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Norfolk Island Commemorates Kapyong Day and Anzac Day 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019


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Blainville’s Beaked Whale Norfolk Island 2016

Friday, April 26, 2019


Three years ago, on the 26th April 2016, a Blainville’s Beaked Whale was stranded on the reef at Slaughter Bay, Kingston.  During the late afternoon, I will always remember the community effort to attempt to rescue the exhausted whale, but it was too injured to survive, and later died.  The poor thing was very battered, bruised and cut up as the waves bashed it into the coral reef on the shoreline.


On that Autumn afternoon, I spent three hours until after dark down the beach photographing the whale so there would be scientific records of the small whale.  It was later identified as a Blainville's Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), also called the dense beaked whale.


On the day the beaked whale died, a biopsy tissue sample was taken and during the past few years the hope to get the sample to Sydney where there has been an offer to test the tissue and confirm the whales species.  It has proved very difficult with Australian biosecurity laws to transport the frozen tissue sample to Australia.  Maybe one day it may be possible but until then, it will remain frozen in Norfolk Island.

Wojtek Bachara, a whale researcher from Poland, contacted me in 2016 and together we gathered information and he then put together a scientific paper including my photographs.  It is interesting reading the research he has completed, and there are several sightings around Norfolk Island which he has documented in the report including the Gilbert Jackson sightings with video footage.  Plus, the picture on cover of Ian Kenny’s book “Whales, Boats & Fish”.  He also included information from other passing boats data records.  It is very exciting to now have my photographs published in my first scientific paper.


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This week I have looked back at the photographs I took three years ago, on that sad afternoon.  My biggest thought, as I looked through the photos, was the sense of community.  What an amazing place we live in on Norfolk Island.  I looked at the young teenagers out helping the whale, then how quickly everyone pulled their resources together to help.  Thank you to everyone who attempted to assist with the rescue one year ago.


I hope the next time I see a Beaked Whale it is a healthy Blainville’s swimming in the ocean, and not stranded on the Norfolk Island shoreline.

Thanks, Yorlie for all helping.


Betty Matthews

April 2019

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Golf Report

Friday, April 26, 2019


Another successful weekend of Golf with the “NIO” Easter Tournament played last weekend. The weather was perfect, the player numbers were great and the weekend capped off with a superb Fish Fry dinner followed by a Disco for those who still had some energy left in their body. The team travelling to the South Pacific games would have been happy with their effort and the numbers who turned up to enjoy the Fish Fry dinner.  We wish them all the luck in their efforts in Samoa.  And once again a big thanks to Terence [Tet] Grube and the staff at NIO for their generous sponsorship and support, and it was great  to have you down at the Club Sunday night to present the trophies to the winners.

The Clubrooms are slowly returning to some form of reality with painting still continuing but still functional, with the popular “Olive Branch” kitchen attracting plenty of happy customers and the great view from our veranda enjoying this great weather and food.

                                              Competition Results:

The “NIO” Easter Tournament Rd 1, a Stroke/Stableford event, began on Saturday in perfect conditions. Sean Ellard won the day with a very good 40 pt’s from Danny Nobbs 39 pt’s and Eric Sweeney 37 pt’s. Caroline Miratana had the best in the Ladies division with 37 pt’s from Kerry Robertson 35 pt’s.   The Pro Pin 4th went to Murray Devantier [48cm’s] plus the Jackpot. The All-In 9/18th Chris Magri [286cm], the Ladies 3rd shot to 5th /14th  Honi Wilson [76cm] & Mens 2nd shot to 1/10th Jared Magri [296cm].

Once again the “Island Plumbing & Gas” Putt Off remains and today will be worth $150.

The “NIO “Easter Tournament Rd 2 continued Sunday in similar conditions. Wayne Richards had the best in the Men’s division with 38 pt’s on a c/b to Sean Ellard [again] and Mat Kelly in 3rd place 37 pt’s on a c/b to Andrew [Umi] Umlauft.  Naomi Thompson had the best in the Ladies with 37 pt’s from Kerry Robertson 36 pt’s.   The Pro Pin 4th went to Mat McCaskie [271cm], the All-In 9/18th Murray Devantier [530cm], the Ladies 2nd shot to 7/16th Caroline Miratana [320cm] and the Men’s 2nd shot to 6/15th  Nathan Walden [161cm].

The overall results to the “NIO” Easter Tournament are as follows :-

               Men’s Gross   -          1st - Andrew [Umi ] Umlauft  153 gross.

