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Segar Passi takes 2012 award SEGAR Passi has been named winner of the prestigious Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, taking home $5000 for his painting, Native Title: Our Land and Sea Rights, during opening night celebrations at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Wednesday, May 30. The Torres Strait Regional Authority alternate deputy chairperson Kenny Bedford congratulated Mr Passi and commended all artists on their unique entries. “An impressive variety of artwork, including headdresses, paintings, weavings, sculptures and carvings, has been submitted by 44 artists across 14 communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area.” Mr Bedford described the calibre of works entered into the Award as “outstanding”, but said that this was not surprising given the immense talent that existed within communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area. For the second time, a theme was selected for the Art Award, creating an opportunity for local artists to communicate the importance of Native Title and their connections to the land and sea areas in the Torres Strait. Nancy Naawi was awarded runner-up for her etching, Ring Tides, receiving $2000 in prize money. Sub-category winners were: Best Craft Work: Rachel Emma Gela (Erub); Best Cultural Artefact: Gordon Hammond (Horn); and Best Work on Paper/Canvas: Jeff Waia (Saibai). The National Museum of Australia - History Through Art Award which recognises artworks that best capture aspects of the histories of Torres Strait Islander lives and experiences, went to Joseph Au for his lino print, Badu Harbour. Highly commended awards went to: Betty Tekahika, Mer, Laurie Nona, Badu, Maryann Bourne, Erub, Mersane Loban, Moa, and Solomon Booth, Moa. Commended awards went to: Frank Whap, Mabuiag, Ella Rose Savage, Erub, Andrew Passi Snr, Mer, Zacharia Gaidan, Badu, and Weldon Matasia, Badu. Community members still have a chance to vote for their favourite work, which will help to decide the winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award. This winner will be announced in the Torres News in July and is set to receive a total of $1000 in prize money. A catalogue showcasing all works featured in the 2012 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award will be available for purchase from Gab Titui Cultural Centre from August, 2012.

Judge’s comments GUEST judge Tom Mosby, executive manager of Indigenous Research and Projects at the State Library of Queensland, said he based his selection of artworks on artistic quality, composition and individuality. “As usual, the entries this year reflect the diversity of contemporary Torres Strait Islander art practice, and the number of entries continues to demonstrate the recognition of the importance of the visual arts to personal development,” Mr Mosby said. “The task of choosing a winning work and category winners is a difficult and unenviable one, particularly when faced with such a range of materials and techniques, and I would like to congratulate each artist on their entry.”

Winner of the Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, Mer artist Segar Passi, explains the finer details of his painting, Native Title: Our Land and Sea Rights , to award judge Tom Mosby. Photo courtesy George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

HISTORIC OCCASION: Kaurareg Tribal Council of Elders’ Seriat Young in a special performance with the Kaurareg Dance Team at the Gag Titui Indigenous Art Award on Wednesday, May 30. Photo MARK ROY. More photos >> page 13.

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Mabo Day an opportunity to reflect and look to the future “. . . while a lot of progress had been made, much remained to be done to maintain Torres Strait culture and to improve living standards for all Torres Strait people.” - TSRA Chairman John “Toshie” Kris.

THE Mabo Day public holiday has been welcomed as an opportunity for Torres Strait Islander and mainland communities to reflect on the last 20 years and to look to future challenges. Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairperson Mr John ‘Toshie’ Kris said that, while a lot of progress had been made, much remained to be done to maintain Torres Strait culture and to improve living standards for all Torres Strait people. In May, 1982, the late Mr Eddie Koiki Mabo and fellow Murray Islanders, David Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Salee instituted a claim in the High Court for native title to Mer Island in Torres Strait. The Queensland Government responded by seeking to legislate to extinguish any native title on the islands retrospectively. The counter move was challenged in the High Court on the grounds that it was

inconsistent with the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act. The High Court, in a historic judgement delivered on June 3, 1992, accepted the claim from Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people had occupied the island of Mer for hundreds of years before the arrival of the British. This decision overturned a legal fiction that Australia was Terra Nullius, a land belonging to no-one, at the time of colonisation. Mr Kris said the national implications of the court decision provided hope and a way forward for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. “That hope is tempered by the fact that native title is sometimes still a contentious and ongoing issue for the Torres Strait and other Australian communities.” Mr Kris said the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) had called

on the new Queensland government to commit to finalising an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) to speed up approvals for housing and infrastructure developments. “The TSRA, as the Native Title Representative Body for the Torres Strait region, put a proposal to the Queensland government for a model ILUA more than two years ago. “The proposed model ILUA could be adopted for use on those Torres Strait Islands where the Federal Court has recognised that native title exists. “The TSRA worked to draft the model ILUA with each of the Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs), which have been appointed to address matters on behalf of native title holders. “The ILUA contains many innovations but an underlying objective is to ensure that native title on the Islands is dealt with in a comparable way to ‘mainstream’ land titles such as freehold.

“This reflects the fact that on each of the Islands the Federal Court has determined that the native title comprises rights held by native title holders to possess, occupy, use and enjoy native title land. “This is similar to the ‘exclusive possession’ rights that freehold land owners enjoy.” Mr Kris said the TSRA and PBCs had been motivated by a commitment to speed up agreements so that housing and infrastructure projects can take place. “As a ‘one stop shop’ agreement which satisfies both native title and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage lore, the model ILUA will allow projects to proceed far more quickly than if they had to address legal requirements on a project by project basis. Mr Kris said significant progress had been achieved in improving living standards throughout the Torres Strait

and Northern Peninsula area despite the continuation of lengthy negotiations to finalise the model ILUA. “Since 1999 more than $208 million dollars has been spent on infrastructure to improve environmental health in Torres Strait communities. “The funding has been provided equally by the Australian government and the Queensland government and has helped to greatly improve water supply, sanitation, roads and drainage as well as develop serviced housing lots and improve the maintenance of existing assets. “The Australian government has committed another $20 million dollars to continue the Major Infrastructure Program and we will find out in September whether the new Queensland government will deliver matching funds in its first budget.” EDDIE MABO PHOTO courtesy of James Cook University


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Torres Strait pride flies high on Flag Day

Armed with a small Torres Strait Islands flag, Edith Boyd joins marchers Betty Sagigi, Bertha Natanielu, Thomas Loban, June Bann, Betty Tekahika, Abigail Harry, Yen Loban, Robert ‘Bongo’ Sagigi, Patrick Lui, Natalie Collier, Gabriel Bani, Cindy Namok and Michael Bon outside the Queensland Government building on Thursday Island. By MARK ROY THE colours of the Torres Strait flag were proudly on display last week during a parade down the main street of Thursday Island. The march, held on Torres Strait Flag Day on Tuesday, May 29, marked the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Torres Strait flag, designed by the late Bernard Namok in 1992. One of the organisers of the march down Douglas Street, Robert ‘Bongo’ Sagigi, said he was disappointed to see three bare flagpoles standing outside Thursday Island’s Queensland Government Building on the day. “We have been insulted,” Mr Sagigi said. “The Federal government recognised this flag back in 1995. “On Friday, May 25, we kicked off Reconciliation Week, and Sunday, May 27, marked Referendum Day, the day Indigenous people in Australia were granted their citizenship and voting rights. “But many of our elected leaders, now sitting in their positions of power in the Torres Strait, don’t recognise the day that helped put them there.” One of those carrying a green, blue, white and black flag on the

day, Bertha Natanielu, said the street march was organised at a grassroots level, with no peak body involved. “I joined the Flag Day march because I feel it is important for the people of Australia to know that we exist up here,” Ms Natanielu said. “The colours of the flag represent our waters, the land - our islands, and shows that we are different to the Australian Aboriginal people. “We have a different culture. We are people of the sea, and our highways are the waters.” But Ms Natanielu said some people in Australia still did not know of the existence of the Torres Strait, or its location. “I’d like people to know that we are part of Australia, and that Australia has two Indigenous peoples,” she said. Mr Sagigi said the Reconciliation Week celebrations would lead up to Mabo Day on Sunday, June 3. “It is especially important for our generation to know their own history, and the struggle we have had since colonisation,” Mr Sagigi said. “Today’s kids should know about their rights, and that these are recognised in law under the

Natalie Collier, Yen Loban, Gabriel Bani, Cindy Namok and Michael Bon march down Douglas Street, Thursday Island, with the Torres Strait flag, on the flag’s 20th anniversary on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which the Australian Government is a signatory. “To make these rights a reality, you must exercise them.” He said the 16 or so people who came together for Torres Strait Flag Day did so because they believed in the sovereign rights of Torres Strait Islanders. “These are First Nations Peoples exercising their democratic rights,” Mr Sagigi said. “This flag identifies us as the first peoples of this place. “Next time, I would like to see everybody come along and celebrate with us.” The Torres Strait Flag was proclaimed a Flag of Australia under section 5 of the Flags Act on July 14, 1995, by then Governor General of Australia, William Hayden. Permission is not required to fly the Torres Strait Islander flag. However, copyright for the flag design is owned by the Torres Strait Islands Regional Council (TSIRC), which may grant permission to reproduce it if certain conditions are met. The council asks that, where appropriate, recognition is given to its original designer, the late Mr Bernard Namok.

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The green stripes represented the land, the black stripes the people, and the blue the sea. The flag is emblazoned with a white dhoeri (headdress), symbolising the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders. Its white, five-pointed star symbolises peace, the navigational importance of stars to the seafaring people of the Torres Strait, and the five major island groups: Northern Division (Boigu, Dauan, Saibai); Eastern Islands (Erub, Mer, Ugar); Western Division (St. Pauls, Kubin, Badu, Mabuiag); Central Division (Masig, Poruma, Warraber, Iama); and Southern Division (Thursday Island and Inner Islands, and the Northern Peninsula Area). The star is sometimes interpreted as a symbol of the “Coming of the Light”, or Christianity. Mr Namok’s striking design was chosen as the winning entry in a competition held by the Island Coordinating Council in 1992. The same year, the flag was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), giving it equal prominence with the Australian Aboriginal Flag.

