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Cray season rocks on Horn Island-Cairns air route review THE Horn Island to Cairns air route is to be reviewed after mayors across the Far North and Torres Strait criticised the renewal of the QantasLink contract for the regulated route without consultation. The Queensland Government announced a review into regional long-distance air, coach and train services last week. Late last year the state government made a decision to extend the QantasLink contract on the regulated route until December, 2014. Local leaders say they had expected the contract would come up for tender in March, 2013. Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor Fred Gela said nobody bothered to engage with local leadership prior to the decision. “That level of discussion never occurred,” Cr Gela said. “There is a range of issues, not only about passengers, but the lack of air freight services. “We ought to have been able to talk about that.” He said the review should examine whether the route should be deregulated. It should also look at better connections between Horn Island and the

outer islands of the Torres Strait, and also connections from Cairns, he said. “If you are getting a connection from Cairns to Brisbane you can arrive in Cairns with only a 20-minute window, and sometimes bags never make it through,” Cr Gela said. Cr Gela said the government should also consider the findings of a report into the air route commissioned about three years ago for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. “The local councils should have been privy to that report,” he said. Weipa Town Authority chairman Peter McCulkin welcomed the announcement of the review. “(State Transport Minister) Scott Emerson is writing to all regional mayors and councils this week to get their ideas on how to better utilise transport across the state,” Cr McCulkin said. “Once I have received that letter I will determine the next course of action.” The review is the first in almost six years and Mr McCulkin said Mr Emerson was well aware of the transport issues facing Cape York residents. The review is expected to be finalised later this year.

Tyrone O’Brien and Michael O’Brien, two crew members from local Thursday Island lobster fishing boat Mac Da Knife, with a delivery of tropical rock lobsters at Pearl Island Seafoods. The Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery is shaping up for another good season after a bumper haul in 2012. Stakeholders in the fishery include non-Indigenous

commercial fishers and Indigenous fishers who fish for reasons ranging from subsistence to commercial. CSIRO researchers are studying the fishery in an effort to develop a scientific approach that integrates cultural factors into natural resource management. See story, page 4. >> PHOTO: MARK ROY

Death on our doorstep: Reopen TB clinics call By MARK ROY TUBERCULOSIS will threaten the lives of Torres Strait Islanders unless local TB clinics are reopened, according to Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. In a Private Member’s Motion, which passed unopposed through the lower house on Monday, February 18, Mr Entsch said full funding

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must be restored to the Saibai and Boigu clinics or “the health and safety of Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians will be in jeopardy”. “Timing is critical - these are matters of life and death, and further delays will cost lives,” Mr Entsch said. But Queensland health officials say the arrival of patients from

across the border, carrying the drug resistant form of the disease, in itself poses a risk. Torres Strait Islanders speaking to the Torres News last week say the border should be closed to treaty visits until the TB threat is brought under control. Continued Page 2 >>

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Death on our doorstep: Reopen TB clinics call << From Page 1 Until their closure in June last year, health workers at the Boigu and Saibai clinics treated Papua New Guinea nationals arriving with the disease on Australia’s northernmost islands. The disease is endemic in PNG’s treaty villages, where it thrives in conditions of poverty and overcrowding. By some estimates, TB is already PNG’s most deadly infectious disease, with World Health Organisation PNG chief Dr William Adu-Krow describing it as “off the charts” in the Western Province. Furthermore, about half the TB-positive sputum tested in Daru

Hospital since May last year is showing as multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young (pictured right) said reopening the clinics for PNG nationals would likely increase the risk to the Torres Strait of cross-border infection. “It would also increase the risk of drug-resistant TB entering Queensland,” Dr Young said. She said a locally-controlled program, as endorsed by the World Health Organisation, was the most effective method of combating TB in PNG. “Locally-based health workers can diagnose cases of TB as early as

possible in the local community and actively trace the contacts of those people who are diagnosed with TB in

order to treat them locally before the disease spreads further.” Mr Entsch has criticised the effectiveness of local treatment, describing the hospital at Daru in PNG as a “basket case”. The Daru Hospital board was suspended in January this year pending investigations into alleged financial mismanagement and maladmistration. The motion commits the Federal Government to a review of the AusAID-run TB management program in PNG’s South Fly District. Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop welcomed the motion, calling on the federal government to commit to a timeline to restore the services.

Jobs may go from local councils, says Pitt SHADOW Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt (pictured right) says the Newman Government’s latest funding cuts will cost jobs in Indigenous communities just weeks after the Premier promised no more sackings. “Savage cuts to the funds supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils will mean job losses in Indigenous communities despite the Premier promising in December there

would be no more job cuts from his government,” Mr Pitt said. He said Local Government Minister David Crisafulli should identify the support he planned to give the state’s Indigenous councils in the Gulf, Cape York and the Torres Strait after withdrawing funding. “Unlike other local councils, nearly all Indigenous councils do not have a rates base generating a revenue stream,” Mr Pitt said.

“So if the Minister is taking the axe to financial grants it is essential for him to say what will replace them in terms of other support.” “What is worse is the fact the government claims it is cutting these funds to help councils become ‘more self-sufficient’ but cannot say what specific incentives will replace them. “In other words, the LNP has cut a large slice of funding for ATSI communities and expects them to make

She said the government had not given an adequate explanation for the closure of the clinics. Dr Young said by treating PNG patients in PNG, health workers on the ground could ensure affected people took their drugs during treatment. “If that doesn’t occur, and any drug treatment is interrupted, we know that there is a real risk that drug resistance can emerge, and, indeed, extremely drug-resistant TB can emerge,” Dr Young said. “At the same time, the increased flow of TB-infected PNG nationals into the Torres Strait seeking treatment will increase the risk of Torres Strait residents being exposed to and contracting various strains of TB.”

up the difference without any tangible support from the government. “Why does it make these deep cuts to Indigenous communities but can find plenty of money to splash out $120,000 on 200 new chairs; can pay a Director-General more than $200,000 to stay at home; and manages to find $3.5 million to start planning a new Executive Building in the Brisbane CBD for the Premier and Ministers like Mr Crisafulli?” Mr Pitt said.

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Industrial relations, health, economy issues: Gordon LABOR’ candidate for the seat of Leichhardt in this year’s Federal election Bill Gordon says he recognises the importance of a strong and fair industrial relations framework. “Labor is the party that abolished WorkChoices, that protects minimum wages and employment conditions. “As I was growing up, I saw my father work long hours and often away from home on the railways and in the cane fields; this made me realise just how important it was for workers like him to get a fair go in the workplace. “(Queensland Premier) Campbell Newman has shown us what happens to working people and Labor values when conservative governments get into power. “I have real concern, as I know many locals do, that if Tony Abbott is elected he’ll do to Australia what Campbell Newman is doing to Queensland.” Mr Gordon has welcomed the opportunity to represent the Far North. “I love the Far North and have spent most of

my life here. “The Labor Government has been delivering big reforms for our country - just look at the National Broadband Network and the National Disability Insurance Scheme - these are significant and historic policies. “I want to ensure that locals in the Far North and our future generations benefit from these important reforms.” Mr Gordon says he is committed to working with the community to build a strong regional economy, recognising that the Far North is still working to overcome a high unemployment rate. “I want the Far North to thrive and be a place where our children have the opportunity to get a great job without having to leave town. “This is also the case for our health system. “People don’t want to travel to Brisbane or another centre to get treatment. We deserve to have doctors, nurses and specialists in our local community and we deserve first class health facilities. “Labor has invested millions to achieve

better health outcomes in the Far North and we can’t afford to have Tony Abbott take our local healthcare system backwards by ripping this away, just like he did when he was Health Minister.” The Bruce Highway is also a focus for Mr Gordon. “Having driven the Bruce countless times, I know it is a lifeline for the Far North and we must continue to invest and improve it.” Queensland State Secretary of the ALP Anthony Chisholm said Billy is an exceptional local candidate who is very passionate about seeing the region prosper. “The Gillard Government’s record on delivering for working Australian families through tax cuts, the School Kids Bonus and investing in regional infrastructure gives Billy Gordon a solid platform to take to the people of Leichhardt,” Mr. Chisholm said. Born in Innisfail, Mr Gordon has worked all of his life in Far North Queensland; his early years in the sugar industry, adult education and

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Correction IN the article ‘Premier Campbell Newman’s letter to campaigner confirms that stolen wages will remain stolen’ (Page 3, Torres News, January 28, 2013) it was stated that Ms Genevieve Meldrum’s dad and brothers worked on a peanut farm on TI until they were evacuated to Cherbourg during World War II. This should have read: Ms Genevieve Meldrum’s dad and his brothers worked on a peanut farm in Kingaroy. The Torres News apologises for the error.

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and we have little doubt that that is what attracted it to the area. It’s vitally important that people exercise Crocwise behaviour in known Croc Country.” Ms Williams said crocodiles are more active in the summer mating season where they are moving around looking for a mate and a nesting site.

