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By Les Rochester BHP Billiton has admitted that a miscommunication has caused concerns among its employees living in subsidized housing in Woomera that they faced steep rent rises for not accepting housing offers in Roxby Downs. BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Vice President Human Resources, Paul Walters told The Monitor there was never any penalty applied to employees for declining housing in Roxby Downs. “This was a miscommunication and has been rectified,” he said. “Initially, Woomera was seen as a short-term alternative to living in Roxby Downs, and employees were expected to move to Roxby Downs once housing became available for them. “Last year employees were advised that if they declined two offers of housing in Roxby Downs, the reduced Woomera rent they had been paying would cease and they would be expected to pay the standard company rental rate,” Mr. Walters said. “However, we now realise that many people actually prefer to live in Woomera and, with the accommodation situation so ‘tight’ in Roxby Downs, we should not be charging them the standard rental for wanting to stay in Woomera as this reduces pressure on housing in Roxby Downs,” he said. Those BHP Billiton employees living in Woomera only pay 50% of rental prices that company employees in Roxby Downs pay. When asked how much extra rent they were charged during this time Mr. Walters replied “this was not “extra” rent, rather the standard rental conditions that are applied to all employees. We have now offered an incentive.” However, in an open letter published in the Gibber Gabber on March 2nd Mr. Walters said: “ People who have been recently charged “extra” rent after rejecting the two allocations in Roxby Downs will have this refunded by payroll. “The letter was mailed to all BHP Billiton Olympic Dam employees but also published in the Gibber Gabber to inform the wider Woomera community of the company’s commitment to the town,” he told The Monitor. “The need arose after there had been some uncertainty in the town around our policy regarding employees living in Woomera. “Over the next 12 months we will be reviewing our policy regarding employees living in Woomera with an aim of firming up a longer-term decision,” he said.

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Oxiana close to capturing Agincourt Oxiana Limited has announced that its offer for Agincourt Resources Limited has been declared unconditional with the company gaining acceptances for almost 56% of the stock. Oxiana will now use its best endeavours to ensure Agincourt shareholders who have accepted the Offer will receive their Oxiana shares within 14 days and therefore prior to the 2006 final dividend record date of 17th April. With the Offer having been declared unconditional, Oxiana encourages all remaining Agincourt shareholders to accept the Offer now. Agincourt shareholders who do not accept the Offer by the closing date of tomorrow risk not becoming entitled to the Oxiana dividend.

Oxiana which is developing the Prominent Hill gold and copper deposit north of Roxby Downs declared a dividend of 5 cents a share franked to 46% which brought the total dividend for 2006 to 8 cents a share. Agincourt has interests in the Martabe Gold project in Indonesia and has a controlling stake in Nova Energy Limited which holds the advanced Lake Way/Centipede uranium project in Western Australia as well as the Wiluna Gold project in WA. Oxiana’s Managing Director Mr. Owen Hegarty said the acquisition of Agincourt continues the Oxiana strategy of owning, developing and operating quality resource assets in the Asian/Australian region. Oxiana’s Prominent Hill $775 million project involves development of an open-pit mine, con-

struction of a conventional grinding and flotation processing plant with an 8mtpa capacity and a permanent village and construction of a haulage road, power line and bore field. Construction of the site facilities and prestripping of the ore body commenced in August 2006 and production of first copper and gold concentrates is expected in the third quarter of 2008. There are currently more than 500 people employed on the project, with these numbers expected to peak at more than 1000 during 2007 and early 2008. The steady state workforce will be approximately 400. Around 100 metres of ‘cover’ sediments need to be mined from the Prominent Hill open-pit before the ore body is reached.

This is expected at the end of 2007. The eventual pit will reach a depth of 480m with dimensions of 480m X 1.4km X 1.2km. The pit is currently at a depth of 35 metres which sees the pre-strip 35% complete. Three large capacity machines are working 24 hrs a day and mining around 85,000 cubic metres a day. Once fully operational the mine will produce 90,000t/a copper (life of mine average) and 115,000t/a of gold in concentrates for a period of at least 10 years. Recent exploration results at Prominent Hill have already indicated that the ore body extends at least twice as far as previously known and Oxiana is currently working to establish the potential for an increased mine life at Prominent Hill.



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Above: The Celestron 14 inch Schmidt cassegrain telescope - just arrived in Woomera. The telescope belongs to the Woomera Board and will be available to the public and is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming 60th birthday celebrations in Woomera. Inset: Photo of the cocoon nebula taken with a similar telescope.

The Woomera Board has just taken delivery of a massive telescope that it is planning to house in a new observatory to be built in the town. The Celestron 14 inch Schmidt cassegrain telescope has a full german purpose built mount that will take South Australians closer to the stars than they’ve ever been. The specific project to build an observatory and buy an appropriate sized telescope to fit it was the vision of the Woomera Board. Project manager, Frank Wolf from BAE Systems, said the process of applying for a grant from the State Government Tourism Commission was an arduous process. “We had to do management plans, financial projections and delivery forecasts in order to secure a grant of $22,500 for the project. “It is a wonderful and exceptional move by the Woomera Board because the new facility will not only provide educational opportunities for the town but also become a tourist attraction which fits well with Woomera’s space rocket history,” he said. “It is hoped the new facility will be opened in time for the town’s 60th birthday celebrations planned over easter. “The dimensions of this telescope will allow for brilliant astronomical photography as well because it will open up the galaxies and the stars to the avid star watcher or photographer,” he said. The telescope, advanced in its field is about 1 metre long and about half a metre wide. It will be housed in a marine grade fibreglass 3.5 metre purpose built observatory dome. “The whole observatory and museum and shop will be moved to a disused building on the edge of town, to prevent glare from lights,” Mr. Wolf said. “It will be one of the largest privately owned telescopes in the state, and will provide new momentum for the town,” he said.

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The Woma Python returns Yes it is finally going to become a reality and Arid Recovery is going to release the Woma Python snakes back into the reservae! After two years of negotiations and hiccups the Adelaide Zoo Woma Pythons (Aspidities ramsayi) are ready to be released. The Woma Pythons which were bred at Adelaide Zoo have been waiting to have their blood tested to make sure that they didn’t have a deadly reptile virus. This virus which has not yet been detected in the Roxby Downs region, could have been detrimental to our reptile populations. Blood samples from the Woma Pythons and from reptiles caught and tested in Roxby Downs came back negative to Arid Recovery, giving the organisation the go ahead for the release planned for April 16th. Early pastoralists and aboriginals found

Woma Pythons close to Roxby Downs but they are now thought to be locally extinct. Throughout Australia the Woma Python has been listed as Vulnerable on the Threatened Species list. Woma Pythons are also called the Bilby snake because of their appetite for Bilbies. Besides Bilbies, Woma’s also eat small mammals, ground birds and reptiles. The average length of a Woma Python is 1.5 metres but they can grow to 2.7 metres. It has an orange coloured head and a light reddish tan coloured body with darker stripes running across its back. It is nocturnal and during the day it shelters in hollow logs, animal burrows or thick foliage. Its scientific name Aspidities translates to Shield bearer because the Woma has two large

‘shield’ shaped scales on top of its head. The Woma Python is found in a wide range of habitats from humid coastal forests in Western Australia to seasonally dry tropical woodlands in Queensland to the arid interior of Northern Territory and South Australia. The Woma Python is not venomous and is quite a gentle snake. The Woma release is going to require a lot of volunteer assistance. Arid Recovery will need people to feed, track and monitor the health of the pythons. If you would like to help with the release of the Woma’s or help with tracking or monitoring contact the Arid Recovery office on (08) 8671 8282 or through the website contact form. All volunteers will be provided with training and equipment for these activities. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper



Burning car lights up the night


burning Holden Commodore lit up the sky on Olympic Way one night last week, but put the spotlight on a bigger problem. The fire was extinguished by BHP Billiton Emergency Services Operators and the Roxby Downs CFS, but not in time to save the car, which had been stolen from the Olympic Dam Airport car park. “It is believed that the driver of the blue Holden had been hooning around and as a result the car ran off the road and became bogged,” Roxby Downs Police Sergeant Scott Cheers said. “It would appear that as a result of a sustained spinning of the wheels the vehicle has then caught fire,” he

said. The theft was the latest in a spate of motor vehicle related offences in the Roxby Downs area in recent weeks. “There has been a higher than normal number of incidents of illegal use or interference or theft from a motor vehicle reported to police in the last few weeks,” Sergeant Cheers said. “Two vehicles were reported stolen in Roxby Downs – one occurred overnight on March 14 - 15, and the second overnight on March 15 - 16. “In both of these incidents the vehicles were unlocked and the keys left in the vehicle. “Two youths have been arrested and charged with offences in con-

nection with these matters. “From March 22 – 23 there were two vehicles illegally used from Olympic Dam and about eight other people reported that their vehicles had been entered and items stolen,” he said. A truck was also stolen from Andamooka and a number of local car owners have reported damage to their vehicles or theft of property left in their car. Roxby Downs Police Senior Constable Peter Thomas said it is time for Roxby residents to start locking up their property. “Roxby is not a small country town anymore. “We’ve said it numerous times, lock your houses, lock your cars,” he said.

Stadium to get new roof The sports stadium roof and air conditioners at the Roxby Downs leisure centre are to be replaced.

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The council has finished a comprehensive public tender process for the work to be undertaken on the 20 year old building. The work has gone to a local building company, Beenham Building Pty Ltd. The tender process was extensive mainly because of the complexity of the work and the intricate engineering involved. The designs and tenders underwent an external review of the work by independent consulting engineers, George Floth Pty Ltd. The work on the project started on Monday this week and is expected to be completed by April 30th this year. The Roxby Leisure centre advises all users of the stadium that is will not be available for use during the period April 14th through to the 29th.

