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Volume 4, Thursday 16th August, 2007
ODX SNUB FOR ROXBY Written by Les Rochester
Roxby Downs businesses, contractors and service suppliers are concerned they’ve been snubbed by BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam Expansion unit. The ODX unit operating out of Adelaide employs 200 people who are working on the proposed expansion of the company’s mining operation at Olympic Dam. The team is preparing a comprehensive list of service providers and contractors within South Australia who can provide products or services if the expansion proceeds. It has held special brieﬁng sessions for businesses throughout South Australia, including sessions in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla urging local providers to register their details and expression of interest on a speciﬁc website, run by the Industry Capability Network. However, businesses in Roxby Downs claim they haven’t been notified or received a brieﬁng from the ODX team, and feel as though they’ve been snubbed by the company. Spokesman for the Roxby Downs Business Forum and representative of the Northern Region Development Board, Alex Barker said it is disappointing that there appears to be a lack of communication between ODX and local businesses. “It was only by chance that I found out these brieﬁngs were happening across the state, and have been for the past four months or so. “The ODX team held one in Port Pirie 3 months ago, but nothing here in Roxby Downs,” Mr Barker said. “One government oﬃcial I spoke to
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about it was astounded that BHP Billiton’s ODX team had not forwarded any information or held a brieﬁng session in its home town of Roxby Downs, the town that is going to be impacted the most by the expansion. “I’ve actually had to start calling around to local contractors and service providers urging them to register their interest on the website operated by the Industry Capability Network. “I have to look out for Roxby Downs providers in order to maximise the opportunities for local businesses, but it would have just been a matter of courtesy and business acumen for the company to have held a brieﬁng in town,” Mr Barker said. The Industry Capability Network is an independently managed, non-proﬁt organisation financially supported by State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments. The Network facilitates business partnerships for the purpose of local supply, access to global supply chains and local business growth. Its services are “free of charge” except for some specialised activities. BHP Billiton’s Manager of Corporate Aﬀairs, Richard Yeeles said the company recognises the interest of local suppliers in the proposed Olympic Dam Expansion. “Since its takeover of WMC, BHP Billiton has implemented an extensive program of consultation in northern South Australia to ensure that business, including individual businesses and business organisations, as well as other groups in the community, are aware of opportunities that may arise with the proposed expansion,” he said. Continued on Page 4
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Woolworths taken to task over accounts
Woolworths procedures for closing accounts has come into question from Roxby Downs sporting and community clubs.
had been closed,” Mr James said. “I was told by the manager that five clubs have so far had their accounts closed this month. “It is winter, and for us that means there’s a quiet time, but come spring and summer our club spends several thousands of dollars a month in Woolworths, it’s just not good business as far as we’re concerned,” he said. Head of media relations for Woolworths in Sydney, Natalie Saber told The Monitor the local branch managers have no responsibility for closing such accounts, it’s all handled by the company’s transaction process centre in Tasmania. Schools, charities and not-for-proﬁt organisations can open an account with Woolworth by ﬁlling out an application form.
It appears some club’s r unning account s at Woolworths have turned up to buy merchandise and put it through the checkout only to be told their accounts have been closed. The Treasurer of the Roxby Downs Bowling Club Simon James said he recently turned up to Woolworths to buy products for the club which has run an account with the supermarket chain for several years, only to be told the account has been closed. “I was told that because the club’s monthly spend was below the minimum requirement of $500 for the month, the account
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In order to keep the account operating they must spend a minimum of $20 per visit and $400 per month, other wise the account is closed immediately by the TPC in Tasmania. Fo r o t h e r g r o u p s including sports clubs or individuals in remote areas the requirement is $40 minimum spend per visit and $500 per month. “If these targets are not reached then the account is closed by our Tasmanian TPC,” Ms Saber said. “However when this happens the company’s protocol is that both the company and the client, in this instance the Roxby Downs B owling Club should have been notiﬁed in writing that the account had been closed. “If this wasn’t the case, then the club needs to contact the company and complain because this means there’s been a breakdown in communications. “Customers shouldn’t be put in a position where they come in to spend on their account only to be told that the account is closed, that should not happen,” she said. Ms Saber said if an account gets closed then the client should just fill in another application, but maybe just open it for the spring and summer months when they’ll easily comply with our minimum spend requirements.
Sturt’s albino pea
Have you seen one. They’re rare as hens teeth but they’re close to Roxby Downs at the moment. The Albino Sturt Desert Pea. Sturt’s Desert Pea (named after the early explorer, Charles Sturt) is the floral emblem for South Australia. Sturt actually discovered it when he saw large quantities of the pea plant while exploring the inland desert regions of Australia in 1844. But actually the species was one of over 20 species originally collected by William Dampier in Western Australia on 1 September 1699.
But Sturt’s desert pea is one of Australia’s best known wildﬂowers and certainly has no equal in the Pea family. Pea ﬂowers consist of 4 petals; the “standard”, the “keel” and two “wings.” In the desert pea, the petals are considerably distorted from the “typical” pea shape as to be almost unrecognisable as a member of the pea family. The classic desert pea ﬂower is a deep scarlet or red on the standard, keel and wings with a black or dark red boss (the enlarged structure at the centre of the ﬂower). Individual ﬂowers are about 90mm long and
are borne in groups of 5 or 6. In nature many colour variations are known, ranging from red through pinks to yellow and even albino forms as pictured here in the photograph taken by John Murray last week at the ‘Fun Bowl’ on the Andamooka Road. In cultivation the desert pea is regarded as diﬃcult and few people attempt to grow it. However it can be grown successfully in many areas if treated as an annual. Success is often reported by growing the plant in a deep container and a sunny, frost-free position. Flowering occurs from winter through to summer.
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Wardle’s sells out to ABB
Britain needs Olympic Dam
The former British Minister of state for the armed forces, Sir John Stanley claims Britain must forge strong links with BHP Billiton to help secure his country’s future energy needs. Speaking to The Monitor on a trip to the company’s Olympic Dam operations last week Sir John said within the next 15 years Britain will become very vulnerable in providing its own energy requirements. The trip to Roxby Downs by the 8 Members of the British Parliament and their partners was part of an exchange visit to South Australia to see how the state’s parliamentary system operated. They were taken on a tour of the Olympic Dam mine and given a brieﬁng on its planned expansion. Sir John said Britain is now going through some fundamental changes in relation to its energy supply. “Our coal supplies are now dwindling as is our gas from the North Sea and it has prompted some urgent and clear thinking in the corridors of power,” he said. “We need to start planning now for our future energy needs and that includes major policy initiatives because we will become much more dependent on imported energy.” “We are looking for much better energy security for our country,” Sir John said. This is why the delegation to a tour of the Olympic Dam mine and then ﬂew to Leigh Creek to inspect the coal operations there. Sir John said the thinking in Britain is to
investigate cleaner and longer term energy sources. “We’re looking at the new technology coming forward within the nuclear power generation industry which produces less Carbon Dioxide emissions, is safer and cleaner than those of older generations. “It may be that Britain goes along the nuclear path in the future, and it will need uranium to fuel those facilities,” Sir John said. “It is encouraging to see the vision of BHP Billiton and the state government moving towards this very exciting expansion of its Olympic Dam operations. “Britain will deﬁnitely be in the market for such raw materials to power its future.” Sir John is a Member of the foreign aﬀairs committee (1992 - present) and held the posts of Minister of state, Northern Ireland (1987 - 1988), Minister of state, armed forces (1983 - 1987), Minister of state, housing and construction (1979 - 1983) and Private Parliamentary Secretary to Margaret Thatcher (1976 - 1979). Sir John stood for Newton in 1970 and has been Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling since 1974. Sir John was born in 1942. He won a Trevelyan Scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He later studied at Syracuse University, USA. He is married with two children and in 1984 Sir John was made a Privy Counsellor, and in 1988 he was knighted.
South Australia’s largest independent livestock company which also has real estate interests in Roxby Downs has been sold to ABB Grain, an integrated Australian agribusiness. Wardle Company Proprietary Limited which has physical locations at Crystal Brook, Kimba, Jamestown, Curramulka, Maitland and Port Pirie also has employees in Wudinna, Wirrabara and Roxby Downs. Its chief activities are livestock but it also oﬀers merchandise, real estate, insurance, fertilizer and wool broking services to growers. Tom Wardle who owned and managed the business for 20 years said the purchase by ABB would enable some exciting developments to occur with the company and employees. “ABB is a billion dollar company which is increasingly diversifying and they obviously saw a big opportunity in acquiring Wardle’s for both its livestock business and other services we’ve been oﬀering growers for many years,” Mr Wardle said. ABB’s general manager of pastoral and rural services, Steven Read said the existing Wardle brand name would continue for the immediate future. All 26 Wardle employees and agents have been oﬀered, and accepted, employment with ABB. Wardle’s had an annual turnover of $44 million last year with its network extending across Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas and South Australia’s northern and Far North regions. Mr Wardle is expected to continue to run the business for the next two years.
