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First Senior Sergeant for Roxby

Senior Sergeant Officer in Charge Terry Boylan is the first Senior Sergeant posted in Roxby Downs.

By Vanessa Switala


enior Sergeant Officer in Charge Terry Boylan is the first Senior Sergeant to be posted at Roxby Downs Police Station. Previously, the Officer in Charge position at Roxby Downs has been a Sergeant position. Sgt Boylan commenced work at Roxby Downs Police Station last week and told The Monitor he has been a police officer since 1986. He said he has been stationed in various locations in the Far North of South Australia including; Whyalla, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Iron Knob, Port Pirie and Gladstone.

Sgt Boylan stated he has no real plans for the amount of time he will spend in Roxby Downs, “This is my fifth day of work so give me time,” he joked. So far, Sgt Boylan is impressed with the town and community even though he said the road system takes ‘a bit of getting used to’. “First impressions; it’s quite a vibrant little town actually,” he said. “It’s amazing the facilities that are here for where it is.” He moved to Roxby Downs with his wife Denise and has a daughter in Adelaide completing her last year of a teaching degree. “Denise and I are quite happy,” Sgt Boylan said. “We went out to the Loretta Lynn tribute last Friday night; we went to the market on Saturday and had a look around; we went out to

Chives a couple of times, so it’s been good. “Our daughter is currently at FlindersUniversity doing a double degree in teaching. “She finishes this year and if the opportunity exists she’ll try and come up here next year if there are positions available,” he explained. Sgt Boylan said with the proposed expansion there will be more police officers on hand. “Obviously with the expansion down the track… there’s going to be more police officers here,” he stated. “There is going to be more people in the town so it will be interesting to see how that affects the amount of incidents we need to deal with. “(It’s) a bit of a wait and see situation. There’s obviously the work camp out there but then

Important information from Roxby Power inside this edition. again that’s away from the town and a lot of these people will be here to work. Sgt Boylan added, “I’m sure we’ll be able to deal with anything that comes up.” “It’s not like it’s happening tomorrow. We are planning for every eventuality but we’ve got to wait and see. “And of course as the expansion moves up so does our staffing contingent.” Sgt Boylan said it is hard to determine how many police officers will be stationed at Roxby Downs as the proposed expansion progresses. “How big is the hole going to be and when’s it going to be there?” he questioned. Sgt Boylan explained the Roxby Downs police will be targeting traffic related issues in relation to the fatal five and also the Lizard’s Revenge protest which is planned in July. “We are working closely with BHP (sic) and Adelaide police to ensure that there is an amount of coverage to assist with (the protest),” he stated. “Obviously during the Lizard’s Revenge there will be more police officers here. Sgt Boylan added, “Everybody’s got a right to lawfully protest in this country. “I have heard some stories about previous protests doing things in Woolworths. I’m concerned that people get a bit worried about that because… from what I’ve heard I wonder whether if it’s a bit of an urban myth that’s grown up over the years about what they did some years ago,” he explained. Continued on page 2...


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Monitor NEWS From the front page . . . “Apart from the protest at the mine I would think the people in Roxby Downs should have nothing to worry about. “We will be well in hand to deal with them. “What we certainly don’t want is the people of Roxby Downs to worry about (the protest) and to take some sort of measure into their own hands,” he added. Sgt Boylan told The Monitor he has experience with numerous protests including the Beverley Uranium Mine and Honeymoon Uranium Mine in Northern South Australia. “A lot of these people have a short time frame that they can be here any way it’s not like they can be here forever,” he explained. “It will be a very short intense period.” Sgt Boylan stated he has not seen figures to determine if Roxby Downs has a higher percentage than other country towns for drink driving and alcohol fuelled violence. “Obviously alcohol plays a big factor in Roxby Downs recreational life and that obviously leads to drink driving which is a bit of a shame,” he said. “I’ve been to the hotel and I’ve been

to the Tavern before I got here… and they seem to run pretty good establishments,” he explained. Sgt Boylan added, “I think lock outs are a good idea because it protects those patrons that have been there for a while and been having a good time.” He said he does not believe drug possession in Roxby would be any higher than other ‘larger’ country towns but he thinks it may be due to workers having expendable income. Sgt Boylen hopes the Roxby Downs community feels they are able to communicate with the police in an open and positive manner. He said if incidents are not reported, the police cannot act on them. “I would like to think that the community has confidence in their local police to report anything to them,” he explained. “The police are accessible 24 hours a day. You can ring someone up and you will get someone who will take a report and we’ll deal with it. “I would like to think that people feel they can ring us and talk to us about anything.” He believes a Neighbourhood Watch group in Roxby Downs will assist the community. Roxby local Jade Quinn and her mother volunteer Deborah Wheadon.

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Roxby’s generosity felt in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


By Millie Thomas

oxby Downs’ generosity will be felt in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the coming months as social media revellers have answered a volunteer’s request for aid. In an attempt to outsource educational material to help young Mongolian orphans learn English, Deborah Wheadon approached her daughter and Roxby Downs resident, Jade Quinn for ideas. Jade directed her mother to social media pages to the likes of ‘Buy, Sell and Swap Roxby Downs’, where Mrs Wheadon asked locals if they had such material she could purchase. Overwhelmed by the community’s response and their refusal of payment, Mrs Wheadon approached The Monitor to thank the people of Roxby Downs, and explain Mongolia’s orphan situation. Mrs Wheadon moved to Ulaanbaatar after her husband secured a position with major employer Rio Tinto. “I’m over there as his appendage as most of us are and I try do as much in the community as I possibly can without doing the whole burn out thing,” she explained.

Whilst she doesn’t work at the orphanage, Mrs Wheadon was approached by one of the three French nuns who run it, to help source material to teach the children, between ages of four and 10, English. She has volunteered for the orphanage since the beginning of the year. English is offered in Mongolian schools however, the children at these orphanages are not privileged enough to attend school. It is Mrs Wheadon’s opinion the Mongolian Government does not support orphanages, because to support them would be to acknowledge them, despite the fact that there are approximately 20 orphanages in Mongolia, and one state institution. She explained that if a child were unregistered, or couldn’t remember their age or name, they simply do not exist in the eyes of the Government. “So these children have no rights to medical care, they have no rights to education, dental care, all of that stuff,” she explained. Even the French nuns, the ‘Notre Dam Nuns’ who came from an outer Chicago church aren’t acknowledged for the work they do in raising the children, as they were

strongly advised against becoming involved. The children’s only real help seems to be these nuns, and volunteers such as Mrs Wheadon who go above and beyond it trying to provide for these children. Unfortunately, adoption is not an option, as the children must be registered to become adopted. It is because of the adversity faced by those associated with orphanages, that Mrs Wheadon was so thrilled the Roxby Downs community contributed to the cause. “Not only did we get heaps and heaps of DVDs (Digital Versatile Disc), but we also got lots of lovely books and reading material and stuff,” Mrs Wheadon exclaimed. So much so, Mrs Wheadon faces a new obstacle – getting the material back to Mongolia while adhering to flight weight restrictions. “I just want to say thank you to all the people here who have just been absolutely amazing. It started with me just asking what DVDs there are, because I was just going to buy a couple and take them back, and we’ve just got an amazing response,” she said. “I just was very thrilled at the response I got and I know the nuns there will be absolutely thrilled.”

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Andamooka Draft Structure plan to incorporate culture and heritage By Millie Thomas s part of a series of newly released draft plans concerning Andamooka’s future, the Andamooka Town Management Committee released a draft structure plan last week.