NPA teacher a favourite with students THE work of Northern Peninsula Area State College teacher Lynette Day has been praised by local students who came out in support of their teachers, casting votes in the 2012 Torres News My Favourite Teacher awards. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Ms Day was last week announced as one of 36 favourite teachers across the state in the eighth annual event. “I congratulate Ms Day for being acknowledged for the significant contribution she is making to students’ lives,” Mr Langbroek said. Student praise included: “She is a great teacher. She works all day teaching Years 3, 4 and 5, then comes THE work of Northern Peninsula Area State College teacher Lynette Day has been praised by local students who came out in support of their teachers, casting votes in the 2012 Torres News My Favourite Teacher awards. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Ms Day was last week

announced as one of 36 favourite teachers across the state in the eighth annual event. “I congratulate Ms Day for being acknowledged for the significant contribution she is making to students’ lives,” Mr Langbroek said. Student praise included: “She is a great teacher. She works all day teaching Years 3, 4 and 5, then comes home to teach me distance ed.” Mr Langbroek also thanked the students who took the time to nominate and vote for their favourite teachers. “Almost 2000 Queensland teachers were nominated for their efforts that extend well beyond the classroom walls,” Mr Langbroek said. “Academic research tells us that teacher quality is one of the major determinants of student success and it is essential we recognise and reward excellence. “Students have identified their teachers as wonderful educators who deserve recognition for the great job they are

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Saibai has best-tasting tap water Local control for local SAIBAI residents can sit back and enjoy their cups of tea this morning knowing their tap water is mixing it with the best. The northern island’s water supply was selected as the best tasting in the Far North Queensland regional final of the Queensland Water Directorate’s Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test recently. The competition was judged by four water industry experts at a Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater)

regional conference held in Cairns on Thursday, May 24, 2012. To r r e s S t r a i t I s l a n d Regional Council (TSIRC) executive manager engineering services Pat McGuire said the management team and operators did a fantastic job in a remote and harsh environment. “Saibai gets its water from a rainwater lagoon supplemented by naturally purified swamp water,” Mr McGuire said. “The water is then filtered

Orica Australia’s George Lech hands over the winning prize of a custom-made Lego water treatment plant to TSIRC’s Pat McGuire.

and chlorinated before being pumped to the 300 residents across the island.” Utilities that battled it out in the fifth semi-final included Cook Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Aurukun Shire Council, with judges describing tastes as “earthy, refreshing, slightly salty, rural” and more. The taste test is a light-hearted way to promote the hard work of local authorities in delivering quality water services to Queensland communities. Other regional winners were North Burnett, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Barcaldine and Burdekin. The six regional finalists will contest the grand final prize to be held at the Water Industry Operators Association conference on the Gold Coast on Thursday, June 7. Qldwater chief executive Dave Cameron said the competition coincided with six regional conferences that aimed to link Queensland water service providers with technical and management expertise to help plan and safeguard their community’s future water supply and sewerage infrastructure needs. “Water management technology continues to advance, as do requirements of regulators and the community,” Mr Cameron said. “Today, councils face more challenges than ever before as we develop better ways to manage our valuable water resources and qldwater aims to support the industry locally as much as possible.” He said this year’s conferences focused on topics such as challenges in water and sewerage management, water safety and security, desalination in remote locations and opportunities and obstacles in indigenous partnerships.

hospitals: Springborg THE long-awaited return of local control in the delivery of health services in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region is a step closer following the introduction of legislation to formalise Hospital and Health Boards. Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg (right) said an administrator would be appointed to the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Board, pending further assessment of suitable candidates. “The Newman Government is delivering on its election promise to restore local Hospital and Health Boards to Queensland communities to oversee the management of health services. “The people of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninisula region deserve to have greater trust and confidence in local health services and that’s what this government is on the path to delivering. “Once finalised, the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsual Hospital and Health Board will put decision making back in the hands of the community where it belongs, increasing local accountability for the delivery of health services.”

Mr Springborg said the state government wanted a health system that put patients first, gave the local community a say in services, and valued the knowl-

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Correction THE article “Community in mourning after rising talent dies in crash” (page 5, Torres News, 30 May - 5 June 2012) states that 19-yearold Francis Mosby died in Cairns Base hospital on Friday, May 11, from injuties sustained in a vehicle rollover. The correct date of Mr Mosby’s passing is Friday, May 18, 2012. The Torres News apologises for the error.

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New administration building given our blessing By MARK ROY YOU just can’t beat that new-building smell. Tagai staff took a tour of the Tagai State College administration building last week, after the brand-new building on Aplin Road was blessed and its doors thrown open. Planning for the state-of-the-art building began after the previous administration building was demolished as a result of an arson attack in May, 2010. It was originally scheduled for completion by the start of the 2012 school year. Tagai Secondary Campus principal Lynne Anne Chandler said she was pleased to see construction was finally complete. “Staff, students and community are very excited,” Ms Chandler said. “We are proud to have such a facility,

and hope the new student services section will benefit students, their families, and the wider community.” She acknowledged former principal Craig Whittred, who worked with project architects to tailor the design of the building to meet the specific requirements of the school community. The new facility boasts a staff common room, student services and counselling rooms, a large boardroom, and eye-catching artworks featuring turtles, geckos and marine life built in to several windows of the fresh new office spaces. And judging by the smiles and murmurs of approval, it seems school staff just can’t wait to put the old C-Block nightmare behind them and move straight in. But Ms Chandler said nothing would be moved in until after the blessing ceremony. Father Charles Loban and Father

WORTH THE WAIT: Tagai administration staff John Crozier, Zipporah Gea Gea, Sondra Berry, Lynne Anne Chandler, Theresa Henry, Gibra Sambo, Fisi Ahwang, Betty Namok, Brian Reader and Michael Loban at the blessing of the new admin building on Tuesday, May 29. PHOTO: MARK ROY More photos >> page 11. Tom Stephen conducted “May this be a place of knowledge and including Craig Whittred, Lynne Anne the blessing ceremony on wisdom, where our people can dare to Chandler and the team. Tuesday, May 29, with be wise.” “It’s been a long time coming, but Fr Stephen proclaiming: Torres Strait Islanders Regional it is a beautiful facility and a great Education Council chair Ned David investment in the future of our kids, said while the administration build- who deserve it as much as anyone else ing had been a long time coming, it in Queensland.” was important to adhere to cultural An official opening, including protocol. a welcome to country by Kaurareg “We must ensure we bless em before Elders, would be held on a date to be family move into a facility like this,” announced, he said. Mr David said. After ensuring its doors would “Everyone in the Torres Strait should always remain open to Our Lord be saying ‘thanks’ to the teachers and Jesus Christ, Fr Stephen led an eager staff for their patience. procession of staff members through “I take my hat off to the Tagai staff, the corridors of learning.

1.3 million Australians don’t know they have kidney disease

WITH more than a million Australians unaware they are living with kidney disease, now is the time to get in to your local health centre for a check-up. The Chronic Disease Team were out on the streets of Thursday Island last week encouraging people to do just that. The team were handing out free water and health information kits to passers-by as part of Kidney Health Week, which ran from Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2. One of the members Bertha Natanielu is given a blood pressure check-up by Chronic Disease Team of the team, Sam Mills, nurse Sam Mills, and a free water and health information from health workers said it was important that Olsen Sailor and Keesha Yanashita outside the Thursday Island Primary Health people come in for blood Centre last week. PHOTO: MARK ROY pressure checks. is the time to do it. the next decade as the ageing “High blood pressure has conKidney Health Australia population means more people sequences for your heart as well as national medical director Tim are likely to develop end-stage your kidneys,” Mr Mills said. Mathew said about 1.7 million kidney disease. He said the team were promot- people over the age of 25 had kidHowever the number of diabeting the health benefits of drinking ney disease, but it was estimated ics with the condition is also on water, which he said was always a only a quarter of those had been the rise. better choice than soft drink. diagnosed. The Australian Institute of “Be active, drink plenty of That means 1.3 million Aus- Health and Welfare has forecast water, go for two fruit and five tralians have kidney disease, but the proportion of diabetics unvegetables, and take time for are unaware of it. dergoing transplants or dialysis regular health checks,” he said. Dr Mathew said high blood would rise to 64 per cent in 2020 According to brochures avail- pressure and cholesterol seemed from 45 per cent in 2009. able on the day, kidneys can be prevalent in people with kidney The total number of Australians damaged by inflammation, cysts, disease, but that did not account being treated for end-stage kidney high blood sugar, high blood pres- entirely for the increased risk. disease is forecast to rise by up to sure, and poor lifestyle choices. He said other factors affected 80 per cent to about 4300 in the Even in mild cases, kidney the way blood vessels worked and coming decade. disease is linked to an increased made people with kidney disease Dr Mathew said people with risk of heart attack and stroke. more susceptible to heart attack diabetes, high blood pressure, Sometimes there are no symp- and stroke. smokers, or who was obese or toms until up to 90 per cent of “There is a definite independent with a family history of kidney kidney function is lost, so it is risk that is not well understood, disease should be checked. important to get a regular kidney but which is real,” Dr Mathew People over the age of 60, Abocheck for early detection. told reporters. riginal and Torres Strait Islanders With blood pressure checks The number of Australians and those with a history of heart available at Primary Health Cen- needing kidney transplants and attacks were also at greater risk, tres across the Torres Strait, now dialysis is expected to soar in he said.


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Deadly dancers bring Saibai stories to life By JESSICA SAXTON

(Back row) Francis Elu, Vincent Babia, Brayden Mudu, Charles Aniba, Preston Babia, Brett Aniba and (front) Asuele Aniba and Dan Sagigi.

AS travellers with dusty cars and feet begin to fill up the campgrounds of the Northern Peninsula Area, some other dusty feet are getting ready to stomp up a storm. The Seisia Dance Troupe, Zugubaw Thithuyil, are preparing to perform deadly traditional Island dances, telling the stories of their ancestors from Saibai. Preston Babia performs a dance The spitting image of Saibai Island with a dhoeri, or traditional warriors, from their dhoeris (head headdress. dresses) to their zazis (grass skirts) and painted skin, these dancers are ready to take on the night. “They look deadly in their costumes,” said Vincent Babia, one of the mentors to the group. “The costumes they wear are the same as the traditional warriors from Saibai.” Charles Aniba, one of the mentors to the group, said the dancers would begin regular performances in early June. “We’ve been donated an area on the boundary of the Seisia campgrounds, so we have set up an area where we can have huts and in the centre where our dancers can perform,” Mr Aniba said. The dance pad will be skirted by traditional huts showing locals preparing spears and weaving, to complete the cultural experience. L o o k i n g Brayden Mudu from the Zugubaw nothing less than Thithuyil Dance Troupe. deadly as they hold their bows and spears, the dancers depict stories from their ancestors’ lives on Saibai, as well as the journey to the mainland, offering a unique insight to the history of the NPA. Mr Babia said Zugubaw Thithuyil would begin with a few shows at the Seisia Fishing Club. “Then, when we have the dance area fully ready, we will move to the camp grounds,” Mr Babia said. “We use a lot of props to tell our stories; boats, bows and arrows, drums and spears. “We have adapted the old dances and put our own modern spin on them, it’s a great performance.” He said the performances would raise funds for the group to travel to events outside of the NPA and to maintain the area and costumes. NPARC director of community services Russell Symons said he hoped other dance groups would follow in their footsteps. “It’s a great way to raise funding for the dance troupe, I hope that this encourages our other dance groups too,” Mr Symons said.

