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Volume 5, Wednesday October 7th, 2009

Under 18 and binge drinking are IN THIS edition problems N No safe amount for young

There is a concerning growth in the number of drink related incidents in Roxby Downs and the local Drug and Alcohol Forum said there is a need for education. Some people think the supervised introduction of alcohol to young people in the home reduces the chance of them developing a drinking problem later in life. Think again! This is the message from the Roxby Downs Drug and Alcohol

Forum and supported by National Health and Medical Research Council reserach. Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Forum, Mr Ray Goldie wants all parents to heed the warning. The research shows 2.3 million Australians had their first taste of alcohol or drink when they were just 10 years old or younger. The Roy Morgan Research shows nearly six million Australians had their first alcoholic sip or drink

aged 14 years and younger and almost seven out of 10 people are not aware of the National Health and Medical Research Councils new national guidelines on alcohol which recommend the safest option is to delay young people’s initiation to drinking for as long as possible. Deakin University professor John Toumbourou said early drinking, even in small quantities can be problematic.

“Early exposure to alcohol can switch off the sedative effect in a teenager’s brain and this can allow them to drink more,” he warned. “Teenagers who are exposed to even small amounts of alcohol can develop a tolerance to its effects.” This is fast becoming a local issue that needs attention according Mr Goldie who said there is an underage drinking problem in Roxby Downs like so many other towns around Australia. “I’m not shocked that kids have their first sip at 10, it’s pretty common, he said. “There are a lot of people out there that actually think they are doing their kids a favour by letting them have a drink with the family, a sip of wine or a sip of beer or something.” He said because this doesn’t appear to hurt at the time they think it dispels all the myths that come with alcohol and their kids won’t get into it later in life. “They do get into it,” said the Forum Chairman. We all know of young people who have participated in underage drinking around Roxby. They see the antics of the so called celebrities like football players on drunken sprees and think it’s funny and what adults do. They are getting the wrong message.

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“They make themselves incredibly vulnerable and if they drink in public places are in even more dangerous situations. “Somebody is providing alcohol to them, encouraging them to become drinkers and binge drinkers later in their teenage years.” There are a number of negative effects alcohol has on young people. It kills brain cells, disturbs patterns of behaviour, can create anti-social behaviour, and disconnects them from so many other parts of society like sports etc. It is more common these days for teenagers even those above the legal drinking age to drink with the sole purpose of

getting blind drunk. The binge drinking concept is the norm and no longer seen as a social drink to relax at the end of a working day or working week. When combined with driving a car it becomes even more dangerous as has been reported last week with three drink related road accidents. Mr Goldie said communication is the key to preventing problems with under age drinking and encourages children to feel comfortable talking to parents about drunks, alcohol and peer pressure. The Roxby Downs Drug and Alcohol Forum will release the results of a study into the wider issues of alcohol and substance abuse in Roxby Downs in November.

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Tasman Resources to kick off drilling at Roxby Downs Tasman Resources has announced it will begin to drill at its iron oxide copper-gold-uranium prospect near Roxby Downs in Northern South Australia next month. Tasman says it will drill to a depth of 1,200 metres with the anomaly believed to be about 800 metres deep. Tasman Resources’ 100 per cent owned Vulcan project is 30 kilometres north of the Olympic Dam mine, ranked as having highest potential for mineralisation.

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Rent or buy a DVD this October to keep sick kids smiling

Get the popcorn ready – it’s Starlight Video Month! Roxby Downs Blockbuster is a participating store.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Australian Video Industry have joined forces again for Starlight Video Month to ensure Captain Starlight can bring fun and laughter to the lives of many more seriously ill and hospitalised children across Australia. This October, the community can support Starlight Video Month by renting or buying a new release DVD marked with a Starlight Video Month logo. World renowned preschool entertainers Hi-5 are excited to be the 2009 Starlight Video Month ambassadors. “Working with Starlight is such an honour. Often the children we meet when visiting hospitals with Captain Starlight are truly unforgettable – little legends that despite going through a really hard time manage to bring joy to everyone around them. Please support your local video and retail stores in Oc-

tober to help bring smiles to more seriously ill children”, said the Hi-5 cast. Louise Baxter, Starlight CEO said, “We are so appreciative of the Australian Video Industry’s support of Starlight over the past 16 years through their involvement in Starlight Video Month. This year Starlight Video Month is hoping to raise over $450,000 in much needed funds”. Since 1988, the Starlight Children’s Foundation has been providing innovative programs designed to lift the spirits of these children, young people and their families when they need it most. Starlight brings love, laughter and support to children no matter what their illness or where they live. Delivered both in and out of hospital, Starlight’s programs provide a positive distraction to children, their siblings and parents. There are over 600,000 child admissions to Australian hospitals every year and currently Starlight is only able to reach “1 in 3” of these children.

Family Focus with Tom Beever

Recognition for our young

My work has allowed me to get know multitudes of residents through my eight years of living and working in Roxby Downs and a pleasant consequence of that, are the many young people I have come to know. I have seen many of them grow over the years and some have come to see me, or have been directed to come and see me. I have also come to know many young people through my two teenage children. So I’d like to think I have a pretty good understanding of where things are at for a large number of our young people. I can therefore say with confidence, that the majority of our young people are switched on, good decent kids. Most are polite, trustworthy, have dreams and ambitions, or great workers. Many are talented or show great interest in subjects such as the environment and social justice, and most, if not all, love and respect their parents. I talk about our young people for two reasons. One, they are more than worthy of praise. And secondly, young people are the heart and soul of any community and they are certainly the heart and soul of our community. I therefore find it incredibly insulting when generalized comments are made about our young people. How many times have you heard a conversation that starts with the words, ‘The problem with the young people in this town is?’ I have heard those words or similar words on many occasions in just about every community I have lived in. And a 16 year old Australian girl has the perfect response. “Apparently, I am an over-educated and underachieving slacker. I have no work ethic and completely depend on my parents to succeed in life. “Because I am a sixteen year old girl who has grown up with technology and computers around

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me, I’m going to strip on webcam, take naked photos and cyber bully the shortest girl at my school. “I do all of this because I don’t have morals or care about anything, because I was born in 1992 and am a product of Gen-Y. The fact is; all of this couldn’t be further from the truth. That is not the type of person I am, nor the type any of my friends are. “Characters that indulge in their parents’ gifts without recognition or engage in immoral activities are present in all walks of life, all countries, all suburbs and all generations. “But they are a minority. We are not all a bunch of depressed and lazy kids running the world into the dirt. In fact, most of us care about the world more than anyone, for it will be ours in years to come and we want it to be the best it ever was.” I don’t know about you, but I found these words very impressive. This young girl has obviously heard unpleasant sweeping statements about young people and she has correctly stated; that it doesn’t mean all young people are guilty. The sixteen year old used herself and her friends as examples, and I compliment her immensely, because she is right. We can’t blame all young people for the brainless antics of others. Domestic violence was a big issue in Roxby Downs a few years back. And contrary to what some out of town magazines and newspapers implied, that didn’t mean we were all guilty of it. Yes, a number of our young people would be classified as binge drinkers. But that doesn’t mean all our young people are binge drinkers. Some use drugs, have been caught speeding, driven recklessly etc, but that doesn’t mean all are guilty of it. Let’s be careful we don’t categorize our young people. Instead, let’s give them the recognition they deserve, because the majority of them are more than worthy of it.

