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Chad Menzies settling into Roxby way of life enjoying a coffee and the service at the Dunes Cafe from Elyse Weir.

By Millie Thomas


s BHP Billiton announce a $10.56 billion half yearly profit and chief executive Marius Kloppers said the company would invest $80 billion in growing its assets - with the expansion of Olympic Dam on track to be given the go ahead about the end of this year or early 2012, it seems there are good times ahead. Closer to home, the introduction of the Community Relations Department’s new Senior Advisor makes local headline news in a positive step towards strengthening the BHP Billiton/Roxby Downs relationship proving that money is not their only commodity. Chad Menzies, the new BHP Billiton Senior Advisor in Community Relations, has an extensive career history in working in the mid and far north of South Australia, immersing himself in prominent roles in and around the community. Having been stationed in Coober Pedy and Whyalla and dealing with Marla, Oodnadatta, William Creek and Glendambo, this move

BHP Senior Advisor to maintain lines of communication to Roxby Downs is almost like moving back to suburbia. The Monitor spoke with Mr Menzies about his impressive portfolio and plans for his new role. “Whilst living in Whyalla, my roles dictated I worked throughout the Upper Spencer Gulf, primarily in Whyalla, Pt Augusta, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln though also working in many of the smaller communities within the region,” said Mr Menzies. Mr Menzies was heavily involved with Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN), and has in the past presented seminars and introduced projects to the Roxby Downs Area. “I worked as the Economic Development Manager with RDAFN based in Coober Pedy for approximately two years,” said Mr Menzies. “A primary focus of my role with RDAFN was to provide links between local communities and the various resource companies that impacted on them and also assist businesses with positioning themselves to capitalise on the various opportunities that the resource sector afforded them. “From my interaction with the resources companies sur-

rounding Coober Pedy, I developed a keen interest in their operations, particularly around the community engagement undertaken by each of them, and have pursued a career in this field since then, and was fortunate enough to be the successful applicant in my current role with BHP Billiton.” Mr Menzies pointed out some major milestone achievements that he achieved whilst working in Coober Pedy helped develop his career. “During that period I was involved with several regional infrastructure initiatives, most noticeably the securing of funding and subsequent construction of the new $1.3 million dollar Coober Pedy Airport Terminal,” he said. “Seeing the project progress through the various planning and design stages to the construction and eventual completion of the terminal was extremely rewarding.” Community minded Menzies has said that once he becomes more familiar with the area, he would be interested in getting more involved in community proceedings and boards.

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He said in the past being involved in boards such as being Coordinator of the Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show, Executive Chair of Opal Industry Alliance, board member of Coober Pedy Sports & Recreation Committee and Member of the Coober Pedy Retail and Tourist Association amongst others has been extremely gratifying. “The opportunity to meet with a diverse range of people and interest groups gave me a greater understanding of the issues concerning local residents in rural and remote communities and being part of varying groups that affected change within the region was extremely rewarding. “I would anticipate that through my role with BHP Billiton and also on a personal level, I would look to involve myself in a diverse range of organisations that would provide me with a broad overview of the issues and challenges facing the community,” he said. Menzies has thus far been impressed with the amount of interaction between BHP Billiton and Roxby Downs, and plans to further build on this healthy relationship. “My aim is to be as open and transparent as possible, with the understanding that I must operate within the policy guidelines outlined by BHP Billiton. “I will certainly be happy to field all questions and concerns raised

and respond in a timely manner and provide residents with as much information as permissible. “Certainly from what I have seen and heard since I arrived BHP Billiton is heavily involved in the town and the community and supports a wide variety of activities and organisations,” he said. “From that perspective I think they have a strong commitment to the community and to communicating with their stakeholders. I will continue in the same way. “I plan to engage with a variety of community stakeholders on an individual and group level as required, and in doing so establish key relationships that will encourage open and honest dialogue. “I consider myself to be extremely approachable and welcome all enquiries and aim to make myself as accessible as possible to all organisations and committees.” And of settling into the Roxby Downs way of life? “So far so good,” he said. In my short time here I have managed to meet many great people, and

...From front page the community affairs team have been extremely welcoming. “I have several friends that have lived here for a while so the transition has been relatively easy and the facilities in town are fantastic.”

About Town with Mary Lewis

Reverend Mary Lewis, Roxby Downs Christian Community Church and Andamooka Community Church



Floods, rain, fire! Could anything more go wrong? With all the best preparation and prevention in the world – “Take Time, Take Charge” – there are some events that we cannot stop. Now I’m not entering the climate change debate here – whether in the big picture we can make a difference to temperature and rainfall – but at a personal and community level, we can prepare ourselves to keep ourselves and our property as safe as possible in a bush fire or a cyclone, but we can do little to prevent their occurrence. It’s why we call them “natural disasters” I suppose. Nature takes control; nature is in control; control out of our hands. We can only bun-

ker down and wait out the consequences. And we did bunker down with those Queenslanders. Television reporters kept braving the elements to bring us insider views and commentary as rains and wind lashed the Queensland coast; a hardy office worker hung out of his window to bring footage of cars being carried away in the Innisfail floods: and we feel helpless. We feel helpless don’t we? Somehow we keep watching because it keeps us connected with the people and the event, but what can we do? It’s too big, we’re too far away, and we have our own family and job and what could we do anyway? We feel helpless – and then

we start helping. Cricket matches, BBQs, collecting clothes and food, donations at the supermarket and praying. Perhaps the only time we are driven to pray is when we feel helpless. We are so used to working things out for ourselves and getting things done for ourselves that we rarely feel the need of prayer; we rarely look for outside help; we rarely call on divine assistance. In fact, do we really think there is divine help? Do we think there is someone to hear? Do we really think there is someone who can do anything greater than we can? How can we know? How can we find out? Are we all there is? That’s faith. Faith is “be-

ing sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It’s by faith that “we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible”. (The Bible: Hebrews chapter 11, verses 1,3) Yet when I call out to God in prayer when I feel helpless I’m not sure of what I hope for and I’m not certain of what I do not see. So where am I now? Helpless and faithless? That’s where God’s grace is. What’s so amazing about grace? It’s a free gift from God offered to us all; it’s the way God lets us know that he’s real and present and able to save. When we call out, He brings the certainty.

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Roxby Scouts helping to ‘Clean Up’ Australia By Celeste Lustosa


lean Up Australia Day is a ver y well-known and successful event on the Roxby calendar. This year, the event happens on Sunday March 6 and will have the Roxby Downs Scouts as the main organisers. Over six years this community has counted on the tireless efforts of Stephen Moss to put it all together. “But this year I will be out of town on the Clean Up Australia Day so I needed someone to take over. The Roxby Downs Scouts put their hands up and said they would be more than happy to do it,” Stephen said. According to him, the event has been a great success so far. “The lowest number of volunteers we had was 30 people and the maximum was 90 people. “A negative for Roxby in the past was that the date

used to fall on a public holiday, so many people would be out of town. This year the date is not a public holiday; it’s back to what it should be and it’s perfect. “We used to fill up half to three quarters of a skip with rubbish on average. Since they have gone up to 10 cents a bottle, we are not getting as many bottles anymore, because more people are recycling them, which is a positive thing.” Mr Moss said that Roxby has been much cleaner these days. “Our town is looking a hundred times cleaner than when I first came here in 1994. It’s 90% better and the dumps are 100% better too. Things really improved in all aspects,” he said. Stephen Moss is also very appreciative of the Scouts help. “The Scouts have always been helpful. We have had up to 48 kids helping. It’s a bonus to have them on

board and I believe the children can educate the older ones. “It’s their little baby this year and if it wasn’t for them it might not even happen. I see a lot of new faces every year and lots of good sponsors which is what makes everything happen.” “We had days that it was 40 degrees and people still showed up and we had days when it was raining and people showed up so that’s a good sign,” he concluded. Mr Moss also said “it’s a good atmosphere, a good way to meet people and the kids have a ball.” Tracey Michels, Chairperson of the Roxby Downs Scouts, agrees with Stephen on that as she believes Clean Up Australia Day is a great family day out. Everyone is invited to participate. All you need to do is meet at the Lion’s Park at 9.30 am on Sunday March 6 and the group will head off from there.

