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An agreement to allow Oxiana Pty Ltd to conduct mining operations within the Woomera Protected Area was an industry ﬁrst, according to local MP Barry Wakelin. The agreement was recently signed by representatives of Oxiana and the Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson. Federal Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin, said the agreement would allow Oxiana Pty Ltd access to the area’s vast natural resources in a protected defence area. “This Deed of Access, signed by the Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson and Oxiana is the ﬁrst of its kind, allowing industry access to a defence area for ongoing commercial operations,” Mr Wakelin said. The WPA covers approximately 127,000 square kilometres of South Australia – roughly twice the size of Tasmania – making it the largest land-based test facility in the world. “It’s primary role is as a test and evaluation range for Air Force capability development. It is an essential asset that is being utilised at an increasing rate each year,” Mr Wakelin said. Chairperson of the Woomera Community Board, Stuart Knox, said the announcement was a positive development for Woomera. “This announcement could have a number of beneﬁts for the community of Woomera and we would certainly welcome any Oxiana personnel into the town,” Mr Knox said. “We see the deal between Oxiana and the Department of Defence as a positive outcome for the region and South Australia,” he said. Acting Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn said the WPA was rich in natural resources and could provide signiﬁcant economic revenue, which the Defence Department would try to facilitate. “The area has potential to provide signiﬁcant economic revenue due to its reserves of natural resources. Defence is committed to co-existence with industry and this access agreement with Oxiana demonstrates that commitment,” AVM Blackburn said. Oxiana has signed a native title mining agreement with the Antakarinja people for areas that are subject to native title claim. “The open and eﬀective communication between Oxiana and Defence has ensured that the economic value of land in the Woomera area can be exploited without a negative eﬀect to Defence capability,” AVM Blackburn said. Safety of personnel on the WPA has been made a key part of the agreement. During preparation for testing items such as weapons or rockets, a determination will be made of risk level for personnel on the ground, with a clause to ensure the evacuation of Oxiana staﬀ if required. Defence has undertaken extensive environmental studies and consultation with indigenous communities for the Prohibited Area. An Indigenous Heritage Management Plan (IHMP) is being developed to guide the processes for managing Defence’s activities in the Prohibited Area. An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is also being developed for the sustainable management of the Prohibited Area. “Defence looks forward to a successful relationship with Oxiana in the future joint use of the WPA,” AVM Blackburn said.
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oomera Emergency Service ate, and a pleasure to work from,” Mr Hartley both high and low pressure. (WES) is the proud owner of a said. In addition to the water delivery system and He said the new truck was purchased because extending ﬁre ﬁghting capacity is a Rosenbauer new fire engine.
Department of Defence worker Norm Hadgis and Phil Hartley from BAE Systems travelled to Ballarat in Victoria recently to accept the new vehicle from SEMS – the world’s largest ﬁre appliance supplier. The big red truck arrived in Woomera on Sunday, July 1 and has remained at WES pending registration and some minor adjustments to the lockers, before training with SEMS Project Oﬃcer Phillip Halson. Department of Defence’s Kym Edwards formally handed the now fully operational appliance to WES on July 12. BAE Systems Phil Hartley said the new truck was a great asset for the community of Woomera. “The appliance is user friendly, easy to oper-
the previous trucks had exceeded their operational ages and needed to be replaced. “Everybody is very happy with the new truck and it’s nice to drive,” he said. The WES cover all of the Woomera township, the rocket range, the Woomera airport and provide back up for the Country Fire Service on the highway if required. Around 70 call-outs are received and handled by the WES every year. The appliance is a Type 2 Heavy pumper (4x2) constructed on an Isuzu FTR 900 cab chassis and seats a crew of six. The appliance is ﬁtted with a 2000 litre water tank and a Rosenbauer NH 40 pump capable of 4000 litres per minute, which is powered by the vehicle’s engine through a split shaft PTO. The pump is a multi pressure type, allowing
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Police News Police reported a 51-year-old man from WA for driving an unregistered vehicle on Sunday, July 16. An 18-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and breaching his probationary (P-plate) driving conditions on Sunday, July 16. Police will allege that his Blood Alcohol Concentration was 0.182 at the time of driving. Police received a report of drink spiking from a Roxby Downs resident on Sunday, July 16. On Saturday, July 15, police received a report from a Roxby Downs resident who said their truck had been stolen from a Hermit Street address in the in the early hours of the morning. The truck was recovered a short distance down Hermit Street. Police received a stolen vehicle report from an Arcoona Street address in the early hours of the Thursday, July 13. The vehicle was later located with considerable accident damage at the intersection of Olympic Way and Burgoyne Street. A satellite phone and hat were reported stolen from a vehicle in Eyre Court on Thursday, July 13. Following investigations into these (and other) matters three juveniles have been charged. One youth has been charged with oﬀences including making a False Report, Driving Unlicensed, Due Care, Illegal Use, Illegal Interference and Theft from a Motor Vehicle. Another has been charged with Illegal use of a Motor Vehicle. The third youth has been charged with Theft from a Motor Vehicle. A number of reported incidents have been cleared. Police received a report of broken window from the Roxby Downs Area School on Wednesday, July 12. On the same day in an unrelated matter, police recovered a vehicle stolen from an address on Axehead Road. The vehicle was recovered in scrubland just oﬀ the Axehead Road extension; it had been used by joy riders and had damage to a rear tyre and rim, as well as damage to
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the engine. On Wednesday, July 12, police reported a male 34-year-old Port Pirie man for Due Care and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol in relation to an accident that occurred at the intersection of Olympic Way and the Bypass on April 7. A ﬁre extinguisher and jacket were stolen from the rear of a vehicle on Irrapatana Street overnight on Wednesday, July 12. The ﬁre extinguisher was later recovered. A 33-year-old man from Andamooka was reported for failing to provide due care following an accident on October 15, 2005. Management of the Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Police report that damage caused to play equipment at the rear of the Centre has reverted to the Roxby Downs Council. Roxby Downs Area School in the early hours of the morning of Monday, Laurence Duggan managed the centre for ﬁve years July 10, is estimated at $200. but mutually agreed with the council to end the contract A window was reported broken overnight at St Barbara’s Parish from July 31. School on Monday, July 10. The centre will now be run as an independent business unit of the Roxby Downs Council. The issue of unregistered and uninsured motorbikes using roads Council Administrator, Bill Boehm, said he would like around town has again raised its head. Riders of these types of recrea- to acknowledge the eﬀorts Mr Duggan and his family tional vehicles are reminded that it is an oﬀence to ride such a vehicle and their positive contribution to the development of on a Road or Road Related Area, and appropriate action will be taken the centre. against any person that is detected breaching this legislation. “Overall the operation of the facility has signiﬁcantly Since late May this year there have been a number of instances of improved following a traumatic period post the 2002 motor vehicles either being driven without the consent of the owner expansion where in many areas demands were largely or that have had items stolen from within the vehicle. unknown. “I think this is a positive way forward for the comThe common element in relation to the majority of these incidents is that the vehicle has been unlocked and where the vehicle has been munity and it recognises the changes the community driven without permission the keys have been located either in the has requested in the last ﬁve years and provides the comignition or within the vehicle. munity with greater ﬂexibility for the future,” he said. Residents of Roxby Downs are reminded that they should “Lock It Or “Five years ago the services oﬀered at the centre were Lose It” and Roxby Downs Police will be placing notices around town very straightforward and there were not a lot of facilities to remind people of this fact over the coming weeks. – there was no cinema or art gallery – what we had was basically for recreation,” Mr Boehm said. Mr Boehm said the services oﬀered at the centre would continue to expand. “The services oﬀered at the centre are growing – in line with the community plan – at a great rate. We now have the expertise to manage the centre locally and by running the centre through the council we will have greater ﬂexibility in terms of what we can oﬀer to meet expected future needs brought about by the expansion,” he said. Current manager Karyn Biggs will remain in her position and all the staﬀ have also retained their positions through the transfer. Mr Boehm said Alan Male would oversee the running of the centre.
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BHP Matched Giving Program taking the application process. “We had to send information away to BHP Billiton and we’re now waiting on an application number. Once we get that back we’ll start counting up the number of hours for the people involved,” Mrs Wilton said. “There are eight or ten BHP Billiton people in the SES here – which should be more than 800 hours,” Mrs Wilton said. All MGP funding was completely separate from other BHP Billiton programs – meaning organisations which meet the strict criteria could potentially receive dual BHP Billiton funding. Eligible organisations include junior sporting groups, volunteer organisations like the SES and CFS, charities, and any non-proﬁt organisation which beneﬁts the community. However, adult sporting clubs are ineligible, as well as any organisations which discriminate in any way. An independent BHP Billiton corporate unit has been established to administer the MGP program.
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Rescheduled scholarship test date The Australian Co-operative Entry Program (ACEP) is a test conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research that is used by non-government schools in South Australia. It is used for scholarship selection and entry into secondary school. All candidates sit the test on one day each year, traditionally during March/April. However the test has been rescheduled for 2007. Parents should be aware that the test will be held on Saturday 10 February 2007 for 2008 enrolments. Students can be registered to sit the test from 16 October 2006. Registrations must be received by 19 January 2007. Twenty-ﬁve non-government schools in South Australia will participate in the program. These schools are representative of the diversity of schools across the nongovernment school sector. Candidates can register with more than one school but sit for the test only once. The candidates’ results are forwarded to each school where they have registered. Schools then oﬀer parents scholarships
on the basis of academic merit. The earlier testing date will result in scholarship offers being made from 1 March 2007 for 2008 enrolments. This will enable parents to make a decision about the future of their child’s education much earlier than in previous years. The Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, Mr Garry Le Duﬀ said Selection for the scholarships was based on academic merit assessed through the ACEP tests. Schools oﬀer parents substantial reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their children’s secondary school education. Some schools may also offer other concessions in book fees and school uniforms. Mr Le Duff said The ACEP scheme provided parents with further opportunity to select a school of their choice. Schools may also oﬀer a range of other scholarships separate from the above, including boarding and music. Contact: Garry Le Duff, Tel: 8179 1402(W), 8339 2106(A/H) or 0419 806 419.
Doctors’ group says regions too reliant on foreign doctors The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is concerned that the only doctors ﬁlling gaps in regional areas are from overseas. The RDAA says Australia is relying heavily on overseas doctors to try and ﬁx the big shortfall of GPs in rural and remote areas.
The association’s president, Dr Ross Maxwell, says there should be big incentives to get Australian GPs or medical students to practice in country medical centres or hospitals. “We have a rapidly rising dependence on overseas trained doctors to ﬁll the gap,” he said.
Good rains not enough for farmer’s Many people rejoiced with the recent good soakings their gardens received from the rain. However it was a disappointment for South Australia’s northern pastoralists The weather bureau had predicted falls of up to 40 millimetres in some parts, but most received far less. For many it was a promise that just didn’t eventuate. There were good falls reported north of Oodnadatta, with the south receiving as little as 9 millimitres.
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Hawker Area School and the Department of Education and Children’s Services will explore long term options for the transport of school children, following a meeting with the Education Minister last week. Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says she is pleased that two extra students will keep the bus route more viable until the end of the year. Dr Lomax Smith has also welcomed a commitment from the school community to look at longer term options for transporting children, such a hiring a smaller vehicle. “Our prime consideration is making sure Hawker students can get to and from school each day and the long-standing school transport policy supports a number of options. “That can include a bus for larger numbers of students, a transport allowance to parents pooling the government-funded allowance to hire a smaller vehicle from Fleet SA. “We need to make sure we spend prudently the $25 million allocated annually for school transport so it extends to schools that become eligible for a bus service as children move between schools. “I am hopeful that one of these options will suit the Hawker Area School community, depending on their student numbers in the future. Under long standing criteria to ensure fairness and consistency in bus services across the State, alternative transport to a school bus is considered if eligible passenger numbers might rise. The Craddock bus route to Hawker Area School has carried fewer than 10 students since 2003, but the bus service has been continued because the school community believed numbers might rise
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If you think its been cold in Roxby Downs, Woomera and Andamooka recently have a thought for Whyalla, Coober Pedy, Tarcoola and Yunta who have all recorded their lowest maximums since records began. Yunta has been by far the coldest with a maximum of 6.5 degrees Celsius and 18 millimetres of rain with Ceduna also recording its lowest-ever maximum temperature in the past week. Adelaide, Renmark and Leigh Creek have all recorded their lowest temperatures since this time last year. The Bureau of Meteorology is advising sheep graziers that cold, wet and windy conditions could bring a serious risk of sheep and lamb losses.
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“Essentially the only new doctors coming in to rural, remote Australia are coming from overseas. We’re currently looking at about 40 to 45 per cent of rural and remote doctors who have come from overseas. South Australia will lead a push to have junior primary “We are absolutely not at the moment students exempted from the new Federal Government ﬁlling our local posts with locally grown funding requirements to include A to E grades on student graduates and that really has to change.” reports.
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Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith will renew her call on the Federal Education Minister to allow South Australian junior primary schools to use existing reporting methods for young children. Under the exemption being sought, the new Commonwealth reporting requirements would apply to students in Government, Catholic and Independent schools starting at the end of year 2 and continuing to year 10. “I share the concerns of many South Australian teachers and parents about the merits of grading a student who is in their ﬁrst years of school,” Dr Lomax-Smith said “While I support the ability of schools use of grades in later years, it is meaningless and educationally unsound to grade a six-year-old in art, for example, on an A to E scale. “How could any teacher be expected to give an E grade to an enthusiastic six-year-old who is only just learning how to paint and draw? “We have already won a concession from the Federal Minister on students in their ﬁrst reception year of school and would like to see her extend that to students in year 1 and 2. “In South Australia we are unique in allowing children to start school throughout the reception year, often meaning that children have diﬀerent lengths of time in reception. “While we are not prepared to jeopardise Federal schools funding, we think it’s a more common sense approach to allow grading to begin after children have spent a signiﬁcant amount of time in school.