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Roxby can make a difference by walking to work on Friday By Celeste Lustosa October 14 will be an especially fun day in Roxby Downs, as the town celebrates national Walk to Work Day. Like in the previous years, Roxby Downs residents, business and the Council embraces the idea of walking or riding to work and help the environment, our health and celebrate an event that is important for all Australians. “This is one day to use alternative ways to go to work and acknowledge a national day that is also important and embraced by Roxby residents. So it will be a good fun day that will link us to the whole country,” said Tom Beever who has organised the event in Roxby in previous years. He added that the fuel and green house that can be saved in a day in Roxby can definitely make a difference. “We can prevent a lot of pollution here in our region by putting our cars aside for a day.” But according to Mr Beever the event is not only about the environment. “This day will also be about engaging with your work colleagues as businesses are invited to promote a breakfast so employers and employees can enjoy a fun, different day. “The idea is for everyone to come to work a bit earlier and have breakfast together. That can bring people together, so it’s not only about the environment, being fit, but also spending time with your work mates,” Mr Beever said. In 2008 110,000 commuters participated with 3,710 working places taking part. Over 115 community breakfasts were held all around the country with many more held in work-

places. Roxby Downs was proudly among these communities. “This is a chance for everyone to make a statement that they can make a difference and want to do and also to set a good example for the children and teenagers that we are a community that is engaged to make this world better.” Roxby Downs Council organised a breakfast for its employees previous years and will do it again. “A whole cooked breakfast was provided by the Council and everyone had a great time,” said Mr Beever who promised he will be doing his famous pancakes again. National research conducted after last years inaugural ride to work day has shown 29% of those who rode to work for the first time have continued to ride to work. “A lot of people around Australia enjoyed the idea so much that started making the walk to work a routine in their lives.” For businesses that want to embrace this fun day all you need is to get your sneakers ready and promote a breakfast for everyone to enjoy together on October 14th. And don’t forget to take photos of all the fun and send them to us at The Monitor (features@themonitor.com.au) and you and your employees will be in our special Out and About Walk to Work. If you want more details about the event, contact Tom Beever on 8671 2898.

‘Our Mob on Tour 09’ in Roxby Downs

By Celeste Lustosa Our Mob On Tour ‘09 is a statewide representation of Aboriginal artists living in regional and remote areas of South Australia and it will be on display in Roxby Downs Art Gallery, located in the Leisure Centre, until October 26th. Our Mob on Tour 09 is an exhibition of works by established, emerging and lesser-known South Australian Aboriginal artists that celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal traditions, cultures, histories and environments across the state. Now in its third year, the Our Mob exhibitions are part of the ongoing Indigenous Cultures Program at the Adelaide Festival Centre and in 2009 highlights of the exhibition will be toured to galleries across regional South Australia, including Roxby. “This exhibition is part of our ongoing policy in bringing art diversity into our district,” said Jack McGuire. The lives and stories of Aboriginal groups today are like threads weaving together. In recognising the diversity of experiences of Aboriginal people throughout South Australia we welcome this opportunity to learn the stories of Aboriginal histories that reflect on the past, their lands, their environments and cultures;

for artists to come together, to be proud and united as South Australia’s mob. “The indigenous art reflects our cultural diversity as Australians and represents their past and future. Also it’s amazing how they tell their stories through art,” Jack said. All artists express themes important to them, person-

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al and political, with works about water and food, hunting and harvest, spiritual homelands, ancestral narratives, erased cultures and stolen generations as well as resilience and cultural revival. Drawn from language groups across the state, it is a rich resource for developing a knowledge and under-

standing of contemporary Aboriginal art and culture. A diversity of media, styles, technologies and content address issues and studies linked to contradicting cultural stereotypes associated with Aboriginal art practice and culture. Roxby, Woomera and Andamooka artists - If you have some work

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done in any of the art areas, not only painting, or know someone talented that would be willing to share their work with the community, contact Jack McGuire on 0409 888 037 or email him mcguirej@ roxbyleisure.com. Your art work can be the next one on display for our community to appreciate.

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From Manhattan to Kampala News in Brief Graham reads ‘The Monitor’ K Australian Red Cross launches appeal

By Celeste Lustosa

ampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. Manhattan is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located primarily on M anhattan Island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Between the two places a huge contrast that Graham Fer r is, from

Roxby Downs Council Office, had the opportunity to see during his annual leave just a couple of weeks ago. What Roxby residents didn’t expect was that he would be reading ‘The Monitor’ in Uganda. “I woke up one morning in Kampala, Uganda, and wanted to take a look at the local newspaper, which for my total surprise is called Monitor. It was really funny,” he said. Mr Ferris was also impressed what he read on

the local news when in Africa. “We see so many negative things on the news about the African countries but there are amazing things there as well, as people are friendly and welcoming and they love a barbecue just as much as us Aussies.” The contrast between rich and poor was also impressive for our Australian resident. “I went from New York to Kampala to feel and acknowledge the contrast that money brings

in the communities and it is massive. But I can see the beauty of living in both places. “In New York you feel safe and unfortunately in Uganda I wouldn’t walk by myself at night,” Mr Ferris said. According to him, Africans and Australians deal with completely different issues and there’s a lot to be grateful for here in Australia. “Most people there are struggling to survive and here we have a great infrastructure

and things are organised. People follow rules which make living in our communities here much easier.” Graham brought home important lessons from his trip and a great appreciation for what Australia is all about. And of course, a huge range of photos that register the Roxby resident going from The United States to Uganda and no matter where, always reading The Monitor.

School Holidays equals family time

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uring the school term routines take over and children may get out of the habit of managing free time. There is also less time for parents and children to be together. Graham from Roxby Council was surprised to see that Kampala’s local paper is also called the Monitor

Holidays can be a time when parents decide that doing things with their children will be a priority and they will use the time to get to know each other and enjoy each other ’s company. Children love doing things with parents. Tr y t o a r r a n g e some individual time with each child if you can, as well as family time - this helps build good relationships and helps your children’s self esteem. Just one different activity each day will help keep children interested and looking forward to it. Remember children do not need to be ‘enter tained’ all the time. Just a change of place or a few suggestions can help them to be very creative on their own.

Things to do when you are tired Get a suitable video and watch it with the children or swap videos with a friend’s children so they will each get different ones.

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Invite a friend for the child to play with - this usually takes pressure off as they play together - and the invitation may be returned. Get some plasticine and allow children to create pictures (some children’s books have plasticine pictures which may give them a start). Let children plan and put on a show for you with whatever “acts” they can do - all you have to do is watch.

Around home Have a picnic - tie lunch in a tea towel and carry it into the backyard on a stick. Use old paint brushes and water or pieces of chalk to paint pictures on the backyard paths or walls. Teach a craft such as knitting. Clean out the toy box and put things back where they belong, eg all the dinosaurs together - this can star t hours of fun as old toys seem new again. Build a cubby house with large cardboard boxes. H ave a “m a k i n g box” - clean out cupboards and put old bits and pieces such as party paper cups, straws etc in a box for children to create with. Make a kite and fly it (easier said than done). Swap ideas with your friends.

Australian Red Cross last week launched an appeal to support hundreds of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Ketsana. Combined with monsoonal rain, the typhoon has devastated Manila and affected northern Philippines and parts of Vietnam, with 240 deaths reported to date and more than 400,000 people affected. Red Cross Societies and volunteers in both countries have worked round the clock running evacuation centres, providing relief items and offering support to those affected. Metro Manila and 25 provinces remain in a state of emergency, following the worst floods in 40 years. Residents remain trapped and water search and rescue operations continue. Red Cross Rescue teams are working round the clock to access heavily flooded areas. More than 115,000 people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centres. All donations to the Red Cross Typhoon Ketsana Appeal will support the provision of practical assistance to communities both in the Philippines and Vietnam.’ How to donate (donations are tax deductable): • People can visit www.redcross.org.au to make a secure online donation, or • To make a donation via credit card, phone 1800 811 700, or • Send a cheque or money order with a note that it is for Typhoon Ketsana to: Australian Red Cross Supporter Services PO Box 2957, Melbourne, Vic 8060

Improved outback water supply The remote community of Ernabella on South Australia’s Aboriginal Lands will have an improved potable water supply after a pipeline is installed by the army next year. The army’s Aboriginal Community Assistance Program is spending $6 million as part of efforts to improve environmental health in Ernabella. About 150 military and civilian personnel will be involved in a three-month building program, which is expected to begin in late April. A 14-kilometre pipeline will connect the community to bores at Young’s Well. The army will also repair housing, sewerage and electrical services and train the community in specific skills such as construction, welding and cooking.

