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RoxFM volunteers and staff celebrated winning the Bilby Award for Small Station of the Year. For full story and photos turn to page 12. Pictured is Kerryn Jones, Julian Tregenza, Denise Foster, Zak Zeptner, Jason Lowe, Monte Clements, Kaye Doyle, Carolyn Christianson, Tracey Warneke, Leroy Doran, Christine Doran and George Giakoumis.

Premier rejects claims “Our preference is that the decision is made within the 12 By Vanessa Switala remier Jay Weatherill has rejected claims the State month period and we have communicated that very clearly to (sic). Government has oered to grant BHP Billiton an BHP “There has been no proposition advanced to us that would extension to the indenture agreement on the expan- justify an extension of the 12-month period at this time. sion of Olympic Dam. Mr Weatherill’s oďŹƒce clariďŹ ed the Financial Review acquired


Last week interstate reports said the South Australian (SA) Government was oering BHP Billiton an ‘olive branch’ and was willing to ‘entertain’ an extension. The Australian Financial Review stated, “South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has agged a reprieve on the deadline for BHP Billiton’s $US20 billion-plus Olympic Dam expansion.â€? Mr Weatherill said he had been misinterpreted. The Government’s position has always been that it wanted BHP Billiton to make a decision by the December 15 expiry of the indenture agreement. Mr Weatherill clariďŹ ed, “We will obviously entertain any application that is made, but there has been no application made.

Mr Weatherill’s comments out of context. “The idea of us considering an extension is a hypothetical question as we have received no application from BHP Billiton.â€? Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis had previously stated the South Australian Government is continuing to work with BHP Billiton as it prepares a proposal to be put before the company’s board during the second half of this year. He also said the Government would be reluctant to grant an extension but would consider it if BHP Billiton made an application for an extension and cited signiďŹ cantly changed circumstances. Despite the doubt surrounding the expansion, BHP Billiton


claim they are ďŹ nalising the best case for a BHP Billiton Board decision by the end of the year. The Australian recently reported BHP Billiton Chief Executive Marius Kloppers did not directly answer questions on whether he had conďŹ dence in the BHP Billiton Board and major shareholders. This comes as Reuters reported BHP Billiton will focus on cutting costs three weeks before it is expected to report its ďŹ rst drop in annual proďŹ ts since the 2008 global ďŹ nancial crisis due to weakening commodity demand. A BHP Billiton spokesperson told Reuters, “Against a backdrop of increasing costs and falling commodity prices, we continue to focus on reducing our overheads, operating costs and non-essential expenditures to ensure our assets are well positioned on their relative cost curves. “This included reviewing our overhead costs and the sequencing of our major projects,â€? the spokesperson added.

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affodil Day will be held on August 24 will also hold a Pink Ladies Golf Day on Octhis year to raise much needed funds tober 27; stay tuned for details closer to the event. for the Cancer Council.

The Red Sands branch of the Cancer Council will be selling merchandise at the Roxby Hourglass Jewellers and outside of Woolworths, with children also selling merchandise at the Roxby Downs Area School out the front of the library. Chairperson of the Red Sands Branch for the Cancer Council Carmen Jackson said every Daffodil sold helps research and support for survivors. Mrs Jackson explained, “Unfortunately cancer touches everywhere in the world, we are not left out, with some who know a local person who has been affected. “We raise thousands of dollars a year in Roxby and we could not do that without your generous help,” Ms Jackson added.

Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known and most popular fundraising events. Each day more than 100 Australians will die of cancer related illnesses. Daffodil Day raises funds for Cancer Council to continue its work in cancer research, providing patient support programs and prevention programs to all Australians. Daffodil Day helps grow hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cure. The Cancer Council are aiming to raise $9.2 million this Daffodil Day for cancer research and patient support. At the time of print $97,699 had been raised. To donate log on to au/ or purchase your daffodil on August 24 from the areas stated above.

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delaide Now recently reported Twilight star Robert Pattinson will film his new movie The Rover in South Australia’s outback.

International heart throb Rob Pattinson is sure to keep South Australian girls on their toes.

Director David Michod and producer Liz Watts scouted areas around South Australia including the Flinders Ranges last month for appropriate areas to film the futuristic western in 2013. Pattinson now has a world-wide fan base due to the Twilight saga films and will play a thief in the outback. Guy Pearce has also been confirmed for the film which will start in South Australia late January next year. Flinders Ranges Mayor Peter Slattery told Adelaide Now it would be a treat if Pattinson were in the region during the seven week on location shoot. Another two weeks are to be shot at Adelaide Studios. “I daresay it would induce a bit of excitement in the area,” he said. “The spinoff effect is that the attention on them cross-promotes the area that we’re in. We certainly would be most enthused about him coming.” The South Australia Film Corporation has invested $450,000 in the project which was approved in the latest round of Screen Australia funding. The Rover’s overall budget is $12,250,000.

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OZ Minerals engages with Roxby community By Jason Munn Z Minerals held an information session in Roxby Downs last week to inform the Roxby Downs community about the development of the Carrapateena Copper and Gold project.


The project is located in central South Australia on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton, 100 kilometres south east of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam operation. The copper-gold deposit, acquired from Teck Australia Pty Ltd and Rudy Gomez for $250 million in May 2011, is of the same style as Prominent Hill and is in the advanced exploration stage. Carrapateena Project Manager Brett Triffett said OZ Minerals had just finished a tour around Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Woomera, Roxby Downs and Andamooka, presenting the project to local communities and advising them of progress. “In particular, we’re focused on the fact that we’re moving from an exploration lease to a retention lease which allows us to start work on our exploration decline next year,” Mr Triffett said. The process will involve building a decline to 1,000 metres below the surface and excavating into the deposit so that geotechnical work can be performed in order to understand what mining method will be applicable. “We’ll use that information to finish our pre-feasibility study and to make a decision on the mining method, then go into a feasibility study over the next four or five years. “During the feasibility study stage we look at all the various options for developing the project, and in particular the mining methods. There are three different mining methods that are applicable to this type of deposit.” Mr Triffett said Carrapateena is an underground mine and technically complicated. During the feasibility study OZ Minerals would consider each of the three mining options in detail, using the results from the underground exploration geotechnical work to feed into the

design and the costing of the chosen mining method. At this stage the mining methods OZ Minerals have looked at for the Crrapateena project are sublevel open stoping, which is the same method used at Olympic Dam, sublevel caving and block caving. “Those methods are all technically feasible for the Carrapateena deposit, but there are a lot of unknowns around the geology and the geotechnical ground conditions. “We want to make sure we have as much information as possible, and we’re designing each of those mining methods to make sure we get it right and the project is a success. “During the feasibility study we also look at the metallurgy, the processing requirements of the ore once it’s brought to the surface, and also the infrastructure requirements, for example; water supply, power supply, roads, rail and logistics.” Mr Triffett was pleased with community’s enthusiasm at last week’s information session. “We had questions about short term and long term water and power supply and where those are coming from, and what sort of processing and surface infrastructure might ultimately be expected for the project in the longer term.” Residents also asked about how they can get involved with the project. “We had small business owners and contracting companies come along to the information sessions because they were interested in finding out about the project and how they can get involved – so one of things discussed was the pre-qualification process to register their interest. “We also had people coming along to find out how they can get a job at Carrapateena. People are interested in a whole range of things, in the longer term, infrastructure in what the project’s going to look like, and in the shorter term, what’s in it for them and how they can get involved.” OZ Minerals are currently going through a permitting process and looking to start the exploration de-

OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena Project Manager Brett Triffett with Group Environmental Specialist Katie Hulmes and Land Access Manager Ross Sawers. cline in early 2013. “That work will be finished in the middle of 2016, and at around the same time we’ll be able to complete our pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. We can make a decision on what mining method we’re going to use and what the surface infrastructure is going to look like and have a very clear idea of the implementation of the project going forward.” Board approval is expected in the middle of 2016 then followed by a construction phase which could take anywhere from two to three years depending on the chosen mining method. “We’ll be looking at around 2018 to 2020 before the project is in production, and then in terms of the life of the mine once in production, anywhere from 15 to 40 years – mining methods have quite different lives because they are mining at different rates and they are recovering various amount of the resource. “We would process the ore to produce a concentrate but not through to final metal, so it would be an intermediate stage.” The copper bearing minerals, bornite and chalcopyrite, contain specks of gold which are included in the concentrate which is then sold to the end customer who would smelt the concentrate to produce the copper stream, gold stream and also a silver stream.


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St Barbs teacher nominated for national excellence award By Jason Munn nnovative St Barbara’s Parish School teacher Chrissie Grocke has been nominated for the 2012 National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) by a local parent, Melissa Allen.


Mrs Allen enthusiastically described Mrs Grocke’s positive influence on her son, Owen, and said she wanted to ensure the dedicated teacher was recognised for the effort she has invested into her students. “I was looking for a way to thank Chrissie for what she has done – and I know that I’m not alone in my admiration for her.” Ms Allen’s son, Owen, began studying in Mrs Grocke’s Year 3 class in 2012 and flourished - becoming a confident and keen student, and proud of his work. “This is the first year with Chrissie and there has been a marked difference – it was like magic, I went to school and asked Chrissie for her wand,” Mrs Allen joked. “She has a genuine belief in everybody’s ability, and an appreciation for the background of each child as an individual.” Mrs Grocke was surprised and honoured by the nomination and was keen to express pride in her students. “It’s a real privilege to work with children – there’s never a dull moment. “I make sure I know their world and what makes them tick, and then I can help them to access the curriculum through their world. For example in their writing, a child may like aliens so we use the theme of aliens to develop writing strategies and skills. They already have the ideas which create enthusiasm and students just want to learn. “I also aim to make the education purposeful – we’re writing to the athletes at the moment for the Olympics, or we’ll write to the

Melissa Allen (left) nominated St Barbara’s Parish School teacher Chrissy Grocke for the respected NEiTA award. principal to negotiate for a pet, students are writing to a specific audience and developing strategies specific to their purpose.” A maths project found students drawing maps of their bedrooms so that fellow students could be quizzed to find objects via coordinates. “It’s all about them - they are actually controlling their own learning, being proactive and discovering for themselves rather than it being my ideas they are discovering,” Mrs Grocke said. “You can only do that when you have developed a relationship with the students, you take an interest in them as individuals to make them feel safe, enabling them to take risks and to be able to discover without an imposing threat of failure.” An important aspect to Mrs Grocke’s teaching strategies is her constant reflection on her practice. “I’m always looking for new things that work for different children – I haven’t stopped studying since I left university, taking courses and learning modern pedagogy and what works for individual children, because nothing works for all children. “When I notice a student is having trouble with a certain strategy or understanding, it’s a matter of

researching ways to change that strategy so the student is able to engage on another level. “The interactivity of modern technology is just amazing and I find I’m learning with the children all the time. We’ve been designing games using maths and literacy skills and it makes it exciting and fun for them, which is crucial to good education. “I’m so rewarded every day with the children. As a teacher you can make a real difference, but I also feel really honoured to have been acknowledged for the work I do.” Acting Principal Joyce Dinan, said Mrs Grocke works very hard to offer the best for her students. “The nomination is really well deserved – Chrissie wants to teach, she wants to be with the students, recognising exactly who they are in themselves and fanning that flame and bringing them to life. “I’ve only been in Roxby Downs a few weeks but I’ve certainly seen high levels of engagement in learning across the school, high levels of interest and motivation. “Chrissie’s students are working really hard, they know they are cared about and they know their teacher understands who they are as a person – that’s the gift that Chrissie brings.”

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nimal breeders are being reminded of the risks associated with cross-breeding of native animals after a number of hybridised snakes had to be euthanased. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Fauna Permits Unit Manager

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Sonya Nicholls said more than 20 snakes were put down. “It is actually an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act to cross two different species or sub-species to create a hybrid,” Ms Nicholls said. “These snakes were Bredli pythons crossed with coastal carpet pythons. “These beautifully-coloured carpet pythons are commonly referred to in the trade as jags and they are a fairly complex group. “Some strains are thought to be Irian Jayan carpet pythons bred with Australian coastal carpet pythons, which makes them a serious problem from a biosecurity point of view.” DEWNR is working with other state wildlife agencies and Flinders University through the AELERT network to develop a better understanding of the genetic make up of these species. “These particular snakes came to our attention after a licensed breeder advertised them for sale,” Ms Nicholls said. “We don’t like to have to euthanase animals, but there are a number of problems associated with cross-breeding of species. “Given the pressure wild reptile populations are under from habitat loss and predation by foxes and feral cats, reptile keepers are encouraged to assist in the long-term conservation of species by maintaining genetically-pure stock, just in case the species becomes extinct in the wild and needs to be reintroduced from captive sources.” The breeder surrendered the snakes after being contacted by DEWNR. In South Australia, most species of native animals are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. “As part of the Act, the Fauna Permit Wildlife Licensing System encourages people to participate in the wise and sustainable management and use of native animal species,” Ms Nicholls said. “We are not trying to stop people from keeping or selling protected natives, but it is very important that everyone who does this understands their legal requirements, as well as their social and environmental obligations.” THE MONITOR - Your Community Newspaper


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Roxby Downs Kindergarten Director Kerryn Jones, Learning Stories Presenter Wendy Lee and Andamooka Primary Principal Angela Turner. By Vanessa Switala


nternational speaker Wendy Lee held a workshop last Friday on learning and assessment through Learning S to r i e s fo r R ox b y Downs.

