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No to Pokies! By Vanessa Switala and Millie Thomas


he Opal Hotel in Andamooka has applied to have 20 poker machines installed at the hotel in preparation for the expected increase in population should the expansion of Olympic Dam be given approval. Many locals are outraged by the thought of 20 machines being introduced into the historical 800 person town. Peter Allen, Chairperson of the Andamooka Progress Opal Miners Association, said that the community was against the introduction of pokie machines in the town four years ago and their attitude is still the same, “we are dead against pokies.” Since the formal application has been lodged and published in both local and state media, Mr Allen has reached out to the community to once again state their collective opinion. “The community clearly told us they want opposition made to the gaming machines application,” said Mr Allen. APOMA has also contacted SA Senator Nick Xenophon, Hon Robert Brokenshire of Family First Party and Hon Lyn Breuer of Labor and Representative for the Grey electorate. “We’ve had good response from Nick Xenophon and good response from Rob Brokenshire. We’ve heard nothing back from Lyn, even though it’s

firmly in her electorate,” said Mr Allen. “We’ll was found guilty of fraud. It is alleged she embe opposing the application one way or the bezzled close to $300,000 of the school’s money other. and used most of it to play poker machines in “I have to reiterate that I’m very disappointed Roxby Downs. It is still a delicate issue for the in Lyn’s response, or lack small schoolthereof,” he said. ing commuThe application is only so nity. “For us, Another concern of Mr if the expansion plan goes that’s a very Allen’s is that in the event close wound gambling machines were ahead they have the option installed in Andamooka, of not long ago of putting pokie machines appropriate support for and personally into the hotel for miners. those who may become I’m absolutely addicted would not be against it,” conavailable. “Not everybody gets hooked on Poker tinued Ms Turner. “No one in Roxby or anyone machines, but some do,” said Mr Allen. “Any at all recognised the fact that she was able to support services for gambling related prob- put that amount of money into the pokies malems, the nearest support service is the Uniting chines without anybody saying you’ve got an Care Wesley in Port Pirie, 400kms away. addiction.” “Common sense would suggest that the She also stated that the injection of gambling pub would do a proper ask around, consult machines into Andamooka could upset family the community and see what the community life. “We have got a lot of vulnerable families wants. Clearly they don’t have to, otherwise who really don’t need that sort of thing in their they would have. It’s just another hassle that backyard.” we have to deal with,” said Mr Allen. Proprietor of The Matthews Group which Due to a strong history of poker machine owns The Andamooka Opal Hotel Motel Mr related turmoil, Angela Turner, Andamooka Brett Matthews said he wants to make it clear Primary School Principal is strongly opposed. the group is not interested in putting the pokie “Certainly personally I am against it,” said Ms machines in Andamooka at the moment. Turner. The application is only so if the expansion Ms Turner explained that five years ago the plan goes ahead they have the option of putting Andamooka Primary School was burnt down pokie machines into the hotel for miners. five times, and the school’s bursar at the time “I have no interest in marketing the poker

machines to the local community,” Mr Matthews said. He said that the application is for up to 20 pokie machines and does not mean that 20 would be installed. Mr Matthews explained, “The TAB in Andamooka quadruples during shutdown. The pokies would be entertainment for the men flying in and out.” He said he would be happy to have an order for local residents to not be allowed to use the machines, but the commission would not allow this due to discrimination. An employee of The Matthews Group said that the community does not need to be given notice of the application now that the legislation has changed. She said the community has until the hearing date to present their views. Objections must be lodged by August 22 and the hearing date is August 29, leaving locals only a number of weeks to submit objections and travel to Adelaide for the hearing. The Matthews Group employee said that the application for pokie machines has been put forward for the recreational benefit of the community and for the miners. She said that the area has been social needs tested and that there are a lot of miners out there with a lot of money who have requested pokie machines in the area.

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fter the departure of long time journalist Celeste Lustosa, the search was on. The Monitor team needed to fill the void, to fill the second desk in the back office, to make our reporting family whole again. Then, like a breath of fresh air, in came journalist Vanessa Switala, all the way from West Lakes, Adelaide. Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide, majoring in English and Anthropology. She then continued her studies to complete a Masters of Journalism at Uni SA. While work through university consisted mainly of bar and restaurant work at well known Adelaide pubs such as The Grange and The Highway, Vanessa still found time to gain journalist experience at very reputable prints. These included The Murray Pioneer at Renmark, The Advertiser and The Adelaide Magazine. Becoming a journalist has been a lifelong dream for Vanessa. “I have always loved writing and English was always my best subject at school so it has always seemed like the perfect career for me,” she explained. “I think it is important for the community to have an unbiased opinion and knowledge of current events. I can hopefully help shed light on important local issues for the community,” she said. So what brought Vanessa to Roxby? Well apart from the obvious bubbly brilliance of current staff, it was country living that really drew her here. ”I want to gain experience in journalism and think that Roxby is a small, great community that I want

to get to know and become part of,” she said. “I enjoyed my time in Renmark at The Murray Pioneer so much and think that living in Roxby will be similar. One of the great things was getting to know the close-knit members of the community in the Riverland. “I imagine that living and working in Roxby will be a similar experience. Therefore I jumped at the chance to become part of The Monitor team in Roxby.” But the buck doesn’t stop here for career driven Vanessa, who has high hopes for a fruitful and exciting career. “Ultimately I hope to be an editor of a newspaper or magazine,” she said. “My dream is also to be a travel writer. What would be better than being paid to travel and then write about my experiences!” Look out for Vanessa at sports and social events in the coming weeks, and don’t be afraid to stop her for a chat on the street!

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irthing facilities in Roxby Downs, or lack there of, is a dispute for the ages. With no relief for mothers to be in sight, SA Health provides midwifery visits to Roxby Downs on an availability frequency. According to Verity Paterson, Acting Director Flinders and Outback Health Service, it is only about once every six weeks. The visits have been arranged in the absence of a resident midwife, Verity explains. “Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Service is supporting Roxby Downs Health Service while they recruit for the vacant Community Midwife position,” she said. “Two midwives from Port Augusta have been visiting Roxby Downs regularly since May in the absence of a locally based midwife. “Community Midwives provide valuable information for expectant mothers about what to expect during the different stages of their pregnancy and help with choice of a birthing site. They also offer advice and support for new mothers. “This has been a great example of the local community working together to maintain a much needed service for the people of Roxby Downs.” As grateful as local mums and mums to be are, they say that six weeks between visits is simply not enough. Bonnie Opie, new mum to Harper, 7 ½ months old said having her first pregnancy in Roxby wasn’t the most ideal situation. “It was horrible,” said Ms Opie. “With all the travelling to every important have your general scans with Wendy (Strachan, GP), but going down for the other important ones - cost wise it’s horrible and you have to pay for accommodation if you don’t know anyone down there.” Mothers to be in Roxby are advised to move closer to their chosen birthing facility four weeks before their due date. “Having to leave town before having the baby is horrible,” said Ms Opie. “I think I rang James nearly every day crying, because it’s the most important part of your pregnancy and you’re doing it alone.