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Pastoralists and farmers in remote South Australia are being encouraged to enter the Nuttfield Australian Scholarship this year, worth $25,000 for each category. Winners will be selected based on agricultural and leadership capabilities, and their potential to make a strong contribution to the future of Australian agriculture. Pastoralists and farmers have the opportunity to extend their knowledge overseas as 2007 recipients of Australia’s most prestigious agricultural award. Last year South Australian grain grower Caroline Brown scoured three continents leading the world’s renewable energy revolution before re-evaluating plans for an oilseed processing facility at her family’s Maitland property – and her vision for Australia’s biofuels industry. Awarded a Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the seed processor and dryland grain producer planned to adopt advanced oilseed production and processing techniques used overseas on her 2700ha property. However, after researching best practice systems in Europe, North America, Japan and India, any ambition to implement what she had learned was challenged by what Ms Brown sees as shortcomings in Australia in terms of supportive government policies. By contrast with other countries, Ms Brown believes Australia has some distance to go in catching up with policies that are conducive to renewable energy

advancements, a situation she feels is thwarting opportunities to increase rural wealth and improve environmental sustainability. “Global warming, increasing dependence on dwindling oil supplies and political turmoil caused by competition to secure resources have set the stage for renewable energy development around the world,” she said. “But whereas Europe and America have introduced legislation favourable to private investment, and are benefiting from early research and development, the support in Australia for technology based on non-renewable resources leaves us standing alone.” While local companies have launched breeding programs to develop oilseed crops for biodiesel production – something Ms Brown before her tour believed signified Australia was ready for a biofuels industry – she now says she recognises the use of ‘first generation’ feedstock’s based on traditional food crops as a stepping stone, not the start of a viable new industry. “Efficient energy production is imperative, therefore the future of biofuels lies with new ‘second generation’ technologies such as biomass to liquid (BTL) and cellulosic ethanol,” she said. “Overseas research indicates this is where Australian farmers will enjoy longer-term security.” Applications for the Nuttfield Australian scholarships open Sunday.

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BHP Police report Woomera A 23-year-old Roxby Downs man was stopped for a mobile random breath test on March 24. He was subsequently reported for exceed PCA and given a six month immediate loss of licence.

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On coloured wings they fly Roxby Downs has been invaded by a member of the locust family following the recent heavy rains in February. Urnisa Guttulosa has made its way into the residential areas following an explosion in its population within the region. Even though we might see them as a pest, it has caused one group in our community to party hard. Our fauna, the bilbies and fat tailed dunnarts and their colleagues are relishing this opportunity to catch up with one of their favourite food sources. The locust females grow up to 45 millimetres long whilst the males are a little smaller at 25 millimetres long. This species is widespread in the inland where it is mostly found in red sandy country. Its colour is brown to red or orange with fine mottling. In profile the thorax is saddle-shaped and the head is raised above the level of the thorax. The eyes are large and bulging, in

profile meeting the front of the head. The wing covers have bolder patterns on the side forward half and from above have a yellowy stripe that splits where it touches the thorax. Hind wings are generally clear, sometimes with a faint grey-yellow tinge, darker at the tip. The hind leg femur has two dark bands across it and is yellow to orange on the inside. The tibia is purple to red and the ‘knees’ almost black. No throat peg. They are sometimes confused with Australian plague locust because they are similar in shape and size but the orange-red colour is an obvious difference. They are also confused with Peakesia with both having salt and pepper mottling and brightly coloured tibia. Urnisa does not have a throat peg, has a raised head and the wings extend beyond the body. So do what the bilbies are doing, enjoy a little bit of different nature.

“We are always looking at opportunities to improve the availability of accommodation for our people, so we will be reviewing our current Woomera housing policy in line with this. When asked if there were any problems faced by employees living in Woomera and traveling into Olympic Dam for shifts Mr. Walters agreed the 90km distance could be seen as an issue. “But we have addressed this by running five daily bus services (meeting the needs of both shift workers and ‘day’ workers) between the two locations. “Generally our employees find Woomera a great place to live for a variety of reasons - housing availability is good, there are financial incentives for living there, small class sizes at the school, and it is a small, friendly community.” However Mr. Walters didn’t answer the question put to him by The Monitor that has the company’s image been tarnished in Woomera by this move on rents? He simply said the company previously made only a 12 month commitment to discount rent in Woomera, this has now been revised and extended for a further 12 months whilst a more long term position is formulated. “This has been an opportunity for us to improve our relationship with both our employees living in Woomera and the wider Woomera community, by confirming our commitment to the town for the next 12 months,” he said. “Two members of our senior team, myself and Community Relations Manager Vivienne Lambert attended the February meeting of the Woomera Board and this was a good chance for us to stay in touch with what’s happening in Woomera. When asked how BHP Billiton planned to build bridges within the Woomera community Mr. Walters said the company sees Woomera as an important part of its local community, along with its other nearby neighbour, Andamooka. “We look forward to a continuing relationship with the town. “As part of our Charter, we are committed to creating sustainable value for all stakeholders including our employees and host communities, and encourage Woomera residents to maximise opportunities under our Community Development (sponsorship) and Matched Giving programs.

Police attended an address in Pioneer Drive on March 23, in relation to a non-aggravated serious criminal trespass. Cash, alcohol and jewellery were taken from the house. Also on the same day, in an unrelated incident, a youth from Roxby Downs was reported for dishonest dealings with documents after altering his driver’s licence. On March 22, a vehicle parked in Coolibah Street was broken into overnight and an amount of coins taken. Police received two separate reports on March 21, of theft at the Roxby Downs Area School. Cash, a mobile phone and an MP3 player were taken from school bags during the day. A 19-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported on March 14 for assault following investigations into an incident which occurred at the Roxby Downs Tavern on the February 24. Police received a report on March 14 of illegal interference of a motor vehicle during which damage was caused to the lock and handle of a door. The vehicle was parked in Richardson Place during the day. On March 11, police received a report of property damage where damage was caused to an aerial on a vehicle parked in the Roxby Downs Woolworth’s car park. A 56-year-old Roxby Downs man was stopped by police for traffic offences on March 10. He was submitted to an alcotest which recorded a positive reading. He was subsequently reported for exceed PCA and issued a fine for the traffic offences. He was also immediately disqualified from driving for six months. Police received a report of an assault which occurred in the Roxby Downs Tavern Carpark in the evening on March 9. Enquiries are continuing. In the early evening of March 7, a rock was thrown at a vehicle that was parked in Richardson Place, causing damage to the windscreen. A wheel brace was stolen from a local business during the day and the theft was reported to police on March 5, 2007. If you have information that may assist in the investigation of any of the reported offences, please contact the Roxby Downs Police Station on 86710370 or alternatively you may contact Bank SA Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Above: Empying the parking meter to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Small town, big heart

In the smallest town in South Australia, stands the nation’s loneliest parking meter. The only one of its kind for hundreds of kilometres, it squats beneath a tree opposite the William Creek Hotel, a small slice of city life in the middle of the desert. “It was given to the Progress Association by the Melbourne City Council and we decided to set it up

in the main street,” Secretary of the William Creek Progress Association, Peter White said. “Any money that gets put in goes to the Flying Doctors or the Progress Association,” he said. The parking meter has been in place for over ten years, but is still earning its keep. It disgorges its contents every couple of months, when Mr White,

the town’s token meter maid, remembers to empty it, and often yields between $20 and $30. “It’s just an old parking meter, but it’s been a great novelty fundraiser. “Turns out it was a great idea. “We get a lot of tourists wanting photos of themselves putting money in and you can’t knock that,” Mr White said with a smile.

Off the counter glasses surge Domestic violence

The state government has released a comprehensive review of its domestic violence laws and called for the public’s input on how best to deliver appropriate laws from the many recommendations of the review. The review undertaken by Maurine Pyke Q.C., examined how South Australia currently tackled domestic violence and compared our laws with those being used in other jurisdictions. Attorne y-G eneral Michael Atkinson said it is his view that the laws are out-dated and need to reflect people’s concern about the scourge of domestic violence. “In particular we want to make sure the perpetrator of domestic violence is held properly accountable for his actions and that restraining orders provide victims with all the protection they deserve.

review “As part of this review and consultation we want to have the public’s views on the best way to tackle the problem of repeat offenders. “Too often we know that domestic violence is not a random, one-off event,” he said. Minister for the Status of Women, Jennifer Rankine, says the review also widened the scope of who could be considered to be victims of domestic violence. “It’s not just who is being directly physically or emotionally abused that concerns me, but also those who witness these cowardly acts. “ In many cases these are children and they carry these scars for the rest of their lives,” Ms Rankine said. “It is appropriate we create an opportunity for those who’ve suffered domestic violence to have a

direct input into how we structure our laws. “They know first hand the trauma that’s involved and we welcome their input into how we can help protect them and prevent future incidents.” This consultation forms the second part of the Government’s review of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence law. In March 2006 the Government released a Rape and Sexual Assault discussion paper. Following a comprehensive consultation process, new rape and sexual assault laws were introduced to Parliament on 8 February, 2007. The Ministers asked that the public submit their views on Maurine Pyke’s discussion paper by 21 May 2007.