The plan details local zoning and other land use policies designed to help incorporate existing heritage and culture. The purpose of the plan is to address design and planning related issues that are important to the future of Andamooka and ensure that development is responsive to the aspirations of the community. It may also be used as a tool to inform the coordination of, and investment in, the provision of infrastructure and services while ensuring the protection of productive and environmentally significant land. The plan uses the ‘land use planning’ system, a mechanism under which orderly development of the

township can take place. “At the moment it’s rafferty’s rules,” said Andamooka Progress Opal Miners’ Association Chairperson, Peter Allen. He stated theoretically, “if you wanted you could set up a slaughter house next to a residential house and there’s nothing to stop you doing that.” Under a section titled ‘Land Use and Design’, a point states, ‘locate residential developments within the town boundary’. Mr Allen explained that while there are approximately 126 development approvals in Andamooka, not all may proceed. “Some of those will be running out of time, some have run out of time, and some are in the process of being challenged because they haven’t been renewed,” he explained. Approvals before the implementation of the Structure Plan may go ahead, however those approved after may face a different set of zoning and other requirements. “It’s not a question of meeting

more regulations it’s a question of meeting the plan,” said Mr Allen. “So you could see a situation where a motel got built in town and right next door somebody else wants to build one now, and they get knocked back. “I’m not expecting massive amounts of those types of conflicts but there will probably be some.” In the section titled ‘liveability, community and a sense of place’, the plan outlines that it will identify, protect and conserve buildings, sites and areas of heritage, character and/or cultural value, of which Mr Allen said would include the mud hut cottages, which are indicative of early settlement in Andamooka. It also aims to identify strategies to respect and avoid negatively impacting on sites of aboriginal significance. “There’s only one site of aboriginal significance that we’re aware of within the township, and that’s a grave which is located next to our grader yard, and we look after that, because

it’s another gravesite, and it doesn’t illegal. matter who’s in it,” Mr Allen stated. “It works very well when it’s well Interesting additions to the plan controlled. It tends to lose some of its state it will ‘preclude establishments niceness when criminal elements get providing adult products and services involved in the management of it and and fortified clubrooms from within that’s what happened here last time the town boundary’, of which Mr Al- in the last expansion,” he said. len said was referring to prostitution For more information, the plan and bikie involvement. can be downloaded at “I don’t necessarily agree that it au/planning/regionalplans, www. should be right out of town, but it cer-, or www.andamooka. tainly is a sensitive issue that should be somewhere that doesn’t impact on Mansfield Park the community in a Medika Boulevard (cnr Inglewood St) major fashion. “Really at the end of the day it’s a question of being pragmatic because what happens in most states is that prostitution is illegal, but we don’t 4 SOLD do anything to stop it and nor should Choice of 3 New Townhouses we, it shouldn’t be Sensational state of the art, Architect designed homes using

Big changes for Kindy times By Millie Thomas


he implementation of the Federal Government’s National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care on January 1 this year will mean changes for Roxby Downs Kindergarten as soon as next term. Kindergarten Director Kerryn Jones said starting from term three, session times for children will change so each child has access to at least 15 hours a week at kindergarten. Currently children over the age of four are allowed to attend kindergarten up to 11 hours a week. “It’s kind of a major change in that we have about 96 – 97 children enrolled at kindy and all of them need to be able to come for the extra four hours,” explained Ms Jones. “The Governing Council and the staff have looked at how to do it that’s going to work best for children so they still come to kindy with their friends and there’s not going to be too much chopping and changing for the children.” The kindergarten plans to trial a fortnightly rotation in two groups, where children will attend all day Monday, Tuesday and four hours on Friday one week, and all day Wednesday and Thursday the following. “That was really to make it equitable for everybody, we’re trying to make it work around what shift work patterns might happen,” said Ms Jones. Currently, children at Roxby Downs Kindergarten attend up to four half day sessions a week, alternating between morning and afternoon. “It’s going to be big because children are going to be here for long periods of time which means they’ll probably get tired,” said Ms Jones. It will mean the Kindergarten will have to incorporate ‘quiet spaces’ where children can rest if they feel they need to, and will have to coor-

dinate lunchtime for almost 50 children. “It will be busier than Dunes Café!” she joked. “That’s one of the things we’re working on is how we’re going to set that up for children so it’s a really nice social event having lunch all together.” Curriculum will be another consideration. “We have to rethink curriculum for children so the curriculum is not as intensive as it was because otherwise they’ll just be exhausted,” said Ms Jones. “We have to rethink how that can work so children aren’t tiring out, but still having lots of stimulation and engagement in the curriculum, so it’s a huge change!” However big the challenge, Ms Jones said the staff is excited at the potential the longers days have to introduce ongoing work projects to the children. “At the moment, you can start something with children, and then it’s time to go home. You can come back to it the next day, but often children want to do something new the next day whereas this way, children have probably longer periods of time to get involved in projects that can carry on all day, then they can continue with it the next morning. “In that way, their learning can be taken to a deeper level. So that’s a really exciting thing about these longer periods of time.” The National Quality Framework aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services through a national legislative framework, a National Quality Standard, a national quality rating and assessment process and a new national body called the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. “We’re really busy trying to work out the best ways to implement these changes,” finished Ms Jones. She encouraged anyone who has a child turning four between now and May next year to visit the kindergarten to enrol.

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he Roxby Downs 2012 Postie Bash has 30 seats for spectators on a bus for the trek to William Creek and back.

A spot on the bus will cost $100 with food, transport and entertainment supplied. The 2012 Postie Bash will be on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The inaugural event in 2011 raised a staggering amount of over $50,000 which was distributed to; the local hospital, both local schools, RD childcare centre, youth centre, kindergarten, and a free movie night on the secondary oval. The Postie Bash was set up to raise funds to support the local community. The original aim was to raise a ‘couple of grand’ by riding a postie bike to William Creek and back. To book your seat contact Troy Gosling on 0419 049 878.

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Frontier Services volunteers close gap By Vanessa Switala olunteers from Frontier Services have been filling the gap for Andamooka residents and other rural and remote communities in Australia who do not have access to the same services and support that is available in larger towns and cities.


Frontier Service’s program Outback Links has on average 50 volunteers a month travel to remote parts of Australia offering their time and skills for up to three weeks to assist families in various ways. Outback Links Coordinator Davida Melksham said, “People living in remote Australia cannot rely on the support and services most people take for granted in the city.” “More than ever, there are fewer services available on the ground, where people live. With the lure of well-paid mining work, it is much harder to attract staff and labour on rural and remote properties,” she added. Outback Links is calling on more people to lend a hand in remote regions. “What sets Outback Links apart is that we are able to carefully match existing needs with volunteers who have the appropriate skills,” explained Ms Melksham. “Probably the most common feedback we have from volunteers is that they have a whole new appreciation of the lifestyle and work loads for people on the land. “They can come in and help with the endless, everyday jobs that get shelved because less help is available; that might be in the garden, in the schoolroom, in the house or out on the run. “It makes a big difference for the families to have some additional support around, particularly when they are extra busy,” added Ms Melksham. She concluded, “As the gap between the city and bush seems to get wider, Outback Links is helping to bridge that divide, increasing understanding and building connections across the country.” For more information go to Frontier Services website at www/ or phone 1300 731 349.

RDAS revisits their mission By Vanessa Switala

The Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) is revisiting their mission statement so all stakeholders can have their say in the vision and values of the school. The school is asking the local community for their input and recently had a stall at the May Market Day. Middle School Coordinator Chris Jones said, “We want the community to have input in the vision and values Roxby Downs thinks we should be instilling in students.” He said the academic side of schooling is very important but so is pastoral care. “Pastoral care is also important to make successful members of society,” Mr Jones stated. Students and teachers will be contributing and Mr Jones urges not only parents but community members to also contribute. He added, “It is vitally important that everyone has their say.” To have your say please contact Chris Jones at RDAS on 8671 0011.

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Female youth arrested for attack on Police Station O n May 21, 2012 a window at the Roxby Downs Police Station was smashed causing approximately $2,000 damage. A female youth has been arrested and will be attending Roxby Downs Youth Court sitting at a later date.

On May 22, 2012 a window at the Roxby Downs Dump was damaged causing approximately $200 damage. This has been a recurring issue at this location, and police are calling for any witnesses to contact Roxby Downs Police Station on 8671 4200, or alternatively BankSA CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

The next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be held on June 25, 2012 at 7.00pm. The meeting will be held at the Roxby Downs Police Station and all those who have forms to submit in relation to the Neighbourhood Watch could these please be submitted in the next two weeks. On Friday May 25, Police attended a suspicious boat and trailer fire in a domestic yard in Andamooka. Country Fire Service attended and put the fire out. The investigation is on going. On Saturday May 26, 2012 a male adult was arrested under the Public Intoxication Act. He was taken to the Police Station but later released to his home address.

As a result of an incident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Roxby Downs Community Club, two males have been reported for Failing to Leave Licensed Premises. Over the weekend six males have been issued barring notices from both the Roxby Downs Club and the Roxby Tavern. On Sunday morning May 27, a blue vehicle was involved in a hit and run crash on Wangianna Street. The vehicle did not stop. If anyone has any information please contact Roxby Downs Police. The vehicle would have accident damage to the front driver’s side and would be missing some chrome trim.

