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It was conﬁrmed late last week that the daily Stateliner Bus Service to Roxby Downs will cease as of July 29 due to a lack of patronage and the spiralling costs of fuel. A spokesman from Stateliner’s head oﬃce conﬁrmed the closure of the service saying it was no rumour. “The last service from Port Augusta goes out on July 28 and the last service coming down from Roxby is the 29th.” He also stated that there was a possibility of a community service from Roxby to Port Augusta, but that has yet to be decided upon. The Stateliner spokesman told the Monitor there had been a steady drop oﬀ in custom and the company had downsized the service to a mini bus to try and make it more proﬁtable, “but we are just losing huge dollars on it every time we travel”. “It is just not being used enough. The fuel costs are absolutely caning us at the moment but it was just a damn pity people weren’t using it.
“We work very close to BHP Billiton regarding rosters to make sure we were running at the right time but they just weren’t patronising it.” He said they were travelling with an average of three or four people and the freight component of the business couldn’t carry it. “There’s that many freight guys going up there now, our freight’s drained oﬀ and they do a door to door service which we just cannot oﬀer. “I’ve got to tell you it has been a hard decision – we’ve been looking at this and sorting things out for the past two years trying to make it work, trying diﬀerent things, to try and make it viable.” He said the company would have loved to remain in Roxby but conceded in the end they just could not keeping the service running at a loss. Local businessman Leigh Malcolm said that the Stateliner Bus Service had been a very important daily link for his Hourglass Jewellery business and he like others around him used the freight
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delivery almost daily. Mr. Malcolm said he would have to source other general delivery services or air freight but expected the options to be a lot more expensive. Local agent for Stateliner, Ian Johnson at the Roxby Downs Newsagency said he could not comment on the closure of the service until he receives oﬃcial notiﬁcation in writing. “I will be looking around at what I can ﬁnd to keep the service going - it’s a community passenger service and we need something in Roxby,” said Mr. Johnson. He told the Monitor that people can’t always get a ﬂight, while others say there are those who just don’t like ﬂying. “Really at this stage I can’t comment because I don’t know enough about their side of the business. They do it and do it well and if they can’t do it, I can’t see too many other people doing it successfully,” concluded Mr. Johnson.
A home away from home? Identifying and resolving the problems of isolation among people living in BHP Billiton’s village accommodation are being given a higher priority by both ESS Worldwide Services and BHP Billiton. ‘We look after some 1150 people at the Olympic Village. Isolation and the associated problems that go with it are very real in mining communities across the country, not least at Olympic Dam,’ Project Manager, ESS Worldwide Services, Mr Eddie Vahldieck said. ‘We’re working with BHP Billiton to ensure living in remote camps is a more rewarding experience and to take away the feeling of isolation that many workers go through.’ he said. Olympic Dam Vice President, Human Resources Paul Walters agrees. “Working away from home certainly has its challenges and we try to make village life as much as a ‘home away from home’ as we can. “We are committed to a major investment program of upgrades to both Roxby and Olympic Villages. In fact, in the last six months alone, we spent $1.4 million on improvements at Olympic Village including major upgrades to the gym, squash courts, volleyball courts, new barbecue areas and wet mess. “These facilities, along with the Health and Lifestyle Coordinators employed by ESS, go a long way in helping village residents relax and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of work. And this is just the start – there are many more improvements to come.” Last week ESS appointed its second Health and Lifestyle Coordinator at Olympic Village (see Proﬁle Anna-Maria Tassone). “Part of the HLC’S role is to provide social and sporting activities that promote well being. Obesity, ﬁtness and alcohol consumption are the key areas that our HLCs address,” Mr Vahldieck said. Full time gym instructor Lorraine Dubrey spots for Mark Edmonds during a recent gym session at the Olympic Dam Village.
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Amber wins Woomera poll A casual vacancy recently occurred on the Woomera Board, and an election was held to ﬁll this position. There were three nominees, Ross Jordan, Nadira Pardo, and Amber Budden. The election was held last Saturday and Amber won the poll and was duly elected the newest Board Member, and will complete the term of oﬃce due to expire in October 2008. Amber said she is looking forward to supporting the community and hopes that her past and present relationship with Woomera, and the Woomera community, will be of beneﬁt to the town. Amber has spent over 20 years in Woomera and is very honoured to have been elected onto the Woomera Board.
