MONDAY WALK IN THE PARK ... by Betty Matthews

Friday, July 31, 2015

Exploring Norfolk Island is always interesting.  On Monday afternoon my husband, Stephen, and I took ourselves for a winter’s afternoon drive out to Captain Cook Reserve, we decided to walk the track to the cliff top above “The Cord”.

The staff members of the National Park have been busy along the track leading down to the lookout above “The Cord”.  Every ten to twenty metres there are rat bait stations along the fence line.  The adjacent bush has also had unwanted weed trees removed.  The Olive and Hawaiian Holy trees have been taking over the area and staff have cleared pathways and this has allowed them to extend rat baiting programs deeper into the National Park.

I enjoyed the walks along the new side tracks. There were lots of friendly fantails and they followed us along.  The flora and fauna in the park must appreciate the environmental work which has taken place in the area.  It is fantastic to see the land management projects and the changes since we last visited the area.  It will be interesting to see the increase in bird population in this part of the National Park in a year or two.

In the northern corner of Norfolk Island there is an interesting trial in place to reduce the rat’s population.  The plan is to set up bait stations twenty metres apart on coastal areas from Puppies Point to Anson Bay to Captain Cook Reserve.  Volunteer groups, local land owners and the Norfolk Island National Park are all working on decreasing the rodent’s populations.  The group “Wild Mob” brings visiting volunteer groups to Norfolk Island to assist with environmental problems.  Recent groups have assisted with distributing the rat baits and as well as placing about one hundred bait stations in Norfolk Island reserves.  These bait stations were made by earlier “Wild Mob” volunteer visits.  The inland bait stations are being set up fifty metres apart and coastal areas are setup twenty metres apart.

Thank you to the staff of the Norfolk Island National Parks, Wild Mob and Norfolk Island Travel Centre who promote our Bird Week, Eco Volunteers, the Green Parrot projects.

BUSY AT THE BOWLS CLUB ... by Betty Matthews

My week has been busy at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club.  I enjoy taking the photographs of the special events and competitions.

Last weekend was the Close - Open on Sunday, which was the end of the 2014 to 2015 season and the prize presentation for the bowls championships played during the past year.  I gave myself the challenge of photographing the winners and runner ups as they received their awards, after they have spent hours on the bowling greens during the year.

Congratulations to all of the winners and runner up bowlers and it was so great to get photos for almost everyone.  Thank you to Carol and Danny Yager for presenting the Yager Minor Singles awards to this year’s winners Brent Pauling and Wendy Nagy.  Thank you to Dinah Forsyth’s lovely granddaughters and Trev Gow for presenting the “Dinah Forsyth Memorial Trophy” to Petal Jones, for the second year in a row.

Last Tuesday was also very exciting at the bowling club when Gary Bigg returned home to Norfolk Island after his Gold medal performance on the bowls greens in Port Moresby at the Pacific Games 2015 PNG.  On Sunday I was able to get a photo of the PNG Pacific Games bowls team.  It is always challenging to get players together, so it is rewarding to be able to capture the moments.  I missed getting a team photo before the trip away and they said “to wait until they returned home with their medals”.  What a happy group they all were with Phil and Gary proudly wearing their Pacific Games medals.

The busy time continues during the week as I edited the photos and prepared them for the facebook page and for the Norfolk Island Bowling Club weekly news reports.  The challenges I give myself, keeps me up late on my computer, choosing the best of the photos and I enjoy putting them together as collages to tell photo stories.

So that is another week of bowls photos organised.  It won’t be long and the TAB Triples Bowls tournament will begin with many visiting teams from Australia and New Zealand, and I’m sure my camera memory card will be filled again with many more bowls photographs to add to my collection to share with the bowling club visitors, on the facebook page, plus to share with the Norfolk Island Bowling Club members.

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON ... by Betty Matthews

Friday the 31st July 2015 happens to be July’s second full moon. This extra full moon is known as a “Blue Moon”.  The last full moon was at the beginning of the month on Thursday the 2nd July.

“Blue Moon” was traditionally referred to as a month with an extra moon.  An older definition of “Blue Moon” is when there is an additional full moon in a season with a total of four full moons.  Winter, spring, autumn and summer typically has three full moons and are known as seasons.  The correcting of the season in the last month of the season, if an extra full moon occurs was important, or otherwise the next season would start too early.

