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Andamooka battles for its seniors by Emma Offler

School’s in!

HAPPY: Young St. Barbara’s Parish School students Madison and Claudie are happy to be back at school and to see their friends.

20/20 Cricket to aid Queensland Flood Appeal Friday, February 4, 2011 Roxby Town Oval starting 7 pm

Spencer Gulf Rural Health School in Whyalla and must complete the needs assessment in 2011. “The methodology chosen is called ‘participatory action research’ which emphasises local involvement and action rather than just gathering statistics,” Dr Lewis said. The first meeting of the Andamooka research committee was held on January 21 in the Andamooka Town Hall. The meeting was attended by local people and visiting experts. The committee will meet monthly and will be assisted by Alison Henderson, who works part time for APOMA and studies social science. In the first meeting there were two people aged 65 and over and Dr Lewis and Mr Allen will be inviting one or two more older adults to join. Member of the Outback Communities Authority, Jen Cleary, was also invited to be on the research committee. She says that needs of older people face every remote rural community and rank very highly among community concerns. At this meeting Mr Allen said, “It is immoral that any older resident of Andamooka might have to leave their home town against their will.” Dr Lewis said, “the Andamooka needs assessment is happening at a time when funding for aged care is receiving attention at a national level. “When decisions about new funding arrangements are being made in Canberra, it is very important that the particular needs of remotely based older people are considered. The Andamooka research may contribute to that debate.”

There are great plans in progress for the older residents of Andamooka. Several months ago, Peter Allen, Chair of Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association (APOMA) and Dr Owen Lewis, general practitioner in Roxby Downs, discussed ideas of a facility to accommodate older residents of Andamooka who experience difficulty in looking after themselves. Dr Lewis suggested a needs assessment to be conducted so they can apply for funding from the Government. Meanwhile, Peter McCready, coordinator for Home and Community Care for clients of Frontier Services put together a submission for a day care facility in Andamooka. The day care facility would mean older residents could visit and interact with others and ease the burden on their carers. Dr Lewis said the ideal arrangements in Andamooka would include a combination of 24 hour carers, a day care centre, respite care, more available para-medical services, and a high level care nursing home. “What we don’t know about a nursing home/hostel is whether the government would consider it feasible. “How many beds do we need? Obviously this question is easier to answer in bigger communities where it matters less if the numbers are incorrect. “Rural communities are at a disadvantage in trying to compete for such allocations of funds for new services that may be considered economically marginal, even though Continued on page 2 the human need is great.” Andamooka resident of 15 years, Jean Dr Lewis has managed to secure short term funding for research from Lawrie, is very supportive and involved

in Roxby Mitchell’s Mining Giants versus Viljoen’s Process Greats Food and beverages available on the night. Auction of sporting gear, flights and more. Come and help our mates in Queensland as they rebuild their homes and communities and have a great and entertaining night! Contact Graham Warren on 0407 139 107 or Jason Schell on 0417 817 172 for more details


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oxFM, the local community radio station, has played an important role in the town for several years and is embarking on a new membership drive. “By being a community radio station we rely on the support of the community to keep running,” explained RoxFM manager Julian Tregenza. “This year we are having a membership drive and anyone that renews their membership or joins as a member of RoxFM before March 1st goes into a draw to win two nights accommodation at Marree Hotel, with breakfast included, which is valued at $360,” he added. Marree is a small town located in the north of South Australia. It lies 685 kilometres North of Adelaide at the junction of the Oodnadatta Track and the Birdsville Track. “Marree is the gateway to Lake Eyre and the Marree Hotel very generously agreed to support this membership drive. “I contacted several businesses asking if they would be interested in supporting our radio station in this membership drive and they

got back to me and said they would love to do it,” Julian said. RoxFM membership costs $30 for an individual and $50 for a family, for the full year, and you know that you will be helping keep Roxby Downs’ only local broadcast media on the air. Julian also explained that “if people want to do training to become a DJ it is also included in the price. And if you just want to pay the membership but you do not want to get involved in the activities, that’s fine too. Either way, you should know that you have done something good for your community. “To go into the draw for this wonderful prize you will have to become a member or rene w your membership by March 1st, but that does not mean you can’t become a member at anytime of the year,” Julian reinforced. L ast year, RoxFM had

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approximately 50 individual members and many businesses got involved with a corporate or community membership, which costs $100 and $50 respectively. “I thank all the businesses and community groups for their support. With their RoxFM membership they are showing a great care for the community based initiatives and organisations,” Julian concluded. To get your membership form contact RoxFM on 8671 25 45 or email Julian on manager@roxfm. . But hurry and don’t miss out the chance to get a great weekend at the Marree Hotel free.

Andamooka battles for its seniors From the front page

Fri 21 Jan


RoxFM offers prize incentive to become a member

Andamooka resident of 15 years, Jean Lawrie, is very supportive and involved with the committee, and said, “As an older resident myself, something does need to be done. I understand how the older people feel when they have to be shipped out of town away from everything that’s familiar. “On the other hand, it’s not just a matter of putting in some kind of housing for them, they’ve got to have the care as well. And if people have got to start paying for that kind of care then they are more likely to want to put that money into their own home. As far as I can see it’s a bit of a catch 22 situation.” Jean thinks the idea of a day care facility in Andamooka is a good idea because it gets people out and about and socialising so it reduces the isolation which can be common amongst the older population. She thinks it will be a good chance for carers

and respite workers to monitor the older people’s progress. In the next few weeks the research committee will call focus group meetings which will be preliminary to other methods such as a survey. Dr Lewis said, “We will interview every person over a certain age (for example, over 65) eventually. “We will also talk to other people affected – family friends and community generally. “We also recognise that there are people with disabilities who are younger who need similar services, so we will be meeting them too.” Dr Lewis wants the research to be as objective and fair as possible in gathering facts and opinions so that the research committee can compare the local need with needs and services provided in other communities. “This is all about producing the evidence to justify an increase in services.”

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A big year for the Kindy, says new Director By Celeste Lustosa


he Roxby Downs year ahead and told The I am most excited about Kindergarten has Monitor that she is look- is meeting all the families ing forward to meeting all and starting to develop all a 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 had 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 manager position at RoxFM and he was successful in getting that, so we tried to live apart for a little while but that was too hard. Then the position for the kindergarten 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 town because her brother-inlaw’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. The new Director is very excited about the

the staff. “There is the Spanish learning project that will continue this year so that’s something we will be working really hard on, to make sure it continues because I understand it has been really successful. “Apart from that, we will wait until we are all together so we can develop what we will be doing. But obviously the new Early Year’s Learning Framework curriculum is something we will be really focused in implementing. “I am really excited about being in Roxby and also about the size and how well resourced the kindergarten is and the possibilities here are great. Also, getting to know the local schools and local community groups that work for families, so that will be a big part for us as well. It will be a big year!” she concluded. But it is not only a new Director that Roxby’s kindy is welcoming this year. Adam Christie just moved from Adelaide to become a new teacher for our local kindy. “I am a graduate teacher last year, so I applied for positions to begin my teaching career this year and Roxby came up as an advertised position and I thought why not give it a go and find something new and a new experience. “I also thought that starting my career in the country would be a good way to begin,” he told The Monitor. Adam believes that “the biggest part of the job at the moment is to meet the rest of the staff, and talk about the things we want to develop and the curriculum we would like to implement. But the thing

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the relationships with the children and their families.” “I love Roxby so far. I really, really like it! I can’t wait to meet new people and get involved in the community,” concluded our enthusiastic new Kindy staff ready for the new year: Adam Christie, Kerryn Jones, Ana Perez, Vicki McGauchie. resident. Advertisement

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enjamin Brown, 21, has been granted bail to live with his mother in Whyalla.

