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12 - 18 August 2013 • Thursday Island • www.torresnews.com.au • firstname.lastname@example.org • Edition No. 1078 • $2.00 inc. GST
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Traditional fishers’ victory TRADITIONAL FISHERS in the Torres Strait had a significant native title victory last Wednesday in the High Court of Australia, with the High Court unanimously confirming the existence of commercial fishing rights under native title law. The court’s decision repelled successive Commonwealth and Queensland legislation, which said
taking fish and other aquatic life for commercial purposes extinguished the native title right. The first time commercial fishing rights have been included in a native title determination, this High Court decision marks the end of a 12-year native title case brought by Leo Akiba and the late George Mye, of the Torres Strait
by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, and the fishing industry. “We won on the right to trade commercially in marine resources and on the point that State and Commonwealth legislation did not extinguish the native title rights to trade commercially in marine resources,” said Peter Krebs, TSRA Principal Legal Of-
We won the right to trade commercially.
By AARON SMITH
Regional Seas Claim Group, on behalf of Torres Strait Islanders. The case was strongly opposed
ficer on the TSRA website. In 2010 the federal court awarded Non-exclusive rights of a Torres Strait sea claim over 40,000 sq km of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea. The Commonwealth Government won a Federal Court appeal last year that overturned that ruling, finding the rights were extinguished by state and federal fishing regulations. Continued Page 2 >>
Traditional fishers’ victory << From Page 1 Last week’s decision has been successfully challenged in the High Court. Lauren Butterly, lecturer in law at the University of Western Australia who has been following this case for some time said: “This is definitely a significant decision for native title, but the full implications of it will take a while for us all to fully understand.” In her February, 2013, paper titled Clear Choices in Murky Waters: Leo Akiba on behalf of the Torres Strait Regional Seas Claim Group v Commonwealth of Australia, she suggests this case, although it was not in any sense, ‘the Mabo of the sea,’ it did represented an interesting precedence: “(This) appeal presents the High Court with an opportunity to recognise and clarify native title rights. Two distinct issues are before the High Court: whether native title rights to commercial fishing have been extinguished and whether reciprocal native title rights can be recognised.” One of the High Court judges presiding over this case said: “The native title right I have found is
a right to access and take marine resources as such - a right not circumscribed by the use to be made of the resource taken.” Court transcripts went on the say: “A broadly defined native title right such as the right “to take for any purpose resources in the native title areas” may be exercised for commercial or non-commercial purposes. The purposes may be well defined or diffuse. One use may advance more than one purpose. But none of those propositions requires a sectioning of the native title right into lesser rights...” “The lesser rights would be as numerous as the purposes that could be imagined. A native title right or interest defines a relationship between the native title holders and the land or waters to which the right or interest relates.” The result of this High Court decisions means traditional land owners still have commercial fishing rights and that they have not been extinguished by Commonwealth or state laws. However, any commercial fishing undertaken within these native title rights are still subject to the same commercial fishing licensing as non-traditional fishers.
Cheaper fruit and veg. lifts health By AARON SMITH CHEAPER fruit and vegetables improves Indigenous children’s health, a new study has found. The new findings, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, showed that eating fruit and vegetables improved the children’s levels of haemoglobin, reduced emergency department attendances and hospital visits for illness. The lead author of the study, Dr Andrew Black, from the University of South Australia’s School of Population Health said that for all the families involved in the study, the cost of fresh produce is a barrier to consumption of adequate daily fruit and vegetables. The researchers analysed data from health assessments, audits and blood testing of children aged 17 years and under from 55 families who attended three Aboriginal community-controlled health services and received a weekly box of subsidised fruits and vegetables. “For a proportion of these families, who are struggling generally with issues in their lives, providing subsidised food isn’t adequate by itself. There are a lot more challenges
than making food cheaper for those families, but it’s an important step and helps a significant number of people,” Dr Black said. MP Warren Entsch, Federal Member for Leichhardt and Chief Opposition Whip, said to Torres News: “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work that good eating practices improves health.” However Warren Entsch believes that some of the responsibility for healthy eating should be on members of the community. “When I first came to Torres Strait, it was cheaper to buy a bag of chips to feed your kids than it was an apple, which was appalling, but that is just not the case any more. “Sure food is more expensive up here, but retailers have done a great job in bringing down the cost of much fruit and veg. Some outlets actually subsidise these prices by putting mark ups on the less nutritional products like soda and chips, which is a clever idea.” Mr Enstch believes governments have a continued obligation to educate people about nutrition and that more work could be done to streamline food transport logistics to further reduce costs and
therefore prices. He said he would like to see more support to encourage more gardens to be developed, but that there must also be a willingness of the community to take advantage of these programs and change behaviours. “Prior to the Second World War, Islanders grew much more of their own food, a practice that has since diminished. People used to grow bananas, paw paw, mangoes and Wongi fruit,” said Mr Entsch. Even though Thursday Island is a difficult place to have a garden, with poor soils, prone to waterlogging in the wet and baking in the heat, there has been some headway with the ‘Donut’ community gardens established around Thursday Island by George Ernst, who has lived and worked in the Cape and Torres Strait region for many years. His gardening system is able to produce fruit, vegetables and spices. Torres News asked several times for comment from Jenny Macklin, the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, but she failed to respond.
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TB ‘looming health issue’: Border still closed By AARON SMITH THE TORRES Strait border still remains closed as the TSRIC continues to worry about the potential threat of TB from PNG. A report released in July by the Australian Government’s Office of the Chief Scientist states the Australia is seeing increasing numbers of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as TB, appearing in the community and that it represents a looming public health issue. “The current drugresistant tuberculosis (TB) situation in Papua New Guinea also presents a risk to Australia’s public health, particularly in Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population,” the report states.
TRSIC councillors have been refusing to authorise permits for PNG residents from the 13 treaty villages, after a Torres Strait community elder died of the disease in April this year. TSRIC Mayor Fred Gela said to Torres News: “We’ve heard it from the World Health Organisation spokesperson stated we are at risk quite openly and publicly. “While we welcome the additional $10 million in funding from the Australian Government and acknowledge the work AusAID has been doing, as well as the introduction of the Xray machine at Daru Hospital, a whole lot more still has to be done.” Mayor Gela is concerned the treaty villages are at the front line of a potential epidemic.
“I have heard that since the X-ray was there, they have diagnosed more people with TB than they thought they would, so its a real issue. This is also a multi-drug resistant superstrain of TB that kills without discrimination,” he said. A spokesperson from AusAID said to Torres News: “According to the World Health Organisation’s November 2012 review of programmatic management of drug resistant TB in PNG, there has been a 31 per cent increase in the number patients detected with TB between 2011 and 2012. “However, increased detection rates mean more TB patients are being diagnosed and treated, helping to reduce the risks of TB spreading.” Several media outlets
have reported that Torres Strait Island Health Services have seen half a dozen suspected asylum seekers arriving from PNG with symptoms of tuberculosis in the past six months. H o w e v e r To r r e s Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Oscar Whitehead said: “Our records show that, since 1 January 2013, a total of six unauthorised maritime arrivals have been brought to Thursday Island Hospital by Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials for routine testing for infectious diseases, including TB. “In each of these cases, normal measures and protocols were implemented for the protection
of other patients and staff in response to the potential risk of TB. “All test results for all these six individuals, including tests for TB, came back clear. “They were then each discharged back into the custody of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship “These six cases include the case on 23 April, where a Syrian national was brought into Thursday Island by Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials for routine testing for infectious diseases,” Dr Whitehead said. Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Senator Matt Thistlethwaite believes the government is making inroads into the problem. “Across PNG around
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The TSRIC is still not convinced. Cr Ted Nai, from Masig said: “We are just trying to make sure we are satisfied, its not about the individual but rather about protecting the community. “It’s about solidarity and it’s for everyone’s benefit in the region, including our own families.”
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Brian said: “It’s OK for me, as I have a car, but some pensioners go down at 7am on payment day in a taxi, so its an added burden to them.” Louella said: “People are welcome to get refunds from us on any fees they paid using other ATMs. We opened earlier and closed later on the days our machine were out of action.” In other news about Thursday Island ATMs, the one at the Grand Hotel was reportedly spitting out $50 notes instead of $20s recently, so what goes around comes around.
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Free breast cancer screening on Thursday Island By ROWENA CRAMP BREASTSCREEN Queensland Thursday Island Mobile Service is coming soon to provide women a chance to be checked for breast cancer. Susu (breast) screening will be available for women 40 years and over from the August 19-30. One in eight women will develop breast cancer before the age of 85 and age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer. Around 94 per cent of all breast cancer is found in women over the age of 40. There are things we can do to reduce the risk and impact of this disease, importantly is finding breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early results in better treatment options and saves lives. A breastscreen can pick up changes in the breast that are too small to see or feel. Women aged 40 years and over are able to get a FREE breastscreen with BreastScreen Queensland every two years. It is also important to be breast aware, that is to get to know the normal look and feel of your own breasts and if you notice changes to speak to your doctor or Health Worker. Limiting or avoiding alcohol and making healthy food choices, including fruit and vegetables is strongly recommended. Daily exercise can also reduce breast cancer risk by up to 40 per cent. The BreastScreen Queensland Mobile Service will be in Thursday Island at the Community Health Centre, back car park in John Street from August 19 until August 30. If you would like to book a FREE susu (breast) screen with BreastScreen Queensland please speak to your local Health Worker or call 13 20 50.
ABOVE: BreastScreen Unit on Thursday Island. BELOW LEFT: The BreastScreen team. BELOW RIGHT: Mobile BreastScreen Unit on the road.