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rganisations in remote South Australia, especially those operating dirt or gravel runways have been urged to apply for new federal government funding to have their strips upgraded. They include such strips as William Creek, Oodnadatta, Andamooka and others. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, has released guidelines for the Australian Government’s $22 million Remote Aerodrome Safety Programme to improve the safety of airstrips in remote and isolated areas of Australia. “Many communities in remote Australia depend on air services for essential supplies, mail, passenger transport and medical care,” Mr Vaile said. “The Australian Government subsidises a weekly air service to more than 230 isolated communities under the Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) scheme, but a growing number of the airstrips used by those communities are in need of upgrading. “In addition, many isolated airstrips used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service require essential
repairs and substantial maintenance works to enhance the safety of the planes or to allow for night landings. “Funding will be available to repair and upgrade runway surfaces, safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids, and infrastructure such as animal proof fences and gates. “The scheme will not cover terminals, buildings, hangars or on-airport commercial developments. “The funding will generally be provided on a joint basis with the State or Territory Government and the airstrip owner, which will usually be a local council or Indigenous organisation. “I look forward to working in partnership with State and Local Governments to secure great outcomes for communities in remote Australia,” Mr Vaile said. Applications for funding of eligible projects in 2007-08 will be open until 28th September 2007. Application forms and further information are available from the Department of Transport and Regional Services website at www.dotars.gov.au.
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ODX snub for Roxby
hen asked whether the ODX team had held a briefing in Roxby Downs Mr Yeeles said: “the consultation referred to has included businesses in Roxby Downs, recognising that BHP Billiton already has a good understanding of the vendor base at Roxby Downs.” Mr Yeeles said the capacity assessment is a project being undertaken jointly by the Olympic Dam Expansion project and the Industry Capability Network. “Its primary aim is to identify potential South Australian vendors that may be able to support the project. “It is designed to understand the capacity of the businesses, its
area of expertise and supporting infrastructure,” Mr Yeeles said. “A registration point has been established on the Industry Capability website where vendors can register details of their business. “Dependent on the nature of the business and its relevance to the resources sector and the Olympic Dam Expansion project, BHP Billiton may conduct a visit to the business to conduct a survey to support us in better understanding the business. “Selection of businesses to visit is conducted jointly by the Industry Capability Network and the Olympic Dam Expansion project,” he said. “Registration on the website is open to businesses located Australia-wide.
“However, the focus is on understanding South Australian business in particular. Any business can register. All businesses that register have the details they provide stored in a data base for our future reference. “It is BHP Billiton’s intention to hold a number of meetings in regional areas in coming months as discussed with the Industry Capability Network. “Roxby Downs will be included as part of the regional visits. However, the timing of the visits has yet to be ﬁnalized,” he said. When asked if there was a projected dollar ﬁgure that the company expects to spend in South Australia during the expansion Mr Yeeles said: “No. BHP Billiton will seek to maximise local involvement.”
However the concerns of the Roxby Downs businesses over their lack of consultation is veriﬁed on the ICN website. Of the 329 registrations (when checked by The Monitor), 285 were from South Australia. There were 6 businesses registered from Whyalla, 8 from Port Pirie and 6 from Port Augusta. There was only one business from Roxby Downs and that was the National Hire Group whose address is given as the Olympic Dam Village. For all Roxby Downs businesses, contractors and service providers who would like to take part in the registration process you can do so by registering at this web address:http://odxcapabilityreview.icn. org.au
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A place for everything You’d be forgiven for thinking the garbage fairies had been out on Olympic Way recently, waving their wands to clean up the mess. In fact, it was employees of Downer EDI Mining Process Engineering, doing the good Samaritan bit by cleaning up the road. 80 bags of rubbish, including 2 syringes, were collected from the scrub and disposed of. “It is part of our charter, community service and environmental awareness is something Downer EDI do at every mining site we work at,” HSEC Coordinator Neil Reimann said. “When you drive along that road it is obvious that there is a fair bit of rubbish in the bushes and the dunes, it needed cleaning up, so we did it,” he said. Roxby Downs Council Municipal Works Manager David Watson said it is great to see community members taking responsibility for Roxby’s environment. “The team from Downer EDI Mining has shown great consideration for Roxby Downs, which will beneﬁt our community and the environment,” he said. Environment Forum spokesperson Sophie Torrisi, who is organising the upcoming Adopt a Road program, was thrilled to hear about the clean up. “It’s fantastic,” Ms Torrisi said. “It shows that there are like minded people in our community who want to keep Roxby Downs beautiful. “It ties in nicely with the Adopt a Road program the Environment Forum will be running. “I hope that when our clean up date is announced people will come out with their families and friends and help us continue the good work begun by Downer EDI Mining,” she said.
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Prominent Hill much bigger than first thought The Oxiana Board has recently endorsed strategic directions for the future development of its world class asset at Prominent Hill just north of Roxby Downs. The Prominent Hill copper gold project, currently in the construction and pre strip mining stage, is on schedule to start production in the third quarter of 2008. Prominent Hill is an Iron Oxide Copper Gold style deposit. Resources, as at June 30 2006, are 1.5 million tonnes of contained copper and 2.6 million ounces of contained gold which have been deﬁned to a depth of 650 metres or 150 metres below the base of the current 10 year pit. Oxiana is now working towards increasing copper production and extending mine life over and beyond the current 10 year pit. Exploration drilling over the past 12 months has concentrated on the western end of the deposit and clearly indicates the mineralisation is more extensive than outlined in the June 30 2006 Resources. Exploration success has led to two drilling programs in 2007 focused on increasing copper production in the short term via a concurrent underground mining operation and on extending mine life via a high tonnage caving operation based on exploration success at depth. This work could see mine life extended to 2030. The first program has extended and in-ﬁlled an area immediately below the western end of the open pit. It has successfully targeted high grade
chalcocite bornite orebodies, up to 300m below the base of the open pit, that are potentially mineable from underground using sub level open stoping (SLOS) methods. Based on current drilling it is anticipated that mine development could commence in the last quarter of 2008 with a 12 million tonnes per annum underground operation from 2011. In the second half of 2007, a drilling program will continue to target SLOS mining targets immediately below the pit at the eastern end of the deposit. Deeper drilling at the western end of the deposit, below the SLOS target described above, has demonstrated the higher grade chalcocite bornite copper-gold mineralisation within the Prominent Hill Shear Zone (PHSZ) appears to thicken as it extends to depth. It is now drilled out to greater than 1200m below surface on two sections and remains open. This drilling has also identiﬁed an extensive zone of lower grade, predominantly gold mineralisation, with copper, in the immediate footwall of the PHSZ, which also appears to thicken with depth. These results have indicated the potential for a caving operation at depth that will extend mine life beyond 2018. Strategically the high grade concurrent underground mine will provide a platform to drill out, design and access the deeper bulk target that will extend mine life as the open pit winds down.
RoadSafe grants closing
The Motor Accident Commission has reminded South Australians especially those in remote communities such as Roxby Downs that applications for sponsorship funding close tomorrow. MAC’s CEO, Geoff Vogt, said that proposals to reduce road trauma were welcome from South Australian organisations and community groups. More than $1 million will be available for new initiatives and approximately $2.4 million has been budgeted overall for MAC’s 2007/08 Sponsorship Program. “Organisations might be eligible for a crash prevention sponsorship, grant or donation if they have a project that helps to reduce the number and impact of road injuries and deaths in SA,” Mr Vogt said. “MAC also oﬀers grants, donations or in-kind support for initiatives that aim to improve the treatment of road crash victims to accelerate recovery and improve their quality of life.” Speciﬁc post crash research initiatives will be commissioned this year through a separate process and do not form part of this Call. Examples of successful applications previously sponsored by MAC include: A Schoolies Festival Bus Service, SA Police Road Safety Education Program in
schools and the community, Home Alive designated driver program and SA Police’s Rural Road Safety initiative in the Mid-North Road crashes remain one of the biggest dangers to young people. “The age group 16-24 makes up 12% of South Australia’s population, yet we see approximately 23% of claims from these young people for motor vehicle injuries,” Mr Vogt said. Drink driving is often a contributing factor and 35 per cent of drivers killed with a blood alcohol level above 0.05 are aged between 16 and 24.1 Schoolies Festival Project Manager, Shane Shepherd, from Encounter Youth said, “Since 1999 when the service commenced, no Schoolie has been seriously injured or killed in a major car crash during the Festival. Approximately 10,000 young people ride the free bus, which operates in and around Victor Harbor and Goolwa.” “SA’s management approach for Schoolies Week will be highlighted at the National Schoolies Forum for local and interstate groups in Victor Harbor next week,” he said. “reduce your debt not your lifestyle”
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When corporations get too big they tend to lose sight of what put them on top of the heap. When a major retailer has more fingers in the pie than they can count on two hands, then something deﬁnitely has to suﬀer, and normally that is the customer. Woolworth’s extraordinary position regarding the accounts it oﬀers to clubs, schools and not-for-proﬁt groups is quite tart in the mouth
especially in Roxby Downs. I know the company will say that is provides the accounts to help these groups out, but for them it is also a way of securing repeat business. If you set up such accounts then you need to understand how, why and who actually uses them, rather than have a computer system set up to track them, then close them if the benchmarks are not met. It has taken out the human element. Especially when that transaction centre is in Tasmania, a state known for its coldness. The responsibility, according to the company’s media minders, is taken out of the hands of the local manager and placed thousands of kilometres away. Hardly a personal relationship.