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There are obviously many things in life that can trouble us which of course includes the gut wrenching times when things aren’t all that good at work. We have all grappled with life or work related problems at some stage or another or have tossed and turned in bed at night in the hope of unraveling them. To oﬀer positive solutions and successful outcomes to all life and work related problems would be an impossible task but keep in mind that there is always something that can be done. But regardless of what we do or what our circumstances are, there is one vital factor we all need to be reminded of at times; and that is to take time to care for ourselves and those of our loved ones at home. I say that because not only is it wonderful to feel good and enjoy a happy home but they are the two major aspects of a healthy life. I’ve always said home is THE one place where we can rest, repair and prepare. Meaning, we may not be able to solve the dilemmas of life or work but home is the one
place where we can rest, repair and prepare for whatever may lay ahead. President Theodore Roosevelt (Past President of the United States) once said, “I’d rather spend time with my family than with any of the world’s notables.” Meaning, his home was his safe haven in the midst of all that went on around him. Home is where we can love and be loved and what better source is there to gain the strength and inspiration we need to help make it through our day. Thankfully we all now know the huge impact stress can have on our health. Stress also has a huge impact on our society and it’s estimated that job stress costs billions of dollars annually…particularly through absenteeism. Take time, with your family, to smell the roses. Sit together and try to work out ways to establish quality good fun time together. When Mother Teresa received the Noble Peace Prize she was asked, “What can we do to promote peace?” Her answer was, “Go home and love your family.” Meaning if we want to make an impact in life, the best place to start is at home. To be in Roxby purely for work would be a tragedy. Why? Because if our focus is on what we make we have the potential to lose what we’ve got!
Working in Roxby Downs? We’d love you to join us in Orroroo 350 kms from Roxby Downs
We’re only a small community but we’ve got a big heart We are very proud of our hospital and health services, exceptional educational facilities, shops and supermarkets, pubs, cafes and sporting facilities. The mighty Roos, our fantastic footy and netball clubs are consistent flag winners in the district. Only 3½ hours from Roxby, a new lifestyle for your family is well within your reach. You will find our real estate prices a great catch. There’s a number of very affordable established family homes and building blocks now available. Compare the value of living in Orroroo. Go to orroroo.sa.gov.au, click on House and Land and be pleasantly surprised how affordable living in Orroroo can be • Roxby Downs $395,000 • Port Augusta $200,000 • Whyalla $205,000 • Orroroo $115,000 source: SA REI Dec 2007 Need more information on living in Orroroo? Call Tony Renshaw at the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton on 08 8658 1260 or 0428 581 582.
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A home away from home He also agreed that residents of Roxby Downs could also play a role in helping village residents resolve their isolation issues. ‘The residents contribute ﬁnancially to the community in Roxby Downs. In that sense, they are part of the town. I’d like to see more interaction between the townspeople and village residents so that they don’t feel like they are unwanted stran-
gers here,’ he said. Mr Vahldieck said the appointment of HLCs was brought about by a national mining industry move to enhance mining camps lifestyles. ‘Apart from being mindful of mental health issues we also believe by introducing healthy nutrition and exercise programs we can have healthier workforce. In turn this can potentially lead to
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employees being ﬁtter for strenuous work and ‘With the labour shortage in mining operations already apparent and likely to further inreduce the rate of absenteeism. crease, mining companies recognise the need to “We believe these measures can also reduce the not only provide ﬁnancial incentives for workers risk of injury in the workplace and thus workers but also increased health and lifestyle services compensation claims. In an over all sense, our and we are already seeing workers choose sites programs create a happier workforce with better that provide these over those that do not,’ he team morale,’ Mr Vahldieck said. said.