The early childhood education session was held at the Roxby Downs Area School Auditorium with teachers attending from Oodnadatta, Leigh

Creek, Marree, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs and Andamooka. Ms Lee presented a full day workshop about Learning Stories as an assessment of children’s learning which Roxby Downs Kindergarten and Andamooka Primar y School have implemented with their iPads. Ms Lee worked with participants to develop a research question for

the focus of their future professional learning this area. Ms Lee says, “I believe assessment practice has the capability to not only improve learning opportunities for children but to potentially change the culture of centres and communities.” “Teachers have the power to find the magic in all children within their context.

Ms Lee added, “Assessment can contribute powerfully to the reciprocal relationships that make up a community in an early childhood setting, enticing children, families and teachers into collaborative relationships that enrich teaching as learning journeys.” “Learning Stories is a way to assess children’s learning. It builds and strengthens their learn-

ing making it visible to the child and their family.” Principal of Andamooka Primary School Angela Turner said Learning Stories was about building relationships with children and their families. She explained there was a lack of ‘joy’ in reading report cards from school assessments but there is joy in Learning Stories. “Everyone tells stories and everyone has stories to tell,” Ms Turner said. Ms Lee added, “Parents involvement with education is a critical factor for success.” Learning Stories is about sharing children’s development which was also discussed in the workshop with information technology playing a major role. “It provides an opportunity for parents to respond and engage,” explained Ms Lee. Ms Turner said it is extremely important for families in Roxby, as extended family are usually based elsewhere. Learning Stories provides families with the chance to share their children’s stories with grandparents and other relatives. “It is wonderful to have someone of Wendy ’s knowledge here in Roxby,” Ms Turner said. Ms Lee will return to Roxby in November for another workshop where research questions and results will be observed by participants and further steps will be planned. Ms Lee is currently the Director of the Educational Leadership Project which is a professional education provider for early childhood teachers. She is also the Co-Director of the Early Learning Childhood Learning and Exemplar Project with Professor Margaret Carr. Ms Lee also has over 35 years of involvement with Early Childhood Education.

Variety Bash on route soon


he 2012 South Australian Variety Bash will travel through Marree, Mungerannie and Birdsville as part of its route this year. The Bash is SA’s most successful fundraising event and has raised more than $26.7 million for the Variety Club and sick children over the past 23 years. More than 300 people in over 100 vehicles will depart Peter Lehman Wines at Tanunda on Saturday, August 10 and finish nine days and 3600 kilometres later in Mildura on August 18. The Bash, which this year has the theme Back of Beyond, will arrive in Marree on August 10, before going onto Mungerannie and Birdsville on August 11 and 12. This year a host of themed pre-1980 cars will be participating, with everything from The Fairies, to Power Ranges, Cat in the Hat, Blues Brothers, Flintstones, Bob the Builder, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Nerd Herds participating. For more information go to au.


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Roxby Races failed to disappoint once again... Congratulations to the Committee for puting on another great show! Frocked up Filly Seems that a lot of people are losing their jobs and some BHP projects have been put off for 2 years. Is it going to be scary times for Roxby again. Stayer With the florist closing down in Roxby it has been nice that Woollies has stepped up and produced some nice flowers for a change!!

Another great day at the races. Only one suggestion - the popularity of ‘Sunday sessions’ is rife here in Roxby, why dont the Race Club organise an event to back up the already great day? They could make it an amazing weekend! Sunday Sesher

Minus 3.8 this week!! Bring on the warmer months!! I wont be whinging this summer!!!

Hate seeing so many people lose their jobs and be forced to leave town... again. This seems to be a cyclic occurrence!

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oxby and Olympic Dam businesses, by and large, are generous contributors to the community.

But times get tough, and when business stops growing, being a great corporate citizen can get harder to explain to the economic bottom line. Two professors from the Harvard Business School, Porter and Kramer, released a paper ‘Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility’ in 2006 (that’s right, just before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)). Pre GFC, one might argue corporate social responsibility was easier to contemplate, because business was booming. However, the business landscape in Australia has also altered significantly since then with the introduction of the Carbon Tax. Where before, corporate responsibility was a ‘Will I? or won’t I?’ now, especially in Roxby with its tight labour markets and supply chains, most businesses have to do it anyway. Hence, what is really interesting about Porter and Kramer’s work is figuring out how to make what you have to do, or already do, provide you with a competitive advantage. In an element of their paper they refer to as ‘redefining value in the productivity chain’ contains the thesis societal problems create costs in the value chain, and reducing these costs can be a source of competitive advantage and financial value beyond the warm and fuzzy ‘aren’t we a nice corporate citizen.’ Porter and Kramer highlight the following sub-categories: • Environmental factors: environmental impact, energy and resource use; • Employee productivity: skills, development, workplace safety, health and; • Supplier access, viability and distribution practices. Environmental factors: Nyrstar operate a zinc smelter in Port Pirie. When the Federal government introduced legislation for the mandatory reporting of energy usage, the company saw an opportunity to better understand energy use and wastage in its 100 year old plant. Through a comprehensive analysis of its site, it has identified 17 short-term opportunities that will yield $5.5 million in annual savings. Because these are permanent, annual savings achieved at a relatively lost cost, the value of this zinc smelting operation has probably increased by something of the order of $50 million and reduced energy-related emissions at the same time. Employee Productivity: At the Novotel Hotel in Wollongong, Australia, its management instigated a range of community related activities to increase the engagement of its staff. As a result, its employees have become the major source of business innovation, leading to cost reductions and, or, improvements in the customer experience. They also have a low absenteeism rate. Closer to home, Ken Lamb, founder of Olympic Dam Transport, has been running some fantastic programs up skilling young aboriginal men and women. These sorts of programs will no doubt provide his business with new skills and ideas, and assist his business with recruitment and retention for many years to come. Value creation through suppliers: Traditional business practice has often been to focus on screwing down supply costs. Porter and Kramer contend that this is short sighted, as marginalised suppliers will be less likely to invest in quality improvements and innovation. Consider companies like Nestle and Pepsi that regularly work with suppliers on a quasi-partnering basis. They work with farmers to share technology and facilitate access to finance in order to improve crop quality and yields. In turn, the extra investment leads to increased prosperity for the farmer and the region as a whole. The message is: Think smart and you’ll come out looking and smelling like roses, whilst making more money than the guy next door.