Maybe if there was competition in town it would be diﬀerent? Then again maybe not. But things would have to greatly improve right across their store otherwise they’d face a customer backlash and lose them in droves. The local demographics and operation of clubs in Roxby Downs is quite different than most places, but the loyalty of these organisations should never be taken for granted. When summer heats up, so does the “amount of spend” (using the company’s jargon), because the club’s are operating at full capacity after the winter lay-oﬀ. So, look after them during the dormant months, they’re still spending but maybe nowhere near the amount they do in summer. It must cost Woolies a bomb to close then
re-open accounts not only in Roxby Downs but if this is their general policy then it must happen in other places across the nation. One thing we all know is that word of mouth advertising can be devastating for a business or can hurl it towards mega success, it all depends on the experience gained by the customer that starts to spread the word. In this case, clubs represent the majority of people in Roxby Downs because the average age of the population is about 28 years old, which means most are involved in sport or other recreational pursuits. You only have to pop into the bowls club on a Friday night to get what I mean. Blanket policies may work in metropolitan areas, but in remote and regional areas, you may just suﬀocate them.
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor I write in response to an article which appeared in a recent edition of The Monitor headlined “RDAS students behaving badly.” The article suggested that a signiﬁcant number of students from Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) were poorly behaved at the Careers Expo. The facts of the matter are that four students were found to be behaving inappropriately and this was dealt with immediately. As principal I am exttremely disappointed that the whole school was labelled as behaving badly, when it was a very small minority. Their behaviour was clearly unacceptable I certainly apologise for the public display of petulance and immature behaviour by these four students. I also hope that the organisers will continue to run the Expo in the knowledge that a total of 260 students from RDAS attended and the vast majority found it to be a useful exercise. According to Mr Barker “Only around 15% seemed interested in the career advice on oﬀer.” I would suggest that many more than this were in fact interested but did not actively engage with stallholders. We need to remember that many of the students were in their early secondary years and still unsure of their career directions. Just to have the opportunity to see the career options was a very worthwhile experience for many of these students. It is interesting to note that photographs on page 11 of the same edition showed RDAS students actively interacting with stallholders. I would appreciate and encourage any member of our community to contact me if they have any issues with our students. Unfortunately Mr Barker chose not to do so. Steve Marshall Principal RDAS
Dear Editor I do appreciate the Principal of RDAS Mr Steve Marshall’s position regarding the story in the Monitor titled “RDAS students behaving badly.” The feedback we have received from our stallholders vindicates the claims made about the poor behaviour. I, as organiser of the Careers Expo did contact the school through the Deputy Principal in order to set up a meeting to discuss our concerns about the students behaviour, and as yet I have had no response. Alex Barker Expo organiser Business Forum spokesperson
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Arts matters Show stoppers When you read this we will be poised in anticipation. This weekend is the ﬁnale of the Red Earth Festival and we are set to see the excellent combination of Rave with Raw. Our own Roxby Downs Rave dancers have been working all week with the professional dancers from Raw Dance Company in preparation for showcase performances on Friday and Saturday. We will also be playing host to Sweet Baby James. They are a rootsy blues band that count Dave Blight as one of their number. Some will remember Dave from his years as a side man to Cold Chisel. Now that is rock and roll royalty! On Saturday we will also see the results of months of preparation in the work of the Red Earth Band workshop. This group has been working in preparation for a couple of months now. It started with the assumption that the rehearsals had to be ﬂexible in order to allow miners the chance to participate on their own terms. In fact all of the Red Earth Festival has built the peculiar lifestyles of mining families into the program. That’s why we wanted a slow burn over two weeks rather than a ﬂash in the pan. That way there has been something for most, at a time they can make work. And what a slow burn it has been. From the opening event on the Sunday after Race Day when Bill Boehm oﬃcially opened the Red Earth Collaborative Exhibition and the Festival itself, to today when we had Raw Dance for toddlers, kids vocal ensemble, an introduction to sketching for kids, a Raw Dance rehearsal, a vocal ensemble rehearsal and a band practice, it has been a bright slow burn and all. On Thursday we brush up our skills one more time so we can shine at the showcase performances on Saturday. Our own talent can work side by side with professional artists from out of town and entertain us into the evening. Just as Alex Downunderland was a triumph of volunteer eﬀort and extraordinary commitment from all in the Company, so this weekend’s ﬁnale will be a testament to the Roxby Downs’ arts community’s ability to stick at it and make change happen. For me this has been a process lasting 15 months. I arrived in Roxby in March 06, just prior to the Outback Fringe 06. That was a unique introduction to Roxby’s other life. The Arts and Culture Forum subsequently went through a visioning exercise to work out our priorities. It was planning, event management and youth arts 1, 2 and 3. This last two weeks have proven that we can run an arts festival for the community, by the community. We have achieved a lot else besides, but we have stuck pretty close to our core business, and this week we get to celebrate the life that the arts breathes into our day to day lives. See you at the Red Earth Finale at the Cultural Precinct anytime Saturday, and bring your laughing gear.
Gallery exhibition The Red Earth Collaborative Exhibition is proving a great success at the gallery, attracting a large number of visitors. “The exhibition showcases a selection of work from local and regional artists,” Red Earth Festival Committee spokesperson Rodney Mitchell said. “And we are very happy to have such a unique variety of work. “The standard is excellent and really showcases our local artists at their best,” he said. The exhibition includes oil paintings, textile art, jewellery, needlework, pencil drawings, stencils, pastels and a large collection of photographs. The exhibition closes on Sunday, so get in quick to see the best our region has to oﬀer.
Local musicians, singers and dancers will strut their stuﬀ this weekend for the ﬁnale of the Red Earth Festival. The performances will kick oﬀ on Friday night in the auditorium, with the debut performance of Urban Wonderland, a spectacular dance production featuring local youths performing alongside the professional dancers of the Raw Dance Company. On Saturday afternoon, the Cultural Precinct will be transformed into a hub of music and dance with further dance performances, along with appearances by the Roxby Downs band project and Red Earth Festival singing ensembles. “It’s great to see the results of everyone’s hard work coming to life,” Festival committee member Yvette Mooney said. “The dancers have worked hard all week to create the Urban Wonderland performance, which should be a treat to see, and the band project has really brought local musicians out of the woodwork.” “It’s fantastic to see so much local talent on display.” Ms Mooney said. Saturday afternoon’s events will begin in the Cultural Precinct at 2.00pm with performances all afternoon and into the evening. The night will close with a special performance at the Tavern by renowned blues performers Sweet Baby James and Rob Eyers with special guest David Blight on harmonica.
Roxby may benefit from fellowship Country Arts SA’s Chief Executive Oﬃcer, Ken Lloyd has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake an international study tour, early in 2008. He’ll investigate new ideas and opportunities in the regional arts ﬁeld which includes Roxby Downs and will advocate for new arts programs which would assist in the further development of the arts in regional Australia. The Fellowship has been awarded through The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust, established as one of Sir Winston’s last requests provides annual Fellowships for Australians to travel overseas to experience new opportunities and make contacts with the best in their ﬁelds and then bring that knowledge back to beneﬁt Australia. Over 6.8 million people, or just over one third of Australia’s population live in regional and remote Australia. These Australians are spread across 7.7 million square kilometers in literally thousands of communities – some large, many small – and often many hours from
major service centres. Generally, regional communities have little or no professional arts infrastructure, and in relation to metropolitan centres only receive a relatively small share of the total funding and resources available across the arts industry. Mr Lloyd says that the trip will be about broadening the ideas base of what’s possible for the regional arts sector. “The time is right to consider international ideas and opportunities to broaden the base of ideas, programs and concepts for the future” he said. “I will be particularly looking at how other countries fund and ﬁnance regional arts, how Government, business and community partnerships work, how the arts improve the quality of life for regional communities and how arts and culture projects can lead to community regeneration”. As part of the study tour Mr Lloyd will meet arts agencies across England, Canada and America including the Arts Council of England which recently undertook a policy review concerning the arts in rural England.