“It’s horrible especially when they’re spending all this money out on site, when they could be putting something towards being able to have the services here. “I was taken to hospital at 32 weeks here and they thought I was going into premature labour, but it was Braxton hicks, but with your first baby, you don’t know!” Ms Opie went on to explain that her partner, James Hall was lucky to make it down in time for the birth. She found the whole ordeal incredibly stressful. “Midwives every six weeks is better than nothing, but it’s not enough,” she said. “All the women at the hospital like Karen and Jo, they do so much to help you, but there’s only so much they can do without the help of the professionals.” Karyn Wallis, mother of two and with one on the way said that being pregnant is markedly different to being pregnant at her home in New Zealand. “In the absence of a midwife, it makes it so hard because I have to go to Adelaide and I need to book flights to do that, so its coming out of our pocket even though PATS are paying for some,” said Mrs Wallis. “To have a midwife here would be amazing.” She also stated that a fortnightly service would suit much better than six weeks. “I think you would feel more comfortable in being pregnant and not worrying so much about having to wait another month to get to Adelaide. “And for quick questions as well, like is it okay if I’m not feeling as much movement now, or things like that. “We have independent midwives back home, so to go to a GP was pretty different. “By the end of your pregnancy, you’d be best friends with your midwife, as they now know you, and they know what you’re like in giving birth.” As previously stated, the six week intervals between midwife visits are only in the interim until a permanent midwife can be attracted. The ultimate solution, of course, would be to attract a birthing facility to the town, which holds and maintains the highest percentage of children under the age of 15 in South Australia, as documented by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Above: Bonnie Opie and baby Harper

Coroner’s report finds nothing suspicious More time needed to determine murder charge It has been reported that a murder charge may not proceed against a man who is accused of killing his father at Roxby Downs in outback South Australia last January. It is alleged Benjamin Andrew Brown, 21, ran

down his 55-year-old father with the victim’s car. Brown also is accused of hitting a 22-year-old man with the car and faces charges of attempted murder and endangering life. The prosecution has told the Magistrates Court

at Port Augusta there is a chance the matter could be resolved in the next few weeks. The court also heard the Director of Public Prosecutions needed more time to decide what charge to proceed with.

The post mortem on the body of a Ballarat man Jason Richards who died near Glendambo recently has determined that his death was not suspicious. The 28-year-old’s body was discovered about a kilometre from his abandoned car, which was found in a dried up creek bed on a remote station. Police said it appeared Mr Richards died of exposure after experiencing trouble with his car which had a significant amount of damage, and becoming disoriented. “A post mortem examination has been conducted

and has confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances,” South Australia police said in a statement late last week. Mr Richards, a father of two, left Darwin on the evening of June 19 with the intention of heading home in time for a joint birthday celebration for himself and his son Jack, 3. He was last seen alive near Woomera on June 21. The boat he had been towing was found abandoned and slightly burned on a dirt road on June 24, three days after he was last seen.


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Ambulance services for the Woomera Prohibited Area, Woomera Village and the area between Port Augusta and Roxby Downs are provided by the South Australian Ambulance Service and the Department of Defence. The ambulances are located in the Woomera Village and are operated by Woomera Emergency Services under contract by BAE Systems to Defence. The new ambulance provides a high quality ambulance service for not only Defence purposes but also for the travelling public and community. The arrival of the new Ambulance in Woomera was attended by representatives from Defence, Woomera Emergency Services, the South Australian Ambulance Service and the Woomera Board.

Police News On Wednesday July 27, a 25 year old male was arrested at Roxby Downs for driving with a disqualified licence and for assault cause harm. He was bailed to appear in the Roxby Downs Magistrates Court at a later date. On Thursday July 28, 2011, a 27 year old male was arrested at Andamooka for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping. He has been bailed to appear in court at a later date. Numerous vehicles have been defected and expiation notices issued for no bike helmets, speeding and failing to give way. A reminder to the public for Police Attendance ring 131444 or for an Emergency requiring, Police, Ambulance, CFS ring 000. Do not ring the local Police Station for patrol attendance.

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oxby Downs has been chosen in regional SA as a location for RUSTI to be delivered.

Approximately 2,200 Australians take their own lives every year leaving huge after-effects upon families, friends, workplaces and communities. 2008 Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveal that of all external causes of death (i.e.: not related to illness) suicide accounts for some 24% of deaths in males aged 15-24 years. That is almost a quarter of the population of male youth in Australia! In 2008 suicides accounted for some 7% of external causes of death in females aged 15-24 years- a figure that is also way too high! Suicide prevention begins with you… Most people thinking about suicide signal and share their pain - they offer us opportunities to respond. Suicide intervention training can help all of us see, hear and respond to these invitations (R U Seeing the Invites).

It can also increase our confidence to ask about suicide when someone’s safety may be in the balance. If someone is at risk, suicide first aid prepares us to work with them to increase their immediate safety and get further help. “When I was in high school a close friend of mine committed suicide. At the time it was a big shock for me, other friends and had a huge impact upon her family. If only I had known what signs to look for and how to respond to her, perhaps I could have made a difference” said Juliette Demaine. “I also know quite a number of people who have had friends, family and work colleagues who have taken their own lives…it is an issue which, unfortunately, touches a lot of people”. RUSTI, an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program is a two day workshop that helps participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide

and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help. The Training Duo will be presenting the RUSTI program for Roxby Downs and have long held a passion to increase community capacity building in Suicide Awareness. Chez Curnow and Vanessa Boully, (internationally accredited Suicide Awarene ss & Inter vention Trainers) say “The exciting thing about this project is that RUSTI brings together a cross section of the community with the vision of creating a cohesive suicide awareness and intervention group. Typically this training would be provided in-house for specific organisations working with at risk persons”. But statistics show that we are more likely to tell a friend or community member rather than a professional. Any person within this region can attend the RUSTI in Roxby program; in fact we already have people from as far as Coober Pedy coming

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Hornets test fire at Woomera A successful test firing of a new weapon at Woomera recently will see the fleet of RAAF Hornet fighters armed with the new missile. The Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile has a range of more than 200 kilometres and is listed on the Federal Government’s “projects of concern” watch list, but makers Lockheed Martin

are optimistic the successful Woomera test will mean its removal. The Australian reported last week “A second successful firing of the JASSM baseline missile off a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet was achieved at the Woomera test range in South Australia last week.” It is understood the missile

tests involved the destruction of hardened concrete bunkers. JASSM is in service with four other air forces including the US Air Force which has ordered more than 3000 of the semi-stealthy cruise missiles each worth about $700,000. Experts say JASSM will give RAAF a leading weapons capability edge within the Asian region.

