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Miners seek return of their land

Opal miners in Andamooka want to open negotiations with BHP Billiton over the return of 10 square kilometres of their precious gem field. In 1977 the state government granted Western Mining Company access and control over the land which represented half of the 20 square kilometres defined as the precious gem field. The company put down drill test holes as part of a major exploration project. The last of eleven holes drilled, on the southern fringe of the gem field was the one that led to the discovery of the Olympic Dam ore body containing, copper, gold and uranium. However the 10 square kilometres was never restored to the Andamooka opal miners. President of the Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association, Mike Freeman, said the miners feel it is worth trying to get all or some of the land back. “It’s like a dog who has lost a bone, you’ve got to try and get it back. “We’re very good neighbours of BHP Billiton, and like any good mining company they’ll want to protect their turf, but you never know, they may give something back in

recognition that our land had been taken in such a fashion,” Mr. Freeman said. The opal miners claim they don’t want to give the company grief, but instead want to sit down for constructive dialogue. “We recognise the massive effort the company faces in its mining activities, including providing for its community with services and the like, but a little bit of constructive criticism is a healthy thing. “So we’ll sit down with them to see how this can be achieved, and how we can move it forward,” Mr. Freeman said. Spokesman for BHP Billiton, Richard Yeales, said the company hasn’t been approached yet by the opal miners. “There’s not much we can say about it until they make the formal approach. “But yes, we’d be prepared to sit down and talk to them about it and give them a good hearing, “ Mr. Yeales said. Mr. Freeman said this all happened over 20 years ago and his miners are realistic that they may never get their land back. “Look, we have to try because our known reserves of opal are falling

and we need to open up new fields so there’s a little bit of hope if we lobby the company.” The vigour of the opal mining industry is experiencing a downturn, but the Andamooka miners hope to turn that around by trying to find new fields. APOMA has applied for a state government grant of $50,000 to help it put down test drill holes in a professionally planned exploration project. Mr. Freeman said the miners don’t want a hand out, they’re prepared to put up 30% of the cost. “This program will be specifically targeted. That is, there won’t be any frivolous holes put down on a whim because someone thinks a hole should be drilled in a creek bed. “By the miners putting in their own money, more exploration holes can Above: Santa makes his way on to Richardson Place during the pageant. be put down, and they’ll be going down in areas that we all feel may hold that elusive show of colour,” Mr. Freeman said. He expects talks to open with BHP Roxby Central Traders thank the people of Roxby Downs for enthusiastically Billiton in the new year over the 10 taking up its call to keep the Christmas pageant dry this year. Well done. The parade wound its way around Richardson Place without incident. square kilometres of land.

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Opal Alliance seeks help on Bio-diesel

The South Australian Opal Industry The Alliance has written to local Alliance will lobby the federal government federal member, Barry Wakelin, asking to introduce a rebate him what initiafor bio-diesel to get tives the Australian Government is industry to take up the alternative fuel. undertaking to Currently, primary support the estabproducers, the fishing lishment of a vibrant industry, opal miners bio-diesel industry and others get a in the country. diesel fuel rebate of “The use of 30 centres a litre. bio-diesel is a huge safety factor when Economic adviser to the operating underNorthern Regional ground. There are Development Board, no toxic fumes, like Alex Barker, said you get with regular diesel, so miners under the taxation legislation there’s no don’t have to worry incentive for industry about dying in their to change over to use diggings from being bio-diesel or other overcome by fumes,” the Alliance spokesalter native f uel s Above: Bobcats are person said. because there’s no converting to bio-diesel rebate. “At the moment The OIA is made we use bobcats’ up of representatives from the South underground which means you need Australian Opal Miners Association, and big expensive air ventilation equipment similar regional bodies at Coober Pedy, to remove diesel fumes from your work Andamooka and Mintabie. area. The Alliance claims that in recent times “However with bio-diesel we don’t have the opal industry has been suffering from that problem, so we can work deeper and a downturn in mining due to a number of longer in underground drives than we can reasons including rising fuel costs. at present,” he said. An Alliance spokesperson said the intro“Basically, all you’re doing is burning duction of bio-diesel has the potential to refined vegetable oil, which you can get significantly reduce the operational costs from fish shops and it costs only a few of opal mining and contribute towards a cents a litre to produce with all of these revitalisation of mining activity. wonderful economic and safety benefits. “In addition to this, bio-diesel will have “It burns the same as normal diesel, a constructive environmental and safety has the same punch or horsepower and impact on the industry,” the spokesman torque, but isn’t something that the federal said. government has embraced,” he said.

A hair of the dog I would like to publicly ask the individual, who chooses to brush to copious hair from their Husky/Malamute in the middle of the park on Curdimurka Street, to show some town spirit and not brush the dog in a public venue or at least have the decency to collect the hair afterwards. This park is maintained well by council for the use of all, with the majority being school age and below. The hair everywhere is quite disgusting, not to mention the effect on small children with allergies. If this is too much of a hardship perhaps some photos in next week’s edition may prompt a more responsible approach. Come on clean up your act. Regards Craig Clark.

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Rudd must get ‘fair dinkum’

Above: Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, BHP Billiton Base Metals, Dr Roger Higgins and CEO SA Great, Judy Potter and Young Australian of the year, Dr Matt Hutchinson at the recent Regional Award Ceremony.

Students get an inspiring hand

The ‘big’ Australian has flexed its financial muscle to put a helping hand out to primary and secondary schools in regional South Australia by becoming the principal partner in SA Great’s successful ‘Speaker in Schools’ program. BHP Billiton has committed $50,000 towards the program so it can be taken to regional schools including Roxby Downs. The program aims to influence and inspire upper primary and secondary school children in the state, by providing them with inspirational, motivational speakers under the age of 40 who talk about their careers and opportunities. The program, in the past 12 months in metropolitan Adelaide, has visited 240 schools and reached more than 23,000 students. The Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with BHP Billiton base Metals, Dr. Roger Higgins said the mining and resources sector offers many exciting career opportunities for young people in South Australia. “As part of the partnership, the company will have its own staff taking part as speakers, thereby ensuring accurate, inspiring information is provided to students about these opportunities. “We expect to be here for a very long time and we are keen to make a valued contribution to the life and culture of the state,” he said. “The Speakers in Schools program is an excellent initiative which we believe offers South Australian school children the inspiration to pursue a range of careers in their home state.

“We have one foot in the international market, because that’s where we sell our product, and another foot in the regional market because that’s where our work-force lives. “We are especially pleased that the program will now be extended to include regional areas, such as the Upper Spencer Gulf and Far North,” Dr. Higgins concluded. SA Great currently has well over 155 volunteer speakers registered with the program, all under the age of 40, from a diverse range of careers and backgrounds who are available to visit schools to share their personal and professional success stories. Schools can request speakers to present to their classrooms, assemblies, career expos and even graduation ceremonies on topics ranging from the trades, career development, starting a business, media, engineering, defence and IT communications. As part of the ‘regionalisation’ of the program, SA Great is now recruiting speakers from within the region. If you are able to volunteer your time for presentations, on average 2 a year, and are passionate about your career and are interested in speaking at schools then SA Great wants to hear from you. As well, schools in regional South Australia who want to take part in the program can contact SA Great on 82118111 or visit the website www.

Dangerous toys clamp down

The swoop is on to remove dangerous toys from the retail market in the build up to Christmas. The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs has found eight toys that fail safety and labelling standards as part of its routine pre-Christmas monitoring program. Minister for Consumer Affairs, Jennifer Rankine says it is always disappointing to hear of products on the market that fail safety requirements, and this is particularly concerning when they are toys. “Traders have a responsibility to ensure that the products they sell are safe and meet mandatory requirements,” Ms Rankine said. “Finding even one non-compliant toy shows just how valuable the monitoring program is, particularly in the lead up to Christmas. “I am pleased that the stores involved have responded promptly in recalling or withdrawing potentially dangerous items from sale. “The monitoring program will continue testing a wide range of products, focusing on toys, throughout the pre-Christmas period however, we are reminding shoppers to be mindful when purchasing presents for children,” she said. Items may appear harmless but it is important to inspect goods carefully, check labels and ensure the gift is suitable for the age group of the child. Two items are being recalled from the Tony THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

the Train Engine series of toys. They are a church building and a packet of wooden shrubs and trees which have small parts that pose an ingestion/inhalation hazard. These toys are being recalled nationally. Two mobile telephone toys and a telephone intercom set that could damage children’s ears due to the excessive noise have been voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the trader. A foam (EVA) puzzle toy that does not meet mandatory labelling requirements has also been re-called. A bag of magnetic numbers that carry no recommended age gradings, but are aimed at children under 3 years of age has also been re-called because they contain small parts that pose an ingestion / inhalation hazard. The magnets also detach easily, posing a further hazard. A very dangerous expanding novelty crocodile toy, which was supplied with a children’s magazine nationally has also been banned from sale. Expanding novelty toys are banned in South Australia because they expand in water and can swell in a child’s throat and stomach if swallowed, proving a choking hazard. If consumers have purchased any of these items they should stop using them and return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.