Eyecare practitioners have expressed concern at new research that shows one in five Australian spectacle wearers buy “ready made” readers from pharmacies and department stores without the benefit of professional eye examinations and advice. As well as vision correction, professional consultation plays a key role in identifying and managing age-related eye disease such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. These conditions will take careful management in the future in light of Australia’s ageing population – a task made more difficult by the trend away from professional consultations. According to Tony Hanks, optometrist and Sight for Life spokesperson, there are significant benefits associated with regular eye tests and making sure people have the correct prescription. “In our ‘self select’ world, people sometimes underplay the importance of professional consultation and advice. “The importance of seeking that advice is especially the case in eyecare where there are at least two clear benefits to regular consultations. “First, having the correct prescription

will help reduce injuries and accidents related to refractive error and blurred vision. “Second, people who have emerging age-related eye problems can increase their chances of early detection and treatment,” Mr Hanks said. Mr Hanks added that because readymade spectacles are mass produced, they are not made to suit the individual needs of the wearer. “This means that both lenses will be the same power, however it is unusual for any person to have two eyes exactly the same. “The result is that one eye will be over-corrected, or one eye will be undercorrected, or both. “Ready-mades can be useful for emergency use when spectacles have been forgotten or broken, but they should not be an alternative to regular eyecare and they should not be used for long periods,” Mr Hanks said. Eyecare practitioners are encouraging people to do the simple one minute quiz at and to consult an eyecare practitioner for a formal eye test.

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What does it take to motivate people? It’s a question I pondered the other evening whilst attending the Business Forum meeting. I’d been to these forum meetings before, with the chairman, Mark Beenham looking around the table at three or four of us. It must have been depressing for him and Economic Development Officer, Alex Barker.

They can see the vision. They are enthusiastic about Roxby Downs and what the future holds for all of us, not only businesses, but our people. So it was with great relief that local business owners, especially the retailers, kept coming through the doors, and Alex and Mark had to race around and organise more tables and chairs to fit the record 80 people who

turned up. What a difference I thought. What motivated them to come? Was it the offer of free drinks? Was it the offer to network with some high powered executives from the Department of Trade and Economic Development? Or those from the NRDB or the ANZ bank? Maybe it was their decision to finally step up and be counted, to help Mark and Alex move this town forward so that it is well positioned to take full advantage of the planned expansion of Olympic Dam. We all know the ostrich story about putting your head in the sand. It doesn’t work.

Sometimes we’re so busy in our own world, trying to make the business work, meeting costs, working long hours, that we forget to look up and ahead. We could always make excuses about being too busy, too tired, too run down, but if we make a decision to push ahead and attend such functions, the tips, the networking and contacts we make give us new direction and heart. It just takes that initial decision. And that is what I think happened on this night. Our business people and retailers decided they needed to look ahead and project, and take their business enterprise up a level.

The dividends they’ll reap from this decision, not only now, but into the future will be very evident to their bottom line. A town like Roxby, needs such an organisation. After all it is just another tool in the business kit, to do things smarter, bigger and better, but has the added advantage that it has this massive underlying network of support from experts in business and trade. And it’s FREE. There are no dues to pay, no commitment needed other than to turn up. But have a look at the wonderful resources you can tap into. Help if you want to start a business, the direction you can take it, and

help with business plans and the like. Or if you’re established, help with expansion or even exports if you’re that big. But more importantly help in negotiating contracts or parts of contracts with big companies such as BHP Billiton. So it is with some heart that I look back on those earlier meetings last year. I look at the dogged determination of Mark Beenham and Alex Barker to persist with this forum. The fruits of their armadillo persistence is starting to ripen. To the businesses and retailers, the momentum you created the other night is a step forward. Use it well and you’ll flourish.

Letters to the Editor To the Editor, On behalf of the Roxby Districts Cricket Association I wish to thank the Monitor for its back page article on cricket in the Roxby Downs area. I wish however to make a minor correction to the article in that as far as Junior Cricket goes my involvement is strictly an auxiliary one. Damien Smith, Andrew Farnham, Brian Hombsch, Allan Woolford and Dean Stutley are the prime movers in the coaching of our juniors. Some parents help out when they can and support at Milo Cricket is encouraging but we could always use more help particularly at the upper level of our junior programme. Thankyou to the Monitor and various sponsors for their continued support of all levels of cricket. Gerard Secker, President, Roxby Districts Cricket Association.

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National opal symposium for Coober Pedy Coober Pedy in the State’s Far Millions of dollars worth of gems are North will be abuzz with activity likely to be bought and sold over the course of the event. in April. The famous opal mining town will host the 2007 National Opal Symposium from April 3 - 5. The National Opal Symposium is a bi-annual event which aims to further the development, sustainability and prosperity of the industry surrounding Australia’s national gemstone – opal. The Symposium provides an opportunity for those involved in the industry from the three opal producing states of South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales to network and draw on the collective knowledge of industry, government and academics. The three-day program includes a variety of social events, such as a welcoming function and happy hour, barbecue and the Symposium Gala Dinner featuring the famous Opal Dress housed by the South Australian Museum. Pre and post conference tours to the opal fields, the magnificent Breakaways and Coober Pedy, will also be available. The inaugural Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show will take place immediately after the Symposium on April 6 and 7.

There will be indoor booths and outdoor allotments where miners will be selling their precious gems directly to the public. The Gem Trade Show will not only be showcasing gems but also gold and silversmith equipment and lapidary accessories. The Gem Trade Show will be held concurrently with the 2007 Coober Pedy Opal Festival on Saturday, April 7. It celebrates the start of the opal mining season each year, and the annual event includes noodling (fossicking) for opal in a UV lit machine, a chance to see mining machinery in action and watch mine rescue demonstrations. You can visit underground cafes and restaurants, shops, homes, churches, galleries and museums. Other people may like to take the Opal Walk and check out some of the most unusual opal specimens ever found. The Festival continues at the show grounds and includes amusement rides, multicultural food, music and dancing, novelty events and finishes with a live band from dusk until late.

A taste of the outback Beltana and Parachilna, neighbouring communities in the northern Flinders Ranges, are inviting visitors to celebrate Outback Alive at the Beltana Racecourse on 27 April. The event is an opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of outback Australia and to find out how remote communities can build strong futures. Outback Alive is a field day with a difference, says Jan Ferguson, now the Managing Director of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). “Research plays a big part in shaping the future of desert communities. Our nationwide research network has partnered with Outback Alive to present some exciting innovations,” she said. “Our 21st Century Pastoralism project, for example, is coming up with some high-tech solutions that will save pastoralists time and money. “We’ll show how an ingenious Walk over Weighing system for cattle and clever telemetry that can boost their bottom line by cutting down on labour and fuel. Our WaterSmart project will present more efficient ways to manage water.” She said researchers from the Sheep and Beef CRCs will join their colleagues from the Desert Knowledge CRC to demonstrate how they can beat the drought by managing their stock more

effectively. The Desert Knowledge CRC will also show how its bush products research is strengthening the growing desert bush tucker industry and demonstrate a sturdy fire trailer custom made for remote communities. Out back Alive is a unique chance for tourism operators, pastoralists, equipment suppliers bush food growers and processors to explore with researchers how they can work together to make desert communities more sustainable. In the lead-up to Outback Alive the Desert Knowledge CRC will hold its quarterly research meeting at nearby Iga Warta, one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal-owned tourism businesses. “It’s a great opportunity for research leaders from around Australia to experience local Adnyamathanha culture up close,” Ms Ferguson said. “They are very keen to hear from local people what difference their work could make to northern South Australia.” A Taste of the Outback banquet at Parachilna’s award-winning Prairie Hotel will tempt participants with a delicious blend of traditional Aboriginal bush tucker and “Flinders Feral Foods” on the evening of April 27. The mouth-watering tastes of the Australian desert will add a bush flavour to prime meats courtesy of the Beef and Sheep CRCs.

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Above: Attendees at the recent Business Forum meeting.

Roxby forum woos business The Roxby Downs Business Forum is locked in talks with the ANZ Bank about opening a branch in town. A recent dinner meeting of the forum attracted a record number of members who were briefed on plans by the ANZ bank to investigate having a presence in town. The bank is looking outside of the square in terms of the projected need in Roxby Downs for flexible banking. ANZ Manager Northern Region, Adam Moss said the bank was not interested in just opening a shop in the CBD, and having a presence like that. “Anyone can do that,” he said. “What we want to find out is what type of banking and the type of services that can be offered to meet the need of residents and workers in Roxby Downs. “If people feel there’s a need for banking being available of a

night time, then we’ll look at that, especially to fit in with shift workers who probably finish work after normal banking hours. “If there’s a need to open on weekends, then we can look at that. We know banking is slow on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so we would look at not opening then. We want to provide our services where and when they’re needed,” he said. Mr. Moss said the days of the old style branch are gone, banking needs to be flexible and accessible to fit in with modern day lives. “ANZ is not just about banking. “We’re about community, being a part of the community and funding projects, helping out where we can such as running educational courses on fiscal management.” The forum members were enthusiastic not only at the prospect of another banking opportunity for the town but also in the opportunity to mix with and talk to the strategic

Detention Centre sell-off Woomera shrugged off the final vestiges of its short lived career as a detention centre this month, auctioning off equipment left behind when its doors closed in 2003. Items auctioned included demountable buildings, sheds, chairs, beds, air conditioners, filing cabinets, tools, safety equipment and electrical items. Four hundred and seventy lots went under the hammer, with all proceeds going to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, which handled the sell off. Everything in the detention centre was sold except for some mattresses, the second hand ones will be disposed of, new ones redistributed to other detention centres across the country.

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team from the Northern Regional Development Board, and the state government’s Department of Trade and Economic Development. Forum chairman, Mark Beenham said it was a wonderful response, especially from the town’s retailers who turned up for the meeting. “With the great opportunities that lay before us with the BHP Billiton’s planned expansion at Olympic Dam, the time is right for our business people to start networking and formulating strategies on how to prepare for that future,” he said. “I encourage our business operators to continue that fine support of the forum, because we will be able to take part in the provision of services, facilities and products during that expansion phase. “It is a wonderful time for Roxby Downs, and we all need to get on board to grow together,” Mr. Beenham concluded.

Commercial Site FOR LEASE Commercial shed of approx 218m2, with office space, suitable for storage, workshop or builder. Ample parking space with land size of approx 1083m2. Fully fenced, excellent location at 24 Olympic Way.

