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Traditional Lore ‘non-negotiable’ By MARK BOUSEN and MARK ROY OUR culture is not negotiable and no one has the right to tweak it other than Torres Strait Islanders, says Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) Mayor Fred Gela. “Any changes that need to be put in our place should be done by our people,” Cr Gela said. The Mayor was replying to comments in last week’s Torres News by Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch on proposed new State Government laws on traditional turtle and dugong hunting. Torres Shire Council (TSC) Mayor Pedro Stephen, Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Chairman Toshie Kris, and TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela were united in their fury over proposed changes to the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, which they say are fuelled by lobbyists intent on misrepresenting traditional hunting practices. Mr Kris said the TSRA had always urged people with knowledge of so-called “rogue” hunters to report their activities to the appropriate authorities. “Scientific surveys repeatedly indicate the Torres Strait supports the largest and healthiest dugong population in the world,” Mr Kris said. “Extreme claims of an extinction threat are clearly not supported by the scientific evidence.” Mr Kris said that in addition to Turtle and Dugong Management Plans, the TSRA now had 33 rangers operating across the Torres Strait. The Queensland government did not have the resources to police traditional hunting in the Torres Strait, and people did not need government enforcement, he said. “They want to continue to manage natural resources in the region the way they have done for thousands of years. The best way to achieve this would be to give Torres Strait Rangers compliance powers so they can crack down on the very small minority of rogue hunters.” Mayor Gela said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be taking the lead in the discussions on the issue. “We are the only ones who can say what our Lore can be,” Cr Gela said. Continued Page 5. >> PHOTO: Traditional hunter Tipoti Nona catches a turtle, in this case for scientific research purposes, in the waters off Badu. PHOTO: STEFAN ARMBRUSTER

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Cairns staff can patrol Torres Strait, says Customs Possible asylum seekers intercepted off Boigu By MARK ROY THE interception of a boat in the Torres Strait containing three suspected asylum seekers comes at a time when the Australian Customs Service on Thursday Island is due to cut its staff numbers. Customs and Department of Immigration officers intercepted the boat off the northern island of Boigu on July 27. According to the Community and Public Sector Union, the Thursday Island district office of the Customs Service is due to slash staff numbers from 14 to 8. However the Customs Service claims any staffing gap could be filled by deploying Customs officers from Cairns. “It is important to recognise that Cairns is only a short flight away from Thursday Island,” a Customs spokesperson, based in Canberra, told the Torres News. “We are committed to maintaining a footprint in the Torres Strait.” Given there are only two com-

mercial flights from Cairns to Horn Island per day, with each flight of an hour-and-a-half duration, plus at least another half an hour to transfer to Thursday Island, it is difficult to see how the Cairns district office could rapidly deploy staff to Thursday Island, a distance of nearly 1000km. Customs is yet to confirm whether its Cairns staff would be deployed at short notice to Thursday Island by the department’s own aircraft in the event of an emergency. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia Ian Macdonald said Customs Service resources were being used as a “ferry service” for Indonesian entries into Australian waters. “They are constantly picking up these people, and I suspect that’s where the Torres Strait staff are being diverted,” Senator Macdonald said. “Rather than reducing staff, they should be increasing staff. “The Torres Strait is Australia’s

AUTHORITIES in the Torres Strait have intercepted a boat off the Boigu coast containing three passengers believed to be asylum seekers. Officers from Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

front line, the closest to any foreign country, with quarantine, immigration and general border security issues. Any reductions in staff should be, and will be, condemned.” An Australian Customs Service spokesperson told the Torres News that news media reports were exaggerating number of potenital redundancies. “Often we are talking about positions, not people,” the spokesperson said. “For example, it was reported that fourteen people would lose their jobs in Hobart, while the correct

detected the suspected irregular entry vessel on Friday, July 27. The passengers were transferred into the custody of the Department of Immigration at a temporary processing facility on Horn Island, where they underwent initial security, health and identity checks and

their reasons for their travel. The three have since been transferred to Darwin, where they will remain in detention while their claims to protection are assessed. Authorities were unable to elaborate on the nationalities of the passengers on board.

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TSIRC election fued heads to court Court rules Ugar election invalid: Mer and Dauan polls being challenged A CAIRNS court has stripped Torres Strait Island Regional Councillor (TSIRC) Jerry Stephen of his position in the division covering Ugar (Stephen Island), ruling he has been held the role he was elected to in April illegitimately. A Cairns sitting of the Court of Disputed Returns made the decision on Thursday, August 2. The successful court challenge against Mr Stephen by rival candidate Florianna Bero means a by-election may now be called for the division he has held in the TSIRC.

The case against Mr Stephen is similar in nature to cases brought against two other TSIRC councillors in divisions covering Mer (Murray Island) and Dauan. Mer Councillor Aven Noah and Dauan Councillor Joel Gaiden have also been accused in a civil court case of being ineligible to hold their elected roles. The feuds have been ongoing since the elections, with allegations the three defendants were not living in their electorates for the required two years

prior to the local government election. The argument spilled over into the courtroom this month. According to reports from the Cairns Post, the court heard Cr Stephen’s bank records showed he spent a great deal of time in Cairns from June 25, 2010 to November 18, 2010. Ms Bero’s barrister, Dean Morzone, said Cr Stephen’s tax returns were also sent to an address in Cairns. He alleged the records showed Cr Stephen was “eating, sleeping and enjoying life in Cairns”.

But the councillor disputed the claim. “I also ate and slept on Stephens Island,” he said from the witness box. Cr Stephen told the court he was in Cairns because his father had been placed in a nursing home at Redlynch while renovations to their property on the island were being completed. The court heard Cr Stephen was also adhering to bail conditions for an offence allegedly committed on the island that prevented him returning to his home. Cr Stephen won the election 32 votes

to 13 and Cr Noah defeated opponent Ron Day for the Mer Island division 117 votes to 74. Cr Gaiden was elected unopposed, but Torenzo Elisala has since disputed his eligibility. Justice Jim Henry may call for another election in the divisions or name the next-placed candidate as the new councillor. The court will decide upon the fate of the remaining two councillors, Mr Noah and Mr Gaiden, at a later hearing this year.

TSIRC to pursue regional governance, not de-amalgamation TORRES Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) is not to pursue de-amalgamation, but will focus on the longer-term principle of regional governance. Mayor Fred Gela (pictured right) said the July monthly meeting decided to form a committee of six to establish a Statement of Principle, as a stepping stone towards achieving a regional governance framework. “The Statement of Principals - or labelled by Council the Zenadth Kes Declaration - would shore up and bed down a Tri-partisanship arrangement and support, which includes the three tiers of Government, Federal, State and Local, with the intent to establish a single line of funding stream, which, as we all know, would address and alleviate many of the challenges that we still face today - duplication of services holding responsible agencies accountable, stop the norm of costs shifting and program alignment. “The Council is thinking outside the box and sees this also as a mechanism and vehicle that would have a role in providing valuable input and advice in relation to pursuing our aspiration of achieving a Territory style of Government.” Cr Gela said de-amalgamation would

be a costly exercise which Council could not afford. “That would not be practicable, given our budget and the State Government’s activity in cutting its costs; we would have to absorb any costs. “The de-amalgamation process would be challenging, but not impossible; the cost factor is the real challenge. We simply could not afford it.” The TSIRC has budgeted for a cash deficit of $304,000. This figure does not include depreciation of assets, which has been calculated at about $23 million on a total asset base of about $1 billion. “Therefore, we would not be in a position to carry the cost of de-amalgamation, so council decided to think outside the box and establish the framework for regional governance.” Cr Gela said two of the major cost items in the deficit would pay for themselves in due course. $40,000 has been allocated for the fabrication of gas cages for four communities addressing issues of compliance and $100,000 for a truck, which would be put to work at Council’s charge out rate as soon as it is purchased, delivering projects funded under the National Disaster Relief

and Recovery Arrangements scheme. “There has been a reduction in gas prices which would ensure that Council recoups this costs over three years without having to amend any gas-pricing structure or rate that our constituents are being charged, while the truck generates revenue through our charge-out rates and pays for itself. “We have a substantial number of vacant positions that has not been filled to date, which the Council has budgeted for. Three, full–time equivalent positions would roughly be valued at $150,000 which means in simplest terms if three positions from the vacancy pool aren’t filled by the end of the year, the budget will be about line ball,” he said. The State Government’s decision to force councils to apply for de-amalgamation comes after the LNP promised during the last two elections to consider de-amalgamating any newly formed shires or regional council’s across the state and this was a major election issue in the Torres Strait in both polls.

Tourism operators feel the boom LIFE in the tropical far north seems pretty cruisey to tourists. According to the region’s tourism operators, the industry is feeling the boom of this realisation, as the visitor’s begin to come in droves. One such operator is Peddell’s passenger ferry service, which runs a service between Thursday Island and Seisia. Each year around May they step up the frequency of ferries to coincide with the Cape York 4WD season. Director of Peddell’s Christine Connor said this year has been a bumper one for tourism on the islands. “We experienced a peak in demand for the month of July, however, demand overall is comparable to that of 2011 peak visitor season,” she said. “In place of additional trips that run into the evening it has been necessary to introduce Sunday services over the peak operational period.” Operators are branching out

into creative ideas, to facilitate the amount of tourists coming to the Torres Strait and NPA areas, and to show them an authentic snapshot of what the region has to offer. There’s already plenty on offer in the way of organised tours, such as the Kazu Pearl Culture Farm experience, Tony’s Island Adventures, Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Peddells Old TI Historic/ Scenic Bus Tours and the Horn Island WWII Tour. Ms Connor said Peddell’s plans to expand their service, with the introduction of a new ferry into operation this September. “Steady demand has vindicated our decision to expand and upgrade the ferry service through the introduction of a larger capacity ferry marking a shift in momentum that will create new jobs and contribute further to the local economy,” she said. Campground operators are also enjoying a busy season, reportedly in response to extensive efforts to market the region down south.

Tourism operators are feeling the boom of a bumper season as more and more visitors set sail for Cape York and the Torres Strait. Photo of Red Island, off Seisia beach, by Matt Garrick. Patsy Lennox, who runs the play a big factor in the blossoming Loyalty Beach Campground and numbers, as they are always on Fishing Lodge, said she’s already the lookout for new locations, getting bookings coming through never mind the distance. for next year. “I think it’s the environment. “There’s a lot of information Now they’re finding out about getting out there now. Cape York,” she said. “We’ve been advertising in Tourism operators have said newspapers in Tasmania, and they will make the most of the mining papers in Central Aus- influx for now, until numbers of tralia, and we’re now feeling the visitors begin to diminish with response,” said Ms Lennox. the start of the Wet Season around She said the Grey Nomads October.

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Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival

Maiso Opgedlam (Mer Campus) at a previous Zenadth Kes Festival.

Winds of Zenadth Kes ready to blow us away THE 2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival will breeze in to Thursday Island from September 18 to 21. The four-day festival will be a sprawling celebration of culture, organised and facilitated by the Torres Shire Council, showcasing the importance and spiritual depth of ‘Ailan Practices’. Zenadth Kes will feature events and activities promoting the protection of cultural traditions and the preservation of customs, laws and language of all performers and groups identifying their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. This year’s festival will be all about ‘Sovereignty,’ a fitting

theme to display the struggles and accomplishments of Indigenous people in their plight for self determination and self management. On top of this, it’s a landmark year for the region’s Indigenous people, being 40 years since the creation of the Tent Embassy, 20 years since the High Court ruling of the Mabo case, and 20 years since the design of the Torres Strait Flag was coined by the late Mr Bernard Namok. Mayor of the Torres Shire Council Pedro Stephen (pictured) said the council wanted to thank elders of the Torres Shire Indigenous Advisory Committee in the lead-up to the festival.

“We want to thank them for their meaningful contributions, learnt from their forefathers, and for providing valuable advice on all Torres Strait cultural elements and protocols essential for the successful delivery of the 2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival.”