Above: Federal Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin The Federal member for Grey, Barry Wakelin, hopes the new leader of the federal opposition, Kevin Rudd, will offer a ‘fair dinkum’ competition during next year’s federal election. Speaking whilst in Roxby Downs to launch the Building Healthy Communities program, Mr. Wakelin said John Howard will offer formidable competition for Mr. Rudd because he thrives on campaigns. “I felt for Kim Beazley because he was a good man, but overcoming the factions within the Labor party machine is a huge challenge. “I like Kevin Rudd, and I wish him well,” Mr. Wakelin said. Turning to Uranium mining and the push for

nuclear energy in Australia, Mr. Wakelin, said the labor party’s 3 mines policy is absurd. “What they’re saying is, this is good uranium and this is bad uranium. “Lets face it, there are only two options available to provide the base load in electricity generation and they are coal or nuclear. “Already 16% of the world’s power is generated through the nuclear industry and with the importance of global warming and greenhouse gas we need to make the options competitively neutral. “Nuclear power in Australia has to come,” Mr. Wakelin concluded.

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On December 10, a 15-year-old Roxby Downs youth was assaulted in the early hours of the morning off of Richardson Place and was admitted to hospital for observations. Investigations in relation to this matter are continuing. A 44-year-old Olympic Dam man was assaulted at Olympic Dam during the early evening of December 9, and as a result a 40-year-old Tasmanian man was arrested and charged with this offence. A 21-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported for driving whilst exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and whilst disqualified from driving on December 8. He received a 12 month extension to his disqualification period. On December 4, 2006 a 24-year-old Roxby Downs man was assaulted and minor damage caused to his vehicle in an incident out the front of a Burgoyne Street premises during the afternoon. Investigations into this matter continue. A vehicle was stolen from a Phibbs Court residence during the evening of December 4, 2006. The vehicle was later recovered on the Andamooka Road with damage to the front end of the vehicle and some parts removed. Police reported a 15-year-old youth for possess liquor in a public place on December 2, 2006 after he was located with alcohol on Axehead Road. Police attended a Hermit Street address on December 2, where a report of assault and property damage was made to police. Police received a report of a burnout at a business premises on Tutop Street also on December 2. As a result a 30-year-old Roxby Downs man was issued a fine for undue noise from a motor vehicle. Police arrested a 25-year-old Roxby Downs man for Breach of Bail on December 2, 2006. A 17-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported on December 2 for assault and property damage. A 31-year-old woman was reported for PCA after she was stopped on Richardson Place for a random breath test on December 1, 2006. With holidays and Christmas fast approaching, it is that time of year for celebrating with work colleagues, friends and family. Police hope you enjoy your celebrations but would like to take this opportunity to urge you to drink responsibly and to also take care while travelling. Safer Celebrations Packs are available at the Roxby Downs Police Station and provide information to assist you in planning a safe party.

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The unacceptable behaviour of bullying

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Use mulch on your garden to retain moisture in the soil and control weeds that compete with plants for water. Some of the best mulching materials are wood-chips, chipped tree waste, gravel and stone. Accept a less-than-lush lawn during periods of drought. Grass will readily regenerate when water becomes available. Minimise grass areas in the yard. Replace them with water-efficient landscaping. Avoid watering when it is windy. Wind causes water to evaporate quickly and blows it to areas where it is not needed such as driveways. A real big saver for both the environment and your wallet if you own a swimming pool. Cover the swimming pool to keep water clean and reduce evaporation. A pool cover can reduce evaporation losses by up to 90 per cent. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses and fittings and repair or replace any leaky equipment. Install automatic timers or micro irrigation. Precious water is wasted when people over-water their gardens to compensate for the high temperatures and lack of rainfall. There is an extra demand for water to fill swimming pools, wash cars and boats and for use in other outdoor activities. If you do it smart, the environment wins and you win, with more cash in your pocket.

AUSTRALA DAY AWARDS 2007 Nominations are now invited for the 2007 Australia Day Awards These Awards are provided by the National Australia Day Council through the Australia Day Council of South Australia Inc. and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia. ! ! !

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Roxby Downs is a unique and wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Council believes his to be a direct result from ordinary people within our community accomplishing and achieving extraordinary things. Now is your opportunity to identify those people within our community who, over the past twelve months have made an outstanding contribution, and/or have given outstanding service to the Roxby and Olympic Dam communities over a number of years. Community events are those that galvanise the entire community and showcase Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam as the positive place that we all cherish may also be recognised. Nominations forms are available from the Council Office Richardson Place Roxby Downs or by Fax on 8671 0452 or email roxby@ Nominations Close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 2nd January 2007 and will be received and considered in strictest confidence. Bill Boehm Administrator Page 4 – Thursday, December 14, 2006

I really like living and working in Roxby. I know the day will come when it will be time Tom Beever to leave like it is for everyone Family and Youth Officer but for me, there is much to Family Matters celebrate and enjoy about life here. Having said that, I know there are people and families who aren’t able to share my view. There are obviously many reasons why people haven’t been able to enjoy their time or work here and one of those reasons is because of the unacceptable social problem of bullying. When we hear the word bullying, we more often than not associate it with school, or at least the playground of the school which is understandable because most of us would have witnessed aspects of bullying in our time at school. Sadly, some would have been the victim of bullying, or were the bully. The difference between the schools of today compared to schools of the past is that there are some impressive anti-bullying programs available for schools to work from which is wonderful because recent studies have shown that one in six Australian students are affected by bullying. The most common form of bullying at school ranges from teasing, harassment and name calling that can often lead to more serious forms of aggressive behaviour. All schools would have anti-bullying procedures but having them is one thing, implementing them is another. Another aspect of bullying at school that hardly gets a mention is the bullying that can come from teacher to student. There are teachers that bully and I encourage parents to be mindful of their child’s mood swings or unusual behavioural traits because it could be because of difficulties in the playground or classroom. The other place young people can experience bullying or mistreatment is in their after school work. Of course there are two sides to every story but I have been appalled by some of the things young people (or their parents) have told me in relation to the treatment they have experienced or are experiencing at work. The most common place where adult bullying takes place is in the work force. Bullying in the work force can be defined as …‘repeated unreasonable and inappropriate actions and practices that are directed to one or more workers which are unwanted by the victim, which may be done deliberately or unconsciously and cause humiliation, offence, and distress’ (Based on Stale Einarson and Paul McCarthy) According to Tim Field there are many types of bullying behaviours such as social bantering to teasing, verbal abuse, blame and humiliation, personal and professional denigration, overt threats, harassment, manipulation of job specifications, unrealistic workload, aggressive emails, notes or expectations, professional and personal exclusion or isolation and constant abruptness or rudeness. Companies, businesses or schools that fail to address or are known to condone such behaviour could face litigation or leave themselves open to lose untold amount of lost time and production because of it. British research shows that one third to a half of stress related illness is due to work-place bullying. According to a report tabled in the British parliament, it is estimated that 40 million working days are lost each year because of bullying at work which is more that 160 times the number of days lost through strikes. In addition, 25% of those who face bullying will leave their job, 20% of witnesses will leave and 35% of those who leave do so quietly without any feedback. UK studies also show that 34% of new supervisors exhibited bullying behaviours and 50% of victims changed jobs because of bullying. In one particular area of the Australian work force 66.7 per cent of bullying that took place was by the manager or supervisor whereas 45.2 per cent came from fellow workers. Bullying that takes place at home could be described as domestic violence which is an offence and should never be tolerated. Bullying may be part of your daily life or there may be times when you or someone you know is confronted with it or witnesses it. I therefore offer a few things to think about: • The best course of action is prevention. Develop your own conflict management skills and ask your company/employer/manager/teacher for a copy of the anti-bullying policy so that you are aware of them or can help to uphold them. If there are no anti-bullying procedures do what you can to see that there are. • Some effective conflict management skills to think about are listening, self-confidence, respect and collaborative problem solving. We learn so much about life and work but rarely get an opportunity to develop ourselves and how to cooperate with others. • The best way to deal with bullying is to expose it. Putting up with bullying or other forms of intimidation could lead to work, home, health or personal well-being problems. • And finally being assertive or learning to be assertive is an invaluable tool against bullying. The assertive person looks and acts strong, confident and fair which could lead someone to feel confident enough to confide in you about what is happening to them, or it can lead a bully to listen to you or avoid you. Society condemns bullying which means we all have a responsibility to make sure we aren’t part of it, condone it or turn our back to it. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper


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The ‘friendly city’ is calling you

