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Welcome to our home, Premier Premier Newman and his wife, Lisa, were among friends, posing for a photo with Kaurareg Nation representatives Taina Miskin, Matilda Savage, Loyla Young, Ella Miskin and Maryann Muri.
Yasi’s TI road-rage to be re-sealed [wink, wink] By COREY BOUSEN I HATE to cast doubt on the Queensland Government’s assertion that there was road damage on Thursday Island caused by Cyclone Yasi in early 2011, but if it means that we get $2.4m to spend on our local roads then let’s all wink and nod and agree that the roads on Thursday Island were torn to shreds by Yasi when it devastated communities south of Cairns, more than 1000 km away. Premier Campbell Newman, in a press conference with Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen and TSIRC Fred Gela, announced $1.7 million in funding for this purpose, stating: “It is great to be able to deliver for one of the island’s major roads known locally as the ‘ring road’, which is a 4.7 kilometre loop connecting the main services on Thursday Island.
“A $1.7 million project to rehabilitate the road’s pavement will repair damage caused by Cyclone Yasi and we will also fund a $700,000 project to reseal a number of sections of the road,” Mr Newman said. “Plans for the reseal project are in the design stage and materials are being sourced locally through Torres Shire Council.” The works are expected to start by early August and will improve travelling conditions on the island’s ring road, which includes Hastings Street, Loban Road, Aplin Road, Stephen Street, Albury Parade and Douglas Street, the Premier said. The funds to repair the Cyclone Yasi damage [wink, wink] will be delivered under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), which is a joint Federal and State govern-
ment initiative. Under this arrangement, the Federal Government provides 75 per cent of the funding with the Queensland Government contributing 25 per cent. At the same time these w o r k s a r e u n d e r w a y, Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the Queensland Government would continue to work with the Torres Strait Island Regional Council to improve transport infrastructure. “We will start drainage and road works on Hammond Island and barge ramps will also be repaired on several islands,” Mr Emerson said. “Berthing dolphins at Badu Island and Boigu Island were completed earlier this year and 10 of the outer Torres Strait islands now have these facilities to assist with the delivery of essential freight services.”
Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen, Main Roads Minister Craig Emerson, Premier Newman, Member for Cook David Kempton and TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela at the press conference on 26 May. T h e p r o g r a m w i l l and Department of Local Torres Strait Regional Aube jointly funded by the Government, Community thority). Queensland Government Recovery and Resilience) Works are scheduled for (through the Department of and the Commonwealth completion by the end of Transport and Main Roads Government (through the the year.
Wagadagam Nation highlights traditional lore A TRIBAL delegation from the sovereign people of the Wagadagam Nation - represented by Adhi Dimple Bani, Gabriel Bani, Jack Bani and Tony Bani - met with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister
Glen Elmes, during the Community Cabinet on 26 May. Speaking to Torres News after the meeting, Gabriel Bani said the delegation was seeking the acknowledgment by the state government of the traditional kinship system in
the Mabuiag community and the existence of traditional lore as the cohesive basis for the community. Mr Bani said adherence to traditional lore has allowed Mabuiag to flourish as a
stable and happy community. “The protocols for the community also determine our relationship with the outside world with visitations and other people coming in,”
he said. “We also spoke with the minister about setting up agreements for how to coordinate delivery of services on the ground.”
BELOW: Gabriel Bani, Adhi Dimple Bani, Jack Bani and Tony Bani at the TRAWQ Hall, represented the Wagadagam Nation at the Community Cabinet.
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CAREER PATH: Assistant Commissioner Clem O’Regan, Commissioner Ian Stewart, Honorary Inspector Ned Mosby, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Acting Assistant Commissioner (Far Northern Region) Paul Taylor on Thursday Island last week. LEFT: The new epaulettes. THE Queensland Police Service (QPS) will their roles. “The support officers will also wear QPS expand its reach in the Torres Strait region by employing up to 36 Torres Strait Island Police uniforms with epaulettes in the primary Support Officers (TSIPSO), Police Minister colours of the Torres Strait - bright green with two bands of light blue and white,” he said. Jack Dempsey announced last Monday. Torres Strait Island Regional Mayor Fred Mr Dempsey said the QPS would use $2.6 million in recurrent funding to lift the Gela said that the presence of Community burden from the Torres Strait Island Regional Police under the watch of QPS would also Council (TSIRC) which currently employs provide a level of reassurance in terms of capacity building. the Community Police Officers. “The Community Police Officers will “The expansive geography of the Torres Strait makes it a challenging area to efficiently now have a clear career path under the QPS and will have the chance to enter into the and effectively police,” Mr Dempsey said. “These support officers will give QPS justice entry program to work as a sworn police officers the eyes and ears on the ground officer,” Cr Gela said. Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said they need, as well as an important police contact for island residents. that TSIPSOs would continue the good work “The support officers will play an im- of the CPO Program operated by the Torres portant role in helping police with language Strait Island Regional Council. and cultural barriers, as well as providing “These officers will work under the intelligence, situation reports in emergencies, supervision and leadership of State police help with search and rescue operations and officers and will be tasked to support State advice about community issues and incidents. police in the delivery of a range of policing “They will also be trained to take reports activities aimed at stopping crime, enhancing and educate the community about crime safety and crime prevention in the Torres prevention and safety techniques.” Strait,” Commissioner Stewart said. Mr Dempsey said the TSIPSOs would The TSIPSOs will move to police emundergo ongoing QPS training as a part of ployment by 1 October 2013.
David Prain awarded for dedication to children’s fire safety THURSDAY Island Station Officer David Prain has been awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation Certificate for his commitment to children’s fire safety. Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey presented the award and thanked Station Office Prain for his efforts while on Thursday Island.
“This certificate has been awarded as part of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) Close the Gap Recognition Awards,” Mr Dempsey said. “I would like to sincerely thank Station Officer Prain for his dedication to children’s fire safety and awareness, and his work on the development of the Don’t Let Thursday Island
Burn - Fire Safety Booklet. “We are heading into what is traditionally our busiest period for fires and it’s initiatives like this that can help save lives. “It’s a real privilege to present this certificate today.” Commissioner Lee Johnson said Station Officer Prain’s commitment to the Don’t Let Thursday Island Burn project was commendable. “As firefighters, our top priority is to pro-
tect lives and education is a key area in our strategy to prevent fire injuries,” he said. “Station Officer Prain’s work has contributed to making this booklet a valuable learning tool for children that will give youngsters the knowledge to act and protect themselves in a fire situation. “Initiatives like this are important in protecting the lives of Queenslanders and Station Officer Prain should be congratulated for his commitment to this project.”
Director General Department Community Safety Kelvin Anderson, Captain Richard Muhamad, Firefighter Sam Jones, Station Officer David Prain, Minister for Department Community Safety Jack Dempsey, Firefighter Matt Mason, Fionh Mason, Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone and Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.
LEFT: The TSRA’s Maluwap Nona (second from right) and Peter Krebes (right) discuss issues with Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps (middle left).
LEFT: Acting TSRA Chairman Aven Noah in discussions with Member for Cook David Kempton and Agriculture Minister John McVeigh.
Some of the many community representatives at the Community Cabinet.
Community gardens to flower around Thursday Island
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Tagai students Jeremy Tom (left) and Freddie Gibuma with George Ernst.
THE people of Thursday Island can look forward to a healthier, cheaper lifestyle thanks to a Newman Government grant of $10,000 to expand a community gardens project on the island. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said the garden project, managed by volunteers and supported by the Torres Shire Council, would support fruit and vegetable plantings available to all community members. “The Kai Kai Garden project will also provide the local community with education on healthy foods and healthy eating practices,” Mr Elmes said. “The Torres Shire Council has identified more than 200 free public access sites suitable for establishing vegetable, fruit and produce gardens. “The project began in February, 2011, and this funding will enable the continuation of the project for a further two and a half years. “The funding will provide support towards operational costs like gardening tools, equipment, safety clothing and cover some of the vehicle running costs and maintenance.”
Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey presents David Prain with his award. They are holding a copy of the book ‘Don’t Let Thursday Island Burn - Fire Safety Booklet’.
The project is being directed by Tagai TAFE teacher George Ernst, and the gardens will be maintained by grade 11 and 12 Tagai College students and two Torres Shire Council employees who are working to achieve their Certificate in Horticulture. Member for Cook David Kempton said the collaborative approach will allow these young people to gain valuable knowledge about traditional and contemporary gardening practices. “The project brings direct benefits to the local community through access to free, healthy food, rejuvenation of community gardens which used to be a mainstay of island life, and an op-
portunity for horticultural education for students,” Mr Kempton said. “Food is a significant element of culture, and these community gardens will provide a way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to reconnect to the land and have access to free locally grown produce. “Hopefully, the project will have the wider benefit of encouraging locals to grow fruit and vegetables in their own yards.” Mr Elmes said the continued success of this project could result in its extension across other islands in the Torres Strait and remote mainland local communities.
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‘Take my hand and let’s walk together as partners’ Milton Savage’s speech, in its entirety, is as follows: As I stand here in front of you, what thoughts do you have of me? Obviously, your responses will all be very different, similar to your reactions with the issues I will be sharing with you today. Anyway, I would like to acknowledge the Almighty Creator and his son Jesus Christ. Acknowledge all my Kaurareg Ancestors and Families, Past and Present as well as acknowledge everyone here today. I would like to Welcome the Honourable Premier of Queensland, Minister Campbell Newman and his Cabinet Ministers, Senior Public Servants and Staff Members, Mayor Gela, Mayor Stephen, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Students and Children to a very Special Day today, National Sorry Day. My name is Milton Savage, Chairperson/Spokesperson of the Kaurareg Aboriginal Tribal Council, Traditional land owners of Thursday Island, the Centre of Government Administrations in the Torres Strait and NPA regions. In addition, the airport in our regions is located on Horn Island (Nurupai), the Gateway to the regions; again, it is one of the Kaurareg Islands and islets. Kaurareg Aboriginal People are the traditional landowners of the biggest number of islands in the Torres Straits and NPA regions. Traditionally, our people are seafaring people. We obtained our living from the sea and the land. Our People were segregated,
humiliated and stripped off their rights as human beings and traditional land owners by the colonial government in those early years. Kaurareg Aboriginal People were removed at gunpoint from Hammond Island to Poid known as Kubin today on Moa Island beginning in 1920s. Secondly, they were removed from Prince of Wales (Muralag) at gunpoint too to make way for the cattle and deer farm, to provide food for the Government Administrations on Thursday Island. This was a result of the implementation of a governmental act called the Betterment System enforced here on Thursday Island and surrounding islands during 1918 just after First World War 1. The impact of the Aboriginal Protection Policy and the various Acts here in this region by the then government of the day to restrict our people to function as normal happy people like the way they used to live. And that is the right to decide one’s own way of living and how to enjoy life as a human being. This was taken away from our people. We have been the ‘victims’ of the colonial government and we still feel the pains and oppressions of past injustice today. Past government has not had the courage to acknowledge and understand our painful history and work with us to develop effective strategies for ‘healing’ and develop way forward. Fortunately, some of our current leaders have ‘only recently’ acknowledged our existence, our
rights as traditional land owners in this region. These leaders have the courage and wisdom to understand our painful history and then work closely with us to develop better way forward. Within all societies, it is proven that the eradication of poverty is the best prescription for good health and low crime. By giving our people access to similar wealth and social infrastructure enjoyed by mainstream Australians, the process of social problem resolving becomes easier. Sensible policies that target education, employment, housing, health and other community services in a culturally sensitive manner will produce rapid and tangible outcomes. Most importantly, I want to remind everyone present here today that our islands are not Government Land or Crown Land but Kaurareg Aboriginal Land. To reach out to our people, ALP government must be ethnically sensitive to the individual cultural needs. Lastly, policies to address the problems of dispossession must be addressed as it has been forgotten. A new breeze of understanding is blowing through these hallowed halls, blowing away the cobwebs of failed policies and practices. It is up to you! If you make up your mind and walk with us, you will find us very generous despite our suffering. So, take my hand and let’s walk together as partners. Thank You!!