Vocational Education and Training Growth South Australia has recorded signiﬁcant increases in the number of people entering vocational training, including trades and areas of skill shortages. Figures reported in Students and Courses 2005, a national publication, revealed SA recorded a 4 percent rise in the number of students undertaking vocational education and training last year to reach 115,700. This compares with a national average of 2.9.percent. TAFE SA recently oﬀered positions to 2,500 students for their mid year admissions. The most popular courses for this intake had been plumbing, nursing, child care, event management, information technology and electrical. In addition, metal fabrication, electro-technology and mechanical engineering also attracted high numbers of applicants. Further Education Minister Paul Caica said the enrolments would help boost skilled worker numbers in South Australia. “I’m extremely pleased to see that courses which will assist in addressing skills shortages have attracted signiﬁcant numbers,” Mr Caica said. “This shows that a greater demand by industry for these skills is encouraging South Australians to undertake training in these ﬁelds or upgrade their qualiﬁcations.”
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The former chief executive of WMC, a previous operator of the Olympic Dam uranium mine, Mr Morgan said such a proposal was canvassed by WMC in the early 1980s, but abandoned for business reasons. At the time, South Australia was identiﬁed as the best place
in the world for a waste repository. Mr Morgan said a joint project with inter national b o die s the Australian Government and Australian corporations would enhance Australia’s standing in the United Nations family. “This to me has always been far more important than the money. As a side issue of course, money is not irrelevant because there is a lot of money.” Premier Mike Rann, when yesterday told of Mr Morgan’s ideas, ruled them out saying “fat chance”. Mr Morgan said he believed both major political parties were cautious about the issue. “When you look at the hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of ground up there, and you only want a couple of square
kilometres because you’re going underground in very solid geological conditions, there’s no better use to which I can think you can put the country,” he said. Uranium Information Centre general manager Ian Hore-Lacy recently said a nuclear waste storage industry could contribute up to one per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, equivalent to about $9.75 billion. Mr Morgan said while the potential for earnings was great, Australia would be unlikely to make any contribution to the building of such a facility, as overseas energy utilities would fund it. In 2004, the Federal Government backed down on plans to build a national low-level waste repository near Woomera after SA argued in the Federal Court that its acquisition process was ﬂawed.
Oxiana forcasts longer life for Prominant Hill
OX I ANA ha s extende d the expected minimum life of its proposed Prominent Hill copper and gold mine by a year to 10 years. The company yesterday also announced it had approved another $33 million of spending before the project’s expected official sign-off at the end of August. This follows the company’s April purchase of a 400-person accommodation village for the site, 120km southeast of Coober Pedy. Oxiana said yesterday it had completed infill drilling on schedule as part of its bankable feasibility study which would determine the project’s final viability. It said with the feasibility study drilling now ﬁnished, it would start drilling to explore the full extent of the Prominent Hill ore
body, which remained open to the west, east and at depth. “The robust characteristics of the deposit have been conﬁrmed, with overall tonnes and grade for both the coppergold resource and gold-only resource very similar to the pre-feasibility estimates,” the company said. “In addition to drilling in the near mine environment, an extensive regional exploration program is under way across O x i a n a’s 3 8 0 0 s q k m o f tenements surrounding the Prominent Hill deposit. “ Un d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e Prominent Hill ore system and its associated geological, geochemical and geophysical signature has been integrated with new data to identify 12 high-priority targets within a 10km radius of the deposit.” The company has also reached
a production agreement with the Antakarinja native title holders and launched a preemployment training program in Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and Oodnadatta. This week it also received Federal Government approval to work within the Woomera Prohibited Area, a defence force testing area which takes in the Prominent Hill site. “Statutory approvals of the Prominent Hill Mining Lease by Primary Industries and Resources South Australia are in the ﬁnal stages,” the company said. Oxiana ha s pre v iously estimated the mine would cost $530 million to build. However, this ﬁgure was likely to rise, although it would still be competitive. Oxiana shares added 14c to $3.48 yesterday
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A shortage of mining equipment operators threatens to stiﬂe the development of South Australia’s mining industry. The Australian Drilling Industry Association says a number of new drill rigs have been bought by Australian companies in recent years but there are not enough skilled workers to operate them. Resources company Oxiana is planning to mine copper and gold at Prominent Hill in the Woomera Prohibited Area, while projects at Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs are also demanding drill rigs. Association executive oﬃcer Simon Fitzgerald says mining-rich states in particular need to think about attracting and retaining a new generation of mining workers. “For example, I wonder if the education system might put things like ﬁrst aid certiﬁcates, looking after yourself in remote locations, driving a four-wheel drive oﬀ road, those sorts of subjects might be able to be delivered at the schools so that the prerequisites would already be gained by the applicant,” he said. Mr Fitzgerald says more drills have been ordered in recent years but there is a lack of manpower. “So if we get a rapid boom there will be a shortage of people simply because there just is not enough that we can train up quickly enough given the nature of the practical element they have to have [for the profession],” he said.
“At this stage there’s interest from everywhere. We’ve spoken to a number of major mining houses,” chairman Wayne McCrae said yesterday. He said an order from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to remove a motion at yesterday’s extraordinary general meeting to grant him and fellow directors
options at 50c made him feel “a bit targeted”. Drilling at the site is expected to continue for another 18 months. “We really won’t know (the size of the deposit) until we’ve completed the drilling,” he said. But the doubters remain, considering the company so far has provided results from only four drill holes. Analysts and mining veterans are now saying the results could hardly justif y the huge run, suggesting that whenever the company resumes trading on the ASX the share price is likely to return to earth with a thud.
8,700 ounces of gold could be expected,” the company said. “At the current gold price of $830 per ounce this would equate to $7.2 million gross for this campaign alone. “This is in addition to the $570,000 from the low-grade test parcel treated in May.” Ramelius previously estimated each parcel of ore should produce $4 million to $5 million of gold, and expected total gross revenues of up to $12 million.
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t was reported last week that Reserve Bank board member Hugh Morgan said Australia’s global standing would be raised by the establishment of an international nuclear waste repository. During an Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy uranium conference last week Mr Morgan said “that the economic benefits of a multibillion-dollar waste industry would be outweighed by the status it would bring”.
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We can all help Family and Youth Matters
A family friend who recently returned from a trip overseas showed me some photographs of African children who had just seen a…BALLOON… for the First time!! Yep! In the year 2006 as rockets fly to the moon, mars and elsewhere and inter-continental ballistic missiles are landed harmlessly in the Sea of Japan and outrageous payouts given to some high corporate directors, there are children out there who have never seen a balloon! The photograph shows that the two little children (aged about eight) were completely overwhelmed by the balloon and I don’t mind admitting that I became choked up and misty eyed when I looked at the photographs. I have the photographs displayed in my office if you care to see them but be prepared if you come because they will probably effect you like they did me. As I stared into the eyes of the little girl and boy I thought, how bizarre! The world chugs away day in, day out and yet there are people out there who aren’t able to eat, drink, keep warm…or even play with a balloon! Forgive me if I sound all “deep and meaningful”, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if our world leaders were
about putting the basic needs of people first in order to deal with the needless death and suﬀering of so many? Wouldn’t it be lovely if our world cared for each other before proﬁt, power and progress? I say that because every day in the developing world, 30,100 children die from mostly preventable and treatable causes such as malnutrition, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections or malaria. (Malnutrition is associated with over half those deaths) And! More than 800 million people in the world are malnourished - 777 million of them are from the developing world and 177 million of them are children. I raise these statistics with you and speak of the African children who had never seen a balloon because I wonder if our town of Roxby Downs can form a link with a community or village, (either in Australia or overseas) that faces extreme hardships in their everyday living. Just as families sponsor children, I wonder if our town can sponsor a struggling community or village in the same way people sponsor children. My family sponsors a child and I commend those who do the same, but surely we Roxby residents can (after a bit of research) ﬁnd and link up to a suitable village or community that would beneﬁt from us, and we from them. I’m sure we could have fun working together to see another community or village prosper from the help we give them. I’m sure our school children would cherish the opportunity to be part of a community initiative that would see their (and our
eﬀorts) beneﬁt families that don’t enjoy the “simple” things of life that we do. I remember a lady asking the op-shop my congregation ran if she could have as many men’s and women’s belts as we could spare because there was an overseas community that needed them. At first I thought her request was rather strange, but than she explained that the people in the village often had clothing donated to them that didn’t ﬁt, so she and others were organizing belts to send to them. All these years later I still think of the simple but practical assistance the women provided to those who had so little. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all keep in the back of our mind through out the years that we have a sister community or village in Australia or overseas whom we are linked to in order to help, assist and show our love. A s our community continues to prosper and grow we could benefit socially because working on a shared initiative would help strengthen and link us together more. There is a lovely song that’s called, ‘It Only Takes a Spark to Get the Fire Burning’ and maybe we (as a community) can create a spark that will provide some good practical help to struggling Australian or overseas families. I value your thoughts and ask that you phone me on 8671 2892 so that we can put our thoughts together and get started.
Written by Jamie-Lee Oldfield The roar of engines and the screech of tyres are not uncommon sounds around Roxby Downs, but local revheads may have to stop and consider what exactly they are using as a playground. The land and native vegetation in the area has long been used to keep motorbike and motor vehicle enthusiasts entertained, however the subject has recently been brought up within town meetings and forums. The Roxby Downs environmental partnerships forum has been investigating how the land around Roxby Downs is being used – including for oﬀ-road motorcycle and car use. BHP Billiton employee and member of the Roxby Downs Environmental Partnership, Peter Paisley, said oﬀ-road land use was a big problem.
“The dunes that make up much of the land in the area are fragile, with tracks that are cutting deep into the native soil and vegetation being long-lasting. These tracks, along with the problem, continue to grow as the town expands,” he said. Mr Paisley said the Environmental Partnership was developing a plan to solve the issue of oﬀ-road motorcycle and car use but had not come to a conclusion yet; he asked any community members who had ideas on how to solve the issue to contact him on 8671 8664. Senior Constable Scott Cheers of the Roxby Downs police said the land surrounding the township was private, which made policing the area diﬃcult but added that any motorcycle which was unregistered and uninsured could not be ridden on a road or road related area.
Above: damage to local dunes caused by cars and bikes driving off-road
The Midas Bug - the bacterial alchemy of gold
Bacteria play an important role in the formation of gold nuggets inAustralia according to new research published this month in theinternational journal, Science today. The paper highlights the ﬁndings of a Cooperative Research Centre forLandscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME) project byCSIRO researcher, Tom Beever Frank Reith. Roxby Downs Family Dr Reith’s research has shown that bacteria play a and Youth Oﬃcer signiﬁcant role inthe formation of secondary gold grains. His study of gold grains from the Tomakin Park and Hit or Miss goldmines in southern New South Wales and northern Queensland, respectively,led to a series of discoveries, which showed that speciﬁc bacteria present on these gold grains precipitate gold from solution. “The origin of secondary gold grains is a controversial topic that is widely debated within the scientiﬁc comStephen Scott-Hoy B.Optom munity,” Dr Reith said. Need friendly, professional eyecare and quality “There are those who believe the grains are purely fashion eyewear with a full back-up service? detrital, while others believe they form by chemical See the Eyebus when it visits... accretion. Roxby Downs - 8671 2001 “A third theory suggest that microbial processes are involved in goldgrain formation which may be responAndamooka - 8672 7007 Woomera - 8673 7473 sible for one of the largest golddeposits in the world, the Monthly visits - Examinations bulk-billed. Witwatersrand deposit in South Africa.” Serving rural and regional South Australia since 1990.
Applying molecular biology techniques, Dr Reith discovered a livingbioﬁlm on the surface of gold grains collected. DNA proﬁling of thisbioﬁlm identiﬁed 30 bacterial species with population unique to the gold grains when compared to the surrounding soils. One species was identiﬁed on all of the DNA-positive gold grains fromboth locations. DNA sequence analysis of this species identiﬁed it asthe bacterium Ralstonia metallidurans. “The next step was to see if we could observe gold precipitation in thepresence of a culture of this bacteria,” Dr Reith said. “By placing a culture of the R. metallidurans in the presence ofdissolved gold, which is highly toxic to microorgansims, I observed active gold precipitation. “A unique attribute of R. metallidurans is that it is able to survive in concentrations of gold that would kill most other micro-organisms.” This research has signiﬁcance for the mineral exploration industry - as currently models of gold formation do not include a biological mechanism. “If we have bacteria which precipitants gold out of solution, it also presents an opportunity to develop new bio-processing technique for gold ores,” Dr Reith said.
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Andamooka SES Looking Good The Andamooka SES unit has received new uniforms for their 14 members. The slick looking new uniforms include overalls or two-piece suits, steel-capped boots, wet weather jackets and helmets. North Region SES Project Oﬃcer, Sindy McCourt, delivered the uniforms on Thursday, July 13, in Andamooka. “The new PPE – Protective Personal Equipment – were rolled out across the entire region following our normal procedures. There was a change in the regulations for the striping on the overalls so we updated the uniform,”
she said. Andamooka SES Administration Officer Naomi Campbell said everyone in the unit would now have brand-new gear, except for the cadets who would use the old uniforms. “Our new uniforms look fantastic and our unit will now be in matching gear but with any kind of luck we won’t have to be using any of this any time soon. “The new uniforms give the unit a professional look to complement the new shed which we hope will be up and running by the end of October,” Mrs Campbell said.