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Pets prescription for better health

ew research that shows having a pet is helpful for women living with chronic illness has reinforced the need to recognise the role pets have in health maintenance, according to the Australian-based President of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Associate Professor Pauleen Bennett. “We have known for some time that pet ownership is associated with improved mental and physical health but this research has unexpectedly identified that pets help people feel they can manage chronic illness. It is a really exciting finding because interaction with pets is such a simple and readily available way of improving a patient’s quality of life,” says Associate Professor (Assc. Prof.) Bennett. The women participating in the research were asked to identify the roles that helped, or hindered, them in managing their illness.  Unexpectedly, being a pet owner was one of the five helpful roles that emerged, along with being a mother or grandmother, having a faith, being an advocate for a healthy lifestyle, and being an employee. “Pets help people to take time out from our day to day activities, even if it is something as simple as stroking a cat or taking a dog for a walk.  For someone suffering from a chronic illness, this time out can be a powerful intervention and offers the opportunity to engage with other people or create a positive mindset. “Many pet owners report that their pet understands when they are not feeling well and – even though science has not yet proven that this is the case – this sense of understanding is a supportive and pleasurable feeling for the pet owner,” says Assc. Prof. Bennett.

The Delta Society, which runs a Therapy Dogs program visiting hospitals and other facilities throughout Australia, said their program is based on the premise that the human animal bond can overcome anything. “Patients in the facilities we visit don’t generally have ready access to pets, or have had to give up their own pets. Delta Therapy Teams bring the joy and benefits of animal companionship to those who need it most. Delta Therapy dog teams provide a floppy ear to listen, a paw to shake and, for many patients, the chance to reminisce about their own pet dogs. The scientifically proven benefits have shown so many patients improve physically, socially and emotionally following an encounter with one of our four legged friends,” says General Manager Hollee Curran. Assc. Prof. Bennett has pioneered the field of anthrozoological research in Australia, supervising PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) students as they research the role pet ownership has in our lives.  She is currently leading a team of researchers at LaTrobe University and has recently taken on the Chair of the Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation, which is raising funds to increase the amount of research in this area. “Having hard data is critical to making policy-makers listen.  Independent research in Australia, Germany and China has shown that people who own pets make fewer visits to the doctor than those who have never owned, or currently do not own, a pet.  And dozens of academic reports have identified quantifiable benefits from pet ownership. We need to build this body of research so that there can be no doubt that pets need to be planned for in the same way as recreation opportunities or open spaces are planned for,” Assc. Prof. Bennett says. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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The Giants’ lead guitarist Mark Greig with local supporting musician Jack McGuire.


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oxby resident Kate Donohue said the success of the recent performance by Melbourne band The Giants highlighted the popularity of live music events in Roxby Downs

She urged the community to get involved with the Live Music Committee to help bring more acts to town. “The feedback I’ve had from people is that a good cross section of the community showed up to see The Giants, about 80 people, which was just enough for us to manage for our first time,” Ms Donahue said. The Giants, established in 1981, have a history of being one of Australia’s most respected blues/rock outfits and were described by the Melbourne Herald-Sun as, “a living, breathing Australian Rock and Roll institution.” “They performed a brilliant cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Red House,” Ms Donohue said. “I can’t sing to save my life, so to see a band like that singing right in front of you – I saw the reaction on the audience’s faces and it really said it all.” Ms Donohue said The Giants really enjoyed themselves and were keen to make another trip to Roxby. “Next time they come back they’re looking at bringing someone like Angry Anderson, Wilbur Wilde or Russell Morris with them, and I’m

like, ‘if you insist!’” Ms Donohue laughed. She said her intentions were to bring live music back to Roxby Downs and inspire others to help make it happen. “We used to have bands coming through all the time, and it all seemed to die off over the years – I thought it was about to time we got it back, so my first port of call was Stuart Wood from The Giants, and he was more than happy to come back – I also recently contacted the Bondi Cigars who are a great blues band who played here a long time ago. “They said they are interested for a performance in Roxby a little further down the track. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do, and thankfully my other half, Rusty, backed me, and Jack McGuire also helped to make it happen.” “I was amazed,” said Jack McGuire, who also played live acoustic guitar on the night. “I performed outside in the beer garden from 1pm, then the band started at about 3pm, and it was just full on rock and roll, blues and a bit of country as well so there was quite a lot of entertainment. “Mark Greig and Matt Dwyer, the two lead guitarists, performed an impromptu guitar duet and it was probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life – the way they applied their craft, it was just awesome.”

Mr McGuire said the band was made of genuine, straightup people. “They’ve been in Roxby Downs a couple of times, but their latest performance was just stunning. It was just a great afternoon and the reaction from the community was fantastic.” RoxFM’s Julian Tregenza said the Live Music Committee, for which Mr Tregenza is a consultant, is in the initial stages of forming, and he urged residents to get involved. “The objective of the committee is to bring live entertainment to the community - it doesn’t have to be live music, we’re also looking at comedians.” Several individuals have expressed their interest in the Live Music Committee, however more numbers are needed to pool resources and reach critical mass. Mr Tregenza said Ms Donohue proved to herself and to enthusiastic residents that she could realise her ambition of bringing The Giants to Roxby Downs, which should inspire other members of the community to help attract more artists. “If residents want more live entertainment in Roxby Downs, they should get on board and help make it happen,” Mr Tregenza said.

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Light show in August skies By Jason Munn meteor shower would have delivered a sky-watcher’s delight recently if only the skydome of Roxby Downs was cloud free; however it did break up enough for local resident Travis Hague to catch a few burning trails.


Meteor showers are generated when the earth passes through remnant streams of debris left behind by comets as they orbit around the sun. The debris is made up of rocky particles, most being no larger than a pea, and burn up in the earth’s atmosphere creating brilliant streaks of light. Most burn out in a second or two and in rare instances meteors can be seen breaking up in a spectacular array of colours. The recent light show is known as the Southern Delta Aquariids with activity peaking on July 28 or 29, however the shower is visible from mid-July to mid august every year, so there is still time to see more than the usual numbers of shooting stars throughout the month.

The name Delta Aquariids derives from the constellation Aquarius, and the meteors radiate from the direction of one of its brightest stars, Delta Aquarii. The Southern Delta Aquariids are considered a strong meteor shower with average meteor observation rates of 15 to 20 per hour. The group of comets said to have caused the shower, known as the Marsden and Kracht group, are believed to have broken off from the 96P/ Machholz sungrazer comet, dicovered by American amateur astronomer Donald Machholz in 1986. If residents happened to miss the recent light show, they have a another opportunity coming up from August 9 to 14 when the annual Perseids meteor shower, a more prolific shower, will again hurl spears of light from the heavens - this time with an average meteor observation rate of 60 per hour. After midnight is the best time for viewing due to the earth rotating towards the sun, rather than away from it, which means particles enter the atmosphere at a higher velocity.

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UTand A BOU T Fashions on the Field third place getter Georga Pavy, 2nd Kristy Perrett, Mr Outback James Hwange and Ms Outback Kateena Humphrys.

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June Hanson, Theresa Baddeley and Jo Silver enjoyed nibbles and drinks in good company.

Amy and Melissa Williams looked stunning in their race day outfits.