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Rock lobster fishery balances lifestyle and livelihood

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CSIRO researchers are studying the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery to develop a scientific approach to integrate cultural factors into natural resource management. Dr Eva Plaganyi of CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship said with small-scale fisheries employing around 38 million people worldwide, it was important to look at the impact of natural resource management practices on their livelihood. “Fisheries management traditionally involved balancing commercial gain and sustainability, but for Indigenous communities cultural and lifestyle factors can be just as important and these factors are more difficult to measure,” Dr Plaganyi said. Stakeholders in the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery include non-Indigenous commercial fishers and Indigenous fishers who fish for reasons ranging from subsistence to commercial. The social objectives of the fishery are spelled out in a treaty between Australia and Papua New Guinea that acknowledges

and protects the traditional fishing practices of Indigenous people. “Often research into fisheries management has focused on commercial businesses and overlooked the unique characteristics of Indigenous fishers,” Dr Plaganyi said. “We wanted focus on economic needs as well as socio-cultural rights and values.” The multidisciplinary team of researchers brought together a range of sophisticated methods, from mathematics and modelling to social science interviews. Their results allow managers to understand the potential trade-offs when making a management decision that affects not only a resource but also the people who depend on it. “Market-based management options might score highly in a capitalistic society, but we found that two key social indicators, namely equity and a sense of self-determination, underpin successful management,” Dr Plaganyi said. “Indigenous communities have aspira-

tions and cultural considerations that are simultaneously unique and important, and their communities are often communalistic rather than being driven solely by economic considerations. “We have developed an objective scientific approach that reflects this and can be applied to natural resource management beyond fisheries,” she says. The research described here is underpinned by extensive consultations with Indigenous fishers, as well as other sectors and managers. It builds on a long history of involvement in the Torres Strait, with CSIRO divers planning the 25th annual lobster survey this year. This research was funded by Australian Fisheries Management Authority and CSIRO. ‘Integrating Indigenous Livelihood and Lifestyle Objectives in Managing a Natural Resource’ will be published this week in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

World heritage listing may be election issue FEDERAL Environment Minister ony Burke has indicated he could make a world heritage nomination for parts of far north Queensland’s Cape York before the federal election in September. However he says it would be up to traditional owners to decide which parts of the Cape, if any, would be put up for heritage protection. “Whatever comes back I don’t intend to change it by millimetre, so the timing on all of that is in the hands of traditional owners,” Mr Burke said. The Commonwealth is spending several million dollars consulting traditional owners about areas they would like to see included in a possible nomination.

Mr Burke said while the deadline for a 2013 nomination has passed, significant progress has been made towards a nomination in 2014. “I don’t want them to feel that they’re rushed but from all the information that’s come back to me it’s progressing well. It may well be in the case in the next few months I’m able to put something forward.” He said he had met with mayors across the Cape and told them to engage with their local traditional owner groups. “I think you either hand it to traditional owners or you don’t,” he said. “If we had a situation where we were saying well traditional owners put it forward and then mayors put forward their options and business put forward

theirs, effectively you’re back to the starting point of government officials drawing up the map.” Member for Cook and Assistant Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs David Kempton slammed Mr Burke’s assertion that the World Heritage consultation process was “progressing well”. “Tony Burke has not listened to the people of Cape York who delivered a resounding message to him over the past six months that they will not support a World Heritage nomination by stealth,” Mr Kempton said. “The Labor government has traded off environmental management in Cape York for green preference votes for

decades and it is time it was stopped. “The mayors - many of whom are traditional owners in their own right - and all leaders whether indigenous or non-indigenous will not be ignored or bought-off by Tony Burke.” He said Mr Burke should consult with Cape York Sustainable Futures, the Regional Organisation of Councils of Cape York and other representative groups. “Whatever World Heritage might look like in the future is for the people to decide and manage, not Tony Burke, and only the people will ‘draw up the map’. “The catch cry in Cape York is: ‘No one speaks for us but us’,” Mr Kempton said.

Tropical infection meliodosis subject of new book A JAMES Cook University researcher has led an international team of scientists to publish the world’s first specialist work on the tropical bacterial infection melioidosis. Melioidosis is endemic to areas of North Queensland, with 45 percent of the 173 confirmed adult cases in the 10 years 2000-2009 affecting indigenous people, with these incidences particularly high in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area. One-in-five people infected by the disease in North Queensland died. The disease can be inhaled in aerosols, or may contaminate cuts and abrasions on the skin, resulting in a wide range of complications from pneumonia and brain abscesses to chronic skin ulcers. Melioidosis: A Century of Observation and Research has been edited by Professor Natkunam Ketheesan, from JCU’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Professor Ketheesan said the book provided a comprehensive description of the clinical aspects of the disease process and an insight into the scientific discoveries related to melioidosis in the past 100 years. It is the first publication to collate the research activities

undertaken on melioidosis since the disease was first described in Burma in 1912, and later in Australia in 1949. Professor Ketheesan said while current developments played an important role, there was still much that was unknown about melioidosis. “It is hoped that the book will provide adequate information and stimulate much needed research into the unanswered questions to aid a timely diagnosis and provide effective and affordable treatment options to patients,” he said. The 400-page book contains 10 sections and more than 35 chapters, compiled by 69 leading clinicians and researchers from eight countries. It covers areas of epidemiology, clinical aspects, treatment protocols, genome structure, microbiology and host-pathogen interactions, culminating in the first comprehensive compilation of research and clinical findings on the disease. The book will be launched at the School of Veterinary Sciences at JCU’s Townsville campus on Wednesday, March 6, from 5.307.30pm.


Avoiding middle ear infection focus of campaign TSIMA Radio 4MW’s ‘Dhangal Thalinga’ (Dugong Ear) campaign is well underway with daily broadcasts of locally made messages about protecting children from Otitis Media (OM) - a common but serious ear disease. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the disease, also known as glue or middle ear infection, which can cause permanent hearing loss. “Dhangal thalinga” or “dugong thalinga” is a Torres Strait Islander term used to describe a person, usually a child, who is quick to listen, or who has sharp hearing. Radio 4MW’s operations manager, Jaan Torv, said the local promotion uses the symbol of a dugong mother and her baby to represent the need for parents and carers to protect their children from middle ear infection. “More than 10 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids suffer a hearing or ear problem - compared with only three per cent of

the rest of the Australian population of the same age,” he said. Because the disease is so common in remote communities, studies suggest that some parents think it’s a normal part of growing up and underestimate how damaging it is. But ear disease is a medical condition that should be checked and treated by a health professional like a local nurse, health worker or doctor. Radio 4MW’s campaign is supported by Torres News and is part of the wider National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign funded by the Australian Government. “The National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign fits perfectly with Radio 4MW’s commitment to promote the health and wellbeing of our local community and to help safeguard the welfare of our next generation,” Jaan said. For more information on the national campaign, please visit:

Campaign celebration Radio 4MW will host a Dhangal Thalinga community event at TI’s Port Kennedy Association markets on Saturday morning, March 9. Come along and join in this special outside broadcast occasion with free sausage sizzle, give-aways and great music. For more information check out the 4MW facebook page or call 4069 1524.

While Otitis Media (OM, or ‘sore ear’) is common ear disease, it is not a not a normal part of growing up. It is a serious condition that should be checked and treated by a health professional.

Xavier’s skills add up

By Alf Wilson XAVIER Passi, of Darnley Island descent, has attended two National Science and Mathematics conferences over the past two months and looks to have a bright future. The 16-year-old grade 11 student at Townsville’s Kirwan High School went to Adelaide in December for a School of Excellence for Science and Engineering Camp held at Flinders University. The second was the Rio Tinto InspireU Engineering Camp held Brisbane during January. Xavier was one of only 20 students selected from across Queensland and New South Wales to attend this week long camp, with an opportunity of gaining a scholarship of up to $3000 on his successful completion of Year 12. “The experience of meeting

university based scientists and other keen students were inspiring,” Xavier told the Torres News. Xavier said he would like to study Engineering at University when he graduates from Kirwan High. He is the son of Genus Passi snr (Darnley Island descendant) and Trudi Passi née Quakawoot (South-Sea Islander Descendant) and younger sibling of Genus Passi Jnr. Multi-skilled Xavier also loves playing rugby league and has represented United Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club Townsville for the past several years and currently playing in the U-16 team this year. Xavier’s goal is to play for Saam Karem Beizam representing Darnley Island much the same as his older brother Genus Jnr did as

a 17-year-old playing five-eighth at the Island of Origin in 2009, when Genus Passi snr coached this team. “As the parents of Xavier, we are very proud of his academic achievements and also proud of his drive and willingness to follow his dreams. We know his older brother takes pride in what he has achieved and plays a huge part in keeping Xavier grounded and on track to reach these goals. We definitely see Xavier as a leader amongst his peers and in our community and a great role model for up-and-coming young non-indigenous and indigenous Leaders,” Genus snr said. Kirwan High Principal Meredith Wenta said it was terrific to see Xavier taking advantage of the great opportunities available to students.

