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The roar of ﬁghter jet engines has been echoing over the outback desert landscape for the last four weeks, signalling the start of a new round of Defence activities on Australia’s huge aerospace test and evaluation range at Woomera. In the last half of this year, around 100 test and evaluation trials of many descriptions are being conducted at the Woomera Test Facility, an ‘operational tempo’ that indicates just how busy this famous test range is once again becoming. Woomera is operationally managed by Headquarters, Woomera Test Facility, an operational unit of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Aerospace Operational Support Group (AOSG). Both AOSG and the Woomera Test Facility headquarters are located at RAAF Base Edinburgh, just north of Adelaide. Over the last four weeks, the airﬁeld at Woomera has been fully activated by the RAAF to operate fast-jet aircraft, helicopters and other RAAF support aircraft. The current task has now ﬁnished but in a week’s time the airbase will again come alive for a second round of aircraft trials, this time involving the Army’s new Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. Later in the year rocket launches are also expected to take place, harking back to the original purpose for the establishment of Woomera back in 1947. These days Woomera hosts a complex range of hi-tech trials and the number of these trials may increase. Woomera, because of its remoteness, dry air environment and sparse population is ideal for testing new aerospace technologies and it is increasingly a facility of choice for testing new generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Woomera Test Facility is a huge facility covering some 127,000 sqkm, an area roughly the size of England. The Woomera village, managed by Defence Support Group (DSG) provides garrison support to operations on the range and manages the village itself. However the operations and technical personnel, numbering about 25 in total, that operate the tracking, data and communications systems on the range are part of the RAAF’s Woomera Test Facility unit.
Andamooka School reborn through community spirit M
ore than 200 people assembled at the new Andamooka school facility last Thursday to see Member for Giles, Lyn Breuer oﬃcially open the new facilities on behalf of the Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith. The Minister was unable to attend due to a death in the family just days before her scheduled visit. The new $2 million school renamed Andamooka Children’s Centre and Primary School is the pride of the small community and as mentioned by Ms Breuer, “Andamooka School is really the heart of this community, the heart of the town and has played a very important part for many, many years.” The school was burnt down after a series of four ﬁres in 2006 and Ms Breuer said that to see what it did to the town, the people, the community and parents, the staﬀ and to mostly the young children was just devastating. “I felt very, very sad all the way through, so it is very much a
pleasure for me to be here today. “You all know my feelings about Andamooka and particularly about the Andamooka School – I do feel part of your community and I do like to spend time here and as I always say my second favourite place is Andamooka, my ﬁrst is naturally Whyalla,” she told a very responsive audience. “I did come here all through the terrible, terrible trauma you suﬀered over the past few years. “Every time there was another ﬁre I came up here, I was starting to run out of petrol money!” she quipped. Ms Breuer said last week’s opening marked the start of the new future for Andamooka and the Andamooka School and despite all the trauma of the past, there has been a lot of good out of it. “When you look around this school now and see what’s here and the work that’s gone into the spectacular grounds, the garden I think you’ve done very well out of it all despite all the trauma, so I am very pleased about that and I am sure you as a community would feel the same.
“I think as a community you raised $28,000 and that’s pretty phenomenal for a town the size of Andamooka, that you can raise that much money in your community for a school. I think you can all pat yourselves on the back for that eﬀort. “It’s just a sign once again of the wonderful work this community does and how much it cares for its people and particularly for its school, so congratulations to everyone.” Ms Breuer predicted Andamooka is going to get bigger and better, with the expansion of Roxby Downs. “Andamooka will have more children at the school and have a bigger community and I know your community will still be a great community and a great place people will want to come to and live.” Ms Breuer complimented Angela Turner, the principal of the school saying she was just absolutely incredible. Continued on page 3
Kids learn a valuable lesson
Family Focus with Tom Beever
A visit to the Roxby Kindergarten by Police Constable Rebecca Shultz recently helped kids understand the importance of who to contact when they are scared or in trouble. Rebecca emphasised the need to call the police or talk to someone they can trust, like a teacher, shop keeper or someone else they knew. She also went through the phone numbers the children could call in the case of an emergency. Each childe received a bag of goodies including a puzzle book, stickers, a tatoo and a bal- Courtney is pictured with Rebecca Schultz tryig out the two way radio carried by police officers. loon.
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Dealing With Bullying It was unbelievable to read of the recent bullying incident that lead to the death of a 14 year old boy in Northern NSW. The boy had been suﬀering a series of violent run-ins with kids who attended the same school, and as a result, the young boy took his own life. As I read of the boy’s tragic death, I noted the words, “Bullying seriously aﬀects tens of thousands of students every year”. It’s abhorrent to think that anyone should suﬀer from bullying now a days! But, the harsh reality is, they do! When we hear the word, ‘bullying’ we more often than not associate it with school. And! maybe we should, because according to recent studies, one in six Australian students aged nine to seventeen have been aﬀected by bullying at school. These are shocking statistics, but sadly, bullying at school obviously isn’t a new thing because most adults would either remember being bullied at school or have at least witnessed it. Any kind of bullying is totally unacceptable but the most common form of school bullying ranges from teasing, harassment, threats and name calling that can often lead to more serious forms of aggressive behaviour. Fortunately all schools now have anti-bullying procedures and we would expect such procedures to be implemented whenever bullying occurs. Another aspect of bullying at school that hardly gets a mention is the bullying that can occur between teacher and student. There may well be times when teachers feel threatened by some students but there are teachers who have deﬁnite bully characteristics towards certain students. I’m certainly not implying teachers like that exist in Roxby. But a child’s mood swings or unusual behavioral traits can be a consequence of diﬃculties in or outside of the classroom. Another common place where bullying can occur…is within the workforce. And! According to Australian work force statistics, the major source of bullying comes from managers, supervisors and fellow workers! To be bul-
lied by anyone is totally unacceptable! But to be bullied by a manager, superintendent, supervisor or anyone who holds a leadership position whilst at work is almost an impossible situation to be in. But something can be done. The most common forms of workplace bullying is abuse or misuse of power by those with authority, verbal, psychological or sexual abuse, put downs, discrimination, victimization, harassment, favourtism shown to others and being the victim of silent treatment. Many Roxby residents have suﬀered terribly because of workplace bullying and I’ve been appalled by the dreadful impact it has had on them and their families. Many have now left, or are planning to leave, and a number of them have been overseas families who have had to pursue a new life and alternative employment at another mine interstate. Not only are there disgraceful physical, emotional and family costs for those who are the victim of workplace bullying. But an extraordinary amount of work related damage is often caused because companies can suﬀer tremendous staﬀ turn over, poor workplace environment and loss of production because of it. When bullying occurs; two things should be urgently implemented. One: Talk to someone you trust straight away. Two: If bullying is occurring at school, make immediate plans to speak with the principal and take the person you trust as support. If workplace bullying is occurring, don’t forget to speak with someone you trust; speak with your doctor, make urgent contact to The Oﬃce of the Employee Ombudsman, read up and act on your Occupational Health and Safety Acts and keep the person whom you trust informed along the way. Don’t delay on acting on these two points because workplace bullying issues hardly ever just, “go away”. Phone: 88207 1970 for SA Oﬃce of the Employee Ombudsman or email: email@example.com. For Lifeline phone 131114.
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“We shared many a tear but she certainly always had your community at heart and cared very deeply about what had happened. It was through her hard work drive and ringing me and ringing up the Minister’s oﬃce you’ve got what you have today. “The other ones who played a major role and I can’t say one I have to say two are the Campbells. Naomi as the chair of the school council at that time and of course Digger (Nigel) was always there in the background to help out as well. It is good to see them back.” Naomi Campbell who returned from the Riverland for the opening said, “I just wanted to say how when we left the ﬁght was only half way won you guys have continued fighting and you have achieved something wonderful and marvellous and be so proud of what you’ve got. You have
a magniﬁcent facility and there are country towns throughout South Australia that would be dying for similar facilities. How great is it that something so far from Adelaide could get something so wonderful.” Principal Angela Turner concluded by saying, “This is not only a school now, it is also a rural children’s centre, it’s one of two in the State. It means we will be able to service the community from birth right through to primary school which is very exciting. It means we will have health practices here from Roxby. Mothers Group here on Thursdays and a long day care centre here now which is already full and already meeting the needs of our community.” She said if there was a bonus from the ﬁres it is the new buildings and the new technology available to our students.
RIGHT: Three of the people who did so much to have the Andamooka school rebuilt after the 2006 fires are from left Lyn Breuer, Member for Giles, Angela Turner principal and former chairperson of the school council Naomi Campbell who returned for the opening. BELOW Lyn Breuer stands in for Education Minister Jane LomaxSmith to officially open the new school facilities.)
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More good news about mining in the area Several iron ore resource companies looking at export projects from resources located near Coober Pedy. Minister for Mineral Resources Paul Holloway stated last week that approval has been granted this year to export focused projects by Western Plains Resources at Peculiar Knob and IMX Resources at Cairn Hall. “These projects, located near Coober Pedy, are the ﬁrst signiﬁcant iron ore mines in South Australia to be approved outside of the Whyalla region,” Mr. Holloway says. “The Cairn Hill and Peculiar Knob projects and the expansion of the iron ore exports by OneSteel are further evidence of this State’s capacity to translate the more than $30 million spent on exploration in South Australia last year into new mines.” THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Mr. Holloway also welcomed the announcement by OneSteel of a further 13 million tons of hemalite reserves in the Middleback Ranges near Whyalla. “The announcement that OneSteel aims to increase iron ore reserves and resources through a two year program is also an encouraging sign of the potential for further investment by the company in its South Australian operations,” he says. This mining expansion news comes on the back of the BHP Billiton call for expressions of interest from developers interested in ﬁnancing and constructing additional accommodation in Roxby Downs as part of the proposed Olympic Dam Expansion. The call last week wants accommodation to be progressively developed between the year 2010 and 2018. www.themonitor.com.au
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Letters to the Editor Tour de Heart
Warning to parents
Dear Sir – It is with pleasure that I write on behalf of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation and Graham Manou to thank you sincerely for your support to the 2008 URS Tour de Heart bike ride. The ride was a huge success and raised a net proﬁt of $50,000. With Roxby’s contribution and that of all our supporters, we were able to achieve our target. This money has been allocated to Cardiology Research that is currently being undertaken at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation. We are committed to funding vital research programs of the highest standard at the Hospital, which consistently delivers major health beneﬁts to our community. These funds will help to ensure medical research is able to continue to seek the answers to the many illnesses that aﬀect all of us, whether it is a family member, friend, work colleague or neighbour . . . .The only limitation we have to ﬁnding cures is funding. Thank you once again for your valuable support and we look forward to welcoming your generosity again next year.