Roxby Downs Scouts helping out at Clean Up Australia Day in 2010

“Scouts are going to be there from 9 am in order to set up and make sure everything that everyone needs is organised, like gloves, bags, etc.” This year the Scouts are hoping to have 50 participants from their group; 30 or more kids and around 20 parents and leaders. In total, Roxby Downs has 60 to 70 Scouts. “Scouts like to get involved in

community events every year and we need to be out there, showing we are part of the community and we are here to help. It’s also good to teach our kids that they are part of this community and they have to help out these days. “Council will have a big part on the day by cooking the barbecue and supplying material on the day and Stephen Moss is the biggest person to thank because

he still organised majority part of the day and we will be more running everything on the day. “I hope everyone comes along. We need as many volunteers as we can get. It will be a great family activity,” Tracey concluded. Register for Clean Up Australia Day now at or call Tracey Michels on 0438 711 727 for more information.

Roxby Police targets ‘Fatal 5’ offenders By Celeste Lustosa

South Australian Police (SAPOL) is targeting the Fatal 5 offenders in our State and Roxby roads are also being watched very closely by local Police. Senior Constable Peta Giles, who is also a member of the Roxby Road Safe committee told The Monitor that SAPOL’s aim is to reduce the number of road deaths and as such catch and punish Fatal 5 offenders. “The commonly term Fatal 5 stands for the five reasons most fatal accidents occur, which are drink driving, speed, inattentive driving, seat belts and vulnerable road users. “Our aim is to reduce the numbers of accidents. We are down from last year and we want to keep the numbers down further. We want to reduce number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads because they have a very big impact in the community.”

Roxby Police are paying special attention to Olympic Way during change of shifts, when the number of vehicles on the road is higher and obviously is more vulnerable for accidents to occur. “And inattention can be higher after long hours work. That’s when people are not paying as much attention while driving; they are not as alert and their reaction timing is not as good,” Snr Cnst Giles said. She also pointed out that many Roxby drivers are not wearing a seatbelt. “Not wearing a seat belt is like putting a target on you. If you hit a tree or something like that you can be easily thrown out of the car. I can’t understand why people wouldn’t wear a seatbelt; it only takes two seconds to clip it on. “Sometimes people don’t do the right thing because they are lazy or just don’t regard their and the other passengers’ safety. I don’t understand why some people don’t think the rules ap-

ply to them. “We catch people speeding every day. People do a considerable amount of speed and try to get places as fast as they can.” She said, another big concern is that out on OD drivers take incredible risks overtaking where the road is not always visible just to get a better car park at the mine site. Some of the penalties for Fatal 5 are: Speeding over the limit can cost you from $256 and one demerit point to up to $624 and six demerit points – depending on how much above the speed limit you drove; “Over certain speeds we issue an automatic immediate loss of license and a fine,” Snr Cnst Giles said. Not to wear a seat belt can cost $248 for the driver and three demerit points and there are also penalties in relation to passengers not wearing seat belts. Drivers also need to obey the child restrain rules.

Using a mobile phone while driving will cost you $225 and three demerit points. “We don’t caution on the Fatal 5 offences because they are the main causes for fatal accidents and we don’t want to see them happening. “The Fatal 5 is a common sense approach and everyone learns these rules when getting their driver’s licence. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and it’s up to people to keep up to date on what they are or aren’t allowed to do. Particularly with the Fatal 5 there are no excuses to break those rules.” Snr Cnst Giles concluded by saying, “We are paying attention and you will see us on the road, particularly on Olympic Way during shift changes. We don’t want to be the ones to have to attend a fatal accident scene and then have to report to parents, family and friends that their loved ones have passed away.”


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Studying with ‘the girls’ By Celeste Lustosa


h e C h r i s t i a n Wo m e n Communicating International (CWCI) is a worldwide, interdenominational, evangelical women’s ministry which began in Australia in 1957 and is known for its dynamic Bible teaching and relevance to life issues in the 21st century. KYB (Know Your Bible) study groups meet all over the world as part of the CWCI activities. A KYB group has had regular meetings in Roxby Downs for 22 years, and counts on an average of seven women participating each meeting. KYB meet during school terms and study and discuss a different book from the Bible each term. In order to write this article I was welcomed to one of their meetings so I could have a taste of what it was all about. I felt like I was in the presence of a group of girlfriends where I could learn about the Bible in an enjoyable and relaxing way. Noela Beenham has been part of the group in Roxby Downs from the beginning. “Every woman will find encouragement and sharing within the group. And many say they wouldn’t study their Bible as much if it wasn’t for the group. “I have met wonderful women through

CWCI that I still keep in touch with, even though many have left town,” Noela said. Alison Speirs is the one that opens her home for the meetings and she said she really enjoys the time she spends with ‘the girls’. “I have been doing this for a few years now and I like the caring and the sharing. We also see each other outside the group, so we girls do things together which is good because we know each other really well. “I also like the fact that we get to open the Bible and read it and learn more. It is a book you can never think you know it all and there’re always new things you learn every time,” Alison said. Leanne Viljoen said that was her first KYB group. “I have come because of the fellowship of the Christian ladies and to learn more about the Bible and understand it better.” Marinda Buys also joined the group in a way to meet new people as she was new in town. “This is my second KYB and I came to begin with because I was new in town and thought it would be a good way to meet some people who are open minded, and it was. “I find the studying material wonderful because it’s really organised and you learn to read the Bible as a whole, not only bits and pieces. It’s wonderful and a blessing,” Marinda added. Annaliese Backer said “I would say that

CWCI: Mary Lewis, Marinda Buys, Annaliese Backer, Avril Luke, Noela Beenham, Alison Speirs & Leanne Viljoen the Bible is quite relevant today in our life and I love the questions that give everybody to say their opinions and sometimes when you think you have the answer, someone else gets it just right and shows you different directions. “Sometimes you can get stuck in

your way of thinking of the Bible and the group helps you out on that.” For Avril Luke this has been a great opportunity to meet with the other ladies. “God has got my attention again. I did Bible study for about 12 years when my children were little and it

was time again to come back and spend time with God in his word,” she concluded. These are all women from our community who get together to study the Bible but also support each other. And, I must say it was really fun!

Women’s Profile of the Week MICHELLE HALES

By Celeste Lustosa


ichelle Hales is a very busy woman of Roxby Downs and even though most of what she does brings enormous benefits to our community and its residents, she is usually standing behind the scenes. She is the Manager of Community Development, Governance and Strategic Support at the Roxby Downs Council and also Executive Officer of the Roxby Downs Community Board. Ms Hales has degrees in tourism management and cultural heritage and she is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Geography and Sociology. “I am involved in projects, programs and activities that encompass all aspects of the community with a particular emphasis on community participation, health, education, volunteering, environment

and cultural development. I am also heavily involved in media and communications using local media outlets to promote the work of the Community Board and the Council,” she told The Monitor. Michelle Hales is one of the Roxby women who deserve to be acknowledged on International Women’s Day (IWD) although there are many others out there who deserve recognition. “International Women’s Day is a chance to reflect on the ways women have contributed to society. We are all busy doing our own thing and this day gives us a chance to come together and take stock and reflect on the wonderful work being done locally and internationally,” Ms Hales said. “It’s a sad fact of life that many women still need to fight for recognition particularly in male dominated industries. Women always seem to have to work harder just to get same rewards.

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There is a lot of pressure to be super mums and super workers but we need to do what’s right for us rather that what society expects.” As far as Roxby women go, Ms Hales believes that “it is particularly hard for expectant mums who have to leave town for a couple of months to have their babies,” she added. She said there are many women who have inspired her through her life. “It is hard to just pick one but I have always admired the ABC Journalist Sally Sara (AM). She’s only 40 and grew up in Port Broughton. She works as a foreign correspondent for ABC TV and radio and spent five years in Africa. She was the first woman appointed as the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent both in Africa and South East Asia, so she is a trail blazer. “This year she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and for raising awareness of international issues. I am amazed at her courage to live,

travel and work in such dangerous places and to witness such tragedy.” Much of the work Ms Hales is involved in benefits all members of the community and that is one of the main reasons she was chosen for this special Women’s Day feature. “Our main focus is to improve the quality of life and lifestyle of all residents in Roxby Downs. This will encourage more people to come and live here with their families as permanent residents and stay longer. This will contribute to a sustainable community that people will be reluctant to leave. It is important that we build a community where women feel safe and confident to raise their children. There is so much more we could do but sadly this needs money and resources to accomplish.” And the message she gives for all Roxby girls is to “Listen, learn, appreciate, understand, grow, enjoy, laugh, persevere and never, never give up.”

