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Island & Cape in joint venture with ALPA body FAMILY-owned, Cairns-based wholesale and retail company Island & Cape has undertaken a collaboration arrangement of its remote Far North Queensland retail division with Indigenous business Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA). The collaboration between the two organisations will see the Torres Strait, Cape York and Yarrabah remote retail stores retain the Island & Cape brand, and will have all the benefits of ALPA’s proven leading centralised administration and control systems. Island & Cape stores in the region are located on Badu Island, Dauan Island, Horn Island and Yorke Island in the Torres Strait, and in Aurukun, Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale and Yarrabah. Continued Page 3 >>

AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadets on Thursday Island have some big shoes to fill this ANZAC Day as they will be representing the Australian Defence Force at the Dawn service. The Army will be at other islands for this year’s commemoration. Story and photos Page 7. >>

Navy Cadets go through their training.

Mobile dental service that never was, may be no more

By AARON SMITH THE mobile dental van designed to help deliver oral health services to the Outer Islands of the Torres Strait has been relocated ‘temporarily’ to Cape York. Plagued with problems last year, where it failed to deliver vital services for months, this 10 tonne, $780,000 ‘white elephant’ is now being serviced in the NPA. “Over the past couple of years, we have experienced workforce shortages in our oral health service,’’ Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service (TS-NP HHS) Acting Chief Executive David Tibby (INSET LEFT) said. Mr Tibby’s position is an interim one, until the new Health Board, amalgamating Cape York with Torres Strait will be imposed July 1. “This has included the departure in recent months of our two previous long-standing, full-time dentists due to family reasons and their replacement by locums. The Torres News reported in February last year, how Queensland Health struggled to find a dentist willing to work in the nine-metre, four-wheel-drive dental surgery. Continued Page 2.>>


Mobile dental service that never was, may be no more << From Page 1 From the start, when the initial ‘launch’ of the Drover was delayed from December, 2012, to April 2013, due to, amongst many problems, “a flat battery,” the then Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service (TS-NP HHS) Chief Executive Simone Kolaric said. Queensland Health have consequently decided to relocate the Dental Drover to the Cape York Hospital and Health Service ‘temporarily’. In a mirror image of last year, like a scene of Bill Murray’s movie Ground Hog Day, the Drover is due to start services in the NPA in April - April 2014, that is. “The vehicle currently is undergoing warranty-related maintenance at Weipa and is expected to start delivering services to Cape York communities from the beginning of April,” Mr Tibby said. Mr Tibby said the Dental Drove

may be able to return to the Torres Strait once, “we have restructured our oral health services here.” “We acknowledge that dental services in the HHS currently are not reaching all who need them and we are determined to improve this situation. “Queensland’s Chief Dental Officer, Dr Rhys Thomas, has offered to provide a senior dentist with wide experience to help us develop a new and comprehensive dental services plan for the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region. Mr Tibby expects this person to be available sometime in March when they will come to Thursday Island. “We are also undertaking a collaboration with James Cook University to enhance services on Thursday Island,’’ Mr Tibby said. Mr Tibby said the relocation of some primary health services to the new $39 million Community Wellness Centre, a centre that

still has no official name, late last year had allowed for an expansion of dental facilities. “With the move of a number of other services to the new facility, this has freed up room in the old Primary Health Centre that is allowing us to expand the Thursday Island dental clinic from two chairs to five chairs in order to accommodate the JCU collaboration,’’ Mr Tibby said. The collaboration JCU school of dentistry refers to dentist students who come to Torres Strait to practice on residents’ teeth. Mr Tibby assured: “With this expansion, along with the collaboration with James Cook University, the development of a new oral health services plan for the region and recruitment of some additional permanent oral health staff, we will be able to improve services to the entire Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula community in the future.’’

School of Dentistry cuts unlikely DESPITE a certain newspaper down south splashing headings about dental school cuts of $26 million and possible closure of the Cairns JCU School of Dentistry, Professor Ian Wronski, Dean of the school said it was not the case. “The government has assured us there will be no cuts to our budget. What actually happened was that we had to reapply for our funding, potentially meaning funding could be cut.” A spokesperson for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said: “The current grant-based funding model for university dental services has changed, however the amount of funding available remains the same. “From next year, funding for university dental services will be delivered under a service agreement model which means individual dental schools could have the capacity to increase their funding. “Adopting this model will result in better outcomes for Queensland patients, improve frontline service delivery and result in better value for money. “The current grant scheme is due to expire in mid-2014, however we have extended this until the end of the year so the new service agreement model can be finalised.” Professor Wronski assured Torres News none of this will affect the five new dentistry seats on Thursday Island and the students who come up to finish their training in the Torres Strait.

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Island & Cape joint venture with ALPA << From Page 1

Under the new arrangements, Island and Cape Retail Enterprises Ltd will be fully managed using the combined extensive experience of Island & Cape, ALPA and an Indigenous Cape York council mayor. Mr John Smith, the current Managing Director of Island & Cape, has accepted an appointment as Director to serve with three ALPA Directors on the Board of the new Island & Cape entity. An Indigenous Cape York mayor will also be a director of the Board, with Mr Dereck Walpo, the Mayor of Aurukun (location of one of the remote Island & Cape stores), to be the first appointed Mayor. ALPA is one of the largest financially independent Indigenous employers in Australia, and one of the larger retailers in the Northern Territory, with 16 stores in the group across the Territory and more than 42 years’ experience in successfully operating stores in remote communities. A L PA i s a l s o a Benevolent Aboriginal Corporation, with its successful commercial activities allowing it to make a positive contribution to the social and economic development of remote communities, while leading the way by providing quality retail services, and improved training and nutritional policies. Island & Cape, which started out as a four-man, one-warehouse operation in 2003, now has more than 150 staff, five warehouses, and eight retail stores across remote communities in Far North Queensland. Mr Smith said the exciting agreement secures the future of the current family-run Island & Cape business, and provides continuity of services and financial security for each community-run store. “Earlier this year, I had a bit of a medical scare and it set me thinking

From left: John Smith, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Island & Cape’s Richard Smith and Kim Nona.

Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, and John Smith. that if anything happened training and Indigenous to myself or my brother, knowledge to ensure that Richard (fellow Island & stability. Cape Director), how would “We were also mindthat leave the company and ful in not only keeping the future of the stores?,” the same model, but also said Mr Smith. in offering a continued “With each store’s improvement in the comfinancial security and ing years in community services in mind, we were involvement, while at the very keen to retain our same time cementing the business model in its cur- community’s stake in the rent form. running of the stores.” “That is, ensuring each Mr Smith said the community remains an agreement with ALPA active member of their provided the new Island & store’s steering committee, Cape retail operation with particularly in relation to many new opportunities, finance and security, and and would lead to enhanced we were very considerate services for remote comin how best to achieve this. munities in Far North “Therefore, we decided Queensland to seek out a like-minded “It is a great time for ethical organisation which everyone at the company,” had a structure to support Mr Smith said. Island & Cape’s model, of“ALPA is a pioneer in fering substantial increased Indigenous enterprise in financial stability with the Northern Territory, and

shares Island & Cape’s absolute commitment to local employment and capacity building through training and development. “We are also able to expand our services using ALPA’s other ideas in health and nutrition, leading to better health outcomes for local residents. “Island & Cape prides itself on becoming a vital part of the local communities and their economies that we service, through investment in infrastructure, employment and social contribution, and this will continue and improve with this agreement. For our customers, it’s business as usual - but better.” ALPA Chairman Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM said the company was looking forward to further enhancing Island & Cape’s already sound reputation. “ALPA stores in the Northern Territory are not just community stores - we are much more than that,” Rev Dr Gondarra said. “We are a benevolent organisation, and our successful commercial activities allow us to make a positive contribution to the social and economic development of our community members, while leading the way by providing quality retail services. “This gives us great synergies with Island & Cape’s business model. “This agreement is about two businesses,

and Indigenous people from two regions, working together in commercial enterprise to further benefit

remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia. “What a wonderful opportunity to bring together regional expertise in the remote Indigenous retail industry for the benefit of customers and staff. “We also have an established and successful nutrition strategy and fulltime nutritionist on staff, and we are a fully registered training organisation. “Our mission is to conduct an efficient retail business emphasising customer service, nutrition, staff development, training and education.

“We’re very passionate about continuing this approach in Island & Cape’s remote stores across Far North Queensland, therefore expanding on the creation of positive economies in Indigenous communities. “I would also like to reassure customers and staff across Far North Queensland that every store will continue to employ local people to service local residents.” Mr Smith said Island & Cape has a proud 10-year history of working closely with remote communities across the region.

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BIF asks if TSRA stifles economic development


Not only BIF, but any organisation has to be accountable.

By AARON SMITH BADU Island Foundation Ltd (BIF), the primary source of income for Badulgal, feel they have been stifled by TSRA’s red tape and overly stringent funding conditions. BIF, which employs up to 10 people and produces aggregate for roads, drains and harbours throughout the Torres Strait, applied for $500,000 loan last year to expand and become more efficient. Operating as an NGO, BIF wanted to have a supply of working capital on hand to allow the business to grow. Although the TSRA approved the loan in May, 2013, they placed stringent conditions on it, such as making directors give personal guarantees against the loan. BIF had no choice but to withdraw the application. Peter Gadsby, CEO of BIF, thinks the TSRA’s position is ludicrous. “For the Board to provide personal guarantees means that they have a vested interest in the organisation, but our structure is that of an NGO, which is a charitable institution, where the directors can potentially turnover every 12 months. “How can one set of directors provide personal guarantees to a

loan and then they get voted out of office in the next 12 months?,” Mr Gadsby said. “Do you think that we could ask the incoming directors to take on the personal guarantees of the loan, would the lender relieve the outgoing directors if they didn’t get new personal guarantees? “The TSRA are saying we have withdrawn the loan application, so there is no issue, but the reason we withdrew is we could not agree with the terms.” TSRA Chairman Joseph Elu said the decision to place guarantees on the loan was in part due to the current economic climate. “Not only BIF, but any organisation, has to be accountable. “As the Chairman of TSRA, I have answer to the Senate Estimates Committee every year, and if our finances are not secure with proper assets security, including loans we have given out, then our funding is at risk. That affects everybody,” Mr Elu said. “So loan security covers the TSRA in a worst-case scenario, if a loan recipient doesn’t pay us back, for whatever reason. “If we do not have that in place, whether it be an NGO or any organisation, then I face some very awkward questions from the Senate

Conflict over directors’ personal guarantees Committee.” Although personal guarantees may be standard for small private companies, it is not usual practice for a public, not-for-profit company. Mr Gadsby said: “We haven’t dropped the ball legally yet, and our solicitors are working on this right now to determine if they are even allowed to ask for personal guarantees. “If the TSRA won’t do give us this loan, then we will go directly to the Minister, and cut the middle man out. That is part of the issue, TSRA and the native title office got a bit of a hammering at a recent forum down in Cairns because the money is not filtering out the communities,” Mr Gadsby said. “Part of the gripe is that money seems to be swallowed up by fairly highly paid executives at the TSRA. When compared with some of the Aboriginal PBCs, the Torres Strait is a long way behind.” Mr Elu said it was important to consider the current economic environment and that the TSRA have given BIF in excess of $600,000 in grants over the three previous financial years and also previously engaged a consultant to assist BIF to develop a viable business plan. BIF recorded a loss of $227,613 at their last AGM.


