Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

The Reverend Chris Yule:
It was announced in the Parish of Whitsunday on Sunday that The Reverend Chris Yule will resign as Rector of the Parish as from the 19th February 2017. I will be present in the Parish on the 19th to be with Chris as the Parish farewells him.

Chris will be issued with a Permission to Officiate licence. It is hoped that in time Chris will be able to conduct worship again after he has recovered from his various medical conditions.

In the meantime, it is important that Chris recuperates from his gall bladder surgery. Unfortunately, Chris had a car accident, when someone ran into him from behind. This did not help his surgery wound. Also Chris wishes to spend time getting used to his prosthetic leg and hopes to attend the Rehabilitation Hospital in Mackay.

Chris is still deciding where he will live. However, we assure Chris of our prayers as he has many decisions to make in the next few weeks.

The Reverend Honorio Hincapie:
Honorio will be a locum in the Mackay Cluster for the next month. We assure Honorio of our prayers as we welcome him to the Diocese. Honorio comes to us from the Diocese of Rockhampton.

The Reverend Colin Cussen:
Fr Colin Cussen is to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday 5th February 2017. The details of the service are below:

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2017 at 9am - Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane (455 Main St)
Celebrant of the Mass: Fr Colin Cussen
Preacher: Canon G. Harch
Celebrations continue after. Contact: 3391 4071 or 3878 6493
NOTE: Limited car parking

Colin was ordained priest in St James’ Cathedral and served the Diocese of North Queensland in a number of Parishes including Sarina, Ingham, Cairns and Mundingburra. Colin also attended school in Charters Towers for his Senior year. We wish Colin and his family every blessing for the celebrations.

Parish email address:
As from now, the Diocese will forward all correspondence for Parishes to the dedicated parish email address. I ask that those who check the emails at the parish office or rectory forward the emails on to the appropriate people within the Parish so they may be attended to.

What has happened is that various people have asked that emails be forwarded to their personal email. We have been doing as requested. However, when a person moves or ceases to hold office, emails are still being forwarded as requested. We have been made aware of this situation because people have been saying that “we did not get the email". We then check to find that we have forwarded the email to an old address, thus no response in many cases. If the Diocese has one point of contact, this will reduce the frustration.

Blue Cards:
Over the past week I have been phoning people about the status of their Blue Card. The reason I have been phoning is because the Diocese is undergoing an audit of its professional standards processes. By and large I think we are doing fairly well. However, the people from Nexia, who are undertaking the audit, have found a couple of gaps. I am pleased to say that most people have a current Blue Card and I thank those who have attended to their Blue Card situation straight away.

This audit was instigated by General Synod. The purpose is not only to review, but to improve our processes.
When you forward your Blue Card application please email Janet at and let her know of your application so that she can update our records.

The Government Policy in regard to Blue Cards is found at 4.6 on pages 28 & 29 of the DID and the Diocesan Policy with flow chart etc is found in the Appendices on pages 68 to 73. This will make life easier all round and I thank you for your co-operation.

This year The Cathedral School celebrates its centenary. Much planning and preparation has been undertaken. On behalf of the Diocese I congratulate the school on this important anniversary. We assure the school of our prayers and wish them well for the next one hundred years.

On the 29th January St. Margaret's West Cairns celebrated fifty years as a parish. Once again we congratulate the Parish and pray for the Parish as it moves forward in the Name of Christ.

Australia Day Honours:
On Thursday we learnt that The Reverend Dr Wayne Melrose was awarded an OAM. We congratulate Wayne on this most fitting award and acknowledge the support that Noeline has been to Wayne over the years. I have attached the published citation and want to add that Wayne has made a most positive contribution to military chaplaincy and to the Anglican Church in our nation, which I think was understated in the citation.

I know that many parishioners are not aware of Wayne's contribution to Tropical Medicine and Public Health policy. I often say, it is important that we hear each other's stories and give thanks to God for the way so many seek to make this world a better place.

The 26th January:
For many of us it is Australia Day. For some in the Diocese, the 26th January is known as Invasion Day or Survival Day. It is important that we work together and move forward in the spirit of reconciliation. We need to establish building blocks and build on them.

Robin and I attended the presentation of the Australia Day Awards for the City of Townsville. Miss Brianna Coop was one of the nominees and we congratulate Brianna on being nominated and for her contribution to the Para Olympics. A great achievement and an inspiration.

On occasions such as this, I never cease to be amazed at the positive and creative contribution many people make to our communities. It is very easy to focus on the negatives, but there is much to praise God for as people reach out to others and make life so much easier for them.

Please pray for those attending Retreat this week and for the conductor Bishop Graeme Rutherford.

The Diocesan Council as it meets on the 3rd and 4th of February. The purpose of this meeting is to address a number of issues that are laying on the table.

For the clergy and chaplains who are discerning the will of God and whether God is leading them to North Queensland.
I pray that the New Year has started well for you.

Be assured of my prayers.
Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

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The Reverend Dr Wayne David MELROSE, 46 Bainbridge Street, Heatley Qld 4814

For service to tropical medicine, and to the community through chaplaincy roles. Service includes:
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Public Health and Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, current.

Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, 2006-2012.

Director, Collaborating Centre for Control of Lymphatic Filariasis and Soil Transmitted Helminths, World Health Organization, 2004-2011.

Member, Program Review Group for Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, since 1993. Member, Expert Committee on Parasitic Diseases, World Health Organization, since 2004. Member, United Nations Health Assistance Team to East Timor, 2000-2004.

Fellow, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Fellow, Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Australian Defence Force:
Honorary Chaplain, Townsville Branch, Royal Australian Air Force Association, since 2005. Part-time Chaplain, Squadron 27, Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve, 1997-2015.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Humanitarian Overseas Services Medal, 2004

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