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School answers critics


number of issues have been raised in The number of our teachers have one or more young chilMonitor through the text-in section in recent dren attending child care and kindergarten – for these parents parking on Richardson Place is necessary to weeks.

Some of these concerns relate to Roxby Downs Area School and, according to the Principal Kath Macalister, it appears that “the writers do not appear to know what is going on despite newsletter items and newspaper items over the last year.” She said, “before commenting further I would urge any resident of this community to call me or the Governing Council Chairperson, Jo Culf, for accurate information before texting their concerns to The Monitor. Negative press does not help the school, its students, its parents or this community.” Mrs Macalister found comments about a transportable being ‘dumped’ on the school grounds to be “lacking in understanding.” She explained, “this double room is our new Special Class and it has been fitted out with all of the facilities required by our students with special learning needs.” She went on to say that the building was funded by the State Government in the 2009 budget at $1.4 million and the school would be happy to have journalists from both papers visit at a time when the students won’t be disturbed to take some photos. “This will demonstrate that far from being a ‘dumped building’ it is something to be proud of in this community.” A second concern raised through the text the editor section was in respect of the Hall being built on the Arcoona Street side of the school. Both the Principal and Governing Council Chairperson were keen to emphasise that the school is not covering the cost of this building. Rather, that it is part of the Federal Building the Education Revolution at a cost of $3 million plus. Mrs. Macalister stressed the school did everything to try to co-locate this hall as part of the current Community Recreation Centre, but was not possible because with the added height requirements of the Recreation Centre the school would simply have gotten a shell for its funding. Built on site, the hall will have a kitchen, two storage rooms and toilets. She went on to point out that the hall will also be available to community users at a low cost after school hours. “Contrary to the text in respect of the hall, which seemed to assume that the school has unlimited access at low cost to the existing facilities, such is not the case” – she went on to say. “There is a user agreement between Council and DECS to cover the costs.” In response to the comments about the school not looking good, the Principal pointed out “Although it is true that a few very old and straggly trees and shrubs have been removed for the Hall to be built, anyone who knows this site will be able to talk about the additional play areas and shade areas developed over the last two years. We have a regular planting and replanting cycle in the school which is looking beautiful and cared for.” There have been some comments about the parking issues on Richardson Place. According to Mrs Macalister, it is important to remember that parking has been tight on Richardson Place for some time and undoubtedly the temporary loss of school parking has made this worse. In commenting on this the Principal said “teachers, like any other community residents, have their own priorities and whilst they have been advised to park elsewhere it is their individual choice. A significant

get their children and themselves to their respective destinations. Car parking spaces on Richardson Place are taken up by other than teachers. Tafe personnel and those attending courses, business employees, and others park for long terms. “Planning for any future expansion would, we assume, include car parking and any added strain placed on this resource by teachers will be relatively short lived. When the hall is completed we will have more car parking than before.” Mrs Macalister went on to say “There is a project being looked at by RDAS staff which would radically reduce the need for car parking places for staff but this will be the subject of a follow up article so stay tuned.” In conclusion she urged “anyone who has a concern about matters related to the Area School – please talk to us first.” Anyone wishing to contact the Principal please call INVITATION: RDAS Principal Kath Macalister invites anyone with any concerns or interest in the school to contact her so there is no misunderstanding on issues. during business hours on 8671 0011

RDAFN release Regional Roadmap By Emma Offler

Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN) released its Regional Roadmap last Friday. The Roadmap provides insight to the Far North region and also details the region’s infrastructure and the needs and wants of the communities. Rob Gibb, RDAFN CEO, said, “the Regional Roadmap is designed to be used as an information tool, providing the reader with detailed information and data relating to the Far North of South Australia. “Visitors can gain insight into what our region contains, its characteristics, needs (both present and future) and its potential future opportunities.” Mr Gibb said Roxby Downs residents are encouraged to utilise the Regional Roadmap to “build a picture of the area”. The Roadmap can also be used by community groups to support funding applications and by Government bodies and businesses to paint a clearer picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the Far North region. The Regional Roadmap is a “living document”, which means it is under constant review in relation to updating and adding pertinent data. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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Take the lead from the Scout and help clean -up the town


So how does that affect us? As clean-up a problem and it should be reported, not ake a walk around Roxby any Sunday morning and you can and repair costs soar Council rates have simply accepted as “she’ll be right”. We need to preserve the town, look see the carnage of a night on the to go up to cover the senseless acts. In council areas not unlike Roxby, the after the parks, walkways and commutown. Unfortunately a minority of people are adding to our everyday costs because they throw rubbish anywhere, discard their empty booze bottle where they finish them and often smash them just because they can. This type of action is a form of vandalism, a common complaint all council areas across the nation, and unfortunately Roxby included.

cost of vandalism can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, money which has to be found out of general revenue. Vandalism is unnecessary, unacceptable and costly. Community awareness can help stop this in its tracks. A word from a mate saying “don’t do that” could be all it takes. Or it could be simple awareness that there is

nity facilities for the safety of our young as well as taking some ownership of the town. It must start with us. With Clean-up Australia Day just around the corner, this is a golden opportunity to get the message across and for a big contingent of the town to join the local Scouts as lead the way.

Statewide news in brief . . . Fans urged to camp

Weather pattern strongest since 1917

Tumby Bay Council is scrambling to deal with a big number of visitors expected in the town for Triple-J’s One Night Stand concert in April. All accommodation was booked out within hours of the announcement. Council chief executive Tony Irvine said a temporary camping ground would be made available. “I think it’s a boom for the whole region particularly lower Eyre Peninsula,” he said. Birds of Tokyo, Art vs Science and the Jezabels will headline the concert on April 2.

The weather bureau says the La Nina pattern affecting Australia is the strongest since 1917. It started in the middle of last year and has contributed to the warmest oceans on record around Australia. Floods have drenched wide areas in recent months, wrecking properties, cutting off roads and filling rivers and dams. The frequency of tropical cyclones so Tropical Cyclone Yasi was a good example. The current weather cycle is expected to end in the next two months and the forecast beyond is for a wetter-than-normal winter and a drier-than-normal spring.

Police used spray to subdue teen

Rains will bring spike in numbers of feral pigs

Police have used capsicum spray on a teenager who led them on a car chase at Port Augusta in South Australia. They allege the man, 19, from Copley in the state’s north drove a stolen car around the Davenport Aboriginal community then through Port Augusta’s main streets, where he was chased. It is alleged the man resisted arrest and was capsicum spray was used to subdue him. He has been charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle, engaging police in a pursuit, breaching bail and resisting arrest.

Big rain and flooding across parts of eastern Australia is expected to mean an increase in the numbers of feral pigs, rabbits, wild dogs and cane toads. Scientists warn a decade of hard work in controlling feral animals and weeds could be about to come undone. Associate Professor Steve Lapidge from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre says feral pigs, in particular, are likely to take advantage of the wet conditions to breed. “Species like feral pigs thrive after floods go through,” he said.



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Last week’s hot topic - Would you support the introduction of timed parking in Richardson Place? I think RDAS staff should park in the Club/Lions Park car park and go in the back way!!!! You can’t get near the place because they take up all the spots in Richardson Place. Frustrated Parker!!! Timed parking would create more headaches than people taking up valuable parking spots in the main street. Let’s get over this – any parking congestion now is only temporary and will be solved when the new school building is finished. What’s a few more steps, the exercise will do us all good anyway! JR If we have timed parking someone has to police it! I don’t want to pay any fines for being five minutes over in Richardson Place, do you? No way –no pay. Would like to know why who ever takes care of the lawn in the main street took the time to mow around the dead crow instead of picking it up. In fact there were two deceased crows next to the picnic tables that workers frequently eat lunch at!!! GROSSED OUT, RD Just wanting to ask how many other people in Roxby have their L plates for a motor bike? And if they are aware that we have nobody here to test us for our P plates any more . So should the Council be doing something to get this fixed or the Dept. for transport? Have tried and called all that I can but can’t get any answer . MC. Wow! BHP half year profits enormous. Take a bow Roxby - we helped. Wouldn’t it be great if BHP put some of the profits into cleaning up the many nature reserves backing our houses. They are a good thing, but looking tired and shabby with trees down and rubbish thrown around. Walker, RD Yes I would support timed parking. I’m sick of having to park some distance to pick up my kids from school and kindy. Well if the teachers, child care workers and also shop owners didn’t park their cars there we would have enough parks but as a parent we are the ones that have to park somewhere else to get our kids from school and kindy. The teachers have been told they are not meant to park there, they are meant to park in Woolies or Club Car park but don’t want to walk that far. So let’s get the timed parking so parents have somewhere to park to pick up their children from school and kindy. So council - let’s get something done about this problem. From unhappy parents

T O H IC P O T What do you think could go into the former Police Station in Richardson Place?