Karen and Robyn Russell enjoyed the sunny conditions. Beautiful trio Christine Synnott, Sallyann Ullucci and Jess Davey. John and Jenny Laird showed their London Olympic spirit at the 2012 Roxby Cup. Couple Ben Gostlow and Vanessa Switala enjoyed themselves.

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COMMUNITY BOARD Marinda Buys and Jasmyn plant a young Acacia seedling. By Jason Munn t Barbara’s Parish School students were seen planting trees on Burgoyne Street opposite the Myall Grove Caravan Park recently as part of phase three of the inaugural Trees for Towns project.


Arid Recovery was on hand to show the students how to plant the trees and arrange their shelters, and on Sunday, July 5, more volunteers came together to plant seedlings for the town. In September 2011, 30 South Australian communities were given 1,000 seedlings

to nurture, which were recently planted in various locations in their respective towns during the final stage of the project. Roxby Downs was one of those communities which will help to meet the target of 30,000 native seedlings being planted throughout the State. Andamooka Primary School students planted seedlings around the Andamooka community in June this year as part of a combined effort between the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Trees for Life. The OCA’s Mark Shirley helped Andamooka students plant the young trees near the main street and the Andamooka cemetery. Mr Shirley said Andamooka nurtured the

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seedlings from December in tubes filled with soil and fertiliser and a senior resident, Rogie Dally, carefully watered the seedlings. Ms Dally said they were originally being stored in a depot, but they weren’t coping very well, so she took them home and looked after them. Such was her dedication to the seedlings she took them with her on a trip to Victoria so she could ensure they were watered properly. Roxby Downs and Andamooka both planted native Acacia and Eucalyptus seedlings, housed in plastic tree shelters to protect the seedlings from wind and predators.

Local calendar to be launched

Just one of the spectacular locally captured images.


2013 calendar designed as a result of Rox by D ow ns Amateur Arid Photography Competition was launched into the community last week. The calendar, which is a fundraising initiative of the Roxby Downs Arts and Culture Forum, features regional photography submitted to the photography competition, which ran from November 2010 until February this year. Images featured in the calendar highlight some of Roxby’s most spectacular flora and fauna, and key dates for Roxby’s annual social events are listed. Proceeds from the project

will go towards the 2013 Red eARTh Festival, of which planning has already started. “All the beautiful images in the calendar have been taken by local Roxby residents, so it’s wonderful to have a calendar for Roxby by Roxbyians, especially as it’s raising funds for a Roxby community institution like the Red eARTh Festival. They will make great presents to post to family and friends particularly those living overseas ,” stated Business and Cultural Development Consultant to Roxby Community, Vivienne Holloway. The calendars can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre at $20 each (GST inclusive).

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ROXBY COUNCIL Enviro opportunity at Roxby Council A new role has been created at Roxby Council to focus on community environmental education and to promote environmental initiatives.

The role was created in response to an application by the Roxby Downs Community Board on behalf of the Environment Forum for resourcing support. Both Council and BHP Billiton recognised the incredible achievements of the award winning Roxby Downs Environment Forum and agreed that to continue the great work of these volunteers further resourcing was needed. BHP Billiton is partly funding the position. The Projects Officer ( Environmental Initiatives) will develop community education workshops and undertake marketing and promotion activities to support initiatives relating to energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management and recycling and weed management. The role will support both the Council and Community Board. “We are looking for people with a passion for the environment. Ideally they should have experience in community education and marketing and promotion and be excellent communicators,” said Michelle Hales Manager of Community Development, Governance and Strategic Support. “The successful applicant will work closely with Council’s community projects team, members of the

Environment Forum and also liaise with local schools, businesses, community groups, and local media. Developing educational resources and marketing materials will also be part of this role,” Ms Hales added. Roxby Downs Environment Forum was established as a subcommittee of the Board in 2005. It works towards achieving the community’s vision for Roxby Downs to be recognised as a model environmentally friendly town within innovative environmental initiatives in Arid Recovery and highly efficient management of waste, water and power. A copy of the job and person specification is available from the Roxby Council office during business hours on (08) 8671 0010 or email roxby@ Enquiries about the position may be directed to Michelle Hales Manager Community Development, Governance and Strategic Support on 8671 0010. Written applications addressed to the Administrator must be submitted by the closing date and consist of a formal application letter, a resume and include the contact names and numbers of two referees. Applications may be sent by post to the Roxby Downs Council Office, PO Box 124 Richardson Place Roxby Downs SA 5725, or email roxby@ Applications close 12 noon Monday, August 20, 2012.

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og and cat owners have until August 31 to register their animals for the ensuing year. The registration will then be valid from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013, provided it is processed before August 31. Wandering animals at large attract an $80 expiation notice, and a collection fee of $30. Pet owners are reminded that unless their cat is registered, micro-chipped and de-sexed, and they have proof of this, they may not keep the animal at or over three months of age. Dogs are not legally required to be de-sexed or micro chipped in order to be registered, but would benefit from the acts.


Times’ Long Ruin, released March 2011, is based loosely on one of Adelaide most infamous crimes, the disappearance of the Beaumont Children on Australia Day, 1966. Perceived from the eyes of main character nine-year-old Henry Page, the novel depicts familiar long summer days spent in Glenelg and touches on the single-most incident that is thought to have pulled Adelaide from it’s innocence. As taken from the website, “The mystery surrounding the Beaumont children is a story of love and loss, of a seemingly simple suburban perfection that was destroyed in a few hours.

“It is a story of loving parents whose lives were changed by a simple twist of fate. It’s a story, a sequence of images, that’s familiar to us all: long hot summer days, children playing under a sprinkler, a postman riding his bike along a hot, concrete footpath. “And finally, it’s a story of an unspoken trust between friends and neighbours that was about to be lost.” Orr is a teacher, freelance literary reviewer and columnist. He has worked as a writer-in-residence at secondary schools; given workshops on fiction writing; judged writing awards; and was on the board of the South Australian Writers’ Centre 2004-2006. His list of published novels include Dissonance: A novel, The Cruel City: Is Adelaide The Murder Capital of Australia?, Tomorrow’s Garden, Hill of Grace, God’s Hill Road and Attempts to Draw Jesus. Orr will be visiting the new Roxby Downs Community Library on

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oxby Council would like to offer residents an opportunity to promote events for free.

Take advantage of Roxby Council’s free community events calendar, located at Promotion for local events are welcome, and information can be sent to the website’s coordinator Dani Stringer at

Gun amnesty opportunity


rom August 1 to October 31 this year, the Registrar of Firearms has declared a gun amnesty, conducted and controlled by the South Australian Police. The amnesty aims to make South Australia a safer state by removing any unwanted, unregistered or illegal guns, ammunition or gun parts

from communities, making it harder for these items to fall into the wrong hands. Guns, gun parts (including silencers) and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station. After the amnesty police will continue to investigate illegal and unregistered guns. Breaches of the law carry high pen-

alties. For more information, including how to safely transport your gun, visit or call 1800 071 507.

