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oomera Area School Principal, Paul Urbasius, has been found safe and well. Mr Urbasius went missing almost three weeks ago, the evening after he celebrated his engagement to Tiffany Shah. Police advise that Mr Urbasius was located in Port Augusta in South Australia last week. They would like to thank everybody for their alertness and assistance, and stated there would be no further enquiries. Colleagues saw Mr Urbasius leave Woomera at approximately 7.50 pm on Sunday, November 27, in his charcoal tray top Landcruiser. Ms Shah told The Sunday Mail during the investigation that at the beginning of the year, Mr Urbasius did not show up for work at Woomera Area School because he felt, “anxious and overwhelmed with the burden of his work role… but he came right back.” Mr Urbasius has worked in South Australian schools for 30 years. He commenced at Woomera Area School at the beginning of this year. His last placement was at Whyalla where he worked as a full time primary school counsellor for six years. The South Australia Police (SAPOL) website states they respond to around 5,000 missing persons reports each year.

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ifty-two completed houses in the Subdivision C area have been handed over from local contractors to BHP Billiton for occupation. The infrastructure in Subdivision C has been ready and waiting for the houses for three years. Families have recently started to move into the completed houses which began to trickle in earlier this year. Of the 52 completed houses, 42 will be retained by BHP Billiton for employee housing, while five will be utilised by the South Australian Government. The first two houses arrived for the new division on June 29 and since then a steady flow of two to three houses per week have arrived. This completes the first phase of housing, with the second phase set to deliver another 107 homes before the end of 2012. Ryan Selkirk, Aimee-Lee Elson and their two young children Tarkyn and Zarli were among the first residents to move into their new house on Senna Terrace in the new division. Mr Selkirk said the couple were previously on the waiting list for BHP Billiton accommodation and jumped at the opportunity to move into the new home. Mr Selkirk said he likes the security of the home, the new shutters and doors. He also enjoys the isolation of the division, as noise from the main street and licensed premises cannot be heard. “I also like that there is a lawn area out the back for the kids to play on,” Mr Selkirk added. He said the house has something for everyone. “There is a good area to entertain and the kids have their own space down the end of the house to chill out and watch movies.” He said the ladies at the town office were

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extremely helpful during the process, answering any questions the family posed. These 52 new houses will relieve some pressure on the demand for housing in the town as it will free-up homes rented by BHP Billiton employees when they move into the new division. The houses have been constructed off site by Country Living Homes (Moonta), Selecta Homes (Parafield Gardens) and System Built Homes (Pooraka), before they were transported to Roxby Downs. Local businesses finished the houses and landscaping onsite so they are ready for occupation. The local businesses involved in finishing the homes which are in a range of configurations of two, three and four bedrooms are; MPS Building and Electrical, Heading Contractors, Outback Landscaping and Supplies, Roxby Pest Control, Cowell Electric, ODT Australis, Coates Hire, Roxby Traders (Mitre 10), Bianco Construction Supplies and Holcim Australia. The homes have a six star energy rating for efficiency and also include gas boosted solar hot water systems. Although the first release of homes have been completed and are available, there still is not enough available housing to alleviate Roxby Downs’ current real estate crisis.

Right: Ryan Selkirk with children Zarli, 1, and Tarkyn, 4, moved into Subdivision C recently with mum and partner, Aimee-Lee Elson. The family is happy to be moving into their new home in time for Christmas.

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He has since written another song which is about working in the mine and living in a mining town. ‘Broncs, boots and V8 Utes’ can be purchased from RoxFM, Nextra Newsagency, Desert Décor, AutoPro and IGA in Andamooka. Mr Johnson would like to thank Julian Tregenza at RoxFM for his help in launching the single, Anthony Stewart from Red Brick Studios and his partner Anne Clampett.

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A Christmas message from Reverend Mary Lewis

t’s pageant night in Richardson Place. the Saviour of the world had just been born. In a People have been setting up chairs and country thousands of miles away a brilliant new star rose in the sky marking the birth of a king, tables and eskies since 3 o’clock.

The band is warming up; the sun is still high in the sky; Vern is revving the Ute. There are kids in costumes, decorated floats, postie bikes, bags of lollies at the ready and Father Christmas bringing up the rear. The police car pulls into the front, clown Sandy gives the signal and we’re off. Twice around – cheering, clapping, calling out, scrambling for lollies, greeting friends. There are still three weeks until Christmas Day, but Roxby Downs is getting Christmas underway with colour, noise and great celebration. Everyone is there and everyone is having fun. This birthday of Jesus – Christmas - calls for such a great celebration. On the night of Jesus’ birth there was an incredible sound and light show too. It terrified those who saw it. In the pitch black of an outback night God sent messengers who filled the sky with God’s light and power and glory and shouted the good news that

the one called the Messiah; the one anointed to be the deliverer of all people from all tribes and nations and languages in the world. Wise men saw the star and followed it until they found the baby King and they fell down and worshipped him, bringing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Gifts given to the greatest gift we have ever received. God loves the world so much that he sent his Son Jesus, the Saviour of the world, born as a human baby. We are called to shout and sing and celebrate this incredible gift; we are called to hurry to find and meet this chosen and anointed King; we are called to bow down and worship him, giving him our lives in honour and thanks for this, the greatest gift we can ever receive. Celebrate, shout and sing; the Saviour of the world is born.

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Mixed opinions in FIFO/DIDO Prior to that the committee made its first mining site visit to Olympic Dam and inspected the towns of Roxby Downs and Andamooka. The Roxby Downs Municipal Council, Adamooka Progress and Miners Association and Regional Development Australia Far North made submissions, each with different views. Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regional Australia, Federal Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor said essentially they were looking at the benefits of FIFO or DIDO as compared to benefits of living and working locally. “We have no predetermined outcomes and will look at a variety of issues and who wins and who loses in these scenarios.” Mr. Windsor said the committee was very impressed with Roxby Downs as a modern, viabrant community and compared it in many ways with Broome. “I haven’t seen one (a town) like it before.” With another six or seven site visits in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Windsor said, “It will be interesting where things take us. We are impressed by what BHP Billiton is doing here and training locals to fill skilled positions and that is a benefit to local communities.” Roxby Council submitted a six page submission coupled with a 14 page extract of Roxby Council’s submission to the Olympic

Dan Tehan, Peter Allen, Rob Mitchell, Michael McCormack, Tony Windsor, Bill Boehm, Kirsten Livermore Claire Wiseman (RDA), Craig Thompson, Andre Kuys (RDA) and Michelle Hales.

“Facilities and services that may not be economically viable at our current size may be so with a closer town based facilities. “Opportunities for FIFO workers to directly experience what Roxby has to offer, contribute economically to the town’s prosperity in an enhanced way have unfortunately been missed.” As Andamooka falls into unincorporated areas of South Australia, it has until recently been unable to charge rates to upgrade infrastructure. Andamooka’s governing bodies, Outback Communities Authority and Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association have overcome this and will be introducing a rates system, but will still struggle in updating infrastructure and services without adequate funding. “Commonwealth and State Governments need to immediately start working more closely with local government in key strategic locations to identify future needs and more importantly start addressing these as soon as possible,” said Mr Gibb.

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Dam Expansion Draft EIS. Speaking of when Roxby was initially built, Town Administrator Bill Boehm said, “There was then a defined policy recognising the huge advantages that pertain to a particular town and region when a mining company becomes strategically a key player and establishes a permanent workforce as opposed to a FIFO one.” He also indicated in the Roxby Council submission that during public consultation there was ‘overwhelming sentiment by BHP Billiton to expand the Roxby Downs Township.’ Mr Boehm acknowledged that BHP Billiton accepted using a predominantly local workforce, but also understood the need for the current 30 per cent FIFO element, considering mining’s worldwide agenda. Mr Boehm mentioned strongly the construction of a Boeing 737 capable airport and a construction camp, but questioned the desirability of its location. “The financial capital and ongoing maintenance spent if undertaken in town using existing physical infrastructure would have significant cost benefits to the community as a whole and businesses generally,” he said. “It also seems to treat FIFO worker as a different class of citizen.” He went on to add that local businesses would face a lesser opportunity to expand, and prospective businesses would become fewer and far between. “An enhanced business sector has direct service and employment benefits to the community as a whole.

