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‘We won’t put down the whap’ Torres Strait leaders vow to fight hunting laws By MARK ROY INDIGENOUS leaders in the Torres Strait are angry they have not been consulted over proposed changes to the state’s animal cruelty laws, which they say are aimed at banning traditional hunting of turtle and dugong. The State Government says the new laws, which remove exemptions for traditional hunting under the Animal Care and Protection Act, will not affect native title rights. But Indigenous leaders are vowing to fight in the High Court any move to override traditional hunting rights, currently protected by the national Native Title Act and the Torres Strait Treaty. Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor Fred Gela says the government has shown no willingness to understand a hunting practice and culture which dates back more than 7000 years. “We are being made out to be cruel hunters who purposely torture our game, where this is certainly not the case,” Mr Gela said. “The LNP are proposing a ban on the way we hunt these animals which will be detrimental to the very people we are and how we live each day. “These type of scare tactics, of threatening $100,000 fine or two years’ jail, will not stop our traditional practices. “Our people will not put down our whap (traditional spear) because it is a matter of life or death to us.” Torres Strait Regional Authority chair Toshie Kris said traditional owners in the region would stand up for their birth rights. “Our culture is how we hunt and what we hunt; it’s our tradition to go out and hunt; it’s our lore and we need to give recognition and respect to that law through legislation,” Mr Kris said. “You could see the traditional owners in our region standing up for their birth rights and, if need be, taking it to the High Court.” Earlier this month, SBS World News Presenter and correspondent to the Torres News Stefan Armbruster was granted access to Badu

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to report on traditional hunting practices. He spoke with Laurie Nona (above), a native title holder on Badu Island who is also a hunter and artist, describes an elaborate etching of a turtle he’s made in the island’s art centre. Mr Nona said what seemed cruel in one culture was daily existence in another. “The one way we do to kill it is to hit it in the head, usually with a rock. “Because it’s going to get cut on the beach and, on the beach, we have rocks. That’s how it was passed on from our forefathers. “Turtle has to die, cow has to die for steak to end up on your plate.” But he said there are hunters who no longer fear traditional punishment for hunting the wrong way. Laurie Nona explains why. “If I was to slap my nephew around because he did the wrong thing, he would charge me with assault,” Mr Nona said. “Cultural law is coming to a brick wall where the law of the land now, white man law is there, stopping our cultural law from doing what it’s there for.”a completely a different perspective on how traditional owners practice traditional hunting in the Torres Strait.” Member for Cook David Kempton has asked communities to be patient. “The bill has been sent to the agriculture, resources and environment committee, which means legislation is some way off,” Mr Kempton said. “They will take on different views and make recommendations.” Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh has invited stakeholders to have input.

A musical pearl of the Torres Strait, Uncle Seaman Dan heads south this week to lull crowds at the Cairns Ukulele Festival on July 8 with his special brand of saltwater serenades. Organiser of the event, Gaby Thomas, says it is always an honour to have Uncle Seaman Dan perform. Uncle Seaman Dan (shown here outside the Torres Hotel) is a twotime ARIA award-winning artist. >> Full interview and story, page 11. INSET: Seaman Dan’s 2004 Best World Music ARIA Award is held at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. PHOTOS: MATT GARRICK

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Raid in line with proper procedures: Police THURSDAY Island Police say their response to a report of a ďŹ rearm in the community was measured and appropriate under the circumstances. Police raided a home on Jardine Street at around 9.30pm on April 28, following an incident earlier that evening at a local drive through liquor outlet. Following the search, which the Torres News understands turned up a toy gun, 17-year-old Gesa Gela-Joseph was charged with going armed so as to cause fear. Family and friends of family at the house at the time of the raid say police overreacted to the incident,

which Mr Gela-Joseph’s mother Saimo Gela described as “pettyâ€?. However ,Thursday Island Police OfďŹ cer-in-Charge Jamie Horn said police would have been acting irresponsibly and foolishly to treat any suggestion of a ďŹ rearm in the community as anything other than a genuine threat, until proven otherwise. “I am unable to comment speciďŹ cally on the facts of the incident at this time, as they are before the courts and to do so would be inappropriate, other than to say that I was fully briefed on the matter and believe the police response to have

Correction IN the article “Toy gun brings serious charge: Family afraid� (page 2, Torres News, 20-26 June 2012) it was reported that the home raided by police belongs to Mrs Saimo Gela. Ms Gela, not Mrs Gela, has informed the Torres News this is incorrect. Ms Gela’s quote should read as follows: “She said when police raided the home on Jardine Street, at around 9.30pm, her family was forced into the yard without any explanation�, not “when police raided her home� as printed. The home belongs to Mrs Margaret Gabey. The Torres News apologises for the error.

been measured, well planned, well executed and entirely appropriate under the circumstances,� Snr Sgt Horn said. “The safety of all persons involved in these types of incidents, police and the public, is of the highest priority. “For police to be at a heightened state of readiness when executing these types of operations is in line with proper procedures and the result of years of training. “Thankfully in a community such as ours these types of events are extremely rare.� He said while police fully understand there may be some

level of trauma associated with a police response to a possible ďŹ rearm scenario, this was by no means an intended outcome. “When children are likely to be exposed even more care is exercised,â€? he said. “I am comfortable that the families involved in this experience were well-informed of the process and afforded all the rights they are entitled to at law, including post incident follow up. “Police in remote communities such as ours work hard ensuring community relations are on the whole positive and productive.

“Without community support our job becomes extremely difďŹ cult. “There will always be police action that some sections of the community do not feel satisďŹ ed with, as in this case. “I feel conďŹ dent that the day-today contact the Queensland Police Service has with the wider Torres Strait Community is far more positive than negative, and we will continue working together to ensure a safer community for all of its residents.â€? Mr Gela-Joseph’s case will come before the Thursday Island Magistrates’ Court again on Monday, July 9.

Separate TSRA election set for September 15 THE TSRA election for the 20 wards in the Torres Strait will be held on September 15. The election is a result of the 2011 TSRA Board review of its governance structure where a major outcome was that the election be held separately from the Local Government elections. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will conduct polling in the 20 Torres Strait and NPA communities who are represented on the TSRA Board - Badu, Bamaga, Boigu, Dauan, Erub, Hammond, Ngurapi & Muralag (Horn and Prince of Wales), Iama, Kubin, Mabuiag, Masig, Mer, Port Kennedy, Poruma, Saibai, Seisia, St Pauls, TRAWQ, Ugar and Warraber.

The AEC will start to call for nominations on Tuesday, July 17, with nominations closing at 5pm on Wednesday, August 15. The AEC will advertise the availability of nomination forms as soon as nominations open, with an Election Guide will also be available at that time to assist both nominees and voters. All Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people who live in the 20 TSRA Wards who are 18 years of age and over, enrolled on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll by 5pm on August 31 and enrolled at an address in these wards, are encouraged to vote. Mobile polling will be conducted by the AEC

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Croc sightings prompt calls for culling By MATT GARRICK RECENT reports of saltwater crocodiles encroaching into suburbs on Thursday Island have sparked renewed calls for croc culls to be legalised in Far North Queensland. As the Northern Territory government pushes for trophy hunt- Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch in the early ing of the reptiles to be 80s, during his time as a crocodile farmer. Mr Entsch allowed, conservation- says Queensland should adopt a croc management ists and politicians from program similar to that in the Northern Territory. Queensland are also rekindling the there is now.” debate for culling. Mr Entsch, himself a former Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen crocodile farmer, once co-owning said the shire recently contacted the NT Janamba Crocodile Farm in Queensland Parks and Wildlife for the Middle Point, said though Mr Irwin removal of a four-metre salty repeat- was a mate of his, his argument was edly spotted on a beach in the Thursday flawed. Island suburb of Quarantine. “Where he is wrong is the big ones He said if crocodiles were becom- are not breeding, and they are already ing a threat to public safety, he would a danger to humans,” he said. certainly support their culling. “Once they get to a certain stage “If you reduce the number, you they become loners, occupying a reduce the potential threats for serious waterhole. Nothing else can live in incidents to the human population,” he these waterholes with them.” told Torres News. He said he believed Bob Irwin was He also said if a crocodile manage- a protectionist, who would not let the ment program was rolled out in the NT, removal of any animals happen, even it would also need to be implemented if it was approved by leading conserin the Torres Strait. vationist organisations such as the “Our homelands share similar International Union for Conservation environments. Here, all the activities of Nature, who continue to support we do are part of our relationship with the management program of crocs in the sea. The sea is like the farm for the the NT. Torres Strait. “He is backing up Steve, who was “You need to make sure those sea saying these things for his image. areas are safe, and so remove any Steve was a part of culling crocodiles nasties that could be detrimental to himself,” Mr Entsch said. this farm,” he said. Officials advocating the push for A long-time supporter of crocodile trophy hunting have also used the culls, Member for Leichhardt Warren argument that the program could Entsch has applauded the program in create business opportunities for place for controlling crocs in the NT. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander He said Queensland should put a people. croc management program in place Leading Australian croc expert, similar to that in the NT. Dr Grahame Webb, has said anything “It is recognised as the best program based on a natural resource that for croc management in the world,” uses Indigenous hunting skills for Mr Entsch said. economic development is a step in the “There is a farming component, an right direction. egg harvesting component and a culling “Crocodile management programs, component. It is all-encompassing.” from their very start back in the The NT management program seventies, were designed to make allows the killing of 500 adult crocs sure Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal every year. landowners could get income back If the current proposal for trophy from the animals on their land. That’s hunting is accepted by the federal happened mainly through the egg government, 50 crocodiles from the harvest program,” Dr Webb said. quota of 500 would be set aside for “Right across the north, people safari hunters. are involved in this. It’s a sustainable Queensland conservationist Bob income earned every year by people Irwin, father of the late Steve ‘Croc through a natural resource, that doesn’t Hunter’ Irwin, said unleashing sport mean destroying the habitat. hunters on the croc population of the “It creates incentives to look after NT could endanger human lives. the habitats and look after the crocs. I “When you take those dominant think it’s a very pragmatic and positive male crocodiles out of a river system, way,” he said. that allows the teenage crocs to run Mr Entsch has said he has raised the riot,” he said. possibility of introducing a program of “I believe we are going to upset the crocodile management into Queenssystem to the point where there will land with state Premier Campbell be more of a threat to humans than Newman.

Customs cuts a ‘backward step’ MAYOR of the Torres Shire Pedro Stephen says the council is “very concerned” by a recent announcement in the media that Australian Customs is planning to cut staff from its office in Thursday Island. An internal document has shown that Customs is planning to cut 37 jobs in district offices including Townsville, Cairns and Thursday Island. At the same time they are spending $350 million to replace the ageing Bay Class patrol boats with newer, larger Cape Class vessels. Mr Stephen said, if Customs were downsizing staff because they were building bigger boats, then they lacked understanding of the area. “The answer is not getting bigger boats in the frontline, especially in the Torres Strait, because of the reefs and the difficulties in navigating shallow waters,” Mr Stephen said. “You need the establishment of the presence of people. You can’t trade off what the people can offer with what a facility can offer.” He said he would have expected some consultation over the job cuts. “Leadership would appreciate that there be some form of negotiation and consultation, rather than reading in the media that we are affected along with other towns and cities,” he said. “Respect needs to be forthcoming. “In the Torres Strait we do business differently, and you need the partnership of the community to work together in this remote part of Australia. “It is important to employ people who already have an established network, in terms of their knowledge about the region and their understanding of the interaction between the communities, as well as cultural understanding. Continued Page 4. >>

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Torres Strait/NPA population passes 11,000: Census THE population for the Torres Strait is approaching 9000, according to the 2011 Census details released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and

more than 11,000 for the Torres Strait and NPA. The Torres Shire population is a record 3700, with an all-time high of 5035 for the

TSIRC and 2441 in the NPA also a high . That is a total population for the Torres Strait 8735 and a total of 11,176 for the combined Torres Strait and NPA area. The Torres Shire figure of 3700, compares to 3600 in 2001, and the estimated 3642 in 2009 and 3693 in 2010. The figure has fluctuated during the 11 years from 2001, reaching a low of 3496 in the 2006 Census, but has increased steadily since then. The TSIRC and the area prior to amalgamation has risen slowly since the 2001 figure of 4327 to the current figure of 5035, passing the 5000 level in 2010 with 5071. The NPARC numbers too have risen slowly since the 2001 level of 2055, with the biggest jump from 2282 in 2009 to 2384 in 2010, with a further 57 to 2441. Australia has a total population of 21,507,717

an increase of 8.3 per cent, while the population of Queensland was 4,332,737, an increase of 11 per cent from 2006.

