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‘Move’ 2014 kicks off with a bang! Star of the Sea

By MARK BOUSEN MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch will push for the Star of the Sea Home for the Aged to be relocated and has identified what he believes to be the ideal site. Mr Entsch believes Star of the Sea could be located on the block of land in Douglas Street, owned by IBIS, between the Torres News building and Pearl Island Seafoods. “It would be ideal. “The residents could sit in comfort and watch all the activity between Thursday and Horn Islands; would be within close proximity to the town; as well as having access to the beach which they can’t do now because the beach is all rocks. It would also be more accessible for family members.” Mr Entsch will push for the move as part of the development of a Torres Strait Aged Care Masterplan, which will be produced in consultation with the state and local governments, the Torres Strait Regional Authority and the local community. Mr Entsch has damned the current site of the Home. “It’s like dumping them in a leper colony; out-ofsight/out-of-mind as it were.” Continued Page 3 >>

Medicare Local on ‘chopping block’

PRIMARY health care for people in the Torres Strait and NPA is under threat following the Abbott Government’s announcement of a review into the Medicare Locals network, according to Queensland Labor Senator Jan McLucas who is concerned that Medicare Locals are set for the chopping block. “The Far North has suffered a lot of cuts to jobs and services at the hands of Campbell Newman and the State Government. And now with Tony Abbott in government and with another ‘review’ underway, it seems apparent that another round of slashing is inevitable,” Senator McLucas said. Continued Page 2 >>

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Medicare Local network on the chopping block: McLucas << From Page 1 “The Far North Queensland Medicare Local is doing great work. “We have some really serious health challenges in the Far North and it would be of grave concern if the government were to wind up their services. “The State Government with-

drew a lot of grants to health providers last year using the reason that Canberra was providing support through the Medicare Local network. If the Federal Government is now going to axe Medicare Locals, it is the residents of the Far North who lose out, unable to access health services they need locally. The Far North Queensland

Medicare Local provides services including after-hours GPs, mental health support, immunisation, Indigenous health services and eHealth initiatives to communities including Cairns, Innisfail, Tully, Tablelands, Yarrabah, Mossman, Port Douglas, Cooktown and Cape York as well as the Torres Strait. Senator McLucas said: “The Labor Government established

Medicare Locals in 2011 to ensure decisions about health services could be made by local communities in line with local needs, Medicare Locals were created as local organisations - 61 of them Australia-wide. “Medicare Locals are working with GPs and other primary health care providers to ensure all Australians, regardless of where they live, can access effective primary health

Four safe after running out of petrol

Torres Strait first with new shipping rules THE new Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system was introduced for vessels transiting through the Torres Strait from January 1, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The Torres Strait is a vital shipping route for the Asia-Pacific region and is traversed by a number of large vessels each week. AMSA says: “The UKCM system allows vessel operators and coastal pilots to plan the safe and efficient passage of deep draught vessels through the Torres Strait with accurate vessel information and environmental data from tide, stream, wind and wave sensors.” The web-based system is designed to monitor the depth of water under a ship’s keel as it traverses the Torres Strait.

AMSA Chief Executive Officer Graham Peachey says the aim of the system is to enhance shipping safety in the Torres Strait by ensuring the minimum under-keel clearance requirements are met. “The UKCM system is a standardised system that provides an enhanced level of safety for vessels transiting this unique area,” Mr Peachey said. “The Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system first become operational in Australian waters in December, 2011, and, since then, AMSA has been monitoring its use and operation. “The system has been used successfully by a number of coastal pilots over the past two years and has been determined to meet all the required

care services. “Labor has invested more in health care than any previous government, making up for the lost time and money of the Howard years. “We can’t afford Tony Abbott to undo this progress. We know he has form as when he was Health Minister he cut $1 billion from our hospitals.”

specifications. “The implementation of the UKCM system means all coastal pilots in the Torres Strait will be using the same system,” he said. Over the past few months, AMSA has been running training programs on the UKCM system for coastal pilots operating in the Torres Strait. UKCM systems are often used in ports; however this is the first time a UKCM system has been implemented in a coastal environment in Australia. The UKCM system complements the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service (REEFVTS) as one of a number of protective measures implemented by AMSA to enhance the safety of shipping in environmentally sensitive marine areas.

FOUR young Thursday Island men were found safe and well following an all-night ordeal of being lost at sea late last month. The men left Thursday Island in their dinghy at around 3pm on Thursday, December 19, intending to travel to Iama. Their vessel failed to arrive as scheduled and the alarm was raised at around 11pm. Police formulated a marine search and rescue response and had fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in place and searching from the early hours of Friday (December 20) morning. Water Police vessel William Conroy and her crew were also deployed as a surface response and located the missing vessel shortly after 8am after a private vessel had provided fuel for the stricken craft. The four men were safe and well and stated that weather conditions had deteriorated to the point where they became disorientated and eventually ran out of fuel in the heavy seas. Police issued a number of infringement notices to the skipper for allegedly failing to carry adequate safety gear.

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Move Star of the Sea into town << From Page 1





“It could be argued the current facility could not be further away from the community; the IBIS site would return the residents back to the community. “We talk about respecting the Elders, but they have not been respected by putting them so far away from their community to where they are now. “We need to make them part of the community again and that can only be achieved by relocating the Home.” Mr Entsch says the cost of refurbishing and renovating the current Home to the appropriate requirements could be “ridiculously expensive”. IBIS CEO Ian Copeland told the Torres News it had always been planned to use that piece of land for the benefit of the community. “There’s about 7000 square metres in that block, but a piece of about 1000sq m immediately adjacent to the Torres News is needed for staff accommodation. “But the remainder would be available, and IBIS always is open to suggestions about possible uses for that piece of land. “However, IBIS would need to recover the costs involved with that block and what is owing to IBIS with it in the event of selling it,” Mr Copeland said. And Mr Entsch has a plan for the

old Star of the Sea Home which would not require the “ridiculously expensive” works to make it usable and would meet a serious community need. He suggest the Home could be used as accommodation for people from the Outer Islands who have to come to Thursday Island for health and/ or dental treatment, for example. Or it could be used as student accommodation for Outer Island students attending Tagai College. “There is a serious shortage of student accommodation and students could come to Thursday Island rather than being sent away to college on the mainland.” Mr Entsch has spoken already about the relocation proposal with Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen and TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela. “Both support the plan, and importantly are members of the IBIS Board,” he said. “I’m also very pleased (Assistant Minister for Social Services) Mitch Fifield has recognised there is a

major problem with aged care in the Torres Strait and has agreed to a short, sharp review of the situation and has included the option of removal from the current site.” Mr Entsch said the residents would be able to sit in comfort and safety and watch all the movement on the harbour between Thursday and Horn Islands, regardless of whether they were mobile or not. “There is always something happening on that stretch of water and they could enjoy it.

“As well they could walk down or be helped down to Bayo Beach and enjoy the water there; they can’t do that now,” he said. Under the Masterplan, the Torres Strait community will be invited to have their say on future directions of aged care in their community, including current building issues and future residential needs within the Star of the Sea Aged Care Service. The decision was announced by Mr Fifield and Mr Warren Entsch late last month.

The Masterplan will be the key output of the Torres Strait Aged Care Services Strategic Review, which will be presented within six months options for consideration by Minister Fifield. A Steering Committee has been established, which will oversee a competitive tender process for the Masterplan work. Once the tender is completed, submissions will be invited and consultation with stakeholders will begin.

‘High time’ court cases over Malu Sara came to an end By MARK BOUSEN

THE Supreme Court of Queensland says it’s high time the on-going court cases involving the sinking of the Malu Sara and the loss of five lives in 2005 were finalised. Judge Margaret McMurdo told the Supreme Court last month: “. . . But this matter concerns conduct which occurred over eight years ago and it is high time it is finalised. “The best interests of all parties, the families of the deceased and the community require this (Supreme) Court, after considering the relevant submissions, to now substitute its own decision for that of the QCAT (Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal) appellate tribunal.” Judge McMurdo was commenting on December 17 when the Supreme Court overturned disciplinary action against a former Thursday Island police officer. The 15-page judgement found Tribunal had erred in a decision to demote Sergeant Warren Flegg for two years from the rank of Sergeant to Senior Constable for his role in the sinking of the Malu Sara which had been launched only weeks earlier on Thursday Island in 2005. Then Coroner Michael Barnes was scathing of Sgt Flegg’s handling of the search and rescue operation for the missing Department of Immigration vessel on October 15, 2005,

The Malu Sara sank on a voyage between Saibai Island and Badu Island. Neither the vessels nor four of the bodies of those on board were recovered. A Police disciplinary hearing held on March, 2011, following Mr Barnes’s finding which ordered Sgt Flegg be demoted from the rank of Sergeant 3.5 to rank of Senior Constable 2.9 for a period of two years from March 31, 2011, to March 31, 2013, and that he be eligible to apply for the position of Sergeant upon being of good conduct after completing two performance planning and appraisal periods to at least the “met” level. This order, however, was suspended for two years on the condition that he undertook specified courses. Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) appealed against that sanction to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on the grounds of it being inadequate. It subsequently ordered that the applicant be demoted from the rank of Sergeant 3.5 to the rank of Senior Constable 2.9 for a period of two years from February 20, 2013, and that he be eligible after two years to apply for the position of Sergeant subject. The CMC appealed again seeking a harsher penalty. Sgt Flegg then applied for leave

Planning University Study in 2014? Read this... Assistance with Tertiary Education Scheme (ATES) Scholarship 2014 WARREN FLEGG to appeal from that decision so that there can be a third appeal which was granted in last month’s judgement. The Court ordered all parties involved to make submissions by February 7. Immigration officers Wilfred Baira, Ted Cyril Harry and passengers Valerie Saub, Flora Enosa and her daughter, Ethena Enosa, died on October 15, 2005, when their poorly equipped and shoddily built government boat sank en route between Saibai and Badu islands. Coroner Michael Barnes said their deaths were a “totally avoidable” disaster that would not have happened “if any one of a number of those involved in purchasing, building, operating or searching for the vessel had faithfully and diligently discharged his duties”. Mr Barnes said none of those on board were at fault, and were the victims of shocking and incompetent mistakes made by police, boat builders and DIMA.