Premier Campbell Newman and Kaurareg Tribal Council Chairperson Milton Savage. THURSDAY Island was swamped by Queensland Government ministers and their entourages when the Community Cabinet convened on Thursday Island between 26-27 May. Things got underway Sunday afternoon at TRAWQ Hall with delegations from across the region meeting with ministers and senior bureaucrats. As part of the traditional Welcome to Country from the Kaurareg Tribal Council, Chairperson Milton Savage delivered a heart-felt speech that gave an overview of the Kaurareg nation’s modern history. << Read Mr Savage’s entire speech at left. Premier Newman thanked Mr Savage for his “very special words” and continued to explain the reason for holding the Community Cabinet on Thursday Island.
“This Community Cabinet is an opportunity for local people to talk about local issues and to ensure the Queensland government is working as it should for Queenslanders.” The premier said a healthy economy was his government’s top priority with the Community Cabinet being an opportunity to “meet with local communities and sort out road blocks and ensure there is a real economy for the Torres Strait and Cape York”. All Newman government ministers were present at TRAWQ Hall except for treasurer Tim Nicholls, who was preparing for the state budget, which will be delivered on 4 June. The Thursday Island event was the government’s eighth Community Cabinet since being elected to power last year.
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EDUCATION, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek met senior year students undertaking vocational and trade courses during a visit to Tagai State College on 28 May. Mr Langbroek said he was thrilled to learn senior year students participating in the program over the past three years had achieved 100% success rate in obtaining their Queensland Certificate of Education. “I was able to see first-hand how the students are achieving a solid secondary school education while also focussing on future job prospects,” Mr Langbroek said. “The Tagai TAFE program is a great partnership between Tagai College’s senior campus, Tropical North Queensland TAFE and local businesses”. The program has won the Far North Queensland regional award for the Excellence in Community or Industry Partnerships category in this year’s Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools. (Report Page 6 >>)
“It provides an innovative option for remote Torres Strait Islander students to complete their senior years of schooling, obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education and start a career in their chosen vocational area,” said Mr Langbroek. “The students are very lucky to be awarded such extensive on the job experience that prepares them so well for life after school. “It is great to see the students who are undertaking a Certificate II in Hospitality, gaining hands-on experience using the campus’ industry standard commercial kitchen. “I also enjoyed seeing other students gaining practical experience doing engineering and construction courses using the campus workshop. “I would like to thank the adult apprentices and industry partners who work with the students as they participate in work placements. They’re proving together, we can give great opportunities to our students.”
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Star of the Sea funding ‘nowhere near enough’ BLUE Care Indigenous Services has welcomed news it will receive funding from the Department of Health and Ageing to address needed certification works and maintenance backlog requirements at Torres Strait Home for the Aged and Star of the Sea, Director of Services (North/West) Michelle NEWS
McKay has confirmed. “We were pleased to receive a contractual agreement on Friday, and we hope to release more detail once we have completed negotiations with a builder about the scope and delivery of the works,” she said. The funding is believed to be $1.1 million.
Blue Care assumed responsibility for the services in December, 2012. But Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the money is nowhere near what is needed. “The facility is being run on an absolute shoestring, and, despite management chasing these funds from the department numerous times, they are still to materialise. It is an absolute disgrace. “I had to go to the local media to try and address the situation. “Given the status the aged have in Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Elders at risk: Still no upgrade to aged care home THE safety of elders at the Star of the Sea aged care home is still under threat,18 months after Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch raised the alarm over infrastructure problems with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). During his visit in August, 2011, Mr Entsch said the cost to patch up the facility to a minimum standard was estimated at $2.1 million. Now, 20 months later, after the passage of time and inertia has taken its toll, that figure had risen to $3 million, he said. In that time, Blue Care have taken over operation of the aged care centre, formerly run by the Community Congress Development and Education Unit. But the level of commitment and cultural support from the 49 indigenous staff remains unwavering, he says. The Torres News accompanied Mr Entsch on a visit to the facility on Wednesday, April 10. “The facility has deteriorated even more since 2011, and it will cost that much just to bring it up to a standard that makes it secure for both staff and clients,” Mr Entsch said. “The fire panel is broken and malfunctioning, which means staff who ABOVE Warren Entsch examines empty, ‘condemned’ staff are already stretched to the limit have to do additional monitoring, which means extra rounds. accommodation at the Star of the Sea in August, 2011. “There is no security, and people come wandering through the grounds while intoxicated. BELOW: Mr Entsch visiting again in April 2013. “None of “Single, female staff are having to deal with these instances, and the these problems have been fixed,” he says. consequences can be very serious. “If not for the vigilance of the staff, intruders could get in and get the family jewels, and get out. “We have out-of-date pool fences as security that are corroded and totally stuffed. If you lean on them they will probably collapse.” Mr Entsch pointed to an area where the bottom of the fence fell a long way short of the ground. “This is totally inappropriate for a facility that houses dementia patients,” he said. “We also have stray dogs coming onto the grounds - what would happen if they attacked one of the patients?” He said while Star of the Sea staff were providing excellent care, they were forced to do so in very trying conditions. “For instance, the laundry has no air-con and gets incredibly hot. There is not enough accommodation for staff - how long before we burn them out? “The operators have enough trouble recruiting and retaining staff already. “There are only seven units of accommodation, so we need to look at this as the first stage of the refurbishment. “If the facility had a proper storeroom, that would mean one more room for accommodation that is currently taken up with storage.” Despite that, the gardens have never looked better, the cleanliness is exemplary, and the clients are happy, he said. In March last year, an Aged Care Standards and Accreditation review of the level of care at Star of the Sea found the operators met 44 out of 44 outcomes under the National Accreditation Standards network. Assessors commended staff and management on the immaculate An aged care client unit doubles as a makeshift storage grounds, cleanliness of services, and strong clinical care systems. room in August, 2011.
Islander society, families should have complete confidence in putting their family members in this facility. “I understand that in Torres Strait culture family members tend to stay at home for much longer than they do in other cultures, so by the time they come into these facilities they have a much higher need for care.” Mr Entsch said that, after the article was published (Torres News April 22, page 4), he had heard only a fortnight ago that some funding has actually come through. “However, I was disappointed. It was not the $2.1 million promised 18 months ago but was only $1.1 million. “They need something like about $4 million just to fix the existing problems there and get the staff accommodation open so that they can start to look at providing more
rooms for ageing Torres Strait Islanders. :The cost of bringing this up to provide the additional high-care unit and dementia unit, I am told, is something in the vicinity $19 million. “For the $1.1 million, it means it is well out of reach at this point in time. “When we have a look at the commitments that we have for securing a future for our Indigenous Australians-I think this is the only dedicated Torres Strait Islander facility in the country-it is a national shame. “The only reason it happens this way is because of the lack of scrutiny by the national media. I think this particular appalling situation needs to be addressed,” he said.
Failing infrastucture (above) and poor security (below) is placing clients’ at risk, Mr Entsch says.
The storage problem has only gotten worse over the past 18 months.
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TAFE’s Mark Hutton and Lyn-Anne Chandler of Tagi Secondary College with the Showcase Award.
Tagai TAFE wins partnership awards STAFF of Tagai TAFE and Tagai Secondary Campus are celebrating their recent success of being the winning recipients of the Regional Showcase 2013 Awards for Excellence in Schools, an initiative of the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and Employment. Lyn-Anne Chandler, Head of Campus at Tagai Secondary College, said: “To be Regional (Far North Queensland) Award winners in the category of Community Partnerships is an outstanding result. “This award is confirmation of the aims we have had to strengthen education and employment opportunities for the youth of the Torres Strait. “TAGAI TAFE is a joint initative between Tagai State College and TNQ TAFE which allows students in their senior years of schooling to obtain a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and start a career in a chosen vocational area. “Students are given the opportunity to gain real-world skills by participating in work placements aligning with
certified vocational qualifications and working with industry standard training, equipping them to take their place in the modern workplace. “This strong and productive joint initiative has developed viable and sustainable local and regional partnerships with industries that are offering our students structured workplacements, traineeships and an opportunity for future employment, in diverse areas such as construction, marine and administration. “It is encouraging to see that we were not the only winners in this Community Partnership Award category. We share the recognition with one other institution which is Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre. “To be able to develop new approaches to education outcomes is a challenging opportunity. One we are delighted to say has worked for us. It is inspiring to know we can keep developing new ways to to support our youth beyond their school years,” Ms Chandler said.