                                                   2nd - Michael Sterling                155 gross

                                                   3rd - Danny Nobbs                      161 gross       

            Ladies Gross   -            1st    Caroline Miratana              178 gross

       Men’s  Stableford  -       1st   Sean Ellard                            78 pt’s

                                                 2nd   Mat Kelly                             71 pt’s

                                                3rd     Lisle Snell                             71 pt’s c/b

      Ladies Stableford -        1st     Naomi Thompson                71 pt’s on c/b

                                                2nd    Kerry Robertson                  71 pt’s

Wednesday’s golf had another good turnout of players and great weather again. It was “Port for Mort” Day, a memorial for a late member, Mort Rutledge.  An Individual Stableford, the event for the day and Kerry Robertson had the best in the Ladies division with 32 pt’s from Edie Christian on a c/b.  Stephen [Cooky] Gardiner won the Mens division with 38 pt’s from Ben Richards 37 pt’s on a 4 way c/b from Richie Cottle, Paul [Shorty] Kiernan & Dave Jeffreys.  The Pro-Pin 4th went to Kerry Robertson [289cm].

                                              Social Golf News  -

Veteran’s Golf had a much better roll up Tuesday and so good to see more turning up for an enjoyable couple of hours of social golf. Tony Scicluna won the day with 16 pt’s on a c/b to Murray Devantia.

                                                    What’s on this Week:

Today’s Golf is Rd 1 of the “Kev Wills Memorial Trophy” and this month a 4BBB Stableford. Tee off times are 8.30am & 12.30pm. All players are asked to have their cards into the match committee no later than 15 mins prior to tee off. Any visiting golfers with an official club handicap are always welcome to come down and play.

Tuesday  - Veteran’s Golf    -   9 holes   -   3pm

Wednesday - Individual Stableford [bonus pt’s “2Drips” Ansbury Christian Cup]  - 1pm

Friday -     “N I Mechanical” Chook Run - very social 6 holes - 3pm

                   Junior Choc Run - 4 Junior holes - 4pm

Saturday – “Olive Café” Monthly Medal & Lisner Trophy Rd 5 - 8.30am & 12.30 pm

Our Club bar is open Monday to Saturday from 11am and Sundays from 12pm.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon nibbles are available at ‘The Olive Branch’ Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm.


Enjoy fabulous golf course and ocean views while sampling something from The Olive Branch’s menu, which changes regularly to take advantage of our fantastic local produce.

 
The club bar also offers a great selection of beer, wine, cider, pre-mixed drinks and spirits.

 

Finally........                                  ‘’A Thought for the Day’

“I don't approve of political jokes… I've seen too many of them get elected.”

Good Golfing Everyone,

‘Squirrel‘

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Artificial reproduction report released

Friday, April 26, 2019


I am pleased to announce that, after visiting Norfolk Island and meeting with locals in February this year, Dr Ian Lean, Managing Director of Scibus, has completed his report on ways to utilise artificial insemination and embryo transfer for ruminant livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) on Norfolk Island.

Dr Lean recognised the genuine urgency to produce new male genetics and made some sound recommendations on the way forward.

The report and its recommendations are an opportunity for the Australian Government, industry and community to work together to help improve the quality and genetic diversity of the local herds.

The ‘Proposal for Improving Ruminant Livestock Performance on Norfolk Island: Artificial Reproduction Focus’ report is available on the Department’s website at https://infrastructure.gov.au/NI-ruminants.

A working group consisting of industry and community representatives and the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities will come together to progress Dr Lean’s recommendations. 

If you would like to be a part of further discussions please contact my office on ph: 22152 or via email: office.administrator@infrastructure.gov.au.

Eric Hutchinson

April 2019

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Tourism Industry Gathering

Friday, April 26, 2019


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Friday, April 26, 2019


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MAYOR’S UPDATE - KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

Friday, April 26, 2019



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NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL’S DRAFT OPERATIONAL PLAN 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019






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Air Freight Service Meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019


THE NORFOLK ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES CHAMBER MEMBERS TO AN AIR FREIGHT SERVICE SESSION WHERE BURNT PINE TRAVEL WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS.


THE MEETING IS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (28 APRIL) AFTERNOON COMMENCING 4.3OPM AT THE PARADISE HOTEL.


CHAMBER ENCOURAGES ALL MEMBERS TO ATTEND.  THIS IS A ONCE OFF OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO  RECEIVE DIRECT ANSWERS TO THE MANY QUESTIONS THAT ARE OF CONCERN

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NI Junior Rugby League 2019 Season.

Friday, April 26, 2019


This Sunday 28th April will be an introductory day at the Bicentennial Oval for school aged children who are wanting to play this season, everyone welcome. Anyone interested in coaching or being involved in any way is encouraged to come along as well. This will be an opportunity to start to organise grades and numbers for teams and there will be some training drills and fun games to get ready for the 2019 season.


9:30 to 11:00       Midget A & Bs (Under 7 & 10s).

11:00 to 12:30    Junior A,B and League Tag (everyone else).

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