Zugubaw Thithuyil Dance Troupe mentors Brett Aniba, Charles Aniba and Vincent Babia at Seisia. Page 6 Torres News

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From Rosehill to red the carpet for Jimi Bani By MARK ROY

He has also performed in the theatrical play The Sapphires, for both the Black Swan Theatre Company and Company B, touring to both London and Korea. Jimi has received acclaim for his performances, including a

accent and dialect - how to use my diaphragm, movement, poetry, Shakespeare - but you pick up what is important to you. “I describe university as like an apple tree, and all the fruit is what they teach.

tion, all those stories.” In 1973, Eddie Mabo was shocked to discover that the ownership of the land his ancestors had passed down on Murray Island in the Torres Strait Islands for over 16 generations, was not legally recognised as theirs.

rights. Eddie never lived to see his land returned to him, but the name IT’S been an exciting time for Mabo is known in every household Thursday Island actor Jimi Bani, throughout the country. with leading roles in the ABC In January 1992, at only 55, drama series The Straits, and the Eddie died of cancer. Five months upcoming Blackfella Films later the High Court production, Mabo, where overturned the notion of he plays the role of Eddie terra nullius. ‘Uncle Koiki’ Mabo. Jimi said that by fightBut he hasn’t always had ing for rights and justice, the red-carpet treatment, or Eddie Mabo became one the luxury of a scripts, film of the Torres Strait’s crews, and directors. greatest role models. Jimi says one of his first “As a role model he screen performances was inspires us because kids slightly more humble. think if he can do it, I “At one stage growing up can do it - he’s from in Rosehill, my grandfather, here too. Ephraim Bani, got an old “I know there are kids 8mm camera, and used to out there who want to film us mucking about,” follow that line.” Jimi told the Torres News. And for those kids “A lot of influence came more interested in the from him, my dad Dimple theatre? Bani, and my uncle Gabriel “Any Torres Strait Bani. Islander youngsters “Ephraim was a really who want to get into the great storyteller - he was industry, I’m here,” Jimi really into the arts, loved said. dancing, and loved to Thursday Island actor Jimi Bani as Eddie Mabo and Murray Islander Charles Passi as Benny Mabo in the upcoming TV production, “Don’t be shy to come paint.” Mabo. PHOTO: MATT NETTHEIM up to me and ask me how Jimi says his family were “It’s only the ones that you put in Rather than accept this injustice, to do it, and I’ll show you.” “really into music”, and he assumed Helpmann Award nomination for he began an epic fight for Australian Mabo goes to air on ABC 1 on that he would eventually join them Best Supporting Actor for Yibiyung the basket that will work for you.” He said he was looking forward law to recognise traditional land Sunday, June 10, 8.30pm. in their dance and music perform- and a WA Equity Foundation Award nomination for Best Actor for his to the premiere of Mabo at ances. the Sydney International Film But it was acting and story-telling performance in Jandamarra. He said his co-star in RAN and Festival on June 7. that would prove to be Jimi’s callThe Straits, Aaron Fa’Aoso, encour“I can’t wait to see the faces ing. “As a kid I had no idea I would aged him to follow his dream pursue of family,” he said. “The movie acting. is an education, especially for end up in acting,” he said. “I made up my mind to study at this younger generation.” “When I grew up I was a shy WAAPA straight after RAN was shot He said it was important young fellow.” REMOTE JOBS AND COMMUNITIES PROGRAM to tell the story of how Uncle A graduate of the Western Aus- in Masig,” Jimi recalls. “Me and Aaron had a yarn and Koiki and his Torres Strait tralian Academy of Performing Arts, Jimi Bani’s credits include I said, ‘I want to do this, I want to Islander plaintiffs overturned the SBS series RAN (Remote Area continue acting’, so he said talk the legal fiction of terra Nurse) which was shot in northern to Penny (RAN producer Penny nullius, “the biggest ruling law”. Australia, and more recently a lead- Chapman). “She said every actor has an “We need Uncles and Aunting role in the The Straits, directed by Peter Andrikidis, Rowan Woods agent, so straight away I wanted an ies to tell the story, all the Invitation to Information and Consultation Sessions agent. But she encouraged me to go ones who are still carrying and Rachel Ward. on Uncle Koiki’s fight today, Since graduating from WAAPA, back to school. The new Remote Jobs and Communities Program will “I said ‘Why would I want to go people like Aunty Flo (Florhe has performed in several theatriprovide a simpler, more integrated and flexible approach cal plays, including the lead role in back to school?’ and she explained ence Kennedy). to employment services and participation in remote areas “We need to talk to all those Jandamarra for Black Swan Theatre that the stuff they taught would of Australia from 1 July 2013. with the cultural knowledge, Company in WA, Romeo and Juliet benefit me more than an agent.” The program will assist people to get the skills needed to He says the academy introduced and open our hearts to let that for the Sydney Theatre Company, find and keep a job and help build stronger communities. Yibiyung for Company B Belvoir in him to a whole new range of skills. knowledge pass down to us. “Studying acting was the best “It is very important that we association with Malthouse Theatre The Australian Government has already talked to a lot of connect with our elders who in Melbourne, and Krakouer! for thing I’ve ever done,” Jimi said. people and organisations about these changes and the “I learned voice training - using have carried all that informaDeckchair Theatre in Perth. new service responds to the needs of people living in remote areas.

Jobs and stronger communities for people in remote Australia

Congress tells PM: Native Title is not real land rights

“For the first time in the modern history of Australia, the pre-existing and inherent rights of the First Peoples were recognised,” said Mr Malezer. “The Native Title Act however has not met the expectations of our peoples or protected and enhanced our property rights. “Congress says a new conversation amongst our peoples and with the Government is needed to meet the standard of the Mabo decision and our own expectations. “Congress will ask our members and communities to work in unity and in good faith if the Government shows a genuine commitment to talk about rights,” he said.

Information and consultation sessions will be held in regional centres and remote communities across Australia from late May to mid-July 2012. Come and find out how the changes will benefit you, your organisation or your community. You can also talk to the Government about how the new service should operate in your area. B11_0734

THE National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) has called for unity and for a new conversation with the Government on the inherent rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Congress published an open letter to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard calling for action on the current state of land rights and the Native Title Act last week on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Mabo Decision. Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer (pictured) says although the Mabo High Court decision set a legal high watermark, it has sadly never been fully realised.

For information about the session times and locations, please visit, call 13 62 68, or talk to your CDEP, JSA or DES provider.

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What’s On

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone Mark Roy on 1300 867 737.

Warraber Island students practicing in-water survival techniques. Marine safety courses are running this month on Thursday Island, Badu and Moa. For details call AMSA community liaison officer Adrian Davidson 0408 744 018.


Mon 4. Mabo Day, shire holiday Mon 4. Hash House Harriers run, 5.50pm Mon 4. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Mon 4. Mixed Social Volleyball, TI Sports Complex, 6pm Tue 5. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 5. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval, 6pm Tue 5. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry, 7pm Tue 5 - Thu 7. Elements of Shipboard Safety course, Thursday Island. Meet at Council office, 8.30am, 0408 744 018 Wed 6. HIR&RA Market, Nurapai Kazil Centre, 10am - 12noon, 4069 2344 Wed 6. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit, TI 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 6. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 6. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6pm Wed 6. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 6. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Thu 7. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30 - 7.30pm Thu 7. Competitive volleyball, TI Sports Complex Fri 8. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe, 7am, 4069 1531 Fri 8. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 8. Yoga, OLSH School, 6pm Fri 8. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Fri 8. Music by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Sat 9. KRL Rugby League, Ken Brown Oval, 3pm Sun 9. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel, 12 - 3pm Mon 11. Horn Island Market, Nurapai Kazil Centre 10am - 12pm

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

TORRES NEWS AUSTRALIA’S TOP NEWSPAPER THURSDAY ISLAND Continuing the fine tradition of the “Torres Straits Pilot and New Guinea Gazette”

 OPINION / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Email: editor@torresnews.comau Fax: 1300 STRAIT (1300 787 248)

Meriam Elders reject lease arrangements WE would like to elaborate further on the article “Mer debates housing leases” (Torres News, 11-17 April, 2012). A meeting was arranged by Meriam Elders at Mer on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to discuss the issue of lease arrangements that is presently being engineered by the State Department of Environment and Resource Management in conjunction with the local Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC). The elders very confidently stated that they do not accept changes and developments introduced to their community but those changes, they say, must be amalgamated with the ingredients determined by their own Ancient Governance Structure. At their meeting, the Elders totally rejected the lease arrangements and said that even the “concept” of leasing must be banned completely out from the face of this Island Community as there is no room for it at this present time, except for Native Title Land Ownership. They are very concerned because Mer Island is cur-

MY family and I recently left TI to move to the Sunshine Coast and we lost our “almost complete” house to fire (Dreams razed to the ground, page 2, Torres News, April 25, 2012). It’s a very special thing to have shared the biggest moments of our lives, with a group of friends and neighbours who, despite each’s different path, share themselves, their resources and their hearts so freely and completely. I’m sure a word must exist for this unique connection. Perhaps it’s “family”, perhaps it’s “community” - perhaps it’s the best of these two things wrapped up into one. Whatever the word, we know we found it with all of you on Thursday Island and carry it with us always. We have been so overwhelmed by the kindness and support offered by all of you at this very difficult time. Your generosity and energy is very much appreciated and has given us great strength and resolve to keep going. With love, great thanks and best wishes to all of you and your families. Leanne, Ian, Rhys, Ashton and Zeus too!

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tees for the reserve, we would, with the integrity and power invested in us spontaneously by our Ancestral Sovereignty, affirm the following: 1. That governments initiatives on 40-year lease arrangement with Mer be ceased immediately. 2. That the granting of deeds to the trustees (PBC) also be ceased immediately until such time as we, the Elders of Mer Island community, will consider it fit, appropriate and beneficial to meet and address the needs of our community and people. 3. We do not allow the exercise of ‘transfer’ of our traditional land in any shape or form to occur either here on the soil of Mer Island or elsewhere in the country without the expressed permission and blessing from the Elders of this community. Please contact Dennis Passi 0407 697 388, Lloyd Maza 0458 338 810, or Ron B. Day on 4090 0471. Dennis Passi, Lloyd Maza, Ron B. Day, on behalf of the Meriam Elders

Pro-independence demonstrators in West Papua. THANK you to Torres News for raising awareness about West Papua rights for freedom of expression. West Papua and Torres Strait and Tibet are in the same boat. When will any country of the United Nations do something? The right to constitution to govern existence. I think there are more important issues in this world than uranium and religion. As for West Papua, it’s about their land and wealth.

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We are conscious and very much aware of the fact that we are caught in situations of making hard, virtuous and moral decisions between constructing new houses in our community under the present political constraints and giving part of our “Inner Being” (our Lifelong Inheritance) away for a cash commodity for 40 years. Giving away our heritage that has been passed down to us since time immemorial has already created feelings of cultural misappropriation with the Meriam Elders and with our people. The current government’s leasing initiative has the potential to even desecrate overnight a thousands-years-old structure that has existed to govern lives of people who lived in harmony with their environment. Please be advised that since history, our sovereign rights and our spiritual affiliation to our land still remain paramount in the hearts and minds of all Meriam people. Regardless of the fact that majority votes in one of our community meetings has fallen in favour of the PBC being trus-

No force can stop freedom

Heartfelt thanks

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rently going in a completely opposite direction from the requirements determined by its social and cultural foundation, it defeats its own thousandsof-years governance structure which determines cultural aspects through expressive Meriam proverbs such as “Mer Waisigemertedawa a Gotat ge Waiskedawa”, literally, “Mer, like the Constellations, always travels on her own Pathways”. We are somewhat acquainted with the government’s proposition through its departments regarding a 10-year National Partnership Agreement on Housing Program and also the granting of deeds by the State Government to the trustees (being the PBC). Deep down within our soul, we know that Australia, being a developed country, has an obligation to provide essential services (which include housing) to Australians in Australia and we are planning to seek the current government’s view on its veneration towards the significance of cultural and traditional values and practices of Indigenous Australia (especially in Queensland).

“Free Trade” is just another word for good diplomacy. West Papua want democracy to manage their economy and be self-sufficient like human beings. Jailing of the activists shows Indonesians are scared of the voice for independence. And no force can stop freedom. So West Papua press speak out so that the world may come to your aid. Percy Misi Masig, Zenadth Kes


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CHAIRMAN: Mark Bousen PUBLISHER: Corey Bousen MANAGING EDITOR: Grant Banks ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Craig Burkill ACCOUNTS: Cathy Nicholson

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.