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Shop vacancies a national trend By Millie Thomas


or over 12 months the glum vacancies of shop fronts both on Tutop street and in the Central Traders Mall have impacted Roxby’s shopping districts. The construction of shops developed by Lin Andrews on Tutop street recently all but alleviated the consistent problem in the Roxby Central Traders Mall. It seems to indicate there are willing investors around just not for the mall. Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lin Andrews, Mark Andrews, said the company is very close to leasing the remaining space in the new allotment. Currently, spaces are being leased by Lin Andrews, who moved their office from the main shopping precinct and Aurecon. “(We) are very close to leasing the further space to other Adelaide companies which are keen to have a local presence in Roxby. We cannot disclose these parties at this time,” stated Mr Andrews. Leigh Malcolm, Chairperson of Roxby Central Traders said there hadn’t been any movements to fill the voids in the mall that he was aware of. “Obviously it’s not a desirable sort of look, the more the shops you have in here, the busier the shops will be generally and the more customers it would drag in. Empty shops aren’t good for anybody,” Mr Malcolm told The Monitor recently. He said goods and services that aren’t already provided for in Roxby would be the best options for the shops. “So for instance maybe a specialised butcher, green grocer, maybe a specialised communications telephone franchise. But that’s the million dollar question isn’t it?” More pointedly, Mr Malcolm would like to see a particular specialty offered. “I personally believe a charcoal chicken place would rock! There’s enough food places to sink a ship, but none of them do charcoal chicken!” Mr Malcolm said the vacant shop space are a reflection of retail in general right across Australia. “It just goes to show that we’re in a boom town, supposedly, you can’t rent a house here for love or money, but there’s plenty of commercial properties available for rent, so it just paints it’s own story I reckon.” Internet shopping and a general lack of confidence in the market were identified as key performance indicators in the poor market, as well as looming Government taxes. “I think there’s a lot of uncertainty about this Government and where they’re going with carbon taxes and job security and all that sort of stuff. Roxby is no different to anywhere else. “It comes back to those issues I think, uncertainty. But certainly internet has become a bigger and bigger player for retail to deal with. I know it is with us, and no doubt the other traders as well. “I think a lot of the retail investors would be just as worried as retailers because there’s a lot of shopping centres around the country with empty shops in them, that’s for sure.” Mr Malcolm said he thought property management group for the Roxby mall, Savills, would need to offer some major incentives to attract businesses to the mall. “They’ll have to offer some super doper incentives to get people prepared to invest in them. “So there will have to be things like free fit outs offered, massive rental reductions and deals,” he said. Savills were contacted several times for comment, but failed to return The Monitor’s requests at the time of printing. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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RFDS Irish Christmas time again...

he Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Roxby Downs Auxiliary is gearing up again to hold their annual RFDS Irish Christmas Dinner on Saturday, June 9. Held annually at the Roxby Downs Community Club, a great evening is guaranteed. Who doesn’t love celebrating a mid year Christmas? Tickets are $35 each, and are available from the Roxby Downs Community Club.

Leigh Malcom as Santa, Teresa Baddeley and Merv Rogers as the an elf.

Tickets can be purchased individually, or tickets for a table of eight can be purchased for you and your friends. A three course dinner will be provided, and the auction supported by Roxby Traders is always a big hit. Santa and his naughty elf are booked again for a visit, which is a great laugh. Get in early, support a great cause, and purchase your tickets from the Roxby Downs Community Club.

“Five per cent housing vacancy is too high” By Millie Thomas

Raine and Horne Principal Realtor Craig Sumsion told The Monitor last week a five per cent housing and accommodation vacancy in Roxby Downs is too high. Citing city vacancies in South Australia and New South Wales as between one and two per cent, Mr Sumsion stated investment in the town would drop. “Investors aren’t going to invest if they think they’re going to have a struggle keeping people in there, or they’re going to have to drop their rents all the time to keep people in a house,” he explained. Mr Sumsion went on to say although rental prices will drop also, it wouldn’t be a positive move for the town. “People will just move out, and move around the town so you’ll constantly see people moving and forcing the rents down. “Now the rents don’t necessarily need to get out of control, I don’t believe that’s positive for the town either but the town does need the rents to be sustained at a level that encourages private investment in the town.” He stated Roxby has a lot of owner occupied property, who also need the rents to be maintained at a certain level so when owners go to sell, they do not operate at a loss. “People don’t retire here, they’re going to move on, and no one is going to want to take a loss,” said Mr Sumsion. Mr Sumsion referred to the global financial crisis (GFC), which resulted in many people leaving town for various reasons.

“We saw up to 70 and more properties available on the markets, we saw rental prices drop by 25 per cent – great if you’re renting, but it nearly sent a lot of people in the private rental sector broke. “They really struggled because they were unable to cover their mortgages.” The value of house prices were resultantly forced down by 12.5 per cent or more. “Because the rents dropped, there were no investors in the market place for two and a half years, houses just sat on the market. “They weren’t selling. People couldn’t move on with their lives and then that depressed the whole market and the people in the town. So it needs to be realistic,” Mr Sumsion told The Monitor. According to Mr Sumsion, rental prices at present are similar to what they were pre – GFC. “Although people are paying more in their rent, the town is far more positive and people are far happier. “When rents went down, and people moved out of the town, the whole mood of the town dropped, it was depressing. Retail in the town was just dead and everybody was struggling to make a dollar as far as businesses in the town,” he said. Comparing vacancy rates to similar towns would be a much preferred option for the Roxby Downs real estate market, Mr Sumsion added. “Investors need to know they’re going to get a return, and they need to know it’s going to be better than what they’re paying in bank interest or they’re not going to invest, they’re just going to leave their money in the bank.”

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By Vanessa Switala

ndamooka Primary School held a pyjama day on Wednesday, May 23 and participated in the National Simultaneous Story Time reading of ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ by Nick Bland. Students participated in reading activities for the whole day and made ‘cranky bear’ masks. The annual event saw approximately 350,000 participants in the program read aloud the children’s book around the country. Last week was Public Library and Information week and the National Simultaneous Story Time event was held for children to engage with public libraries and demon-

Pictured above is teacher Emma Turner with lsaac, Alex, Kyra, Kevin, Ryan, Tyson and Conc. Front: Brady, Katlyn, Nakita, Mikey and Marcus.

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gation. A definition of defamation stands as a false accusation of an offence or a malicious misrepresentation of someone’s words or actions. Slander, the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. It is defamatory to; • State that someone is corrupt, dishonest, or disloyal. • State that someone is suspected of committing, or alleged to have committed an illegal act. • Ridicule an individual. • State someone has a contagious disease, is suffering from insanity, or say something that is likely to cause the person to be shunned or avoided. How many regular social media users can honestly say they knew and understood the meaning of those words when they signed up to social media? From April 2012, Facebook recorded 900 million active users, and it’s a safe bet that many didn’t know those basic definitions. This week the former Coober Pedy Area School Principal Sue Burtenshaw won a lawsuit against a parent over allegedly “malicious” comments made about her on a Facebook page, and two further cases are pending. Ms Burtenshaw was seeking $40,000 in damages but settled out of court with a financial payment and an apology. Ms Burtenshaw will receive a formal apology and compensation, after being defamed on radio and Facebook. “I believe that what was said about me publicly was wrong and unfair, and receiving an apology is extremely important,” Ms Burtenshaw said. “It was a tough period made more difficult by these incidents, but I look forward to putting the whole

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strate the importance of reading, literature, books and storytelling. The National Simultaneous Story Time is to promote literacy and celebrate The National Year of Reading. Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts Simon Crean said, “This event, this year, takes on significance because it is also the National Year of Reading.” He added, “So we’re undertaking a number of events to encourage people to read, we’ve got the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards coming up soon.”