Torres Strait Islander population 52,616 THERE are 52,616 Torres Strait Islanders in Australia, according to the 2011 Census. The largest count of people identifying as Torres Strait Islander origin were Cairns-Atherton (8120 or 15% of the Torres Strait Islander population), Brisbane (6385 or 12% of the Torres Strait Islander population) and Townsville-Mackay (6209 or 12% of the Torres Strait Islander population). In the Torres Strait, there were 5787 people of Torres Strait Islander origin, representing 77% of the population for the region. Within this region, the largest populations of Torres Strait Islander people were Port Kennedy and TRAWQ (Tamwoy, Rose Hill, Applin, Waibene and Quarantine) (839 and 784 respectively), followed by Badu Island (696) and Saibai Island (351). Manunda-Portsmith in Cairns had the largest number of Torres Strait Islander people (2474), followed by Townsville (1567) and Mackay (1533). Of the 20 most populous Indigenous Locations for Torres Strait Islander people, 19 were within Queensland. Across Australia, there are: 32,929 or 62.6% are in Queensland, 8011 or 15.2% (NSW), 3044 or 5.8% (Victoria), 2608 or 5% (WA), 2206 or 4.2% (NT), 1886 or 3.6% (Tasmania), 1599 or 3% (SA), 326 or 0.6% (ACT) and 7 (other territories). According to the Census, the further breakdown is: Port Kennedy (Thursday Island): 839 or 51.4% of the PKA population, TRAWQ (Thursday Island): 784 or 80.2%, Bamaga and surrounds: 826 or 77.5%, Badu Island: 696 or 89%, Manunda/Portsmith (Cairns): 2474 or 11.2%, Townsville: 1567 or 1.6%, Mackay: 1533 or 1.9%, Thuringowa (Townsille): 1212, Edmonton (Cairns): 861. Gold Coast: 685.

Customs cuts a ‘backward step’ << From Page 3. “You need that people presence here ... people with authority, people who have authority under specific legislation to enforce their work.” He said the move to slash around half the 14 customs staff on Thursday Island represented a backward step in the partnership between Customs and the local community. “The important factor is that since the 1980s barrier agencies, including customs, have stretched out their hands to the community to work in partnership as being their eyes and their ears, and at the same time offering a career pathway for full-time employment for our people,” Mr Stephen said. “This latest decision has certainly gone back the other way, decreasing the opportunity for potential full-time employment.” He said he believed the government department lacked the “vision and understanding” of the history of the Torres Strait, and the importance of Torres Strait to front line protection. “The history of the establishment of customs in the Torres Strait goes right back to 1877 when this was a customs port, a first port of clearance,” he said. The first “barrier agencies” were identified as customs, quarantine, and immigration, he said. “The presence of those agencies alone deter any illegal movements.” Page 4 Torres News

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By MATT GARRICK WHEN she opened a letter last December addressed from Australia’s Governor-General, Thursday Island paramedic Deidree Whap was taken completely by surprise by its contents. Having tirelessly sported the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) uniform in the Torres Strait for over two decades, Ms Whap was about to receive the Ambulance Service Medal to pin on it. And, simultaneously, she would become the first Torres Strait Islander woman to do so. In what her peers put down to her customary modesty, Ms Whap kept the knowledge she was going to win the award under wraps after receiving the letter in December. The medal is one of the highest awards an ambo can achieve. She told the Torres News how she reacted with disbelief after reading the Governor-General’s letter and realising she would have to fly down to Brisbane to accept the honour. “I felt it was satisfying when I reached the milestone of 20 years in the service, but I didn’t realise someone would nominate me for an award,” Ms Whap said. “It’s something prestigious, and I wasn’t expecting something like this. There are very few people in the ambulance service that have it.” Her early days in the service, in the 1990s, were marked by a lack of modern medical equipment and services today’s paramedics can hardly operate without. “It’s changed radically, from basic equipment to these days where we have far more advanced skills being taught, and more drugs in availability,” she explained. “The old system has gone, these days there is a far more advanced system. “On top of this, we get out on the chopper as well, for transporting people. When I first started, we never had the chopper. We only started Medivac around 1995.” Her younger workmates from the Thursday Island Ambulance Station see Diedree as a role model for the community. Her colleague Dean Carroll told with admiration what a remarkable character she is to work alongside. “She makes the workplace brighter each day when she gets into work,” said Mr Carroll. Though she has enough experience to transfer and work pretty much anywhere in the country, Ms Whap says she’d like to be nowhere else but here. She is currently employed as Officer in Charge of the Torres Straits field office for QAS, directing volunteers who respond to calls from the outer islands. Nowadays, she spends much of her working hours advising these younger recruits. “I started in the service on Thursday Island, and I chose to come back and be seen by the local people,” she said. “There are opportunities these days to get transferred somewhere else, but I chose to stay here and teach the people of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area about the service that the QAS provides.”

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Mer School construction wins industry award By MARK ROY THE work of Hansen Yuncken, the construction company that has been working with the people of Mer

ABOVE: The new $28 million state school on Mer. RIGHT: Mer school construction site manager Steve Hay (centre) receives a Professional Excellence Award on behalf of Hansen Yuncken from the national president of the Australian Institute of Building, Greg McLean (left), and Queensland Chapter president, John Gaskin (right).

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(Murray Island) to build their new school, has been acknowledged with Australian Institute of Building Award. Hansen Yuncken won a Professional Excellence Award for Commercial Construction in the $10-50 million category for the Tagai State School school project, now at the final completion stage. The award was presented at an awards dinner in Brisbane on June l. For the project’s site manager, Steve Hay, the award is a tribute to the great relationships built over time between the local community and Hansen Yuncken. But building the $28 million project on the side of an old volcano in a remote community with unfamiliar customs and protocols was never going to be easy, he said. The story of the construction of the school on Mer began 16 months ago with a soil blessing on the island. “We had the unofficial opening on November 28 last year, and the official government opening on February 9,” Mr Hay said. “Hansen Yuncken is very proud of the award and the community spirit we create up here on Mer. “The award from the AIB places Hansen Yuncken in the running for the National Awards in September, to compete in the same category against all other state winners.” He said the project was a huge challenge, not only logistically. “To build a project on this remote island with nowhere to go, and probably the greatest island in the region for cultural customs and protocols, is an achievement,” he said. “The community did not want outsiders coming in and building on their island. “For us, as a team with all our trades, having to set up camp and live under their customs and beliefs was a major challenge in itself.” The project was supported by a great team at Hansen Yuncken that included a senior contracts administrator, site manager, site engineer, logistics and transport manager and an administrator, he said. “Some of the highlights were working with a great team of employees as well as local labour and the great community relationships with the Mer Island people,” Mr Hay said. “I lived in the community for l6 months and I was sad to leave. “The excellent relationship with the island people was a key factor in the success of the project. The $28 million project was completed well ahead of the contract date, he said. “To achieve this early finish date was a tribute to the Hansen Yuncken staff, local labour and subcontractors. “I would really like stated that HY would like to acknowledge all the support from Mer Island PBC, Mer Island Community, DET Ken Walker and Geoff West, GHD Sam Thompson, Ian Unicomb ( Head of Tagai all campus ) and Paul Kuronya (Head of Campus Tagai Mer) and all teaching staff up on Mer “Without the support of all on Mer this project would not have been such huge success a big Esso to all.” Chair of the Prescribed Body Corporate on Mer, Doug Passi, said the whole community had benefitted from the project with 55 Islanders obtaining employment on the project. The locals logged 25,000 working hours including training in jobs ranging from kitchen hand to construction. “Steve and his Hansen Yuncken team proved that a project could be united and completed without a dispute, there involvement and participation within the community was to be commended,” Mr Passi said. “As now the project has come to an end and most of the HY camp has demobilised, I think the community of Mer will miss them being around.”


Child carers training is up to national standards EARLY childhood educators from the Thursday Island Child Care Centre and Nairpai Kaziw on Horn Island got together for training recently. They were taking part in Professional Development Day on Friday, June 8, skilling up to meet the new national standards. Two trainers, authorised officers from the Office and Early Childhood and Care Debbie Hendry and Tanya Cali, said the state laws governing child care standards were replaced by uniform national laws effective from January 1 this year. “We are here to train to the National Quality Framework, and will be conducting a rating on the child care centres in July,” Ms Cali said. She said the training would continue over three days. Addressing families, educators and guests on the day, TI Child Care Centre director Agnes Fox said child care educators took their work seriously. “We must be seen as professional educators, as we mould our children’s

learning and development and set a positive pathway for them towards adulthood and active citizenship,” Ms Fox said. But she said it was easy to become bogged down in paperwork and lose focus on children’s learning. “As director I feel there has been an overload of materials and information,” she said. “The workload currently is high and our leading educators find it difficult to complete programming and planning sheets. “Being bogged down with these elements will not make us do a better job supporting children’s learning and leads to confusion and frustration.” She said it was important to observe children, especially those who needed additional support in behaviour guidance, and keep to familiar routines. “The children must be healthy in mind and body to enable them to achieve levels of skills necessary to progress them through their developmental stage of growing and learning,” Ms Fox said.

Early childhood educators from Nairpai Kaziw on Horn Island and the Thursday Island Child Care Centre with (right) authorised officers Debbie Hendry and Tanya Cali from the Office for Early Childhood Care.

Kids’ creation on Bamfield leaves a good impression CAMPERS visiting Bamfield Falls are, sadly, used to seeing trash littering the campgrounds, set amongst the pristine wilderness of Muralug, or Prince of Wales Island. But a group visiting the site recently were not about to let that stop them enjoying their visit. Nor were they prepared to leave the rubbish there to spoil the experience for others. Thursday Island’s Jade Stevens says she was very impressed when a group of youngsters she was camping with began gathering up the litter. “There’s all sorts of rubbish lying around, including a lot of lures, squid jigs, fishing lines and floats. But it’s not just stuff that washes up on the beach. There are bottles and cans - UDL and beer cans and bottles all on campfires. The completed mobile “It’s a bit confronting when is a visual reminder to you see it all in front of you, keep our beaches and especially since this is our best campsites rubbish-free. campsite.”

N e i s h a Dockery, a Year 9 student from Mater Christi College in Melbourne, agreed. “It’s pretty disgusting to see, and you think about the impact in has on all the animals in the sea.” So Neisha got together with a group of young kids to gather up the campground cast-offs, combining it with flotsam Torres Strait visitor Neisha and jetsam to create Dockery (14) with rubbish collected something more from around the campsite. visually appealing. Kids as young as four-years-old were scouring the beach to lend a hand, she said. “We all collected the stuff and filled up the ghost nets to create an art project.” The positive result was that the “castaway mobile” not only cleaned up the campsite and the beach, but will serve as a reminder for campers to clean up after themselves.