Brown appeared in the Port Augusta court on Monday, January 24 facing charges of alleged murder and endangering life. The charges were laid following an incident in Roxby Downs in the early hours of Saturday, January 15, when Brown allegedly ran down and killed his father and injured another man. Brown is due to next face court again on Monday, April 4.

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Prue & Rocko bring new life to the Club

Prue and Rocko, who originally came from Adelaide, have spent the last year managing the Andamooka Opal hotel. The duo bring a large amount of experience with them, having both worked in the industry since their early teens, and working in popular pubs in Adelaide such as Shennanigans at Marion and The Ed in Mitcham. “We moved over to the Community Club because it was a different experience – there are new challenges here, and we’re kept a bit busier – its been good so far,” said Prue.

Prue and Rocco are excited about their plans for the Club.

The 2011 School Card Scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of educational expenses for school students of low-income families. It is administered by the Department of Education and Children’s Services.


School Card assistance is available for: • Dependent students from 4 years of age receiving full-time schooling at a government or non-government school. • Independent full-time students undertaking at least 6 subjects in years 10 or 11, or at least 5 subjects in year 12 at a government or non-government school, or • Adult re-entry students attending a government or non-government secondary school.

A select group within the community realise that the Art Gallery, though specifically named, is not restricted to just art – you do not have to be Pablo Picasso to utilise the area successfully. Operations Manager, Michael Esposito and Visitor Information Centre (VIC) employee Nicole Page told The Monitor of the possibilities. “We’ve had discussions in the past with the sporting clubs about the area,” said Mr Esposito. “For instance, the Roxby Districts Sporting Club, which has a lot of history in town, doesn’t have a clubroom to display their memorabilia. “They could display an exhibition in the art gallery. The same goes to the Andamooka and Hornridge Sporting Clubs, and all the other sporting groups.” Mrs Page, who works at the VIC part time, said it’s hit and miss with booking the Art Gallery. “We have got some months that are already booked up - even for 2012,” she said. “At the same time, we have months that are completely free – so if you booked now, you may be able to hang your artwork up tomorrow, but for instance if you came in March you may have to wait a few months til its free.”

Eligibility for School Card assistance is dependent upon family gross income for the 2009/2010 financial year being within the following School Card income limits. Gross Weekly School Card Income Limit
















Each additional dependent child



By Millie Thomas

oxby Leisure is a resourceful hub for Roxby Downs, but it seems the public is not using it to its full potential.

Who can apply for School Card?

Gross Annual School Card Income Limit

“We both love the hospitality industry, that’s pretty much all we’ve ever done—it’s ingrained in us now! It’s more of a lifestyle than a job. It’s good fun, we’re liking it!” “I think its nice being in a local town. It’s just nice having familiar faces and regular customers coming in every day. Amongst the changes that are coming to the club are new menus, monthly themed nights and new additions to the kitchen staff. Members’ night will also be back in full swing on February 2. “A couple of our chefs that we have now have come from the Stamford Grand so they’re fantastic. We’ve got really good quality food coming out at the moment,” said Prue. “We have had such good feedback with the new bar menu and the food that has been coming out. “We’re hoping to provide a nice community club for everyone with good service, good food and beverages and hopefully people will come in and give us a go and see how it’s changed!”

Leisure centre shows its resourcefulness


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By Millie Thomas

he Roxby Community C l u b h a s u n d e rg o n e some major internal and external changes over the last two years, and this year, new Club Managers Prue Smith and Richard ‘Rocko’ Kirkby plan to bring even more to the Roxby Downs community.

How to apply for School Card • Visit your local school and request the appropriate 2011 School Card Application Form and associated Fact Sheet. • Follow the instructions on the Fact Sheet and submit the form as directed by the Fact Sheet. • All forms must be completed in full, and where required supporting documentation must be attached. For more information please contact your local school or the School Card Section on phone: Free Call 1800 672 758 or website:

Special discounted rates are available for locals wishing to express themselves or the club they represent – it’s a difference of about $20 per day, giving locals an extra advantage. The Leisure Centre does request a commission from all artwork sold – full price listings and packages are available at the VIC. Mrs Page and Mr Esposito stress that the Art Gallery can be used for a multitude of different occasions. “We have a lot of Country Arts SA bookings coming up, Johanna Sampson, a local artist, is also booked in and Alex Mendelsohhn has used the area a lot in the past,” said Mrs Page. “However, we encourage the schools, and especially Year 12 art to be put on a display.” “We’ve also used the room for luncheons or morning teas – it’s

quite a nice ambient spot. Especially when there is an artwork feature in there, it creates a conversation and a pleasant place to relax with morning tea,” said Mr Esposito. “You can use it basically to showcase your business or cause,” added Mrs Page. “Anything to do with arts and culture that room should and can be utilised for. It’s under surveillance 24 hours a day, is locked every night. It’s a very secure area,” said Mr Esposito. “You don’t have to be one of the Leonardo da Vincis of the world to put on a display. A lot of the more amateur work draws the biggest crowds.” For all enquiries go and see Nicole or Rachel at the Visitor Information centre in the Leisure Centre.


Have your say on NRM investment in Arid Lands Meeting in Roxby on Feb 8 The SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board is conducting its annual review of its three-year Business Plan and is seeking community feedback on the proposed amendments.

Have Your Say on NRM Investment in the Arid Lands

‘The Business Plan outlines a range of strategically targeted programs and initiatives that the SAAL NRM Board seeks to invest in to effectively manage natural resources across the SAAL NRM region over the next three years,’ said Ms Deb Agnew, Acting General Manager, SAAL NRM Board.

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO THE SA ARID LANDS REGIONAL NRM PLAN The SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board is conducting its annual review of 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.

Reviewed annually, the Plan identifies the expected sources of investment funds and provides an implementation plan for 2011/12 to 2013/14. The consultation period will run for 31 days with comments due by 25 February 2011.

