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Despite Mining Tax proposal . . . .
Foley and Kloppers keen for expansion S
outh Australian Treasurer, Kevin Foley and BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers are united in their resolve to see the Olympic Dam mine expansion proceed in light of the new Mining Rent Tax. Even though Mr Kloppers had previously stated “it may be very diﬃcult to approve the expansion” after the Federal Government’s 40 per cent resource proﬁts tax, the company is continuing with the EIS and rejected the suggestion that the project had been shelved, saying it was too soon to draw a conclusion about the tax’s impact. Mr Kloppers said it would be “very diﬃcult” to approve the new mine if the tax was introduced in its current form. The company’s $21 billion Olympic Dam expansion proposal for Roxby Downs has been the subject of much speculation but has drawn explicit support from the State’s Treasurer, Kevin Foley. “We have been in touch with BHP and clearly there are some concerns with BHP and we share some of those concerns.” He said the SA Government supports the Rudd Resource Rent Tax, claiming it is a better tax than the one in place now for mining companies. “It’s a tax on proﬁts and the present one is a tax on production”. Mining companies can be taxed for three of four years without making a proﬁt, but under the Resource Rent they are taxed only when they make a proﬁt. Mr. Foley in an ABC radio interview said the tax needs adjustment to make it fairer and he will work
with BHP and other State Government leaders and miners to set a more acceptable level of before the tax is applied. “It’s (the Rent Tax) structured in a diﬀerent way to what the oﬀshore oil and gas resource rent tax which I assume is what it is based upon, but as we work through the details there are some marked diﬀerences.” Mr. Foley said while he and the Government agreed with the rent tax, and agreed that companies like BHP should be paying more tax than they are, the problem he has is the deﬁnition of a super proﬁt. In the case of BHP he said it does not allow the company suﬃcient return for them to take the risk necessary to expand the mine. He said he understands the issues and concerns from BHP and will articulate them to Mr. Rudd and the Federal Government. Mr. Foley believes the new rent tax based on profits is set too low and he would have expected the onshore miners to have the same rates as those set for the oﬀshore gas and oil proﬁts which are “ﬁve or six per cent” higher before the tax kicks in. He further believes the new tax should look at proﬁts on a commodity by commodity basis and not treat iron ore and coal in the same way as uranium and copper. “For our Government Olympic Dam must go ahead. This is a must happen project for this State and underpins jobs, economic growth and wealth creation for this state, for our kids and many, many generations of South Australians.”
Mr Kloppers said, “We acquired that (Olympic Dam) project ﬁve years ago and we’ve been working very hard to develop the technologies to do that in a manner that is cost eﬀective, capital eﬀective and we’ve waited for the uranium market to show demand,” he said.
“We are getting very close to the end of that process. “Our EIS will finish in about 18 months’ time and this new tax proposal does upset the apple cart there a little bit,” he said. Mr Kloppers reiterated the project had not been shelved.
“For our Government Olympic Dam must go ahead. . . .” - Foley
CEO Marius Kloppers denies the project at Olympic Dam has been shelved.
LAKE EYRE YACHT CLUB’S REGATTA The Lake Eyre Yacht Club is planning a regatta in early July on a lake that hasn’t seen navigable water for 20 years. In fact it’s dry at the moment! Lake Eyre Yacht Club’s
Commodore Bob Backway explained that it’s all about timing.. . “It takes months for water to reach Lake Eyre from its catchment in Northern Queensland and Cooper
Creek is no exception. The Cooper is having its best flood since 1990 when it last reached Lake Eyre. But we have to be patient. If we arranged a regatta on a lake currently full it
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could be a muddy puddle in two months time” The rain fell in January and February but the water has to ﬂow through a thousand odd kilometres of channels and lakes on its way to Lake Eyre. In fact the flow of water appeared to halt on Mungerannie Station during April. But thankfully for the Club it has started ﬂowing again. It has now filled Lake Hope and is on its way to the regatta site on Lake Killamperunna, where Cooper Creek crosses the Birdsville Track. Water is expected to reach Lake Killamperunna by late May giving the Yacht Club around six weeks to set up the site. Yachties from all over the country are planning to take advantage of such a rare opportunity including David Norrish, from Perth, the ﬁrst person to sail a yacht on Lake Eyre. The last regatta on
Lake Eyre was in 1976 when a group of Hartley 16’s sailed on the Lake. Also watching the progress of the water are South Australia’s Department of Transport who are preparing what must be the worlds most infrequently used ferry for service. Situated at the upstream end of Lake Killamperunna the ferry, currently high and dry, will ﬂoat with the ﬂood and work for about three months before being mothballed again. Tourist traffic is expected to be high despite the long waiting times for such a rare sight. Currently the western half of Lake Eyre North is ﬂooded. When the Cooper reaches the Lake in June it will ﬂood the eastern half. By July about twice the area as last year will be ﬂooded, but no deeper, making a regatta on Lake Eyre impossible.
A place to park your bike By Celeste Lustosa Roxby residents and visitors now have the perfect parking spot for their bicycles while having coﬀee at the Dunes Café. Ten new bicycle spaces have just been installed outside the Dunes Café for community use. Bicycle parking spaces are important to provide convenience and security for cyclists at destinations as inadequate facilities are major deterrents to bicycle transportation. Eﬀective bicycle parking requires a properly designed rack in an appropriate location for the type of use and that is exactly what the Roxby Leisure is providing to the community. “We had these installed as a response to meet the needs of the all the cyclists within our community. “We regularly have children, families, club and social cyclists attend the cafe so now it’s nice that they have somewhere close by to park their bikes,” said Roxby Leisure Operations Manager, Michael Esposito. According to Michael, Roxby Leisure also wants to ensure visitors, or even locals, who don’t have a bike, don’t miss out on the exercise and fun. “Bike riding is a great recreational activity and Roxby Leisure supports this by oﬀering mountain bikes and road bikes for hire,” Michael added. And from now on whether the bike is hired or your own, you will have a spot to park it while having a little break at the Dunes Café. To hire a mountain bike or a road bike, please enquire at Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre on 8671 0500.
About Town with Mary Lewis Reverend Mary Lewis, Roxby Downs Christian Community Church and Andamooka Community Church
ONIONS Layers. That’s what makes up an onion – layers. If you peel back the outside you get to the heart of the matter – the germ, the growing point, the beginning of new life; the point of generation. I pick them out one by one in Woolworths looking at the outside paper coating. Can the outside tell me which is best at its heart? We do it with people too. We see the outer papery covering, the clothes and contents of the shopping trolley, we listen to the tones of voice and watch them drink coﬀee or share a beer and try to choose our best ﬁt. We’re too new to get to the heart of the matter; we are relying on the outer layer, their way of doing things to get some clues about the other. What sort of boss is he? Can I trust this guy to be a mate in a sticky place? How do they treat their kids? What makes them tick? What do they value? What do they believe? What drives them? Seeing and understanding ways of doing things opens our eyes and understanding to what makes the other tick. It helps us to peel back the outer layer – the obvious public face – and begin to see the values and beliefs that drive the other. These are our ﬁrst steps to building community – to building understanding of the diﬀerent and learning to coexist; to be enriched by the other; to celebrate diversity and begin to trust the new. These are the steps towards change and creating the culture that is Roxby Downs. This is a culture that will be as ﬂuid as the community. The outside might look familiar but the heart will going on being renewed. The germ, our reason for being, the heart of who we are, will be rich and diverse and textured and sculptured by all who come into it. Celebrate Onions.
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Roxby students complete NAPLAN tests without a hiccup
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By Millie Thomas Last week, students all around the country completed the NAPLAN (National Assessment program Literacy and Numeracy) competency tests. Most students were indifferent about the tests, viewing it more as an inconvenience than anything else. A spokesperson from the Department of Education and Child Services said that a main objective of the test is to identify those students that may require more assistance to keep them up to speed with the rest of the student body. “Each year a small proportion of students are exempted or withdrawn from the NAPLAN tests for authorised reasons,” the spokesperson said. Vice Principal of Roxby Downs Area School , Angela Jenkins, was proud of the students. “The week ran very smoothly, with all students participating. “It was the year threes first time, and they were very calm and organised and on task. No one was stressed or panicked,” she said. “Everyone did their best and we’re very proud of their efforts,” she said. Mr John Grbin, acting Principal at St Barbara’s Parish school said that the students from St Barbara’s did well in the tests. Mr Grbin outlined that for students that may have a disability (physical or otherwise) there is appropriate assistance. For example, this year, a student who had a broken arm was scribed for by a teacher. “There were about 60 students that participated, we had nearly 100% participation, but of course, some families were away, and some were sick,” he said “The students were good. For the year threes it was a brand new experience…for them the format of the test is often a new thing. We always look carefully at the threes to see how they’re doing. All of the year three teacher’s reports were good. “I’d like to keep stressing to parents that this is just one test, it is the start of many observations we use to monitor the student’s performance, there is a large spectrum of assessment. “The important thing is how we use the data (to help the student),” he said.