Andamooka bible learning
Over 40 children braved cold winter mornings to attend Bible Vacation School at the Andamooka Bible church to enjoy a morning of song, craft, study and a puppet show. Children between the ages of 3 - 13 were issued ‘Oﬃcial Press Passes’ upon registration to help each other remember names. Each morning was started with a group song, which was quickly followed by a puppet show featuring a newsreader and ‘Blinky’ who explained the day’s activities to the children. Organiser Janine Christensen said the
weeklong event had been running for more than 10 years and continued to be a success. “Some days we have up to 50 students come along but it ﬂuctuates and we’re never sure how many we’re going to have,” Mrs Christensen said. Children were treated to a light lunch of pancakes, pizza, and chips that sent them home smiling every day. The Bible Vacation School ran for the ﬁrst week of the school holidays between the hours of 9:30-12:30, Monday to Friday.
Below: Children enjoying a day at Bible Vacantion School recently
Dishing the DIRT Desert-Style
Most Australians get their messages on the internet or the phone - but desert Australians will soon be able to receive theirs from the sky. Remote desert settlements are set to take advantage of a new generation of simple and eﬀective electronic communications using ordinary household TV sets, a national conference in Perth on the sustainability of Aboriginal communities will be told today. The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has successfully tested an innovative, low cost way for spreading messages about important local events - from storm warnings and road closures to social and ceremonial gatherings - to communities thousands of kilometres apart. Messages might be from service agencies, other remote settlements, or created and circulated just within one community. With satellite technology and digital television, this information can reach communities while other TV programs are also being received. Dr Andrew Turk and his Desert Interactive Remote Television (DIRT) project team investigate how Aboriginal people in remote settlements can translate the new possibilities of digital television into more sustainable communities. The project, a collaboration between the Desert Knowledge CRC, Murdoch and Wollongong Universities, has been studying how television is used in Aboriginal communities in the remote east of Western Australia. “We have been looking at the ways in which people discover what’s going on in the world around them,” he said. “Predominantly, it’s by talking to one another.” “Television is the most important
electronic medium, but it’s used in the communities in a rather diﬀerent way,” he said. “TV sets are turned on for most of the day, and people watch a wide variety of programs.” “But people are particularly likely to watch in a group, and to discuss what they are seeing. This makes television especially valuable for spreading messages about visits by medical and other services, health warnings or bush ﬁre alerts - messages that can make the communities themselves more sustainable.” Dr Turk said that the research has been as much about recognising appropriate technology for remote communities, as seeking technological advances. “Sending messages to people on their TV sets is perhaps the most eﬀective way of getting the message directly to those who need to know.” He said existing technology allows the use of spare bandwidth to transmit digital local messages to any television set with a dish antenna. “In fact, a message can be sent to a single television set if this is appropriate.” Where a community has a common antenna for a number of TV sets, messages can be sent to the antenna and re-transmitted, in analogue rather than digital form. The message can take the form of a text banner across the TV, or be an audio message in the local Aboriginal language. Messages could also be in the form of ‘targeted advertisements’, featuring local people talking about health issues, for instance. “There is a strong demand for locally produced material. People have also told us that they wanted control over how and when the messages are sent.” Dr Turk said the technology would beneﬁt other remote areas in the world.
SOUTH Australia should legislate for mandatory energy efficient homes, says Adelaide Thinker-in-Residence Professor Stephen Schneider. He says a “polluter pays” system for motorists and homes with wood ﬁres should also be introduced. Professor Schneider will also recommend “green labels” for foods produced by farmers using sustainable farming practices. He said yesterday the Premier’s target of 60 per cent greenhouse reduction within 50 years was a “very stringent target”. “I’m certain we could do half of it right now by just energy eﬃciency rules and some investments in alternatives,” he said. “But to go the whole hog is going to be tough. “California is the most energy eﬃcient state in the U.S. It has not had an increase in energy use per capita for 30 years. “It took laws to do that, it did not happen by volunteerism.” Professor Schneider said linking performance standards to cost eﬀectiveness created a win-win good economic and environmental policy.
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FINANCE & BUSINESS
Development Board keen to assist local business C
hief Executive of the Northern Regional Development Board (NRDB) Jerry Johnson was recently in Roxby Downs to discuss economic development in the region. The NRDB has begun to further extend their services in the communities of Pimba, Woomera, Roxby Downs and Andamooka. NRDB Economic Development Oﬃcer, Alex Barker, has been shifted to full-time duties to further improve business opportunities and tourism in the region. Mr Johnson said the NRDB coordinated a wide range of activities and programs within the region. “We currently have oﬃces in Port Augusta, Quorn, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs – with 14 employees facilitating growth in a number of communities,” he said. Mr Johnson said the NRDB aided economic development by providing advice and a range of services. “We provide everything from business advisory services to tourism and mining support. We assist in providing training and employment programs and getting funding for various groups,” he said. The NRDB has facilitated a number of infrastructure projects, including the Andamooka water pipeline and both the Coober Pedy and Mintabie opal drilling programs. “The NRDB can also get involved in managing major tourism projects like the Woomera Heritage Centre, the Pimba Information Centre and the Oodnadatta Rail Museum,” Mr Johnson said. Promotion of arts and artists is another area the NRDB provides support. Alex Barker recently assisted local artist Alex Mendelsson to promote his art works overseas. Recently the NRDB has been working with the South Australian government to develop the Olympic Dam Mine to expand business opportunities. “A signiﬁcant focus for Alex Barker in this region will be getting locals involved in developing opportunities from the expansion at the Olympic Dam Mine and from mineral mining in this region generally,” Mr Johnson said. Jerry Johnson Chief Executive Officer and Alex Barker Roxby Downs economic development officer discussed local business opportunities at their recent meeting
Roxby businessess not interested ?
ne hundred invitations, personal calls and publicity in the local media to promote the Business Forums Network and dinner evening last week did not stir Roxby Downs business community into action. The event was attended by only twelve people with seven there in an official capacity. The remaining five people represented only three businesess. The other attendees were three vice presidents from BHP Billiton who gave a presentation, Jerry Thompson CEO of the Northern Regional Development Board who had come from Pt Augusta to support
the event and three members of councils team involved in supportimg businessess. Only four apologies were tendered. Ms Mason said “We are all busy people but the turnout was embarassing and a poor reflection on local business attitudes.” Is this a clear message from the business community that they do not need to, or seek, any assistance or is it a another case of the many leaving the work to the few who step forward? The Forum is keen to engage with other businesess or business sectors who would like support with issues or the development of new intiatives.
The presentation from Paul Dunn Vice President Finance, Paul Walters Vice President Human Resources and Barry Mitchell Vice President Mining gave an excellent and very informative presentation which included information about BHPBillitons global interests, current local operations and an insight into the forseeable future. All the speakers were very generous with their information and time.
Jerry Johnson and Vicki Mason found the BHPBiliton presentation informing and a valuable insight to the company
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Noel, a Certified Fi n a n c i a l Pl a n n e r, a member of the Financial Planning Asso ciation and the Association of Financial Advisers, steadfastly believes it is vital for ﬁnancial planners to work with clients as partners in a business relationship; a mutually beneﬁcial aﬃliation based on trust and integrity, along with sound and accurate advice. Noel , Director of Sage Wealth will be answering key questions about ﬁnancial planning in the Monitor’s Finance and Businss Pages every fortnight QUESTION: I have a good income and two rollovers with AXA and Colonial and I am planning on spending $40,000 on a boat or car in the near future. The rollovers have been up and down in the past 10 years but have doubled and the interest has been good lately. I will have to withdraw all the funds in eight years on turning 65. I have no debt. Should I withdraw the money from the rollovers or take out a personal loan? ANSWER: The decision to withdraw from super or rollover funds rather than borrow money is a common dilemma. The ﬁrst thing you need to ﬁnd out is if there is any tax payable if you withdraw a lump sum. As you are over 55 you can withdraw up to $129,751 of the post-1983 component without tax although Medicare may be payable. Assuming tax is not an issue, if the return on your rollover is equal to the loan interest rate it doesn’t matter which option you take. If your rollover has doubled over 10 years it has averaged about eight per cent a year. In our experience we have found many people save hard to repay loans, whereas if they withdraw from super or other investments they tend not to save to replace the investment amount. In this scenario a loan works better. You should also note that at age 65 you do not have to withdraw the rollovers. You can transfer to a retirement income stream such as an allocated pension which keeps the money in a tax-free environment and provides tax eﬀective income. QUESTION: My wife and I have an investment property we are about to sell and we expect to have a signiﬁcant capital gain which we will pay tax on. We are a partnership in our own business and each put in $5,000 a year into super. I know we are allowed to put in more. Can we just put in a whole lot more this year to reduce our tax liability? It sounds too easy but is that the case? ANSWER: As the capital gain is added to your assessable income you are also able to claim tax deductions to reduce your taxable income. Contributions to super are tax deductible for selfemployed people and you can claim 100 per cent of the ﬁrst $5,000 and 75 per cent of any extra contributions. However, there are limits, depending on your age. Remember that the amount you claim as a deduction will be subject to a contributions tax of 15 per cent. This is still better than the tax you would have paid had you not contributed it. If you are under 35 you can claim up to $14,603, between age 36 and 49 the ﬁgure is $40,560 and 50 and over you can claim $100,587 a year. Talk to your accountant to work out what your assessable income will be and what you need or can contribute. QUESTION: I purchased an investment property six months ago which was run down and since then I have spent a fair bit renovating it and now have it on the market to sell. I had to borrow most of it and the repayments are really starting to hurt my cash ﬂow. I know I bought at the top of the market but everyone says you can’t lose on property. I haven’t had any oﬀers yet and am starting to worry. What options could you suggest? ANSWER: When investment booms are happening many people get swept along thinking they can’t lose. Unfortunately when you have a short-term time frame it is possible. There is no doubt the boom is over, but there hasn’t been a signiﬁcant downturn. I expect you are using an agent to sell the property on your behalf. You should ensure that you haven’t been given false expectations and that you are not trying to make a huge proﬁt. Buyers may be scared oﬀ before they even go to inspect. As it stands, getting at least your capital and borrowed funds back is a priority, but don’t appear desperate to sell as it could work against you. I really think your agent is going to be the best one to advise you on strategy. Perhaps consult another agent to get a second opinion. You may also want to consider the possibility of taking it oﬀ the market and renting it out to help cover the loan repayments, then look at selling again in a year or two. QUESTION: I have $15,000 invested in an online bank account receiving about 5.25 per cent interest. I would like to invest this money to achieve a higher return. I also wish to maintain access over the next 6-12 months. How can I get the best return without incurring any undue risks?
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ANSWER: I do not believe you can receive a better investment return than you are getting at present without added risk. With such a short time frame you should stay away from the property and share markets. If there is a severe downturn you could have less money than you started with. Unfortunately you will have to accept the return you are getting. It is risk free, at call and no fees. QUESTION: I have $18,000 in my mortgage offset account. Am I better off leaving this money there to reduce interest payments on our loan, or should I pay it directly off the mortgage to reduce the principal and interest? Our credit union says that it doesn’t matter. ANSWER: Either method will reduce your loan just as quickly. For example, if your loan is $100,000 and you have $18,000 in the offset account, you only pay interest on $82,000. Your committed loan repayments therefore reduce your principal quicker. By paying off the loan with the $18,000 the result will be the same – interest is only payable on the $82,000 and loan repayments reduce the principal quicker. My personal opinion is that it is better to pay some of the money off the loan. You should do two things. First, make sure you have a redraw facility on the loan in case you need the money. Second, keep enough in the offset account for cash flow and emergencies.
aying off your mortgage can mean giving up some of life’s pleasures. But with the right planning, it doesn’t have to be such a struggle.
It’s tempting to put most of your pay packet towards your mortgage to get it down to zero in the shortest possible time. But there are a number of simple and practical alternatives to reduce your mortgage without having to over-extend or spend the next 25 years eating canned soup. Pick your products If you’re looking for extra features—a redraw facility, mortgage oﬀset or line of credit—look for a low interest rate loan that includes them. Be wary of lenders spruiking the benefits of line of credit as the fast-track to paying oﬀ your mortgage. While these loans are ﬂexible they often carry a higher rate of interest and if you’re not disciplined with your credit card, you should avoid them. A split or combination loan— par t fi xe d and
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part variable—is another option. You might also want to think about an ’all in one’ or 100% oﬀset loan— this effe ctively deducts any savings from your home loan when interest is calculated, therefore reducing interest repayments. If the saved interest is ploughed back into loan repayments it may make a huge diﬀerence to the speed at which you repay your mortgage. If your current mortgage isn’t looking good at
this p o i n t , c o n s i d e r refinancing at a lower interest rate. Make extr a repayments early and often Making regular repayments—and extra or larger repay ment s where you can—is a fast way to get your mortgage down, especially early on in its term. Consider for tnightly p ay ment s rather than monthly; or lump sum payments if you’re due a windfall (like
a bonus or inheritance). If your salary goes up, balloon (increased) p ay m e nt s a re a l s o a handy way to reduce your mortgage, but make sure your loan allows it. If you would like to dis c uss your c ur rent or f uture home loan options, please call Angelo Benedetti at Oracle Lending Solutions for a no obligation home loan review. (08) 8231 6471 or visit www.oraclelend.com. au for more information.