Indigenous teachers ‘key’ to better learning By KAREN ASHFORD A CHRONIC shortage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander teachers has sparked calls for a new academy to

promote Indigenous education. Attendees at what was billed as an historic Indigenous teacher’s conference in Adelaide on July 10 heard Australia has just 2500 indigenous

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educators, but requires at least 10,000 to meet the needs of the growing indigenous student population. The “Teachers are Deadly” conference drew more than 200 indigenous educators to brainstorm ways of attracting - and keeping young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the profession. An expert who’s been grappling with this challenge for more than 20 years is Judy Ketchell, executive principal of Tagai State College. Tagai is an amalgamation of 17 campuses in the Torres Strait, comprising 15 primary schools, one secondary school and a TAFE campus, spread across 48,000 square kilometres. Speaking at the conference, Ms Ketchell said she believed an Indigenous education academy would give a united voice to Indigenous education professionals, and help achieve policies by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people, that actually worked. “A place where we can collect and identify as a group of Indigenous teachers, that’s a place we can look to for best practices, look to for networking, look to for support,” Ms Ketchell said. “There are some challenges: the challenge Tagai State College executive principal Judy Ketchell. of Indigenous teachers having an identity, PHOTO: MATT GARRICK having a voice within the college,” she said. teachers into principals. She said schools needed to be careful not to “We need more Aboriginal and Torres Strait “pigeonhole” Indigenous teachers into doing the Islander teachers in Australian classrooms, not only Indigenous activities. to close the gap in our literacy and numeracy but to “They have leadership potential, and they have help our non-Indigenous colleagues develop more leadership pathways,” she said. understanding about Aboriginal and Torres Strait “We call it a ‘Growing Your Own’ strategy, where Islander culture in schools.” we are looking at opportunities to develop our Source: SBS World News Australia


Traditional Lore ‘non-negotiable’: Leaders << Continued Page 5. Mr Entsch said last week certain sections of the Torres Strait Islander community were not doing themselves any favours by boasting about dugong take and threatening to flaunt proposed amendments to the Animal Care and Protection Act. “The changes to cruelty laws will simply bring Queensland in line with every other state in Australia,” Mr Entsch said. “These amendments have not impacted on the traditional hunting rights in states such as Western Australia and the Northern Territory.” Cr Gela said the “misconceived” bill struck at the very heart of Ailan Kastom and Kastomary Lore. “The bill challenges the legitimacy of our unique rights and interests in land and waters including traditional hunting rights passed down from generation to generation ? as recognised in the landmark High Court of Australia decision of Mabo v the State of Queensland,” he said. At the time of going to press on Thursday, August 2, the changes to the act were before legislative assembly, and although last on the list

of orders of the day, it was expected to pass by close of business. If not passed in this sitting, it will be put before the next sitting of the legislative assembly on August 21. TSC Mayor Stephen has described the proposed changes to animal welfare laws as “inappropriate “ and “racist”. “I am worried that people who are supposed to be representing us at both the State and Commonwealth level are endorsing a bill that contravenes our human rights,” Cr Stephen said. “That is where the argument should be, not in the technicalities of law, but in basic rights. “The most ancient law of this country has again been challenged. “Do we have to go back and launch another Mabo-style case in the 21st century? “It is crucial that those representing us in the seats of Cook and Leichhardt to understand that there is a direct connection between the proposed bill and Torres Strait Islander culture and traditional practices.” Cr Gela said: “We do acknowledge that we have experienced problems with rogue hunters, but we have tried to

negotiate with the Government to provide us, not with their law, but our Lore which is handed on from generation to generation. “Our Lore is one of the main reasons for the sustainability of hunting of turtle and dugong in our communities. “The Torres Strait has the secondbiggest population of turtle and dugong in the world. Those fossils found on Mabuiag date back 7000 years, which shows how long turtle and dudong have been here. “Our Lore has proven it is the right and proper way to proceed. “Our Lore shows us how to hunt, what to hunt, and what it is to be used for.” Mr Kris said traditional owners had every right to be offended by suggestions of indiscriminate dugong slaughter in the region. He said an photograph published in the Torres News (30 July 2012) showing five dugong, sourced from social media by the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, had been taken totally out of context. “The photograph was posted on the social media site in March, 2010, so it is certainly not a recent event,”

Mr Kris said. “The dugong hunting was negotiated by the family with the island Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate and sanctioned by the PBC under the management plan for a traditional purpose.” Cr Gela said that, rather than trying to dig up old images to be used during the current controversy, Mr Entsch and others should be pushing the State Government not to introduce laws that they should not. “(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) Minister (Glen) Elmes has been asked to reconsider the legislation and get together with us to walk the journey together. “The scary thing is that, if this legislation goes through, how are they going to define and determine what our practises should be if they don’t understand our culture? “That is really scary,” he said. Mr Kris said people in the Torres Strait were understandably very upset when political lobbyists misrepresented their culture. “A very small number of animal activists exert undue influence on politicians to achieve outcomes that are potentially very damaging to

the Torres Strait culture and way of life,” he said. “The changes to Queensland animal welfare legislation have been pushed by these activists and the people of the Torres Strait have not been properly consulted as the State government rushes these changes into law. “The TSRA objects in the strongest possible terms to the sensationalising of traditional hunting practises for political purposes. “We have not shied away from public debate but it would be more constructive if Mr Entsch worked with us and acknowledged the work we have done with the State Government and the RSPCA to find more humane processing methods. “If the experts tell us they can’t agree on humane methods then were need to give enforcement powers to our Rangers to build on the significant management progress that has already been made.” He said the negativity surrounding the debate was distracting focus from the real issues facing the region, such as health, education and infrastructure and was not helping progress in the Torres Strait.

Aussie legends to perform at Big Bamaga Bash By MARK ROY

These Cowgirls and Indians of Balmain will join more than 350 NSW Variety Bash crews hitting our northern roads in their outlandish vintage cars in the 2012 Balmain to Bamaga Bash.

THE Variety Club is bashing its way to the Tip this month, as around 125 vintage cars from the children’s charity hit the road from Balmain in New South Wales to Bamaga in the Far North. And after nine days on the road, Variety - the Children’s Charity will have a special treat in store for Bamaga and surrounding communities, with a dynamic evening of entertainment on Monday, August 27. The free event will include special performances by Aussie legends and celebrity Bashers, John Williamson and John Paul Young, starting from 5.30pm. Locals are invited to join the big celebrations at the Seisia football oval, next to the Seisia Fishing Club, where food stalls will be set up so everyone can enjoy a picnic ahead of the big concert where John Williamson will perform his famous Frangipani Bay

song, inspired by it’s picturesque namesake in Cape York. Also on the bill is Aussie band, A Big Night Out. Crowds will thrill to the biggest fireworks display ever seen at the tip of Cape York as pyrotechnics explode in the night sky over Seisia beach from 8pm. The special day will be marked by the arrival of a colourful convoy of more than 125 weird and wonderfully decorated vehicles in the early afternoon, with 382 Bashers set to celebrate the end of their 4202km trip across NSW and Queensland. As reported in the Torres News in March this year, a couple of the Variety Club boys were spotted scoping out possible beneficiaries for the charity on Thursday Island, visiting Tagai State College and the Malu Os special education unit. Variety motoring events manager Stuart Telfer said the children’s charity had spent $3500 on play equipment for

special needs kids, to help their sensory needs and gross motor skills. “And at the junior campus of the NPA College in Bamaga, we’ve contributed $8000 for three sound field systems, which are special sound amplification systems that help kids with poor hearing better understand their teacher,” Stuart said. “Many indigenous kids have hearing problems such as ‘glue ear’, and this special technology allows the teacher to simply wear a lapel mic and enable better comprehension in the classroom. “What’s more, the systems are portable, so they can be moved around to different classrooms and campuses.” The Torres News spotted Stuart in Seisia in November last year, with a large contingent of Variety Club bashers, checking out the road conditions and route for their 2012 fundraising drive. At that time their destination was being kept under wraps - but now the secret is out!

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Traditional culture practised for National Tree Day on Erub

ABOVE: Erub Erwer Uteb student preparing the soil for planting. BELOW: Torres Webb passing on traditional planting knowledge to Erub Erwer Uteb students.

NATIONAL Tree Day and Schools Tree Day provides all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature. This certainly is not something new for Erubam Le (Darnley Islanders) as planting and gardening has always been an important traditional cultural practice. Erub (Darnley Island) Community celebrated and participated in the Planet Ark National Tree Day by planting an assortment of tropical fruit trees at Erub Erwer Uteb (school) and also at Kemus near the Coming of the Light monument. There was strong support and enthusiasm from local school students and community members including local church leaders. Some of the species included white sapote, chocolate pudding fruit, chempadek and rambutan. The Erub community would like to extend a big thank you to Sea Swift for their swift delivery of these tropical fruit trees which arrived in excellent condition. Without the assistance of Sea Swift our tropical fruit tree planting day would not have been possible.

Father Kebei Pilot planting a white sapote fruit tree at Kemus with the assistance of Amos Sipi and Torres Webb.

Purple Spider weave magic web for world-wide audience THE Purple Spider Dance Team, from Ugar, has performed at the 2012 Henley Festival in Oxford, England, giving a world audience insight into the rich and vibrant culture of the Torres Strait. Held annually in July on the banks of the River Thames, the Henley

Festival is a major international event that presents a mixture of music, visual art, culture, food, wine and street theatre. This year the festival also coincided with the lead up to 2012 London Olympic Games. Members of Purple Spider, accompanied by the Torres Authentic Thai Cuisine Strait Regional AuthorDishes made to your LUNCH preferences ity (TSRA) Portfolio SPECIAL 107 Douglas Street, T.I. Member for Culture, Ph: 07 4069 2155 UNDER $10 Art and Heritage, Mr TRADING HOURS Phillemon Mosby, travMonday to Friday elled to England for the t-VODIBNoQNt%JOOFSQNoQN performances, for which Saturdayt%JOOFSQNoQN Sundayt$MPTFE they have been preparing since the beginning of EJTDPVOUPGGPPECJMM GSPN.BJO.FOV  XJUIUIFQSFTFOUBUJPOPGUIFOFXTQBQFSBET the year. Our suppliers will be here so come get yourselfThe a bargain! TSRA Chairperson, Mr Toshie Kris, Members of the Purple Spider Dance Team with TSRA Porfolio Member for Culture, Art and Heritage (CAH), Thursday congratulated the danc- Phillemon Mosby, and CAH staff. Island ers on their attendance at the prestigious Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. traditional kab karr and island hymn to pay Servicing the event. An art exhibition was also developed to respects to their ancestors. Torres Strait & Outer Islands â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Purple Spider Dance Team has accompany the dance team to the Henley The experience has been reported as represented the Torres Strait with a passion Festival, with contributions from Torres having been very humbling, spiritual and and dedication that is to be admired. Strait artists including Flora Jo, Jimmy emotional. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The TSRA is pleased to have been Thaiday and George Nona. The Purple Spider Dance Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voyage able to support them in this endeavour,â&#x20AC;? Headed by coordinator, Rocky Stephen, from Ugar in the Torres Strait to Oxford, Mr Kris said. the Purple Spider Dance Team impressed London will be the focus of an NITV This trip was made possible through a audiences in their debut international documentary to air later this year, thanks partnership between the Henley Festival appearance following an official reception to the support of the TSRA and Special organising committee and the TSRA. by the Australian Deputy High Commis- Broadcasting Service (SBS). 91 Douglas Street â&#x20AC;˘ Ph: 4069 1548 The TSRA provided funding through sioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Adam The documentary will be one of the first the Torres Strait Dance Strategy - an McCarthy. to air on SBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new national free to air Do you need something from Cairns? initiative that offers a strategic approach to The team performed twice per night over Indigenous Television service. t(SPDFSJFTt'VSOJUVSFt$MPUIJOHt7FIJDMFT the development and promotion of Torres the five day festival, which also included For more information on the Henley t1MBOUTt$VSUBJOTt.PUPS1BSUTt(JGUT Strait dance. acts by notable artists Sting, Lulu and Festival visit *$"/03("/*4&*5'03:06 Support was provided last year for 15 Australian, Tim Minchin. To learn more about the Torres Strait members of Arpaka Dance Company, from They were also guests of honour at the Dance Strategy, contact TSRA Cultural Phone or fax your order to me, St Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community, to perform at the British Museum, where they performed a Development Officer on 4069 0873. and I will price it for you





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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 Variety Club’s Balmain to Bamaga Bashers will put on one heck of a show when they arrive at the Tip this month, with fireworks, market stalls, refreshments, local acts and entertainment - including John Williamson and John Paul Young - planned for Seisia Football Oval on Monday, August 27, from 5.30pm. And what’s more, it’s FREE!


Mon 6. Junior volleyball development program, Years 8 - 9, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Mon 6. Hash House Harriers run, 5.50pm Mon 6. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Tue 7. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 7. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval, 6pm Tue 7. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry, 7pm Wed 8. Junior volleyball development program, Years 10 - 12, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Wed 8. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 8. Yoga, TI Bowls Club, 6pm Wed 8. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 8. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Thu 9. Junior volleyball development program, Years 6 - 7, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Thu 9. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30 - 7.30pm Thu 9. Torres Strait Recognition Awards, Tagai TAFE, 6 - 8pm Fri 10. Floral Fridays - wear floral clothes! Fri 10. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Malu Paru restaurant, Grand Hotel, 7am, 0438 747 853 Fri 10. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 10. Yoga, OLSH School, 6pm Fri 10. Cocktails by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Fri 10. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm Sat 11. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am-12noon Sun 12. Uncle Seaman Dan, Torres Hotel, 12 - 6pm Sat 25. HIR&RA Beach Clean Up Day, front beach, Horn Island, 2pm Mon 27. Variety Bash entertainment, Seisia Football Oval, 5.30pm - late

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Stealthy face of the conflict in West Papua WEST Papua, the eastern-most island under Indonesia’s control, is a land beset by troubles. Rarely a week goes by without news of some new tragedy in a relentless conflict that has endured and evolved over fifty years. Last June has been a particularly bloody one: troops have gone on the rampage in Wamena, burning houses and shooting indiscriminately. On the island of Yapen, security forces have been carrying out raids on villages, arresting several people and forcing thousands to flee in fear. Around the West Papuan capital, Jayapura, several supporters of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have been killed by police in separate incidents: three men were killed on a demonstration, Teyu Tabuni was shot in the head by a uniformed policeman and finally Mako Tabuni, a KNPB leader, was also shot, unarmed, running from plain-clothes police. Adding to the climate of ten-

sion and fear has been a spate of seemingly random fatal shootings, presumably carried out by someone with a vested interest in promoting conflict. The police say the shootings are the work of persons unknown, whom they never seem able to track down. Intelligence agents blame ‘separatists’. Papuan groups suspect the state somehow plays a hand. It is this unstemmed tide of bloodshed and terror that earns remote West Papua any little attention it might attract. And so it must be; a conflict that causes such deep suffering across West Papua must be responded to, whether in Papua, in Indonesia and overseas. However in Papua there are many other aspects of conflict, more complex and subtle than the headline-grabbing news of shootings and terror. One factor driving continuing conflict is the lucrative appeal of the natural riches that are to be found in and around West Papua: wood, minerals, fish and land.