Great win for OD Emergency Response Team
he Olympic Dam Emergency Response Team (ERT) took out the inaugural SA Chamber of Mines and Energy Mine Rescue Competition recently. Held at the Angas Zink Mine near Strathalbyn and the CFS Training Centre at Brukunga, the competition pitted the Olympic Dam team against others from Angas Zinc and Prominent Hill from South Australia, Stalwell and Fosterville from Victoria, and Perilya from New South Wales.
“This is a fantastic win for the Emergency Response Team, which is largely made up of volunteers,” a BHP Billiton spokesperson said. “They have been training very hard and putting in lots of hours, so this is a great result and demonstrates the strength of our emergency responders at Olympic Dam.” The Olympic Dam ERT includes volunteers from across the operation and supplements the fulltime Emergency Service Officers (ESOs) on staff. The team consisted of Captain Jason Carroll (Emergency Services); Vice Captain Steve Woodroffe (Mine Development); Medic Adam Sheahan (Emergency Services); Maya Chaustowski (Mine Geotechnical Engineering); Kane Honner (Mine Drill and Blast); Todd Bulman (Mine Mobile Fleet) and Kate Hudson (Site Training). Held over two days, the SACOME competition was a good chance for the OD ERT to test themselves against other teams from across the country. “On the way to being declared the outright winners, the Olympic Dam team placed first in the Theory (83%), Underground Search and Rescue (96%), Breathing Apparatus Practical (86%) and Rope Rescue (72%) events,” the spokesperson said. “The team was also well placed in the remaining events, Road Crash Rescue (equal 3rd), Fire Fighting Techniques (3rd), First Aid (equal 2nd) and Skills (equal 2nd). Team Captain Jason Carroll also came third in the overall Captains Trophy. Congratulations to the Olympic Dam Emergency Response Team!
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We do believe that by now everyone is aware that Relay for Life is on again in Roxby Downs on the weekend of October 16 and 17 this year, at the Roxby Downs Town Oval. But since it is for such a good cause, The Monitor is happy to remind you once more of what’s going to happen. This is an overnight social event that will require teams to carry a baton continuously around the oval until 9am. Participants establish a base camp and at least one individual from each team carries the baton through the night. Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with your community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Teams are starting to get organised and get into action to fundraise. New team on the loop is Clockwork Orange with some very well-known faces on board and with Teresa (yes, the one and only from the jewellery shop) as a team member, fun is more than guaranteed. “We are very excited to put a team in the event again. Our team is called Clockwork Orange so we are going to be wearing very bright orange overalls and that funky black collar caps with lots of sparkles on it and a few other little
surprises,” she said. According to her, the team ran on behalf of Leigh’s (Malcolm) mother. “Last Relay for Life we had just been deeply touched by the lost of Leigh’s mum by cancer so we called our team Heather’s feathers and we did the lap of honour for her. “This year lots of us have had very close connections with the cancer world but we decided that we are honouring the lap to the cause,” Teresa told The Monitor. And this team could not be more excited about walking on behalf of everything and not just for one person. “We are very happy that we have our team from last Relay for Life regroup and a few extras and we are going to have a blast. “We have a fantastic team put together with lots of fresh ideas as in the first year we walked I think everybody was a little in the dark of what Relay for Life was going to entitle and we had silly games on the night but now we have more ideas of what we are doing. I don’t know if that means it will be any better but we will definitely have lots of fun,” said Teresa. Also according to her, everybody who walked last time wants to do it again and two or three other people that are really keen to walk with the team. “We had so much fun the other time and we felt it was such a great honour to walk for such a great cause that I am sure all of us will
be touched by cancer at some stage in our lives, and unfortunately some of us will be touched multiple times,” she said. Some of the team’s fundraising activities are still going to be kept a secret for now but Teresa guarantees there will be some cocktail parties involved somewhere down the track and maybe some nice dinners. “We just did our first fundraising last Thursday night (May, 13) at Arid Recovery and it was for Raine and Horne, that was hosting a state country convention in Roxby and promoted a lovely camp oven dinner, so our Relay for Life team was serving the food and helping out on the night. “The profits raised on the night will go back to our team, as our first official fundraising,” Teresa added. Clockwork Orange team members are Teresa Baddeley, Leigh Malcolm, Pam Evans, Norm Evans, Helen Bernie, Emma Gigney, Kate Donohue, Shane Hodgson, George Moreitis, Michelle Davis, Lesley Newcombe, Sandy Sumsion, Craig Sumsion, Celeste Lustosa and Kaleb Gigney as Miss Relay. Team leader is Teresa Baddeley and she can be contacted on 8671 0662 or 0403507697. For more information about the Relay for Life event contact: Kate on 0418 820 249, Coral on 0439 086 929.
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Family fun with outdoor cinema
By Celeste Lustosa
CEO of Raine and Horne SA with hosts Craig and Sandy Sumsion.
In order to celebrate the 10 years in Roxby, the Parents and Friends of St Barbara’s Association is promoting a family fun event on May 21st, from 5pm until 9pm. All the fun will take place at the Pool grounds and entry will be only a gold coin donation. According to Tamara Sulzberger, the president of the Parents and Friends Association, the school is hoping to have the community present at this event that was planned for the whole family’s enjoyment. “We are celebrating our
Raine & Horne Convention big success By Celeste Lustosa Last week the local Raine & Horne owners Craig and Sandy Sumsion hosted the South Australian Country Conference in Roxby Downs. Over 30 people gathered in Roxby Downs for two days, where they had the opportunity to experience the local attractions, which included a mine tour of Olympic Dam, a camp oven dinner at Arid Recovery and a visit to Andamooka. Deborah Tucker is the principal of Raine & Horne from McLaren Vale and she won the top sales person award for this quarter. The awards were presented during the conference. “This is a great community with friendly people and an evident local pride. I also loved the contrast with Andamooka,” she said. Helen Smith is familiar to the com-
munity as her son lives here and she also had the best things to say about this special visit to the town. “I think a lot of people were surprised of how much Roxby has to offer and Craig and Sandy did a fantastic job by informing everyone about the town’s characteristics,” she told The Monitor. Raine & Horne chief executive officer for South Australia, Kevin Magee was in Roxby Downs for the first time and said to be blown away by the things he had seen here. “This has been a fantastic break for everyone in the team and a very rich experience. This has been much more than just a visit, it has been an experiment,” Mr Magee said. He also said that “this is the best time to buy property in Roxby Downs as prices have decreased more than 12% and there’s stock available.” Mr Magee also believes that the
Walls go up
By Millie Thomas A spokesperson from the Police complex construction project said that the project is all going to schedule. Last week, the walls were put up, with the anticipated finish date of that sector of the project being last Friday, May 14. “The steel erectors will be back on site on Tuesday,
Global Financial Crisis is part of the past and people in Australia already have the Olympic Dam expansion in mind and with some positive announcements about it, Roxby will be turned into a ‘must-have’ for investors. “This is a great market and we had a fantastic time as a group. “This has been the best country conference so far and I am sure most of us will be coming back to visit other times,” Mr Magee added. Craig and Sandy Sumsion couldn’t be happier with the conference outcomes. “We wanted to show them some local flavour and we succeeded. “It was really great that local shops also benefited from this event as our visitors had a chance to do some shopping locally,” Sandy concluded.
10th anniversary this year and we wanted to host a fun family event with the Roxby community,” she said. An outdoor Cinema and a Wii challenge on the big screen will probably be the big stars of the night. The movie on display will be Planet 51, an animated film directed by Jorge Blanco, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman and John Cleese. But a world populated by little green aliens who live in a society reminiscent of 1950s USA, is not the only thing on the night to grab all the children’s attention.
Entertainment for the children will include the jumping castle, face painting and glow sticks. There will also be sausage sizzle, drinks, popcorn and much more. Children must be accompained by a responsible adult on the day. According to Ms Sulzberger, in a previous interview to The Monitor, “we want to thank all the Roxby community for their support over the last10 years and that’s why we would like everyone to come and celebrate with us.” More information contact Tamara on 0448 826 272 or Wendy on 0428 817 823.
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WEEKLY INFORMATION UPDATE
ROXBY DOWNS COUNCIL Library and Information week
NEWS IN BRIEF
COUNCIL RATES 2009/10 rates have been declared. Fourth quarter rates for this financial year were issued on 17 May. The last day to pay is 16 June. If you did not receive a notice or have enquiries please contact Bronnie Warren on 86710010 during office hours.
POOL INSPECTIONS Council is currently undertaking random compliance inspections regarding Swimming Pool safety barriers associated with Approved Swimming Pools throughout the townships of Roxby Downs. These inspections are aimed at ensuring the approved safety barrier has been installed appropriately and that the pool is adequately fenced with a complying swimming pool safety barrier.
PUBLIC NOTICES Please note that it is an offence to place public notices on trees, verandah posts etc. It is also an offence to leave signs advertising garage sales out in the street. Penalties may be incurred. Public notices can be displayed in the triangle noticeboard adjacent to the shopping centre entrance in Richardson Place. Notices can be dropped off at The Monitor newspaper reception.
