWPA sent the open letter to the Pacific Islands Forum leaders concerning the human rights situation in West Papua, urging leaders to: - raise the human rights situation in West Papua with the Indonesian President and to urge the Indonesian Government to release all West Papuan political prisoners as a sign of good faith to the West Papuan people - request permission from the In-

donesian Government to allow a PIF fact finding mission to West Papua to investigate the human rights situation in the territory - encourage the Indonesian Government to allow greater access for human rights monitors and the international media to West Papua - grant observer status to genuine representatives of the Melanesian people of West Papua who are struggling for their right to self determination . “We note that the PIF has granted observer status to Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, the Word Bank, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretariat. New Caledonia and French Polynesia, previously Forum Observers are now Associate Members with Timor Leste having Special Observer status. We believe that the time is now right to bring representatives of the Melanesian people of West Papua back into the Pacific community,” Mr Collins said. “The issue of West Papua will not disappear and AWPA believes that it should be of great concern to the Forum that the situation in West Papua could deteriorate further.”


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POSITION VACANT DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING & INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES This newly created position requires a career oriented professional with an advanced level of technical skill and the capacity to take on a shared responsibility for shaping the future of a close community that embraces a unique culture and is located in a pristine environment. Torres Shire Council invites applications for this full time contract position. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the person we are looking for will be technically qualified and have the drive, resilience and savvy to be effective in a beautiful but remote location. A track record of building innovative and highly collaborative alliances will be paramount and negotiation and problem-solving skills will also be highly regarded. The successful applicant will be an integral part of a small but highly versatile senior management team. Responsibilities range from collaborating on corporate strategy and setting standards for exemplary leadership to close oversight of major projects and budget accountability, building a culture of high performance and development of effective work teams. A salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant and will take into account relocation expenses, motor vehicle, housing and tax concessions so as to provide an attractive incentive to someone who identifies with our vision and values. An application kit for this position can be obtained from the Council Office, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island or by contacting the Human Resources Officer, Don Benjamin phone: (07) 4069 1336, email or Council website Applications close 4pm, Monday, May 28, 2012. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Page 20 Torres News

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POSITIONS VACANT Executive Services Manager – AO5 Tagai Executive Services Classification: EPO AO5 (Temporary Full-time) Hours of Duty: 36.25 hrs per week Duties: Outlined in package Boating Officer – OO4 Thursday Is Secondary Campus Classification: OPS OO4 (Temporary Full-time) Hours of Duty: 38.00 hrs per week Duties: Outlined in package Teacher Aide – TA2 Thursday Island Secondary Campus Classification: TAOO2 (Casual or Temporary) Hours of Duty: 25 – 30 hrs per week Duties: Outlined in package Closing Date:

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Applicants must have or apply for a Blue Suitability Card (Commission for Children and Young People). Application packages are available at the Tagai State College Business Unit, 31 Hargrave Street, Thursday Island. (Old High School Site) Interested persons should apply in writing. Applications must address the selection criteria within the package and present a resume. Applications can be dropped off at the Business Unit or mailed to: Business Services Manager Tagai State College PO Box 1000 Thursday Island Q 4875

Repent be baptised name of Jesus Messiah forgiveness of sins so receive Holy Spirit. Awgadh guyithwiar adakawai wati markai kedaamai uurpupagal ngukiuu nu pasinu Yesun Masiak nel. Ye s u n k a n a k a n garwalgaik adaka sirsiri ngulaiga kedaamai Balbayzig Ngana S i b u w a n a a r Ye s u n panipan. Apostle Percy.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Gospel of Jesus Son of God. God Yahweh Augadh. Jesus M e s s i a h - Ya s h u a Mashiach. Command - adakawai. Presence - Buian Yakaman. Holy Spirit - Balbaizig Magau. Power - Panipan. Love Kapu. Authority - Duium. Mercy - Sibuwanan paraparan kunakan. Eso to my Babathal (sisters) and their Waaduwamal (children). By Percy, grandson of Linguist the Late Athe MacFarlane Misi son of Misi Mam of Mam Are brother to Aka Gawagi and Athe Baira.

PUBLIC NOTICE Ya h w e h E lo h i m (God) we Dugong clan of Mabuyag await the presence of your Holy Spirit. Parapara Yahweh Awgadh ngalpa Mabuygiu Dhangalau Buay ugar ninu Paraparan Buyan Danalaig Ngana. Apostle Percy (grandson) ngep of Athe Gib Baulai brotherin-law to Athe Uuili Misi.

PUBLIC NOTICE P e r cy ’ s go s pel of Mui crocodile clan. Breaking bread (Purthaik Yesun aigun gamu madhu) from house to house. Supir Son of Papi Son of Sadsu Son of Waika Chief of Mui.