Rotary members at work


Torres Strait Regional Authority Election 2012

For the wards of Badu, Bamaga, Boigu, Dauan, Erub, Hammond, Iama, Kubin, Masig, Mabuiag, Mer, Ngurapi and Muralag, Port Kennedy, Poruma, Saibai, Seisia, St Pauls, TRAWQ, Ugar and Warraber. Saturday 15 September 2012 Who can vote You can vote in the TSRA elections if you are: • a Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal person • aged 18 years or over, and • correctly enrolled at an address in one of the above mentioned wards If you need to enrol, or have moved and haven’t updated your enrolment address details, you will need to enrol online or complete a new enrolment form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by 5pm on Friday 31 August 2012. Enrolment forms are available from any Australia Post Office, Council Office, TSRA Office, AEC Office or online at

Candidate nominations Nominations of candidates will open on Tuesday 17 July 2012 and close on Wednesday 15 August 2012. Election guides and nomination forms are available from: • TSRA Office, level 1, 46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island • Australian Electoral Commission, 2nd Floor, Commonwealth Centre, 104 Grafton Street, Cairns City, or • Completed nomination forms can be delivered in person, by post or fax to the Returning Officer shown below.

IT is hard work, but somebody has to do it! Rotarian Roger takes advantage of the fish that insist on snaring themselves on his hook strategically placed off the Horn Island jetty last weekend. Jewfish and salmon have been running this week and this nice jewie was caught and donated to the kitchen of “Star of the Sea” by the Rotay Club of Thursday With Roger is Zina Kelly, Billy Tamwoy and Herbert Wymarra, residents of Star of the Sea. Island last Saturday.

More information For more information on this election, how to enrol to vote, or how to nominate as a candidate, contact: Tony Anderson TSRA Returning Officer PO Box 1146 Cairns QLD 4870 Telephone: 4051 7188 Fax: 4051 7694 Email: Or visit


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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.

The annual Maroons Supporters’ March is unique to Thursday Island and now into its seventh year. The march gets underway prior to the State of Origin broadcast at the Thursday Island Post Office at 6pm. Be there in your maroon (or blue - go on!) colours and join the fun.


Mon 2. Shire Holiday, Coming of the Light Mon 2. Hash House Harriers run, 5.50pm Mon 2. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Mon 2. Mixed Social Volleyball, TI Sports Complex, 6pm Tue 3. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 3. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval, 6pm Tue 3. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry, 7pm Wed 4. NAIDOC Indigenous Basketball Carnival, Aumuller St Cairns, 0458 982 091 Wed 4. Maroons Supporters’ March, TI Post Office, 6pm Wed 4. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 4. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 4. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 4. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Wed 4. State of Origin Grand Final broadcast Channel 9, 7.30pm Thu 5. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30 - 7.30pm Thu 5. Competitive volleyball, TI Sports Complex Fri 6. Floral Fridays - wear floral clothes! Fri 6. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Ilan Cafe, 7am, 0438 747 853 Fri 6. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 6. Yoga, OLSH School, 6pm Fri 6. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Fri 6. Music by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Sat 7. KRL Rugby League, Ken Brown Oval Sun 7. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel, 12 - 3pm Sat 7. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12pm Sat 14. Mini Market, PKA Hall, 7am - 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

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 OPINION / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Email: editor@torresnews.comau Fax: 1300 STRAIT (1300 787 248) WHAT is happening to the journalistic standards of the Torres News? Your article in the 20-26 July edition “Toy Gun Brings Serious Charge: Family Afraid” sought comment from neither the owner of the local drive-through liquor outlet nor the Queensland Police Service! Considering you’ve published the disparaging remarks Mrs Gela made about the officer’s conduct on the day, as a reader I would have expected to hear the officer’s side to the story! Despite the fact it was a toy gun, I also would have expected to hear exactly what happened at the drive-through liquor outlet from the owner’s perspective.

Where is the other side of the story? It’s all very well to play down and express mock outrage at the incident in order to benefit Mr Gela-Joseph’s case; but these are very serious charges, and your readers expect an explanation as to why they have been brought forward in the first place. I would suggest that Mr Roy needs to lift his game. Donald Kerr EDITOR’S REPLY: While I have no doubt that readers would like to read “exactly what happened” during the incident at the drive-through liquor outlet, the case is sub judice, or under judgment before the court, and we cannot publish versions of

events of the incident while this is the case. Regarding details of the allegations and incident, we can only report on what is presented in court. We cannot, and did not, present the defendant’s view of what happened during the incident. Neither can we present a version of the incident from the hotel owner’s perspective, nor any “explanation” as to why charges were brought. This would be in breach of Queensland law. The article is not pretending to explain or justify what did or not happen at the drivethrough.

From the concrete jungle to jewel of the Coral Sea HAD I been asked ten years ago loss for them years wasted, what I knew of the Torres Strait, and wish I had made difor Ailan people, the answer would ferent choices, and taken a be “nothing”. It’s funny where life brighter path, rather than the takes you, and what path we knowdark side streets I was lost ingly and unknowingly take. in. Those years were over Born, and grown up in Mel10 years ago now, and I’m bourne, Mer is home now. I often thankful to live a peaceful say “one of the most beautiful life, in the beautiful light places in the world” but in truth, I of Mer. believe it to be the most beautiful. My time here has not Without indulging in self-pity, I can been without hardship truly say that life has been hard on though, in fact perhaps the me. I should also say many of my Alex Anastasi. hardest. Several months hardships were of my own doing. ago I became infected with From a city where most of the youths carry a bacterial infection known as Scrub Typhus. knives and stabbings occur daily, to a tropical I like most had never heard of the condition. island on the edge of the Coral Sea. It’s been Unfortunately, I’ve come to know it all too well. a major change to say the least. In Melbourne, Contracted by a tick bite, I went into a state of people usually walk with a mild scowl on their delirium, and rapidly my condition worsened. I face, and change sides of the street at night was medivac’d to TI Hospital, and then to Cairns when walking alone. Some areas you can see Base. The grave and serious nature of scrub needles laying in the gutter, and heroin addicts typhus is more than I can describe. I spent some semi-conscious on the street. four weeks in intensive care, and another four Sadly, I was one of those addicts for the greater in rehabilitation. At one point I’m told my heart part of my twenties. Going from an elite martial stopped and had to be revived. As I said earlier, artist and instructor to an addict was a serious fall life has been hard on me. from grace. At one stage of my life, I represented In part, I’m also writing to increase awareness my style, and my country at world championship of scrub typhus, and thank the amazing group level. Ten years later, I was living on the streets. of people at both TI hospital, and Cairns base When I reflect back on those times, I feel a hospital. A special thanks to the team in Cairns deep and profound regret. I often feel a sense of base Intensive Care Unit. They in my humble

Indigenous children are at seven times higher being at risk

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The story is about Mr G e l a Joseph’s family’s reaction to a police raid on the home and to the charges brought against Mr Gela-Joseph. After Mr Gesa Gela-Joseph’s court appearance, I approached Thursday Island Police Officer in Charge Jamie Horn to ascertain what was alleged before the court, and for police comment on the conduct of the raid. Snr Sgt Horn indicated he was too busy to speak with me at that time, and I acknowledge that this was the case. The police have right of reply in this week’s edition of the Torres News. See page 2. Mark Roy Editor

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander children are overrepresented in child protection and out-of-home care services, compared to other Australian children and have been since the first data collation in 1990. Between 1 July, 2010, and 30 June, 2011, for every 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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opinion, are the elite of their profession, and literally saved my life. At the same time, they were all without exception kind and caring people. My admiration of their strength and my heartfelt gratitude is almost without measure. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I’m now back on Mer, my new and beloved home. When I first arrived back, I learned just how many were praying for me. And the people who would stop me in town to ask how I was keeping and wishing me well warmed my heart. I also thank the people of Mer ailan. Especially those that have taken me in as family. Very few non-indigenous people live here on Mer, and I feel truly privileged. The depth of culture and goodness of people in the straits is unlike any community I’ve known before. Perhaps the remoteness has preserved the wonderful Traditional values, but I believe more so the character of the people. Despite the physical pain I suffer daily and the long road to recovery ahead, I’m blessed to live on Murray ailan, “The most beautiful place in the world”. A special thanks to Uncle Lloyd Maza and family, Uncle Ron Day, A big esso to the Meriam people, who kept me in their prayers, And the staff of Murray Island Primary Health. God bless you all, Alex Anastasi

children in Australia, 34.6 had child-protection records of substantiated harm or risk of harm from abuse or neglect. This means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7.5 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be the subject of substantiated reports of harm/risk of


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harm than non-Indigenous children. Child-protection authorities are required to intervene if a child has been, is being, or is at risk of significant harm, therefore, some of these children may not have been abused or neglected, but were identified as being at risk of harm.

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COMMUNITY The Hotel Metropole, at Number 1 Douglas Street, as it was before it was lost to fire during World War II.

Memories of Douglas Street, Thursday Island

SHINE A LIGHT On our history

LEFT: The site of the Hotel Metropole as it stands today. The National Bank moved into a building on the site in 1968. On the subject of Douglas Street, BRIAN RANDALL of the Queensland State Library writes: DOUGLAS Street was named in honour of John Douglas, the former Thursday Island government resident and police magistrate. His appointment to this position came within a long, distinguished and varied career that included a term as the Premier of Queensland. His

influence in the area was also to grow when he was appointed as Commissioner for New Guinea in 1885. Douglas was deeply religious as well as having an enquiring mind and he travelled widely during his various postings and became very interested in the Torres Strait region. In many ways he was also ahead of his time, particularly in his

LAST WEEK, Stella Sun called the Torres News from her home in Sydney, after seeing the photograph of the Hotel Metropole in last week’s paper (Do you remember this hotel?, Shine A Light, Torres News page 9, 27 June - 3 July 2012). The 81-year-old, who is related to Thursday Island’s Laifoo family, said the photograph had brought back “lots of memories”. “We lived across the road from the Metropole, at the Kum Hun Chong store. “The store (later renamed Laifoo’s) was exporting pearl shell and trochus shell, selling pearls, and was also a general store. “The Metropole was very elegant. All the men at the

interactions and dealings with the residents of the Torres Strait, and was interested in the area’s economic development. Reflecting this long-standing interest he wrote and published several articles on aspects of the area’s history and development. An example of his care and concern for the welfare of those he met is shown by his efforts in arranging for

hotel dressed in white linen suits with pith helmets. “I have lots of memories, such as hearing the lunch bell and the dinner bell from across the road. “The hotel was owned by the Mills family - not the Torres Strait Mills, but the Australian mainland Mills. “I remember Jenny Mills, but I’m not sure how many of them are still alive today. “The Mills family lived in the hotel.” Stella was born in 1931, 10 years after the Laifoo’s arrived on Thursday Island, and says in those days the way people dressed did not necessarily suit the climate. “My friend has a photo-

boats to be provided to the islanders at Darnley, Saibai, Stephen and Mabuiag Islands. Douglas clearly felt an affinity with the Torres Strait and its residents, remaining there for the majority of the time from when he was appointed in 1885 until his death in 1904. As a measure of the regard in which he was held, a permanent

graph taken in 1912 at the Thursday Island Garrison, showing British soldiers at the fort all holding kittens,” Stella said. “The photograph is printed as a postcard, as they often were from the end of the 1800s. The soldiers are all dressed in woollen uniforms. I feel sorry for them!” Needless to say, we hope to get a copy of this strange photograph, and Stella hopes to oblige. We look forward to seeing Stella, along with 86-year-old Gloria Assange, when they visit the island during the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School 125th Jubilee, which runs on TI from July 21 to 22.

memorial was constructed in the form of the Douglas Chapel in the Cathedral on Thursday Island. The memorial tablet was unveiled in late 1907 while the Douglas Chapel itself was dedicated on June 29, 1913. The residents on Thursday Island also funded a commemorative stained glass window. As well, the north Queensland town of Port Douglas is named in his honour.