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Borefield Road RAA black spot ourists travelling recently in the Roxby Downs area claim to have been let down by RAA services. John and Ginnie Giles, f rom Nar re War ren, Victoria, attempted to drive up Borefield Road recently, but ran into car trouble about 80 kilometres up the track. As members of Victorian roadside assistance group, RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria), Mr and Mrs Giles proceeded to call RAA (Royal Automobile Association of South Australia Inc.) for help, because of the groups’ reciprocal arrangement. However, they were allegedly refused service. “They didn’t even come out to see if there was something he could have done to fix the car, he didn’t ask if we had enough water or food, nothing!” said an angry Mrs Giles. “There was absolutely no help from Lavericks at all. “We’ve heard from a number of people that

they’ve done that before.” Mr and Mrs Giles allege they were told they would not be helped, because Borefield Road is a dirt road. Ironically, much like many other roads in the Far North area. Luckily for the Giles’, some local good samaritans , returning down the Borefield track after completing work, helped the distressed travellers. Angelo Zanlorenzi and Paul Feychelles stopped with the Giles’ to see if they could be any assistance. “We stopped to make sure they were ok, and they said they had a hard time getting someone to come out and pick them up,” said Mr Feychelles. “RAA wouldn’t come down the Borefield Road at all.” Mr Feychelles and Mr Zanlorenzi drove back to Roxby Downs to hire a car trailer and pick up another car to help transport the Giles’ and their car to safety. They took the Giles’ broken dow n c ar to Northpoint Toyota to get fixed, and Mr Zanlorenzi put the Giles’ up for the

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night and gave them dinner. “You’d like to think that if we were out there stuck and they drove past that they’d do the same I guess. What goes around comes around I guess!” said Mr Feychelles. According to Mr Feychelles, the Giles’ were in an accessible area of the Borefield Road, and it was ‘not very good on their (RAA) behalf ’ to refuse help. “I guess they (RAA) just don’t like the road, it shouldn’t really matter, they should go down there anyway, the road isn’t that bad,” he said. Mr and Mrs Giles were also assisted by local police, who stayed with the couple until Mr Feychelles and Mr Zanlorenzi returned. They too, asked the RAA to help, but were unsuccessful. Mrs Giles praised the efforts from both local police and Messrs Zanlorenzi and Feychelles to ensure their safety. “They were wonderful, absolutely wonderful. We can’t give them enough credit,” insisted Mrs Giles. However, they remain upset at the RAA’s lack of concern and have since contacted them to inform them of their disdain of the local branch, and praise for those who helped them. “It’s not acceptable, it showed a total lack of

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care,” said Mrs Giles. “We wouldn’t be doing the trip again, or certainly not on our own.” And the cause behind the whole problem? A $110 solonoid, which according to Mrs Giles took only a couple of hours to be diagnosed and fixed. Local RAA contractors were contacted for comment, but did not reply at the time of print. After some investigation, a spokesperson from RAA told The Monitor that local

RAA contractors said they had never refused a call out but after more investigation by the RAA head office the positon changed. “In summary, the RACV member called RAA via a borrowed satellite phone on November 3 requesting roadside assistance. The R AA call centre then phoned the RAA contractor who denied the service request due to the condition and safety of the Borefield Road, which has corrugations and wash outs

that impact the running of a vehicle – in particular damaged tyres, suspension and windscreens,” said an RAA spokesperson. What remains curious, is how the Giles’ car could travel up the Borefield Road, with no reports of damaged tyres, suspension or windscreen. The representative went on to say, “RAA is currently investigating how all road service calls on the Borefield Road can be serviced.”

“...local good samaritans, returning down the Borefield track after completing work, helped the distressed travellers.”

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t has been reported by community members that cars parked down narrow streets, such as Finnis Street, have been making it difficult for drivers to pass. Peter Keller, Works Manager at the Roxby Downs Council said registered cars are entitled to park on the street. If a car is parked on a street for over 24 hours the vehicle can be moved on but Mr Keller said if it is a resident’s car they will not urge them to move on as there is an issue with verge parking. “The biggest problem we have is speeding in the wider streets,” Mr Keller stated. He said speeding creates acci-

dents for families and streets such as Finnis Street should not be used as a thoroughfare but only as access to housing. Mr Keller stressed community members should prefer waiting at the end of the street for cars to pass rather than having speeding vehicles pass down their street regularly. Plans for a round-about to be located at the intersection of Arcoona Street and Pioneer Drive are in place with another later on Gregory Street to slow traffic down. Mr Keller said parking on footpaths is an inexcusable practice. Lately, vehicles parking on the verge have been given warning notices stating it is an offence to park vehicles on land between the road and adjoining property boundary. Mr Keller said if a car is parked on the verge it leads young children,

parents with prams and other pedestrians to walk onto the road, creating a hazard to pedestrians and drivers. The warning notice also states that it is a mistaken belief that it is safer to park on the verge or the footpath as some believe the roads are too narrow. This is not the case as roads are designed for the carriage of vehicles and safe parking of vehicles as close to the kerb as possible. Mr Keller said it has been proven that narrow streets encourage slower driving practices and cause drivers to take more care, thereby creating a safer environment for families to live in the area. Mr Keller stressed at the moment warnings have been provided to vehicle owners but from February 2012 fines will be supplied.

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People complained when BHP (sic) said they were putting a camp outside Roxby because shops wouldn’t get the income. Now they’re whinging because BHP (sic) want to expand the town camp. But everyone keeps whinging about accommodation in the town. If you don’t want to be a part of the growth of this town I suggest you find another job and leave. Local and Lovin’ It. I too want to complain about the recycling of cans and bottles. Why can’t they adopt the same practice that others have. I am still waiting for money from a month ago, not good enough. I also will take my cans to Pt. Augusta. Sue I. I have also been unable to extract cash from local can recyclers. On principle we take them down south and donate to a worthy cause. This stuff about “come back in two or three days” is laughable. A very poor example of local enterprise. Daz. If the bins are not going to be picked up on schedule, at least put a notice on RoxFM. How is Council going to have contractors pick up three bins per house next year, when there is trouble picking up one bin! GS.

The SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board is seeking your feedback on proposed amendments to Volume 2 of the SAAL Regional NRM Plan. Through the delivery of the Plan the community will continue to benefit from a range of programs to help protect valuable ground and surface waters; ensure sustainable industries; help pastoral land management; conserve natural ecosystems; and encourage community participation. Members of the public are invited to meet with key Board and staff members to hear about the proposed amendments to Volume 2 (the Business Plan) and provide feedback: Leigh Creek Monday 23 January, [Aroona Room], 6pm Marree Tuesday 24 January, [Marree Hotel], 1pm Andamooka Wednesday 25 January, [Tucker Box], 6pm Coober Pedy Monday 30 January, [Italian Club], 4.30pm Oodnadatta Tuesday 31 January, [Dunjiba Community Council Conference Room], 10.30am Iron Knob Wednesday 1 February, [Rural Transaction Centre], 1pm Yunta Thursday 2 February, [Yunta Telecentre], 2.30pm Proposed amendments The Board has reviewed Volume 2 and proposes to make the following amendments, taking into account the achievements of previous years and the activities and funds required to continue to effectively manage our natural resources in to the future: • an increase in the land-based NRM levy to $50 in 2012/13, increasing only by CPI in 2013/14 and 2014/15. • an increase in the 2012/13 water levy for holders of commercial and industrial water licences in the Far North Prescribed Wells Area (water used for stock and domestic purposes is exempt from the NRM water levy). INCOME SOURCE

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The Board that provides a community voice locally

Local mum recognised for tireless work By Vanessa Switala

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i n g l e m o t h e r, Bec Spaeth was awarded the Community Person of the Month Award in December for her long serving and tireless volunteer work with the Strengthening Our Families Program. The Strengthening Our Families Program provides support, friendship and assistance to parents with children under five years old. The program is a community partnership between the Roxby Downs Health Services and BHP Billiton Olympic Dam. The Strengthening Our Families Program is important for families in Roxby Downs as being away from extended family can often make parenting an even greater challenge. Volun-

teers are provided with training and guidance to support families within our community. Ms Spaeth has lived in Roxby Downs on and off, this being her third stint which has so far lasted five years. “I enjoy the things (Roxby has to offer) for kids to do like ‘Nippy Gym’ and ‘Story Time’,” she stated. She said she enjoys staying home with her daughter, Silvana who is five years old and will return to work once Silvana starts school next year. Ms Spaeth will donate her $100 award to the Strengthening Our Families Program. “It can go towards ‘Story Time’ and ‘Coffee Morning’ and keeping that going,” she said. The Community Person of the Month Award is managed by the Volunteering Partnership (a subcommittee of the Roxby Downs

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Community Board). The purpose of the award is to recognise and show appreciation of the work being done in our community by volunteers. The Community Person of the Month Award is supported by Big Sky Credit Union and The Monitor Newspaper. Nominations for the award are made by members of the public. A panel of 10 people, comprising representatives from different volunteering bodies in Roxby Downs, makes the final selection. Nomination forms can be collected from The Roxby Council and forwarded to either Kath Messner or Michelle Hales who can be contacted on (08) 8671 0010 or alternatively please email michele. hales@roxbycouncil.com. au or messnerk@roxbycouncil.com.au.



