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Volume 10, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ken speaks up for mining

Roxby Downs local Ken Lamb in the Minerals Council of Australia advertisement currently airing on television.

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oxby Downs local Ken Lamb has again become the face of a leading television advertisement urging voters to remember to support the mining industry in the next election. The one minute advertisement, authorised by the Minerals Council of Australia, talks about what further mining industry tax could have on the industry’s future. The advertisement was filmed partly in the

SA Outback and in the streets of Canberra. “Everybody knows we’ve got another Federal Election looming, and that means promises will be flying everywhere,” he says in the commercial, now airing on networks across the nation. “But how are they going to be paid for?” he asks. “Already there’s noises that the money will come from mining – that’s a really dumb idea. “The mining industry already pays more than 20 billion dollars in taxes and warranties a year

- 20 billion! “Canberra should be out there trying to grow mining, not mucking around with it. “Tax mining too heavily and projects go to other mining countries where taxes are lower. When projects go, jobs go. “When Canberra gets greedy, Australians everywhere – now and in the future – are the losers. “It’s never been more important to keep mining strong,” he says.

It’s the second time Lamb, owner and operator of Olympic Dam Transport – a business born and bred in Roxby Downs – has been the star of a national advertising campaign. The family was also part of the popular “Mining Australia – This is Our Story” series that aired across the nation in 2011-2012. Ken and his wife Val are well-known across the region for their fundraising work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and indigenous employment programs.

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Look after what Community rallies to save eagle you’ve got A By Millie Thomas

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ome Andamooka residents have been angered by the announcement of the development of a Splash Pad in the town, saying the town should ‘look after what they’ve already got’. Mothers Kathy King and Lee Sach want to use one of the town’s existing infrastructure – a children’s playground – but say they cannot due to the prevalence of dog faeces and general uncleanliness of the area. They say the Andamooka Town Management Committee should pay for fencing of the playground, to stop animals defecating in the area, before spending money on new projects. “We spent all this money on making a good playground, we may as well keep it clean for everyone,” Kathy said. Kathy explained ATMC Town Administrator, Deb Allen, had visited her mother’s group late last year, asking what residents wanted improved in the town. “I suggested a fence would be good, and a couple of the other mums said the same thing,” she said. From there, Ms Allen proceeded to quote the job and came back to the mothers with the amount, but suggested the splash pad area as an alternative way to spend funds. “I thought, well why don’t you look after the stuff you’ve got already?” Kathy said.

Lee echoed Kathy’s thoughts. “I don’t want my kids down there eating and being around that,” she said. “It’s there, so why not keep it there? They’ve spent a whole heap of money on doing a bike and barbecue area down there for the town people and Caravan Park and yet they can’t maintain it.” Lee also said that newly installed toilets in the area emitted a sewerage smell, because of a misplaced breather pipe. “It’s in the wrong position,” she said. “You go down there with your kids and all you can smell is the toilets. “You sit down there and not only do you have to watch and see if your kids will step in dog stuff, but you’ve also got to put up with the smell of that.” Ms Allen said the area is cleaned regularly – three times a week during peak season, and twice a week during off peak. “I don’t know whether it’s people taking their dogs through there on a lead and not cleaning up after themselves, or I don’t know if that’s dogs that aren’t on leads that are using the bark chips as a toilet,” she said. “But it is certainly cleaned regularly.” She also said she still has the quote to fence the playground, but is unsure of when the project will be carried out, and it is amongst other projects taking place around town in the near future. BY MILLIE THOMAS

Arid Recovery Tour Night Arid Recovery Reserve Saturday, April 27, 5pm - 8pm

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platform and a short nocturnal walk to with a chance to see the AR Big Four up close.

mass act from good Samaritans was the saving grace for a young Wedge Tailed Eagle found on Sunday, April 14.

A local family noticed a Facebook post notifying residents of the injured animal, and asking how to get it care, and jumped at the chance to help. The eagle was located about ten kilometres out of Roxby Downs on the Andamooka Road, to which the local family and rescuers swiftly returned. “Incredibly it was still there and we managed to catch the bird which unfortunately had a broken wing and could not fly,” one of the attendants said. The family housed the bird overnight in a large aviary, and fed it kangaroo meat and chicken drumsticks. “After a day of phone calls, we managed to find a rescue centre in Adelaide that would take the eagle. Minton Farm in Cherry Gardens, Adelaide Hills is experienced in rehabilitating birds of prey, amongst many other animals,” the attendant explained. The next challenge the rescuers faced was transporting the injured eagle to Minton Farm, a process which was completed by donations from local companies. ‘Tim’ from Alliance Airlines donated space on a flight from Olympic Dam to Adelaide on Monday evening, April 15, while Star Track and Toll Priority donated the consignment of the animal.

Unfortunately, the use of Star Track and Toll Priority could not be used, as animals require a ‘receiver’ at the other end of the flight. ‘Paul’ from Dogtainers in Adelaide put the consignment on the eagle and collected it at Adelaide Airport, before delivering it to Minton Farm – all free of charge. “Dogtainers offered their unlimited assistance and sup-

Uranium production increase

Tickets cost $10.00 per adult and includes entry for adult and all children seven per cent increase in uranium prounder 12. duction at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam Tickets can be bought at the gate, or mine was revealed in the company’s third pre-book your nocturnal tour by calling quarterly production report, released last week. (08) 8671 2402. Company wide, BHP Billiton produced 2,989,000 tonnes of uranium oxide concentrate for the year to date, and 933,000 tonnes for the March quarter. The report stated the increase was due to higher recoveries and increased plant availability at Olympic Dam. Copper production had a 12 per cent increase comLimited Edition Giclee Prints pany wide from this time last year, with an incredible 61 per cent increase recorded at BHP Billiton’s Escon‘Tawny Fogmouth’ dida mine so far this year. However 100 per cent copper cathode production Print $250 at Olympic Dam suffered a 17.5 per cent decrease

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port in any way needed in order to help this beautiful bird of prey,” the attendant said. “I would love to think that Roxby Residents would consider using Dogtainers when transporting their pets in the future, to acknowledge the incredible kindness this company gave to the wildlife in our community.” Dogtainers can be contacted on 1300 135 252.

