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Eligibility law review for Torres Strait candidates Rangers get cracking on new fleet By MARK ROY ELIGIBILITY requirements for Torres Strait Islanders standing in local government elections will be reviewed after a court decision found Torres Strait Island Regional Councillor Jerry Stephen could no longer hold office in the division which encompasses his homeland of Ugar (Stephen Island). A section of the Local Government Act requires candidates in TSIRC elections to live on the islands in the division for which they are a candidate for two years prior to their nomination. The courts are yet to decide the fate of TSIRC Councillors Aven Noah, elected to the division covering Mer (Murray Island), and Cr Joel Gaiden, whose division takes in Dauan. Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli said he “struggled” to understand the need for a residential requirement in the legislation. “My initial reaction is that it does seem to be very, very proscriptive,” Mr Crisafulli told SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster last Wednesday. “If the act is truly representative of the views of the people of those communities, they wouldn’t have voted for those people.” The provisions are designed to ensure candidates live in and understand the cultural issues of the region. However, Mr Crisafulli said that was something electors could decide for themselves through the democratic process. “If people felt that those people were ‘blow-ins’, then they wouldn’t have vote for them,” he said. Indigenous rights advocate Maluwap Nona, present during the court proceedings against Mr Stephen, said the law was a “hangover from our colonialist past and an archaic remnant of racist laws of many years ago” and had to change. “We know our own people and we should always have the power to decide who we nominate, elect or recognise as having customary rights to the islands from which they come from,” Mr Nona said. After Mr Stephen won the election, with a 71 per cent majority, a civil court action was brought against him by the only other divisional candidate, his mother, Florianna Bero.

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Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin prepares to crack a coconut over the bow of the Urpi Urui, launched on Badu last week. The vessel is the first of a fleet of seven TSRA ranger boats to be rolled out across the islands of Badu, Mabuiag, Moa, Boigu, Mer, Iama and Masig in the coming months. Ms Macklin is being lent a hand to crack the coconut and officially launch the vessel by Mura Badhulgau Rangers supervisor Troy Stow, as Badu traditional owner Maluwap Nona and rangers from the TSRA Land and Sea Unit look on. See story, page 3, and more photos from the Badu celebrations on page 13. PHOTO: MARK ROY “I feel the democratic process “The legislation does not had been overturned by this piece of recognise the practical reality legislation,” Mr Stephen said. of the situation many Islander He said the law also prevented people face.” community leaders from acquirMr Crisafulli said he was ing the necessary experience and due to meet with TSIRC Mayor qualifications to hold office. Fred Gela within the next week, “Stephen Island is a small, isoand that was keen to talk with lated island with no services and him about the provisions of no airstrip,” Mr Stephen told the the act. Torres News. He said he understood Cr “It is one of the most-disadGela was in favour of the vantaged communities within the residential requirements for Jerry Stephen (left) and Maluwap Nona say legislation apply to candidates. Torres Strait.” People needed to travel off the TSIRC elections is ‘absurd’ and must be changed to reflect the But Mr Crisafulli said the act island to pursue work and education reality of Islanders’ way of life. had the unintended consequence said. of disqualifying prime candiopportunities, as well as for other “I’ve been travelling ever since I was dates from election. reasons such an accessing health services Contined Page 3.>> and for traditional cultural reasons, he brought up on the island,” he said.

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Customs is ‘gambling with border security while shuffling the deck with staff’ By MARK ROY SHUFFLING the decks and shifting Customs staff around the north of Australia is not the solution to monitoring border security, according to Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia. He said shifting Customs staff from Cairns to patrol the Torres Strait would simply leave Cairns vulnerable. His comments came in the wake of the interception of a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers off Boigu and the recent announcement of cuts to Customs and Border Protection staff numbers on Thursday Island. “In the case of the Boigu interception, it would have been worse than useless to call for Customs officers from Cairns to perform it,” Mr Macdonald said. “The asylum seekers could have drowned while the Cairns officers were waiting to board their plane.” A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said the service would maintain its presence in the Torres Strait by flying in officers. “Customs and Border Protection makes use of charter aircraft as required to bring

extra resources to Thursday Island, or any other location, if needed,” he said. “We are particularly alert to the risks which may present themselves in the Torres Strait region. “This area will also continue to be patrolled by Customs and Border Protection vessels and aircraft to ensure the border remains secure.” But Mr Macdonald said relying on staff in Cairns to patrol the Torres Strait did not solve the problem of border security. “Not only are they 1000 km away and can’t get there quickly, but who will be staffing the Cairns Customs area while they are making their way to Thursday Island? “The Gillard government couldn’t care less about the enormous challenges our customs officers face in trying to police this vast coastline in Northern Australia.” Mr Macdonald said Thursday Island had already suffered the loss of a Royal Australian Navy boat last year. “To be losing more than half of its Customs staff is another blow,” he said. “The Navy had to be deployed to the north west because of the Gillard government’s complete inability to stem the flood of asylum seekers there, leaving the Torres Strait to fend for itself. Which they cannot do without the


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staff.” The Customs spokesperson said when talking about staff numbers, it was important to distinguish between positions and actual Customs and Border Protection officers who may be affected by staffing changes. “There were 14 positions allocated to the Thursday Island District Office,” he said. “We are reducing by six positions. Of those six positions, three are currently vacant. “This means only three officers’ positions have been affected by the change. “These officers are relocating to other Customs and Border Protection offices in Northern Australia. “Eight staff members will remain in the Thursday Island Office.” He said no Thursday Island officers faced redundancy as a result of the District Office reductions, and the reshuffle would have “no impact” on Indigenous staff in the Torres Strait. Mr Macdonald the job cuts would have a big impact. “Not just on the job of policing our waters and enforcing quarantine laws, but on the Thursday Island community as well,” he said. “They claim that operational capacity won’t be affected, but of course it will be.

Senator Ian Macdonald. “You can’t take more than half the staff of a small office and expect the remaining staff to do the same job. The public sector union has slammed the move, saying it could leave Australia vulnerable to importation of drugs and guns, and a host of illegal activities. The union is now calling on the Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, to reverse the decision. The national secretary Nadine Flood told the Sydney Morning Herald that frontline Customs officers were being cut from regions known for heavy illicit drug traffic and gun importation. “To make these cuts at a time when the volume of shipping is increasing can only compromise border protection and erode our ability to stop drugs and guns entering the country,” Ms Flood said.

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A sea of blessings for the Torres Strait By MARK ROY THE local name for a small bird seen as a symbol of impending good weather has been chosen as the name of the first vessel in a planned fleet of seven ranger boats to be deployed across the Torres Strait. The Urpi Urui was officially launched on Badu on Wednesday, August 8, by Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin. Ms Macklin was accompanied on her visit to Badu by Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas. The rangers’ boat will be housed in a customised shed and office in the Badu area of Kaumug, a facility made possible through the assistance and cooperation of Badu’s Registered Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate and its chairman, Peo Ahmat. Mr Ahmat was instrumental in setting up the ranger program, along with other leaders including the late Jack Ahmat, former councillor Richard Bowie, and traditional owner Horace Nona, who was one of the first rangers on Badu. Mr Nona said those leaders knew they needed strong foundations to build the capacity of the rangers. “One of the future aspirations for us was for us to control our own livelihoods,� Mr Nona said. “Uncle Koiki Mabo made a great difference in our lives, but from there we had to take it further. “We were always talking about funding being allocated to the Torres Strait, in the form of us looking after our own area.� In her speech to rangers, elders, council and commuity representatives, Ms Macklin said the launch of the boat was a celebration of the long seafaring legacy of the Torres Strait.

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Badu traditional dancers performing at the launch. “It’s one of seven patrol to their land and sea country. boats which will enable rangers “At the same time, they are to work in a safe environment being upskilled and trained in with the latest technologies, things as divers as helicopter managing resources across the safety escape, mangrove surveys Mura Badhulgau sea country,� and leadership skills.� Ms Macklin said. TSRA chairperson Toshie In an indication that lessons Kris said the commissioning of had been learned from the the six-metre boats represented Malu Sara tragedy of 2005, a big step forward in the efthe minister placed a great fective management of land deal of emphasis on the safety and sea resources in the Torres standards of the Urpi Urui. Strait. Safety at sea was the highest “Without boats, the rangers priority for the patrol boat and have been restricted in the range for the Torres Strait Regional and scope of activities they can Authority (TSRA) rangers carry out, but that is about to based on Badu, she said. change in the coming months,� “The boat has been built to Mr Kris said. meet the highest marine survey “Our rangers will now be standards in Australia,� Ms able to effectively conduct reef Macklin said. and seagrass monitoring as well Ms McLucas commended the as routine surveys of turtle and TSRA for their determination in dugong feeding and breeding ensuring the safety standards of sites.: the boats. He said the TSRA had “Today’s blessing is a very engaged an independent sursignificant milestone for the veyor to ensure the highest Torres Strait Land and Sea safety standards were mainRanger Program, and for the tained throughout the project. communities it supports,� Ms “We then gave the masters McLucas said. and crews an opportunity to “These rangers working on provide feedback on all aspects land and sea are strengthening of the boats during sea trials and their cultural and traditional ties we have made some very minor

91 Douglas Street • Ph: 4069 1548 modifications,â€? he said. The standard of safety equipment on the boats was well in excess of standard requirements, he said. “The boats have all been equipped with satellite telephones, HF and VHF radios,â€? Mr Kris said. Each individual crew member will be required to carry a personal EPIRB, in addition to the one on the boat, while an automatic identification system would also allow the position and movement of ranger boats and other nearby shipping to be monitored in real time by Land and Sea Management Unit staff based on Thursday Island. “This system is normally only required on commercial vessels over 30 metres long in Australian waters and demonstrates the extent of our total commitment to crew and boat safety,â€? he said. He said the boats would benefit all 15 inhabited islands in the Torres Strait. The remaining vessels in the Land and Sea Ranger fleet will be rolled out to another six island communities throughout 2012-13, he said.