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Three juveniles charged over Christmas crime spree

THREE juveniles were apprehended last week for a series of break and enters on Thursday Island. The crimes were committed on Boxing Day and on December 27, where the Federal Hotel was broken into two times, as well as the Jardine Hotel, and a private residence and car on John Street. Thursday Island Police apprehended the youths who will be appearing in Children’s Court on January 13. Also last month vandals cut down several trees planted by Council on Victoria Parade. If anybody has any information please call Crimestoppers. Left and Right: Trees vandalised on Victoria Parade.

Police make an early Christmas delivery on Ugar

TSIPO Karl Dai’s fiancée Leetisha Saylor with the new family. A TORRES Strait Island Police Support which housed his first-aid kit and headed Officer (TSIPSO) delivered a baby last to the house. He called Thursday Island Hospital and month, with the help of his fiancée and his sought instructions from a midwife who fishing tackle box. TSIPSO Senior Sergeant Karl Dai was provided much-needed guidance to Karl and woken at 12.50am on Thursday morning, his fiancée, Leetisha. December 19, by a quiet knock at his front At about 2am, a healthy baby boy was door on Ugar (Stephen Island) by a local born, and, at the time, Karl estimated he man needing help for his partner who had weighed about 6 or 7 pounds. After the baby was born, Karl reported a just gone into labour. As there wasn’t a Registered Nurse on moment of panic when he thought a second the island, Karl realised he needed back-up baby was about to be delivered, but he was and called his fiancée, Leetisha Saylor, quickly reassured by his fiancée that it was for help. He grabbed his trusty tackle box only the last stages of the delivery.

TSIPO Karl Dai with mum, new-born baby and daughter on December 20. He was relieved they didn’t have to go Hospital by helicopter, Karl had time to through it all again. ponder his new found midwifery skills. After fumbling through the kitchen When asked how he felt about the where Karl dropped all utensils searching excitement of the morning, Karl said: “I feel for scissors, he finally found a pair in his so much better now that there is no more first-aid tackle box along with a set of scissor screaming and noise in the house.” clamps wrapped in plastic. An hour after the baby was born Karl The midwife then coached Karl on the went to sleep after his early morning call out. phone on how to cut the umbilical cord. It A total of 37 new TSIPSO’s were appears that Karl’s Army Medic training welcomed to the Queensland Police Service has prepared him to have a well-stocked back in October after previously working for medical kit. the Torres Strait Islander Regional Council. With mother and baby safe, healthy TSIPSO Karl Dai has certainly been a and awaiting transport to Thursday Island welcome relief for this Ugar family.

Pastor Mea Kinibo returns to PNG By AARON SMITH THE United Church congregation on Thursday Island was sorry to see Pastor Mea Kinibo, his wife Gino and four children leave after 18 months of great service to the community. Originally from Papua New Guinea, they returned to Port Moresby December 18, 2013. A regular to Pastor Kinibo’s congregation was retired school teacher Larry James, who said: “Pastors from PNG usually got a two year visa, but for some reason they would only give Mea and his family 18 months, which is unfortunate because he will be missed. “His sermons were particularly good.” The editor of Torres News will also miss Mea. I enjoyed several conversations on Sea Swift pier while fishing in the evenings. On one occasion when I was catching nothing, I watched Mea pull up 50 Queenfish. Jokingly I said: “You have an unfair advantage Pastor.” He smiled and gave me half-a-dozen fish, the Lord really does work in mysterious ways. Page 4 Torres News 6 - 12 January 2014

Pastor Mea Kinibo and wife Gino and the congregation on Thursday Island for his last service December 15.


Torres Strait/NPA/Cape York new health chief says:

Improved health starts at the pregnancy stage


We would encourage community involvement and control and which might well take place on site-by-site or area-by-area basis.

By MARK BOUSEN HEALTH care in remote regions, such as the Torres Strait, NPA and Cape York, needs to start being addressed at the pregnancy and post-natal stages, according to Bob McCarthy, the interim chairman of the proposed new amalgamated Health body for those regions. “The challenge for Indigenous communities is getting early access to health-related issues, and that starts right back at birth. “If we can get health system to work with and help expectant mothers and the post-natal stages and work on diet and through-life issues, we stand a chance of the changing the well-being outcomes for future generations.” Health Minister Lawrence Springborg last month announced the merger of the Cape York and Torres Strait-NPA Hospital Health Services into one body. Mr McCarthy, as Cape York Hospital and Health Service Board chairman, has been given the job to develop a plan for the amalgamation of the two boards, to come into force as soon as mid-2014. Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen says management of Torres Strait health services will set back 40 years with the merger. “It’s an insult for the hard work and advocacy for com-

munity control by our past Elders and leaders. “If the Minister thinks he can improve the health service by remote control he is terribly wrong,” he said. Mr McCarthy told the Torres News he will be visiting the Torres Strait and NPA and Cape York in the New Year to talk with community leaders about the new organisation. Mr McCarthy said: “Pedro would have more knowledge and than I do, and I guess he’s talking about previous structures. “There seems to be some misunderstanding about the proposed new structure. “We can be quite flexible in how we operate. Just because there will be a single board and single structure, that does not exclude local groups to be involved and help run and operate the services locally. “I think it’s just misunderstanding about the structural organisation and local involvement; I look forward to meeting with Pedro and community leaders to discuss their concerns early in the New Year.” Mr McCarthy said there would be a central facility, but two areas - Torres Strait/ NPA and Cape York - would run “roughly independently” with an chief operating officers for both the north and south, working under a managingdirector/CEO who would be based in either Thursday Island

or Weipa. “Both areas have cultural differences but are both geographically challenged. There are places in Cape York which don’t have regular air services which is very similar to some Outer Islands in the Torres Strait where access has to be made on a charter basis.” Mr McCarthy said nothing will change for “people on the ground who will continue to run it”. “There will be one management structure in place, instead of two, and one board which will handle the governance issues. “The majority of the staff won’t be affected in the short or longer term; only the management and board structure will change.” One of the issues Mr McCarthy wants to address in his first visit to the Torres Strait/ NPA is what he describes as: “communities say ‘we want to run it ourselves’ and then no one puts their hands up.” “There is some confusion about the idea of community control and involvement. “We would encourage community involvement and control and which might well take place on site-by-site or area-by-area basis. “We need to deal with issues as they occur and to deal with issues on a local level; we have to be community savvy and community involved.”

Mr McCarthy said the board would be looking at thirdparty organisations which are working well in some areas of Cape York as part of the plan to taking health care to remote areas, such as the Outer Islands in the Torres Strait. “I’d like to see some of them operating in the Torres Strait and NPA.” He expects the new board will consist of himself as chair and three directors from each of Cape York and Torres Strait/ NPA regions. Mr McCarthy who is “basically retired” says he travelled throughout Cape York and has been to Thursday Island many times but not to the Outer Islands, through his former position as Director-General of the Department of State Development and Innovation. He also has a long-standing relationship with Indigenous communities, especially in Napranum, Mapoon and Weipa. Cape York Health Service consists of Aurukun, Coen, Cooktown, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Laura, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranmum, Weipa and Wujal Wujal health centres. Torres Strait/NPA Health Service consists of Badu, Boigu, Poruma, Erub, Dauan, Horn, Kubin, Mabuiag, Mer, Saibai, Ugar, St Pauls, Thursday Island, Warraber, Iama, Masig Islands, Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisa and Umagico health centres.

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Students graduate from new Certificate 3 in Health Service Assistance Course By AARON SMITH

SEVEN students graduated late last year from Tagai TAFE on Thursday Island with Certificate III qualifications in nursing. The first time this course was run, it was a collaboration between Tagai Tafe, JCU and TNQ Tafe. In late 2012 Mark Hutton, Manager of Tagai Tafe approached TNQ Tafe and JCU as there were a number of Year 10 students expressing an interest in undertaking a

nursing course. With consultation between the three institutions the concept was created to commence a certificate through TNQ TAFE. In February 2013 eight year 11 students enrolled in the Certificate III in Health Service Assistance course. JCU contributed by providing students with access to the JCU student computer network and five of the seven hours delivery sessions to be delivered on the Thursday Island campus.