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OWNER/OCCUPIER leaving mid April 3 bedrooms with built in robes, gas heating, evap. air-con, gas kitchen. Interior recently painted throughout. Undercover entertainment areas, extensive paving, low maintenance garden on auto reticulation system, 1000 litre rainwater tank, garden shed. Situated on large corner block with room for pool and large shed. Other features include: Verosol cedar venetian blinds, ceiling fans in living room & bedrooms, new curtains to main areas, Asko s/steel dishwasher.


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Stick the boot in

Above: Shane Packard (NRDB) and Raymond Garrand (Dept of Trade and Ecconomic Development) in Roxby Downs recently.

Big fish, little pond Roxby Downs had some impor- Community Club. Council employee and Business tant visitors last week. DTED Chief Executive, Raymond Forum member, Alex Barker said it Representatives from the Department of Trade and Economic D e v el o p m e nt ( DT E D ) , th e Northern Regional Development Board and various other organisations and departments with an interest in the area met with members of the Roxby Downs Council to discuss economic development and opportunities in the region. The visitors were involved in meetings throughout the day, toured Roxby Downs, the Olympic Dam mine and proposed airstrip and camp locations and then attended the Business Forum meeting at the Roxby Downs

Garrand said he was in Roxby to get a first hand look at what impact the expansion will have on the region. “We are looking at economic development opportunities in the North and ways in which we can support them,” Mr Garrand said. “We operate through the Mid North Regional Development Board. “It is crucially important that the executive of the department dealing with issues such as skills, development, infrastructure, small business and regional development gets a first hand, on the ground appreciation of both opportunities and challenges,” he said.

was great to see such a keen interest being taken in the area. “It was a fantastic opportunity to bring these government departments to our region to assist in developing sustainable growth in our community,” Mr Barker said. “The Forum meeting that followed was a huge success and shows the interest small businesses and contractors have in the future of our town. “Special thanks to Chairperson Mark Beenham for chairing the meeting, Marg for taking the minutes and the ANZ bank for sponsoring drinks for the night,” he said.

Guides without leaders

Above: Julie Steele with two girls from her Guide troupe.

Th e R ox b y D o w n s Guides are in dire straits. Unless more leaders are found immediately, the group will be disbanded. Following recent resignations, Group leader, Julie Steele is the only leader left standing. “I can’t handle it all on my own,” Ms Steele said. “I’m going to have to look at my numbers and reduce each group to 12. “We have lost a few girls who have quit because of the cancellations I’ve had to impose, if we get organised hopefully they’ll come back. “It has got to such a critical stage that if we don’t get

more leaders we are going to have to close and that would be a shame because there are a lot of girls in Roxby who are eager to become guides. “I’d like another two leaders at least, that will enable us to run the groups we already have. “Even if there are 14 – 18 year old girls out there who would like to become a leader, they are welcome, it’s great fun and it contributes to your SACE points,” she said. To find out more about the Guides, or to express your interest in becoming a leader, contact Julie Steele on 0448 693 502.

The Family and Youth Forum is calling on Roxby residents to open their hearts, and their car boots, to help Will Granger get his motorcycle. William Granger, as reported last year in The Monitor, is a young man from Andamooka who was born with Spina Bifida, which has left him unable to walk. A 3-wheel-drive motorcycle that will carry his wheelchair can be built for him, but will cost up to $15,000. “It was an idea that was discussed at a recent Family and Youth Forum meeting as a possible ongoing fundraising activity,” Family and Youth Forum Chairperson, Scott Sauerwald said. “And we decided Will was the one we’d like to help. “It will purely be Joe average selling

their unwanted household items, it won’t be a market, more like a mobile garage sale. “The money raised from the rent of the parking space will go to Will and people will get to keep any proceeds from sales of their stuff. “Depending on how it goes, we may be able to make it a regular thing,” he said. The Family and Youth Forum car boot sale will be held on Saturday, May 5 at Tutop Plaza car park. $10 will secure a parking space from 9am to 1pm, pre-bookings are essential. To book a parking space, or for more information, contact Scott Sauerwald on 0437 816 903.

Calling all volunteers The Arts and Culture Forum need you now!

The Arts and Culture Forum is seeking volunteers to help with a festival planned for August. The Red Earth Festival will celebrate Roxby Downs as a learning community by offering training in the arts. Volunteers are sought to act as workshop tutors and coordinators, artists, technical crew, logistics, security and information officers. “We’ve got a terrific working party planning the festival and enthusiasm is

high,” Arts and Culture Forum member, Rodney Mitchell said. “We are calling for volunteers and are hoping as many people as possible will want to get involved,” he said. Artists in any medium or anyone interested in arts and performance are urged to apply. For more information about the Red Earth Festival or to register your interest in becoming a volunteer call Rodney Mitchell on 0427 800 157.

MEETING DATES Family and Youth Forum Health Forum Alcohol & Substance Abuse Partnership Volunteering Partnership Community Board

3 April 3 April 12 April 16 April 30 April

11.00am 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 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 0438871153

Ways to 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? Page 8 – Thursday, March 29, 2007

Web Log a question, comment, suggestion at community.



community@ Michelle Hales Executive Officer or Community Board communitygarden@ PO Box 124 Roxby Downs SA 5725

Telephone Mobile: 0438 871 153 Michelle Hales

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Reef Encounters… extraordinary fishing It’s at the bottom of the foot, but provides some of the most powerful sport fishing in the state. Pondalowie Bay on Lower Yorke Peninsula is not only a fisherman’s paradise but is an exotic location to explore. Operating out of the ‘Bay’, Reef Encounters fish charters provide fully equipped and catered charters aboard its new 45 foot Harris craft with enclosed flybridge with Mark Wynbergen as your Skipper and Host. For the fisherman there’s the expectation of getting into some great ‘Big’ Pink Snapper, morwong, salmon, sweep, whiting, groper, kingfish, Samson, Trevally, nannygai, and shark. Operating in and around the Innes National Park you can understand why Reef Encounters fish charters are so sought after. The Fishing is exceptional. The charter vessel provides a stable and safe platform from which to tackle the hard hitting and sometimes monstrous Samson fish,

that hit like a freight train and will take all of your skills and stamina to land. Then there’s the anglers art of catching some of the biggest King George Whiting going around. Remember this area of the coast up to Port Victoria is not called the King George Whiting capital of Australia for nothing. After a hard day’s fishing, sit back and relax, take a deep breath and take in the view whilst being totally looked after by the crew of Reef Encounters. Mark is an experienced skipper having operated his own business now for 9 years, after surveying the other ‘Big’ fishing places in Australia by living and working there, such as the Kimberleys, Darwin and Cape York. He settled on Pondalowie Bay because in his words, it’s one of the best kept fishing secrets in Australia. He operates charters out of Pondalowie Bay as well as nearby Marion Bay.

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He normally operates up to 30 nautical miles offshore in depths ranging from 30 to 80 metres where he has found some deep reef trenches that spiral up from the bottom to 30 metres. So excellent and exciting fishing is just the norm for his clients. Reef Encounters Fish Charters also accommodate overnight charters, 2 day and 2 night charters where you get bacon and eggs for breakfast each morning, with a maximum group of 12 on board. Mark doesn’t shirk on the gear when you’re out fishing. As he says “ You need great top quality gear to handle the size and variety of fish that we encounter. You need to get them aboard, landed and you can only do that with quality in your hands,” he said. You could always try his 3 to 5 day charters as well operating around Wedge, Thistle, Neptune, Althorp and Kangaroo Islands. You want the best fishing, then you want to do it with Reef Encounters Fish Charters.

Free breakfast for Monitor readers The Welcome Inn at 277 Glen Osmond Road offer a completely new feel in hotel accommodation; a variety of home comforts headed by our family John, Kathy and Jim Bacasetas. Each family member has been thoroughly involved in the renovation and management of the Hotel since they took ownership of it in early 2006 and we are committed to offering a service above and beyond the traditional. As business owners and operators in the rural hotel industry for over ten years we feel that our experience married with our traditional family values makes the environment here at Welcome Inn warm and inviting. We have focused on the things that we believe make staying away from home more tolerable and we believe 100% that your stay with us will be comfortable and welcoming. We are not trying to be more than we are; the best 3.5 star establishment we can be. It is a family business run for people, by people, who have good family values. Welcome Inn on Glen Osmond Road is centrally located only four kilometres east of the CBD and is within walking distance to great restaurants, cafe’s,

shopping centres and factory clearance outlets and we are only a short drive from the Adelaide CBD and The Waite Campus. All our rooms have the latest climate control air conditioning, remote colour flat-screen televisions, direct dial telephones, and data connection facilities. The motel and all rooms have been completely renovated and refurbished, beautifully decorated to make your stay with us as enjoyable and relaxing as possible for the duration of your stay.When you stay with us you will find that all beds have clean crisp bedding and that you have a choice of king, queen, double and single beds. Above all, we understand that you are away from home, whether for a couple of days or weeks and we understand that your choices are plenty when you come to stay in Adelaide. We want you to come stay with us and let our family be your family and make your stay a home away from home, so for all of The Monitor readership we are offering you one free full breakfast when you come and stay with us here at the Welcome Inn 277 Glen Osmond Road.

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Tough year, but we’re back In October 2005 fire devastated our premises and our shop had to be gutted and rebuilt due to external damage to the building and roof. Four months after the fire we welcomed our second son Harrison into the world. Harry was born with a genetic hearing loss. This was detected by the new neo-natal hearing screen performed in hospital thanks to C.A.Y.H.S. With many trips to Adelaide for the first 12 months for formal diagnoses and hearing aid fittings (because babies grow so quickly they have new hearing aids every 3 months) it has been emotionally and financially a very tough year.