BOARDVACANCIES TheRoxbyDownsCommunityBoardInc.isseekingnominationsfrompeople interestedinjoiningtheBoardin2012. ThesepositionshavebecomevacantduetotheretirementofcurrentBoard members. IfyouarepassionateaboutRoxbyDownsandwishtobecomemoreactively involvedincommunitylifepleasecontactMichelleHalesͲExecutiveOfficeron 0418833818tofindoutmore. TorequestanominationformandinformationpackcontactKathMessneron 0438871153orviaemail:messnerk@roxbycouncil.com.au Nominationsclose23January2012

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Board meetings are held on the last Monday of the month.

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Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.

Michelle Davis • George Giakoumis

Michelle Hales, Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board Inc. PO Box 85 Roxby Downs SA 5725 Mobile: 0418 833 818

If you would like to make a presentation or raise an issue, please contact the Executive Officer on 0418 833 818 so that you can be included on the agenda. Confidential discussions with the Board can be arranged if required.

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or the people living around Roxby Downs, Andamooka and Woomera, 2011 will go down in contemporary history as the year when long awaited announcements could change their destiny forever. Roxby Downs for most of the year was in limbo awaiting Government approvals for the Olypmpic Dam expansion, while Andamooka continued to beat a well worn path to doors of politicians and bureaucrats trying to get recogniton that any plans for expansion there needs more support and input from Governments. Woomera too had its trials awaiting news on which company

would win the Federal Government tender to take over the running of the town from BAE Systems. Late in the year all the expectations were realised when State, Federal and Northern Territory Governments gave BHP Billiton approval to go ahead with the expansion of Olympic Dam to open cut mining, Woomera is now being administered by international business managers, Transfield Services and Andamooka is on the government radars for needing special attention. So at the close of 2011 the year has been eventful and it will set the foundation for exciting times ahead.

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Death on Tutop local Roxby Downs man has been charged with murdering his father after allegedly running him down in Tutop street in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, January 15.

Benjamin Brown, 21, of Roxby Downs, allegedly ran over and killed his 55-year-old father Anthony Brown. He was also accused of hitting and injuring a 22-year-old pedestrian who was on the road near his father at the time. Brown allegedly hit the two pedestrians while driving a maroon Falcon sedan, at about 3.30am. Police allege two of the three men involved had been drinking at The Roxby Downs Tavern prior to the incident. The accused, Benjamin Brown, allegedly drove his maroon Falcon sedan away from the incident, did a U-turn and came back at full speed to hit both the deceased Mr Brown and a 22 year old pedestrian. The 22 year old was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non life threatening injuries with the accused, who also sustained non life threatening injuries. Tutop Street was cordoned off as police from Port Augusta CIB, Major Crime Detectives, Major Crash Investigators and the Forensic Response Unit arrived on that same morning.

Police at the scene of the tragedy in Tutop Street.

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ollowing the most recent rains Lake Mary is once again the water playground for Roxby and Far North residents. Ever since the floods of ’07, which resulted in the filling of Lake Mary, every time there is an inkling of rain, most residents thoughts turn to the lake, in hope that all kinds of water sports can thrive. To the knowledge of various locals, the lake first filled in 1990. Whilst the population of Roxby was about a quarter of what it is now, the popular water-sporting hub was used frequently by the community. Lake Mary then filled again in January of 2007. What was supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience, happened twice in two decades, and locals were thrilled. There were countless stories of men finishing nightshift and heading straight back to the river to pick up their boats and water sports equipment, and then back again to get on the water as soon as possible – such is the Roxby Downs’ enthusiasm for the water. Residents had a good couple of summers out of the lake before the levels started to drop below an acceptable and safe level, rendering Lake Mary closed, once again. Thursday it started raining, and it didn’t stop until that Sunday night. As a result, Lake Mary has started rising, with recent reports stating that at it’s deepest point, it measures at around 2.5 to three metres. And it’s still rising.

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ouncils across Australia are charged with the task of coordinating community nominations for local the Australia Day Awards and Roxby Downs Australia Day Award winners were honoured today at a special event. Long time resident and community volunteer over this years in the town, Merv Rogers was named the town’s Citizen of the Year, Land Speed record holder Mal Hewitt Senior Sports Person of the Year, and Jackson Millard, Young Sports Person of the Year. In a first for the Australia Day Awards a team of the year was also honoured and the inaugural award went to the Roxby Downs Aarea School Year 6-7 Country Champions. In announcing the winners of the awards today Town Administrator of the Roxby Downs Council Bill Boehm said, “Today as part of our countries Australia Day celebration we are recognising great Australian’s and their contribution to our community and to the nation. This recognition of greatness happens at every level and ranges from acclaim for high profile Australians at national and state level to people Merv Rogers barely known outside their own communities, but all stand equally, side by side, as champion Australians who epitomise what it is that make our nation, our community , our people great. “It has been a difficult task to select the winners with excellent nominations received all of whom were worthy recipients of the award in their own right.”

Lake Mary fills again Children high-five as the Lake Mary water wonderland re-fills.

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eing in the middle of the desert it’s hard to expect greatness in anything. This, however, is where Roxby breaks the mould; we have a great workforce, great families, great facilities, sporting greats and according to renowned Adelaide oval curator, Les Burdett, a great oval. Mr Burdett was the International Cricket Council consultant to the Australia v Rest of the World three one-day games in 2005 and his expertise is in demand at various venues around the world including India, South Africa and Kuala Lumpur.

Graham Warren and Les Burdett survey the pitch before the big game

New Kindergarten Director

he Roxby Downs Kindergarten has apart for a little while but that was too hard. Then the position for the Kindera new Director.

Kerryn Jones started her career in Sydney where she worked in the education field for over 10 years, and then moved to Adelaide where she worked for a kindergarten for eight years. During the last twelve months she has been working for the Education Department in the curriculum unit, developing curriculum and doing training around this area for pre-schools and child care centres in the State. But Kerryn did not end up in Roxby by accident. “My husband Julian (Tregenza) applied for the position at RoxFM and he was successful in getting that, so we tried to live

garten Director became available and that seemed perfect for us,” she said. The qualified professional had never been in Roxby before but knew a little about our Roxby because her brotherin-law’s work involves him coming to Roxby. “I do have a good friend that lives in Andamooka so that was a big draw card having Angela (Turner – principal of Andamooka Primary School) here. “When I got here I was surprised. It was different than what I imagined it to be. I was surprised to see that it was such a well serviced town, with lots of grass and beautiful gum trees. I was pleasantly surprised!” she said.

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he completion of the construction of Roxby’s new police station, and the successful move of the officers from one location to the other, marked the end of a busy 2010 for Sergeant Stuart Paxton and his staff.

Now after having been settled in for a month, Sgt Paxton spoke with The Monitor of the wonders and promise of the State’s newest police station, and Roxby’s newest landmark. “It’s a magnificent building and complex;” stated Sgt Paxton. “It has a few issues in the way of incompletion, but everything is progressing well towards the official opening in April.” The opening will mark the official commissioning of the building as the Roxby Downs Police Station. This opening was attended by senior police, emergency services, builders, various politicians and invited guests only. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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Kindergarten staff ready for the new year. Adam Christie, Kerryn Jones, Ana Perez and Vicki McGauchie.

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he Billy Cart Bash held its second annual event Sunday, March 27 and as many people enjoyed the races and different attractions all day long, event organisers said it was a huge success.

Jack McGuire, event organiser, said the day has exceeded all expectations. “Although I can’t get an exact number at this point, I am pretty sure there were more people attending the event this year, which was great. One example of that is that most of the time, the grand stand was full of spectators and that was good. The pit and grass areas were also full. “Overall I am very happy, more than impressed and it was definitely bigger and better,” Mr McGuire said. He also said that over 40 people raced, which is probably the same as last year, but more people came to watch the races. “It is a great privilege to be associated with people that give their time to this community, not only the volunteers but also companies giving in kind sponsorship to this event. It more than doubled the amount of sponsorship that we got last year,” he said.

hile BHP Billiton moves ahead with plans to increase accommodation availability in Roxby Downs one local real estate agent claimed it won’t help in the short term or help families not employed directly by the company.

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One of the many teams that entered this year’s Bill Cart Bash.