Videoconferencing from Cairns Tafe campus Health Team staff, tutorials from the JCU campus, self-directed workbook activities at Tagai TAFE and a weekly session at Thursday Island Hospital clinical lab gave the students a taste of the ‘real world’ of a hospital setting as well as giving the students a feel for being in an adult learning environment. Seven of the original eight students successfully

Left to right: Karen Sadler (Head of campus/ Lecturer JCU), Anita Nakata, Brooke Holland, Roxanne levi, Angela Laifoo, Alliyah Gela, Lelesi Warasam and Amara Horgan (teacher Tagai College). completed the program and the Indigenous Health the vision and enthusiasm seven students who put in of all stakeholders this the hard work and achieved which culminated in a Unit. three-day field trip From this success program was a resound- the first chapter in their to Cairns where they JCU has undertaken to ing success and we future career pathways.” The informal graduacompleted practical as- enrol these students in hope to be able to see sessments in the simulated the Diploma of Nursing the reality of more local tion ceremony ceremony ward of Cairns Tafe over in 2014, which give the Torres Strait students was held at the Thursday two days as well as a day students the opportunity having the opportunity Island JCU campus on at JCU. to complete two units of to broaden their horizons November 28, 2013. The graduates were: At Cairns JCU campus the undergraduate nursing and believe, like we do, that anything is possible Anita Nakata, Brooke the students, supported by degree. Karen Sadler Lecturer: with the right measure of Holland, Roxanne Levi, student ambassadors, were given a day packed with School of Nursing, Mid- vision, enthusiasm and Angela Laifoo, Alliyah Gela, Lelesi Warasam activities and fun within wifery and Nutrition at hard work. Congratulations to the and Margaret Laifoo. the School of Nursing, JCU’s Thursday Island Midwifery and Nutrition Campus said: “Thanks to

Granddaughter of Rita Mills obtains a PhD “We need to draw our attention to health promotion. This health program is cheap to run and only needs a certificate IV trainer to conduct it, so it wouldn’t take

By AARON SMITH KARLA Canuto, granddaughter of famous Thursday Islander the late Rita Mills, graduated with a PhD in August 2013. She joins a list of less than 200 Indigenous Australians who hold a PhD, including Professor Martin Nakata who was the first Torres Strait Islander to receive one. After growing up in Weipa with parents John and Lynda Fell, Karla eventually relocated to Adelaide where she graduated from the University of South Australia. Karla’s PhD project involved the evaluation of a group fitness program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The program was based on the ‘Women’s Fitness Challenge’ conducted on Thursday Island in 2007 with the help of Karla’s Queensland Health colleagues, Marissa Arnot, Danielle Charles and Kath McFarlane. “ We t h o u g h t t h e Women’s Fitness Challenge had great potential to improve the health of women so the trial I conducted for my PhD set out to prove that. We found the program helped women lose weight and the more classes they attended, the better their results, including their insulin and blood glucose control,” she said. The initial program on Thursday Island rang for eight weeks and

had 23 participants, the program was then refined in Adelaide. The results are published in peer reviewed journals and the 12-week program is now available as a free resource for fitness instructors to implement in their community. Karla believes the main obstacle in getting Indigenous woman involved in physical exercise is that, “it needs to be run by Indigenous people, so that the participants feel safe and can trust the instructor.” She believes the necessary cultural shift towards doing exercise is already underlay in Indigenous communities and has been occurring slowly for the past ten years.

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Torres Strait Islander QantasLink staff sport the new uniforms at Horn Island Airport: Brent Fraser (bottom left) Elaine Binjuda (Manager), Tidja Assan (middle), Taslena Tapim (bottom) and Hassim Newman Fireworks on Front Beach, Thursday Island.


First students graduate from Coxswain course

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AMC Tutors Paul Brown and Ruth Findlater with Jarrod Weaving. Students: Stanley Ansey, Philip Bani, Antonio Dorante, Tenny Elisala, Ishmail Gibuma, Richard Kepa, Paul King, Crossfield Manuel, Billy Nawarie, Harry Nona, Thomas Nona, Koeygab Pabai, Normea SeeKee, Tanya Takai-Bowie, Mark Warusam and Terrence Whap. Graduate student was absent Jaylen Newie. By AARON SMITH FIFTEEN Torres Strait Islanders graduated from the first Torres Strait Marine Pathways Project Certificate II Coxswain and Marine Engine Driver Course with the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC). They graduated December 15 after a month on board the dedicated training vessel Elizabeth E II. The students received

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nationally accredited Coxswain and Engineering Certificates, allowing them work as small ships masters and engineers across the Australian maritime industry. AMC Trainer Paul Brown said he was very proud of the students hard work and AMC Trainer Ruth Findlater said: “These students are a credit to their communities.” Thursday Island AMSA Community Liaison Officer Adrian

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Davidson was in Canberra for the graduation, but Gabriel Bani read a few words on his behalf. “Nobody anywhere in Australia or the rest of the world has such a course like this on offer and I commend the students for all their hard work.” AMC Vocational Education and Training Program Manager Jarrod Weaving said that achieving this national qualification was a milestone “that AMC was grateful to be part of.”


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TRAINEE Rangers from the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Land and Sea Management Unit have been recognised for their achievements at the annual Queensland Rural Training Awards. TSRA Chairman Mr Joseph Elu says the awards are due recognition for the trainee’s commitment. “Gaining the skills necessary to undertake conservation and land management activities in Torres Strait is pivotal to the success of the TSRA Environmental Management Program. “Our trainee Rangers have risen to the challenge and have made us proud,” he said. The three trainee Rangers, Shanice Havili, Aaron Bon and Anthony Drummond, were nominated for the awards by Northern Skills Alliance, which delivers Conservation and Land Management training. The trainees were nominated in the Conservation and Land Management, Indigenous Achievement and Young Achiever categories. Aaron Bon was the winner of the Indigenous Achievement Award and Anthony Drummond won the overarching Chairman’s Award. “I congratulate all three trainees for their outstanding achievements in the relatively short period that the training program has been operating,” said Mr Elu. Mr Elu thanked TSRA Portfolio Member for the Environmental Management, Mr Willie Lui and Mrs Jeniene Butcher, the Training Coordinator at the Land and Sea management Unit for the leadership they provided to the trainees.

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George' Tips George'ss Garden Garden Tips George Landcare Facilitator Facilitator with with the the Torres Torres Strait Strait George Saveka Saveka isis Torres Torres Strait’s Strait’s Regional Regional Landcare Regional Authority Land and Sea Management Unit. George coordinates the Torres Strait Regional Authority Land and Sea Management Unit. George coordinates the Torres Strait Sustainable Horti culture Program supporti ng communiti es and groups with informati on Sustainable Horticulture Program supporting communities and groups with information and andadvice advicefor fortheir theirown own community community gardens. gardens.

Mekem Garden # 3: Companion Spring/Summer Planting 2013 Companion planting is all about planting vegetables with other herbs, vegetables and or annuals to help each other to grow well and not be attacked by bugs. Some vegetables take a lot of nutrients from the soil while others help put those nutrients back into the soil. As an example, sweet corn takes a lot of nitrogen from the soil but if you plant climbing beans at the base of each corn stalk to support them, the climbing beans will take nitrogen from the air into the soil where it is needed the most next to the corn roots. Beans and other legumes (like peas) grow well with other nitrogen hungry vegetables, like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. Companion planting can also work when different vegetables grow at different soil levels. Carrots and onions go well next to each other. The onions have shallow roots near the top of the soil, while the carrots grow down deeper into the soil. The other good thing about carrots and onions together, is that pests that like the feathery leaf tops of carrots don’t like the smell or eating the leaves of the onions and so they will stay away. Plant alternative rows of carrots and onions and you will see what I mean. There are other vegetables that just seem to grow really well with a companion. Protect your tomatoes from bugs eating them by planting marigold flowers around the garden. Basil and tomatoes just seem to boom next to each other, as do basil and capsicums. Parsley also likes to be next to capsicum and tomatoes! Native Americans have known for centuries that climbing beans, sweet corn and pumpkins grow good together, and others have said melons and cucumbers do really well with climbing beans and sweet corn. Crop




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CUTTING legal services makes no economic sense when the wider implications of incarceration on issues, such as employment, education and health, are taken into account, according to National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chair Justin Mohamed “The fact is people in our jail system often suffer from poor mental and physical health,” Mr Mohamed said. “Incarceration also can have broader impacts on the health of those left behind - on the imprisoned person’s family and broader community. “With rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people increasing, we should be doing everything we can to turn around the huge numbers of Aboriginal people in our prisons.” The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) also strongly opposes the decision by the Federal Government to cut funding to community controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. Co-Chair Les Malezer said: “ The government’s ‘hit or miss’ funding cuts to our organisations, at the beginning of their term and before the completion of their highly-publicised inquiries, endangers the collaborative approach offered by the Prime Minister. “The news that the national body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services is to be defunded is a significant blow and does not reflect an effort to engage in partnership. “Having a national body for the legal services increases the skills, experience and effectiveness of all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, and brings greater efficiency to the expenditure incurred by those legal services.” he said. “Congress calls upon the Prime Minister to show leadership and understanding of the need for increased capacity in our organisations and communities. He can demonstrate that by ensuring the National Aboriginal

NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed pictured above with Shane Duffy of NATSILS. and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services is retained and strengthened.” Mr Mohamed said: “NACCHO supports the good work of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services - both who play an important role in keeping our people out of jail. “They provide education and early intervention support and advice which can mean the difference between a life of incarceration and one that makes a contribution to the community. “The Federal Government need to rethink their position and recognise how crucial a national voice on Aboriginal legal policy is in reducing the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal people in the justice system. “Aboriginal peak bodies understand better than anyone the issues their people face and the factors that contribute to them entering the justice system. “Taking that voice from the mix to save a few dollars will just hamper future efforts to improve outcomes across a range of factors including health, education and employment.” Mr Mohamed said closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people needed an integrated approach.