Sir – As the parent of teenagers I try to keep up with the current “in” friends, who are the “freak” kids for the week, what teachers are “stressing the kids out”, who’s hanging with who, and just the usual teenage social and school yard “goss”. As well of course I am trying to keep up with all the “grown up stuﬀ ” like increases in interest rates, petrol and generally the cost of living as a whole, overcrowded hospitals, underage drinking etc., etc. Living in Roxby though, at times we seem distanced from the social issues and stresses of our city neighbours. Our kids have a bit more freedom due to you knowing more people and most of the kids have grown up together, play sport together, go to school together, and so you know the families and feel comfortable with giving kids that bit of freedom that they may not have enjoyed had they been brought up in the city. However, in the last couple of years Roxby, like so many other small towns has entered the fast lane and we too have problems with underage drinking and substance abuse by both adults and teenagers. Recently I was shattered by an incident involving a local teenager being taken to hospital due to the eﬀects of a mixture of alcohol and so called “party drugs”. A teenager that comes from a loving, caring home environment, a kid that plays sport with our kids, a polite and friendly kid . . . a normal teenager. A teenager who, without any trouble was able to purchase not only drugs locally, but also being able to purchase alcohol while still under age. The frightening thing is that incidents of this type will continue as long as information ports like the internet and U Tube glamorize the taking of party drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs as is exempliﬁed in the Brittany Speirs and Heath Ledger episodes. As a mother of a teenager that walked away from a loving family environment a few years ago, I am not being judgemental but feel that I’m in a position to let other parents know that it can happen to any one of us when we least expect it. So we need to be aware of our surroundings, report anything that doesn’t look right, check who our kids hang with and what they are doing on the internet and talk to them about the ill eﬀects of such irresponsible behaviour as it not only aﬀects them but a whole range of people – family, friends, teachers, workmates. This incident also shows that there is some complacency with some of our liquor outlets in that ID is not being asked for when alcohol is being purchase. Showing signage stating that ID may be asked for does not get them oﬀ the hook for not asking in the ﬁrst place. And lastly the “party drug” dealers, someone must know them? Please report them to the police . . . next time the ending may not be a happy one and it maybe your child!
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Strike is not the answer
Sir - I would like to respond to the author of the letter titled “Teachers need a reality check”. I share your frustration with regard to the “rolling strike”. That day was a complete shemozzle. However your anger should be directed towards the State Government rather than the teachers themselves. From what I have heard, the government is treating the teachers with total contempt. Why should South Australian teachers be paid less than their counterparts in Victoria and other states? I’m sure the Members of Parliament are on the same wicket as politicians in other states. Rather than sending a letter to the editor of the Monitor you should be sending a letter to Lyn Breuer, our local member. I can assure you that I shall be doing so. I am not a fan of strike action, it really is a last resort. Most often it has the eﬀect of upsetting the school community, as your letter proves, and leaves the government laughing all the way to the bank. They don’t have to pay the teachers for that half day and are not held accountable for the action. In addition, from what I hear, the stand-oﬀ between the teachers and the government is not only over pay but also class sizes. My daughter was in Headstart last term with only thirteen students and an SSO to assist the teacher each morning. All students had the opportunity to read to the SSO each morning which is vital and she was also available to help students one on one during their morning learning sessions. I was really impressed with this but unfortunately it seems that it is a luxury aﬀorded only to Headstart. Hence as parents it often feels that we are teaching our children to read. I believe there should be an SSO in all junior primary classes to avoid this which again requires the government to spend money. However, regardless of this, as a parent you have to accept responsibility for reinforcing what is learned at school by listening to reading and assisting with any other homework . As a secondary issue, I am sick of hearing whingeing about all the holidays teachers get. I am not a teacher but my Mum was a secondary school teacher (since retired). I remember every holidays she was doing preparation for upcoming lessons, including dissection of Year 12 set novels and coming up with essay topics for students to practise on in order for them to have the best chance of doing well in their exams. I am the ﬁrst to admit that my Mum was a passionate and dedicated teacher but I believe that the majority of teachers are. In most jobs you have the opportunity to prepare for presentations during work time. Teachers are “presenting” for the bulk of each and every work day with limited release time so most of their presentation preparation is done outside of work hours. Cindy Matthews Many teachers have skills that can be used by private Roxby Downs companies, also desperate for personnel, and with the resources boom willing to pay well for the right people. For example, the Technical Design teacher at Alyangula Area School on Groote Eylandt has recently left to start work with GEMCO (Groote Eylandt Mining Company) as a draftsperson. If teachers are paid “so well” then why is this happening? There are also many private schools willing to pay high salaries to attract the best teachers. Obviously there are some teachers who do the bare minimum, as there are in all occupations, but do we want them as the only ones left in the public school system? If we don’t support and reward our teachers satisfactorily that may very well become the case.
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Watch this space! Premier Mike Rann must be jumping for joy with all the good news about the expansion of mining in the Northern areas of the state and the promised riches it will bring to the State. With pressure mounting on his government for action in areas like the River Murray, transport, health, those tramline extensions and the constant carping by an Opposition that ﬁnds no good in anything - announcements like the OneSteel 50% increase in exports of iron ore must be a boost for a drop in the Premier’s popularity. The Iron Triangle is ﬂourishing, the Port Lincoln area is growing at the rate of knots and the far North regions of the State are experiencing boom times. But with an election due in 2010 Mike Rann will be banking on much more good news from the mining sector to prop up his campaign to win another term in oﬃce. While the Libs still have a long way to
go to get the nine seats they must win to wrest back power, they have made inroads - mainly because of the bungled Country Health Plan, the polarising of the community with “The Marj”, Adelaide’s replacement hospital and the worst drought in 100 years. What better news in 2010 for Mike Rann than the announcement that the Olympic Dam Expansion is going ahead, creating many more jobs and an untold wealth for the State. When it comes to elections, timing is everything and while the Government may be weathering a tougher time at the moment, Mike Rann is savvy when it comes to timing and how he handles media announcements. Watch this space – the election campaign begins now and we can expect much more good news from the Government and far more pessimistic news from the Opposition.
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RoxFM wins two Bilby Awards By Sol Pizanez
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The Bilby Awards were presented at the South Australian Community Broadcasting Association (SACBA) Conference held on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August at the Fullarton Park Centre in Adelaide. “The Bilby Awards are presented each year at the SACBA annual conference in celebration of the contribution that radio stations makes to the communities,” explained Station Coordinator Kristina Meredith. The awarded categories were Sport and Interview. Scott Sauerwald and Tom Beever picked up a prize in the Sport category with the best coverage of a sporting event on their program “The Scoreboard”. Scott and Tom in their prize-winning program in June spoke to the Woomera and Districts executive committee spokesperson,
Graham Warren, about the Miners’ Cup- the ﬁrst representative football game between remote SA towns- and the team selection. The other awarded category was in the Interview section when Teya Dunn presented a “Bluesy Edition” of “Kaleidoscope” on March 27. The awarded piece was an on air phone interview with ‘Sweet Baby’ James Meston from Adelaide to promote and generate interest of this music in Roxby Downs. RoxFM also received a special mention for a station brag made by Casey Potts to promote the job of all the volunteers of the radio. “Casey put a lot of work to produce the station brag,” Kristina said. RoxFM were represented at the conference and awards night by Teya Dunn, Casey Potts and Kristina Meredith. Others categories entered by RoxFM were: Blooper: Kristina Meredith and Teya Dunn. Can’t get out of the car: ‘Mad Cow and The Abattoir’ with Summo and Schultzy. Best message: ‘The Pommy Show’ with Conrad and Beeno. Teya Dunn receiving the Runner Up Bilby Awards.
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Bowen Therapy helping to heal F
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Christmas Pageant is going ahead By Krystle Bower
Something worth looking forward to this year is the annual Christmas Pageant, after running for approximately 18 years, it has now been conﬁrmed it is going ahead in 2008.
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and the excitement of Christmas to the It’s deﬁnitely not an event to be missed, the Roxby outback. Downs Annual Christmas Pageant. There will be carols by candlelight, a Mark it your diary for a fun night, and help out if you new and upcoming Adelaide band, ﬂoats have the opportunity, remembering the thing that makes and lots of fun, all of which promises to us a community is how we work together. bring the community closer together, and bring a smile to the faces of children. ADVERTISEMENT Leigh Malcolm from the traders group mentions that he has organised to enter his own ﬂoat for the Hourglass Jewellery Shop into the Pageant and is hopeful that other businesses and community members will also enter. Sandy Visser, last year’s event coordinator, is organising the Christmas pageant, receiving help from a group of volunteers, and members of the Traders Group. Leigh Malcolm spoke of how they had great support from volunteers and local businesses last year, commenting, “It wouldn’t work without the people who volunteer.” He encourages anyone with spare time to help out with the pageant. The Rotary club is doing its part, by being in charge of crowd marshalling and control. Letters have been sent to local businesses in regards to donations, ﬂoats Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres and stall registrations, encouraging them Would you like information on a wide range of community care to help out with the pageant, and to get and respite services available to help you stay at home? involved. For information about community care programs and “We really hope businesses will enter a services in your local region call Freecall* 1800 052 222. ﬂoat or setup a stall to trade,” Leigh comFor information on respite services call Freecall* 1800 059 059. mented, “and donations for the event can Or, visit your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre shopfront be made at the National Australia Bank,” www.commcarelink.health.gov.au he added. * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates “We urge businesses to get on board - like Olympic Dam Transport last year donated a semi trailer for the band to play on.”
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36 days alone in the desert L
ast Friday, 31 year old Belgian adventurer, Louis- it would allow him to see places that very few huPhillipe Loncke completed a 36 day trek of the mans have ever seen and the motivation was to feel the desert and see the beauty of it for himself. Simpson Desert.