Public Meetings 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

Mon 7 Feb, Sports Centre, 6 - 8pm

Roxby Downs

Tues 8 Feb, Oasis Motor Inn, 6 - 8pm

Coober Pedy

Wed 9 Feb, Italian Club, 4 - 6pm

Port Augusta

Mon 14 Feb, SAAL NRM Board office, Railway Station, 3 - 5pm


Thurs 17 Feb, Telecentre, 1 - 3pm

Individuals and groups can provide feedback at Public Meetings or by making a written submission directly to the SAAL NRM Board. The Business Plan is the Board’s commitment to the delivery of the Regional NRM Pan which was adopted by the Minister for Environment and Conservation in May 2010.

Further information Further information and an information package are available from the Board 8648 5977 or via the Board’s website Written feedback is due by 25 February 2011.

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Meetings will be kept relatively informal so please drop in any time during the set hours.

The Regional NRM Plan provides a coordinated and integrated basis for managing the natural resources in the region over the next 10 years. For further information, to obtain a copy of the

Plan or to find out the details of your nearest Public Meeting please call the SAAL NRM Board’s office 8648 5977. Getting a copy Copies of the amended Business Plan, a Factsheet explaining the key aspects of the proposed amendments, and a Feedback Form are available from our website www.saalnrm. or by calling the SAAL NRM Board office on 8648 5977. Getting involved The SAAL NRM Board recognises that people are central to the management of the region’s natural resources. Members of the public are invited to meet with key Board and staff members to hear about the proposed amendments to the Business Plan and give you the opportunity to ask questions and provide comment/feedback. Leigh Creek Mon 7 Feb, Sports Centre, 6-8pm Roxby Downs Tues 8 Feb, Oasis Motor Inn, 6-8pm. Coober Pedy Wed 9 Feb, Italian Club, 4-6pm Port Augusta Mon 14 Feb, SAAL NRM Board office, Railway Station, 3-5pm. Yunta Thurs 17 Feb, Telecentre, 1-3pm.

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Roxby celebrates in the heat F By Celeste Lustosa

or weeks Roxby residents have been anticipating the highest temperatures for the Australia Day celebrations.

Forty-nine degrees was mentioned but a not so scary 45 degrees marked the day and welcomed approximately 400 to the Leisure Centre pool. The party also marked the return of many residents from the holidays which made the event even more special. Familiar Aussie faces stamped the Australian flag proudly in the outfits and faces, as well as many immigrants that call Australia home. Nicola Hind and her daughter Amy Thomas moved from England to Australia in September last year as a result of a great love reunion – thanks to Facebook. Nicola and Roxby local Peter Crane dated 15 years ago in Australia. But Nicola moved back to England and the couple spent decades apart only to be reunited by Facebook, which resulted in her coming back to Australia 18 months ago and getting married. Nicola’s daughter Amy was celebrating her first Australia Day. “I like Australia but it is a lot different than England and much hotter,” she said. The little girl, who is a new student at Roxby Downs Area School, said she has seen many things already, like dead mice, bats and a brown snake that welcomed her to the Australian outback by showing up in their backyard. “I said to mum that if you leave the snake alone they don’t bite you. “I have a brother and sister back in England and I miss them but I like it here,” Amy said. The girls have settled into Roxby and the hot weather definitely did not take away their enthusiasm for Australia Day. Needless to say that the pool was the big hit of the day as families gathered for a splash of cold water and a little bit of shade. The day included some emotional acknowledgements such as Citizen of the Year to Merv Rogers and Sports Person of the Year (senior, junior and team categories), promoted by the Roxby Downs Sports and Recreation Forum. All the award winners were caught by surprise and seemed very happy with the recognition. More details about that on the Community Board page, in this edition of The Monitor. Once again Roxby Leisure staff did an outstanding job in providing friendly, good service to all those present. Roxby Council staff also helped behind the barbecue in order to provide a great free breakfast – Aussie style, of course!

Roxby Downs Australia Day award winners celebrate last week.


If you’re a working parent expecting a child after January 1st, there’s something else you can expect From 1 January 2011, Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme will start. It’s a new entitlement for working parents, funded by the Australian Government. Taking time away from work for a new baby is a common part of working life. Paid Parental Leave will help parents spend time with a new baby, and help employers retain skilled staff. What is Paid Parental Leave? Eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011 may get 18 weeks Governmentfunded pay at the National Minimum Wage, currently $570 a week before tax, to help them care for a new baby. Am I eligible? Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. You must have worked at least 330 hours (just over one day a week) for 10 of the 13 months before your new baby arrives. You can have up to an 8 week unpaid break between two working days and still be eligible.

You can earn up to $150,000 a year (individual salary) and still be eligible. Is it for both parents? Yes, usually the mother must apply for Paid Parental Leave. If you are eligible, you can transfer some or all of the pay to your partner (they need to be eligible too). The scheme gives families more options to balance work and family. When can I take it? You can claim up to three months in advance, and your pay can start at any time you choose from when your child is born or adopted. It will be paid in one continuous period from the start date and must all be taken within the first year after the birth or adoption. You are encouraged to apply early.

What about employer-provided entitlements? Eligible parents can receive Parental Leave pay at the same time, before or after other employer-provided paid leave or entitlements. The existing minimum entitlement to 12 months unpaid parental leave for long-term employees is unchanged. What does it mean for employers? From 1 July 2011, employers must provide Government-funded Parental Leave pay through their usual pay cycle to eligible employees who have been with their business for at least 12 months. Other eligible parents will be paid through the Family Assistance Office. Where do I find out more? To learn more about Paid Parental Leave visit the website or call the appropriate number below. Parents 13 61 50 Employers 13 11 58

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Nicola Hind with daughter Amy Thomas who enjoyed her first Australia Day after moving from England.

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to the editor

Sir - We had many things to celebrate on Australia Day, on the 110th anniversary of Federation. We are living in a free country, in decent living conditions for most. We have many cultures under one nation, including possibly the oldest surviving on earth, Aboriginal Australia, which non-indigenous Australians have come to also celebrate and acknowledge more and more. We generally have a healthy lifestyle and are sports oriented. Even our Socceroos have made it for the first time to the final in the Asia Cup. Yet for all the blessings, we also commemorate those who have lost their lives, to the floods, to war overseas, and in other ways in service of their fellow Australians. We thankfully have seen little starvation, abject poverty, war and strife compared to many countries in the world. Our tolerance, acceptance, and selfless help of others are keys to such success. The UN has proclaimed the first week of February every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs. Though Australians don’t talk much about religion, most do have some belief in God or the hereafter. So this week we can take such harmony and put it to work. Whether Christian relief, Scientology Volunteer Ministers, Muslim Aid or other or none, you can help in flood affected areas, or in some way get together and work with some strangers to help where Australia needs it most. I’ve done disaster relief, given lots of blood, run an anti-drug campaign, and promoted human rights, and I love to work with everyone from Indigenous Australians, to Muslims from Asia and the Middle East, to fair dinkum Aussies of caucasian background. It’s all good when you’re blood, sweat and tears on the front lines of helping your fellow man. And if there is any time in your life to volunteer, it’s now. Cyrus Brooks Scientology Volunteer Minister , Waterloo

Statewide news in brief . . . Plan to ban bullbars The South Australian Farmers Federation is opposing a possible ban on vehicle bullbars, but acknowledges many are unnecessary. Bullbars might go under changes to national road safety rules which are currently being considered by the Federal Government. Federation president Peter White says many city drivers with bullbars are posing an unwarranted danger. “I mean most of them are put on for looks and I guess to make them [drivers] feel bulletproof,” he said. “But certainly if you’re out on the Oodnadatta Track and it’s 40 degrees and you hit a kangaroo and it wipes the front of your car out and you’ve got to sit there for some time all of a sudden they become pretty good value.”