New group for Aboriginal interests

Thinking outside the square, providing the residents with and rolling up their sleeves, alternative choices, a place for the two men who guide the them to relax, or live, especity of Port Pirie, are men who cially with the fly in – fly out get things done. arrangements,” Mayor Brock The mayor of the regional said. council, Geoff Brock and his “In that regard, we’re pushChief Executive Officer, Ian ing to have the Port Pirie Burfitt, were in Roxby Downs aerodrome upgraded and are recently to talk up their city. talking with commercial airline “We aimed our promooperators to set up services in tion at the grass roots level. the city. We mixed with the local “Both the federal and state community, talked to them, government’s need to support listened to them and invited us, because we’re aiming to them down to see our city,” become a manufacturing hub Mayor Brock said. for Olympic Dam, Prominent “We have great facilities, Hill and other major miners in the far north,” he said. restaurants, waterfront and people. Mr. Burfitt said Port Pirie “We do have a big problem was ideally placed for people in Port Pirie though, and that’s travelling from Roxby Downs we have an over abundance to Adelaide. of giant blue swimmer crabs, “We are a great stop-over. whiting and snapper for the Stay a night, experience our fisherman. wonderful lifestyle, and you “Our fresh produce from can resume your two hour trip to Adelaide the next day.” our nearby market gardenWith the expansion of ers, tomatoes, lettuce and peas just to name a few are so Olympic Dam in its planning crisp they snap when you bite stages, both men agreed that them,” he eagerly continued. Port Pirie has the potential The council is spending to become a breeding ground more than $6 million dollars for skilled workers as the city on the highway approach to opens up its new Australian the city and redevelopment of Technical College early next its historic waterfront. year. CEO, Ian Burfitt said the “The mining industry will be council’s aim is to make Pirie a the main game. We’ll be able lifestyle choice for the people to train skilled workers in all fields to meet the demand of of Roxby Downs. “It’s a safe place for families the mining companies,” Mayor to visit, has great shopping, Brock said. restaurants and facilities for “So when you’re heading families. down this way and want a “Our real estate prices are Above: The Port Pirie Council display in Richardson Place recently fresh feed of blue swimmers, about $150,000 cheaper for or a crisp salad at one of our the mining boom in the far north fine restaurants, call in and see a four bedroom home than ing, I can’t believe it,” he said. what we’ve seen in Roxby Downs. Both men agreed that what that has gripped the state. us, we’re as friendly as you can get,” “We want to play our part in he said with a smile. “The prices here are just amaz- brought them to Roxby Downs was

Aboriginal groups throughout the far north of the state are being asked how they can be best represented when negotiating with the state government. A recent community workshop in Coober Pedy provided Aboriginal people living in areas from Roxby Downs to Oodnadatta with a platform to tell the government how they want to be represented. The meeting, is part of a four-month state-wide consultation on the role of a South Australian Advisory Council for Aboriginal people. The new Council will replace the interim Advisory Council that was set up by the State Government as a temporary body to provide recommendations on a permanent structure. Chairman of the Coober Pedy meeting, Harry Miller, said although he was disappointed with the numbers that turned up, he understood their reasoning with Christmas coming up and the administrative problems they face in their own communities. “However, there was a lot of support and positives to come from it, especially towards the implementation of the new group. “But we need to know how this new organisation will interface with the federal government’s agenda on aboriginal affairs and just how it will all work,” he said. Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Jay Weatherill, urged local people to take up the opportunity to get their views across on critical issues including justice, health, education, training and development at other workshops yet to be held. “The workshops will spark discussion and debate – conversations we need to hear so we can genuinely capture the thoughts and aspirations of Aboriginal communities,” Mr Weatherill said. “Leaders need to have the respect and support of the people they represent. These consultations give the community the chance to recommend how the Council should be structured and the best way of deciding who the members should be.” The community workshops are led by members of the Interim Advisory Council which will provide recommendations to the State Government by April 2007. In addition to the public meetings, information packs have been sent to Aboriginal organisations and communities to provide opportunities for written feedback. Mr. Miller said because of the vast area in the far north the group will have to visit isolated communities on their lands to bring them up to date.

Notice of Road Closure Section 33 Road Traffic Act 1961 NOTICE Is hereby given that the Administrator of the Roxby Downs Council on Thursday 7 December 2006 made the following orders; That the Administrator of the Council exercises the power vested in the Administrator under the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 and Section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 and Clause F of the Instrument of General Approval of the Minister 28 November 1999. Pursuant to Section 33(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 declare that the event described below is to take place on the road described below and is an event to which Section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 applies; and Pursuant to Section 33(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, make an order directing that the road on which the event is to be held and any adjacent or adjoining roads specified below can be closed to all traffic except police and emergency vehicles and vehicles involved in the event, for the period commencing 7:30pm Sunday 31st of December 2006 unil 1.00am Monday 1st January 2007. ROAD: Richardson Place Roxby Downs EVENT: RoxFM New Years Eve Street Party ADJACENT / ADJOINING ROADS: Burgoyne Street, Arcoona Street, Norman Place, Tavern Road Pursuant to Section 33 (1) (b) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 make an order directing that persons taking part in the event be exempted in relation to the road from duty, to observe the Australian Road Rules specified below subject to any conditions described below and attached to the exemption. Australian Road rules Exemption and Conditions Rule 230: Crossing the road Rule 234: Crossing the road on or near a crossing for Pedestrians Rule 238: Pedestrians travelling along the road.

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Congratulations to all winners of awards in 2006 Class Awards

(7-12) A good role model to others (7-12) An Effort Award for students who have Special Award for students who has made An Achievement Award for the student who demonstrated an outstanding, conscientious has demonstrated outstanding achievement and consistent effort in most subjects. A a excellent contribution in a particular area and ability in a number of curriculum Areas. cooperative, willing and positive attitude. (7-10) Achievement



Year 12 Mrs Kate Bennie

Jamie-Lee Oldfield

Joshua Logan (Bishop)

Year 11 Mrs Sarah Tello

Zak Zeptner

Sophie Wissell

Year 10 Mr Art Schultz/Ann O’Sullivan

Nicole Franks

Damien James

Bodie Goldfinch

Year 10 Ms Kerry Knipe/ Mr Ben Summerton

Kelvin D’Amore

Casey Potts

Tally Skipworth

Year 9 Mr Hassan Bhatti/Miss Kristen Bence Year 9 Ms Cassie Dorsett

Ashlee Yates James Russell

Kristen Worby Jody Luscombe

Jared Bishop James Beenham

Year 9 Ms Vicki Bourlioufas

Simon Gray

Timothy West

Tristan Warneke

Year 8 Mr Daniel Seidel / Mrs Kate Seidel Year 8 Mrs Sharon Fuss/ Mr Col McColl

Dhanshree Rajegaonkar Jack Hombsch

Neel Goodwin Madeleine Robinson

Lachlan Munro Joshua Towler

Year 7 Tanya Pethick

Felicia Wright

Harley Reimann

Chelsea James

Year 7 Nardene Edmonds

Sian Sauerwald

Shaylee Hollobone

Ryan Adamson

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Elizabeth Gray

Shauna Franks

Jade Bishop

Above: Multiple award winner Joshua Logan

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Cheryl Boothey Left: Three of the School Service Award winners, Cheryl Boothey, Yvonne Pattenden and Kerry Worby.

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Above: Year 8 Award winners, Joshua Towler, Lachlan Munro, Neel Goodwin, Madeline Robinson, Jack Hombsch and Dhanshree Rajegaonkar.

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Roxby student scoops Massive highway blitz planned awards in Adelaide

Above: Winner of the Westminster Head of Senior School Art Award and the Geoff Rohde Bursary for Creative Arts, Laura Kruger.

“Awards are fine, they’re fleeting and represent just a moment in time. What is more important in life is what you give to your community, whether by leadership or working within it.” You would be forgiven if you thought these comments came from a sage or philosopher. But they were made by bright eyed 17 year old Roxby Downs student, Laura Kruger when asked about the two awards she received at the presentation ceremony at Westminster School in Adelaide. Laura was presented with the ‘Head of Senior School Art Award’ and then the prestigious ‘Geoff Rohde Bursary For Creative Arts’ which is awarded to the year 11 student at the school with the most potential. It was Laura’s first year at the school, and she said she was amazed at winning the award, because she thought she didn’t have much potential among such a creative group of students. “It’s such a good school and attracts talented students. I knew my art was decent, but you never think your own work is of such quality that others think more of it than you,” Laura said reflectively. “I don’t have a favourite section in creative arts which takes in painting, etching and photography. I like them all. “When you live and breathe a project over a six month time frame, you tend to get sick and tired of it. You don’t see the good side of what you do. But it takes other people to recognise it and appreciate it,” she said. Her modesty about her achievements is refreshing in one so young, especially with Year 12 next year. “I’ve been on a quick learning curve this past year, and you get conflicting stories about Year 12. But one thing is for sure. It comes on with such a rush because it only seems like yesterday that I thought I’ve still another 5 years to go before Year 12. But here it is,” Laura said.

Innamincka Pub gets a boost

far north east has been lent a helping hand by the federal government. The hotel will get $100,000 under the Australian Tourism Development Program to remodel the reception The Innamincka Hotel in the state’s area and upgrade dining facilities.