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IT is a dramatic reality for all Torres Strait Island and remote Aboriginal children that an entire generation leaves their small communities and cultures to be educated elsewhere by people whose values and priorities are culturally different. The problem with the state and federal education policies that demand this mass evacuation of children from their communities is the presumption that, because education is the most important opportunity and achievement they could want for their future, the sacrifice is worth it. But what of the cost? Not only financial - but the human and social costs? What ‘transitions’ must these children, their families and cultures endure for the prized goal of formal education? And what are the long-term impacts of the compulsory removal of adolescents from the daily life of communities? For Near Western and Outer Islanders of the Torres Strait, some 14 communities are emptied of their adolescent generation. Little research has been conducted in Australia on the long-term effects of boarding school education on Indigenous children and communities. However US research, relating to the same policies applied to Alaskan natives, is revealing: “Some of the good experiences included going to schools that had high expectations of the students; educators and other school personnel who developed personal relationships with students; individualized support for students who were struggling; and discipline and structure that was supportive, not punitive. For many, boarding school offered an opportunity

to learn about the world beyond village boundaries and to develop lasting friendships.” However, being educated away from home, in the values, language and knowledge system of the dominant culture also had some bad effects, primarily the loss of their language, their culture and identity. “These practices had lasting effects on individual students, their families, and communities. They felt that by being sent to boarding school they had missed out on learning important traditional skills and had a harder time raising their own children. For communities, the loss of children to boarding schools created a tremendous void, one that interviewees said was filled by alcohol and a breakdown in society. Drugs, alcohol, and suicide are some of the effects interviewees spoke of as coming from boarding home experiences and the loss of cultural identity and family.” The transition from primary to secondary schooling for Islanders involves not just going from top dog to bottom of the pecking order. It involves deeper challenges that receive little attention from education policy makers. At 11 years old, on the cusp of the transition from childhood to adolescence, children leave their tightly knit family and community to enter an institution where they can be anonymous. They must experience their transition from puberty to adolescence without the guidance and reassurance of parents and elders, and deal with fears and insecurities alone. They must cope with an environment where the majority of peers and staff are not the same colour or culture. They become a minority group. The impact on communities devoid of the teenage generation is also not generally acknowledged.

Primary school children lose older role models as they go through primary school. They don’t experience how to be a teenager, except in school holidays when their older siblings come home - somehow different. They have not experienced their brothers’ and sisters’ maturation, so do not know what actually happens. In losing this generation, young adults, parents and elders never directly experience the role of navigating teenagers through adolescence to adulthood. Yet adolescence is where values, attitudes, behaviours and skills become internalised and practised into adulthood. Young children and teenagers do not need to be separated from those profoundly important people, places and experiences in order to receive formal education. Education is more than the delivery of a curriculum in order for people to attain good employment. A curriculum can be delivered anywhere to any number of students. Creative alternatives are possible, including digital classrooms, mainland school and island partnerships, mobile teaching units, and more. Islanders have much to contribute to education and could be involved in co-cultural education initiatives, and engage in teacher and student exchanges. A national discussion on the pros and cons of having to send children away for education is overdue. Perhaps it is time to pilot innovative alternative secondary education options that build resilience, independence, expose teenagers to the wider world, but do not deprive young people and their communities of each other. * HR Bell is a prominent Australian writer on education and other social issues.



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


Mon 25. Hash House Harriers, 5.45pm Tue 26. Family night and mixed pool comp, Federal Hotel Tue 26. Esplanade Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 26. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin, 7pm Wed 27. Kaiwalagal Rugby League forum and AGM, venue TBA, contact LJ 0427 220 727 Wed 27. Ladies night pool comp, Federal Hotel Wed 27. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 27. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Thu 28. Joker Jackpot, Federal Hotel Thu 28. Darts competition, Bowls Club TI 6.30pm Fri 29. It’s Floral Friday. Fri 29. Cocktails by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm


Sat 2. Rotary Club TI Welcome to TI evening - a social event to welcome all newcomers to the island Sat 2. Europa cruise liner arrives TI, 7am Sun 3. Sabor Latino Salsa Lessons, Bowls Club, 5pm Mon 4. Mixed social volleyball, TI Sports Complex Mon 4 - Thu 7. Asthma clinic, respiratory specialist visiting Primary Health Care centres TI, Bamaga, Horn, contact Kathy Cook 4069 0400 Wed 6. Rotary Club TI first Beach Clean-up for the year, meet in front of Federal Hotel, 6.15am Thu 7. Men’s and Ladies’ competitive volleyball, TI Sports Complex Thu 7. Seabourn Odyssey cruise liner arrives TI, 10am Fri 8. Rotary Club TI International Women’s Day big breakfast, Grand Hotel. $35 per person. Guest speaker TBA. Fri 8. Rotary Club TI International Women’s Day big breakfast, Grand Hotel. Tickets limited. Available from Rotarians, Ron & Robyn at hospital, Romina at PKA and/or from Helen at Sacred Heart School. Fri 8. Mura Kosker International Women’s Day breakfast, PKA Hall, 7 - 8am, tickets 4069 1663 Sat 9. Dhangal Thalinga community event, PKA Mini Markets Sat 9. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon Tue 12. Rotary Club TI board meeting. Sun 17. Caledonian Sky cruise liner arrives TI, 2.30pm Tue 19. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI, 9am Wed 20. Independent Church - Clergy Conference, Warraber Is. Wed 20. Independent Church - Youth of St Andrews Meeting, Warraber Is. Thu 21. Independent Church - 3rd DC Meeting (2012/13), Warraber Is.

CHURCH SERVICES Parish of St Bethel,131 William Cr Bamaga NPA, Sundays 10am Uniting Church, 114 Douglas St Thursday Island, Sundays 9am Independent Church Parish of the Resurrection TI, Morning Prayer Sundays 10am, Evening Service 7pm

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

Liberal Party’s ‘Vision 2030’ has a ‘beard’ THE Liberal Party’s “Vision 2030” proposal for northern development has lost its whiskers. It now has a beard. It must be an election year for the Liberals to trot out this worn out cliché. The two party system comprising tweedledum and tweedledee will now try to outdo each other with plans to grow grain in the Gulf Region or sugar cane on Cape York. Of course it goes without saying little will happen under their watch. It’s a bit like the 40-year-old scheme in West Australia’s Ord River region, which failed miserably, due mainly to pest invasion of crops.

SORRY Day commemorates when the then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd made a historic and highly symbolic apology on behalf of previous Governments for the acts committed during the White Australia Policy unto First Australians. This day was welcomed by survivors of the Stolen Generation and academics, reconciliation advocates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the globe. Sorry Day and the Apology have received equal amount of criticism and speculation as well as adoration. Many people saw it as a stepping stone towards financial compensation and, of course, resulting court cases. The move has been criticised for being overly populist, symbolic and seen as a ruse to lesser the

unpopularity of the Northern Territory Intervention and other such prohibition, and, of course, for being mere words. Sorry Day should be appreciated for what it stood for at the time, without wanting, and as a gesture which needed to occur to begin the healing process and move towards truer reconciliation; even the Chancellor of Germany made such a historic gesture towards the Jewish people in Israel by issuing an apology for the Holocaust in World War Two. It’s about tying up loose ends and understanding that such a move signifies acknowledgement for horrors perpetrated by Governments, in spite of the deviant ways discriminatory laws are often worded to confuse the populous and disguise true and malice intent. In order to achieve true,

wholesome and empowering reconciliation, we need to suffer the pain from an action which we as a people have done, we need appreciation of what has occurred and an apology, however there is one more step; we need to close the circle of blame and sympathy and forgive. I am calling for a national day of Forgiveness by Aboriginal people as a “logical next step in order to achieve true reconciliation”. First Australians have never been in such a place of real power, which is the power to forgive and by doing so, can dictate the future course of our future generations’ attitudes and understanding of the past. When an apology has been issued and accepted, such as the Kevin Rudd one, it is appropriate to issue forgiveness in return.

Aboriginal culture has always been one of harmony with others and with land, so I can see this as being something our ancestors would be proud of. Forgiveness, they say, is where real power lies, and we owe it to our future generations to even the score and lift the blame in order for this reconciliation, which countless Aboriginal Rights activists have been working towards for decades and which NAIDOC Day is said to encourage, to come about out of mutual respect. The Australian Parliament has passed the amendments to the Australian Constitution as well, changes which will formally recognise Indigenous Australians of all areas and islands in our constitution. Jack Wilkie-Jans, Cairns.