Last week the company announced Stage 1 work on Subdivision C (the cleared land in the Copper Sands development) will begin in March or April and is expected to be completed by November this year, delivering 52 new houses. In total, Subdivision C will include approximately 160 houses released across four phases. The houses will be transportable, available in two, three or four bedroom configurations, and will be built off-site and then transported to Roxby Downs and completed by local contractors. Bill Boehm, George Giakoumis and Harry Harrison “We’re looking forward to seeing Stage 1 of Subdivision C get after the announcement that George had been underway soon, in fact we’re about to order the buildings,” says selected for the leadership program. Olympic Dam General Manager Services, David Weickhardt. Local real estate agent Ali Webber, Wardle Co Real Estate, Sales Consultant told The Monitor, “Roxby attracts a large number of new people to the town on a continuous basis. Whilst our population continues to increase so does the supply and demand on housing. Naturally it is inevitable that BHP (sic) has to expand the town to accommodate for our growing he Australian Rural Leadership Program, established in population. I believe this should build further confidence for 1992, is a not-for-profit foundation aimed at building people with the future of BHP (sic).”

capable leaders for and from rural Australia.

The course, which comprises of 59 expedition days over 17 months, is featured at various locations around Australia, as well as a two week stint overseas. George Giakoumis, Owner of Outback Landscaping and Supplies, local flora and fauna expert and a member of various boards within the community has been successful in his application into the program. Each applicant is sponsored by a business or government department that is involved with rural Australia, with Mr Giakoumis’ sponsor being the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Mr Giakoumis, who was encouraged to apply by Roxby Downs Town Administrator, Bill Boehm was humbled by his acceptance. “It’s usually reserved for those people that are already working in leadership roles in particular rural industries.

Real estate agent Ali Webber at the site for the Copper Sands development.

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letter to the editor sparked controversy amongst Roxby Downs.

The letter, written by concerned local, Kylie Dospisil pointed out that non-forprofit local business Roxby Downs Childcare Centre (RDCC) was and still is owed more than $22,000 in arrears from regular local customers. The issue was brought to the public’s attention, when RDCCC Director Hayley Thompson posted the total amount of $22,907.99 overdue bills on the Centre’s communication board. “If we don’t perform this service, and give this service out to the community, then families can’t go out to work or they need to find alternative care.”

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he generosity of local companies in Roxby Downs is second to none. Regardless of KPI requirements, facilitators seem to be more than happy to contribute to make an event or fundraiser successful. The upcoming indoor swimming pool has been the subject of debate and controversy in Roxby Downs for years. Some argue that other sports should take the priority for an upgrade over others. What people may not know is that this swimming pool will be purpose built, not just for off season swimmers. According to George Giakoumis, there are between 140 and 150 disabled children in Roxby Downs. Roxby also has the high-

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est birth rate in the state. These two factors combined screams out a need for swimming lessons, not just in the peak season, but during winter also. George is the middle man in the pool building process, connecting the Roxby Leisure and the Council with the Contractor Framework Implementation Team (CFIT) community and now, as they near the end of stage one, CFIT contribution has almost completely covered costs to get the project underway. The Monitor spoke with George about the process. “I became aware of the swimming pool when I was asked to take the trees down,” said George. “I was also asked to do the dig the hole for the pool, but that’s out of my league - I don’t really have the machinery or means to be able to do that, as much as I would have liked to. “In that process, as I got to thinking more and more about it, the pool was all about teaching and therapy and an all weather pool. I got to think about it with Lake Mary and water holes and hundreds of backyard pools... There’s just water everywhere. A teaching pool to me became really important all of a sudden. I loved the concept and sort of got behind it from a personal point of view.”

Police station officially opened

ministrative and support areas. The old facility was not capable of accommodating the forecast staff increases or facilitating the range of additional policing services required by BHP Billiton’s expansion. According to Commissioner Malcolm n Thursday, April 14 South Australian Hyde the Olympic Dam expansion is a very police celebrated the official opening exciting project.

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of Roxby Downs new state of the art police station.

The ceremony was attended by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Lyn Breuer, Police Commissioner Malcolm Hyde, Officer in Charge for the Far North Local Service area Superintendent James Blandford and Roxby Council Administrator Bill Boehm, as well as other South Australian police, BHP Billiton and community representatives. The Government of South Australia approved the construction of a new police station at Roxby Downs in March 2007. The new facility replaces the original police station on Richardson Place which was operating from 1987 until 2010. The new police station was a $7.9 million project, designed to accommodate future expanding police resources to a total of 30 sworn officers and two administrative positions, which includes an expanded patrol base; special facilities to support criminal investigation, crime scene examination and criminal justice; secure car park; security camera coverage of the car park and external perimeter of the building and a cell complex with three holding cells, a padded cell and an enclosed exCommissioner Malcolm Hyde and Lyn Breuer unveil the commemorative plaque of Roxby Downs new police station. ercise yard and adwww.themonitor.com.au

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ome shop rents in Roxby Downs are equivalent to those being paid in medium sized shopping complexes in the Adelaide metropolitan area. For several local traders operating specialty shops in the central mall complex the rents are around $650 per square metre per annum, equivalent to what retailers are paying in a North Adelaide shopping centre where the foot traffic is more than 30,000 per week. In Roxby Downs the Central Shopping Mall managed by international property management company Savills, rents are equally as high as those being paid in Adelaide and with only a small fraction of the shopper traffic flow. By comparison rents per square metre in larger Westfield shopping centre are about 30 percent higher that medium sized centres. Most local retailers are reluctant to talk about the problems they face every month. Those contacted said they are struggling to remain in business with the crippling rents they pay and at a time when business has not recovered fully from the Global Financial Crisis or the nine month closure of the Clark Shaft when Roxby experienced a general downturn in the local economy. Some local retailers say they argue every month about rents, but get nowhere and believe they are being ‘ripped off ’. Because they can’t talk openly about rents due to a confidentiality agreement, they have no combined bargaining power with the managers of the Centre. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper


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Supplementary EIS released support for expansion

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hanks to The Building the Education Revolution (BER) program Roxby Downs Area School has a brand new multi-purpose hall that was inaugurated in August and will ser ve the whole community.

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Dean Dalla Vale and Bill Boehm at the release of the Supplementary EIS.

ast Friday BHP Billiton released the final Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the expansion of the Olympic Dam mine and is expecting government decisions in the next six months. BHP Billiton Uranium Customer Sector Group President, Dean Dalla Valle, told a very large and receptive audience at the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon the project could inject billions of dollars into the South Australian economy for decades to come. His speech to the strong crowd of business people, banking and finance, mining companies, contractors and educators gained widespread support plus a call from a former State Premier Dean Brown that it is time Australia revisited the uranium power debate. The proposed expansion of Olympic Dam still remains subject to final government approvals as well as approval by the BHP Billiton Board. Mr. Dalla Valle said, “Olympic Dam is the world’s largest uranium deposit and a leading copper and gold resource. The Olympic Dam expansion will deliver enormous benefits to the South Australian economy, including generating up to 6,000 new jobs during construction, a further 4,000 full time positions at the expanded open pit mine and an estimated 15,000 new indirect jobs. Furthermore, the expansion has the potential to boost State revenue by billions of dollars over the life of the project.”

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he prohibited militar y area of Woomera, South Australia, is to be opened up for mining, giving the Far North Area an assured future. The Ministers for Defence, Stephen Smith and Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson announced the plan when releasing the final report into a review of the future management and use of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA). The review was undertaken by former Secretary of Defence, Allan Hawke. “As a result of the review, a new management framework will be introduced to increase use of the Woomera Prohibited Area in Australia’s national interest by better balancing national security and economic considerations,” Mr Smith said. “The Woomera Prohibited Area has great economic potential, with estimates that more than $35 billion of developments, including iron ore, gold and uranium projects would be possible over the next decade,” said Mr Ferguson. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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he sporting community in Roxby Downs is about to thrive, thanks to a generous donation from BHP Billiton.

BHP Billiton stepped up to fund brand new lighting for the Roxby Downs Oval, donating $1.295 million towards the project, which greatly improved the required luminance levels for sports training, matches and community events. “We’re thrilled to be able to support the Roxby Downs community by funding the new lights for the oval,” said BHP Billiton Project Sponsor Jason Schell. “We believe our investment will contribute to an improved usage of the oval, particularly in summer when it’s often too hot to use the oval during the day. “We see there are significant health benefits in enabling people to get out and exercise on the oval at night-time in summer. “In addition, the new lights will also mean that winter sports such as football and cricket matches in summer will now be able to be played in Roxby Downs, reducing travelling times and safety issues associated with the current arrangement whilst attracting more spectators and creating a family environment to showcase the many sports we offer in the town.” Roxby Downs Council Administrator Bill Boehm said Council is looking forward to working with BHP Billiton on the lighting project. “Council is looking forward to seeing the new lights up and operational,” he said. “We will also be undertaking a study to evaluate placing the existing lights on the smaller school oval which will enable sports training and an alternative venue to be available for other sporting groups and thereby also assist in reducing the wear and tear that we currently experience on the main oval.” Martin Ferguson, Mike Rann and Stephen Smith at Woomera.