South Australia is on pace to record its lowest road toll in history this year. Officer in charge with Roxby Downs Police, Sergeant Richard Hobbs, puts it down to the 30 per cent reduction in fatalities on rural roads. “Our Rural Highway Saturation Plan that we put in place at the start of the year has had a significant impact. “With Christmas holidays well upon us, Police will specifically target the major highways including the Stuart Highway to ensure motorists stay safe. “We’ll be out in force to ensure they don’t become a statistic,” he said. He reminded drivers about the main five causes of road fatalities that Police call ‘The Fatal Five.’ They are drink driving, speed, inattentive driving, seatbelts and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. On December 7 the state’s road toll was 107 compared to 147 for the same time last year. Sergeant Hobbs did issue a severe warning to motorists in Roxby Downs. “Motorists in town are charged more often for speeding per head of population than most other centres. “It’s just way out of proportion, and we’ll be clamping down on that during the coming holiday season. So be warned,” he said. The state’s Road Safety Minister,

The Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Association will get $250,000 under the program for its Mountains of Memory project which will develop co-ordinated branding, communications and interpretive

frameworks linking the Flinders Ranges. Tourism is a $75 billion industry, employing more than half a million Australians with about 48 cents in every tourism dollar being spent in

Carmel Zollo, appealed to motorists to ensure they help keep the state’s road toll down, especially in these last few weeks of the year. Research into the fatalities last year has shown males accounted for 73 per cent of all fatalities with 63 per cent of all those fatalities occurring in rural South Australia. The incidence of motorcyclist fatalities was 18 per cent higher than the five year average, with December recording the equal third highest number of monthly fatalities. One striking point in the statistics is that between midday and 6pm on Wednesday was the most prevalent time for fatal crashes. Spokesperson for the town’s State Emergency Service unit, Lol Wilton, said her volunteers will be on standby throughout the Christmas holiday period, and has warned motorists to be careful. “Fatigue is the big killer up here, because of the vast distances people drive. “They just need to remember to take a break every hour or so. Just stop the car, get out and walk around a little, and keep hydrated,” she said. “As most people in Roxby head south for the holiday season, including some of our volunteers, we will be running a skeleton crew around the clock.”

regional areas. Roxby Downs and other nearby centres will notice the co-ordinated branding of the region as it is marketed next year.


PROFESSIONAL AND FINANCIAL ADVICE GRANTS Grants of up to $5,500 are available to farm businesses that have been EC-declared for more than three years. The grants may be used in obtaining professional business and financial advice to help you manage the impact of the drought on your business.


Drought assistance is now open to all farmers in Exceptional Circumstance-declared areas – and for the first time is also available to rural small businesses.

FARMER EC SUPPORT EXTENDED All producers in EC-declared areas may now be eligible for support irrespective of what they produce. Drought assistance for farming families has been extended until 2008. Call the Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.



We’re bringing assistance to your community with our Drought Assistance bus visiting rural Australia. Staff on board can help you apply for drought assistance on the spot.

CWA EMERGENCY AID FUND Grants of up to $2,000 are available for drought-affected families to help meet immediate household costs. Community grants of up to $3,000 are also available. For more information contact your state or local CWA branch at

Please don’t self-assess. Call the Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.

Small businesses which receive 70 per cent of their income from farm businesses in EC-declared areas and have fewer than 20 full time employees may now be eligible for income support and interest rate subsidies.

MORE RURAL FINANCIAL AND FAMILY COUNSELLING There are now more Rural Financial Counsellors available in areas of greatest need. To find a service near you, call 1800 026 222 or visit finanicalcounselling. There’s also extra funding for the Family and Relationships Services Program for more face-to-face counselling. Call the Drought Assistance hotline on 13 23 16.

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Access to the EC interest rate subsidy has been simplified and the assistance has increased to up to $500,000 over five years. Apply through your rural financial counsellor or state rural assistance authority. Visit

The deposit cap for the Farm Management Deposits Scheme will be increased to $400,000. You will be able to earn up to $65,000 from non-primary production income. To find out more, call the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66.


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Community Matters - What difference has it made? The first of the Forums and Partnerships were formed in September 2005 and since that time the Community Board, six forums and three partnerships have been formed. In any given month between 60 and 80 people are involved in the developing and actioning of activities and projects. The Community Matters page has brought you news every week informing the community of the various activities and achievements of each group. Even so it is often difficult to appreciate the progress made. “Community development is like a giant iceberg, you only see 10 per

Arts and Culture Forum (commenced November 2005) * Undertook further strategic planning to prioritise actions * Established working parties to focus on events including an annual arts festival and the 20th birthday celebration of Roxby Downs township Established a Space working party to focus * on the availability of community space for arts and community related activities * Established a Regional Branding working party to investigate creating an identifiable brand to promote local artists and tourism in the region * Initiated and established a Youth Performing Arts Group

Education and Workplace Training Forum (commenced September 2005) * Considerable time spent identifying issues and opportunities with a decision made to focus on an Outback Career and Employment Expo * 6 months development, planning and successful operation of the inaugural Outback Career and Employment Expo held in October 2006. (To become a regular event) * Attraction of sponsors and inkind support for the Career Expo to the value of $14,000

cent of it, the rest of it is underwater” said Michelle Hales Executive Officer of the Community Board. ”For every action and outcome that the community sees there are hundreds of hours of development, planning and doing by a myriad of people.” said Ms Hales During most of this first year all groups has been working through governance issues. Despite this a great deal of work on community projects has been achieved. The following is a snapshot of what has been undertaken and achieved during the past 15 months.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership (commenced February 2006) * Considerable time taken in the development of a diverse network of members and identification of issues and opportunities * Currently working on a marketing plan to be distributed to State Government agencies to seek funding and resources for promotion and services * Semi regular attendance at meetings by representatives from Drug and Alcohol Services (SA) and Community Mental Health Nurse Supp or te d Family * and Youth Forum in implementation of smoke and alcohol free zone at pageant

Community B o a r d ( c o m - * Hosted two successful ‘Community menced Conversations” networking events in June and November November 2005) * Created a permanent community notice board in the Mall for news and notices of The Board, Forum and Partnership events Community * Established an ongoing presence at Board is Market Day with a regular stall responsible * Created a media and membership for the implepolicy mentation, * Board members attended training in evaluation and review of meeting procedures and governance the Roxby Downs Community Plan. * Guest speakers attended Board As a separately incorporated body the meetings Community Board has an important * Board members attend Forum and governance role in the community Partnership management structure outlined in the * Weekly “Community Matters” page in Community Plan. the Monitor During the first 12 months of operation * Regular radio segments on RoxFM considerable time has been dedicated * Provided support to Health Forum Health Forum (comby lobbying BHP Billiton to consider menced October 2005) to policies and procedures and other proposed Roxby Downs to Olympic * We e k l y h e a l t h governance issues and overseeing the columns in The establishment of the Partnerships. Dam pedestrian/cycle way Monitor and promotion of specific health cessful applicants announced issues relevant to Volunteering Roxby Downs Partnership * Promoted the value of volunteering at the Outback Career and Employment * Supported RoxFM in regu(comExpo lar health segments on the radio menced * Applied for a grant under Alliance One’s * Initiated discussions regarding the Roxby August “Community Partnership” Program to Downs to Olympic Dam cycle/pedestrian way 2006) purchase resources (books) focusing * Assisted the Health Services to promote nursing as a * on volunteer management for use by career at the Outback and Employment Expo all local organisations * Investigating establishing an Outback Health Network * Hosted researchers from the Grey for service providers Completed an Nomads national research project * Created an annual calendar of events audit of volunwhich will identify local projects that * Initiated a database of local health services teer organisations Grey Nomads can get involved in as * Members also sit on the Building Healthy Communities to collate data on services and identify volunteers. Project committee providing cross links needs * Guest speaker from Cancer Council who * Initiated working parties to focus on social issues * Applied for a grant under the talked about the work of volunteers in * Guest speaker from Rural Doctor’s Workforce Agency “Community Voices” Program to create the organisation particularly in regional talked about the retention and recruitment of doctors a documentary that promotes the value branches and the need to educate the community on ways to of volunteering and the diversity of * Supporting the establishment of a local minimize use of the after hours medical service. opportunities in Roxby Downs ( sucbranch of the Cancer Council

Family and Youth Forum (commenced October 2005) * Conducted the Family Matters Survey * Guest speaker on the effects of Gambling on families * Successfully lobbied the Olympic Dam EIS team to consider social impacts on families in on the proposed Olympic Dam mine

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(commenced September 2005) * Jobs vacancy board created in the Mall * Presentation by BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Senior Managers on the Mine’s operations and impacts for business Environment Partnership (commenced February 2006)

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MEETING DATES Meetings have finished for the year and will recommence in January 2007.

Environment Partnership Volunteering Partnership Community Board Sport & Recreation Forum Arts & Culture Alcohol & Substance Abuse Partnership Education & Workplace Training (TBC) Health Forum (TBC) Family & Youth (TBC) Business (TBC)

17 January 22 January 29 January 6 February 7 February 15 February February February February March

7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Dates and times of meetings were correct at time of publication. For further information and check venue locations please contact Michelle Hales on 0438871153

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Sport and Recreation Forum (commenced September 2005) * Initiated Sportsperson of the year award in conjunction with Australia Day Awards * Conducted an audit of clubs to identify facilities and services * Guest speaker from Rural Doctors Workforce Agency spoke about the impact on after hours doctor service of sports related injuries Provided support for unincorporated clubs to get incorporated Explored the development of a Walk of Fame (project deferred as time not yet right) Conducted a survey of clubs regarding funding of light towers at oval Rewrote implementation plan to better reflect needs of local clubs

the EIS expansion Established a working party to investigate the potential for a community garden Established a working party to undertake an audit of playgrounds Initiated a family friendly zone (alcohol and smoke free) for the Christmas Pageant Lobbying for more kindergarten places

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* Establishe d a Pet Management Working Party to raise awareness about re sp onsible p e t management and undertake community consultation through market days and surveys Established a Waste Management Working Party to focus on litter, recycling, uncovered loads and cigarette butts Conducted an online poll regarding kerbside recycling Facilitated an ongoing cigarette butt clean up strategy using film canisters Established a Crown Land Working Party which is focusing on Established a Water Management Working Party which will focus on raising community awareness of conserving water. Embarking on Environmental questionnaire for businesses to identify current waste management strategies Lobbying for an extension to landfill opening times Lobbying for the potential implementation of water restrictions Ongoing lobbying regarding the appointment of an Environmental Officer Ongoing articles in the Monitor about Environmental issues Instigated several environmental awareness media campaigns including weed control, water conservation and waste issues.