What do they do behind those computers all day? I often wonder, when I happen to be in a modern government office, exactly what all those people behind computers are doing. I know they must be clever, because I cannot even figure out how to start machines like that until my grandson shows me. I know their work must be important, because I hear they are paid absolute fortunes. Plus they get all sorts of holidays, shiny 4WDs, and endless trips to conferences and courses. Of course, you don’t question what they are up to. Why should you? You don’t question the airline pilot who flies you to Brisbane, and he is nearly as important. If they are there behind their computers, everything must be as it should be. Except, I have just read something really upsetting. It seems a computer person in America, working for a transport infrastructure company (whatever one of those is) has just

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The north and west can be best developed by family farmers who will be financed by the yet-to-be-created National Development Bank, not by other countries. Bob Katter has been promoting this infrastructure development and the method to finance it for many years, having a minor win when a limited irrigation scheme was set up last year in the Cloncurry district. I think the Liberals are worried Bob Katter might have stolen their new-found thunder 10 years ago. William Bensted, ‘Bibboringa’, Mt Garnet.

Call for Day of Forgiveness by Indigenous people

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Naturally, by 2013, scientists have developed more-resistant varieties of grain, sugar cane and bananas along with vastly improved farming methods, but input and real estate costs since then have gone up immeasurably. Probably we will have to rely on the Chinese government to grow our food on the 15,000 hectare Ord River irrigation block the West Australian Liberal government just gave them, which cost $400 million of taxpayers money to develop. They also have an option on another 15,000 hectares in a deal brokered by Labor Party statesman Bob Hawke.

been fired. He was very clever, just like our government people, and paid the same sort of generous salary, and everyone was pleased with his work. (He probably did not get the car and the conferences.) Until his employers did a safety audit of their computer systems. irreverent, satirical (and They found lots of suspicious activity, Anearn his daily bowl of totally rice? fictional) comment the issuesIofcriticise life, by ourhisfaceless correspondent. and eventually realised that our computer uponShould company for not person had outsourced his job to a backyard knowing that the only ‘work’ he ever did was company in China. the occasional progress report? Or should I They were doing all the work for only 20 praise him for is resourcefulness? per cent of his salary. There must be a lesson to be learned here, Everyone else thought he was working but I am not sure what it is. hard, but in reality he had been sitting at his I hesitate to suggest a study trip to computer flicking from FaceBook to eBay to China, to see if some of those wonderfully videos about cats (he likes cats). clever people could be recruited to work I don’t know what to think. for peanuts. Should I criticise him for his lavish The Eye column is an irreverent, satirilifestyle, bought at the expense of some poor cal comment on news of the day and the Chinese person slaving away on a pittance to issues of life, by our faceless correspondent.


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saturday, march 9, 9am - 12noon port kennedy community market thursday island The National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Torres News

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Nominations sought for NAIDOC Awards NOMINATIONS are now open for the annual NAIDOC Awards. The annual NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. Nominations are now open so if you know someone in Mount Isa who deserves to be recognised for their contribution, visit and fill out a nomination form. Entries close on Friday, April 26. Award recipients will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball to be held in Perth on July 12, 2013. There are awards in 10 different categories, covering a diverse range of fields and talents. Categories are • Person of the Year - May be eligible for a $20,000 bursary, • Elder of the Year - Female, • Elder of the Year - Male,

• Apprentice of the Year - For people who have completed an apprenticeship in the 12 months prior to the awards, • Artist of the Year - For musicians, performing artists and visual artists of all kinds, • Lifetime Achievement Award - Recognises a sustained contribution to Indigenous people and our causes, • Scholar of the Year - For achievement in secondary or tertiary studies, • Sportsperson of the Year - For achievement in individual or team sport, • Youth of the Year - For young individuals between aged 16 - 25 years of age, and • Caring for Country Award - Individuals, communities, and projects are eligible for nomination.

The Yirrkala Bark Petitions, presented to Federal Parliament in 1963 seeking recognition of land rights.

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Applications close on the second Friday of March each year. For application forms please call the Torres Strait Regional Authority on (07) 4069 0700 or email

ENTRIES are now open for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition, after the National Naidoc Committee announced the 2013 theme: We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. This year’s theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament. In 1963 the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land presented the petition framed by traditional bark paintings to seek recognition of rights to their traditional lands on the Gove Peninsula. National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell say the theme is about valuing the foresight, strength and determination of the Yolngu people who set into motion a long process of legislative and constitutional reforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “The petitions are an important part of our history as they were the first traditional documents recognised by the Commonwealth Parliament and helped to shape acknowledgment of Aboriginal people and their land rights,” Ms Martin said. “They played a key role in advancing changes to the constitution and the introduction of the Native Title Act,” Mr Mitchell said. NAIDOC Week 2013, from July 7-14, is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people have made to this country. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to enter the 2013 National NAIDOC Poster Competition and nominate fellow community members to receive National NAIDOC Awards. Entries should reflect the theme, with the winning entry attracting a $5000 cash prize and featuring on the 2013 National NAIDOC poster, to be displayed across Australia in workplaces, schools and community organisations. The Poster Competition closes Friday, March 29. Nominating someone for a National NAIDOC Award is a great chance to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Indigenous individuals. There are ten categories to choose from including the prestigious Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball in Perth. Nominations for the 2013 National NAIDOC Awards close Friday, April 26. For entry forms and more information, visit or talk to your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre (1800 079 098).


The grand history of the Grand THE present-day Grand Hotel, Thursday Island, replaces the earlier, original, Grand Hotel, which was built in around 1890, surviving for a century before being destroyed by fire in 1990. Various newspaper references to the former Grand Hotel, particularly during the hotel’s early years, describe it as one of the best hotels in North Queensland. This is echoed by the Grand’s own advertisement in an 1897 commemorative calendar, held in the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library. In this advertisement, as pictured, the hotel is described as “…commanding a full view to both entrances to the harbour as well as the surrounding islands. It is situated that is derives the fullest benefits from the prevailing winds from every quarter. The House contains large and spacious bedrooms, smoking rooms, reading room, coffee and drawing rooms and is divided into wings and suitable for families and tourists. The spacious balcony is over 260 feet long and there are showers and a plunge bath…” The advertisement also shows us external and internal views of the hotel. We see that the balcony surrounded the building on two levels. The image of the hotel’s dining

room shows that it was very luxurious and newspaper refShine a Light erences of the time On our history again show that the hotel was well regarded and was a venue for many important events and visits by dignitaries. For instance, on December 23, 1892, the Queensland Premier and his ministerial party visited Thursday Island aboard the government steamer Lucinda and were entertained to lunch at the Grand. We can surmise that this and other important events took place in the hotel’s dining room, which we see in the pictured advertisement as being formally set for such an occasion. It is also recorded that the noted author, Somerset Maugham, stayed here and there has been speculation over the years that he may have written some of his work on the Grand’s verandahs. The hotel’s first proprietor, James Doyle, was also a prominent and well-known resident for many years becoming a Justice of the Peace as well as being heavily involved in community affairs. The present day Grand Hotel therefore shares and continues the long and interesting history of its predecessor.

A visit to the aisles - with a difference By ALF WILSON WHEN Eral Kopai and her family want to buy groceries they have to make a two-hour trip by outboard motor powered dinghy from Papua New Guinea to the isle of Saibai in the Torres Strait. But when the Torres News saw the pair, they were walking the aisles of Coles supermarket at Annandale Central Shopping Centre on February 13 with a trolley full of goodies. “We usually pick up our food at the Saibai Island store, and sometimes the weather is rough,” Eral said. “We also go to Daru when we can but Townsville is so big and we also went shopping at K Mart in Townsville.” The family lives at Kulovai Village on the PNG coast, and have to get a permit to travel to Saibai. When Eral and her daughter, Yuz Mari Kopai, travelled to Townsville with a sick baby they enjoyed travelling a few kilometres by car to shop. Eral and Yuz Mari travelled to Townsville so that one-month-old baby Idau Mari Kopai could get urgent treatment. “We flew from Saibai to Horn Island, then onto Cairns and then Townsville and have been here for a month. “The baby was in intensive care at the Townsville General Hospital and has Eral, right, with daughter Yuz Mari, left, and volunteer Lyn now been moved to special care and has Trezona in Townsville. The House is situated on the Townsville Hospital improved,” Eral said. The family have been staying at Ronald Macdon- Campus in close walking distance to the Pediatric ald House while in Townsville and were taken to the Ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Ward. Eral said they would never forget the kindness shopping centre by volunteer Lyn Trezona. Ronald McDonald House Townsville provides shown to them by Torres Strait Islanders and people accommodation for families of seriously ill children in Townsville. “We should all be going home in the next week,” who are from country areas of North and North West Eral said. Queensland.