The event of two full moons in a calendar month is known as a “Blue Moon”.  This happens every two to three years.  The last “Blue Moon” occurred on the 31st August 1912 and the next “Blue Moon” will be on the 31st January 2018.

This internet link has a calendar of “Blue Moons”

If you wish to read more about “Blue Moons” check out these internet links

This photo of the full moon was taken in July 2014.  I have edited the picture and I have added the blue tint for a creative look.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Jacobs Rock Quarry and Port project now has a new home in the Village in Burnt Pine. Office and Materials Testing Laboratory, and a dedicated project office, which will include a 3D model of the project and staff that can answer your questions, are being installed in the building, providing facilities for the local team that will manage the project.

The project will provide a critically needed third wharf facility on the west coast of Norfolk Island that can be used when the weather and seas prevent access to Kingston and Cascade piers.

This new west coast facility will provide additional cargo and cruise ship-handling options to Norfolk Island. Construction materials for the project will besourced from the project site quarry. Excess quarry materials will also be available for use in other criticalisland projects such as pier repairs, road repairs, airport maintenance and upgrades and private construction.

The benefits to Norfolk Island also include job creation and training for local residents in large scale project planning, construction and operation.Additional long-term benefits also include the potential for the project design to be carried out on other regional South Pacific Islands by the Norfolk Island project team.

Finally there are important indirect environmental benefits from not having to import gravel to Norfolk Island. There will no longer be a need to construct atemporary earthen barge landing in Ball Bay. Anecdotalevidence from previous temporary ramps suggest thatthe marine turtles and corals have been negativelyimpacted by this practice, associated with both the poorquality of the dirt and waste road tar used the constructthe ramp, and the destruction of the ramp(s) by stormscontaminating the bay with silt and tar. Additionally,sourcing rock locally will protect the quarantine values of the island, by reducing the potential for introduced weed, insect and animals species from entering the island on contaminated gravel.

The environmental benefits to Norfolk Island are important to the latest company to join the project team. Dr Kellie Pendoley is Director and Principal Scientist of Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd., has along association with Norfolk Island extending back to the 1920’s when her grandfather John (Jum) Lawrence Lorking first came to Norfolk Island with the Pacific Cable board before returning with Kellies father, John Lorking, following World War 2.

Kellie and her team have over 30 years’ experience working as marine conservation biologists and environmental scientists on resource sector (oil and gas, mining) and port developments in Australia protection and management experience to the Jacobs Rock Quarry and Port project, for example the past 11 years she has provided advice and support to Chevron Australia to protect the conservation values of Barrow Island, a globally important island Nature Reserve,during the construction of the $52 billion dollar LNG gas plant on the island. She is a Ministerial appointee to several boards, a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and regularly publishes in the scientific literature.

Civil and Geotech NI is committed to the best possible outcome for the JRQP project, using private investment funding. We continue to work with the governmental departments, to facilitate the necessary approvals as part of the overall approval process requirements.

ALEX NOBBS PARTY ... by Lou Tavener

On Tuesday 21st July Alex Nobbs turned 80 and family and friends gathered at the Parish Centre for a celebrationary dinner. It was a typical Nobbs family affair – there was people of every age from 0-90’s and many musicians on all kinds of instruments playing great music for all to enjoy. The lamb on the spit, fried fish & ribs and the table laden with island dishes and a great array of salads were enjoyed by the large crowd.  Everyone sang happy birthday as Alex cut the big 80th chocolate/porpay birthday cake and then laughed with him as he opened his 80 year old care package (all contents captioned compered by Danny). The cake and porpay icecream were served for desserts and then music continued to late in the night. It was a lovely night enjoyed by all who came.

Thankyou to Pidge, Jerry & Alana and Cheryl who flew over to join in the celebrations. Thankyou also to the family and friends who assisted in helping in many ways.



Last week saw the start and end of the third annual Christmas in July concert week. The first eager passengers arrived from Sydney last Friday with another crew arriving from Brisbane on Saturday and the remainder arriving from Auckland on Sunday. All in all, there were nearly 150 people set for a full week of entertainment. Passengers were greeted at the airport by Santa and Island dancers. After they were whisked through the airport they were taken to their accommodation. After some tours of the Island, a fishfry and a Progressive dinner the concerts started. Monday night was the Legends of Rock, featuring Dean Vegas as Elvis, Dennis Knight as Johnny O’Keefe and Chris Knight as Buddy Holly.