What was unusual and setting new records was he did it without support and from North to South. Treks similar to this have been done in the past East to West and this is the ﬁrst North to South, unsupported according to Loncke. Towing a specially made two wheeled cart Loncke started out with 140 litres of water, food, tent and cameras, a total weight of 210 kgs towing across sand dunes which started as a stark red and by the time he reached his destination at the top of Lake Eyre had turned to white sand hills. For the man who has had three previous record breaking adventures in Australia his latest trek was really only marred by a puncture in his air mattress on night one and being surrounded by what he says was an angry pack of 15 feral camels. I spotted a group of camels coming towards me. At ﬁrst I was not suspicious and allowed them to come closer but soon enough they were getting quite close and gathering like a Roman legion just before an attack. I went to hide but ﬁgured the only way to get out alive was to ﬂee… which I did with the camels chasing me! Fortunately they stopped after a while. I came to understand that they were probably trying to protect their young.” He said there weren’t too many other dangers, no snakes because it was too cold, but freezing nights and ice in his tent were the worst. “I had more cold days than warm days,” he said, “and I only saw one dingo from a distance.” As for food, the adventurer ate muesli and had water in the mornings, ate salted peanuts during the day to replace salt and then at night dehydrated food packs, especially those with the most protein for energy. He returned home last Saturday 10 kilograms lighter than when he started and says the experience was incredible. Speaking to The Monitor last Friday morning soon after being picked up by Wrights Air and taken to William Creek, a bright and happy Loncke said he had not seen another person in ﬁve weeks of the trek. He said he chose the North-South route because
“I have 2000 photographs and three hours of high deﬁnition video,” he said. In previous treks he spent 49 days walking the length of Tasmania via the wilderness, walked across Fraser Island and again through much of the northern wilderness and two years ago became the ﬁrst person to walk across the McDonald National Park North of Alice Springs where he climbed the four highest mountains in the Northern Territory. With only 30 hours training before this Trek Loncke said he usually spends much more time in training. ‘”But I’m pretty happy,” he concluded.
Lions Club return to Roxby Downs?
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Lions Australia is pushing to re-establish a Roxby Downs Lions Club as soon as next month. Lions Club District Governor, Jim Hewitson Pt Pirie has met with the Roxby Council to discuss the & Adelaide establishment of a Roxby Downs Lions Club. He Depots has conﬁrmed that the meeting was a success and that Lions Australia is currently creating a plaque Antique & that they will donate to the Roxby Lions Park. Household Removals Roxby Downs Lions members are yet to be conﬁrmed, but Hewitson hopes they will be anLocal, Interstate & Country nounced with the unveiling of the plaque within Storage & Delivery Specialists the next month. He said that contact has been made with a few people already and about 15 are showing signiﬁRoxby Downs À Pt Augusta À Pt Pirie cant interest. However, in order to charter the Roxby Downs Lions Club, a minimum of 20 people are needed. The club will initially have support from the Lions District Cabinet. Once the club is established, it will be up to the Roxby Downs members to work with the council and various organisations to source funding and make decisions on Career Employment Group is a local, not-for-profit where best to spend money and where organisation ready to service your apprenticeship and things are needed. Hewitson outlined traineeship needs. We are dedicated to servicing local that all clubs are autonomous. He hopes that the Roxby Downs Lions Club will be industries and businesses and providing employment able to expand their priorities beyond the opportunities for the youth of Roxby Downs. We’re Lions Park, but again this is something ready to help your business find and train the right that will have to be decided within the staff! club down the track. “Whyalla Lions originally came up to For further information contact: Roxby and had a meeting with the council Tony Place (Field Officer) about three months ago,” said Graeme Ferris of Roxby Downs Council. or “They were very impressed with the Gaynor Renz (Administration Assistant) condition of the park considering they Our office is located at have had no input into the park for several years. They were amazed at how much 78 Pioneer Drive ROXBY DOWNS SA 5725 eﬀort and money had been put into it.” (PO BOX 50) With the plaque currently being creOffice Hours Monday - Friday ated, a continued appeal to join the serv9.00 am – 1.00 pm ice organisation is being made to local residents. If anyone is interested in joinTelephone: 8671 3033 ing the Roxby Downs Lions Club, please Facsimile: 8671 3066 give Jim Hewitson a call to discuss on (08) Tony’s mobile: 0427 615 961 8649 2397 or 0409492390.
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CareerSpeak finishes on a high CareerSpeak’s 2008 program run recently in Roxby Downs ﬁnished on a high with a ﬁnale held in the theatrette on August 14. Committee member Michelle Hales said, “Over the four evenings it was pleasing to see the number of parents attending with students. Parents play a key role in supporting and providing advice about career choices and they need to attend events like this to arm themselves with all the information. “There were a number of students who got a chance to spend one on one time with industry speakers,” she said. CareerSpeak 2008 provided a rare chance to talk personally with industry experts and ask relevant and speciﬁc questions about their own personal circumstances. Ms Hales said, “This doesn’t happen very often in Roxby Downs.” On the ﬁnal night of CareerSpeak those fortunate enough to attend the evening were treated to four top class guest speakers who told of their rise in their respective professions and gave an insight into the joys and in some cases the pitfalls of the work they do. Ecologist at the Arid Lands Recovery Helen Crisp gave an interesting talk on her work and openly displayed the passion for her profession. Equally Tony Wilson of Martins Integrated followed up with a very interesting story about a company which grew from a one man band as a signwriter to an all encompassing creative design and advertising business employing more than 100 people. Justin Nuich, senior maintenance engineer for Olympic Dam Expansion explained his continuing move up the ladder after starting out as an apprentice mechanic to now leading one of the biggest expansions of mining mechanisation in the history of the industry. Finally Tony Lewis a freelance photographer and former Advertiser and Australian newspaper photographer stepped in after SA Great Speaker Alexis Savaidis was unable to attend late in the programming. Tony explained how he started out as a copy boy at the News and progressed through the ranks and then showed a number of the stunning photos he has taken over the years.
Pictured on the final night of CareerSpeak are from left Tony Wilson, Michelle Hales, Juliette Demaine and Justin Nuich.
Police News . . .
Housebreak in Mirra Street Over night on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at Mirra Street, a house was entered and oﬀenders stole an ipod, digital camera and Rayban sunglasses from the lounge room. On the same night a neighbour’s car was entered and a purse containing cash, cards, papers and a memory stick were stolen. Any information regarding this matter, please ring Roxby Downs Police on 8671 0370 or Bank SA Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. On August 19, 2008 a 16 year old male was
reported for misuse of a motor vehicle in relation to hoon driving within Roxby Downs. The vehicle concerned has been subsequently clamped and an order prohibiting the vehicle’s sale until the outcome of any court proceedings has been served. On Monday night, August 18, 2008 as a result of information received from the public a 20 year old male person was arrested in relation to the aggravated assault on the Race weekend at the entrance of the Myall Grove Caravan Park, ROXBY DOWNS. On Tuesday, August 19 another male, 17 years, was also arrested and charged in relation to the assault. The third
oﬀender is now known re this matter and is yet to be interviewed. Police thank the public for the information supplied in relation to this matter. At 5.20 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008 a Silver XR6 Turbo sedan was impounded by Police and the male driver reported for misuse of a motor vehicle in relation to a burnout in Tutop Street. Between 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a,m, on Sunday, August 24, 2008 a male was assaulted at a private residence on Aquila Blvd by a female. The female has been reported over the assault.
SES vertically challenged Our local SES teams took the initiative to organise stage one of the vertical rescue training in Roxby Downs. “Vertical Rescue is an important skill and procedure for the SES teams to gain” said SES media Liaison Steve Moore. “This training is crucial for rescue work on towers, in mine shafts, cliﬀs and roof tops and we are most fortunate to be able to present the training locally” Trevor Arnold training oﬃcer for the local SES said, “The vertical rescue training is crucial for SES teams and it is not always possible for us to be able to present the training in regional areas. The local SES worked together to bring volunteers from Pt Augusta, Coober Pedy, Woomera and Roxby Downs together made the training viable.”
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The ten volunteers attended the two days of training led by four trainers from Adelaide. The practical components highlighted the danger of vertical rescue to the volunteers as they worked their way through putting the procedures into practice. There are three parts to the vertical rescue training and Roxby SES is working towards the second stage (Technical Training) of the training to be held in Roxy Downs in the future. Stage three (specialist training) is only staged in Adelaide. Mr Moore said, “The training is not only good for the SES teams but also provides the participants with excellent transferable skills in any personal or career endeavour they may take in the future.”
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Learning to be mum By Sol Pizanez The Australian Breastfeeding Association is running a breastfeeding group every third Tuesday of the month, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Public Library. Mellissa Allen is the Roxby Downs Group Breastfeeding Counsellor and since March this year has been helping young mums of Roxby. “We are here to support mums. They don’t need to be breastfeeding only. It is also a good place for mums to meet new people and have a chat,” Mellissa said. She helps mothers to breastfeed, because although breastfeeding is natural, it is a skill that needs to be learned. “In the group mums share stories, tips and become skilled at some useful strategies and different topics
about babies,” Mellissa commented. Mums who attend to the meetings are assisted by the counsellor to weigh the baby, take baby measurements and are informed about vaccinations. Earlier this year, the Olympic Dam Community Development Group gave the Australian Breastfeeding Association - Roxby Downs a grant of $2000 to assist with parenting packs and education in recognition of the support and assistance the local group gives to local families in this community. The grant lets the association provide mums with brochures and books with information and orientation about diﬀerent tips, such as understanding the baby’s wakeful, weaning and starting solids, coping with breast refusal, increasing milk supply, and how to keep your baby cool on summer.
Nicola Buley and Isabella (2 months)
Melissa Allen with boioks to help young mums.
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SAPEX Limited advises that Linc Energy has commenced a drilling program for coal assessment in the Arckaringa Basin, near Coober Pedy Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding to farmin to identiﬁed coal areas, Linc will drill approximately 20 holes in Exploration Licence (EL) 3325 for approximately a total of 5900 metres to assess and better deﬁne the inferred coal resources in accordance with JORC principles for Underground Coal Gasiﬁcation purposes. East Wintinna is located some 135 km north-east of Coober Pedy. Following the completion of this drilling program a similar program will be undertaken in EL 3326, located some 70 km SE of EL 3325.
New Dingo Technology introduced
We have iPod nanos and Nintendo DSs to give away! There are four prizes to win, one at the end of each month. You can enter more times than you can poke a stick at. Under 27 Years? Then go to www.cargoroxby.com.au for your chance to win. I would, but I’m just a poster. The CARGO Blog competition is sponsored by Carclew Youth Arts and BHP Billiton as part of the CARGO Public Art Project, commemorating the 20th Year Anniversary of Roxby Downs. Competition close dates 31 August, 30 September, 31 October, 30 November 2008. For details and terms and conditions visit www.cargoroxby.com.au
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New technologies and techniques to manage dingo attacks on livestock are being introduced across the arid lands region of South Australia. The South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (SAAL NRM) Board will host a series of workshops on dingo control, demonstrating new infrared monitoring cameras and soft-catch “Jake” traps to landholders across the state. These tools will be used by the SAAL NRM Board as part of its ongoing dingo research program, but are also available for loan to pastoralists to help monitor and capture problem dingoes on their properties. Ben Allen, dingo project manager for the SAAL NRM Board, says dingoes represent a signiﬁcant pest for sheep and cattle producers. “The cameras are a great way to easily and quickly identify where dingoes are on a property. Once you know where they are, the traps are a quick and easy way to catch the animal and remove it. “I’m conﬁdent that these new tools will help pastoralists control problem dingoes and I’m really looking forward to the workshops,” says Ben. “Dingoes are known to carry out ‘surplus killing’ on sheep, they attack and kill far more sheep than they actually eat. Dingoes are also known to kill calves, and represent a risk to these industries,” he says. The half-day workshops are being planned to be held in September, October, and November this year.