How can one set of directors provide personal guarantees to a loan and then they get voted out of office in the next 12 months?

“As I understand, they expected some work from TSRIC building of houses in the Torres Strait which never eventuated. But like I said, it doesn’t matter what the situation is, if the organisation has negative cash flow, they shouldn’t go after loans,” Mr Elu said. Mr Gadsby said: “The loss last year was attributed to a downturn in our quarry sales, primarily due to expected TSRIC contracts not coming into fruition. “However those anticipated sales have picked up in the first half of this financial year, so it has righted its self a bit. If we were to produce an interim set of accounts, the quarry is showing quite a good profit now.” Mr Gadsby said they were told by the TSRA that the decision to impose personal guarantees was not theirs but rather the Australian Government solicitors (AGS), but upon enquiry by BIF’s solicitors it was discovered the conditions were actually placed by the TSRA. Mr Elu tried to clarify the situation: “When TSRA seeks legal advice from a lawyer, the lawyer gives that advice to us and then it is up to us to accept or reject it. If we accept the advice then it is our direction. “When we asked AGS for advice

on this matter, they said personal guarantees were required as standard practice to secure loans. We then accepted this advice and we then gave that acceptance back to AGS to write it into the contract. “So in a way both statements are correct, we have directed AGS to put it in the contract, but it was based on the advice they gave us and we would be very foolish to go against the advice of the AGS.” Mr Gadsby said he thought this was a cop out by the TSRA and he questions whether they are really helping economic development. “Badu PBC and Mura Baduulgal put in six funding applications in the last round and not one of them got off the ground,” he said. “We will reapply for the loan and see what conditions the TSRA apply to it, and take it from there. “The other condition the TSRA applied was the stringent requests for proof of purchase of assets, that were to be drawn down against the loan. “We have since purchased those assets without the loan, so when we re-apply we would not have to draw down immediately but we would still like to have access to working capital when we need it, which is what we were after in the first place.”

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TSIRC Cr Ron Enosa has completed his Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care course at Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT). The health care sector is about to get a boost to the number of trained professionals who are ready to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Cr Enosa had to travel from Saibai Island to Cairns to study the course and he completed his studies with a cohort of 14 other students. They are now able to work in hospitals, medical centres and health care services, assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

clients in urban, rural and remote communities. Cr Enosa said he would be proud to wear his primary health care uniform as a mark of his individual achievement at graduating from the course. “After finishing the Certificate III course I have the option of studying further for the Certificate IV in Primary Health Care and later a Diploma,” Cr Enosa said. “On Saibai Island our new medical facility needs trained professionals to staff it and work with the community. Now I am ready to play a major role attending to the primary health care needs of my people.” TNQT Primary Health Care course

co-ordinator Donna Corrie said the students are about to become professional health care workers trained to make a difference to the health and well-being of others in their communities. “Health care organisations in the communities are looking forward to skilled professionals returning to their home environment smartly dressed in the new uniforms provided by TNQT and ready for work,” Ms Corrie said. “For students, such as Cr Ron Enosa, are excited at the prospect of becoming a health care professional looking after the needs of others and making a real contribution in their communities.”

Torres learning on the job with TAFE ERUB Islander student Torres Webb (right) has been able to put his Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) course work to good use and has landed a job that he has always wanted while he is still studying. Enrolled in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at TNQT, Torres has got a job as an Indigenous Training Support Officer with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE). Torres attributes much of his success at being able to fill the role of Indigenous Training Support Officer at DETE to his TAFE studies. “My course work at TAFE was extremely practical in teaching me techniques on assessing the training needs of Indigenous apprentices and trainees,” Torres said. “These are the skills I need in my new role and it was by having this training that DETE considered me for the position. “I already have a Bachelor of Applied Science but it was the industry relevant training that

I received at TAFE that I am finding most useful. “Soon I will be travelling to TI and the NPA to mentor apprentices and trainees and help them successfully complete their training and I am looking for young people and their employers to contact me to discuss workplace issues.” Torres won the Torres Shire Council’s Young Leadership Award in 2011 and was the Torres Strait Island Regional Council’s Young Citizen of the Year in 2012. From 2010 to 2012 Torres was Deputy Chairperson of the Erubam Le Traditional Land and Sea Owners (TSI) Corporation Registered Native Title Body Corporate. Torres has a wealth of experience providing people with the right advice, information and support services to assist them resolve work and personal issues. Torres is keen to promote the benefits of vocational education, apprenticeships and traineeships to the people in the Torres Strait and NPA.


Navy Cadets call for recruits ABOVE: Cadets practising drill under the command of Leading Seaman Tinisha Pabai. RIGHT: Armed Drill from right to left: S. Mosby, A. David, M. David, T. Pabai, and R. Kepa. BELOW: Drum call: T. Pabai, G. Mafi, V. David. “Traditionally , The Army and By AARON SMITH Army Reserve has conducted dawn THE AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadets service and the catafalque party for has been revived on Thursday Island the main march on ANZAC Day on in November, 2013, continuing a TI. This year they will be conducting tradition spanning back 25 years and these services on other Islands within the group to reflect the fact that the it is looking to recruit more cadets. Cadets get to experience activities Reserves from this area are made up such as boating, seamanship, leader- of peoples from all Islands not just ship, drill, (both armed and unarmed), Thursday Island.” “This leaves the Navy Cadets to community support, camping, trips represent the Defence Service on away, ship visits and much more. Lieutenant Reg Rayner said: The Thursday Island for ANZAC day.” The Navy Cadets will be providing Navy Cadet Unit Training Ship Carpentaria delivers a youth development the Catafalque parties for both the programme and Cadets receive what Dawn Service on Green Hill and for we like to think of as “Life Skills”. Nu- the main march. “This will be a very proud moment merous boating courses are delivered through YA (yachting Australia) and for both the Cadets and staff of TS cadets receive certificates recognised Carpentaria,” Lieut Rayner said. Cadets are recruiting now, if anyone throughout Australia. Cadets parade 5pm till 7.30pm on would like to join, go to the Defence Thursday nights with some Saturday Facility, (Army Barracks), at the Rebel training and some extended trips Tours end gate at 5pm on Thursdays. You need to be turning 13 in the away available to cadets if they are year that you join. The uniform is free. interested. For any further information on the On this year’s ANZAC Day the Navy Cadets have a special role to cadets, ring Lieutenant Reg Rayner on 0429138381 play.




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

Low tide, Bayo Beach, TI.

Third Tuesday of the month. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI 9am. Every Thursday: TI Bowls Club Social Games from 6pm.

FEBURARY Sat 22. Mini markets, PKA Hall, TI, 9am-noon. Mon 24 - Fri 28. Eyedentity Optometrists visiting Thursday Island.

MARCH Sun 2. Clean up Australia Day. Mon 3. Women's Health Clinic RFDS visiting Boigu Island and Yam Island. Mon 3 - Tue 4. Women's Health Clinic RFDS visiting Badu Island and Murray Island. Mon 3 - Fri 7. Eyedentity Optometrists visiting Bamaga. Tue 4 - Wed 5. Women's Health Clinic RFDS visiting Saibai Island and Warraber Island. Wed 5. Women's Health Clinic RFDS visiting St. Pauls Island and Darnley Island. Wed 5 - Thu 6. Women's Health Clinic RFDS visiting Coconut Island.

CHURCH SERVICES Anglican, All Souls and Saint Bartholomew Church meets weekly at 10am at 124 Douglas St Thursday Island Independent Church Parish of the Resurrection TI, Morning Prayer Sundays 10am, Evening Service 7pm Parish of St Bethel,131 William Cr Bamaga NPA, Sundays 10am Uniting Church, 114 Douglas St Thursday Island, Sundays 10am

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Rotarians welcome all newcomers to Thursday Island By ROBYN HUMPHERIES EVERY year there is an exodus of people from Thursday Island returning to jobs and family in tha south, and every year there is a corresponding number of people coming to experience life and culture on a tropical island in far north Queensland. Welcome to paradise. It may surprise you that there are many residents here who came for six month contracts and never left. Have you heard of the legend of the Wongai plum? You may have already seen our collection bin outside the Post Office. We thank those who so generously drop off clothing, books, toys and other items into the bin. At the moment, however, we have enough stilettos, dinner suits and videos. Thank you. Most of the items find their way to the outer islands and are distributed by individuals who offer their time to the Club as volunteers. We are so fortunate to have such a network. We owe a debt to Sea Swift who have been our partners, transporting our containers free of charge. Your willingness to assist us is priceless and

Dave and Pat’s teary farewell DAVID and Pat Paech, the mechanics who worked on Thursday Island, left earlier this month after two years. Much loved, David and Pat worked hard to part of the community, having recently joined Thursday Island Rotary and David also very active in the VMR. There was not a dry eye on the dock when they were seen off by friends. After helping Phillip Ketchell complete the final part of his apprenticeship, he was ‘adopted’ by Phillip’s family. “Phillip would call us ‘Boss Lady’ and ‘Boss Man’, it was a form of respect that we both really appreciated. As one of our friends said, you are part of TI’s history now. We really want to thank our Island friends and the community in general for making us feel so welcome and for all their love and support.” Pat and David said they haven’t finished with the rock yet and hope to return sometime.

EPIRB activation - for a lift to the shops! AGAIN this month Water Police responded to unregistered EPIRB activations, and one has not left police happy. Monday, February 10, Police responded to an ERIRB activation on Mauar (Rennell Island). A Rescue 700 was sent out from Horn Island, and boats were sent from both Masig Island and Poruma Island.