By Celeste Lustosa
ustralia will be celebrating Library and Information week 2010 - Access All Areas, from May 24 to 30. This will be a great time to visit Roxby Downs Library and see what it has to offer.
Access All Areas enables libraries to promote their access to information through databases, consultation and reference services. According to Marie Trezise, from Roxby Downs Library, “It will be great to promote everything the library has to offer and let people know the variety of resources we have, including audio books and DVDs and CDs, apart from the books.” On Wednesday, May 26, there will be a simultaneous story time at 11 am and libraries all around Australia will be reading ‘Little White Dogs Can’t Jump’. National Simultaneous Storytime is a campaign organised by the Australian Library and Information Association, in which a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustra-
tor, is read simultaneously to children in a variety of venues around Australia. This campaign promotes the value of books and encourages young people to read, share books and become involved in other fun and engaging literary based activities. The aim is to promote the value of reading and literacy; the value of books; promote an Australian writer and publisher, and promote storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country. National Simultaneous Storytime provides a great opportunity to involve parents, grandparents, and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion. At the same time, it highlights the importance of reading and literacy for children, and demonstrates how this can be a fun experience. “Libraries have changed so much over the years and they are not a place where you are told to be quiet, it is a much more vibrant and active environment,” Marie said. In 2009, over 120,000 children and adults across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime.
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Third Quarter Electricity Rates now overdue
Truck caused power loss for 58 houses
ection pillar damage caused power loss for 58 houses in Roxby Downs, for over three hours recently.
Residents are advised that Electricity Reminders for the March Quarter Billing have been correctly sent out to all those who failed to pay their account by the due date. But due to an administrative error, notices were incorrectly post dated 28.05.10. As a result, the due day for payment of 09.06.10 is later than it should otherwise, have been meaning that residents will effectively have additional time to pay than would be normal practice, before disconnection arrangements need to be instituted.
By Celeste Lustosa
From Romanian to an Aussie On May, 10 there was a citizenship ceremony held at the Roxby Council. Alina Maria Cojocea, originally from Romania, became an Australian Citizen. The ceremony was celebrated with her husband Daniel, and children 3yo Alice and 8 month old Katrina. Alina has been in Australia nearly five years having always lived in the Woomera and Roxby area.
Roxby Power, a division of the Roxby Downs Council, reported that a section pillar was destroyed by a truck when reversing into his block and smashed the pillar causing the power to be lost to most of the surrounding area. According to Electrical Officer Rob Hutchinson, people should be more careful with the pillars located in town, especially when they are driving. “It is usually a lack of awareness. The pillars are there, you can see them but people drive in and back
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out on a different angle without paying attention,” Mr Hutchinson said. He also told The Monitor, many of the green pillars have been replaced and since they are so important and supply power to all our streets, the repairs and replacements need to be made straight away. “The town shouldn’t carry that cost, but in the end this is something that needs to be fixed straight away and costs get pretty high,” he said. Costs can get over $1,500. “We really would like to raise the awareness of everyone in the houses or businesses and make sure anyone that visits them to be aware of the pillar’s location as well,” Mr Hutchinson added.
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Last week’s Hot Topic: “Do you think the Mining Tax will impact on the Olympic Dam Expansion? City people who don’t rely on mining for employment wouldn’t have a clue what this tax means if this industry is held back. Rudd and his mates will have a lot to answer for if one project is stopped and if the OD expansion doesn’t go on. Not Happy Jan, RD. BHP will get what it wants. The government will go down if they don’t change this tax to meet the needs of the big miners. These guys have more money than the Government anyway –so who do you think will win? Rocket Scientist, Woomera. Big miners, super profits – why shouldn’t they pay more? I don’t know all the details and the more I read the clearer it becomes, it’s not all bad for the miners. Sure it may need modification but wouldn’t they rather pay a tax on profit rather than a tax on production? W T. My wages are paid by BHP and if Rudd stops them expanding and me from working I will be pissed off come election day and so will all my mates. DM, Roxby It’s disappointing that council couldn’t bend over backwards 2 accommodate circus royale! They are a fantastic troupe I’ve seen them perform B4. Why didn’t council do everything 2 bring them here? We have so many young families and children who would’ve loved it! Disgusted, RB Roxby Downs Area School - Remember there are R-2 students in special ed when you have your mother’s morning tea and father’s night and ask them. It’s heartbreaking for the parents to be forgotten. Concerned Friend. As a European blooded Aussie born person, I could never quite connect with the ‘beauty’ of Australia. The landscape seemed too foreign and strange to me. Camping in Arkaroola changed that for me and I finally opened up to the beauty of Aussie landscapes. LEAVE ARKAROOLA ALONE! JA
Following yet another murder after a meeting arranged on Facebook is social networking becoming too much of a risk for our young people?
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Time to make Roxby the mining centre
ew tax or not, it doesn’t really matter. Mining operations in the Far North need to be centralized with as much value adding as possible creating more jobs and more security for long term investment by miners, residents and support services.
With major mines already producing at Olympic Dam and Prominent Hill and the likelihood of others coming on stream nearby, it’s about time there was a concerted effort by the State Government to push for value adding. Prominent Hill ore is already being trucked to Olympic Dam. Processing �������������������������� of concentrate from Prominent Hill was seen as a potential way for BHP to boost output from its Olympic Dam plant, which has not been running at full
capacity. With the underground wealth in this area of the State it makes sense to put a plan in place now for future mines to add to the productivity and create a very long term security for the population here. What tends to happen without careful planning is the unnecessary and costly duplication of processing plants or worse still, the shipping of ore offshore for processing. The Government together with BHP Billiton and other big miners should have their heads together now planning a way ahead and making sure the 70 year life of the mine at Olympic Dam is extended well beyond that time frame. OZ Minerals is said to be spending a total of $40 million in 2010 on the 4,000 square kilometres of Prominent Hill tenements and on the
3,000 square kilometres of tenements that are part of the joint venture with IMX Resources. Prominent Hill is expected to produce 85,000-95,000 tonnes of copper and 55,00065,000 ounces of gold this year. Olympic Dam, by comparison, has capacity of 235,000 tonnes of copper and 100,000 ounces of gold. BHP has plans to eventually lift this to 750,000 ounces of copper and 800,000 ounces of gold over coming decades. Imagine just how big and secure we could all be if the IMX Cairn Hill project and the Tasman Resources Vulcan Project come to fruition. While BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers and State Treasurer Kevin Foley are united in their effort to secure the OD expansion, let’s go a step further and secure the Far North’s long term mining future.
News in brief 300-dish outback solar plant moves closer The Federal Budget has provided more certainty for a 40-megawatt solar thermal power plant being planned at Whyalla in South Australia. Federal funding of $60 million is being provided towards the project, under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program. At a total cost of $230 million, the plant will be made up of 300 huge solar dishes. Whyalla Councillor Eddie Hughes says the project has been nearly 15 years in the planning. “I think it’s got the capacity to transform the image of Whyalla because this is worldclass cutting-edge solar thermal technology,” he said. The plant is to be operated by Wizard Power and will supply the city of Whyalla and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 60,000 tonnes per year.
Campaign targets locust influx The South Australian, New South Wales and Victorian governments are planning a coordinated approach to tackle what has been described as one of the worst locust plagues in the nation’s history. Widespread rainfall across the states has provided ideal conditions for swarms of locusts migrating from the north. South Australia’s Agriculture Minister Michael O’Brien says local preparations are well advanced and he is hopeful the other states are equally well prepared. “The last thing I would want to happen is that South Australia gets the problem under control in its own borders but we have a big fly-in from across the Victorian or NSW borders,” he said. Meanwhile, farmers in South Australia’s Mallee are being told to delay sowing a little while longer if there are still high numbers of locusts in their area.
Music venues should provide ear plugs: Senate Pubs and music venues could soon have to hand out ear plugs and put up warning signs if their music is too loud. A Senate committee has recommended the Health Department create new recreational noise safety regulations. The committee found one in six Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss and that number could be as high as one in four by 2050. The most common causes are ageing and extended exposure to loud noise. The committee found personal music players and venues that play loud music probably do damage. It has recommended that warning signs be put in pubs and clubs where the music could be loud enough to cause hearing loss. In addition, it wants ear plugs to be handed out to young people.
Alan trapped in Bangkok Hotel
he CEO of the Roxby Leisure Centre, Alan Male and his family were trapped in their Bangkok Hotel last week and were unlikely to get out before Monday this week.
