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TURNS out even mem­bers of The Wig­gles get a lit­tle star struck when face- to- face with Cow­boys leg­end Johnathan Thurston. Blue Wig­gle An­thony Field took to so­cial me­dia on Sun­day to boast of his meet­ing with the great JT, who was at the con­cert with his fam­ily. Ap­par­ently the pair traded sto­ries of ro­ta­tor cuff in­juries. Thurston had surgery on his busted shoul­der this week and will miss the rest of the 2017 Na­tional Rugby League sea­son. Thurston’s el­der daugh­ters, Frankie and Char­lie, seemed to have a great time, too, pos­ing for their own photo with Yel­low Wig­gle Emma Watkins. CRIKEY! The Frosty Mango wel­comed a sur­prise guest this week when Bindi Ir­win called in for an ice cream.

The 18- year- old Aus­tralia Zoo wildlife war­rior and her Amer­i­can boyfriend Chandler Pow­ell, 20, stopped by the iconic ice cream spot be­tween Townsville and Ing­ham on Tues­day.

The young cou­ple have been dat­ing for more than two years, with Pow­ell, a pro­fes­sional wake­boarder, re­port­edly mov­ing in with the Ir­win clan at Aus­tralia Zoo this year.

Owner Alf Poefin­ger said they both tried the sig­na­ture mango ice cream dur­ing the visit. “They were a nice cou­ple, down to earth,” he said. “It was great. We were great fans of her fa­ther.”

Mr Poefin­ger said he hadn’t re­alised how small- statured Bindi was in real life. “She’s a tiny girl and she’s very open and friendly,” he said.

Bindi, if you’re still around the re­gion, we’d be happy to give you some more rec­om­men­da­tions about must- visit North Queens­land spots. There are plenty more places we think you should try. MOST would con­sider Bob the big gun of the Kat­ter fam­ily but Mount Isa MP Rob­bie Kat­ter has been given a shot at a new role. The younger Kat­ter has been named as the pa­tron of state peak body Pis­tol Shoot­ing Queens­land. But Mr Kat­ter says that he doesn’t ac­tu­ally have that much ex­pe­ri­ence with pis­tol shoot­ing and he be­lieved he had been cho­sen be­cause he’s sym­pa­thetic to firearm own­ers. “I hon­estly be­lieve they’re one of the most vic­timised groups in mod­ern Aus­tralia,” he said. “I’m more of a sport­ing shooter with a ri­fle. “I’m not a great shot but I like it.” Mr Kat­ter said pig shoot­ing was one of his favourite things to do when he has some free time: “It’s also good be­cause you’re help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment by get­ting rid of a feral pest.” COW­BOYS player John Asi­ata may be a lit­tle bit pre­oc­cu­pied as NRL fi­nals draw nearer, with his wife Shailah due to have a baby girl in nine weeks. The new­est mem­ber of the Asi­ata fam­ily will be the cou­ple’s first child. It seems Asi­ata is al­ready plan­ning to dote on the new ar­rival, gush­ing on so­cial me­dia about his “lil Princess”.

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