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Roxby’s got the blues The Roxby Downs Tavern will be transformed into a funky blues bar this Saturday night, when the Red Earth festival brings Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers to Roxby Downs. Sweet Baby James, an Adelaide-based Blues guitarist, was named as Oﬃcial Ambassador of the 2007 Australian Blues Festival and has shared the stage with Blues-rocker Jeﬀ Healy and Canadian Blues Queen Sue Foley. He was also the subject of a 2-page feature article in the April ’07 issue of “Australian Guitar” Magazine. Rob Eyers, originally from London and now living in Adelaide, completes the duo on percussion. On Saturday, James & Rob will be joined by special guest David Blight on the harmonica. David’s soulful phrasing and explosive technique have earned a place in Australian music history with his work with the legendary Cold Chisel. The trio will lead a “How to play the Blues workshop” at 4.00pm on Saturday in the cinema ($5 entry fee), and their feature performance will commence at 9.15pm in the bistro bar of the Roxby Tavern.
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Above: Photo courtesy of Angela Savage and the Australian Breastfeeding Association
Functional and decorative Breasts, everybody’s got them, functional, decorative and at certain stages in the lives of many women, full of the most nutritious sustenance a mother can oﬀer her child. Earlier this month the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) celebrated World Breastfeeding Week and the Roxby Downs branch used the occasion to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. “Breastfeeding is the natural choice for mothers and babies,” local trainee ABA counsellor Jen Weckert said. “Even once other foods are introduced after 6 months of age, breastmilk continues to be an important part of baby’s diet, providing protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids essential to a baby’s normal growth. “Although Australia is one of the original signatories of the World Health Organisation Code for marketing infant formula, manufacturers and retailers continue to promote artificial infant formula to parents, thus undermining the breastfeeding relationship. ���The initiation rate of breastfeeding in Australia is up to 90 per cent, but quickly declines by the three month mark as mothers are unsupported in their choice to breastfeed by our society at large,” Ms
Weckert said. According to ABA statistics, babies that are prematurely weaned from the breast are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, become overweight or obese and suﬀer from recurrent ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and bronchitis. Their mothers are also in danger, with an increased risk of developing certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes. ABA President Margaret Grove said breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby for the ﬁrst six months of life and helps promote healthy eating behaviour from birth. “Breastfed babies feed only until they are satisﬁed and the mother’s supply adjusts automatically to meet these needs,” Ms Grove said. “Bottle fed babies are encouraged to feed until the bottle is empty and conditions a pattern of feeling full. “The role of breastfeeding in helping prevent obesity and various chronic illnesses in later life, and in lowering the risks of common childhood infections is well established amongst health professionals, but the message is not promoted strongly enough within our society and there are serious health implications,” she said.
Award winning local organisation Arid Recovery is aiming to add another feather to its cap, hoping to bring home a Prime Minister’s Award later this month. “We won a Prime Minister’s Award in 2001, but a lot has changed since then,” Manager Adam Bester said. “Such a lot has been achieved and it would be great to acknowledge those changes. “The awards acknowledge the partnership between BHP Billiton and the Friends of Arid Recovery and have a high proﬁle, so it is very exciting,” he said. The application for the Excellence in Community Business Partnerships award was lodged in April, but Arid Recovery was only notiﬁed of its selection as a state ﬁnalist last week. The winners, who will go on to the National Awards, will be announced on August 22. “We are hoping Arid Recovery will go all the way and we’ll get to meet the Prime Minister, who will be handing the awards out in person,” Mr Bester said. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Aﬀairs, Mal Brough said the awards are a valuable way of raising awareness of the beneﬁts of community business partnerships. “Good community business partnerships are mutually beneficial with positive outcomes for business partners and entire communities,” Mr Brough said. “The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of partnerships across metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia. “Past winners have been innovative and inspirational, demonstrating the achievements which can be made when business, government and community organisations work together. “This is an opportunity for all Australians to recognise the important work of partnerships,” he said.
The BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Community Zero Harm Initiative is taking to the streets of Roxby Downs next weekend to promote energy eﬃciency and biodiversity. On Saturday at Market Day, the Energy Excellence and Environment teams will be talking to the Roxby Downs community about the ways in which the company contribute to sustainable development, both on site and in the home. One of the ways that Olympic Dam contributes to sustainable development is through its Energy Excellence program which seeks to identify and implement energy eﬃciency opportunities. On Saturday the Energy Excellence team will be raising awareness about some of the ways in which the community can get involved and will be providing tips on how households can increase their energy eﬃciency. They will also be conducting a survey to ﬁnd out what kinds of energy eﬃciency programs people would like to see happening in the Roxby Downs community. People who complete this survey will be eligible to receive a great giveaway bag containing energy eﬃciency hints, a wind up torch and energy eﬃcient light bulbs. The company says reducing its environmental impact also extends out into the garden so the Environment team will be on hand to promote biodiversity and assist people who want to make their gardens more environmentally friendly by getting rid of weeds and planting native species instead. Many of the weeds that have invaded bushland and pastoral stations are escaped garden plants. They cause environmental damage by using too much water, out-competing native plants and pasture and harming native animals. By planting natives that are appropriate to this area, householders can reduce this risk. People attending the Market Day stall can learn which plants are weeds, and the best way to get rid of them. They can also learn which native plants grow well in Roxby Downs. “The council gets a bad wrap a lot of the time, but when To kick things oﬀ for gardeners there will be giveaways you need them, they are there for you.” of native plants for those people who can correctly idenAn unqualiﬁed endorsement from community member, tify some of the major weeds in this area. Tonja Goddard after what she called ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ care by the Roxby Downs Council’s Water and Sewage Manager, Trevor Kroemer. Ms Goddard told The Monitor that following the recent ﬂooding of her house after two galahs got stuck in the pipes, Mr Kroemer could not do enough to help. “Trevor was really amazing,” Ms Goddard said. “He fought for our rights with the insurance company, helped organise the clean up and came to see us every day to see how we were. “It restores your faith in human nature, most people would just walk away, Trevor didn’t. “He made a big impression on me and my family, he had a genuine concern for us and wanted to assist,” she said. Mr Kroemer said the family was fantastic about the whole thing. “The Goddards were very understanding and accommodating in a situation where most people would not have been,” Mr Kroemer said. The Goddards, who also wished to thank the people at Raine and Horne and the Cronje family, moved back Above: Goddard family back in their home. into the family home this week.
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Arid Recovery is about to undergo a ‘tree change’, with reforms being made in the way the organisation is governed. “We are undergoing a review which is going to change how we are governed and managed,” Manager Adam Bester said. “Arid Recovery has been a great success story, but things change and it
is time for us to grow beyond what we currently are. “These changes, the details of which will be released later this year, will create significant opportunities for Arid Recovery and help increase our proﬁle and open the door to further opportunities,” he said.
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hat a magniﬁcent performance over
two nights on stage in Roxby Downs last week with the presentation of Alex Downunderland. The actors both young and old gave a sterling performance under the watchful eye of Sheila Culf. The audience didn’t know what to expect with mice running around among them during scene changes. It was a remarkable show put together for the RedEarth festival. Encore, Encore, Encore.
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Above: Drumming workshop held during the Red Earth festival.
Above: Deb Towler hard at work at the Jewellery Workshop held last week as part of the Red Earth Festival.
Above: Participants at the RoxFM on air presenters workshop.
SHEP is coming!
Landscapes to take you away
Kangaroo Island artist - Neil Sheppard, exhibiting and working at the cultural precinct from Monday August 20 to Friday August 24
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Above: Cirkids not just for kids - Donna tries her hand at spinning plates!
Above: Grace gives walking on stilts a go at the Cirkids workshop.
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Mungerannie Station does life get harder? Mungerannie, once part of the Cowarie and Kanowa run, had already made history, and an important contribution to life on the Birdsville Track, before it became a station in its own right. Mungerannie Station is a cattle property in the far north-east of South Australia, situated 210km north-east of Marree on the Birdsville Track. Halfway up the famous Birdsville track, Mungerannie consists of a pub and a hot water spring that attracts 140 species of birds. Laying at the junction of four deserts (Sturt’s Stony, Tirari, Simpson and Strzelecki) the pub is a true oasis complete with sand dunes around a tree-lined water hole. This year the station is looking for at least 10 people to help out during the Birdsville Race weekend coming up, so if you’re interested contact the station and spend a week or two amid the nation’s history. Developed in the late 19th Century, the 520 km Birdsville Track was used as a route to drive cattle from the north-east of South Australia and the Channel Country of south-west Queensland to the railhead at Marree. Conditions along the track were rather poor in the early days and in 1883 it was reported that Mr Bagot’s survey party, on its way to Mungerannie to survey a railway line to Queensland, had found little or no water for his men and animals, and the waterhole at Dulcaninna almost dry. Fortunately a new government well had just been completed at Mungerannie but no troughs as yet for the animals to drink. With more wells being planned and eventually completed travel along the stock route became a little easier, although it was still hampered by recurring droughts and dust. During its heyday in the first five decades of the 1900s, the Birdsville Track was a stock route of national fame and mystique with up to 50,000 head of fat cattle walking down to the Marree railhead each year. But even with assured waters, the Birdsville Track had a ‘hard’ reputation throughout inland Australia. Mungerannie Station is watered by
Above: Portrait of a sleepy lizard by Dave Kovac on display at the Art Gallery.