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fair hearing and decision handed down by his Honour Mr Jim Henry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am only critical of the law in this instance,â&#x20AC;? he said. Section 152 of the Local Government Bill holds that a person must have â&#x20AC;&#x153;lived in the particular division for which the person is to be a candidate for the two years immediately before the nomination dayâ&#x20AC;? and be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The two-year residency period does not apply to local government elections elsewhere in Queensland, although

A MAN reported missing in a dinghy in waters between Masig (Yorke) and Erub (Darnley) islands at Torres Strait has been located safe and well. A search, coordinated by Thursday Island police, was started on Wednesday, August 8, after family

candidates in the upcoming Torres Strait Regional Authority elections must be on the electoral roll in the division for which they nominate. Mr Stephen said the idiosyncratic law had denied his â&#x20AC;&#x153;traditional rights and inheritanceâ&#x20AC;? and said there should be no doubt that his home and heart lay in Stephen Island. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My home is here, my country is here, and I always come back to the island,â&#x20AC;? Mr Stephen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words cannot explain the importance of my homeland.â&#x20AC;?

were unable to contact the man, aged in his mid-20s, after heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left Darnley Island. Information suggests the man, aged in his mid 20s, set off in a six-metre dinghy from Erub around 1.30am on Wednesday, August 8. The alarm was raised around

12.15pm on Wednesday afternoon, after family were unable to contact the man. Shortly before 5pm the man was able to make contact with family to advise he was safely on Stephen Island after experiencing mechanical difficulties.

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NEWS All aboard for seamanship training THE Naval Cadets from the TS Carpentaria on Thursday Island took to the high seas recently to further develop their seamanships skills. Under the watchful eye of Lieutenant Commander Paul Kelly, Commanding Officer Janelle Marrington and navy cadet volunteers Michelle Riethmuller and Julia Dickenson, 35 cadets donned lifejackets and took to the waters off the Joint Defence Facility on TI. Ms Dickenson said the kids had ABOVE: TS Carpentaria Navy Cadets Anita Manas, Madena David, really enjoyed the day. Shania Bannister, Tanya Jobi, Kelly Marrington, Caroline Epseg, “Part of their training is to get Hannah Majid and Gaidora Elisala with Navy Cadet Volunteers (in the familiar with boats getting comfortcamo gear) Julia Dickenson and Michelle Riethmuller during marine able on the water,” she said. training exercises on Saturday, July 28. PHOTOS: MARK ROY Ms Marrington said: “SeamanBELOW LEFT: Navy ship and all the skills associated with that are the key components Cadets get some sea time on board of the naval cadets’ training,” Ms the TS Carpentaria. Marrington said. She said the TS Carpentaria Naval Cadets were always looking INSET: Cadets for adult staff to help with the showing they can training. handle a boat. The cadets meet on Thursdays at 5.30pm at their base within the grounds of the Joint Defence Facility, near the junction of Douglas and Hargrave streets. Adults interested in training are encouraged to attend, or contact Commanding Officer Marrington on 0427 696 971.

Preparations underway for fire season Members of Queensland Fire and Rescue Thursday Island working to protect residential property from the blaze. By MARK ROY FIREFIGHTERS on Thursday Island are preparing for this year’s fire season with controlled burns already underway. However, one bushfire near Rosehill on Saturday, August 4, took nearly seven hours to bring under control. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) Thursday Island station officer David Prain said the fire on Saturday started near Seriat Street in Rosehill at around 1.45pm. “It burned out the hill, and cotinued until about 8pm,” he said. “We had seven firies tackling it, with two big fire trucks and one small one.” QFRS Lieutenant Janelle Marrington said many Rosehill residents had helped fight the blaze. “We’d really like to thank those members of the public who came out with hoses and protected their own yard,” Lt Marrington said. “This releases firies to fight firefronts elsewhere, and protect properties.” She said she encouraged residents to ensure their garden hoses were connected

and in good working order. Residents were not doing themselves any favours by dumping rubbish around fencelines and bushland adjacent to their properties, she said. Mr Prain encouraged residents to remove garden rubbish wherever possible. “Dry garden waste can increase the intensity and risk of a fire,” Mr Prain said. Other measures to reduce risk this fire season included controlled burns, which the Thursday Island firies began on Wednesday, August 8. “We organised and conducted a hazard reduction burn on property behind the TAFE, next to the Thursday Island cemetery,” Mr Prain said. “Historically, that area does burn during the dry season, so we like to get in first when the grass is still a little bit green, and not totally dry. “It was controlled at every stage, and residents were notified.” He said the burn began at 5.30pm to take advantage of the cooler evening air. “It maximises safety, and allows us to carry out the burn under controlled conditions,” he said.

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 Mir “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 4 Torres News

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Mua artists bring ancient practices to life for CIAF A GROUP of artists from the Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Art Centre on Mua (or Moa) Island are taking a new direction in the development of sculptural ceremonial totem poles. The works will be on display at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) this month. Senior artist David Bosun, one of the architects and driving forces behind the project, said the artists were “revisiting and reviving” their ancient cultural practice of wood carving. “Ceremonial totem poles were a significant object that played a big part in sacred ceremonies of Mualgal cultural society by providing a source for the spirit of their God to manifest its powers,” Mr Bosun explained. “The ancestral beings are constantly present in and around their community, ensuring that Mualgal rituals and taboos were carefully observed. “In the past, interpretations of the Mualgal spiritual ancestors were

carved onto local materials including, pumice, wood and shell items and were used during ritual ceremonies.” He said both he and the other Mua artists - Ephraim Whap, Frank Bosen, Fred Joe, Roy Taylor and Solomon Booth - drew their inspiration from their religious and ceremonial beliefs. “It’s been particularly exciting seeing the younger artists reconnecting with their ancestors through the creation of traditional totem poles, which not only represent, but also encapsulate, the spirit of their ancestral beings,” he said. “It’s been a lot of hard work but we are ready to showcase our artworks for the first time at CIAF from August 16.” Art Centre director Anthony Murphy said one of the most enjoyable aspects of the activity was the interest it generated within the community. “It really captured the imagination

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and got people talking,” Mr Murphy said. “Elders were coming to sit in and talk to the artists, inducing debate and cultural exchange, while children were eager to sneak a peek and see what all the fuss was about. “I guess this demonstrates how art has a way of affecting many people in different ways.” He said the art fair would be a chance for Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts to promote a whole range of artworks from Mua, which for such a small community is prolific and creative in its output. “We will also be launching the first of our new range of textile products, including beautiful silk scarves designed by Jean Tamwoy and Mersane Loban,” he said. “Of course there will be our signature prints and amazing ghost net baskets by the acclaimed Maria Ware.”


WALKING into Ken Thaiday Snr’s workshop is like stepping into a shrine to his homeland, the Torres Strait, mixed with an eccentric inventor’s laboratory. Originally from Erub (Darnley Island), the grandfather of Broncos hero Sam Thaiday is now based in Cairns, where he constructs what he calls “mobilised artefacts” in the studios of independent Indigenous art institution, Canopy Artspace. Ken will be one of 300 Indigenous artists from Queensland involved in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) from August 17 to 19. Here, audiences will have a chance to view his ingenious artworks-come-gadgets. Each of his pieces has the ability to flap or open or whirr or bend - all part of his contemporary nod to traditional culture. “That’s what they do, they can move. For Ken Thaiday and his Korean assistant Yeolin Jun rig up his example, this one,” he says, tugging a cord attached “mobilised artefact” artwork, Koiki Mabo Celebration, (2012). to a small Dhari headdress resting on a bamboo PHOTO: MATT GARRICK

ABOVE: Artist David Bosun leads the way, as fellow artists and community members of all ages watch on. RIGHT: David Bosun, Roy Taylor, Solomon Booth and Frank Bosen with a totem pole ready for the CIAF.

hand. “You pull the string, then you lift it up, and it slides forward and backward.” This author felt a bit like a kid in a giant Torres Strait toy-store when given a tour by Thaiday around his ‘office’. Multi-coloured Dharis lined the back wall, alongside a veritable aquarium of fish and sea-creature sculptures. At the forefront of his creator’s den lay an intricate mixed media assemblage - a wooden box the size of a cupboard, vividly painted and rigged up with fishing wire. In the middle of the work lay a life-sized Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo, attached to delicate fishing-wire pulleys. When the wire is tugged by a puppeteer sitting at the back of the box, Thaiday’s quirky Koiki lifts into an upright position. And while it sounds complicated, Thai-

day said creating this contraption, entitled Koiki Mabo Celebration and completed in May this year, was a labour of love. “He is one of the best. I really respect him for what he did. He fought for the land rights for our Indigenous people. And he won. After 10 years. That’s a great man,” said Thaiday. “I’m an artist, I create artwork, but he did something very special. He smashed everything in that courthouse. He went in there and after 10 years, they said yes. And he was the only one to ever do so. And that’s why I’m so proud of him.” For more information on CIAF, including a full-program of events, visit www. For more info on Ken Thaiday and Canopy Artspace, go to www.canopyarts. com.

Badu’s best on display at CIAF BADHULGAW Kuthinaw Mudh, the Torres Strait Island Art Centre on Badu Island, has finished packing their art works for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - and loaded their art crate onto Sea Swift. A senior spokesperson for the art centre said that without the generosity of sponsors, the crate - which holds artwork includes prints, carving, jewellery, bronze sculpture, wearable art, fabrics and woven art - would not have made it to the art fair. “We would like to thank Seaswift for their kind sponsorship,” he said. “We don’t have the money to ship this big crate down to Cairns and back - and their assistance is essential.”