from this time last year, reporting production of only 1,183,000 tonnes for the year to date, compared to 1,428,000 tonnes at the same time last year. BHP Billiton gold production company wide is down 12 per cent, with Olympic Dam recording a production drop of 17 per cent compared with this time last year, producing 74,763 ounces of 100 per cent refined gold at Olympic Dam for the year to date, compared with 90,093 ounces this time last year. Company wide silver production for BHP Billiton was also down, marking an 11 per cent decrease, but the Olympic Dam operations marked only a 6.4 per cent decrease, producing 614,000 ounces of 100 per cent grade refined silver for the year to date, compared with 656,000 ounces this time last year. BY MILLIE THOMAS

Kids room to be a special place

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thankful mother has decided to give back to Roxby Downs Health Services after her middle child, Grace, visited the hospital last year. Kate Pedersen and her family were in and out of hospital with Grace for five days last year, and decided they wanted to contribute something to thank the ‘sensational’ work of hospital staff. “I’m just trying to brighten it up and make it look a bit more funky and a bit more pleasing for the kids so that it’s not so boring while they’re in hospital,” explained Mrs Pedersen last week. At the moment, the room has a

digital print and television for the children, which although appreciated, becomes a little boring after night after night in hospital. “In the end Grace got flown out to the Women’s and Children’s (Hospital) and we got down there and in every (children’s) room, they just had something that made it special, and made it a happy sort of room, so I thought, that needs to happen up here!” Mrs Pedersen explained. She said it could make the room a happier place, for children who might be going through a hard time. “That’s my way to give back to the hospital,” she said. “The staff there, the nurses there, they were

sensational in looking after Grace, so I thought this is my way to say thank you to them.” Mrs Pedersen has already started accepting donations of likeminded parents around town, but implores other parents, community groups or general community members to do the same. “We’re going to put in new curtains, we’re going to paint walls and get the wall details up, get a blackboard, tables and chairs and find some new movies if we’ve got money left over, a quilt for the bed, anything really!” she exclaimed. For more information or to donate, contact Mrs Pedersen on 0418 820 249. BY MILLIE THOMAS

spokesperson said. “The 20-year agreement is due to expire on 1 July 2013. “Defence is aware of the community’s concerns and will continue to work across Government departments to consider healthcare options in the Woomera community for Defence personnel, their families, and visitors after the expiry of the current agreement,” he said. The Woomera Hospital is still run by the South Australian Government, under the management

of the South Australian Health Commission. Construction of the Woomera Village, including the hospital, began in the late 1940s to cater for the personnel required to support the Woomera Test Range. The possible closure of the hospital is allegedly due to the drastic population drop in recent years, estimated to now be below 250 people. At its peak during the 1950s and 60s, the town’s population was over 5,000 people.

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he Woomera Hospital could close its doors on July 1 as a 20-year agreement comes to an end.

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Is solar really an efficient alternative in Roxby Downs? By Millie Thomas

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ith some locals shocked by their 2013 first quarter electricity accounts recently, many residents have started looking into solar energy as a cheaper alternative.

What may come as a surprise to many, is that although the solar buy back rate for Roxby Power customers is lower, it comes married with a lower cost for buying energy. When more energy is generated than is consumed by a household using solar panels, the extra energy is pumped back into the power grid and sold on to other consumers. Solar energy in South Australia works on a government standardised feed in scheme, which allots a 16 cents base rate to every single kWh put back in the power grid. From there, the energy provider will pay a further stated amount (mandatory retailer payment) on top of that to the consumer. However this does not apply to Roxby Power. Roxby Power pays 23.63 cents per kWh sent back to the grid, while larger energy

providers such as AGL and Origin Energy pay only 9.8 cents per kWh, on top of the 16 cent per kWh Government subsidy (making a total of 25.8 cents per kWh). Although the buyback rate offered by Roxby Power is technically still lower than that oďŹ&#x20AC;ered by larger companies, the supply rate of electricity offered is also lower, and standardised at 26.55 cents per kWh. Origin Energy charges can vary from 35.178 cents per kWh up to 46.563 cents per kWh (including GST) depending on how much energy is consumed, and AGL from 32.241 cents per kWh to 42.702 cent per kWh, also depending on amounts of energy consumed. Also, Roxby Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply charge per quarter is $55, while AGL charges approximately $57.04 and Origin approximately $68.4 per quarter, based on a 91 day quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that perspective on the general rates weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cheaper than Adelaide,â&#x20AC;? explained Roxby Council Electricity Manager Dave Hallett. A local family of four, who wish not to be named, in-

Solar panels have proven their worth for many Roxby Downs families.

stalled solar panels on their Roxby Downs house in January through provider Love Energy. They installed the recommended panels for their household, paying $13,500

for 22 panels and a 5.28 kWp system. Although the family paid a large start-up cost, the proof is in the pudding, as their ďŹ rst quarter power bill for this year was only $140.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting solar on was the best thing we ever did!â&#x20AC;? said Mrs X. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We chose to install Solar because we live in Roxby Downs... We have summer nearly nine months of the year and even

Energy bills product of consumption Reports of residents being away for half the billing period and still getting charged $1000 for electricity, as well as bill jumps of around $400, were common complaints in various recent Facebook conversation threads. However, Roxby Council Electricity Manager Dave Hallett, said shock from bills following the ďŹ rst quarter (the main summer quarter) were not unusual each year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has been running air conditioners all day, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go from $300 to $600 or $600 to $1000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is what 99 per cent of these bills are â&#x20AC;&#x201C; air conditioners,â&#x20AC;? Mr Hallett explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly over summer, we broke our power consumption record for a month, so obviously people are using the power â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not necessarily houses, but shops too.â&#x20AC;? Another contributing factor to higher bills this quarter was the introduction of

a periodical increase to cents charged per electrical unit of ďŹ ve per cent, a smaller amount compared to a rates increase of 8.5 per cent for another large company in Adelaide. The charge went from approximately 24.6 cents per unit, to 26.55 cents per unit, and was announced to the public in The Monitor in December last year. Mr Hallett said some variances can take place in electricity reads, but none Council arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to talk to the public about. Due to meter failure, or a suspicious reading, Council undertake 1 -2 estimated account readings a quarter, and simply due to workload, some meter readings can take place up to ďŹ ve days in variance from the statutory 91 day quarter. This can amount in a diďŹ&#x20AC;erence of 3-400 electrical units over a ďŹ ve day period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared to talk to anybody, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our job essentially,â&#x20AC;? Mr Hallett assured. In the last ten years, Roxby Council boasts not a single incorrect meter reading, according to Mr Hallett, and any discrepancies are largely solved before bills are sent to consumers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of those things are picked up be-