Woomera waste to be moved Nearly 10,000 barrels of nuclear waste will be moved again in the Woomera prohibited area, to a more suitable storage facility. The Defence Department is planning to move the barrels a few kilometres from where they are stored in an old aircraft hangar, to an explosives storage building. David Noonan from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) says the Federal Government needs to find a permanent site for the waste. “There’s always some danger in moving radioactive waste, particularly if it’s an unnecessary move,” he said. “But in this case it really shows how the Commonwealth has failed, even the new Labor Government has failed to properly manage and properly provide for the Commonwealth long lead waste and in this case the departments are now taking measures into their own hands,” he said.

Dark car windows under scrutiny in SA Car owners have been warned that cars with illegal window film on their windows run the risk of being given an on-the-spot defect notice. SA Highway Patrol officers now have access to electronic meters that provide an instant rating of the darkness of glass. When armed with these devices, an officer can instantly check if a car’s window film is within legal limits. Rob Hamilton, President of the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand (WFAANZ), comments, “When used correctly window film provides great protection, but unfortunately some uninformed tinters apply film that is too dark and deemed unsafe. Drivers need to receive correct advice when considering window film for their vehicle.” A visible light transmittance (VLT) rating measures the amount of light that passes through tinted glass. The lower the VLT percentage, the darker the film. Since 1999 SA Road Traffic regulations state that: Drivers wanting to boost safety, security, comfort and reduce glare and UV exposure often turn to window film. When applied correctly, it protects a car’s interior and its passengers from the sun’s harmful rays. The question then is how to ensure the window film on your vehicle is compliant. Rob Hamilton said, “The solution is simple. Just ensure your tinter is aware of the regulations governing your state. Contact your local WFAANZ member as they know the regulations and will do the job properly the first time. They have access to the latest updates and training and abide by an industry code of practice.” THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper


Changes to rape laws have ramifications . . .

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Roxby not immune

n 2008, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation to change rape and sexual assault laws and it’s time everyone understood the repercussions of doing the wrong thing. These were landmark changes and removed ambiguity about what constitutes consent to sexual activity and were the biggest changes to South Australia’s laws on rape and sexual assault in more than 30 years. They affect everyone from Adelaide to Roxby Downs and Mt. Gambier to Ceduna and all places within the state borders. Because we live in isolated Roxby doesn’t mean rape or sexual assault can’t or won’t happen here. Under the new laws, it’s clear that sexual activity is not consensual if: • obtained by force or threats; • the victim is asleep or unconscious; • the victim is too intoxicated to agree; • the victim was unable to understand the nature of sexual activity; • the victim was mistaken about the identity of the person they were having sex with; or • the victim was being unlawfully detained. In short, consent to sex must be given freely and voluntarily, not assumed. There are also new tighter rules on questioning of victims and witnesses and restricting the distribution of evidence, such as explicit photographs, to help reduce the secondary trauma that victims of sexual abuse often experience going through the court process and giving evidence. Changes to Evidence Act also impact on what the courts can do in relation to accepting evidence of victims and the cross examination of witnesses. It is worth understanding a part of section 34 of the Evidence Act which states the following. “Evidence in sexual cases generally (1) In proceedings in which a person is charged with a sexual offence, no question may be asked or evidence admitted— (a) as to the sexual reputation of the alleged victim of the offence; or (b) except with the permission of the judge—as to the alleged victim’s sexual activities before or after the events of and surrounding the alleged offence (other than recent sexual activities with the accused). (2) In deciding whether permission should be granted under subsection (1)(b), the judge must give effect to the

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principle that alleged victims of sexual offences should not be subjected to unnecessary distress, humiliation or embarrassment through the asking of questions or admission of evidence of the kind referred to in that subsection, and must not grant permission unless satisfied that the evidence in respect of which permission is sought.” The new rape and sexual assault laws came into force on November 23, 2008. They ensured that the criminal justice system is more sensitive to the needs of victims of rape and sexual assault. The amendments to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act provide a clearer definition of sexual offences, including: • rape; • persistent sexual abuse of a child; and • consent. The new laws also ensure that cases involving sexual offences against children will be given priority and victims of rape and sexual assault will be protected from cross-examination by the accused in person. The Attorney-General, Michael Atkinson said prior to the introduction of the new laws fewer than 20% of cases that reached the court resulted in a conviction so there was something wrong with how rape and sexual assault was defined. It also defines as rape a situation in which a woman withdraws her consent after initially agreeing to sexual intercourse and the other party continues regardless. But the laws are one thing, the polarisation of the community, the hurt to family and friends is another side that is only realised after the offence and they can have life lasting effects on everyone. It is also worth remembering this new law not only applies to women as the victims, it also applies to men being victims, so everyone has a responsibility to do the right thing. Too many cases of rape and assault are blamed on the over-indulgence of alcohol and drugs. At parties or in the home, being drunk or drugged and with less self control is not an excuse and is not accepted by the courts. People apparently aren’t aware of the new rape and sexual assault legislation and with the Government now ramping up the message via its “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign people in Roxby can’t be excused for not knowing what is right and wrong in the eyes of the law and what is acceptable in the community.

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Clarification of Woomera iron ore project

South Australian iron ore explorer Stellar Resources has clarified the position of its projects relative to the Woomera prohibited area. Mr Peter Blight CEO of Stellar said the Coolybring and Hicks Hill magnetite deposits, the core assets within the Tarcoola iron ore project in central South Australia, are outside of the geographical boundaries of the Woomera Prohibited Area and the jurisdiction of the Department of Defence. Mr Blight said, “It should be noted that parts of the exploration licences that contain the Coolybring and Hicks Hill magnetite deposits overlap the WPA. How-

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ever, Stellar has had no restrictions placed on its exploration activities within these licences by the Department of Defence.” The company said other exploration licences held by Stellar within the Tarcoola and Coober Pedy areas also overlap the boundary of the Woomera restricted area. However, the Department of Defence had granted Stellar access to these licences for exploration and given their peripheral location relative to Defence activity, it is reasonable to assume that approval for mining within those licence areas would be forthcoming. Other mines already operate within the boundaries of the Woomera area.

Govt. considers capping executive pay packets

ast week debate raged over whether politicians should interfere in business is set to intensify, with the Productivity Commission release of a draft report into spiralling executive salaries last week. The Federal Government says it is considering introducing legislation to help crack down on exorbitant executive pay packets but the Opposition and shareholder groups argue it is not a taxpayer issue. Former Macquarie Bank chief Allan Moss tops Australia’s bestpaid list, with a salary of $25 million, while it was announced recently that BHP Billiton CEO would

get an annual increase taking his salary to $12 million. The former Babcock and Brown head, Phil Green, was paid $22m and $13m went to recently departed Telstra boss Sol Trujillo. The Government says it will not be taking any action until the final productivity report is made public at the end of the year. But Jim Wallace from the Australian Christian Lobby says the churches want equality in wealth. “There is no way that you can justify this degree of difference between senior executives’ pay and workers’ pay,” he said. “Certainly I think that the church needs to speak out. This is a matter that greatly effects the

nature of our society.” T h e Pr o d u c t i v i t y Commission agreed that exorbitant executive pay should be a thing of the past. The former head of consumer watchdog the ACCC, Allan Fels, has headed the inquiry. He has already said he wants a greater role for shareholders in approving executive salaries. The Government already has a bill before the Parliament to limit executive termination payments to one year’s base salary, unless shareholders vote otherwise. The Greens want even tougher action. Leader Bob Brown wants the Corporations Act amended to cap executive pay. “A limit of $5 million should surely be placed on CEO salary,” he said.