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we thank you. Some items are not sent away - usually because they are unsuitable or are damaged. Items that can be sold to raise funds for

our continuing work are sold at markets or from time to time we hold auctions to move the stock along. We have one container in which to store items prior to packing and sending to outer islands. All scheduled sales and auctions are advertised in the Torres News and on posters at the local businesses. As the only Service Club on the island, The Rotary Club of Thursday Island Torres Strait would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all and invites you to share with us as we extend a humanitarian hand to the communities from Thursday Island to the PNG Western Province. It makes no difference if you are here for one year or ten. We would love to have you. We hold our weekly breakfast meetings at the Grand Hotel on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. sharp. It is a fairly social gathering, often with an interesting guest speaker. If you would like to come and be our speaker, we would love to have you. Please email Mrs Pat Jones (pjones4@ for a suitable Friday - we only have time to have one speaker each week. Or, stop one of the cars with Rotary signs or “Stop Polio Now” signs attached to meet a friendly Rotarian.

Fringed by reef, the vessels could not reach the shore at Mauar, where the island’s resident was on the beach. The man then motored out to the vessels in his dinghy where he reported he was low on fuel and wanted a tow to Masig. Sgt Mitchell Gray was not happy: “With the Rescue 700 costing $5400 an hour and the

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pilot an additional $300 an hour, this was a real waste of tax payer’s money for something that was completely avoidable.” Police are still investigating the matter. Another unregistered EPIRB activation on Sunday February 9 in Bamaga is suspected to be due to a vessel in a backyard, being triggered by the record levels of rainfall.


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

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


ASIO mystery man identified

Dane Gagai remembers the late Malcolm Tamwoy.

He knew someone was taking photos of him but didn’t know it was ASIO

An unidentified Torres Strait man at a demonstration in Canberra, 1972, from ASIO records who has been identified as the late Malcolm Tamwoy. THE mystery man in Torres News story, February 3, about the ASIO archive pics has been identified, thanks to Thursday Islander Dane Gagai. The picture of the man in the bottom right of the article (page 2) is the Late Malcolm Tamwoy from Badu. “We used to much around together in Brisbane in the 1970s and we worked together at Ford and

on the Railways. “I remember him telling me someone was taking photographs of him, but he didn’t know it was ASIO,” Mr Gagai said. Malcolm worked until his death in Townsville, 1994, as a greens keeper. The last time Mr Gagai visited him was in 1993.

JCU Nursing gets new head JCU School of Nursing on Thursday Island has a ‘change of the guard’ earlier this month. Karen Sadler officially handed over the reigns to the new course Co-ordinator Alan Ramsay on Tuesday, February 4, after two years based on Thursday Island. “Working for JCU up here has been the best experience, but it’s time I headed south again to be closer with my family,” she said. Mike Hutton from TAFE said: “I would formally like to acknowledge the work Karen has done for this community, and in my 25 years experience, I think her contribution has been significant and greatly improved her students’ lives.” Karen has moved to Cairns where she will still working for JCU as a subject coordinator. Her successor, Alan Ramsay, said he is loving life on the island, and has already been out fishing. Alan, his wife and three young children moved to Thursday Island from Mackay where they were based for over four years. Prior to that they were living in their homeland of Scotland, but have now made Australia their home, and became Australian citizens earlier this month on Thursday Island. “I originally worked for the Mater Hospital in Mackay for two years, then worked in the new JCU campus there. We are really enjoying Thursday Island and work like to stay for at least five years,” he said.

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Karen Sadley cuts her farewell cake. Alan Ramsay settles into the job.

(Warraber Island) Candidates Candidates for the by-election in ballot paper order are: MILLS, Pat LUI, Willie TAMU, Clara

Voting Postal/Electoral Visit applications close Wednesday (6pm) 26 February 2014. Pre-Poll voting will be conducted at the Returning Officer’s office, located at Level 3 111 Grafton Street, Cairns. Pre-Poll voting hours are: Monday 17 February – Friday 28 February 2014

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Tuesday 25 February 2014 13.00 – 15.00 (Hospital and Star of the Sea) Tuesday 25 February 2014 15.30 – 17.00 (Council Chambers)

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Voting in the division will be conducted by mobile polling. Electors who are unable to attend pre-poll voting or mobile polling should contact the Returning Officer on 0419 320 616 to make arrangements for a postal vote. Please note that postal vote applications close 6pm Wednesday 26 February 2014. BECQ4165_TSN

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Climate Change campaign ramps up in Cairns By KATE MORIOKA CONTINUED uncertainty surrounding the seawalls funding for the Torres Strait has prompted a group of concerned elders and supporters to ramp up their climate change campaign. Mr Thomas Sebasio, Senior Torres Strait Islander Elder and Leader of Torres Strait Islander Community South East and South West (Queensland), together with the members of Friends of the Earth and The GOODNESS Inc will be organising a public forum in Cairns to discuss the dire situation faced by many island communities on Friday, February 28. The forum will focus on the environmental, cultural, economic and social impacts of king tides, coastal flooding and erosion, and mobilise support for community action. Mr Sebasio is a long time supporter of the climate change campaign. He attended a national rally in Brisbane last November, where he met with the Greens Party Leader and Senator Christine

Thomas Sebasio and Senator Christine Milne.

Record-breaking rains on the Cape THERE has been record breaking rain on Queensland’s western Cape York Peninsula. Over a seven-day, 1.2 metres of rain has been recorded in Kowanyama, ABC Radio reported. The weather bureau says it is the highest monthly total since 1918.

Senior forecaster Jonty Hall says the monsoon low is now dumping heavy rain around Karumba. “We should see those heavy falls shift from that western Peninsula area down into the Gulf country area,” he said. “So areas from Karumba west-

wards through Burketown and the Northern Territory border could see that heavy rain fall developing in the next couple of days.” Some communities also are running low on food supplies, as roads remain cut across the region. Coen has not had a supply truck since Janaury 8, ABC reports

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Milne. The pair discussed the status of the Torres Strait Coastal Protection Works (Seawalls) Project. Even though the Abbot Government has promised to provide $5 million of the $12 million promised by the previous federal government for the seawalls project, the project is still short of $7 million in federal funding, causing many locals and Torres Strait Islanders frustrated and worried about the project’s future. At the Cairns forum, participants will be able to sign the seawalls petition, which calls on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to deliver the remaining funds for the project. More than 350 signatures have been collected so far. The forum will be held at Junior Eisteddfod Hall on Greenslopes Street and will begin at 5pm. BACKGROUND PHOTO: Water breaking over the seawalls at Saibai. Photo courtesy of TSRA.


Are your kids safe?

Two-year-old Edwin Majid with Acting Sergeant David Young, Horn Island.

Kempton releases final report from Cape forum DAVID Kempton (above), Member for Cook. has released the final report on the draft “Cape York Regional Plan” following his public forum last month. This document records all the outcomes and recommendations that came out of the forum, “warts and all” Mr Kempton said. “I gave my guarantee to the 150plus people who attended that, if they respected each other’s view points and worked toward a collective outcome. I would take the recommendations to my Government no

matter how critical they might be.” Mr Kempton said it was clear from the findings that the Cape community “did not accept” the draft in its current form and there was work to be done. “The general consensus was the need to strike a greater balance between the economy, community and environment,” he said. “Over the years there has been far too great an emphasis on the environment to the detriment of economic development and community growth.

By DAVID YOUNG NOW the new school year is upon us, it is time more than ever before drivers are extra cautious when driving with children in the vehicle and in and around schools and main roads to and from schools with increased number of children pedestrians present. With our youngest on the island very excited and new to the school experience, they too are new to the dangers in and around drop off zones so it is always good advice to double check mirrors and be cautious if reversing. Children’s spatial awareness is very different to adults, so what may seem like enough distance or time between a child crossing a road or hopping out a car you can never predict a child’s actions. Young children are exposed to the road environment in many ways - as pedestrians, passengers and in play situations. They often act impulsively and, when by themselves on or near the road, are vulnerable to the risk of injury or death.

“The forum decided to set up a task force immediately to support the government to achieve the right outcomes.” Mr Kempton said he had personally submitted the report to Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. “He had heard of the success of the forum and was keen to receive the presentation,” he said. Mr Kempton said anyone interested in viewing the report could contact his electoral office via email or ph: 4092 7608.

Research has shown that children as young as four years of age are capable of learning about road safety. With support from the school community, police, parents and carers, young children have the ability to learn about road safety and to learn what to do, or not to do. Road crashes cause many child deaths in Queensland. Children are extremely vulnerable in a crash if they are not using an approved restraint or seatbelt that is fitted correctly. Some adults mistakenly believe that holding their child in their arms, or including the child in their seatbelt can prevent injuries in a crash. Your body could crush the child if they are sharing your seatbelt. The strength needed to hold a baby in a 50 kilometre per hour (km/h) crash is equivalent to lifting a large washing machine clear off the ground - Can you do that? Your child must be secured in an approved child restraint until they reach their seventh birthday. After this time, your child

can be restrained in an adult seatbelt, provided it is safe to do so when considering the size of your child. When choosing a child restraint, the child’s age is the primary factor in determining the correct restraint to use for your child. The size of your child may however, have an impact on what type of child restraint is appropriate With a recent singlevehicle traffic crash on Horn Island where the driver was sensible enough to wear their seatbelt, driving in wet conditions the vehicle actually flipped and rolled multiple times. The driver sustained minor injuries and was able to walk away unlike crashes I have attended where the injuries have been fatal as a result of people not wearing their seatbelt’s. Jodie Boyd, Director of Nurapai Kazil child care centre on Horn Island who is also mother, said:”These are our babies we are talking about, of course we have to protect them, you would be mad not to have them in a baby seat, it’s not about the fine it’s about keeping them safe.”