The Male family on holidays in Thailand are like so many other tourists now caught up in the civil unrest as the Red Shirts take on the Thai Government and army. Last reports from Alan to another ex-pat Roxby Downs resident , Ray Goldie, said his family was locked down in the Siam Hotel only 40 metres from Red Shirt front line in the central shopping area of Bangkok. Ray Goldie reports this week that where he is in Phuket there are no safety issues. “The fighting is very localised in a small part of Bangkok,” said Ray. He spent a few days in Bangkok last week but is safely back in Phuket now. “The rallies are only confined to a few small areas in Bangkok City. “There is word it may escalate. We will see what response there is to one of the Red Shirt Leaders being shot yesterday and another leader who has resigned,” reports Ray. www.themonitor.com.au
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& BUSINESS FINANCE Tweeting your way out of your home: Are you saying too much?
ith interest rates on the rise everyone is busy shopping around for the most competitive home loan. However, just as important as finding the best deal is making sure you have all your ducks in a row before applying – and what you say online could have an impact. Online direct lender MyRate.com.au is waving a cautionary ﬂag and encouraging individuals to be careful when posting life status updates into cyberspace.
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“It is in our nature to connect with other people – and tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace all make this much easier… but they also blur the lines between social, personal and business connec-
tions” says Kevin Sherman from MyRate “we all know the stories about bosses catching out employees claiming to be oﬀ ill, or staﬀ being ﬁred for slagging oﬀ their employer, but many of us have not also considered the broader implications of such postings”. There has been a recent increase in stories covering this topic in the media and the lesson to be learnt is simply “what happens in Cyberspace, stays in Cyberspace… forever!”. People can read what you write and most of these networking sites allow EVERYONE to see your status updates. Postings may have a very short shelf life, but that’s not to say that they won’t come back to bite you. In the not too distant future lenders might simply check your social media proﬁles as part of your eligibility check; have you posted anything that could work against you? • Employment and income stability are crucial in determining the overall risk you pose to a lender. “Two more days and I’m outta this place....woo hoo!” may be exciting news to your friends, but perhaps not so well received by your loan consultant.
Bigger is not always better with banks M
assive profits, high fees and p o o r s e r v i ce – the report card for Australia’s major banks suggests they must try harder. It is clear that such factors have contributed to a low customer satisfaction rating for the Big Four. In a survey conducted last year by independent consumer advocacy group CHOICE, the National, ANZ, Westpac and Commonwealth banks rated at the bottom of the pile for everyday banking satisfaction. By contrast, credit unions received higher approval ratings for customer service, variety of banking products and lower fees. In a new Finance Sector Union Better Banking survey, 42 per cent of re-
spondents reported dissatisfaction with Westpac’s service levels, the worst of the banks. The poor showing came a day after Westpac announced a record $2.98 billion ﬁrst-half net cash proﬁt. Tony Ryan, CEO of Big Sky Credit Union, says he is not surprised that credit union members are happier than bank customers. “This isn’t news to us at Big Sky,” he says. “We are here for the members to proﬁt, and we aren’t lining shareholder pockets with the hard-earned and muchneeded funds of Australian families.” The CHOICE survey reveals disenchantment among Big Four bank customers in three key areas. First, high fees contributed to a lowly satisfaction rate on that measure of 38 per
cent for banks, compared with 72 per cent for credit unions. Second, credit unions scored far better in terms of interest rates on everyday accounts. And third, customer service satisfaction for customers of the Big Four stood at 62 per cent compared with 86 per cent for credit unions. Ryan has no doubt that bank customers continue to be frustrated at the imposition of higher fees and charges despite the healthy proﬁt levels of their ﬁnancial institutions. Professional services ﬁrm KPMG reports that the combined proﬁt, after tax, for the Big Four banks hit $14 billion in the ﬁrst half of 2010, up from $9.7 billion in the second-half of 2009. The corporate nature of the banks means profits go back to shareholders.
Conversely, credit union proﬁts help members and the community. “Any profit we see is passed directly back to our members,” Ryan says. He notes that Big Sky’s recent proﬁt pool of $3.5 million has allowed the credit union to oﬀer feefree accounts and give members higher interest rates on their deposit accounts. Ryan says the performance of credit unions is a reminder that consumers have banking choice. They offer highly competitive home and personal loans. “The major banks are making it harder and harder for people to aﬀord their own homes,” he says. “Our home loans are not only affordable but they will continue to be for the sake of our members.”
Helping families find financial counselling
ational Families Week (1521 May) is a great time to celebrate our family units, but also to focus on the importance of the ﬁnancial health of our loved ones. One of the greatest pressures on a family’s happiness and wellbeing is ﬁnancial stress, said Human Services Portfolio General Manager, Hank Jongen. “In fact, ﬁgures show that many people are not as adept at handling their money as they could be,” Mr Jongen said. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 53 per cent of Australians fall below the minimum level of numeric literacy needed to get by in daily life. “But taking a few simple budgetary measures can often relieve Page 8 – Wednesday, May 19, 2010
• With only a few days until your loan is approved, your excitement gets the better of you. “Can’t wait to be holidaying in Prague next month” reveals the ‘real’ reason you are obtaining excess funds for your loan. • “Call me as I can’t make outgoing calls. Haven’t paid bill so they’ve disconnected me!” will not go a long way in assisting your creditworthiness. • The number of dependents you have can signiﬁcantly impact your household living expense assessment. “This is pic of me with my seven children” might not be the same picture you painted during your loan application process. The MyRate website at myrate.com.au/blog has a complete list of what you need to apply for a home loan in the current environment as well as some additional considerations re saying too much online. So think twice before you tweet – and don’t say anything you wouldn’t want your employer – or your mother to read; and perhaps in the future; your ﬁnancial institution.
families of some ﬁnancial stress,” he said. “National Families Week may be the right time to set a new budget, tackle debt, and commit to replacing bad money habits with good ones. “The Human Services Portfolio, including Centrelink and the Child Support Agency, provide a range of support services to the Australian community to help them ﬁne-tune their household budgets. Centrelink’s Financial Information Service educates and informs a wide range of people on ﬁnancial and lifestyle issues. The CSA’s ‘My family is separating – what now?’ website contains links to ﬁnancial counselling services. The CSA is also working with ﬁnancial counsellors through the Australian Financial Counselling
and Credit Reform Association to better support separated parents with their ﬁnancial pressures. The CSA’s free publication, Me and my Money oﬀers separated parents tips and hints to help stretch their dollars. Visit csa.gov.au or call 13 1272 to ﬁnd out more about CSA products and services. Families can also make the most of Centrelink’s online services at centrelink.gov.au For example, families can update their income estimates when their income changes. This means families can deal with Centrelink in their own time to provide up-to-date information, which is key to avoiding over payments. CSA customers can also register with CSAonline at csa.gov.au. CSAonline oﬀers separated parents a range of convenient services when and where it suits them.
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peration Flinders Foundation is a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs award winning programs for young offenders and young people at risk. This year, the program is under a very real threat of cancellation. It is an eight day exercise that accommodates children between the ages of 14 and 18 and is based in the Flinders Ranges. The teens are reduced to the basics, no showers, no toilets, no beds, with the daily task of walking between ﬁve to ﬁfteen kilometres each day, to diﬀerent camps, usually totalling around 100km by the end of the exercise. Keeping active all day, every day of the trip, the participants learn basic bush survival skills, are taught to abseil and study the rich history and culture of the Flinders Ranges and Indigenous people. The program has been in operation since 1991, but has only been operating out of Roxby Downs for the last two years, thanks to the help of
inda Evans has lived in Roxby Downs for almost 10 years and she was chosen as the Community Person of the month of March for her involvement and volunteer work in many of our local sporting clubs. She is treasurer o the junior basketball committee, coached two teams, umpires three to four games each weekend and also coordinates umpires for the Saturday competitions. Basketball, is a sport that she also plays for the Cougars team. Linda also helps collect money for the District Network Squad Program (DNSP), a program developed to assist and provide additional coaching directed towards identiﬁed performancefocussed athletes throughout regional South Australia. The intent of the Program is to assist
Scott Sauerwald. Scott saw the type of trouble some youth in Roxby constantly found themselves in and rose to the challenge of ﬁnding change. Nationally recognised and accredited, Operations Flinders was honoured as a winner and the only South Australian entrant to the Australian Crime and Violence Awards. “It provides the children with life changing experiences and life long mentors” said Scott. You may be overwhelmed with a sense of déjà vu reading this article, as a similar one was printed merely weeks ago, calling for sponsors and or donations for it to proceed. The program needs donations of fuel or fuel money and the help of volunteers to drive a 4WD, transporting the children to and from the base camp in the Flinders, up the Boreﬁeld road. The program this year will be operating from June 23 until June 30. Without donations, Operation Flinders for Roxby participants will not go ahead. The project is in dire straits at the moment, with the threat of cancella-
athletes in their progression towards State/Senior Selection Status, thereby giving remote based athletes recognition/motivation and an opportunity to reach their potential within the sport. Approximately 25 to 30 male/ female athletes (15 to 17 years of age) are selected to take part in this Regional state-wide program each year and Linda’s son Bailey was one of those chosen. Our Community Person of March is also on the tennis committee as a secretary and helps organise tennis junior competitions. Linda Evans has also just taken on coaching two netball teams this season, a sport that she plays for Tangos. She is one of those many selfless people who provide essential support for sports to continue to be played in country areas like Roxby Downs.
tion looming. What needs to be emphasised here is the positive eﬀect this trip has, and will have on children who are going through a rough patch. It gives the children a chance to come out of the rough patch perhaps a little wiser, and deﬁnitely more mature. What other worthy, local, not for proﬁt program can you think of, that has this eﬀect on teens? BHPB has already made a substantial contribution to the program, as has Sportspower. Scott would like to thank and acknowledge their ongoing support and contributions over the last three years. “I would also like to thank The Monitor for their ongoing support through publicity for the event,” said Scott. Contractors, local businesses… this is a call to arms. Without your support, our local youth may not have a fair chance at a successful career, family, life… Donations can be made to Scott Sauerwald by contacting him directly on 0418894917 or Michelle Hales at the Council, on 86710010, who acts as the treasurer for this outﬁt.