Above and below: Cirkids performance entertain the crowd at the Red Earth Festival.
three artesian bores and supplemented by groundwater from a network of creeks that mainly head in the table-top and gibber country as well as periodic ﬂoods in Cooper Creek. Facilities improved a great deal when Richard Forbes Sullivan and his wife opened a store, eating-house and hotel at Mungerannie in 1886 to supply shepherds, drovers, travellers and surrounding station people with most of their daily needs. He even put up a travellers’ tent with several bunks for people to sleep in if they arrived during the night. The Sullivans ran the hotel until September 1889 when it was taken over by Robert Rowe. In 1888, William Crombie, one of the regular travellers and mailman along the track took up a block near the store. In 1891 he married Susan Scobie, daughter of a Scottish station owner at nearby Mulka. Together they reared eleven children and made the name Crombie synonymous with that of the Birdsville Track and the Far North. Although drought stricken more than once, their home was washed away twice by ﬂood waters from the Derwent river. Each time they moved to higher grounds, rebuilt and stayed. The ever increasing traﬃc along the track made the presence of a police camp necessary and a station was opened at Mungerannie in 1903. At the police station, where George (Poddy) Aistonwas stationed from 1912 until 1924, the constables were kept fairly busy. They not only looked after, and kept, law and order, they also ﬁlled out numerous forms, collected statistics and issued licences, permits and performed duties normally carried out by public servants. After completion he would then have to travel to Oorowillanie to have the papers signed by a Justice of the Peace, even if there was nothing to report! It is also a quirky place because during the 1920s Mungerannie was the Head Office of the Great Northern League, which proposed the separate State of Brachina. That is now just a memory.
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to be especially large, or dominate their surroundings. Colonial authors had plenty to say about the shimmering cascades of cut glass which adorned the modest parlours of the middle classes. Chandeliers fell out of fashion with the coming of electricity which favoured more eﬃcient utilitarian light settings than the previously dominant gas.
Battening down the hatches Australians are battening down the hatches, according to financial services research group CANNEX, with more and more people choosing to ﬁx their mortgages as interest rates continue to climb. In January 2006 17 per cent of residential home loans in Australia were ﬁxed. Four interest rate rises in the last 18 months has seen that ﬁgure balloon out to 25 per cent, with the percentage in South Australia even higher. “South Australia is leading
the charge towards fixed mortgages with 35 per cent of loans in that state being fixed,” CANNEX financial analyst Harry Senlitonga said. “Many people are now using fixed mortgages to hedge against the uncertainty of further rate rises they fear they will not be able to service on a ﬁxed income. “We have also noticed a sharp rise in the use of ﬁxed rate loans by property investors. “Australian borrowers are beginning to show the level of risk they will cope with and the trend is towards ﬁxing,” he said.
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The Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure Building Management Accommodation Services provides housing accommodation to public sector employees in Roxby Downs & Andamooka. It currently maintains stock of approximately 55 houses in this area. Registrations of interest are invited from experienced residential property managers to provide a range of tenancy management services as agents of Building Management Accommodation Services. Services include: • Residential Tenancies inspections (entry & exit) • Key management • Letting to private tenants (as required) • Arranging of cleaning and gardening services Registrants will need to demonstrate relevant experience, capacity to provide the required services and be easily accessible to clientele during normal working hours. (Applicants with a local ‘shop front’ facility accessible during normal working hours is desirable but not essential) Selected registrants who satisfy the above qualifications will be invited to tender a price based submission. For further information please contact Ms Simone Brock, Housing Manager, on telephone (08) 8642 6061 or email email@example.com
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Roxby Downs Area School Newsletter Our School Vision: A community working in partnership to pursue success, academically, socially, culturally and emotionally.
Principally speaking International competitions and assessments for schools (ICAS) results
It was Thursday the 2nd of August and all the girls and teachers were very excited to be leaving after lunch to Port Pirie for the Rave dance competition. Excitedly we drove out of Roxby but with alarm, realised that we had left the costumes behind so we had to return to school to get them. After that it turned out to be the best trip ever. The trip down was full of loud voices coming from the back of the bus and a lot of singing, and giggling. We stopped in Port Augusta for a toilet break. We than travelled the rest of the way to Port Pirie, the noise didn’t stop. When we arrived we had to quickly unload the bus, assign cabins and get dressed to go out for tea at Café Primo. We all ordered our tea which was very nice most of us went back for desert which was ice cream in wicked little cups with wacky little spoons, which the girls all kept. Leaving the restaurant at about 9:30pm and went back to the cabins where we had to get some of the girls hair straightened for the long awaited performance the next night. While the girls were getting their hair straightened everyone watched last years RAVE DVD. Those who weren’t getting our hair done played Sing Star that Miss Dorsett had brought down just for us. Kaitlin and Miss Dorsett battled out against each other for the title of “Miss RAVE Sing Star 2007” but the jury is still out on who exactly won! Friday morning everyone was up at 7:00am because the girls had a long day ahead of them ﬁlled with workshops and rehearsals. The first workshop was break dancing which they really wanted to learn and enjoyed . The girls attempted some freezes, the six step and the three step (which some girls got). The 2nd workshop was with a lady teaching hip hop, she taught the girls a routine which they all got very quickly and because the girls didn’t get to do the body percussion workshop the hip hop teacher taught them a quick routine. The girls had a 20 minute break then
we wandered up to the mirror room so the girls could practice their routine. While they were doing that another dance teacher was watching to let them know if the were on time with their moves and anything else she could help with. Following this practice, the girls all rushed down the stairs to go to the stage. This was their ﬁnal workshop and another chance to rehearse on the larger stage. We sat down to watch St Marks College then it was our turn to peform. The girls were very nervous but went through it with only a few hiccups because they weren’t use to the bigger stage. They ran through the dance a couple of times while Miss Dorsett tried to get the lighting worked out with the technicians up stairs. We then all went for lunch when we returned all 10 schools came in to the stage part of the auditorium and sat down so we could run through the whole performance before the real thing. The other performances looked great and so did we. Following the ﬁnal practice we went to KFC for dinner. When we got back from KFC we went into the auditorium and started getting ready in our change room doing make up and hair, making sure all girls had their costumes ready and trying to calm everyone from the excitement. We were the last school to preform so it was a long wait. The girls were called and it was our turn to perform. We did great, after the dance we waited on stage for the rest of the schools so the judges could announce the winners. The judges came out and announced the awards. We won the ‘Most Cooperative School’ award. There was a big cheer and then the judges announced 3rd, 2nd, and 1st awards. Whyalla won 3rd, we came second and to John Pirie won 1st. The whole Rave team would like to thank Miss Dorsett and Miss Fischer for helping out with the Rave and Don Doherty for driving the bus.
Students from Roxby Downs Area School Achieved outstanding results when they participated in the University of New South Wales International Competitions and Assessments for schools. Those students whose achievement was outstanding were awarded with Certificates of Credit, and Distinctions. The competitions are for students from years 3 to 12, and assess their academic ability in aspects of Maths and Science and English. Also included are the results for the students who sat the Rio Tinto Science competition.