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JUNE Mon 3. Mabo Day shire holiday Wed 5. Switch to digital TV. End of analog service Fri 7. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Thu 13. Cape York Sustainable Futures open forum, Seisia, 1pm Fri 14. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 15. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon Sat 15. Wakaid Tribal Council AGM, Badu, 10am 2pm Mon 17 - Tue 18. Optometrists Visiting Warraber Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Wed 19 - Thu 20. Optometrists Visiting Yorke Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 21. Optometrists Visiting Coconut Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 21. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Tue 25. Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award opening night Fri 28. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 29. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon
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I AM responding to the article in last week’s Torres News, Education focus on dog issue, Page 2. I was taken aback by the number of errors regarding the factual information on the alleged actions of Torres Shire Council. Here are the facts: Council recently offered free registration: The officers from Cairns taking animal registration details did not need to see proof that a dog was desexed, and did not check to see if properties were properly fenced, which is a requirement under the by-laws. This doesn’t help the problem of roaming or un-desexed dogs. Incentives to de-sex dogs: I know nothing about any council incentives for people to desex their animals. If this was the case, I wouldn’t have needed to pay the costs to desex animals that have been sent to Cairns by Rescue Foster Adopt. If numbers of dogs aren’t brought under control, there will be packs of feral dogs: There are already packs of feral dogs running around TI and Horn and the outer islands which has been the case for a significant period of time. Council is proactive on animal control: If this was the case, I wouldn’t have arranged for the
relocation of 70 neglected animals to Cairns, of which about half are dogs. This has been a huge expense for me and Rescue Foster Adopt. Impounded dogs are put down after a couple of days: In my recent experience, the current animal control officer (who works only Tuesday and Thursday) doesn’t have the power to impound dogs. He has called me when there are dogs to impound. I have collected these dogs and put them at my property or with support people who look after the animal until it can be flown to Rescue Foster Adopt in Cairns, with no support from Council. Council is working with the voluntary group, Rescue Foster Adopt: Council has never worked with Rescue Foster Adopt or with me. I have actually been doing work for council that council should have been doing. I have had ONE conversation with a council employee about what I do, but no support or contact whatsoever, except the dog catcher asking for my help to take animals. Council provides staff support for the visiting vet: I have worked unpaid with the vet, Jo Squire for 12 months. In all that time, she has
New fishing organisation has been launched I AM pleased to introduce a new organisation to the general public, namely the Torres Strait Fishers Association Incorporated. This organisation was born last month from the concern of the Indigenous fishers of the region regarding the non-representation of our views by our Torres Strait Island governancy, who, for the last eight years, have ignored our pleas for help and forgotten our hardships. This situation is in direct contrast with the non-Indigenous fishers, who have full endorsement and representation within Torres Strait fishery. The Association currently has 50 plus paid memberships from throughout Torres Strait and we
welcome more members to fulfil our objectives and goals. Our membership is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers who are licensed or have interests in the fishery of Torres Strait and who believe in our objectives and goals. Our objectives and goals are: • To negotiate and implement policies to manage the various Torres Strait fisheries to benefit local fishermen • To encourage and lobby State and Federal Governments of our aspirations • To guide our members and provide representation in their grievances These are some of the main
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issues that this organisation was born to overcome. Other minor issues will be dealt with as they arise. We would also like to emphasise that we are self-funded by the fees of our membership only. We are a non-government, nonprofit organisation - rather, we are from the heart of the fishermen. We call on the ‘powers-that-be’ in TSRA and AFMA to give us ‘a jersey’ to be part of all discussions or meetings regarding Torres Strait Island fishery. We must be included to truly have a Torres Strait view of our fishery represented. We welcome outer island fishing organisations to consider joining
our Association to push as one voice. As an introductory letter, I will conclude by saying that further announcements will be placed in the Torres News regarding our AGM and regular meeting in approximately one months’ time. Our ‘office is open’ as of the publication of this letter, for any queries or issues raised by our members of prospective members by contacting me, Patrick Mills, Interim Chair, or our Secretary. All permanent office bearers will be elected at our forthcoming AGM. Yours in fishing, Patrick Mills (Warraber) Interim Chair Torres Strait Fishers Association Inc
Free hugs for Nichole Visitor to Thursday Island Nichole Warner was pleased to receive a big group-hug from St John Community Care crew on Thursday Island on Friday, 24 May. The friendly St John’s crew have been giving our free hugs between 3pm to 5pm on Friday, for the past three weeks, and have received very positive community feedback. “People are Facebooking us to check whether they’ll be able to get their ‘Free Hug’ on Friday,” Ellen said. “Everybody needs a hug,” head-hugger Saliman added. The team are planning to make the free hugs a Visitor Nichole Warner (second from right) enjoyed her free hug from the St John’s weekly event so make sure to head down to Douglas St on Friday afternoon and get your weekend off to a Community team during her recent visit to Thursday Island. The team are (left to great start. right): Ellen, Tosh, Rochana, Lissa, Jack and Saliman. PHOTO: Corey Bousen.
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not had any staff support from council during her appointment hours. I have been the only person supporting her while she has been doing surgery on animals. I would be very happy to work with council. If council is serious about solving the problem of roaming dogs and cats it means: • Council needs to action the laws about animal management along with an effective animal management plan that is as low kill and humane as possible. • Ensure ALL animals are desexed and existing unwanted or neglected animals are relocated to Cairns to find loving owners (current figures prove this is a successful solution) • To provide the facilities and finances to make that possible. After all, if council had been actioning the by-laws, which I understand have been in place all along as dog catchers have caught and put down small numbers of animals, then there wouldn’t be a problem now that volunteers like me have to deal with. Hannah Wilson, Rescue Foster Adopt.
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21st anniversary of birth of the Torres Strait flag ON this day 21 years ago an identity was born for all Torres Strait Islanders . . . First flown May 29, 1992, at the 6th Annual Torres Strait Cultural Festival on Thursday Island. Not only could we look at the sky and be proud but to move on and be stronger as a united people in sports, politics and art, and to do this all under the same banner. Not only are we Torres strait islanders, we are warriors for all our people have fought for and to recognise each other on mutual ground
with our colours flying high! Our colours green, black, blue and white run deep in my veins as I’m sure they do in all brothers and sisters, aunties, uncles, and our elders of this great land of the Torres strait. Today we recognise a man who opened his heart and mind to give the people of the Torres strait a meaning. He gave not only myself but thousands of others a reason to wear the colours, marks and designs we wear today. This amazing man may
have passed but we should all look back and reflect and recognise a man who not only held me in his arms but took all the Torres Strait under his wings and in his heart to unite us in one symbol. T O D AY I P L E D G E THAT I’M A PROUD TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AND PROMISE I WILL CARRY THE CULTURE, MY FAMILIES AND MY FLAG CLOSE TO MY HEART. Rest in Peace Dad . . . Your legacy lives on! (Comments on social
media.) True meaning and deep words my boy. you mina hit the Nail on the Head, nor only we look at the sky and be proud but to recognised Dad’s Legacy and his Dedication to our Torres Strait Nation. My Big Bala Bernard Namok, I Always Love and Respect you in many ways, you can only smile and your character spiks for itself. Lord needed a Good Tradesman and he called upon you to prove to many. Miss You Bala. I will treasure the Torres Strait
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THE Australian War Memorial is currently researching Torres Strait Islander war art that explores military service and wartime experiences. The project aims to highlight the significant contribution of Torres Strait Islanders who have served in the Australian Defence Force, from the First World War to contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan. It will also focus on the impact of war on the broader Islander community through stories of evacuations, survival on the outer islands, and the continuing influence of surveillance units operating throughout the region today. Assistant Art Curator Sally Cunningham will be visiting the Torres Strait from June 5-25 to talk with community members about their experiences. Ms Cunningham will be looking for any visual material that relates to Islanders’ military service, as well as to the broader community’s experience. Her search will include material culture ranging from rock art, wood carving, performance, weaving and fibre sculpture, painting and drawing, to contemporary art forms. If you have information or something you wish to share, please contact her while she is visiting. Gary Oakley, the Memorial’s Indigenous Liaison Officer, said: “Torres Strait Islanders have a proud history of serving in the Australian Defence Force and defending our country’s northern borders. “It is pivotal that their experiences be honoured and remembered at the Australian War Memorial.” Ms Cunningham will be on Horn Island from June 5-25 and can be contacted at any time on 0401 199 790 or email email@example.com.
Sally Cunningham examining Brian Robinson’s linocut at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Simple pleasure in traditional pursuits
Fish traps near St Paul’s community,
LEFT: Clam shell in the reef. ABOVE RIGHT: A spider shell stranded on the rock. RIGHT: Cat’s eyes in their shells.
LOCALS of the Torres Strait Islands can become complacent about the beauty, rarity and traditional knowledge of their environment. H o w e v e r Mabuiag woman Ruth Whap and Denis Newie, both residents of St Paul’s village, make a habit of reminding themselves of significant places and practices. Snail shell hiding the trapdoor Ruth is a skilled of the Cat’s Eye (BUDY). weaver and reef fisher, and Denis dances the old songs. They recently walked around Elia Pine just north east of St Paul’s, and on to Gud. They wanted to collect Cat’s Eye (BUDY) in particular, but found a bonus treasure of trocus shell (KABURR), spider shell (THAI) and Clam shell ((PASUA). Cats Eyes are the operculum, or ‘trap door’ shell of several species of sea snails. They are shaped like small circles, and convex on one side and are flat with a spiral pattern on the other. Cats Eyes are often used as protective charms to ward of the evil eye, and were very popular trading items for British sailors who took them home to their wives and mothers. Nowadays they are made into pendants and other jewellery. The walk took them past the legendary Wind Rock called WAUR, situated at the corner of METH and GUD about 3km via the reef from the village. At low tide the old fish traps, made with rocks by the Island forefathers, are visible on the reef, and can still be used to catch fish. “Apart from the really enjoyable experience of walking, fishing, hunting and collecting shells, I am constantly aware of walking in the footsteps of the old people. “It’s as though their spirits still inhabit these places,” says Mr Newie. “We should never lose that knowledge, or lose the experience and sense of who we are as Islanders”.
ABOVE: Ruth Whap fishing. BELOW: Waur or Wind Rock remembered in Island songs and stories.
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Perish the thought of swimming the Baltic . . .
LEFT: Australian Helicopters’ Ben Darlington training at the Thursday Island pool. RIGHT: Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki Harbour taken last month. Notice the snow.