The crate holds hundreds and hand made items, all beautifully designed and crafted on Badu by artists including Laurie Nona, Joseph Au, Michael Nona, Tala Gaidan, Weldon Matasia, Iona Gaidan (senior), Aunty Milly, Sarah Gaidan, Edmund Laza, Zac Gaidan, Job Kusu, and others. Art centre manager Richard Butler said he was “bursting with pride and respect” at the accomplishments of the Badu artists. “Our artists have had a tough time over the past 12 months,” Mr Butler explained. “At one stage we were concerned about even making it to CIAF - but this work is superb and it is plentiful. “The Badu art world is an abun-

dant one, and what is really exciting is that there is so much more to do. We have all only just begun.” Mr Butler thanked all the centre’s artists for their efforts, which he described as “magnificent”. “All of the artists want to make special mention of the painting of the shipping crate by Josh Au,” he said. “He has created a 2.2-metre view of Badu Harbour - one of his ‘specialities’ - and something he has won awards for in the past. We might even sell the crate as a piece of artwork’ - but the buyer better have a fat wallet! “This is magnificent - a one off masterpiece.” The CIAF Art Fair is in Cairns on August 17, 18 and 19.

LEFT: This crate full of artwork from Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh, featuring a painting of the Badu Island harbour by Josh Au, is bound for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. RIGHT: The Badu Arts Centre thanks Sea Swift for their sponsorship. Torres News

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By MARK ROY RADIO 4MW has bid a fond farewell to one of its star broadcasters, Patrick Mau, after he made the decision to move on to pursue his music projects. Morning presenter Jenni Enosa said Patrick had imparted many skills to fellow broadcasters during his role as project co-ordinator with the station, run by the Torres Strait Islander Media Association. “I’m sure all the listeners out there enjoyed hearing his voice on air, and we wish Patrick and his family all the best,” Jenni said. Also known by the moniker Maupower and Kid Blaze in his diverse hip-hop and media productions, Patrick told the Torres News that working in radio had opened up his eyes to a new world. “Before I came here I was unaware about many of the issues in the region - housing, education - and how political issues affect every person in the Torres Strait,” he said. “Previously I had thought ‘this doesn’t affect me’, but now I’ve seen a whole new side. “I have a better insight into how media works, and how media projects can benefit locals.” During his 27 months with the station, Patrick worked on community health projects such as the radio play Kasa Por Yarn, and presented outside broadcasts from across the region. Always out and about, Patrick’s shows included coverage ranging from the Dan Ropeyarn Cup at the Northern Peninsula Area to trade shows at the local TI Hardware. He would don the headphones get on the mic to take listeners to events

such as the the Island of Origin league carnival on Badu, the Queensland Music Festival production Ilan Kores, the Tagai careers market, and last year’s tour of the outer islands with Marcus Pedro of Dance Kombat, to name but a few. “I’ve enjoyed it the whole time,” Patrick said. “There were a lot of fun times on air, and 4MW was not just a place I worked, but like family.” He said as well as his music, he had started online media blogging, In June, Patrick set up Zenadth Kes Wakai, an online community current affairs site. “I cover local issues, discussions and current affairs, local politics, malu issues relating to seas, education and arts, music and entertainment,” he said. The site, which also features Maupower music releases and videos, can be found by searching Zenadth Kes Wakai on either Google or facebook. But when not busy working on music, media blogging, or even catching crays, Patrick promised to return to the 4MW from time to time to work in a voluntary capacity. “You can’t keep me away from the radio - it’s ingrained in me now,” he said. 4MW operations manager Jaan Torv said it was good to know the station could still call on Patrick. “We are going to miss your music, we are going to miss your muscle, and we are going to miss your creativity,” Mr Torv said.

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Health Promotion Officer for the Torres Strait NPA Health Service Ella Kris (left) with fellow Queensland Health workers Phoebe Motlop and Del Passi. A BIG part of improving yourself and Ms Kris. getting deadlier, so to speak, is about “Then we can sustain our culture.” first getting healthier. Stalls were set up in the park for In Thursday Island’s Anzac Park on people of all ages to wander by and July 26, local and state health organisa- discover tips about eating healthier, tions came together for NAIDOC doing more physical activity, drinking Week, to promote the cause of good plenty of water, moderating sugar living. intakes and quitting smoking. Health Promotion Officer for the Ms Kris advised everyone to take Torres Strait NPA Health Service Ella health seriously, and go to the health Kris said they were there on the day to centre for regular check-ups. “Don’t wait until you get sick. You increase awareness around combating might think you look healthy on the chronic diseases. “It’s one of our biggest killers in the outside, but on the inside is where the Torres Strait. We took the opportunity damage is occurring,” said Ms Kris. to be a part of NAIDOC throughout For more healthy information, or the week, in regards to educating our to make a check-up, give the friendly people about making healthier choices, guys at Thursday Island Primary so we can live longer I guess,” said Health Care Centre on 4069 0400.


NPA Show brings the talent together By JESSICA SAXTON

They come in many forms - from volunteers at the gate and each FOR a region consisting event, to NPARC Enof five, such unique comvironmental Services munities, this month they who collected rubbish. showed how united they From the never-tircould be. ing Parks and Gardens The 2012 NPA Regional workers who watered Show was a testimony to the mud rally track how talented, brave and and prepared the horse versatile our region’s peoevent hitching posts to ple are when they come the CDEP workers who together. constructed the rodeo Held over three days arena. from the opening night Local band Blaik on Thursday, August 2 Koral not only prountil Saturday, August 4, in vided live music for Bamaga, there was plenty crowds relaxing on the of talent on show, with the field, but also set up NPA Show Talent Quest and manned the sound discovering that along system for the entire with gymnasts, singers and show. musicians, the residents Along with our of the Northern Peninsula multi-tasking NPARC Area can really shake a tail Events Team, these feather! quiet workers made Our strongest men, this show what it was. women and children In a weekend filled battled for ground in the with such wonderful tug-of-war competition and talent, entertainment the fastest raced against the and competition, we clock and each other in the have to thank everyone 100m dash. from each corner of The horses of the NPA the NPA, it was your were caught and saddled show and you made it for the novelty races where spectacular. even NPARC Mayor BerSpecial thanks is nard Charlie competed. also extended to the Kids with painted faces Torres Strait Regional were let loose in sideshow Jamal Mooka strutting his stuff at the NPA Show Talent Quest. More photos, Authority and Northern alley, and the smell of Page 22. PHOTO: JESSICA SAXTON service workers silently held their breath Peninsula Area Regional delicious home-made kai Council as principal sponsors, Sea Swift as kai wafted across the grounds to grumbling from the sidelines. Though it wasn’t only the countless major sponsors, and other sponsors and bellies. Men and women drivers took on the contestants and cheering crowds that made supporters, including Skytrans, Police and Ambulance services, NPA Emergency infamous NPA mud rally track and tested the weekend such a success. A big esso is due for our behind-the- Services, Rural Fire Brigade and the Torres their seat in the rodeo to the cheers of their News. friends and families, while emergency scenes superheroes.

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Coles an Chair of the WA Museum Board Emeritus Professor Alan Robson presented Sir David with a framed photograph and signed publication of the species at the WA Museum in Perth o n S a t u r d a y, August 4. “Prethopalpus a t t e n b o ro u g h i is named in recognition of Sir David’s significant contribution Prethopalpus attenboroughi “Attenborough’s goblin to natural history spider”. Image courtesy of Queensland Museum. Mr Coles said: “It is incredible that and promotion of the world’s biodiversity,” Mr Coles in the 21st century our scientists are still documenting and describing so said. “For more than six decades Sir many new species,” he said. “It highlights how diverse and David Attenborough has broadcast into hundreds of millions of homes complex the world’s biodiversity is. Prethopalpus attenboroughi was providing a unique insight into the published in the Bulletin of the Amerinatural world. “It is Sir David’s enthusiasm for can Museum of Natural History on nature and his ability to make biology June 21, 2012. For more information: http:// accessible to generations of viewers that inspired scientists to attribute the handle/2246/6185 new spider with his name.”


ELECTION NOTICE Nominations are called from the Alngith, Anathangayth, Ankamuthi, Peppan, Taepadhighi, Thanikwithi, Tjungundji, Warranggu, Wathayn, Wik and Wik-Waya, and Yupungathi Traditional Owners, to be elected to: • Coordinating Committee Member (22 in total, being 2 from each of 11 Traditional Owner Groups) • Sub-Regional Trust Director (20 in total from 11 Clan Groups in Northern, Central & Southern Regions) Nomination forms and Information Sheets providing more detail, have already been posted to the registered Traditional Owner shareholders of the WCCCA Completed Nomination forms must reach the AEC Returning Officer, at address below, not later than 12:00 noon on Monday 24 September 2012. Nominations cannot be withdrawn after that time. HOW TO LODGE NOMINATIONS (07) 3834 3469 Use reply paid envelope or post to: AEC, GPO Box 321 Brisbane QLD 4001 By Hand: Australian Electoral Commission, 488 Queen Street, Brisbane. By Fax: By Post:

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What’s On

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

The Horn Island Residents and Ratepayers Association Beach Clean Up Day gets underway on the front beach on Horn Island from 2pm, Saturday, August 25. Come along and show your pride in our beautiful islands!