Coober Pedy man dies after 30 person fight

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42 year old Mimili man died in hospital last Friday after a 30 person ďŹ ght at the community of Umoona on the outskirts of Coober Pedy on Sunday, April 14. Police were notiďŹ ed in the early hours of the morning that the 42 year old man was injured and unresponsive and proceeded to the scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On arrival police were confronted by a disturbance involving a large group of people,â&#x20AC;? said Far North Local Service Area Superintendent Peter Anderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite being subjected to rocks and bottles thrown at them by unknown persons, police retrieved an unconscious male and conveyed him to the Coober Pedy Hospital.â&#x20AC;? The man suďŹ&#x20AC;ered a serious head injury, but the cause of his death is yet to be

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determined. The matter is considered suspicious, and police investigations are being undertaken by a detective in the Far North Local Service Area, assisted by the Major Crime Investigation Branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not yet clear how this personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s injuries were sustained, however police are treating this matter as suspicious,â&#x20AC;? Supt Anderson said. The manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movements prior to the incident are also still yet to be determined. Police are yet to locate and interview a number of people who were known to be present at Umoona on the night that this incident occurred. Police have asked for any person who may be able to provide information in regard to this matter to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. BY MILLIE THOMAS

fore the accounts even go out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are vetted well before they even hit the street so to speak,â&#x20AC;? Mr Hallett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is a big account, from our perspective we will go and review the reading. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a precautionary thing that we do before we even send out the bills. So most times, we do actually go and re-read the meter.â&#x20AC;? The Roxby Council has recently secured Cowell Electric to undertake all meter readings, whereas before they assisted Council only periodically. Over the past six years, Roxby Council has started replacing the older style Magneto meters with digital meters, with almost three quarters of Roxby Downs now working on the newer system. The digital meters allow Council to break down electricity bills into monthly, daily and half hourly consumption graphs, should the customer dispute, or question bill activity, in a bid to better explain to consumers to comings and goings of their bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So its horses for courses really, power bills will go up, power bills will go down,â&#x20AC;? Mr Hallett ďŹ nished. BY MILLIE THOMAS

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he 23rd annual Royal Flying Doctors Service Roxby Downs Auxiliary Irish Christmas is nearing again, with a date set for Saturday, June 1. The Roxby Downs RFDS Auxiliary has raised $1,605,410 since inception in 1990, through various fundraising events such as the Irish Christmas, Golf Day and Auction and 4WD Mystery Tag Along Tour. To make the RFDS Auxiliaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eďŹ&#x20AC;orts even more incredible, they have donated $100,000 or more annually to the RFDS since 2007. RFDS Auxiliary Secretary and Publicity OďŹ&#x192;cer Cherie Gaskin said the Irish Christmas is always a great night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a three course Christmas dinner provided by the Roxby Downs Community Club, we have an auction which is run on the night, we have a door prize, and we have the special visit from Santa and his very Naughty Elf,â&#x20AC;? Mrs Gaskin said. Attendees will also receive a very special gift from Santa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you been naughty or nice this year?â&#x20AC;? Mrs Gaskin asked. Tickets for the night can be purchased at the Roxby Downs Community Club in Richardson Place. BY MILLIE THOMAS

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Megan has the blonde ambition

Megan Crawford at Zealous Hair and Beauty.

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orn and bred local hairdresser Megan Crawford is enjoying working as a fully qualified hairdresser at Zealous Hair and Beauty, where she has worked since January this year. She is one part of a team of four, with fellow hairdressers Kat Folland, Nikki Millar and hairdressing apprentice Kayla Kittel. Megan has lived in Roxby Downs with her family her whole life, also completing her hair-

dressing apprenticeship locally. Megan enjoys working at Zealous Hair and Beauty because she can take her time with her clients. “I am able to properly consult with my clients about what choices they have for their hair,” she said. Although confident in every area of hairdressing, Megan most enjoys working with blondes. Megan hasn’t finished with her study yet, as she is currently undertaking additional study in beauty, which will include waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures

and lash treatments. She is also qualified in applying spray tans, which may be handy in the cooler months! Zealous hosts the only tattoo and piercing service currently available in Roxby Downs – Xanchies Tattoos, who visit the shop monthly. Zealous Hair and Beauty are open Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 8pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm and Saturdays from 9am until 12pm.

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Brodie Gaskin with his scouts award.

ix-year-old Joey Scout Brodie Gaskin recently became the second ever Joey in Roxby Downs to earn his Joey Scout Promise Challenge badge, a feat he accomplished in less than six months. Brodie was awarded the badge at the Scout Group annual general meeting. The Joey Scout Promise Challenge is the highest award a Joey Scout can earn. “Brodie started working on his badge in January during the school holidays, and he has spent most of the first term completing various components, learning about his scouting history, and doing a community service to obtain his badge,” explained Brodie’s proud mum, Cherie Gaskin. Brodie devoted time outside of school hours to help his class teacher Mrs Fulton clean up after class and set up for the next day. “Brodie was keen to help and complete these tasks and recognised that by doing so he was helping others, and was

able to recognise this as a kind, selfless act,” said Mrs Fulton. “They have both (the two awardees of the Joey Scout Promise Challenge) set a wonderful example of the things that can be achieved in scouting,” added Mrs Gaskin.   The Joey Scout Promise Challenge aims to teach older Joey Scouts about scouts founder Baden Powell and the history of scouting, as well as gain a greater understanding of the Joey Scout Promise and Law. Brodie had to complete various challenges all reflecting on the Joey principles:  ‘Duty to God’, ‘Duty to Self ’ and ‘Duty to Others’.  “Brodie did such a great job on his Promise Challenge that everyone who has seen his work has congratulated him on his fine efforts,” Mrs Gaskin finished. Brodie has another term in Joeys, and then will be going up to Cubs. BY MILLIE THOMAS