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. . . Where the water temp. is 6 degrees A HELICOPTER crewman from the Torres Strait will have to survive near freezing conditions when he joins a group of fellow helicopter rescue crewman from across Europe in July as part of a 100km relay across the Baltic Sea. While the distance isn’t expected to be the major obstacle for the 10-man team, the water temperature is set to be quite a challenge for Australian Helicopters’ crewman Ben Darlington. With the waters of the Torres Strait steady at around 28 degrees Celsius all year round, the cool waters of the Baltic Sea, which were recorded at just 6.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday, May 19, are set to be quite a shock. The event sees the European Rescue Swimmers Association working together with the Baltic Sea Action Group to raise awareness about the dire state of the Baltic Sea, which, unfortunately, bears the reputation of one of the most-polluted bodies of water in Europe. The group will be setting off from Tallinn in Estonia and making the 100km swim to Helsinki in Finland. Ben said: “The crewman from the Baltic states are always fascinated to hear our stories of flying over crocodiles and sharks and our paramedics treating victims of Irukandji stings. “However the cold Baltic water looks like a whole different type of threat and something that will be very abnormal to what the Torres Strait throws up.” Ben was averaging six sessions a week at the Thursday Island pool, totalling about 20km a week before injuring his shoulder. But my aim is to be well and truly back up at that level by mid-June.” Australian Helicopters is kindly donating $500 towards the cause. “While the Baltic Sea is many thousands of kilometres away, the issues facing the Baltic Sea, such as Eutrophication (nutrient run off), overfishing and pollution is something that sadly affects many bodies of water much closer to home, and was therefore the plight of the Baltic Sea was a cause Australian Helicopters was very proud to get behind,” Ben said. With swimmers from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Australia all taking part it is set to be a great opportunity for the boys who work in many of world’s great seas and oceans to get together with the Baltic Sea Action Group and give a helping hand to a sea in need. For more information on the Baltic Sea action group or to donate to the cause head to: http://www. bsag.fi/en/donate/pages/save-the-baltic-sea-swim. aspx
Dual celebrations mark Mapoon’s historic step forward By CHRISTINE HOWES THE community of Mapoon, 85km north of Weipa, held dual celebrations on Monday, May 27, to mark the opening of a new memorial to commemorate the area of first contact between Aboriginal Australians and Europeans in 1606, and the handing over of the Deed of Grant in Trust (outside of the main town area) to the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation. Distinguished guests to the two separate events included Netherlands Ambassador to Australia Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok. and representatives of the Netherlands Parliament, Governor of Queensland Ms Penelope Wensley, Member for Cook David Kempton, and Mapoon Elders. Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Peter Guivarra said the celebrations were a big day. “We had a huge program of events
our community has worked very hard on to help us all celebrate,” he said. “This memorial was first suggested in 2006 and developed by the Netherlands Parliament and the Queensland Government after a visit to western Cape York Peninsula by Dutch Parliamentarians. “We now have this significant monument and gardens to mark what we know was the first recorded contact between Europeans and our People in the whole of Australia. “At the other end of the day, we will take a big step into our future with the handing over of the Deed of Grant in Trust to the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation,” Councillor Guivarra said. “Our community here has had what you might call a difficult history and was only formally recognised in 2000, so this is a big thing for us as well.” The first recorded encounter
between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians occurred somewhere near Mapoon, either within Port Musgrave or on the Wenlock River, when a crew member of the Dutch East India Company vessel Duyfken was speared there in 1606. The Duyfken had travelled from Banda in the Moluccan area of the East After opening the First Contact Memorial pic includes MP David Kempton (representing the Indies (now Maluku Premier); Ambassador of the Netherlands, Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok; Governor of Queensland Province, Indone- Ms Penelope Wensley; President of the Senate, Netherlands Parliament Mr Fred de Graaf; sia), made landfall at and Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Peter Guivarra. PHOTO: Christine Howes a monument set in a garden area Parliament. the river now known as Pennefather, sailed southwards planted with local trees near Cullen It commemorates the first contact to Cape Keerweer and on its return Point at Mapoon, is being devel- and later Dutch contacts with the journey sent a ship’s boat into Port oped by the Mapoon community people of western Cape York Penin partnership with the Queensland insula during the seventeenth and Musgrave. The memorial, which comprises Government and the Netherlands eighteenth centuries.
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AN Afghan asylum seeker who died at a Queensland detention centre took his own life, a coronial inquest has found, sbs reports. Meqdad Hussain died at the Scherger Immigration Detention Centre at Weipa on March 17, 2011. A recent inquest delved into whether he died in suspicious circumstances. State Coroner Michael Barnes was also tasked with determining whether Mr Hussain, a 19-year-old Afghan, had been properly assessed for mental health issues. In a decision handed down on Monday, May 27, Mr Barnes found Mr Hussain had taken his own life by hanging himself from his bunk bed. Mr Barnes found Mr Hussain had been properly assessed, found to be a low risk of self-harm and was offered appropriate counselling. Though entries in a notebook found in his room revealed Mr Hussain was in a disturbed mental state, Mr Barnes found authorities could not have been aware of these dark thoughts until after his death. The coroner also found Mr Hussain, who came to Australia on a leaky boat from Indonesia in late 2010, would not have been aware at the time of his death that authorities had rejected his application for refugee status just 24 hours earlier. “I conclude Meqdad Hussain died as a result of his own actions, that he intended to end his life and that no other person contributed to his death,” Mr Barnes ruled. On the coroner saying there were no observable signs that should have alerted the Department of Immigration or the company Serco, that operates the detention centre, Hassan Ghulam, Family spokesman and Australian Hazara Council spokesman, told SBS’s Stefan Armbruster: “During the last two weeks of his life he was living on his own and that was a huge sign of depression etcera, but that was not paid attention to.” Asked how the family feels, he said he spoke with them the night before the findings were delivered. “The family believe he was murdered in the detention centre and between their view and the coroner’s finding there is a huge difference. “I don’t know how to fill that gap, I try to convince them that of certain facts and issues found in Australia; they don’t believe it, they can’t see it.”
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WESTERN Cape Chamber of Commerce hopes a breakout by seven Vietnamese asylum seekers from the Scherger RAAF Base Detention Centre on Thursday, May 23, will not impact on the detention centre’s presence in Weipa on a long-term basis. The Chamber’s Acting President Geoff Bryant said: “The centre represents consistent business for the town. “This was a one-off incident and hopefully the loopholes will be identified and tied up rather than a knee-jerk shutdown of the facility.” The escape is still under investigation by Australian Federal Police.The seven escapees have been charged, along with three people who allegedly assisted and communicated with the escaped detainees. In what appears to have been a well-organised operation the asylum seekers fled the detention centre early Thursday morning, May 23, before boarding a plane to Cairns at the Weipa Airport later that day. They were detained at the popular Cairns night-spot, Gilligans Backpackers. later that evening. Office-in-Charge of Weipa Police Senior Sergeant Brett Jenkins Australian Federal Police were continuing their investigations and were working closely with the Department of Immigration and detention centre provider Serco. Weipa Town Authority chairman Peter McCulkin said he had not yet received a formal brief on the breakdown, but there were a lot of rumours circulating around the town and in southern press. “This incident is certainly not indicative of the 99.9 per cent of clients currently in the detention centre,” he told the Western Cape Bulletin on Tuesday. “In fact, a local team played a cricket match against some of the clients on Saturday and they were concerned that the escapees actions could affect the processing of their own visas.” Federal MP Warren Entsch says the escape of seven detainees from Scherger Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) illustrates the “absolute failure” of the Labor Government’s immigration policy. “It’s clear that they can’t control their borders but they also can’t control the detention centres where they’re putting these people. “This case just illustrates the fact that we’ve got serious issues in regards to immigration and if the situation doesn’t change.
LEFT: Meqdad Hussain who, the Corner has found, took his own life at the Scherger Detention Centre. Photos courtesy SBS. RIGHT: Family spokesman Hassan Ghulam.
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MAY DAY STAYS IN MAY MORE than 100 unionists and supporters of labour rights joined together for a Labour Day march on Thursday Island on Friday, 24 May. Labour Day, which is also known as May Day, has been celebrated in the month of May for over 100 years. However, from this year onwards Premier Campbell Newman has moved the Labour Day public holiday to October. As you can imagine, this has an-
noyed the labour movement which has declared that “May Day will stay in May” with marches organised across the state during the month. Important issues are at stake, with Stuart Traill from the Electrical Trades Union warning of the dangers to consumers if our local electricity supplier Ergon was privatised. “If the electricity sector was privatised, the focus will shift from service to profit,” he said.
Photos Photos COREY BOUSEN COREY BOUSEN Mr Traill added that job cuts at Ergon would be felt in remote communities, like the Torres Strait and NPA, where maintenance is a relatively expensive undertaking. The privatisation experience in other states of Australia has also shown that “privatisation does not lead to cheaper electricity prices,” he said. Heath Mitchell from the United Voice union said there are also efforts underway to reduce the employment
conditions enjoyed by workers. “It is no longer just a fight for wages, it is also now a fight for conditions,” he said. Representing the Queensland Nurses’ Union, Kaylene Turnbull, said recent staff cuts at Queensland Health will have a long-term effect of the standard of healthcare delivered, particularly with a “lack of Indigenous health workers”. Kevin O’Sullivan, from the
Australian Services Union, said the health cuts affected the ability to fight outbreaks of dengue fever, while other cuts made it very difficult to further close the gap between Indigenous health and the rest of Australia. Furthermore, the removal of the workplace health and safety office from Thursday Island meant that the disappearance of this important over-sight would endanger the safety of workers.
LEFT: The Queensland Nurses Union showed up in healthy numbers. RIGHT: The Electrical Trades Union crew brought some spark to the march. BELOW LEFT: About 100 unionists and labour-rights advocates participated in the May Day March on Friday, 24 May. BELOW: Queensland Teachers’ Union did their bit to educate the public about labour rights. BELOW RIGHT: The participants travelled from the TI Post Office to Anzac Park.
LEFT: United Voice members joined together to fight for their rights. RIGHT: The Australia Services Union were “Together” in solidarity.
TONI FELL’S 21st BIRTHDAY, TI BOWLS CLUB, 25 MAY Thursday Island’s Toni Fell celebrated her 21st Birthday in style at a “Saints & Sinners” themed party held at the Bowls’ Club on the evening of Saturday, 25 May. Devlish fun was had by all. More photos Page 15 >>
ABOVE: The Fell femme-fatales Darlene, Tari and Laquisha were joined by Natasha Billy. LEFT: Sylvia Tabua and Leitha Assan enjoyed the celebrations. RIGHT” Charmaine Zitha, Shanice Tabua, Leanne Ketchell, Chanice Mayor and Isha Emeny got into the spirt of the night. Page 14 Torres News
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GOFFA’S 60TH BIRTHDAY
Allen “Goffa” Godfrey celebrated his 60th Birthday in style at the Jardine Motel on the evening of Saturday, 25 May, with family and many friends in attendance.
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ABOVE: Garth Keay, Peter Fraser and Peter Godfrey enjoying a laugh. BELOW: Some impromptu island dancing had the guests cheering.
ABOVE: Eileen Seekee, Brian Williams and Jalaya Williams by the pool. BELOW: Edgar ‘Koiki’ Pitt, Kelvin Williams and Ben-Jah-Man Mabo got into the spirit.
ABOVE: Goffa and Rosie enjoying the 60th birthday fun. BELOW LEFT: Rochelle and Glen Wienert joined Vanessa and Pom Drotini. BELOW: Will Cousens, Gilmour Lifu, Sylvia Sailor and John Goff enjoyed the celebrations. BELOW RIGHT: Birthday boy Allen “Goffa” Godfrey does well blowing out the 60 candles on his cake.
ABOVE LEFT: Ron and Robyn Humphreys enjoying the evening with David and Pat Paech. ABOVE CENTRE: Nola Ward-Page, along with Don and Christine Benjamin enjoying the entertainment. RIGHT: Claire Bin-Juda, Lou Lou Kelly and Nolene Williams were happy in each other’s company.
TONI FELL’S 21st BIRTHDAY, TI BOWLS CLUB, 25 MAY
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ABOVE: Elton Fell, father of the birthday girl, joined with Wah Wah and Kevin O’Shea to have a fun night. RIGHT: Jamel Shibasaki and Jimmy Bone flash their saintly smiles.