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Mosquito season in Roxby

ELECTRICITY ACCOUNTS - overdue Roxby Power wishes to advise customers that Electricity accounts are overdue and payable now. Payments can be made in person at the Council office or by telephone using a credit card.

By Emma Offler

WATER ACCOUNTS - overdue Water Accounts were due for payment by 15 February 2011 and are now overdue. Payments can be made in person at the Council office or by telephone using a credit card. NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE Olympic Way will be closed from 7.00am to 11.00am on Sunday 20 March 2011 for the Triathalon event. Adjacent/adjoining roads that will be affected are the Bypass Road, Burgoyne Street north and south and the town oval entrance.


osquitoes are out in full and Sewerage Manager, said. Mosquito bites can be sore, force in water catchment areas around town itchy and annoying, but can also and outside Roxby Downs due be dangerous. They carry diseases such as to recent rainfall. Just one small pool of water can produce thousands of mosquitoes each week. The easiest way to stop mosquitoes getting out of control is to stop them from breeding. Roxby Water regularly treats the township stormwater catchment with ‘Prolink’, a pellet which renders male mosquitoes sterile and therefore dramatically decreases growth of mosquitoes. “Unfortunately Council cannot control mosquitoes in areas outside of the municipality or on private land. With all the recent rains there are large areas of water outside of the municipality. Mosquitoes can travel as far as 10 kilometres from their breeding place in search of food,” Trevor Kroemer, Council’s Water

CAT TRAPS If you are having problems with stray cats, the Council hires out cat traps for a refundable bond of $50.00. These cat traps can be collected from reception. Once caught please contact Council and an officer will collect the cat.

Ross River virus. Ross River Virus is more common in rural areas and causes a flu-like illness with joint pain, rash and fever. Sometimes a rash also appears. Female mosquitoes spread the Ross River Virus. They feed on animals and people and if they feed on the blood of an infected animal, the mosquito may become infected and then pass it on to other animals or people. The virus is not spread directly from one person to another. The easiest way to avoid becoming sick from mosquitoes is to avoid getting bitten! Residents can assist by following some simple steps to control mosquitoes around the home and to protect family and pets: • If you have a rainwater tank


REMINDERS REMINDERS Water Accounts due 15 February 2011

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Council apologises for last week’s water outage which was due to a pump malfunction. Thank you to all the people who rang in to report the problem and who left messages. We apologise for not returning all calls as staff were focusing on fixing the problem at the same time as the calls were coming in. The problem area was identified and fixed within 20-30 minutes.

or large water reserves drop a small amount of oil or kerosene in the water to prevent mosquitoes breeding • Wear long sleeve and light coloured, thick clothing. Dark colours such as black or dark blue attract mosquitoes and they can still bite through material so the thicker the better • Use an insect repellent such as Aeroguard or Off! • Properly maintain your pool and keep it clean • Make sure not to leave water lying around for an extended period of time. Mosquitoes can breed in pot plant drip trays, pet bowls and in tyres • Keep your yard well maintained and mow lawns • Use a knockout insecticide in bedrooms half an hour before going to bed (always use according to instructions). If you do get bitten by a mosquito, you can treat the bites by applying ice to it.

Using a topical antihistamine cream/gel can also help with itching and Calamine lotion is a good choice and is readily available. There are a large number of products available which treat and soothe itching skin. If your infant is bitten by a mosquito, follow these same steps but ensure you check whether any creams/lotions or repellets are safe for infant use. Avoid scratching the bite as this actually causes more histamine to be released, increasing the itching and increasing risk of infection. Make sure you check your pets regularly for mosquito bites as mosquitoes carry the heartworm microfilariae, the immature stage of heartworm, and can transfer this to your pet. Heartworm can be lethal to pets so have your pets tested regularly.

Digital signals upgraded for Roxby Broadcast Australia has updated the terrestrial TV site at the Roxby Downs transmission towers. According to Roxby Power Electrical Services Manager, David Hallett, “in doing it (the updating) they put in a new dish, upgraded the TV room and installed new antennas in the towers.” All the work was finalised at the end of last week. He also explained, “that was why residents have had TV signals on and off in the last week or so.” “The reason for the TV outages is that they were

upgrading the system and putting a satellite dish that is bigger than this room solely for digital TV.” The Digital TV services were activated at 6:00pm on 17 February. “I can confirm the transmitters will be left on. It’s not a trial run, according to the techs on site,” Mr Hallett said. The digital TV services are all ABC and SBS digital TV and radio. Mr Hallett also believes that nothing now would prevent Southern Cross or Imparja to come down and install their digital transmit-

ters. “To see the channels, people need to access their TV menu system and scan for the digital channels on their TV or set top box. It’s not an automatic process,” Mr Hallett explained to The Monitor. There are no commercial channels (Seven, Nine and Ten) available at the moment, but Mr Hallett said this new work paves the way for more services to be provided here. A reminder to Roxby Downs residents that in order to get digital channels, you must have a digital TV or set top box.



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

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‘A Sprinkle of Magic’ opens shop in Roxby By Celeste Lustosa

‘A Sprinkle of Magic’ is a local business owned by a Fairy. This might seem a peculiar statement for some, but not for Roxby Downs’ residents who have seen Fairy Belle’s magic dust sprinkled at so many events over the past five years. Sarah Sanders, known by many as Fairy Belle is opening her first shop in Roxby Downs. Her business has been very successful over the past years and the inauguration of her shop is the icing on the cake. I first entered the world of fairies when I was 14 working in a Fairy Shop and since then I have been flittering and flattering around bringing joy and happiness to children and adults at birthday parties, functions and market days. It has always been my goal to open up a shop for children where I can bring magic and make believe into their lives and allow them to use their imagination and have a beautiful place to go. I have now achieved that.” When I first moved to Roxby five years ago I was asked to host a party for a little fairy and it went from there. From hosting that party and word of mouth it has developed

into such an amazing and rewarding business and enabled me to follow my dream and open a gift and entertainment shop. “I have created a magical environment for children in my shop which is decorated with fairy lights, mushroom seats, rainbow gazebo, and a wall mural; there is a paper Mache tree and so much more. I really wanted children to have a beautiful place where they could go and enjoy themselves; Roxby is remote and i wanted to bring to them something so magical and special. The shop is a gift and entertainment shop, we cater for both girls and boys. We stock costumes/ dress-ups, bedroom décor, gifts and so much more. A new service to Roxby is now parties can be hosted at her shop. “The shop also has a party room that will offer parents the chance to come and have their kid’s birthday party at the shop. We specialise in planning, preparing and hosting themed birthday parties and events to remember. We aim to provide a magical, memorable and stress free experience for both children and adults. Fairy Belle will organise everything and they won’t have to worry

about the mess or cleaning up, setting up, anything, Fairy Belle takes care of everything. “We will provide invitations, all the food and drinks, games and activities, dress-ups and the room is all decorated to enchant the children and parents. It’s a magical garden field and it is great to host both boys and girls parties,” Sarah added. Sarah also says that ‘A Sprinkle of Magic’ has products and services for all the pockets. “We have aimed to provide gifts for children to purchase with their pocket money they will be able to buy something special that will be wrapped by Fairy Belle and will have her fairy dust sprinkled on it.” According to Sarah, the business will also be hosting fairy workshops. “We will also be running fairy/ pixie workshops for when your children don’t have a birthday to go to but you still want them to experience a great birthday party atmosphere. “Parents are able to drop their children off for two hours of fun and a memorable experience where they will be able to participate in art activities, face painting, games,

dancing, wish making, a picnic lunch and lots more. It’s a party that anybody can come to. It is also a great way for children to meet other children and develop their confidence. “I would like to run a workshop at least once a month so it’s a time children will have for themselves, they will be able to use their imagination, meet other children and have a great time.” “I just want everyone to have a safe beautiful environment where they can come. I don’t want them to think they are in Roxby when they come to my shop, I want them to think they are in a magical world where they can come and use their imagination, be free and that

kids can just enjoy themselves,” Sarah concluded. The shop is located at 18 Wattle Drive and the trading hours are: Wednesdays from 12pm to 5pm; Thursday s from 12pm to 7pm; Fridays from 12pm to 5pm; Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm. For more information about A Sprinkle of Magic or to let them turn your next special occasion into a memorable, magical experience for all the young and the young at heart, please visit the website or contact Fairy Belle on 0411 073 100.