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Legal Aid cuts to impact on health, jobs, education, warns peak body

Applications close February 14, 2014. For application forms please call Shakira Whap on (07) 4069 0700 or email

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2013 - year in review 1


Two resued by grandad

Sarah Jane Stephen and Francis Mye rescued their grandfather Pau Stephen, by diving into rough seas. Pau was trapped beneath an overturned dinghy with his legs caught in a rope. Their dinghy had capsized on the way to a funeral on Ugar after leaving Erub.

Flu outbreak on Saibai Flu outbreak on Saibai Island.

February April



Hall project sets $50,000 target


Dauan pontoon grounds ferry

Residents of Dauan a

Dave Jacka’s hicstoric flight into the Cape

Quadriplegia Dave Jacka flys solo to the Cape in his attempt to be the first quadriplegia to fly solo around Australia, which h eventually successfully completed.



Community Cabinet meets on Thursday Is.

Premier Campbell Newman sat with the eighth Community Cabinet on Thursday Island, where health issues were discussed with TSC and

Mabo Day. Bonita Mabo, widow of the Late Eddie Mabo, appeals to Torres Strait Islanders to resolve their land rights issues at a speech in Townsville, marking the 21 Dujon Niue climbs anniversary of the historic Mabo case Mt Augustus, victory in the High Court. Torres Strait’s Entsch promises highest peak, wit 17 youths from St probe into CASA Pauls. M P Wa r r e n E n t s c h

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Big crowds took part in Anzac Day celebrations across the Torres Strait and NPA.

A 10-year dream for Peddell’s Torres Magic

Mrs Mabo: Solve Land Rights issues


Anzac Day popular

Peddells 120-seat catamaran Torres Magic makes her maiden voyage to the NPA, realising a 10-year goal for the company.


reputation where tens of thousands of flights were conducted without a single passenger harmed in any way. Barrier Aviation Managing Director David Kilin said: “CASA’s draconian approach has been a personal vendetta against me.”


‘Dental Drover’ still idle

Queensland Health’s Dental Drover still remained idle as the department struggled to find a dentist to fill the position.

ANZAC Day on T.I.


Argun Warriors victory.

Saibai mother dies from TB

A 20-year-old Torres Strait Islander mother on SaIbai died from a drug

resistant strain of tuberculosis, becoming the first Australian to succumb to this strain of the disease. The woman frequently travelled to PNG under the treaty agreement. TSIRC Councillor for Siabai Ron Enosa said the PNG government were not taking care of their 13 Torres Strait Treaty villages.

TRIRC, and the premier promised $2.4million on new roads.


Dick Smith drops into Horn

World-famous aviator and prominent businesman Dick Smith drops in at Horn Island Airport on his way to Daru in Western Province.

launches a tirade in the House of Representatives, Canberra about CASA’s treatment of Barrier Air, promising a full inquiry if the LNP win the federal election September 14.


Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke indicated he could make a world heritage nomination for parts

Toll makes first delivery to T.I.

Transport Group Toll make their first delivery to Thursday Island.

of far north Queensland’s Cape York before the federal election in September. However he said it would be up to traditional owners to decide which parts of the Cape, if any, would be put up for heritage

Cape York World Heritage listing?

CASA cancel Barrier Aviation operator’s certificate, despite the company having a clean, 20-year

month without a ferry after the pontoon was damaged by cyclones in January, TSIRC estimate it will be repaired by June.

IBIS opens a new store on Horn Island.


CASA cancel Barrier’s Operator’s Certificate

IBIS on Horn Is.

Jan 28. Jesse the Animal visits his mum on TI.

region since the late 1800s had extinguished native title over marine resources. If the appeal is successful, the decision won’t lock out nonIndigenous fishermen, but will give Torres Strait islanders a greater say on commercial fishing in their waters.

Sgt Flegg received a suspended, twoyear demotion after the state coroner recommend disciplinary action be taken for what he described as a “totally avoidable tragedy”. Queensland Coroner Michael Barnes said it was “clear misconduct.”


On a visit back to Thursday Island to visit family he told readers to “Always listen to your mum.”

Jesse: Always listen to your Mum

Jesse Williams ’s star continued to rise with second college championship and imminent multi-million dollar NFL contract.

Torres Strait Islanders returned to the High Court, fighting to secure commercial fishing rights under native title law and instigated a legal fight with the federal government to reinstate Native Title sea rights in the Torres Strait. The federal government argued the regulation of fisheries in the

Q u e e n s l a n d ’s C r i m e a n d Misconduct Commission won an appeal to review disciplinary action against the police officer Sergeant Warren Flegg who botched the Malu Sara rescue operation. Five people, including two immigration officials, drowned in 2005 when the immigration patrol boat, the Malu Sara, sank in the Torres Strait.




Fishing rights return to court



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CMC wins Malu Sara disciplinary review

Parish Hall Restoration Committee picks up steam with setting the goal of raising $50,000


of the Australian share of the fishery. “Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal stakeholders were hoping for a result closer to 70 per cent of the fishery,” Mr Elu said.

they beat the Newcastle Yowies 28-24 at Davies Park in Brisbane.

Jobs slashed: Drover sits idle

Tiga Nona inspects Torres Strait names at Canberra War Memorial during Easter.

Disappointment on licences: TSRA

TSRA expressed disappointment at the outcome of the voluntary buyout of licences from the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery. TSRA Chairperson Joseph Elu said the share of the fishery allocated to the traditional inhabitant sector had increased by a little over two per cent to a total of approximately 56 per cent





While 35 positions from the Torres Strait Torres Strait - Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service were slashed Torres Strait Islander fishers go to the from the budget, and local staff High Court. were shown the door, a 10-tonne Warriors take dental van, the ‘Dental Drover’ All Blacks title costing more than $780,000, sat Argun Warriors earned the idle on Thursday Island, and was title of the best All Blacks not expected to be operational for rugby league side in Australia when another three months.



Barrier Aviation grounded by CASA

Barrier Aviation lawyer said the company will survive an extended closure after it was grounded by CASA for five days on December 23 2012, costing the airline $28,000 per day. CASA suspension of Barrier Aviation could last 95 days or as long as 137 days due to the vagaries of legal system under which CASA operates.

Jan 1. Fireworks on Front Beach


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Five take part in Straight Talk forum

Five Torres Strait women, Lillian Jane Shibasaki from Thursday Island, Hilda Mosby from Yorke Island, Flora Warrior from Mabuiag Island, Petrine Saunders from Moa and Phoebe Pilot from

Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen, Main Roads Minister Craig Emerson, Premier Newman, Member for Cook David Kempton and TSIRC Mayor Fred Gela at a press conference.

Erub, all attended Oxfam Australia’s fourth Straight Talk National Summit, where 65 Indigenous women of all ages, backgrounds and locations have converged in Canberra


Cane toads land

Cane Toads officially on Thursday Island, as local Greg Hope captures several in his backyard. Wasie Tardent celebrates her 70th birthday with a huge community function.

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The Festival of Light re-enactment a hit

Festival of Light is celebrated on Thursday Island with a lively reenactment where Warren Entsch and Leo Akee play out the famous first meeting with Torres Strait Islanders and the London Missionary Society, July 1, 1871. BACKGROUND: Warren Entsch and Leo Akee re-enact Coming of the Light.

Seaman Dan inducted to NIMA Hall of Fame.




Argun Warriors win the Island-of-Origin

27th Carnival of Island of Origin at Badu, where Argun Warriers beat Koey Buay Wagadagam, 36-18 in the decider at the Joe Mairu Memorial Oval before a large crowd.


Eddie Mabo honoured on commemmorative stamp

Eddie Mabo is honoured in a commemorative stamp along with four other eminent indigenous Australians.

High Court win to traditional fishers


High Court Victory for traditional fishers, when judges unanimously confirmed 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 without a licence extinguished the native title right.

Patty Mills returns



Torres Strait Islander and NBA Star Patty Mills (at left) gives an inspiring talk to Tagai College students during a brief visit to attend his grandfather’s tombstone opening.


JCU turns 10


Election day

JCU celebrates 10 years in the Torres Strait.



Governor-General Quentin Bryce


The Multi-Cultural Festival success


Thursday Island celebrates its first multicultural festival.


Torres Strait icon Uncle Seaman Dan is admitted to a Brisbane hospital with ‘cardiac complications’, but is released a few days later.

Cate Titesay’s book ranked in top 25.


Kaurareg Harry Seriat talks to Qld member for Cook David Kempton at Wellness Centre opening on Thursday Island. per cent of Indigenous people suffering form this debilitating condition.

Lisa Curry spreads health message

Lisa Curry finishes her four-day tour of Thursday Island, inspiring people to live healthier.


Health Boards to be amalgamated

Queensland Minister for Health announces NPA and Torres Strait Health Board will be merged with the Cape York

Community Police promoted

Court rejects Malu Sara claim High Court


Funding approved for sea walls

MP Warren Entsch announces he has secured $5 million for funding of the long awaited sea wall

Priest Shinyo Tetsuyu praying at the Japanese Temple, TI

need your help. We did not come to Australia for your money or to take your jobs. We came for protection as we are activists fearing for our lives.”

solicitor for Lily-Annie Ahmat and Mr George Nona, the sister and brother of the late Wilfred Baira said: “This was the last throw of the dice for the families of the Malu Sara victims.”


Mulga wins the Zenadth Kes Cup

The region’s biggest Rugby League carnival, the Zenadth Kes Cup saw Mulga thrash Platoons 2, 39 to 16 in another action-packed competition/


PNG boats, fishers arrested on fishing

Entsch renews call for inquiry into CASA

Warren Entsch again call for an inquiry into the way CASA dealt with Barrier Air.