Anson Gebadi, Rochana Weston, Patock Tamwoy and Nathan Lyon with Birthday girl Toni Fell, who turned 21 on May 21.
Saliman, Alice Cummings and Tosh Pryor had an angelic time. Torres News 3 - 9 June 2013 Page 15
rugby union legends visit our lady of sacred heart OUR Lady of the Sacred Heart School was fortunate last week to receive a visit from leading Wallabies rugby union player David Pocock, as part of the school’s prize for winning the ‘Walla Week 2012’ competition. Mr Pocock (25), who captained the Wallabies mid-season 2012, was joined by retired rugby union legend Glen Ella. Ella, along with his brothers Mark and Gary, were well respected members of the Australian Rugby Union team in the 1980s and are among Australia’s most famous Aboriginal sportsmen. The Sacred Heart students put on a dazzling evening of entertainment at
the TI Campus for the guests of honour on Monday evening, 27 May. Traditional dances and songs certainly put some big smiles of the faces of Mr Pockock and Mr Ella. Mr Pocock, who plays openside flanker for the ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies, is currently on an injury break from rugby union following recent knee re-construction surgery that will keep him off the field for 2013. Mr Pocock commented on Twitter that he was particularly happy to have left behind the -2 degrees of Canberra to travel to the 25 degree temperature of the Torres Strait.
Speaking to the audience while presenting a prize of a signed Wallabies jersey from the 2012 season, Mr Pocock - who migrated to Australia from Zimbawe 10 years ago - said rugby union was a great way to make friends and to keep healthy. Mr Ella, who was making his first visit to the Torres Strait, admitted to Torres News that rugby union was facing an up-hill battle for attention in the rugby league heartland of the Torres Strait. “We don’t want to compete with rugby league in the Torres Strait. We just want to give the kids another option.
“Some of the best rugby union players that I’ve been associated with played league first and then played union later on.” In fact, the Ella boys played both league and union, Mr Ella said. “Until we were 18, we played league on a Saturday and union on a Sunday.” Mr Pocock and Mr Ella enjoyed a boat trip to Friday Island during their visit, and were deeply impressed with the beauty of the region. On the Tuesday morning of their visit, Mr Pocock and Mr Ella conducted rugby union training with the Sacred Heart students.
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Their visit to the Torres Strait was due to the school winning the 2012 “Walla Week” competition run by the Australian Rugby Union. In 2012, a total of 63,388 students from 373 schools across Australia registered for Walla Rugby Week. The aim of the week-long program was to introduce all students to the healthy enjoyable option of non-impact Rugby through a fun, innovative and rewarding program through schools across Australia, providing schools with everything required for the week. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School has been involved since the inaugural Walla Rugby Week in 2009.
ABOVE LEFT: 2012 Wallabies Captain David Pocock proved a big hit with some newly recruited local fans. ABOVE CENTRE: Indigenous rugby union legend Glen Ella passing on his skills to the Sacred Heart kids. ABOVE RIGHT: WALLABY-IN-THE-MIDDLE: David Pocock passing on his world’s best skills to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart children at Anzac Park.
ABOVE LEFT: Glen Ella decided to sit with the audience at the special event last Monday evening. ABOVE: David Pocock presented a signed Wallabies jersey to Lasmintan Ah Boo, as part of the prizes won by the school.
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QUEENSLAND EARLY INTERVENTION PILOT PROJECT By REGINA O’TOOLE Senior Project Officer NOT to be outdone by the boys, four local girls took up the same challenge and attended the ‘Outward Bound’ youth camp in May. Anna Genai, Fredricka Kris, Erebu Miskin and Leah Salee spent two days at a camp site at Hidden Creek in Northern NSW involved in cultural activities with indigenous presenters sharing their own experiences with the girls. The girls made their own contemporary skirts which they wore while doing some traditional dancing and they spent a morning doing an art workshop with a freelance indigenous artist. On the third day the girls set off on an eight day 80km trek which involved 30km of hiking and 50km of canoeing. The girls prepared and cooked their own meals along the way and slept in tents each night. They learnt about their environment and how to care for it to leave it in a good condition for the next generation. Horn Island Acting Senior Constable David Young said that the girls did a debrief on the last night of camp where they got to reflect on the challenges they faced and how they worked together to
get through the challenges. “Some of the things they did they said they never thought they would be able to do and they did. They should all be very proud of their achievements as it is not an easy course to do,” he said. Acting Senior Constable David Young said the camp builds leadership, teamwork, confidence and resilience preparing the girls to be positive role models on Horn Island. “A huge thanks to Taum Nona for volunteering to go with the girls as a mentor, without her assistance the girls would not have been able to attend the camp. Taum played a major role in supporting the girls and was with them every step of the way” he said. “And to Dorothy Hogan for all her assistance with organising the girls for the camp. Lastly thank you to QEIPP who make these opportunities available for the youth of Queensland including the Torres Strait.” Taum said that in all her years of walking around on Thursday Island she has never walked so far and is happy that she and the girls did it. COBY is funded by QEIPP and conducted in partnership with Outward Bound.
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Crew of 3 rescued after boat sinks off Beka Reef A CREW of three fishermen were rescued after their boat sank in the Torres Straits late on Saturday afternoon, 25 May. The crew of three departed Mabuiag Island at 8:30 on their way to Saibai Island but ran into trouble when the hull of their Shark Cat cracked and the vessel sank quickly in waters off Beka Reef. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was alerted when the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registered to the vessel was activated. The AMSA notified a Customs and Border protection Helicopter on surveillance in the region, who despite reduced visibility in the area due to rain squalls, where able to home to the beacon’s location and found the three man crew in the water with the EPIRB tied to one of the men. The Customs aircraft then dropped a life raft to the crew and waited on scene until the Queensland Health Rescue Helicopter arrived from the Australian Helicopters base on Horn Island and was able to winch the three crewmembers on board and return them to Mabuiag Island.
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School General Worker Professional Development Workshop The recent Tagai Groundsman Workshop was held on Horn Island and turned out to be a day down memory lane for many of our School general workers, who re-entered the classroom as students and sat at desks to pay attention to their teacher. After being formally welcomed to the workshop, participants were made aware of the important role they play as the campus groundsman, in contributing to quality teaching and learning, taking place at the campus, whilst at the same time ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Their roles and accountability statement was explained to them by Mr Steve Foster, Associate Principal and Mr Ian Unicomb, Manager, Facilities and Accommodation, so that they had clarity about what is expected of them in the work place. Peter Wandel, Managing Director/ Dealer Principal from Peters ATV & Outdoor Power Equipment in Cairns provided excellent information and skilling sessions on the assembly of a ride on mower and carrying out pre delivery service and deck alignment for the new ride on mowers that were recently purchased for 7 outer island campuses. In the afternoon all participants were shown preventative maintenance principles. This led them all to do some routine maintenance outside on groundscare equipment such as brushcutters, lawnmowers and chainsaws that were supplied by different campuses. Throughout Mr Wandel’s presentation and skill sessions he continually emphasised the importance of adhering to Workplace Health & Safety procedures and compliance. These sessions were very informative and much appreciated.
Feedback from School General Worker Professional Development Workshop Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag
Brian – “Very good, really helpful. The whole thing was a good experience.” Michael – “The Peter’s Mower’s safety talk was very interesting and helpful.”
Mabuygiw Ngurpay Lag
Douglas - “The two-day workshop was well worth it. It is something I would like to see happen, at least, every two years. The workshop helped me achieve plenty. I learnt basic maintenance and how to do fix- it jobs on toilet systems; lawn machinery – mower, blower and airconditioning units. This workshop taught me quite a bit, now I can try to prevent equipment from breaking down and maintain them properly so QBuild need not come out. I have the skills now to recognise faults that will need to be reported to QBuild. This workshop will save us lots of time and money. If we groundsmen can’t meet every two years, I would like to see a qualified worker come out to the campus every two years to keep us up to date. Esso”
Kubin Ngurpay Lag
Charlie - “It was great to learn how to fix the machines and keep them running.”
Poruma Ngurpay Lag
On the Wednesday all of the participants were met by the Q Build field staff where they were divided into groups for rotational activities. The activities were focused on Basic Servicing of Air Conditioners, Basic Plumbing and Preventative Steps for Dealing with Asbestos. The exercise for servicing air conditioners was conducted by Mr Sam Wasaga and proved to be a huge benefit for the Horn Island Campus as they got to have all the air conditioner filters in the campus cleaned. The second group was led by Mr Frank (Pinky) Fauid who took the boys through steps for dealing with leaking taps toilets not flushing and many other plumbing issues that can happen daily at the campus. The third group led by Mr Kazu Shibasaki focused on the participants looking at the preventative side of Asbestos breakages in the campuses. They were shown how to seal breakages up using correct attire, so nothing could be spread. They were also shown how to seal off the area so no one could get access to these breakages. The facilitators and participants from Tagai State College staff would like to extend a big thank you to Mr Peter Wandel from Peters AVT & Outdoor Power Equipment, Mr Glen Pickard QBUILD District Manager Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, Mr Justin Langford Senior Supervisor QBUILD, Mr Sam Wasaga, Mr Frank Fauid, Mr Kazu Shibasaki, Staff Tagai Business Services, Mr Martin Penfold, Head of Campus at Horn Island Campus.
Kebisu - “Thanks to the presenters for a very informative seminar. I have learned a lot and the school will benefit from this new found knowledge. Thanks to the Husqvarna rep for the mower repair lesson and the hat, I have worn it every day since coming back”
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Leonard - “Some really valuable information regarding usage of all groundsman equipment at the campus that he was not sure of. e.g. Staff need to purchase their own lawn mower and brush cutter to use at their residential house. They’re not to use the campus equipment. Having the support from Steve Foster and Ian Unicomb was a bonus. I had some basic information given from various contractors in how to maintain the campus’s equipment/resources. (e.g: fixing lights, basic air-conditioner maintenance, plumbing, fixing lawnmowers, brushcutter,s blowers and ride on mowers) and happy that I went in to the little PD workshop.”
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Greg - “The 2 days were very informative and helped a lot with the job.”
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Deputy Director General, Lyn McKenzie Visit to Tagai State College
ATTENDANCE REPORT Term 2, Week 6 Attendance Campuses that achieved 90% and above
It has been a busy couple of weeks for Tagai State College with many campuses taking part in the Teaching and Learning Audit process for 2013, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd May. The purpose of this audit is to review the key curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment practices at Tagai State College. On the 24th and 25h May, the Term 2 Leaders Forum was held at Waybeni Buway Ngurpay Mudh Library with Lyn McKenzie as a guest presenter, where she addressed the audience and spoke on Instructional Leadership and Independent Public Schools. Lyn also took the time to visit classrooms during her short stay on Thursday Island.