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have exhausted their current supplies. “We have had a large increase in rescued cats and dogs,” he said. “The number of abandoned puppies is up considerably over last year with our rescue numbers almost double the past 12 months. “Puppies are very hard on bedding, they just love to tear the towDr. Andrew Melville-Smith said els to pieces. “ So it doesn’t take them long to that the colder weather has resulted in a higher use of bedding and they put a large dent in our supplies of

he local veterinary clinic is running out of towels and is appealing to anyone who has old towels, for donations of unwanted towels. The combination of cold weather and a high rate of abandoned animals has meant that they have run low on clean bedding for the animals.

clean towels. “If anyone has any old towels, we would be able to put them to good use. “It doesn’t matter if they are a bit tatty, as long as they are clean, the dogs are happy.” If anyone has old towels they no longer need, they can drop them into the Roxby Downs Veterinary Clinic next to the post office any day of the week.

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Do we or don’t we?

Many of us in the still very fortunate country of Australia have a dilemma of donating to support the millions affected by the catastrophic famine that is the latest to hit Africa. Do we or don’t we? This new famine caused by extreme drought deserves worldwide support and certainly Australia is already digging deep. But the question is - what happens to that support in the Somalia region where the Al-Shabaab Islamists dominate an otherwise non functioning national government. It has been reported widely the al-Qai’da-linked Al-Shabaab control vast areas of central and southern Somalia and incredibly deny there is even a famine. They have barred international aid agencies and while allowing some food aid the question

remains how much is getting to the starving millions. Some of the agencies are taking extreme risks and are getting food through the Al Shabaab territories - but not enough is reaching the most needy. Australians must donate to help the suffering millions despite the risk. While warlords and tribal law dominate these places, there seems to be no easy solution to the lawlessness and the prevention of aid reaching the most needy and it will take an international effort to overcome the plight of this latest famine. Put yourself in the same position – watching helplessly as your family starves to death. Don’t let the Al-Shabaab dictate who lives and who dies - donate today.

A Resources and Energy Program launched at Port Augusta aims to help Years 11 and 12 students from upper Spencer Gulf and the outback region into apprenticeships in the mining sector because of a workforce skills shortage. Program manager Sean Holden says more workers will be needed as new mines open. “Let’s get ready now and make sure as many South Australians as possible can make the most of this wonderful opportunity,” he said. Local MP Lyn Breuer hopes the statefunded program can help retain more young people in country South Australia. “We’ve got huge potential coming up in our part of the state, we want our young people to benefit from it the most,” she said. The program will let students finish Year 12 while starting apprenticeships.

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“When children are starting kindy they’re meeting lots of new people and it’s really important they are protected against contagious diseases, such as whooping cough,” Minister Hill said. “Making sure your child is vaccinated also helps to reduce the spread of infection between children, family and friends. “Children are not fully protected until they have their booster shots.” As part of the campaign, children will receive a storybook called Jack’s Big Adventure, created as a fun way for children to learn about why they need vaccinations.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Grace Portolesi has won agreement from the property owners, the Aboriginal Lands Trust, to defer the proposed demolition of the Umeewarra Mission buildings after members of the community sought her assistance. The Trust had previously decided to demolish the unoccupied, deteriorating buildings because they had become a danger to the community due to their unsafe condition. Members of the Umeewarra community appealed to the Aboriginal Affairs Minister last month in Port Augusta to help them win time to try to have the buildings restored.

ealth Minister John Hill has 12-month moratorium has been launched the Big Help For Little placed on the planned demolition Adventurers campaign, remindof former mission buildings at ing parents to make sure their children Davenport to give the local Aboriginal have booster vaccinations before they community the opportunity to seek are four years old. funds for their restoration.

Another case of the media driven demolition of a leader and they wonder why Rann and Co. don’t want to talk to them. Love him or hate him, no-one deserves the personal attacks he endured in the lead-up to the last election and the never ending reference to Michelle Chantalois or the endless photo set-ups when she appeared at every public function he attended. Because he didn’t rollover then and had the audacity to win another term the media has not let up on its campaign against Rann. Really who would want the poison chalice of leadership. Ask Kevin Rudd, Dean Brown, Bob Hawke, Hamilton-Smith to name a few. Weatherill will need to be ahead of the game and come out squeaky clean otherwise he too will be the next media meal. C.F. It’s a bloody insult to ask Mike Rann to step down mid term. Jay will have to show strong leadership quickly or we could end up with Greens getting a foothold like they have in the Federal parliament! That would be worse than seeing Isobel and the rabble they call Liberals leading this state. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I wonder who BHP Billiton would like to deal with at this important stage of the expansion process, Rann, Weatherill or the indecisive Libs who haven’t committed to OD? I think Rann’s the man! Ivan of the Far North One of the conditions of David Hicks serving the last months of his sentence in Australia was that he could not make any money out of selling any part of any story about his time as a prisoner or while training with the Taliban. Hicks was training with a military group that is not an ally to Australia and who kill our serving men and women. As a convicted terrorist he has no rights and condoning his actions is a vicious slap in the face to all our serving military personnel. Robert Miller.


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Letter to the Editor . . . Never say it can happen to me It is happening already because you are breathing the air and drinking the water Be aware and look out for your health and the health of your children The air is everywhere and the rain falls through it!! - Stop burning household rubbish - Keep the shortcut roads to a minimum and keep the dust down In other mining towns they have experienced; - Asbestosis - Silicosus - And other environmentally produced cancers We should at least try to PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT for our CHILDREN’S SAKE Pass on the word. Bill Kaplikas Page 6 – Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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By Millie Thomas Roxby football goers were pleasantly surprised last weekend when they noticed ex Port Power icon Donald Dickie playing full forward for the Andamooka Roos. Don has been coming to Roxby Downs for a number of years to help promote his Indigenous Pathways program, Trainway to BHP Billiton and the contracting community. After pulling a hamstring in his Far North Football League debut, Don has been rendered unavailable for the rest of the season. He still, however, plans to make regular visits to the town. Don caught up with The Monitor last week to talk about his program, and to shed some light on some of our up coming players! Don explained that before the GFC and failure of the Clarke shaft, he had incorporated previous Trainway programs with BHP Billiton, amongst other companies. “In 2008 I ran an indigenous pathways program where we had 16 people start and 12 of them have since got jobs,” he said. “Because of that success, last year I started consulting for Trainway.” Following government approvals, Don met with BHP Billiton again last year, and started more training in April. “They (BHP) got behind the idea and met with contractors earlier in the year. All 16 that started the training, finished and graduated, which was great.” Of the 16 that trained with Trainway, nine have already been gainfully employed, with more employment expected. “It’s been a really good program and I’ve had great support from BHP, but especially the contractors like Monadelphous and Red Mulga, WorkPac, Broadspectrum, Headings, Cowell Electric and others that we’re looking to recruiting to as well.” Making regular trips to Roxby Downs to maintain contact with BHP Billiton and the contractors, Don has strengthened his base of contractors to a group of about 20. “Every time I go to Roxby Downs I normally get another one or two contractors that I meet for the first time and see if they’re interested in taking any of our students,” he said. Students that participate in the program come from the Port Augusta regional area, including Whyalla. There are also a couple of recruits from the Anangu

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Left: Don Dickie in action during his time at Port Power in the AFL.