Letters to the editor Letters to the Editor must be no longer than 350 words or they could be deleted or edited. The Editor reserves the right not to print any letters which may be defamatory and provoke legal action against the newspaper. The opinions expressed in Letters to the Editor are not necessarily those of the Torres News. Contributors must submit name and either street address or PO Box number for publication. Unsigned and anonymous letters or use of a nom de plume e.g. Concerned Citizen etc, are not acceptable. A telephone number must be provided for verification. All letters are subject to editing.


The long history of the Torres News By BROTHER BARRY LAMB


FOR such a small place it is remarkable that Thursday Island has had its own newspaper, which, for a long time, was printed on Thursday Island. The first paper was called The Torres Straits Pilot and New Guinea Gazette. It appears to have begun in early 1897, and was large-format, like the present-day The Australian newspaper. It came out once a week and was printed on a printing press on Thursday Island. A sketch of the newspaper office can be seen on the big display panels on Green Hill lookout. The owner and editor for many years was Mr Alexander Corran, who became Mayor of Thursday Island for a number of years. This early format of the paper lasted until 1914 when it became a daily paper called The Torres Pilot. This was just one sheet of paper, about A4 in size, and printed only on one side. Several copies of this tiny newspaper are held in the Thursday Island Museum at Green Hill Fort. Mr Corran died in 1940, and the paper ceased when all civilians were evacuated from T.I. early in 1942. When people returned to T.I. after the war it was found that the printing press had been ruined. The island had no local newspaper from then until 1957 when Gwen Moloney began a weekly Torres News, typing the news and “Gossip” pages herself on duplicating sheets that were then hand-turned on a Gestetner duplicator. When collating was due, Gwen would have various friends come her home, where the printing took place, and the team would fold and staple the paper ready for distribution to the newsagent and the hospital kiosk. Gwen continued to do this for many years, in spite of suffering a stroke at one stage. She continued after her stroke until 1988 when she sold the newspaper, including the name “Torres News”. The present form of the Torres News, with its modern printing on the mainland, is therefore the successor to a direct line of newspapers going back 115 years. ABOVE RIGHT: Former Thursday Island Mayor Alexander Corran, owner and editor of The Torres Straits Pilot and New Guinea Gazette. RIGHT: Former owner and editor of the Torres News, Gwen Moloney. BELOW: This sketch of the newspaper office is from a display panel on Green Hill lookout, Thursday Island.

On our history

The Torres Straits Pilot and New Guinea Gazette, an early incarnation of the Torres News.

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

VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2012 Invitation to Apply for Funding The Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants initiative recognises the valuable work of volunteers. Volunteer Grants 2012 is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting volunteers, assisting disadvantaged communities and encouraging social inclusion to assist vulnerable people within our society. The Volunteer Grants 2012 Application Form and Application Guidelines are available at or by telephoning the Volunteer Grants 2012 Hotline on 1800 183 374. A TTY service is available for persons who have a hearing or speech impairment on 1800 555 677. Applications close on Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 5pm AEST.


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‘Massive injection’ of funds need to save language Record events set for A SENATE Committee was told last Thursday a massive injection of funds is needed to save Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from extinction. "We welcome the $9 million allocated to Indigenous Language Support but a tenfold increase would be closer to meeting what’s needed to keep our languages alive," said Congress Director Venessa Curnow. "The delay in implementing onthe-ground solutions for communities for language maintenance, revival and revitalisation activities is unacceptable and requires urgent action. "However calls to increase funding since the 2005 National Indigenous

Languages Study have gone unheard. When meeting with the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Inquiry into Language Learning in Indigenous Communities, Director Curnow also stressed the dire state of language maintenance and education across the country. "Census results show a significant decline in Aboriginal language use nationally since 2001," she said. "Factors like insufficient funding, a lack of coordination and strategic approach to language maintenance and revival efforts, and the cessation of bilingual education in the Northern

Territory (where the largest number of speakers of ‘strong’ languages reside) are all part of the crisis. "The delay in implementing onthe-ground solutions for communities for language maintenance, revival and revitalisation activities is unacceptable and requires urgent action. "Ours is an oral tradition and maintenance of the remaining active First Peoples languages and revitalisation of those languages which are ‘sleeping’ is very much possible with the right will, approach and resources. "Congress commends the Committee for this inquiry but we need action now," Director Curnow concluded.


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Reconciliation Week A RECORD 278 public and private events are already registered for National Reconciliation Week across the country, showing Australians are proud to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong said. “With less than one week to go to the start of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) on May 27, we want to pay our respects to each and every person and organisations that

has turned the meaning of reconciliation into action by holding an event where they talk about recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures,” Ms Armstrong said. For the first time, all events across the country are being logged on a single website where community members and media can search for what is going on in their area by State and date www.reconciliation.

Police warn of fake A.T.O. email scam POLICE are warning the public regarding a fraudulent email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offering recipients a tax refund. People are receiving an official looking ATO email including the ATO insignia from an email address containing the information The email advises the recipient to wait six to nine working days for their “refund” and are directed to a link which appears to start as a genuine “ au” email address, but on closer inspection contains a “” address within the link. These fraudsters are clearly targeting specific identity information and anyone who has responded to this fraudulent email needs to cancel their credit card immediately. Police also recommend to consider having your credit rating reviewed and perhaps monitored in the event these criminals have/or will attempt to seek a line of credit in your name. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from the State Crime Operations Command’s Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said the sophisticated attack was similar to a recent Telstra phishing email attack.

Plane ploughs into mud on landing AN Airlines PNG Twin Otter suffered a tyre puncture while landing at Sasereme on May 15, several kilometers away from Balimo town in Western Province. It was revealed by the general counsel and legal secretary of Airlines PNG John Biddle that, when landing during one of its community services Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flights to the area, a concealed hole on the runway left by the previous night’s rain caused the left tyre of the plane to burst upon landing. It was reported by Airlines PNG that, while the aircraft completed an overfly of the airstrip in accordance with PNG CASA procedures, it appeared that there had been very heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours in that area resulting in parts of the runway washing out. In an event that would have otherwise gone under the radar, a blog published by blogger Kevin Dayonga revealed the incident last Friday, claiming that the plane was carrying 11 passengers, two of whom were experts representing UN and World Vision, another is the brother of former Milne Bay Governor Tim Neville, a seven- month pregnant lady and three kids, including officers from the National Cultural Commission and the two airline crew. “There were no injuries to either passengers or crew, who were accommodated and fed overnight by the airport operator before completing the trip to their destination on a chartered helicopter the next day,” Mr Biddle confirmed. - POST COURIER


Tagai State College staff looking cheery outside their blessed new building on Tuesday, May 29.


Community education counsellor Zipporah Gea Gea with Tagai Secondary College principal Lynne Anne Chandler in one of the new student services rooms.

Father Charles Loban and Father Tom Stephen at the blessing of the new Tagai State College administration building.

Tagai State College executive Ian Unicomb, Ken Treasure, Stephanie Savage, Ned David, Annette O’Rourke and Robyn See Kee.

A big “thank you”!

AIR CHARTER Flown in Single or Twin engined Aircraft Servicing the Torres Strait, including PNG (Daru) & The Cape Friendly Service Lizzui Lui, Nancy Sailor, P&C president John Abednego and TSIREC chair Ned David look on as Father Tom Stephen blesses the new Tagai Secondary Campus administration building.

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umagico sporting indigenous knowledge centre opening By JESSICA SAXTON IT seems libraries aren’t just about borrowing books anymore. Now you can borrow sporting equipment too! Umagico Sporting Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) is the first of its kind in a remote community, and definitely take the title of the northern-most Sporting IKC in Australia. Not only that, it is expected to become a valuable resource in the NPA, allowing members to borrow sporting equipment as well as books and providing access to high

speed internet. In his welcome speech at the grand opening on Friday, May 25, Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Regional Council Mayor Bernard Charlie said IKC’s were of great importance to local communities. “We have a lot of our history in hearsay stories, but with these resources we can keep records for our future generations and for the rest of the world to access,” Mr Charlie said. The library was officially opened with traditional dances by the Injinoo Dance Troupe, a welcome to country by Umagico

Local residents ready to watch the performance by the Injinoo Dance Troupe.

ABOVE: Bamaga Indigenous Knowledge Centre administrator Janelle Lifu (centre) showing Trevor Lifu and Injinoo elder Cecilia Ropeyarn at the Bamaga Indigenous how to search ‘Injinoo’ on Google Images. They found historical photos of the community and Youtube videos of the Injinoo Dancers. RIGHT: (Back row) Councillors Dennis Getawan, Trevor Lifu, Anthony Mara and (front row) NPARC Community Services Manager Nandy Nona, and IKC administrators Ethel Reid, Janelle Lifu, beside Mayor Bernard Charlie and Janette Wright, IKC administrators Lorraine Solomon, Sandra Woosup, Pauline Lifu and State Library IKC Support and Development project officer Renee Colless. Page 12 Torres News 6 - 12 June 2012

Councilor Dennis Getawan, speeches by IKC coordinators and State Library of Queensland chief executive and state librarian Janette Wright. Though the celebrations didn’t stop there, as the Bamaga Indigenous Knowledge Centre is the next to be opened. Planning is underway to transform the current HACC building in Bamaga to a full-sized IKC resource. The HACC service will move to a new building to be built next door. The transition begins with one room dedicated to IT services and training, proving

one again that good things do come in very small packages. Two of our elders, Bethina McDonell and Cecilia Ropeyarn, were the first to take on some IT training with our new co-ordinator Janelle Lifu. It was the very first time they had ever used a computer, though they mastered finding photographs of Injinoo within minutes. There is now an operating IKC in each of the five communities of the NPA, all open to the public, providing cultural and historical information for our communities and the world.

The Injinoo Dance Troupe at the opening of the Umagico Sporting Indigenous Knowledge Centre of Friday, May 25.

NPARC councillors Dennis Getawan, Trevor Lifu, Anthony Mara, Benjamin Gebadi with NPARC Mayor Bernard Charlie and state librarian Janette Wright at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

NPARC Mayor Bernard Charlie and State Librarian Janelle Wright cutting the ribbon.



Kaurareg Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) chairperson Adrian Smith, George Mosby, Lynne Ridgway and Jeff Waia. Karagu Kanai (centre) with Kaurareg Tribal Council of Elders representatives Milton Savage (left) and Seriat Young (right).

Angela Torenbeek, Taum Nona and Geiza Stow.

Brenton and Marie with young Mathys.

Allen Godfrey and Rosie Ware.

Thelma Savage, Rebecca Sam and Jimmy Thaiday.

Gabriel Bani blesses the food.

Jeffrey Bosuen with grandchildren Lila Miskin and Matthew Miskin.

Doune Heppner and Norma Wright.

Peter and Perina.

Kenny Bedford, Diat Alferink and Tom Mosby. ABOVE: Marjorie Young and Mona Gibar. INSET: Kaurareg Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Garagu Kanai with a Welcome to Country. LEFT: Ladies from the Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Art Centre), who submitted seven entries, winning four awards.

King and Queen of NAIDOC 2011, Milton Savage and Louisa O’Connor.

ABOVE: Members of the Kaurareg Dance Team performing at the Award. LEFT: Members of the Kaurareg Dance Team.