‘Rate My Teacher’ is a cause for concern By Millie Thomas
n current affairs re cently, there has been a string of attacks on both the Education Department and on schools nationwide. After the controversy of the NAPLAN testing teacher’s union boycott, and the display of information on the “MySchool” website, you would think that the Department for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations have had more than their fair share of drama for one year. But on the horizon approaches another controversy for the Education Department, teachers and schools alike, which seems to have consequentially similar ideas, objectives and values as the Education Department’s My School website. “Ratemyteachers.com” is a US based website that promotes the rating and comparison of school teachers in schools not only Australia wide, but also features in other countries, such as the US, UK, New Zealand and Ireland. The website allows anyone to anonymously score teachers, principals and
lecturers in four categories, from level one (lowest) to level ﬁve (highest). The four categories include easiness, helpfulness, clarity and popularity. The users can add comments, as well as a smiling, frowning or angry faces. This may be an indication of the maturity of the site. Is this just the start of national and international comparative sites that demolish industries’ reputations and defames an individual’s career? Hopefully, employers would not look to these sites as a point of reference for character evaluation, but the option is always there, isn’t it? Australian Education Union SA vice president David Smith said teachers felt hurt, distressed and publicity humiliated. “There is no accountability and no right of reply for teachers . . . I’ve read several of the (comments) and many are crude and cruel,” he said. A spokesperson for the Minister of Education, Julia Gillard, said “The Government does not support the publication of league tables, nor does it support any sort of ranking of teachers
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whatsoever. “What we do support is tools such as the My School website, which can look at which schools are performing well and how we can learn from them, and which schools might need some extra assistance from the Federal Government,” the spokesperson said. There are more than 400 South Australian schools listed on the site, including our own Roxby Downs Area School. The widely publicised attempted boycott of the NAPLAN tests by the Australian Education Union in a battle, using the media as a persuasive tool, against the Education Department was based largely on AEU’s opposition to the use of the information from the NAPLAN tests, to fuel the MySchool Website. The AEU argues that there are more aspects to the success and validity of a school than Literacy, Numeracy and Language Conventions. Honourable Ms Julia Gillard argues that without the basis of reading, writing and maths, the rest of the education realm is closed oﬀ to the student. Therefore the website is relevant.
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ROAD SURVIVAL TACTICS By Yvonne & David Williams
TIPS FOR PARENTS OF LEARNER DRIVERS
STATESMAN STILL PART OF THE AUSSIE LANDSCAPE
he demise of Ford’s Fairlane and LTD models 2 years back pretty well handed this entire sector of the Australian car market to Holden’s Statesman and Caprice. Now used almost exclusively as hire or government cars (or so it seems), we decided to take the latest Statesman back to its roots - when this type of Aussie car seemed to be driven mainly by people on the land. We took the 3.6litre V6 Statesman through a wide range of driving conditions to the edge of the outback in northern NSW. It was a great chance to try out one of GM’s more comfortable models and, as expected, the ride was armchair soft all the way whether on freeways, minor highways or the dirt roads we couldn’t resist along the way. There’s no doubt the General still builds cars for Australian conditions and the Statesman is no exception. These days however, manufacturers of large cars like Statesman have to improve fuel eﬃciency and reduce emissions to entice buyers. The Statesman’s V6 drives a 6 speed automatic transmission which we found hard to fault. The engine, putting out a respectable 210kW with 350Nm of torque, boasts the new SIDI fuel management system. With this, direct to the combustion chamber, fuel injection system Holden claims to produce fuel savings of 1.2litres per 100km over previous models. This translates to a quoted (combined) 10.3litres/100km (we averaged a touch under 10 for our predominately extra-urban driving). CO2 emissions are quoted at 245g/km. Holden has earned an impressive 5 star ANCAP rating on the Statesman with airbags front and side for driver and front passenger plus full side curtains. There is of course Electronic Stability Control with ABS, EBA, EBD and Traction Control. Inside, one finds all the luxurious touring features you’d expect. Leather seats with 8 way electric adjustment for the driver and 4 way for front passenger. Dual zone air conditioning and a 6.5” multifunction LCD screen and park assist. Steer-
ing wheel controls, cruise control and heated exterior power mirrors plus auto headlights and windscreen wipers. For entertainment there’s an MP3 compatible 6CD Blaupunkt audio system and lots of storage to make this an ideal travelling vehicle. We also had the beneﬁt of the optional Sat Nav. The only negative with the storage inside is the terribly small centre console and glove box – the latter compromised by the Sat Nav DVD player - which was annoying in an otherwise generously proportioned vehicle. The boot however is simply cavernous. Our plan was a 4 day trip from Melbourne to Bourke on the edge of outback NSW and return. Our ﬁrst night was spent in Wagga Wagga and day two saw us headed North West for Bourke via West Wyalong, Parkes and Nyngan. We stopped for the night at the incredible Bourke Riverside Motel perched right beside the Darling River. This ancient allsuite motel is an absolute treasure, ﬁlled with priceless antiques, superb gardens and friendly dogs - not to mention the best breakfast in the outback! The Darling was in ﬂood and expected to peak in the next few days. We’d intended following one of our all time favourite roads, from Bourke to Wilcannia (350kms of clay and gravel along the southern bank of the Darling), but it was closed 99kms downstream at Louth so on day three we headed south 160kms on the sealed Kidman Way to the mining town of Cobar. Another 250kms south found us in Hillston faced with the choice of staying on the bitumen for the next 170kms into Hay or taking a short cut (13kms less) by getting oﬀ into
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the gravel and heading for Booligal. Booligal was made famous in 1896 by Banjo Patterson in his poem “Hay and Hell and Booligal” so our choice was clear! This road took us through a number of large stations and through swarms of locusts (as we had on the way into Bourke the previous day). We learned later that locust & rabbit plagues were also a problem in the 1890s and doubtless inﬂuenced Banjo Patterson when he penned his poem. The Statesman handled the gravel, potholes and cattle grids surprisingly well at speed and only threatened to understeer on sharp bends where drifts of gravel were piled up and we should have known better anyway. From Booligal we headed for Hay down the Cobb Highway driving through an amazing, treeless landscape of saltbush – aptly named One Tree Plain. This area is famous for its 360° skyline, amazing sunsets and starlit night skies. The Statesman is a robust luxury vehicle and did everything we asked of it, comfortably and with style. We didn’t try ﬁtting a sheep in the back seat, but reckon you could ﬁt a couple quite comfortably if you needed to. For buyers who like room to move and a vehicle with plenty of power, Statesman ﬁts the bill. Oh, and importantly when you’re out where we were, it’s comforting to know it runs happily on standard unleaded fuel and the tank holds a comfortable 73 litres. RRP for the V6 Statesman is $63,990 (plus on roads). Our optional Sat Nav added a further $1,990. Yvonne & David Williams www.wheeldestinations.com Vehicle supplied by GM Holden Ltd
ecoming an Observant Team for example. Many of these lights are just badly aimed or are meant to supplement – or Spot the Idiots
It should go without saying that when out driving with your Learner you both need to be super observant. You must adopt the attitude that every other driver you meet on the roads is a potential health hazard and you have to drive accordingly. When you begin to observe other drivers you will see just how many terrible drivers there really are on the roads. One of the most frequent idiots you will see is the one who runs red lights. It is a very common practice and it is extremely dangerous both for the foolhardy driver that attempts it and the traﬃc entering the intersection with the green light. There are also hundreds of drivers out there still using mobile phones and smoking whilst they are supposed to be driving. Worse still some are sending SMS messages as well, and that can be a fatal combination, particularly to other road users. Pet owners with un-restrained animals diving around on their laps are another of our favourite idiot drivers! Of course all these examples are the easy ones to spot. Start looking for some more subtle signs of drivers not doing the right thing – the drivers who are not looking at the big picture and think they are the only road user:
high beam. They can dazzle oncoming drivers even in daylight. • Drivers who have their mirrors adjusted to see identical images in all three. • Drivers sitting in a line of traﬃc at a red light who, if they were aware of their surroundings (i.e. used their mirrors), could move forward ½ a metre, and allow traﬃc behind to enter the turn slip lane. • Drivers who drive down the freeway on-ramp at 60km/h or 80km/h and try to merge with the traﬃc which is doing 100km/h.