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Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the state’s north. It was Don’s affiliation with the contractors and namely Monadelphous that spurred an idea to play football locally. “Luke Scobie at Monadelphous suggested that maybe I should have a kick. I said why, I’m too old!” said Don. Don and Luke realised the benefit of becoming involved in the community and strengthening professional and private networking. And as for the game? Things didn’t go quite as planned… “I enjoyed it. It was probably a shame that I couldn’t play the whole game,” he said. “We got off to a good start in the first quarter and then they came back in the second quarter, by half time I was off with my hammy, icing up. “In the end Andamooka did a really good job to stay in the game. It looked like Roxby was going to run away with it but the boys hung in there.” Don noted some outstanding players in the Andamooka Football Club that he thought could go further in their football. “They really have some very good players - Austin Monfries, he’s really good, plus some of the younger aboriginal lads, K – Mac (Kahran McKenzie) played a really good game. He could probably play for SANFL given the opportunity.”

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Census night August 9 Q. If I have questions or need help to complete my form – is there someone I can contact? A. Your Collector provided a Census form guide with the Census forms. If you cannot find your answer there, contact the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776. Q. What should I do if I haven’t received a Census form? A. By 9 August, a Collector will have delivered a Census form to your home. If for some reason you can’t find your Census form, or would like an additional census form please contact the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776. Q. What should I do with my completed Census form? A. There are three options for submitting your completed Census form. 1. If you choose to complete the eCensus – your form will be automatically received – a Collector will not need to return to your house. 2. If you choose the paper Census form – a Collector will return to your house to collect the completed form before 28 August. Do not leave your form outside for collection, the Collector will need to make contact with you to ensure your form remains secure. 3. If you choose the paper Census form – you can also request to mail the completed form back in a reply paid envelope. Q. What if I am not at home when my Collector comes? A. Your Census Collector will continue to try to make contact with you at your home on multiple occasions before 28 August. If possible, let the Collector know when they are dropping off your forms when you are most likely to be home (eg in the evenings or on the weekends). For more Census information visit or call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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Thank you to everyone around Australia who filled out their Census forms. We’ll start returning to your homes to collect paper forms on August 10, so please have your completed form ready. If you completed the eCensus for your whole household, we don’t need to return. It is compulsory, so please join the rest of Australia to shed some light on who we are – and light the way forward for your community. Fill out your form and wait for us to collect it, or complete your form online at If you didn’t receive a form, please call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

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01 01. Joel and Emil performing CPR on Jimmy from a plane crash at the Scouts Woomera Camp 02. Vanja and Steve Vukotic enjoyed the Red Earth Festival Opening




03. Angus, India, Logan F, Amber, Jasmyn and Brock at the Scouts Woomera camp. 04. Stuart Jones, Kerryn Jones, Iain Boehm, Bill Boehm and Julian Tregenza enjoyed the Red eARTh Festival opening.

05 04. Lesley Teare, Kristin Humphries and Wendy Kruger shared a drink at the Red eARTh Festival opening. 05. Marinda Buys, Barry Luke, John ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Hender and Sue Hender.

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Fiddle Chicks – an eclectic mix! By Millie Thomas

The Red eARTh Festival culminated it’s first week on Friday night with a captivating performance by The Fiddle Chicks. The strings duet travelled from Adelaide to perform to a 40 strong crowd at the Dunes Café. Opening act Viv Lewis set the mood by performing self written crooning country songs until Fiddle Chicks band members Emma Luker and Dee Trewartha took to the stage at 8.30pm. The combination of fiddles, vocals and stomp boxes reverberated attractively with the Dunes Café’s acoustics and pleased the quiet crowd. The Fiddle Chicks took time out from their sound check to explain the meaning behind the band to The Monitor. “The history of The Fiddle Chicks is interesting,” said Dee. “Long ago we used to have blackboard nights in the Adelaide Hills and everyone would do a performance. “We were all playing in different bands and we thought, lets do an all fiddles thing, we’ll put it on the blackboard.” The quirky ‘Fiddle Chicks’ became so for want of a better name and it all went from there. “We didn’t know what to call it, so we called it Fiddle Chicks ‘cause it was quite funny!” said Dee. “The reaction that we had to that was just astounding. People were just in raptures about it – they said, it’s amazing; you have to do it again! “They also loved the name and it just stuck! It didn’t come out of anything really serious, but it’s just stuck around now!” The girls play a combination of Celt-

ic, Blues, Country, Bulgarian, Jazz and Gypsy and Contemporary and Folk. “I think people like the whole concept of it, it’s a really different idea and the music sounds really different and people seem to respond well to it,” said Dee. “We’re an eclectic mix of stuff!” added Emma. “We’re playing more and more originals. So Dee writes most of our songs and I write most of the tunes, so it’s quite an original mix of things,” she said. “I think we’re also quite visually dynamic too and people think oh it’s a bunch of fiddles and how interesting can that be, but they’re often quite surprised,” said Dee. Dee, the lead singer and song writer for the group grew up in country New South Wales and confesses to bringing the country feel to the show. “I did half grow up in the country so I’ve got a real liking for horses, and the man from snowy river etc. “That’s something about moving to South Australia, the desert climate is so incredible and when you get out there and experience it, it really affects you, especially after growing up with all those mountains and snow. “I think definitely with my song writing, South Australia features in my ideas in my head quite a lot.” Emma joined the group about five years ago after helping to fill in at a number of gigs. She has seen the group progress to the professional act Roxby Downs saw on Friday night. “It’s just happened that way that we’ve become professional because we enjoy it and keep getting booked for things!”

The Fiddle Chicks band members Emma Luker and Dee Trewartha at the Dunes Cafe on Friday night.

Andamooka’s award winning teachers A

By Millie Thomas

ndamooka Primary School really is one of a kind. With only two classes, one reception to year five and the other years six and seven, it takes a special teaching team to master multi aged schooling. As it turns out, Andamooka has such a team. Both Principal Angela Turner and Literacy Leader and R – 5 teacher Luke Alder have won prestigious awards in the inaugural The Advertiser-State Government South Australian Public Teaching Awards. The awards features seven categories, which include Inspirational School / Preschool leader of the year, Inspirational Secondary School Leader of the Year, Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year, Inspirational Preschool teacher of the year, Inspirational Early Career Teacher of the Year and Innovative Engagement with Business and the Community. Ms Turner and Mr Alder have won the Inspirational School and Pre-School Leader of the Year and Inspirational Early Career Teacher of the Year awards respectively for the Far North and Aboriginal Lands region.