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Tropical plant swap meet
Climate Change and future of Torres Strait fisheries SCIENTISTS from C2O Fisheries, an international environmental consulting company, have recently looked at how Torres Strait fisheries species might be affected by climate change. The study was done to assist Torres Strait Islanders to better prepare for possible changes in the fisheries as a result of climate change. The study involved gathering information about the predicted changes in the Torres Strait climate and then matching this with information from the fisheries to predict which important fisheries
species might be affected and why. Project leader Mr David Welch said the study used both a literature search and expert opinion. “We had input from scientific experts on the key fishery species, but more importantly, from Torres Strait Islander fishermen. “The interviews with the fishermen were very valuable as they highlighted changes already being seen in the fisheries that are not documented elsewhere.” The researchers looked at the level of importance, to fisheries in the Torres Strait, of the most
vulnerable species to climate change, both culturally and economically, and found that there were five main species which could benefit from specific management action to lessen the effect of climate change on them. These species were dugong, turtle, tropical rock lobster, trochus and gold-lipped pearl oyster. The main climate change impacts on fisheries species are likely to be increases in sea surface temperature, increased severity of storms, and habitat changes particularly to coral reefs and seagrass meadows.
The report provides recommendations to minimise impacts including sustainable management of stocks, habitat preservation (coral reefs and seagrass) and diversification of the species targeted in fisheries. This work was funded by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and C2O Fisheries. The outcomes of this assessment will be presented on Monday August 12, 2pm at the Torres Strait Regional Authority Main Building. For further information contact: David Welch Email: d.welch@ c2o.net.au.
Sallyella Sloss with daughter Chanelle and a selection of tropical veggie seedlings. By AARON SMITH A TROPICAL plants swap meet group has formed on Thursday Island, allowing residents the opportunity to learn about tasty tropical veggies they can grow in their gardens. Each month the group meets in someone’s garden to share tips and give away seedlings. One of the founders of the swap meet, Sallyella Sloss, said: “The idea grew from people who had an interest in gardening but didn’t know what grows well in the conditions of the Torres Strait. “Lots of people try to grow the conventional veggies like lettuce, which don’t do so well, so we meet up once a month to share ideas. “It’s a very casual type of thing, but good fun.” The next meeting will be the end of September, for more information call Sallyella (0439 784 754).
Loss of SBS signal ‘temporary glitch’
If you wait, you’ll miss out. Enrol to vote before 8pm Monday 12 August. By AARON SMITH SBS’s television signal on Thursday Island dropped out last week for several days due to some glitches in the old analogue system. Spokesperson from SBS said the signal tower on the island was a Self Help one managed by Torres Shire Council, who sent Michael Hoare from TI TV Repairs to fix the problem. “We’ve had a few hiccups and glitches in the system recently as we prepare to switch SBS over to digital signal, which will occur late next month. The decoder just needed a reboot,” Michael said. Michael expects to further signal problems should be ironed out with the implementation of the digital towers next month.
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Horn Island bush fire deliberately lit by youths By AARON SMITH BUSH FIRES whipped up by strong winds blazed on Horn Island last week as Rural Fire Service Volunteers fought to save properties.
Deliberately lit, Fire Crews battled the blaze from Saturday afternoon, August 3, until the middle of last week. Believed to be lit at bushland at the rear of the Tagai Campus,the fire
threatened properties along Airport Road and burnt bushland at the rear of Savage Street. Fire breaks were effective in limiting the severity of the fire front and offered relief to local Fire Service Volunteers.
A Horn Island Police investigation resulted in identifying four youths alleged to have lit the fire. They will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act. Residents had to keep windows and doors closed to limit exposure
to smoke inhalation and monitor the health of elderly friends and relatives. Residents who live close to the fire breaks are reminded to have a safety plan in place and remove leaf litter and other debris from gutters and yards.
Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee CALL FOR PRE-PROPOSALS FOR FISHERIES RESEARCH IN THE TORRES STRAIT REGION. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) provides funding for strategic research projects in Torres Strait fisheries guided by advice from the Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee (TSSAC). The TSSAC is currently seeking research proposals (for up to three years) for recommendation to AFMA and other bodies for funding starting in 2014/2015. Proposals are encouraged in (but not limited to) priority research areas identified in the TSSAC 2013 Annual Operational Plan for Torres Strait fisheries. To apply for funding, applicants should prepare a pre-proposal using the TSSAC template and submit to the AFMA c/o Alicia Sabatino, by 30 August 2013. The pre-proposal template, Annual Operational Plan and other information can be found on the PZJA website (www.pzja.gov.au) or by contacting Alicia Sabatino (email@example.com). The TSSAC will evaluate pre-proposals based on criteria of attractiveness and feasibility. The specific evaluation criteria used by the TSSAC are detailed in the 2013 Annual Operational Plan. A strong emphasis on assessing proposals will be placed on the ability of research proposals and principal investigators to engage Torres Strait Islanders in the research process in meaningful and culturally appropriate ways including employment. Researchers will be notified of the TSSAC’s evaluation of proposals in November 2013. Individual applicants may be invited to prepare a full proposal in early 2014 based on evaluation of the pre-proposals. AG77221
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Resident from Airport Road who was assisted by Fire Crew in securing a fire break at the rear of his property.
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Police dog catches Badu men in a Cairns pursuit THREE men from Badu Island were charged with assault after allegedly racially abusing and assaulting a taxi driver in Cairns in the early hours of Saturday, August 3. Police allege that the men entered the cab on Abel Street at Manunda at around 4am and requested transport to Birch Street. It was further alleged that while enroute, one of the men slapped the driver to the head and another held the seat belt across the driver’s throat, causing the driver to veer onto the incorrect side of the road. The three then left the cab and police were called. Police Dog ‘Xander’ attended and tracked one of the males to the back yard of a Birch Street residence where he was taken into custody. Xander then tracked across to McCormack Street where the remaining two men were located. It will be alleged that one of the men kicked the dog and his handler on a number of occasions before being restrained and arrested. The third man then attempted to flee by scal-
ing a fence, however was arrested on the other side by a waiting officer. The men, aged 23, 33 and 41, were charged with a total of seven offences including serious assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, common assault, obstructing police
and attempting to injure a police dog. One of the three was also charged with a Bail Act offence. The older two men appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court last week and the 23-year-old is due to appear on August 19.
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Let’s work together to builder a stronger Meriam community EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mer Gedkem Le (TSI) PBC has informed Torres News this will be their last comment on this issue and asked if all parties can ‘bury the hatchet.’ IN response to the issues raised by Elder Ron B Day and Andrew Passi through this column. Firstly, the 40-year lease and the granting of the Reserve are two separate issues and should not be misconstrued in any way. Regarding the 40-year lease, when it was first tabled at a full TSIRC meeting at which time Elder Day was the then Councillor for Division 15 Mer, minutes of the meeting confirm that the ONLY Councillor to abstain from voting for the 40-year lease for this region was the then Councillor for Erub as he saw fit to consult with his community first. So Elder Day, as Councillor Day, had the opportunity to stop the 40-year lease then, out of respect for our cultural protocols, but he didn’t. Many months later we were lumped with the arduous task of making it work for Meriam people. However, all is not lost as with the 40-year lease, it’s up to individual land owners to decide whether they want to take out a lease on THEIR land and, judging from the many registered interest, families want to take out a lease on THEIR land for a new home to improve their quality of life. Where we are exhausting the process is we are trying to investigate options for families who may not wish to go down that path. Regarding the Reserve Transfer on
WHILE walking down the street one day, a “Member of Parliament” is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.” “No problem, just let me in,” says the man. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up,” St Peter says. “What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven, then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really,” says the MP, “I’ve made up my mind, I want to be in heaven.” “I’m sorry, but we have our rules,” re-enforces St Peter.
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late Uncle Koiki’s son attend the December 14 Celebration? With that said, to Elder Day and his supporters who keep using this paper to voice their concerns. We all live on Mer. If you have an issue with us come and see us. Constructive criticisms we take but sometimes you have to look at your own involvement (whether plenty or little) into matters that force us to catch up with the rest of the region in development. Yes, this is Native Title Ged but for goodness sake, don’t knock for the sake of knocking. There is nothing holding us back from developing our beautiful, bountiful Ged … only ourselves. Let’s work together to build a stronger Meriam community, if not for us, then at least for our children. Uzer Kub Mena Waiskeder Mer Gedkem Le (TSI) Corporation PBC, Mer Island Doug Passi Cr. William Akee Victor Mabo John Tabo Sabu Wailu Dayne Noah Jack Wailu Kevin Ghee Aven S. Noah
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December 14, the transfer went over to the PBC and the Board Members at that time of the transfer, whether they were 30-years-old or 60-years-old was the PBC Board at that time that accepted the transfer on behalf of the Meriam people. And that Big Show, attended by MOST Meriam families, meant that the Day family now live in the old School Principal’s house on Day land, something that was impossible even AFTER Mabo. It makes us wonder if that same resistance towards the Reserve would prevail today IF people went the other way and voted for Opnor Bakir Atabur (TSI) Corporation and not the PBC. Well it can’t be that the Reserve is a bad thing if Opnor Bakir Atabur put their hand up in the first place. Elder Day comments about the Mabo Case yet when the late Uncle Koiki was on Mer, in his capacity as a leader. Uncle Koiki was removed from a public meeting as he tried to address the community to gain their support for his case. And as he rolled his tobacco outside the Public Hall while the meeting went on, the late Uncle Koiki was reported to have said that he wasn’t afraid and that he had taken on bigger blokes. Again, if the Reserve handover goes against the grain of MABO then why did the
And with that, St Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly and nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realises it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty
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farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door re-opens on heaven where St Peter is waiting for him. “Now it’s time to visit heaven,” St Peter said. So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realises it, the 24 hours have gone by and St Peter returns. ‘Well then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven, now choose your eternity,” he said to the MP. The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.” So St Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,
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down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. “I don’t understand,” stammers the MP.”Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. “Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. “What happened?” The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning, today you voted.”