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Andamooka the big winner

ith the closure of Olympic Dam Caravan Park and the increase in rates of the Myall Grove Caravan Park, Andamooka is sure to be the big winner with the announcement that Andamooka Caravan Park is going ahead, in tandem with a brand new recreation centre, which will include a playground and a skate park. APOMA (Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association) did not waste time sitting around while accommodation costs hit and contacted local contractors on a profit share arrangement to ease the burden of accommodation that has come across from Roxby Downs. Local businessman Chad Oldfield came on board and took over the Caravan Park development while APOMA searched for funds to build a community recreation area in town. Not only are they aiming to make Andamooka a more attractive place for tourists with great new facilities but this might also be the salvation for many Roxby residents struggling to find a place to live. With 23 caravan sites, 18 three unit cabins, 7 two room villas and 5 tent sites planned it will give Andamooka an accommodation edge.

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Roxby will benefit from State budget

he South Australia’s 2011-2012 Budget was delivered on June 9, on the second reading of the Appropriation Bill 2011, by J. Snelling, M.P. Treasurer of South Australia.

The BER program is the single largest element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan, with around 24,000 projects to be delivered in every community across Australia. The $16.2 billion BER program aims to modernise schools through the delivery of necessary infrastructure and by doing so, support local jobs and stimulate investment. The BER is now in its most dynamic phase with construction underway in thousands of schools across the country, including RDAS. Deputy Principal of Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) Helen Bennie told The Monitor the new multi-purpose hall dimensions are 22.5 metres x 23 metres and as a multipurpose hall, it will be used for physical education lessons, as well as for concerts, assemblies, and a number of other things including functions that will benefit not only the school but the entire community. BELOW: RDAS year six students Brock Court and Jess Brind give thumbs up to the new hall.

According to Mr Snelling, the Budget has three priorities which he spoke about when delivering it to the Parliament. “When putting this budget together, there were three priorities: that whatever new money in the budget was available, more would be made available to the most vulnerable…that the Government continued the massive infrastructure investment that will transform our State and renew its capital as a modern, vibrant polis and that debt was kept to sustainable levels that are consistent with a triple-A credit rating.” He went on to say, “This is a budget for mums and dads who want to be confident that South Australia will be the place where their children, in turn, will want to raise their families. It’s a budget that delivers confidence to those who are looking to invest in our state and create jobs. And it’s a budget that provides for those most in need of our support.”

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Little Rascals Child Care Centre closes

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he permanent closure of Little Rascals Childcare Centre on Friday, June 24 ignited a childcare crisis in Roxby Downs.

Leaving only one childcare facility in town, built to accommodate only 58 children, plus limited private family day care facilities, working families were struggling to get to work. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Roxby Downs has the largest proportion of children under 15 years of age in South Australia as of 2009. The Roxby Downs Council, while it recognised the problem, was unable to solely satisfy childcare requirements. Council Administrator, Bill Boehm suggested that the State Government and BHP Billiton should step in. Main employer BHP Billiton is also aware of the situation. “BHP Billiton is concerned about the recent closure of Little Rascals and understands it has inconvenienced many parents,” stated a BHP Billiton spokesperson.

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ocal basketballers Ethan Zeptner and Darcy Kenny represented the State in the National Basketball Competition.

Darcy Kenny and Ethan Zeptner represented South Australia in high level basketball during July. Selected for the South Australian squad in the 2011 Under 16 National Championships, the two boys travelled to Kilsyth, Melbourne for the week long competition. The two teenagers had been going through intensive training to prepare for this once in a lifetime opportunity. “We’ve done about seven months of training if not more,” said Ethan. “Every second weekend we also drive down to Adelaide for basketball training just for five and a half hours.” The first ever from Roxby to be chosen to compete in this national competition, the boys were humbled by the help they have received to get them this far. “We can’t really take all the credit though because we’ve only just started to show up since Wes came,” explained Darcy. “I only sort of dreamt of making State.”

Kylie Moloney with her daughter Holly in front of the closed centre.

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he search for missing man Jason Richards continued throughout the month as police conducted a ground and air search south of Woomera.

On Sunday, July 10 Mr Richards’ dog was found alive, but in poor condition, south-east of Glendambo. The police conducted two aerial searches of the area and Mr Richards’ father conducted one straight after he went missing. Major Crime Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle said, “We’re going over this area again just to make sure we’ve covered it the best we can.” The disappearance of Mr Richards, 28, was declared a major crime after he failed to Local artist Rachel Young in the arrive in his home town Red eARTh headquarters. of Ballarat after leaving Darwin in June.

he Red eARTh Festival kicked off from July 29 to August 21 offering the community over 50 workshop opportunities.

The three week festival also offered performances and exhibitions from artists all over the Far North. Rachel Young, local artist and Chairperson of the Arts and Culture Forum said the festival was an opportunity to try something new. “If you are going out of town to join workshops elsewhere, it will cost you three or four times more, so we have done the hard work and brought them to you, all we ask is for you to come along and support the workshops,” she said.

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ver 1,000 spectators turned up on Saturday, July 16 to the dirt circuit track to watch the inaugural Roxby Downs Burn Out Competition

The day long event drew twice the amount of spectators expected and featured 19 demonstration cars. Rory Hatch was one of the organisers of the event and was impressed with the turnout and that the event went smoothly.

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he body of missing Victorian man Jason Richards was discovered when a fox hunter stumbled across the abandoned Ute ten kilometres south of Glendambo. Police later found the body of 28 year old Richards about 500 metres from where his badly damaged Ute was discovered. The search for the father of two was called off the previous week after repeated aerial searches turned up no confirmed sightings. Police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, but could not understand why Mr Richards left his vehicle and the food and water he was carrying.

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ore than 2,000 people flocked to the Roxby racecourse on Saturday, August 6 for the running of the 17th Roxby Downs OneSteel Outback Cup. Attendance this year was set to top records compared to last year when just under 2,000 people attended the event. There were 70 nominations but fields in each of the six races were restricted due to the number of jock-

Young Tearaway wins the One Steel Roxby Downs Cup.

eys willing to travel to Roxby to ride. As a result 47 horses ran because there were only eight jockeys available to ride. The President of the Roxby Race Club, Harry Noll said this was a major issue the club needs to address. Winning Trainer Nicole Bruggemann was ecstatic with the win of Young Tearaway as jockey Glen David gave the son of Fraar a perfect ride and the pair prevailed by a comfortable margin over the 1800 metre journey.

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A spokesperson from BHP Billiton said the 52 houses in stage one will be in and ready for occupation by Christmas this year thanks to the builders and the work of many local contractors. It was also announced that approval had been gained for the second phase of housing which will include a further 107 houses.

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ince the first two houses number of Roxby Downs arrived at the new Copper businesses, including BHP Sands Subdivision C in Billiton, received awards Roxby on June 29, 24 others have at a South Australian Fire and been built and delivered to the site, marking the halfway point Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) volunteer recognition of the project.

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Along with BHP Billiton, the local businesses that received awards were; Monadelphous, Roxby Downs Pharmacy, Subway, Glenloth Resources and Northlands Plumbing and Construction. Each of these businesses has staff who volunteer for the Country Fire Service (CFS) or the State Emergency Service (SES). The awards were jointly presented by SAFECOM Chief Executive David Place, CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton and SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie at a ceremony at the Roxby Downs Club.

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Monfries won Mail Medal

ustin ‘Austy ’ Monfries received the Mail Medal award to a standing ovation after 12 years in the league.

The accomplished footballer has grown up in Roxby Downs and played both for Olympic Dam and his current team Andamooka, amongst other leagues including those in Port Lincoln and North Adelaide. Austy has been a high contender for the Far North Football League’s Mail Medallist for a number of years now, but says it has never been his highest priority. “I was never too fussed about it I’d just rather win premierships than medals, doesn’t really bother me,” he said. FNFL Pre sident , Barry Mitchell said Austy as Mail Medallist, and runner up, Ben Woodall were both well deserved. “I think they’re two very, very good footballers,” he said. “I think Austy is a very worthy winner, he’s been in and around for a long time and it’s just great to see.” Austy Monfries with his Mail Medal.

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aturday, October 1, saw not four but seven locals lose their hair for cancer. Barry Mitchell, Josh Rose, Mick Gillespie, Merv Rogers, and wildcards Graham Warren, Ian Johnson and Kate Donohue went for the chop in front of a packed crowd, raising $70,000 for the Cancer Council SA. An approximate $35,000 of cash donations were made in the lead up and during the event, and in accordance with BHP Billiton’s Match-Giving scheme, this was doubled. The woman behind this incredible success, Mel Egginton was wrapt with the result. “It was just incredible,” she said. “The support has been amazing, the boys were fantastic, I reckon it’s taken about ten years off each of them, maybe not Rosie though, he’s still pretty young!”