Mon 13. Junior volleyball development program, Years 8 - 9, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Mon 13. Hash House Harriers run, 5.50pm Mon 13. Parenting Seminar and sausage sizzle, Tagai Primary Library, 6 - 8pm, 4069 2279 Tue 14. Esplanade walk/Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 14. Touch Football, Ken Brown Oval, 6pm Tue 14. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin entry, 7pm Wed 15. Nominations for TSRA elections close, forms available TSRA office Wed 15. Junior volleyball development program, Years 10 - 12, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Wed 15. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 15. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 15. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Thu 16. Junior volleyball development program, Years 6 - 7, Torres Shire Sports Complex, 4 - 5pm Thu 16. TS Carpentaria Cadets, TI Joint Defence Facility, 5.30 - 7.30pm Fri 17 - Sun 19. Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, various venues, Cairns Fri 17. Floral Fridays - break out your best Hawaiian shirt! Fri 17. TI Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Malu Paru restaurant, Grand Hotel, 7am, 0438 747 853 Fri 17. Mini-triathlon, TI Sports Complex, 5.15pm Fri 17. Cocktails by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Fri 17. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7p Sat 25. Wongai Jubilee Ball, PKA Hall TI, 4069 2203 Sat 25. HIR&RA Beach Clean Up Day, front beach, Horn Island, 2pm Mon 27. Variety Bash entertainment, Seisia Football Oval, 5.30pm - late


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

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

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

Democracy means freedom to voice an opinion I AM writing in regards to the Mer (Murray Island) 40 year lease. Firstly I would like say that I’m just a regular guy, a complete nobody in the Meriam community, and a person who holds no special place of importance in the political scheme of things here on Mer. However, democracy allows a regular nobody such as myself to exercise my democratic right to freedom of speech.Therefore I will do so. Before I do, I would like to speak in regards to freedom of speech. In a society built upon democratic principles, I have the right to speak freely and fight with all my heart for what I believe in. I am allowed to speak, believe and express my personal opinions/views based upon the

I WRITE to inform all families and friends of my decision to relinquish my position as secondary case manager with Yumi Education Services in Cairns to return home to Masig. I feel it’s time for me to return home and seize the opportunity for economic development that I believe will greatly assist Masig and offer students genuine employment options after completion of formal schooling. My community’s organisation - Kailag Enterprises Limited - is considering a range of potential business ventures that includes the lease of an enterprise from the Torres Strait Island Regional Council. As the organisation’s current Chairperson I’m duty bound to oversee this negotiation hence my need to return home. I am a strong believer that it is time for us in the Torres Strait to try and build our economic wealth, so that we can independently support the learning, growth

Indigenous culture, beliefs are not museum pieces

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in, then I say to that man your thinking borders along the lines of dictatorship. If you believe and say that I’m a troublemaker, its because your right to freedom of speech allows you to do so. Whether a man voices his opinion for or against the 40year lease, at the end of the day the inner mechanisms of democracy is well-lubricated and functioning as it should be. Now back to the 40 year lease. The one thing I would truly like to say in regards to the 40 year lease is this: stop using the Word of God as a political means to an end. Stop using the Word of God as a political football to see who can kick the the most points between the goal posts. His Word is holy, leave it

alone. But rather putting things in perspective, his holy Word says righteousness exalts a nation. Perhaps we should all repent? Me included. We must also have leadership within the community with the highest level of dignity and integrity as is possible for a man to have. I’m not saying a man has to be perfect, for we are but mortal men corrupted to the core in our fallen state. However true leaders lead by example. Israel as a nation was at its golden age and its very best when godly leaders ruled with holiness, sincerity, honesty and integrity. May the Most High bless our leaders, all Meriam and our future. Reginald Maza Mer (Murray Island)

Education needed to help build economic wealth

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the principle of freedom. No one can stop me, nor do I need any man’s consent to speak freely on the the things that I believe in. Australia, America, Great Britain and other countries around the world are foundationally built upon democratic principles and beliefs. These beliefs revolve around the concept and ideology of freedom. Freedom is a wonderful thing! It gives a regular nobody like me the ability to voice my opinion and fight for what I believe in. Freedom is a God-given right and a human right. That’s the best thing about a democratic society, freedom. If a man believes that I am not allowed to stand up and and fight for what I believe

and achievement of our children. We need not just rely on Government benefits. The YUMI Education Support Service’s team of Prapa Pathways Primary and Secondary Case Managers have built good relationships with the outer Torres Strait Island parents, students, and communities. I believe that they will continue to grow and support our children to achieve Yumi aspirations for Prapa Pathways. I look forward to championing the cause as the Deputy Chair of Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Council (TSIREC) - passionate about our early years programs, supportive of our primary students and encouraging all secondary school students to complete their education. I provide, below, to parents, students and communities of Torres Strait, my contact details. I do not want to totally disengage myself

WESTERN societies and academics refer to Aboriginal Australian culture with words such as: ancient, traditional and tribal. These may be true, but the mentality surrounding them, which influence non-Indigenous peoples of the import of such old customs beliefs, usually suggest something old, dead and to be looked at behind glass in a museum. Whereas the structure and practice of these old customs and spirit of the beliefs are so current, alive and important in the

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from being there to contribute, to make a difference to the life of our children. Mobile number: 0447 532 731 Email Address: Jmosby4@bigpond. com While the YUMI Education Support Service (YESS) team will continue to work from TI and Cairns, I will be on Masig - equally keen to support families Finally, I wish to say Kaima Esso (Big thank you) to the Director and Staff of YESS for all their help they have provided to me during my time working as one of the secondary case manager in Cairns. Keep continuing doing the good work you all do to help our Torres Strait Early, Pre-Prep, Primary and Secondary Educators stay focus to complete and be successful in their schooling . God Bless Mr John Mosby Deputy Chairperson TSIREC

day to day lives of people, that really Aboriginal Culture should be described as a religion. This will mean the importance of sacred sites and heritage and land are still very much a current need, not something to be tokenised or trivialised by governments. We’ve allowed governments to resign Aboriginality to the history books and they feel that if it no longer happening or alive, then it isn’t something to be considered in decision making. Aboriginal custom and beliefs


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

deserve the same respect and reverence as any other Western/ European religion. Jack Andrew Wilkie-Jans (pictured)

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

NEWS THUMBS UP: To Thursday Island’s Patty Mills for his game-winning throw against the Russian men’s team at the London Olympics. Patty’s three-pointer, right on the buzzer, gave the Ausssie Boomers a thrilling 82-80 victory over previously undefeated Russia. Too deadly, bala. THUMBS DOWN: To the group of men at Rosehill on Saturday night, standing in a circle and encouraging their dogs to fight for their own entertainment. Not only is this an absolute disgusting act of animal cruelty, it is also putting the lives of our children at risk from dogs trained to attack. It is also a crime. Disgraceful. THUMBS UP: To the Balmain Variety Bash for choosing Bamaga as their destination in 2012. Looking forward to the show. THUMBS DOWN: To the toilet block on the foreshore on Horn Island’s front beach. Believe me, it smells worse than it looks (see photo at right). Please, either clean it up or close it down! THUMBS UP: To the Dedeyal Gammas girls who cross the waters to play in the KRL Women’s competition. Pure dedication. THUMBS UP: To Cecile for bringing yoga classes to Thursday Island. We hope to see you here again in October!

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SHINE A LIGHT On our history Does anyone rememember when and where this photo was taken?

The hovercraft of the 1970s DURING the 1970s, a hovercraft passenger service operated between Thursday Island and the outer islands. Does anyone remember the days of the hovercraft?

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Sea Swift named top employer for second year in succession

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ABOVE: Sea Swift staff on Thursday Island (from left): Health, safety, environment and community representative Elton Fell, supervisor Darryl Seden, Fred Matthew, area manager Danny Ridley and Andrew McAllister. RIGHT: Office manager Jody Ridley. SEA Swift has once again been named Far cadetship program, with the cadet intake doubling North Queensland’s Employer of the Year at the this year from six to 12. Queensland Training Awards held in Cairns on “It’s a totally unique program,” he said. “We August 4. are an established, dynamic and forward thinking The shipping company, whose headquarters are company with a large growth plan and excellent in Cairns but with depots on Thursday Island and employment opportunities, and this is just another Horn Island, and in Weipa, Seisia, and Gladstone, example of what we offer.” retains the award it also won last year. Sea Swift has developed a diverse employee 18 Ishmael Road, CAIRNS, QLD, 4870 Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Fred White base, which is represented by the following: Ph: (07) 4054 4595 • Fax: (07) 4054 6631 said that, as one of the largest employers in the • Mature aged workers (45-73 yrs): 49% of all Email: • Web: region (about 300 staff), the company makes a staff. significant contribution to the employment and skill • Female workers: 17%. development of local communities, including Abo• Multi-cultural workforce: 34%, including riginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander A locally owned and operated family business – Established in 1965 “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this workers that total 15%. Specialising in designing and manufacturing: award once again, and it is a tribute to each and • 457 visa holder workers: 5%. every one of our wonderful staff,” Mr White said. Mr White said Sea Swift has a five-year horizon Headstones, Bases, Plaques, Graves – In stock or made to order “It’s a great achievement, and great acknowledgeto grow from approximately 300 staff and 27 vessels Ceramic Photos, Frames, Statues, Crosses and Vases ment for all the hard work put in by our people.” to 400 staff and 35 vessels. Inscriptions and Artwork completed at our factory in Cairns Sea Swift was one of 57 finalists chosen from “To ensure this is achieved, our focus is about ~ Qualified Stonemasons with Queensland Apprentices ~ more than 750 nominations across Queensland, and being strategically proactive and developing the is now in contention for the State-wide prize at the capability of our entire workforce to support these State finals in Brisbane on September 14. expansion plans,” he said. “We’ve been ranked in the top three employers in “In particular, we are developing higher safety the State, which is just fantastic,” Mr White said. standards that not only attract a broader client base, “The company has a strong training ethos but continue to attract and retain high calibre and continually invests employees as well.” into its staff at all levels Training and career developments in 2012 across its divisions. include: “This is illustrated by • Cadetships. our commitment to all • School-based apprentices/trainees (including forms of training by a on Thursday Island). FLUORESCENT company of our size. • Coxswain traineeships. BATTENS 36w “The vast majority of • Torres Strait Maritime Industry Forum. 32w $2200 inc gst our commitment is not • FOG’s Employment Expo. CIRCULAR c/w lamp Government-funded, • Employment of a Marine Training Project FLURO and is expended on Coordinator. We have $3100 ea some great new more specialised and • Improved inductions.• On-line training inc gst eco fans job-specific training, analysis. c/w lamp only 42w, plastic When choosing lighting for your next residential, commercial or from entry level core • Safety leadership training. blades, don’t rust. skills through to acquir• Customer service training. renovation project, The Lighthouse will help you to experience White $9600 ea, ing Masters tickets to Sea Swift will be up against G & S Engineering an entirely new level of style, quality and real value for money. silver $11500 ea sail the fleet.” Services (Mackay) and Ostwald Bros. Pty Ltd inc gst Mr White said an (Dalby) in its bid to be named Queensland’s top 232 Mulgrave Road Cairns Queensland, 4870 YPhone: (07) 4031 3099 example of Sea Swift’s employer next month. commitment to its staff For more information about Sea Swift, visit Fax: (07) 4031 7101 Yemail: is through its innovative