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There are two main reasons for this strategy. People tend to feel better if their loan is lower rather than simply having money in the offset account. When money is in an offset bank account it is readily available and can be easily spent. When the loan is reduced people tend not to redraw so the strategy works better. QUESTION: My wife and I moved to the UK in 1997 and worked there until late last year when we returned to Adelaide permanently. We have accumulated a fairly large savings amount which is being held in a UK bank account back there. We want to transfer the funds but don’t know whether to do it now or wait. Is there an optimum time of the year to do this? We don’t want to lose in the exchange rate. ANSWER: Just like investing funds in the sharemarket, international currency m o v e m e nt s c a n b e v o l at i l e a n d unpredictable. Unfortunately no one has a crystal ball to predict these movements. Predicting currency movements is near impossible even for economic experts. There are numerous economic factors that can affect the currencies of major countries and therefore there is no way of you knowing the best time to move the funds. You say the amount is sizable. Therefore, all I could suggest is that you bring it out on a drip-feed basis over a 12 month period. Check out the costs or charges incurred per transaction as this may dilute any possible advantage gained.
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Roxby Downs Store
NOW OPEN Rodda Communications - Good for business The world of Business can be busy enough without the hassels of understanding phone plans, wether ﬁxed or mobile and trying to sort out the best deal for your business. This time could be better spent on working within the business that you own. At Rodda Communications they oﬀer solutions to Mobile, Fixed Lines Services, Internet and Phone Systems all at the one place. We have the latest range of Mobile handsets as well as the lastest Internet plans and Phone System options for business. “Jeﬀ Craigie, Manager of Rodda Communications says “we have been extremley succesful over the last few years of making life a little easier for our business customer by taking the mystery out of telecommunications” Rodda Communications oﬀer a FREE service where we will review your accounts and make suggestions on what cost savings measures may be available under the current Telstra Plans. These includes such options as; • Free 10 minute calls between mobiles within the call • Combined Fixed and Mobiles plans where calls from Fixed to Mobile within the group are free • New Telstra Business plans that include STD and Local calls as part of the monthly Package • Capped calls to Mobiles from Fixed lines. • How to buy a phone system on your Telstra Bill and receive a discount on you calls “Rodda Communications are a regional dealer we understand the issue faced by our customers as we live and work in the same area. We ﬁnd that by taking the time to sit with our customers and understand more of their business that we can get a better understanding of what options will best suit” Jeﬀ explained A Business Specialist will be visiting Roxby Downs each Month and would be happy to call and meet with business customers who would like a review of their current structure. “We pride ourselves on oﬀering the best possible service for customers in regional areas. We can provide most of Telstra services through our oﬃces so handle the process at a local level. This gives our customer a local point of reference and we monitor the whole process ourselves”
Jeﬀ and Kaidi and the Rodda Team look forward to meeting you and discussing all of your business and personal communications needs including Mobile Phones Broadband Blackberry Devices Smart Flexible Telephone plans that save you money
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Rodda Communications good for you Most of us have a mobile phone of some shape or form. Some of us use their mobile phone for more than making phone calls. Lets be honest the options now available to that consumer is changing at such a fast rate that it can become hard to keep track of the new technology. So where would you go to ﬁnd out what options are available? With Rodda Communications opening their new sotre in Roxby Downs these options are going to be available through a local presence. “The Roxby Downs store will provide all the latest mobile handsets at competitive prices and with local service” said Jeﬀ Craigie, Dealer Principal of Rodda Communications. “But we don’t just stop there, we can provide all the latest Technology from • Bigpond Broadband, • Mobile Broadband • Blackberry email devices that allow you to get you emails while on the run “We have employed Kaidi James who is a local to manage our Roxby Downs oﬃce and have found that Kaidi shares our keen interest in the latest technology” When asked Kaidi explained that she has always had a keen interest in technology. “Like most young people I have grown up with Technology and enjoy the fast moving pace of the industry”. While Kaidi admitted the Industry and the pace it moves at can be confusing Kaidi explains that “Rodda Communications believe that the only way we can recommend a product to a customer is to use that product ourselves. We all use the technology we sell to our customers so we have a clearer understanding of what can or cant be done” “We are excited about the opening of the oﬃce in Roxby Downs and have received great support from the community during our monthly visits and we look forward to a long and successful relationships with the local community”.
Call in a see us we are open on Monday 12noon – 5.30pm Tuesday – Wednesday 9.00am – 5.30pm Thursday 1.00pm – 7.00pm Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm Saturday 9.00am – 12pm or call for an Appointment on 8671 2022
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Escape to the Eyre Peninsula Footy plus a home brew
Hook a big one and win big cash Keen fishermen from across the country come to the famous Locks Well beach to hook into one of the region’s huge salmon. There’s a good reason nearby Elliston is home to the Australian Salmon Fishing Championships from June to August each year – there’s some BIG ﬁsh in these pristine waters. This year’s contest is well underway with dozens of keen ﬁshermen making the annual pilgrimage to the picturesque coastal town, centrally located to some of the Eyre Peninsula’s greatest scenery. The 2006 contest started on June 1 and will ﬁnish on August 31, with the ﬁshermen with the heaviest salmon walking away with a hefty $2000 prize. There’s also a weekly “Mystery Weight”
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Outback residents looking for AFL apparel, brewing supplies and giftware need look no further than Port Lincoln’s Footy Plus and The Brew Shack. Por t L incoln ha s a fantastic reputation for its shopping strip and these stores are no exception. The two stores, located in Harwill Court on Eyre Street, are a great place to shop for footy fanatic gifts and drinkers regalia. Store owner Pauline Kirchner said the Brew Shack stocked a large range of men’s and ladies clothing and giftware, including brands such as Jack Daniels, Bundy, VB, Jim Beam, Coopers and Vodka Cruiser. The stores bre w ing equipment included supplies for beer, spirit or
prize of $200. L ast year ’s winner was Jason Hendrickson of Port Lincoln with a massive 5.105 beauty caught at nearby Talia. There are stacks of beaches to ﬁsh from and the locals are only too keen to point you in the right direction – after all there are plenty more ﬁsh in the sea! And if all else fails, the weather turns it on the ﬁsh go oﬀ , there’s always a warm ﬁre and a fantastic meal at the Elliston Pub, where the weary ﬁshermen can, of course, enjoy a few quiet ales. Competitors must register to enter - See Troy or Andrea at the Elliston Caravan Park (near the jetty) on ph 8674 9061 or email@example.com. au.
Shear serenity at Dutton Bay
Mt Dutton Bay’s heritage listed jetty and woolshed (c.1875) stand as a testament to the areas proud history as a bustling seaport, in the days when ketches plied the waters of Eyre Peninsula collecting wheat and wool for markets back in England.
Under Cover Car & Boat Parking Fish Cleaning Facilities Rental Equipment Air Conditioned DVD Player Phone Christie Kenny 0429 169 822
One of Eyre Peninsula’s best kept secrets is gorgeous Dutton Bay and its Mt Dutton Bay Woolshed accommodation. The location oﬀers a variety of accommodation in the renovated and upgraded shearing quarters, woolshed hostel and Heritage Cottage. And if you mention this editorial the owners will oﬀer further discounts for accommodation booked within the month of August exclusively for ‘Monitor Newspaper’ readers. The Heritage listed Mt Dutton Bay Woolshed property is located 52kms north west of Port Lincoln on the Flinders Highway and only 18kms from Coﬃn Bay, still within the district of Wangary. Owner, restorers and patriots Craig and Jacqui Brown have spent over ten years restoring the historic stone woolshed to its former glory.
wine home brews, as well as The Simpsons and Coke giftware. The sister store, Footy Plus right next door, is a new addition following high demand for AFL products in the town. Stocking a huge range of giftware and clothing for everyone, Footy Plus stocks a wide range of Crows and Power items as well as goods from all AFL teams – and if they haven’t got it, they are happy to order in. Both stores are happy to receive any phone or email enquiries are can email photos to clients for viewing. Drop in and see the huge variety available on your next trip to Eyre Peninsula or phone Footy Plus or The Brew Shack on 8682 5388.
Experience the sheer exhilaration and freedom of riding a motorcycle on the uncrowded roads of the Eyre Peninsula – home to long roads, great turns and fantastic scenery. All you need is your motorcycle license – Cowleys Motorcycles has the rest. Stop dreaming – make your wish a reality. Cowleys Motorcycles, Port Lincoln have moved into a HUGE new showroom and continue their reputation of one of the best bike shops in the State. The new shop, on Edinburgh Street in the town’s city centre, is a bike enthusiasts dream with a huge range of motorcycles from brands such as Kawasaki, Triumph, Harley Davidson, Yamaha and many more. The shop also stocks a huge range of motorcycle accessories from helmets, to gloves, boots, armour, sunglasses, plus badges and a range of collectibles. The Cowleys Motorcycle workshop team has a reputation second to none – the team oﬀers service and warranty repairs along with a range of spare parts. And if you are in the market for some gardening gear it’s pretty hard to walk past Cowleys huge range. Drop into the new store and see the range of casual clothes for males and females from top brands such as Fox, Thor, Unit and No Fear. The shop also stocks a huge range of chainsaws, brush cutters, ride on mowers, blowers, trimmers from great brands such as Hunsqvarna, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Rover and Victa. See the new showroom at 16 Edinburgh Street on your next trek to the great Eyre Peninsula, or you can log onto www.com-motorcycles.com.au. Phone the crew on 8682 4444.
Visitors can now enjoy an array of accommodation options for family, groups or couples - from bed and breakfast, self-catered and hostel style. The woolshed is now a working ‘Woolshed Museum’ and hundreds of local shearing, farming and ﬁshing memorabilia adorn the stone walls. Right on the foreshore, at the foot of the Jetty, there are fantastic views of the bay, an open area for camp ovens or undercover area for barbeques - there is plenty of room for boats and the ramp and ﬁsh cleaning facilities are nearby. Heritage tours include ‘Duttonshire Teas’ and are available for groups. Coach tours welcome but bookings essential. Open daily 10.am – 5.00pm. Phone Jacqui or Craig on 8685 4031 or go to www. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Setting sail for a sea change
oxby Downs locals Chris and Christie Kenny will set sail and pull anchor later this year as they move the family to Streaky Bay to run the Sail & Anchor Selfcontained Holiday Apartments. The family has almost completed work on four self contained apartments centrally located in the heart of Streaky Bay. The apartments will oﬃcially open on October 1 – just in time for the October school holidays. The “sea change” will be welcomed by the long time locals, Christie (nee McKenna) and Chris who will miss Roxby after nearly two decades in the town. Christie plans to run the Sail & Anchor and Chris, currently employed by BHP Billiton, will continue to work in his trade as an electrical contractor.
Both are originally from the area and look forward to moving children Joel, six, and Taylor-Saige, four to a life closer to the ocean, and providing good quality holiday accommodation for all their Roxby friends and family. Bookings are now being taken for the soon to be completed apartments, which are near to local shops, sporting facilities, jetty and the beach. The two bedroom apartments consist of one queen size bed and two sets of bunk beds. A sofa bed is also located in the main living area. These self-contained apartments oﬀer everything you could want in a holiday place to stay. All linen is provided, reverse cycle air conditioning, and all the mod cons such as TV, DVD, fridge/freezer, gas stove, microwave and washing machine. Streaky Bay is a great place to base your Eyre Peninsula or West Coast escape and is close to attractions such as whale watching, Murphy’s Haystacks, Baird Bay, some fantastic ﬁshing spots and the natural wonders of the Australian coastal outback. Rates are from $85.00 per night (which will sleep up to six people), additional persons (up to eight) – will be an extra charge. Phone Christie on 0429 169 822, or email email@example.com
Famous Festivals There wouldn’t be too many South Australian’s who weren’t familiar with the famous Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln, held each Australia Day Long Weekend. If you ever wanted to toss a tuna, this is your chance to get your name in the record books. Even the kids can now take part in the more recently introduced prawn toss for 5-10 year olds and the ﬁsh toss for those aged 11-15. The Tunarama Festival is a gem of a weekend for both singles and families, with plenty to see and do in the pristine seaside town at the height of summer. The 2007 event will be held January 21-23, and will host plenty of entertainment including rides, stalls, marquees, cooking demonstrations, plus a stack of great live music and night life. Another big event for the region is the Oysterfest in Ceduna, held each October Long Weekend.
Traditionally a regional shopping town and service centre, aquaculture is now a signiﬁcant local industry and Smoky Bay and Denial Bay oysters are considered among the world’s best. The Oysterfest celebrates the local oyster industry and highlights the region’s many attractions – and besides, these west coast people love a party!! Oysterfest will be held on September 30 and October 1.
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Support your team this season. FOOTY PLUS has a huge range of giftware & clothing to !t everyone. We stock most items in ALL AFL teams and if we haven’t got it we’ll try and get it. Call our friendly staff for further information. Photo’s can be emailed to you.