Not only that, but Andamooka Primary School’s only other teacher, Bryce Ingham was also nominated for Inspirational Early Career Teacher of the Year. The teachers were nominated by local parents and staff, and were humbled by this act. There are 12 Department of Education and Children’s Services regions across South Australia, and all regional award winners for each of the seven categories will congregate in Adelaide on October 5 to learn the state winner for each category. “It’s important for the whole school because it recognises a lot of the hard work that they’ve been doing over the last few years,” said Ms Turner. The teachers had to accept the nomination and write a submission to DECS detailing why they should win the award. “It was hard to write about yourself, of course you have to write about everybody else and what they’ve been doing in the school and so it’s great to have recognition of that.” “I was a bit shocked actually,” said Mr Alder. “I got told from a friend from primary school that I haven’t spoken to in years. He sent me a

message saying my name was in the paper!” “It was a surprise,” added Ms Turner. “It’s great for the school; especially that it’s both of us. “In lots of ways, you get an award as an individual but it’s also about everything that’s happening in the school and that mainly is about parents, and having parents involved right across the board and having learners here from birth to 90. “That’s the thing that I think is innovative, it’s what every school strives for, but we’re really lucky that we can engage people right across the age spectrum in learning.” She went on to say that not only was it professional contributions that merited this award, but also community contributions. “Luke does community things like, he’s in the CFS and he took part in those searches recently (for missing man Jason Richards),” said Ms Turner. “He’s done after school activities for the kids as well, so it’s to do with what you do outside of school as well and how you’re involved in the community as well.” Mr Alder is a second year graduate and Ms Turner says both he and Mr Ingham have taken

on extra responsibility. “A first year grad, they have a lot of things to do, but because we’re a small school, Luke and Bryce have had to take on leadership too,” she said. Ms Turner is referring to Mr Alder’s appointment as Literacy Leader, but also both teacher’s involvement in a current Australian curriculum research project. The project looks at methods of teaching multi-aged groups. “It’s just good to be involved in the research,” said Mr Alder. “It helps us get our heads around it a bit more as well.” Mr Alder went on to say that he has the school and his Principal, Ms Turner, to thank for his achievement. “Probably for me, being a part of this school has been a huge reason to why I’ve got to that stage,” he said. “The support from Ange as well has been exceptional, just being in this setting and having the support around this school has made it a lot easier.” Should Mr Alder or Ms Turner be successful in winning the State Award, they will receive $20,000 for their professional development in educating young Australians. HAPPY TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Luke Alder and Angela Turner pictured with some of their students at the Andamooka Primary School.

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New director for Childcare Centre By Vanessa Switala


he Roxby Downs Childcare Centre is thrilled with their new director, Melissa Christian.

Melissa has been living in Roxby Downs for the past four years but has previously lived in Queensland and was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills. Melissa completed her diploma in childcare through TAFE and is delighted to be the new director after having worked at the centre for a few years. “I see the new role as a natural progression of my career,” she said. Melissa has always wanted to work with children, “it has been a career desire from way back,” she explained.

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“I love teaching children. They are very entertaining and make you smile everyday. It is a very rewarding job.” Melissa is unsure of where the future will take her but is very optimistic. “I will see where life takes me,” she said. Although the role as director has been a challenge for Melissa she is enjoying the position and thanks the community for their help and support. “I enjoy Roxby Downs as a town, it is a great place to live. I love the community aspect of Roxby and I have a great team of people that I work with. I am very happy living and working here.”

ABOVE: Caleb Kemenyrary, Kiara Coetzee, Brianna Votino, Jhy McCarthey, Kirsty Viljoen and Takunda Takaidza wore their jeans on Friday to help support Gene Research By Vanessa Switala


n Friday, August 5, 2011, local businesses showed their support for National Jeans for Genes Day.

ABOVE: Roxby Downs Childcare Centre’s new director Melissa Christian (centre).

Patient Choices – A Legal Perspective


ome of us would not want to be revived after a heart attack, especially when facing an incurable disease like cancer. Some of us would not want life prolonging treatment after suffering a severe brain injury or a progressive disease such as dementia. Sometimes people are presented to the hospital with no awareness of their environment, and in cases where it is not expected for such people to regain their consciousness, what happens to them and their families? If one was able to regain consciousness, will that person be able to speak, move, eat and attend to the most basic personal tasks?

Such terrible circumstances may be unavoidable but being prepared for the unexpected could reduce the suffering for all. You could look at obtaining a Medical Power of Attorney pursuant to the Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995. This instrument gives rise to the appointment of a close friend as a Medical Agent. It is important to give your medical agent in writing your special conditions for them to follow when the need arises. An Enduring Power of Guardianship has legal effect under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993. This instrument gives rise to an appointment of an Enduring Guardian who can potentially make a wider range of decisions than a Medical Agent.

There are also Anticipatory Directions which can be completed in hospital by the patient pursuant to Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995. Having an Anticipatory Direction will relieve those closest to the patient from the burden of making difficult decisions. Lastly, there are Good Palliative Care Plans for patients in a terminal state of a terminal illness. This plan is written by a doctor in consultation with the patient, family or legally appointed agents. Everyone has a choice, but what really matters is making a choice before incapacity occurs. Gavin Coombs, Coombs & Associates Barristers & Solicitors ©Tel: (08)8641 3889, email: gavin@

Roxby Leisure and the Roxby Downs Council were a few work places to wear their favourite jeans for the day and donate funds to the Children’s Medical Research Institute. Kelly Seward organised the fundraising for Roxby Leisure this year and thinks it is a fantastic fundraiser. She said, “It’s a great cause to get behind for children’s research.” Students at St. Barabara’s Parish School also wore jeans for the day with

a gold coin donation. Teacher, Naomi Bowley, organised the event and said the students were all informed about the importance of raising money for research into genetic illnesses and how it could affect them or their family. Almost $200 was raised by the St. Barbara’s Parish School to help the cause. Funds support vital genetic research to advance and prevent treatment of disease, reducing the number of children born with genetic illnesses. Each year on the first Friday of August, over two million Australians participate in Jeans for Genes day to support the CMRI.

Premier Rann to step down By Vanessa Switala


here has been a lot of speculation over Mike Rann stepping down as South Australian Premier. Last month Mr Rann agreed to step aside as Premier for the Education Minister, Jay Weatherill. State Member for Giles, Lyn Breuer, believes Mr Weatherill is an ideal replacement for Mike Rann, “I’m personally very pleased that he will be our next Premier.”

Mr Rann wanted to wait until the go-ahead for the Olympic Dam expansion was complete before he stepped-down. Mrs Breuer said, “However until the changeover occurred, Mr Rann will continue all negotiations about the Olympic Dam project.” “We still have a current premier, and until that changes, I’m very happy for Premier Rann to look after those negotiations,” she said. Ms Breuer told The Monitor that Jay Weatherill has

had previous discussions with BHP Billiton as education minister for the need for education in the area and also in his former role as Environment Minister regarding mine and associated issues. “I have every confidence that Premier Weatherill will handle negotiations in a way that will come out with the best results for the South Australian community, the Spencer Gulf region and of course for the Roxby community,” she said.