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Home Sweet Home By Sol Pizanez
Felipe has been working for BHP for more than 10 years. He started working in Mozal, an aluminium factory in Mozambique, and in December last year he was appointed to a job as an operator at Olympic Dam. Most of the family moved onto Roxby, but Dercia stayed in Adelaide where she is completing a Tourism and Hospitality Management degree. After a diﬃcult pregnancy - she had diabetes during the period - a healthy and beautiful baby named Natalia Junior born weighting 2.445kg. Now Natalia is ready to start doing what she loves to do and that is baking cakes.
“I think that I always loved to make cakes because I was born on a Once you enter the front festive day, Christmas. I door of her house you can remember that my mum alstart feeling a delightful ways ordered a cake for my blend of aromas coming birthday. We did not have from the kitchen: orange, enough money to buy other vanilla, lemon, caramel. things, but I always had my Meet Natalia Nhamúsbirthday cake.” sua, 35, of Mozambique, Natalia started baking Africa, latterly of Roxby cakes at 9 years old. “I used Downs. to help family and friends Her parents named her doing the cakes for parties Natalia as she born on Deand birthdays,” she said. cember 25th. Natalia deWhen she was a child rives from the Portuguese she loved to play and try - her language - ‘Natal’, that new recipes in her mum’s means ‘Christmas’ kitchen. “I was really creaShe came all the way to tive, I used to change the Australia with her husband recipes and test diﬀerent Felipe, her daughters Derthings.” cia (18) and Rebeca (14), She has fun stories in her son Samuel (6) and was the kitchen. “I was 12 and pregnant with Natalia (now I made hard-boiled eggs, 2 months). took off the shells and put the whole eggs inside a cake. At the party, after blowing out the candles they didn’t get an egg at the ﬁrst cut. Next day, someone took a piece of cake from the fridge, without permission and found the eggs! He thought that was a joke on him for stealing the cake!” She took some baking courses, sewing and crochet courses as well. Natalia is always reading cook books, recipes and asks people to learn. “When I was in Mozambique, I had a professor, Mr. Orlando, Ph: (08) 8671 0177 who worked in a bakery store. He taught me to bake Fax: (08) 8671 0180 and to decorate cakes. “The ﬁrst cake that I sold “It might be easier to list what we don’t do” was for a birthday. It was a really nice square cake, Machining but a bit crooked,” Natalia Specialised equipment and machinists - we have the capability to remembered laughing. produce “one off” or multiple items according to your needs in a Twenty-six years later, choice of a wide range of materials. her cakes are pieces of Fabrication art. Most of the cakes take Any metal fabrication work, choice of materials to suit your more than 4 hours of work needs. baking, icing and decoratSpecialising in TIG, MIG, Plasma, aluminium and stainless steel ing. work. Trailer repairs and modifications. In Mozambique she Steel Supply made cakes for weddings, Large range of steel in stock - Pipe, RHS, SHS, Flat bar, Angle etc in a wide variety of lengths and gauges. I Beam and C Section, birthdays, anniversaries, ideal for retaining walls. Fencing material in a variety of styles and baptisms and other events, designs as well as general purpose sheds and carports. and she did a magniﬁcent Mechanical Services job. Sure she will do it in Repairs/maintenance on motorcycles, earth moving equipment Roxby too! and forklifts. Hydraulic services and repairs, air-conditioning servNatalia loves the town, ice and engine reconditioning. Exhausts - fabrication to supply. but it is being hard to get Agents for: Aggreko gen sets & cooling units, All Spitwater a job because she has only products, JSG Industrial, Enerpac Fluid Power Systems and basic English knowledge. Chicago pneumatic air tools.Come and talk to the boy “I thank God for the ngineering (Charlton Road, Olympic Dam) opportunity of being here Come and talk to the boys at Precision Roxby, living this expeEngineering (Charlton about what we can Road, do for Olympic you! Dam) in rience and meeting nice about what we can do for you! people,” she said.
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Natalia Nhamussua and her baby daughter also named Natalia
The survivors walk is the very ﬁrst stage of the relay. A red sash is given to the survivors to wear and who agree to take part of the Survivors Walk, symbolizing their diﬃcult battle. “If they wish they can also be joined by a loved one, someone who helped them through their journey with cancer, these people are called ‘carers’ and they are given green sashes to wear,” Helen Edwards, a cancer survivor and volunteer organiser, said. At the Relay for Life opening ceremony each survivor’s name is read out -if they agree to this- and as their name is read, they and their ‘carers’ step up to the starting ribbon. “This is a truly emotional moment as many members of the community who may not have been previously public about their cancer step forward. People of all ages and all sizes and all walks of life step forward proudly to the cheers of the relay teams. It’s also an eye opening moment as the community sees ﬁrsthand just how cancer can impact a community,” she said. Once the ﬁrst 20 metres have been walked, the Relay for Life teams join in behind the survivors and all will walk the ﬁrst lap after which each team will be represented by just one or two team members on the track for the next 19 hours. “No matter what the weather or the hour, teams will keep their baton moving around the track all through the night out of respect for those people living with cancer 24/7,” she said. Cancer Survivor’s Walk will open the Relay If you are a survivor and would be prepared to take For Life that will be taking place in Roxby part, please contact Helen Edwards at the library on 8671 0660 or after hours on 8671 0651. on the weekend October 11 and 12.
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RIGHT: Vern Kruger and Wendy Kruger cooking donuts at the Market Day.
BELOW: Dan, Alina and baby Alica Cojocea having a nice morning at Market Day.
ABOVE: Karl, Renea, Byron, Hamish Scothern braving the cold night at the recent Moto-X Spectacular. RIGHT: A fantastic cat painted face at BHP Billiton Olympic Sports Day. BELOW: Twin-brothers Sina and Soroush cooking souvlaki at the recent Market Day.
BELOW: Brothers Jonty (7) and Blake (2) Davis enjoying the Market Day.
ABOVE: Byron Scothern (9), Susie Kruger (13) and Keren Luke (13) shopping at the Market. BELOW: Bec Penglase, Shaun Freeth and Cameron Fowlke enjoying the Roxby Desert Moto-X Freestyle spectacular in comfort.
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Remote monitoring technology for Arid Recovery
unique partnership between a company that supplies sophisticated monitoring equipment to some of Australia’s largest and remote pastoral properties and an organisation that is restoring native ecosystems is making impressive headway in protecting some of the country’s threatened native fauna. The partnership is a collaboration between Arid Recovery and Observant Pty Ltd. South Australian based Arid Recovery, is dedicated to the restoration of Australia’s arid lands. Its partners are BHP Billiton, University of Adelaide, the South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage, and Friends of Arid Recovery. Observant is an Australian-owned company which develops remote monitoring solutions that enable customers to manage and observe far oﬀ equipment from any convenient location using only a computer, solar power and radio communications. Arid Recovery’s 82 square-kilometre fenced reserve in the South Australian outback is home to an amazing variety of iconic, and threatened Australian fauna such as Burrowing Bettongs, Greater Bilbies, Greater Stick-nest Rats and Western Barred Bandicoots. These vulnerable species have been able to survive and multiply because feral cats, foxes and rabbits have been eradicated
from the fenced reserve. “By intensively managing cat and fox numbers around the reserve we can ensure the long-term survival of the reserve’s valuable inhabitants as well as create potential for releases of native animals such as the Greater Bilby outside the fence”,” says Melissa Farrelly, Pest Management Oﬃcer with Arid Recovery. “Before the Observant technology was trialled in 2007, keeping tabs on the feral animal traps was a time consuming and costly business. Arid Recovery staﬀ and an army of volunteers had to make daily trips to the reserve at ﬁrst daylight to check the traps, even if they weren’t set oﬀ!” “When we heard about the system Observant was offering for remote monitoring of water, we knew there was a possibility it could work for our purposes as well.” This is the ﬁrst time an Observant System has been used outside the pastoral industry and the results have been very promising. “Now the Observant System allows staﬀ to remotely check the status of our traps at any time enabling a more eﬀective use of volunteer labour, and a signiﬁcant saving in fuel costs. The system also helps us pinpoint which traps need to be visited and what time they were set oﬀ, which aids management”. “In early September 2007 we released 20 bilbies into an area west of the reserve which has 12 of the traps that are monitored by Observant equipment,” said Ms Farrelly. “Coupled with intensive management in the release area these traps have so far been successful in keeping predators low enough to enable a population of bilbies to become established”. “Observant has been a willing and supportive partner, who was keen to support us ﬁnancially and technically. Modiﬁcations of the units have been made and any problems that we have encountered are resolved as quickly as possible over the phone,” Ms Farrelly said. “The Observant System is very simple to use and I am able to install the units and make any necessary repairs single-handedly. To date the system has also withstood
the harsh arid environment and damage by feral animals.” “Our early success with Arid Recovery shows that our products and services are applicable to a very wide range of situations. All the hard work in developing the systems in the pasto-
Ecologist Helen Crisp releasing one of 20 bilbies. Photo by Chris McGoldrick.
ral industry can now be applied across rural and remote enterprises who share many of the same concerns. Land use and ecological monitoring needs go hand in hand,” says Observant CEO Matthew Pryor. “By using the remote monitoring system, Arid Recovery has reduced its fuel use, maintenance and staﬀ time, making the system very cost eﬀective and provided a prototype for other animal monitoring projects.” “We expect to see similar cost savings for the Arid Recovery team that we do for our pastoralists who have reduced the time spent in vehicles by 27,000 kilometres and saving some $8,000 dollars in fuel, car wear and tear and staﬀ time.” “For us, the partnership with Arid Recovery is a practical demonstration of our commitment to the environment, be it through water management or native resource management. It also shows the company’s ﬂexibility in being able to take the experience we have and adapting it for use by an important environmental program.” Mr Pryor continued by saying, “Observant is keen to aid organisations like Arid Recovery to ensure they have the ability to maximise volunteer labour,
Giles Gibson and Tim Stockman installing Observant Units. Photo by Melissa Ferrelly. and keep operating costs to a minimum.” “And behind Observant, is a dedicated team of specialists who have a real desire to ensure the sustainable production of commercial food in conjunction with Australia’s native ﬂora and fauna.” Arid Recovery uses 20 Observant units (one equipped with a camera) to monitor traps on the perimeter of the reserve, a base station and the Observant software at the site oﬃce to gather all the information. Further expansion of the system may include more cameras, an electric fence monitor and a web interface so that staﬀ and volunteers can check the traps from any location that has an internet connection. This project was also supported by funding from the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board (SAAL NRM). Giles Gibson and Tim Stockman powering up Observant units. Photo courtesy of Arid Recovery.