Kaurareg Tribal Council of Elders representatives Milton Savage prior to a historic performance by the Kaurareg Dance Team, which he says helped right the wrongs of the past, after the building formerly named Wabun Au Geth by the Kaurareg was renamed Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Torres News 6 - 12 June 2012 Page 13

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5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Herod’s Lost Tomb 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 River Cottage: Winter’s On The Way 6:50 Minuscule: The Mosquito Of The Caribbean 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Silk 9:30 Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters - In the year of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this documentary looks back at the love affair that rocked the British monarchy and the recently uncovered letters that are set to rewrite history. 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:25 Mapping The World: Plunder And Possession - Mapping has led to explorers conquering far away lands in the past; and mapping the North Pole may lead to a ‘cold rush’ to exploit natural resources. 12:25 The Clinic 1:20 Silk 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 11 - 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 8:00 Hot Property: Justin and Joanne Laughton own the perfect family home in Glenwood. But Jo has been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, so they’ve bought a new home in Belrose, closer to Jo’s family. But they need to sell in Glenwood first. 8:30 TBA 9:30 The Footy Show 11:15 The AFL Footy Show 1:00 French Open Tennis Highlights 2012 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: “Ties That Bind” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toy Box 4:00 Match It 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: If Only You Were Lonely - As Adele’s condition continues to deteriorate, Richard considers altering their living situation. An explosion at local coffee shop results in a busy day in the ER for the doctors. 10:00 Desperate Housewives: Any Moment - Julie becomes concerned over Susan’s parenting skills when she begins to allow MJ to do whatever he feels like doing. With Carlos resigning from his high paying job, Gaby tries to land her own highpowered position in order to keep up her extravagant lifestyle. 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? Grim Reapers 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: Football Fever 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: Chocolate Feast 9:35 One Born Every Minute USA 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 How To Get More Sex 11:30 Erotic Tales: Can I Be Your Bratwurst, Please? 12:05 Dave In The Life: Punter 12:35 Movie: “The Assassination Of Richard Nixon” (MA v) - The story of Samuel Bicke, a pathetic real-life figure who, in 1974, attempted to hijack a plane and crash it into the White House, with the intention of killing President Richard Nixon. In planning to kill Nixon during Watergate, Bicke thinks he’s acting on behalf of the neglected, downtrodden folk the President has been deceiving. 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 River Cottage: Winter’s On The Way 1:30 Miss Olley 2:00 Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Amersham 6:50 Miniscule: Turbo Speed 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Silent Witness: Domestic Part 1 - Harry and Nikki investigate a family murdered in their home on a suburban street. Harry is shocked to discover he has history with the family. 9:30 Taggart: Grass - Thomas Duffy, one of Robbie Ross’s informants, is brutally murdered - the word ‘Grass’ is daubed in paint at the scene of the crime. 10:15 Lateline 11:00 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow: Michael McIntyre takes his Comedy Roadshow to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland. Headlining tonight is comedy gem of the North East, local lass Sarah Millican, with special guests Simon Evans, Jimeoin and Imran Yusuf. 11:45 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 - A Current Affair covers the realms of politics, crime, human rights, science, technology, celebrities and entertainment - all investigated by a dedicated team and hosted by Tracy Grimshaw. 7:00 The Block - The Block Unlocked - Four couples, four dilapidated houses, a $5,000 weekly room prize and one winner. 7:30 Friday Night Football: Melbourne Storm vs West Tigers 9:45 TBA 12:00 French Open Tennis Highlights 2012 1:00 Movie: “The Yakuza” (M v,l) - An ex-G.I. is prevailed upon by an old army buddy to return to Japan and intercede in the kidnapping of his daughter. 3:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 3:30 Danoz Direct 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Proof” (M s,l) -The daughter of a brilliant mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Match It 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 - April is upset at Heath for asking to save the baby over Bianca. Casey learns about Heath trying to get their father out of gaol. Dex realises he still has feelings for April and is torn with what to do about Lottie. Meanwhile. Harvey tells Mel that he needs to sell their house to pay his fines. 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 11: Carlton vs Geelong 11:00 Most Shocking: Top 20: Midnight Madness 12:00 Special: The Gibb River Road And Beyond - Malcolm Douglas captures the grandeur of the remote Gibb River Road, one of the great 4-wheel drive adventure treks of Australia. 2:00 Auction Squad 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 Middle East 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: The Phillippines: The Unexplored Archipelago 6:00 Letters and Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Town with Nicholas Crane: Totnes 8:30 The Story of Wales: Power Struggles 9:35 As It Happened: Codebreaker - Alan Turing was the genius British mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the German naval Enigma Code during World War Two. 10.35 World News Australia 11.10 Movie: “Trash” (MA a,s,d,n) - In Spanish and English. A close-up portrait of three Barcelona women - two sisters and their aging mother - coming to terms with their life circumstances. 12:45 Movie: “Kurt Wallander: The Revenge” (M v) Kurt Wallander has bought a dream house by the sea, but his peace and quiet is soon shattered when a man is murdered and an explosion in one of Ystad’s power grids shuts down the electricity in the whole city. 2:30 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 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondant 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: Japanese 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Voice Of The Wilderness 3:00 Movie: “Expresso Bongo” (PG) 4:45 At The Movies; Short Cuts 5:00 The Wonder Years: The Heart Of Darkness 5:25 Miniscule: An Acom Season 5:30 Walko On The Wild Side 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Sweet and Sour 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Death In Paradise 8:30 The Body Farm 9:30 Hustle: An old friend of Ash’s, ‘Liability’ Finch, asks Mickey and the crew to help him recover a stolen Van Gogh stuck in airport locker in Brazil. 10:30 United States Of Tara: Yes - Now well and dissociation-free for several months, Tara sets out to make new friends with Max’s help; Marshall struggles to fit in at school; and Kate lands a new job. 10:55 United States Of Tara: Trouble Junction 11:25 Rage Guest Programmer (MA a,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 The Cornish Invasion Of South Australia 11:00 Children’s Programs 2:30 Kitchen Whiz 3:00 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 3:30 Crusoe 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 Castrol Edge Wales Tour 2012: Australia vs Wales 10:00 TBA 12:00 French Open Highlights 2012 1:00 Movie: “Exorcist II: Heretic” (M a,h) - The demonic force that possessed Regan four years ago, seemingly had left. However Father Lamont is instructed by the Cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, who originally exorcised Regan, only to learn the demon Pazuzu, king of evil spirits, was repossessing her. 3:15 Nine Presents: Michael Bolton 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:05 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 Phineas And Ferb 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Australia Smashes Guinness World Records 1:00 That ‘70s Show 2:00 Sport Special: AAMI Stradbroke Cup 4.00 TBA 4:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 11: Gold Coast vs St Kilda - Gold Coast hosts the Saints who have been against the ropes at times this year. Can the SUNS cause an upset at home at Metricon Stadium? 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 11: Essendon vs Sydney - It was the Bombers by the smallest of margins at Etihad Stadium last time they met with Jobe Watson starring for Essendon. Can John Longmire’s Swans reverse the tables this time around? 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: “Time Served”- (AV v,n,l) A woman makes the ultimate sacrifice for her son, when she covers his crime and goes to gaol in his place. 2:00 Special: Legends Of The South Pacific 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping / 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Lang Lang: The Art Of Being A Virtuoso 2:20 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 3:55 James Rhodes: Piano Man: Beethoven 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:35 Rex in Rome: In The Nick Of Time 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Bollywood Star 8:30 Movie: “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” (PG) - In Hindi and Punjabi. Director Aditya Chopra proves that love knows no bounds in this colourful romance concerning a mild-mannered office worker who enters into a glorious love affair with a vivacious and beautiful young artist. The sparks begin to fly as the two polar opposites find themselves drawn together by fate. 11:25 Movie: “Goemon” (MA v) - In Japanese. Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa, who leaves his fighting clan after its chief is murdered and uses his skills as a thief to help the poor. But after learning the identity of his leader’s killer, Goemon sets out on a bloody path of vengeance. 1:45 Ugly Americans: Kong Of Queens 2:10 Ugly Americans: Better Off Undead 2:40 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: Lancaster 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Message Stick: Posts In The Paddock 2:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Sweet and Sour 2:00 Walk On The Wild Side 3:00 Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller 4:25 The Writer’s Room: Rhyll McMaster 4:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne: June 5:00 Voyage To The Planets 5:50 Miniscule: The Grasshopper Who Didn’t Know How To Leap 6:00 Auction Room 6:30 Compass: Young Nuns: Part One 7:00 ABC News 7:30 How To Grow A Planet 8:30 Mabo: The story of Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius. 10:20 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 10:50 Movie: “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” (G) - A psychiatric hypnotist helps a girl to stop smoking and finds that in traces she remembers previous incarnations. 12:55 Movie: “King Kong” (PG) - A giant ape captured on a prehistoric island is brought back to New York City. 2.35 A Sense Of Place. 3:05 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: Northern Pride vs Mackay Cutters 4:00 Sunday Football: Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Block 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: So Long And Thanks For All The Red Snapper - Lisbon encounters her ex-fiancé while investigating a surfer’s homicide. Meanwhile, Cho has doubts about continuing his romance with Summer. 9:30 Unforgettable: You Are Here 10:30 Road To London 11:00 The New Adventures Of New Christine 11:30 French Open Tennis Highlights 2012 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 11:30 Footy Flashbacks 1:00 No Ordinary Family 2:00 Movie: “Flight 93” 4:00 World’s Strictest Parents 5:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 11: Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn 8:00 Dancing With The Stars 10:00 Downton Abbey: Tensions flare between Isobel and Cora as they battle for authority in running the convalescent home. There’s worrying news about Matthew and William after Robert receives a telephone informing him that they’re missing. Ethel’s flirting with Major Bryant lands her in more trouble than she ever could imagine. 11:15 TBA 12:00 Castle: Hell Hath No Fury 1:00 Alan Sugar: The Apprentice 2:10 Room For Improvement 2:30 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 Ben L’Oncle Soul 4:30 Living Black 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Toy Boats 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost World: Dino Gangs 8.30 Prophets of Science Fiction: H.G Wells - With stories like The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The World Set Free, and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a science fiction writer of almost clairvoyant talent. 9.25 Movie: “Ricky” (M) - In French. From acclaimed director François Ozon comes this surprising tale of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. When everyday factory workers Katie and Paco meet, they fall in love and marry. From this union a very unusual child is born: Ricky - a boy with special powers 11:55 Movie: “One Stays, The Other Leaves” (M a,s,l) - In French. Two Paris art dealers, Daniel and Alain, are both in their 50s and married. Both simultaneously fall in love with other women, and encounter the passion, illusions, guilt and hesitation that an extramarital affair provokes. Ultimately, both men must consider the question of whether to leave, or to stay. 1:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Collectors 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 How To Grow A Planet 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 The Choir Of Hard Knocks: Live In Concert 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Cumbria 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: The Magician’s Nephew - The traditions of a local cult in Midsomer, the Temple of Thoth, appear to be related to a series of murders using the poison of a tropical frog. 1:10 Movie: “Let No Man Write My Epitaph” - The residents of a New York tenement building band together to ensure that the son of Nick Romano does not follow in his father’s footsteps... to the electric chair. 2:55 Rage 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 Getaway 12:30 Alive And Cooking 1:00 Danoz 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Antiques Roadshow 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 7:30 The Voice - The Voice Semi-Final begins as the coaches continue to find the best voice in Australia. Watch the remaining 8 Artists perform their very best and compete for a spot in the Grand Final. 9:30 Tricky Business 10:30 CSI: NY: Hostage - When a heist goes bad and a bank manager is shot dead, a frantic gunman takes the entire bank hostage and issues an unusual demand: he won’t release the hostages until CSI comes in to prove he didn’t kill the victim. 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 French Open Tennis Highlights 2012 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: “Confessions Of A Young Bride” (PG) 2:00 Border Patrol 2:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 11: Melbourne vs Collingwood 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Sid delivers concerning news about Bianca. Casey asks Brax about his father. Roo and Harvey send Lottie back to her mother. 7:30 Border Security 8:00 The Force 8:30 TBA 9:30 Body Of Proof 11:30 30 Rock: Nothing Left To Lose - After reading Petes discouraging KableTown self-evaluation, Jack takes on the task of making Pete a respectable man. 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 and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Oz Concert 2012 2:35 Hawker 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: Revenge Of The Myths 8:30 Bite Me With Dr. Mike Leahy: USA - From the Everglades of Florida to the deserts of Southern Arizona, Dr Mike’s latest vacation tests his endurance in more ways than one. He goes stormwater drain diving and takes a shot in the head with a deadly toxin. 9:30 Shameless 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Aashpordha, Beauty, Moore Street Masala, Eclipse, Carpet: A Composition 1:05 Living Black 1:35 About Women: The Third Age - This final episodes explores how the ‘crone’ years can bring peace and freedom to women. Val has always been a feminist and now at 59 is finally in a position to do her bit to change the world for the better. 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 Q & A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Trouble In Amish Paradise 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 Time Team: Caerleon 6:50 Minuscule: Pollution 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Origins Of Us: Brains 9:25 QI: Girls and Boys 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Punchlines 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Origins Of Us: Brains 1:20 At The Movies: Short Cuts 1.35 Time Team: Caerleon 2:25 River Stories: Two Rivers Winery: Brett Keeping 2:30 Football: VFL