Maths Results Year 3 Credits Tayla Scoleﬁeld, Joel Smith, Ruben Sutton Year 4 Distinctions Evan Beswick Credits Rebecca Longmire, Nicole Scoleﬁeld Year 5 Credits Toby Smith, Joel Young Year 6 Distinctions Artem Chebotenko Credits Zac Ingles, Josiah Whittaker Year 7 Credit Henry Lawson Year 9 Credit Daniel Jackson
Science Results Year 3 Distinctions Brynn Jansen, Tayla Scoleﬁeld, Joel Smith Credit Reuben Sutton Year 4 Distinction Evan Beswick Year 5 Credit Toby Smith Year 6 Credit Artem Chebotenko Year 7 Distinctions Henry Harrison Credits James Begg, James Cluﬀ, Patrick Steinhauser
Rio Tinto Science ( this competition is available for year 7-12) Year 7 High Distinction Apoorv Jaiswal Distinction Patrick Steinhauser Year 10 Credit Bodie Goldﬁnch
English Results Year 3 Distinction Tayla Scoleﬁeld Year 4 Credits Evan Beswick, Ellie Haywood, Rebecca Longmire Year 6 Credit Artem Chebotenko Year 7 Distinctions Henry Harrison, Patrick Steinhauser
It was fantastic to see so many members of our learning community supporting the RAVE dance group in its public rehearsal performances two weeks ago in the Auditorium. The girls’ performance was amazing and dynamic. I am very pleased to say that they came second in the overall competition and won the “Most Friendly and Cooperative School “ prize, this says a great deal about the group and their commitment to the dance competition as well as great deal about their skills as a team. I also think it says a great deal about our school and our core values of courtesy, co-operation, commitment, challenges and consideration. Well done to the girls and the staﬀ involved. They certainly represented our school with pride and distinction. Huge thanks also the many community members and business houses who supported the group. The promotion of independence skills in our students is an important part of what we do as a school. At Roxby Downs Area School students are taught not only to share and do things with others but to be independent and make their own choices. Many of us as parents ﬁnd it diﬃcult to assist our children in being independent because of the natural instinct to care and nurture. Training for independence needs to start from a young age and continue into the teen-age years. Training for independence is not just good training for adulthood it is also a way to promote self-conﬁdence. When we teach children to do things for themselves we demonstrate our faith in them and send a powerful message that they are capable. Encourage your child to do routine household activities such as cleaning and preparing food. Promote responsibility with homework tasks and ask them to remind you to listen to them read. Encourage then to prepare their own breakfast and teach older children how to operate household items such as the microwave and dare I say, the washing machine. The most eﬀective way to promote responsibility in children is to give them responsibility. Sadly from time to time we here bad stories about Roxby Downs Area School students. An article in last weeks Monitor spoke about poor student behaviour at the recent Careers Expo. I am very disappointed that some of our students did not present as expected at the expo. It is important to know however, that this matter was dealt with immediately and parents of the oﬀenders were contacted. It was in fact four students out of a total of 260 who brought the disrepute to our school and it should be remembered that the vast majority of RDAS students appreciated the opportunity to attend the expo and gain valuable insight into prospective career choices. Please remember, if you have a problem with anything to do with school please don’t hesitate to call me and I will endeavour to deal with issues. Regards, Steve Marshall
By Kristy Sunners Year 11
Above: Drew Swan bowls the ball.
P&F news Above: Under the parachute at the R-2 sports day held last week.
UPCOMING EVENTS 18th August 20-24th August 24th August 24th August 27-31st August 28th August 29th August 5th September 10th September 11th September 12th September 15th September
Market Day Book Week 6/7 Northern Districts Sports Day R-6 Assembly 11:20am Museum Visit Early Closure2:10pm 8/9 Indoor Soccer P& F Meeting 7:30pm Staﬀroom Science Visit Governing Council 7:30pm 7-12 Assembly 10:10am Market Day
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Far North/Eyre Peninsula Basketball On Thursday the 26th of July a team from Roxby Downs Area School competed in the Open Boys competition at Whyalla. The team Consisted of Toby Chesson, Todd Paull, Mark Barrand, Sam Traeger, Kain Zeptner, Lachlan Munro and Jed Cody beat Quorn convincingly 18 to 98 in the ﬁrst game. Port Augusta won by 23 points in the next game and Port Lincoln beat them by 31 points in the next game, placing the team 3rd in the placings. The team were good ambassadors for the school and the team would not have made it with out the help of Teresa Barrand , Karen Treager and Adel Rhodes www.themonitor.com.au
On behalf of the P&F Committee I would like to thank our President Bronwyn Udy for her hard work and dedication and we wish Bronwyn and her family all the best for the future she will be surely missed by all. Presently our Parent and Friends numbers are down if you can spare a small amount of time to make a difference for our students then please come to our next meeting on Wednesday 5th September at 7:30pm in the school staﬀroom. Due to Bronwyn leaving we now have to ﬁll the position of President. A big thankyou to Karen Russel who has volunteered as our Governing Council Representative. Our Coﬀee Corner is looking for help for next Market Day 18th August to sell drinks etc. Please ring Karen Russell on 86710121 if you can help. P&F QUIZ NIGHT –Friday August 24th at the Roxby Downs Community Club. There are still tickets available for this fundraiser - see Tracey at the Club. Thursday, August 16, 2007 – Page 13
ACROSS THE REGION SPORT
Seniors play at 1.30pm & 12.15pm All participants are asked to be at the courts 15 min before their scheduled start
Friday August 17th Roxby Downs Bowls Club Night Owls 8pm
Monday, August 20th Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429
Roxby Downs Family Practice Phone 8671 3231 Roxby Downs Medical Practice Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday morning by appointment only. Phone 8671 1900
Indoor soccer 6 -7pm
Group Time 6:30pm – 7pm In the Roxby Downs Hospital Seminar Room. 8671 9020
Tuesdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Crisis Care Counselling Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services call 1800 655 716 or call the crisis care line on 13 16 11.
Playgroup St Barbara’s Parish School Phone Jakki 86712323
Roxby Downs Health Services Coﬀee Mornings, Thursdays 9.30am to 11.am at the Dunes Café.
Mt Dare Hotel Open every day 8:00am -9:00pm, 7 days.
For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a councsellor 24/7
Coﬀee Mornings for Families Meet and chat for all families. New comers especially welcome.
School Terms 2007
Eyebus Woomera September 5th Andamooka September 6th Roxby Downs September 6th
Tuesday, August 21st Squash 7pm - 9pm Wednesday, August 22nd Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429 Thursday, August 23rd Indoor Soccer Leisure Centre Social matches from 6pm All welcome Contact Kenton Maloney 0408 797 158 Woomera & Districts Football League Saturday August 18th 12pm Coober Pedy v Roxby Districts 2pm Olympic Dam v Hornridge Roxby Downs Softball League Sunday August 19th Quarter ﬁnals 11.30am and 1.30pm Roxby Downs Mens and Womens Basketball Winter Competition May - October Sports Centre Roxby Downs Netball Saturday’s Juniors Under 9 play at 9am Under 11 play at 10am Under 13 play at 11am Under 16 play at 12.15pm
August 20 – 25 Kangaroo Island Neil Sheppard
Visitor Information Centre 8.30 - 5.00 Mon-Fri Phone 8671 2001
Child Adolescent Mental Health Services For appointments phone 8648 5800
Cultural & Leisure Precinct Movies Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (see schedule below) Phone 8671 2001
Roxby Downs Community Health Walking Group for Mums With Prams every Friday morning Meet outisde the Dunes Cafe at 9.30am Australian Breastfeeding Association Roxby Downs Branch September 7th 10.30am - 12 noon What is normal weight gain for babies Dunes Cafe Doctors’ New Specialised Drug Telephone Number for Medicare Use. 1800 700 270 Weight Loss Support Group Tuesday Nights. Weigh in 6pm
Art Gallery Exhibitions Roxby Downs Kindergarten Phone 86710455
Visiting Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist Speech Pathologist Dietician Podiatrist
Hearing Services September 20th - 9.00am - 2.30pm For an appointment call 1800 006 303
July 23-September 28 2007 October 15-December 14 2007
Every Friday Playgroup
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Volleyball 7pm - 9pm
matters call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010
Every Sunday Raptors Cycling Club Social Bike riding group from 8am Contact Daryl Wake 0408 118 685
August 26 – Sept 26 The view from Woomera Sharon Wasley
Roxby Downs Market Days September 28th – Oct 31st Africa and Beyond Roy Fryer
September 15th October 20th November 17th
Roxby Downs Childcare Monday - Friday 6.30am-5.30pm Phone 8671 0911 for details Gym Cultural & Leisure Precinct Monday to Friday 6 am-12pm & 4pm - 9 pm Saturday 8-12pm Sunday 11-2pm Phone 86710500 Roxby Downs Community Library Monday to Friday 8.30-5.00pm Saturday 9.00-12pm. Phone 8671 0660 for more information. Toddlers Story Time Fun for young children and mums Roxby Downs Library Richardson Place
November RDAS Year 12 Art Exhibition RDAS Year 12 Students
Community members welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board.