LEFT: Melissa Farrelly with a banded snake. Photo by Rebecca Gotch. Page 12 – Thursday, August 28th, 2008
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Olympic Sports Day
as seen through the lens of Zak Zeptner
LEFT: This could be our 100 metre hurdle winner at the 2016 Olympics. RIGHT: Another potential Olympian of the future.
LEFT: Mark Netherton takes part in the soccer comeptition. BELOW: Luke Ryan looking puts a lot of effort into his event.
Roxby Downs Area School captains Luke Ingham and Emma Killeen had a great day helping the junior students.
Casey Potts celebrated the occasion with colourful face painting.
More budding Olympians making the effort at the recent BHP Billiton Olympic Sports Day. THE MONITOR â€“ Your Community Newspaper
Millie and George Clark took part in all the events. Thursday, August 28th, 2008 â€“ Page 13
Maintaining Small kids with big voices Self By Soleda Pizanez
Today is the day. Today is the day that you will get oﬀ the couch and start doing something about that wobbly belly and those jelly thighs. Today is the day that you are going to start collecting the Maintaining Self articles and start increasing your daily exercise routine to feel happier, healthier and more energetic! Today is the day to change your appearance, your motivation and your life! Get up, get involved and get ﬁt, starting with a simple Shoulder Press at home – you don’t even need technical equipment because tins from the cupboard will work with this exercise. Tips to always remember before starting any exercise: · Engage abdominal muscles - switch the inner abdominal muscles on, which helps the body balance and establish the correct posture. · Always keep your body in line – be sure that your feet, knees, hips, shoulder and head are facing forward. · Use correct breathing techniques – breathing out on the extraneous part of the exercise (the hard part) · Always warm up the muscles that are to be targeted when using weighted exercises. Never use weights on cold muscles!!! · Always stretch after a workout – this releases lactic acid in the muscles and aids in recovery. It will also improve ﬂexibility if done on a continued and regular basis.
A group of St. Barbara’s School students get together regularly to sing under Sally Hoﬀman’s tutoring. “I came up with the idea of the choir because I love to sing, and I thought that kids would enjoy doing something diﬀerent,” Sally Hoﬀman said. She started singing when she was 6, and used to perform at her school in Adelaide, and she has been training ever since then. Now she is 23 and from last year she has been Year 4 teacher of St. Barbara’s School in Roxby Downs From Term 2 this year around 20 kids between Years 2 and 7 give up their lunch time once a week and join choir practise. “I asked them if they wanted to sing. They loved the idea, so I commenced to look for songs and to train myself to teach them,” Sally said. She has a stunning voice and delightful smile that make children love her. “We do some church songs, but also I tried to ﬁnd songs for children to have a bit of fun without too many music techniques,” she said. The choir has its big goal set for next year: The Adelaide Catholic School Music Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre. The festival is an annual celebration in which students from Years 5 to 7 from Catholic Primary schools throughout South Australia participate. Sally and the kids will have to travel to
Adelaide to receive the training and to practise with the rest of the school choirs before the performance. The choir will be glad to receive sponsorship from someone who wants to support the trip to the Adelaide Catholic School Music Festival next year and is hoping that will help oﬀset the cost for the student’s travel. If you want to hear the delightful voices of the choir they will be performing on Friday, September 19th at the St. Barbara School where the seniors will present ‘Keep bleeding’ from Leona Lewis, the juniors will sing ‘Food, glorious food’ from the musical Oliver and all together they will do a charming version of ‘Shake your tail feather’ from the Blues Brothers. The children are also practising to participate in the ‘Remembrance Day Ceremony’ on November 11th at the Roxby Oval. Pictured below are Seniors (5 to 7 year): Georgia Greenfield, Georgia White, Maggie Clarke, Lauren Hocking, Georgia Starr, Marissa Celotti, Lisa Gundani. Juniors (2 to 4 year): Daniel McInnis, Meg Prior, Ebony Saxton, Skyla Jordan, Grace Simon, Lucy Prior, Emma Yianni, Alexa Mungur, Rose Ghobrial. Missing in this picture are: Eloise Arnold, Anthony Votino, Emily Wigginton, Amelia Hancock.
Exercise of the week: SHOULDER PRESS
This can be done seated on a bench, chair or ﬁt ball. If you do not have dumbbells, you can simply use tinned food from your cupboard; just make sure they’re the same weight. · Sit on ﬁt ball. Make sure core is activated shoulders back and spine neutral (not arched). · Bring your elbows up to shoulder height, forming a 90 degree angle with your elbow. · Raise the dumbbells at the same time directly above your head, touching them together at the top. · Keep the movement controlled as you bring your arms back to the starting position. Repeat this for 2-3 sets of 15 reps. Remember to keep your core activated and keep your back straight.
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From Country to City and back again… I recently made a trip to Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges to help move a mob of 800 sheep. The shivery mornings gave rise to shimmering days and a great setting for some serious farming. Spectacular weather and superb company reminded me of the delights rife in country living. Back to the beginning: I was born a country girl in a small Victorian town called Cohuna. My Dad was a dairy farmer and his Dad was a dairy farmer. I ran around in gumboots and cruised around on a motorbike. As a kid, the life was great; there was always something to climb or an animal to chase or an orchard to pick fruit. Life was bliss. City Slickers: When I turned six, my life changed. My parents decided to change the pace and migrate south to the colder habitat of Hobart. As I was still only very young, the transition from country to city was easy and I barely batted an eyelid. City life became all that I knew. The memories of the farm soon were only secured by the photographs in albums. Return to the country: Out of the blue, and totally unexpected, an opportunity to return to the country arose. I have always sought variety in life and love the challenge in change, so I dove in without a second thought. In the migration, I never anticipated longevity in Roxby Downs but trepidation soon turned into admiration as I fell in love with place. The unique country/outback community was rife with opportunity, stories and rich with character. Conﬁrmation to the land: Having been in Roxby Downs for 12 months now, my stripes for being a local in the country needed to be ﬁnalised. An opportunity to muster a mob of sheep in Melrose was the perfect way to achieve that bright red stripe on my pocket. With the lingo down pat, I was ready to pull on the old gumboots and whirl around on a motorbike again. The mob of 800 sheep did not actually need to be mustered (I just like that term); instead they were waiting in a paddock for us to walk them to another property. When it came time to ‘walk’ these sheep along, I was assigned the passenger seat in the car with my partner’s mother. The directions from the men “over the hill and down with road” became confused when we were met with two roads over the hill. Naturally we were not in the correct spot and the sheep were sent running in the wrong direction. Rex (the dog) mended the wound and drew the sheep back to the correct position. As the walk ensued, two lambs grew weary and were collected for a safe passage in the car; I gladly nursed the cute-as-a-button pair while the rest of the mob walked on. Once the sheep arrived and were secured in the stock yard, I jumped onto the motorbike and road alongside my partner, back to the farmhouse. Over dinner I raised my glass of red to the joys of country life; it really is the best option.