New locust threat emerges The State Government will help local councils in coming weeks to combat significant bands of locust hoppers and curb their threat in autumn. Agriculture Minister Michael O’Brien said locusts were now particularly prevalent in the Barossa Valley and some areas of the Mallee, Riverland and Mid North. “Second generation locusts have started to band together in some of these areas, presenting a potential threat to autumn sowing,” Mr O’Brien said. “Unless we get on top of this second generation of hoppers now, there will be far greater problems in autumn.

Adelaide Cup weekend to stay Minister for Industrial Relations Paul Holloway said State Government

has declined a request from the racing industry to move the Adelaide Cup holiday from March. Mr Holloway says the government’s intention to retain the public holiday in March follows careful consideration of the Thoroughbred Racing SA’s request.

Healthy Weight Week Reduce your risk of chronic disease by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle is the key message coming out of Healthy Weight Week. The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, helped to kick off Healthy Weight Week today by calling on the community to get active, eat well and adopt a healthy lifestyle. “Keeping people out of hospital is a key focus for the Gillard Government and we want to support Australians to lead healthier lifestyles and reduce the burden on our health system” Ms Roxon said. “Australia has the world’s fifth-highest rate of adult obesity and with more than 60 per cent of adults and 25 per cent of children either overweight or obese, there has never been a more important time to tackle preventable diseases”, Ms Roxon said. “Healthy Weight Week is encouraging all Australians to eat better, feel better and move more now! Healthy Weight Week is organised by the Dietitians Association of Australia and information about ways to get involved can be found at http:// Information on Government initiatives in your community can be found at



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Last week’s Hot Topic: Are you in favour of a tax to aid the rebuilding of flood affected areas in Australia? It’s either a tax on everyone or the Government will have to stop sending billions of dollars in overseas aid to other countries and other world disasters. We have our own disaster here and charity should begin at home, especially this year. Taxed to Max. RD No more taxes please Julia! JR. It would shock most people just how much of our taxes go overseas. Have a look - $4.4 billion development assistance 2010/2011, as well bucket loads to other things like $500 million supporting education in Indonesia, $24 million for Haiti, $17 million for Carribean climate change and the list goes on and on. So no! No more taxes to support flood victims. This government has to stop this leak or “flood” of our taxes to overseas. Ian. If we have to dig deep to help our fellow Aussies, why not? Just as long as the tax or levy is not like so many others that just keep going indefinitely. Tezza It’s all for one and one for all. I am in favour to help other areas of Australia. Proud Aussie Another temporary tax. Where have I heard that before? Be afraid, be very afraid. Temporary taxes have a habit of becoming permanent. Ivan of the Far North Back when Australia was in Bicentenial year there was a levy placed on all fuels and was only to be there for that year but it has never been withdrawn and you take that small amount that was placed on the fuel back then and the percentage that the Federal Government has raised, the price of fuel, then the GST this would amount to a very large amount of money that should have been removed. Suspicious, RD Let’s continue to give out millions and millions of dollars to other countries but then tax ourselves to pay for disasters here...way to go! Suspend foreign aid for a year! Lexie Phew! I survived another long, long school holiday without killing my kids! Loving Mum, RD In regards to the council complaining about cars parking on “THEIR” verge (being the land between our property and the road). How is it you can complain about this happening when some home owners have had to pay for “YOUR” verge to be re- barkchipped. I say this as I was one of the home owners who was told it was simply “not in your budget”. If you keep up with the upkeep and made our walkways look nice, people probably wouldn’t park there. WAKE UP COUNCIL! Verge-on-al, Roxby It is really hot if a local girl drives her car from one side of Richardson Place to the other on a quick errand. Hot Stuff, Roxby

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ELECTRICITY ACCOUNTS Electricity accounts for 31 December 2010 quarterly billing have now been issued, please pay by the due date 10 February 2011 to avoid late fees being added to your account. If you have any difficulties in paying your account by the due date, please contact the Council office to arrange a payment plan.

Options for your pets while you are away

WATER ACCOUNTS December 2010 Water Accounts were issued on 14 January 2011 and are due for payment by 15 February 2011 EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CASUAL WORK Council is seeking expressions of interest from people to perform part time casual work for Council in the Works area. The work is predominantly based outdoors and will include a range of tasks depending on skills and experience of applicants. If successful applicants have an ABN number there is the option to be employed on a contractor basis. Expressions of interest should include a covering letter and resume and be emailed to: roxby@roxbycouncil. by 14 February 2011. ROXBY ROADSAFE Roxby Roadsafe is the local community road safety committee. The committee meets on the second Thursday of every month in the Council Boardroom. The committee discusses road safety issues and organises road safety displays and promotions. The aim of the committee is to promote a safer community for all road users including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Members of the community are welcome to attend these meetings to raise any road safety concerns. The next meeting will be held on 10 February at 5.30pm. If you would like further information please contact Michelle Hales on 0418 833 818.


By Celeste Lustosa

he Local Council has been receiving enquiries from the general public about boarding kennel facilities in Roxby Downs. “While Council does not operate these kinds of facilities we thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to do some research and investigate what the options are for residents,” Michelle Hales, Manager Community Development, Governance and Strategic Support said.

The main option for our residents is to drive their pets to a close town where kennels are available, such as Port Augusta and Whyalla. A quick research on the internet will bring you some options. Things to keep in mind when looking for kennels: • Are the facilities clean, dry and of a suitable temperature for the season? • Is there any sign of fleas or ticks? • Do the dogs have plenty of

Council is Service SA REMINDERS REMINDERS local agent Water accounts due N 15 February 2011

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ew residents may not be aware that Council is the Rural Agent for Service SA.

Service SA is the link between government services and the community and has service

centres around the State. Unlike other Rural Agents Council focuses on transport related transactions only. Council provides this service to the community on Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9am and

room to move around? • Is there an outdoor run or exercising area? • Do the dogs have plenty of fresh clean water? • Do they have plenty of clean bedding and shelter? • Do the dogs seem relaxed and happy? • Does the boarding kennel insist that all dogs be fully vaccinated before accepting them for boarding? This is particularly important to protect your dog from disease.