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Andamooka Community Directory Frontier Services Andamooka

Community Health Service Clinic opening hours

- Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm & 2pm to

5pm. - Wednesday closed from 2pm to 5pm. - Closed at all other times except for 24 hour emergencies. Phone: 8672 7087 (during work hours) or 0428 727 087 (after hours)

Country Womens Association

Andamooka Opal Fields Branch

Meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the CWA clubrooms.

Op Shop Hours

Wednesday 9.00am to 1.00pm Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00pm

Andamooka Emergency Services

CFS

Anne Legg 0427 974 084

SES

Stefan Bilka 0427 181 752

POLICE

8672 7072

CLINIC

8672 7087 (work hours) 0428 727 087 (after hours)

Roxby Downs Health Services 8671 9020

Poisons Information Centre 131 126

Roxby Vet

0419 806 392

Port Augusta Vet 8642 0411

Apoma membership If you wish to become a member of Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association, you can join at the office in the Community Hall. Fees are $55 Family, $33 Single and $16.50 for Pensioners. Membership entitles you to vote at the Annual General Meeting in August and to attend, free of charge, the BBQ’s held throughout the year.

The Andamooka Calendar Every Wednesday:

WEB & INTERNET TRAINING AT THE LIBRARY

Every Thursday 10.30am: TODDLERS STORY TIME Every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm: SEW N SEWS SEWING GROUP Call Anne on 8672 7077.

New manager settled in Andamooka By Celeste Lustosa

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h e f i r s t permanent community manager has been appointed to Andamooka. Robert (Bob) Jacobs is working from a new office at 118 Government Road, next to the Long Bus Opal Showroom. He has a background in business, Local Government and remote com-

munity management. His previous position was with the Barkly Shire Council in Tennant Creek, NT. This appointment is the first major outcome in the new partnership between APOMA and the Outback Areas Community Development Trust (OACDT ), which aims to establish the expanding township of Andamooka as a model of good governance in outback locations. The town manager had never been to Andamooka

modation and good places to eat. I have seen many people coming to visit for a day and they stop to visit the Long Bus Opal Showroom and Dukes Bottle Shop but we want to see them staying for a couple of days and enjoying more of what the town has to offer and the adjacent Lake Torrens National Park.” Mr Jacobs is a member of Rotary International and has already participated in meetings at Roxby Downs.

“I want to join Rotary here and get involved in their activities in our region.” The new manager is in town, with his wife Anne and keen to be involved with the community and making a significant contribution to the township of Andamooka. Bob Jacobs can be contacted on 8672 7411 or email Rober t.Jacobs@ sa.gov.au.

APOMA and the new manager will work together By Celeste Lustosa

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ndamooka Progress and O p a l M i n e r ’s Association (APOMA) i s h a p py to h ave A n d a m o o k a’s n e w manager Bob Jacobs on board. The Association has been trying to get this position created for years. “We have been trying to get someone in this position for a long time, to take the burden of running the town off the volunteers,” said APOMA’s member Robert Hancock. Whilst a lot of details about the roles the manager and APOMA will have in Andamooka is still to be fleshed out, APOMA says that Bob Jacobs will be taking over the management and daily operation of the municipal duties that APOMA curPage 6 – Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

before taking up this position and says he is really impressed with what he has seen. “I am very impressed with the long history of opal mining in Andamooka, and the hardships the early miners must have experienced,” Mr Jacobs said. Mr Jacobs is very interested in promoting tourism in the area as he believes Andamooka has a lot to offer. “We have good accom-

rently tried to oversee. “He will become the face of the New Outback Area Authority, which will be in charge of delivering Local Government Services to the incorporated areas and will work in cooperation with the Local Progress Associations. “ Th e n e w a u t h o rity, which will be created when the legislation goes through Parliament, will have access to a large range of Government resources which our community have never been able to use before,” Mr Hancock said. The Board which will manage the Authority will have experts from various fields plus three representatives from within the Outback Areas appointed to it by the Local Government Minister. According to Mr Hancock, “The Board’s work will be to oversee and implement local governance

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similar to a council and it must operate in consultation with the local communities.” “As Andamooka is the largest community in the Outback Area and in most need of organising community assets and local government infrastructure, we will become a template for the roll out of services and how they are going to be managed elsewhere.” APOMA’s current goals, according to Mr Hancock are to offload the municipal jobs to Outback Areas Community Development Trust (OACDT) in an orderly manner, so the Association can concentrate on making the new system work well for the town. “To do this we need to update our constitution and change our Progress Association into a peak representative body which will be responsible to lay out the future strategic

direction of the town and work with the new Authority to get the outcomes the town expects.” Mr Hancock adds that “the new community

manager will be responsible for managing the office of Andamooka’s local government and that will be where the community will be able to go to discuss town issues.”

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Last Weeks Hot topic: What is your opinion about 16 year olds being given the option of voting? No way 16 year olds should be given the vote. Most would not be interested in politics at that age and really why would they after seeing the way some of our pollies behave. Eighteen is plenty young enough. JK, Roxby. Some 16 year olds may show interest in elections, but hardly enough to change the rules and allow them a vote voluntarily. I say no to lowering the age of voting. AM, Andamooka Don’t you just love how Roxby is evacuated on school holidays. It is true we don’t have enough to keep people here at these times, so what about it council? Just Wanna Have Fun, Roxby. SA came fourth in the literary test. And the teachers want a salary increase? Get real. Do your job then you will deserve the increase. Graham A. Roxby The texts about drug probs in RD recently should cover alcohol. Too much booze, and drunken idiots much worse than pot or pills. Police should worry more about that. Oh forgot alcohol is not prohibited. Jude. RD You must be kidding! How can anyone get serious about Roxby Downs expansion when the Greens slag it, our local MP seems to be working against it and the Libs sit on the fence? P...ed off voter, OD Thanks Arid Recovery for bringing Malcolm Douglas to Roxby. Great man and a great night. What about some more soon. John, RD

EDITORIAL

Let’s pray it never happens here

The severe earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of West Sumatra on Wednesday night, was the latest in a series of deadly natural disasters in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific the past week. Indonesian officials predict that the death toll will rise into the thousands. Measured at a magnitude of 7.6, the quake occurred 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra province, and 960 km (590 miles) northwest of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and was so strong that people reported shaking of tall buildings in Jakarta, and in Singapore and Malaysia. It is hard to imagine how those poor people are coping with either the earthquake, hurricane or tsunami aftermath. For most of us who haven’t seen or experienced such devastation it is hard to believe. Those poor souls will wake up each day for the rest of their lives crying over the loss of loved ones and wondering what they face in the future.

Putting it into some sort of perspective it is like losing most of the population of Roxby Downs in just one black day when Mother Nature does her worst. The people of Roxby, Andamooka and Woomera will rally in their usual generous style and support victims how best they can. Red Cross is one avenue that is already on the job and if anyone feels they can donate even the smallest amount, collectively it will mean a lot to those suffering such devastating losses. No power, water or shelter and now the threat of diseases spreading is just adding to the misery. Makes a dust storm seem insignificant. Can you imagine the destruction if the same thing was to happen here. The Gold Coast, Glenelg beachfront developments, coastal towns and cities, and the many trendy marina housing developments could all go under. Let’s pray we never have to go through that in Australia.