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Parking at a premium in CBD ROXBY DOWNS: Without introducing timed parking and employing a general inspector, long stay parking will remain a problem in Richardson Place. Responding to complaints about the parking practices of many, Municipal Works Manager, Mr. Peter Keller told the Monitor that local businesses are potentially losing customers as employees and, students and teachers take up prime parking spots in the busy main street. He believes the only way to ﬁx the problem is for timed parking, but other than that co-operation from the traders is essential. “If they insist that their staﬀ won’t use premium parking it would go a long way to ﬁxing the problem. “They are actually taking away trade from themselves by allowing it to happen.” He said because of that, the drop-in opportunity that the business people are missing out on could be considerable. A count of parking spaces in the main street veriﬁes there are 100 ordinary car parks and three disabled car parks. Mr. Keller said that with the ample oﬀ street parking available to motorists behind the central shopping plaza, the TAFE and the school, there should be no need for overstay parking in Richardson Place. “In fact it is probably as close if not closer to the main shopping complex by parking at the rear,” he said, “and I have never yet seen it full. “It is just as close to walk into the school from the back car park as it is from the road.” He said there are some people who are deter-
mined not to be reasonable about this matter. “There have also been calls from motorcyclists to have dedicated parking in the main street. It is all well and good, but if I take up a car space for two motorbikes or two car spaces for four motor bikes you lose too much.” He explained if council provides two motor bike spaces at the top of the street and they want to stop and do something at the bottom end of the street, they will naturally use a car space and everyone will lose. “Then we would have to turn around and put up signs ‘no motor bikes allowed’ and all you’ve done is used up a car space that 85% of the time there won’t be any bikes at all, so you can’t even put a car there.” According to Council there is more than enough parking but they consider people are basically being lazy. Council is currently targeting the following areas of parking around the town. Parking in disabled zones without a permit. Parking in the bus zone opposite Roxby Central. Parking near pedestrian crossings to drop oﬀ and pick-up children. Freight delivery vehicles parked near pedestrian crossings. Parking on the boundary between residence and the road. Leaving vehicles including trailers and caravans on roads for more than 24 hours. Under the Local Government Act, Council does have the right to issue ﬁnes and or impound offending vehicles, but at this time ask people consider others in the Roxby township both for safety reasons and appearances.
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) has announced an agreement with Australia’s Minotaur Exploration Ltd to explore for rare earth minerals and copper in South Australia. It is planned the two will explore two deposits in Mabel Creek, about 800 km northwest of Adelaide, where Minotaur’s feasibility study had shown positive results. The area is close to BHP Billiton Ltd’s Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium mine. JOGMEC and Minotaur are also jointly exploring other deposits in Roxby Downs, also near the Olympic Dam mine, seeking copper, gold and uranium.
Solomons Flooring, South Australia’s oldest Flooring Retailer is offering the people of Roxby a fantastic opportunity to purchase ﬂoor covering in the comfort of their own home. A representative of Solomons will be in Roxby Downs July 25-27 to provide in home Measure & Quotations on its great ﬂooring range including Timber, Laminate, Vinyl and Carpet. We will offer a number of great specials across our range for those who take advantage of this opportunity.
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Correction In the Monitor edition July 3, we published a photograph of an Olympic Dam Airport female worker loading heavy baggage onto an Adelaide-bound ﬂight. We incorrectly captioned her as ‘Gayleen’. This was incorrect. Her name Kayleen Greagen. The Monitor apologises to Ms Greagen for this error. www.themonitor.com.au
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Anna-Maria has new challenges By Sol Pizanez Two o’clock Monday afternoon, she arrives punctually for our interview. She looks familiar to me, but not because I knew her: it’s her facial features. She has not only a distinctive Latin look, she also has a very Latin name, just like me. She reaches her hand out and says ‘Anna-Maria’ - with an Australian accent which should not really surprise me. Meet Anna-Maria Tassone, only 21 years old. Her Latin name and looks are because her parents are Italian. They came to Australia 30 years ago, met and were married here. For someone so young, she has already had an accomplished career. Originally from Mildura she moved to Adelaide to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Recreation Planning and Management) at UniSA. She has worked as a tennis coach and as a Project Oﬃcer in an assistant marketing role for the Roxby Downs Leisure Centre. Now she has a new challenge: as the Health and Lifestyle Coordinator for ESS (Compass Group) at Olympic Village to ﬁnd ways to encourage 1000 residents take part in a range of healthy leisure and lifestyle activities It may be some challenge. ‘Through my past work I have experience and knowledge of recreation and ﬁtness. Anna-Maria said. ‘I chose the job because I love sports, especially tennis, and I really care about health. The job allows me to combine both. The challenge is to make the residents lifestyles healthier.’ she said. ‘My objective is to increase the rate of residents participation in leisure events and activities and for them to socialize together in a healthy way, so that they can enjoy themselves,’ she said. She arrived to Roxby Downs on February this year because her ﬁancé was appointed to a position at Olympic Dam. ‘Roxby Downs is a nice town, with an excellent infrastructure’, AnnaMaria said about her ﬁrst impression of her new home town. ‘What I love in here are the green lawns all the year long and I also like the lifestyle. It’s really easy to meet new people, even though some tend to quickly move on,’ she said.