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NPA Indigenous language program funds AUSTRALIAN Government funding for two local projects will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their languages alive, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. On Friday, February 7, Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the recipients of $2.6 million in funding for new language preservation projects. The Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council will benefit from $24,500 to develop digital and multi-media language learning resources using the Miromaa software

program for traditional languages spoken in the Northern Peninsula Area. The Indigenous Languages Support program was established in 1991 and has been a vital tool for maintaining, reviving and sharing Indigenous languages, said Mr Entsch. “This is great news for these two local projects,” he said. “It’s an important investment that will help Far Northern communities to develop culturally appropriate learning resources across a range of new media and through partnerships with schools, cultural organisations and libraries.” This funding will bring the total investment of Austral-

ian Government funding for Indigenous languages to more than $13 million in 2013-14, said Senator Scullion. “Australian Government support for the protection of Indigenous languages is also an investment in the rich cultural heritage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, protecting and preserving it for future generations,” he added. Many community groups will use their funding to digitise existing language learning resources. Audio and video content will be developed to make languages more accessible to more people in communities across Australia.

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FEDERAL EDUCATION MINISTER VISITS NPA LEFT: Senior Policy Adviser Richard Shannon, Deputy Mayor Councillor Edward Newman, Member for Leichhardt Warren Enstch, Mayor Bernard Charlie, Chairman of the NPA Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Council , Mr Jeffrey Aniba, Minister for Education Christopher Pyne, Mr David Ah Boo, One Way Solutions. BELOW: Student Lavinia Williams discussing their reading project, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with Christopher Pyne at Bamaga Secondary School.

By AARON SMITH FEDERAL Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne made his first visit to the NPA on February 6, but did venture up to the Torres Strait. The NPARC and the NPA Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Education, Training and Employment Council, hosted Member of Leichardt Mr Entsch, Minister Pyne and a senior representative for the Queensland Education Minister, John Paul Langbroek. The group firstly heard from local leaders, including Deputy Mayor Edward Newman, Education Council Chair Jeffrey Aniba and NPA College Principal Gordon Herbertson, and then visited the TAFE Campus, high school and Bamaga and Injinoo Primary Schools in his whirlwind visit. Mr Entsch said it was the first time that any education minister, state or federal, has taken a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities surrounding education in the five NPA communities. The visit was part of Minister Pyne’s national review of education. He wants students to learn more about Australia’s Christian and British heritage and wants the national school curriculum to have a greater focus on: “Celebrating Australia and of the benefits of Western civilisation.” Critics of his approach say it is

reminiscent of the ‘culture wars’ of the UK’s Thatcher era of draconian ‘reforms’. Mr Pyne also thinks there is a political bias in the education system, so he has appointed ex-Liberal Party staffer Kevin Donnelly, and University of Queensland Professor Ken Wiltshire - to review what is taught in Australian schools. Mr Aniba gave a rousing address during the Minister’s visit to the NPA, which outlined his community vision based on the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 14. Mr Aniba said: “I cannot continue to see another generation of our children be exposed to a system that continues to fail our community and importantly our children’s education in preparing them for the world . . . this is not about blaming, this is about community control and exercising the constitutional rights of our children to have access to the best educational system as any other Australian child no matter where you live.” Mr. Aniba called for both the State and Federal Government to support the NPA Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Council (Education, Training & Employment) to undertake a comprehensive independent review of the social and education system currently operating in the NPA Region, to ensure ongoing

opportunities for self-determination for future generations,. Mr Entsch said the reason for the brief visit was so Ministers could get: “Their feet on the ground in communities like this to really comprehend the challenges they face, especially when you have five different communities with three indigenous identities, three school campuses and numerous language dialects.” Mayor Charlie expanded on the issue of community engagement by stressing to the Minister the importance of outside organisations, including the Federal Government, needing to consult with Indigenous communities for solutions in a bottom-up approach, rather than the traditional top-down approach which, he suggested, will inevitably fail due to the need for a consultative approach at a local level to reach agreement and commitment from all parties to enhance educational outcomes for the NPA. NPA community leaders also stressed the need for education to be deliverable in terms of job creation for students who were committed to completing their studies locally, but moreover, being able to gain entry to tertiary level education with the ultimate aim of returning to community , thus bringing their skills and knowledge back to the NPA. Principal Herbertson told the

group that key challenges included sustaining momentum, improving attendance, providing genuine employment opportunities in the NPA, staffing turnover and the high cost of building and maintaining school infrastructure. Minister Pyne commended the work of the Education Council, which he said is working closely with the NPARC and schools to change attitudes towards education. “I congratulate you because I get a real sense of organisation here,” Minister Pyne told the group. “I visit a lot of communities who don’t have a plan about how they are going to address issues, so it’s a very important building block that you have.” Minister Pyne said he recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education did not work in all communities. “You cannot transplant a program from Brisbane to Bamaga and expect it to work,” he said.

He also said they was a “necessity” of engaging parents in their kids’ education, so that children get a better education than their parents, and their grandparents. “It’s very encouraging that almost everything that I’ve heard today fits in very well with our ethos around educational achievement - our ‘four pillar’ focus on school autonomy, curriculum, teacher quality and parental engagement.” When asked to clarify the ‘four pillars’ of the review - teacher quality, parental engagement, school autonomy and national curriculum, the Minister commented on his positive expectations for ongoing community engagement in the foreseeable future in order to facilitate independence in the school decision making process.

Bamaga Youth Centre closes through lack of funding AMA Maizie Youth Centre in Bamaga has closed its doors for the last time. Originally closing in October, 2013, due to a lack of funding, CEO Amanda Ewart said they just do not have the money to operate any more. “The centre has been operating for many years on the smell of an oily rag; it has never received any funding from the government and operated on small donations from Bamaga Enterprise and income earned from child care fees, but due to the rising cost of living the Bamagau Kazil TSI Corporation can no longer afford to keep running it. “Our equipment is old and needs replacement, the youth centre bus is very old and not safe to be on the road anymore, we need funding for wages and the operating costs of the centre,” Ms Ewart said. The Bamaga Youth Centre has been operating since 2008 it was built with donations from Bamaga Enterprise Ltd. Page 12 Torres News

The Centre was operating 6 days a week 3pm to 10 pm. It has been a great place for the youth of Bamaga to hang out, keeping them off the streets and engaged in social activities and educational workshops and a nutritious meal each evening. Attendance ranged from 15 - 65 youths at any one time. For many youth aged 13-17 years the Youth centre was the only place where they were actually engaging with support services and having access to information and emotional support when they were experiencing difficult times with family. Activities offered included cooking, computer use, movies, listening to music, pool tables, air hockey, basketball, disco night, fishing excursions, education sessions, team participation in sports, craft, drum it up, kickboxing. The Ama Maizie Youth Centre was named after one of the founding

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members of the Bamagau Kazil TSI Corporation, the late Ms Maizie Mau, the corporation has been operating since 1991. “It is very difficult to find funding for a youth drop in centre, this type of youth activity does not seem to be a priority for the government “With such a low attendance rate at school we know that the Bamaga Youth Centre provides a valuable point of contact for some young people, it may be the only place where they will receive words of encouragement, health and life skills education and keep them out of trouble, a place they can call their own,” Ms Ewart said. “We are very disappointed that we cannot afford to keep the doors open but we will keep looking for funding as we believe it to be a very important service for the youth of Bamaga and contributes to the low rate of juvenile crime in the community.”

Ama Maizie Youth Centre closes doors for good.

NAISDA PERFORMS ACCLAIMED SHOW By HANNAH RACHEL BELL IN the week leading up to Christmas a group of NAISDA dancers performed Our Home - Ngalpun Mudth in front of capacity audiences in Sydney’s Carriageworks theatre. As Dance Australia reviewer Emma Sandall notes: “There was not a moment to be bored, as Blanco kept the show and the dancers moving through their various scenes, strung together by the theme of carrying your cultural heritage, your home, with you where you roam.” The show’s Director Raymond D Blanco who returned to NAISDA two years ago said: “I felt like I had stepped back into a pair of old favourite shoes with sparkly new laces!” Connection with the NAISDA family continued earlier in the year when 40 dancers held their Cultural Residency in St Paul’s Village Mua Island under the tutelage of former NAISDA member Dujon Niue, his Aparka Dance Group. Cultural tutors Christal Ware and Angela Torenbeek, key tutors during the Cultural Residency, also travelled to Sydney for the Carriageworks production. Blanco commented: “While on Mua, we were told the legend of ‘Gelam and Usar ‘. This story has inspired my direction of Our Home on many levels. “Our Home, where we come from is always with us. We carry it in our memories, the way we interpret and see things. “It can be bought to life with a particular smell or ‘that song we cringe on hearing, but always fondly. “It is unavoidable in our blood and skin.” In her glowing review, Sandall

The famous Star Dance. writes: “It is these traditional songs and dances, costumes and legends which Blanco has drawn upon and woven through the evening - notably the powerful group dances involving traditional marap bows and arrows, stamping and rhythms, singing and swooshy, grass skirts. “A large dugong puppet, which features in the Moan legend of “Gelam and Usar”, is a palpable presence, and is skillfully manipulated by the cast during the transitions.” On his return to Mua, Dujon Niue said: “I didn’t think this would

happen to me. I’m so thankful for NAISDA to allow me to teach my songs and dances. It opens a new door for me to showcase my dances and also from St Pauls. “This is a new beginning for me as it seems that I will teaching at

NAISDA for awhile as a cultural tutor.” As Sandall notes, NAISDA Dance College is approaching its 40th anniversary. It began in the 1970s as a means of training Indigenous Australians in the newly

developed form known as contemporary Australian Indigenous dance, a fusion of western dance forms and Aboriginal and Islander dance, traditions and culture. “Since then, the college and the form have come a long way.”

ABOVE: Lydia Gebadi, Nadia Martich, Glory Tuohy-Daniell, Jillib Waia and Selina Reuben. RIGHT: Raymond D Blanco, Gary Lang and Dujon Niune, ex Naisda studnets and choreographers. LEFT: Hans Ahwang in Bow and Arrow Dance.

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Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) The QATSIF QCE scholarship program is a financial bursary to assist students with the costs associated with obtaining their Queensland Certificate of Education. In 2014, seven Year 11 students have successfully obtained this scholarship at Tagai State College. These students were selected to apply for their scholarship based on their attendance, effort and behaviour at school and will be entitled to claim $250 per semester for their Education expenses over the next two years. The scholarship recipients for 2014 are: • Gabrielle Mairu • Elsie Hooper • Gwen Garnier • Lillian Bann • Madeina David • Mary Tapim • Tyra Ware Congratulations to these students. Page 14 Torres News

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QATSIF’s initial capital was created through the toil of previous generations of Indigenous Queenslanders. This capital has been invested by QATSIF’s Trustee, the Public Trustee of Queensland, and the annual interest provides an income stream for scholarships and bursaries.