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MINI MONITORS Charlie and Jack Dalgalish and George Thomas Enjoying the fun at the Youth Centre were Brendon, Jake, Joel and Tara
Nissa (10) and Julia (8) collecting money for St Barbara’s Parish School’s read-athon
Layla Moseby Read
Georgia Finn Nyah Bester and Thomas Dunn
Thomas Dunn Age 5 Lilly Bester
Amber, Luke, Daniel and Evan at the Vacation Bible School
Jamie and Kiara Taylor at Le Funk
Charlotte, Ryan and Aaron Jacob - Ryan was born on June 19
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NEWS IN BRIEF The next Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership meeting will be held on 10 August to coincide with a visit to Roxby Downs by Valary Oakey from Drug and Alcohol Services SA. Valary is based in Port Augusta and visits Roxby Downs every 2 months. Managers of licensed premises are welcome to attend the meeting. The Partnership, which is managed by the Community Board, has been formed to identify strategies that address the community’s concerns about the number of people driving under the inﬂuence, criminal and antisocial behaviours, incidences of underage drinking and the use of illicit drugs and other substances of abuse. Please contact Michelle Hales on 0438 871 153 or by email at: community@ roxbydowns.com if you would like to attend the meeting. The Regional Branding Working Party met on 10 July with a representative of the Outback Lakes SA group to discuss ways of linking into a common brand for the region. The Outback Lakes SA group of pastoralists has been collaborating over the last two years to create a brand for their produce (sheep and cattle). Their properties are in the same location as the proposed regional arts brand. Preliminary discussions of the Working Party concluded that the regional arts brand should also incorporate the towns of Maree, William Creek, and Lyndhurst in addition to Pimba, Woomera, Andamooka and Roxby Downs. While all of the towns have unique identities it is the surrounding salt lakes that provide the unifying factor. It now makes sense for the Working Party to collaborate with the Outback Lakes SA group. Our regional Arts Oﬃcer – Rodney Mitchell will undertake research into the scope of artists, their works and points of sell across the region. This regional approach is subject to Country Arts SA endorsement.
donations. These organisations must beneﬁt the whole community. Organisations need to meet the eligibility criteria and be approved. Some exclusions do apply including adult sporting and recreation clubs and recreation and leisure activities. Special conditions apply for junior sport and a minimum number of volunteer hours is required. The program is good news for junior sport. Hundreds of BHP Billiton employees donate their time to junior sport each week through refereeing and coaching. This program will provide funds to junior sporting clubs based on the number of hours volunteered. Given the large number of BHP Billiton employees involved in the various community forums, partnerships, associated working parties and the Community Board the Board will investigate whether they qualify as eligible not for proﬁt organisations and if so encourage those members who are BHP Billiton employees to participate. This could be used as a way to raise funds that can be used to match Federal and State Government grants that require a dollar for dollar contribution.
BUSINESS Business Forum members gathered at the Roxby Downs Tavern on 12 July to hear a presentation from BHP Billiton. Paul Dunn (Vice President Finance), Paul Walters (VP Human Resources) and Barry Mitchell (VP Mining) provided an interesting commentary which covered a range of topics including: global context of operations, human resources, accommodation update, timelines for expansion feasibility studies, scenarios for future land development, and employment opportunities for young people. Jerry Johnson from the Northern Regional Development Board also attended. Those present expressed disappointment that more people had not attended the meeting. Information sessions such as this are T h e i n a u g u r a l Vo l u n t e e r i n g vital and bring business operators up to Partnership meeting will be held date with the latest news. on Tuesday 15 August. If you are an STRENGTH IN NUMBERS organisation that manages volunteers, an The last Family and Youth Forum meetorganisation or group run by volunteers, or a volunteer interested in the develop- ing highlighted how a united approach to ment of volunteering in Roxby Downs lobbying for services can be more powerplease contact Michelle Hales on 0438 ful than individual organizations or groups 871 153 for further information struggling to ﬁnd a voice alone. The recent discussions between the Family and Youth The Community Garden Working Forum and Roxby Downs Kindergarten Party has a new email address: commu- has resulted in a united approach to email@example.com bying. A working party from the Forum will work together with the Governing The Pet Management Working Party Council to develop a communication is preparing a discussion paper detailing strategy around the issue of Kindergarten a range of options for responsible cat resources for the township management. The agenda for the meeting . held yesterday included ﬁne tuning the ARTS FORUM ABUZZ WITH proposal, developing a communication ACTIVITY strategy and media protocols. The Arts and Culture Forum met on 5th July for their regular monthly meeting. The Community Board and Roxby The Forum discussed their need for a Downs Council are separate entities. formal structure, to deﬁne exactly who All matters relating to Council related their members are and how they will issues should be directed to the Council make decisions to ensure that the Foru Administrator in writing. meets the needs of the community. The Forum has identiﬁed as a high priority the SPORTING EXCELLENCE TO BE need for more training, workshops and REWARDED opportunities for the community to take At the Sport and Recreation Forum part in the arts and is examining diﬀerent meeting held on 6 June Bill Boehm con- strategies to make this happen. Another ﬁrmed that Council will add a category important issue for arts in Roxby Downs of Sportsperson of the Year as part of the is space including rehearsal, performAustralia Day awards. Nominations will ance, workshop and exhibition space. be called and the Sport and Recreation The Forum has formed a working party Forum members will be involved in to identify all currently available spaces making recommendations about nomina- and ﬁnd out the best way to improve the tions received to Council. The idea of community’s access to them as well as the acknowledging excellence in local sport possibilities for the development of new was ﬁrst mooted at earlier Forum meet- space. Rodney Mitchell has been working ings. Initial thoughts focused on creating hard on the development of a youth multi a Sporting Walk of Fame. The Forum felt arts group to open up doors for young that this was an excellent longer term people to participate and develop skills in strategy but decided that in the short term the performing arts such as acting, dance could be more easily managed in conjunc- and music. Rodney is working with Siona tion with the Australia Day Awards. Glasson and the Arts and Culture Forum to make this idea a reality. The Festivals and BHPB – MATCH GIVING PROGRAM Events Working Party hopes to assist in - A boon for the community the development of a major town event in The agenda of the last Sport and 2008 to mark the 20th anniversary of Roxby Recreation Forum meeting included Downs. This will include collaborating a presentation by BHP Billiton on the with all local groups and organizations to Match Giving Program. BHP Billiton celebrate this signiﬁcant milestone in the has established this program as a way Roxby Down’s history. The working party for the Company to match the commu- has also discussed the way forward for nity contributions made by employees arts and community festivals and hopes (including full and part time). The aim to develop a community driven arts event is to support those not-for-proﬁt com- in Roxby Downs involving all artists and munity organisations that BHP Billiton performers providing the community with employees support either through their both entertainment and education. volunteering eﬀorts, fund-raising or cash THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Emma Attwood Big Sky
Keith Watts Jenny McNamara Sharon Ellis Roche Mining Big Sky Big Sky Four of the Business Forum members who gathered at the Tavern to hear the presentation by BHP Billiton
! COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY ! COLLECTIVE ACTION ! COMMUNITY BENEFITS HAVE YOUR SAY!
Do you have an issue that you want raised at any of the meetings? Do you have suggestions, ideas or feedback that you want passed on for consideration and action? Would you like to come along to a meeting and speak about a topic? Would you like to join a Forum or Partnership? The answer begins here. Log a question at:
Or post a letter to:
Michelle Hales Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board PO Box 124 Roxby Downs SA 5725
Or Email direct:
Mobile: 0438 871 153 (Michelle)
MEETING DATES Pet Management Working Party Family & Youth Arts and Culture Community Board Environment Partnership Festival Working Party Sport and Recreation Forum Alcohol and Substance Abuse Branding Working Party Volunteering Partnership
19 July 7.30pm 24 July 7.30pm 26 July 7.30pm 31 July 7.30pm 2 August 7.00pm 3 August 10.30am 8 August 7.30pm 10 August 7.30pm Regional 4 August 6.00pm 15 August 7.30pm
Dates and times of meetings were correct at time of publication. For further information and check venue locations please contact Michelle Hales on 0438 871 153
Do you have Questions, Comments, Ideas, Suggestions, for the Community Board and Forums? Visit ww.community.roxbydowns.com and have your say www.themonitor.com.au
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National Glaucoma Week 21-28 July Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of adult blindness in the world aﬀecting approximately 70 million people. In Australia alone, Glaucoma and diseases of the retina are the cause of more than 80 per cent of blindness. In National Glaucoma Week, the NHMRC ( National Health and Medical Reseach Council) recognises the importance of continuing research into the causes of Glaucoma and in an eﬀort to develop new treatments for this debilitating disease, this year, the NHMRC has provided more than seven Grants totalling nearly $1.7 million.
FITNESS WEIGHT Fitness Tips - 10 Exercise Myths LOSS
Although some old ﬁtness ﬁctions, such as “no pain, no gain” and “spot reducing” are fading fast, plenty of popular exercise misconceptions still exist. Here are some of the most common myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise research.
1 . Yo u Wi l l B u r n M o r e Fa t I f Yo u E xe r c i s e L o n g e r a t a L o w e r I n t e n s i t y. The most important focus in exercise and fat weight control is not the percentage of exercise energy coming from fat but the total energy cost, or how many calories are burned during the activity. The faster you walk, step or run, for example, the more calories you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise is diﬃcult to sustain if you are just beginning or returning to exercise, so you may not exercise very long at this level. It is safer, this silent and progressive eye condition and more practical, to start out at a lower intensity and so they understand the necessity of regular work your way up gradually. eye examinations,” said Mrs Lindsell. It is estimated that around 300,000 Australians 2. If You’re Not Going to Work Out Hard have glaucoma and half are undiagnosed. and Often, Exercise Is a Waste of Time. The direct medical costs of glaucoma are This kind of thinking keeps a lot of people from maintaining or even starting an exercise program. Research almost $150 million annually. continues to show that any exercise is better than none. For example, regular walking or gardening for as little Glaucoma facts and tips • Regular eye examinations are the key as an hour a week has been shown to reduce the risk of to diagnosis and more eﬀective treat- heart disease. ment for glaucoma. • There is a significant increased risk 3. Yoga Is a Completely Gentle and Safe Exercise. of developing glaucoma if you have a Yoga is an excellent form of exercise, but some styles family history of glaucoma, diabetes, are quite rigorous and demanding both physically and migraine, short sightedness (myopia), mentally. As with any form of exercise, qualiﬁed, careful eye injuries, blood pressure or past instruction is necessary for a safe, eﬀective workout. or present use of cortisone drugs (steroids). 4. If You Exercise Long and Hard Enough, • If you have a family member who has You Will Always Get the Results You Want. glaucoma, you have about a four times In reality, genetics plays an important role in how greater likelihood of developing the people respond to exercise. Studies have shown a wide disease. variation in how diﬀerent exercisers respond to the same • While initially there are few symptoms training program. Your development of strength, speed from glaucoma, in some cases patients and endurance may be very diﬀerent from that of other may note blurred vision, coloured rings people you know. around lights, loss of side vision and/or 5 . E x e r c i s e I s O n e S u r e Wa y t o L o s e A l l t h e We i g h t Yo u D e s i r e . pain and redness of the eye. • Glaucoma can be treated eﬀectively, As with all responses to exercise, weight gain or loss is especially if detected early. Treatment impacted by many factors, including dietary intake and options include eye drops, laser and genetics. All individuals will not lose the same amount of surgery. weight on the same exercise program. It is possible to be • If you have glaucoma, encourage active and overweight. However, although exercise alone your family to visit an optometrist or cannot guarantee your ideal weight, regular physical ophthalmologist to have their eyes activity is one of the most important factors for successful examined regularly. long-term weight management.
Relatives ignoring the glaucoma family connection A recent survey has shown people with a family history of glaucoma are ignoring their increased risk of developing the disease. The survey of over 2,000 glaucoma patients found that despite more than 95 per cent of parents discussing the importance of regular eye checks with their adult children, over a third are not having regular eye examinations. Glaucoma Australia CEO, Beverley Lindsell, said the survey demonstrates a concerning level of complacency. “ If you have a family member who has glaucoma, there is about a four times greater likelihood of you developing the disease,” said Mrs. Lindsell. “ Glaucoma causes few or no symptoms while permanent and progressive damage is occurring. Once sight has been lost from glaucoma it cannot be regained,” she said. Glaucoma can be treated eﬀectively, especially if it is detected early. Early detection increases treatment options, which can signiﬁcantly slow or halt the progression of the disease. As part of Glaucoma Awareness Week 16 – 22 July 2006, Glaucoma Australia is urging people who have a family history of glaucoma to have their eyes examined, before they reach 35 years, and from then on every two years unless otherwise speciﬁed by their optometrist or ophthalmologist. People with glaucoma also have a role to play in spreading the message about the disease. The same survey revealed 25 per cent of glaucoma patients hadn’t told some of their relatives that they have the condition. “It is crucial for people with glaucoma to speak to their families about
Sun protection with sunglasses UV rays are one of the known causes of cataracts, a gradual clouding of the eye lens that destroys vision. The eﬀects of sunlight on the eye are cumulative and depend on the length of time spent in the sun. For example, farmers are more likely to develop cataracts sooner than oﬃce workers. Experts say that sunglasses help prevent cataracts. They recommend wearing them whenever the light is bright enough to make you squint, even on cloudy days and especially at high elevations. Most sunglasses list absorption ﬁgures or UV protection ﬁgures on their labels. Good colours for sunglasses are gray, green or brown. Gray lenses do not distort primary colours so they are good for driving. Green lenses let the maximum amount of useful light reach the eyes on an overcast day, and brown lenses sharpen detail and
provide better protection against glare. Wrap-around frames protect your eyes from all angles and are a good choice if you are in the sun all day. Polarised lenses cut reﬂected glare, and are perfect for skiing, boating and the beach. For children’s sunglasses, look for shatterproof lenses in addition to the above features — they are also a good idea for adults who are rough on sunglasses or who play sport. The sun’s damage to the eyes does not stop with cataracts. Exposure to both visible light and UV radiation is also a factor in the gradual degeneration of the retina and in sunburn of the cornea. More information on myDr, 2000. Adapted from original material sourced from MediMedia.