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Scouts for Woomera? Moves are afoot to inaugurate a Scouts group in Woomera. Four adults and 15 children have already expressed an interest in forming a Scouts group in the town. The organisers are co-
ordinating with the Scouts state oﬃce in Adelaide. Anyone interested in joining Woomeraa Scouts can call Nadira Pardo on 0411 674 986.
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Vera Dwyer and Katanna Veljaca enjoyed the show
The cinema version of “Sex and the City” has come and gone from the Roxby Downs silver screen. The local premier of the worldwide phenomenon was on July 4th with a special “Girls’ Night Out” theme. The female dominated audience followed in the high-heeled footsteps of the fashionable characters in the ﬁlm by dressing up and enjoying the event with close friends. Arguably the most anticipated ﬁlm of the year, “SATC” as it has become aﬀectionately termed, has left the Roxby Downs screen less than a week after the premier. It is the discretion of ﬁlm distribution companies that determines the arrival, departure and amount of screenings that each ﬁlm will be allocated. Most viewers applauded the television to screen transition, with some returning to see the ﬁlm for a second time. “I saw the ﬁlm when I was recently away and couldn’t resist seeing it again,” said Vera Dwyer at the ﬁnal screening in Roxby Downs on July 8th. New ﬁlms including “Get Smart” will soon be screening at the Roxby Downs cinema. Be sure to get in quickly so as not to miss a top class cinematic experience.
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Monitor NEWS Career Speak . . . .
Helping to plan your future
he Roxby Downs Education and Workplace Training Forum will present Career Speak, a four day speakers’ program next month. From August 11 to 14, Career Speak will give students from years 8 to 12 and their parents the opportunity to attend to different presentations from a wide range of industries, professions and tertiary institutions. The aim of the event is to open students’ eyes to the world of career possibilities.
The speakers may provide clearer direction to the students by opening up new opportunities previously not considered. Alexis Savaidis, 20 years old, will be one of the inspiring speakers of the event. Alexis is originally from Whyalla. She started her own radio show, ‘Lex FM’, as a volunteer at the age of 15 with 5YYY Whyalla’s community FM radio station. Then she moved around Australia working as a copywriter and announcer at 5CS Port Pirie’s radio station and as host and promotion
coordinator at FM 104.7 Canberra’s station. Then Alexis took up a job where she once dreamed about working: at SAFM Adelaide, where she is currently working as a radio presenter and is the youngest Operation Manager at SAFM. The participants of the event will be able to interact with the speakers on a question and answer round and will receive a ‘show bag’ for collection of brochures, information, giveaways and career material. By Sol Pizanez
Roxby Downs - Relay for Life
Six teams already registered Holiday Fun in Roxby
Seen last week enjoying their school holidays are Keeley Flavel 7 and her brother Kade 5. They loved getting out on their scooters in Richardson Place.