Take Care when using Lake Mary

Community Club Board

By Millie Thomas

Roxby has undergone a flurry of excitement with the announcement that Lake Mary is once again back in action.

President – Merv Rogers Vice President – Noala Sampson Secretary – Nickki Miller Treasurer – Rob Halmai

However, lake users need to bear in mind the famed water sporting area does fall on BHP Billiton land and there are a number of safety restrictions that must be observed. A BHP Billiton spokesperson outlined the restrictions that help to provide safe and efficient use of the lake. “Members of the public may access Lake Mary, but it is important that everyone adheres to the following conditions to minimise environmental impact and reduce safety risks; all visitors use the area at their own discretion, boat users/skiers should keep an eye out for ‘snags’ such as trees, bushes or

GENERAL COMMITTEE Bryan Robinson George Giakoumis Vicki Mason Helen Egghart Megan Flavel Steve Jordan

fence posts which may now be just under the water level, no dogs or motorbikes are permissible, all vehicles must stay between the designated track and the lake. Recreational driving is not permitted, boating safety and licensing regulations must be followed at all times, camping is permitted only in existing cleared areas and users must take all rubbish with them when leaving the lake area.” The rules and regulations outlined for use of Lake Mary are instrumental in boating and recreational safety. The spokesperson also wished to remind the community about restrictions placed on recreational or ‘off road’ driving. “Many people don’t realise that the land surrounding Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam is owned by BHP Billiton and are operating pastoral stations. It is not a recreational reserve for the purpose of recreational driving, both by people on motorbikes and

in four wheel drives. “There are areas where permission is not required, such as Lake Mary and the ‘Funbowl’ on the Andamooka Road, but visitors to these areas must stay on existing tracks. Access to other areas requires approval from the station managers and ‘No Access’ signage and locked gates must be respected. “There have been recent cases of people taking vehicles off-road and becoming bogged which is not only a safety issue, but also causes environmental damage. “BHP Billiton employees and contractors are reminded that the Olympic Dam site induction process specifies that off-road driving is not permitted - this includes on the municipal lease surrounding Roxby Downs. Disciplinary action may be taken if offenders are caught.”



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The recently released ABS figures show that the total number of residential building approvals rose by 8.7 per cent in December 2010, after falling 3.9 per cent in

November. “Last financial year, the city of playford had their largest number of residential building approvals, recorded from 1998,” said Century 21 Property people Franchise Owner Greg Nybo. While approvals for private housing over the period were relatively flat, interestingly the overall increase was buoyed by a jump

of 21.3 per cent in the number of private sector ‘other’ dwellings, consisting mostly of apartments, townhouses and units. Century 21 believes that these figures may be suggestive of increasing activity in the construction of medium density housing, which could go some way to ease the pressures of the national housing shortage.

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Strategic planning to take over old police station T

By Millie Thomas

he recently evacuated Roxby Downs Police Station on Richardson Place has been somewhat a myster y since its decommissioning late last year. With no sign of new tenants, department after department, treasury after treasury drew blanks when asked what the outcome would be of the building. In a town of which the price of commercial tenancy almost surpasses that of high traffic suburban areas, the building is a high commodity for prospective business owners. Howe ver, a DTE I spokesperson cleared up any uncertainty. “The property is owned by Government and is managed by the Department

for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI),” the spokesperson said. “It is anticipated that the property will remain in government ownership while Roxby Downs township redevelopment options and plans are being considered. “It is expected that redevelopment plans will evolve over the next 3 years in conjunction with plans to expand the Olympic Dam mine, and that the building will be available for lease by government and non-government agencies/businesses during this period. Several organisations have expressed interest in using the property. “It is envisaged that once development plans have been finalised, options, including disposal may then be considered. “The Roxby Council is aware of these actions and

is strongly supportive of this direction.” Town Administrator, Bill Boehm, confirmed this saying, “Council supports the State Government’s decision to retain ownership of the old Police Station pending the redevelopment of the town and notes that in the interim DTEI will manage the site on behalf of the State Government. Hopefully some Government Service or other Commercial use not already present in Roxby Downs will establish in the near future.” Local community business employees however, think the area would be best utilised as a community building. “Something like specialty community programs such as the dance lessons, or the early learning centre or the child care centre or something like that would

The decommissioned Roxby Downs Police Station in Richardson Place has so much potential

be great,” said a representative. “With a price that’s still reasonable though. Some of the companies are not-for-profit and they can’t afford to fork out heaps.” Leigh Malcolm, Roxby Central Traders President supports the government’s decision and said an expansion on the government services already up here would be

perfect. “I think it’s probably ideal for government type building or government type offices if they can expand on the government type services that are up here,” said Leigh. “For instance. a Service SA office. There are still empty retail spaces here in the shopping centre which can’t be leased, and there’s a

couple up on Tutop street that are still empty, so I think retail is pretty much covered. “It would be great if a community group could use it in a notfor–profit kind of way, it could give them a chance to expand on what they’re already doing in the community. I think the reality is it’s a fairly fiscal world,” he said.

Roxby Billy Cart Bash take two! By Celeste Lustosa

Credit Union and RoxFM. For more information, contact Karl on 0408 754 745 or email The organisers would like to thank major sponsor Sodexo Remote Sites, as well as Cape,

How about a Sunday filled with live entertainment, displays and demos, kids activities, food stalls, rock n’ roll dancing, street cars, bikes, billy carts and all things wheels? That’s what Roxby residents will be exposed to on March 27 with the 2011 Sodexo Roxby Billy Cart Bash. This is the second occurence of the event that attracted hundreds of people to our main streets last year and it’s most likely to do the same this year. The Monitor spoke to Jack McGuire, who is the events manager. “My role is to oversee the whole event, be an advisory to Karl and Renae Scothern, as well as be the advertising guy. “This year we are still with the same theme – One Hill One Aim…to be a downhill racing champion. But this time the event will fundraise for the Parents and Friends Association of Roxby Downs Area School, Andamooka Primary School and St Barbara’s Parish School,” Jack explained. “Last year we had over 40 entries and some of those carts were driven by different teams or different people and this is information we need to know in advance. “Roxby does have a little bit of a reputation to leave things to the last minute but from the organisers point of view it is really important to get the registrations as quickly as possible for the sake and sanity of the organisers!” he said. According to Jack, this is a family and community event that will keep everyone in the family entertained and united. “We try to engage families to build their billy carts together or if that can’t be done for lack of time, that they plan it all together. It’s all about strengthening the family union and also about raising funds for Roxby Downs. “It is essential that the money stays in Roxby. Anything that I do as an events person, that’s what I envision, to see the proceeds being used in Roxby and in a short time so we can see results right after the event.” “Roxby is a very generous town that gives thousands of dollars to brothers and sisters interstate or even overseas and that’s very relevant and we should keep doing it as a community, but we also have our community needs and I like to give something back in that regard. Our community is looking after the world so we are trying to look after our community in our own small way,” Jack added. There are some new things are happening this year. “This year we will do the Rock and Roll dancing which will bring a professional Rock and Roll dancer to Roxby a week prior to the event to teach people a few moves, so they can dance THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

Olympic Dam Football Club & Aussie Sporting Greats Presents:

Event Organisers Karl Scothern, Jack McGuire, Renae Scothern with children Hamish & Byron

at the Billy Cart Bash and throughout their lives. This will be a part of the fundraiser.” But Jack says that a lot of help and support is needed to put it all together. Sponsors and volunteers have been hugely appreciated by the events organisers – Karl and Renae Scothern, and Jack and Helen McGuire. “There’s a lot of money that has been given by the business community and I think that it needs to be acknowledged. They are doing a good thing for the community, they are getting involved.” According to Jack, there has been over $20,000 worth in sponsorship (in kind and in cash) to make this happen. But they are still looking for more sponsors and volunteers to come on board. “The parents and friends associations from the schools will have people volunteering and helping on the day, cooking barbecues and donuts. It’s a full on community thing. “We also want this event to help other nonprofit organisations and groups from Roxby to raise their profiles within the community. We are not just making this event for the Billy Cart Bash races but we want people to add value to it. They can use the event to tell the community what they do, to call for volunteers and new members. “They will have stalls where you can have activities with the kids, or give informative material, do a membership drive, things like that. We want the Billy Cart Bash to be a true community event where everyone gets involved.” On the day, registrations will start at 7.30 am, and the first actual race will start at 8.30 am. Registrations are opened until March 18 and the packs are available from Alliance One

Mining and Industrial Tyre Service Roxby Downs, Roxby Leisure, BHP, Linfox, Cowell Electric, ODT Australis, Coates hire, Skilled, Alliance One Credit Union, RoxFM and The Monitor newspaper.