123rd Oodnadatta Races

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he 123rd Oz Mineral Oodnadatta Races and Gymkhana is expected to attract hundreds of competitors and spectators on Saturday, May 11. The event, one of the biggest in Outback SA, will feature a 31 event program of mixed horse and motorbike events, plus the Oodnadatta Pastoral Cup, which this year has a total prize pool of $3200. Other events include horse and bike flag and barrel racing, bending races, Thread the Needle, musical cans, whip cracking and the 600m Hack race cup. The weekend starts on Friday night with a meet and greet at the racecourse

from 4pm, and includes the Saturday night Black Tie Race Club Ball which will this year feature band Three Piece Feed. The ball is strictly formal – men must wear ties, and will include presentations of the Matron, Bull, Heifer, and Mickey of the Ball. All race nominations must be with the secretary by May 3, and a 20c kilometre subsidy is available for horse transport for those competitors travelling more than 200 kilometres, and a $100 subsidy available to jockeys. For more information go to www. facebook.com/pages/Oodnadatta-Racing-Horse-Sports-Club.

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France visit teaches locals never to forget

Roxby Downs Returned Services League President Jack McGuire.

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t never ceases to amaze me when bureaucrats decide that they need to spend large amounts of money commissioning focus groups, that, irrespective of the topic, seem to like exercises in justifying their own existence. Veteran affairs have a few bureaucrats that fit into that category it seems, who have nothing better to do than commission research, costing some $370,000, findings of which were nothing but contemptible and un-Australian. To suggest that Anzac Day, whether it be the centenary of the Anzac landings or any other remembrance service for that matter, be ‘a double-edged sword’ or a potential area of divisiveness is pure - ‘Bunkum’. I’ve spoken with many a person of cultural diversity, who come to this land seeking peace and freedom, and not one has suggested that the custom of honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice is prejudicial in any shape or form. In fact, they want to know more about the tradition of ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) and its relevance. Relevance is the operative word here. Just how relevant is ANZAC Day? To answer that, I want to put a local perspective to the question. Local Roxby residents Leigh and Teresa Malcolm paid tribute to Leigh’s great uncle, killed during the battle of Pozieres on August 19, 1916 by visiting the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial in France, earlier this year. Pozieres, a battle fought during the Somme campaign taking place between July 1 and 18, November 1916, cost the lives of 310,486 Allied and German soldiers. Leigh’s Great-Great Uncle George,

a young man from Penola in South Australia, served with the 10th Battalion AIF for a short time before being killed, in what can only be described as one of the bloodiest battles Australian soldiers had fought in, up to that point in time. In the words of Australian historian Charles Bean, the Pozieres Ridge ‘is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth’. When talking with Leigh and Teresa for this article it was obvious that this was a moving experience for both of them…. visiting the battlefield, the place where George was killed, seeing George’s name on the memorial, and a promise kept to his grandfather to visit George’s resting place, evoked emotions that were “incomprehensible to me, you have all sorts of emotions, sad, proud, sense of loss and some despair, a whole mix of emotions”, Leigh said. Teresa related her wonderment of,

“what was left behind, their families and their children, what they’ve given - my feelings are hard to describe.” The sombre tone and introspective answers to my questions, left no doubt, in my mind, that the experience has left an indelible mark on them.

A greater appreciation and continued remembrance of the sacrifices made, can only be achieved by educating our children and the community and by the willingness of people like Leigh and Teresa to tell us their story. There is no doubt in my mind that

“As a community our children need to know, how lucky we are,” added Teresa

When I asked whether the experience added new relevance to ANZAC Day the response was an unequivocal…’Yes!’ ���We need to remember those people who have served and fallen. We must learn from history and not make those mistakes,” Leigh said. “As a community our children need to know, how lucky we are,” added Teresa - and I couldn’t agree more with her.

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the community of Roxby Downs hold dear the tradition ofANZAC. The attendances at the Dawn Service and the ANZAC Day activities over the last three years that I’ve been involved, attest to that, and so is the growing interest of our youth. Exemplifying youthful interest in the legend of ANZAC is local, Ryan Williams. A young man, who according to his sister Melissa is ‘into Aussie his-

Leigh At the 1st Australian Division Memorial.

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tory and everything ANZAC Day represents’ will be at ANZAC Cove for this year’s Dawn Service. What a champion - now that’s Aussie spirit! Perhaps I should write the bureaucrats in ‘Can’t-berra’ and invite them to do their next ‘survey’ here in Roxby Downs. They’ll find no ‘double-edged sword’ or a potential areas of divisiveness. Just a Aussie community honoring our fallen and thankful that our freedom, earned through their sacrifice, is still being preserved by our brave girls and boys of the Australian Defence Forces. Perhaps, the ‘Fat Cats’ could give us the $370,000… I’m sure we’d find good use for it! ANZAC FOREVER. LEST WE FORGET.

Roxby Downs and Andamooka RSL Sub Branch President Jack McGuire.

ANZAC DAY 25TH APRIL 2013

The Roxby Downs & Andamooka RSL Sub Branch welcome all in helping us commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by those who have fallen while serving their country while paying tribute to serving personnel here in Australia and overseas. It is also a day to acknowledge our Veterans and the Families who are left to bear the grief of loss of Cobbers and Kin.

6:00 AM DAWN SERVICE (Richardson Place)

GUNFIRE BREAKFAST & AUCTION (after service...at the Bowls Club all welcome)

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10:45 AM ANZAC DAY MARCH (We encourage all serving and ex military personal including next of kin, and those who wish to honor our fallen to participate in the Anzac Day March)

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For further information please contact Jack McGuire on 0434 222 321

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TEXT A timely reminder to buy local TALK A thriving and sustainable local business community is essential to a vibrant and sustainable community. This weekly column shares some of the issues facing local business and some of the strategies they are using to gear up for the exciting times that lay ahead for Roxby Downs. Got an idea for a story or some feedback on a story in the Roxby InBusiness Column? Email vholloway@roxbyleisure.com or phone (08) 8671 0500.

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lipping back through my past Inbusiness articles, I came across the very first Roxby Inbusiness article I ever wrote back in November 2011.