Board, a step Torres Shire Council Mayor Pedro Stephen fears will set the region’s health care back 40 years, and an insult to Elders and those for better health care in the region.

Cate Titesay’s book My Island Homicide is launched to much critical acclaim.

A family of seven West Papuan asylum seekers who met with the Freedom Flotilla, arrived at Boigu Island fearing for their lives sought asylum from the Australian Government. Under the cover of darkness they were flown to Port Moresby and dumped in a cheap hotel by Australian Authorities. One of them Jacob Mandobayan told Torres News: “People of Australia, we

A joint mission by Australian authorities confiscate seven boats and apprehend 60 PNG fishers who illegally caught a tonne of sea cucumbers from Australian waters.


Cate’s first novel launch to acclaim

7 asylum seekers land on Boigu Is.

rejected the appeal of the recase Lawyer John Bottoms, the

Uncle Seaman Dan admitted to hospital

Global Diabetes Day reveals the Torres Strait has the worst rate of Diabetes in the Pacific region with some 35


Torres Strait Community police get promoted to Torres Strait Island Police Support Officers, where control shifted from the TSRIC to Queensland Police.


Torres Strait has the ‘worst rate’ of diabetes

Freedom Flotilla sails into T.I.

The Freedom Flotilla, a group of three yachts protesting the human rights atrocities of West Papuans depart Cairns, with plans to sail into Indonesian waters.

KRL Rugby League Grand final sees the Suburbs beat the Mulga Tigers 28 to 32. Photo right.




Abbott Government decimate Kevin Rudd in what became a clash between the two leaders.

Suburbs win Grand Final


is inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame in Darwin.

Uncle Seaman Dean



Governor-General visits Torres Strait

Uncle Seaman Dan into Hall of Fame

Federal Election sees The


The Gab Titui Cultural Centre reopens after months of renovations, it was a gala three day event with dance performances, art workshops, a film festival, Uncle Seaman Dan’s book launch and a music concert.

Badu Island youth Diddymus Blanket was selected for the AFL AIS team last week in Melbourne, the first player from North Queensland to achieve this honour.


visited TorresBryce Strait. poses with sisters G-Gthe Quinten Cessa Nakata amd Ina Titasey.

Gab Titui re-opens with gala festival

Diddymus named for AFL’s AIS

Torres Strait Community police get promoted.



Community Wellness Centre opened amid naming controversy

Community Wellness Centre on Thursday Day Island is official opened, despite controversy over the Miriam based name. Kaurareg Elders were offended they were not consulted in the naming process and consequently the name was temporarily changed to just the Community Wellness Centre.

project, but the TSRA warns the project can still be stalled without the remaining $7 million being allocated.


Cate’s book in best-reading list

Thursday Island author Cate Titesay discovers her debut novel My Island Homicide is ranked 25 in the top 40 best reads for 2013 by Brisbane Library.

United Church Chior sings at Carols by Candlelight.

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IBIS staff celebrate Christmas As 2013 came to a close, IBIS has had a successful and busy year. Last year alone the supermarket increased the number of Islander employees by 2.5 per cent, continuing to provide employment, training and career-development opportunities to local residents. With the past year’s investments in the Family value basket subsidising pricing to $750,000, IBIS continues to make food more affordable for the community within the NPA and Torres Strait, coupled with the continued engagement of nutritionist Annalies Grimshaw and Tegan McIntosh. IBIS are well on their way to bringing awareness of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle to the forefront of residents.

By JESSE FRITZ IBIS celebrated their annual Christmas party at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Saturday, December 17, to wine, dine and celebrate another successful year providing goods and services to the communities of the Torres Strait. Staff member Samat Sagigi was the DJ for the night. “I was definitely impressed with some of the dance moves my colleagues were busting out,” Samat said “We had people bopping, waltzing, jiving and jumping all over the place” he said. The full staff turnout along with the happy vibrant atmosphere and great music got everyone up and dancing resulting in a truly memorable night.

IBIS staff at Gab Titui Cultural Centre, celebrating Christmas.

Huge Torres Strait presence at Stable celebrations

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ABOVE: Torres Strait woman Velma Gara and daughter Patrina, 11, with Roman Soldiers and King Herod. ABOVE: Evelyn Lymburner with grandchildren Moa Alfred, 3, Kyon Alfred, 8, and their mother Gata Alfred, of Yorke descent. RIGHT: All smiles (from left) were John Mooka (Mabuiag), Christos Berkovic (Masig) and Terry Smallwood (Saibai). was amongst a large number of By ALF WILSON volunteers. “We expect 10,000 people HUNDREDS of Torres Strait Islander people attended the mas- tomorrow night,” he said. Former Torres News news editor sive Stable on the Strand Christmas Velma Gara was there with her celebrations in Townsville. Held at Strand Park and on 11-year-old daughter. Patrina Gara, the nearby beach from December who posed for a photo with Roman soldiers and King Herod. 18-22. All smiles as they walked around The 12th free annual family event attracted more than 50,000 were John Mooka (Mabuiag descent), Christos Berkovic (Masig) men, women and children. The Torres News was at the Sta- and Terry Smallwood (Saibai). The theme this year was ‘Colour ble on night one when Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill described it as a your Christmas’ for the Stable wonderful community event which which was put on by volunteers from 65 churches. promoted reconciliation. “We hope that Stable on the Event co-ordinator Rob Thomas described it as a “unique Christ- Strand put the colour into Christmas mas event held nowhere else in for many of Townsville’s citizens by sharing the Christmas story in Australia.” Gata Alfred, of Yorke Island song, festivity, acting and story descent, was a member of the telling,” said one of the organisers dancers who did an Indigenous Richard Hosking. The main focus of Stable on the Interpretation of the Great Southern Land of Holy Spirit on opening Strand was the re-creation of the Town of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, night. “This is a wonderful event with that covered most of Strand Park. The village was filled with so many volunteers from church groups here and amongst the crowd actors in costume, including Roman are a lot of TSI people,” Gata said. soldiers, King Herod, tradespeople David Gela, of Darnley descent, (baker, fishmonger and a carpenwas one of the chaplains who ter), an Eastern bazaar market, and

of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. There was also animals (camels, chickens, goats, sheep, etc.) to pat, and an inn with no room. There was also an amphitheatre in Bethlehem where the play, Christmas through Angel Eyes was performed every 45 minutes each night. Also within the Town of Bethlehem was heaps of activities to keep the kids busy including creative crafts in the market, face-painting, playing games and the opportunity to dress up and be trained as a Roman soldier and participation in something new, the ‘Shepherd’s Walk. Children were invited to dress as shepherd’s to tour Bethlehem under the guidance of a Chief Shepherd. The Main Stage was outside the Town of Bethlehem and continuously provided cafe style al-fresco entertainment. Guest artists performed each night. The Promenade Performance Area on the beach caught the eye of passersby and provided extra space for entertainment


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Peninsula Area State College News

Vocational Partnerships Group 2013 Round Up

ers 28 Jan. 201 4 All studen- tFirst day of school s at all cam puses 31 Jan. 201 4Senior caYmUMPLA DAY OUT pus 10:00am

A group or year eight and nine boys participated in ‘Young Men’s Group’ in term three; a small group program facilitated by VPG. Each fortnight the boys had a series of challenges and games that encouraged them to develop positive team skills and creative and practical problem solving skills, all whilst having fun with their mates. Their final challenge had them all racing around the high school campus hunting for and solving cryptic clues that led them to a break-up party in the VPG room. Miss Erin was impressed at the skills the boys showed throughout the program and hopes that they take these skills into other areas of their lives. One of the participants said that it was fun to get out to do new activities and learn new things with their friends. Another commented that he had to think about what they had to do and how they were going to work together to solve the problem. In all, the boys had a great time and Erin from VPG would like to say big esso to the boys for their participation. For all of term three and four IBIS was kind enough to donate fruit each week to the Bamaga Breakfast Club. Their donation (along with VPG’s donation of breads and spreads) meant that a free and healthy breakfast was available to students of the senior campus every Tuesday. Erin and Zoe (and the rest of VPG!) would love to say a big THANK YOU to IBIS for working to support the students of NPAC.