Anthony Koutoufides, Wayne Johnston and Aussie Jones Kouta played 278 games of AFL with Carlton and was a former captain; Wayne won 2 B&F awards with Carlton, while Aussie played for the Saints as a young man and become a 2 time All Australian.

The AFL Greats will be holding a FREE coaching clinic for all RDJFA players on 25th February 2011 at the Town Oval 3:30pm. FOLLOWED BY SPORTSMAN’S NIGHT Olympic Dam Football Club 25th February 2011 at 7:30pm Tickets $15 – can be pre-purchased at the ODFC or on the night Come and hear their stories – grand finals – coaches – players – team rivalry – Kouta’s Dancing with the Star’s and Gladiator TV experiences and much much more! For more information please contact ODFC Bar 8671 2722 or Club President Michael Hoffman on 0408 827 296

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New Arrivals

Joanne and Amy Brind with Amy’s four week old son Taite Russel Sinkinson. Taite is a first child for Amy and partner Damien Sinkinson.

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Proud parents Alison Crompton & Kieran Bourke would like to introduce Harvie John Bourke born 17th December 2010 weighing 10lb 1oz.

Amity Macy Jayne Parkin, Born 15th Feb, 4 lbs 12oz, Proud parents Kristy and Damo and little sister to Hannah and Declan.

Grace Evelyn Lauder, second daughter of Scott and Jenny formerly of Roxby Downs. Born 4th Feb at 8.32am, weighing 7 lb 6oz.

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Earlier venue lockout takes effect March 1 in Roxby Downs By Millie Thomas

Regular patrons of local licensed venues may have been alerted to the change of lock out operating hours at both the Roxby Downs Tavern and the Roxby downs Community Club. For those not aware, the notice states that the normal Friday and Saturday night lock out of 1am has now been reduced to 12 midnight. Regular operating hours remain in place (usually 2am on a Friday or Saturday night), but this just means patrons will not be allowed to enter the premises after 12am on either a Friday or Saturday night. The changes come after consultations between the police and venue managers decided this would be the best outcome for the town. Senior Constable Peta Giles said hopefully it will help keep noisy house parties to a minimum and help

venue staff keep an eye on intoxication levels. “In relation to us, it’s probably not going to have that much of an effect,” said Snr Const. Giles. “We need to try and test it and see. I guess it means we won’t have the parties until 1 o’clock when they usually go to the pub! “They (the patrons) are going to be in a licensed venue for longer so they can be judged on how much they’ve had to drink. So that will help the staff in not serving people who are intoxicated. “What they (patrons) do now is drink at home until the last minute and then go to the pub, so its going to be much the same pattern I think, but it just means they’ll go to the club that much earlier. Then it’s on the staff at the pubs to serve them or not depending if they’re intoxicated. “I guess the proof will be in the pudding to see what will happen in two or three months time. “Licensees are working with police and trying to make some

changes.” Roxby Downs Tavern Manager, Matt Dawe, said it would also help maintain the safety of his staff. “It’s been talked about for a while,” said Matt. “It’s just so we can monitor the situation and get the patrons in before 12 o clock and monitor their consumption from then. “I’ve basically been liaising with police. The Club had mentioned it and we had mentioned it before so we just thought we’d all get in at the same time and just make it a town wide thing.” The changes, which will take effect from Tuesday, March 1, are being made as a result of a multitude of incidents over the past decade. “There’s no big decisions behind it, there’s no one incident behind it or anything like that, it’s just probably a multitude if incidents over the past 10 years or so that have happened. We just decided to go for it and give it a go.”

BHP Billiton halfyear profit up 71.5 per cent BHP Billiton has announced a half-year profit of $US10.524 billion, up 71.5 per cent. Chief executive Marius Kloppers said the company would invest $80 billion in growing its assets - with the expansion of Olympic Dam on track to be given the go ahead about the end of this year or early 2012. Mr Kloppers said it was difficult to be precise on a timetable with Olympic Dam because it relied on the approvals being processed by governments. These approvals and the community engagement was “incredibly important” to BHP to get right he said. BHP also wanted to expedite its coal and iron ore projects. “This balance sheet strength affords BHP Billiton substantial flexibility as it embarks on significant investment in organic growth that is expected to exceed $US80 billion over the five years to the end of the 2015 financial year,” BHP said. “Major projects, including those in iron ore and metallurgical coal, are at an advanced stage of the approvals process and should result in a substantial increase in sanctioned project capital expenditure.” The profit was made on revenue of $US34.2 billion. BHP will launch an expanded $US10 billion capital management program and will buy back $US22.6 billion worth of shares, or 15 per cent of issued capital. The company says it is “cautiously optimistic on the short term outlook for the global economy, given the continuation of robust growth in emerging markets and further positive signs of a sustainable recovery in major developed economies such as the United States.

Sustainababy raffle drawn The Sustainababy Queensland Disaster Relief Raffle was drawn on Sunday 20 February. There were some who won more than one item. Laura Trotta, proprietor of Sustainababy, said, “congratulations to winners and thank you to all who dug deep for your generosity.” Sustainababy raised $1620 for Queensland families in need. “Of course, this raffle would not have been possible without the generous support of our suppliers, advertisers and service providers. Thank you,” Ms Trotta said.

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Red Earth shaping up

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

By Celeste Lustosa


always welcome.

he Red Earth Festival 2011 is on again this year and a committee has been meeting regularly in order to organise the event.

Dates have now been confirmed for July 29 to August 21. The Festival will host artists from all over Australia, allowing our community and communities in the Far North Region to participate in an array of activities including a community exhibition, workshops, live musical performances, a local theatre production and much more. The workshops include all kinds of visual as well as performing arts such as singing, dancing, acting, painting and photography to name a few. The program will suit both young and old alike and the committee are encouraging participants to come and join in. Arts and Culture Forum Chairperson Rachel Young is one of the organisers of the event and she is very excited about how things are going. “The festival is beginning to take shape, although there is still much work to be done. I would like to encourage people to keep the festival dates free in their diaries, there will be lots of activities to participate in and performances to enjoy!” Rachel said. “We will be holding a community exhibition during the 2011 “Red Earth Festival” and I would like to invite artists be involved in this event. The exhibition is open to artists from our region. Artists can submit 2 or 3 dimensional works or photographs. We have some guidelines in place and entry forms will be available soon.”


Red Earth Festival art exhibitions will be popular again this year.

She also explained that at the moment the committee is waiting on funding approval from a variety of sources before they can confirm too much of their program. Rachel said, “we can confirm our opening night performers “Cloudstreet”. This will be a great night where our community can join us for an evening of fantastic music and great company in a cocktail setting.” Cloudstreet’s Nicole Murray and John Thompson perform New Australian folk music, a combination of Anglo-Celtic and Australian traditional songs and tunes, coupled with traditional-style original songs. Their repertoire represents the many influences from around the world that

have been blended to produce Australian folk music. Cloudstreet’s music is acousticallybased, with roots in the English, Australian and Irish traditions, with an emphasis on innovative use of vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements to incorporate contemporary performance values into an ancient musical form. Roxby not only will be delighted by their performance but will also have the opportunity to participate in a singing workshop with them. The Monitor newspaper is a proud sponsor of The Red Earth Festival and will be featuring everything that this amazing Festival will bring.

Michelle Hales 0418 833 818 SPORT and RECREATION FORUM Kaye Doyle 0419 935 316 Next Meeting: March 1 COMMUNITY GARDEN Cherie Gaskin 8671 2924 HEALTH FORUM

THE POWER OF THE NOTICEBOARD T here are many ways that we communicate with the community. Some methods are obvious while others are more subtle.