We have managed to survive with my Mother, Heather Gilchrist, managing the shop for most of 2006. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience over the past few months but hopefully all this is behind us now and we can look forward to the future. We have a new staff member, Jessica McKinnon, who has joined us just recently and we have many new clothing lines including children’s, men’s and women’s country clothing including a new RM Williams line. We appreciate all of your support throughout the last 18 months and hope that this continues in 2007.


Here’s luxury at the tip of your rod SA Fishing Adventures in Marion Bay at the bottom of Yorke Peninsula , gateway to the famous Innes national park has taken its charter operations much further than others. One of its packages includes a 2 night stay on the magnificent Wedge Island, with its pristine beaches and easy access to some of this state’s hottest fishing spots. The accommodation on Wedge is in a luxury house with sweeping verandas and views and nestled close to the waters edge. It is one of those rare experiences where you can kick back and relax totally after a hard day’s fishing with your friends or family. Sipping a nice Cabernet as the sun sets, the whiff of freshly cooked Snapper on the grill, and talking about the wonderful experiences of the day. Then tomorrow dawns, and you set off on another day’s adventure, expectation in your heart, wondering what the day will bring, but knowing, you’ll be back on that deck again tonight, tired but with friends. Owners of SA Fishing Charters, Herbie and Kirsty have created packages to suit your needs for deep sea charters for 4-21 people with all bait and fishing equipment supplied. They can also arrange your meals, accommodation and your catch to be filleted. The “Apache” and “Triplex” are the two vessels taken on the fishing adventures.

The “Apache” is an 11.5 metre Seaquest, fully customised for deep sea fishing with a flybridge, enclosed cabin, large galley, bbq, shower and toilet for your comfort. It is surveyed for 12 people fishing up to 30 nautical miles and 25 people for inshore eco tours which started earlier this year. The “Triplex” is a 9 metre tri-hull fishing boat with amazing stability. SA Fishing Charters offer 3 different deep sea charters. 1… full day charter all bait and gear, coffee, tea biscuits supplied, min 4 people max 21 people 2…full day charter, all bait and gear provided , tea coffee, biscuits and lunch , complimentary drinks after the charter, catch filleted and packaged, min 4 people max 21 people. 3…And, the crème of their operations is fishing the magnificent water with every fish species imaginable around Wedge island, Cabbage patch , Neptune and Thistle islands while at night retreating to a luxury house on the edge of the pristine north beach of Wedge island . This charter holds a minimum of 7 and a max of 14 people. All food , drinks and linen provided . Minimum 2 nights, 2 day charter.


Escape to Fantastic Marion Bay Join us for the 2007 Tuna Fishing Season and our fantastic new trips to Wedge Island. Stay at a brand new, four star rated beach house right on the water. Various packages now available. Fly direct from Roxby to Wedge or cruise on out with our experience crew.

” Catch yourself a whopper!!!” Deep sea fishing a speciality at some of South Australia’s premier fishing destinations.


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Some of the best chartered fishing Sun, sand, the sea, a beautiful boat and insulated fish hold to keep the ‘catch’ fresh. bottom of Kangaroo Island, Wedge Island, Owners Scott and Margie Weaver have the Neptunes and the Cabbage Patch off Port the chance to hook an enormous fish, sounds like the perfect day out, doesn’t been in the charter business for 10 years and Lincoln.” “Scott gets a huge thrill out of catching fish said they just love the industry. it? “We offer an awesome vessel at an affordAnd it can all be yours when you join the able price,” Mrs Weaver said. “Scott has fished all his life. folk from Southern Fishing Charters aboard “He loves his boat and the charter the Fish Stalker II. The Fish Stalker II is a 50 foot vessel built business. “We had the Fish Stalker II built so we in Western Australia in 2003. It can carry up to 23 passengers and has an could go further afield and visit areas like the



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Welcome Inn 277 Glen Osmond Road is centrally located only four kilometres east of the CBD. Just a quick five minute drive from the city, it is within walking distance to great restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, and factory clearance outlets. Welcome Inn 277 Glen Osmond Road is a 3.5 star hotel and all our rooms are designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We have the latest climate control air conditioning, remote colour flat-screen televisions, direct dial telephones, and data connection facilities. At Welcome Inn 277 Glen Osmond Road it is our desire to provide an atmosphere close to the comfort and warmth of your own home. The motel and all rooms have been completely renovated and refurbished, beautifully decorated to make your stay with us as enjoyable and relaxing as possible for the duration of your stay. All rooms have new clean bedding and we offer king, queen, double, and single suites. Welcome Inn 277 Glen Osmond Road is a member of AAA Tourism.

Let our family be your family and make your stay, a home away from home.

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Stratco, we come to you! With the recent flurry of building activity in the area set to continue, the demand for quality building products will only climb in Roxby Downs, so whether you are looking for a carport, fence or pergola, you can’t go past South Australia’s very own Stratco. The Stratco company began in a suburban home in Adelaide. It was the early 1940s and Alf Stratton, a young plumber, was setting up his own business. That one man show developed into Stratco Metal Pty Ltd, a firm that now sells quality steel products to Australia and the world. Stratco Whyalla Store Manager, Darren Coles travels frequently to Roxby Downs and is offering a free measure and quote to residents interested in checking out the Stratco range.

“We are offering the people of Roxby Downs the chance to do business with a company that will come to them,” Mr Coles said. “We are leaders in the carport and veranda market. “The shop at Whyalla is a fully operational hardware store within three hours of Roxby and has a complete display village showcasing much of our range. “We have the ability to arrange supply only or supply and installation through builders in the area and from outside. “We are offering a complete package to our customers, from finance through to completed project stage,” Mr Coles said. Anyone interested in taking Mr Coles up on his offer can contact the friendly staff at Stratco Whyalla on 8645 7344, or visit the store at Lot 50 Ian Street, Whyalla Norrie.

Awesome fishing, awesome environment Munupi Wilderness Lodge on Melville Island off the coast of Darwin in the Northern Territory is regarded as one of the best fishing destinations in the world. It is rated in the top five destinations in Australia. It’s more than a fishing trip, it’s a fishing adventure of a lifetime because of the type and variety of fishing available. Munupi Wilderness Lodge caters for the experienced sport fishing angler of every discipline, as well as those who would like to learn, right through to the casual “throw a line in” experience. Fly, lure, Bluewater and Barramundi fishing are all catered for. There are many reasons why Munupi has become the HOT spot in Australian fishing destinations.

Mostly this is because of their huge diversity in fishing and abundant fish stocks. Where else can you indulge in an awesome display of Estuary fishing in a mornings work and then turn your hand to some heart stopping Blue water action all in the one day. Quite simply, the fishing is just sensational! That’s not just because you are fishing in a very lightly fished area around the Tiwi Islands, packed with all the sought-after tropical species such as Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Blue Salmon, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, Golden Snapper, Mangrove Jacks, Black Jewfish, Grunter, Mackerel and a host of others. The fishing is sensational because of the environment in which you

are invited to fish. Surrounded by such pristine beauty: spectacularly clear water, coral reefs, pristine white beaches that adorn the Tiwi Islands, devoid of footprints, and indeed any sign of human habitation. Rock-bars that inspire awe amongst the devoted angler, mile upon mile of red cliffs, and the whole area teeming with birds and indigenous wildlife. An abundance of turtles, dugong and crabs on sandbars. Crocodiles both of the saltwater and freshwater Johnson River species. Cruising sharks, feeding dolphins, occasional whales, Giant Turtles laying eggs on a remote beach. It’s difficult to remember a trip when something quite spectacular and unexpected didn’t happen!

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Cut the corn chip

Above: Immunisation nurse, Gaye Smith, preparing to offer the HPV vaccination next month.

Vaccine to hit cancer Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the common cause for cervical cancer, is a scary sounding name for a nasty little bug. Almost 80 per cent of women will be exposed to the condition in their lifetime, according to the Department of Health and Ageing. It is transmitted by sexual activity and may cause genital warts, lesions and a variety of cancers, including cervical cancer. From next month a free HPV vaccine will be offered to Australian women and girls aged 12 – 26. Roxby Downs doctor, Wendy Strachan, has urged young women to take advantage of the government’s offer. “I’m very pleased the vaccine against the particular strains of the Human Papillomavirus has been approved by the government to be distributed free to young women,” Dr Strachan said. “The target audience is young women between the

ages of 15 and 25, though starting younger is no problem and there is probably some benefit in immunising those in their later 20s, especially if they have had, or are likely to have, multiple sexual partners. “The vaccine seems to be very safe, with minimal adverse reactions. “With good take up of this vaccine, it is expected that we will see a significant reduction in cases of cervical cancer over the next few years,” she said. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the world and is often caused by the HPV, according to the federal government. The vaccine, which is administered in three doses by injection, should help protect against 70 per cent of cervical cancers. From July, GPs and community immunisation clinics will be providing the free vaccine for women under the age of 27, who are not at school. School vaccination programs will start in April.

Above: Assets/IT Officer, Iain Boehm.

Roxby office workers warned

Working in an office could be more dangerous than flying in an aeroplane, according to a new study by Professor Richard Beasley of The Medical Research Institute in New Zealand. The study, which examined the habits of 62 patients admitted to hospital with blood clots, found more than a third spent long hours seated at work, a much higher percentage than those who had recently travelled on long flights. The condition is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and has been associated with immobility and long

distance air travel. Assets/IT Officer for the Roxby Downs Council, Iain Boehm said he was shocked to hear the study’s findings. “It makes you wonder,” Mr Boehm said. “I’ll certainly be thinking more about my posture when I’m sitting down and I’ll definitely make an effort to get out more and move around,” he said. DVT occurs when clots form in a deep vein, most often in the calves. Sometimes the clots break free and travel to the heart, lungs or brain,

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resulting in chest pain, breathlessness, even heart attack or stroke. Professor Beasley said people in sedentary jobs who are seated for long periods of time run the risk of developing blood clots in the veins of their legs. “There are considerably more people who are seated for long periods at work as part of their normal day than there are travelling. “We had people not uncommonly working up to 12 – 14 hours a day and being seated for that time,” he said.