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Parish Hall really ready to start repairs By AARON SMITH A $500 donation from Leo Akee, Chairman of Umi Arts, to the Parish Hall Restoration Project Committee (PHRPC) has bought the funds raised to over $43,300. However it comes with a condition, Leo wants other community leaders to match his donation. “I ask communities leaders to match this donation, consider it motivation for them, a little kick start,” Leo said. It’s exciting times for the Parish Hall, The Diocesan Executive of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland has also recently pledged to support the PHRPC with up to $60,000 from their Carpentaria Fund. The combined support of the church and the generous contributions of the community now means the PHRPC can start to plan for the first stage of restorations. However they are not out of the woods yet. A local builder has provided a quote near the $100,000 mark to complete the first stage. This includes re-establishing the structural integrity of the building by strengthening the sub-floor, framing and truss work, removing the asbestos roof and replacing and insulating the new roof. Seaswift has kindly offered to transport the asbestos waste away from Thursday Island free of charge and transport all new materials to site for the builder. The committee also need to allow funds for a Heritage Consultant to do an assessment of the building and work with the builder as the Parish Hall is heritage listed. This will cost an additional $12,000 to meet all compulsory heritage requirements. Therefore the PHRPC needs too raise a further $16,700 to confidently complete this first stage of the restoration and to ensure the building is weather tight before the next wet season. There are still a few weeks left to buy raffle tickets for the Seaswift Cruise including a return trip to Cairns for two adults on board the MV Trinity Bay. This fantastic prize was also generously donated by Seaswift and is valued at over $1800. This raffle will be drawn at the Anglican Church Fete to be held on September 6. There are also tickets for a Peddell’s tour of Thursday
Island on offer with historian Hubert Hoffer, which will include Green Fort and the little seen museum underneath it. This is limited to strictly 50 people and tickets are $60 each. The tour will be on August 31 from 3pm-5pm. Also guests of the tour will have the chance to buy raffle tickets exclusive to tour participants for a holiday at the Loyalty Beach Fishing Resort. The PHRPC is very thankful for the generosity of Peddell’s in supporting the hall restoration in this way. Artist Nino Sabatino has also offered to donate a painting and Leo Akee has suggested the PHRPC holds an auction to help raise extra funds. Also the barbecues will continue as well. “Everyone has benefited from this building over the years in some way, as a venue for birthdays, feastings, weddings and tombstone openings. Everyone has memories associated with it, its now time we all gave a little back,” Leo said.
Leo Akee presents a donation of $500 to PHRPC.
Horn Island residents get their hands dirty
Horn Island residents plant a Sapodilla Tree. HORN Island School, Community Harmony Garden celebrated Planet Ark National Tree Day. The theme for 2013 is GET OUTSIDE AND GROW, where participants mulched , mowed and planted trees. Site Co-ordinator Agnes Fox assisted by Ngati expressed appreciation to the volunteers who joined them in the working bee.. “National Tree Day offers communities to participate in varied activities from bush regeneration to seed collection to planting trees around the community or in home gardens. “As we live on an island with large bushland areas and varied vegetation, it is always good to see new areas of plantings around the village, along airport road, the waterfront and at the airport where people congregate or walk along to enjoy the natural bush land and additional greenery along verges and footpaths,” Agnes said. Continued Page 10 >> Torres News
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Uniting Church group attends Shine conference By GENO KINIBO
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MOTHERS and daughters of the Uniting Church on Thursday Island, St Andrew’s Parish, attended the North Queensland Women’s Shine Conference in Townsville last week. For some of them it was the first time they had caught a plane. The heart of the Shine Conference is that we, the body of Christ, come together from all different streams and denominations to be with one another. We believe that the love, honour and unity we show will release something amazing in our churches, ministry groups and over our islands, cities and regions. This conference was a great opportunity for women from regional and remote areas of our state to connect with other like-minded women, then return to their local churches to serve with passion and strength. I strongly believe this is the most vital core aspect of the conference.
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IF YOU haven’t enrolled to vote now is the time o do it, not just because we are on the verge of a federal election, but also beause you could win $5000 worth of gold. “Voters who aren’t on the electoral rolls need to act quickly,” GetUp National Director Sam McLean said. “They need to get online at www.aec.gov.au and register before Monday night. “GetUp is also conducting the ‘Enrol for Gold’ campaign which offers new voters the chance to win a share of $40,000 worth of gold. “If people need a further incentive to enrol, the chance of winning a share of gold could be that incentive. “If you know someone who isn’t enrolled - a young person, someone who has recently moved - give them a call and tell them they could win five grand. If that’s what it takes to reach the 1.3 million Australians still not on the rolls, it is worth it,” Mr McLean said. 23,100 voters in Cairns and the Tropical North have failed to enrol to vote in the upcoming federal election. Any Australian citizen who is over the age of 18 is legally required to enrol to vote. Enrolment closes at 8pm next Monday, August 12. You can find out more about Enrol for Gold by visiting www.enrolforgold.org.au
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“Horn Island has a lot of potential for a beautification program to exist especially along the waterfront as well as with the completion of footpaths along some of the streets in Wasaga village.” This year a special tree was selected and planted by members of the Older People Action Program (OPAP). This was the Sapodilla. The Sapodilla tree will grow strong and give fruit that many people can enjoy. It is related to the Wongai tree but will bear fruit much quicker and will taste sweeter than the Wongai. It adds to the list of exotic fruit trees one finds growing in the Harmony Garden. The OPAP program supports the over 50’s to participate in community events and offers a variety of leisure and recreational activities to its members. Agnes Fox said: “A partnership to support a joined activity is being planned for later in the year and the Harmony Garden is an ideal venue. “Not only does it provide a peaceful, calm and an interesting setting for an event but for the keen gardeners, free plants and seeds can be obtained from the site with information and evidence of how the garden uses all things natural found in and around the immediate surrounds.”
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Food for thought - second Bach Beach bbq THURSDAY Island Rotary have suggested that council could place a second barbeque at Bach Beach on Thursday Island. Spokesperson for Thursday Island Club said that they supplied Torres Shire Council a new barbeque to be installed on the foreshore of Front Beach over two years ago, but it has never been developed or taken any further and is sitting in a store room somewhere. Apparently the spokesperson said council had some concerns with who would pay for the gas supply and manage its upkeep. A recent inquiry from a resident of Thursday Island to the Rotary’s website suggested a second barbeque at the opposite end of Bach Beach would be a good idea as the beach is nicer at that end. There is plenty of space and it is still walking distance from the toilets. It is also further away from the traffic of the hospital car park and so safer for children to play. With many families using this popular spot and the new barbeque unit sitting idle, Rotary suggested it was a good idea.
Outer Island visits to discuss Finfish plan FISHING is an important source of food, income and culture in the Torres Strait. The Protected Zone Joint Authority implemented the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan 2013 on July 16 this year to provide Torres Strait Island communities greater certainty about future access to finfish resources. This Plan formalises long-term management arrangements for the fishery and recognises the traditional way of life. It also promotes economic development which will help increase employment opportunities in the region. The Plan also supports participation in the fishery by non-traditional inhabitants through leasing arrangements. Officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Torres Strait Regional Authority will be visiting some island communities between August 16-21. These visits aim to provide information about what the Plan means for commercial fishers and will give people the opportunity to ask questions about the Plan. Officers will be at Ugar on August 16, Masig on August 19, Erub on August 20 and Mer on August 21. Anyone in these communities with an interest in the Finfish Fishery is encouraged to attend. Copies of the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery Management Plan 2013 are available on the PZJA website (www.pzja.gov.au) or by contacting AFMA on (07) 4069 1990. For any further questions please contact Kylie Tonon on (07) 4069 1990.
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Now is the time to be mulching By ASERA GEORGE SAVEKA
HELLO everyone, my name is Asera George Saveka and in my garden you will find fruit trees including starfruit, lychee, custard apple and now dragonfruit. I also grow my own basic root vegetables, traditional to the Torres Strait region, including taro, sweet potatoes, yams and cassava. I would like to share my passion for gardening through my role as Regional Landcare Facilitator at the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Land and
Sea Management Unit. In this role, I am committed to helping improve community knowledge and skills in growing their own fruits and vegetables, supporting traditional food plants on different islands and helping with replanting native vegetation. The best part of my job is being able to help communities, schools, industry bodies and government agencies to work together to improve community health, through growing more of our own food in our own backyards, community gardens and
school playgrounds. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity and I’m very excited about restoring and renewing the traditional food-growing methods that our Elders taught us, handed down from generation to generation. In combination with new materials and ways of doing things, I believe we can improve the way our communities feed and sustain themselves, and tackle some of the health issues facing Torres Strait communities along the way. Through educating communities in sustainable gardening, we can
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improve sustainability in the Torres Strait and restore our way of life in terms of growing food and having an active, healthy lifestyle. Some communities are already enjoying access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from established community gardens while others are keen to set one up. Many other people are working across their backyards sharing ideas, cuttings, seeds and produce. Other community activities include trialling hydroponics and experimenting with local materials to make mulch and compost. I regularly make community visits to share my technical gardening tips and advice and learn the traditional ways specific to the island from our traditional elders. Tip - Now is the time for mulching your garden! Mulching is very important, not only for retaining moisture in the soil, but it also prevents weeds and, depending
George Saveka promoting worm farming during one of his community education sessions. on the mulch you use, If unable to rinse, of the plants. for adding nutrients to cover the seaweed with If you have any quesyour soil. plastic or store in plastic tions about gardening, a I use seaweed that has bags and leave in the sun story about your garden washed up on the beach. for a full week to help or traditional gardening It’s free and available decompose the salts in you’d like to share or but make sure you give the seaweed. would like a little help it a good rinse through When you mulch the with your garden, send before putting it on the garden, don’t let the me an email at george. garden. mulch touch the trunks email@example.com.