4.30pm. Residents wishing to undertake a written learner theory test will need to start the test before 4.00pm to ensure that the test is finished on time. Vehicle and boat registrations, learners’ permits, licence applications and renewals and address changes are just some of the services offered. Transactions that are particularly relevant to Roxby Downs residents include licence and registration transfers from interstate and out of areas concessions for registered vehicles. For example, people living in Woomera, Roxby

• What happens in the case of illness or injury to your pet? • Do the kennel attendants seem caring and genuine dog lovers? Roxby Downs Veterinary Clinic provides a hosting service for cats, but not dogs. The places are limited to ten cats at a time, so you need to make the arrangements in advance to make sure your cat will have a spot available in Roxby while you enjoy your holidays or time out of town.

Downs and Andamooka may not be aware that they are entitled to claim a discount on motor vehicle registration fees for living in a remote area. “We have been running the service for over two years now and it has proven very popular. People don’t need to travel all the way to Port Augusta and we can attend to most enquiries,” Michelle Hales Manager Community Development, Governance & Strategic Support said. “We need to stress that as an agent we do not have the full capabilities and computer access that a service centre like Port

Augusta has. However, Port Augusta staff is only a phone call away and able to help us with any complicated questions. We also like to assist the community with information if we can so we regularly provide updates and advice in The Monitor to help answer any questions”. Ms Hales said. Service SA also provides a telephone service with call centre staff available to answer questions throughout the week on 131 084.



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

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

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

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

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


Toddler Story Time 9.30 am Tuesday & Thursday


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Monitor NEWS The

New teachers arrive . . .

True Blue Aussie wins Aussie Day award By Millie Thomas

If you’ve ever been to the Olympic Dam Footy Club or Roxby Downs Community Club for a drink after work, chances are you’ve run into the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award winner, Merv Rogers. He’s the auctioneer at the RFDS Golf Day, the green spray painted elf at RFDS’ Christmas in July, he’s the Olympic Dam Devils biggest supporter. Merv has been extensively involved in both Clubs and in fundraising and supporting the Royal Flying Doctors amongst a myriad of things since he brought his young family to Roxby some 24 odd years ago. The Citizen of the Year award rewards and recognises individuals that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or give an outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties. Community minded Merv fits this description perfectly. “I was absolutely astounded, I didn’t know that I was nominated!” said a humbled Merv. “It was a hell of a shock, I’m still numb. It was a big acknowledgement. I didn’t think I had done too much. “I’ve been volunteering in the community ever since I came here, 24, nearly 25 years ago.” Renowned for his passion in supporting local sporting club Olympic Dam Devils, Merv has devoted a lot of his time into helping them succeed. Not only is he still a committee member and Patron for the club, but in years gone by he took on the role of vice president of the club and helped build what it is today. “I was an original player for Olympic Dam! I helped on and off with the construction of the club. The biggest change to ODFC over the years was definitely finishing the building of the club which happened around the turn of the century. “The other big changes to the club have been losing the main characters like the Pardoes, Clarkies and the Tbones of OD, just to name a few. They left a big hole in the club, the boys have big boots to fill.” The Community Club is another

cause Merv holds close, both he and his wife Erilee constantly support the Club and volunteer their time to help in any way they can. “I’ve been on the community club board for 15 years now. President for the past five years I think,” said Merv. “The biggest change I’ve seen in the club would probably come from the now itinerant population in the town. “We now we have a core group of members turn up on Member’s nights. While we have anywhere up to 800 members, we probably only have 100 active members. “I remember Wednesday nights used to be a huge night for a family get together –a few beers, raffles and a bit of a carry on.” There’s always a story behind how Merv got involved… “I sort of got roped into helping out with the Flying Doctors,” started Merv. “They needed an auctioneer one day – I had never been an auctioneer in my life! Ken Lamb bailed me up and said I need a favour of you tomorrow afternoon. He said I’d find out what it was when I turned up!” “It’s a bloody good cause – we can’t do without them. It (Merv’s involvement) has just snowballed from there.” Merv concedes that half of the reason why he gets involved in the community so much is his inability to say no and his appreciation for Roxby Downs. “I’m probably just being soft and I can’t say no!” he said. “Roxby is a free and easy place to live, and yeah, the money’s alright! It’s just home. “I’ve always lived in country towns. I enjoy the lifestyle – easy and carefree lifestyle. “People complain that there’s nothing to do but hell, I always find something to do, I don’t have enough time! “It was good in the beginning because we were all young, all had young kids. Wherever you went, the kids went. It was a great upbringing for the boys. The boys have even came back after going to down boarding school – we see them every now and again when they want a feed!”

Merv Rogers was a driving force behind the upgrading of the Community Club

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New hall building for Roxby Downs Area School Construction starts this week


By Millie Thomas

ith the help of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution fund, Roxby Downs Area School is set to have a multi-purpose hall and construction starts tomorrow, Thursday, February 3. The Building the Education Revolution (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. Roxby Downs Area School has received $2.73 million from the BER to build the school hall multi-purpose hall. “The hall will be used for all sorts of things,” said Deputy Principal of RDAS, Helen Bennie. “It’s actually the condition of the BER fund that the building is accessed by the community, its also going to be set up so it’s a hall for sport, and we will also hold performances and presentations there.” Mrs Bennie explained that some of the features of the multi purpose hall will be a moveable stage, lighting, as well as sporting facilities to accommodate for a range of sports. Mrs Kath Macalister, RDAS Principal, stated that measures will be put in place to keep the students and families safe whilst the building is being constructed. “For the six months while this is underway, we will leave the front gate to the school open so parents are able to walk their children in and out of school,” she said. “Then there is a safe pathway that parents can walk through with their children. The best way to bring the children through will be through the front, not the construction side.” There is some public concern about the lack of parking for teachers with a lot of the on site parking

areas lost during and after construction of the new building. The concern is the workforce of the school (around 60 employees) will have to resort to parking along Richardson Place, congesting the main street for shoppers and other businesses. Mrs Macalister has said that “staff have been asked to explore car pooling and parking away from Richardson Place to minimise any disruption.” Mrs Bennie assured The Monitor plans are in place to reduce this inconvenience. “Part of the plan is to re-establish some car parking for staff. We’re hoping we can re-establish and redevelop the car park so there is still some parking for staff,” she said. NOTE: This refers to after the building process and all car parks will be restored plus a few more. A spokesperson from DECS (Department of Education and Children’s Services) told The Monitor, “The placement of the multi-purpose hall was a decision made by the local school community and supported by staff. “Staff car parking is provided at government schools and will continue to be provided at Roxby Downs Area School.” Town Administrator, Bill Boehm, said if parking does become limited in Richardson Place, it will be addressed accordingly. “It depends very much on the circumstances,” he said. “Certainly the Council will discuss and assess the issue with the school and take an appropriate action at the time. “Logic would tell you if there isn’t staff car parking at a school that normally would be there that the school should request their teachers to park away from the main street so the community is not disadvantaged. “That’s a matter that will have to be addressed if and when it happens and at this stage we don’t know the impact, although we expect there will be an impact, but it will be managed and it will be addressed then.” THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper


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Keep your cool this summer By Emma Offler



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Council employee Mellissa Nilsen, 40 degrees in the shade

it’s a lot hotter up here so you’d probably have to drink an extra litre on top of that, but now that it’s Summer, you need to drink even more.” Dr Owen Lewis, a general practitioner in Roxby Downs, said that a headache is sometimes due to insufficient fluid consumption.