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When parents expect children to be absent from any classroom activity, please contact your campus and inform staff of this absence. We want student attendance records to be accurate and authorised by parents.
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NPA College Bamaga Under 8s Day 2013
Northern Peninsula Area State College News
Unders 8s Day is celebrated throughout Australia to: • Promote quality early childhood activities • Highlight the needs of young children from birth to age eight • Increase public awareness of the importance of the early childhood years • Increase awareness of issues concerning young children • Arouse awareness of the range of early childhood services within the community This year the Early Childhood Australia’s focus for under 8s day was ‘Celebrating community - sharing music, movement and culture. Think locally!’ Bamaga Junior campus hosted their Under 8’s celebration last Friday, 24th May, which was enjoyed by students, parents and community members. Each participating child did a handprint to help celebrate their uniqueness within one community, ‘We are one but we are many.’ There was a diverse range of activities from our local area and around the world to help celebrate community and culture. Activities included local painting and music, Australian cricket, Jamaican disco, Italian spaghetti making, American building, Fijian jewellery making, African masks and the list goes on. We even had special guests from the Bamaga Police station who were a hit with the kids using the sirens in their vehicle.
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Each child had their own individual passport to travel with as they participated in the various activities. They had their passports checked and stamped before moving on to the next activity. Fun was had by all who participated and by all who helped contribute to the day. Everyone was buzzing and talking about the day as they left the school grounds that afternoon. We look forward to another great Under 8’s Day next year which will be just as inviting and fulfilling!! Rae-Ann Hollis Under 8’s Co-ordinator
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NPA College Injinoo Under 8s Day 2013 On Wednesday the 22nd of May 2013, Injinoo Pre-prep to Year 3 had a Celebration for Under 8’s in the park at Injinoo. The Theme for the Under 8’s was: “Under Eights 2013 Celebrating Community, Music, Movement, Culture and Think Locally”. Early Childhood Teachers from Pre-prep to Year 3 at Injinoo Campus prepared activities for students to get involved and participate. Students circulated and looked at different display areas such as Kite Making, Jewellery Making, Face Painting, Ball Games, Marble Painting, Rainbow Parachute games, Musical Games, and Traditional Songs. Also on this day we had other Agencies who came to the park to celebrate with the students: •Bamaga Police •Bamaga Ambulance •Bamaga SES •Menshed •NPRAC /Apudthama Rangers •Bamaga Family & Community Services I would like to say a Thank You and Mina Big Esso to ALL the Teachers of NPAC especially Injinoo Staff. Also other Agencies, Parents and Community Members for making Under 8’s such an fantastic, awesome and enjoyable day for the Students. Dorothy T Mara Under 8’s Co-ordinator
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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Dadnapped” (PG v) 2:00 Take It All 3:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 11: Melbourne Vs Collingwood 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Brax refuses to adhere to Adam’s demands but may regret the consequences. After several rejections, Holly is now accusing Zac of trying to kiss her. Meanwhile, Tamara has not coped with captivity at all. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Revenge: Engagement 9:30 TBA 11:30 Happy Endings: The Storm Before The Calm - Penny insists that she’s fine after her breakup with Pete, but the gang begin to wonder when she writes a play entitled ‘Black Plague: A Love Story’ and asks Derrick and his theatre group to stage it. 12:00 House Calls To The Rescue 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
5:35 World News 1:00 Oz Concert 2013 2:30 My Family Feast: Serbian 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves: Million Dollar Mansion 5:30 Global Village: Of Elephants And Men 6:00 The Farm Fixer: Colin Heron 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Plane Crash: Scientists, pilots and aviation experts participate in a staged plane crash in a remote area of Mexican desert, hoping the exercise will reveal more about what happens to aircraft and their occupants during forced emergency landings. 8:55 Venice 24/7 9:30 Mad Man: Chinese Wall 10:25 World News Australia 11:00 The Life And Times Of Tim: Latino Tim / The Priest Is Drunk 11:30 The Mighty Boosh: Mutants 12:00 Shorts On Screen: Tram 12:35 Movie: “Cold Prey” (MAV v,h) - A teen slasher flick with an injection of Norwegian cool. Five friends on a snowboarding trip are forced to seek refuge in an abandoned ski lodge and soon discover they are not alone. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Too Poor For Posh School 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Piercebridge 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Croc College 8:30 New Tricks: Buried Treasure 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Artscape: The A-Z Of Contemporary Art: A-K 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Movie: “Two Mules For Sister Sara” (M v) - A two-fisted gunslinger and a whisky-swilling nun reluctantly join forces to aid a group of Mexican revolutionaries. 2:30 Football: VFL: Round 9: Teams TBA 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 2:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 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 Sky High 8:00 Celebrity Apprentice: Soupathon Challenge For Heinz - Reese and Finch visit Atlantic City to investigate an elderly gambler whose number has come up. Meanwhile, Carter tries to clear a colleague’s name and comes close to discovering the department’s remaining HR faction in the process. 9:30 TBA 11:30 The Block Sky High 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Danoz 2:00 Brand Developers 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: “ATF” (M v) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Take It All 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away - Tamara is admitted to hospital, with her memory of Summer Bay in tatters Kyle, despite April’s warnings, provides comfort for Tamara until he is arrested. Bianca begins investigating Holly’s accusation. Meanwhile, Brax refuses to give up on Ricky. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Packed To The Rafters: Damage Control 9:30 Border Security: International 10:00 Travel Unravelled 10:30 Cougar Town 11:00 The Mindy Project 11:30 Happy Endings: The Ballad Of Lon Sarofky 12:00 Love Bites 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 World News 1:00 Becoming Human: First Steps 2:00 Tropic Of Cancer: India 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Philippines: Unexplored Archipelago 6:00 The Farm Fixer: Mike And Rhonda Nurse 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Australia Vs Jordan 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “Hipsters” (MA s) In Russian. While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly coloured black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and revelling in forbidden jazz. 1:25 Movie: “Au Revoir Taipei” (M l) In Taiwanese and French. Shy student Kai is desperate to visit his girlfriend in France, whether she likes it or not. When a spot of small-time crime offers itself as a route to an airfare, he bites - little suspecting that his evening, his travel plans and his relationship are all about to be set seriously off-kilter. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 The Jonathan Ross Show 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Time Team: Sutton Courtenay 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Jumpers 8:30 Adam Hills Tonight - Fresh from hosting his hit UK talk show, The Last Leg, comedian Adam Hills returns for the new season of Adam Hills Tonight - a one hour chat show filled with celebrity guests, clever comedy and live music. 9:30 Would I Lie To You? 10:00 The Hollowmen: Rear Vision 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Waking The Dead: Substitute (Part 2) 12:25 Movie: “The Front Page” (M v) - A charming comedy set behind the scenes at a large newspaper. 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 10: West Adelaide Vs Norwood 5:30 Eggheads
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 The Block Sky High 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 Sky High 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Decoupling Fluctuation 8:30 Arrow 9:30 The Following 10:30 The Block Sky High 11:30 Weeds: Game-Played - Nancy has problems adapting to life and her fellow felons at the halfway house, and her sister Jill doesn’t help matters when she springs a sudden surprise on her. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 2:00 Brand Developers 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: At First Sight” (M v) 2:00 Winners And Losers 3:00 Surf Patrol 3:30 Take It All 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away: Maddy attempts to rekindle her friendship with Sasha & Spencer but is angered when she notices Spencer watching Sasha wistfully. John & Harvey challenge each other for the gym job. 7:30 TBA 8:30 Criminal Minds: Perennials / Zugzwang 10:30 Hannibal: Trou Normand - The team works to untangle the elaborate construction of a human totem pole. 11:30 Inventions That Shook The World 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 World News 1:00 FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Australia Vs Jordan 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Johads, A Desert Miracle 6:00 The Farm Fixer: Paul And Richard 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 London’s Wild Side 8:30 Toughest Place To Be A... Firefighter 9:35 Borgen: The Silly Season 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “I Served The King Of England” (M s,a,n) - In Czech and German. A busboy with a driving ambition to become a millionaire, quickly rises to become a head waiter, but the respect he craves continues to allude him. When he marries a Nazi gym teacher, the Czechs despise him even more, while the Germans barely tolerate him 1:15 Movie: “Clash Of Egos” (M l,s) - In Danish. A clash between Tonny, an estranged father with anger management issues, and a pretentious art-house film director, cause hilarity when their roles are reversed. 2:55 Weatherwatch Overnight
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CROSSWORD No. 151
SUDOKU No. 151
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)
If you look hard enough, you will ﬁnd a better way to reconcile your own interests with those of your partner. You’ll need to make more time for discussion. Romance. You are usually very good at calming other people down. Surprisingly, this week you may need to be soothed by others.
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) An unexpected meeting will help to restore your self-esteem. Follow this up soon so that you can have more engagements in the near future. Romance. A friendly gesture from a person that you have never spoken to will help to break the ice. Make sure it is you who takes the next step.
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)
At times, you may wish that you could be somewhere else. However, an option which seems exciting might be less fun in practice. Be happy where you are! Romance. You have spent a fair amount of effort helping your partner and are getting the praise which you deﬁnitely deserve.
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Work life will take up a lot of your energy. Try not to forget your other interests. You can always delegate your work obligations to others. Romance. You must stop dithering. Action is needed and you should make a decision as soon as possible. Make it by the end of the week!
LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Your friends may be a little taken-aback by your wild behaviour this week. Try to calm down before you go over the top. You don’t need to impress anyone. Romance. You may be a little tense at times. Make a date for two at a spa. Your partner is also in need of some pampering!
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)
FINDWORD No. 151 A LAUGH WITH LOTSA
Don’t allow other people’s negativity to hold you back. You may be better off without their advice. Let your optimism drive you towards better things. Romance. Your partner will be with you all the way this week. Lean on them as much as you need. That’s what they’re there for!
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Don’t give up a goal which seems unrealistic at the moment. You’ll ﬁnd the success you are looking for eventually, but only if you persist. Romance. A possible romance is brewing at a local cafe. Try to be unique when ordering and you may be leaving with more than just coffee!
CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)
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You may ﬁnd it difﬁcult at ﬁrst to work out what a friend is thinking. If you really want to know, it’s as simple as asking them directly! Romance. A friend’s advice will help to get you back on track after a recent relationship pitfall. Perhaps it’s better to take a break from dating for a moment.
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You must avoid getting into a situation in which another person tries to control you. They may not have your best interests at heart. Romance. A phone call during the week will be dull at ﬁrst, but then the mood will get warmer. You’ll be surprised at who it is that’s on the other end of the line.
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A burst of energy later in the week will help you to get on top of things. This will be an excellent time for pushing through some difﬁcult changes. Romance. You will need a lot of positive energy from your partner. Let them know that you are glad that they are there when you really need them.