LETTERS Pathetic politics

to the editor

Liberal Candidate for Mount Gambier Steve Perryman is urging voters “not to be sucked in by the claims of Independent MPs and minor parties that they can secure a better deal for regional electorates in South Australia.”    Mr. Perryman was responding to comments made by local Independent MP Rory McEwen who is a member of a new “Royalties for Regions” political alliance that is convening a “Balance of Power for the Regions” forum to be held later this week at the iconic Adelaide Oval. Quite an amazing statement from Mr. Perryman, given that during the 2006 state election campaign Mr. Perryman supported Mr. McEwen, and was quoted in The Advertiser (11/3/2006) saying: “Mt Gambier is best served by having its local MP as a minister in Government - that is far more preferable than either a Government backbencher or Opposition backbencher.” So what has changed his mind?  Well in May 2008 Mr Perryman was preselected by the SA Liberal Party, and has been trans-

formed from popular local mayor to Liberal Party stooge. Would Mr Perryman now have us believe that Independent MPs like Rory McEwen, Nick Xenaphon, Bob Such, Kris Hanna and Geoff Brock are fakes and a waste of space?  That the minor parties including the Nationals, Family First, Greens and Democrats make no contribution to good governance?  What utter nonsense!  Mr Perryman’s latest “spray” would appear to confirm his loyalties now lie with big party politics and with his personal ambitions.  Sadly, it seems people are no longer at the top of his list of priorities. We live in a democracy that should be based on truth and honesty, working for the common good of all people.  Unfortunately there is a stark contrast between this ideal and the path seemingly chosen by the now Liberal candidate for Mount Gambier. Mr Perryman’s outrageous statement encourages me, and I hope many others in all electorates around the state to rally and support real community champions, those who will always put people first, and will

faithfully represent our communities in the Parliament. Wilbur Klein, SA Nationals President

Senior moment!

This month (1 - 31 October) is Seniors Month in South Australia – a time to focus on the achievements and contributions of older people in the community, especially those who are OBE – Over B…. Eighty! To celebrate positive ageing and to recognise the importance of looking after the health and wellbeing of older people, beyondblue has developed an OBE Campaign and has published a new booklet. This free booklet, Older People and Depression, includes information on depression/ anxiety and where to get help. It also includes inspiring stories from some of beyondblue’s OBEs about how they keep physically and mentally healthy. Leonie Young CEO beyondblue

Holiday time is . . . .

I agree with no energy drinks at school but if your going to take them off kids you SHOULD give them back! And if you don’t want kids to buy drinks and bring them to school have a few more options in your canteen that kids CAN afford! (Name withheld)

HOT C I TOP

Daylight Saving are you in favour or against?

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Ambitious investors or overreaching youngsters? One in six Gen Y feel pressured to buy investment property

Good news for the housing market: a survey by Australia’s largest independently-owned mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, found over one third of Generation Ys planning to buy an investment property by June 2011 also aimed to purchase a home during that time. Almost one quarter wanted to create an investment property portfolio of ‘as many properties as possible’. In further support of the housing market recovery continuing well into the future, the 2009 Property Investors Survey found 71% of the 281 Gen Y respondents were delaying their purchase until the First Home Owner Boost finishes on 31 December 2009. Mortgage Choice senior corporate affairs manager, Kristy Sheppard said the survey provides evidence that activity from younger buyers will not phase out at the end of year as some commentators are predicting. “Our franchisees tell us that many property investors are all set and ready to go once the Boost has had its day, and it appears Generation Y is no exception. It is encouraging

to see so many young people keen to make their mark on the property market. Many have high hopes to purchase more than one property within two years and whether this is overly ambitious or not, the positive sentiment should provide a boost to the housing industry,” said Ms Sheppard. “Almost one third of the investors-to-be - 31% - planning on entering the market for the very first time were forgoing their First Home Owner Grant to buy an investment property. Even more surprising and in the true spirit of their ‘want it now’ generation, 36% of Gen Ys plan to buy both a home and investment property or properties in the next two years. “It is interesting that almost one in six - 15% - Gen Ys feel pressured into buying an investment property by family and/or their partner. This raises concerns around younger borrowers, who are less likely than other generations to have work security due to their propensity to job hop, over committing themselves at a time when interest rate rises are looming.”

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Investors step in to fill the first home buyer gap Online enquiries from investors for an Aussie broker appointment jump by 32 per cent

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questing appointments with Aussie brokers via the website www. aussie.com.au has jumped 32 per cent in the last week as investors get ready to pounce. Aussie founder and executive chairman Mr John Symond said as of Thursday the $14,000 grant for established homes is reduced to $10,500, and from $21,000 down to $14,000 for new homes. The number of investors re“Investors have been patiently

ussie has seen a surge in the number of investors requesting appointments with its brokers as they step in to take the place of first home buyers, who are beginning to exit the market following the paring back of the government grant.

waiting on the sidelines to see what happens after the First Home Owner’s Grant is reduced,” Mr Symond said. “There has been a price bubble created in some areas as first home buyers have paid over the odds for their properties. For investors in that same price range, it has been prudent to sit back and wait for the grant to be reduced.” Mr Symond said a number of

factors had come into play making it a good time to enter the property investment market. “Increased consumer confidence, high rental yields and a continued shortage of housing is pointing to a “perfect storm” of conditions for property investors,” he said. However, Mr Symond said it was vital for investors to do extensive research and carry out due diligence on any property.

Top Tips to Save Now and Buy Sooner

Property ownership, whether for home or investment, is an aspiration for many Australians yet the prospect of saving what can be an entire annual wage for a deposit puts the dream further into the future. Goal setting, clever planning and a commitment to following through are often the keys to solving this savings problem. Mortgage Choice senior corporate affairs manager, Kristy Sheppard said, “It’s best to know what you’re in for from the very start. Begin your deposit savings process by speaking to an accountant plus a professional and accessible mortgage broker who has access to a wide range of lenders. This will give you a good idea of how much you can and need to save for your deposit in order to buy within a particular price range.” “Then, create a comprehensive budget, constantly reassess it, and follow it to the best of your ability. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you like however, even a basic Excel spreadsheet with your cost detailed in consecutive columns will often suffice. The easier it is to maintain, the more likely you are to

keep it up. “Don’t stop there; seriously consider setting up automatic payments into high interest savings accounts from your salary account, for ongoing costs such as your car, rent, utilities, groceries, entertainment and, of course, home deposit. “Most importantly, be realistic about what you can achieve. Remember most people can’t afford to buy their ideal property the first, second or sometimes even third time around. Regardless, saving for your own property is a journey you will look back on with pride.” Also consider these tried and tested savings tips when planning your budget: Give yourself a holiday every now and then, but reduce all costs where possible. Fly with a discount airline and/or wait for airfare sales. Also, consider giving a cheap cabin, van or tent a go and enjoy the adventure. Take your lunch to work rather than buying it. Bite the bullet and make it at work. Every cent counts. Don’t turf the old faithful. If you have an old car that isn’t in the best aesthetic condition but runs

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well then resist the temptation to buy a new one. Don’t be a clothes fanatic or hoarder. Shop at funky seconds and samples shops, warehouse sales, factory outlets or even online. You could also look into selling your old clothes (or other household items) online or at markets, to save extra money. Keep up your social life. Keep the smile on your face but tone down your social agenda where possible, such as encouraging friends around to dinner or out for a picnic or bbq instead of heading out on the town.