The list is endless! These are either drivers who don’t know or who don’t care, so be cautious when in their company, but point them out to your Learner, and get your Learner looking for them. Being conscious of the things other drivers are doing incorrectly, will make you both better drivers. Of course if you recognise yourself in any of the descriptions above please try and change your ways! Make it a routine habit every time you drive to point out the drivers who seem to be totally unaware, the ones who are just plain selﬁsh and those who are simply dangerous. It means that you and your Learner will be prepared for the unexpected and that you are reinforcing the most important • Drivers who drive with their auxiliary behaviour in your Learner – helping them lights or fog lights on in broad daylight, to see the big picture and to be aware!
Demerit points peculiar to South Australia
• More than 20 points you lose your ere’s listed some of the offenses that can take six right to drive for ﬁve months. points are incurred whether points from South Australia’s theDemerit oﬀence is committed in South Ausdrivers, which is the highest value tralia or interstate. of points: If you accrue six or more demerit points, a warning notice is sent to you (unless you have an interstate address) warning that you are close to being disqualiﬁed from driving. The warning notice shows the oﬀence details, the date the oﬀence was committed and the number of demerit points for each offence. If you are disqualiﬁed from driving as a result of the accumulation of demerit points, the disqualiﬁcation starts 28 days after a formal notice is sent to you, providing you formally acknowledge receipt of the notice within this timeframe. Remember that if you accumulate: If you are already disqualiﬁed, any •12 to 15 points you lose your right new demerit point disqualiﬁcation will to drive for three months; •16 to 20 points you lose your right start immediately after the existing disqualiﬁcation ends. to drive for four months; Excessive speed; driving recklessly or at speed or in manner dangerous to public; driving or attempting to put vehicle in motion while under inﬂuence of liquor or drug; refusing or failing to comply with direction of police oﬃcer in relation to alcotest or breath analysis; refusing or failing to comply with direction of police oﬃcer in relation to drug screening test, oral ﬂuid analysis or blood test or refusing or failing to comply with request to submit to taking of sample of blood.
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Snug fit: jeans for your baby belly
s one of the most comfortable clothing staples in everyone’s wardrobe, saying goodbye to your favourite pair of jeans for nine months is unthinkable when you become pregnant. Ingrid, who is six-months pregnant, says she misses her comfy pre-pregnancy jeans the most. “Something I wasn’t expecting [when I became pregnant] was that my hips completely changed shape,” Ingrid says. “So not only was my belly increasing in size but so were my hips. And it meant my jeans were completely out of the question.” Most women find that once their body starts to change shape, normal jeans become too tight across the middle. The mindset is that pregnancy jeans are all unattractive with elas-
tic waistbands and many women kiss goodbye to their favourites in favour of dresses and skirts. Aussie favourite Just Jeans has just released maternity jeans into their stores. With three styles to choose from: skinny leg, straight leg and boot leg. The jeans are cut so the front sits just below the belly, and with a front ﬂy they will look just like you are wearing your normal jeans. What’s more is these jeans are made of stretch denim and they have stretch panels on either side of the waistband, which you can adjust as your baby grows. These maternity jeans are $89.95 and come in sizes eight to 16. With these snazzy pants, there is no reason to feel uncomfortable wearing your favourite styles while waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive. Source: Women’s Weekly
Fight cancer in the kitchen
ere’s a statistic to make you think twice about what you eat: an unhealthy diet may be behind up to one-third of all cancers. It’s vital therefore to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. They contain phytochemicals and antioxidants, which countless studies have shown help to protect, block or suppress cancer-causing cells and tumours. Many help to protect against speciﬁc cancers, too:
n May 11, 1960 the first oral contraceptive pill was made available to women in the United States. “With the availability of the Pill came the ﬁrst safe and effective means for women to control their fertility and for couples to make decisions about when and if and how many children they would have,” said Shine SA CEO Kaisu Vartto.
For women, this day heralded signﬁcant change. “ Women were able to control their fertility and that meant that they could enter the workforce and engage in further education. “This saw a rapid increase in the number of women that were entering professional occupations in the 1970 and 1980’s. No longer were women restricted to being a housewife, secretary, nurse or teacher or be engaged in menial and manual factory ﬂoors. Ms Vartto says that because women were able
to control fertility it also meant that children were planned, wanted, loved and that meant they were healthier and happier than in previous generations. “As a result the South Australian orphanages began to close their doors and by the late 1980s hardly any remained. In 1970 the teen birth rate was 67.7 births per 1000 teenagers 15-19 years of age. In 2008 it was 16.9. In 1970 there were 798 adoptions of Australian born children in SA, in 2006 there were 3. The availability of The Pill changed our history.
- Garlic has been shown to reduce the size of colon tumours. - Grapes, or rather, their skins, contain resveratrol, which inhibits cancer development. - Soya contains a naturally occurring plant oestrogen that mimics the action of the antibreast cancer drug tamoxifen. - Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects against cancercausing pollutants and helps guard against stomach and prostate cancer. - Watercress contains a substance called phenethyl isothiocyanate, which preliminary research ﬁndings indicate may help prevent lung cancer.
Four keys to women’s health
A 50 YEARS SINCE
FIRST ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
- Broccoli and cabbage contain glucosinolates, which break down to fight lung and colon cancers. (Tip: if you can’t stand broccoli, but want its cancerfighting properties, look for broccoli sprouts, available in health food stores and some supermarkets. They’ve got a tangy yet delicate taste, and they contain up to 50 times the concentration of the protective chemical sulphoraphane found in mature broccoli.) - Citrus fruit is high in antioxidant ﬂavonoids that protect against stomach and oral cancer.
sking women to exercise more and eat less is just too simplistic. Although many diseases are linked to things we seemingly control, to assume that women aren’t healthier because they are either uninformed or uncommitted is wrong. Women’s lives are complicated and interrelated, one factor enmeshed in a dozen others, interwoven by relationships and situations. On closer examination, researchers now believe that a woman’s health is profoundly impacted by factors outside of her control. The National Institutes of Health Research Priorities for Women’s Health for 2010 reports that conditions such as caring for children or family members, her marital status, and how much she works inside and/or outside the home, have a signiﬁcant bearing on women’s health priorities. Her health is also inﬂuenced by her culture, her education and resources, even by whether she lives in a rural or metropolitan community. And, of course,
there is an immense disparity in access to care – the harsh dividing line that will deﬁne the new haves and have-nots.
Key #1 Sleep. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, regularly shorting ourselves of sleep is associated with serious conditions that will shorten our life expectancy. Lack of sleep has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and reduced immune function. Although getting eight solid hours is just not realistic for some women, make a personal commitment to give yourself longer, better quality sleep. It’s a big ﬁrst step on the path to wellness.
at least three to ﬁve hours per week, according to the American Cancer Society. For the general population, Mayo Clinic lists beneﬁts of regular exercise as improving your mood, combating chronic disease, managing weight, boosting energy, promoting sleep and even improving your sex life.
Key #3 Nutrition. To combat the number one killer of women, heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends a “Mediterranean” diet, rich in vegetables, whole grains, fruits, olive oil, and legumes such as beans. It is predominantly based on plants and
seafood with limited lean meats or cheese. Reduce sugar and salt by leading your family to rediscover the natural taste of foods.
Key #4 Regular checkups and preventive screenings. Many women believe that if they feel good, they must be well. Unfortunately, some diseases are great at hiding until they are a serious - perhaps deadly - problem. On medical issues, I suggest three “don’ts: Research shows that when women take care of themselves, the health of their family improves. And that, after all, is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to the world.
Key #2 Exercise. Although we’d all like to take the recommended half hour walk every day, for most of us, life just gets in the way. One of the most stunning arguments for exercise is the discovery that the risk of dying of a recurrence of breast cancer is lowest among women who walk
Final numbers are needed to see if the proposed Weight Watchers meeting for Roxby Downs will begin at the end of May To confirm your attendance please contact Kim Furnell on 0428 658 163
May is Morning Tea time. So tea up your friends or workmates and help tip the balance in the fight against cancer. It’s easy, it’s fun and together you’ll be making a big difference, because every cup counts. Register now, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au
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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICER Woomera Community Hospital Indicative Total Remuneration: $24,095 - $43,982 (pro rata) – Perm P/T – ASO1 You will coordinate and provide reception duties, accounting and clerical support services which contribute to the efﬁcient operation of the Woomera Community Hospital. This will include word processing, photocopying, answering telephone calls, ﬁling, retrieval of documents and booking of appointments. With previous general clerical experience or training, you will demonstrate good computer keyboard skills and ability to set work priorities. Job Ref: 3017. For more information visit:
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6 speed Auto, 63,000.00km, 18inch r i m s , N e w Ty r e s , $19,000 ONO, REGO NO: XHW 437, Call Darko 0413 679 497 MEETINGS FINAL numbers are needed to see if the proposed Weight Watchers meeting for Roxby Downs will begin at the end of May. To c o n f i r m y o u r attendance please contact Kim Furnell on 0428 658 163.