He advises residents of Roxby to avoid prolonged periods outside in the direct sun and to keep the air moving to aid evaporation from the skin. Troy has a great tip for keeping cool: “If you can tip some water over the back of your neck, that’s the first way to cool yourself down. An ice pack

on the back of the neck also works; it goes straight down the nervous system and cools you down.” Be careful in the heat and watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke.

Don’t forget to have your say People who live or work in the Outback have been given a little extra time to have their say on a draft community engagement policy. Consultation on the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) draft document, ‘Community Engagement – Our Commitment’ was due to close on 31 January 2011, following a two-month consultation period. The OCA will now accept feedback until 5pm on 9 February 2011. OCA Chair Mr Bill McIntosh says the consultation period has been extended to ensure Outback residents or workers who leave their region over the Christmas/ January period have an opportunity to comment. The draft policy outlines

how the OCA is proposing to improve opportunities to involve the Outback community in decision-making. “We have had nearly 100 responses to this draft policy so far, representing the interests of about 250 people but we need more to be sure we can make it easier for as many people as possible to play a part in shaping the future of the Outback,” Mr McIntosh says. “We need to get the right mix of tools to inform, consult and engage people and that could include email, telephone calls, mail-outs, posters in the local area, electronic and hard copy newsletters, face-to-face meetings with progress associations, community forums, press advertising and online tools for example. “By commenting on this

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oxby Downs is currently experiencing extreme temperatures of the mid-high 40s and it’s important to keep cool and hydrated during the heatwave. Troy Homa from the Leisure Centre advises people to exercise during the cooler times of the day: first thing in the morning or when the sun is down. He also says it’s important to train less intensely in the hotter climate: “Notch it back and shorten your training sessions a little and make sure you sleep right and recover right.” There are many different types of exercise to choose from in the hotter months, including swimming and indoor gym sessions. He said, “Swimming is one of the better ones (exercises) because you keep cool as you’re doing it. There’s a lot you can do in the pool, it’s not just swimming. We used to do martial arts in the pool and it’s similar to aqua.” You can also run in the pool and still get a great workout from the resistance the water provides. Drinking water and staying hydrated is one of the most vital things you can do to keep yourself cool and healthy during summer. “Experts say we should drink three litres a day but I go off the rule of one litre per 25kg. The average person is 75kg so it would be three litres but then if you train it would be an extra litre for training. Being up in Roxby,

draft policy, people are ensuring that we know what works best for them,” Mr McIntosh says. A letter, as well as a feedback form, copy of the draft policy and a reply paid envelope, was sent to residents and land holders in late November 2010. People in OCA areas can also provide their comments until 9 February 2011 by completing an online version of that feedback form, available on the OCA website at www. . The OCA is also inviting people to register their details so they can keep in touch about issues relevant to them. Registration is online or by using the form provided by mail. For additional copies, free call 1800 640 542 (For the unincorporated areas only).

Church activities back for 2011 By Celeste Lustosa


oxby Downs Community Christian Church has returned to “business as usual” from January 31. Amongst the activities that are back is the ‘Kids for Christ’ which will start on Saturday, February 5 from 4pm to 5.30pm. The informal worship service also starts on this day (February 5) at 6-7pm. Home groups get underway from February 7. Other services start as usual on Sunday at 10 am in Roxby and at 2pm in Andamooka. According to Reverend Mary Lewis, “The THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

special focus of this year is growing as disciples of Jesus, sharing the good news of God’s love and developing church leaders. We are having a series of teaching workshops and weekend seminars as part of that focus,” she said. Another activity Reverend Mary has been enthusiastic about is the women’s bible study group that meets on Friday mornings. “It’s interdenominational and so may attract interest from a wider group than just our church,” Mary explained.

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It’s a... ... guy thing Cavpower rolls out Cat Truck drive days


World’s First Cat Trucks Roll into South Australia

he launch of Cat Trucks is reaching a local level with Cat Truck dealer Cavpower, holding the inaugural 2011 Cat Truck Ride and Drive program at 50 Wing Street, Wingfield, South Australia. Featuring the new Cat CT610 and CT630 models the 2011 Ride and Drive program will allow local road transport industry operators to see the much anticipated Cat Trucks within their community first hand and experience their performance on local road conditions. One of the world’s most recognisable brands, Cat launched the world first on-highway trucks near Uluru, Northern Territory in late November last year. Since the launch local Cat Dealer, Cavpower has reported significant interest. General Manger of On Highway Trucks, Shane McEvoy, said the new Cat Trucks would appeal to a wide range of applications. “The CT610 model features a GVM of 24.5 tonne and a GCM of up to 57 tonne making it ideal in tipper and dog style application, while the CT630 provides a GCM up to 72 tonne with an optional 90 tonne rating, which

has created strong interest with b-double operators,” Mr McEvoy said. “As well as taking great satisfaction from having the legendary Cat engine under the bonnet, our customers can be assured of unsurpassed levels of service from our comprehensive Cat dealer network – wherever they are in Australia. “Our branch network which takes in Adelaide Metropolitan (Wingfield), Mt Gambier, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Olympic Dam and Broken Hill have been fully prepared with specific service and parts facilities, dedicated staff and comprehensive training, ready to provide 100 per cent customer satisfaction every time,” Mr McEvoy said. “We’re committed to Cat Trucks and judging by the level of interest we’ve already received our clients are ready to commit as well. “I’d urge anybody interested in attending the 2011 Cat Truck Ride and Drive program to contact us for further information and to secure their first hand look at the most exciting new truck to come to market in decades. I’ve got no doubt they will be impressed”

Back to School with Roxby Downs Mensland Mensland supports Roxby community


ox by D ow ns Mensland, Richardson Place, underwent a major facelift last year and owners Darren and Lisa Pedler couldn’t be happier with the outcome. “The whole idea was to give the community what they want,” said Darren. The Pedlers own three stores in the Roxby shopping district, providing a range of surf and motorbike clothing as well as numerous accessories to help fit out homes and complete outfits. The renovations saw Mensland evolve from about a 170 square foot store to a massive 270 square feet. The renovations were completed and the store reopened in the beginning of December. Darren

said the community response has been encouraging. “The layout of the store now is more eye catching. We are able to both fit more products into the store and showcase the best deals. “It means both better business for us, and a better variety for Roxby Downs.” Mensland stock an array of surfing brand names for both men and women, designer shoes, handbags and accessories as well as everything you need to get back to school. Why shop out of town when you can support the Roxby Downs community economy and buy great products from great stores who aim to give you anything you need? Darren and Lisa would like to say a special thank you to MPS for fitting out the shop and Graham Ferris for the signage.