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ARE you following the probably would be hospitalfederal election? ised for months. You should do. It’s And now a new contender the best soap opera on has thrown his hat into the television at the moment. ring, and this one is not actuIt has all the colourful ally asking for your vote. characters you could wish Rupert Murdoch has sent for, and in true soap opera his senior hatchet man - known An irreverent, satirical (and totally fictional) comment in the media underworld as style, they are all a tad upon the issues of life, by our faceless correspondent. Col Pot - to Australia. exaggerated and quite unbelievable. Like his Cambodian is a hairy chested right winger, Centre stage we have the old ready to sort out boat people with namesake, Comrade Pot does not campaigners, Tony Ears (right) torpedoes. believe in taking prisoners and and Weasel Kevin (left). This is a problem for Tony he is here to ensure that only an We are not hearing too much Ears who has spent recent years acceptable government is elected. from Tony at the moment, partly convincing us he is more conWeasel Kevin clearly won’t because he has said just about eve- servative than Our Julia and do, and the Murdoch papers are rything already but also because it now finds himself out-flanked by making sure we understand that. is hard to talk about policy options Kevin the Hun. Tony Ears, well, maybe. without becoming specific. It all depends on policy. SpeWhat else? News that Bob Tony doesn’t do specifics. Katter and Clive Palmer had sat cifically, on whether the NBN We are hearing a lot more from down some time ago to see if can be crippled or even stopped The Weasel, perhaps because he they could reach an agreement to altogether. has a harder job to do. The nation’s future depends cooperate. He has to convince Labor Both sides agreed that sorting entirely on whether new technolvoters that he is a fine, upstanding out the leadership between Clive ogy is permitted to challenge chap, full up to the ears with and Bob would be a bit like put- Murdoch’s Australian gold mine integrity. He has to convince ting two cats (or hippos) in a sack. - Foxtel, and Col Pot has ways of the rest of the country that he If anything emerged alive, it stopping things happening.
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Kitesurfers raise cash for cancer survivors By AARON SMITH KITE SURFERS successfully completed a world first, crossing the Torres Strait unassisted last month. It was all done for a good cause, raising more than $70,000 for the McGrath Foundation, which helps people dealing with breast cancer. “Everybody on the team knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, it’s a cause that resonates with us all, for me personally, my mum had
it,” one of the kitesufers Richard Hadderall said. A total of 16 people from various walks of life participated, including two management consultants, two bankers, a dentist, a vet, a research scientist, a local government project manager, a builder, a doctor, a helicopter pilot, an IT manager, a travel agent, an entrepreneur and even a pastor. Eleven of the 16 managed to complete the gruelling, five day, 399km journey.
“Physically and mentally, it was hardest thing any of us have ever done. It took six months of training and not your usual kitesurf by the beach - this was long hours on the water, going hard upwind and hard downwind. “It took all the depths of our reserves. “Even getting through the passage at Cape York was tricky - only 11 of us made that first stretch,” Richard said. “We went through heavily croc and sharkinfested areas and one of our guys was followed by a four-metre shark for 20 minutes.” Their route started at Cape York, on to Kircaldie Reef, then Coconut Island, to Masig island, to Dalrymple Island and ending at Sabai Island. “There was nothing better than seeing the islands come into view at the end of each leg and get that
feeling ‘I’m going to make it,’ “ Richard said. “We had fantastic welcome from the locals, particularly at Masig where they were cheering us in on the beach, then a reception on the beach, then a reception at the town hall and finishing by joining them to watch the Stateof-Origin game. Even the local school wrote a book about us.” While the team were in training they got to know Kate and Paul Carlyle. Kate is suffering from breast cancer and she and her family have experienced first hand the value that the McGrath Foundation brings. “It’s such an inspirational story and cause that it spurred us all on. “In addition this is a cause that many in Torres Islands are affected by and McGrath is raising money for a specific Torres Island scholarship,” Richard said.
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yamba comes to thursday island By AARON SMITH YAMBA came to the Torres Strait this month and visited Horn Island, Badu, Kubin, St Paul’s, Hammond Island and Thursday Island. Yamba and Jacinta sang songs promoting healthy living in a fun way that all the kids enjoyed. Yamba’s visit on Thursday Island on August 4, coincided with National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD). Yamba’s message was “Stay Healthy and Strong.” First held in 1988, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has also used the day to increase awareness in the wider community of important issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. In 2013, NAICD is all about stepping up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s rights. This year’s theme was Right Here, Right Now. Our Rights Matter, which aimed to increase public awareness of human rights concerns that affect Indigenous children such as; the right to be safe and access to good housing, education and health services, as well as the unique right to enjoy and be proud of their culture and identity. SNAICC hopes the day will provide the opportunity for Australians to come together to discuss critical issues impacting our children and work together to improve mutual understanding and to see change happen. Yamba’s visit was sponsored by the Torres News and Imparja.
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Photos JESSICA SAXTON YAMBA the Honey Ant has travelled up from Cairns, visited NPA and the Torres Strait. At a free show held at he Reginald Sebasio Community Hall in Bamaga, NPA kids were invited to sing along to songs about healthy eating, living and lifestyles. A big thank you to NPA Family and Community Services for helping to host the event, to all childcares and NPA College students and staff for attending and finally to Yamba, Jacinta and the crew for coming to visit! Yambaâ€™s Roadtrip 2013 was proudly supported by Torres News and Imparja Television.
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Rudd’s announcement that the Federal Election will be held on Saturday, September 7. Mr Entsch said: “This election is a choice between the Coalition’s plan for a strong, prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia, or Labor’s record of chaos, dysfunction, debt, deficit and more taxes. “It’s also a choice between a candidate who has a lot of experience and a track record on delivering
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Kevin Rudd, selling the party line and attacking Campbell Newman on state government policies. “At the end of the day, people want a candidate who will represent Leichhardt and deliver positive outcomes for our region - and I’m proud of my record.” Mr Entsch said the Coalition had already released a raft of policies as part of the Real Solutions Plan. “We’ve seen the 2030 Vision for Northern Australia, which will develop Northern Australia and deliver more investment, infrastructure, services and jobs. We embrace the Far North because we recognise the true potential for our economy,” Mr Entsch said. “We’ll reduce the cost of living by scrapping the Carbon Tax and the Mining Tax, and by ensuring that
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“We have pledged $6.7 billion to fix the Bruce Highway, funding Stages 2 & 3 of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor, as well as the Edmonton to Gordonvale duplication, which Labor has refused to fund.” “The Coalition’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy will stop the boats with a military-led response to combat people smuggling. Our policy will save lives at sea, fix Labor’s horrendous failures and ensure our borders are strong. “Our plan to reduce red tape and boost productivity will reduce the burden Labor has placed on businesses. “We will deliver fast broadband access cheaper and quicker than the ALP, because we recognise that fast and stable internet is critical to a strong economy in regional areas.”
THE upcoming Federal election will give locals in the Torres Strait the chance to vote for a fresh face and new energy, according to Labor candidate for Leichhardt Billy Gordon. “Local residents have clear choice at the ballot box in September. “Kevin Rudd and I have a positive plan for the future,” Mr Gordon said. “People don’t want negativity; they want a Prime Minister who unites and a local member who puts the needs of locals first. “Labor is delivering better schools, fast and affordable broadband and is investing in regional Australia. “I’m a father and I want all our children to get a great education. Every student deserves a quality education - no matter where they live or how much money their parents earn.” Mr Gordon is also committed to working closely with the Torres Strait community to address concerns around the high cost of living, including the cost of air fares between the Torres Strait and Cairns. “I also know how important it is to locals to see work start on building sea walls,” Mr Gordon said. “Climate change is real and it’s happening. Rising sea levels are impacting homes, community infrastructure and grave sites which is why it is critical that coastal protection work gets underway.” “Let’s not forget that it is only a Labor Government that has actually put up money for the sea walls.” Mr Gordon said there is more work to be done however Federal Labor has delivered a number of achievements in the Torres Strait.
Could there be a free West Papua on the horizon? By ANDREW DOWDY Fair Observer
ABOVE: West Papua and its proximity to the Torres Strait. RIGHT: West Papuan flag. Agreement of 1962, promising ranging from violent guerrilla leader, Benny Wenda. Papuans a fair referendum within operations to peaceful protest, It hopes to bring international six years to vote for either Papuan civil disobedience, and flying the attention to human rights violasovereignty or Indonesian rule. Morning Star - the flag symbol- tions in Papua through peaceful Papuan aversion to Indonesian izing a Papua free from foreign campaigning. rule was clear from the beginning, rule. Having dealt with its fair These human rights and in 1965, it manifested itself share of separatist movements, violations include failures of in revolts known as the “West the Indonesian government often the Indonesian government on Papuan Spring”. labels the Free Papua Movement’s the island to address issues such These revolts were short-lived, actions as terrorist threats. as poverty, education, health, as they were consistently met Thus, action is generally met and development. with brutal retaliation from the with violent Indonesian military The movement hopes to Indonesian military. Nevertheless, repercussions. There are, for one day see the Morning Star the Free Papua Movement was example, documented cases of flying freely amidst the tree born. individuals receiving ten-year jail tops of the island. They envision Aside from mass revolt, 1965 sentences for attending a Morning a fair, transparent, and fully also saw Sukarno fall to Suharto, Star raising ceremony. representative referendum - one who then viewed the protests While Amnesty International, that they believe, if acted upon, and instability as justification to Human Rights Watch, and the would lead to a free and indeallocate voting power in Papua’s United Nations have documented pendent Papua. referendum to a mere 1,025 men. human rights violations in West Many Indonesians see Papua Declared the “Act of Free Papua, the Indonesian govern- as one of their national strengths, Choice,” military records account ment’s legal limitations on travel as it legitimizes the national that Papuans favored Indonesian and persistence that the region’s motto, “Unity in Diversity.” citizenship. To this day, many dangers pose a threat to inter- Many West Papuans, however, Papuans instead call it the “Act national journalists and NGOs feel they have waited too long of No Choice” - around 1000 have kept West Papua’s freedom for freedom. were handpicked by the military movement out of the international Andrew Dowdy is an Asto represent a population of nearly media spotlight. sociate Editor (Asia Pacific) at two million. The Free West Papua Cam- Fair Observer, and currently Since the “Act of Free Choice,” paign was launched in Oxford, is a student of International the Free Papua Movement has England, in 2004 and is led by Development at the American persistently engaged in actions exiled West Papuan independence University.