November 30 – Jan 6 Collectanea Various artists from the Clay Collective
September 10th - 9.30am- 11:00am Normal weight gains Roxby Downs Helath Seminar Room Community Board August 27th - 7.30pm Council boardroom Health Forum August 28th 7.30pm Business Forum (To be conﬁrmed) October 6.30pm For further details on Community
December Festival of Xmas Trees RD Library
The William Creek Campdraft and Bronco Branding carnival will be held on Saturday 15th September at the William Creek Gymkhana Grounds
ROXBY DOWNS CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT REGULAR SCHEDULE Cultural Precinct Visitors Information centre Dunes café Art Gallery Open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm Sat & Sun - 8.30am – 5pm Leisure Centre Gymnasium Mon – Fri 6am – 12pm 4pm - 9pm Saturday 8am - 12pm Sunday 11am - 2pm Creche for patrons of the centre Mon –Fri 8.45am-12pm Women’s only sessions Mon, Wed and Fri 12:30pm - 3pm Aerobics Sessions Mon, Wed and Fri 9am Page 14 – Thursday, August 16, 2007
Phone: 8671 2001 Fax: 8671 2021 EVENTS OUTBACK CINEMA
SPORTS CALENDAR Monday Volleyball 7pm - 9pm Nippy Gym 9:30am - 10:30am Karate - 6pm - 8:30pm Tuesday Squash 7pm - 9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 7pm Taekwondo 6:30pm – 8:30pm 12 years and over Basketball 7pm - 9pm Soccer on Tuesday 6pm – 7pm Wednesday Women’s & Mixed Netball 6-9:30pm Karate 6pm - 8:30pm Thursday Nippy Gym – Auditorium 9.30am - 11.00am Squash 7pm-9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm -7pm Taekwondo 6.30pm – 8.30pm 12 years and over Basketball 7pm - 9pm Soccer 6pm – 8pm Netball training 6pm – 7:30pm Friday Indoor Hockey 5pm - 9.30pm
Sunday Touch Football 5pm (town oval)
Now Showing Red eARTh Collaborative NEW SCREENING TIMES AT ROXBY CINEMA Saturday nights - 7.30pm Come and take advantage of our Tuesday night specials ALL tickets $6.00
AUGUST THE SIMPSONS MOVIE Rated: PG Duration: 85 min See our family. And feel better about yours. When Homer mistakenly pollutes the river with toxic waste from his “Pig Crap” silo, he causes the EPA to encase Springﬁeld in a glass dome, and must save them before President Schwarzenegger gives the order for the town to be destroyed. Fri 17th 7.30pm Sat 18th 12.00noon Sun 19th 12noon Tues 21st 7.00pm
COMING SOON Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nancy Drew Knocked Up Blades of Glory
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Partying with the pipe people The Complete Pipe Systems open day earlier this month was a great success, with dozens of people turning up to enjoy the festivities. “We decided to host an open day to let local businesses, BHP Billiton, pastoralists and the wider community know what we have to oﬀer,” CPS spokesperson Vicki Mason said. “Those who came got to meet our suppliers and have a chat about what CPS can do for them. “It was a lot of fun, we had mini golf, giveaways, barbeques and beverages, with some of our suppliers coming from as far away as the UK to meet the locals,” she said.
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South Australia’s 30,000 plus apprentices can now take advantage of fee free everyday banking as BankSA moves to support skills training and future growth opportunities for the state. Apprentices will be offered a Complete Freedom Student Account, which oﬀers unlimited free deposits and withdrawals through BankSA’s extensive network of branches, ATMs and electronic agencies as well as phone banking, Internet banking and EFTPOS services. This is an extension of the bank’s highly popular student banking, which offers accounts to students with free BankSA transactions.
Phone: 08 8671 2566 SKILLED has an exceptional opportunity for you to be a part of our growing work force in Roxby Downs. We are currently recruiting for trade qualied or ticketed; • Diesel mechanics • Excavator drivers • Grader drivers • Drivers with HR licence or above • Front end loader operators • HC truck drivers • Fitters & turners • Boilermakers • Scaffolders & riggers • Sheet metal workers • A class electricians If you are interested in any of the above positions please come and talk to one of our friendly staff at 43B Charlton Rd, Olympic Dam Phone: 08 8671 2566 Email or fax your resume with 3 work references to Fax: 08 8671 3082 email@example.com
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The road works on Olympic Way are progressing to schedule, with the only hiccup being the disappearance of a number of road signs while the job was underway. “We inspect all the road closures twice daily and we have had several signs disappear,” York Civil Site Manager Martin Cook said. “There are some loutish elements in town who steal these signs, which makes things diﬃcult for us and the public and we have no alternative but to replace them. “Other than that all is going well,” he said.
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It’s 10 years since National Science Week started out as a small venture aimed at getting people to think about science as more than lab coats and Bunsen burners. Now, National Science Week is a week long (actually eight days!) event where each state and territory holds talks, demonstrations, theatre, festivals
Sandvik Mining and Construction Adelaide Ltd manufactures rigs for surface and underground drilling, loaders and trucks for mines, hydraulic hammers for breaking and demolition, hard metal tools, consumables, and spare parts, and provides a wide range of customer service for the drilling and exploration industries. Sandvik Mining and Construction Adelaide Ltd is an equal opportunity employer. Due to our expanding operations at Olympic Dam the following vacancies exist: • Boilermakers • Electricians • Fitter/Machinists Essential Requirements: • A strong commitment to safety. • Current drivers licence. • Trade certicate. • South Australian electrical licence. • Knowledge of Olympic Dam mine site or similar operations. Desirable Requirements: • Truck licence. • EWP ticket. Position Offers: • Opportunity to work approximately 55-60 hours per week. • Excellent wages and conditions. • Generous accommodation allowance. • Long term positions available. Send resumes to: Site Services Manager Sandvik Mining and Construction Adelaide Ltd PO Box 249 ROXBY DOWNS SA 5725 Or deliver to Gunson Street, OLYMPIC DAM Phone: 08 8671 0015 Fax: 08 8671 0115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, August 16, 2007 – Page 15
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THE Roxby Downs Horse & Pony Club AGM will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 1.30p.m. at the Pony Club Grounds. BYO Chair
Andamooka Catholic Church Sunday 11am first and third Sunday of every month
TRANSPORT / REMOVALS
St Barbara’s Catholic Church Roxby Downs Saturday evening 6pm Sunday morning 9am
FOR SALE 1986 Mobile Van VOK 708, 2 new batteries, rebuilt engine around 70,000km Painted only 3 months ago, can add lockable trailer and big generator – contains toilet, fridge, 240/12 power, gas, full stove, sink, freezer, microwave, TV, DVD, radio, CD, CB (40 channels), full wardrobe, pantry and more….$40,000 call Michael on 8683 3856 or email mijosie@ bigpond.com.au
Roxby Downs Lutheran Church Sunday 10.30am and Sunday School – 9.30am
Pt Pirie & Adelaide Depots
St Michael’s Catholic Church, Woomera, Sunday 5pm All denominations welcome
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Faithworks Church Sunday 10.00am at the Roxby Downs TAFE College.
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Andamooka Community Church. Sunday 2pm
FOR Sale - $4,000.00 ONO 1995 IBIZA SEAT 4 Door Hatchback Sedan Reg No: VTZ 602. done 75,400kms Reliable and in Good Condition. Good for running around Roxby. If interested, please phone Dave on 0417 721 765 MASSIVE Plant and Garage Sale Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 9.00a.m. – 4.00p.m. 10 Hamilton Court (off Pioneer Drive) Large collection of plants and cactus – all must be sold – owner leaving town. Kentia and Cocos Palms, Happy Plant – 7ft tall, cactus and succulents, Staghorn – 20 years old and assorted roses in pots. Lots of quality household items, pots and garden ornaments. Furniture – bedroom suites, 2 burner BBQ, Weber (gas) plus much more. Definitely worth a look!!! All prices negotiable – everything must go!!! Plants available before sale – please contact Julie on 0408 856 808 after 6p.m. if interested.
Roxby Downs À Pt Augusta À Pt Pirie
Roxby Downs Christian Community Church Sunday 10am
Friends of Arid Recovery Members Day Sunday August 19, 2007 2.30pm at the Arid Recovery Reserve (Borefield Road) What to bring: Hat, susncreen, water bottle, binoculars and camera (optional). Please ensure that you wear enclosed fotwear and appropriate clothing for walking around the reserve. (Long pants recommended). Informal BBQ to follow for those that are interested. Please BYO food and drinks. For more information, phone Michele Watson on 8671 1083
Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours The Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours are 1pm – 6pm, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to utilise this FREE service as the dumping of litter in reserves or lands surrounding the town attract an expiation penalty fee of $315.00 as per the Local Government Act. Advertising on Council Infrastructure Advertising on Council infrastructure such as light poles can attract expiation notices under the Local Government Act. If you spot any such advertising please notify the Council. Dog Registration Dog registrations for the 2007/08 ﬁnancial year became due and payable from the 1st July 2007. Grace period for registrations expires on 31 August 2007; thereafter an $80.00 expiation fee applies under section 33 of the Dog and Cat Management Act. Please also ensure that all dogs over the age of three months are registered, failure to comply can again result in an $80.00 Expiation Notice being issued.
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Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours 1pm – 6pm seven days a week. Council Oﬃce Hours – General Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm.
Rates The ﬁnal instalment notices have been issued and the due date for payment was 18/06/2007. Please contact Bronnie Warren at the Council on 8671 0010 for any payment arrangements or enquiries. Fines will apply to all overdue accounts. Electricity Billing Notices for the 30th June, 2007 quarter are now overdue. Reminder notices have been issued. Please pay by 21st August, 2007 to avoid late payment fees. Water 30 June 2007 Quarterly Accounts are now overdue. Please pay immediately to avoid a late payment fee. Parking Please be aware that there has been an increase in the expiation fee for parking in a bus zone, it has gone up to $73 from $47. Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace services are available at the Council oﬃces by appointment only. The Justice of the Peace is registered for South Australia only; therefore proof of residency is required. Please contact Council front desk for further details. Local Website Visit your local updated website. New Forums have now been added. Read what’s new and have your say in the Forums at www. roxbydowns.com Service SA On Wednesday and Thursdays only between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Council provides Transport Services including Vehicle and Boat Registration and Licensing Transactions. Rubbish Collection Residents are reminded that there is a limit of one bin per household for weekly rubbish collection and that it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition with closable lids that prevent ﬂies and birds from accessing rubbish. Please be diligent as littering attracts an Expiation Penalty Fee of $315.00 – i.e. over ﬂowing bins.