Would you believe, it was about the importance of buying local. Though I am up to my 70th Inbusiness article, I do try very hard not to repeat topics, however, this is one that I think is timely and salient to revisit. You will have read numerous articles in The Monitor recently about how our local retailers are struggling to keep their doors open. And it doesn’t take an Australian Bureau of Statistics figure to tell us that everyone in town in being careful with their money. It’s very easy for one’s first thought on a purchasing decision to be checking out where you can get it cheapest. Online, in Port Augusta or Adelaide? However, I do urge you to think twice. While it might seem a financially sensible decision now, and you do have to look after you and your family first, it could end up costing you more than you think in the long run. Roxby Downs is, without doubt, a unique small remote town. However, one aspect that Roxby Downs shares with other small remote towns is that the people we see behind the counter at our local shops, at the

bank, fixing a lamp post, driving a truck, are our neighbors. They’re on the footy team, volunteering for a community group, their kids go to the same school as ours, they live just up the road. They’re a part of our community. This is one of the key things that makes living in a small town great. We’re all in the same proverbial boat, it’s in all of our interests to do what’s best for the community and for the town. Another thing that is special about small remote towns is this. Visit a superstore in a city, and the money you throw over the counter gets shared out to shareholders all over the globe. Most of the money that you spend at a family owned business in a small town stays right here in the community, not just in wages that a local family spend on food and goods and services right here in Roxby, but in sponsorships and charitable giving that Roxby businesses are never shy about handing over. Research suggests that out of every $100 spent at a local family owned store as much as 75 per cent of those dollars circulate right here. Spend online or out of town and none of your dollars remain in town. Next time you make a decision to pur-

chase a product or service: Where would you like you money to end up? Here in your community or elsewhere? Here are some quotes from local people from the November 2011 Inbusiness article… are they still true? Jill Konig of Sportspower Roxby “Local people (should) check out what local businesses have to offer. I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Nick Backhouse of Roxby Pharmacy “The decisions people make locally affect the sustainability of our local retail businesses. If they want the businesses to be there when they need them they need to support them.” Jess Dow of AutoPro Roxby “If we want the town and community to grow then we need to support the local businesses. Local businesses provide support for community and sporting groups. Without that support the community and sporting groups wouldn’t be able to survive and grow.” Jo Thredgold, Local customer “Whenever I’m in town on payday I always come and have a look. I genuinely believe it is important to support local businesses” Kym Elliot, MPS “Support is a two way street. Local businesses need to support the community and the businesses need the support of the community”.

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By our Editor, Gail Heritage ike most parents, I probably have threatened to feed my kids to the sharks once or twice ... but I didn’t mean it, honest!

However, by the looks on their faces as they contemplated their fate this cool, autumn morning, they could be forgiven for thinking the worst. We were about to embark on a trip of a lifetime – one of the world’s most exhilarating, adrenalin pumping, one-day adventures - a day in the deep with the Great White Shark. About 40 passengers were welcomed aboard the Calypso Star Charter – and about half of them were overseas travellers. It was immediately obvious the legend of Port Lincoln’s Great White Sharks had travelled near and far, right across the globe. There was an Englishman, an Irishman, and a Scotsman … I know there is a joke in that somewhere. Especially as we were about to put them in a shark cage together, somewhere halfway between Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. They were unusually quiet. Particularly when the crew bought out a set of jaws from a 5.5 metre Great White Shark to pass around for a photo session. I swear one of them turned a whiter shade of UK white. Others began to turn several shades of green as the non-experienced gradually succumbed to the usual side-effects of a day on the water – sea sickness. As we cruised out through the calm waters of Boston Bay, the atmosphere on board was already eerie. The first ray of sunlight was just peeping over the horizon through early cloud as we passed by the Port Lincoln National Park, and the Port Donington Lighthouse. If, as the saying goes, “half the fun is getting there”…we were in for a good day. A perfect one was dawning, and this area is truly one of the most spectacular places in South Australia. We shared the trip with several large pods of dolphins along the way. It was bliss. We passed quite a few islands, both inhabited and isolated, before the calm waters turned to about a 3.5 metre swell. It was on. Our family are a somewhat immune to sea sickness. We come from a long line of sea farers and sailors, and have the proverbial ‘salt water running through our veins’. Still, we took our Quells earlier in the morning, as advised, and none of us showed a hint of trouble. Others, however, were not as fortunate. My kids were polite – but I could see them giggling behind their hands as one after another, about 75 per cent of those on board were sea sick. At this point, my husband, with his usual tact, whispered something out loud about saving the burley for the ‘important part’ later in the day. We quietly travelled about two-and-a-half hours to the famous Neptune Islands. Shark country!

The two North and South Neptune Islands and the two nautical miles of sea surrounding them are a conservation park, and are the only place in Australia where Shark Cage Diving is allowed. There was one thing for sure – there was plenty of food here for sharks! The Neptune Islands are home to large colonies of both New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions. About 3500 seals are born on North Neptune Island alone each year – it’s the single largest colony in Australia. It’s no wonder the sharks like it here! As we dropped anchor and took in the view, a VERY large, grey shadow crept quietly underneath the starboard side of the boat. It was silent. It came out of nowhere. I think my heart skipped a beat. Under my breath. I said a word starting with ‘sh’ and ending in ‘it’. There were a few screams of terror from the tourists. The Englishman, Irishman and Scotsmen let out various forms of “bleedin hell”…but my kids looked pretty non-fussed. With all the usual bravado of youth, they couldn’t wait to get into the wetsuits and join the cue. They are born risk takers and were ready for action. There was no going back now. Depending on how many are on board, groups of about seven are put into the cage at the same time. We were in group four, so we had a little time to watch and wait. Strangely, that first shark we saw at anchor was nowhere to be seen at first. That just made it a little bit scarier. Just where, exactly, did the bloody thing go? There was nothing but ocean out here, after all. I watched my forty-something, ex-surfer husband, climb into his first wetsuit in twenty years. He grew up in Port Lincoln and surfed the nearby beaches in his teens. He once surfed right over the top of a Great White Shark … and sold his wetsuit and surfboard for a carton of beer the very same day. He was meeting his demons, literally face to face. We all walked like penguins onto the deck in our wetsuits to get the talk on how to use the hooker line and regulators, and grabbed a mask that fit well, and soon it was our turn. We were also fitted with a weight belt to help hold us down underwater. For one moment on deck, I turned around and the kids were gone! I had that unconscious, parental moment asking myself, ‘where are the kids … where are the kids?’ Then I remembered… ‘that’s right – they must be already in the water …in a huge cage. With Sharks!’ I really am the ‘Mother of the Year!’ As I was wrestling with my face mask and with my back turned, my son had already climbed in – followed shortly after by my 12-year-old daughter, who, as usual, showed no fear.