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Acclaimed author sheds fictional light on South Australian tragedy

isiting South Australian author Stephen Orr has an already impressive list of fictional novels, but perhaps his most highly anticipated is his newest, Times’ Long Ruin.

They will be working over the weekend and Roxby Council warns there will be an amount of noise and machinery in some areas of town from associated machinery. Most works will be conducted north of Stuart Road.

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Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm and will conduct the soft opening of the library’s new premises. Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Drop into the library or call 8671 0660 to secure your place today.

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RoxFM Station Manager Julian Tregenza (centre) with volunteers Kerryn Jones (left) and Christine Doran (right) at the 2012 Bilby Awards in Adelaide recently. By Vanessa Switala

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ocal community radio station 105.5 RoxFM w a s s u cce s s f u l at the 2012 South Australia Broadcasters Association Awards in Adelaide winning the Bilby for Small Station of the Year (SSoY). RoxFM were also runners up for Best Message for the Downward Spiral Introduction with Noo and Zak; Best Community Event for RoxFM Exposed Nude Show (raising money for the 2012 Roxby Community Postie Bash with J-Lowe and JT), and the Doran family were finalists in the Volunteer of the Year category. The Bilby Awards celebrate the contribution community radio makes to our community and encourages high achievement within the sector. Julian Tregenza has been Station Manager for two years and is thrilled by RoxFM’s performance. He said, “Winning SSoY is recognition of the hard work put in by our group of volunteers (about 30) to make RoxFM a great community station

– without their dedication both behind the microphone and behind the scenes RoxFM couldn’t exist.” Mr Tregenza explained there have been numerous changes and developments to RoxFM over the time he has been Station Manager. “Over this time there has been some obvious developments (web streaming worldwide; outside broadcasting up-and-running; starting a recording facility for musicians to make demo discs and have an agreement with the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) that the recordings may go on to their database to be accessed by community radio Australia-wide; continuing the good work of Kristina Latham (nee Meredith - RoxFM’s previous Station Manager, in regards to training RDAS students in the Certificate II in Media). The station continues to try to develop community inclusiveness – our ethos is that all community groups and individuals can use our resources to improve their position in the community.” Mr Tregenza told The Monitor RoxFM is punching well above its weight considering the number of community radio stations in South Australia. “It’s a testament to the quality and commitment of our volunteers and made me feel proud as punch,” he said. Chair of the RoxFM Board Kaye Doyle has been involved with RoxFM for four years and said she is over the moon regarding the success of the station. Ms Doyle explained, “(It is) a culmination of all the hard work of our volunteers over many years including previous station coordinators (both paid and unpaid), and board members will feel really proud that RoxFM has won this award. “Let’s not forget our hard working Station Manager Julian Tregenza, who has brought his own unique style to our station and taken it to another level. She added the presenters of RoxFM will be ecstatic and proud they have been recognised with the Small Station of the Year award. Ms Doyle explained to The Monitor, “When I commenced with RoxFM I worked alongside Kristina Meredith our first paid Station Coordinator; who did an almighty job setting up the initial procedures for the station. Then along came Julian with his special way of operating and the station has gone on and grown in

leaps and bounds. “We have been fortunate that we continue to have a very strong board that support both in time and their own special expertise. She added, “Without our wonderful sponsors, members, presenters and most importantly our listeners we would not be the station we are today.” Mr Tregenza told The Monitor the awards night was fantastic with about 200 people from community radio from around the state and nation getting together to celebrate the importance of local independent media. “There was a lot of networking going on and it gave me an opportunity to discuss new plans in the pipeline with others who have the same this space! “There was also the SACBA conference (community radios peak body for community broadcasters in SA) and I have now joined the Board of SACBA,” added Mr Tregenza. Mr Tregenza said he is continuing to make plans to keep improving the local station. “There are always things in the pipeline – plans for the future – I don’t want to give away too much... but expect some new innovations and surprises in the next 12 months!” Volunteers from weekly sports show The Scoreboard, which has been on RoxFM since 2008, said it is a great feat for RoxFM to be named Small Station of the Year. “It’s gold! Julian has done a great job and so has the Board to keep everything going,” explained Travis Gotch. “Good on them!” Graham Warren added, “It’s great to listen to the locals, its good culture building.” Mark Dalgleish explained on The Scoreboard they focus on what is happening in Roxby with sport. “80 per cent is local then we touch on other sport. We like to get guests in from our community on the show,” he said. Mr Tregenza said, “Thanks to all of our volunteers, board of management, members, and of course our listeners – RoxFM is your station, so really all of Roxby Downs has won this award! “If anyone is interested in becoming a part of what is officially the Best Small Station in South Australia behind the mic or behind the scenes – give me a buzz, e-mail or just drop in to the RoxFM office... it’s easy, it’s fun and we always want more people to come and get bitten by the community radio bug!” Congratulations to the RoxFM team!

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St John’s well established in Roxby

By Vanessa Switala


t John’s ran their first ‘on site’ training for MPS Building and Electrical staff with Electrical Rescue and Resuscitation Certificate Courses being held last week. This was the first time St John held an ‘on site’ training session for one company who provided all participants, which is a milestone in further establishing St John as the provider of choice for first aid training in Roxby Downs. Managing Director of MPS Building and Electrical Roxby Downs Kym Elliot told The Monitor it is an ongoing requirement that all electrical workers are trained annually in rescue and

resuscitation. “The course demonstrated what to do if someone was electrocuted or ‘hooked’ up onto live cables, how to rescue them and what steps to take until help arrived,” explained Mr Elliot. “We carried out CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) techniques as well as being shown how to use a defibrillator.” Mr Elliot stated, “I feel that resuscitation is a vital skill that can be useful in life in general, not only work.” Mr Elliot said the most important part of the course is “having the knowledge of how to keep someone alive, or bringing them back to life, until an ambulance arrives. While you hope it is something you never need to

use it is a great skill for anyone to have.” He added, “The course was well presented by St John and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to up-skill. We put around 45 people through this course, not only electricians.” St John trainer Eric Miles has been travelling to Roxby Downs for the past 12 months offering various training sessions for the community. Mr Miles said the Electrical Safety and Low Voltage Rescue course is designed for people working on live or potentially live electrical switchboards and plant at ‘low voltages’. The course is specifically tailored to the requirements of the Office of the Technical Regulator

whose job it is to oversee electrical safety matters on behalf of the SA Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure. The requirements to be met are expressed in the Electricity Act 1996 and the Electricity (General) Regulations 1997. Mr Miles told The Monitor the course is helpful not just for electricians but for anyone who may have to deal with low voltage and is open to the general public. He said other contractors have sent employees to the course, but what was interesting this trip, was there were three Low Voltage Rescue courses and all participants were MPS employees. Mr Miles said he also provides Roxby residents with other courses including Apply First Aid which is the national industry based course, Caring for Kids for parents to be, grandparents, baby sitters etc, and CPR. He also does recertification courses. Mr Miles stated St John’s courses are for everyone as they include many transferable skills. He used driving to Roxby Downs from Port Augusta as an example saying if a car was to roll over “wouldn’t it be great if you had the knowledge to stop and help someone.” Mr Miles explained there is no age restraint in acquiring knowledge. “When do you stop learning,” he asked. He said to gain a certificate participants have to be 14 years-old but St John will teach participants if they are 12 yearsold if the parent or guardian will sign off on it. For more information on courses, to purchase kits of become a volunteer call St John on 1300 360 455 or visit www.