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
– Bertrand Russell
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SOLUTIONS No. 151
Don’t judge the situation until you are certain that you have all the facts. It may not be obvious, but you are actually in a good position at this time. Romance. You might be tempted to do something dangerous. Interview others before taking the leap. Your partner’s opinion matters most.
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)
You may ﬁnd that your opinions are a little too strong for some people. They will have to adapt, as you are not going to change your mind! Romance. A conﬂict between your own needs and those of your partner will have to be resolved before it gets out of hand. Be open to their needs.
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Tombstone Unveiling of the Late
on Saturday, October 5, 2013 Thursday Island and Horn Island Cemeteries
Ph: 1300 867 737
Port Kennedy Association
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Come along and grab a bargain!
Rev.Fr. Jonathan Gagai Gagai, Mast & Mosby Families
Saturday, June 15, 2013 9.00am to 12.00pm port Kennedy Hall
Families of the late
Wish to extend an open invitation for the tombstone unveiling on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Thursday Island Cemetery at 9.30am.
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For more information or to book a stall contact the Port Kennedy office on (07) 4069 2306
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Various Houses and units for rent on Thursday Island and Horn Island from $550 per week. Please call Kellie from Torres Strait Real Estate on 0427 691 355 to arrange an inspection.
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An animal rescue group based in Cairns that is the only animal rescue dedicated to helping stray, unwanted and neglected animals in the Torres Straits. We provide veterinary care and rely on dedicated and passionate foster carers to provide a loving home for rescued animals until the right forever family is found. For help or further information please call Hannah on 0402 354 249 or email Ti.email@example.com
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BOAT CHARTER MARINE TRANSPORT TORRES STRAIT (Trading as Wis Wei Boat Charters)
Available for day trips, camping trips, Charters to: Seisa, POW, Hammond, TI and other nearby islands.
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CLASSIFIEDS Hutchinson Builders invite all Sub-Contractors and Suppliers currently pricing or interested in pricing: JCU Thursday Island Rural Dental Clinic Closing: June 12, 3013 Please submit quotes to fax: 4038 9038 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hutchinson Builders requires compliance with the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (Code) and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice. The National Code of Practice 2009 for the Construction Industry applies to this project. (Building Code 2013)
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEADLINE: 10.30AM THURSDAY
Position Vacant ProPerty manager Torres Strait Real Estate is looking for a motivated, organised, honest person who wishes to work from home. The successful applicant must be able to work independently, have excellent communication and organisational skills. Have good computing skills and able to use Microsoft Office, (word, publisher and excel), and outlook. Duties will include, administering keys, Property inspections and reporting, Showing and photographing properties, coordinating repairs and maintenance. Phone Licensee: Kellie Thompson for more details. Forward resume with cover letter to email@example.com
FUNDING AVAILABLE Sport and Recreation Funds are available to cater for Sport and Recreation purposes from July 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013 Submission Application Closing Date: Time:
Friday June 14, 2013 4PM
Torres Strait REAL ESTATE
Kellie - 0427 691 355
Torres shire CounCil To lead, provide & facilitate VETERINARY SERVICES JUNE 2013
Submission Application must be received on the deadline set, late applications will not be accepted.
Dr Jo Squires’ (Vet) next visit to Thursday Island will be from the 13th – 15th of June 2013
For further information or to obtain a Submission Application Form, you can contact: Administrator: Mrs Agnes Bani on 4069 2484
THURSDAY 13th JUNE: HORN ISLAND CONSULTATIONS
FRIDAY 14th JUNE: THURSDAY ISLAND SURGERY
SATURDAY 15th JUNE: THURSDAY ISLAND CONSULTATIONS Appointments can be made through reception at the Torres Shire Council office by phoning 4069 1336 prior to Tuesday, 11th June, 2013. The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region.
Full cost of any consultations or surgical procedures will be matters for exclusive and private determination between the animal owner and the veterinarian surgeon.
VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES – Expected Vacancies Ongoing, Non-ongoing - Fulltime
All costs are to be met by the animal owner. Council or the vet does not provide subsidy or credit. All accounts are to be settled on the day.
APS2 – APS6 *SALARY RANGE $46,508 - $81,693 P/A
The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has a number of current and anticipated vacancies across a range of disciplines and is seeking experienced, professional and motivated APS Level 2 - 6 employees who are flexible, adaptable and interested in working in an ever changing, demanding and diverse work environment in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland. The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is always looking for dedicated and professional people to deliver services in order to achieve TSRA outcomes. If you are interested in the work of TSRA and are willing to learn and develop your skills then we would like to hear from you. We offer a challenging and rewarding career with the opportunity to work in a number of exciting policy and program areas. Program areas include: • • • •
Environment Governance and Leadership Culture, Arts & Heritage Healthy and Safe Communities
• • • •
Fisheries Economic development Native title Corporate services.
If you would like further information about these opportunities or are interested in applying please go to our website at http://www.tsra.gov.au This recruitment process may be used to fill existing vacancies and a merit pool will be established to fill future vacancies across the TSRA over the next 12 months. *Generous allowances are paid on top of the salary. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4% TSRA accommodation is not available for these positions, applicants should familiarise themselves with the Thursday Island housing market prior to applying for a position. The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975’. This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this employment opportunity. How to apply: • Visit our website at www.tsra.gov.au and click on the Employment link to apply through the online application system • If you do not have access to the internet please contact the HR Team on (07) 4069 0700 ***APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO APPLY ONLINE*** Closing date for applications is cob 14 June 2013. For further information relating to these positions please contact Melinda White on Tel: (07) 4069 0700 Note: • Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. • All positions with the TSRA are subject to satisfactory character checks, police checks, health clearance, Australian citizenship requirements, and, if applicable, formal qualifications. TSRA is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ and in support of Government policy encourages applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australians. TSRA embraces Workplace Diversity. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service.
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DAlASSA YorkSTon Chief Executive officer
Employment Opportunities Mura Kosker Sorority Incorporated (MKS) is a community-based, not-forprofit incorporated association operating in Torres Strait. MKS delivers a range of programs and services to support women, children and families. These include child and family support services; domestic & family violence counseling for survivors, child witnesses and perpetrators; emergency relief program; older peoples action program; support and assistance to those in crisis; drop in centre; community education programs; information and resources and community development programs. Mura Kosker Sorority Incorporated invites applications from suitably qualified people for the following fixed term positions: • Project Officer • Case Manager (Part time) • Communications Officer (Part time) • Administration Officer • Receptionist Accommodation is not available for these positions; applicants should investigate housing/accommodation options before applying. Further details about these positions and the application process can be obtained by contacting the Administration Officer on (07) 4069 1663 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications June 28, 2013.
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CLASSIFIEDS Private Sale: Large block of land in a secure gated estate at Kewarra Beach (Cairns). Safety and security for your family, in the best street in Paradise Palms Estate.
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The Lighthouse Community Christian Church (Australian Christian Churches), of Kubin Village, Moa Island wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the below mentioned brethren for your love, prayers and participation and for your giving and teachable hearts over the Day of Pentecost - Fire of Holiness Conference, May 16 19, 2013. Pst John Hunt - (Honoured guest speaker) Australian Christian Churches (AOG) State President of Qld. Pst Titom Tamwoy - Torres Strait District Superintendent and Injinoo ACC. Pst Phillip Henry, Snr Pastor, Four Square Ministry, Daru Pst Nelson Billy, Pst Phyllis Pearson, Pst Ida Pearson, Pst May Pearson and Warraber ACC, Pst Frank Fauid and Poruma ACC, Pst Walter Tamwoy and Badu ACC, Pst George Nona and TI ACC and Youth, Pst Diwe Dogomo AOG Sigabadaru and families, Pst Balaga Zaro and Mer ACC, Pst John Levi, Pst Kiwi Lui and Kozan Outreach, St Pauls, Pst Moses Warria and UPC Church Kubin, St Peter’s Anglican Church families Kubin, St Mary’s Anglican Church families Mabuiag, St Paul’s Anglican Church families St Pauls, Bishop Tolowa Nona, Church of Torres Strait Badu and Mr & Mrs Jerry Makata. Also those leaders who were not able to attend we thank you for your prayers and donations. Special thank you to the Community of MUA (Kubin and St Pauls) especially the youth who stood up behind the scenes to support the work of God in our island for the Glory of God. God sees that the labour was not in vain but be confident that after you have done the will of God and endure you will receive your reward. We pray and believe that the Fire of God has burnt the chaff and the wind of the Spirit has fanned the flames of our lives to go forward in the power of the Spirit and be effective in the great Commission we have been called for by God. Thank you Lord! Mina Koema Esso and God Bless. Pastor Opeta and Pastor Rita Kaitap
Douglas Street, Thursday Island. Spacious 3 bedroom duplex with air conditioning, great breezy balcony, carport under and fabulous central location. Available Immediately for short or long term tenancy. $750pw Phone Lynne 0431 861 071
In Memory of the late
Denise Filewood passed away on June 9, 2011
Those we Love remain with us, For Love itself lives on. Cherished memories never fade, because a loved one is gone. Those we Love can never be, more than a thought apart. For as long as there is a memory, they’ll live on in our heart.
Mine and Plant Operator Roles
With Love from Hashim
We are visiting: THURSDAY ISLAND ASSESSMENT CENTRE Friday, June 21, 2013 7:00am Grand Hotel, Conference Room
The Department of Housing and Public Works
Area Manager Strategy Policy Programs and Performance, Housing Services,
To be considered for this expression of interest you will need to have a “C” class MANUAL driver’s license and be able to source accommodation in Weipa.
Department of Housing and Public Works Salary: $101 609 - $107 466 p.a. Location: Thursday Island REF: QLD/24984/13
Application forms will be available from your local Job Network Agencies and during our visits.
Skills/Abilities: Provide leadership and management in the delivery of high quality housing services including the development of appropriate service responses to meet the identified needs of clients.
Please bring along a copy of your Driver’s License and resume on the day.
Enquiries: Bruce Walker (07) 4760 7464 To apply please visit www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au Closing Date: Monday, 17 June 2013 Great state. Great opportunity.
Key Duties: To lead and manage the Thursday Island Housing Service Centre in the delivery of high quality housing services to clients and communities serviced by the Thursday Island Housing Service Centre.
If you have any questions about working with us please come and see us at the Grand Hotel. (Or you will be able to catch us at the NPA and Thursday Island Careers Markets 19th & 20th June)
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TAGAI COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY, mAY 29 TAGAI College held its High School Cross Country on Wednesday 29 May. The spectacular 3 km course wound its way from the school up to the Green Hill Fort and back down through Tamwoy.
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CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS: Showing their winning form on the day were: (Front, left to right) Zikana Sagigi, Tatiana Levi, Isa Matthew, Latesha Majed, Robert Gibuma, Peter Gagai, Patemah Bowie. Top (left to right): Pollyanna Matthew, Peter James Sailor, Kane Ketchell, Ezra Charlie.