Guides on the move! Meetings will be at Andamooka Hall The Roxby Down Girl Guides are moving to the Andamooka Community Hall. The APOMA President Mr. Peter Allen approached leader Kristi Jackson who lives in Andamooka and suggested to utilise the hall through Girl Guides. Being unable to ﬁnd any leaders to keep Guides running in Roxby the move to Andamooka was the only way forward. Girls who have been attending Girl Guides in Roxby are encouraged to continue going to Andamooka Girl Guides every Monday night from 5pm till 7pm. The new group will be called the Andamooka Opal Girl Guides. Leaders are in the process of organising the Andamooka Community bus to travel to and from Roxby every Monday night thanks
to the APOMA committee. The person behind all this is Kristi Jackson who came up with the idea to start something for girls in Andamooka. The parents have to travel to Roxby for their children to play sports or attend another activity of their choice and this will be the ﬁrst event like this for Andamooka and is great for the community. There is a Roxby and Andamooka Community Barbecue on July 21 between 5pm and 7pm. “We would like to see lots of parents and children turn up and the Girl Guides will entertain you. During the night the girls will play games speak about how to earn their badges and how much fun they have and make new friends,” said Julie Wright, Roxby Guide organiser.
“Pack your tent, lace up your shoes, bring your friends and family and join us” call The Cancer Council SA Relay For Life. The Cancer Council SA is planning a fund raising event in the ﬁght against cancer. “Here is a wonderful opportunity for the Roxby Downs community to show the rest of the South Australia what we are really made of, our wonderful generosity and commitment to a worthwhile cause,” said Steven Edwards, Chair for Relay For Life. Already Roxby has six teams entered and the hope is for many more to register. The carnival style team event will take place on Roxby Downs Oval on the weekend, October 11 and 12. Everyone can join in. “We need sporting groups, community organizations, business houses or just a group of friends to register a team and commence fundraising,” Mr. Edwards said. All you have to do is register a 10 to 15 people team and prepare your tent, sleeping bag and whatever you need for camp overnight on the town oval and keep the baton moving out of respect for those people living with cancer. “Registering early gives
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registration form at the Roxby Downs Library. A special mention to the sensational eﬀort of early team captain registrations: Leslie Teare with The Hoodoo Guru Swamis Team, Clint Gow–Smith from the
Roxby Downs Tavern with the Jack Dancers Team, The Roxby Downs Council Team, and Phillipa Weltner with three teams from the Swim Club. Now is the time to register your team.
Voluteer firefighter spreads the word with kids Volunteer ﬁreﬁghter Steve Moore, who is with the CFS in Roxby attended to the Kids Holiday Program last Monday, where he shared some valuable information on ﬁre safety. He also pointed out that anyone aged 11 - 18 you can too join the CFS cadets. From Cub Reporter Amber Goldsworthy-Speirs
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your team more time to raise funds right up to the culmination, the relay itself, that’s when we all celebrate our achievements and commence the Relay For Life, recognizing those that have succumbed, those that have survived and those who will be stricken with this terrible condition.” Mr. Edwards asks the community to “take a minute to reﬂect on who you know, or knew that falls into one of these categories. Now is the chance to make a diﬀerence”. Relay for Life is a vital source of income for The Cancer Council SA. Every donation allows them to further expand the cancer research, education, prevention and support. “The state record for funds raised as a result of Relay For Life is $275,000 in Adelaide, the regional record (Mt Gambier) is $162,000. My committee’s initial target is to exceed the regional record”. The event is complete with live entertainment, free breakfast, spot prizes, free massages and much more. If you want to learn more about the Relay for Life event call 1300 656 585 or visit the website www.cancersa.org.au for detailed information. To register your team you could pick up a
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Andamookian Diary Mr Pat Conlon Minister for Trams, Buses & Trains Parliament House North Tce Adelaide