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PNG gets poor health rating PAPUA New Guinea has the secondhighest rate of maternal mortality in the world - next only to Afghanistan, it has been revealed. Western Highlands provincial health authority chief executive James Kintwa made the shocking announcement on in Mt Hagen during the opening of a new cervical cancer treatment clinic. Dr Kintwa said the high maternal and infant mortality rate did not give good health indicators in the country. He said many mothers died of cervical cancer at a prime age and that

Rio Tinto trainee Slim Apuita (right) talks with ITEC jobseekers Gagree Daniels, Iona Manas, Richard Gela and Elliot Daniels on Thursday Island. PHOTO: MARK ROY By MARK ROY AFTER two years of unemployment, Slim Apuita from Badu is setting sail on a new career, after Rio Tinto Marine accepted him for a deckhand traineeship on their vessel RTM Wakmatha. After 13 weeks of study towards a Certificate III in Maritime Operations/Integrated Ratings at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania, Slim is ready for 36 weeks of trainee sea time on the 238-metre bulk carrier, which will see him complete his qualification. But before setting off on his new adventure, the father-of-four took time out to speak with ITEC jobseekers on Thursday Island about his experiences, meeting with them at the CDEP centre on Stephen Street. “I’ve been here too, and I know what it feels like,” Mr Apuita told the jobseekers. “We see the ships pass here all the time, but it’s a different experience when you are on it, you feel like you are on top of the world.” He said the Rio Tinto traineeship was “the opportunity of a lifetime”. “I’ll most likely secure a full-time position on a Rio Tinto ship and that will mean my wife and I could afford to buy a house in Cairns where two of our children live,” he said. “You work and you go overseas, you see other countries and get paid for it. “It is hard work but if you decide you want to do it, talk about it with your families first.” He said the training he received at the maritime college had been second to none. “The student support system is the best I’ve ever seen, they have a one hundred per cent success rate,” Mr Apuita said. The 50-year-old has been a pearl diver, newsletter editor, community council training officer and foreman, ferry captain and fishing boat operator. And this is not the first time he has worked hard to get a qualification. In 1989, Mr Apuita made his first trip to the maritime college in Tasmania, where he studied to get his coxswain’s ticket before returning to the Torres Strait to complete the practical part of his assessment.


portrayed bad health indicators. He said the new clinic, the first of its kind in the country, would help save many mothers and at the same time help improve the country’s health indicators. The new clinic would check mothers for cervical cancer and, if tested positive, they would be treated on the spot. He said cervical cancer was the biggest killer of mothers every year, and that the clinic would start operations immediately.- The National


“I passed everything only to find after six months that the luggers I was working on were not registered,” he said. This meant he couldn’t have his required sea time recognised to secure his qualification. But it did not deter him from trying again. “It’s good to know that this training is leading me somewhere,” Mr Apuita said. Course coordinator Stephen Hurd said while training with Rio Tinto, Slim would continue a distance program of theory studies. “Students go through basic safety training, survival training, fire fighting, first aid and personal training as well as covering topics such as engineering, watch keeping, deck operations and workshop skills,” Mr Hurd said. “Rio Tinto is particularly good at employing Indigenous Australians and making sure they are correctly skilled for whatever position they go into.”

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Under 12, Under 14 AFL teams for Qld titles selected

LOCAL students from Under 12 AFL team will be travelling to the Gold Coast to compete in the 2012 Queensland Primary School championships. The team will gather in Cairns on Thursday, June 7 and will travel to the Gold Coast the following day, Friday, June 8. The AFL competition, which starts on Saturday, June 9 and runs until June 13, will be played at Southport Sharks Football Club. Badu Island: Philemon Baira Kubin: Alan Kaitap Mabuiag: John Will Gizu Mer: Joseph Tapim Thursday Island: Ezekil MatthewKubby Takai Aurukun: Denzel Yunkaporta, Tawu Marrot, Zarlee Woolla, Lorenzo Marbendiner Coen: Shiquea Creek, Mark Doolah Kowanyama: Donovan Yam, Craig Gollgleye, Fitzroy Greenwool. Napranum: Jayden Charger Cooktown: Zane Stallan, Russell Clark, Toby Gillen. Yarrabah: Judhil Canendo, Phillip Solomon Wujal Wujal: Lester Shipton The Under 14s West Wing Crusaders team will be travelling to Mackay on Thursday, June 7 to compete in the 2012 Queensland Country Championships. Players will gather together in Cairns on June 6 and travel the next day. Once the competition finishes, the team returns to Cairns on Sunday, June 10. Badu Island: Laurie Nona, Albert Rubu, Ralph Nona, Solomon Nona. Horn Island:Garo Henry, Dan Savage, Josh Wasaga. Thursday Island: Keanu Doyle, Wilson Kris, Marlon Sailor, Lesley Seriat, Solomon Ahmat, Jimmy Abednego, Celestino Nona, John Zitha, Stanton Waia. Wujal Wujal: Lexton Denman Lockhart River: Tremaine Hobson Kowanyama: Zeik Tent Yarrabah: Harold Cedric, Stephen Schrieber, Roy Yeatman. Gordonvale: Justin Hill Crawler Excavators