LEADERS AFTER ROUND 11
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2. Myron AhWang
2. Paris Bruce
3. Dwayne Sabatino 1. Peter Gagai
3. Hagiga Mosby KUIAM 1. Patimah Bowie BAIDAM
2. Jonah Levi
2. Zoeina NonaKUIAM
3. Wajo Wena KOZAC 1. Kane Ketchell KUIAM
3. Timena Dau BAIDAM 1. Zikana Sagigi KOZAC
2. Uriah Bob
2. Latisha Majid KUIAM
3. Celestino Nona 1. Ezra Charlie
3. Alice Jobi KUIAM 1. Isa Matthew KUIAM
2. Gilmore Bon BAIDAM
2. Maria Gela
3. Oki AhWang BAIDAM 1. Peter-James Sailor KOZAC
3. Moesha Soki KOZAC 1. Polly Matthew KUIAM
2. Ben Yorkston KOZAC
2. Alma David BAIDAM
3. Michael Banu BAIDAM
3. Jenna Soki
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Tagai State College - 2013 CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS AGE CHAMPIONS BOYS 1. Robert Gibuma BAIDAM 1. Tatiana Lui
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Name BigBalaBurger TI Turkey Mr Spiggot KINGTUTT VooDoo Magic BJ Danger Gilligan1 Tigrrrrr Leon Whittaker KPP
Total Score Total Margin 64 105 62 107 62 131 61 170 60 149 59 101 59 109 59 124 59 134 58 120
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Brad Beetson (far right, back row) and Kristian Beetson (third from right, seated), sons of rugby league immortal the late Arthur Beetson with players from the Mulga Tigers and Suburbs following their 34-all draw KRL fixture.
COMMENCING MAY 18, 2013
SUBURBS and Mulga Tigers drew 34-all in a pulsating contest where Suburbs were denied a try with three seconds to play in the only KRL fixture played on Thursday Island on Saturday, May 18. And there could not have been a better example of the exciting nature of the local competition played in front of Brad and Kristian Beetson, sons of the NRL immortal Artie Beetson, and former NRL player Ian Lacey. .SUBURBS 34 (Wigness Sagagi 2, Ishmael Soki, Andrew Hislop, Jack Wailu, Luke Trevallion tries; Ishmael Soki 4, Jack Wailu goals) drew with MULGA TIGERS 34 (Ricardo Laza, Alex Namau, Tallie Namoa, Stanley Daniel, Remus Phineasa, Jack David tries; Patock Tamwoy 4, Chris Pabai 1 goals). Half-time: Mulga Tigers 18-10.
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Depart Thursday Is. 6.30am and 2.30pm Depart Seisia 8am and 4pm Ferry Monday to Saturday from July 17 and Daily TI Bus Tours. No ferry on Saturday, June 8, 2013 due to Queens Birthday Public Holiday. *Boarding 15 minutes prior *Please contact us or check online for changes to the ferry schedule around Public Holidays as variations may occur.
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Mulga Tigers' Stanley Daniel scores under the posts from about 20 metres out, three minutes after halftime to give Tigers a 24-10 lead with the conversion.
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ABOVE: Rosalie Jensen (left) and Fiona Crouch at work at the canteen. BELOW: At the rugby league were (from left): Balu Scott, Rita Kebasu and Geiza Baira.
TIDE TIMES – TI Harbour
TIDE SPEED – Hammond Rock
While the Torres News takes every care to ensure the information contained in the Tide Diary is correct, the Torres News accepts no resposibility for its accuracy. Information is provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.
MONDAY, JUNE 03 – SUNDAY, JUNE 09
MONDAY, JUNE 03 – SUNDAY, JUNE 09
Mon 03 Tue 04
Wed 05 Thur 06 Fri 07
Time 0451 1013 1651 2334
Time 0621 1112 1745 2358
Time Ht 0043 2.91 0817 1.15 1202 1.56 1511 1.25
Time Ht 0105 2.86 0856 1.20 1221 1.52 1530 1.19
Slack Maximum Slack Maximum Slack Maximum Slack Maximum Slack Maximum Slack Maximum Slack Maximum
Ht 1.42 2.20 0.77 2.80
Time 0538 1044 1721 2341
Ht 1.30 2.02 0.95 2.85
Ht 1.21 1.85 1.14 2.90
NEW MOON Sun. Jun 9. Time: 01.56
Time 0702 1136 1757
Ht 1.15 1.72 1.30
Time 0020 0740 1151 1458
FIRST QUARTER Mon. Jun. 17. Time: 03.24
Ht 2.92 1.14 1.62 1.34
FULL MOON Sun. Jun 23. Time: 21.32
LAST QUARTER Sun. Jun 30. Time: 14.54
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0004 0541 1245 1800
0252 0911 1523 2135
3.8 0106 -5.3 0631 3.3 1342 -5.4 1908
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0350 1007 1624 2234
3.6 -5.7 3.6 -5.2
0202 0716 1432 2007
Time Rate Time
0441 1056 1717 2328
Time Rate Time
Time Rate Time
3.4 0254 0526 3.0 0015 -5.9 0754 1140 -6.0 0340 0605 3.8 1518 1805 3.9 0826 1218 -4.9 2100 1601 1848 2145
-4.5 2.6 0421 -5.9 0853 3.7 1640 2223
Time Rate Time
0056 0639 1252 1926
-4.0 2.1 0458 -5.6 0914 3.3 1715 2256
0131 0708 1322 2000
-3.5 1.7 -5.3 2.9
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NOT only has BigBalaBurger snared the lead, but also has opened up a two-win margin, after round 11 on the weekend, of the Torres News/Sea Swift/IBIS NRL tipping competition It was a disastrous round for tipsters, with for former leader, TI Turkey, crashing with only one winner. The Warriors’ big win against the Knights, the Sharks stunning upset against the Rabbitohs and the Tigers’ victory against the Cowboys send most tipsters to the side-line. The tipping nightmare also caused havoc on the leaderboard BigBalaBurger (3 wins) leads with 64. TI Turkey (1) and Mr Spiggot (3) share second on 62, while Kingtutt (3) is on 61, with VooDoo Magic (3) is on 60.
BJ Danger (4), Gilligan1 (2), Tigrrrr (3) and Leon Whittaker (4) are together on 59. 58: KPP, beaniebuzza, Denis Hill,Jooty, Mugai87. 57: Mariner, esjay. 56: Deadley Sisters, Seahorse, Tipper Tonon, Willy, Marakai, Barry Tarrant, Marro. 55: TiNell, Sarah Finnemore, Rayns, Mark Hutton, 86. 54: HMD, Likefishingmore, Mr CM. So difficult was the tipping, not surprisingly no one scored a perfect eight, but neither seven nor six. Unbelievably, five was best and here beaniebuzza, 86 and walsalad shone like beacons. On four were: BJ Danger, Leon Whittaker, Mariner, Seahorse, Marro, Mark
Hutton, HMD, Kamiel, Maggie Hill and RedMunSailor. Only five - HMD, Tokyo Rose, walsalad, Tribal Clover, RedMunSailor - scored with the Tigers, while seven - BJ Danger, beaniebuzza, Mark Hutton, HMD, By Jingo, walsalad, RedMunSailor - went for the Sharks. This year’s tipping competition is again sponsored by Sea Swift and IBIS, with prizes valued at 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. As the Torres News is printed prior to the completion each full round, results published are a week behind.
However, the up-to-date results are published on t h e o p e r a t o r ’s web site after each round. Staff from the Torres News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. Only residents from local post codes and subscribers to the Torres News are eligible to enter. The competition is computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Torres News nor the sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators, << See Page 26 for details.
Travel costs ground rep. side By ALF WILSON A TORRES Strait side was forced to withdraw from the Remote Area Rugby League Far North Queensland Challenge in Cairns on
May 25-26 due to financial considerations. It is understood the cost of airfares for players and officials from Horn Island to Cairns were prohibitive forcing the decision.
The QRL Northern Division paid for two nights’ accommodation and some meals for players of all teams at the Cairns Colonial Club. But teams were responsi-
ble for their own travel costs and Torres was the only one which had to fly to Cairns. Torres had been in the draw for the carnival and was even included in the first official booklet days before the first match. When Torres officially withdrew the draw and booklet had to be changed leaving the Palm Island Barracudas, Bowen, Three Rivers, Southern Cape and Northern Cape to battle it out. Bowen won the May 26 final beating Palm Island after all sides had played each other once. Many players of Torres Strait descent did compete at the carnival for various teams. QRL Northern Division Regional Co-ordinator David Maiden said it was disappointing no team representing the Torres Strait
Comeback king Garreth Smith gets away a miracle flick pass in Cairns and is another Island of Origin player who may line up again. took part, due to lack of funding. “It’s certainly an issue for our game. “We’re trying to provide pathways, but are still hampered by a lack of funding. “This carnival helps create many more opportunities for talented individuals in remote communities.” Maiden said the football
was fast and furious. “The communities taking part in the carnival love their footy, and it’s all about bringing communities together and creating opportunities for individuals to get to the next level. “Often roads are cut off in remote areas of north Queensland, especially during the wet season, so we’re
really pleased this carnival provided opportunities for the region’s most talented players to show their skills,” he said. Following the carnival, a Northern United team was selected to play against Queensland Outback on June 29 in Cairns, as another curtain-raiser to a Pride home game.
‘Comeback kings’ headed for Origin COMEBACK kings Garreth Smith and Fred Bulsey were among numerous players at the FNQ Challenge who look set to line up at the 2013 Island of Origin Series on Badu Island in early July. The pair have been dubbed “comeback kings” after shining at Cairns and are both well known at previous Island of Origins. The 37-year-old Smith, a Weipa Rio Tinto worker, lined up for Northern Cape and, from the first game at Cairns, showed why he earned the reputation of being one of the best forwards in the far north. “I last played about 12 months ago,” Smith said. Almost every time he received the ball, Smith broke at least the first line of defence often setting up second phase play for Northern Cape. Page 28 Torres News
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In Northern Cape’s first game against the powerful Palm Island Barracudas, which included Bulsey, Smith made plenty of metres up the centre of the ruck and was the “go to man” for his teammates. The Torres News captured one action photo of Smith shooting out a miracle flick pass from the back of his right hand Fred Bulsey, left, and his brother, Jason, whilst being tackled by look set to play for a Moa Island side at the coming Island of Origin. Barracudas defenders. Palm Island chamBulsey was a star for the Mua pion front rower Fred Bulsey who Razorbacks team which beat Boigu had vowed he had retired after last Island team Malu Kiai in the final season, told the Torres News he of the 2010 Origin. would be a certain starter at the Bulsey’s brother Jason may coming Island of Origin. “I will also come to Badu along with be playing for a Moa island team.” Barracudas fullback Esrom Geia.