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Opal Road LandďŹ ll Opening Hours The Opal Road LandďŹ ll Opening Hours are 1pm â€“ 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 $315.00 as per the Local Government Act. Open days and hours Ron Gee Enterprises undertake Fibreglassing work at the BHPB on a magnet are available at the front counter upon Olympic Dam facility. request. See www.roxbycouncil.com.au CAT Rental has opportunities for a Rental Coordinator to join Olympic Dam branch. Reporting We are presently looking for a part time Administration Assistant Rubbish Collection directly to the Branch Manger the successful applicant will be responsible for: to assist in the follow areas: Residents are reminded that there is a limit of t$PPSEJOBUJOHMBSHFTDBMFEBZEBZSFOUBMBDUJWJUJFT one bin per household for weekly rubbish col- Administration of site filing system. lection and that it is the residentâ€™s responsibility t1SPWJEJOHPQFSBUJPOBMBOETBMFTTVQQPSUUPJOUFSOBMBOEFYUFSOBMDVTUPNFST JODMVEJOHUIF - Administration of timesheets and other personnel related items. to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition provision of accurate product information to customers - Data collation for monitoring of job progress. with closable lids that prevent ďŹ‚ies and birds from t/FHPUJBUJOHBOEQSFQBSJOHSFOUBMBHSFFNFOUTGPSDVTUPNFST accessing rubbish. Please be diligent as littering - Office administration. t"CJMJUZUPFGGFDUJWFMZDPOUSPMTVCDPOUSBDUUSBOTQPSUPQFSBUPST attracts an Expiation Penalty Fee of $315.00 â€“ ie: - Maintain safety data and records. The position requires the following skills: over ďŹ‚owing bins. - Maintain office and crib room areas in a clean and tidy state. t&YDFMMFOUDVTUPNFSTFSWJDFTLJMMT Deposit of Rubbish etc Under Local Government Regulations it is t5IFBCJMJUZUPQSPDFTTJOGPSNBUJPOJOBOBDDVSBUFBOEUJNFMZNBOOFS The work is undertaken on the BHPB Olympic Dam site, and an oďŹ€ence to deposit rubbish, goods, materials t0VUTUBOEJOHUFMFQIPOFTBMFTNBOOFS access to the site for working will be required. All the appropriate earth, stone gravel or any other substance on a t(PPEDPNNVOJDBUJPOBOEPSHBOJ[BUJPOTLJMMT security and health clearances will be needed prior to public road or place. This will incur a penalty t4PVOEDPNQVUJOHTLJMMTo&YDFMBOE8PSE commencing work. and a ďŹ ne. Times required for the work to be done will depend upon Parking 1MFBTFTFOEZPVSBQQMJDBUJPO RVPUJOHQPTJUJPOBQQMZJOHGPS Residents should be aware of signiďŹ cant exworkload, but it is envisaged that the work will be carried out over to: email@example.com piation fees for parking in a bus zone $79.00 and a 5 day week, with the hours per day to be determined. PSQPTU)3"EWJTPS 10#PY &OmFME1MB[B4" parking in a disabled zone $235. Other ďŹ nes are PSGBY stopping in loading zone $33, failing to park on If you are interested in finding out more about this "QQMJDBUJPOTDMPTF'SJEBZ UI4FQUFNCFS road $33 (except in median strip parking area) in position please contact Paul Crayton on 0408 430 794. accordance with rule- parallel parking and failing e61326 to park vehicle wholly within parking bay $20. 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 Contract Mining Trainer please notify the Council. Dog Registration SA | Adelaide Dog registrations for the 2008/09 ďŹ nancial year became due and are payable Source4 is a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally recognised from the 1st July 2008. Grace period training within the MNM05 Training Package. Due to expansion, Source4 is for registrations expires on 31 August seeking an experienced trainer to join our training team for a minimum of 2008; thereafter an $80.00 expiation fee 20 hours per week to deliver and assess Certificate II in Metalliferous Mining applies under section 33 of the Dog and Cat Management Act. Please also enOperations (Open Cut) sure that all dogs over the age of three Essential requirements for the role: months are registered, failure to comply â€˘ Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. can again result in an $80.00 Expiation â€˘ At least three years mining experience within the last seven years. Notice being issued. Rates â€˘ Experience in delivering and assessing nationally recognised The Fourth and ďŹ nal instalment noqualifications. tices for rates have now been issued â€˘ Highly organised. and were due for payment on 16th June 2008. Please contact Bronnie Warren Desirable requirements for the role: at the council on 86710010 with any â€˘ A current Police Clearance Certificate. enquiries. â€˘ Holds professional indemnity and public liability insurance. Water â€˘ Experience in delivery and assessment of Enter Confined Space and Accounts for 30th June 2008 Quarter We seek a highly motivated and experienced Projects / Contracts Working Safely at Heights units of competency. are now overdue and late fees have been issued. Please pay by the due date to Administrator. â€˘ Experience with nationally recognised course development. avoid further action. â€˘ A Senior First Aid Certificate. Electricity An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the right Accounts for June Quarter are now The position is fulltime and currently based at Roxby Downs. overdue. Late payment fees have been candidate. There may be a requirement to travel to country South Australia applied. or interstate. The role will include all aspects of construction administration Local Website To apply for the position please email your current resume (no longer than Visit your local website. Read whatâ€™s including management of subcontractor packages, contracts, new at www.roxbycouncil.com.au four pages) to Daniel Custance: firstname.lastname@example.org attaching a brief procurement, ďŹ nancial reporting, forecasting and overall assistance Service SA capability statement outlining how you address the essential and desirable On Wednesday and Thursdays only requirements of the role. to the Project Manager. between the hours of 9.00am and 4.30pm Indigenous Australianâ€™s are encouraged to apply. Council provides Transport Services inQualiďŹ cations in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management or cluding Vehicle and Boat Registrations For any enquiries please contact Daniel Custance, Business Development and Licensing Transactions Building are preferred. Manager during office hours on (08) 8231 9900. Waste Oil Disposal Council operates a waste oil collection Closing Date: 5 September 2008 facility at the Roxby Downs LandďŹ ll site. Market competitive salary package will be negotiated with the Disposal of all used motor oil at this facility is free. For successful applicant. Further information contact Council 8671 0010 or BSH Waste Solutions on 8671 Please contact Human Resources by the following: 1154. No cooking oils, coolants, diesel, or diesel blendPhone on 8340 5300 or ed fuels (bio Diesel) are to be deposited into the unit. Post your resume to PO Box 2094, Regency Park, SA, 5942 or This Facility is open 1pm 6pm seven days. Council Office Hours Everyone in Roxby Downs can enjoy the Email email@example.com or â€“ General beneď€ ts of banking with Big Sky. Monday to Friday â€“ 9am In person at York Civil Pty Ltd, 27, Tikalara Street, Regency Park to 5pm. For all after hours Emergencyâ€™s please contact the Emergency Phone on or call 0419 892 870
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Footy finals action!
UPPER NORTH JUNIORS ARE ON THE MOVE
pper North cricket juniors in the Under 16 and 14’s over the last season have been on tender hooks to see if they have been selected in the training squads to participate in this season’s Bank SA Under 14 and 16 Carnivals held in Adelaide. OneSteel Under 16 Coach Darren Bury has until last week in Term 4 to prepare his charges and select the 12 players to play against the other nine zones in Adelaide. Under 16 play from Monday 8 December to Thursday 11 December on various ovals in Adelaide. In the weeks ahead the training squad will have two clinics in Port Augusta and one in Whyalla before the squad is reduced to 16 players. Under 16 Training Squad is Daniel Collison, Ryan Jacobs, Anthony Buono, Shaun Taylor, Josh Ackland, Shane Dunbar, Daniel Wilson, Dylan Marrinelli and Master Josh Tilbrook, Whyalla; Orry Kirkham, Daniel Fisher, Jake Myers, Jonathon Arbon, Robbie McDonald, , Raymond Turner, Matt Davies, Lachlan Hinds, Ethan Danylycha,
Todd Phillips, Noah Reed, Luke Davies, Brayden Allen, Michael Falcione, Nick Kinnear, Port Augusta; Keenan and Liam Bury, Luke James, Richard Paynter, Khael Koebe, Quorn; and Brett Polkinghorne, Stirling North. OneSteel Under 14 Coach Greg Bailey has the awesome task in most cases to bring a squad of players into working and playing as a team in Adelaide in January 2009. The Under 14 play Monday 5 January to Thursday 8 January in the Bank SA Under 14 carnival, like the Under 16 training squad will be involved three training sessions before the squad is reduced to 16 players. The Under 14 Training Squad is Jake Gericke, Daniel Osborn, Michael Baker, Matthew Kirchner, Juan Estepa, John Stuppos, Liam Croft, Luke Schubert, Brad Hall, Jacob Munn, Whyalla; Nathan Bailey, Marcus Kerrin, Reilly Dunemann, Dam Maule, Harry Slee, Tim Manning, Dylan Cammarano, Mitchell Hinds, Ty Harrison, Port Augusta; Brodie McHugh, Craig Shirley, Stirling North; Nick Hombsch, Roxby Downs.
What’s On across
HEALTH ROXBY DOWNS FAMILY PRACTICE Phone: 8671 3231 ROXBY DOWNS MEDICAL PRACTICE 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday Saturday morning by appointment. Phone: 8671 1900 VISITING ALLIED HEALTH SERVICE Occupational Therapist -Speech PathologistDietician - Podiatrist Phone: 8671 9020
ABOVE: Andamooka players found it hard to break clear of the strong tackles of Hornridge. The Magpies’ speedy wingman “Dirka” applies this tackle and stopped an Andamooka attack.
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 BINGO (All proceeds go to the community) 7:00pm Tuesdays At Tuckerbox in Andamooka
LEFT: This Hornridge player escaped a mob of Roos’ players despite being outnumbered five to one!
CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT - MOVIES Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Phone: 8671 2001
CHILD ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Phone: 1800 819 089 TODDLERS STORY TIME 9:30am - 10:30am Tuesday HEARING SERVICES Fun for young children and mums 9:00am-2:30pm Monday to Friday Meet at Roxby Downs Library Phone:1800 006 303 PLAYGROUP - St. Barbara’s Parish School PRAM WALKING GROUP Call Jakki: 8671 2323 9:30am Friday Meet outside the Dunes Café PLAYGROUP - Roxby Downs Kindergarten 10:00am - 11:30am Friday PULSE FITNESS SPIN CLASSES 6:30pm Monday &Thursday ROXBY DOWNS HEALTH SERVICES COFFEE MORNING DOCTOR’S NEW SPECIALISED DRUG 9:30am - 11:00am Thusrday Phone: 1800 700 270 (Number for Medicare Use) Meet at the Dunes Café ROXBY DOWNS FAMILY AND YOUTH OFFICER Crisis and relationship councelling, mediation and support. Phone: 8671 2892
RAPTORS CYCLING CLUB 8:00am Sunday Social bike riding group Meet at Stuart Road roundabout
CRISIS CARE COUNSELLING Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services:1800 655 716 Crisis care line:13 16 11
DADS AND KIDS 9:00am - 12:00pm every third Sunday For Dad’s and kid’s of all ages Meet at the Lions Park
For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7
ROXBY DOWNS MARKET DAYS September 20th October 18th November 15th
BREASTFEEDING ROXBY DOWNS GROUP 1:30pm - 3:00pm Third Tuesday of the month. At the Roxby Downs Public Library.
ROXBY DOWNS CHILDCARE 6:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday Phone: 8671 0911
Junior Netball Prelim Final results 23rd August 11 & Under T-Birds 15 d Lightnings 11 13 & Under Shooters 30 d T-Birds 22 16 & Under Shooters 45 d Bullets 25
Grand Finals Saturday 30th August 11 & Under 9.30am Court 1: Bullets v TBirds 13 & Under 10.30am Court 1: Lightnings v Shooters 16 & Under 11.45am Court 1: Lightnings v Shooters A sausage sizzle BBQ will be available between 10.30am-1.30pm. Junior Presentations will follow after 16 & under Grand Final.
Junior Netball Semi Finals Results 16th August 11 & Under Bullets 23 d T-birds 21 Lightnings 16 d Shooters 6 13 & Under Lightnings 40 d T-birds 27 Shooters 42 d Bullets 25 16 & Under Lightnings 53 d Bullets 26 Shooters 42 d T-birds 25 Grand Finals will be on 30th August at same times as Prelim ﬁnals. A sausage sizzle BBQ will be available between 10.30am-1.30pm. Presentations will follow after 16 & under Grand Final.