Phone: 8671 2683
Soul Food Returns to Roxby! The Events of the past year have given us all much to think about. Is money all we need? Is work all that occupies our daily life? As a service to the people of Roxby Downs the Baha’i community is once again offering regular Soul Food events. These are designed to inspire individuals through uplifting spiritual writings drawn from a variety of sources, complimented by meditative live music. The program will be held every third Sunday of the month, starting this Sunday, May 23 at 11.00 am at Leisure Centre Art Gallery. Come along and be inspired!!
Fitness / Group Fitness Instructor (Casual) Pulse Fitness, located within Roxby Downs Leisure Centre requires a vibrant, energetic and Group Fitness Instructor. The successful applicant will have ·
A minimum Certiﬁcate III in ﬁtness
Senior First Aid & CPR
Experience working as a Group Fitness Instructor and taking Group Fitness classes.
Experience in any of the following classes; FREESTYLE CLASSES, HI/LOW, PUMP, FITBALL, STEP, STRETCH, SPIN, BOXING & AQUA
A passion for the industry and be motivated to help members succeed
Enjoy working with a team, be friendly, honest and reliable APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO Michael Esposito - Operations Manager Roxby Leisure PO Box 300, Roxby Downs SA 5725 Phone: 08 8671 0500 or 0448 882 186 Fax: 08 8671 0594 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HAVE YOUR SAY . . . How are you finding the NAPLAN test so far?
WHAT’S ON across the region
HEALTH “ It was pretty
hard. I have a 10% learning disability and still had to take the same test as everyone else.” Daniel Bulman
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ROXBY DOWNS’ FAMILY PRACTICE Phone: 8671 3231 ROXBY DOWNS’ MEDICAL PRACTICE 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday Saturday morning by appointment. Phone: 8671 1900 VISITING ALLIED HEALTH SERVICE DIABETES EDUCATOR - 18 June Phone: 86485706 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - 21 May Phone: 86485800 SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - 21 May Phone: 86485800 PHYSIOTHERAPIST - 3 & 4 June Phone: 86485800 COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER - 21 May Phone: 86485800
“ It is boring
and easy-ish. I pretty much guessed the whole test.” Jaiden Gowley
“ I t ’s
pretty easy, just annoying, because it’s too long.” Luke Ryan
DIETICIAN - 21 May Phone: 86485800
CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT - MOVIES Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 ROXBY DOWNS TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 9:30am - 11:00am Tuesday & Thursday (repeated) Meet at Roxby Downs Library during school Terms Only ANDAMOOKA TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 10:30am Monday - Fun for 1-4 years. Phone: 8672 7018 Meet at Andamooka Community Library PLAYGROUP - St. Barbara’s Parish School Wednesday 9:30am & Thursday 1:00pm Call School: 8671 3207 PLAYGROUP - Roxby Downs Kindergarten 9:30am - 11:00am Friday. Contact Kylie 8671 2447 ANDAMOOKA PLAYGROUP 9:00am - 10:00am Tuesday
PODIATRIST - 18 June Phone: 86485500 CAMHS - 3 & 4 June (CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE)
ROXBY DOWNS’ HEALTH SERVICES COFFEE MORNING 9:30am - 11:00am Thursday Meet at the Dunes Café RAPTORS CYCLING CLUB 8:00am Sunday Social bike riding group. Meet at Stuart Road roundabout
PHARMACY - 3 & 4 June DASSA - 18 June HEARING SERVICES 9:00am-2:30pm Monday to Friday Phone:1800 006 303 DOCTOR’S NEW SPECIALISED DRUG Phone: 1800 700 270 (Number for Medicare Use) CRISIS CARE COUNSELLING Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services: 1800 655 716 Crisis care line:13 16 11 For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7 BREASTFEEDING ROXBY DOWNS’ GROUP 1:30pm - 3:00pm Third Tuesday of the month. At the Roxby Downs Public Library.
ROXBY DOWNS CHILDCARE 6:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday Phone: 8671 0911 ANDAMOOKA CHILDCARE 7:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday ROXBY EARLY LEARNING COMMUNITY GROUP 3 yr old program Mon and Thurs 8.45am -12.15pm 4 yr old program Tue 8.45am – 11.45am Contact Gail 0439 683 609 SOUL FOOD Every third Sunday of the month, starting Sunday, 23 May at 11.00am in the Cultural Precinct Art Gallery. Come along and be inspired!! 5RRR EYES DOWN BINGO Saturday 22 May 2010 from 2:30 PM Venue: Woomera RSL and Bowling Club
CHURCH ROXBY DOWNS’ LUTHERAN CHURCH 10:30am every Sunday of the month 5:30pm 3rd Sunday of each month 9:30am every Sunday during school terms FAITHWORKS’ CHRISTIAN CHURCH An Assemblies Church meets every Sunday 10.30 am at Roxby Downs Catholic School Library Keith Moody Phone: 0414 570 871
“ It is pretty good, it’s easy, but hard. Some questions are hard and some are very easy.”
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday Phone: 8671 2001
ST. BARBARA’S PARISH CATHOLIC CHURCH 78 Pioneer Drive, Roxby Downs May Mass Times Sat 22nd 6.00pm Sun 23rd 9.00am Readings & Communion Sat 8th - 15th - 29th 6.00pm ANDAMOOKA/ROXBY BIBLE CHURCH 10:00am Sundays, Worship Service 6.30pm Fridays, Kids Club, 7 years + Phone: 8672 7213 ROXBY DOWNS COMMUNITY CHURCH 10am Sunday Worship. For other events & activities phone Alison 8671 1032
COMMUNITY MEETINGS Community members are welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board, Forums and Partnerships - see schedule on the Community Matters page. For more information call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010 ROTARY CLUB - ROXBY DISTRICT 1st and 3rd Monday of the month For more information contact Sandy Sumsion ph: 0400 366 619 ANDAMOOKA OPAL GIRL GUIDES Andamooka Community Hall Mondays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Phone: 0427 072 710 OUTBACK MULTI-CULTURAL GROUP Phone: 8671 2892
GENERAL INFORMATION MT DARE HOTEL - 8am – 9pm Open every day OUTBACK COMMUNITY GARDENS - Phone: 8671 2892 ROXBY ROAD SAFE - Phone: 8671 2892
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Crows players promote cyber safety in the Far North By Millie Thomas Adelaide Crows representatives visited Roxby, Woomera and Andamooka schools this week in an effort to promote “cyber safety”. Joel Kay addressed Roxby Downs Area School students ﬁrst thing Monday morning and gave them helpful hints on how to stay safe on the net. Mr Kay didn’t so much as focus on the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet, but outlined some safe pointers for the children to think about as they access unknown, and socialising websites. Mr Kay made it very clear the social networking website “Facebook” is illegal for primary school students. The hints were summarised in an “ABC” poem; “T” – tell your mum or dad if something upsets you on the internet “H” – hide your password “I” - interesting websites can be fun “N” – it’s important to be nice to others on the net “K” – keep your personal information safe And of course there were heaps of giveaways for the most enthusiastic and interactive students, including a Crows football and junior Crows memberships. The visit was a part of a conjoined eﬀort by the Adelaide Football Club and the Department of Education and Children’s Services in promoting the “Crows in Schools” program via the Centra Program. The program was ﬁrst introduced in 2005, aimed particularly at regional and remote schools.
Junior Netball 11 and Under
Shooters 5 drew with Bullets 5 Rockets 11 d T-Birds 6 13 and Under Bullets 29 d Shooters 20 Rockets 37 d T-Birds 17 17 and Under Shooters 44 d T-Birds 28 Bullets 48 d Lightning 44
Senior Netball Results
Zodiacs 1 - 54 Defeated Miners Red - 41
A Grade Hornridge - 46 Miners 1 - 46
Olympic Dam B Bye
GHD Gems - 64 Defeated Sodexo Geckos - 29 Olympic Dam A Bye B Grade Hornridge 2 - 58 Defeated Miners 2 - 31
C grade Netball action
C Grade Miners White - 52 Defeated Zodiacs 2 - 47
ABOVE: Chelsea Brind (Andamooka) about to receive the ball from Sarah Lynch while Hornridge Wing Attack Danika Sapwell and Centre Lisa Howard try to intercept.
Hornridge 3 - 36 Defeated Andamooka - 25
LEFT: Hannah Rigden takes a high ball in the Hornridge circle.
Olympic Dam C Bye
Autopro Roxby Downs
RIGHT: Andamooka’s Karen Williams and Pip Clarke couldn’t do much to stop this goal from Hornridge players, Hannah Rigden and Rhy Paulaukas.
Special of the week
BELOW: Hornridge Centre player Danika Sapwell enjoying the game.