International Women’s Day Celebration 2013 Thursday Island Tagai TAFE IWD Breakfast

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013 Venue: TI Tagai TAFE Time: 7 - 8am Cost: $5 per head Contact: Regina Turner for further information on (07) 4212 1500

Thursday Island Rotary Club IWD Breakfast

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013 Venue: Malu Paru Restaurant Time: 7 - 9am Cost: $35 per head Contact: Tickets available through Port Kennedy Association Office

Torres Strait IWD Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 Venue: Port Kennedy Association Time: 6.30 - 11.30pm Ticket: $50 - ON SALE NOW! Ferry: Ferry travel will be available for surrounding communities Contact: Faylene Nakata for further information on (07) 4069 1663

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LEFT: Andrea Leigh, Karen Burke, Bob Slyney and Mary Beak. RIGHT: Irene Stone, Lasmintan Ah Boo, Gayle Frank, Chi Chi Fujii and Kerrie Sabatino.

Jeff Martin and Sue Raimondo.

David and Pat Paech.

McFarlane Pearson, Tyrone Yatta and David Sabatino in the wheelhouse of the Hammond Island Ferry.

Jamie and Siobhan Groat.

RIGHT: Sharon Sabatino.

Deb and Macca McLeod on the Sarpeye Club cruise.


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ABOVE: The new Mr and Mrs Paul Tapau after their Island Wedding in Central Queensland, at the small country town of Clermont on November 24, 2012. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Pastor Allan Kelly of Sonrise AOG Best man Uncle Jackson Sailor, of Bamaga, Groomsman Brian Church, ACC Clermont. McCann and Damian Geortz with the newly married couple. BELOW: Kylie and her mate Gabbie.

Two-week old TeAwanui Rameka, with mum Ina Mills and big sister Armahli. TeAwanui, was born on Tuesday, January 29, weighing 3660g (8lb 1oz) to mum Ina Mills and dad Asa Rameka. PHOTO: MARK ROY

Our beautiful babies

ABOVE RIGHT: Paul Tapau and his wife Kylie Tapau in their Bridal Waltz. ABOVE LEFT: Paul Tapau, of Bach Beach, T.I. and his bride Kylie with the cake fest. BELOW: The Savage family: Kylieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister Neoni Hansen and her dad and mum Will and Cindy Savage, of Alice Springs, NT.

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Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag

2013 has started and is already proving to be very exciting. We have started the school year with 188 students and classes are already extremely busy. We welcomed 20 new Pre-Prep students to our campus, who are already working hard with their teachers, Miss Heidi and Miss Teisi. We also welcomed two new teachers to our staff - Kate Fyson (Prep) and Bernadette Sherriff (Yr 1). Kate comes from Brisbane and Bernadette from Malu Kiyay Ngurpay Lag. Both classes have had a great start.

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Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag 2013 School Leaders

Welcome to our Student Leaders for 2013. Currently we have seven student leaders from our Yr 7 class. They are very excited and make an impressive group. We look forward to a great year working together, moving our campus forward.

Year 1 and Miss Bernadette Sherriff

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -- Helen Keller

Miss Kate Fyson with her prep class

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Kadhego Ngurpay Lag

Kadhego Ngurpay Lag had a much appreciated and worthwhile visit from TSRA LSMU Mura Buway rangers Herbert and Karl. Presentations and conversations centred around the importance of the Turtle and Dugong Management programs.

Students were tasked with learning how to complete catch monitoring records and the rangers emphasised how important it was for the students to let their parents know Karl and George from TSRA LSMU lending a hand to how to complete the catch record as well. weed the garden.

The students and the rangers worked together in the garden. They did weeding and then followed up with using recycled card board to slow further growth of weeds. Everyone was working hard and enjoying themselves. The Mura Buway rangers will be visiting and working with Kaghego Ngurpay Lag students every Friday.

Students using recycled cardboard to slow down weed growth in the new gardens

Tagai Weekly Attendance School in Focus: Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh

TI Secondary Campus are proud to anmnounce that currently our year to date Year 12 attendance rate is 87.5%. This shows us how focused and committed our Year 12 students have started the year. Mura Buway rangers Herbert and Karl talk to students about the Turtle and Dugong Management Plans.

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Northern Peninsula Area State College News

Injinoo Junior Campus - Five Year Review Over the last seven years the Injinoo campus has seen a series of expansions and developments that have transformed the precinct from a small facility meeting the needs of a small number of students to a thriving campus that now has an enrolment of 176 students including pre-prep. These developments have allowed the staff and students to benefit not only from the physical environment of where they work and study but also the nature of the improved curriculum of explicit instruction which has lead to improved results for all students. Significant points: • 2007 building of two new classrooms to provide more teachers and classrooms for increasing student population • 2009 memorandum of understanding with Injinoo traditional owners for the use of communal land to build and expand the campus • 2010 adoption of the Explicit Instruction Curriculum and the resulting up swing in student results on national tests • 2010 building of two new classrooms, a library, the pre-school precinct and the admin block • 2011 dedication of the new buildings by State and Federal Members of Parliament • 2012 formation of the dedicated Injinoo Parents and Citizens organisation • 2013 building of a new student amenities block Injinoo staff have always been supported by the Injinoo Community with school events such as NAIDOC, Under 8’s Day and the end of year Awards Night. The 2013 school year has commenced very well with all students returning to the campus for the first weeks, however we are struggling with low attendance by some students already. We believe all students can achieve high academic results. Attendance remains the major hurdle in the academic success of our students. It is essentialthat students attend school 5 days a week in order for them to reach their full potential. Trish Blackman Head of Campus Injinoo

The new Pre-school in the centre with its play area on the right, the new classroom block on the left and the soon to be replaced original student amenities block between the two.

Cowal Creek Estuary, Injinoo

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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 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 Hot Property 8:30 The Mentalist: The Red Barn 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Risky Business Class - Five people are killed in a small plane crash a mile off the Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, Sara begins to feel the strain of having a long-distance relationship with Grissom when one of her former lovers becomes involved in the investigation. 10:30 CSI: NY: Flash Pop 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 TBA 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Dex and April take a break. Jett can’t physically defend himself against Tilda because she is a girl. Spencer and Maddy are reunited and decide to stay in Summer Bay with Roo and Harvey. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Bones: The Archaeologist in the Cocoon - The team investigates the murder of a well-known archeologist with a questionable reputation, who came upon a career-defining discovery right before his death 9:45 TBA 10:45 TBA 11:45 Up All Night 12:15 Last Chance Learners 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? 2:30 My Family Feast: Chinese 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Dragon’s Blood 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: Crossing the Border 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Safari 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feasts: Morocco 9:35 24 Hours in Emergency: A Good Life 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 12:05 Movie: “Have Mercy On Us All” (M l,v,n) In French. When Inspector Adamsberg and his partner investigate a series of unusual deaths, it looks like the plague has returned to the streets of Paris. As news of the purported outbreak reaches the press, widespread panic soon erupts on the streets, and Adamsberg is in a race against time to locate the perpetrator before mass hysteria takes hold. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Double Trouble 10:20 What I Wrote 10:30 Arrows Of Desire 11:00 Catalyst: On The Road 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 Last Of The Summer Wine 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Doctor Who 6:45 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 QI: Germany 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Hearts And Flowers - When the Begonia Festival’s head judge is found incinerated in his own glasshouse, all eyes turn to two feuding contestants. 9:25 Silk: Martha is given a high-profile prosecution case against a teacher up for attempted murder of a pupil. She is reluctant to take it on, but is advised it would be good for her interview for silk. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 My Family: Susan for a Bruisin’ - Susan has a school reunion, but after a number of knockbacks she is not feeling at her most confident. Can Ben’s Cavitoxing help her feel her old self again? 11:35 Rage 5:00 Rage

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 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Thespian Catalyst - As the experiment ends, an apology from Alison could make or break her relationship with Paul. Inhibitions are lowered during a kissing contest in a crowded mall, and the surprising final scores are revealed. 8:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 12:20 Movie: “Once Upon A Time In The Midlands” (M) - After seeing his ex-girlfriend turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart. 2:30 The Avengers: The Bird Who Knew Too Much 3:30 Danoz Direct / 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Dr Oz 1:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 4:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Spencer and Maddy decide to stay in the Bay, Jett reveals he feels he deserves to be bullied and Rosie is starting to smother Sasha. 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens 9:00 TBA 11:30 Family Guy: You May Now Kiss The...Um...Guy...Who Receives - Brian’s gay cousin Jasper comes to visit, and announces he’s marrying his partner at the Griffin’s house. Mayor Adam West bans gay marriage, which forces Brian to take drastic action. 12:00 Movie: “The Tattooist” (Av) A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn the Samoan tradition of tattooing. 2:00 Auction Squad 3:00 Home Shopping/ 4:00 NBC Today