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$100,000 for RFDS at auction day

he Royal Flying Doctors Service held its n the 25th anniversary year of the annual Roxby Downs Auxiliary Giant Olympic Dam Football Club the team Auction and Golf Day on Saturday, took the flag in a very one sided football September 17. match.

Olympic Dam defeated Andamooka in the grand final 112 to 44. Rian Hornhardt was the best player on ground even though it is only his first season playing for Olympic Dam. Scott Peek, coach of OD was very impressed with the way his team played in the most important game of the season. “It was a very good win. The boys played awesome. We just had our game plan and we stuck by our game plan so that was the main thing that the boys just worked hard. “Yeah even though it was really windy and blowy, they came across the line. Their team work and the way they wanted to play was great.”

Many local businesses and contractors contributed with auction items or a monetary donation for the successful event. The day began with a nine hole Ambrose Golf Competition followed by the auction which commenced at 1pm. On the night, event organisers handed over a cheque for $100,000 to RFDS Adelaide for all proceeds that had been raised in the last twelve months. Mrs Gaskin said it is important for the Roxby Downs community to support the event to ‘Keep the Flying Doctor Flying.’ “As the RFDS lands in Olympic Dam roughly every three days, we, as a community, rely heavily on them, and in return, we need to support them. The support from the local community has been outstanding. “None of us ever want to have to use the RFDS, but it is very comforting to know that they are there if we ever do need them,” she added.

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he Roxby Early Learning Community Group and BHP Billiton announced they would team together in order to meet the childcare shortage in Roxby Downs.

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oxby Districts Sporting Club (Miners) had a huge result with netball this year after all grades won their respective games in A, B, and C grade. The A grade certainly lived up to the billing of “game of the year” with the Miners and Olympic Dam putting on a great showcase for netball in Roxby Downs. The B grade final started off a close contest with Miners leading over Hornridge Black 15 – 14 at quarter time. Unfortunately, Hornridge lost their experienced centre, Meg Elliot due to injury which unsettled them in the next quarter. In the C grade, Miners who were undefeated in the lead up to the grand final, found themselves three goals down at the first break against a Hornridge side that was up for the challenge. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

The Roxby Early Learning Community Group approached BHP Billiton for support to assist in providing a solution to the current childcare shortage since the closure of child care centre Little Rascals on June 24 this year. The local, not-for profit organisation, the Roxby Early Learning Community Group has been operating since 2009 to provide specialised educational classes for three year olds. Stefan Buys, Olympic Dam Asset President, said, “We were thrilled to receive the proposal from the Roxby Early Learning Community Group which shows they are a professional organisation committed to developing and caring for the children within our community.

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and the Roxby Council, ‘switched on’ the new Roxby Downs Town Oval on Friday September 16.

The whole community was invited to celebrate from 5pm providing something for everyone, from giveaways and sporting activities to fireworks.

outh Australia’s Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis and Environment Minister Tony Burke approved the proposed Olympic Dam expansion under federal environment law.

However, the news came with over 100 conditions to be met by BHP Billiton. The conditions included provisions surrounding the proposed desalination plant at Point Lowly, and the establishment of an estimated 140,000 hectare offset area under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act. Mr Burke said that the proposal was subjected to independent expert reviews including by Geoscience Australia, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, and the Supervising Scientist. “These reviews made recommendations to ensure that the proposal meets world bestpractice environmental standards for uranium mining and ensure management of native species and groundwater resources,” he said. Town Administrator Bill Boehm was pleased at the announcement. “That’s really good news for BHP Billiton, the State Government and particularly the Roxby Downs community. That’s great news that they got the Federal Government approval,” he said. According to a report in The Advertiser, BHP Billiton’s target is to have its revised proposal ready to present to the BHP Billiton board by Easter 2012.

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Hiltaba he implementation of a 10,000 man workers’ camp 17 kilometres north-east of Roxby Downs caused controversy.

Proposed plans of the camp were released to local businesses, revealing a fully functional shopping and recreational hub inclusive. The plan also detailed no transport into Roxby Downs will be provided. If plans go ahead as proposed, it could mean that Roxby traders will miss out on a potential 10,000 person customer base. Leigh Malcolm, Chairperson of the Roxby Central Retail Association, indicated that it was disappointing the camp seemed to be totally segregated from Roxby. “Certainly, we would have probably liked to have seen them come to town for all their goods and services,” he said. “It seems like we’re just setting up another shopping precinct 17 kilometres out of town,” he added. “Overall it’s not just businesses that miss out, it’s the entire community,” he concluded.

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Indoor pool officially opened he new rehabilitation pool was officially opened but had previously unlocked its doors on October 1.

The generosity and contribution of local companies in Roxby Downs created opportunity for the facility to be bigger and better than originally planned, with a lot of products and services requirements met by CFIT (Contractor Framework Implementation Team) companies. Alan Male, Roxby Leisure Managing Director, co-ordinated the project and oversaw the building works as they developed. Mr Male has been actively involved in many local recreation projects, such as the skate park, shade sails, water play features, basketball court, community memorial, cultural centre redevelopment and many more. Bill Boehm, Roxby Town Administrator said that the Council is extremely pleased with the completed indoor teaching and rehabilitation pool. “Support from many local businesses has been outstanding. The finished project will significantly improve water safety and health outcomes for the target users but also for the wider community who will now have the opportunity for laps swimming and water exercise all year round,” he said. He said that the saving resultant of CFIT companies’ support enabled the Council to include improvements to the Leisure Centre entrance with paving, fencing and shade blinds, improvements to the crèche area with new soft fall flooring and shade. They also improved general landscaping of the area.

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BHPB commit $1.2 million to first phase of expansion HP Billiton announced approval for US$1.2 billion in pre-commitment capital for the first phase of the Olympic Dam project to develop an open pit mine in South Australia.

The funding will facilitate the procurement of long lead items such as trucks and accommodation, infrastructure development and early site works for the first phase of the Olympic Dam project. The majority of the pre-commitment capital was conditional on the successful passage of the Indenture Agreement through the South Australian Parliament. BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Marius Kloppers said, “The pre-commitment funding is another important milestone in the development of this world class ore-body. He said, “Given the quality of this resource, the Olympic Dam project team is completing studies to create one of the world’s largest open pit mines with the potential to increase copper production from around 180,000 tonnes per annum to 750,000 tonnes per annum and beyond.”

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RDAS school hall opened enator Alex Gallacher (Labor, South Australia) officially opened the Roxby Downs Area School’s new multi purpose hall.

The hall, a product of the Federal Government Building Education Revolution (BER) funding scheme, was under construction since February 3. The opening ceremony was attended by RDAS students, teachers, parents, representatives from BHP Billiton and participating construction company Ahren’s and Senator Gallacher. RDAS Principal, Kath Macalister stated in her address how well managed the project had been, on both sides of the fence. “I want to begin by acknowledging the exceptional work undertaken by our builders... you don’t know how many comments we get about this hall, and it’s all positive!”

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RELCG success in first week

fter a quiet first couple of weeks, the staff at Roxby Early Learning Community Group took the time to bond together and with the children.

Centre Director Gail Reid indicated support from the board; new families and the community had ensured the centre opened on the said date of November 14. “The community has just been so positive and supportive in offering to do stuff or donate.” “We’ve got really amazing management here at the moment it’s been so awesome. To be able to pull together what we have done in this amount of time is almost unheard of. They have just been tireless.”

Seth Enslow and ‘Bubba’ come to Roxby!

Crusty Demons stars 'Bubba' Chaisson and Seth Enslow.

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he annual Roxby Downs Motocross spectacular went off with a bang with appearances from Seth Enslow and ‘Bubba’ Chaisson from the Crusty Demons.

Hard work went into the lead-up of the event with added facilities and better viewing areas for patrons this year. Motocross Club President, Clint Gow-Smith said the night went exceptionally well. “Going on all the feedback I was getting through the night and phone calls and messages yesterday, I am really happy how the night came together. Mr Gow-Smith was extremely happy with the crowd numbers on the night and said it was good to see so many families spread out along the main straight area. Seth and ‘Bubba’ were obviously the crowd favourites and the highlight of the night. “Having Seth Enslow and ‘Bubba’ present at any event is always going to get people talking so even though we didn’t see a increase in our takings it’s certainly given many people a life long memory; having the opportunity to get a photo or have a conversation with these guys. They were really supportive of our event and really took the time to socialise and get amongst the Roxby locals,” Mr Gow-Smith said. The Californian duo arrived in Roxby on Friday, November 4 and are known worldwide for their pioneering appearances with the Crusty Demons, who have over 16 years released rolling footage of freestyle motocross riding.