Independent Public School School Council Consultation thank you to Kubin, St Pauls, Badu, Mabuyag, Malu Kiyay, Saibai, Horn & TI Primary Communities

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17th Darnley Island, Stephen Island 18th Poruma Warraber 19th Mer, Yorke Island 20th TI Secondary Campus



Reading fluently... it all begins with YOU!

Being able to read fluently with understanding is very important in today’s world. Students who can read fluently will get a “head start” in life which will certainly open the door to many job opportunities.

As a College Tagai State College aims to have every student reading at National Benchmark Standards and above by the end of 2014. This is supported by the latest round of funding in the “Great Results Guarantee initiative”. In order to achieve this reading outcome we need your support. You can assist us by getting active in the school’s reading program. You can talk to your child’s teacher or Head of Campus today...

Easy steps to get started with improving your child’s reading Start reading aloud to your child. You will share the fun of language and stories together, and show your child that you value reading and books.


We know sharing books with young children before they go to school greatly improves their chances of developing good literacy skills.

“As a College we aim to have every student at Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen National Benchmark so we can communicate effectively and to make sense of the world. Standards and above by the end of 2014” What is Literacy?

Why is literacy important?

Literacy is vital so your child has the best chance to succeed in their schooling and everyday life. Literacy means we can make sense of things that are written, visual, and spoken including books, newspapers, magazines, signs, timetables, DVDs, television and radio programs, maps, conversations and instructions.

Isn’t literacy the job of schools? We all need to work together. Your child’s literacy, talking and speech development begins long before he or she starts school. Exploring language and reading at home will boost your child’s development. Children need to feel confident and positive when doing something new.

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Christopher Pyne Makes Flying Visit to NPA College

Northern Peninsula Area State College News

The Federal Minister for Education Mr Christopher Pyne made a flying visit to the Northern Peninsula Region together with Local Member of Parliament Mr Warren Ensch on Thursday 6 February. The visit had been arranged by Mr Ensch to fulfil a promise to the Education Council Chairman Mr Jeffrey Aniba to visit the area and take a look at the College and TAFE. Only in the area for a few hours Mr Pyne and Mr Ensch were first treated to a welcome address, meeting, and light lunch at the TAFE, hosted by the Mayor, Mr Bernard Charlie, Deputy Mayor Mr Eddie Newman, Chairman of the Nurpai Ikama Ikya Education Council Mr Jeffrey Aniba, College Principal Mr Gordon Herberston, and a range of representatives from organisations in the community. The meeting began with prayers from Rev Mary Eseli and the welcome to country was given by Traditional Owner, Mr Meun Lifu. Following a statement of the historical context of education in the NPA by Mr Aniba, a quick description was given of the current situation and success of the College by Mr Herbertson. The improvements of the past five years in terms of student outcomes was highlighted and credit given to Mr Ken Maclean, the principal over that time for leading those developments.

(L-R) Education Council Chairman, Mr Jeffrey Aniba, Federal Minister of Education, Mr Christopher Pyne, Local Member for Leichardt Mr Warren Ensch and NPA College Principal Mr Gordon Herbertson at the meeting.

Mr Pyne addressed the meeting and expressed his delight at being in the region even for so short a time. In his speech Mr Pyne identified the four pillars of the current government’s educational policy and said he was pleased to note that the comments made by the previous speakers were in accord with those policies. The pillars are, school or college autonomy of governance, in a model that reflects the local needs, utilising quality teachers, and engendering parental involvement in the educational process. The meeting concluded with a welcome from local youth representative Amber Phineasa, and Mr Warren Ensch. Following a light lunch Mr Pyne and the visitors were conducted on a tour to the college senior campus, the Injinoo Junior campus and the Bamaga Junior campus, taking the time to visit classrooms and speak to students as they moved around the schools. Head of Campus at the Bamaga Junior school, Mrs Yolanda Coutts commented that “The Minister’s visit went really well and as we toured with him Mr Herbertson, Mr Hollis and I had a few minutes to chat with him about the great work the teachers are all doing in the classroom. Mr Pyne was very impressed by the College and the Communities. He also got the message about Explicit Instruction. Luckily he is a big fan of John Fleming and was pleased to hear the repeated references to Explicit Teaching, as well as seeing it in the classrooms.” On Friday following the visit Mr Herbertson received a phone call from Mr John Paul Langbroek, State Minister for Education to congratulate the College on the positive visit by the Federal Minister for Education Christopher Pyne. Mr Langbroek asked Mr Herbertson to particularly thank all the staff and students for making the Minister feel welcome and promised he would do his best to visit the College in the future.

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Mr Pyne addresses the community meeting

Active After School Care Every Monday and Wednesday 3:30 - 430pm Term One Activity is Judo. Children must return permission slips. Meet at the Bamaga Junior Undercover Area for healthy afternoon snack and walk down to the Sebasio Hall Parents pick up from hall - All Welcome.

2014 Year Twelves Make Great Start NPA College Year twelves are setting their standards high this year said Year Twelve Home Room teacher Mrs Krissy Day. “The students are highly motivated and coming to school each day ready to learn as shown in the picture - all in correct uniform. Fantastic effort. “

Mrs Day with the Year Twelve students

Mr Ensch and Mr Pyne discussing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with senior students

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 1:30 Would I Lie To You? 2:00 At The Movies 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 East Of Everything 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 6:55 Clarke And Dawe 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 The Checkout 8:30 Kids On Speed? 9:30 Trust Me I’m A Doctor 10:25 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:25 Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 12:15 Movie: “The Human Factor” (M l,s) 2:05 Dalziel And Pascoe: Fallen Angel 4:40 Grand Design 5:30 Talking Heads

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: “Against The Current” (M a,s,l) - Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River. 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 A Current Affair 7:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 9:00 TBA 11:00 CSI: NY: Command+P 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 10:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Silent Warnings” (M v,h,l,s) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 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 Home And Away 8:00 Coastwatch Oz 8:30 TBA 11:30 Parks And Recreation: How A Bill Becomes A Law - Leslie negotiates with her fellow councilmen to pass a new law extending the community pool hours. 12:00 Special: MacArthur’s Dream 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 Dr Oz 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 2013 / 2014 8:00 Weatherwatch 8:05 World News 1:00 Madeleine Peyroux 2:00 One Born Every Minute USA 2:50 Destination Flavour - Japan Bitesize 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 Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mexican Fiesta With Peter Kuruvita 8:00 Gormet Farmer: Chickens, Vegies and Poly-tunnel 8:30 Italy Unpacked: Land Of Many Treasures 9:35 Rectify: Modern Times (M s,a) - Daniel retreats from the stress of recent events to the seclusion of his childhood room. 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 UEFA Champions League Highlights 11:30 Thursday FC 12:30 Seeing Stars 1:30 All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 The Song Of Lunch 2:00 The Checkout 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 East Of Everything 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News 6:00 Grand Designs 6:55 What’s Your Story? 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: G-Animals 8:30 The Doctor Blake Mysteries - A Foreign Field - Doctor Blake struggles to discover the identity of an unknown man and uncover the mystery of who may have killed him. 9:30 The Guilty - Maggie is under pressure to charge the prime suspect, but she is still not convinced they have found the killer. 10:20 Lateline 10:55 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 11:25 Hustle 12:25 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Burglar” (M l,s) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 A Current Affair 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Cohabitation Formulation 8:00 Talking Language With Ernie Dingo 8:30 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Thumbsucker” (M d,l,s) - Teenager Justin Cobb has an embarrassing secret: He still sucks his thumb. Berated by his father for the childish habit and unable to confide in anyone, Justin lets his loopy orthodontist try hypnosis. Trouble is, it works almost too well, and before long, Justin needs another crutch to keep his angst at bay. 2:30 The Avengers: Fear Merchants 3:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 4:00 Brand Developers 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 TBA 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 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 10:45 That ‘70s Show 12:15 Hung: What’s Going On Downstairs - After spending the night with Kyla, Ray finds out she may not be the woman he thinks she is. Jason’s introduction to the ‘Wellness Center’ brings out Rays competitive side. 12:45 Movie: “Deranged” (M v,s) - An eccentric psychiatrist, aiming to be in the spotlight, is not willing to let anyone or anything get in her way. 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 Dr Oz 5:00 That ‘70s Show

5:00 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia 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 Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast: The Hidden History Of Harbours 8:35 The Real White Queen And Her Rivals 9:35 As It Happened 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The Feed 11:30 Movie: “Desire” (M a,d,s,l) - In Spanish. A group of residents in a traditional Mexican seaside town experience lust and passion in its many forms. Structured in eight chapters, each one tells the story of a particular coupling, a member of whom forms the basis for the next chapter. 1:30 Inspector Mantalbano: Age Of Doubt 3:25 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 11:30 QI: G-Animals 12:00 Sinbad 12:45 Movie: “Red Shoes” (G) - The classic story of a ballerina torn between passion and artistic devotion. Contains a celebrated ballet sequence choreographed by Robert Helpmann. 3:00 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 1 5:05 Natures Miracle Babies: Back From The Brink 6:00 Devil Island: Meet The Neighbours From Hell 6:30 Hello Birdy: Songbirds 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin 8:20 Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Dead Man’s Folly - Ariadne Oliver is organising a ‘murder hunt’ at a summer fete, but calls for Poirot’s help when she fears she may become involved in a real crime. 9:50 Silent Witness: Bloodlines (Part 2) - With Harry dead and Leo and Nikki getting nowhere with the police, the pathologists struggle to clear Harry’s name, while the police seem intent on covering up a wider conspiracy. 10:50 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 11:20 Rage Guest Programmer

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today - Saturday 10:00 Danoz Direct 11:00 Alive And Cooking 11:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 12:00 Discover Downunder Summer Series 12:30 The Block: Fans Vs Faves 4:00 The Bottom Line 4:30 Getaway 5:00 Your 4x4 5:30 Getaway 6:00 National News Saturday 7:00 World Club Challenge Rugby League 9:00 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 9:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 10:00 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Body Snatchers” (M h,v,l) - From a normal existence, the Malone family find themselves plunged into a world of terror where people’s lives are drained by Body Snatchers and become inhumane monsters. 2:05 Movie: “The Awakening” (M v) 4:00 Danoz 4:30 Home Shopping 5:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 5:30 Wesley Impact Summer Series