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MACKAY Christian college outreach TEAM

The Mackay Christian College Outreach Team with kids at Anzac Park.

Jeremiah Sailor (9) with 19-yearold Kalvin Hart, a former Mackay Christian College student who is now a team leader with the Outreach Team. It is Kalvin’s third year visiting the Torres Strait.

Andrew Lui shows some speed on the ball. Chae, Seth, Drel, Jakara, Stanley and Flora.

Pastor Peter Lister from the Mackay Christian College Outreach Team (centre) with with some of the kids who turned out to enjoy activities at Anzac Park last Wednesday.

Phillip Takai-Bowie, Camball Henderson, Jan Deysel, Declan O’Brien and Kaitlyn Davies. Mataio, Annette, Jonah, Bubita and Bala at Anzac Park on Wednesday, June 27.

Photos by By MARK ROY

Margarita Abednego, Ndanji Nangoyi and Tatiana Lui.

Rubyann Sailor (7) with Mackay Christian College student Jessica Murray.

Jo-Hanne Botha with nine-year-old Edna Sambo.


LEFT: Honeymooners Susie and Anthony Bell enjoy their special holiday on tropical Thursday Island. BELOW: Matt Tully, Susie Bell, Anthony Bell, and Tina Tully. Susie has come up from Brisbane to celebrate her occasion with sister Tina and her husband Matt.

PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISER: Sasha Busch, the delegate for the Women’s KRL (far right) with supporters and members of Women’s KRL and local kids. The face-painting and a sausage sizzle on June 23 raised money for Women’s KRL teams, Thursday Island-based Sundown Sirens and the Dedeyal Gummas from St Pauls on Moa Island, to help them afford travel costs to play in the league.

Davina David, Lajean Dorante, Jalada Dorante and Flora Cook all wait to get their faces painted by the talented Heidi Eastcott. Kaleeda Cook sits with her face painted. LEFT: Alexis David and Kaleeda Cook. Page 10 Torres News 2 - 8 July 2012

Ilan Arts & Entertainment All Sunny Side up for Seaman Dan on latest album By MATT GARRICK WHEN his pearling trawler drifted into the Port of Darwin, all those years ago, the wharfies used to scream out in joy: “The boys from the Torres Straits have arrived!” and Henry Gibson ‘Seaman’ Dan had his guitar on lap, ready for a party. These days, when you wander into the Torres Hotel of a Sunday arvo, multi-ARIA award winning musician Uncle Seaman Dan, now 83 - and still with his guitar, Shimmering Blue, resting on his knee - continues to charm crowds with his laid-back melodies. Preparing to perform this week at the Cairns Ukulele Festival on July 8, and with a new album of old favourites, Sunny Side, ready to be launched at the event, the former pearl diver has no plans for retiring anytime soon. “I’m still making albums, still singing at different venues. I’m keeping in practice,” laughed Uncle Seaman during an interview at Thursday Island’s Grand Hotel. Coincidently, it was on this same pub balcony where Seaman Dan had his first recording offer - at the age of almost 70. In 1995, after a radio interview with university professor Dr Karl Neuenfeldt [nowadays Uncle Seaman’s producer and friend], the pair stopped by the Grand for a feed. As the story goes, Dr Neuenfeldt told Seaman he had a nice voice and asked would he like to record a CD.

“I said, ‘I beg your pardon?’” Seaman remembers. “And he said, ‘you know, make a recording!’ “So I said to myself, ‘this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for a long time.’ I grabbed it with both hands and said, ‘yes please.’ It all started there.” Though Seaman Dan’s recording career started in his golden years, music has been an integral part of his life since the beginning, growing up as a singer in the choir at the convent school on TI. “The nuns there would teach you discipline, teach you manners. As well as giving you a good education, they’d get you to learn music too,” he said. “Mum and dad had a wind-up gramophone. We had Hawaiian records like Sol Hoopii, and Tex Morton, the Australian country singer. He was good. My favourite song of him is, ‘I’ll be Hanged if They’re Gonna Hang Me’.” But he really took to the music industry when he was as far away from the recording studio as possible, sailing the Northern Australian seas as a pearler and boat captain. Hence the nickname. “It was in the 50s to the early 80s when I was on the pearling boats. I always had a guitar on board,” he said. “When we’d come into port, here at TI or Darwin or Broome, word would get around- ‘the TI boys are back in town, let’s make a party!’ “They were good, happy days.” The days singing in Darwin gave

Uncle Seaman Dan plans to release his latest album, Sunny Side, at the Cairns Ukulele Festival. PHOTO: MATT GARRICK Seaman the fodder for his soon-to-be- strong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’, released album, Sunny Side. among others that used to send crowds It features the Nat King Cole in the tropical Top End hotels wild. classics ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ and “They whistled and clapped and ‘Embraceable You’, and Louis Arm- shouted,” regaled Uncle Seaman.

Moa dancers turn it on in the South Pacific By MATT GARRICK

George Pedro, Majella Newie, Harry Newie, Mary Binawell- members of the Arpaka Dance Company.

His eyes twinkled as he told how he got a regular gig at the Hotel Darwin. Apparently, the musician who offered it to him apologised that they had no money to pay him, but he would be given free supper and refreshments for his performance. “That’s when I started to sing for my supper. I’m still doing it, and I love it,” he chuckled. But as one of Australia’s most treasured artists, having won the Best World Music ARIA Award twice, in 2004 and 2009, as well as the prestigious Red Ochre Award in 2005 for outstanding lifelong contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Uncle Seaman Dan can sing for whatever reason he likes. And everyone who comes across his soulful blend of hula, jazz and island music is thankful that he does. As for those shiny pyramids, his ARIA awards, one can be found on the desk at Thursday Island’s Gab Titui Cultural Centre, where Uncle Seaman donated it “to inspire all the young musicians” of the region. The second stands in his home on Horn Island, which he plans one day to hand down to his grandchildren. With the upcoming release of ‘Sunny Side’, on which he also speaks in Creole language, could there be a third ARIA in the wings for Seaman Dan? Whatever the case, the real winners are the audiences who get to see him perform.

LIKE the Torres Strait, the Solomon Islands are renowned for their tropical landscapes, natural diversity and rich cultural history. This year they are in the spotlight as hosts of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA), bringing together 2500 performers, artists and cultural practitioners from 27 countries and territories across the Pacific region from July 1-14. At FOPA, Indigenous peoples from such farreaching islands nations as Kiribati and Nauru have the chance to meet, share, teach and learn about each others traditional practices in dance, song, food and crafts. And what would a Pacific cultural celebration be without involvement from the Torres Strait? Representing the region is the Arpaka Dance Company, a group of 12 from St Paul’s on Moa

Island. Headed by artistic director Dennis Newie, a former member of leading Australian Indigenous performing arts company, Bangarra, Arpaka has been making a splash internationally, having performed at artistic meccas such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. He said Arpaka, which translates to English as ‘dawning of a brand new day’, would showcase their dance and song not just in the Solomon’s capital of Honiara but on one of the nation’s outlying islands as well. Members of the performing arts troupe will also be leading a workshop to share with participants the processes of creating their traditional dance apparatuses. “We get to show audiences how they are used,” Mr Newie told the Torres News from his home on Moa. “The Solomon Islands will be providing materials like coconut leaves and bamboo, so there will be a lot

of sharing.” Since the company’s inception in 2003, the group has regaled audiences around the Torres Strait and on the mainland at popular venues like the Woodford Folk Festival on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Getting Arpaka over to FOPA will be something of a career highlight for Mr Newie, who has already had an illustrious life as a performer, having worked in Sydney, studied overseas, and now formed his own company back in his birthplace of Moa. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” he said. “Since being a part of Bangarra and having travelled the world, being a part of this has always been a goal.” Though it’s a long step from the Solomon Islands, you could almost hear the build up from Thursday Island, where performers from Arpaka, such as Majella Newie, were feeling the buzz. Continued Page 12 >>

Angela Torenbeek, Isobel Stephen,Rebecca Solomon, Georgina Uiduldam, Harriet Natasha Mene, Majella Newie, Natalie Newie, Pele Ware. Members of the Arpaka Dance Company on Moa Naawi and Dennis Newie. Members of the Arpaka Dance Company from Moa Island heading to the Festival of Pacific Arts on Solomon Island. Island, doing a Star Dance using dance apparatus. PHOTO: DENNIS NEWIE Torres News 2 - 8 July 2012 Page 11

Ilan Arts & Entertainment ON the eve of its second anniversary, Mua Arts on Moa Island, Ngalmun Lagau Minaral, continues to receive acclaim and recognition through a variety of awards. Mua Arts chairman Solomon Booth says the awards are being earned through the hard work of an Executive Committee which continues to achieve in their respective careers as artists, community leaders, elected politicians and more. Artists and committee members Solomon Booth and Mersane Loban have recently been confirmed as finalists in the 2012 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Solomon is a previous winner of the Gab Titui Cultural Art Awards

Mua Arts committee draws wide acclaim and this year received a Highly Commended gong. Also a finalist at the highly regarded Silk Cut Awards, Solomon is learning to juggle his passion for art with multiple roles as inaugural chairman of both Mua Arts and the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance and as studio supervisor. Somehow, Solomon also found time to complete a Certificate IV as a trainer/assessor. In 2011, Mersane was a winner of the Gab Titui Award for works on paper or canvas. She followed this up with a Highly Commended award in May.

Mua Arts committee: Maria Ware, David Bosun, Solomon Booth, Mersane Loban and Victor Motlop. Mersane has recently left her position as Another artist and committee member, Victor administrative officer at Mua Arts to become Motlop, made the finals of the prestigious open regional manager for Kubin community. category Fremantle Print Awards. Mr Booth said Mua Arts had also been active with acquisitions, with works by Solomon Booth added to the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). “Former committee member Angela Torenbeek has had a work acquired by the British Museum and QAG have added three of her ghost net baskets,” he said. “Committee member Maria Ware has had five ghost net baskets acquired by QAG. “Maria also continues to study for a Diploma in Community Leadership. “Our treasurer and Kubin community’s The week started with the trainer giving suggestions of garden designs, including traditional recently re-elected Councillor, David Bosun, has orchard style, and some varied styles including a Food Forrest. The participants could not a highly distinguished career as an artist. decide, so all designed their dream garden. Once they were completed, they walked around “He brings great experience and wisdom which and looked at each other’s designs, and still no decision, so I suggested we take the designs Mua Arts is fortunate to be able draw upon.” down to the site and see if the site directed how to lay out the garden, taking into account, Mr Booth said for a fledgling art centre with a small membership, Mua Arts could be justifiably strong winds, and soil types to match plant requirements, and the slope of the land. proud of its achievements thus far. This proved to be the answer, within two hours there were string lines, measuring tapes and “Our modest success is a launching platform pegs being put in place. The design is called “The 5 Star Garden”. The star represents for Mua Arts to impose itself on the arts world the traditional navigating symbol of the night star. The design incorporates the use of local in the coming years,” Mr Booth said. “With such an impressive committee memberproduct, which the team have started collecting. Coral for the pathways, seaweed for mulch ship of high achievers we can afford to look to etc. The garden design takes into account rotating crops and insect repelling plants and wind the future with much optimism.”

Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Morning Star Garden Darnley Island

break, to assist in the management of the south easterly wind, which is the most prevalent wind in the Torres Strait.

The participants returned to the training program and advised that a local elder, who is a qualified linguist, had suggested that the “Five Star Garden” should be known as “Saserim kurup nesiau gedub” meaning “Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Morning Star Garden”. This is a very inspirational name for the garden, in relation to what will be grown in the garden and shape being a star. There are many stars in the Torres Strait, but this garden receives the morning sun and the participants now understand the morning sun has a functionality of enhancing plant growth. The sun is gentle in the mornings and it is when the plants are at their most vibrant. It is also when good and bad insects pollinate the flowers. The “Saserim kurup nesiau gedub” has created great community interest and more gardens are being planned in reaction to the success of this garden.