The second concert was the amazing voice of Suzanne Prentice. Suzanne belted out a series of big songs while singing some tender classics. The third concert was the return of Normie Rowe. Normie lifted the tempo with his iconic rock and roll and entertained the crowd with a string of recent and past hits. The forth night was the introduction of John Rowles to Norfolk Island. John swooned onto the stage with a Vegas style concert. His big voice entertained the crowd with some saying he sounded as good as he always has. The three artists then got together and put together a final concert on Friday night where they all sand a selection of songs in an encore performance.

Apart from the concerts, the group were entertained by Glenn A Baker who’s knowledge of the music world is second to none. They enjoyed a personalised tour of Colleen McCullough’s house and enjoyed all that Norfolk has to offer. One of the highlights was the Christmas lunch at Paradise Hotel. Guests were welcomed by Santa and the artists. After they were sat down for entrees, Suzanne sang 2 Christmas songs with her Keyboard player Michael McCarthy backing. After mains, John Rowles called by from his rehearsal and with the help of his Keyboard player Stuart Pearce belted out How Great Thou Art, followed by Silent Night accompanied by his guitar. Following the solo songs, Normie and Suzanne led a sing along of Christmas Carols which ended off the 3 hour epic lunch.

Christmas in July is a joint venture between Trade Travel, Burnt Pine Travel and Baunti Escapes. The guests enjoyed being pampered by Megan, Les and the team from Baunti, Juliette and the team from Burnt Pine Travel and Whitney, Mark and Kathy from Trade Travel (particularly Whitney who each of them know on a first name basis now).

The format for the 2016 Christmas in July is now being finalised and should be out in the next couple of weeks. Information will be available as soon as it comes out at and


This Monday 27th July at 5.15pm at the Paradise Hotel, the Norfolk Island Maritime Archaeology Association (NIMAA) will be holding its AGM. NIMAA is the only local organisation with a Mission to help identify, protect and research Norfolk’s maritime history and archaeology.

The Association is involved with activities both in and out of the water. In the water our scuba diving members help look for, survey and protect heritage items. On land,  

oral history making has been the key focus, aiming to capture the stories, memories and history of our maritime environment. We welcome new members and anyone who would like to come along and find out about NIMAA’s activities.

So – here’s a mystery we would like to have solved. 

Can you tell us anything about our picture of an inscription on a rock below Lone Pine that reads “Hey Uncle Ugly!” Who was/is Uncle Ugly and who carved this stone? 

It’s not a huge part of our maritime heritage – but it’s an unexplained one that we’d love to know about. 

Come along on Monday night with the answer and there will be a small prize waiting for you!

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LE TOUR DE NORFOLK ISLAND ... by Betty Matthews

Friday, July 17, 2015

That time of the year has arrived, when I am tempted to stay up late and watch the great bike race, Le Tour de France.  The SBS television coverage is so impressive with extensive coverage of the bike race, as well as telling the history of the buildings and areas they are cycling through, along with the filmage of the stunning scenery.

Over past weeks, my husband Stephen and I have been out on our bikes, here on beautiful Norfolk Island.  Each week we think, where shall we go today?  Exploring the outdoors on our bikes can be very rewarding, spotting places and things which you don’t always see when driving.

There can be a few challenges while biking around Norfolk Island.  It can get very windy and sometimes rain showers can sneak in when you don’t expect them, but that is why they call it, “the great outdoors”.

We do have steep hill climbs.  I leave the “King of the Hills” to Stephen, as he enjoys riding Mt Pitt and other coastal routes.  If the going gets too steep, I get off and push my bike up the hills, that’s why they are called a “push bike”.

We may not have the famous cobble stones they have been riding over in Europe, but we have the famous Norfolk Island pot holes.  I make sure I navigate them carefully, there are a few the front tyre could get stuck in.  It wouldn’t be fun to fall off my bike and have to call the St John Ambulance volunteers.

Here are a few photographs from our last few rides, when we have also enjoyed some walks and picnics.  We have been visiting the Hundred Acres Reserve, Bumbora Reserve, and Anson Bay Reserve.  I took some nice panorama photos with my mobile phone at Fisherman’s Lane looking out to Captain Cook’s Memorial and I loved the photos at Bloody Bridge and Kingston Pier.