Ways to have your say Do you have an issue that you want raised at any of the meetings? Do you have suggestions, ideas or feedback that you want passed on for consideration and action? Would you like to come along to a meeting and speak about a topic? Would you like to join a forum or partnership? Page 8 – Thursday, December 14, 2006

Web Log a question, comment, suggestion at community.



community@ Michelle Hales Executive Officer or Community Board communitygarden@ PO Box 124 Roxby Downs SA 5725

Telephone Mobile: 0438 871 153 Michelle Hales

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Above: Students from RDAS enjoying their time in the pool at their recent “Pool Party”.

Left: Georgia Barr and Emma Thomas smilling for the camera.

Above: Brynn Jansen whizzing down the slide.

Right: Tasma French having a ball at the RDAS pool party.

Holiday Activities at the Library The school holidays are upon us again and the Roxby Downs Community Library has a range of wonderful activities to entertain students while they are enjoying their summer break. Each session will include a story and an activity and children aged 4 – 13 are invited to attend. Sessions will run on Tuesdays from 10am – 11am, with the final one for December taking place on the 19th. They will begin again on January 2 and continue until the January 23.

Activities will include making gift tags, cards, Christmas figurines, walking dragons, wizard’s lanterns, castles and a dragon puppet. “We run the holiday activities to try and encourage children to read over the long Christmas break,” Community Library Manager, Marie Trezise said. “And to try and draw them into the library so they can see what a fun place it can be,” she said. To learn more about the Children’s Holiday Activities at the library or to make a booking call 86710660.

Above: Dylan Fryer and Jon Thomas at the recent RDAS pool party.

Below: Alex Gerrity waiting for Santa at the pageant.

Above left: Watching the floats go by, Olivia Fiskem (16 months) at the Roxby Traders pageant on Saturday. Above: Zarah Steer (6 months) excited about watching the pageant.

Above: Thomas Bourne swooshing down headfirst on the slide during the RDAS pool party.

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Below: Aralia Collins (8 months) and brother Ryan (18months) waiting to see Santa

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RBA gives homeowners Christmas cheer Homeowners received some early Christmas cheer this year as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave interest rates unchanged at its December meeting, the Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) said today.

gage repayments will be stable for a while and there won’t be an additional financial burden for homebuyers.” Mr Sanderson said the RBA needed to carefully consider the impact of this year’s interest rate rises when it makes its decisions in 2007. “We are fortunate that the South Australian property market has been resilient in the face of three interest rates rises this year, but it is still important that rates are steady during 2007 to ensure housing stays affordable.”

homeowners would now have a couple of months to adjust to the most recent interest rate rise in November. “Homeowners will now have a little more time to breathe before their mortgages are assessed again, because the RBA’s next meeting to discuss interest rates is not until February,” REISA President Mark Sanderson said that he said. “Household budgets are very stretched in the lead-up to Christmas so it’s reassuring to know that mort-

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Step inside this gorgeous, brick executive home & be truly impressed! It has been designed with all the features your family would ask for. Starting with the main bedroom with bay window, walk in robe & en-suite. Formal lounge located near by and is extremely generous in size. Passage leads to an open plan living area with glass sliding doors that open out onto an expansive paved entertaining area with lush green lawn. This area overlooks the crystal clear swimming pool. All serviced by the modern kitchen with large walk in pantry with storage shelves, gas oven with gas hot plates & the added convenience of a dishwasher. You can enjoy the view of the swimming pool and landscaped gardens from the kitchen bay window whilst you prepare the families dinner. A casual living area opens from the

kitchen and dining area, with numerous glass windows to maximise the surrounding garden views. The home has been tastefully decorated throughout with feature walls. A double carport and large shed that measures approx 20 x 30 really does make this home complete. Along with the added luxury of ceiling fans & the ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system. This home is currently leased to BHP Billiton at $500 per week until start June 2007. By the time settlement occurs you would not have to wait long to move your family into this home. High $400,000’s If you would like to arrange a private inspection or require any further information please contact Ali Webber - Wardle Co Real Estate 0417 816 738.

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Corner allotment 2 bedroom – central location Feature stone & timber House & flat Brick home central location Stone home, large block W.I.W.O. Old stone home & shop 3 bedrooms Furniture can be included Double brick – good views Short walk to beach Absolute water front overlooking jetty Close to beach and jetty Water front Overlooking jetty – 4 bedrooms Large 3 bedroom house on double allot

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$180K $230K $365K $220K $239K $275K $235K $150K Price Neg $199K Low $300K $250K $180K $298K $250K Auction 18th January 2007 Auction 19th January 2007 $ 97,500

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Monitor OUT & ABOUT

Roxby Traders Christmas Pageant 2006

Above: Crowd waiting patiently for Santa to arrive.

Above: Children and parents gathered outside Santa’s cave.

Tuckabox Restaurant Andamooka Open 7 days Lunch from 12pm-3pm Dinner from 6pm - 9pm (reservations required) Catering for all your functions: Wedding, Christmas Parties, Birthdays etc. Phone 8672 7137

Above: Holy moses Batman, it’s Catwoman! Above right top: The Roxby Rocket ready to roll. Above right: Wow, it’s Hi-5. Right: Roxby’s Scouts getting some last minute instructions before they parade their way around Richardson Place.

John, Anna and Staff would like to wish all their patrons a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Closed Christmas Day

Above: The town’s new Guides strutting their stuff

Above: Is he coming mum?

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Smarter than smoking

Above: Rachel Smith, Sue Houlson holding Brodie Clark, Karen Russell, Deb Harber with Nicholas Houlson at the coffee morning for mums Christmas party.

Coffee morning Christmas party

A special Christmas party was held at the Dunes Café recently for the Coffee Morning mums and their hosts from the Roxby Downs Health Service. Around 30 young mothers joined Child and Youth Health Nurse, Deb Harper, Allied Health Assistant, Karen Russell and fellow community health staff members, Sue Houlson, Rachel Smith and Gaye Smith to celebrate a year of coffee and conversation. Ms Russell, who hosts Coffee Morning every Thursday with Ms Harper, said the meetings provide an opportunity for young parents and their children to come together in a neutral, family friendly environment. “The coffee mornings allow for easy access to members of the health service and also provide a support system to new mums who move to Roxby Downs,” Ms Russell said. “They will run right through the Christmas holidays when a lot of other things don’t,” she said.

Nicole Kemp, who attended the Christmas party, said the coffee mornings give her a chance to be somewhere different. “It gives me a bit of a break from being at home,” Ms Kemp said. “And it gives Alex a chance to play with other kids.” Sam Launder also said she enjoyed the coffee mornings. “I come to get Hendrix out and it’s also nice to meet the new mums in town,” she said. Ms Russell said she would like to thank The Monitor, Community Radio and the staff of the Dunes Cafe for their continual support of the coffee mornings and, on behalf of the Roxby Downs Health Services, wish a happy and safe Christmas to all. Ms Harper and Ms Russell host Coffee Morning at the Dunes Café in the Cultural and Leisure Precinct every Thursday from 9:30 to 11am.

A new website launched by the Smarter than Smoking SA Project aims to discourage 12 to 17 year olds taking up the habit. The Smarter than Smoking SA Project, originally known as the Quit SA Schools Project, sent an interactive CD Rom launching the website to every Year 11 Mathematics, English and Australian Studies teacher in the state. Teachers at the Roxby Downs Area School received their packages last month. RDAS Deputy Principal, Helen Bennie said any opportunity to talk to kids about the risks of tobacco is a good thing. “It’s great to have those sort of resources available at school,” Ms Bennie said. “But people need to remember how important it is to reinforce those lessons at home and through the community.” “In the end it’s about the community working together,” she said. Prevention Officer for Quit SA, Sally Hounslow said the website is aimed primarily at young people. “If you haven’t started smoking before you reach the age of 18 it is unlikely that you will, so it is important for us to target that group,” Ms Hounslow said. “Young people think it is easy to give up smoking, in actual fact it is a really hard thing to do.” “But for those who have already started, we have the Youth Friendly Quitline to help them,” she said. According to OxyGen, an Australian website funded and managed by Quit SA, Quit Victoria and Smarter than Smoking, around 350 smokers die of tobacco related diseases in Australia every week. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals including nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar and a range of substances commonly found in pesticides, paint strippers and moth balls. Cigarettes damage the lungs, cause the heart rate to increase, limit the amount of oxygen in the lungs and blood, increase blood pressure, slow circulation, constrict blood vessels and may impair vision and coordination. The Smarter than Smoking SA Project aims to reduce youth smoking by 10 per cent in 10 years. The OxyGen and tobacco education websites contain graphic information on the damage cigarettes can do to the body and provide access to a large range of tobacco education resources for teachers and students. The OxyGen website can be viewed at www. The Youth Friendly Quitline can be contacted on 137 848.