CYSF board ushered in with new structure wide range of knowledge and skills that will enable us to achieve community development and a sustainable economy, while meeting both current and future cultural and environmental aspirations.” Broad consultation and discussions took place prior to the new board being voted in. The following key portfolio areas were identified as part of the consultation process to best represent the people of Cape York Peninsula on a long term basis: Local Government, Land Stewardship, Small Business, Tourism, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Mining, Community Development, Indigenous Business Development.
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Executive members of the Cape York Sustainable Futures Board: (from left) CEO and Secretary Trish Butler, Treasurer Peter McCulkin (Chair Weipa Town Authority), Deputy Chair Gillian Mailman (Director NQ Fibre) and Chair Andrew Yeatman (Director McKenna Group Contractors). Board representatives (Napranum Shire Council). mina’s Neville Conway in the Local Government Other sectors and their (Mining), Bob Sullivan sector include: Penny John- representatives include (Infrastructure), Andrew son (Cook Shire Council), David Mailman (Land Yeatman and Paul Piva Peter McCulkin (Weipa S t e w a r d s h i p ) , M i k e (Community DevelopTown Authority), Dereck Hintz (Tourism & Small ment) and Gillian Mailman Walpo (Aurukun Shire Business), Jodi Hamilton (Indigenous Business Council) and Ernest Madua (Agriculture), Cape Alu- Development.
1. Bonobos are native to which continent? 2. The chemical element selenium gets its name from which object, commonly seen in the night sky? 3. Which has a higher concentration of vitamin C: lime juice or orange juice? 4. What is Oryctolagus cuniculus more commonly known as? 5. Which disease of the liver has types A, B and C?
CAPE York Sustainable Futures ushered in a new board and a new organisational structure last week in a bid to meet the growing needs of the not-for-profit association. “The recent organisational restructure which has taken place over some months was undertaken as part of a Queensland Government project that has enabled CYSF to remodel its business structure to further understand the regional development needs of the people of Cape York Peninsula,” said CYSF Chair Andrew Yeatman. “It is the dawning of a new era in many respects for the 26-year-old organisation. This has given us the opportunity to attract a
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1. Bonobos, one of the closest relatives to humans, are native to Africa. 2. Selenium gets its name from selene, the Greek word for the Moon. 3. Orange juice has a higher concentration of vitamin C than lime juice. 4. Oryctolagus cuniculus is more commonly known as the European rabbit. 5. Hepatitis is the liver disease that has types A, B and C.
WHILE PAPUA NEW GUINEA is a sovereign nation, few people realise that the western half of the world’s second largest island is Indonesian territory. This resource-rich island is one of the least publicised places on earth, a place where the fight between modernity and tradition is still being waged - and with bloody consequences. Although the island is recognised as Indonesian territory, Papuan natives are ethnically and linguistically distinctive. Native Papuans are recognised as Melanesian. Indonesians native to other islands, such as Sumatra or Java, fall instead within the Austronesian ethno-linguistic family. Despite thousands of years of regional commingling between Melanesians and Austronesians, the majority of Papua remained essentially isolated from any outside influence until the mid-20th century. Papuan nationalism began to grow during World War II, with Japan’s seizure of the island in 1942 prompting a clash involving over 80,000 allied troops. Despite nearly 300 different languages being spoken amongst West Papuans alone, Papuan tribal society developed into a unified Papuan nationalism under foreign occupations. This resulted in the majority native Papuan “New Guinea Council,” which set forth the goal of Papuan independence in 1970. This was envisioned, at the time, as independence from the Dutch. In 1945, Indonesia’s first president Sukarno declared Indonesian independence from Dutch rule. In seeing that Papua was an extension of the Dutch colony, Sukarno claimed Papua as part of the Indonesian nation. To forgo military engagement, the Dutch signed the New York
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disAbility = ZenAble
enAble is a newly formed community group that is dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of people with disabilities in our community. ZenAble is open to anybody who is interested – at the moment the group is comprised of people with a disability, families of people with a disability and representatives from organisations.
ZenAble has become an incorporated organisation and are working towards developing a wish-list of things that we want to achieve as a group. ZenAble meets each fortnight and has large numbers for attendance, with all members contributing with enthusiasm. A meeting was held on the 24th July at the Jardine, we had a guest speaker from Tully join our meeting. Sere is a young man who started life and school in the Torres Strait. He now lives in Tully with his carers Gloria and John. Sere is an ambassador for Life without Barriers. He spoke with passion about raising awareness for people with a disability and helped
adhulgaw Ngurpay Lag finished the term with two exciting sporting events.
They had a WAll vs SORBAI touch football game on the oval. The Pre-Prep, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 fun sports day down the park. It was very impressive to see our little kids show their BIG muscles and end with a tug-o-war.
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The aim of ZenAble is to ensure people with disabilities in the Torres Strait (Zenadth Kes) have the same opportunities as anyone else. That means being able to access the same housing options, employment options and leisure activities. For some people with a disability this may mean providing them with supports to get access to these things. For all people with a
disability, this means raising awareness and acceptance of community.
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to highlight some of the specific challenges there are for people in a wheelchair on Thursday Island.
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Sere will maintain contact with key contacts in ZenAble and other organisations to support us in our journey to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
he Language for Learning Units are currently being used by teachers across the college to support the delivery of the English Curriculum. These units provide explicit instruction in Standard Australian English and support the achievement of students with learning English as an Additional Language/Dialect. Here students from Malu Kiyay PP – Yr 2 class are acting out a scene from Koala Lou – Koala Lou searching for her mother in the crowd.
If you are interested in talking with someone about ZenAble please contact Angelo Newie (ZenAble President), Sam Devine (ZenAble Secretary) or Marie Koch (ZenAbleTreasurer).
A seperate sports carnival was held for Year 3-7 WAll vs SORBAI. It was so heart warming to see and hear the kids cheering each other on. The students who came last were getting bigger cheers than those who came first. Mrs Kay Ahmat said “ Our students are really out there trying their best and that is good to see”.
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Malu Kiyay Ngurpay Lag STUDENT 100 % ATTENDANCE TERM 2 WINNER
This award is to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of the student and their family. We wish to honour their commitment to attend school every day and reinforce ‘Everyday Counts’. Joyanna recieves a $500 gift voucher to Col Jones to purchase goods of an educational or healthy lifestyle nature e.g. an Ipad.
very Day Counts is a statewide initiative that aims to assist in improving students attendance at school. It is designed to change parent, community and students attitudes and foster a shared commitment to improving school attendance.
“Every Day Counts” promotes four 126.96.36.199 key messages:
1. all children should be at school and attend ATTENDANCE on every day 2. schools should monitor, comunicate and REPORT implement strategies to improve regular school Term 3, Week 4 attendance Campuses that achieved 3. truanting can place a student in usafe 90% and above situations and impact on their future employability and life choices Yam 91% 4. attendance at school is the responsibilty of Dauan 100% everyone in the community
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Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag Jermia Ahmat-Nona, Nitaray Ahmat-Nona, Reseria Aki, Ewelu Blanket, Kirtisha Foster, Liam Garama, Darius Ishmail, Elder Mareko, D’vontai Morseu, Tai Namaibai, Javan Nona, Kanumi Nona, Layna-May Nona, Stanley Nona, Sytarniah Nona, Nicole Sabatino, Rhiannon Sabatio-Ahmat, Fauziah Savage, Bando Solomon, William Solomon
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“Research shows that higher rates of attendance at school are related to higher achievement.”
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Northern Peninsula Area State College News
Date Claimers 12 Aug. – Mad for Life Motivational Media Presentation, Years 5 – 12 16, 17 Aug. – Regional Athletics Cairns 20, 21 Aug. - Healthy Eating Program with Natalie Orero Community Nutritionist 22-26 Aug. – Matt Bowen Cup Abergowrie College 26-30 Aug. - Book Fair Injinoo Campus Library 30 Aug. - Fancy Dress Day Both Junior Campuses 23,24 Aug. – Und.13 AFL North’n Crusader Cup TI 7 Sept. - P&C Triathlon Fundraiser
2013 Injinoo Campus NAIDOC
Injinoo Campus NAIDOC Observance Drumming, dancing, face painting and feasting. All the essential ingredients for a successful National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) at the Injinoo campus. NAIDOC was observed on Wednesday the 24 July with an all day festival which began in the morning with a parade through the community with all the Injinoo Campus students marching behind the Australian, Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Flags and the banner. The banner marked the NAIDOC theme for 2013 which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions of 1963 which initiated the push for Indigenous Land Rights. Other events were Welcome to Country by Elder and Traditional Owner Mrs Cecilia Ropeyarn, dance performances by the Injinoo Storm Dancers Girls Team (Pauline Eseli, Anna Stephen, Nema Solomon, Tinisha Solomon, Tara Tamwoy and Charlotte Pablo) and Boys Team (Bob Pablo, Gabriel Misi, Steven Savage, Solomon Bowie, Oki Namai and Kermaira Matasia) and ‘Injinoo Shake A Leg’ dance groups. Also speeches were given Councillor Dennis Getawan and Councillor Tony Mara from the NPA Regional Council. Activities continued throughout the day with a range of options for the students: dot painting, face painting, boomerang decoration, and barbecue morning tea. The day’s festivities closed with a delicious traditional feast with a range of delicious dishes for all to sample. Principal, Ken Maclean, gave a “really big thank you to everyone in the Injinoo NAIDOC celebrations last week. It was great to see the high involvement of our students in celebrating their culture and, as usual, the participation from the community was outstanding. A special thanks to Rev. Mary Eseli and her team for their organisation – it continues to be a highlight of our school year”.