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Young Hercules at St. Barbs

Saint Barbara’s Parish School is bringing theatre to life performing an adaptation of Young Hercules, written by Maverick Musicals. The Production is a musical that includes action, drama and comedy, giving every student in the school a chance to be involved. The production follows the main character ‘Hercules’ a young boy who is punished by his father for his boisterous behaviour. For his penance, Hercules’ dreadful step-mother sets six tasks for him to

complete, and to assist him in completing these difficult tasks is his loyal and trustworthy friend Iolaus. Year 7 teacher Damian Smith said that every student will get the chance to be on stage. “The students are rehearsing two to three times a week,” he said. “Students will begin to spend more time rehearsing and creating props and costumes as the date draws closer. “At some stage throughout the musical every student will be on the stage.”

Mr Smith said it was a previous school production that encouraged another show. “Our school did a similar production two years ago called “Man of Steel” and it was a huge success so we wanted to do another one this year,” he said. Mr Smith said at the moment the classroom teachers are busy working with their own classes learning the songs and dances. “I am working with the Year 7 students who have the main acting roles in the musical,” Mr Smith said. “It is such a large production and although it can sometimes be tiring and monotonous the students know that they are working towards a fantastic experience. “The students enjoy singSt Barbs student Darcy (left) practising his role in the play.

ing the songs and dancing and as the whole thing is beginning to come together they are starting to enjoy the storyline and have more

and more fun rehearsing.” The musical is being directed by Lisa Phillips, who is overseeing everything that happens and is

bringing it all together, the one off event will be held on Friday, October 23. Mr Smith says the production is coming along

fantastically and the students are working so hard to make the night a great success.

Lauren, Meg and Lauren in a full dress rehearsal for the play young Hercules

Children living with asthma are invited to share their stories

One in nine families who share their stories will receive a Dyson HEPA vacuum cleaner  Children, parents and carers who read The Monitor, are being invited to share their stories about living with childhood asthma through the Asthma Foundations of Australia web site www. kidsbreathebetter.com.au. Until the end of October 2009, one in every nine Dyson HEPA vacuum cleaners sold through Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne will be donated to the best Kids Breathe Better entries. You can tell your story in words, pictures, music or video – just keep them rolling in so we can help kids learn to manage their asthma!  

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he Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia is set to revolutionise the way i t p rov i d e s healthcare to people living in rural and remote Australia following the launch of its elec tronic Health for Remote Australia (eHRA) project.

The project includes the phased roll-out of the RFDS’ own state-of-the-art Elec tronic M edical Record (EMR) computer software into its day-to-day primar y healthcare clini c s a n d p ro gr a m s, thanks to advance ments in broadband and satellite internet te c h n o l o g y i n t h e bush.

“ The EMR system will revolutionise clinical practice by providing RFDS doctors and nurses with access to up-to-theminute patient medi c a l re c o rd s w h i l e working in the bush,” says Dr John Setchell, General Manager of Health S er vices for RFDS Central Operations. “EMRs will enable the RFDS to provide our remote clinic patients with the same technological benefits and quality of ser vice received by patients in the city when they visit their local GP and use EMRs as standard practice,” Dr Setchell says. “For example, we can take a blood test from a patient in an outback clinic today and have the results uploaded and available elec tronically

on their individual Electronic Medical Record ready to diagnose and prescribe action to the patient as soon as the next day. “Ready access to a patient’s current and h i s t o r i c a l i n fo r m a tion will enable RFDS doc tors and nurses to provide a more ‘holistic ’ and teamb a s e d a p p ro a c h to diagnosis and treat-

ment, which is a key element of chronic disease management,” he says. In South Australia alone, RFDS doctors and nurses last year conducted more than 17,000 consultations with people living, work ing and travelling in rural and re mote communities in the State’s North and Far West. These face -to-face consultations

were conducted duri n g re g u l a r re m o te health clinic flights from the RFDS Por t Augusta Base to re mote stations and communities, along with its clinical practice at Marree on the Birdsville Track. An additional 8,000 ‘remote’ consultations were conducted by telephone from its Port Augusta Base. Under the new system all clinic and

tele-health consultations will have EMRs accessible and subsequently updated by RFDS doctors and nurses in real-time. The new EMR system will be used by the RFDS primary healthcare team in Por t Augusta from January 2010. The RFDS eHRA project has been funded through a $3 million Clever Networks Grant from the Depar tment of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Econo my. Fu n d i n g f ro m the Department was matched by in-kind funding and resources from the RFDS. The eHRA project will provide numerous benefits to RFDS clinicians and patients, including: • RFDS can provide better care for patients, as clinicians will have access to

patients’ entire history with RFDS; • p a t i e n t c a re i s improved, as matters such as followup visits, pathology, pap smears and immunisations are automatically tracked in the EMR, with reminders given as necessary; • RFDS clinicians no longer need to car r y heav y paper records on remote health clinic runs; • if a different clinician sees the patient, the patient ’s re c o rd s a re e a s i l y available, with the result that new clinicians can provide better and more appropriate care; and • as patients move between RFDS services, their medical records can be more easily accessed by the RFDS clinicians in the new locations.

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Roxby children have a taste of the sea

By Celeste Lustosa

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oxby Downs Community Library took over 50 children to the sea. ‘Under the sea’ was

one of the children’s holiday activities held by t h e L i b ra r y fo r children aged 5 to 13 years old. The activities happened on September 29 and October 6. There was a story activity and then the kids were able to create their own special aquarium on the first day of the activity. “The idea came out from one of the craft books we have here and I think the kids really enjoyed it,” said M a r i e Tre z i s e w h o works at the library and was helping the children during the

activity. “The activities with children are one of the favourite parts of my job. I really enjoy it too,” Marie said. On the 6th of October, there was also a story and the children could make a mermaid fridge magnet. Every school holidays, Roxby Downs Community Librar y promotes fun educational activities for the kids. For more information about the library ac tivities call 8671 0660.

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I am

A Rose by any other name

Weird and wonderful names

As birth rates rise so do the number of weird and wonderful names being bestowed upon the newborns. Now days it is common to hear a child whose name resembles something exotic, or occasionally, a little bit weird, with most celebrities feeling the need to get creative. Names such as Apple, Sunday-Rose, Sparrow, Harlow, and even River have been made common household names by celebrities who want their child to be different, individual! With names becoming more “interesting” it begs the question... How far is too far? Recently a facebook page was set up by a man encouraging people to become a fan, the page promised that if it got more than 500,000 fans then the man would name his child Batman when he was born. Needless to say people were so interested in this they became a fan, and some of the fans even commented that this child would have to cope with so much teasing and bullying throughout his lifetime. To which another person commented that there are so many weird names out there that Batman would simply be the norm by the time the child is old enough to care. My own mother named my older sister ‘Sunshine’ a name that over the years attracted a lot of unnecessary teasing and grief towards my sister who had to learn to cope. Years ago when parents chose names they chose them, trying to pick the name less likely to be picked on in school, names like Charlotte the Harlot were avoided. Now, however, it seems like parents are intentionally picking names that will make their child stand out in the crowd. At what point will it become ridiculous, parents have been known to sell the opportunity to name their child to large industries who can for a price have a child branded with their Title for life! What happens when one day a parent decides to name their child ‘Spoon’... here is a scenario for you. (Scene: Sitting in a restaurant) Mother: “Spoon, Spoon, where are you? Get here...” Waiter: “Excuse me mam is everything alright,” Mother: “Fine thanks, Spoon get here.” Waiter: “Sorry mam I can’t help notice you are looking for a spoon perhaps I can assist.” Mother: “No I am just calling to my child,” Waiter: “But aren’t you saying SPOON?” This is just an indication of how difficult and confusing names could be in the future if we, civilization continue to reach for individuality in the form of our child’s names.