Building Healthy Communities launched

Above: Mums and bubs enjoying the Coffee Morning for Mums Christmas coffee morning at the Dunes Cafe recently.

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Men need wild and natural places

Men’s Business with John Ashfield

There is little doubt that men are attracted to the outdoors – to wild places, much more commonly than women are. And whilst some men venture there for the primal pursuits of hunting, fishing, and adventuring, their attraction to the wild is more complex than is generally realised. Getting out on the boat or “going bush” might also be an important way for men to preserve or repair their mental health. Few men are content with either the comfort of domesticity, or the constant drivenness of modern life. For many, the experience of finding themselves in an over-constructed life is suffocating and stressful. There is always the longing, the “dream of breaking free and escaping to a ‘man’s place’ under open sky, a place where physical strength counts and clocks do not dictate the rhythms of the day”. Only here, in the wild places can “a man can sense the truth of being a man” say philosophers Sam Keen and Wendell Berry. At a time when we appear most “hell-bent” on wrecking natural environments, we probably need them more than ever before. They may be the only antidote to our increasing sense of alienation, and the effects of having to deal with too much information, too many stress inducing stimuli, and the “attention fatigue” both can cause. There is in fact a strong body of research now suggesting that contact with nature leads to increased psychological health. Outdoor and wilderness recreation is well known for providing benefits of stress reduction, and for reinforcing a sense of connectedness, wholeness, and meaningfulness – all essential elements of mental and psychological health. There is of course a deep bond and reciprocal relationship between humans and nature. This has been recognized in therapy with grieving men, who have reported experiencing the horizons of their previously “closed in” and depressive “world” (due to grief ) expanding, in response to spacious environments of bushland, desert or sea. In the solitude of natural environments men can often relinquish anxiety ridden attempts at control, can relax, be more fully themselves, and can trust themselves to the greater whole of which they sense they are a natural and accepted part. Nature is perhaps our most constant and reliable “home and family”. Its amazing integration and coherence can bestow upon us a greater capacity of psychological integration and coherence. As men, we need wild and natural places – not as a way of escape, but as environments in which we can mentally and emotionally heal and recuperate; places where, for a time, we can be more fully ourselves: reflective, feeling, and fierce; places where we can reunite with our best intentions, values and aspirations, and sense again the truth that being a man is good, and that we ourselves are worthwhile. It is the wild and natural places that can help us retrieve the humanness that is so important to us living our lives with genuine integrity. Dr John Ashfield is the Men’s Health Project Officer, with Lower Eyre Health Services. Comments and feedback can be forwarded to: au.

The Building Healthy Communities Project has been issued a challenge by Federal member for Grey, Barry Wakelin, to make it work in order to put pressure on his government to resource it beyond 2008. The Project, officially launched in Roxby Downs, is an effort between communities in Roxby Downs, Pimba, Andamooka and Woomera to promote healthy lifestyles within the region. It encompasses a number of health initiatives including youth, substance abuse, fitness, and strengthening families. Mr. Wakelin told the gathering that 12 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product is spent on health with the majority of the funding going towards acute health services. “My challenge to you today is to give this project your best shot so you can put pressure on the government when it considers the next round of funding in 2008. “Already, you’ve done a Stephen Scott-Hoy B.Optom tremendous job in drawNeed friendly, professional eyecare and ing remote communities quality fashion eyewear with a full together and all presenting different challenges, and back-up service? this project has my full supSee the Eyebus when it visits... port,” he said when officially Roxby Downs - 8671 2001 launching the project. Andamooka - 8672 7007 Left: Building Healthy Woomera - 8673 7473 Communities Monthly visits - Examinations bulk-billed. successfully launched in Serving rural and regional South Australia since 1990. Roxby Downs this week.


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Triple J gets a clean up Public controversy that has been raging on the Roxby Downs chat boards over the poor reception of the ABC’s youth network radio station Triple J has been quelled by the turn of a satellite. During the past month, committed listeners to Triple J in Roxby Downs have complained to the council and amongst each other that the station’s signal was fading in and out during the mornings. The council’s Manager of IT, Ian Boehm, said the council is responsible for the maintenance of the satellite dish used to pick up and transmit Triple J in Roxby Downs. “A volunteer who was passing through town came into council and offered his assistance by re-aligning the satellite dish with specialist equipment supplied by Outback Electronics. “It was nothing more than a dish pointing issue and was rectified within an hour last week,” Mr. Boehm said. Those committed listeners will face a similar dilemma in February next year when telecommunications company, Optus, locates to another satellite for its services. “Optus use the same satellite as Triple J, but in February when they move their services, Triple J will be off the air for a week,” Mr. Boehm said. “It all to do with the angle of the sun hitting the dish, it creates noise, which distorts the signal. “However we hope the dedicated listeners will understand this, because we’re trying to provide them with the best possible service. “I just ask them to keep in touch with council if they notice any other problems with the service,” he said.

Above: A Triple J concert.

Future leaders take the pledge Above: Ryan Paxton broadcasts his show from the RoxFM studio with Zac Zeptner and Sam Sunners.

Student broadcasters

RoxFM in conjunction with the Roxby Downs Area School have been assisting students in working towards a certificate two in Broadcasting and multimedia for SACE Stage 1. RoxFM has provided air time for the students which has generally been on a Monday 4pm to 5pm slot. The students have learned about all facets of broadcasting, producing programs and safety aspects. The programs prepared included a diverse set of music shows featuring styles

ranging from sixties to classic rock and roll. The programs were broadcast on RoxFM over the past months. The students were supervised by Ben Summerton from the RDAS and volunteers from RoxFM and on November 28 were accessed at RoxFM Studio’s by Sarah Tomlinson, from Radio Adelaide. The junior broadcasters were Sophie Wissell, Sandra Chipunz a , Nick Fernandez, Casey Potts, Jess Daw, Bodie Goldfinch, Ryan Paxton, Zak Zeptner and Sam Sunners.

Limited edition signed prints of original pastel works Framed $200 Unframed $75

Local Artist DAVE KOVAC Available now – Contact Dave on 0409 726 252 Page 14 – Thursday, December 14, 2006

arts matters

By Rodney Mitchell I am the Arts Development Officer for the region extending from Pimba to Andamooka. I’m employed under a partnership deal between Country Arts SA and Roxby Downs Council. South Australia is quite unique in the way it places ADOs in regional centres. I’m part of the Western Region in the Country Arts SA scheme of things. My line manager works in Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula. Other members of the Western region work in Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay, Whyalla and Port Augusta. In Queensland they have a system where art officers travel from Brisbane into the regions. It’s the same in Western Australia. In Victoria they place people in key locations. So what do ADOs do? We are often associated with local art galleries or performance venues. We work with local artists and people interested in the arts to ensure that country people get something like the services that people in the city take for granted. We work to bring travelling performing arts shows to town. We work to bring visual arts exhibitions to town. But the most important work we do is with the communities where we live. By placing ADOs in the regions Country Arts SA can actively listen to what country people want for their town. Nothing annoys country people more than having people from the city breeze through their town making judgements about what is needed. That’s not the way to win friends and influence people. The idea is to get a two way communication going between the city and the bush. Australians who live in the regions are important. We are as diverse, as interesting, and as talented as any. As to the charge that this impulse to raise the debate over culture is a left wing plot to seduce country voters away from their natural masters, might I point out that ADOs enjoy bi-partisan support from all political parties in Australia. For many years Country Arts SA was led by Nicky Downer, the wife of the Foreign Minister in John Howard’s government. She is still active in her support for arts in the regions. I want to again thank the small business sponsors who got behind our Circus Workshop on the weekend of the December 2 and 3. Roxby Traders and Roxby Takeaway had faith in us to deliver a program and we came through. We catered for over eighty people over the weekend and most participants took two lessons over the two days. We had everybody from little tackers to adults putting their hands up to be involved. The trainers worked very hard and they went away impressed with the energy and enthusiasm on show. The idea came from the Arts and Culture Forum. They prioritised young people and training, and your ADO was able to source the expertise. Kat, Lek, Roxby Youth Service and Country Arts SA deserve our thanks: well done on a successful partnership. We may not be a real circus yet, but we have taken the first steps towards next year’s circus.