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No rise in Torres Shire rates TORRES Shire has held its rates at the current level, with no increases across the board. “This is great news for the community,” Mayor Pedro Stephen (pictured right) said. “Councillors and I are highly conscious of the increases in rates that have been required over the past few years and the impact that has had on many community households. “In order to relieve some of the impact, Council has decided to put together the most-comprehensive set of operational objectives it can achieve, without increasing its rates for this coming year.” Rates increases in recent years have averaged about six per cent a year. “The budget is great value for money, and at no further cost to ratepayers. Council has set an ambitious program for the year, but at the same time without forcing ratepayers to dig deeper into their pockets.” The Mayor said: “As was the case in previous years, the adoption of the 2012-13 Budget continues our record of sound financial management within Torres Shire Council. “The annual budget, determined by Council at a special meeting in July, again demonstrates transparency in financial and public accountability and a measure of good governance, at time when the impact of global recession continues to add to the high

cost of essential service delivery and capital works”. “In adopting its budget under the Local Government Act 2009, and Local Government (Finance, Plans and Reporting) Regulation 2010, Council acknowledges that it must operate within its financial capacity.” Mayor Stephen said: “At the same time Council is aware of the importance of continually improving our performance in providing value-for-money services”. Some key features of the 2012-13 budget are: • No increase in user fees and charges for provision of community service obligations • Operating deficit (5% of total operating revenue) due to increased expenditure in buildings and community and recreation facilities maintenance • $3.1 million from Council’s previous years’ capital revenue from hire of plant and equipment from

fully funded capital works to be spent on plant replacements and building refurbishments • $12.5 million fully-funded capital expenditure on major infrastructure projects such as Wasaga Roads, Affordable Housing Scheme, Childcare equipment upgrade, and Airport Security Screening equipment. • $760K transfers to Reserves for future asset acquisition and renewal from capital revenue from hire of plant and equipment from fully funded capital works. “Council’s ability to achieve this goal is a tribute to the existing staff, who have worked very hard to help Council become more efficient” says Mayor Stephen. “This coming year, Council will also place a considerable emphasis on the development of a new fiveyear corporate plan that will help to determine the medium term objectives need to achieve on our way to delivering our Community Plan, our Asset management Plan and our 10 year Financial plan.” Torres Shire Council’s budget is open for public inspection at the Council Office. Summary details are also available on www.torres.qld. Any persons requiring further information regarding the budget should contact the Chief Executive Officer (4069 1336) or by email ceo@


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Working towards a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy Thursday Island Consultation Forum The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has appointed Menzies School of Health Research, in partnership with NACCHO, to develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy. A consultation forum will be held on Thursday Island at Port Kennedy Association Hall Friday 17 August 2012 9am – 3pm Local organisations and individuals interested in Indigenous health and wellbeing are invited to attend. Written public input is also welcome. For further information visit or email





Uel Bani and Adrian Davidson meet with AMSA general manager John Young (far left) and chief executive Graham Peachey (centre).

Uel looks forward to new boating role THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recently employed Thursday Island resident Uel Bani as their new boating safety officer. Mr Bani began work in early July and has been busy undertaking various types of training as well as attending the AMSA head office in Canberra to complete his organisation induction. He was joined in his travels by AMSA Thursday Island Office manager Adrian Davidson,who will be working with Uel for the duration of his 12-month contract. “We are very excited to have filled this position locally,” Mr Davidson said. “Uel was a standout candidate throughout the selection process and he has shown a great deal of skill and enthusiasm since he commenced in the role.” Adrian said the new role was part of a “bigger picture” under AMSA’s National Indigenous Employment Strategy (NIES). “Uel’s position is an indigenous traineeship and represents one small

part of AMSA’s NIES,” he said. “Our NIES provides a clear path for the organisation to make significant cultural and organisational changes and it is a process to which we are very committed” When asked what he expects in the new role, Uel said he would be very busy. “As well as undertaking training in a range of areas, I will be involved a number of AMSA core functions in Torres Strait,” Mr Bani said. “I learned firsthand in Canberra that AMSA is responsible for a range of commonwealth responses in the area of search and rescue, shipping regulation and marine pollution, and I might be asked to assist in those types of emergency situations. “But I will be primarily focused on objectives of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program including the various maritime safety training courses across outer island communities. “I am really looking forward to the challenge as well as the experience of working with a Commonwealth Government Authority.”

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory congratulates the following artists: WINNER TELSTRA AWARD $40,000 Timothy Cook, Kulama


Barbara Moore, Untitled


Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yukuwa


Raymond Zada, Racebook


Jack Nawilil, Namorroddo

thank you to all the artists who entered the award this year visit the online gallery Authorised by Jim Grant on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, Chung Wah Terrace, Palmerston.

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GAFFNEY - ansey WEDDING MARYANN Gaffney and Stanley Ansey were married recently, holding a reception with family and friends at Hilton’s Mondo Restaurant in Cairns. The couple, who are both from the Torres Strait, currently live on Horn

ABOVE: Maryann and Stanley Ansey. BELOW: Stanley and Maryann Ansey after their wedding ceremony.

Island. “We got married in a small intimate ceremony with family and friends in Cairns on Friday, July 6, 2012,” Maryann said. “We had an absolute ball, was so much fun, and we’re loving being married.”

ABOVE: The wedding party in Cairns. BELOW: Philemon Ansey, Stanley Ansey, Maryann Ansey (nee Gaffney) and Chelsea Bevan-Downing.



Photos: MARK ROY


ABOVE: Laura and Sammi. BELOW: Allen Godfrey and Rosie Ware enjoying a night out at the Jardine. Camille, Simon, Anton, Paula and Praveena.

Stanley Ansey with his mum Selina and new bride Maryann. Maryann and Stanley Ansey.

Yana, Johnny, Giagree and Arianne.

The Owen Brauer, RIck Brauer and Cliff Brauer Tribute Band at the Jardine.

LEFT: Celebrating Danny’s birthday at the Jardine are Uel Bani, Brendan Macaulay, Danny Bani, Sam Bon and Dimple Bani Jnr. RIGHT: Joey Laifoo, Cagney, Richard, Paw Paw and Stephen’s posse at the Jardine.

Celebrating her July 25 birthday with friends at the Torres Hotel on Friday night is Joan Ripa (left) with Jean Marshall, Mavis Whap, Samat Sagigi, Chris Davey, Selina Samai and Elaine Doolah. Page 12 Torres News 13 - 19 August 2012

Dinah Sailor, Annie Seriat, Ellen Mosby, Lenon Matthew and Ella Kris enjoying the karaoke.

Shane, Christine, Bron, Cecile and Mel at the going-away party for yoga instructor extraordinaire, Cecile, who is headed to Montpellier in the south of France for a couple of months. Namaste!



Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin with Father John Eseli and some of the welcoming committee on Badu. ABOVE: TSIRC councillor Horace Baira from Badu, arts centre board member Laurie Nona and Minister Macklin silkscreen a local design onto a t-shirt at the Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh, or Badu Arts Centre. BELOW: Jenny Macklin signs a shirt she screenprinted at the Badu Arts Centre.

ABOVE: A member of the Tagai College Badu Campus Traditional Island Dancing Team performing. BELOW: A member of the Badu Dance Team.

MC Maluwap Nona and TSRA Land and Sea Rangers look on as Jenny Macklin cracks the coconut to officially launch the ranger boat Urpi Urai.

BELOPW: TSRA Chairman John Toshie Kris.

Members of the Tagai College Badu Campus Traditional Island Dancing Team perform at the launch ceremony. ABOVE: Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas speaking at the launch of the ranger boat on Badu. BELOW: Badu Elder Horace Baira Snr and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin.

ABOVE: TSIRC Councillor Horace Baira, Senator Jan McLucas and Minister Macklin with TSRA representatives at the launch. BELOW: Ranetta Nawakie, Oliphanu Jackonia, Walter Mene Jr and Laurianna Baira were just some of many families, friends and community members who turned out to the ranger boat launch ceremony.

Dancers and the Urpi Urui.

Young Enosa from CEA, Terry Baira from TSIRC and Morris Nona from CEA were pleased to drive the visiting Minister, Senator, special guests and media on a tour of Badu Island.

Jenny Macklin and Laurie Nona work on a silkscreened t-shirt. Torres News 13 - 19 August 2012 Page 13






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Under Eights Day Injinoo Campus


Held early in term three the annual Under Eights Day was the usual success with the students at the Injinoo campus as illustrated in the attached pictures.