Sports Eye Safety Thousands of people a year suﬀer eye injuries while playing sports. For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racquet sports. Almost all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes! Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries: • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed
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polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball. • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey. • Know that regular glasses don't provide enough protection
6. If You Want to Lose Weight, Stay Away From Strength Training Because You Will Bulk Up. Most exercise experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat percentage. 7. Water Fitness Programs Are Primarily for Older People or Exercisers With Injuries. Recent research has shown that water ﬁtness programs can be highly challenging and eﬀective for both improving ﬁtness and losing weight. Even top athletes integrate water ﬁtness workouts into their training programs. 8. The Health and Fitness Beneﬁts of Mind-Body Exercise Like Tai Chi and Yoga Are Questionable. In fact, research showing the beneﬁts of these exercises continues to grow. Tai chi, for example, has been shown to help treat low-back pain and ﬁbromyalgia. Improved ﬂexibility, balance, coordination, posture, strength and stress management are just some of the potential results of mind-body exercise. 9. O ver weig ht Pe ople Are Unlikely to Benefit Much From Exercise. Studies show that obese people who participate in regular exercise programs have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than sedentary individuals, regardless of weight. Both men and women of all sizes and ﬁtness levels can improve their health with modest increases in activity. 1 0 . H o m e Wo r k o u t s A r e F i n e , B u t Going to a Gym Is the Best Way to Get Fit. Research has shown that some people ﬁnd it easier to stick to a home-based ﬁtness program. In spite of all the hype on trendy exercise programs and facilities, the “best” program for you is the one you will participate in consistently. Source: IDEA Health & Fitness Association Source insiteﬁtness.com.au
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Don’t exercise or diet and still lose weight Dieters take heart. Researchers have found a way you can lose weight without dieting or exercising. The Adelaide team has isolated diﬀerent chemicals found in green tea, cocoa, red grapes and ﬁsh which help burn fat. Obese people, fed supplements of these polyphenols, lost two kilograms over 12 weeks, without otherwise altering diet or lifestyle. “If you take the green tea polyphenols while you’re eating a high-fat diet they protect you against the development of body fat,” University of South Australia Professor Jon Buckley said. “If you eat them while you’re trying to lose weight they’ll strip weight oﬀ.” These nutrients alter the “machinery” inside muscle tissue to burn more fat and could be a powerful weapon in tackling obesity. While taking a supplement was one way to get the weight loss benefits, UniSA also was working with the food industry to develop foods enriched with the chemicals. Professor Buckley, the deputy director of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, said overseas trials showed that even in a high-fat diet, incorporating ﬂavonols (in green tea and cocoa) and omega 3 fatty acids reduced body fat. To get the same beneﬁt as taking the supplement people would need to be eating three serves of ﬁsh a day. High cocoa polyphenols in “healthy chocolate bars” already are on the market. They are known to beneﬁt blood vessel function. More research was needed into the anti-obesity eﬀects of the cocoa polyphenols but the beneﬁts of green tea polyphenols were well established. “We’re looking for things we can feed people that will help them lose weight without having to diet,” Professor Buckley said. “We know people won’t stick with diets, some of which we know are eﬀective. And if you’re exercising to lose weight because you’ve decided dieting is not for you, the literature shows you need to do 60-90 minutes a day to lose signiﬁcant amounts of body fat.” Professor Buckley will present his research ﬁndings at a seminar at UniSA’s City East campus on Wednesday at 6.30pm. Register at www.unisa.edu.au/hsc/bok/seminar3. asp
12-Week Body Challenge Still Going Strong With only four weeks to go in the Roxby Downs Leisure Centres 12-week body challenge, participants are still motivated, enthusiastic and pushing themselves to new heights. The ﬁrst four weeks of the challenge saw the group endure seemingly endless aching muscles but lose a total of 24.2kg of body fat. Over the school holidays a number of challengers are travelling out of Roxby Downs, but still ﬁnding ways to continue the program, such as visiting other gyms and working out at home. Dedicated instructor and challenge supervisor, Meg Elliot, told The Monitor she hoped the challenge would encourage participants to think long term about their health and ﬁtness. “The challenge aims to not only make a diﬀerence over the 12-weeks it is run for, but to help participants look into the future and make lifestyle improvements.” “The participants have a variety of lifestyles with different circumstances, such as shift work, making it even more amazing the amount of eﬀort and hard work that is put in. All the competitors are winners in our books,” Ms Elliot said. Two boot camps have been held during the challenge and despite some freezing cold temperatures they were both very successful. Motivational seminars, nutritional talks and an inspirational speech from former Miss Universe, Leisa Riley, have been educational for participants and very encouraging. Two people who have deﬁnitely kept spirits high within the challenge are Stev Ellard and Tracey Kynoch, wellknown local’s who have undertaken the challenge. Steve and Tracey have been religiously attending the gym before work each morning and have been startled at the improvements in their health. Tracey, who has not had a can of coke or a schnitzel for nine weeks, said she felt much healthier and more active. “I sleep better, I eat better and I plan to keep going to the gym long after the program has ﬁnished,” she said. “We have recently changed our exercises and the new workout is feeling much more eﬀective. It’s great to try something diﬀerent and keep it interesting.” THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
JEANETTE WORMALD & PETER PRATT
e r e H t Ou TOUR
Two of Australia’s best easylistening voices combine to create a rich vocal tapestry of songs and stories in a concert to remember.
“...the response to their shows has been incredible. They connect with their audience so well that the crowd is spell bound.” – Roxanne Brown, One Stop Entertainment. “...the warmth and depth of the performance is a stand out, the harmonies complement each other’s voices.” – Ian Crombie, Newcastle Radio 1629 AM. P R O U D LY P R E S E N T E D B Y
JEANETTE WORMALD TO SING AT ROXBY DOWNS Jeanette Wormald, described by the music industry as “an authentic Australian” voice with a voice as “beautiful and as clear and crisp as a church bell on a frosty morning,” is appearing in Roxby Downs on Wednesday, August 2nd. The South Australian based singer songwriter, who is also a wheat farmer, is rapidly gaining respect and a national proﬁle for her unique perspective on the Australian bush. A former newspaper and television journalist, Jeanette Wormald, was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in South Australia and her latest single Boundary Rider’s Daughter, is currently climbing the national Top 30 Country Music charts and is about to break into the Top 10. Her new album, Opal Blue has also been listed in the nation’s top selling albums. Jeanette, who has won an SA Great award for her services to the arts and a Land and Water Australia Community Fellowship award for her work promoting sustainable farming through her songs, will be performing in Roxby Downs
for the ﬁrst time. And she is bringing special guest Peter Pratt to SA for her special Out Here tour. Peter Pratt, from Illabo in New South Wales, also has a growing national proﬁle for his honey rich voice and well crafted songs. The duo, who will be accompanied by top acoustic musicians, Peter Titchener and Emma Luker, create musical magic with their smooth harmonies and have an on stage chemistry reminiscent of the days of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The Out Here tour is named after a duet that Jeanette and Peter wrote about falling in love in Australia’s outback. A music clip for the duet which was ﬁlmed in South Australia’s magniﬁcent Flinders Ranges, has created a mini stir after being aired on Austar’s Country Music Channel, with people around the country ringing local radio stations to request the song. Jeanette said she was excited about the SA tour.
“This is my biggest ever tour through South Australia and it is wonderful that I can celebrate the success of the new album, Opal Blue,” she said. “Peter Pratt has a beautiful voice and I think people coming to the shows are going to see something very special,” she said. The two artists debuted their concert event at the Tamworth festival this January and attracted a full house and fantastic reviews. According to Roxanne Brown of One Stop Entertainment who saw the duo perform in Tamworth, “the response to their shows has been incredible.” “They connect with their audience so well that the crowd is spell bound,” she said. Newcastle radio presenter, Ian Crombie, was also present at the Tamworth show. “The warmth and depth of the performance was a stand out. The harmonies complement each others’ voices,” he said.
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ARTS TAP It was my pleasure to spend a day in the city recently. I had meetings with four different organizations that work with young people & their communities. They devise arts events involving some elements of dance, drama, circus, design, multimedia & music, but not sport. Young people here in the Lake Tracks Region have reasonable access to sporting opportunities. Not as good as their city cousins perhaps, but good opportunities nonetheless. Especially if you add in the great outdoors; what a source of inspiration that is! Access to experiences in the arts, be they making things or performing work, are more limited. There is some great work going on in the schools. Soon we will be able to see our young actors & dancers perform “I Love the Night Life”. I expect the Area School is abuzz with that project. My meetings in Adelaide were with a variety of artist/teachers. I outlined our situation & then listened hard to what they had to say…Felicia is a choreographer. She is currently working with young dancers at Restless dance Company. She has a colleague called Emma who is known to some in Roxby Downs as one of the pivotal artists Stompin’ Youth sent out to work with our young people earlier this year. They stayed in the Tavern. We need a self contained accommodation for visiting artists so we can reduce the cost of accommodating people over short intensives. The next morning I went to Carclew & spoke with Hannah about the DVFM project. It is jointly funded by Carclew & Country Arts SA & is a program targeted at young people that runs over a three year cycle. It is a structured program of skill development in all aspects of the performing arts. The good news is they will commit to a region exclusively over the three years. The bad news is they have just started a three year stint in the Murray Bridge region. This is one to watch. My next meeting was with Sarah at Cirkidz. They work on skill development & performance of circus. That means practical workshops in anything from juggling, balancing, stilt walking, gymnastics, tumbling, rolla bolla & spinning along with costuming & stagecraft. My own son, who is now a 26 year old physiotherapist, attended & performed with Cirkidz from the age of six. It is good for brain development & social skills. Sarah agreed that we paid too much for accommodation. Their tutors are quite prepared to live cheaply; perhaps a billet with a friendly family or a room adjacent to the auditorium? Cirkidz can devise programs for all ages. My last meeting was with Chris & Jo from Budgie Lung Theatre Company. By working with young people & combining them with writers & dramaturges they devise exciting multi-arts events & performances. Budgie Lung has recent track form in community based theatre. They are enthusiastic about helping some of our budding performers come up with their own stories & present them in an entertaining way to a broad audience come Festival time. Should we give them the chance. It now comes to the Youth Performing Group’s working party to raise the sponsorship to make some of these dreams come true.
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Friday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 25 CARS - Rated: G. Cars is the saga of Lightning McQueen, a hot-shot animated stock-car voiced by actor Owen Wilson. En route to a big race, the cocky McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he !nds the ture meaning of friendship and family. Starring: Owen Wilson, Paul Newman & Bonnie Hunt. Sun 3:00pm; Tues 7:00pm Friday July 21 - Sunday July 30 Take the Lead - Rated: PG. A former professional dancer (Banderas) volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system. While his background !rst clashes with his students’ tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom dancer Pierre Dulain. Starring: Antonio Banderas. Fri 7:30pm; Sat 12:00pm; Sun 12:00pm & 7:30pm; Sat 12:00pm; Sun 12:00pm & 7.00pm Friday July 21 - Sunday July 23 Superman Returns - Rated: PG. Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic Superman Returns. While Lex Luthor plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realisation that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while !nding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth & Kevin Spacey. Fri 7:30pm; Sat 3:00pm; Sun 3:00pm; Tues 7:00pm *SUPERMAN RETURNS WILL BE SCREENING UNTIL 8 AUG
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Monitor GENERAL NEWS
Council News Works in Progress Council is about to continue site testing of an automatic meter reading system. Completed Works Northern toilet block town oval has undergone an upgrade and is managed by Woomera Districts Football Club during the football season and it will be only open to the public on match days. Roxby Power has completed upgrading of High Voltage ring main switches as part of the 2005-06 Asset Replacement Program. Stormwater dams have been chlorinated and abated for mosquitoes. Water sampling has been conducted on the waste water. Clean up at Sewer Lagoons. Rates Rates notices were due on the 16th of June. Fines will apply to all overdue accounts. Please contact Bronnie Warren at the Council on 8671 0010 for any payment arrangements or enquiries. Electricity Accounts Electricity accounts have been issued and are due for payment by the 4th of August. Please contact the Council if you have not received your account for the 30th of July quarter. Water Accounts Water accounts for the June 2006 quarter have now been issued. If you have not received your account please contact Council. Dog Registrations Dog Registrations for the 2006/07 ﬁnancial year became due and payable from the 1 July 2006. Grace period for registrations expires on 31 August 2005. Thereafter an $80 expiation fee applies. There has been an increase in the number of wandering dogs in the township. Residents are reminded to keep gates closed or locked to avoid dogs wandering. The number of complaints about barking dogs has also increased, there are free pamphlets available at the Council Oﬃce for anyone with a barking dog. Rubbish Collection Residents are reminded that there is a limit of one bin per household for weekly rubbish collection and that it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition with closable lids that prevent ﬂies and birds from accessing rubbish. Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours Tuesdays, 8am to 12 noon, Thursdays 1pm to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm. Out of hours access call 08 8671 1154. Council Oﬃce Hours – General Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm.