More than half of South Australian adults are overweight and the rate is increasing by around one per cent a year, according to the State Government. Earlier this month a Healthy Weight Summit was called in Adelaide. One of the hot topics addressed was the rising obesity rate of South Australian children and the influence of junk food advertising. Port Augusta based dietitian, Camilla Leaver, who visits Roxby Downs once a month, said food advertising has an influence on the choices children make. “Research has shown that food advertising does influence the food preferences of children,” Ms Leaver said. “It is not the only contributor to obesity in children but it is one key influential factor,” she said. A recent survey by the South Australian Department of Health found

the vast majority of parents agree. A massive 90 per cent said they believed advertising on television influenced the types of food children want to eat. Almost 80 per cent felt there was too much advertising of unhealthy food during children’s television viewing times. Health Minister, John Hill said junk food advertising needs to be controlled. “South Australian figures show that twenty per cent – that’s one in five – of SA four-year-olds are overweight or obese. “This survey clearly indicates that South Australian parents are deeply concerned about the impact of junk food advertising on their children. “We think there really needs to be some controls on advertising junk food to our most vulnerable – our children,” he said.

Sex and cancer …the silence! Sex and cancer, not words you inappropriate time such as when the usually find linked together in a diagnosis was first given,” she said. Dr Amanda Hordern of the Cancer sentence, but according to new Council of Victoria said that though research, they should be. A lack of communication about sex and intimacy between cancer patients, their carers and the health professionals who treat them has been the topic of two separate studies by the Cancer Council of Victoria and the University of Western Sydney. The studies found that though cancer patients and their partners may need to discuss the issue of sex during and after cancer, the subject is rarely introduced, or welcomed by their health professionals. Dr Emilee Gilbert, from the University of Western Sydney, looked at the lives of cancer carers and how they approached the issue of sex while caring for a partner with the disease. Of the 131 carers she surveyed, 80 per cent said the cancer diagnosis had had a detrimental impact on their sexual relationship with their partner. “For some couples, the person with cancer was hesitant to discuss issues relating to sexuality and carers generally felt they did not want to put further stress on the partner with cancer by raising the topic,” Dr Gilbert said. “In many cases, because health professionals did not bring the subject up, carers did not feel they could bring it up. “If it was discussed, it was only touched on, or it was raised at an

patients need to discuss sexual changes after cancer, health professionals are often unable to provide them with answers. “Many health professionals expressed a feeling of vulnerability, including fear of patient litigation and the reaction of their colleagues,” Dr Hordern said “Health professionals require advanced communication education, a formal referral process, and resources, strategies and tools to facilitate a systematic approach to the kind of patient centred information and support patients need,” she said. With a lack of support for cancer patients in the area, the Roxby Downs branch of The Cancer Council South Australia, the Red Sands Foundation, is planning to send local members to Adelaide to be trained as counsellors. “The Red Sands Foundation is still in the early stages of development,” President, Brett Atkins said. “We are looking into providing trained counsellors to deal with the everyday challenges faced by someone with cancer and their partner/carer. “Being in an isolated environment there isn’t the support that someone with cancer requires. “The Red Sands Foundation sees the need for someone to help talk over the hurdles associated with cancer,” he said.

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Looking forward looking back

August 4 -18 2007 Outback Lakes Region

Volunteers wanted The Festivals Working party of the Arts and Culture Forum are looking to build a team of volunteers to work to create an exciting Festival in August of this year. If you are an artist (in any medium) or a person interested in the arts and performance: We need you!

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That’s the title of a unique book being published on the history of one of South Australia’s iconic pastoral stations, Muloorina, north of Roxby Downs. Cindy Mitchell has penned the historic book focussing on the stories of employees, drovers and kitchen hands over the past 70 year history of the property. It is co-managed by brothers Malcolm and Trevor Mitchell and their wives Colleen and Cindy. The station was formerly owned and operated as a camel depot by the State Government up until 1936 when the Price family took out the first pastoral lease on the 2,000 square kilometre property. The Mitchell families have been on the property for the past 15 years. “The book is about the stories and characters of the place, it’s their story, I’ve basically just compiled it,” Cindy Mitchell said. “It is a fascinating read.” The first print run of 200 books is underway and Cindy expects to take delivery of them just before easter.

“We’re planning a big reunion at Muloorina over the easter break, and unfortunately for the public we will have to close the big camping ground and waterhole during the break to accommodate our reunion visitors,” Ms. Mitchell said. “However the road to Lake Eyre will still be open to the public.” Over the years Muloorina has played host to some notable people. Back in the summer of 1963-64 the station was the headquarters for Sir Donald Campbell’s land speed record attempts on Lake Eyre in Bluebird. Legendary adventuer, Dick Smith occassionaly drops in by his personal helicopter, and is such a frequent visitor to the area, he keeps his own aviation fuel on the property as it is the closest airstrip to the Lake. Others have included governors and the late Steve Irwin and wife Terri. Ms. Mitchell says the book will only be available in Maree and at the Muloorina station, it will not be widely distributed through other agencies.

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We can work with your schedule and we will look after you. The work will be fun and exciting. Young people are encouraged to apply and we need mature men and women to make this home grown Festival the best yet. Contact Rod Mitchell at the VIC Cultural Precinct or phone 0427 800 157 for more information.

Above: Dakota Demont and Sarah VanLaarhoven at Harmony Day celebrations at the Roxby Downs Area School.

Flying the orange flag for Harmony Day Australia is a multicultural nation. People from all over the world come here to lay their roots and nowhere is this more apparent than in Roxby Downs. At Olympic Dam, BHP Billiton employ over 1400 people, representing 32 different cultures from all corners of the globe. The community has a reputation for being welcoming and generous and people feel safe here, which is a huge plus for families coming from countries that are not so secure. Annemarie Buekes, who comes from South Africa, said she has noticed a real change for the better in her daughter since they came to Roxby Downs. “In South Africa we didn’t do much because it wasn’t safe,” Ms Buekes said. “Here it is much more relaxed. My daughter has really come out of herself.” Tendai Togara, who moved from Zimbabwe, said it is a good town for families with small children. “Roxby is a little oasis,” Ms Togara said. “Our children are safe here, everyone cares for everyone else’s child.” “You drop something, people rush to help, you feel like you are around family.”

Last Wednesday was Harmony Day, a national holiday which celebrated our success as a culturally diverse society. Coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Harmony Day was a chance for the community to say ‘no’ to racism and to commit to living together in an accepting and peaceful manner. Harmony Day coordinator at the Roxby Downs Area School, Karen Grantham said it is a holiday very close to her heart. “Harmony Day is a day to remind others of how we can be kind to each other. “With the older children it is also about tolerance, what it is and how to practice it,” she said. Family and Youth Officer, Tom Beever, went from store to store in Roxby Downs distributing orange ribbons and balloons. “It was fantastic,” Mr Beever said. “I was surprised how many people already knew about Harmony Day and were expecting celebrations. “The businesses in town flew the balloons proudly, it was a great reminder of our multiculturalism and a fabulous display of unity,” he said.

arts matters

By Rodney Mitchell

Today I am presenting some information to the State meeting of Country Arts SA Arts Development Officers based in regional areas around South Australia. I’m talking about an event I have been planning in cahoots with some other ADOs around the State. It is called Parks Alive. It is designed as one weekend in October where neighbourhoods get together and have a day’s fun in their local park. The Family and Youth Forum here in Roxby are keen to get behind this day. The Cancer Council are keen. It would be a good day to celebrate volunteers in the community. Have a cricket match or a concert. Part of the motivation behind the day is to embolden community clubs and social groups to do more things in our parks around the town. The more we use them, the better they will be looked after. Sometimes clubs get scared off holding these sorts of events in public parks because of the security and insurance ramifications. By registering your event under the umbrella of Parks Alive we can all be informed about and assisted with, liability insurance. But as I present this information to representatives from Councils all over the State my mind is here in Roxby. We are four months out from a rebranded and re-positioned regional festival. The call is out for all those people who think it would be fun to work in a team of volunteers dedicated to making this year’s Festival the best yet. The Festivals Working Party of the Arts and Culture Forum is looking for anyone in the community with skills in any area of art making. We are looking for artists who can lead workshops in their chosen field of endeavour. We already have painters, photographers, fabricators and musicians putting up their hands, but we need more of everything. Once we get our workshop program fleshed out we can go looking for sponsors. Other than tutors, we need theatre technicians, sound engineers, lighting designers. We need composers and musicians of all ages. We are also on the look out for actors. So if there is something you think you might be able to contribute, no matter how insignificant your potential might seem to you, please get in touch with me at the Cultural Precinct. I have a small office next to the Gallery. Or ring direct on 0427 800 157. Alternatively you could leave your name and contact details at the VIC inside the Cultural Precinct and we will chase you. And for the men, just because you are on shiftwork doesn’t mean you can’t be accommodated. We in the arts in Outback Lakes have learnt to accommodate the most appalling schedules. We will find a job to suit you. We do it by working together and making sure nobody takes it too seriously. It’s important it should be fun for everyone, especially the volunteers. Who knows, some resonant art might come out of it. I’m sure it will. But the Arts and Culture Forum’s clear priorities are about building on the people and the skills we have here.