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6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Mardi Gras Special 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Foreign Correspondent 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Eggheads 1:30 Movie: “Gulliver’s Travels” (G) 2:55 Movie: “Imitation Of Life” (PG) 5:00 Midsomer Murders 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise: Moray’s neighbour fulfils his ambition to work at The Paradise, leading to all kinds of trouble. Denise’s brainwave ruffles some feathers, and Katherine goes to extreme lengths to win Moray’s attention. 8:30 Grand Designs: Herefordshire - Kevin meets a couple who are building an organic, hobbit-like, timber framed, curvy house on a hillside in Herefordshire. 9:20 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Blood And Circuses - The circus is in town and when one of the sideshow acts is murdered, Phryne poses as a magician’s assistant to investigate. 10:15 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL - Shaun Micallef is back and he’s MADDER than HELL! We really should have changed the name but it’d cost us a fortune in letterheads and show graphics. Anyway, he’s back and this time he knows what he’s doing (slightly). 10:45 TBA 11:35 Rage: Mardi Gras Special 5:00 Rage

6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Getaway 11:30 Alive & Cooking 12:00 The Bottom Line 12:30 Steve Miller Rock N Me 1:30 Movie: “Agatha Christie’s Evil Under The Sun” 4:00 The Block: All Stars 5:00 National News 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:40 Movie: “The Bonfire Of The Vanities” (M) Financial “Master of the Universe” Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin hits a boy with his car. 2:00 Movie: “Percy” (AV) A surgeon gives a man a first of its kind organ transplant after an accident. He then becomes vitally concerned as to who was the previous owner of this grafted organ and sets out to track down the identity of his benefactor. 4:00 Danoz 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show 12:00 V8 Extra 12:30 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 2:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender - Dean Miller and his team cover the length and breadth of Queensland with great suggestions for weekends, short breaks and holidays. 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 12:25 Special: Along The Andes - Part 1 - Along the Andes is the ultimate South American trip, covering a wealth of countries and cultures from Columbia in the north down to Argentina and Chile in the south. 1:25 Special: Along The Andes - Part 2 2:25 Auction Squad 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:30 Home Shopping

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Simon Boccanegra 3:35 Piano Notes: Mozart, Sonata No.9 in A Minor 3:50 Le Violoncelle 3:55 The Beauty Of Books 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: David Suchet 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Salvage Hunters 8:30 Prisoners of War: A Picture From Hell 9:30 Movie: “Heartbreaker” (TBC) In French. Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. 11:25 Movie: “Moliere” (PG) In French. Paris, 1644. 22-year-old Molière is not yet the writer that history will recognise as the father of comic satire. Far from it. He is a failed actor and bankrupt who is languishing in debtor’s prison. His release from prison is funded by the wealthy bourgeois, Monsieur Jourdain, on the understanding that Molière will help him woo the affections of a French countess with a series of love letters. 1:40 South Park: More Crap 2:05 South Park: Imaginationland 2:35 South Park: Imaginationland Part 2 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Rage (MA) 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 12:00 Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 World Cafe Asia: Chennai 2:00 How The Earth Was Made: The Deepest Place On Earth 3:00 The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Revolutionaries 3:30 Artscape 4:00 Basketball: WNBL: Preliminary Final 2 6:00 Dig 1940 6:30 Compass 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 8:20 Dream Build: Inner House 8:30 Midsomer Murders 10:00 Rev. - A talented young curate comes to train at St Saviour’s, but it not long before the prospect of having weekends off soon gives way to doubt for Adam when he realises just how brilliant she is. 10:30 Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth 11:25 TBA 11:55 Movie: “Play Misty For Me” (M) - JA popular disc jockey is stalked by a murderous fan. 1:35 Order In The House 2:40 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst

6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 The Wildlife Man 11:00 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 11:30 Movie: “Innerspace” (PG) 2:00 2013 Inter Dominion 3:00 Joanna Lumley’s Nile 4:00 TBA 4:30 Manly Surf 5:00 National News 5:30 Customs 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Block: All Stars 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Red In Tooth And Claw - The team investigate a case involving a graduate student at a natural history museum and discover how ruthless the academic world can be 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Risky Business Class 10:30 CSI: Miami: Wheels Up 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Spyforce 2:30 Danoz Direct 3:30 Global Shop Direct 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Stitch 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:00 Iron Chef Australia 12:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 2:00 Seven’s V8 Supercars 2013 4:30 Live Healthy, Be Happy 5:00 Drive Thru Australia 5:30 Great Southeast 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line 8:00 The Force - Behind The Line 8:30 Downton Abbey - Trouble looms for Lady Sybil and her husband, Tom Branson, as his strong views on political matters get him into all sorts of trouble causing her to feel forced to take sides. 9:40 Castle 11:40 Law & Order: LA : Big Rock Mesa 12:35 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Special: Cambodia - Fields Of Hope 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 2013 Superbike World Championship 11:00 UEFA Champions League Magazine 11:30 Speedweek 1:30 Al Jazeera News 2:30 My Family Feast: Burmese 3:00 National MTB Championships 2013 5:00 Cycling Central 5:35 Rex In Rome: Imperfect Symphony 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: History Cold Case: The York 113 8:30 Wonders Of The Solar System: Dead or Alive 9:35 The Stonewall Uprising - This program explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. It revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America. When police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on 28 June, 1969, gay men and women did something they hadn’t done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived. 11:10 Movie: “Jacquou Le Croquant” (M v) In French. A lavish 19th century epic about a French peasant boy who grows up to lead a revolt against the man responsible for his father’s death. An adventurous tale of forbidden love, honour, hardship and privilege based on the 1897 novel by Eugene le Roy. 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Backyard Science 10:25 Science Clips 10:35 Inside Science 10:50 I Maths 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 6:50 Minuscule 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Five Daughters 1:05 Movie: “The Bat” (PG) - A sharp mystery writer rents an old bat-infested mansion. Doors creak, bats flutter and dead suspects pile up as the mysterious murderer called ‘The Bat’ attacks 1:50 Caravaggio 3:20 Rage 3:55 Movie: “Ramrod” (PG) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 JNational News 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 TBA 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Tangible Affection Proof 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Benefactor Factor - A wealthy donor to the university makes Leonard consider how far he’s willing to go for the sake of science. 9:30 Person Of Interest: One Percent - Reese and Finch struggle to maintain their anonymity while protecting a tech billionaire whose resources rival their own and threaten to sabotage their efforts to save his life. 10:30 Person Of Interest 11:30 The Block: All Stars 1:00 Extra 1:30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Jesse Stone: Night Passage” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Dex and April don’t know how to treat each other post break up. Celia feels bad for the damage she’s caused to Heath and Bianca. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Revenge: Forgiveness - Faces from the past are appearing all around the Hamptons, as Emily’s mother and Mason Treadwell both reemerge, making Victoria very uneasy. Meanwhile, Jack’s sense of duty grows exponentially after Amanda gives birth. 9:45 How I Met Your Mother 10:45 TBA 11:15 Happy Endings 12:15 Last Chance Learners 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Sky Fighters” (M l,v) 2:45 Les Williams 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Global Village: Morocco 6:00 Grand Tours of Scotland: Islands of the Clyde 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Let There Be Light 8:35 Man vs Wild: Extreme Desert 9:35 RocKwiz: Ainslie Wills & 360 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: The Wilding - (M) A film about a relationship between two juvenile inmates in a detention centre. The love between Malcolm and Tye might flourish naturally in the real world, but in the detention centre, their love can barely survive because of the violence that surrounds them. The Shower (M) Elisa and Manuela have lived together for five years, but now they must separate. On their last morning together, they will pass through a gamut of emotions as they try to capture the last fragments of their relationship before it dissolves forever. 1:05 My Family UK: Chicken and Vodka Every Day 2:05 Weatherwatch Overnight