Peninsula Area

Great to have members of the Injinoo community getting together with the staff and students and just having fun!!

State College News

High Tea at the Senior Campus Year 10 Hospitality students held a High Tea to learn valuable Hostess skills. Teachers, senior students and guests were invited to scones, cinnamon tea cake and iced cupcakes. Students were required to welcome guests, ensure they had refreshments and initiate conversation among the guests. Teacher Sarah Benaud commented that this event showed that the college has some up and coming leaders in the Year 10 Hospitality class. Students Shylica McKiernan, and Alata Tamwoy welcome guests

SeaSwift Partners College in Recycling Computers 61 superceded computers were dispatched last month to a Brisbane recycling company and did not get thrown into the NPARC dump. This was only made possible through the free freight provided by the shipping company SeaSwift. SeaSwift has a corporate policy that supports environmental responsibility and pledges to support other companies and organisations in acting responsibly to support the environment. Nicole Bond-Cottis, Latoya Newman, and Lavinia Williams making cupcakes.

Date Reminders 20 - 27th August- Careers Tour (selected Years 10,11,12 students-Gold Coast Suns Second Order for a 2012 Senior Shirt at senior FDPSXVRI多FH Follow the College news on FaceBook: peninsula

Each year the college retires dozens of computers, printers and related equipment as they come out of warranty and become VXSHUFHGHGE\PRUHXSWRGDWHDQGHI多FLHQWWHFKQRORJ\5DWKHU WKDQ多OOLQJWKHORFDOGXPSZLWKWKHVHGHYLFHVWKHPHWDOSDUWVFDQ be recycled into new equipment. The Department of Education has e-waste policies that support responsible disposal of equipment but remote schools have a challenge following this policy economically. The support of freight assistance from SeaSwift and manager Graeme Boydell SeaSwift Seisia manager Graeme Boydell in the yard at the Seisia depot and the staff at the Seisia Depot has made this possible.

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5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:10 Marchlands 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand Designs: Hackney 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Spicks And Specks: Europa Special - The ABC wardrobe department have given our teams a makeover for tonight’s Spicks and Specks: Europa Special, which celebrates the music and musicians, both past and present, hailing from the great European continent. 8:30 Scott And Bailey: In this two-part episode, Scott and Bailey investigate the torture/murder of two very different victims. And while Janet’s marriage is failing, Rachel welcomes two new men into her life. 9:15 Taggart: Abuse Of Trust - A union activist is shot dead and his boss injured leaving a meeting about job losses. The team is initially led to believe it may be a corporate killing but could it be someone closer to home? 10:05 Lateline 10:40 Penn And Teller: Fool Us 11:25 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 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 Friday Night Football - Brisbane Bronco’s v Melbourne Storm - Wide World Of Sports presents Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm live from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Join us for all the action, post match interviews and analysis. 9:30 Friday Night Football - Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Tigers 11:30 Movie: “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost” (M a,v) - Jesse, no longer Chief of the Paradise Police Force sets out on his own to solve the murder of a young girl he had helped earlier. 1:20 Movie: “All Neat In Black Stockings” (M s) The life and ‘extra’ adventures of an amorous window cleaner, in the hip and swingin’ London of the 60’s who divides his time between picking up the cleaning rag and picking up women in the London pubs. 3:20 Nine Presents: Jack Vidgen - Inspire 3:30 Danoz 4:30 Good Morning America

4:00 Rage (MA) 5:00 Rage (PG) 6:00 Rage (G) 10:00 Rage Guest Programmer (PG) 11:00 Chopper Rescue 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Collectors: Boardgames 1:30 Eggheads 2:00 Penn And Teller: Fool Us 2:55 Movie: Magnificent Obsession - When a spoiled rich man foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that’s therefore unavailable to aid a local hero who dies as a result. 4:45 At The Movies: Short Cuts 5:00 The Wonder Years: Nemesis 5:25 Walk On The Wild Side 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 New Tricks 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Three Act Tragedy - Poirot’s friend hosts a cocktail party where an amiable local Reverend chokes to death on his cocktail. Murder seems impossible but weeks later another guest dies in similar circumstances. 10:00 Hustle 11:05 United States Of Tara: The Full F*@$ You Finger - Feeling the pressure of college and trying to plan a baby shower for Charmaine, Tara transitions and the alters begin to fight for control of her body. 11:30 Rage Guest Programmer (MA a,l,d,h,n,s,v.)

6:00 Team Umizoomi 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 9:00 Danoz 10:00 Joanna Lumley’s Nile 11:00 Children’s Programs 3:00 Crusoe 4:00 Discover Downunder 4:30 The Garden Guru’s 5:00 National News: First At Five 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 Nine News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:40 2012 Castrol Edge Rugby Championship: Australia vs New Zealand - Wide World Of Sports presents the first of six games in the 2012 Castrol Edge Rugby Championships which will include games with New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. Join your expert commentary team for all the action from ANZ Stadium, Sydney. 10:00 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express” (PG) The year is 1935 and aboard the Orient Express bound for Calais, a sinister American millionaire is found murdered in his compartment. It’s a cunning crime, one that’s worthy of the renowned detective Hercule Poirot who, by coincidence is aboard the train. 2:50 The Avengers 3:50 Nine Presents: Mark Vincent 4:00 Danoz 5:30 Wesley Impact






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 Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 At The Movies: 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 BTN Daily 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: The South 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters - Is there a serial killer on the loose in Midsomer Barton? Barnaby and his new sidekick Jones investigate a series of murders linked to the death of a beauty queen some years ago. 10:05 Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey: Stillness 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: The Last Refuge 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 1:30 The Oldest Living Tasmanian: The Huon Pine 2:25 Catalyst Bytes: Perfect Wave 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 21 - East Fremantle vs South Fremantle





6:00 Team Umizoomi 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World Of Sports 11:00 Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Motorway Patrol 1:30 Bronco’s Insider 2:00 2012 Intrust Super Cup - Round 21 - Ipswich Jets v Redcliffe Dragons 4:00 Sunday Football: Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 Big Brother - Join host Sonia Kruger as a bunch of everyday Aussie’s are locked up under 24/7 surveillance. 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 Howzat! Kerry Packers War - Part 1 - In 1976 Kerry Packer declared war on the cricket establishment by secretly forming a rebel competition with the world’s best players. Packer’s World Series Cricket challenged the establishment, divided public opinion, and thrust sport into a new era of professionalism and innovation. 10:30 TBA 11:30 TBA 12:00 What Would You Do? 1:00 Spyforce 2:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz 3:30 Newstyle Direct 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Collectors 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 DeGeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Catalyst 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Ellen Extra 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Grand Designs 5:30 Hot Seat Revisited 1:30 The New Inventors 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 6:00 National News Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 Grand 6:30 A Current Affair Designs: Islington 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 7:00 Big Brother 7:00 ABC News 8:30 Underbelly: Badness - Cut Snake And Crazy - Taskforce Tuno 7:30 7.30 cultivates a dangerous and unpredictable informant in their 8:00 Australian Story hunt for Terry Falconer’s killers. Starring Jason Lee, Sam 8:30 Four Corners Hennings, Celia Weston, D.J Qualls 9:20 Media Watch 9:30 TBA 9:35 Q & A 10:30 TBA 10:35 Lateline 11:30 Memphis Beat - Inside Man - A series of home burglaries has 11:10 The Business - Presented by Ticky Fullerton. The day’s busiHendricks and White looking into a previous unsolved series ness and finance news, with the latest trends on international of similar burglaries from years ago. share and currency markets, pointing to what Australians can 12:30 The Avengers - The Bird Who Knew Too Much expect in the day ahead. 1:30 Extra 11:35 Trial And Retribution: Shooter - Satch is witness to a brutal 2:00 Danoz assassination, putting both his and his loved ones’ lives at risk. 3:00 Newstyle Direct 1:05 Parliament Question Time: The House Of Representatives 3:30 Good Morning America 2:05 Rage 5:00 National Early Morning News 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield 5:30 Today 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: Harvest 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Walk On The Wild Side 2:00 New Tricks 3:00 Hidden Treasures With Griff Rhys Jones: Australian Art 4:00 Art Of Germany: A Divided Land 4:40 Propositions for an Uncertain Future: Lyndal Jones: Whispering Wall 5:00 Nature’s Great Events: The Great Flood 5:50 Miniscule: Totem 6:00 Antiques Master 6:30 Compass: My Brother’s Cult 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Grand Designs Revisited: Headcorn 8:15 Dream Build 8:30 Call The Midwife - A moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life look at the colourful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the 1950s. 9:30 The Slap: Hector - An 8-part drama series that traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. 10:25 Inspector George Gently: Gently In The Blood 11:55 You Only Live Twice 12:50 Order In The House 1:50 The Jewel In The Crown: Crossing The River 3:40 Rage