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Qualified Chef/ Experienced Cook Roxby Downs Child Care Centre is looking for a Qualified Chef / Experienced cook to provide a child friendly and nutritious afternoon tea menu. RDCCC follows the Start Right Eat Right program and currently has a 4 weekly rotating menu. This is a part time position approx. 12 hours a week (flexible days). Current Police Clearance is necessary or be willing to obtain. Immediate start for successful applicant. For further information contact rdccc.director@ or 08 8671 0911. Applications close 17th August 2012

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RANGE ACTIVITY WARNING NOTICE Defence is scheduled to conduct Demolition Activities in the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) during the months of August, September and October 2012. The predicted outcome is minimal for the public however if certain weather conditions exist at time of activity, noise and effects from sound wave propagation may be heard or felt in the vicinity of Woomera, Roxby Downs and Glendambo. The WPA is declared under Defence Force Regulation 35 as a prohibited area for the purposes of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the testing of war materialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. From time to time other Defence approved activities, such as sounding rocket launches, are also conducted. The WPA is located in the North West of the State of South Australia and is approximately 127,000 square kilometres (12.7 million hectares) in area. Its South Eastern corner is located approximately 450 kilometres North West of Adelaide. Members of the public traversing the WPA via the Stuart Highway are reminded that these roads are part of a prohibited area and that they are not to deviate from them. Other roads and tracks entering the WPA are signposted to the effect that the WPA is a prohibited area and no person shall enter, be or remain therein without proper authorisation. Penalty for unauthorised entry is $2200 fine and/or six months imprisonment under Defence Force Regulation 35. Under Section 82(1) and 82(2) of the Defence Act 1903, it is illegal to photograph, draw, sketch or paint any part of a Defence Installation or enter a defence installation with materials or apparatus for carrying out such activities, without lawful authority. Members of the public traversing the Anne Beadell Highway from Coober Pedy to Emu Junction are reminded that in addition to a permit being required from the Range Operations Woomera, a permit is also required from: Maralinga Tjarutja Lands & Mamungari Conservation Park Office Manager Maralinga Tjarutja Lands PO Box 435 CEDUNA SA 5690 Phone (08) 8625 2946

There may be some items such as cylindrical rocket motor cases and nozzles, flat rectangular pieces of metal, spherical tanks, military projectiles or unexploded ammunition encountered in the WPA. If any unusual item is encountered it must not be handled as it may be extremely dangerous and could cause serious injury or death. Note the description and location of the item and report it to the Pastoral Station Manager or Range Operations Woomera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Telephone (08) 8674 3370. Within the WPA there are sites of significance to indigenous people. These sites are protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 with penalties of up to $50,000.00 for causing damage to or removing items from these sites. Inquires in relation to the use of or entry into the WPA should be directed to: Range Operations Woomera Aerospace Operational Support Group Defence Centre PO Box 157 WOOMERA SA 5720 Phone (08) 8674 3370

HOLDEN Rodeo for sale. Immaculate condition. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;06 3 litre turbo diesel, dual cab 144,000kms, silver, DP chip, power windows, canopy, heavy duty roof rack, dual battery set up, 3 inch stainless exhaust, air bag suspension, tinted windows, 6 month rego, electric brakes, wool seat covers, new tyres, tow bar, pioneer stereo, double powder coated alloy bull bar, lite force spotlights, REGO No XJT022, $18,500 ONO phone: 0418 231 848. OFF road camper trailer, registered, electric brakes, 16 inch wheels, heavy duty full annex as new, clears, wired 12 volt through out, customs S/S kitchen, stone guard, large tool box, heavy duty battery. Battery monitor, Honda gen set, spare tyre, gas stove and grill, 60 ltr water tank, plus many extras. Phone 0418 231 848 $7,750 ONO.

Immunisations for children and adults can be done at Roxby Downs Health Services by our Community Health Nurses Immunisations that are part of the National Immunisation Program are provided free of charge. When: Tuesdays Where: Roxby Downs Health Service No Appointments necessary 2 session times 9-12pm & 2-4pm

For Enquires about your Childs Immunisation Status please call the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (free call)

For more information Roxby Downs Health Services 16-28 Burgoyne Street Roxby Downs SA 5725 Telephone: (08) 8671 9020 Facsimile: (08) 8671 9062 Š Department of Health, Government of South Australia. All rights reserved.

FOR SALE BY TENDER IMPOUNDED VEHICLES Make of Vehicle Registration Holden Commodore Wagon WMP-784 Mitsubishi Magna XAH696 Nissan Skyline S807-A06 Nissan Pulsar VGE-735 Inspection of the vehicles will be via a negotiation time and date. &RQWDFW3HWHU.HOOHURU/LEE\6WHHURQGXULQJRIÂżFH hours. All tenders must be in a sealed envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vehicle Tenderâ&#x20AC;?. Tenders will not be accepted via Fax, Email or Telephone. Tenders are to be placed in the tender box at the Roxby Downs &RXQFLO RIÂżFHV 5LFKDUGVRQ 3ODFH 5R[E\ 'RZQV E\  QRRQ :HGQHVGD\$XJXVW Vehicles are to be sold as is. Council makes no guarantee as to the condition of the vehicles. 9HKLFOHVDUHWREHSDLGIRUDQGUHPRYHGE\6HSWHPEHU Roxby Downs Council is not bound to accept the highest, lowest nor any tender. Peter Keller WORKS MANAGER

New church for parish of Saint Barbara


he Catholic Parish of Saint Barbara are planning to have a new church in the not too distant future. Plans are currently being formulated for a new church to be built in Gregory Street. The first effort of the Parish to raise funds for the project will take place this Saturday 11th August with a Garage Sale to be held at 45C Gregory Street from 9.00 a.m. till midday. Parishioners have been invited to bring goods for sale at the event. Among the goods so far available are classic children's videos, DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, books, bread makers, furniture, dishwasher and many other items of interest.

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Andamooka Gymkhana Trent Headland leans into the turn in the Out and Back event during the Andamooka Gymkhana on Sunday.