They gathered in their troops. The Geckos. The Goannas. Future leaders, lining up in a horseshoe arrangement to hear each other take the Guides pledge. Roxby Downs girls aged up to 12 years of age have helped revitalise the Guides movement in town after an absence of 10 years. They came together recently for their investiture before District Leader, Julie Steele. The 27 young ladies recited the Guides Oath, received their badges and neck-achieves and applauded each other. Prior to the Guides reforming, girls in town could only join the Scouts, so Ms. Steele decided to give them a choice by forming a Roxby Downs troop. “It’s amazing how planning just goes out the window when you formulate something like this. I thought the Guides would be more welcome by the younger girls, those under 12, but how wrong was I,” she said. “I have 40 girls for the Geckos and Goannas, but early next year I’m forming another troop for girls over the age of 12 because the demand is huge. “I also understand that the girls in this age group will be given a credit of 5 SACE points from the Department of Education for being a Guide, just as boys get such credits for out of school work,” Ms. Steele said. The Guide movement has changed a lot over the past few years in order to keep itself relevant and up to date with modern thinking. “Girls can now join the Guides and stay in the movement right up until they’re 26 years of age. Then of course they can become District Leaders or follow other paths. The Roxby Downs Guides are sponsored by Gary Baker Building and through the matched giving program run by BHP Billiton. “We don’t just do girl things, we expand their horizons with outdoor camps, camp craft, rock climbing and abseiling. “It’s orientated towards decision making and self awareness so that they can become future leaders in the community. The Guides give the girls direction and self confidence, a vigour and enthusiasm to reach their full potential,” Ms. Steele said. Above: Proud parents at the Guides investiture.

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Friday, December 8 Junior Basketball Minis 4:00pm Under 10 girls from 5:00pm Mid-season break from December 8. Season re-commences on Friday February 2. Roxby Downs Bowls Club From 7:30pm Saturday, December 9 Junior Basketball Mid-break from December 9 Season re-commences Friday February 3. Leisure Centre 9:30am – 4:05pm Monday, December 11 Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429 Season break starts Dec. 14 Special school holiday sessions. Monday & Wednesday from December 18 to January 29. Tuesday, December 19 A- Grade Mens Basketball Leisure Centre 7pm – 10pm Wednesday, December 13 Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429 Season break starts Dec 14. Special school holiday sessions. Monday & Wednesday from December 18 to January 29 Thursday, December 14 Tae KwonDo Auditorium From 6:30pm Contact Andrew Murdy 0418 804 398

Woomera March 7 Andamooka March 8 Roxby Downs March 8

Indoor Soccer Leisure Centre Social matches from 6pm All welcome Season starts January 29, 2007 Contact Kenton Maloney 0408 797 158 Swim Club Practice Sessions Holiday Timetable Dec 11 - January 27 Mon, Tues, Thurs 6.00 - 7:30pm Sat 8.30 - 10.00am NO training Saturday December 23 through to Tuesday January 2. The season will recommence on Monday January 29. Dolphins Tues & Thurs 5:30pm - 6:30pm Stingrays, Sharks & Swordfish Mon, Tues, Thurs 6:15pm - 7:45pm Sat 8:00am - 9:30am Basketball A & B Grade Men & Women Resumes early February 2007.

Visiting Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist Speech Pathologist Dietician Podiatrist Child Adolescent Mental Health Services For appointments phone 8648 5800 Hearing Services January 25 - 9.00am - 2.30pm For an appointment call 1800-006303 Every Week Visitor Information Centre Closed December 25 & January 1. Business hours between 26 December and 31 January 10:00am to 2:00pm Leisure & Cultural Centre Movies Closed from Sat Dec 25 - Jan 4. Re-opens January 5. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Sunday (see schedule below) Cultural & Leisure Precinct

Friday, December 15 Lawn Bowls Roxby Downs Bowls Club From 7:30pm

HEALTH Roxby Downs Family Practice will be closed from December 23 to January 4, 2007. Re-opens January 5, 2007. Phone 8671 0730 Roxby Downs Medical Practice will be closed during public holidays only. Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday morning by appointment only. Phone 8671 1900 Grace Surgery will be closed during public holidays only. Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm 7 days a week. Phone 8671 2244 Eyebus Woomera Feburary 7 Andamooka February 8 Roxby Downs February 8

Dunes Cafe closed December 26 to January 1 Roxby Downs Childcare Closed from 5.30pm Friday Dec. 22 Re-opens 6.30am Monday Jan. 8 Phone 8671 0911 for details

Roxby Downs Community Library Holiday Activities Tuesday December 12 10-11am Story & activity, make Christmas figurines All children aged 4-13. Phone 8671 0660 for more information. Tuesday January 2 10-11am Activity: Walking Dragon

EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT December December 31 RoxFM New Years Eve Street Party from 8.00pm Birdsville Hotel New Year’s Eve party

Tuesday January 9 10-11am Activity: Wizard’s Lantern

GENERAL INFORMATION The Post Office will be closed on December 25 & 26, 2007. Closed January 1.

Tuesday January 16 10-11am Activity: Castles

Mt Dare Hotel is open every day, even Christmas day, 8:00am -9:00pm, 7 days.

Tuesday January 23 10-11am Activity: Dragon Puppet Toddlers Story Time Fun for young children and mums Roxby Downs Library Richardson Place 9:30 am – 10:30 am

School Term 2007 January 29 - April 14, 2007

Playgroup St Barbara’s Parish School Returns February Coffee Mornings for Families Meet and chat for all families new comers especially welcome. Dunes Café 9:30am – 11am Every Friday Playgroup Roxby Downs Kindergarten Returns February

Gym Every Sunday Cultural & Leisure Precinct Tour De Desert Cycling CLOSED from Sat December 23 Social Bike riding group from 8am to Monday January 1 Contact Daryl Wake Re-opens Tuesday January 2 0408 188 685 Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 9.00pm -12.00pm/4.00pm-8.00pm Saturday 6 RDAS 8.00am - 12.00pm Vacation Care Program Sunday 7 - CLOSED Monday Dec. 11 - Friday Dec. 22 Monday 8 - Re-open as usual Free choice of indoor and outdoor activities.

Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Precinct Regular Schedule Cultural Precinct Visitors Information centre Dunes café, Art Gallery Open Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm Leisure Centre Gymnasium New Times - See Above Pool Times General Public Mon-Fri – 12-8pm Weekends 10am-8pm Lap Swimming Mon-Fri - 6-9am Mon-Thurs - 7pm-8pm (2 lanes) Weekends 9-10am Swim Club Mon-Thurs - 5:30-8pm (3 lanes only) Swim Lessons VACSWIM January 8-18 Junior Swim Jan 22 - Feb 2 Public Holidays Open 10am-8pm Christmas Day - closed New Years Day - 12pm-8pm

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Sports Calendar Thursday Nippy Gym – Auditorium Back in February Squash 7pm-9pm Indoor Soccer 6-7pm Taekwondo 6.30 – 8.30 12 years and over

Events Art Gallery Program 24 November – January 8 Festival of the Christmas Tree Library committee + community volunteers January 2007 Friable Rock Kym Needle CASA ADO

Monday Nippy Gym – Auditorium Back in February

Shovel Fishing Tom & Sharon Hurley (Andamooka) CASA Touring

Tuesday Squash 7-9pm Indoor Soccer 6-7pm Taekwondo 6.30 – 8.30 12 years and over

Outback Cinema A GOOD YEAR

Rated M. Everything matures..... eventually. A British investment broker inherits a vineyard in Province, from his late uncle. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. Starring: Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Archie Panjabi

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th Monday 18th Tuesday 19th Wednesday 20th

3:00pm 12:00pm 3:00pm 3:00pm 12:00pm & 7:00pm 3:00pm

BORAT: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

the Staff at the Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Precinct would like to wish all their patrons a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year

Rated MA. Kazakhstani TV talking head Borat (Cohen) is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell & Pamela Anderson

Don’t miss the Festival of the Trees exhibition at the Art Gallery

Friday 22nd Saturay 23rd Sunday 24th

3:00pm & 7:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm

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Skilled workforce the aim of new grant South Australia’s mining industry will The funding will be used to increase training It arose from recommendations of the ‘Stevens flexible working hours and customised leave beneďŹ t from funding won from the federal places, upgrade training facilities and infrastruc- Review’ which proposed developing and pro- arrangements,â€? she said. Ms. Patterson said the use of this framework government’s ‘Targeting Skills in the Regions’ ture, develop skilled migration initiatives and moting template-model agreements for small build the capacity of regional businesses to access business. will reinforce the steps taken by the South program. The $281,000 will help build the skilled work-force in engineering work-places in the Upper Spencer Gulf, with a particular focus on the mining industry such as BHPBilliton and Oxiana. The program will train people who are currently not active in the work-force, with an eye to providing mining companies trained employees to help overcome the shortage of skilled workers. State Employment Minister Mr. Paul Caica said the state has developed a strategic approach to work-force development and a vital part of this is collaboration between government, industry and Regional Development Boards. The national program was established earlier this year by the Council of Australian governments to address industry skill needs in regions of strategic importance to the national economy.

skilled workers. “It’s significant that industries in South Australia’s regional areas are being recognised as major contributors to the national economy,� Mr. Caica said. “All of these programs will boost regional development, expand export opportunities for the state and help industry gain skilled people. “The regional communities will have improved access to relevant education and training programs and young people will have greater support to remain living in these regions with a boost to the levels of education and employment opportunities,� he said. In another break-through for industry and small business, SafeWork SA has announced that small business owners keen to draft their own Enterprise Bargaining Agreements can now use an on-line framework to do so.