While local newspapers and radio are major outlets others like community noticeboards are also used to great effect. Noticeboards tell more than the notices they hold. A few years ago the Community Board, through its various forums, installed a noticeboard in the mall. The aim was to create a focal point for information relating to job vacancies, upcoming events, and training and volunteering opportunities. Then the Building Healthy Communities program and the Health Forum, recognising the success of the noticeboards, installed another board specifically for health related information. This was important for raising awareness about the

health and community services available to support local residents particularly in the areas of mental health, men’s health, drug and alcohol counselling and new mothers. These noticeboards have direct ties to the business, education, families, arts and health related strategies detailed in the Roxby Downs Community Plan (2005). This is because the plan focused on the need for information sharing and building opportunities for residents to participate in personal and community development. The mall is not just used by shoppers but also as a thoroughfare by people walking from the south side of town to the school, TAFE and Cultural and Leisure Precinct. The high volume of pedestrian traffic at many different times of the day increases exposure to the noticeboards. These noticeboards, along with many

others in key locations around town, are also a window to our community. For people who have just arrived or visitors just passing through they tell a story about what this community has to offer. These well presented and managed noticeboards not

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only promote a wide variety of programs and activities but also a pride of place. The next time somebody says there is nothing to do in Roxby Downs suggest that they take a look at the noticeboards. They will be pleasantly surprised.

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Take shorter showers by turning the taps off when ‘sudding’ up with soap. Take cold showers in summer, they increase the circulation. If this doesn’t work for you, try having warm showers instead of hot ones. Tepid water is best for a healthy complexion.

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

Teresa Baddeley • Darren Smith

For further information, advice or general questions please contact:

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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Roxby Downs Junior Football Association Expressions of interest are being sought for Coaching Positions in all Junior Grades for the upcoming 2011 season. Positions available are as follows, • RDJFA Talent Squad Coach • U/16 X 4 Coaches • U/12 X 2 Coaches • U/10 X 4 Coaches • Umpire coordinator • Umpires for all games If you are interested in one of these positions please email Matt Daddow at or matthew. before the 21st March 2011. Please note - these positions are all voluntary

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Position Vacant Bar & Waiting Staff The newly renovated Roxby Club seeks bar/waiting staff. Friendly and bubbly personality, must be able to work nights. Email resume to au or apply in person. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – Page 13


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Do a RDSCC hot lap! T

By Millie Thomas

he Roxby Downs Sporting Car Club (RDSCC) is starting its 2011 season this Saturday night, with some exciting new changes planned. Paul Francis, Publicity Officer for RDSCC said improvements to the burnout pads and the introduction of community and sponsor ‘hot laps’ at race meets will help bring in a bigger crowd. “The hot laps for the sponsors will get sponsors actually in the car with ‘Clarkey’, one of the drivers,” said Paul. “He’s put a new seat in his car, so it will give them a feel of going around the track pretty fast. “They’ve had the speed camera out there before where they’ve had wheelers out on the long track get up to 160 or 170kms. “There are different types of cars, but some of them are up to 600hp which is pretty full on.” Paul said that the sponsors of that particular meet will go for a drive around the track, as will some lucky raffle drawn community members. For this first race meet this weekend, a lucky member of the Mine Power Solutions (MPS) team will get a ride. “We’ll do one hot lap per meet,” said Paul. “But we’ll probably do more throughout the year and just raffle them off around the community. You do have to abide by race rules though, which means no drinking until after the lap is finished. “We’ll also find someone from the community each week to come and race a car. It’s got to be a little bit modified to be novice friendly, so the

track will be changed to a figure 8 style. “Each community racer’s time will be put up on a leader board, and at the end of the year, the winner will be awarded a trophy.” Another area that the RDSCC is looking at revitalising to gain more support from locals is the burnout competition. “We’re in the process at the moment of trying to get some sponsors for the burnouts comp,” said Paul. “We’re trying to improve that and increase that pad as it’s only a small pad. “Port Lincoln has a large pad and they get a heap of people out there. We’ve already got a major sponsor on board, and we just need a couple of more sponsors to pitch in. That will probably happen over the next couple of months.” A couple of week ago, The Monitor spoke with Club President, Josh Gigney, about the lack of volunteers out at the RDSCC. Paul confirmed that this is still an ongoing issue. “We really want to get people out there and get involved,” he said. “Which is perhaps what we might not have done so well in the last few years. “We’re still struggling for the canteen support. The Rotary Club did do it and they can’t do it anymore. We’ll get by I think but we’re still looking for people for that.” If you want to find out more information about RDSCC go to for information about cars, different clubs and to view photos and videos.

HYPOS Cricketers versus fall short to BULLS win three Maddy Evans with the ball, guarded by team mate Elysiah McCarthy. Bull’s Megan Crawfiord and Gemma Sullivan defend.

JUNIOR BASKETBALL Results ROUND 9 19th February 2011 UNDER 12 GIRLS Slamdunks 23 points defeated Lightning 14 points Phoenix 27 points defeated Magic 25 points

Maddy Rhodes (Hypos) goes in to intercept the ball from Bulls’ Kara Wedding

UNDER 12 BOYS Bulls 34 points defeated Mavericks 22 points Lakers 35 points defeated Pistons 18 points UNDER 14 GIRLS Magic 19 points defeated Eagles 11 points Bulls 36 points defeated Flames 19 points UNDER 15 BOYS Magic 39 points defeated Lakers 25 points Thunder 35 points defeated Bulls 20 points Cavaliers 41 points defeated Lightning 34 points UNDER 17 GIRLS Panthers 55 points defeated Lightning 40 points Pistons 49 points defeated Bullets 38 points UNDER 18 BOYS and GIRLS Eagles 48 points defeated Magic 26 points Hornets 38 points defeated Bullets 37 points

ROUND 10 20th February 2011 UNDER 12 GIRLS Phoenix 25 points defeated Lightning 8 points Slamdunks 24 points defeated Magic 22 points UNDER 12 BOYS Lakers 42 points defeated Mavericks 24 points Bulls 18 points defeated Pistons 14 points UNDER 14 GIRLS Bulls 50 points defeated Eagles 14 points Magic 41 points defeated Flames 25 points UNDER 15 BOYS Cavaliers 40 points defeated Bulls 27 points Lightning 46 points defeated Lakers 14 points Thunder 35 points defeated 34 points UNDER 17 GIRLS Bullets 60 points defeated Bullets 31 points Panthers 46 points defeated Pistons 25 points

in a row

By Graham Warren

Last week saw the RDCA Team head to Adelaide to defend its title that is won for the past 2 years, unfortunately this good run could not continue for three years in a row. Day one saw us play Murdock Hill. They batted first and made 231 runs with A. Boulton taking 4 for 26 for us, then we had a bat and were all out for 170 with A. Boulton not out 50 and R. Selkirk making 49 and J. Schell scoring 21. Day 2 saw us take on Alexandra which saw Roxby go down on the last ball of the day. Roxby batted first scoring 237 with skipper Selkirk out on 99 and A. Willis making 71 then they batted scoring the winning run off the last ball of the day. Best with the ball G. Mulders 3 for 32. Day 3 was better. We played Rocky River and Ryan Selkirk won the toss and sent them into bat. With tight bowling they got them all out for 138. All bowlers getting wicket s then batting second Roxby scored 213

with R. Selkirk scoring 56 A. Willis 49 and J. Schell making 36. Day 4 the boys played Morphett Vale and they batted first scoring 188. Best with the ball was M. Justice with 3 for 34. Batting second we were all out for 143, Ryan made 47 and M. Travis 30. Day 5 we awoke to rain and it continued all day so this brought the presentation forward which saw RDCA perform well with Ryan Selkirk being selected as captain of the team of the year, Craig Nichols the wicket keeper and Phil Stacey winner the fielding trophy which saw him selected as 12th man of the team of the year. This was a great achievement by these individuals. All the players should be proud of their performances both on and off the field. They conducted themself in a very professional manner and they would like to thank BHPB for their support as well as Jas Schell for all his efforts over the week and what he did in the lead up work before the carnival.