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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 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Cohabitation Formulation 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Monster Isolation - Koothrappali is put out when his date walks out in the middle of their evening, so he vows that he will forever stay put in his apartment. 9:00 Two Broke Girls: And Just Plane Magic 9:30 Two And A Half Men: Paint It, Pierce It Or Plug It! 10:00 Anger Management: Charlie & Jen Together Again 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 20/20 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Mystery Woman: Oh Baby” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Celia decides to leave the Bay. Maddy decides to move in to Summer Bay House. A jealous Rosie swims into rough surf in an attempt to get Sasha to save her. 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:45 Packed To The Rafters: Keeping Step - Julie feels at odds with both Ted and Dave over the severity of Ted’s condition - and falling back into step is going to be easier said than done. Meanwhile, despite having rejected Coby’s initial interest in her, Frankie is finally letting her guard down 9:45 Parenthood 11:45 Against The Wall 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 For The Juniors 10:15 Ace Day Jobs 10:20 My Great Big Adventure 10:40 Behind The News Specials 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs: Peckham 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 QI: J Places 9:00 The Agony Of Life 9:35 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 9:55 Would I Lie To You? 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:30 Bored To Death 11:55 Durham County 12:45 Movie: “Carrington VC” (PG) 2:25 Carrying The Cross 3:00 Rage 4:10 Movie: “Mew Faces Of 1937 (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:00 National Morning News 11:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair - A Current Affair covers the realms of politics, crime, human rights, science, technology, celebrities and entertainment - all investigated by a dedicated team and hosted by Tracy Grimshaw. 7:00 The Block: All Stars 8:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA 11:30 The Block: All Stars 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 Global Shop Direct 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Down And Out In Beverly Hills” (M) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 The Zoo 3:30 Minute To Win It 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Casey saves Sasha and Rosie from the surf, but the girls’ friendship is very much in doubt. Kyle attempts to extend the olive branch to a wary Tamara. Brax swallows his 7:30 My Kitchen Rules 8:40 Last Resort - Marcus leads a search for three missing crew members of the Colorado, a search that leads them to Serrat’s compound, where they receive an ominous demand 9:45 Highway Patrol 10:15 World’s Wildest Police Videos 11:15 Air Crash Investigations 12:15 Room For Improvement 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Room For Improvement 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Jung In Europa 10:10 La Mappa Misteriosa 10:30 TBA 11:00 Rodney’s Robot Revolution 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Movie: “Play It Again Sam” (M) 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 TBA 6:30 Deadly 60: On A Mission 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Catalyst: On The Road 8:30 Making Couples Happy :) - Sex takes centre stage as the couples explore passion and intimacy. Darren and Laney revitalise their relationship with a trip to the trapeze school, while Alison’s 50th birthday party leads to an unexpected breakthrough. 9:30 The Midwives 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Seven Ages Of Britain: Age Of Worship 12:30 The Clinic 1:25 Parliament Question Time: The Senate 2:30 NTFL: Qualifying Final 5:30 Eggheads









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SUDOKU No. 137

Your  Lucky 



Stars  

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A person who has let you down before may do so again. Don’t put yourself in a position where you are dependent upon them. Romance. You will be in an extremely romantic mood this week. You won’t be disappointed with the results of a blind encounter.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will be torn between two options. Be sure to take your time making your final decision. Things aren’t always as they seem. Romance. Your mood will be much better than it has been for some time. Use this time to reconnect with those you’ve put off seeing.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


You will receive some money from an unexpected source. If you can, save it rather than spend it because you will be short of cash in the next few weeks. Romance. Your love-life will soon receive an important boost. Make sure that you maintain the momentum at all times.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) You’ll soon be getting a pleasant surprise through the post. This will not come in quite the form that you imagine. Romance. It’ll be hard to understand a recent decision by your partner. They may have reasons that you are not aware of. Try your best to understand their thought.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

Tension with your parents may be difficult to avoid at times. You must find a way to show your feelings without hurting them. Romance. A person whom you met recently through your job may be more interested in you than you first thought. Is this what you want?

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) You will be taking a few unnecessary risks. Your luck has held up so far, but don’t rely on this continuing. Slow down! Romance. If your partner tries to boss you around, you should be firm. You must not give in to pressure. Fortunately, they will realize they’re being overbearing.


VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Don’t allow other people to push you around! If you are not careful, you will end up doing work which is not your responsibility. Romance. Don’t let your feelings get the better of you. You may be a little unpredictable at the moment. Organize your thoughts on paper.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)

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A word of advice will help you, so long as you are prepared to follow it to the letter. Don’t be afraid to trust to your friend’s judgement this week. Romance. A meeting which is not planned will end up becoming more significant than you expect. Put your best foot forward!

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) You must be prepared to use your intuition later in the week. Don’t be afraid to make a decision which other people think is irrational. Romance. Good communication, both verbal and nonverbal, will be essential for your relationship. Be cognisant of your gestures.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) For some reason you’ll need to change your travel plans at the last minute. Be careful not to let down a friend who may be relying on you. Romance. Both Venus and Mars are in good aspect at the moment, so you could have a very romantic evening in store this week.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)


Love is friendship, set on fire.

– Jeremy Taylor

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A secret which you have been trying to hide for several months may finally come out. You will be surprised how positively your friends react. Relax! Romance. This would be a very good time to make the first move in a new relationship. Make it with confidence and grace!

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may need to sort out a problem which has arisen amongst your friends. Whatever you do, you are likely to upset one side or the other! Romance. A friend whom you know from work may be keen on getting to know you better. They aren’t necessarily a colleague.



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Torres Strait Regional Authority Common Funding Round 2013 – 2014 The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is calling for applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal organisations and individuals within the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area for grant funding for activities commencing July 1, 2013, under the following Programs: Governance and Leadership Program - Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) Capacity Building Initiatives Eligible projects under this program include: • Contribution towards the administrative costs associated with establishing and maintaining a PBC Office • Initiatives that increase the capacity of elected PBC Officers to perform their duties • Initiatives that support PBCs to engage with communities on Native Title issues Governance and Leadership Program - Indigenous Broadcasting Program Eligible projects under this program include: • Operational support for Indigenous broadcasting services (including RIBS) • Regional Indigenous Media Organisation (RIMO) Support • Upgrade of broadcasting equipment Economic Development Program - Community Economic Initiatives Scheme (CEIS) Eligible projects under this program include: • Projects that demonstrate ability to create profits and employment opportunities • Projects that lead to the establishment of sustainable industries in the areas of Marine, Tourism, Arts and Craft or Construction • The development of business plans and feasibility studies Healthy Communities Program Eligible projects under this program include: • Healthy Homes initiatives (including health promotion and education) • Healthy Lifestyles initiatives and minor infrastructure Safe Communities Program Eligible projects under this program include: • Social services initiatives such as: • Indigenous women, men and children social development and support programs • Child and family safety programs • Safe and accessible community initiatives such as: • Safe communities infrastructure and equipment including land and sea communications systems • Community capacity building and awareness Culture Art and Heritage Program Eligible projects under this program include: • Support for the development of artist careers • Locally managed community cultural projects (festivals, exhibitions etc) • Costs associated with the revitalization and /or maintenance of endangered Torres Strait languages • Support for purchase of Arts material and Production costs to develop traditional and contemporary artforms • Production costs for projects and events • Marketing costs for the promotion of a cultural/artistic event Grant Application forms and Program Guidelines specific to each program are available at under the ‘Grant Funding’ menu. Application kits and further information can also be obtained by contacting the TSRA on (07) 4069 0700. Applications Close at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Completed applications should be marked ‘TSRA Common Funding Round’ and emailed to: Alternatively, applications may be posted to: The Chief Executive Officer Torres Strait Regional Authority PO Box 261 Thursday Island Qld 4875 Applications received after 4 pm on April 9, 2013 will not be considered unless prior approval for a late submission has been obtained in writing from the relevant TSRA Program Manager.

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Erub member accepts leadership program challenge THE Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Chairperson Joseph Elu has congratulated a fellow board member who is one of six Queensland rural leaders selected to take part in the Australian Rural Leadership Program. TSRA Member for Erub and Portfolio Member for Fisheries Kenny Bedford will be the sixth Indigenous leader from the Torres Strait to take part in the intensive, 17-month professional development program. The program includes an international case study and overseas visit. Mr Elu said Mr Bedford had been successful in a competitive national selection process and would have the opportunity to develop high level leadership, business, strategic planning and interpersonal skills. Mr Bedford said he had always been aware that the program was an extremely good opportunity for leadership development. “What has stopped me from applying in the past was really the time available to commit to the program,” Mr Bedford said. “That has changed now that I’m no longer on the Torres Strait Island Regional Council. “I have spoken to other graduates from the program and they strongly

encouraged me to nominate. “Uncle John Mosby and Torres Webb were the most recent graduates, so I’ve spoken to them and other Torres Strait graduates as well as a few of the others from outside who’ve really motivated me to be a part of it. “I’ve learned about the benefits they received from the course and the praise they have given it.” Mr Bedford said graduates had also spoken about the pressures of the course, which added to the appeal. “As I said during the scholarship interview I’m looking for this opportunity to challenge myself and develop my leadership abilities,” he said. “I expect this program will help me identify my strengths and weaknesses “I like the idea of being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone because I think that is where you can get a personal insight into where you can develop your own leadership skills. “The other important opportunity will be develop networks with other people from very different backgrounds in other parts of Australia with similar challenges but under different circumstances. “I particularly want to mix it with people who come from the rural sec-

Kenny Bedford (left) and Charlie Kaddy, the first TSRA sponsored graduate from the ARLP, swap notes about the program. tor and who are working in business Mr Bedford said the last time he ity calls for expressions of interest development. had faced similar challenges was from Indigenous Leaders to nominate “I’m working largely in a primary undertaking a Fairfax Fellowship for a position on the Australian Rural industry here in the fishing industry more than a decade ago. Leadership Course in November and I imagine there are lessons to be “The time is now good to go back each year. learned from people working in other and reflect on my leadership role not The sponsorship is valued in primary industries and hopefully I only in this community but also in excess of $50,000 and one fully can apply those to my leadership Queensland and Australia.” sponsored position is offered each here.” The Torres Strait Regional Author- year.