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the Great White Sharks In between sport, school, push bikes and action toys, we honestly thought he would forget about that discussion in the blink of Star and ventured about 25 nautical miles out to sea to climb into a cage with one of the world’s greatest apex predators. She later told me she also really had no choice. The lead belt had taken her straight to the bottom of the cage where she laid flat, ‘like a starfish’ for a few moments, staring straight down at the deep blue. She was giggling to herself about her ridiculous position, officially on the lookout for sharks. It only took her a few moments to get her bearings and by the time we joined her, she had gotten used to the extra weight and was bobbing around in the cage with the rest of us. I forgot to mention that our kids are part fish. They have grown up around the sea and have been snorkelling before, but have never dived with a regulator, or this far out in the ocean. But you would never know they took to it like ‘fish to water’. It’s sort of peaceful below the surface, as most divers will tell you. Peaceful … weirdly … despite the fact you are actually in a giant cage, begin tossed and turned by the constant churn of the ocean, holding on for dear life, looking out for sharks! But peaceful, nonetheless. It wasn’t long before they turned up. Four of the big buggers …built like semi-trailers. For the next forty-five minutes I swear I didn’t even blink. I struggled to breathe, my eyes tried to look everywhere at once. My family said they were as big as dinner plates. Crazy eyes they called them. I felt I couldn’t open them wide enough to capture everything I wanted to see. One minute the sharks were there, right in front of the cage, peering in at us with black eyes, and BIG teeth – the next they were gone, into the deep blue, and nowhere to be seen. This is going to sound strange but both my husband and I agreed. We didn’t feel threatened. We didn’t feel unsafe. These were beautiful, peaceful animals. They were just big fish…with teeth! At no time did they charge the cage, or act aggressively toward the half dozen humans inside. At one stage a particularly large shark of 5.5 metres, nicknamed Kinky by

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UTand A BOU T Baby Haylie was sleeping peacefully at the Red Earth Family Fun Day.

Bianca had her face painted by Fairy Belle at the Red Earth Festival Family Fun Day.

Daniel McKinnon and Jaclyn Petersen.

Jayde, Katrina and Eddie enjoyed the Red Earth Family Fun Day recently.

Enjoying the Lightning Carnival recently was Lachie Harman, Layla Harman, Bonnie Harman, Tarsh McCarthy, Memphis Howe, Bianca Jago, Mia Mansell, Jemma Howe.

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Steffany Bulman celebrated her 18th Birthday, pictured here with Brandon Cross.

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ouncil is currently preparing for the departure of one of our longest serving employees.

With some sadness, we announce Trevor Kroemer is hanging up his swipe card for good at the end this week as he and Dawn prepare for their long-awaited, and well-deserved retirement. Trevor commenced as the Works Manager for the Roxby Downs Council way back in September 1989, and to say he has seen some changes would be an absolute understatement. Roxby Downs back then was a small town of some 2,400 people, an isolated and remote area with limited services but plenty of opportunity for the resourceful folks those that chose to live here. The town stopped on the south side of Stuart Road and we can only imagine the shenanigans that occurred back then (Trev wouldn’t tell us anyway!) As Roxby developed and expanded, so too did the need for expertise and Trevor’s role changed to Water and Sewerage Manager to oversee and manage our most precious resource, water. A strong desire to help his community has often seen Trevor go above and beyond his duty, with his working hours often extended to ensure the safety and integrity of our town’s assets. During a flooding event in the 1990’s Trevor, aided by other locals, filled sandbags from trailers to help stop inundations at the shopping centre and around Mulgaria Street. Rescued native birds have been able to make a fresh start by being released at the town water lagoons and Trev has been thankful for some impressive tomato

crops over the years – a bounty courtesy of the sewer lagoon. He affectionately refers to his ‘chooks at the dam’, which we later found out are beautiful black swans that have been regular inhabitants of the wonderful ecosystem out there. Many of the readers of this article would have fond memories of this couple who has worked in and around the community for the past 24 years. He and Dawn raised their children here and son Colin remains a local. Dawn last week was in Adelaide being presented the Ambulance Service Medal for over 25 years of service, reflecting her dedication, with Trevor proudly by her side. Trevor was heavily involved in the Olympic Dam Football Club, where we believe he was a committee member and time keeper for many years, a club stalwart and true supporter. Later Trevor’s sporting interests included lawn bowls where he has regularly showed great promise and was always a fun competitor. Trevor is a fan of country and western music, campfires and his family so we know what he will be perfecting when he retires, once he has worked through the list that Dawn has been creating in the past few weeks. Council will not be the same with Trevor’s departure but he has left legacies and memories that we will cherish (and chuckle about) for years to come. We publically thank him and Dawn for their amazing contribution and wish them well for a long and happy retirement.

Roxby Council farewell Trev after almost 24 years of service.

A caricature of Trev.

Trev’s chooks.

Roxby Downs Community Library ANZAC DAY CLOSURE The Library will be closed on Thursday, April 25 and re-open on Friday, April 26 at 9am. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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LIBRARY Opening hours 9.00 am to 5 pm Mon / Wed / Fri 9.30 am to 5 pm Thursday 9.30 am to 12 noon Saturdays Telephone 8671 0660 • Fax 8671 1418 Email: roxbydowns.library@plain.net.au Library membership is free. Wide range of resources are available including books, DVDs, magazines and internet facilities. Toddler Story Time Tuesdays 9.30 and Thursdays 2pm.

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Happy Healthy Expo –May 4 T he Happy Healthy Expo is on again in Roxby Downs and is shaping up to be a fantastic event. The Happy Healthy Expo encompasses Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul.