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Indoor Sports results from the Leisure Centre Indoor Soccer 04-05-2010 Blues 5 def Wolves 4
Weds Netball 12-05-2010 A Grade:
Weds Netball 05-05-2010 A Grade: Hornridge 42 defeated Redbacks 26 Eagles 40 defeated Victorious Secret 26 B Grade: Sporty Shorties 25 defeated Milkshakes 23 Tango’s 26 defeated Desert Demons 12 Mixed: Roxby PLeisure 21 defeated First Contact 17 UNO 37 defeated Goal Diggers 22
Eagles 39 defeated Redbacks 31 Victorious Secret 37 defeated Hornridge 36 B Grade:
Indoor Mixed Hockey 06-05-2010 Green (copper oxides) 10 defeated Blues 7 White (Hot Shots) 11 defeated Red (SRTA Scorpions) 10
13-05-2010 White (hot Shots) 7 defeated Blues 2 Green (copper oxides) 10 defeated Red (SRTA Scorpions) 3
Desert Demons 30 defeated Milkshakes 27 Sporty Shorties 36 defeated Tango’s 20 Roxby PLeisure 23 defeated UNO 17 First Contact 30 defeated Goal Diggers 19 Indoor Mixed Hockey
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No surprises in footy results
o surprises in the last round of football played at the Roxby Downs town oval on Saturday when two of the main ﬂag contenders were clinical in their dominance of the games. Both Olympic Dam and Roxby Districts exerted their superior skills over the lowly Andamooka and Hornridge teams who are languishing at the bottom of the table. Olympic Dam continued on their winning way making their charge to the ﬁnals series with a magniﬁcent 45 point win over a lack luster Andamooka Roos, who at this early stage in the season seem to be lacking depth, even though promising much pre-season. Rhian Montgomerie again was a very strong focal point for the Devils booting a game high seven goals, with the evergreen Copeland chipping in for four. Paull for the Roos was the best of the goal scorers with three and Moloney two. In the other game of the day, Roxby Districts sent a loud message to the league, that they really are the team to beat for this year’s ﬂag. Their 96 point victory was embarrassing for the hapless Hornridge boys, who are just that, a team of young developing players. The 18-15 (123) to 3-9 (27) scoreline shows just how good the Miners are in oﬀence and defence. With a plethora of scorers the Miners had many options in front of goal. McBey, has picked up where he left oﬀ in the last year’s grand ﬁnal and booted four to be the top scorer, but with Watson and Zeptner both booting three and a host of others to register scores there was little the Magpie defence could do as the onslaught continued throughout the match. This game was marred by the all in melee and two players being sent oﬀ. The umpires will be doing more of this to prevent further occurences in the future. There is plenty to like about the Miners as they work toward the ﬁnal series and Mark Dalgliesh has his job cut out keeping them focused for the biggest prize of all, the 2010 ﬂag. This weekend’s round of games will see Coober Pedy back on the winner’s list after succumbing meekly to OD in round four. They take on Hornridge who will have the long haul to Coober Pedy and with the skill, speed and aggression of the Sainters no one could conﬁdently predict an upset in this one. However, the only game at Roxby on Saturday will be a clash of the titans. Roxby Districts will meet Olympic Dam in the game of the day and predicting a winner here will be the ﬂip of a coin. Both have hit a purple patch in the last couple of weeks, and have more than pride to play for in this one. Many predict these two teams will face oﬀ come grand ﬁnal day come September and whoever wins on Saturday will have that little psychological edge. If the two Montgomeries are playing and Copeland can keep scoring like he has, then the good money will have to go on the Devils, in a game that will go down to the wire.
Roxby District’s Jack Orr breaks the Hornridge tackle of young Dylan Male above and below he gets airborne in an attempt to take the mark of the day.
ROXBY DOWNS JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION JUNIOR COLTS Bulldogs 6 goal 6 behinds 42 points defeated Hawks 4 goals 1 behind 25 points Best players for Bulldogs 1st L Weston 2nd A Caburnay 3rd T Odgers 4th J Dawson 5th S King Goal scorers Matthew W 2 goals T Odges S King J McCarthy J Dawson 1 goal each SENIOR COLTS Bulldogs 7 goals 13 behinds 55 points defeated Hawks 2 goals 6 behinds 18 points Best players for Bulldogs 1st D Kraljev 2nb D Male 3rd J Mason 4th E Zeptner 5th D Lloyd Goal scorers E Zeptner 3 goals J Christall D Male 2 goals each Best players for Hawks 1st J Brind 2nd S Orr 3rd C McLeod 4th J Lawerence 5th S Smith Goal scorers N Rainsford A Ryan 1 goal each
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Roxby Districts 18goals 15 behinds 123 points defeated Hornridge 3 goals 9 behinds 27 points Best players for Roxby 1st J Smart 2nd C Kenny 3rd B Chesson 4th J Watson 5th S Finey Goal scorers I McBey 4 goals J Watson K Zeptner 3 goals M Bennie 2 goals J Smart J Haugum B Platen C Kenny M Lively M Howard 1 goal each Best players for Hornridge 1st D McEvoy 2nd B Grimston 3rd N Tuthill 4th M Blackie 5th J Beenham Goal scorers R Price T Golding K Farrell 1 goal each
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Olympic Dam 16 goals 11 behinds 107 points defeated Andamooka 9 goals 8 behinds 62 points Best players for OD 1st S Montgomerie 2nd D Moyse 3rd T Hornhardt 4th M Darrie Goal scorers R Montgomerie 7 goals L Copeland 4 goals B Rynne R Summerton 2 goals D Moyse 1 goal Best players for Andamooka 1st R Sporton 2nd A Moss 3rd J Barnes 4th D Reid 5th T Ripley Goal scorersT Paull 3 goals M Moloney 2 goals D McDonald A Moss M Davis L Scobie 1 goal each
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Boxing tournament a first for Roxby Downs
By Celeste Lustosa
oxing SA is holding a boxing tournament in Roxby Downs on Saturday, June, 12 and this ﬁrst for the town is being sponsored by Rema Tip Top. “Boxing SA has chosen to hold a tournament in Roxby Downs as we are trying to promote the sport of amateur boxing throughout South Australia,” said Allison Goodes, president of Boxing SA. Boxing SA has four boxers and a coach registered with our association living at Roxby Downs.
The local boxers competing are Craig Clark, Stuart Orr, Josh Jeﬀerson and Stephen Finey and their coach is Steven Rudd. “This is an ideal time for Boxing SA to show support to these boxers and to allow them to compete in front of their family and friends,” Mrs Goodes told The Monitor. The Boxing tournament in Roxby Downs will bring boxers, coaches, family, friends and supporters from all over South Australia, as well as some boxers from Alice Springs attending the tournament. “Boxing SA is looking forward to our first tournament to be held at Roxby Downs and to showcase the great sport of amateur boxing,” Mrs
Goodes added. Council Administrator Bill Boehm said that whist boxing may not appeal to some; there are many young males in our community who will no doubt be interested in attending the event. “It’s good to see that Culture and Leisure Centre continues to be used for new events that service the many diﬀerent elements of our community that, in some ways are neglected when it comes to cultural events. “Many may never have experienced boxing, which we all know is a well established Olympic sporting event. From all reports it has been successfully run in other regional communities and well managed
What’s happening at the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct
PLAY CAFÉ in the auditorium Mondays 9.30 > 12
roxbyleisure phone 8671 2001
NIPPY GYM in the auditorium Thursdays 9.30 > 11.30 *Parents please note that you are responsible for the supervision and wellbeing of your children.
MOTHERS COFFEE GROUP Thursdays 9 > 12 Dunes Café THE BOUNTY HUNTER Rated M Duration 110 mins.
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by Boxing SA. “It’s important that when presented with an opportunity that this is supported locally as hopefully it will,” Mr Boehm told The Monitor. The tournament will be held at the Roxby Downs Auditorium, doors open at 6.30pm and the ﬁrst bout is at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Roxby Downs Information and Visitor Centre. Boxing SA is the governing body for the Olympic sport of amateur boxing in South Australia. It is also a not for proﬁt, member state of Boxing Australia Inc, and aﬃliated with the SA Olympic Council and the SA Commonwealth Games Association.
ROXBY’S BIGGEST AFTERNOON TEA Our take on Australia’s biggest morning tea. Thursday 27th May 2-3pm Dunes Café - all welcome. All proceeds go towards the Australian Cancer Council.
BENEATH HILL Rated M Duration 122 mins.
The extraordinary true story of Oliver A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his Woodward, who must tear himself from his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. new young love to go to the mud and carnage Soon after their reunion, the duo find themselves on the Western Front. Stars Brendan Cowell, a run-for-their-lives adventure. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Mothers CoffeeofGroup Harrison Gilbertson. Screens: Saturday 22 May Gerald Butler, Gio Perez. Screens: Friday 21 May @ 7.30pm, Sun. 23 May @ 3pm, Tuesday 25 May @ 7pm. @ 7.30pm, Sunday 23 May @ 7.30pm.
NANNY McPHEE & THE BIG BANG Rated G Duration 109 mins. Nanny McPhee helps a young mother who tries to run the family farm while her husband’s away, she uses her magic to teach the children five new lessons. Stars Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregot, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson. Screens: Saturday 22 May @ 3pm, Sunday 23 May @ 11am.
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