So if you get a chance, dust the cobwebs off your bike, pump up the tyres and check the brakes are working and take yourself off exploring Norfolk Island on a bike.

If you don’t have a bike, hire one from Norfolk Land and Sea, Taylors Road phone 23418 or from Automotive Service Centre, Ferny Lane phone 22022.

Happy pedalling.


This is an update on my article from last week’s publication on Norfolk Island Online News.

On the weekend I learnt that Bonnie had not received an award, but had been invited to Government House in Brisbane Queensland, as a guest where other St John members were receiving awards.  Apparently Bonnie has received a high award in recent years.

Apologies for the error in my report, the letter Bonnie received, lead us all to believe she was receiving a new award on Friday 10th July.  Now we ponder how a letter so ambiguous in meaning could be sent without clearer details.

We are all very proud of Bonnie Quintal and we all felt excited to know that her life time work was being rewarded.

Bonnie Quintal is a life time foundation member of St John Ambulance Norfolk Island, which she began over thirty years ago.  Bonnie has already received a Queen’s service Medal “MBE” for her years and years of service to St John Ambulance here on Norfolk Island and her flying around Australia all those years ago.  Bonnie holds the position as Commander of the Order of Saint John.

We welcome Bonnie back home and hope she was able to spend some quality time with St John members in Queensland and with her family who accompanied her to the presentation. I hope it wasn’t too cold over there in Brisbane.


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ENYA 11 YACHT BACK ON DRY LAND ... by Betty Matthews

Friday, July 10, 2015

This week I caught up with Darren Bates and took a closer look at the ENYA II the abandoned yacht that turned up on Norfolk Island a couple of weeks ago.

Daniel Forsyth was one of the first locals to sight the yacht off Norfolk Island in June, and when no contact could be made with the yacht, Darren Bates, the local policeman and Dean Graham set to work to recover and tow the yacht into Cascade Bay.

The ENYA II is now on dry land and has a strong bracket supporting the yacht as it awaits owner Stephen Collins arrival in August.  The boat has had the barnacles cleaned off and the workman have been preparing it for a paint job.  They will apply antifoul marine paint which will slow and protect it from the growth of subaquatic organisms that attach to the hull where barnacles have been growing and had damaged the original paint work.

The yacht was a fairly new yacht and it was lost at sea in September 2014 off Lord Howe.  As mentioned in my article on 26th June, Stephen Collins the solo yachtsman was rescued, when stormy conditions damaged the vessel.  The boom was damaged and the life raft was ripped in half.  Surprisingly there was very little water inside the cabin, only about 20 litres was bailed out.

Darren Bates has recovered personal items to return to Stephen Collins, such as bedding and clothing.  The mast is in very good condition and since it kept itself sailing unaided for ten months shows how remarkable this 10 metre yacht has been constructed.

Many have been wondering about salvage rights, ENYA II is the property of owner, but goodwill applies for the recovery of the yacht and the cost involved in the salvage.

Thanks for the chance to take a few more photographs Darren.  Well done to the local crew who assisted with the recovery.

WHALE SEASON 2015 – BEAKED WHALES ... by Betty Matthews

Whale season has a different meaning these days, than a century ago.  Winter is the time of the year when we start looking out to sea, hoping to sight a whale heading north for the spring breeding season.  If you get the opportunity, another way to sight the migrating whales, is from the local fishing boats or the Norfolk Island charter boats, which regularly spend time fishing the Norfolk Island coastal areas.

On Monday 6th July, Gilbert Jackson captured video of “Beaked” whales when fishing 8 miles out to the East of Norfolk Island.  There were three whales in the pod and the filmage has been uploaded onto Gilbert’s “Jackson Fishing Charter” facebook page, see the link below.  The whales they saw were about 5 metres long and what a wonderful sight for those on board the charter boat.

Gilbert Jackson also told me, “He also saw a pod in the same area when they were out fishing in spring or early summer last year.”

The pod of “Beaked” whales he saw this week is the only whales he had seen recently, but they do expect to see Humpbacks heading North and the smaller “Minke” whales are also regularly seen around the Norfolk Island coast line.