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Volunteers give hospital a facelift By Millie Thomas


group of volunteers from various locations around Victoria and South Australia spent a week and a half carrying out maintenance work for the Frontier Services Hospital in Andamooka recently. A party of six volunteers arrived at Andamooka on Sunday May 14, followed by two more on May 15 to paint the building’s exterior and erect shade cloth on a large carport amongst other maintenance duties. David and Sherilee Husted travelled the furthest,

One of the volunteers helping paint the Frontier Services building in Andamooka.

a long 1700 kilometres from Bairnsdale, Victoria as part of a Uniting Church social volunteering link with Frontier Services. The Husteds are veterans of the volunteering program, having travelled to Birdsville for similar projects a number of times, whilst some of the other volunteers had travelled as far as Tom Price in Western Australia. “As you’re probably aware, Frontier Services covers a lot of the outback, in fact it covers something like 80 per cent of the continent and four per cent of the people,” explained Mr Husted. He explained that Frontier Services was the social arm of the Uniting Church they are members, and each year they advertise areas that may need aid. “People volunteer for those projects which extend right throughout Australia. Some even this year for Derby in northern west Australia,” he said. While the volunteers had never met each other before their recent trip to Andamooka, Mr Husted indicated it had been a positive partnership. “We’ve befriended each other while we’ve been here, but we hadn’t met before. Everybody was new to each other and we’ll return home with some strong friendships. “Andamooka we have found people to be so friendly and hospitable, we’ve met a lot of people and learnt so much about the place and we’ve shared in opportunities that the travelling tourist would never have the opportunity to do,” he gushed. The group worked hard to ‘crack the back’ of the workload, starting off volunteering full 8am until 5pm days, while in the latter days they took a chance to explore Andamooka. “We chose Andamooka ourselves because we love the outback and haven’t been to Andamooka before and thought well, this is an opportunity!” said Mr Husted. “We are enjoying the opportunity to have a look around and met a few more people and ask about the mining and the opals and all the rest of it.” In a modest conclusion, Mr Husted stated, “People say ‘oh, you’re great to volunteer’, no, the volunteers have been overcome with the generosity of the people here. “Our main goal is to come here and provide a service and we’re lucky that we can do it.”

ODT acquires three year St John contract St John General Manager for Commercial Education and Products Greg Clothier

with Ken and Val Lamb (ODT) and St John CEO Sharyn Mitten.

By Millie Thomas


lympic Dam Transport Australis (ODT) has secured a three-year contract restocking St John Ambulance first aid kits, it was announced last week. At the official handover on Thursday night St John Ambulance South Australian Chief Executive Officer Sharyn Mitten stated ODT’s ethos has clear synergies with the work of St John, making them a natural fit for the tender. “Across Roxby, people, community groups, businesses and industry are pulling together to find new ways to achieve positive outcomes for the community,”

Mrs Mitten said in her address at the event. St John General Manager for Commercial Education and Products Greg Clothier agreed, citing ODT’s extensive fundraising as another defining factor. “Given their history in raising money for Royal Flying Doctors, additionally for their work in Olympic Dam as one of the first contractors on site,” he said. “St John is proud to be a part of this extended family, and I am delighted today to stand alongside ODT Australis,” added Mrs Mitten. The brand new St John first aid restocking vehicle has been handed over to ODT, and some staff have undertaken St John training to assist in kit distribution.

St John Ambulance South Australia is the largest reseller of first aid products and kits in South Australia, and estimate there are over 1,000 kits located within the Olympic Dam contractor community. A random audit conducted last year showed that 197 of 200 kits did not comply with the code of practice. Eventually, Mr Clothier stated St John would like to establish a St John’s Centre in Roxby Downs, involving volunteers, cadets and community care. Ken Lamb, ODT Australis owner and manager said the opportunity as St John re-stockists clarified ODT’s commitment to the community.





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Rugged up at the footy Kristy Sunners and Emma Killeen were among the crowd at the football to see the Miners defeat the Devils during round three.

Happy Birthday! Tawni Paisley celebrated her 5th Birthday yesterday on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. She said she can’t wait until her dress up party!

If it’s your child’s birthday please email a high resolution photograph to Vanessa Switala at vanessa@ for them to be featured in the kids birthday club of The Monitor.

FREE FINANCIAL ADVICE SEMINARS Tuesday 5th of June / Wednesday 6th of June “The Truth About Self-Managed Superannuation Funds” Is a Self-Managed Super Fund right for you and can it safeguard your future? A Free 1-hour seminar repeated 2 times – 7:30pm 5th June & 7:30pm 6th of June Hosted by experienced Financial Planners Peter Paterson and Dave Slovinec at 20-22 Tutop St in Roxby Downs (Roxby Serviced Offices). Light refreshments included. Join two leading Financial Planning experts to learn about Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and have your questions answered: • How much do SMSF’s cost? How much do I have to invest? • Is it worth me changing now? How much effort will I have to put in? • What can I buy within my SMSF? Can I have my own property in my SMSF? • Do SMSF’s offer tax advantages? Can I borrow money to put in my SMSF? • As a small business owner, what are the implications and applications of a SMSF?

Cancer Council Red Sands branch Chairperson Carmen Jackson with Ciara Thornberry on her birthday at the Biggest Morning Tea held in the Dunes Cafe.

Roxby’s Biggest Morning Tea By Vanessa Switala


n Thursday, May 24 the Biggest Morning Tea was held in the Dunes Café to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Baked goods could be purchased for a donation. The new Chairperson of the Red Sands branch of Cancer Council, Carmen Jackson would like to thank the Dunes for their continuous support of the Red Sands branch of the Cancer Council. This year the Biggest Morning Tea raised $257.55 for the cause. Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) will also be holding a Biggest Morning Tea on Monday, June 4 with students preparing the food and it later being served in the staff room. Students will be cooking the morning tea as part of their home economics curriculum. Home economics teacher Tanya Schulz said there are several reasons why she believes it is important to involve students in the Biggest Morning Tea. “The most obvious reason would be to create awareness and an understanding

on the importance of helping others and social justice,” she explained. Ms Schulz added, “An awareness of the impact cancer has on the community is also gained.” RDAS students will be selling scones on Richardson place for the public from 11am on June 4 for the community. Ms Schulz said, “The Biggest Morning Tea works in well within the year eleven curriculum as students can consolidate their knowledge of food safety and contemporary trends in food and hospitality by preparing morning tea for the RDAS staff and scones for the local community.” Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia and one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. In 2011, more than one million Australians took part in a Biggest Morning Tea event, raising $11.2 million for cancer research, prevention and support programs. This year the Cancer Council is aiming to raise $11.5 million and is calling on all Australians to assist in this goal.

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Account reminders


ourth quarterly instalment notice for out and you are requested to pay before June 5, 2011/12 rates has now been issued. To 2012 to avoid further charges. avoid fines and interest please pay by the Likewise, Roxby Water accounts for the March due date June 20, 2012. quarter are also overdue. Reminder notices have Roxby Power payments for the March quarter been issued and payment by the due date is reare now overdue. Reminder notices have been sent quired.

National Simultaneous Story Time

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on of Moose, Zebra, Lion and Sheep of the ‘Very Cranky Bear’ using a a cold and rainy day, four little as they try to calm the ‘cranky bear’ large screen to project the pages of

friends found a perfect place to play. Moose had marvellous antlers and Lion, a golden mane. Zebra had fantastic stripes and Sheep . . . well, Sheep was plain.” On Wednesday May 23, 2012, Roxby Downs Community Library joined libraries right around Australia to take part in the twelfth National Simultaneous Story Time. It is estimated that 170,000 children at over 1,100 locations across Australia joined in to promote reading and literacy. Little members of our community from toddlers to young school children have listened in awe and laughed at the adventures

in a heart warming Australian tale about friendship, sacrifice and learning that appearances aren’t important. School Librarian Bec Gardner is pictured here telling the story

the book that features beautifully crafted pictures, to some Roxby Downs Area School students, and a selection of local bears from the librarians’ homes, who just loved the story – as did your reporter!

Parking in Richardson Place


improve the safety of pedestrians and minimise traffic congestion. Parking on road verges is also an area of concern as this practice disturbs landscaping, Parking signs and restrictions such irrigations, damages trees and shrubs as drop off zones, disabled parking and that have been planted to improve the loading zones are specially designed to amenity of the streetscape.

lease familiarise yourself with parking restrictions in Richardson Place and around both schools.


Leaving town?

ou are reminded that when you are leaving Roxby you are required to finalise any accounts outstanding for utilities and services provided by Roxby Council.

BELOW: School Librarian Bec Gardner during Simultaneous Story Time.

Please ensure you contact Roxby Council to advise of your departure date and a forwarding address so that final accounts can be settled and any refunds or bonds paid to you as soon as possible.

Forewarned is forearmed


commence in two weeks (June 13, 2012) affecting almost the entire town at some stage. Within the pages you will find the expected times for power loss in every It’s vital you keep the information street and we hope you find it helpful handy as rolling power outages will for future planning.

n the centre pages of this week’s The Monitor, you will find very important information from Roxby Power relating to our upcoming High Voltage Transformer Maintenance.