Interested in Playing Darts? The 2011 Roxby Downs Dart League season is upon us. Team nominations are to be handed in to the President by the 28th of February. Contact Luke Netherton 0417 866 160, or email for the nomination form. Could current teams please confirm their nomination to Jason Lamont (0419 842 406) or Luke Netherton prior to the 28th Feb. Start of the season will be 23rd March 2011.

Joel Young and Jordan Chrystal Magics man up against Spencer Crafter and Kain Zeptner (in possession) of the Miners in what was a tight game

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UNDER 18 BOYS and GIRLS Bullets 41 points defeated Eagles 40 points Magic 32 points defeated Hornets 29 points

If you don’t have a team and would like to play please contact the president on the number above to arrange for team placement. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

Moroney’s outlook on the 2011 season By Millie Thomas


fter a disappointing season last year, Hornridge have shown their enthusiasm and renewed confidence early in pre-season training. Coach Shane Moroney is excited to work with new assistant coach Kym Elliot and once again work with last year’s team, plus a few talented extras. “We’re having a pretty good preseason,” started Shane. “Coops (Brad Cooper, player/fitness coach) has got them keen and firing along pretty well. The season is looking alright so far we’ve got a few new numbers.” Shane said that he will direct the team in the same fashion as last year, ensuring the players are having fun and aim to make the finals. “We’ll just go like we did last year and see what happens from there.” Trainings have been relatively irregular so far, with anything from 10 to 20 players attending training, but Shane said it’s to be expected with the weather. “I’m looking forward to seeing Ben Casey play,” said Shane. Ben, who’s originally from Peterborough in the mid north of the state, brings with him a family history of high football credentials. “I’m also looking forward to seeing some of our blokes play as well.

“All of the blokes that have been putting in a good, effort, like Coops and Nigel. They’ve been trying to get a bit fitter, trying to do a bit more for the club and looking to take on leadership roles – it’s good to see.” Young talents from Hornridge, Mitch Blackie and Dylon Male have moved on from Hornridge this year, but Shane assures that this will not put Hornridge at a disadvantage. “Mitch and Dylon will be missed for sure,” he said. “They are dedicated young players, it’s hard to replace good players like that, but we’ve got a couple of new, good young fellas out there. “Young Coby – he’s a pretty good colts player back from college and we’ve got Lochie Munroe this year. “Although we’ll miss them (Mitch and Dylon), there are other blokes that will take their place.” Shane indicated that this year, more than ever, he is expecting Hornridge footballers to find success. “Put it this way, I’ll be disappointed if we don’t make the finals this year. Especially with the new faces we’ve got, and the blokes seem a bit keener. “First or second would be nice, but just aim it at making the top four and getting them to enjoy playing footy, I think that’s what it’s about really.”

Karate gradings Back Row: Reinhardt, Deanne, Amy, Eugene, George Front Row: George, Adam, Rory, Jelena, Matthew These dedicated martial artists were graded in November. Good luck for your future gradings!






Novice (> 16 yrs) $20



Open (> 16 yrs) $20




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PAYMENT BY CHEQUE payable to Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon CASH to Roxby Physio 84 Stuart Road Roxby Downs EFT Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon Alliance Once Credit Union BSB: 805-019 Account No: 95764 (title of transfer to be entrant or team name) COMMITTEE OFFICAL USE ONLY


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Hornridge Coach Shane Moroney with Assistant Coach Kym Elliot at training last week


DECLARATION This is a legal document which affects your rights I, the undersigned in consideration of and as a condition of acceptance of my entry in the Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, hereby waive all and any claim of cause of action which I or they might otherwise have for or arising out of loss of my life or injury, damage or any description whatsoever which I may suffer or sustain in the course of or on consequent upon my entry or participation in the said event. This waiver, release and discharge shall be and operate separately in favour of all persons, corporations or bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the event and the servants, agents and representatives of any of them and includes but is not limited to; Roxby Raptors Cycling Club, BHP Billiton, the Roxby Downs Leisure Centre, the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs and other sponsors, and shall so operate whether or not the loss, injury or damage is attributable to the act or neglect of any one or more of them. I am aware and will abide by the rules and regulations in regard to Triathlon events. I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for this event and have not been told otherwise by a medically qualified person. I consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury. I acknowledge that I am solely responsible for my personal possessions and athletic equipment. I hereby agree that in the event of race cancellation due to storm, rain, inclement weather, wind, adverse sea conditions or any other unforeseen conditions, my entry will not be refunded. I agree to the free use of my name and pictures in broadcasts, telecasts and the press as they pertain to the Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon pre and post-race.

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For competitors who will be under 18 years of age on race day, the declaration must be signed by a parent/guardian. RETURN THIS PAGE ONLY – Keep rules and map for your information (note registration and start times)

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Support your local footy league… become an umpire! By Millie Thomas


verybody enjoys a day down at the footy, and everybody has to overcome the feeling of nothingness on a Saturday when the season ends. To ensure the longevity of the Far North Football League’s competition, there must be an abundance of umpires to keep the competition alive. At the moment, the number of umpires has slumped to a low. No umpire - no game! Leigh Malcolm, Co-ordinator of umpires for the Far North Football League, said that anybody can give it a try. “We’re looking for central umpires, boundary umpires, goal umpires, scoreboard attendants - anybody that can help out,” said Leigh. With no previous training essential and a good wage guaranteed, this is a great way to earn money on the weekends. “No experience is necessary. We’re happy to train them,” assured Leigh. “An ex-footballer that’s no longer able to play would be ideal. Anybody who wants to get fit or anybody that wants to earn some pocket money - the league currently pay $100 for central umpires per game and boundary umpires, if they run a half, get $30 per game. “So it’s a good income for kids. Any age, they’re just encouraged to come out to umpire training which starts on Wednesday March 3 at 6:30pm.” There’s not a huge time commitment involved in umpiring. A once a

week training and usually one game per week is the basic requirement. With only a 15 week season plus finals and the chance to umpire at AAMI Stadium for the Miners’ Cup in April there are some great experiences to be had. “It’s a good competition, There’s a bit of friendly banter out there with the players, but nothing too serious. It’s good fun, I enjoy it!” said Leigh. It’s common knowledge that everybody is theoretically an umpire when they watch or play a game of footy, but Leigh said actually filling the role throws a different light on the game. “I reckon its good for a lot of players to just go back and try it from a different angle. I’ve played a lot of footy, I only umpired when I came up here, you get a different understanding that’s for sure. “The other thing we’re looking at doing this year through the South Australian Country Footy League is getting accreditations for umpires, so that might involve going to Adelaide to do other training. “For young kids, there’s a real career progression in umpiring. Some of the top AFL Umpires are on $100,000 plus a year, so it can be a rewarding career. “We’re just after some new blood. The more the merrier! Basically we’d just like to take the pressure off the other guys. “Whilst it’s competitive, after the game I always make a point of going and having a beer with the players, talk about the game after the game and what happens on the field stays on the field.”

Umpire Coordinator Leigh Malcolm said Umpiring potentially leads into a rewarding career

What’s happening at the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct



Adults $12 Children $8 Cheap Tuesdays... all tickets $7.35

PLAY CAFE in the auditorium Tuesdays 9.30 til 11am

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this week >

Eat, drink and have a chat...all while your kids play!

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*Parents please note you are responsible for supervisiing your children.

Check the weekly Monitor advert (on the back page) for session times or grab a schedule from Roxby Leisure.

YOGI BEAR Rated G Duration 84 mins.

GREEN HORNET Rated M Duration 119 mins.

BURLESQUE Rated M Duration 119 mins.

Yogi and Boo Boo are two brown bears who have a knack for stealing picnic baskets. The park is selected as a logging site, and Jellystone is shut down. They must stop their home from being destroyed. Stars Justin Timberlake, Dan Aykroyd, Anna Faris. Screens: Friday 25th @ 3.30pm, Saturday 26th @ 12noon, Sunday 27th @ 12noon.

Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. Stars Seth Rogan, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou. Screens: Saturday 26th @ 7.30pm, Sunday 27th @ 5pm, Tuesday 1st March @ 3.30pm.

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. Stars Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dan, Cam Gigandet. Screens: Friday 25th @ 7.30pm, Saturday 26th @ 3.30pm, Tuesday 1st March @ 7pm, Wednesday 2nd March @ 10am.

Tickets > Adults $12, Children $8, Cheap Tuesday all tickets $7.35 Coming Soon > The Fighter (MA), How Do You Know (M)

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