The expo will be held in the Auditorium, Theatre and on the Main Street from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, May 4. There will be stalls, a healthy BBQ, activities for the family, guest speakers, giveaways, the Healthy Trail, a movie in the theatre and the Red Cross Baby Seats - Baby Buckle Up Program. Red Cross Baby Seats will be at the Expo to share information on how to correctly and safely secure children in cars using

baby capsules, age appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, child safety harnesses and adjusted seat belts. This is very exciting as you can learn what you need to know for your baby and children to be safe and sound in the car at all times. In addition to information and advice the Baby Buckle Up stall will also include an opportunity to make an appointment to have your vehicle checked. People registering for the car checking service will go into the draw for a Safe-nSound Hi Liner booster seat valued at $219 and a Infa Kompressor 0-4 convertable child seat (valued at $319). Lock in the date, Saturday, May 4 as you won’t want to miss out.

If you would like to join a forum and would like more information please contact the following people.

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CONTACTING THE BOARD For further information, advice or general questions please contact: Michelle Hales, Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board Inc. PO Box 85 Roxby Downs SA 5725 Mobile: 0418 833 818 Email: halesm@roxbycouncil.com.au

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he Stories project is being managed by a group of Roxby Downs volunteers who have joined together to create a sub-committee of the Roxby Downs Community Board called The Roxby Downs Stories Project

Committee. There have been many meetings to date. Currently the Oral history interviews are being conducted by Roxby Downs’ community volunteers. These volunteers have received training in oral history

from the Oral History Association of South Australia. The Roxby Downs Stories Project Committee are still needing artefacts, photos, stories, maps, anything that is a part of Roxby’s history to form the masterpiece for the celebration. You can drop anything into the library to the staff who are collecting all the gear. This year, in 2013, the Roxby Downs Community Board is undertaking a Roxby Downs Stories Project to collect: 1. Indigenous stories of this place; 2. Stories of regional pastoralists; 3. Stories of the pioneering residents and contractors who helped set up Roxby and; 4. The stories of our people (the people who live and have

lived here e.g. multicultural stories, and character stories). Specific outcomes of the project for which the Roxby Downs Community Board received a Cultural Heritage grant include: 1. Education materials telling the indigenous stories of this place for the children of this region; 2. A permanent public exhi bition and; 3. A ‘Roxby Celebrates’ event for the town’s 25th anniversary in November, 2013. There may also be other outcomes based on the interviews collected e.g. short films, radio segments, website and/or a book. Watch this space for further Roxby Stories Updates and if you want to get involved, contact Jane Gloster in the Library on (08) 8671 0660.

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ocal racing duo the Headland Brothers were victorious on the weekend at the King of the Hill event at Broken Hill, NSW, winning their first ever meeting. In the last race for the season, the boys ‘cleansheeted’ the whole night, remaining undefeated, and securing themselves early as a crowd favourite. Rider Trent Headland said winning the event was ‘satisfying’ for both he and swinger/brother

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Jesse after competing for so many years. “We just has a touch of luck for once,” Trent told The Monitor on Monday. “Everything was prepped right, we came in at the end of the year feeling confident. It was a wind up meeting, the pressure wasn’t there and everything flowed our way.” Trent said the night wasn’t as hard as some previous meetings they attended this season, but it still presented it’s challengers. “Gatesy (Byren Gates

and Mick O’Loughlin VIC) and Hardy (Jason Hardy and Geoff Langdon - SA), and a couple of the local lads were all going pretty quick,” Trent said. Theres no slowing down for the boys during the sport’s off season, with a new bike and trailer, thanks to the generosity of their sponsors, coming through as well as some other projects lined up. “We’ll pull this old bike down. Renew all the stuff that’s only just hanging in there and give

Strong team to lead Wedgies Coach Craig Wyatt at the game last year.

it a birthday,” Trent said. “Apart from that, we’ll just try and program next season in and try and figure out where we’re going, what we’re doing and how we’re going to do it!”

BY MILLIE THOMAS LEFT: ‘Satisfied’- The Headland Brothers after winning the King of the Hill event on the weekend. Photo by Andrew Gosling.

Far North Football League ROUND 1 April 20, 2013 A GRADE Hornridge 9.3 20.5 31.12 37.18 (240) Coober Pedy 0.1 1.4 1.8 3.8 (26) Hornridge best players: J. Harman, S. Schwartz, S. Finey, B. Grimston, A. Robinson. Coober Pedy best players: K. Henry, M. Grava, D. Warren, J. Treloar, J. Tappin. Hornridge goal scorers: J. Harman 11, B. Grimston 6, T. Grosser, A. Robinson 3, L. Webb, G. Dingwall, L. Rawlins, J. Elliott, S. Schwartz 2, D. Parker, J. Haugum, L. Munro, N. Tutthill 1 goal each. Coober Pedy goal scorers: D. Warren 2, M. Bell 1. Andamooka 3.2 7.6 10.8 14.10 (94) Roxby Districts 5.1 6.2 7.4 9.9 (63) Andamooka best players: D. Baker, A. Hand, B. Abela, A. Moss, C. Hocking. Roxby Districts best players: J. Reeks, J. Kenny, C. Kenny, C. Hall, J. Dunkley. Andamooka goal scorers: A. Hand 9, J. Oldfield, T. Mulders, A. Moss, M. Tuohy, J. Hackett 1 goal each. Roxby Districts goal scorers: J. Watson, K. Zeptner 2, J. Dunkley, J. Penny, P. Rosa, J. Kenny, C. Gibson 1 goal each.

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ast year’s Wedgies’ coach Craig Wyatt has taken on the role for the second year in a row, following an impressive victory in his inaugural year. It was the success of last year’s team that drew him back to coaching the league team. “After last year’s performance I’d be mad not to have a go again,” Mr Wyatt said at training last Thursday. The Far North Football League Wedgies’ beat their rival team Broken Hill in the fifth annual event last year 15.10 (100) to 9.10 (64) after a number of disappointing consecutive years. The rest of the leadership team will be formed by assistant coach Shane ‘Des’ Moroney, Rob Kraak and Jeremy Howe, forming a strong, experienced leadership team for the Wedgies. Mr Wyatt is hopeful 2013 will bring a second consecutive win for the Wedgies, but concedes due to the early draw of the match, penned in at AAMI Sta-

dium for Saturday May 11, it’s still early days. “Its early days for both sides to play against each other, so it’s going to be pretty even steven from what I can see so far,” Mr Wyatt said . Rumours suggest Broken Hill will present a stronger side than last year’s, but Mr Wyatt is excited to keep the core group the Wedgies went to battle with last year. “But of course we have lost five to seven players though, so we’ll make that up with some of the new players that are showing up now,” he said. With limited time to practise, Mr Wyatt said he wouldn’t run through anything too drastic with the team; rather enable them to get to know each other before their big day. “We’re pretty much right around the corner from playing, so I think the main thing this year is focussing on the camaraderie and getting us all together to have a drink, plus some light training and getting to know each other, because there will be a lot of new guys playing this year,” he said.