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Have the girls over to help cure cancer

ancer Council SA is putting the call out to the women of South Australia to have a Girls Night In with their friends to support women’s cancers this October. The Concept of the Girls Night In Fu n d r a i s i n g i n i tiative is brilliant. Women simply register as Girls Night In hosts and then invite their female friends, workmates and family to get together for an evening of fun. Guests are asked to donate the equivalent of what they would have spent on a night out, and

f u n d s ra i s e d fo r Girls Night In, held throughout October, help the approximately 15,700 women who are diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers each year. Cancer Council SA are hoping for over 20,000 South Australian Women to get involved this year, raising much needed funds for research, prevention and suppor t services for women’s cancers. Girls Night In allows women to celebrate friendships, life and remember what we mean to each other. The great thing about Girls Night In is that it can be anything you want it to be. Whether

it’s a chick flick night, gossip session, singing and dancing to girl tunes in the lounge room or simply sharing a meal with your nearest and dearest gal pals, you decide. It’s not too late to sign up and host your own Girls Night In, to find out

more about hosting a Girls Night In this October and to register for your free host pack with tips and advice on how to hold a successful event, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

Women encouraged to enter leadership award “Entering the Rural Industries Research and Development Corpo ration (RIRDC ) Rural Women’s Award was the single best thing I’ve done for my own professional development and for my business.” That ’s according to Award 2004 Victorian Winner and Simply Tomatoes business owner, Marilyn Lanyon, who believes the Award has been pivotal to her business success. Marilyn’s business has won numerous national business and marketing Awards and her product is now sold throughout 350 outlets nationally. Marilyn was recently invited to become the Australian agent responsible for sourcing artesian products for elite Kuwait retail chain Dean & Deluca. Aw a rd 2 0 0 5 We s t ern Australian Winner and Loose Lettuce Leaf Company Managing Director, Maureen Dobra, agrees that the Award has brought her and her industry huge opportunity and recognition, so much so that Maureen was recently elected President of Vegetables WA, the peak body for vegetables growers in Western Australia.  The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is entering its second decade as one of the most successful and enduring leader-

ship and capacity building initiatives for rural Australia.  Applications are now being received for the 2010 Award and rural women are being encouraged to give it a go and enter themselves or nominate someone they think is up for a new and exciting challenge.  The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award cel ebrates rural women and their contribution to primary industries. It gives rural women the chance to discover their strengths and build their capacity to contribute to primary industries and rural Australia. But just as importantly, the Award opens up a positive and powerful network of liked minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.  Award 2003 Victorian Runner Up and educator, Dr Kaye Scholfield, concurs that the Award has given her profile, credibility, confidence and a voice and that the Award network has become a powerful voice nationally for primary industries and rural Australia.  The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries, including broad-acre farming, intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management www.themonitor.com.au

and related service industries.  The 2010 Award provides a Bursary of $10,000 for each State and Territory winner to support them in developing their leadership capacity and the opportunity for the winner and runner-up in each State and Territory to attend an Australian Institute of Company Director’s based leadership program.  A national RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Winner and Runner-Up is then selected to represent the Award, RIRDC and rural women on a national platform.  The Award is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, in partnership with State and Territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources. The Award’s Principal Partners are the Australian GovernmentDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and its Major Sponsors are the Australian Women’s Weekly, ABC Radio and Rural Press Ltd.  Applications close on World Rural Women’s Day-15th October 2009. Application forms are available from RIRDC (02) 6271 4100, State De-

partments of Agriculture, Primary Industries and Resource Development and from ABC Radio Regional Stations. Applica-

tions can be also downloaded from the website: www.ruralwomensaward. gov.au.

Key Breast Cancer Statistics National Statistics

• One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 • Nationally, about 12,000 women are diagnosed, and 2,700 Australian Women die of breast cancer each year – it is the most common cause of cancer death in females • Breast cancer mortality has fallen by more than 25% in the last 8 years due to better methods of detection and treatment, survival is now at 85% • Breast Cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females • Risk Factors are alcohol, being overweight, family history, prolonged use of some types of HRT and not having children or having them later on in life • Signs/Symptoms include Lump/s or thickening near the breast or underarm, change in the size or shape, colour or feel of the breast and sometimes discharge from the nipple. SA Specific Statistics • More than 1,000 SA Women are diagnosed with breast Cancer each year and almost 250 die of the disease.

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LIFESTYLE

HAVE YOUR SAY . . . What do you think of daylight saving?

“I love daylight saving because you can do more at the end of the day while its still light! Can’t wait for it to start.” Jodie Watkins

“I hate daylight saving because I’m a night person. It messes with your whole system, by going to bed earlier etc. I also don’t like that all the states are on way different times. It’s stupid.” Jessica McKinnon

“I don’t think it’s necessary to have daylight saving. It takes so long to get used to the adjustments and then back and I don’t think it’s that effective.” Cass Rowett, Andamooka

“In every way it’s just more beneficial. It makes getting jobs done around the house and everything easier. It just makes travelling in and around Roxby easier as well” Tony Weir

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COMMUNITY MATTERS

Australian Red Cross launches appeal for Pacific communities affected by earthquake and tsunami

MEETING DATES

- Community Board 26 October 7.30pm

GENERAL INFORMATION BOARD MEETINGS

If you would like to do a presentation to the Community Board please contact Michelle Hales to organise a date and time to be placed on the agenda. Requests close on the Wednesday prior to the Board meeting. Board meetings usually take place on the last Monday of the month.

JOINING FORUMS

Members of the community are encouraged to join any of the forums or partnerships. If you would like to join the Arts and Culture Forum, Education and Workplace Training Forum, Family and Youth Forum, Environment Forum, Sport and Recreation Forum or Volunteering Partnership you are welcome to attend any of the meetings. Meeting times appear in The Monitor on a regular basis. If you would like to join the Health Forum and/or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership please contact Michelle Hales on 0418 833 818 or via email to: halesm@roxbycouncil.com. au to express your interest.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to find out more about any of the forums visit the www.roxbydowns.com website or contact Michelle Hales - Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board Inc. Mobile: 0418 833 818 Phone: 8671 0010 Fax: 8671 0452 Email: halesm@roxbycouncil.com.au

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Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to support the communities of Samoa and Tonga affected by this morning’s earthquake and tsunami. The appeal has been launched following an 8.3 Mb earthquake that struck Samoa and Tonga early this morning. Additional aftershocks have since occurred in the region. The greatest impact from the tsunami has been identified in Samoa. The Samoan capital of Apia was immediately evacuated by police and Red Cross volunteers, however low lying coastal areas have been affected with damage to many homes and there are reports of deaths and injuries. More than one hundred Samoa Red Cross volunteers have been supporting

evacuation activities since early this morning. Activities have included registering people at evacuation centres, providing basic first aid and undertaking assessments of the impact on communities. Australian Red Cross is assisting with the provision of relief items and is sending specialised aid workers to assist Samoa Red Cross with relief and recovery efforts. Australian Red Cross Director of Services and International Operations Michael Raper said money raised by the appeal will support relief, rehabilitation and recovery activities in Samoa and Tonga and support the work of Australian aid workers in Samoa. ‘The impact on both the Samoan and Tongan com-

munities has been severe and we are doing as much as we can to support the relief efforts that have been underway since first thing this morning,’ Mr Raper said. ‘Red Cross staff and volunteers say they have never seen anything like this, in one village alone 58 houses were destroyed. Local services are overwhelmed and need our urgent assistance. ‘The biggest priority for Red Cross is to ensure that people are safe and that their basic needs are being met. Australians can assist

us to do that by contributing to the appeal fund, and in doing so, directly help our Pacific communities as they come to terms with this major disaster.’ How to donate (donations are tax deductable): • People can visit www. redcross.org.au to make a secure online donation, or

• To make a donation via credit card, phone 1800 811 700, or • Send a cheque or money order with a note that it is for the Pacific Tsunami (Samoa & Tonga) Appeal 2009 to: Australian Red Cross Supporter Services PO Box 2957, Melbourne, Vic 8060.