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Safety focus for July: Correct load restraint • Everyday driving manoeuvres result in forces being applied to the load on the back of the truck or Ute. Without sufficient load restraint to counteract these forces, loads can fall from vehicles or shift causing loss of steering control. • Without appropriate storage objects within cabins can become airborne during heavy breaking or in accidents. • A load that is restrained so it doesn’t shift is required to withstand forces of at least: 80% of its weight in the forward direction; 50% of its weight sideways and rearwards, and an additional 20% of its weight vertical. • In a collision from 60km/hr a 1 kg spanner has the same impact as if it was dropped from over 14 meters. • Objects can fall from vehicles on to other vehicles or pedestrians. • Drivers swerve to avoid falling or fallen items from vehicles. • Spillage on roads from lost loads causes vehicles to skid and lose control. • Unrestrained loads crash into vehicle cabins during emergency braking. • Vehicles overturn because of loads shifting while cornering. • In sudden stops, collisions or roll over’s objects within cabins can become airborne and strike occupants. • The vehicle should have adequate fitting to prevent the load moving.

• The vehicle operator should ensure that all anchor points used to tie downs items are adequate. • Ensure the vehicle has enough space and is designed to take the size and weight of the load, without exceeding the vehicle manufacturers design specifications or legal dimension limits for the vehicle. • All loose objects should be stored in the boot of the vehicle or appropriately stored in the tray of the Ute. • The load should be placed in or on the vehicle in such a way that it does not adversely affect the vehicles stability, steering and/or braking performance. • The load should not project form the front, sides or rear of the vehicle in a way that could endanger people or damage property. • Always check that you have sufficient lashings and that; they are in good and serviceable condition by inspecting them before use. • All items not blocked against the front or sides of the vehicles or contained within the sides of the vehicle must be lashed in place. Alternatively small loose items could be restrained using a net or tarpaulin. • If small items such as tools are carried on a regular basis, fitting a divider or compartment to the vehicle should be considered.

A word from CFIT... Transporting loads of unwanted goods to the dump, moving house, or even taking the shopping home in the tray of the Ute is a common act in everyday life. The proper restraints to secure loads could mean the difference between quiche for Sunday lunch and scrambled eggs seasoned with asphalt on Tutop street. Load restraint was the safety focus for July. What you may not know is there is often a greater chance of losing a load when braking at low speed than at high speed as it is easier for the brakes to grab at low speed. Another interesting point is that a heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load, so regardless if you’re transporting a bed or pot plants each are as likely as the other to fall off. To put it into perspective; a seatbelt acts as a load restraint for persons inside the car, and they are applicable to the smallest person or child to the largest. This is a safety requirement for all cars worldwide and restraining various goods should be no different.

Spills of hazardous substances such as oil or petrol can have a dire effect both on the environment and other road users at the time. It changes their driving environment suddenly and can result in sudden accident or worse. Cleaning up of spills also falls straight back onto the wider community, at the cost of you. Consider the implications of carrying an unrestrained load before your next trip. If the above points aren’t convincing enough, perhaps a consequential inclusive fine may be.

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2. The weight of the load alone cannot provide enough friction to restrain it during normal driving. Restraints must be used. 3. A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load. The same forces of gravity are acting on both loads. ( An empty box is effected by the wind much more than a box full of bolts.) 5. Most load restraint accidents occur at low speed and often only after a short distance. 6. When a load settles, the lashings loosen and cause a reduction in tension. Always check the tension in lashings soon after driving off and regularly during the journey, no matter how close the destination is.

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01. Fashions on the Field winner Katica Cockshell, runner up Kimberley Teare and third runner up Meg Elliot. 02. Chloe Jones, Kate Carroll, Leah Broughton and Marta Sokolowski 03. Tony Mangan, Kate Petersen, Spike Rogers and Gail Heritage. 04. The Monitor Team Vanessa Switala, Jody Gow Smith and Millie Thomas socialising with Melissa Ward and Danika Sapwell. 05. Jake Roberts, Wes Knights, Wayde Ball, Toddy Roberts and Gav Poppi. 06. Scott and Mark Barber and Brett Harris. 07. Darren Peters, Danika Sapwell, Matt Baldwin, Brett Whales, Adam Canova, Ben Peters.

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Crows attracted to overfull bins

WATER ACCOUNTS June 2011 Quarterly Water Accounts have been issued and are due for payment by the 15th of August 2011.


ach year Roxby Downs is invaded by crows. These pesky birds are attracted to rubbish and particularly to overflowing bins awaiting kerbside collection.

ELECTRICITY ACCOUNTS June 2011 Quarterly Electricity Accounts have been issued and are due for payment by 5th August 2011

This has been an ongoing issue for years and the Council wants to remind the community that bins without the lids properly closed are an ideal target for crows. They pick at the rubbish which falls and makes a mess on our streets. This is made even worse on windy days. Residents are reminded that they should pack their bins with care and have no protruding rubbish. It is recommended that when filling your bins that you place items that can easily fly away at the bottom and the more heavier items on the top. “We particularly want to alert new residents to this issue as they may have not come across this problem before” Municipal Works Manager Peter Keller said. In Roxby the Council provides a kerbside collection service,

MOTOR REGISTRATION TRANSFER FROM STATE TO STATE When transferring a vehicle registra on from another State there are a few things you will need to bring with you. Staff will need to establish if you were the owner of the vehicle in the previous state. Proof of ownership in the form of a renewal or current registra on papers will be required. Proof of iden ty will be needed. A South Australian licence will suffice. An interstate licence and proof of residen al address in South Australia or full proof of iden ty will be required. If you are transferring registra on and you were not the registered owner in the previous state a Police Vehicle Inspec on will be required and the paper work presented upon transfer. Your new label and plates will be posted to you, upon receiving these, apply to vehicle and surrender the interstate plates to the Police Sta on. For further informa on regarding these transac ons please call Service SA on 131 084.

PROMOTION OF EVENTS Council promotes the dates of local community events on a video screen in the Council recep on area. This is a great way to promote your community event given the large number of customers that visit the Council each day. If you would like your event added to the list please contact Michelle Hales on 8671 0010.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE LIBRARY A no ceboard has been installed on the outside wall of the library. This no ceboard will be used to promote events and ac vi es taking place in the library including school holiday ac vi es, toddler story me sessions and special events like Book Week, Na onal Story Time and Library and Informa on Week.

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through its Waste Contractor BSH Waste Solutions. One bin per household is collected. If residents have the need for two bins they can contact BSH Waste Solutions to make arrangements for the second bin to be collected at a cost. Waste can be minimised by taking bottles and cans with 10c refund to BSH Waste and plastic and cardboard can be taken to the BSH Waste depot in Gosse street. Alternatively, rubbish can also be received at the Council’s landfill site on Opal Road 1pm to 6pm 7 days a week free of charge for all non commercial waste. The important point is that everyone should be responsible for their rubbish and make sure their bin lid is closed. “ The crows are very clever and inquisitive. We have seen them take empty cans and roll them down the street. They will tear open protruding garbage bags without hesitation. The only way to stop them is to keep your bin lids closed”, Mr. Keller said.