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Sports person of the year awards

By Celeste Lustosa


t is not news that sports are a big part of the Roxby Downs lifestyle. Netball, football, cricket, soccer, hocke y, basketball, swimming, karate – you name it, we got it.

Mal Hewett was named the Senior Sports Person of the year by the Sports and Recreation Forum

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COMMUNITY PERSON OF THE MONTH The Volunteering Partnership is calling for nominations for Community Person of the Month. These new awards will recognise people who have made a significant contribution to the Roxby Downs Community. Nomination forms are available from the Roxby Downs Council, The Monitor Newspaper and Big Sky Credit Union and must be received by the 15th of every month. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND NOMINATION FORMS CONTACT:


So it only makes sense to recognise the great athletes of our town with the Sports Person of the Year award, granted on Australia Day by the Sports and Recreation Forum. The Forum’s Chairperson Kaye Doyle, was very happy with this year’s winners: Mal Hewett (senior category), Jackson Millard (junior category) and the year 8-9 Roxby Downs Area School Country Champions netball team (team category). “I would still like to see more people from the behind the scenes being nominated because I believe that there are so many people out there working behind the scenes and that are so dedicated to the sports and if it wasn’t for them, nothing would happen. There are people out there that some associations would not exist if they weren’t there,” Ms Doyle said. She also said that it is great to recognise people who love sports so much. “It is really hard for the volunteers in a town like ours where so many people do 12 hour shifts and still find time to volunteer and help with the local sport associations,” she added. One of the winners, Mal Hewett, was shocked to receive the award. “I was shocked to receive this recognition and I am very proud to have an award like this. Proud to be an Aussie!” he told The Monitor. Mr Hewett and his team returned from a trip to the United States where, ac-

JOINING FORUMS If you are interested in joining a forum please contact the following people. New members are always welcome.

cording to him, they made an impression and broke a couple of records. “We had a bit of a road trip to get to Oregon, where the races are held. It was a journey itself just getting there. While we were there, we had nothing but good hospitality and help from the Americans. They went out of their way to help us in any way they could and that was fantastic. “We will continue to develop the bike. It has been a little slower than it was leading up to the event. We will keep racing and developing it. We have set some goals for ourselves and we are looking forward to keep going! “It has been overwhelming. So many people have helped us in so many different ways. We were very proud to represent Roxby and Australia out there,” he concluded. Our Young Sports Person of the Year Jackson Millard was also surprised with the award. The young boy loves sports and practices golf, boxing, footy and basketball, to name a few. “I wasn’t expecting the award. I just think it’s good to see the kids grow up and learn how to kick a footy and enjoy sports in general,” he said. And for the first time, a team category for the Sports Person of the Year re cognize d the great achievements of our local netball team. Hannah Wurfel, team captain for the 8-9 Roxby Downs Area School Country Champions netball team thanked team coach Tony Weir for the support and dedication to the team. “Thank you so much for this award. We want to thank our families and our coach Tony. We have been playing for years, kept going and got better so we could get where we are,” she said. The Monitor congratulates the winners!

NEXT MEETING DATES Roxby Roadsafe 10 February 2011 at 5.30pm Community Board 28 February 2011 at 7.30pm ARTS and CULTURE FORUM Rachel Young 0428 671 000 EDUCATION and WORKPLACE TRAINING

Michelle Hales 0418 833 818 SPORT and RECREATION FORUM Kaye Doyle 0419 935 316 COMMUNITY GARDEN Cherie Gaskin 8671 2924 HEALTH FORUM Karen Russell 8671 9020

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Electric hot plates retain their heat even after you switch them off, so turn the element off shortly before you finish cooking to make the most of your energy use. Keep preheating times to a minimum. Many appliances in the kitchen are electrically operated. Why not use a normal can opener or pepper grinder instead of an electric one? Same goes for hand beaters instead of electric beaters. This also gives your muscles a workout!

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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.

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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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Please show your support for our Not for Profit Organisation R.S.V.P by February 4th to Hayley or Jane: 8671 0911 Nibbles provided

Please send Applications to: The Secretary Roxby Districts Sporting Club PO BOX 235 Roxby Downs SA 5725 Coaching Applications close: Monday 14th February 2011

NETBALL TRIALS Monday 14th, 21st and 28th February 7:00pm – 9:00pm At the Roxby Downs Leisure Centre on the Outside Netball courts For further Information please contact: Kasiah Barrand on 0447235617

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Roxby Downs Area School wishes to notify parents and community members that the school car park cannot be accessed. There will be no areas for parking within the school grounds. The access road is open but only for the School Bus which will park in its usual place and for trucks making deliveries. A drop off point is on Arcoona Street with parking available in other areas around the town. It is proposed that building will begin on the 4th February.

ANY persons interested in teaching private music out of school hours. Please contact Roxby Downs Area School 86710011.

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Recruitment Officer

Xceptional Recruitment provides specialist Labour Hire and Recruitment Services to the mining industry. We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, friendly, organised and highly motivated person to the role of Recruitment Officer. This position is based at Roxby Downs and is a great opportunity for someone with good communication skills and who has the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Duties include: • Recruitment - including interviews and reference checks • Inductions • General office and Administration tasks • Data Entry and database maintenance • Facilitate toolbox meetings and audits when required You will have a Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, provide prompt and efficient service at all times, and have an excellent telephone manner and attention to detail.


Works and Compliance Officer Council is seeking applications from people with relevant skills and experience to fill the newly created position of Municipal Works and Compliance Officer. While experience is preferred, people who have a demonstrated capacity and willingness to learn the requirements of the position (including recent school leavers) are also encouraged to apply. The Council operates differently to other local councils as it does not have an outside workforce. Horticulture, waste management, road works, construction and maintenance work are performed by external contractors. The primary purpose of this position is to directly assist the Municipal Works Manager and Works Officer to manage and deliver Council’s Municipal Works program. Liaising with external contractors is a key function of this position along with dog and cat management, parking control, legislative compliance and overseeing projects. Experience working in local government is not essential; however, skills and experience in dealing with the public, complaint resolution, interpreting and enforcing legislation, supervising contractors and project management will be highly regarded. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Roxby Downs Council Workplace Agreement (2010) and classified between Level 3 ($51,560) and Level 5 ($62,535) depending on skills and experience. An Information package including job and person specification is available from the Council Office phone 08 8671 0010 or email during business hours. For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Peter Keller Municipal Works

Manager on 0417 821 697

Written applications addressed to the Administrator must be submitted by the closing date and consist of a formal application letter, a Resume and include the contact names and numbers of two referees. Applications may be sent by: • Post to the Roxby Downs Council Office, PO Box 124 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs SA 5725 or • Email: Closing Date 12 noon Monday 7 February 2011 Bill Boehm, Administrator

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Canteen and Gate Staff required for the 2011 Race Season Roxby Downs Sporting Car Club Inc

Opportunity exists for clubs or groups to make some extra money, see some race action as well as an opportunity to promote their own identity with displays or raffle ticket selling etc.