TODDLERS STORY TIME - Fun for 1-4 years. 10:30am Manday Community members welcome to attend any Phone: 8672 7018 meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board Meet at Andamooka Community Library Community Board, Forums and Partnerships see schedule on the Community Matters page CAR BOOT SALE STALL For more information call Michelle Hales on 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday September 13th. 8671 0010 Call Kristina: 8671 2545. All profits will be donated to the Cancer Council. ROXBY DOWNS ROTARY CLUB 1st and 3rd Monday of the month GENERAL INFORMATION Meet at the Dunes Café. SCHOOL TERMS 2008 Term 3: July 21st - September 26th ANDAMOOKA OPAL GIRL GUIDES Term 4: October 13th - December 12th Andamooka Community Hall Mondays from 5 pm to 7 pm MT DARE HOTEL Contact 0427072710 8am – 9pm Open every day OUTBACK MULTI-CULTURAL GROUP Phone:8671 2892
PRELIMINARY NOTICE ST BARBARA’S PARISH SCHOOL FETE Friday 19th Sept 5:30pm-9:00pm ROXBY DOWNS CFS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Market Stalls, Entertainment, Bar facilities and much more. Everyone welcome. 7:30pm September 4th. All welcome. OUTBACK COMMUNITY GARDENS CHURCH Phone: 8671 2892 ROXBY DOWNS LUTHERAN CHURCH ROXBY ROAD SAFE 9:30am every Sunday during School Terms Phone: 8671 2892 FAITHWORKS CHRISTIAN CHURCH FAR NORTH EVENTS An Assemblies Church meets every Sunday 5:00pm at Roxby Downs Catholic School Library BIRDSVILLE RACES - Fri. 5th - Sat. 6th September SOUL FOOD 26th HAWKER ART EXHIBITION - 15 Sept. - 8 Oct. Sunday August 31st. COPLEY&DISTRICTS GYMKHANA 9:00am Saturday September 13th ANDAMOOKA/ROXBY BIBLE CHURCH At Beltana Racetrack 10:00am Sundays, Worship Service Novelty events for all the family 6.30pm Fridays, Kids Club, 7 years + Phone: 8672 7213 Phone: 8675 2284
Under Nine T-birds Under Nine’s Junior Netballers Lightnings
Under Nine Junior Netballers the Bullets. Page 16 – Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Under Nine Junior Netballers the Shooters. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Results Big Rascals* forfeited against TBA Wednesday Netball Martini’s 35 defeated Old Skool 19
West Coasters 39 defeated ThunderphoenixA Grade cougarbirds 15 Gecko Girls 39 defeated Miners A 29 *Big Rascals have pulled out of the mixed comRedbacks 52 defeated IVS Phoenix Flames 12 petition- amended draw available from Leisure B Grade centre. Tangos forfeited against Miners B Roxby Milkshakes forfeited against Pink Ladies Jaffas- bye Mixed Scorpians 11 defeated Hot Shots 2 Jam Donuts forfeited against Goal Diggers Blues 5 defeated Pythons 4
What’s On s p o rt s
KARATE - Auditorium * 6:00pm Colts (Age 6-12) 6:45pm Juniors/Adults INDOOR SOCCER 6:00 - 7:00pm VOLLEYBALL - Leisure Centre 6:30 - 9:30pm TUESDAY LADIES SOCIAL BASKETBALL - Indoor Courts 8:45am - 10am COME-N-TRY-SOCCER - Indoor Courts 3:30pm - 6:00pm SENIOR SOCCER - Indoor Courts 6:00pm - 7:00pm SQUASH - Leisure Centre 7:00pm - 9:00pm SENIOR BASKETBALL - Indoor Courts 7:00pm - 10:00pm WEDNESDAY KARATE - Auditorium * 6:00pm Colts (Age 6-12) 6:45pm Juniors/Adults WOMEN’S & MIXED NETBALL - Indoor Courts 6:00pm - 9:30pm
NIPPY GYM - Auditorium 9:30am - 11:30 am INDOOR SOCCER - Leisure Centre ** 6:00pm Social matches KARATE - Auditorium 6:00pm - 8:30pm SQUASH - Leisure Centre 7:00pm - 9:00pm SENIOR BASKETBALL - Indoor Courts 7:00pm - 10:00pm FRIDAY JUNIOR HOCKEY 5:00pm - 6:30pm SENIOR HOCKEY 6:30pm - 8:30pm ASSOC NETBALL 6:30pm - 9:30pm SATURDAY JUNIOR NETBALL 9:00am - 1:30pm FOOTBALL 8:15am Mini Colts 9:15am Junior Colts 10:15am Senior Colts SUNDAY
TOUCH FOOTBALL - Town Oval 6:30 pm
S AT U R DAY 3 0 th AU G U S T
HORNRIDGE VS ROXBY DISTRICTS
Pinehurst Golf Tournament By Erin Robertson
OC and Dixon were the sponsors een Pearce who shot oﬀ a handicap of 16.500 and for last weekend’s Pinehurst Golf achieved a combined gross score of 83 and a nett Tournament at the Roxby Downs Golf score of 66.500.
SOFTBALL - School Oval 11:30 am - 4:00am
FOOTBALL PRELIM FINAL
Carl Tinsley, from Block it, spikes against Los Tintos last Monday 18th. Adelle Wallace and Steven Heit support the attack.
MAIL MEDAL NIGHT
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Hornridge successful, the Devils out! By Delinda Cuthbert
ornridge 1 have made history after Friday nights success over the Green Devils in the Preliminary Final. Not only have Hornridge denied Green Devils a grand ﬁnal appearance, one that they have held for the past 7 years, but for the ﬁrst time Hornridge have made it through to the grand ﬁnal and the taste of Premiership success is on the tip of their tongue. The Devils tried hard and played a solid game but unfortunately were no match for the Hornridge opposition. Hornridge the better team on the night played a tough, skilled and conﬁdent game of netball to out play their opponents winning the ﬁrst quarter, breaking the Devils centre pass on several occasions. Hornridge’s defence Louise Moll and Julie Tovo disallowed the Devil shooters any room to move and forced the long shot turning the ball on several occasions, Hornridge making each opportunity count. The ﬁrst quarter set up an 18 to 9 goal lead for Hornridge. Spectators were wowed by some very good netball again in the second quarter when the dominant team pushed forward by a further 5 goals increasing their margin to 14. Devils running hard to keep up with the ﬁt opposition used the main break as a chance to regain composure before they commenced the third term with a comeback attitude. The breaks were few and far between but were supported by the accurate arm of Aimee Lee Elson, feeding the ball into attack for the Devils, however the Hornridge goal shooting combination of Katica Cockshell and Sarah Kay who moved exceptionally well and shot with accuracy rarely gave the Devil defenders any rebounding or intercepting opportunities. Devils managed to win the third quarter by a goal, the small break not enough to unbalance the controlled Hornridge line-up. Hornridge unaware of the massive lead they held at the ﬁnal break continued with consistency, pressuring each and every pass forcing the turnover again and again. The Devils continued to the ﬁnal whistle but were again beaten by 5 goals in the last. The Green Devils’ season over, the focus now on the 2008 Grand ﬁnal where Hornridge will face Miners 1 this week. All of our A1 teams have shown their best netball during the season, time will tell who will play their best on Grand Final night to become the 2008 Premiers. Final result Hornridge 1, 60 defeated Green Devils 42.
he A2 grand ﬁnal produced some good viewing for the supporters at the start of the evening.
some strategic position changes. Libby Steer was brought into the attack for Yellow Devils, the Devils utilising Steer’s height in the goal circle, Steer became a target for the running centre court, the ball was passed in from all angles, the tall goal shooter held possession and position under the ring with strength, accurately ﬁnishing with the goal when required. Miners although having made some changes within the defensive circle were unable to compete with the height, strength and accuracy that the Devils through their way. With a 6 goal lead in favour of the Yellow Devils going in to the forth quarter the game was still up for grabs. Miners usually with a long player list were limited to any further changes and whilst they played a consistent, hard game the Yellow Devils were too good on the day. Yellow Devils progressed through to the grand ﬁnal with a ﬁnal result of 43 to Miners 2, 32. Yellow Devils head into the grand ﬁnal with plans in mind to take on Hornridge 2 this week. Hornridge 2 having had the week rest will be ready for a good match. Our B Grade game was an upset that would surely have been unpredicted.
ndamooka who ﬁnished second on the ladder throughout the minor rounds were defeated in overtime last week to the OD Devils, this week they had the task of taking on the young Miners 3 team.
The Miners 3 who were described as determined and passionate in their play were strong out from the ﬁrst whistle, posting a healthy ﬁrst quarter score of 12 over Andamooka’s 7 goals. Bonnie Maroney from Miners 3 played a solid game attacking and defending opposing the experienced Amanda Whittaker, whilst Maroney’s team mate Cassie Weir was accurate with her shooting abilities throughout the game. Miners 3 progressed through the second quarter pushing their lead further in front by another 4 goals, half time score Miners 3, 20 to Andamooka 11. Both teams had reserves in hand and half time saw Andamooka make some necessary changes. Erin Woolan for Andamooka who commenced the game in defence moved to attack into the goal shooting position. Woolan was left with the task of resurrecting the team, a task that was performed well. Woolan was accurate under immense pressure and with the combined eﬀorts of her teammates the margin was reduced to a single goal at the ﬁnal break. Miners reaping the reward of new addition Mel Chevalier, who once again played a hand in the control of the Miners play and was also strong in the defensive circle, slowing the Andamooka attack. The game continued to change hands on several occasions throughout the ﬁnal term. Andamooka at one point held a 2-goal lead, this gap not wide enough Andamooka once again dropped away quite possibly due to fatigue. The Miners with youth and ﬁtness on their side had the legs to run out the remainder of the game, the ﬁnal margin Miners 3, 38 defeated Andamooka 34. An impressive win by the young Miners, the team now head to the grand ﬁnal in their ﬁrst season in the senior competition. Miners 3 to oppose OD Devils who have experience on their side, but will that be enough to sustain a premiership win over youth and ﬁtness with this talented junior side.
The early start of 6pm, the sun not quite down and the air still with a little warmth was a good start for the Yellow Devils and Miners 2. Initially Miners had control of the game, it was through some impressive intercepting late in the ﬁrst quarter by Vicki Hockley in defence that allowed the Yellow Devils to gain an early lead of 3 goals. During the second quarter the Miners defenders Bryony Futerieal and Sharlene Vears worked hard in the defensive circle and were responsible for many turnovers. The Yellow Devils shooters missing the target were out rebounded by the taller Miner’s opposition. Miners who had received good instruction during the ﬁrst break dominated throughout the second quarter outscoring the Yellow Our Continuous Raﬄe winners for wk Devils by 6 goals placing them in front by 10, 22nd August were Katica Cockshell 3 goals at the main break. and Matt Baker. Congratulations to our Half time allowed the coaches to make winners.