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Moa Dancers turn it on in South Pacific

Eccles Newie, George Ware, Micah Newie, George Newie, Terry Newie at Saveka Pt, St Paul’s community on Moa Island. All members of the photo are nephews of Arpaka artistic director, Dennis Newie. << From Page 11. “Crazy as it sounds, this will be my first trip overseas,” said Ms Newie. “I’m starting to get excited now.” The festival, the biggest event ever held in the Solomon Islands, showcases performing arts, literature, tattooing, fire walking, photography and traditional healing. Australia is sending a 76-strong delegation to attend the festivities, including Indigenous cultural mastheads like Queensland Theatre Company’s Wesley Enoch and Brisbane-based ProppaNow’s co-founder Vernon Ah Kee. Ms Ah Kee has said FOPA is a massively significant event for Indigenous peoples around the region. “It’s more than an artistic and cultural exchange between individuals: it’s a social and political exchange between peoples,” she said. FOPA celebrations bring Pacific nations together every four years, with the inaugural festival happening back in 1972, in Suva, Fiji.


Photos by By MARK ROY

A MORNING tea held at the Port Kennedy Association Hall on Saturday, June 23 raised much-needed funds for vital research and support for those affected by cancer. The tea, coffee and cake event on Thursday Island was part of the annual Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest Morning Tea events across Australia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event is an annual fundraiser that the Port Kennedy Association do every year,â&#x20AC;? said one of the organisers, Carol Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We promote it by email, word-of- LEFT: Cathy Peddell and Romina Fujii at the morning tea. mouth and flyers. SECOND FROM LEFT: Janelle Akee and Nait Bailie at the Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest Morning Tea on Saturday, June 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The money raised goes to the RIGHT: One of the organisers for the Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest Morning Tea Carol Thompson, with the raffle prizes. Queensland Cancer Council.â&#x20AC;? BELOW: Lena Sagigi, Gina Kelly, Herbert Waymara, Margaret Gabey, Dorothy Elu and Billy Tamwoy from the Day Every cup raised at the event raised Service Respite. money to support vital cancer research to help find a cancer cure. Last year, across the country, an enormous Flown in Single or 34,334 fundraisers got Twin engined Aircraft involved in the fun of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest MornServicing the Torres Strait, ing Tea, together raising including PNG (Daru) & The Cape a very impressive $11.2 million. Friendly Service â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to thank people for their cash Call: 4090 3661 or 1300 136 811 donations and for coming Fax: 4090 3662 along, and thank Mrs Email: Cook, who baked the scones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A big â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thank youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to See Hops, Bernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kai Kai, IBIS and Shibaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kios for the cakes.â&#x20AC;? Many local business joined in with raffle prizes, with winners as follows: First Prize, donated by Migi Clos Shop and TI Pharmacy: Jenny Vellis; Second Prize, donated by Migi Clos Shop and TI Pharmacy: Ceah Ikeda; Third Prize, donated by Migi Clos Shop and McDonald Charter Boats: Vic McGrath. Winners can pick up their prizes from the Port Kennedy Association office at Leo Akee providing entertainment. the PKA Hall on Douglas Street. Thursday Island: July 2 - 13 (closed July 8 & 9) - FIREWORKS: Friday, July 13


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Best wishes on the anniversary of the Coming of the Light TO commemorate The Coming of the Light, the Torres News is pleased to publish this acrostic poem written by Cedric Kiwat when he was a teacher on Erub. An acrostic poem is one in which certain letters of the lines, usually the first letters, form a word

or message relating to the subject. Of ancient origin, examples of acrostic poems date back as far as the 4th century. Now 83 years old, Mr Kiwat will be celebrating along with other Torres Strait Islanders on July 1, 141 years

after the London Missionary Society arrived Erub, one of the eastern islands of the Torres Strait, in 1871.

3RUPSXUDDZ-XQHDQG Sue Island: July 17 - 20 - FIREWORKS: Friday, July 20 $XUXNXQ-XQHDDQG Badu Island: July 23 - 27 - FIREWORKS: Friday, July 27 Opening hours: 6pm to 10pm :HLSD-XQHDQG

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GREETINGS to all the family at Erub (Darnley Island). Enjoy your day at the beautiful bay of Kemus. Happy July 1. Love and God bless. Wasie Tardent (nee Kiwat) Erub Neur Torres News

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6:30 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 Extra 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 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 The Footy Show 11:15 The AFL Footy Show: Join the Logie Award winning Footy Show for its 19th season, starring Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford and Matthew Lloyd as they go where no other show dares. 1:00 Extra 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: “Reveng Of The Middle Aged Woman” (PG) 2:00 Legend of Enyo 3:00 Master Raindrop 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 & Away - Heath and Bianca’s baby needs an urgent blood transfusion and Dex’s support of April might come at a cost. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 Grey’s Anatomy: Support System - A devastated Cristina presses Owen to confess the intimate details of his affair. Callie deems Meredith ready for the boards, while the rest of the residents continue to stress about the exam. 10:00 Desperate Housewives: The People Will Hear 11:00 2012 Wimbeldon 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5.00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 7:30 Tour De France 2012 Daily Update 8:05 World News 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What 2:30 If Only 3:00 ADbc 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: African School: Culture Clash 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 French Food Safari: Maeve and Guillaume get the lowdown on how a top-class kitchen works as they join Guillaume Brahimi for a busy night at his restaurant to see how hundreds of exquisite meals are created and served. 8:00 Island Feast With Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Heston’s Feasts: 70s Feast - Tonight, Heston goes 70s retro, plundering the technicolour wonderland of his boyhood culinary experiences for a feast featuring savoury ice lollies, a luxury school dinner of spam fritters, lumpy mash and cabbage, and a flying dessert 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 5 - Rouen to Saint-Quentin. 197km Flat Stage. 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Photo Finish 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Night Of The Proms: Part 1 2:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand Designs: Lizard Peninsula 6:50 480: NAIDOC 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Silent Witness: Red Hill Part 1 - There’s little sympathy when child-killer James Wade suddenly dies in his cell, but Leo’s encounter with the dead ex-prison inspector Rachel Kruger, compels him to find out more about the notorious Redhill Prison. 9:30 Taggart: So Long, Baby - A baby is found abandoned on a doorstep and the body of a man lying in a pool of blood is discovered inside. 10:15 Lateline 10:55 Penn And Teller: Fool Us - Illusionists Penn and Teller throw down the gauntlet to aspiring magicians in the UK to perform their most mystifying trick - and fool Penn and Teller. If they can, they win a trip to Las Vegas where they’ll perform. 12:00 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 Extra 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 TBA 7:30 Friday Night Football: Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs 9:45 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Word Of Honor” (M v,a) - Prompted by a justpublished book that holds ex-lieutenant Ben Tyson accountable for a hushed-up massacre committed by his platoon in a hospital 18 years before, the Army recalls Tyson to stand trial for murder. 2:10 Movie: “Dr Jekyll And Sister Hyde” (M v,a) - Dr. Henry Jekyll, in attempting to find a toxin that will wipe out all common diseases, accidentally stumbles upon a formula that transforms him into a gorgeous but evil woman, killing prostitutes in order to continue his research. 4:00 Danoz Direct 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Princess And The Marine” (PG) An American Marine and a Bahraini princess plan to escape to the US when they fall in love. Will they make it out alive? 2:00 Legend Of Enyo 3:00 Master Raindrop 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 - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 7:00 Home And Away - Lottie becomes Dex’s tutor to help him improve at school, and Harvey explains to Lottie that Mel wants her to live with Mel when she moves to the city 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Round 15: Collingwood v Carlton 11:00 2012 Wimbeldon - Live coverage of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Championships, Wimbledon. Hosted by nine-time Wimbledon doubles winner Todd Woodbridge, with expert commentary from John Newcombe, Rennae Stubbs, Sam Smith and Geoff Masters. 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:30 The Virtual Revolution: Enemy Of The State? 2:30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood 3:00 ADbc 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Mozambique: An African Dawn 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Hightlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 South American Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby: Chile and Bolivia - Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby travels to South America to report on dramatic changes in one of the world’s least understood continents. In Chile, he discovers a nation transformed since the demise of the dictator General Pinochet, but still working to heal the scars left by his rule. 8:30 The Story of Wales: Wales and Britain - Huw Edwards concludes The Story of Wales with a look at the rapid changes that have taken place over the last 70 years. Wales is fully engaged with building a British welfare state and economy after World War Two. 9:30 World News Australia 10.00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 6 - Epernay to Metz - Hosted by Michael Tomalaris along with SBS cycling analyst David McKenzie and former world champion cyclist Kate Bates. 2:00 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 Race To London 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: NGV 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 Killers In Eden 3:00 Movie: “The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers” (PG) 5:00 The Wonder Years: Just Between You And Me 5:25 Walk On The Wild Side 6:00 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Soft And Crisp 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Death In Paradise - A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him! 8:30 Kidnap And Ransom 9:20 Hustle: MI6 have the team over a barrel when they are busted by an undercover policeman during a con. But MI6 will give them a pardon, if they do a job for them - rob the National Bank of Syria. 10:20 United States Of Tara: Torando - While taking cover from a tornado, Shoshana arrives and holds a group therapy session, exposing dark family secrets. 10:45 Whites 11:15 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 Attenborough And The Egg 11:00 Children’s Programs 3:00 Crusoe 4:00 Getaway’s European Tour 4:30 Discover Downunder 5:00 National News - First At Five 5:30 4WD TV - 4WD TV covers all of the up to date news, products and events within the diverse Australian and NZ 4WD scene. 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 TBA 9:30 TBA 12:15 Movie: “Silver Bears”(PG) - An adventure drama about a mysterious Iranian silver mine and the quest to own it that nearly upsets the world market in precious metals. 2:20 Movie: “Tonight’s The Night” (G) - The whole village mourns when General O’Leary, owner of a hunting estate in South Ireland, is killed in an accident. His nephew, Jasper O’Leary, takes over the estate and soon has aroused the displeasure of all, so the villagers plot to drive Jasper away. 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Stitch! 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 10:00 Dr Oz 11:00 The Woodlies 11:30 Cast Away 12:00 Australia Smashes Guinness World Records 12:30 That ‘70s Show 1:30 Great Southeast 2:00 Breaking The Magician’s Code: Magic’s Secrets Revealed 3:00 Dinner Date - Jerry Joseph hasn’t been so lucky in love. He’s going on three blind dates who will cook dinner for him in their own homes. Will one of the women behind the menus cook their way to Jerry’s heart? 4:00 Outsourced: Touched By An Anglo - When a box of risque novelty items arrives at the call center, Todd notices that some of his staff members seem uncomfortable with the products 4:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Round 15: Sydney v Brisbane - The Swans have had the wood on the Lions of late, winning the last four encounters with Adam Goodes collecting the three Brownlow votes last time. Can Michael Voss’s charges manufacture an upset away from home at the SCG? 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 15: Port Adelaide v Adelaide 11:00 2012 Wimbledon 4:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 In the Spirit of Diaghilev 2:25 I.M. Pei: Building China Modern 3:25 Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Kill Arman: Cambodia/Bokator 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Massive Moves: Floating Fortress - In this drama-filled series, engineers and truckers face some daunting challenges as they transport monstrous structures that were never meant to leave their foundations. 8:00 Massive Moves: River Rescue 8:30 RocKwiz: Judy Collins & Tim Freedman - Rock music’s most celebrated artists continue to mix it with the best local trivia buffs. Host Julia Zemiro asks the questions and Brian Nankervis adjudicates over the mayhem. This week’s special guests are folk legend Judy Collins and front man for The Whitlams, Tim Freedman. 9:30 RocKwiz: Victoria Williams & Henry Wagons 10:00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 7 - Tromblaine To La Planche 4:00 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: Balfast To Dublin 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Message Stick: Celebrating Message Stick 2:30 Walk On The Wild Side 3:05 Art And Soul: Dreams And Nightmares 4:00 The French Connection: The Making Of Australia’s Greatest Indigenous Art Commission 4:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne: July 5:00 Cuckoo 5:50 Miniscule: Horse Fly 6:00 Antiques Master 6:30 Compass: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Sporting Nation 8:30 Wallander: Faceless Killers 10:00 Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell 10:30 Race To London 11:00 Movie: “Easy Rider” (M) - Chronicles the search for freedom by two motorcycle-riding drop-outs as they journey between California and New Orleans. 12:30 Movie: “Suspicion” (PG) - A young woman from a protected background elopes with a playboy and then comes to suspect he is trying to kill her. 2:10 Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent 2:40 Rage