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 Antiques Roadshow 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Herb Garden Germination - Sheldon and Amy spread gossip as part of an experiment; and Howard and Bernadette’s relationship gets serious. Physicist Brian Greene has a cameo. 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition 9:00 Two Broke Girls: And The Spring Break 9:30 Two And A Half Men: Mr Hose Says “Yes” 10:00 Survivor: One World 11:00 Survivor: One World 11:45 Chase: Havoc 12:35 Eclipse 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: “What I Did For Love” (PG) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Toybox 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Match It 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 Once Upon A Time: That Still Small Voice - As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry’s life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. 8:30 Packed To The Rafters: A Kiss Is Just A Kiss 9:30 TBA 11:15 Gangs Of Oz: Friends In High Places 12:15 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: “The Marriage Certificate” (PG) - In Mandarin 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Indian School: Exam Fever 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Alexander Armstron 8:40 Death Unexplained 9:30 Are You Good Or Evil? - What makes us good or evil? It’s a simple but deeply unsettling question. One that scientists are now starting to answer. In this program we meet the researchers who have studied some of the most terrifying people behind bars - psychopathic killers. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Bibliotheque Pascal” (MA a,d,s) -What makes us good or evil? It’s a simple but deeply unsettling question. One that scientists are now starting to answer. In this program we meet the researchers who have studied some of the most terrifying people behind bars - psychopathic killers. 1:05 Movie: “Flanders” (MA v,s,a) - Set during a future European war, a group of young men leave their tiny rural Flemish community, and their loves, to fight a war in a distant land 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 Maths Shorts 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 Last Of The Independents 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 My Family 6:00 Country House Rescue: Wyresdale Park 6:50 Miniscule: Metamorphosis 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Easy Listening 8:30 Randling 9:05 Life’s Too Short 9:35 QI: Galimaufrey 10:05 At The Movies 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 The Librarians 12:05 Life’s Too Short 12:35 Movie: “McVicar” (MA l,n,v) - John McVicar was a London Bad Boy who became Britain’s ‘Public Enemy No. 1’. This is the true story of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation. 2:25 River Stories:Bayswater Power Station 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 11 North Adelaide vs Norwood

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block 7:30 State Of Origin: New South Wales vs Queensland - Wide World Of Sports presents game 2 of the 2012 State Of Origin series live from ANZ Stadium, Sydney. After a cracking and controversial first game, can NSW get a win to make it even or will Queensland wrap up the series tonight and make it a seventh straight series win? 10:00 The AFL Footy Show 11:45 The Big Bang Theory:The Agreement Dissection - Priya uses her legal expertise to rip apart Sheldon’s roommate agreement, and the women take the flustered Sheldon out dancing. 12:15 The Big Bang Theory: The Wildebeest Implementation 12:45 Alive & Cooking 1:15 Nine Presents: Tony Bennett 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: “To Love & Die”- A young woman deals with her abandonment issues by reconnecting with her estranged dad who is a contract killer. (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 All For Kids 4:00 Match It 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 - Harvey realises the depth of Mel’s issues, Jett runs away from his foster family and Sasha gets April to deal with Dex’s heartache. 7:30 TBA 11:30 Parks & Recreation: Born And Raised - While promoting her new book about Pawnee, Leslie falls prey to some ‘gotcha’ journalism. Meanwhile, Ann is determined to bond with Ron and April. 12:00 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 Two Men And Two Babies 2:00 Another Perfect World 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: In The Shadow Of Ganesh 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Into The Crocodiles Lair 8:30 Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve: Madigascar, Mauritius And The Seychelles - Amid the paradise of coral reefs and jungles full of spectacular wildlife, Simon witnesses some of the threats to the ocean. 9:30 East to West: The Asian Crucible 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days” (MS a). In Romanian. A powerful and unsentimental film that follows Otilia and Gabita, two university friends living in Bucharest in 1987. When Gabita becomes pregnant, the two girls arrange a meeting with Mr Bebe in a hotel, where he is to perform an abortion, which is strictly illegal in Communist Romania at that time. 1:10 Movie: “Import Export” (MA s,a,l,n) - In Italian. A revealing portrait of a young man’s seduction by the mafia that begins in the early 1980s and spans twenty years. 3:35 Weatherwatch Overnight












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SUDOKU No. 101

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will have a strong urge to get away from your daily routine. Your mind may be on a recent trip rather than on your work. It will be very tempting to live with your head in the clouds. Romance. Don’t allow other people to boss you around - you will have to decide what is best for you. Although others may want to control you, it is important to assert yourself.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Dreaming about inheriting a large sum of money will not help your financial situation. You need to take some more practical measures to cut down on your expenses. Romance. You may be surprised to find out who has suddenly taken an interest in you. However, don’t push too hard as they may be shy about revealing themselves.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


You may not realise how different your standards are from those of a friend. Don’t be too hard on this person. Acceptance will pay off much more than a judgemental attitude. Romance. This will be a good time for romance, provided you are prepared to be bold and take the initiative.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Don’t allow yourself to be criticised by people who don’t know any better themselves. A colleague who has much less experience than you may try to boss you around. You may need to confront this person privately. Romance. A dream which you had last night will involve someone very close to you. Your relationship with this person will soon change in unexpected ways.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Don’t allow anyone to throw you off course. They won’t understand your needs as well as you do yourself. Look inward and discover your true motives: they may surprise even you. Romance. If you are uncertain about which way to proceed, it is important that you ask the advice of people whom you trust and respect.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


You will be in a very practical mood this week, and it will be a while before you give yourself a chance to relax. Take advantage of your increased activity while it lasts. Romance. A soothing dream will help to calm you from a stressful situation. Do not trouble yourself about finding the meaning of this dream: the feeling it leaves is more important.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) This will be a very rewarding time, both for you and your partner. You will experience success in a previously unsuccessful endeavour. Romance. Your partner will be more interested in romance than you are this week. One of you will have to compromise. Take your partner’s words at face value: you may be doing yourself a disservice by reading too much into them.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

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A knee-jerk reaction to a situation may not be appropriate. Take a deep breath and give the matter some thought before you jump in. Romance. This is not a good time to try to make any changes in your relationship. Your partner may be seeking a sign of affection from you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may need to adjust fairly quickly to changes coming into your life. If you wait, you will find that you have been overtaken by events. Act decisively and strike while the iron is hot. Romance. Your relationship will benefit from a trusted friend’s advice. You need a new perspective on the situation.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Don’t just accept other people’s decisions. You need to have your own say in things. Others will value your input in an important decision. Romance. Instead of trying to change your partner, you should do your best to accept them just as they are. A loving gesture will be very appreciated this week.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)


The Secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

– Lucille Ball


Don’t let other people make you feel guilty because you cannot influence events in the way they would like. Romance. This will be an excellent week for romance. You will have to take it easy at first but don’t worry, things will heat up quickly enough!

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You will be surprised what you can achieve if you are prepared to take a risk. You may need some extra courage, however as others may be surprised to see you in a new light. Romance. Someone close to you may soon be getting married. Your feelings may be a little ambivalent. You may know more about recent events than you would like.

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CLASSIFIEDS DATE CLAIMER Saturday, September 29, 2012 Tombstone Unveiling For the late


In loving memory of

Denise Filewood passed away June 9, 2011 Gone, but not forgotten, my beautiful sis, sister-in-law. Those precious few days I shared your pain, Your treasured memories I will share, But they will never be the same. You live on, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where, But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re close to my heart and I will keep you there. Forever remembered by Jennifer, Jim and Omar

In loving memory of

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DATE CLAIMER Friday, 28 September, 2012 Tombstone Unveiling for the late

Kamelia Elma Binjuda (Thursday Island)

In Memory of Aunty Denise

In Memory of Denise Filewood

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If tears could build a stairway, And memories were a lane, We would walk right up to heaven, And bring you back again.

If Orchids grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in Deniseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arms, And tell her theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from me. Tell her I love her and miss her, And when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek, And hold her for a while. Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ache within my heart, Because I am missing her today... From your loving partner Hashim

No farewell words were spoken, No time to say goodbye, You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. Our hearts still ache in sadness, And secret tears still ďŹ&#x201A;ow, What it meant to lose you, No one can ever know. Since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be forgotten, We pledge to you today, A hallowed place within our hearts, Is where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always stay.

Forever remembered by David and Anne Nicholls, David (Jnr) and Sharmane Nicholls and family, Richard and Simone and family.

Missing youâ&#x20AC;Ś Davis, Bin Doraho and Nona families, Brisbane

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PUBLIC NOTICE 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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$42 767 + Superannuation (15.4%)

TSC Council Meeting Dates

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is a largely self funded government statutory authority. We are a provider of maritime safety, marine environment protection, and maritime and aviation search and rescue.

At Council’s Post-Election Meeting on May 11 it was decided to hold Council Monthly Meetings as usual on the third Tuesday of the month except for the month of December when it will be held on the second Tuesday. There will be no meeting held in January. All Council monthly meetings will commence at 9am.

This identified position is an exciting opportunity for someone with demonstrated experience in the maritime environment to join AMSA. You will support the Community Liaison Officer in the delivery of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program and liaise with maritime stakeholders.

June 19 July 17 August 21 September 18 October 16 November 20 December 11

You will be involved in delivering Adult Maritime Safety education as well as school based training. The Torres Strait Marine Safety Program is delivering training at Tagai TAFE between Tuesday 5 June 2012 and Friday 8 June 2012. Applicants are encouraged to speak with the contact officer about attending this training for a first hand look at the TSMSP program. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and Cover Letter to

For more information contact: Adrian Davidson, Community Liaison Officer, 0408 744 018.