Buyer urged to snap up Cape York croc farm A CAPE York crocodile farm that was placed in liquidation has now been put up for sale. The Edward River Crocodile Farm in the Aboriginal community of

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who can keep the farm open. He says there are currently about 400 eggs and 85 breeding stock. “Basically I kept a little bit of a distance from them. I’ll be honest

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International Women’s Day - The Gender Agenda Friday, March 8, 2013 Hosted by The Rotary Club of Thursday Island, Torres Strait, at The Grand Hotel, Malu Paru Please join us from 7 - 9am for Breakfast Tickets $35 a head - Guest Speaker, prizes, fun! Beneficiary: Lena Passi Women’s Shelter

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SPORT THE Argun Warriors “blue-and-white juggernaut” has returned triumphant to Badu after winning the Murries v Koories Interstate Challenge in Brisbane. Celebrations are still continuing on Badu, following a community barbecue on Friday, February 15. Assistant coach Terry Abednego said another highlight for the boys was getting to meet both the Indigenous All Stars team and the NRL All Stars team on the Thursday night. “It was surely a dream come true for all of us, just to rub shoulders and be so close to these NRL superstars that we always see on TV,” Terry said. “Our victory the next day, and also the Indigenous All Stars victory on the Saturday, made the trip very worthwhile and an experience that we will never forget. “It will always be in the highlights reels!” After winning the Murri Carnival last year, the Argun Warriors travelled to Brisbane to take part in the Murries v

Koories Interstate challenge on February 8. The Argun Warriors came up against the Newcastle Yowies who were crowned Koori knock-outs champions in 2012. This is the second year of the interstate challenge and the first time a Queensland Murries team has won it. Not only were the Argun Warriors representing the Torres Strait, but the whole of indigenous Queensland. “We went down to Brisbane with very limited knowledge of the Yowies, and it showed as the game panned out when we were down 20-10 at half time,” Terry said. “That’s when the blue and white juggernaut kicked into gear and by the end of regular time the scores were locked at 24-all. “Four minutes into golden point, young warriors half Maipele Morseau ran 50 metres untouched to seal a sweet sweet victory for the Warriors. “I guess all the Koories and Murries present at the game witnessed a close and entertaining game of footy.”

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computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Torres News or sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators. The results will be provided in the Torres News, the






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Workshop attendees (back row) Ellafaye Hosea, Stanley Dai, Frank Loban, Richard David, Laurance Hobson, Jensen Billy, Maleta Harry, Desmond Billy, Lorna David (Front row) Tilishia Akee, Giller Billy, Matilda Loban, Clara Tamu and Smithie Wilson.



A NEW representative body for volleyball in the region, the Torres Strait Northern Peninsula Area (TSNPA) Volleyball Association, has been born out of a recent workshop. OFF-PEAK SEASON Members of the TI Volleyball Association hosted a workshop, with the support of Torres Strait Youth & Recreational Sporting Association, on Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2, to attract interested volleyball Executive members of the newly formed Torres Strait Northern Peninsula people of the Torres Strait and Area Volleyball Association are secretary Giller Billy, treasurer Smithie Wilson, *Boarding 15 minutes prior *Please contact us or check online for changes president Matilda Loban and vice-president Clara Tamu. NPA community. to the ferry schedule around Public Holidays as variations may occur. The workshop also involved information sharing, data Further information will be made available through the **Easter times to be advised (Good Friday, March 29, 2013) collecting and structural management. Torres News and communication networks such as facebook, Representatives from various island and mainland com- email or community appointed reps. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL: Ph 07 4069 1551 munities came together in support of establishing a region-wide “We can be contacted on tsnpa.volleyballassociation@ Book online: volleyball sporting body. and look forward to hearing from anyone expressing Special thanks for their time and contribution go to Clara interest in the sport of Volleyball,” Ms Loban said. “Thank you Peddells Jetty Shop: Engineers Jetty, Thursday Is. Tamu and Harry Lui (Warraber), Jensen Larry and Lorna David to all those that supported this venture and God Bless.” (Poruma), Maleta Harry (Yam), Ellafaye Hosea (St Pauls), Richard David (Darnely), Giller Billy and Desmond Billy (Masig), Frank Loban, Matilda Loban, Tammy Collins and Tilishia Akee (TI), Smithie Wilson, Stanley Dai and Laurance Hobson (NPA). Those in attendance selected a governing body to represent the TSNPA, with executive positions awarded: president, Fax: (07) 4090 3628 Matilda Loban from TI; vice-president, Clara Tamu from Email: Warraber; secretary, Giller Billy from Masig; and treasurer Smithie Wilson from NPA. The first order of business was establishing a Calender of Events to promote more participation from communities and establish a clear standard for selecting representative teams. TSNPA President Matilda Loban said the new association had devised a flowchart and order of events for players to move up and compete at a higher level. “This will allow people within their communities to trial for a position on the local community team, attend a Cluster Competition to determine the strongest Cluster Representative team, which would then participate in a Cluster Carnival competition, to select a Torres Strait Northern Peninsula Area Representative team,” Ms Loban said. “That would then travel to attend southern events identified from the Queensland Volleyball Association (QVA) calendar. “We are very excited to be a part of this new venture, It has been a long time coming for this sport, and over the years the relationships that have developed between the community people, consistently involved at carnivals, have promoted the EFFEctivE necessity and merit for it. January 28, 2013 “We are all one big family that enjoy a healthy competition All QF Connections in the sport that we love; we share a mutual respect for each departing from Horn other and the game. Island may be delayed up “I look forward to working with a great bunch of people to 20 minutes pending that together can promote development, respect and unity in actual aircraft arrival time. FAST , SAFE & FRIENDLY DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE our chosen sport.”


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more than $2300. The winner will receive a trip for two to Cairns aboard Sea Swift’s Trinity Bay (value $1850); The runner-up will receive $500 voucher from the IBIS. Sea Swift’s Sales and Marketing Manager Victor Perazza, IBIS CEO Ian Copeland and Torres News group editor Mark Bousen all expressed their enthusiasm for taking part in the competition and their willingness to sponsor and promote it.

“The Torres Strait and NPA is rugby league heartland, and players, such as Sam Thaiday, Ben Barba and Dane Nielsen as some of the code’s super stars, ensure the code’s popularity here,” Mark Bousen said. “I am also delighted to welcome Sea Swift and IBIS aboard as our enthusiastic sponsors.” Two major changes have been introduced this year. 1. Anyone who fails to enter their selections for a week will receive no points. This ensures

fairness to those who do enter their tips. 2. Anyone entering the competition after the start of the season, also will start from zero with no points awarded for missed games. The Sea Swift/IBIS/Torres News NRL footy tipping competition is free - there is no joining fee and no charges whatsoever are associated with it. The competition is computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an

independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Torres News nor sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators. The results will be provided in the Torres News, the Torres News facebook page and the competition operator’s website after each round. Staff from the Torres News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. In the event of a tie, the prize value will be divided among the joint winners.

KRL looks to a strong start to 2013 season By ALF WILSON

THE 2013 Kaiwalagal Rugby League season kicks off at Thursday Island’s Ken Brown Memorial Oval on March 9 with at least four men’s teams and three ladies’ sides to compete. KRL secretary LJ Shibasaki said four men’s teams - premiers Suburbs, Roosters, Badu and Knights - had already nominated. “There’s a possible fifth team with Mua contemplating an entry. I’m waiting for Toshie Kris to get back to me on the Mua team,” LJ told the Torres News. The three women’s teams are Dedeyal Gummas from St Paul’s on Moa Island, TI Sundown Sirens and a mixed community side. There will be a KRL forum on February 27which will double as the KRL annual general meeting.

“Tagai TAFE juniors have started and had their first hit out on February 13 to select a team for Peninsula trials on March 5-6. “Everyone is looking forward to the new season. KRL would like interested people to come forward and volunteer their time either for the seniors and the juniors. There should be a new board this year if people turn up to the AGM forum on the 27th,” LJ said. Rugby league is the major sport in the Torres Strait and the coming season looks set to be even more successful than the previous. Suburbs made it back-to-back premierships in the 2012 men’s decider last September with a hard fought 24-20 win over arch rivals Roosters. Played before a large crowd at the Ken Brown Memorial Oval, Suburbs led 18-10 at half-time. But Roosters fought back strongly to

outscore Suburbs after that and in the end it was a genuine cliffhanger. The 2012 ladies decider was an even closer match which had spectators on the edge of their seats. Local TI side Sundown Sirens beat Dedeyal Gummas 25-24 when Elsie Seriat kicked a field goal two minutes into the first five minutes of overtime. In other news the QRL Northern Division has not yet decided on a format for the 2013 North Queensland Foley Shield competition. Last year just four sides from the major centres contested the Foley Shield. In 2009 Torres Cape entered the competition and performed strongly reaching the grand final before being defeated by Innisfail Eacham. Most football followers in the region would like to see a Torres Strait side in the Foley Shield.

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