SINCE 1937, Torres Strait self management is not proactive in national business, governance and education. No economy whatsoever to sustain its dependency from Canberra and Brisbane administration. The Torres Strait Island Regional Council formed in 2008 but cannot give birth to free intellectual capacity. The Torres Strait Treaty came into effect in 1985 but the the shipping lane is controled by the government, not the islanders.

The Australian constitution governs Islanders’ life from birth to death which is not true democracy. Government granted selfdetermination in 1937, with the First Councillors meeting a failed program because only the government is doing business, while Islanders are denied the right to be autonomous like Bougainville, PNG. TSC, TSRA and TSIRC are loyal servants of Australian Parliament House and Queensland

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Local Government Act. 2037 will be 100 years since self management but the result is that Islanders live under the poverty line and the welfare mentality. The human rights movement must have its place now, otherwise this will become a dead society because Island and Aboriginal leaders failed to lead Zenadth Kes and NPA to self-reliant prosperity. Maybe some people do not understand what word and power

of the Christian faith means. Zenadth Kes Self Governing Australian Territory means investing land and sea to prosper like any other government in the world. To close, changes to the Australian Constitution in 2012 will mean no change to Islander affairs from my human rights’ perspective. Percy Misi Masig Zenadth Kes Autonomous Territory

No apology needed for being proudly Aboriginal BOXER Damien Hooper has a right to show his identity as an Aboriginal person in the Australian team. He has nothing to apologise for being proud of who he is and where he came from. Our peoples should PHOTO: Damien Hooper wearing the T-shirt at the Olympic Games last week for which he was warned by Australian team officials. Photo courtesy of the


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economy. This is the story of how resource conflicts are building in the southern-most part of West Papua, as agribusiness companies stealthily invade the forests, leaving its people dispossessed. Selwyn Moran About the Author: Selwyn Moran is an independent translator and researcher based in the UK. Having lived in Indonesia previously, he now tries to disseminate information about environmental and social struggles in Indonesia in the English language.

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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


The military, for example, have a financial stake through their private business, such as illegal logging, protection rackets around mining areas, or prostitution or gambling outfits, while using the violent conflict to justify their presence. Meanwhile, the lure of possibly finding well-paid work continues to draw many migrants from other parts of Indonesia. This creates tension as native Papuans find themselves stigmatised and marginalised, with no place in the booming

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be able to show that they are both Aboriginal and Australian. The display of flags by Aboriginal athletes is not new; images of Cathy Freeman with the flag were beamed around the world in 2000. Congress encourages the Australian Olympic Committee to find a way through this bureaucratic insanity. Liz Willis National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples


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Editor ’s note: North Queensland Indigenous boxer Damien Hooper was officially warned by Australian team boss Nick Green after wearing a Tshirt bearing the Aboriginal flag to his opening fight at the London Olympics on July 31, 2012. It was argued that the flag shirt breached rule 50 of the Olympic charter. The rule bans political, religious or racial propaganda at any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.

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Climate change threat to the Torres Strait green sea turtles By MATT GARRICK FLOOD-prone communities in the Torres Strait may not be the only victims of rising waters, with marine scientists saying the green sea turtle population could suffer as climate change increases temperatures. Marine expert Dr Mariana Fuentes, from James Cook University says if the turtles fail to adapt to future climate projections, turtle numbers could be affected. “Sea turtles have been around for millions of years, and in the past they’ve been able to adapt to changes in their environment. “The two major differences now are, firstly, the rates of climate change are much faster. The other is the population of sea turtles is already depleted, due to a combination of factors, so potentially their capacity to adapt and survive is compromised,” Dr Fuentes said. “My research showed predicted increases in sea level rise may impact the northern Great Barrier Reef green turtle population, which nests in the Torres Strait, by inundating eggs and

reducing hatching success.” Dr Fuentes, who spent six years in the Torres Strait researching the effects of climate change on the animals for her PhD, said the combining factors currently impacting on turtle numbers include coastal development, habitat degradation, predators and pollution. She also explained how Raine Island, the main nesting grounds for green sea turtles on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, has been experiencing gradually declining numbers of hatchling production over the last 15 years, which could have implications to the overall population. Dr Fuentes attended the Twelfth International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns from July 9 to 13, where she discussed her findings and listened to the latest in research and management practices from marine scientists from around the world. Alongside issues of reef management and conservation, climate change was heavily on the agenda at the conference. Marine experts, such as the Australian Research Centre’s director of

coral reef studies Terry Hughes, said impacts of the meteorological changes on Northern Queensland were already noticeable. “For us, climate change is not some hypothetical possibility, it’s something we can measure,” Professor Hughes told AAP. As for the green sea turtles, it will be a game of wait and see as to how their population handles future alterations to their environment. Scientists say it may take many years to quantify changes to their numbers. For now though, Dr Fuentes said local communities could do their bit to help lower current threats to turtles. “Reduce your boat speeds where there are turtle populations present, and stop the pollution that causes damage to their food supply,” she told the Torres News. PHOTO: Dr Mariana Fuentes, from James Cook University, with a green sea turtle as it emerges from nesting on Bramble Cay in the Torres Strait (photo courtesy of Mariana Fuentes).



On July 24 at 8.05am, Craig Dunkeld (dad) and Cherie Johnstone (mum) welcomed baby Elle Jade Dunkeld, born weighing 4139g (9lb 2oz). Elle is a little sister to big brother Lincoln Dunkeld and biggest brother Angus Dunkeld. Craig and Cherie would all like to give a big thanks to all the midwives and staff at Thursday Island Hospital who helped all the way through to bring little Elle into the world.

THUMBS UP: To the 2012 NAIDOC Week Committee, for putting together a deadly medley of Indigenous festivities this July. Take a bow peeps. THUMBS UP: To Kurumi’s octopus balls at the PKA markets. Kinda weird breakfast, but YUM! THUMBS DOWN: To lazy litterbugs leaving Island Rooster wrappers directly next to the bins along the beach. The boss is not happy. Take a trick from Patty Mills and dunk it in, guys. THUMBS DOWN: To whispers that the ancient mango tree in the back yard of the Gab Titui Cultural Centre may be cut down. THUMBS UP: To the healthy kai kai at Shiba’s Kiosk at the Thursday Island Hospital. Great salads and great fresh food. THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN?: To the Campbell Newman government having no money to pay for projects like island sea walls, airfare subsidies, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Should we hold a sausage sizzle to raise some money for these fellas?

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Largest health survey underway THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has started the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey which will improve the knowledge of the health issues affecting this group of Australians. This survey will expand on the 2004-05 survey by increasing the number of participants by 30%, collecting new information on exercise, diet (including bush foods) and measures of cholesterol, blood glucose and iron. For the first time, the ABS will directly measure obesity and blood pressure levels, as well as nutritional status and chronic disease. By combining the self-reported information together with the biomedical samples, a more-complete picture of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be available.

Importantly this will provide some information about the level of undiagnosed conditions, such as diabetes. While the biomedical component of the survey is voluntary, survey champion Cathy Freeman encourages people to get involved as: ‘you will be helping your family, your community, and future generations to live longer healthier lives’. The survey will be conducted over 2012-13 across the country in cities and remote communities to create evidence to measure progress in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and contributing to Closing the Gap in life expectancy. Further information and detailed questions and answers are available on the ABS website at australianhealthsurvey

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Lessons learned from Queen Victoria Jubilee celebrations By BROTHER BARRY LAMB

LIKE our own Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria notched up 60 years on the throne in 1897. On Thursday Island, this Jubilee was most thoroughly celebrated, including activities for the children. “The Children’s Ball” passed happily, unlike the presentation, as we will see, of the commemorative medals. But most revealing of aspects of Thursday Island society of the time is the account of the grand Sports Carnival. There were separate events “For whites only”, “For Japanese only” and “For coloured men only”. Not only that, but the presentation of the prizes for the events was also racially divided. The Torres Straits Pilot of June 19, 1897, stated: “The prizes for the coloured men’s events and the Japanese competitions will be paid over on the ground. “The settling for other events will take place at Burke’s Hotel on Monday, 28th instant, at 8 o’clock.” The children’s sports events appeared to have had no “colour bar”. This may be significant insofar as the younger generation may have been growing up familiar with children of other racial origins on a basis of equality. Though a few years later there was such antipathy amongst the white adults towards their children being taught with the other children that a separate school for “coloured” children was sought and granted. In a most extraordinary claim, a column in the Torres Pilot of the time states that the children would be presented with a medal “as a memento of the greatest celebration in the world’s records hitherto.”

Queen Victoria in all her regal splendour. The presentation of the commemorative medals started out straightforwardly enough. There was a Diamond Jubilee Committee which held a final preparatory committee meeting early in August, 1897, and, amongst other things: “The Meeting decided to present to the children attending the two schools one each of the oxydised medals which had been purchased, to the white children and a white metal medal each to the coloured children; those who had been non-resident on the island for a month previously to Jubilee Day being disqualified. “The Committee had 200 medals altogether - 150 oxydised, 50 white metal - and after the children had been given one each, there would be about 50 left, which it was decided should be sold, the proceeds to be expended in preparing a statement of Jubilee accounts. “In connection with the selling of the remaining

medals, it was decided that priority to purchase one each should be given to members of the committee, and children who were disqualified should have the next claim.” Those following closely would have noticed that the white children were to be given a different, presumably a superior, medal, and the other children one of lesser quality. Quite presumably this was accepted by all, children and adults alike, without comment, and just accepted as the way things were. But that was not the end of the matter. A week later an article in the Torres Pilot told how the medals were unavailable for presentation on the picnic day, which was the original scheme, and so were distributed on another day, and “only school children who were present on a certain date have received them from the committee”. There followed an almighty kerfuffle as to which children amongst those who had missed out should get one. Even the definition of a “child” was canvassed in committee. The committee members were castigated in the

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Pilot by Mr Corran, the owner and editor. There was a public meeting to discuss the final distribution of the medals to the children. Swathes of newsprint in the Pilot of September 11, 1897, told of the cut and thrust of arguments at this meeting. A letter to the Pilot of the same date suggests that through this controversy over the medals, a shift was developing in the politics and society of Thursday Island. The letter-writer referred to an “abominable clique rule under which we have suffered more than long enough”. The author suggests that the manly thing to do was to become emancipated from the “rule” of his clique. Who on Thursday Island, or a reader on another island or on the mainland, has one of these medals? And is it a nice oxydised medal originally purchased for the white children or a lesser quality, white metal medal, provided for the coloured children? Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year Diamond Jubilee seems, so far, to have passed without any civic commemoration on Thursday Island. Maybe there are still surprises in store for the children of TI by way of being presented with commemorative medals. The medals pictured here would be very similar to the But there are lessons to be ones presented to Thursday Island school children during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Efforts are being made to find the learned from the mistakes of 115 years ago. exact image of the medals presented to Australian school Let’s hope so! children in 1897.

TORRES SHIRE COUNCIL To lead, provide & facilitate Open Invitation to all Cultural & Community Traditional Dancing Teams to Participate at the “2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival” The Torres Shire Council & Torres Shire Indigenous Advisory Committee is calling for all interested Cultural & Community Traditional Dance Teams to participate at the 2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. The Festival will be held from September 18 to 21 at the Ken Brown Oval on Thursday Island. The theme for the festival is:

“Ngalpan Geth” - Kala Lagaw Ya “Magur” - Meriam Mer “SOVEREIGNTY” All Cultural and Community Groups are welcome to participate at the festival to strengthen our cultural identity, encourage the practice and preservation of traditional dance, song, art and language of our unique culture. All participating teams are requested to observe the Cultural Protocol for the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. Please contact the Torres Shire Council Administration Office on (07) 4069 1336 or email to register your interest in participating in this major cultural celebration for our region, the 2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Page 10 Torres News

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2012 TORRES STRAIT NAIDOC AWARD WINNERS YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD Serena Marou The award was proudly sponsored by Islanders Board of Industry and Service and presented by IBIS chief executive Mr Ian Copeland, accompanied by chair of the Indigenous Advisory Committee Cr. Abednego. ELDER OF THE YEAR AWARD Silen David The award was proudly sponsored by The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and presented by DATSIMA manager, Torres Regional Office Mr Paul Loney, accompanied by Cr Abednego. SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD Terence Yusia The award was proudly sponsored by Sea Swift Pty Ltd and presented by Mr Danny Ridley of Sea Swift as the major sponsor presented the Award, accompanied by Cr Abednego. Tristan Yusia received the award on behalf of his father. TRAINEE OF THE YEAR AWARD Selina Sailor The Torres Strait NAIDOC Trainee of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by Austek Communications. Mayor Pedro Stephen presented the Award accompanied by Deputy Mayor Cr Yen Loban. ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD Alick Tipoti Proudly sponsored by Coral Sea Concrete Pty Ltd, the award was presented by TSC chief executive Ms Dalassa Yorkston accompanied by Cr Loban. COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE

YEAR Badu Island Mabo Day Celebrations The Torres Strait NAIDOC Community Event of the Year was sponsored by PDR Engineers, and presented by Mr Biopuso Samuel of PDR Engineering and Cr Loban. Barry Nona received the award on behalf the Badu Community. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Lily Jane Shibasaki This award was jointly sponsored by James Cook University and Australian Bureau of Statistics. Dr Jill Charker from ABS presented the Award. accompanied by Cr Ketchell to LJ Shibasaki for Excellence in Sports and Community Services for her active role in promoting sports and involvement in the “Stap Pas, Act Sense, Nor Bully Anti-Bullying Campaign”. The following Community Tribute Awards were proudly sponsored by Torres Shire Council. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Marsat Ketchell Mayor Pedro Stephen presented the award, accompanied by Cr Ketchell, to Marsat Ketchell for Excellence in Sports and Community Services for his active role in promoting sports and his dedication in being a respected leader in the field of Mental Health. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Purple Spider Dance Team Josiah Sailor received the award on behalf the Purple Spider Dance Team for Excellence in Cultural and Community Services for promoting Torres Strait Culture to the wider community in London at the 2012 International Tour.

COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Deidree Whap ASM Ms Deidree Whap ASM received the award for Excellence in Community Services for her outstanding contribution and being a role model in our community and her achievement as the first Torres Strait Islander woman to be awarded the 2012 Ambulance Service Medal. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Sylvia Tabua Ms Sylvia Tabua received the award for Excellence in Community Services for her commitment, involvement and participation in media, arts, culture, music and sports and her marvelous role as MC at various community functions over the years. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Jimi Bani Mr Jimi Bani received the award for Excellence in Arts, Media and Entertainment for an outstanding performance in his role as Eddie Koiki Mabo in the recent Australian Film “Mabo”. Mr Dimple Bani received the award on behalf his son. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD Yoko Nakata Ms Yoko Nakata received the award for Excellence in Medicine/Science for achieving a Masters of Nursing Practitioner Studies - Young People Health, University of Queensland. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD McCauley Ghee Mr McCauley (Max) Ghee received the award for Excellence in Medicine/Science for achieving a Bachelor of Nursing Science, James Cook University. COMMUNITY TRIBUTE AWARD

Audience in emotional response to tribute to the Late Bernard Namok THE 2012 Torres Strait NAIDOC Awards, one of the major events on our social calendar, was held style this year, with tickets selling out well before the black-tie event, held on Friday, July 27. Many of the award recipients proved very popular with the crowd, with the family of the late Bernard Namok receiving a standing ovation after receiving the NAIDOC Ambassador Award, and many of the audience moved to tears. This award, sponsored by National Australia Bank, recognises the significance of the contribution of the design of the Torres Strait Flag. Once a sketch on their family table, the late Mr Namok’s design now represents the identity of the Torres Strait Islander people. Before the awards and gala ball got underway, Torres Shire Council (TSC) Mayor Pedro Stephen acknowledged the Traditional Owners of the land, the Kaurareg People, on whose land the 2012 Torres Strait NAIDOC Awards Evening was hosted. “I would like to acknowledge all the dignitaries and special guests who attended this wonderful celebration of the accomplishment of Indigenous peoples,” Mr Stephen said.

“Also I would like to give a big thank you to the NAIDOC Community Committee, Pauline Ahwang and members, for the week-long planned celebrations on Thursday Island to commemorate NAIDOC Week in Torres Shire.” Community leaders, including Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor Fred Gela, TSRA Chairman John “Toshie” Kris, Torres Shire Councillors Yen Loban, John Abednego and Alan Ketchell, were joined at the awards event and ball by award recipients, elders, major sponsors and respected community members. MC’d by the highly regarded Torres Strait musician Patrick Mau, the NAIDOC Awards highlighted special contributions, achievements and accomplishments of great people. The Dance Team “Aibai Buai” from Badu Island and dancers from Boigu Island performed to an appreciative audience at the venue, the Port Kennedy Association Hall, splendidly decorated in ilan style by Laura Perry, Rebecca Matthew and Josita Mayor. Torres Shire Council chief executive Dalassa Yorkston said the night was about recognising

Indigenous people, and local people and their contributions to the wider community. “This year is very significant. It is 40 years since the Tent Embassy was set up by Indigenous people, and it is 20 years since the ruling from the high court of the Mabo case,” Ms Yorkston said. “And most importantly, it’s also 20 years since the Torres Strait Islander flag was designed by the late Bernard Namok. “The family of Mr Namok were there on the night, and they received a special award for the Torres Strait NAIDOC flag. “Congratulations to all the award recipients who were honoured at the event, their wonderful contributions to our region were the highlight of the evening. “To our sponsors, our sincere appreciation is extended as your financial contribution assisted enormously in the delivery of this event.” Torres Shire Council would like to express its sincere gratitude and thanks towards all the sponsors, awards recipients, guests & Council staff for their contribution for making the 2012 NAIDOC Awards a memorable occasion.

Karen Keane. Ms Karen Keane received the award for Excellence in Community Services in recognition of her outstanding work and continuous involvement in providing essential family support services benefiting our community. NAIDOC AMBASSADOR AWARD The family of the late Bernard Namok Mr Jay Doyle from National Australia Bank, as the major sponsor, presented the Award accompanied by Mayor Pedro Stephen Torres Shire Council and Mayor Fred Gela Torres Strait Island Regional Council. Mr Bernard Namok Jnr travelled from Darwin to receive the award along with many other family members. The family received a standing ovation in recognition of the importance of the Torres Strait flag, designed by award winner the late Mr Bernard Namok. NAIDOC PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD Frank Loban. The Torres Strait NAIDOC Person of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by Torres Strait Regional Authority, and presented to Mr Loban by TSRA chair CR John Toshie Kris, accompanied by Cr. Abednego. JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY AWARDS Mr Matt Mason, James Cook University (Thursday Island Campus) presented the awards for Torres Strait students. Undergraduate Award: Anna Bon. Undergraduate Encouragement Award: Mary Mills. 2012 NAIDOC King: Peter GeaGea 2012 NAIDOC Queen: Zipporah

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Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairman John ‘Toshie’ Kris (right) receives a certificate from Mayor Pedro Stephen in recognition of the TSRA’s 2012 Torres Strait NAIDOC King and Queen Mr role as Major Sponsor of the 2012 Peter GeaGea and Zipporah GeaGea. Torres Strait NAIDOC Awards.

The family of the late Bernard Namok receive the NAIDOC Ambassador Award on behalf of Mr Namok, the designer of the Torres Strait flag, from TSC Mayor Pedro Stephen and TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela. NAIDOC Award sponsors Mr Matt Mason of James Cook University, Mr Danny Ridley of Sea Swift, Mr Paul Loney of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Mr Ian Copeland of IBIS, Dr Jill Charker of Australian Bureau of Statistics and Biopuso Samuel of FDR Engineering.

Mr Frank Loban receives his NAIDOC Person of the Year Award from Cr John Abednego and Cr John ‘Toshie’ Kris.

ABOVE: Ms Anna Bon receives her James Cook University Undergraduate Award from Mr Matt Mason. BELOW: Mary Mills receives her James Cook University Undergraduate Encouragement Award from Matt Mason.

ABOVE: Serena Marou receives her Youth of the Year Award from Mr Ian Copeland and Cr John Abednego. BELOW: Terence Yusia receives his Sports Person of the Year Award from Mr Danny Ridley and Cr John Abednego.


Mr Dimple Bani receives a Community Tribute Ms Deidree Whap ASM receives her Award on behalf of his son Jimi Bani. Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Alan Ketchell presented Community Tribute Award from Mayor the award in recognition of Jimi Bani’s role as Stephen and Cr Ketchell. Eddie ‘Koiki’ Bani in the recent film, Mabo.

Ms Lily Jane Shibasaki receives her Community Tribute Award from Dr Jill Charker and Cr Alan Ketchell. Yoko Nakata receives her Community Tribute Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Alan Ketchell.

Karen Keane receives her Community Tribute Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Alan Ketchell.

Selina Sailor receives her Trainee of the Mr Alick Tipoti receives his Artist of the Year Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen Year Award from Ms Dalassa Yorkston and Cr Yen Loban. and Deputy Mayor Yen Loban. Page 12 Torres News 1 - 7 August 2012

Ms Sylvia Tabua receives her Community Tribute Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Alan Ketchell.

Josiah Sailor receives a Community Tribute Award on behalf of the Purple Spider Dance Team from Mayor Stephen and Cr Ketchell.

Mr Barry Nona receives the Community Event of the Year Award on behalf of the Badu community from Mr Biopuso Samuel and Cr. Yen Loban. The award was for the Badu Island Mabo Day Celebrations.

Mr Marsat Ketchell receives his Community Tribute Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Ketchell.

Silen David receives her Elder of the Year Award from Mr Paul Loney and Cr John Abednego.

Mr Marsat Ketchell receives his Community Tribute Award from Mayor Pedro Stephen and Cr Ketchell.



ABOVE: Bonnie Keane, Karen Keane and Helen Halford. BELOW: Cr Yen N Loban with Phillip Mills.

ABOVE: Lydicia Ikeda, Councillor Allan Ketchell and Eileen Seekee. BELOW: Agnes and Dimple Bani. ABOVE: Bernard Namok Jnr, Betty Namok, two-month-old Sandra Namok, and Kernisha Namok. BELOW: Aibai Buai dancers from Badu Island dancers wowing the crowds.

ABOVE: Taum Nona and Romina Fujii. BELOW: Jody and Danny Ridley from Sea Swift. ABOVE: McCauley (Max) Ghee and Louise Ghee. BELOW: Nancy and Walter Sailor.

ABOVE: Mary Gela, TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela and Josh Saylor. RIGHT: NAIDOC Ball organisers Rebecca Matthew and Laura Perry.

ABOVE: Debbie St John and IBIS chief executive Ian Copeland. BELOW: IBIS store manager Chris Page and Matt Mason from JCU. ABOVE: Sam Mills and Yoko Nakata. BELOW: Simon “Peace Baby” Ballantyne and Camille Nugent. Maryann Cook, Cecilia Cook, Angelina Avdic, Stanley Cook and Annie Pau serving up the delicious kai kai.

Helen Halford and Fiona Davies.

Steven Hill, Darai Samai, Karim Valentino Yorkston, Josita Mayor and Anthony O’Cloudy working behind the scenes to serve up refreshments.

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“The founders of the Tent Embassy in 1972 were a powerful symbol of unity. The spirit or the essence of this concept should be a constant reminder to encourage us in our ways of working and living together to co-exist with non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders” Stephanie Savage.


Monday: dĂŐĂŝ>ĞĂĚĞƌƐĚĞůŝǀĞƌĞĚŝŶƐƉŝƌĂƟŽŶĂů speeches about NAIDOC theme ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy 40 years on’, at the Opening Ceremony at Star of the Sea.


Thursday: ‘Day in the Park’ - Students ĂŶĚƐƚĂīũŽŝŶĞĚƚŚĞE/K DĂƌĐŚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞƉŽƐƚŽĸĐĞ ƚŽŶnjĂĐWĂƌŬ͖ǁŚĞƌĞƐƚƵĚĞŶƚ ŵĞůŝĂDĂƌŝǁĂƐŝŶǀŝƚĞĚ ƚŽƐƉĞĂŬĂůŽŶŐǁŝƚŚŽƚŚĞƌ community leaders.

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We congratulate The Tagai dance performers on a job well done!


Five lucky hockey players from the Torres Strait travelled to Cairns ƌĞĐĞŶƚůLJƚŽƚƌĂŝŶǁŝƚŚĞdžƉĞƌƚĐŽĂĐŚĞƐĂŶĚǁĂƚĐŚƚǁŽŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂů matches during a camp organised by the Hockey Queensland’s Remote and Indigenous Program (RIHP). For the last four years there has been a Migi Kokan Hockey Carnival with students from an increasing number of islands each year having ƚŚĞŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJƚŽƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƚĞĂƐƚŚĞŚĂƐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵĞdžƉĂŶĚĞĚ͘ Two students from Badhulgaw and one each from Kubin, Waybeni ƵǁĂLJĂŶĚ^ĂĐƌĞĚ,ĞĂƌƚǁŚŽǁĞƌĞŝĚĞŶƟĮĞĚĂƚůĂƐƚLJĞĂƌ͛ƐDŝŐŝ<ŽŬĂŶ Carnival on Horn Island took part in this trip. While in Cairns, they trained with the North Queensland Rubies, an Under 15 girls team ǁŚŝĐŚƉůĂLJĞĚŝŶ^ŝŶŐĂƉŽƌĞƚŚŝƐLJĞĂƌ͕ďĞĐŽŵŝŶŐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚŝŶĚŝŐĞŶŽƵƐ ŚŽĐŬĞLJƚĞĂŵƚŽĐŽŵƉĞƚĞŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůůLJ͘WůĂLJŝŶŐŽŶƚŚĞƐLJŶƚŚĞƟĐĮĞůĚ was a new experience for the students who are used to playing on sandy surfaces. ŌĞƌǁĂƚĐŚŝŶŐƚŚĞƚǁŽƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂŶ<ŽŽŬĂďƵƌƌĂƐͲEĞǁĞĂůĂŶĚůĂĐŬ ^ƟĐŬƐŵĞŶ͛ƐƚĞƐƚŵĂƚĐŚĞƐ͕ďŽƚŚǁŽŶĐŽŶǀŝŶĐŝŶŐůLJďLJƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂ͕ƚŚĞ students were lucky enough to meet some of the players from both Olympic teams. The Remote and Indigenous Program is to be congratulated for ƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐĨŽƌŽƵƌƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJ:ƵůŝĞDĐEĞŝů͘ tĞƐ&ĞƌŶƐĂŶĚŝŶĚŝŐĞŶŽƵƐĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚŽĸĐĞƌƐŶĂtĂŝĂŶŐĂĂŶĚ Dalassa Savage for their hospitality during the visit, Dawn Baira for her ƐƵƉĞƌǀŝƐŝŶŐĚƵƟĞƐĂŶĚdŽƌƌĞƐ^ƚƌĂŝƚzŽƵƚŚĂŶĚZĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶĂů^ƉŽƌƟŶŐ ƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌĮŶĂŶĐŝĂůƐƵƉƉŽƌƚ͘,ŽƉĞĨƵůůLJ͕ƐŽŵĞƟŵĞŝŶƚŚĞ future, we will have Torres Strait members of the NQ Rubies or the Australian Kookaburras.