For more information or to book a stall contact the Port Kennedy office on (07) 4069 2306


Indigenous Boating Safety Officer Traineeship

The closing date for these roles will be: 15 June 2012.


Alfred Bowie William Bowie Bill Gagai Elma Nona

PUBLIC NOTICE LORD’S prayer. Father in heaven, Holy your name. Kingdom come. Will on earth as in heaven. Give us Food. Forgive us sins as forgive others. Ngalpun imaigi Kuiki matha mamui niai buthunu. Panipan Paruaagi buthu patau mura zagul. GA INAU naauu mangi kedaamai SAARAL minaar palgin. Ni aimaik mazanu lak buthunu. Ninu sibuwanan kunakan paibaar aigun SABIL KUN kapunga. Kala thari watinga, Danurdan ganu, kapaarau kuik kedaamai mura puurkagi. By Percy Misi, Masig.

Port Kennedy Association

2012, Badu Island




Residents and visitors are welcome to attend and be part of the public gallery as observers. The CEO will assess any deputations two weeks prior to any Council meeting. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region.

The TSRA is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and motivated person to fill the following non-ongoing position up to 18 months, with the possibility of an extension:

The TSRA is seeking suitably qualified person to fill the following position:

Senior Economic Development Officer


Economic Development Program (Non-ongoing for up to 18 months with a possibility of an extension)

HEALTHY & SAFE COMMUNITIES and CULTURE, ARTS & HERITAGE PROGRAMS EL 1 (P/N T00543) *SALARY RANGE $88,498 - $107,678 P/A * Generous allowance are paid on top of the salary listed above. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4% The Project Manager, Healthy and Safe Communities, is part of the Program Team, working with the Program Manager and supporting senior management in taking a leading role in delivering the Healthy Communities and Safe Communities programs in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Region. The Torres Strait Regional Authority is a lean and dynamic statutory authority and it is essential that the Project Manager operates in a collegiate manner with other project managers. Integration between projects and programs is vital to deliver the intended outcomes for the Torres Strait Development Plan. Project Managers are expected to manage the implementation of their Projects by implementing defined goals, clarifying roles and responsibilities, developing processes, setting measures and delegating tasks as appropriate. The Project Manager also carries responsibility for ensuring that Program activities support the special and unique Ailan Kastom of the Torres Strait. TSRA accommodation is available for this position with rental contributions calculated according to salary range. You are required to include 4 documents: t General Application Form t A covering letter not exceeding 1 page t Response to the Selection Criteria outlining your skills and experience not exceeding 350 words per criteria and t “Resume or CV” detailing full qualifications and experience including the names of at least two referees.

APS6 (P/N T01769) *SALARY RANGE $69,032 - $79,298 P/A * Generous allowances are paid on top of the salary listed above. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4% The Senior Economic Development Officer (SEDO) within the Economic Development Program identifies and assesses economic development opportunities using a place-based approach across a cluster of communities in the Torres Strait region. The Senior Economic Development Officer (SEDO) will work with the Project Manager to identify and implement strategies for capacity building within the Torres Strait communities to make best use of existing resources. The SEDO is the first point of contact for new clients interested in developing business ideas and for existing clients seeking support to improve or grow their business. The SEDO actively nurtures and manages relationships and networks with all stakeholders and local communities. The SEDO works under limited direction as an integral member of a small dynamic team working closely with all Programs across the TSRA, particularly the Fisheries Program. TSRA accommodation is available for this position with rental contribution calculated according to salary range. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply. A merit list may be created. You are required to include 4 documents: t t t t

General Application Form A covering letter not exceeding 1 page Selection Criteria outlining your skills and experience not exceeding 350 words per criteria and “Resume or CV” detailing full qualifications and experience including the names of at least two referees.

Closing date for applications is cob June 15, 2012. A merit list may be created

Closing date for applications is cob June 15, 2012.

For further information relating to this position please contact Brian Riley Tel: 07 4069 0700

For further information relating to this position please contact Craig Dunkeld Tel: 07 4069 0700

To obtain a copy of the selection criteria for this position, visit the TSRA website http:// and click on the Employment link on our homepage.

To obtain a copy of the selection criteria for this position, visit the TSRA website http:// and click on the Employment link on our homepage.

Applications should be forwarded via the employment link or mailed to Recruitment, Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261 Thursday Island Qld 4875

Applications should be forwarded via the employment link or mailed to Recruitment, Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261 Thursday Island Qld 4875.

Note: Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. TSRA is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ and in support of Government policy encourages applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australians. TSRA embraces Workplace Diversity. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service.

Note: Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. The TSRA is an equal opportunity employer. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service.

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Large crowd attends launch At the launch were Torres Strait Island ladies from left Annie Day, Mamam Martin, Bai Tapau and Anemah Ghee.

Dr Smallwood with young TSI dancers Aigaris Day, Addie-May Day and Emily Day. The colourful Torres Strait Islands Komet dancers.


102 Douglas Street Thursday Island, Queensland 4875


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 Children’s Services Worker Outer Islands  Multi Skilled Administration Officer  Community Police Officer - Full Time  Community Police Officer In Charge  Healthy Lifestyle Officer  Animal Management Worker  Environmental Health Worker  HACC Home Helper  Remote Employment Co-ordinator

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Biosecurity Officer (Part-time)

DAFF Biosecurity Northern Region (formally known as AQIS), KAURAREG NATIVE TITLE CLAIM GROUP MEETING When: Thursday June 21, 2012 Where: Wongai Hotel 2 Wees Street, Horn Island Purpose: The meeting is being convened to discuss the draft Anthropoligical Report on Kaurareg Marine Tenure and to update the group on issues affecting the claim. Who should attend: The following people are invited to attend the meeting: 1. All Kaurareg people who hold or may hold native title in the Kaurareg peoples’ marine area. 2. All Kaurareg people who are the biological descendants of any of the following ancestors: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Makaku & Buiya (Descendants of Chief Manu and Paikai) Paikai (Giom and Buiya) Gaugabirri and Api Kaitap and Serei Urui Daiam and Duni Baetie Bagie Rattler Tom Papoose and Pau Panipan Zagra Snr/Jack Prince of Wales and Kamur Kanamuri and Neru Pearson Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: If you wish to attend the meeting please notify Chalk & Fitzgerald Lawyers by no later than June 14, 2012. Chalk & Fitzgerald Laywers can be contacted as follows: Phone: (02) 9231 4544. Ask to speak to Jessica Naimo or Leanne Mitchell. Fax: (02) 9231 4244 | Email: NOTE: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING

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By ALF WILSON TORRES Strait Islanders featured prominently at an invitation-only function in Townsville on Saturday, May 26, when Indigenous activist, nurse and academic, Dr Gracelyn Smallwood launched her treatise on Human Rights and First Australians Well-Being. Held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Gallery, more than 200 people attended the function hosted by journalist, author and film-maker Jeff McMullen who described Dr Smallwood as a “shining light who was respected by many.” About a third of the guests were of TSI descent including the Torres Strait Island dancers who performed to generous applause. The work, for which Dr Smallwood was awarded her PhD by James Cook University last year, is a defence of what is popularly known as the Human Rights Agenda in Indigenous Affairs. “My thesis begins with a consideration of the non-well being of Indigenous Australians. I also write about my family history which not only outlines my background to discuss such issues but also demonstrates what has typically happened to so many Indigenous families,” she said. Dr Smallwood also spoke about the Mabo High Court decision and urged everybody to participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations. Dr Smallwood said her thesis was dedicated to the memory of all those Indigenous people who have endured the long horrors of colonialism. “The thesis concludes with a hope for a better Australia, one where reconciliation between Indigenous and NonIndigenous Australians is based on a full recognition of the rights of First Australians,” Dr Smallwood said.


Gulf project ‘great opportunity’ for province By MALUM NALU DEVELOPMENT of the Gulf LNG project will be the “greatest development opportunity in the history of the Gulf province”, according to InterOil corporate affairs manager Kevin Byrne, The National reports. He said the project would go ahead despite “grenades” being hurled at it, an apparent allusion to continuous criticisms of InterOil as well as the government threats to terminate the Gulf LNG Project Agreement of December 23, 2009. InterOil is developing the Triceratops-2 appraisal well in Gulf province, along with earlier discoveries by the company in the adjacent Elk/Antelope structure. “All parties-the project, national government, provincial and LLGs (local level governments) - must accept and take ownership of their legislated responsibilities,” Byrne said. “All parties need to heed the experience of other large scale resource projects. “That suggests that many potential benefits do not occur and do not benefit the broader com-

munity and there is overwhelming health and education facilities; evidence that new approaches and basic housing, no or limited are needed to effectively utilise electricity and sanitation and resource revenues. poor transport. “A proactive approach is He said social and economic required if social risks are to be impacts would be enormous, effectively managed. including: “All responsibilities need be * Income levels would indocumented and agreed prior to crease dramatically; project start and need articulation * Potential for improved at the LBSA (landowner benefit access, public infrastructure, sharing agreement) phase.” services and commercial activiMain components of the ties; project are production and preparation of gas at the Elk and Antelope gas fields, transportation of the gas and condensate over a 120km pipeline, liquefaction of the gas, and shipment of the gas and condensate. Byrne said the current situation in the project area was that most people lived along the coast and rivers; provincial and LLG’s had low capacity and no resources; very few income earning opportunities; strong subsistence base (sago, fishing, hunting, gardens); appalling state of Landowner talks in Gulf Province.

* Potential for improved housing and living conditions and government services; * Substantial in-migration; * Social tension and conflictland ownership, benefit sharing arrangements, distribution and inequality; * Adverse social change; * Increases in communicable diseases; * Large scale potential to fuel corruption and PS inefficiency.

No commitment yet for sea walls EVIDENCE given to a Senate Estimates Committee hearing last week showed that the Gillard Government has no immediate plans for assistance to Torres Strait Island communities for repair and reconstruction of sea walls. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald - who raised the issue at the Senate Estimates Committee - are concerned that while the government is happy to spend $250 million to assist Pacific Island communities deal with climate change issues and tidal inundation, there appeared to be no money available for Australian citizens facing the same challenges. Mr Entsch said that this is clearly a case where “charity begins at home”. “With all the money being wasted on climate change advertising, I would have thought the government might have been able to find some money to help the Torres Strait communities.” Senator Macdonald said that while an application for funding through Regional Development Australia had been short listed, it was just one of dozens of projects currently being considered by the government. “This situation requires action now - not in months’ time when the bureaucratic process grinds its way through. “And there is no certainty that the application for funding the sea walls project will be successful because of the large number of applicants and small amount of funding under the Regional Development Australia Fund.”



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This is a special note of thanks to our crew and suppliers who worked tirelessly over the last month to help get services back on line due to interruptions caused by mechanical issues. We apologise to those travellers inconvenienced and wish to thank everyone concerned for their support and patience. The Peddells Thursday Island – Seisia ferry service continues to strive to deliver the highest level of service to its clientele and re-invest in the regions future. The arrival of our new passenger ferry later this year will further raise the standard for travel in Torres Strait.