Scheduled games for Friday 29th August;
A Grade 6.00pm A2 Grand Final Hornridge 2 vs. Yellow Devils 7.15pm B Grade Grand Final OD Devils vs. Miners 3 8.30pm A1 Grand Final Miners 1 vs. Hornridge 1 A1 Team Line-up as at 23rd August, subject to change. Miners 1 GS Jess Finzel GA Meaghan Kiely WA Elyse Weir Page 18 – Thursday, August 28th, 2008
C WD GD GK
Vicky Peters Kerry Wild Erin Robertson Lena Allen
Elyse Wooldridge Alicia Roberts
Hornridge 1 GS Katica Cockshell GA Sarah Kay WA Bec Penglase C Meg Elliot WD Amanda Brown GD Julie Tovo GK Louise Moll
TOP: A1 action as Bec Penglase takes a high pass in front of fellow Hornridge player Meg Elliott. ABOVE: Katica Cockshell at full stretch during 18 goal victory of Green Devils. RIGHT: A2 player Bridget Fenoughty played a strong game at wing attack in the Yellow Devils’ victory over Miners.
Kasiah Barrand Naomi Bowley
Results from Semi Finals 22nd August 2008 A1 Grade Hornridge 1, 60 defeated Green Devils 42 A2 Grade Yellow Devils 43 defeated Miners 2, 32 B Grade Miners 3, 38 defeated Andamooka 34 www.themonitor.com.au
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Hornridge home by 2 points in a thrilling final T
yronne Price is the hero of Hornridge Football Club after kicking the winning goal late in the last term of the ﬁrst semi ﬁnal, giving the underdogs victory. In a close and exciting game from the ﬁrst bounce to the ﬁnal siren, Hornridge and Andamooka traded blow for blow, kick for kick in an epic game that is sure to be regarded as one of the best ﬁnals in many a year for the Woomera and Districts Football League. In a low scoring and fast paced game, the ball went from end to end with both defences working hard. Hornridge was getting a lot of the ball at stoppages thanks to the early eﬀorts of young ruckman Mark Barrand, but neither team could get a break. By the end of the ﬁrst term Andamooka led by the slim margin of seven points. The second quarter was repeat of the ﬁrst with the Andamooka Roos and Hornridge Magpies shooting goal for goal. The pace of the game was furious and it was a credit to both sides as they gave their all at the contest. For Hornridge Cooper was burning, Giles and Burton were doing well and for Andamooka the Monfries brothers were prominent. After a goal by Tyronne Price, one of his three for the day, the Magpies led by seven points and looked like holding it going into half time. But that was short lived and with only seconds remaining in the ﬁrst half Anda-
mooka manufactured a goal from nothing and went into the long break just one point behind. After a blast from coach Corey Lynch saying the Hornridge boys had thrown everything at them in the ﬁrst half it was time to run over the top of them in the last hour of footy. The Roos responded getting into the forward line early but were oﬀ target and the usually reliable Les Ryan bobbed up for one of his few touches but he too missed what should have been a certainty. The Roos had much more of the play in this quarter and at one stage had opened up a handy buﬀer of 21 points as Hornridge appeared to drop a little intensity. By the end of this term the Roos led by 15 points and it was up to Hornridge in the last quarter to decide whether they wanted a crack at the title or simply make up the ﬁnals numbers. In a do or die last quarter both sides lifted again. Hornridge got the ﬁrst goal and number of other shots on goal only to see them fade away. When Cooper goaled it was back to three points and the struggle continued. With Andamooka hanging on to a small lead, Hornridge threw everything at them and dominated play whilst holding the opposition to just two points for the term. It was that mark and kick by Price that gave the Hornridge boys victory and a chance to play Roxby Districts in the preliminary ﬁnal, a game that is no certainty for the minor premiers, the Miners.
ABOVE: Hornridge players Troy Gum and Scott Fraser back each other and applied a lot of pressure to Andamooka’s Toby Ripley. AT LEFT: Trent Ormond-Allen flies high to take a strong mark while Daniel Rogers roves in front. BELOW: Kain Zeptner in a spot of trouble as he tackled by Anthony Introna and Dale Summerton.
Football League Results from 1st and 2nd semi final Hornridge 8 goals 7 pts 55 points defeated Andamooka 7 goals 11 pts 53 points Best players for Hornridge1st B Cooper 2nd W Giles 3rd LW Moroney4th N Burton . Goal Scorers T Price 3 goals W Moroney B Johnson 2 goals each M Brooks 1 goal Best Players for Andamooka 1st T Ripley 2nd J Watson 3rd A Monfries 4th L Brind 5th W Monfries. Goal Scorers M Bennie 2 goals A Ebberhard B Penifold 1 S Hagerstrom J Watson T Ripley 1 goal each. Olympic Dam 19 goals 6 pts 120 points defeated Roxby Districts 4 goals 7 pts 31 points
Powerhouse OD makes Miners look second rate W hen it comes to ﬁnals sentiment counts for nothing, as the Roxby District Miners found out when they were thrashed by Olympic Dam to the tune of 89 points.
Les Myles motivated his boys from the start suggesting ﬁnals are a diﬀerent ball game and how right he was on Saturday. After a tense ﬁve or so minutes in the ﬁrst term, as both teams made errors under pressure, it seemed the team that settled ﬁrst, would control the game. Olympic Dam were put under plenty of pressure up forward and as the Roxby defence held ﬁrm. OD’s Trent Ormond Allen was given a licence to roam and amazingly seemed to spend a large part of the ﬁrst term a kick behind play and without an opponent. Just when it appeared that was going to be his role he bobbed at full forward and spent the rest of the term being a focal point. By the end of the ﬁrst term Olympic Dam THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
had opened up a lead albeit small, but what was more signiﬁcant they had held the Miners to just one point, hardly the start they had hoped for in their tilt for ﬁnals glory. OD was quick oﬀ the mark in the second when Shinnick booted a goal and it was at about the 10 minute mark of the term when Roxby District ﬁnally got their ﬁrst. A second goal soon after livened up the Miners, but again the Devils responded with some strong football. Shinnick and Montgomerie goaled and blew the lead out again and for the rest of the term it was all OD. By half time they had a match winning 57 point lead they wouldn’t give up. But Roxby District came out with a little bit of ﬁre in their bellies in the third quarter, booting the ﬁrst goal and looking a little more lively around the packs, but again the powerful display by the OD team was too much for a depleted Miners who were still missing four of their starting line-up. The rest of the game was a mere formality
as OD pushed further ahead with a inspiring overall team performance. No-one really stood out as being dominant and Les Myles would have been happy with that. Montgomerie played well as did Green but the defence of Olympic Dam was magniﬁcently led by their fullback. They say you can only play as well as the opposition allows and the Miners just were allowed any opportunity. Now with a week oﬀ OD will go into the 2008 grand ﬁnal as undisputed favourites but what could bring them undone is over conﬁdence after such an easy win. In the preliminary ﬁnal Hornridge and Miners will do battle for the right to meet OD and this could well be another very close game. Hornridge has had a few close ones lately and seems to ﬁnd something to get them over the line. Miners have plenty of soul searching to do this week and will not want to let their army of supporters down for a second week. My tip Hornridge in a boil over!
Best players for OD 1st S Montgomerie 2nd C Green 3rd S Peek 4th T Hornhardt 5th S Freeth. Goal scorers S Montgomerie 5 goals S Peek D Moyse N Shinnick S Chapman 3 goals G Latham D Summerton 1 goal each. Best players for Roxby Districts 1st S Owens 2nd JB Wray 3rd T Roberts 4th R Schell 5th S Crafter King. Goal Scorers R Prosser B Wray 2 goals T Roberts S Kaminski 1 goal each
Roxby Downs Junior Football Association Inc Results on 23rd Junior Colts Bulldogs 7 goals 16 points 58 points defeated Hawks 2 goals 1 pt 13 points Best for Bulldogs 1st L Hancock 2nd C Lynch 3rd D Kenny 4th A Hambleton 5th C Vears. Goal Scorers E Zeptner D Kenny 2 goals each C Vears A Hambleton C Lynch 1 goal each Best Players for Hawks 1st A Harley 2nd R Moroney 3rd B Jacobs 4th B Evans 5th J Daly. Goal Scorers B Evans
Senior Colts Bulldogs 9 goals 8 pts 62 points defeated Hawks 4 goals 10 pts 34 points Best for Bulldogs 1st M Blackie 2nd V Buza 3rd J Kenny 4th C Hocking 5th N Homsch. Goal Scorers J Kenny 4 V Buza 2 goals M Blackie D James N Homsch 1 goal each Best for Hawks 1st T Schott 2nd K Forrest 3rd E Sach 4th T Golding 5th A Wissel. Goal Scorers T Golding 2 goals A Wissel L Ryan 1 goal each
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Rob Hutchinson and Simon James (right) are hoping for more members following the upgrade of facilities.
$80,000 upgrade for Bowling Club
Rob and Simon and their partners double as the treasurer and he Roxby Downs Bowling Club is undergoing a transfor- start a new season on September 5, people will be able to see the secretary to caterers, and bar workers when the facilities are hired mation, with more than $80,000 being spent to improve improvements and appreciate the time and money spent. Many organisations and businesses use the clubrooms for meet- and with a capacity of up to 200 people they can be kept very busy facilities inside and outside of the club. ings, training seminars and social gatherings and everything is indeed.
Two of the Club’s stalwarts, Rob Hutchinson (secretary) and Simon James (treasurer) together with their respective partners have put in a lot of planning and eﬀort to make the club facilities much more user friendly in the hope of capturing more membership. A new cement apron around the bowling green, relocation of the existing shade structures, extra shade areas on each side, new additional lighting and a revamp of the clubrooms starting with ﬂoor coverings and a relocation of the bar facilities to allow access from the outside will all beneﬁt those using the clubrooms and the bowling greens. As well as these improvements landscaping of the surrounds will ﬁnish oﬀ a major capital investment of the club for the beneﬁt of Roxby Downs. Rob Hutchinson reported that with Night Owl Bowls ready to
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provided, from overhead projectors to interactive white boards, catering facilities and a licensed bar. Simon James explained the beneﬁts of using the clubrooms are many, non the least they are private and quiet, especially necessary for training seminars for the likes of BHPB, McMahons and others. Only a small and dedicated team has made this all happen and with a membership of only around 40 people (30 men and 10 women) it is a wonderful facility. Rob explained that while full membership is small by comparison to other clubs, the social memberships are up around the 80 mark. Full membership for the year is just $65 and social membership is a very low $25.
New playing members are always wanted and especially this year as Rob Hutchinson has been invited to play pennant bowls for an Adelaide Club that is willing to ﬂy him down from Roxby each Saturday for competition. “I am also going to trial for selection in the SA State side this year,” he said. But when in Roxby most of Rob’s spare time is spent at the bowling club helping out where he can. As well as the Night Owls competition starting on Friday, September 5 that is also the date when Club Championship nominations have to be submitted and the club would appreciate those forms so that planning for the season ahead can commence.
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