It is always exciting to see the whales when they are passing Norfolk Island and it is wonderful to be able capture them on camera.  If you do see any whales please contact either Borry Evans on 22082 or 50274 or else call Margaret Christian on 50901 or 22800, so records of the sightings can be recorded for the Norfolk Island Fauna and Flora Society.

If you wish, to book a fishing charter with Jackson Fishing Charter” call Gilbert on 50316.

A little research about “Beaked” whales,

Beaked whales are the members of the family Ziphiidae which consists of 22 species.  These toothed whales are notable for their elongated beaks.   Among air-breathing animals, beaked whales are some of the most extreme divers.  Beaked whales are one of the least known groups of mammals because of their deep-sea habitat, mysterious habits, and apparent low abundance.  Beaked whales are moderate in size, ranging from 4 to 13 metres (13 to 43 feet) and weighing from 1 to 15 tonnes (0.98 to 14.76 long tons; 1.1 to 16.5 short tons). Their key distinguishing feature is the presence of a 'beak', somewhat similar to many dolphins.  Beaked whales are unique among toothed whales in that most species only have one pair of teeth. The teeth are tusk-like but are only visible in males, which are presumed to use these teeth in combat for female reproductive rights. In females, the teeth do not develop and remain hidden in the gum tissues.  The social structure is not well-known, but sightings of single males accompanying multiple females suggest a polygynous mating system – which would considerably limit the number of males a female individual can choose.

Check out the facebook page, Jackson Fishing Charters link below to see the video footage:

I also checked out other stories and information about “Beaked” whales and found these Internet links:


We are all very proud of Bonnie Quintal.  She is a life time foundation member of St John Ambulance Norfolk Island.  Bonnie is receiving an award, the “Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Jerusalem" award.  This will be presented by His Excellency, The Governor of Queensland, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, on the of 10th July at the Investiture Ceremony to be held at Queensland Government House in Brisbane.

Bonnie Quintal started the ambulance service on Norfolk Island, which she began over thirty years ago when she saw a need to provide adequate help to those who may require first aid or hospitalisation from injuries or health problems.

The Norfolk Island St John Ambulance volunteer service early years was driven by the sheer force of will, by a very dedicated Bonnie Quintal.  Her life has been devoted to maintaining an essential service for Norfolk Island.  Bonnie stepped down from the Superintendent position on the 9th May 2008 and Kevin Adams was promoted as Norfolk Island St John Ambulance Superintendent.  Then six years later, Peter Davidson took over the position in 2012 and he is the currant Superintendent.

Bonnie has already received a Queen’s service Medal “MBE” for her years and years of service to St John Ambulance here on Norfolk Island and her flying around Australia all those years ago.  Bonnie has held the position as Commander of the Order of Saint John, and her new award will give her the title of Sister Bonnie Quintal MBE DStJ, Dame Bonnie.  This award is the highest award which can be awarded to a member of the Order of St John.

Congratulations Bonnie, we are all very proud of you.

Check out this link for more details about the history of the Order of Saint John awards:

Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Jerusalem

This has been an incredible week! From the 1st July NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY announcement, there has been a significant amount of communications, media and momentum built through off-island and on-island registration and participation.

Last night the Parish Centre overflowed with community members interacting with the NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY panel, as we went through the progression leading to our current situation, a summary of the next steps and an outline of everyone’s role in commencing the right to self-determination as identified within the United Nations resolution 1514 which states:

“All peoples have the right to self-determination and by virtue of that right can freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”

As identified during the meeting, a significant amount of development and effort has gone into the NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY proposal and documentation.  There has also been a great deal of United Nations activity very recently that has direct relevance to Norfolk Island. Not only has Norfolk Island been the subject of a presentation made during the 2015 May UN meetings on decolonization, this week’s review of UN “Sustainable development goals” (published in the Guardian) focusing on six “essential elements: dignity, people, planet, prosperity, justice and partnership” identifies with the key goals NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY and the broad community of this island see as important.

Thank you to everyone who has registered so far with NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY. As explained during the meeting the registration and structural development of NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY are very important steps in proper and democratic process as we all move forward. Registration forms are available at Foodland’s mall, Pawpaw’s Pump Shed and Dan’s Butchery (also available at online – don’t hesitate to contact any of the NORFOLK ISLAND PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY contact points identified within your post box mail out if you would like to discuss process or points of interest.