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Walklate sensational in Friday night triathlon THE Friday Night Triathlon held on May 4 was a extremely hard fought battle over the highly anticipated supershort sprint distance of 50m swim, 1km off-road bike and a 300m run. The first of two races was a scratch with everyone off at the same time. The top three positions were tight, with only one second separating the top two, with Dan Tanon first and Tyler Pask second, with youngster Fionh Walklate closely behind in third. Star of the Night and Young Sensation was Fionh Walklate, backing up from third in the first event. Exceeding all expectations in the second event for the night, “The Handicap Event”, 9-year-old Walklate went on to be the clear winner, showing his power, speed, and endurance, being the only athlete of the night to negatively split for the second race in a winning time of 7:17, with daylight to second-placed Dan Tanon in 8:02 and again ahead of fast-finishing Tyler Pask for third place in 9:02. The Friday Night Triathlon for May 11 was called off due to a lack of competitors, however organiser Brenton Koch says he hopes to see competitors

back on their bikes and back in the swim for upcoming events. TRIATHLON EVENTS Friday, May 25: “Pulmonary Trauma” Friday, June 1 “Rhythm Wrecker” 50m Swim / 1km Bike / 300m Run It you have any questions about the Mini Triathlons, or getting in shape for them please contact Brenton, or pick up information from Thursday Island Post Office, or Torres Shire Sports Complex.

Thank you from Touch Premiers TI Tidaz would like to thank our major sponsor for “Battle of the Islands, 2012”, Yorkston Constructions Pty Ltd. Along with: * Coach Edgar Daniel and Keesha Jackson * Marita Dorante and Benji Sagigi * Rohani Nona * TI Touch Association, the organising team * The respectful teams who participated in the competition from near and far * Our players from TI and Cairns If we have may have missed anyone, your help and assistance to our team was greatly appreciated. Until next year: mina koey mai eso, Au esowa. TI Tidaz Captain Inyika Buthmann and Team

Students on the run for funds TAGAI State College (Horn Island and Malu Kiwai) students will be running in the adidas School Fun-Run to raise vital funds for their school on June 1. In the coming weeks students will be seeking support from the local community for running the event. Sponsorship from the community is vital to make this fundraiser a success. “The adidas School Fun-Run presents an excellent platform to get students excited about physical activity”, said Martin Penfold and Dimas Toby from Tagai State College. “I am very proud of the student’s for getting involved”. “Tagai State College is setting a new standard for other schools to follow by choosing a way to raise money that is supportive of the nutrition in schools policy and delivers positive messages about the importance of physical activity to a child’s healthy growth and development. “




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Strait to the top for divers Sport TORRES NEWS

THE Torres Strait is ranked in the ‘Top Ten Scuba Diving Holidays in Australia’, according to the Adventure Sports Holidays website. The adventure holiday site advises that the best time to dive the Torres Strait’s collection of cays, islands, reefs and atolls is between August and December, with water temperatures of 29 degrees year around: “This is remote diving at its best, providing some excellent scuba diving holidays and diving in spots rarely visited. Most sites are only accessible by live-aboards that usually start at Lockhart River. The RMS Quetta, a passenger liner that sank in 1890, is without doubt the most popular shipwreck in this shallow shipping lane. Visibilities at the inner reefs can be below 15m, but the strong currents provide for rich waters filled with marine life. The channels near the outer reefs can have visibilities far above 30m. Here, where fishing is controlled, you will find huge fish such as large pelagic, mantas and sharks. Yippee!” The website, offering more than 6000 plus adventure holidays and activity days in more than The waters of the Torres Strait are among the best 15,000 locations in over 200 countries, can be in Australia for scuba diving. PHOTO: DOMINIC found at SCAGLIONI

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Pride recognised for being family friendly NORTHERN Pride’s commitment to providing a safe, healthy and family friendly sporting environment has been boosted by becoming a Level 2 Good Sports club with the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program. Good Sports is a free national program working with sporting clubs across three levels of accreditation to manage alcohol, and ensure sport and family come first. Good Sports North Queensland Regional Manager Tony Hewitt is impressed with Northern Pride’s leadership role and their commitment to the responsible management of alcohol. “Good Sports works with Northern Pride to ensure they are providing a safe environment for players and spectators,” Mr Hewitt said. “Mums and dads won’t bring their kids to the game if it isn’t a safe. “Northern Pride understand the important role they play in the community and the need to maintain a positive profile within the community.” Northern Pride Chief Executive Officer Chris Sheppard said sporting clubs play an important role in the community, and the Pride is committed to providing a positive role model for young people at the club and within the local community. “The Responsible Alcohol Management Practices we have implemented at our home games at Barlow Park ensures a family friendly day at the footy,” said Mr Sheppard. “Good Sports encourages a family atmosphere where people can come and enjoy themselves. “Not only does this help attract spectators to our games, but it also improves the health and fitness of our community and help protect young people from alcohol and drug-related problems.” Displaying the Good Sports logo confirms the Pride promotes a responsible attitude towards alcohol and provides a safe environment for players, members, families and supporters. Research shows that, on average, Good Sports clubs are increasing female members by 11 per cent, and growing their non-player membership by 17 per cent.

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Sport and sausages in Harmony on Warraber A Harmony Day celebration was held at the Warraber School recently.

The children from the Tagai school, teachers and parents participated in many sporting

activities. The sports were followed by a sausage sizzle barbecue prepared and cooked

by Department of Immigration and Citizen movement monitoring officer Donald Billy.

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