Students in the workplace: (clockwise) Lavi Williams, Nikki Bond-Cottis, Kitty Mairu, Jowin Pascoe, Kenita Bamaga & Quintella Jawai, Renee Phineasa, Yanessa Woosup. (lower right) Arichia Sam and Jared Graham

NPASC Work Experience for Certificate II in Business NPASC Work Experience for Certificate II in Business We have 11 students, 4 year 12 and 7 year 11, who have completed a Certificate II in Business with Mr. Chris Harrington through the Charters Towers School of Distance Education. To supplement their theory, these students have worked as administration assistants for school, community businesses and organisations. These organisations have provided the practical experience necessary for students to be deemed competent in the Certificate II in Business. Completion of this course by year 11 students will give them entry to the Certificate III in Business for year 12. All businesses and organisations have stated that they are very impressed with the students they have supervised and that these students have excellent work skills and readiness. Well done to our Year 12s Jowin Pascoe, Kenita Bamaga, Kitty Mairu and Quintella Jawai and the Year 11s Jared Graham, Lavinia Williams, Theresa Jacob, Arichia Sam,

Nicole Bond-Cottis, Yanessa Woosup and Renee Phineasa on your performances. A huge thanks to the following organisations who have supported these students in gaining skills and qualifications for transition to employment or further studies after finishing high school. Without your support it would not be possible for our students to gain these qualifications. The college looks forward to working with these oganisations in the new year and wishes them seasons’ greetings. Seisia Enterprises Seisia Holiday Park Seaswift NPA Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Education Council ITEC NPA State College Pauline Long i-Learn Distance Education Centre Coordinator

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 1:00 Dragon’s Den 2:00 Jerry Hall In Conversation With Virginia Trioli 2:30 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Michael Palin’s Brazil: Into Amazonia 9:30 The Moaning Of Life 10:15 ABC News: Late Edition 10:25 The Trip: L’Enclume 10:55 Genius: Hairy Bikers And Jane Moore 11:25 Life: Mammals 12:15 Tudawali 1:45 Fire Talker: The Life And Times Of Charlie Perkins 2:40 Bringing Uncle Home 3:10 The Moaning Of Life 3:55 Movie: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Flipped” (PG l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Person Of Interest: The Perfect Mask 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 2,918 Miles 10:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Battle Scars 11:30 Partners: The Key 12:00 Extra 12:30 The Baron 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Cow Belles” (G) 2:00 Slideshow 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Seven News at 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 7:30 How I Met Your Mother 8:30 TBA 9:30 Scandal 10:30 The Amazing Race 11:30 Movie: “Dazed And Confused” (M d,l) - It is the last day of school - and a wild night that they would never forget - for a group of high school students in 1976, if only they could remember it.... 1:30 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Toughest Place To Be A... Bus Driver 2:00 One Born Every Minute USA 2:50 Destination Flavour 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Italian Food Safari 8:00 Gourmet Farmer 8:30 Two Greedy Italians: Still Hungry 9:30 Falcon: The Blind Man Of Seville - Sevillian detective Javier Falcon is a brilliant detective whose personal and professional life is compromised by dark secrets from the past. This episode, Falcon investigates the murder of a restaurant owner with a beautiful wife and a mysterious vanished son. 10:25 World News Australia 11:00 Thursday FC 12:00 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 One Plus One 1:00 Land Girls 2:40 Lily 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Gardening Australia 8:30 Death In Paradise - A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him! 9:30 The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency: Beauty And Integrity A rival detective agency sets up in competition to the No 1 Ladies and a beauty pageant promoter asks Precious to vet the contestants in his ‘Beauty and Integrity’ contest. 10:25 ABC News: Late Edition 10:35 Hustle 11:35 Hockey: Men’s World League Finals: Australia Vs Belgium 1:10 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Funny Farm” (PG l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Terminator Decoupling 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Classified Materials Turbulence 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition 8:30 Movie: “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King” (M) - Aragorn leads the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw the dark lord’s gaze from Frodo and Sam who are on the doorstep of Mount Doom with the One Ring. 12:45 Movie: “Every Little Step” (M) 2:30 The Baron 3:30 Extra 4:00 Brand Developers 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:00 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Taken Away” (PG a) 2:00 Slideshow 3:00 Dr Oz 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 11:00 The Blacklist: The Courier - Red leads Liz and Ressler in a hunt for a kidnapping victim and his abductor - The Blacklist No. 85 - a secretive criminal courier whose inability to feel pain makes him impossible to stop. Liz uncovers evidence linking Tom to a Russian defector’s unsolved murder. 12:00 GCB 2:00 Special: Southern Belle - Part 4 - Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - Join host GREG GRAINGER as he goes star spotting in Miami, has a trip on the African Queen and stays in an underwater hotel. Greg also visits the futuristic Space and Rocket Centre and talks to the youngsters at the Space Camp. 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 World News 1:00 Behind The Front Door 1:30 Inspector Rex 2:30 NITV News Week In Review 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Town With Nicolas Crane 8:35 David Starkey’s Music And Monarchy: Crown And Choir 9:40 As It Happened: World War 2: The Last Heroes 10:35 World News Australia Late 11:05 Movie: “Tear This Heart Out” (M n,l,s) - In Spanish, English Subtitles. Set in the 1930s, sexy and vivacious Catalina grows from an innocent girl to being the wife of ruthless general Andres Ascencio who, after becoming governor of the province, sets his eyes on becoming Mexico’s president. 1:05 Inspector Montalbano: The Wings Of The Sphinx (M v) 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 rage Goes Retro 11:30 Movie: “Pal Joey” (G) 1:20 Movie: “The African Queen” (G) 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Round 14 - Canberra Vs Adelaide 5:05 Nature’s Miracle Babies: Back from The Brink (Panda, Tamarin, Asian Rhino) 6:00 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 The Paradise 8:30 Midsomer Murders: The Sicillian Defence - Harriet Farmer wakes up after having been in a coma since the night she tried to elope, and her boyfriend Finn Robson has been missing since the couple tried to run away together a year before. 10:00 Silent Witness: A Guilty Mind (Part 2) - Nikki’s mental instability worsens, and Harry and Leo are forced to get her psychiatric help. But when the true identity of the murderer is discovered, it becomes a race against time to save Nikki’s life. 11:00 Hockey: Men’s World League Finals: Australia Vs Netherlands 12:35 rage Goes Retro 5:00 rage

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 10:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Magic Millions 4:30 Antiques Roadshow 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 Customs 6:00 National News Saturday 7:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 Movie: “Marmaduke” (PG l) - When Marmaduke moves to a new neighbourhood with his family, the super-sized Great Dane soon discovers he just doesn’t fit in - literally! 9:25 Movie: “Collateral Damage” (M v,l) - Family man and fire-fighter Gordon Brewer is thrust into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after his wife and child are killed in a bombing. Frustrated with the official investigation and haunted by the thought that the man responsible for murdering his family might never be brought to justice, Brewer takes matters into his own hands by tracking his quarry, ultimately to Columbia. 11:40 Movie: “Michael Clayton” (M l,s) 1:55 Movie: “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars” (PG l) 3:35 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:05 Brand Developers 5:00 Life Today With James Robison / 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 Dr Oz 1:00 Formal Wars 2:00 Slideshow 3:00 Movie: “Coraline” (PG v,h) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 7:00 TBA 12:10 GCB: Adam & Eve’s Rib / Revelation - When Amanda tries to put together an all-female barbeque team to prove a point to her daughter, she recruits the helps of the GCBs for the cook-off of the year. When Carlene takes the GCBs to unincorporated Juarez to the site of her Condos for Christian Living, the GCBs themselves in danger. Amanda’s suspicions about Luke lead to a surprising discovery. 2:00 Harry’s Practice 2:30 Special: Tiger Shark: Legendary Thug Of The Sea 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 1:00 Katia Kabanova 3:00 Eames: The Architect And The Painter 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of Scotland 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wild Amazon 8:30 Meet The Amish 9:30 Reign Of Assassins 11:40 Movie: “Lou” (M l) After her father walks out, 11-year-old Lou retreats from the world and refuses to trust those around her, even her own mother who she blames for the break-up. When her estranged grandfather, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, returns and confuses her for his long departed wife, Lou plays along. 1:10 Movie: “A Mighty Heart” (M a,l) - In 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist organisation in Pakistan. His heavily pregnant French wife, fellow journalist Marianne, sets out to track him down. 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 The Paradise 2:00 Sound Of Mumbai: A Musical 3:00 Football: W-League: Round 8 - Melbourne Victory V Canberra United 5:00 Midsomer Murders: Judgement Day 6:30 Boomtown 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Australian Story: Rod Laver: The Slam 10:00 The Arbor: The Arbor traces the tormented life and legacy of British playwright Andrea Dunbar. The documentary follows her eldest daughter Lorraine, as she comes to terms with her own struggles and those faced by her mother. 11:30 The Roly Poly Man 1:05 Return Home 2:30 Travelling North 4:05 Life Is Elsewhere 4:30 The New Inventors 5:00 Catalyst 5:30 Collectors