Dear Pat, I hear you are going to put trains in the south corridor – which corridor, the one in Parliament House, (it can’t be in mine as I live in a shed and don’t have a corridor) or the left lane of South Road. Whatever, I hope it works as the other brilliant ideas haven’t been much chop. The reason I am writing to you is, what do you do with your old trains – the ones that I presume you are going to replace with imported stuﬀ. I for one would like you to put them in the far north corridor to Richby Up (sorry, Roxby Downs), to cut down on the fuel emissions and the drivers who, in their fancy new cars and think they are bullet proof, tear up the road to work at Olympic Dam. Could we have our own trains to Roxby, thereby creating employment for laying the line, repairs to the engines and carriages, railway stations, guards etc. Of course, we would need a buﬀet car on board and sleeping cabins for the passengers as it would probably take a day or two to get here. Then from Roxby to Andamooka, how about giving us your old trams and the tram lines you ripped up, or have you recycled them. We might need a buﬀet carriage on that too, as it may take a bit long to get the workers home in time for a meal. Please don’t tell me you have sent them to the St Kilda playground or the Barossa Valley for accommodation at some fancy winery. I realize we would need some infrastructure to set up the train and tram lines and a bit of a concrete platform, but surely you have some left over or lying around. As for the workers, give the blokes at Mitsubishi a ring – they would probably love a job and some of them could ﬁx up the old engines etc. Now for the buses Pat. Guess what, we don’t need any of them as we live in Bus City. Everywhere you look, there is a bus in the front or back yard. I have one that still goes, has ﬁve beds in it and a “small room”. I thought that with all the buses in Andamooka, I could save on fuel and catch one to work. I waited and waited on the corner, but no bus came past so maybe I will get my bus out and have my very own bus run. Please Pat, don’t come near it as I want this to work. But speaking of buses, this must be the bus cemetery of the world as most of them are not very well and are about to pass away, if they haven’t already. How come they remain standing when they die? Has anyone seen one fall over? How on earth did they all get here? Mine came from Germany so I have been told, but why end up here along with all the other buses. Anyhow Pat, good luck with your corridors and your latest venture, and don’t forget to write. Heather Hounslow
The Monitor hit the streets to find out what kids and families are doing on school holidays?
Monserrat Polanco (from Chile) and Florencia (7 years old). Florencia: ‘We are going to Adelaide to see the whales, if we are lucky. And I want to go ice skating.’
Patrick Jeffs (9) and Liam Houlahan (9). Patrick: ‘I will watch TV every day and eat a lot of ice cream.’ Liam: ‘I am going camping.’
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Margaret Polack (from Newcastle) and Lauren (4). Lauren: ‘I am showing Roxby Downs to my aunty who is having her first visit here.’
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Sean Bedding and Josh (5). Sean: ‘I am visiting dad for 2 weeks and we are going to play new Play Station.’
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Last bus out of Roxby? Last week’s verification that Stateliner is pulling its daily service to Roxby is a blow, yet in the circumstances, fully understandable. The company has tried everything over the past couple of years to make the service viable and no doubt the straw that broke the back is the huge hike in fuel costs. There can be no denying the passenger service is not as well patronised as it may be, the cheap freight to and from the town is a distinct beneﬁt to customers, and for those without their own transport and who hate air travel it is the only other access in and out of Roxby. When Stateliner stops running the service on July 29, there will be a void, with some saying freight
companies will pick up the parcel deliveries and airlines will beneﬁt, but in the case of airlines you can’t always get a ﬂight and the cost to some is prohibitive. But you have to wonder how much longer a lot of these services can keep going under the same pressures Stateliner and other transport companies are experiencing through the high cost of fuel? Will there be more to follow this trend of cutting unproﬁtable services? The remoteness of Roxby makes it essential to retain transport services and while BHP Billiton subsidises one service for its own workers, it appears others aren’t so lucky.
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Keep Roxby Tidy Sir - Attached are images of the BBQ area situated oﬀ the bypass road opposite the Andamooka turn oﬀ . After recently cleaning up the mess and making the site tidy I was amazed to ﬁnd that a group of people I saw using it on the weekend of June 28th left it as shown . I thought there may have been a chance that they would have returned last weekend to tidy up but as of yesterday morning th e s i te w a s th e
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Thursday, July 17th, 2008 – Page 7
South Australiaâ€™s Country Health Care Plan
More funding. More services. No hospital closures. There has been a lot of talk about the Country Health Care Plan, but here are the facts:
A new taskforce has been appointed.
.O COUNTRY HOSPITAL WILL CLOSE
COMMUNITIES AND IT WOULD BE EASY TO PRESUME THAT THIS WILL NEVER NEED TO CHANGE
!LL HOSPITALS WILL MAINTAIN EMERGENCY SERVICES
"UT WE CANNOT IGNORE WORKFORCE CHANGES OUR AGEING POPULATION AND THE
0RIMARY HEALTH SERVICES WILL IMPROVE ACROSS ALL HOSPITALS