By Jason Munn


n enthusiastic crowd turned up to cheer on the dirt bike riders at the Andamooka Gymkhana on Sunday.

Almost 40 dirt bikes took to the airstrip with a good attendance and a generally charged atmosphere, participating in individual timed events including Slalom, Out and Back, Birangle and Barrel Race. The slalom event involved weaving in and out of a line of bollards as fast as possible, and a Go Slow event had riders attempting to ride

from one point to another as slow as they possibly could without touching the ground with their feet. Junior events started at 9.30am in two classes, J1 and J2, with senior events kicking off after lunch and sending the red dust flying. Gymkhana organiser Rob Kemenyvary said the excellent turn-out watched a variety of skills, from seniors with 30 years of experience on dirt bikes, to some children who were riding for the first time on a two wheeler. An Out and Back relay was held for the seniors, with both teams winning one round each and ending in a final.

Andamooka Gymkhana winners Overall winner - Seniors - Haydyn Lawrie. Slalom Juniors - Charlee McDonald and Makayla Dal Grande. Seniors - Haydyn Lawrie. Barrel Race Juniors - Charlee McDonald. Seniors - Haydyn Lawrie. Birangle Juniors - Charlee McDonald and Kane Hendry. Seniors - Kurtis Murray. Go Slow Juniors - Rory Dowd. Go to Whoa Juniors - Charlee McDonald and Jett Dowd. Seniors - Rob Kemenyvary. Out and Back Juniors - Isaac Kemenyvary and Kane Hendry. Seniors – Andrew Pocock. Senior Out and Back Relay team winners Greg Franklin, Rod Evans, Kevin Thomas, Trent Headland and Ashley Draper.

Competitor Ashley Draper said he was excited the second he learned about the Gymkhana, which was evident in his words ‘DOIN IT’ written on the flyer. “I’ve been riding bikes since I was seven years old, and have raced throughout Australia. I started off on 50s (50 cubic centimetres) and finished up on 250s and now I’ve got a 450 – this was an opportunity to have a go at something I hadn’t done before.” Mr Kemenyvary said the event was a tremendous success and attracted a lot of positive comments, and was keen to thank all the sponsors who helped make the event happen.

“The sponsors were terrific and there were also a lot of people who helped set the event up - a big shout to them as it wouldn’t have been as good a day without them. “The Andamooka SES helped out with catering, selling soft drinks and preparing a BBQ at the end of the day, and the Roxby Downs Ambulance Service was on hand in a ‘just in case’ capacity. “It was a great day and parents should go and practice with the kids because there will definitely be another Andamooka Gymkhana event next year.”


MRC Piping Systems Roxby Downs Outback Cup Race 1










Esiree Stra

Nicole Bruggemann


El Mazel

Jamie Kah

Dennis Mcmahon


Just one Two Many

Dale Evans


Malebo Magic

Wayne Kerford


Perfect Beau

Jamie Kah

Brenton Jones



Desiree Stra

Gorden Richard


Miss Articulate

Jamie Kah

Brenton Jones


Just a bit of luck

Desiree Stra



Tamara Zanker

Trevor Day



Tara O'Donnell

Barry Dunn


Shepherds Tale

Tamara Zanker

Leon Murray


Club Ha Ha

Dale Evans

Kylie McKerlie


Young Tearaway

Desiree Stra


Pelekunu Valley

Melanie Tyndall



Wayne Kerford


French Academy

Jamie Kah


Alice Longing

Wayne Kerford

Sandra Stott



Tara O'Donnell

Kym Healy

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at the Moto-X track Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12. Join us a for a working bee and the chance to have a look at the new track layout. For more information call Call Nilso 0459 823 611.

Trevor Trenowden

Nicole Bruggemann Ron Campbell Jim Scott Scott Trenowden

Barbeque and drinks (supplied for members, small cost for non members) Saturday night.

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Back to back for Young Tearaway MAIN PHOTO: The MRC Piping Systems Roxby Downs Outback Cup was run in perfect conditions on Saturday. INSET: Young Tearaway crosses the finishing line ahead of Pelekunu Valley and Wearethestorm at the MRC Piping Systems Roxby Downs Outback Cup on Saturday. RIGHT: A very pleased Young Tearaway team, from left, Luke Miller, Jockey Desiree Stra, Strapper Claire Madill, Sarah McDougall, part owner and trainer Nicky Bruggemann and Nathan May.


ight-year-old gelding Young Tearaway took out first place for back to back wins in front of a record crowd at the MRC Piping System Roxby Downs Outback Cup on Saturday. It was two in a row for the horse that also won the cup last year. Around 2300 people flocked to the track on Saturday in perfect weather conditions. Young Tearaway was ridden by Adelaide jockey Desiree Stra and the weekend win was her first double after riding to victory at the Hawker Races earlier this year. The Roxby race day is the last race for the 2012 Outback Cup Championships series which includes races at Hawker, Quorn and Port Augusta. Young Tearaway just missed out on

first place overall for the series to Pelekunu Valley. Young Tearaway has now come second in the series three years in a row. The event was capped off with a win by locally owned horse French Academy in the last race of the day. Young Tearaway owner and trainer Nicky Bruggemann said the back to back wins added to Young Tearaway’s seven first place wins, and she now looked forward to bringing the gelding back to take the hat trick next year. “If he wins again next year I will ride naked down the main street,” Bruggemann told The Monitor after her long drive home to Euchunga on Monday. Bruggemann said Young Tearaway was a great horse but was often unpredictable on race day.

“He is the most amazing horse…but he is a really inconsistent horse – he is a punters nightmare,” Bruggemann said. “When we think he’s right, he doesn’t do too good, and then he will pop out and have another win.” “(But) we do it for the love, not for the money.” Young Tearaway is part owned by Kangarilla’s Betty Clark. The Bruggemann and Stra duo also took out a win in the first race of the day on Estebana. Fashions on the Field was well represented with dozens of smartly dressed race goers taking to the stage over several heats. The Ms Outback title went to Kateena Humphrys, with second place going to Kristy Perrett and third

to Georga Pacy. Mr Outback was won by James Hwange. Roxby Downs Racing Club President Stu Cormack said the club was happy with the event and the changes made to the track layout this year, which included moving the main stage and Fashions of the Field event. Changes were also made to placement of the wine tent and bar facilities. Mr Cormack said there were a few technical difficulties on the day with satellite vision and the sounds system. The club plans to look at the issues

and rectify the problem before next year’s event, which might include lifting speakers to a higher level to allow sounds to flow above the crowd. Mr Cormack said the betting ring had been full all day, and he expected a record turnover for the bookmakers. The record crowd also caused limited parking facilities, and Mr Cormack said the club would look at encouraging more punters to take advantage of the bus services next year as the event continued to grow. Mr Cormack again thanked all sponsors for their support.

Drop into Roxby Leisure and check out what’s on at the movies this week!

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