After another significant amount of effort two pier designs have been and are being signed off by all the legitimate stakeholders within this community and will be ready for submission by as early as the end of next week.  I am proud to say that one design is the original submission that I put forward some months ago and the second is the design as requested by both the Stevedore and Lighterage crews of the Island.

Both these designs retain the potential to vastly increase Norfolk Island’s potential for accommodating Cruise Line patronage. Either alternate design provides this community with significant investment opportunities on a multitude of platforms.  Either design sets the trigger for economic recovery.  As a comparison the current commonwealth intended design is viewed as little more than a joke.

Unfortunately the combined submission will not be issued to the Advisory Council as the council’s chairperson has already seen fit to label efforts put into this area  as a ‘”scam” and another member has blatantly miss-informed Carnival Australia of design not meeting with community acceptance and that the implementation of the design will impose a significant commercial reliance upon Carnival Australia themselves.  Both pieces of miss-information have been proved to be false.

Although the protocol for submission should then be to the Administrator I feel this is also a pointless exercise as the Administrators office has elected to throw the six previous identical submissions in the bin.  I personally feel this Administrator most likely will not hold his appointment long enough to process too many more submissions anyway.

I will however be submitting directly to the Australian Senate, several off-Island senior members of D.I.R.D and several Senior Shareholders of Worley Parsons suggesting this correspondence requires attention as it has a potentially disastrous public relations outcome.  Wasting 20M in Australian Tax payer funds without any form of economic result is not acceptable.  And ‘yes’ Briggs’ Office is aware that the revised project costing will be 17 – 20M and not the 13M still advertised.  The blow out is not advertised at this point due to this information providing the Assistant Minister with wiggle room to use the cost blow out as an excuse to place the project on hold or to cancel it.  Who needs economic recovery when you receive enough welfare to survive!!

In amongst such adversity the support for this project design is nothing less than brilliant which reflects the backbone Norfolk Islanders retain.  How and why this community has been placed in this position must be investigated and appropriate steps taken to ensure such a ridiculous situation does not occur in the future.

In hoping this assists


The below photos shows the Isle of Man flag flying alongside the Norfolk Island flag at the Tourist Bureau last Sunday 5 July 2015 in commemoration of the Isle of Man’s National Day – Tynwald Day and the Norfolk Island flag flying at the Isle of Man Parliament on Bounty Day.

In last weekend’s press we shared some background to the historical relationship between Norfolk Island and the Isle of Man which culminated in the signing of a Cultural Agreement in 2011. 

This week we share with you the letter from the Council of Elders to the President of Tynwald, the Isle of Man Parliament, and the response received from President Christian. 

Tynwald Day received great coverage on the local radio last weekend and particular thanks go to VL2NI announcer Rebecca Hayes and Irene Turton who had a long chat on local radio last Sunday about life on the Isle of Man and the celebrations that take place on that Island’s National Day.  

Irene comes from the Isle of Man but now resides on Norfolk with her husband Robert Turton. 

Thank you to Graham White for also talking about the Isle of Man on his Saturday afternoon radio programme. 

If anyone would like a copy of the various radio broadcasts email with your email contact and they will be forwarded to you. 


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ORION ON NORFOLK ISLAND ... by Betty Matthews

Friday, July 03, 2015

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion has been out on the tarmac at the Norfolk Island International Airport, last weekend, the 26 to 29 June 2015.

I had an excellent weekend with my camera, capturing the Orion when it arrived in on Friday landing during the stunning sunset.  The following morning I had the opportunity to enter the airport with a staff member.  I was able to take photographs of the AP- 3C Orion up close.  Syd Cooper enjoyed having his photo taken with his truck in front of the Australian Air Force aircraft.

The crew of eleven had flown to Norfolk Island from Darwin and were based here for the weekend.  The local community enjoyed watching the Orion take off and land on Saturday and Sunday and then the Air Force crew departed our shores on Monday morning.

The local cadets enjoyed meeting the Orion caption and they also got to view the Orion on Saturday evening.  I took a photo of Tim Sheridan with his young cadets as they were preparing to enter the security area, they all looked very excited.

I wonder when the Orion will return to Norfolk Island.  These are a couple of the photographs I took over the weekend.

I did research about the Orion, this is some of the information I found.

The AP-3C Orion is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of land maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, naval fleet support, and search and rescue operations.

Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, the AP-3C Orion recently completed almost 10 years of operational service in the Middle East, completing 2,400 missions with more than 3,500 personnel completing tours of duty. The aircraft conducts long-range surveillance missions within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone and throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The Orion first entered military service in 1962, with the P-3C first introduced in 1968. The significantly upgraded Australian AP-3C Orions were introduced into service in 2002, and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-optics detectors (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detectors, friend or foe identification systems and acoustic detectors.

The AP-3C Orion may work alone, or in conjunction with other aircraft or ships. Wartime missions include locating and attacking enemy submarines and ships using torpedoes and Harpoon anti-shipping missiles. Orions also assist in search and rescue operations by conducting search and survivor supply (air drop) missions.

AP-3C Orion flight training is conducted primarily in two simulators, the Advanced Flight Simulator and the Operational Mission Simulator.

The AP-3C Orion continues to support Operation RESOLUTE to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

The AP-3C Orion is due to be replaced by the P8-A Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton.


Norfolk Island Bowlers are heading to PNG2015 Pacific Games which will be held in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.  The games start on 4th July 2015.  There will be 4,000 Athletes competing from 24 nations in 28 sports.

Travelling to compete as part of the Norfolk Island Bowling team members are, Tess Evans representing the ladies with her daughter Phoebe as the manager for the ladies bowls.  The men’s bowls team representatives are Matt Bigg, Gary Bigg, Trev Gow, Phil Jones and Ryan Dixon.  Ryan’s father, Rob Dixon will be manager of the men’s bowls team.

We wish the sports teams a successful time representing Norfolk Island and if you would like to follow the teams please follow and LIKE the Norfolk Island Bowling Club facebook page

Or follow the PNG2015 Pacific Games web page link

THE BIG BASH ... by Cristina McRitchie

It was a perfect winters day on Saturday the 27th of June to hold The Big Bash, an indoor cricket match game day to fundraise for the children of Norfolk Island Central school going on the year six tour in 2 months’ time.

The Norfolk Indoor Big Bash is the brain child of Jason Ellem who devised the concept for the year six tour fundraising group in previous years, it has been a popular event each year since at the Cheryl Tennis club.

With the green mats rolled out and the 6 teams kitted out  in their matching team colours, the games got underway. In true Indoor Cricket format there was 10 per side in each team including at least 2 females. There were plenty of ‘interesting’ calls from the umpires as well as from the hecklers up on the ‘randa. Fines were given for player ‘issues’ such as dummy spits, dropped catches and running team mates out etc. We got to see to see the interesting side of competitive sports, but mostly it was great fun and loads of laughs.

The Cricket run of the day went as follows NSW (blue) beat Raiders (gold), Barbarians (white) beat Raiders  and Barbarians beat NSW. Kiwi (black) beat QLD (Maroon), Norfolk Island (green) beat QLD and Norfolk Island Beat Kiwi.

Before the grand final between the Norfolk Island team and the Barbarians was held, there was now a break to grab some extra food (the steak sandwiches and toasties cooked up by the fundraising group were divine) and to hold the ‘auction’.

Auction items were organised by the year six parents and included some very yummy coconut pies, boxes of vegies, NSW and Canberra Raiders signed NRL jerseys and hats, Cricket gear signed by Alfie Langer and a Framed & signed classic wallabies jersey which fetched top dollar of the night. The Queensland Captain had to be reminded to stop bidding against himself, but he got the pies he wanted.

After the Auction, play resumed at sunset for the BIG BASH grand final under the lights. This nail biting match was between team Norfolk Island and the Barbarians. The Barbarians eventually claimed a grand final victory.

It was a fabulous day that raised over $2000 for the children going on tour to Sydney, Canberra and Uluru. ($1045 during the auction alone. Thanks to everyone who made a bid or two.)

Extra special thanks from the 2015 Year six tour fundraising group to The Cheryl Tennis club for hosting the event, Jason Ellem for all your pre-work to allow smooth running during the day, The gas centre for your constant support, those who donated prizes to the auction and for the prize winning team. And thanks to all the players and your families who came, enjoyed, ate and drank merrily while cheering on the other teams.

Indoor Cricket on Norfolk Island. We don’t need a fancy schmancy purpose built centre. We have a community. When this community gets together for a common purpose such as fundraising for people who need it, this community shines!

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