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LIBRARY Opening hours 8.30 to 5 pm weekdays 9.30 am to 12 noon Saturdays Telephone 8671 0660 • Fax 8671 1418 Email: Library membership is FREE wide range of resources are available including books, DVDs, magazines and internet facilities Toddler Story Time 9.30 am Tuesday and Thursday



Opal Road Landfill Opening hours 1 pm to 6 pm every day Disposal of household rubbish is FREE Levies apply for businesses Recycling can be taken either to the Opal Landfill or BSH Waste Solutions on Gosse Street All enquiries: 8671 1154

Opening hours Monday to Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm Council provides transport services including: • Vehicle registration • Boat registrations • Licensing transactions • Learner written theory tests (test to begin before 4 pm) All enquiries 131 084.

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Scheduled township electricity maintenance power outages During the period commencing Wednesday June 13, 2012 to June 19, 2012 Roxby Council will be undertaking a major maintenance inspection of the Township High Voltage Distribution System. There will be a series of rolling power outages within the township so that equipment may be accessed for inspection, and repair works can be undertaken. Whilst we regret the need to do this work, every effort will be made to limit the inconvenience it will cause

Instructions for using the map and outage details 1. Please read the following map carefully, as it determines when your outage will occur. 2. The map is divided into sections representing different zones numbered one to 17. 3. Determine which zone you are in. 4. Read the information contained in this lift out to help you understand what will occur and how it will affect you. 5. If in any doubt, please ring the Roxby Council for assistance on 8671 0010.

Notes This work is required to be undertaken as part of our distribution licence. Our contractors must work on all the cables and switches, we must fully isolate each work area completely. This prevents us from providing a temporary back up supply from other zones while work is being undertaken. The Dunes Estate will be the only area not affected by a power outage. It will be back fed as the transformer that supplies this area will be maintained at night. We avoid having power outages for domestic areas at night as much as possible. Where possible, commercial outages will occur at night, or on weekends to lessen the impact on operations.

What’s happening? Work being undertaken is done by qualified specialists, and this work includes: • Inspection and washing of high voltage cables and joints. • Inspection, maintenance and test operation of high voltage switches and fuses. • Inspection of low voltage cable joints, switches and fuse carriers in the transformers. • Taking oil samples, replacing oil in some transformers, and checking for oil leaks. • Testing of transformer windings and insulation. • We expect all work to be completed within the time limits published, however issues that arise on the day may necessitate work taking longer than planned. If the supply is not restored before or exactly on time then there is a reason for it. We request all customers to be patient if the supply is late in being switched back on. Please allow at least 30 minutes before reporting delays in restoration. • The zone areas are dictated by the layout of the electrical distribution system, and are designed to minimise inconvenience to consumers while allowing maximum efficiency in the undertaking of the switching processes. • The time period selected to undertake this work is set by two factors: • The availability of the contractor to fit this work in their already busy schedule, and; • The optimum weather patterns that prevail in late June that provide the most predictable periods for mild temperatures, with the least expectancy for rain. Mild temperatures provide good working conditions both physically for the workers and mechanically for the equipment to undertake this work and the best conditions to turn the power off, as customers have a much lesser demand for air-conditioning and the adverse effects on fridges and freezers are much less. The low prospect of rain means there should be little disruption to the work as it is taking place. Should rain occur then some outages may not be undertaken, and will need to be rescheduled. This work cannot be effectively undertaken in wet conditions.

David Hallett Electrical Services Manager

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TOWNSHIP OUTAGE TIMES Wednesday June 13 to Tuesday June 19, 2012.

Please check the map provided for your area details. All areas will go off once only. Area 1: Wednesday June 13 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Roxby Downs Area School).

Area 2: Thursday June 14 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (TF S8, TF S7 and TF S16). Area 3: Thursday June 14 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (TF S13, and S24). Area 4: Thursday June 14 from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm (TF SR1, TF SRC). Area 5: Friday June 15 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (TF S1 and TF S4). Area 5: Friday June 15 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (TF S3 and TF S6). Area 6: Friday June 15 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (TF S11, TF S10). Area 7: Saturday June 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm - (TF S12, TF S14, TF S25). Area 8: Saturday June 16 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Light Industrial Area West: TF SI). Area 8: Saturday June 16 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - (TF S9). Area 8: Saturday June 16 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm (St Barbara’s School TF S18). Area 9: Saturday June 16 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Hospital: TF SH). Area 9: Saturday June 16 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Light Industrial Area East: TF S21). Area 9: Saturday June 16 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Richardson Place West: TF SR2 ). Area 10: Sunday June 17 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Roxby Village Original Area TF SSPQ1 and 2 and SAPOL). Area 11: Sunday June 17 from 1:00 pm am to 5:00 pm (TF S17 – Shops Tutop and Stuart Rd Flats). Area 12: Sunday June 17 from June 9:00 pm to 12:30 am (Shopping Central: SComm). Area 13: Monday June 18 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Roxby Downs Club: TF SSP). Area 13: Monday June 18 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Roxby Village Rear: TF S19) . Area 14: Monday June 18 from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm (Copper Sands Area: S20, S23). Area 15: Tuesday June 19 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (SCP, S2, S5). Area 16: Tuesday June 19 from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm - (Golf Club/Sewer Lagoon). Area 16: Tuesday June 19 from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm (CB9 Eastern Feeder – Rural Not on Map).

Helpful hints: When the power is turned off, disconnect your electrical appliances so they will not be damaged by any possible electrical spikes when the electricity is turned back on. Turn off any electronic equipment, television, video, digital versatile disc (DVD) players, computers, printers, clocks, electronic pool timers, etcetera.

NOTE: Normally switching processes DO NOT damage equipment; however, it is better to take precautions with your valuable equipment. Some older equipment may not be as tolerant.

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Expanded services for airport By Millie Thomas


ervices provided for the Olympic Dam Airport have been expanded recently, following busy flight schedules and higher demand. Changes to existing services include a 15minute delay on flight QF2600, which departs Adelaide at 6am each Tuesday and Wednesday. The changes will come into affect from June 5, and have allegedly been introduced to accommodate busy flight schedules departing from Adelaide. Additionally, a change was made to the airport bus timetable, effective as of Thursday May 24. The timetable now incorporates a bus stop on site at the ODP1 Pit Office, for ODP1 passengers requiring transport to and from the Olympic Dam airport. According to information, the rescheduling of bus departure times affects flights QF2627 and QF2617. Currently, Alliance Airlines runs 25 flights from Olympic Dam to Adelaide, and 25 from Adelaide to Olympic Dam weekly.

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f a weekend near the mighty Murray River is your idea of the perfect escape look no further than the Riverbush Cottages at Berri. The group of four, threebedroom units are nestled amongst 38 hectares of natural bushland and just two kilometres from Berri on the Old Sturt Highway, and a moored eight-berth houseboat is also for hire. Perfect! Situated just 400 metres from the cottages is a beautifully landscaped private riverfront with a concrete boat ramp perfect for a family picnic, swimming, launching your boat, a spot of fishing or just lazing around watching the river. The property has a large oval ideal for kicking the footy around and a huge bonfire pit with tables and chairs for the cooler months as well as walking trails. In fact the property is right next door to the Willabalangaloo National Park so there is plenty of land to explore. The units can accommodate up to eight peo-

Inside one of the Riverbush Cottages, where comfort is a premium. ple and are fully self-contained – ideal for family and group escapes as well as sporting groups. Couples and business people are also catered for. The cottages are situated far enough apart from each other to feel secluded and come complete with everything you need to make your stay an unforgettable experience.

Each cottage is beautifully furnished and decorated with all the comforts of home including reverse cycle air-conditioning, television and DVD players, all linen, a fully equipped modern kitchen and laundry. A large veranda surrounds each cottage with a gas barbecue and outdoor setting and there is also undercover parking

for two vehicles provided. Two of the cottages are also designated ‘pet friendly’, just advise the staff at the time of booking. Riverbush is in a great central location and is the perfect base for people wanting to see the sights of the region. It’s close to all the neighboring towns of Renmark, Barmera and

Spencer Gulf ferry service announces comeback


Stunning new SeaSA ferry ‘Aurora V’ is now undertaking the popular Spencer Gulf crossing between Wallaroo and Lucky Bay.