Injinoo Rangers Display with Mr Walter Moses (L) & Mr Richard Woosup (R)
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Umagico Elder Mr Israel Baira
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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “A Good Murder” (M v,s,l) 2:00 City Homicide 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 8:00 Please Marry My Boy - The potential brides are rocked by the arrival of more competition, but yet another twist will leave many in tears. 9:00 Formal Wars - Self-proclaimed Barbie princess Nicole wants to look like her plastic idol for formal. Nicole’s been dreaming of the perfect night for the last 5 years and is only completing Year 12 so she can attend the formal. 10:00 Grimm: Good Shepherd / Over My Dead Body 12:00 The Mindy Project 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News
5:00 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 1:30 Luke Gamble’s Vet Adventures: Peru 2:30 Food Investigators 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Sinulong, The Carnival Of Cebu 6:00 Classical Destinations: Salzburg 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Factory: Supersized: Sugar Rush 8:00 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 8:30 Heston’s Feasts: Heston’s 70s Feast 9:30 Vikings: Dispossessed 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Love And Sex In An Age Of Pornography 12:00 The Oberver Effect 1:00 Movie: “On The Ropes” (M d,l,v) In Italian. Michele Venitucci stars in his award-winning role as Mike, a struggling young boxer who agrees to participate illegally in a series of brutal bare-knuckle fights in order to pay off his sister’s debts. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Foreign Correspondent 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:00 Dalziel And Pascoe 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Country House Rescue: Elmore Court, Gloucestershire 6:50 What’s Your Story? 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Vet School: The 5th year students are rapidly approaching the end of their course. As they prepare for life in the real world they are working more and more on their own. For the first time they are holding consults with clients solo. 8:30 Broadchurch: The town of Broadchurch comes together to mourn. In doing so, a new suspect in the murder of Danny Latimer comes to light. Meanwhile, Beth and Mark turn to local vicar Paul - can he help them move on? 9:20 Doc Martin 10:10 Would I Lie To You? 10:40 Lateline / 11:15 The Thick of It / 11:45 Rage
6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 The People’s Court 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 Big Brother 7:30 Friday Night Football: Brisbane Broncos V Parramatta Eels 9:30 Friday Night Football: South Sydney Rabbitohs V Manly Sea Eagles 11:30 Movie: “The Gauntlet” (AV v,l,s) - Clint Eastwood stars as an Arizona cop who is selected to go to Las Vegas to escort a hooker, marked for death by the mob, back to Phoenix as a potential trial witness. 1:35 Movie: “The Lost Boys” (M v,h) - When Michael Emerson moves with his recently divorced mother and younger brother to the coastal community of Santa Carla, he discovers that there are no malls, no cineplexes - not even MTV. 3:30 Extra 4:00 Brand Developers / 4:30 Good Morning America
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Scent Of A Woman” (M l) 3:00 The Daily Edition 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight: The latest news and current social issues presented by a team of reporters. Hosted by Sharyn Ghidella. 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 7:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season: Rnd 21: Hawthorn V Collingwood 11:00 TBA 12:00 Desperate Housewives: Flashback - Lynette fights back when her mother tries to force the Scavos to pose for a family portrait with her obnoxious new husband. Meanwhile, Gaby refuses to confront her past to discover what is causing her obsession with her doll. 1:00 Desperate Housewives: Farewell Letter - Lynette and Tom feel that it’s time for the twins to move out and be independent. 2:00 Special: Wildest Islands Of Australia 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today
5:00 World News 1:00 Carla CamettiPD: For Richer, For Poorer 2:00 Don Matteo: The Suspect 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Tahiti Graffiti 6:00 Classical Destinations: Mains, Ins, And The Rhine 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby 8:35 The Story Of Science: Can We Have Unlimited Power? 9:40 As It Happened: Spitfire Women 10:40 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Careless Love” (MA s) - This is the story of Linh, a Vietnamese Australian university student who secretly starts part-time work as an escort. She develops a close rapport with one of her clients, an enigmatic American art dealer, who books her on a regular basis. For a time she manages to keep her two lives in separate compartments. But when she falls for a fellow student her worlds collide and things get complicated. 1:05 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? 3:50 Weatherwatch Overnight
6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Australian Story 12:30 Catalyst 1:00 Face Painting With Bill Leak: Pro Hart 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 Eggheads: The Neigh Hopers 2:30 Travel Oz 3:10 Movie: “The Four Feathers” (PG) 5:00 Human Planet: Arctic: Life In The Deep Freeze 6:00 Saturday Landline 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Father Brown: The Devil’s Dust - Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight. But just who is responsible for her disappearance? 8:20 Audrey’s Kitchen: Pepper Steak 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Sleep Under The Hill - When the body of a farmer is found in the middle of a stone circle in Midsomer Mow suspicion is pointed at local druids. 10:00 The Walking Dead: Harbinger: Part 1 10:55 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 11:20 Rage: Guest Programmer / 5:00 Rage
6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today Saturday 10:00 Mornings - Saturday 12:00 The Bottom Line 12:30 Danoz Direct 1:30 Little Giants 3:20 The Great Australian Bake Off 4:30 Discover Downunder 5:00 4WD TV - 4WD TV covers all of the up to date news, products and events within the diverse Australian and NZ 4WD scene. 5:30 Getaway - Tonight we welcome back Lochie Daddo as a guest reporter with the essential tips for having the best ski holiday. Jason gets lost in the beautiful city of Venice while Jules continues his impressive river cruise through Russia and Catriona finds a touch of Thai luxury in NSW. 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Big Brother Showdown 7:30 TBA 2:00 Movie: “The Valley Of Gwangi” (PG) - Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. Features the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. 4:00 Brand Developers 5:00 Life Today With James Robinson / 5:30 Wesley Impact
6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 Movie: “Gotta Kick It Up!” (G) 2:00 Wild Boys 3:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season Round 21: Port Adelaide Vs Gold Coast 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Air Crash Investigation 7:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season Round 21: Brisbane Vs GWS 10:30 Happy Endings: You Snooze, You Bruise - Dave finds himself bullied at the gym by Corey so former bully Alex coaches him on how to fight back. Meanwhile, the residents at Brad and Jane’s condo are fed up with Jane being too controlling as president of their homeowners’ association, and rise up to challenge her for the job. 11:00 I Shouldn’t Be Alive 12:00 Desperate Housewives: Searching / Everything’s Different 1:00 Desperate Housewives 2:00 Special: Australia’s Deadliest Sea Creatures 3:00 Harry’s Practice 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping / 5:00 Dr Oz
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6:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: From Glasgow By Boat 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Vet School 2:00 Basketball: World Cup Qualifiers AUS V NZ 6:00 Great Expectations 6:30 Compass: Whatever Happened To The Freemasons? 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Dream Build: Wolf House 7:40 Grand Designs Revisited: Braintree 8:30 The Time Of Our Lives 9:25 The Iraq War: After The Fall - Key insiders describe the chaotic aftermath of the defeat of Saddam Hussein, and Dick Cheney and Colin Powell come to blows over America’s role as occupying power. 10:25 Shut Up Little Man 12:00 Obsessed With Walking 12:25 Movie: “Chinatown” (M l,s,v) - An action-packed detective thriller set in Los Angeles during the thirties. 2:45 Pilot Guides: The Netherlands 3:40 Rude Boy Food 4:00 The New Inventors 4:35 Catalyst / 5:00 Gardening Australia / 5:30 Travel Oz
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CROSSWORD No. 161
SUDOKU No. 161
LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)
A long conversation with a manager will help to clear the air. Once issues have been resolved, don’t bring them up again in the future. Romance. You’ll be determined to take a few risks, no matter what the consequences. Listen to your partner, even if you won’t follow what they say.
VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) This will be a good time for meeting new people. Don’t let your enthusiasm get the better of you, however. Just be yourself! Romance. A ﬁnancial strain on your relationship will force you and your partner to be creative with your spending habits. Be happy with your new choices.
LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)
A difﬁcult decision will not be any easier if you worry constantly. Put your mind at rest and the matter will soon sort itself out. Romance. You will be very dynamic this week. You may ﬁnd it a little difﬁcult to get the co-operation you need from your partner, however, and may need to act independently.
SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) You will be getting tired of the additional projects that are coming your way at work. Voice your concerns at the next meeting and things may change in your favour. Romance. Your partner will take your side in an upcoming argument with their family. Be sure to thank them for their support.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) The Moon/Pallas Midpoint moving through your sign will make you especially sensitive to your colleagues’ needs. Try to make the workplace friendlier. Romance. A ﬂeeting encounter with a person born overseas will prove interesting. However, try not to get too involved with them.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th)
FINDWORD No. 161 A LAUGH WITH LOTSA
You will be surprised how easy it is to make plans with your friends. It may seem as though their schedules revolve around your own. Romance. You may get a little anxious if things don’t quite work out according to plan. You need to be ﬂexible if you want to improve your relationship.
AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) This will not really be a very good time for new friendships. It seems your time is stretched thin between current friends and you need to divide your time wisely. Romance. A very dreamy week will be a good starting point for a romantic evening later in the week. Indulge yourself!
PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)
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Try to get your family’s support for any changes that you make this week. They have your best interest at heart and won’t allow for mistakes. Romance. Your love-life will soon be in very good shape indeed. Use this time to look for a potential lover if you are currently single.
ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) A peculiar twist of fate will give you a reward which you don’t really deserve. This may begin to play on your conscience. It’s not too late to be honest. Romance. You thought you knew your partner very well, but you may be surprised with recent news about them. Try to remain positive.
TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) The Moon/Venus Midpoint moving through your sign will signal an important improvement in your social life. Work diligently during the week so you have the weekend free. Romance. Make sure that you use your excess energy wisely. Otherwise, you will quickly become frustrated.
GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
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SOLUTIONS No. 161
Other people may try to slow you down this week. Don’t let them. You ﬁnally have the means to complete the tasks that have been waning on you for a long time. Romance. An awkward situation at work may take its toll on your relationship. The relation may not be immediately seen.
CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)
Someone whom you see as a ﬁgure of authority may be interested in bringing you on their team. Don’t be overwhelmed with their offer. Instead, be grateful. Romance. Be particularly careful of accidents. Don’t drive if you are tired and certainly not if you’ve been drinking!
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Labor and Coalition broadband policies - what’s the difference? extends all the way to homes and businesses - while the Coalition policy calls for a shift to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) - whereby fibre is delivered to local “cabinets”, called nodes, and copper wire runs from these nodes to houses and businesses - in brownfield sites (i.e. established urban By ROD TUCKER areas); and FTTP in greenfield Director of the Institute for a sites (i.e. new housing estates). Broadband-Enabled Society Despite some delays in (IBES) at University of Melbourne the rollout of Labor’s FTTP on theconversation.edu.au network,NBNCo - the comBROADBAND - in the shape of the pany tasked with building NBN National Broadband Network(NBN) infrastructure - says the completion - remains a key point of difference date for the project remains fixed at between Labor and the Coalition’s 2021, and that the total cost will be policies going into the federal A$44.1 billion. election. Cost differences Our politicians are not paying The Coalition’s policy calls lip service when it comes to these for completion of the rollout of differences. its FTTN network by 2019, at a There are significant variations in total cost of A$29.5 billion. The cost, in delivery types, in download difference in cost between Labor’s and upload speeds, in business network and the Coalition’s network opportunities, customer experience per premises is about A$1,000. and the so-called “future-proofing” To put this in perspective, the of the network, depending on which recent rollout of smart electricversion of the NBN we continue ity meters in Victoria cost about with. A$1,200 per premises. So what are they, and what do In essence, the Coalition’s FTTN you need to know? network will cost two-thirds as At the 2010 election, Opposition much as Labor’s FTTP network, leader Tony Abbott threatened to based on the official cost estimates scrap the NBN. But under Malcolm in each policy, but will be only Turnbull’s deft handling of the one-twentieth as fast. Shadow Communications Minister’s Speed differences portfolio, the Coalition’s Broadband The Coalition’s FTTN network Policy, released in April this year, will provide download speeds of 50 recognises the need for a national, Mbps (allowing you to download an wholesale broadband network and hour-long high-definition television shares many characteristics with the show in a few minutes) to 90% of existing NBN model as conceived connected homes, while Labor’s under Labor. FTTP network will initially provide As with Labor’s NBN, an NBN download speeds up to 1 Gbps - 20 under the Coalition will be a whole- times faster than the Coalition’s sale network, open to any retail FTTN network. service provider that can connect to Labor ’s FTTP network will the network. provide upload speeds of 400 Mbps There are some differences in - 40 times faster than FTTN. Upload pricing strategies between the two speed is important for activities policies, primarily around whether which require you to send data from prices are uniform across the coun- your computer, such as video calls. try (as in the Labor policy) or capped The speed difference between (as in the Coalition’s policy) but the the two networks comes down service model is broadly the same. to the fact the Coalition’s FTTN Both Labor and the Coalition will model relies on the existing copper use newly-launched satellites to take connections between the node and broadband to remote areas, and fixed the premises, while in Labor’s FTTP wireless to cover rural areas, where network, the entire connection is wired access such as fibre or copper by fibre. is either technically unfeasible or The table at TOP RIGHT sumeconomically unviable. But the key marises some of the key differences difference between the two policies between policies: is the network technology to be used In recent years, engineers in in urban areas. laboratories around the world have Labor will continue rolling out developed technological marvels to a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) extract the maximum capacity out network - whereby optic fibre of copper, and these marvels are to
be incorporated in the Coalition’s network using very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) technology. VDSL’s higher speeds result from the use of different bands of frequency to voice calls, allowing data for multiple applications (such as internet connection and high-definition television) to be transmitted on the same copper wires. It builds upon - and is faster than - current technology used in asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) networks. But the download and upload speeds achievable with VDSL are a tiny fraction of the speeds achievable using FTTP. Additionally, with VDSL in FTTN networks, the further the premises are located from the node, the slower the speed. In addition, the speed can be degraded if water gets into the cables after heavy rain - as some users notice in today’s ADSL network. What the future holds While few households need 1 Gbps today (the average internet connection speed in Australia is currently 4.2 Mbps) the historical demand for broadband network bandwidth has grown at about 30% - 40% per annum. Today’s ADSL2+ networkprovides around 10-20 Mbps and many households find this to be barely sufficient, especially when two or three family members simultaneously access high-bandwidth applications, such as video on demand, gaming, or various kinds of home office applications. Using historical growth figures, and allowing for future generations of ultra-high definition television, multi-view services, together with multiple TV displays in a single household, in-home video conferencing and so on, it’s likely that domestic broadband domestic customers will be seeking bandwidths of more than 100 Mbps by 2020 and about 1 Gbps by 2035. See Table BELOW Many business customers will require these bandwidths much sooner, as they begin to take full advantage of new broadband applications and services, and to develop innovative new online products. Historically, the development of applications tends to follow the provision of infrastructure. Applications that use increased speed tend to be developed only when those speeds are in existence or imminent. Based on these numbers, the Coalition’s FTTN network will be obsolete by 2020, and will require
Table 2: Analysis of key issues not fully addressed in the available policy documents ISSUE
Potential for future upgrade
Upgrade to 10 Gps will not require any civil works
Upgrade to fibre to the premises will require extensive civil works
Cost of future upgrade
$100-$200 per premises (1 Gbps to 10 Gbps)
$2000 - $5000 per premises (FTTN to FTTP)
Potential to benefit the mobile network
FTTP technology is ideally suited to providing backhaul to new transmitters that fill blackspots and increase network capacity
Coalition policy is to make NBNCo assets available for filling blackspots. But FTTN is less suited for this than FTTP.
Date of obsolescence
Beyond 2035, possibly beyond 2050
Around 70 Megawatts
Around 140 Megawatts
Table 1: Key aspects of the Labor and Coalition policies ISSUE
Fibre to the premises
71% fibre to the node and 22% fibre to the premises, primarily in greenfield sights
Fixed wireless and satellite
Fixed wireless and satellite
50 Mbps in 90% of homes
Totall funding required
Average funding required per premises*
Wholesale pricing structure
NBN Co will remain the monopoly wholesale provider
Compering broadband access networks will be permitted
* Assuming 12.7 million premises
major expensive upgrades after this. While it’s possible telecommunications engineers may find ways to squeeze a little bit more speed out of copper, the only way to move beyond the speed limitations of FTTN is to move the nodes closer to the home. In practice, this ultimately means an upgrade from FTTN to FTTP. Fibre on demand For those who need more than 50 Mbps from the FTTN network, the Coalition’s policy provides for a “fibre-on-demand” upgrade path, in which a customer pays for a fibre to be installed from the node in the street to the premises. The cost of this to the individual could be in the region of A$1,000A$5,000, depending on the distance of the node from the premises. Future upgrades of Labor’s FTTP to 10 Gbps and beyond will require simple exchange of the user terminal in the home, at a cost typically in the region of A$100-A$200. The Coalition’s “fibre-on-demand” strategy raises the spectre of a digital divide between households, businesses and regions that can afford to pay for the upgrade and those that cannot. To illustrate this, a graphic design business that uploads and downloads data to its customers, and happens to be located close to a node, will be in a much better business position that a competitor 500 metres down the road. This will arguably impede the economic benefits of the network as a whole, limiting the application of health, education and productivityboosting applications. This will mean the saving of A$1,000 per premise offered by the Coalition could easily be wiped out by the loss of long-term economic benefits of a high-capacity FTTP network. Going mobile Some commentators have argued the increasing popularity of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets decreases the need for the NBN. But a FTTP broadband network will facilitate this rapid growth in mobile broadband. Telephone Torres News
companies around the world are now enhancing their mobile networks with an ever-increasing number of small wireless base stations located on street corners, in shopping centres, offices, and even in customers’ homes, using fibre connections from the small base stations to their network. While NBNCo is not yet offering backhaul services(transporting data to a point that would allow it to be be distributed over a network) to mobile operators, Labor’s FTTP network is ideally suited for this. Because the Coalition’s FTTN network relies on existing copper cable to the home, it is generally unsuitable for wireless backhaul. Energy implications Energy consumption is often overlooked in communications network planning, but is becoming increasingly important. The power consumption of the Labor’s FTTN network will be about 70 Megawatts and the Coalition’s FTTN network will consume twice that - about 140 Megawatts. The cost of this extra power is relatively small compared with the installation cost of the network, and this comparison does not include end-user devices such as computers and TV displays. But the increased electrical power consumption of the Coalition’s FTTN network will have a greenhouse impact approaching that of a city the size of Launceston in Tasmania. What we know, in short … The Coalition’s broadband policy offers a lower-cost network that will provide customers with modest improvements in broadband services in the shorter term; whereas the Coalition’s network will create a new digital divide and require major upgrades soon after it is completed. The cost difference between these two alternatives is about A$1,000 per premises. Labor promises a more futureproof solution that will cost more at the outset, but will stimulate broadband developments in government, business, and entertainment, 12 - 18 August 2013 Page 25
Major upsets cut down NRL footy comp. tipsters TWO major upsets put most tipsters out of business in round 21 of the Torres News/Sea Swift/IBIS NRL tipping competition. The Cowboys shot down the Rabbitohs and the Sharks mauled the Warriors to cost tipsters dearly. Only Tipper Tonon, 86, Mark Hutton, Seahorse, Gilligan1, walsalad, zorro, Bukerr, Lee487 and RedMunSailor rode the Cowboys to victory. Even fewer got the Sharks over the line, with Mark Hutton, Deadly Sisters, Parra69, walsalad and Bukerr the only five on their game. Such was the nature of the results, only Walsalad who sits near the tail of the field on 85 got all eight correct, while Tipper Tonon, Seahorse and Bukerr got seven. BigBalaBurger (6 winners) maintains his lead of two and sits on 114, ahead of TI Turkey (6) on 112.