Ag Art –Truly Living Fashion Deb Williams is an international judge of Ag Art and was recently judging some outstanding creations at the Landcare Ag Wear Finals in New Zealand. The concept is to create fashion from all things agricultural ranging from plant life, mechanical bits and pieces to waste materials. Deb Williams vision is to encourage future rural generations to be creative and to be inclusive as she believes it is essential to excel in your chosen career and in community spirit. Businesses are set apart & succeed when strategic thought is supported as part of the daily process. Everybody will have that opportunity by participating in the AG Art competition at this years Eyre Peninsulas Field Days The event is edging closer and the due date for entries is closing fast. Get to and make an outﬁt to be paraded in front of thousands. We do have models if you are not attending the ﬁeld days or live too far away. We are looking forward to seeing the creations for this year’s South Australian event. First prize is a ﬂight to the NZ ﬁnals and we have weekend holiday packages and Rex ﬂights for incentive Awards. For more information contact Deb Williams on 08 868 8913 or firstname.lastname@example.org International Judge Deb Williams, Ag research science teacher Charlotte Martin, NZ Ag Art wear coordinator Jess Sanders and sponsor Croplands Sean Mulvaney.
Oz use more ethanol
AUSTRALIAN motorists are using more ethanol to fuel their cars, Prime Minister John Howard said. “We are beginning to see a shift, we are seeing a big upswing in ethanol demand,” Mr Howard told Macquarie radio. The Government subsidises the biofuels industry VISIT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY of which ethanol is a major WEBSITE AT: www.roxbydowns.com part. Mr Howard said the industry would always have Government support. “The biofuels industry will always enjoy, under our arrangements, 50 per cent lower excise than other transport fuels of a similar energy content,” he said. Mr Howard ruled out mandating ethanol. “We don’t think the circumstances justify forcing people to use something that they may judge in their commercial or other interests that it’s not justiﬁable to do. “I don’t think governAUSTRALIA has more extinct languages than any ment should mandate the other country in the world, a new report has found. The Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs publica- use of commodities.” tion focuses on the threat posed to the globe’s languages, particularly those spoken by indigenous populations. So far, Australia has lost 188 languages, and Worldwatch warns that within decades the demise of Aboriginal languages will rapidly escalate. “It is estimated that 90 per cent of the languages spoken by Australia’s Aboriginal peoples will perish within the current generation,” it said. Roxby Downs Community Library & Roxby Downs Health Service CHANGE OF DATE The Desert Dirt Kart Club AGM has been Worldwatch, which canvasses trends in everything Present “TODDLER STORY TIME” moved to the 19th Aug, the meeting will take place after the Race from oil consumption to population growth, said Fun, stories, rhymes, craft & activities for toddlers aged 1-3 & their Australia led the world in terms of lost languages. meeting. adult caregivers. At Roxby Downs Community Library, Tuesdays from The 188 gone from Australia compares to 70 in the United States and about 30 in Brazil 9:30-10am PLAYGROUP held at St Barbara’s Parish School every Wednesday Globally over the past 10,000 years, the number of from 9.30am to 11.00am. Contact 8671 3207. spoken languages has shrunk from more than 12,000 to OUTBACK SCRAPPERS SCRAP TOGETHER just under 7000. First scrap together will be Tuesday Augugst 2 at 7.30pm in the St Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most spoken lanPLAYGROUP held every Friday from 10.30am until 12.00pm at Roxby Barbara’s Parish Art Room. Contact Jane 8671 1937 guage, with almost one billion people using it as their Downs Kindergarten. Contact 8671 0455. ﬁrst language. Spanish and English are spoken as a ﬁrst language by ROCK DA VILLA YOUTH GROUP presents dinner & traditional ROXBY DOWNS COMMUNITY CLUB The Roxby Horse Racing Club more than 300 million each, although English is by far Maori floorshow fundraiser night. At Cooinda Club Hall, Port Augusta the most common second language. “Calcutta” evening. Friday, August 4. on Saturday August 19. Tickets are $30 per person which includes Worldwatch said the number of English speakers in China is growing at around 20 million people a year. traditional NZ feast “HANGI” & Maori floorshow. Bar facilities will be COFFEE MORNINGS for Families, run by Child Youth Health (Roxby Worldwatch found the death of languages is often due available. For bookings contact Michelle on 0419 189 237 Downs Health Services), every Thursday 9:30 -11 at The Dunes Café. to bans on religious grounds, infectious diseases, wars and cultural assimilation. In other cases, economics can drive a language out of use. “When a community ﬁnds that its ability to survive and advance economically is improved by the use of another Phone 8671 2683 or email email@example.com to book your event in ‘What’s On!’ language, for example, people there stop using their native tongue or teaching it to their children,” it found.
Australia has most extinct languages
APEX Comes To Town
The Apex Club of Kadina invites all past members and those interested to join them at the
from 8.00pm onwards on
July Friday 21st
FREE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
The ‘What’s On!’ Free Community Calendar is proudly sponsored by Roxby Downs Council.
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THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
HOUSING PRICES ON THE RISE IN ADELAIDE
FOR SALE Lot 121 Catherine Street, Stirling North $333-335k Why Build?
Why go through the hassles of not only building, but even trying to !nd a builder? This beautifully almost completed home, located in the ever popular demanding Stirling North, really is something to boast about. This impressive property holds all modern luxuries one would require. With an elegant ensuite containing luxurious spa, well sized WIR to one of the many bedrooms, amazing living area, & I can proudly say the owners have not spared any expense. On an extremely generous allotment, I would recommend this over building!
FOR SALE 12 Simmons Crescent Port Augusta West $299,000 “A” class real estate, in an “A” class area!
What a sensational home! Located in what’s renowned for Port Augusta’s best address, this beautifully decorated home is de!nitely apart of the “A” list. Greeted at an exceptional formal entrance, the home only gets better as you go. Containing a large formal lounge, formal dining, and delightful modern kitchen with dishwasher, meals section, large family living room which carries on to the pool side entertaining area. Having 3 great sized bedrooms, all with BIR, except the master which has a large WIR and a 2 way bathroom. Repainted throughout in warming colours, you feel more than at home. If entertaining is your thing, then your de!nitely in luck. Housing two great entertaining areas, one of which comes off the stunning decking surrounding the pool, and another recently constructed and paved which adjoins the “shed”, which could easily be another family retreat. This add could go for ever so I urge you to see for yourself before it’s too late!
Vigour in Adelaide market as house prices rise After months of steady house prices, Adelaide’s housing market has jumped by 3% in the June 2006 quarter to record a strong median of $286,500. The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) said this was also a 4.1% increase from 12 months ago and matched rising trends across the State. REISA President Mark Sanderson said this strong result was expected as the market had been buoyant for the past couple of months. “There is vigour in the Adelaide marketplace at the moment,” Mr Sanderson said. “Real estate professionals have been seeing a renewed interest in the property market and the steady prices we experienced leading up to the June quarter has triggered this demand.” Mr Sanderson said sale numbers in the metropolitan area had risen signiﬁcantly this quarter, which was a strong sign that investors and ﬁrst homebuyers were returning to the market. “Our tight rental market, which has had consistently
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FOR SALE 9 Holds Street Port Augusta $185,000 Sweet neat and complete! This very neatly presented 3 bedroom home really is delightful. Located in an ideal area of Port Augusta, being close to CBD and amongst quality established homes, I do personally ﬁnd this home a treat. Having presentable gardens, carport, rear entertaining area with shade house, and larger than life tool shed. Inside you’re greeted by a new tiled ﬂoor and fresh paint throughout. With a large lounge, and open plan kitchen dining, that has just recently been renovated. Two of the well sized bedrooms even have BIR. Theres so little to do, and so little time to get in, so go for it!
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With a westerly facing deck to enjoy the seaviews at “happy hour” or all the family gathering on the wide rear deck for a BBQ, this home is setup for the relaxed Hardwicke Bay holiday lifestyle. The open plan kitchen/dine and living room are all kept comfortable with reverse cycle air conditioning. Shedding - approx. 30’x20’ for the boat. Holiday heaven.
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68 Axehead Road – “Value in this Nest Egg.” Family home with 4 bedrooms, master with bir, dressing table & ensuite, bir’s to others. Lounge, small family room, well equipped gas kitchen with w.i.p, ducted evaporative air conditioning, gas heating, paved pergola, fully fenced a/g inground pool, tool shed & garden shed, single carport umr with drive through gates & extra parking, easy care gardens with front lawn area. Currently leased at $325 p/w. $329,950. Web ID. 826365. 9 Arcoona Street. The Family Entertainer Superbly located close to all facilities, 3 large bedrooms all include built in robes, main bedroom includes R/C slpit system Air Cond, well equipped gas kitchen, separate dining, large lounge with 21/2 HP R/C air cond + ducted evap air conditioning throughout. Approx 12m x 3.5m outdoor entertaining area includes built in bar and BBQ, plus the pool table. Fully fenced swimming pool. Low maintenance, well maintained garden. A very attractive home. $359,950. Web ID. 838055. 10 Bopeechee - Prosper Now - Not Later. Family home of 4 good size bedrooms, built in robes to 3. Two bathrooms, large lounge plus spacious dining, gas heating, ducted evap. cooling, single carport UMR, small front verandah & full length rear verandah,single garage, large garden shed & easy care gardens. Leased to BHP Billiton. $345,000. Web. ID. 831913. 35 Bopeechee Street Entertainers Delight Fabulous home offering 3 good size bedrooms all with BIR’s, separate entry, large lounge & spacious dining room, good size kitchen with gas stove, rangehood, ample cupboards & bench space, gas wall furnace heating & ducted evap cooling. C/port UMR & drive thru to attached c/port, full length rear verandah & huge all weather, pattern paved pergola with sleeper retained "ower boxes & BI brick BBQ, fully fenced pool with paving & decking. Separate fenced & concreted basketball area, tool shed & more. $374,950 37 Bopeechee Street Impressive Executive Residence “WOW” 4 bedrooms, ensuite, walk in robe & Built in robes. Separate lounge, magni!cent gas kitchen, dual sink, rangehood, dishwasher, ample cupboards, open plan dine/family room. Ducted evap. cooling throughout, gas heating. Magni!cent outdoor entertaining area including built in BBQ, garden shed & fernery. Fully fenced in ground salt water pool. Rent potential $375 - $400 p/week, or just move in.$395,000 WEB ID: 834657
low vacancy rates over the past 12 months, has also brought investors back to the market,” he said. “This shows South Australians have conﬁdence in the local market and proves bricks and mortar really is the best investment.” In the preliminary June quarter ﬁgures released by the State Government this week, the State-wide median house price also rose to $270,000. This is a 5.4% rise from last quarter and 5.8% from this time last year. Mr Sanderson said the western suburbs experienced strong price growth in the June quarter. “Fulham Gardens and West Lakes in particular performed superbly with 28.7% and 28.4% increases respectively over the past 12 months and had high sale volume,” he said. “This is due to their proximity to the sea and huge potential for redevelopment and subdivision.” He said unit and apartment prices had dropped a little in the city, but across the metropolitan area the median had stabilised at $215,000
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Excellent 3 brm home with bir’s, large family room extension with split system, R/C A/con, 2nd shower & toilet loevely updated kitchen and bathroom. Gas heated lounge, ducted A/C. Fully fenced inground salt water pool. 2 garden sheds. Leased at $350 p/w. $379,950 Web ID: 832622. 3 Hakea Court - Myall Grove Caravan Park Cheap Home or Cheap Investment Approx 40ft van, well equipped kitchen incl new oven, utensils etc., lounge/dine with lounge, good size bedroom (queen size bed incl), 2 air cons, sep site ensuite, tool shed (with plumbing, shade sail, room for 3 vehicles and all on a good size site. (Potential rent upwards of $260 per week.). $62,500. Web ID. 83658 36 Hermit Street 3 Bedroom family home all with bir’s, large lounge, dining, gas kitchen with dishwasher, rangehood, ample cupboards (incl o/heads), ("oating timber "oors to kitch/dine & entry), heat/cool, single c/port UMR & adj garden covered area, fully fenced IG !breglass pool, good size all weather entertain area & lawned area to rear yard area, easycare gardens & leased to BHP Biliton @ $1260 per month. $355,000.
48 Hermit Street Well located family home of 3 good size bedrooms (all with bir”s), large lounge, good size dining with sliding door to rear, heating & cooling, inground !breglass pool fully fenced, c/b tool shed, carport UMR, good size paved pergola area and adj easy care gardens including lawned area & Bi brick BBQ. Long lease @ $350 per week. $349,950. Web ID. 837210 8 Nyaroo Court - Easy Living Starts Here Well cared for family home 3 good size bedrooms, spacious family area, large formal dine, fabulous American Oak timber kitchen with gas cooktop, electric wall oven, rangehood, WI pantry, extensive slate tiling, ducted evap. cooling, combustion heating. Fully fenced IG !breglass saltwater chlorinated pool. $379,950. Web. ID. 833873. 16 Wirrda Street Another Great Investment Well presented & located 4 bedroom home, ensuite & bir’s throughout. Spacious lounge, dine & gas kitchen with rangehood, dual sink. Timber Venetian blinds. Lovely outdoor paved entertaining area. Currently leased to BHP until 8 August 2007. $369,950 Web ID. 834921.