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Animal Emergency 10:30 Antiques Roadshow 11:30 Jack Newton Celebrity Classic 12:00 One Day Series - Australia Vs England 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia Vs England 9:00 CSI: Miami: Going Ballistic - While investigating the death of Manny Ortega, who fell to his death from a five story building, the medical examiner notices that the victim gasped for air. The killer then breaks into the lab guns blazing. There will be casualties. 10:00 TBA 12:00 Survivors - The family, travelling in search of a new home, come across a thriving community and are invited to join. An elderly couple contracts a new, mutant strain of the virus, and a member of the family suddenly dies. Greg’s suspicions lead him and Abby to an abandoned airfield. 1:00 Spyforce 2:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Brand Developers 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 11:00 Special: The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow 11:30 That ‘70s Show 12:00 Dr Oz 1:30 Heston’s Mission Impossible 2:30 TBA 4:30 Better Homes And Gardens 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 10:30 Body Of Proof: Occupational Hazards - After a car accident reveals a dead body in the trunk, the team is led to another body, leaving them with two cases to solve. Meanwhile, Megan is reconnected with an old acquaintance and Kate’s job is threatened. 11:30 Whitney 12:30 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Auction Squad 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Jayco Bay Series Highlights 2:00 Road National Championships Live 5:00 In The Frame 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of Scotland 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: Myth Hunters 8:30 Generation War 10:15 America In Primetime 11:20 Movie: “El Greco” (PG v,n,a) - In English and Greek, English Subtitles. An epic tale of an uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as ‘El Greco’. Set in the 16th century, El Greco’s search for freedom and love ranges from the courts of Crete and Venice to Toledo in Spain. Here he is confronted by his greatest adversary: the Holy Inquisition. 1:25 Movie: “In Mum’s Head” (M d,l,n,s) - In French. Lulu is 15 years old, living in the French countryside with her parents. Her mother has been depressed and sickly as far back as she can remember, and Lulu is determined to discover the truth behind her enduring listlessness. 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 As Time Goes By 1:00 Going Postal 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Rick Stein’s India 9:30 Rake 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Hockey: Men’s World League Finals: Australia Vs Argentina 12:15 Dalziel And Pascoe: Great Escapes 1:45 Movie: “Penny Serenade” (G) - A perfect married couple overcome by grief are unable to comfort each other, and find themselves on the brink of divorce. 3:45 Movie: “I Know Where I’m Going!” (G) - A headstrong girl on the way to marry a rich suitor finds herself trapped on the Isle of Mull. 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Viva Las Vegas” (G) 2:50 Nine Presents 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Work Song Nanocluster 7:30 World’s Greatest Heroes 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Robotic Manipulation 9:00 2 Broke Girls: And The Window Of Opporunity 9:30 Movie: “Due Date” (MA l,d,s) - High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time. 11:30 Partners: 2 Broke Guys 12:00 Nitro Circus Live 12:30 TBA 1:00 Extra 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 10:00 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Who Wants It More - Eric and Donna try to resist each other and each is determined not to be the one to cave in; Kelso tries to convince his friends that he’s seen a U.F.O. and in an attempt to be more outgoing, Red throws a party. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters - Karen manoeuvres to put Mike and Luke at each other’s throats. Beryl is stunned to learn that David thinks she’s pregnant with Jim’s child. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News - Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta present the latest news, sport and weather from around Australia and overseas.

5:00 World News 1:00 Eye For Architecture 2:00 Paris: The Luminous Years 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 One Man And His Campervan 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 The Dales With Ade Edmondson 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monster Moves 8:30 How Small Is The Universe? 9:30 Small Time Gangster 10:00 Swift And Shift Couriers 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Clown - The New Danes: Casper and Frank are modern men in a modern world, who are trying to fulfil their “base” needs in a time of morality. At the height of their powers, they have attractive wives, brilliant careers, a strong social network and all the money they could ask for. 12:00 Shorts On Screen 12:35 Bite Me With Dr. Mike Leahy 2:25 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass 1:00 Rick Stein’s India 2:00 Symphonia Eluvium - Symphony Of The Floods 2:30 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 New Tricks: It Smells Of Books 9:30 By Any Means 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Kangaroo Dundee 11:40 Life: Fish 12:30 The Irishman 2:15 Be Any Means 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Round 14: Canberra Vs Adelaide 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Henry Poole Is Here” (PG a,l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition 8:30 Movie: “Valentines Day” (M s) - An ensemble romantic comedy following a group of different couples as they find and lose love in all its many forms over the course of the title holiday. 11:05 Embarrassing Bodies: Weston 12:05 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 Border Security: International - An American oil rig worker gets drilled on his shady past. A man arrives from Hong Kong with a suitcase full of meat - and something much more dangerous. A British traveller with an expired work permit may not get to visit his girlfriend after all. A package of cookbooks contains an unwanted ingredient. Land border CCTV catches a sudden switcheroo, and puts a disqualified driver in the hot seat. 12:00 Harry’s Practice - Join Dr Harry Cooper and Dr Katrina Warren for everything you need to know about animals. 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 The Clay Bird 2:45 Via Gori 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8:30 Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl 9:30 Coppers 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The Bridge: After the murder on the bridge, the killer makes his presence known and chooses the tabloid journalist Daniel Ferbé to act as a contact with the outside world. It turns out that the bridge murder was only the beginning, and that the purpose of that gruesome act was to draw attention to the unpleasant truths and problems in our society. 12:05 Prisoners Of War: Operation Judash 1:05 My America 2:05 Euro 2012: Stadiums Of Hate 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Catching Cancer 1:30 The Jonathan Ross Show 2:35 The Wonder Years 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI 8:30 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 9:20 The Wrong Mans 9:50 Bluestone 42 10:20 ABC News: Late Edition 10:30 The Straits: The Trouble With Raskols - Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Australia’s Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, comes an exotic and darkly humorous crime drama 11:30 MONA: Feel The Weird 12:00 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 12:45 Bluestone 42 1:30 Hockey: Men’s World League Finals: Quarter Final 3:30 Football: W-League: Round 8 - Melbourne Victory Vs Canberra United 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 9:30 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “The Avengers” (PG) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Hofstadter Isotope 7:30 TBA 8:30 Hostages: Endgame 9:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Forget Me Not 10:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Last Woman Standing 11:30 Dallas: JR’s Masterpiece 12:20 Extra 12:50 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:20 Nine Presents 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 2014 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2014 Australian Open 11:30 Travel Unravelled: Walk With The Wildlife - A skydive that goes terribly wrong, find out why Jeep is nothing like a boat, and a monkey attack that bears a close resemblance to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Then, see what happens when a bubble-headed blonde gets stuck in an actual bubble. 12:00 Harry’s Practice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters - Karen works to give Kate second thoughts about her relationship with Wayne, without jeopardising her own chances for the future. Amanda’s strange behaviour puzzles Fiona. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 James May’s Toy Stories 2:00 Oz And Hugh Raise The Bar 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally Daily Highlights 6:00 Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Burrowers 8:35 24 Hours In Emergency 9:30 Borgen 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:05 Prisoners Of War 12:15 Movie: “Heading South” (M d,s) - In English, French and Creole. Ellen, a 55-year-old American school teacher, travels to politically tumultuous Haiti each summer for a bit of fun with the young male locals. But this year she must compete with two other tourists for her favourite young lover, the handsome, 18-year-old Legba. 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 180

Your  Lucky 



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CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) An old friend will show off their talents at a social outing. You may feel as though you don’t know them as well as you thought because you weren’t aware of their gift. Romance. A comical evening will revive a stagnant relationship. You need to go together out more often.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may be getting a little frustrated with your day-to-day work. Don’t let your mind wander too far, however - it will be a while before you have a chance to get away. Romance. You may feel your partner’s family is judgemental. Give them time to get to know you better.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)


It is important that you take the initiative a little more. If you sit and wait, you will wait forever! You need to work for what you want! Romance. You must be prepared to weigh up the risks and benefits of a new relationship. You may have overlooked the negative points.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will receive a small sum of money from an unexpected source. Luckily, there will be much more where that came from! Romance. Don’t be any more assertive than you really need to be. Your partner will be less responsive if you become abrasive. You need to relax a little!

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) While it is important for you to take your career seriously, you might be putting too much energy into the wrong areas. Revaluate your position and get outside advice. Romance. Don’t become obsessed with a person who is already attached. You will be wasting your time!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)


You have been wanting a bit change in your life, but haven’t really gone through the motions to get it. Get moving today and stay motivated! Romance. Your good mood will make a big difference to the state of your relationship. There has been too much negativity lately.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)

You would benefit from seeking out new avenues at work. There are uncharted territories just waiting to be discovered! Romance. You may feel that you and your partner are growing apart. You may be right. Do what you can to reunite your relationship. Creativity is key!

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

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This will be a very favourable time for buying and selling. Provided you are able to commit yourself when the time comes, you should get a bargain. Romance. Your partner may be unpredictable at the moment. Rid yourself of expectations this week and you won’t be let down!

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Although you have a lot to do this week, don’t pass up on an offer from a friend. This could end up being more exciting than you expect! Romance. Don’t indulge your partner too much. You don’t want to become the “yes man” in the relationship. Be firm with your stance.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may appear to be unapproachable. Be careful with this because it could affect your work life. Watch your body language and things should improve. Romance. A friend who knows your partner will give you some useful advice. You may be surprised by what they say.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


A simple hello could lead to a million things.



Don’t be too much of a perfectionist. You may have to compromise a little in order to get things done. What you find to be flawless isn’t the same as what others are looking for. Romance. You may not be completely aware of your partner’s strong points. Take off your blinders!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You may be feeling that you aren’t up-todate on the latest technology. Register for a class or do some research on-line to catch up with others. Romance. Your partner’s independent mood is throwing you off guard. You may feel isolated. Give it time and it will pass.

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Position Vacant Personal Trainer

Torres Shire Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Personal Trainer working in the Lift for Life program. This program is a unique resistance training program designed for adults with (or at risk of developing) type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting and supervising progressive resistance training exercise classes, under the guidelines of Lift for Life evidenced based training protocols. Terms and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Torres Shire Council Employee Certified Agreement 2010. An application kit for this position can be obtained from the Council Office, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island or by contacting the Human Resources Officer, Don Benjamin phone: (07) 4069 1336, email or Council website Applications close 4pm Friday, January 17, 2014 Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Child Youth Counsellor


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An animal rescue group based in Cairns that is the only animal rescue dedicated to helping stray, unwanted and neglected animals in the Torres Straits. We provide veterinary care and rely on dedicated and passionate foster carers to provide a loving home for rescued animals until the right forever family is found. For help or further information please call Hannah on 0402 354 249 or email

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Works under general Direction of the Office manager and within guidelines and policies set by Mura Kosker Sorority Management Committee you will be required to provide; •

Quality counseling and associate services to children and youths who have witnessed domestic violence in order to reduce the impact and trauma of domestic violence on them.

Crisis intervention, including Domestic Violence Protection Order applications, as required to ensure victims in crisis receive a timely service.