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Senior basketball 7-9pm

Friday March 30th Roxby Downs Bowls Club Night Owls 8pm

Woomera & Districts Football League Saturday April 28th 12 noon Hornridge v Andamooka 2pm Roxby Districts v Olympic Dam

Monday, April 2nd Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429 Tuesday, April 3rd A- Grade Mens Basketball Leisure Centre 7pm – 10pm

Leisure & Cultural Centre Movies Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Sunday (see schedule below) Phone 86712001 Roxby Downs Childcare Monday - Friday 6.30am-5.30pm Phone 8671 0911 for details

Roxby Downs Softball League Sunday May 6th 11.30am Rebels 1 v Devil Cats 1.30pm Rebels 2 v Shakers

HEALTH Roxby Roxby Downs Family Practice Phone 8671 3231

Gym Cultural & Leisure Precinct Monday to Friday 6 am-12pm & 4pm - 9 pm Saturday 8-12pm Sunday 11-2pm Phone 86710500

Indoor soccer 6-7pm

Roxby Downs Medical Practice Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday morning by appointment only. Phone 8671 1900

Tae KwonDo - Auditorium from 6.30pm Contact Andrew Murdy 0418 804 398

Eyebus Woomera April 11th Andamooka April 12th Roxby Downs April 12th

Wednesday, April 4th Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429

Visiting Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist Speech Pathologist Dietician Podiatrist Child Adolescent Mental Health Services For appointments phone 8648 5800

Toddlers Story Time Fun for young children and mums Roxby Downs Library Richardson Place Tuesdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Hearing Services April 26 - 9.00am - 2.30pm For an appointment call 1800-006303

Coffee Mornings for Families Meet and chat for all families. New comers especially welcome. Dunes Café 9:30am – 11am

Thursday, April 5th Tae KwonDo Auditorium From 6:30pm Contact Andrew Murdy 0418 804 398 Indoor Soccer Leisure Centre Social matches from 6pm All welcome Contact Kenton Maloney 0408 797 158

EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Every Week Visitor Information Centre 8.30 - 5.00 Mon-Fri Phone 86712001

Roxby Downs Community Library Monday to Friday 8.30-5.00pm Saturday 9.00-12pm. Phone 8671 0660 for more information.

Playgroup St Barbara’s Parish School Phone 86710925

Every Friday Playgroup Roxby Downs Kindergarten Phone 86710455 Every Sunday Tour De Desert Cycling Social Bike riding group from 8am

Contact Daryl Wake 0408 188 685 Roxby Downs Market Days May 19th June 16th August 18 September 15th October 20th November 17th

SeptemberRoxby Roxbyx COMMUNITY MEETINGS Community members welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board. April 9th - 9.30am- 11:00am Normal weight gains Roxby Downs Helath Seminar Room Community Board April 30th - 7.30pm Council boardroom Family & Youth Forum April 2 - 7.30pm Council Boardroom Sport & Recreation Forum April 3 - 7.00pm Foyer Cultural & Leisure Precinct Arts & Cultural Forum April 4- 7.30pm Foyer Cultural & Leisure Precinct Health Forum April 10th - 7.30pm Council Boardroom Environmental Partnership April 11th - 7.30pm Council Boardroom

Education & Workplace Training Forum April 17th - 12.30pm Council Boardroom For further details on Community matters call Michelle Hales on 86710019

GENERAL INFORMATION Mt Dare Hotel is open every day, 8:00am -9:00pm, 7 days. School Terms 2007 January 29 - April 13, 2007 April 30 - July 6 2007 July 23-September 28 2007 October 15-December 14 2007 Art Gallery Exhibitions

1 – 30 April 2007 Youth Week Photography Expo 1 – 16 May 2007 Come Out Youth Arts Festival TBA 17 May – 12 Jun 2007 A Tribute to Iris Frame Iris Frame June 15 – July 29 Art Quilts Heather Carey Performing Arts June 2007 Comedy Festival Country Arts

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Partnership April 12th - 7.30pm Council Boardroom

Woomera Districts Football League kicks off it’s season with a Lightning Carnival this Saturday evening (March 31). Games will be played under lights in this twilight fixture. Come along and join in the fun and support your local team in this carnival atmosphere!

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Cultural Precinct Visitors Information centre Dunes café Art Gallery Open Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

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Leisure Centre Gymnasium Mon – Fri 6am – 12pm 4pm - 9pm Saturday 8am - 12pm Sunday 11am - 2pm Pool Times January 29 - April 5, 2007

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Thursday Nippy Gym – Auditorium 9.30am - 11.00am Squash 7pm-9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm -7pm Taekwondo 6.30pm – 8.30pm 12 years and over Basketball 7pm - 9pm Monday Volleyball 7pm - 9pm Nippy Gym – Auditorium 9:30am - 10:30am Karate - 6pm - 8.30pm Tuesday Squash 7pm - 9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 7pm Taekwondo 6.30 – 8.30 12 years and over Basketball 7pm - 9pm Wednesday Women’s & Mixed Netball 7pm - 9pm Karate 6pm - 8.30pm

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Events Art Gallery Program Now Showing Pictures in my Heart - various Afghani refugees living in Murray Bridge

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MEET THE ROBINSONS Rated G. Duration 101 mins. If you think your family’s different, wait ‘til you meet the family of the future! Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson. Whisking Lewis Coming Soon Youth Arts Exhibition away in a time machine, Wilbur teams RDAS Students (Art Schultz, up with him to track down Bowler Hat supervising Teacher) Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. Starring the voices of: Angela Bassett, Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Hansen & Jordan Fry. TOUCH FOOTY? Friday 30 March 6:00pm Saturday 31 March 12:00pm Sunday 1 April 12:00 & 7:00pm We have a social mixed Easter Friday 6 April 12:00pm competition starting Easter Sunday 8 April 12:00pm NORBIT soon… Please register your Rated M Duration 102 mins. Have you interest with Bridget at the ever made a really big mistake? A mildLeisure Centre. Both new mannered guy (Murphy) who is engaged and experienced players to a monstrous woman (Murphy) meets welcome!! the woman of his dreams (Newton), & schemes to find a way to be with her. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton & Cuba Gooding Jr. Friday 30 March 9:00pm Saturday 31 March 3:00pm Sunday 1 April 3:00pm Tue 3 April 7:00pm

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The blind are out Employment of work on the rise

Figures released by Australia’s leading blindness agency Vision Australia show that people who are blind or have low vision are more than five times more likely to be unemployed than their sighted counterparts. The survey is the first of this scale ever done in Australia and reveals that out of the labour force the unemployment rate for people who are blind or have low vision sits at around 26% compared to the national average of 4.6%. The figures are even more alarming when considering motivation levels amongst this group. When the number of people who want a job but have stopped looking are included, the unemployment rate is 63% - almost five times the national average which is 14%. The main objective of the report was to establish an accurate level of national employment levels among people who are blind or have low vision.

“In this current day and age, these results are unacceptable, especially when they point to the fact that even well educated people who are blind or have low vision have difficulty securing employment. Sadly, many end up de-motivated and give up searching,” said CEO of Vision Australia, Gerard Menses. The survey shows that 50% of those looking for work have been searching for more than a year and were understandably becoming increasingly

despondent. Gerard Menses sees one of the key challenges is breaking down employer perceptions. “We really need to encourage employers to think outside the square. This survey shows that nearly 40% of applicants had difficulty even just applying for the job because forms were paper based or employers required a drivers’ licence which people who are blind or have low vision wouldn’t have,” he said.

Innovative approach to child care Close to 20 previously unemployed people have joined the childcare sector after graduating from the Child Care Ready Course in South Australia. The Australian Government funded Job Network recruited the 19 participants for the programme. “Employers consistently say that they want people with recent work experience, with a strong worth ethic or someone willing to be trained on the job. In particular this applies in the areas of workforce shortages in retail, hospitality and tourism, and the caring sector,” Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said. “The combination of pre-employ-

ment training and on-the-job work experience provided participants with practical training experiences and the skills needed to get work in the South Australian child care industry. “Child care centres, TAFE SA, Child Care Services Training and the Australian Government’s Job Network worked closely together to tailor the training to meet the skill demand of the child care sector,” the minister said. It provides an avenue of employment and recruitment for child care centres operating in remote locations throughout the state including Roxby Downs. “It is important that employers are

closely involved in pre-work skilling so participants can move straight into work after they’ve finished their course,” Dr. Stone said. “The opportunity to develop s t r o n g e m p l o y e r- e m p l o y e e relationships means that sustainable employment outcomes can be obtained, especially through flexibility in the workplace. “I’d like to congratulate the graduates and wish them all the best in their future careers in the child care sector and acknowledge the employers for taking the initiative and thinking outside the square by providing pre-employment training,” Minister Stone said.

Council snippets Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours The Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours are 1pm – 6pm, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to utilise this FREE service as the dumping of litter in reserves or lands surrounding the town attract an expiation penalty fee of $315.00 as per the Local Government Act. Fire Prevention Please contact the Roxby Downs Council for any questions relating to the fire danger season, fire bans or permits. Ad v e r t i s i n g o n C o u n c i l Infrastructure Advertising on Council infrastructure such as light poles can attract expiation notices under the Local Government Act. If you spot any such advertising please notify the Council. Dog Registration Residents are reminded that you must notify the Council within 72 hours if your dog is moved to different premises, the dog dies or is missing or the ownership of the dog is transferred to another person. Failure to notify the Council of any of these changes can attract an $80.00 Expiation Notice. Please also ensure that all dogs over the

age of three months are registered, failure to comply can again result in an $80.00 Expiation Notice being issued. Rates The third quarterly instalments are now overdue for payment; please pay immediately to avoid late fees. Please contact Bronnie Warren at the Council on 8671 0010 for any payment arrangements or enquiries. Fines will apply to all overdue accounts. Water Quarterly meter readings for Water commenced on 26 March, 2007. Please ensure your meters are accessible. Accounts for the 31 March, 2007 quarter will be issued approximately mid April. Electricity Quarterly meter readings for Electricity commenced on 26 March, 2007. Please ensure your meters are accessible. Accounts for the 31 March, 2007 quarter will be issued approximately mid April. Parking Please be aware that there has been an increase in the expiation fee for parking in a bus zone, it has gone up to $73 from $47. Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace services are