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Loxton and the many tourist attractions of the riverland. A discount of 10 per cent is offered to seniors or alternatively if staying for three nights the fourth is offered for free. For further information please call Gaynor Fitzgerald at Riverbush Cottages on (08) 8582 3455 or visit the web site www.riverbushcottages.


he new Spencer Gulf car and passenger ferry, Australian-designed ‘Aurora V’, has now resumed services between the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas in South Australia. With a crossing time of approximately two hours and up to two return crossings daily between Wallaroo and Lucky Bay, travellers can once again drive on and drive off the ferry, saving four and a half hours of drive time. Travelers can also enjoy the on-board airconditioned café, comfortable lounge-style

seating, widescreen movie lounge, toddlers’ play area, disabled access and wireless internet connectivity. All vehicular traffic, including cars, trucks, trailers, caravans, buses, motorbikes and even oversized farm equipment can be carried onboard. “‘Aurora V’ has been built to world standards and offers an improved design for a smoother Spencer Gulf cruise. A forward visor has been incorporated to keep the vehicle deck free from salt-spray. Most importantly, she will bring environmental, safety and eco-

nomic benefits to South Australia,” Stephanie Dawson, Sea SA Managing Director said. Sea SA won the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association award in 2006, and continues to place sustainability at the heart of its business ethos. Important economic benefits are also expected to flow from the comeback of Sea SA’s improved Spencer Gulf Service. “Not only will we directly employ more than 20 people, but our past track record has proven that the indirect effects of the ferry service benefitted many small businesses and tourism operators on both the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas,” Stephanie said. “Re-commencement of the ferry service means that tourism, commuting and commerce between the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas can once again thrive, and Lucky Bay is now poised to be the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula.” The new vessel will carry up to 80 cars and trucks and 300 passengers across the Spencer Gulf in style, and cruises at a comfortable 16 knots. Further information is at www.seasa. and a 10 per cent discount will be offered to all on-line bookings. For telephone enquiries, call (08) 8823 0777.

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required) to maximize your fishing adventure. Mad Keen Fishing Charters operate with a minimum of five people to a maximum of 34 people and take care of everything, you just hop on board! You can enjoy fully catered charters aboard Stress Relief and Storm Eagle (out of Wallaroo) or Recfish operates out of Port Broughton. You can choose if you would like catering included with your package You keep your catch. The crew will clean your fish as part of your package and can arrange processing and pack-

to join with others that can be arranged too. Charters are full day and depart around 6.30 am and night fishing is also on offer and all boats also have toilet facilities on board. Why not buy that special person in your life a Mad Keen Fishing Charters gift voucher? Visit the website for more information or, join Mad Keen Fishing’s Facebook page and receive all the latest information and special offers as they happen.

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By Millie Thomas

ommunity airfares soon to be introduced to the Roxby Downs, Andamooka and Woomera communities will guarantee seats for locals on most flights, it has been revealed. Alliance Airlines in conjunction with Roxby Travel announced the initiative Friday, May 18 at the Loretta Lyn show, at a ‘soft’ launch. While the final details of the community airfares are yet to be finalised, Roxby Travel Manager Mike French said both businesses wanted the community to know what had been planned. “Alliance are going to allocate a set number of seats per flight, it’s not going to be every flight, there are going to be some prime flights that they wont be able to do that for,” explained Mr French. Details of which flights will offer community airfares are yet to be finalised, however Mr French is confident seats on most flights between Olympic Dam and Adelaide would be secured for locals. However, ‘prime flights’ such as those late Friday afternoons and early Monday mornings are unlikely to offer community fares. “From what I’ve been told, and from what I’ve been able to get out of Alliance is they will make every attempt possible to allocate seats to every flight that they can,” Mr French said. Community fare prices will reflect those of Qantas’ Red E-Deals seen online, however the process, which must be booked through Roxby Travel, has a number of incentives. These include lower fees and no penalty for changing flights, and the ability to make a name change on the ticket up to one day before

travel. “With the community fare, there is no penalty. It means that you are going to save $65 just on that alone. There will still be a service fee, we can’t reissue or revalidate a ticket without charging the fee. So we will still charge the service fee.” Mr French added fees are still to be finalised, but will be approximately $40 service fee for changing the booking, and making the original booking will range from $33 - $38.50, inclusive of GST (goods and services tax). “We will make every effort to try and get you on the same sort of flight you were originally booked on,” he said. There is not yet an official date as to when these fares may be available, Mr French is able to take preliminary bookings, a ‘waiting list’ so that when the fares do become available, those who have expressed interest will be the first eligible. “We’re still waiting for the final sign off, we’ve still got some more hoops to jump through but we’re letting people know about it simply because that will give the ability to start planning ahead,” Mr French told The Monitor. To be eligible to secure a community fare, each patron must be registered as a local in Roxby Downs, Woomera or Andamooka and be able to provide identification of this. The only drawback of the initiative, is when community fares are secured by Alliance, general public elsewhere will have proportionally less Red E-Deal tickets to purchase. “The whole point is trying to make travel cheaper for the people here,” finished Mr French.



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ties to view the majestic giants from shore. Some of the best viewing areas include Victor’s famous Bluff (a rocky outcrop just outside the Victor township ), as well as Granite Island, Chiton Rocks and the nearby beaches of Waitpinga, Port Elliot and Middleton. Just an hour from Adelaide, Victor Harbour has been a

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Whale watching at Victor Harbour. Granite Island on the horse drawn tram will bring them face to face with the islands main residents – little penguins. If it’s the surf you are chasing the famous breaks at Middleton and Waitpinga are only minutes away, and local surf school offer great classes for any keen outback grommet.

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The Board that provides a community voice locally Multiculturalism

Poetry is for everyone!


hat is it about a poem? In these busy times we seem to have fallen out of the habit of reading and studying, let alone writing poetry.


oxby Downs recognises and celebrates cultural diversity and supports and encourages participation of all residents in community life. With this in mind, the Community Board has established its newest forum last week – the Multicultural Forum. At the first meeting, the Forum has already undertaken to get involved in two exciting projects. The first is a ‘Roxby Downs World Food and Music Festival’, a one day event featuring performances and workshops from professional entertainers as well as local groups. Multiple food stalls selling food cooked by local people representing different cultures, preceded by a week of workshops for children involving professional artists and local people from different cultures. The second project involves ‘Multicultural Youth in Sports’, featuring an opportunity for 10 sporting associations to hold ‘come and try’ sessions for 10 consecutive weeks. The multicultural forum believes that sport is not only important for health and well being, it’s a important method of connecting the community. The project is hoped to link multicultural youth in Roxby Downs with the broader community through a shared interest in sport. After announcing their wishes to be involved, grant applications are now being written to assist with the costs of these two obviously beneficial projects. There will be more information as the planning continues.

Yet there can be nothing like a beautiful poem to inspire us to think about the important things in life. In Support of National Drug Action Week (DAW) 2012, members of the Roxby Downs Community are encouraged to write poetry for a local competition with prizes to be awarded in four categories. The theme is ‘Looking after your mind’. Roxby Downs has the honour and privilege of having an internationally renowned and widely published poet, Barbara De Franceschi, as an official judge of the competition. Barbara’s two collections of poetry, Lavender Blood (2004) and Strands (2009) have been published widely throughout Australia and in other countries including the USA, Switzerland, New Zealand, Wales, Ireland and France. Her work has also been featured on ABC Radio and Radio National as part of the Poetica

series. Barbara was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in 2002 for service to the community particularly in the area of multiculturalism as well as a Citizenship Award from the Broken Hill City Council in 2000 for her untiring contribution to an abundance of community projects and committees. Drug Action Week (DAW) 2012 is a week of activities held nationally to raise awareness about the issues surrounding alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in Australia. We encourage everyone to get involved, together we can make a difference and help to reduce the damaging effects of alcohol and drug abuse in our communities. Poetry is good for our brains as it engages our minds. A good poem compels us to delve a bit deeper to best discern its intention. Poetry also gets our creative juices flowing. It forces us to think outside the square. We encourage as many people as possible to participate in our competition! There are some fantastic prizes to be won with prizes being awarded in all four categories: under nines, under 12s, youth

(12 to 17 years) and adults (over 18). Get involved, and ‘free your mind’, pick up your pen or ipad and get writing! Entry forms are available at, the Roxby Downs Community Library, Roxby Youth Centre, Roxby Council offices and local schools. Entries can be dropped off at our entry box in the Library or posted to PO Box 85 Roxby Downs SA 5725, but must be received by 5pm on June 12, 2012 to be considered. The winners will be announced at a Poet’s Corner event on the June 17, 2012. More information will be in next week’s The Monitor. For more information contact Kath Messner on 0438 871 153, email Kath at messnerk@ or check out The Community Poetry Competition is sponsored in partnership by several forums of the Community Board and Roxby Council.