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he South Australian Liberal Party has recently backed the Olympic Dam mine expansion legislation with the Bill set to pass South Australian Parliament before the end of this year. The Opposition supported the legislation for global miner, BHP Billiton’s $30 billion expansion of Olympic Dam to turn it into the world’s largest open cut copper, gold and uranium mine. Chris Thomas shaved off his beloved iconic moustache The Liberal Party decided to allow the legislation to pass to join others in raising funds for a friend. without amendment or delay as the Bill must pass Parliament before the end of this year so the initial $525 million support the proposition,” he said. in spending can be generated. Monday, November 7 saw the South Australian Liberal Party, in a closed meeting; discuss the value of the indenture that BHP Billiton signed with former Premier Mike Rann in October. The Liberal Party unanimously agreed to support he Roxby Downs community banded together to the Indenture Agreement Bill which fixes BHP Billiton’s royalties for the first 45 years at 5 per cent and help one of their own, once again. 3.5 per cent respectively. After some already astonishing local fundraising accomplishments this year, the community raised the bar, raising almost $60,000 for a local lad in need. The official total of money raised came to $57,885.85 from a combination of auction items, gate takings, campaigning for back and chest waxing and the loss of Chris Thomas’ moustache along with the collection of trivial ‘fines’. A whopping $36,020 was made from the auction alone, which featured various items, from garden plants and sportremier Jay Weatherill said he will support Prime ing memorabilia to signed Crusty Demons motorbike helMinister Julia Gillard’s proposal to export mets and flat screen televisions. uranium to India at the ALP (Australian Labor Approximately 250 locals gathered for the event, which Party) Conference in Sydney during December. event spokesperson Rob Kraack said would be ‘the largest Ms Gillard asked the ALP’s National Conference to crowd the bowling club has seen.’ overturn party policy and allow uranium to be sold to All money raised will go directly to a local apprentice Troy countries that have not signed the nuclear non-prolifera- Gum, who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic tion treaty. cancer. Mr Weatherill said there are significant international The crowd amped up auction bids for the cause, with issues associated with the proposition but he will support incredible amounts thrown around for some trivial items. Ms Gillard’s proposal. A café sandwich press and a couple of hand tools sold for “I am prepared to accept the Prime Minister’s views on $700, and a cardboard cut out of the Bundaberg Rum ‘Bundy’ these matters,” he said. Bear for $550. Mr Weatherill said South Australia is a substantial uraThe most expensive item auctioned was a five cubic menium explorer and he is keen to build on our strong rela- tre concrete voucher from Holcim, followed closely by two tionship with India. iPads, a Crusty Demons signed helmet and a toolbox, which “Therefore it is clearly in South Australia’s interests to all sold for $1,300 each respectively.

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he State Parliament and Upper House recently approved legislation for BHP Billiton’s $30 billion Olympic Dam expansion. After more than 30 hours of debate on Tuesday, November 29, Parliament ratified the Roxby Downs Indenture Act unlocking BHP Billiton’s $1.2 billion for initial works and equipment for the project. Page 12 – Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Legislation returned to the House of Assembly last Thursday for final approval. Minister for Mineral Resources, Tom Koutsantonis said the Bill’s passage through Parliament was a momentous occasion for South Australia as the State will undoubtedly benefit from what will become the world’s largest open cut mine. He said, “This really is a game changer for our state; this is the moment future generations will look back on and say, ‘that was the time South Australia took its rightful place amongst the giants of mining.”

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HP Billiton submitted an ‘Application for Category 3 Development’ with Roxby Council on Thursday December 1.

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ROXBY COUNCIL WEEKLY INFORMATION UPDATE

The Roxby T’is the season to reduce and recycle refuse rollout Y Notable changes O ou’ve read in The Monitor that Roxby Downs is embarking on a new waste management system in the new year, and there is no better time to practice living a sustainable and environmentally friendly life than now.

n February 1 2012 new arrangements will commence with Council’s wastage contractor, BSH Waste Systems. Roxby will see a roll out of new collection services with a three bin system. The different wastage bins are identified by different coloured lids, which is explained below. WEEKLY Refuse Collection

Weekly rubbish collection will change to Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All rubbish must be contained in bins with the lids closed. Each household will receive a new 140 litre bin with a red lid for general household rubbish – this will be collected weekly. Red lidded bins will contain food scraps (this could be a great time to create a compost bin, or a worm farm), soft plastics (ie. plastic wrap and plastic bags), cat litter (in a plastic bag or wrapped in newspaper), nappies, aluminium foil and cling wrap, rags and discarded clothing, broken glass and crockery (which must be wrapped in newspaper), polystyrene foam food packaging and bubble wrap, and animal carcasses (for example fish or chicken carcasses, bones etc).

“This time of celebration is traditionally accompanied by seasonal increases in eating, drinking and spending,” says Kath Messner, Community Project Officer at Roxby Council. “Waste is one of the biggest environmental issues at Christmas but a few simple actions can make a big difference to limiting your environmental impact.” Planet Ark has devised a list that can help you have a festive season that truly promotes healthy living and sensible shopping habits – it is called ‘The 12 do’s and dont’s of Christmas – ‘tis the season to reduce and recycle’. It is a timely reminder of good practices in recycling. Here are some helpful hints to get you started: 1) Buy good quality decorations that can be reused any time, or make your own from re-

used materials – get the kids involved! 2) Find gifts with a lower environmental impact. For example, items with minimal packaging, that are durable and you know they want, or give experiences like shows or spending time together. 3) Use paper wrapping and reuse or recycle it afterwards. For extra points choose recycled content wrapping paper – or make your own! 4) Plan ahead to prevent food wastage. Find tips on serving sizes, the best way to store food, and recipes that use left overs from www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au. 5) Compost or worm farm your unavoidable food scraps. Most fruits and vegetables and their peels are perfect for composting –and they make great natural fertiliser the garden will love. 6) Much of your food and drink packaging is recyclable, including glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, foil trays and cardboard. Remember in South Australia we have the added benefit of being able to get refunds for recyclable bottles and containers delivered to the local recycling depot on Gosse Street. 7) Steel bottle caps and jar lids can be recy-

cled with just a little effort. Collect them in an empty steel can until the can is about half full, then squeeze the top closed and put the can in the bin. This is good practice for when you will be using the recycle bin for all your recycling in the new year. 8) Some items will take up a lot of room in your bin – make sure you flatten cans and cartons to save space. Another handy tip for the new year! 9) If you are giving a battery operated gift – give a battery charger too. They have less environmental impact and can save money. 10) If you are giving or receiving electronic gifts this festive season (for example, televisions, mobile phones printers and printer cartridges) make sure you recycle the old ones the right way. 11) You can reduce your impact on the planet when travelling between events or going on holidays. Where possible, walk, ride a bike, take public transport or car pool. For long trips, make sure your tyres are pumped up and your engine tuned. 12) If you choose a live Christmas tree this year, make sure you can mulch it.

FORTNIGHTLY Recyclables Collection

Each household will receive a 240 litre bin with a yellow lid for recycling. This bin will be collected fortnightly. Recyclable materials that can be put into this bin include glass jars and bottles (cleaned, aluminium and steel cans/lids) emptied and rinsed, empty aerosol cans, all rigid plastic containers without lids, (plastic that keeps its shape such as yoghurt containers, plastic drink bottles and detergent bottles), juice and milk cartons ( rinsed and flattened, freeing up space in the bin), newspapers, cardboard boxes (flattened), pizza boxes (empty), junk mail, paper, egg cartons, envelopes and phone books.

MONTHLY Organics Collection

Your existing bin – a 240 litre bin will become your green waste/organic bin. This will be collected on a monthly basis and should only contain lawn clippings, garden prunings, twigs and leaves and small branches (15 centimetres in diameter and 60 centimetres long). There are some things that will never go into a bin and alternative disposal must be organised by the householder. All liquid waste (for example, paint and oil), rocks, earth, building waste, e-waste, medical waste, flares, ammunition, car parts (including tyres and batteries), hazardous waste (toxic and household chemicals, asbestos and thinners). Most of these items can be taken at the BSH Waste recycling yard in Gosse Street, however some will attract a disposal fee. Asbestos will not be taken in Roxby Downs. Recent figures from ‘Zero Waste’ show that South Australians do a great job at recycling, in fact around 70 percent of our waste gets recycled. However, landfill can be further reduced still, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions. Reuse organic waste such as compost and mulch. This can improve our gardens, reduce germination of weeds and water loss through evaporation, lower extreme soil temperatures and reduce soil erosion. Roxby Council will be advertising the upcoming service on RoxFM, in future editions of The Monitor and on community notices boards around town. There will be information available at Roxby Council in the new year and there is also a range of brochures being developed to assist the transition to our new kerbside and recycling service.