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 TBA 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 7:00 TBA 11:45 That ‘70s Show: Over The Hills And Far Away - When Bob insists that Donna check out Marquette while Eric looks at University Wisconsin, Eric is worried that going to separate colleges will be bad for their relationship. Jackie’s also worried when she can’t get a promise from Hyde that he’ll be faithful, even for a single weekend. 12:15 Hung: I, Sandee - Tanya finds out Charlie has skipped bail, and asks Missy to help track him down. Lenore declares war on Tanya and the Wellness Centre, and Ray worries about his ability to please women - especially Jessica. 12:45 Celebrity Juice 1:30 Movie: “Little Jungle Boy” (AV v) 3:00 Harry’s Practice 3:30 It’s Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping / 5:00 Dr Oz

5:00 World News 1:00 Sutra 2:15 New York: 20,000 Trees Under The Skyline 2:50 The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women 3:55 A Season At The Juillard School New York 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 A History Of Ancient Britain 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Return Of The Tiger 8:30 Living With The Amish 9:30 Movie: “An Education” (M a) - London, 1961. Smart, attractive 16-year-old Jenny finds her traditional education replaced by something slightly more sinister when an older, more worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet while placing her future in jeopardy. 11:20 Movie: “General Nil” (MAV v) - In Polish. General Nil’s life has long been a taboo topic in Poland, but with this film the truth about the fierce leader is finally revealed. 1:30 Movie: “Fugitive Pieces” (MA s) - Young Jakob sees his parents murdered by Nazis in Poland during the war and his sister dragged away to an unknown fate. 3:05 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage 7:30 Asia Pacific Focus 8:00 Weekend Breakfast 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Offsiders 10:30 Doc Martin 11:30 Songs Of Praise: St David’s Day 12:00 Landline 1:00 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 2 3:00 Football: W-League: Grand Final 5:30 TBA 6:30 Australia’s Remote Islands: Norfolk Island 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Flying Monsters With David Attenborough 8:40 Rake 9:40 Tim Winton’s The Turning 11:10 When Bjork Met Attenborough 12:00 Place: A dance piece created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anna Laguna by an outstanding international team of artists. 12:30 Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? 3:35 Dalziel And Pascoe: Demons On Our Shoulders - It’s Halloween and, in a suburban home, Guy Hamilton shoots dead his wife Jean in their bedroom before disappearing. 5:30 Collectors

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Financial Review Sunday 10:30 Sarah Shark 11:00 Hurley Australian Open Of Surfing 12:00 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series 3:00 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 4:00 Rugby League: Brisbane Broncos Vs NZ Warriors 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 7:40 60 Minutes 8:40 TBA 11:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Better Off Dead - The CSIs dig to find the truth about how a recent shootout at a gun store might connect to a young woman who may have committed suicide. 12:00 Financial Review Sunday 12:30 What Would You Do? 1:30 Spyforce: Interrogator 2:30 Brand Developers 4:00 Good Morning America - Sunday 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 Dr Oz 12:00 TBA 4:30 Better Homes And Gardens 5:30 The Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 12:05 Hannibal: Amuse-Bouche - Will and Jack hunt a killer who is burying his victims alive as fertilizer for his intricate garden of fungus, while Hannibal tries to shield Will from prying tabloid journalist Freddie Lounds. 1:00 Special: The Island At The End Of The World - Shackleton’s Triumph - A journey over and around the awesome sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia, made famous by the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 House Calls To The Rescue - Luke loves his mum, so he built her a wooden deck - with disastrous results, plus an urgent SOS from a gardening school drop-out. 4:00 Dr Oz 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 Cycling Central 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 Football Asia 4:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5:00 ADbc 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: Archaeology 8:30 Plane Crash 9:55 Everything And Nothing 11:05 Movie: “Jacquou Le Corquant” (M v) In French. A lavish 19th century epic about a French peasant boy who grows up to lead a revolt against the man responsible for his father’s death. 1:40 Movie: “The Road To Guantanamo” (MA l,a) - In English and Urdu, English Subtitles. Part drama, part documentary, this film focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were heading for a wedding in Pakistan but were captured on the Afghanistan border and then imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. 3:35 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Landline 2:00 Gardening Australia 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 6:55 Audrey’s Kitchen 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:15 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:30 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Dalziel And Pascoe: Dead Meat 1:15 Movie: “Song Of Freedom” (PG) 2:30 Movie: “The Birth Of A Nation” (PG) 4:30 Grand Designs 5:25 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: “Cactus” (M v,s,l) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 A Current Affair 7:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:30 TBA 11:30 Partners: The Archies - Joe and Louis wait to find out if they are nominated for an “Archie” award. 12:05 Oh Sit! A high-stakes, musical chairs competition, in which 12 thrill-seekers race head-to-head through five physically demanding obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair - all to the sounds of a live band. At the end of the hour, only one contestant will be left sitting triumphant to seize the cash prize and the title of OH SIT! champion. 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 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Good Policeman” (M v) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 8:45 Revenge: Control 9:45 Chicago Fire: Fireworks / A Coffin That Small 11:45 Parks and Recreation: Sex Education 12:15 Celebrity Juice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters - Wayne is frantic with worry when Liz disappears into thin air. 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Titanic: The Mission - Smoking Room 1:55 The Last Explorers 2:55 Life Is Beautiful 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 Global Village 6:00 The Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Strip The City 8:35 Stephen Hawking’s Future Universe 9:30 Housos 10:00 Bendidorm Bastards 10:25 World News Australia Late 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Clown: Size 44 - In Danish. Plagued by injuries, Casper’s celebrity soccer team invites Frank to play. Frank tries to borrow some shoes, but the match ends in a confusing mess of tackles, syringes and sneakers. 12:00 Shorts On Screen 12:35 Derren Brown Investigates 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird Or What? 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Four Corners 11:45 Media Watch 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Talking Heads 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Compass 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Family Confidential 8:30 New Tricks: Coming Out Ball 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Ian Rankin 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:15 Media Watch 12:30 Movie: “The Cardinal” (M a,v) 3:30 Basketball: WNBL: Semi Final 1 5:25 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “The Tenth Circle” (M v,a) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 A Current Affair 7:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:40 The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper Extraction 9:10 The Big Bang Theory: The Scavenger Vortex 9:40 2 Broke Girls: And The Dumpster Sex 10:10 2 Broke Girls: And The Piece Of Sheet 10:40 Two And A Half Men: Baseball, Boobs, Boobs, Baseball 11:10 Two And A Half Men: Giant Cat Holding Churro 11:40 Weeds: Synthetics 12:00 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 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Rapid Fire” (M v,l,n) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 8:45 Winners And Losers: Selective Reality 9:45 Parenthood: Let’s Be Mad Together / The M Word - Max’s photography knows no bounds while Joel struggles for boundaries with Peet. Adam and Crosby too must set boundaries with the band. Sarah and Amber struggle with wedding bell nlues while Julia and Joel try to keep it all together. Kristina and Adam hit the campaign trail. 11:45 TBA 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Person Of Interest 2:00 The Long March To Freedom 2:55 Life Is Beautiful 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 Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia Late 11:00 The Bridge: After many suspicions and one witness statement, Saga and Martin arrest and question a fellow officer. He turns out to have an alibi for all the crimes, but is he really innocent? The murderer is finished now, having succeeded in doing what he set out to do - to open people’s eyes to the problems of society. Saga, however, believes that this is not the end of his plan and that there is more to come. 12:05 Sergio 1:45 Destination Australia 2:45 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 ABC News Mornings 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 One Plus One 11:30 Family Confidential 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Hello Birdy 2:00 Australian Story 2:30 As Time Goes By 3:00 Rain Shadow 4:00 New Tricks 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:05 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Spicks And Specks 9:00 The Moodys: Easter Epiphanies 9:30 Adam Hills: The Last Leg 10:00 Would I Lie To You? 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 The Straits: The Big Mistake 12:25 Movie: “The Terror” (M h) 1:45 Dalziel And Pascoe: Project Aphrodite 3:30 Football: W-League: Grand Final

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Movie: “Being Julia” (M l,s) 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 A Current Affair 7:30 The Block - Fans Vs Faves 8:40 TBA 11:35 Dallas: Love And Family - John Ross lets Pamela in on J.R.’s master plan, but his trust may be misplaced. Drew confides a dark secret to Elena, forcing her to choose between her family and Christopher. 12:30 Extra 1:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “The Linda McCartney Story” (M s,a,l) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 8:45 The Blacklist: The Cyprus Agency - As Liz heads up an investigation that exposes an adoption agency’s shocking secret, Red’s pursuit of the FBI mole identifies a surprisingly new suspect. 9:45 Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D: Seeds 10:45 Defiance 11:40 Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny 12:10 Celebrity Juice 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today / 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Korean News 5:30 UEFA Champions League 2013 / 2014 8:00 Weatherwatch 8:05 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 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 Lakes With Rory McGrath 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve 8:35 One Born Every Minute 9:30 Lilyhammer 10:25 World News Australia Late 11:00 Movie: “Front Line” (M v,l,s) - In Italian. Based on a true story, this film tells the dramatic story of an imprisoned man recounting his life as a political extremist and the mastermind behind one of the most audacious prison breaks ever attempted. 12:50 Movie: “The Protector” (MA v) - In Englidh, Thai and Mandarin. 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 186

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AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) Your friendships may be waning this week. The time you’ve spent at work is taking away from prior commitments. Try to catch up as best as you can. Romance. Your mate may come to you with a strange, but adventurous idea. If you aren’t interested, at least let them try it with friends.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) Your family knows you better than anyone else. Take heed to their advice on an upcoming important decision. They won’t lead you astray. Romance. A casual remark could be the first step in an important new relationship. Don’t expect too much at first, however. They may be too nervous.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)


This will be a very good week to take the initiative in a group-based work project. Others will respond well to your managerial skills. Don’t misuse your power! Romance. If your loved-one lets you down, you’ll not be interested in their excuses! You could cut them slack at some point, however.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Your family is working well together. Use this group effort to complete several unfinished projects around the house. You’ll complete them quickly as a team! Romance. Someone close to you may be exerting more of an effect than you realise. Be careful because they may take advantage!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Your enhanced sensitivity will help you to understand your family better. At times, you will be the person whom everyone confides in. Prepare yourself! Romance. An awkward situation amongst friends may take you by surprise. Your partner doesn’t know then full story, nor should they!