Granted Citizenship


By Vanessa Switala

ccording to happy ne w Au stralian citi zens the Narayansamy family say Australia is the most peaceful and kindest country in the world. On Monday, August 1, 2011 Karuppusamy Narayanasamy, “Samy”, and his family were granted Australian citizenship. Samy moved to Roxby Downs in 2006 when he was employed by Monadelphous Engineering and Associates. His wife Uma Magesh and two daughters, Kamali and Kaviya joined Samy in Roxby in 2007. Samy moved to Australia so he could be together with his wife and daughters as he was previously based in Singapore for 10 years working for a shipbuilding company. The family, originally from Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India, is thrilled to have been granted citizenship. Samy said that he and his family enjoy their time in Roxby because of its quietness. Samy added that in Australia his family has freedom and is safe. RIGHT: Karuppusamy with his wife Uma and their two daughters Kamali and Kaviya proudly display their Australian Citizenship certificates after the ceremony at Roxby Downs Council Chambers recently.



Opening hours 8.30 to 5 pm weekdays 9.30 am to 12 noon Saturdays Telephone 8671 0660 • Fax 8671 1418 Email:

Opal Road Landfill Opening hours 1 pm to 6 pm every day Disposal of household rubbish is FREE Levies apply for businesses

Library membership is FREE wide range of resources are available including books, DVDs, magazines and internet facilities

Recycling can be taken either to the Opal Landfill or BSH Waste Solutions on Gosse Street All enquiries: 8671 1154

Opening hours Wednesdays and Thursdays only 9 am to 4.30 pm Council provides Transport Services including: • Vehicle Registration • Boat Registrations • Licensing Transactions • Learner written theory tests (test to begin before 4 pm) All enquiries 131 084


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Unfinished Business presents:

THIRTEEN FOR DINNER or, “The Gospel According to Agatha” A Comedy in One Act by Richard Gallagher (with apologies to Agatha Christie) Roxby Downs Auditorium 8.00pm Friday 12th August 8.00pm Saturday 13th August Tickets $20 (concession $10) Available from x Visitor Information Centre x Red eARTh Headquarters

ABOVE: Sheila Culf and the cast of ‘13 for Dinner’. Below: Sheila Culf and play writer Richard Gallagher.

Sheila Culf and the Red eARTh festival are proud to present ‘13 for Dinner’ showing this Friday night at the auditorium. The witty UK written play, which mimics Agatha Christie’s thriller style and presents a comic underline, is sure to entertain. The play, which was written by UK born Richard Gallagher and originally produced by now Roxby local Sheila Culf, first screened in Manchester, UK, and was a resounding hit. “Richard and I were a theatre company in Manchester years ago and then when I came here and settled we went our separate ways, except we still love each other! “In Manchester, it was exceptional, it really was exceptional,” said Sheila. “Everybody thought it was just a brilliant play, of course it was well done and I love it, which is why I’m doing it now, and because it’s free!” Sheila did say the play, which is shrouded in secrecy, has been tailored to a more Australian / Roxby taste. “I’ve actually cut out quite a large section that I didn’t think would work in Roxby. “It’s a small cast and they’re people who I wanted to work with. People come to Roxby and I’ve had some really good people to work with. Some of them work out to be really good, however, they quite often leave,” she said. The cast has only three actors – Rebecca Gardner, Zak Zeptner and Chris Jones. Rebecca, who plays ‘Agatha’ has a long history of working with Sheila. “Bec, I’ve had Bec, not quite since the beginning, but right from when she came to town she started doing stuff for me. Rebecca Gardner has been in everything I have done since she came, and she’s been brilliant. “Chris and Zak are relatively new, but they’ve all done a really good job and I’m really pleased with the way Zak’s character is developing.” Zak featured in one of Sheila’s earlier productions, named ‘Bang!’ to which she said he was brilliant. Without giving away too much of ‘Thirteen for Dinner’s plot, Sheila explained that it is a show projected from character Agatha’s perspective. She also said it is for an older audience. “It is for an adult audience. It isn’t rude at all and there’s no sex unfortunately! “It is a comic thriller, hopefully! I think it’s really funny, and the cast think it’s very clever and very funny. It is very witty.” One last hint for Friday night’s audience… ‘one is not who you think he is’.


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Roxby junior footballers better than the rest By Millie Thomas

World Netball Championships

other factors has been evident in these young players. “We are (impressed),” he said. “We’re finding some of the younger boys to be really, really talented. Matthew Hayball has impressed Andrew Collins, the lead coach (of WAFC).” Mr Marks went on to say that while this program is run every school holidays, it was at the most recent that Roxby had its highest attendance. He also said that Mark ‘Youngy’ Young and Matthew ‘Taita’ Daddow, coordinators of RDJFA have had a positive effect on young footballers in Roxby. “We’re starting to see the rewards and efforts of people like Youngy and Taita who are putting in such a massive amount of time and effort into the junior football and we’re starting to reap some of those rewards,” said Mr Marks. “Brindy (Jaydn Brind), Hayball, Bailey Evans all look the part.” In particular, Mr Marks made mention to one footballer… “Everyone’s talking about Brindy down here at the moment,” he said. “An under 14 that’s built the size that he is and can find the ball like he does – he’s just got to keep away from the junk food! “We’re an elite program so we want them to think about what they can do to get better. Some of these boys have some really good opportunities to improve their football by being part of our program.”


oxby Downs Junior footballers have continued to impress, following a footballing trip to Adelaide during the school holidays. U17 and U15 representatives from the West Adelaide zoned metropolitan and country clubs, which includes Roxby Downs, played in the SANFL intrastate championships. West Adelaide Bloods zoned clubs include 26 country and 10 metropolitan teams. Despite our geographical disadvantage, Roxby was strongly represented in both teams, with Stuie Orr, Shaun Smith, Bowde Kelly, Dylan Male and Ed Sach in the 22 strong country and metro U17 side, and Ethan Zeptner in the U15 48 – strong country side. Although West Adelaide was marginally unsuccessful in the competition, the opportunity to showcase Roxby’s upcoming talent was still present. Andrew Marks, Development Manager for West Adelaide Football Club said that it was in the U14 Elite Development Program that Roxby really shone. “We had a whole heap of lads come down from Roxby for our Elite Development Program,” said Mr Marks. “They were guys like Bailey Evans, Jock Mason, Adam Ryan, Matthew Hayball, Jadyn Brind and Jack Daly.” Mr Marks indicated that the development of the junior football in Roxby Downs, amongst

Lorraine McEvoy and past residents of Roxby Downs Lena and Kiri Allen outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The 2011 Netball World Championships were held in Singapore between the 2nd – 10th July. Sixteen teams competed over 5 days to work out the top four teams – Barbados,

England, New Zealand and Australia. The Grand Final was between New Zealand and Australia on Sunday 10th July. Over 7,000 people cheered on in a deafening atmosphere to witness a draw at full time. With an extra 14 minutes to decide on the outright winner the largest margin

separating the two teams was 2. Within the last 100th of a second Australia scored a goal to clinch victory and the Gold Medal. Australia 58 - New Zealand 57. England secured the Bronze medal over Barbados. The next World Championships will be held in Sydney 2015.