Roxby Downs Golf Association 2 Person Ambrose Results Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21, 2013 OVERALL WINNER DIV 1 DIV 2 LADIES/JNR

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Brad Cox Ray Hook Grace Selleck Missed Missed Grace Selleck

Event won by Port Augusta 14-11

“Good Team effort, new players played well. Unfortunately had a couple of injuries early. The backline pressured well and the forwards worked well to get the ball in for scoring opportunities.” Woody Turner

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Auskick Thursday nights, starting 2nd May. Under 9’s mini colts Friday nights 5pm, starting 3rd May. Under 13’s junior colts Saturday, games as per draw starting 4th May. Under 17’s Senior colts Friday/Saturday nights, starting 3rd May.

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“Out played on the day. Andamooka ran harder, were well drilled and executed their game plan. A. Hand and D. Baker were standouts for the Roos. Some pleasing signs with good contributions from our Co-Captains Cody Kenny and Craig Hall. Jamie Dunkley and Paul Rosa, in their first season with the Miners, showed good form. Good to blood some of our younger players. Some key areas to work on and looking forward to our next match after the bye.”

Disappointing start to the season after having strong numbers out at training. Will be looking to be better next week.”

Auskick Thursday night 5-6pm, starting 2nd May. Under 9’s mini colts Thursday night 5pm, starting 2nd May. Under 13’s junior colts Wednesday nights 5pm, starting 30th April. Under 17’s senior colts Tuesday nights 5pm, starting 30th April.

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Hornridge: “It was good to start the season with a win, but won’t be getting carried away yet. There is room for improvement.” Kym Elliott

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he first round of the Far North Football League (FNFL) 2013 kicked off in front of a good crowd with a twilight/night game. Weather and ground conditions were near perfect for the two clashes. The opening game saw the reigning premiers Hornridge take on Coober Pedy. It was obvious from the start that that the size and pace of Hornridge was going to cause the Saints trouble. Kicking with a slight breeze to the scoreboard end, it wasn’t until the five minute mark of the quarter that Hornridge scored their first goal. They were getting drive out of the centre with Grimston and Harman capitalising up front with two goals each for the quarter. That the score line wasn’t worse for the visitors was due to their great work in defence. Hornridge came out of the first break as they had finished the first, hard at the ball, and their midfield of Tutthill, Rawlins, Grimston and Finey were influential. Powerhouse big man Grosser controlled the high ball, while full forward Harman kicked five goals for the quarter. Coober, although out gunned around the field, kept at it and scored their first goal at the 15 minute mark of the quarter. Hornridge went in with a convincing half time lead of 115 point, 20 goals 5 (125) to 1 goal 5 (11). After half time although the pace had dropped off, and Hornridge were wayward in front of goal, they were relentless all around the ground. They shared the goal kicking duties, scoring 11 goals 7 (73) to Coober Pedy’s zero goals four behinds in the third quarter. By the last quarter fitness was definitely starting to take its toll, but the hearts were still willing. Hornridge had made a number of changes to experiment and bring players into the game. To the Saints credit they did not give up and kicked two goals for the quarter through Bell and Warren. Hornridge ended up massive 208 point victors 37 goals 18 behinds (240) to three goals eight behinds (26) and definitely stamped their mark on the competition early with back to back premierships in mind. The second game was played under full lights between Roxby Districts and Andamooka. It would be fair to say that the Miners went into this clash as favorites, and opened up the game in that fashion. There were many new faces, with passion and endeavour shown early as both teams sized each other up. Roxby controlled the midfield, with Kenny and Watson getting plenty of the ball. Andamooka took most of the quarter to get into the groove and settle, going into the first break trailing by 11 points. In the second quarter the Roos come out far harder at the ball, and the influence of their big men Hand, Moss and Baker really started to put their mark on the game. Hand was a focal point up forward kicking three goals for the quarter. The game was played at a great pace with slick skills being shown by both sides. Andamooka scored four goals to one in the quarter to go to the half time break leading by 10 points, 7 goals 6 behinds (48) to 6 goals 2 behinds (38). The second half started like the first one finished with both sides hard at the ball showing plenty of determination and vigor. Once again it was the big men of Andamooka that took the ascendancy, ably supported their followers, to stamp their authority in the premiership quarter. Tempers flared at times during the quarter, but were well controlled by the men in orange. The Miners kept at it but failed to score a major until Kain Zeptner slotted one through at the 18 minute mark of the quarter. The Roos extended their half time lead to 22 points in the premiership quarter. Lack of match fitness was starting to show, but both teams were still hard at the ball. It took until half way through the last quarter for the first major to be score by Andamooka, with the Miners having a quick reply, followed again by the Roos. Hand played a match winning role up forward kicking 3 goals for the quarter.

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Pies and Roos first round victors

Hornridge’s Alex Robinson managed to get a kick off under intense pressure from Coober Pedy. The Roos ended up 31 point victors, 14 goals 10 behinds (94) to 9 goals 9 behinds(63). It was a great spectacle played by two quality sides. Both coaches will take a lot away from this game and the other three teams in the competition starting to look up. Next week there will be a Friday 7pm ANZAC Round game between the Hornridge and Olympic Dam, with a ceremony prior to the start and concluding with presentation of the Frank Corcoran Medal by the RSL. It would be good to see a large crowd in attendance showing their respect for the Anzac Tradition.

Andamooka will be travelling to play the Saints at Coober Pedy on Saturday, in what should be a good test for them as the Saints are usually very competitive at home. The league is still finding it very difficult to attract either central and boundary umpires, so anyone interested please contact the league or Leigh Malcolm. Also a reminder to all spectators and that it is illegal to bring alcohol into the ground on match day as it contravenes Liquor Licensing rules and offenders will be referred to the Police. SEE THE COACHES COMMENTS ON PAGE 15.


The Monitor Newspaper for April 24th 2013