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The staff of the Roxby Council wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Travel safely and enjoy. We look forward to working with you in 2012, and through the exciting future for our region. WASTE MANAGEMENT

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Opening hours 8.30 to 5 pm weekdays 9.30 am to 12 noon Saturdays Telephone 8671 0660 • Fax 8671 1418 Email: roxbydowns.library@plain.net.au

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

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

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

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Do you like a variety in your work? Are you looking for a new challenge? Roxby Leisure is a Business Unit of Roxby Downs Council which provides leisure, recreation and cultural support and services to the Roxby Downs Community. This position is based on a 38 hour week. The successful applicant will be required to work over a 7 day roster including outside business hours. Responsibilities: · Control incoming and outgoing telephone calls; · Sort and distribute mail; · Undertake banking; · Assist with payroll; · Maintain stationary levels and requests; · Assist with processing orders and invoices; · Prepare reports as required; · Duty Manager; · Assist the Operations Manager, General Manager and other staff with any administrative duties as required. Essential: · Experience in Customer Service; · Highly developed verbal and written communication skills; · Undertake any additional training as required within in the scope of the position. Desirable: · Experience in the use of MYOB, Banking and Payroll software. Please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to: Dani Furbow – Human Resources Officer Roxby Leisure PO Box 300, Roxby Downs SA 5725 Phone: 08 8671 0500 or 0447 888 337 Email: danielle@roxbyleisure.com

Roxby Leisure is a Business Unit of Roxby Downs Council which provides leisure, recreation and cultural support and services to the Roxby Downs Community. As a result Roxby Leisure’s organisational structure has been developed around a team approach with key members in the Community Recreation & Sport, Events & Hospitality, Fitness and Well being & Administration. Roxby Leisure is seeking a professional, highly enthusiastic and motivated full Operations Manager. This position will assist in the successful operations of the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct. Responsibilities: · Lead and manage the development and provision of high aquatic, fitness, youth & arts programs; · Development of business plans; · Development of marketing plans; · Assist with implementing Policies and Procedures; · Manage and report on budget planning and financial management; · Undertake planning and analysis of marketing and merchandising strategies including programming and resources, for all facilities; · Develop a range of community and commercial relationships in order to maintain the facilities overall development and financial success; · Duty Manager; · Manage the day-to-day issues associated with the external contracts in accordance with licence agreements; · Maintain a strategic overview of commercial competitors. Essential: · Tertiary qualification in Sport & Recreation, Sports Administration or Management / Human Movement, or other management disciplines. Minimum 2 years’ experience in the effective operation of aquatic, recreation, sport or fitness facilities and programs and duty management experience; · Highly developed written, oral, presentation and interpersonal skills; · Demonstrated ability in exercising initiative and judgment in applying policies and procedures; · Proven leadership in the ability to handle clients and problem solve quickly and efficiently ; · National Police Clearance; will be provided if not current. Please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to: Alan Male – General Manager Roxby Leisure Alan@roxbyleisure.com or PO Box 300, Roxby Downs SA 5725 Phone: 0438 010 088

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Full Time Dunes Café is situated in the heart of Roxby Downs Cultural Precinct making it the perfect location for breakfast, lunch and morning or afternoon coffee. Its seating is for approximately 67 people making it a great location for social gatherings, meetings and functions.

CAFÉ ASSISTANT / COOK Casual Position Dunes Café is situated in the heart of Roxby Downs Cultural Precinct making it the perfect location for breakfast, lunch and morning or afternoon coffee. Its seating is for approximately 67 people making it a great location for social gatherings, meetings and functions. Previous experience preferred but not essential. On the job training will be provided. Please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to: Dani Furbow – Human Resources Officer Roxby Leisure PO Box 300, Roxby Downs SA 5725 Phone: 08 8671 0500 or 0447 888 337 Email: danielle@roxbyleisure.com

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Newly created role

Sports & Recreation Manager Roxby Leisure is a Business Unit of Roxby Downs Council which provides leisure, recreation and cultural support and services to the Roxby Downs Community. This position will assist the Operations Manager in the successful management of the Centre’s sports based programs, Youth centre, Pulse fitness, Aquatics and Customer Service & Kids Club within the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct. Please refer to our web site for an overview of the facilities and services www. roxbyleisure.com. Responsibilities: · Assist the Operations Manager to deliver a range of leading aquatic, leisure, fitness, youth & arts programs and services to the Roxby Downs community; · Develop a range of community and commercial relationships in order to maintain the facilities overall development and financial success with in the community; · Report planning and budgeting; · Assist with the day to day issues with the operation of the centre; · Program development and community sports liaison · Staff Management; · Staff Development; Essential: · Tietary qualification in Sport & Recreation, Sports Administration or Management / Human Movement, or other management disciplines; · Minimum 2 years experience in the operation of aquatic recreation, sport or fitness facilities and programs; · Highly developed written, oral, presentation and interpersonal skills; · Experience in implementation of policies and procedures; · Proven experience in supervision of staff; · National Police clearance. Desirable: · Pool plant operations · Certificate III or IV in Fitness or Sport & Recreation · Experience in working with Links Modular Solution software. Please send an updated copy of your cover letter and resume to: Alan Male – General Manager Roxby Leisure Alan@roxbyleisure.com or PO Box 300, Roxby Downs SA 5725 Phone: 0438010088

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Mixed netball Grand Finals

Netball Women’s: Tango’s vs. Zodiacs 1 Score: 31 to 24

ABOVE: Hornridge mixed netball premier’s Ethan Zeptner, Bowde Kelly, Stuart Orr, Bailey Evans, Zoey Male, Erika Syversten, Hannah Rigden and Madison Evans.

ABOVE: Lee Emerg scores a goal for the Teenage Mutant Netball Turtles.

Runners Up: Zodiacs 1 Premiers: Tango’s Best on Court: Hannah Ridgen

Mixed: TMNT vs. Hornridge Score: 27 to 30

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Hannah Wurfel will be joining locals Bailey Evans, Jordan Christall, Shaun King, Adam Ryan, Darcy Kenny and Maddy Young for the Country SA State Basketball Championships in January playing against New Zealand and other Australian teams.

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ight Roxby Downs locals completed Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion and Lifeguard training last week, under the watchful eye of experienced teacher Ann Price. Another five trained for their swimming instructor’s ticket and a handful updated their current training to further meet Royal Life Saving Society standards. Ann Price has been a swimming instructor for over 40 years, and for the past 10, has also trained lifeguards right around the state. Ms Price has taught from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY)

Lands right down to the bottom of southeast South Australia, maintaining the two most important messages of her work. “Water safety is the most important component,” she said. “I think even the best swimmers need to know about water safety, the best of us can drown if we are unaware of water safety. “The education side of swimming is also very important.” Lifeguards must first attain a Bronze Medallion and First Aid training before being eligible to train to become a lifeguard. Ms Price explained that learning to lifeguard is marginally different to learning to swim, or attaining a Bronze Medallion. She went on to say the main objec-

tive of a Bronze Medallion is to be able to appropriately react to a dangerous situation, to ‘help somebody that has identified that they need assistance.’ In contrast, Ms Price said lifeguarding is a ‘whole new area’, the main role in being proactive to stop people from being unsafe, and to eliminate having to orchestrate a rescue. “Good lifeguards really don’t get wet, they’re there to supervise to keep the area safe and to make sure everybody is doing the right thing. “I talk about minimising risk, maximising fun and we talk about entertaining greatly and educating gently, so if you’re doing all of those things you’re keeping the clients happy, but a tthe same time maintaining a safe environment and educating students in the use

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of the pool,” she said. But, Ms Price added, it is not entirely up to the lifeguards to ensure swimmers remain safe. “It comes down to, if people are abiding by the rules that have been identified as important by management; they’re there obviously to keep people safe. “And if spoken to by the lifeguard… understand that it’s in their best interest to follow what is being asked of them.” Parents also have an important role to play in maintaining water safety. “The important thing that parents have to realise, is that children can get into trouble very, very quickly without them really realising it, so I guess the message from Royal Life Saving is ‘Keep Watch’,” she said.

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Keep Watch is a public education program of Royal Life Saving Society Australia, aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations. “Parents with children under the age of five need to be always within arms reach of the child that they have brought to the pool,” explained Ms Price. “It only takes a split second for a child to submerge and for them to take water into their lungs and then it can become a problem.” Ms Price went on to strongly voice the difference between a lifeguard and a babysitter. “Lifeguards are there to have a safe environment, to maintain risks and keep everything under control, they are not babysitters. It’s a huge difference.”

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