6:00 Gio Schoolboy Cup 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World Of Sports 11:00 Sunday Footy Show 1:00 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 1:30 Broncos Insider 2:00 2012 Intrust Super Cup: Round 16: Mackay Cutters v Burleigh Bears 4:00 Sunday Football: Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: The Crimson Hat - In the season finale, Jane deals with his latest loss to Red John by hitting rock bottom in Las Vegas and hooking up with a cocktail waitress. Meanwhile, the CBI tries to solve a John Doe’s homicide. 9:30 CSI:Miami No Good Deed 10:30 CSI:Miami Blown Away 11:30 The Road To London 11:30 Flash Point 12:00 Alive & Cooking 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 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 6:30 Jake and The Never Land Pirates 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 AFL Game Day 11:30 Footy Flashbacks 1:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Round 15: Hawthorn v GWS 4:00 2012 AFL Premiership Season Round 15: Gold Coast v Geelong 7:00 Sunday Night 8:00 Billy Connolly’s Route 66 - Billy continues his journey starting the day on a cattle ranch with modern-day cowboys Oklahoma City, before visiting an unusual museum and the Cadillac Ranch, one of Route 66’s most iconic and eccentric sights. 9:00 Downton Abbey - With the war over, the residents of Downton Abbey slowly start to get their lives back in order. But just as it is thought that there cannot be more problems concerning Vera, Bates learns that something else has arisen and he’s not sure how to deal with it. 10:15 Castle: Ghosts - Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a woman found drowned in a bathtub of motor oil. When they look into the victim’s past, they uncover a shocking secret that could unravel a 20-year-old mystery 11:15 2012 Wimbledon 4:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2012 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 5:05 World News 7:30 Tour De France 2012 Daily Update 8:00 Maltese News 8:30 PopAsia10:30 Football Asia 11:00 Les Murray’s Football Feature 12:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 12:30 Speedweek 2:00 World Superbike Championships 2012 2:30 Al Jazeera News 3:30 Living Black NAIDOC Special 2012 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: Clash Of The Dinosaurs: Generations - - Dinosaurs were the ultimate biological success story, ruling the Earth for 120 million years. More than a million generations improved and adapted each dinosaur species to a changing planet. 8.30 Inside Nature’s Giants: Monster Python - Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg venture into the swamps of the Florida Everglades, where giant Burmese pythons are thriving. There they join a reptile expert to dissect two pythons: a nine-foot male and an enormous 14-foot female. 9.30 Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger: Mailbox 10:00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 8 - Belfort To Porrentruy 2:00 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 Rivers And Life 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Antiques Master 2:30 Jennfier Byrne Presents 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand Designs: Newhaven 6:50 Miniscule: The Good Education 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 Wire In The Blood: Falls The Shadow 1:10 Movie: “Men Are Not Gods” (PG) - A secretary is persuaded by an actor’s wife to re-write a review in his favour. The actor becomes an instant success, but there is trouble when the secretary declares her love for him. 2:30 Rage 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 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 Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition - Leonard and Penny reconsider their feelings for one another. When Leonard and his friends decide to spend the summer working, at the North Pole. 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation 8:00 Tricky Business 9:00 CSI: Miami: Rest In Pieces - The “Miami Taunter” kills again, and Horatio visits the matriarch of the suspected killer’s family. 10:00 CSI: Miami: Look Who’s Taunting 11:00 Two And A Half Men: Rough Night In Hump Junction 11:30 Super Rugby Extra Time 12:30 The Whole Truth: Lost In Translation 1:30 Extra 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 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 Meerkat Manor 10:25 Miniscule 10:30 Sleek Geeks 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q & A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Grand Designs Extra 3:30 Hi-5 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot 2:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Seat 6:00 National News Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Time Team: Potted History 6:30 A Current Affair Cunetio 6:50 Minuscule: Jump, Jump, Jump 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Jimmy Conjecture 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Gothowitz Conjecture - Howard and 7:30 7.30 Raj visit a Goth nightclub to pick up women, while Sheldon at8:00 Race To London tempts to build a better Penny using chocolate-based behaviour 8:30 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey modification. 9:20 Gordon’s Great Escape: Malaysia 8:00 The Big Bang Theory:The Pirate Solution 10:05 Artscape: Dr Sarmast’s Music School: Part 1 - Melbourne8:30 Two Broke Girls: And The Big Buttercream Breakthrough based Afghan musicologist Dr Ahmad Sarmast, returns to 9:00 Episodes - A happily married English couple, Sean and Beverly Kabul after 15 years, with a dream to create the first national Lincoln, also happen to be successful producers of a hit British institute of music and return their musical rights back to the TV show. They are wooed by a hugely powerful and charismatic children of Afghanistan. US network executive who persuades them to move out to LA 10:35 Lateline and remake their hit show - with disastrous results. 11:10 The Business 9:30 Episodes 11:35 Four Corners 10:00 Survivor: One World 12:20 Media Watch 11:00 One Day International Cricket: Australia v England 12:35 Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron Story 2:30 Extra 1:30 Gordon’s Great Escape: Malaysia 3:00 One Day International Cricket: Australia v England 2:30 Football: VFL

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Long Island Incident” (M) 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 - Indi and Romeo get close again and Brax is there for Ruby in her time of need 7:30 The Amazing Race Australia 8:30 Revenge: Legacy - After her release from juvenille detention, the real Amanda Clarke is a wayward and reckless young woman, rebelling against the world and everyone who tries to help her. But all of this changes when Nolan convinces her to finally read her father’s journals and discover the hidden truth about his innocence. 9:30 Body Of Proof 11:30 30 Rock 12:00 Picture This 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 7:30 Tour De France 2012 Daily Update 8:05 World News 1:30 Costa’s Garden Odyssey 2:00 Law And Disorder: Andrew Wilkie - The Perfect Whistleblower 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Global Village: The Makishi Masquerade 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Bouncing Bullet - Adam and Jamie take aim at a ricochet myth from the television show, Burn Notice, in which a driver being chased by another car can ricochet a bullet off the road surface and up through the pursuer’s floorboard to distract or injure him. 8:30 Man vs Wild: Extreme Desert - Tumbling out of a plane at 10,000 metres at minus 40 degrees, Bear Grylls lands in the Mojave Desert where the temperature is 44ºC. . In searing heat, Bear puts himself in the path of a hurricane-force sandstorm and then shows that camping in a dry river bed can be the worst decision you can make, as he faces a huge flash flood. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 9 -Arc-et-Senans to Besancon 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Rebound” (G) 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 - Natalie is concerned that Danny is threatening her and Brax is knocked out and left for dead 7:30 Once Upon A Time: True North 8:30 Winners And Losers: Welcome To The Family - Anxious to make a good impression at her orientation week, Jenny tries desperately to fit in. But her first day dredges up ghosts of high school past and sees her return to her comfort zone - the girls toilets just like old times 9:30 Pictures Of You 10:15 TBA 11:15 Police Under Fire: In The Line Of Duty 12:15 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 7:30 Tour De France 2012 Daily Update 8:05 World News 1:30 Costa’s Garden Odyssey 2:00 Are You My Mother? 3:00 Letters and Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Makishi Masquerade 6:00 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Davina McCall 8:30 The Race - The 100 metre sprint final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics was the fastest and dirtiest race in history. In this program, Ben Johnson and other runners will tell their personal stories of the race, and also put into context how and why athletes become drug cheats. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Tour De France 2012: Review 12:00 The Lost Room: The Key And The Clock - This thrilling mini-series follows a detective as he investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe. In the 1960s, an unknown event at the Sunshine Motel caused ordinary things in Room 10 to transform from mundane items into indestructible objects with extraordinary powers. 1:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:30 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 Extra 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 Big Bang Theory: The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary While Sheldon settles a score with his nemesis, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton Wolowitz begs Leonard to get Penny to set him up with one of her friends. 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Comhusker Vortex 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Guitarist Amplification 8:30 Two Broke Girls: And Martha Stewart Have A Ball - Part 1 9:00 Two And A Half Men: Oh Look! Al-Qaeda 9:30 RPA 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 Weeds 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Until Proven Innocent” 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 7:30 Australia’s Got Talent 9:00 Mrs Brown’s Boys - Dermot and Maria’s wedding is just days away and tensions are running high in the Brown household. The groom is getting cold feet. His best man Buster can’t find anything good to say about Dermot in his speech 10:20 TBA 11:20 Happy Endings 11:50 Parks And Recreation 12:20 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 7:30 Tour De France 2012 Daily Update 8:05 World News 1:30 Costa’s Garden Odyssey 2:00 Once Bitten: Baggage And Beginnings 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Hope Vale Dances 6:00 Tour De France 2012 Daily Highlights 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Okavango: Water In The Desert - This series celebrates some of Africa’s most spectacular locations, and reveals how they are under threat from environmental pressures. The Okavango Delta is a huge oasis right in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Fed by the Okavango River, and locked in a complex cycle of flood and drought, it is a magnet for people and wildlife in this otherwise parched land 8:30 Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve: Indonesia and Australia The last leg of Simon’s journey begins in Sumatra and ends in Australia. In Banda Aceh, Sharia law is in force and Simon joins the local vice and virtue squad who patrol the streets and beaches to eradicate immoral behaviour. 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Tour De France 2012 Live: Stage 10 - Macon To Bellegarde-surValserine 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight



5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Meerkat Manor 10:25 Miniscule 10:30 Sleek Geeks 11:00 Finding The Fallen 11:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Country House Rescue 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 River Cottage: Spring 6:50 480: NAIDOC 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Photo Finish: Plastic Camera 8:30 Silk: Martha defends the driver of a high-security prison van accused of causing the death of one of the prisoners, and she must fight to get him to stand up for himself. 9:30 Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets: Final 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 The Lost World Of Communism:The Freedom Of Forgetting - A look at what life was like in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the 40 years of Communist government. 12:20 The Clinic 1:20 Silk 2:30 Football: WAFL - Round 15









5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Meerkat Manor 10:25 Miniscule 10:30 Sleek Geeks 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Country House Rescue: Kentchurch Court 6:50 Miniscule: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Trendy - Myf explores some of the fashions that she and the nation got swept up with in the ‘80s. 8:30 Randling 9:00 Life’s Too Short - With mounting anxieties about the state of his work and home life, Warwick decides to explore different religions, and also returns to the dating agency where he met his wife Sue. 9:30 QI: Gothic 10:00 At The Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:35 Women’s Soccer: Australia vs Japan 1:05 Movie: “The Spy In Black” (G) - A tense thriller set in WW1. Captain Hardt is ordered to take his U-Boat to Northern Scotland, where he must contact a fellow conspirator and sink the British Fleet. 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 15 Eagles vs South Adelaide

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SUDOKU No. 105

Your  Lucky 


Stars  

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) Your relationship with a neighbour should soon pick up. Find out what caused the disagreement between you in the first place. You will probably find that it was more petty than you remembered! Romance. A casual friendship may become much more serious than you expected. This may cause trouble in your circle of friends.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) There should be quite a lot to look forward to this week. Don’t rush things and try to take everything one step at a time. Romance. You may be a little over-thetop this week. You will be full of ideas, but must be careful not to get into deep water.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd)


You need an outlet for your excess energy. A local social club may give you the chance to do this, and to meet some new people at the same time. Romance. Don’t allow problems at work to spill over into your home life. A break from both environments would help you to get things in perspective.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You will enjoy being the centre of attention. Be careful though: it may be a little harder to get out of the limelight than it was to get in. Romance. Don’t allow somebody with much less energy than yourself hold you back. You may be better off pressing on ahead and making your own decisions.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Don’t be taken in by a remark that is less than serious. Use your wisdom to discover when people are speaking authentically or not. Romance. A new friend will be impressed by the way you handle an unexpected crisis. This is not the time to be timid and shy.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) A person whom you have just met will be impressed by the level of your emotional strength. This person may become a valuable contact in the future. Romance. Communications with your partner will be especially good this week. Make the most of the opportunity to talk about unresolved problems.


CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Contact with a pet may help you to release tensions that have been building up. This animal will be able to pick up your feelings in a way that a human might not. Romance. Your love-life will be in good shape. You may find that you have more influence over your partner than you are used to.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th)

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Your relationships with those around you will improve still further over this period. Try to strengthen any bonds that you may have been ignoring recently. Romance. This will not really be a very good time for romance. Try not to stay away from fights over petty issues: although it may seem important at the time, in the long run it won’t be worth it.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)

A casual remark could be the first step in an important new relationship. Don’t expect too much at first, however. It may take some time to come to fruition. Romance. You may be a little slow to tell your partner how you feel about them. Be bold: they need to hear it loud and clear! Some extra creativity will be very appreciated.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) This will be a very good time to take the initiative. Don’t be afraid to be more assertive than usual. Romance. If your loved-one lets you down this week, you will not be interested in their excuses! Search for authentic solutions.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says “I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher


Provided you can keep an eye on what you are doing, everything will go well. If you lose concentration, just for a moment, you are likely to make a careless mistake. Romance. Someone close to you may be exerting more of an effect than you realise. Now is a good time for some self-reflection.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) An awkward situation at work may take you by surprise. Don’t jump to any conclusions about what has happened until you have all the evidence. Romance. Your enhanced sensitivity will help you to understand your partner better. Concentrate this week on their special needs and desires.

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Department of Natural Resources and Mines


Public Notice

Victoria Parade Foreshore 6 - 9pm, Saturday, July 21

Proposed transfer of State land being Hammond Island, Torres Strait Islands

Entertainment, arts and crafts, food, music, family fun and more. Free return ferry for Horn Island residents, bookings essential. If interested in a stall or need further information, call Mura Kosker Sorority Inc on 4069 1663. This is a drug and alcohol free event

An information meeting is to be held regarding the proposed transfer of Lot 155 on TS172, being Hammond Island in the Torres Strait, under the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Act 1991. Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (the department) will be consulting with Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders who are particularly concerned with the land. The meeting will be held at the Community Hall, Hammond Island at 9:30 am on Saturday, 14 July 2012.

Manager Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Acts Branch

An important message about your power supply Ergon Energy will be working on powerlines and the Power Station in the Horn Island Community to improve reliability of supply. To safely complete this upgrading work, interruptions to the power supply will be necessary as follows: Saturday 23 June Saturday 30 June Saturday 7 July Saturday 14 July

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Every house and business on Horn Island will be without power while work is carried out at the Wassaga Power Station. This will include Sea Swift, Store and take away, Gateway Motel, Wongi Hotel, school, Medical Aid Centre, Airport and airport fuel depot. Any enquiries should be directed to Field Operations Officer, Mr Ed English on 0438 174 105.




Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders who would like further information about the meeting are encouraged to contact Wayne Lake or Simon Gatley, Senior Land Officers of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Acts Branch on free call 1800 645 874.

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USED GOVERNMENT OFFICE FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE FOR SALE Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has a variety of used office furniture and household furniture to be offered for sale. The sale will be conducted at 71 Waiben Esplanade, Thursday Island on the following days: Wednesday, July 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12noon to 2pm Friday, July 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10am to 12noon All items will be sold as is, where is, with no warranties or guarantee of operation. The sale will be conducted on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;first in, first servedâ&#x20AC;? basis, with all items to be paid for in cash and collected on the day of purchase. Further information is available by contacting the Assets Officer on Telephone No. (07) 4069 0700 or email:

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Saturday, October 27, 2012 BAMAGA Contact: Mrs Patricia Yusia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0408 693 163 Ms Janet Wapau â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0429 678 345



Torres Shire Council has engaged KPMG to undertake a study of youth infrastructure and youth services in the region. The study will cover:

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KPMG consultants will visit Thursday Island during the week commencing Monday, July 9, 2012. If you have ideas or concerns regarding youth resources in the region and would like to participate in the consultation process, please contact Ms Laura Perry on 4069 1336 or by Friday, July 6, 2012. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With heartfelt thanksâ&#x20AC;Ś Mrs Katy Uta, Uta, Gibia, Sagigi, Trevallion, Jackonia, Matthew, Aragu, Yusia, Mau, Harry, Isua, Pau, Wapau and Mabo families and extended families wish to extend their most sincerest thanks and gratitude to all families, relatives and friends who assisted and supported us in our time of grieving for our late husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thawieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Late Senior Sergeant Job Paneta Uta, of Saibai Island and 14 Pilot Street, Thursday Island. First and foremost we give thanks to Our Almighty God for the life and love of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thawieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Job Paneta Uta, we have all been made the richer for having him be an immense part of our lives.

Torres Strait Island REGIONAL COUNCIL

TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS REGIONAL COUNCIL MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ROUND 4B TENDER FOR NPARC ASSET SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT The Torres Strait Regional Authority and the Queensland Government are funding the construction of upgrades in the Northern Peninsula Area. The project works include: t1VNQTUBUJPOSFGVSCJTINFOU #BNBHB *OKOPP 6NBHJDP /FX.BQPPO


We also thank the Rt. Rev. Bishop Saibo Mabo, Mrs Sania Mabo and the congregation of All Souls & St Bartholomew Anglican Church for officiating and conducting the Requiem Mass, Funeral Service and Burial Service. To the families that shared with us at the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Prayer & Praiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Service on Sunday, June 17. To Rev. Fr. Tom Stephen & Fellowship; Pastor Wilson David, Sister Patricia David & Fellowship, thank you. Special thanks are extended to David Abednego, Mark Whitehouse, Chris McLaughlin and Torres Strait Island Regional Council for their asdsistance and contributions towards the funeral arrangements. Australian Federal Police â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grant Smith, Willie Wigness; Queensland Police Service â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Senior Sergeant Jamie Horn, Sergeants Jeffrey and Jane Transwell, Detective Sergeant Jeff Polkinghorne, Senior Constable Shelley Slade, Inspector Rhys Newton, Senior Constable Steve Heemi, Constable Patricia Pedro, Constable Debra Wilson, Senior Constable Craig Cormie, Senior Constable Chris Mosby, Detective Senior Constable Tasha Chlopek, AO4 Noeleen Williams, PCSC Katie Overson, Water Police Mitch Gray, Sergeant Sarsha Frazer (OIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Horn Island), Sergeant Conrad Van Egmond, Senior Contable Nathan Burnett; members of the Community Policie â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Honorary Inspector Ned Mosby, PLOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thomas Pedro (TI), Lilliam Mau (Saibai), Elsie Waia (Saibai), Eunice Hosea (St. Paul), Senior Sergeant Naizel Tomsana (Hammond), Senior Sergeant Johnny Mye (Erub), Kearney Binawel and Sergeant Wrench Mau (Dauan) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for their attendance at Saibai Island and the formation of the Guard of Honour for their fallen colleague. Queensland Health staff at Saibai Island Primary Health Centre, the Wards men and staff at Thursday Island Hospital for their efficiency, compassion and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good pasinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; towards family members. Debra Rose Funeral Directors for their expertise and experience in their knowledge of our culture in times of bereavement. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Koeyma Essoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Au Esso Auâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to famlies and organisations who contributed with all forms of donations, sympathy messages and floral tributes, Mr and Mrs Cyril Pau, Mrs Phoebe Mabo, Mrs Veronica Abednego, Mr & Mrs Brian Hooper, Mr & Mrs Warren Uta (Cairns), Mr & Mrs Paul Mau, Mr & Mrs Ray Aragu, Mr Manuel Uta & Ms Roslyn Bagai, Mr & Mrs Sam Pearson, Ms Rita Morseu, Ms Saimo & Sarah Kris, Mr Jack Gaidan (Gizu), Mr & Mrs Theo Mosby, Mr & Mrs Eddie Mau, Mr Willi Wigness & Ms Pauline Ahwang, Mr Walter Sailor (Jnr) & Ms Lency Matthew, Ms Stella Soki, Mr & Mrs Terence Yusia, Mr Bobby Binawel & Ms Olive Yusia, Mr & Mrs Jack Sagigi, CEA Limited, Mura Kosker Sorority, Mr & Mrs Peter Gea Gea, Ms Deidre Whap, Church of Torres Strait, Assembly of God Church, Ron Laifoo Taxi Service, Mrs Marcella Newman, Mr & Mrs Patrick Pearson, Mrs Ellen Mills, Mrs Freda Filewood, Ms Silen David (Snr), Mrs Edith Boyd, Mr Robert Tapim & Ms Mona Ahwang, Ms Thelma Dai, Mrs Keru Isua & Isua Families (TI & Cairns), Mr Cyr8il Stephen & Mrs Lydcia Ikeda, Rev. Father Tom & Mrs Lucy Stephen, Mr & Mrs Samuel Tamu (Warraber), Mr & Mrs Jamie Shibasaki, Mr Isaac Charlie & Ms Audrey Mosby, Mrs Glorianna Mosby, Ms Beatrice Mosby & sons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maino & Annick, Andrew & Helen & daughter, Ms Hilda Mosby & son Amos (Yorke Island), Mr Omar Binawel, Mr Hassim Bindoraho, Ms Noramah Bindoraho & family, Mr & Mrs Will & Alimah Davis, Mrs May Assan, Mr Naisel Tomsana & Mrs Josephine Dorante, Mr & Mrs Edwin Turner, Mr & Mrs Bruce Dorante, Mr David Goldener & Ms Karen Dorante, Mrs Bakoi Namok, Mr & Mrs William Namok, Mr & Mrs Bernard Matthew, Mr & Mrs Steve Matthew, Ms Naomi Mills, Ms Ali Mills, Ms Evonne Mills, Ms Doola Petrou & Mr Derek Brank, Mr & Mrs Sammy Matthew (Cairns), Mr & Mrs Reggie Matthew (Cairns), Ms Nancy Aragu (Cairns), Mr Victor Nawakie (Cairns), Sabai Kadal Clan & Dhoeybau Clan for the use of their flag colours; Micky & Sarah Bon, Mr Stanley Cook, Ms Jacqueline Sagigi, Ms Annie Pau, Mrs Pricilla Takai, Sigabadura Saibai Koedal Families. Big Esso also to the Hunters & Gatherers: Mr Chris Kusu, Mr John Coburn (Mabuiag), Mr Thomas Loban, Mr Willie Wigness & Crew, Mr Terence Yusia & Crew, Mr Eddie Mau & Crew, Mr Hideo Shibasaki & Crew, Mr & Mrs Richard & Lisa Takai, Mr Tui Namoa (Bamaga), Mr & Mrs Nehemiah Dai (Saibai). The construction crew â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jared Turner, Benjamn Dai, Gilbert Dai and many others who assisted in the construction of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outdoorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kitchen, thank you all so very much. We are also grateful for the loving care, assistance, support and work of our Marigethal from Thursday Island, Saibai Island, Cairns, Dauan Island and Mabuiag Island. Koeyma Esso to each and every one. To our neighbours at Tamwoy Town and especially to Mr Benny Kris & Mrs Patty Sebasio, Mr Elvis Waia & Mrs Kathleen Gela â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thank you for your understanding and the use of your facilities during our time of grief. Thank you also the families who travelled far and wide to attend the Funeral and share in our grief â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your attendance touched our hearts. Please accept our most heartfelt thanks to all those mentioned above and we apologise if we have forgotten to include anyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we appreciate all the assistance, support and love that we have received. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As sure as day turns into night, weeks into months, months into years, years into decades â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so be assured that you will always live on in our hearts: sadly missed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; never forgotten.â&#x20AC;?