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Mail medal count The Woomera and Districts Football League will hold its Mail Medal count for the Best and Fairest football player for the season on Saturday night. The evening will start at 7.30pm with the count opening at 8pm. It will be held at the Roxby Downs Car club at the dirt circuit club rooms. All players and supporters as well as members of the public are invited to attend to watch what is expected to be a very close count this season.
Netball results B Grade Roos 66 defeated Rockets 26 Redbacks 32 defeated Misﬁts 16 Woomera v Opals - forfeit Miners 40 defeated OD Devils 38 A Grade OD Devils 43 defeated Tangos 13 Hornridge 34 defeated Miners 33 OPEN 7 DAYS
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9 WEEK TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM This program is for beginners of all ages who wish to compete in the Roxby Red Dunes Classic. It is not based on speed but on endurance. You can go as slow as you want. For most of you – this is your ﬁrst Triathlon, and your goal is to ﬁnish and to HAVE FUN!!! Week 1 – commencing 20/08/2007 SENIORS JUNIORS Mon strength training ** bike 10 mins Tues rest run 5 mins Wed run 15min / bike 15 min rest (Separate workouts am/pm) Thur walk / slow jog 20 min bike 10 mins Fri strength training ** run 5 mins Sat rest rest Sun bike 15 min / run 15 min rest (consecutive “brick” session) **include strength training sessions in lieu of swim sessions until pool opens in September. Strength training focuses on preparing the joints, muscles, tendons & ligaments for future training. For information on strength training, please contact Kristin Humphries at firstname.lastname@example.org. TRAINING TIP: a warm up and cool down should accompany any training session. IMPORTANT: REST means REST These days are for muscle and joint recovery “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything”
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Andamooka Roxby Districts
12 goals 5 goals
8 points 8 points
80 points 38 points
Best players for Andamooka: M Bayda, K Williams, R Burns, M Uhlik and T Willis.
Goal scorers: K Williams 8 goals, M Facus, R Burns, J Oldﬁeld and M Uhlik 1 goal each.
Best players for Roxby Districts: D Sims, R Cuneen, N Thompson, S KSaminski, S Crafter-King. Goal scorers: T Paull, M Daddow, K Zeptner, L French and S Crafter-King 1 goal each.
Olympic Dam Coober Pedy
17 goals 6 goals
13 points 12 points
115 points 48 points
Best players for Olympic Dam: S Freeth, T Hornhardt, D Moyse, D McKenna and A Petty. Goal scorers: A Sulliavan 5 goals, N Burton, N Shinnick, T Hornhardt and S Chapman 2 goals each, D Rogers, D Summerton, A Petty and T Morriss 1 goal each. Best players for Coober Pedy: T Williams, J Lenon, T Walker, M Lennon, J Burns. Goal scorers: Z McKenzie, W Boland 2 goals each, J Burns, L Boland 1 goal each.
Junior Colts - Under 12’s Hawks Bulldogs
11 goals 6 goals
6 points 10 points
72 points 46 points
Best players for Hawks: L Ryan, J Christall, S Orr, S Smith, R White. Goal scorers: L Ryan 3 goals, R White, J Christall 2 goals, S Orr, J Whittaker and M McIntee 1 goal each. Best players for Bulldogs: L Partington, E Zeptner, H Harrison, P Steinhauser and M Steer. Goal scorers: L Partington 2 goals, C Haugum, J Rigden, D Kenny and J Sellars 1 goal each.
Monitoring the SA fishing scene Compiled by Peter Medhurst
Stokes Bay KI has excellent King George Whiting & Southern Calamari. Fish in the 35 - 50cm range have been landed by charter operators and those in decent size vessels. A thinkly cut fresh piece of squid is the most productive bait for the Whiting. Rugger Snapper are also readily available in the reef systems adjacent to the bay. Th e r o u g h w a t e r s o f Backstairs Passage should only be crossed by experienced boaties on a favourable weather forecast.
10 goals 1 goal
19 points 6 points
79 points 12 points
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Glenelg anglers reported Whiting in the 35cm - 42cm range. Offshore grounds 4 - 6 nautical miles out were most productive. Tinny launchers from Price reporeted Mullet and Whiting. Hardwicke Bay has Ruggers, Squid and Whiting close to shore. Marion Bay has Squid and Tommies in the Bay. Above: Big King George Whiting normally run at Stokes Bay KI until the end of September.
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Best players for Hawks: D May, L Munroe, K Lynch, W Robertse and E Sach. Goal scorers: K Forrest and K Reynolds 3 goals, T Schott 2 goals, W Robertse 1 goal. Best players for Bulldogs: V Buza, J Elliot, J Hombsch, A Warren and D Male. Goal scorers: J Kenny 1 goal.
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Nene Valley in the south-east has kept beach anglers well fed with excellent Mullet captures over the past month. Pt Riley continues to fire - calm days after a blow are required to land Snapper from the rocks at this location. West Lakes has Bream chasing soft plastics at both dawn and dusk. Reports suggest the odd Mulloway is also available for the night time anglers.
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Karters ready for a big two days The Roxby Downs Go-Kart club is holding a two day race extravaganza this weekend featuring some of the districts best go-karters. The 2 day meeting starting at noon
on both days is being sponsored by Auto Pro Roxby. Canteen facilities will be available and all spectators will be treated to some of the best driving and racing
in these minature forumula One’s the state has to oﬀer. Pictured is Nicky Calligaris with dad Mario Calligaris ready to go at the N.T State Titles earlier this year.
Saints need your help Softball now into finals mode The Roxby Downs Softball League kicks oﬀ its ﬁnals series this coming weekend with the quarter ﬁnals. Rebels 1, Devil Cats, Shakers and Rebels 2 will play oﬀ in what is expected to be a high spirited and keenly contested ﬁnals series. The last half of the season has been extremely close with moist games being decided in the last innings of each match with both League leaders Rebels 1 and Devil Cats ﬁghting it out down to the wire. The last minor round games saw
an easy win in the ﬁrst game when Rebels 1 swept Rebels 2 by a very comfortable margin. Rebels 1 held sway with accurate pitching and big hitting with some long rallies scoring runs at will. In the second game Shakers shook last year’s premiers Devil Cats and kept the pressure on for most of the game. It wasn’t until the 4th innings that Devil Cats with strong hitting right through the line-up were able to pull away and record the win.
The first Quarter Final will be between Rebels 2 and Shakers at 11.30am whilst the 2nd Quarter ﬁnal will be between Rebels 1 and Devil Cats at 1.30pm, the winner of which will go straight into the Grand Final. The Presentation night will be held on Saturday night September the 1st at the Roxby Downs Bowls Club. Ensure you are there for a great night especially after the Grand Final during that afternoon.
The Coober Pedy Saints Football Club is in urgent need of local support in Roxby Downs as the club makes preparations to play in its anticipated Grand Final in the Woomera and Districts Football League next month. Club Manager, Geoﬀ Sykes says he still has vivid recollections of those ﬁrst few trips to Woomera in 2005 when Woomera was the club’s Home Ground and seeing the big banner and balloons and streamers at the entry to town and at the Oval. “However the one thing we are short on is “manpower” in organizing events for our anticipated appearance in the Grand Final this year,” he said. “I want to know whether there is a group, which is willing and able to be the “Coober Pedy Saints Football Club Woomera Supporters Group”. “If so, they can contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. “I have contacted the League to ﬁnd out what the requirements are for Coober Pedy to get a home game for the
ﬁnals seeing we’ll ﬁnish at least second and should have the chance to host a home ﬁnal,” Mr Sykes said. “Apparently the League Constitution says the Grand Final will be held in Roxby Downs, but other finals will be held at either Roxby or Woomera, because Coober Pedy wasn’t part of the League when the constitution was written. “So there’s a chance at least the Preliminary ﬁnal, could be played at Woomera - our “Home Ground”. “If this does come to fruition we’ll need lots of help from people in Roxby who want to oﬀer their support to our club. “It’ll include decorations at Woomera Oval, Canteen, Bar, and dare I say Fellowship after the Game,” Mr Sykes said. “The help we’ll need will be in Roxby on 25th August, at Woomera on 1st Sept and at Roxby again on 8th Sept. “So please contact me by email and become a Sainter for the month.”
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