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Art centre a thriving hub on Badu By MARK ROY

Back row from left: Philamon Nona, Stanley Jackonia, Meku Dau, Tai Naimaibai, Ralph Nona. Front row: Walter Nona

THERE is definitely something in the air at the Badu Arts Centre (Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh). Not only does the arts centre hold awesome workshops on a weekly basis, but it has become a cool place to hang out on the weekend. Art Centre manager Richard Butler said there was increasing demand for weekend and evening hours use. “We are working to become multi purpose use, for all kinds of cultural activities.” He said a group of young boys who had started coming to the Art Centre on the weekend, and were working hard on their art skills. “The boys come to the centre, are very well behaved, follow advice and rules and are courteous,” Mr Butler said. “In return they are provided with best quality pencils, reference books and a place to draw.” He said after a few months of relative quiet, the board and new management were bringing about

substantial changes to make the centre the cultural hub of Badu. “Laurie Nona and Jospeh Au lead a committed board,” he said. “Included in our plans is a revised schedule for operating hours, including weekends and afterwork hours, the inclusion of elders, the inclusion of children and some hot new facilities including a wood-fired pizza oven.” The centre is catering for skills at all levels, with workshops planned across a range of media including printmaking, photographic archiving, carving and bronze casting. Dianna Abiad held a workshop in fabrics during May. “Diana has been asked to develop a Badu brand, label, and advise the Art Centre on the best form of digital to fabric output, where designs are created on our new iac computer and printed direct to fabric, rather than through screen printing process,” Mr Butler said. “Watch this space for a first in Torres Strait!”

Success comes in threes for Injinoo artist TEHO Ropeyarn, a young Indigenous artist from Injinoo, has three reasons to celebrate. Over the past four weeks he has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) exhibition, as a finalist in the national Telstra Indigenous Art Award, and has just been advised that his application for the highly competitive Australia Council ArtStart funding program has been successful. For the past two years, Ropeyarn, a UMI Arts Indigenous development officer, has worked tirelessly to support and progress the careers of other Indigenous artists in Far North Queensland through UMI Arts skills-based programs, “Exhibition Ready” and “Side by Side”. From Injinoo in the Northern Peninsula Area, Ropeyarn spent four years at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly after completing his degree, Ropeyarn moved to Cairns and was accepted into

Injinoo artist Teho Ropeyarn.


as a professional artist, or a creative practitioner working in community arts or cultural development. “I personally thank Theo Tremblay from Editions Tremblay, Anna Jones from Youth Arts Queensland and Janet Parfenovics UMI Arts Executive Officer for their letters of support and for continuing to support and provide advice into my career development. “I am really looking forward to the year ahead.” At the time of learning of his ArtStart success, Teho was in the Northern Peninsula Area, delivering Exhibition Ready to artists from the communities of New Mapoon, Bamaga, Umagico, Seisia and Injinoo in preparation for their exhibition at UMI Arts which opens on Thursday, June 14. The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award will be judged on Friday, August 10, and a week later, Teho’s work will go on display at the Cairns Regional Gallery as part of the CIAF exhibition curated by Avril Quaill.

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UMI Arts “Exhibition Ready” program which culminated in his first solo exhibition in late 2010. In early, 2011, Ropeyarn became the Indigenous development officer at UMI Arts, the peak Indigenous arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland which is managed by an all-Indigenous board of directors. But he still finds time to pursue his first love which is making art. “I am currently working on a new body of print works based on stories passed down from Elders focusing on preserving all aspect of Injinoo culture including traditions and beliefs, art, stories and language of our people from my home community of Injinoo,” Ropeyarn said.. “I am also very excited about the opportunities that the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart program will give me. “It provides financial assistance to recent creative arts graduates who are committed to establishing a career

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Hash keeps the hyperactive busy THE Thursday Island Hash House Harriers run on Monday, May 28 was a well-planned affair, with a trail marked in chalk. Lots of false trails to keep the hyperactive occupied while the rest of us caught up. And then the rain washed it all away. Plan B was the map. One for runners and one for walkers, and we got to see Bach Beach, Quarantine, TAFE and


it not to be Mermaid, Stealth, Flip & Flop, Burke & Wills or Popeye, who step up week after week to keep Hash going. Time for someone else to have a go! If you would like to, let us know here at the Torres News on 1300 TORRES, with a name and address, so the Hash can meet at 5.50pm next Monday. On on! Gardens

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Neck-and-neck racing on Friday THE eighth Friday Night Triathlon held on May 25 was again a handicapped event dubbed “Pulmonary Trauma” where all friends, colleagues, or family members alike, were given a start time by Brenton Koch, based on past performance, and more often than not human error. Koch said it was the longest event in the weekly series of four, different racing formats that are repeated each month. “This distance was designed so that you are pushing yourself to 90 per cent of your maximum effort, between the fifth and sixth minute of each leg of the triathlon you will see the maximum expansion of your lungs, thus improving your overall lung capacity, which will greatly improve your enjoyment and performance next time you exercise,” he said. “Every Friday night we have seen newcomers to this new and addictive event that has been called the ultimate modern-day sport that is ideally suited to Australians and particularly to the Torres Strait environment. “This unique, multi-disciplinary event challenges and inspires athletes from the novice just making it across the line in their premier event, to the skilled and talented who are striving for their personal best time.” The “Pre-Drinks” Friday Night Triathlon was very successful night of racing up the front, climaxing in a photo finish, between the old guard in organiser Koch, and an all-female team consisting of Sally Sloss and Kate Cranny. Sally and Kate teamed up on the entire field. Sally was nervous that her post-childbirth body wasn’t up to the demands of the whole triathlon - but didn’t she prove that wrong. She emerged from the swim in first place, rippling six-pack abs in tow, using her newborn baby as an anti-baton, and left her team mate Kate to try and retain the lead for the remainder of the 300m Swim /4km off-road cycle/2km run triathlon. Its wasn’t all smooth sailing at the front of the course for everyone. Dr Jack Sloss, finished the swim leg in second place, but with a slow transition to the bike, lost his time buffer. The old guard Koch saw an opportune moment, and capitalised on Dr Jack’s virgin triathlete’s inexperience, to push the bike hard early on, to not only put a small gap on Dr Jack, but catch Team Sally Sloss and Kate Cranny by the exit of the final Bike/Run transition point. Cranny and Koch ran the two-lap, 2km off-road run course neck-and-neck the whole way. Brenton’s constant surges were unable to break Cranny, with first place coming down to a final sprint just edging out Koch in a photo finish, exactly in a time of 30 minutes. Dr Jack Sloss pulled back 90 per cent of the ground he lost on Koch in the bike leg to finish closely behind

in third place. Newcomers are invited to come to join the winners and grinners at this weekly event, and welcomed to share in the weekly random prizes from major supporters Bobby’s, Col Jones, TI Pharmacy, Robert Clarke Builders, and Uncle Frankie’s. Special thanks also goes out to True Value Hardware, Sacred Heart School, Tagai Primary Campus, Queensland Police, Radio 4MW, and Coral Sea Concrete, for your valued support of the event, and also to help to bettering our waistlines, health and wellbeing. Friday Night Triathlon events to come: June 8: “The Heart Attack” 200m Swim/2km Bike/600m Run. June 15: “Continued Existence” 100m Swim/ 2km Bike/1km Run/100m Swim/2km Bike/1km Run June 22: “Pulmonary Trauma” 300m Swim/ 4km Bike/2km Run It you have any questions about the mini-triathlon’s, or getting in shape for such as an event please contact Brenton Koch (4090 3722) or torresntriathlon@gmail. com or pick up information from Thursday Island Post Office, or Torres Shire Sports Complex.






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Broncos’ action plan driving reconciliation THE Brisbane Broncos have become one of the first NRL clubs to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan. The document, which has been several months in the making, outlines a strategy to achieve key messages of reconciliation. It was launched on Monday by current captain Sam Thaiday (right) and chief executive Paul White. The Broncos have had a long association with Indigenous players and staff since its formation in 1987, and chief executive Paul White said this was being

recognised with a designated plan to provide outcomes for Indigenous people in general. “Our club has a proud history of providing opportunities for Indigenous rugby league players and significantly one of our past captains, Gorden Tallis and our current captain, Sam Thaiday are proud of their Indigenous backgrounds and families,” said Mr White. “The Brisbane Broncos are committed to playing our role in the promotion of and participation in reconciliation. “The establishment of our

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a clear framework for our commitments and highlights our genuine desire to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” These outcomes will be realised through targeted initiatives to build relationships, demonstrate respect and understand and provide opportunities. The Broncos will work within four reconciliation areas: • Community consultation • Cultural recognition and

awareness Community development, and; • Athlete support and game development “I am very pleased to be a part of this initiative by the Broncos,” said Mr Thaiday. “The Broncos can use its brand and community presence to help drive greater understanding of the issues surrounding reconciliation.” The Broncos’ RAP includes a timeline that reaches through 2012 and 2013 with a list of actions to promote the message. •

Torres Strait Marine Safety Program teams up with CEA THE Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) has teamed up with Community Enterprises Australia (CEA) to increase delivery of essential training across the region. Recent changes to commercial marine license laws in Queensland mean that Torres Strait fishermen using Traditional Island Boats (TIB) to catch and sell any seafood products will now need a new class of commercial licence, called the Torres Strait TIB Coxswain Certificate. The partner agencies of the TSMSP have teamed up with CEA to ensure that the train-

ing required to obtain the TIB Coxswain can be commenced. The extra commitment by trainer Dave McIlwain and the TSMSP meant a new platform was required to help with delivery and through a generous TSRA and CEA partnership, the charter vessel MV Reef Connection was sourced as the most suitable and economical choice. The Reef Connection, owned and operated by Mark Gladwin and Emily Griffen, is used in delivery of TIB Coxswain practical training elements with the help of deckhand Jake Kingdon. Mr McIlwain spoke highly of

Reef Connection at anchor off Badu.

the new crew “The boat and crew have been heavily involved in all parts of the program,” Mr McIlwain said. “They bring a real energy with a solid commercial and fishing background to the training, as well as keeping everyone safely housed and really well fed.” Training has included advanced survival techniques, emergency procedures, fire fighting and marine radio operation. This maritime experience and fisheries capacity building such as the TIB Coxswain Certificate is identified under current Community Action Plans and is helping develop careers in a sustainable Torres Strait fishery. The crew of Reef Connection are also joined by a number of TSRA Land and Sea Rangers who live aboard and help crew the boat as they receive tuition and sea time towards more advanced commercial certificates. They are gaining valuable exposure to the various inboard systems and engineering of the Reef Connection as well as learning and improving their

CEA students in the converted saloon classroom on Reef Connection. navigation skills. attendance of the ongoing Safety “The Rangers have been TSMSP training, all Torres Badu Island: June 12fantastic in their approach Strait Islanders are welcome 16 - Elements of Shipboard and enthusiasm.” said to attend the training which Safety and Dinghy license Emily. “It’s been great to is delivered by the TSMSP Saibai Island: Elements have them onboard and a for free. While ongoing of Shipboard Safety and good learning experience training is being negotiated Marine Radio for us as well. Their local for the new financial year, Moa Island: June 25knowledge and insight to the current program will 27 - Elements of Shipboard Torres Strait culture has continue at the following Safety. been a real highlight.” islands until the end of For further information E v e n t h o u g h C E A June: contact AMSA community employees are heavily Thursday Island: June liaison officer Adrian Davinvolved in the delivery and 5-7 - Elements of Shipboard idson (0408 744 018).

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