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5.00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:30 On Thin Ice 2:30 Feast Greece 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Sicily Unpacked: In the final episode, Andrew and Giorgio take the pulse of contemporary Sicily, experience the change that is sweeping through the island and find out how its future is linked to its ancient past. 8:35 Food Additives: An Edible Adventure - Food writer Stefan Gates sets off to uncover the truth about those notorious artificial food additives. He wants to find out where these chemicals come from and what they actually do in our food. 9:35 One Born Every Minute USA 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 My Sex Robot 11:55 Movie: “Hierro” (M a,n,v) While travelling by ferry to the remote island of El Hierro, Maria’s son Diego simply vanishes from the boat. Months later Maria is fighting to overcome the pain of her loss, when she receives an unexpected call. A child’s body has been discovered; she must return to El Hierro. 1:35 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 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:10 Marchlands 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand Designs: Amersham 6:50 Paralympics Profiles 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Spicks And Specks: Americana - It’s time for the second stop on the Spicks and Specks world tour. This time it’s Americana... music of the USA. Your host, Adam ‘Elvis’ Hills, is joined by team captains Myf ‘Dolly’ Warhurst, and Alan ‘Rat Pack’ Brough. 8:30 Silent Witness: And Then I Fell In Love Part 2 - Quiet gang member Younis grows more uncomfortable as the men prey upon schoolgirls Lauren and Hannah. Nikki returns the disturbed Shannon to her family but when stepfather Abdul learns of Shannon’s ordeal he wants revenge. 9:30 Taggart: Bad Medicine - When a newly-qualified doctor is found tortured and mutilated in a vacant warehouse the team discover connections to a drug trafficking case 10:20 Lateline 10:55 Penn And Teller: Fool Us 11:40 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

6:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 13 9:00 London Gold 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 London Gold 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 6:50 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 14 - Gold medals to be decided in nine sports. Australia’s biggest hope might be in the women’s BMX with Caroline Buchanan. Host Karl Stefanovic will be in the chair. 7:30 Friday Night Football - South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Sea Eagles 9:30 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 14 - This session may include: rhythmic gymnastics, canoe and kayak sprint, 10km marathon swim, semi-finals in the light fly, bantam, light welter, middle and heavyweights – then the fly, light, welter, light heavy and super heavyweights and women’s taekwondo. 11:30 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 14 - Ken Sutcliffe takes over the hosting duties as we count down to the BMX final and a massive program of athletics from the Olympic Stadium. Matthew Mitcham wants to back up his Beijing gold in the diving pool and the Hockeyroos aim for gold. 1:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 14 - Six gold medals to be decided in day 8 of the athletics competition; in the field the men will vault for gold and the women throw the hammer.

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Hollywoodland” (M v,l,s) 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Match It 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Indi tells Romeo it’s over - for good. Dex and April find a place. And Jett learns that his father, Richard Bozic, could seek custody. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Round 12: West Coast v Geelong - It’s a tough road trip to Patersons Stadium for the reigning premier as they battle the Eagles who are desperate to win and keep their top two chance and home final alive. 12:00 Movie: “No.2” (M l) Nanna Maria, the matriarch of a Fijian family, worries about who she should name as her successor. 2:00 Special: The Kimberly Coast 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 House Calls To The Rescue 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Andre Rieu: Live in Maastricht III 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby - Motherland As his journey across Russia continues, Jonathan is led to consider why the celebration of military history has become such an important part of Soviet culture. 8:30 A History of Scotland: The Price Of Progress 9:35 The Last Nazis: The Hunt For Doctor Death 10.30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Alter Ego” (M d,s,l) - Stefanos is the front man, guitarist, and soul of the incredibly popular rock band Alter Ego, who have had groundbreaking success. However, a twist of fate changes their path on the journey to fortune and fame, and the group is ultimately rocked by a heartbreaking tragedy. In Greek 12:55 Kurt Wallander: The Leak - The seemingly random murder of a jogger in woodland and the detonation of car bombs in central Ystad are but diversions to keep the police busy whilst a security van is robbed of 15 million kroner. Given the security firm’s meticulous contingency plan, Wallander suspects a leak from the inside the company. 2:35 Watherwatch Overnight


4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest 6:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 14 9:00 London Gold 11:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Children’s Programs 2:00 London Gold Programmer (PG) 11:00 Chopper Rescue 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 6:00 Nine News Saturday Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: Boomerang 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 Penn And Teller: Fool Us 2:55 Movie: 6:30 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 15 -Something for everyone on Day 15, the final weekend of London 2012. The A Matter Of Life And Death - Squadron leader Peter Carter is alone streets will be packed to watch the 50km walkers in action. in a blazing plane. As he prepares himself for death he confides his Karl Stefanovic is in the chair guiding us through gold medals innermost secrets to a radio operator 4:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts in 15 different sports. This session may include: rhythmic 5:00 The Wonder Years: Walk Out 5:25 Walk On The Wild Side 5:55 gymnastics, semi-finals of the men’s 10m platform diving, Saturday Landline 6:25 Audrey’s Kitchen: Thai Style Baked Fish men’s canoe and kayak sprint, cross-country cycling, and the 6:30 Gardening Australia men’s pentathlon. 7:00 ABC News 11:00 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 15 - Ken Sutcliffe takes 7:30 New Tricks - The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad gets over the hosting duties as we count down to the final of the a taste of royalty when they are brought in to investigate art men’s hockey, take in the women’s 20km walk, and finish the fraud in the Queen’s private collection. athletics program. This session may also include: the finals of 8:30 Kidnap And Ransom the women’s basketball, the women fly over the bar in the high 9:20 Hustle jump, Jarrod Bannister is our hope in the javelin final, and a trio 10:20 United States Of Tara: Youwillnotwin - Tara’s transition to of Aussies will be looking to force their way into a class field for Buck leads her on an unexpected mission; Kate tries desperthe 5000m, women’s 800m, the women’s 4 x 400m and the traately to plan the next phase of her life; and student filmmakers ditional closer, the men’s 4 x 100m, men’s diving, men’s hockey, Marshall and Lionel make their first commitment together. five gold medals to be decided in the boxing and Ed Fernon from 10:45 United States Of Tara: Crackerjack Sydney continues his quest in the modern pentathlon. 11:15 Rage Guest Programmer (MA a,l,d,h,n,s,v.) 1:00 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 15

6:00 Stitch! 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show - Weekends 10:00 The Woodlies 10:30 Master Raindrop 11:00 Legend Of Enyo 11:30 Sea Princesses 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Australia Smashes Guinness World Records 1:00 That 70’s Show 1:30 Movie: Barbie: Princess Charm School 3:00 Outsourced 3:30 Creek To Coast 4:00 Queensland Weekender 4:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Round 20: Gold Coast v GWS - Potentially this match at Metricon Stadium will decide the wooden spooner for 2012. Who will get bragging rights of the two new expansion clubs? 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 20: Cartlon v Brisbane It’s a tough road trip to Etihad Stadium for the improving Lions as they battle a Blues outfit aiming to keep their finals hopes alive. 10:30 Medical Emergency 11:00 TBA 2:00 Special: The Coral Reefs Are Dying - Ben Cropp takes viewers below the surface where he finds Australia’s live coral reefs and a multitude of marine life. 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Aida 3:45 Listen 3:55 New York: 20,000 Trees Under The Skyline 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Cardboard Men 5:35 Rex In Rome 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Massive Moves: Runway Race 8:00 Massive Moves: Risky Rescue 8:30 RocKwiz 9:20 Movie: “The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life” (M) - Five random days in the lives of a French family, spread out over twelve years, paint a telling picture of the ups and downs of human relationships in this comedy-drama from France. In French 11:25 Movie: “Frostbite” - (MA v,h) A spoof on vampire movies. In the north of Sweden a group of teenagers hold a party and take tablets which they think are ecstasy, but the tablets are for vampires. The result is chaotic. In Sweden 1:15 Steamboy - In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. The most expensive Japanese animation film made at the time, from famed manga writerdirector Katsuhiro Ôtomo. 3:25 Weatherwatch Overnight

4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Calerdale 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Walk On The Wild Side 2:00 New Tricks 2:50 Norman Mailer: The American 4:30 First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne 5:00 Nature’s Great Events: The Great Tide 5:55 Antiques Master 6:25 Audrey’s Kitchen: Rhubarb Crumble 6:30 Compass: Dinner In Melbourne 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs Revisited: West Cumbria 8:15 Dream Build 8:30 Sisters Of War - Inspired by the remarkable true story of two extraordinary Australian women. It is a story of friendship, strength, survival and forgiveness. 10:05 Inspector George Gently: Gently In The Night - The murder of a young waitress working in a hostess club raises the spectre of changing societal views in the swinging 60s. 11:35 Movie: “Rosemary’s Baby” (M h,v) - After unwittingly becoming friendly with diabolists, an actor’s wife is impregnated by the Devil. 1:50 Movie: “Carefree” (G) -Musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. A humourless lawyer sends his girlfriend to a psychiatrist, with whom she falls in love. 3:15 Rage

6:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 15 9:00 London Gold 11:00 Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Motorway Patrol 1:30 Gilligans Island 2:00 London Gold 4:00 Sunday Football: Canterbury Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 16 - Karl Stefanovic is in the hosting chair as the final gold medals are decided in ten sports. This session may include: the final athletics event at the 2012 Olympics will have a backdrop of a million or more spectators as the men’s marathon winds its way through central London, the basketball tournament comes to an end with the two men’s medal play-off matches, the cream of the rhythmic gymnasts take to the mats in the all-around final, the final five gold medals will be decided in boxing, men’s water-polo, men’s wrestling, the men play for gold in the volleyball final at Earls Court, men’s BMX and the women’s modern pentathlon. 11:30 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 16 - Ken Sutcliffe takes us through the closing stages of competition from London 2012. 1:00 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 16 - This session may include: men’s water polo and the final stages of the women’s modern pentathlon will be the combined event with a 3km run interspersed with 20 shots from the air-pistol. Australia’s Chloe Esposito has been a slow starter in the lead-up events but tends to storm home.

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 Rnd 20: Hawthorn v Port Adelaide 4:00 Beauty And The Geek Australia 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Once Upon A Time: An Apple As Red As Blood - Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest as the savior of the fairytale dwellers, and Regina concocts a plan that could rid her of Emma forever. 9:30 Bones: The Shallow In The Deep 10:30 Law & Order: LA: Harbor City - When former surf champion Trevor Knight returns home to help his ailing mother, it ultimately results in his untimely death. Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski believe that it was not only a robbery gone wrong, but possibly an inside job. 11:30 Drug Bust 12:00 Outlaw 1:00 Special: Secret Of An Oasis 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 Beyond Tomorrow 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:00 World Superbike Championships 2012 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 Faces Of America: Becoming American 3:30 Living With The Enemy: Hunger And Hope 4:30 Salam Cafe 5:00 Cycling Central 6:00 Thalassa: Norway’s Nuclear Problem 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: The Bible’s Buried Secrets 8.30 Inside Nature’s Giants: Dinosaur Bird 9.30 Manson - It’s over 40 years since Charles Manson’s ‘Family’ committed the brutal murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in a two-night rampage in LA in August 1969. This gripping docu-drama takes viewers deep inside a twisted world of hate, fear and mind control. It shows how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of sadistic murderers. 11:15 Movie: “Doo Wop” (M l,v) - In Paris, Ziggy, a young bohemian band manager gets into trouble with some small-time crims. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend comes home after five years abroad, and he still thinks he’s in love with her. In French. 12:55 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 Grand Designs Revisited 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: Cornwall 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 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 Trial And Retribution: Ghost Train 1:10 Battle Of The Bishops - Follows the head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria as he leads a boycott of the once-a-decade Anglican leader’s meeting in London, to hold a rival summit in Jerusalem. 2:00 Songs Of Praise: School Choirs Showcase 2008 2:35 Rage 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield

6:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony 9:00 London Gold 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Magical Tales 3:30 London Gold 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 12:30 Memphis Beat: At The River - The squad is plunged into a case involving the death of an admired police officer who may have been involved with a white supremacist group. 1:30 Extra - Co-hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos reporting in front of a live audience from the shows hot location at The Grove in Los Angeles. The show takes viewers on a coastto-coast trip in every episode, from Hollywood to hotspots at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as Planet Hollywood and Times Square in New York City. 2:00 Danoz 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: “Never Tell Me Never” (M a) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4.00 Match It 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 The Amazing Race Australia - The race reaches Banff in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains. Teams struggle on the snow and ice. Climbing a frozen waterfall proves particularly tough for a race favourite. And when teams hit the ski slopes, tempers will flare. 8:30 TBA 10:30 Fairly Legal: My Best Friends Prenup - Kate learns that mixing friendship and business isn’t always easy as she helps a high-school friend with her pre-nup, or more specifically with the pre-nup her father is trying to make her sign 11:30 30 Rock: What Will Happen To The Gang Next Year? 12:00 Special: Sexiest Titles 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 Beyond Tomorrow 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Living In Fear” 2:50 How Can It Be? 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 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Mythbusters: Antacid Jail Break 8:35 Man vs Wild: Bear’s Essentials 9:30 Shameless 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS 1:05 Entourage: The Day Fu*kers - Vince and Johnny have a bet on whether Turtle and Eric can have unattached sex by the end of the day. After being rejected from their daughter’s exclusive private school, Ari and his wife are upset over their son having to attend a public school. 1:40 Entourage: Gary’s Desk - When Eric gets his own office, Vince eyes a piece of antique furniture that also has a rich history, but someone has already gotten his hands on it. Ari preps for a meeting with R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, but has to contend with twin-sibling rivalry in his own office. 2:10 The Ricky Gervais Show 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Behind The News 10:25 The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures 10:30 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Time Team 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Three Men Go To Venice - In this two-part series Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath go further than they’ve been before. They start their journey in Montenegro and sail up the Croatian coast, finishing in Venice. 9:30 QI: France 10:00 Artscape: Inland Heart: The Photography Of Jeff Carter 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:30 Henry VIII: Mind Of A Tyrant: Lover 2:20 Catalyst Bytes: Alcohol 2:30 Football: VFL

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:30 Chase: Narco Part 1 - When Pablo Cordova is arrested on suspicion of drug distribution and the lead witness in the case winds up dead, the U.S. Marshals discover the killer is his wife, Isabella. 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz 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: “Dawn Anna” 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Match It 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 The Amazing Race Australia - The remaining teams battle to make the top three in Beijing, China. The racers are in for a shock when they receive a ‘massage’, and on the way to the Great Wall, one team makes a mistake that could prove costly. 8:30 Winners & Losers: Letters And Lies - Tormented by the guilt she’s carrying at having cheated on Callum, Jenny’s relieved when Rhys makes a reappearance and she’s able to get her secret off her chest. Rhys’s advice that Jenny has to come clean proves futile when Callum proposes to Jenny. 9:30 World’s Strictest Parents 12:10 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “The Best Day Of My Life” 2:50 Us 3:00 Letters and Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: David Mitchell 8:30 Insight: Tough Love - It divides couples, families, teachers and experts. Insight explores the polarising issue of how we should discipline our children. 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Korkoro” - (M l,v) During the Second World War, a Gypsy family travels the roads of France before learning that the Vichy regime no longer gives them the right to travel freely. Based on the real-life stories of Gypsies rounded up in the German-occupied France of 1943. In French 1:00 Shameless - Karen’s relationship with Jamie is put under strain when she suffers a miscarriage, unaware she was pregnant to begin with. Liam wins a modelling competition that Debbie submitted him for, Tom takes his prank war with Stan one step too far, and Carl gets into trouble with the female residents of the estate. 1:50 Shameless 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Count Us In 10:20 Being Me 10:40 My Great Big Adventure 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:05 Country House Revisited: Plas Teg Revisit 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Idleness 8:30 Gruen Sweat - (Final) A four-part series, driven by host Wil Anderson and regulars Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft. The team will commentate on the ‘brandathlon’ that is London 2012. 9:15 Randling - This week, The West Coast Odd Sox take on The Help. Find out: reasons not to buy nail polish, the world’s most phallic building and the only English word with six z’s in it. 9:45 Would I Lie To You? 10:15 At The Movies 10:45 Lateline 11:20 The Business 11:35 The Librarians: Romeos And Juliets 12:15 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:15 Movie: “Cat People” - A beautiful girl believes she is turning into a panther and killing her friends. 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 20 - Central District v West Adelaide

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 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:00 TBA 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 Weeds: Little Boats - Despite their busy schedules, Nancy and Esteban try to find some time for each other. After finding out about Shane’s fantasies and Silas’s new and much older girlfriend, Nancy also has to talk to both of her sons. 12:00 Eclipse 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz 3:30 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: “Princess Protection Program” (G) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Match It 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home & Away 7:30 The Amazing Race Australia 9:00 TBA 11:00 Happy Endings: The gang find themselves at yet another wedding, this time the nuptials of Derri Derrick and Eric. Will there be ‘DRAMA,’ to quote Derrick? Of course, as Brad struggles to tell Jane something important, Jane tries to find a way to help Eric hide the fact that the pricey reception must be downscaled. 11:30 Parks And Recreation - Things come to a head for Leslie, Ben and Chris when Chris brings Leslie up on ethics charges for her relationship with Ben. 12:00 Stag 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 Beyond Tomorrow 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Mount Kenya 8:30 The Last Explorers: John Muir: Saving America’s Soul 9:30 Cutting Edge: China: Superpower - - Historian Niall Ferguson asks what China’s growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean to all of us. China’s supercharged economic growth signals a seismic shift in political power from West to East. We are increasingly dependent on China’s money to bail out our own fragile economies. But at what price? 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “A Christmas Tale” (M a)- The Vuillard family’s shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self-harm and loss doesn’t lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmas time reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan? In French 1:40 Inspector Rex: Under Hypnosis 2:30 Warriors: Shogun 3:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Alone With A Stranger” (M v,l) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 Match It 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home & Away - Sasha tries to sabotage Dex and April’s plan to move out. Danny hits Casey after learning that he’s double-crossed him. 7:30 Border Security 8:30 Criminal Minds 9:30 Grey’s Anatomy - In tonight’s heart-wrenching season finale, the doctors are faced with a life-threatening situation and must fight to stay alive while trying to save the lives of their peers. Bailey and Ben make a decision regarding their relationship and Teddy is presented with a tempting offer. 10:30 Private Practice 11:30 Medical Emergency 12:00 House Calls To The Rescue 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 Beyond Tomorrow 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News








ABC 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies: 2:00 Country House Revisited 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: Florence 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Photo Finish: Performance 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The House In The Woods: The series returns with DCI Tom Barnaby and his new sidekick DC Ben Jones investigating a series of murders in a deserted house in the woods which local villagers believe is haunted 10:05 Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey: Seekers 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Colter’s Hell - Looks at the establishment of America’s first national park, Yellowstone, and the people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of this land they loved. 12:20 The Clinic 1:20 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: Florence 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 20 - Swan Districs vs Peel Thunder

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6:00 2012 London Olympic Games - Day 12 9:00 London Gold 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 London Gold 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 6:50 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 13 -Thirteen gold medals will be decided tonight and host Karl Stefanovic will bring viewers all the action. This session may include: four gold medals in the canoes and kayaks, decathlon gold, women’s high jump and the first round in the men’s 4 x 400m relay, women’s 10m platform, the rhythmic gymnastics and the 10km marathon swims. 11:00 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 13 - Ken Sutcliffe slides into the hosting chair. This session may include: another massive session in track and field with five gold medals up for grabs, men’s 200m final, 100-200 sprint double, men’s triple jump, men’s 800m, men’s decathlon, semi-finals in the women’s 800m and the first round of the women’s 4 x 100m relay, women’s javelin final, the women dive for gold in the 10m platform, the first of the men’s hockey semi-finals, women’s basketball, men’s BMX, the climax of the women’s water polo with the top four nations in action and synchronised swimming. 1:00 2012 London Olympic Games: Day 13


SUDOKU No. 110

Your  Lucky 


Stars  

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) The Moon/Mercury Midpoint moving through your sign should help your powers of intuition. You will need these shortly. Go with your gut! Romance. You will be in the mood for some serious relaxation today. With your recent hard work, you deserve some rest and recuperation.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Make sure you know your own mind. Otherwise, you could be too easily influenced by other people. Romance. A solution to a recent dilemma will be much easier to find if you can put your minds together. You need to come up with a solution that pleases everyone. Be open to other opinions.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


A domestic crisis will have to be sorted out as soon as possible. Make sure that you get to the bottom of it this time! Romance. A message you receive may not make much sense at first. It is important that you try to understand it, however. Its underlying meaning is of value to your partner.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)

A letter from a friend who is a long way away will put you in a good mood. You may be seeing this person sooner than you think. Buy them a small welcoming gift. Romance. You will achieve more this week if you manage to take it easy for a while. Work will be more efficient when you’re rested.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) This will be an excellent week for an exotic meal. Try to go somewhere upbeat and zany. The mood will easily spread. Romance. You may be a little too strongly influenced by fantasy at the moment. Try to keep your feet firmly on the ground. Your partner may be concerned about your wellbeing.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)

A chance meeting with an old friend could prove to be interesting. There may be something about this person which makes you suspicious. Romance. Instead of trying to change your partner, you should do your best to accept them just as they are. After all, that’s who you fell in love with, right?


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You will be feeling full of energy at the moment and possibly a little restless. It is very important that you find a new outlet for your energy. Romance. You may find it too easy to see your partner’s weak points. Try to focus on something positive and the rest will be forgotten.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You must accept complete responsibility for your actions. Don’t expect other people to make decisions for you. Be forthright about your deeds. Romance. Someone close to you may soon be getting married. Your feelings may be a little ambivalent. Keep this to yourself and let them enjoy their day.

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

A friend’s comment will make you feel insecure. Unfortunately, you may be a little over-sensitive at the moment. Gather yourself! Romance. A constructive first step towards improving your social life will soon pay dividends. You’ll have a larger group of people to choose a partner from.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) This will be an excellent time for meeting new people. Don’t spend too much time with someone that you know is not suitable, however. Romance. Your emotions may be a little fragile at the moment. This is not the best time to push through any major changes. Fix what is broken at the moment.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.

– Ogden Nash


A dream about a close friend will surprise you. Your relationship with this person may soon change. Don’t make any quick remarks. Romance. You will need to prepare for a few changes. You may feel a little insecure for a while. Stepping out of your comfort zone will be a good thing.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

Your finances will shortly receive an important boost. When you get this money, make sure that you put some of it aside for a rainy day. Romance. Don’t let the recent attention you have been receiving go to your head! It may have taken you by surprise, but don’t let others know this.

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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


Box ad bookings: Noon, Wednesday before publication Box ad material: Noon, Wednesday before publication Line classifieds: 10.30am, Thursday before publication




Attention-seeking space seeks like-minded advertiser. Email your line classified through to ads@torresnews. or call 1300 867 737 and ask for Bec.

ADVERTISE your classified here! Garage Sales, Meetings, Car or Boat for Sale!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Tombstone Unveiling For the late

Who can vote You can vote in the TSRA elections if you are:


â&#x20AC;˘ a Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal person â&#x20AC;˘ aged 18 years or over, and â&#x20AC;˘ correctly enrolled at an address in one of the above mentioned wards


If you need to enrol, or have moved and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t updated your enrolment address details, you will need to complete a new enrolment form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The AEC must receive your enrolment form 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

Friday, 28 September, 2012

Candidate nominations Nominations close next Wednesday! Candidate nominations opened on Tuesday 17 July 2012 and close on Wednesday 15 August 2012.

Tombstone Unveiling for the late

Election guides and nomination forms are available from: â&#x20AC;˘ TSRA Office, level 1, 46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island

Kamelia Elma Binjuda

â&#x20AC;˘ Australian Electoral Commission, 2nd Floor, Commonwealth Centre, 104 Grafton Street, Cairns City, or â&#x20AC;˘

(Thursday Island)

Completed nomination forms can be delivered in person, by post or fax to the Returning Officer shown below.


More information For more information on this election, how to enrol to vote, or how to nominate as a candidate, contact:

Tombstone Unveiling

Tony Anderson TSRA Returning Officer PO Box 1146 Cairns QLD 4870 Telephone: 4051 7188 Fax: 4051 7694 Email: Or visit

Of the Late Mrs Petta Morseu Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 Location: Badu Island Contact Names: Bertha Morseu 0447 016 803 Laura Morseu 0429 803 476 Alenka Morseu 0477 534 046 AG66981


DATE CLAIMER Tombstone Unveiling of the late:

Mr Archie Wapau Mrs Senmilia Nawakie Mr Jerry Miah Yusia Mr Olsen Cedric Wapau Miss Veronica Margaret Mudu Saturday, October 27, 2012 BAMAGA Contact: Mrs Patricia Yusia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0408 693 163 Ms Janet Wapau â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0429 678 345


By Expressions Of Interest TORRES STRAIT TOURS PTY LTD, THURSDAY ISLAND An ongoing business providing scheduled transfers between Horn and Thursday Islands and water taxi and charter operations to Friday, Hammond, P.O.W. Islands and the mainland of Australia. Sale includes: Boats, Buses and Bookings, together with access to private wharf, pontoons, and slipway. Rental accommodation available on Thursday and Horn Islands. To lodge Expression of Interest or for more information please email: Attention Sandie All correspondence will be treated as strictly confidential.