Community education and interagency co-operation to work towards a concerted approach for the elimination of domestic and family violence within the region.

An application kit can be obtained from Mura Kosker Sorority (07) 4069 1663 or email or Reception@ Applications addressing the position requirements should be submitted to the President by 4:30pm on Friday, January 17, 2014, marked private & confidential. Regina Turner - President PO Box 148 Thursday Island QLD 4875



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St John’s Community Care Ltd seeks the services of a permanent full time Administration Assistant to work in St John’s office on Thursday Island. The successful applicant will ideally be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and will provide appropriate administrative support to the Coordinator/Team Leader and Support Workers. The successful applicant will have well developed communication, computer and time management skills. Preference will be given to applicants with previous administration training and demonstrated experience.

Phone: 1300 867 737

We Want your photos!

If you have a photo of a special occasion that you would like us to publish, we would love to see it!

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• New babies • Engagements • Weddings • Special functions • 21st Birthdays • Anniversaries • Festivals • School awards… Just send us your happy snap, or if it is a very special occasion, our photographer could attend the event. Photos are published free of charge.


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Email your photos to: Please include the names of the event, the people in the photo and a brief description of the event Enquiries: 1300 torres (1300 867 737)

Torres sTraiT Co-operaTive soCieTy LTd. Wishes to advise that our AGM will be conducted on:

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014. Time: 9am Venue: Bowls Club, Thursday Island All tenants and members are welcome to attend. Please ensure you are a current financial member and proxy forms are available from our office 30 Douglas Street,Thursday Island.

For further information please contact our office on 4069 1571.

UNIT FOR RENT 22 Clark St, Thursday Island Spacious 3 Bedroom unit available for rent in secure complex. Modern kitchen, fully air conditioned, tiled throughout with security screens. You own Car port BBQ area with shade sails and landscaped gardens. To arrange an inspection, please feel free to contact: Peter Fraser on 0428 292 362 or Allan Godfrey on 0409 789 370


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hamilton-nona wedding in CONNETICUT, usa


Congratulations to Lamel and Marie Hamilton (Nee Nona), who tied the knot on August 2 2013, in Connecticut, USA.

Bridal party: Nylee, Brandon, Priscilla, Lamel, Marie, Darren, Lucy and Emmanuel.

ABOVE: Bride Marie Hamilton.

Mr and Mrs Lamel Hamilton

CENTRE: The Bride with her sisters Kepai Keane, Samantha Nona and mother Karen O’Shane. RIGHT: Mother of the bride - Karen O’Shane.

The Bride and bridesmaids - Lucy, Nylee and Priscilla.

Researching the unique features of the Torres Strait region THE ecological complexity, biodiversity of the relatively pristine marine and island environments of the Torres Strait region,with its multitude of habitats for highly diverse marine flora and fauna, means it is vital the

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region is properly managed. This is why the TSRA held a forum in December, providing a six-month snapshot of the National Environmental Research Program, Tropical Ecosystems (NERP TE).

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Held at the TRAWQ Hall, researchers from the program presented the results and were available for questioning. As well as the largest continuous area of seagrass meadows in the

LEFT: Among those taking part in the forum were: Mark Hamann, Michael Rasheed, Ray Berkelmans, Norm Duke, Johanna Johnson, Jon Brodie, Dagmar Meyer Steiger, Erin Bohensky and Eric Lawrey.

world, significant areas of coral reefs with high diversity, extensive areas of coastal mangroves and productive fisheries, the strategic location of the Torres Strait means it’s at risk. These risks include the down-

stream impacts of shipping, mining, resource over-exploitation, increasing tropical diseases and future climate change. For more information go to: www.



Red Dust Judoka make their mark


Sports results are published in the Torres News at NO CHARGE to your club!

We love sport and want to provide your club or association with the best coverage possible!

Email your sports news, results and photos to: editor@torres

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Story by XAVIER BARKER Images by NPA JUDO CLUB THE NPA Judo Club enjoyed a hugely successful 2013 by any measure. The club, started in August 2012, now has the highest membership of any club in the Australian Judo Union. This year the NPA State College included judo among its activities in the Active After School programme and received much needed support from Aaron Kerley, Lauren Mathers and Jessica Crummer as we found ourselves with almost twice as many children on the mat as we were used to. The programme proved an excellent way to introduce more people to judo and many of them stayed on with the club and completed their gradings. As our membership grew, we began to attract attention from established clubs down south, culminating in an invitation to attend the Cairns Regional Judo Championships in August. With a couple of months to prepare, the clubs members increased their focus on competition judo whilst the community at large gave overwhelming support to assist our team’s travel to Cairns. Local businesses, including Bamaga Enterprises Limited, NPA Regional Council, Cape York Ice and Tackle, Cape York Hire Boats, New Mapoon General Store, Katalyst Concepts and Design, B&B Electric, Cape York Peninsula Fishing, Seisia Holiday Park, NPA Earthmoving Yusia and Seisia Fishing Club all provided substantial financial support to the club which was complemented by an equal fundraising effort by the club members and their families. Making the 1000km journey to Cairns by road, the club gathered for a last-minute training session with Cairns Judo veteran Karl Michaelis at the Northern Beaches Judo Club in Yorkeys Knob. The next morning, competition began. Fielding 25 competitors, our club had the second-biggest contingent. By the time we had finished competing that evening, the club boasted three regional champions, three runners-up and 12 bronze medallists. NPA Judo Club had finished second out of the seven clubs in attendance and had announced itself as a serious club in Far North Queensland. We were presented with an appreciation award from the Northern Beaches Judo Club and Coral Coast Judo Club to recognise the huge effort made by the club and community to get there. Our success in Cairns bred further success, with the clubs numbers swelling. From a club with a strong junior membership but struggling to attract seniors, we ended the year with more than 40 junior members and having had 32 different adults on the mat during the last half of the year. We’ve been lucky enough to be joined by experienced players like black belt Tony Sansom-Gower and former state champion Megan Taylor who’ve both been able to impart some of their experience. In October, Jack Zieth travelled toAdelaide to contest the Special Needs Friendship Games, a biennial event that serves as the surrogate National Championships for special needs judo competitors. Jack was able to finish 3rd in his primary category (most able) and was given another award from the referees who acknowledged Jack’s approach to his judo and his success on the day. The club was also able to host our own tournament on October

28 in celebration of World Judo Day. This event was made possible only with generous support from Seaswift, Skytrans, NPARC and the Torres Strait Youth and Recreational Sporting Association Over 30 children competed in junior categories whilst nine adults contested a heavyweight and lightweight category as well as a no-gi submission only open weight category. The day was well attended, with many spectators ready to give their non-partisan support to the competitors. The development of the judo in the NPA and the growth of the club in 2013 offer encouragement to our members, particularly as we gear up towards a charge at the North Queensland Games in April. This multi-sport event is the largest of its kind in Australia, attracting more competitors than the Commonwealth Games and the NPA Judo Club will be present and contesting not only judo but track and field events as well. We would like to thank our members and their families, our supporters and sponsors for allowing us to enjoy so much success in such a short time.

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15-year-old NPA league ref’s promising future. By ALF WILSON SHY New Mapoon 15-year-old George Sailor is one of the mostpromising rugby league

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referees that veteran Torres Strait Islander and NPA All Blacks carnival referee Rod “Hairy” McCrae has ever seen. McCrae is the best-

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known referee in the Torres Strait having controlled matches at Island of Origin (Badu Island or Thursday Island), Zenadth Kes (Torres Cup)

on Thursday Island and Dan Ropeyarn carnival at Bamaga since 1996. While still superfit at age 66, these days McCrae is looking to take young referees “under his wing”. One of those is G e o rg e S a i l o r w h o McCrae described as a “special talent’’ when he spoke to the Torres News on December 31 from his home in Cairns. “George has great potential and the ability to be a great referee. “He lives with his grandmother on the Northern Peninsula Area and has shown he is enthusiastic about the sport,” McCrae said. McCrae said that Sailor was a ball boy at carnivals for five or six years before becoming a QRL touch judge and referee. “QRL Northern Division co-ordinator David Maiden went to the NPA recently in a bid to get a football competition started there again and he saw the potential George had. :The young fellow refereed games in a nine’s competition and did well,” McCrae said. George also paid his own fare on the ferry from Seisia to Thursday Island to officiate at the 2013 Zenadth Kes carnival according to McCrae. “He refereed a women’s game and was impressive and did a hell of a good job,” McCrae

Referees from left: Daniel Dowling (15), George Sailor (15), Rod “Hairy” McCrae, Peter McKinnon. Seated is Lumbe Pablo. said. Then George was one of the referees along with McCrae at the November Dan Ropeyarn carnival in Bamaga and again proved his worth. “He did a junior game and was dual referee with Maido (David Maiden) in a senior match and again proved he has what it takes,” McCrae said. With such a grooming as a referee McCrae is confident that George is ready for the next step. “We are looking at bringing him down to

Cairns for the pre-season competition and maybe in the not-too-distant future trying to relocate him down here so he can continue his career,” McCrae said. If that was to occur McCrae said George would not be rushed into controlling A grade matches in the 11 club strong Cairns and District Rugby League competition. “George would at first referee C Grade and under 18 games.” When asked about the

willingness of George to learn more about his craft from experienced campaigners, such as himself, McCrae came up with this classic quote. “George is like a sponge - tell him something and he sucks it in. I think he has a real future as a referee,” McCrae enthused. It is early days yet but with such glowing praise from a respected identity such as McCrae the sky appears to be the limit for George.

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