6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Schemes” (M s,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 - Matt White reports on the latest news and current social issues. 7:00 Home & Away 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 12:00 Special: Exploring Cape York Peninsula - Ben Cropp and his sons explore from their vessel, Freedom II, the vast and remote coastline of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula. 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Making Mr Right” (PG s,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 - Kay McGrath, Rod Young, Shane Webcke and John Schluter present the latest news, sport and weather. 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 2012 AFL Premiership Season Round 21: Geelong v St Kilda - Since their famous 2009 Grand Final honours have been split with two wins apiece, but the Cats have triumphed in the last two. Can the Saints reverse the trend to stake their top eight claims? Hosted by Bruce McAvaney with commentary from Dennis Cometti, Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley and Matthew Richardson. 11:30 TBA 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 6:15 Spanish Supercopa 2012: Barcelona v Real Madrid 8:35 Weatherwatch And Music 8:40 World News 1:00 Andre Rieu: Under The Stars 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 La Vuelta a España 2012 Daily Highlights: Stage 6 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby - Far From Moscow 8:30 A History of Scotland: Project Scotland 9:35 As It Happened: Death or Freedom: The Jericho Jailbreak 10.30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Angels in Fast Motion” (MA a,d,s) - This is the grim, confronting tale of Maria, Allan and Steso, three young people in their twenties who are each fighting a personal battle with drugs. Set in the winter-grey Danish city of Aalborg, the film is an unflinching and brutal story of addiction in a cruel and depressive world, but with a little glimpse of hope and love through its core. In Danish. 1:20 Kurt Wallander: The Angel Of Death - (M v,l) A choir of young women give an acclaimed guest performance in a country church outside Ystad. 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The investigation that weighs the plight of the uninsured (and the insured who quickly takes a sharp turn when the detectives discover those must deal with abuse from insurance companies) against the involved in the explosion are planning something more destrucrecord-breaking profits of the pharmaceutical industry, Moore tive. 12:00 Outlaw interviews a number of people who have been left broke by 1:00 Special: Inside Ireland - AFL legend, Robert Dipierdomenico medical bills even though they were fully insured, and explains follows the All Australian AFL side as they tackle the Gaelic how the corporate drive for profits has left numerous people footballers on their own turf. in financial and medical disarray. 2:00 Home Shopping 11:35 La Vuelta a España 2012: Stage 9 - Andorra to Barcelona 3:00 Beyond Tomorrow (Flat stage - 194 km). 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 2:00 Weatherwatch Overnight 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Family Stone” (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 - Roo learns more about Tim’s plans. 7:30 TBA 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 Fairly Legal: Bridges - Personal changes are on the horizon for Kate, including more conflicts and threats from Judge Nicastro. Meanwhile, Kate mediates a dispute between two litigious brothers and in what could be her toughest case yet, she’s enlisted by the Croatian Vice-Consul to help prevent an international incident. 12:00 Special: Sexiest Titles 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News 5:30 Eggheads 6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Behind The News 10:25 The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Movie: “Unwed Father” 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Border Patrol 3:30 Toybox 4:00 10:30 Australia’s Prime Ministers 10:35 My Place 12:00 Midday Extra 3:30 Magical Tales 4:00 Pyramid 4:30 National Afternoon News Match It 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or Report 12:30 Q&A 1:30 Compass 2:00 Parliament Question Time No Deal 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 As Time Goes By 6:00 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:00 Seven News 6:30 A Current Affair Time Team 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 6:30 Today Tonight Big Brother 7:00 7:00 ABC News 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Psychic Vortex 7:30 7.30 7:30 TBA 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Recombination Hypothesis 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Winners & Losers: Stalled / Moving On - Jenny discovers her 8:30 Anger Management: Charlie Tries Sleep Deprivation - Charlie 8:30 Three Men Go To Venice - The three men kick off the final leg actions have had a devastating ripple effect for those she cares of their journey to Venice hitching rides on yachts, tankers and conducts a sleep deprivation experiment on his group, which for the most. She struggles to come to terms with the hurt ferries; sailing by Europe’s largest nudist colony and finishing yields some very surprising results for everyone - including off with a gondola race down the Grand Canal. she’s caused everyone - especially Bec, who now can’t face Charlie. 9:30 QI: Fakes and Frauds her best friend. In an attempt to broker the peace, Frances and 9:00 Anger Management: Charlie And Kate Battle Over A Patient 10:00 Artscape: Jenny Sages: Paths To Portraiture - An exploration Sophie force Jenny and Bec to face the issue head on. But Bec 9:30 TBA into the artistic processes used by 2012 Archibald Prize runner- 11:35 Weeds: The Love Circle Overlap is unable to see a way through the rift. up Jenny Sages in the painting of portraits and landscapes. 10:30 TBA 12:05 Chase 10:30 Lateline 12:10 Sons And Daughters Extra 1:00 11:05 The Business 1:00 Infomercials 1:30 Danoz 11:30 Four Corners 3:00 Newstyle Direct 3:00 Home Shopping 12:15 Media Watch 3:30 Good Morning America 4:00 NBC Today 12:30 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:00 National Early Morning News 1:30 Henry VIII: Mind Of A Tyrant: Tyrant 2:30 Football: VFL: Port Melbourne vs Bendigo 5:30 Seven Early News 5:30 Today 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: Heath House Revisit 6:50 Australia’s Paralympians 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Immortal Bard 8:30 Gruen Planet - Wil, Todd and Russel will run the Gruen Planet scanner across the biggest news stories of the week, at home and abroad, pinpointing exactly where the truth stops and the spin, branding and image control begin. 9:10 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 11:45 The Librarians: Deliverance 12:15 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 1:15 Movie: “Curse Of The Cat People” 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 21 - West Adelaide vs Norwood

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our lives 3:00 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 Big Brother 8:00 The Farmer Wants A Wife: Love Bites - The farmers and their chosen girls are sent into a spin this week with the surprise arrival of a fourth girl chosen by a family member. Now there is even more pressure to impress with the farmer dividing his time between four girls. And one farmer reveals a million dollar secret. Will the girls change their attitude towards him? 9:00 TBA 10:00 TBA 11:00 TBA 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

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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The People Next Door” (M) 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 - Jett’s father threatens to involve the police. Meanwhile, Roo wants to join Tim’s business project. 7:30 TBA 11:30 Parks And Recreation - Citizen Knope - Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group abd fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas. 12:00 Sons And Daughters 12:30 Sons And Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 3:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Stag 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “For A Moment, Freedon” 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 La Vuelta a España 2012 Daily Highlights: Stage 9 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Hidden Nasties 8:30 Test Your Brain: Pay Attention - This engaging three-part series sizes up the human brain with an intricate succession of interactive experiments to see how easily the brain can be fooled. 9:30 Shameless 10:15 Jerrycan 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS 1:05 Entourage: No Cannes Do - A security threat at LA Airport strains everyone’s hopes of getting to Cannes in time for the Medellin film premiere. Ari attempts to assuage the feelings of Mrs Ari and Lloyd, who both wish to take the trip with him to Cannes, while Billy writes Eric’s new client into his script. 1:40 Entourage: The Cannes Kids 2:20 The Ricky Gervais Show 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight 5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Midnight My Love” 2:50 Eclipse 3:00 Letters and Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 La Vuelta a España 2012 Daily Highlights 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: J.K Rowling 8:30 Go Back To Where You Came From - In the second instalment of this multi award-winning series, six prominent Australians risk their lives to experience the reality of refugee life, as they embark on an extraordinary and confronting three-week journey. 9:40 Dateline 10:40 World News Australia 11:15 Movie: “Sunstorm” - (M v,a) When attorney Rebecka Martinsson receives a call that her pastor brother has been murdered, and his former wife, Sanna, has been charged with the crime, Rebecka heads to her hometown to defend her. While investigating the crime, Rebecka comes up against the bigoted religious fanatics that worship in the local church. In Swedish. 1:05 Shameless 2:00 Shameless 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight 4:30 EUFA Champions League 6:45 World News 2:00 Dateline 3:00 Letters And Numbers 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 La Vuelta a España 2012 Daily Highlights: Stage 10 5:45 Countdown 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest Africa: Ethiopia 8:30 Go Back to Where You Came From - In this episode, the refugee experiment gets bolder still. The Australians experience two countries torn apart by war. With ever-present danger, their differences become more pronounced. 9:35 Sandhurst Military Academy: A Matter of Life and Death Risking their lives and having to kill the enemy has always been an inescapable reality for any soldier - but since the war in Afghanistan it’s also almost inevitable for every officer to have to face this. 10:40 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Edge of Heaven” (M a,s,l)- Nejat, a professor of German literature, disapproves of his widower father Ali’s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. He changes his mind when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter’s education. After Yeter’s sudden death, Nejat travels to Istanbul to find Yeter’s daughter Ayten. 1:20 Warriors: Spartacus 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

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LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) Avoid subjects which you know will cause an argument. Try instead to use your excess energy constructively. Avoid criticism! Romance. A meeting in the open air will help to put your social life back on track. Look for a partner who provides you with the energy you’ve been lacking.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Home life will take up a lot of your energy over the rest of the week. Try to use your other interests to keep you balanced. Romance. Your partner may have shocking news for you. Listen to it intently, but don’t provide an immediate response. Mull over the topic for a few days first.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


A meeting with a person who is much older than you could prove interesting. You will soon feel that you know this person extremely well. Romance. A newfound admirer’s notes will be difficult to decode. Don’t spend too much time in doing so as they are not the right person for you.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) An exciting dream will help to give you an insight into future events. Don’t let the foresight ruin the surprise. Romance. Be careful not to criticise your partner. They could be in a slightly difficult mood this week. Pamper them with what you feel they need. Their disposition will change.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Don’t give up a long-term project, just because you cannot achieve exactly what you are aiming for. You will be successful in a completely different way. Romance. You could find your partner a little difficult to get on with at the moment. Avoid a screaming match at all costs.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Your good nature may be going to waste on people who are not really grateful. Separate yourself from this draining environment. Romance. Other people will be much less concerned about your appearance than you think. Your partner adores you for the way you naturally are.


AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may not be feeling very sociable at the moment. Push yourself to leave the house later in the week. Romance. Both you and your partner will be in the best of moods this week. Lighten your mood even further with a trip to a comedy show or light-hearted film. Laugh often!

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) You will feel lost at work this week. Allow yourself time to gather yourself and start fresh next week. Romance. Your relationship will be in better shape than it has been for some time. An evening outing will go well. This speaks volumes about your current status together.