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4 Phibbs Court - Another Roxby Nest Egg Family home of 4 good size brms all with BIR’s master with ensuite, spacious lounge & dine with sliding door to rear, gas kitchen with range hood and ample cupboards, bathroom with bath, vanity & shower cubicle, ducted evap. cooling gas heating, single carport UMR, front & rear, verandahs & large pergola area and all on huge lot of 1493sqm currently leased at $330 per week. $349,950. Web. ID. 831937. 66 Stuart Road Start Your Investment Portfolio Now Well located family home of 3 good size bedrooms all with BIR’s. Cosy lounge with gas wall furnace, spacious dining, gas kitchen, ducted cooling, full length rear verandah. Double colourbond garage. Leased to BHP till 26/01/07. $359,000 Web ID: 834362 75 Stuart Road Roxby Downs Fabulous Investment Opportunity Family home of 3 bedrooms with bir’s, master with wall mtd air con, good size lounge, dining with sliding door to rear, practical kitchen with gas stove, dishwasher & ample cupboards, ducted evap aircon & gas space heating, single c/port UMR & extra off drive parking 7.5m x 6m x 2.4m high c/bond double garage with power large rear verandah & good size pergola with fernery. C/B tool shed, large rear yard with easy care gardens & auto irrigation. Currently tenated @ $315 per week & increasing to $350 p/w. $329,950. Web. ID. 833885. 6 Rowe Court - Impressive Family Home An impressive family home on approx 977m2 of land,consisting of 3 brms with BIR’s. A large extension used as rumpus or 4th bedroom. Gas heated lounge, large study room, spacious gas kitchen/meals including rangehood. pantry. Ducted cooling throughout. inground, fully fenced !breglass saltwater pool, cubby house, 3 garden sheds, carport UMR. Currently leased @ $350 p/w. $379,950. Web ID. 832637 7B Willaroo Street - Quality Maisonette 3 bedroom family home with bullnose verandah, master with walk in robe, bay window to front, large lounge room, dining room with sliding door access to outdoors, compact kitchen with electric cooker, rangehood & overhead cupboards. Lovely 3 way bathroom with heritage tiling. Carport UMR, rear verandah with lockable gates. Ducted evap cooling. Currently tenanted until 5/08/07. Fabulous investment opportunity. $269,950 WEB ID: 837409. 27raine&horne200706
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THE Desert Dirt Kart Club AGM has been moved to the 19th Aug., the meeting will take place after the Race meeting. ROXBY Downs CFS will be holding their AGM on August 24, 2006 at 1900 hrs (7pm) at the Fire Station. To all members this is a Non election year. All welcome.
Roxby Downs TAFE Full-Time Administration Traineeship For further information contact Wendy or Mel on 8671 2450 Application close 5pm 28/07/06
Introduction to Computing Covers basic computing skills with an introduction to Windows, Word, Excel and the Internet. Course Length 9 hours (3 week x 3 hours per week)
DR AARON BRIDGE B.Sc. (Chiropractic) DC (Can)
Commences Monday August 7th from 7.00pm Cost $66.00 or $42.00 concession
LEARN TO FLY Roxby Downs Aero Club, phone Ben Hammond 0407 974 002, Jim Spring 0417 867 812 or Phil Goldsworthy 0417 810 494.
Contact Jodie on 8671 9070 Or call at the campus to enroll Numbers limited and payment is required to conrm your booking
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Treat yourself to an intimate escape. Come aboard, relax and enjoy “Scallywag” at Blanchetown, perfect for 2 - 4 people. Comfortable and spacious, with a host of features, this great little boat is economical to run and easy to handle.
Griffens Marina Blanchetown 08 8540 5250
ONE STOP BUILDNG & HARDWARE Blueboard sheets: 2400 x 1200 x 7.5mm $26.49 p/sheet. 3000 x 1200 x 7.5mm $31.99 p/sheet, Gyplock sheets: 2400 x 1200 x 10mm $8.99 p/sheet, 300 x 1200 x 10mm $10.99 p/sheet. Extra 10% disc. on bulk buy. Screws, nails & fixings also available. Phone 08 8243 0930. Prices include GST
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Karl William Eibl 21.4.1971 – 19.07.2005 In loving memory of our husband and daddy. To hear your voice, to see you smile, to sit and talk to you awhile, to be together in the same old ways would be our greatest wish today. We miss you more than words can say. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Love always Mandie, Nicholas and Liam.
CLASSIFIED PRICES FREE...‘For sale’ to the value of $50 or ‘to give away’ classifieds are FREE for the first 25 words and $5 for every extra 20 words in 10pt Arial. GENERAL...General classifieds are $8 for the first 20 words and $5 for every extra 10 words or part thereof. $12 for the first 25 words in 11pt Arial. $8 for every extra 20 words. $15 for the first 25 words in 12pt Arial. $11 for every extra 20 words. $2 for every line of bold text up to five words. $5 for a 2pt box around your advert. $22 for a photo one column wide, to a depth of 5cm.
Andamooka Catholic Church Roxby Downs Christian Sunday 11am Community Church first and third Sunday of Sunday 10am every month Desert Springs Church Sunday 10.00am at the Roxby Downs TAFE College.
Andamooka Community Church Sunday 2pm
St Michael’s Catholic Church, Woomera Sunday 5pm All denominations welcome
Roxby Downs Lutheran Church Sunday 10.30am and Sunday School – 9.30am
St Barbara’s Catholic Church Roxby Downs Saturday evening 6pm Sunday morning 9am
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The RoxFM Copper Card
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RoxFm Copper Card Specials for the Month of July/August All specials exclusive to Copper Card holders on presentation of their card.
2B Healthy Health Shop, Pt Augusta:
10% off store wide for. Phone: 8641 3633
Roxby Downs Gym
$10.00 off all new memberships or renewals of memberships
Spend $20.00 on meguiars car care products & receive a free dash & trim foam protectant
Roxby Downs IT Computer Support & Sales
Free broadband setup. Phone 8671 0364
$5.00 off any CD in store.
Roxby Downs Mensland:
20% off all mens & ladies underware
Creative Trims & Crafts:
10% off all craft books. Phone 8671 0153
Roxby Downs Newsagency:
Free newsagency pen on presentation of your 2006 copper card
Dam Clean Car Wash
Free blue chamois on presentation of 2006 Copper Card.
Roxby Downs Pharmacy:
20% off all gifts
Doc Vis Carpet Cleaner:
15% discount on all work. Phone 0437 423 123
With any full leg wax receive a free bikini wax with the two K’s.
Buy 1 coffee & get 1 free (same or lesser value)
Free ice-cream cake for birthday draw at the end of each month.
Flowers in the Bush:
10% off fresh flowers. Phone: 0408 711 459.
Zealous Hair and Beauty:
With any colour service receive a free eyebrow wax. Phone: 8671 3039
Lunch on the Run
$2.00 hot cholocate and coffee’s to take away
10% off auto and 10% off hand tools
Buy 1 full priced adult ticket & get 1 adult or child ticket free, excludes movie marathons, girls night out & special promotions.
Outback Landscaping & Supplies:
10% off all plants & 5% off all chemicals & bagged products
Red Dunes Scrapbooking
10% off 12x12 K&Co. & Print Blocks papers & purchase the Red Dunes monthly kit & receive an embellishment pack free.. Phone 8671 1937
Roxby Downs Club:
Free cheese & garlic bread in Steakhouse Restaurant
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New 2006 COPPER CARD ON SALE NOW, available from RoxFM studios in Richardson Place, Desert Decor, Outback Landscape & Supplies and Dunes Cafe. Cost $25.00 and you will receive hundreds of dollars of savings throughout the year. Community sponsor of RoxFM.
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN The earth needs your help. It is being damaged by all the rubbish that is thrown around. Animals swallow paper bags and other bad things and they get sick. Papers clog up the rivers and then the water stops ﬂowing. So if you see any papers laying around, please pick them up and put them into a bin and help SAVE OUR EARTH!
Colour Me In Can you ﬁnd your way through the maze?
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Roxby Downs Leisure Centre
Players from the Autumn pennant squash grand finals
Squash Finals Action This season’s grand ﬁnals for the Autumn Pennant squash league were played on June 29, with the following results: A-Grade (Monday) Moto Guzzi (Gary Baldwin, Roger Scholeﬁeld, Andrew Wellington, and Andy Wurfel (sub)) defeated Buell (Tony Forrest, Brenton Tilbrook, Rob McEllhinney and Seb Tello) by seven points in a very close match.
B-Grade (Tuesday) Ducati (James Jansen, Craig Smith, Grant Whittaker and Manda Hollins) defeated Moto Guzzi (Andrew Clafton, Lucas Holbrook, Addin Pranowo and Tyles) three matches to one. B-Grade (Wednesday) Triumph (Scott Prentice (sub), Matt Gearing, Mick Nucifora and Simon James) defeated Moto Guzzi (Drew Von Thein, Brad Hollins, Nigel Toombs and Suzane Koblenze) three matches to one.
Best and Fairest awards for the season went to Andrew Wellington for A-Grade, Addin Pranowo for Tuesday B-Grade and Nigel Toombs for Wednesday B-Grade. The squash committee would like to thank all players for making this season a success. The next season commences with grading around the start of August, with all existing players as well as any new players welcome to register.
Social Indoor Soccer Competition
Above: Ben Glosenger slides through the pack on his way to goal in Thursday night in social indoor soccer
July Oodnadatta Bronco Branding to be held between 14 and 15 July 2006. Tickets Adults $15, Students $5 & children under 12 free.
0412 782 018 if you cannot !ll a team. Please make sure all players have played three games before !nals, as they will not qualify if they have only played one or two games for your side.
Woomera & Districts Football League Saturday 8 at 12pm Olympic Dam v Roxby Districts, 2.20pm Hornridge v Coober Pedy Bye - Andamooka
Desert Dirt Kart Club will be holding a Kart Education Day on July 8, and racing on July 9 from midday.
Saturday 22 at 2.00pm - Andamooka v Coober Pedy, 2.20pm - Hornridge v Olympic Dam. Bye Roxby Districts Roxby Downs Softball Fixtures A Reminder that no games will be played for the next two weeks due to school holidays, however matches will be played on the last Sunday of the holidays which will be Sunday 23 at 11.30am - Rebels 1 v Shakers, 1.30pm - Rebels 2 v Who Cares.
Above: James Sinclair and Drew von Thien scrap for the ball in social indoor soccer last Thursday
Marree Camel Cup Race
Sunday 30 at 11.30am - Who Cares v Rebels 1, 1.30pm - Shakers v Black Cats. Contact Nat Jones on
The Desert Dirt Kart Club would also like to thank ODT for their assistance over our State Title Weekend, in return for their services the Club made a $1500 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Wanted - Dirt Kart drivers, age from 7 years to 40+, try something different come out on the Education day and have a look, go for a spin, give a go and see what is involved. Rubgy Union Anyone interested in playing Rubgy Union please contact Stuart Deed at the Monitor Of!ces on 8671 2622
Leisure Centre Body for Life Challenge Below are some of our sponsors of the 2006 Body for Life Challenge.
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Enquiries, please phone: 8671 0500
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Chocie Soldiers Vs Roos
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Basketball Results Tuesday July 4 Men’s A-Grade Chocies 59 defeated Jets 50 Highest Scorer: C Kenny (Jets) 21 Roos 54 drew Wolves 54 Highest Scorer: S Crafter-King (Roos) 15 Women’s C-Grade Tandales 39 defeated Miners2 12 Highest Scorer: A Lane (Tandales) 23 Eagles 58 defeated Miners1 37 Highest Scorer: P Elson (Miners1) and L McAskill (Eagles) 14 Chocie Soldiers faced up to the Roos in a cracking basketball game on Tuesday night at the Recreation Centre. For most of the match scores remained close and the competition between the teams was fierce. The Chocie Soldiers, generally, were older and bigger than the Roos, with both teams having markedly different playing styles. On the one hand the Chocie Soldiers were happy to throw long and encourage one-on-one contests where their bigger physiques gave them an advantage. The Roos used speedy passing and strength in numbers to score. Chocie Soldiers took a slender lead early in the first quarter which they had slowly built to nearly 10 points midBrian Murphy-O’Neil and Colin Beasley at the Roxby Downs Golf Club
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way through the third. However, the Roos mounted a strong comeback and dragged scores to within a shot. From the outside it looked like the Ro os were going to make a come back from behind and win. However, as all players on the court started showing signs of tiredness Chocie Soldiers were just too strong underneath the ring on both ends of the court, forcing the Roos to shoot from tough positions. In a tightly contested match the Chocie Soldiers proved too strong on rebounds – particularly John Read, who gave an outstanding performance when his team needed it. Chocie Soldiers won 34 – 22
Thursday July 6 Women’s A/B-Grade A Devils 46 defeated A Bulls 31 Highest Scorer: N Montgomerie (A Devils) 18 B Eagles 41 defeated Wanderers 30 Highest Scorer: S Luckett (Wanderers) 19 A Eagles defeated B Bulls (forfeit) B Devils defeated Jets (forfeit)
Tuesday 11/7/06 Results: Women’s C-Grade Miners1 41 defeated Spectres 31 Highest Scorer: B Allen (Miners1) 21 Miners2 defeated Eagles (forfeit) Men’s A-Grade Wolves 52 defeated Jets 50 Highest Scorer: T Paull (Wolves) 19 Chocie Soldiers 34 defeated Roos 22 Highest Scorer: J Read (Chocie Soldiers) 18 Ballsy, Colin Beasley, Bunny, Nick Teare, Brian Murphy-O’Neil and Horrie were the winners at the Ambrose Golf Competition at the Roxby Downs Golf Club on Saturday
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