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A friend’s casual friendship that has recently become much more serious worries you. Their new partner isn’t quite right for them. Be careful what you say to them! Romance. Your relationship with a neighbour should soon pick up. Surprisingly, you have much in common and plenty to talk about!


LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) There should be quite a lot to look forward to this week. Try to take things one step at a time. You don’t need to overexert yourself for no reason! Romance. You will be full of ideas, but must be careful not to get into deep water. Not all of your concepts will be accepted by your mate.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Taking on too much at work is beginning to hurt your family life. It will become more and more difficult to separate the two. Be mindful of this! Romance. Don’t allow your partner’s previous relationship issues creep between you two. The past is history for a reason. Mend any broken bonds.

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LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Others around you may not have as much skill and talent as you do. Spend time passing on your trades and you will be happier. Romance. You will enjoy being the centre of attention. It may be a little harder to get out of the limelight, however. Your partner may not be thrilled with this!

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Don’t think that things will continue to run smoothly without any effort. You may have things as you’d like them this week, but you will have to work hard to keep them! Romance. A new friend will be impressed by the way you handle an unexpected crisis. They may want more from you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso

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A person whom you have just met will be impressed by the level of your emotional strength. Be sure to let your feelings show from time-to-time, however. Romance. Your partner may be looking at others from the opposite sex. This doesn’t mean they are looking to leave you, however.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) Contact with a pet may help you to release tensions that have been building up. This animal will be able to pick up your feelings in a way that a human might not. Romance. Time spent working on the same project will bring you and your partner closer than ever before. Savour this!

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On behalf of Mura Badulgal (TSI) Corporation RNTBC we would like to thank and acknowledge all those who contributed, volunteered and assisted with the Handover Ceremony for the Transfer of Badu Island. These include our Contributors: Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Torres Strait Island Regional Council, Sea Swift, My Pathways, Badu Island Foundation, Alick Tipoti and Jamie Yorkston. The volunteers who offered their valuable time: Matilda Nona, Young Enosa, My Pathway participants, Paul Tomsana, Bishop Tolowa Nona, Singers and Dancers of the Badu Island Dance Team, Nancy Nona, Elsie Ahmat, Tupoa Ahmat, Harry Newie, Sarah Gaidan, Waikup Morseu, Aiona Morseu, Elizabeth Hosea, Bernie Joe, Willy Baira, Johnny Baira, Palen Kris, Brad Pabai, TSRA Mura Badulgal Rangers, Horace Nona and all those who assisted with the hunting, cooking and amai. The Events Committee: Solomon Ahmat, Barry Nona, Dick Williams, Leah Reuben, Troy Stow, Joel Morseu, Lily Ahmat, Josephine Ahmat, Councillor Horace Baira, Michael Laza, Eccles Ahmat, Marie Nona, Eddie Nona and Louisa Taylor. We would also like to thank the entertainers and dance teams who travelled to Badu to share this day with us: Bobby Kaigey, Harry Lui, George Musu, Dauan Dance Team, TI/Meriams Dance Team and Thawia Dance Team. We would also like to thank Queensland Police Service for visiting and providing a safe and secure environment: Sergent Conrad Vanedmond, Senior Constable Patricia Pedro and Police Liason Officer Mr Connie Pedro. There are so many people to thank and acknowledge and if we have missed your name it is with deep regret but you know who you are. We would like to esso you for your time and assistance in working towards making the vision a reality for Mura Badulgal. Koeyma Esso Directors - Mura Badulgal (TSI) Corporation RNTBC

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TAGAI STUDENTS RECORD SONG IN SYDNEY AND PERFORM AT CONCERT By DEBORAH BELYEA THREE Tagai State College students participated in an exciting project headed by Desert Pea Media (DPM) and UNICEF Australia in Sydney last month. They even got to perform at Yabon Festival the largest single day indigenous festival in Australia, drawing an audience of between 10,000 and 15,000 people on Australia Day. The project, titled ‘Empowering Indigenous Children’, aimed to encourage young Indigenous Australians to learn more about their rights. Seven Indigenous teenagers were brought together by UNICEF Australia to participate in the project focused on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. They participated in workshops to write a rap song which they have now recorded and are in the process of filming a video clip for. The students, Andrew Lui, year 12 student and School Captain at Tagai State College, Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh, Pele Savage and Katura Samson, both year 10

students at Tagai State College, Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh), were chosen to travel to Sydney to participate in the project alongsidethe other Indigenous students from throughout Australia. Unfortunately Noel Repu, year 9 student fromTagai State College, Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh, who was also selected could not make the trip. The students, accompanied by Music Teacher Rachel Templeton and mentor Pat Mau, of Maupower, spent an intensive five days learning about the United Nations’ UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which helps to secure the minimum standards for Indigenous peoples’ dignity, survival and wellbeing. Through this information the students worked with Desert Pea Media’s Toby Finlayson and Smugglers of the Light Foundation’s Joel Westlake, to write and record a hip hop song that raises awareness to everyone on the UNDRIP document. The students then worked throughout Sydney to create an accompanying film clip for the song. Not only did these amazing

Tagai ambassadors create and perform in such a historical project they also spent countless hours being interviewed by the media. They then spent their evenings rehearsing for their performance at the Yabun Indigenous Arts Festival. This performance saw all of the Indigenous Australian students in the DPM and UNICEF project combine under the name of Desert Pea Media All Stars and perform a collaboration of each of their community’s past Desert Pea tracks. On Australia Day, the students proudly opened the Yabun Festival with their amazing live performance to much acclaim from NITV and Koori Radio. Tagai State College would like to acknowledge the excellent achievement by these students and pass on how impressed both UNICEF and Desert Pea were in the students commitment to the project, their confidence in performing and how well they represented the youth of the Torres Strait. Acknowledgement is also given to Ms Templeton and Pat Mau for their mentorship, support and encouragement. Big Eso.

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Mina big eso to the Marigeths: Garreth Smith, Vera (Ofa) Havili, Rod Whittle, Mariah Mosby, Patty Mosby, Olive Mosby, Gagee Marou, Robert Williams, George Pedro, Raymond Kirk. Whom we know eased our pain during this time of sorry. We would like to say a special thank you to Phoebe (Marka) Mabo for her unconditionally assistances in the kitchen. A Mina Big Eso also extends to: Oceanview Funerals, Debra Rose Funerals, Townsville Hospital, Townsville ICU doctors, nurses, admin and auxiliary staff, Qld Health, Thursday Island Hospital, Meriba Mudh, Sea Swift – Darryl Sedan, Torres Shire Council, Pastor Darren Peakall, Seventh Day Adventist Church members, Pastor George Nona, Assembly of God members, Port Kennedy Associations, My Pathway, Judy Ketchell, Tagai College, Deidree Whap – QAS, 4MW, MacDonald Ferry, Michael Bon, pallbearers, Tom Mosby, Bobby Binawel & the Kup Mari crew, Tony Shibaskai & LaToya Nakata, Greg Kirk, Thomas Fuji, Peter Yorkston, Harry Yamashita, Paul Ahmat, Bana & Diai Luffman, Shannae Nona, Shanice Havili, Francis Havili, Theo & Mariah Mosby, Bobby & Kathy Peddell, Kevin Sabatino & Family, Graham Hirakawa, Harold & Patty Mosby, Armit Family- Townsville, Dirk Laifoo, Richard Takai & family, George Gabey, Sylvia Tabua, Julius & Gina Tabua, Stanley Ansey & MaryAnne Gaffney, Rita Morseu, John & Julie Abendigo, Tamily Shibaskai, Lyle Newman & Gwen Ketchell, Ted & Rosemary Loban, Nancy & Raymond Kirk, Rohan Hirakawa, Warren Mabo, Gary Tekahika, for those who sent and gave flowers or a sympathy card, made amazing food to share leading up to the funeral and on the funeral day, made donations, called with the kindest words and thought of us those days. Your thoughts and efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you to our families and friends who have travelled from far and close, we appreciate your presence and support. Please accept our apologies if you haven’t been personally mentioned above your support are much appreciated. Love all whom you hold dear, Precious is the time you share, Do not wait for tomorrow, For tomorrow may not be... Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.


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ing Indigenous performing arts company Bangarra Dance Theatre is committed to inspire and develop the next generation of Indigenous storytellers through the mentoring and training of creative young people. In 2013, Bangarra Dance Theatre launched its youth program, Rekindling, which uses dance theatre to reconnect Indigenous youth with their culture. Exploring ‘who you are’ and ‘where you come from’, young people will research and gather

stories from within their communities with the help and guidance from local elders, and develop performance and creative skills to enable them to produce their own dance theatre works. Last year Rekindling brought together young people in the NSW communities of Moree, Wellington, Kempsey and Blacktown. The program was a great success and Bangarra is pleased to announce Rekindling is expanding in 2014 and includes multiple communities in both New South Wales and

Queensland. Twenty-four secondary students will be chosen from the audition in each area to be part of the Rekindling program during 2014. Rekindling is led by one of Bangarra’s most-acclaimed artists, Sidney Saltner, who transitioned into a new role of Youth Program Director, after 15 years as a Bangarra performer. Saltner says of the program, “The Rekindling team had a very successful and rewarding 2013,connecting with four very different

communities in NSW. Through the sharing of stories, songs and dances we have made many valuable and special friends. In 2014 we are expanding our wings with two teams visiting more communities in NSW and moving into Queensland. We are looking forward to meeting and sharing time with our elders, youth and community members of the chosen communities in 2014 as well as maintaining strong connections with the 2013 Rekindling communities.”

Nine-year-old in good condition A NINE-year-old boy from Rosehill was hit by a ute Wednesday, February 12. The boy was riding a bike out of Sailor Ave when he came into contact with the vehicle.The boy was released from Thursday Island Hospital on Thursday, February 13, and was in good condition.

Bamaga man charged with six offences A 54-year-old Bamaga man was arrested and charged yesterday following investigations into a number of sex offences allegedly committed between October 2012 and earlier this month. Detectives from Thursday Island Criminal Investigation Branch executed a search warrant at the

man’s Bamaga residence yesterday afternoon. He was charged with a total of six offences including rape, three counts of committing an indecent act and two counts of sexual assault, and is due to appear in the Bamaga Magistrates Court on February 13.