DUBLIN Gerry’s Meat Store Top quality, grain fed meat at affordable prices. Check out our great value mix and match meat packs and save. Phone: 8529 2229

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Applications close 13th February 2011 Please forward your application to Kellie Falkinder, Xceptional Recruitment

Email: Fax: 08 8671 1799 Post: PO Box 105, Olympic Dam, SA, 5725 Phone enquiries can be made on: 08 8671 1700

Dog Handler’s & Puppy School 2011 Book from 8th February Every Thursday at 6:30pm Held at Lion’s Park Contact Carolyn Eime 0429 964 045 or 8672 7578

Can & Bottle Collection Drive Saturday morning, 12th February Please leave your recyclable cans and bottles at the edge of your property. Scouts will pick them up. If you require bottles to be collected earlier than Feb 12th, please email: or call Steven Woodroffe on 0438824171. Fundraising goes towards camps and purchasing new equipment.

Sodexo is a recognized leader in the provision of high quality food and total management services to the mining, construction and oil/gas industry throughout Australia. The Olympic Dam project currently has the following vacancies available: Qualified Chef – Casual This role will be responsible for supporting the Head Chef and Project Manager in the smooth operation of the kitchen, the successful candidate must have an excellent understanding of HACCP procedures with the ability to prepare breakfast, dinners and deserts. Experience in providing high quality buffet meals and the flexibility to work day or night shift is essential. Hospital Cleaner – Full time This role will be responsible for cleaning of hospital rooms, offices and ablutions and well as pick-up and delivery of meals. The ideal candidate will be reliable and self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision. Customer servicing and confidentiality are paramount qualities that are essential for this position. This position will work an eight hour split shift, 14 days on and 7 days off. If you believe you have the skills and experience for either of these roles please forward your CV to: Rebecca Jansen Senior HR Advisor PO Box 86 Olympic Dam, SA, 5727

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All final applicants for this position will be asked to provide a criminal record check. Please note that this position is exempt from the operation of spent convictions laws and all offences must be declared. However, all applications will be considered on their merits.

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Over 150 people dive in to watch ‘Jaws’


By Celeste Lustosa

ast Friday night, February 28, over 150 people dived in at Roxby Leisure’s swimming pool to watch Steven Spielberg’s classic ‘Jaws’.

‘The Dive In session’ was promoted by the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). “This was the first fundraiser for the Youth Advisory Committee in 2011 and being seen as the practice session in the lead up to this year’s National Youth Week,” explained YAC Coordinator, Shane Hough. He also said that YAC members will work out how any money raised will be spent over the next few meetings. “But I would imagine it would go into more YAC events for the year,” Mr Hough said. He was also very happy to see that eight members of YAC volunteered on the night.

SCARY MOVIE: Dive in Movie participants Tayla Smith, Kyle Leectoff and Natasha Woodall watched the classic thriller JAWS.

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New Miners’ coach Mark Telfer with some of his young players after a gruelling practice session last week.

Telfer is expecting a close competition By Millie Thomas


fter a winning premiership season last year, the Roxby Districts Sporting Club, aka the ‘Miners’ embark on a new season with renewed confidence and a brand new coach. Mark ‘Telf ’ Telfer, who moved to Roxby Downs with his family two years ago, has taken over the position from Mark Dalgleish. “I have coached previously in South Eastern SA, in places such as Tatiara Football League, Naracoorte Football League (which have since amalgamated), in the Mid South East and the Western Border. A few of the players asked me to put in for it, so I did.” Mark, who spent most of his coaching ca-

reer as a player, said he hopes the Miners can bring it home once again, and that no matter how successful a team has been, there is always something to improve upon. “I’m hoping for another premiership!” he said. “Hopefully we can improve on last year, because I think the League is going to be improving. We want to continue to improve their skill and probably some of their plays.” It seems that every side in the Far North Football League has picked up some invaluable new players during the off season, from various leagues across the state. If these statements all turn out to be true, Roxby Downs is in for an interesting season. “We’ve picked up a few recruits,” conceded Mark. “We haven’t gone out crazy trying to get players because we already have a good base

there – you’ve got to be careful that good players don’t miss out on a game of footy. “I think we have about 10 players who could win the Mail Medal, it’s just whether or not they want to put the work in. There’s plenty of skill there, if they wanted to do that bit extra on their own.” Mark said that while there was not much that he wanted to change this year, wins and successes would be celebrated in a more private way. He also said the team would work on supporting the other sports within the Club, and beckon back supporters. “We’ll be a fair bit more low key this year,” he said. “We’ll try to go along quietly. We’ll still enjoy ourselves when we win but probably try and become a little bit more humble in the way we go about it!

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“I think every side will be trying to knock us off, being the premiership winning team, so we’re going to have to try and be a little bit quieter about it. “We probably haven’t got a huge support base in the past players and new supporters. We’ll try and improve upon that, and get blokes involved in the club that have either finished playing or are new to the town. “The Miners have a good support base outside of the players but I think there are a lot of followers that don’t go down to the game a lot of the time – if they got invited in more I think they would.” Diplomatic Mark delivered his final words... “I would like to wish the other teams the best of luck, we won’t be underestimating anybody.”


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KINDER AQUATICS *Babies (6 – 15mths) *Toddlers (15mths – 3yrs) Pre-School (3-5yrs) All $12 per 30 min lesson

AFTER SCHOOL (5yrs +) Levels 1-2 $13.50 per 45 min Lesson Levels 3-7 $15 per 45 min Lesson

*Parents must be in the water for babies/toddlers classes *Appropriate swim nappies must be worn by children who are not yet toilet trained Enrollment forms available @ the kiosk

TANGLED Rated PG Duration 100 mins.

THE TOURIST Rated M Duration 103 mins.

The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who is passing by she must venture into the outside world to find him. Stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi. Screens: Friday 4th February @ 7.30pm, Saturday 5th February @ 12noon, Sunday 6th February @ 12noon, Tuesday 8th February @ 3.30pm.

Elise sits next to an American tourist, Frank, on a train going to Venice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted for police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole. Stars Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp. Screens: Saturday 5th @ 7.30pm, Sunday 6th @ 5pm, Tuesday 8th @ 7pm, Wednesday 9th @ 10am.

Tickets > Adults $12, Children $8, Cheap Tuesday all tickets $7.35

Coming Soon > Unstoppable (M), Morning Glory (M)

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