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Things you should know about recycling – Plastic

Plastics coded 1, 2 or 3 are usually recyclable. Plastics coded 4 and 5 are sometimes recyclable. Plastic is accepted at the recycling centre on Gosse St. Cling-wrap, bread bags and plastic bags are NOT recyclable. Plastic ‘codes’ are the number found within the recycling arrows symbol.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES HORTICULTURAL Workers Wanted. We are looking for people with a Horticultural qualification to join our team for work in the Roxby Downs area. We have a number of roles available for people with experience in gardening, slashing and mowing. If you hold a horticultural qualification and are interested in the positions above please feel free to call Rob Rault on 0448 558 029.

EMPLOYMENT/CLASSIFIEDS Licence renewals online assist SA drivers

Renewing your driver’s licence became a whole lot easier this week, with South Australian’s now able to do it online. Minister for Government Enterprises, Gail Gago says, “Drivers may now be able to renew their licence or leaner’s permit online without the need to have a photograph taken for up to ten years.” “This new service is a fantastic option for drivers who want to save time and make renewing their licence a quick and easy process. “We expect this new initiative will reduce the need for drivers to attend customer service centres for a photo when renewing or replacing their licence.” Drivers who are eligible to renew their licence on-

line and want to do so can visit www.exyreg.sa.gov.au and follow the prompts. Motorists need to have a licence photograph taken every ten years, but this new initiative will reduce the need for drivers to visit special point locations if they choose to renew their licence more frequently. “Drivers with licences due to expire will receive a notice explaining the new renewal options,” Minister Gago says. “Drivers will still have the option to renew their licences by visiting a Service SA customer service centre or Australian Post – the online service is about increasing options and accessibility.” “While drivers can currently choose to renew their licence for any period up to

ten years, 65 percent of renewals er’s licence and learner’s permit 276,000 licence renewal transacare for five years or less, and 35% renewals online. tions conducted last year. are for one year.” There are 1.1 million licence To renew your licence visit All other States also offer driv- holders in SA with approximately www.ezyreg.sa.gov.au.

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Spoil yourself and make an appointment at ‘Serenity Within’ by Celeste Lustosa

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hiannon Watkinson is a beauty therapist with more than six years experience in making people feel healthy, relaxed and good about themselves. About a month ago, Rhiannon decided it was time to have her own business and that was when ´Serenity Within´ began. “My husband and I lived in Adelaide and then he got a job in Roxby and we moved,” said Rhiannon who runs her business from home, where she has a special room for her client’s comfort. “Having the business at home allows me to be flexible with my working hours which ends up being really good for many people who don’t have free time during normal business hours. “Another very convenient thing about having the business in my house is that people have total privacy when they come here”, she said. According to her, although all beauty treatments are suitable for men and women, some men still feel uncomfortable about

spending time and money on beauty. One thing to remember is that the beauty treatments are not exclusive to women and men should also look after their skin and try to look their best. The range of treatments goes from waxing, tinting, nail treatments, body treatments, facials and spray tanning. We live in a very dry area so even by moisturising your skin at home; sometimes you won’t see big results because you can’t reach the deeper layers of your skin. By having a beauty treatment with a professional it is most likely to get the results you want and Rhiannon explains why. “Exfoliation is something we need to do for our skin on a weekly basis to remove the dead dry skin cells, moisturise and get a healthier look. Then why not treat our skin in the most enjoyable way and with a professional? “Not only are we living in dry weather but also weather that changes constantly and that damages our skin. That is why I chose a range of products called desert skin care which contain essential oils and are 100%

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natural. It is affordable but very good as well.” Rhiannon says keeping her service affordable is very important. “For me it is more beneficial to keep fair prices to my clients.” Another beauty treatment that Rhiannon recommends is the tinting. “ Tinting is great for women that work in the mines and find wearing makeup quite time consuming and sometimes pointless. With the tinting you always look good and if you make it once a month, that’s enough to look the best all the time,” she said. Waxing, pedicures and manicures are still the women’s favourites and most common beauty treatments. In Serenity Within you can also have a paraffin bath that will guarantee softer hands and feet. The paraffin bath consists of infusing oils and not only makes your skin soft but also helps your circulation, so it’s a good treatment for hands and feet. Serenity Within also allows you to give the perfect present for the ones you love. “The gift vouchers are a great present especially for those people who tend not to spend money on themselves, but I am sure they would love to have a treatment as a present. It is the best way to spoil someone.” Spoil yourself and those you love with some of the treatments available at Serenity Within. Appointments only, so please call 0412 402 269 and make a time to treat your body and soul.

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Roxby Downs Tennis Club ready for new season By Celeste Lustosa

Rob Ellingham just missed this off-green putt at the 11th during a quiet round last Saturday morning photo by Stuart Jones

Roxby Downs Tennis Club is ready for its new season. The summer season will be commencing on Friday, October 16 and everyone is invited to become a member. “Tennis is a sport growing quickly in Roxby,” said Lynda Evans, Roxby Downs Tennis Club Secretary. The Tennis Club has over 100 senior and junior members and they are hoping to expand the number of members and also get more people involved with the committee. “The Tennis club has had the same hard working committee for several years and is looking for an injection of new members with fresh ideas and inspiration,” Ms Evans said. The club is seeking four new committee members, including nominations for president, secretary and treasury positions. “The tennis club has a very social, family friendly atmosphere and new comers are always welcome,” Ms Evans added. The junior winter tennis competition will be winding up after school holidays and the summer season will kick-off at the end of this month. Registrations for the junior and senior summer competition are now available from Sports Power. The tennis club promotes activities for children, mums with small kids and you don’t have to be an expert to join. It is all about being healthy and having a great time.

Golfers enjoy the better weather

With a reprieve from the many blinding dust storms in recent weeks the Roxy Downs golfers took to the course on the long weekend to enjoy very favourable playing conditions in preparation for this weekend’s visit by Merv Hughes. The Australian Cricketing Legend will be in Roxby on October 10 to play a round of golf and at the same time raise awareness of men’s health issues. In his role as ambassador for Andrology Australia, Merv will play in the A. Noble & Son Ltd Men’s Health Golf Day on Saturday.

Golfing Superstar Rob Charman was all over this tee shot in Saturday morning’s Par competition.

photo by Stuart Jones

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The A team of Neville Petheric, Tubby Gray and Rob Charman took some time out to do the maths on their blistering golf round last Saturday morning. Photo by Stuart Jones

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Footy and Netball Club hold presentation nights Roxby Downs Football Club Presentations Best & Fairest  Jarrod Pyke Runner Up  Cody Kenny Best U21  Cody Kenny Best Backman  Todd Roberts Most Consistent James Telfer Best Team Man Ricky Prosser Most Determined Brett Chesson Most Improved Ben Haines Coaches award Brad Haliman Leading Goal Kicker Brayden Wray Best Finals player  Todd Roberts Rising Star  Ian McBey Young Achiever Award Stuart Orr 50 Games  Ricky Prosser Best Rep player  Leigh Devlin Mr Elastoplast  D Kaminski

ROXBY MINERS NETBALL AWARDS A1 BEST & FAIREST Vicky Peters A1 Runners up B&F Kasiah Barrand Jess Finzel Coaches Award Emma Killeen A2 B & F Vicki Spillaine A2 Runner up B&F Cassie Weir Coaches Award Holly Maine B Grade Red B&F

Ali Jackson Runners up B&F Briony Futerieal Rebecca Spratt Coaches Award Pip Moorehead B Grade White B&F Charlene Vears Runner up B&F Renee Rohrlach Coaches Award Mikayla Davis 2009 Rising Star Sam Cox

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