Sports and recreation is off the bench!


e are ple a s e d to announce that after considerable time off, the Sports and Recreation Forum is holding a community meeting on Tuesday June 5 at 6.30pm until 7.30pm at the Dunes Café. It is hoped that after time off, members of the Forum will be willing to return and new members are also sought. Organised sport these days can be a complex and time consuming ‘past time’, leaving little time to actually enjoy the pursuit for many people – ask any committee member. A forum of the Community Board, the Sport & Rec Forum was created to provide a platform through which all sporting and recreational organisations can liaise with each other and other stakeholders for the betterment of all sport and recreation in Roxby Downs. People power! Do you have a passion for sport, your club and the future players that will represent you?

Perhaps this is a way to share the load! The role of the Sport and Recreation Forum is: • Represent all sports and recreational organisations in Roxby Downs. • Support and assist all groups in their endeavour to improve their sport or recreation. • Support the development of junior sport. Assist, on request with; • The procurement of funding from grants and fundraising. • Where appropriate, the establishment or upgrading of facilities. • To develop community based sporting and recreational programs and services and lobby Roxby Council and other appropriate bodies. • Sports administration, strategic development and succession planning issues and opportunities. Sound interesting? Can your club afford not to be at the table of opportunity the Sport and

Recreation Forum offers? All sporting and recreational groups are invited to attend all meetings and it is recognised that some sports may chose only attend during their operational season. Hope to see you there on Tuesday night. For more information please contact Damien Condon on 0439 862 784 or Michael Wall on 0447 888 337.

JOINING FORUMS If you would like to join a forum and would like more information please contact the following people. New members are always welcome.

ARTS and CULTURE FORUM Rachel Young 0428 671 000

BUSINESS FORUM Laura Trotta 0412 734 964

COMMUNITY BOARD Michelle Hales 0418 833 818

EDUCATION and WORKPLACE TRAINING Michelle Hales 0418 833 818

SPORTS and RECREATION FORUM Damien Condon 0439 862 784

COMMUNITY GARDEN Patrik Ibele 8671 0168

HEALTH FORUM Karen Russell 8671 9020





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

Teresa Baddeley • Darren Smith

For further information, advice or general questions please contact:

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe. If you would like to make a presentation or raise an issue, please contact the Executive Officer on 0418 833 818 so that you can be included on the agenda. Confidential discussions with the Board can be arranged if required.

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Poker – WIN $$$ Members’ Night in the Courtyard • $15 All you Can Eat Buffet • Fun and Games Pool competition! Super Fridays • Meat Raffle • $5 Pints of Hahn Super Dry Live Music from 8PM Party Till the Wee Hours with DJ X-Ray • Drinks Specials All Night BINGO – Cash prizes and giveaways! NEW TIME 2PM!


Paige Aldenhoven was with Daniel Rogers and Dale Summerton at the Community Club last Sunday for the announcement of the Miner’s Cup football team. Look for your photo in ‘Party person of the week’ to win one free $25 voucher at the Community Club.


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Monitor NEWS

Millie and tape with Emily test sticky ultraviole t light.

Chain and Justin from Year 6 test ‘blood’ to determine the blood type.


By Vanessa Switala

SIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Education recently visited Roxby Downs and Andamooka with an interactive science program for students in years Reception to Year 6 called ‘Lab on Legs’. The workshop visited Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) from Monday, May 21 until Wednesday, May 23. Reception to Year 3 students took part in the ‘It’s Illuminating’ workshop where they investigated fascinating properties of light and colour through the use of

hands on activities. Students in Years 4 to 6 participated in ‘Forensic Frenzy’ where they worked with ‘forensic experts in the field’ and provided students with an insight into a range of techniques used to analyse vital pieces of evidence including blood samples, footprints and fingerprints to match evidence with suspects. Carol Rance CSIRO Educator said CSIRO visit 60,000 students per year in years Reception to Year 12. She said CSIRO visit Roxby Downs every year in term two and also held workshops at Saint Barbara’s Parish School and Andamooka Primary School.

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Monitor SPORT

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Bring back State of Origin free - to - air!


am a true Aussie Rules Football (AFL) fan born and bred in South Australia. I can remember as a kid heading down to Footy Park (now AAMI Stadium) on a Tuesday Night and watching South Australian great players like Kernahan, Jarman, McDermott, Platten, just to name a few, play against the Big V with players like Dipper Dermie, Flower, Tuck and Watson. These games were played in front of 40,000 plus fans. These games were always evenly contested. I am not a big fan of the National Rugby League but I always enjoy the State of Origin games on the television. These players play for their jumpers, show passion, heart and true grit to win a game. In my eyes the NRL is a tougher game compared to the AFL but in saying that I think AFL players are more athletic than their counter parts. I wish the AFL would bring back State of Origin football for the public. There is nothing better than watching the best 44

players in Australia fighting it out to see who is the best football state in Australia. My opinion is that the AFL and the clubs are too scared in risking their players to injuries. These NRL players (please correct me if I am wrong) play the weekend before and after the origin. Hell three games in a week is tough! If the NRL can do it surely the AFL can. After seeing Richmond beat Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon and hearing the Richmond supporters sing the famous Tigerland song, hairs were standing up on the back of my neck! If you would like to make comments, agreeing or disagreeing, please text talk and share your opinions.

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Miners’ C Grade White Wing Attack Millie Thomas makes a throw-in, while Miners’ C Grade Red Wing Defence Shanrah Davis defends. The club showdown proved a competitive game.

Until next week...

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” Vince Lombardi, American NFL Hall of Fame Coach.

SENIOR NETBALL Results Friday, May 29, 2012 Roxby Miners A (78) defeated Hornridge Black B (28). Miners White C (21) defeated Miners Red C (17). OD Devils A (75) defeated Olympic Dam Yellow B (24). Olympic Dam Green B (68) defeated Zodiacs (24). Hornridge Green C ( 34) defeated Olympic Dam Yellow C (24). Andamooka (54) defeated Olympic Dam Green C (21). Hornridge A (49) defeated Miners B (29).

Junior Basketball AGM Monday 28th May, 7pm in the Boardroom at the Roxby Downs Leisure Centre.

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By Kelly Thomson

n last week’s round of netball, some of the B grade teams made the A graders work for their wins. Olympic Dam A took on their B grade counterparts Olympic Dam Yellow B. The game started looking like it would be a relatively close match up as the A graders took their time to find their groove. At the end of the first quarter, the B grade side had only conceded 13 goals against their six goals. However, by the start of the second quarter, the A graders were now warm and firing with a dominating centre court combination of Kateland Fraser in wing attack and Rebecca Eli and Cerys Alchin rotating in centre. The B grade girls had little chance of holding the A grade girls back and the score was stretched out to 36 to 14 at half time. The B graders did put in the hard yards, with many of their players playing all over the court and out of their usual position including Nicole Schutz surprising herself with some impressive moves in the goal circle. The final score was 75 to 24. In another A grade, B grade match up, Hornridge A was forced to work for their win by the young Miners B side. In a match that was fought out in the goal circle, the Hornridge girls had the early lead with a 12 point advantage over the Miners at half time. However, with many of the Hornridge players, playing their second game for the evening as fill-ins, and some a strong shooting performance by young Erika Syvertsen, the Miners were able to one up on the Hornridge girls and win the final quarter, 11 points to 10. Outstanding performances by both defensive ends including Pip Moorehead for the Miners and Cassie Norton for Hornridge made the goal scoring hard work. It was too little too late, and the Hornridge girls were able

to hold onto the lead and win the game 49 to 29. In the final A grade versus B grade game, Miners A easily disposed of Hornridge Black B in a match that was one sided from the start. Sally Fuller of the Miners totally dominated the goal circle in goal keeper and defence, not allowing any easy ball into the circle. Once again, Michelle Petrass (Miners) was in a class of her own, playing in various positions all over the court and dominating no matter what position she was in. After half time the Hornridge girls, led by their strong shooter Demmy Orr and ever present defender, Elyshiah McCarthy, started to gain some momentum and put a few extra goals through the ring however it was no match for the over powering Miners team, who ran away with the convincing win. The final score was 78 to 28. C Grade saw the last of all the teams now register a win for the season. Hornridge Green C was yet to have a win but last week they took on Olympic Dam Yellow C. The first half of the game was a tight battle with only three goals between them at half time. The centre court players, Mel Ferry (OD) and April Newman (Hornridge) battled it out to gain possession for their side and get the ball into their shooters. At the end of the third quarter there was still only five goals between them but in the final term the OD girls couldn’t hold on any longer and Hornridge took off with a convincing 10 point win, 34 to 24. Unfortunately, there is no local netball for the next two weeks due to the Miners Cup next weekend and the Queens Birthday long weekend the week after. However, Roxby will be sending three junior teams to the Country Championships in Adelaide over the long weekend. Good luck to all involved.