Four further back on 108 is Tipper Tonon (7), one in front of BJ Danger (5), Denis Hill (6) and Mugai87 (5). Five are grouped on 106: Mariner (6), KPP (5), Kingtutt (5), T) and Marakai (5), Jooti (4) . 105: Mr Spiggot (5), 104: beaniebuzza (5), Sarah Finnemore (6), 86 (6). 103: Mark Hutton (6), Leon Whittaker (6), VooDoo Magic (6), Seahorse (7). 101: Willy (4), Gilligan 1 (5), Tigrrrr (5), Rayns (6). 99: Kamiel (5). 97: Deadly Sisters (6), MrCM (5). 96: Parra69 (4), theflyingfalafel (6), TiNell (5), Maggie Hill (5), Marro (4). This year’s tipping competition is again sponsored by Sea Swift and IBIS, with prizes valued at more than $2300.
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Tagai students on the Run for Funds THURSDAY Island Campus at Tagai State College students will be running in the adidas School Fun-Run on August 14 to raise vital funds for their school. In the coming weeks, students will be seeking support from the local community for running in the event and sponsorship is vital to make their fundraiser a success. Matthew Arkell, from Tagai State College, said the adidas School Fun-Run presents an excellent platform to get students excited about physical activity. “Tagai State College is setting a new standard for other schools to follow by choosing a way to raise money that delivers positive messages about the importance of physical activity to a childs’ healthy growth and development.” “I am very proud of the students for getting involved,” Matthew Arkell said.
General Manager of The Fundraising Group Brendan Hopp said it’s wonderful that organisations such as adidas and CUA are making this style of health-based school fundraising possible. Over the last two and a half years, the adidas School Fun-Run has helped schools to raise in excess of $7.1 million to purchase computers, books, sporting equipment and other resources. A further $210,000 has been donated in school grants by program partner, CUA, through its Community Care initiative - an extension to the School Fun-Run program. The adidas School Fun-Run was launched in 2011 as an alternative to junk-food fundraising. All schools are invited to participate in the adidas School Fun-Run by visiting www. schoolfunrun.com.au
Boigu boys ready for Torres Strait All Blacks carnival By ALF WILSON RISING young rugby league stars James Matthew and Judah Toby are looking forward to lining up for Boigu Island side Malu Kiai in a Torres Strait All Blacks carnival in the not-toodistant future. The 17-year-olds showed they have enormous potential when they starred for Townsville’s Shalom Christian College at the Independent Secondary Schools Confraternity rugby league Carnival. James lined up at halfback and Judah as a centre at the carnival held in Townsville which was contested by 40 schools over three divisions. Both boarding students at Shalom, Judah’s home is remote Boigu Island near PNG. James’ family lives in Cairns and he is also of Boigu descent. “We are really looking forward to playing for Malu Kiai either at a future Island of Origin carnival or at the Zenadth Kes on TI,” Judah said. Their sports teacher Joe Christensen said both had great rugby league careers. “James was vice-captain of our side which competed at our first ever Confraternity carnival. “After starting in the front row for Shalom, Matthew was moved into the halfback position after some injuries and form issues forced a re-think from coach Mel Sotheren. From number seven Matthew led by
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example setting up numerous tries and regularly broke the line while helping Shalom towards their first win of the tournament over Gilroy College. He was also recognized as player of the carnival for the Shalom College side at the presentation afternoon at the end of the tournament. Matthew alongside team captain Maxwell Gillett also accepted the Referee’s sportsmanship trophy on behalf of the College side after Shalom broke a 32-year-old record with the highest ever total of 58 points from a possible 60 awarded to the side for their on-field display by the referees. “This was the highest score ever achieved at a Confraternity carnival,” Mr Christensen said. Shalom competed in Division 2 Pool C and lost their day one games to St Luke’s Anglican College and Blackheath College from Charters Towers. Judah scored a try in the first game. On day two Shalom lost 24-16 to Gilroy Santa Maria College and in the bowl quarter final lost to St Joseph’s College. A day later Shalom lost to Assumption College and then in the bowl playoffs beat Gilroy Santa Maria College 32-10 and Judah also scored a try. After their school years James wants to be a carpenter and Judah an electrician. “I will be going back to Boigu for the next school holidays,” Judah said.
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NBA star Patty Mills (right) will headline the Australian Boomers squad for the 2013 Oceania basketball championships which starts this week. Mills will be joined by Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova in a squad sporting eight London Olympians and a number of exciting young guns. Mills and Baynes return after helping the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals where they lost in game seven to the Miami Heat, while Ingles re-joins the squad after another successful European campaign and Dellavedova suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League. Teenagers Dante Exum and Ben Simmons, along with World University Games stars Cameron Bairstow and Ryan Broekhoff, who led the Emerging Boomers to the silver medal in Russia, will be out to stake their claim for a spot in the final 12. Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis believes the squad has a strong mix of experienced international players and hungry, young talent eager to impress. “I’m really pleased with the commitment shown from our senior players to the Boomers program,” Lemanis said. “We all know that the successful teams - the teams that win medals - spend time together every year. This year we are working with a heavily reduced schedule, but it is still great to get to work with a core of guys who have been with the program for a period of time. “I’m also looking forward to seeing the young guys start their development within the program. We have some great young talent coming through - how that is incorporated into the program over the next three years will be a key for our success. “National teams are no different to club teams - it is the commitment to the needs of the group that will
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Another Origin win QUEENSLANDRS are not shy when it comes to expressing an opinion on State of Origin and fans have had their say about a special footy number plate. The new Queenslander! - 8 IN A ROW number plates are expected to be on some Queensland cars by the end of month. Almost 1000 Queenslanders had their say in the number plate competition, with more than 50 per cent wanting to display Queenslander!-8 IN A ROW on their cars to celebrate the State’s record-breaking eighth State of Origin series win. The first run of number plates will be available from Monday, August 19, at Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centres, and interest in purchasing the plates can be expressed on the TMR website now. Motorists who have bought a new car or anyone wishing to replace their existing plates will have the option to choose the new plate. The cost to purchase one of these plates for use on a vehicle will be $40.45 - which includes the standard $25 transfer fee. Motorists who are replacing their existing plates will be issued with a new rego number.
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Badu boy gets historic AIS AFL scholarship By AARON SMITH BADU ISLAND boy Diddymus Blanket was selected for the AFL
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AIS team last week in Melbourne, the first player from North Queensland to achieve this honour.
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This starts him on a pathway to realising his dream of playing top level AFL. “I got phone call yes-
terday and even though the season is over; it really got me motivated to keep pushing hard. “I’m really stoked, as I’ve been training hard all season,” Diddymus told Torres News. Diddymus was one of 61 players who received an AIS-AFL Academy scholarship and they will come together four times over the next 12 months for training camps. Players will also travel overseas. National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said the Academy program prepares players for the rigours of AFL football. “The players will experience elite training and mentoring that will help their development both on and off the field. “Both squads will also represent their country overseas which is unique in our game. “We are constantly striving to give the players the best preparation for life as a professional athlete,” Kevin said. Diddymus left Badu six years ago when he was in grade seven and moved to Melbourne and has been on a scholarship at the prestigious Scotch College for the past three years. Diddymus said he was used to the cold weather and was really enjoying Melbourne and the many different
people he has met. “It was defiantly a big shock going from somewhere with only a thousand people to one of the best cities in the world,” he said. Diddymus was introduced to AFL in 2006 by Dave Maddock-Jones, a teacher on Badu. Rick Hanlon, the Program Manager of AFL Cape York, said: “Dave has been a wonderful volunteer to our game and in particular AFL Cape York. “Diddy has been a Crusader rep. at Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16. “He Captained our 16 Crusaders this year which won Queensland Country Champs. “I would like to
acknowledge the great support Diddy has had from family and staff, students and families from Scotch College,’ Rick said. Diddymus’s parents are very proud of their son’s success. “They have alsos supported me and really want me to go as far as I can,” Diddymus said. “I hope to use this a step into professional AFL, I’d play anywhere in the country, but I’d eventually like to play for a Brisbane team as that would be a bit closer to home.” Diddymus said he does miss the island lifestyle and his family even though he is enjoying this opportunity.
Diddymus Blanket collecting Country Champs Cup at Airlie Beach, April, 2013.