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available at the Council offices by appointment only. The Justice of the Peace is registered for South Australia only; therefore proof of residency is required. Please contact Council front desk for further details. Local Website Visit your local updated website. New Forums have now been added. Read what’s new and have your say in the Forums at www.roxbydowns. com. Rubbish Collection Residents are reminded that there is a limit of one bin per household for weekly rubbish collection and that it is the residents responsibility to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition with closable lids that prevent flies and birds from accessing rubbish. Please be diligent as littering attracts an Expiation Penalty Fee of $315.00 – ie over flowing bins. Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours 1pm – 6pm seven days a week. Council Office Hours – General Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm. Visit your local community website at:

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey just released shows that the employment prospects for South Australia’s job seekers are expected to rise over the next few months, with considerably more jobs on offer. The survey, part of a broader survey of 2,541 employers across Australia, revealed those employers’ intentions on hiring are on the increase for the second quarter of 2007. The South Australian employment market has gained strength for the April - June quarter of 2007, with a Net Employment Outlook of +29%, compared to +19% for the same period in 2006. The first quarter of 2007 saw a +17%, while the first quarter of 2006 saw +19%. According to Scott McLachlan, Managing Director, Manpower, Australia and New Zealand, the positive hiring activity in South Australia’s Net

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Employment Outlook is indicative of trend in demand for this period. History tells us that this slow start to the year usually means that demand does not increase until around June or July. “This strong business confidence and increasing demand is now starting to highlight considerable pent up demand in the tight labour market that exists across Australia. The skills shortage is continuing to create very real structural changes to the workforce already with increasing participation among older workers. This means that companies must now be rethinking their strategies to ensure they can not only attract, but also retain the right talent,” McLachlan said. “There is a general increase in hiring confidence with employers in five of the seven regions surveyed expecting to hire more staff over the next three months,” McLachlan said.

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Section 33 Road Traffic Act 1961 NOTICE Is hereby given that the Administrator of the Roxby Downs Council on 20th March 2007 made the following orders; That the Administrator of the Council exercises the power vested in the Administrator under the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 and section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 and clause F of the instrument of General Approval of the Minister 28 November 1999. Pursuant to section 33(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 declare that the event described below is to take place on the road described below is an event to which section 33 of the road traffic act 1961 applies; and

Church Times Andamooka Catholic Church Sunday 11am first and third Sunday of every month St Barbara’s Catholic Church Roxby Downs Saturday evening 6pm Sunday morning 9am Roxby Downs Lutheran Church Sunday 10.30am and Sunday School – 9.30am St Michael’s Catholic Church, Woomera, Sunday 5pm All denominations welcome Desert Springs Church Sunday 10.00am at the Roxby Downs TAFE College. Andamooka Community Church. Sunday 2pm Roxby Downs Christian Community Church Sunday 10am

Pursuant to section 33(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1961, make an order directing that the road on which the event is to be held and any adjacent or adjoining roads specified below can be closed to all traffic except police and emergency vehicles and vehicles involved in the event for the period commencing 10.00 am Wednesday 25 April 2007 and expiring 12 noon Wednesday 25 April 2007. ROAD: EVENT: ANZAC DAY CEREMONY ADJACENT / ADJOINING ROADS: Place

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Tavern Road. Roxby Downs Pursuant to section 33 (1) (b) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 make an order directing that persons taking part in the event be exempted in relation to the road, from duty to observe the Australian Road Rules specified below subject to any conditions described below and attached to the exemption.. All of Richardson place and Adjacent/Adjoining roads to be closed to all traffic from 10.00 am 25 April 2007 until 12 Noon 25 April 2007. Australian Road rules Exemption and Conditions Rule 230: Crossing the road Rule 234: Crossing the road on or near a crossing for Pedestrians Rule 238: Pedestrians travelling along the road. W. J. Boehm Administrator

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FOR SALE CARAVAN – 15’ x 8’ - Air con, New Fridge, Double Bed . Reg TOY011. $3000. Andamooka. Ph Wayne 0427 833 442. CARPET length FOR SALE. 5mts x 6.5mts. Beige toning. Ph 0419 222 098.

LOST CHARM BRACELET of extreme sentimental value. Lost between Arcoona St and Roxby Shopping Mall Monday 19th March 2007. If found please phone 0400 251 790. Reward on offer.

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Softballers raring to go

Basketball finals fever

The finals of the Roxby Downs junior basketball competition were held at the weekend. The tremendous support from parents and supporters filled both

The Roxby Downs Softball Association held a family day on the weekend to entice new members along in a social atmosphere. More than 40 players, new and old, turned up with gloves and bats and signed up for the coming season, starting

in May. A scratch match was played on the diamond, and organiser, Nat Jones was delighted with the turn out. Another sign up day will be held on April 29th at 1pm on the school oval, just prior to the opening of the season.

Pictured top are the Under 10 girls stadiums during game time which produced some exciting and high teams and above are the Under 10 quality basketball on the court. boys teams. The competition now goes into More photos will be featured in recess until later in the year. next week’s edition of The Monitor.

Monitoring the SA fishing scene Compiled by Peter Medhurst

Local Hotspot Goolwa Beach locals reported nice size Salmon striking half pilchard baits early in the week. A four wheel drive is necessary to gain beach access with the hotspot located 3 – 4 kms towards The Murray Mouth. Most captures have resulted in the early evening as the sun is setting with the odd Gummy Shark also being landed after dark.

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Boaties Ardrossan visitors have reported large Snapper at the barges. Size limits varied with the largest fish topping 22lb. Further south at Point Turton, amateur crayfishermen have acknowledged nice stag catches with one pot containing 10.2kgs of the sort after crustacean delicacies. Marino Rocks tinny launchers are travelling 2 – 3 kms for King George Whiting, weather conditions should be closely monitored for safe launching & retrieval.

Land Based Sheringa Beach produced with a school of Salmon hitting both lures and baits. Strong windy conditions then halted any further surf fishing but signs are good for a good winter run. Beach Port jetty produced with a big mulloway gaffed in the middle of the day near the end of the jetty. The holidaying family then topped of their fishing adventure with a half dozen 2lb Squid taken on a 3.5g fluro orange squid jag.

Big Red SA Snapper, this beaut specimen fell to a slab of squid dropped into a pilchard burley trail.

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‘Feeling Naked on the First Tee’

by Helen Sanderson (AGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional) What a wonderful weekend of vided for each participant to reinforce fun, laughter and intensive golf skill some of the fundamentals and compare development! their swings with Karrie Webb and Annika Sore hands and weary bodies at the Sorenstam!! end of the day were forgotten by sixteen Out on the course we practiced hitting Roxby Downs ladies when memories of off the turf patch from the sand and learnt the golf ball lofting onto the green were you can drop from the evidence of ‘burrecalled as well as recognition they had rowing animals’ such as rabbit diggings. started to overcome ‘Feeling Naked on If there is sufficient interest I would love the First Tee’. to return to Roxby again to help support Julie Darling gathered 16 ladies together the growth of the ladies competition at – 6 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday as the Golf Club and even help the male well as the R&A Rules session on Friday members refresh their game and check evening – so they could be organised for their swings against Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Tiger Woods or Michelson! Lots the opening of the golf season. This was a great weekend of fun and of fun! learning with spectacular puts, a few The Executive Women’s Golf Network shanks, many balls lofted into the air much was established in 2000 to encourage to the joy of the new players. working women to learn to play golf for The fundamentals of the game of golf career, business and personal lifestyle were emphasized (Set-up – grip, posture, opportunities. alignment and ball placement) as well as If it is possible we would consider the the swing for the short game (pitching, Australian Golf Teachers Federation chipping and putting), long game and having a part in the fundraiser for the some rules and etiquette. Flying Doctor Service Golf Day later in Each participant received a copy of the the year. book ‘Feeling Naked on the First Tee’ writThree teams will be hitting off in the ten by a Canadian beginning golfer. opening Ambrose on 1 April. Some of the action was captured on Contact Julie if you wish to join in the video for a swing analysis CD to be pro- fun.

Do you have any fishing or other sporting photos you would like to share? Send your photos to editor@ themonitor.


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Tae Kwon Do is the art form. Chung Do Kwan is the style. Together they represent a formidable combination in Roxby Downs, not only for self-defence but also fitness and mental agility. It’s these reasons that have attracted a hardy band of followers who practice in their ‘Dojo’ at the Cultural Precinct’s auditorium on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Instructor and third dan black belt, Andrew Murdy, takes his responsibility very earnestly. “The teaching is about fitness, strength and confidence. “It’s about control and self discipline and knowing your limitations, but seeking further knowledge,” he said. The discipline is broken down into its three categories. TAE refers to kicking in the vulnerable areas of an assailant. KWON refers to striking with the hand into vulnerable areas of an assailant. DO refers to “the way,” a method through which one can find self-confidence and “peace of mind.” Its origins are steeped in South Korea. The Dynasty of Silla reigned in 660AD in the peninsula of Koryo, an area known today as Korea. To defend their kingdom against the constant harassments and periodic invasions of their powerful northern neighbors, King Chin Heung, formed an Officers Warrior Corps. They developed a superior method of self-defence, after traveling to the mountains, forest and seashores to study the habits of wild animals. From these animals, they sought to isolate those defensive and offensive techniques which gave it its most formidable advantage. These new techniques were adapted to, and combined with, the traditional methods of self-defense and Tae Kwon Do was born. One must witness a World Championship event in order to experience the impact not experienced by any other body contact sport. Andrew Murdy says his small Dojo is well regarded in Adelaide with some of his students bringing back Gold and Bronze medals from ‘friendlies’ with Adelaide clubs. He welcomes anyone in Roxby Downs to turn up for a session, and promises it will set them on a new path.

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