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ABOVE: Andamooka’s Jaydn Brind is tackled by Olympic Dam’s Russell McInerney and Wade Hooper (OD) runs to the ball.

Far North Football League ROUND 5 May 26, 2012 A GRADE Olympic Dam 24 goals, 19 behinds (163) defeated Andamooka 6 goals, 3 behinds (39). Olymic Dam best players: A. Homer, T. Kirkwood, L. Francou, R. Kruger, D. Moyse. Andamooka best players: J. Hackett, W. Monfries, B. Harris, D. Vanzati, B. Abela. Olympic Dam goal scorers: T. Kirkwood 5, A. Homer 5, D. Moyse 4, D. Summerton 4, J. Simmons 4, R. Kruger 1, L. Copeland 1 Andamooka goal scorers: B. Abela 2, K. Adams 1, D. Vanzati 1, D. Reid 1, D. Dodd 1. Roxby Districts 33 goals, 25 behinds (223) defeated Coober Pedy 1 goal, 1 behind (7). Roxby Districts gosl scorers: R. Prosser 7, E. Zeptner 5, J. Watson 5, J. Rose 3, S. Kangars 2, J. Mandemaker 2, J. Sarai 2, B. Whales 1, J. Pyke 1, B. Chesson 1, J. Penny 1, C. O’Hara 1, C. Hall 1, J. Ford 1. Coober Pedy goals scorers: D. Dodd 1. Roxby Districts best players: J. Penny, C. Kenny, C. Hall, R. Prosser, J. Watson. Coober Pedy best players: P. Larkins, T. Hannes, C. Warren, B. Warren, K. Aitken.

Roxby Downs Junior Football League SENIOR COLTS Suns 8 goals, 6 behinds (54) defeated Hawks 3 goals, 4 behinds (22). No results recieved. Giants 8 goals, 15 behinds (63) defeated Bulldogs 6 goals, 8 behinds (44) No results recieved.


Giants 4 goals, 7 behinds (31) defeated Bulldogs 4 goals, 2 behinds (26). Bulldogs goal scorers: B Cooper 2 B Chamberlain 1 L Johnson 1. No other results recieved.

Far North Football League PREMIERSHIP TABLE Roxby Districts Olympic Dam Hornridge Andamooka Coober Pedy

P 4 4 4 4 4

W 3 3 3 1 0

L 1 1 1 3 4

D 0 0 0 0 0

F 482 492 336 265 134

A 133 207 249 436 684

% 362.41 237.68 134.94 60.78 19.59

TOP 10 GOALKICKERS Name Joel Harman Dale Summerton Scott Montgomerie Jaydn Brind David Moyse Ricky Prosser Adam Homer Dylan Warren Ryan Bennett Justin Watson

Club This round Total Hornridge 0 16 Olympic Dam 4 15 Olympic Dam 0 12 Andamooka 0 10 Olympic Dam 4 8 Roxby Districts 7 8 Olympic Dam 5 7 Coober Pedy 0 7 Olympic Dam 0 7 Roxby Districts 5 7

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ABOVE: Andamooka’s Luke Brind attempts to kick the ball before his Olympic Dam oponent smothers it.

Jaydn takes to state T By Millie Thomas

alented Roxby Downs local Jaydn Brind has been selected for the West Adelaide Football Club ( WAFC) Elite Development Program (EDP), as well as a reserve for Secondary School Sport South Australia 15 and Under Boys Football Team.

It seems Roxby Downs has no shortage of talented young sportspeople, as the news comes directly after 14-year-old Adam Ryan was selected for the South Australian Country under 16 National Boy’s Basketball Team. Fourteen year-old Jaydn currently plays in both the Far North Football League (FNFL) as well as the Roxby Downs Junior Football Association (RDJFA), making waves in both. He was selected as the RDJFA best and fairest for 2011, and as of round three in the FNFL 2012 season, had kicked 10 goals and accrued three Blackwood Footballer of the Year votes. He was also recently selected as the league team the ‘Wedgies’ junior recruit, travelling to Adelaide this weekend. Jaydn was requested to train with the State Under 15 side after his involvement with the EDP and from approximately 140 training, he was chosen as one of five reserves for the team. The players were selected from 37 metropolitan and regional football clubs in WAFC’s zone. “They made a couple of cuts, and he made the first squad so he was in the squad of 50, and then the second cut they did, it was for 25 to be chosen in the team, and five reserves and he is one of the reserves in the state under 15s,” explained Jaydn’s proud dad, Russell Brind. Jaydn has played football for most of his young life, and hopes to pursue

a career in the sporting industry. “Hopefully I’ll get picked for West Adelaide, have to get my fitness up though, so I have to work for that if I’m ever going to go anywhere,” he said. Already undertaking a rigorous personal training session on top of football trainings, a lot of his personal development will be solely up to him, and his supportive family to monitor. “I’ve just got to work on my skills a bit better, and my training. On my goal kicking too,” he said. Jaydn will attend a weekly training with the under 15 state team weekly until the School Sport Australia 15 and Under Boys Football Championships,

which will be held in Adelaide from July 21 to 28. While his older brother maintains all he needs to do is ‘take after his brother’, it will take Jaydn a large amount of determination to progress through footy’s prestigious ranks. “He’s probably fortunate enough to get into a good 30, although you’re selected as a reserve, so if someone gets injured you may get selected if the position is right. They need to stay involved as a team and do the whole lot together,” said Russell. “It’s pretty good how West Adelaide develop the kids up here in Roxby. They come up a lot. A lot of league clubs don’t give that support.”

Jaydn is reserve for the South Australian Under 15 side in July.

FOOTBALLER of the Year

Round 5 results... Bobby Warren Dylan Dodd Patrick Larkin

Jordan Mandemaker


Jamali Sarai Josh Rose

J Simmons Luke Francou Tyson Hornhardt

Troy Mulders Brett Harris J Hackett

Goal Kicker of the Year ROUND FIVE Ricky Prosser Ty Kirkwod Adam Homer Ethan Zeptner Justin Watson

7 5 5 5 5

Tally for round 5... J Harman Dale Summerton Scott Montgomrie

16 15 12

tally after round 5

Ryan Bennett


Nyani Thomas


Dylan Dodd


Bobby Warren


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Team announced for 2012 Miner’s Cup clash By Vanessa Switala


he 2012 Wedgies team was announced Sunday night at the Roxby Downs Community Club with 23 local Far North Football League football players chosen to play in Adelaide this weekend. The annual game will be played this Saturday afternoon at AAMI Stadium against a Broken Hill league team before the Port Adelaide versus Carlton Australian Football League (AFL) night game. Five reserve players were also selected and in keeping with tradition, a promising junior player was also sleceted to accompany the team. Andamooka Football Club and budding junior footballer Jaydn Brind will be travelling to Adelaide with the senior

players to gain experience. Far North Football League President Barry Mitchell said, “It’s more than playing at AAMI Stadium, it’s representing the town, district and Far North Football League.” He referred to the annual event as a “massive occasion.” “This league is outstanding,” Mr Mitchell added. Graham Warren who is heavily involved with the Far North Football League said “23 of the best” were chosen for the Wedgies team. He added, “There’s nothing better than playing association footy!” Craig Wyatt is this year’s coach of the Wedgies team this year after coaching Andamooka in 2011 and 2010. Wedgies team members this year include Roxby Downs Districts Sporting Club players; Spencer Crafter, Daniel

Pegler, Jordan Mandermaker, Craig Hall, Chris Gibson, Jamali Sarai, Justin Watson and Cody Kenny. Olympic Dam Football Club players include; Nathan Gregor, Jason Neindorf, Ryan Bennett and Dale Summerton. Players chosen for the Wedgies team from Hornridge Football Club are Bradley Cooper, Nyani Thomas, Joel Harman, Trent Grosser, Chris Jurek, Nigel Tutthil, Bowde Kelly and Captain Ben Casey. Andamooka Football Club players who were chosen include; Matthew Treloar, Brett Harris and Warick Monfries. Olympic Dam player Daniel Rogers unfortunately did not make the team this year due to injury. He would have accompanied Roxby Districts player Cody Kenny as the only two players to have made the Wedgies team all five years in a row. He will still be travelling to Adelaide this weekend to coach the junior game.

ABOVE: Eight Roxby Districts football players, four Olympic Dam, eight Hornridge and three Andamooka players make up the 2012 Wedgies team. Most players are pictured here with coach Craig Wyatt, Assistant coach Shane Moroney and club man Rob Kraack.

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