Torres News Trades & Services Directory ACCOMMODATION

â&#x2013;şCBD (Supermarkets/Post OfďŹ ce/Banks/Newsagent/Cellars) â&#x2013;ş24 hour â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Check-inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x2013;şSelf-contained Apartments â&#x2013;şDaily Room Servicing â&#x2013;şQueen/Twin Bedrooms â&#x2013;şAll rooms with own private balcony â&#x2013;şWireless Internet â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hot spotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x2013;şCable TV service â&#x2013;şBBQ / Gazebo & Pool â&#x2013;şUndercover & Secure Car Parking â&#x2013;şTour bookings & Car Hire â&#x2013;şDirect on-line booking via Web site

71 Lake Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870 Phone: 07 4041 2350 Fax: 07 4041 2420


(Trading as Wis Wei Boat Charters)

Horn Island

Available for day trips, camping trips, Charters to: Seisa, POW, Hammond, TI and other nearby islands.

Phone Vince: 0429 631 844




....for SALES & SERVICE of Kubota Construction Equipment & Generators, Iseki & Massey Ferguson Tractors & Kanga Loaders



DAVIES DILLON (Reg Tax Agent: 80695/006)


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Maz aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signs

Servicing the Cape & Torres Strait Communities

Telephone Maza Kelly for all your sign requirements Phone 0458 173 070







Email: Web Site:



10 Comport Street, Cairns Phone Dave, Paul or Kym

4050 7500


ÂŞ7%%$ÂŞ#/.42/, Termite Specialists

ABN 74 061 168 036 BSA 106 0874 Termites, Pre-treats, Pre-purchase & Termite Reports Reticulation & Baiting Systems Cockroaches, Ants, Spiders, Rodents, Fleas etc

Servicing Cardwell to Cape York & Torres Strait 199 Newell St Bungalow Ph: 4054 2888 E:

Attention-seeking space seeks like-minded advertiser THIS COLOUR SPACE COSTS ONLY $50 PER WEEK* Email or call 1300 867 737 *CONDITIONS APPLY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MINIMUM 6 WEEK BOOKING

Tax Help With ď ś Salary & wage returns ď ś Capital gains ď ś Rental properties ď ś Shares & Investments ď ś Multiple year tax returns All Return Types ď ś Personal, business and partnership We will ďŹ nd every possible deduction and make sure you receive your tax refund promptly. Suite 1 140 Mulgrave Road CAIRNS

Shop 21 Campus Shopping Village, SMITHFIELD

4051 6315

SMALL BUSINESS AND REMOTE AREA SPECIALISTS We take the burden out of tax for you

ROTARYCLUB CLUBMEETINGS MEETINGS TI TI ROTARY Thursday Island Thursday Island Rotary Rotary ClubClub Meets at 7am Meets at 7.00am Friday Morning Breakfast Friday Morning Breakfast Meeting Meeting at Gab Titui at Federal Hotel. Visitors Welcome. Visitors welcome! Inquiries 4069 1531 Inquiries 0438 747 853


ITEC Employment

102 Douglas Street Thursday Island, Queensland 4875


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.

Tickets are available now at the Sacred Heart School office during school hours and on Saturdays 10–noon outside of Col Jones

PUBLIC NOTICE AFRICAN Creole Gospel By Percy, son of Patrain Misi (Gulaig) Seafaring King. Nile River (Africa) river of King.




PHONE: (07) 4090 3311 FAX: (07) 4090 3511 FREE CALL 1800 009 961


You can now have your classified ads in

Liaison Officers and Senior Liaison Officer Liaison Officers must be Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal people who live in the Torres Strait area. This position is to protect the rights of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in the election. Because they come from the Torres Strait, the Liaison Officer will know most voters in a Ward. The Liaison Officer will have cultural knowledge as they may ask questions to decide if a voter is a Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal person.


D Saturday, D B December 15, B 2012, Badu Island

Alfred Bowie William Bowie Bill Gagai Elma Nona




24 Hour Service for DV CONNECT Telephone 1800 811 811 – Lena Passi Women’s Shelter NPA WOMEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP 24 Hour Crisis Shelter Ph: 4069 3020

Outer Islands  Multi Skilled Administration Officer  Community Police officer – Full Time  Community Police Officer In Charge  Healthy Lifestyle Officer  Animal Management Worker  Environmental Health Worker  HACC Home Helper  Divisional Manager  Divisional Engineering Officer  CDEP Supervisor  CDEP Project Officer

come in for a chat and we can ring potential employers for you “Come and see our friendly staff, who can help you with your career goal’’ Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm week days

The AEC is seeking an expression of interest from suitably qualified candidates to fill polling official positions at various locations for the Torres Strait Regional Authority Board Member Elections (TSRA).

Phone: 1300 867 737

General Labourers Assistant In Nursing Kitchen Hand Child care vacancies - Various Cleaner Bus Driver Deckhand/Baggage Handler Deckhand/Host Ferry Master Admin vacancies Admin Traineeship Travel and Purchasing Officer Payroll Officer Children’s services worker

ITEC JOB SEEKERS* If there isn’t a job on the board that is in your field,

MABUIAG Sara (Tern) is messenger of Ra (Sun god). Sara is Yumplatok gospel. Mam is love. By Percy Misi


             


Vote Issuing Officers These positions would suit people with clerical skills, an ability to work effectively in a small team environment and who are able to quickly acquire knowledge of a range of AEC procedures.

These are casual positions and hours depend on polling times at a particular location. Training will be provided. Polling Officials must not be a candidate for the election or a member of staff or consultant to the TSRA. Applicants from the Outer Islands and NPA are encouraged to apply. Please note that any person who is, and is seen to be, active in political or electoral affairs and intends to publicly carry on this activity, may compromise the strict political neutrality of the AEC and cannot be considered. Further information and Expression of Interest information can be obtained by contacting: Tony Anderson, Returning Officer Cairns Office on (07) 4051 7188 or by email at Expressions of Interest should be lodged by Friday 31 August 2012 The AEC provides a workplace free from discrimination and is committed to Workplace Diversity.


TORRES SHIRE COUNCIL To lead, provide & facilitate


To lead, provide & facilitate

2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival Calling of Expression of Interest for Festival Stall The Torres Shire is calling Expressions of Interest for Festival Stalls during the 2012 Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. All interested in acquiring a stall must complete an Expression of Interest form and lodge at the Torres Shire Council Office on Douglas Street, Thursday Island. The following stall categories will be available this year: • Food Stalls • Arts & Craft Stalls • Exhibition Stalls • Information Stalls All interested persons wishing to have a food stall at the Cultural Festival must obtain a temporary food stall permit through Torres Shire Council. EOI forms can be obtained from the Torres Shire Council Office on Douglas Street, Thursday Island. Expressions of Interest for Festival Stalls close on Friday, August 17, 2012. For further information contact Laura Perry on (07) 4069 1336 or email Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


This newly created position requires a career oriented professional with an advanced level of technical skill and the capacity to take on a shared responsibility for shaping the future of a close community that embraces a unique culture and is located in a pristine environment. Torres Shire Council invites applications for this full time contract position. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the person we are looking for will be technically qualified and have the drive, resilience and savvy to be effective in a beautiful but remote location. A track record of building innovative and highly collaborative alliances will be paramount and negotiation and problem-solving skills will also be highly regarded. The successful applicant will be an integral part of a small but highly versatile senior management team. Responsibilities range from collaborating on corporate strategy and setting standards for exemplary leadership to close oversight of Council’s Community Services, Finance, Governance, Regulatory, Procurement and Human Resources functions. You will also have accountability for budgets, building a culture of high performance and development of effective work teams. A salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant and will take into account relocation expenses, motor vehicle, housing and tax concessions so as to provide an attractive incentive to someone who identifies with our vision and values. An application kit for this position can be obtained from the Council Office, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island or by contacting the Human Resources Officer, Don Benjamin phone: (07) 4069 1336, email or Council website Applications close 4pm Monday, August 27, 2012. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship

For Sale by Tender The Department of Immigration and Citizenship invites Tenderers to submit Tenders for the sale of two demountable buildings. The demountable buildings for sale are: • One 6 metre x 3 metre one room donga currently located on Warraber Island. This demountable is being sold on an “as is – where is” basis. Please quote tender number 2012/01 and • One 6 metre x 3 meter one room donga located at Horn Island. This demountable is being sold on an “as is – where is” basis. Please quote tender number 2012/02 Full details of these, including photos and possible inspection of the demountable buildings, can be arranged through the contact officer below. Only tenders submitted on an Official Tender Offer Template will be accepted. These can be obtained from the contact officer below. CLOSING DATE: 4pm local Thursday Island time, August 10, 2012 Contact Officer: Name Company: Phone: Fax:

Nait BAILIE Department of Immigration and Citizenship (07) 4069 1292 (07) 4069 1884


Commonwealth Centre Hastings Street Thursday Island QLD 4875 Telephone (07) 4069 1292 ● Facsimile (07) 4069 1884 ● Website:

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Port Kennedy Association


Come along and grab a bargain!


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

Hooker 5m Pro Fisherman with 70hp 4 Stroke and every possible option, delivered in April 2012. Liked the performance of the boat so much, I have ordered a 6.7m Hooker, and now need to sell this boat asap. More details are available on Boatpoint. Cost $52k, hoping for $47k, suit new buyer, and save the build time.




Ph Terry on 0418 776 157 or email


St John’s Community Care Ltd

To lead, provide & facilitate

Team Leader Thursday Island

Permanent Full-time or Temporary Full Time Contract available St John’s Community Care Ltd has a position vacant for an experienced and motivated person to coordinate Community Aged Care Packages and HACC funded Respite in the Torres Strait. The position will be based on Thursday Island. The successful applicant will be responsible for: • Coordinating delivery of Community Aged Care Packages and HACC funded Respite Care • Coordinate Annual Carers Retreat • Provision of direct support to clients as circumstances require • Recruitment (as required), training and supervision of Support Workers • Torres Strait Island Jobs Package; create ongoing part-time jobs in a range of sectors, Aged Care & Disabilities. • Networking with other service providers, including clinicians to help ensure that services are delivered as part of a shared approach to care, which delivers maximum benefit the clients and their carers • Promotion of our services to potential clients, carers, and the broader community in the Torres Strait An information kit may be obtained by phoning 4039 9700 or by email: Applications close 5pm Monday August 13, 2012 and should be addressed to: Effie Bacalakis Manager, Aged Care Services St John’s Community Care Ltd Via email: or by FAX: 4039 9777 St John’s Community Care Ltd is an Equal Employment Agency An Activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia






Under instructions from the Department of Defence, for sale by public tender are six well maintained Quintrex Dinghies. r $OXPLQLXPKXOOV r PHWUHVLQOHQJWK The items are located on Thursday Island and the successful Tenderers will be required to remove them at their own expense, whilst adhering to all legislated WH&S requirements. Removal to be completed by Friday 31 August 2012. Viewing by appointment only, contact Jeff Martin 07 4069 0530 / 0429 950 338. Don’t miss this opportunity to secure these quality dinghies for your leisure or business needs.

651 Ingham Rd, Michael Smith TOWNSVILLE QLD P: 03 9922 6515 M: 0409 023 115 E:

For vehicle listings & viewing times visit

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Supervisor - Full Time Thursday Island We are currently seeking an outstanding applicant to fill this newly created and challenging position. The successful applicant will engage with CDEP participants and staff members and ensure their adherence to safe working practices. You will also have the opportunity to work with an enthusiastic and passionate team and be eligible for a generous salary package and 5 weeks annual leave. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply. If you are Interested in this position apply by email attaching a cover letter and resume to Applications close Friday August 10, 2012 All applications are acknowledged on receipt LIQUOR ACT 1992 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR VARIATION OF CONDITIONS Applicant’s Name: Saibai Community Development (Torres Strait Islander) Corporation. Premises: Saibai Community Club and Bistro, cnr of School Road and the Esplanade, Saibai Island. Principal Activity: Community Club - provision of facilities and services to the club’s members and the achievement of the club’s objectives Trading Hours: 4:30pm to 7:30pm Monday - Thursday 4:30pm to 9:30pm Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm Saturday Proposed Variation of Licence: To allow for takeaway liquor sales. Takeaway sales would be limited to 6 x 375ml cans of light or mid-strength beer, per member, per day. OBJECTIONS TO THIS APPLICATION MAY BE FILED BY A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC OVER THE AGE OF 18 WHO HAS A PROPER INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY CONCERNED AND IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY THE GRANT OF THE APPLICATION. Grounds for Objection: (a) undue offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience to persons who reside, work or do business in the locality concerned, or to persons in, or travelling to or from, an existing or proposed place of public worship, hospital or school; (b) harm from alcohol abuse and misuse and associated violence; (c) an adverse effect on the health or safety of members of the public; (d) an adverse effect on the amenity of the community. Format of Objections: Objections must be lodged in writing individually or in petition form and must state the grounds for objection. An objection in the form of a petition must be in a format stipulated in the Act and the principal contact person should discuss the proposed petition with the Licensing Officer listed below. A petition template is able to be downloaded from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website at For further information on what is being proposed by the applicant, please contact Philippa Bauer on (07) 4033 5012 or email Closing Date for Objections: 5 SEPTEMBER 2012 Lodging Objections: Objections and/or Submissions should be lodged with: Indigenous Policy Branch Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Locked Bag 180 CITY EAST QLD 4002 Phone: (07) 3224 7080 Fax: (07) 3033 0035 All objectors will be notified in writing when a decision has been made on the application. Executive Director Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation


Temporary Food Stall Permit Torres Shire Council would like to advise intending Food Stall holders of their application requirements for obtaining a Temporary Food Stall Permit. The Food Safety (Level 1) Course is a pre-requisite for a Temporary Food Stall Permit and qualifies a food handler in skills and knowledge required in accordance with the Food Act 2006. Tagai TAFE on Thursday Island is delivering a six - hour food safety course. This qualification needs to accompany the Food Stall application to enable the process of a Food Permit. Concessional course fees apply for eligible indigenous participants. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

POSITION VACANT Business Services Manager – AO3 Tagai State College Executive Services Classification: Hours of Duty: Duties: Closing Date:

EPO AO3 (Temporary Full-time) 36.25 hrs per week Outlined in package 13 August 2012

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

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ROTARIANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE OF T.I. By MARK ROY THE Rotary Club of Thursday Island held an informal meet-and-greet for new residents to the island last Saturday, July 27, while welcoming their district governor Ian Lomas. Based in Cairns, Mr Lomas looks after Rotary business from Far North Queensland to the top half of the Northern Territory. And in 2013, he said Rotary’s influence would extend even further north, when the club holds its International Conference in the relatively new nation of Timor Leste. But he said across the Australia’s north, the the 9500 members of the 45 rotary clubs were always striving to make a difference. “One thing you’ll find in these isolated areas is Rotary is really part of the community . . . Rotary in communities like this really matter,” he said. “When you see Rotarians around, wearing their distinctive Rotary badges, please feel that you can go up to them and talk to them and find out a little bit about what they are doing, because whatever they are doing here is good for Thursday Island. “It’s not a big club, but it’s a vibrant club, and there is plenty of activity they are going to involve the community in in the coming year under the guidance of president Robyn (Humphreys).” And his words were made action when half a dozen or so Rotarians turned out to the front beach equipped with gloves and rubbish bags to perform one of their very welcome beach clean-ups. TI club president Robyn Humphreys said this year, the world president of Rotary had this year chosen the theme of peace for the club’s activities. “We are looking for peace-related activities for the island, before going to the 2014 international conference to be held in Sydney, where we are hoping to showcase the Torres Strait musicians and artists before an audience of 30-40,000 people,” Ms Humphreys said. Local band Northern Xposure kept the crowd entertained during the TI meet-and-greet, performing their unique brand of flamenco-infused island music, while Maor Arjuan provided delicious refreshments.

Rotarians Lee Sarich, Marika Seden, Robyn Humphreys, district governor Ian Lomas, Romina Fujii, Marina Schaeffer and Pat Jones.

Marika Seden and Maor Arjuan.

Roger Chandler, who delivered a rousing rendition of Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Ironbark on the night. Matt Garrick and Kate Cranney.

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ABOVE: Jackie Moody from Queensland Health with Nola Ward Page from the Torres Shire Council. BELOW: One of the Torres Strait’s finest group of musicians, Northern Xposure, performed their original compositions on the night.

At the Rotary changeover night on July 14 at Ilan Cafe at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre are: Front: Maor Arjuan, Romina Fujii, Marina Schaeffer, Robyn Humphreys, Jen Williams, Nola Ward Page, Lee Sarich and (back row) Michelle Riethmuller, Dorothy Hogan, David Prain, Marika Seden, Ron Humphreys and Pat Jones.



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The people have spoken . . .

Take a holiday in Reggaetown

. . . and the winners are:

Ceferino Sabatino’s work, Badi (2012) at left below and Tony Harry’s work, Apu Kaz (2012) were announced joint winners of the People’s Choice Award for their entries in the 2012 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award. Both artists will receive a $1000 prize from the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

By MATT GARRICK GOT the time for a dreadlock holiday off the islands? Then get your rasta on for the Reggaetown Festival, funking out on September 1 in Kuranda, 27 km from Cairns. The gig reaches its tenth anniversary this year, and they’re celebrating by showcasing a killer lineup of Aussie and international reggae, roots and dub performers. Some of the acts representing the Land of Oz include Melbourne funksters Blue King Brown, who will pump out their political poetry, and Queenslander Bobby Alu, armed with his ukulele to chill the masses. From the greater globe, dub dudes Katchafire are crossing the Tasman from New Zealand to play at the festival, and Gramps Morgan, from Jamaica, bring some Mediterranean flavour to proceedings. Natalie Pa’apa’a (pictured), the feisty lead singer of Blue King Brown, herself hailing from Samoan heritage, said she knows how islanders from all over love their reggae music. She told Torres News although she won’t have a chance to make it to the Torres Strait during this current tour, she can’t wait to see plenty of Islander faces in the audience at Reggaetown. “I love being up in that part of the country, with all the different people, from the Torres Strait, even from PNG,” she said. Blue King Brown come packed with political passion, particularly vocal about ending discrimination of Australia’s Indigenous people, and about fighting for freedom in Torres Strait’s neighbour, West Papua. “West Papua doesn’t have a proper way to exercise their democratic voice,” she said. “It’s full of human rights abuses.” Though, Blue King Brown won’t be at Reggaetown purely to preach. “We keep a good balance and like to keep the crowds engaged and energised,” said Natalie. Tickets cost 65 bucks plus booking fee, or more at the door. Visit au for more information about lineup, tickets and how to get there.

Former Torres Shire CEO subject of N.T. art award A FORMER Torres Shire Council CEO has been the subject of a portrait which took third prize in the 2012 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award in the Northern Territory. The portrait of Royden Robertson, titled Mr Fix It, was painted by his wife, Rooth, and finished third among the 43 entries, winning $500 prizemoney. Mr Robertson also served as President of the Thursday Island Torres Strait Rotary Club during his time in the

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Torres Strait. Rooth Robertson is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Pitt Town in NSW. She has lived and created her unique artwork in the NT for almost 11 years. Her work is internationally known as well as Australian wide. She is passionate about figurative and portraiture and with this painting she wanted to celebrate a man who has worked hard to serve the people of the NT, and who also has an interesting face. Roydon Robertson was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW and has worked in local government for over 30 years. He held the position of CEO for Palmerston City Council for six years and five years with the new shire of Central Desert in Alice Springs. He is highly respected within local government in the NT. He is a father of six children who loves to play the piano.

RIGHT: Mr Fix It, by Rooth Robertson.


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Solomon shows talent in the ring


By ALF WILSON A 14-year-old boxer with ancestry on Badu Island and Bamaga on the NPA looks to have a bright future in the ring. Thomas Solomon now lives on the North Queensland Aboriginal community of Palm Island and made his boxing debut on Saturday, July 21, at far-off Bundaberg. His trainer Chris Evers Snr said that Thomas fought at 48kg, giving away 4kg to Henry Tolten Brisbane before winning on points. “Thomas won well in what was one of the fights of the night. He is very strong and is a boxer with a genuine future,” the trainer said. The Torres News met Thomas and four other Palm boxers who made the marathon 1100km bus trip to Bundaberg after they returned to Townsville. “My family is from Badu and I went back there a while ago and hope to get back up there later in the year. Also I have people at Bamaga and want to say hello to all of them,” Thomas told the Torres News as he proudly showed his medal. Thomas is the nephew of well-known Palm Islander Ben Namoa who coaches Mount Bentley Raiders, one of the leading sides in the seven-club Palm Island domestic rugby league competition. Ben organises a Palm Island side to compete at the annual Dan Ropeyarn carnival at Bamaga. The other four boxers who travelled with Thomas to Bundaberg for the Queensland Boxing Association tournament were Marcus Ketchup, aged 13, Levi Baira, 11, Chris Evers Jnr, 10, and Billy Isaacs.

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Young Thomas Solomon with his medal, right, with Marcus Ketchup. PHOTO: ALF WILSON



Billy didn’t get a bout because he deemed too young by officials. “It was a great effort and the boys did very well. We caught last Thursday’s ferry from Palm island and stayed overnight at the Hotel Allen in Townsville. We left at 4am on Friday and it was a 14-hour trip,” Mr Evers said. More boxers had been expected to go however an injury and NAIDOC celebrations on Palm resulted in some scratching which included champion super heavyweight David Sam of Darnley descent. David Sam scored a try on July 21 for Jets which beat Hornets in local rugby league. It was good experience for the younger members of the local boxing club who are undoubted stars of the future. The triumphant boxers returned to Palm on the July 22 ferry as very happy youngsters.


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Demetriou confirmed as new Pride coach By GAVIN BROOMHEAD FORMER English Super League star Jason Demetriou has been confirmed as the new Head Coach of the Skill360 Northern Pride for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Demetriou, who is currently player-coach of UK Championship side Keighley Cougars, has signed a two-year deal in a real coup for the Cairns-based Intrust Super Cup club. The 36-year-old Aussie, who captained English Super League side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for five seasons from 2006-2010 and coached Keighley to a Championship 1 grand final win in his first season in charge in 2011, said he was thrilled to be joining the Pride. “After a long playing career in the Super League and a successful start to my coaching career, I see the Pride as a great opportunity to further my development as a rugby league coach at the elite level,” Demetriou said. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Australia and working with everyone at the Pride to not only bring success for the team on the field, but also to further develop our great game throughout far north Queensland. “I have already watched footage of the Pride in action, and I can’t wait to meet the boys to start preparing for the 2013 season.” Demetriou will replace outgoing Pride coach David Maiden when he starts at Barlow Park on October 3. Pride chief executive Chris Sheppard said it was a great day for the club to sign someone of Demetriou’s calibre. “I promised Pride fans at the start of this process that we would leave no stone unturned to find the

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Basketball in his blood < from T.I. to London > By MATT GARRICK

Two-year-old Paddy Mills shooting for a hoop, made by relatives, at the top of Green Hill on Thursday Island. Paddy Mills nowadays holds the day job as point guard for the Australian national Basketball team, the Boomers, at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photos courtesy of Benny Mills and the Canberra Times.

WHEN Patty Mills was a teenager, cutting his teeth playing basketball at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, he and his teammates greeted each other as bala - the word for ‘brother’ in Yumplatok, the Torres Strait Creole language. Years and multiple successful career jumps later, Mills is a key player in the 2012 Australian Olympic basketball team, The Boomers, as they chase for a gold medal in London. Mills, who carries his father Benny Mills’ Torres Strait Islander surname, reckons keeping culture alive has spurred him along on his long road to this athletic peak. “The teams I’ve played for, the language has rubbed off on teammates. “With [US NBA Team] the Trail Blazers, Rudy Fernandez was from Spain and we used the word ‘bala’. It’s great and a way of sharing the culture and promoting the culture,” he said. Throughout his life and career, Mills’ Indigenous ancestry has fuelled his sporting prowess. He has always held it high as his

badge of honour and motivation. “It’s come before sport. It’s come before all the stuff I’ve achieved. I was heavily involved with community stuff. I was part of a Torres Strait Islander dance group that performed during reconciliation week, Mabo Day, NAIDOC Week, all that,” he said. Mills comes from mixed Indigenous heritage. His mother, Yvonne, is an Aboriginal woman from South Australia. And he was born with basketball flowing in his blood. His uncle, Thursday Islander Danny Morseu, who grew up in the community of Tamwoy Town, was the first Torres Strait Island man to represent Australia at the Olympic Games. Morseu was a key inspiration for little Patty growing up, though the now 23-year-old was just a twinkle in his daddy’s eye when his uncle bounded for the Boomers at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Though as a little tacker it was Patty who watched his uncle in admiration, these days the tables have turned.

Morseu said he will be cheering courtside as Mills shoots for his team’s place on the podium in his second stint as point guard at the Olympics, after debuting in Beijing four years ago. “I think Patrick and the boys have got a great opportunity to win a medal for Australia. I always look at it from the point of view that every game is a different game and every game’s a new game when you step out on the floor,” said Morseu. Though they’ve jumped off to a rocky start - going down to Brazil and Spain in their opening games - Patty and the Boomers will certainly be crowd favourites up here.

Eels fail to electrify in this year’s KRL competition By MATT GARRICK

EELS OUT: KRL team Eels, with coach Kura Stephens (top left) earlier this season.

THEY slid off to a good start, but, due to a lack of players attending matches, Kaiwalagal Rugby League footy team the Eels have been kicked out of the comp for 2012. After forfeiting four matches, officials of the KRL said they had no choice but to ask the Eels to exit the challenge for this year’s cup. President of KRL Rugby Club Marsat Ketchell said it was a disappointment to both the club and the Eels, but mostly to the players of the remaining three teams, who turned up at Ken Brown Oval on the forfeited

weeks ready to play. “They could have been out with their families, out fishing, doing other things. It was just a waste of their time,” said Ketchell. Eels coach Kura Stephens, who had been putting in the hard yards organising the team of majorly Mapoon-based players to come over to Thursday Island each week to compete, said he had always known it would be a hard ask after jumping into the comp. in the deep end after kicking off late in the season. “I couldn’t rely on the boys from Bamaga. We need to localise the team,” Stephens said.

“I’ll be entering the team again next year, and we’ll be more prepared. We’ll have home-based players, and we’ll be ready to run-on when the season starts.” Though the teams left remaining to vie for the 2012 trophy have been reduced to three, there’s still a heady sense of anticipation as to who will hold the cup high come Grand Final day. Due to the timing of the Zenadth Kes Cultural Festival on Friday, September 21, the KRL Grand Final has been moved forward one week, and will be held at Ken Brown Oval on September 15.

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