Torres News

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Bootcamp boots off this month

ABOVE: Newcomer Jenee Williams impressed with her style in the pool during her first triathlon during the mini-triathlon on Friday, June 22. LEFT: Brenton Koch making up time in the off-road bike leg of the mini-triathlon. PHOTOS: MARK ROY

Bootcampers celebrate the completion of their gruelling, two-month fitness training last month. By MARK ROY WANT to get fit to stay competitive in your favourite sport? Or just want tone up to improve your general wellbeing and lifestyle? Either way, now is the time to take that first step and take the Bootcamp challenge. The sign-on is 5.30pm this Sunday, July 8, at the Ken Brown Oval. Bootcamp trainer Samantha Bloxsom is encouraging join the Thursday Island Bootcamp crew, who she says give encouragement to each other to go the distance. “You can come to as many, or

as few sessions as you like,” Sam says. “But the advantage of having a trainer is that I notice when you are not there, and expect a good reason for your absence when I contact you. “To receive a ‘Platinum Bootcamper’ shirt at the end, you have to have attended an average of four sessions a week over the eight weeks.” Bootcamp begins Monday, July 9, and runs for eight weeks, with six sessions a week. “It’s for all fitness levels, all ages, men and women,” Sam explains. “The groups are quite large and a lot of fun! The sessions are

designed for everyone to work to their maximum ability and I expect people to make a minimum of four sessions per week. “The last bootcamp was fantastic, and everyone’s fitness levels improved immensely. “By the end, 90 per cent of participants were able to run up Green Hill. I constantly change bootcamp to keep it exciting, there are exercises for everyone.” Sessions run from 6 to 7am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and from 5.30 to 6.30pm on Sundays. Cost is $250 for the eight weeks. For further information contact Sam Bloxsom on 0408 187 574.

CLASSIFIEDS 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. Yesun kanakan garwalgaik adaka sirsiri ngulaiga kedaamai Balbayzig Ngana Sibuwanaar Yesun panipan. Apostle Percy.

Jesus said, “I am in the Father.” Yesun umar, “Ngai Kanukan Yesu urapun si pasinu Kuikun Baban danalaig nu. Eso Luffman, Eseli and Magala family. By Percy Misi grandson of Dadu Misi, Daughter of Paidan brother to Eldest (Kuigkuig) Nakau Son of Gib Son of Ngaragi Dugong Clan Panay Mabuyag.

m e ss a g e t o a l l communities from the Dedication Team Leader Mr Moses Mene, ph 0458 095 337 Masig. Asking all Church Leaders for help and support.

8000m2 [2 ACRES] leasehold land at POW[Longbeach].All the hard work has been done. Shed and Water Ta n k s e s t a b l i s h e d . Enquiries call 0499 191 363.



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New Pride coach search begins Skill360 Northern Pride has started its search for a new head coach for 2013 and beyond following Dave Maiden’s decision to step down at the end of this season. Maiden, who guided the Pride to their first ever Intrust Super Cup title in 2010 in his first season as coach, will move on in September after three seasons in charge. Pride chief executive Chris Sheppard said he expected a high calibre of applicants and interest for the head coach role at Barlow Park. “Whoever comes in to do the role, they’ll be blessed with a great set-up, a great club, and a great group of players,” he said. “It’s crucial we appoint the right person. Our region has an amazing passion for rugby league, and the right head coach is a crucial ingredient that will make our club a success. “We’ve made the finals every year since our inception in 2008, and we’ve done this on the back of using mainly

locally born-and-bred players from north Queensland.” Sheppard believes the Pride set-up is second to none in the Intrust Super Cup, with a powerful Academy program, linkages across local district rugby league associations, and acting as a feeder club to the North Queensland Cowboys. “Below the NRL, I don’t think there’s any better place to be than here, and it’s a great grounding for coaches who want to go on to a higher level,” he said. “You’re doing everything here that basically an NRL club does.” Sheppard said the new man for the job would need a good mix of skills to oversee not only the growth and development of the Intrust Super Cup squad, but also the growth and development of the Academy system and rugby league in the region. The job description can be found at, with applications open until Friday, July 6.

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DEADLINE IS 5PM, MONDAYS EELS PLAY CATCH-UP: Roosters winger Assan Nona makes his run just out of reach of the Eels, who made Suburbs hitmakers unable to hold off the valiant their debut in the second of Saturday’s games. Final Knights in the first of two KRL fixtures on Saturday, score Roosters v Eels: 44-24. PHOTO: MARK ROY June 23. PHOTO: MATT GARRICK

Eels test the waters in KRL comp. From Page 20 >> The team will be playing catch-up for a few matches, said LJ Shibasaki, the KRL Club Treasurer, because they missed the first couple of rounds due to organisational problems in the league. “We started off to a good season, with four teams, but the Wahmere team folded due to lack of administration,” said Ms Shibasaki. “Now we’re back to four with this new team, the Eels. It’s anybody’s competition this year. “All the teams are strong and filled with good quality players,” she said. Indeed, the Eels’ backline were a thrill to watch, with gun wingers Jim Baira and Peo Nona (wearing number nine jersey on the night) creating a bit of razzle-dazzle with some sly dummies and brilliant intercepts between them, turning long runs into tries.

Tight finish in tough triathlon NEW local paramedic Jenee Williams joined some of the more hardcore local triathletes for the mini-triathlon on Friday, June 22. She was competing in the ‘Pulmonary Trauma’, one of the longer versions of the events, with a 300m swim, a 4km off-road bike ride, followed by a 2km run. First off the line, Williams blitzed the pool, impressing competitors with her tumble turns and smooth swimming style. And while she finished ahead of Adam Leatherbarrow and Simon Ballantyne in the water, both blokes made up time during the run. Starting on a seven-minute handicap, event organiser Brenton Koch was 30 seconds faster than Williams through the pool, before putting on a daredevil display of cycling. Downright ferocious in his assault on the off-road course, Koch sped through the tricky terrain to finish the bike leg almost two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor, Leatherbarrow, who campe unstuck on at least one tight climb and turns at the bottom of the hill run. Koch and Leatherbarrow were then neck-and-neck on the run, both clocking nine minutes even, with Leatherbarrow managing to hold off the fast-closing Koch at the finish line, crossing just two seconds ahead. The well-judged handicap start saw the whole group cross the line in a very tight finish, all within about a minute and a half of one another. The racing continues every Friday night, with a 5.15pm sign-on for a 5.30pm start. And remember, in a sport that builds fitness and resilience, you only need to compete against your own personal best. Spectators are welcome. June 22, 2012 Finish/Name/Time/Swim/Bike/Run 1st Adam Leatherbarrow 29:29/5:39/10:48/ 9:00 2nd Brenton Koch 29:31/4:38/8:51/9:00 3rd Jenee Williams 30:05/5:08/13:11/11:46 4th Simon Ballantyne 31:06/5:51/11:48/10:26

The first half of play, in the round against Roosters, was a tug-of-war, with the chooks having to pluck up the courage to bolt ahead in the last 15 minutes. During the second half the Eels were stricken with a couple of injuries, including their daunting front-rower, Frank Cook, who was taken off with a knee injury early on. Eels were looking spooked as the Roosters had the jump on them by 20 points with 10 minutes before the buzzer, but managed to twist and turn their way back, with Jimmy Sagigi slamming a last minute try down in the corner. Too little too late though, and the Roosters took the gong on the evening. Still, the team was by no means lacklustre, displaying determination and threat with a sturdy forward pack matched to a nimble backline, a mix which saw them bust through the Roosters side to plant a number of exciting tries, especially in the first half. Ms Shibasaki said players will be concentrating on training hard from now until the season’s last big games. “All the boys are trying to stay match fit for the Torres Strait Cup in October, to round off the season,” she said. The Torres Strait (Zenadth Kes) Cup will be held from October 4-7 on Thursday Island. KRL table: 1 Roosters, 2 Suburbs, 3 Knights, 4 Eels.

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The scene outside the Thursday Island Post Office before last year’s Maroon Army March. By ELSIE SERIAT IT’S that time of the year again. This will be the seventh year running the “Queensland Maroon Army March”. Let’s make this a bigger and better one. A great community event which will bring everyone together.

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By MATT GARRICK THOUGH they’ve had a slippery start to their season, fledgling team Eels will be a force to be reckoned with come time for the Kaiwalagal Rugby League (KRL) grand final on September 22. Non-existent until just two weeks back, the Eels made their debut in a rousing match against the Roosters at Thursday Island’s Ken Brown Oval on Saturday, June 23.

ing for the kiddies and a $3 sausage sizzle selling at the Thursday Island Post Office. Hope to see you all there. QUEENSLAND VICTORY!!! DATE: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 MEETING PLACE: TI Post Office TIME: 6pm

And although they were trampled on the occasion by 20 points, with the end result as 44 to 24, the score told nothing of the talent the team is harbouring. Spearheaded by coach Kura Stephens, the new team is a revival of the Torres Eels, one of the first teams in the KRL back in the 1970s. The Eels folded in the mid-90s, after a successful career in the competition. Mr Stephen said the


aim was to bring the club back to the forefront of the comp. Made up predominantly of players from Mapoon, on the Cape, Mr Stephen said the Eels were currently in the middle of a restructure. “Most of the boys have been playing together for a long time, in Bamaga. Now we’re getting about 13 more boys from the island to play with them. We’ll be trying them out over the coming weeks,” he said. < < Continued Page 19.

TORRES Strait’s Patrick Mills will lead the Australian men’s basketball team as the Boomers look to win their first Olympic medal with a team of players being drawn from some of the toughest competitions around the world. Star point guard Mills will be running the show in his second Olympic campaign when the Boomers take to the court in London, following his recent trip to the NBA Western Conference Finals with the San Antonio Spurs. The Basketball Australia website reports: “This is again one of the highest honours, to be selected to represent your country at an Olympic Games,” 23-yearold Mills said. “Beijing was an amazing experience and I know the group has been waiting to get back together to get the job done.” Mills turn 24 during the games on August 11. Also coming off the back of the Spurs finals run is Boomers head coach Brett Brown, who mans the San Antonio bench as an assistant coach. Having spent a decade coaching in the NBL, Brown knows there is something unique that comes to life when an Australian puts on the green and gold to represent their nation. Competition will take place at the Basketball Arena with the Boomers’ campaign opening game against Brazil on Day 2 of Olympic competition (July 29). The Boomers team is: Patrick Mills 23, Matt Dellavedova 21, Joe Ingles 24, Adam Gibson 25, Peter Crawford 32, Brad Newley 27, David Barlow 28, David Andersen 31, Matt Nielsen 34, Mark Worthington 29, Aleks Maric 27 and Aron Baynes.

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