The Executive Director with SafeWork SA Ms. Australian Industrial Relations Commission to Michele Patterson said the aim of this is to help streamline lodgement, hearings and approval small business operators and their employees processes for enterprise agreements. better utilise enterprise agreements to improve Roxby Downs business operators can download exibility in the work-place without disadvantag- a copy of the framework from SafeWork SA’s ing employees. website ( “The easy to use agreement contains sample proPOSITION AVAILABLE POSITION AVAILABLE visions to For someone looking for a life For a mechanic looking for a life encourage businesses style change, ready to take on style change and ready to take to consider the RED CENTRE. on the RED CENTRE. family A ‘Part Interpretor’ position is A ‘Mechanic’ position is now friendly now available at our exciting available at our exciting practices such as new branch in Alice Springs. new branch in Alice Springs.


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Applications to Wendy Hillman PO Box 305 Roxby Downs SA 5725

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Applications close 5pm 15th January 2007 Visit to learn more

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Maintenance Contracts Manager Jeff Hort Engineering is major provider of both engineered products and services into the mining industry nationally. Providing a complete service to large international clients, Jeff Hort Engineering has gained a reputation for providing the highest level of engineering support and solutions to its clients. With the increased demand for its services, a Maintenance Contracts Manager is required to manage a major contract on one of the largest operations within Australia. This role presents an opportunity to utilise your managerial skills and streamline onsite procedures including job scheduling, planning, estimating and communications with the client. Leading a team consisting of Supervisors, Leading Hands, Planners and Tradesmen, you will showcase your knowledge of mineral processing and maintenance to ensure client demands are met in a timely and efficient manner.

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This is a permanent position offering free accommodation with on-suite, air-conditioned with meals provided. Salary will commensurate with experience and a fully maintained vehicle provided. For further information, please contact:


Russell Teichmann T 02 9249 2299 E

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Christmas Office Closure The Roxby Downs Council Office will be closed from 12.00 pm Friday the 22nd of December reopening again on the 2nd of January 2007. The Council staff wishes everyone and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2005/06 Annual Report Council has adopted its Annual Report for the operations of Council for the 2005/06 financial year. A copy may be obtained by contacting the Council Office. 2007 Australia Day Nominations for the 2007 Roxby Downs Council National Australia Day Awards remain open. Award Categories are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Nominations forms are available from the Council Office and will be received up to 5.00 pm on Tuesday 2 January 2007. All nominations received will be considered in strictest confidence. Fire Prevention Please contact the Roxby Downs Council for any questions relating to the fire danger season, fire bans or permits. Advertising on Council Infrastructure Advertising on Council infrastructure such as light poles can attract expiation notices under the Local Government Act. If you spot any such advertising please notify the Council. Dog Registration Residents are reminded that you must notify the Council within 72 hours if your dog is moved to different premises, the dog dies or is missing or the ownership of the dog is transferred to another person. Failure to notify the Council can result in an expiation notice being issued. Rates Second quarterly instalment notices have been issued. Due date for payment is 18/12/06.

Remaining quarters due dates are 16/03/07 and 18/06/07. Please contact Bronnie Warren at the Council on 86 710 010 for any payment arrangements or enquiries. Fines will apply to all overdue accounts. Electricity Disconnection Pending Notices have been issued by registered mail. Please pay by the due date to avoid disconnection of power supply. Parking The bus zone on Richardson Place is being actively policed, as bus owners and drivers have become increasingly concerned about the large number of people who take it for granted that they can park in this area. Please be aware that there has been an increase in the expiation fee, which has gone up from $47 to $73, and remember that this is a bus zone at all times. Local Website Visit your local updated website. New Forums have now been added. Read what’s new and have your say in the Forums at www.roxbydowns. com Rubbish Collection Residents are reminded that there is a limit of one bin per household for weekly rubbish collection and that it is the residents responsibility to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition with closable lids that prevent flies and birds from accessing rubbish. Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours Tuesdays, 8am to 12 noon, Thursdays 1pm to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm. Out of hours access call 08 8671 1154. Council Office Hours – General Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm. VISIT YOUR LO C AL COMMUNITY WEBSITE AT:


HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION YORKE Peninsula - Over 170 houses to choose from. Ph 08 8832 2623. Book your Christmas getaway now.

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Hot Deals on Fans

LANCE DEGENHARDT on: Mobile: 0428 879 084 Ofce: 8632 3402 Fax: 8632 3885 Email:

Heavy Duty Industrial Fans 80 cms, 2500w only $187.00 inc GST Phone 0428 858 407 Available in Roxby Downs now but limited stocks Ring now while local stock last Great for outdoor areas and parties

POSITIONS VACANT ABLE to start now? computer / mail-order / phone workers, from home. $500$3000pm. PT / FT. Ph: (08) 8343 6182.

will be in Roxby Downs on December 18 & 19 or when required to discuss matters of: Industrial Relations Workers Compensation WorkChoice Legislation

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Pt Pirie & Adelaide Depots

Drop into our Richardson Place ofce during business hours to have their photo taken.

Antique & Household Removals Local, Interstate & Country Storage & Delivery Specialists

Ph: 0427 716 173 Roxby Downs ! Pt Augusta ! Pt Pirie

Church Times

Andamooka Catholic Church Sunday 11am first & third Sunday of every month St Barbara’s Catholic Church Roxby Downs Saturday evening 6pm Sunday morning 9am

Faithworks Church Sunday 10.00am at the Roxby Downs TAFE College.

Roxby Downs Lutheran Church Sunday 10.30am and Sunday School – 9.30am Andamooka Community Church Sunday 2pm

Roxby Downs Christian Community Church Sunday 10am

Or phone the office on 8671 2683

St Michael’s Catholic Church, Woomera Sunday 5pm All denominations welcome


Red Dunes Scrapbooking From the Desert to the Sea we have all your scrapping needs!

Contact Jane on 8688 4252 (Eyre Peninsula) or Vienessa 0417 753 597 (Far North SA)

Do you want to see your business advertised here? Then phone Heather on 8671 2683 and book your spot now!

For all your lending, investment, insurance, nancial planning & everyday banking needs. Visit us in Tutop Street, call 8671 2555 or explore

Ph: 8671 1234 Fax: 8671 2823 Mob: 0407 711 234 "LOCAL, YEAH WE'RE LOCAL"

• Spiders • Mice • Termites

• Flies • Mozzies

• Ants • Cockroaches

(inc. full termite insurance and accreditation) Fully licensed with SA Health Commission – Lic. No. 200453365

Phone Stuart or cherie 8671 3343 or 0427 280 291

Creative Trims & Craft

Phone 8671 0153

24 Curdimurka Street

For all your Quilting needs • Embroidery • Ribbons • Beads • Laces • Haberdashery •PFAFF Machines & accessories Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. 9.30am to 2.30pm Closed Wednesday or phone for an appointment Page 18 – Thursday, December 14, 2006

landscaping & S U P P L I E S Cnr Olympic Way & Callana Road Roxby Downs

Ph 8671 0131 / Fax 8671 0088


WE EXCHANGE, SELL & BUY Paperback Novels, Comics Selected Magazines Mon - Thurs 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 9.00am - 7.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 1.30pm 22-24 Twin Street Adelaide SA 5000


21 Gosse Street, Roxby Downs SA BLD - 173944

Providing a complete service: ! General Repairs ! Carpentry ! Plumbing ! Electrical ! Painting

! Fencing ! Cabinetmaking ! Gastting ! Carpet/Vinyl ! Refrigeration

The Salt Bush Café Richardson Place, Roxby Downs

8671 0600

Breakfast 7.30am – 5.00pm Mon, Tues, Wed & Lunch 8.00am – 5.00pm Sat 8.00am – 2.00pm Sun Breakfast 7.30am – 2.00pm* Thurs, Fri, Sat & Lunch * Light Meals & Beverages still available after 2pm Dinner 6.00pm – 9.00pm Thurs, Fri, Sat

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Roxby swimmers compete at Crystal Brook Nineteen swimmers from the Roxby Downs Swimming Club travelled to the Crystal Brook Open carnival on Sunday 3rd December. The 4.00am departure time did not deter for even the youngest swimmer, five year old Cassandra Hayward. Alexandra Lowe, Julia Weltner and Nicole Scholefield each won a 2nd place medal, and Jacob Haugum and Hannah Wurfel brought home 3rd place medals. Fourteen of the swimmers broke at least one of their previous best times. “The carnival was a great way to kick off the season,” Coach Phillipa Weltner said. “New members had the chance to experience the carnival atmosphere, and we’ve been really impressed with how well our members are swimming this year already.” Ms Weltner said. The club organised a bus for members to attend the carnival, which they hope to repeat early next year for another carnival.

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Roxby Downs Sports Person Of The Year Award Applications are now open for the inaugural Roxby Downs Sports Person of the Year Award The Roxby Downs Sports & Recreation Forum has decided on behalf of the community to formally recognise individual sporting achievements by launching this award. Outstanding sporting achievements occur both on and off the field. Those nominated do not necessarily have to be outstanding athletes. Exceptional “team players” or sporting administrators are equally worthy. Now is your opportunity to publicly recognise those people who have contributed significantly to sport in Roxby Downs. The Award will be announced on Australia Day 2007 Nominations forms are available from the Roxby Downs Sports and Recreation c/o the Council Office Richardson Place Roxby Downs or by Fax on 08 8671 0010 or email Nominations Close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 2 January 2007 and will be received and considered in strictest confidence by the Sport and Recreation Forum Reinhardt Viljoen Chairman Roxby Downs Sport & Recreation Forum THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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