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Skills gained at nationals By Millie Thomas


arcy Kenny and Ethan Zeptner have come back from the 2011 U/16 National Championships with wider eyes and strengthened skills. Despite coming 12th out of the 14 team competition, the boys have been exposed to ‘a whole other ball game’ in terms of speed and agility. “All of the games we played were close contest,” said Darcy. “We were winning all of the games at one stage, but we might have had a few lapses, which let us down for the whole carnival.” Darcy said that their team, SA Country held a strong position in the top four, but after a couple of let downs they started to slide. “Tasmania, they were a very strong side and we were one of the only two teams that beat them, so that put us up at a good spot and then we just kept going downhill from there.” “The game play is a lot quicker and more structured,” added Ethan. “Whereas what we play down in Roxby is not structured as nationals is. It’s very, very competitive as well. “Down here you’ve got lots of time to shoot the ball and everything, whereas there you’ve got .5 of a second to shoot the ball.” Darcy indicated that the difference between Nationals and local competition was acutely obvious. “We just recently had SAPSASA for school and the difference is unbelievable,” he said. “When we went over there they were really, really quick, and down here at SAP-

Dancell ridden by Melanie Tyndall is headed by Miss Halliday ridden by Wayne Kerford in the AEM Conslidated/ Rema Tip Top Handicap over 1600 metres on Saturday.

Far North Football League ROUND 15 August 6, 2011 JUNIOR COLTS Bulldogs 11 . 6 . 72 def Hawks 3 . 4 . 22 Bulldogs best players: J. McCarthy, L. Johnson, C. McGowan, J. Male, L. Holder. Hawks best players: L. Rudiger, S. Kerrish, B. Daddow, D. Gillespie, B. Caden. Bulldogs goal scorers: L. Johnson 4, J. McCarthy, S. Brougham 2 each , E. Viljoen, L. Elliott, S. Brougham 1 each. Hawks goal scorers: M. Ryan, S. Kerrish, D. Yianni 1 each.

SENIOR COLTS Suns 14. 12 . 96 def Giants 7 . 7 . 49 Suns best players: L. Rawlings, S. Smith, J. Brind, S. Bacon, M. Hayball. Giants best players: B. Evans, D. Kenny, B. Gates, J. Sellar M. Alves Suns goal scorers: J. Brind 6, M. Hayball, S. Smith, L. Rawlings, L. Weston 2 each. Giants goal scorers: D. Kenny 4, K. Gates, B. Evans 1 each. Bulldogs 12 . 6 . 78 def Hawks 5 . 7 . 37 Bulldogs best players: R. Moroney, E. Zeptner, S. King, M. Hanson, J. Rigden. Hawks best players: S. Orr, D. Lloyd, S. Caputo, J. Young, A. Ryan. Bulldogs goal scorers: M. Hanson 3, J. Christall, E. Zeptner 2 each, D. Evans, J. Mason, J. Rigden, S. King, J. McCarthy 1 each. Hawks goal scorers: D. Lloyd 2, S. Orr, A. Ryan, B. French 1 each.


ABOVE: U16 National Basketball Championships team members from Roxby Darcy Kenny and Ethan Zeptner.

SASA, you can just drive straight past them it’s just so much easier.” Both boys, while admitting they felt they could have done better in the

competition, said the lessons they have learned have been invaluable. “It would have been good to get in a minimum of top eight but none of


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us had the best carnival that we should have had,” said Ethan. “It’s just helped everything all round I just feel as if I’m quicker and eve-

rything has just improved so much,” added Darcy. Always gracious, the boys were thankful to their parents and Wes Knights, their coach.

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ore than 2,000 people flocked to the Roxby racecourse on Saturday, August 6 for the running of the 17th Roxby Downs OneSteel Outback Cup in near perfect conditions. The President of the Roxby Race Club, Harry Noll said, “Overall it was a very successful day, even though there was a slight problem with the PA system.” Attendance this year is set to top records compared to last year when just under 2,000 people attended the event. There were 70 nominations but fields in each of the six races were restricted due to the number of jockeys willing to travel to Roxby to ride. As a result 47 horses ran because there were only eight jockeys available to ride. Mr Noll said this is a major issue the club needs to address.

“Many jockeys were staying in Adelaide for one run instead of coming to Roxby Downs for six,” he said. The club is thinking about offering jockeys more money to come to Roxby Downs for the races. “The trainers are backing us very well. The last thing we need is for the trainers to go away because we don’t have any jockeys,” Mr Noll said. Ladies went to great lengths to look the part for Fashions on the Field this year and equally many of the men dressed in attire that is seen at many big race days in the city and at the Melbourne Cup. Finalists were picked from several heats over the afternoon. This year Katica Cockshell claimed the title of best dressed with Kimberley Teare and Meg Elliot receiving the runner up positions. Number one ticket hollder for the Race Day, former Melboune Cup winning jockey John Letts had a great day and was a very popular man as he

Happy owner and trainer Nicole Bruggeman (centre) with joint owners Betty Clark and Geoff Mitchell after the presentation of the Outback Cup.

mingled with the big crowd. Winning Trainer Nicole Bruggemann was ecstatic with the win of Young Tearaway in the OneSteel Outback Roxby Downs Cup, but was really wishing she had kept her

mouth closed pre-race. It was reported the Strathalbyn trainer declared she would ride naked through the streets of the mining town on the back of the seven yearold gelding if he could triumph in the

$12,000 feature. During joyous celebrations, Bruggemann was quickly reminded of her promise to become the “Lady Godiva of the North.” “Me and my big mouth,” she told well-wishers. Jockey Glen David gave the son of Fraar a perfect ride and the pair prevailed by a comfortable margin over the 1800m journey.

Results: Race 1: 1st Bandit Country, 2nd Liquid Nails, 3rd Sheeza Peril. Race 2: 1st Simmona, 2nd Party Rayja, 3rd Double Cover. Race 3: 1st Birdseid, 2nd Grey Dignity, 3rd Angel Blood. Race 4: 1st Staralan, 2nd Moxie Miss, 3rd Devon Edge. Race 5: 1st Young Tearaway, 2nd Das Beagle, 3rd College King. Race 6: 1st Eight Red, 2nd Miss Halliday, 3rd Turf Cutter. They’re off and racing in the cup with Young Tearaway and Sir James settling into stride as they approach the post for the first time in the 1800 metre feature race of the day.

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The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Screens: Friday 12th July @ 7.30pm, Saturday 13th July @ 7.30pm, Tuesday 16th July @ 3.30pm.

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