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ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A friend has more serious things to worry about than you and you must give them all the support you can. Don’t be selfish with their time. Romance. This will be an excellent time for meeting new people. Don’t spend too much time with someone that you know is not suitable.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) This will be an excellent time for getting to the bottom of a dispute which has been coming between you and your family. Romance. You may have to put your foot down. Your partner has a very different idea of morality. Is this something you can battle for the duration of the relationship?

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Your unselfish attitude will be appreciated by someone you admire. Accept their praise with grace. Romance. Something you said recently has impressed your partner. They are now waiting to hear what you have to say next on this topic! Show off your remarkable knowledge.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A friend has been holding you back recently. You will be much more successful without this person’s advice. Ask for someone else’s advice. Romance. A person who is interested in getting to know you may not be as subtle as they think. Don’t let this fault put you off. Give them a try!

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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 Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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

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For further information or to obtain a Submission Application Form, you can contact the following people: Administrator: Mrs Agnes Bani on 4069 2484 Eastern Cluster Rep: Aleesha Savage on 4069 4001 Central Cluster Rep: Kevin Levi on 4069 4277 Near Western Cluster Rep: Abigail Levi on 0438 581 427 Far Western Cluster Rep: Dimas Toby on 4090 1333

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‘Our Children, Our Culture, Our Way’ The National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day, held on August 4, is an annual event which encourages all organisations and communities across Australia in standing together for the safety, wellbeing and rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This is about communicating to the wider community of our needs for action at government, community and personal level in showing that our children that their people and culture are valued within the broader Australian society. DATE: AUGUST 17, 2012 TIME: 10AM - 4PM VENUE: T.R.A.W.Q. HALL (TAMWOY) The event will include activities throughout day of Island Arts n Crafts, Entertainments, and Story Telling, Scones Teaching, Outdoor and Indoor activities as well as our nominated Guest Speakers to talk on the day. If you require transportation for pick up please contact Asa Rameka on 0478 077 138 or ring our main office on 4069 2306 for bookings. A BBQ will be provided with light refreshments also be on serve. For further information, please contact Yuriko Nakachi on 0487 472 443. We would like to see you all there! Come along and celebrate our children’s day! Page 20 Torres News

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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


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Please send your current resume & A cover letter to Applications close Friday, August 17, 2012 All applications are acknowledged on receipt LIQUOR ACT 1992 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR VARIATION OF CONDITIONS Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members and the achievement of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Jawai stars at basketball carnival Sport TORRES NEWS

INTERNATIONAL 25-year-old Bamaga basketballer Nathan Jawai entered his own side Nagai Force in the Indigenous “Bring Back The Game” carnival at Cairns which finished runners-up in the men’s open section to Warriors. The carnival was hosted by the East Coast Girlzals women’s basketball team and many of the players were of Torres Strait Island descent. Carnival spokeswoman Nicole Assan said: “The event was aimed at reviving the game of basketball in our communities. Teams were invited from Cairns, Cape York and the Torres Strait Region to participate in the first-ever NAIDOC Indigenous basketball carnival. “The carnival was an event that the whole family could attend. While players were competing against each other, activities for kids such as face painting and a jumping castle were also available. “A total of 14 teams participated in the carnival, teams and players travelled from as far as Thursday Island, Innisfail and Brisbane. Nathan put in his own team Nagai Force which consisted of local boys and friends from Cairns,” she said. Nicole said with ever-increasing costs associated with participating in programs/activities which encourage physical activity this has led to low- participation rates especially amongst indigenous communities. “The funding that was accessed ensured that an event was available for the indigenous community to take part in, especially during NAIDOC Week,” she said. Nicole said that established Indigenous basketball players, such as Nathan Jawai, Kerry Williams and Verle Williams who play at the elite level, were also invited to be a part of the teams to showcase there talent. “They made themselves available to talk and interact with many of the kids who look up to them as positive role models in the indigenous Community,” she said. After stints in Belgrade (2010), anbd Russia (2012), Jawai has signed to play in Barcelona for the 2012 European season. Carnivals results: Open Men: Warriors 1, Nagai Force 2. Open Ladies: Cairns Indigenous 1, Innisfail 2. Under 18 Girls: Sista Galzs 1, Cairns All Stars 2. Under 18 Boys: Totems 1, Black Stars 2. Players of the Carnival Open Ladies: Stacey Trindle (Cairns Indigenous). Open Men: Kerry Williams (Warriors). Under 18 Girls: Chloe Sellin (Sista Girls). Under 18 Boys: Marshall Ware (Totems). Players of the Finals.- Open Ladies: CJ Hodges (Cairns Indigenous). Open Men: Aaron Bin Tahal (Warriors). Under 18 Girls: Floria Mosby-Kirk (Sista Girls). Under 18 Boys: Marshall Ware (Totems). Nicole said all players, officials and spectators showed good sportsmanship with words of encouragement throughout the carnival. “The social interaction amongst people was an added benefit, with family and friends who travelled far and wide catching up. “On behalf of the East Coast Girlzals Women’s Basketball Team I would like to sincerely thank the funding sponsors, volunteers, officials, players and spectators. Without their contribution and participation, the carnival wouldn’t have been an overwhelming success,” she said. Major Sponsors were: Indigenous Coordinating Centre, Queensland Health Smoke Support Free Program, CAPE. PCYC; and Nitiringanyi Cultural Training Centre. “We look forward to making the FNQ NAIDOC Indigenous Basketball Carnival an annual one, which will only grow in the years to come with a lot more teams participating,” she said.

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Sundown Sirens all dressed up and ready to play By MARK ROY IT’S taken a while, but the Sundown Sirens finally have their new uniforms. Speaking after the game against the Dedeyal Gammas on Saturday, August 4, Sundown Sirens captain Elsie Seriat said that although the outfits were ordered on June 7, it had taken ages to get the right sizes. “They kept sending up some that were a few sizes too small,” she said. “We kept sending them back, and the supplier was saying, ‘don’t you want women’s sizes?’ “And we said, yes, we’re women - but we’re also rugby league players!” Seriat said she wanted to thank Raph and Uncle Frankie’s for their support in funding the new uniforms. “The new uniform will boost morale for the team, and we’ll wear it with pride,” she said. “Uncle Frankie’s is our major sponsor, and has made a commitment to be our major sponsor for

the next few years. “We had the blessing for our new jerseys at Uncle Frankie’s today.” Mr Raph Gushtaspi said many of the Sirens girls were regulars at the cafe, and the sponsorship was part of the cafe’s commitment to healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. “We don’t serve fried food or fatty food at Uncle Frankie’s, we make up a menu with fresh, healthy options,” Raph said. “My dad, Frank, always sponsored the men’s teams, so we’ve gotten behind the girls in here, and it’s good to sponsor them and give them The Sundown Sirens with their new jerseys courtesy of sponsor Raphael a chance. Gushtaspi from Uncle Frankie’s Cafe. PHOTO: MATT GARRICK “We bought all their sup“They look awesome when come. You’ve got to take your hat porter shirts at the beginning of people get down to watch the off to that mob. They deserve a lot the year, and the team sells them to game.” of recognition.” raise money to buy what they need He said KRL fans should also But it was the Sirens who for themselves. acknowledge the Dedeyal Gam- screamed across the line on Satur“There’s still some money in mas. day, August 4, with a 36-24 point the kitty, but we will do some “As the only other team in the victory over the Gammas. fundraisers, with car washes and comp, many of them travel all the Seriat said the women from both sausage sizzles, to raise the money way from St Paul’s,” he said. teams were improving in match for the new jerseys next year. “If it’s rough weather, they still fitness over the past few weeks,

which would hold them in good stead when they join together to travel to Ipswich as one team, Kindred United, to compete in the Artie Beetson Memorial Cup from September 28-30. “We are really improving in fitness in the lead-up to this carnival, training under our coach, Barry Tarrant,” Seriat said. “We went down to compete last year, and the difference between then and now is not only our fitness, but also our experience. “We know what’s expected now and hope to do really well this time.” She said one of the main reasons the girls felt more matchready was because they turned out to play every fixture. “The ladies seems to be dominating this sport more then the men who have had two weekends of forfeits,” Seriat said. “There are two ladies team who are keen to meet and play every three weeks. We all are happy to play and if the men forefit at least we can still entertain the community.”

Darren’s marathon effort needs sponsors By MATT GARRICK

Darren SImons is heading to Perth to run the City to Surf Marathon to raise money for TI charities. PHOTO: MATT GARRICK

MOST people around Thursday Island associate Darren Simmons’ friendly face with the beers he pours as barkeep at the Federal Hotel. But there’s another side to Darren away from selling frothy schooners. And it’s a sporty side. He comes from a long line of long-distance runners, from his grandmother, to his father, and now, for the first time Darren will be taking part in a full marathon, (42 km) at the City to Surf Competition in Perth on August 26. And he said he’s running for more than just himself - he’s doing

it to support the Torres Strait. “I want to raise money for a local charity. Preferably a children’s charity, or the hospital,” Darren told the Torres News down on Thursday Island’s Ken Brown Oval. “Also, I really want to inspire people and show them anything is possible.” Darren has competed in similar events before, but never the long haul of 42km. “I saw a map of the course and I almost choked,” he laughed. “Last year, I attempted the half marathon at the Perth City to Surf. I flew down from Derby, WA, to attend it. I told the public of Derby that I would conquer it

within two hours and I finished it in just under. I raised $1200 for the local hospital.” Currently, Darren is searching for sponsors who may want to see his vision come to fruition. “I’m trying to get local businesses to put in a few dollars towards the cause,” he said. “I’d just like to do something for other people. “Whatever’s being donated, charity will get it. We’ve already paid for flights and registration to the event.” So for any local businesses out there interested in backing Darren as he sweats it out for charity, contact him on rudolcia@

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