A quarter of world’s shark species could become extinct A QUARTER of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). The study, which comes at the start of the year marking the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List, was published in the journal eLIFE. It includes the analysis of the conservation status of 1041 shark, ray and closely related chimaera species. According to the findings, sharks, rays and chimaeras are at a substantially higher risk than most other groups of animals and have the lowest percentage of species considered safe - with only 23% categorised as Least Concern. “Our analysis shows that sharks and their relatives are facing an alarmingly elevated risk of extinction,” says Dr Nick Dulvy, IUCN SSG Co-Chair and Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. “In greatest peril are

the largest species of rays and sharks, especially those living in shallow water that is accessible to fisheries.” Overfishing is the main threat to the species, according to the paper. Reported catches of sharks, rays and chimaeras peaked in 2003 and have been dominated by rays for the last 40 years. Actual catches are likely to be grossly under-reported. Unintentionally caught sharks and rays account for much of the catch, yet developing markets and depleting fishery targets have made this “bycatch” increasingly welcome. Intentional killing of sharks and rays due to the perceived risk that they pose to people, fishing gear or target species is contributing to the threatened status of at least 12 species. The global market for shark fins used in shark fin soup is a major factor in the depletion of not only sharks but also some rays with valuable fins, such as guitarfish. Sharks, rays and chimaeras are also sought for their meat. Other products from these species include a Chinese tonic made from manta and devil ray gills and pharmaceuticals made from deep sea shark livers. Torres News

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12 teams contest the Badu Island touch footy carnival


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By ALF WILSON TWELVE men’s and women’s teams competed in a touch football carnival on Badu Island last month. The carnival was hosted by Badu Kulpiyam and the organising committee consisted of Jermaine Reuben , Jim Ahmat, Solomon Ahmat, Barry Nona and Jo Ahmat. Teams participated from Badu, Boigu, TI, Horn, and Bamaga(NPA) at the January 17-18 carnival. “Games were round robin with teams playing each other once. Each game was tightly contested showing high calibre of skilful players throughout the qualifying rounds. Finals were held on the second day, Saturday afternoon, again closely contested keeping the


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HI Hawks and Boigu. crowd on their feet” Jermaine said. In the men’s first semi-final scores were deadlocked at 5-all between Boigu and Kuki au Gub (Badu). As a result of the deadlock, teams went into drop offs. In the drop off, Boigu scored first to advance to the decider. Horn Island Hawks

defeated TI 7-4 in the second semi-final. The exciting grand final saw Boigu and HI Hawks level at 6-all on the sound of the siren and final whistle on full-time. Again, this led to another drop off which kept the crowd on their feet. The drop off went on to four men on field. By then, the HI Hawks celebrated the first touch down, winning a close but exciting grand final. In the women’s first semi-final NPA Sisters from Bamaga defeated Last Minute Badu and, in second semi final, Centre Village Rakers defeated Badu Tiddas. In a close grand final CV Rakers defeated NPA Sisters 6-5. Most Valuable Junior Players Kelam Nona (NPA sisters) and Jordan Nona (Wama Warriors). MVP of the grand finals were Tash Fujii (CV Rakers) and Ryan Shibasaki (HI Hawks). Carnival MVP went to Kelam Nona (NPA sisters) and Johnson Fujii (TI). The above awards were decided after referees cast votes in games on a 3, 2, 1 basis, and voting was extremely close. Organisers wanted to say a huge thank you to the sponsors that were

able to contribute and make this carnival a success. They were: Badu Island Foundation (BIF), Torres Strait Regional Council (TSIRC), Torres Strait Youth and Sport and Recreation (TSY&SR) and Argun Seafood. “We would also like to thank TSIRC and My Pathway for assisting in the set up and maintenance of the surrounding area of the playing fields. “Also a huge thank you to those that volunteered to help in setting up the venue, and helping with preparation and selling of food throughout the carnival. “Also a thank you to the referees from Cairns Touch Association that volunteered their time to take part in the carnival. “Will Sigiba, Daniel Wlenert and Michael Zitha (ref coordinator) held a referees’ clinic on Thursday afternoon to up-skill individuals from Badu, those who volunteered to assist with reffing throughout the carnival,” Jermaine said. The same organising committee will be hosting the Island of Origin rugby league carnival in June/July and official flyers will be sent out soon.


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Nona and Livock shine for Goannas From Page 23 >> Bobby Nona is one of the most-sought after players for teams competing at All Blacks rugby league carnivals and has played in many winning teams. Bobby was an integral part of the Argun Warriors team which won the title of Australia’s best All Blacks side in 2012 when they beat Newcastle Yowies 28-24 at Davies Park in Brisbane in the Murri versus Koori clash. The block-busting forward was also in the Descendants team which easily won the final of the last Rockhampton Allblacks carnival. Elia Ware is a coach of the successful Descendants side which has won numerous All Blacks carnival and grew up with Bobby Nona. “Growing up Bobby always achieved what he wanted to do whether it was playing marbles, throwing stones, playing Nintendo 64 or sports. “I am older than Bobby by a few months but always looked up to him as a big brother because if there was an issue I would go to him and he would take care of it even if he was wrong he would fight for his right. “I have played a lot of footy with Bobby and I’ve been there in his highs and lows of rugby league especially in his low when he was making every excuse possible not to train or not to play because he was slack. “Seeing him now in one of his highs of rugby league has made me very proud to be his bala not because of his playing ability but to see him turn his life around at an age where most men would just let it go because it would be the easier option and to achieve what he wanted to do. “Just wanna say proud of you Bobbaloo (nick name) and that you have inspired me in a lot of ways esso bala,” Elia told the Torres News. Livock played for Mulga Tigers which won the 2013 Zenadth Kes final on Thursday Island.

Left to right: Maleta Nona (KRL - JRL/QRL delegate), Eddie Sailor - Torres Strait Communities Sport & Recreation Coordinator (TSCSRC), Paul Green (NQ Cowboys Coach), Patrick Wasiu (Sports and Rec Coordinator - Weipa), Tali Frank (KRL - Kaiwalagal Rugby League President). Torres Strait in all sporting codes. Rugby League and is the current PresiBy ALF WILSON “The main aim of my attendance at the dent. The conference was originally set QUEENSLAND Rugby League northern triennial QRL conference was to assist division manager Scott Nosworthy was the Kaiwalagal Rugby League (KRL) down for two days but was reduced to delighted that the Torres Strait was association in developing, maintaining one because of fears that tropical cyclone represented by Tali Frank, Maleta Nona and sustaining rugby league within the Dylan would strike the region. Cairns-based Regional Co-ordinator and Eddie Sailor at an administration Torres Strait for the juniors, seniors and David Maiden was also at the meeting conference in Townsville on February 1. women grades. “The various funding opportunities which he described as very positive. “The conference was a major success Subjects discussed at the conference with 80 plus attendees from all over North and training and development support Queensland and also there was Cape available through the QRL and NRL is included rules, judiciaries, tribunals, York Rugby League’s Patrick Wasiu,” Mr great and I’m positive now that the KRL funding, education and development, seniors, juniors and women competitions player’s insurance, clubs, administration, Nosworthy said. Mr Sailor is the Co-ordinator for the up here in the Torres Strait will flourish health and referees. There was a question and answer Torres Strait Communities Sport and more,” Mr Sailor told the Torres News. Mr Frank represented the Kaiwalagal period as well. Recreation Program servicing the whole

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Touch Footy is back By AARON SMITH AFTER a year hiatus, Touch Footy is coming back to Thursday Island. Wally Shibasaki, of the Thursday Island Touch Association, is launching the game this year with a new season commencing soon. Touch football is one the fastestgrowing sports in Australia and requires a high level of fitness and agility to play. “With the National finals in Coffs Harbour next month, many players strive to play at that level, and playing at this grassroots’ level

is a good training ground to potentially step up. “It is also a good pathway into NRL,” Wally said. “Although obviously muchmore structured, Touch footy is a bit like the school game ‘tiggi’ where you have to be fit and skilled.” Wally took up Touch footy when he was living in Mackay, but his background is in rugby league and basketball. Wally’s sister, LJ Shibasaki, is the only female Torres Strait Islander to represent Australia in 1988. The Association is calling for

players in categories of open mix and Corporate Social to sign up for the season. The Battle of the Islands championships is scheduled May 8-11 on Thursday Island. “Last year we couldn’t get a season allocated at the Ken Brown Oval, but that has been resolved this year so we will looking forward to playing in 2014.” Games are scheduled to start on March 11 and nominations close February 28 at 5pm. For more information contact Wally (0459 582 746).

Nona and Livock shine for Goannas By ALF WILSON TORRES Strait Islander Bobby Nona shone for the First Nation Goannas side which lost 52-12 to the Newcastle Knights NRL club at Hunter Stadium on February 8. Another forward of Badu Island descent James Livock also had a good game for the Goanna which consisted of amateur Indigenous players complemented by a handful of former NRL stars. The Knights, coached by Wayne Bennett and including Dane Gagai of Torres Strait Islander descent, scored 10 tries to two. Laurie Daley was the Goannas coach and game was telecast live nationally by NITV. Try scorers for the Goannas were former Normanton back Davin Crampton who stormed over Dane Gagai to score late in the second quarter and former NRL utility Rod Jensen who visited Badu in 2011 for the Island of Origin Series during his time with the Northern Pride. Bobby Nona and James Livock were amongst 14 players who were

Wally Shibasaki.

Bobby Nona, middle, with Tamahu Tahu (right) and Willie Tonga. given the opportunity of a lifetime, a morning tea at Sydney’s Rugby by becoming temporary members League Central, where they met of seven Sydney NRL clubs. the NRL Indigenous Council chair The clubs hosted members of Linda Burney, and fellow Council the First Nations Goannas team, to representative and Goannas player give them a glimpse of what life is David Peachey before donning like as a professional footballer, in their jerseys and joining their the lead up to their match with the respective teams. Newcastle Knights. The players were inducted at << Continued Page 23

The First Nations Goannas spent time training with NRL clubs last week in the lead-up to their match against the Newcastle Knights. Back Row (L-R): Rod Jensen, Kareel Phillips, Roy Smith, Kieran Vale, Davin Crampton, Malcolm Congoo. Middle Row (L-R): Robert Nona, Joshua Benjamin, Reginald Saunders, Rickki Sutherland, Noel Underwood, James Livock, Matthew Pittman. Front Row (L-R): Dennis Moran, Rex Johnson, Nathan Blacklock, Adrian Davis, Laurie Daley (coach), David Peachey, Javarn White, Phil Dennis. Page 24 Torres News

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